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'Troop Beverly Hills': Phyllis Nefler's Unawarded Patches

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The 1989 Shelley Long luxury vehicle Troop Beverly Hills turns 25 today, which means 1) You’re even older than you thought, and 2) It’s high time Phyllis Nefler — troop leader to us all — receives the (likely waist-cinching) sash of Wilderness Girl patches she has always deserved. Join me on this stroll down memory lane before those stinkin’ Red Feathers swarm in like poisonous water moccasins and corrupt the route!

The Anne Shirley Commemorative Puffed Sleeves patch:
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The Putting Things In Perspective patch:
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“Smokey the Bear isn’t going through a terribly messy divorce.”

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Maybe vodka can cure Bob Costas' eye infection

If laughter is the best medicine, then Bob Costas…. well, no, screw laughter, Bob Costas needs a few more stiff Russian vodkas.

“Is this the Hoda and Kathie Lee portion of this evening?” Mary Carillo wondered following her special segment on Russian vodka production during the Monday-Tuesday overnight Olympics telecast. Damn straight, Carillo — and you’re the Hoda.

“I’m not really a vodka guy, but look at it this way: My eyes can’t get any redder, no matter what I do,” Costas joked. He’s laughing about his double pinkeye! Get this man some more shots.

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Kristen Stewart's heart is a wiffle ball/freedom pole, according to 'embarrassing' poem she wrote

Of course Kristen Stewart writes moody, thesaurus-happy poetry. Of course. Slightly more surprising: The fact that the erstwhile Bella Swan read one of her poems aloud to Marie Claire, and allowed the magazine to republish it for its latest cover story.

Marie Claire writes that Stewart penned this particular piece about a year ago — not long after the Twilight saga was finished for good – while driving through Texas with a friend. (As one might guess from her love of Jack Kerouac, Stewart’s a big fan of road trips.) Before reading it for her interviewer, the actress reportedly said something very Stewartian — “Oh, my God, it’s so embarrassing. I can’t believe I’m doing this” — but she also seems to be pretty proud of her poetic endeavors: “I don’t want to sound so fucking utterly pretentious … but after I write something, I go, ‘Holy f—, that’s crazy,’” she tells the magazine. “It’s the same thing with acting: If I do a good scene, I’m always like, ‘Whoa, that’s really dope.’”

And so, without further ado, here is the poem in question:

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Celebrating the joy and humility of 'Late Night' final episodes

 “You gotta pull it together man,” Andy Samberg, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon‘s final guest, told his friend. “You’re moving up a time slot, across the hall, bigger stage, this is all good stuff!” Fallon, who has proven again in his last week before taking over The Tonight Show just what a gracious, big-hearted guy he is, agreed that he was a mess. “I’m an Irish mush!” he said. And bless him for it.

Fallon navigated the week with a sense of decency that was both unapologetic and generous. Three episodes were taped remembrances of the show’s best digital shorts (like “Jersey Floor”), musical performances (an acoustic version of “Blurred Lines” that somehow managed to rinse clean the scuzz of the song), and comedy bits (I could watch Matthew Broderick trying to make a taco with mannequin hands every night of the week). Meanwhile he was a sweet and respectful guest for Jay Leno, for long an easy butt of late night comedians but whom Fallon never shamed or undercut throughout this long transition. READ FULL STORY

Dax Shepard writes essay about paparazzi targeting children

Almost all of us are guilty of occasionally flipping through a magazine and absentmindedly checking out photos of a celebrity with their kids. Readers might not spend a lot of time thinking about it — but Dax Shepard wants you to start.

The actor, who’s married to Kristen Bell and welcomed a daughter this year, wrote an essay for The Huffington Post, “Why Our Children Should Be Off Limits to the Paparazzi.” In the piece, Shepard explains he recently was at an event hosted by Jennifer Garner about California Senate Bill 606, which makes it illegal “to photograph a child because of their parent’s employment in a manner that ‘seriously alarms, annoys, torments, or terrorizes’ them.” READ FULL STORY

'Brokeback Mountain,' Sarah Palin and Klingons: 10 operas based on pop culture

Opera has always been a reflection of the cultural zeitgeist of Western society. Historical events, popular stories, real people—they’ve all inspired musicalizations which allow patrons to connect directly with cultural moments in artistic ways.

But while opera may have stopped being the most popular art form, it never stopped being a relevant one. Hats off to the contemporary composers who continue to devote themselves to breathing life into the art form (because if they don’t, who will?). Opera is an endangered species, much like pandas or stenographers, and it continues to thrive creatively by reflecting the pop culture moments—movies, novels, reality stars—that you perhaps didn’t expect to be made operatic.

You may not have known that there’s a Brokeback Mountain opera opening January 28 in Madrid. Or that New York City Opera ended its decades-long run with an opera about Anna Nicole Smith. In fact, there are a slew of recent pop culture-inspired operas you might not know about: READ FULL STORY

New Year's Resolutions inspired by Beyonce's 'Visual Album'

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What do you want from me? I’m a slow study, plus I’ve been busy eating all the meat in the Midwest and napping. Well, NO MORE! It’s taken a whopping 17 days, but the power and glory of the almighty Beyoncé’s Visual Album has officially crept into the contours of my brain like one of her intricately gilded thongs. Thanks to my new mentor, I am emboldened towards and horny for 2014 a whole two days early, armed with the following new set of standards:

Just say no to spray tans!
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Finally learn how to surf.
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Kanye got Kim a bag of butts for Christmas

Kanye West and his ever-evolving children’s art project, Kim Kardashian, have welcomed a new member to their family — and it’s way bigger than their baby! It’s a custom-painted Hermès handbag featuring a surrealist nude portrait by George Condo (the same artist who did the covers for West’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy).

This thing is so hideous it’s hilarious. You have to see it. You don’t. You shouldn’t. It’s your call.

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Happy Festivus! Air your 2013 grievances here

Need I remind you, Seinfeld lovers? Festivus is your heritage. It’s part of who you are. It’s December 23rd — time to go dig the bare aluminum pole out of the crawl space and air your grievances to family and friends before challenging them to the Feats of Strength tonight!

Relive Frank Costanza’s holiday tradition and help me RAIN BLOWS against all of the parties who have wronged us this year, below. READ FULL STORY

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show: Taylor Swift wishes

I am just kidding about Taylor Swift — who could easily be a V.S. Angel if she dropped the mic, ruffled up some feathers, and listened a wee bit harder for the sound of a bell jingling on a passerby’s g-string.

Poof! Wings granted.

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