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Ask the creator of Battlestar Galactica

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I'm interviewing Ron Moore, creator of the new Battlestar Galactica, tommorow morning. I'm sure some of you all are much more familiar with the new BG than I. What should I talk to him about? What questions would a non-fan miss that would still be relevant to someone who hadn't seen the show? FEED MY BRAIN!

Your Friend, Andrew WK

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Wooooo!

Park(ing) day!

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One of my coworkers from my San Francisco day job was the very cool filmmaker Brady Moss. Brady's involved in a group called Rebar, who have created several "parks" in parking spaces around San Francisco. Today, they've built a mobil "park" in San Francisco and one in New York City. More information here.

Just Funkin' Around

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Parliament-Funkadelic in 1976.

The incomparable Glen Goins on the lead vocals. Goins died in 1978 of Hodgkins Disease, shortly after leaving P-Funk because of poor treatment from George Clinton. He was purportedly given six months to live before even joining the Funk Mob, then lived a further two and a half years.

Edited to add this bonus footage of Glen calling down the Mothership:

Inside MI-5 with Fry & Laurie

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Jordan and I were watching this sketch and sharing a few yuks the other day, and I found myself wondering whether it was on YouTube, so I could SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD! It is. And it's delightful. You may recognize Hugh Laurie from "House," and Stephen Fry from "being pretty brilliantly hilarious."

"The Funniest Movie Ever Made"

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Reviews are starting to trickle in from average Joes across the country who saw the Borat movie last night. Here are some quotes from folks over at aspecialthing.com (please note that there is no dissent in the discussion -- these are not the cream of the crop, but rather the crop itself):

"Just got back from the DC Premiere. Won't spoil a thing, but I found it to be the funniest movie ever ever ever made. Holy crap. "

"I went and it is one of the few movies to actually make tears run down my face from laughter. The fight scene in the hotel is one of those iconic moments in cinema that will be remembered forever."

"I just got back from the Philly show. My body hurts from laughing. I have a headache. This movie was nothing short of amazing. There were so many great scenes. Sometimes the laughter was so loud you couldn't hear the movie. Certain scenes got applause because they were so insanely funny. The fight sequence kept going on and it only got funnier. Even when you thought it couldn't be any better it went over the top. I defy anyone to watch this and not laugh. I don't think people will be divided over this at all. "

"This movie is still making me laugh because I was laughing at maximum laughter during certain scenes that deserved more laughter than I could laugh. "

"I will add in chorus that this was the funniest movie I've ever seen. Unbelievable."

"Sounds like hyperbole, but this may very well be the funniest movie ever made."

Lucky Louie Cancelled; Louie's comments

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Over on AST, Louis CK has responded the Lucky Louie's cancellation by HBO:

Lucky Louie has been cancelled by HBO

HBO decided not to pick up Lucky Louie for a second season. Here's all I have to say about this right now..

Lucky Louie IS NOT DEAD.

Lucky Louie is the best thing I ever did. It is a great show. People love it.

I will be fighting for the next weeks to keep it alive.

I thank HBO sincerely for giving me the first 13 episodes. I LOVED working with and being on HBO.

BUT...

It's just not in the cards that we go down like this. No way.

Funny shows don't go away.

If you weren't laughing, you were wrong.

More later.

LCK

Of course, we've got Louie's back. Lucky Louie was by no means an unqualified success, artistically or commercially, but it was one of the bravest and most intelligent shows on TV. All it's problems, in my view, were of the sort that tend to sort themselves out over time. I hoped HBO would agree, but apparently not.

Showrunner Mike Royce agreed to an interview for this blog a couple weeks ago, but put it on hold till the news came down. I imagine he's pretty busy, but hopefully we'll get him on the line and ask him some questions soon.

In the meantime, let's hope somebody has the sense to open a second chapter to this saga.

Previously: Louie CK talks about the show on TSOYA (MP3)

SNL Shakeup Shakes Down

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NBC has announced the cast for Saturday Night Live's next season. Looks like Finesse Mitchell, Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell are out. Sorry to see Parnell go, but I imagine (hope?) he's got opportunities on the horizon.

Current cast is:
Fred Armisen, Will Forte, (Sound of Young America listener) Bill Hader, Darrell Hammond, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson and Kristen Wiig.

Poehler will continue to co-host Weekend Update alongside an as-yet-undecided co-anchor. I honestly don't think WU plays to Poehler's (prodigious) strengths, but I ain't too worried.

Seth Meyers will return as co-head-writer. Staff writers Andrew Steele and Paula Pell will join him in the job.

It's a very talented group. Even the performers I'm less enthusiastic about (I'm not gonna name names, but they're Darrel Hammond, Maya Rudolph and Kenan Thompson) are by no means without their talents and charms.

Oh... and the bad news... Dane Cook is hosting the season premier.

OVERHEARD in Law School

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My sweetheart is in law school, and has been stunned by the general lameness that surrounds her every day. Yesterday, she was waiting to wash her hands in the bathroom, but was blocked by two girls standing at the mirror and tugging at their hair.

Needless to say, this was frustrating.

Then one girl sighs, loudly, and says: "EUhhh... law school makes my hair frizzy."

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