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Gilbert Gottfried Fired As Voice Of Aflac Duck Over Japan Jokes

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The Aflac duck lost its voice Monday after the insurance giant fired the comedian behind the commercial quack for tweeting jokes about the earthquake and tsunami that has devastated Japan. The Columbus, Georgia-based company fired Gilbert Gottfried less than an hour after discovering the tweets, according to a news release from Aflac. "Gilbert's recent comments about the crisis in Japan were lacking in humor and certainly do not represent the thoughts and feelings of anyone at Aflac," Michael Zunda, the company's senior vice president and chief marketing officer, said in a statement. So far, the earthquake and tsunami have left more than 2,400 people dead, and thousands more in shelters or missing. Most of the tweets attributed to Gottfried make light of the natural disaster in either a flippant or sexual manner...
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Oh Cupcake, Where Art Thou?: The Search for America’s Next Sweetheart

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Lindsay Lohan in 2002. Photo: RadioKirk (CC)

The U.S. spiraled into decades of romantic uncertainty and self-loathing after the heartbreak of Mary Pickford losing a leg to gangrene following a vicious tavern brawl in 1929. Where will we find America’s Little Cupcake for the 21st century?

Well, 2011 certainly is shaping up to be quite the year for Wisconsinites.  Douchebag Senator Paul Ryan not only escaped the noose for his role in engineering the AIG bailouts in the mid-terms, but also became the budget committee chief this January.  Newly elected RNC chair and former ethical giant Racid Priebus, a Kenosha native, began in earnest his party’s campaign to contest the health care reform law that he himself claimed was unassailably constitutional. And of course, just this week, America’s Team, the Green Bay Packers took the crown in the fairly eventful Superbowl XLV.

Whew! Pretty heady stuff — but the ride’s not over yet. Valentine’s weekend is almost upon us, and as the United State’s official Capitol of Love is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is once more at the center stage of world events.… Read the rest

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‘The Empire Strikes Back’ & Others To Be Preserved By U.S. Library

VaderStar Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back is to be preserved by the US Library of Congress as part of its National Film Registry:
Each year, 25 "culturally" significant films are added to the registry, which was founded in 1989. Lucas's Star Wars and American Graffiti are among the 550 titles already selected for preservation. This year's raft of entries includes Robert Altman's 1971 western McCabe and Mrs. Miller starring Warren Beatty, Blake Edwards' The Pink Panther and Elia Kazan's first feature film, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, made in 1945.
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Ricky Gervais Explains Why He Is An Atheist

Photo: Caroline Bonarde Ucci (CC)

Photo: Caroline Bonarde Ucci (CC)

Perfectly timed for Christmas and all those other winter solstice religious celebrations, British comedian Ricky Gervais tells us why religion is rubbish, in the Wall Street Journal (you might also want to review his responses to readers’ questions):

Why don’t you believe in God? I get that question all the time. I always try to give a sensitive, reasoned answer. This is usually awkward, time consuming and pointless. People who believe in God don’t need proof of his existence, and they certainly don’t want evidence to the contrary.

They are happy with their belief. They even say things like “it’s true to me” and “it’s faith.” I still give my logical answer because I feel that not being honest would be patronizing and impolite. It is ironic therefore that “I don’t believe in God because there is absolutely no scientific evidence for his existence and from what I’ve heard the very definition is a logical impossibility in this known universe,” comes across as both patronizing and impolite.

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The Revenge of The Kids in the Hall

Kids-in-the-Hall-Death-Comes-to-TownThe Kids in The Hall, the greatest comedy troupe to ever walk the Earth, have returned with an all new series called Death Comes to Town. The series is currently on IFC in the US. Death Comes to Town is a Twin Peaks-esque murder mystery with the Kids playing almost all of the characters. It is an absurdist comedy with a cliffhanger plot that keeps you dying to know what will happen next.

Death Comes to Town is not the first reunion of The Kids in The Hall to happen over the years. In addition to their live tours, the Kids have worked together in various combinations on a few projects that some might not be aware of.

Mark, Bruce, and Kevin reunited in the movie Unaccompanied Minors, playing security guards together.

Dave and Kevin also starred in the movie Sky High together as part of the supporting cast, who’s subplot involved the two of them (along with Bruce Campbell) as teachers at a superhero high school.… Read the rest

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RIP: Party Down

From Nick Pell at Red Star Times: Every once in a while a show comes along that reminds you that television isn't a total wasteland. While science fiction had a good run with Battlestar Galactica, the main arena for quality television over the last ten years have been comedy. Whether it's broadcast hits like Arrested Development, premium cable gems like Curb Your Enthusiasm or international favorites such as Peep Show, television comedy has come a long way from the days of the formulaic, multi-camera canned laughter disasters that once dominated the airwaves. Indeed, it is the recent crop of what The Onion called "single-camera, awkward pause" comedies that have made television worth watching again. More than just entertainment, these shows speak to the art of comedy writing. Many shows recognized as classics now were canceled before their time...
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