With the approach of May the 4th almost being with us, both the Rebel Alliance and the Empire are gearing up. Meanwhile George Lucas is sitting about as pretty Jabba the Hutt after the US$4 billion sale of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise to Disney. (That Mouse has got some money!) It was also announced that JJ Abrams will be directing (at least) the first movie in the new sequel trilogy. The new trilogy movies will roll out in 2015, 2017, and 2019; with another two spinoff movies filling in the yearly gaps between Star Wars: Episode VII, VIII and IX. With not such a long time to go for this much new Star Wars, and many of the original cast rumoured to be returning how could things go wrong? Three words may sum it up: Jar Jar Binks. And with JJ Abrams now directing both the new Star ...Read More »
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Psy, he’s the South Korean rapper (maybe), or at least the K-pop sensation (for now), who shot to international fame in 2012 with his song Gangnam Style. The film clip to which smashed all sorts of records and to date has garnered over 1.5 billion views on YouTube. Not too shabby. Even the respective leaders of the Beliebers (which apparently would now also have included Anne Frank) and the little monsters have yet to make such an achievement. How then do you follow up such a hit? You tweak it a bit. Release more of the same. Then hope lightning strikes twice. Which brings us to the new song, Gentleman. You can watch it here, if you haven’t seen it already. And it’s not going to also reach 1.5 billion views unless you pitch in! The film clip to the song Gentleman displays what Psy has described as the “arrogant dance”. This is ...Read More »
Makankosappo. If it sounds kind of Japanese to you, then you’re correct. Have a gold star. Better yet, have a ball with a star on it. Collect all seven and make a wish. Makankosappo is a dance-like action, playing out Dragon Ball (probably Z) fight sequences. Whether this is also involves 5-minute close ups of faces and grinding teeth, is probably left up to the hero of the story. Popularised mainly by Japanese schoolgirls- Wait! This could be dangerous, anything can happen in manga… Moving on. Makankosappo involves the main player acting out a fight scene, and using their ‘energy’ to force the other players flying back. They’ll jump away, choreographed, as though blasted by a shockwave. Or a Kamehameha Wave, if you’d prefer. (For this, training in 10 times gravity and reaching at least Super Saiyan level is recommended, but not compulsory.) Not only is it funny to watch, it has produced some pretty cool photos ...Read More »
Figuring it was probably best to give Kim Kardashian a break for awhile, because she has got bigger problems at the moment – like looking fashionable in maternity wear – it’s time to turn to one of her other sisters. This admittedly does have a Cinderella-like quality to it. Because compared to Kim, the others don’t seem to quite stack up the same. This time around, it’s Khloe Kardashian who has been placed on The Cheese Wheel. Why exactly? Well… There’s simply the fact that Khloe Kardashian is a Kardashian. Kind of a no-brainer that one! There was some consideration about putting the entire Kardashian family on here this time around, but it’s a cheese wheel and not a cheese platter. Yes, Khloe is known by many other references. Here, keeping things a bit polite, she can just be referred to as the “husky Kardashian”. Then, there are the allegations of missing ...Read More »
Dead Before His Time Shain Gandee, the star of MTV’s reality show Buckwild was found dead inside his red Ford Bronco. Three bodies were found, Shain Gandee, his uncle David Gandee, and a third unidentified person. No foul play is suspected, and police reports believe that the three likely died from carbon monoxide poisoning; with the truck having been submerged up to its windows in mud. Shain was only 21 years old. In a statement issued by MTV: “Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Shain had a magnetic personality, with a passion for life that touched everyone he met and we will miss him dearly.” A sad time for those who knew Shain and the others personally, or had watched Shain Gandee on television. Empathy and Reframing to Grieve In no way to make light of the situation, it is interesting the way in which society (or societies, as attitudes do differ) deal with both celebrities and ...Read More »
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Not that whacky news out of Hollywood and news about Kim Kardashian are any strangers to one another, but now there’s apparently a truth stranger than fiction: Kim Kardashian gets vampire facials! By extracting your own blood and then reinjecting into your face, under medical supervision of course, you can apparently take on the youthful look of a vampire. Nothing says anti-ageing quite like the undead. At least these facials are using real blood, unlike the sparkle-in-the-sun vegan ‘vampires’ of the Twilight world. (So that explains R-Patz?) Meanwhile, as prophesised, many continue to await the birth of Kim and Kanye’s child. If the vampire facials indicate anything, the baby will be called Blade. This has others wondering though, if it’s vampire facials today, what famous monster will be the next “in thing” when it comes to celebrity beauty techniques? Maybe it’s not a Creature from the Black Lagoon day spa, but some crazy suggestions are floating out there… ...Read More »
Olivia Wilde incurred the wrath of the many Beliebers out there when she tweeted that Justin Bieber should keep his shirt on. The responses of over 17,000 hate-tweets were shot back at her. Which gave her ample material to joke about! Apart from showing she’s a good sport, if nothing else it demonstrated that the Beliebers can do two things: tweet and bite ankles. Meanwhile Justin himself is having a rough time, whether it’s showing up 2 hours late to his own concert (because he’s so rock and roll; but maybe less so than Noel Gallagher’s cat), or having rants including about how much he has achieved and he’s only 19. Some may ask whether it’s yet another child star imploding. Especially without the close guidance of his parents anymore. Or as the lads over at South Park may suggest, it’s going to be a very good corn harvest in the ...Read More »
With the recent release of Oz the Great and Powerful, a film that many are describing as the Tin Man in the Emerald City – no heart and a lot of money spent – despite the fact that the original was an allegory on US monetary policy (who’d have thought), people are wondering several things. Has James Franco done it again. Let’s leave that rhetorical question unanswered. Notwithstanding Rise of the Planet of the Apes and now the links to the flying monkey (see how far Zach Braff has come since Scrubs ended), many are also wondering when it comes to simians, if the flying monkey is the best mythical pet. (Or minion, if you want to do evil. Perhaps being the anti-Google.) You may know exactly what you’re thinking, that’s easy enough. Predicting what the crowd is thinking is another matter. Maybe you should discard your brain of straw for a moment ...Read More »