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‘SNL’ Star Ana Gasteyer Interviews Writer Ann Brashares

Writer Ann Brashares sat down with Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer to discuss her new young adult novel, The Here and Now.

Throughout the interview, the comedic actress insists that the new book is the latest installment of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. In the video embedded above, Brashares explains that “pants” do not play a significant role in this “forbidden romance.”

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David Tennant Reads ‘Sonnet 126′ by William Shakespeare

Happy National Poetry Month! To kick off this month-long celebration, we’ve dug up a video featuring Dr. Who actor David Tennant reading William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 126.”

Tennant delivered this performance for Touch Press’ 2012 iPad app, “The Sonnets.” Additionally, Tennant recorded recitations of sonnets #12, #18, and #71 for this app. What’s your favorite Shakespearean sonnet?

Toasty TV Creates ‘Games of Thrones’ & ‘House of Cards’ Mash-Up Video

What happens when you cross the Game of Thrones HBO series with the House of Cards Netflix series?

Toasty TV, a YouTube channel curated by Quiznos, has created a mash-up parody called “House of Thrones.” The hilarious video embedded above features the wicked politician Frank Underwood wrecking havoc all over the seven kingdoms of Westeros.

According to Mashable, “the video is remarkably subtle for an advertisement, using just a sly hint of product placement towards the end. Game of Thrones and House of Cards fans alike can otherwise sit back and enjoy tons of nerdy references, clever puns and a spot-on Kevin Spacey impression.” What do you think? (via Refinery29)

Are You For or Against the Oxford Comma?

Do you regularly use the oxford comma in your writing? The animated video embedded above features a three-minute TED-Ed lesson called “Grammar’s Great Divide: The Oxford Comma.”

This linguistics lesson focuses on the debate between those for and against what is “perhaps the most hotly contested punctuation mark of all time.” Back in 2011, the University of Oxford Writing and Style Guide noted that use of the serial comma should be generally avoided.

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McSweeney’s Story Turned Video Game Animation: VIDEO

Animator Jesse Benjamin has created a cartoon adaptation of Mike Lacher‘s piece “In Which I Fix My Girlfriend’s Grandparents’ WiFi and Am Hailed as a Conquering Hero,” which was featured in The Best of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.

H. Jon Benjamin of Bob’s Burgers fame is the voice in this early video game style animation. Paul Sprangers created the music.

We’ve embedded the video above for you to enjoy.

John Green Appears On ‘Teens React’ YouTube Series

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Benny and Rafi Fine, the creators of TheFineBros YouTube channel, taped an episode of “Teens React” featuring The Fault in Our Stars movie trailer (embedded above).

During the question time segment, young adult novelist John Green made a surprise appearance via video chat. During his conversation with one of the teens, Green revealed that he has seen the film in its entirety and he feels it is a faithful adaptation. What do you think?

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Summit Entertainment Unveils ‘Divergent’ Clip

Summit Entertainment has released a new clip from the Divergent movie adaptation.

The video clip (embedded above) features an intense conversation between Shailene Woodley as hero Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior and Kate Winslet as villain Jeanine Matthews.

According to Indiewire, this movie is set to hit theaters on March 21st. Follow this link to see more footage from the film. What do you think?

Sesame Street Parodies ‘Les Miserables’

The Sesame Street gang stars in a parody of the Les Miserables film adaptation called “Les Mousserables.”

Cookie Monster plays Jean Bon-Bon; he and his friends sing hilarious versions of “Look Down,” “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Do You Hear the People Sing,” and “One Day More.” We’ve embedded the short film above–what do you think?

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DisneyShorts YouTube Channel Features the ‘Gutenberg’ Stop Motion Short

If the pages of a book were to come alive, what would happen? One animator, Amalie Vilmar, tried to answer that question with his stop-motion short film “Gutenberg.”

For Vilmar, a “world of mysterious creativity emerges from the pages of a book.” We’ve embedded the full short film above–what do you think?

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VIDEO: Hank Green Rants About Books

Hank Green, brother to The Fault in Our Stars novelist John Green and one half of the creators behind the Vlogbrothers YouTube Channel, has created a video called “Ranting about Books.”

In the video embedded above, Green shares his complaints on the way books are being published. Some of his gripes include:

    • Sharing spoilers on the jacket flap copy.
    • Not explicitly printing the series title for books that belong in a series.
    • Book covers featuring “decapitated YA fiction ladies.”

What do you think? Do you share the same grievances?

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