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Don’t Panic: Why Pop Culture Wants You to Freak Out About Ebola and Pandemics

Since the terrifying pandemic known as Ebola is officially in the United States, the news has gotten more and more insane by the hour. A nurse diagnosed with Ebola took a plane flight, and tried on wedding dresses in Ohio. A health care worker (also related to the Dallas case), is now on a Carnival Cruise Ship, officially quarantined. It’s enough to make the average person hearing about Ebola through 24-hour news stations, blogs, and radio, liable to freak out. … Read More

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The Most Memorable ‘SNL’ One-Liners

We’ve been enjoying Saturday Night Live’s 40th season celebrations so far. And today marks another important moment in the show’s long-running history: the series anniversary has arrived. NBC aired SNL’s very first episode on October 11, 1975. The late, great George Carlin was the host, with musical guests Billy Preston and Janis Ian. Chevy Chase was the first person to announce, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” Network execs only intended to air six episodes, but SNL’s provocative humor, pop culture prowess, and rotating players had audiences hooked. Through the best and worst of times, SNL was there with a snappy, smart-ass one-liner to see us through. Here are ten of the most memorable. Keep the list going, below. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Chris Pratt

Happy 40th, Saturday Night Live. Let’s cut right to the chase with the inaugural episode, hosted by Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt and featuring musical guest Ariana Grande. There are a few new faces this season, including “Weekend Update” co-anchor Michael Che (no worries, Cecily Strong is still here) and newcomer Pete Davidson. Live TV watchers will be immediately reminded that Darrell Hammond has taken over announcer duties, as the late, great Don Pardo—who was the voice of SNL since it premiered in 1975—passed away in August. Lorne Michaels waved goodbye to John Milhiser, Noël Wells, and Brooks Wheelan, but former featured player Mike O’Brien resumes his spot in the writer’s room. Lastly, Nasim Pedrad left SNL to star in Fox’s Mulaney. But the show must go on. We have high hopes for some big surprises this season. Here we go. … Read More

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Bill Murray’s Best ‘SNL’ Sketches

NBC confirmed this week that Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt will kick off Saturday Night Live’s 40th season as the series’ host. Rumors have been swirling about other potential hosts for the upcoming season, including a report that Bill Murray could make his return to Studio 8H for the first time in 15 years. Murray joined the SNL cast in 1977, lasting three seasons, and he’s a member of the show’s Five-Timers Club. Until the rumor is proven true or false, we’ll be wringing our hands in anticipation of a Murray/SNL reunion — so here are ten of Murray’s greatest moments on the series to tide us over until… Read More

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Hilarious GIFs That Make Us Miss ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

When news hit earlier this week that Seinfeld co-creator Larry David would be headed to the stage for his Broadway debut — Fish in the Dark, written by David and starring the comedian as a very Larry David-ish character — it sparked sheer dread in the hearts of Curb Your Enthusiasm fans everywhere. According to the report, David hasn’t ruled out doing a ninth season of Curb, but he’s “not going to mentally do that to [himself] right now.” Even if he did do another season, “this play would push that schedule back.” Doesn’t David realize this Broadway gig is basically a rehash of Curb season four and the Producers storyline? While we pine for more shenanigans from everyone’s favorite social assassin, here are some hilarious Curb GIFs to soothe the pain (and few stills for good measure). We’re lamenting a serious lack of Cheryl, Susie, and Leon GIFs out there. Internet: you’re about three years late, but you have a job to do. … Read More

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20 Photos of Prince Making Inanimate Objects Sexy

Pop culture royal Prince turned 56 over the weekend, but the singer shows no signs of slowing down. One of the central components of his oeuvre has been his sexually frank lyrics. That alone might be enough to make audiences swoon, but his flamboyance, confidence, ridiculous talent, seemingly ageless beauty, cleverness, and attitude basically make him a magical unicorn wrapped in a double rainbow. The sexy knows no bounds — and that the performer largely remains a mystery only intensifies his allure. Prince even has the power to make inanimate objects… Read More

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Pictures of the Eternally Unsmiling Bob Dylan Being Silly

Happy birthday, Bob Dylan. The singer-songwriter turns 73 today. Dylan is as busy as ever, having just teased his cover of Frank Sinatra’s 1945 hit “Full Moon and Empty Arms” in anticipation of a new album due out later this year.

The craggy-voiced icon is known to be a straight-faced, serious performer, rarely smiling on stage or in photos — the perfect accompaniment for his somber lyrics and political anthems. “It’s hard not to feel that the sense of Dylan’s music as so very deep and meaningful would be so persuasive if it didn’t issue from the pouting sloucher on the record sleeves,” pondered The Guardian’s Lindesay Irvine.

Dylan’s stern facade has occasionally cracked to reveal a lighthearted artist who indulges in random headstands, goofy antics, and toothy grins. Check out the photo evidence in celebration of the counterculture poet’s birthday. … Read More

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‘Mad Men’ Style: What Are People Wearing in 1969?

Mad Men is a veritable smorgasbord of eye candy. From the swoon-worthy set design to the striking cinematography, Matthew Weiner’s stylish series deconstructs the 1960s with a visual grammar that rivals many movies. Perhaps one of the most obsessed about aspects of Mad Men is the fashion. The series heralded a revival of 1960’s style and even inspired several clothing lines from big brands and indie clothiers. … Read More

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25 Awesome Tom Waits Tattoos

Gruff-voiced poet Tom Waits celebrates a birthday, today. The howling pianist’s lyrics illuminate a forgotten, shadowy world of drunken sirens, broken dreams, and glassy-eyed regrets. His evocative verses have been tattooed as permanent reminders of the hope and loss his work conjures in the minds and hearts of fans. And the singer’s vagabond style has made him a character worthy of inky tribute. We’ve collected some of the greatest Tom Waits tattoos that honor the eccentric troubadour, below. … Read More

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Charming Illustrations of HBO’s ‘Girls’

Season three of HBO’s Girls is right around the corner, set to premiere on January 12. London-based artist Nina Cosford has been illustrating the series from across the pond. “I love the show’s wittiness and its painfully relatable scenarios and character traits and wanted to use my style of illustration to highlight these nuances,” she told the Daily Dot. “I think it helps to accentuate the softer, more charming elements of the show which lie beneath the grittiness of it all.” Cosford’s artworks highlight some of the show’s memorable moments (and quotes) with refreshing simplicity. We’re especially in love with Cosford’s illustration of the “Maiden’s Milk Vintage Boutique” stoop sale. Take a closer look, below. … Read More

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