Penn Jillette remarks on (mostly phony) magic tricks in pop culture

"But remember, I lie."

In this video, legendary magician Penn Jillette watches clips from TV and movies that feature magic tricks of one kind or another, and then gives his honest opinion about what's actually going on. ("Instant Stooging" is totally going to be my next band's name.)

Why is he doing this? Well, Penn & Teller are teaching the art of magic in a new MasterClass (which looks terrific!).

Here's the full clip of him and Teller doing that magic trick upside down on Saturday Night Live that he talks about at the end of the video:

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A fully-grown man takes an axe to his house and car when he thinks his wife messed with his action figures

A 35-year-old boy had a temper tantrum over the weekend when he thought his wife had damaged some of his action figures. After she left the house, he rebelled by taking a log-splitting axe and smashing the hell out of his television, computer, and other household items before going outdoors. When he spotted the car he "chopped off both side mirrors and then struck the windshield so hard the ax got stuck," according to NBC15.

At least he had the good sense to call 911 and tattle on himself. The fellow, who admitted he had been drinking too much, was arrested and taken to jail.

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Ron Howard narrates 'Star Wars' in the style of 'Arrested Development'

Not only is Ron Howard the narrator (and an executive producer) on the Arrested Development, he's also the director of the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story. So, it was only natural that the two entities got combined somehow, especially since they both have end of the month release dates**.

Enter Star Wars: A New Hope, a clever parody that melds the music, narration, and editing style of the popular sitcom with the story of Star Wars.

It begins, "Now the story of a family that wants to rule the galaxy and the one son who had no choice but to save it." (The original narration began, "Now the story of a wealthy family who lost everything and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.)

**Season 5 of Arrested Development begins on May 29 on Netflix. Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on May 25.

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Stop toying with us, Arrested Development: Netflix denies rumored premiere date

Let's end 2012 with some truthiness: gossip site Oh No They Didn't got wind of some new details concerning the fourth season of Arrested Development and its upcoming premiere on Netflix. Apparently, a publicity site for Fox prematurely posted a new image, a May 4, 2013 premiere date, and a list of episode titles before taking it all down. A few sites have reported this as the official release date, but Vulture contacted a Netflix representative who said the date "is wrong."

A debunked rumor is not the most fun way to start out a year of heavily-anticipated entertainment, but at least we know it's on its way! (I'd still count on a May premiere. Seems like it would make a lot of sense -- just as all the network shows are ending, the Bluths swoop in and save us all from summer programming.)

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Extremely important news: Arrested Development will come to Netflix Canada

Originally only intended to hit the U.S. market, Arrested Development will now hit Netflix in Canada the same day of the U.S. premiere. Boxing Day came early! (via The Hollywood Reporter) Read the rest

Photographic proof that Arrested Development is really, truly back

We knew that several reports over the last few months have confirmed the wonderful news that Arrested Development was not only coming back, they were coming back to film 13 episodes that would be streamed on Netflix in 2013, and those episodes would lead into a full-length movie. We knew that Ron Howard had an actual, written script. And we also had set photos. But now, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, we have the entire cast reunited. Several photos of the whole ensemble, both in and out of silly costumes, will appear in the reunion-centric issue hitting stands this week.

Wait a second -- 13 episodes in 2013, quite possibly in April, the month of April Fool's... What if they're still messing with us??? Sorry, my tinfoil hat was a little snug for a second there.

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Today in "Stop it, that's impossibly wonderful": John Slattery will be in Arrested Development

This is going to happen in the year 2013: when Arrested Development comes to Netflix, it will feature an arc for a new character being played by Mad Men's John Slattery. TV Line asked a rep from the show what kind of character he'd be playing, and their lips were sealed. But you know what? This is probably the last thing in the world I want to hear spoilers about. I like my John Slattery storylines to surprise me. (via Splitsider) Read the rest

We've been teased and taunted, and today Arrested Development finally (actually) went back into production

The part where the actors arrive on set and say the words and do the things in front of the cameras? That is happening with the new season of Arrested Development, and it's happening today, according to Deadline, who is also reassuring us that everyone in the cast -- everyone -- will be returning. They will film 10 brand new episodes of the show, which will all lead up to a feature-length movie, all of which will be streamed on Netflix next year. In case you, an Arrested Development fan, were feeling less loved today, here is proof that you are loved. (via Geeks of Doom) Read the rest

Dan Harmon close to finding a new home at Fox -- would Community be better off there, too?

Coming on the tails of NBC's news that they'd be pursuing "broader" projects for their comedy lineup, Fox has announced that they're moving forward on a possible new sitcom being written by the former showrunner of Community, Dan Harmon. There aren't any details about the show yet, just that they've signed him on to write such a series, but is there a chance that Harmon will find himself more at home here than at NBC? Fox is, after all, the channel that brought us Arrested Development. Then again, they also canceled Arrested Development after just three seasons. But considering the shows they currently have on the air -- like Emmy-nominated quirkfests The New Girl and Raising Hope -- maybe Fox has seen the error of their ways?

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