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Holy YouTube! Fifteen Videos Inspired by the Batman TV Show

Legions of Bat-fans can now rejoice because, after years of wrangling between studios, individuals, and estates of individuals, the seemingly impossible has happened: the 1966 Batman television show will finally be available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital download. If you don’t believe me, check out this promo and see for yourself. There’s going to be a big announcement at San Diego Comic-Con today with more details as to what to expect from these sets and what extras will be included. But until then, here are a few videos to help get you in the mood.

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The Show Must Go On: 10 TV Series That Dealt With Death

When Fox’s Glee returns to the air for its fifth season tomorrow, it will do so with the weight of tragedy behind it. Cast member Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson, died of a drug overdose in July. A tribute episode is planned for October 10 — “The Quarterback” — in which Finn will die and be written out of the show. It certainly won’t be the first time a TV series has had to deal with the loss of a major cast member, and will definitely not be the last. Here are ten other television series that also had to make the tough decision to carry on under similar circumstances. Cheers With filming of Cheers’ third season nearly complete, Nicholas Colasanto (“Coach” Ernie Pantusso) died of a heart attack in February at age 61. Colasanto had suffered from heart disease for years and was in fact planning to retire from acting before being offered the role of Coach. In the first episode of season four, Sam Malone reveals that Coach has died. He was …

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10 Movies…About Awesome Businesspeople

This week marks the release of Jobs, which stars Ashton Kutcher, the inventor of prankism, as Steve Jobs, the inventor of the computer and the MP3 who ultimately became the wealthiest man in the history of the world. Here are 10 other movies about brave Americans who made money and fought back against a society that wants to see them fail and to punish them for being enterprising. Superman An allegorical film about how immigrants (Superman) are hell-bent on destroying everything hard-working American businessmen (Lex Luthor) have built up. It’s a Wonderful Life Mr. Potter did live a wonderful life—nobody ever said you were going to make friends in the banking industry. But you know what he did make? Money. Mildred Pierce Mildred should not have let her wayward children and loathsome husbands get in the way of what really mattered: building a chicken-and-waffles empire. Thank You For Smoking This movie makes me want a cigarette, which I know is bad for me, which shows you the inspiring power of public relations. It also makes …

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10 Movies…That Co-Starred a Former Adult Film Star (Like ‘The Canyons’)

So the troubled B-movie-homage-that’s-also-a-B-movie The Canyons is finally coming out this week, starring Lindsay Lohan and James Deen. I think at some point we all thought that porn would lure in legitimate actor Lindsay Lohan, but instead, Lohan lured porn actor James Deen into legitimate movies. It is very unlikely, but not impossible, for Deen to cross over to mainstream film success; many have attempted, and a few have succeeded, although ever became what one would call a movie star. And often they get pigeonholed (pun intended) into roles that require nudity or simulated intercourse. But hey, the pay is good, you get a SAG card, and no penetration! Here are 10 movies that included among their casts a former adult film professional. Zack and Miri Make a Porno Porn star Katie Morgan plays a girl who helps Zack and Miri…make a porno. She’s actually pretty funny as a character with which she is intimately familiar. Cry-Baby Notorious adult film star Traci Lords wasn’t actually an adult when she made her adult films, but camp …

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10 Movies…That Are Unnecessary Prequels (To Prepare You For ‘Monsters University’)

Once Disney took a more draconian handle on Pixar, it was inevitable that they’d make the tiny, massively-gifted studio start churning out sequels and prequels to their most marketable hits. A couple years ago, they made Cars 2, which focused on Mater, the character that sold the most toys, and later this year we’ve got an offshoot called Planes. But first, Monsters University, in which we get to see the monsters from Monsters Inc. learning the job skills they’ll need to one day land a job at Monsters Inc. Here are 10 other unnecessary prequels. Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd You want to know how Harry and Lloyd met? They met in high school. Where the hell else were they going to meet? Oz The Great and Powerful All about how Professor Marvel made his way to Oz and how everything went to shit before Dorothy showed up. However, the entire premise of this movie doesn’t make any sense, because Oz was dreamed up by a little girl in a dream and didn’t …

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10 Movies…In Which People Play Themselves (To Prepare You For ‘This Is the End’)

This is the End looks funny, and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are excellent screenwriters, and it stars a great cast which consists of every notable comic actor and institution of the last 10 years. However, everybody in it plays “themselves,” which is both so ironic it’s so longer ironic and almost as self-indulgent and oblivious to the audience as one of those movies where Adam Sandler dicks around Hawaii for 90 minutes. It’s been done before, of course, actors playing themselves. No cameos here, though. I’m not talking Mike Tyson in The Hangover or Lance Armstrong in Dodgeball. I mean real-life stories portrayed by the person who actually lived them. Alternately, it’s silly and fun to have an actor play against type, and even more fun if they play that character as “themselves,” as if that wacky character is their real, off-screen persona. The Jackie Robinson Story When the first filmed take on Robinson breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier was made in 1950, it was kind of cheesy to cast Robinson as himself. …

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10 Movies…About Magicians (To Prepare You For ‘Now You See Me’)

I’m not sure Now You See Me is a real movie—I’m pretty sure it’s part of the massive viral marketing campaign for last weekend’s huge Arrested Development revival. Evidence: it stars Michael Cera look-alike Jesse Eisenberg, new A.D. cast member Isla Fisher, and the plot concerns both the theft of money and cheesy, Vegas-style magic—I mean illusions. (“A trick is something a whore does for money. Or cocaine.” — GOB Bluth.) Here then are 10 certifiably real movies about magic anyway. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone If they’d made that Arrested Development movie, and it was solely about GOB and his rival magician, Tony Wonder, this would be that movie.   Scoop The ghost of a man played by a notable actor hamming it up (Ian McShane) helps a cute young girl (Scarlett Johansson) and her bumbling friend (Woody Allen) solve a mystery. Fun fact: Woody Allen wrote this in 1971 as a Scooby-Doo spec script.   Hugo It’s about movies, and magic…but really the “magic” of “movies.” Awww….   The Geisha Boy Jerry Lewis stars …

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5-Plus Albums That Are Song-For-Song Covers of Other Albums

Every year, Record Store Day brings us new musical releases to surprise and delight. One of the most delightful surprises this year was a live recording by onetime Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus, performing Can’s 1973 album Ege Bamyasi in its entirety. It wasn’t an entirely unexpected move for Malkmus — he has long spoken of his love for the German experimental scene, and Can in particular — but still, it led us to wonder: When did this become a thing? Bands have been covering each other’s songs since the beginnings of recorded music, of course, and many bands have put out entire albums of covers wherein they pay tribute to their influences. (David Bowie’s Pin Ups might have been the first — as he has been first at so many things — but everybody does it, now.) And there have been compilations that recreate classic albums with each track performed by a different artist (the British music press loves to organize these; New Musical Express masterminded Sergeant Pepper Knew My Father, which brought together Sonic …