The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Do Silicon Valley tech geeks have as much reality TV potential as the gorilla juice heads who inhabit the Jersey Shore? A casting call for a new show — which is rumored to be for MTV as well — suggests that someone out there thinks so. [via

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Watch Sesame Street’s Hilarious ‘Glee’ Parody

Get ready to learn all about the letter ‘G’ with Sue, Rachel, Finn, and er, Mr. Guester. Sesame Street‘s 42nd season premiere airs Monday, and it features a killer parody of Glee that is sure to delight children and parents alike (the episode also includes a significantly more manly parody of The Deadliest Catch, if you balk at musical television but dig puppets). Though Sesame Street has aired parodies of several popular TV shows, including True Blood, Mad Men, and even Law and Order: SVU, we have to admit this one is our favorite, if only for its casual deconstruction of about fifty percent of Glee‘s plotline in the first five seconds, as puppet Rachel blabbers at puppet Finn, “I like you Finn. I’m looking at you longingly!” In addition, Bert and Ernie drama aside, is it possible that this is the first stereotypically represented homosexual puppet to appear on Sesame Street? If so, we can’t think of a better pioneering gay puppet than Kurt Hummel. Click through to watch the video, and let us know what you think in the comments! … Read More

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Listen to 5 Songs from the Season 3 Premiere of ‘Glee’

The new season of Glee promises changes a-plenty with new writers, fewer tribute episodes to glorious pop stars, and the impending sadness at the departure of a few favorite characters. Fear not, though. Jane Lynch isn’t going anywhere, and so long as Sue Sylvester is around to torment the singers of McKinley High or take time to star in hilarious PSAs, then we’ll have Glee programmed into the DVR.

Five songs from the season three opener, “The Purple Piano Project,” have found their way online ahead of next week. Sadly, there are no Foo Fighters or Kings of Leon songs to be heard. Still, after the jump you’ll hear New Directions tackle the likes of Tom Jones, The Go-Go’s, songs from Hairspray, Anything Goes, and The Wizard of Oz/Wicked. Not only do they sound great, but they get double bonus points for not singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Do the new songs get you excited for the upcoming season? … Read More

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The 2011 Emmy Winners We'd Love to See

With the 63rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards coming up on Sunday, just about every TV pundit has posted a list of predictions. But here at Flavorpill, we’re less interested in who we think will win than who actually deserves to bring home the trophy — so we’ve put together a roundup of the nominees we’d give the Emmy to, if the decision were up to us. Remind yourself of who’s up for an award here, then peruse our picks after the jump and tell us who you’re pulling for in the comments. … Read More

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The Juiciest Tidbits from Jane Lynch's New Memoir

“I don’t know why, but I was born with an extra helping of angst,” Jane Lynch writes in her new memoir, Happy Accidents, which hits shelves today. “I would love to be able to blame this on my parents, as I’m told this is good for book sales. But I can’t.” From early struggles with her “gay secret” to a not-so-healthy relationship with Miller Lite and Nyquil, the Glee star has a past that’s filled with inner turmoil and anxiety — but at least the suffering seems to have had a purpose: “Years later, with lots of distance, I saw my young self in one Sue Sylvester. Hell-bent on revenge and out to crush the dreams of the innocent, Sue is always looking for the next fight.” Click through for more fascinating revelations from Lynch’s entertaining new book. … Read More

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A New ‘Blues Brothers’ TV Series Hopes to Channel ‘Glee’

Well, if you thought that it couldn’t get much worse than Blues Brothers 2000 (which currently sits at a lackluster 45% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), you were wrong. Today brings the news that Dan Aykroyd — who apparently has nothing better to do at the moment other than wait for Ghostbusters 3 not to be… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. If you were wondering what caused that collective sigh from Apple fanboys yesterday, Steve Jobs stepped down as the company’s CEO, releasing the following statement: “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to… Read More

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The Fug Report: Highs and Lows from the Week in Fashion

Editor’s note: Welcome to The Fug Report! Each week our fashion blogger friends Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, the sartorial geniuses behind Go Fug Yourself, will feature some of their favorite looks of the week in this space. We hope you enjoy it!

This week, on Go Fug Yourself, we gave props to… Read More

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Minor TV Characters Who Deserve Their Own Spin-Off

The summer’s long break from network TV has given us plenty of time to over-analyze our favorite shows. One thing we’ve noticed while longing for new episodes of everything from Parks and Recreation to Mad Men is that the characters we miss most — and the ones we find most fascinating — aren’t always the show’s principals. With this in mind, we realized that there are plenty of minor players on TV who merit their own spin-off. We suggest ten after the jump. Let us know who you would add in the comments. … Read More

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50 of the Best Music Moments in Film History

Readers, we don’t know about you, but lately we feel Glee-ed out. While we were huge fans of show when it first premiered, like most people, we were disappointed by the turn things took in the past year. It wasn’t just the gimmicky themed episodes that rubbed us the wrong way (although their ode to Rocky Horror was pretty darn awful). It was the lack of any real storytelling, the weird preachy moments, and the fact that the series seemed to have lost that music magic that it had in the first season — those performances that made the hairs on your arms stand on end. Then, Glee Ryan Murphy had to keep his show in the headlines by teasing viewers about which cast members would be cut at the end of the upcoming season. First Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, and Chris Colfer were going to be graduating. A few days later it was decided that they would stick around. Enough already, right?

Refusing to acknowledge that many of us might need a bit of a break from all things New Directions, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie rolls into theaters today. Based on its current score on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s probably not worth shelling out your cash to be disappointed by those McKinley High kids yet again. Instead, we suggest you take a quick tour through some of our favorite music moments in film. Not only is our way a lot cheaper than buying a 3D ticket — it’s also guaranteed to be much more entertaining. … Read More

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