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Watch Jane Krakowski’s “Leaked” Audition Tape for Peter Pan Live!

The 30 Rock star gives it her all

Funny or Die has managed to get its hands on 30 Rock star Jane Krakowski’s audition tape for Peter Pan Live! and “leaked” the reel to the press. In the clip, Krakowksi make it clear that she is willing to do whatever it takes to play Peter Pan in NBC’s upcoming live production of the play—and if that means hooking up with Wendy, then she’s down for it.

Krakowski came in full costume to the audition, bringing along the Tony Award she won for her portrayal of Carla in Nine, as a helpful reminder to the producers that she’s legit. She showed off her stage skills by playing Peter Pan as an oversexed British pixie dust addict who might be afraid of heights and have a lot in common with Tinkerbell. While it would have been a fascinating take on the beloved childhood character, NBC opted to cast a safer choice, Girls star Allison Williams, in the role instead.

Peter Pan Live! airs on NBC on Thursday.

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When It Comes to Frozen, This Dog Can’t ‘Let It Go’ Either

Whether he hates it or loves it, he just can't stop singing it

Oakley the dog is no fan of Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap” and has an uncanny ability to sleep right through the catchy track. But, the pup’s catnap comes to an abrupt halt when the opening dulcet strains of Frozen track “Let It Go” start up.

On the first note the dog’s ears perk up, turning this way and that like adorable satellite dishes seeking a signal. By the time the opening bars have started, Oakley’s eyes are wide open and when Idina Menzel begins to sing, the pup’s head is up and he is seemingly trying to sing along with the chorus of the omnipresent song.

While in the commentary on the video, the puppy’s owner claims this is Oakley’s favorite song, it’s unclear whether he is actually enjoying the tune or trying to make the dreaded earworm stop — at least until the Frozen sequel, which is still only a rumor, hits theaters.

Either way, Oakley is still better at singing “Let It Go” than Ben Affleck.

 

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Ellen DeGeneres Plays Anastasia Steele in Hilarious Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Parody

Christian Grey has finally found his soul mate.

Sultry, sexy, steamy. Those are all adjectives people use to describe mega-hit Fifty Shades of Grey. But those are not words normally associated with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres — until now.

DeGeneres just unveiled her own part in the erotic bestseller turned Hollywood film on her show Ellen, and it’s a winner. While Fifty Shades claims to have cast Dakota Johnson as the film’s wide-eyed lead, Anastasia Steele, DeGeneres revealed that it’s all been a ruse, and she is actually the star of the film and has the trailer to prove it.

In the clip, DeGeneres stares balefully at the film’s charismatic and chiseled male protagonist, Christian Grey (played by Jamie Dornan), as she interviews him in his austere offices, watches him play piano and kisses him on the streets of Seattle. With just one glance at DeGeneres as Anastasia Steele, it’s clear that poor, troubled Christian Grey has finally met his true soul mate—as long as she gets the popcorn off her face.

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Watch Jennifer Aniston Prank a Reporter

No talking points here

Jennifer Aniston has been promoting her film Horrible Bosses 2, in which she plays a so-called dirty dentist sexually harassing one of her employees to the brink of insanity.

One of the stops on her press tour was at BBC Radio 1, where she and reporter Chris Stark are well known to each other after an adorably awkward interview with Stark went viral. (Stark is known for charmingly inept interviews—he famously almost asked Mila Kunis out on a date during the press tour for Oz the Great and Powerful.)

This time around, though, the interview with Aniston doesn’t go nearly as smoothly. In fact, it’s awkward and uncomfortable, and Aniston seems downright offended as Stark asks her seemingly harmless questions about her character and her dating habits.

That’s because, unbeknownst to Stark, Aniston is working with Scott Mills, one of his BBC Radio 1 coworkers, to pull a prank on the young reporter. It worked.

Read next: Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow Curse Each Other Out on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow Curse Each Other Out on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

@#$*

There was a mini-Friends reunion on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, but no one was very friendly.

Former Friends co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow were both guests on Kimmel’s show as Aniston was making the rounds to promote her new film Horrible Bosses 2 and Kudrow was celebrating her comeback on The Comeback.

However instead of a joyful reunion between former cast mates, Kimmel pitted them against each other in a vicious war of words called “Celebrity Curse Off.” Each actress was given five seconds to come up with a jaw-dropping vulgarity until one of the women failed to deliver a fittingly shocking return volley.

If you can read between the beeps — and Aniston went Greek at one point – it’s an X-rated foray into diabolical language, with Kudrow getting a boost thanks to her teenaged son’s vocabulary.

Read next: Watch Jennifer Aniston Prank a Reporter

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Watch: George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush Caught on Kiss Cam

No one can escape from the Kiss Cam

Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, were watching the Houston Texans play the Cincinnati Bengals when they were called out on the Kiss Cam. No one—not even a former president—can escape from the Kiss Cam, so America’s former first family knew that while they weren’t on the football field, they still had to play ball.

Once they realized they were on camera, the Bushes fulfilled their responsibility and shared a kiss.

It’s not the first time a former president has been featured on that Kiss Cam. Last year, George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, appeared on it as well.

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Here’s the Nelly-Bee Gees Mashup You Never Asked For But Can’t Stop Listening To

It's stayin' hot in here.

There are many mysteries about the Internet: Who created Bitcoin? Will we ever figure out the secret behind black holes? What’s with the Markovian Parallax Denigrate? One other mystery that no one seems to be able to crack? What makes a video go viral?

Take for example this mashup of Nelly’s “Getting Hot in Here” with The Bee Gee’s Saturday Night Fever classic, “Stayin’ Alive.” The video, appropriately called “Stayin’ Hot,” was created in 2011 by LobsterMashups and while the Internet usually revolves on a steady diet of the latest and greatest, yesterday the mashup sat on Reddit’s front page all day and is still near the top today, even though the video is so three years ago.

If we’re engaging in Internet archaeology, check out this video mashing up the same track from The Bee Gees with AC/DC’s “Back in Black.”

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Watch First Aid Kit Travel the Country in ‘America’ Video

The Swedish folk rockers update the Simon & Garfunkel hit

First Aid Kit has been staging a slow invasion of the United States. Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg have been making inroads into American pop culture on the strength of songs like “My Silver Lining” and their sweetly retro sound, which recalls Joni Mitchell and Fleetwood Mac.

As they criss-cross the country from coast to coast and everywhere in between, it’s no surprise that the band, whose sound harks back to the golden age of late ’60s music, has found solace in Simon & Garfunkel’s “America.”

“We who travel so much and have been around America so many times can really relate to it,” explained the girls of First Aid Kit in an interview with TIME. “We somehow can’t get tired of performing this song. It just won’t happen.”

The band has begun including the song in their sets: “It’s always a highlight at our shows,” they said. Now, they are releasing the track on 10″ vinyl for Record Store Day on Black Friday, Nov. 28. The album will feature the concert favorite “America,” plus the unreleased song “Brother” and acoustic versions of two tracks from First Aid Kit’s latest full-length release Stay Gold. In addition, the band put together a video documenting their travels across America and set to the sweetly haunting tune, which TIME is premiering today.

As they prepare for the special release of the song, the band emailed with TIME about the song:

How did you choose to cover this particular song?

In Sweden there’s this award called The Polar Music Prize that gets handed out to a popular music artist every year. During the award ceremony, they invite a bunch of Swedish artists to perform the winner’s songs for the winner. The recipient in 2012 was Paul Simon and we were asked to perform at the ceremony. We had about six months to prepare and we went through the entire Simon & Garfunkel catalogue. In the end, we felt strongly that America was the song we wanted to do, even though it was quite a challenge because we thought the original was so magical. To us, it stands out among the Simon & Garfunkel songs.

What made it resonate for you?

It’s an incredible tune in many ways. Even though we play it with only one acoustic guitar and some pedal steel, it’s very dynamic and builds up into a dramatic ending. The structure of the song and the melody just make for an epic journey. The lyrics are like a poem, without a single rhyme. It contains some of our favorite lines, like, “Toss me a cigarette I think there’s one in my raincoat,” and, “Kathy I’m lost I said though I knew she was sleeping.”

What was it like performing the song for Paul Simon?

Terrifying, but amazing. We have huge respect for Mr. Simon as a songwriter and performer. It’s very scary to go up in front of someone you admire and sing their own song to them. It’s such a huge honor. You never know what they will think of your performance. There was also some pressure for us because the year before we performed for Patti Smith at the Polar Music Prize and she cried – so everyone was waiting for Paul’s reaction! He did give us a standing ovation in the end so it was a good night.

Your cover of Fleet Foxes “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” helped establish your career. As artists, what is the difference between playing a cover as opposed to playing your own songs?

Our own original songs are, of course, more personal to us in a different way. For us songwriting is a way to connect with other people. When we sing covers of other people’s songs it is a great joy. You get to take something that isn’t yours and try to make it your own. It’s a challenge and it’s magical if and when you get there.

Have you seen people cover your songs?

Yes! We’re amazed by how many people cover our songs on YouTube. We watch those videos all the time. It’s inspiring and so flattering. It’s the biggest compliment you can get.

First Aid Kit America

First Aid Kit’s America 10″ will be available in record stores on Black Friday, November 28.

TIME viral

This Couple Tricked Everyone Into Being in Their Pregnancy Announcement

They created a brilliant keepsake

Katharine and Kris Camilli wanted to tell their friends and family that Kat was pregnant, but they didn’t want to send a boring old email or post a boring old picture of an ultrasound to Facebook and wait for the comments to roll in. They wanted real life human interaction and presumably, real hugs, not just the Facebook version of them.

The couple devised a clever, but simple scheme to capture that moment. They got their friends and family together and had them pose together for pictures, but instead of saying “Cheese!” they had them say, “Kat’s pregnant!” With a little sleight of hand, the cameras were set to video instead of photo and the reactions to the announcement were all caught on film.

Kat’s sister edited the various videos together and uploaded the completed clip to YouTube as an incredible digital keepsake for the family — and a great idea for other soon-to-be parents.

[H/T Uproxx]

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Husband Secretly Tapes Wife Breaking It Down to Salt N’ Pepa

The flow is strong with this one

If you want to sing along to Salt N’ Pepa’s “None of Your Business” in your car and bust out a few dance moves while you do it, that’s nobody’s business but your own— unless it turns out your husband is secretly taping your expert flow, and then the video goes viral.

A woman was just trying to show off her secret rap powers and enjoy a little car karaoke complete with adorable shoulder-dusting maneuver and well-choreographed hand moves, when she realizes her husband is playing Candid Camera. The look of horror on her face when she realizes her husband has been secretly taping her is one everyone can relate to. At least her husband had the good sense to title the video, “the cutest gangsta I know. My wife.”

As the video goes viral, the couple may have lost some trust in their relationship, but they gained the knowledge that the world loves a respectable Salt N’ Pepa cover.

[H/T Digg]

Read next: This Couple Tricked Everyone Into Being in Their Pregnancy Announcement

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