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Spike Jonze, Sam Raimi, and ''The Onion'' staff lend their efforts to a growing genre

DEVIL'S TRADE ON FEARNET.COM
Sam Raimi returns to his Evil Dead roots by helping to develop this series of seven three- to five-minute episodes, in which a Goth teen's trinket unleashes horror on him and his sexed-up sister. What it lacks in originality (remember The Brady Bunch's creepy tiki story?), Trade makes up for in less-talk-more-action satisfaction. B

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The crew behind the irreverent Vice magazine joins forces with creative consultant Spike Jonze to bring you hipster music and fashion stories. But these globe-trotters truly impress with five- to six-minute news segments: Stories such as ''Heavy Metal in Baghdad'' and ''Inside Sudan'' were actually filmed in Baghdad and Sudan. A

ONION NEWS NETWORK ON THEONION.COM
The Daily Show stole the fake-news pioneer's shtick — and The Onion wants it back. The plan: translate headlines like ''Al Qaeda Also Fed Up With Ground Zero Construction Delays'' into clips that one-up Daily in snark. Sometimes it works, but The Onion's rival is still the sharper deadpanner. B-

Originally posted Jun 11, 2007 Published in issue #939 Jun 15, 2007 Order article reprints