You may not realize it, but if you’ve watched and enjoyed many of the big-budget sci-fi/fantasy films from the last decade or so—say, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, District 9, or Avatar—you owe a lot to visual effects pioneer Eileen Moran, who passed away last Sunday in Wellington, New Zealand. She was 60.
We know that women aren’t exactly treated as equal to men in today’s society. Likewise, there’s another group whose rights we need to fight for: Girls. To that end, today is the first annual International Day of the Girl, where a variety of organizations as well as individuals with an interest in gender equality will make an effort to, according to the U.N., “help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”
Photographer Patrick Runte has put together a radical, mint photo shoot that brings old school ’80s video games to life. Perfect for those of us who have played Pac-Man and secretly (or not-so-secretly) wished we could re-enact it every time we were in a garden maze. More after the jump.
You know Frank Welker. Or, at least, you know his voice … well, at least you know his characters, because he can do so many things to his voice that he can play so many different characters that have spanned over four decades. From Fred Jones on Scooby-Doo to Nibbler (and Seymour the dog) on Futurama, Welker has provided the voices of so many people and animals that he’s become one of the highest-grossing actors in Hollywood whose face you’ve rarely ever seen. But I’ll bet you had no idea he made the real-sounding lion noises in The Lion King, and you would not be alone. Did you also think they just somehow recorded lions roaring? Well, it was Frank Welker all along. Here is behind-the-scenes footage.
I’m fairly convinced that Frank Welker might be all of the voices.
One thing that Twilight did that wasn’t all that bad was put the spotlight on a Native American tribe from the Pacific Northwest, the Quileute tribe. For those of us who are not Twi-hards, that is the tribe from which Jacob (Taylor Lautner) is descended. The shirtless guy who turns into a werewolf. While the Quileute tribe are happy to be in the spotlight, they would like to take this opportunity to provide everyone with some actual facts about their tribe and beliefs in the form of an exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. For starters: they wear shirts. Sorry.
Good morning! Care to share some personal information today? With millions of other people? What are you eating? Can you post a picture? Who are you dating right now? How’s that going? Are you in a good mood today? How’s the weather by you?
Real question: How have we not abandoned Facebook in droves?
AdFreak reported today that a Mexican brewery has begun manufacturing the “world’s first gay beers,” Purple Hand Beer and Salamandra. Well, I knew this was already factually incorrect. Not the “gay beer” part. The “first gay beer” part. Because everyone knows that the first “gay beer” was Schmitt’s Gay Beer, from the independent brewery of … the Saturday Night Live writers’ room. But gay beer is not the only SNL “product” that became real. Let’s take a look back, shall we?