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Bella: I was at a Subway, and this guy came up to me he was like, have you ever thought about modeling? And I was like YES! Where have you been! I’ve been waiting for you! And then he signed me and he brought me to New York, and I met these designers, and I started to book jobs and I was like “I’m a model.” And I’m going to all the parties I used to look at on my computer and I’m on the Tumblrs I used to look at – and it’s so great. But I still feel like shit. It’s like a whole new set of things that make me feel shitty.

Julie: So what are you going to do?

Bella: I don’t know.

Julie: Well one of the things that my dad always does – is that he tries to break down into different options. And it sounds like you have three options: one, you quit and you just go do something else. Two, you change the way everyone in the whole fashion world thinks and behaves and acts. Or three, you stay and you just try to enjoy the moments that you love. Just enjoy the good moments. I mean, you’re only 20 and you’ve pretty much gotten to do everything you ever wanted to, right? So maybe try to just ignore all the bad parts.

From 100% Lost Cotton, a one-act play written by Jonah Hill and Spike Jonze, performed during a fashion event in September at the Metropolitan Opera House (?). Description:

Actors played designers (a wonderfully profane Catherine Keener was O.C. co-founder Carol Lim) casting the show the audience was ostensibly watching. Professional models marched in and out in the actual spring ready-to-wear collection, while two actors playing models, Dree Hemingway and Elle Fanning, conducted an ongoing dialogue about how awful the modeling industry can be.  […] Things did end on a positive note, after all, with faith restored and a cast sing-along to Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home.

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Edited by Scharpling and Wurster themselves, the box features 75 calls on 16 CDs, including 50 previously unreleased or unaired ones. It comes with a 108-page hardcover book featuring essays from Patton Oswalt, Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham, Julie Klausner, and “Best Show” associate producer Michael Lisk (better known as A.P. Mike), an interview with Scharpling and Wurster by Jake Fogelnest, and “notes on the evolution and inspiration behind each bit.”

The box also comes with a USB drive (inside a Radio Hut cassette) with all 75 calls and four hours of bonus material, a fold-out map of Newbridge, Philly Boy Roy and Timmy von Trimble Paper Dolls, postcards, and temporary tattoos bearing “Best Show” catchphrases.

If you pre-order the box set via Numero, you’ll receive a piece of the actual phone Wurster used to make the classic “Rock, Rot & Rule” call.
"Numero Group to Release Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster’s The Best of the Best Show Box Set" 

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I read this book — I can’t even remember the name of it, but this guy’s writing about his wife who died and it was just so overwritten. It was so over the top.
Bob Odenkirk, on where the idea came from for one of his comedic essays.  This is the funniest thing to me.

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It was so fresh and so fucking nuts. It made me feel like: ‘Oh, you can do anything? Anything you you want? That’s ok?’ That’s a very liberating feeling. Maybe it was ahead of its time for television, if you get the wrong slot, whatever it is. You just can’t survive.

Anything that can flash you back to when you were a kid is helpful. Particularly when you’re starting up a new movie because amidst all the nerves and the energy and confusion of what you’re doing, [you’re] remembering, ‘why am I even here in the first place?’ Well, it’s like getting back to those original joys and feelings. They’re good to get back to… whether or not you’re going to try do that. I’m not going to try and do [‘Police Squad’], nobody can do that, but remembering that energy from being a kid, that anything is possible, remembering that you can get away with multiple things at the same time. That’s a kind of encouragement… I feel like I can use that to try and attack the story.
Paul Thomas Anderson, discussing Police Squad! (the TV show that gave birth to the The Naked Gun movies).

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I was watching this Funny or Die video about Jerrod Carmichael’s HBO special— the one where he goes to the LA City Council to promote his special.  At the very end, they show a guy walking out of the LA City Council meeting, and there’s just a shot of the audience which includes two men in red hoods… just hanging out?  They’re in at least one earlier shot.

Question: were they part of the comedy routine?  Or are there just men in red hoods that are just regularly chilling out at LA City Council meetings (wearing what look like they might be “Fuck Whitey” shirts)?  They’re in at least one earlier shot which supposedly takes place days earlier and in a different part of the chambers.  On the other hand, there’s shots from the audience (man with camera wearing same t-shirt?).  I don’t know.  They’re never referenced in the comedy part of the video so…?  What’s— what’s going on with the men in the red hoods?  Are they for a future Funny or Die video??

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