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'300 Sandwiches': 10 films to make out of the book

The internet briefly went crazy a few weeks ago over 300 Sandwiches, the blog/cry for help written by a woman whose boyfriend promised her an engagement ring if she could only make him 300 sandwiches — precisely the kind of romantic-comedy behavior that seems somewhat unseemly when it becomes real-life behavior. But now we’ll be able to ponder the romantic implications of the Pumpkin Biscuit, Bacon, and Scrambled Egg Sandwich beyond the world of inadvertently hilarious blogs. The New York Post reports that Stephanie Smith — the author of 300 Sandwiches and coincidentally a writer for the Post — now has a book deal, because this is still America, and if you can’t get a husband then at least you can get a book deal, amiright, ladies?

Of course, this could — nay should — be just the tip of the iceberg. (Lettuce.) After all, the vaguely similar ticking-clock-romance website 40 Days of Dating is getting its own movie. And how many sandwiches did they even eat in their 40 days of dating? Not 300, that’s for sure. This could be a whole franchise. This could be a whole linked series of franchises. Below, our 10 humble suggestions for movies derived from the über-popular 300 Sandwiches brand:

Swedish cinemas give movies a 'Bechdel' rating: Good idea?


We all know the Bechdel Test by now, right? Well, if not, it’s cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s three-pronged test to judge female characters in movies. Do more than two female characters have a name? Do they speak to each other? And, if the two named female characters have a conversation, is it about something other than a man?

But the “test” has basically only existed as a discussion point that we blog about occasionally as we wax poetic on the state of substantive roles for women. A few Swedish art house theaters would like to change that.

Actors, politicians, and other people who lie for a living top list of the 100 Most Trusted People in America

Reader’s Digest has released their list of the 100 Most Trusted People in America. Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Brian Williams, Judge Judy, Hillary Clinton, and many other politicians, performers, and TV hosts — people whose entire professional existence is arguably focused on constructing elaborate fictions and saying what you want to hear in lieu of the actual truth — all feature prominently in the list, beating out by a wide margin “Your Mother,” “Your Father,” “Your Second-Grade Teacher,” and many other people you probably should actually trust despite the fact that they aren’t famous. READ FULL STORY

'iSteve' trailer: First look at Funny or Die's Steve Jobs movie -- VIDEO

Remember when news broke about Funny or Die’s full-length Steve Jobs biopic, starring former Apple pitchman Justin Long — a film that seems specifically created as an insult to Ashton Kutcher and Aaron Sorkin, who both have actual genuine Steve Jobs biopics waiting in the wings? Well, the first trailer for iSteve has just hit the internet. The clip features barely any video, but it does feature a ton of voiceover biopic boilerplate (“You gotta ride the wave of the future.” “What if I am the wave of the future?”) It also features one shot of Justin Long screaming “I AM APPLE!” in close-up. In short, iSteve appears to treat its material with the appropriate gravitas. Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY

Countdown to Comic-Con: The race for hotels starts (and ends?) today

The Oscars are over, so what better time to start planning your trip to this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con? The fandom nation hovered around their collective keyboard at 9 a.m. this morning, when booking through Comic-Con for San Diego hotels started. And, as usual, it apparently ended very soon after it began — the housing page is currently just a sad message, reading “Housing for Comic-Con is closed at this time.” However, hope is not lost: EW spoke to a representative from Comic-Con, who noted that Early Bird booking is still in effect (although none of the downtown hotels are available for booking.) READ FULL STORY

'Rudolph,' 'Charlie Brown,' and 'The Grinch: Will the great American trilogy of Christmas specials work on a newcomer? (PART 2)

Christmas Time is here, which can mean only one thing: A hearty rendition of “Christmas Time is Here,” from A Charlie Brown Christmas. Or perhaps a group singalong to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” or “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Yesterday, holiday special superfan Darren Franich prepared Yuletide TV newbie Hillary Busis for the holy trilogy of Xmas TV. Now Hillary’s seen all three… and she has some opinions. Read on!

Darren Franich: Well, Hillary, after that triple-shot of pure Christmas spirit, I’m in the mood to buy a misfit toy, decorate a misfit tree, and put reindeer antlers on an emotionally-abused misfit dog. Let’s take these specials one at a time: What did you think of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?

Hillary Busis: Ho ho ho, Darren! I’ve got to say, I was very pleasantly surprised by all three of these shorts — especially Charlie Brown. That said, Rudolph was my least favorite, mostly because it had the most filler. The Grinch is 26 minutes long. Charlie Brown is 25 minutes. Rudolph is 47. I wish capital numbers existed, just so I could emphasize that even more. READ FULL STORY

David Petraeus appears as a character in 'Call of Duty: Black Ops II'


Ding ding! It’s time for your half-hourly update on the fast-unfolding David Petraeus sex scandal. You might think that the now- former CIA director’s political career has suffered a minor speedbump in the last couple of days. But you’d be wrong. In the year 2025, David Petraeus will be the Secretary of Defense. Or at least that’s a plot point in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the newest entry in the stratospherically popular military shooter franchise that taught your twelve-year-old all sorts of colorful new words. Kotaku broke the news that Petraeus appears in a couple scenes of the just-released videogame. It’s worth pointing out, though, that the real-life Petraeus didn’t actually lend his voice to the game — probably because he was too busy, wink wink nudge nudge.  READ FULL STORY

What is your damage, Ryan Lochte's diamond grill?

Welcome to ‘What Is Your Damage,’ Annie Barrett’s summer shop of all the melodrama and self-absorption she misses from springtime reality TV. Every Tuesday and Friday, she’ll rant about a current offense to her humanity, then assess readers’ damages via video replies. Don’t be shy about admitting what annoys or intrigues you. We’re all in this pop cult together!

What is your damage, Ryan Lochte’s diamond-encrusted grill?

How was I never aware of you? It seems like we’d be a perfect match as A) You are ridiculous and B) I am what you might call “really into” bling and gems.

You have yet to reveal yourself in this week’s Olympic trials footage, yet I can feel you lurking, ready to clamp. You dominate most of the triumphant medal podium shots of Lochte, your human, that we see in between the races. Your human owns and proudly wears three different versions of you! And he’s teased that the grill he’s having custom-made for the London Olympics will be red, white, and blue to honor the U.S.A. Or might those colors serve to honor bloody England instead? Whose side of the great big swimming pool in between these two countries are you on, anyway, Ryan Lochte’s grill? Do you measure the pool’s distance in meters or yards? What’s your damage? READ FULL STORY

'America's Got Talent': Iran's Got Balance

Sometimes you watch something so bizarre and unbelievable that even though you never could have predicted it, you can no longer imagine life without it. Occasionally — I mean, don’t ever count on this happening again, but sure, it’s possible — this magical moment occurs during America’s Got Talent.

Have you ever wondered how a blend of Ben Kingsley, Howie Mandel, and the TV version of John Locke would look just on the brink of a skull explosion? Behold the Bandbaz Brothers’ balancing act… READ FULL STORY

'Happy Endings': The reruns are even better!

The Skype Table. Never forget.

Penny should totally date Brian Austin Green for all of season 3, right?

Happy wedding season everyone! Good luck out there.

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