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'The Spoils of Babylon' premiere: Extrapolations

Ooh, now this is a weird show. IFC’s new well-stirred and visually striking vat of star soup has Will Ferrell as Eric Jonrosh, the “Author-Producer-Actor-Writer-Director-Raconteur-Bon Vivant-Legend-Fabulist” behind The Spoils of Babylon, an epic miniseries based on his own epic novel. Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire play the kids of Tim Robbins’ oil tycoon. Eventually Maguire’s character Devon marries a mannequin… voiced by Carey Mulligan. Even the most successful fabulists have to cut costs sometimes.

I can already tell that one must really be in the right mood to enjoy this six-episode miniseries — but I was! The format was so unexpected and I love how they created an entire production within the show. (If you’re looking for a TV show that will remind you to revisit Boogie Nights, this is the one.) It’s so exaggeratedly dumb that it can seem brilliant — and if a scene or dialogue seems lame or dragged out beyond comprehension, well, that’s just raggedy old Eric Jonrosh for you. Blame him! These poor actors are just trying to do their jobs.

Read EW’s Spoils of Babylon review here, and check out some of my favorite absurd moments from tonight’s two-part premiere, below:

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Jessica Alba runs a kissing booth on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' -- VIDEO

Some of the loneliest perverts in Hollywood assembled last night to compete for the chance to smooch Jessica Alba under the most normal circumstances possible — while she stood in a “celebrity kissing booth,” encased by four walls of protective plastic. Still, the experience seemed worth it for the lucky three — two women and one man — who managed to actually get thisclose to the Escape from Planet Earth star’s mouth.

The whole bit made last night’s edition of Live! feel like a revival of Jimmy Kimmel’s old Man Show on Comedy Central. (That tone persisted later in the evening, when guest Bobby Flay stopped by to reveal how to make the perfect burger.) Recreate the kissing booth experience below by pressing “play,” then pucker up for your computer screen:

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