Rhett and Link
In the proverbial So-Bad-It's-Good Hall of Fame, a wing must be devoted to the local commercial. Amateurishly shot, oddly cast and often hawking things you never knew you needed (and, even after the commercial has aired, probably still aren't convinced), these things camp up local TV in a distinctly scrappy way (my all-time favorite: Select Dental). A few years ago, YouTube hitmakers Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal hooked up with MicroBilt and began producing commercials for small businesses that would go on to garner millions of views on their YouTube channel. These commercials have all the stiltedness and eccentricity of regular local commercials with an added layer of cleverness (see their SOBERING Tattoo Commercial, in which tattoo artists from Austin, Texas' True Blue Tattoo gravely list the repercussions that come from being inked, like, "Elderly women will be afraid of you"). McLaughlin and Neal achieve an impressive balance, teasing out the weirdness of the businesses they rep without ever coming off as mean.
They're bringing their local-commercial shooting from the computer screen to the flatscreen with IFC's Rhett & Link Commercial Kings, which premieres Friday at 10/9c...
The Glee Project
In a scene from this week's The Glee Project (airing Sunday at 9/8c on Oxygen), the aspiring TV stars perform a rendition of Tears for Fears' "Mad World" (in the style of the remake that Michael Andrews and Gary Jules did for the Donnie Darko soundtrack). They've clearly taken a page from Glee's Lady Gaga episode...
Columbo star Peter Falk, who won four Emmys for playing the absent-minded detective, has died. He was 83.
Falk died at his Beverly Hills home Thursday evening, his family said in a statement. Falk had suffered from dementia, a result of a series of dental operations in 2007.
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A New York City native, Falk was 3 when he underwent an operation to remove a malignant tumor in his right eye that left him with a glass eye. Rejected from the armed forces because of his glass eye, he joined the United States Merchant Marines before becoming ...
Carol Burnett will return to All My Children this September to reprise her role as Verla Grubbs, ABC announced Friday.
Burnett first appeared as Verla, the long-lost daughter of Langley Wallingford (Louis Edmonds), in 1983. She returned to Pine Valley 12 years later for the 25th anniversary ...
Patricia Kluge, once the wealthiest divorcee in history, has filed for bankruptcy protection with her husband, The Associated Press reports.
"They're getting on with their lives, trying to discharge their debts and start over," the couple's lawyer, Kermit Rosenberg, said.
Kluge, a socialite, acquired the 23,500-square-foot Albermarle House and 3,000 acres of rural Virginia land when she divorced billionaire media mogul John W. Kluge in 1990. At the time, it was the ...
Meghan McCain, Bristol Palin
Is there a catfight brewing between Meghan McCain and Bristol Palin? Not exactly.
McCain fired back at Palin with nothing but love after Palin wrote in her new memoir, Not Afraid of Life, that McCain was "constantly checking us out, comparing my family to hers and complaining" when their clans were ...
Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake
What was high school like for Cameron Diaz? "Super-easy," she told TVGuide.com at the Bad Teacher premiere in New York City. "I already knew it wasn't the real world and there was another world outside."
The Office's Phyllis Smith, who's co-stars in the film, says she wishes she'd had more "chutzpah" in school and wasn't so shy. Kirstie Alley also would've liked to be less timid. Her advice for her high school self: "Lighten up ... sleep with more guys!"