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Michelle Obama Is Releasing a Hip-Hop Album

Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama is releasing a hip-hop album and, as Politico points out, she’s teamed with the Partnership for a Healthier America and Hip Hop Public Health to release Songs for a Healthier Americafeaturing a who’s who of R&B and rap names touting the benefits of a healthy diet and regular exercise.

The 19-track effort features cuts from Reverend Run of Run DMC (on a song that features the phrase “Finding Exercise Energy Thresholds”), Doug E. Fresh, Jordin Sparks, Ashanti, and Blink-182′s Travis Barker and Matisyahu as Salad Bar. Aside from organizing the album, the First Lady will appear in music videos set to be distributed to schools nationwide.

Click here to watch the video for “Everybody” featuring Sparks, Doug E. Fresh, and Dr. Oz, and check the track list below.

Songs for a Healthier America Track List:
01. Everybody (ft. Jordin Sparks, Doug E Fresh, Ryan Beatty, Artie Green, Dr Oz and the Hip Hop Doc)
02. U R What You Eat (feat. Salad Bar (Matisyahu, Ariana Grande, Travis Barker))
03. Let’s Move (ft. Doug E Fresh, Artie Green, Chauncey Hawkins, Easy AD)
04. Just Believe (ft. Ashanti, Gerry Gunn, Artie Green, Robbie Nova, Chauncey Hawkins)
05. Veggie Luv (ft. Monifah and J Rome)
06. Hip Hop FEET (Finding Exercise Energy Thresholds) (ft. DMC, Artie Green, and Chauncey Hawkins)
07. Stronger (ft. Shayna Steele, Jeremy Jordan, Our Time, Nils Lofgren)
08. Give Myself a Try (ft. Ryan Beatty)
09. Jump Up (It’s a Good Day) Let’s Move version (ft. Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could)
10. Hip Hop LEAN (ft. Artie Green)
11. Pass the Rock (ft. Iman Schumpert and Artie Green)
12. Good Living (ft. Ashton Jones)
13. Beautiful (ft. Daisy Grant and Artie Green)
14. Change the Game (ft. The Happiness Club and Naledge)
15. Wanna Jump (Let’s Move) (ft. Paul Burch and WPA Ballclub)
16. Mother May I? (ft. Amelia Robinson)
17. We Like Vegetables (ft. Los Barkers!)
18. Get Up Sit Up (ft. Ian James and Ricky Baitz)
19. One Step Forward (ft. Samite)

(via CoS)

Top 10 Worst Reddit AMAs

Worst Reddit AMAs Ever

The popular forums on Reddit known as AMAs (“Ask Me Anything”) offer site users the opportunity to pick the brains of those who choose to take part in a candid, unfiltered question-and-answer session. Participants range from anonymous people with an interesting story to tell, to authors and politicians, to athletes and — as AMAs become part of the mainstream media circuit – entertainers and Hollywood celebrities promoting their latest film or show. Some are excellent, featuring thoughtful answers to insightful questions, while others simply flop.

Here are 10 of the biggest AMA fails in history of the website:

Kevin Rose

“I am the founder of Digg, the website killed by Reddit!” said Kevin Rose in so many words. “Ask me anything, and I’ll leave you hanging for the next 24 hours before I return to provide a few half-assed answers!”

John Rocker

Back in 1999, then-25-year-old John Rocker of the Atlanta Braves had this to say about New York City:

“It’s the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the 7 Train to the ballpark looking like you’re riding through Beirut next to some kid with purple hair, next to some queer with AIDS, right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time, right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. The biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the foreigners…Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there.”

Nearly 14 years later, Rocker seemed determined to prove that he remains the king of delusional xenophobic redneck assholes, and took to Reddit to masterfully retain the throne.

Morgan Freeman

There was a time, on Reddit, when the adulation of Morgan Freeman — or, at least, the idea of Morgan Freeman — or, at least, the idea of the sound of Morgan Freeman’s voice — was equaled perhaps by only Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, and bacon. That suddenly changed on April 11, 2013. The supposed Morgan Freeman, with the username “OblivionMovie,” provided a series of bland, one-line answers, and Redditors determined unanimously that it was a PR agent posing as Freeman. The next day, a user even posted video proof that the entire ordeal was a sham.

Psy (“Gangham Style” singer)

Psy’s first AMA is as dull and unreadable as his song is torturous. I can think of about two billion people who might disagree with me.

Rachel Maddow

Television show host and political commentator Rachel Maddow’s AMA probably would have fit in better in the r/cringe subreddit than in r/IamA. As one user stated, “This AMA seems like it’s just a list of things she doesn’t want to be asked,” especially since the top five (and seven of the top nine) upvoted questions — regarding topics such as Bradley Manning, Maddow’s role in partisan bickering, and LAPD shootings of civilians during the Christopher Dorner manhunt — went unanswered. The Reddit backlash was so severe that an MSNBC representative felt compelled to send out a statement in defense of Maddow’s AMA performance.

Jose Canseco

Among many other factoids offered during Canseco’s AMA, he confirmed that “my nuts shrunk but my penis grew” due to steroid use, “i still have sex 5 times a day with 7 different objects,” and “I am wearing an old underwear with poop stains.” Whether this was one of the worst AMAs of all-time or one of the best depends on your point of view.

Trent Reznor

Reading an AMA with Trent Reznor is about as close as you can get to watching a legendary egomaniac get his dick sucked by a million fans at once. To be fair, Reznor’s answers are pretty thorough when he gets to expound on his genius – but when presented with a question that actually calls out his hypocrisy, the gloves come off.

Back in 2007, Reznor blasted major labels for not only poor treatment of artists, but of consumers as well — and his gallant defense of his fans was refreshing:

“The climate grows more and more desperate for record labels; their answer to their mostly self-inflicted wounds seems to be to screw the consumer over even more,” he stated, urging fans at a concert to steal his music online: “Steal and steal and steal some more, and give it to all your friends, and keep on stealing.”

Five years later he crawled back to the majors, and when a bitter fan asked, “As millionaires, why did you sign up with a record label to promote your new album?” Trent replied, “Sorry, the wifi on our yacht is having issues, we can’t get your full question to load. Try sending me an email at gofuckyourself@youc[email protected]” In an earlier AMA with Reznor, a user posed a lengthy question pressing Reznor on the major label issue, stressing, “You spent years being trashed by these kinds of entities. Not only you, but your fans.” Reznor’s one-word response: “Poop.”

President Barack Obama

Here’s President Obama playing baseball. And here he is playing softball. Obama’s 30-minute stop on his virtual campaign trail in late August 2012 crashed Reddit’s servers, but the hype wasn’t justified. To see the brief list of questions he answered, click here.

A Tea-Partier Who Watches Fox News and Reads Drudge Report 24/7

Yes, the OP set himself up in the post title for a war of words. Yes, some nasty comments were made. That aside, even in the most civil exchanges, the Tea Partier did little to convince anyone that his knowledge of American politics or current events was anything exceptional; rather, even for a relatively literate and well-meaning member of America’s looniest political fringe cult, he still proved to be factually misinformed and inconsistent in beliefs. The whole thing ends up being kind of depressing to read, like most of r/politics.

Woody Harrelson

When it comes to failed AMAs, Woody Harrelson‘s set the bar almost impossibly high. Harrelson logged onto Reddit in February 2012 to let Reddit “ask him anything” — at least, anything about his new film, Rampart. Unfortunately for the actor, one of the first questions asked (and the one that received the most upvotes) asked him about the time he allegedly crashed a high school prom in LA and took a female student’s virginity.

“Do you remember any of this and can confirm,” asked user AndyRooney, “or have you been so knee deep in hollywood pooty for so long that this qualifies as a mere blip?”

Had Woody and his team of PR people simply ignored the question, it likely would have sunk in the thread. However, he made the mistake of not only acknowledging it, but scolding Redditors en masse: “First of off, its not true, and second off, I don’t want to answer questions about that. Lets focus on the film people.”

Yes, let’s focus on the film, indeed.

“You said AMA,” explained user joetoc. “That means ‘Ask Me Anything.’ Not ‘Ask Me Anything with regards to this movie I’m pushing.’”

“So it’s more of an advertisement, not ask you anything?” asked user Rasalom.

After the disastrous start, his PR handlers attempted to answer a few questions and salvage Harrelson’s reputation — while shoehorning Rampart into the answers as frequently as possible — but the damage had been done.

Make-A-Wish Foundation Helps Kid in Need of Liver Transplant Get a Lap Dance at The Gathering of the Juggalos

Insane Clown Posse

As noted in the Village Voice, 17-year-old Insane Clown Posse fan Cody Morin needs a liver transplant, but isn’t eligible for the procedure despite having undergone 10 surgeries in the past year. However, one dream came true thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, who sent Morin, along with his mom, sister, and best friend on a 26-hour trek from Vermont to ICP’s annual festival (and his first-ever concert), The Gathering of the Juggalos 2013.

“It was awesome,” Cody said after meeting ICP’s Violent Jay backstage. “[He] was so cool. He got us all lunch. He said ‘I’m fat. Is anybody else hungry? Let’s get some food up in here!’ and sent a guy on a golf cart away to fetch a feast of burgers, Philly steaks and ribs for everyone to eat.”

In addition to eating backstage with ICP, a kindly nude woman heard of Morin’s illness and decided to give him a lap dance (see the NSFW photo by Nate “Igor” Smith here).

“Honestly, the highlight so far has been those titties,” he said.

(via Spin, Village Voice)

Fat Wreck Chords Announces Fat Tour 2013 Dates Feat. Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, Masked Intruder, and Get Dead

Fat Wreck Tour 2013

Fat Wreck Chords has announced the dates of the 2013 Fat Tour featuring Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, Masked Intruder, and Get Dead. See below for a full list of dates.

Fat Tour 2013
11/04 Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
11/05 Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Free Bird Live
11/07 Baltimore, MD @ Ramshead Live!
11/08 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
11/10 New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
11/12 Boston, MA @ Royale
11/13 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage @ AE
11/14 Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargos
11/15 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
11/16 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
11/17 St Louis, MO @ Firebird
11/19 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
11/20 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
11/21 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
11/22 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
11/23 Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
11/24 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
11/26 Seattle , WA @ The Showbox at the Market
11/27 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
11/29 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
11/30 Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
12/01 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
12/02 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Live
12/03 Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater
12/05 Austin, TX @ The Belmont
12/06 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

Fat Wreck Tour 2013

(via DS)

Capcom Reissues NES “DuckTales” as an Ultra-Limited Edition Gold Cartridge

DuckTales NES "Gold" Version

As previously reported, the classic NES game DuckTales is being reissued this summer as a “remastered” version of the original game, and will be available for Wii U, Xbox, and PS3. And, to promote the impending release, Capcom has created an incredibly cool promo item.

Unfortunately, you probably won’t be getting your hands on it.

As reported by Ars Technica, Capcom has sent out 150 brand new, working gold cartridges of the 1989 NES game, packaged in a metal “DuckTales” lunchbox, plus, “Amidst some shredded dollar bills in the box was a Certificate of Authenticity identifying it as one of only 150 copies. There were a few other cute, retro-inspired touches: a coupon for ‘green cheese of longevity,’ a flier advertising ‘upcoming’ Capcom games like Mega Man 3, and a fake ad for a music album packed with duck-themed puns.”

The author, Kyle Orland, contacted Capcom to find out just how thorough this reissue was — simply an old copy painted gold, or a newly manufactured product?

DuckTales was programmed onto brand-new circuit boards and chips, ensuring each game’s longevity,” a spokesman told Ars. “They’re housed in vintage NES cartridge shells, which have been carefully refurbished and hand-painted with a golden sheen. It’s a specialized process, and as materials continue to age, it becomes increasingly more rare to acquire parts in good condition.”

For more photos and info (plus information on how you may be able to get your hands on Ars’ copy), click here.

Watch: “From One Second to the Next,” Werner Herzog’s Documentary About Texting and Driving

Werner Herzog

From One Second to the Next, the newest documentary by filmmaker Werner Herzog, began when AT&T approached Herzog and asked if he would direct a series of short films warning people about the dangers of texting while driving.

“What AT&T proposed immediately clicked and connected inside of me,” Herzog told the AP. “There’s a completely new culture out there. I’m not a participant of texting and driving — or texting at all – but I see there’s something going on in civilization which is coming with great vehemence at us.

“In one second, entire lives are either wiped out or changed forever,” he adds.

The film focuses on four accidents, some of them fatal, and Herzog aims his camera squarely at the faces of both victims and perpetrators, asking them to describe in detail what happened and the aftermath. The film will be shown at more than 40,000 high schools and hundreds of safety organizations and government agencies. Watch below.

(via Yahoo!, Slate)

FLAG’s Keith Morris Responds to Greg Ginn’s Black Flag Lawsuit

Keith Morris of FLAG | photo by Shahab Zargari

Keith Morris of FLAG | photo by Shahab Zargari

Several days ago, Black Flag co-founder Greg Ginn filed a lawsuit against Henry Rollins and the members of FLAG for using the Black Flag trademark.

Keith Morris — Black Flag’s original vocalist (and current vocalist for FLAG) — was interviewed yesterday by  Melissa Fossum of Phoenix NewTimes, and he addressed the situation publicly for the first time:

I’m in a new situation because I’ve never been sued. Basically, the bottom line is we’re doing what we feel is right, and I can’t really get into details. I’m being bombarded on Facebook, and right now I can’t respond because it’s just now getting started. I was served yesterday [Wednesday], this thing that looks like it wants to be maybe two and a half movie scripts. A script normally is about 120 pages. I’m not legal savvy, so I’m just kind of holding it in my hands. I’m not really reading all of it, but we’re just going about our business.

We’ve done nothing wrong. Every step of the way, we’ve all talked to each other–”we’re going to do this,” or “we’re not going to do that”–we know what he is capable of doing and we’re not scared, we’re not shaking in our shoes, we’re not going to be bullied. We’ll just proceed forward. We live our lives, and whatever the outcome is, we’re good guys, we’ve done nothing wrong, so we don’t really have to worry about anything.

 We are going to continue forward. We’re going to continue forward until somebody that we deal with on a day to day basis tells us we can’t do it.

Click here to read the suit. Or, if you’d rather just listen to some tunes, click here for the top 10 Black Flag songs.

Pee-wee Herman Is Returning to TV in 2014

Pee-wee's Playhouse

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Paul Reubens — aka “Pee-wee Herman” — discussed a revival of his beloved ’80s television show “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.”

Reubens, 60, stated that there’s a new Pee-wee TV show on tap, “potentially though not necessarily an update on ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse.’” Reubens wouldn’t provide details about the new Pee-wee program, but said an announcement is “imminent” about the show, which will air in 2014.

“Short of something unforeseen like the studio going out of business, I think it’s very likely both these projects will happen next year,” Reubens told the LA Times of the show and of the long-awaited third Pee-wee movie, which Judd Apatow signed on to produce three years ago. Reubens said he believes that the script is ready and financing has come together. The film, which also now also has a director, will likely shoot next year. (via HuffPo)

Regarding the Pee-wee revival, Reubens stated, ”It feels great. I woke up one day and said, ‘It’s time.’ This is what I want to do next.”

Less Than Jake to Release New Album “See the Light” on November 12, 2013 via Fat Wreck Chords

Less Than Jake "See the Light"

Following the 2012 Fat Wreck Chords reissue of Borders & Boundaries and the subsequent EP collection Greetings & Salutations, Florida’s Less Than Jake are officially back on Fat.  On November 12, 2013 Fat will release the band’s brand new full-length See the Light, Less Than Jake’s first proper full-length containing brand-new material in more than five years.

See the Light was recorded by bassist Roger Lima at The Moathouse, his own studio in the band’s hometown of Gainesville, Florida. The album contains a total of 13 tracks — track listing is below.

Less Than Jake See the Light Track Listing:
01. Good Enough
02. My Money Is On the Long Shot
03. Jump
04. The Loudest Songs
05. Do the Math
06. Bless the Cracks
07. John the Baptist Bones
08. American Idle
09. The Troubles
10. Give Me Something To Believe In, Inc.
11. Sunstroke
12. A Short History Lesson
13. Weekends All Year Long

Watch: Stephen Colbert Dances to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” on “The Colbert Report”

Stephen Colbert Gets Daft Punk'd

After spending a whole week hyping a rare television performance by Daft Punk, Stephen Colbert was abruptly told that the duo had canceled – contractual obligations with MTV were blamed, as Comedy Central parent Viacom (which also owns MTV) suddenly found two of its networks in a tug-of-war over Daft Punk’s appearance.

Ultimately, Daft Punk chose a performance at MTV’s Video Music Awards over Colbert’s show, and the viewing public is better for it, as Colbert puts on a performance (with a slew of special guests) that couldn’t possibly have been matched by Daft Punk. Watch below.

Lost Orson Welles Film “Too Much Johnson” Discovered

"Too Much Johnson"The New York Times reports that Too Much Johnson, a 40-minute silent film Orson Welles directed in 1938, has unexpectedly surfaced in an Italian port city Pordenone.

Paste states that the short was originally intended to make up three separate prologues for each act of Welles’ Mercury Theater production of William Gillette’s 1894 play of the same name. It was never completed due to uncertain circumstances surrounding the actors’ wages and the theater’s ability to show projections. As a result, the stage production made little sense without the prologues and was met with poor reception. Following an unsuccessful preview in Connecticut, the play did not go on to Broadway as planned, and Welles moved forward with new projects.

Too Much Johnson is set to make its premiere at Le Giornate del Cinema Muto (Pordenone’s silent film festival) on October 9, 2013. A US premiere is set for a week later on October 16th at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.

“The Sandlot” Actor Thomas Guiry Allegedly Head-Butts Police Officer

Thomas Guiry, actor from "The Sandlot," arrested

Actor Thomas Guiry allegedly head-butted a police officer after he was told he was too drunk to board a flight at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport last weekend, police said Wednesday.

Guiry, 31, faces a felony charge of assault against a public servant in the Saturday incident.

United Airlines employees called police after they refused to let Guiry board Saturday, determining that he was too intoxicated to board the flight. A police supervisor was called to decide whether he was a candidate for a sobering center instead of being jailed for public intoxication, he said.

Guiry became agitated and made repeated threats to the police sergeant after he was told he could go to the sobering center if he was compliant. After the threats, the officer told the actor he was under arrest, he said. Guiry allegedly tried to kick the sergeant in the face as he was placing him under arrest. The head-butting allegedly happened as the sergeant tried to restrain him.

Guiry is best-known as Scotty Smalls in the 1993 film The Sandlot. He has appeared in a handful of other films, prominently in 2003′s Mystic River. He did not appear at the recent Sandlot reunion in the Salt Lake region of Utah.

(via CNN)

Watch: Lady Gaga’s Nude Performance in Marina Abramovic’s “Abramovic Method” Video (NSFW)

The Abramovic Method Practiced by Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga appears in a new video for the Marina Abramovic Institute, an upstate New York nonprofit dedicated to what Abramovic has called “long-duration” art. The clip, which is only two minutes in length, demonstrates what Abramovic calls “the Abramovic Method”: Gaga yells, sits on a chair, and walks around naked, which pretty much describes my daily routine. Watch below.

Abramovic also recently took part in a Jay Z performance-art piece in which he lip-synched for six hours.

The Abramovic Method Practiced by Lady Gaga from Marina Abramovic Institute on Vimeo.

Watch: “CBGB” Film Trailer

CBGB

Last year, it was announced that a film would be made about the legendary New York City punk rock club, CBGB. The film, entitled simply CBGB, will be released in October 2013, and the trailer is available to view below.

The film will star “The Big Bang Theory’s” Johnny Galecki as Terry Ork, “The Borgias’s” Mickey Sumner as Patti Smith, and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins as punk legend Iggy Pop.

Alan Rickman has been cast as CBGB founder, Hilly Kristal, and Malin Akerman (Wanderlust) will portray rock icon Debbie Harry.

Rickman’s Harry Potter costar Rupert Grint has also signed up for the project as guitarist Cheetah Chrome of Dead Boys. Joel David Moore (Avatar) and Julian Acosta will play Joey and Johnny Ramone, while “Seinfeld’s” Estelle Harris will star as Kristal’s mother, Bertha. Jody Savin is directing the film.

Watch: The Only Video Footage of Mark Twain in Existence

Mark Twain video footage, 1909

In 1909, Thomas Edison visited author Mark Twain’s estate in Redding, Connecticut and took the only known recording of Twain in existence. The film was recorded only one year prior to Twain’s death, and was first used in a 1909 production of his The Prince and the Pauper.

Unfortunately, the film is silent, and there is no recording of Twain’s voice. In 1891, Twain tried to dictate his novella, An American Claimant into a phonograph, but the 48 wax cylinders he used were lost. In 1909, Twain read his stories into a phonograph at Edison’s laboratory in New York, but those recordings were destroyed in a fire in 1914. At any rate, enjoy the brief footage of one of America’s greatest all-time writers.

(via Mental Floss)