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    PARIS—South Korean pop sensation Psy caused a riot in Paris on Monday, drawing up to 20,000 people for a “Gangnam Style” flashmob held opposite the Eiffel Tower.

    Alerted on social media by the record label Universal Mercury, together with radio station NRJ, a massive crowd packed the Trocadero square to join the artist in a rendition of his much-imitated horse-riding dance.

    NRJ radio — which had put a video dance lesson online ahead of the lunchtime event — tweeted that at least 20,000 had taken part.

    Psy performed his hit with four dancers, before an overwhelmingly teenaged crowd, with the whole event over within 15 minutes.

    The video to “Gangnam Style” went viral after its July release, becoming the second most viewed clip in YouTube history, where it has notched up more than 650 million hits despite being sung almost entirely in Korean.

    Almost overnight, the chubby 34-year-old singer, whose real name is Park Jae-Sang, was transformed into South Korea’s best-known cultural export, and a national hero at home.

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    When a celebrity is known for seeking outcharitable opportunitiesvia Twitter, it makes sense that a hospital like SMM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis would take to Twitter in a bid for that star's attention.

    Things get sad and awkward, however, when the hospital in question misreads a major fan account as an actual agent of the celebrity's team and takes their Retweet as a promise for a visit. That's what seems to have happened in the case of this St. Louis hospital and Justin Bieber, who was in St. Louis Oct 27th for a concert.

    Rose Fogarty of the Children's Foundation associated with the hospital says they'd received a call from a national organization scouting children's facilities in the area for Bieber's manager, and Cardinal Glennon immediately assumed they'd be the ones to get the visit. Says Fogarty, "We assumed that would be ours because we were the only ones with a video out there.”

    Per local news station KPLR 11, That video was made by thirteen year old Lauren Lee, a Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor. She made the video begging the “Biebs” to come to hang out at the hospital when he was in town for his concert. The hospital was ready, the kids were ready, but the Biebs was nowhere to be found.

    Fogarty is certain Justin must have been aware of their expectations, because she and several Twitter-using patients had been tweeting him nonstop about the event up until the moment his concert began.

    "We got a couple of re-tweets from his agent and I am 100 percent certain he saw the video.”

    The "agent" in question, unfortunately, seems to have been local account BieberTeamSTL, a fan with no official connection to Bieber or his management.

    Sadly, Fogarty and the rest of Cardinal Glennon's staff were so certain their tweets and Lauren Lee's Youtube video would attract Bieber to their hospital that they'd already informed the patients of his pending visit and arranged a charity auction: Play It Forward, a St. Louis organization that gives musical instruments to needy children, had even donated guitars and drumsticks for him to sign and use in an auction for the hospital.

    Bieber didn't wind up noticing or visiting Cardinal Glennon while in St. Louis; he left for Dallas the next morning, where he did spend time meeting with Make-A-Wish children at a hospital there.

    This is really shitty and depressing ngl, I hope Scooter Braun or someone else on his team sees what happened and arranges something for these kids, who shouldn't have to suffer just because hospital staff don't understand social media. :(

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    My name is David Lynch. Probably a lot of you would say I'm just another nut rolling out of Hollywood and I should stick to filmmaking or whatever and not voice my opinion about politics. But still I am an American.

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    I was born in Missoula, Montana. My father was raised on a wheat ranch near Highwood, Montana. My mother was raised in Brooklyn, New York. My parents met on a nature hike in Durham, North Carolina as they were both attending Duke University. My father and mother were both in the Navy during World War II. My mother typed code in New Jersey and my father was chief of the engine room on a destroyer in the Pacific. I have a brother and a sister. I grew up in a great family in the good ol' U.S. of A.

    I was asked by The Huffington Post to look at two different political commercials. One by President Obama's Team called, "Romney Singing," and one by Mitt Romney's team called, "Bump In The Road."

    President Obama's commercial shows Romney singing, "America The Beautiful," while different texts tell of Romney's outsourcing of jobs overseas to China and his outsourcing of jobs to India and Mexico and also texts telling of Romney's offshore bank accounts.

    Romney's commercial is built around a line said by President Obama, "There are always going to be bumps on the road to recovery." This commercial has 15 or 20 jobless people holding signs describing their plight during this economic crisis and each person saying out loud, "I am an American, not a bump in the road."

    I think Romney's commercial is a dirty lie and phony as a three-dollar bill. Anyone who can think would know that when President Obama said the line, "There are always going to be bumps on the road to recovery," he did not mean that out of work, suffering Americans were bumps in the road. What he meant was that to dig ourselves out of this deep recession, it's not going to be all smooth sailing. There are going to be some setbacks, but we are on the road to recovery. We are on a good road to getting out of this recession.

    President Obama's commercial laid out FACTS about Romney. Not made up boloney, but FACTS. Romney really does have offshore bank accounts, and Romney really has outsourced jobs outside of America. He's singing, "America the Beautiful," but in reality, he is definitely not as patriotic as he would have people believe.

    People who are out of work seem to be mesmerized by Romney's mantra of, "jobs, jobs, jobs." And they desperately want these promised jobs - so much so they've turned their hope into trust for Romney. I think they are putting their trust in absolutely the wrong place.

    The way I see it, Romney will say anything in order to win. He will promise anything in order to win and he will lie in order to win. The big problems will come if he does win. People will soon see the truth of Romney, but then it will be too late. I think Romney is tight with the giant international corporations and the decisions he will make will serve them, not the citizens of the United States of America.

    I don’t know if any republicans or independents are reading this, but I would beg you to think twice or three times before voting for Romney. I believe President Obama is getting this country all working again and taking care of all the citizens, not just a few, as we go toward a brighter and brighter future.

    The thing of politics has really divided us as a country. We are not the United States of America, we are the Divided States of America. To me, Democrats and Republicans have pretty much become like two stupid football teams fighting each other all the time.

    There's a line, "United we stand, divided we fall." I think there are many, many things all of us agree on and if we're going to go forward we better start working on those things - AND WORKING TOGETHER. I think President Obama is our best bet for uniting the country and leading the way to a truly bright future for all. I think Romney will take us to a bad place. I think he will sell us down the river of no return.


    Hey, did you guys know there's an election tomorrow today???? VOTE OBAMA!

    And just when I thought I couldn't love David any more than I already do.

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    This week on Misfits, the gang manage to squeeze as much trouble as possible out of posing as models for a group of blind sculptors. Believe it or not, this actually allows ol' sour puss Curtis (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett) to have a little fun as he does his best to charm pretty blind girl Ally and feuds with horndog Rudy (Joseph Gilgun).
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    But the majority of episode 4.02's drama takes place outside the community center. The series four premiere ended on the unsettling revelation that Finn (Nathan McMullen) was apparently a demented kidnapper, keeping a poor girl locked up in his flat. So things get a little awkward this week when a now-homeless Rudy imposes himself on his new chum and becomes an unwanted houseguest...

    It eventually transpires that, thank goodness, Finn is not a terrifying freak, but has been corrupted by his gal pal Sadie, who used her power to transform him into the 'perfect boyfriend'.

    Sure, Finn's efforts to escape her controlling grasp may have been a little extreme to say the least, but you can't help but sympathize with the poor lad's plight once you learn the truth and his bizarro relationship starts to unravel.
    Both Finn and fellow newbie Jess (Karla Crome) feel a little more real this week. Last Sunday's series opener was far too manic to get a good handle on either character - with a more traditional, less schizophrenic storyline, this episode gives both McMullen's cheeky Scouser and Crome's sarcastic straight-shooter more room to breath.The new group dynamic also feels like it's taking shape, with Finn in particular having already found his role as the gang's new punching bag.

    While Finn takes the majority of the focus, we also get to see the first crack in Jess's icy demeanour when she tries to hit on hot barman Alex (Matt Stokoe) and her attempt falls spectacularly flat.

    As the newest Misfits cast addition, Stokoe doesn't get enough screen-time to make any real impact, but introducing a new regular character into the show who's not part of the community service gang could certainly shake things up and we're eager to see more of the 'standoffish' heartthrob...
    The only real bum note in this week's installment is the quiet, underwritten departure of Seth. Last week, the retired power dealer felt like a spare part - without Kelly, he doesn't have much of a purpose and it felt like he was being kept around more for familiarity's sake than anything else.

    This week, Seth at least briefly services the plot, but it's still a rather underwhelming exit for Matthew McNulty's loveable rogue, who contributed so much to Misfits last year.

    Both Finn and fellow newbie Jess (Karla Crome) feel a little more real this week. Last Sunday's series opener was far too manic to get a good handle on either character - with a more traditional, less schizophrenic storyline, this episode gives both McMullen's cheeky Scouser and Crome's sarcastic straight-shooter more room to breath.The new group dynamic also feels like it's taking shape, with Finn in particular having already found his role as the gang's new punching bag.

    While Finn takes the majority of the focus, we also get to see the first crack in Jess's icy demeanour when she tries to hit on hot barman Alex (Matt Stokoe) and her attempt falls spectacularly flat.

    As the newest Misfits cast addition, Stokoe doesn't get enough screen-time to make any real impact, but introducing a new regular character into the show who's not part of the community service gang could certainly shake things up and we're eager to see more of the 'standoffish' heartthrob...

    Misfits S04E02

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    The only real bum note in this week's installment is the quiet, underwritten departure of Seth. Last week, the retired power dealer felt like a spare part - without Kelly, he doesn't have much of a purpose and it felt like he was being kept around more for familiarity's sake than anything else.

    This week, Seth at least briefly services the plot, but it's still a rather underwhelming exit for Matthew McNulty's loveable rogue, who contributed so much to Misfits last year.

    But that's a fairly minor quibble. After last week's shaky opener, we were worried Misfits had lost its touch, but it seems that was just a temporary glitch. Episode 4.02 goes a long way towards restoring our faith in the show - and after that intriguing 'Next Time' trailer with a third Rudy, we're definitely back on board.

    Rudy's Wisdom of the Week

    "Have you ever shagged a homeless girl? It's like camping."
    (After learning that Ally's a racist) "Lovely blind Ally with the shiny hair? She smells of roses, no!"
    "I will not leave my c**k in a racist vagina."
    (On why anyone would fake being blind) "For the parking!"

    ...oh, and any of his epic Lionel Richie quotage.


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    Revenge Exclusive: Melissa Loy on "Crazy" Wedding, Emily's Mindset, Origins Episode & More


    November 2nd, 2012 9:00 AM by Jim Halterman

    In the words of Revenge executive producer Melissa Loy, this Sunday’s installment of is one of the ABC primetime soap’s “bigger, crazier episodes.” With Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) and Conrad (Henry Czerny) getting re-hitched (for reasons other than love), expect the unexpected as only Revenge can deliver it.

    Loy also gave us intel on all the other characters stirring up drama in the Hamptons as well as a sneak peek at the upcoming origins episode airing later this month. Here's our interview with her:

    TV Fanatic: From the previews for this week, it looks like Victoria and Conrad are going to get remarried. What could possibly go wrong there?

    Melissa Loy: Nothing could go wrong! It’s going to be just fine! [laughs] There’s a lot going on in this episode. It’s one of the bigger, crazier episodes if you look back on season one like with Lydia falling off the roof onto the cab… every once in awhile we have to throw those in there and this is one of those. It’s a lot of fun.

    TVF: So far this season, Emily has definitely not been on solid ground and for good reason. Will she gain control over things soon?

    ML: At the end of the day,we want to make sure that Emily stays human. I think in Season One it was very clear that she came to this new place with a huge plan and sort of had everything thought out and gradually throughout the season there were curve balls thrown at her.

    I think this season will continue throwing her a few curveballs and unexpected twists and surprises because I think that’s what keeps the show fun. The mother thing was a little bit, or I guess it was a pretty big curveball for her, and once she gets that under control she gradually gets on track with everything.

    TVF: She has a lot of men in her life and we now have Aiden in the picture. Who will she be gravitating towards in the next few episodes?

    ML: You’ll have to wait and see on that one. In terms of Aiden, I will tell you that he’s the first character on the show that we’ve introduced that she can really relate to in terms of loss and desire to make the people who created this pain for her to make them pay. So, they have that in common and I guess in a way that makes them kindred spirits.

    I also think you’re going to see a very passionate relationship between those two, which is something that’s going to be a little bit new for her and I think the audience will really like it. But, by no means have the other two gone away and out of her life. It will get very complicated.

    TVF: As a viewer, seeing Daniel and Ashley together seems more like a rebound but is there more to that relationship that we have yet to see?

    ML: Um… it seems like a rebound at first and we do see them come closer together and he actually does confide in her about a lot of stuff but his heart does definitely belong to Emily still.

    TVF: With Victoria being very much on the defense with Emily’s mother, Kara, is there room for them to ever be allies or will they always bump heads due to the past?

    ML: Probably not allies for awhile because there’s so much history there and I think all of the stuff that you learned in the episodes up until now and who Emily’s mother was in a relationship with and what happened between him and Victoria that keep things pretty complicated but it’s not out of the question for later on down the road for the two of them to become allies in a way.

    TVF: A baby is a great way to keep hold of a man so what’s to come for Faux-Manda and Jack?

    ML: While she flipped over the edge and we all thought she was dead, she really redeemed herself in [the last] episode, especially for somebody who has been so loyal to Emily. At the end of the day, she wants to help this girl get vengeance on these people who did her so wrong. While she’s doing that, she’s not perfect and her heart definitely got in the way of what she was supposed to be doing to help Emily so she’ll get back in the good graces of Jack.

    It’s always scary as a father - and keep in mind that Jack still thinks that this is the love of his life, the girl he fell in love with as a kid - and it’s not that easy to just walk away from her. She’ll be around for a bit.

    TVF: Nolan definitely has a connection with Padma but after last week we’re guessing her true motives. Are her feelings for him genuine?

    ML: Nolan and Padma are adorable together and there will be some things revealed about her but not for awhile. I can’t give you much more than that. It’s a surprise.

    TVF: I know actor EJ Bonilla is coming in later in November to play someone from Nolan’s past. Is it a business or professional connection of his?

    ML: We are doing an origins episode, much like we did with episode 20 last season. Episode 8 of this season (airing 11/25) is another origins episode going back to 2006. We meet Emily and Aiden for the first time together and we see an interesting revelation about Victoria and really why she is who she is.

    We also dig into Nolan’s past a little bit when NolCorp went public and EJ Bonilla plays his CEO at the time and there’s a bit more there than just a business relationship. All of these origins are setting up for future stories down the road and explaining why certain things are going to happen.

    TVF: I love having Mason Treadwell back and some shows have characters that pop up every so often to stir things up. Is that how you intend to use him or will he be around for an extended period of time?

    ML: I think Mason is going to be around for awhile.. He’s kind of like a gnat that won’t go away.

    TVF: What’s in store for Declan in the coming episodes? [no1curr]

    ML: Everything that is happening at the Stowaway right now is leading up to a really big event in a couple of episodes. I promise it will pay off and it will be very fulfilling. Declan and Jack are the characters that keep our world grounded in a lot of ways and you’re going to start to see a few things happening with them that are a little bit creepy.

    TVF: And what about with Charlotte? They’re back together now but will it stick?

    ML: They are back together! It is going to stick. Declan has been her rock and has been the only thing that has been very real in her life and you’ll see some of that move forward in episode six, which airs this week. Those kids will stay together for awhile.

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    As always, Her Majesty thanks you for your time.

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    An Open Letter to No Doubt, Supersonic Public Relations and Interscope Records in Response to No Doubt's Video, “Looking Hot”:

    The American Indian Studies Center is a research institute founded in 1969 at the University of California, Los Angeles, dedicated to addressing American Indian issues and supporting Indian nations. The Center also serves as a bridge between the academy and indigenous peoples locally, nationally, and internationally, with a goal of advancing understandings between Native and non-Native communities. One particular challenge faced by American Indians in the United States is a perceived invisibility and a corresponding lack of understanding of the contemporary existence and relevance of Native peoples. We work to dismantle such barriers at the American Indian Studies Center, which remain due to a lack of knowledge about Native communities, including, for example, the fact that Los Angeles is home to the nation’s largest urban Native American population.

    This perceived invisibility holds numerous consequences for Native peoples, including perceptions that American Indians are mere historical relics, frozen in time as stereotypically savage, primitive, uniquely-spiritualized and – in the case of Native women – hyper-sexualized objects to be tamed. No Doubt’s recent “Looking Hot” music video, released to fans via its Facebook page on November 2, 2012, is replete with such highly offensive and destructive images of Native peoples in general and Native women specifically.

    The music video demonstrates the height of cultural misappropriation and a complete indifference towards and ignorance about contemporary Indian people. The video at once employs Native imagery and symbols, many of which still hold deep spiritual and ceremonial significance for Native Americans – including feathers, tipis, and fire – while at the same time situating such imagery in a (largely inaccurate) set of depictions of Indians at the turn of the century as primitive peoples fighting cowboys (and losing) in the Wild West. In this sense, the video diminishes Native people and Native cultures while, simultaneously, co-opting Indians and indigeneity for exploitative gain. In essence, it represents the grossest kind of cultural misappropriation.

    Most importantly, however, the video is rife with imagery that glorifies aggression against Indian people, and, most disturbingly, denigrates and objectifies Native women through scenes of sexualized violence. Much like the 19th century paintings advancing the ethos of manifest destiny – the belief that the United States was destined by God to expand across the continent, bringing civilization and light to a primitive people – the video draws on familiar tropes of the conquest of the continent and, concomitantly, the ravage of the Native female. As lead singer Gwen Stefani writhes, partially dressed (as an Indian) and shackled in ropes while overseen by domineering white men brandishing pistols, today real Native American women in the United States are in a state of crisis.

    In Indian country today, Indian nations may not criminally prosecute non-Indians who commit crimes in Indian country, including violent crimes against Native women and girls. In the United States today, approximately one in three American Indian and Alaskan Native women will be raped in their lifetimes. A recent Amnesty International report, “Maze of Injustice,” details the barriers Indian women face in accessing adequate justice systems when they are the victims of violent crime. Additional research studies indicate that certain crimes – such as the rape of Indian women, for example – are primarily perpetrated by non-Indian men. And all American Indians experience victimization from violent crimes at rates more than twice the national average.

    Re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) would make great strides towards responding to these gross injustices against Native women, by authorizing Indian nations to prosecute non-Indian offenders of domestic violence in limited circumstances.7 VAWA has found strong support, and it resoundingly passed the Senate in May 2012. However, the Act has stalled in the House due to the all-too-familiar political gridlock that holds this, and other meaningful legislation, hostage.

    We commend No Doubt, Interscope, and Supersonic for making the decision to pull the “Looking Hot” video immediately from the Internet upon learning of the overwhelming response from the Native community. We also want to make clear that, while No Doubt’s apology claimed to have consulted “Native American studies experts at the University of California,” to our knowledge, no such person from UCLA was consulted about the video prior to its release. Nevertheless, in furtherance of our educational and collaborative mission, we extend to you an invitation to engage with the American Indian Studies Center and the Los Angeles Indian community, as we see this unfortunate incident as presenting an opportunity for growth and mutual understanding.

    We welcome an open dialogue and hope you will choose to engage with the Los Angeles Indian community, meet with our Native students and faculty, and/or support our work, which seeks to advance the cause of indigenous peoples everywhere.

    Megwetch (Thank you),
    Angela R. Riley (Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma)
    Director, American Indian Studies Center
    Professor of Law


    No Doubt removed the video for "Looking Hot" and posted a letter on their FB page:

    "As a multi-racial band our foundation is built upon both diversity and consideration for other cultures. Our intention with our new video was never to offend, hurt or trivialize Native American people, their culture or their history. Although we consulted with Native American friends and Native American studies experts at the University of California, we realize now that we have offended people. This is of great concern to us and we are removing the video immediately. The music that inspired us when we started the band, and the community of friends, family, and fans that surrounds us was built upon respect, unity and inclusiveness. We sincerely apologize to the Native American community and anyone else offended by this video. Being hurtful to anyone is simply not who we are. - No Doubt" ONTD POST

    Culturally insensitive (in other words RACIST) ONTD members GO!

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    Survivor Philippines: Episode 8 - Dead Man Walking

    Reward was split in to two teams of 5. Denise, Malcolm, Penner, Lisa, and Jeff won.

    At the individual immunity challenge, Penner won a do-or-die immunity idol and saved his neck from the chopping block

    Jeff Kent was voted out with 5 votes, 4 votes went to Pete, and Abi-Maria received 1 vote.

    PENNER. WHY DID YOU VOTE FOR ABI?! I honestly had no idea who was going home. I guess Penner's vote could have been strategic to have him not vote Jeff off... I don't know.

    Pete is growing on me. I like the way he's playing the game. Lisa is DEFINITELY playing the game now too. I'm still team Skupin/Malcolm/Denise but I would like to see Lisa make it far too. Anyone but Artis/Abi-Maria at this point.

    Source: TV/CBS

    Easily one of the top 5 best tribal councils of all time. I was completely speechless after tonight's vote.

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    Next week’s episode of Parks and Recreation is going to have a VIP: the VP.

    Joe Biden — yes, the very guy who was re-elected Vice President of the United States less than 24 hours ago — will guest-star in the Nov. 15 installment of Parks and Recreation, EW has learned. His cameo occurs at the beginning of the episode, in which former Congressional campaign manager Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) takes fiancée/City Councilwoman Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), to the White House to meet America’s No. 2, who is her No. 1 crush object. (As Leslie once noted, her ideal man has “the brains of George Clooney and the body of Joe Biden.”)

    Parks scored camera time with Biden in July when the show traveled to Washington, D.C. to film its season 5 premiere, which featured appearances by Senators Barbara Boxer, Olympia Snowe, and John McCain. How big of a casting coup was Biden for NBC’s small-town government comedy? “Given that Eleanor Roosevelt and Bella Abzug are no longer with us, this is probably no. 1,” quips executive producer Michael Schur. “[Leslie] has a lot of female heroes that cross party lines. She has a lot of social figures that she considers heroes, but the funniest hero is Joe Biden. There’s an episode last season where she says, ‘Joe Biden is on my celebrity sex list — well, he is my celebrity sex list’… It was amazing to have her meet Olympia Snowe and Barbara Boxer because that meant something to her politically. But this transcends that. She’s meeting the man that she’s in love with on some deep level. It was a bigger deal to us in some ways that she meet Joe Biden than it was that she meet Barack Obama.” (Obama has revealed that he watches Parks with his family, by the way. “It’s a very amazing and weird thing to find out that the President watches your show,” notes Schur.)

    Once the producers committed to shooting an episode in D.C., the process of landing Biden was “so much less difficult than we ever possibly imagined,” says Schur, noting: “His staff really loves the show, and he apparently had watched the show with his family and his family liked it.” He adds: “The hardest part was keeping it secret for so long because there’s all these FEC rules and equal-time rules. We couldn’t air it before the election because it was the equivalent of a campaign contribution to advertise for one candidate.”

    The onscreen Biden-Knope summit was written in a way that would work regardless of the election’s outcome. “We did not in any way want the moment to be a political issue — we treated it in the writing and the execution like our main character was meeting her hero,” says Schur, noting that the writers did pen an addendum to the scene in the event of a loss or a “weird Florida disaster tie.” The meeting takes place in the Vice President’s Ceremonial Office, with Biden flanked by his real-life staff. “They have a conversation where she does what you would imagine Leslie Knope would do when meeting Joe Biden, which is she loses control of herself a little bit,” hints Schur. “She gets really giggly and goofy around him.”

    When the Parks crew set up in his office to shoot the scene, Biden happened to be tied up in a meeting with… President Barack Obama. Then “Obama got on Marine One and flew away, and Biden walked across the executive building and we shot the scene,” says Schur. “It was really cool: You go this way and get on a helicopter that will take you to some incredibly important thing, and you come this way and shoot a scene with Amy Poehler.”

    The Veep handled his scene like a pro, even ad-libbing a response to a crazy Leslie retort that made the final cut of the episode. “He was very nice and charming,” reports Schur. “He was clearly a big fan of Amy. It was the day the Emmy nominations came out and when he walked through the door he congratulated her on her Emmy nomination… He said some very nice things about the show and talked about how the pro-public service message was meaningful.”

    While Schur & co. were thrilled to venture inside the White House, they aren’t plotting the next great political cameo right now: “Since the beginning of the show, Joe Biden has been the No. 1 guy, so in terms of her achievements or personal milestones we’ll have to go in a different direction,” he says. “She’ll have to get her thrills elsewhere.”

    Check out the following video, which offers a tease of Leslie’s historic meeting with the Veep. Below that is a bonus montage that chronicles Leslie’s dreamy-eyed mentions of Joe Biden from previous episodes.



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    Spartacus: War of the Damned will premiere Friday, Jan. 25 at 9/8c, Starz announced Tuesday.

    This will mark the final installment of the network's Spartacus franchise, following Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Spartacus: Vengeance and the mini-series Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.

    Liam McIntyre will return as Spartacus for a second season after replacing original star Andy Whitfield, who passed away from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011.

    Season 3 will also see the addition of Todd Lasanec as Gaius Julias Caesar, Simon Merrells as Marcus Crassus and Anna Hutchison as Laeta.


    If the video is blocked where you live, try watching it here.

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    By TK @

    CAUTION: Here there be spoilers.

    Maybe it’s because I don’t want to keep harping on it in my weekly reviews. Maybe it’s because by giving it its own article, I can somehow make myself realize that I’m not just being a smooshy lame overly sensitive liberal-type about these things. Maybe I just need a full article to get it off my chest. But seriously, folks: There’s something wrong with “The Walking Dead.”

    Everyone pretty much knows about my love/hate relationship with AMC’s juggernaut show, now in its third season. It’s a show of lows and highs and little in-between. When it’s bad, it’s frustrating and repetitive and stupid and annoying. But when it’s good — sweet zombie Jesus when it’s good, it’s goddamn sublime. Except that there’s always this… this thing in the back of my mind. This thing that tells me that the writers and creators of this show don’t have a clue what they’re doing when it comes to race and gender. It’s worth noting that despite being set predominately in Atlanta and elsewhere in the Southern USA, there are two black main characters.


    One of whom we met two weeks ago.

    The other of whom just died.

    On the one hand, are Kirkman and company to be applauded just for including major characters who are women, and black, and Asian? It’s a sad statement on modern television, but this is not the norm. These things are rare, and so I suppose it is laudable that we even have a Glenn or a T-Dog or an Andrea and even, yes, a Lori. Yet the thing is, when you make a conscious decision to integrate your cast so deliberately, swinging and whiffing on it makes the tokenism that much more painfully obvious.

    And that’s where the show has been utterly failing, and continues to do so. To be fair, these missteps started with Kirkman’s novels, which tended to (Michonne and Tyrese (who didn’t make the cut for the show) excepted) give the lion’s share of the action to his white male characters. Go ahead and list your favorite characters. Aside from Carl (and maybe that’s just me, because I hate Carl), the weakest and most poorly written characters, the ones the fans hate the most, will invariably be either women, or black… or both, in the case of our newest addition.

    Let us start with women, and we’ll make a list. There have been essentially the following major roles for women:

    Lori Grimes
    Carol Peletier
    Maggie Greene
    Sophia Peletier

    I’m not including Beth or Amy, because the former has yet to do anything relevant and the latter was barely on the show, and really only served to be a dramatic rallying point for Andrea. And chances are you don’t even remember Jacqui, the other black woman who opted for suicide at the end of Season One, a cast member who doesn’t even get a spot on the AMC cast page. Yay, diversity!

    So what have we got? We’ve got Lori, easily the least popular character on the show not named Carl. She’s seen as shrewish, manipulative, passive-aggressive, and generally unpleasant. Lori’s shifting moral compass and dodgy loyalties have, instead of making her a determined woman, wife and mother, resulted in a Machiavellian dumbass who alienates when she should be rallying, an unkind, often-miserable, misunderstood woman perceived as a negligent harpy, one who symbolizes all manner of female television tropes and generalizations. In their efforts to create a strong maternal figure, they’ve instead created a caricature, a woman who whispers, Lady Macbeth-like, in her husband’s ear to try to get things to go where she wants.

    And when that blows up in her face, we’re left with Season Three Lori, a woman who spent her time apologizing and self-flagellating for her supposed failures as a mother and a wife — without really ever being recognized as anything else. Lori was a character defined by three things: mother, wife, and adulteress, and nothing else. It wasn’t even really Sarah Wayne Callies’ fault — that’s simply the straw the writers so shallowly drew for her, failing to give her any depth or traits beyond those core ideas. Yet the show allowed her some form of redemption, wherein she finally showed some rather breathtaking displays of motherly love… and then promptly died.

    You will see how this becomes a trend.

    Maggie Greene gets a pass, because she’s genuinely smart, interesting, and funny. Mercifully, her character is decent and well-rounded, and her rapport with Glenn is one of the show’s few bright and positive spots in terms of interpersonal relationships, and more than any other couple thus far, their connection feels real and is actually quite captivating.

    Andrea, on the other hand, is another unpopular character. She’s the one who is on the surface portrayed as a strong, assertive woman, yet is also the one who accidentally shot Daryl due to some breathtakingly bad decision-making, one who tried to hitch herself to Shane’s crazy train, and now, appears to be making similar moves on the not-so-secretly-crazy-as-fuck Governor. Andrea initially seemed like one of the more well-realized characters, yet she still is incapable of making an independent decision without male input, and her development hinged on the lessons taken from Rick and Shane and, yes, poor departed Dale. The show runners have tried to give Andrea the appearance of the strong, independent woman, but the fact remains that she attaches herself to whatever alpha male appears to be the toughest and then sticks with him until he dies or she realizes the error of her ways. It’s a weak, insulting attempt to show strength by osmosis, as if Andrea is incapable of an adult decision without a man to point her in the right direction.

    The other side of this co-dependent coin is Carol, a simpering mess of a woman for most of the first two seasons, one who was abused by her oafish husband, then obsessed with her daughter, and then, only when she wins the attention of Daryl, does she finally emerge from her shell. Carol actually has a bit of personality now, and emotions beyond “sad” and “really sad,” yet one can’t help but see that her character evolution was similarly male-dependent.

    Michonne, however, is a conundrum. From all I’ve heard, Danai Gurira is a supremely capable stage actress and award-winning playwright (full disclosure: she’s a good friend of my sister). Upon learning of this, and hearing about her cast as Michonne, I was ecstatic. The character in the books is spectacular and a fan favorite, so I expected good things. What we got was a character who has uttered few lines, who apparently has a face permanently set on “scowl,” and whose attitude upon entering Woodbury is completely single-minded, capable of only suspicion and increasingly petulant demands for her weapons. Right as she may be, the writers have already shoehorned her into an unfortunate position as someone who is incapable of anything other than defensiveness and suspicion. And while the character is the strong, silent type in the comic books, there was always a deft intelligence and cunning behind her actions.

    Michonne’s intelligence was more on display this week, yet there’s still a lack of emotion, a monotone, disaffected and robotic tone to her that makes the character less appealing to many. My only hope for her is that since she’s the one to question the governor (however tactically unsound such a challenge may be), so she’s clearly sharply clever. What makes her arc more frustrating is that the relationship between her and Andrea doesn’t really stand up, almost as if Michonne was a stand-in for Andrea’s savior until a man showed up. What’s more distressing is the very nature of the way the episodes have been shot — all of a sudden, Michonne was relegated to the background of every shot, dark and unfocused, as Andrea — vibrant and glowingly blond — suddenly took center stage, despite being at death’s door hours before. It is, quite honestly, puzzling, frustrating, and somewhat infuriating.

    There’s really no need to make a list of the male minority characters, since the only other ones are Glenn and T-Dog (I’d love to include Morgan Jones, except we haven’t seen him since the early days of Season One and I doubt we will again). Oh, wait, that’s not true. We also have one Latino convict, a handful of black convicts, and waaaay back in Season One, a group of kindly Latino gangbangers. Thanks, “Walking Dead,” for subverting those stereotypes so fiercely.

    But here’s an interesting bit of additional fact for you: both T-Dog and Daryl are new characters, invented for the show. T-Dog is the token black guy, killed after an empty and pointless existence. In the comics, there was a character named Tyrese, another black character, who developed a relationship with Carol. And apparently, the writers decided to replace him with Daryl. And as much as I love Norman Reedus’ Daryl, that still chaps a bit. Herein lies the larger problem, in some ways. “The Walking Dead” is lousy with women, and terrible with minorities.

    Where shall we begin?

    Glenn is, of course, a fan favorite, and rightfully so. My only issues with Glenn come from him being so specialized a character — need someone fast and sneaky? Send in the Asian guy! And don’t worry, he’s pliable and compliant, and will do whatever the leaders say. And even when Glenn begins to develop, it’s once again not a self-realized, self-actualized development, but rather at the urging of his new ladylove.

    But nothing is more aggravating, no character more frustrating, no token more overt than T-Dog. A character who’s been with us from the beginning, he’s been given nothing. Zero. Nada. No backstory, no episodes to center on his character, no flashbacks. He hasn’t grown, or learned, or developed any relationships. He follows Rick, though only in the sense that he’s in the same scenes. To even give him as faint praise as to call him a follower implies that he’s made the choice to follow, and there’s no evidence of him even doing that. T-Dog’s character was an empty vessel, without thought or opinion or emotion or ideas. He’s a blunt instrument, a big, bald, black club used by the gang to fight their way out of the tough spots, but without any personality aside from the occasional flat one-liners. For those who are curious, someone actually compiled all of his lines from Season Two. The video is four minutes and fifty seconds long, and much of it still includes other people talking.

    This week featured the most meaningful dialogue T-Dog has had so far, and it was mainly him sympathizing with the convicts. And then? He dies. Some will be tempted to call it a hero’s death, and while it was perhaps heroic, the overall character arc was little more than an insult. He finally gets a moment to shine, and it’s the moment that kills him. I’ve heard rumor that Irone Singleton was a difficult actor to work with, and was thusly phased out. I don’t know if I buy it. I do know that killing off a secondary character is always a crowd-pleaser, and that’s what happened this week. Because make no mistake, despite being in every episode, T-Dog was a secondary character, a glowering, dark-skinned table lamp that managed to find its way into every shot. And in hilariously poetic fashion, he’s swapped out for another token character — the black convict. This was the show’s final insult. T-Dog 2.0 was conveniently waiting in the wings, an easy replacement, another brother just trying to survive this apocalypse who can feel indebted to Rick and be another heap of cannon fodder. I can only hope that T-Dog 2.0 (or 2-Dog, as the Internet has already dubbed him), will get more than a couple of “aw hell naws” to work with.

    The truth is that T-Dog was an embarrassment, worsened by the fact that he was created specifically for the show, making his tokenism that much more overt. He was awful, and it’s hardly Irone Singleton’s fault. I have no idea if he’s a good actor or not, because the show stubbornly and infuriatingly refused to let him act. He was weapon-wielding window-dressing, and not even a consistently good one. If anything, he was a jive-talking prop at best, a halfheartedly politically correct afterthought at worst. If there were a competition to see who got the least dialogue, T-Dog was just barely ahead of the walkers themselves.

    So there you have it. Proceed to punch as many holes in it as you like, but one can’t escape the fact that “The Walking Dead” most definitely has race and gender issues. It’s ugly, and it’s obvious, and it’s mostly just stupid. I applaud the desire for a diverse cast, but the trick to having a diverse cast is to have those people all share the load proportionately. That’s not what we have. We have a core cast of white men — Rick, Shane, Dale, Daryl, even Hershel — and a series of women whose characters revolved around those men, and a series of minorities whose characters simply occupy the secondary spaces nearby them. Wake up, writers. You’ve got actors with talent to burn. Use them, and use them equally.


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    If like us you’re finding the whole deciding-the-future-of-the-world aspect of today more than a little stressful, you may be in need of a wee bit of comic relief. If so, look no further than this montage of pretty much every memorable mondegreen in the history of music, which we spotted at Laughing Squid earlier this morning. the video finds a group called cdza creating an aural history of memorable misheard lyrics, from Carl Orff right through to Pink, via Elton John, Bob Dylan and various others. You can click through and watch the video after the jump — now, excuse us while we kiss this guy.


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    lol no.
    Needless to say, Josh Duggar has some....opinions about last nights' events. Since we had a post on Victoria Jackson, here are some of the highlights.

    bless you for trying Emma. DUGGAR/TRUMP 2016!!

    So what are Conservatives? Moderates with no brains?

    Of course Arkansas went red, your family probably made up the entirety of one counties votes. And Amy, that's fairly easy to accomplish. Just move in with Jim Bob.

    Stop trying to make Santorum happen. He's not going to happen. And doesn't your family hate catholics?

    As an Iowan, this just makes me hate you more. Of course you like King. OF COURSE.


    I don't think even Jesus would be conservative enough for you.

    Ever the Akin fanboy, eh Josh?

    Mourdock too? You know, this doesn't help the rumors.

    Karl Rove probably regrets a lot of life choices, but I don't think this will be one of them.

    MANY more tweets at the source

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    Mexican President Elect Peña Nieto Buy 5 Rows for One Direction Concert

    Through social networks, especially Twitter it is said that President elect of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto bought 5 platinum rows for the next Mexican concert of British Boyband One Direction.

    From two o'clock in the afternoon Wednesday November 7 fans of British group expressed dissatisfaction with the alleged fact. According to Directioners, 70 tickets were purchased by Pena Nieto, a cost of $ 1,800 each, for Peña Nieto's daughters, nieces and friends close to the family.

    Around 5pm the Twitter hastag #ChingaTuMadreEPNdeParteDeLasDirectioners appeared as a trending topic in condemnation of what happened.

    One Direction will hold a concert June 9 at El Foro Sol in Mexico City.
    this is such an asshole thing to do but what can you expect when its coming from Pena Nieto.
    dear Enrique CHUPA MI PITO PUTO!

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    Videogum reader Emma sent us an email about her recent discovery of the Facebook group “Heterosexual Awareness Month,” which is your Facebook group. Good group! Great group. Very cool group for a very cool thing. If one thing has become increasingly clear in the Culture Wars over gay marriage it is that heterosexuals are INVISIBLE and we need to do whatever we can to BRING THEM OUT OF THE SHADOWS. Obviously, this is nonsense. The group is garbage, who cares. Even the most cursory look at their page shows them to not only be homophobic, but also weirdly racist and sexist but in extraordinarily confusing ways. For example: there is a Photoshop of Obama with a woman’s body wearing sexy lingerie and it says “Change, did somebody say change?… No thanks I’ll take sanity.” Haha, WHAT? That is just straight up bonkers I don’t even know what. (One woman who “liked” the page posted a note that says: “I’m so straight, first thing I did when I bought a house was brick up the back door.” The point is: we live in a beautiful world full of fascinating and wonderful people. Characters welcome.)

    ANYWAY, now we are just giving lip service to a fringe group of fucking assholes, and what is the point, except that Emma also points out that the Heterosexual Awareness Month (which is JULY, incidentally, LOL, what?) group has launched a membership drive for the month of November. It’s pretty cool and easy to be a part of it, as the page points out: “It’s simple just click join! That’s all there is to it… you are in. All you have to do now is enjoy your heterosexual lifestyle.” ALL YOU HAVE TO DO NOW IS ENJOY YOUR HETEROSEXUAL LIFESTYLE! Cool. Dope. Fun club. When you pledge your orientation with these nightmares, they promise that you will have “worldwide acceptance, cool relationships, specific roles, and minimum guilt.” Hahaha. How are we not all members of this great community! I LOVE COOL RELATIONSHIPS WITH MINIMUM GUILT AND HATE IN OUR HEARTS! Anyway, if you’re going to push for new members, you’re going to need to make a flyer, obviously, and if you’re going to make a flyer about the joys of heterosexuality, you’re going to need a fresh image of straight people loving to have fun, and what better image than a class photo from Degrassi: The Next Generation. Wait, what? Yoops! Degrassi: The Next Generation, of course, had numerous homosexual characters whose storylines were treated with dignity and respect. They are NOT a good representation of the cool and universally accepted guilt-free lifestyle of heterosexual pride. Which is not a thing. Also this whole group of people can go fuck themselves no joke I hope they fall of their bikes and scrape their arms and knees and then James comes and steals their bikes. But the real point is HI DRAKE IN A WHEELCHAIR! (Thanks for the tip, Emma.)


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    Donald Trump isn't the only Republican who went on Twitter to berate last night's election results [Trump later deleted part of his rant].

    NRA board member and musician Ted Nugent went on an angry Twitter tirade, on Wednesday morning, against Obama voters calling them "pimps" and "whores."

    Nugent accused Obama voters of supporting a president who can “destroy America" and falsely claimed that President Obama "demands the hardest workers porvide" for people who do not work.

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    DJWSVISION #2 reveals what was supposed to be of the Kendrick Lamar song Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe on his new album Good Kid, Mad City. When asked why she wasn't on the final cut, Kendrick said:

    “[Lady GaGa was going to be on the song]. We had a date, but we had to meet the deadline for the pre-order date. That’s just the business side coming through and messing things up. But you know it’s God’s plan. I’m not really too tight about it because I know we have something special.”

    DJWS vision number 2 from paul blair on Vimeo.

    Source | Source 2

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    Rihanna hits the stage in two separate looks while performing at the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on Wednesday (November 7) at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City.The 24-year-old singer performed two songs off her new album Unapologetic – “Diamonds” and the very appropriate “Fresh Off the Runway”. It was her first time singing the latter song live!
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