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24 Aug 18:00

The Value of $100 in the U.S.

by Miss Cellania

Purchasing power varies from state to state, as you probably know. For the rent on a small place in San Francisco, you can mortgage a huge home with acreage in Kentucky. The punchline is, “Yeah, but you’d have to live in Kentucky.” The Tax Foundation crunched the numbers and made a map, comparing how far $100 will go in purchasing power in each state compared with the national average. The map is above, but you can enlarge it at the site, and read about how it was compiled.

The immediate reaction from many was that the map is too simple. The cost of living in New York City is much higher than in the rest of New York state. That’s true- the bigger the city, the more expensive it is to live there. So the Tax Foundation created another map, with more detail to show metropolitan areas compared to their surrounding areas. See the interactive version at the site. In case you’re wondering, the most expensive city in the U.S. is Honolulu. -via mental_floss

28 Aug 22:30

HBO to Air New Banksy Documentary ‘Banksy Does New York’

by Germain Lussier

Banksy documentary

Last year, the city of New York went nuts with Banksy fever. The famous, anonymous, Oscar-nominated British artist claimed residence in the city and put up a new piece of art every single day. It became a cultural phenomenon with people rushing all over the city to see the art and react. Some locals stole art, other defaced it and some even charged to view it. The whole thing became an incredibly interesting commentary on art as well as humanity.

Though Banksy himself did release a short film about the entire experience, now HBO is going to air a film of their own. Filmmaker Chris Moukarbel has crowd-sourced footage from people who saw the art first hand and made a documentary about it called Banksy Does New York. It’ll air on November 17. Read more about the Banksy HBO documentary below.

News of the Banksy HBO documentary showed up on The Hollywood Reporter. If you want to look at an official retrospective, here’s the Instagram account. Here’s what the president of HBO documentaries, Shelia Nevens, said about the film:

From the moment Banksy took over the streets, New Yorkers became obsessed. The film captures this month of madness created by user-gererated footage.

For a hint of what to expect, check out this recap of the event that was potentially posted, but at least endorsed, by Banksy. This is an unrelated film on the same topic.

Each piece that Banksy put up over the month had different messages, many of which were exposed by the public’s reaction to the message. For example, the balloon pictured at the top (courtesy of Melrose and Fairfax) got a bunch of people arrested when they tried to steal it. Another painting got covered up by locals and they charged people $20 to see it. But my favorite, by far, is this video. Banksy set up a stand in Central Park selling 100% authentic paintings, each valued around six figures. However, there was no fan fare. The art just had to stand on its own. Here’s the result.

Watch more videos from the exhibit here on the official YouTube.

I can’t wait to see how the HBO Banksy documentary spins this momentous event. Will you be watching?

The post HBO to Air New Banksy Documentary ‘Banksy Does New York’ appeared first on /Film.

28 Aug 22:00

Deflate Pool Toys Faster with a Drinking Straw

by Patrick Allan

Deflate Pool Toys Faster with a Drinking Straw

Inflatable pool toys are a pain to fill up, but they're an even bigger annoyance when you need to let the air out. Instead of pinching the air valve until your fingers fall off, you can stick a straw in there and deflate them with ease.


28 Aug 23:00 Customer Has Hilarious Conversation with Representative

by John Farrier

Redditor UranusExplorer needed a book for his students. He ordered it through Amazon. Although Amazon gave an online notification showing that it was delivered, UranusExplorer had not received it. So he logged into Amazon's help chat.

The customer service representative who answered was none other than Thor, the Norse god of thunder and strength. This was fortuitous, for it turned out that UranusExplorer was his father, Odin. They conducted an in-character conversation about this failed delivery of the sacred book. You can read a larger version here.

-via Daily of the Day

28 Aug 18:33

17 of the Funniest Deaths From the Final Destination Series, In Gifs

by Jared Jones

I love this so much.

By Jared Jones

According to, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures are tentatively planning to move ahead with another chapter in the indestructible Final Destination series. Hooray for all you Rube Goldberg porn aficionados!

Sources close to BD have stated that a story “needs to be nailed down” before Final Destination 6 moves forward with production, which is hilarious, because it acts as if the five previous installments of the franchise told more of a “story” than the screenplay equivalent of  horror movie Mad Libs (Wendy tries to save _____ but he is ____ by a ____!). Still, when you’re averaging over a $100 million return per film, who can blame you for mindlessly crapping out a new one every few years? Not since the Pet Rock has so little creative effort yielded such lucrative results!

But the appeal of the Final Destination films cannot be found in their carbon-copied plots, nor can it be found in their brunette, Gap-Fall-collection protagonists. Simply put, it’s all about the kills. It’s simple: Gather a bunch of unlikeable teens together in your typical serial killer plot, switch out the serial killer for Death itself, and see how many intricate ways you can kill off said unlikeable teens. While the franchise’s understanding of things like physics and human anatomy are shaky at best the victims bodies are often treated like boneless sacks of blood and meat, basically — the results so far have been nothing short of hilarious, so join us as we look back at some of the series’ finest moments.

The post 17 of the Funniest Deaths From the Final Destination Series, In Gifs appeared first on Screen Junkies.

29 Aug 04:25

by (John)
"Ants working in harmony create a daisy chain to pull dinner home."
28 Aug 18:16

Wish you were here, Jersey Shore

Wish you were here, Jersey Shore

27 Aug 20:30

Ricky Gervais Calls His Upcoming David Brent Movie “Almost a Musical”

by Germain Lussier

david brent movie

Ricky Gervais has revealed some new details on his Office spinoff movie, Life on the Road, and it’ll be music to the ears of fans.

Life on the Road is a mock-documentary that’ll revolve around David Brent, the character Gervais played on The Office. It’ll catch up with the former office manager a few years after the show’s conclusion as Brent continues his quest to become a rock star. That much we already knew.

Last week, the comedian/writer/director was on Sirius XM’s Opie and Jim Norton show and described the film as “almost a musical.” He’s currently writing songs and the script for the film with the hopes to have it in theaters in the next 18 months to two years. Read more about the David Brent movie below.

Here’s what Gervais said about the David Brent movie, Life on the Road, on the Opie and Jim Norton (formerly Opie and Anthony) show:

Yeah I’m gonna do it. It’s really different. It’s another fake documentary about what he’s doing now and what he’s doing now is sort of repping. But he hasn’t let go of this dream of being a rock star and he’s got a lot of songs together and he’s got a young band together that he’s paying through the nose for and they’re just sort of ripping him off. They’re sort of session musicians so he’s losing money. He has to cash in a pension, he does a little tour he wants the record companies to come along too. Obviously he thinks it’s like Scorsese following the Rolling Stones around, this documentary team, but it’s really sort of a Where Are They Now documentary and it’s even sadder and tragic….I’m trying to do like Anvil did for real. It was sort of sweet and tragic….He’s doing songs, it’s almost a musical, really.

Gervais then hinted it would mostly take place in England by joking “Life on the Road 2″ would see Brent in America. Next he was then asked for a timeline:

I’m writing it now, I’ll probably film it…it’ll be next year, now. We’re talking 18 months to two years again.

Finally, he was asked about the release plan:

It’s got cult movie written all over it but it’ll have a theatrical release around the world because The Office, the original one, played in about 100 countries. So it can certainly have a theatrical release around the world. But were not talking “blockbuster.” We’re probably talking an under 10 million dollar movie. I’m not making a Hobbit movie here.

As a die hard fan of The Office, the initial news of this film was incredibly exciting. These further details, that this is a faux-rockumentary with Brent at the center, is almost too good to be true. Surely we’ll hear more about it next year once production begins and hopefully some of the original Office cast members appear as well.

What do you think about this update on the David Brent movie?

The post Ricky Gervais Calls His Upcoming David Brent Movie “Almost a Musical” appeared first on /Film.

28 Aug 00:22

Happy Hour, The 99-Pack

Happy Hour, The 99-Pack

02 Jul 15:00

The 50 Greatest Summer Blockbusters

by Miss Cellania

If you have a minute to read the top 10 they are great.

In June 29, 1975, the way movies were presented changed forever.  Before that, films were released in just a few theaters at a time, and toured the country for months if they were any good. Wide-release movies existed before that, but they were considered a quick cash grab for movies that weren’t very good. Then came Jaws, by 29-year-old Steven Spielberg, opening in 464 theaters because the hype that preceded it caused great demand among moviegoers. Since then, the summer blockbuster is expected, and studios plan around it, hoping to bring us another Raiders of the Lost Ark or Jurassic Park.   

The Dissolve collected 655 movies from the past 40 years that were released in the U.S. between May first and August first, and whittled them down to the top 50, presented in three posts. Each gets a summary and a critique, and together they make a great playlist that you can watch at home, introduce your kids to, and reminisce about the first time you saw them.

Part one: Numbers 50-31.

Part two: Numbers 30-11.

Part three: The Top Ten.

-via Metafilter

27 Aug 15:43

Danger signals you actually care about.

26 Aug 13:23

"Pain is only temporary. Film is forever."

by (John)

This is so Fucking cool.

Devin Graham's latest extreme stunts montage. And the blooper reel showing how much work goes into pulling off even the simplest stunt:

27 Aug 14:00

This Power Rangers Zordon Cosplay Is Brilliant

by John Farrier

This ingenious cosplayer, whose name remains unknown to me at this point, is dressed as Zordon of Eltar, the enigmatic (and racist) mentor of the Power Rangers from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I'm curious about what he can do with those electrical components.

He looks just like the real Zordon in his tube!

(Video Link)

Here's a video of him at Morphicon 2014, a fan convention held last weekend in Pasadena, California.

-via Ben Dunn

27 Aug 13:03

by (John)
From an old article--when Avengers and Breaking Bad were filming next to each other, Sam Jackson wanted to do a brief cameo as Nick Fury by ordering chicken at Pollos Hermanos.
26 Aug 18:32

Jurassic World Immortalizes The Late Richard Attenborough Perfectly

by Rob Bricken

Jurassic World Immortalizes The Late Richard Attenborough Perfectly

Sir Richard Attenborough passed away this weekend at the age of 90, but his cinematic legacy will live on. And given that Jurassic Park's entrepreneur John Hammond may be his best known role, it's only fitting that the upcoming sequel Jurassic World honor both the character and the actor — and they have.


26 Aug 18:25

Newswire: Polaris, the band from The Adventures Of Pete And Pete, is going on tour

by Marah Eakin

Polaris, best known as “that band from The Adventures Of Pete And Pete,” is going on tour. The Mark Mulcahy-fronted trio has only played live once, during a charity concert in 2012, and it released just one record—the aptly titled Music From The Adventures Of Pete & Pete—back in 1999. The Waiting For October tour makes stops in nine different cities, including New York City, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia. Its October 26 show in Chicago, presented by Consequence Of Sound, will be held in tandem with a taping of The Adventures Of Danny And Mike, a podcast hosted by Danny Tamberelli and Mike Maronna, the two original brothers Pete.

Dates for the whole run are below, as is one of the band’s best-known songs.

Polaris tour 2014

Oct. 4—The Met—Providence, Rhode Island
Oct. 9—Hammerstein Ballroom—New York, New York
Oct. 10—Spaceland Ballroom—Hamden, Connecticut
Oct ...

23 Aug 21:00

Do Not Enter

by Miss Cellania

This sign makes it very clear that you are not to go in here. It also addresses the possibility that you look at such signs and say, “Or else what?” like I sometimes do. The consequences are clear. -via reddit

24 Aug 22:00

How to Choose a Baby Name

by John Farrier

(Jeff Wysaski/Pleated Jeans)

I don't see the problem. One Direction Farrier would have been a perfectly good name. Or, for something more traditional, we could have chosen Slayer Farrier. But I never win arguments with my wife and had to pay for the legal name change from my own pocket.

26 Aug 05:00

The Most Expensive Movie Props Ever Sold

by Zeon Santos

Movie props demand big bucks at auction, especially if they’re iconic props from equally iconic films, and those who choose to collect movie memorabilia and props are used to paying a hefty price for each piece.

Because of the cost of collecting, and storing or displaying, movie props they're put up for auction from private sellers all the time, and some really amazing stuff inevitably makes its way onto Ebay.

Joe MacFarland from Ebay Stories shared an infographic that reveals the most expensive movie props ever sold, many of which were featured on Ebay.

It's no surprise that props like Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, Marilyn Monroe's dress from The Seven Year Itch and the Delorean from Back To The Future have sold for a more than modest sum, but I was surprised to see Wilson the volleyball from Castaway sold for forty grand!

Anybody got a volleyball and some paint?!

View a larger version of the infographic here

26 Aug 17:00

Batman Hits the Beach

by John Farrier

(Photo: unknown)

Batman is not a disguise that Bruce Wayne wears. Bruce Wayne is a disguise that Batman wears.

He's never truly out of uniform. But when it's really hot, Batman's suit must be lighter and cooler than kevlar. A bit of sunscreen and a few hours on the beach are all the Light Knight needs.

-via Fashionably Geek

25 Aug 16:41

Listen: Childish Gambino – “Candler Road”

by Genevieve Oliver

It’s been a while since we heard new music from Childish Gambino, but he’s back with a seemingly unattached new track called “Candler Road.” It’s a cool listen, with a bumping bass backbeat, plenty of smart, charged braggadocio, and a hilarious interlude with Donald Glover trying to figure out a sensually sung hook. Stay tuned – we’re psyched to see if this track’s attached to an upcoming record. Check it out.

Read more articles like "Listen: Childish Gambino – “Candler Road”" on PMA - Pretty Much Amazing.

Tags: Childish Gambino
23 Aug 01:30

At YouTube headquarters, you can either take the elevator,...


I know a kid who works there, and this is 100% true.

At YouTube headquarters, you can either take the elevator, stairs, or slide!


24 Aug 21:00

UCLA explains on their website that a liberal arts undergraduate...


Sounds accurate

UCLA explains on their website that a liberal arts undergraduate degree is only meant to teach students how to think creatively, not to prepare them for any specific career. Source

24 Aug 12:56

ibtravart: MORE of The New Scooby-Doo Movies! "The Freaky...


MORE of The New Scooby-Doo Movies!

"The Freaky Fashion Show Phantom"- The gang get invited to RuPaul's new runway show but a ghastly ghoul is determined to ruin the event!

"Creepy Convention Caper"- Bruce Campbell meets the gang at a fan convention and they all must find out who’s haunting the hallways.

"The Bearded Banshee of Baltimore"- The gang team up with John Waters and Divine to solve the mystery of The Bearded Banshee of Baltimore”.

"The Silver Moon Scare"- Scooby & the gang meet Gary Busey, who’s annual barbeque fundraiser is being threatened by a werewolf!

Check out the previous New Scooby-Doo Movie spoof here.

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25 Aug 13:21

The closest Sony got to building a Walkman for vinyl

by (John)

This is Sony's PS-F5 battery-powered portable record player with headphone jacks:

There was one at ebay when I checked.
20 Aug 18:50

Zombie safe zone maps


good to know

23 Aug 20:19

The artist formerly known as

15 Aug 06:00

10 Props that Have Been Used in More than One Movie

by Miss Cellania

I love this.

Here’s a great list that will give you something to astound the people you watch movies with. Or even yourself. How impressive will it be when you point out a prop from a movie and name off the others it appeared in? To be honest, many of the same props get recycled over and over. No use in wasting them, right? But I bet you didn’t know the flying car from Blade Runner later showed up in Back to the Future II.  

At the end of filming Blade Runner, director Ridley Scott wanted all of the prop vehicles destroyed so that no other movie production could use them in the future. However, the Spinner, the flying police car, wasn't destroyed—in fact, it was re-painted and re-purposed for Back To The Future Part II. Blade Runner's automotive concept designer Gene Winfield, who designed the Spinner, also worked on Back To The Future Part II to give the sequel a futuristic look and feel.

Read about nine other props that you can see in multiple movies, at mental_floss.

20 Aug 16:00

Gilbert Gottfried Reads the Independence Day Speech

by John Farrier

I love Gilbert.

(Video Link)

In the 1996 movie Independence Day, aliens invade the Earth, intent on exterminating the human race and devouring the planet's resources. The aliens slaughter human military forces wherever they encounter resistance. But on July the Fourth, America leads a great worldwide counterattack that ends in victory.

That counterattack begins with President Thomas Whitmore, played by Bill Pullman, giving an impassioned speech to military forces gathered at Area 51. That speech is embedded below. Gilbert Gottfried, a comedian noted for his commanding and stentorian voice, recently read that speech.

In retrospect, it is clear that Gottfried should have played that role, not Pullman.

(Video Link)

-via Uproxx

22 Aug 14:00

The Will of the Dragonslayer

by John Farrier

(Moose Kleenex)

You want to acquire a new skill and learn more about yourself? Take up a project that you don't know how you're going to complete.

If you're not following Kelly Bastow on tumblr, you should start. She's remarkably expressive and emotionally open in her art. She pours out her inner thoughts beautifully in ink.