1. It’s official: After 15 years with the Today show, co-host Ann Curry is being kicked off with a reported $10 million severance package. Her replacement is expected to be announced later this week. [via NYP]
2. Rufus Wainwright says that he’s planning to write a musical film that is “very, very” loosely… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we got to know Alex Trebek behind the scenes of Jeopardy. We took the Ghostbusters tour of NYC. We spotted the best places for new college grads. We dug deeper into one of Hollywood’s biggest cults: Apple. We met the junior Avengers.… Read More
1. John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky (Blades of Glory) are in talks to develop an animated film for Universal that’s based on the classic cartoon character Woody Woodpecker. Do the kids of today even know who he is? [via Slashfilm]
2. Steven Spielberg has decided to widen the focus of his Survivors of… Read More
Ken Jennings holds the record for the most wins on Jeopardy!, scoring a total of $3,172,700 after 74 victories on the show. After writing Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs and Ken Jennings’s Trivia Almanac: 8,888 Questions in 365 Days, Jennings has written a third book, Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks, out today. But even though he has millions of dollars, dozens of TV appearances, and three books under his belt, Jennings made an online appeal to find help writing his newest book. Click through to read his open letter to the Internet.
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1. Lady Gaga, who was a guest judge on last night’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance, was moved to tears by one pair’s performance. You can watch a highlights reel — including the moment when she felt inspired to throw her shoe at some contestants — here.
2. Alex Trebek… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we got some much-needed advice on how to compose the perfect love song from The Axis Of Awesome. We were grateful to the Fug Girls for noticing that Lady Gaga had an outfit change while inside of her Grammys egg. We sent half of our friends … Read More
The Bridge over the River Kwai earned University of Delaware graduate student Roger Craig a total of $77,000 on yesterday’s episode of Jeopardy! making him the biggest single-day-earner in the history of the program. Craig was already on a warpath after raking in $47,000 before Final Jeopardy even started, so wagering 30-grand on the category, “Literary and Movie Title Objects,” probably seemed like chump change. Also, everyone knows Literary and Movie Title Objects is, like, the easiest category ever.
But despite his killer payday, Craig still has a lot of answers to question before he ekes out the previous Jeopardy! record holder and dozens of other game show contestants for the most money earned on a television game show. In honor of Roger Craig, let’s take a look at five other guys (and, yes, unfortunately, they’re all guys) who made some memorable bank on TV.
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Today at Flavorpill, we watched every Kramer entrance ever in Seinfeld history. We stared at superheroes. We were surprised by how good the Berlin Wall looked on Wilshire Boulevard. We giggled over Barack Obama’s “Facebook feed,” but vowed never to dress up as a status update. We fell in love with Toby Ng’s World of 100. We found it hilarious that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar got a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar–related question wrong on Celebrity Jeopardy! We got a gander of the 2010 Winter Games Olympic medals. Oy. We wanted this LEGO counter-top in our kitchen. We geeked out over a lovely space infographic. And finally, we decided it was time to cut out and tie a few on. We’ll have whatever Maddow’s… Read More
Our friends at The L Magazine were watching the college tournament on Jeopardy! last week, and were shocked when indie rock appeared as a category in the Double Jeopardy round. How would you have fared?
$400: Ben Gibbard is the lead singer of this band that sounds like a ride a hottie should turn… Read More