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

Published by under Images,Movies

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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?

Published by under Morning Link

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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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Jul 23 2014

Why Haven’t You Seen It: The FP

Published by under Columns,Movies

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I have let it be known world wide that I am lover of absurd movies. I walk around, quoting The Room while wearing my Sharknado baseball hat. Not even kidding. I am one of the three people who thought Birdemic was so bad it was brilliant. But what happens when a movie builds itself around that very ideal? What happens when a movie conscientiously wants to be so bad it is good? Isn’t that trying too hard? Shouldn’t that not work? Yes, in most cases, trying to become a cult movie blows up horribly in the faces of those who try to do it. Thing is, with The FP, it works. It is just SO absurd (yet so spot on in its absurdity) that you can’t help but actually enjoy this insane film. Insane is actually putting it lightly. Let’s have some fun this week, kids.

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Jul 23 2014

In Defense of Damon Lindelof

Published by under Television

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I loved LOST and I liked the way it ended! There now that’s off my chest I can continue with this write up. Bludgeon me all you want, but it was a fantastic show and I was a die hard fan till the bitter end. Some people found it to be a great show with a horrible ending. Some found it to be a great first season and the rest of the show was crap. While others like myself, found it to be one of the most original and compelling things that had hit television in a long while that kept you guessing till the very last episode. Which only prompted me to keep watching week after week just to make sure I knew what was happening right when the show aired and I could discuss it with my friends the next day. It was probably the start of my TV obsession and I have Damon Lindelof to thank for that.

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Jul 23 2014

What an Open World Could Mean for the Zelda Series

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Nintendo games are a bit like Mom’s cooking. You can criticize it behind their back all you want, but as soon as you smell something familiar cooking up, your mouth inevitably starts to water.

Case in point – the announcement of a completely new Zelda game for the Wii U. Everyone, myself included, freaked out when they saw this breath-taking trailer. People have been taking potshots at the core Zelda mechanics for years, but now that a shiny new one has been teased, hope yet again springs eternal.

This reaction occurs because no matter how much people want to bitch about Zelda, it’s still Zelda …dammit. The series produced some of the most refined, fun, and art-driven games ever created on God’s green earth, and it’s only by examining the amazing qualities of some Zelda titles that the others may appear inferior.

That legacy has led to early extreme hype surrounding the new Zelda for Wii U. Series director Eiji Aonuma promises a return to the exploration of the older titles, as well as a commitment to toning back the incessant nagging and interminable tutorials.

These factors, however, aren’t exciting in and of themselves. Most of us have played Skyrim, loved it, then found ourselves wanting more variety from the content. While this feeling wasn’t enough to keep me from playing Skyrim for countless hours (I just started a new character), it does bring to light that Nintendo’s announcement isn’t exciting because there’s going to be another quest-driven, open-exploration fantasy game, but because a Zelda game is going to have these things.

So why does the gaming community and press have such high hopes for introducing an open world to the Legend of Zelda series? Let’s dig a little deeper to find out how this anticipation translates to what changes people are really asking for… Continue Reading »



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Jul 23 2014

Cosplay of the Day: The Amazing Captain Spider-Man

Published by under Comics,Cosplay,Images

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Usually we think of crossplay as characters being gender-flipped, but I think the term could be stretched to apply to the above as well, where redditor Darayz has taken two characters, and made a costume that’s a cross between them.

They have yet to be seen together in the same film, but now they don’t have to be with the existence of Captain Spider-Man. Apparently this isn’t some obscure comic story I’ve missed over the years. Rather, it was inspired by a DeviantArt drawing that combined the two and came up with that awesome logo.

[via Fashionably Geek]



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