After 15 years or so of Marvel movies raking in billions of dollars by using teams of superheroes in The Avengers, X-Men, and Guardians of the Galaxy, DC is finally ready to jump in with Justice League this November. The first full trailer debuted this weekend. The Avengers saw it, too.
The Simpsons has contributed so much to pop culture, and society in general, that it's no wonder the show is still going strong nearly 30 years later.
And yet the colorful cocktails made by characters on the show, such as the Flaming Homer or the Skittlebrau, have yet to make the leap into real life.
So Nick Fisher of Cocktail Chemistry made these two drinks, along with "a single plum floating in perfume served in a man's hat" for comedic effect, then he came up with new and improved versions you can actually drink. Except for that perfume in a hat one, of course, that one's way too ahead of its time.
There have been many incarnations of the Power Rangers, which evolved from the Super Sentai series that originated in the 1970s. However, the internet generation is most familiar with the 1993-1996 series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The new Power Rangers film that opened this past weekend with middling reviews is supposedly based on that 1993 series -but it's not the same. Check out a list of six key differences between what you know and what the new movie has at TVOM. It is full of spoilers if you haven't seen the film.
Fans have been arguing about the meaning behind the scene in Breaking Bad where Walt throws a whole, unsliced pizza onto his roof since the show started, thinking there's some hidden symbolism behind the act.
But show creator Vince Gilligan recently explained the significance of this scene during a Reddit AMA, and it turns out the arguments were all for naught- because the pizza was kept whole simply for the sake of throwability.
one fan asked, "Was Badger and Skinny Pete's conversation at Jesse's party about the pizzas not being sliced written in after the fact to explain how Walters pizza landed on the roof intact? Everyone knows a sliced pizza would have come apart."
As creator Vince Gilligan says of the unsliced pizza, it had to do with continuity and physics:
Yes! We had a long discussion before we shot the pizza on the roof scene about whether or not the pizza should be sliced—because, as all you physicists know, a thrown, sliced pizza would come apart due to centrifugal force or angular momentum (or something like that). And yet, you're right: no self-respecting pizza parlor sells an unsliced pizza. So we figured we needed to explain it (in the "They pass the savings on to you" scene), or else face our audience's righteous wrath!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...
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!