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Cash for TV clunkers

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 24th 2009 10:33AM
The FlintstonesThe "Cash For Clunkers" program ends tonight at 8PM, which is probably a good thing because we won't have to hear the term "Cash For Clunkers" anymore. But what about TV cars? Which famous television autos are in such bad shape they should be traded in? TV Tango has a fun list that includes the Beverly Hillbillies car and Columbo's old Peugeot.

It's a clever list, and includes the new vanity plates each car would have.

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What are the six most annoying words on TV this summer?

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 17th 2009 8:36PM
I think we can all agree that the worst thing on TV this summer can be summed up in six words: It's gonna be a Subaru summer! God, I hate those commercials. I wanted to post one of them here but I can't find it anywhere online. I guess even people on YouTube can't bring themselves to post one of them, that's how bad they are.

I did find this though. It's a Subaru commercial from 1992. You can probably guess who that guy is. The character he plays on TV today acts a lot like this, though now he talks more about physics than punk rock.

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What You Missed Last Night: Jon Stewart pities the fuel

by Bob Sassone, posted May 21st 2009 1:31PM
You have to love a Daily Show segment that includes a random reference to an 80s one hit wonder band in the middle of a story about new gas emission standards. (Video also here.) Though I am curious as to how many people watching even got the reference to another band, Queen.

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What You Missed Last Night: Stephen Colbert and the city of the future!

by Bob Sassone, posted May 8th 2009 10:32AM
I wasn't sure which segment from last night's Colbert Report to post, but I picked this interview with architect Mitchell Joachim because they talk about The Jetsons, Keebler Elves, and Knight Rider! Joachim wants to rebuild cities, infrastructure, and even cars so they are more human-friendly. At one point Colbert calls these cars "Nerf Cars," which is a very funny visual. I'm not sure how fast you'd be able to go in a Nerf Car though. Wait 'til you see this guy's plan for a future bus.

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Breaking news - Oprah and Tyler Perry are crazy rich! - VIDEO

by Eliot Glazer, posted Mar 9th 2009 6:01PM
oprah tyler perry money cars rich mogul madea gayle kingBless Oprah Winfrey's soul for all the good work she does in the name of bettering humanity. She gets people to read, she gives poor kids scholarships, she reaches out to victims of environmental disaster, and, of course, there was that time she gave a new car to everyone in her audience. She's a money fairy out to save the world, and we applaud her for it.

But then there are times when Oprah's weird side comes out, when that unique connection she so strongly maintains with her audience - both in the studio and viewers at home - is broken in favor of reminders that, oh yeah, Planet Oprah might not be such a crazy notion. The lady probably uses $100 bills to clean her teeth. And, in case you'd forgotten, she and buddies Gayle King and Tyler Perry will remind you, as they did while palling around on Friday's show, on which Oprah retold a super-nauseating story about Perry giving her the most incredibly unnecessary gift a media mogul could ever not hope for.

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Movies on TV: Feb. 15-21

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 15th 2009 6:00AM
Don't miss Owen Wilson and Hilary Swank in two of this week's must-see flicks ...

The Pixar renaissance continues tonight with back-to-back airings of 'Cars.' Among the famous voices you'll hear: Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt and Paul Newman in the last feature-film of his career.

Also airing this week are two Best Picture-winners. First, the Clint Eastwood-directed 'Million Dollar Baby,' starring Oscar-winner Hilary Swank.

Then don't miss the toe-tapping musical 'Chicago,' which won an additional five Oscars, including one for Catherine Zeta-Jones.

See more of our flick picks of the week after the jump.



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Movies on TV: Nov. 30 - Dec. 6

by Andrew Scott, posted Nov 30th 2008 6:00AM
'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'
Sun., Nov. 30, 7PM on TNT


Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam march toward Mount Doom to destroy the ring, while Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and warriors prepare for a final confrontation with Sauron and his allies.

'Casino'
Mon., Dec. 1, 8PM on AMC


A New York bookie (Robert De Niro) and his pal (Joe Pesci) turn a Las Vegas casino into an empire, then one's money-hungry wife (Sharon Stone) helps bring it down.

See all upcoming airings

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Top Gear USA hosts named

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 16th 2008 4:40PM
top gearCar enthusiasts, take note: The British series all about cars, Top Gear, is coming to America. That's been previously announced, but today we can share the news that Adam Carolla, Tanner Foust and Eric Stromer will be teaming up to host the new NBC incarnation of Top Gear. It just so happens that I was watching Top Gear on BBC America yesterday and it's a fun show; it's not too techie-car show, it's more about the chemistry among the three hosts and the fun, goofy challenges they do that involve cars.

Yesterday's show, for instance, pitted a one host in a Mercedes Benz SUV driving from London the the airport versus one host on a super bicycle, another in a speed boat on the Thames, and The Stig -- an anonymous test driver -- making the trek via public transportation. It was pretty funny, especially since the car lost!

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NYTVF: Pilot reviews, part one of six

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 6th 2007 2:10PM

Deal With ItThe third annual New York Television Festival is now taking place in the Big Apple. As we did last year, we will review each of the pilots in competition there. This is the first of those reviews.

Last year I decided not to review any of the pilots from the New York Television Festival, but this year curiosity got the better of me and I said yes.

I decided to review one of the comedy DVDs. More specifically, the one featuring a pilot with puppets. You know what I learned, Mable? I learned that if your plot is lame and contrived, having puppets as half your cast doesn't improve things at all. Let's get into it (you can view the pilots at MSN):

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Wash your car, make love, it's all the same

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 14th 2007 11:01AM

carLook, we all want old men to have sex, no one's arguing that point, but couldn't Viagra use a different approach with its commercials?

There's one airing right now that shows an older gentleman (not ancient, but probably in his 60s) washing his car. His wife sashays past him, gives him the "I want sex now" look over her shoulder, and steps into the house.

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Street Customs motors onto TLC this fall

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 1st 2007 11:02AM

west coast customsStreet Customs, a new series for TLC set in West Coast Customs in Corona, California and starring owner Ryan Friedlinghaus, will hit TLC Thursdays this fall.

Friedlinghaus started West Coast Customs in 1993, and the business eventually became a phenomenon, raking in over ten million dollars and building custom cars for many famous people. The company is also opening shops in Moscow and Dubai.

TLC scheduled Street Customs for Thursday nights to fit in with similar fare like American Chopper, American Hotrod and Wrecks to Riches.

This sounds like it could be a good series, and given the success of the other shows aired during "Turbo on TLC," I'm sure it will do well.

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Snickers: "After The Kiss"

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 4th 2007 7:12PM

Well, here's a commercials that the gay community won't be thrilled about.

Oh, hell, maybe they'll think it's funny too. Two mechanics working on a car both eat a Snickers bar that is in both of their mouths, like those two dogs in that Disney movie with the spaghetti, and end up kissing for a rather longer time than they probably should have. To prove their manliness they both pull their chest hairs out, which I think could also be seen as trying to turn each other on. Snickers satisfies you...in many different ways.

You can see what happens after the kiss at the web site, appropriately named afterthekiss.com. You can vote for the ending you want.

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No cars in Speed Racer movie?

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 13th 2006 9:03AM

speed racerIn an interview with Empire Online, producer Joel Silver said very little about the upcoming live-action Speed Racer movie from the Wachowski brothers (The Matrix), other than it's going to look really cool. Of course, he's producing the movie, so what else is he going to say, that it'll be a lot of flash and no substance? Silver also said they might not even use cars, which I would assume means they won't use any real cars, and do some kind of fancy CGI effects instead, which I think actually makes sense for this kind of movie.

Silver also had this to say in the interview, regarding the Wachowskis: "They said they'd never work again the Matrix sequels." If you can figure out what the hell that sentence is supposed to mean, you're a better person than I am. I'm trying to figure out why Joel Silver speaks like Yoda.

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Check out Jay's Garage

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 12th 2006 8:03AM

jay lenoMy father and younger brother are the gearheads in my family. Somehow, whatever gene makes you give a crap about automobiles skipped me, which is why I know next to nothing about cars, and why looking at a brand new top of the line sports car gives me about as much joy as dislodging a bit of popcorn from one of my molars. If you happen to be one of those people who eat, sleep and breathe cars, Jay Leno has his own site over on NBC.com called Jay Leno's Garage. I may not be the biggest fan of The Tonight Show or Leno's comedy in general, but he has an affable demeanor and it fits the site well. You can watch videos of Jay and others talking about cars and offering helpful tips. The site also features articles Jay wrote for Popular Mechanics.

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Monk: Mr. Monk and the Actor

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 7th 2006 9:05PM

monk(S05E01) This episode of Monk reflects back to this episode from last season where Monk figured out how an astronaut managed to kill a woman, despite being in deep space at the time of the alleged suicide. The case was such a home run that Hollywood has decided to make a movie about it, and famous actor David Rushkin (Stanley Tucci) has been chosen to play Monk.

Rushkin decides to follow Monk around as he helps investigators figure out how the same man could be involved in two crimes that seem to have no connection to one another: the murder of a woman in her apartment, and the murder of another man at a jewelry store. Monk becomes extremely awkward around the actor, and tries not to let his obsessive compulsive nature show through too much. So much of this show is dependent on Monk's subtle mannerisms, but he exaggerates them to an absurd degree as he tries to impress the actor who's playing him. He all but dances around the crime scene, and even shakes Rushkin's hand without cleaning his own hands clean with a sanitary wipe. He does almost lose it when he gets glitter on his suit, though.

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