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Biggest Announcements From E3

Each June, E3, or The Electronic Entertainment Expo, hosts game developers showing off their latest products. Here are this year’s most exciting announcements:

‘Star Wars’ Turns 40

When George Lucas’ Star Wars premiered in 1977, the movie quickly became a phenomenon. On its 40th anniversary, The Onion looks back on the franchise’s defining moments:

Ringo Starr Announces 26th Beatles Album With New Backing Band

‘Moonbeam Sunday’ Slated For Release On June 16

LONDON—Excitedly informing fans that the iconic pop group was back with more original music, Ringo Starr announced Tuesday that on June 16 he would be releasing a 26th Beatles album titled ‘Moonbeam Sunday’ with an all-new backing band.
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New Cartoon May Violate FCC Regulations

Last week the Federal Communications Commission opened an inquiry into claims that the Nicktoons cartoon Zevo-3 violates advertising rules because its characters originated in Skechers shoe commercials. Here are some other shows that have raised alarms for inappropriate marketing:

  • 1961: The Yogi Bear Show receives numerous complaints for inappropriately promoting the National Park System
  • 1962: The Jetsons premieres as an infomercial for Spacely Sprockets
  • 1977: Captain Caveman's mystery-solving team constantly pauses so one of the Teen Angels can change her Kotex pad
  • 1983: Jim Henson is forced to drop an entire subplot of Fraggle Rock revolving around the underground-dwelling creatures' constant search for bauxite on behalf of the Alcoa corporation
  • 1985: He-Man's Power Sword is briefly replaced with a 3-foot Slim Jim
  • 1990: Chevron produces Captain Planet to show kids how lame environmentalists are
  • 1995: Bill Nye nearly loses his show following vicious allegations that he has been pushing Arm & Hammer–brand baking soda
  • 2001: The answer to Blue's clues that was Pizza Pringles

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