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Happy Independence Day! Let 'John Adams' provide the ceremonial reading

To celebrate our nation’s independence, it’s a tradition for local leaders or family members to read aloud the Declaration of Independence, beginning with the famous words, “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

The words still have weight, though it’s sometimes difficult to appreciate the magnitude of their meaning when they’re being read at the family barbecue by your uncle who’s wearing a Kiss the Chef apron. Instead, I recommend re-watching the moment of independence from HBO’s 2008 miniseries, John Adams. As the representatives of the original colonies ponder separation from Great Britain, the political fire-breathing is over and the celebration is a long way’s off. As Adams (Paul Giamatti) tells Thomas Jefferson (Stephen Dillane) in an earlier scene, “We’re about to take a leap in the dark.” READ FULL STORY

This year's must-have Christmas toy in the U.K.? An inflatable, battery-powered Dalek you can actually sit in!!! Dear Santa...

Last Christmas, my nieces gave me what at that time seemed like the best present a Doctor Who fan like myself could ever receive. That’s right, I’m talking about an inflatable Dalek! In fact, the sucker has been sitting outside my office door all year, prompting envious remarks from my co-workers like “What is that ugly thing?” and “Seriously, are you, like, 12?” and “This is definitely represents a massive fire hazard.”


National Donut Day: Bring back the vanilla kreme, Dunkin' Donuts!

It’s National Donut Day, which, for those of you wondering, is why both Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme are trending on Twitter. In this epic battle, I’m going to have to go with Krispy Kreme because you don’t have to purchase a beverage to get your free donut from them today. Also, I’m still bitter that my local Dunkin’ Donuts recently did away with the vanilla kreme-filled donut, which was my favorite, and Krispy Kreme still had theirs the last time I checked. Poll below.  READ FULL STORY

Nick Offerman isn't shaving for the environment's sake. Join him.

What’s the best email subject line we’ve read today? “Nick Offerman’s beard saves the planet.” The Parks and Recreation star, a.k.a. Ron Swanson, has teamed up with Budweiser to promote its “Grow One. Save a Million” campaign, which encourages men to grow beards as awesome as his — and therefore conserve water — in advance of World Environment Day (this Sunday, June 5). According to Budweiser, on average, a man uses 5 gallons of water every time he shaves. The company hopes enough men will take the pledge to put down the razor to save one million gallons of water.

“The only thing manlier than growing a big, burly beard is ripping a big, burly beard off of a charging grizzly with your bare hands,” Swanson Offerman says in a release.  READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: I love that my mother loves...

In honor of Mother’s Day, let’s each take a moment to celebrate our mother’s good taste in entertainment — or, at least her passion for pop culture, which, even if misdirected, is something we can appreciate. Finish this sentence: I love that my mother loves… I’ll go first:

• Nathan Fillion. As I’ve had the pleasure of telling him in a Stupid Questions interview, he is, in fact, my soon-to-be 64-year-old mother Joyce’s third favorite male celebrity — after Johnny Depp and Jeff Goldblum. (I love that she loves them, too.)

• Craig Ferguson. When I visit, I can sometimes hear her laughing at him down the hallway from her bedroom.

• Otis Redding’s “Love Man.” She knows it’s on my iPod, so when I’m DJing in the car, it’s often requested. She always raises her right arm and shimmies in her seat. She’s also always driving.  READ FULL STORY

April Fools' Day: Nathan Fillion tweets that 'Castle' is canceled. Plus, other shenanigans we saw on the worst day for internet surfing.


Today is the worst day of the year — especially for a gullible person like myself. (I’m not ashamed to admit it.) I would normally avoid the Internet completely, but when Nathan Fillion’s tweet declaring Castle had been canceled appeared in my Twitter stream, there was a momentary pause in my heartbeat. (Actually, it was probably more like a couple of minutes — I can’t be sure. I was sprawled on the floor when I came to.) Of course, I realized soon after that it was April Fools’ Day — and I’d been made a fool. Oh, Nathan.

So ‘fess up, PopWatchers. Have you been fooled today? Perhaps you’ve been duped by one of the things on my list of Top Ten Internet Shenanigans (detailed below). Share your stories of Foolishness —  there’s no shame here… but people may laugh at you — and feel free to add to the list. READ FULL STORY

Happy St. Patty's Day from the 'Jackass' crew

Photo: Sean Cliver © 2011 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Jackass gang! Wee Man trekked all the way to the Emerald Isle for the making of Jackass 3.5, the digital-only followup to October’s surprise blockbuster that premieres on Joost.com on Apr. 1. The new full-length webisodes will feature all-new footage from Johnny Knoxville and his merry band of idiots, including Steve-O’s close encounter with a snapping turtle and the perfect prank that finally tripped up Johnny himself. Check out an exclusive photo of the boys being (stupid) boys below: READ FULL STORY

Happy Mardi Gras! But what in pop culture will you give up for Lent tomorrow?

Mardi-Gras-sunnyImage Credit: Cheryl Gerber/Getty Images; Craig Blankenhorn/FXToday, on Fat Tuesday, I have visions of beads, booze, and awesome New Orleans-set movie scenes (like the opening from Live and Let Die) dancing around in my head. But our Mardi Gras is short-lived friends: For, tomorrow, we begin Lent, the 40-day bummer of a tradition that forces us (Catholics) to give up some prized possession or idea until Easter. Of course, since I am a horrible Catholic, I won’t be giving up chocolate, macaroni and cheese, or quoting The Room anytime soon. (I, simply, am not that strong. I am naahht.) That’s not to say that I won’t be honoring the holiday — after all, I need some kind of conversation starter with the relatives. And, this year, I’m going to do it right: I’m not going to be one of those people who choose the easy way out by cutting health food or 40 Days and 40 Nights or Carlos Mencia’s comedy out of my life. No, instead, I’ve decided to give up DVR’d reruns of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. READ FULL STORY

Matt Lauer calls 'bull' on Groundhog Day

The Midwest may be covered in snow, and the East Coast is still trying to dig itself out, but Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning, so fear not: Winter is almost over. It’s not totally clear from the video that there’s any reaction from the wriggly rodent at all, but if a guy in a top hat says something is true, who are we to disagree? READ FULL STORY

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve: Ke$ha resolves not to become a d---bag

kesha-nyeImage Credit: Lou Rocco/ABC Merry New Year! Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest, Jenny McCarthy, and a reported 1 million revelers welcomed 2011 from Times Square in New York City last night. ABC’s live broadcast of Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve boasted a classic boy-band bash, with the well-preserved Backstreet Boys and the New Kids on the Block collaborating for a medley of their greatest hits, but it was wild-child Ke$ha who stole the show. Performing her hit song, “Tik Tok,” she literally rode Santa Claus, whacked what appeared to be an Easter Bunny pinata, and urged the crowd to “make 2011 our bitch!” Later, on the ABC stage with Seacrest and the boy-band headliners, Ke$ha responded to Seacrest’s question about resolutions with a quick, “Not become a d—–bag.” Nice. (I think that’s actually in the third verse of “Auld Lang Syne.”)

Ke$ha’s irreverence was refreshing. Poor Jenny McCarthy was saddled with crowd-duty, and it was actually impressive hearing her sell lines like, “I am so excited to be down here,” and “I wish I could wake up every morning to this.” Sure you do, Jenny. Which made Seacrest’s under-his-breath line so perfect at the end of the evening, as McCarthy prepared to sign-off: “She wants a drink so badly.”

Other highlights — intentional and unintentional — of Dick Clark’s annual shindig included: READ FULL STORY

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