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Funny or Die's Adam McKay launches protest song website

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

Amazon launches Cloud Player service. Is this an iTunes-killer?

In a move that might mark a decisive step forward in the evolution of online music, Amazon launched two new services today: the Amazon Cloud Drive and the Amazon Cloud Player. The Cloud Drive allows consumers to store music, and any other digital items, on Amazon’s data centers. Amazon is currently offering 5 GB free, although there is an extra 20 GB available for free with a purchase of an MP3 album from Amazon’s music service. And there’s the rub: Far from just visualizing the Amazon cloud as a data storage center, the website’s new Cloud Player allows you to play music directly through Amazon… unlike Apple’s iTunes service, which still requires users to store their music library on their own disk space. READ FULL STORY

'3eanuts': Charlie Brown and Snoopy live in sad, chaotic world without meaning, turns out

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)

'The Big Lebowski' meets 'The Poky Little Puppy'

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:

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'3 Minute Talk Show' trailer: It's enough time for Jon Cryer to crack a Charlie Sheen joke -- EXCLUSIVE

On Jan. 26, LStudio.com, the site that launched Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy, debuts the weekly series The 3 Minute Talk Show with Barry Sobel. Watch the exclusive trailer premiere below. The title is pretty self-explanatory, but aside from the minimum time commitment, here are a few more reasons to watch: Fred Willard serves as Sobel’s cohost. Ben Lee fronts the band. The first two guests are Tom Hanks (his Playtone partnered with Lexus’ LStudio for the unscripted show) and Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, whose episodes go live this Wednesday. And, at some point, Jon Cryer, of TV’s top-rated comedy Two and a Half Men, makes an appearance and explains to Sobel the secret to being No. 1. “Do a show with Charlie Sheen, ’cause it’s always fun. You get to check TMZ to know whether you’ve got to go into work that day, which is great. You’re sitting at home [pretends to check TMZ on his phone] ‘Oh, Oh, kick back, everybody. Daddy’s got the day off.'”

Among the other guests teased in the trailer: True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer, Modern Family‘s Rico Rodriguez, Glee‘s Mike O’Malley (who says the worst part of shooting his heart attack was when the makeup artist told him he didn’t actually need makeup), Joe Jonas, Big Love‘s Ginnifer Goodwin, Johnny Knoxville, and Jimmy FallonREAD FULL STORY

Salon.com is looking for buyers

Salon.com is “exploring opportunities to merge with or be acquired by another media company” after losing around $15 million in the last five years, according to the Wall Street Journal. I’m not much of a tycoon — winning a few rounds of Mall Madness is the extent of my interest in such matters — but that sounds bad. But losing an Internet stalwart like Salon sounds pretty awful, too. Salon was one of my first Internet loves, a site I started checking religiously when I was still using AOL CDs and dial-up. I feel like I grew up reading Salon.

I know, I know: times change, tastes change, is this the little girl I carried, etc etc. But what about Ask the Pilot? I love Ask the Pilot! I still hate-read Cary Tennis sometimes (because life is too long, apparently), and the recently published Hack 30 list was both hilarious and terrifying. The Internet would be a sadder, poorer place without Salon — though even the cockeyed optimist in me knows that isn’t enough to sustain a business.

What about you, PopWatchers? What were the first websites you started following back in the early days of ye olde intarnets? Wouldn’t you be sad to see them go? Or am I just hanging on to the shadowy vestiges of what was instead of embracing the bright and new of what is?

Indonesian Obama fears assassination

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

Meryl Streep on Lisa Kudrow's 'Web Therapy': Sneak peek

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

Go ahead, make up an awesome action one-liner

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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You talkin’ to me? Where are all the good movie lines?

Conan O'Brien will webcast 'Show Zero' on Monday

Rejoice, Team Coco! Conan O’Brien will webcast “Show Zero” this Monday at 11 p.m. to whip fans into a frenzy (or at least a polite chatter) before Conan premieres for real on Nov. 8. “Show Zero” will stream on Conan‘s website, Facebook, and YouTube. READ FULL STORY

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