Archives for May 2013

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Of Semantics and Suds

It's a summer Friday, and our illustrious cartoonist is prone to daydreaming. Here's what happens when you're a lot more than halfway to happy hour...

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The 8 Craziest Bets Ever

People throw the word "bet" around pretty lightly these days. Your buddy bets you won't tell your wife about that special weekend in Vegas, your brother-in-law makes some insane wager on the Cowboys, you bet all the kids will move out of the house at 18—but what happens when someone takes those insane bets seriously? Sometimes the bettor gets off easy and has to move to the Midwest and at other ti …

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Ashley Tisdale Grows Up, Gets Hot

You might remember her from those High School Musical days, when she was singing, dancing and discovering herself. But gentlemen, take note: Ashley Tisdale is no giggly kid anymore. We caught up with the full-grown bombshell at a Cracker Jack’D event to talk about her role in the recent Scary Movie 5 and what she looks for in a fella. (Hint: “douchey dudes” need not apply.) Click through to learn— …

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Speakeasy: Donald Faison

The comedy star drinks Scotch with Paul F. Tompkins and talks up Scrubs, The Exes, his new prank show, Who Gets the Last Laugh?, and the upcoming Kickass 2. Also, uncomfortably close encounters with Andy Dick. (Are there any other kind?)

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13 Songs That Mean Summer, 2013

Summer’s coming, are you ready? Along with your shades, sandals and six-pack (abdominal or otherwise), you’re going to need some fresh beats to really get the party going. So click on Nelly, cue up this diverse playlist and start the season right…

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Vin Diesel Dishes on Fast & Furious 6

Few actors have managed to brand themselves quite like Vin Diesel has. While primarily known for his action roles, Diesel revealed himself to be a savvy business operator and appreciator of quality cinema when we caught up with him on the London-based set of Fast & Furious 6, coming to theaters Friday. Check out what he had to say—plus exclusive pics and an extended first look at the film—belo …

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Nas Talks Cognac, Cars, Cooking Out

In 1994, Nasir Jones released Illmatic, one of the hottest hip-hop records of all time. Two decades later, he’s still scorchin’, with his last three albums topping the charts. We asked about his favorite things and his best advice. Also, Priuses.

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Speakeasy: Simon Helberg

The precocious Big Bang Theory star tells Paul F. Tompkins about emergency landings, performing in bookstores, show business false starts and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Also, the surprising challenges of being a 10-year-old black belt...

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Chef Rock: Doug Psaltis’ Cookout Jams

The Chicago-based barbecue master of the upcoming Windy City Smokeout shares the tunes he rocks out to while bringing his favorite outdoor cooking recipes to life.

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The 4 Quirkiest Girls Who Look Like Zooey Deschanel

The only thing better than Zooey Deschanel is four more quirky cuties that look just like her. Whether it’s “Elf,” “500 Days of Summer,” or the hit television show “New Girl,” we just can’t get enough of the quirkiest beauty of them all, Zooey Deschanel. Not to worry, these four ladies will definitely fill the void when jonseing for that type of sexy …

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Coffee Table Books Every Man Should Display

If you want to snag their attention, try displaying one of these top coffee table book picks. We've all been there; sitting in a chair or on a couch, slowly drowning along with the clock's tick-tock when looking about the room absorbing the items. And then it appears–the coffee book, a.k.a. the next conversation piece.   The classic coffee table book about coffee table books. Kramer's f …

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5 Video Game Accessories That Won’t Leave You Looking Like A Twelve Year Old

These five video game accessories won’t leave you looking like a twelve year old. You may have loved video games when you were a kid, but with these accessories, you can keep playing and look like the mature adult that you are. Microsoft Kinect. Remember when you were twelve and you dreamed of being able to climb inside the screen and live in the world of your favorite video game?Well, now you …

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Speakeasy: Aaron Eckhart

With intense passion, the Erased star tells Paul F. Tompkins about acting techniques, green screen challenges and close encounters with Harrison Ford, Neil LaBute, Sean Penn, Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger. Oh, and Charlie Brown, of course.

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For the Win: How to Scam Free Drinks

Being a guy is great, until you realize all the pro bono booze goes to women. Thankfully, Mike Capes is here with a variety of tricks that will put plenty of un-paid-for alcohol in your hands. And may even lead to some hot company later in the night…

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Katy Perry’s Songwriting Secrets

No matter how you feel about her tunes, you can’t miss Katy Perry’s beautiful blue eyes and voluptuous curves. Best of all she’s single—and very over her ex, Russell Brand. At the recent ASCAP I Create Music Expo, the singer told a panel: “It's a very tiny elephant. It's like a little tchotchke now.” Read on to find out how she makes hit music and how you can too. Oh yeah, you can see some rather …

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Louis C.K. Kicks Failure’s Ass

He was last seen winning a pair of Emmys and crushing it on SNL. Now Louis C.K.’s selling out a tour and revving up for an HBO special and more Louie. We asked the late-blooming superstar about humor, confidence and tough 12-year-old girls.