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Marvel Strikes a Chord with Fans of Captain Marvel and Black Panther

black pantherMarvel has been riding a decade-long wave of success on the back of our never-ending desire to see people dressed in spandex and capes save the day from world-destroying baddies. But real life has always crept into even the superhero conversation: Why can’t there be more diversity in the lead characters of these stories?

Important to note: There has always been a diverse cast of characters in Marvel comics. The issue is top billing in the movies.

So no surprise that Marvel set the internet on fire when it announced that “Black Panther,” a Black character, would have his own movie, starring Chadwick Boseman, who was recently seen with a pompadour hairstyle starring in the James Brown biopic Get On Up. That will be released in November 2017.

And “Captain Marvel” aka Carol Danvers will have a film coming out July 2018. Hooray!

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Clown Group Has a Problem with AHS: Freak Show’s Serial Killer, Twisty

ahs_clown_mainIf you’ve watched either of the first two episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show, then no doubt you’ve peed a little bit in your pants over Twisty the Clown, the crazed, sadistic, killer clown that’s knifing some people to death and holding others hostage. We’re talking about Michael Meyers, Texas Chainsaw MassacreSaw-level scary here.

That hasn’t been lost on a group called Clowns of America International (?), which has a real problem with the way clowns are depicted on the FX show.

“We do not support in any way, shape or form any medium that sensationalizes or adds to coulrophobia or ‘clown fear,’” the group’s president Glenn Kohlberger told The Hollywood Reporter“Hollywood makes money sensationalizing the norm.”

Sensationalizing or not, Twisty the Clown is straight up scary as hell.

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The FTC Will Take ‘False Advertising’ for $18 Million, Alex

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You can never be too sure when becoming a celebrity spokesperson. Your name is your reputation, and no group of people is more aware of that than movie and TV stars.

The value of said name is the only reason we see people we know shilling for something they probably never use in real life. Does anyone really think the Kardashians need a pre-paid credit card?!

Such is life for the effusively smarmy Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek.

The guy always knows the answer you missed and makes sure that you know he knows it, even though he may have the answers written on a card in his Canadian sweaty hands. And now that a product for which he shilled has been smacked down by the Federal Trade Commission, he is probably sweating a bit more.

Is there a Doctor Oz in the house?

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Reporter Interviews Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig Without Seeing Their Movie, Pays the Price

A Denver reporter showed up on set without first doing his research and ended up slinking off camera in embarrassment.

Kristen Wiig and Bill HaderSNL alums and co-stars of the new movie The Skeleton Twins, appeared on a local station to be interviewed by Chris Parente.

Clearly Parente never got away with not doing his homework in school because he gives away almost immediately that he has no clue what he’s talking about. The long-winded opening question literally ends with, “What is it?” But the dead giveaway was the question about Wiig being naked. Neither star is naked in The Skeleton Twins.

Besides the fact that both sides should always be well-versed in the topic that they’re going to be talking about during an interview, it’s particularly critical when you’re going to be talking with someone who’s good at an ad lib.

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Kristen Bell Says the Paps are Leaving Her Alone After ‘No Kids Policy’

kristen bellKristen Bell can be seen these days in heavy rotation in a Samsung commercial with hubby Dax Shepard. One place you won’t be seeing her (or her child), however, is plastered all over the tabloids.

Earlier this year, the actress launched a “No Kids Policy” against the paparazzi, and strongly pressing people to boycott magazines that run pictures of celebrity children. She launched the campaign despite passage of a bill in California that was meant to curb overzealous paps. That bill had the support of big names like Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry.

It looks like Bell’s campaign is doing just as much to change paparazzi culture as the law. Bell says that with her second pregnancy she’s being harassed much less.

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Step Aside, Iron Man: Marvel Revamps Captain Citrus for Florida Orange Growers

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What’s that in the sky? It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s…an orange-clad superhero bent on selling you Florida-grown citrus fruit?

That’s right, folks; taking his place in a long line of Marvel superhero legends like Iron Man, Captain America and The X-Men, is Captain Citrus, a collaborative marketing creation intended to help Florida’s citrus growers boost sales.

The original Captain Citrus, a long-outdated mascot for Florida’s orange growers, was more or less an orange wearing a cape. In an effort to bring the spokes-superhero up to date (and borrow some of Marvel’s lately-booming thunder in hopes of offsetting declining demand for products like orange juice) Florida’s orange growers commissioned the famous comic company to redesign the Captain, complete with rippling abs, his own digital comic, and even an animated trailer. Read more

Kanye: ‘Throw Your [Prosthetics] in the Air Like You Just Don’t Care’

kanye-quotes-performIf you have ever been to a hip-hop show, you probably know that the headline’s cheer is not a typical way to get a crowd in the zone. But there’s nothing typical about megalomaniac narcissistic Kanye West.

Take, for example, his latest actions on the “Yeezus” tour in Sydney, Australia.

An eyewitness told Daily Mail Australia that Kanye refused to perform until the crowd came to its feet, saying, “I can’t do this song, I can’t do this show until everybody stand up.”

And then, he called out an amputee in the audience for not standing. You know, like people with both legs. 

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Groundskeeper Willie of The Simpsons Takes a Stand for Scottish Independence

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It’s common for celebrities to publicly back political candidates or openly support causes they care about, but no one ever asks fictional cartoon characters what they think, and as it turns out, they might just have a lot to say — The latest pop culture icon to release a statement urging his countrymen to vote a certain way is none other than the (highly) animated Groundskeeper Willie of The Simpsons.

The proud Scotsman has officially weighed in on the upcoming vote that will decide whether Scotland will separate from the United Kingdom.

“Now, both sides of this argument have valid points,” Willie amicably admits at the beginning of the video (below, after the jump), but his true opinions become clear when he goes on to describe those opposing sides as “the freedom-loving heirs of the highland tradition, and those who enjoy crawling like worms under British boots.”

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Friends Lives On! Why Nostalgia Is So Important to a Brand


Turn on the TV at any point during the day and chances are you can find an episode of an old favorite: the episode of Seinfeld where Kramer pitches a cologne that smells like the beach; the Cosby Show episode where Cliff gives Theo a lesson in money; that Friends where Ross whitens his teeth.

The ladies of Friends took a walk down memory lane during a recent skit on Jimmy Kimmel LiveIn a replica of the show’s kitchen, 10 years after the show went off the air and 20 years after it debuted, the scene — as ridiculous as it was — still managed to draw loud cheers from the crowd and lead to more than 1.3 million YouTube hits.

While it may seem a little pointless to still be talking about the show, this sort of passion is valuable to a brand. It can sustain a fan base and a career through thick and thin.

It also inspires very odd BuzzFeed quizzes.

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GOP Creates Video Game to Round up Supporters

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Well, if you ever wanted to assume the role of a conservative elephant (trunk and all) and use your massive feet to stomp out job-killing taxes and misguided liberal “mudslingers,” the GOP has just the thing for you!

The National Republican Senatorial Campaign has developed a multi-level online computer game called “Mission Majority,” which is made to look like a retro 8-bit video game (Millennials love nostalgia). Players can take on the persona of an elephant named Giopi (which sounds suspiciously like “GOP’), and spend their valuable time defeating enemy “taxers” and “mudslingers,” who, when vanquished, recite particularly unfortunate audio-clips from Democrats like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Mark Pryor.

The point, of course, isn’t just to entertain the constituency, but to rack up contact information of like-minded individuals — in other words, potential voters, volunteers and donors. Hence the game requiring players to log in using an email address, Facebook or Google Plus. Read more

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