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Liveblogging “The Bachelorette” On June 21, 2010

Well, I think we’ve made our way through one climactic milestone on this season of “The Bachelorette” — last week, Krazy Kasey did not try and kill himself. Instead he did something less permanent to show his love for Ali — he branded himself with the lamest “Bachelor”-inspired tattoo ever. This week, after being mercifully saved and given a rose last week, will Kasey reveal his tattoo to Ali? Find out when I liveblog the latest episode of “The Bachelorette,” starting at 8 p.m. EST. Keep reading »

The Boob Tube: Must-See TV For The Week Of June 21, 2010

A kind of annoying thing happens during the summer—TV offerings during the week become abysmal, while a zillion great shows start airing during the weekends. Case in point—I’m bored to tears of weekday shows like “Top Chef” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” and would be into the new series “Boston Med” if hospital dramas didn’t make my eyes glaze over at this point. In the meantime, both “Friday Night Lights” and “Party Down” are on Friday, which is just not the night I’m itching to stay in and curl up on the couch. Just another reason to be thankful for DVR?

After the jump, the shows I’m looking forward to this week. Keep reading »

Art From Rubik’s Cubes

There’s something you don’t know about me—I love Rubik’s Cubes. I would spend hours trying to solve them as a kid and could never do it, but was way too stubborn to peel off the stickers. A few years ago, I decided I wanted to learn how to solve one for real. I contacted a champion Cuber (yes, this is an actual term—hey Ian!) who taught me the way. It took weeks, but I finally got it. And then the magazine I worked for challenged me to compete in Rubik’s Cubing Nationals. I went in 2006, and did great, solving the cube in 1:50 seconds and coming in 68th place. Yes, there were 70 competitors, but still. These days, anytime I get stressed, I pick up a cube and it reminds me that there’s order in the universe even if there doesn’t seem to be.

And so I am obsessed with French street artist Invader, who has created an entire series of works called “Rubikcubism,” made of my beloved cubes. In the series, he depicts everything from the Andy Warhol’s soup cans to Sid Vicious’ mug shot using Rubik’s Cubes as his medium. The level of precision needed here is truly amazing—the image above shows you the process. This guy has Rubik’s skills. Check out some of my favorite pieces after the jump. Keep reading »

“Jersey Shore,” Season Two: Now With Less Offensive Italian Stereotypes

Before “Jersey Shore” appeared, calling someone a “guido” was offensive. Like, you did not do that unless you were cruising for an ass-kicking. Then there was this bizarre post-”Jersey Shore” era where you heard words like “guido” and “guidette” more on MTV than “boobs” or “oh my God, Heidi, you have to break up with Spencer!”

Not anymore, says Andre DiMino, head of UNICO, an Italian-American pride group. Keep reading »

New TV Addiction: “You’re Cut Off”

Hey guys, guess what? I have a new favorite show! It’s called “You’re Cut Off,” it’s on VH1, and I got sucked into a few episodes yesterday afternoon as I recovered from World Cup day drinking. The show is a mix of “My Super Sweet 16,” “The Real World,” and, like, “The Biggest Loser,” in that it features a bunch of super rich bratty twits living in a house together and whoever makes the most improvements in the end “wins.” Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: I’m Concerned For “The Real Housewives Of New Jersey”

It’s been all fun and games with the drama on the “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” — until now. While I was laughing at the drama between Danielle Staub and everyone else last season, I’m certainly not laughing anymore. We’ve gone from some amusing table throwing to unwarranted paranoia, possibly serious revenge plots, and an entourage of convicts. Am I the only one (besides the Manzo clan) who thinks that Danielle is seriously mentally ill and capable of doing harm to herself or someone else? Keep reading »

Christopher And Albie Manzo Get The Millionaire Matchmaker Treatment

Holy Bravo Crossover! It turns out that Patti Stanger is “old friends” with Caroline Manzo of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” so on the upcoming season of “Millionaire Matchmaker,” Manzo’s sons Christopher and Albie will be set up. I can’t imagine the boys are millionaires, but maybe with their burgeoning reality TV careers, they’ll get there soon enough? Apparently, the boys are looking for “brunette, Italian-Catholic girls” and since this season is filming in New York, there should be no shortage of those. Since Patti is from New Jersey, I already suspected this season will be all about tricking New York ladies into dating guys from the Garden State, and now Patti’s confirmed this theory. “There are five women to one guy, so what do you do if the city is metrosexual, gay, with not enough men? Carpe diem! You go to Jersey!” Maybe we could combine three shows at once and throw the ladies of “Jersey Shore” in as bait for the Manzo man-boys? [NY Mag] Keep reading »

Will “Mad Men”‘s Season 4 Be As Boring As Its Poster?

If you had never watched “Mad Men” before, the poster for season four wouldn’t make it look like a very interesting show. Man stands in an empty office, staring out a window, with only a telephone? Bor-ing. I far preferred the symbolism in season three’s poster: a tense Don Draper sitting in his office with water swiftly rising up above his ankles. [] Keep reading »

Tiny Teacup Pig Dances, Plays Piano

Are you ever sitting there, toiling away at your cubicle or wherever, in some mood or the other, and you see a viral video, and you’re like, “OMG, that is so how I’m feeling right now”? That is exactly how I feel watching this tiny teacup pig do an electronic dance on a keyboard. I’m pretty sure this is a cover of Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg. He really knows how to bang out a tune with those hooves, eh? He plays better than I do after several years of childhood piano lessons. That’ll do, pig. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

“This Ain’t Avatar XXX” Promises 3D Blue Sex This Fall

Wow. I had no idea when I put my secret desire out into the universe — “Oh, won’t someone please make a porn version of ‘Avatar’ with Na’vis having sex in 3D?” — that my dream would come true. Hustler’s ingeniously titled “This Ain’t Avatar XXX” will be released on DVD this fall. Must we wait so long to see interplanetary Smurf sex? Yes. [/Film] Keep reading »

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