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Funny or Die 'Reading Rainbow' spoof: Reading leads to superpowers -- VIDEO

For years, Reading Rainbow taught kids that reading could make them go twice as high as any butterfly. But according to Funny or Die’s spoof of the Reading Rainbow theme song, we now know reading can do much more: turn you into a god, give you superpowers — as the song says, you can “literally do anything” if you read a book. They do say knowledge is power…

Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign last week to raise money to expand the Reading Rainbow tablet app to the Web and mobile and to fund special Reading Rainbow packages for schools. As of Wednesday, almost $3.5 million has been donated — that’s more than three times the amount Burton originally was asking for and there are still 28 days left to donate. As Burton can probably attest to, money is also power.

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'Funny or Die' spoofs Sofia Coppola's 'The Little Mermaid' -- VIDEO

Sofia Coppola’s The Little Mermaid may be nowhere near release yet — but Funny or Die’s spoof of the upcoming movie could be a pretty accurate predictor of what it’ll be like. (Or at least, what we hope it’ll be like.)

Coppola, director of Lost and Translation and The Bling Ring, is working on a live-action adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. Many have joked that the film will feature the hipster version of Disney’s Ariel; Funny or Die made this joke a reality in a video that stars AnnaSophia Robb as a cutting-edge Ariel and American Horror Story’s Evan Peters as a cigarette-smoking Eric.

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The Webby Awards: And the winners are...

This past September, Jimmy Kimmel revealed that he was behind that video of innocent twerking gone horribly wrong — and now he’s winning an award for it.

On Monday morning, the Webbys announced the winners of this year’s 18th annual competition. Each year, judges from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences — including Netflix star Kevin Spacey — gather together to select the best of the best internet-related achievements, ranging from viral videos to movie streaming services.

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Tony Hale stars in incredibly depressing 'Where's Waldo' update

Oh there’s Waldo! And, wouldn’t you know it, he looks a lot like a sad-sack Tony Hale character.

That’s because the Veep star is playing the stripe-clad sneak in a new photo essay published Monday in The Occasional, the Funny or Die offshoot that began as a humor magazine app and has morphed into a McSweeney’s-esque website. And needless to say, “Where’s Waldo Today?” with Tony Hale doesn’t exactly paint a rosy future for Martin Handford’s famous creation. READ FULL STORY

'Space Jam' live read features Seth Green, Blake Griffin, Danielle Fishel and more -- VIDEO

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Cue up “I Believe I Can Fly.”

Last month, there was a live reading of the 1996 Michael Jordan/Looney Tunes “masterpiece” Space Jam, featuring Seth Green, Danielle Fishel, Ben Schwartz, Nick Kroll and many more. Unfortunately, the whole thing isn’t available online — but Funny or Die has released a 10-minute highlight reel, which clearly proves that the comedians showed up ready to (space) jam. Sadly, there is no surprise Bill Murray appearance.

Led by Blake Griffin as Jordan, the footage from the reading is intercut with interviews in which the cast explains their memories of the movie; Kroll’s fondest memories are the nine minutes of Space Jam he watched on YouTube recently, as he’d never seen the film. Imagine going through life never seeing his Royal Airness help out Daffy Duck! Luckily, the lack of research doesn’t seem to hurt his performance.

Watch below — and get excited for DeAndre Jordan as Charles Barkley: READ FULL STORY

Adam Scott reprises 'Step Brothers' character for healthcare ad -- VIDEO

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If we’re going to be bombarded with Healthcare.Gov ads, at least we’re also being treated to resurrected movie characters in the process.

In a new FunnyorDie clip, Adam Scott once again plays everyone’s favorite most hated sibling, Step Brothers‘ Derek Huff. Things we now know about Derek via this catch-up: He’s divorced; he hangs out with Mark Cuban, Chris Daughtry, and Jeff Probst; this “Cool Squad” stays in touch via Google Glass (because of course they do).

Huff knows he doesn’t need healthcare coverage — either for himself or his kids. Of course, he wasn’t planning on getting into an accident either. Cue the ACA messaging.

Watch below:

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Here's proof that 'Let It Go' is the perfect song for just about any movie -- VIDEO

“Let It Go,” that inescapable anthem from Frozen, is empowering, inspiring, and, apparently, the ideal soundtrack to just about any movie.

Funny or Die has synced the Idina Menzel-sung track to memorable scenes from movies as varied as Garden State and Easy Rider. Suddenly, Natalie Portman helps Zach Braff realize he needs to “let go” of everything holding him back from living a fully realized life, while Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper become “one with the wind and the sky” on their existential motorcycle trek.

Kudos to the FoD team for including Pulp Fiction — yep, you can even do the twist to “Let It Go” — for its sly little nod to the John Travolta/Adele Dazeem incident.

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Step aside, Shia LaBeouf: Jerry O'Connell is sorry too, and he's got an art exhibit right next to yours!

Important life update: Shia LaBeouf is not famous anymore, and he’s sorry about it. Fun new twist: Jerry O’Connell hasn’t really been famous in years, and he’s sorry too. Take that, Shia!

In what is believed to be a Funny or Die stunt — O’Connell has a channel on the site — O’Connell has set up his own, competing art exhibit next to Shia LaBeouf’s #IAMSORRY space in L.A. O’Connell’s is appropriately titled #IAMSORRYTOO.

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'Legends of the Hidden Temple: The Movie' is a hilariously fake nostalgia trip -- VIDEO

Green monkeys! Orange iguanas! If these unnaturally occurring animal-color combinations don’t send chills down your spine, you weren’t a child of the ‘90s.

Funny or Die has posted a fake trailer for Legends of the Hidden Temple: The Movie, a would-be action flick that finds a gruff former contestant drinking away his sorrows as he contemplates returning (a la Lost) into the cruel hands of Olmec the Terrifying. “You think you’re going to be all right, just ’cause you have a guide,” muses the faded former Red Jaguar as memories of a distant Kirk Fogg appear. “We lost so many good men that day.”

The joke, of course, stems from a fantastic game show back in the golden age of ‘90s Nickelodeon, wherein kids would compete in physical and trivia challenges to outwit the other teams and find themselves in the grand poobah of game show finales: the Temple. Inside, they’d have to retrieve the artifact du jour to win the game, avoiding horrifying guards and obstacles before trying to assemble the cure for cancer Shrine of the Silver Monkey, a simple three-piece puzzle that frequently stumped contestants and has long infuriated viewers who swear that it has to be easier than it looks.
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Funny or Die: Bill Cosby explains the caveman origins of Thanksgiving

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How ever did the turkey, a humble over-sized bird, become the chief symbol and main course of Thanksgiving?

Sage, sweater-donning Bill Cosby has the answer, in the animated short that he wrote and starred in for Funny or Die. After a neat stop-animation style intro in which a family’s Turkey Day feast is foiled by some explosive birds, Cosby goes on to explain how turkey time originated with cavemen and their enterprising spouses to season the bland bird – “or could it have been the brilliance of his wife to say ‘this needs um some kind of leaf or root or something’.” But he admits, “they really didn’t know what they were doing.”

Barring any scientific accuracy, the comedian’s holiday philosophy is comfortably simple: “This is Bill Cosby saying this is Thanksgiving and it is a time to eat and enjoy, and it is also a time to find a way to have a bed next to your chair.”

Watch Turkey Day story time with Cosby below: READ FULL STORY

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