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30 Awesome Reasons To Stay Alive In 2015

6 hours ago

Naughty Dog

2015 is being hyped up as quite possibly the most fanboy-friendly year in the history of cinema, but the video game industry isn’t exactly slouching either, what with next-gen consoles finally getting the truly next-gen (or now, current-gen) titles gamers deserve.

It’s not just movies and video games, but also TV, which will be bringing a number of iconic and beloved series to an end as well as presenting long-awaited new seasons of some modern classics. Then there’s the year’s most iconic wrestling pay-per-views, exciting awards shows and conventions, music, and practically any awesome thing you can shake a stick at!

Though a list like this could probably go 100 strong with all the great movies, games, TV shows and general events due for 2015, here are the 30 big milestones everyone should be the most excited about, sure to make next year one of the most exciting, »

- Jack Pooley

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11 Best Premier League Goals Of 2014

7 hours ago

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If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed in the Premier League, it’s goals.

While the likes of Messi and Ronaldo continue to break goal scoring records in Spain, the Premier League goal tallies are often more wide spread. Last year saw Luis Suarez somewhat go against that trend as he sought to drag Liverpool to a first Premier League title and break goal-scoring records in the process. Generally however, there are a number of players who manage to bag a healthy amount of goals over a season.

At the same time, every year fans are treated to wonder goals of every type. Often a player for the spectacular, Suarez found himself in good company in the Premier League during 2014. These can range from long-range strikes, exquisite passing moves, fancy flicks and the occasional cheeky lob. It’s these goals that the fans pay their money to see, »

- Sean Lunt

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Doctor Who: 9 Ways Of Accepting A Brand New Doctor

7 hours ago

BBC

Despite the age old debate of “Who’s had it worse?” between fans of Sherlock and Doctor Who, it’s no wonder that the fans of Doctor Who have had it worse. Be it the excruciating wait for the next Christmas Special or the constant fear of withdrawal from the series, nothing compares to the pain of Whovians, who not only have to get used to a new story arc, but a new face altogether!

All those years spent with “your” Doctor reach their heartbreaking climax when you set eyes on that news headline entitled, “[Insert Actor’s Name Here] Is Leaving Doctor Who”. Even worse is “New Doctor Revealed”, and you get angry and confused. One minute you’re being swept off your feet by a simple “Run!” and the next… he’s changing!? What is going on!?

After a soul crushing few weeks of sheer denial and perplexity, though, you will end »

- Aditi Tripathy

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10 Box Office Hits From 2014 Which Should Have Bombed

7 hours ago

Sony Pictures

It wasn’t the best summer for Hollywood in 2014. Box office takings were down considerably, with none of the big hitters succeeded in bringing in as much money as the blockbusters of the previous year.

In some instances this was a shame – the quality of the comic book franchises is certainly improving while new titles such as Edge Of Tomorrow proved to be much better movies than many were expected. And yet, there were more than a few successful films which really didn’t deserve to do so well.

If the Sony leaks have highlighted one thing it’s that people working in the industry share the same frustration as many of us movie fans – the overall quality of films seems to be deteriorating, as the studios pump out one generic, effects-laden blockbuster after another without ever trying to break the mold. A little – or rather, a lot »

- Andrew Dilks

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10 Most Bizarre Stories From Former WWE Superstars

7 hours ago

WWE.com

Professional wrestling is an unquestionably bizarre industry on every level. Men and women enter into a ring to engage in scripted acts of violence that in receiving our applause, derision, anger and/or laughter. The idea that we find joy in the pain of others is actually barbaric, meaning that on so many levels, pro wrestling celebrates the worst traits of what it is to be a human being.

That being said, it takes a unique type of individual to be comfortable in this business, one who sometimes both in (and out of) the ring is prone to be a  part of some incredibly strange circumstances.

In these ten stories, you’ll find moments that in any other circumstance would require normal resolution, but given that they occurred surrounding the pro wrestling industry had resolutions that were unquestionably bizarre.

From legends almost dying to wrestlers being arrested, setting »

- Marcus K. Dowling

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10 WWE Stars Who Loved To Get Cheap Heat

8 hours ago

WWE.com

Within the confines of modern pro wrestling, it’s insanely difficult to be a heel. Let’s define that statement, because receiving boos from the audience can be incredibly easy to achieve, but we’re talking genuine, nuclear levels of actual hatred. In 2014, there aren’t many wrestlers who know how to do this, but it’s not really their fault – the wrestling business has changed, evolving into a beast with blurred lines wherever you look.

Former head writer for WWE, WCW and Tna, Vince Russo once said that he detested the fact most wrestling fans think in clear parameters of ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’. There are only shades of grey, Russo argued, and was intent on pressing that upon everyone who would listen.

That all sounds great in theory, but another huge name in the world of wrestling, WWE Hall Of Fame inductee Jim Ross, remarked »

- Jamie Kennedy

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10 Images That Prove James Cameron Is Totally Insane

9 hours ago

20th Century Fox

Love or hate his movies, no-one could argue that James Cameron is anything but ambitious. Cameron has directed cinematic classics like The Terminator, Aliens and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, along with record-breaking blockbusters such as Titanic and Avatar. Not everything he undertakes turns out to be a critical success, but it’s hard to deny the man’s vision.

Cameron worked as a truck driver in the ’70s, but quit his job after watching the original Star Wars, in order to work in the film industry. He’d become passionate about special effects during his truck driving days, often going to the USC library in order to read papers about film technology.

James Cameron’s very first foray into cinema was a short, low budget film called  Xenogenesis, where he acted as the writer, director and producer. Soon after, he gained a number of jobs as an »

- Tom Butler

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Sons Of Anarchy: 12 Characters Everyone’s Glad Survived

10 hours ago

FX

It’s still hard to believe that Sons of Anarchy has come to an end. After a seven-year run full of ups and downs, lots of laughs and a steady serving of tragedy, there’s nothing left to hypothesise about what will happen next. Instead, all you can do now is look back, reflecting on what creator Kurt Sutter, his cast and crew have left behind for existing fans to continue revisiting and for future fans to get pulled into.

Last week, the article 25 Best Sons of Anarchy Deaths took a look at a side of the show that many will remember it by, through the losses of characters you loved that left everyone devastated or by the satisfying ends brought upon those you hated. With so much death provided by the show during its seven-year ride right up through its final moments in a pool of blood, the »

- Geoff Cox

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Klm Let You Ride Along With Santa This Christmas

14 hours ago

As the battle for best christmas-themed advert heats up, one company is flying far higher than the rest. Netherlands’ own Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij – who you’ll probably know better as Klm – are the people responsible for making sure you not only fly in style, but feel good whilst doing it too.

They say you’re only as good as your last work, and thankfully even though they’ve almost got 100 years to their name, this brilliant Santa-themed advert instantly takes you back to those wintery nights where you swore you could see Santa riding high in the clouds or gnawing on a few cookies in the dead of night.

It’s great to see Kris Kringle himself making an appearance in such a gorgeously whimsical piece, doing what he does best by tossing out that special gift to someone who deserves it. So many other adverts this year haven’t had him owning the spotlight, »

- WhatCulture

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20 Most Epic Movie Moments Of 2014

14 hours ago

Marvel/Sony/Warner Bros.

Great scenes, like great movies, hold to no particular blueprint. Some of them work only in relation to the moments that transpire before and/or after them. Others play like mini-movies themselves, their appeal independent of the feature-length films that house them. What all great scenes have in common, though, is their capability to imprint themselves on a viewer’s brain.

2014 has seen its fair share of great movie moments and, more specifically, epic movie moments. Scenes that are so amazing that you find yourself watching YouTube clips of them while you’re on your lunch break at work. And that’s the topic at hand today.

At times, picking the films for this list was the easy part, the real trouble comes when trying to narrow it down to one sequence or scene. These cinematic moments range from a murderous ape hell-bent on the death »

- Jesse Gumbarge

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Robin Williams: 5 Awesome Performances & 5 That Sucked

14 hours ago

20th Century Fox

It is something of a tragedy that the last role anyone gets to see of Robin Williams is in the inferior Night At The Museum sequel that has just hit cinemas (he’s actually in Terry JonesAbsolutely Anything but in a vocal performance only next year), but it’s not entirely unfitting. The actor and comedian was a brilliant talent, not only as a stand-up but also as a genuine straight actor, and his career was typified by some serious highs; unfortunately, it was also blighted by some terrible lows, painting a picture of contradiction that was ultimately the most bewildered reaction to his suicide.

Because sanctifying departed heroes is foolish, it remains important to look at Williams’ career as a whole: the greatest tragedy of his professional life was not that he wasn’t offered the opportunity to truly show his ability, it was that »

- Simon Gallagher

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10 Most Disgusting WWE Promotional Tactics Ever

17 hours ago

WWE.com

World Wrestling Entertainment likes to pride themselves on being a show that is entertainment that is fun for the whole family, but let’s not kid ourselves. They also love doing controversial things. They always have loved doing that and always will enjoy it.

With that in mind, there have been a number of things that WWE has done in their history that make the fans scratch their heads and wonder why they would think something was a good idea. They are this huge company that has so many employees working on the creative side of the company – led by Chairman Vince McMahon – and yet they do a lot of stupid things. That’s part of the creative process because when you produce so many shows for so many hours it’s tough to always produce greatness. Bad stuff is going to happen. We all know that.

It »

- John Canton

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7 WWE Streaks And Records That Need To Be Broken

17 hours ago

WWE.com

In a business where superstars are constantly promoted and pushed, there’s only so many ways to impress an audience. One of these tools is to have an emerging superstar break someone else’s record or streak. 2014 saw two of the most impressive statistics tumble for different reasons. In arguably the most shocking WWE moment in years, The Undertaker’s undefeated WrestleMania streak was broken at the hands of Brock Lesnar – a streak which most assumed would never be ended. Two months beforehand, Kane lost his magnificent record of 11 Royal Rumble eliminations – set in 2001 – to WWE’s golden boy Roman Reigns.

So, is any record sacred anymore? There are seven ongoing statistics that desperately need breaking – either due to WWE’s corporate blacklisting, or for the sanity of the WWE Universe’s more thoughtful members. Vince McMahon has fallen out with people like Bret Hart, the Ultimate Warrior, »

- Marc Jobling

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10 Things DC Wants You To Forget About Wonder Woman

18 hours ago

Warner Bros.

Diana Prince, warrior princess of the Amazons. Or, erm, Wonder Woman is that, and Diana Prince is a woman whose secret identity she nicks. Or that’s a secret identity she creates for herself. Or she doesn’t even bother with a secret identity, because why would an Amazonian princess need to? Or, wait, is she a demigod not, technically? Wonder Woman often dregs up more questions than answers in any conversation about DC’s premiere woman superhero.

With Gal Gadot set to play the character on the big screen in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (yep, they’re still calling it that), the publisher is positioning Wonder Woman in a certain way. She is now a demigod, the daughter of a couple of Greek deities, and has all the ensuing powers and wardrobe choices; she’s macking on with Superman; she’s part of the Justice League. »

- Tom Baker

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20 Awesome Images Of People Getting Christmas Right

18 hours ago

mentalfloss.com

WhatCulture.com has already taken a look at twenty hilarious images of people getting Christmas wrong, so now it’s time to look at the reverse – people getting Christmas right.

Christmas is a time of year that, despite supposedly being “a time for giving”, “the season of goodwill”, “the most wonderful time of the year” and “the season to be jolly”, can actually bring out the worst in people.

It’s a very easy time of year to become selfish and focus on the fact you’re going to receive great presents, it’s a very easy time of year to get drunk and act like an idiot, and it’s a very easy time of year to argue, bicker and fight with people, given the increased number of social interactions you have. But there are people who are simply awesome at Christmas time.

They can be awesome »

- K.J. Stewart

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10 Comic Book Catastrophes That Killed Millions

18 hours ago

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The current renaissance in superhero films is almost universally adored, with Marvel’s Cinematic Universe continue to go from strength to strength and DC off to a good start as their grim-n-gritty reboot Man Of Steel turning out to be the highest-grossing Superman film to date, and the second-highest-grossing reboot of all time. Of the few criticisms against them (besides some decided lack of narrative invention) has been the death tolls.

Man Of Steel was singled out especially for the widespread death and destruction throughout Superman and General Zod’s climactic battle across Metropolis, as skyscrapers are toppled and presumably thousands are injured or killed. Doesn’t really gel with the Man Of Steel’s sunny superhero status, being committed to keeping people safe and all that.

The Battle Of New York in Avengers left a similar trail of destruction, and again it looked like superheroes were presiding over some huge humanitarian catastrophe. »

- Tom Baker

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10 Greatest TV Shows Of 2014

18 hours ago

HBO

2014 saw the current ‘Golden Age Of Television’ continue unabated, with a number of truly wonderful new shows making their bows throughout the year. Television is now the premier medium for gifted writers to tell long-form stories and this year saw the beginnings of quite a few that will be around for many years to come, if there’s any justice at least.

As well as these quality newcomers, audiences were also treated to brilliant seasons of returning favourites, and the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video continued to cement their reputations as destinations for many viewers to binge watch entire seasons of the best shows, as well as putting out their own incredibly popular shows.

In 2014, the distinction between movie talent and TV talent continued to disappear, with many established film stars taking on their own shows, spurred on by the benefits of shorter seasons on cable »

- Michael Gordon

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7 Reasons Why The Undertaker Should Retire For Good

18 hours ago

WWE.com

It is the time of the year where WWE fans are looking back on the year that was while also looking ahead to the new year with hope that 2015 will be a better year than 2014 was. One of the things that is on a lot of people’s minds is whether or not The Undertaker will wrestle at WrestleMania 31.

The latest bit of news about The Undertaker is that WWE wants him to work because he’s making around $1 million per year and they want to get a return on their investment, so to speak. If he does wrestle at WrestleMania 31 then his likely opponent is Bray Wyatt. At this point, nobody really knows if he’ll compete and we probably won’t find out for sure for another month or two.

Next year’s WrestleMania could be the time where he decides not to come back. Maybe »

- John Canton

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10 Times Brad Pitt Made Your Bottom Lip Quiver

19 hours ago

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William Bradley Pitt. In the maelstrom of human physical perfection, rarely has a single being elicited so much universal awe as this man. Whether you’re an admirer of his films, or would simply like him to hold you ever so gently, there’s a piece of the Brad Pitt pie for everyone. So to speak. For over twenty years he’s been fawned over by legions of male and female fans, propelling the swoonsome hunk of meat into Hollywood sex-lore. Whatever that is.

But strictly from a hetero-male perspective, it’s likely you fall into one of three categories: one is you can’t stand the man or his films. Which makes you a liar. Category two is kind of admiring him from afar, bullishly envious of his good looks and ability to make you feel inferior. The final, and probably most common category, is having confusing thoughts »

- Chris James Peet

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10 Things WWE Did Wrong In 2014

18 December 2014 3:06 PM, PST

WWE.com

There are always high and low spots in the WWE calendar. There are times after Wrestlemania, Summerslam, and Survivor Series where it seems like creative has taken a few months off. Granted, it is hard to come up with all the programming that they do week in and week out, they are getting paid to entertain us, and sometimes their decisions are either wrong or not entertaining at all.

This year was no exception with some low points in the creativity of the brand. Not only were there low points, but also some completely weird choices for what they perceive as “Sports Entertainment”. Maybe they’re trying hard to reach all demographics, but in the end, this is still pro wrestling.  The matches and the stories still matter most when it comes to having a good product for the WWE. Trying to hit a demographic with a completely »

- Jeremy Bennett

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