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The 6 Most Baffling TV Holiday Specials Ever Made

The 6 Most Baffling TV Holiday Specials Ever Made
Making a beloved Christmas special can be a daunting task. But the basics for a decent holiday special are simple: a happy moral lesson, some winter cheer, and absolutely no death, kidnapping, or insanity.

Really, during the holidays, all people want to do is relax, sit down with their families, and watch wholesome entertainment that won't leave anyone psychologically scarred or emotionally confused for years to come. That is why it is absolutely inexplicable that these totally bonkers holiday specials ever made it onto TV.

1. Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977)

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This depressing Christmas special takes place during the days of the Roman Empire, and tells the story of a donkey with freakishly long ears that is disliked and made fun of by all the other animals in the stable.

News: All of Santa's Reindeer, Ranked From Best to Worst

Essentially, the story is just a weird version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, only with a
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'Between Two Ferns' Holiday Special with Samuel L. Jackson & More

We've featured plenty of editions of Zach Galifianakis' ongoing talk show Between Two Ferns, including last year's two-part Oscar specials (here and here), which we hope will return when the Academy Awards roll around in 2014. This time the comedian and star of The Hangover franchise is back with a holiday special, sitting down with Samuel L. Jackson (star of the third Die Hard movie ever) and Tobey Maguire of this year's The Great Gatsby. It's exactly as awkwardly hilarious as you'd expect, and there's even a special guest for some holiday music with the band Arcade Fire showing up at the end. Watch it! Here's Zach Galifianakis' Between Two Ferns Holiday Special from Funny or Die: We'd like to point out how awesome that reference to Emmanuel Lewis, star of "Webster" is, if only because he was used in the Oscar special as a mistake while trying to book Daniel Day-Lewis,
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'Psych': Dule Hill sings for our Pop Culture Personality Test -- Video

'Psych': Dule Hill sings for our Pop Culture Personality Test -- Video
Fans of USA’s Psych have been waiting for the two-hour musical episode, and finally, it’s here (premiering Sunday night at 9 p.m. Et, followed by an instant replay). Dulé Hill, who’s currently on Broadway in the musical revue After Midnight, does get to tap a bit and sing a reggae song — the latter a request he sent to the show’s creator, Steve Franks, who came back with the ditty “Jamaican Inspector Man.” “I love how he did it too,” Hill says, “because he made it a run throughout the musical, so it doesn’t just come out of nowhere.
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Zach Galifianakis Goes 'Between Two Ferns' with 2013 Oscar Nominees

Either I am in the minority or my comedic sensibilities are so vastly different from that of the general public I can't even see the folks on the other side because I simply don't get what is so funny about Zach Galifianakis' ignorant shlub schtick in these "Between Two Ferns" videos. Clearly others find some fascination in it considering Part 1 in the latest "Oscar Buzz" installments has been viewed more than 1.1 million times since being released 24 hours ago. In the two most recent videos Galifianakis, playing what may as well be his character from either The Hangover or Due Date, "interviews" Oscar hopefuls including Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Lining Playbook), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Amy Adams (The Master), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Sally Field (Lincoln), Emmanuel Lewis ("Webster") pretending to be Daniel Day-Lewis and Bradley Cooper (Silver Lining Playbook). Give 'em
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Bradley Cooper Gives a Beating and Jessica Chastain Talks Torture on Between Two Ferns: Oscar Edition!

Bradley Cooper Gives a Beating and Jessica Chastain Talks Torture on Between Two Ferns: Oscar Edition!
Yesterday, Zach Galifianakis sparred with Jennifer Lawrence and talked toilets with Naomi Watts. Today, he shares part two of his Between Two Ferns: Oscar Edition special, featuring Jessica Chastain (of "0 Dark 30")  and Sally Field and Emmanuel Lewis (of "Linkin Park"). And for his efforts, Zach got one of those ferns smashed against his head. So which Oscar nominee was on the other end of the smack down? None other than Bradley Cooper, the future Oscar loser (Zach's words, not ours).
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Zach Screws Around With Even More Oscar Nominees

Zach Screws Around With Even More Oscar Nominees
For the second day in a row, Funny Or Die released a new episode of "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis" featuring some of this year's crop of Oscar nominees. Jessica Chastain, Sally Field and Bradley Cooper show up in this episode to get the full, deadpan Galifianakis treatment.

After ribbing Chastain and Field (he asked Field about gaining weight for "Lincoln": "How'd you do it? Eat Anne Hathaway?"), he was excited to interview the "Lincoln" star himself, before he realized his producers had booked not Daniel Day-Lewis, but Emmanuel Lewis of "Webster."

But the real highlight of the episode was Zach's interview with his "Hangover" co-star Bradley Cooper, who's nominated for "Silver Linings Playbook." After Zach reveals that he wrote an Oscar speech for Cooper, which was actually a concession speech to Daniel Day-Lewis, Cooper let his annoyance with his fellow Wolf Packer get the best of him
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'100 Greatest Kid Stars': Justin Bieber, Miley Cryus and Joseph Gordon-Levitt on deck for 5-part VH1 countdown

Child stars in pop culture are like pet alligators. They're cute when young, but they often get flushed before they grow big.

VH1 counts down the top kid stars of the past two decades in the five-part special "100 Greatest Kid Stars," a nostalgic look back at the biggest names in TV, music and entertainment who burst onto the scene as kids. Hosted by Catherine Reitman -- daughter of "Ghostbusters" director Ivan Reitman and once a child actress herself -- the special includes old and new interviews and early performance footage from when the stars were kids.

The countdown begins Thursday, Nov. 29, and concludes Sunday, Dec. 2.

It includes such recent stars as Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Dakota Fanning as well as Candace Cameron, Michelle Williams, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anna Paquin and Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who grew up on-screen during the '90s. It's also a nostalgic look back at the shows
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Alex Karras Death: Webster's Emmanuel Lewis, Mel Brooks & More Pay Tribute

Alex Karras Death: Webster's Emmanuel Lewis, Mel Brooks & More Pay Tribute
Alex Karras was a heavy hitter on the football field, and when he retired from pro sports he tackled Hollywood. Karras' death this morning from kidney failure saddened those who had the chance to work alongside him, be it on TV and movie sets or the gridiron. "My heartfelt condolences goes out to Susan, Katie, George, Renny, Peter and the entire Karras & Clark family," Emmanuel Lewis, who played Karras and real-life wife Susan Clark's adopted son on the 1980s hit Webster, said in a statement to E! News.  "My prayers are forever with you guys. I had a very heavy heart this morning and I did not know why. I understand now. Rest in Peace, my friend."  Mel Brooks,...
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Former Lions Star Dies

Former Lions Star Dies
Detroit — Alex Karras was one of the NFL's most feared defensive tackles throughout the 1960s, a player who hounded quarterbacks and bulled past opposing linemen.

And yet, to many people he will always be the lovable dad from the 1980s sitcom "Webster" or the big cowboy who famously punched out a horse in "Blazing Saddles."

The rugged player, who anchored the Detroit Lions' defense and then made a successful transition to an acting career, with a stint along the way as a commentator on "Monday Night Football," died Wednesday. He was 77.

Karras had recently suffered kidney failure and been diagnosed with dementia. The Lions also said he had suffered from heart disease and, for the last two years, stomach cancer. He died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by family members, said Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney.

"Perhaps no player in Lions history attained as much success and notoriety for what
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Alex Karras, Webster And Football Star, Dead At 77

We’ve lost another ’80s sitcom legend. Alex Karras, 1960s football legend-turned-Webster-star, died at age 77 of kidney failure this morning in his Los Angeles home. The former Detroit Lions defensive tackle was one of the first big (literally) football players to parlay his size and charisma into a successful acting career. While still playing for the Lions, he played himself in the 1968 movie Paper Lions, and after being retired from the team, he ventured into TV, working for Monday Night Football from 1974-76. That’s when he also found a new set of fans for playing Mongo in Mel BrooksBlazing Saddles.

And then in 1983, he was welcomed by an entirely new generation of TV viewers when he and real-life wife Susan Clark played the adoptive parents to adorable Emmanuel Lewis in Webster.

Earlier this year, Karras joined other former players in a lawsuit against the NFL, charging
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Alex Karras, Former Detroit Lion and Star of Webster, Dies at 77

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Alex Karras, Former Detroit Lion and Star of Webster, Dies at 77
Webster star Alex Karras, who began his career as a football hero for the Detroit Lions, has died, the Associated Press reports. He was 77. Karras, who was suffering from kidney failure, died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by family members, including his wife, Susan Clark, the Canadian actress who also played his fictional wife on Webster, said Karras's attorney, Craig Mitnick Lions president Tom Lewand released the following statement upon learning of Karras's deteriorating health: "The entire Detroit Lions family is deeply saddened to learn of the news regarding the condition of one of our all-time greats, Alex Karras.
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Alex Karras, Football Great, Webster Dad, Dead at 77

Alex Karras, Football Great, Webster Dad, Dead at 77
Alex Karras has died. The football great-turned-tv and movie star of Webster and Blazing Saddles was 77, and had battled dementia. On Monday, it was reported Karras was near death after suffering kidney failure. The news moved his former team, the Detroit Lions, to pay prompt tribute.  "Perhaps no player in Lions history attained as much success and notoriety for what he did after his playing days as did Alex," Lions president Tom Lewand said in the Monday statement. Along with real-life wife Susan Clark, Karras parented child-star Emmanuel Lewis in the 1983-89 family sitcom Webster. Before that, Mel Brooks fans knew Karras as the horse-punching, man-beast Mongo in the 1974 Western send-up, Blazing Saddles. Karras was probably never more of the zeitgeist then when he was part of the Howard Cosell-era Monday Night Football broadcast team for three seasons, from 1974-1976. Other credits included the teen comedy Porky's, which also costarred Clark, the Oscar-winning Julie Andrews musical Victor Victoria and the thriller hit, Against All Odds. "I guess I've always been a performer," Karras once said. "But if I'd have told anybody back in high school in Gary [his Indiana hometown] that I wanted to be an actor, they'd have had me quarantined."
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Read: Dan Fogelman's "Black List" Script Featuring Gary Coleman and Emmanuel Lewis Saving the World

It was the script everyone thought was a joke at first, until Michael Bay became attached as a producer and then we all sort of did a double take. Further proof the script was indeed real came with its appearance on the 2008 "Black List," which is an unofficial annual list of the "most liked" unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. Now, years later, Dan Fogelman's epic adventure tale in which former child stars Gary Coleman and Emmanuel Lewis team up to save the world from an evil madman is online for all to read ... and, funny thing is, it's pretty enjoyable. Fogelman has since gone on to pen the scripts for films like Cars, Fred Claus, Tangled, Bolt, and Crazy, Stupid, Love, but it's this script from 2008 that sticks out the most...

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AfterElton Briefs: Will Horton is Deliciously Normal, Trevor Donovan's Full Moon, and Celebrities with Gay Siblings

Here is last week's caption pic winner. This week's caption pic is at the bottom of the page.

Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ...

""No, Miss Aguilera...I expect you to die.""

Thanks to David for this week's winning caption!

Weekend Birthdays! (Note: Birthday shoutouts are for out entertainers, allies, or for any celeb that seems to have a following on Ae). Jon Hamm (above) is 41, out and faboo Warehouse 13 exec. producer Jack Kenny is 54, Emmanuel Lewis is 41, Mitchell Lichtenstein is 56, Jasmine Guy is 50, Neneh Cherry is 48, Edie Brickell is 46, Robin Thicke is 35, Carrie Underwood is 29, Johnny Knoxville is 41, Christopher Rice is 34, Cheryl Lynn is 55, Nina Hagen is 57, and Martin Fry is 54. Okay, what are your top five ABC songs? Here are my picks: 5."How To Be A Millionaire." 4. "When Smokey Sings", 3. "Look Of Love" 2. "Poison Arrow," 1. "Be Near Me" As expected, John Carter is shaping up to bomb spectacularly.
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Watch: Zach Galifianakis Did Not Want To Be Interviewed

Watch: Zach Galifianakis Did Not Want To Be Interviewed
If you just saw Zach Galifianakis present Bret McKenzie with his Best Song award alongside Will Ferrell during last night Oscars, you may have missed his very Galifianakisian interview with E!'s Catt Sadler at the post-show interview outside the Governor's Ball (not, as Zach called it, the Governor's Balls). Suffice to say, Galifianakis seemed less than interested in doing the interview, but turned it into a reverse "Between Two Ferns."

After telling Sadler that he shaved off his signature beard because he's busy filming "The Jodie Foster Story," he made a few more attempts at answering her questions, including whether or not he liked the movie he gave an award to, "The Muppets" -- apparently forgetting that Galifianakis actually has a role in the movie.

As she glanced at her notes, Galifianakis made faces at the camera.

And when asked what he took out of the ceremony, he told
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Watch: Zach Galifianakis Did Not Want To Be Interviewed

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Watch: Zach Galifianakis Did Not Want To Be Interviewed
If you just saw Zach Galifianakis present Bret McKenzie with his Best Song award alongside Will Ferrell during last night Oscars, you may have missed his very Galifianakisian interview with E!'s Catt Sadler at the post-show interview outside the Governor's Ball (not, as Zach called it, the Governor's Balls). Suffice to say, Galifianakis seemed less than interested in doing the interview, but turned it into a reverse "Between Two Ferns."

After telling Sadler that he shaved off his signature beard because he's busy filming "The Jodie Foster Story," he made a few more attempts at answering her questions, including whether or not he liked the movie he gave an award to, "The Muppets" -- apparently forgetting that Galifianakis actually has a role in the movie.

As she glanced at her notes, Galifianakis made faces at the camera.

And when asked what he took out of the ceremony, he told
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Lewis' Home Sold In Foreclosure Deal

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Lewis' Home Sold In Foreclosure Deal
Emmanuel Lewis' home has been auctioned off after the actor fell behind on tax payments.

The Webster star allegedly failed to pay $44,081 (£27,550) in state, county and school taxes to officials in Georgia and his property went into foreclosure.

Lewis lost his home in September, when it sold at auction for $56,000 (£35,000), according to documents obtained by TMZ.com.

Emmanuel Lewis -- Then Came Foreclosure

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Someone get George Papadapolis on the phone, because Emmanuel Lewis is going to need some help again ... Webster's home in Georgia was recently foreclosed on!According to docs filed in Fayette County, Ga, Lewis's home was sold at auction for just $56,000 back in September. The home went into foreclosure after Lewis failed to pay State, County and School taxes from 2007-2010 totaling $44,081.41.Lewis' mother Margaret is also listed on the foreclosure docs, though it's
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Mj was 'a bit of an alien' to most people, says Rashida Jones - Realbollywood.com News

Mj was 'a bit of an alien' to most people, says Rashida Jones - Realbollywood.com News
Washington, Oct 14: 'The Social Network' star Rashida Jones, who grew up around the late pop singer Michael Jackson because of his close friendship with her father, has revealed that he was a ''bit of an alien'' to most people.

Rashida, daughter of music producer Quincy Jones, who produced Michael's three classic albums, 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller' and 'Bad', also talked about how she, along with her sister, Jackson and Emmanuel Lewis went to the movies together and sprayed the hell out of people.

"Michael basically grew up with us, so I have a million memories of him. We were at each other's house all the time. He was definitely a little bit of an alien, for sure, and when I was young, it felt as if he was my age, not 18.
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Rashida Jones: Michael Jackson, Emmanuel Lewis and I Committed Super Soaker Drive-By

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Rashida Jones: Michael Jackson, Emmanuel Lewis and I Committed Super Soaker Drive-By
Now it can be revealed: Michael Jackson once led a team of Super Soaker assassins. For one night, anyway. "Parks and Recreation" star Rashida Jones, whose father, Quincy Jones, produced Jackson's "Off the Wall" and "Thriller," describes in the new Playboy how she, her sister, and "Webster" star Emmanuel Lewis once helped Jackson douse unsuspecting moviegoers. "Michael basically grew up with us, so I have a million memories of him," Jones told the magazine. "We were at each other’s house all the time. He was definitely a little bit of an alien,
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