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Chris Klein's Awful 'Mama Mia' Audition and More (video)


The audition process can be a harrowing and embarrassing experience for any young actor, but at least young unknowns don't have to worry about some botched tryouts leaking to the web. And then there's poor Chris Klein. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, Klein is usually a supporting player in hit movies like the American Pie movies and... I'm sure there's another one somewhere, but he's never really caught the public eye in a big way. He's just famous enough for this terrible audition for Mama Mia to make serious rounds in the meme-verse (has that been used before? Can I coin it? Probably shouldn't? OK). It really is a must watch. Klein's usual affable oafishness is put to the test when he tries to "emote", for the lack of a better word. And those eyes, my god, those eyes.

But like any good sport, Klein took the opportunity to get in on the joke. He recently appeared in this Funny Or Die video showing more of his leaked "auditions". That's some redemption right there.

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The City Beneath: A Century of Los Angeles Graffiti (By the Book)

With discussions of characters like Leon Ray Livingston (a.k.a. "A-No. 1"), credited with consolidating the entire system of hobo communication in the 1910s, and Kathy Zuckerman, better known as the surf icon "Gidget", Susan A. Phillips' lavishly illustrated The City Beneath: A Century of Los Angeles Graffiti, excerpted here from Yale University Press, tells stories of small moments that collectively build into broad statements about power, memory, landscape, and history itself.

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