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'South Park' Sued Over Two-Year-Old 'What What' Parody

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 15th 2010 5:40PM
'South Park''South Park''s 2008 viral video spoof, 'Canada on Strike,' paid tribute to many of the Internet's most famous celebrities. But somehow, it took one of them two years to react to the episode.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the makers of the copyrighted viral music video "What What (In the Butt)" are suing the show for infringement after a remake featuring the character Butters appeared in the 'Canada' episode.

The resulting parody was "willful, intentional, and purposeful, in disregard of and indifferent to the rights of Brownmark," the lawsuit states.

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Shows You Should Be Watching: 'InfoMania'

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 12th 2010 10:00AM
InfoManiaIf you're not familiar with the cable channel Current TV (the one started by Al Gore), you're probably not familiar with the show 'InfoMania'. I would describe it this way: it's 'The Daily Show' meets 'The Soup,' with a dash of 'Best Week Ever.' I know, I know, you're saying to yourself, why do I need to watch yet another show that takes news and entertainment clips and gives them a snarky spin?

Well, that's a great question, person who says things to themselves. You need to watch this because it's a one-stop for all of the things you don't have the time or energy to keep track of and watch.

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'Tosh.0' Renewed For Third Season

by Allyssa Lee, posted Apr 8th 2010 2:15PM
Web-slingers, rejoice: Comedy Central has ordered up another season of its Internet-centric series 'Tosh.0,' starring comedian Daniel Tosh.

"I am beyond thrilled about Season Three of 'Tosh.0,'" said Tosh in the press release. "Comedy Central has been like a father to me; they pretend to support my comedy and I am pretty sure they have slept with my mom."

The cable network announced that the show's third season already has a premiere date of Wed., Jan. 12, 2011, will contain at least 29 episodes.

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'Lost' Eyeball Shots: Who Knew There Were So Many?

by Chris Jordan, posted Feb 16th 2010 2:00PM
Eyes are windows to the soul. They're also a dramatic visual device employed often by the producers of 'Lost.'

So much so that YouTuber Eisentower30 has assembled a new compilation of 'Lost's' eyeball shots and set it to music by Michael Giacchino from the 2006 'Lost' original soundtrack album. WWEinvadesTNA8 also has an eye compilation, posted about five months ago.

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Everything floats down in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 5th 2009 7:04PM
Mister RogersWARNING: The following post contains images of a shocking nature and despite its source material, is not appropriate for anyone under the age of 18. And before you get all excited, no, it does not contain naked boobies.

We all remember lovable ol' Fred Rogers, aka TV's Mister Rogers, as a warm, cuddly and caring neighbor who never wore a frown and always had a smile for someone smaller than him.

But what if all those cheerful hellos, colorful sweater jackets and speeches about being special on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood were just a mask hiding something very dark and sinister? Specifically, a clown mask?

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Tosh.0 vs. Web Soup

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 6th 2009 11:03AM
Daniel Tosh & Miss South CarolinaI remember long ago in a cable land far away when a little show called Talk Soup started. It was clever, riffing on talk show shenanigans. We've come a long way since then, with clip shows blanketing the network. And then there's the Internet. On paper the idea of a web video iteration of The Soup, as it's now called, sounds solid enough, and G4 is a good place for it, but as Michael pointed out, Web Soup just isn't working.

Even though G4 is the place for techie stuff and they handle web videos already, Web Soup still manages to feel outdated and stodgy. And Chris Hardwick, while funny when he fills in on Attack of the Show, is almost mind-numbingly not funny hosting Web Soup. But Chris Hardwick and the gang were not alone in exploring web videos on our TVs. Comedy Central threw comedian Daniel Tosh into the mix with the webbily titled Tosh.0. But which one, if either, is better?

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Silent Library video goes from viral to cable

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 11th 2009 10:03AM
MTV's Silent LibraryJust because one network's venture into viral video greatness went belly up like so many silver leotard wearing contestants before them doesn't mean the craze has ended.

Next week marks the premiere of MTV's newest reality game show Silent Library, based on the game of the same name from the Japanese variety show Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!

For those who don't spend time watching videos forwarded to them by their friends and are therefore productive members of society, the game is played by six dunderheads in a "library." They each draw a card, five reading safe and one with a skull and crossbones on it. The player who draws the Jolly Roger has to do an uncomfortable or painful stunt, but must resist the urge to scream. It's the least intelligent use of a library since The Da Vinci Code hit the shelves.

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Fun Find: Cadbury Eyebrows Commercial

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jan 31st 2009 6:00PM
This ain't your momma's Cadbury.

There's just something about the Super Bowl that makes me want to curl up with my foam finger and some seven-layer dip and watch commercials.

Just to get all you non-sports lovers with short attention spans in the same festive mood for this weekend's big game, I thought I'd share this gem of an ad for Cadbury.

Set aside any traumatic event you most likely had with the yolk cream-filled eggs as a child and allow the erratic eyebrow dancing of some very expressive children to change your mind about the chocalatier. Hopefully there's at least one commercial as random and adorable this weekend ... if not, I'm totally hitting up Will Arnett's online Super Bowl party.


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I'm dreaming of a Pale Force Christmas

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 22nd 2006 4:03PM
Pale Force ChristmasThe third and final installment of Conan O'Brien and comedian Jim Gaffigan's "Pale Force" animated Christmas episode can now be streamed online, and it's a classic. Not only does it manage to satirize every single pop culture manifestation of this most precious of holidays, it also throws in a dig about the Eurocentric depiction of Christ, gives us an animated Andy Warhol and poses the question, "What would the world be like if Conan weren't pale?"

The number of sly references in the three-parter is dazzling as are such jaunty songs as "Not Going to Get Me Down This Year" and "Christmas is the Palest Time of Year." So, move over Scrubs' Charlie Brown Xmas and SNL's "Dick in a Box," the "Pale Force Christmas" episode has entered the favorite holiday viral race.

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