This week in mainstreamed piracy: Popcorn Time gets AirPlay, TorrentTV launches 

How a company whose entire business model is based on piracy could go on for any period of time- when every legal precedent from Napster on down indicates that they’ll be shut down sooner or later- is unclear. But that doesn’t mean we’re not getting new innovations in the content piracy space all the time. more »

Mike Myers on WTF: “Wayne’s World,” SNL and “Putting Your Penis on the Table”

Comedy podcasts, enjoyable as they are, often end up featuring the same guests over and over again. So I was glad to see the name of Mike Myers pop up as a podacst guest on Marc Maron’s “WTF” show on Monday. Myers didn’t touch on some of the less fortunate aspects of his life and more »

Fin: Palin’s walled garden, the dawn of “booth babes” and Godspeed, Viral Politics Editor

A Sarah Palin subscription video channel? I’m all for it! Like Glenn Beck and Paula Deen before her, I’m thrilled to see Palin going exactly where she belongs: Behind a paywall. And hey, of all the inventive, scammish ways the conservative media has of getting their aging audience to part with their money- from Goldline more »

Anniversary thinkpiece roundup: “Purple Rain,” “Paul’s Boutique” and the Paris Hilton Sex Tape 

It seems like every day, it’s the anniversary of some major movie, TV show, or album. Here’s what we’re commemorating this week: “,” 30 years. Jezebel’s Hillary Crosley:  From his on-stage booty shake (my favorite) to his Lake Minnetonka purification ceremony with Apollonia, fans ate it up and Purple Rain topped the box office while more »

The geeks inherit the Earth: Tweets from Comic-Con 2014

The annual Comic-Con was held over the weekend in San Diego, and in the last few days the event has led to various cultural flash points, from news about virtually every blockbuster movie coming in the next eighteen months, to the debate how far Comic-Con has lurched from its original comic-based purpose, to the much more »

Post’s Mushnick: Who will stop Drake from poisoning the minds of our youth?

It’s not a surprise that New York Post sports columnist Phil Mushnick is engaging in odious race-baiting, that he’s defending fellow prejudiced old man Donald Sterling, or that he’s using the “what about rappers” defense to any and all white racism. Deadspin’s Tommy Craggs once described Mushnick’s style as “shaking his cane at the scary more »

Twitter vs. Stephen A. Smith: Twitter wins

ESPN2′s morning talk show First Take is generally one of the more odious, indefensible things on TV- a “debate” show in which both debaters- Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith are formerly respectable newspaper journalists-turned-obnoxious TV shouters. It’s not rare for the two men to yell at each other vociferously, yet still be wrong. But more »

Fin: The Stewart non-Kickstarter, stealing from Yahoo Answers and “Boyhood”: Not Jewish enough

I’m kind of disappointed that the Jon Stewart/buying CNN Kickstarter is fake. Because remember the Colbert Super PAC? That was real. They really did create a real Super PAC, that really did raise money- over $1 million. And they really did sustain the bit for close to two years. Stewart didn’t even mention the Kickstarter more »

The Five Stages of Comic-Con Grief

Comic Con. Comic Con is exciting and it’s a treasure trove of geeky information and awesome exclusives. But let’s face it, if you’re not there, Comic Con is just plain harsh. But don’t worry, readers. We’re here for you. Knowing is half the battle, and we’re here to walk you through the five stages of Comic Con grief.

The many shades of ’50 Shades’ trailer reactions

The long-awaited trailer for next February’s “50 Shades of Grey” movie adaptation finally arrived Thursday, with a two-minute-25-second preview scored to a slowed-down version of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.” The trailer, based on E.L. James’ popular “Twilight” fan fiction piece-turned-mega-bestseller, comes seven months before the film’s “Valentine’s Day” release. The setup- young gal (Dakota Johnson), more »

A “Sharknado” tie-in for the Philips Hue

Philips has announced an unlikely product tie-in for its popular Philips Hue connected lighting system- and it’s with the upcoming sequel to “,” last year’s notorious Syfy channel movie about a tornado of sharks. For the upcoming debut of “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” the Syfy Sync second screen app will pair with the Philips more »

Patton Oswalt readies new book, “Silver Screen Fiend”

Patton Oswalt is in the middle of a self-imposed super-long hiatus from social media participation- which he briefly broke Wednesday in order to retweet the news of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s #1 album- but you’ll soon have a chance to read the comedian’s words. As Splitsider pointed out earlier this week, Oswalt’s new book, titled “Silver more »