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POSTED: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 12:05 PM
Morris gets some new backup singers

Jimmy Kimmel has instituted a clever and kicky new segment. It’s Mashup Monday. All this month, he’s putting two musical acts you’d never expect to see together on the same stage and letting them jam it out.

It got off to a rousing start last week when he combined ZZ Top and Weezer (to make Wee-Z Top) for a cooking version of “Sharp Dressed Man”. Rivers, meet Rusty.

This week, he brought out the undisputed king of uptown funk, Morris (All is Vanity) Day and backed him with the sister group Haim for a sweet rendition of “Jungle Love”. Oh-wee-oh-wee-oh, baby rubber bumpers!

POSTED: Monday, February 9, 2015, 2:22 PM
'Weird Al" Yankovic poses in the press room after winning Best Comedy Album for "Mandatory Fun" during the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California on February 8, 2015. (AFP/Getty Images)

Great music, big drama (thank you, Kanye) and all the Sam Smith you could handle. What’s not to like about Sunday night’s Grammy Awards?

Well, apparently it didn’t make us that enthusiastic because 25.3 million people watched the broadcast on CBS. That’s down 11 per cent from last year and is in fact the smallest audience for a Grammy telecast since 2009.

(It’s way below the 39.9 million who tuned in in 2012. But that carries an asterisk because of Whitney Houston’s death shortly before the event.)

POSTED: Monday, February 9, 2015, 11:55 AM
Kevin Hart will be the roast master at the Comedy Central roast of Justin Bieber. (Getty Images)

This just got interesting. Comedy Central announced this morning that Kevin Hart will be host of next month’s celebrity roast of Justin Bieber.

Said Hart, “I don't normally do roasts but I had to step out for my guy Biebs...It's his big 21. It's about to be operation roast everyone's ass.”

The pop idol indeed turns 21 on March 1. The roast will be taped on March 14 in Los Angeles and shown on Comedy Central on March 30.

POSTED: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 4:20 PM

Time to get “Happy”, Springfield. Pharrell Williams is coming to town. In Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons (8 p.m. on Fox29), it turns out there’s a little problem with the anthem he sold to the town. Catchy, sure. But he may have peddled the same tune to numerous other municipalities.

The misunderstanding leads to a classic musical bit on the show (see video below) as Bart, Lisa and their friends come up a new anthem for the town, which on first blush is not exactly positive. Or even particularly ambivalent. But there’s not much to brag about.

So Lisa and Bart do the best they can, with proud lyrics like “Small pox free for seven years!”

POSTED: Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 11:20 AM
'Daredevil' takes on a darker tint

Here you have it: The 90-second trailer from Marvel’s Daredevil, the action thriller that launches on Netflix on April 10.

What do you think? Pretty dark and brooding, AMIRITE?

POSTED: Monday, February 2, 2015, 11:17 AM
The teachers get a little crazy when classes get cancelled

Yeah, kids are always excited when there’s a snow day. But you know who really celebrates? The teachers! At least they do in this wild rap video from this week’s Saturday Night Live.

You can learn quite a bit from the faculty – about how to party. They all have advance degrees in that dis-discipline.

The funniest part may be when the principal (guest host J.K. Simmons) shows up at the bacchanal in his minivan. You think he’ll put a stop to the revelry? Think again.

POSTED: Friday, January 30, 2015, 5:47 PM
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

The question I get asked most often is: "When is Game of Thrones coming back?" The answer is April 12. But if you can't wait that long, here's a rich and glorious taste of season five.


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POSTED: Friday, January 30, 2015, 10:51 AM
Matt Damon takes the fall for Deflategate

It’s a scene right out of Spartacus. “I am the locker room guy.” “I am the locker room guy.” If everybody is the locker room guy then no one can be the lockerroom guy. Either way, Tom Brady is completely exonerated of Deflategate. The Patriots totally belong in the Super Bowl. All the blame falls on this guy….or rather these guys.

On Thursday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, a number of Bean Eaters from Massachusetts stepped up to claim responsibility for taking the air out of the balls used by the Patriots in their AFC championship win. All their reasons sound pretty convincing and their Boston accents are authentic.

“I squeezed all the balls wicked hard,” says one.

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