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21 Oct 19:22

Great Job, Internet!: “Monster Mash” gets an appropriately bloody and violent update for 2014

by Joe Blevins

“The zombies were having fun. The party had just begun. The guests included Wolf Man, Dracula, and his son.” That optimistic sentiment might have been fine in October 1962, when Bobby “Boris” Pickett And The Crypt Keepers hit the top of the Billboard charts with the cheerfully spooky “Monster Mash,” but it doesn’t quite “cut it,” to use a Pickett-esque pun, in 2014 when our movie monsters habitually eat their victims’ livers and hack up their bodies with chainsaws. Luckily, the Key Of Awesome has given the quaint, 52-year-old novelty song an appropriately gory update with such newfangled bogeymen as Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, the Saw puppet, and even good old Hannibal Lecter. The lead vocals, however, are still handled by a Karloff-accented Frankenstein monster, who demonstrates genuine revulsion at the gruesome and uncouth antics of these latter-day horror stars. “Is it too much to ask ...

22 Oct 21:00

Great Job, Internet!: Watch an annotated MST3K episode for free on YouTube

by William Hughes

One of the (many) pleasures of classic cult comedy show Mystery Science Theater 3000 is sifting through the dozens of obscure, esoteric references Mike, Joel, and the Bots lobbed at the various cinematic stinkers they were forced to endure. From Hawkwind to W.B. Yeats, from Hamdingers to Larry Csonka, every episode had at least one joke certain to go over or under the heads of all but the most Renaissance of men and women. (It also helped if you had an encyclopedic knowledge of the culture and geography of the northern Midwest of the United States, where the show was made.)

For years, the people over at The Annotated MST have been working to collect all of these high-brow, low-brow, and just plain weird jokes and references in one place. At present, they’ve made their way through about half the series, but now, thanks to a partnership with ...

22 Oct 17:30

‘The Gambler’ Red-Band Trailer: Real Talk With John Goodman and Mark Wahlberg

by Russ Fischer

Gambler red-band trailer

This is a great first trailer for The Gambler. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as a man with a big problem, and features John Goodman as a guy who might be able to help — if he doesn’t make things a whole lot worse.

Rupert Wyatt is known by most audiences for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but he really made his name with the UK prison break film The Escapist. Now he has directed a remake of The Gambler, about a college professor whose gambling problem gets him in debt, leading to some pretty desperate choices. Going off The Gambler red-band trailer, which is rhythmic and profane and compulsively watchable, he may have done something pretty good with this remake.  

This is very not safe for work due to language.

The Gambler also features Brie Larson, Michael K. Williams and Jessica Lange. It was scripted by William Monahan (The Departed) based on the original script for the James Caan film, written by James Toback. It opens limited December 19, and will expand on January 2, 2015. Trailer via ParamountUK. (Yahoo has the clip in the US.)

Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award®-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…


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24 Oct 15:30

Fake art can be detected because of nuclear bombs. Strontium-90...

Fake art can be detected because of nuclear bombs. Strontium-90 and cesium-137 are isotopes that didn’t exist in nature before nuclear explosions, so any piece of artwork containing these elements that’s supposed to be made before 1945 is a forgery. Source

23 Oct 18:05

The New Best Day to Book a Flight Is Sunday

by Melanie Pinola

The New Best Day to Book a Flight Is Sunday

Sunday is the new Tuesday when it comes to getting the best deal on plane tickets, a new study reveals.


23 Oct 18:15

The Best Rechargeable Batteries

by Shane Roberts, Commerce Team on Kinja Co-Op, shared by Shane Roberts, Commerce Team to Lifehacker

The Best Rechargeable Batteries

Unsurprisingly, Eneloops dominated the best rechargeable battery voting , taking almost 80% of the vote as of this writing. The Eneloop line has an incredible reputation, and garnered huge numbers of positive anecdotes from our readers. In addition to the winning AAs, Eneloop offers AAAs, chargers, and C and D spacers.


23 Oct 14:51

Freddie Mercury

by Jon
Freddie Mercury“Freddie Mercury” by Pablo Bustos aka Wirdou
14 Oct 20:17

Seth Rogen Got To Publicly Embarrass The Guy Who Canceled ‘Freaks And Geeks’

by Wookie Johnson

In one of the more lunkheaded moves in NBC’s rich history of lunkheadity, they canceled Freaks and Geeks after airing just twelve episodes. The series went on to find a massive audience in the years following and helped to launch the careers of people like Judd Apatow, Paul Feig, and Seth Rogen. The latter of which finally got to confront the man who threw the switch.

This past weekend, Rogen and his wife were hanging out backstage at Saturday Night Live with Paul Rudd. He overheard someone mention the executive’s name and knew what had to be done. “I know his name, obviously, because we’ve talked about how stupid he is for the last 15 years,” he told HuffPost Live.

Rogen then took a break from telling Paul Rudd how he knows he’s gay to point him out and said, “This is the guy who cancelled Freaks and Geeks,” and Rudd was like, “Oh, so you’re the guy?! What’s THAT feel like?!”

The executive stood by his decision. “He was like, ‘You know, Judd [Apatow, 'Freaks and Geeks' executive producer] wouldn’t listen to my notes.’ I was like, ‘The notes probably were stupid,’” Rogen said. “He oddly dug in and kind of tried to justify it.”

He was like, ‘You know, I kept telling Judd [Apatow], give them a victory, give them a victory,’ And I was like, ‘The whole show was about how in high school you always lose all the time and that’s it!’ He went to a private school and was very rich as a child.”

That explains how we get duds like Whitney, The Paul Reiser Show, and anything with Jay Leno. Out-of-touch prep school kids who never face real world conditions graduate to become tastemakers and they don’t know a genuine classic when they see it. How dare they try to project happiness to the masses!

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15 Oct 15:00

‘The Walking Dead’ Ties One On With ‘The Walking Drunk’

by Wookie Johnson

With ratings bordering on outrageously high, The Walking Dead shows no sign of slowing down before awkwardly stumbling backward and lurching forward again onto its face. Unlike these folks that The Wolf of System of a Down creators Marca Blanca cast to play the zombies in their inebriated take on the zombie series, The Walking Drunk.

If this makes it to a second or third season, this lady is a shoe-in to play Drunk Michonne.


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17 Oct 21:37

Tremors 5 is Happening! Tremors 5 Is Happening!! TREMORS 5 IS HAPPENING!!!

by Jared Jones

I am a fan of the Tremors franchise.

By Jared Jones

You guys might not know this, but I am quite literally the biggest fan of the 1990 Kevin-Bacon-fighting-giant-underground-worms vehicle, Tremors, that exists on this planet or any other for that matter. Go ahead, ask me literally anything about any of the movies (or even the short-lived TV show) that I don’t already know. You can’t do it, can you? Like I said…

So because I am such a big fan of the Tremors series (the biggest!), I actually follow the franchise on Facebook, despite the fact that the last incarnation, The Legend Begins, came out some 10 years ago and was also a soggy floor turd of a movie that should be flushed down Satan’s fiery toilet of Hell. In any case, my intense, fanboyish dedication to the franchise that spawned the greatest direct-to-video sequel of all time, the term Ass Blasters, and the acting career of Reba Mcentire has finally paid off, as it has given me the opportunity to deliver the greatest news of this century to you Screen Junkies readers: TREMORS 5 IS HEADING OUR WAY, Y’ALL.

F*CK YES, a new Tremors movie to wash the rancid taste of The Legend Begins out of our mouths! There’s no way this can go, wait…did they say Jamie Kennedy?! As in Malibu’s Most Wanted and that godawful breakdancing movie I can’t remember the name of Jamie Kennedy?

And seriously, how old is Michael Gross nowadays to still be fighting these underground God damn monsters? Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way disappointed that the man behind my favorite wise-cracking paranoid survivalist is coming back for another incarnation, but do they honestly expect me to believe that Burt Gummer hasn’t figured out every trick that the Graboids, Shriekers, and Ass Blasters have to offer by now? STEEL WALLS. The answer to how to stop a Graboid is steel walls.

God damn it, voices in my head, quit being so pessimistic! Tremors 5 is going to blast our asses in the most consensual, non-sexual manner possible. But until it does, let’s just kick back and remember why we all love this series so…

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21 Oct 17:59

This Chart Will Help You With The Release Schedules Of All The Upcoming Superhero Films

by Penn Collins

This is important.

With the deluge of superhero films coming our way from Marvel, and more recently, DC, it’s hard to keep things straight. I, for one, have simply put my life on hold until I can make sense of all these releases and know that I’m not glossing over a CRUCIAL 2018 DC comics release that I would otherwise be totally unprepared for.

So, the good folks at the Comics Alliance have put together a chart for us that lays it all out.

Of course, this chart is subject to wild changes, director departures, CGI mishaps, and many other delay-causing events. But as of today, October 21st, it’s in tip-top shape.

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21 Oct 19:08

[VIDEO] Hannibal Buress Calls Bill Cosby a “Smug-Faced Rapist” With a “Public Teflon Image”

by Jared Jones

By Jared Jones

Quick, let’s do a little word association. Without giving it too much thought, give me the three first words that come to mind when I mention the name…Bill Cosby.

What did you come up with? Pudding? Jell-O? Ruuuuddyyy?!!!

How about RAPE?

Because in the case of at least a dozen women (allegedly), that last word would be the *first* thing they associate with he of the pudding pops and sweaters. You see, for how clean-cut of an image Cosby maintained on television each week between 1984-92, he was (allegedly) something of a horrific sexual predator once the cameras were turned off. Vulture has put together a handy little timeline of the allegations aimed at Cosby over the years, which range from vulgar to downright disgusting and the antithesis of what you’d expect from the family-friendly comic.

I say this not to shatter your image of the man behind one of the most groundbreaking and influential shows of all time, but rather, to give you a little insight into comedian Hannibal Buress’ scathing bit about Cosby — which was captured during a recent performance and has been making the rounds on the web over the past couple of days — in which he straight up calls Cosby a rapist with a “public Teflon image.”

We’ve thrown a video of his bit above, along with a transcription below.

Bill Cosby has the f—ing smuggest old black man public persona that I hate. He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the 80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches. ‘I don’t curse onstage.’ Well, yeah, you’re rapist, so I’ll take you saying lots of motherf—ers on Bill Cosby: Himself, if you weren’t a rapist. I don’t know what I’m doing by telling you. I guess I want to just at least make it weird for you to watch Cosby Show reruns. Dude’s image, for the most part, it’s f–king public Teflon image. I’ve done this bit on stage and people think I’m making it up….That sh*t is upsetting. If you didn’t know about it trust me. When you leave here, Google ‘Bill Cosby rape.’ It’s not funny. That sh*t has more results than ‘Hannibal Buress.’

People have been quick to defend Cosby while lampooning the Broad City star as “a hack” who “needs to bring others down to feel better about himself” and so forth, which is to be expected, as many of those same people are probably the ones who insist that Woody Allen is only an *alleged* pedophile despite the fact that, no, dude’s just a pedophile no matter which way you slice it. Funny how we will come to the aide of complete strangers if they can play make believe characters we enjoy, isn’t it?

We can’t imagine the drudging up of these claims will do anything to help Cosby’s upcoming sitcom, but then again, the man has achieved such a legendary status that he’s pretty much untouchable these days. (The women who happen to work with him, on the other hand, are anything but. Allegedly.)

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22 Oct 15:19

An Actor From ‘Goodfellas’ Has Sued ‘The Simpsons’ For $250 Million

by Penn Collins

Do you know who Frank Sivero is? You probably don’t know the name, but you may know the face. More specifically, the hair. Frank Sivero played one of the ill-fated mobsters in Goodfellas, and was known for his skull-enveloping hair helmet.

Here’s Frank Sivero:

And here’s “Mob Louie” from The Simpsons:

The look similar. In fact, from the time I had first seen Goodfellas, I figured that this character was based on Frank Sivero’s. Sivero goes a step further in his lawsuit, claiming that he lived next to a Simpsons writer in 1989 and the writer ripped off a character that Sivero had been developing. He claims that the likeness and mannerisms are “strongly evocative” of his Goodfellas character.

It seems like Sivero is on a bit of a litigation tear these days. He sued a sandwich shop in July for making a Frankie Carbone sub, which uses the name of his Goodfellas character. Do not try to cross the law on Frank Sivero’s watch. He will sue you for $250 million.


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20 Oct 12:41

Foo Fighters – “Something From Nothing” Video

by Stereogum

Foo Fighters have put out a music video for their first Sonic Highways single, “Something From Nothing.” It’s a pretty straight-forward affair, with the band jamming out in the Chicago studio they used while the lyrics are scrawled out in white behind them, though it gets a little more frenzied as the song builds up by using a bunch of quick cuts and bright lights. It’s the same performance that closed out the first episode of their HBO series, which premiered on Friday. Watch below.


22 Oct 15:57

entertainmentweekly: A deep dive into the glorious time-suck...


A deep dive into the glorious time-suck that is ‘Simpsons World’

Goodbye, real world.

13 Oct 23:00

Limited Edition Stay Puft ‘Ghostbusters’ LP Release Smells Like Marshmallows

by Germain Lussier

Stay Puft New York City

The 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters seemingly reached its climax last week when a new film was finally announced. And while the news was not what most expected to hear, the timing couldn’t have been better. All year, fans had been celebrating the 1984 comedy classic with art shows, events, screenings, donuts and more. A new movie, reboot or not, seemed like perfect cherry on top.

Now it looks like we’re putting some marshmallow on top of that cherry. A brand new Stay Puft Ghostbusters vinyl has been revealed that not only looks, but also smells like marshmallows. The deluxe double-12″ single set also includes some cool lenticular images, two songs and more. The limited edition release is now available for pre-order. Read more below.

Here’s an image of the Stay Puft Ghostbusters vinyl set:

Ghostbusters Stay Puft Vinyl

And here’s the full info. You can pre-order the release at this website:

The Traveler has come! Legacy Recordings celebrates the 30th anniversary of the classic comedyGhostbusters in the biggest, fluffiest way.  The Stay Puft Super Deluxe Edition Vinyl is a  limited edition collectible vinyl package in honor of the terrifying but tasty Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. This package contains the No. 1 hit single “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. and the fan-favorite  “Ghostbusters” rap by Run-DMC for the film’s hit sequel featured on a white 12” single in a deluxe collectable package.

This deluxe package includes the following: 

  • 12” White vinyl single – both tracks are on Side A.  Side B is smooth
  • Two 12 x 12 Stay Puft 3D lenticular images from the film
  • One 12 x 12 Stay Puft 3D motion lenticular image from the film
  • Puffy gatefold jacket which simulates the feel and texture of a marshmallow
  • Marshmallow scented jacket
  • Inner gatefold includes full photo collage of Mr. Stay Puft’s iconic march through New York City.
  • Numbered Certificate of Authenticity 

Also included in this limited edition version is one complete set of Stay Puft Marshmallow Man facial expressions with three individual emotions separated onto layers of unbound transparencies. The set is contained in a clear sleeve pouch.  

As an added bonus, you will receive a FREE 6 inch Stay Puft figurine with your purchase. 

There will only be 3,000 of this exclusive super deluxe package and it is only available here.

The post Limited Edition Stay Puft ‘Ghostbusters’ LP Release Smells Like Marshmallows appeared first on /Film.

22 Oct 03:58

by (John)

I do enjoy Clash of Clans.

22 Oct 03:30

The Avengers 2 Trailer Confirmed For Next Week's Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

by editorm101
20 Oct 15:30

Maureen Clemmons used Egypt’s historical clues to form the...

Maureen Clemmons used Egypt’s historical clues to form the theory that pyramids were built using kites. To help test it, a team from Caltech raised a 15-foot, 6,900 lb. obelisk using only a kite, pulley system, and support frame. It only took 25 seconds to lift it. Source

21 Oct 02:14

Guardians of the Galaxy Music To Be Released On Cassette

by editorm101
20 Oct 16:59

by (John)
Don't be caught unafraid when the Ebola panic dies down. Start transitioning now to fear about the border. Work smart, people. Plan ahead.
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) October 20, 2014
18 Oct 03:45

by (John)
Korea's national cigarettes have the single greatest logo I've ever seen on anything.
— Marc Haynes (@marchaynes) September 17, 2014
08 Oct 19:20

Louis CK Tweets A Majorly Trippy Story About Origins Of Life On Earth

by Lauren Davis

This is pretty great.

Louis CK Tweets A Majorly Trippy Story About Origins Of Life On Earth

What happens when comedian Louis CK starts tweeting about his "feelings" regarding the origin of life on Earth, the nature of the solar system, and the Big Bang? We get a strange piece of science fiction that apparently went straight from CK's brain to the keyboard.


09 Oct 22:21

What the Hell Is This Animal and Why Is It Moving Like That?

by Annalee Newitz


What the Hell Is This Animal and Why Is It Moving Like That?

It's like some kind of Cthulhu Mythos creature. And it's real.


15 Oct 23:55

Fox News' Shepard Smith Says Not To Panic About Ebola. He's Right.

by Robbie Gonzalez

This is excellent.

If you read, watch, or listen to one thing about Ebola in America today, let it be this. Fox News anchor Shepard Smith delivered a much-needed rebuke against sensationalist coverage of U.S. Ebola cases today, while providing a clear-headed review of the facts as they now stand.


17 Oct 02:17

by (John)
14 Oct 13:02

Watch Foo Fighters Cover Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” With Zac Brown On Letterman

by Stereogum

When the Foo Fighters announced a five-day residency on the Late Show With David Letterman as they’re getting ready to drop both an album and a TV show, it seemed likely that they’d debut five of the songs from that album. One night in, though, and that’s not what’s happening. Instead, they brought a country music star onstage to cover a metal classic. The night’s guest was Zac Brown, the Nashville superstar whose Zac Brown Band finds the unlikely border between mainstream country and jam-band festival fare. (Dave Grohl produced their The Grohl Songs, Vol. 1 EP.) Brown sat in as they covered Black Sabbath’s immortal 1970 destroyer “War Pigs,” and he showed an impressive level of muscle in his vocals, even if he did flub the “in the fields, the bodies burning” line. Grohl also sat for an interview with Letterman, talking about the ideas behind the Sonic Highways album and TV show and about his kids’ musical tastes. Watch the performance and the interview below.


15 Oct 20:10

Mario Kart multiplayer in real life.

Mario Kart multiplayer in real life.

15 Oct 13:00

Rob McElhenney to Write and Direct Family Adventure ‘Figment’ for Legendary Pictures

by Germain Lussier

Love Figment.

Rob McElhenney figment

Out of all the words in that headline, it’s “Legendary Pictures” that should grab your attention. Sure you know Rob McElhenney. He’s the co-writer, co-star and co-creator of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. And Figment, well, that could be anything. But “Legendary Pictures” has a certain connotation. They make big tentpole movies, so it’s very intriguing to hear that McElhenney has signed a deal to write and direct his feature debut with the company. What’s even better is that Figment is a big family adventure. Read more below.

Deadline broke the news about Rob McElhenney and Figment. According to the site, McElhenney made a four-minute reel and a twenty-minute pitch to the Legendary executives about the film and they gave him seven figures on the spot.

Figment is described as “a family action adventure about an imaginative boy and his family who are thrown for a loop when their greatest fears come to life.” The films it shares themes with are reportedly E.T. and The Goonies.

There’s also a mention of the main character having a “figment,” which you might assume is some kind of imaginary character.

I love big, original ideas for family adventure films like this. Hollywood needs more of them. As for McElhenney, he’s not well-known as a director but he’s been putting out one of the most buzzed about shows on TV for the better part of a decade at this point. That kind of thing doesn’t happen by accident and he’s incredibly dedicated to storytelling. Remember when he literally gained 50 pounds so the characters on the show could make jokes about his weight gain?

Figment, though, sounds like the polar opposite of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It should be very interesting and exciting to follow the progress of this one to see if it can even capture half the heart of the Eighties films its inspired by.

What do you think about McElhenney writing and directing a family adventure for Legendary?

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15 Oct 00:30

A London company has designed a pen that lets you draw actual...

A London company has designed a pen that lets you draw actual objects. The Lix 3D Pen prints out melted plastic that cools as you use it, so you can build, sculpt, or design in 3D by “writing” with the pen. Source