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This Beatles/Ke$ha Remix Reminds Us That Mashups Can Be Awesome

By Brandon SpecktorAugust 9, 2012
We're generally pretty skeptical of corny attempts to modernize the Beatles—but, great glitterbomb, Batman! This new "TiK ToK"/"Come Together" remix by soundcloud DJ doctordude is inexplicably awesome. ... More  →
This Beatles/Ke$ha Remix Reminds Us That Mashups Can Be Awesome

3 Arnold Schwarzenegger Reboots We Demand To See After Total Recall

By Brandon SpecktorAugust 9, 2012
Before he became the legendary West Coast statesman and master orator that you know, Arnold "Ah-nold" Schwarzenegger permanently altered the leathery, vein-bejiggled face of pre-millennial action cinema. He changed it so much, in fact, that even today, two decades after his golden schnitzel days, we ... More  →
3 Arnold Schwarzenegger Reboots We Demand To See After Total Recall

New Music: Namesake Rocks Out for the Nerds (and Their Dads)

By Brandon SpecktorAugust 1, 2012
When Will Crafton first picked up the guitar during the summer of 8th grade, he didn't expect to be spending a future 4th of July ducking fireworks at a gig in Six Flags. He didn't expect a daily routine of regaling fleets of young geeks ... More  →
New Music: Namesake Rocks Out for the Nerds (and Their Dads)

The Do's and Dont's of Quoting Song Lyrics

By Brandon SpecktorJuly 31, 2012
People have been expressing their feelings with other people's artistic sentiments since the stone age, when Caveman Shemp totally ripped off Caveman Duncan's "three sticks hunting buffalo" in a bittersweet etching on Caveman Brittany's wall. So whether you're signing a yearbook, a status update, a ... More  →
The Do's and Dont's of Quoting Song Lyrics

The Weirdest Olympic Stories You Probably Missed this Weekend

By Brandon SpecktorJuly 30, 2012
It's hard to keep track of all the hustle and bustle of the Olympic Games. There are thousands upon thousands of athletes to watch, with new ones conceived in the Village every day. We feel your confusion. Here's what you need to know about the lesser-publicized, ... More  →
The Weirdest Olympic Stories You Probably Missed this Weekend

Sleeping Beauty Is a Total Stalker in this New Fairytale Comedy

By Brandon SpecktorJuly 27, 2012
With a batch of titles like Snow White and The Huntsman, Red Riding Hood, and the upcoming Angelina Jolie firebreather Maleficent giving our fairytales the same gray-tinted, hyper moody makeover and over and over, we're beginning to feel a bit like Rapunzel—all tower-pent, cloistered in ... More  →
Sleeping Beauty Is a Total Stalker in this New Fairytale Comedy

A REAL Steampunk Computer and 5 other TED Talks to Geek Out About

By Brandon SpecktorJuly 27, 2012
Here's one for your steampunk novels, gearheads: the first effective computer was designed in the 1830s, powered by steam, cogs and punchcards, and filled a room the size of a locomotive. In his recent TED talk, "The greatest machine that never was," computer programmer John Graham-Cumming ... More  →
A REAL Steampunk Computer and 5 other TED Talks to Geek Out About

Aronofsky's Arc and the 8 Most Massive Set-Pieces of All Time

By Brandon SpecktorJuly 26, 2012
Darren Aronofsky dreams big. This pic he recently tweeted of the arc he's building for his upcoming epic, Noah, came with a personal message: "I dreamt about this since I was 13. And now it's a reality. Genesis 6:14." What drives modern directors to pursue their expansive More  →
Aronofsky's Arc and the 8 Most Massive Set-Pieces of All Time

The Pros and Cons of Glee Star Chris Colfer's Debut Novel

By Brandon SpecktorJuly 19, 2012
As long as he's been in the public eye, 22-year-old Chris Colfer has been sharing his passions with the world. As Kurt Hummel on Glee, he regularly gets the chance to basque the viewing public in the music that moves him and his peers. With ... More  →
The Pros and Cons of Glee Star Chris Colfer's Debut Novel

Fact or Crap? A Dubious History of No Doubt in Honor of New Single "Settle Down"

By Brandon SpecktorJuly 17, 2012
FACT: No Doubt just put out a new song/music video called "Settle Down." FACT: It is their first proper song as a band in 11 years, and will appear on the album Push and Shove on September 25. FACT: We dig it so much we decided to ... More  →
Fact or Crap? A Dubious History of No Doubt in Honor of New Single