The fifth Terminator movie Terminator: Genisys marks the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the franchise. It is a retelling of the events of the first film surrounding Sarah Conner, now rendered in a parallel timeline that has been altered by other time travelers the principles weren’t aware of when they set things in motion. You can’t really call it a reboot, since it is a different story, just set in the same time, and believably connected to the original timeline by the weird but familiar temporal distortions the story is based on …except for a few pesky things like the actors being different and Arnold being 30 years older. The movie could be either a shot in the arm for the franchise, or as terrible as our worst fears. Either way, we have to wait until next summer to see it. -via Gamma Squad
You know how hindsight is 20/20. Three decades later, Julia Lepetit and Andrew Bridgman have figured out how to shorten the plot of the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark in a way that makes perfect sense. It probably wouldn’t have sold quite as many tickets, though.* See the rest of the story at Dorkly.
* I would have bought one anyway because Harrison Ford.
Batman is such an iconic character that it's pretty easy to imagine him in different getups with different gear, and he never seems to lose his Batty appeal no matter what he's wearing.
It's fun to imagine Batman patrolling the streets of a Gotham City from long ago, or embracing the future with a bit of flash and a new attitude, and this universality makes the Caped Crusader the perfect subject for fan art.
Check out this collection of Batman fan art that reveals what he might look like in different eras both historical and fictional. It's like taking a tour of the Bruce Wayne Museum of Possibilities, and proves that no matter the time or place Batman will eternally look sharp!
Last year, people got pretty darn excited when they heard that Disneyland's Jungle Cruise was going to take on a fun holiday twist for the first time ever. Unfortunately, after experiencing the ride, many visitors (myself included) were more than a little disappointed to find out the "Jingle Cruise" mostly consisted of a changed ride script and a spruced up waiting area.
This year though, Disney went all out on the ride, trimming the trees and decking the hippos. Since most of you probably won't get to experience the update yourselves, here's a fun video showing that when it comes to Christmas, even animals can enjoy a visit from Santa -even if it's just to get the chance to munch on one of his famous reindeer.
#RejectedSpells Animate Dead Relationship— Popehat (@Popehat) December 3, 2014
Finger of Pulling #RejectedSpells— Kenny (@fusionaddict) December 3, 2014
Summon Name of Person Just Introduced to You #RejectedSpells— Jeremy (@jermwar) December 3, 2014
The classic role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons is now in its fifth edition. The editors reformulated much of the gameplay, including magic spells. Not all of the spells under consideration made it into the official manuals.
(Photo: Benny Mazur)
Today, on Twitter, people are having fun imagining what those spells might be. They're using the hashtag #RejectedSpells. Some of them, though rejected, could be useful in real life. Here are some of the funnier suggestions:
While it hasn’t made quite as big a splash as Guardians of the Galaxy at the box office, Big Hero 6 has been a big hit with audiences since its release, garnering the franchise a new batch of fans who might not have ever read the original Marvel comic.
With characters who go from being small time nerds to big heroes, characters who are each totally amazing in their own way, it's no wonder artists and crafters immediately went out and made their own Big Hero 6 themed stuff after watching this amazing animated feature!
Here’s a small yet mighty collection of Big Hero 6 themed do-it-yourself craft projects:
1. Big Hero 6 corner bookmarks-
These Baymax, Fred and Hiro shaped corner bookmarks will help you remember where you left off in your favorite book, and they'll look cute while they hang around waiting for you to finish reading.
2. Stuffed Sock Baymax-
Baymax is the large and fluffy runaway star of the film, so it you're gonna make a Baymax toy you gotta go plush! In this easy sewing tutorial a white sock was used to create a perfectly huggable little Baymax plush kids will love!
3. Tadashi Hamada t-shirt tutorial-
Tadashi is the older of the two Hamada brothers and the inventor of Baymax, but he's also one totally stylin' dude. Here's a tutorial that teaches you how to make Tadashi's signature shirt, so you can complete his heroic look!
4. Big Hero 6 bento box-
Just as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is going to home video, Screen Junkies gives us the Honest Trailer for it. If you haven’t seen the film yet, this contains minor spoilers, but not enough to make you not want to watch it. Frankly, it’s hard to parse a plot out of anything in this video. But I’ll still watch it, because when the scales are balanced between “stupid” and “awesome,” I’ll just make more popcorn. -via Gamma Squad
"Sith Army Knife" | Image: BillyElNino
After the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, the excitement for some fans was not to be contained. These fans channeled their enthusiasm in various ways, from fan art to analysis of the trailer, scrutinizing every last shot. In addition, as with many popular images circulating on the Internet, a meme was born. Here are some examples of meme files that have been making the rounds.
See more images of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens meme variety here.
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Video games are already pretty awesome, but what happens when they get mashed up with another video game or pop culture franchise? You get ten times the awesome in the form of a video that's super fun to watch and would probably be even more fun to play as an actual game!
Here are ten or so mighty funny video game mashup videos, some of which may contain NSFW language:
1. Pony Fortress- Teamwork is Magic-
What could make the kooky crew from the Team Fortress franchise even more fun? How about some cute little ponies courtesy of Sayer Raider's Pony Fortress 2- Teamwork is Magic!:
2. Sonic For Hire-
Sonic is one of the most beloved characters in the video game world, but according to this hilarious series entitled Sonic For Hire by Lowbrow Studios he's also a bit of a slacker.
You'd think with all those golden rings he's always picking up in every world he visits he could afford to pay his rent, but I guess he's just not very good at saving his money:
3. Chuck Norris Vs. Five Nights At Freddy's-
The murderous animatronic characters found in Five Nights At Freddy's scare the wits out of gamers, but they're no match for the Chuck Norris!
This great mashup vid was created by Dane Boe, a guy who probably didn't even jump when one of Freddy's friends popped out of the dark at him, because he had the power of Chuck Norris on his side:
A space traveler of the future has a malfunction and must land on earth. Although no one is left to greet him, he has a “time trap,” a device which allows him to look into the past to find what he needs to repair his space ship. This short film by Michael Shanks is both intriguing and funny. -via Tastefully Offensive
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Dr. John Putnam is a professor of history at San Diego State University. He teaches an unusual American history course. HIST 557, which is titled “Star Trek, Culture, and History,” uses Star Trek to explore cultural trends in postwar American society. In an interview, Dr. Putnam explained what he hopes that his students will gain from the course:
As I became more engrossed and interested in Star Trek, I realized that the series had something to say about American society. Not only did I hope that students would gain a greater appreciation for Star Trek, but I also saw it as a different and unique way to examine post-World War II history in the classroom. […]
I remind them that this is a history course and the larger history we study and examine is the central part of this. Star Trek is a vehicle from which to do this. In addition, I hope that they learn how popular culture — whether television, film, or music — can offer insight into the values, concerns, hopes and anxieties of society at the time the television series or film was produced.
This statement resonates with me. Recently, I’ve been re-watching the original series, which is something I had not done regularly in perhaps 25 years.
A few weeks ago, I watched “The Cage,” which was the first pilot for the show, shot in 1964. One element that was particularly striking was the enormous weight Captain Pike and Vina gave to maintaining Vina’s illusion of beauty. In her natural form, Vina had a healthy but mangled body. Keeping the illusion was worth remaining in Talosian captivity. The characters accepted this decision uncritically.
That was 50 years ago. I suspect that such a sentiment could not be expressed without objections if newly published today. In a way, “The Cage” is a time capsule of American social history. I suspect that when examined carefully, many other Star Trek episodes and movies would also prove historically illuminating.
-via College Insurrection
Have you heard the news about those people munching freaks the Titans coming face-to-face with the Avengers in New York City?
Well, that’s actually a thing that is happening, and despite initial reservations it actually looks pretty cool if you don't let the multiple inherent problems with this scenario bother you.
It's best just to think of it as a giant monsters attacking New York kinda thang, monsters who happen to look like naked, and sometimes skinless, people who can't stop grinning.
Giant people monsters who can turn NYC into an all-you-can-eat buffet? The Hulk smashing giant monsters? Sounds like the makings of a deliciously bizarre comic book crossover to me!
Read the 8 page Attack On Titan X Avengers crossover here (Comic panels are meant to be read right to left, like manga)
If you wanted to remake the Marvel movie series The Avengers as a retro made-for-TV movie from the 1970s, you wouldn’t even have to shoot film, because it’s already been done. All you’d have to do is go through the TV archives and edit our favorite superheroes together. They’re all here: the Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, and Hawkeye (which is a bit of a stretch, but it’s funny enough to let slide). We’ve also got Loki and KISS as super villains, which I think works quite well. This guy should do a Justice League version next! -via Laughing Squid
While everyone and their brother on the internet is deconstructing the Star Wars VII teaser (because that’s all we have), Jalopnik wants to focus on the new style droid we got to see.
So, just to prepare everyone, this is going to get pretty damn geeky up in here, so put on whatever protective gear you may need to protect yourself. And know that I'm going to be writing about this from a perspective within the Star Wars universe, and in that universe there is a healthy and competitive market for droids, and I'll be pulling liberally from other canon and canon-ish Star Wars sources. Okay? Let's get all geeky up in here.
He’s right: the discussion includes a categorization of astromech droids, the R-series, possible reasons for the spherical body, and how it may be designed for real work in the Star Wars universe. You’ll understand it if you’re a hardcore fan, but if not, you will learn more about droids than you ever thought you would. -via Digg
Streaming media has totally changed the world of filmmaking, allowing anyone who makes a movie to share their creation with the world…and actually have people watch it.
Spending 10+ dollars on an unknown movie in theaters is a gamble most people aren’t willing to take, but with streaming media you can spend as little as zero bucks to watch an independent film that didn’t make it into theaters but is still worthy of a watching.
The Apostle is a stop motion horror film by Fernando Cortizo truly worth the two dollars it costs to rent on the film's official website.
The film is full of eye candy for stop motion fans, as the puppets and sets are truly spectacular, and the film is a good example of how important streaming media is to independent filmmakers like Fernando.
-Via Cartoon Brew
When you hear the superheroic name Rainbow Man how do you expect him to act? Flamboyant, or crazy cheerleader level cheerful would have been my guess, but then I watched the trailer for this (probably not) upcoming movie Rainbow Man film and found out I had it all wrong.
Rainbow Man’s wardrobe is already colorful enough, he doesn’t need to act in a colorful manner because he’s wearing all the colors of the rainbow, plus he shoots rainbows out of his hands.
One man, twenty seven kinds of leprechaun, one of which bit the one man one fateful day and gave him the power of rainbow- Bad Weather Films presents: Rainbow Man. (probably not) Coming soon to a theater near you.
Looks like a box office bonanza in the making to me!
-Via Topless Robot
Only a year to go -and we get our first glimpse at the new Star Wars film, the first under the Disney name. It appears that someone new is taking advantage of the power of the Dark Side of the Force. Check out that new model light saber! The Millennium Falcon looks pretty good for a vehicle with too many billion miles on it. Get ready for a series of these teasers over the next year.
Sitcoms love to make us feel like part of the family by sharing their holiday traditions with us. They get all dressed up for Halloween, have family and friends over for Christmas and get ta gobblin’ up a delicious dinner on Thanksgiving day, just like real people!
Let’s take a fun trip down Thanksgiving memory lane with ten hand plucked sitcom episodes sure to make you thankful for finely crafted television shows:
1. Friends- The One With All The Thanksgivings-
Friends went all out for a Thanksgiving of remembrance during episode 8 of season 5, from all the way back in 1998. Through flashback sequences we get to see Monica before she lost all the weight, Chandler sporting a totally radical Flock of Seagulls haircut, and this unforgettable Monica turkey moment:
2. Family Ties - No Nukes Is Good Nukes-
Choosing an anti-nuke protest over a Thanksgiving feast seems like a fine message, but the true spirit of togetherness comes when Alex P., Mallory and Jennifer show they love and support their parents no matter how kooky their cause.
3. Modern Family - Punkin' Chunkin'-
Modern Family put a totally progressive spin on the classic Thanksgiving episode by bringing the family together around some good ol' fashioned punkin chunkin, because nothing squashes family beef like launching orange squash through the air! Doesn't that look like a fun new take on Thanksgiving tradition?
4. Seinfeld - Mom & Pop Store-
Leave it up to the show about nothing to disguise their Thanksgiving episode under layers of stuffing. George buys John Voight's car, an Empire State Building statue pops Mr. Pitt's dream of holding a balloon in the Macy's parade, and a mom and pop store makes off with all of Jerry's sneakers.
5. WKRP In Cincinnati - Turkeys Away-
The episode of WKRP In Cincinnati entitled Turkeys Away was long considered the best Thanksgiving themed episode in the sitcom world, largely because of the ridiculous, yet somehow plausible, theme.
The plot- the station decides to give away free live turkeys by tossing them out of a helicopter, and the whole stunt becomes a turkey day disaster hilariously described by Les Nesman.
Fighting sports analyst Jack Slack takes a look at the TV series Star Trek: TOS and the many fights of Captain James T. Kirk. The Captain managed to punch someone or other around in just about every episode.
Among all the qualities required to command a ship and its crew, undoubtedly the most important is an officer's ability in hand-to-hand combat. You don't know where you'll be, or what you'll be doing, when your phaser gets knocked out of your hand and goes skidding across the floor. Or when diplomatic discussions and love-making with an alien race will fall through, and you'll have to fist fight for your life.
No man understood this as well as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise. Throughout the 2200s, Kirk captained his ship to countless unknown worlds and met a perhaps difficult-to-believe number of hostile civilizations. Often complex political dealings would boil down to a test of Kirk's fighting prowess and he was forced to battle in the knowledge that his failure could leave his crew in jeopardy. Or worse than that—dead.
And since Kirk got into fistfights so often, the producers had to change it up to keep the action sequences from getting too boring. Therefore, we see numerous methods and tricks for disabling the latest antagonist whether he be alien or human. Slack goes over the axe handle strikes, the head scissors, the grappling, and other fighting moves that work so much better on TV than they do in real life. Read about them all at Vice’s Fightland site. -via Digg
It’s a Thanksgiving tradition for kids of all ages to sit down in front of a screen and watch an animated tale of turkeys, families and craziness unfold before their eyes.
TV fans can’t wait to see their favorite animated friends go on a Thanksgiving themed adventure each year, making viewers feel like they're along for the ride with their extended animated family.
Here's a review of ten great Thanksgiving themed animated TV episodes:
1. The Simpsons- Bart Vs. Thanksgiving-
Bart runs away from home and finds himself on the wrong side of the tracks, making him consider how much he has to be thankful for, even his Neanderthal father Homer.
The Simpsons have always approached holiday themed episodes with a fresh perspective, and this episode from season 2 manages to both poke fun at and show the true meaning of the holiday.
2. Aqua Teen Hunger Force- The Dressing-
The food monsters next door celebrate Thanksgiving a week later than everyone else, when suddenly a robotic turkey called Turkitron shows up and spins a yarn about traveling back in time to save the great, great grandfather of Goblox, the leader of the turkey rebellion.
3. American Dad- There Will Be Bad Blood-
The Smiths aren't your typical American family, but that doesn't mean they don't deal with the usual problems.
Take Stan's half-brother Rusty for instance- he's more American than Stan because he's Native American, and he's got more money than Stan and his family will ever make in their lives. So how does Stan deal with a family problem like Rusty? With a little lifestyle switcheroo, of course!
4. Bob's Burgers- An Indecent Thanksgiving Proposal-
Bob puts down the spatula and picks up a baster in this Thanksgiving themed episode full of deception, dirty little secrets and dinner theater.
Bob is hired by his landlord to cook a Thanksgiving meal, but this catering job comes with a price- Bob must let Linda and the kids pretend to be Mr. Fischoeder's family. Can Bob keep it together long enough to pull off this turkey day trick, or will he crack up before dinner is served?
Video game developers typically have some sort of time period in mind when they’re creating the look and feel of their world, a historical reference point which is easy to spot in the fantasy genre.
Fantasy is all about swords and sorcery, castles and dungeons, and kingdoms at war, so there has to be some historical truths behind our favorite fantasy games, right?
Destructoid community member and History Teacher RedHeadPeak asked himself this question with regards to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and decided to explore the reality behind in-game elements such as wolves, weapons and armor, and the abundance of books you see everywhere.
It’s a fascinating read that may make you see things differently when you play your next fantasy RPG. Read RedHeadPeak's Skyrim analysis here
Horror movies are rarely set in Los Angeles, preferring to use fake city names like Springwood and Cuesta Verde, and yet the vast majority of them are filmed within a hundred miles of Hollywood.
Making viewers believe that they’re seeing a location from Anywhere, U.S.A. is all part of movie magic, but when you discover the real life locations scattered around the City of Angels Google maps replaces magic.
Take a snapshot tour with LA Weekly as they reveal The L.A. Spots Where Your Favorite Horror Movies Were Filmed, including this famous bridge from the 80s classic The Lost Boys.
With a little storytelling, and an audience's willingness to believe, these everyday locales across Los Angeles transport the viewers to another place and time, but isn't it surprising how mundane most of these locations are in real life?!
It’s the ultimate showdown of badass fictional characters in black! Never mind the odd crossover of the Disney and DC universes -at least there’s no problem with the style of music for these two. Who will win when the Caped Crusader goes against the Sith Lord with light sabers? Enjoy this Super Power Beat Down video from batinthesun. -via Gamma Squad
When TV show creators get multiple seasons of a linear storyline under their belt the issues of continuity and retaining world integrity arise.
It's part of the creator’s job to keep track of everything that happened during the previous seasons in order to keep the storyline on track for future seasons.
This continuity is especially important in extremely linear genres like sci-fi, fantasy and drama, so what is a show creator to do when an episode goes against the show’s established storyline?
Generally they pretend that episode never happened and move on, and we’re left wondering what the creators were thinking when they came up with such a game changing episode!
io9 put together a collection of 10 TV Episodes That Everybody Pretends Never Happened, which includes the episode where Buffy is actually a mental patient and not a vampire slayer after all, my pick from the list for ultimate WTF TV moment.
Animation fans often wonder what their favorite non-human cartoon characters would look like as humans, and artists who grew up loving cartoons can't help but give the transformation a try, just to see what happens.
People present them in all kinds of styles, from realistic human to totally toonified, and yet I don’t think I’ve ever seen a collection as large, or diverse, as this list of 25 Non-Human Cartoon Characters As Humans, presented by the staff at Dorkly.
You get to see classic toons like Bugs Bunny, new school toons like Mordecai and Rigby from Regular Show, and this extremely strange envisioning of a handsome human Squidward. Okay, maybe we should leave these toons alone after all!
Have you ever wondered where those Black Metal bands got their signature spikes and face paint style?
KISS seems like an obvious source, or King Diamond or more recently Marilyn Manson, but according to this video footage from 1977 they should all thank Richard Pryor for teaching them how to be truly hardcore.
Pryor’s short lived NBC series The Richard Pryor Show featured a sketch where Pryor plays the lead singer of a band called Black Death, who puts on a wicked metal show that really knocks the audience dead!
Was Richard Pryor able to see the state of metal over twenty years later like some sort of precognitive musical genius? Nah, he probably just thought theatrical metal bands like KISS were super silly and bound to get even sillier, and boy was he was right! -Via Dangerous Minds
So, did Batman watch Frozen, or did he become familiar with the entire story by osmosis, like I did? I finally saw the movie, or most of it, about a month ago. This comic is from DeviantART member nebezial. And there was a great comment underneath:
Go away Bruce.
-via Geeks Are Sexy
In the television world there are characters like Kramer or Gilligan who keep the slapstick humor alive on a show, and then there are those wonderfully compelling mystery characters.
These characters never fully appear on screen, and yet they have a big impact on the lives of the main characters as they give them guidance and help them learn a lesson, without revealing too much about themselves, of course.
We can only guess what Wilson from Home Improvement or Norm’s wife Vera on Cheers actually look like, but there’s no denying they make the entire TV program that much more entertaining to watch.
Check out this list of The Best TV Characters Who Never Actually Appeared On Screen and explore one of television's most enduring, and least abused, tropes- the faceless mystery character!
Robert Jones brings us a mashup of the TV show Friends and the film Guardians of the Galaxy! Yes, it’s the every-so-familiar intro to Friends re-edited with selected relevant clips featuring Peter, Gamora, and Rocket celebrating their friendship, despite how different they are. -Thanks, Robert!