The Portal

A Guide To New And Cool Stuff

January 13, 2009|By From Sun news services

On the Web:

* Doctors and their personal dramas long have been a TV staple. Now the sex-and-stethoscopes genre is the target of Rob Corddry's satirical skills.

Childrens' Hospital is a series of 10 five-minute episodes available on TheWB.com, the defunct Warner Bros. TV network brought back from the dead as a Web site. Episodes are also available for purchase on iTunes, and further expansion on the Web (including YouTube) is planned. Corddry, who wrote and directed the series, plays a Patch Adams-like doctor-clown meant to cheer up patients.

There are plenty of allusions to House, ER and St. Elsewhere, too, but no show is parodied quite like Grey's Anatomy. For the series, Corddry drew on his many comedian friends. Making appearances or contributing voice-overs: Megan Mullally, Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms, Stephen Colbert, Michael Cera and Corddry's brother Nate Corddry. Lake Bell and Ken Marino are among the regulars, and Desperate Housewives' Eva Longoria Parker makes a cameo.

"We were a little reluctant at first but now it's what people are doing," said Corddry of the Web. "I like it a lot just because of the freedom you get."

* Want to hear Cameron Crowe's thoughts on winning an Oscar or see how king-sized movie posters are assembled? How about a sneak peek at some of the exclusive exhibitions held at the film academy's Beverly Hills, Calif., headquarters? It's all at Oscars.org, the newly revamped Web site of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Film fans of all kinds are welcome, said AMPAS executive administrator Ric Robertson.

The site is more than an extensive homage to the Academy Awards. Visitors can learn about the academy's vast film and script archives (both open to the public), discover educational programs for young filmmakers, glimpse artwork from coming academy exhibitions (Fellini's sketches are on view now) and meet the people who vote on the Oscars via video. There's also a link to Oscars' YouTube page and a chance to receive automated Oscar trivia questions each day from now until the Academy Awards are presented Feb. 22.

* Passive-aggressive people, we all know at least one. Whether it's your roommate, your mother or an annoying co-worker, you've probably come into contact with a person who prefers scribbling notes to face-to-face interaction. Passiveaggressivenotes.com has given those pesky reminders a hilarious home on the Web. The site is chock full of notes, including a flow chart on the proper usage of the term "oh, snap!" and reminders to wash the dishes.

On satellite radio:

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay launched a talk radio show last week on which he will offer advice to men on everything from dating, dining, dressing and how to nail a tough job interview. The star of numerous Food Network programs hosts Bobby Flay Radio weekly on SIRIUS XM Radio. Flay is signed for a five-week run, but says he is open to more if the two-hour show goes well.

While the call-in show will touch on everything from sports to current events, Flay says food still will be the focus. It runs 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays and is replayed 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For information, go to sirius.com.

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