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Judd Apatow to guest-edit 'Vanity Fair' Comedy Issue

This is…the age we live in now.

Judd Apatow will edit Vanity Fair’s first-ever Comedy Issue, the magazine announced today.  This marks the third time that there has been a guest-editor in the past 20 years of the publication: Bono edited the Africa issue in July 2007, and Tom Ford edited the Hollywood Portfolio in March 2006.

Apatow makes sense to edit the January 2013 edition, which will feature a 20-page spread of ‘Who’s Who’ among today’s comedy stars. Apatow is, of course, the writer/director of such films as Knocked Up, 40 Year Old Virgin,  Funny People and others. His next project is the “sort-of sequel” to Knocked Up, December’s <i>This is 40, with Paul Rudd and Apatow’s wife, Leslie Mann. (For those that need more This is 40, the full script is already available online.) He’s also the executive producer of HBO’s show Girls, which means that it’s likely Lena Dunham will be making an appearance in Vanity Fair‘s coverage. READ FULL STORY

Jason Aldean on cheating scandal: 'It's been a tough situation'

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Oh, Jason Aldean, I have a bone to pick with you.

On Monday, the married country singer opened up about his cheating scandal — Aldean was photographed kissing American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr last month – in an interview with CMT Insider host Katie Cook. He previously apologized for his behavior, claiming he was drunk and acted inappropriately, but this interview is the first time he’s spoken about the impact of the incident on himself and his family.

“I think when it comes to all the things that have been going on lately, I mean, it’s just been a tough situation,” he said. “I know everybody’s kinda going to have their opinion, and for the people that know me and know what I’m about … the people that are standing by us and supporting us, all I’ve got to say to them is thanks. I mean, I really appreciate it, and it’s just been a really unfortunate thing. Really embarrassing, I think, more than anything.”

The full interview will air on Oct. 13 and 14 at 11 a.m. on CMT.

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'Pitch Perfect': The real story about collegiate a cappella

It’s aca-awesome, for sure. But aca-accurate?

Pitch Perfect is finally in wide release this week, and the buzzy collegiate a cappella movie already has quite a few fans. With my colleague Lanford Beard, I checked out the movie last weekend, was completely charmed, and instantly wanted to know anything and everything about collegiate a cappella.

The movie obviously takes some liberties, but here at PopWatch, we were curious to learn how close the Beca (Anna Kendrick) singing experience was to the real thing. So we called up Drew O’Shanick, a third-year student at University of Virginia and member of the a cappella group the Hullabahoos, who actually cameoed in the film (for those that have seen, they’re the group that briefly sang “Final Countdown” as part of a montage). The Hullabahoos were also one of the groups featured in the non-fiction book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory, on which the movie is based.

No big plot points are given away in this very scientific (Read: Please don’t take this seriously!) exploration, but a SPOILER ALERT! to those that haven’t yet seen the film and don’t want to know anything. READ FULL STORY

Local news reporter responds to nasty viewer email -- VIDEO

Paging Lady Gaga!

A local news reporter got a lot more than she bargained for when on-air video of her responding to a bully went viral yesterday.

Jennifer Livingston is a reporter for La Crosse, Wisconsin’s CBS affiliate WKBT. Last week, she received an email from a viewer, writing, in part, “I was surprised to witness that your physical condition hasn’t improved for many years. Surely you don’t consider yourself a suitable example for this community’s young people…I leave you this note hoping you’ll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthier lifestyle.”

Livingston’s husband is an anchor on the local nightly news there, and he posted the email on his public Facebook page, where it quickly inspired hundreds of comments. Yesterday, Livingston chose to  respond on-air to the controversy. READ FULL STORY

Jerry Seinfeld pens 'really' fuming letter to the editor

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Jerry Seinfeld is really, really ticked off. The comedian penned a letter to The New York Times in response to TV critic Neil Genzlinger’s Monday column about the abuse and overuse of one of Seinfeld’s favorite words: ”really.”

”Really, Neil? Really? You’re upset about too many people saying, “Really?”? I mean, really,” Seinfeld writes.

The amusingly outraged letter to the editor, which uses the word ”really” 10 times, comes to the defense of the ”lazy” comedy writers who use the word that Genzlinger claims is ”undoing 2,000 years’ worth of human progress.” Seinfeld defends Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update segment “Really!?! With Seth,” which used to star Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers and which Seinfeld himself contributed to in 2010; and turned the tables on Genzlinger by ripping him for using the phrase, “wrap my head around it.” “Don’t preach to us about ‘Really?’ and then wrap our heads around things,” wrote Seinfeld. “You crumbled a bit of civilization off there yourself.”

Seinfeld’s keen observation about everything and nothing couldn’t come at a better time — his five-borough New York City comedy tour kicks off tomorrow. I really hope he addresses the “R word” in his routine.

Watch Seinfeld’s SNL skit below: READ FULL STORY

Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Neil Patrick Harris in new NSFW Rock the Vote ad -- VIDEO

“This election, there are a lot of really important decisions being made that affect marginalized groups in big ways,” Jesse Tyler Ferguson declares in a new Rock The Vote ad.

“Thank you, Jesse. Which is why, as an openly straight man, I implore you to think about people like me as you cast your ballot,” Ferguson’s co-star on Modern Family and recent Emmy-winner Eric Stonestreet continues.

What follows is a whole host of celebrities giving you their best reasons to vote on Nov. 6. Kathy Griffin reminds us that everyone at a polling place is over 18, which means they’re legal. Joel McHale votes because he’s not “a motherf***ing communist” and Jane Lynch tells us that casting a ballot is the best decision you can make. A close second? Getting a One Direction tattoo, like Lynch did.

Want to know who’s proud to be an American because of Ryan Gosling (even though he’s Canadian)? Check out the full NSFW ad below: READ FULL STORY

Happy Birthday, Google. 14 reasons I love you

Happy birthday, Google!

You’re turning 14 today, which means that you’ve been a teenager for one year. But I’m loving that instead of search engine rebelling, you’re just creating more cool features, whether that be Bacon Numbers or Google Doodles.

Besides those new updates, I want to personally thank you for 14 things you’ve helped me out with over the years.

1.)    Last-minute research: Lord knows I got through college Sociology courses thanks to “Google Scholar.”

2.)    Sports knowledge: Ref lock out? What does that mean? Now even I know. READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga talks bulimia, launches new foundation project: A Body Revolution

Lady Gaga was born this way – and now she’s stepping up the acceptance with a new project, A Body Revolution.

The singer/activist has been in the news with lots of websites and tabloids making disparaging comments about her apparent weight gain.

As a response to that, Gaga has launched a new section of her Born This Way Foundation, and the site, LittleMonsters.com, dealing specifically with body acceptance.

To kick things off, she posted a few photos of herself in just her bra and underwear (some above), with the captions “bulimia and anorexia since I was 15” “but today I join the body revolution” “to inspire bravery” “and breed some m$therf*cking compassion.”

Above the photos, she writes: READ FULL STORY

Sarah Silverman records NSFW PSA about new voter fraud laws -- VIDEO

“Hey black people, old people, poor people and students. Guess what you all have in common?” Sarah Silverman asks in a new, incredibly NSFW PSA.

We can’t print what the answer is here – nor much of anything else from the four-minute clip. Suffice to say, she’s fired up about new voter fraud laws and wants to get people registered to vote. In typical Silverman fashion, there are a lot of R-rated quips in between some great information about what you need to have in order to vote Nov. 6.

Let My People Vote” isn’t Silverman’s first time delving into politics. The outspoken comedian had an “indecent proposal” for a Mitt Romney superdonor, pushed the envelope with some abortion tweets, and held a NAACP fundraiser in Rick Perry’s home state after some of his remarks.

Check out the PSA below to find out why you should get your Nana a gun license ASAP: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga smokes a joint onstage. This is not the most scandalous thing she's done this month

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Even monsters get the munchies.

Or, at least, we can assume Lady Gaga did after taking a hit of a joint that a fan passed her onstage in Amsterdam yesterday.

“Oh, it’s real,” she said in video that caught the exchange, and then, after taking a few puffs, “And for those of you who are wondering if I’m high right now, I am not. That is not nearly enough to get me high.”

Legally smoking some marijuana? So not controversial. Here are a few things just off the top of my head, just of things I’ve read in the past month, that Gaga has partaken in that make me much more likely to clutch my pearls (or, more accurately, to text my friends with a poker sad face and a WHYYYY).

1.) This tweet:@therealXtina (Christina Aguilera) just bought your new single. Seems the old Christina i loved has returned! Congratulations!! :)” Compliment or the most passive-aggressive tweet of all time? You decide. READ FULL STORY

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