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18 Dec 13:00

18 Facts You May Not Know about Steven Spielberg

by Miss Cellania

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

[Ed. note: this post is in honor of Spielberg's 68th birthday today.]

You know him as the director who brought us Jaws,  E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, and Saving Private Ryan, among many other films. But there’s probably a lot that you didn’t know about Steven Spielberg. In honor of the filmmaker's 68th birthday today, let's learn some more about him.

* The first movie Steven Spielberg ever saw was The Greatest Show on Earth (1953).

* He has never had a cup of coffee in his entire life. Steven has never liked the smell of coffee and has never had the desire to try it.

* Steven has one of the largest gun collections on the East Coast. He shoots, but only privately.

* His all-time favorite cartoon character is Daffy Duck.

* He cast his cocker spaniel, Elmer, in several of his films, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1941, The Sugarland Express, and Jaws.
 
* During the filming of a 1969 episode of Night Gallery, Steven gave Joan Crawford the gift of a single red rose in a Pepsi bottle. During a conversation with a reporter for the Detroit Free Press, Joan pointed to Steven and said, “Go interview that kid because he's going to be the biggest director of all-time.” She and Steven remained good friends until her death in 1977.

* According to Teri Garr, Elvis Presley's Viva Las Vegas (1964) is one of Steven's favorite movies.

* He has the original “Rosebud" sled from Citizen Kane in his home.



* He is the only Oscar-winning director of a “Best Picture" to be paid nothing for his directorial chores. He asked to be paid nothing for his direction of Schindler's List (1993).

* Steven has a phobia about "furniture with feet.”

* He nicknamed the mechanical shark in Jaws “Bruce" in honor of his lawyer.

* He is a lifelong fan of the James Bond 007 films. He says his favorite Bond girl is Honor Blackman.

* He is an excellent shot with a shotgun. According to actor Shia LaBeouf, “He's an Olympic shot. The hand-eye coordination of the man is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.”

* Steven says his favorite curse word is “Rats!"

* He enjoys watching golf on TV. He loves the shows Doctor Who and Cops. He also loves computer games, especially his beloved Assassin's Creed.

* He would get very depressed while directing Schindler's List because of the film's subject matter. He would talk to Robin Williams over the phone every week and Robin would tell him jokes to make him laugh and cheer him up.



* Steven has not only directed and produced movies, but has has a few acting gigs, including roles in both The Blues Brothers (1980) and the Austin Powers movie Goldmember (2002).

* Steven's says his all-time top ten favorite movies are:

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Fantasia (1940)

Citizen Kane (1940)

It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

A Guy named Joe (1943)

The War of the Worlds (1953)

Psycho (1960)

Day for Night (1973)

The Godfather (1972)

(Title image credit: Georges Biard)

18 Dec 13:00

18 Facts You May Not Know about Steven Spielberg

by Miss Cellania

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

[Ed. note: this post is in honor of Spielberg's 68th birthday today.]

You know him as the director who brought us Jaws,  E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, and Saving Private Ryan, among many other films. But there’s probably a lot that you didn’t know about Steven Spielberg. In honor of the filmmaker's 68th birthday today, let's learn some more about him.

* The first movie Steven Spielberg ever saw was The Greatest Show on Earth (1953).

* He has never had a cup of coffee in his entire life. Steven has never liked the smell of coffee and has never had the desire to try it.

* Steven has one of the largest gun collections on the East Coast. He shoots, but only privately.

* His all-time favorite cartoon character is Daffy Duck.

* He cast his cocker spaniel, Elmer, in several of his films, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1941, The Sugarland Express, and Jaws.
 
* During the filming of a 1969 episode of Night Gallery, Steven gave Joan Crawford the gift of a single red rose in a Pepsi bottle. During a conversation with a reporter for the Detroit Free Press, Joan pointed to Steven and said, “Go interview that kid because he's going to be the biggest director of all-time.” She and Steven remained good friends until her death in 1977.

* According to Teri Garr, Elvis Presley's Viva Las Vegas (1964) is one of Steven's favorite movies.

* He has the original “Rosebud" sled from Citizen Kane in his home.



* He is the only Oscar-winning director of a “Best Picture" to be paid nothing for his directorial chores. He asked to be paid nothing for his direction of Schindler's List (1993).

* Steven has a phobia about "furniture with feet.”

* He nicknamed the mechanical shark in Jaws “Bruce" in honor of his lawyer.

* He is a lifelong fan of the James Bond 007 films. He says his favorite Bond girl is Honor Blackman.

* He is an excellent shot with a shotgun. According to actor Shia LaBeouf, “He's an Olympic shot. The hand-eye coordination of the man is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.”

* Steven says his favorite curse word is “Rats!"

* He enjoys watching golf on TV. He loves the shows Doctor Who and Cops. He also loves computer games, especially his beloved Assassin's Creed.

* He would get very depressed while directing Schindler's List because of the film's subject matter. He would talk to Robin Williams over the phone every week and Robin would tell him jokes to make him laugh and cheer him up.



* Steven has not only directed and produced movies, but has has a few acting gigs, including roles in both The Blues Brothers (1980) and the Austin Powers movie Goldmember (2002).

* Steven's says his all-time top ten favorite movies are:

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Fantasia (1940)

Citizen Kane (1940)

It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

A Guy named Joe (1943)

The War of the Worlds (1953)

Psycho (1960)

Day for Night (1973)

The Godfather (1972)

(Title image credit: Georges Biard)

19 Dec 08:00

National Geographic Photo Contest 2014 Winners

by Lisa Marcus
Corey

Love these.

 Image: Christian Miller, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Australia | Honorable Mention, Nature category

National Geographic
judges have selected the winning entries in their 2014 Photography Contest. The winning entries were chosen from a total of 9,200 total entries. The competition is divided into three categories: nature, places and people. The grand prize winner received $10,000. Here are some stunning examples. 

See all of the captivating images selected by the judges here. 

Image: Archna Singh, Madhya Pradesh, India | Honorable Mention, Nature category

Image: Henrik Nilsson, Boundary Bay, BC, Canada | Honorable Mention, Nature category

Image: Brian Yen, Hong Kong | Grand Prize Winner and People category winner

19 Dec 09:00

The All-Star Musical Finale From The Final Episode Of The Colbert Report

by Miss Cellania

(YouTube link)

The Colbert Report is no more. The final episode included a fitting tribute from his friends, a singalong to “We’ll Meet Again,” including everyone who is anyone, whether they were there or not. There’s Patrick Stewart, George Lucas, Gloria Steinhem, Henry Kissinger, Alan Alda, Ken Burns, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Willie Nelson, Cookie Monster, and a whole lot of other folks you may recognize. -via Uproxx

08 Dec 22:44

DEMOLITION MAN Screenwriter Reveals "Three Seashells" Origin

In the 1993 science fiction action film Demolition Man, LAPD Sgt., John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone) is put into a cryogenic prison in 1996 when he's falsely accused of manslaugther. He is later awoken in 2032 and reinstated into the police force so that he can help ill-equipped cops of the future apprehend psychopathic career criminal Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes). The best scenes in the film have to do with Spartan adjusting to this new futuristic environment. In it, Taco Bell (Pizza Hut for some international markets) has won the "Franchise Wars" and is the last remaining chain restaurant, Arnold Schwarzenegger was (at one time) President of the United States of America, and they replaced toilet paper with THREE SEASHELLS! This past weekend at The Egyptian in Hollywood, there was a screening of The Adventures of Ford Fairlane in advance of the film's 25th Anniversary. Screenwriter Daniel Waters was one of the guest
17 Dec 23:59

2015 Lacrosse All-Name Team

by noreply@blogger.com (John)
Griffin Woodfinlevine only made second team.
18 Dec 04:39

James Gunn Responds To The Interview Getting Yanked

by editorm101
18 Dec 10:02

tastefullyoffensive: (tweet by @kevinfarzad)

17 Dec 00:30

Photo

Corey

Referring, of course, to 15 year old girls.



12 Dec 19:36

Nick Offerman on Chris Pratt [x]



Nick Offerman on Chris Pratt [x]

12 Dec 19:45

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16 Dec 10:53

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lumos5001:

kamy2425:

This is Comic Con in a nutshell.

This is the greatest video I ever watched…

did Spider-Man and Deadpool just pull off the Dirty Dancing move flawlessly

13 Dec 00:47

The Best Movie Posters of 2014

by noreply@blogger.com (John)


A good list of the best movie posters of 2014. (You can buy the poster for The Signal at ebay and at Amazon.)
13 Dec 01:19

DC's movie themed comic book covers

by noreply@blogger.com (John)


Some of the covers that will be available in March.
16 Dec 04:37

"The Best Television Episodes of 2014"

by noreply@blogger.com (John)
According to The Atlantic.
12 Dec 16:00

MLB winter meetings: Winners, losers, and others

by Rich Resch

After a busy few days in San Diego, it's time to tally up the scores.

In today's sports scene, it's not enough for there to be winners and losers on the field. Our culture is so competitive that we must keep score not of just the sporting events themselves, but of the period between seasons as well. So here, to satisfy your thirst for competition, are the winners and losers of the 2014 baseball winter meetings.

Winners

Chicago White Sox

Adding Jeff Samardzija and David Robertson to a strong nucleus that includes Chris Sale and Jose Abreu suddenly makes this team legitimate contenders in what should be a four-team AL Central race. That the best player they had to give up was solid infield prospect Marcus Semien to get Samardzija easily makes the south-siders slam dunk winners.

Chicago Cubs

Signing Jon Lester to headline a rotation that also includes 2014 breakout pitcher Jake Arrieta was a major step towards making the Cubs relevant again, even if they had to overpay to land him. Solid veteran Jason Hammel was signed to a reasonable two-year deal, while catcher Miguel Montero was smartly acquired from Arizona in a salary dump. With their new-found rotation depth, as well as an exciting young stable of hitters, the Cubs are set to make some noise in 2015.

Los Angeles Dodgers

No one was busier than Andrew Friedman, who basically transformed the Dodgers overnight from contenders to...even better contenders. Essentially flipping Dee Gordon for Howie Kendrick was an upgrade at the keystone, although the Dodgers may regret trading Andrew Heaney, who they had just received from the Marlins, down the freeway to the Angels. The addition of Jimmy Rollins fills the hole at shortstop vacated by Hanley Ramirez, while trading Matt Kemp netted them catcher Yasmani Grandal, as well as salary relief to potentially upgrade their pedestrian bullpen. And while four years and $48 million may seem like a lot for a guy who had never reached 200 innings until last season, the addition of Brandon McCarthy helps strengthen an already talented rotation.

Max Scherzer

No, he didn't sign a contract yet, but considering that Jon Lester received $155 million over seven years, Scherzer may be in for an even bigger payday than most people expected.

Dillon Gee

Before the winter meetings, the Mets were not expected to find many suitors for Gee. In reality, there were rumored to have been several teams interested in acquiring the 28-year old. Although nothing has materialized yet, it's always flattering to find out that people are interested in you.

Losers

Oakland Athletics

Billy Beane should still have quite a bit of good will among Oakland's fan base, but he is certainly testing their patience this offseason. After jettisoning Josh Donaldson, who many pegged as their franchise player, the A's continued to dismantle their playoff roster by shipping away Brandon Moss for unheralded second base prospect Joe Wendle. But the trade that generated the most negative buzz among A's fans was the deal that sent Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox for Marcus Semien. While Semien actually looks like a good young player who could fill their hole at shortstop, he is not considered to be in the same league as prospect Addison Russell, who was dealt alongside others to acquire Samardzija last season. For a fan base that has had to watch their Bay Area neighbors celebrate championships in three of the past five seasons, this could be a long and trying season. At least the Raiders just beat the 49ers?

Kansas City Royals

How exactly does Kendrys Morales's .218/.274/.338 line from 2014 scream two-years, $17 million? That's a lot of money for a guy who has not been worth more than 1.7 fWAR since 2009, while being worth negative-1.7 fWAR last season.

Others

Boston Red Sox

Losing out on Jon Lester hurts, but swapping Yoenis Cespedes for Rick Porcello was a smart way to deal from strength to improve a weakness. Justin Masterson at one year, $9 million is a solid, low-risk signing, though there is no way to know whether they'll be getting the guy who was an All-Star in 2013 or the guy who was abysmal in 2014. Wade Miley is an innings-eater who has averaged exactly 200 innings per season over his three-year career, but Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster seems like a lot to give up for an unspectacular mid-rotation arm.

Miami Marlins

Acquiring Mat Latos to be their #2 starter without giving up any top prospects is a nice move, and he should take well to his new, pitcher-friendly environment. Where the Marlins may have erred was in trading Andrew Heaney, their top prospect, for a player who has regression written all over him. Dee Gordon gives them game-changing speed at the top of the lineup, but his breakout season came along with an unsustainable .346 BABIP and a well-below-average 4.8% walk rate.

New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants

It was not any move in particular that made this a frustrating winter meetings for the above teams, but rather the moves that were not made. Both the Yankees and Giants watched divisional rivals improve their teams while players they were looking to sign ended up elsewhere. The Yankees saw David Robertson and Brandon McCarthy depart while watching the market for Chase Headley balloon. The Giants missed out on Jon Lester despite a full-court press to sign him, and have yet to fill the hole left when Pablo Sandoval bolted for Beantown. Of course, there is plenty of time for these two teams to address their needs, but ours is an impatient society in need of snap judgments.

12 Dec 14:43

The Best Book Covers of 2014

by noreply@blogger.com (John)
11 Dec 21:39

Photo



10 Dec 17:47

princeowlinapeartree: really sick of seeing so much hate directed towards the police on here. look,...

princeowlinapeartree:

really sick of seeing so much hate directed towards the police on here. look, we get it, you prefer sting’s solo work, i like it too alright? that doesnt mean ‘every little thing she does is magic’ and ‘can’t stand losing you’ arent awesome jams. ‘roxanne’ and ‘don’t stand so close to me’ are classic, don’t even get me started on ‘spirits in the material world’. just stop ok? 

09 Dec 18:30

The Ultimate List of Superhero Lairs

by Midtown Comics

Terry Blinds knows just how important a lair is for your favorite Superhero or Supervillain. From underground vaults, to playboy mansions, to simple apartment rooms, learn how to live like your favorite comic book characters in this fun infographic below. Just make sure to keep the location a secret!

The Ultimate List Of Superhero Lairs
The Ultimate List Of Superhero Lairs by Terrys Blinds.

09 Dec 22:00

(This also works for Facebook videos and SoundCloud, you type:...



(This also works for Facebook videos and SoundCloud, you type: “Magic” between ‘Face’ and ‘Book’ and in between ‘Sound’ and ‘Cloud’. For more details about this, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Fc5hJjSlSY)

09 Dec 13:21

westcoastwaterbender: radicalmuscle: onlylolgifs: The floor...

03 Dec 07:00

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Quotes People Still Repeat 25 Years Later

by Lisa Marcus
Corey

This is a fantastic movie and a D'Ambra family holiday staple.


YouTube Link
“Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? 
Drive you into the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?” 

No patriarch can guarantee a more rocky Christmas than Clark Griswold. He has a knack for trouble of all kinds. Close encounters with sexy lingerie saleswomen while Christmas b̶l̶o̶u̶s̶i̶n̶g̶ browsing. Sleazy, leisure-suited relatives who need a place to stay. Squirrels... indoors. Twenty-five thousand imported, Italian twinkle lights. A turkey as dry as the Sahara desert. It's always waiting for you On Demand or Netflix when you're duly traumatized by the December crowds and need to look at a comically dysfunctional Christmas to put things in perspective. 

I've included some clips from this old holiday favorite; see the rest here. (Warning: NSFW, language.)


YouTube Link
"Looks great! Little full... lotta sap..." 

 


YouTube Link
"It's a bit nipply out -- I mean nippy out! Hahaha! What did I say? Nipple? Ah, there is a nip in the air, though..."

03 Dec 11:00

JPS Loses Drug Problem, Embraces Street Art

by Lisa Marcus

"JPS vs. Banksy"

The following is a Bored Panda user submission:

"My name is Jamie Scanlon and I am the UK-based street artist JPS.

I got into street art in 2009 after visiting Banksy’s excellent museum exhibition which inspired me to face up my problems with drinking and drugs.

I replaced all that buzz with illegally painting, although the greatest part is people liking my work and being able to feel as though I’m giving something back to the world. Here is a selection of some of my works."

Neatorama has featured work by JPS before, but it didn't include the inspirational story he revealed above. See more of Scanlon's posts on his Facebook page, and check out his recent Bored Panda post for more photos of his work. 


"Raising the Bar"

"Roll With Trash"

 "Notorious"

 "Illegal Alien"

05 Dec 06:00

The Glove and Boots Guide to Riding the Subway

by John Farrier
Corey

So good.


(Video Link)

I've never been to New York City, but I hope to visit someday. I've already picked up some of the rules of etiquette, such as to keep walking while you're on the sidewalk and don't try to start conversations with strangers.

Before I go, I'll also re-watch this helpful guide. What does it mean to ride the subway? Johnny T, one of the puppets on the Glove and Boots show, explains:

Think of the subway as going to a party at a stranger's studio apartment at 7 in the morning with 800 other people who all hate each other.

It's the worst party ever. But people go to it every day without killing each other by getting it over with as quickly and as quietly as possible.

-via Daily of the Day

07 Dec 18:00

Traffic Light Lets You Play Pong

by John Farrier

Sandro Engel and Holger Michel are interaction design students at HAWK University, a college in Hildesheim, Germany. They wanted to discourage people from running across busy streets. So they found a way to make waiting at a traffic light fun, rather than annoying. Their solution was to build a simple video game into a traffic light.


(Video Link)

Engel and Michel call the game STREETPONG. It only works when the crosswalk is closed. Players on opposite sides of the street use a touch screen to maneuver boards back and forth, bouncing the ball toward each other.

-via Colossal

08 Dec 03:24

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SuperPunch/~3/-j1ZDNDxFho/todays-nfl-highlights-gathered-in-gif.html

by noreply@blogger.com (John)
Today's NFL highlights gathered in gif form.
06 Dec 08:11

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nyxtheempress:

fragilelifewithlittleregret:

More I need these all over my life

I LOST MY SHIT AT THE LAST PANEL YEA U WORK IT NIKOLAJ GET SOME TYRION

08 Dec 01:10

depraved-sexy-momswap-party: neoarkadia: gangbangs: i never...



depraved-sexy-momswap-party:

neoarkadia:

gangbangs:

i never knew that

But then what’s the triangle button supposed to be?

the illuminati

08 Dec 01:15

laterovaries: This will always be my favorite gifset. Ever.





















laterovaries:

This will always be my favorite gifset. Ever.