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Wikipedia will black out its Web site on Wednesday to protest SOPA, a version of anti-piracy legislation that’s being considered by Congress.
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales made the announcement on Twitter on Monday, saying the site would shut down English versions of the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia at midnight Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday until midnight on Wednesday.
Wales called the move a “community decision.” He pointed to a page that was created to gauge support for a possible blackout. Users have until 6:59 p.m. today to weigh in on the decision.
Wales and other SOPA opponents hope to draw attention to language in SOPA that, according to some, is too broad and could hurt free speech and innovation.
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales. (AP) Wikipedia is not alone in its plans for a blackout. Reddit and the Cheezburger network that includes sites like The Daily What and Fail Blog also plan to shut down to protest SOPA. The document service Scribd already made a billion pages vanish. Craigslist boasts a notice on their frontpage saying “Stop SOPA and PIPA. [The bills] are threatening Craigslist and the rest of your Internet. Most of the web sites you use strongly oppose these bills.”
The online protests are changing the debate.
Over the weekend, the White House hinted that it would oppose the current version of the bill. And key sponsors are stepping away from its most controversial aspects.
If Wikipedia blacks out as promised, Wales expects an estimated 25 million daily visitors to be affected. His advice for students who might rely on the site: “Do your homework early.”
Opinions are like noses, everyone has one but most of them blow. Consequently, so don’t some of the dresses worn on last night’s Golden Globes red carpet. While many stars looked absolutely stunning (Charlize, Angelina, Steve Buscemi, I’m looking at you) I really can’t be bothered to give notes of congratulations to people when I can systematically bully beautiful people from behind the safety of my computer screen instead. So without further ado, here is my list of the top 10 worst dressed people at the 2012 Golden Globes.
1. JESSICA BIEL
It is obvious that Jessica Biel is incredible close to her grandmother. Wearing not only her dusty old balloon valance as a dress but wearing her 1950s Maidenform girdle from Sears & Robuck? So sweet and so fucking ugly.
2. MARIA MENOUNOS
Peanut butter jelly time! Peanut butter jelly time! Do the peanut butter jelly, peanut butter jelly, peanut butter jelly with a baseball bat! Peanut butter jelly, peanut butter jelly, peanut butter jelly with a baseball bat!
3. NAYA RIVERA
Now, some might say Naya Rivera’s dress was not only unflattering but downright ugly. I, however, commend her for reminding us that even the most flawfree of individuals can occasionally look fucking awful. From the terrible seaming to that horrid ruched turtleneck thingie to the dishwater color, it all fails. Let's just put it this way, if her options were to wear that dress or go naked, she made the wrong choice. Though, full disclosure, no matter what she wore I think we’d all prefer if she had just gone naked. Baby girl is BANGIN.
4. AMANDA PEET
Dress sponsored by Swiffer.
5. CAMERON DIAZ
Cameron decided to sport the drunk Texan mother of 4 look last evening. This black and blue monstrosity appears to have been purchased from the clearance section of hsn.com and pairs perfectly with her tousled 90s lesbian do and glossy 'I just smoked a bowl in the ladies room' eyes. It all comes together to create a look that says “Ya know, I wassss a modellll before my good for nuttin husband stole my youth. But I’m still pretty right? You think I’m pretty? You would have sex with me? Right? Oh my god, you think I’m fat don’t you? *cries*"
6. ZOOEY DESCHANEL
Although this was once a stunning and simple black, Prada gown, Zooey got a little carried away reenacting the famous Exorcist scene in her limo and got vegan pea soup all over her pretty dress. Needless, to say there is nothing good about The Good Girl star’s dress of choice.
7. SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR
Sarah Michelle Gellar opted for a lovely sleeping bag she found at a Phish concert. Wonder if it smells as bad as it looks.
8. PIPER PERABO
This dress is a fashion equivalent of a mullet, party on the top, homeless bag lady of the bottom. Is the slutty paratrooper look a new trend I should watch out for?
9. MERYL STREEP
I will not insult the Queen. I can only assume that she is currently starring in a remake of the 1990s Nickleodeon classic Hey Dude and was late from set and therefore unable to change.
The Artist may have won Best Picture but the film's star couldn’t even be bothered to put on pants for the event? What a bitch.
Ok, everyone! It's been decided (poll) that ONTD will participate in a blackout to protest SOPA/PIPA tomorrow, from 8am-8pm EST.
Now, I originally thought that we wouldn't accept posts for that period of time, but still have posts for people to comment. It was meant to show what ONTD would basically turn into (if it still existed tbh) should this/these bill pass. Other people have brought up that it's not really a blackout and counterintuitive to the cause if people can still comment.
SO. I'm leaving it up to you guys. The poll will determine the outcome, so please vote!
This is the only article I could find on the news. As soon as more info comes out one way or another, it will be posted:
BAFTA-winning actress Lauren Socha is to appear in court charged with a racially aggravated assault.
The Misfits star, 21, is due to appear at Derby crown court this week. She is set to stand trial later in the year over the alleged attack in the city.
Last year, she won a Bafta in the Best Supporting Actress category for her performance as chav Kelly Bailey in the Channel 4 comedy drama Misfits.
Interviewed in October she said she went back to her home city of Derby most weekends, adding: “I’m like the hero of Derby. It’s dead nice to know I’ve achieved something. I love my home and all my mates at home, so it’s a really nice feeling.”
Socha was shortlisted in the same Bafta category in 2010 when she played a girl living in a care home in drama The Unloved.
In happier news, the cast attended the Comedy awards a few weeks ago:
And Iwan Rheon (Simon), Antonia Thomas (Alisha), and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Curtis) attended a screening of the film Shame in London a few days ago:
And the three were interviewed about sex scenes, porn, and their upcoming projects:
1, 2, 3
These characters are mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore!
What scene takes the #1 spot?
20. Wanted (2008)
James McAvoy tells off his abrasive boss in front of the whole office in this scene from Timur Bekmambetov’s geeked-out action flick, an act of defiance that puts him on the path of embracing his destiny as the son of a professional assassin. Bekmambetov’s style is so over-the-top and undisciplined that the scene is more bizarre than cathartic, but McAvoy’s effortless likability keeps it at least somewhat grounded in something resembling reality. The cherry on top is a keyboard to Chris Pratt’s face; that’ll teach you to sleep with Charles Xavier’s girlfriend, pal.
19. Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
There’s been a countless number of scenes where the person quitting their job is oh so calm, collected and witty as the boss — who usually deserves being told off and then some — gets all flustered and exasperated but remains powerless and is ultimately mega-humiliated, usually in front of the rest of the office. “Bridget Jones’ Diary” has one of those scenes, with Renee Zellweger never breaking a sweat (or her fake British accent) as she tells that sleazy lovable fop Hugh Grant that he can stick his six-weeks-notice policy where the sun don’t shine.
18. Two Weeks Notice (2002)
Yeah, after years of working 18-hour days, seven days a week for a lawyer who treats her more like a nanny than a colleague, let a girl have her stapler, would ya? Sandra Bullock tries to leave her job with quiet dignity, but all it takes is one person to challenge her about so-called “company property” for all of the anger and frustration involved with being overworked and unappreciated to explode all over the place. Wouldn’t you know it, Hugh Grant plays the boss in this, too, though he’s a little less of a jerk here than he was in “Bridget Jones’ Diary.” Anyway, let this be a lesson to anyone who ever sees someone taking office supplies on their last day — just look the other way.
17. Scarface (1983)
“I gotta protect my investment!” Oh, Tony — if you had just stayed at your greasy spoon job and at least tried to make an honest living like the rest of the Cuban refugees, maybe you wouldn’t have ended up riddled with bullets and done a belly-flop into your indoor pool-fountain thing. Tony Montana (Al Pacino) and his pal Manny (Steven Bauer) decide to commit to a life of crime full-time in this scene, literally throwing their towels into the face of their employer and leaving him to do all of the dirty dishes himself. One of the most epic rises to power and descents into hell will soon ensue.
16. Parenthood (1989)
Family comes before putting in overtime so clients can get laid in Ron Howard’s ensemble dramedy, with Steve Martin realizing that nothing he does at work is ever going to be good enough for his bosses as long as he’s got a wife and kids to steal his attention from the office. The former wild and crazy guy of “Saturday Night Live” can’t help but go a little over-the-top in this scene (he does a particular weird hand gesture with “Aren’t you dazzled?” that he doesn’t seem to think works himself), but his everyman charm keeps you rooting for him as he chooses being a husband and father over putting together deals for ungrateful suits with questionable priorities.
15. Jerry Maguire (1996)
Technically, sports agent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) didn’t quit, he was fired, but this still makes for one of the best-ever “exit” scenes in the history of cinema. Upon turning 35, Jerry suddenly has a crisis of conscience about the corrupt industry he works in and writes a brutally honest article that ends up being a little too revelatory for the bosses’ comfort; Jerry gets canned, but he’s not going out without a rousing, Cameron Crowe-penned speech. Cruise is fantastic in this scene, as is his goldfish.
14. Out of Sight (1998)
Hell no, George Clooney’s not going to be a security guard for Albert Brooks! The ego of a career bank robber gets the better of Jack Foley (Clooney) when he’s offered a “lousy job with a lousy wage” by his former prison buddy in Steven Soderbergh’s ultra-hip adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s crime novel. Clooney’s not yet the seasoned film actor he is now in this flick (that random point to Brooks at the mention of “bank robbers with pension plans” is a little awkward), but he’s still super-cool George Clooney, with Brooks playing a sort of white collar version of his villain role in “Drive.”
13. Stripes (1981)
Being called a bum is the last straw for perpetual screw-up John (Bill Murray), who suddenly quits his job as a taxi driver by pulling over and abandoning the vehicle in the middle of a New York City bridge, leaving his mean-spirited passenger to find alternate transportation to the airport. The day’s only going to get worse (or, in retrospect, better) for John, as he’ll later get dumped by his girlfriend and lose his own car; this series of unfortunate (or, in retrospect, fortunate) events will inspire him to grab his best buddy (Harold Ramis) and join the U.S. Army. Sometimes all it takes is one irate taxi passenger to prompt a radical life change.
12. Working Girl (1988)
The best thing about this scene is Melanie Griffith actually seems to be laughing out of character as she sprays champagne all over Kevin Spacey. Her ditzy cackle brings a sense of realism to an otherwise completely contrived scene in which Spacey tries to seduce her by “accidentally” putting on a porn in the back of limo — it also distracts from lingering too long on Griffith’s appallingly awful ’80s hairdo (though it’s nothing compared to Joan Cusack’s, which you’re spared from witnessing here). Anyway, Melanie proves that she’s “hungry but not that hungry” when it comes to climbing the corporate ladder, thus embarking on one of the most beloved feminist journeys of ’80s cinema.
11. Office Space (1999) One of my personal faves!
“My, uh, flair?” Has anyone who’s worked at a restaurant in a movie ever been happy with their job? Movie restaurants are places of sheer misery, attracting the most condescending and obnoxiously passive-aggressive kinds of managers — and Jennifer Aniston doesn’t need it. Jennifer gets a chance to “express herself” and quits with “flair” in this scene from Mike Judge’s now-classic comedy, the unofficial companion piece to Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” as a spot-on portrait of the near-surreal day-to-day drudgery of the working stiff.
10. Network (1976)
“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” So goes the battle cry of Howard Beale (Peter Finch), the mad prophet of the airwaves, a news anchor fired from his network due to declining ratings; he’s given a second career of sorts when the network starts to exploit his increasingly deranged rants and revelations about media and the state of the world in general. This classic scene isn’t so much a “quitting scene” in a traditional sense, but it’s a prime example of how one’s job can completely skew their world view — and their sanity (though, indeed, is he really “insane?”). If you gotta go, go out swinging — and swinging hard.
9. Mr. Mom (1983)
Jack (Michael Keaton) was technically laid off from his engineering job, but in this scene he’s given a chance to get it back if he backs up a lie conjured up by his superior (Jeffrey Tambor); as he refuses, it qualifies as quitting from a potential re-hire. Keaton displays the kind of twitchy, dangerous energy in this scene that would lead to him being the ideal choice to play Bruce Wayne in Tim Burton’s “Batman” movies; it’s a treat to watch him indignantly pace around the room, hands on his hips, pointing accusingly at the suits behind the desk and at his old boss. Why doesn’t this man work much anymore? Wasn’t there a part for him in Burton’s “Dark Shadows”?
8. Lost in America (1985)
No one can do upper-middle-class misery quite like Albert Brooks. He’s perfect at playing put-upon characters who just don’t know when to leave well enough alone, making uncomfortable scenes like this one almost completely unbearable as we watch him dig a deeper and deeper hole for himself. Brooks quitting his gig at an advertising agency (an industry often portrayed as a miserable place to work in movies, oddly enough) upon not receiving a long sought-after promotion prompts the entire journey (and point) of “Lost in America,” proving once again that sometimes you have to lose the job to find yourself.
7. Half-Baked (1998)
You know every single person that works or has worked in the fast food industry has fantasized about this scenario at one point or another — probably at least once a day, actually. Scarface (Guillermo Diaz) quits his flippin’-burgers gig in the underrated stoner comedy, “Half Baked,” letting it be known that the customers are just as responsible for his oppression as his boss and co-workers (not all of them, though — there’s one patron in particular that he relieves of any blame). Oh, what sweet, deep-fried catharsis.
6. Burn After Reading (2008)
“This doesn’t have to be unpleasant.” This clip ends before we actually see Osbourne Cox (John Malkovich) quit his CIA analyst job in response to being demoted, but you can see where it’s heading. Malkovich gives his most spirited performance in years in the Coen Brothers’ dark comedy, obviously delighting in all of the anger and profanity he gets to throw around in almost every scene he’s in. The Coens try to bring their usual control-freak, ultra-mannered style to this scene, but Malkovich gives it an unpredictable, anarchic edge — you half-expect him to pull out a grenade and just blow everyone sky-high.
5. Breaking Away (1979)
Watch as a young Rorschach from “Watchman” literally punches the clock! People seem to have forgotten that Jackie Earle Haley was quite the renowned child actor, stealing bases (and scenes) as Kelly Leak in “The Bad News Bears” and coming of age as Moocher in “Breaking Away.” Mooch needs a job, but he doesn’t need a job where the boss calls him “Shorty” — quitting within 30 seconds of your first day has to be some sort of record, and Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid (looking considerably older than his co-stars) and Daniel Stern heartily approve.
4. The Apartment (1960)
“You dig?” Fred MacMurray dares condescend to Jack Lemmon in Billy Wilder’s mischievous comedy. Lemmon plays an executive who tries to rise in the ranks of his company (all the way up to the 27th Floor, in fact) by letting the higher-ups use his apartment for trysts; things get complicated when he embarks on a romance of his own and starts to realize that the whole arrangement is rather, well, gross. If you want to be cynical about it, Lemmon’s C.C. Baxter could be seen as a younger version of Shelly ‘The Machine’ Levene, the washed-up salesman he played 32 years later in “Glengarry Glen Ross,” though we’d like to think Baxter went on to a lucrative career and never needed to rob his own office.
3. Reality Bites (1994)
John Mahoney makes for one of the worst movie bosses of all time as the host of an intolerably cheesy talk show, with Winona Ryder playing his emotionally abused assistant. When it comes time for Winona to instigate her own firing, director Ben Stiller can’t help but go a little too far with the wacky shenanigans (this is the guy behind the sketch comedy show, “The Ben Stiller Show,” after all) as Mahoney makes a fool (or, rather, a prick) of himself on television thanks to some tampered-with notecards (that cutaway shot to the aghast audience is especially wretched), but how can you not help but cheer when Winona Ryder gets her revenge against a big jerk? Hopelessly dated now, “Reality Bites” now serves as a historical piece documenting the trials and tribulations of employment-phobic Generation X.
2. American Beauty (1999) I love love LOVE this scene.
When Kevin Spacey takes on that smarmy, self-righteous tone he’s so good at, there’s no actor more intimidating — or scathingly funny. Spacey’s Lester Burnham is a put-upon suburban father and husband who suddenly has an epiphany of almost supernatural proportions that leads to a series of radical life changes, one of which is quitting his job at an advertising agency in the most satisfying way possible. Thank goodness we have the movies to fuel our fantasies of telling off our bosses so we don’t go around pulling this kind of crap ourselves.
And of course... 1. Fight Club (1999)
This is, for many, the best scene in David Fincher’s ode to masculinity in a hopelessly emasculated society, as the Narrator (Edward Norton) goes to physical extremes — on himself — in blackmailing his boss (Zach Grenier). “Fight Club” is usually at its best whenever Brad Pitt’s id-driven Tyler Durden is around, but Norton really shines in this tour-de-force moment of self-mutilation — it’s both funny and scary watching him punch himself in the face and crash through glass as the boss is too awestruck to realize just how screwed he is now. Jack’s Smirking Revenge, indeed.
This list isn't half bad! What do you think, ONTD? Agree or disagree?
So ONTD, any funny/awesome/awful/horrifying job quitting stories? I wish I had a fun story to tell aside from the time that I worked for the absolute worst mother/son duo on the planet at a restaurant. It's the only time I've ever given anyone the double finger IRL and it really felt great.
Swiss archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a female singer -- who may have been the "Lady Gaga" of her time -- dating back almost 3,000 years in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.
The rare find was made accidentally by a team from Switzerland's Basel University headed by Elena Pauline-Grothe and Susanne Bickel in Karnak, near Luxor in Upper Egypt, the Antiquities Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said on Sunday.
The woman, Nehmes Bastet, was a singer for the supreme deity Amon Ra during the Twenty-Second Dynasty (945-712 BC), according to an inscription on a wooden plaque found in the tomb.
She was the daughter of the High Priest of Amon, Ibrahim said.
The discovery is important because "it shows that the Valley of the Kings was also used for the burial of heavenly individuals and priests of the Twenty-Second Dynasty," he added.
The coffin was opened on Monday and Bickel told the BBC that she saw the "nicely wrapped" mummy of the woman who was buried in the tomb.
Bickel said that the upper edge of the tomb was discovered on the first day of the Egyptian revolution on Jan 25, 2011. The discovery was then kept secret and an iron cover was placed over the opening to the tomb.
Last week, as this year's field season began, the tomb was identified, one of the few tombs in the Valley of the Kings that wasn't looted during the recent unrest.
The Wanted's First Stop In America XL1067 Orlando
The dj explains to the guys to not go to the wrong side of the tracks.
Jay wants to try Funions before he goes back to the UK
Tom want's to try In-n-out Burget
Max wants to try White Castle (ewwwww)
There was a longass line outside the venue in Orlando with fans waiting to get in to see them.
These dudes are so happening in the US ONTD get ready.
Although it was just last week that George Lucas promised during a Daily Show interview thatRed Tails is just the first part of a proposed trilogy, Lucas has already gone back and tweaked his original comments, correcting the tone and inserting new dialogue that puts Spike Lee or Lee Daniels in charge of any potential follow-ups, and which suggests that Lucas is leaving behind big-budget filmmaking. Lucas unveiled the Special Edition of his future in this New York Times interview, in which he laments the difficulties of getting Red Tails financed, then concludes, “I’m retiring. I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff.” Aside from a possible fifth Indiana Jones movie, which is more or less handled by software these days, Lucas says he plans to follow his friend Francis Ford Coppola’s example and instead focus on making “more personal” films described as “small in scope, esoteric in subject and screened mostly in art houses”—and most importantly, away from jerks who don’t like what he did with Star Wars.
“Why would I make any more when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?” Lucas grumbles of Star Wars fans, comparing their pleas to stop changing everything about the films they like to the dictatorial demands of the studios, as they both rob him of the important freedom to alter his past work to fit his every passing whim. And not that he has to explain his decisions to them, but still he graciously does—revealing, for example, that he changed it so Greedo shoots Han first because the original scene was “a violation of his own naïve style,” a commitment to moviemaking’s old-fashioned idealism and innocence that Lucas restored by grafting on an animated laser beam.
Lucas even dismisses Steven Spielberg’s recent claim that the “nuke the fridge” sequence inIndiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull was Spielberg’s idea, saying, “He’s trying to protect me” (that being the sole instance when it appeared Spielberg actually was trying to protect him). In fact, Lucas said he had to go out of his way to convince Spielberg to put it in there by preparing a six-inches-thick “nuking-the-fridge dossier”—one that laid out the 50-50 statistical odds that a human could survive an atom bomb in a lead-lined fridge, and thus scientifically proved that it wasn’t a completely ridiculous, cartoonishly undignified way to start an Indiana Jones movie, because science. Anyway, fortunately Lucas won’t have to explain these sorts of things to you anymore.
Speaking as someone who's not even a big fan of Star Wars, he'd have a lot less people upset if he just stopped withholding the original versions of the film. Ridley Scott made the theatrical version of Blade Runner available on Blu-ray even though he hated it. It's baffling as to why Lucas is so stubborn.
A babe, a band and a brawler — Kia hopes those three elements will make its Super Bowl ad stand out from the rest.
The automaker has enlisted supermodel Adriana Lima, rockers Mötley Crüe and mixed martial arts fighter Chuck Liddell for its 60-second ad for the Kia Optima Limited. The idea is one man's fondest dream.
"As we're dreaming at night, our true desires come out," says Michael Sprague, Kia Motors America head of marketing and communications.
This fellow envisions driving an Optima around a track filled with manly fantasies such as a skimpily-clad Lima, Liddell fighting and Mötley Crüe onstage doing Kickstart My Heart. Sprague calls it "the ultimate man's dream" yet is quick to add "but it's not offensive to women, either."
Kia wants buzz during the Feb. 5 game, but also before and after, says David Angelo, creative chief at Kia ad agency David & Goliath.
The ad will launch in movie theaters Feb. 3, and Kia also will air 15-second teaser ads on TV beforehand. Kia also will leverage the Twitter and Facebook followings of the ad's stars.
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Midsize family sedans such as Optima can come off as boring and staid, says Angelo, but this ad showcases the Kia's edgier design and its performance, as well as Kia's ambition to be a top-tier brand. "This was a great opportunity for us to come out big," he says.
Just a reminder that season 3 of Cougar Town premieres Tuesday, February 14th at 8:30PM ET!
Co-Creator Kevin Biegel on sticking with the name Cougar Town:
We're a terribly named show. Deal with it and suck my dick. There's a quote and you can use it.
You were supposed to be back on by now, Tuesdays in between seasons of "Dancing with the Stars." Then ABC dragged their feet until a mid-season schedule came out and you were not on it. What was the reaction at Casa "Cougar Town" to that?
The real reaction was it felt like a kick in the balls. This is nothing against ABC, this is not saying they made a poor choice. But it felt like a kick in the balls because we're really proud of the damn show. I've worked hard before on shows. I know it's weird to say you work hard on a TV show, because at the end of the day, you're writing silly jokes for people. But this year, especially, we busted out ass this season. We wanted there to be a progression for the show where it's getting better and better. We wanted it, thematically, to be bigger. We wanted us to do bigger stories and try to tell them in a different way. We hit a stride in season 2 where it was, like, 'This is the kind of show I want to tell.' It was no longer a show about a girl hooking up with guys; it's just about a group of friends hanging out and drinking wine.
The thing about "Parenthood" that I admire so much is that, at the end of the day, that's a show about people being nice to each other. I think that's something that isn't shown enough on TV. Even though it sounds like the most clichéd, boring thing in the world, I think there's a ton of merit to watching a show about characters you care about, and all they want to do is help each other and be nice to each other. We have a show where we've spent 2 seasons now setting up these nice people who want to do nice things to each other. Well, we can do anything with that! And season 3 turned into that. We could do crazy shows with a weird conceit like Sarah Chalke as a woman Bobby's trying to impress on a date. We can maybe seriously entertain the idea of Travis and Laurie finally hooking up. We can do so many things.
That's a long-winded answer, but I was really proud of the work all the actors did. But then they said, "You're not going to be on the air," and I said, "Well, shit, I wish ABC liked the show as much as we do." That was my initial reaction, but that was not the right reaction. Because ABC does like the show as much as we like it. At the end of the day, what it comes down to is they have other shows. They've picked up "Work It," and they need to put that show on the air. That literally is their job. If they don't put that show on the air, financially that's not great for them.
I knew our show was good. If it meant people would see our show two months later than they otherwise would have, I'm okay with that. In the grand scheme of things - 10, 20 years - who cares when the show came on? The shows are still the shows, and they're still really good.
But part of the fallout of this is that you had less shows to do. For instance, you talked about Laurie and Travis maybe hooking up at the end of the season. I assume that got chopped off altogether.
No. It was going to be a 22 episode season, but we did all the stories we wanted to do in the first half of the season. And then when we found out the season was going to be 15, we really had to look at the board of stories we had left and go, "What's the most important thing to do?" There was a whole Bobby golfing thing, there was a whole Bobby taking care of a drifter thing that was really sad and good for the character, and we just didn't have time for it. So basically we just pared down the stories and asked what were the most important ones to do in the final three episodes. In a weird, selfish way, now we have a ton more stories for a fourth season.
So back to "Work It" for a minute: it was not a hit, it was not a bomb, it was just sort of there. Everyone is just assuming that the ratings will trend down, it will be gone soon, and that seems to be a place where ABC would put you. Is "Last Man Standing" a compatible show with yours?
You know what? I don't really believe anymore in the idea of shows being compatible. Aside from NBC on Thursday nights, I can't think of any other network where I just leave the channel on. All I do is bop around to different channels. I've never seen Tim Allen's show; I'm sure it's a fine show. If we're on TV, I'm just happy we're on TV. I think that enough people like us - I don't believe in the model anymore of, "If people watch this show, they're going to watch that show right after it." I think people are just going to watch good shows. People are smart, and they're going to tune from this show to "Ice Road Truckers," to "House Hunters," to whatever show is on the Food Network to ESPN. I think that's the way people watch TV now.
Have they given you any sense, though, of when and where you'd be back?
There have been inklings that, yes, we're going to be on after "Last Man Standing." They said, "Look, after 'Work It' does its run," we will be on after "Last Man Standing," and I am totally fine with that. You don't always realize when you go into the writers room and write these stories, what you do is actually going to be on the air and people across the country are going to see it. Any real estate I get - after the Tim Allen show, on at 11 o'clock, 2 in the morning - that's still on the air, and that's an amazing thing, and God bless ABC for putting us on. So I believe in the show, and I know that when people see it, it's pretty emphatically not a show anymore about her effing younger guys, and they can look forward to seeing what it is now.
Well that brings up the fact that Bill, once again, on the Twitter, started making noise that this would be the year you finally change the title. He asked for suggestions, but you're back and you're still "Cougar Town."
I swear to God, there were days, maybe even weeks if you add all the time up together, where all we did was talk about the title. There were times where I said, "Maybe we should change it," and Gregg Mettler, who's one of the producers, said, "No, we shouldn't," and Bill would say, "We should," and I would say, "Yeah, we should change it because no one's ever done it quite like that before." But at the end of the day, if you change the title, the DVRs don't have the technology to record a new title; they cannot automatically switch over and say, "The name of the show is now 'Sunshine State,'" and we'll lose some people who just don't realize.
And also, not to sound like an asshole, but I kind of like that our title is so awful! We're just going to own it, you know? I love people coming up with new titles, but fuck it! It's called "Cougar Town!" It's the stupidest title ever! What, am I going to run from it? When I'm dead and dying, am I going to be proud because I changed the name to "Wine Time"? Who gives a fuck? I want to go down saying, "The name of the show is 'Cougar Town.'" We pulled up in the bus tonight, and it said, "Cougar Town Party Bus," and I'm like, "That's so much better than 'Wine Time Party Bus.' No one gives a fuck about 'Wine Time.' 'Wine Time' is the lamest, weakest name. "Cougar Town" is so stupid that if you think it's about her fucking young guys, I don't care. People have found us and embraced us despite the horrible, horrible title. I think the discussion about the title is totally over, totally done.
We're a terribly named show. Deal with it and suck my dick. There's a quote and you can use it.
You and "Community" became sister shows last year, ("Community" producers) Neil (Goldman) and Garrett (Donovan) used to work with you on "Scrubs," and now you're both in this strange limbo. Has there been much commiseration between the two groups?
We're in the same boat. One thing I'm wondering is why they aren't doing these viewing parties that we're doing. They're so much fun, and they're just for the fans. The fans seem to really like them. I don't know why "Community" isn't going all over the country. This is going to sound like me being humble, but it's true: if we have a hundred people who will show up for a viewing party in Austin for our show, "Community" is going to get a thousand people, for God's sakes. Go out there and embrace it! That's a great show; they should take that thing on the road!
With the viewing parties, are they just preaching to the converted, or do you think they're actually accomplishing something in terms of when the show comes back?
I think, not to be crass, but the reason why we are doing those parties are twofold: One, we're doing it for the fans. People like the show, the damn thing hasn't been on for 10 months now, and if I like the show a lot, and I found out the creators of the show were doing viewing parties, I'd think that was very cool. And that's me; I'm a fan. If I saw someone doing one of these parties, I'd want to go to it. So, yeah, I think a lot of these parties are for people who like the show anyways. But I think the fact that we're doing them would maybe make someone thinking, "Maybe I should think about watching the show" actually watch it. If it gets people to check out the show, that's awesome. But at the end of the day, these things are totally for the fans, because I fucking love the fans. It's the reason I'm still working, and they should get something as fans. I don't know what's going to happen next year. I don't know if the show's going to go away. If the show goes away, I can't exactly do a victory tour of past episodes. There's a very small window to show them new episodes and to say "Thank you," and this is it.
And it's not that hard, and it's not that much effort. Every single time we try to do one of these things, every city we've gone to has been so enthusiastic, so wonderful, the fans have been so great. TV anymore isn't just about sitting in a fucking writers room and making jokes and not engaging fans with Twitter and Facebook. The fucking Internet, for God's sakes! You can't act like it's 1990 anymore. People like to be part of the experience, and you should let them be part of the experience. If I was a fan, I would want to be in position to watch one of these things.
(Note: the next two questions are courtesy of Fienberg, who had been sitting in on our conversation to that point.)
How much is this political to some degree for you? How much is "The system is broken, and we are fixing a system"?
You know what's funny about this? And this shows how nerdy I am? I am reading "The Hunger Games" right now, and those books are fucking great! It's so good! I'm halfway through the second one. And I love how the books are a very simple idea of revolution from a girl's point of view, basically, and she doesn't want to be part of it. And I swear to God, don't make me look like a douchebag - "I'm Katniss Everdeen, fighting in the capital!" - but there is something serious to say. TV now doesn't just exist from the writers room to the television. People like to be engaged. People like to know that you care about them caring. I really believe that. As a fan myself - for God's sakes, I started as a writer for Ain't It Cool - I love to know when creative people care that I care about their stuff. It makes me feel good. I love when people actually like the work that we've done. When I've been away from my family for 90 hours a week, and haven't seen my little daughter, and the payoff is some person in a viewing party goes, "You know that thing thing you guys did? It made me happy" - that means the world to me.
If I can do these little events and people actually respond to it and feel like they're getting something special, I think that's awesome. And I don't understand why other TV shows don't do this. And I literally think - I don't care if I get in trouble; fuck it - there's a laziness on the part of a lot of TV writers, where they think, "My job is just to write the show and produce the show and that's it." Bill and I are on the same page: "Fuck that. That's not true. Your job now is to go out there and sell the show and tell the fans how much you appreciate them." Because one little spark - like Katniss in "Catching Fire," book 2 - can really start a whole big thing.
I really do think people talk about this stuff. If you say you're enthusiastic about the show because the creators came and talked to you, and you tell your friend, and your friend watches it because the creators were really cool about it, that might lead to something. So why not go for it? Really? What's the alternative? I sit on my own in the writers room and the show goes away? That's so lame! That's so defeatist! That's so 1980s, "Okay, we'll just write a shitty sitcom, and people will like that." Fuck that! That's not the world anymore.
What's your impression of ABC's awareness of what you're doing?
I think they like it. I think they're kind of scared of it. It's new, and they don't know what it means. But at the same time, I'm like you guys. I've grown up on the internet, I've grown up writing for sites and reading comments. I know that by putting yourself out there and actually acknowledging people means something. I hate to say "ivory tower," but I think there's an ivory tower mentality where you just put the work out there and it speaks for itself. I don't think that's true anymore. I think you have to actually go out there and speak for the work and tell people that it's good. Because if you don't engage fans and don't engage people, what are you doing? Internet, TV, media is all about engaging.
(Back to me)
So when you told ABC specifically, "We're going to get a bunch of reporters into the bar on our own dime," what was their response?
"What are you doing? You can't do that! Don't do that!" They were not happy about it. It's just like "Hunger Games": "That's not protocol. You're not supposed to do that!" They weren't for it. They thought it was just weird: "Why do you want to go in a bar and talk to people? You're supposed to go on a panel and talk to everyone from the stage." Just saying that, doesn't that sound insane? You have to go on a panel and talk to people in this weird antiseptic atmosphere where people are scared to ask personal questions? That's horseshit! You go and talk to people face to face.
Okay, from the network point of view, they're going to say, "This is fine and well. Your engagement is awesome, no question. But how am I monetizing this? How is this making success for me as a network?"
There's no way to monetize it. There's absolutely no way to equate this into, "This was worth it." From their perspective, that is. From my perspective, doing this and talking about the show I love and busted my ass on in front of people who appreciate it, that's all the satisfaction I need. I guarantee, if our show comes back on the air and we do halfway decent, you will see other shows do this in a heartbeat. You will see a "Touch" panel across the country where Kiefer Sutherland is fielding 90% "24" movie questions to audiences in Topeka. That is going to happen because it has to happen. You guys know: there are 9000 channels on TV. There are so many shows on TV right now. Why would you watch X show? Because they care about you! You want the feeling that the show you care about cares about you back. And I hope that people who like this show are getting that feeling. That's why we're doing this. Doing something like this is like a thank you to them. I think you have to do it.
I hate saying this, because I get in trouble for it - "Don't say bad things about the old guard!" - but I hate old comedy writers who don't think you have to go out and engage fans. That's lame.
Have you heard from anybody on other shows about what you're doing?
I haven't. I don't think it's because they haven't cared. I just think it's that running a TV show is so goddamn hard. Now I sound like an asshole! "Oh, it's so hard!" It's not that hard. You write a bunch of dick jokes and go home. But it takes a lot of time. "Bones" doesn't need to do something like this because "Bones" has a core fanbase. But maybe the next show Hart (Hanson) starts, or the next show Dan (Harmon) starts if "Community" goes away, which I hope it doesn't, they're going to be doing something like this. You need to. And by the way, it's fun! Why would you not want to do this? This is fun! We're drinking beer and talking about TV!
she performed this on the opening night of her new tour! she also endorses Florence + The Machine here. everyone should go and buy a copy of Ceremonials (and Stronger) rn!!
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Four words: The indomitable Betty White.Up against the ballyhooed (but tepidly reviewed) debut of Fox's Alcatraz and the strong CBS Monday lineup of comedies, NBC's 90-minute tribute/special marking the Hot in Cleveland star's 90th birthday attracted the most prime-time viewers, according to Nielsen overnight data. And if that wasn't enough, the second-most watched show was the sneak peek of Off Their Rockers, White's new senior-citizens-prank-younger-folk series. At 9:30/8:30c, it outpaced everything, including the redoubtable Mike & Molly - though not in the important 18-to-49-year-old demo. And for a change, Two and a Half Men was not the night's biggest program.The numbers for Alcatraz were 10 percent better than the two-hour premiere of Terra Nova and made it the network's strongest dramatic series debut since Lie to Me three years ago. Gossip Girl came back with numbers about on par with its fall finale.
Long story short: It was a joke posted by some hack
producers remixers that was then picked up by their friend Marina who doesn't know how to operate twitter.
Clearing up the rumors:
Unsuccessful retweet by Marina that started it all:
Thank tha lord she's not collaborating with Marina but I wish she was working on new music.
The feud continues, y'all!
Anthony Bourdain, who famously blasted Food Network star Paula Deen last year, calling her the "most dangerous person to America," has weighed in on the news that Deen – known for whipping up decadent desserts like Twinkie pie and coconut chocolate chip gooey cake – suffers from type 2 diabetes and is now a paid spokeswoman for a diabetes medication.
In a thinly veiled tweet hours after Deen's announcement on Tuesday, the outspoken New York chef wrote: "Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later."
Last summer Bourdain called Deen "most dangerous person to America" who's "proud of the fact that her food is f------ bad for you."
At the time, Deen – whose recipes include chocolate cheese fudge made with Velveeta – fired back that Bourdain should "get a life".
Name-calling aside, trainer Bob Harper says Deen needs to overhaul her life for the sake of her fans and her own health.
"Her food is just entirely too decadent. If you eat like that, it's going to come back and bite you," says Harper, who is helping a new crop of overweight contestants shed pounds on season 13 of NBC's The Biggest Loser. "She's going to have to get in the kitchen and find a way to get creative with the foods she loves to eat, make them healthier."
And striking an even gentler note, Dr. Travis Stork, ER physician and co-host of The Doctors, adds: "Life is all about choices. The light bulb moment has to happen for everyone – hopefully this is Paula's."
Zooey Deschanel reveals she was bullied at school
She's the kooky star of the hit sitcom New Girl who is known for being funny and upbeat.
But Zooey Deschanel says she wasn't very popular when she was growing up. The 31-year-old actress - who appears on the February cover of Allure - tells the beauty magazine that she was bullied at school.
'Girls [would] spit in my face,' Zooey says.'People were so mean to me, I'd cry every day.'
It's a feeling that the actress obviously carries with her because she refuses to read online gossip and mean comments that have been made about her. 'I can't go on Gawker,' Zooey says of the showbiz website.
'I actually think the writing is really funny but there is a chance that somebody is undercutting me.'
The actress briefly steps out of her kooky image and poses in a series of sexy shots for the US magazine. In one photo she poses in a silk top and wool shorts, both of which are Jason Wu creations - the fashion designer favoured by First Lady Michelle Obama.
It's a sexy grown-up look for the actress who displays her long legs while leaning back in a wooden chair. One thing that remains consistent, however, is her hair.
'Some people around me, they're like 89 pounds,' she says.
'I'm not going to say I'm a big girl. I'm a very small person but I'm a healthy weight. That might be a little weird for Hollywood.'
Zooey - who is currently divorcing her husband Benjamin Gibbard - makes no apologies for her girlie fashion sense.
To her critics, she says: 'If you feel like dressing like a girl, there's nothing wrong with that. 'I don't know why femininity should be associated with weakness. Women should be free to express who they are without thinking: I need to act like a man" or I need to tone it down to be successful". 'That's a very good way to keep women down.'
Zooey is on a career high at the moment. In addition to acting she also sings as part of the Indie duo called She & Him. That doesn't mean she is a flash in the pan though.
"It" girl is supposed to be something that only lasts a certain amount of time,' she says.
'They keep calling me an "It" girl and at this points it makes me laugh, because they've done that so many times: "You're it", "You're not it'.
'What is "It"?'
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how do you stay young ontd?
The country singer showed off a new tattoo on her right foot that reads: "The only one that matters."
"Ok…. Here it is!” she wrote to accompany the photo of her new ink on Twitter. "It's dainty. All of my tattoos are very feminine."
The singer, who is married actor Eddie Cibrian, tells her online followers that the words were inspired by her hubby.
"It's something Eddie said to me. It was sweet," she told one fan. Later she added, "It's something Eddie said I was to him."
This isn't the first time the singer has used tattoos to show her love for Cibrian, whom she married last April. Just months after tying the knot, she got a temporary tattoo inspired by the promises her husband made to her on their big day. "You gave me the courage to be truthful," the ink, etched on her ribcage said. "I promise to give you the comfort to be trustful."
ORIGINAL YELLOW WIGGLE IS BACK IN THE GROUP
The Wiggles have announced that the original Yellow Wiggle, Greg Page, is making a return to the popular children’s group. Greg was a founding member of The Wiggles with longtime friends Anthony Field, Murray Cook and Jeff Fatt and was forced to resign five years ago due to illness.
At the time he was suffering from a series of dizzy spells on stage, which prompted his surprise exit from the group.
However last year in an interview with Australian program Today Tonight, he revealed he had recovered and was ready for a comeback.
"I miss it terribly, yeah. I miss the guys, I miss the performances, I miss being on stage." he said.
The interview sent fans into overdrive.
"Greg, Greg, Greg – it's not like he was sacked off the show. Greg is a born wiggle," a fan Tweeted. "Let Greg have his t-shirt back!" another suggested.
"It's nice to think that people have confidence in me,” Greg said at the time.
“Let's face it - even I acknowledge I was good at being a children's entertainer and it's still nice to know that people can see that when they watch videos of the Wiggles and see that's me".
It seems now that the Wiggles management have agreed and Greg has been handed his coveted yellow skivvy back.
Sam Moran, who took over five years ago as the Yellow Wiggle has graciously stood aside.
Wiggles Manager Paul Field said in a statement: “We thank Sam for his wonderful contribution to the group for the past five years. He joined at a difficult time for Greg and the group, and we’re so grateful for all he has done.”
"I am very proud of my five years as the Yellow Wiggle and the group's continued success with me as their lead singer,” said Sam Moran. “I have enjoyed every minute of my nine years touring with the group, but I now look forward to new opportunities and more time spent with my wife and two- year-old daughter,” he added.
For Greg, this move takes him full circle back to his early entertaining days.“I’m excited to be back with my friends and to be entertaining our incredible fans again. I didn’t get a chance to say farewell last time, so this is an opportunity I couldn’t refuse. I’m feeling great and looking forward to doing what I love,” he said.
Greg resumes straight away on new Wiggles productions, kicking off with an Australian tour in March and UK and USA tours later this year.
rachel better say no