People worry that Barbie dolls with their unreal figures present an unattainable ideal for a woman’s appearance, which can be stifling to a young girls’s ego. But the kids who really play with Barbies are typically between 3 and 7 years old. I can totally relate to this. Relatives would buy my daughters Barbies left and right, and my kids would cut their hair, paint them, draw tattoos on them, amputate a few limbs, and they even made one into a male because they didn’t have enough Ken dolls. This story is from John McNamee at Pie Comic.
You know those moments when you see a trailer and you just know the movie will have some kind of impact on you? That is how I feel about the Foxcatcher trailer. A movie where the normally hilarious and perpetually innocent Steve Carell will take on the much darker demeanor of real life criminal and wrestling enthusiast, John Du Pont.
You can tell this is going to be a game-changer for Carell. An incredibly talented guy who, quite frankly, deserves it. I will toss a little warning your way. The trailer may give a little more away than some may like, so be prepared for that. Sadly, that is how most trailers work lately anyway. You can't be THAT mad, though. This all already happened in real life. Also, allow how much he looks like his Gru character from Despicable Me to distract you from the spoilers in the trailer.
Keep your eyes peeled for Foxcatcher this November. Also, I didn't bring up Channing Tatum on purpose. This isn't Tiger Beat. Just kidding, Channing. We love you. 28 Jump Street: Wrestling School yo!
The helplessness of an infant is something most horror writers and directors wont even tread on. They know it is too much for some people to even try to fathom, so they don't touch it. For that reason, when someone does finally tread, it can be even more terrifying a thought because we so rarely "go there".
This leads us to Mockingbird. An amazing little horror short from the crew over at FEWDIO. It takes the idea of the helplessness of a child to new heights, all while never showing us a thing. Just using the simplicity of a haunting nursery rhyme and great sound design to drive the horror home. Don't worry, it's not gory. It's very disturbing, but not gory. When horror is this scary, it doesn't have to be gory.
I have said this about Fewdio's work before (seriously, go spend a few hours on their YouTube page after you spent a few hours here) and I will say it again: they do more with horror in two minutes than most full length, big budget, million dollar films. Hell, here they only needed a minute and a half.
Graphic artist Danielle Delph shows us a very personal project in which she combed through old family photographs and matched some from her childhood with those of her mother’s childhood. And then combined them.
I've always wondered if my mom and I would have been friends had we grown up together. Would we be in the same classes? Would we have the same sense of humor? Would people tell us we're inseparable? After seeing myself in her childhood photos, I'm pretty sure we would have been great friends..
This might just be the most difficult post I have ever written here. That may sound silly, but sadly, Alzheimer's has been in my life since I was just a child. To see someone you love forget themselves and forget everything around them, while slow degenerating, is a dark place I would not wish on anyone. In the same breath, we ALL need to talk about this condition more, and a song like this will incite the needed discussions.
Famous 70s musician Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011 and has been battling it relentlessly since. Seemed he had finally reached a point where those around and even he became aware that he could not record music anymore, as his Alzheimer's was getting worse and worse.
He decided to record one final song called "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" and it is about exactly what you think it's about. I will tell you right now, this is painful. A man aware he is slipping into oblivion and choosing to say goodbye one last time the only way he knows how. Please, share this and spread the word. The more aware we are of this condition, the more funding it gets, the less we have to worry that it will be like this forever.
Remember when Johnny Cash put out the Hurt video right before he passed away? Yes, this feels like that, but with an even deeper meaning. For those looking to learn more about the disease or find out ways they can help, check out the Alzheimer's foundation.
Now we know where Professor X is from, and what sweet ride he has! Redditor funboixero spotted this car in Houston. He saw the driver exit the parking lot in a wheelchair, but hasn’t yet mentioned whether he was bald, which is what everyone wants to know. You can get a closer look at imgur.
Finally, a truly modern horror movie! Except it’s not a movie, it’s a string of Facebook posts, which will make it easy to follow for those who live on Facebook. Like many horror films, the plot is inconsequential, or at least overly familiar: teenagers gather in a spooky place that hides something bent on killing them.
How does it turn out? If I were to guess without peeking, I would suppose that the cute girl with the most previous acting credits is the sole survivor. Read your way through a horror movie, Facebook-style, at Mandatory. It is conveniently flipped so the posts read from top to bottom. -Thanks, Daniel!
Ah, Craiglist. It's a cornucopia of creepy and crass. It can also be a fun read. Occasionally though, Craigslist functions more as it was originally intended, and not to promote any number of felonious actions. There are times when a person just needs something taken off of his/her hands, whether they're willing to sell it for a song, or give it away. Something like a toaster chair, complete with handy "toast upper downer handle." Or a sofa made of rocks. Perhaps people are needed for a strictly scientific hair growth study. These listings are proof that if one simply gives Craigslist a chance, it's possible to find honest and honorable people in need.
See the other Craigslist ads in this collection here. (I had a hard time selecting which of them to post here!)
This eerie film short called "Tuck Me In" by Ignacio F. Rodó is this year's winner of the international one-minute film festival, Filminute. The competition and festival features the winners, each having been selected by jury. Much like writing contests in which all entries must be 100 (or similarly few) words, entrants are challenged to make every film second (or word) meaningful in terms of creating atmosphere or furthering the story.
Watch the Filminute runners up and viewer's choice award winners here. -Via Twisted Sifter
You don’t have to look like Johnny Depp to look like one of his movie characters …or two …or half a dozen. This cosplayer was spotted at New York Comic Con over the weekend. Let’s see, we have the bird on the head from The Lone Ranger, the glasses and cigarette from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the hair from Pirates of the Caribbean, the badge from Rango, the bow tie from The Tourist, the blades from Edward Scissorhands, the watch from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, shoes from Alice in Wonderland, fingernails from Dark Shadows, and probably a lot of other accoutrements from other movies. I think he should have gone with the eyewear from Sleepy Hollow.
The 1990s were the last great era of Saturday Morning cartoons, when cartoon giants like Hanna-Barbera were still creating animated series in their classic style, and anime had yet to take over on network television.
Shows and spinoff shows were popping up left and right, and producers and network executives were open to trying out all kinds of ideas for an animated series.
Want a show about Rick Moranis teaching a bunch of teenage monsters how not to ruin their lives? Sure, why not.
How about a series based on a hockey team's mascot, and loosely based on the movie that inspired the creation of the hockey team in the first place? Alrighty then!
Gravedale High and The Mighty Ducks are but two of the strange, and in some cases really cool, cartoons found on GeekTyrant's list of Ten 1990s Cartoons You Probably Don't Remember.
They've got more information on these strange shows, and clips that might jog your memory, but don't be surprised if you can't remember them all!
Image credit: DNA Films/British Film Council
Do you remember what your favorite movie from the 2000's was? Though it was not long ago, it can be hard to remember. There were so many good films (and so many bad ones) that came out in that time, sometimes you try and look back and it is just a blur of characters and stories.
Thankfully, there are lists like this one put together by Film School Rejects that remember for us. Movies like 28 Days Later and Oldboy that all worked towards changing the way we look at modern cinema. The trend you will notice from the list is that there WAS no trend, and that is what set the 00's apart. There are as many comedies and thriller films on the list as there are dramas. The 2000's was when indie film making became the norm again, and that reflects itself in some of their choices.
This list also makes me want to watch most of these again.
It should be widely known (and isn't) that DC Animated make the best comic book movies. I am not even saying best "animated" comic book movies. I am saying best comic book movies, period. From Batman: Year One to Superman: Doomsday, their cartoon movies are often what we wish actual movies based on comics would be like.
Well it looks like DC Animated is adding another one to its roster. Question is, can DC make Aquaman cool again? Who am I kidding, he was never really cool. But I'll be honest with you. This looks like it might change that.
Holy crap. Aquaman is cool.
*Walks away speechless.
The Nobel committee has announced the winner of the Physics Prize. Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Nagoya University and Shuji Nakamura of the University of California Santa Barbara will share the prize for their invention of blue LEDs. Blue LEDs are both brighter and more efficient than LEDs of other colors, but were more difficult to develop.
The Nobel committee noted that a LED bulb can be nearly 19 times as efficient as a traditional lightbulb as well as lasting 100 times as long. It said that the technology could be “revolutionary” as around one-fourth of global electricity consumption is for lighting, and also noted that LED bulbs can be powered by solar panels, making electric lighting feasible for the 1.5 billion people who aren’t connected to a power grid.
The development of blue LEDs was a complicated process, but you’ll find a compact explanation at Geeks Are Sexy.
Don’t you wish it were this easy to get rid of all those pesky drivers on the road? After all, you have places to go! Vine star Zach King (previously at Neatorama) made this little demonstration of an app every driver wants. Too bad it exists only here. If this were a real thing, it would be all-out war on the roads! -via Ralph Roberts
The jack-o'-lantern is a traditional symbol of Halloween, and a smiling ambassador of fall. When you see Jack's grin around town you know it's almost time for spirits to haunt the land of the living, and visions of candy and costumes start dancing around in your head.
Here are 13 fun, and easy to make, jack-o'-lantern shaped dishes that will add some Halloween fun to your get togethers, or simply make dinner with your family more festive.
1. Jack-O'-Lantern Quesadillas-
Let's start out with a super simple recipe that anyone can make, a recipe so easy even your kids can get in on the fun.
Simply cut eyes, a nose and a jagged smile into the top tortilla of a double decker quesadilla and put a smile on their faces!
2. Jack-O'-Lantern Cheeseburgers-
Imagine the look on your guest's faces when you slide a smiling jack-o'-lantern burger onto their bun, they'll be grinning from ear to ear!
3. Smiling Pumpkin Fruit Plate-
The smiling pumpkin fruit plate is another super simple recipe/concept that you'll be using for years to come.
Arrange a plate of fruit, or candy, or pretty much any colorful finger food, into the shape of a smiling jack-o'-lantern on a serving tray and watch that pumpkin head slowly disappear during the night.
4. Masked Jack-O'-Lantern Cookies-
This recipe is a bit more difficult to prepare than a fruit arrangement on a plate, but the end result is so satisfyingly delicious it's worth all the effort.
This recipe is great because you can sub out any of the fancy tools or decorating ingredients for simpler ones- frosting instead of luster powder, cookie dough leaves instead of fondant, and jam instead of candy in the middle.
5. Simple Jack-O'-Lantern Cookies-
If you're looking for a simpler cookie recipe, without all the razzle dazzle but with plenty of flavor and character, then you'll love this jack-o'-lantern cookie recipe which uses real pumpkin!
Charles Phoenix is famous for his quirky, over-the-top recipes, such as Frosty the Cheeseball Man and the Cherpumple. Now he brings us his Six-Layer Milk Soaked Cereal Cake with Frosted Flake Frosting! Different layers contain Apple Jacks, Trix, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cap’n Crunch, Froot Loops, and Coco Puffs, embedded in different flavors of cake batter. And then there’s the frosting. Just looking at it, I feel the need for a quick dose of insulin. Get the complete recipe at Phoenix’s site. -via Blazenfluff
See also: Other recipes by Charles Phoenix.
Australian photographer Peter Stewart's photo series "Stacked," of densely populated Hong Kong, give us an idea of the millions of worker bees that make up this giant hive habitat. Stewart's captures of Hong kong’s public housing developments are beautiful as well as dauntiing in the way they picture so much life in such limited space. Stewart uses compositing and color enhancement techniques during post processing to create these works of art.
In a video that proves, among other things, that terror can be universally understood by all, no matter what language in which it's expressed, this group of Brazilians in a small boat spot a massive anaconda. As the woman on the boat proceeds to loudly voice her discomfort with the situation, a man on board pursues the yellow anaconda and grabs it by the tail, presumably so it can be better seen on the video they are shooting. (If I'm not mistaken, at 1:54 I think the woman tells him he's sick in the head.) What an amazing sight! Via Geekologie.
Aish at Disney's New Groove posted this chart of Disney movies in chronological order according to their historical settings. She posted it with the following note:
"(Excludes most of the package films. Some films, eg The Lion King, are impossible to pin down exactly and some, like Aladdin and Treasure Planet, are anachronistic, so these are estimations. A few have been split into 2 if there is more than one time period in the movie, and sequels have been put together.)"
What do you think? -Via Geeks are Sexy.
Folks who have to wear a suit to work on a daily basis know what a pain it is to put on their suit piece by piece, only to take it all off again as soon as they get home.
If only there was a simple solution to this dressing dilemma:
Well now there is, thanks to San Francisco based inventor/venture capitalist Jesse Herzog and his unique creation the Suitsy- a suit-onesie hybrid that makes it stupidly simple to get all dressed up.
The Suitsy combines the sophisticated style of a business suit with the unified ease and comfort of a onesie, and might be just what the terminally lazy need to ensure they're properly dressed for work.
Here’s the 411 on the funky fashion faux pas brought to life by Betabrand:
The Suitsy is a jacket connected to a shirt connected to pants. A zipper is hidden behind the shirt button placard (with false buttons) and pants zipper. Fake shirt cuff material extends from the end of the jacket sleeves to give the impression of an actual complete dress shirt worn underneath. It’s like if a jumpsuit and a business suit had a lovechild.
-Via Dangerous Minds
Artist Robert DeJesus accepts photographs from the public and transforms them into these whimsical drawings in the style of anime, Disney and other animated characters. His drawings are done in pencil. Judging from the list of submission guidelines DeJesus has made, he must be getting a lot of requests. Visit DeJesus' Deviant Art site to request a commission or see additional drawings. Via Laughing Squid.
Okay, adults, back to school time, and you will be timed on this. A year before the movie Star Trek III: The Search for Spock came out, he was featured in a math problem in a 1983 issue of the journal Mathematics Teacher. Students were instructed to use a compass and a straightedge to solve the puzzle. Can you find Spock? Students were given 50 minutes to complete the task. No, you won’t see him in the image, but you might find it a challenge to figure it out. The ten steps of instructions are at at io9. Will he Bonus: Can you find the glaring anachronism in the image? -via Digg
Abbey Doo the Great Dane is not only happy, she knows it, and she’s ready to show it! -via Daily Picks and Flocks
YouTube member Павел Сутырин says his cat does this regularly.
This happens almost everytime the cat sleeps or just rests. It also answer to sneezing. It's of particular fun when you are ill for real :)
No, I do not pull his tail behind the scenes. =))
It seems to me that the cat is responding in its own way. Maybe something like, “I am listening to you, despite the fact that I’m asleep. Please continue.” Or more likely, “Shut up! I’m trying to sleep!” Then there’s an off chance that he may be doing the feline equivalent of “Bless you.” -via Tastefully Offensive
I found Bedfellows many, many years ago, and have never been able to shake it from my mind. It is about as short as any short film can come, clocking in at just under two and half minutes. But let me warn you right now, that two and a half minutes is ten times scarier and more efectively made than most full length horror films that have come out recently. It was made by a company called Fewdio, and they have an extensive collection of horrifying shorts over on their page that I seriously suggest you check out.
I will openly admit. though. Few can touch on the horror that Bedfellows does. It plays off a fear we all have, and will make you think twice next time you get into bed and your spouse is facing in the other direction.
Short, but scary as well get out.
I decorated the room, did all the lighting and electrical, built the whole console and painted the floor. All up it took a year to put together. I was incredibly blessed and lucky. I had the hexagonal shaped room already, owned all the timber and worked at a factory with a lot of spare parts to be dumped which I used for the controls. I wish you all had a chance to visit it in person.
This is just one of the featured rooms in the post 16 Super Geeky Houses Inspired by Film, and if you don’t recognize the pictures, or can’t read Spanish, read it translated into English. Included are homes styled after the X-Men, Star Trek, Star Wars, Batman, Tron, LOTR, and more. -Thanks, Miss Terious!
An installment in the video series Every Frame a Painting shows how Robin Williams harnessed motion to tell a story through his movie characters. Tony Zhou was inspired to address the subject by re-watching Williams’ films after his death. The finished project is more about movement, blocking, and body language, and how those things contributes to a good film -and Robin Williams happens to be the greatest example, as he was a master of expressing his character through movement. Talented directors and editors could spot and make those movements work to their advantage, and together they made awesome scenes that, in some cases, could completely dispense with dialogue. -via Laughing Squid
You gotta give it to the guy. Mel Brooks has been making people laugh for years now, and Monday, when the time came for him to leave his handprints at TLC Chinese Theater along Hollywood's Walk of Fame, he continued that streak of hilarity. Though many did not notice at first, it seems Mel Brooks wore a prosthetic extra finger on his left hand that was so realistic, even looking at the above picture it is hard to tell it is fake.
What makes this so great is in 100 years, when some kid is being dragged down that street by his tourist parents, he is going to catch a glance at Mel Brooks' hand print in the cement, and for one small moment in time, this kid is going to believe you can make it in Hollywood if you are a mutant. That, my friends, is awesome.
If you didn't already love him for Spaceballs and Blazing Saddles, you have to love him for this.
Designed by: Dust
Sometimes a beautiful architectural feature in a home, such as an artisan crafted fireplace, ceiling, door or window, can make such an impact on its aesthetic that the rest of the decor can be extremely minimal and still work. In fact, a minimal decor complements and calls attention to such grand details.
The fabulous staircases pictured here are perfect examples. Place one of these designs in the home and it becomes the architectural star. Take a look and see if you think any of them might be your stairway to heaven. See more examples here.
Timber Stripe Staircase
Designed by: Tetrarc
La Maison Unique Stairs
Designed by: Heatherwick studio
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