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Dec 16 2014

Google Celebrates Kandinsky’s 148th Birthday With Doodle

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Google has marked the 148th birthday of Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky with a doodle. Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky (1866-1944) was an influential Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting one of the first purely abstract works.

Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa. He began painting at the age of 3. He claimed that using colour was a valid art form in itself and that it did not need to be used to define recognisable forms and objects.

(Via Presurfer)

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Dec 16 2014

Aaron Sorkin Comes Out Swinging Against Sony Hack Profiteers

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Thank you, Aaron Sorkin. In this New York Times op-ed, readers get to bear witness to a scathing indictment of the media journalists who swept in and exploited the Sony hack for their own profit. Names named include HuffPo, The New York Post, and — most prominently — the questionable justification offered by high-level Variety staffers.

Say what you will about this guy, but when he really connects on a topic he can articulate it with a clarity and with that few others ever hope to match.

It’s kind of awesome. Here’s that bit about Variety, by the way:

The co-editor in chief of Variety tells us he decided that the leaks were — to use his word — “newsworthy.” I’m dying to ask him what part of the studio’s post-production notes on Cameron Crowe’s new project is newsworthy. So newsworthy that it’s worth carrying out the wishes of people who’ve said they’re going to murder families and who have so far done everything they’ve threatened to do. Newsworthy. As the character Inigo Montoya said in “The Princess Bride,” I do not think it means what you think it means.

It reads that way from start to finish, capping off with a punchline I wouldn’t dare spoil. Hit the link above to see for yourself.

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Dec 12 2014

Sony Hack Reveals Avi Arad Negotiating with Nintendo to Make Super Mario Bros Movie

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If you recognize the name Avi Arad (the Spider-Man film franchise), it’s because he is a former (major) Marvel exec.  Thanks to the Sony Hack, it appears that he is in negotiations with Nintendo to produce an animated Super Mario Bros. feature film for Sony Pictures.  Want some proof? Via Buzzfeed:

“’I am the proud father of mario the animated film [sic],’ producer Avi Arad told Sony Studio Chief Amy Pascal in an email dated Oct. 23, 2014, with the subject line ‘Mario.’ Arad then forwarded Pascal separate images of him with Mario Bros. creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, the latter of which included the message, ‘Happy ceo, lets get together, it’s the mother load [sic].’ Pascal forwarded that email to Tom Rothman, who heads up Sony Pictures subsidiary TriStar Pictures. “Avi closed Mario brothers,” she said. ‘Animated.’ On Oct. 24, Arad sent an email to Sony Pictures Animation President of Production Michelle Raimo Kouyate thanking her for a congratulatory basket she sent him filled with Mario Bros. merchandise. ‘Thank you Avi!’ Kouyate responded. ‘Let’s build a Mario empire!’ Kouyate also sent a photo of the basket to Pascal, and said, ‘I can think of 3-4 movies right out of the gate on this. So huge!'”

Arad informed Buzzfeed that his negotiations with Nintendo “were just the beginning” and weren’t closed as the report claims.

Nintendo hasn’t said much but could another Mario Bros movie be in the works?  Do you guys want to see one?

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Dec 09 2014

Guy Gets All 203 Simpsons Characters Tattooed on His Back

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Michael Baxter has been a big fan of The Simpsons since it began in 1989. However, it’s one thing being a fan of the show, and it’s another going after a world record that would coincide with the show’s 25th anniversary.

He said: “I wanted to get something which was unique, which nobody else had or would even think of getting. “I’m a huge fan of the show. I love the tattoos, and I know lots of other people, including my grandchildren, do too.” His tattoo includes all the characters from The Simpsons and references scenes and locations from Springfield, such as Moe’s Tavern and the famous couch gag.

He now has 203 different cartoons on his body and the record bid coincides with the 25th anniversary of the series on December 17.  Baxter also said that his favorite character is Home.

(Via Mirror)

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Dec 02 2014

Five-Year-Old says his special Ninja Turtle Mask Makes him Feel Stronger During Cancer Treatments

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We talk about superheroes, feats of strength, and the “unbelievable” all the time on this site.  But 99% of the time it’s in relation to a video game, comic book, movie, or television show.   However, rarely do we see the life of a superhero incorporated into real life, in real

A five-year-old boy from by the name of Harley Renshaw from Great Britain has created a superhero mask to help him face up to a grueling three months of treatment as he battles a rare form of cancer.  Harley is fighting cancer in his kidney, neck, lung and bones – but his Ninja Turtle mask makes him feel stronger while having his treatment.

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Dec 02 2014

Must Have: Star Wars AT-AT Winter Lawn Ornament

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AT AT Lawn Ornament

Straight off of all the hype from Star Wars this week, we see that AT-AT Walkers are already getting in on the Christmas Spirit.  Instead of having a gnome filled snow garden this year, how about turning your lawn into Hoth?  It’s worth a try right?  Well, let’s just say that this AT-AT Walker snow ornament is a hell of a start.   Get me some Tauntauns and Wompas and I think we’re in business!

Here’s the description from Think Geek:

Made out of durable resin, the Star Wars Lawn Ornament – AT-AT Walker looks perfect on your lawn. It will proclaim your love of Star Wars to all who pass. It will warn away the puny Gnome Rebel forces, for though this AT-AT was able to be tripped, it was the ONLY one. The Rebels were forced off the planet and the battle was an Imperial victory! Also, imagine how awesome the Star Wars Lawn Ornament – AT-AT Walker will look as soon as it snows. The perfect backdrop for your stop motion Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back fan film.

I will not be hesitating on this product, nor should you.

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Nov 24 2014

British Culture and Harry Potter is a New College Course We Have to Take

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I graduated college a long time ago in a land far far away.   It’s been over a decade since I received my degree.  The coolest class offered at my school was called “The Grand Canyon” in which students went to the actual Grand Canyon for 2 weeks and had to write about it.   That was the entire class.   So what else has been going on in the last decade?  Plenty.  From classes that explore The Big Lebowski to World of Warcraft strategies the latest such awesome class comes to us from California State University and is called “British Culture and Harry Potter.”   The class focuses on learning about the locations that inspired the Harry Potter books and the ones used in the film. Students will travel to places across England and Scotland such as King’s Cross Station, Warner Bros. Studio, Durham Cathedral (Professor McGonagall’s classroom), Alnwick Castle, and more.

Here are what the goals of the class are according to CSU.

Explore and experience through travel the cultural and historical locations in England and Scotland that inspired the Harry Potter series Identify and assess the similarities and differences between the novels and films and the ways in which each drew inspiration from cultural sites in Great Britain Develop critical thinking skills about complex social issues relating to inequality, race, and gender within the context of contemporary Great Britain.

Anyone else want to enroll?

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Nov 19 2014

Twitter Users Share Pics of the “Snow-Pocalypse” Taking Place in New York

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Snow House

We kid and joke about a possible apocalypse all the time.  I mean searches for “How to prepare yourself for a Zombie Apocalypse” have risen ten fold in the last five years.  Sure it’s because of shows like Walking Dead but do any of us really think that we’re going to be eaten by humans at some point?  Well, I do but that’s besides the point.  The point is that a true Apocalypse is taking place under our very noses at this very moment in time.  It just happens to be in the Buffalo region of the U.S.  But man is it eerie out there.  These are some pictures that twitter users have captured of the massive storm (including the one above which  looks like a house that’s more than welcoming the snow, it’s even happy about it!)

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Nov 18 2014

Father Makes Dying 5-year-old Son’s Superhero Dream Come True

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Five-year-old Jayden loves Spider-Man. And on what might be his last ever birthday — he has a grade 4 brain stem tumor — his dad came up with an incredible surprise for his son.  His father said “I had a replica Spider-Man suit made so i could surprise my son on his 5th Birthday. Unfortunately he has been diagnosed with a Grade 4 Brain Stem Tumor with an average of 1 yr to live. I’m so proud i managed to do this for him, and secretly filmed the surprise with my Go Pro 3+”

To follow Jayden’s fight, visit the family’s Facebook page.

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Nov 17 2014

Charlie Brown Gets a 3D Makeover in The Peanuts Movie

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Say it ain’t so!  One of the few and most classic cartoons left that’s managed to stay in 2D all these years just got a makeover.   Perhaps because Charlie Brown and Snoopy turn 65 years old next year the franchise decided to make up some large plans for the occasion.   According to Slashfilm,  They’ll be starring in The Peanuts Movie, a new 3D, CG-animated adventure featuring the classic characters created by Charles M. Schulz.

You can check out the new Peanuts Movie images after the jump and read all the details at Slashfilm

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Nov 14 2014

Soon We’ll Be Eating Gundam Burgers in Japan

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According to AnimeAnime the Tokyo Station Gundam Cafe is being turned into McDaniel Hamburgers Gundam Cafe. The restaurant appeared in the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam anime as a secret meeting place for the Anti-Earth Union Group, and now it will appear in Tokyo starting November 19.  Yes, you read that correctly.  This will be a real place with real food.   So what’s on the menu exactly?

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Nov 14 2014

Shawn Layden Reminds Us that PlayStation 4 Turns One Today with Infographic

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In case you were unaware, Shawn Layden is the President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America.  Earlier this year it was announced he would be replacing Jack Tretton after previously being responsible for Sony Network Entertainment.  Today Shawn decided to surprise everyone with an awesome Thank You letter as well as infographic about the 1st anniversary of PlayStation 4.  Can you believe it’s been a year already?

You can read his full letter and see the infographic after the jump:

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Nov 14 2014

Man Walks 5,600 Miles Across Australia in Stormtrooper Armor

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Everyone, we’d like you to meet Scott Loxley.   Not only is he the man dressed in Stormtooper gear in this photo but he’s also doing it for a great cause.   Scott is a member of the 501st Legion, which is a charitable organization operated by Imperial Stormtroopers. Loxley’s plan is to walk around the entire coast of Australia,  almost 10,000 miles,to raise money for a children’s hospital.

So far Scott is more than halfway there amassing 5,600 miles.  His goal is to finish the trek by July of next year.  So far he has raised about $19,000 for Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, which will open in 2016. Loxley hopes to get as much as $87,000 by the end of the project.  Says writer Jenny Ryall:

He has gone through more than 20 pairs of shoes, eaten roadkill and slept in a swag by the side of the road. […]

It is an amazing story of survival in the harsh Australian outback, where he says his own company is the enemy but to get through he thinks of the children he can help. “You are fighting a mostly mental battle. Some days you wake up and don’t want to get up, and you think why I am doing this,” he said. “Before I started I went and visited the kids quite a lot of times, I dwell on that a lot and think of those kids on my bad days. Their bad days are worse than this.”

Via David Barry

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Nov 13 2014

Afternoon Break: Real Size Comparisons That Will Melt Your Brain

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Most of the time, we’re so stuck in our monkeysphere that it’s easy to forget how small we really are. But nothing like a good visual will remind you what an insignificant sack of meat you are. We asked our readers to render some size comparisons that will blow your relatively tiny socks right off your relatively tiny feet. The winner is below but first the runners-up …

The Countdown

Interstellar and the Ryan Leaf theory of movie criticism – [Pajiba]

Things that IT people never say – [World Wide Interweb]

Seven things you didn’t know about the Pope – [List Gazette]

The 101 strangest foods from around the world – [Neatorama]

Despite it’s gaping plot holds, the Flash is a good show – [TVO]

Yes, they make Harley Quinn panties – [Geeksaresexy]

People want Gucci Mane Lemonade at their funerals – [Celebritytoob]

The ending that got cut from Guardians of the Galaxy – [Kotaku]

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Aug 15 2014

Captain Spidey Want YOU to Write For Unreality!

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It’s that time of year again! Where I go fishing for brilliant new Unreality writers. We have a new spot opening up ’round these parts, so I thought I’d put out the casting call yet again.

If you like, movies, TV, video games, comics or fiction, and also like writing, we may have a place for you here. Yes, we’re a lot of cosplay and Pokemon and Disney Princesses and so on, but our favorite pieces are those written by our staff about anything and everything across pop culture. We’re looking for essays, editorials, recurring columns, lists, and other longer form stuff on a weekly basis.

If you want to join our legendary ranks, send me an email ( Either give me some links to similar content you’ve written elsewhere, attach a sample post of something you might write for Unreality, or both. Even if you’ve applied before, feel free to have another go. Space constrictions force me to cut qualified candidates sometimes, and even though there’s only two spots now, that could change and plenty of people have come off the wait list to work here.

Will look forward to seeing your stuff, and let’s leave this open for about the next week or so.

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