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by Mike Stanz posted Aug 1 2014 11:34AM
Some Facebook users Friday morning were rudely surprised to find that their electronic connection to the world was broken.

Gasp!

Some who tried to log on were faced with a message from Facebook that said, "Sorry, something went wrong."
That's it. No further explanation. Just "something went wrong." And some people went a little gaga. When one social media outlet isn't there, you need to go to another to complain about it. Which is making #facebookdown the top trending item in the Twitterverse right now.

Still no word from Facebook on what happened, or how many people were affected, or how long the disruption lasted. It does seem that things are back to normal, so everyone can get back to the business of sharing Grumpy Cat memes and commenting on the latest escapades of The Real Housewives of Wherever.



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by Mike Stanz posted Aug 1 2014 6:06AM
This is me every Friday at 5pm. How about you?

by Mike Stanz posted Aug 1 2014 5:00AM
It could be that Neil Patrick Harris, star of stage and screen (both small and large), is the perfect everything.

Wonderful actor, great dancer, terrific singer – and yes, the perfect guy to sell your product, as long as you don't mind tongue-in-cheek.

Humor, that is. Not his in yours. That would be different. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

Check out this recent ad for Heineken Light, as NPH learns that he is not allowed to actually drink the product he's selling. Classic.

by Mike Stanz posted Aug 1 2014 5:00AM
The original Night at the Museum was something of a hit – with Ben Stiller as the night security guard at a museum where things came to life after closing time.

Night at the Museum 2? Well, I must admit, I missed that one. Didn't even know it had been made.

And yet, the franchise has already pulled in $1 billion worldwide.

So here we are, just months away from the release of the third installment – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – and the first official trailer has dropped, showing the reunion of Ben and Robin Williams, among others.

Check it out. I've got to admit, it got a couple of genuine chuckles out of this tough audience.

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by Mike Stanz posted Aug 1 2014 5:00AM
Michael Keaton was the first actor to reboot the Batman movie franchise. Many still think he was the best- even if he was eclipsed by Nicholson's Joker.

That was 25 years ago, and there have been a handful of movie Batmen since.

Now Keaton's back in Birdman – a dark comedy that has him as a washed-up actor famous for playing a superhero in the past who's trying to reclaim his glory days by putting together a Broadway play.

Check out the trailer – the movie looks intense. It's due out in theaters in mid-October.



If you want a grittier ride, check out the international trailer that was released yesterday. Warning: it is definitely NSFW!
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by Mike Stanz posted Aug 1 2014 5:00AM
On Wednesday, singer David Cassidy – the pop singer from the 70s who starred in The Partridge Family – had a court hearing scheduled to answer to a charge of driving while intoxicated in the town of Schodack, NY last summer.

Because he lives in Florida, the court agreed to allow Cassidy's lawyer to appear in court to accept a plea deal on his behalf.

Everything was set until someone pointed out to the court a tweet by the New York Racing Association on that very same day, saying that David was at Saratoga Race Course – about 40 miles from the courtroom – playing bocce with a few other guys.

A new court date has been scheduled. And you can bet that David won't be playing bocce that day.
by Mike Stanz posted Aug 1 2014 5:00AM
Katy Perry's new video – "This Is How We Do" – was released yesterday afternoon.

The beat and lyrics are decidedly modern. For instance: "This goes out to all you people going to bed with a ten and waking up with a two."

But the look is decidedly vintage – 60's style outfits for the women, PeeWee Herman-style outfits for the men.

Perhaps an homage to Sharknado even, with some flying giant koi in one brief snippet?

Be sure to stick around til the end, when you'll catch some twerking ice cream cones.

Think of it as Miley Cyrus Meets Ben & Jerry.

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by Mike Stanz posted Aug 1 2014 5:00AM
Seems like no matter where you catch her, Kim Kardashian is rocking the fashion and the makeup. It's sort of her thing.

So it's a rarity to catch her in a non-glam position.

On Wednesday, a photographer caught her outside a fitness spot in LA WITHOUT MAKEUP.

And truth be told, I don't think I'd recognize her on the street.

Shortly after getting caught, though, she took a makeup-free selfie with a picture of her half-sister Kendall Jenner and posted it to Instagram.

Check it out – and tell the truth. If she hadn't posted the picture herself, would you know it was her?

by Mike Stanz posted Aug 1 2014 5:00AM
It's a genuine hit! Sharknado 2: The Second One pulled in 3.9 million viewers Wednesday night – almost three times more than Sharknado pulled in last summer.

And NBC Universal says that the show created a monster 1,000,000,000 Twitter impressions. That's a billion, folks.

If you want to catch up, Twitter's handle is #Sharknado2TheSecondOne.

If you're a fan, you'll probably want this for your desktop, thanks to People magazine...

And check out ABC's The Skinny report on the tweetfest. They're already calling it a "cult film forever and ever." The Sharknado 2 story runs for the first 60 seconds.

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by Mike Stanz posted Aug 1 2014 5:00AM
It would be interesting to sit in on one of the idea sessions for Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show, just to see how the concept of Face Balls ges birthed.

Here's the deal: Jimmy's guest throws a giant air-filled ball at Jimmy's face. The event is captured on slow-mo camera for instant replay. Then Jimmy throws a giant air-filled ball at his guest's face. And they repeat the process with bigger balls.

Actually pretty funny, and who better to kick off your Face Ball segment than Julia Roberts.

She shows off her remarkable sense of humor - check out her comments as she catches a couple of balls in the face.

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