Benedict Cumberbatch Knows Spock’s Weaknesses, Matthew McConaughey Defines When To Be Shirtless

Plus Jon Hamm hosts the ESPYs, President Obama’s parenting, and Zach Braff’s Kickstarter

Armie Hammer is set to star with Tom Cruise in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Armie Hammerthe movie version of the classic spy show of the 1960s. It seems unclear if this is period remake or an update in modern times.

The Connecticut Senate has voted to restore state benefits to veterans discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Do you know more about science than the average American? Take this short quiz and compare yourself to the results of a national scientific poll. I made a perfect score, making me more informed than 93% of the population, and equal to the top 7%, which I find terrifying, because President Obamathose were pretty basic questions.

President Obama has a plan on how to prevent his daughters from getting tattoos. “What we’ve said to the girls is, ‘If you guys ever decided you’re going to get a tattoo, then mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo in the same place. And we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo.” Parenting. You’re doing it right.

The Rhode Island Senate passed a marriage equality bill on Wednesday, which now heads back to the House to pass the amended legislation. Rhode Island is currently the only New England state without marriage equality, and that may not be the case for long.Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm will host the ESPY Awards, giving him a reason to put the Hammaconda in a jock strap for the evening.

Meanwhile in South America, as expected, the Colombian Senate has rejected marriage equality, in a road bump that is at odds with momentum across the rest of the continent.

Dr. Paul Cameron, an anti-smoking activist turned anti-gay campaigner is demanding Senator Rob Portman renounce his support of marriage equality. “For the sake of the son Lance Armstrongyou love, urge him to marry a woman.”

Lance Armstrong’s troubles may not be over, as the Justice Department is suing him to recover the sponsorship money from the U.S. Postal Service he received while he was doping on his cycling team.  The Postal Service kicked in $40 million in sponsorship money, and the government is seeking nearly three times that under the False Claims Act.

A handful of Iowa Republicans are still seeking revenge on the four remaining Iowa Supreme Court justices that voted for marriage equality in the state. This time they’re trying to reduce the pay of the four justices (but not the other three) to $25,000/year, the same as a legislator makes, since they say the justices stooped to changing the law.

Tennessee state senator Stacey Campfield, best known as the Don’t Say Gay bill author, posted an anti-gay control image to his ArmageddonFacebook page about the deadly nature of pressure cookers. In the wake of the Boston marathon bombings, it’s a crass attempt to grab some time in the spotlight.

A correction from Monday: Michael Bay is not sorry for Armageddon. He says the reporter quoted only part of what he said, and he’s very proud of the film.

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As we all know, I’m a huge fan of The Muppets. I’m less of a fan of Good Luck Charlie on Disney Channel, but hey, Muppets. It’s all a dream sequence as the Duncans contemplate building their dream house when they discover their home is riddled with termites, which is ironic since the Duncan father is an exterminator. In any case, the Muppets do what they do best, which is sing a song about how home is where the memories are.

With all the bad news out in the world today, it’s easy to focus on the bad things out there and forget all the good things in life that you take for granted. This is the premise for “Shit I Like” by Jake Wilson featuring Alysha Umphress. The song is, as you can tell by the title, NSFW.

This is how to exercise with your cats. Personally, I’m happy to pay a gym membership to have real equipment, but to each his own.

Zach Braff has a Kickstarter going to make a passion movie he wrote called Wish I Was Here. The story isn’t a sequel to Garden State, but tonally it is, moving from where Braff was in his 20s to where he is in his 30s. He’s going the Kickstarter route because he wants edit control, and control over his casting, be that Jim Parsons as his best friend (let him be a pool boy!) or Donald Faison, his legendary bromance partner. When I’m writing this, they already have $1.1 million of the $2 million they need. Some people online are throwing a fit about millionaires tapping the public for funding that will ultimately benefit a major studio, but I think there’s a nugget of truth in self-financing to make the art you want to make, and the art the fans want to watch.

The latest clip from Star Trek Into Darkness is back to Benedict Cumberbatch narrating the flaws in the Enterprise crew he intends to exploit to bring chaos to the Federation, and this time his target is Spock.

Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing is an ambitious idea, filming a modern take on Shakespeare in his own home, with favorite actors that have appeared throughout his long career. The UK trailer offers a bit more narrative, but part of me imagines Brits cringing to hear the Bard told this way.

Michael Arndt is taking on a huge project, writing the Star Wars sequel. And it’s just as intimidating as it sounds, from the looks of this Funny or Die video. I don’t blame him, because no matter what he does, people are going to hate it, and South Park is probably going to do an episode mocking it.

Justin Bieber just can’t seem to keep his shirt on, which makes him brothers with the original shirtless man, Matthew McConaughey. MTV got Matthew to give the Biebs a little advice on when it might be appropriate to doff your shirt.

RuPaul gets in bed with Joan Rivers for a long chat about his life, his relationship with his parents, and how he became a drag superstar that has lasted and lasted.

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