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This Black-and-White Footage of the Teletubbies Looks Like a Horror Film

Warning: You may never see the Teletubbies the same way after watching this clip set to the rock band Joy Division

Who knew that the Teletubbies in black and white would look like a shot from an Ingmar Bergman-directed horror film?

A grainy black-and-white image of the Teletubbies, those lovable, huggable children’s television characters, has been circulating the Internet for a few days. While many Twitter users have noted that the image of the huggable furries devoid of their technicolor hue is strangely haunting, verging on horrifying, others commented that the photo looked like a still from the Anton Corbijn-directed music video for “Atmosphere” by post-punkers, Joy Division.

YouTube user Christopher Brown latched on to that idea and ran with it. He took footage of the fuzzy little tubbies, stripped out the color, and soon enough Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po were frolicking through a bleak post-apocalyptic wasteland. Add in the downbeat Joy Division soundtrack, and the result is a wildly weird, strangely avant-garde, creepy video that feels equal part Bergman, David Lynch, and Disney cosplay. Clearly it’s a must-see.

If Joy Division isn’t your cup of tea, someone also made an Aphex Twin version.

(h/t Vanyaland)

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Jimmy Fallon Singing With Five Wax Dummies of Himself Is the Stuff of Nightmares

"Barbara Ann" never sounded so creepy.

On The Tonight Show Thursday night, thanks to what looks like an accident in the laboratory of an Internet-savvy mad scientist, host Jimmy Fallon sings with five wax copies of himself.

While, theoretically, it should be entertaining to watch the comedian sing the Beach Boys’ classic “Barbara Ann” alongside the wax doppelgangers borrowed from Madame Tussauds, the result is unsettling and just plain creepy.

That said, it’s also hard to look away. But when Questlove crashes the singing party, he speaks for us all when he shakes his head and walks away.

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Watch Mariah Carey Kill at Car Karaoke on The Late Late Show

James Corden continues his streak

After convincing Tom Hanks to recreate his most famous movies in an seven-minute video, new Late Late Show host James Corden set about getting Mariah Carey to do a little car karaoke with him and the results are equally memorable.

In the video, Carey and Corden are engaged in the popular Los Angeles pastime of driving around endlessly until Corden “accidentally” turns on one of the diva’s hits. As the opening bars of “Always Be My Baby” played, Carey announced, “I’m not singing today. I was up all night.” Then she gamely started singing along with Corden anyway. As they drove, they chatted and sang through a medley of Carey’s greatest hits with Corden giving it his — although he might not want to give up his day job quite yet.

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The Daily Show Reminds Us That Flying Cars May Exist Before Women Get Equal Pay

Kristen Schaal explains it all in a depressingly funny report.

A recent study predicts American women won’t earn the same amount of money as men until the year 2058 (other studies say it will take until 2100). Senior Women’s Issues Correspondent Kristen Schaal appeared The Daily Show to talk about a few items that will likely be in existence way before paycheck equality, including flying cars and travel to Mars.

Host Jon Stewart then pointed out that, much like equal pay, people have been talking about flying cars for years without making much progress. He asked her to give him a more realistic example, which she does in the form of a news clip showing a scientist unveiling a 3-D printed functional human heart. “You’re telling me we’re going to print a human heart out of a Xerox machine before women get pay equality?” Stewart asked. “No,” Schaal said, “I’m telling you we’ll print hearts 30 years before women get pay equality.” She suggests that women might be better off 3D-printing a different body part entirely if they want the same pay rate as men.

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This Harry Potter-“Uptown Funk” Mashup Is the Stuff of Nightmares

What's next, Lorde Voldemort?

“Uptown Funk” heads to Hogwarts in a new video from KFaceTV.

The parody imagines what the funky Mark Ronson and Bruno Marks jam would sound like if sung by Lord Voldemort and his backing band, Tom and the Riddles, and the results are pretty magical.

The song is filled with the Dark Lord’s fiercest anti-Harry Potter rhymes, which includes plenty of jabs at the Hogwarts crew. There’s little doubt the soulful, sassy remix would be in heavy rotation on Draco Malfoy’s iPod and playing in stores found in the darker corners of Diagon Alley.

In the video, the Dark Lord himself gets funky with his Death Eaters and his pet python, all while plotting the downfall of Harry Potter and gearing up to invade Hogwarts. It’s clear that the Dark Lord knows how to throw down some serious song power, no dark magic required.

 

 

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Dancing With the Stars Watch: The First Cut Is the Deepest

NOAH GALLOWAY, SHARNA BURGESS, PETA MURGATROYD, MICHAEL SAM, ROBERT HERJAVEC, KYM JOHNSON, EMMA SLATER, REDFOO, TONY DOVOLANI, SUZANNE SOMERS, CHARLOTTE MCKINNEY, KEO MOTSEPE, TOM BERGERON, ERIN ANDREWS, CHRIS SOULES, WITNEY CARSON, NASTIA LIUKIN, DEREK HOUGH, PATTI LABELLE, ALLISON HOLKER, RIKER LYNCH, WILLOW SHIELDS
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Patti LaBelle wins the night with her salsa to 50 Cent

It’s Week 2 of Dancing With the Stars, and the producers are ready with a hashtag of a title, #MyJamMonday, which they are trying to make happen. To wit, the Whitman’s Sampler of ragtag stars (An ex-Bachelor! A Carl’s Jr. commercial star! A 14-year-old! An LMFAO-er!) choose their favorite “jam” and head to the dance floor to prove their mettle. This week, one star will be cut as the journey to the Mirror Ball Trophy gets under way.

Here’s what happened on Dancing With the Stars:

Chris Soules and Witney Carson: Did anyone doubt that The Bachelor star Chris Soules loved Pitbull? It’s clearly the foundation of his relationship with both Whitney, his reality-TV-selected life partner, and Witney, his dance-floor partner. Therefore, he chose to do his cha-cha to Pitbull’s “Time of My Life.” Len Goodman thought that his “jam got into a pickle” (Is Len pregnant?) but thought he did a pretty good job for someone without any dance experience. Carrie Ann Inaba encouraged him to focus on the details of the choreography. 20/40

Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani: Last week, the judges suggested that AARP member Suzanne Somers get “raunchier” in her dancing. So this week, there was a whole lotta shaking going on during her Jerry Lee Lewis–inspired jive with Suzanne wearing a pink-and-leopard-print ensemble straight out of Betsey Johnson’s leftover wardrobe. The judges appreciated the shaking and the effort. 28/40

Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson: Before they could hit the dance floor to Michael Bublé’s version “You Make Me Feel So Young,” which is the Shark Tank star’s favorite jam (pretty sure that is not “a jam” by any definition, though), Robert and Kym had to address rumors that they were dating. They claim they aren’t, because they are too busy dancing, but no one believes them. Their foxtrot earned appreciative nods from the judges as well as a surprise video conference from Bublé himself applauding Robert’s prowess. 28/40.

Charlotte McKinney and Keo Motsepe: To remind everyone that she was once on a popular Super Bowl commercial, Charlotte McKinney staged her cha-cha to fellow Super Bowler Katy Perry’s song “California Gurls.” The judges deemed it “better than last week,” which is pretty feeble praise. Then after talking about the dangers and damages of cyberbullying, Bruno Tonioli told Charlotte that she had no idea what to do with her body and should work on that. Then Charlotte announced, “We have crabs!” and it took host Erin Andrews a moment to realize she was referring to the giant crabs dancing behind her. 26/40

Michael Sam and Peta Murgatroyd: NFL baller Michael Sam was tuckered out after playing football at the NFL combine over the weekend, but he didn’t let it slow his foxtrot set to the Motown sound complete with red-clad backup dancers. Len declared that in addition to crabs, he has “scarlet fever.” Julianne Hough thought it was “Broadway,” but she may have meant that in a good way. 28/40

Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy: Rumer and Val staked a claim to the top of the leaderboard after their dramatic foxtrot last week. To keep the pressure on their competition, this week they delivered a surprisingly fierce cha-cha to Adele’s “Rumour Has It,” which is Rumer’s jam because it has her name in it and serves as her own personal hang-in-there-kitten poster. The judges enthused all over it. 32/40

Redfoo and Emma Slater: LMFAO’s Redfoo wore sparkly overalls for his jive to his jam “My Sharona” by The Knack. After tanking last week, Redfoo realized this was a competition and not just a very public lark and decided to commit to practicing. His newfound commitment to rehearsing paid off, and Bruno announced that he went from “running on empty to running on plenty,” which is not really a thing that people say, but Redfoo appreciated it. 31/40

Willow Shielda and Mark Ballas: There is no way that 14-year-old Hunger Games actress Willow Shields’ favorite song is Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” because she was in elementary school when the song came out. Still, it worked well as a soundtrack for their Argentine Tango (plus, it’s always nice for Gotye to get a few more royalties). The judges were impressed with the lines and shapes of their dance. 32/40

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess: Veteran Noah Galloway chose Darius Rucker’s song “Homegrown Honey” and dedicated his rumba to his girlfriend, who is in basic training. Their dance was spot-on and Julianne praised Noah’s “musicality,” but the judging was overshadowed by the fact that the U.S. military decided to spring Noah’s girlfriend early to surprise him at the show. They reunited on stage and hugged and hugged and there was nothing but smiles and tears and Erin trying to cut in on their reunion to shove a microphone in his face to ask how it all feels. 27/40

Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough: Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin thinks Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” is a “jam,” so Derek choreographed an intimate samba to the sappy song. The only problem is that Nastia had all her emotions trained out of her on the path to Olympic glory, and Derek has to spend a lot of time re-training her to emote. He must have done a good job, because his very own sister, Julianne, said so. Carrie Ann was speechless at the end of the routine and doled out the season’s very first nine. 34/40

Riker Lynch and Allison Holker: Third-string Glee extra and aspiring singer-songwriter Riker Lynch chose to dance his foxtrot to “Sugar” by Maroon 5. To make it work, Allison had to give him a Pretty Woman-esque makeover, which impressed the judges enough to dole out a decent score. 32/40

Patti LaBelle and Artem Chigvintsev: Patti LaBelle is no joke, and when asked what her jam is, she chose 50 Cent’s “In Da Club,” which definitively fits the bill. Then she busted out some sassy salsa moves and the crowd went suitably wild. Julianne and Carrie Ann bowed at the feet of the queen and Julianne demanded an invitation to “the club.” Bruno declared Miss LaBelle, “So Cookie, so Empire,” which is clearly the highest compliment possible. While Patti’s probably not long for the show, since it’s only Week 2 and she already has a knee injury, it’s great fun having her now. 28/40

In Jeopardy: Redfoo, Suzanne Somers, Chris Soules, Charlotte McKinney are all called to the bottom of the stage. Chris and Charlotte are safe, leaving Redfoo and Suzanne Somers in jeopardy.

Going Home: Redfoo, who is probably not LMFAO right now. The audience booed the decision loudly and host Tom Bergeron chided nonvoters, because the decision was made on less than 0.1% of votes.

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Rumer Willis Is Determined to Win the Mirror Ball on Dancing with the Stars

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Craig Sjodin—ABC DANCING WITH THE STARS - RUMER WILLIS - The 10th anniversary celebrity cast of "Dancing with the Stars" is strapping on their ballroom shoes and getting ready for their first dance on MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Rumer Willis is partnered with Valentin Chmerkovskiy. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Rumer Willis talks Val, Mirror Balls, and all those pesky rumors

Rumer Willis had her doubts about being on Dancing with the Stars, but things have certainly changed. The show’s 20th season kicks off Monday on ABC at 8/7c, and the 26-year old daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore is joining a cast that includes Patti LaBelle; LMFAO’s Redfoo; Michael Sam; actress Suzanne Somers; and Willow Shields, best known as Primrose Everdeen from The Hunger Games movies.

“When [the producers] asked me a few years ago, I didn’t think it was something I would even be capable of,” Willis said in an interview with TIME. “But I’ve been doing a show called For the Record and I’ve been dancing a little bit more, so when they asked me this year, I thought, ‘What an incredible opportunity to learn how to dance properly from a great teacher.’”

Her new teacher and partner is Val Chmerkovskiy who will show Willis the ropes of the foxtrot, pasodobles, salsa and more during the show’s 20th season. He’s also exactly who Willis hoped to be partnered with when she signed up for the show. “I think he’s one of the strongest competitors and the best teacher, so I couldn’t be happier,” she says. While Chmerkovskiy has been a fixture on the show for the last seven seasons, he has never won the show’s coveted Mirror Ball trophy. He has come close several times, though, including last season where he reached the finals with his partner actress Janel Parrish, best known for Pretty Little Liars. Willis thinks this year is his year, though. “I think we can do it.“I think we have it in the bag if we work hard and put as much passion as we have into our dances, we’ll be fine,” Willis says.

Before she can figure out where to put that trophy in her house (she plans to move it from room to room), she has round after round of competition to get through. That means spending hours in the rehearsal studio with Chmerkovskiy, who has a reputation for pushing his partners to their breaking point. Willis thinks that reputation is a bit undeserved, though. “So far, he’s been an incredible teacher and so patient. I think sometimes that the passion that he has for dance and making his partner great can be taken as harshness, when it’s really just dedication,” she says. “To be honest, I put more pressure on myself than Val could ever put on me.”

Rumors tend to follow Chmerkovskiy off the dance floor, too, where his on-screen chemistry with his partners leads to rumors of off-screen romance. Despite the fact that the show hasn’t even started yet, Willis has already run into this during press conferences. “I feel like people give him a bad rap,” she says. “People misconstrue someone having dedication and an emotional bond with their partner for something else. I didn’t sign up to be on Dating with the Stars. If I wanted to find a boyfriend I would do that on my own time.”

Chmerkovskiy recently put to rest rumors that he wooed his partners as a ploy for votes. “The last thing I would do for votes, ladies and gentlemen, is play with my partner’s emotions, or with your emotions,” he said during a Q & A session. “The votes are important to me …the performance is more important.”

While Willis is confident that she and Chmerkovskiy can bring home the trophy, she won’t be able to do it without votes from fans. To help rally the troops, her famous parents will be on hand to support her from the audience. “Everyone has been really supportive,” says Willis, “and I can’t wait to get on the dance floor.”

Dancing with the Stars airs on ABC tonight at 8/7c.

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Watch John Oliver Get Mad About March Madness

"The only other people who say 'they're not employees' that much are people who run illegal sweatshops"

Just as March Madness swings into high gear, John Oliver squared off against the NCAA on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight.

Oliver is troubled by the fact that the NCAA makes money hand over fist on the sweat of so-called student athletes thanks to sponsorships and TV deals and yet adamantly doesn’t pay them for their services. While the NCAA holds that student-athletes are amateurs who are compensated for their services with an education, Oliver argues that the athletes are employees of the colleges for which they play.

Oliver points out how poorly some universities treat some of their athletes, the sub-par education that some student athletes receive, the fact some students are actually starving while playing for these teams, and caps it all off with a disturbing montage of coaches spewing epithets at their athletes, which would definitely disappoint Coach Taylor. All that and less than 2% of NCAA players go on to lucrative careers with professional sports teams.

Luckily Oliver has a suggestion that can help the NCAA earn more money: an ultra-realistic video game that shows what it’s really like to play ball in the NCAA.

Watch the full clip below:

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Watch Sarah Michelle Gellar Throw Down in a Disney Princess Rap Battle

It's Cinderella vs Belle—and no one should get in their way.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar dons Cinderella’s crown for a serious Disney Princess Rap Battle against young upstart Belle (played by Whitney Avalon).

In the blue gown, we have Cinderella, the legendary rags-to-riches story who has “rhymes sharper than a needle.” She doesn’t hesitate to dish out insults, and that includes mentioning Belle’s friendly relationship with a certain hairy fellow.

Not one to take things lying down, we have Belle in the yellow gown, who is her own Beast. She drops some serious shade, name-checking Cinderella’s dead mother (ouch!) and pointing out that her 1950s values are seriously retro and not in a good way (“clean the floors, do some chores, until a man just appears?”).

It’s a battle of words as the two beauties trade barbs in a masterful freestyle that ends — like any good Disney tale — with a memorable moral to the story. If only fairy tales really ended with a mic drop.

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This Dog Has the Best Reaction to Tasting a Lemon

He'll help get you through the day

Move over, Gene Kelly, this dog is the Internet’s new dancing star.

YouTube is filled with videos of people doling out citrus to unsuspecting babies, but no human baby can compare to this puppy taking a first lick of a lemon.

This fluff ball excitedly goes in for a taste of the fruit, but the overpowering sour flavor gives him a start that has him tap dancing across the kitchen floor. Of course, being a golden retriever, the pup can’t help but go back for a second taste, yet somehow expects a different result, which just makes it all the more hilarious.

Don’t try this at home, though, as it should be noted that the ASPCA says that lemons can be toxic to dogs.

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