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A Brief Timeline of Kanye West’s Ploys for Attention

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It’s not news to anyone that Kanye West is one of the most egomaniacal, attention-hungry stars of our day. Not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with that — in a lot of ways, it just comes with the territory, and it’s part of the Kanye package we all know and (to varying degrees) love. With the recent release of “Theraflu,” in which Kanye talks about his affection for his oft-rumored love interest Kim Kardashian, the critics are abuzz with questions — is this real, or yet another ploy for attention from two celebrities famous for their love of the spotlight? We’re not sure, but so we can all get a little perspective on the topic, we’ve put together a little retrospective of Kanye’s attention-grabbing antics for your reminiscing pleasure. Click through to see a very brief timeline, and let us know if we missed your favorite controversy in the comments.
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Required Reading: Modern Political Memoirs

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has finally done it. Every cent — or pence as it were — of the nearly £5 million he received as an advance (and any resulting royalties) for his memoir A Journey: My Political Life will go to the Royal British Legion, a charity dedicated to the welfare of past and current UK servicemen and women. Though the book isn’t released until September 1 in the UK (September 2, stateside), The Guardian reports that Blair is already climbing the bestseller charts.

Political memoirs have always been popular. Time magazine has a list of the Top Ten Political Memoirs, which while historically sweeping, is not nearly as entertaining as the Washington Post‘s nominees for the “Least Accurate Memoirs.” Recently, with publishers leaning on celebrity authors for assured sales, there’s been a glut of this once honored format. Here, we walk you through a few of the biggies.
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Things That Will Happen Before Beatles Catalog Is on iTunes

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With The Beatles: Rock Band and the band’s entire remastered catalog hitting retail shops today, it’s no wonder that we hear more rumors that EMI, the Fab Four’s floundering label, and Apple, ye proprietor of the country’s largest retail music shop, finally reached a deal to sell the Beatles catalog on iTunes. Sky News would have you believe it’s true, quoting Yoko Ono as their source. Of course, Sky News removed the link almost immediately after publishing, though not before a host of news services picked up on the story.… Read More

An (Expensive) Final Night with Will Ferrell

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Barack Obama’s first day in office was January 20th, which was also the evening of the first preview for You’re Welcome America. A Final Night With George W. Bush. While you might have had enough of Bush in the past eight years, it seems Will Ferrell has not had enough of playing his infamous Dubya character. And despite that little problem known as the recession, $837,000 in first week ticket sales suggests that America’s not done with him either. Maybe it’s some kind of national Patty Hearst Syndrome?

Before you pick up and move to Canada, as most reviews point out, the big (and possibly only) draw for You’re Welcome America is its star, not the show itself. After the jump, see why we’ll be saving $100 by renting Old School and waiting to watch this one on HBO for free.
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