We've all watched an older movie and had that moment of "OMG, I didn't realize so-and-so was in that." That's why I love this great Flavorwire article featuring 50 actors in some of their early, pre-fame movie roles. From Zooey Deschanel in Almost Famous to Laurence Fishburne in Apocalypse Now, it's funny how many stars are in big-name movies without actually being remembered for those roles. Of course, even those that you remember in those roles are fun to remember.
Superheroes have a lot to be thankful for on this holiday of gratitude. Especially Superman. He has been so blessed with superpowers! Still, bragging about all those things he is thankful for could be misconstrued as bragging. Well, maybe not misconstrued, because he is obviously bragging. But he does that a lot in the comic BatsVSupes. Thanksgiving is just another excuse. As for Batman, he’s thankful for whatever little appreciation he can get. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Put that knife away. There's a smarter, quicker way of cutting a turkey. But don't pass the lightsaber to your drunk uncle. He'll just cut off one of your hands like at last Thanksgiving.
Daniel Hashimoto, a visual effects artist with Dreamworks, puts his son James in extraordinary adventures. In the past, Action Movie Kid has unwrapped a Christmas hippo and become a superhero. For Thanksgiving, James is spending a quiet day at home with his family.
-via Tastefully Offensive
If you love Golden Girls, you might be disappointed with the amount of licensed merchandise put out by the network that owns the rights to the show. Not to worry though, there are plenty of fun Golden Girls products available on Etsy. In particular, you can actually buy these Golden Girls panties from Etsy seller Bullets and Bees. And in case you're wondering, yes, the Blanche panties are crotchless.
Via Mental Floss
Medieval torture techniques are some of the most brutal of all time, and whether they were encouraging a prisoner to talk, punishing a sinner, or simply carrying out a death sentence Medieval torturers were encouraged to perfect their deadly craft.
Part of that perfection of their deadly art involved designing and building devices such as the Judas Cradle, Pear Of Anguish and Iron Chair (pictured above), devices that could only be used as torture devices.
The Judas Cradle, one of the simplest of all torture devices, forced the victim to sit atop a pyramid shaped "seat" that resulted in orifice expansion and intense pressure.
The Pear Of Anguish was also an orifice based device, used to torture homosexuals, blasphemers, and "women accused of facilitating a miscarriage"- it was usually inserted and expanded to mutilate and wound internally.
But in the end the Iron Chair was one of the most iconic and widely used torture devices in Medieval history, and one of the most feared.
Even though it was just a chair covered in spikes it was used for long term torture, as restraints were tightened over time and the spikes sank deeper into the skin...
The Imperial fleet is approaching our position quickly, but I don't want to leave. The ships look so yummy! Surely a warship that presents itself as a delicious treat can't be all that bad.
Roland Tamayo's art is noted for its surreal blending of nature and everyday objects. His current exhibition, titled "Collection of Curiosities," is at the Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasedena, California. What do his edible Super Star Destroyers mean? Tamayo explains:
These pieces are a collection of treats enjoyed by my sons, along with nostalgic treats from my childhood, connected by a mutual love and enjoyment of Star Wars. One of my favorite childhood memories was going to Fedco here in Pasadena, who employed my grandfather as an Optometrist. Because of his employment there, we would go often to buy family supplies, toys, etc., at a discount, and there would always be Toblerone candy at the checkout isle. It was my first introduction to that candy, and whenever I see it, it reminds me of my grandfather. Never would I have thought that a Toblerone candy would be a subject of a painting, especially combined with a Star Destroyer. But I'm so grateful for this opportunity, that it has.
November 11th is Single's Day in China, which started out as a day for young people to celebrate their single life by buying themselves a gift but has ballooned into one of the world's largest online shopping days.
That's because some brilliant marketing maven at China's largest online retailer Alibaba advertised the day as a celebration back in 2009, and as interest in Single's Day grew so did the over-the-top theatrics of it all.
This year's festivities included an appearance by Daniel Craig, a Game Of Thrones inspired performance by Adam Lambert and a message from Kevin Spacey encouraging shoppers to buy more candy, all of which was perfectly summed up in this clip from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. (Contains NSFW material)
With Alibaba earning around $14 billion dollars in one day and top Hollywood actors now making an appearance it seems there's no stopping the Single's Day spectacle from growing into a glittery beast that cannot be ignored.
Google has many Easter eggs hidden in its code. For example, you can search "do a barrel roll" to see a visual effect, "once in a blue moon" to see a precise calculation, and the "answer to life the universe and everything" to see what you get when you multiply six by nine.
To celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Google made another Easter egg for Star Wars fans. If you Google "a long time ago in a galaxy far far away," you'll see the search results displayed to look like the text crawl in the original trilogy.
-via Nerd Approved
UPDATE 11/25/15: It only works in Chrome and Safari. Thanks for the pointer, Miss C.
Prank videos aren't everyone's cup of tea, but those who enjoy watching people scared half to death in silly ways know that Japanese pranks are about as silly as they come.
For the Japanese love to get all theatrical with their pranking, taking the production well past scary and into the realm of the ridiculous.
This clip from a Japanese variety show features voice actress Tomoko Kaneda freaking out in the back of a cab because she thinks a ghost has appeared in the front seat.
It's sorta like watching a sequence from The Ring play out in a taxi cab, only without the body contortion or creaking.
When Joseph Gordon-Levitt puts together a routine for Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation he remains in CONTROL the entire time, crushing it with both costume and performance while demanding the nasty call him Mr. Levitt.
This episode of Lip Sync Battle began with Anthony Mackie's energetic performance of MC Hammer's 2 Legit 2 Quit, which the judges seem to love, but then Mr. Levitt stomps in and completely steals the show.
(Fast forward to 2:00 if you just want to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt's performance)
It's easy to see why they pay JGL the big bucks in Hollywood- he really knows how to get into character!
Over the course of the Star Wars story, Darth Vader lost six of his four limbs. Luke Skywalker famously lost his now highly collectible right hand. That injury earned him a kiss from resident hottie Leia. Advantage: Luke.
Other characters in Star Wars got off less well. Video editor Pablo Fernández Eyre, who once illustrated the visual symmetry in the movies, now shows this compilation of all of the traumatic amputations performed with lightsabers over the course of Star Wars. It's a total of 26 by my count.
Marilyn Monroe became known for a whole lot more than just her appearance in Playboy Magazine back in 1953, but she had no way of knowing she would become one of the most iconic Hollywood actors of all time.
So when she posed for photographer Tom Kelley back in 1949 she billed herself as Mona Monroe and posed for a nude pin-up that would become famous before she became a famous movie star.
This pin-up photo (and the unretouched full nude version) were used in the "Golden Dream" calendar printed around 1951, and when people realized the calendar girl was movie star Marilyn Monroe a few years later it became a big hit with the boys.
Marilyn posed for the picture out of pure "desperation" and was paid a measly $50 for the shoot, never knowing that it would become an important part of the Marilyn Monroe story.
Those packs of singing and dancing dandies known as boy bands are played out, and even their younger fans' are tired of their choreographed routines, so their days are truly numbered.
But who will rise to stand in the spotlight where three to five teenage boys once stood?
Bryan Cranston, James Corden and Reggie Watts, that's who, and their Grown Man Boy Band "M3N NOT BOYS" gives hope to all those middle aged men out there who want to be a teen idol.
All kidding aside, I want to see more from this amazing trio!
-Via Laughing Squid
This original take on Star Wars cosplay is beautiful! Hendo Art Cosplay costumed herself in Leia's robes from Episode IV, modified to look like a kimono and accented with accessories and makeup that make the princess look like a geisha from a bygone Japan.
It seems no story of time travel can exist today without mentioning the idea of going back in time and killing Hitler, which sounds like a good idea even though it's one mighty big butterfly to step on.
The theory has evolved to killing Baby Hitler, thereby eliminating the Nazi era from even happening and possibly preventing World War II altogether.
But this creates a new conundrum- could you kill a cute little baby, even if that baby would grow up to be one of the most notorious figures of the 20th century?
Jeb Bush recently said he'd have no problem killing Baby Hitler (actually, he responded to the question with an enthusiastic "Hell Yeah I Would!), but he's not a very good example of normal human morality.
Personally I think the time traveler vs. Hitler debate could be solved without any bloodshed by going back in time and buying Hitler's paintings, thereby legitimizing his art career.
Hitler the artist will be too busy drawing Disney characters and painting portraits of German Shepherds to bring the Nazi party to power, and thirty years later we'd spot him hanging out with Andy Warhol in SoHo!
-Via Know Your Meme
The dialogue options are one of the most enjoyable elements in the Fallout franchise, and the fact that your decision actually affects how characters treat and perceive you makes chatting both fun and functional.
But nothing beats those snarky sarcastic line choices, which were apparently made into a mini game of sorts in Fallout 4 as players must hit the X button as soon as the option comes on the screen to fire off a sarcastic remark.
(Video contains spoilers)
Fallout 4 is continuing the tradition of letting gamers play as a post-apocalyptic smartass, and as this video by OutsideXbox proves sarcasm is sweeter than Nuka-Cola when you're making friends outside the Vault.
-Via Geeks Are Sexy
It's hard to accept that celebrities are just like the rest of us, basically because nobody with that much money is just like the rest of us, but there's one way I believe we are the same- our hobbies.
Celebs may have more money to spend on their collections, but the drive to collect is something we share in common, and stars often collect the same silly stuff we do.
Tom Hanks says the clackety-clack sound of old school typewriters speaks to him, so that's what he collects. Johnny Depp has a massive doll collection, which includes dozens of Barbies and a Lindsey Lohan doll complete with house arrest ankle monitor.
But what's David Arquette up to at the top of the post? He's knitting his heart out while on vacation, which is only strange when you consider those are his official knitting shorts...
Every major pop culture phenomenon ends up having some strange official merchandise, but the stuff that truly resonnates with fans ends up having some even more bizarre unofficial merchandise, much of which is available for sale on Etsy.
That's particularly true when it comes to The X-Files. In fact, Flavorwire did a quick roundup of some of the strangest X-Files merchandise available on the crafting site and it really does come in all varieties of strange and wonderful creations -from the Saint Mulder candle above to the punk rock jacket below.
The crew of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower put together their own version of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. The Navy’s creative use of what they had available will make you laugh and then make you go “Whooooa!”
At the end, you’ll see the title, and maybe think it says The IKEA Wakens. No, it’s The Ike Awakens. That’s the short name of the aircraft carrier. It's an easy mistake to make. -via Uproxx
Do you have a gamer friend or relative who just disappeared for a few days this past week? They were no doubt enjoying Fallout 4 after waiting so long for it. Fallout fans are everywhere, and there’s a great selection of handcrafted Christmas gifts that cater to that fandom. For example, imagine the joy in receiving one’s own Pip Boy! A critical element of survival, they’re now available in real world dimensions. It’s just one of six unique Etsy gifts for Fallout fans you’ll find at Rue The Day.
“Return of The Nigo,” the first Star Wars auction in Sotheby’s history is set to roll on December 11th, only a few days before the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens. Up for sale will be 175 items (actually more, because many are sets) from the private collection of Star Wars super fan Nigo.
In an auction house not so far away… Sotheby’s has joined forces with Japanese designer, music producer and creative entrepreneur NIGO® to stage its first auction dedicated solely to Star Wars. These prized collectibles from the iconic movies feature more than 600 original action figures (including a rare Luke Skywalker with “double-telescoping” Lightsaber), Darth Vader and Stormtrooper helmets, complete sets of collectible “Power of the Force” coins, limited edition toys and autographed rarities, such as a Count Dooku Lightsaber signed by Sir Christopher Lee.
All of the lots on offer come from NIGO®’s private collection, which the A Bathing Ape (BAPE), Ice Cream and Billionaire Boys Club founder spent decades amassing out of his Tokyo atelier.
The rare 1978 Luke Skywalker action figure is expected to fetch between $12,000 and $18,000, and there are two complete sets of collectible coins that will bring even more, so you may have to smash your piggy bank. You can look through the items at Sotheby’s website. -via Worthly
Pixar's Inside Out had it all- a colorful cast of characters, an emotionally engaging storyline about how our emotions work, and a perfect 90 minute length that kept audiences from losing interest.
One thing it didn't have, however, were any thrills or chills, since psychologically disturbing elements don't belong in family friendly, PG rated movies.
But funny enough the film actually works quite well as a dark psychological thriller, at least according to this clever recut by CineMash.
There must be something sinister lurking around in the minds of Pixar's writers and animators, because it's way too easy to recut their family friendly features into horror movies!
Everyone on the interwebs loves a wacky linguistic visualization, aka a funny pun pic, but when people try to bring puns to life with an illustration the funny tends to fall apart.
However, an illustrator who goes by the name Arseniic has begun drawing on her years of experience using pencils and pens to bring puns to life, and her punny little works of art are out of this world!
You can find Arseniic's bright and punny pieces on her Tumblr site Pundemonium, where the puns flow like turkey soup...
We don’t know anything about Luke Skywalker’s role in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He’s not in any of the trailers, and he’s not even on the poster. It’s supposed to be a surprise. Such a surprise, in fact, that Mark Hamill gets a bonus payment if he can keep it a secret until the movie comes out on December 18th.
PC Gamer got an interview with Hamill all decked out in motion-capture equipment as he worked on the the upcoming game Squadron 42 (Star Citizen). Hamill tells the story of how he kept the revelation of Skywalker's genetic lineage a secret until the premiere of The Empire Strikes Back. He should be able to keep an expected plot twist a secret for another month. This is a small portion of a longer interview that you can see here. -via Geeks Are Sexy
The final Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay Part 2, opened nationwide last night, so it’s perfect timing to see Katniss in a rap battle in Whitney Avalon’s Princess Rap series. Her opponent: Hermione Granger, played by Molly C. Quinn.
Who’s tougher, smarter, and hotter? You decide. All I know is that they rhyme well. -via Viral Viral Videos
Chewbacca didn't get the medal that he deserved. But he was okay with that because he knew the Rebel Alliance would award him with something even better: an elegant ball gown fit for a princess. Now Princess Hulk Cake has a new friend!
Redditor jamieinthenorthwest says that his daughter wanted a Star Wars-themed birthday party. He bought a Chewbacca doll and his friend Megan formed a cake dress around it. Little Sophie was thrilled. You can see more photos here.
-via Geek Art Gallery
The Street Fighter franchise may not be the obvious place to go for advice on your sex life, but those bare knuckle brawlers Chun Li and Ryu are total knock outs so maybe they have some good advice to offer.
Dhalsim is surely a master of the Tantric arts, seeing as how he's so flexible, and Blanka, well, let's just say he's shockingly good in bed.
Thanks to Ross Snow's naughty yet nerdy mind we can now glean a sexy move or two from the Street Fighter crew, and while they're not all winners they're guaranteed to lead to round 2!
See 7 Street Fighter Sex Moves here (contains NSFW material)
Any artist blessed with parents who support their creative passions and offbeat career choice should be thankful for their good fortune, and parents who actually want to be a part of the process are fewer still.
But one lucky guy has a dad who genuinely loves playing roles and posing for his son's illustrations, and their creative collaboration has led to the creation of some really cool looking artwork!
Illustrator Jason Edmiston creates creepy renditions of pop culture characters like Freddy Krueger, Ming the Merciless and The Joker, using posed pics of his father as reference:
"When I have a concept sketch for a piece worked out, I pop over to my parents’ house and get my dad to dress up like the character while I set up lighting to match the scene. He’s very accommodating, and willing to pose in all sorts of ways, and always manages to get into character. He never says no to a request and is always enthusiastic. I have yet to meet a better model.
Are you excited about the new Star Wars movie yet? You will be, after you see this fan-made trailer!
It is truly amazing what you can do with cardboard and duct tape. On the other hand, there is no substitute for Harrison Ford. Dumb Drum put together this shot-for-shot remake of the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens on a budget of what looks to be about $40. You can see a side-by-side comparison here. -via Pleated-Jeans