In the News

“Last night was a very, very big night.” Watch.

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The past hour the Internet has been all abuzz with news that George Lucas has sold Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, and the rights to the expanded Star Wars universe to Disney for $4.05 billion (half in cash and half in 40 million shares of Disney). Kathleen Kennedy, current co-chairman of Lucasfilm, will take over as President of the company and serve as executive producer for Star Wars: Episode VII which is tentatively scheduled for a 2015 release date. I’ve decided to be cautiously optimistic, but someone may want to give teh ‘monkey a hug as he’s currently crawled up in a ball under his desk muttering obscenities and planning a way to kill everyone involved.

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Our pal Mean Melin decided to do an impromptu flash mob with a few friends to promote the upcoming Kansas City Air Guitar Championships . Of course they probably weren’t planning to have their spot taken over by Westboro Baptist Church protesters who must have something against Van Halen, Air Guitar, or (more likely) both.

God Hates Air Guitar Fags: Westboro Baptist Church Protest

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Hey, here’s our first look at Captain Marvel I mean SHAZAM! (cause that’s what we’re going to call him now… you know, so he can’t even introduce himself to anybody). Redesigned by Gary Frank, the character makes his first appearance in the New 52 later this month in Justice League. And look, now he’s got a hood, and buckles on his boots… ’cause, you know, magic and stuff. You’re killing me DC, you are absolutely killing me.

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Monkees fans around the world let out a collective sob when news hit the interwebs that Davy Jones was pronounced dead of an apparent heart attack earlier this morning. Although best known for his role as The Monkees frontman, Jones went on to have a successful theater career as well as popping up in various cameo roles in television and movies over the years. In 2008 Yahoo named Jones the #1 Teen Idol of all-time. I know I’m bummed (yes, I own an autographed copy of the man’s autobiography), but I can only speculate how longtime Transbuddha contributor ZolarCzakl is taking the news. G’night Davy, and thanks for some great tunes (which you can find more of after the jump).

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For those who don’t know, six time Grammy Award winning singer Whitney Houston passed away at the age of 48 over the weekend. Houston’s music career spanned more than three decades and is the only artist to ever chart seven consecutive number ones. The second-half of the pop star’s career saw her also try her hand at acting by appearing in film such as The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale, and The Preacher’s Wife.

Whitney Houston – Greatest Love Of All

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Living in Kansas and Missouri we know we’ll get our share of Wizard of Oz jokes and flyover snubs, but we’ve also got to put up with the Westboro Baptist Church and their patriarchal nutcase Fred Phelps. Their crazed anti-homosexuality protests, including picketing funerals of American soldiers, are far too well known. But little reminders, like yesterday’s Westboro Baptist Church Counter-Protest, show that Phelps and his wackaloons haven’t managed to stamp out all the tolerance (and humor) out of us hearty Mid-Westerners. Check out more of the photos here or check out the news coverage of the event after the jump.

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You might remember a little while back FOX News claimed The Muppets was promoting a liberal agenda and brainwashing kids with its anti-capitalism message. During a recent press conference Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy responded to the allegations.

The Muppets Attack Fox News via /Film

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Today DC Comics announced its “We Can Be Heroes” campaign to fight the global hunger crisis. You can find the full press release after the jump.

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Sorry to start your week with such a downer, but this had to be shared. Excuse me for a minute as I have to go vomit and find a Republican to punch in the dick.

Sh*t Homophobic People Say

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