The thing I am most excited for on the small screen this week: the return of Robin Sparkles on “How I Met Your Mother.” Oh, but there’s lots more to look forward to. After the jump, what you’ll want to watch this week from “16 and Pregnant” to the season finale of “Top Chef: Just Desserts.”
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So apparently, the Writers Guild of America has been petitioning IMDB to remove birth dates from the profiles on their site. Why? They argue that for actors, having their real age out there could be damaging by making them seem unrealistic to casting directors for roles a few years older or a few years younger than their actual age, when there wouldn’t be bias if their age wasn’t easily accessible. They say the same is true of writers—that having their birthdays available on the IMDB could lead to age discrimination. Keep reading »
Lykke Li has a new music video. The song is called “Get Some.” Here are some of the lyrics: “I’m a prostitute/you gon get some.” There’s also talk of pulling pants down and shotgun blasts and those sorts of things. If you know what I mean. And I think you do. The video is urban tribal meets Bettie Page meets groovy kaleidoscope. If you’re looking for something to get yourself going on this Monday, this funky ditty may do the trick. Thanks, Lykke. Get your get down on, girl. Keep reading »
The only thing better than an actual episode of “The Millionaire Matchmaker”? Scarlett Johansson’s impression of Patti Stanger on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. You might not think with that blond hair and alabaster skin that Scarlett could pull of a convincing Patti, but she nails that Jersey accent! [NBC.com] Keep reading »
Commercials are far from our favorite things. And yet, American Express has managed to make ones we don’t fast forward through by plucking uber-cool celebrities, like Tina Fey and Wes Anderson, and creating mini movies with them. Now, AmEx has tapped Conan O’Brien for an ad. In this spot, Conan goes to India, picks out thread at a market, and washes fabric in a river—all to make the perfect red curtains for the set of his new show. Hmmm, I wonder what lengths he went to for his interview couch?
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We said it was a Lifetime movie waiting to happen. And this is why we are not big-time Hollywood producers. Brad Pitt sees far more potential in the story of the 33 miners who were trapped underground for more than two months earlier this year. His production company, Plan B—which also produced “Eat, Pray, Love” and “The Time Traveler’s Wife”—is close to inking a multi-million dollar deal to the rights to the saga. Apparently, there are just two hold-ups.
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This hedgehog looks hot in his red galoshes. But seriously, there was an article about how they are becoming an endangered species. Sadz. Especially because they look so darn cute in wellies. [The Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Two guinea pig buddies have a hearty nosh on a piece of pepper. Is anything more nom-licious? Probably not. [YouTube
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Imagine wandering around the mall one day and having more than 600 people spontaneously break into song. That’s exactly what happened to shoppers at a Philadelphia Macy’s last month when they were treated to an ebullient rendition of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah.” Part of the Knight Foundation’s “Random Acts of Culture”
initiative, the event included members of the Philadelphia Opera Company, along with participants from 28 other choral groups. The group was accompanied by Macy’s in-house Wanamaker Organ, the largest pipe organ in the world. [YouTube
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