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The future of U.S./North Korean relations rests on Dennis Rodman's shoulders. Seriously.

Razzie-winning bridal gown aficionado Dennis Rodman isn’t just one of the most colorful characters of the 1990s — apparently, he’s also America’s last hope for a decent diplomatic relationship with North Korea.

I’ll pause to let that sink in.

The retired basketball player is currently in Pyongyang with a group of Harlem Globetrotters and a documentary film crew. The athletes are planning to spend four to five days in the North Korean capital, putting on a few basketball exhibitions and perhaps even meeting North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un — a noted basketball fan who spent hours as a kid making “meticulous pencil drawings of Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan.” His father, the late Kim Jong-il, was also obsessed with the Bulls in the ’90s. (Totalitarian dictators: They’re just like us!) READ FULL STORY

Michelle Malkin debuts Obama parody, clearly asking for dance-off with First Lady -- VIDEO

First, Michelle Obama made a dancing video with Jimmy Fallon and America swooned.

Then, Michelle Obama appeared at the Oscars and America decided that swooning was maybe a little much.

Now, another Michelle — conservative writer Michelle Malkin — has released a parody video of the First Lady’s Fallon-collab-dance-stravaganza. It does contain dancing. There, the similarities stop.


Ben Affleck's first film 'I Killed My Lesbian Wife' is as silly and bad as the title suggests -- VIDEO

Ben Affleck has a message for young filmmakers: It Gets Better.

Sure, he didn’t record a PSA, but his first film, 1993’s I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Ηung Ηer on a Μeathook & Νow I Have a Three-Picture Deal with Disney, functions as such for all aspiring directors out there. Just because your first short film tells the convoluted story about a director who auditions women for a movie while simultaneously yelling at his wife, who is, yes, hung on a meathook, doesn’t mean you can’t eventually go on to direct something like Gone Baby Gone and Argo.

I Killed My Lesbian Wife sounds like a Lifetime movie starring Tori Spelling, but it isn’t an online prank. Affleck himself has talked about his debut, which has been online at least since 2010, but has picked up some interest this past week as Argo marches towards Oscar glory. Affleck previously explained to EW, “It’s a 13-minute film and stars a friend of mine, Jay Lacopo, who’s now a writer. It’s horrible. It’s atrocious. I knew I wanted to be a director, and I did a couple of short films, and this is the only one that haunts me. I’m not proud of it. It looks like it was made by someone who has no prospects, no promise.”

With that ringing endorsement by the guy responsible, how can you not want to take a peek? Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

New Google Doodle celebrates Renaissance man Nicolaus Copernicus

google-doodle-copernicusEarly adopters of heliocentrism, today is for you.

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the birthday of Nicolaus Copernicus, the Polish Renaissance man who first floated the theory that the sun, not the Earth, was the center of the universe.  According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “sometime between 1510 and 1514 [Copernicus] wrote an essay that has come to be known as the ‘Commentariolus,’ [which] introduced his new cosmological idea, the heliocentric universe.” The piece also included seven now-popular axioms such as, “the center of the universe is near the sun” and “the distance from the Earth to the sun is imperceptible compared with the distance to the stars.” The theory was published in 1543, shortly before he died. READ FULL STORY

Leonardo DiCaprio is selling booze to the Japanese -- VIDEO

Anyone who thinks the Bill-Murray-sells-whiskey scenes in Lost in Translation were comic exaggerations hasn’t seen Leonardo DiCaprio’s new campaign for Jim Beam in Japan.

On the one hand, the new ads — which have leaked around the web — are totally innocuous (no rat pack references). But on the other, well, they do feature Leo looking very intently at a ball of ice. And then he makes it explode with his fingers!

Reps for Jim Beam said the campaign wouldn’t air in the U.S., so you have two options if you want to recreate the DiCaprio Drinking Experience: scour the internet for more fleeting glimpses of him drinking his “cool bourbon” or fly to Japan. We hear the ice there explodes!


'Glee': What was the biggest bombshell on the show last night? POLL

Time for a Gleek out!  You may have thought last night’s episode of Glee was going to be big, but who could have called everything that would happen in Lima on Valentine’s Day? The biggest plot point we all thought was pretty close to a sure thing – the Will and Emma wedding – didn’t happen, and instead, we got a jilted groom, hookups galore, new characters and even a possible pregnancy. Wowza. We have to wait three more weeks to find out what the next step is (Glee returns Mar. 7) but for now, what revelation got the biggest reaction out of you? I, for one, gasped out loud when Santana and Quinn got a hotel room (!) and then at the end when Rachel was waiting for the results of her pregnancy test (!!!).

Vote in our poll below and tell us which moment made you do a double-take. READ FULL STORY

No, Jessica Chastain doesn't hate Jennifer Lawrence

Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence aren’t feuding. Just ask Jessica Chastain.

The actress, whose nervy performance in Zero Dark Thirty earned her an Oscar nomination, took to Facebook to dispel rumors that she “hated” her similarly nominated, similarly nervy colleague.


Dozens brave the weather to snag Justin Bieber 'Saturday Night Live' tickets: On-the-scene report

Bieber Fever got a lot riskier today as Winter Storm Nemo rages in the Northeast. In New York City, this meant freezing rain and sleet at about noon Friday. But nothing – not even soaked sleeping bags or broken umbrellas—could get between about 45 fans and Justin Bieber. The singer is hosting Saturday Night Live tomorrow night, and the Beliebers were desperate for tickets.

Let’s get one thing out of the way first: They know you all think they’re nuts. It would have been an undertaking to sleep outside in February, and that was before the weather took a turn for the worse. Everyone EW spoke with said it was the craziest thing they’d ever done. Kaitlyn Marhelko, from Pennsylvania, knew the chances to get tickets were slim. But that didn’t deter her. “If you ever get a chance to do something like this, you do it no matter what kind of weather is coming your way. It’s an awesome experience, and this might sound cliché, but you really do only live once. It is cool to try.” She and her friend Ashleigh Bagnata had been in line for about two hours and were still enthusiastic. READ FULL STORY

Start your engines: James Franco will act as Grand Marshal for the Daytona 500

Promoting a movie isn’t just about late-night talk shows and the occasional photo shoot anymore. At least not if your name is James Franco.

Disney has announced that James Franco will act as the Grand Marshal for the 55th annual Daytona 500, NASCAR’s season-opening race and its Super Bowl, from a fan-interest point of view. How this ties in to Franco promoting his Disney film, Oz The Great and Powerful, we are not sure — perhaps he’ll hold court in a hot-air balloon? — but you can watch Franco’s rendition of “Drivers, start your engines,” when the race airs Feb. 24.

As well as uttering those four famous words, Franco will also participate in pre-race ceremonies and ride in one of the Grand Marshal cars during the pace laps that take place just before the race begins.

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'Girls' has another hater: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

You can add one more name to the long list of People Who Don’t Like Girls: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

In a HuffPo column entitled Girls Just Wants to Have (White) Fun,” the ex-NBA player and Hall of Famer takes issue with almost everything about the HBO comedy, including its lack of funniness, its lack of racial diversity, and its lack of interesting female characters. “Girls wants to tell us something important about twentysomething females of the 21st Century,” Abdul-Jabbar writes.

What he’s hearing? Creator-star Lena Dunham isn’t nearly as anything as she thinks she is. A blow-by-blow of the blow-by-blow:


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