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Ben & Jerry’s Founders Think Pot Ice Cream ‘Makes Sense’

Just think of the pun possibilities

Ice cream icons Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield (a.k.a. the dairy deities behind Ben & Jerry’s) are in favor of a new flavor idea.

In a recent interview with Huffington Post Live, Cohen and Greenfield were asked about the possibility of making a pot-infused ice cream. “Makes sense to me,” Cohen said. “Combine your pleasures.”

“Ben and I have had previous experiences with substances,” added Greenfield, whose namesake company makes flavors like Satisfy My Bowl and Dave Matthews Band Magic Brownies Encore Edition. “I think legalizing marijuana is a wonderful thing, rather than putting people in jail for not hurting anyone.”

Does that mean cannabis-flavored edible marijuana ice cream will be on the shelf next to Half-Baked and Cherry Garcia in Washington, Alaska and Colorado, where weed is now legal? Potentially, but it’s not up to Cohen and Greenfield, who sold the company to Unilever in 2001. As Greenfield describes, “It’s not my decision. If it were my decision, I’d be doing it, but fortunately we have wiser heads at the company that figure those things out.”

Colorado sold nearly five million edibles last year.

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Here’s What It Would Look Like If Wes Anderson Directed an X-Men Movie

Mutants meet twee.

Have you ever found yourself wondering what it would look like if the X-Men trained at Royal Tenenbaum’s Harlem mansion? Or if Max Fischer was expelled from Rushmore and enrolled in Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters? Have you secretly hoped that Wes Anderson would take the reins of The Avengers franchise? Then this video is for you.

Patrick Willems just debuted a new fan film on his YouTube channel, and it attempts to answer the burning question on every Grand Budapest Hotel fan’s lips: What would it be like if Wes Anderson directed an X-Men movie? (That’s the question, because we already know what it would look like if Anderson directed Star Wars.)

The result is a very symmetrical, red-and-gold-filled film that plunks the Marvel mutants into a world of privileged prodigies with poor social skills. In short, it’s pretty great, if a little rough around the edges.

(h/t Bleeding Cool)

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James Van Der Beek on Starring in CSI: Cyber: ‘I Feel Like I Signed on With the New York Yankees’

Kidnapping 2.0
Monty Brinton—CBS James Van Der Beek stars in CSI: Cyber

The actor talks about his latest role in the latest CSI spinoff — and his favorite Dawson's Creek parody

James Van Der Beek is returning to television, but he’s not playing a comedic version of himself like in Don’t Trust the B-, nor is he playing a teen heartthrob like in Dawson’s Creek. Here, he’s playing Special Agent Elijah Mundo in the latest iteration of the CSI franchise, CSI: Cyber, which premieres March 4 on CBS.

Special Agent Mundo is current FBI and former military — or, as Van Der Beek put it in an interview with TIME: “He’s the guy that they call when they need someone to kick down a door or chase somebody.” While the show is about a whip-smart team of cyber law enforcement agents, Van Der Beek promises that CSI: Cyber isn’t just “people staring at a screen for 47 and a half minutes.” Instead, it’s a fast-paced crime drama that leverages the world’s growing cyber-insecurity into a new life for the long-time franchise.

TIME talked to Van Der Beek about trading comedy chops for karate chops, why he covers the camera on his laptop and what it was like working with Oscar winner Patricia Arquette.

TIME: Playing an action character is pretty different for you after years of comedy.

James Van Der Beek: Yeah. When I started doing comedy, I consciously thought, “What’s next?” so I started training to do some more physical stuff. I took Krav Maga, I studied jiu jitsu. I started training at a stunt gym, where a lot of stunt men work out. I started putting in work just to prepare myself for this kind of action stuff. I don’t think CBS knew that, though. I don’t think anyone knew that. But when they offered me the role and started shooting right away, thankfully I was ready.

I kind of thought Krav Maga was something Archer made up. What is it, exactly?

It’s the martial art that’s taught to the Israeli special forces. It seemed the most efficient and the most practical for combat. I thought it would serve as a good base for actual hand-to-hand combat that was most real-world applicable. Then I worked on modifying it to make it work on screen.

Have you tried it out in real life?

Thankfully, no. I think if I get in a fight it’s lose-lose. Either somebody beats me up and I lose. Or I beat somebody up and they take me to court, and I lose.

When you started working with Patricia Arquette, you had no idea that she would become an Oscar winner before the show even started. What’s it been like working with her?

I saw Boyhood around the same day that I got offered Cyber, so not only was it a chance to be part of a really big TV franchise and play a really great role, but I got to work with my favorite actress from my favorite movie of the year. Then the whole roll-out of the awards, every time she won an award, the next day she would come on set and the whole crew would applaud her. It was sweet.

CSI has been on for 15 years now. What’s it like stepping into such an established franchise?

I feel like I signed with the New York Yankees. I feel like I’m wearing pinstripes to work everyday. It’s probably the biggest franchise in all of television right now. We didn’t even shoot a pilot — they picked us up for 13 episodes on the air with a really capable showrunner who had been running CSI: New York and a crew who had mostly been on CSI: New York, so I felt like I had stepped into a machine that was already well-oiled and moving. It was up to us to try and keep up.

Are you working on a trademark move, like David Caruso taking off his sunglasses?

There were no sunglasses offered to me at any point. Usually on any set, a prop guy will come up to you at some point with a briefcase full of watches and sunglasses. I got the briefcase full of watches, but not sunglasses. They were banned from CSI: Cyber set. No one on CSI: Cyber wears sunglasses. I guess they wanted to take this one seriously.

If your character did have a tagline, what would it be?

To keep things light for the crew, because we were working very long hours, I was constantly trying to come up with a tagline just to make the crew laugh after we had gotten the shot. We decided that “Cyberlicious!” was way too creepy, but my character’s name is Elijah Mundo, so the winner was I would hold up a microchip and look into the camera and say “Perfecta-Mundo.” Unfortunately, I don’t think those are going to make the final cut.

CSI: Cyber is about cybercrimes and hacking. Have you started changing your passwords a lot since you started working on the show?

Yeah. Human beings are hackable. If people put time and energy into it, they can get in. But there are some steps people can take, like changing your passwords, not logging into public free wifi. We’ve been learning about some dos and don’ts.

Have you taken to covering the cameras on your laptop and phone?

Not on my phone.

But you covered the camera on your laptop?

There might be a piece of tape on there. There might be.

Was it there before you started working on the show?

It was not there before I started talking to the FBI. It’s pretty terrifying.

I’m going to find some tape right after this interview. So the FBI came in to consult with the cast?

Patricia’s character is based on Mary Aiken, a forensic cyber-psychologist who advises the FBI and INTERPOL. What she does is fascinating. Based on the clues left behind in the hack she can profile the human being that’s behind it. [With] just the tiniest little brush strokes based on code and references, she can create a clear picture of who is behind them. While cybercrimes seem faceless, they are all started by humans. Part of the fun of CSI: Cyber is putting together that puzzle.

What would you least want CSI: Cyber to find in your browser history?

All the naked pictures of Charley Koontz that I have in my storage. That would be the most embarrassing, but just because I work with him. It would be awkward.

Speaking of things available online, your Power Rangers fan film is back on the internet. How did that come about?

I was at dinner with my friend Adi Shankar, and I was asking him, “What are you up to next?” He said, “I want to do a hard-R version of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” I said, “That’s crazy…and is there a role for me?” He said, “Dude, if you want to be in it, yes.” He introduced me to Joseph [Kahn, the director and scriptwriter] and I saw that he was just someone who wanted to make something really cool, and put it online for anyone to watch for free. To just make something unencumbered by any studio or financiers, just to follow his vision — it seemed like a really fun thing to do. We put a bunch of work into it and we all worked for free, and we gave it away to anyone who wanted to watch it on YouTube and Vimeo.

If someone did something similar with Dawson’s Creek, would you watch it, or would you be horrified?

Please! I love fan parody. You can’t own anything on the Internet. Everything is fair game. Someone sent me a Dawson’s Creek parody made with dachshunds called Dachshund’s Creek. I thought, “Pretty genius!” Not to get too high-minded about things, but art has always been created by people doing variations on a theme, going back to Mozart. I love that there’s this forum now where anybody can exercise their imagination, and take existing entertainment and filter it through their own lens, and create something original. I think that’s awesome. And then you get to see a tiny wig of your ’90s hair on a dachshund! There ain’t nothing wrong with that.

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Watch John Oliver Apologize to Rats Over Rumors That They Caused the Bubonic Plague

John Oliver has a few choice words for you gerbils

John Oliver used his public platform on Last Week Tonight to issue a mea culpa from the human race to the rat race. It seems that rats have been the victims of history’s second biggest framing (history’s first biggest framing being the portraits of Mariah Carey that hang in Mariah Carey’s house). Turns out that despite what many of us learned in history class, the little beady-eyed rodents did not actually spread the black death throughout Europe and almost wipe out the human race.

The real culprit? Mr. Nibbles, the adorable little gerbil. “We’ll have to rewrite that part of history,” said one professor at the University of Oslo, speaking about their research into the real culprit behind the bubonic plague. Absent a massive viral PR campaign, though, it’s too late to spare the rats’ bad reputation.

However, since Oliver lives in New York City—and seems convinced that there are at least five rats with in any 30 foot area of his town—he is more than happy to spearhead a campaign to repair the rats reputation. First step: an apology. Second step: Strip Mr. Nibbles of his tiny little hat.

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You’ll Actually Want to Watch Geico’s New Ad All the Way to the End

It's pretty much unskippable

When it comes to online advertising, it’s hard to get an audience to stick around to see what product is being advertised. That’s particularly true for those ads that force you to watch for five seconds, before letting you skip and get on with watching your skateboarding cat video. Geico has come up with an ingenious solution to that problem: make an ad that you won’t want to skip.

The company’s latest campaign features a series of ads that run for less than five seconds and puts the product right up front, meaning you can’t skip it. But Geico takes it a step further and actually rewards viewers with an ad that is simple, funny, and watchable and thus, really effective.

While the solution seems obvious, it’s hard to engage today’s jaded consumers and Geico has managed it.

 

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Watch Kelly Clarkson and Jimmy Fallon Sing the History of Duets

From Jimmy to Kelly

Kelly Clarkson was recently bemoaning the fact that she couldn’t find artists to collaborate with her during an interview with BBC Radio 1, but she has finally found the perfect duet partner in Jimmy Fallon.

On The Tonight Show, Fallon mentioned hearing the interview and the second he told the audience he didn’t understand it, Clarkson appeared onstage. The duo then cut loose with another installment of Fallon’s “History of…” musical project that has seen the host rap with Justin Timberlake and mom dance with Michelle Obama.

For the “History of Duets,” Fallon and Clarkson covered everything from Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe” to Diana Ross and Lionel Richie’s “Endless Love,” Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me” to Elton John’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” topped off with Paula Abdul’s “Opposite Attract.”

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The Bachelor Watch: The Women Tell All and Nothing at the Same Time

NIKKI, KAITLYN, TRINA, CARLY, JUELIA, JADE, TARA, AMBER, ASHLEY I., MEGAN, MACKENZIE, SAMANTHA, BRITT, JORDAN, KELSEY, ASHLEY S., JILLIAN
David Moir—ABC

Chris Harrison swears "It's the most shocking season ever," but he says that of all the seasons

Welcome back to The Bachelor, where in long-standing Bachelor tradition, instead of seeing the conclusion to Chris’ journey to find love, his courtship is interrupted by an episode called “The Women Tell All.” The title says everything you need to know about the episode where the things get real, Chris Harrison swears “It’s the most shocking season ever,” and waterproof mascara gets tested to its limits.

Here’s what happens when the women tell all on The Bachelor:

Party Hopping: Before we get to the group-therapy session, Chris Soules and Chris Harrison go party hopping. And while ideally it would be like The Bachelor Thunderdome where two Chrises enter, but only one Chris leaves, instead they just crash a bunch of Bachelor viewing parties. At one of the viewing parties, Chris Soules was mouth assaulted by a corn-tequila drinking mother who just couldn’t control herself (probably due to the corn-tequila drinking). At another party, Chris Harrison made a man mansplain why he would watch a show like The Bachelor, and he could not justify his actions other than shrugging, “The women are hot?” At the final party, the women peer-pressured Chris Soules into doing shots with them.

Group Therapy: As Chris Harrison works off his corn-tequila hangover, we are ready to rumble as a live studio audience forms a circle of caring around the discarded bachelorettes, who are ready to bare their emotions and talk through every single feeling they have ever had. Then it’s a walk down repressed memory lane where the camera slowly pans down a long line of women that your brain is desperately trying to forget, so instead of being able to remember your mother’s phone number during an emergency, you are instead able to recall that Jillian likes to squat thrust in short shorts and Ashley I. was the freelance journalist while Ashley S. was the onion lover.

Britt: The second the camera starts rolling, Britt and Carly start yelling at each other. Britt feels betrayed by these women who, in the noblesse oblige of front-runners, she thought were her new best girlfriends, and not competitors. Chris Harrison calls Britt up to the therapy couch to try to persuade the world that she is not a big fakey faker. While Carly rallies her troops, Britt finds an ardent, if unlikely, defender in Jillian who brought her own soapbox and hollers from it until Chris emits a piercing whistle and he informs her that she’s “a little jacked up,” which is a dictionary-perfect example of an understatement. Everyone is still yelling when Chris goes to commercial to give the women an off-camera talk about on-camera behavior. Once the show is back, the second-string women take a knee while Britt and Carly have it out. Britt cries on camera and no one gives her a tissue, which seems like cruel and unusual punishment.

Kelsey: Flashback to when Kelsey used the story of her widowhood to score points with the Bachelor, somehow naturally segueing from talking about her deceased husband to making out with a strapping farmer. Then throwback to all the women cheering and celebrating when she was kicked off the show, which is all kinds of awkward to watch en masse. Kelsey, who apparently took lessons from Britt, sniffles and cries while watching the tape and takes a silk pocket square from Chris and blows her nose on it. Chris asks her if she has any idea why the women dislike her so much, and she says that she is “condescending” and adds “I use big words,” which is, of course, condescending. The women collectively roll their eyes, and all their hands shoot up in the air. Chris ignores them until after a commercial break. Everyone starts yelling at her and continues yelling at her until she cries, believably for once. I hope everyone is proud of themselves.

Ashley S.: The most expert troll in The Bachelor‘s long history, returns to the stage to continue her long Andy Kaufmann–esque con. When asked why she was wandering the grounds and surprising the show’s accounting staff, she shrugged. “I was so bored, honestly,” she explained, which makes a kind of sense. “While all of them [gesturing at women] were getting upset and crying, I was outside looking at pomegranates.” That’s when Chris can’t control himself anymore and begs her to be on Bachelor in Paradise. At that the entire audience erupts into cheers of, “Ashley! Ashley!” She is nonplussed and just says, “It’s so weird.” “What is?” asks Chris. “That we’re on TV,” says Ashley. And scene.

Jade: Chris calls Jade to the hot seat to discuss the fact that she revealed her X-rated past, and Chris Soules immediately jilted her. Jade is still in the sad stage of a breakup and cries on the couch, when she should be in the angry stage where she gets to call Chris Soules a duplicitous sex-shamer who probably spends a lot of time in Internet comments sections, and can’t handle a real woman. Instead she just demurely dabs her eyes and tells Chris H. that she’s nervous about seeing Chris S. again.

Kaitlyn: Just last week we watched Chris toss aside hilarious, wacky, beautiful Kaitlyn for Becca who has very little discernible personality (it could be the editing) and some serious red flags (she should thank her sister for that). On the couch, Kaitlyn reels off the buzzwords of being authentic and feeling open and being vulnerable while adding that she thinks about her ungracious dumping every day.

Chris: When Prince Farming himself comes on stage, Britt gives him a big hug. She then proceeds to throw Carly under the bus. He sidesteps by saying that Carly had nothing to do with it, and he made the decision to oust her all by himself. She ignores that. Then Chris turns to Kaitlyn and tells her that he was honestly falling in love with three different women and just randomly chose Becca over Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn also wants to know why he made her stand through the Rose Ceremony and didn’t give her the courtesy of a private reprieve and why didn’t he give her the same chance for some one-on-one time that he gave Becca. Chris has no answers, but just sweats and shifts uncomfortably in his seat. Then it is Jade’s turn to demand a clarification about a word choice on his blog, which is every writer’s nightmare.

Best News of the Night: While the producers still haven’t announced that Kaitlyn is the next bachelorette (and Britt was lobbying hard to make herself more likable to audiences) the show did have one big reveal for fans: Chris Harrison has used his years of experience watching people look for love on reality television and poured all those borrowed emotions and spent tears into a romance novel. It’s called The Perfect Letter, and it will undoubtedly put Nicholas Sparks to shame.

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Watch Alec Baldwin Valiantly Attempt to Rap for Charity

Chance the Rapper provides beats

Alec Baldwin is many things: An actor, philanthropist, dating advice guru, podcaster and former Words with Friends enthusiast. Now, he can add rapper to that list.

Chance the Rapper posted a video to Instagram that features him beatboxing while Baldwin freestyles beside him. It goes about as well as you think, with Baldwin giving it his all while reading his rhymes from a piece of paper.

The video came about because Baldwin, Chance, Alfred Woodard and Ali from A Tribe Called Quest were in Chicago for a fundraiser for Young Chicago Authors, an organization Chance credits as helping him become a leader.

 

While it’s clear Baldwin probably shouldn’t give up his day job, he deserves props for giving it a go for a good cause, namely, promoting YCA’s Louder Than A Bomb poetry festival. Plus it seems like he had a good time:

 

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Watch Ed Norton and Steve Buscemi Help John Oliver Shake Up the Debate Over Infrastructure

Oliver called on some high-profile pals for a sexy new movie called Infrastructure

Strap on your hard hats, because John Oliver took us on a tour of the nation’s infrastructure on Last Week Tonight. What is infrastructure exactly? According to Oliver, it’s roads, bridges, levies, overpasses — or anything that could be destroyed in an action movie.

While discussing the state of the roads for 30 minutes seems dull, to convince viewers that infrastructure is worth talking about, Oliver went on a quick tour of the nation’s dams. According to Oliver, the average dam is 52 years old and has something deeply broken inside of it (“like Botox users and clog dancers,” per Oliver). They also hold back millions of gallons of water and, according to Oliver, have very few inspectors, which is basically a recipe for an awesome action movie sequence.

As Oliver points out, when infrastructure breaks down, things go very wrong, very quickly. Potholes, sink holes and bridge collapses are just a few of the nightmares that can happen when infrastructure breaks, and unfortunately, people only tend to talk about infrastructure when things go wrong — so infrastructure watching becomes a waiting game for disasters. To wit, New York’s notoriously creaky Tappan Zee bridge is described as a “hold your breath” bridge by one official.

According to Oliver, people on both sides of the political spectrum agree that rebuilding infrastructure is important, but maintaining the nation’s roads, bridges and dams isn’t politically exciting enough to gain traction in Congress. As an example, Oliver pointed to the Highway Trust Fund, which will expire on May 31st unless Congress steps in to fund it. Unfortunately, Congress hasn’t raised the gas tax, which funds the Highway Trust Fund, in decades and seemingly no politician is working to correct that, preferring to work on issues that are more politically popular.

Luckily, Oliver has a solution: Infrastructure the movie, with stars like Edward Norton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Steve Buscemi, Hope Davis, Campbell Scott and many more bringing some much-needed sex appeal and Hollywood pizazz to the important topic.

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This Brave Soul Strapped Mentos to His Body and Jumped in a Bathtub Filled With Coke

It's kind of like a DIY jacuzzi.

Type Diet Coke and Mentos into YouTube’s search engine and you’ll be rewarded with more than 150,000 videos of people recording themselves getting into a sticky situation with this amateur science experiment.

The most recent variation on the theme involves a teenager spending his free time filling his bathtub with Coke Zero, taping Mentos all over his body and then jumping into the tub. He recorded the event and it’s a fascinating study in science, DIY Jacuzzi tub making and the extremes to which some people will go to amuse themselves.

Don’t try this at home, kids, because the one thing this video doesn’t show is the young man trying to clean up the bathroom after this experiment.

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