Despite its ungainly title, there really isn’t anything all that “new” to New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the umpteenth entry in Nintendo’s vast Mario empire. If anything, it’s a deliberately nostalgic, graphically updated throwback to the mustachioed plumber’s old 2-D, side-scrolling adventures. Yet again, Princess Peach is kidnapped by the big bad Bowser and his odd little coterie of mini-Bowser minions. (Are these horn-shelled doofuses his offspring? Brothers? Nephews? Water-induced clones a la the gremlins in Gremlins?) Yet again, Mario and his brother Luigi must save the helpless maiden by flattening toadstools and dodging slow-moving giant bullets through multiple levels on eight distinctive themed worlds (i.e. the desert world, the jungle world, the Mount Doom world). And yet again, the brothers Mario are aided by special mushrooms, flowers, and animalized suits that embiggen and/or imbue them with the power to throw balls of flame or zip through the air. READ FULL STORY »
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Sarah Palin continued her book promo tour this morning with a stop at Good Morning America where she and two of her daughters got to enjoy the gentle breeze from the softballs Barbara Walters lobbed at them. Mmmm, breeze. (This is on the heel’s of yesterday’s Oprah interview, which covered much of the same ground.) For someone who claims to dislike “the media,” Palin is doing an awful lot of interviews — but since her debut on the national level, she’s hardly been a shrinking violet. Between her RNC speech, the iconic Katie Couric interview, and the equally iconic Tina Fey impression, there’s no way around it: Love her or loathe her, there’s no denying Sarah Palin’s a media star. When did you know she was here to stay, PopWatchers?
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I was introduced to Snow Patrol through Grey’s Anatomy (I sit at my computer during my favorite TV shows Googling lyrics because I can’t wait until the next day for the song list to post), and have since downloaded most of the songs on their greatest hits collection, which released this week. There are tons of gems on the Scottish/Irish rocker’s 30-track, two-CD complication, Up to Now, including three new songs. For anyone who likes to spend their days believing their life is a scene from a movie or television show (the world is so much more fun that way), it is a definite MUST.
But enough about that. What are YOU Musting over in the world of TV/music/books/movies/online? Submit your suggestions by Thursday at noon ET. Remember to tell us why you think your pick is awesome and to leave us your e-mail address (in case we put your pick in the magazine!).
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias had his third Comedy Central stand-up special last night, titled “I’m Not Fat…I’m Fluffy.” It’s part of his trademark bit about “levels of fatness.”
I can’t help but notice: What is up with the names of stand-up specials? Recent installments include: “Greg Behrendt: That Guy From That Thing,” “Jon Reep: Metro Jethro,” “Nick Swardson: Seriously, Who Farted?”, which is incredibly classy. There are ones that have “funny” in the actual title — “John Heffron: Middle Class Funny,” “Adam Ferrara: Funny as Hell” — and ones that rely on the beloved comedy school of pun-making: “Greg Giraldo: Midlife Vices,” “Christopher Titus: Love is Evol,” “Bert Kreischer: Comfortably Dumb,” and “Ralphie May: Austin-Tatious.” And these are just from the last year and change. And just from Comedy Central. The well, she is far from dry.
Did you watch Iglesias last night, PopWatchers? And can you top the special names I dug up?
The famed “dancing inmates” of Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Cebu, Philippines, have a new routine, this time to a Queen medley (that also includes “Mr. Roboto,” which is Styx, but okay).
The “Thriller” video set the bar pretty high for these dances — though I’m partial to the weird dissonance of “Holding Out for a Hero” — so I can’t see this Queen arrangement taking a place among the all-time YouTube hits, but who knows. Is this destined to be a viral classic, PopWatchers?
Yes, the Colbert Nation really is stepping in for bankrupt DSB Bank NV as the official sponsor of the U.S. speedskating team just in time to rescue America’s hopes to take home lots of medals winter at the Vancouver Olympics. The sport of Apolo Anton Ohno (the one that doesn’t involve the paso doble) got a boost when Stephen Colbert basically volunteered his own fans on last night’s Colbert Report to back the team, which will apparently wear Colbert Nation logos on their uniforms:
According to the BBC, the sponsorship will rely on Colbert Nation — that is, the show’s viewers — to donate funds to the team, as they have in the past to get NASA treadmills and bald eagles named in their hero’s honor. (The goal: to make up the $300,000 difference left by DSB.) You can donate here.
So what do you think, PopWatchers? How much will you donate to the cause? Will this inspire you to watch more speedskating? Will Colbert reach the $300,000 goal?
Maybe you never quite got around to assembling the perfect Peggy Olson costume, and you’d rather stay at home than be seen in last year’s Holly Golightly again. Or maybe you’d prefer giving candy to the kiddies to braving the masses of be-costumed drunks. In any case, you need something spooky to watch tonight after dark, and God knows that if you didn’t get on the costume thing, you didn’t stock up on holiday-appropriate Netflix picks either. Good news: TV is totally on it! AMC concludes its week-long “FearFest” movie marathon with a remastered version of Night of the Living Dead at 8 p.m. If you like your scary tales with a touch of Us Weekly – or at least a touch of a onetime guest star on Rescue Me (Gina Gershon) and the fourth Ghostbuster (Ernie Hudson) — there’s Bio Channel’s Celebrity Ghost Stories from 8 to 11 p.m. Ghost Hunters on Syfy goes live at 7 p.m. with an investigation of the former Essex County Hospital in New Jersey; Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures does the same, with investigators locked for seven hours in the allegedly haunted Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia starting at 5 p.m. And for the gentler spirits among us, WE is running Ghost at 10 p.m.
What will you be watching tonight to celebrate, PopWatchers?
Halloween Day, as we all know, is not so much about movie-going (it’s more about this), which means that it might be a rather slim weekend at the box-office since the holiday falls on a Saturday this year. But with Michael Jackson’s This Is It enjoying its first weekend in theaters and Paranormal Activity still spooking audiences, a few of you are bound to head out to the multiplex. EW’s box office guru Nicole Sperling predicts that This Is It will take the weekend, in terms of viewers and dollars, followed then by Paranormal Activity, Law Abiding Citizen, Where the Wild Things Are, and Couples Retreat.
But screw all that box office science and predictions and whatnot. We’re doing our own pre-weekend poll here: What’re you, our beloved EW.com readers, planning to see this weekend? Tell us in the poll below!
More from EW.com:
Box office preview: ‘This Is It’ destined to win the weekend
‘This Is It’ review
‘Paranormal Activity’ review
‘Law Abiding Citizen’ review
‘Where the Wild Things Are’ review
‘Couples Retreat’ review
I’ve always been slightly unnerved by ventriloquists ever since, as a youngster, I saw the terrific Anthony Hopkins voice-throwing horror movie Magic. And I’d barely heard of Jeff Dunham before somebody started plastering everything in my neighborhood that remained still for 30 seconds with posters for his new show, which debuts on Comedy Central tonight.
On further investigation, however, it turns out I may be the only person on planet earth who is not a diehard Dunham fan. Maybe there are even Martians who have seen one particular routine he performs with his Achmed the Dead Terrorist puppet which has been viewed a remarkable 97 million times and which you can see below. Meanwhile, Forbes recently estimated his annual earnings at $30 million, thanks to the ventriloquist’s hugely successful tours and DVD sales.
Have you seen Dunham in the flesh? Are you excited for his show? And do you agree with me that Magic is the Citizen Kane of movies-where-you’re-not-sure-whether-the-murderer-is-Anthony-Hopkins-or-his-creepy doll?
Vanilla Ice in South African beer commercial: If there was a problem, yo he'll solve it... with a cold one
Now we know he’s busy on at least one continent; watch the ad for South Africa’s Castle Light beer, below:
What do you think, PopWatchers — as funny-sad as Christopher “Kid” Reid from Kid ‘N Play hawking buy-one-get-one-free suits? Or funny ha-ha like MC Hammer’s Cash for Gold stint?
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