The Tolkien Fan

Even if you couldn’t see their faces, it should be obvious which of these Tolkien fans is the older one. Sigh. This comic from CommitStrip is labeled “a true story.” Share this with someone young and let us know if you have to explain it. -via Geeks Are Sexy



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Freddy And Jason Get Murderous Makeovers In Lady Killers

Freddy and Jason went from two ordinary names to monikers synonymous with pure evil thanks to horror movies, but these average joes of the slasher world are in desperate need of a makeover.

Freddy revamped his scare tactics by making real life feel like a movie in Wes Craven's New Nightmare, and when Jason X went to space he got a snazzy new mask and cybernetic implants, but these changes simply aren't enough.

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Thankfully, Nerdist and Andrew Bowser knew exactly what to do with those classic killers to bring them back to life in style- they gender swapped 'em.

Lady Killers stars Adrianne Curry as Freddy, and cosplayers Abby Dark Star as Jason and Leanna Vamp as Ash, and it's the perfect combination of cheesy, geeky and slasher-y to get you in the Halloween spirit!

(Barely NSFW due to language)



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The Quotable Doctor Zoidberg

In the world of Futurama there is only one Decapodian doctor you should call when you need your limbs snipped off, or a tongue depressor shoved in your ear- Zoidberg.

He’s the lonely lobster with the funny accent, and even though he seems like a total dweeb he actually has some wise words to share with the world, if you can stand listening to him long enough to hear them!

Zoidberg isn’t a philosopher, or a sage, he’s just an ordinary guy looking for the occasional dumpster sandwich to nibble on as he makes his way through the world of the far flung future.

Take a look back at Zoidberg’s beautiful mind with these 20 Hysterical Dr. Zoidberg 'Futurama' Quotes, and the next time you're looking for a quote to bust out at a dinner party you'll think "why not Zoidberg?"



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366 Weird Movies You Need To See

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            Image Credit: Audubon Films

The first weird film I ever remember seeing was Eraserhead when I was just a teenager, and man did it mess with my head.  What I had noticed days after watching it was, unlike most films, Eraserhead stuck with me. It seeped like black oil into my subconscious and just seemed to stay there. From that moment on, I have had a bit of an obsession with weird movies. Movies that are not afraid to tell unconventional stories. Movies so strange and surreal, most would ignore them. So you can only imagine my delight when I found the site 366 Weird Movies. I feel lot like Charlie when he got his golden ticket today.

On most sites, you may get one or two top ten lists of weird movies, but this a site devoted to them. Now if you don't mind, I need to go spend the rest of my life going through this website and finding wonderfully twisted movies to lose myself in.



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Gritty Television Shows Get A Niceness Makeover

In the entertainment worlds of movies and television nice almost never appeals to viewers, unless the viewers are young and easily entertained.

Grown folks like a bit of grit with their story sandwich, which is why shows like Breaking Bad and Game Of Thrones have become mighty popular in the world of televised entertainment.

So what would our favorite shows look like after receiving a niceness makeover?

Probably a lot like these comic strips created by Tony Wilson of Dorkly, in which he presents nicer versions of four favorite TV shows- Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Hannibal and the most radical remake of them all- Thomas The Nice Engine. 

-Via GeekTyrant



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Air New Zealand's New Flight Safety Video

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Air New Zealand is the official airline of Middle-Earth. And they take full advantage of the title, with a new flight safety video thst has an overwhelming Hobbit theme. This was directed by Taika Waititi, with appearances by Peter Jackson and Elijah Wood and cameos by Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown), Dean O’Gorman (Fili),  and Weta Workshop co-founder Sir Richard Taylor. -via Hilary Gilbert



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Man Builds Custom TARDIS for Marriage Proposal

Redditor muffinman5423 built a TARDIS in order to propose to his girlfriend. It's a perfect model of the original that, from the outside, is a 1:1 scale replica. And it worked: she said yes!

What would he have done if she said no? Muffinman5432 had a backup plan.


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Here's a video of the actual proposal. It's really sweet and touching.

My own proposal was less complex (you know, the KISS principle). My wife and I are both librarians and I coincidentally proposed to her at a library. She loved it anyway, despite the absence of a TARDIS. But she has informed me that if the Doctor ever offers to take her away on an adventure, she's going to accept.

-via Nerd Approved



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Star Trek's Geordi La Forge, Played by LeVar Purrton

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Lt. Comm. Geordi La Forge, chief engineer on board the USS Enterprise, would be glad to reroute warp power through the phase inducers. But, first, he's going to take a nap on the impulse drive manifold because it's so warm right now.

-via Fashionably Geek



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How To Visualize Music Differently

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You listen to music, but do you see it? Do you hear it in the raindrops around you, or realize that there is a rhythm to everything? The way our brains visualize and process musical patterns factors into both how we hear music and how we "see" it. I wont even keep going and pretend I am smart enough to trick you into thinking I have any idea what I am talking about. Instead, I will just let the always-brilliant Ted Ed series of Ted Talks teach you how to visualize music differently. Who knew something as simple as a wheel would change our perception of music?

That last line will make sense after you watch the video.

Now if you don't mind, I am just gonna flip on the blacklight and visualize some Pink Floyd music.



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A Look Back At Former Disney Theme Park Rides And Attractions

Disneyland first opened its doors over fifty years ago, and in that time Disney Imagineers have done their best to keep the park fresh by constantly updating and adding to the park, but with progress comes destruction.

Many rides and attractions have been torn down over the years- some, like the Submarine Voyage's upgrade to the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, were revamped for the good of the park, while others like the Flight To The Moon/Mission To Mars are sorely missed to this day.

Take a look back at Disney theme park history with 11 Wonderful Former Disney Rides, compiled by Mental Floss, and see if you remember seeing any of these rides and attractions before they were sent to the scrapyard.



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Minions, Adventure Time, and Old Simpsons on The Simpsons

As many of you know, The Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors is a real treat every year, often blending The Simpson's perfect pop culture prowess with some twisted humor and horror elements. I found a clip recently that I thought might have been faked. Come to find out, it's not. This is actually a scene from the forthcoming Halloween episode of this long-running show.

Rather than ruin just how magical it this clip is, I will just sit back and let you watch it (while I watch it myself about 300 more times).

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I wont lie. The Adventure Time alt-world reality of the Simpsons made me squee with delight.



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Star Lord's Awesome Mix Tape Is About To Be Released On Cassette

When millions of fans got hooked on a feeling from watching Guardians of the Galaxy they wanted to bring that sweet soundtrack home, so Marvel obliged by releasing the soundtrack on CD and MP3. 

Marvel also teamed up with Mondo to release a limited edition vinyl version, with amazing cover art by Tyler Stout, but fans who wanted an actual mix tape that felt like it'd been handed to them by Peter Quill himself were out of luck- until now.

Marvel has announced that they’re releasing the Awesome Mix Tape in it's original format- on audio cassette, complete with a cover that looks like it was written up by Peter's mother, just like in the movie!

Now those who still have a tape deck can play the awesome mix as it was intended, and youngsters who’ve never even seen a tape deck can stare at the cassette while they listen to the tracks on their MP3 player.

-Via GeekTyrant



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Clip From ABCs Of Death 2 Shows The Grim Reality Of He-Man

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was an extremely popular cartoon show in the 1980s featuring extremely buff dudes battling it out on a far flung planet called Eternia.

He-Man carried a mighty big sword, fought bad guys equipped with all kinds of deadly armaments, and yet nobody ever got killed, maimed or spilled one drop of blood. 

This lack of actual violence was done for the sake of the kiddies, but if He-Man's world actually existed it would be the kind of place where rivers of blood flow across the land and severed limbs fly through the air.

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This clip from the horror film The ABCs of Death 2 shows what happens when kids from an action figure commercial see their wish come true right before their eyes then immediately regret ever having wished at all.

(Contains graphic imagery that may be considered NSFW)

-Via io9



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The Skymaul Catalog Is A Fun Way To Shop For Useless Crap

Are you tired of shopping from a catalog that doesn’t speak to your unique sensibilities? Looking for a new kind of catalog that contains an eclectic selection of goods only a true oddball original can appreciate?

Then you’re in the market for a unique product from the Skymaul Catalog, which features things you never knew you needed, like hot dog alarm clocks, mobile garbage detectors and SantaGard- the ultimate in holiday home protection.

Unfortunately for us (and fortunately for Santa) SkyMaul isn’t a real store with real products, it’s the product of the Kasper Hauser comedy group from San Francisco, collected in a book called SkyMaul 2: Where America Buys His Stuff.

SkyMaul 2 is a follow up to the 2006 release SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From A Plane, and even though you can't buy these crappy products you can buy the books that contain pictures of the fake products, which is virtually the same thing, right?

-Via Boing Boing



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Geek Singularity: Benedict Cumberbatch Dressed as Sherlock, Looking at a Poster of Himself as Star Trek’s Khan


(Photo: Robert Viglasy)

Obviously this should inspire a crossover in which Sherlock Holmes enters the Star Trek universe to hunt down Khan, who has escaped from his cryogenic pod.

Or, alternately, Khan enters the Sherlock universe, and switches places with Holmes. John Watson and Bilbo Baggins must determine who is who.

-via The Mary Sue



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Are Photorealistic Video Games Possible One Day?

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I remember a few years back, sitting and playing the opening level of God of War 3 on my Playstation 3, and I thought to myself games are not going to get much better looking than this. That was four years ago, and even with a whole new generation of consoles now, I still stand behind the thoughts. Yes, there are games that are visually stunning, but we have almost reached a peak in gaming, visually speaking. Some of us wonder where it will go next. Just how much better looking can games get, really?

Well, the uber-nerds over at Gamespot try to pose and answer the question many of us have wondered for the last few years now:

Are photorealistic games possible?



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Artist Gives Grandma's Ceramic Figurines A Black Metal Makeover

Thrift store shoppers come across ceramic figurines all the time, figurines which probably remind them of their grandma’s house, but one savvy shopper saw those tchotchkes as an opportunity to make some seriously cool art.

Portland based artist Tom LaBonty started purchasing those ceramic thrift store treasures and giving them ghastly makeovers, and the results are spook-tacular! 

They no longer look like something that would fit in at grandma’s house, unless your grandma has a dungeon in her basement, but their new life as harbingers of doom somehow makes them look even more precious.

Just look at how cute this little girl is carrying around a scythe that's twice her size!

-Via Dangerous Minds



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What If Christopher Nolan Directed WAll-E?

WALL-E was an amazing film. Christopher Nolan is an amazing director. So let's play around for a second and hypothesize how utterly brilliant it would be if Nolan had gotten the chance to direct WALL-E? Though I am not sure that movie could get much better, you do know a couple things right off the bat if you know the director's work. It would be a dark and gritty film, the score would be so powerful you would feel like you couldn't breathe while watching it, and it would have an ending that left you in awe (or a tad bit confused).

So really, Christopher Nolan should stick to what he does best (Interstellar looks unreal), as should Pixar. This still looks like it would be an amazing film, though, and is a fun way to spend two minutes.

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Via Devour



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Ian McKellen Advises Students with His Most Memorable Line

Ian McKellen, the actor who played Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings movies, advises students to study thoroughly for their tests. What will happen if they don't? Listen to McKellen's warning:


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McKellen delivered Gandalf's iconic line to students at the Chew Valley School in Chew Stoke, Somerset, UK. May they all heed his warning.

-via 22 Words



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Cable TV Channel Will Show Nothing But Star Wars on a Continuous Loop


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Sky Hits is a cable television channel in Germany and Austria. From December 1-14, it will show all 6 Star Wars movies, Star Wars documentaries, and specials on a continuous loop, 24 hours a day. The movies will air in the narrative order, so this glorious fortnight begins with The Phantom Menace. The documentaries and special videos will air between the movies.

Up to 3.8 million subscribers in Germany and Austria will have access to this event. So if you live in those two nations, it's time to ask for two weeks of vacation.

-via Uproxx



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Jason Momoa's Game of Thrones Audition

A great many fans of the Game of Thrones series were sad to see how (first season spoiler alert) how quickly Khal Drogo (played by Jason Momoa) was killed off. Fans familiar with the book saw it coming, but the rest of us were hoping for more screen time for the badass leader of the Dothraki people.

But outside of his massive physique, you ever wonder how he landed a part that involved him screaming in a fake language and ripping out throats with his bare hands? I will give you a hint: he went into the studio and acted like the crazy guy who lives in your neighborhood and walks down the street hitting himself while speaking nonsensically out loud.

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Extra points for the intense smacking his own legs. May look insane to us, but it obviously worked.

Via Devour



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Controversial Religious Icon Barbie Exhibit Cancelled Due To Death Threats

Most religions take their iconic figures very seriously, and true believers don’t take kindly to people using their icons as the inspiration for products that could be seen as blasphemous. 

Artists Emiliano Paolini and Marianela Perelli discovered just how serious the Catholic Church takes their icons when the duo announced they were creating Barbie dolls based on popular religious figures.

The proposed series would include Barbie dressed as the Virgin Mary, Kali, and the Virgin of Guadalupe, and Ken would play Jesus on the cross, Moses and St. Sebastian, just to name a few.

Emiliano and Marianela’s exhibit “Barbie: The Plastic Religion” was supposed to be shown at the POPA Gallery in Buenos Aires, but the duo began receiving death threats and decided to cancel the show.

The Catholic Church might not see the humor in these figures, but there are plenty of art toy collectors that would pay a pretty penny for these heavenly plastic creations!

-Via Beautiful/Decay



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The Hobbit in 72 Seconds -in LEGO

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You could invest nine hours or so into watching the The Hobbit movies (after waiting for the last one to be released in December), or you could watch the condensed version in this stop-motion LEGO video from BrotherhoodWorkshop. I tried to read The Hobbit about 40 years ago and couldn’t finish it. I haven’t seen any of The Hobbit movies, either. So I watched this and laughed because even at the breakneck speed of the condensed story, there was still time for jokes. Spoilers? I don’t know; I really don’t feel I’ve been spoiled watching this. One who knows mentioned in the YouTube comments that this was more faithful to the book than the Peter Jackson films. -via Geeks Are Sexy



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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dressed As Horror Movie Slashers

The Ninja Turtles are teenagers, and as such they haven’t outgrown the desire to get dressed up and go trick-or-treating on Halloween. 

Even though the 1990s cartoon claimed otherwise the heroes in a half shell always wanted to dress up like horror movie villains, because nothing says scary like a mutant who is also dressed like a slasher!

These awesome horror movie themed TMNT figure mods were created by Dan Polydoris of Chicago Toy Collector using parts from various Playmates Ninja Turtles figures from the 90s. 

Dan's customization process is quite unique, since most toy modders simply paint over the existing figures and add custom accessories, and they're so bloody good they're causing quite a stir with TMNT fans and toy collectors alike.

-Via Bloody Disgusting



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One Ring Pillow Is Precious!

Wait, we can't just destroy it! It's so comfortable. Surely it can't hurt me if I rest my head on it for just a little while, right? Surely Robert and Elsa Evans would not have crafted such an excellent pillow if it wasn't harmeless! 



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Judge Me By My Size, Do You?: A Yoda Hot Air Balloon

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is an event filled with glorious sights, including this majestic Yoda balloon. I highly recommend viewing its entire photo gallery. There you can find a pink elephant, a cactus, a sun, and perhaps best of all . . .

 

. . . a Spider-Pig.


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-via Technabob



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Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team

When Guardians of the Galaxy was translated into Chinese, they cut some corners. The title of the movie shown in China is now Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team. The insults have been changed to endearments, and other lines just make no sense at all. Some examples:

  • Each time a character was meant to insult Rocket by calling him “rodent” or “weasel” it was translated into “small raccoon,” a term of endearment.
  • When Gamora says, “Your ship is filthy,” and Star-Lord responds “She has no idea,” the translation came out to “Your ship stinks” and “No culture is terrible.”
  • Star-Lord calling Ronan “turd blossom” translated to “big face.”
  • Gamora’s “I will not succumb to your pelvic sorcery!” became “I will not succumb to your rhetoric sorcery!”

There’s more at The Mary Sue, and even more criticism of the translation if you can read Chinese.



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First Look At Disney's New Animated Short, Feast

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The Paperman was an award winning short film for Disney, which put their short films back on the map a few years ago. The shorts are usually produced by people who work for Disney, but not the main crew that are working on the film the short precedes. The Paperman was a stunning piece of work, and it looks like Disney's next short, Feast, will be no less amazing. It features an adorable hungry dog, and that is about all we know right now.

Also, please note, the cell-shaded animation style is visually stunning, and it is awesome to see Disney stepping outside of their bubble and trying new things.

Keep your eyes peeled for Feast when Big Hero 6 is released on the 6th of November.



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Superhero Origins: Jubilee From X-Men

I can openly admit, I was not a fan of Jubilee when she first appeared in X-men comics in 1989. She was a teenage girl who could shoot fireworks. You wouldn't think she would be a big contender to join the X-Men, but fans realized over time, she was there to inject some youthful, pop culture energy into the band of aging mutants.

So as lame as I initially thought she was, I was very happy to see WatchMojo had thrown together this short and sweet little origin story for the short and sweet little X-Men.

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Still, though, shooting fireworks is mildly impressive at best. Someone had to say it.



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Ralph Steadman Illustrates Breaking Bad

When you need an illustrator to bring the characters from AMC’s beloved series Breaking Bad to life you turn to someone used to creating drawings for gritty storylines- Ralph Steadman

Ralph has created a series of portraits in his signature style featuring the major characters from Breaking Bad, and they are drop dead awesome!

Ralph was commissioned by BrBa creator Vince Gilligan to create six different illustrations which will be used as cover art for each season in the upcoming limited edition Blu-ray release of Breaking Bad.

Steadman's splattery style brings these troubled characters to life in an appropriately twisted way, and hopefully he'll create more art based on the series so we can see the world of Breaking Bad through Steadman's eyes.

-Via Dangerous Minds



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