Things You May Not Know About Geena Davis

Geena Davis is one of the most talented and dynamic actresses in Hollywood, and her career has taken her from hanging out with Tootsie in the 80s to her recent appearance as Reagan on The Exorcist TV series.

But acting isn't the most important thing in Geena's life, and unlike the hungry Hollywood crowd that surrounds her Geena has much more important things to do with her life than simply being a star:

20. I run a film festival every May in Bentonville, Arkansas, called BFF. It was created to champion women and diverse voices in film and other media.

23. I’m a special envoy for Women and Girls in Information & Communication Technologies to the U.N.’s International Telecommunication Union.

24. I have a research institute, seejane.org, that advocates for more and better female characters in kids’ TV and movies.

Geena also has many talents you don't see on the screen:

18. I can move my eyes independently.

19. I can also wiggle my ears one at a time.

22. I am an expert pumpkin carver.

25. I can write backward with my left hand while I write forward with my right hand. I can also write upside down just as fast as I can normally write.

Want to know more? Read Geena Davis: 25 Things You Don't Know About Me here


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Things Many People Still Don't Understand About Star Wars

Star Wars has become such an epic franchise with such a devoted fandom that the origins of that universe have been left behind. To understand some of the mechanics of the story, Looper takes us back to how the stories were first constructed to remind of some details we've either forgotten or never realized in the first place.

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A little context helps us to understand how the juggernaut we know as Star Wars grew from just a movie into what it is today: a modern mythology that became more than anyone could have imagined. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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The Ridiculous Way Epic Cosplay Shots Are Made

Cosplayers have learned how to market themselves on social media, how to fund their art with print sales and crowdfunding, and now they're mastering the art of the superheroic self portrait.

But, much like the characters they portray, those epic self portraits are pure imagination, scenes set up to make the cosplayers appear to be fictional characters come to life.

Budding cosplayers should take note of the ridiculous(ly clever) ways these seemingly epic shots were created, so you can power up your cosplay photo game with a few simple tricks and a little help from your friends.

See 15 Epic Cosplay Shots...and the Ridiculous Ways They Were Made here


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Photos Of The Mad Max: Fury Road Cars Before They Were Wrecked

The beautiful wasteland shredding machines featured in Mad Max: Fury Road are custom made (and fully functional) works of automotive art, most of which were wrecked by the time the film was in the can.

But before they ended up in the scrap pile photographer John Platt was given the opportunity to photograph each of the 150 cars used in the production with proper lighting in his studio.

Platt's two part series "Before The Dirt" is an homage to the Angel of Combustion, who was clearly guiding the hands of the blackfingers who built the amazing vehicles who very nearly stole the show from Saint Max.

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Why Do All Disney Princesses Wear Blue?

Disney princesses have some rather obvious things in common, including their physical beauty, survivor spirit and an uncanny connection to wildlife.

And for some reason they also have the color blue in common, which made designer Christopher Kane wonder "why blue?" as he designed his new Beauty and the Beast inspired collection.

"When you think of every Disney heroine — Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jasmine — they're all wearing blue! It's a thing. 'Disney Blue."

Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institute says it's a way to empower female characters with a color usually associated with males, which we also associate with clear blue sky positivity:

"You're adding a bit of power to the character by giving her the blue." She adds, "It's a very subtle way of saying, 'Yeah, but young women, young girls, can be empowered, too.'"

"It's dependable. It's reliable. It might cloud up, but we know it's there."

-Via Good Housekeeping


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What is the Best X-Men Movie of All-Time?

According to Wikipedia, there have been ten X-Men movies so far. That's a bunch! If you've seen them all, you no doubt have your opinions on the quality of each one. Real X-Men fans will want to argue about anyone else's ranking of them, so head over to TVOM and see how your opinion meshes with their ranking of the five best X-Men films.


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Some Of The Most Outrageous Celebrity Couch Stories From The Graham Norton Show

Graham Norton has that special quality a select few talk show hosts possess- the ability to chat up celebrities and get them to tell him damn near anything.

This special quality is what makes The Graham Norton Show so fun to watch, well, that and Graham's naturally witty charm, which ties in to the whole "people tell him everything" thing.

But sometimes the stuff people share on his show is so shocking and outrageous that even Graham is left at a loss for words, which is no small feat! (NSFW due to language)

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-Via Laughing Squid


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The Worst Things Wolverine Has Ever Done

Wolverine never wanted to be a hero, and he spent far too long doing whatever it takes to survive to sheathe his claws once he put on a costume and joined the X-Men.

So it's no surprise that Wolvie has committed some mighty dark acts during his nearly forty years at Marvel, but seeing some of his worst acts spelled out may make you look at the mighty mutant in a different light.

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Looper presents an eye opening look at six times Wolverine proved he's a total savage, starting with the time he drowned his own son and ending with proof that Ultimate Wolverine is even worse than the original!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Mr. Bean Is A Homicidal Maniac In Mean Bean

Mr. Bean always did seem a bit off, what with his solitary lifestyle, his obsession with Teddy the teddy bear and his incessant mumbling, but nobody ever pegged him as a killer.

Now, thanks to this hilarious recut of the Bean movie trailer by John Loberger, I can't help but see Mr. Bean as a total psycho who uses the bumbling fool act as a cover for his bloody deeds.

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I watched an episode of Mr. Bean after this video and the deranged killer theory actually holds up! Which makes Teddy an accomplice...

-Via Mashable


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The Secret Behind Geordi La Forge's Visor

Geordi La Forge was born blind and yet he can see better than anyone else on the Enterprise thanks to his signature visor.

It may look like a hair clip, and clash with everything in his wardrobe, but as this comic by Caldwell Tanner shows Geordi's visor gives him the extraordinary ability to see what his fellow crewmates wish to remain hidden. And Captain Picard has some 'splainin' to do about that tattoo!

-Via CollegeHumor


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This is Why You Don't Wear a Green Tie to a Press Conference

I don't care if you're the Queen of England or the White House Press Secretary, if you're a public persona wearing something strikingly green in front of millions of people, you should expect someone to mess around by chroma keying your tie.

Sean Spicer just learned his lesson when he wore a green tie to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day to a White House Press Conference and quickly inspired Jesse McLaren to make this video using the tie as a green screen.

Via Elite Daily


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This Amazing Toy Block Tape Turns Anything Into A LEGO-Friendly Surface

Have you ever wanted to cover something in LEGO bricks but didn't want to spend the time and energy gluing each base brick to the object?

Or perhaps the entire process of attaching LEGO bricks to stuff sounds like a project you lack the skills and patience to complete. Isn't there an easier way?

Well, the answer used to be no but now thanks to Nimuno's amazing LOOPS tape you can turn anything into a LEGO building block compatible surface in a snap!

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Nimuno's wondrous LOOPS tape has adhesive on one side and LEGO brick compatible bumps on the other, so you can stick and brick virtually any object, including yourself.

Just don't try to stick it on your cat or they might use your LEGO storage container as a litter box...

-Via Daily Dot


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How Weta Workshop Made That Dazzling Thermoptic Suit For Ghost In The Shell

The Ghost In The Shell movie adaptation looks like it's going to be a visual treat for sci-fi fans, but one element of the production stands out more than the rest- Motoko's thermoptic suit.

It's sleek, sexy and, according to WETA Workshop costume artist Flo Foxworthy, most likely the first time a full silicone hero suit has been created for a movie.

Flo literally gave Danica Chan of Tested full access to the suit by letting her slip it on, showing off the hidden features of her marvelously modern feat of costume engineering.

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-Via Tested


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Bizarre Books You Won't Believe Actually Exist

When bibliophiles go out looking for a new book to add to their collection they tend to skip the gimmicky covers and go for titles/authors they know, or those which have been recommended to them.

But there's one slightly gimmicky book out there which needs no recommendation and yet is likely to be recommended by all after being purchased- How To Talk To Your Cat About Gun Safety.

Zachary Auburn's hilarious spoof scored high ratings from both gun nuts and cat nuts:

Promising review: “I decided to order this because my cat was out of control; promiscuous, a gun nut, and using the internet unsafely. I read her this book over the course of a month, and did some activities. I now have a well adjusted, polite, safe cat who enjoys life the way it was meant to be. Thank you.” —Amazon Customer

How To Survive A Garden Gnome Attack is another must read book if you live in an area heavily populated by garden gnomes, because knowledge is power and power is safety...or something like that.

But enough with the comedy, let's get serious about the mental benefits of reading books- books teach us stuff, and this knowledge can help us master new skills and even start a new career.

Or you can buy How To Be A Drug Dealer by author 673126 and learn how to start a career in crime from a very reputable and proud source who has a knack for encouraging people to commit felonies.

See 23 Irresistibly Weird Books You Won't Believe Actually Exist here


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Musician Cameos On 1980s TV Shows

The incredible music that came out in the 80s was a huge part of what made it the most radical decade of the 20th century, and in the 80s it wasn't uncommon to see musicians trying their hand at acting.

In fact, some musicians were so good at acting their appearances became the stuff of TV legend, like the time Phil Collins played crooked game show host Phil the Shill on Miami Vice.

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It's weird how good Phil Collins is in this role, but you know what's just plain strange in every way? The fact that the B-52s appeared on the soap opera Guiding Light back in 1982. What was that all about?!

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And speaking of strange pop culture juxtapositions- Boy George appeared on an episode of The A-Team called Cowboy George- it doesn't get much more 80s than that!

The A-Team S04E16 - Cowboy George from Elmer Jesús on Vimeo.

See 10 Musician Cameos On 1980s TV Shows at mental_floss


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Stunning Portraits Of Famous Pop Culture Characters

Famous faces starring in some of the most memorable roles in pop culture are popular subjects in the world of fan art, but few artists are able to capture both the personality of the actor and the character they're playing.

This leaves their artwork lacking life, but the digital art portraits created by Russian artist Aleksei Vinogradov are full of colorful life with personality to spare.

Aleksei's portraits star famous actors playing equally famous roles, and many also include strange little critters serving as the characters' pets, as if the portraits themselves weren't appealing enough already!

See Artist Creates Stunning Digital Portraits Of Pop Culture Characters here


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Thomas The Tank Engine Gets A Flamethrower Upgrade

Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends always seemed a bit creepy to me, especially when you consider those talking trains will someday rise up against their human oppressors and make a bloody mess on the tracks.

So why on Earth would a human want to enhance Thomas by giving him robo-legs and a frickin' flamethrower?

Because the human in question is mad model builder Peter Sripol, and he loves to play with deadly toys...as long as he's holding the remote control!

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-Via Laughing Squid


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Meet The Guy Who Perfectly Recreated An 80s ShowBiz Pizza Place In Rural Mississippi

People who went to themed eateries like Showbiz Pizza Palace as a kid have fond memories of watching the robot band The Rock-afire Explosion while eating crappy pizza and trying to win enough tickets for a big prize.

So when all Showbiz Pizza Place locations either closed or changed into Chuck E. Cheese's in 1992 fans of the Explosion were in shock, since part of their childhood had just beeen scrapped.

But 38-year-old Damon Breland wasn't ready to let those fond memories go, so he started buying up all the animatronics, interior decor and costumes he could find from the good old days of ShowBiz and Chuck E. Cheese's.

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Now Damon's collection resides in an old abandoned gas station in Sandy Hook, Mississippi he renamed Smitty's Super Service Station, where lucky fans can go to see the Rock-afire perform like they did decades ago.

Smitty's Super Service Station from Carr Video Productions on Vimeo.

Damon's collection even includes The KING from Chuck E. Cheese's, which used to scare the crap out of me when I was a kid for some reason. Now they all make my skin crawl...in a good way!

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See Meet The Dude Who Perfectly Recreated An '80s 'ShowBiz Pizza' In Rural Mississippi here


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Leveling Up In Real Life

Roleplaying game players have one distinct advantage over the uninitiated- we know how to approach life's trials and tribulations as part of an epic adventure.

We improve our character by raising our stats and learning new skills, we take on side quests to raise money for new gear, and we look for any opportunity to gain experience points by exploring the map.

But, as this Draw Write Play comic shows, the RPGers greatest asset is our ability to abandon a quest and still level up!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Movie Make-Up Makes Acting Hard

Full face makeup can fully transform an average human into an alien creature, monster or robot, but this transformation comes at a price- and it's the dialog that pays in the end.

Mumbled, butchered and muttered incoherently, these lines of dialog lose all weight when the actor saying them can't even move their lips under all that makeup.

And yet it's still better than those wacky overdubs they used to do back in the 60s and 70s! (NSFW due to language)

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The Untold Story Behind The Hogwarts Cat

In the Harry Potter series, the caretaker at Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry is Argus Filch, who has a cat named Mrs. Norris. The cat has the run of the school, and a remarkably close bond with Filch. In fact, she's apparently the only thing he really cares about. That, and puzzlement about her name led Amanda Mannen to pose a fan theory about Mrs. Norris.

To say that Mrs. Norris is an exceptionally smart cat would be like saying Superman is an exceptionally strong dude. Filch and Mrs. Norris often work as a team, patrolling different areas of the castle for misbehaving students. Getting caught by Mrs. Norris is as bad as getting caught by Filch, because she will fetch him straight away. This means that Mrs. Norris has memorized the school's rules, understands them, and recognizes when a student is breaking them. In the first book, Hagrid tells Harry and Ron that he suspects Filch has trained Mrs. Norris to follow him specifically. You'll recognize all of these as things cats can't do. (It's been theorized that Mrs. Norris might be part Kneazle, a cat-like magical creature with superfeline intelligence, but Rowling has shot it down.) She also shows up on the Marauder's Map, while other animals don't. It's almost like she's a person in the body of a cat in a magical universe where that exact thing can definitely happen.

Yes, in this theory, Mrs. Norris is not really a cat at all! Read the various clues that lead to this conclusion, plus speculation on her backstory, at Cracked.


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Artist Brings Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas Poster Art To Life

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Johnny Depp did a great job of capturing Hunter S. Thompson's manic spirit in Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, but nothing captured the feeling of being on a suitcase full of drugs like the poster art.

That image of Hunter's head floating away from his body, the lenses of his sunglasses full of highway streaks, really brought that drug-fueled freak out feeling to life.

And then visual effects artist Kevin Kirkpatrick made the whole scene even freakier by turning it into a hyperrealistic sculpture.

Kevin created this slightly larger-than-life bust with the goal of bringing the hallucinatory artwork into the real world just as it appears on the poster, from the streaks to the stubble to the cig holder clenched between his teeth.

Kevin's sculpture is so lifelike it made this shot look unintentionally hilarious!

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Awesome Easter Eggs You May Never Have Noticed in Disney Movies

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It's pretty common knowledge that Pixar always includes a reference to their previous films in every movie, but did you know Disney likes to do the same? This fun video shows off some of the fun Easter eggs hidden in Disney movies like Beauty and the Beast, Moana, Lilo and Stitch and more. 


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If Star Wars Took Place Today

Ryan Higa (previously at Neatorama) is rescued from his carbonite prison still in the world of Star Wars, but in the 21st century. He's suddenly confronted with iPads, racial diversity, cosplay, and memes. The very worst modern trope is saved for the end.

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Oh, they still have lightsabers, of course, but they are a bit different. In between the jokes, this is a pretty decent action movie. You can also see a behind-the-scenes video with bloopers.  -via Tastefully Offensive


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Dating: Superman Vs Batman

We all know Bruce Wayne gets along famously with the ladies, and Clark Kent was able to woo Lois Lane despite the bumbling farmboy bit, and both Batman and Superman have dated Wonder Woman.

But which one would the ideal human life partner prefer to be with?

She might start to lean towards Batman thanks to his bad boy side but then get stiffed on the bill one too many times, leaving her with a bad bat-taste in her mouth.

On the other hand ol' Supes can be supes corny at times, which is a turn off to the sophisticated women who live in Metropolis. Then again, the Bat has some creepy skeletons in his closet...

Comic artist JHALL created this comparison comic to settle the debate once and for all, and it looks like the only thing they have in common is that nobody they date will ever have to meet their parents...

See Dating: Superman vs Batman here


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Cats Play Life Like A Video Game

Most cats spend their lives searching for new sources of stimulation, and what we refer to as curiosity they see as part of their quest to explore and discover all this world has to offer.

Along the way cats learn the benefits of fast travel (on their human's shoulders), power-ups like catnip, and the joy of creating save points all over the house.

Illustrator Anna-Maria Jung and Andrew Bridgman created this strip so we can get hip to the game of life cats are playing on a daily basis, see if you can tell when your cat gains enough XP to go up a level!

See 10 Ways Cats Play Life Like A Video Game here


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Magic May Not Be Real, But This School of Witchcraft Sure Is

Do you feel like you would have made a great witch or wizard if you just got that damned Hogwarts acceptance letter? Well good news! The Bothwell School of Witchcraft is now enrolling for a short, weekend-long course in August. Classes will take place in the Herstmoncuex castle in East Sussex and aside from teaching guests potions and necromancy, the school will also help students solve a murder mystery -which they obviously know about in advance thanks to the ancient art of divination.

You can learn more about the program on their website.

Via Travel and Leisure


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The Wonderfully Nerdy Shoes of Orion's Originals

These sweet Star Wars shoes might not match, but they go together perfectly. That's because they were designed and assembled by one-of-a-kind Etsy shoe seller Orion's Originals

Their shoes aren't all inspired by Star Wars -nor are they all heels. These light-up Ghostbusters sneakers look like they've been covered in ectoplasma. In other words, they've been slimed. 

And these mermaid shoes have a wedge perfectly shaped like a curvy tail that is sure to make the wearer happy to have legs to put them on.

Check out the rest of Orion's Originals shoes here.

Via Geek Girls


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Bait And Switch

That shiny new Nintendo Switch sure is pretty, and the console's future certainly looks bright, but as it stands right now people are hunting down and paying a fortune to play one great game.

Don't get me wrong- Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wind looks totally dreamy, but paying five hundred bucks to play a game is straight up cucco!

My takeaway from this Megacynics comic- buy the boots, they'll get you where you need to go until the price drops.

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Netflix Wants to Let You Choose the Ending to Their Shows

Remember how disappointing the ending for The Sopranos was? Well, a new Netflix technology is being released to allow you to change what happens on your favorite TV shows (at least, the ones Netflix makes). The choose-your-own adventure concept could make shows way more rewatchable, but it also could make them not quite as satisfying if all the shows you watch end up the way you want them to. Plus, it will hard to ensure the same quality of acting, directing and writing when everyone involved has to create multiple story lines. And, of course, the concept will make also make it harder to talk about with freinds since what you watched might not be the same as what they watched.

You can read more about the idea and how they plan to implement it over on The Daily Mail.

What do you guys think, is this a winning concept or just another marketing gimmick destined to fail?


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