Jul 24 2014

The Final Countdown: Video Game Commercials, Kiefer Sutherland and Uncharted Movie

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Go here to see the most cringe-inducing video game commercials.

If you don’t know what we mean, look no further than video game advertisements. For decades, out-of-touch marketers who have never held a controller in their lives have tried to come up with ad campaigns that make their game seem “hip” or “edgy.” The results are, let’s just say, awkward …

The Countdown

Kiefer Sutherland reveals his favorite 24 moments – [TVO]
The Uncharted movie has a release date – [Insert Coin]
Robin Thicke’s hilarious acting debut – [FilmDrunk]
Celebrities with their own video games – [Worthly]
Fight Club sequel is a miniseries – [GeeksAreSexy]
When Summer Glau has been nerd royalty – [WarmingGlow]
Tatiana Maslany doing Shaun of the Dead – [Pajiba]
How to get rid of bed bugs – [SheBudgets]
Five things you didn’t know about Dennis Leary – [CelebrityToob]
Some facts about the human body – [theChive]
The youngest tattoo artist in the world – [Izismile]
Darth Vader gets a car – [WWIW]



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Jul 24 2014

Cosplay of the Day: Kim Possible

Published by under Cosplay,Images,Television

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It’s been a good long while since I’ve thought about Kim Possible, as I can’t say it was one of the cartoons I grew up with. By 2002, I was too cool for more non-South Park or Family Guy cartoons, so I’ve only seen a handful of episodes of the series.

That said, I know that this Kim Possible cosplay by Amber Skies is pretty damn great. It may be a lot less complicated than other costumes, based largely on red hair, baggy pants and a cropped shirt, but I like that she went the extra mile for specific Kim Possible posses like the one above, and naturally, the famous air kick.

Check out the rest of the series for yourself below: Continue Reading »



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Jul 24 2014

Black Milk Moves On to Disney Princesses and Villains

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I’m about 30% certain that Black Milk is just browsing Unreality when it comes to crafting their new product lines, as they’ve gone from superheroes to Star Wars to Harry Potter, and now all the way to Disney princesses and villains.

Or they just realized that Maleficent made like $700M worldwide.

In any case, they’re debuting pieces of a new Disney inspired line that ranges from villainous leggings to Snow White onesies I expect to see Miley Cyrus wearing soon enough. You can check out the other pieces of the collection below, and buy them as always here. Well, “soon” at least. Continue Reading »



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Jul 24 2014

Kill La Kill and Anime’s Fanservice Industry

Published by under Editorials,Television

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Japanese animation is an entertainment medium that’s often associated with geek man-children in spite of the fact that it often features complex stories with themes and metaphors that dwarfs most of what we consider adult entertainment here in America. Part of it is the lingering fallacy that anything animated must be for kids, but there’s more; specifically anime’s preoccupation with female anatomy. Bouncing bosoms of bodacious bulk and predictably polarizing portrayals of puerile pantyshots often turn viewers off of the excellent stories and characters. But is it really inherently wrong or immature to portray the human body in such a way?

Enter Kill La Kill, one of the anime hits of the moment and another instance of an overseas animated property being snatched up for streaming on the forever-ahead-of-the-curve Netflix prior to being dubbed in English (Attack on Titan was previously alone in that honor). Watching the early episodes of the show, it appeared to have been literally designed to both mock and celebrate some of the most damaging anime stereotypes: the ridiculously over-the-top action, the overly serious characters, the overly wacky characters, and yeah, the fashion choices of female characters.

Dressing women up in the most revealing of clothing and/or putting them in the most compromising position with the viewer given the most advantageous view is typical here. Naturally, there are plenty who don’t take kindly to this practice. Kill La Kill sets itself up as a self-aware parade of these kinds of tropes, but as the story finishes, it accomplishes more than it’s willing to give itself credit  for in terms of providing context for this argument. Continue Reading »



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Jul 24 2014

So You Want To Write A Young Adult Series

Published by under Books

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It’s not a bad idea, really.  These days, it’s easier than ever to publish a book, and it’s conceivable that you can create an amazing novel and publicize it into the hands of readers entirely on your own.  It’s also an exciting prospect for many – creating a story from nothing, building a world all your own, and using just your pure talent and skill to create it.

But before you leap into a creative endeavor, it’s important to look at what’s out there already, and especially what’s incredibly successful – not so you can copy it, but so you can understand it.  Although, there’s no shame in copying.  After all, “good writers borrow from other writers; great writers steal outright.”

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Jul 24 2014

Lil Wonders By Patrick Ballesteros

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Artist Patrick Ballesteros is back with a whimsical new series based on coin-operated cars and pop culture icons. When I grew up, the only coin operated rides like these were those creepy brown horses that seemed to infect every grocery store in the US before bored kids just started playing Game Boys and iPads instead.

But these? I would totally have loved to ride in a Batmobile, DeLorean or the shark from Jaws. The entire series is pretty cool, and you can check it out for yourself below: Continue Reading »



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Jul 24 2014

Mondo is Making Toys Now

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You currently know and love Mondo as the premiere movie poster maker, who makes awesome prints for awesome movies that sell out almost immediately. Well, now they’re moving into a new realm, toys, and their first batch can be seen at SDCC.

Yes, that is a perfect Iron Giant replica above, and you’ll find an adorable Ninja Turtle below. I’m not sure how exactly they’re choosing their subjects, but if these first few are any indication, we’ll be seeing a lot of fantastic stuff from them in the future. Continue Reading »



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Jul 24 2014

The Morning Link: What Happened to the Cast of Chuck?

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“The post-Chuck life hasn’t been as remarkable as one might have imagined for a guy that seemed poised to be the next big thing. So far, he’s not even the next Lee Pace. He had a small role in Thor: The Dark World, and has starred in a Yahoo web series (Tiny Commandos) and a couple of TV movies, but he’s yet to really find a comeback project.”

Go here to see the list.



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Jul 23 2014

The Final Countdown: Stereotypes, Turing and Big Bang

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Go here to see offensive stereotypes that are still around.

“In case you didn’t know, it’s the 21st Century. And also in case you didn’t know, Hollywood still has stereotypes it loves to perpetuate.”

The Countdown

The first Turing trailer – [FilmDrunk]
In defense of Big Bang Theory – [Pajiba]
Lessons learned from Kim Kardashian: Hollywood – [Insert Coin]
NPH coming to American Horror Story – [TVO]
George Clooney is marrying up – [SheBudgets]
A shotgun silencer – [TheChive]
The most expensive swords in the world – [Worthly]
Is a Fight Club sequel happening – [CelebrityToob]
Some strange real life products – [Izismile]
The best news headline of the day – [WWIW]
33 beautiful motorcycles – [Caveman]
David Lynch making yoga wear – [OMGBLOG]



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Jul 23 2014

League of Legends Gets Animated

Published by under Video Games,Videos

Riot Games has come out with yet another rather excellent cinematic, showing what it would be like if their 5v5 Summoner’s Rift matches were scripted by say, Pixar, instead of in the game itself.

I’d go off about how Riot needs to seriously get moving on a League of Legends animated movie or TV show before their star potentially fades, but I already wrote an entire article about that. The moral of the story? If your game has 120+ characters an 67 million players, USE THEM.



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Jul 23 2014

The Purge’s Interesting Genre Jump

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I finally saw The Purge this weekend, as I was inspired by its above 50% score on RT which may not be fresh, but is pretty good for the horror genre as a whole given critics propensity to dislike most entries.

The first film was one of the biggest success stories of last year, and now given that The Purge itself is an annual event, the film documenting it can be annual too, it seems. That can happen when you can film the entire movie in a month on a sub-$10M budget.

I sort of disliked the first film, mostly because I couldn’t really get past the political allegory being hammered down our throats, even if it’s a point I can agree with most of the time (the rich exploit the poor). It was just so ham-handed it ruined the tone of the film.

But it did work in many ways. The concept was terrifying, albeit implausible, and the film made for a nice little slasher flick starring the rather good Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey.

I was curious to see The Purge: Anarchy do something pretty unique. While Paranormal Activity and Saw essentially beat their own concepts to death with a shovel, The Purge: Anarchy expands on the central idea and makes the new movie anything but a dredged-up repeat.

The genre is completely different. It really isn’t horror anymore, it’s downright dystopian sci-fi, and practically an action movie in many parts. The movie might as well be a full remake of Escape from New York in many ways, from the roving gangs in an insane city, to a central hero tasked with protecting the weak.

While the movie itself is still somewhat forgettable, I thought it was an interesting example of a series doing a complete pivot. While it retained many elements from the original, the tone changed completely.

Perhaps it’s not the most revolutionary achievement of filmmaking, but I did appreciate the effort they put in instead of simply rehashing the first film, which is what so many of these low budget horror sequels do. It actually made me look forward to the potential of The Purge 3, which is obviously inevitable at this point.



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