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Cm Punk: 10 Great Feuds He Could Have Had In 2014

7 hours ago

wwe.com

Cm Punk’s departure from World Wrestling Entertainment the night after January’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view may have been in the former WWE and World Heavyweight champion’s best interest given the injuries he was suffering through and the frustration with the current product that he was experiencing but it certainly robbed fans of some tremendous rivalries and matches that could have helped make 2014 a banner year for both Punk and the company.

Gone are the possibilities for a lengthy feud with new “Heyman Guy” Cesaro or a program with newcomer Alexander Rusev. A series of five-star classics with new WWE World Heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan will not happen, nor will what could have been a tremendously entertaining war of words between he and COO Triple H. A renewed rivalry with Randy Orton could have produced some stellar matches and the first real feud with Batista would have »

- Erik Beaston

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25 Things Only People From Yorkshire Will Understand

8 hours ago

Aardman Animations

Keep thi’ sen calm, tha’s from Yorkshire. There’s many reasons Yorkshire is God’s Own County, and one of them is the Yorkshire pudding. None of that Aunt Bessie’s muck, we mean a Proper Yorkshire pudding. Puffed up beauties the size of your fist, dripping with oil. Yorkshire folk are a proud bunch, and a lot of people don’t get that. Well, of course they wouldn’t, they’re not from bloody Yorkshire!

The county is hosting the second stage of the Tour De France this summer, our humble home watched by 3 billion people worldwide. Le Grand Départ will roll out from York Racecourse and then take to York’s historic streets.

And where better? The birthplace of the revolutionary Guy Fawkes, Sean Bean, Dame Judi Dench, and the brilliant Sir Patrick Stewart. The legend that is Dracula was written by Bram Stoker after »

- Nina Cresswell

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WWE: 10 Times Triple H Saw Something He Liked And Booked Himself Into It

8 hours ago

WWE.com

Triple H is a powerful man backstage in WWE, enjoying creative influence throughout his wrestling career. This stemmed from his initial close friendship with Vince McMahon during the kliq era, gaining even more influence after he married Vince’s daughter Stephanie in 2003. From that point on he has controversially been part of the WWE creative process, at the same time as being a full time wrestler. Was this a conflict of interest? Did it lead to him being more of a main event star than he deserved to be? To be fair to ‘The Game’, he is a genuinely great talent, he has more often than not deserved top billing in his WWE career. Every now and then however, you can’t help but to raise your eyebrows, he occasionally seems to end up in spots that just don’t fit. Even now with his role mainly as an Executive, »

- Grahame Herbert

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Ranking The ’27 Club’ Based On Musical Talent

9 hours ago

Wikipedia

It is bizarre to think that enough talented musicians have died at the tender age of 27 to warrant an entire ‘club’, or even enable a list of this nature, but oddly they have. In 2011 the world was shaken by the passing of Amy Winehouse, which in turn reignited a media and social obsession with the tragic, ever increasing death toll of 27 year-old musical icons. There are only two things connecting each member; age and profession. Yet, we have become so fascinated with the tenuous link, that the ’27 club’ was born.

This list features music legends of all genres, with intriguing and often even compelling back stories. If you disregard music for a short moment, it is incredibly interesting to take ten different human beings, all of which died at an untimely age and simple compare their cases. Some of the deaths have a common theme, while others are completely »

- Danny Parker

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Game Of Thrones: 10 Questions We’re Asking After ‘The Lion And The Rose’

9 hours ago

HBO

If you haven’t seen this week’s episode of Game of Thrones, and have miraculously managed to avoid the spoilers plastered all over the internet, keep it up and look away now. The big twist is right in the next paragraph. You’ve been warned.

Those of you who wanted Arya Stark to swoop in with Needle and a cry of vengeance for her parents and her brother may have been a little disappointed, but as of ‘The Lion and the Rose’, King Joffrey has finally bitten the dust. The scene was affectionately dubbed the Purple Wedding by book fans for the colour of the little tyrant’s face as he succumbs to poison, but unlike last season’s Red Wedding, we don’t know whodunit. Cersei accuses Tyrion in the midst of hysterical grief, but would he have killed his own nephew?

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- Grace Murray

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10 Religious Movies That Atheists Can Enjoy

10 hours ago

Film4

With Darren Aronofsky’s interpretation of the classic Noah story playing in some cinemas across the world now, all the old controversy surrounding religious films has been reignited. Conservative Christians have to decide whether or not the new Biblical film is godly enough, staying faithful to the text that they worship as the word of God. Oftentimes, if they believe a movie is “Christian”, it scares off secular audiences, who are occasionally uncomfortable watching films that are overtly religious.

How Christian is too Christian, and how do movies find that fine line between honoring the material and telling a good story? Should it even matter if they make changes to improve the flow of the film? After all, any Harry Potter fan will tell you that the books are always better than the film.

And then there’s this element of preachiness that often worms its way into Christian films. »

- Audrey Fox

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9 Awesome Villains For A Guardians Of The Galaxy Sequel

10 hours ago

Marvel Studios

It’s not long now until Guardians of the Galaxy is released – in fact, we’re now in a position to say that it’s the next Marvel Cinematic Universe movie we’re going to see – and that’s an incredibly exciting prospect. Now that we’ve all seen how fantastic Captain America: The Winter Soldier was – it exceeded expectations in a big way – we’re all itching to see further expansion and developments in the hugely popular franchise.

This August, the long-awaited space epic that is so much different to any Marvel movie to date will undoubtedly draw in huge crowds. Expectation has varied from person to person since the movie was announced but, since the first trailer was released, pretty much everyone is now extremely excited about it because it looks fantastic.

The movie looks to be teaming with villainous/antagonistic characters; Ronan, Korath, Nebula, the »

- Kev Stewart

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10 Best Guitarists You’ve Never Heard Of

10 hours ago

Wikipedia

When you think of a brilliant guitarist, who comes to mind? Brian May? Eric Clapton? Jimi Hendrix? Maybe Mark Knopfler?

Most people would agree wholeheartedly with you in this case, they are all superb guitarists, songwriters and all round amazing musicians. Some of their songs have defined the way people perceive the guitar as an instrument, never mind the song themselves being instantly memorable.

For example, while Hendrix was not the most technically adept player in the world (don’t get angry, he wasn’t), he had such a unique approach to the instrument that in the late 60s he redefined what it was to be a guitarist and a frontman. He did things no other player even dared, from playing with his teeth to hurling the instrument around and setting it on fire. To him, the guitar was more than a tool that made a sound, it was »

- Michael Downie

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12 Most Famous WWE Matches Ever

10 hours ago

WWE.com

In the history of WWE, there have been a lot of matches that are so famous that even the non-wrestling fan knows about them. They either heard about them from a loved one that enjoys the business or it simply happened at a time when more people were watching wrestling.When Ultimate Warrior passed away last week, you might have been able to tell non-wrestling fan friends stories about him and maybe they have heard of some of his most famous matches. Maybe not.

What’s the most famous match in World Wrestling Entertainment history? It’s hard to name just one match for that honor, but that’s what we’re here to do. Remember, just because something is famous doesn’t make it the best. Kim Kardashian is one of the most famous people in the world yet most of us have no idea what she even does for a living. »

- John Canton

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12 Actors Who Screwed Up Their Big TV Chances By Getting Fired

11 hours ago

Dimension Pictures

We usually think of television actors and actresses as having it good, especially when they land a role on a successful show. Yet, recent years have seen high profile actors fired from their shows after exhibiting bizarre behavior and often crossing the lines of decency. Whatever the cause, these actors and actresses lose the success they worked so hard to obtain and often find it hard to reestablish themselves in Hollywood. And, to make matters worse, their foibles are broadcast in the tabloids for all the world to see, cementing their reputations for years to come.

It’s happened many, many times over the history of television and it will continue to happen as long as actors and actresses remain imperfect people. These are the top 12 actors and actresses who seriously screwed up a big television gig by being fired. Some of them were fired for personal reasons »

- Christopher A. Rothbauer

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11 Incredible Bands Ignored By The Mainstream Music Press

11 hours ago

Facebook

Even though it’s seemingly impossible to be ignored these days – what with the advent of blogging, sharing, liking, and tweeting – it’s still a harsh reality that not every voice can be heard.

Whether it’s perhaps due to the over-saturation of the online world, with so many people trying to get noticed, or just down to plain bad luck, there are a lot of great things going on around the world that just don’t get the attention they deserve. This proves especially true for music. In an era of harsh critiques that can make or break a band within three lines of a review, artists are struggling more and more to get good press and solidify their fanbase.

All the mainstream music magazines that seem to pride themselves on finding the best new music on the planet are unfortunately forever wrapped up in waves of nostalgia, »

- Mark Riley

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The Simpsons: 10 Secondary Characters Voiced By Hank Azaria

11 hours ago

Fox

The bulk of The Simpsons’ expanded universe is voiced by four people: Hank Azaria, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, and Harry Shearer. Each has their main characters they bring life to every recording session, but each also is asked to provide distinct voices and personalities for another dozen (or several dozen) characters. And no one is asked to do that more than the star of such films as The Birdcage, Mystery Men, and The Smurfs, Hank Azaria.

Hank Azaria is not just the voice of Springfield residents Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Chief Clancy Wiggum, and Moe Syzslak: he is credited with voicing more than 200 Springfieldites since his first appearance as Moe (redubbing the voiceover originally done by former cast member Christopher Collins) in “Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire.” Some of those characters are one-offs, meant to deliver one line and then move on; some were created as one-offs, but were brought »

- The 'House

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7 Incidents That Prove The X-Men Franchise Is Cursed

11 hours ago

20th Century Fox

With several success films, celebrated spin-offs, a whole host of great stars attached, and an immensely dedicated fanbase, it wouldn’t be inaccurate to say that the X-Men franchise has flourished. And yet, despite its triumphs, there is arguably no other movie franchise in existence quite so unlucky. That’s to say, it’s almost as if there’s a higher power somewhere who wants nothing more than to continually knock the X-Men movie adaptations down a peg: after all, these filmic adaptations have often proved totally nightmarish to produce for a variety of reasons.

Inspired by the recent news that director Bryan Singer – who helmed the first, second and what is soon to be the seventh movie in the series – has been accused of child molestation, just weeks before the long-awaited X-Men: Days of Future Past hits cinemas worldwide, join us as we explore some of »

- WhatCulture

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8 Ways The Winter Soldier Could Dominate The Marvel Cinematic Universe

11 hours ago

Marvel Studios

In the past few years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought forth from comic book lore deliciously likable villains, intensely loathsome villains, and a great deal of rather mediocre villains. The Thor franchise, for example, gave us Loki, a scene-stealing, silver-tongued, angst-ridden antagonist who, in his own way, captured the hearts of fans in The Avengers as much as any Captain America or Iron Man did. For every Loki, though, we’ve been given numerous Malekiths or Aldrich Killians in recent films: the McU, it seemed, had lost the sacred, special art of the compelling antagonist – that is, up until last week. 

Some have called the titular character of the Captain America sequel ‘bland,’ even ‘boring,’ due, in fairness, to the brainwashed, robot-assassin-on-a-deadly-mission nature of the Winter Soldier. (This begs the question, however: in what world should ‘robot assassin on a deadly mission’ ever be classified as boring? »

- Mavra Choudhry

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Dark Souls 2: 10 Reasons It’s Your Ultimate Test As A Gamer

11 hours ago

FromSoftware

“It can’t be that hard” comes the first.

“I’m on New Game +10 and I’m tearing the place up” answers the second.

Dark Souls is easy” comes the inevitable flurry of thirds.

On March 13th, the Dark Souls community message boards were full of comments like that. Players had spent two years in the presence of the game and had picked it clean. There were no secrets left in Lordran – every hidden room had been discovered, every facet of the lore had been explored, the game was laid bare for all to see.

Memory was the biggest killer to repeated playthroughs; every enemy spawned in exactly the same place, every boss had the same tactics and attacks and once you had finished the game once or twice, nothing that could be thrown at you came as a surprise.

But that is all changing. Dark Souls 2 has been »

- Michael Downie

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WWE Plans For Cesaro’s Future As A Babyface

11 hours ago

WWE.com

One of the most interesting things in WWE since WrestleMania 30 is how they have booked the Swiss sensation Cesaro. It’s obvious that management is high on the guy since they dumped the “Antonio” part of his name a couple of months ago and they had him win the inaugural Andre The Giant battle royal match at WrestleMania. The next night on Raw, they gave him the best manager in the business as he became a “Paul Heyman Guy.”

In the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that even though WWE is keeping Cesaro a heel with Heyman as his manager, the plan is to turn him into a huge babyface. It would be similar to the way Daniel Bryan was booked when he was originally doing the “yes” thing as a heel and WWE realized he was gaining popularity, so they transitioned him into the face role. »

- John Canton

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WWE: 10 Best Submission Finishers Today

11 hours ago

WWE.com

When the Attitude Era wound down in 2002, WWE began a process of “retraining” fans to watch and appreciate longer, more technical matches. The Russo era of 3-minute match after 3-minute match filled with outside weapons and screwjob finishes were phased out (even the Hardcore title was retired) as WWE began to focus on actual wrestling.

As part of that move, submission-style wrestling became more prevalent. Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle and others led the charge, but if you look at the WWE 2002 roster, many upper-card superstars either already had or incorporated a submission hold into their repertoire: Edge, Eddie Guerrero, Jericho, Regal, Lance Storm, Tazz and Ultimo Dragon.

Fast-forward to today’s WWE product and submission finishers continue to be fashionable, albeit a different crop of holds. The crossface and Boston and half-crabs are now used more as mid-match submissions. In their place are a variety of holds – some familiar, »

- Scott Carlson

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10 Film Heroes You Didn’t Realise Committed Shockingly Evil Acts

13 hours ago

Warner Bros. Pictures

Films usually make it easy when it comes to heroes and villains, which is nice, because we like to be told who to cheer on. When a good guy turns out to be a bad guy, we call that a twist. But really, it’s not – it’s just realistic.

Most films keep it simple. As the great philosopher (Giles from Buffy) once said “The good guys are always stalwart and true. The bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats”. Or, alternatively, their “foreign” accent. But in order to keep it simple, films often let their heroes get away with actions that aren’t so heroic after all.

Of course, we get it – having a character who only ever does good is boring, and tension between the heroes often makes for a better story. Regularly, someone you thought was good will do »

- Dan Goad

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: 10 Things That Sucked

14 hours ago

Sony Pictures

With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 now released in the UK ahead of its Us bow on May 2nd, audiences and critics are starting to chime in with their takes on the highly-anticipated sequel. After Marc Webb laid some solid if familiar foundations with 2012′s reboot, there were expectations that he would move away from the franchise formula and carve out a new niche for the web-slinging superhero, something he’s done albeit with mixed results in this alternately entertaining and frustrating summer blockbuster, which nevertheless feels hugely inferior to Marvel Studios’ recent critical and audience hit, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Few can argue with the craft involved in constructing a movie of this magnitude, and the performances in particular are the evident strong suit, but this follow-up is also hampered by some amateur mistakes also made by earlier entries in the series, and overall it’s merely »

- Jack Pooley

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Would A Real Life Accusation Or Scandal Stop You From Seeing A Movie?

15 hours ago

20th Century Fox

How hard is it to separate the filmmaker from the film? And is it possible to still enjoy a film which has been written, directed or stars somebody currently facing allegations or accusations of the notorious kind? We bring this subject to light over today’s news that director Bryan Singer, best known for his work on The Usual Suspects, X-Men, X-Men 2 and – more recently – Jack the Giant Slayer, has been accused of child molestation. Whether the claims are true or not, one thing’s for sure: in one way or another, they will effect the upcoming release of Singer’s long-awaited comic book sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The semantics involved in making the decision whether to go and see a movie associated with somebody who may or may not have committed a terrible act are insanely complex. Ask Woody Allen fans, who over the »

- WhatCulture

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