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Retailing | As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on the Marketplace Fairness Act, Jacob Weisberg looks at how Amazon and Congress have managed to delay online sales taxes for more than a decade, giving online retailers a significant advantage over brick-and-mortar stores. Amazon, which has long fought any attempts to collect sales tax through lobbying, campaign contributions and threats to move to warehouse jobs, now supports the legislation, with Weisberg contending the retail giant “has played out the clock longer than it dared hope and would now like to be able to build warehouses everywhere without doing state-by-state battle over its ‘physical presence.’” The bill seems likely to pass the Senate, but its fate in the House is far less certain. [Slate.com]

Publishing | DC Comics has put together a guide to its graphic novel backlist, which will be available both in print and digitally. [Publishers Weekly]

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Move over, Deadpool, Hugh Jackman slices it ‘Gangnam Style’

Just last month, a pelvis-thrusting Deadpool got in on the “Gangnam Style” craze, encouraging passersby to dance with him to Psy’s inescapable (and undeniably catchy) tune. But as entertaining as that video is, it pales in comparison to this photo the South Korean rapper tweeted today of himself doing the now-famous horse-riding dance with Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman — complete with claws — on the Japanese Australian set of Fox’s The Wolverine. Or, as the actor describes it, “Slicing gangnam style!!!!”

Jackman, of course, is no stranger to song and dance, having starred in Carousel, The Boy from Oz and Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway. Before beginning work on The Wolverine, he wrapped production on the musical drama adaptation Les Misérables.

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Hey, sexy lady! It’s Deadpool vs. ‘Gangnam Style’

It would do this video — and you, the reader — a disservice to try to explain it, but after watching only a few seconds you’ll undoubtedly find yourself wondering why, oh why, it’s taken someone so long to film Deadpool thrusting his pelvis and encouraging complete strangers to join him in “Riding the Horse” to the tune of “Gangnam Style.”

And if you’re unsure just what “Gangnam Style” is, you can check out the similarly hilarious original video to the international sensation by South Korean rapper PSY. If neither of those videos brightens your day, then probably nothing will. (Did I mention Bane makes a cameo appearance alongside Deadpool?)

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