I don't care what anyone says, this is the best Lonely Island moment

I don't care what anyone says, this is the best Lonely Island moment

The Lonely Island, that ragtag trio of musically silly SNL alums Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer, is getting its own Fox sketch series entitled Party Over Here. Though the trio itself won't appear as regular cast members, they'll produce the show, which so far stars Jessica McKenna, Nicole Byer, and Alison Rich. It will air on Saturday nights, but it won't conflict with SNL since it's slated for an 11 p.m. slot. 

This is all well and good, but more importantly, it's an opportunity for me to point out the single best moment in any Lonely Island video. You may have your preferences like Michael Bolton's tribute to Jack Sparrow or Justin Timberlake's special, phallic present, but I am telling you those are incorrect. The greatest moment in the Lonely Island oeuvre occurs at 0:45 in the following video, entitled "J*zz in my Pants."

 

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The Oscars' biggest snubs ever

Brokeback. Hitchcock. And more that still sting.
Anthony Perkins in Psycho

Before we begin our rundown of Oscar snubs that still sting, a few words of disagreement about traditional choices in this category: I prefer Ordinary People to Raging Bull (especially since OP contains more than one great character), Kramer vs. Kramer to Apocalypse Now (Do we really need another '70s Best Picture winner with 0-1 viable female roles?), and Shakespeare in Love to Saving Private Ryan (thanks to performances and narrative payoff). But for the most part, it's easy to agree on Oscar's biggest misses, and we're counting up a whole bunch of them here. 

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The Oscar nominees you never saw coming

Two Oscar nominations for Jonah Hill? Did you predict that in 2007?
Steve Carell

After Crash won Best Picture, it's fair to say our rubrics for what constitutes "Oscar-worthiness" shifted a bit. Every year it seems like we find ourselves with another shocking set of Oscar nominees, and sometimes that shock is a good thing (Hooray, Melissa McCarthy!) and sometimes it's a bad thing (All white acting nominees again?). 

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10 observations about the cover of Vanity Fair's new Hollywood issue

Jane Fonda, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong'o and more are serving face. But what else?
Vanity Fair

Every year Vanity Fair treats us to a spellbinding showbiz spectacle with its Hollywood issue, which celebrates A-list actors by having them lounge all over each other like West End chaises. Check out the 2016 class, photographed by (who else?) Annie Leibovitz.

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'Grease Live!' was... fantastic?

Thanks to Julianne Hough and eye-popping sets, "Grease Live!" was a triumph.
Grease Live!

Eerie question: What do The Sound of Music Live!, Peter Pan Live!, The Wiz Live!, and Grease Live! have in common? Eerier answer: They are all good. Seriously. They're glitzy live productions with some tepid acting (particularly in the case of The Sound of Music), but you tend to forgive their awkward moments because the live gimmick is, above all else, cute. It's like watching expensive, well-rehearsed high school theater. And that's a good thing. And it makes you miss high school theater.

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Is 'Grease' the most polarizing pop culture phenomenon ever?

Do you love 'Grease'? No? Then it's pretty likely you hate it.
Grease

In 2011 when Slash spoke to Entertainment Weekly about why he wouldn't allow Glee to cover Guns N' Roses' catalog, he said something that has stuck with me: "Glee is worse than Grease and Grease is bad enough."

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10 underrated Nickelodeon characters who belong in the '90s NickToon movie

Nick-na-nick-nick-na-nick-nick-nick.
Angelica Pickles

Attention, residents of Bluffington: Nickelodeon just announced a massive, Wreck-It Ralph-type supergroup movie featuring characters from its '90s cartoons, including Rugrats, The Angry Beavers, Aaahh! Real Monsters, Ren & Stimpy, and Rocko's Modern Life. It's not quite decided how many other shows will be included in the mix, but it looks like anything is possible. You may be reunited with CatDog, for all we know.

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5 funniest TV shows about women with serious problems: The Watchlist

These women have issues, but they also have hilarity.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

In this edition of The Watchlist, I count up the five best TV shows about women who have unresolved problems. 

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Oscar voter tries defending Academy's respect for diversity, fails

Oscar voter Rutanya Alda has a message for you: Actors are nice, so stop requiring more respect for diversity.
Oscars

Welcome to chapter 4,535 of #OscarsSoWhite, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter: An Oscar voter named Rutanya Alda, a member of the Academy's actors branch, wrote a letter in defense of AMPAS' current voting practices. In it, she defends the Academy's historical appreciation of nonwhite performers with a variety of empty stats and uselessly vague anecdotes. Read the whole thing, but here we'll be responding to the grimmest portions of her plea.

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Excuse me, why aren't there more of these Calvin & Hobbes/Star Wars cartoons!?

This oversight will not stand!
Star Wars - Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin and Hobbes occupy a special place since Bill Watterson released the first four panel strip in 1985. But despite a fervent fan base, Watterson has stood by his convictions to never license the character, not that is ever stopped the bootleggers — looking at you, creators of “Calving peeing on the Ford logo” stickers — or fan art creations.

Brian Kesinger falls into the latter category. By day, Kesinger is a story artist at Walt Disney animation studios and an artist for Marvel Comics (GROOT). By night, he’s been creating the cutest collection of Star Wars/Calvin and Hobbes art you’ll ever see.

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