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Newswire: Discovery Channel is done with mermaids, still into naked people

Last we checked in with the Discovery Channel, it had just acquired a new president who promised that his channel would stop trying to trick children and stoned people into believing in mermaids and crap by airing “documentaries” that presented said crap under the guise of pseudoscientific fact. But TV, like politics, is full of liars with really good hair. […]

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Newswire: Vice to start airing nightly news broadcasts on HBO

Vice, the free-magazine-turned-multimedia-news-outlet that used to be mostly about anal sex and making fun of people’s outfits at parties but now covers topics ranging from climate change to North Korea to the militarization of American police forces—and, yeah, making fun of people’s outfits—just signed a major deal with HBO to expand its news coverage. HBO is currently airing the second […]

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Newswire: All hail Taylor Swift, one of Fortune magazine’s World’s Greatest Leaders

Fortune has released its list of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” where CEOs, religious figures, and heads of state rub virtual elbows in online adulation. The list is an eclectic collection of pop culture figures and political luminaries, with Fortune editor Geoff Colvin describing the criteria for selection as, “Do they have followers? If so, they’re leaders.” Given her 55 […]

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Newswire: Big Eyes writers to pen Fox’s upcoming Patty Hearst movie

Fox 2000 has acquired the film rights to Jeffery Toobin’s unreleased and as-yet-untitled book about Patty Hearst, the heiress to the Hearst fortune who was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974 and brainwashed into becoming a bank robber. The writing team behind last year’s Big Eyes, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, has been tapped to adapt Toobin’s manuscript; […]

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Newswire: Express your McDonald’s-like individuality by putting Big Macs on everything

Even as Taco Bell has thrown a biscuit-shaped sledgehammer into the face of McDonald’s Orwellian, slightly-different-shaped-biscuit dystopia, McDonald’s has striven to prove it still stands for the unflinching nonconformity you’d expect from a global purveyor of hamburger discs. It gave its corporate mascot a new makeover featuring cargo pants, the pant of the iconoclast. It attended SXSW, the underground music […]

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Newswire: Russell Brand named world’s fourth most influential thinker, and not by Russell Brand either

Despite resembling the corporeal manifestation of an absinthe hallucination experienced by Charles Dickens in 1861, Russell Brand has apparently made quite a name for himself with the rebellious British youth of late. In the past couple of years, Brand has embarked upon yet another reinvention, this time from mildly irritating Cockney caricature in movies you would only watch on a […]

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Newswire: Name your price for stand-up specials from Marc Maron, Bill Hicks, and more

Those interested in binging on a bunch of comedy albums for a relatively low price are in luck. For the next week, Comedy Dynamics and Humble Bundle are offering pay-what-you-want downloads of albums from Marc Maron, Brooks Wheelan, Iliza Shlesinger, and Doug Stanhope. Those who fork over more than the average price will also nab two albums from Bill Hicks, […]

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