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The Steve Jobs Apple ad that never aired

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: October 6, 2011 - 12:39 PM

 He did the voiceover at first, but they scrapped it for Paul Simon. Or Art Garfunkel. Pity. Steve did it better.


'Sesame Street' goes 'Glee,' er, 'G'

Posted by: Vince Tuss Updated: September 22, 2011 - 5:55 PM

This "Sesame Street" clip was making a splash on Facebook on Thursday, a take-off of "Glee" complete with Jane Lynch-like character and a "Journey"-like song as the "G Club" prepares for "G-ionals."

Even though it's aimed at the toddler set, the "Sesame Street" writers appear to have made better use of their Lynch character than the Emmy writers did.

45 years of 'Star Trek': A dilithium crystal anniversary

Posted by: Vince Tuss Updated: September 8, 2011 - 5:13 PM



It all started 45 years ago: On Sept. 8, 1966, the first episode of "Star Trek" aired on NBC. It very quickly captured the imagination and touched off debate of Trekker vs. Trekkie. To boldly celebrate, is laying out the history of "Star Trek" in this concise timeline, which also makes us wonder what J.J. Abrams has been doing to bring to a sequel in the rebooted movie franchise to the screen.

That timeline isn't enough for you? Over at, they lay out a way to make your own cookies to resemble the characters from "TOS." (That's The Original Series.) Engage!


Blockbuster vs. Netflix: Round 2

Posted by: Vince Tuss Updated: September 7, 2011 - 4:18 PM


A closing Blockbuster store in April 2011.


A skeptic would ask how well this turned out the first time. But Dish Network will roll out its subscription streaming-movie service next month under the Blockbuster name, according to a Bloomberg News report on Ad Age.

Apparently, when Blockbuster went into bankruptcy, Dish bought up the assets, with an eye on Blockbuster's streaming abilities. One improvement on the last Blockbuster-Netflix battle, according to the Bloomberg source: The new Blockbuster service is aimed to debut just as Netflix's reviled price increases go into effect. Game on!

Jim Carrey's love-letter vid confuses people

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: August 26, 2011 - 9:04 AM

At least they’re going to his site:

Jim Carrey is launching his new website with a bang.

The 49-year-old actor posted a video love letter to "The Help" star Emma Stone on Wednesday that many online deemed "creepy." The one-minute, 53-second video shows Carrey speaking into a handheld camera and sincerely professing his love for the 22-year-old actress.

Carrey says Stone is "all the way beautiful. Not just pretty, but smart, and kindhearted" and that "if I were a lot younger, I would marry you." He goes on to say they would have "chubby little freckle-faced kids."

The popular video crashed Carrey's new site early Thursday. Carrey said on Twitter that the video "was a comedy routine."

Yes, it is. That’s rather obvious. Apparently the HuffPo drove a bazillion people to the site with this thick-headed post:

Jim Carrey may have taken the name "Crazy, Stupid, Love." a little bit too literally.

The 49-year old actor just released a video in which he declares his love to 22-year old It Girl actress Emma Stone, in which he day dreams about their would-be marriage and sex. There's no sign of sarcasm in the video, and according to IMDB, they're not working on any projects together in the near future -- meaning there's no reason to create some sort of secret viral promotion.

He, of course, could be joking, which would make it hilarious given how inexplicable it is and how straight he plays it.

Could be!  That’s the point. Although “hilarious” seems a it much. “Man with a lot of money and time on his hands” is more like it.

 E! works hard to make it looks like they’re missing the point, too. You can compare their edited version to the one on Carrey's site, HERE. 


Latest commercial featuring a Minnesota guy

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: August 24, 2011 - 1:39 PM

Really, he's from Minnesota. Who? You'll see.



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