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Quiz: Conservative Thinkpiece or April Fools’ Joke Headline?

April Fools’ Day on the Internet can be a minefield in these absurdist times. What’s a joke and what’s quotidian clickbait? What’s clever, dry, post-hipster satire and what’s April Fools-specific satire? For example: Are your friends mockingly imitating the people who are actually defending those racist tweets, or they actually applauding the racist tweets? Is a pizzeria really deigning to declare itself off-limits for gay weddings? We confess to being a bit bewildered ourselves, worried as to whether we’re going to click our way onto a virtual whoopee cushion, so we thought we’d offer a guide for navigating these stormy seas.

Look at the below headlines and determine whether each is an April Fools story or an actual conservative headline: … Read More

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15 Internet April Fools’ Jokes John Oliver Would Hate

April showers bring May flowers, or whatever, but April Fools’ brings a glut of mostly Web-based, absurdist non-humor. As John Oliver so eloquently ranted about the other day, much of April Fools’ is about being a dick, whether it’s simply wrapping your coworker’s desk in aluminum foil or, as so many Internet presences have chosen to do, setting our expectations high for new, bizarre products and then killing our dreams when corporations remind us that business is, in fact, business, and fun is rarely allowed. … Read More

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Watch Trailer for Netflix’s Food-Porny Documentary Series By ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’ Director

With Jiro Dreams of Sushi, director David Gelb was able to dramatize gastronomic meticulousness — noting how sushi master Jiro Ono could… Read More

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Inside the Weird World of Twitter’s Celebrity-Impersonating “Parody” Accounts

At 4:50 on the afternoon of March 1, @BillMurray tweeted a joke to his 497,000 Twitter followers: “I always say ‘morning’ instead of ‘good morning.’ If it were a good morning I’d still be in bed instead of talking to people.” His fans responded enthusiastically. “I knew we’d have something in common,” replied one follower; “Thanks for the laughs this am,” replied another. A third took the opportunity for a personal connection: “I watched Meatballs today for the first time in roughly 30 years. It was a good morning with some good memories.” In all, the joke was re-tweeted 1,243 times, and 1,587 Twitter users favorited it.

There’s only one problem: the person tweeting as @BiIIMurray isn’t really Bill Murray. As those with even a passing knowledge of the comedian and actor’s personality could guess, Bill Murray isn’t on Twitter. But “Bill Murray” is. … Read More

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Beyond Mansplaining: A New Lexicon of Misogynist Trolling Behaviors

Mansplaining (verb, gerund) describes the phenomenon of someone (usually a man, but not always) behaving as though he has superior knowledge to someone else (often a woman) who actually knows more about the topic in question than he does. … Read More

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Working With Tarantino and Getting Whacked by David Chase: 10 Things We Learned From Steve Buscemi’s Reddit AMA

As anyone who’s followed his career and his history of philanthropic work knows, Steve Buscemi is a stand-up guy. Yesterday, the star of Boardwalk Empire, Fargo, Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski, Armageddon, and Ghost World hopped on Reddit, where he’s a bit of a novice (“I don’t feel very comfortable doing these things,” he admitted), to promote the Indiegogo campaign for a documentary he’s producing called Check It, about an LGBT gang in Washington, DC. Over the course of his Ask Me Anything, he talked about Lebowski, Ghost World, Tarantino, and his stint on The Sopranos, among other topics; here are some of the highlights. … Read More

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Stop Rehashing, Remixing, and Subverting Fairy Tales — Just Kill Them

Nearly everyone with a stake in how women’s lives are portrayed on film spent the first few weeks of February arguing over whether we were allowed to enjoy the story of one college graduate’s BDSM-tinged love affair with a human avatar of capitalism. There has been much less debate about a similar film that debuted Friday: the tale of a young girl who’s hurt and humiliated and forced into bondage before using her beauty and goodness to ensnare a man who will elevate her societal rank by quite a few notches. This PG-rated romance is Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella — a film whose $132.5 million opening weekend makes it likely to surpass Fifty Shades of Grey as the year’s biggest female-oriented blockbuster to date. … Read More

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“As Weird as You Always Wanted Them to Be”: Dan Harmon and ‘Community’s’ Cast on What to Expect in Season 6

AUSTIN, TX: “I wanna ask, do you ever think, ‘This show sucks now?'” The question was posed at the Community SXSW panel not by a pushy journalist or a gauche audience member, but, of course, by the show’s creator Dan Harmon — a writer known perhaps as much for his scalding self-doubt and candor as for his scripts and characters. The question was posed to the small group he began the panel with, original regulars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, and Alison Brie, out of concern for the way some of their cast mates have fled the show. But Brie responded by shifting the focus: “There may have been one season where we thought that,” she replied, to an appreciative roar from the crowd. … Read More

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Revealed: The Connection Between Classical Art and Hip Hop

If you’ve never considered the nexus between classical art and the world of hip hop, well, OK, you’re not the only one. Happily, though, the creators of a Tumblr called B4-XVI have the vision that many of us lack, and their blog is a series of composite images that draw parallels between prominent rappers and art dating from the 16th century and before. It’s as excellent as it sounds, and we’ve collected some of our favorites for your viewing pleasure. (There are plenty more to be seen here.) … Read More

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