Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez in Monster-in-Law

Between the advent of Netflix and iTunes and the shuttering of Blockbuster, brick-and-mortar video stores are, practically speaking, a thing of the past. But don’t think that means those late fees will never catch up to you.

South Carolina woman Kayla Michelle Finley was sent to jail last week for failing to return a copy of the Jennifer Lopez comedy Monster-in-Law that she’d rented nine years ago. Although the store where she originally picked up the tape, Dalton’s Video, has since shut down, the warrant for her arrest never expired. Find out exactly what happened after the jump.

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This could be the most coincidental leak of all time, the most perfectly timed viral image of all time, or just a complete misunderstanding. Regardless, on Monday a CNN program briefly showed a supposed glimpse of the plaque that will decorate the Best Actor Oscar at March 2nd’s Academy Awards. Is it real? Probably not, but it’s interesting because this potential spoiler happened on the same day a huge group of people protested the Oscar-nominee luncheon to call for stronger security. See the image, and read more below. Read More »

Dolphin

The Internet is like an endless search for buried treasure. You can always find something new and exciting. Case in point, a five year old story that didn’t get a lot of play but is simply awesome. It also has loose ties to movies and Disney, two things we kind of like here.

In the late Nineties, Disney Imagineering helped create an animatronic dolphin that could actually swim and interact underwater. It appeared at Disney properties on only two occasions, just for a few days, before the company decided it was not a practical design for daily theme park use.

The dolphin was designed with the help of a company called Edge Innovations, which made the animatronic animals for films like Deep Blue Sea, Flipper, Anaconda, Free Willy 3, Cast Away, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, as well as the frickin’ sharks with frickin’ laser beams in Austin Powers in Goldmember.

Where is this dolphin now? We don’t really know. But you can read more about his story, and watch a video of this amazing creation, below. Read More »

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It’s easy to take potshots at Google Glass — while the new tech has many adherents, it also is an object of suspicion from those who don’t see the use of Glass, or who aren’t all that keen on the boundary between physical and digital life becoming more blurred, or the idea of being captured on video even more surreptitiously than is already the case. (I’m in all the naysayer camps, to be clear, but this isn’t a place for me to talk trash about Glass.)

Here’s a story that illustrates the growing pains with Google Glass: one user had his own set fitted with prescription lenses, so that he could wear them as his primary glasses. He’s worn them to his local movie theater in the past without incident, but on his most recent outing things didn’t go so well. He was pulled out of the film and interrogated by federal agents, after the management of his AMC theater contacted the feds about a piracy incident in the theater. Read More »

Breaking Bad Season 5 - Jesse and Walter

Briefly: Call it a sick case of life imitating art, but ABC News is reporting methamphetamine tinted the color blue has begun circulating in the Four Corners section of New Mexico. Blue meth, of course, was the signature drug created by Walter White in Breaking Bad. On the fictional show, the blue color was a signifier of the pure quality of White’s product, and distinguished his work as unique. The real-world blue meth, however, is just dyed blue and is reportedly making people sick. Well, “sick” on top of what meth does to a person. [ABC News via Nerdcore]

Mel Gibson Get the Gringo

In the past twenty years, Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson have all but switched places. Back then Gibson was one of the biggest stars in the world and Downey Jr. was known for being a partying troublemaker. Fast forward to now, and thanks to Marvel, Downey is one of the biggest box office stars on the planet while Gibson is persona non grata thanks to his anti-Semitic rants and other bouts of anger. The two actors both know the highs and lows of fame, and it seems the currently popular one is hoping to help a brother out.

Radar Online is reporting Downey wants to share his superhero success with his friend and is pushing for Gibson, as well as Jodie Foster, to appear in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron or Avengers 3.

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Titanic

It’s a potent cocktail: money mixed liberally with delusions of grandeur. Recall, if you will, the name Clive Palmer. He’s the billionaire in Australia (at current conversion rates there’s not even a need to qualify him as a billionaire only in Australian dollars) who last year announced his plans to build a full-size, working Titanic replica of his very own. That announcement was followed by a report that Palmer was talking to sheep-cloning scientists with the idea of building his own Jurassic Park.

Palmer denied the JP report, and as far as commercial ideas go, the notion of a working Titanic replica is actually genius. He says he’s lined up thousands of people interested in a Titanic II voyage, and I believe it. It’s an expensive venture, and one loaded with serious risk — against capricious fate, if nothing else — but one which could make money.

Here’s where the crazy kicks in: now Palmer says he’s going to make two Titanic films. One will be a documentary about building the ship, which makes sense. The other is a dramatic film that he claims “should be a lot better movie” than Cameron’s Titanic. Read More »

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Update: Joe Dante has taken to Twitter to debunk this report:

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