Writer-director Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) is no stranger to politics (witness his co-scripting of the Will Ferrell Broadway show, You’re Welcome America. A Final Night With George W. Bush) nor music (witness the jazz-flute stylings of Mr. Ron Burgundy). Now, the Funny Or Die honcho has combined these two interests in a website called Public Domain Protest Song, which launched today and will act as a showcase for newly penned protest songs that “aren’t owned by anyone.” READ FULL STORY
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From the same pit of comic-deleting existential misery that brought you Garfield Minus Garfield, the Internet has now coughed up 3eanuts, which has a simple gimmick: Removing the fourth panel from Charles M. Schulz’s daily Peanuts strips. Sound random? It’s not: Schulz typically used the final panel to end on a redemptive note — sometimes wistful, sometimes sarcastic — but it always lessened the sad gravity of the first three panels. Without that redemptive conclusion, we bear witness to the true existential horrors facing the cast of Peanuts. The future is relentlessly grim. Lucy is utterly cruel. Linus is apparently some sort of animal-hating fascist. In general, Charlie Brown lives in a world of relentless sadness and debilitation. 3eanuts is a great monument to Schultz’s delicate balancing act — he somehow made the subject matter of an Ingmar Bergman movie seem really funny for 50 years. 3eanuts will also just make you laugh, if you’re cynical, and you probably grew up reading Peanuts, so you have to be at least a little cynical. Good ol’ Charlie Brown… how we hate him! (Via AV Club)
These Little Golden Book–style illustrations of famous scenes from films are delightful. And they can be yours as individual prints or as an honest-to-goodness book. I’m partial to the Shining one myself, but it’s hard to go wrong with The Godfather. Pretty fantastic work by artist Josh Cooley:
It appears that President Barack Obama has his very own doppelgänger. A 34-year-old Indonesian man, Ilham Anas, shares an uncanny resemblance to our president. He looks like him. He smokes like him. He’s even a Muslim (Just kidding!). Anas, who says he enjoys being an Obama impersonator, often gets stopped on the street because of his looks. But it’s not all fun and games. With great power comes great responsibility, and Anas sometimes worries that the negative feelings toward America in Indonesia will lead to harm, and possibly assassination. READ FULL STORY
Just because Lisa Kudrow’s latest project is on the web (as opposed to film or TV) doesn’t mean that she can’t pull in A-list guest stars. In fact, the former Friend landed none other than Meryl Streep to appear on her Internet comedy show, Web Therapy. Streep plays a sexual-orientation therapist named Camilla Bowner, who, according to the clip at least, seems to be a bit ditzy, a bit passive aggressive, and a whole lot of funny (love the dramatic hair flip and the chintzy, soft pink furnishings in the background). For the uninitiated, Web Therapy follows the life and career of Kudrow’s Fiona Wallace, a shrink who treats clients via webcam. The full episode “airs” on Monday, Nov. 8 at LStudio.com
Take a peek at the teaser and let us know what you think below. READ FULL STORY
XKCD, everyone’s beloved geek humor bible, has an awesome cartoon today about action movie one-liners. (We blurred out the potty language.) “I’ll be back,” “Yippee-ki-yay, motherf—er,” “Go ahead… make my day,” “I’m too old for this s—,” “pop quiz, asshole” — these are all part of the American pop lexicon. But are they really any better or worse than “Bangarang, motherf—er”? I can totally see myself quoting that.
We talked about the lack of current great movie quotes a few weeks ago, so this now seems like a challenge: What’s the best action quote of all time? Or even better, can you make one up? Inspired by the math-y XKCD suggestions, I’m going to go with the one we used to say in class: “QED, bitch!” Beat it, PopWatchers.
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