Weird Al Yankovic is playing '80s Weird Al on 'The Goldbergs'

The parodist's '80s makeover is breathtaking.
Weird Al Yankovic on The Goldbergs

Sometimes I forget that Weird Al Yankovic is a bit like Madonna. He's reinvented himself a hundred times, but because he sticks to song parodies and a general affection for the accordion, it's easy to forget he's gone through a few dozen makeovers. 

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RIP Abe Vigoda (and Abe Vi-Yoda), the legendary character actor

Sgt. Phil Fish passed away (really) at age 94.
Abe Vigoda

According to TMZ, legendary actor Abe Vigoda passed away today at the age of 94. Vigoda gained fame playing Sal Tessio in The Godfather but was perhaps best known for his role as Sgt. Phil Fish on the sitcom Barney Miller and its short-lived spinoff Fish

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Someone brilliantly re-cut 'Dumb and Dumber' as an Oscar-winning drama

And the Oscar goes to... Lloyd Christmas.
Dumb and Dumber

Jeff Daniels is already in one Best Picture nominee this year, The Martian. But what if he had a second ace in his sleeve? I give you the re-cut, Oscar-worthy trailer for the devastating drama Dumb and Dumber. 

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Here's Gabrielle Union responding to Stacey Dash: 'Who is Stacey Dash?'

"Is she related to Damon Dash? Is she on Roc-A-Fella?"
Stacey Dash

Last week Stacey Dash, the onetime star of Clueless who now contributes to Fox News, remarked that networks like BET, occasions like Black History Month, and telecasts like the Image Awards do more to harm the black community than help. A number of people took umbrage with that statement, but you can thank Gabrielle Union for providing the most accurate and delicious counterargument to date. 

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Saturday Night Live Recap: Ronda Rousey Hosts

Saturday Night Live Recap: Ronda Rousey Hosts
Credit: NBC

Our host for tonight is Ronda Rousey, who has won a lot of medals and championships for being VERY, VERY STRONG. Like, seriously. She could knock you out in a second. It is a little terrifying, but also inspiring in a “You go, girl” kind of way. And now she’s got a burgeoning acting career, with roles in The Expendables 3, Furious 7, and Entourage 1 and God Willing Only. She will make her comedy debut in the upcoming Do Nothing Bitches, based on a script by Sisters writer Paula Pell in which Rousey plays a bootcamp instructor putting suburban housewives, one of which is played by Tina Fey, in their place. Tonight seemed to be Rousey’s chance to prove her comedy chops, but she honestly didn’t get much of a chance-- she only truly starred in one sketch, and made minimal to no appearances in all of the others. Still, this was a fairly strong episode, with a fun energy resulting from a cast and audience that had to survive the insanity of Winter Storm Jonas to put on a show.

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Happy 20th to Alanis Morissette's 'Ironic' video, a.k.a. the Gen X 'Inside Out'

Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette's "Ironic," one of the most memorable music videos of the '90s, debuted 20 years ago today. The artist herself announced its anniversary on her Facebook. Let's rediscover why it's a rad (and yes, feminist) masterpiece. 

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Great moments in whiteness at the Academy Awards

Great moments in whiteness at the Academy Awards

Today AMPAS, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, announced a plan to double its number of women and "diverse" Oscar voters by 2020.

That's a relief. Why? The Academy Awards have an astounding (yet well-known) history of white voters celebrating white actors and filmmakers, and it's encouraging to see direct effort applied to properly respecting the work of minority players in Hollywood. In this episode of THE SNAP, we take a look at some of the grimmer moments in the Academy's history of acknowledging minorities. 

 

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'The Martian' with a laugh-track is officially your favorite comedy

Comic geniuses Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain yuk it up in space.
Matt Damon

It seems like ages ago already, but remember when the Golden Globes declared The Martian the greatest comedy of the past year? I don't really remember laughing my ass off during that one. 

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The kinds of black roles that win Oscars

In this edition of THE SNAP, we look at the history of black Oscar winners -- particularly in supporting roles -- and investigate what has made them "awardable."
The Oscars

There are plenty of dubious issues when it comes to minority movies roles and which ones get Oscar attention. Did you know that only two performers have won Oscars for playing LGBT film characters who don't die? Those would be Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman in Capote and Penelope Cruz as Vicky Cristina Barcelona

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Here's Jake Gyllenhaal and Bradley Cooper trying out to play Cher in 'Clueless'

Jake Gyllenhaal

Alicia Silverstone's performance as Cher Horowitz in Clueless is not just a fabulous '90s moment: It's one of the great comic turns in movie history, period. So what does it look like when Jake Gyllenhaal, Seth Rogen, Paul Dano, and Bradley Cooper try to deliver Cher's speech about Haitians with as much gusto as Silverstone? We're about to find out.

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