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Netflix Picks up Global Rights for Hitler Satire Look Who’s Back

Netflix recently promised subscribers that it will end end region-locked streaming as soon as possible, and the service is now working to acquire titles that can be streamed worldwide. Their most recent acquisition is the German satire Look Who's Back, about a newly-awakened Hitler's struggle in the modern world and eventual pursuit of a career in comedy (yikes).

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Because People Are Terrible, Here is a Nazi-Themed Cafe in Indonesia

Because, um... because people suck, I guess?

Because people will do anything for money, one Henry Mulyana has opened a Nazi-themed cafe in the Indonesian city of Bandung. An entire wall is decorated with swastikas and Hitler memorabilia, and the staff are asked to wear SS uniforms (Yep, those pictures at the top are the inspiration and the modern cafe, waitstaff out front in the latter). Which means someone thought it was a good idea to open this place, other people actually took jobs in which they dress like Nazis on a daily basis, and enough people frequent such an establishment as to keep it open for two years and counting. And here I was getting all optimistic and idealistic about the human race.

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We’re Very Sorry If You Look Like Hitler, But That Might Be Able to Land You an Acting Job

The mini-series is also casting for Churchill and Roosevelt, but their facial hair isn't a weird hipster trend right now.

Calling all boys from Brazil: Get ready to see your name up in lights, because a new mini-series about World War II has issued a casting call for the part your were born to play. That's right -- the makers of a six-hour docudrama are casting (non-union, they are sure to mention) actors for the parts of Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Adolf Hitler. Because you just can't stage WWII without a serviceable Hitler. Everyone knows that.

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Is This Hitler Reacts To The Comics Alliance Closure As Funny To You As It Is To Us? [VIDEO]


We admit, part of the reason we find this Hitler Learns video so funny is because it touches on comic book journalism, something we're actually a part of. While The Mary Sue may not be solely about comics, we're fans of many sites that are, so we were bummed to hear AOL shuttered Comics Alliance yesterday and left a gaping hole in great comic book coverage. In response, Zack Smith of Newsarama and MTV Geek put together this video. Hopefully you will appreciate it as much as we did. (via Newsarama) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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Ignore Hitler Tumblr Puts Elaborate Drawings of Hitler in Every Draw Something Round

Draw Something player Michael took the game to a whole other level by creating the Ignore Hitler Tumblr, a site that features very elaborate pictures of Adolf Hitler in Draw Something, even if the word for that round has nothing to do with Hitler. When asked why he includes Hitler in his Draw Something drawings, he simply replied, "He was the king of dicks. I'm not trying to make any political point by doing it, but I think anything that reduces a genocidal prick to an acceptable figure of mockery is a good thing." We think it's a good thing too, as the Tumblr is pretty amusing. Check out a handful of choice Draw Something drawings that feature Hitler for no reason after the break.

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Hitler Goes Super Saiyan

Some pretty crazy stuff happens in manga, and you may already have your own stories and examples, but let me show you what I think might be the definitive limit: Super Saiyan Hitler, basically. I know, I know, it sounds completely ridiculous, but apparently it makes sense in context, which ultimately just makes things weirder.

This page is featured in the The Legend of Koizumi, where this kind of thing isn't entirely uncommon. The premise of the whole thing is that former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi fights various world-leaders from the present day and the past in order to save the world. How does he fight them? Mahjong. Naturally. So yeah, not only does this crazy blonde Hitler exist in the series (I don't think he's literally going Super Saiyan), but he's about to sit down to a game of high-stakes Mahjong. Why? Who knows, not that you could possibly wrap your head around an answer anyways.

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The Consequences of Safe Driving

In Which We Make A Terrible Pun

For most of my teenage years there was only one person in my family with a driver's license, and he worked a full time job with a forty minute commute, at least. Which is to say that I got very, very accustomed to making my way around a suburban town with mediocre mass transit sans car. This involved a walking (which I hate), biking (which I hate somewhat less), bumming rides from friends who would go ten minutes out of their way to get me home, and, on occasion, calling cabs. So, as a long time pedestrian and bike rider, I urge you to take this PSA, made by the comedy group The UCB Midnight Show, very, very seriously. It could save a Reich. I mean life. Why did I say Reich? That was weird. (via Wired.)

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Wait, WHAT?!: There Was a Secret Plot to Turn Hitler into a Lady

Misleading Headline of the Day

So this might be the weirdest news I've heard today: Back during WWII, one group of British spies were hoping that pumping Hitler with with enough estrogen would calm him down enough to stop the whole mass genocide/take over the world kick he was on. There were undoubtedly plenty of "kill Hitler" plots circling around at the time (not to mention The Doctor's efforts), but the logic behind this one is what catches our eye. Follow the jump to learn more about it.

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Once Upon A Time Gandhi Wrote A Letter To Hitler

What do an iconic peace-loving protester and easily the most hated man in all of human history have to do with each other? The answer is simple: a plea that was never heard. Mahatma Gandhi wrote to Adolf Hitler on July 23, 1939 to ask him to keep World War II from happening. At the time, Hitler was already progressing through Europe, having invaded Czechoslovakia earlier that spring. The letter never reached Hitler, (for unknown reasons) and it is hard to image that it would have had much impact if it did. Gandhi wrote two letters to Hitler, which are on display at Mani Bhavan, where Gandhi lived in Mumbai from 1917-1934. These letters are a known, but still shocking, part of the history of WWII. Certainly, they make you wonder what could have been, and even spark speculation about what the world leaders of our time really think about the current state of the world. (via World of Wonder, History Today)

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“I think we can unequivocally say we’re against Hitler.”

Wise Words

I think we can unequivocally say we're against Hitler. I think the worst thing you can do to that awful man is take the mickey out of him on Doctor Who. Don't worry, we're not going to save Hitler. -- Steven Moffat, who just wants to make sure we're all on the same page. Look, sometimes you just have to lay it out there. (via io9.)

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Geekolinks: 8/2

Megan Fox vs. Michael Bay: A Timeline

Yesterday's revelation that Megan Fox will not be starring in Transformers 3 stunned and divided a nation. While Fox is not generally regarded to be a particularly gifted actress, she is a pretty gal, and was seen by many as the main reason anyone would want to sit through a Transformers movie (typical messageboard comment: "Yeah… They just cut their boxoffice in half..") Time will tell what actually happens with Transformer 3.

Fox's PR team issued a statement yesterday that said that "It was her decision not to return. She wishes the franchise the best," which Deadline's Nikki Finke dismissed as "absolutely untrue." More likely, she was axed for, among other reasons, comparing Transformers director Michael Bay to Hitler.

How did things break down between Bay and Fox? We investigate:

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The Infamous Hitler Bunker Scene, as Reenacted by One Man

Actor and funny person Brandon Hardesty has a healthy following on YouTube for his spirited one-man reenactments of scenes from movies, including Goodfellas, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Dogma. He's really hit it out of the park with his latest: A pitch-perfect reenactment of the endlessly remixed Hitler bunker scene in Downfall, complete with Hitler, cowering generals, and weeping lookers-on.

Check it out after the jump:

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You Knew It Had to Happen: Hitler Rants about Hitler Parody YouTube Takedowns

Earlier this week, Constantin Films' mass takedown of Hitler parody videos from YouTube earned the ire of plenty of open Internet types, who convincingly argued that the parodies, which drew from Constantin's 2004 film Downfall, constituted Fair Use. Now, the takedown has apparently earned the wrath of the Fuhrer himself:

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Hitler “Downfall” Parodies Falling off YouTube over Copyright Claims

Der Untergang, or Downfall, is a dense, powerful, three-hour German film centered around Adolf Hitler's final days in power in Nazi Germany, but here on the Internet, it's best known as grist for endless memes. There's one famous scene in the 2004 movie where Hitler slams his hand against his desk, shouts "nein, nein, nein!" and generally flips out which has been repurposed to rants about getting banned from XBox Live, having problems with Windows Vista, the iPad ... you name it.

But now, Constantin Film, the German film production and distribution company behind the film, is launching an aggressive, successful DMCA campaign to get the Hitler Downfall parodies taken off YouTube -- though ironically, many people wouldn't have heard of the original if it wasn't for the waves of parodies.

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Meta-Meta-Hitler: Now He’s Upset About All Those Hitler Videos

Oh, Internet, I love you. First you turn a dramatic scene from a turn of history depicting Adolf Hitler learning, essentially, that he's just lost his war into a series of hilarious parodies depicting his displeasure with the X-Box, the iPad, Leno's return to late night, and his plans for Burning Man, amongst others — then you turn that on its head by depicting Hitler's displeasure with all the parody videos about him on the Internet. Meta to the meta, with a generous side of awesome.

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