Nicky Trevorrow, a cat behavior expert at Cats Protection http://www.cats.org.uk/ tells us about cat mating behavior and the importance of spaying and neutering. Then we get to see Tofield draw his girl cat character, and then we see last year’s Valentines Day cartoon, “Butterflies.” -via Tastefully Offensive
Not often do we get a critique of a 44-year-old film, but rarely do we see a movie like The Godfather. And it doesn’t even seem like an old movie. Maybe it’s the timeless conflict of greed vs. loyalty. Maybe it’s the rich cinematography. Anyway, Paul Tassi recently watched The Godfather again, and noticed a few things -just a very few- that don’t make sense, and wonders if you noticed them, too. Like how the movie ended.
I’m not saying I don’t get the idea behind the mass hit. Murder everyone who means you harm, or probably means you harm, seems like a good plan. But what about the rest of families? Don’t each of these guys who were killed have a son or two who want to avenge them like Michael is doing for his family? Isn’t killing the dons just like bashing a hornets’ nest with a baseball bat?
In that case, what appears to be a flaw gave us sequels. However, they didn’t know in 1972 that there would be sequels. In that era, it rarely happened and plots weren’t written around setting up possible sequels, the way they are now. So was it as nonsensical to you? Read more about the ending, and the other flaws in The Godfather at TVOM.
We usually do a poll like this before a finale, but as we approach the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead, we’ve been told that there will be a major purge of characters. Series creator Robert Kirkman said “So many people die.” It’s true that the cast has grown so large that we can go several weeks without seeing some of the major characters. There’s just not enough screen time. And more new characters will be introduced soon.
The last time we ran a poll, before the mid-season finale, readers correctly predicted who would bite the big one. Then it occurred to me that votes came in after the fact! This time, I will try to make a note of the results just before the show airs on Sunday night. Who do you think will die this Sunday night? You can select more than one character in the poll.
Continue reading for reasons why some of the major characters may be looking at their last episode. Contains spoilers and comic book details.
Well, well, well. I mean, I’d like to grant your wish, but sometimes I get two wishes that are in direct opposition, and at the end of the day, a well’s got to pay the bills, you know? I’m sure you understand. This comic is from Cluster Fudge by John McNamee. -via Pie Comic
The mental_floss List Show tackles an appropriate topic as we approach Valentines Day: love! But this isn’t just love, it’s the latest scientific findings about love. Yes, romance has been the subject of quite a few scientific studies. Wonder how those scientists look at love after all the science. -via mental_floss
Amanita Design, the folks who brought us the maddening Samorost, defies you to try Questionaut. The premise is that you need to fill your balloon with gas, but you have to answer general knowledge questions to get it. Those are easy. Meanwhile, you spend most of your time on each level trying to figure out what to do to get the questions going. I played this game years ago, but danged if I could remember any of the secrets. If you get stuck, here’s a guy who’s figured it all out. -via the Presurfer
The caption on this photograph at Aussie Farmer says “Death by Daddy long legs.” Now, what they call Daddy Long Legs in Australia is a different creature from the fairly harmless insects we call Daddy Long Legs in the U.S. This is a cellar spider, which is sometimes called a Daddy Long Legs in Australia. And it’s captured a brown snake. Farmer Patrick Lees took the picture on his property in Weethalle, New South Wales. He said a group of spiders later gathered around the snake.
The Australian Museum's arachnology collections manager Graham Milledge said while it was not clear exactly how the snake had died, it was quite possible the spider was responsible.
"The most likely scenario is that the snake got entangled in the spider's web. Usually what happens then is the spider will try to wrap the snake and then they'll bite it," Mr Milledge said.
The Australian Museum lists the daddy-long-legs spider as carnivorous and predatory. The venom is not particularly potent, despite rumours it is one of the world's most poisonous.
It’s pictures like these that get those rumors started, I’d bet. -via Uproxx
Valentines were romantic greetings long before Hallmark got involved. St. Valentines Day sentiments of love have been exchanged for centuries, in letters, poems, and artwork. Nancy Rosin, president of the National Valentine Collectors Association, gives us a rundown on the history of Valentines. The cards sweethearts sent to each other in the early to mid-1800s were the peak in hearts and flowers, so to speak. The intricate and labor-intensive Valentines of the time represented a labor of love, whether they were made by the person who gave them or not.
“Esther Howland was the ‘Mother of the American Valentine,’” Rosin says. “American Valentines had existed before, but she made them more readily available. Her initial Valentines were small and usually marked with an ‘H’ and a number indicating the price or ‘N.E.V.Co.’ for her company, New England Valentine Company. But there are a lot of larger ones that were not signed that we now attribute to her. In 1850, she was the only person in Massachusetts who had access to these elegant European embellishments, and her Valentines had multiple layers of beautiful lace papers. You would lift one layer and then another and another. The message would usually be deep inside because she didn’t like to have you ‘wear your heart on your sleeve.’”
Rosin and fellow Valentine collectors believe Howland didn’t sign her largest pieces because they were embarrassingly lavish and expensive. “There is a story going around that she made such an elaborate Valentine in the shape of a May basket, and it might have sold for $50, which was the price of a horse and buggy at that time,” Rosin says. “We are told that the man was rejected because the woman said she would never marry anyone who would waste his money like that. So we’ve come to the conclusion that she probably avoided putting her name on the back of her fanciest Valentines."
Quick, think of a mask that figured prominently in a movie. V for Vendetta, right? Of course, because I had to put a picture here. Think of another one. It’s probably in the list of 15 iconic movie masks at TVOM. Then there are a whole lot of others that you might have forgotten, but you’ll appreciate the walk down memory lane without all that effort of thinking them up yourself. Some were to hide identity, some to hide deformity, and some are just for shock value.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory designed a series of travel posters and made them into 2016 calendars as a gift to NASA and JPL employees, partners, and friends. There are familiar planets, exoplanets, and moons, plus a couple of tour posters.
For their latest music video, OK Go teamed up with Russia’s S7 airlines and took a trip in their vomit comet, a plane that flies in parabolic arcs to train cosmonauts for low-gravity space flight. The song is “Upside Down & Inside Out.” Watch the video at the band's website.
The longest period of weightlessness that it is possible to achieve in these circumstances is about 27 seconds, and after each period of weightlessness, it takes about five minutes for the plane to recover and prepare for then next round. Because we wanted the video to be a single, uninterrupted routine, we shot continuously over the course of 8 consecutive weightless periods, which took about 45 minutes, total. We paused our actions, and the music, during the non-weightless periods, and then cut out these sections and smoothed over each transition with a morph.
The rest of the story about making the video is pretty interesting. For example, they made 21 flights, and there were 58 incidences of actual vomiting. -via Buzzfeed
The new Coen Brothers movie Hail Caesar! is a work of fiction set in 1951. But one of its major characters, Eddie Mannix, was a real mover and shaker who took care of problems for MGM during Hollywood’s Golden Age.
Remaining on MGM’s payroll until his death in 1963, Mannix is an important figure in Hollywood history. His MGM ledger, which meticulously recorded the secret costs, revenues, and losses of the studio’s films from 1924 to 1948, is a treasure trove for film historians. He is also central in the mythology for the studio that once prided itself on having “More Stars Than There Are in the Heavens,” playing second fiddle only to MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer and Head of Production Irving Thalberg. He also was considered extended family by a number of stars, including Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy.
But primarily, Mannix was the guy that made sure Mayer’s family friendly entertainment stayed “family friendly,” at least as far as the press and moviegoing public were concerned. Alongside Howard Strickling, the unflappable head of MGM publicity, Mannix had a habit for making problems go away, whether they be drunk driving incidents, unplanned pregnancies, libidinous lifestyles, or even the occasional mysterious death, be it of sex symbol Jean Harlow’s second husband or the guy on TV that bullets were supposed to bounce off from.
Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook. This post is in honor of the upcoming Presidents Day holiday.
Ever since Woodrow Wilson screening Birth of a Nation in the White House, our U.S. presidents have had a love affair with the movies. Heck, every one of us has his or her favorite films. We tend to forget that presidents are just people too, and they too have favorite movies. Let's take a look at a few U.S. presidents, their favorite films, and other film facts about them. (What is it about High Noon that so many presidents love????)
Franklin D. Roosevelt
* According to one source, FDR’s all-time favorite film was Mae West's bawdy 1933 comedy I’m No Angel. * Reputedly loved the comedies of Abbott and Costello (after all, he invited Bud and Lou to entertain at the White House four times during his administration).
Harry S. Truman
* Liked the occasional Western. * His favorite was My Darling Clementine. * Enjoyed Frank Capra comedies.
* Favorite film: High Noon. * Liked Westerns. * Refused to watch any movie with Robert Mitchum in it, because of Mitchum's 1948 arrest for smoking of marijuana. Every time the White House projectionist tried to sneak in a Robert Mitchum film, Eisenhower would get up and walk out of the room.
In the 1980s, it seemed like everyone had waterbeds. They were relatively inexpensive, you could move them without a truck, and (at least in the beginning) they were pretty cool. Then as the ‘90s dawned, it seemed like they just disappeared. The story of the waterbed begins a lot earlier, though.
By some accounts, waterbeds date all the way back to 3600 BCE, when Persians filled goat-skin mattresses with water warmed by the sun. In the early 1800s, Dr. Neil Arnott, a Scottish physician, created a “hydrostatic bed” for hospital patients with bedsores. This was essentially a warm bath covered with a thin layer of rubber and then sealed up with varnish. In 1853, Dr. William Hooper of Portsmouth, England patented a therapeutic rubber mattress that could be filled with water. It, too, was for hospital patients suffering from poor circulation and bedsores. In the mid 20th century, science fiction writer Robert Heinlein—inspired by the months he spent bedridden with tuberculosis in the 1930s—described waterbeds in great detail in three of his novels. The beds he envisioned had a sturdy frame, were temperature-controlled, and contained pumps that allowed patients to control the water level inside the mattress. There were also compartments for drinks and snacks, which sounds really convenient. It was, according to Heinlein, “an attempt to design the perfect hospital bed by one who had spent too damn much time in hospital beds.”
An article at mental_floss follows the history of the waterbed, up through the period when we all decided they were more hassle than they were worth.
This is how Dad jokes start, and become a lifelong habit for so many men. A two-year-old will laugh at anything. Bea is tickled pink to hear her Dad say Abu Dhabi. That’s silly, Daddy! There’s a joke there, but she doesn’t have to wait for the punch line to find Abu Dhabi funny. The punch line doesn’t really add much to it for her (although we can see it coming a mile away), because Bea doesn’t have any idea who the Flintstones are. But she’s so joyously entertained anyway that you have to laugh along with her! -via Tastefully Offensive
A couple, aged 75 and 76, went down to the beach in Porsguen in Portsall on the French coast this past Monday. A wave surprised them and knocked the man down. As he was being swept out to sea, his wife chased after, and was soon swept under herself! A tourist from Paris went in to help them, and was knocked down himself by another wave. You can skip the first two minutes.
A photo posted by TY Bello (@tybello) on Jan 31, 2016 at 12:22pm PST
Nigerian photographer and musician Ty Bello was doing a photo shoot with British musician Tinie Tempah in the city of Lagos. It looks like an early morning, and you can see people in the background. As they were shooting, a bread vendor walked by on her way to work and Bello snapped a few pictures with her in them. Bello was impressed with the woman’s look and wanted to find her again. The caption of this picture says,
BEATIFULX : WHO IS SHE.Every one has been asking if this lady is a model .. It was just perfect coincidence ... She just happened to be walking by while I photographed . It happened so fast .She definitely SHOULD be a model. .. I'm happy to help her build a portfolio if she's interested .She's so beautiful and photographed so well. I'll find a way to track her down somehow . You guys can also help
Nigerian Instagram followers helped her find Olajumoke Orisaguna, a 27-year-old mother of two from a distant village who came to Lagos for work. Bello arranged to photograph Orisanguna for the magazine This Day Style and tell her story.
Acceptance speeches at the Academy Awards range from newsworthy to hilarious to dreadfully dull as the winner thanks a list of people who we don’t know, but probably deserve to be recognized. This year, they can get that public recognition without being mentioned in the speech at all! The Academy announced the new scheme at the Oscar luncheon Monday.
All the nominees are being required to submit a list of whom they'd like to thank in the scroll, which will be displayed beneath their acceptance speech. That doesn't mean they can't give verbal shout-outs — it just means they have an excuse to use their moment for another purpose.
The nominees are on notice that they don’t have to worry about leaving someone out, and they are free to be more entertaining for the rest of us. Lat’s hope at least some of them take advantage of that opportunity. -via Uproxx
The X-Files resonated with viewers so well that it lasted ten seasons, and then spawned two movies and came back as a mini-series.
Even the simple premise of having one partner who believes in the supernatural, and one who believes in science, it gave us a nice balance of views between the two. The show also had some gnarly monsters, some cool ideas, and some downright creepy moments.
Therefore, it was hard to select the best episodes from all ten seasons, but the attempt was made to rank the top five episodes of The X-Files at TVOM. See if your favorite is in there. There are video clips for each.
Funny or Die secretly produced a full-length movie starring Johnny Depp as Donald Trump. The premise is that it was made as a TV movie to air in 1988, but got pre-empted. Donald Trump is presented as starring as himself, but it’s Depp.
In 1988 Donald Trump wrote, directed, and starred in a made-for-TV movie based on his bestselling book 'The Art of the Deal.' When the film was bumped because Monday Night Football ran long, the furious Trump pulled the movie, obscuring it from the general public for decades. Now Funny Or Die has unearthed this delightfully dated masterpiece for the world to see.
The movie stars Johnny Depp as Donald Trump, Patton Oswalt as Merv Griffin, Henry Winkler as Mayor Ed Koch, Michaela Watkins as Ivana Trump, and also features Alfred Molina, Andy Richter, Jack McBrayer, Robert Morse, Jacob Tremblay, Ron Funches, Stephen Merchant, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Jason Mantzoukas, Kristen Schaal, and ALF. Kenny Loggins, '80s soundtrack virtuoso, performs the film's original theme song. The movie was directed by Jeremy Konner (Drunk History) and written by Joe Randazzo (The Onion, @midnight), with an intro from Ron Howard.
It’s been a couple of years since the art collective Kreativiteket put up a street sign in Ørje, Norway, referencing Monty Python’s “silly walks” sketch. I’ve just been made aware of a video that shows how people obey the sign.
When Sylvester Stallone was told there were no parts for him, he wrote his own.
Sylvester Stallone wasn’t born a leading man. Complications at birth left the son of a hairdresser with nerve damage that slurred his speech and curled his lips into a permanent snarl. His childhood wasn’t easy. His parents fought constantly, and he and his brother slipped in and out of foster care. By high school, they’d moved back in with their mother in Philadelphia, but Stallone’s emotional problems followed him. He struggled academically and was expelled from multiple schools. The arts became his refuge. He spent his free time painting and writing poetry, but his real dream was the silver screen. By the time he was 18, he knew he wanted to act.
Stallone studied drama at the American College of Switzerland and then at the University of Miami, but then abandoned school to pursue a career in New York City. By his mid-twenties, he was getting by on odd jobs like cleaning lion cages and ushering at movie theaters. The bit parts he did manage to land were few and far between. Once, when funds were short, he took a role in an adult film to keep from living in a bus station. When Stallone landed bigger parts, it was because his drooping, stone-chiseled face made him the perfect heavy (Subway Thug No. 1 wasn’t an uncommon credit). By 1975, the 29-year-old actor was desperate for something bigger, so his agent sent him to the L.A. offices of Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, two producers who had a standing deal with United Artists.
The meeting didn’t go as planned. When Winkler and Chartoff met Stallone, they didn’t see a movie star. Dejected, Stallone had his hand on the doorknob when he turned and made one last pitch. “You know,” he said, “I also write.”
The script Stallone turned in was an underdog tale, the story of Rocky, a streetwise palooka who gets an unlikely opportunity to fight the heavyweight champion of the world. But the story of how the film itself got made is even more improbable.
The folks at How It Should Have Ended have turned their eyes upon Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And it’s about time. They’ve had a month and a half to second guess screenwriters JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. Need I say it? This contains massive spoilers.
But this is more than just how it should have ended. They go through various scenes throughout the movie and improve the logic and dialogue as they go. As far as the ending goes, this makes more sense, but would have prevented us from enjoying endless sequels. Oh yeah, when you think this video is over, there’s more. Several times. -via Gamma Squad
The requirements are pretty stiff to make it in Hollywood as a stunt double. You have to be strong, athletic, and graceful. You have to train with different weapons, dance artfully, and hit your mark consistently. You have to know what you're doing and show no fear. And it helps if you have a body type that’s a bit different from the average strong guy looking for those jobs.
Meet Chloe Bruce, who is all of those things. She was the stunt double for Daisy Ridley in The Force Awakens. Let’s hope that Rey gets to put a lot more of that power to work in Star Wars: Episode VIII. -via Geeks Are Sexy
This is the latest from HelloDenizen, the folks behind the Tiny Hamster series. Their greatest accomplishment is figuring out how to make a living by dressing up little fluffy pets. -Thanks, Joe and Elijah!
Jürgen Horn and Mike Powell took their very first helicopter ride to see a bit more of their temporary home in Curaçao. While the cities are beautiful, there are still plenty of beaches and uninhabited areas to explore. And for some of those places, the only way to do it is from the air.
Lifting off was strange at first — this is a totally different experience to flying in an airplane, but we adjusted quickly. The tour was perfect. The entire southeastern section of Curaçao, a huge swath of land known as Oostpunt, is private property — the owner has steadfastly resisted selling it off, and has prohibited access to practically everyone. The result is a pristine, untouched natural environment, and one of the few ways to see it is from the air. We flew high above the region, and then came down low to inspect some of the highlights. Once, hovering just a few meters above a large lagoon, we saw a turtle swimming along, undisturbed by the giant machine whirring above its head.
American family sitcoms always have a wacky neighbor, since he is so useful in bringing in zaniness when the family starts to seem almost normal. They’re also really handy when a character wants to talk about wheat’s going on in the family. While some of these neighbors end up being best friends, others are the type you’ve never want near your home. Read about five TV neighbors who would be total nightmares in real life, from the last 30 years of TV sitcoms, at TVOM.
A photo posted by Bill DeNovio (@billdenovio_tattoos) on Jan 25, 2016 at 12:47pm PST
First there was the skit, then the t-shirt, then the action figure. Now tattoo artist Bill DeNovio unveils his artwork of Adam Driver’s SNL character Matt the Radar Technician. This character is giving Kylo Ren a run for his money! You have to think that Driver will be invited back to Saturday Night Live to reprise the character soon. -via Geeks Are Sexy