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The Office cast as Wii Miis

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 5th 2007 3:02PM
Nintendo Wii Mii The OfficeThe Nintendo Wii includes an editor that allows you to create your own avatar - called a "Mii" - to use while playing Wii games. As you might imagine, it took all of three seconds before people started creating celebrity Miis and uploading them to the internet. Search "mii" in flickr, and you'll find Amy Sedaris as Jerri Blank, Spike Lee and Borat. Kottee hosted a celebrity Mii contest back in December, which resulted in my favorite Mii to date - David Foster Wallace playing tennis.

It was just a matter of time before an Office fanatic had too much time on his hands and created Office Miis - the entire cast of the Emmy Award-winning show as Nintendo avatars. Jim, Dwight and Kevin look the best, but they're all little works of time-wasting, pop culture-inspired art. You can check them out on Flickr.

[Via Digg]

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Washington Post election coverage care of Jon Stewart?

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 15th 2007 2:00PM
Jon Stewart Washington PostRumor has it that The Daily Show's Jon Stewart is in talks with the Washington Post to provide online content for the Post's 2008 election coverage. Neither Comedy Central nor the WashingtonPost.com's editor would confirm the story. As Daily Show followers may remember, Indecision 2004 was released as a DVD and garnered the show's writers and correspondents tremendous critical acclaim. Stewart's deal with the Post would have him providing written, not video, content to the site. It would be a huge coup for the paper and would make it much more difficult for Stewart to maintain his apolitical, "I'm an entertainer; I don't influence the news" claim.

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I'm from Rolling Stone's online writing contest

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 11th 2007 6:31PM
I'm from Rolling Stone contentCops hate cop shows. Doctors hate doctor shows. Comedy writers hate Studio 60, and the media is loving to hate I'm from Rolling Stone. Everyone from Idolator to Salon is lining up to spank Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner and his ridiculous charges, but that's just because they're jealous. When they started out as interns back in the day, they didn't get to rock the red carpet events and see their bylines the next day. They chose the path of hard work to achieve their journalistic dreams when they should have chosen the far more lucrative and entertaining path of reality television.

You don't have to repeat those bitter journalists' mistakes. You can choose a path somewhere in between. I'm from Rolling Stone has started an online writing contest.

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Anything But Love coming to DVD

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 3rd 2006 11:15AM

Anything But LoveI have to admit, this is one show I thought I'd never see on DVD, so maybe there's hope for other short-lived shows from the 80s.

Anything But Love, the ABC comedy that ran from 1989 to 1992, will be released on DVD February 6. The first set will be the first two seasons (28 episodes total). Here's the info, including episode titles.

If you can't place the show, it starred Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Lewis as writers at a top Chicago magazine. They're friends at first but eventually (of course) they become more than that. The show costarred Ann Magnuson as their boss, as well as Holly Fulger, Richard Frank, Louis Giambalvo, and Joseph Maher. It was a solid little show, smart and funny, so I'm really glad it's coming to DVD. The set will include commentaries by Curtis and Lewis.

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Create your own Treehouse of Horror

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 17th 2006 8:45PM
simpsonsSee, this is why it's so hard to get any work done. The official Simpsons Web site has an awesome video editor where you can piece together clips from the upcoming "Treehouse of Horror XVII" (November 5) to create your very own wacky/scary mish mash of Simpson-y goodness. I'm having enough fun just playing around with it, but if you're feeling competitive you can actually enter your creation in a contest for a chance to have it aired on FOX, or to win a trip to the 400th episode party. Other prizes include an autographed drawing from the episode courtesy Matt Groening, and a bunch of limited edition posters. I would enter my own creation, but I'm afraid it would blow everyone's mind. Or I'm just lazy.

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Tabloid Wars coming to Bravo

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 22nd 2006 8:58AM
tvEvery time I write about a new reality show, a part of me dies. Literally, a body part shrivels up, falls off, hits the carpet in a cloud of dust, and is immediately sucked into my Roomba vac. This post is actually being written by half-a-head on a torso. That being said, Gregory Gittrich, who is deputy metropolitan editor of the Daily News, claims the new six-part program from Bravo about the inner workings of his newspaper is not your typical reality show, so I just might give it a chance. The series will follow reporters as they try to get the scoop before the New York Post does, and the daily problems they face trying to get the story.Gittrich further asserts that the show should debunk certain myths about all tabloids being sleazy super market rags. Tabloid Wars premieres Monday on Bravo at 9 p.m.

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George Kashdan dead at 78

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 10th 2006 3:57PM

aquamanGeorge Kashdan, a writer and editor most known for his work with several DC comics, including Superman, Batman, and Aquaman, passed away last Saturday, June 3, at the age of 78 due to complications from a stroke. Besides working for DC from 1946 to 1968 and then later for Gold Key Comics, he also worked as a writer for a handful of super hero-themed television series in the 1960s, including Aquaman; The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure; The New Adventures of Aquaman; and The Mighty Hercules. Kashdan spent the latter part of his life in a Los Angeles retirement home. Comic book and television writer Mark Evanier has an in-depth obituary about the man and his work in the field of comic books over on his blog.

[via Toon Zone]

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BBC mistakes cab driver for computer expert

by Anna Johns, posted May 16th 2006 3:33PM
bbcThis is like something out of a sitcom. The BBC is apologizing for putting a cab driver on television as a computer expert. How does this happen? Well, the cab driver appeared at the BBC front desk and someone assumed he was the computer expert who was scheduled to appear on a news program. Without asking any questions, he was whisked onto the set and interviewed on live television. He made a valiant effort at trying to answer the anchor's questions! She only asked him three questions about downloading music before suddenly tossing to a reporter in the field. I think someone told her in her ear that she had the wrong guy on set.

It's especially funny when the cab driver is introduced as the editor of some tech magazine -- the look on his face is priceless. Apparently, the real tech editor watched the whole thing from the BBC reception area.

The YouTube video is after the jump:

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