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Korean Pop Star Rain Voted World’s Most Influential Person By Time Magazine Readers… Again

The people have spoken: as part of its TIME 100 poll, Time magazine asked its readers to rank who they think are are the world’s most influential people — and once again, Korean pop star Rain has taken the top spot.

Behold the vastness of Rain’s influence: by the time the poll closed, he had gotten 406,252 “influential” votes. Compare these numbers to President Obama‘s, who took 46th place with a paltry 5,543 “influential” votes.

But demolishing President Obama this year is nothing new for Rain, who was also voted the most influential person in 2006 and 2007, and placed in second in 2008.

And with such unstoppable power naturally comes a little jealousy: Stephen Colbert (who, along with Jon Stewart, comes in at a disappointing 53rd place) recorded a Korean R&B video in retaliation in 2007. The two even had a dance-off. (Videos after the jump).

But Rain cannot be stopped! Coming in a distant second this year was Jay Chou, Taiwanese star of The Green Hornet, getting 207,239 “influential” votes, followed by Britain’s Got Talent‘s Susan Boyle with 151,324 “influential” votes. Right. Makes perfect sense.

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Colbert v. Huffpo: Round Two

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“I have yet to receive my percentage of the Huff-bucks,” says Stephen Colbert. Yesterday he launched the Colbuffington Re-Post, which is basically the Huffington Post with a new title. An aggregate of an aggregate. Colbert warns of click-throughs creating problems. “We can all get sucked into some bizarro parallel Huffing-verse where bloggers are paid for their work.”

Of course, Huffington Post responded by putting up the Huffbert Nation, which is basically the Colbert Nation with a new title.

If this goes on any longer we’re going to need some Dramamine.

Colbert Wags His Finger At Huffpo

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“Until the Huffington Post pays me for repurposing my content, I’m happy to announce my brand new website The Colbuffington Re-Post,” says Stephen Colbert.

Check out the Colbuffington Re-Post here. And yes, in case you were wondering, the first Huffington Post has the clip on their front page currently.

UCLA Welcomes Pair of Onion Editors

Tomorrow night at UCLA’s Royce Hall, two key members of an organization Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert both owe an eternal debt of gratitude to will take to the stage. The Onion‘s editor Joe Randazzo (pictured) and associate editor Will Tracy will walk paying audience members through a typical day at the jokey newspaper, which has expanded recently to include a TV sports report.

As Tracy explains it to The Daily Bruin, he was led to his current dream editorial gig by a combination of luck and incompetence. Recalls the Portland, Oregon native:

Tracy never envisioned himself becoming a comedy writer. He moved to New York to study English at Vassar College and worked for a book-publishing company for a year after graduating. After being fired from that job, he began an internship with The Onion.

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Betty White Is the AP’s Entertainer of the Year

Thanks in large part to a successful Internet campaign to get her Saturday Night Live, Betty White has been named the Associated Press‘s “Entertainer of the Year.” Kind of a surprise, but not really. White was all over the place this year.

102 ballots were sent out to the Associated Press‘s various entertainment affiliates to determine the winner. The vote was apparently close. White beat the cast of Glee by only two votes.

“It’s ridiculous,” White told the AP from her Los Angeles home. “They haven’t caught on to me, and I hope they never do.”

Previous winners include Tina FeyStephen Colbert and…Taylor Swift? Alrighty then.

Stephen Colbert Most Retweeted Man of 2010

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After making fun of/plugging Matt Damon‘s charity, Stephen Colbert invited Twitter co-founder Biz Stone on the show the other day to announce Colbert had the most retweeted…well…tweet of 2010. Here’s the tweet that earned him the distinction:

“In honor of oil-soaked birds, ‘tweets’ are now ‘gurgles.’”

Time Magazine’s 2010 Person Of The Year Panel Discussion: Of Bond Villains And Being Bamboozled

Last night, Time magazine presented a panel discussion on the candidates for its upcoming Person of the Year issue, due on newsstands December 15th. This year’s panel, moderated by the magazine’s managing editor, Richard Stengel [pictured above, far left], included Daisy Khan, the executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement and wife of Person of the Year candidate Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf; Democratic campaign worker and political consultant Joe Trippi; Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president of geographic and local services; musician, producer and one-time hopeful for Haiti’s presidency Wyclef Jean (Jean said he was “bamboozled” out of running); and blogger and author Meghan McCain.

Among the topics discussed by the panelists were their top picks for the annual honor. McCain selected members of the Tea Party and was interested in seeing how those running on an “anti-Washington platform” would eventually fare in Washington, as well as Glenn Beck. Jean picked the people of Haiti for their resilience in the face of recent earthquakes and an outbreak of cholera, as well as for their ability to show how technology can help bring different parts of the globe together for a common cause. Khan lamented that she couldn’t pick Time itself for its recent thought-provoking cover story on Islamophobia in the United States. Her picks, in order, were Mayor Michael Bloomberg, her husband, and Jon Stewart, who nominated as a candidate alongside Stephen Colbert. Trippi, in keeping with his background in politics, selected Nancy Pelosi as his number one pick, followed by the Tea Party members. Mayer, drawing on her own interest in tech, selected either Steve Jobs of the smartphone for their continued impact. She also recounted how Time‘s 1982 Person of the Year pick (then dubbed “Man of the Year”), the personal computer, marked her very first encounter with that type of technology.

The discussion took an interesting turn when candidates were asked to defend one another’s choices (most were not exactly game), and then asked to select their “Bad Guy of the Year.” Khan selected Beck for his stance on immigration and religion, opining that his views went against “the American ethos.” Trippi colorfully referred to the iPod and iPad as “slingshots for Goliath, and McCain felt that Australian Julian Assange‘s decision to reveal military information through his WikiLeaks site was “un-American” and likened him to a Bond villain.

Comedy Central’s Guilty Pleasure

Four of the five nominees in today’s 2011 People’s Choice Awards category of “Favorite TV Guilty Pleasure” are instantly recognizable: Jersey Shore, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List and The Real Housewives of New Jersey. But who-what the heck is tosh.O?

For the unitiatied, tosh.O is a Comedy Central video clip compilation show hosted by American stand-up Daniel Tosh. It’s currently on hiatus until January 2011, but it has in the past outranked both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Here’s a recent sampling by Tosh of three Jackass-like dance crazes sweeping the online nation:

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Colbert Declares Journalism Officially Dead

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“It’s official. Yesterday October 26th – journalism died,” announces Stephen Colbert. Apparently he’s takes issues with WSJ’s stiple of Snooki. Pshaw.

LA to Have ‘Sanity Rally’ Spin-Off

Why do we always put up with being second tier to New York and DC? Just because we sleep later they’re getting smug about doing things first. Whatever. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert‘s March for Sanity the weekend before the election, has another chapter in LA.

THR has the exclusive:

Organizers of the Los Angeles Rally to Restore Sanity have secured the Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park near downtown L.A. as the new home for their Oct. 30 meeting.

The event, which was originally to be held at Pershing Square until permit issues derailed those plans, is a satellite rally of the Washington D.C. gathering hosted by Jon Stewart of The Daily Show. The television host’s event is a tongue-in-cheek answer to pundit Glenn Beck’s Divine Destiny event at the National Mall in August.

Amy Lee, an organizer of the Los Angeles event, said she received a permit Tuesday afternoon from the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. The next step: securing comedians and other entertainers to round out the three-hour rally.

“We want Los Angeles to come out and represent as strongly as possible,” said Lee, who is organizing the event with friend Ashley Wright. “We are looking for personalities — anybody who wants to come out and represent sanity in Los Angeles.”

The organizers have the blessing of The Daily Show, Lee said.