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Television Without Pity: A personal EWlogy -- ESSAY

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I’ll never look at a bucket of ribs the same way again.

I’ve been a steadfast reader of Television Without Pity since I lit upon Tracie “Potes” Potochnik’s America’s Next Top Model recaps back in 2004. In snarky TWoP style, Potes regularly engaged in a gentle mockery of host-mogul-mentor Tyra Banks about everything from her Kool-Aid weave to her love of barbecue-slathered pork. From the first lines of those recaps, it felt like I’d found the website equivalent of my very soul (and what a trash-TV-filled, highbrow-educated soul it is). And so, like Tyra Banks and those ribs, I devoured the damn things week after week. As with all of the site’s recaps, they were well worth the wait.

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Oscars 2014: The most tweeted-about moments of the night were ...

The 86th Academy Awards could be remembered by a number of labels: The Oscars where Ellen DeGeneres ordered pizza. The Oscars where Matthew McConaughey won. Most likely, though, we’ll recall this ceremony as Oscars that broke Twitter. During the broadcast, DeGeneres took it upon herself to organize the world’s greatest selfie in the hopes of creating the most retweeted tweet ever. Spoiler: She did.

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Google Doodle celebrates John Steinbeck's birthday

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Google is celebrating what would have been John Steinbeck’s 112th birthday by highlighting some of his most popular works in its homepage Doodle today.

Click anywhere on the drawing, and you’ll be taken to images depicting some of the Steinbeck’s most iconic books. Five in all, the set includes The Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, The Pearl, and Travels with Charley. (Oddly, East of Eden was left off the list.) After arriving at the image, users can then click anywhere on the picture to summon a famous quote from the story, which appears over the drawing.

Steinbeck authored 27 books over his lifetime, and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author passed away in 1968.

Presenting 'House of Cards Against Humanity,' a Netflix-approved party game

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Like House of Cards, Cards Against Humanity is an edgy, decidedly R-rated entertainment designed to shock, titillate, and enthrall grown-ups, preferably while sipping a fine Scotch and eating an enormous plate of barbecue. Maybe more importantly, both the Emmy-winning Netflix drama and the Kickstarter-backed “party game for horrible people” have names featuring the word “cards.”

So it was only a matter of time before Netflix and the makers of CAH teamed up to bring us an all-new party game: House of Cards Against Humanity, which is basically a dirtier, more spoiler-filled version of Apples to Apples. “To research this pack,” the CAH team writes, “we talked with the head writer of House of Cards and watched almost all of the first season. Like many of you, we can’t wait to see what all of our favorite characters, like Remy Danton and Peter Russo, do in season two!” READ FULL STORY

Jason Biggs' wife finds humor in the story of her miscarriage in 'Cosmo' essay

Sure, Jason Biggs has a reputation for being candid — but he may have nothing on his wife, Jenny Mollen. Turns out, Biggs’ partner isn’t just an actress (best known, perhaps, for playing Angel’s werewolf girlfriend Nina on Angel); she’s also a writer who will publish her first collection of comic essays this summer. And if those pieces are as provocative as the article Mollen wrote for Cosmopolitan‘s website, her book might end up causing quite a stir.

“First Comes Miscarriage, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes Baby” opens with Mollen recalling the first thing Biggs’ mother said after learning that Mollen had gotten “knocked up” by her son: “You know you don’t have to marry her just because she’s pregnant?” That quote sets the tone for the rest of the piece, a mostly humorous chronicle of what happened when Mollen found herself suddenly pregnant just six months after she and Biggs started dating — then lost the baby three months after that.

As if it weren’t clear already, Mollen’s essay isn’t for the faint of heart. Here, for example, is how she describes the baby’s conception:
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Throwback Wednesday: Let's have the best Decemberween ever! VIDEO

What’s Decemberween, you ask? Why, it’s only the world’s greatest holiday — the most sanitary time of year!

Back in olden times, celebrants would observe Decemberween — a festival held 55 days after Halloween, on December 25 — by piling up all the dead rats they’d accumulated throughout the year. These days, folks are more likely to celebrate by decorating an evergreen, feasting upon the traditional Decemberween bunny, and exchanging gifts; appropriate presents include sponges, some Chex Party Mix, a DVD of Deep Impact, gift cards for fashion, and half-digested gazelle carcasses. Also, sometimes it’s celebrated in July.

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'Paul's Home Alone Christmas Card' will leave you thirsty for more -- VIDEO

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Sorry, everybody — some guy named Paul Little just totally outdid your family’s Christmas card. (Even you, Kardashians.)

See, Paul likes the classic family comedy/harrowing horror film (if you’re looking at it from the burglars’ perspective) Home Alone. He likes it so much that this year, he created a virtual Christmas card that cuts together all of the movie’s best moments — with Paul’s own face superimposed over that of each actor, speaking their lines with the perfect intonation and attitude. (He’s certainly not what the French call les incompetents.)

Watch the magic below; it’s better than a shopping bag filled with milk, eggs, and fabric softener. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals!
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Kristin Chenoweth, Glenn Close, Cynthia Nixon, and more put a 'Spotlight on Broadway' -- VIDEOS

If you’re an unmitigated, unapologetic theater geek like me, stepping into a Broadway theater isn’t merely a rite of passage, but a fully immersive religious experience. Having had much experience working inside many of the 40 spaces between 41st Street and 65th Street in Manhattan, you often get asked the question, “How old is this theater?” Now, thanks to the remarkable, painstakingly comprehensive new website Spotlight on Broadway, you can geek out as well by not only answering them, but explaining the entire architectural and production history of each and every one of the 40 theaters that currently occupy the Great White Way.

Spotlight on Broadway was launched this fall as a project of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, and if you are a Broadway Baby in any way, this will become as addictive to you as Candy Crush Saga in no time (except your brain will thank you). Among the many features on the website in addition to the concise five-minute mini-documentaries on each Main Stem theater are conversations with theater professionals (including very specific duties like Child Actor Guardian and Dance Captain), easy-to-use visual scrolls through theater facades and interior designs, dozens of photos of past and present productions featured throughout, and talent galore expounding on past projects, including Nathan Lane, Jeremy Irons, Laura Linney, David Hyde Pierce, Sutton Foster, Tony Kushner, and, of course, the dulcet tones of the one and only Harvey Fierstein.

Just to give you a taste of what to expect, here are two of the 40 featurettes on the Broadway houses, and after digesting these, get ready for some serious Broadway bingeing.

You can visit the official Spotlight on Broadway website here.

Click below to see Glenn Close, Cynthia Nixon, and more discuss the history of the Schoenfeld Theatre:
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Pardcast-A-Thon 2013 preview: Jimmy Pardo on Smile Train and hitting the eight-hour podcast wall

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Why is Thanksgiving such a perfect setting for marathons? (The non-physical kind, of course.) Is it because the entire holiday weekend is dedicated to extended bouts of gluttony and shopping till one drops?

No matter the reason, this Thanksgiving not only brings the return of the MST3K Turkey Day marathon, but it also ushers in this year’s Never Not Funny Pardcast-A-Thon. Launching the day after Thanksgiving at noon PT, hosts Jimmy Pardo, Matt Belknap, and Pat Francis will live-stream 13 straight hours of auditory and visual comedy goodness in support of Smile Train. This year’s guests include Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Andy Richter, Joel Stein, Scott Aukerman, Doug Benson, and radio legend Phil Hendrie.

Now in its fifth year, the Pardcast-A-Thon has grown from a nine-hour romp in 2009 to the current jumbo-sized run. To date, the Pardcast-A-Thon has raised over $300,000 for Smile Train, a charity that seeks to repair cleft lips and palettes in children all over the world. “I donated money to Smile Train just one Sunday after seeing it in the back of Parade magazine,” Pardo told EW. “I saw the picture of the child and it said for $250 and a 45-minute surgery, you can change a child’s life. My dumb little head understood that. I’ve donated money before to other great causes, but for $250, I’m really gonna understand what’s happening here.”

Pardo shared his experience with friend and collaborator Pat Francis, and Francis revealed he had also just donated to Smile Train. That’s where Pardcast-A-Thon was born. “For whatever reason, Smile Train responded to the idea that we were doing this for them, and it’s a comedy show, so they’re putting smiles on kids’ faces, and I’m a comic putting smiles on people’s face,” Pardo said. “It sounds a little cheesy, but everything really worked out and that became our charity of choice.”
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Giant group recreates 'When Harry Met Sally' deli scene: We'll have what they're having -- VIDEO

Yes… yes… yes!

Improv Everywhere — a self-described “New York City-based prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places” — recently took a group outing to Katz’s Deli on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The restaurant is justly famous for its corned beef and pastrami — but most non-New Yorkers probably know it best as the setting for an iconic scene from 1989’s rom-com classic When Harry Met Sally… (Five words: “I’ll have what she’s having.”)

The resulting video is indeed chaotic, joyful, and emphatically NSFW. It may also induce some serious pickle cravings. Watch below — and turn up your speakers, if you dare.

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