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Pokemon Go Cliff

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Pokémon Go is the newest taking the world by storm. Within one week, not only has the app brought Nintendo back to life in a big way (adding $7.5 billion to Nintendo’s market revenue), but now people are actually going outside of the house. For years most of our mobile app games had us crushing candy from sitting on our couches, desks, or toilets, but now the Pokémon Go little spaces in search of these Pokémon creatures. Because this is almost a new territory in the world of phone apps, people are very excited to be a part of it. People are walking around their neighborhoods, meeting new people, getting exercise as a result of this new phenomenon. But there’s also a dark side to all this fun….  (more…)

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Nearly 30 years ago, John McTiernan was one of Hollywood’s hottest directors. His 1986 film Nomads, despite being a financial and critical bomb, caught the attention of uber-producer Joel Silver, who hired McTiernan to helm Predator. He was on a roll for a few years but some poorly received films did not help; 1999’s The 13th Warrior had negative reactions with test audiences and Michael Crichton, who wrote Eaters of the Dead, on which the film was based on, took over and directed a number of reshoots. Along the way, McTiernan got into some illegal wiretapping, hiring a private investigator to spy on the 2000 Rollerball producer Charles Roven; McTiernan basically made a false statement to an FBI agent and in 2006, that incident caught up with him. After lengthy court battles, McTiernan surrendered to authorities and went to prison on April 3, 2013, to serve a year sentence; however, he released on February 26, 2014 and spent the remaining 34 days at his private ranch in Wyoming. McTiernan’s legal problems, a vicious divorce and liability claims over a 2011 automobile accident plunged him into financial problems and he filed bankruptcy – and he might lose that $10 million ranch.

His last hit film was 1999’s The Thomas Crown Affair.

So, it would be a valid assessment to say that McTiernan might be a tad bit . . . cranky.  (more…)

Candace Payne, also known as Chewbacca Mom, streams a Facebook Live video with her custom Chewbacca Mom action figure during a meet and greet at Hasbro HQ in Pawtucket, R.I., Friday, June 17, 2016. Payne is known for her viral Facebook Live video post of herself wearing a Hasbro Chewbacca Electronic Mask. (Stew Milne/AP Images for Hasbro)

Sometimes good things happen to good people. And then there is Candace Payne aka “Chewbacca Mom“. Candace rose to popularity when she donned a talking Chewbacca mask she bought at Kohls and proceeded to laugh hysterically into the camera. Some 150 million views later, this stay at home Mom has become the Internets biggest sensation. Except now, most of the Internet doesn’t like her anymore. They’ve turned on her. People have become very upset at the windfall of money, gifts, and opportunities awarded to Candace and her family. What started out as a gift of $2,500 in gift cards and a bunch of Star Wars toys from Kohls, has turned into much much more. Since the airing of her video, Candace has appeared on multiple talk-shows, been given a tour of Facebook home office while hanging out with Chewbacca, sent on a free trip to Disney World for her and her family, and bumped elbows with JJ Abrams and Chewbacca himself Peter Mayhew. On top of all that, her kids have been given free scholarships to Southeastern University.  She’s now also appearing at several Comic Conventions and charging for autographs.

The embarrassment of riches don’t stop there. Chewbacca Mom has been further immortalized, courtesy of toy company Hasbro. (more…)

Ali

Every year can be considered the year of death, but man, 2016 has been particularly brutal. We’ve lost so many legendary actors, performers, and people of influence – Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Abe Vigoda, Prince and many others. Now 2016 has gutted us with another loss. The cold hand of the reaper has taken one of the most famous athletes of all time Muhammad Ali. (more…)

Civil War II

In case you have been living under a rock, Marvel Comics has been heavily promoting their Civil War II comic event. This is the follow up to the original Civil War crossover which Captain America: Civil War is loosely based off of. This time, instead of Iron Man Vs Captain America, it is Iron Man vs Captain Marvel. Instead of a Superhuman Registration Act, the conflict is over a new super-powered Inhuman who has the ability to predict the future (including future crimes). Captain Marvel wants the new Inhuman to be able to profile future crimes and attacks before they happen, and Iron Man against it with the argument that people shouldn’t be punished before a crime is committed. Think Minority Report, but with Marvel’s superheroes.

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The Captain America craze continues! Yesterday we looked at the trending hashtag of #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend that was circulating on Twitter urging Disney to make Steve Rogers homosexual or bisexual. Now today, being New Comics Wednesday, Marvel is adding to Cap’s near-omnipotence with the release of Captain America: Steve Rogers #1. Not only is the patriotic superhero everywhere and anywhere these days, but a secret has been revealed as to Captain America’s true self <Spoilers Ahead> (more…)

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Season Three lurks around the corner for Mike Tyson’s Mysteries. This Sunday April 17th at 11:45 PM a new episode will air on Adult Swim. Anyone who watched the show in the past will understand why it earned a 82% Critic Rating and 95% Audience Rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Mike Tyson stars on the show with a flamboyant ghost named Marquess of Queensberry (pronounced Marcus), his adopted Korean daughter, Yung He and the infamous, show stealing Pigeon voiced by Norm MacDonald. Crude and witty jokes play off of Mike Tyson’s straight man act to a high degree of adult comedy not seen since The Hangover. Last season the gang solved the mystery of how Pigeon (Richard) became a bird. Now we catch up to the gang entering a romance novel episode of “Lusty Cabins”. Check out the video below. (more…)

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Oh the 80’s. The age of excess, cocaine and weird horror. And very few movies just shout 80’s more than the beloved Killer Klowns From Outer Space! After years and years of whispers and rumors of a potential sequel to the horror comedy classic, it seems that there is finally some movement but this time on TV. Yes, the Killer Klowns will be returning to a big top near you, and with the original director at the helm.

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Shia LeBeouf is no stranger to performance art and strange goings on. He’s done some crazy stuff over the years, and perhaps this is one of the more sedate of his attempts at performance art. LeBeouf is currently spending 24 hours in an elevator at Oxford Union, talking with anyone who comes onto the elevator, streaming the entire thing. It’s fascinating and there’s no telling what might happen next. The subjects jump around as each person asks their own questions or answers LeBeouf’s questions. Check out the live stream below. (more…)

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Yeah, you read that right. None other than Captain Kirk himself has signed on to perhaps one of the odder projects he’s been involved with, and in doing so steps into the world of crowd-funded entertainment. Along with genre favourites Morena Baccarin, Ray Wise and Bill Moseley, Malevolent is currently seeking funding for post-production with a release planned for later this year.  (more…)