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Funny or Die videos starring famous people (Funny or Die). In the super-compressed world of the new media, little things can blow up big. In the 10 days since it was first uploaded, for instance, more than 7 million people have watched the
As a producer and aggregator of online comedy, Funny or Die has the extra benefit of being the creation and plaything of
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A trailer for "Sharklumbo" is just what it sounds like: "It's a shark, and it's also Peter Falk as Columbo." Gina Gershon is in it. Kevin Pollak plays the shark. In "Sean Bean Death Scene" the much-killed Sean Bean can't quite accept that he won't be dying in a scene from his current show, "Legends." And in "How to Golf with Jason Dufner," champion golfer Dufner pitches the 130th volume of his instructional series, with lessons in How To Eat a Tuna Melt at the Club After Playing, How To Get Your Car From the Valet Attendant, How to Fall Asleep After Your Delicious Plate of Late Night Nachos and How to Respond to Your Representatives When They Want You to Make More Instructional Golf Videos But You Have Nothing Left to Teach People ("You're going to want to use your vocal cords to form the words").
"Manhattan" (WGN). About halfway through the its first season, this World War II science-soap, set in Los Alamos, N.M., where scientists and soldiers gathered to create the atomic bomb, is shaping up splendidly as a mix of domestic passion, historical fiction, hopeful philosophy, paranoid intrigue and general craziness, couched in satisfying earthy period detail. (Creating a town to make a show about a town created to make a bomb -- "gadget," as they call it -- offers satisfying parallelism.) There is comedy, too happily, and a good bit of sex between the blackboard and the bomb site -- though it's just basic cable sex. (Also, happily.) Some of the characters are still thin, but the revelations are beginning to pop now.