By now you may have already heard about how Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway pulled a Steve Harvey at last night's Academy Awards and announced La La Land as the Best Picture winner despite the fact that Moonlight actually was supposed to take home the title. But that wasn't the only embarassing mistake at the event -the in memoriam segment also featured a picture of someone who is very much still alive.
Australian film producer Jan Chapman was shocked to see her image used in the reel rather than the image of her collaborator, Janet Patterson, who died in October. On the upside for Chapman, she is not only alive and well, but also getting a lot of publicity from the mistake. You can read more about the producer at Heavy.
As a side note, If you haven't see the Best Picture mixup yet, you can see the whole trainwreck here (skip to the 1:50 mark to see the frantic faces in the background as the awards staff tries to fix the mistake):
Where you live may not determine what you like, but there's no denying that people who live in certain areas tend to like some shows more than people who like other shows. For example, the map above shows where Duck Dynasty is most popular. The New York Times did a whole article with these charts, revealing trends among TV viewers across the country.
It's hard to say if this BuzzFeed quiz is based on the Times article, but they do use a lot of the same shows and the results were at least accurate for me. So was the quiz able to guess where you live based on your favorite shows or are you an anomaly? And while we're at it, did the NYT article line up with your tastes?
The Force is with this epic bowler hat designed to add a perfect level of geekiness to your fancy dress or steampunk ensemble. Etsy seller The Blonde Swan makes this brilliant design from handstitched leather. Of course, even with this incredible level of detail, for $600, I'd want a jetpack (or at least a blaster) to come with it.
The 89th annual Academy Awards are on, and seeing as how things are a bit tense in America at the moment there are sure to be lots of tense and awkward moments as Hollywood celebs accept their Oscar and speak their mind.
But will this year's awkward moments measure up to the absurdly awkward moments of the past?
Like the time Bjork laid an egg on the red carpet, and everyone around her was like "don't look down, it might be poop." Or the time Travolta made a pass at Scarlett Johansson in the oddest way possible, proving he'd lost that Saturday Night Fever sizzle.
And who can forget the time Seth McFarlane made us all feel dirty with his song "We Saw Your Boobs"? The Oscars don't get much more awkward than that! (best reactions at :13 and :46)
You've heard this tale many times before- a princess is bored of the royal life, so she decides to go out and find some adventure outside the castle walls, where dire circumstances in a dark forest help her grow up fast.
The animated short Dark Dark Woods is kinda like that, only in this story the dark woods come to the princess...
The porcelain tchotchkes of the past were so boringly innocuous they felt out of place in a haunted house, dungeon or starbase, but these insectoid replicant figurines by Curious Cryptid Curios fit right in!
They were crafted by Miss Mantis to fit in with the rest of the snobbish porcelain statues on the shelf, but their heads reveal their true nature and make stuffy statue collectors recoil in horror.
Miss Mantis has also created an amazing series of Altered Authors, starring writers Louisa May Alcottontail, Jane Austern, Salmon Rushdie and the mysterious Neil Gaimantis.
In the world of Harry Potter, mandrakes can be used in some powerful potions, but they are also incredibly dangerous to replant. In other words, don't let this little doll's cute (but grumpy) face fool you, it just takes one ear-piercing scream to kill you.
If you have some well padded earmuffs and a great planter to store him in though, you can get your hands on this delightful, one-of-a-kind amigurumi on TheTinyGeek's Etsy store.
That being said, this Betty Boop cosplay by Jbunzie is one of the best we've ever seen. Of course, that's not just the makeup, which she shows you how to do for yourself in the video, but also her perfect expressions and movements when she imitates the classic cartoon vixen. It really is like Betty Boop crawled off the screen and into real life.m
Wolverine will be a badass until the day he dies, and he'll probably spend his golden years slashing and slaying his foes like he did when he was a pup, but the Old Man Logan storyline tells a different story.
And if that wasn't confusing enough the new Marvel movie Logan tells yet another story about the mighty mutant's later years, so which story is to be believed?
This video by The Warp Zone seems like the most realistic interpretation to me!
The Ren & Stimpy Show made a strong impression on young minds (and probably warped a few too), but John K.'s incredible cartoon show wasn't made to be watched by kids alone.
And for the most part kids didn't get why Ren & Stimpy was such a special show, one that inspired the animation industry to give up safety for the sake of artistry and visual delight- they just liked the visual gags.
The Nerdwriter Evan Puschak grew up watching Ren & Stimpy in the 90s, but as he rewatched the series he started to appreciate all the amazing and groundbreaking elements that made The Ren & Stimpy Show super special.
Comic book heroes can be great fun, but when they are perfect, they can get boring over time (see: Superman). Batman has no superpowers, but all the money, gadgets, skills, and ethics he ever needs -which got boring over time. But sometime after I quit reading comic books, DC introduced flaws in Batman's psyche. Psychological problems made the character all the more interesting, although some may argue that the idea has occasionally been taken too far. His nemesis the Joker was always portrayed as criminally insane, but there have been a few times that Batman himself was shown to be more mentally troubled than even the Joker. Check out five of those times explored at TVOM.
This video by DigitalRev In-Focus reveals how crafty prop builders used the battery tube from the Graflex flash to create the iconic lightsaber Obi Wan passed on to Luke and inadvertantly made movie history.
The Secret Of NIMH might not be Don Bluth's highest grossing film (that honor goes to Anastasia), nor is it his most popular film of all time (that's split between An American Tail and The Land Before Time).
But the animated adaptation of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH was Don's first film after he, John Pomeroy and Gary Goldman left Disney in 1979 to form Don Bluth Productions, and it totally blew 80s kids away.
The Secret of NIMH had suspense, intrigue and mice in mortal danger. There were sword fights, an old wizard and a magic amulet, and the characters are so sympathetic viewers can't help but hiss at the wicked rats led by Jenner and root for the Brisby family.
Speaking of the Brisbys- their name in the book is "Frisby" but Wham-O, makers of the Frisbee, made them change the name because it was too similar.
There's also the matter of Jenner's reluctant sidekick going nameless in the film, and since he's the one who puts an end to Jenner he deserves his name to be known, so here's to you Sullivan!
But what's up with the name NIMH? It stands for National Institute of Mental Health, which was only mentioned by the Farmer's Wife once in the film, but explains a lot about those rodents going psycho!
The next movie in the "A Star Wars Story" series will tell the adventures of Han Solo in his younger days. The yet-untitled film is expected to be in theaters on on May 25, 2018, although that may change. Principle photography began this week, and Disney/Lucasfilm has released details and a photograph of the cast.
The movie will star Alden Ehrenreich as Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. The 6' 10" Suotamo played Peter Mayhew's body double in episodes VII and VIII. Mayhew may return for episode IX, depending on his health (he is 72). Suotamo posted a tribute to Mayhew on the official announcement of his Han Solo movie role.
Zombie lore has changed quite a bit since the first Night Of The Living Dead film, and zombies have gone from being strictly undead eating machines to humans afflicted with a life-altering virus.
That means if and when a cure is found for their condition zombies may be able to rejoin human society, that is, if they're no longer seen as a threat:
In the aftermath of a zombie outbreak, zombies are cured and exiled to secluded camps. There has been talk about rehabilitating post-zombies back into society. Steve, the journalist reporting on the case, thinks the zombies still pose a threat to society. He ventures into one of these camps to prove to the world that rehabilitation is out the question.
In the world of sports trading cards professional athletes get all the love, but what about all those professional actors who play athletes in movies and TV shows? Don't they deserve their own commemorative trading cards too?
When cartoons were wholly crafted by hand animators used all kinds of tricks to speed up the process, and one of their tricks made a character's hands more visible, emotive and easier to animate-they put gloves on 'em.
This small change made a world of difference for early animators who were discovering rounder was better in a character design, and simplification saved precious time during production.
Ever since he made his last big screen appearance in Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith Jar Jar Binks has been the butt of many jokes, and a few fan theories even speculate the Gungan may be a Sith Lord in disguise.
Mashable received an advanced copy of Chuck Wendig's new novel Star Wars Aftermath: Empire's End and found out that fan theory hit the Meesa right on the Binks- because Jar Jar was working for the Empire after all.
In Empire's End a young refugee runs into Jar Jar, who is now a street performer, and the Gungan opens up to the kid about his dark past:
"Jar Jar makin some uh-oh mistakens," the Gungan says, explaining why he isn't wanted anywhere either. "Desa hisen Naboo tink I help the uh-oh Empire." He stares into the distance, suggesting he knows more than he's saying.
I knew that little bastard stank worse than Dagobah!
When Star Trek went to the big screen in 1979, audiences were excited, but Star Trek: The Motion Picture was too long and slowly-paced to stand the test of time. It was also extremely expensive, causing Paramount to rethink making a sequel. So changes were made: Gene Roddenberry was fired, a budget-conscious director was brought in, and the script for The Wrath of Khan was written by a writer who'd never seen a Star Trek episode. The production staff not only learned from the mistakes of the first movie, but used the existing sets and unused footage to save money. The changes had repercussions beyond Star Trek.
The cumbersome large model on wires approach was shelved for Star Trek’s motion control, and new models were built with usability and cost in mind, rather than screen presence. The only thing not cut back on was the aforementioned CGI. The large terraforming sequence could only be done in animation, and much like the sequence in the finished film it was presented as an advert for the skills of Lucasfilm Computer Imaging. And like in the film, the CGI video succeeded in its marketing purpose. The clip impressed a young Steve Jobs enough to part with $5 million to buy out the division, which renamed itself Pixar.
But what really made the The Wrath of Khan a hit was a plot that focused on the original cast and a villain that harked back to the TV series (to be fair, V'ger did, too, but not as charismatically as Khan). Read about the process of bringing The Wrath of Khan to theaters at Den of Geek.
When the name of the new Star Wars film was announced in January as The Last Jedi, we all wondered what that meant. As the story stands, Luke Skywalker is the last Jedi. But will he remain the last Jedi? Will he be killed off? Will someone else become the last Jedi? Then we realized that the word "Jedi" is both singular and plural. Which does the title mean? We were resigned to wait until the movie is released in December to find out. But the title is more complicated in other languages, where a definite article indicates a singular or plural. As the movie gets it title translated around the world, we have the answer, courtesy of Star Wars France. It's plural, as in more than one Jedi. Other European countries with languages that indicate plurality have announced the movie title using the plural form, as you can see at Slate.
Clowning is a comedic artform that dates back centuries, and although clowning has become less circus and more cirque over the years clowns are still doing classic bits and carrying on an ancient tradition.
Those who embrace the role of the clown have many skills to master, such as makeup, slapstick and miming, but most importantly they must develop a character the audience connects with and make 'em laugh.
Video games that involve a lot of stealth are the bane of my existence, because I want to play the badass game I've been hearing about but can't get past that one part because the guy KEEPS HEARING ME FOR SOME REASON!
But, as this comic by Julia Lepetit shows, there's a hidden danger that is worse than wrecked nerves, a danger gamers don't consider while they're sneaking their way through an entire game- stealth knees. Keep the crouching to a minimum, people!
Keanu Reeves is still kicking ass in Hollywood thirty one years after his debut in Youngblood, and during that time he has played so many different types of characters it's hard to pin him down.
Keanu played an iconic stoner dude in the Bill & Ted's franchise, a hacker turned cyberwarrior in The Matrix franchise, a cop, a detective, a fancypants, a junkie and even Lord Buddha himself! (Video is NSFW due to language)
The artists involved with the Marvel movie Doctor Strange wanted the villain Kaecilius to be faithful to the comic book concept while also bringing something fresh to the character. They tried a variety of looks before they settled on the villain you saw in the film, portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen. You can see a half-dozen of those early ideas at TVOM. Which would you have chosen?
The fifty-foot-tall diorama featured an incredibly detailed depiction of Cloud Strife and Sephiroth squaring off, and by some snowy miracle the sculpture stayed in place and didn't turn into an AVALANCHE.