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You Guys, What If Joey Potter Ends Up Single-Handedly Bringing Down Scientology?

By Joanna Robinson | Pajiba Love | July 2, 2012 |

By Joanna Robinson | Pajiba Love | July 2, 2012 |

For those of you who enjoyed the greasy potato skins on display this weekend in Magic Mike, here’s what Channing Tatum actually looked like as a young, impressionable stripper. The tongue is my favorite part. (FilmDrunk)

Though I’m not going to draw any comparisons between strippers and politicians, Buzzfeed does have high school photos of 69 politicians. Al Gore was seriously one handsome mammer jammer. (Buzzfeed)

For all you avid readers, here’s a list of the most anticipated titles from the second half of 2012. September is going to be bananas. (The Millions)

And for those of you who are more fond of the televisual medium, the lovely Josh Kurp has 20 Reasons He’s Proud Of American TV. Why did none of You People tell me that “The Simpsons” is still sometimes funny? (WG)

Speaking of fantastic American television, I finally mainlined the first season of “Louie” this weekend, and it was not only glorious and but it made this chart that much funnier. (Laughing Squid)

For those of you looking to make a move sometime soon, you may want to check out this fantastic map that reveals the world’s earthquakes since 1898. Given that I’m notoriously terrible at geography, I haven’t fully figured it out yet. But I did find Australia, so that’s a start. (Space)

And while we’re in an international state of mind, check out these amazing paintings of Star Wars characters in feudal Japanese dress. Oh, samurai Boba Fett, you complete me. (DVice)

Speaking of nerdy art, here are several superheroes/villains as Picasso might have painted them. First of all, no Harvey Dent? Secondly, in this post-Magic Mike world, do we really need a speedo on Dr. Manhattan? (Unreality)

And though this has nothing to do with superheros or spaceships, this solar art instillation made from several miles of thread is fantastic. (Colossal)

In the aftermath of the Cruise/Holmes break-up, the Church of Scientology is, once again, under intense scrutiny. Allegedly Katie has compared her time with Tom to Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby. One of the internet’s most popular gossip bloggers believes her site to be under attack from the Church and, jumping Jehoshaphat, when the king of shady, underhandedness, Rupert Murdoch, calls you creepy, you know your PR team is not doing its job. Who’s to say what’s going on in this divorce and what Katie will or will not say in order to get custody of her kid. What I do know is that now is as good a time as any to revisit this magnificent (but lengthy) piece we linked from The New Yorker in February of last year. There’s something to be said for Katie Holmes who, like it or not, is considered one of America’s Sweethearts, painting Scientology as a threat. Folks might actually start paying attention. (The New Yorker)

Sorry. That got a little out of hand. Let’s remember Tom Cruise’s better days with this look back at the history of the Fat Suit in Hollywood. For my money, Tom’s Les Grossman is still the best of the best. (Vulture)

Finally, to class up your Monday, here’s an “Ode To Joy” flashmob. Where were they hiding those timpani?

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