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What Would The Super Bowl Be Like If Famous Directors Had Control?

Super Bowl Sunday is offering some alternatives for those who don’t praise the pig skin. There’s the Puppy Bowl, plus MTV is bringing out the big guns (literally) with their Jersey Bowl (aka a “Jersey Shore” marathon). But what would be a way to get more non-fans to tune into the game? This video presents an interesting idea—imagining what the High Holy Day of Football would be like if famous directors were allowed to give it a go. Now you have a chance to see how the big game would be with a hip Wes Anderson soundtrack or Quentin Tarantino’s action-packed cuts. Or you can just focus on how shiny the pants on football uniforms are? Keep reading »

3 Supposedly Horrible Movies Worth Your Love

Empire Magazine recently released a list of the “Top 50 Worst Movies Ever.” This roll call of horrible flicks was not compiled by Empire cinephiles; instead it was concocted from online votes cast by the magazine’s readers. Usually I would think this approach would create an accurate list, and for the most part it did. I found myself nodding and smirking through the majority of the 50 flicks (I’m looking at you, “Gigli”, “Glitter”, and “White Chicks”). But there were a few inclusions that I audibly gasped at. And so, I am willing to risk my self-given titles of “film buff” and “woman of good taste” in an attempt to defend some of these marked movies. Don’t worry. I’ll offer new sacrifices in their place. Keep reading »

Monopoly Gets A Circular Makeover

With the Monopoly board’s new circular shape, it’s easier to throw when you get frustrated after four exhaustive hours of pretending to buy property. [Pop Crunch] Keep reading »

“Valentine’s Day” Promotion Gets “De-Gayed”

Valentine’s Day is coming! And with it the usual traditions that include an outrageous price hike in roses, an outrageous price hike in restaurant dining, and the well-timed rom-com. The role of the latter belongs to a flick to be released on Feb. 12, “Valentine’s Day.” (What a clever title, eh?) Keep reading »

Highlights (Or Lowlights?) Of The 2010 Razzie Nominations

The recent announcement of Academy Award nominations may have people blogging, talking, tweeting and a host of other verbs ending in -ing about the best films of the past year. But what about the worst? To keep things in perspective, on the same day of the Oscar nomination announcements, the Razzies also released their nods. For those who don’t know, the Razzies are the awards created to celebrate, or at least point fingers at, the worst films and performances of the year. And this year, like most, they seem to have done a pretty accurate job, even if they did pick on “New Moon“—gasp. Keep reading »

Could J.D. Salinger Have A Safe Full Of Unpublished Work?

J.D. Salinger, who sadly died yesterday, hasn’t published a word since 1965. But rumor has it that he had several unpublished books hidden in a safe at his New Hampshire home. Salinger’s family and literary reps have kept silent on the possibility of unseen works, but others who knew the author have been talking about it. A former girlfriend of Salinger’s said that he told her about at least two unreleased novels, while his neighbor says that Salinger told him of 15 secret books. Perhaps it’s wrong of us, but we’re hoping it’s true. And if these books do exist—should they be published now that Salinger is dead? [Newser, AP] Keep reading »

Australians Want To Ban Small-Breasted Women And Female Ejaculation In Porn

The Australian government apparently has some issues with a woman’s “down under.” The Classification Board for the country’s smut industry is working on banning porn that includes female ejaculation and/or small breasts. The censors are trying to block any websites that include or link to material that include these particular “offenders.” Customs officials are also being advised to confiscate any pornography that has instances of female ejaculation. So, I guess now would be an ideal time to look into becoming an Australian Customs Official since screening smut could be part of your job description? But this is not the most outrageous element of this new ban—what’s worse is the reasoning. Keep reading »

10 Celebrities Who Switched Hair Color Teams

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Hayden Panettiere surprised the paparazzi when she returned from Miami as a redhead. [The Sun]

The 20-year-old “Heroes” star may not be a blonde bombshell anymore, but she certainly isn’t the first to trade in her hair color for a drastically different dye job. Whether it’s for a movie role, paparazzi-proofing, or just for the hell of it, these celebrities caused a stir by switching it up.

Brutal Beatings In “The Killer Inside Me” Shock Sundance Crowds

The Sundance Film Festival is the place for new movies to get initial buzz. For Michael Winterbottom’s film “The Killer Inside Me,” the reaction seems to be outrage. The film is an adaption of Jim Thompson’s 1952 novel of the same name, and offers a dark and cruel look inside the mind of a vicious serial killer who takes a sickening delight in torturing and murdering women. It’s an aspect of the book that Winterbottom gruesomely exploits on screen. The trailer/highlight reel shows footage of Jessica Alba‘s character getting violently whipped and later beaten by the murderer, played by Casey Affleck. A beating that viewers of the film have said not only leaves Alba’s character dead, but her jaw bone exposed. The rest of her face resembles “hamburger meat.” Kate Hudson’s character is also brutally attacked in the film in a similar display of violence that leaves her with a broken windpipe. Keep reading »

Artist Katie Sokoler Keeps The Kid Inside Alive

In-flight magazines almost never hold my attention—more often than not, I lose interest in them once I figure out the crossword puzzle is already completed. After this, I usually find myself flipping through Sky Mall and picking out all the outrageous things I could buy for my cat if I had all the money in the world. But on my most recent trip, I found myself not only intrigued by an article but emotionally affected as well. The piece was on Brooklyn-based photographer/street artist Katie Sokoler whose recent work is about capturing the child in everyone. Keep reading »

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