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Hipsters are funny

And sometimes in more than just the point and laugh kinda way.

Case in point, the video starring hipsters that crams in 5 minutes of mocking almost every hipster cliche, in an updated retelling of the Biblical Job story.

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Charlene Yi and Channing Tatum do Dirty Dancing

This video is hilarious, and is one in a series on MSN called Cinemash. Also see the Point Break one which stars Reno 911 and Human Giant folk. My favourite is that Aziz Ansari is the Keanu character. Enjoy!

(it’s a bit cut off, so go to movies.msn.com/cinemash for the regular-sized experience)

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Play fashion editor!

As a kid, I loved dressing up my Barbie to the nines and loved paper dolls. Thanks to the wonders of the interwebs, I can now play fashion editor on  Polyvore. This may be my new random hobby.

I made this one lickety split:

dressy plaid
dressy plaid by anderkelly featuring Tory Burch bags

What does Nigel have up his butt?

First off, American voters: you blew it.

Why, WHY are Evan and Melissa still there when the amazing Janette is sent home? That Miami lass has oodles more talent than those two  hacks. Melissa lucked out by scoring the sentimental breast cancer dance, which is 100% why she’s still in the game, even though she couldn’t quite keep up with Brandon when partnered with him. If Brandon (in the bottom two…what?!?!) got sent home too, I was off So You Think You Can Dance. At least until August 11 when the Canadian version comes on. Evan’s fan base needs a new hobby. The dude peaked about 4 weeks ago.

And Nigel….the Katie Holmes lip synching, leg kicking debacle? The only good part about that whole thing was that Joshua and Mark from last season were her back up dancers.

He’s gotten so much bad feedback that ole English Muffin has taken to his Twitter to tweet such finely crafted responses as this:

I’m going to ban all the Katie haters. You make me sick. Your attitude stops ‘stars’ doing charity work. Understand why she did it CHILDREN
(the single quotation and caps are his)

And also this:

Why hate on Katie? She’s had no dance training and did this for publicity for the charity. Everyone lip synchs when they’re dancing. MJ too

Well my friend Kat would like to hate on Katie and I agree 100%:

also people don’t hate katie to be unthinkably nasty, they hate her because shes a crazy holier-than-thou robot. whats likeable about that? i don’t care how dizzy her feet are. also anyone who jilts chris klein is dead in my books

And back to Janette … the girl rocked every routine she had … how can you hate on this?

Judd Apatow on Adam Sandler and Freaks and Geeks

This New York Magazine article quotes a lot of interesting stuff Judd Apatow said during  Q&A at a sneak peek of Funny People (fingers crossed its funny) , including the masturbation habits of Adam Sandler, Garry Shandling, the original premise of Anchorman (think Alive meets Anchorman fight scene [Boy, that escalated quickly… I mean, that really got out of hand fast!]) and the beloved Freaks and Geeks.

Freaks and Geeks hands-down makes the list of shows that were cut short too fast by cancellation. How could someone not see Martin Starr’s brilliant Bill Haverchuck and not love him? Case in point:

Why everything sucks

Ew.com praised Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show monologue about why everything sucks and how we’ve become a culture that prizes youth, except the young are kind of stupid.

It’s quite good, and makes me wish I watched late night TV more (even though I just got Jimmy Fallon tickets for my trip to NYC … Jimmy Fallon may fake bowl but goddamn if we’re not guaranteed to see The Roots!).

Brutal

I saw this preview last night.

Stellar career moves, Audrina and Rumor.

Kid Cudi “Make Her Say”

So this isn’t the girl-friendliest song, as it uses Lady Gaga’s Poker Face to serve as a rap hook about blowjobs, but goddamn if it isn’t catchy. This is clearly Kanye West’s doing, that saucy minx. He produces the song and after directing Drake’s boob-extravaganza video, it’s clear the dude has sex on the brain.

“Make Her Say”  also has Common and Kanye doing guest raps.

Even though the song has R-rated content, the video isn’t T&A-filled and instead is a pretty video, kicking off with balloons and using a split screen to jazz up the visuals.

Stay classy, Kid Cudi.

Fact checking is serious business

My co-worker Lindsay passed this on to me, saying “So this is what it’s like to be a fact checker.”

Some may find this alarming considering we’re both writers at a publication, but you would be amazed at how much is published and not checked at various news organizations … but that’s neither here nor there.

Behold, this video from Funny or Die which explains how serious, time-consuming and costly fact checking really is.

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The greatest hip hop song

Of course Canada is late to the game on this, but MuchMoreMusic had a marathon of VH1’s “100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs” countdown over the weekend, which apparently aired last September.

Number one was Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” which doesn’t surprise me but it did give me a chance to hear a bunch of songs that I haven’t heard in ages, like #31 Kool Moe Dee / “How Ya Like Me Now” and #70 3rd Bass / “Pop Goes the Weasel.” Speaking of 3rd Bass, MC Serch discovered Nas and was the executive producer of Illmatic … wha?!? I missed that memo in 1994.

I do take issue with Lil Wayne and Sir Mix-A-Lot ranking higher than Black Star/”Definition” but I suppose you can’t make a list like this and not make someone unhappy.

Here’s the whole list and for fun, my nostalgic 80’s pick:

rank Artist / song
01 Public Enemy / “Fight The Power”
02 Sugarhill Gang / “Rapper’s Delight”
03 Dr. Dre / “Nuthin But A ‘G’ Thang”
04 Run-DMC ft/ Aerosmith/ “Walk This Way”
05 Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five / “The Message”
06 N.W.A. / “Straight Outta Compton”
07 Notorious B.I.G. / “Juicy”
08 Snoop Doggy Dogg / “Gin and Juice”
09 Salt-N-Pepa / “Push It”
10 Kurtis Blow / “The Breaks”
11 Jay-Z / ”Hard Knock Life”
12 L.L. Cool J / “I Can’t Live Without My Radio”
13 Wu-Tang Clan / ““C.R.E.A.M.”
14 Tupac / “I Get Around”
15 Eminem / “Stan”
16 Missy Elliott / “Get Ur Freak On”
17 Sir Mix-A-Lot / “Baby Got Back”
18 50 Cent / “In Da Club”
19 Ice T / “Colors”
20 Kanye West ft/ Jamie Foxx / “Gold Digger”
21 Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force/ “Planet Rock”
22 Naughty By Nature / “OPP”
23 Outkast / “B.O.B.”
24 Eric B and Rakim / “Paid in Full”
25 Fugees  /  “Killing Me Softly”
26 MC Hammer / “U Can’t Touch This”
27 Beastie Boys / “Hold it Now, Hit it”
28 Ice Cube / “It Was A Good Day”
30 Digital Underground / “The Humpty Dance”
30 Tribe Called Quest / “Check the Rhime”
31 Kool Moe Dee / “How Ya Like Me Now”
32 Puff Daddy & The Family ft/ Notorious B.I.G., Lil’ Kim and The Lox/ “It’s All About The Benjamins”
33 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony / “Tha Crossroads”
34 Cypress Hill / “Insane In The Brain”
35 Queen Latifah ft. Monie Love /  “Ladies First”
36 Nelly / “Hot In Herre”
37 Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock / “It Takes Two”
38 Coolio / “Gangsta’s Paradise”
39 Tone-Loc / “Wild Thing”
40 Run-DMC /  “It’s Like That”
41 Funky 4 + 1 / “That’s the Joint”
42 Roxanne Shante / “Roxanne’s Revenge”
43 Game, The ft. 50 Cent / “Hate It or Love It”
44 Method Man ft/ Mary J. Blige / “I’ll Be There For You /You’re All I Need to Get By”
45 Geto Boys / “Mind Playing Tricks On Me”
46 De La Soul / “Me, Myself, And I”
47 Young MC / “Bust A Move”
48 Nas / “One Love”
49 Boogie Down Productions / “My Philosophy”
50 Lil’ Wayne / “Tha Block Is Hot”
51 Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew / “The Show”
52 Foxy Brown ft. Jay-Z – “I’ll Be”
53 Lox ft. DMX and Lil’ Kim / “Money, Power, Respect”
54 MC Lyte / “Cha Cha Cha”
55 Terror Squad ft/ Fat Joe and Remy / “Lean Back”
56 Busta Rhymes / “Woo-Ha! Got You All In Check”
57 Big Daddy Kane / “I Get the Job Done”
58 Ludacris ft. Shawna/ “What’s Your Fantasy”
59 Ol’ Dirty Bastard / “Shimmy Shimmy Ya”
60 L.L. Cool J / “I Need Love”
61 Slick Rick / “Children’s Story”
62 Digable Planets / “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)”
63 Kid ‘n Play / “Rollin’ With Kid N Play”
64 The Roots / “What they Do”
65 Spoonie Gee and The Treacherous Three / “Love Rap”
66 House Of Pain / “Jump Around”
67 Mase / “Feel So Good”
68 T.I. / “What You Know”
69 Common / “I Used to Love H.E.R”
70 3rd Bass / “Pop Goes the Weasel”
71 Whodini / “Freaks Come Out at Night”
72 J.J. Fad / “Supersonic”
73 Black Sheep / “The Choice Is Yours”
73 EPMD / “You Gots To Chill”
75 Lil’ Kim ft. Lil’ Cease/ “Crush on You”
76 Big Punisher ft. Joe/ “Still Not A Player”
77 Cold Crush Brothers / “Cold Crush Bros. at the Dixie”
78 Arrested Development / “Tennessee”
79 DMX / “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem (Stop Drop)”
80 Three 6 Mafia ft. Paula Campbell/ “Hard Out Here For A Pimp”
81 PM Dawn / “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss”
82 Chubb Rock / “Treat ‘Em Right”
83 2 Live Crew / “Me So Horny”
84 UTFO / “Roxanne Roxanne”
85 Black Star / “Definition”
86 Heavy D. and the Boyz / “Now That We Found Love”
87 Wyclef Jean ft. Refugee All Stars / “We Tryin’ to Stay Alive”
88 Jungle Brothers / “What U Waitin’ 4”
89 Cam’ron / “Oh Boy”
90 Pete Rock & CL Smooth / “They Reminisce Over You(T.R.O.Y)
91 Chamillionaire ft. Krayzie Bone / “Ridin’”
92 Yo-Yo / “Can’t Play with my Yo-Yo”
93 N.E.R.D. ft. Lee Harvey and Vida / “Lapdance”
94 Master P ft. Sikk, Fiend, Mia-x and Mystical / “Make ‘Em Say Ugh”
95 L’Trimm / “Cars With The Boom”
96 DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince / “Parents Just Don’t Understand”
97 Eve / “Who’s that Girl”
98 Warren G ft. Nate Dogg / “Regulate”
99 Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz ft/ Ying Yang Twins / “Get Low”
100 Biz Markie / “Just A Friend”