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Knope-Newport and 6 Other Memorable TV Elections

Image credit: Knope2012.com Tonight’s season finale of Parks and Recreation will feature one of the most hotly contested elections since Truman defeated Dewey. While we wait to see whether Leslie Knope trumps Bobby Newport for a seat on the Pawnee City Council, here are some of our other favorite TV election episodes. 1. Cheers After Boston City Councilman [...]

From Rocket Science to Firefighting: Why We Should Continue to Fund Science

The left image on the top is the vortex combustion technology, developed by Orbital Technologies Corporation and NASA. In that technology, rocket fuel is fed into the combustion chamber in such a way to create a swirling [...]

Newest Henson Project Deals With Puppet Homicide

This is the first concept art released for Brian Henson’s latest movie project “The Happytime Murders“, a noir thriller with a partially puppet cast and an adult edge. Here’s the blurb: In a world where puppets co-exist with humans as second class citizens, puppet private eye and disgraced ex-cop, Phil Phillips, is hot on the trail [...]

Dixville Notch: The New Hampshire Town That Votes at Midnight

HU GUANGYAO/Xinhua/Landov Dixville Notch, NH, is a tiny unincorporated township of about 75 residents situated at the foot of the scenic White Mountains and home to The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel. But the village’s claim to fame is the legendary midnight vote, which often earns it “first vote in the nation” bragging rights. So, how did [...]

11 Rock Star Cameos in TV Shows

From Davy Jones on The Brady Bunch to (Cow)Boy George on The A-Team, here are some of the more memorable musician TV cameos. 1. Davy Jones on The Brady Bunch Marcia’s all-out campaign to get the Monkees singer to perform at her prom yields a kiss on the cheek, a date, and a specially dedicated song. “Thank [...]

5 Questions: Phil ‘er Up!

The multiple-choice 5 Questions quiz has a new theme this week – Name Game. Today’s quintet: Phil ‘er Up!

The Muppets in The Hangover Part II?

Video link Well, sort of. In this spoof teaser for the upcoming Muppets movie, written by Jason Segal and Nicholas Stoller (the team behind Forgetting Sarah Marshal) and directed by Flight of the Conchords co-creator James Bobin, the Muppets get their Wolf Pack on just like Stu, Doug, Alan and Phil. Love the Danny Trejo cameo. [...]

The Quick 10: The 10 Best Characters You’ve Never Seen

Sometimes the characters we don’t see end up having the most impact… and sometimes they’re just a good running joke for a sitcom. Check out these 10 characters from film, television and literature who were often referenced but never seen. 1. Godot from Waiting for Godot. In Samuel Beckett’s classic, two men spend two days (wait [...]

Shaun of the Dead, in 60-Seconds Scott Pilgrim-Style!

Phil Askin created this fantastic 60-second video clip of Shaun of the Dead, in the style of Brian Lee O’Malley of Scott Pilgrim fame. Phil entered this clip to the Jameson/Empire Done in 60 Seconds competition (so go there and check out the rest of the clips after you see this one). Hit play or go [...]

Exporting Raymond

Phil Rosenthal created “Everybody Loves Raymond,” one of the funniest and most successful sitcoms of all time. Indeed, here in America, everybody loves Raymond – but in Russia? Now that’s a story that only Phil can tell: Phil Rosenthal created one of the most successful sitcoms of all-time, “Everybody Loves Raymond.” He was a bona-fide expert [...]