Apr 16 2014

The Final Countdown: Game of Thrones Recasting, TV Show Pregnancies and Halo Composer Fired

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Go here to see how Game of Thrones was recast.

Game of Thrones has gone through as many actors as Walder Frey has wives. There’s been three Mountains, two Berics, two Daarios — hell, Emilia Clarke wasn’t even the original Daenerys Targaryen. In Sunday’s episode, “The Lion and the Rose,” the new Tommen made his debut, and now he’s 37 years old. Margaery’s one lucky lady. Anyway, let’s take a look at the complete history of Game of Thrones recastings, beginning with a Mountain of a man.”

The Countdown

Ways TV shows covered up real life pregnancies – [Pajiba]

Halo/Destiny composer fired by Bungie – [Insert Coin]

Lame jokes to start telling when you’re a dad – [Cracked]

True Detective is HBO’s most new watched show ever – [TVOvermind]

Benedict Cumberbatch will not be in Star Wars – [GeeksAreSexy]

Russian firefighters pass the time – [TheChive]

Bill Burr describes the most difficult job on the planet – [WWIW]

My web-slinging neighbor – [Neatorama]

Why the movie industry owes a lot to CGI – [io9]

Russian ghost car appears out of nowhere – [Izismile]

The best destinations for a weekend golf getaway – [Maxim]

Remembering the greatness of She’s All That – [BroBible]

New trailer for Days of Future Past – [Heavy]



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Apr 16 2014

Disney Firefly is Just Plain Shiny

Published by under Images,Television

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I’m sort of in love with this Disney version of Firefly, like that’s any surprise. Artist Stephen Byrne has transformed the series into animated form, with nary a princess to be found.

I actually like how he’s fully adapted the characters into Disney archetypes, with River literally being a little girl, and Book uh, a little wizard, or something. But both fit well. Wash looks suspiciously like a blonde Joss Whedon, and I can’t tell if that’s on purpose or not.

[via NerdApproved]



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Apr 16 2014

Cosplay of the Day: Dad Cosplay is Best Cosplay

Published by under Comics,Cosplay

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A tumblr user wanted to prove to their dad that he was cool enough to cosplay as a middle-aged dude. The answer? F yeah he is:

“Hello all, so this is my dad, and he’s planning on cosplaying as Rescue Captain America at San Diego Comic-Con this year.

Here’s the problem: He’s 53 and he thinks he might be too old to cosplay. In addition, he thinks he’s not buff/handsome enough to pull it off a Captain America costume. So even though he’s put a ton of work into his cosplay, he’s thinking about not taking any of it with us.

I’ve set out to prove him wrong, so tumblr, please help me show this retired Air Force officer that he makes a great Captain America!”

Check out more shots of the dadplay (err that sounds weird) below. It’s a legitimately good costume and it helps he’s a handsome dude! Continue Reading »



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Apr 16 2014

Space Dandy: An Inconsequentially Entertaining Anime Acid Trip… In Space!

Published by under Reviews,Television

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Space Dandy is the latest anime from legendary director Shinichiro Watanabe, creator of the gold-standard series Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. The show is a sci-fi, action, adventure, comedy mishmash that, to quote Bender, “transcends genres even as it reinvents them.” Borrowing trappings from every anime stereotype imaginable as well as Western cultural artifacts like 70s cop dramas or Elvis’s beach movies from the 50s, Space Dandy proves itself a satisfying romp through the cosmos, albeit with little message or consequence. And that’s just fine with me.

A proverbial “show about nothing” in the tradition of Seinfeld or the film The Big Lebowski, Space Dandy is all about having fun with a cast of quirky reprobates. The episodic nature of the show often throws continuity out the window; the plots run the gamut from thrilling to disposable, and they never advance past one episode despite the inclusion of the iconic tsuzuku message before the credits (which translates roughly as “To be continued…”).

In Space Dandy, though, nothing ever does continue. Each episode starts off on the same footing, and even if the eponymous hero is blown up in a planet-engulfing fireball, he’ll be back next week with no explanation needed. Thus, in Space Dandy‘s universe, death is a meaningless setback between episodes. The audience is challenged to forget their notions of causality and sit back and have some fun. Continue Reading »



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Apr 16 2014

Why Haven’t You Seen It: Near Dark

Published by under Columns,Movies

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There was a time, not so long ago, when the legends and stories of vampires where steeped in blood, death, and fear. A time when even mentioning the word vampire would send a chill down someone’s spine. There was a time when vampires were represented like badasses. Feral badasses who function on a primal level, where they only seem like they need to feed or they need to screw. But then a film series came along and changed the way people looked at vampires. Gone was anything that made them cool and scary, replaced by a femininity and sensitivity that would even seem out of place in a fourteen year old girl. While I refuse to mention the film series out of spite, I think we all know what movies I am talking about.

Well, today, I want to talk about one of the best vampire movies ever made. A film that represented vampires as such scary badasses, it is how I imagined all vampires forevermore, after I saw the film. I am speaking of the classic, Near Dark. a damn near perfect vampire film, if there is such a thing.

Continue Reading »



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Apr 16 2014

CGI Robert De Niro An Inch Away From Crossing Uncanny Valley

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Here’s the order in which CG animation is getting closer and closer: still images, movie special effects, TV special effects, video game graphics.

Here we see pretty much the top of the pyramid which is almost there, but still a little bit creepy. It’s a portrait of young Robert De Niro by Hossein Diba, presumably asking someone if they are in fact, talking to him.

It’s so close to reality it’s scary, and still just a little bit unnerving. Great work though.



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Apr 16 2014

Pokemonified Versions of NBA Logos

Published by under Images,Video Games

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I think we’ve seen Pokemon versions of NFL logos in the past (though that could have been a weird dream or something), but now we’ve moved onto the NBA.

The logos seen here are a mix of actual NBA teams and Pokemon cities. I don’t know enough about sports to say that ALL are direct parodies of NBA teams, but they could be and yet again, my athletic knowledge fails me,

Check out a big chunk of the teams for yourself below:  Continue Reading »



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Apr 16 2014

The Morning Link: Movies That Puts Tons of Work Into Stuff You Didn’t Notice

Published by under Morning Link

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“Movies are no different. We may not notice the really cool stuff that makes it great, but it’s still there, and our brains notice. And sometimes it’s a major pain in the ass.”

Go here to see the list.



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Apr 15 2014

The Final Countdown: Spoiler Problems, Supervillain Schemes and Game of Thrones Piracy

Published by under Final Countdown

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Go here to see why people spoil things.

“There have been countless articles written on the Internet devoted to the rules of spoilers: When they are appropriate and in what venue. Should you wait a week? A day? AT LEAST UNTIL THE WEST COAST HAS SEEN IT? Where can spoilers can be advertised (never on Facebook!) and even the appropriate use of spoilers in headlines.”

The Countdown

Insane supervillain schemes by real governments – [Cracked]

Game of Thrones sets piracy world record – [Insert Coin]

First trailer for NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby – [TVOvermind]

Could we soon pay with just our palms? – [GeeksAreSexy]

Posters featuring one star quotes from Amazon – [FilmDrunk]

Tipping smart cars – [TheChive]

The Creationist Cosmos – [WWIW]

Photos that are strange and scary – [Izismile]

Baby hummingbirds in the nest – [Neatorama]

The best video game bug of 2014 – [io9]

The best stealing home plate moments in baseball – [Maxim]

New trailer for Gone Girl – [BroBible]

Kermit the Frog goes psycho – [ToplessRobot]



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Apr 15 2014

The 50 Most Frustrating Moments in Video Games

Published by under Video Games,Videos

As I watched this video I was surprised with just how many I’d actually experienced, most being pulled from my childhood because well, nostalgia. I almost started getting mad just thinking about some of these, further proof that video games cause aggression through losing, not violence.

Could have done without the narration, but it’s a very comprehensive list. What would you add to the pile here that wasn’t mentioned?



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Apr 15 2014

The Phenomenal Pop Culture Art of Craig Drake

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Chances are if you’ve been given your own solo art show at LA’s Hero Complex Gallery, you’re pretty damn good, and that’s certainly the case with Craig Drake.

His series features some of the most iconic characters ever across film and TV, though I like his inclusion of supporting characters like Vasquez above.

From Han Solo to Snake Plissken to Buffy Summers, there’s something here for everyone. Check out all the pieces below: Continue Reading »



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