Newscaster Compares Shooting to Breaking Bad: Great Moments in Twitter Idiocracy

The season finale of Breaking Bad is still fresh on everyone’s minds. If you look on Buzzfeed and Reddit, you’ll see that a zillion people on the InterWeb who have rehashed posts tied to the series that made Heisenberg a household name. Why? Because any mention of Breaking Bad is going to grab web attention; some for the benefit of good, and some for the benefit of bad. (Do we really need YET another fanboy post about 10 alternative endings to the series finale?) 

One person who used Breaking Bad for the benefit of bad was Philadelphia Fox anchor Joyce Evans. To generate viewership for her newscast, the TV presenter took to Twitter and compared a deadly mass shooting of six people to the blood bath finale of the AMC TV show. She noted that the shooter involved in the "real life" crime was “breakin’ bad. (A 23-year-old man was killed and six others were wounded.)  Her Twitter news tease read:



Aaaaaaaah! Why is that sometimes I hate humanity!? Why don’t people think these things all the way through – before putting it out there into the world; especially if you’re a media figure hired to deliver real, "actual" news – and not fiction. Conversely, is our culture so immuned to violence that even a newscaster doesn’t know the difference? Naturally (and thank god) there was a large Twitter backlash to her inane statement (this was after anchorwoman Evans tried to backpeddle on her Tweet:


Breaking Bad is a TV show. Hank and Walter are fictional characters. The guy who played Gus is already working on other acting roles. 



–A Hunstville, Alabama reporter was fired for writing on her blog: “I’ve gone bra-less during a live broadcast and no one was the wiser;” “I am better live when I have no script and no idea what I’m talking about;” “My best sources are the ones who secretly have a crush on me,” and “I’m frightened of old people and I refuse to do stories involving them or the places they reside."

-FOX News asked scholar/PHD,  Reza Aslan, why a Muslim would write a book on Jesus. She compared such a feat to a Democrat writing about Ronald Reagan. Oh Jesus! 

-A rookie news anchor from Bismarck, North Dakota was fired on his very first newscast for blurting out,"fucking shit" – a mere one second into his newscast. Give this man a raise! 

-Bay Area news anchor Tori Campbell was reporting on an Asiana Airlines flight. She falsely identified the pilots as, "Capt. Sum Ting Wong," "Wi Tu Lo," "Ho Lee Fuk." and "Bang Ding Ow." Where the hell are the fact checkers? 

Flaming Lips + Ke$ha = Lip$ha

I like to think that the idea of The Flaming Lips collaborating with Ke$ha drives people bonkers, if only for the fact that somehow The Flaming Lips’ brand of nonsense fuckery is somehow better than Ke$ha’s nonsense fuckery. You know, because Ke$ha is played on pop radio stations—horrors!—and The Flaming Lips are not. (For the record, I’m not much of a fan of either of them, but I did get down with that Bob Dylan cover Ke$ha recorded two years ago, if only because it proved that there’s some talent beneath that glittery garbage she’s usually covered in.) Yesterday, in a Reddit AMA, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne touched on his band’s previous collaboration with the pop star and confirmed that they are working on an album together.

Via Spin, here are the highlights of Coyne’s revelations:

What was it like working with Ke$ha? 
"She is a blast on all levels. She’s funny, she’s humble. She’s badass. She’s everything. She’s awesome. We’re actually already working on an album with her. It’s called Lip$ha."

Does Wayne still have any of Ke$ha’s blood? If so, how glittery is it? 
"Yes and it’s VERY glittery. It came out of vagina that way. That’s the truth."

Fascinating, huh? I do love it when a grown man refers to a grown woman was "vagina." Not "a vagina" or "the vagina," but just "vagina." I appreciate that Wayne Coyne is getting right to the point! Anyway, there’s no real confirmation from the band or Ke$ha’s reps that Lip$ha is actually happening, so take this all with a few grains of glitter, I suppose.

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Peruse the Highlights of Danny Boyle’s Reddit AMA

If you’re not already excited for Danny Boyle’s Trance, you should be. As we said earlier in the week, this might be his most visceral film yet, a wonderful collaborator of sight and sound that works you into a dizzyingly hypnotic state of your own. And after last weekend’s SXSW conference and this week’s talk at 92YTribeca, Boyle took to Reddit this afternoon for an AMA—ask me anything—on his work as an iconic filmmaker and speaking to Trance specifically.

Eager fanboys rushed to get their questions in as Boyle scrambled to answer diligently. As to be expected, the queries were a mixed bag—such as one person asking, "Would you rather fight 100 Duck sized Ewan McGregor’s or one Ewan McGregor sized Duck?" To which Boyle responded appropriately (and accurately), "It’s a pleasure working with any Ewan McGregor manifestation." However, others were thoughtful and generally people were just grateful to be able to ask someone so fanatically beloved an inquery of their own. And no, this time there wasn’t a "" answer a la Trent Reznor. Here are some of the highlights and best Boyle answers.

When asked about the music he was listening to whilst developing Trance

Bowie, the Low album. Unkle. And Underworld. Fortunately, Rick Smith from Underworld did the whole score for Trance and managed to incorporate these influences and more.

How the commercial/critical success of Slumdog Millionare and 127 Hours has affected his ability to make future films:

They’ve given freedom to pursue the stories I really want to tell. I try and keep the budgets low as well, which helps. There’s no way any studio would make a film about a guy who’s alone for 6 days and then cuts his arm off without the critical financial success of something like Slumdog behind it. So you have to take advantage of your success where you can.

On who/what has cinematically influenced him the most:

1. Apocalypse Now.

2. Nicholas Roeg movies from Performance to Eureka. The Roeg films are a big influence on Trance. None of these films are perfect but they’re interested in something much more interesting than perfection, the mystery of film…

(^^^I agree, Danny!)

When asked about his affinity for genres and where he’s going next:

I’m open to most genres. I like to play around with genre though…28 Days later was a Zombie Movie with no Zombies in it in my opinion; Slumdog was a Fairy Tale in genre terms but there are moments of real darkness in it; 127 Hours was an Action Movie about a guy who couldn’t move… Trance is supposed to be a heist movie or an amnesia movie, or a femme fatale movie. but it’s all of those things and none of those things really. the genre hooks are macguffins that give us a route into exploring ideas about perception, reality and madness.

On what it takes to be a successful filmmaker:

I think passion is as important as intelligence. you need to convince so many people to join you in the making of the film, and you need to use the power they give you to connect with your audience emotionally. Obviously you don’t want to do stupid things, but whatever you do, you should believe passionately, and your audience will experience that as well.

And for those of you that loved The Beach, sorry but if Boyle could go back in time and direct any movie it would be: 

The Beach. I would do it much better than the original guy.

Speaking to the dramamtic environments his films tend to be set in—slums, desolate urban spaces, Jams Franco stuck in a rock, etc.:

Yes, I’ve always been interested in the extremes of human experience. In the new film Trance, it’s not a physical landscape, it’s the interior of the mind, thought it’s manifested as a beautiful idyllic French landscape at one point, as a secret church where all the world’s stolen paintings are collected, and as a space where the character wreaks revenge on those he fears. It’s in extremis where you can reveal our true natures.

And, of course, where he keeps his Academy Award:

In a shoebox, under the bed. It’s very comfortable and best out of sight.

Trance opens in the UK on March 27th and has its limited release April 5th in the US. 

Please, Please, Tell Me This List Of Metal Bands Banned From Catholic College Radio Is Real

I fear this list is too good to be true.

Reddit user rht_rv posted a list two days ago of ungodly and saucily-named bands which are banned from playing on air at the Catholic college radio where he works. The blog The Daily Swarm identifies the user as the host of a metal show at Seton Hall "Pirate Radio," 89.5 WSOU — which makes me want to know everything about  Catholic shool students who listen to metal, what "pirate radio" means when you’re actually not a pirate radio at all, and why metal bands all name themselves after their genitalia. 

I’m sorry, jerks, but you don’t get to call yourself a pirate radio — by definition, "an illegal or unregulated radio transmission" — when you have a list one mile long of bands and artists you are regulating. 

The list warns DJs (are they still called DJs?) that if they discuss Deep Fried Abortion, Pussy Overload, Cuntsaw, Shitscum, Anal Cunt, or any of these other band names which sound like they were taken directly from someone screaming inside a subway car, YOU WILL BE SUSPENDED. The instructions warn the bands cannot be played nor can the names of the bands cannot be discussed. 

Additionally, sensitive topics like "Devil, Satan, God, Jesus or any other Catholic references that are portrayed in a negative light" are not appropriate to be discussed on air.

But most menacingly, if you say — and presumably play — "Nickelback," "Justin Bieber," "Lady Gaga," or "Fall Out Boy," YOU WILL BE FIRED.  

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RIP The Daily, 2011-2012

Farewell, News Corp. media property The Daily, and flights of angel investors sing thee to thy rest. Your iPad-only content was too thrilling for this world. I mean, probably. I don’t have an iPad (or any comparable tablet), so how the hell would I know? I’m just assuming that anything Rupert Murdoch pours $30 million into at the outset is really going to pop.

The future of magazines will be officially shuttered on December 15, ending a nearly two-year run of stellar pop culture aggregation that you definitely couldn’t find for free almost everywhere else on the web, so enjoy these final two weeks before darkness descends and you can no longer enjoy playful listicles of suggested names for Kate Middleton’s baby. Except on Tumblr, Facebook, Reddit, Twitter and the sides of graffiti-prone buildings.

Some of the assets and 120 employees—though how it took that many people to produce something that apparently no one read is a mystery; I’ve often accomplished the same all by myself—will be shifted to other News Corp. companies, The New York Observer reported. In particular, editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo “will serve as the new publisher of the New York Post.” Might that fabled paper be next on the chopping block? Well, they’d have to lose a lot of money each year. Like, even more than they already do.  

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Internet’s ‘Grumpy Cat’ Gets Booked on ‘The Today Show’

It’s early, the work week is just beginning and everyone’s got a bit of a Monday grump going on more than usual. It might be the weather, or it might have something to do with the appearance of Tardar Sauce [sic], the notorious Internet-famous "Grumpy Cat" of the blog of the same name, on The Today Show over the weekend. Take note, other people with weird-looking pets looking to exploit their Internet popularity. You can get on a pretty major daytime television program! 

The notoriously sour-faced feline appeared with her "pet parents" (at The Today Show, they don’t like to use the word "owner") Tabby (no, really), Bryan and Crystal Bundesen, who explained the cat’s sudden rise to fame and its mostly having to do with Reddit because of course. As for the appeal of her expression? "We think it’s because she looks so grumpy that you can’t help but be happy when you look at her," Bryan Bundesen told The Today Show. "She’s like a stress reliever."

Bundesen assured the crowd that Grumpy Cat is actually quite docile and playful despite the less-flattering brand to which she is attached. The Bundesens also hawked some Grumpy Cat merchandise (with some proceeds going to animal rescue charities), including Christmas cards, mugs and t-shirts in case you’re still looking for something for the slightly-unhinged cat lover or full-time Redditor in your life. 

Not to be outdone by his wildly popular Internet-famous cat counterpart, Lil Bub will grant an exclusive, tell-all interview to Katie Couric to air later this week. Watch Tardar Sauce’s appearance below.

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Nathan Fillion Explains To Redditors What Being An Actor Is

There must be a lot of moments when being a celebrity is very weird, like when a fan follows you into a bathroom stall looking for an autograph while you’re trying to take a shit. For Nathan Fillion — he of Castle, Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog, and just about everything else that geeks like — this includes strange requests like taking pictures of himself holding twine.

Fillion descended into the wild and weird threads of Reddit on Thursday for God only knows what reason and answered a bunch of questions about what Joss Whedon’s scalp feels like and what Adam Baldwin smells like. You know, important stuff. And then a Redditor claiming to post on behalf of The Bloggess bloger Jenny Lawson asked why, a year ago, Fillion ignored her request to take a picture of himself holding twine.

Via Crushable, here is how he responded:

Sigh. Please understand. I’m an actor. I act, tell stories, all for a living. My job is not to respond to every demand placed upon me from an audience on the Internet. I don’t do those things because I don’t feel it’s right to ask. I don’t ask those things of my gardener, the guy at the car wash, or the kid who bags my groceries. Why ask it of someone because they are an actor? Is that being fair? The argument could be made that its only one request, but then how many people would be unhappy that it wasn’t their request I responded to? Not all actors care about things like this, but I do. It’s just a product of my experience. The more people push, the meaner it gets, the more uncomfortable it is for me. Thank you for letting me get that off my chest. I hope we can all put it in the past with no hard feelings. I don’t have any.

I’ll agree with Crushable that his response was "classy as hell" in addition to justified. It’s sad that Fillion even had to explain to people — not just The Bloggess or her intermediary, but everyone — why such weirdo requests are annoying at best and inappropriate at worst.

Then again, he did tell another Reddit he would be willing to do his/her voicemail message. Consistency, Nathan Fillion. Consistency!

Woody Harrelson Gets Slammed by Reddit

Stoner actor Woody Harrelson took to the social bookmarking site Reddit’s AMA section, a place where non-famous and famous people like Louis CK and Stephen Colbert sometimes drop by and let users ask them anything. Literally anything. To say it didn’t go well is a vast understatement. Simply put: total train wreck.

I’m not a Reddit user but member isspecialist politely laid down the expectations: “These AMAs are a chance for your fans to interact with you directly, and usually ask some pretty random questions. It’s also considered bad form to make them brief, though I can imagine your time is valuable. I just wanted to apologize for the misunderstanding.”

Woody offered up an hour, his first mistake. His second was not answering questions honestly. He brushed off one about a one-night stand with a prom-aged woman and used the rest to push his new flick Rampart.

At some point, Harrelson’s rep took over. These reactions pretty much sum up the total:

Dingle_hopper1981: “This is the crappiest AMA in the history of the Internet.”

Bersh: “Should change this AMA to AMAAR (Ask Me Anything About Rampart).”

Sailormooncake: “You answered a total of 4 questions here today, and when I say “answered”, I mean that loosely. You have also embarrassed Mr. Harrelson in the process. Please inform the rest of Hollywood that Reddit is not a publicity outlet and that Reddittors don’t tolerate this kind of crap.”

You can read the whole debacle here. There are plenty of calls to boycott Rampart and some pretty funny comments.  Clearly Harrelson had no idea what he was in for. 

Afternoon Links: Halle Berry Is Engaged, Khloé’s Kardashian Status Question

● Halle Berry’s jeweler has broken news of her engagement to French actor Olivier Martinez, who proposed over the holidays with a diamond and emerald engagement ring. [People]

● Markets really must be down: The first photos of Baby Blue Ivy are only expected to fetch $2 million, a number that pales in comparison to the $10 million Angelina and Brad got for their kids’ first photo, and even the $6 million J. Lo got for her twins. [NYP]

● Khloé swears she’s a real Kardashian, even if two of Robert Kardashian’s widows, Jan Ashley and Ellen Kardashian (who also thinks that Bruce Jenner is a cross-dresser), allege otherwise. [E!]

● "But it’s all about education and knowledge, feeding yourself and knowing that too much carbs is what gets us fat," says Fat Joe, the rapper who has lost some two-hundred pounds and is now not-so-fat. [MTV]

● 65-year-young Dolly Parton got a bouquet of red flowers tattooed between her 40-DD breasts. [Page Six]

● Jessica Simpson is going to go ahead and indulge even her wildest pregnancy cravings. "I had a buttered Pop Tart this morning," she told Extra, adding that, "I’m like, ‘Yeah, I can do it. We’ll worry about the rest afterwards.’" [Us]

● Reddit has announced that it will go dark for twelve hours on January 28 in protest of proposed legislation Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act. [Huff Post]