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- 01/18/14--13:17: Madonna apologizes for using racial slur on Instagram
- 01/18/14--13:32: Lupita Nyong'o is the most GIF-able star of 2014
- 01/21/14--06:54: Kim Dotcom's long-awaited EDM album is here
- 01/21/14--08:23: This 8-year-old needs to win 'India's Got Talent'
- 01/21/14--14:19: You helped make these Sundance films happen
- 01/22/14--05:00: Why Alyssa Milano created a comic book tribute to Anonymous
- 01/22/14--08:31: This paralympian deserves a medal for trolling 'Conan'
- 01/22/14--09:45: From YouTube to Comedy Central, 'Broad City' keeps it awkward
- 01/22/14--10:58: Why is a popular YouTube network deleting feminism videos?
- 01/22/14--14:36: EA has a secret program that pays YouTubers to promote games
- 01/22/14--15:23: Why can't I find the leaked Quentin Tarantino script?
- 01/22/14--15:59: Lena Dunham helps Brooklyn guy sell 'the Lena Dunham of couches'
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- 01/23/14--08:00: Noel Gallagher really hates all of Oasis's old videos
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- 01/24/14--05:30: Peyton Manning's career high, celebrated in this GIF
Madonna has apologised for causing a ruckus on Friday night by posting a photo of her son, Rocco, to Instagram with the hashtag #disnigga.
Madonna removed the offending comment shortly after it was posted, but not before people reacted with fury. She seemed to realize her mistake, but that didn’t stop her from being prickly, telling haters to “get off my dick” when she reposted the photo to her Instagram account.
Fans went back and forth on the social media site, both defending and vilifying the pop icon. While we doubt Madonna is actually racist (she did make this music video, after all) the Material Girl broke one of a few universally accepted rules: Never use the “N” word if you’re white. It's never OK. And that's why it was necessary for Madonna to apologize.
12 Years a Slave actress Lupita Nyong’o may have lost the Golden Globe, but she’s winning awards season where it counts most: on the Internet.
As her best supporting actress rival, Jennifer Lawrence, becomes an award-season meme for the second year in a row, Nyong’o is the belle of the red carpet.
An instant style icon, she’s already starting to grace fashion magazines. But the Internet is starting to recognize that she’s far more than that: Nyong’o, like Lawrence, is a walking GIF.
Just look how many ways this single Jimmy Kimmel segment has been giffed in the last week:
GIFs via lupita-nyongo
GIF via lupita-nyongo
Tumblr is in love, and we can hardly blame them:
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GIFs by baratheonbitch
GIF-makers are also taken with her style, just like the rest of the world. From Nyong’o’s recent Vanity Fair shoot:
GIF by lupitanyongocom
The Internet is so besotted with Nyong’o that they’ve made her their queen—or at least their princess:
Illustration by sn1ckerdoodled
Illustration by sn1ckerdoodled
Other appearances are less jocular and more "grab the nearest box of Kleenex and hope you have extra."
In a Hollywood Reporter round table last fall, Nyong’o had a moving encounter with her childhood hero Oprah Winfrey. Seated next to Winfrey, she told her that Winfrey’s film The Color Purple was the first film that had made her think she could be an actor:
GIFs via nomenal
Thursday’s Critics Choice Awards proved equally moving, as Nyong’o emotionally accepted the award for Best Supporting Actress after receiving what many felt was a snub at the Golden Globes:
GIF via aglassfullofhappiness
It’s pretty clear what the Internet thinks of Nyong’o already.
Photo via aphroditeinnyc/Flickr
As Hurricane Sandy approached New York and New Jersey in October 2012, filmmaker Brandon Polanco was on the set of the drama Cold Comes the Night in upstate New York. He was one of the film’s production assistants, but the looming storm brought production to a standstill during the first week.
That’s when Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, one of the film’s stars, decided to hold a contest just for the PAs: He asked them to write a script in one night, and he would star in whichever one he chose. The next day, he did a blind reading, and chose Polanco’s screenplay for Writer’s Block.
“I do not know why Bryan wanted to create this little contest,” Polanco related via email. “But I'm pretty sure of one thing: It was for the essence of true storytelling; write a script, get a camera, screw the money, and tell a damn good story. Bryan loves to tell stories and create; he wanted to use his time off and make something with it, especially since we were staying on location in the middle of nowhere. I started writing the script the moment I heard about the contest.”
In the black-and-white short, Cranston plays a writer struggling with the titular affliction, chasing his muse (Lela Edgar) through the hallways and lobby of an unnamed hotel, an alternate setting for the writer’s own mind. Polanco, a onetime Austinite, says he thought of 8½, and how Fellini used his real-life writer’s block to create a fantasy world and alter ego. The setting’s isolation—and the impending wrath of Mother Nature—helped him construct the physical manifestation of writer’s block. Cranston became his Guido Anselmi.
“I would say what holds the piece together is Bryan's character, the writer,” he added. “He chases after Lela Edgar's character to find himself, while traveling through his mind, each sequence leading him down the surreal tunnel of his brain. Bryan, I feel, very much exudes a sense of myself as the writer. He depicts emotions that youthful writers have: Hopes to be good, the strife that I cause myself for affirmation of my work, and the constant feeling of loneliness some writers bear.”
Though the short has yet to see distribution, Polanco says he decided to place the film on Vimeo and YouTube because “it was time.” If anything, this experience could serve as a teachable moment for aspiring filmmakers: Always have that script in your back pocket. You never know when it might be your time.
Screengrab via Brandon Polanco/Vimeo
Who here’s ready to let the Good Times roll? Renegade Internet mogul Kim Dotcom sure is. He released an album bearing the exact name Monday: Good Times, a musical project he’s been working on for more than two years.
Evidently, he’s already done himself a good amount of advertising.
The debut collection, a 17-track EDM banger Dotcom produced himself, is available via all your online music hubs: Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon, in addition to Dotcom’s softly launched Baboom, a Spotify-style music-subscription service that can currently only claim ownership of one album. (You guessed it!)
According to a press release—our review’s coming soon—the album features contributions from Sleep Deez, Printz Board, Rellevant, JD Walker, and Tiki Taane, and comes inspired by the trance and dance music Dotcom once listened to while driving really fast on the German Autobahn.
“It has a positive vibe all the way through,” he said in a radio interview. “When I was in the studio working on the album it was just a total relief because I could just switch off all the dark clouds and negativity and go in there and work on something really positive.”
Those dark clouds, of course, pertain to his “living in a golden cage.”
That Good Times arrived on Jan. 20 is no coincidence. It was two years ago on that day that FBI agents raided his New Zealand home as part of the shutdown and seizure of MegaUpload, his iconic file-sharing site, sending him into a legal tailspin that continues in 2014.
One year later, also on Jan. 20, Dotcom responded in earnest with the launch of Mega, a less popular followup to Megaupload. The site, which has seen steady worldwide growth since its launch, has attempted to present itself as a legal counterpart to Megaupload’s storage locker, but has eventually gone the way of online pirates. A third-party piracy engine launched within three days of the site’s launch.
Dotcom said that he’s already begun work on a followup to Good Times: the uniquely titled Hard Times, which he says is not the result of “difficult times” but rather his interest in “go[ing] into a harder direction” with harder beats and fewer vocals.
“I want to play at more festivals,” he said. “I want to make music for the crowds where they go nuts.”
Everybody go nuts.
Photo via KimDotcom/Twitter
His name is Akshat Singh, and he just gave India’s Got Talent every excuse to send all other competitors home and end the competition early.
During the second episode of season 5 this past weekend, Singh put on performance that resulted in a standing ovation from the panelist of judges. The portly 8-year-old performed every sort of old-school dance move you can imagine, grabbing his crotch like a young Michael Jackson and dropping into the splits on two separate occasions.
It's a ridiculously cute segment and surprisingly suggestive for a kid in prime-time television.
“Fellow judge Karan Johar praised Akshat's flexibility and agility given his weight, noting that he was himself overweight,” 9News reported. “The boy's father broke down backstage after hearing the judge's positive responses, saying that he was proud that Akshat had made his dreams come true.”
From the looks of YouTube, Singh has been shaking his thang since he was about 5 years old.
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival is currently in swing, and amidst the whiffs of celebrity and Jamaican bobsledder sightings, there’s a been shift among distributors looking for and pitching new projects: Crowdfunded films have taken up much of the scenery this year.
Kickstarter is raising its profile at Sundance, with 20 crowdfunded films screening during the week, including Room 237, the buzzed-about deconstruction of The Shining; Obvious Child, a comedy starring Jenny Slate; the Aaron Swartz doc The Internet’s Own Boy; and Alison Klayman’s Ai Weiwei doc, Never Sorry. The anticipated Rogert Ebert doc, funded via Indieigogo this month, premiered over the weekend, and viewers not at Sundance could stream it simultaneously via the film’s official website.
Unsurprisingly, Zach Braff’s Kickstarter-funded Wish I Was Here, which collected a staggering $3 million on the site last year, just landed a distribution deal. That Braff continues to have a fanbase that will support his projects isn’t odd, but then there are photos like this one, snapped at Sundance, in which a backer of the film was apparently denied entrance to a screening to accommodate an actress. Seems like the model for big-name actors and directors soliciting funds from fans still needs some work. Producer Richard Guay announced his new crowdfunding platform, Passion First, during the festival, which he sees as a potential solution to the problem.
Zack Braff fan denied. He says a Kickstarter donor was expelled for an actress. pic.twitter.com/3morw1vi5z— Jordan Hoffman (@jhoffman) January 18, 2014
Vimeo has raised the stakes on crowdfunding as well, announcing at the festival that they’d review any film that raised $10,000 or more on Kickstarter or Indiegogo. It will also premiere selected ones via the site's fairly new Vimeo On Demand platform, which will help develop filmmakers' projects and provide marketing for the films in exchange for an exclusive debut. Vimeo will also debut 13 films selected from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, from now until May.
Netflix continues to snatch up original documentaries, including Inside Mitt, the Mitt Romney documentary on his failed Presidential bid, which will premiere on Netflix Jan. 24, before Sundance even ends. This follows their acquisition of The Square, which was nominated for an Oscar last week. Last fall, Netflix’s chief content officer encouraged theater owners to embrace partnerships with streaming outlets, and it looks like both Netflix (and, possibly, Amazon) might emerge as one of the top online buyers of original content at Sundance, documentaries especially.
With South by Southwest on the horizon, this could be the year film wasn’t made for a crowd, but by it.
Screengrab via Brian Knappenberger/Vimeo
You might remember Milano from her TV roles on Who’s the Boss?, Charmed, or the more recent Mistresses. But in the last few years, the actress has shifted her focus to issues of Internet freedom (she was very vocal against the Stop Online Piracy Act) as well as social media and the politics and narratives that inform it—Twitter especially.
Hacktivist is based around the global adventures of fictional characters Nate Graft and Ed Hiccox, who run a successful social media company, YourLife, which is like Twitter. They also happen to be hackers with a group modeled off Anonymous called sve_Urs3lf.
On Jan. 22, comics publisher Archaia releases the first of four installments of Hacktivist and will compile all four volumes into one book by summer. Milano said the idea came about a year ago.
“I became obsessed with the role of the media, and how it was being used as a tool for protest,” she told the Daily Dot “At the same time, Anonymous was using hacking skills to empower people. And I thought, ‘What if Anonymous wasn’t a group but one person?’ And that spiraled into, ‘What if Anonymous was one guy? What characteristics would he have?’ He’d have to be socially aware, a coder, have access, be compassionate.”
She then took a very big leap and modeled her protagonist after a real person.
“[Twitter cofounder] Jack Dorsey was the only person I could think of,” she adds. “What if Jack started Twitter to affect social change?” [Dorsey is her son’s godfather, and Milano was an advisor at his startup, Square.]
It could be argued that Twitter has become a forum for social change. Its role in protests and uprisings around the world has been well documented, and it’s become the platform of choice for Anonymous’s various activities, as seen recently with the collective’s Million Mask March.
Milano says she always wanted Hacktivist to be a graphic novel, and the publishing house Archaia “fell in love” with the idea. They paired her with writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly to create the story, plus artist Marcus To and colorist Ian Herring. While Hacktivist could easily translate to a film or television medium, Milano thought there was a better way to tell the story.
“Digital storytelling is something I’m into,” she explains. “I didn’t want to go into a network or studio and hear a million reasons why it wouldn’t work.”
In early November, she engaged in a bit of viral marketing for the project and made it look like her Twitter account had been hacked. She also made sure she got input from coders and actual members of Anonymous. In an initial meeting, one of her consultants hacked her phone while she was sitting across from him.
Archaia saw a chance to market a story not everyone is telling in the graphic novel medium.
"When Alyssa came to us with the idea, we instantly recognized its relevance and timeliness with what's going on in the world today, touching upon how social media has affected our everyday lives, and how it can be used for both good and sinister things,” offered Rebecca Taylor, editor of the series.
But making it realistic was another challenge. The art, layout, and coloring is striking, but the storyline is a fairly Hollywood version of what the culture entails and mostly stays away from discussing hacking’s greyer areas, like the fates that befell Jeremy Hammond, Barrett Brown, and Aaron Swartz. It’s more realistic as a way of explaining hacking to mainstream culture and how it can be a forum for positive social change.
“I had some great creative consultants; hackers and members of Anonymous,” Milano said. “It was important that I got this right. We couldn’t fake it. The heroes here are real men who don’t have superpowers.”
She adds that it was important to have a strong female character as well. The action of the story jumps back and forth between the men and Sirine, the woman on the ground amidst a revolution, and on the novel’s cover.
Hacktivist paces its story on the info and misinfo Twitter—and the Internet—can provide, and there are some parallels to the reality of living online. Milano also talked about the celebrity culture of Twitter and explained her recent run-in with comedian Jay Mohr, who indulged in some body-shaming on his podcast. The only reason she found out, she says, is because of Twitter.
“It’s a great barometer of where we are socially,” Milano adds. “The exploitiveness of where we are culturally. We don’t want to open magazines and read about people giving Jessica Simpson and Kim Kardashian a hard time about their weight. With social media, it’s easy to throw jabs.
“There’s a disconnect there; we’re not saying these things to people’s face. It’s important to remind people we hear and see this.”
Illustration via Archaia
Paralympian Alana Nichols is getting the last laugh over Conan O’Brien.
The three-time Paralympics gold medalist visited the late-night talk show host Tuesday to talk about Sochi, where she will complete in just a few weeks. But before she left, she wanted to show him one of her best highlight reels.
She teased it as a clip of her “competing at the World Cup level,” but once it starts playing, it’s obvious that it’s anything but.
The clip is from the 1988 film Mac and Me, and it’s become known in recent years after actor Paul Rudd showed it with every single Conan appearance he’s made instead of a preview of whatever he’s promoting. It’s called Ruddrolling, and as a fan, Nichols couldn’t resist the temptation of getting the one-up on O’Brien.
Rudd would be proud.
Before Girls, there was the YouTube series Broad City, starring Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson as two friends in their 20s attempting to navigate New York City and just barely making it. They're Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre alums, so the awkwardness of their interactions feels a little more real and spontaneous. "Making it” informs every episode's narrative.
The first two seasons of the webseries, which started in 2009, focused on the millennial trinity of weed, underemployment, and dating, but the personalities of real-life best friends Glazer (the wild one) and Jacobson (the responsible one) fueled some of the series’ more endearing storylines about friendship, mirroring the bonded relationships of Laverne & Shirley or Rhoda, channeled through the nihilism of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
There were also nods to pop culture, like the season one finale tribute to Do the Right Thing, and the love letter to New York City at the end of season two, which featured fellow UCB album Amy Poehler.
Poehler is now the executive producer of the show, which premieres on Comedy Central Jan. 22. Broad City was initially created for FX, but after they passed, Poehler brought the show to Brooke Posch, Comedy Central’s East Coast VP of original programming and development, and they picked up the series last spring.
The show’s a nice change of pace within Comedy Central’s male-heavy lineup, which currently includes Workaholics, Kroll Show, and Key & Peele. The pilot episode, available on Hulu before the premiere, follows Jacobson and Glazer as they attempt to collect money for a super-secret Lil Wayne concert, and are felled at every turn by oversharing bosses (Chris Gethard), Craigslisters with weird fetishes (Fred Armisen), and sensitive boyfriends (Hannibal Buress).
Broad City joins the growing circle of comedy shows relating those experiences: New Girl, Veep, The Mindy Project, Girls, Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, and Poehler’s own Parks & Recreation. But whereas a show like Girls tends to overanalyze the 20-something experience, Jacobson and Glazer are just trying to get from point A to point B.
Each episode tells a day-in-the-life story of two women trying to pushing a boulder up a hill—trying to make it—and much of the comedy’s absurdity and indignity comes from that Sisyphean momentum. There’s also the observational aspect. This clip from season 1 of the webseries shows how literally observing (and judging) people can lead to a perfect punchline.
Having Poehler conavigate will help shape the image and brand and, via her cache, get more eyes on it. Transitioning from five-minute segments to a 10-episode, 20-minute sitcom meant creating deeper narratives and giving them a supporting cast. The first couple episodes are a work in progress, but Broad City always felt like a more realistic representation of “making it” in the Internet Age. They Skype; they text; they reference Netflix binges and have a hyper-awareness of the other’s activities.
Towards the end of the first episode, having been scammed and humiliated by a man-child (Armisen) who asked them to clean his apartment in their underwear for money, the two friends sit on a stoop, wearing stolen coats and downing swiped bottles of booze. They take inventory of the day’s failures, but they still have each other.
“I believe in us,” Jacobson slurs.
It makes you want to root for them.
Photo via Comedy Central
Viewers of "Modern Primate" were in for a rude awakening when they refreshed their YouTube feeds earlier this week.
The My Damn Channel-owned YouTube channel hadn’t updated much since the person behind it, Chris Menning, made his last video in April, but the tone has changed too. After the hiatus, a new introductory video surfaced, in which Love Me Cat and Owly from My Damn Channel’s Love Me Cat, planned to discuss dating advice for men every week. The most recent video covered pickup lines.
The channel describes itself as “Evolved comedy for dudes of every gender,” and the most recent uploaded content reflects that. But this new outlook is only a fraction of the topics Modern Primate used to cover. If you just discovered the channel, you wouldn’t have even known that at one point the channel focused on gender, race, and society—especially since it appears that My Damn Channel wants to erase evidence of these past dicussions for the new, narrower approach.
Only 24 of Menning’s 61 videos—song mashups, filler, and his “Boyfriend’s Guide” series— remain on Modern Primate. His more political videos, however, even including his farewell message, were gone.
In those, he covered everything from sexual assault, marriage equality, the r-word, and even how to answer someone who asks, “Why is there no White History Month?” It’s all still available to watch on My Damn Channel, but gone from Modern Primate itself.
Menning isn’t pleased with the overhaul. He first discovered the videos were missing when a college professor who used them emailed him about it. He hadn’t received any notice from My Damn Channel, nor was he told to shift his focus from these topics back when he was working for them.
“From a practical standpoint, there was no reason to delete them, particularly given MDC's willingness to keep my other videos up,” Menning told me in an email. “The only reason I can see is that they felt that the politics of the feminist videos were bad for business, or simply that they were embarrassed of the word ‘feminism’ (an all too common attitude that my videos were actively pushing back against). And if that's the case, I don't know why they hired me in the first place.”
He vowed to reupload the videos to YouTube, and while My Damn Channel legally owns the content he made for them, he plans to put extra commentary on them so they’ll fall under fair use.
My Damn Channel did not return a request for comment.
Photo via ModPrimate/YouTube
Ah, football—America’s purest expression of masochistic bodily violence. As long as it stays on the field, that is.
Last month, the NFL banned a commercial for riflemaker Daniel Defense from appearing in an ultra-expensive and highly coveted Super Bowl ad spot, and Second Amendment scholars haven’t quit complaining about the hypocrisy of it all ever since.
In the clip, a former marine speaks about protecting his family in their quaint, suburban home. He pulls into the driveway and then stops on the front walk, briefly scanning the neighborhood for snipers and suicide bombers.
“No one has the right to tell me how to defend them,” he says of his wife and baby, though of course that’s untrue. You couldn’t get away with detaining a cat burglar in your basement and torturing him till he promised never to come back.
Of course, that’s not the sort of self-defense we’re talking about. This becomes perfectly clear when the silhouette of “the most effective tool for the job” flashes on screen. The most effective tool is, of course, an assault rifle from Daniel Defense, contractor to the U.S. military—because securing your first-world civilian abode requires exactly as much firepower as it takes to seize control of Fallujah, Iraq.
Even after Daniel Defense made stylistic concessions—it was willing to replace the gun with an American flag or the words “Shall Not Be Infringed” in order to circumvent clear-cut rules against gun and ammunition ads—the NFL hasn’t budged.
The sad, predictable petitions followed (“Allow Daniel Defense to show their SuperBowl commercial supporting Freedom!”), along with cries of support on the company’s Facebook page following an interview on Fox & Friends.
“Alcohol and automobiles are both responsible for more deaths than firearms. But the NFL doesn’t seem to have a problem with either of those,” Shawn Butt remarked.
Three reasons not to watch the Super Bowl this year. Sherman is stupid, the Super Bowl rejected a tasteful... http://t.co/fTAuQoyRbl— Trent Loos (@trentloos) January 21, 2014
The most popular miffed reaction, however, came in the form of another YouTube video, one that now boasts more than 2 million views, far more than the original commercial.
After showing the ad, a young man gives voice, again, to the notion that football is exceedingly violent, encourages unsafe beer consumption, and has already become unduly politicized by anti-gun personalities. Therefore, he suggests, a pro-gun message hardly violates the NFL’s ethical standards.
There’s undeniable insight to the argument, but at the end of the day, I’m just not convinced that four wrongs make a right.
Can somebody wake me when it’s time for March Madness?
Photo via Top Right News/YouTube
Video game company Electronic Arts (EA) has its own program that pays content creators to promote games like Battlefield 4 and Need for Speed: Rivals in their videos, according to documents published on NeoGAF.
The program is called Ronku, and under the agreement, content creators earned extra moneyby following specific instructions for promotion. EA paid out $10 for every thousand views on a maximum of three videos. The view cap was 20 million views, or about $200,000.
The documents suggest that EA, like Microsoft, might not be informing content creators that they have to disclose that they’re getting paid to mention the games. Failure to disclose could violate requirements set by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
According to the alleged agreement, EA seems to have required YouTubers to keep the relationship a secret:
[QUOTE] You agree to keep confidential at all times all matters relating to this Agreement and any Assignment including, without limitation, the Details and Compensation listed above.
You understand that You may not post a copy of this Agreement or any Assignment or any terms thereof online or share them with any third party without EA's prior written consent. You agree that You have read the Nondisclosure Agreement (attached hereto and marked as Exhibit A) and You understand and agree to all of terms of the Nondisclosure Agreement, which are incorporated as part of this Agreement. [/QUOTE]
While EA confirmed Ronku’s existence, it said that its Terms & Conditions state that videos must comply with FTC’s Guidelines.
“Through EA’s Ronku program, some fans are compensated for the YouTube videos they create and share about our games,” an EA spokesperson told The Verge.“The program requires that participants comply with FTC guidelines and identify when content is sponsored. User-generated videos are a valuable and unique aspect of how gamers share their experiences playing the games they love, and one that EA supports.”
For as long as movies have been getting made, the scripts have been leaked beforehand. It happened to Citizen Kane, it happened to The Avengers, and now it’s happened to Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, a Western revenge romp that was to be the filmmaker’s ninth feature. Instead, now that one of the six people he entrusted with the screenplay let it slip, the director claims he'll release it as a book and go to work on an entirely different project.
A “very, very depressed” Tarantino called Deadline Hollywood to relay the decision, setting in motion an industry whodunit by naming those who had early access to the work-in-progress. Cast-wise, he was eyeing actors Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, and Tim Roth, but one of them gave it to their agent, “and that agent has now passed it on to everyone in Hollywood." He added:
"I don’t know how these fucking agents work, but I’m not making this next. I’m going to publish it, and that’s it for now. I give it out to six people, and if I can’t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. I’ll publish it. I’m done. I’ll move on to the next thing.”
That sequence of events would explain why Tarantino's agent, Mike Simpson, was suddenly flooded with calls from colleagues who were pitching their clients for specific roles in The Hateful Eight. But to call this a “leak” when Tarantino had dispersed the material himself, and without a watermark, is a bit of a stretch; he seems more distraught about the personal “betrayal.” And while the prime suspect (Dern’s agency, CAA) might well have spread the script around town, it’s more than a little baffling that outlets are reporting that the script is now online, since there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of evidence for this claim.
Despite the Guardian, Time, the Huffington Post and others all somehow alluding to the script’s appearance or ubiquity on the Internet—which would no doubt cut into whatever money or impact Tarantino hopes to make with a print version—The Hateful Eight is conspicuously absent from the usual file-sharing hotspots. Torrent searches only turn up digital copies of Tarantino’s earlier films. You can find a copy of the Kill Bill screenplay on Pirate Bay, at least. On message boards and in comment sections, fans wondered just where you could get a PDF of this thing.
Over on Reddit, a similar request was addressed by a poster who surmised that the leak was still confined to professional circles—and noted Tarantino’s historical indifference to Internet leaks, so long as they occurred after production was underway. Tarantino confirmed this attitude to Deadline, saying, “I do like the fact that everyone eventually posts it, gets it and reviews it on the 'net. Frankly, I wouldn’t want it any other way. I like the fact that people like my shit, and that they go out of their way to find it and read it.”
Thus far, it appears the only halfway solid proof of the “online” leak is this fairly dubious image of a title page, tweeted by Jeff Sneider, a film reporter for TheWrap. Perhaps, then, the script is being circulated electronically, just not through a Dropbox or Zippyshare URL that anyone can get to. (Sneider did not reply to demands that he post a download link for the full document.)
That was quick! The Tarantino cover page... pic.twitter.com/E0imPak4A0— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) January 22, 2014
Of course, The Hateful Eight may yet become a reality. All Tarantino has actually said is that the film won’t be his next, not that it’s going into a vault to be opened after his death. In other words, you can keep watching out for spoilers.
Lena Dunham is really gunning for the award for hippest Brooklyn millennial ever. This week, she helped a guy sell his couch on Craigslist by posting his funny ad on her popular Twitter account.
Brooklynite Mickey Dwyer was desperate to unload his couch, so he tweeted at Dunham for help getting the word out. Dwyer didn’t know Dunham, but he did know good advertising; He’d described his couch as the “Lena Dunham of couches” and quoted Dunham’s HBO show, Girls, extensively in his Craigslist post.
The ad, for the Gowanus neighborhood in Brooklyn, calls the couch “relatable” and “very real” just like Dunham herself. He’s selling it for $200.
“Is it OKAY for us to talk about a regular and normal couch being sexy? Can we recognize that?” he wrote.
With Dunham’s RT of approval, Dwyer’s message has been retweeted more than 300 times and favorited more than 80.
Surely one of those people is in the market for a couch. If not, maybe Dunham wants it for some “very real” set dressing.
Richard Sherman is not a quiet guy. If you weren't already acquainted with the brash antics and uncontainable bravado of the Seahawks cornerback before this past Sunday, then you certainly were after it. Following Seattle's NFC Championship win, Sherman's now-infamous interview with a nearly speechless Erin Andrews set viewers everywhere running for their keyboards. Whether you were laughing at Andrew's befuddlement, enjoying Sherman's adrenaline rush, or saying some extremely racist things, you had a reaction.
Following the viral video, Sherman wrote his own op-ed to explain and defend himself against the critics calling him a thug. Though well-written, the account was just that: An account; one side of the story. Now, however, the sound bites behind the scuffle and ensuing drama have been released.
Both Sherman and his opponent Michael Crabtree were wearing mics during the game. According to the tapes, and as you can hear above, Sherman said, "hell of a game, hell of a game." And then Crabtree shoved his helmet.
Now, though Sherman is generally a softer, kinder personality off the field, he is well known for his in-game trash talk (which you can see from the rest of the video). The comment could have been a sarcastic one after Crabtree failed to make what would have been the 49ers' game winning touchdown. Or Crabtree could have interpreted it as such.
Or maybe he was just mad that his team lost and that Sherman (who admittedly talks a lot) had just tipped a pass that would have sent him to the Super Bowl. All we have are the sound bites; the rest will remain on the field.
Most of us haven’t gotten close to playing every Nintendo game ever made. There’s no consensus on the precise number of Nintendo releases, either. But now we can enjoy one of the best parts of each one: the “Press Start” screen.
Nicksplosion took the time to stitch together every start screen in a fitting mashup and tribute for every Nintendo fan. Get ready to relive the best moments of your childhood.
The feat in itself is impressive, although people will be quick to point out some of the missing game titles in the nearly three-hour (!) video. More likely, it’ll make you realize just how many of the titles you’ve never played or even heard of—even if you were an avid Nintendo gamer.
It might even make you want to dust off the old NES—even if it means the standard song and dance of blowing the cartridges just to get them to start. But that victory “Press Start” screen is worth it.
It takes but a dream and some VHS tapes to build a village dedicated to Tom Hanks. To take that celebration worldwide, a handful of buddies from the Great North believe it’ll take more than $9,000.
That’s the amount of money Kevin Turk and some friends are hoping to raise via Kickstarter to create International Tom Hanks Day, a charity-oriented multi-city celebration of the world-renowned actor to be held each year on April 1.
Wait, April Fools? You sure this ain’t a joke?
Well, the group actually started Tom Hanks Day 10 years ago, when they decided they wanted to spend a full day watching movies starring… Tom Hanks.
It happened again the next year. And the year after that. And so on. After a while, the man behind Philadelphia finally found out.
“Turns out Tom Hanks was all for it,” Turk says in the campaign's video pitch. “He wanted to send us signed posters, DVDs, Wilson volleyballs, and anything he could think of.”
Turk and crew took each item and resold them via auction, sending the money back towards one of Hanks’ favorite charities. That also started to happen each year. Now they’re hoping to take it nationwide.
Turk’s goal is to build a website that aligns the many watch parties in various cities. “We want to develop a global website where consumers can purchase official THD merchandise, where party hosts can buy merchandise for their parties, and where everyone can stay updated on the latest THD news and gatherings,” he writes.
“We want to empower anyone and everyone to be able to throw an International Tom Hanks Day gathering.”
As chapters grow, Turk and his buddies will reach out to offer support, post tips for promoting watch parties, and facilitate the sales and distribution of various merchandise and memorabilia.
They’ve raised $1,800 already and still have 38 days to go, but the clocking’s ticking twice in their cases: April 1 is only 68 days away.
Perhaps they want to get in touch with these guys.
Photo via Kevin Turk/Kickstarter
Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher is notoriously opinionated, as is his brother, singer Liam Gallagher. Recently, we got a glimpse into what he thought about Oasis’s videos from the height of their popularity, on into their more embarrassing work. He looked back not in anger, but, well, in anguish.
Redditor NailgunYeah posted Gallagher’s commentary from Oasis’s 2010 Time Flies DVD yesterday and—surprise!—he proceeds to roast every one of their videos. The DVD came as part of the Time Flies box set, so it’s possible only die-hard fans have seen the commentary. Until now.
As one commenter observed, Gallagher’s deadpan critique sounds a bit like Karl Pilkington’s from the Ricky Gervais-produced travel show, An Idiot Abroad. Here are some of the F-bomb-filled highlights:
“Was there really all these birds in this video? It’s like a fucking scene from Britain’s Next Top Model.”
“Oh, I was fucking drunk in this video.”
“Fucking bag of shite there. Waste of a fucking afternoon.”
“I have to say, in all these videos, if you need four guys to walk around in slow motion, we were the best at that.”
“If anybody’s listening to this at home, you’d be advised to probably go and mull the fucking garden, because this goes on for ages.”
Important context: The Mr. Show sketch where they parody Noel and Liam Gallagher.
Photo via Il Motta/Flickr
Video Ink reported she will pair up with Plume Books, an arm of Penguin Random House, to publish a memoir, which will also include cocktail recipes that correspond to her stories. Via email, Hart explained a bit more about the memoir/cocktail approach:
"Each chapter will have its own recipe, so in an ideal world, when you are reading about that time I fell in love with the the half-snake, half-man guy and ran off with him to work in the carnival for a summer, you will make the cotton candy martini to drink while you read. Side note: That isn't actually one of my stories. The half-snake, half-man guy was way too good for me."
The most recent episode of You Deserve a Drink is a tribute of sorts to master troll Shia LaBeouf, concocted in a drink called “Heeez Nuts.” She also calls her boobs her “uneven Stevens,” and talks about anal bleaching.
2015 can’t come fast enough.
Screengrab via Mamrie Hart/YouTube
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning made headlines in December 2013 when he broke the record for the most touchdown passes thrown in a single season, a feat previously held by Tom Brady. Manning made the achievement in a matchup against the Houston Texans with his 51st pass. He will begin Super Bowl XLVII next week with an impressive 55 such passes under his belt.
And all 55 passes have been recorded in one glorious GIF that is making quite the splash itself on Reddit. Posted by redditor horse_you_rode_in_on, it currently has over 1,700 karma points in the r/gifs subreddit.
GIF via horse_you_rode_in_on/Imgur
The GIF is almost as impressive than Manning's record. The flipbook-style animation and wildly changing uniform colors are dazzling to fans and non-fans alike.
The only question that remains is: How many more frames will be added on to this GIF after Super Bowl Sunday?
Photo via Jeffrey Beall/Flickr