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It's not too late! Last minute Halloween costumes

Posted October 31, 2014, 11:10 AM

OK, so I know that time is of the essence. It's Halloween and you've procrastinated your Halloween costume as long as possible, but here it is the day of the big show and you've got nothing.

Don't worry, it happens to the best of us.

Fret not, we are here to help. I've scoured the Internet in order to save you some time. And better yet, these costume ideas might actually help you look like you didn't just do an Internet search at 5:00 for ideas.

If you have a newborn, then you're in luck. In fact, I'm sort of ticked that I didn't think of this idea last year when I did have a newborn. All you really need is a baby carrier contraption that you probably already have lying around and an extra pair of sunglasses.

And voila, you're Alan from...

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Check out the fabulous art from Brent Schoonover's 'Horror Movie Viewing Guide'

Posted October 30, 2014, 12:10 PM

Until recently, I never really enjoyed horror movies. Life is too short and I'd rather be entertained with a comedy. That was my misguided approach until I found a significant entry point to all those scary movies.

I found an opening via my lifelong passion for art. Specifically, comic book art. There's a vast world of horror comic book art. Tremendous stuff from all-time great artists like Jack Davis and Steve Ditko to creators like Bernie Wrightson and Frank Frazetta who are icons within the horror comic genre.

I stumbled upon the work of modern artist Brent Schoonover on Instagram. His style has such a retro feel that it melds well with the aforementioned masters. Each day in October, Schoonover has been posting an illustration for his "Horror Movie Viewing Guide." The images are tremendous but also serve as a road map...

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'Mockingjay' burns in final trailer

Posted October 29, 2014, 4:10 PM

I wonder how many people out there have seen the Hunger Games films but haven't read the books. I mean that has to be someone out there, right?

There's probably millions of people out there like that, well, maybe thousands. The point is if you haven't read the books and you're going into the final book/films blind then buckle up because you are in for the ride of your life. Having read the books, I knew that Mockingjay was going to be a tough book to adapt.

The books are told from Katniss' perspective and only her perspective. So, many of the scenes in the final book, well many of the scenes necessary to move the film forward take place off the page as it were, so the adaptation would have to create a lot of new scenes to make the film...

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Marvel trumps DC with Phase 3 news event

Posted October 28, 2014, 5:10 PM

It's funny. Just last week, Tim and I were chatting on our podcast about that week's DC announcements and whether they were starting to take momentum away from Marvel. We also discussed the Avengers: Age of Ultron leak and how it would be possible for Marvel to swing the tide back in their favor.

Cue mysterious "Marvel Event" today and enter stage right, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. He did not waste any time and he certainly did not bury the lead. Obviously, 2015 will see the Marvel films Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man hit the big screen, but beyond that all we knew for sure was that Marvel had staked claim to a bunch of dates in the future.

Well, today the haze cleared on those dates and the revelations were truly awe inspiring.

Marvel plans to release two films in...

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Monday Mixer: Is Paul Rudd a hero?

Posted October 27, 2014, 3:10 PM

The ghouls are out and the goblins are frolicking through the pumpkins, that can mean only one thing. It's Halloween season at the box office and this weekend's results only confirmed this to be true.

I get the visceral need to feel fear. I do hold a degree in psychology and, thankfully, in today's society we are fortunate enough that many of the original fear stimuli that we faced in the wild no longer affect us. Most people would call this evolution and the advancement of human society.

It's a good thing that we don't have to worry about being eaten by wild animals on a daily basis or succumbing to the elements on a cold and chilly night. And yes, I know that people still face these challenges, but for the most part, we've "evolved" to the point that we aren't...

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Brad Pitt is grilled between two ferns

Posted October 23, 2014, 4:10 PM

The wildly successful and painfully awkward video series "Between Two Ferns" hosted by Zach Galifianakis is back and man, did they step up the funny. The last time we saw Zach between two ferns, he was a few pound heavier and the man opposite him was none other than U.S. President Barack Obama.

Since then, Zach has toned up significantly and Brad Pitt gets the distinction of having to follow the commander-in-chief. So, the fact that it's actually hilarious and brilliant is nothing short of amazing.

I don't want to give anything away, but suffice to say, the pair have a great awkward chemistry that just commands voluminous laughter. It also makes me wonder how much of it is scripted and shared with the interviewee ahead of time. Zach doesn't pull a single punch and Brad was a consummate gentlemen when lesser...

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Marvel leaks first trailer for 'Avengers 2'

Posted October 23, 2014, 10:10 AM

I will give Marvel credit, they refuse to be scooped by evil trolls seeking to leak the trailer to their highly anticipated sequel early. Late yesterday, a shoddy version of the teaser trailer leaked online and instead of unleashing the Hulk to ruin the perpetrator's evening, Marvel simply called an audible.

Originally, in a move of splendid synergy, Marvel announced that the first teaser for Avengers: Age of Ultron would debut on broadcast TV during next Tuesday's episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Faced with the choice of holding off and following through with their plan or getting ahead of the hacker/leaker, they chose to do the latter and it was both a brilliant and potentially devastating move for the entertainment company.

For the overzealous fan, the leaker's actions are justified by the end result of getting to see the trailer nearly...

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