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& Teller, Starring… Well, Teller of Penn & Teller

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With Halloween being one of the only things coming upon us faster than the current US Presidential election, it is still bizarre to see zombie film shorts narrated by Teller of the magician duo Penn & Teller, since he has spent his entire career playing the silent sidekick to the vociferous Penn Jillette. The original production is called simply & Teller.

The second installment, titled & Teller 2 is now also available (and shown below). I only found it on Crackle after Penn promoted these shorts on his own show Penn Says (subscribe here with iTunes).

Enjoy

Dany

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October 25, 2008 2:26 pm Posted by | clips, comedians, crazy celebs, movie reviews, movies, podcasts | Leave a comment

Claymation Chess

I might just be a sucker for claymation, but I found this great movie of a claymation chess (Digg it here) game after watching Best of Youtube (subscribe here). It reminds me somewhat of the old Battle Chess game from the pre-Windows days, I still remember playing it for hours on my first IBM computer, running on DOS.

Enjoy

Dany

October 23, 2008 10:23 pm Posted by | cartoons, clips, games, movie reviews, movies, podcasts, software, technology, toons, video games, Windows | Leave a comment

Literal Music Videos Are Taking Over the Internet

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I don’t usually post music videos, I’ve been described by others as someone who hates music, but I’ve been hearing talk about these funny literal versions of 1980’s classic music videos. The above video is DustFilms‘ newest literal version of Head Over Heels by Tears For Fears.

The original video, which is even funnier, that they made (below) is Take On Me by a-ha. These videos are pretty funny and I can’t wait for the next one to appear on FunnyOrDie.

Enjoy

Dany

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October 18, 2008 3:30 pm Posted by | clips, comedians, music, music videos | Leave a comment

The Clintons and the Bidens Speak in Scranton Pennsylvania

I have noticed recently whenever the news media sets its sights on both Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, someone always seems to mention that they are not campaigning enthusiastically enough for Barack Obama. Well, this past Sunday, October 12th, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Jill Biden introduced Bill Clinton, who fervently outlined his support for the Obama Biden presidential ticket. He then introduced Hillary Clinton and she laid out a great case for Obama and then in turn introduced Joe Biden, who gave an impassioned speech… but don’t listen to me, I don’t want to be a pundit, listen to the actual speeches the Clintons and the Bidens gave this past Sunday below, brought to you by C-SPAN‘s Road to the White House podcast (subscribe here). The entire rally is about 83 minutes long.

or watch the C-SPAN video here.

October 15, 2008 6:43 pm Posted by | DC, podcasts, politics, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

Nailing Your Wife with Nathan Fillion and Aria Giovanni – Part of James Gunn’s PG Porn – TMI

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Nathan Fillion takes a lot of chances as an actor, usually he does so with Joss Whedon, but this time, he’s gone a different route in another James Gunn production (the two worked together previously in Slither) starring with Aria Giovanni. It is a video series for people who love everything about porn… except everything that makes them rated X/NC-17, their official tag line is “How many times have you been watching a great porn film – you’re really enjoying the story, the acting, the cinematography – when, all of the sudden, they ruin everything with PEOPLE HAVING SEX?

Thanks to Attack of the Show (subscribe here) for spreading the word about this clip.

Enjoy

Dany

October 11, 2008 2:00 am Posted by | clips, movie reviews, movies, podcasts, tmi, tv | 1 Comment

Sarah Silverman’s The Great Schlep Gets Her Interviewed on Countdown with Keith Olbermann

I know I might have mentioned Sarah Silverman before (like here and here for example), but now she has not only gotten into the political scene by trying to convince grandchildren to head down to Florida to convince their grandparents to vote Obama in her The Great Schlep video, but she was interviewed on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann (subscribe to the video or audio podcast) during his October 9th, 2008 show where she was awesome.

As always, she lulls you into a false sense of security and nails you with a hilarious moment. Did I mention that she is amazing? If you want to see the full version of The Great Schlep, you can catch it below.

Dany

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October 10, 2008 8:43 pm Posted by | clips, comedians, commercials, crazy celebs, DC, podcasts, politics, travel, tv, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

Religulous Film Review

Religion is very complicated. There are a lot of connections between the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Isam), both historical and geographical and Bill Maher‘s Religulous looks into some of these issues.

In this documentary, Maher goes around the world, visiting various places in Europe, America and the Middle East (He doesn’t touch on Asia or Africa). Maher is known for his angry/cynical comedy, but in this movie, he is in search of answers, usually “why?”.

Going into this film, I was concerned that he would be spending the entire movie making fun most aspects of religion. I was glad to be wrong in the end though, this film was HILARIOUS. The only people that Maher makes fun of throughout the film are people who genuinely seemed deserving of being made fun of, but I think that only ended up being 2-4 specific people, he did make fun of aspects of different religions though (ex: Mormonism‘s magical underwear). He spends most of the film though going around to different groups of people of a variety of faiths, asking them questions about what he feels is the absurdity of the underpinnings of their faith.

I think the most important aspect of this film is that Maher points out that 16% of the American public tells pollsters that they are athiests/agnostic/non-religious, making them an extremely large minority that is vastly underrepresented in politics and public life today. Being a member of this group myself, I didn’t realize just how large a group this is in the USA.

He doesn’t make too many friends during this journey and if you’re a religious person, you might not enjoy it when he starts poking holes in your beliefs, but I enjoyed this film, especially his interviews of the Vatican Astronomer and Vatican Priest (which I was not expecting in the slightest). I felt that these two people had the most answers to give Maher and were his intelectual equal, if not superior. If I could re-edit this film, I would have downplayed things like the Truck Stop Church and the Amsterdam pot smoking believer and added in more from the two Vatican interviews.

Thanks to Meet in the Lobby for the above pic.

Dany

October 8, 2008 1:50 am Posted by | Angels, astronomy, comedians, movie reviews, movies, nature, science, travel | Leave a comment

Saturday Night Live’s Vice Presidential Debate and Hilarious show with Anne Hathaway

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The political commentary has not been sharper than what is coming out of Saturday Night Live during this presidential election and the hilarity of their take on the recent Vice Presidential debate (video) is only surpassed by their initial Palin/Clinton joint press conference. I never would have thought to make the connection, but Queen Latifah playing Gwen Ifill (who I still hope takes over as the Meet the Press anchor after the election) was an inspired choice along with Jason Sudeikis playing a funny Joe Biden and the AMAZING job that Tina Fey did again as Sarah Palin.

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I just WISH that NBC would post full episodes of Saturday Night Live on either NBC.com or Hulu. If they did, I would be able to SHOW you this entire episode, because it was easily the best entire episode of SNL in the past few years. Anne Hathaway did a great job as host, I even liked her intro, when I usually find that SNL intros are annoying or boring. I’ll post the rest of the funny clips I’m allowed to show. I’d post more, but that’s how I got my youtube account canceled (master1228). If anyone from NBC is reading this, please start posting entire episodes of Saturday Night Live. Hulu has been such a great success, you’re making money off the comercials on Hulu and you’d make your SNL fans extatic.

I know you sell each episode for $1.99 on iTunes and Amazon, but Joss Whedon did this on iTunes AND offered (and still offers) up Dr. Horrible on Hulu and monitizes through their commercials as well and the fans LOVE it. I know no one at NBC really cares what I think, but they should. NBC was one of Hulu’s founders, you’d think they’d support it fully by offering up ALL their shows on the platform that they want to succeed, especially the shows they air on free network television.

Enjoy

Dany

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October 6, 2008 12:39 am Posted by | apple, clips, comedians, DC, New York, NYC, politics, software, technology, tv, Washington, Washington DC | 1 Comment

Cali Lewis Interviews Nick Colas about the Current Wall Street Crisis

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Cali Lewis of the effervescent Geekbrief.tv (subscribe here or the full HD feed) recently interviewed Nick Colas, an interesting financial expert about the current financial problems here in the USA and answers questions from the hosts and the live chat audience from uStream. It is a great interview, where Colas speaks in depth, in a way that you just don’t see in mainstream media interviews.

If you want some help understanding the complicated situation surrounding Congress’ Bailout/Rescue bill check out this video, which runs for about one hour.

Dany

October 5, 2008 1:32 am Posted by | clips, DC, Law, NYC, podcasts, politics, technology, Washington, Washington DC | 1 Comment