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4 Ups And 4 Downs From Last Night’s WWE SmackDown (May 21)

11 hours ago

WWE.com

This week’s Smackdown was part of a very busy week from WWE since they had a solid Payback show on Sunday, a really good Raw episode on Monday and another exciting Nxt Takeover special on Wednesday. With Smackdown taping on Tuesday and airing in the Us on Thursday it definitely got lost in the shuffle. That’s what happens when WWE doesn’t treat it like a major show.

The good news about this week’s Smackdown is that there was at least some storyline progression. There are some weeks where they barely do anything in that regard. However, this week there was a good focus on the Divas Title, Tag Team Titles and some of the other feuds that started to develop on Raw. That’s what happens when you only have two weeks until the Elimination Chamber show.

Here are the match results from this week’s Smackdown. »

- John Canton

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Futurama: 15 Obscure Easter Eggs & References You Probably Missed

13 hours ago

Fox

Futurama is both one of the funniest and one of the smartest TV shows ever made. In addition to just being consistently hilarious, quotable and often poignant, the show is packed to the brim with obscure references that only a handful of fans will probably pick up on the first time through.

A lot of these references are math or science related, as many of the show’s writers have pretty impressive academic backgrounds. The head writer and executive producer, David X. Cohen, graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in physics. He also has a degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. Another one of the show’s writers, Ken Keeler, graduated from Harvard with a PhD in applied mathematics. In fact, Keeler famously invented his own mathematical theorem for the Season 7 episode The Prisoner of Benda.

The show is also a love letter to »

- Brendan Morrow

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12 Severely Underrated Sci-Fi Video Games You Need To Love

13 hours ago

Platinum Games

Between searingly-hot laser fire, a myriad of otherworldly aliens baying for blood (or joining up to fight some mysterious force) and getting your own spaceship to bomb around the galaxy in – sci-fi might just be the greatest genre on Earth.

In video game form it’s journeyed everywhere from the 2D planes of Metroid through the gore-drenched Gears of War series and even across galaxies as we joined Commander Shepard and co. to tackle Mass Effect’s Reaper invasion. In short, right next to more atypical fantasy – like the Skyrim/The Witcher-style goblins n’ blades variety, it’s the only other cross-medium genre that people get well and truly enamoured with.

Unlike franchises like Star Trek or Star Wars on the silver screen, there aren’t too many landmark series’ in gaming with so much weight and purpose. Sure you can point to Bioware’s phenomenal Mass Effect »

- Scott Tailford

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15 Things All People Who Have Stayed In A Hostel Understand

13 hours ago

Flickr – Katy Brady

Hosteling is a great way to travel: you meet lots of people; you are never alone in an unfamiliar place; and high jinks are always on order.

However, people who have reached their 30s rarely stay in hostels. There are exceptions to that rule of course, but many people who have done the backpacking thing in their 20s are over it.

This is not snooty in any way, it is purely down to having learned their lesson(s). For hostelling is not without its down-side either. In fact depending on the hostel, there can be almost nothing but down-sides. In its own way this is part of the joy of travel. But not actually at the time.

At the end of it all you will be left questioning humanity and how some people can actually be completely oblivious to the fact that they are surrounded by other people. »

- Paul R Stafford

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15 Things All People Who Have Stayed In A Hostel Understand

13 hours ago

Flickr – Katy Brady

Hosteling is a great way to travel: you meet lots of people; you are never alone in an unfamiliar place; and high jinks are always on order.

However, people who have reached their 30s rarely stay in hostels. There are exceptions to that rule of course, but many people who have done the backpacking thing in their 20s are over it.

This is not snooty in any way, it is purely down to having learned their lesson(s). For hostelling is not without its down-side either. In fact depending on the hostel, there can be almost nothing but down-sides. In its own way this is part of the joy of travel. But not actually at the time.

At the end of it all you will be left questioning humanity and how some people can actually be completely oblivious to the fact that they are surrounded by other people. »

- Paul R Stafford

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10 Harry Potter Characters Who Totally Messed Up

14 hours ago

Warner Bros.

Even the most loyal of Harry Potter fans should be able to admit that there are a whole bunch of characters in J K Rowling’s books that just didn’t quite reach their true potential.

Forget Harry and his amazing defeat of the most evil entity in the wizarding world; some of Rowling’s creations just didn’t quite pull their finger out in order to achieve their dreams. Or help Harry in his time of need. Or chose Voldemort over Harry from the very beginning. Or betrayed the hero for stupid reasons…

Poor Rowling; how many things has she had to apologise over in the last few years following the crazy criticism and analysis over the best selling fantasy series? From the proposition of Dumbledore being gay, to the killing of Fred Weasley, the poor woman never stops being hassled over small oversights in her novels. »

- Rachel Bailey

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Magneto

14 hours ago

Marvel

A superhero’s only as good as his villains, and an interesting villain is even more important when you have books with a single villain fighting an entire team of heroes.

Not only does the team’s enemy need to be powerful enough and clever enough to pose a legitimate challenge, they also have to be as, if not more, complex as the heroes. And that’s true most of all for Magneto. From the Jewish ghettos in pre-WW2 Germany to ruling his own nation, led an interesting life, to say the least. Magneto has been considered everything from a terrorist to a savior, and acted the part accordingly. Unlike many early comic book villains, Magneto is far from the usual petty criminal or would-be conqueror with a silly costume and a gimmick.

Magneto may be the X-men’s longest running antagonist, and also one of the oldest anti-heroes of the Marvel Universe, »

- Freddie Rochez

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Mad Men Finale: 10 Things That Happened Next

15 hours ago

AMC

Over almost 10 years Mad Men has quietly become one of the top TV dramas. The period details, understated acting and high-end writing have helped it carve out a place among HBO behemoths The Sopranos and The Wire, as well as AMC stablemate Breaking Bad as some of the finest television of all time. It may not be able to compete with The Walking Dead for viewing figures but it has consistently earned critical acclaim and its audience is just as loyal.

By the time the finale rolled into view last Sunday there were a number of questions on viewers lips: is that really the end for Betty? What next for Don? Will we see Peggy again? All of these questions were answered and then some in one of the most satisfying conclusions to a TV drama in recent memory.

And yet, it’s not really the end for these characters, »

- Adam Thompson

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10 Life Lessons From Stone Cold Steve Austin Every Fan Must Follow

15 hours ago

WWE.com

Stone Cold is the master of the middle finger. The chief a** whooper of sorry sons of b*tches. The beer drinker among beer drinkers. The truster of absolutely no one but himself. He won’t hesitate stomping a mudhole in your sorry a** before walking it dry. And other hard hitting catchphrases to that effect.

He’s the toughest Sob in the history of professional wrestling, arguably the biggest star the biggest company in the world has ever produced and a man that lives his life by one set of rules; his own.

If there was a Mount Rushmore of WWE then Austin could well be the featured head. If you were forced to pick four names from the history of wrestling then they would be: Austin, The Rock, Hulk Hogan and John Cena.

None of those other men made such an huge impact in such a short space of time. »

- Ross Tweddell

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Batman V Superman: 10 Other Movie Mashups We’d Love To See

15 hours ago

Marvel/Warner Bros.

The Dark Knight v Man of Steel. The Caped Crusader v The Last Son Of Krypton. Bruce Wayne v Clark Kent. The ultimate battle between the two biggest and best-known superheroes of all time. 

However excited you might be, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice won’t hit the big screen until March 2016, but that doesn’t stop us from speculating over this, that and everything else that might happen in this mashup between two massive franchises.

Of course, it does provoke some other thoughts too. While franchise mashups have the obvious appeal of pulling together two big cult followings, they don’t exactly have a great reputation for being brilliant films. Alien Vs Predator being one example. Alien Vs Predator Requiem being another. 

Freddy Vs Jason (or A Nightmare on Friday 13th) performed equally badly at the box office, despite original Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) reprising his role. »

- Angus Saul

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World Football’s 12 Most Famous Insults

16 hours ago

Disney/Pa

Football just wouldn’t be the same without a bit of controversy, drama and a good old bitchy comment amongst the air-headed professionals that play the game we all love, would it?

Emotions run high at the top end of the professional game and these passions have alluded to even the world’s best reach breaking point, often making for hysterical viewing for fans.

Who can forget Zidane’s punishing head-butt delivery to the chest of Marco Materazzi following a throwaway comment about the Frenchman’s sister? Or Arsene Wenger grappling with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on the Stamford Bridge sidelines after a typical needless, patronising comment from the Portuguese?

These moments heighten the drama of the beautiful game and without them, football would become stale. So thank the football Gods for blessing the current crop of professional footballers with skills, as they’ve treated fans to many »

- Jonny Shafto

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Game of Thrones Season 5: 10 Most Shocking Moments So Far

17 hours ago

HBO

One thing’s for certain when it comes to Game Of Thrones: there are plenty of bastards about.

Not just The Man Who Knows Nothing, Jon Snow, but in every realm of the Seven Kingdoms (and Dorne’s definitely the place to be – anything goes in that saucy sector). One bastard son who’s no longer obliged to carry the name of Snow is Ramsay Bolton, not now that he’s been legitimised by the Lord of the Dreadfort.

All the same, Ramsay is beyond question one of the biggest bastards ever seen on TV, never mind Game Of Thrones, and he proved it yet again in horrible fashion at the end of the last episode.

Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken left many a head bowed, spirits bent and damn near broke the Internet, such was the reaction to Sansa Stark being subjected to what was essentially rape by the abominable »

- Jonathan Cordiner

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9 Movie Franchises That Completely Spiraled Out Of Control

17 hours ago

20th Century Fox

Some films just aren’t meant to have sequels. Over the years, there have been so many franchises that started strong but slowly devolved as the story was stretched out for way longer than was appropriate.

This happens with horror quite often, with a brilliant original movie becoming a yearly event as the killer keeps coming back. But these sequels have to be filled with at least a little bit of plot, and so a series continuity is developed that becomes so overly complicated, you practically need a chalkboard and some graphing paper to piece it all together. If not complicated, it just becomes really dumb.

It’s not exclusive to horror, though, with other franchises like Terminator and Planet Of The Apes just completely losing control and becoming a total mess that required a reboot to get things back on track. Not all of these movies »

- Brendan Morrow

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50 Albums That Defined The 2000s

17 hours ago

Haydn West/Pa Archive

It’s hard to pin down the defining sound of a decade only a few years later. Those growing up in the 90s wouldn’t have seen grunge and Britpop as the complete relics we do today, instead viewing them as an organic part of a far more varied musical landscape. Similarly, although the 2000s will eventually be looked back upon as a condensed version of itself, it’s impossible to pick out such everlasting features right now. However, a broad look back over ten years can unearth some likely candidates.

There’s no denying that the first decade of the 21st century will be seen as a crucial one in the history of popular music. A number of albums we now regard as modern classics were introduced to the world between 2000 and 2009, from a wide variety of genres. From revolutionary rap LPs that changed to face of hip hop production, »

- Jack G King

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14 Reasons Your 20s Are Just Like The Lord Of The Rings

18 hours ago

New Line Cinema

Lord Of The Rings, regardless of it’s multiple subplots, is essentially a tale about a quest. It is the quest of one person trying to follow a complicated path which they’re not entirely sure is the right one for them. It is the moral dilemmas of right and wrong choice, and the making of decisions which may or may not affect life in the future. It is finding out the true essence of a person, and what they are really capable of. It is a story of bravery, heroics, survival and friendship.

Does this sound like your twenties or what?

Ok, so it might seem a little over the top, but honestly, have you even realised how many parallels run between between your years of being a twenty-something and the Lord of the Rings trilogy? Haven’t you ever inherited a bit of jewellery and »

- Rachel Bailey

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Arrow: 10 Major Predictions For Season 4

18 hours ago

The CW

It’s fair to say Arrow season 3 was a bit of a mixed-bag. Or mixed-quiver, rather.

There were some typically great moments during the show’s run, excellent development for a few existing characters and the introduction of some new ones.

Standouts include the slightly meta-casting of former Superman Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom, the return of John Barrowman’s Malcolm Merlyn as a series regular, Oliver and Ra’s al Ghul having a pretty epic mountaintop swordfight, and the writers finding a way for Laurel to not be really annoying.

On the flipside, there were storylines that just didn’t work, and times when the series felt it was meandering along while waiting for something to happen, with a few of the 22 episodes serving as little more than filler.

Roy may have gotten his big moment towards the end, sacrificing himself to protect the Arrow’s identity, »

- James Hunt

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WWE 2K16: 10 Things The Stone Cold Steve Austin Mode Must Feature

18 hours ago

2K Games

Stop the press: news has been leaked to what WWE 2K16’s main game mode will be.

Speaking on the Memphis Cerrito Live Radio show, Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler told of how Stone Cold Steve Austin will be at the centre of the new game. Lawler also revealed how he and Jim Ross have already been recording the vocals for it.

Lawler said: “We’re already been working on that. A lot of people ask about my old broadcast partner. They’re having in this year’s game, a big Stone Cold Steve Austin Attitude Era section and they have me and J.R. back together again in the studio doing voice-overs for that.”

The video packages of all Stone Cold’s tricks over the years alone makes the mouth water…

This is huge news considering the way Stone Cold and WWE’s relationship has been reportedly pretty »

- Ross Tweddell

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10 Well-Known Gaming ‘Facts’ That Are Actually Bulls**t

19 hours ago

Nintendo

From dominating playground chatter to being ‘that guy’ in the office forever bursting with information, you just can’t beat throwing down a good fact to wow the masses in attendance – all four of them. And, back in an internet-less world only just starting to travel the information superhighway, the rumour mill cog-turner was king.

There are plenty of social theories that break down how people have viewed authority figures and sources of information over time, and as we’ve progressed from being wholly reliant on religious do’s and don’ts to technology-based influencers like radio and TV, now it’s the internet that can debunk or validate something within seconds.

As such, we’ve developed a keen sense of Googling things within seconds of detecting anyone’s telling porky pies, bringing the hammer down to that one person who forever insists they played as a certain ‘hidden’ character, »

- Scott Tailford

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8 Times Disrespected Wrestlers Went Nuts On Reporters

19 hours ago

WWE.com

Kayfabe is dead, and has been for a long time after Vince McMahon officially plunged a stake through its heart in 1989.

He was appearing in front of the State of New Jersey Senate in a bid to have professional wrestling removed from their various obligations to Us Athletic state commissions (tax, licensing etc etc) and stated that pro wrestling was “an activity in which participants struggle hand-in-hand primarily for the purpose of providing entertainment to spectators rather than conducting a bona fide athletic contest.”

This seems obvious, and is something that everybody knows nowadays; ‘pro wrestling is predetermined’ is right up there with ‘santa claus doesn’t exist’ as one of those everyday facts that every child eventually comes to accept in the fullness of time. But back then, this was a shocking exposure of the business and confirmed what so many people had suspected about wrestling, but never been able to prove. »

- Adam Blampied

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50 Funniest Comedy Movie Moments Since 2000

20 hours ago

DreamWorks Pictures Comedy is undoubtedly the most subjective movie genre of the bunch. Everyone simply has a difference of opinion as to what they think is funny. Some people might find the sight of someone vomiting on another person hilarious while others prefer their comedy to be slightly more sophisticated. Neither preference is wrong, just different (and certainly not mutually exclusive).

The turn of the century saw a shift in the cinematic comedic landscape. The dominance of Jim Carrey was on its last leg, and fellow comedy heavyweights such as Adam Sandler and Eddie Murphy would soon find themselves relegated to mostly lowest common denominator films that lack comedic souls.

The early 2000s saw the rise of Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and many others. By the time the mid-to-late-2000s came around, guys like Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen and Zach Galifianakis were running things. Fast forward to present day, »

- Jesse Gumbarge

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