James Franco and Seth Rogen have far more sexual chemistry on a motorcycle than Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will ever have; Family Guy mourned a loss last night; The Beastie Boys are going to fight for their right to not have their music used in commercials; and the sad Brittany Murphy saga carries on, as her mother releases an open letter today.

  • Uh-huh, honey. James Franco and Seth Rogen made a shot-for-shot parody of Kanye West's Bound 2 music video, and if you can put aside the fact that you're about to see Rogen's hairy shoulders on a Monday morning, it is pretty excellent. [YouTube]
  • Family Guy said farewell to one of their pivotal characters last night: Brian the Talking Dog. Even though the Griffins tried to make baby Stewie feel better about it, it was pretty much his fault. [Rolling Stone]
  • After The Beastie Boys took issue, but not legal action, against toy company GoldieBlox for parodying their hit song "Girls" in a commercial, the company pre-emptively sued them, constituting the parody as "fair use." The Beastie Boys have now responded with an open letter, calling the company out on misuse of the song. [NYT]
  • The plot thickens in the sad twists over Brittany Murphy's death. Her mother Sharon Murphy penned an open letter today to refute claims that her daughter died of rat poisoning. [THR]

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