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Rebecca Black's video "Saturday" featuring Dave Days
Rebecca Black just released a new song, "Saturday." Before you cover your ears in fear, I promise you, it's better than the Orange County native's infamous viral-because-it's-so-bad "Friday." Sure, that's a low bar to set, but as far as what it's trying to do goes — making a pop song that fits in with the rest of modern pop songs — it succeeds.
The more mature Black, now at the ripe old age of 16, has either grown into her voice or has better autotune now. She's also completely self-aware, which you might have already known from her cameo in Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," appearances in various Funny Or Die videos and some of her other YouTube videos, including recently posting a reaction video to "Friday."
Here's a look at the meta nods to "Friday" in the music video for new song "Saturday":
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The cast of the movie "Fast and Furious 5" (from left) director and producer Justin Lin, actors Tyrese Gibson and Vin Diesel, Spanish actress Elsa Pataky, actor Paul Walker, Israeli actress Gal Gadot and actor Dwayne Johnson pose on April 28, 2011 in Marseille during a photocall.
Warner Brothers made news when they announced that the sequel to Superman reboot "Man of Steel" would feature Supes taking on Batman. They got everyone's attention again when they cast Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight. Now they're going one further, casting yet another hero for that film: Gal Gadot of the "Fast & Furious" franchise, as Wonder Woman.
Gadot, 28, hails from Israel, brings an international flair that may work for the Amazon princess, aka Diana Prince.
“Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role," director Zack Snyder said in a press release. He also noted that this will mark Wonder Woman's first appearance in a feature film, though she became a beloved character in the '70s "Wonder Woman" TV show and as a member of the "SuperFriends" animated team.
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A Tribute to Paul Walker from the "Fast & Furious" franchise.
On the same day that actor Paul Walker's autopsy results were released, days after he was killed in a car crash, the team behind the "Fast & Furious" franchise is paying tribute to Walker with a new video.
The video shows Walker in his run throughout the series, lasting over a decade, with Walker appearing in five of the six films to date and scheduled to appear in the seventh before his death. The video was released on the "Fast & Furious" YouTube channel and promoted on the film franchise's social media outlets.
The video actually features a lot more talk from his co-star Vin Diesel than Walker himself, given Diesel's character Dominic Toretto's tendency to be the one pontificating in a series that ultimately has a lot more to do with family than car racing.
After all the Walker beauty shots with the song "Coming Home" by Diddy-Dirty Money featuring Skylar Grey playing underneath it, it ends with a still of Walker and the words "In Loving Memory." It's a song that deals with death and going to a better place, seemingly fit to the situation.
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“Mystery Science Theater 3000” (MST3K for the hardcores), home of a man and his robot companions mocking B-movies, made its name in the early days of Comedy Central, with an annual Thanksgiving day marathon being an early tradition. Now that tradition is back — on YouTube. Watch it above.
This year marks the show’s 25th anniversary, and creator Joel Hodgson worked with MST3K DVD distributor Shout Factory to make this marathon possible. Shout is hawking its wares as fans get the chance to watch the show’s legacy live on, with six episodes featuring new introductions from Hodgson.
As the show declared on its website, “Once upon a time Comedy Central’s MST3K Turkey Day Marathon was as much a Thanksgiving tradition as mashed potatoes and drunk uncles. Well we believe in the value of tradition, so we have resurrected the MST3K Marathon for the digital age.”
Los Angeles comedian Jay Leggett died Saturday at 50 years old, collapsing after deer hunting in Wisconsin. A well-loved member of the L.A. comedy community, local comedy theater iO West is holding a memorial for him Monday on their main stage.
The announcement on the theater's website calls Leggett a "brother, fellow improviser, teacher and friend."
Leggett started his career training in Chicago with Del Close, considered by many to be the father of improv comedy. He appeared in the '90s on Fox's "In Living Color" and appeared in numerous other TV shows and movies, writing films including "Employee of the Month" and "Without A Paddle."
Among Leggett's current projects, he directed iO West female sketch comedy group the Ladies' Room, whose next show is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 12.