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Kim Kardashian files for divorce after rocking supervillain Halloween costume this weekend - solo

2011 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

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Kim Kardashian arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian And Khloe Kardashian Sears In-Store Appearance For Kardashian Kollection

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TV personalities Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian attend an in-store appearance for the Kardashian Kollection at Sears on September 18, 2011 in Cerritos, California.


Kim Kardashian, 72 days into her marriage and less than a month after her $10 million wedding aired on cable TV, has filed for divorce from her basketball-playing New Jersey Nets husband Kris Humphries.

I'm not someone who's followed the minutiae of the Kardashian lifestyle spread out over a dozen (or at least that's what it feels like) TV series, but as a comic book fan, I did see a story this weekend that caught my eye. She dressed up as a Batman supervillain for a Halloween party!

And not even a major villain. It was B- or potentially C-list Batman villain Poison Ivy. She's been depicted in a Batman movie, yes, but it was the Joel Schumacher-directed debacle "Batman & Robin," a movie which Schumacher has even apologized for and has thankfully been largely forgotten.

For those of you who don't know Poison Ivy, she's a plant-based comic book character who, in the last couple decades, has been revised to become an ecoterrorist, putting plants above human life with dangerous results Batman (and his faithful sidekicks) are forced to deal with. She's become an antihero in recent years, sometimes fighting greater evils and being depicted as not always being the one in the wrong.

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California nonprofit cited in fake Onion story saying everyone's miserable

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"The way to school"

A California organization has been forced to respond to a fake news story. Satirical news organization the Onion credited the California Parenting Institute with a fake study in the article "Study Finds Every Style Of Parenting Produces Disturbed, Miserable Adults." It led to a deluge of calls to the institute from those wanting to know more, including those concerned that how you parent doesn't make a difference.

CPI marketing director Wendy Hilberman said that it even fooled people who worked for the institute. “We even had parent educators who work here say, ‘When did we do a study?'”

Comedy site Splitsider didn't have much sympathy for parents duped by the article, writing, "It's the Onion, it's not real, stop being dumb, learn to use the Internet."

This isn't the first time people have been duped by the Onion; you can see example after example of misinterpretation on Facebook at LiterallyUnbelievable.com.

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VIDEO: Cartoonist Susie Cagle tear-gassed at Occupy Oakland

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Occupy Oakland rough sketch by cartoonist Susie Cagle

In Tuesday's night's confrontation between police and Occupy Oakland protesters, a cartoonist documenting the protest says she was among those tear-gassed.

In an interview with alternative comics site the Daily Cross Hatch, Cagle told her story. Cagle's spent the past week camped out at Occupy Oakland for an illustrated history she's trying to produce about the Oakland occupation. She's raising money for it through community journalism site Spot.us.

She was shooting video when hit by tear gas; you can watch the video below. (Warning: Contains strong language.)

She says that medics from the group Anonymous helped her after she was tear-gassed. "This guy in a gas mask pulled me out of there and washed my face," Cagle says. "It was amazing."

She says that, while she supports the protesters, she's serving as a member of the press. However, she says that you end up looking like one of the protesters due to the nature of the events. "You have to cover your mouth with a scarf for the tear gas."

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VIDEO: John Hodgman promotes new book 'That Is All' with celeb cameos galore

John Hodgman, he of "The Daily Show" correspondent appearances and the PC in the long-running Mac vs. PC ad campaign, has a new book coming soon to bookstores near you (or, more likely, Amazon and e-readers) entitled "That Is All." He's promoting it in a new Funny Or Die video with music by masters of quirky They Might Be Giants.

The video features a wide variety of celebrities and assorted funny people, including Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, Brooke Shields, rapper Nas, Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen, 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer and fellow Daily Show correspondents Samantha Bee, Jason Jones and Kristen Schaal. It even features an appearance by the Mac from those Mac/PC ads, Justin Long. Craziest cameo goes to classic talk show host Dick Cavett.

Hodgman appears at Los Angeles's Largo at the Coronet to promote his new book on Friday, Nov. 4 with comedian Paul F. Tompkins, John Roderick from the Long Winters and Rich Sommer from "Mad Men." "That Is All," the last in his "trilogy of complete world knowledge," comes out Nov. 1. (Proof that Hodgman is a hipster: His official site is a Tumblr.)

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Joss Whedon's new secret movie: Shakespeare via Santa Monica

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The promo image for Joss Whedon's new movie "Much Ado About Nothing."

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Joss Whedon (L) with his favorite actor, Nathan Fillion (R).


Director Joss Whedon, best known so far for TV cult classics like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Firefly," soon to be known for directing "The Avengers," just shot another film. In secret. In 12 days.

It's a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," filmed in less than two weeks, in black and white, all in Santa Monica. Members of the cast started tweeting about it after principal photography wrapped.

A press release was issued giving details on the project, which is looking at being completed by early spring before moving to the festival circuit. That press release includes some of Whedon's signature deadpan self-deprecating humor, noting that the cast is committed to the idea that "the joy of working on a passion project surrounded by dear friends, admired colleagues and an atmosphere of unabashed rapture far outweighs their hilariously miniature paychecks."

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