GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK
Neil Patrick Harris
The jack-of-all-trades inked a deal for a memoir, due out in the spring of 2014
The Harry Potter scribe's latest novel, The Casual Vacancy, has been widely panned by (non-Time) critics
Insane Lawsuit Posse
We can't decide what's crazier: the FBI's classifying "Juggalos," a.k.a. face-painted fans of hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse, as a gang, or the performers' suing the FBI for not substantiating its claim. Here's hoping they settle via rap battle.
A HEADY HOMAGE
Remember the score of the 2006 World Cup final? Neither do we. But we do recall watching France's Zinedine Zidane head-butt Italy's Marco Materazzi for insulting his sister. Now that moment is immortalized in a 16-ft.-tall bronze statue outside Paris' Centre Pompidou, affectionately called an "ode to defeat."
Zidane got a red card for the foul in the 110th minute of his last ever professional soccer game
No, Leonardo da Vinci's most famous portrait subject did not get Botox. She's just about a decade younger in what the Zurich-based Mona Lisa Foundation claims is a long-lost work by Leonardo. Experts haven't yet disproved it. Perhaps they're too busy laughing?
'NOT COOL, COOKIE.'
@AMCTHEATRES, after @Oreo asked its 56,000-plus followers if they ever take their own cookies to the movies
It's been a wild few months for Community, the NBC cult comedy about a ragtag bunch of community-college students. First, series creator Dan Harmon was fired. Then Chevy Chase said doing the show was "a big mistake." Now, in advance of the fourth-season premiere (Oct. 19 at 8:30 p.m. E.T.), star Joel McHale breaks it all down with TIME.
This is the first season of Community without Dan.
It is. Unless he's there secretly.
Hiding under a couch? Monitoring from afar?
You never know.
So what's changed?
Boy, let's see. Well, we don't have to wear the uniforms anymore. And the lobster buffets are gone, because it's the only meat he's not allergic to. Very convenient--a weird allergy.
All right, I'm just making stuff up. Really, not much has changed. A lot of writers stayed, so they know the spirit and tone of the show. And it's our fourth year, so we have a good sense of our characters. I don't know if you've seen the photos of my character and The Dean [Jim Rash] in a dress, doing the tango, with two men dressed as unicorns behind us ...
That's actually my desktop background.
Well, as far as the story and the fantasticalism--wow, don't print that, find out what the word for that is--it's all still there. If we lost our uniqueness, we'd lose the show.
Your co-star Chevy Chase has been sharing some opinions recently.
He called sitcoms like Community "the lowest form of television." What's the deal?