I’m the hardest sell in the world when it comes to internet mash-ups of any kind. Just because you can mash something up with another thing doesn’t mean that you should. I’m a firm believer in the “Think Twice Before You Draw The Mad Max: Fury Road Cast Like a Peanuts Characters” school of thought – not every single popular thing needs to be re-imagined as Calvin and Hobbes. No. Stop it. Please.
And yet, I’m kind of bowled over by this new video that mashes up Star Trek with Hamilton, two things that seemingly have no right to go together at all. Maybe it’s because it plays directly to my very specific tastes, or maybe it’s because there’s a certain amount of impressive effort on display, but here’s a goofy combination of two things that earns a thumbs up from yours truly.
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At one time the Tauntaun sleeping bag inspired by The Empire Strikes Back was just an April Fool’s Day joke. But ThinkGeek got such positive response from their gag that they turned it into a real product that you can buy right now. However, we don’t imagine the same thing will happen with The Revenant sleeping bag, as imagined in this advertisement put together by Funny or Die. Cutting into a Tauntaun for warmth is kinda gruesome, but it’s nothing compared to getting inside a bloody, dead horse, mostly because it’s a real animal. Watch! Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
The opening of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is just three and a half weeks away, which means Warner Bros.’ marketing campaign is now in its home stretch. And they are not holding back. Today we’ve got a look at the Batman v Superman Jimmy Kimmel cameo (okay, so this one’s just a funny skit for Kimmel’s show), a real Batman v Superman clip, and a new Batman v Superman featurette. Gorge yourself on superpowered glory after the jump. Read More »
Last night brought the 88th Academy Awards, and along with all the winners being announced, there also came quite the racially charged comedy from Chris Rock. The comedian hosted the telecast last night, and he hit harder on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy than even some people anticipated. For some, it was too much, but for most, it was full of a lot of things that needed to be said about an industry that doesn’t give enough opportunities to non-white actors. Watch the full Chris Rock Oscars 2016 monologue below! Read More »
Though many fans cried foul when director J.J. Abrams ended up with the task of directing Star Wars: Episode VII after already being placed in charge of the rebooted Star Trek franchise, most would agree that the filmmaker delivered a fine starting point for the next era of both sci-fi franchises. And due to his success, the funny folks at Above Average imagine what it might be like if Abrams was tasked with fixing all the franchises, and maybe sexism and racism too.
Find out if J.J. Abrams can fix everything in Star Wars: The Force of Abrams trailer. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
The 88th Oscars don’t take place for another several days, but we can already say with absolute certainty that all four winners in the acting categories will be white — because for the second year in a row, only white actors were nominated. #OscarsSoWhite has been the defining controversy of this year’s awards season, sparking uncomfortable and long overdue conversations about who wins these awards, and why, and what should be done about it.
But #OscarsSoWhite is really only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Hollywood’s race problem. There’s also the fact that roles for people of color are all too rare to begin with. And then even when they do exist, they often wind up getting filled by white actors. In last night’s episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver and his team took on Hollywood whitewashing, asking, “How is this still a thing?” Watch the John Oliver Hollywood whitewashing segment after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
Within the context of the show, the characters of Game of Thrones make perfect sense. When winters last years, not months, it’s no wonder “winter is coming” sounds more like a dire warning than a pleasant bit of small talk; when zombies and dragons and shadow babies roam the earth, “the night is dark and full of terrors” just feels like common sense advice. And if they tend to come across as grim and a bit overly intense? Well, to them, the entire universe is grim and overly intense.
But what happens when these characters step outside of Game of Thrones and into a world more like ours? In a funny new clip, Seth Meyers brings his old college buddy Melisandre to his wife’s baby shower. To his chagrin, he discovers that while you can take the girl out of Westeros, you can’t take the Westeros out of the girl. Yep, it turns out Melisandre is as bad at baby showers as Jon Snow is at dinner parties. Watch the Seth Meyers Melisandre sketch below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
If there’s one story even casual moviegoers have heard about this year’s Oscars, it’s — okay, it’s actually probably #OscarsSoWhite, the uncomfortable but desperately necessary conversation about race in the movie industry. But if there are two stories they’ve heard, the other is probably about Leonardo DiCaprio. Namely, the fact that he’s never won an Oscar and he would really, really, really like to. He ate raw bison liver for The Revenant, you guys. If that’s not enough to get a guy an Oscar, what is?
The good news for DiCaprio this year is that he’s already cleared the first hurdle — getting nominated, which he’s already done four times before — and the conventional wisdom is that 2016 will, finally, at long last, be the year he gets to take home one of those little gold men. We won’t know until February 28 how that theory actually pans out, but while we wait you can “help” “Leo” “win” the “Oscar” via a hilarious new video game, Leo’s Red Carpet Rampage. Read More »
Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, and while you could have headed out to theaters to see The Choice with your significant other, or Deadpool if you have a much cooler better half, there’s a good chance that you stayed in to watch The Notebook for the 1,000th time. So if the favorite romance that started the love for Nicholas Sparks is fresh on your mind, then you might enjoy the Honest Trailer for the movie that reminds us all that no matter how much we love each other, we’re all going to die. Read More »