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George R.R. Martin heartwarmingly refuses to kill boy, 13

- July 24th, 2014
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George R.R. Martin refuses to write a 13-year-old British boy into his books and give him a ”gruesome grizzly death,” even though the kid forked over his entire life savings.

But the Game of Thrones author did send the kid a heartwarming letter and donate $10,000 to the U.K. Wolf Conservation Trust in his name, reports The AV Club.

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Netflix releases trailer for adult cartoon starring Will Arnett, Aaron Paul

- July 22nd, 2014

Netlix has debuted the trailer for BoJack Horseman, the media giant’s first-ever adult comedy.

Will Arnett stars as BoJack, the boozed-up, washed-out, out-of-shape star of the ’90s sitcom Horsin’ Around.

The show, from TV newcomer  Raphael Bob-Waksberg, features an A-list cast, including Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul as Bo’s human sidekick, who pretty much looks like a cartoon version of Jesse Pinkman, and Amy Sedaris as Bo’s feline-ex agent/ex girlfriend Princess Carolyn.

All 12 episodes will hit Netflix on Aug. 22 at one minute past midnight for your bingeing pleasure.

John Oliver, muppets sing hard truths about U.S. prison system

- July 21st, 2014

John Oliver knocked it out of the park again on Last Week Tonight with this lengthy and scathing condemnation of America’s grossly overburdened, racially unequal and increasingly privatized prison system.

And because it can be frustratingly difficult to make people care about the welfare of convicted criminals — even though so many of them are behind bars for the kind of minor, non-violent drug offenses that most of us are guilty of committing on the occasional weekend out/college party — Oliver uses muppets to get his point across.

The result (“It’s a fact that need to be spoken; America’s prisons are broken”) is both funny and poignant.

Kudos to Oliver for tackling complex topics, and going for the full breakdown, rather than one quick punchline.

 

 

U.S. hockey league pays tribute to Full House

- May 30th, 2014

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An amateur Philadelphia hockey league is doing its part to remind us that everywhere you look, there’s a heart, a hand to hold on to.

Reddit user Redbeard821 — and that is quite the red beard — recently shared a picture of The Rippers’ team jersey.

The Rippers, a nod to Uncle Jesse’s band, is not the only Full House reference on the jersey. It also feature:

  • The Golden Gate Bridge, to celebrate the show’s setting  on the lower third.
  • The logo for the Smash Club, Uncle Jesse’s night club, on one shoulder.
  • The logo for Wake Up San Francisco, Danny Tanner’s morning TV show, on the other shoulder.
  • The words “Cut. It. Out.” —  Uncle Joey’s catchphrase — on the sleeve.

When you’re lost out there and you’re all alone, this jersey is the light that’s waiting to carry you home.

h/t The Huffington Post