Who was the first character cast in the Harry Potter movies? If you guessed Hedwig, you're right. And that's not the only fun fact about magical and otherwise imaginary creatures from this great TopTenz list.
Here's another great trivia tidbit -adorable little Gizmo from the Gremlins was originally supposed to become the antagonist, but Steven Speilberg decided (rightly) that fans would prefer to see the adorable little creature as much as possible in the movie and wouldn't want to root against him. Just imagine what a different movie it would be if little Gizmo was the enemy.
But My Sharona is part of a rock tradition of singing about young gals, and songs like Ted Nugent’s Jailbait, KISS’s Christine Sixteen, and Stray Cat Blues by the Rolling Stones all feature lyrics about underage girls. It's enough to make you wonder- can't rock stars find good women their own age?
Celebrities who have adopted a goofy professional persona, or those who became famous for ridiculous reasons, are hard to take seriously.
And yet they’ve achieved far more monetary success than most of us can even dream about in our less than famous lives, so they’ve gotta be on to something!
Take Carrot Top, for example- goofy prop comic and burly body builder combined into one mighty peculiar package has earned over $75 million dollars performing in front of around 100,000 people a year in Las Vegas.
Personally, I prefer Batman over Superman, but this great Always Sunny In Philadelphia/Batman Vs. Superman mashup makes a great case for why Superman is better. After all, he is a master of karate and friendship for everyone.
Honestly, I think this looks like a more entertaining movie than the actual Batman Vs. Superman film, though I still don't want to see anyone pay a troll toll to get into a boy's hole.
Hollywood movie promotions like to sell their movies as being “like nothing you’ve seen before” or “a fresh new take on blah blah blah”, but the more they make these claims the less original the film.
Many motion picture companies are tapped out of ideas, and they’re always looking around for new ideas to imitate or just plain rip off.
That’s why mainstream movies seem so familiar, because you’ve probably seen a movie just like it before, but sometimes the similarities are as hard to ignore as a talking pig wearing a tie and a pair of shades.
Two talking pig movies released within a few months of each other? When pigs fly or, more precisely, back in 1995.
Well, it didn’t, until ADHD (Animation Domination High-Def) made some up. They are pretty descriptive, however. It explains quite a bit about the game that I, as a non-player, knew until just now. -via Geeks Are Sexy
People and organizations often adopt stretches of road, promising to keep them clean and free of litter. This is a great way to contribute to the well-being of local communities and possibly get some good publicity from it.
So it’s no surprise that Lord Vader, who always wants to maintain the good reputation of our loyal Imperial forces, has pitched in to help. He’s adopted a section of US Highway 460 in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Occasionally standing in for him will be Henry Wakley, a local resident and loyal supporter of the Emperor. He wears a copy of Lord Vader’s helmet while picking up trash. News 10 reports:
Wakley had to pass several standard guidelines, including two highway clean ups, before VDOT would agree to the sign. He convinced the agency the sign was not a joke, and he intended to take care of the highway and draw attention to the adopt a highway program.
“We’d love to have more people follow Mr. Vader’s example and help us keep the highways clean,” Clarke professed.
Drivers could soon see more than just a sign. Wakley plans to clean up his portion of the highway in his Darth Vader costume later this month.
Wakley is an example to us all to stand together so that we may crush the rebellion and restore order in the galaxy.
Lunarbaboon takes a minute away from drawing his family life and chronicles the continuing exploits of the Avengers, now featuring superhero Ant-Man! Everyone has their unique talents, and everyone gets an appropriate assignment. Oh yeah, the family does make a small appearance, after all.
Johnny Depp has millions of adoring fans from across the globe. But you know who isn't a fan? Johnny Depp. In fact, he not only refuses to watch his own films, but he's even been reported to vandalize movie posters with his face on them because he doesn't like seeing his face staring back at him.
If you think that sounds silly, consider this: Peter Dinklage doesn't watch Game of Thrones for one simple reason -he doesn't have HBO.
No matter where you stand on the topic of sexism in pop culture one thing is for certain- the female body is most often portrayed in an idealized form in visual media such as comic books and video games.
Sometimes this idealized form ties in well with the character, like when the character is an athlete in peak physical shape, but a lot of times they’re just drawn that way because creators think it will help them sell their product.
It’s not meant to be a slight against “average” women, and yet it’s hard to deny the impact these unrealistic body shapes have on young women.
I agree with some of the makeovers but I don't think they put enough thought into the characters they chose for the project, because why would a Special Forces officer/pit fighter who trains constantly be overweight?
From 1983 to 1985 America's video game obsessed youth had a good reason to stay home on Saturday mornings- the Saturday Supercade, an animated series on CBS that featured many of our favorite video game characters.
The legends of the arcade and console were brought to life in colorful 2D animation segments, and when the Supercade hit the airwaves we realized the story behind our favorite arcade games didn't stop at the kill screen.
Characters like Donkey Kong and Frogger seemed fairly slim on storyline in the games, but when they appeared in their own 11-minute long animated episodes kids couldn't wait to watch...and play all the games afterwards!
Leaping in-between cars across a busy intersection was just the beginning for young Frogger, an intrepid reporter for the Swamp Gazette.
Frogger had a crime solving mystery kids vibe and a much deeper storyline than you'd expect given the simplicty of the game, and yet young Frogger still found time to play in traffic in almost every episode.
Photographers love to explore abandoned amusement parks and many others love to look at those pictures and read about them. But one place you probably won't be seeing abandoned pictures of anytime soon is perhaps the world's most popular amusement -Disney World.
Since we probably won't be seeing pictures like this in reality (at least not for a long time), DeviantArt user eledoremassis02 took the liberty of imagining the apocalyptic visions of the current happiest place on Earth. The series is fascinating for both disney-lovers and haters who wonder what Disney World would look like long after the magic has left the kingdom.
The Dark Crystal is, without a doubt, one of the best puppet movies ever made, and even though CGI has taken over people are still blown away by the practical effects created for this film.
It’s one of those iconic films that can never be effectively remade or rebooted, and yet this film almost didn't make it to the big screen due to poor feedback from preview audiences. Jim Henson spent $15 million dollars making sure the film got the chance it deserved in theaters, and The Dark Crystal turned around and made a whopping $40 million at the box office.
A lowly sum by today's movie standards, but enough to keep The Jim Henson Company in the filmmaking business.
The author behind A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin, continues his quest to avoid writing an end to the saga that spawned the TV show Game of Thrones. Martin was seen briefly in the TV movie Sharnado 3: Oh Hell No when it debuted last night. In a bit of poetic justice, his character was promptly killed. Director director Anthony C. Ferrante had this to say about the cameo:
"We wanted him in the movie, he wanted to be in the movie, so we went to New Mexico, and we shot it for a day,” Ferrante said. “He originally had a line — and we’ll add it back in for the DVD — where he went outside, shivered, and said, ‘Winter’s coming.’ But we thought about it and decided that we wanted people to watch it and go, ‘Wait, is that … Is that George R.R. Martin?’ ”
Beyond the fun factor of spending a day with Martin and filming the cameo, Ferrante was also excited about the reaction that the author’s appearance would induce in a certain segment of the viewership. “I love the fact that we’re going to piss off all the Game of Thrones fans," he said. "Instead of writing his damned book, he was busy hanging out with us, filming a scene for Sharknado 3!”
It used to be really hard to explain to people how visual effects software can reduce the signs of aging on an actor’s face, but nowadays we’re exposed to a lot more behind-the-scenes footage that shows how it’s all done.
And yet this video by visual effects artist Rousselos Aravantinos is still amazing to watch, even if you’ve seen similar stuff in the bonus features section of a DVD, because the subject seems to lose twenty or more years right before your eyes.
It's called digital cosmetics, and it's the part of post production that keeps stars looking young and vital even when they're well past their prime.
But before you and your significant other decide to cosplay together you should think about what your costumes are saying to those who bear witness to your public displays of affection.
Because when your cosplay as Joel and Ellie from The Last Of Us, a middle aged man and a fourteen-year-old girl, and you start making out people who have played the game are liable to lose their lunch.
And if you're a giant guy with a little pixie of a girlfriend cosplaying as The Hound and Arya Stark may seem like a great idea, but you're going to look mighty pervy when you lean down to give young Arya a kiss!
In 2004, William Shatner released his album Has Been. It included a cover of “Common People,” a song by Pulp. YouTube user LordRicco666 created this video for it, using scenes from classic Star Trek. It’s a truly outstanding job, matching Shatner’s words with the events of the scenes. The video perfectly syncs at two moments, 0:26 and 0:41, during which Kirk mouths the same phrases that Shatner performed nearly 40 years later.
Sesame Street seems like the kind of place where a puppet is free to be a puppet, and the fleece skinned characters that live there seem extremely tolerant of all puppetkind, but some puppets are just no darn good.
They’re the unwanted denizens of Sesame Street, the characters who were removed from the show due to dullness, bad behavior or because their foam forms began to disintegrate after years of use.
But bad puppets aren’t the only ones who have been cut from the cast of Sesame Street, a few human offenders have been fired to hammer home a point about following the rules.
Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead comics and TV show, gave us hints in a podcast that the series might end on a hopeful note. Not that he’s anxious to end it.
Don’t expect that to come anytime soon, although Kirkman doesn’t want the series to run forever. “Let’s all be honest. season 16? I’m not even going to be watching this show. I’ll be on a boat. Oh, [season 17]? I don’t care! I’ve transcended television.”
He also joked that more spin-offs aren’t out of the question. “We’re doing [Fear the Walking Dead], and I’m sure that, if it does well, we’ll do The Walking Dead: China eventually. [And then] The Walking Dead: SVU.”
But everything must end sooner or later, and it’s usually better to end a TV series before it completely runs out of steam. So Kirkman has an ending in mind that will turn the usual zombie stories around and have humanity actually winning. Read some details of this plan at Uproxx. It would certainly be a turnaround for the series so far, which has already given us five seasons of of violence, despair, and death.
There are a lot of mashups featuring Disney princesses out there, but if you're a fan of the legendary pinup art of Gil Elvgren as well as Disney's lovely ladies, then you'll love these new mashups by DeviantArtist KittRen.
Her artwork features both new and old princesses and does an excellent job maintaining the style of Elvgren while adding the iconic details of the princesses we know and love. Be sure to visit KittRen's portfolio to see the whole series.
The Hostess brand of snack cakes includes Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Hos, and an assortment of other sweet confections. In the 1970s, it commissioned comic book stories in DC and Marvel publications promoting its products. In these classic ads, several of which you can view here, Captain America, Batman, and other heroes endorse Hostess cakes and good behavior.
Comic Book Resources has a regular feature called The Line It Is Drawn which challenges comic book artists to make funny images along a central theme. This time, it was modern versions of these classic Hostess ads. You can view them all here.My favorite is the rough Marv from Sin City selling Twinkies, courtesy of artist Nick Perks. It references a miniseries in the Sin City universe called That Yellow Bastard.
Anybody can find a good artist to give them a good tattoo, but it takes a special kind of schlub to get a terrible tattoo and rock it with pride.
Realistic portrait tattoos are the hardest to apply, since the artist has to have some drawing skill as well as skill with the gun, so it makes sense that most of the bad tattoos in the world are portraits of real people.
But the artist who applied this awful tattoo of Iggy Pop to some poor soul had obviously given up on going for realism.
Tara McGinley of Dangerous Minds has put together a collection of Sh**ty Tattoo Portraits Of Your Favorite Musicians, take a look and feel relieved you're not one of the people pictured...or hang your head in shame if you are! (Contains NSFW subject matter)
Professional wrestlers are expected to adopt larger-than-life personas so the crowd has someone to get behind, or someone to hate with a passion.
The flamboyant, and often ridiculously garbed, characters they portray are generally nothing like the wrestler’s real life self, and yet these characters are often so iconic they can’t seem to move past them in the eyes of fans.
But there are worse things to be remembered for than portraying a smooth badass known as The Rock, like playing the role of sappy golden boy Rocky Maivia, who wears a feathered costume that looks like it was made by a first grader.
And then there are those poor wrestlers who have to start out by portraying a stereotype, such as Triple H’s original foppish French persona Jean-Paul Levesque.
Boy have those two guys come a long way from those goofy early days!
A computer geek goes through his entire checklist of things that happen to other people’s computers. He knows it’s something Mom did, so he’s ready to fix it and be a hero to her -again. And then he is hurled into The Twilight Zone. This is the latest comic from Invisible Bread by Justin Boyd. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Now, unless you’re deranged, you know that what you’re doing in a video game isn’t really hurting anybody, or causing any harm, in the real world. But game designers do such a good job with character and story development that you end up feeling a bit bad about what you've done anyway.
I mean, who doesn't feel for the poor folks trying to scrape out a living in Megaton, which you could choose to blow to smithereens for a few hundred caps in Fallout 3?
Wolverine has become a fan favorite thanks to the X-Men cartoons, movies and his solo flicks, but back in the day he was just another hard working mutant trying to keep his skin stuck firmly to his adamantium laced bones.
Wolvie has always had a bad temper and a rage to rival that of The Hulk, but overall he’s not a bad guy, right?