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Screen Shot 2013-02-05 at 1.19.59 PMFrom Mediaite: Following the Super Bowl, Jon Stewart took a minute to poke fun at all the controversy about gay players in the NFL that led up to it. Mediaite writes, “Jon Stewart began tonight’s episode of The Daily Show with complete coverage of last night’s Totally Non-Gay All-Male Tackle-Fest XLVII. Referring to the unfortunate mid-game blackout, Stewart said, ‘A multimillion dollar sound and light show was immediately followed by yet another sign that our basic infrastructure is on the verge of collapse.’ On Beyoncé‘s half-time show reunion with Destiny’s Child, Stewart added, ‘she even let two contest winners join her onstage.’ And after the half-time show, ‘if you liked it, then you should have put a fuse on it.'” Read more of his witty quips here.


Screen Shot 2013-02-05 at 1.27.47 PMFrom Gossip Cop: There’s some exciting news about the already highly-anticipated Anchorman 2. Gossip Cop reports, “Kristen Wiig has joined Anchorman 2. The ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum is on board the highly anticipated Will Ferrell comedy sequel, tentatively calledAnchorman: The Legend Continues. Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate and Dave Koechner will return from the original hit. Wiig’s character has not been confirmed, although it’s been widely reported she’ll portray the wife of Carell’s dimwitted Brick Tamland. Applegate tweeted, ‘So excited Kristen Wiig has joined our cast for anchorman2. Going 2 b best movie ever made. Besides the best movies ever made.’ Wiig and Ferrell’s chemistry was on display during a hilarious joint presentation at the Golden Globes.” Read the full story here.


Screen Shot 2013-02-05 at 1.22.28 PMFrom Geekosystem: North Korea never ceases to be intriguing. Geekosystem reports on the latest from the country: “As North Korea gets ready to perform a nuclear test, they’re also stepping up their propaganda efforts, or at least they’re trying to do so. A video released by the country’s official website on Saturday shows a dream sequence of a unified Korea, spaceflight, and an unspecified American city being bombarded with missiles. The whole thing would be more frightening if the CGI graphics weren’t at best on par with Home Improvement scene transitions and at worst like something out of 1980s Doctor Who. The video starts as a young man drifts off to sleep as a soft dentist-office-waiting-room piano version of ‘We Are the World’ plays, and it just gets weirder from there.” Read on and watch the video here.


Screen Shot 2013-02-05 at 1.49.41 PMFrom Styleite: As Fashion Week approaches, Styleite takes you backstage on what it’s really like to be at a model  casting. Writes the site, “Casting for New York Fashion Week is well under way, a fact made obvious by the packs of long-limbed pretty people we spotted roaming around the city this weekend. On Saturday, we stopped by the offices of BCBG Mx Azria and Hervé Léger by Max Azria to take a peek behind the scenes and see what goes in to casting two of the week’s hottest runways. Since last season, that responsibility has fallen on powerhouse casting director Jess Hallett, who also counts Alexander McQueen, Rag & Bone, and Mary Katrantzou as clients (and, as it happens, Kate Moss as a best friend). She explained to us that this weekend was just the start of a grueling month of shows, but that it was also the first opportunity to really get a sense of all of the faces we’ll be seeing on the catwalk from New York all the way to Paris.” Read more here.


Screen Shot 2013-02-05 at 1.24.10 PMFrom SportsGrid: As winter sports continue, so do the injuries. Today, Lindsey Vonn was hurt. SportsGrid reports, “Lindsey Vonn’s run at the alpine skiing world championships in Austria took a disastrous turn when she was injured in a serious crash on the first day of competition, and had to be airlifted to a hospital.At the beginning it didn’t look as bad as we initially feared when we heard phrases like “airlifted to hospital,” but clearly this was a serious accident – one that thankfully didn’t result in life-threatening injuries, but rather what the hospital treating her termed a “complex knee injury.” Needless to say, such an injury is bad for any athlete, but especially so for a skier who needs to expertly navigate tight twists and turns at high speeds. And just as needless to say, we hope she’s back on the slopes as quickly as possible.” Watch video of the crash here.


Screen Shot 2013-02-05 at 1.51.28 PMFrom The Mary Sue: There’s an interesting new film collaboration on the horizon, writes The Mary Sue’s Susana Polo: “Here’s some news you weren’t expecting: Universal Pictures just called dibs on a new adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett‘s The Secret Garden, written by Lucy Alibar and produced by Guillermo del Toro. So on the one hand, I’m getting a little worried about Guillermo del Toro’s work schedule, but on the other, this project seems a perfect fit for the inclinations of all involved. Lucy Alibar, as mentioned in the title, is one of the cowriters of Beasts of the Southern Wild, and superficially BeastsSecret Garden, and Pan’s Labyrinth are not dissimilar, all featuring an independent, adventurous little girls whose stories largely take place in an isolated patch of wildness and in some cases magic surrounded by a more mundane, adult world.” Read the whole article here.


Screen Shot 2013-02-05 at 1.25.58 PMFrom The Jane Dough: If you are a woman looking to make money, where should you move? The Jane Dough has the answer, writing: “Today Forbes came out with a very useful list (not that knowing Taylor Swift’s net worth isn’t useful but…actually, it’s really not) ranking the cities where women earn the most. Considering that women are still making 77 cents for every dollar that men make and with the gap looming even larger for African American and Latino women, this is pretty handy. So where do women earn the most? Our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. To compile the list Forbes looked at the 2011 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census (the latest data available), supplied by NerdWallet. The annual dataset tracks the median earnings of men and women working full-time, year-around in over 500 major metropolitan areas in the country.” Read the full list here.


Screen Shot 2013-02-05 at 1.53.34 PMFrom The Braiser: Art Smith is blazing a new trail. The Braiser explains, “Today, Top Chef Masters contender, personal chef to Oprah, and executive chef of Art and Soul DC and Table Fifty-Two in Chicago Art Smithchallenged his husband, artist Jesus Salgueiro, to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with him this July in support of LGBT rights in Africa. Smith, best known as the master of fried chicken for his indulgent southern cuisine, dropped 120 pounds last year after a complete diet-and-fitness makeover, and his new healthy comfort food cookbook, entitled Art Smith’s Healthy Comfort: How America’s Favorite Celebrity Chef Got it Together, Lost Weight, and Reclaimed His Health!, hits shelves this May. But Art’s desire to conquer Africa’s tallest peak came from very a different place.” Read all about it here.