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Fake Game Show Physically and Psychologically Tests Their Contestants

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 22nd 2010 8:09PM
If you had the chance to take home thousands of dollars and all you had to do was inflict teeth wrenching pain on a fellow human being, would you do it?

In France, a documentary posing as a fake TV game show posed just that question and the results may surprise you. They won't if you're a cynical bastard with no hope for humanity.

The concept for the experiment is based in part from the work of Stanley Milgram, a social psychologist who sought to understand the psychological actions of the Third Reich and the Nazi regime and how authority influenced their actions.



[via Neatorama]

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I'm a fool for this Chanel No. 5 commercial

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 12th 2009 11:02AM
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You can really tell that the holiday season is coming by the commercials you see on TV. I'm not just talking about the Norelco sled in the snow or the K-Mart layaway pitches. I'm talking about the high end, classy jewelry and perfume commercials that are there to give guys ideas about what to give their spouses.

One of the most beautiful perfume ads I've seen in a long time has been getting a lot of exposure lately. It's for Chanel N°5 with the French actress Audrey Tautou. You probably have seen it, but might remember it more if I tell you about the music. It's a very soulful, bluesy rendition of "I'm A Fool To Want You."

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Software upgrade turns satellite receivers into PVRs

by Brad Linder, posted Feb 27th 2008 10:03AM
Canal+Personal video recorders with a USB port for an external hard drive are a dime a dozen these days. But French satellite provider Canal+ is offering something a bit different. Canal+ customers can turn their existing HD set top box into a PVR by adding an external hard drive.

What's new here is that the box didn't start out as a personal video recorder at all, just a satellite receiver. Sure, they've always had a USB port, but it was one of those ports that was set aside for future use. And now that the future is here, Canal+ has pushed out a software upgrade to all 250,000 boxes installed in customers' homes.

As far as I can tell from the press release, customers can use the PVR function for no additional charge. But my French is a bit rusty, so if anyone feels like perusing the Canal+ web site to uncover more details, please let us know what you find out in the comments.

[via Gizmodo]

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My Name Is Earl: Foreign Exchange Student

by Michael Sciannamea, posted Feb 2nd 2007 12:29AM

(S02E14) If you had to have just one takeaway point from this particular episode, it would be that Randy Hickey, of all people, is a studmuffin!

Thankfully, this episode again featured Earl crossing an item off his list. Although we've seen this season expanded storylines and not a total reliance of the "formula" of the first season, I think the show is much better when the story has something to do with Earl's list. Let's remember that the premise of the show is Earl making amends for his past wrongs and his good fortune allows him to do this.

Did anyone else think of Zinedane Zidane when Pierre walked into the Crab Shack and headbutted Earl right to the floor? There was another brilliant French sporting reference later on when Lance Armstrong's name was mentioned and Pierre went into a tirade--but in French.

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Gilmore Girls: French Twist

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 14th 2006 10:55PM
Gilmore Girls: French Twist(S07E07) Thanks for ruining things, Mike.

I'm talking to Mike Ausiello, TV Guide's resident Gilmore Girls fan and spoiler king. Because he had well-placed moles over at GG (he was an extra there, after all), he revealed a big-ass plot point from this episode a few weeks ago, and by the time it wrapped around the Internets, even spoiler-averse people like me knew what was going to happen tonight. So the surprise wasn't there at all.

(By the way, I like Mike. Even interviewed him once. Nice fella. But he's gotten so big that it's hard to avoid his spoilers, even if you want to.)

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Jerry Lewis named abbot of the Friars Club

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 10th 2006 3:03PM

jerry lewisThe position of "abbot" the leadership role of the (in)famous Friars Club has remained vacant for two years following the death of former abbot Alan King. That changed recently when Jerry Lewis was named the new abbot of the Friars Club at a recent "roast," the 80 year old comedian's third time in the hot seat after being roasted in 1971 and 1986. Comedian and Law and Order actor Richard Belzer served as roast master for the ceremony. I did a quick search but didn't see anything about this particular roast appearing on Comedy Central, though I think it would be fun to see. I always prefer the older, venerable comedians over the young ones.

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French confiscate Weeds merchandise

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 5th 2006 3:07PM

pot lrafWhile I certainly have no moral issues with pot use, I've never understood why a person would wear a shirt with a huge pot leaf on it. I mean, I love blueberry waffles but I'm not going to wear a shirt with a picture of blueberry waffles on it, even though it would obviously be the coolest shirt ever. Of course, if you're trying to promote a TV show called Weeds you'll probably have a few pot leaves on your garments. Just don't tell the French.

While in Cannes, Lionsgate, which produces the Showtime series, had their booth visited by French officials, who confiscated boxes of shirts and caps with pot leaves on them, claiming they encourage drug use. The producers were asked to provide a script, an episode of the show, and a letter saying the garments do not promote drug use.

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BREAKING NEWS: Charlie Rose to have heart surgery

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 29th 2006 9:25AM
Charlie RosePBS talk show host Charlie Rose will undergo heart surgery today in Paris. He'll have a mitral valve repaired (he experienced shortness of breath while on location in Syria for the show). He'll be away from the show for several weeks.

I know, I know, you're all wondering who they're going to get to replace him. In a statement, the show says that they'll have various journalists and foreign policy experts.

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The latest Bachelor breakup

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 8th 2006 5:36PM
travis stork sarah stone break upIf reality television stars can't find true love through liquor and hot tubs, is there any hope for the rest of us? It's true, the latest happy couple created on ABC's The Bachelor is splitsville. Despite professing mutual admiration for each other when The Bachelor concluded last month, it turns out that Travis Stork and Sarah Stone weren't meant to be. Stork gave Stone a diamond ring on a necklace during the season finale on Feb. 27th, but didn't propose. He just said he wanted to return to Nashville (hometown for both of them) to see how it goes. Of course, that actual interaction happened in November and the two haven't been allowed to see each other or date until the season finale aired last month. Stork and Stone follow a long line of The Bachelor couples who haven't made it. In fact, the only couple that survives is The Bachelorette's Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter, who married in December 2003.

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