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Before he was an action star in films like Independence Day and I Am Legend, Will Smith was on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Admit it; you loved the show. From Uncle Phil’s temper to the “Carlton Dance,” you couldn’t wait to watch your favorite inner-city smart ass put a bunch of rich snobs in their place. Unfortunately, sometimes the show did try to teach you a lesson, but it was a small price to pay for all those hours of free, mediocre laughs.

Here’s a look back at the 15 most memorable moments.

1. Jazz Gets Thrown Out For The First Time!

Tile: “Bang The Drum, Ashley”
Air Date: September 17, 1990 (Season 1, Episode 2)

We all wait for it! The moment when Uncle Phil gets so annoyed with Jazz that he throws him out the door, followed by the beloved “aahh” screem from Jazz.

Jazz is Will’s best friend, and though he has a kind heart, it doesn’t stop him from ruining one of Aunt Viv’s priceless vases or making fun of Uncle Phil’s obvious weight issue. It’s hard to believe this stuntman was the same person who helped Will Smith top the charts with “Parent’s Just Don’t Understand” and “Summertime.”

2 The Big Feast!
Title: “Talking Turkey”
Air Date: November 19, 1990 (Season 1, Episode 12)

Thanksgiving episodes are always classics among sitcoms, especially when Will Smith is cooking.

For the first time we meet Vy, Will’s Philadelphia-based mother, who is visiting her sweet baby boy for the holidays. Now, growing up in Philly, Vy raised Will to take care of himself without anyone’s help, so when she realizes that her son makes another man, Geoffrey the Butler, do his chores, she’s outraged. Vy tells Vivian she spoils the children, and Viv doesn’t like it one bit! She then changes the responsibility of cooking Thanksgiving dinner from Geoffrey to the kids, making this the Banks’ first meal to include frozen yams and burnt turkey.

3 Will And Carlton Jump On It!

Title: “Strip-Tease For Two”
Air Date: May 4, 1992 (Season 2, Episode 24)

Remember when your aunt gave you her most prized bracelet to take to the jeweler to be reset, but instead you sold it to a pawn shop to get the money to buy stock on a hot tip? Yeah me too, right?! Well, that’s exactly what Will and Carlton get into when Carlton suggests investing in a company that later goes bankrupt. In order to buy back Aunt Viv’s $500 bracelet, the boys get the brilliant idea of becoming male strippers. Their first job is at a party for an organization to which Hillary and Aunt Viv belong! Donning half-cut shirts and sweat pants, Will and Carlton perform their infamous dance to the music of the Sugarhill Gang.

4 Will’s Back From Philly

Title: “How I Spent My Summer”
Air Date: September 14, 1992 (Season 3, Episode 1)

For Uncle Phil, the summer of ‘92, when Will headed east to Philly, life was, to put it lightly, heavenly! No fat jokes for three months, perfect grammar all around, no trouble with pool sharks, no crazy house parties; just peace and quiet. So what could Will possibly do for his grand entrance back to the quiet streets of Bel-Air? He could try walking in with his boom box blasting insane levels of hip-hop (better known as trash to Uncle Phil), making the entire house rattle. Donning a new ’so 90’s’ haircut and a baggy ensemble, Will’s new Philly attitude starts rubbing off on Ashley, angering the big man of the house and causing Will to get kicked out!

5 That’s Your Baby Sister, Man!

Title: “That’s No Lady, That’s My Cousin”
Air Date: September 28, 1992 (Season 3, Episode 3)
Newly enrolled at the prestigious Bel-Air Prep, freshman Ashley’s innocent ‘look’ doesn’t really seem to be the catching eyes of the testosterone induced boys at school (Will being one of those horny boys). So ladies, what does Ashley do to change this? She goes straight to the source: Will. She knows Will’s the cool kid. She slyly asks Will what he looks for in a girl, what girls usually say to catch Will’s attention, and ultimately how they dress. The next day at school with mini-skirt, makeup and all, Ash can’t keep the boys off her, even catching her very own brother’s attention! Carlton: Wow!! Will, check out the talent! She’s cool, she’s hot, she’s…



6 Carlton Dances To Oprah Theme

Title: “A Night at The Oprah”
Air Date: November 19, 1992 (Season 3, Episode 9)

Poor Will, always being left out! In what he thought to be his big break, Oprah Winfrey invites the Banks family to join her on her show. Only one problem: Uncle Phil wants nothing to do with Will being on the show. He points out that Will is not a true Banks and therefore would feel “out of place” on the show. Big mistake. Will comes up with a crazy scheme to get his way and shun Uncle Phil on live TV.

7 Nicholas Andrew Banks!

Title: “The Baby Comes Out”
Air Date: February 22, 1993 (Season 3, Episode 20)

Little Nicky is born after months of a crazed and pregnant Vivian giving the family hell. A week overdue and with only Geoffrey and Ashley to help her, a crazed TV-sitcom birth is no exception to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. After crushing Geoffrey’s hand in an intense bout of labor pains, Ashley’s the only person around to help mom. Vivian is already in labor and in dire of need a hospital, the only problem is Ashley can’t drive!

8 Trevor Proposes To Hillary (…And Dies)

Title: “Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way”
Air Date: September 20, 1993 (Season 4, Episode 1)

Perhaps the saddest but most hilarious clip of airhead Hillary and her fiance Trevor. The entire family sits down in the living room to watch Trevor’s long-awaited proposal. And how does Trevor ask Hillary to be his wife for all of eternity? By bungee jumping of course! On live television, newscaster Trevor reports from one of the highest bridges found in California to ask his girl five special words, “Hillary… will … you … marry… …” SPLAT! The live feed turns off with the family left in shock not knowing what to do, except for Hillary who ecstatically jumps around in her wedding dress shouting “Yes Trevor! I will” without the knowledge Trevor is dead.

9 Will And His Dad

Title: “Papa’s Got A Brand New Excuse”
Air Date: May 9, 1994 (Season 4, Episode 24)

The closest thing to a father-figure Will has ever had is Uncle Phil. Will was raised by his mother Vy in Philadelphia until he was sent to Bel-Air. Abandoning Will at the age of four, Will’s father Lou, now a trucker, locates his son in California and tries picking up things where he left off 14 years ago. Though Uncle Phil and Aunt Vivian are less than ecstatic for Lou’s return, Will is filled with so much happiness to have his dad with him again. Reacting the only way Will can, he plans out baseball games and camping weekends to catch up with his “long lost” father. It seems Will has finally found the missing link in his family until Lou decides to take off on his son for a second and final time in the tear-jerker finale.

10 Will And Carlton Dance Off

Title: “Sooooooooul Train”
Air Date: November 7, 1994 (season 5, Episode 8)

Invited to Soul Train’s 25th anniversary reunion, Aunt Vivian is excited to go back to the set where Phil proposed to her on air. Reminiscing about his ’70s glory days, Uncle Phil makes a decision to skip the reunion in order to prevent thousands of television viewers from watching Phil make a fool of himself in his balding, bulging state. Left angered and with no choice, Vivian takes the kids and Geoffrey to the reunion where Will ditches her for a flyer hunny, Geoffrey goes incognito as a 70’s pimp superstar and Carlton challenges Will to a Soul Train dance-off where he busts out his Michael Jackson moves and famous Carlton dance swagger. It’s always fun watching Will play pranks on his dweeb of a cousin but it’s nice to watch Carlton win every now and then, especially when he does it so hilariously.

11 Will’s Fat Suit

Title: “Will Steps Out”
Air Date: November 28, 1994 (Season 5, Episode 11)

Bad boy Will goes out on a date with another woman (even though it’s with Lisa) and finally realizes he loves her and wants to quit his cheating ways. In another storyline, Uncle Phil, finally feeling the need to cut down on calories, hires a personal trainer who has him working out constantly throughout the day and is monitoring his food intake. Tired of hearing Will make fun of him, Phil’s trainer challenges Will to walk one day in a fat suit to prove it isn’t as easy as it looks. Agreeing, Will takes his fat suit with him to the supermarket where he spies on Lisa, and yells out “I love you!”. Oh, and we also get to see Will hand Carlton the power of his “chicktionary” now that he won’t be needing it anymore.

12 Will Gets Shot

Title: “Bullet’s Over Bel-Air”
Air Date: February 6, 1995 (Season 5, Episode 15)

In one of the sitcom’s most somber episodes, Will and Carlton go to an ATM machine before heading out to a camping trip. Both are approached by a robber at gun point who eventually shoots Will. Thankfully, Will survives and has to spend a week at the hospital, though he, his family, and Carlton are severely shaken and distraught that such a thing could happen. In a powerful scene, Will has to talk Carlton into giving him a gun he purchased (for protection) as a trade-off for saving his life. Compton ain’t got nothing on the mean streetz of Bel-Air. Click Here To See a Clip

13 Will And Lisa’s Wedding With Shaft Theme

Title: “The Wedding Show… (Psyche!)”
Air Date: February 27, 1995 (Season 5, Episode 18)

Feeling their wedding plans are being ignored, Will and Lisa decide to elope to Las Vegas and get married in a small chapel that does weddings in themes. Just Will’s luck, they have his all-time favorite hero’s theme; a Shaft wedding equipped with afros, platforms, leather and all. But before making Lisa his lifetime soulmate at the hands of Isaac Hayes (their Scientology wielding “pastor”), Lisa gets cold feet about getting married in such a tacky-themed wedding and decides to call the whole thing off.

14 Will’s Pick-up Line

Title: “Love In An Elevator”
Air Date: May 8, 1995 (Season 5, Episode 24)

“I think I’ve seen your picture somewhere before… Oh yeah, that’s right, it was in the dictionary next to KABLAM!!” Enough said.

15 The Carlton Dance

Air Date: September 10, 1990 – May 20, 1996 (Seasons 1-6)

Admit it, you’ve all done it; “The Carlton Dance!”

“It’s not unusual to be loved by anyone, it’s not unusual to have fun with anyone.” Alfonso Ribiero’s contribution to the art of dance was seen throughout the entire six seasons of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

As we look forward to the multitude of possibilities in 2009, it’s important to keep in mind that the future, while exciting, is difficult to predict. We can approach our goals with a carefully plotted precision, but even in the most calculated circumstances, sometimes things go horribly wrong. Take late night talk shows for example. The hosts do their best to keep the shows funny while maintaining the standards and practices enacted by the FCC, but that doesn’t mean they always maintain control. Sometimes the proverbial “crap” simply hits the fan.

In the spirit of hitting the fan in 2009, I’ve compiled an ultimate list of talk show interviews that go from completely innocent to sexually charged in the blink of an eye. Whether the transitions are the result of a single dirty comment, a series of inappropriate gestures, or a full-on strip show, nobody could have planned these interviews in advance. So put on your headphones, tilt your screen away from the boss’ office, and enjoy the most sexually charged interviews (that are still SFW) in late night television history.

10. Jane FondaThe Show: The Colbert ReportThe Year: 2007

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It takes a special kind of guest to catch Stephen Colbert off-guard. (Bear with me on calling Colbert a late night talk show host.) His sharp wit keeps him three or four steps ahead of typical guests, whether they’re actors, writers, scientists or politicians. In this particular interview, however, actress Jane Fonda proves that even Colbert has his breaking point.

Even though Colbert probably had a game plan going into this interview, as soon as Fonda sits on his lap and plants one on his lips, he’s doomed. This may be one of the few times you’ll get to see Colbert drop character to nervously remind a guest that he’s married. In the end, Colbert’s commitment to his wife perseveres, but only after several minutes of pointedly uncomfortable flirting.

9.Martha StewartThe Show: The Tonight Show with Jay LenoThe Year: 2008

Sometimes a host wants to have a sexually charged moment with a guest, you know, as a joke. But sometimes the guest doesn’t fully understand the joke. Here’s the scene: Jay Leno and Martha Stewart are cooking in the kitchen on Jay’s show. Jay starts making awkward sexual advances on Martha. Martha recoils in horror and starts cooking faster and more erratically. Jay advances, Martha retreats. It’s almost like watching Ape Week on Animal Planet. Finally, after a series of under the table sexual remarks, Leno tries to steal a kiss, and the onslaught of awkwardness comes to a close.

8. Rebecca Romijn-StamosThe Show: Late Night with Conan O’BrienThe Year: 1998

Even funny man Conan O’Brien doesn’t always keep his cool. Midway through his 1998 interview with Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, the actress decides to indulge Andy Richter and Conan in a popular party game: they pass a piece of paper from one person’s lips to the other without dropping the paper. All is going well until Conan drops the paper and goes in for a kiss. Rebecca laughs and decides to kiss him. Conan pauses for a moment, then goes absolutely insane: he screams, convulses, and basically throws the ultimate tantrum of testosterone. If John Stamos, Rebecca’s husband, had actually been in the room, Conan probably would have fought him. No guarantees on the win, but it would have been a good fight.

7. Dyan CannonThe Show: The Tonight Show starring Johnny CarsonThe Year: 1982

Johnny Carson was known for keeping his demeanor cool and his show classy. Even when he had his back against the wall or a small monkey on his head, Carson knew how to exit a situation gracefully. Therefore, it’s a rare and enjoyable moment when his drooling over Dyan Cannon builds to a stupor that’s only interrupted by Cannon’s mention of how much time she has been spending with Carson’s wife. It’s especially funny if you consider the fact that their tension might have been part of an often-rumored affair.

6. Salma HayekThe Show: Late Show with David LettermanThe Year: 2006

Letterman usually has a quip for every comment that comes out of his guests’ mouths. But in his 2006 interview with Salma Hayek, as she discusses the development of her well-endowed chest area, it’s visibly difficult for him to put together a one-liner. Which really isn’t a problem with me: if Salma wants to talk about her girls, then by golly, let her talk about her girls. No jokes needed.

5. Izabel GoulartThe Show: Late Night with Conan O’BrienThe Year: 2006

As soon as supermodel Izabel Goulart offers her cheek for Conan to kiss in their 2006 interview, he’s irrevocably smitten. Next, when she tells him that she’s looking for a guy like him, his brain almost melts. Maybe Goulart is just a great actress and the flirting is all an act, but her hair twirling is believable enough for Conan and the audience to hang on her every word. Although Conan is supposedly a happily married man, at least a small part of him must have wished he were single for a night. Watch the steamy video here.

4. Sarah SilvermanThe Show: Jimmy Kimmel Live!The Year: 2008

In the now infamous interview with her then-boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel, comedian Sarah Silverman premieres a video wherein she jokingly reveals that she’s breaking up with him. The reason? She’s been having an affair with Matt Damon for the past few weeks. Matt Damon cameos as himself, singing smugly about how great he is in bed. Kimmel’s expression toward Sarah at the end of the video thinly masks his irritation, and while he tries to hold it back, you can tell he’s ready to burst as soon as he cuts to commercial.

3. Dolly PartonThe Show: The Tonight Show starring Johnny CarsonThe Year: 1977

Without revealing too much, this is undoubtedly one of my favorite late night clips of all time. Not only is there a slow build to Carson’s amusingly raunchy outburst, but Dolly Parton is setting herself up for it the entire time. It’s incredible to see Johnny Carson say something so lewd on his own show because he was well known for his generally respectful conduct. Granted, the conversation started out on breasts and ends on breasts, so there weren’t many clean places Johnny could take it.

2. Drew BarrymoreThe Show: Late Show with David LettermanThe Year: 1995

In a way, this video is the reason for this list’s existence. Few late night talk show moments are as memorable (or as commonly searched for on Youtube) as this one. Drew Barrymore not only climbs on top of Letterman’s desk to perform a table dance, but she also flashes him her breasts before descending back to her seat. Though the clip doesn’t show you the preceding action, it’s clear from Letterman’s expression that nothing in the world could have prepared him for a mid-show striptease.

1. Jane FondaThe Show: The Tonight Show with Johnny CarsonThe Year: 1989

It just wouldn’t be a historically accurate survey of sexually charged late night interviews with only one Jane Fonda showcase. In this clip, Fonda invents a fictional story about Zsa Zsa Gabor, the Hungarian born actress and socialite, just so she can make an incredibly dirty joke on the air. In our modern world of South Park and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, this sort of explicit language might not be quite so shocking, but when this episode of Carson’s show first aired, a “cat joke” like Fonda’s was completely off the wall.

Adding to the humor, Johnny Carson neither confirms nor denies the validity of Fonda’s story, even though it is patently false. Carson refuses to respond, hoping that his silence will somehow to salvage the show. Perhaps there’s a twinkle in his eye that suggests Carson would love to join in the laughter, but as a generally classy guy he holds down the fort and maintains composure. If raunchy wordplay is your cup of tea, consider this the foundation for years of hilarious television vulgarity to come.

Michael Cera Is Confused!!

Michael Cera has had a pretty impressive track record for a kid who just turned 21. He’s starred in arguably the best television show of the last ten years and two critically acclaimed comedy films. We appreciate Cera as much as the next person, but we have noticed a pattern when it comes to the expressions he makes. Usually these expressions range from confused to, well, very confused. What we’re trying to say is, the dude always appears to be confused about something. This is never more apparent than in the posters for his films and TV shows. Check out the posters below to see what we’re talking about.


Here’s video of Seth Rogen on Jimmy Kimmel last night. The back story on this is that Rogen was explaining how the first time he was on the show, he was on with Megan Fox before the first Transformers had come out. She was going on after Rogen and she was nervous, so before the show she asked if he’d stay onstage during her interview. He agreed, and thought when she came out, he’d seize probably the only opportunity he’d ever have to sneak a peck on the cheek from Megan Fox. Only she disses him. On national TV. Then Kimmel plays the clip, and it’s every bit as bad as promised. She kisses Kimmel on the cheek, then walks by Rogen and as he leans in, totally ignores him. And the saddest part isn’t the rejection, it’s his instantaneous knowing acceptance of it. “Yeah, I get it, I probably wouldn’t kiss me either.” You poor bastard. I used to be like that, before I learned how to be smooth around girls. You don’t go begging for kisses on the cheek like some schlubby pussy. You just gotta sock ‘em in the arm and go “Hey, does this rag smell like chloroform to you?” And then it’s Miller time.

15 Most Memorable “Freaks and Geeks” Moments

by Chase Hunter on Monday, April 05, 2010 11:02 AM

While “Freaks and Geeks” was a short lived show, it had a certain kind of honest, raw appeal that most shows about high school are never able to touch. Writers Paul Feig and Judd Apatow incorporated their own personal experiences and failures into the episodes, making them infinitely stronger. With a tight ensemble cast of characters, many of whom have moved on to prominent Hollywood careers, “Freaks and Geeks” was practically an incubator for the next generation of acting talent. And while most of these phenomenal actors went on to do bigger things, one could argue that “Freaks and Geeks” is still their best work. Here is a list of the 15 most memorable “Freaks and Geeks” moments.

Ep 16: “Smooching and Mooching” – (8 July 2000)

In this episode, Bill Haverchuck (Martin Starr) is playing spin the bottle with the rest of the kissing party when the bottle lands on him for the third time. This means a long make-out session in the closet with one of the school’s prettiest girls. Previously in the episode, Bill expressed how he thinks kissing is gross. Needless to say, by the time he’s done in the closet his mind has changed.
Ep 9: “We’ve Got Spirit” – (24 January 2000)
In this classic moment, Neal Schweiber (Samm Levine) decides to take over the duties of the school mascot. He almost does a good job until he has to be the pinnacle of the human pyramid. He just can’t reach the top, and instead collapses all the cheerleaders below him into a pile. Not surprising, given his giant head.
Ep 13: “Chokin’ and Tokin’” – (20 March 2000)
Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini) is a straight arrow who has been hanging out with the freak crowd lately. After bouts of peer pressure, she finally decides to try smoking marijuana. She gets completely ripped, and totally forgets she has a babysitting gig that night. Click here to watch this classic clip.
Ep 3: “Tricks and Treats” – (30 October 1999)
In a sad attempt to keep a strangle hold on their youth, Sam Weir (John Francis Daley) decides that he and his friends should go trick or treating one last time. In this scene Bill Haverchuck decides to go as the bionic woman. He dresses accordingly, with hilarious results.
Ep 11: “Looks and Books” – (7 February 2000)
Sam desperately wants to get the girl. His friends convince him that he needs a new look in order to have any chance. In light of this recommendation, he decides to go out and buy some new clothes. But when he shows up to school wearing them, the reaction is less than positive.
Ep 7: “Carded and Discarded” – (10 January 2000)
This installment shows a hilarious side of the school’s guidance counselor. He relates a story of how he lost his virginity in a van at Woodstock, obtaining herpes in the process. Most shows about high school touch on the guidance counselor, but “Freaks and Geeks” made him a regular character. They also made him an extremely funny one.
Ep 5: “Tests and Breasts” – (6 November 1999)
Lindsay has a crush on Daniel Desario (James Franco). Because of this, she decides to help him with his math skills so he won’t fail the class. When the tutoring doesn’t work, Desario steals the test and gets Lindsay to help him cheat. This is the scene where they inevitably get caught and have to finesse their way out of trouble.
Ep 14: “Dead Dogs & Gym Teachers”- (10 October 2000)
Most coming of age television shows touch on parental influence during high school, but this scene is another example of how “Freaks and Geeks” wasn’t your typical show. Apatow and Feig made the Weir parents an integral part of the drama and the comedy. Below is an excerpt of the parents worrying about subliminal messages in the music of the 1980’s.
Ep 17: “The Little Things” – (8 July 2000)
While it may not be realistic to have the vice president show up at your high school for a Q & A session, this episode does a great job of making it seem plausible. Lindsay is caught between a rock and hard place. She must decide if she will play the government’s game and ask the questions they gave her, or be honest with herself by asking the questions that need to be asked. Click here to watch this classic clip!
Ep 14: “Dead Dogs & Gym Teachers”- (10 October 2000)
Bill Hag to some of the comedy routines that were Judd Apatow’s inspirations while growing up. Maybe Judd is an axe verchuck is the guy in high school that you’d suspect of being an axe murderer. But that’s only because he never lets his emotion show. This is a great “Freaks and Geeks” moment because Bill busts out laughinmurderer, but hey, he’s funny so who cares?
Ep 15: “Noshing and Moshing” 17 – (October 2000)
Daniel Desario may be the typical bad boy freak of the 80’s, but we all grow and change. It’s in this moment that Daniel decides to spread his wings. Actually, he spreads his hair into spikes and becomes a punk rocker. It doesn’t suit him, but then we all tried dumb things with our hair at some point, which is why we can relate.
Ep 10: “The Diary”- (31 January 2000)
We’ve all done it from time to time. Usually we did it in high school, but it is still fun even today. Yep, we’re talking about the standard prank phone call. It never gets old. In this scene, Bill Haverchuck decides to prank the gym teacher as revenge for always allowing the geeks to be picked last.
Ep 6: “I’m With the Band” – (13 November 1999)
What would high school be without that horrible band doing cover songs? The funniest part is that the band members believed that it actually sounded good. No matter where you grew up, there was a high school band, and for the most part they sucked. But that’s okay, because it provides for great nostalgic moments like the one in this scene where Nick’s band realizes they aren’t that great.
Ep 18: “Discos and Dragons” – (8 July 2000)
Who can forget the geek status associated with playing Dungeons and Dragons? Today it’s become a video game craze, but then it was pure dork territory where even the freaks dared not tread. But this was not the case for Daniel Desario. He decided to break down the role-playing barrier with the freshman crew.

Look!  They’ve already gotten her at least one more headline than she would have had yesterday.  Nice work, new fake boobs.

According to a report, the “Heroes” hottie has been wanting a bigger bustline for awhile now, and she finally went under the knife over the holidays to make it happen.

An inside source told press, “Hayden went from an A to a C cup, and she couldn’t be happier. She’s wanted bigger boobs since she was 17, but the time and scheduling were just never right. She finally decided to do it right after the holidays.

“Hayden hopes her makeover will land her better parts and finally get her out of that cute, blonde, popular cheerleader stereotype.”

Link to photo gallery of Hayden’s new boobs: http://www.dailyfill.com/Hayden-Panetierre-Bikini-Hottie-45869/#id=1


20 Best Celebrity Simpsons Quotes


The Simpsons holds the Guinness world record for having the most celebrity guests on an animated series (no word yet on whether they hold that title in Duff’s Book of World Records). Rock stars, television personalities, athletes and actors have lent their voices to the 21-year-old show, usually leaving fans entertained and pleasantly surprised (honestly, who thought Luke Perry would ever make us laugh on purpose?) Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best quotes by or about celebrities in Simpsons history.






















In between rounds of patting themselves on the back, becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time, getting sucked off by critics, and driving nerds to suicide, James Cameron and the producers of Avatar apparently found time to whine that none of their actors got nominated for Academy Awards.

People confuse what we have done with animation,” director James Cameron said at the recent Producers Guild Awards. “It’s nothing like animation. The creator here is the actor, not the unseen hand of an animator.”

The Oscars snub is “a disappointment,” said producer Jon Landau, “but I blame ourselves for not educating people in the right way.” Landau explained that they needed to make clear that the system they used represents a new way to use “motion capture” photography, or as Landau puts it,


“emotion capture.” [*facepaw*] “We made a commitment to our actors that what they would see up on the screen were their performances,” Landau said, “not somebody else’s interpretation of what their performance might be.”

The issue of what makes an actor an actor first surfaced when Andy Serkis did Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings,” but skepticism remains over whether it is the same as live-action acting.

“What an actor is doing when acting is not just looking like something but expressing something going on inside,” says James Lipton, host of Bravo’s “Inside the Actor’s Studio.” “I’m not sure that motion capture, while it captures the flicker of an eyebrow, the twist of a mouth, a gesture of a hand, equally captures emotion.”

Film professor Richard Brown [hehe, "dick brown"] doesn’t agree. “This is very much the first film of the 21st century,” Brown said. “What we need to do is expand our concept of what the word actor means. It’s unfair to take performances as good as these and not designate them as actors.”

I’d love to weigh in on this, but seeing as how I just awarded my Japanese sex robot a coffee mug that says “World’s Greatest Sexbot,” I might be a little biased. I also think a guy playing an American who still has an Australian accent maybe doesn’t deserve consideration for acting’s highest honor. But what do I know, I’m just a guy who loves sexbots.


Next time you think you’re having a bad day, think again. This Ohio man has you beat.

It’s bad enough when someone breaks into your house and videotapes you masturbating at gunpoint, but when they kill your dog it really adds insult to injury.


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