There are some movie props you will never forget. In fact, some of them are the cornerstone of the film they appeared in -like Wilson from Survivor, Rosebud from Citizen Kane or the Maltese falcon from, you know, The Maltese Falcon. Thrillist recently ranked the 100 best movie props of all time and rather than just write them all down, they also included the stories behind each of the props. It's a fascinating article though you probably won't want to read every single story behind all 100 props unless you have a whole lot of time.
Very few actors stay in the business of show for their entire lives, and even many Hollywood lifers have been known to take a year or ten off to pursue interests other than acting.
But the most interesting cases are those actors who become pop culture icons then disappear from the spotlight never to be seen on stage again.
Actors have been known to transition into a new career as a lawyer, teacher or salesperson, which make sense considering their acting skill set, but going from playing the Red Power Ranger to fighting fires makes Austin St. John a real life superhero!
And lastly there's Little Mikey, the hungry kid in the Life cereal commercials who became a legend, an urban legend that is:
I've heard of werewolf hunters and werewolf fetishists but I've never heard of a werewolf trainer, and that's probably because the turnaround in that job market must be brutal!
All kidding aside folks, there's a time and a place to play servant and master and that time is when your kids aren't home and that place is some dark leather dungeon kept hidden from the kiddies, preferably one with lots of soundproofing! (Comic by MikeBasilisco)
Some people spend way too much time worrying about how they look and not enough time working on being the best person they can be, and these beauty obsessed folks can't leave the house without putting their face on.
In this way their beauty obsession becomes like a mask, and when others see how pretty they look with their masks on the maskless citizens clamor for masks of their own, so they can fit in with their pretty friends.
John Carpenter has been bringing our nightmares to life on the big screen since the 70s, but before he sat in the director's chair he sat in the recording studio and cranked out some killer tunes.
He created the iconic soundtracks for the Halloween films, Escape From New York and Big Trouble In Little China, and in his new music video John revisits the score he created for the 1983 movie adaptation of Stephen King's Christine.
The music video for Christine was created to advertise John Carpenter's latest audio release Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, which will be released by Sacred Bones on October 20th, just in time for Halloween!
Urban myths about video games have existed since the first arcade cabinets appeared in bars and pizza parlors, and as video games became a big part of our pop culture lovin' lives the myths surrounding them began to multiply.
But there's one somewhat silly myth created in the 21st century that centers around a mysterious arcade cabinet from 1981 that doesn't exist- the myth of Polybius.
The Hulu show Dimension 404 had a fun episode about it, the internet is full of people who weren't even born in the 80s speculating about its supposed origin, and yet there is no proof an arcade game called Polybius ever existed.
This hourlong documentary by Stuart "Ahoy" Brown explores the mythical arcade game that's supposedly a government agency's recruitment tool or a device of alien origin but is actually pure science fiction.
Walt Disney knew the way to rake in the big bucks was to cater to kids with all of your products, and even though Disney flicks are kept kid friendly we remember scenes from them for the rest of our lives.
Now if Disney movies received a hard R rating instead of a soft G they'd be remembered for radically different reasons, and we would have gotten to see a little too much of the Beast.
In retrospect I think I like Disney movies just the way they are, because as this comic by Paul Westover shows when Disney characters earn a hard R they lose their charm and gain a bad reputation. Why Goofy, WHY?!!!
The grandmas of the world need to be protected from all the dangerous creatures out there that like to dine on little grannies, but they can also show us a thing or two about bravery and conflict resolution.
And if she's lucky enough to have a grandchild who's a hero then gran may get to go on a grand adventure, where she can impart her wisdom to the budding hero so they can be better prepared for the journey ahead.
You know how realistic that horse head in The Godfather looks and how terrified the actor appears to be when he sees it in bed with him? Well, that's because the head was actually a real horse head -not a prop. The design team actually tried to make a prop horse head, but Francis Ford Coppola didn't think it looked quite real enough, so instead they bought one from a dog food factory.
Over on TopTenz, you can read about ten movie props that were actually real -including the flame thrower guitar in Mad Max, the skeletons in Poltergeist and the door Jack Nicholson chops down in The Shining.
The Steam community is made up of passionate gamers who are always ready to try out a new game and tell the developers what they think of their creation, giving it a thumbs up or down and an honest review.
These reviews are then read by developers and the games are improved based upon feedback, which is often very thorough and detailed since Steam reviewers are generally quite knowledgeable about video games.
There are also plenty of funny and totally unhelpful reviews posted to Steam too, and even though they're of no help to the developers these reviews help us all stay sane by adding some much needed levity to our lives.
Sometimes these funny reviews actually manage to describe a game perfectly, capturing the feel of playing games like Rocket League, The Witness, Slime Rancher and ARK so we know what we're getting into before we buy the game.
It doesn't take long for dogs to go from tame pet to wild beast and back again because they have the spirit of a vagabond inside them.
But when they meet a human on the streets they actually like they're happy to tag along with them for a while, which won't be much of a change for the dog but may send the human on a new adventure they never expected!
It might seem like the people creating the advertising for KFC have lost their minds, but they're actually using well-crafted madness to create one of the most memorable ad campaigns of all time.
But the branding doesn't stop with the customers, because new employees are also treated to some fun with the Colonel when they play a bizarre VR training game that teaches them how to make fried chicken the hard way.
It can be hard for people to admit to their movie loving friends that they've never seen any of the movies in classic franchises like A Nightmare On Elm Street or Planet of the Apes because they think their friends will make fun.
So rather than dealing with any ribbing they skip these movie franchises altogether, which is a shame since these films are really fun to watch and referenced in pop culture so often it's crazy.
For A Nightmare On Elm Street Daniel rightly suggests watching Freddy's Nightmares Episode 1 to get Freddy's backstory, then watching the first Nightmare film followed by the third film Dream Warriors.
As for Planet Of The Apes Daniel says the first installment is the only required viewing, but I love all the films and feel like Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes is eerily relevant again with all the madness in the world today.
In the beginning we were introduced to Mario and Luigi, two Bros who were supposedly plumbers clearing the pipes of turtles, crabs and other clogs.
But then the duo became Super and started doing way more than merely clearing the pipes, and people began to wonder "is Mario really a plumber, or does he just dress like one for the sake of character?
If you enjoy watching stop motion films and animated features then you're probably already familiar with the incredible movies created at LAIKA Studios, and you're most likely already a fan of their films.
However, if you're an animation fan who hasn't seen Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls or any of the other amazing films created by LAIKA then get to streaming one or all of them ASAP!
But if you're still on the fence, or you're a fan who has never taken a peek behind the scenes at Laika, then feast your eyes on this incredibly cool short video entitled "The Art and Science of LAIKA Studios".
In it you'll see how LAIKA uses cutting edge technology to help unleash the creativity of their artists, and how 3D technology has saved stop motion filmmaking from the rubbish bin.
Just when you thought the deconstruction of Jim Davis' classic comic strip Garfield was complete a new and infinitely more bizarre strip comes along and makes Garfield look as square as a litter box - Gramfel.
Gramfel is a cat, Gramfel is a being with strange powers, Gramfel is a comic strip seemingly created by someone who read Garfield comics while on an extremely powerful hallucinogen.
The hallucinatory artist behind Gramfel is named John Cullen, and he has a very interesting brain that comes up with some super interesting stuff, which he still manages to make relevant for Monday haters like me.
After visiting Gramfel and Jon no a few times your brain may start to feel like it's full of hairballs- this is a normal reaction to the radical concepts and philosophies presented by Gramfel and will not do any lasting damage.
I've read over twelve Gramfel strips and after a few aspirin and a tissue for my nosebleed I feel fine! *wink*
I'm literally watching Twin Peaks as I write this and that's the great thing about David Lynch movies and shows is that you can watch them over and over again and catch new things every time. As it turns out, the man behind these classics is just as fascinating and the strange trivia bits featured in this Vulture article prove it. For example, did you know that he loves quinoa so much he made a surreal video about it? Or that Cameron Crow originally wanted Lynch to be the director of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but Lynch quite politely turned him down?
Have you ever been in the middle of playing a video game and found yourself wondering something like "did the game just let my character live? Because I totally should have died" or "I swear I hit jump too late, and yet I didn't fall..."?
Every gamer has wondered about these odd game "quirks" at one time or another, and yet we've received very little confirmation from game developers over the years, leaving us feeling like we're nuts. Well guess what gamers- we're not crazy after all!
It's nice to know I wasn't imagining those quirks, and neat to know game developers actually enjoy going the extra mile by adding these cool mechanics so players will have even more fun playing their game.
Gamers- you should know better than to share your "wild but true" tales of video game adventures with people who don't play video games, especially if you're a big fan of Rated M titles like GTA or Skyrim.
Because, as this comic by Robb Mirsky shows, telling a non-gamer about the sick and twisted stuff you do in the privacy of your own game world might make them look at you a little differently, and may break your poor mother's heart. *sniff* Sorry for the things I did in GTA, mom...
It’s in the opening crawl of “The Force Awakens.” Luke Skywalker, right now, is the last Jedi. There’s always wiggle room in these movies — everything is from a certain point of view — but coming into our story, he is the actual last of the Jedi. And he’s removed himself and is alone on this island, for reasons unknown.
So the title refers to that point in time, and does not necessarily mean that Luke will remain the last, or only, Jedi in the universe. But even if he is, the saga will still go on. Uproxx has an opinion piece that posits that the survival of the Jedi order is not as important to the Star Wars saga as you might think.
The future of the Jedi may be in question, but even if the Order ends with Luke Skywalker, the Force will remain. Both Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the final season of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars set up the idea that the Jedi and the Sith are merely the most active sects of an ancient religion that predates the invention of space travel in a galaxy far, far away. Whatever deity or universe-effecting energy permeates the Star Wars universe, it doesn’t need lightsaber-wielding humanoids to keep existing. In fact, based on other quotes Johnson gave the Times in his interview, Lucasfilm is inching away from extreme Light Side/Dark Side dichotomy and towards a “gray area.”
Both articles go on to describe the psychology between the forces (pardon me) represented by Kylo and Rey, which could carry at least a couple more movies. The overarching themes here completely ignore midi-chlorians, which are best forgotten. We can just put that in the files as a theory that Qui-Gon Jinn was completely wrong about.
Spy Vs. Spy turned Cold War espionage into a bloody laugh riot, with two shady fellows indistinguishable from one another doing whatever it takes to kill each other for the sake of their team.
The comic that appeared in MAD magazine was presented in black and white because MAD was printed in black and white, plus there's a black spy and a white spy so it just makes sense.
The MADtv cartoon was rendered in B&W to pay homage to the mag but also because war seems so black and white when you're invested in your home team's cause, making it easy for the spies to justify being bomb happy.
Due to social stigmas we don't expect to find wisdom coming out of the trailer park, and those who choose to live in the trailer parks of North America are often viewed with disdain by those who live in homes with foundations.
But one hero has risen to the top of the trailer park food chain and made a name for himself by saying subtly smart stuff, kicking the most ass and growing the best dope in Canada- Julian's best bud Ricky.
Rickyisms have made him more than just a dope peddling criminal who lives in his car, and once the internet allowed Ricky to share the smart stuff he says like a bird shares its droppings everyone wanted to get hit in the face by a fresh Rickyism.
A new set of postage stamps is coming, featuring eight non-human characters from Star Wars! However, these aren't going to be issued by the USPS -they're from the Royal Mail. So if you live in the UK, you can use them to send letters, but for Americans, they are collectible only. The stamps, designed by UK digital artist Malcom Tween, have images of Maz Kanata, Chewbacca, Snoke, a porg, BB-8, R2D2, C-2PO, and K-2SO. You can can pre-order the stamps online before they become available on October 12. -via Mashable
Pickle Rick is a pretty intense and very scary guy once he gets his rat suit legs, but before that, he's pretty darn helpless -which means he's in the perfect condition to force him to go to family therapy. Just pop him in your purse and you can have a perfectly complacent Rick who requires nothing more than the syringe that will eventually help him no longer become a pickle. You can get your hands on this great Pickle Rick plush through romARToy's Etsy page, where you can also get your hands on a plush Mr. Poopy Butthole, Cromulon head, and more.
Humans aren't the only ones who enjoy cracking open an ice cold beer on a hot day, many animals and insects enjoy the taste of beer too, and when they acquire a taste for brew they will do anything to get another taste.
So what is a thirsty fellow to do when a fuzzy little magical critter won't stop trying to steal his beer? Watch Beerbug by Ander Mendia of Katue Studio and find out!
Just hearing the phrase "a girl and her robot" conjures up images of sci-fi adventure and bonding between human and cybernetic lifeform, and it makes for a great prompt no matter the mode of expression.
Artist Simon Stålenhag created a series of illustrations based on the premise "a runaway teenager and her yellow toy robot" that serves as their travelogue as they make their way through an alternate post-apocalyptic 1990s:
The artist and author, who hails from Stockholm, Sweden, bases The Electric State on "a runaway teenager and her yellow toy robot," an unlikely pair that travels the West Coast in the aftermath of a massive technological meltdown, which has apparently resulted in brutal warfare between monstrous 'battle drones' and sheepish humans controlled by individual Virtual Reality helmets.
Simon's upcoming release The Electric State will be an artbook like no other- a visual guide that lets the viewer's mind tell the tale behind each fantastically realistic scene, as we wonder when the meltdown began and what 2017 would look like in Stålenhag's State.
You're either a Crispin Glover fan, a Crispin hater or you hear his name and say "who? Oh, that guy who was Marty's dad George McFly in Back To The Future?", because he's a polarizing figure in Hollywood to those who know his name.
I'm forever a fan, and his on-screen shift from nerdy square guy to dark and troubled dude has been very fun to watch, and don't get me started on his performance as Mr. World on American Gods or we'll be here all night!
Crispin often appears in mainstream movies and TV shows to raise money to make his own movies such as What Is It? and It Is Fine, Everything Is Fine!, because he's more interested in the art of filmmaking than being a mere actor.
And yet the wonderfully crazed Crispin Hellion Glover (actual middle name) we know and love is a persona of sorts, a madcap mask that belies his brilliance:
Glover commented on it during his Nerdist interview with Chris Hardwick, saying, "I understand that that entity, which I have something to do with, is an external entity, but other people have things to do with it too. So obviously other people are going to say other things and they're commenting on that element that has something to do with me but isn't me. If it was really about me, if I somehow genuinely, totally identified as that external element, I guess I'd be upset."