Aug 01 2014

The “What Were They Thinking” Pulled TMNT Poster

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When I first heard that this Ninja Turtles poster had been banned because of its resemblance of certain horrible events of 9/11, I sort of understood. Even though it’s Michael Bay tradition for something to be exploding somewhere on a poster, the top of the building as people (or turtles) plunge downward isn’t exactly the best image to conjure up.

And then I saw the release date.

Oh COME ON! No one caught that before this was shipped out?



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Aug 01 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

Published by under Lists,Movies

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My apologies to Paul and the readers for the lack of a post from me on Wednesday. Now that I’m back from the family vacation, I’ve actually spent quite a bit of time on the interwebs today and noticed that a few trailers have debuted that definitely peak my interest. I dare say that some of them warrant a viewing in the actual theater! Woo hoo! By the way – the picture I’m using for the post today is from Christopher Nolan’s – Interstellar movie. Go to the website http://www.interstellarmovie.com/ and punch in this code 7201969,which is the date of the Apollo 11 moon landing, that will give you access to arguably one of the best trailers this year. (Will I see this? – heck yes I will!)

Let’s do this.

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Aug 01 2014

The Morning Link: Child Ruining Appearances from Famous Characters

Published by under Morning Link

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“There comes a moment in the life of every child when you find out your parents are just people: Maybe you saw your dad getting intoxicated, or being racist, or committing mass murder. Nobody’s perfect, is our point. As we’ve covered once before, this includes your favorite childhood characters, because for every pop culture icon, there’s at least one obscure episode where they can be seen doing exactly the things we just mentioned.”

Go here to see the list.



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Jul 31 2014

The Final Countdown: Loud Quotes, Boredom Killing and Destiny Raids

Published by under Final Countdown

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Go here to see the best triple exclamation point quotes in cinema.

Some quotes are louder than others, and the yelled ones are often the most memorable in certain movies. Here are 25 quotes that are memorable for their words, but also their volume.

The Countdown

Eight free games to kill boredom – [Cracked]

Destiny requires five friends for raids – [Insert Coin]

Time Warner loses 152,000 subscribers – [TVO]

Best new trailer for Interstellar – [GeeksAreSexy]

Jamie Foxx will play Mike Tyson – [FilmDrunk]

Great Meryl Streep quotes – [SheBudgets]

Celebrities who regret their public statements – [CelebrityToob]

These are the worst people – [Izismile]

The highest grossing Harry Potter movies – [Worthly]

Paranormal Pugtivity – [theChive]

The ’80s at its finest – [WWIW]



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Jul 31 2014

Brian Williams Reports That His Daughter is NBC’s Peter Pan

Published by under Television,Videos

Brian Williams may not be quite the legendary newscaster that someone like Walter Cronkite was, but he’s pretty fantastic in his own right, namely for his droll sense of humor that’s on display during 30 Rock guest appearances or whenever he stops by The Daily Show to give Jon Stewart a hard time.

But when news reporting? He’s a pro. Such a pro that even when reporting the fact that his own daughter was just cast as the lead in NBC’s Peter Pan live action musical, he gave her a wink and a nod most wouldn’t have even of caught if they didn’t know the two were related. Watch above. It’s cute.



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Jul 31 2014

Going Down with the Ship: Should Fandoms Dictate Canon Stories?

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Some recent online happenings have got me thinking about the nature of fandoms and what happens when the desires of the people who watch a show or read a series of books threaten to overwhelm the vision of the creators. At what point, if any, should writers kowtow to the demands of the fans?

A couple weeks ago, the CW decided to try and engage fans of their shows on Twitter, which turned out to be a bit of fiasco; specifically regarding their long-running cult horror/fantasy/drama series Supernatural. The show enjoys a large base of female fans, which is odd for a show that has continually resisted keeping female characters around long-term, but by now we should have learned never to underestimate the charms of the Winchester brothers.

This particular ruffling of online feathers is worthy of note because it revolved around a popular slash fiction pairing of male characters. Shipping (the act of romantically pairing platonic characters) has become a bit of an extreme sport since the internet came into being. It’s been around for as long as nerd fandoms have, but in a poorly-lit little corner that most of us pretended to ignore. The internet age has done nothing so much as show us that as screwed up and perverted as we are, everyone else is just as bad if not worse.

This social realization and the resulting support group mentality has emboldened fandoms and led to an impressive renaissance of fan-made stories and art as formerly isolated individuals now have digital spaces to meet, organize, share, and perhaps plot to overthrow the creators. Be afraid, cult writers and showrunners. Be very afraid. Continue Reading »



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Jul 31 2014

Giving It The Old College Try: How I Met Your Mother

Published by under Editorials,Television

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America’s favorite pastime used to be baseball, but these days it’s making fun of stuff we don’t know anything about.  I’ve never watched an episode of The Jersey Shore, but in the right company, it’s great fun to take shots at, or, more accurately, to take shots at the idea that a show with that premise could be popular at all.

But shouldn’t we at least kind of know what we’re talking about?  If we’re going to have an opinion about something, shouldn’t we have some firsthand knowledge of it?  It seems like an obvious statement, but if you listen to recordings of your everyday conversations, you’ll realize that human beings don’t necessarily need to have written multiple scholarly papers on a subject before they feel perfectly comfortable weighing in with authoritative opinions.

So, in the spirit of making this crazy world make a little more sense, I’ve taken it upon myself to inform myself of something I have an opinion on, but have never actually experienced: How I Met Your Mother

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Jul 31 2014

Making Movies is Fun: Tom Hiddleston’s Email to Joss Whedon About the Avengers Script

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This is one of those viral things I’m not 100% sure is true, but it’s just better to believe it is because that makes everyone happy. The above is a delightfully cheerful email from Tom Hiddleston sent to Joss Whedon the first time he read the Avengers script and realized that Loki was going to get to be the coolest superpowered villain in movie history. I never really thought of Loki as Hans Gruber, but now that he says that, I can totally see it. Though I don’t know who James Mason is.

Whedon responded in a much shorter email below, which is just as heartwarming in its own way.

Does anyone have an email Patrick Stewart sent to Brett Ratner after reading X-Men: The Last Stand. “Dude, wtf is this shit.” Continue Reading »



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Jul 31 2014

Actors With Their Younger Selves

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Is there anything photoshop can’t do? Today’s experiment in weirdness comes as someone has taken the liberty of combining modern day celebrities with their past selves, either from a few years ago, or all the way to childhood like young Christian Bale here.

The result is as strange as you might expect, and you can see how much, or how little certain stars have aged. And how terrible everyone’s hair was in the ’90s.

Check out the full gallery below: Continue Reading »



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Jul 31 2014

The Morning Link: 12 Facts About Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

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“It’s hard to believe that it’s been a full decade since Harold & Kumar went on their all-night quest for hamburgers, but a lot has happened since then. Actor Kal Penn went on to work for the White House and Neil Patrick Harris became the toast of the Tony Awards, for starters.”

Go here to see the list.



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Jul 30 2014

The Final Countdown: Rags to Riches, Rambo and Nintendo Woes

Published by under Final Countdown

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Go here to see the best rags to riches movies.

“Everyone loves a good rags to riches story, when someone starts out at the bottom of the world and rises to the top. Some of these tales come from real life, and have been adapted into film. Others are invented by Hollywood itself, and become myth after release. The following films are some of the most classic and beloved examples of our love affair with getting rich, and all can be watched way more than once. If I’ve forgotten any that are close to your heart, feel free to suggest them in the comments.”

The Countdown

Soldiers more badass than Rambo – [Cracked]
Nintendo posts another huge loss despite MK8 – [Insert Coin]
Celebrating Arnold’s best lines – [FilmDrunk]
Five things about new WW Gal Gadot – [TVO]
A cool Aperture messenger bag – [GeeksAreSexy]
How to use a cell phone tracker – [SheBudgets]
Why Sons of Anarchy is right for Lea Michele – [CelebrityToob]
On man’s amazing workout routine – [TheChive]
The leaked Deadpool test footage is amazing – [WWIW]
Girl is devastated when her brother grows up – [Izismile]
DMX loses it on a theme park ride – [OMGBLOG]



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