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'New Girl's' Max Greenfield lip-synchs Rihanna's 'We Found Love' as Fat Schmidt

Actor Max Greenfield attends the Nautica Malibu Triathlon Presented by Equinox at Zuma Beach on Sept. 14, 2014 in Malibu.
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Fans of Fox's "New Girl" know Max Greenfield as Schmidt, the fastidious jerk with a heart of gold, as well as his past as the larger but far nicer "Fat Schmidt." "New Girl" star Zooey Deschanel dropped this video of Greenfield really Schmidting it up in full fat-suit prosthetics to Rihanna's "We Found Love," including outdoor dance sequences, and it's magical.

Max Greenfield made one of his own in-character videos that got some attention before: his own workout video teaching a spin class, filled with Schmidtisms and arrogance. The video even led to him hosting several actual SoulCycle classes for charity.

Schmidt does SoulCycle

Greenfield used to teach spin classes in real life, he tells Glamour Magazine, including teaching actress Busy Philipps. Watch Greenfield prepping to teach another SoulCycle class in this Glamour video:


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Comedy Hack Day brings comedians and programmers together in Los Angeles

Programmers and comedians gather for Comedy Hack Day.
Cultivated Wit

This weekend, comedians and programmers are uniting at Los Angeles's YouTube Space to make funny things together. It's called Comedy Hack Day, and after being held in San Francisco, New York City and Boston, it's here in L.A.

Comedy Hack Day is produced by Cultivated Wit, a company started by several Onion staffers. One of those guys is Craig Cannon, who used to be a graphics editor at the Onion.

"So I did all of those Joe Biden Photoshops that you may have seen before," Cannon told KPCC. "So I had the very weird skill set of doing head swaps."

The most recent Comedy Hack Day winner: The Wearable Furby.

"They made a Furby, essentially that you could talk to as if it were Siri, through the Google Voice API. So, the way it worked is they kind of hacked apart the Furby, took control of its audio features, also took control of certain built-in functions within the Furby," Cannon said.


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'Serial': Listening to the music that propels the true-crime podcast

The "Serial" podcast icon.
Serial podcast

NPR's "Serial" podcast has continued to exert its dominance in the podcast world, with a huge number of listeners and continued buzz on social media. They recently posted more of one of the most mesmerizing pieces of the show: The music.

Indie rocker Nick Thorburn, aka Nick Diamonds, wrote the show's theme song and other music used on the show. Listen to that below:

Mark H. Phillips writes much of the original score for the show. Together, Thorburn and Phillips provide an eerie ambient bed which host Sarah Koenig talks about whether Adnan Syed killed his girlfriend over, keeping spines tingling every Thursday morning. Listen to Phillips' compositions below:

"I think MailChimp did it," Thorburn told HuffPost Entertainment. The music of Thorburn and Phillips will keep audiences listening for the real killer.


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'Battlestar,' 'Knight Rider,' 'Magnum PI' creator Glen A. Larson dies; watch clips of his iconic shows

A still from the original "Battlestar Galactica."
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Glen A. Larson, the writer-producer who created "Battlestar Galactica," "Knight Rider," "Magnum, P.I." and other classic television shows, has died, the Hollywood Reporter reports. He was 77.

The native Californian, who died in Santa Monica, had a long resume of hits which also included "B.J. and the Bear," "Quincy M.E.," "The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries" and "The Fall Guy." Larson also worked on "The Six Million Dollar Man," "It Takes A Thief" and more. He died Friday night at Santa Monica's UCLA Medical Center of esophageal cancer, according to the Hollywood Reporter, citing Larson's son James.

Edward James Olmos, who played Admiral William Olmos on the modern reboot of "Battlestar Galactica," tweeted his condolences:

Edward James Olmos tweet

Larson was criticized for taking the concepts used in many of his shows from popular films at the time. Science fiction writer Harlan Ellison called Larson "Glen Larceny." Author John Kenneth Muir points out the pattern of small-screen copies, including "Alias Smith and Jones" coming out after "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "McCloud" following "Coogan's Bluff," "B.J. and the Bear" following Clint Eastwood's "Every Which Way but Loose" and, most famously, "Battlestar Galactica" capitalizing on the success of "Star Wars."


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YouTube launches new Music Key streaming service as artists look to pull music

YouTube's video announcing their new YouTube Music Key premium service.
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YouTube's long been the dominant force in video, but now they're trying to take over the music world. Wednesday, they launched the beta version of YouTube Music Key, a new premium subscription service set to compete with the likes of streaming music services like Spotify and Rdio.

The headline features include being able to listen to music ad-free, to keep that music going in the background on mobile and being able to enjoy that music offline. They're also expanding YouTube music features outside of users of the service, with new music-based sections on their site and apps, including trending music, playlists and more. One key feature in this expansion: they're making it easier to listen to full albums, rather than just individual songs, including official music videos and audio.

While streaming music has become popular with a lot of music fans, those inside the industry haven't been as quick to embrace it, complaining that it devalues their own music and that they aren't receiving fair compensation. Taylor Swift recently made headlines by pulling her music off of Spotify, and music industry veteran Irving Azoff told the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday that he was prepared to remove his clients' music from the service. Azoff argues that YouTube hasn't made all the deals necessary to legally stream all the music they want to. Azoff's clients include Pharrell, the Eagles and others.


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