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2008 Overrated/Underrated Awards

January 16th, 2009 12:55pm EST
Katy Perry
All this year we've used this space to chronicle the annals of pop culture. Specifically, whether or not certain members of this all-encompassing umbrella term are overrated or underrated.

The time has come to focus our microscope a little more sharply and turn our critical eye on the year that was.

So, here they are, the first annual All Overrated/Underrated Awards in the fields of music, television and film.

MUSIC

The "'Everywhere' by Michelle Branch" Award for Most Underrated Record of the Year:

The Winner is: "Run (I'm a Natural Disaster) by Gnarls Barkley

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Weird, Strange Holiday Specials

December 23rd, 2008 12:08pm EST
The Star Wars Holiday Special
Since the Christmas season plays such an important roll in many people's lives, the holiday invariably leaks into popular culture. Most cartoons eventually tackle the topic of Christmas, which means we've all seen the holiday celebrated in some strange situations. The Flintstones celebrate Christmas despite it taking place a few dozen millennia before the birth of the holiday's namesake. Still, that doesn't seem too strange. Occasionally though, things do get strange. A stone-age Christmas seems normal compared to Pac-man learning the meaning of Christmas from Santa himself. Something about...
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To The Place Where Blind Men See In... Today's Links

December 10th, 2008 7:30pm EST
Creed
Check out some of the best links we found around the web today. And be sure to visit our Daily Links section where we're constantly pouring in the best stuff from around the web.

Our favorite Google search term of the day: "worst band in the world" - Google

The #1 reason "Powder Blue" will kill at the box office: Jessica Biel plays a stripper (video!!) - Celeb Newswire

Natalie Portman's role as a senator in the "Star Wars" prequels has just become believable - People.com

Mayne Street: Beijing

Rolling Stone's latest list: the 20 best album covers of 2008. Too ...
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Review: 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia'

October 24th, 2008 10:24am EDT
It
Stealing a tree-hugger's girlfriend, then demolishing the tree. Being used by teenagers to get back at their high school hook-ups. Finding Welfare and crack to be the answer after unemployment benefits run out. Nazi grandfathers. Hunting - humans. An Irish gay bar. Beer. Sex. Stupid people. Marrying your own daughter. Danny DeVito.

I accidentally ran into this show at the recommendation of some very mixed company: my brother, my irresponsible ex-roommate, and my mother. There's a lot to be said about a show that catches the eye of a college student, a waitress, and a Baby Boomer. For t...
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Pulse Patrol: The Weakly Round-Up Of User Comments

September 30th, 2008 9:30am EDT
Pulse Patrol
Each week the editors at Starpulse will be highlighting the best responses and remarks to news stories and celebrity topics that we've come across.

News Highlights = This week's most stirring and comical annotations were made on the latest stories on the completely shocking and stunning Gay Aiken story, Chris Kattan’s Break-up, and C.Nor’s political views, as well as a Story about Paris’ Porn Portrait.

Topic Highlights = There were some gracious and pleasant remarks made about Richard Dean Anderson and actress Mimi Rogers on the other hand, there even more love and affection for J...
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The Emmy's 60th Anniversary: Fans Get To Vote For Best Comedy And Drama Moments

August 28th, 2008 11:27am EDT
All In The Family
As a means of celebrating its 60th Anniversary (really, are we just going to have a garish celebration for any year ending in 0 or 5 now?) Emmy has decided to name the most memorable moments from both Drama and Comedy on TV.

The best thing about this countdown is that the fans get to decide. On the Emmy website are a list of 20 funny moments and 20 serious scenes just begging for your vote. You only get to choose one in each category, so you're going to need some help. You'll find it below as each category is narrowed down to the five best. Also listed are some moments that shouldn...
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Slideshow: Cartoons We Love - 'Family Guy'

August 21st, 2008 2:29pm EDT
Family Guy
FOX's 'Family Guy' may be one of our all-time favorite cartoons. Here's some of our favorite pictures of Peter, Lois, Stewie, Meg, Chris, Brian and the rest of the Quahog gang.

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More Family Guy pictures & news

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New TV On DVD, Aug. 12

August 12th, 2008 8:00am EDT
Tru Calling
There are a bunch of new TV series in stores this week: season one of Caroline In The City and Dave's World, season three of Prison Break, season five of The Wire, season eleven of South Park, and Tru Calling the complete series.
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'South Park: The Complete Eleventh Season- Uncensored' Comes To DVD Aug. 12

August 8th, 2008 8:30pm EDT
South Park
In the 11th season of South Park, Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny attempt to rescue Imaginationland from nuclear annihilation, discover the secret behind the Easter Bunny and get head lice. Released via Comedy Central Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment, "South Park: The Complete Eleventh Season- Uncensored" DVD arrives in stores nationwide on Tuesday, August 12 and will also be available at http://shop.comedycentral.com.

"South Park: The Complete Eleventh Season- Uncensored" DVD is an exclusive three-disc collector's edition comprised of all 14 legendary episodes. In...
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Five Most Underrated & Overrated TV Shows At Comic-Con

August 8th, 2008 10:31am EDT
Heroes
Two weeks ago, nerds, geeks, and those "just going to San Diego for the weekend to check out the beaches" poured into Comic-Con 2008 in all their "Babylon 5"-clad glory.

Comic-Con is an ever-evolving beast. It started as a few dozen collectors meeting in a basement in San Diego to trade and discuss comics. Now it is an event so massive it shuts down an entire city for the weekend.

Comic-Con also holds a tremendous amount of power nowadays. Nervous directors unveil scenes from their latest superhero big-screen opus to the attendees, well-aware that a lukewarm response could spe...
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'Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!' & Other Memorable TV Quotes

July 14th, 2008 8:45am EDT
Diff
When the television became available in the early 20th century, who would have ever thought it could became such a vital part of pop culture and media coverage? These days the "Boob Tube" still holds power over even the most casual of viewers with its advertising campaigns and storytelling prime time shows.

The television is used to entertain as well as inform, and over the years thousands of shows were created to catch the attention of the public. Only so many shows are able to grab the love and approval of audiences, and even less than that stay memorable after years pass on. Here a...
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A Memo To Emmy Voters

June 17th, 2008 10:04am EDT
Big Love
Starpulse writer Andrew Payne is getting sick of the snubs by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. And even though Katherine Heigl doesn't want to be an Emmy contender this year, there are plenty of deserving shows, actors and actresses that should be recognized. Here are Payne's suggestions for those casting their ballots this week:

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Emmy Voters:

I am writing because I understand your ballots for this year's nominees are due this week. In the past, you've had quite a difficult time selecting the proper honorees. I'm not blaming you. I completely understa...
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Our Favorite Fictional TV Towns

May 22nd, 2008 8:30am EDT
South Park
Many television series are based in real-life cities (Full House - San Francisco; Family Matters - Chicago; and Beverly Hills, 90210 - Beverly Hills). Even though several TV towns are fictional, TV fans can't help but wonder what it'd be like to live there.

Here's a look at some of our favorite fictional TV towns:

Stars Hollow, Connecticut (Gilmore Girls)

Stars Hollow, which was founded in 1779, is a small town in Connecticut that's home to some very eccentric characters. From Rory and Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham), to the grouchy Luke Danes and the always stranger Kirk, ther...
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Sundance Hit 'Hamlet 2' Debuts In Theaters August 22

May 18th, 2008 9:30am EDT
Hamlet 2
A world premiere at-– and the comedy smash of-– the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. In the irreverent comedy, Hamlet 2, A failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama teacher (Steve Coogan) rallies his Tucson, AZ students as he conceives and stages a politically incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Written by Andrew Fleming and Pam Brady ("South Park," "Team America"), Hamlet 2 stars Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Amy Poehler, David Arquette and Elisabeth Shue. Hamlet 2 opens August 22 in select cities and August 29 nationwide.

"Hamlet 2" Trailer: QuickTime High | Low...
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Solo Artists: Most Underrated And Overrated

May 16th, 2008 10:52am EDT
Bob Marley
In one week, "American Idol" will add one more solo artist to the music history.

Whoever it is, they have their work cut out for them. America has a penchant for producing legendary solo artists. People like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Marvin Gaye all came from America. Britain may have the monopoly on bands with the likes of The Beatles, The Who, and The Rolling Stones, but our sense of Independence has allowed us to produce the best solo acts of all time.

Still, some of these solo artists have received glowing reviews when completely unwarranted. Others have been nearly...
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What's The Best Show On TV Right Now? Starpulse Writers Weigh In

April 21st, 2008 8:33am EDT
Best TV Show?
What makes a TV show great? Is it the number of viewers or awards it has received? Not necessarily. In its last season, less than 3 million people tuned in to an episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," but it is unarguably one of the best sci-fi/fantasy shows of all time. In seven seasons, the show won just one Emmy - in 1998 for outstanding makeup. Guess what other fan favorite won just one Emmy (also for outstanding makeup)? Gilmore Girls.

Despite both series' original and witty screenwriting, they never received the props they deserved. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Lauren Graham bo...
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It's A World Without The Internet On Tonight's All-New 'South Park'

April 16th, 2008 6:00am EDT
South Park
The citizens of South Park wake up one morning and find the internet is gone, in an all-new episode of "South Park," entitled "Over Logging," premiering on Wednesday, April 16 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Comedy Central.

No one in South Park has internet access and there's no telling when, or even if, it will come back. Desperation sets in as the fear of the unknown spreads rapidly across the country. When Randy hears there still may be some internet out in California, he packs up his family and heads west in search of a signal.
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Three Of The Coolest Characters On TV

March 25th, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Jim from The Office
It appears that television has hit its stride. With a multitude of channels and various formats for presentation, including watching programs on demand or online, shows now have a range and quality that is unmatched in previous times.

In recent years, there have been hour-long dramas such as Lost, 24, The Shield, Nip/Tuck, The Wire, and The Sopranos that captivated audiences and left them wanting more. Furthermore, there are several half-hour sitcoms that are undeniably hilarious. Shows like The Office, 30 Rock, South Park and Scrubs provide many laughs for an eager audience. Even pro...
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Greatest 'South Park' Episodes

March 12th, 2008 11:06am EDT
South Park
It's that time again…A new season of South Park is on the way. Yes, the four little boys from South Park have been offending, swearing, making us all think and making us all laugh for 12 years. We walked down memory lane, went through all the seasons and picked some of our favorite episode from each season (This wasn't as easy as it sounds since there were a couple of seasons that had 4 or 5 really good episodes). Here are our picks of the greatest "South Park" episodes:

Season 1:

Mecha Streisand (Episode 12)

Kyle's discovery at an archaeological dig catches the attention of Bar...
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'South Park Imaginationland,' Uncensored, Unseen Director's Cut, Hits DVD March 11

March 6th, 2008 11:57am EST
South Park Imaginationland
In this uncensored, never-before-seen director’s cut, the doors of the world’s imagination are thrown wide open and the boys of South Park are transported to a magical realm in their greatest odyssey ever. Stan, Kyle, and Butters find themselves in Imaginationland just as terrorists launch an attack that unleashes all of mankind’s most evil characters imaginable. With the world’s imaginations spinning out of control, the government prepares to nuke Imaginationland to put an end to the chaos. Racing against time to prevent nuclear annihilation, the citizens of Imaginationland realize thei...
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'Survivor' Fantasy Cast: Who Would You Strand On An Island?

February 4th, 2008 12:00pm EST
Snoop Dogg
I'm an avid fan of "Survivor." I have been since the first episode of the first season. What's not to love? With the amount of scheming, deception and backstabbing, I always found myself thinking of people that I would want to see wasting away on "Survivor." This list usually included people that I intensely disliked because the experience can be tough on some people.

I have assembled my list of celebrities, historical figures and fictional characters that I would love to have on my island. The latest season had 16 people, so that's the number I'm going with.

1. Fidel Castro

Thi...
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Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alec Baldwin Star in 'Suburban Girl'

January 10th, 2008 9:00pm EST
Suburban Girl
Image Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq-DISK), a leading independent licensee, producer and distributor of feature films and entertainment programming in North America, announced an agreement with Odd Lot Entertainment to acquire U.S. theatrical, home video and non-broadcast digital rights to two of their feature films, Suburban Girl and Undead or Alive.

Suburban Girl is a romantic comedy based on two short stories from Melissa Bank's best selling short story collection, "The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing," about love, loss and ambition. Brett Eisenberg (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is a jun...
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2007 TV Year In Review: Top 5 Comedies

December 27th, 2007 12:00pm EST
How I Met Your Mother
Long gone are the days of NBC's "Must See TV," which consisted of classics such as The Cosby Show, Cheers, Seinfeld, and Friends. Although today's comedic offerings aren't as legendary as those in the past, there are still a few gems that shone slightly brighter in '07.

Top 5 Comedies:

5. "The Simpsons" - It's still one of the best shows on TV after all this time, and it managed to avoid the lull suffered by "South Park" following the release of its first film. This year Homer was allowed to be a bit smarter than in seasons past, and it returned to more of the satirical humor tha...
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Starpulse.com's South Park Season 11 Recap

November 29th, 2007 3:35pm EST
South Park
You thought I was done, didn’t you?

Its 15 weeks until the premiere of season twelve. What’s a girl to do until then? How about reflecting on the good times? In the fictitious little town of South Park, Colorado, Kyle has to stab Jesus in the neck to save Easter, Cartman jumps over the homeless, Stan exposes Bono as a piece of s--t, and Kenny dies... again. And we’re not even half way through the season. Let’s face it, what’s a commentary without a recap?

With Apologies to Jesse Jackson

"The clue is people who annoy you."

Stan becomes a social outcast when his dad blurts ...
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Starpulse's Christmas Music Guide

November 23rd, 2007 11:00am EST
Mannheim Steamroller
Okay, as of today the holiday season is officially upon us. Traditionally known as 'Black Friday' to shoppers across the U.S., the day after Thanksgiving marks the biggest shopping day of the year in the country. There will be sales galore and alarm clocks will be ringing in the wee hours of the night to get the masses ready to hit their local Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Target, etc., to hunt for those earlybird specials-- rewards for those who line up early to catch those 5-9am one-time-only superdeals while the rest of us are having breakfast.

As the hustle and bustle of the seaso...
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'South Park' Season 11 Turns In Its Best Performance Since 1998

November 16th, 2007 4:12pm EST
South Park
The season began with apologies to Jesse Jackson, ended with Abe Lincoln and featured Hillary's snuke, Al Gore's worst nightmare, the instant classic "Imaginationland" trilogy and, oh yeah, a second Emmy Award in between.

"South Park's" spectacular season 11 earned remarkable ratings, recording the most-watched (total viewers) and highest- rated (Men 18-24) season since 1998, as well as the highest-rated season since 2000 among Persons 18-49.

The 11th season of "South Park" was watched by 3.6 million total viewers (P2+), up +4% versus last year's 10th anniversary season and the m...
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'South Park' Weekly Commentary: Episode 1114-The List

November 15th, 2007 3:35pm EST
South Park
The boys find out just how judgmental and crazy little girls are. And, apparently, how much they love to make lists.

It’s leaked out that the girls made a list that put the class boys in order from cutest to ugliest. Since the girls are the only ones that can see it, Cartman uses his usual tactics to retrieve the list:

Alright Bebe, let’s see the list.

What?

You know what I’m talking about, Bitch!...Criag’s at the bottom right? Or is it Kenny because you would have to eat Pop Tarts for dinner if you married him?

They finally get the list after a failed try (which they at...
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'South Park' Weekly Commentary: Episode 1113 - Guitar Queer-O

November 8th, 2007 4:26pm EST
South Park
Stan and Kyle both pitch in for Guitar Hero and play for their friends and the simulated cheers of a crazy rock crowd. They score 100,000 points and are proclaimed true guitar hero rock stars. An eager manager, hunting for new talent (you can tell he's eager by those perfect blonde sideburns), shows up at the door, wanting to sign the boys.

As with any rock tale, things begin to turn sour. Kyle is replaced with a better guitar heroist on a mission to hit 1 million points. Stan, having lost a friend, turns to another video game, Heroine Hero (where you shoot up simulated heroine, chasin...
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Starpulse Q&A With Kenny Vs. Spenny: Bigger Egos and Bigger Herpes

November 8th, 2007 3:33pm EST
Kenny Vs. Spenny
Kenny Vs. Spenny just might be Canada's biggest exports since Rush and BTO, but this duo is taking care of business in moving pictures as opposed to in sound, competing not just for your entertainment but to document what executive-producers Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park, have called, "The most accurate examination of male friendships that we've ever seen." Starpulse sat down with Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice to discuss their forthcoming Comedy Central debut, how their friendship has survived for so long, and the philosophical underpinnings of humiliation and cheating....
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'Christmas Time In South Park' DVD To Hit Stores November 13

November 3rd, 2007 9:15am EDT
South Park
There's no better time of year than Christmas, especially in South Park. Sing along with the citizens of South Park with everyone's favorite holiday classics such as "Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo" and "Christmas Time in Hell."

Check out the boys bringing Christmas to Iraq and learn how hard it is to be a Jew during this holiday season. Released via Comedy Central Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment, "Christmas Time in South Park" DVD arrives in stores nationwide on Tuesday, November 13. "Christmas Time in South Park" DVD is a collection of all seven Christmas- themed e...
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