Weekend Mashup | September 13, 2013

Every Friday Match.com will give you a summary of all things relevant and hot in the media from the week that you should know for your weekend date!

Match.com Weekend Mashup News Singles

Fire was a Fraud: One week after the “Worst Twerk Fail Ever – Girl Catches on FIRE” video on YouTube went viral (12 million views in 10 days), talk show host and prankster extraordinaire Jimmy Kimmel announced the video was fake and was acted out by Hollywood stuntwoman Daphne Avalon. In a hilarious segment on his namesake’s show, the full cut of the video was revealed, which featured the stuntwoman getting extinguished by a yoga-pant clad Jimmy. Props to Kimmel for fooling basically the entire world wide web.

Investments for the Birds: Thursday marked another moment in social media history with Twitter announcing it has submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO on it’s own messaging service. The 7-year-old company will haul in close to $600 million in ad revenue this year, and is timed to fourth quarter when social media and advertising activity is particularly strong. Let’s hope this doesn’t follow Facebook’s virtual footsteps.

Holy Hot Wheels: Pope Francis received a super sweet ride in his 76th year of life: a 1984 Renault 4 with 186,000 miles from Italian priest Father Renzo Zocca. After the pope appealed to priests months ago to save money and give it to the poor rather than splurge on expensive cars, Zocca wrote to him wanting to give it to the pope as a symbolic gift.

Harry Potter Strikes Again… Sort of: Following her newest crime novel venture, J. K. Rowling has teamed up with Warner Bros. to give Harry Potter another shot at the big screen — well, his textbook at least. The studio is planning on turning Hogwarts’ textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” into a feature film, and to hopefully launch a new series to continue Rowling’s fantasy (world) of box office hits.

Fallon Breaks into new star role:  Jimmy Fallon never disappoints with his parodies, and his latest may have set the bar just a little bit higher. The late night talk show host debuted a new short film on his show: Joking Bad, a parody of the AMC hit series and cult favorite, Breaking Bad. The spoof features Fallon and Late Night sidekick Steve Higgins conjure up a plan to sell jokes on the black market to avoid an end to Fallon’s run on Late Night, which will end in 6 months before he replaces Jay Leno on The Tonight Show.

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