Watch 'Archer's' tribute to George Coe
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Watch 'Archer's' tribute to George Coe

Actor and original "Saturday Night Live" cast member George Coe died this week at the age of 86.

The crew at FX's "Archer" has cobbled together a video tribute to the funny man, by bringing together a bevy of excellent Woodhouse moments (Coe was the voice actor behind the heroin-addicted butler).

Say hi to Burroughs, Coe.

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Let's watch all 45 music videos nominated at the 2015 MTV VMAs, shall we

Let's watch all 45 music videos nominated at the 2015 MTV VMAs, shall we

Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, oh my!

Forty-five videos are up for honors at the 2015 MTV VMAs on Aug. 30.

Maybe you've seen a few. Maybe you've seen none. Let's watch them all.

This year's ceremony -- and who does and doesn't attend said ceremony -- already has controversy fueling the broadcast as a must-watch. Nicki Minaj felt her video for "Anaconda" was left out of some categories. Katy Perry is side-eyeing Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood." Clips like Kendrick Lamar's "Alright" were timely and hot-button on impact, and could be moreso as voting takes place over the next few weeks. And, as Louis Virtel said, let's stop pretending shows like the VMAs don't matter.

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Piers Morgan proves Nicki Minaj's point for her with a racist rant
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Piers Morgan proves Nicki Minaj's point for her with a racist rant

UPDATE: Piers Morgan responds by name-calling, proves our point for him

Here's a couple items from British television personality and writer Piers Morgan this morning, in the wake of Nicki Minaj's VMAs commentary on Twitter last night.

The Headline:

Here is the Do Not Link link to Piers Morgan's article on the Daily Mail.

A few notes:

1. "Black Twitter" is not a monolithic, singular concept. To deny the black voice its multitudes is bigotry.

2. LOL Piers Morgan thinks he knows what a Black Twitter is, and what it does and does not like.

3. "Warning to Black Twitter" is baiting, and a phrase that is frequently an apt substitute for "I'm not racist but..."

4. The term "stroppy" means difficult or belligerent, a term that is often used at or toward women -- much like the term "shrill." It is then compounded by a long history of "angry black woman" cliches.

4.a. Maybe the copy chief changed the headline to be more troll-y? Those phrases are ripped straight from the body copy. And have a look at these other colorful terms: "brat," "race card," "precious," "raged," "sneered," "flounced."

5. Considering Morgan does not expound on the term "little" in his "essay," one can assume his usage of the term "little" is used diminutively -- literally, to belittle.

6. Minaj's issue with the size of women's bodies isn't strictly about beauty norms but of norms between races as well as among women. Piers may think, then, that the belittling term "little" is actually clever. It is not.

7. "Piece of work" is a term of reduction and -- at times -- dehumanization, a term meant to turn a human person into a singular piece of work, similar to the term "hot mess" or "a handful." A handful of human? A mess of human experience? A piece of humanity?

7.a. "Piece" is also interchangeable with other reductive gendered terms -- "piece of ass," "piece of that," "saucy piece." The dehumanizing effect here is to categorize a woman by her sexuality and sexual availability. A "little piece" rings especially of slut-shaming.

8. As previously established, Taylor Swift mistakenly thought these Tweets were about her. They are not. They are about institutional racism and sexism, "kind." Even Swift herself hit the rewind button. Morgan -- who is quickly, apparently becoming a Black Twitter expert -- would still like to cash in on Taylor Swift SEO gold. It is tacky.

9. Morgan asserts that Minaj's music video for "Anaconda" "wasn't as good" as, say, "Bad Blood." He supports this claim by first asserting that Minaj was fired from her job at a chain restaurant in a primarily African-American New York borough God knows however many years ago. This has nothing to do with whether or not "Anaconda" is good.

10. Morgan further supports "Anaconda's" inferiority to other videos by not at all talking about other videos.

11. Unnecessarily posturing one woman's complaint as being a specific attack on another woman (another dehumanizing term -- catfight!) is sexist and reductive.

11.a. Alotting two women's body types into binary "schools of physical beauty" is sexist and reductive.

11.b. Furthermore publicizing a preference of this A versus B type -- "Or because I prefer skinny women to more voluptuous women (for the record, I don’t…)" -- is also irrelevant.

12. Morgan is upset that Nicki Minaj wouldn't take a photo with his children in her dressing room. Not only is this petty bit of groundbreaking news irrelevant, it also inadvertently turns focus on privilege (in this instance, white male), that to be a "fan"/recognize celebrity is to "own" that celebrity, that the celebrity owes you. There is historical precedent of white males claiming ownership of women's bodies, and specifically black women entertainers' bodies. She said "no" dude, she doesn't owe you or your kids a "yes."

13. Piers Morgan furthermore explains he does not understand how #alllivesmatter is undermining to the #blacklivesmatter social movement. And how this lack of understanding has furthermore enraged "Black Twitter" (not to say at the least, all other Twitter). Again, with the privileging and the whitewashing.

14. Piers Morgan is retweeting and eliciting responses of assent from his fanbase, that he is "saying what we're all thinking." The phrase "Saying what we're all thinking" is -- pun intended -- a pretty telling phrase.

15. There are many things to be said about "difficult," outspoken women and "playing the game" in entertainment, or about Tidal versus Spotify versus Apple and publicity advantage. There are many things to be said about the artistic and entertainment value of "Anaconda," and its female-driven contemporaries. There's a lot to be said about Taylor Swift; piling-on Taylor Swift; and Taylor Swift and the people who hate her. Hell, there are many things we can say about Nicki Minaj's body, her agency over body, and the loss of control over one's body once fame is factored in. Piers Morgan would rather just not. He would rather tout his gun-control bonafides than do the work and engage with these obvious and lingering issues that Minaj and others have brought repeatedly to light.

16. Just as Morgan couldn't be bothered to Minaj's actual qualms with Institution (that of awards shows, sexism and industry, institutional racism and commerce, power in capitalism, people of color in art, feminism versus femininity, beauty norms, cultural appropriation, "girls" in the music industry, etc.) you should not bother with the rest.

17. Why give this behavior additional attention? Not only is it important to engage with popular culture -- to understand why things are popular, and why pop music is a reflection of corporate and individual self -- but it is important to engage with pop culture and pop criticism with respect. Race and gender are ever-present in popular music, but give easy way to racism and sexism, which belittles our A&E. Pop culture deserves better.

UPDATE: Piers Morgan has responded to this critique on Twitter.

I will admit, I was being glib when I "favorited" his Tweet.

And now, to the part where he exercises his grasp on coded, gendered and insulting language.

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Thanks, Internet: Here's Miss Piggy mashed-up with Rihanna's 'BBHMM'

Thanks, Internet: Here's Miss Piggy mashed-up with Rihanna's 'BBHMM'

 

Watch Miss Piggy Sing Rihanna’s ‘BBHMM’

Presenting Miss Piggy, the baddest member of The Muppets, singing Rihanna's #BBHMM.

Posted by Vulture on Monday, July 20, 2015

The internet is stupid. The internet is wondrous.

Here is a mash-up of "The Muppets'" Miss Piggy "singing" Rihanna's "BBHMM," better known as "Bitch Better Have My Money."

Way less violent than Ri-Ri's video, just so you know. Don't act like you forgot.

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Big Data puts some stank on this remix of Phases' 'I'm In Love With My Life'

Big Data puts some stank on this remix of Phases' 'I'm In Love With My Life'

Song Of The Day will blow your hair back, and make it a little scuzzier

We've been tracking songs of the summer on and off during these sunny months, and if you've been doing your own soundtrack trolling, then you've almost certainly come across Phases' bass-happy "I'm In Love With My Life."

Now, Big Data -- whose jams "Business of Emotion" (feat. White Sea) and "Dangerous" (feat. Joywave) have previously set your summer playlists on fire -- applied a fair amount of scuzz and grind to this exclusive new remix of "I'm In Love With My Life."

Just in case that redux doesn't sate your love for "Love," keep your eyes open all week for even MORE remixes of the single, from acts Mystery Skulls, Big Black Delta, Joywave and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Phases (formerly JJAMZ) consists of members from The Like, Rilo Kiley, Phantom Planet and more. Check out two other killer electro-pop tracks "Cooler" and "Betty Blue" on their website. The quartet is playing Webster in New York next weekend, and then hits the West Coast on tour dates with X-Ambassadors

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Warner Bros. is super-bummed about that whole 'Suicide Squad' Comic-Con thing

Warner Bros. is super-bummed about that whole 'Suicide Squad' Comic-Con thing

Hall H lines, 'exclusives' and your fuzzy Instagram: Is the hype cycle broken?

The first footage from "Suicide Squad" debuted at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend. Audiences were wowed by the trailer. Jared Leto's Joker laugh was heard. Everyone fell in love a little bit with Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn.

But for all the buzz, Warner Bros. is not happy. They say their hand was forced to release an official version of this Comic-Con "exclusive" reel today, after mega-crappy pirated versions, Periscopes and other video captures of the Hall H footage roved its way through the web.

Per a statement, via Sue Kroll, President Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures:

Warner Bros. Pictures and our anti-piracy team have worked tirelessly over the last 48 hours to contain the Suicide Squad footage that was pirated from Hall H on Saturday. We have been unable to achieve that goal. Today we will release the same footage that has been illegally circulating on the web, in the form it was created and high quality with which it was intended to be enjoyed. We regret this decision as it was our intention to keep the footage as a unique experience for the Comic Con crowd, but we cannot continue to allow the film to be represented by the poor quality of the pirated footage stolen from our presentation.

On the one hand, it’s a shame for anyone whose first impression of this film is through these lo-rez sources. This clip looks great: high-energy, shiftingly dark, with a lot of bouncy, varying voices of said 'Squad.

However, that video would leak should come as no surprise.

Fans frequently stand in line for 12 to 24 hours to guarantee entry in Comic-Con’s legendary "Hall H”, to see glimpses their favorite franchises, to get caught up in the excitement and see beloved movies stars. For whatever reason, fans have also leaked these glimpses over the years, of "exclusive" footage of "Man of Steel," "Hunger Games" or "Suicide Squad” within minutes after the Hall disperses.

This is why we can't have nice things.

Studios can't plug all the holes in the dams when 7,000 people with smartphones are put in the same place at the same time. Organizers can ban selfie sticks, Google Glasses and Periscopes all they want, but with the multitude of sources of technological freedom in/at hand, there's no enforcing those rules.

Should WB be surprised about what transpired this year? No. Does it still suck? Absolutely. Were they prepared? At least it only took 48 hours before they finally released the official version -- while some picture houses take weeks.

Studios like Paramount, Marvel and Sony bowed out of presentations at Comic-Con this year, even though they have valuable and fan-friendly films on slate. Using "regretful" language as above, Warner Bros. -- and, perhaps most importantly, fans -- may be taking a hard look at making Comic-Con a priority next year.

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Dolly Parton chooses the cutest little girl on Earth to play Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton chooses the cutest little girl on Earth to play Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton's first movie to come out from her NBC deal -- "Coat of Many Colors" -- focuses on the country superstar's early life. Thus, the need for a little Dolly. A few little Dolly-isms.

Watch Parton inform 7-year-old Alyvia Lind that she got the part, to play Parton at a young age when her mother stitched her a (you guessed it) coat of many colors, which inspired Parton's song of the same name.

"You have been announced to play little dolly in the movie," says Parton to Lind. She turned to her audience. "This is the big dolly and the little dolly, what do you think?"

Well? What do you think?

Lind was in the Lifetime parody “A Deadly Adoption” (which actually aired on Lifetime) with Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig; she's also appeared on "Transparent" and "Masters of Sex," of all things.

Here's the NBC's description of this first standalone film, the premiere date to which is TBA:

Parton had called the 1971 track her favorite song she has written. It tells the story of how her mother stitched together a coat for her daughter out of rags given to the family, telling her the biblical story of Joseph and his Coat of Many Colors. But when the girl, all excited, debuts the new coat at school, she is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing rags.

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This Stormtrooper walked 500 milles to Comic-Con... and he'll walk 500 more

This Stormtrooper walked 500 milles to Comic-Con... and he'll walk 500 more

Kevin Doyle is raising funds for his late wife's foundation, and seeking peace of mind

Last night (July 10), a man named Kevin Doyle led the 501st Legion -- Star Wars fans in "The world's definitive Imperial costuming organization" -- in a costumed Stormtrooper's march up to the largest stage at San Diego Comic-Con. The crew helped introduce the "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens" panel with all the film's stars including Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

Kevin Doyle walked 501 miles (and then some) from around San Francisco all the way to San Diego for the Con. That's because the Doyle is looking for a little peace of mind. He's also raising awareness and funds for a charitable foundation.

"My wife Eileen passed from Pancreatic Cancer, passed in November 2012. We were both members of the 501st Legion, and I thought I have to do something to raise funds for what I'm trying to do for her foundation, which I haven't organized yet. It's called Eileen's Little Angels."

I met Doyle along a road trip in Northern California late last month. He wasn't wearing his helmet as he walked alongside the Pacific Coast Highway, but his blazing white Stormtrooper armor still did a job of catching the eye. His walking companion looks like a running stroller or ice cream pushcart, that contains overnight gear, food, general life supplies, along with  bandanas and blankets, coloring books, plush toys, emblazoned and decorated with his late wife's artwork.

"I've put those together and called them her 'chemo bag.' I put those together and give them to children [with cancer], that's for the fundraising part of it." Doyle explained his purpose for walking hundreds of miles. "I searched the mileage from San Francisco to San Diego, it comes up 501 miles. I thought, it's just a sign! I do other [fundraising] walks ... I should walk or do something. That's what I've gotta do. I gotta walk 501 miles to raise money for my wife's foundation."

Altogether, Doyle will be walking 1500 miles in three months, "because I also hiked before starting down [to San Diego]... and I decided to do a return trip. A lot of that has to do with for myself for my healing process. so many people do that, who come out here who are healing, I'm hoping for healing for myself, for the walk back."

While he's at Comic-Con, Doyle obviously has been met with a community of other Star Wars fans, cosplayers and his Legion brethren. He's also hoping to meet more vendors and investors, who can help with the volume of chemo bags he'd like to cobble together to distribute to children with cancer and children's hospitals. Doyle is also an artist -- making Star Wars and other property artwork for Topps -- but he says recovering from his wife's death "has been really really difficult for me, I just haven't been able to find my way.

"I've been self-destructing for two-and-a-half years and I'm hoping that this will help me with that process 'cause it's all still right at the surface for me," he said. "November 7. I still think of myself on that day. I still haven't been able to get to November 8 yet. But we'll see... with Eileen's Little Angels and taking her artwork and using it as I'm using it will in itself give me some purpose. So I'm really hopefully people will respond to that and allow me the opportunity to do that and share her artwork with so many people she never had a chance to."

After the jump, Doyle answered some more questions from the road:

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Try to guess who's playing The Dude in this 'Big Lebowski' live-read. Just try.

Try to guess who's playing The Dude in this 'Big Lebowski' live-read. Just try.

Try and take a guess who's reading the part of The Dude in this upcoming script live-read of "The Big Lebowski"...

Just try...

Did Michael Fassbender come to mind?

Jason Reitman's live-read script series has made its way to Montreal's Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, and Reitman himself was shocked that Fassbender said yes to reading as The Dude, made immortal in the Coen Brothers' original film by Jeff Bridges.

“I heard from Simon Kinberg, who’s in Montreal now producing 'X-Men: Apocalypse,' that not only is Fassbender an enormous fan of The Big Lebowski, but he apparently quotes it daily,” Reitman told EW.

Patton Oswalt is on tap as reading for Walter (played first by John Goodman).

This is the Reitman's second time "re-casting" "Lebowski": the first time, in 2012, it was Seth Rogen and Rainn Wilson as The Dude and Walter, respectively.

“Unlike other Live-Reads where I have a decent sense of how, for instance, Seth Rogen going to play The Dude, I have no idea how Fassbender will do it,” Reitman said. “But he’s one of the our greatest performers, he’s on the current Mount Rushmore of actors, so I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.”

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Damon Albarn played 5-hour set at Roskilde, was forcibly removed from the stage
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Damon Albarn played 5-hour set at Roskilde, was forcibly removed from the stage

You think you had a wild 4th of July weekend....

Damon Albarn had to be forcibly removed from the stage at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark on Saturday night when organizers asked he cease performing after five hours on stage.

The Gorillaz and Blur frontman was actually at the fest leading African Express, a supergroup of world musicians. It was at about 4am local time that Albarn along with Songhoy Blues, Nick Zinner, Jeff Wootton, and Seye Adelekan launched into The Clash's "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" in order to rile of fans who wanted the group to keep playing.

Instead, Albarn was quickly hoisted over the shoulder of a security guard and hauled off.

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