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Some dudes sent Walter White into space, just 'cause

What do you get when you give the guys at this second-screen app a Walter White bobblehead, a powerful balloon, and an eensy-weensy camera? Why, this video, which is both totally ridiculous and surprisingly moving. (Thank mood-setting music by The National Parks and Megafaun, which make “Walter White in Space” sort of like Robot Chicken crossed with Planet Earth.)

You want to watch this thing? You’re goddamn right.

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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

Throwback Thursday: What's the best episode of 'Boy Meets World'?

Girl Meets World–which premiered on Disney Channel this past week–could really be dubbed a permanent ’90s Throwback Thursday (that’s technically airing on Fridays). In honor of this week’s Throwback Thursday, let’s hash out a very specific, very ’90s question: What is the all-time best episode of Boy Meets World?

As is the case with long-running shows (Boy Meets World aired from 1993 to 2000), there are a ton of options, and it’s a bit of a tough call. Do you go with one early in the series’ run that gave us an iconic moment (like, say, when Topanga kissed Cory up against the lockers), or a past-its-prime contender that reminded fans of the glory days (that would be “Seven the Hard Way,” a.k.a the episode with Plays With Squirrels)?

Or do you pick an episode that had a super-significant moment, but actually wasn’t all that great of an episode (cough, Cory and Topanga’s wedding, cough)? And let’s not forget about episodes with all-time perfect catchphrases, but a plot that wasn’t particularly memorable–looking at you, “Un-dah-pants episode.”

Clearly, there’s a lot to consider. With that said, here are a couple of finalists: READ FULL STORY

Lunchtime Poll: What would you turn into if you were 'Beauty and the Beast'-ed?

It’s a tale as old as time: Creepy old woman asks to use your phone on a cold prologue night, elementary school-age prince declines because his parents raised him well, aforementioned spinster casts a curse on the kid and his entire staff, whose only crime was trying to get by on the crazy merry-go-round we call This Provincial Life.

That’s how Beauty and the Beast transformed a whole ensemble of domestic workers into pieces of furniture and assorted household objects. Certainly it was an unfortunate fate for all of The Beast’s staff, but especially for the ones with bad enough karma to be transformed into, say, a wardrobe—or worse, a teacup without a face. READ FULL STORY

'Fartzenegger' video compilation is exactly what it sounds like

Behold: According to EW.com editor Kyle Ryan, this video is “why the internet was invented.”

The concept is not unlike that of the Wet Hot American Summer commentary track that comes complete with “extra farts.” Here, though, the clips originated in various Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, which gives the montage some added… gravity? That’s not the right word. Anyway, at least now we know what Conan the Barbarian really meant when he asked Subotai, “Have you ever felt such a wind?” (The clip’s creators did, however, miss an opportunity to have Mr. Freeze answer “What killed the dinosaurs?” with a big, juicy fart noise.) READ FULL STORY

Note to movie studios: Give trolls their due!

Trolls are having a moment. Yesterday, DreamWorks announced that Anna Kendrick would star in Trolls, an animated musical based on the creepy children’s toys. Last week, Laika released the trailer for The Boxtrolls, which combats trolls’ reputation as monsters, depicting them instead as silly magical creatures living peacefully in the sewers. And last year, Frozen featured a gaggle of friendly, wise trolls who adopted leading man Kristoff and gave leading lady Anna a hand when she needed their help.

All of these creatures stand in pretty sharp contrast to various Old Norse myths, which establish a few basic trollish characteristics: they’re magical, strong, not very smart, human-hungry, and vulnerable to the sun, which turns them into stone. While this cuddly new breed of trolls may be magical, they’re also cute and amiable. And that’s a shame.

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Today in 'Frozen' WTF: Anna and Elsa do 'Thriller' dance, Backstreet Boys -- VIDEO

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Are you off the Frozen train? It’s okay if you are. Most people seem to be, in fact, except…they’re not. The soundtrack for the wildly popular November movie just hit its biggest sales week yet, which means that, hard as we try, we haven’t escaped the winter just yet.

There’s still plenty of hilarious pop culture to be mined from the biggest event to happen to Disney animated movies since that thing with Bambi’s mom. Don’t worry—you’ll find no “Let It Go” covers here. But if you think you’ve seen everything to do with Frozen, I submit to you something completely different: READ FULL STORY

'Nashville' joins proud tradition of unorthodox clip shows: 5 more that stand out

So it’s come to this: A Nashville clip show.

Kinda. On Wednesday, instead of another soapy installment of country-fried drama, ABC will air an hourlong “On the Record Music Special” — during which Nashville cast members will “take the stage to perform show favorites then sit down in the Bluebird Café for acoustic performances and an intimate look at the songwriting process with the songwriters themselves.”

In other words, this is Nashville‘s spin on one of television’s oldest, most reliable hole-pluggers and money-savers: the clip show. Like clip shows of old, this one will be centered on previously-seen material (every song to be performed has already appeared on Nashville); unlike, say, that episode of Friends where Ross and Rachel contemplate their relationship on the even of his wedding to Emily, the Nashville special won’t simply intersperse a few new scenes with a bunch of old ones and call it a day. Which got me thinking: Which other series have found ways to invigorate the clip show formula, adhering to its basic rules while presenting something innovative and exciting? The five best answers I could come up with:

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'Top Chef' favorites want you to eat Oreo-crusted chicken fingers -- VIDEO

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Watch out, Cap’n Crunch Buffalo chicken tenders — there’s a new stoner snack in town.

That’s right: The chicken strips pictured above are dredged in flour, dipped in an egg wash, then shaken in a plastic bag with a mixture of parsley, salt, pepper, panko breadcrumbs… and, oh yeah, 15 cookies’ worth of Oreo wafers. (The vanilla kind. You know, because using the chocolate kind would be gross.) READ FULL STORY

I miss you, S Club 7: Remembering the Brit-pop group's 20 best songs

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Do you know what today is? It just happens to be the 15th anniversary of Miami 7, a little TV show about a cheery pop band that premiered in Britain in the spring of ‘99.

When S Club 7 in Miami came to the States on Fox Family (yes, Fox Family) a few months later, I had no idea who these people were or whether they were famous in Britain. Back then, children couldn’t look up transcontinental artists on Wikipedia, and there was certainly no Encarta entry for S Club 7. But for whatever reason, I accidentally grew to love this utterly random show about seven British band members who go live in Miami for some reason. By they time the group got the hokey second series S Club 7 in L.A. a year later, in which they rented a Venice beach house from the demon girl in The Exorcist, I was completely hooked on this absurdly optimistic and painfully happy band.

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