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Video: Ellie Kemper imagines sci-fi for women with Neko Case and Kelly Hogan

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The future according to the world of sci-fi is really appealing—if you’re a teenage boy.

In a wacky video for their new song, “These Aren’t the Droids,” singer Neko Case and her longtime collaborator Kelly Hogan slyly highlight the extent to which popular visions of the future are designed to appeal to teenage male fans. Case wears a Star Trek uniform and Princess Leia wig (probably just to make you angry about that combination), while Hogan sports a full-on Chewbacca costume. Ellie Kemper (The OfficeBridesmaids) also appears as a woman unfulfilled by her relationship with a Star Wars stormtrooper.

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You weren't invited to Taylor Swift's Fourth of July party, but Lena Dunham and Emma Stone were

So okay, you’re probably going, “Is this, like, a Noxzema commercial or what?” But seriously, Taylor Swift actually has a way normal life for a 24-year-old millionaire pop-country songstress. She goes to the beach with her famous friends on the Fourth of July… READ FULL STORY

Here's what you need to know about Internet-famous rapper Yung Lean

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About a year ago, the Internet—at least, the not-insubstantial part of it where hip-hop, contemporary art, and online culture overlap—went suddenly, seriously crazy over a Swedish rapper named Yung Lean. He had just released a song and video called “Hurt,” and was about to release a mixtape in conjunction with the influential Brooklyn streetwear brand Mishka. It was crudely made, from its rudimentary beat to its garishly computerized video, and the ambiguity of whether it was serious was part of the appeal.

“Hurt” seemed like the sort of weirdly entertaining diversion the Internet likes to obsess over briefly, just until the next one shows up—but Yung Lean’s fan base has only grown and strengthened since then. A little less than a month ago, he released a new single, “Yoshi City,” that significantly ups the quality in all respects, from the catchiness of the hook to the professional production quality of the video.

Now Lean’s about to start his first American tour and is prepping for the release of a new album later this year. He’s also on the verge of making the leap from an Internet cult to a real-life one, a la Odd Future. Here’s a primer on the unexpected next big thing in rap (maybe):

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BET Awards 2014: Full list of winners

Last night, Beyoncé dominated the Chris Rock-hosted BET Awards in L.A., picking up statues for both Best Collaboration (with Jay Z) for her ode to chairs “Drunk in Love” as well as Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, beating out Janelle Monáe, Jhené Aiko, K. Michelle, Rihanna, and Tamar Braxton.

Pharrell Williams continued his big year by taking home the award for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist as well as the night’s biggest prize, Video of the Year, for “Happy.” (Beyoncé was nominated twice in that category, but clearly split her own vote.)

The night wasn’t without a few (inadvertent) surprise moments. The screen misspelled Lionel Richie’s name wrong during his Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech, and Robin Thicke made everyone uncomfortable with yet another public plea for wife Paula Patton to take him back. Perhaps it’s time for Patton to burn him a mix tape of Taylor Swift.

Check out the full list of winners below. READ FULL STORY

Erykah Badu tries to kiss a TV reporter during his live shot

Let’s say that you were a PIX11 reporter doing a live shot on the 5 p.m. news about Shia LaBeouf’s arrest, and you were going to wind up getting videobombed as you tried to wrap up this segment on a Manhattan street. Who would be the perfect suspect to perpetrate this devious and disorienting crime? If you said Shia LaBoeuf… well, that’s actually a really good and meta choice. But it was actually Erykah Badu, decked out in a HOI (hat of interest). Standing behind PIX’s Mario Diaz, the singer made a family-unfriendly gesture in which one of her fingers made the acquaintance of a few fingers on her other hand in the shape of a circle and also grabbed him to plant a kiss. Without registering exactly who was making the advance, he instinctively pushed her away with an “excuse me” while gamely continuing his report. Badu later tweeted a playful “sorry” to him, and Diaz (who, coincidentally, once had a shot crashed by Tiger Woods before his first pro win) accepted her apology while citing some fitting Prince lyrics. He also noted that his wife, who was watching off-camera with their two-year child when the incident happened on Friday, approved of her move.

Watch Badu in action below. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'Girl Meets World,' 'True Blood' premiere, 'Transformers' in theaters, and more

This week gets off to a supernatural start, with the return of both True Blood and Teen Wolf, but by the time it’s over, just about all of your pop-culture appetites should be filled. We’ve got finales, premieres, a big summer blockbuster, and some summer tunes to add to your beach playlist.

Check out your week in pop culture below: READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: 'Summertime' is still my summertime jam

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DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince’s “Summertime” is a ridiculously obvious choice for a summertime jam, but that’s not really an issue as far as I’m concerned. Summer jams are about sharing moments with the people around you and basking in pure, unexamined pop pleasure. Overthinking things runs counter to the whole concept, as do the kind of status anxieties that often lie behind the desire to show off one’s knowledge of obscure music or ability to think outside the box.

“Summertime” is an obvious choice in the same way that margaritas are an obvious choice for a summertime beverage: because they’re so perfectly designed for it that arguing about it is pointless. You could strip “Summertime” of its title and “summer-summer-summertime” hook and it would still be incredibly well-suited to playing at a backyard barbecue, or poolside, or in a borrowed convertible. The song’s tempo (just a couple BPM slower than it seems like it should be), the lackadaisically ascending synth line lifted from Kool & the Gang’s “Summer Madness,” and Will Smith’s low-key flow all suggest warm weather that’s just too nice for you to want to waste it on trivial matters like staying on top of the beat. He could have been rapping about the economy or the situation in the Middle East and the song would still read as intensely summery. READ FULL STORY

We love the 2000s: EW staffers pick the decade's best pop culture moments

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Not too long ago, we were all living in the New Millennium, less affectionately known as the age of Y2K. Or if you want to be technical about it, it was the first decade of the 21st century. And during those 10 years, pop culture thrived. Not only did Nipplegate change the way we looked at Super Bowl halftime shows, but things like Laguna Beach made us rethink “reality,” Heath Ledger’s performance in The Dark Knight redefined the term “Oscar-worthy,” and Glee revived the television musical.

So with VH1’s I Love the 2000s wrapping up tonight, we thought we’d join in and round up our staff picks for our favorite pop culture moments of the 2000s. Because, hey, we loved those years too: READ FULL STORY

A young Pitbull raps about safe sex -- VIDEO

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Ever wonder what Pitbull was like before he became Mr. Worldwide? Wonder no more. Feast your eyes and ears on 18-year-old Armando Christian Pérez as he raps about safe sex at a high school performance. Dale!

In the video, posted back in December but woefully undiscovered, Miami native “Chris” announces that he will perform “AIDS Plays” and “Love to Live,” though we only get to hear the former. A far cry from his sexy hits “I Know You Want Me” and “Hotel Room Service,” “AIDS Plays” acts as more of a PSA for safe sex. He’s trying to send a message. We dig it.

While spitting rhymes, young Pitbull even manages to get in a few pop culture digs: 1) “Unlike Clinton, HIV is impeachless,” and 2) “It’s a lethal weapon without Gibson or D. Glover.” His ultimate message: “AIDS plays an everyday part of our life. It could be your mother, your brother, even your wife. Every move you do, choose safe sex. Bless yourself with a pack of latex.”

You heard the man. READ FULL STORY

'The Book of Mormon' gets animated in the style of 'South Park' -- VIDEO

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What would a Book of Mormon movie look like? Perhaps a little something like this fan’s version, if the blockbuster Broadway musical was animated in the same vein as South Park — and why shouldn’t it be, since Mormon was co-penned by the cartoon’s creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker?

Simon Chong paid tribute to South Park’s particular animation style with his own nod to The Book of Mormon, using the opening number “Hello!” from the original Broadway cast recording to imagine what the singing elders might look like in that quiet Colorado mountain town.

Although the video bears no affiliation to either show (stage or screen), it’s strikingly well-crafted and surprisingly faithful to South Park’s signature aesthetic. It feels just as natural as any of the songs from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, and even seems to fit with the musical scheme of the season 7 episode “All About Mormons.” Watch Chong’s excellent crossover after the jump: READ FULL STORY

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