Pop culture from Southern California and beyond.

Glee does Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You' and Chris Brown's still a jerk

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Star Wars as an infographic

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Vin Scully on why he wants to work forever and touring Santa Monica and Venice Beach with comedian Bill Burr

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Comedian Bill Burr gives a tour of Santa Monica

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Stephen Colbert rakes in donations, LAPD patrolling for Super Bowl drunkenness and Kristen Bell loves sloths

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Pop culture roundup for Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012

  • Love this year in review video, shot right here in L.A., collecting short bits of video daily and putting them together to tell one person's story over the course of a year. (via The Daily What)
  • Google has a new Los Angeles headquarters featuring things like virtual reality Google Maps rooms and a building-tall pair of binoculars. (via Boing Boing)
  • Adam Sandler was discovered in an L.A. comedy club by Dennis Miller; read this profile on Sandler focused on his time on "Saturday Night Live" (while you try to forget "Jack & Jill"). (via Splitsider)
  • Comic book artist Ben Templesmith drawing a comic book page at San Francisco's Noise Pop music festival (an hour and a half video, but if you don't have time, fun to skip around in to see bits of the process). (via Robot 6)
  • President Obama asking for Betty White's birth certificate (really!). (via the Daily What)
  • And, because it makes me happy, Ron Swanson on Parks & Recreation dancing drunkenly, forever. (via Splitsider)

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'Tower Heist' not coming to a home theater near you; star Eddie Murphy coming to SNL?

HELP HAITI Benefiting The Ben Stiller Foundation And The J/P Haitian Relief Organization - Inside

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FILE: Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller attend the HELP HAITI benefiting The Ben Stiller Foundation and The J/P Haitian Relief Organization at the Urban Zen Center At Stephan Weiss Studio on February 11, 2011 in New York City.

Universal Pictures dropped plans Wednesday to offer the new Eddie Murphy/Ben Stiller movie "Tower Heist" for home viewing just three weeks after opening in theaters on Nov. 4. Several theater chains had threatened to not carry the film if Universal went ahead with their plans, expressing concern about the early release leading viewers to decide they should just wait and not go see the film in theaters.

Universal was looking to try out the idea of charging more ($60 in this case) for a chance to view a movie at home far earlier than normal. Get a few friends together and it could start looking like an attractive possibility, much like pay-per-view fight nights. The plan had only called for the film to get an early home release in two cities, but apparently even that was too much for theater owners. There have already been some similar experiments to this with smaller films, but "Tower Heist" would have been the biggest example to date.

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