Patton Oswalt

Michael Fassbender Will Play The Dude in ‘The Big Lebowski’ Live-Read, Allegedly Quotes the Film Daily

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Michael Fassbender can, it seems, play anything: he’s made a convincing sex addict, hunger striker, rocker-with-paper-maché-head, German mutant and Rochester. But can he do The Dude? Such is the question you’ll surely be asking on hearing the news that Fassbender will, indeed, be playing The Big Lebowski‘s central character. Fortunately (and perhaps surprisingly) this is not news of a remake, but rather of another of Jason Reitman’s Live-Reads (he’s actually done the Coen Brothers classic before, more conventionally — almost too conventionally — starring Seth Rogen as The Dude). 
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‘Veep’ Season 4: Higher Stakes and Better than Ever

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Lest we worry that the Selina Meyer and her staff have come down with a sudden case of competency in her new role as President, the very first scene of the fourth season of HBO’s Veep finds our hero standing in front of a joint session of Congress, staring at a blank Teleprompter. The episode then zips back 24 hours, to explain the combination of Oval Office wrangling, political backstabbing, and utter stupidity that put that empty prompt in front of her. In many ways, it ends up being a model episode of the show, which serves as a stark but hilarious reminder that the fate of the free world is often in the hands of petty, clumsy, terrible people.
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Patton Oswalt, You’re Not Helping the Trevor Noah Situation

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Yesterday we pleaded with the Internet to use the Trevor Noah “old tweets” scandal to have a productive conversation about both what’s edgy vs. what’s just tired in comedy, and to what extent we should hold public figures responsible for their years-old social media posts. Throughout the day I saw some good responses about anti-Semitism, about comedy, and about forgiving ourselves for our past social media sins.
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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

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Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments.
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The 30 Harshest Comedian-on-Comedian Insults in History

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Continuing our beloved series, Flavorwire looks into the rivalries, feuds, frenmities, and good-natured(ish) ribbing of an industry filled with the fragile egos, big personalities, and sharp wits that make for excellent insults: comedy. From Comedy Central roasts to Jay ‘n’ Conan to Twitter spats, there’s no shortage of verbal spats out there, but here’s a selection of the very best. Spoiler: there’s little love lost between Chevy Chase and, well, everyone else.
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A Guide to Celebrities Who Are the Absolute Worst On Social Media

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Ah, yes, celebrities: they’re just like us. Which means some of them are just as annoying as your aunt on Facebook, as unnecessarily cranky as your old college roommate on Twitter, and as insufferable as your #humblebrag colleague on Instagram. They’re basically The Worst, with the icing on the cake being that they have a built-in web audience since they’re celebrities. Here’s a guide to the worst offenders, from Ted Nugent to Jason Biggs to …Read More