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'Seinfeld'-themed baseball game prompts fans to do the Elaine dance

Sure, the World Cup has produced a number of vivid and unusual dances from players on the field. But as the Brooklyn Cyclones’ Seinfeld-themed baseball game proved on Saturday, not even elite footballers can kick like Elaine Benes.

In honor of the sitcom’s 25th anniversary yesterday, the New York Mets-affiliated minor league team treated the city to Salute to Seinfeld Night, which featured players warming up in puffy shirts, visits from both the Soup Nazi actor and the real Kramer, and an appropriately absurd Elaine Dancing Contest. READ FULL STORY

10 reasons true Americans should watch '1776' today

Psst: The Fourth of July isn’t really about crazy fireworks displays, or eating a record-breaking 69 hot dogs in just 10 minutes, or those layered American flag cakes that look so gorgeous on Pinterest but are physically impossible to reproduce IRL.

No, my friends—it’s about our glorious nation’s glorious genesis, spearheaded in the City of Brotherly Love 238 years ago when our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. You could honor them by comparing bifocals with a Benjamin Franklin impersonator, or perhaps wearing a powdered wig to the beach. By my money, though, there’s no better way to celebrate than by watching 1776, a goofy/poignant/boring/riveting musical that frames the process of ratifying the Declaration as the original reality show (a bunch of dudes are trapped in a room together for weeks, with nothing to do but form alliances and bitch at each other). But 1776 isn’t just entertaining—it doubles as the perfect distillation of what it truly means to be an American.

A bold statement, to be sure—but one I’m prepared to defend for the entire length of “Cool, Cool, Considerate Men” (a.k.a. forever). Why? Simple: READ FULL STORY

Video: Remembering 'Designing Women' star Meshach Taylor with the best of Anthony

Meshach Taylor, who earned an Emmy nomination for playing Anthony Bouvier, the falsely-accused ex-con delivery man-turned-partner at the Atlanta-based Sugarbaker interior design firm on Designing Women, has died at the age of 67.

Reruns of Designing Women currently air on Logo (there’s a marathon today, June 29, through 3 p.m. ET). Below are just a few of our favorite Anthony moments. READ FULL STORY

Before 'Scandal,' Guillermo Diaz was a real drag in 'Stonewall'

Fans of Scandal know Guillermo Díaz as torture-addicted Gladiator Huck, who’s been known to lick his colleague-turned-enemy-turned-lover Quinn (Katie Lowes) and do unspeakable things to her in parking garages. Nearly 20 years ago, though, Díaz was an emerging actor who’d just starred opposite Parker Posey in Party Girl and was looking for a breakout gig. Enter Stonewall.

Díaz booked his first leading role as La Miranda, a larger-than-life drag queen (and I’m not just talking about her hair), in Nigel Finch’s fictionalized account of the days leading up to the birth of the modern LGBT rights movement on June 28, 1969. READ FULL STORY

Everything mentioned from 2004 and 2005 in VH1's 'I Love the 2000s'

VH1’s latest wallow in very recent nostalgia is, by nature, a silly exercise: On Saturday, the five-night anthology will end by celebrating the long-ago year of 2009—you know, that dark age when The Simpsons was only in its 21st season, and commuters who wanted to play Angry Birds had no choice but to do it on the iPhone 3GS. Those suckers didn’t even have iOS 7!

If it’s going to be done, though, it might as well be done right—which is why there was something vaguely disappointing about the pop-culture milestones celebrated in the miniseries’ fifth and sixth episodes, covering the years 2004 and 2005. Some of the movies, TV shows, celebrity scandals, and assorted other ephemera that came up were legitimate phenomena (Mean Girls, Livestrong bracelets, Brokeback Mountain). Others… weren’t. To wit: Polar Express? Renée Zellweger and Kenny Chesney’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it marriage? Burger King’s omelet sandwich? Weezer’s “Beverly Hills,” which is a perfectly fine song but hardly a cultural touchstone? READ FULL STORY

Everything mentioned from 2002 and 2003 in VH1's 'I Love the 2000s'

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It’s been a dozen years now since 2002, but thanks to VH1’s I Love the 2000s, we can be reminded of what a great year it actually was. Serena Williams was the No. 1 tennis player in the world, Jennifer Lopez’s latest breakup was in the headlines, and zombies were the latest craze at the movies.

Clearly, much has changed in the world since then.

Of course, in all seriousness, VH1 also spotlighted plenty of other nostalgia-worthy phenomena hyper-specific to 2002 and 2003—like the return of the movie musical, Nelly’s evergreen musical reason to take your clothes off, and the Verizon ad campaign literally heard all over the world. Here’s a recap of what VH1 had to highlight.

THE YEAR 2002

TV
The Wire

MOVIES
Blue Crush
Chicago
28 Days Later
8 Mile

MUSIC
“Hot in Herre” – Nelly
“Soak up the Sun” – Sheryl Crow
“Superman” – Five for Fighting
“The Middle” – Jimmy Eat World
“Work It” – Missy Elliot

CELEBS
J.Lo + Ben Affleck = Bennifer
Serena Williams’ amazing win streak
Anna Nicole Smith’s court battle

MISC
“Axis of Evil” – George W. Bush’s State of the Union address
Juicy Couture (sweat-clothes of the stars) Poker craze
Verizon’s “Can You Hear Me Now?” campaign Cellphone ringtones Satellite radio

George Takei’s “Oh My” Moment of 2002: Michael Jackson dangling his infant son out a Berlin hotel window.

Nelly’s Hotties of 2002: Brandy (Full Moon hottie) Jessica Abla (Dark Angel hottie), Kelly Ripa (Regis’ Perky Sidekick hottie)

The Year in Spears (Britney, that is): Breaks up with Justin Timberlake, Crossroads is a box-office bomb, wins Best Actress Razzie award and is No. 1 on Forbes Celebrity 100 List.

Michael K. Williams’ Anti-Hero of 2002: Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) – The Shield 

Bret Michaels’ Guilty Pleasure of 2002: Crank Yankers and spray tans

THE YEAR 2003

TV
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Da Ali G Show
Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica

MOVIES
Monster 
Freddy vs. Jason
Kill Bill

MUSIC
“Ignition (Remix)” – R. Kelly
“All the Things She Said” – t.A.T.u
“Seven Nation Army” – The White Stripes

CELEBS
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore start dating
Paris Hilton
Dixie Chicks speak out against President Bush and Iraq War

MISC
“The Star Wars Kid” viral video
Steve Bartman incident at Chicago Cubs game
Freedom fries
New York City blackout

George Takei’s “Oh My” Moment of 2003: Pedro Martinez tackles Yankees coach Don Zimmer

Nelly’s Hotties of 2003: Kristanna Loken (Evil Robot Terminator hottie), Jennifer Garner (Daredevils’ hottie girlfriend), Kate Beckinsale (Werewolf-killing hottie)

The Year in Spears (Britney, that is)Performs at VMAs with Madonna and Christina Aguilera, releases fourth album, and wins Grammy for “Toxic.”

Michael K. Williams’ Anti-Hero of 2003: Magneto (Ian McKellen) – X-Men 

Bret Michaels’ Guilty Pleasure of 2003: Gigli, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness, America’s Next Top Model

Everything mentioned from 2000 and 2001 in VH1's 'I Love the 2000s'

Before VH1’s I Love the 2000s special began on June 17, I polled my roommates (whom I forced to watch with me) about their favorite pop culture moments from the year 2000. For about three minutes, everyone was stumped—what’s actually from the year 2000, instead of just under the umbrella term “the 2000s”? It turns out that remembering specific years is a lot harder than you think.

That’s why there’s a saving grace to VH1’s nostalgia-bait series, a 10-part anthology spread out over five days this week. It’s hugely entertaining to hear no-name comedians praise specific pop-culture entities from the early 2000s—Tuesday’s episodes in particular focused on the years 2000 and 2001—and if I’m being fully honest, there were certain things I kind of, sort of learned during the throwback.

I never actually saw Brian McKnight’s “Back at One” video, but in it, he apparently dies in a plane crash and spends time walking through a cornfield. I also never knew that speed dating was invented in 2000, or that someone got stabbed on Cheaters, or that The Perfect Storm ended with everyone dying, or that Bret Michaels is a fan of Gilmore Girls. I was, however, a young teenager then. This is probably all old news for some of you, and that’s the beauty of the series: It’s nostalgic and educational.

Whether or not you watch Tuesday’s 2000/2001 episodes, here’s a quick recap of what you missed. (And if you’re wondering why they never mention Baha Men’s “Who Let The Dogs Out,” you’re not alone.) READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' meets 'The O.C.' in fan-made video

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[SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you haven't seen Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones.]

The internet might not always give us what we want, but it always gives us what need. And we definitely needed this mash-up of The O.C. and Game of Thrones. READ FULL STORY

Funny or Die 'Reading Rainbow' spoof: Reading leads to superpowers -- VIDEO

For years, Reading Rainbow taught kids that reading could make them go twice as high as any butterfly. But according to Funny or Die’s spoof of the Reading Rainbow theme song, we now know reading can do much more: turn you into a god, give you superpowers — as the song says, you can “literally do anything” if you read a book. They do say knowledge is power…

Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign last week to raise money to expand the Reading Rainbow tablet app to the Web and mobile and to fund special Reading Rainbow packages for schools. As of Wednesday, almost $3.5 million has been donated — that’s more than three times the amount Burton originally was asking for and there are still 28 days left to donate. As Burton can probably attest to, money is also power.

Check out the spoof below: READ FULL STORY

Blast from the past: Steve left 'Blues Clues' because he was... balding?

When Steve Burns left Nickelodeon’s Blue Clues without warning in 2002, he broke children’s hearts everywhere. Some just sobbed; some whispered that he had actually died of a drug overdose. But the explanation for his departure was hardly as dramatic in real life.

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