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Pundits on C-SPAN receive a surprise call on air... from their mother


There’s few things kids are more embarrassed by more frequently than their parents, but rarely is that embarrassment on a nationally televised level.


Peabody Awards honor 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orphan Black,' and more

The University of Georgia’s 73rd Annual Peabody Awards set a record with 46 recipients, which were announced today on CBS This Morning. The winners, chosen from nearly 1,100 entries, were selected by the Peabody board to be named the “best in electronic media for 2013.”


Watch 15 minutes of 2013's best news bloopers


Think of the video below as the gift that keeps on giving. Appropriately-named YouTube user NewsBeFunny has compiled 15 minutes of the year’s best news bloopers to hit the Internet. READ FULL STORY

Giddy child hacks Fox News website? Yeah, not so much


To be fair, we don’t really know who’s to blame for the fake zombie news banner and delirious featured story (headline: “WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!”; subhead: “STUFF YO”) that appeared suddenly on Fox News’ website just moments ago — though the cable channel itself blames “an internal production problem.” [Oh, wait — actually, we do! Scroll down to see an official statement from Fox News.]

Singer Eydie Gorme dies at 84

Iconic nightclub singer and vocalist Eydie Gorme, best known for her Grammy-nominated 1963 hit, “Blame it on the Bossa Nova,” died Saturday in Las Vegas following a brief illness. She was 84.

Gorme and her husband, Steve Lawrence, met in 1953 when Gorme joined the cast of a local New York TV show hosted by Steve Allen. The duo, who married in 1957, became one of the most enduring vocal teams in pop music history. Lawrence, their son David, and others close to the family were with her at the time of her death, according to Foxnews.com.

In a statement, Lawrence said: “Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years. I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing. While my personal loss is unimaginable, the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time.”

In addition to Lawrence and their son, Gorme is survived by a granddaughter. Her other son, Michael, died of heart failure in 1986.

Watch a video of Gorme in action below:

Shia LaBeouf grievance resolved with producers of Broadway's 'Orphans'

Shia LaBeouf battled creepy neighbors (Disturbia), Prohibition baddies (Lawless) and a messload of Transformers on film, but the Great White Way seemed to defeat him before he even stepped onstage.

His early exit from the Broadway revival of the three-hander drama Orphans (which our Thom Geier gave an A- this spring) over “creative differences,” stemming from the tension between him and co-star Alec Baldwin, which was well-documented after the fact and made lots of headlines but couldn’t save the show from closing mere weeks after opening with mixed reviews. (Interestingly, it was the role neither Baldwin nor LaBeouf played that got the most attention, played by Tony nominee Tom Sturridge, who was also making his Broadway debut.)

But after a grievance filed by LaBeouf to Actors’ Equity Association, producers Fred Zollo and Robert Cole released a statement today saying the matter has been resolved. Read the statement below:

Asiana Airlines crash: Local news station apologizes for airing racist pilot names -- VIDEO

The names of the pilots aboard Asiana Airlines Flight 214 have not yet been made public, so Bay Area TV station KTVU thought it had quite the scoop during its Friday afternoon broadcast — only the whole thing was clearly a prank that went too far.

The news anchor read what she said were the names of four pilots — including the clearly fictional (and highly offensive) “Captain Sum Ting Wong” and “Wi Tu Lo” — even claiming the National Transportation Safety Board had confirmed the information. Video of the blunder has gone viral, and the station has since apologized and tried to explain how it possibly happened.

Watch the saga unfold in the video below:

North Dakota anchorman channels Ron Burgundy... by dropping an f-bomb -- VIDEO

UPDATE (April 23): A.J. Clemente fired for on-air profanity

ORIGINAL POST: Who doesn’t love the smell of schadenfreude in the morning?

Newly-minted news anchor A.J. Clemente must have been excited about hosting the weekend news for KFYR-TV in Bismarck, N.D. for the very first time this Sunday. Unfortunately, his anticipation manifested in just about the worst way possible. Right before he first appeared on air, Clemente — apparently unaware that his mic was on — was practicing saying “Tsegaye Kebede” out loud.  The London Marathon winner‘s name proved difficult for Clemente to wrap his head around — which prompted the anchor to mutter “f—in’ sh–” to himself, rattling both his co-anchor Van Tieu and the fine, honest folk of the Peace Garden State.

Once he looked up and made eye contact with the camera, he muttered some words about being from West Virginia that hopefully sounded better to him in his head. Somewhere, the Boom Goes the Dynamite Guy is smiling.

Watch the blunder here, if you don’t mind both strong language and incredible, incredible awkwardness.


Jay-Z's Roc Nation launches sports agency; signs Cano

Jay-Z (given name: Shawn Carter) is getting into the spirit of baseball season by signing Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees to the new sports division of his multimedia company.

Roc Nation was launched in 2008 as a venture to represent recording artists and their brands. They currently rep Rihanna, Timberland, and Santigold, among others.

Cano is a four-time All-Star and helped the Yankees win the World Series in 2009. He is entering the final year of his $57 million six-year contract with the Yankees, and in a statement to the New York Daily News said he is looking forward to taking a more active role in his career. Roc Nation has paired with CAA Sports to launch this new facet of the company.

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Native Americans take issue with Michelle Williams' 'redface' magazine photo


Michelle Williams found herself the unlikely center of a controversy this week. One of the photos in a spread for AnOther Magazine features the Oz: The Great and Powerful actress in hollowed-out makeup, long braids, and feathers in her hair. She’s meant to look like a Native American, and it has not gone over well.

Tuesday, Jezebel published an article from Ruth Hopkins, a writer, scientist, and tribal attorney, who also happens to be a Native American. Hopkins wrote that it was “redface,” and also cited the unfortunate connection between the photo and the fact that Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum wrote an editorial in 1890 calling for the extermination of the American Indian. She wants an apology and for the issues to be pulled.

Michelle Williams had no comment on the matter, but AnOther issued the following statement:

While we recognize the seriousness of this debate, the image in question in no way intends to mimic, trivialise or stereotype any particular ethnic group or culture, as recent reports suggest. READ FULL STORY

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