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Feb. 4 2016 4:15 PM

Watch Channing Tatum Seduce a Random Woman With His Dance Moves (and Candy)

It's a modern fairy tale: Jennifer was just walking home, minding her own business, when suddenly she got whisked onto a TV set and romanced by Channing Tatum. On Jimmy Kimmel Live, Tatum whispered sweet nothings in Jennifer's ear (e.g., “Sup, babe?”) and fed her Valentine’s Day candy.

Oh, and then he danced for her for a second, leaving Jennifer breathless and probably kind of stressed. Props to Guillermo, who was responsible for selecting the random woman on the street; in choosing Jennifer—who burst into girlish, bewildered giggles but was still pretty cool about everything, considering—he found the perfect stand-in for us all.

Feb. 4 2016 1:51 PM

Here’s What We Know So Far About Samantha Bee’s New Show

We’re T-minus four days from the debut of the much-anticipated Full Frontal With Samantha Bee. But while much of the pre-show buzz has reasonably centered upon the Bee’s gender—she’ll be the only female host currently on late night, and the first woman ever to helm a late-night satire program—Full Frontal promises to stand out for reasons other than how Bee isn’t a man. Yesterday, TBS dropped a new teaser for the show. One thing we can definitely anticipate: some of the more graphic Donald Trump jokes to date, delivered with Bee’s razor-sharp blend of cheerful incredulity and simmering rage.

Based on what we know so far, Full Frontal also plans to make some tweaks to the standard late-night formula. For one thing, there won’t be a desk. “As a viewer, I am sort of sick of seeing someone sit behind a desk,” Bee told the Guardian. “I actually like using my body a little bit more. I find if I’m really stationary, sometimes all the comedy goes into my face and then it’s a really weird performance of me just pulling crazy faces.” Splitsider’s pictures of the set confirm that the space is indeed starkly deskless, instead featuring a large empty space and a wall of enormous TV screens.

Rather than focusing on interviews with guests—the show won’t have any (and where would they sit?)—Bee will anchor Full Frontal around field segments. Surreal field segments were the bread and butter of Bee’s days at The Daily Show, and the weekly (rather than daily) schedule will allow her to spend more time outside the studio. So far, we can anticipate a piece filmed on location in Jordan about the experiences of Syrian refugees, and a segment investigating how the VA is preparing (or not) for the needs of female combat veterans.

In general, new late night shows take a while—often a long while—to hit their stride, so whatever premieres on Feb. 8 will necessarily be a work in progress. But if the trailers are any indication, Bee’s already well-honed comedic voice is coming through loud and clear, and Full Frontal looks like it’s going to be a lot more than an overdue addition to the late-night landscape.

Besides, Bee already corrected that back in September:

Feb. 4 2016 12:24 PM

Sarah Koenig Will Dive Back Into Adnan’s Case, Start Releasing Updates to Serial Season 1

This week, Sarah Koenig and the producers of Serial surprised listeners with a mini-episode that seems designed to reengage anyone who fell off the Serial bandwagon when Koenig began reporting on Bowe Bergdahl for Season 2. “This week, I’m going to do something I haven’t done before, which is duck back into Adnan Syed’s case for a few days to report on a court proceeding that’s happening in Baltimore,” says Koenig at the beginning of the 15-minute episode. The Baltimore City Circuit Court, she explains, is finally considering Syed’s petition for postconviction relief, which he initially filed in 2010. Syed’s attorneys are arguing that Syed’s defense attorney in his 2000 murder trial, Cristina Gutierrez, was incompetent, and that his conviction in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, should be overturned.

Koenig recaps the first day of the hearing, which was yesterday, from her hotel closet. The hearing included evidence that Gutierrez’s lawyerly “powers were definitely waning” at the time she defended Syed, and testimony from Asia McClain, a potential alibi whom Gutierrez for some reason declined to interview. Nothing shocking happened during the hearing, but the mini-episode made my heart thump anyway—especially the intro, which featured the old theme music and choice soundbites from Koenig’s conversations with Syed. Serial will continue to release updates from the Syed hearing “not week by week, but day by day,” so stay tuned for more information tomorrow.

Serial also released a new episode about the Bergdahl case today. I haven’t listened to it yet.

Feb. 4 2016 12:01 PM

Weird Al Will Voice the Title Role in a New Show From the Creators of Phineas and Ferb

Phineas and Ferb creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh have a new show coming to Disney XD—a comedy series titled Milo Murphy’s Law, which will feature “Weird Al” Yankovic in the title role. Additional stars on the cast will include Christian Slater, Vanessa Williams, Jemaine Clement, and many more. Povenmire and Marsh's voices will also appear the show.

Milo Murphy.

Disney XD

Milo Murphy’s Law premieres this fall, and will follow the fictional descendant of the namesake for Murphy’s Law, which states that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. So, as the original Murphy’s great-great-great-great grandson, Milo won’t have the best of luck, as he suffers from Extreme Hereditary Murphy’s Law condition. But the good news is he’s got optimism, a backpack full of supplies, and good friends to help him turn every disaster into a fun romp. He’ll also sing original songs—still voiced, of course, by Yankovic, who will also sing the show’s opening theme song.

Feb. 4 2016 11:32 AM

Rihanna and George Clooney Played “Never Have I Ever” and Their Lives Are As Racy As You’d Think

Ellen DeGeneres might have just played her best game of "Never Have I Ever" ever, with a surprisingly well-matched pair: Rihanna and George Clooney. Rihanna is fresh off the release of Anti, and George Clooney stars in the upcoming and much-anticipated Coen Brothers movie, Hail Caesar!

They dish about "hooking up" ("What is 'hooking up,' anyway?"), sexting, and being drunk before noon. Clooney, meanwhile, admits to—but later seems to recant—having forgotten the name of someone he’s "hooked up" with. Classic George.

Feb. 4 2016 8:30 AM

Search 3 Million Simpsons Quotes and Screengrabs in This Amusing Database


Professor Frink on The Simpsons is a mad professor who habitually comes up with amusing inventions of questionable utility. So it makes perfect sense that the makers of a searchable database of Simpsons screencaps paired with snippets of dialogue called their search engine Frinkiac. Paul Kehrer, Sean Schulte, and Allie Young’s database contains almost three million screengrabs, which are tagged with lines pulled from closed captioning, and there’s an easy option to combine text and image into custom-made memes.


The search engine is not perfect. When I searched “tastes like burning,” I had to scroll down a few rows to find the relevant image of Ralph Wiggum doubled over in painafter having eaten some purple berries. 

Feb. 4 2016 8:02 AM

Every Easter Egg in The X-Files Were-Monster Episode

This article originally appeared in Vulture.

More than most, the latest episode of The X-Files (“Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster,” written and directed by Darin Morgan) is filled to the brim with Easter eggs, callback characters, and other assorted references. We’ve attempted to gather as many of these as possible; fellow Philes, call out any we missed in the comments.

The two paint-huffing stoners (Tyler Labine and Nicole Parker Smith) in the teaser sequence previously appeared in a pair of season-three X-Files episodes: “War of the Coprophages” (also written by Morgan) and “Quagmire” (which Morgan did an uncredited rewrite on). “Do you ever think life is so amazing,” one of them asks, “that maybe we shouldn’t waste it by getting high all the time?” And more paint-huffing ensues. It’s nice to see that, much like Mulder and Scully, time hasn’t changed the two of them that much.

Mulder and pencils. Usually he throws them into the ceiling (the first episode where that happened was the killer-doll episode “Chinga,” from season five, co-written by Stephen King). Here, Mulder throws his No. 2s like darts at the ever-present “I Want to Believe” one-sheet. “Mulder,” says Scully, “what are you doing to my poster?” Glad she had a replacement after Mulder kicked and ripped another one in the season-ten premiere.

How Mulder dies. In their initial survey of the murder scene, Mulder remarks about how one of the victims might have taken a midnight stroll in the nude and been attacked by a wolf, a lion, and a bear all at the same time. “That’s how I’d like to go out,” says Mulder, clearly forgetting that in the Darin Morgan–penned season-three episode “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose,” the title character played by Peter Boyle (a semi-psychic who can predict how people are going to die) said the agent’s life would end as a result of “autoerotic asphyxiation.” Typical Mulder—always forgetting the important stuff.

Feb. 3 2016 3:38 PM

Watch Anna Kendrick and Miles Teller Struggle to Adult in the First Trailer for Get a Job

After four years in limboGet a Job is scheduled to hit theaters next month. The first trailer for the unemployment comedy, released today, is a blast from the past: It stars a pre-Whiplash, pre-Esquire cover Miles Teller, and also takes us back to a time when unemployment comedies were topical. (The year Get a Job finished filming, 2012, was also the year Girls and 2 Broke Girls were in their first seasons.) The usual tropes are all here: pot smoking, existential angst, and the perils of finding a job in a collapsed economy.

In addition to Teller and co-star Anna Kendrick, the movie sports an impressive supporting cast, including Alison Brie, Bryan Cranston, and John C. McGinley (Scrubs’ Dr. Perry Cox) to name a few. Kendrick’s Pitch Perfect co-star Christopher Mintz-Plasse (best known as Fogell from a certain other coming-of-age movie) also pops into the trailer to say hello. With such a stacked cast, it’s hard to say what caused the movie to sit on a shelf for this long, but we’ll find out on March 25 whether it stands the test of time. 

Feb. 3 2016 2:24 PM

The Latest Zoolander 2 Trailer Shows Off Even More of the Movie’s Insane Roster of Stars

As the premiere of Zoolander 2 draws really, really ridiculously near, Paramount Pictures just shared another hilarious trailer that gives us a peek at a few more guest stars. We’ve already spotted Justin Bieber, Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Kyle Mooney, and Benedict Cumberbatch in previous trailers—but this one adds a few more crowd-pleasers, including Justin Theroux reprising his legacy role Evil DJ. We also get glimpses of A$AP Rocky and Skrillex, and a closer look at Mooney’s character, who appears to be a bit of a Zoolander fanboy. (Zoolandite? Zoofander?) Also, is that Nicki Minaj rapping over the “Relax” cover in the background?

Looks like we’ll have to wait until Feb. 12 to find out what Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West—and all the other impressive entries on the staggeringly star-studded roster—will be up to in this movie.

Feb. 3 2016 12:50 PM

Hear the First Track Released From Loretta Lynn’s First Album in More Than a Decade

It’s been a long time since we heard from iconic country singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn, but a new track, released in advance of her upcoming album Full Circle, quickly proves she’s still got it. The famous coal miner’s daughter from Butcher Holler released her last album, the Jack White-produced Van Lear Rose, in 2004 to rave reviews. This new song—titled “Who’s Gonna Miss Me?”—is full of charming, straightforward sentiment, and puts Lynn’s classic Southern lilt to good use.

Full Circle will combine new songs with fresh renditions of some of Lynn’s older ones, including a new version of “Whispering Sea.” The tracklist for the album, due out March 4, is below.

  1. “Whispering Sea (Introduction)”
  2. “Whispering Sea”
  3. “Secret Love”
  4. “Who's Gonna Miss Me?”
  5. “Black Jack David”
  6. “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven”
  7. “Always on My Mind”
  8. “Wine into Water”
  9. “In the Pines”
  10. “Band of Gold”
  11. “Fist City”
  12. “I Never Will Marry”
  13. “Everything It Takes” (featuring Elvis Costello)
  14. “Lay Me Down” (featuring Willie Nelson)