Over the weekend, the internet was abuzz with news of a new Los Angeles coffee shop called "Dumb Starbucks," a near-fully functioning Starbucks that 1) was blatantly not affiliated with the company and 2) used the company's name and logo "for marketing purposes" but adds the word "dumb" in front of everything to protect the business under parody laws. Dumb Starbucks, which had its windows tinted to prevent passersby from looking inside, didn't charge money for coffee and pastries, instead giving away free cups of coffee featuring the Dumb Starbucks logo.
Since it opened Friday afternoon at 1802 Hillhurst Ave in LA's Los Feliz neighborhood, the legally questionable establishment attracted [...]
Sacha Baron Cohen is working with Cedar Rapids scribe Phil Johnston on a parodical take on James Bond films. In their version the serious spy type "is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, a moronic soccer hooligan." Cohen said he isn't necessarily going to be in the movie but it sure seems like he would be. The question is: Which role would he play? The more frightening question is: Would he play both brothers? Either way, it will be nice to see him play a British person again.
When I was younger, there was no greater pairing than the holiday season and Garfield. I’d watch wide-eyed as he'd float down 5th Avenue in the Thanksgiving Parade; I’d pop in our VHS recording of A Garfield Christmas, and I’d adorn our tree with Keepsake ornaments of that lovable fat cat dishing out Christmas cheer. But this love affair with Garfield was over as quickly as it began, and soon I was off to bigger things like Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, and Webelos. But I never forgot about Jim Davis’ cartoon cat, and considering the rise of strange, dark, and incredibly funny material the internet has created about Garfield, [...]
The best part about Weird Al's "Another Tattoo," a parody of B.O.B. ft. Bruno Mars' "Nothin' On You," is how your children and your children's children will mistake it for the real thing until they are in ninth grade and realize with an icy swell of horror that they have been singing the Weird Al lyrics out loud, in front of their friends, this whole time. At least the video is cool. Augenblick Studios is behind the delightful animation, which is like getting a visual sneak peek at your high school reunion.
It’s a week before the biggest day of her life, and Anna Williams is multitasking. While waiting to hear back from the Ivy League colleges she’s hoping to attend, the seventeen-year-old senior at one of Manhattan’s most exclusive private schools is doing research for a paper about organic farming in the West Bank, whipping up a batch of vegan brownies, and, like an increasing number of American teenagers, teaching her dog to use an iPad.
For the last two weeks, Anna has been spending more time than usual with José de Sousa Saramago, the Portuguese water dog she named after her favorite writer. (If José Saramago bears an uncanny [...]