Can we imagine, for just one simple moment, that superhero's had beer brands? Can I live in a world where Deadpool can have his own lager that I can go buy at the local package store after a long shift of writing stuff? I mean, imagine how good a beer brewed by Wolverine would be? The dude loves the stuff. Lives off it, even.
Alas, I cannot live in that world. You see, that world does not exist.
What is great, though, is I can live in a world where artist Billy Butcher can illustrate faux beer labels as if they were the beers of superheroes, and that's a pretty good world to live in, too. I would say Hellboy's "HellBeer" wins for catchiest name. You can see why these would never be made, as they could very much appeal to children. Or grown men who think they are children, like me.
When I first found the YouTube channel for Cinema Sins I was both excited and a little crushed. Excited because I love film and love the deep examination and dissection of it as an art form. The crushed part came from the fact that I knew the channel would probably show me some flaws in some movies I really enjoyed. A good example of a polarizing movie choice is the following: Frozen.
A beloved Disney movie that somehow took on legs of its own and became the most successful animated movie of all time is one you have to be slightly careful when you decided to pick apart, piece by piece. Luckily, the guys behind the site clearly know what they are doing, and how to do it. So though most of us may have enjoyed it, take a moment to check out everything wrong with Frozen. It is not a cruel or as painful as it sounds.
I would think that most of you know about the amazing series of Ted Talks that have become more and more popular over the last few years. Amazing forward-thinking, life changers telling us how we can do the same.
In this particular entry, eco-entrepreneur Shubhendu Sharma explains to us all how we can help grow a mini-forest anywhere. And how by doing so, we are doing a huge part in helping to save the environment, which we all know could use some help right now. It is a remarkably simple plan we can all take part in, and it will only take you a little over four minutes to learn how to do this. Take the time, your planet will thank you for it (just not literally, because that would be weird).
As writers, every one of us on this site try to find words that are a step apart from the most over-used words you often see on the web. Problem is, we have these words programmed into our minds and tend to use them as reflex. Although a thesaurus is a good way to break that mold, thankfully, some websites do the hard work for us so we don't have to.
Just English assembled a list of synonyms for the 96 most commonly used words in English, and you don't have to be a writer to appreciate it. These words can even help you sound more fluid and less cliche' in conversations. We all use the word bad quite often, but have you ever called your Brussels sprouts "ghastly"? Well, now you can and impress all the fellow Brussels sprout haters around you as well.
The fact is, this language is a gift and we often scoff at it or misuse it. This list helps switch up your thinking when it comes to that.
If you're a full-time superhero, you probably don't have time for a regular full-time job. You'll need another source of income. Or perhaps you're already rich, but would like to make more through good merchandising. Either way, celebrity endorsements may be a way for you to make some rent money.
Every week, Comic Book Resources hosts The Line Is Drawn, a theme-based art contest for comic book artists. This past week, the topic was superheroes doing commercials. You can view all of the contributions here, including Thor selling Craftsman tools and Power Girl selling Wonderbras.
It is rather mind-blowing to try to think about the talent who have come and gone from the Simpsons studios over their stories history. From writers and voice-actors to celebrity guests, it is the longest running comedy show in history for good reason. Because it has been a consistently driving force in entertaining people for well over two decades now. But most people who love the Simpsons cannot help but think back to its golden age. The golden age of the Simpsons, for those who don't know, are when Conan O' Brien used to write for the show. Well, two nights ago "Simpsons Take the Hollywood Bowl" happened, and for those who don't know, one very special man showed up and did a very special song he had written for the show, many seasons ago. The monorail song, sung by none other than Conan O' Brien. Sorry the footage is a little shaky, but that is what happens to your hands when you are trying to film pure magic.
So let me sum this up for you. Two nights ago at the Hollywood Bowl, people got to see Conan O' Brien (among many others) sing songs from the Simpsons live. Mark that one under: things I will forever wish I went to see live. I cannot be the only person feeling that right now.
The USS Yorktown (CV-10) is an Essex-class aircraft carrier launched in 1943. It's now a museum ship in Charleston, South Carolina. The Yorktown is berthed near the USS Clagamore and USS Laffey, a World War II era submarine and destroyer, respectively. Together, the three vessels host KentaiCon, an annual anime convention.
I think it is still safe to say, years later, we are still deeply affected by Heath Ledger's portayal of The Joker before his tragic and untimely death. Maybe one of the most menacing and freaky characters ever put on film, it is a character and portrayal that will forever be remembered for just how chilling and frenzied it all was.
It may be years later, but NECA has crafted a finely tuned Joker collectible (please do not call it an action figure. Anything that can cost upwards of two hundred dollars is no longer a toy) and it bares a freakish similarity to the character we all knew and feared. NECA is not one to deliver aything less than a stunning collectible, so this Joker should come as no surprise to anyone. But still, just imagining that face peering at me from somewhere on the shelf in my office gives me the willies. The company announced the final packaging design for this fine Q scale figure today -and it's impressive.
Please note, a price point has not been announced yet. But expect to pay anywhere from $75.00 to $150.00 for the piece. Remember kids, NECA makes art, not toys. Keep in mind, a lot of the stuff they sell ARE toys, and I'm simply saying that to justify my own inevitable purchase of this Joker figure when it comes out this fall. -via ToplessRobot
The video Star S'Mores is supposed to teach children the concept of self control. But we all need to learn that, so it's appropriate that the story parodies a movie older than some of the kids' parents.
In five pun-packed minutes, Flan Solo (Cookie Monster) tries to learn to control his urge to eat his partner, Chewie the Cookie, a chocolate chip cookie. Only One Cannoli, Master Groda, Darth Baker, Princess Parfaia, and Luke Piewalker help Flan Solo learn to control his impulses by using The Four.
Redditor ejara80 writes that this costume worn by his friend's dog won third place at a Petco Star Wars contest. It's fantastic! I'm curious about what costumes could have beaten a dog who naturally looks like a Wookiee.
Perhaps, like Chewbacca with the Rebel Alliance, Petco has a rule: no pants, no medal. That's dangerous for the company because Wookiees are known to pull people's arms out of their sockets when they lose.
Kevin Smith has his own unique view of the world, a quality we the fans love and admire in him, and despite the occasional Jersey Girl the guy always keeps his fans coming back for more, and the haters just keep on hating.
His upcoming film TUSK promises to be much the same- a movie with an interesting premise that will probably be adored by Smith’s fans and hated by the rest, so Kevin came up with a similarly polarizing way to advertise his movie- medical marijuana.
Kevin hired Kushman Veganics to grow two unique strains of marijuana in honor of his upcoming movie TUSK, strains which will be sold by L.A. dispensary Buds & Roses in containers bearing advertising artwork for the film.
The strains are appropriately named White Walrus and Mr. Tusk, and herb grinders emblazoned with the TUSK logo will also be given away to patients at the dispensary, so they have "a daily reminder of the soul crushing spirit of the film's main antagonist, Howard Howe".
How's that for creative movie advertising in the 21st century?!
America has gone gaga over Guardians of the Galaxy, making it the highest grossing movie of the year, but this fantastic movie we love has yet to come out in Japan.
So far all the Japanese fans have gotten to see of the movie (unless they got their hands on a crappy bootleg) are a set of hilarious commercials featuring some of the most colorful scenes and characters from the movie, namely Rocket and Groot.
We may all want to pretend we don't like repetition in pop music, but obviously, it works and has worked for decades for a reason. Believe it or not, like many things, there is a science to why music affects us the way it does. Our brains react to repetition by memorizing and retaining, even if we don't want them to. So even if you hate a certain song, notice how after some radio exposure, you still somehow know every word? Guess what? That is repetition winning. Almost like classical conditioning, but with music as a variable.
As in most cases, there are people who can explain this to you far more delicately and accurately than I can, thankfully for both of us.
So even those pop songs that you rally against, too bad. Seems your brain is going to take them in and learn them anyway. It's nice to finally understand the science behind that a little better.
In the original Star Wars trilogy, the British actor David Prowse played the body of Darth Vader and the American actor James Earl Jones provided the voice. Jones is known for his rich, melodious voice. No one else could have played Vader as well, nor provided a voice that is instantly recognizable.
Jones knows this, of course. He's used it to have fun with people. In an interview last January with the New York Times Magazine, Jones describes how he once used Vader's voice to fool truck drivers:
You’re never tempted to pick up the phone and pretend to be Darth Vader? I did that once when I was traveling cross-country. I used Darth as my handle on the CB radio. The truck drivers would really freak out — for them, it was Darth Vader. I had to stop doing that.
I decorated the room, did all the lighting and electrical, built the whole console and painted the floor. All up it took a year to put together. I was incredibly blessed and lucky. I had the hexagonal shaped room already, owned all the timber and worked at a factory with a lot of spare parts to be dumped which I used for the controls. I wish you all had a chance to visit it in person.
One Chance is a game quite unlike any you have ever played online. It is about a scientist who created a pathogen that is inadvertantly wiping out all mankind on Earth. You then have six in-game days to decided how you will spend the rest of your life. Will you stay at the office and do all you can to find a cure? Will you finally step away from the office and spend some time with the family you have been neglecting? Or will the madness and impending doom jusr cause you to lose your mind?
What really sets One Chance apart is that you really only have One Chance to play it. The game picks up on your I.P and unless you have multiple computers with multiple I.P's, you really only do get one chance in One Chance, which is part of what makes it so spectacular.
Quick warning, though. It is also quite bleak, so make those choices carefully. Games like this prove why you don't need sixty dollar video games and next-gen machines to be blown away by the medium.
Life isn’t a race to the finish line, it’s best to live at a leisurely pace and avoid danger whenever possible. However, that’s easier said than done, and part of living a regular life means being exposed to all the dangerous things that surround us every day.
College Humor created this Gorey inspired animated short that reveals the wondrous array of things that can kill you, spelled out from A to Z by the Grim Reaper.
It’s not a treatise on the joys of living a paranoid life, quite the opposite, it’s a fun reminder to get out there and enjoy your life to the fullest while trying to ignore the dangers that lurk around every corner…
Nick Acosta of Cargo Collective converted scenes from Star Trek: The Original Series into cinematic widescreen images, as if it were shown in Cinerama. How’d he do that?
I was able to create these shots by waiting for the camera to pan and then I stitched the separate shots together. The result is pretty epic. It reminds me of the classic science fiction movies of the 50’s and 60’s. Suddenly the show has a “Forbidden Planet” vibe. Other shots remind me of how director Robert Wise would use a camera technique to keep the foreground and background elements in focus.
The Cornetto Trilogy is one fantastic trio of films starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, and directed by Edgar Wright.
Three guys, three film genres, three hilariously messed up views of the world, three flavors of blood and ice cream.
Fans think they’re pretty great, the others….well, best not to speak about what the “others” think about these movies…
The main characters in each film are played by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, so it seems only fitting that toy makers A Large Evil Corporation made Pegg and Frost the focus of their (hopefully) soon to be released line of vinyl toys based on the Cornetto Trilogy.
So far this mysterious band of toy makers has had very little to say about the figures, besides "stay tuned for further details", but judging by the rabid commentor responses these figures are going to sell faster than a fresh poured pint at The World's End.
I think we can all admit we love gifs, right? In the last few years, these simple, moving pictures have taken over the internet (except for Facebook, which for some odd reason, still doesn't allow them to be posted). Seems every site has a gif section now, and if you have ADD like most of the internet generation you can just skim from gif to gif for hours, not even aware you are losing time.
Though there are many places to do this on the net, I would have to say that Zor.De is easily the best site out there for a constant flow of gifs (usually set to some really odd music that only makes the experience that much more insane). I will just warn you to lower your speakers if they are on when you first get to the site, as jarring techno and some insane, looping images can be a little intense when you first show up.
But after a minute and three gifs or so, it is really hard to navigate away from this site. Be forewarned, it may eat hours of your day. Or seconds. That is what is so great about it, that is up to you.
Remixer extraordinaire Bobby Burns attempts to answer this question with his re-imagined trailer for Disney's beloved superhero flick The Incredibles, which could have been one dark little film if Nolan had been at the helm.
DC Entertainment is doing such a great job of bringing their characters to life, through the shows and shorts known collectively as DC Nation, that it’s not surprise these animated shorts are a million times better than the live action TV show.
They're all killer superheroic action without the drama filler, perfectly portioned to give you a dose of comic book fun that will brighten up your day.
From the beginning, video games have been weird -you have to admit, it does seem strange that a plumber would have to fight a gorilla named "Donkey" or that a weird yellow thing is murdered by ghosts until he eats a pill that turns them blue and suddenly lets him eat the ghosts. That being said, some games are far, far weirder than others. These 14 titles show just how strange gaming can get.
Have you ever wished you were a proctologist, but didn't want to go through the years of extensive training to become a doctor? Then Boong-Ga Boong-Ga is the game for you! In this seriously strange arcade game, you spank a rubber butt until it's time for kancho -that is, jamming the foam finger into the anus. Perhaps even stranger is the mere fact that kancho isn't something these game designers made up, but an actual bullying game popular in Korea and Japan.
In Boong-Ga Boong-Ga you can at least direct your punishment to someone specific. Victims in the game include an ex-girlfriend, a gold-digger, a mother-in-law and, perhaps the only worthy victim, a child molester. I guess if you insist on jamming a finger into an unsuspecting victim's behind, at least you could limit it to virtual characters.
There are plenty of dating simulators in Japan, but only one involves pigeons. The basic premise is that you are attending a posh school, flirting with classmates, making friends all while solving a mystery. Oh, and you're the only human in the school, as the rest of the characters are pigeons. If you've just been dying to live life as a pigeon-lover, you're in luck -the PC game is available in English.
Don't want to live life as a pigeon? How about a mosquito? This sucky game lets you bug a suburban family, trying to drink their blood from specific body parts so you can prepare for the upcoming winter. The challenge? If you're spotted, the humans might just swat you and squish you.
Are you already dreading the upcoming holiday season and all that family time that comes with it? If so, you might enjoy Super Table Flip. This strange arcade game basically involves pounding on your dinner table in frustration and eventually flipping over the table after you hear distressing news. The game is a great way to relieve stress -especially if you have to deal with a particularly frustrating family.
Of course, if you get stressed by weddings, your co-workers and stupid bar patrons, you may prefer the other scenarios available in the game.
Television has evolved a long way in the last decade. From the content of what we watch, to the way we watch it. One of the things that has changed the way we watch TV is TiVo. You need to remember, TiVo was allowing us to record TV long before that was common. Now you can pre-record most shows on most cable companies, but that has much to do with the fact that these pioneers kicked that movement off first. Well, looks like they are ready to go all 2.0 up in here.
In a recent press release, Tivo announced its newest DVR and just what it is capable of. How does 26,000 hours of recorded TV sound? Apparently, Tivo think you will be into it. They even (aptly) named it Tivo Mega. Just a few of the things TiVo Mega will offer are:
Storage: 24 Terabyte RAID 5 HDD
Streaming live and recorded TV to smartphones and tablets anywhere: Built-in stream transcoding
Multi-room: Whole home capable
26,000 hours of SD recording space, approximately 4,000 hours of HD recording space
Universal search across cable, video-on-demand and web apps including Netflix and YouTube
"What to Watch" provides a personalized dashboard with recommendations for what's on now, next and tonight
Collections offers editorial collections based on current events or categories including new fall TV, Shark Week, Holiday, Emmy or Oscar winners, etc.
Channel guide with filters to enable users to get to what they want as quickly as possible
Free application for smartphones and tablets: manage your DVR with your phone or tablet through remote Season Pass® management, a recording scheduler that allows you to add or remove recordings and enhanced WishList® management
Remote: TiVo Slide Pro Remote included, Full QWERTY-format slide out keyboard makes text entry fast and easy and RF signal for maximum power removes line-of-sight requirements
Networking: Ethernet and MoCA
Hardware configuration: Hot user-swappable drives, offering protection from data loss
It is an undeniably powerful and impressive system, but I just cannot see anyone who would ever need to capture that much TV. Essentially, that system seems to imply the constant recording of all shows, ever. If that's your thing, Tivo Mega will drop in 2015 to the tune of about five thousand dollars. Better start saving now, you TV lovers.
Julia Lepetit and Andrew Bridgman from Dorkly bring us this amusing take on past and present-day gaming. They even throw a little "future" in at the end. The only thing that essentially hasnt changed is the awkward motion control. The area has expanded, but that doesn't make it any less awkward. Via Geeks are Sexy.
Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers was, like pretty much all Disney cartoons, full of anthropomorphic animal characters doing non-animal things, and that’s why the show was so adorable.
Even the thought of chipmunks and mice rescuing critters in danger makes me wanna squee, but if Disney had used realistic chipmunks in their afternoon cartoon show it would have earned a mature rating.
Animation Domination HD is back to ruin shed new light on more of our childhood faves with Scientifically Accurate Chip And Dale's Rescue Rangers, and once you watch you'll never be able to look at Chip 'N Dale the same way ever again!
In a video that makes me want to get on Ebay and look for a Nintendo NES, the Fine Brothers have these teenagers try to load, power up and play the "old school" console. As you can imagine, they are struck by any number of perceived oddities about the old setup. At least one girl recognizes the controller. "Wait--that's the remote controller?! I have an iPhone case like this!" she exclaims.