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17 items from 2012

Mad Magazine names Ann Curry its 12th 'Dumbest' for 2012

10 December 2012 6:07 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

This hasn't been a good year for Ann Curry. Shortly after getting what might have been a dream job on "Today," the newswoman was unceremoniously dumped by NBC. Now, Mad Magazine has added amusing insult to ridiculous injury by naming Curry at position number 12 on its list of "America's Dumbest" for 2012.

Technically, of course, it's the situation surrounding Curry's dismissal from "Today" that's the actual winner of the "dumbest" award. The illustration for the Ann Curry entry has this caption:

"The NBC Brass in association with The Today Show, pitiful ratings and general dislike presents Anchor Canned: The Legendary Humiliation of Ann Curry -- Based on her awkwardly-empathetic interview style, uncomfortable silence provided by Matt Lauer and Al Roker."

If you don't know the full story surrounding NBC's hiring and quick firing of Curry from "Today," Mad is happy to provide its take on the situation:

"In June, Today Show »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Alex Gibney’s The Road Back

20 November 2012 11:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

No stranger to the Sundance Film Festival, over the recent years, Alex Gibney has premiered Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Sundance ’05), Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (Sundance ’08), and Casino Jack and the United States of Money (Sundance ’10). Currently on tap, Gibney has four projects - Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream, Finding Fela!, an untitled WikiLeaks Doc, and is producing an untitled Eagles Project (visit his site), but we think the one docu (recently updated by IndieWIRE’s Anne Thompson to be in the final stages of completion) that we might see next is Lance Armstrong: The Road Back, which is currently in need of a new title and perhaps a different climax than the one that was originally anticipated.

Gist: This is an exposition of cyclist Lance Armstrong as he trains for his eighth Tour de France victory.

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- Eric Lavallee

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TV on Tap: "Once Upon a Time"'s Gay Easter Egg, the Candidates Name Their Favorite Shows and "Chicago Fire" Gets Sarah Shahi

31 October 2012 5:14 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

30 Rock is airing on Wednesday night this week. How's that for a twist?

Happy Halloween, everybody!


There was definite drama among Community fans yesterday after news spread that the fourth season would debut on Canadian TV on November 9, while U.S. viewers had no premiere date to anticipate. Gawker went on to speculate that this might kill the show as fans would torrent the Canadian episodes and not watch the show on NBC, sinking the ratings. However, the announcement disappeared from CityTV's website and NBC announced that Community will return in February, so fans stopped feeling like they had been told that the dress of life doesn't come in their size.

Speaking of NBC's midseason schedule the Peacock network is taking a risk by putting Revolution on hiatus until March (so that it can be accompanied by the fourth season of The Voice). The common wisdom says that audiences »

- LyleMasaki

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Lance Armstrong Officially Stripped of Tour de France Titles

22 October 2012 6:59 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Lance Armstrong officially stripped of his Tour de France titles - The Hollywood Reporter There is a new member of the Trump family - People Did Blake Lively outdo Justin and Jessica by giving her wedding pictures to Martha Stewart? - Lainey Gossip Penn Badgley shaves his head - HuffPost Entertainment See Stacy Keibler as a Catholic school girl - TooFab Kim Kardashian is comfortable in bridal white - Us Weekly The latest from Britney Spears's trial - The Daily Beast SNL hilariously spoofs Brad Pitt's Chanel ads - BuzzFeed Taylor Swift talks about her past loves and new album - Et Argo holds the No. 2 spot at the box office - Rotten Tomatoes Pippa Middleton talks about how it's weird to be known for your family and your bottom - Wonderwall All the Homeland action you may have missed last night - Buddy TV Jennifer Esposito isn't »

- Allie Merriam

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Lance Armstrong Officially Stripped of Tour de France Titles

22 October 2012 5:05 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles as ordered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, banning him from the sport for life. The International Cycling Union announced Monday that it would accept the report issued on Armstrong, 41, which charges him with steroid use as well as using a blood boosters and transfusions to mask performance-enhancing substances in his system. He has continued to deny these allegations. "Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling," Uci president Pat McQuaid said at a press conference in Geneva on Monday, announcing the ruling. A special Uci management meeting on »

- Andrea Billups

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Talk Show Throwdown: Which New Talk Shows Work Best?

18 September 2012 8:15 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

If you're a daytime talk show host who isn't Ellen DeGeneres, you probably spend most of your day thinking of ways to prove you should exist. While The View and The Talk cook up minor controversies and coups from time to time, the daytime talk show format is so staid and familiar that it's hard to imagine anyone breakthing through as an original voice. Strangely, four familiar faces are dishing out new talk shows this season (and Anderson Cooper has revamped his daytime offering to include a rotating set of co-hosts), so we find ourselves with five opportunities to hail the next Oprah. Using a complex grading rubric and simple addition, we'll see who (if any) of these talkers is destined for the big leagues.

1. Katie Couric's Katie

Likability: 8

Relatability: 7

Originality: 5

Guest engagement: 8

Set design: 5

Overall: 33 (Fine)

Katie Couric's decision to try a talk show is somewhat mysterious. »

- virtel

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Katie Couric makes daytime debut – and Jessica and Sheryl join in the fun

10 September 2012 2:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

ABC hopes for big things as former CBS news anchor looks to fill the post-Oprah void with new daytime talk show

Katie Couric's daytime talk show Katie premiered Monday afternoon as she commenced her bid to become the heir to Oprah's vacant throne.

It's been a year since Oprah ended her quarter-century daytime hosting gig, and ever since, the afternoon time slot has presented potential ratings gold in a slot that was once beyond competition.

Couric began her bid to claim the talk show throne with a dream sequence, turning to her "TV husband" Matt Lauer, who lay in a twin-sized bed a few feet away from hers, thinking her 20-year career had been nothing but a dream.

With Lauer, Couric hosted NBC's Today show with an intelligent, warm and welcoming attitude that carried viewers through 15 years of morning news and earned her the title of "America's sweetheart" along the way. »

- Amanda Holpuch

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Recap - True Blood Season 5 Finale Ties Up and Moves On ... Not!

26 August 2012 8:58 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Recap - True Blood Season 5 Finale Ties Up and Moves On ... Not!

If you were on the edge of your seat waiting to see how True Blood would wrap up the whole Authority arc, bad news.  It didn't.  At least not entirely.  Let's talk about what did and did not get a wrap up on True Blood.

Russell Edgington

I was really excited to get another season of Denis O'Hare, and was convinced that he held a bigger role in the doings at the Authority.  For a while it seemed like a deeply layered mystery;  just what role did Russell really have in what was going on at the Authority?  I reveled in the triad of religious zealotry represented by the Authority, the Atheism represented by Russell, and the Agnosticism represented by Bill and Eric, and couldn't wait to see how this wildly differing angles on Religion would play out »

- Jon Lachonis

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Kristen Stewart on "Falling to Pieces" When She's Not Working

24 August 2012 12:55 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Kristen Stewart's quotes on feeling "out of control" - UsWeekly Rufus Wainwright gets married! - People Maude Apatow is making a name for herself - Lainey Gossip Listen to Lana Del Rey's new music - HuffPost Entertainment What would Lance Armstrong have to do to pay back all of his prize money? - D-Listed Pregnant Drew Barrymore piles on the work - JustJared What happened to Tyra Banks on Gma?! - BuzzFeed Ashley Greene tries to steal the red carpet show - Hollywood Tuna Get ready for a new Britney Spears and Will.i.am song - Pink Is the New Blog What did you think of Ali Larter's stomach-baring outfit? - Et Online Lindsay Lohan defends herself on Twitter - The Superficial Which Game of Thrones couple is dating in real life? - Zap2it David Beckham is the subject of affair rumors - TooFab Justin Bieber »

- Lauren Turner

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Madonna Forgives Elton John; Tabloid Publishes Naked Prince Harry Photos; Lady Gaga Named Most Powerful

24 August 2012 10:12 AM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Hollywood Headlines

Looks like the feud between Elton John and Madonna may be over. Madonna dedicated the song "Masterpiece" to Elton during the final show of the European leg of her Mdna Tour. The feud between the two divas really heated up when Madge beat out Elton for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes. Since then, Elton has been lashing out at Madonna, calling her a "fairground stripper." Now we wait and see if Elton returns the favor. Maybe Elton will dedicate "The Bitch is Back" to Madonna.


U.K.'s The Sun is defending publishing naked photos of Prince Harry. The tabloid said it would have been "perverse" not to publish to photos of the naked royal that were taken in Las Vegas. The Sun published the photos despite warnings from the Royal Family's lawyers that it would be an invasion of Prince Harry's privacy. The »

- reelz gustafson

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Lance Armstrong Faces Loss of All Seven Tour de France Titles, Lifetime Ban

24 August 2012 9:08 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

After Lance Armstrong declared he would no longer fight charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his stellar career, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency confirmed Friday that it would strip the cyclist of all of his record-setting seven Tour de France titles, obliterate all his race results he's racked up over the past 14 years and ban him from the sport for life. An agency spokeswoman told CNN that a more formal announcement will be issued later in the day, but the move to punish the now-retired sports legend is part of the Usada's zero-tolerance policy aimed at sending a message to athletes that they will face harsh consequences for doping in competition. In addition to the lifetime ban, Armstrong »

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5 Surprising and Hilarious Film Cameos by Non-Actors

5 August 2012 2:15 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Cameos have the ability to save a film from mediocrity. Over the years, they have become more and more popular within the film industry, with not only famous actors showing up in films, but sportsman, musicians and the like grabbing the chance to show their faces in an entirely different sphere.

Cameos range from the subtle, blink-and-you-miss it style, often exhibited in Marvel films with Stan Lee, to the deliberately overblown, mind blowing and surprising. While the first style can often give the film a lift or something for hardcore fans to smile over, the second style can often define a picture.

While the majority of cameo’s are done by actors, it’s always more surprising to see someone from outside of the world of film take a step into it. Let’s take a look at some of the non-actors that not only had audiences in stitches, but »

- Matt Volpi

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Top 10: Best Comedy Movie Cameo’s

2 August 2012 5:26 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

When it’s least expected, cameo appearances within comedy movies can become show-stealing moments. It can also be the scene you remember most even if the cameos aren’t key to the film. The majority of cameos are non-credited because of the short screen time or simply because the actors are just too famous to even be credited. Nonetheless, the following film cameos are the most memorable due to the actors and writers’ impeccable timing and the genuine surprise the audience receives. In preparation for the Flash Gordon cameo in the upcoming comedy film Ted, we look at the top ten comedy movie cameos and their one-off moments of hilarity.

Flash Gordon (Ted)

There are many things to look forward to in Seth MacFarlane’s directorial debut as Ted is sure to be this summer’s most hilarious film. One scene in particular involves an out-of-control house party and surprisingly enough, »

- Phil

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100 Reasons Why Kristen Stewart And Robert Pattinson's Cheating Scandal Won't Matter Soon (Part 2)

1 August 2012 9:50 AM, PDT | Celebsology | See recent Celebsology news »

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's cheating scandal is still fresh in everyone's minds, but that doesn't mean the story won't die down in the upcoming months. Unfortunately, those couple of months will be quite long because KStew had to go and get caught right before the two actors went on promotion for Breaking Dawn: Part 2 though. The couple always make big news, but Rupert what's his face will probably be just a memory in years to come. Too many other scandals have disappeared once the story just got too old for readers.

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Now, don't think scandals like sex tapes and huge splits still aren't spoken about. When something in Hollywood happens it's hard to forget. If Rob does a movie when he's 38 about cheating, this story will probably be brought up in a review. »

- Stephanie Webber

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Woody Allen Says He Once Offered A Part To Tonya Harding, Was Considering Princess Diana For A Role As Well

15 June 2012 3:30 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While Woody Allen is known for commanding starry, ensemble casts who will work for next to nothing to just to appear in his films, he's generally shied away from stunt casting. But doing the press rounds for his latest European trifle, "To Rome With Love" (read our review here), he reveals he once had a couple of...interesting names in mind for roles in his movies, one of whom he actually even made an offer to.

Chatting recently with The Wall Street Journal, the paper asked Allen about his predilection over the years, to sometimes cast "troubled" actors in his films such as Drew Barrymore or Owen Wilson, and if he had made a specific effort to court them. "No. I feel that they are right for the roles. I don't hesitate to cast people if they are right. I offered a part once to Tonya Harding. She couldn't do »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Comedian Rob Riggle To Host ESPYs

19 April 2012 8:09 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Former Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle is set to host this year’s Espys, which will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, July 11. Riggle is the latest comedian to be tapped for the Espn sports award show, following in the footsteps of Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers, who hosted the event the past two years. Meyers is one of several former hosts who will make guest appearances at the Espys, which mark their 20th anniversary this year, along with Samuel Jackson (1999, 2001, 2002, and 2009), Lance Armstrong (2006) and Justin Timberlake (2008) “Why me? Straight up sex appeal,” Riggle said. “I know guys like Justin Timberlake and Seth Meyers are sexy… What can I say, I’m just another link in that sexy chain.” (Photo: Getty Images) »


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The 35 Best Movie Cameos of All Time

14 March 2012 11:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

It took a lot of begging and pleading from both producers and the public, but for whatever reason Johnny Depp saw it in his heart to return in one knockout scene in the new film version of "21 Jump Street," based on the hit Fox TV show that made him a star.

To put him in the ranks of some of the greatest movie cameos ever, we're counting down 35 surprise appearances in movies that pleased and shocked us -- and left us wanting more.

35. Jim Parsons, 'The Muppets' (2011)

Walter (Peter Linz) has to decide if he's "Man or Muppet," but during this solemn ballad he sees his human form in the mirror courtesy of the "Big Bang Theory" star. Although it was tunesmith Bret McKenzie who wrote the song, we think that a small chunk of that Academy Award for Best Song should go to Parsons for embodying the »

- Max Evry

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