Star Wars as an infographic
- My least favorite Glee character ("Why am I not getting a solo here?!" every episode forever) did an excellent job rocking some "I Will Always Love You" on "Glee" last night, eerily close to Whitney Houston's death. But it was the kind of epic performance that was also a perfect tribute, so I'm cool with it. Now if you'll excuse me, there's dust in my eye. Like, a lot of it. (Hat tip: Jezebel)
- You can check out some other excellent "I Will Always Love You" covers here.
- In NOT appropriate Whitney tribute news: the National Enquirer hired someone to pose in a re-creation of the hotel room where Whitney died.
- How was your Valentine's Day? Well, 15,000 Southern California Edison customers spent it in the dark — thanks to a metallic Valentine's Day balloon. Oops. On the bright side, perhaps it made for a more romantic evening?
- Chris Brown decided that it would be super awesome to yell at everyone on Twitter about how it's OK for them to hate because he won a Grammy.
- Comedian Louis CK is a trendsetter once again: Jim Gaffigan is following his model and self-releasing his next special as a $5 download. (Hat tip: The Comedy Bureau)
- Feeling funny? Well, too late, you missed the auditions "Saturday Night Live" is holding this week, but hey, keep at it kid! With Paul Brittain leaving midseason and Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis reportedly leaving at the end of the season, looks like we may be getting a wave of new late night comedy blood. Whether they actually get used in any sketches is a different story.
- Finally, there's a preview above, but you should go check out the full image of what "Star Wars" would be if it was an infographic. (Pretty.)
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- LL Cool J paid tribute to Whitney Houston at last night's Grammys in prayer:
- Jennifer Hudson delivered "I Will Always Love You":
- Other than last night's Whitney tributes, the other big story of the Grammys was Adele winning everything ever. Could the skeezy guy in this story be the ex that inspired Adele's album "21"? Do I have to like Adele slightly less knowing she dated this dude? Decide for yourself!
- Oh yeah, and the third biggest story: Chris Brown was back at the Grammys after selling a whole lot of records, and a few years after beating up his then-girlfriend Rihanna the night before the 2009 Grammys. But Brown did have some fans... like these women on Twitter who said they'd love to have Brown beat them. Yikes.
- Oh, and the Beach Boys reunited, and Scott Rudin got an EGOT.
One of my first five thoughts after Whitney Houston died: How is "Saturday Night Live" going to address it? They put in a still of Whitney appearing in a Mary Catherine Gallagher sketch late in the show this past week, which seemed appropriate on the day that she died. However, a week later, will enough time have passed for something more to be done? Can comedy be made from this or is the tragedy of the death just too much? The host this week also coincidentally happens to be Maya Rudolph, who impersonated Whitney for years — usually centering the content around her contentious relationship with Bobby Brown. They previously pulled a sketch from Hulu making fun of Brittany Murphy when she died shortly afterward; will any of the Whitney sketches from SNL's history suffer the same fate? For now at least, here's one of those sketches:
- Members of the Los Angeles Dodgers James Loney and Javy Guerra decided to photobomb anyone they could at the premiere party for this season of HBO's "Eastbound & Down."
- The L.A. Times analyzed a recent appearance by celebrity chef/traveler/gadabout Anthony Bourdain at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center and offer the top 5 secrets to being Anthony Bourdain. I'm not sure if I'm sold on this (better or worse than being John Malkovich?) but some intriguing advice in any case.
- Roseanne's got a new sitcom. You probably don't care yet. Did you know that the cast is going to include comedy great and Roseanne's former TV husband John Goodman? Excuse me, I need to go set my DVR now.
- Author Michael Chabon, known for novels like "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" and "Wonder Boys" (also a film), has a new piece of short fiction in "The New Yorker." It's not available to read online for non-subscribers, but it's well worth checking out. It's a return to a topic he's written about, most notably in "Kavalier & Clay": Comic books. It focuses on the tale of comic creators torn apart over the rights to their creation, a tale common in the comic industry due to the multiple creators by nature involved due to the usually split duties of writer and artist.
- One last Whitney Houston tribute: The ridiculous decadence of the Dubai fountains, choreographed to Whitney's "I Will Always Love You." (Hat tip: Vulture)