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Video: Bill Clinton and Mindy Kaling Talk Holiday Books

This morning in random but delightful TV pairings, Bill Clinton and Mindy Kaling discuss their favorite holiday books on Today. After a brief aside to assure viewers that his wife and Barack Obama are doing everything they can to help stabilize North Korea, Clinton mused that books are “a wonderful way to get away from the helter-skelter of your life and throw yourself into something else” and the duo launched into their selections.

Kaling’s picks were pretty populist, including Stephen King, the photo book LADY GAGA x TERRY RICHARDSON, and even that book Gwyneth Paltrow wrote. Her top choice, to no one’s surprise, was Tina Fey’s Bossypants – and Clinton approved: “I love Tina Fey!” he said. “I think she is so funny.” The former president’s recommendations were stately and largely highbrow, including Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations, which he reads every year. Watch the thoroughly enjoyable segment after the jump, and make sure to stick around till the end, when poor Ann Curry tries to pronounce the name of Irish poet Seamus Heaney and says “semen” instead. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we felt kind of depressed after watching the cast of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory reunite on the Today Show, 40 years later. We thought that Ed Harris made a pretty decent John McCain in this still from HBO’s upcoming film Game Change. We were impressed by… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we witnessed the evolution of hands at gigs. We got hungry looking at this candy portrait of Tina Fey. We were excited to hear that IFC has greenlit Portlandia, an original comedy series about the inhabitants of Portland, Oregon. We wanted to live inside of … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we wished The Atlantic a happy 153rd birthday. We decided that only Oprah was powerful enough to reunite the daytime talk dream team of Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue, Geraldo Rivera, Sally Jessy Raphael, and Montel Williams. We were depressed by how little today’s teens know about… Read More

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What's on at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we looked at buildings that would be right at home in Bedrock. We watched Hoda lose her cool during a Today Show visit by Beyonce. We were kind of sad to see the cast of Glee top the Beatles’ record for the most appearances on the… Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we fell in love with Marc Ruygrok’s typographic sculptures. We discovered that Robyn and AC/DC actually make awesome mashup buddies. We laughed out loud over bits of Fast Company’s interview with Paul Vasquez, aka the Double Rainbow Guy, about his viral video. (A snippet: “When I shot… Read More

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The Drunk Ewoks Who Crashed Today Show Halloween

Every year the cast of the Today Show dresses up as a group for Halloween; this year the theme was Star Wars. We can’t wait to see what Joel McHale does with this clip on The Soup. It reminds us of when Danny Devito was off his rocker on The View — which makes sense because word on the street is that the Ewoks were drunk. [via… Read More

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When Did Fall Out Boy Become Barenaked Ladies?

No, Fall Out Boy haven’t ever been way out on the edge, but their post-emo rockage usually cuts through the murk of alt-rock radio (even if Pete Wentz is the most adorable/annoying schmoozer in existence). Sadly, all is not well for the eyeliner army. Last week, in a a spit-shined performance of “What a Catch” for the Today Show, we got a glimpse of the lost Boy’s future, and it looked a whole lot like a Chinese chicken. After the jump, join sailors, swaying squares, and hugging forty-somethings as the band breaks out its newer, schmooier falsetto croon (clearly a “Barenaked Holidays” album is… Read More

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The Week in Weird ’n Wild Web News

The New York Times issues a set of standards for their in-house blogs. Included in the memo that was leaked to Gawker: “What should be avoided in all of them is any hint of racist, sexist or religious bias, or any suggestion of nasty, snide, sarcastic, or condescending tone – ‘snark.’ If something could easily fit in a satirical Web site for young adults, it probably shouldn’t go into the news pages of nytimes.com.” … Read More

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