When the now-infamous, anti-U.S.North Korean propaganda video aimed at the United States got pulled from YouTube the other day, questions ran amok: why was it pulled? Where did they get such life-like explosions?
Only one name could answer to both: Activision, mighty defender of U.S. copyright law and beat-downer of North Korean propaganda.
Continue reading “Activision: Crushing North Korean Propaganda, One VHS Tape At a Time” »
We’ve all experienced the occasional unpleasant romantic encounter (or lack thereof); most of us, guys and gals, hopefully deal with it in a relatively constructive manner.
Unfortunately, a 29-year-old Texas man by the name of Andrew Mendoza didn’t see it that way — and, after being stood up by his girlfriend, retaliated by taking it out on a poor animal. And by ‘taking it out,’ we mean whipping out his penis and having sex with a horse. Continue reading “Texas Man Busted for Bestiality; Tells Cops He Was Trying to Make a ‘Horse-Baby’” »
This is a completely fan-made version of the game, different from the upcoming Pokemon X and Y versions that will be emerging soon on the Nintendo 3DS system. Continue reading “Is This Fan-Funded/Fully Moddable ‘Pokemon 3D’ The Best Pokemon Game Yet?” »
Perhaps signaling the beginning of the end for the few remaining record companies, Britain-based HMV – a multimedia corporation best known in the music business — had a mass firing yesterday, terminating the careers of about 190 people at one of its England offices.
One of the employees happened to have the username and password to the company’s official Twitter account, and thus decided to tweet his thoughts live as he was being let go. The result is both hilarious, and, given just how mass the firing was, also kind of depressing. Continue reading “HMV Employee Tweets Live From His Firing; Overhears Supervisor Ask ‘How Do I Shut Down Twitter?’” »
Suffice it to say that the new Ghost in the Shell anime, Arise, has generated its share of promoters and detractors: What the hell is it, exactly? Where does it belong in the GITS universe?
A glance at the forums on sites like Crunchyroll suggests no one’s found any clues as to what’s going on. Continue reading “Bandai to Celebrate New GHOST IN THE SHELL Movie With Free Streaming Online Event, Feb. 12” »
Turns out that sitting around all day is actually killing your chances of impregnating your significant other (if that’s indeed your intention).
Perhaps that’s a good reason to get up and, we dunno, swing a tennis racket every once in a while. And by tennis racket we of course mean Wii Tennis game controller! Continue reading “A Reason to Buy a Wii? ‘Too Much’ Couch Sitting Will Make You Impotent, Study Finds” »
Gabe Newell and J.J Abrams are speaking today at DICE 2013 in a talk about storytelling across all platforms.
Abrams, the recently named helmer for the upcoming Star Wars film, announced during the discussion that he and Valve are in talks regarding creating a game together as well as a film for either Half Life or Portal (via Polygon).
Abrams is well known for his work in film and television but he has also done some game development as well. Working through Bad Robot Interactive, he helped co-create Super 8 app as well as the Action Movie FX app.
Just when everything seemed to be looking up, Japanese print manga volume sales apparently did a total about-face last year, reporting some huge losses. Things haven’t been faring much better in the U.S. Digital Manga market either, unfortunately.
According to Anime News Network via market research firm Oricon, many of the country’s manga volume booksellers reported a 1. 5% dip in profits for the 2012 fiscal year. Continue reading “Print Manga Volume Sales Suffer Huge Losses in Japan; U.S. Digital Manga Takes Hit — Now What?” »
Jeremy Clarkson, host of the popular British show Top Gear, has invented the P45. With a helmet for a roof, a visor for a windshield, and inspired by a LEGO spaceman, the car is the smallest street legal automobile in Great Britain.
You can fill up the gas tank without getting out (by placing the hose between your…well, crotch) and also create a popular video on YouTube just by driving it, but outside of that, the P45 doesn’t have too many perks. Continue reading “World’s Tiniest Car Makes You Look Like an Astronaut, Drive Like Complete Imbecile” »
Yep, turns out de-friending someone on Facebook can have a big impact, often in a very real-world/personal way.
While this piece of news probably won’t come as particularly surprising to some, a group of researchers at the University of Colorado have gone a little more in-depth with their analysis — and the specifics delve a little more into what those consequences may entail. Continue reading “Shock: New Study Finds Unfriending on Facebook Can Have Real-Life, Unintended Consequences” »
Marvel Entertainment and Sony Pictures have announced that the official new Iron Man anime, Rise of the Technovore, will officially be released April 16th, 2013.
Among those lending their vocal talents to the production are Norman Reedus of The Boondock Saints, who will provide the voice of The Punisher, alongside Matthew Mercer (Resident Evil: Damnation) as Stark himself. Continue reading “‘Boondock Saints’ Star Reedus to Play Punisher in New Iron Man Anime; Blu-Ray Release Date April 16th” »
Toei Animation, Inc., the original studio behind Leiji Matsumoto’s revered anime of the late 70s/early 8os, will FINALLY be releasing its brand-new film version of Captain Harlock this fall.
According to Anime News Network, Toei made the announcement at a small convention this week, where it officially unveiled its fall lineup. Continue reading “At $30 Million, New ‘Captain Harlock’ Film is Officially the Most Expensive Anime Ever” »
According to NPR, breathing quality over the past 3 weeks in China’s capital city of Beijing has been so bad that the city’s smog alert system has been raised to the highest level in the country’s history.
In addition, plane flights are officially being cancelled because visibility is too low. Health experts in the United States equate living in Beijing with living in a packed smoking lounge.
To celebrate the release of its f2P PS Vita game, Samurai and Dragons, Sega will be offering some exclusive DLC to players: colorful anime-style depictions of the main characters, each drawn by some of today’s top anime artists.
Each babe will correspond with a legendary Sega console. Why? Not exactly sure, but it might be enough to get some old school 8-Bit Sega aficionados to dust off their old Master Systems. Continue reading “Classic Sega Consoles, Re-Imagined as Hot Anime Girls” »
After the ongoing headache/development hell the Warcraft movie was stuck in with Sam Raimi, Blizzard and Legendary Films have locked in major sci-fi ‘indie’ film director Duncan Jones (also known as David Bowie’s son) to helm the project. Great news? Sorta:
The Hollywood Reporter has insisted that this is an adaptation of the Warcraft franchise, not necessarily World of Warcraft, the Massively Multiplayer Online RPG that still has over 10 million subscribers. Continue reading “Warcraft Film Rises From the Ashes, Has Unexpected Choice for Director” »
A new documentary with over one and a half million hits takes a look at why kissing may be on the decline (don’t tell this woman that).
Is it because of insecurities stemming from online dating?
Bad breath a.k.a. Beef jerky?
An attachment to text messaging that apparently barrs anyone from picking up a phone and cutting to the chase in lieu of sending arbitrary messages that are masked in an ocean of emoticons?
It’s rare that Kentucky Fried Chicken ever really does any sort of movie promotions over here in the states. Usually the closest the junk food chain gets is a simple sweepstakes contest, or team-up with Oprah to give away free chicken, which ends in total disastrous calamity.
The last cinema-related thing they did was a tie-in with Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which took place at every KFC in the world. Now, most of the company’s marketing geniuses seem focused on Japan, which is where they’ll be using the chain (especially the Colonel) to promote the newest Dragon Ball Z film release. Continue reading “KFC’s Colonel Sanders Transforms – Into Dragon Ball Z’s Son Goku!” »
As many of you probably heard on Friday, the live-action Robotech is officially back on again, with Warner Bros. now actively pursuing their adaptation of the classic anime (no surprise, since Akira is again D.O.A.)
It still seems too good to be true: in 2007, Tobey Maguire announced some company he was in control of was set to produce the thing. Over time fans probably lost steam; directors kept dropping in and out of the project, Tobey got distracted with other stuff, et.al. Not much of a surprise; if Leonardo DiCaprio couldn’t get it done with Akira, what chance did Macross have? Continue reading “The Live-Action ‘Robotech’ is On Again, and Here’s How They Can Get it Right” »
When a flurry of different directors was mentioned as next in line to direct the next Star Wars film, a lot of us got excited, and with good reason: JJ. Abrams was (apparently) one of many big names to turn the project down. This meant, at least, that they were looking at some good candidates. Others included Guillermo Del Toro and Brad Bird, and for one reason or another, it didn’t work out with any of them.
But as of late last week it’s become official that Abrams is indeed set to direct Episode VII. So how exactly is this going to work out, given that Abrams’ usual creative partners (so far) aren’t involved? Continue reading “J.J. Abrams Will Direct Star Wars: Episode VII — So What Should We Expect?” »
A wounded United States Army Veteran with one arm, was honored during a professional basketball game between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. Fans came to see the defending champions battle the hometown celtics, but it ended up being an Army Veteran who stole the show.
Gregory Reynolds, a Former Army Staff Sergeant and Veteran Iraq War, did 26 one-armed pushups in total, or roughly 25 and a half more than anyone on our writing staff could ever pull off.
The effort brought the Boston Celtic crowd to their feet, cheering on Reynolds as he seemingly kept going and going, making no acknowledgement that he was technically disabled. Continue reading “Wounded U.S. Army Soldier Does 26 One Armed Pushups During NBA Game, Salutes Crowd” »