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Another Heroes controversy? - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 18th 2008 3:23PM

Misfits of ScienceFirst we had the lawsuit that claimed the idea for Heroes was stolen, then we had the controversial comments from ex-Zach, Thomas Dekker. Now comes what could be the most intriguing Heroes controversy of them all.

Was the first season tag line "Save the cheerleader, save the world" borrowed from a short-lived NBC show from the mid-80s?

That's the news from the B-Side blog, which discloses that the classic, campy NBC sci-fi show Misfits of Science (which starred Courteney Cox and ALF's Max Wright) had the catch phrase "Save Adele, Save The World." Now, this would be just a cute coincidence if it wasn't for the fact that Heroes creator Tim Kring was one of the writers on the show! Of course, since he was a writer on the show, maybe it's not a controversy at all.

After the jump, video from the show, which includes the tag line.

Note: the B-Side Blog seems to be down right now, so here's the story on Defamer.

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I can has hot Wendy's burger? - VIDEO

by Keith McDuffee, posted Mar 15th 2008 2:23PM
wendy's commercialI don't understand why certain commercials get to become "banned." I've seen a few since the latest multitude of Super Bowl commercials, and most of those have been funnier that anything shown on TV! Who the heck decided these commercials weren't fit for television? There were even a couple of questionable ones shown during the game this year, ones that offended quite a few people. Who cleared those monstrosities?

Case in point, the following "banned" Wendy's commercial, from 2007, for their four-alarm spicy chicken sandwich. The scientist holds said sandwich out to his assistant with tongs, so you know right away this thing means business. I haven't had fast food in years, but I gotta say I started wondering where the nearest Wendy's joint was so I could try one of these bad boys; that fourth "hint" (hit?) of spice is a doozy. Continue on for the video. (And for those who don't get the headline, read up on LOLCats.)

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SNL's Michaels defends choice of Armisen as Obama - VIDEO

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 29th 2008 11:01AM
Armisen as Obama and Poehler as Clinton
In today's Washington Post, Saturday Night Live kingpin Lorne Michaels defended his choice of Fred Armisen to play Barack Obama, starting with last week's episode. After the much-publicized search for an Obama impersonator (or Fauxbama, as some are calling it), Michaels decided on Armisen, who is of white and Asian origin. Armisen, who's talented enough to do excellent imitations of people ranging from Prince to Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, did a credible job playing Obama, a man who is somewhat hard to pin down, imitation-wise.

But some critics, including the Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan, have very bluntly wondered why an African-American didn't play Obama. "They couldn't find an African-American performer who was funny enough to play the junior senator from Illinois? They couldn't find one in New York? Not anywhere in the country? Really?" wrote Ryan on her Tribune blog.

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Comic insults Fox News while on Fox News - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 25th 2008 2:02PM

Fox and Friends WeekendI have no idea what made comedian Lee Camp insult FOX News the way he did over the weekend, because the video after the jump only has the end of the segment. Maybe he'll go on CNN or MSNBC to explain himself.

Camp was part of a discussion on Fox and Friends Weekend. He was the liberal comedian going up against a conservative comedian, talking politics. At the end of the segment, he asked new host Clayton Morris if he could take a moment to say something, and Morris said sure, and that's when Camp hit Fox News, wondering if the channel was just a "parade of propaganda."

On a side note, it's really great to see Morris again. He was one of the hosts on the syndicated morning show The Daily Buzz (not seen in my part of the country anymore, damn it), then went to a local station in Philadelphia. Looks like he's one of the new permanent hosts of the weekend edition of Fox and Friends, along with Ainsley Earhardt.

[via TV Newser]

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Paula Abdul's new music video - VIDEO

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 20th 2008 12:06PM
Paula Abdul - I'm not ashamed to admit it. I grew up with the Paula Abdul vs. Janet Jackson rivalry. Janet had a better singing voice, but Paula was the better dancer. Now, here it is six hundred years or so later and while Janet's never stopped recording, it's been awhile since we've seen Ms. Abdul sing and dance. If you missed her Super Bowl performance, now she and Randy Jackson have released the official music video for their new single "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow."

For a woman of 45, Paula looks and moves great. Her vocals are about what they've always been, but nevertheless this has a great dance hook and should do very well in the club scene. Maybe this will be the beginning of a full-fledged comeback for her.

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Some Wheel of mis-Fortune - VIDEO

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 17th 2008 12:13PM
wheel of fortuneOh, the humanity! Wheel of Fortune is not all frivolity and fun. Merv Griffin knew what he was doing when he created this venerable game show. Drama, ensues! You think it's so easy spinning the wheel, buying a vowel, laughing at Pat Sajak's jokes and ogling Vanna's gorgeous gait? Well, it's not. Under all that pressure you'd be surprised -- or maybe you wouldn't -- to see how some people simply come up short in the solution department. The letters all float together and instead of spelling a word you know as well as your own name, you pick the wrong consonant and you're WAH-WAHed in shame and regret. The fortune goes to the next player and you're left with egg on your face.

Watch these great examples and you'll see what I mean (a sample is after the jump). Like Jay Leno's simple "man in the street" questions about common knowledge, you see that there's no telling how stupid people can be, especially with a camera and microphone in their face.

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Paula Abdul is gonna have a party! - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 3rd 2008 2:02PM

Simon CowellNever mind what Paula Abdul is going to do at today's Super Bowl, this is more entertaining.

It's a scene from the 1978 film Junior High School, and yes, that is American Idol judge Paula Abdul "singing" the tune (I don't think Simon would give her a "yes"), which is probably called "We're Gonna Have A Party" or something similar. The clip is fascinating, on so many levels. It's like a local cable version of Degrassi Junior High. The IMDb tells us that it was filmed at Van Nuys High and featured "non-professionals and actual students," though that's very obvious when you see the clip.

I particularly like the hair and clothes on everyone (the '70s were a very odd time, people). I'm also fascinated by the shifts in tone in the clip. It starts out like a low budget High School Musical, then it shifts in Degrassi territory, and then it goes into the girl's bathroom and turns into a film noir, complete with sax music.

And I really don't want to know what Keith has in that briefcase.

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Retro commercials speak of a different era - VIDEO

by Kristin Sample, posted Feb 3rd 2008 1:02PM
jello commercialCracked.com has a put together a list of five commercials that companies would really like you to forget. The commercials, mostly from the 1960s, speak to a much different time in American history. They show just how unevolved mainstream America's views of race and gender were.

My two favorites (although I'm unsure whether "favorite" is the appropriate word) were the Folgers commercial where all the husband wants for his birthday is for his wife to make a decent cup of coffee and the Jell-O commercial. This ad features a Chinese baby (pictured at the right) who can't eat the "Western delicacy" with his chopsticks.

Cracked.com has videos for all the commercials so go and have a look.


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Sarah Silverman is doing you know what with Matt Damon - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 1st 2008 3:01PM

Kimmel, SilvermanA lot of people don't like Sarah Silverman, but I find her hilarious. Especially when she's joking around with real-life boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel.

The video after the jump is from last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live. Silverman was a guest (as she often is on the show), and decided to confess something to Kimmel. She made a video back in October (but it wasn't shown until now because of the show's hiatus during the writers strike) for Kimmel's birthday show where she explained that she's actually been having sex with People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive Matt Damon all the while she and Kimmel have been seeing each other. Actually, she doesn't say "having sex" or "making love," she uses another term, which is in the title of the song itself. It's said about 300 times during the song but its bleeped out so I guess it's SFW.

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AI OD: The top 24 leaked -- The boys - VIDEO

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 28th 2008 4:22PM
American Idol Judges"Joe's Place" broke the story last week and there are plenty of sites who ran with it, so now the question becomes: how accurate is it? We're still a few weeks away from the official unveiling of the American Idol Top 24, but apparently the final selections were made this past week, and then Joe blabbed about it to the whole world. Did he get it right?

Considering there are names that no one would know unless they were on the inside; they are from auditions yet to air, it seems very possible that his list is at least partially accurate. I'm going to do two separate posts for boys and girls as I'm gathering up available online video, some pics and what we can find so far about these possible contestants. !SPOILER WARNING! after the jump. If you don't want to know, then don't go.

[UPDATE - Now updated and with additional audition video! - j/h]

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Stephen Colbert's incredible substitute for a beard of solidarity - VIDEO

by Annie Wu, posted Jan 23rd 2008 1:19PM
Young StephenStephen Colbert doesn't normally get heavy on The Colbert Report, but when he does, boy, does he go all out. In last night's episode of the Report, Stephen staged one of the most touching displays of love to the picketing writers that I have seen since the start of the strike.

Before introducing the night's guest, Ambassador Andrew Young, the last living member of Dr. Martin Luther King's inner circle, Stephen rolled a video celebrating Young's efforts in a certain strike in 1969. In Stephen's hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, hundreds of black hospital workers went on strike, demanding fair pay, equal to their whiter counterparts. Young played a huge role in leading the community to support the workers. However, when he attempted to have some private negotiations with the hospital, the only administrator that was willing to speak with Young was a man named Dr. James Colbert, Stephen's father.

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Diane Keaton drops F-bomb on GMA - VIDEO

by Kristin Sample, posted Jan 16th 2008 8:11PM
Diane KeatonDiane Keaton totally dropped the F-Bomb on Good Morning America! And they didn't even bleep it.

Keaton was being interviewed by Diane Sawyer, presumably about her new movie Mad Money. Sawyer is about to pose a question when Diane Keaton stops and compliments her on her lips (which are quite nice, I must say). Keaton laments that she doesn't have such nice lips cause if she did, she wouldn't have to work so damn hard on her "f*cking personality."

This is why I "heart" Diane Keaton. Of the two Dianes, clearly Keaton has the personality. She doesn't have to work on it.

The video is after the jump...

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Jan 7th 2008 8:02PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today, on TV Squad Daily:
  • Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel will guest on each other's shows this week, and the WGA is threatening disciplinary action against Leno for writing his own jokes and performing a monologue.
  • Dr. Phil isn't helping anything. (Update: later in the day today, Dr. Phil canceled the Britney Spears episode of his show for tomorrow...)
  • It's looking more and more like you won't be seeing the the Golden Globes on TV this year.
The video's embedded below, or you can subscribe to this podcast via our feed. Plus, you can also download the file directly.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Jan 4th 2008 6:05PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today, on TV Squad Daily:
The video's embedded below, or you can subscribe to this podcast via our feed. Plus, you can also download the file directly.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Jan 3rd 2008 5:44PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today, on TV Squad Daily:

  • I don't care what the others say: I like the late night strike beards!
  • Grr: I just don't understand the Omarosa thing.

The video's embedded below, or you can subscribe to this podcast via our feed. Plus, you can also download the file directly.

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