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Stop everything! Mermaids are real?

Like Ariel, are mermaids just longing to be part of our world?

If you believe filmmaker Charlie Foley, whose “documentary” Mermaids: The Body Found aired this past weekend on Animal Planet as part of “Monster Week,” then yes.

The speculative documentary (a.k.a. not real. A mermaid is not going to attack you while you nap on the beach, okay?) explored the myth of the underwater princess — but she’s not the sweet-singing Disney version. The CGI mermaids from the film were dead ringers for the scary merpeople from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, or rejects from the set of Avatar. The theory presented by the movie suggested that long ago, a group of human ancestors evolved to become sea creatures — this is called the aquatic ape hypothesis and is an actual theory put forth by some researchers. If you buy into it — or maybe saw The Thirteenth Year too many times as a kid — then this is where mermaids come from. The Animal Planet movie explains that when a real-life mermaid was found alive on a beach, a big government cover-up ensued so that no one would find out…until now. READ FULL STORY

Duckie gay? Jon Cryer says no way

Your inner ‘80s teenager may have been concerned earlier this week, when Molly Ringwald spoke with Out about her roles as the Brat Pack Queen, and revealed that John Hughes wrote a gay character in just about every movie he made — even if he never came right out and said so.

For Pretty in Pink, that means a second look at Duckie (played by Jon Cryer), whom Ringwald outed: “Duckie doesn’t know he’s gay,” she told the magazine. “I think he loves Andie in the way that [my gay best friend] always loved me. That [original ending, which had them together] fell so flat — it bombed at all the screenings. I didn’t realize it then — I just knew that my character shouldn’t end up with him, because we didn’t have that sort of chemistry. If John was here now, and I could talk to him, I think that he would completely acknowledge that.” READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin goes on anti-Republican Twitter rant, calls them 'lying thieves'

Alec Baldwin plays a staunch conservative on 30 Rock, but his personal politics are famously liberal, as demonstrated by a fusillade of anti-Republican tweets yesterday. Baldwin let his opinion loose on some 870,000 followers as he took to Twitter from the Cannes Film Festival, where he wrote, “Away from the noise and vulgarity of the U.S. election. I gotta tell you. It’s been nice.” Only a few hours later, Baldwin blasted the Republican party in a series of tweeted heats (sorry, heated tweets):

Some complain on Twitter about Obama.

You wanna go back? To Bush? Cheney? Paulson? Rumsfeld? Unfunded wars? Death of U.S. soldiers and innocent civilians for oil? READ FULL STORY

Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) explains his blond hair (sort of)

The Internet is freaking out over Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation‘s Ron Swanson, going blond — a look he sported at last night’s Peabody Awards in New York City. Asked if the makeover was for a role, Offerman sent the following response to EW through his publicist: “Although I am changing my look drastically for a couple of roles this summer, I really was just looking to have more fun.”

Offerman also made headlines this spring for being bald in a video supporting the Americans for Marriage Equality project, and for sporting stubble but no mustache while promoting Casa de mi Padre with Will Ferrell in bathrobes on the fourth hour of Today. (Wow. We really care, don’t we?)

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Biff from 'Back to the Future' answers all your questions on one handy postcard

Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, and Crispin Glover are all nice. The hoverboards didn’t really fly. The Delorean was small and uncomfortable.

Now, can you please leave Tom Wilson alone?

Wilson — the actor who played Biff in all three Back to the Future movies — gets a lot of questions from a lot of fans. The trouble is, those fans always seem to ask the same things. So Wilson decided to start saving time by handing out 400-word postcards that list the answers to every fan FAQ. Shaun Usher from Letters of Note posted a photo of one on his Twitter today — and the Internet’s been buzzing about it ever since.

These missives are basically a longer, non-rhyming version of a musical comedy bit Wilson’s been doing for years — and according to Wilson’s manager Alex Murray, his client has been distributing them for about a decade. Wilson doesn’t bring a stack of cards everywhere he goes, but he does often carry around a few “just for fun,” Murray told EW.

Check out the full text of Biff’s note below:


Samuel L. Jackson has tweeted 57 different spellings of 'motherf---.' See the completely unnecessary list here.

He’s admitted it everywhere: legendary bad-ass Samuel L. Jackson has a favorite word, and it rhymes with brother trucker. Ever since Jackson (currently taking names as Nick Fury in the indie arthouse flick The Avengers) joined Twitter in October 2011, the man has eschewed any kind of filter and tweets whatever he wants with no regard for censorship… which is exactly how we like our SLJ.

I could give you some kind of reason why I spent my time prowling through Jackson’s eight-month-old Twitter for the various spellings of his favorite swear word, but there’s really no motivation aside from utter fascination and curiosity. Here is a man who is on such a high tier of cool that he can effectively spell words with no discernible logic and get away with it. Not once, not twice, but a whopping 57 times. Let’s see Noah Webster demonstrate that much creativity.

DISCLAIMER: If you’re going to read this list of variant spellings of a matronly obscenity, I trust that you know exactly what you’re getting into. READ FULL STORY

'Expendables 2' nickname generator: I am Boom Boom

Back in March 2010, when the first trailer for The Expendables hit, we said the film could have the best action movie character names ever. Now, we can all join in the fun, thanks to The Expendables 2‘s new “badass nickname” generator app. I got Boom Boom, which I think would be tough to beat. Darren Franich got The Mutilator and Silent Assassin (some people can’t just do it once.*) And Laura Hertzfeld is now going by Skull Crusher. Your turn.

* He also entered the name “Timothy Olyphant” and got Night Train. Okay, that tops Boom Boom.

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EW Caption Contest: 'Predator' reunion

Fans of The New Yorker‘s cartoon caption contest know the drill. In each issue, there’s a doodle with no description, and it’s up to the reader to supply the wittiest quip that explains it with a comic twist. After competing for several years and never winning, I can confirm that The New Yorker‘s contest is rigged. So let’s incorporate their concept for the photo to the right. You can clearly see what it is. (Click here for a larger version.)

Here’s my submission:

Arnold’s playful gag of dipping his right hand in mud before shaking did not amuse Pete, who struggled for several moments to see it right in front of his face.


'Veep' dream cameos: Which 'Seinfeld' actors should get bit parts?

In HBO’s new comedy Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus excels as Selina Meyer, a vice president who’s foul-mouthed and powerless. Tony Hale, a.k.a. Buster Bluth, does great work as her loyal body man, Gary. Anna Chlumsky as Amy, the VPOTUS chief of staff, makes me glad the actress ended her self-imposed acting hiatus.

But the show — which our own Ken Tucker calls fun, if not gut busting — might benefit from a few cameos. Specifically: It’d be great if some of Louis-Dreyfus’s old Seinfeld cast mates took up temporary residence in the Oval Office. Er, the Naval Observatory.

No, I’m not talking about Jerry, George, and Kramer — though if they feel like taking a break from counting their piles of syndication money, any of them could play a congressman. Instead, I’d rather imagine which Seinfeld supporting characters would make convincing Washington power players. Specifically, here’s what I’d like to see: READ FULL STORY

President Obama reads and roars 'Where the Wild Things Are' -- VIDEO

For the record, “It’s the wild rumpus!” sounds like the most excellent campaign slogan ever. Kicking off Easter in presidential fashion at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll (which the First Lady has turned into the hottest lawn-based activity since the Slip ‘n Slide), President Obama got into character to deliver another reading of Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are, which has been an annual tradition there since 2009.

Points to POTUS for channeling his inner thespian for his most animated performance yet, which included several barks, a handful of bellows and a number of entertaining facial expressions. Truth be told, the video is relatively slow until about 1:18, when Obama starts to really get into it, launching into a Scooby Doo-meets-Cookie Monster roar to celebrate the book’s wild rumpuses. Watch below: READ FULL STORY

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