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Southampton Transfers: 2 In And 5 Out On Busy Deadline Day

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Joe Giddens/Empics Sport

While the vast majority of the media coverage as the transfer window closed was on Manchester United’s acquisition of Falcao and Daley Blind, plenty of other clubs have been busy putting the final pieces of their squads together.

Even with an encouraging 3-1 win at West Ham this weekend, it is clear that Ronald Koeman’s Southampton are both in need of strengthening and in possession of a huge amount of spending money after the summer departures of five key players. Saints, therefore, proved one of the busier clubs on deadline day with two new players coming in to St. Mary’s and five going out.

Belgian international defender Toby Alderweireld had been rumoured for a move to the North East with both Newcastle and Sunderland reported to be close to securing the Atletico Madrid player’s signature. It was to the other end of »

- Jack Gann

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6 Reasons Last Night’s WWE Raw Made You Change The Channel

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WWE.com

Not every episode of Raw can be a home run. That’s a given. It takes several elements all interacting perfectly for Raw to hit one out of the park: an electric crowd, fired-up performers, compelling drama and well-crafted segments. Take any one or two out of the equation, and you’re likely left with a subpar episode that leaves you feeling a little flat.

But every now and again, there’s an episode that isn’t just missing one or two of the vital ingredients, it’s missing virtually all of the elements that make for an entertaining evening of professional wrestling. And Monday night’s Raw really was lacking in many of these areas. It was downright painful to watch at times, which is disappointing when you consider that WWE is heading into Night of Champions with its mission to win over fans whose WWE Network subscriptions were expiring. »

- Scott Carlson

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10 Sad Facts About The Future Of Earth

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Wikipedia

That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane. And Lenny Bruce is not afraid! Because he died a long time ago of an accidental drug overdose. It’s the end of the world as we know it, and we feel fine, because whilst our pale blue dot is – sadly – destined to eventually crumble and fall apart, it’s not going to happen in our lifetime. Unless there are any immortals in the audience tonight, in which case you might wanna hunker down somewhere safe for the next billion or so years. It’s not going to be smooth sailing for you, buddy. Thanks to humanity’s use of natural resources, the building effects of global warming, and the general passage of time/circle of life thing our mother Gaia has got going on, things down look all that rosy for the future of Earth. »

- Tom Baker

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10 Underseen Vampire Movies To Fill The True Blood Hole In Your Life

2 hours ago

HBO

True Blood’s final season ended last week, and many lamented the close of their favourite sex-filled vampire saga. Sookie and co. might have vanished into the sunlight of True Blood’s end last month, but that doesn’t mean the blood-sucking undead lovelies that are vampires have to disappear from your life completely.

Bram Stoker’s gothic novel Dracula has been adapted into film more than any other original work, and that’s not even counting the endless variations on the classic vampire story that have been produced under different names and auspices. We’re pretty well familiar with a great deal of vampire films, from F.W. Murnau’s unofficial adaptation Nosferatu and Francis Coppola’s ’90s Dracula to less well-regarded but equally infamous efforts like the Twilight series and Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire.

But before you scour the DVD shelves for the old favourites »

- Mark Allen

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Justice League Movie: 10 Villains Zack Snyder Could Use Instead Of Darkseid

2 hours ago

DC Comics

It’s been long rumored that Darkseid would appear in the upcoming Justice League film (expected in 2017) to take on Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the Superfriends, but a new rumor has surfaced that suggests that the formidable foe may not actually make his big screen debut until the Justice League sequel.

It’s no secret that in order to rally Earth’s heroes together and form the Justice League, there has to be a major threat that requires their undivided attention. If Darkseid isn’t the one to do it, who is?

Darkseid may be the most popular and iconic DC supervillain to take on the Justice League (as he’s appeared in nearly all forms of media, from the animated shows and movies and even in Smallville’s final season), but he’s definitely not the only one badass enough to take on the League. »

- James Garcia

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10 Times Vince McMahon Forgot To Restrain His Ego

2 hours ago

WWE.com

In an industry full of crazy, colourful characters, there’s no-one crazier or more colourful than Vince McMahon. From his early years as the straight-laced announcer, through to the evil Mr. McMahon, and onto crazy grandad Vince that he is today, McMahon has often proved to be the most larger-than-life figure in an industry built on larger-than-life figures.

Few people realise what a rags-to-riches tale the story of Vince McMahon is. He didn’t meet his father, Vincent J. McMahon until he was twelve years old, and eventually he would join the elder McMahon’s World Wide Wrestling Federation promotion. There was very little nepotism, however, and Vince had to prove himself. He began promoting regionally in Maine and worked in 1971, and it would be another ten years climbing the ladder before he proved to his father he was worthy of inheriting the family company.

From there, Vince McMahon »

- Kieran Shiach

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10 Everyday Things You Can’t Do Without Thinking Of Movies

3 hours ago

Universal Pictures

Question: have you ever been going about your daily business when all of a sudden you think to yourself “Gee, this really reminds me of that scene from – insert classic movie here -”?

Yeah, we all have. This is just one of the many reasons why we love movies so much. Not only do they entertain us but they can divert our attention from the everyday lameness of our lives and give us something more pleasurable to think about, even if it is only temporary.

Nobody can really deny that sometimes our world and the world of cinema occasionally blend together. For instance, most people are probably under the belief that they are entitled to “one phone call” if they were ever to be arrested. Now, this is rarely the case but movies have nevertheless planted this thought into our minds. They’ve done so to the point »

- Jesse Gumbarge

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10 Things In Triple H’s WWE Contract You Need To Know

4 hours ago

WWE

As most of you are aware, WWE is a public company. This means that they must operate under the guidelines of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). There are many, many different laws and other assorted regulations that govern public companies that WWE would not be bound to if they had stayed private. One big one is that the contracts of all executive officers’ contracts must be filed with the SEC and released publicly.

WWE is unique in that three of its executive officers are also performers: Vince McMahon (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer), Stephanie McMahon-Levesque (Chief Brand Office), and Paul “Triple H” Levesque (Executive Vice President, Talent & Live Events). This list also included John Laurinaitis back when he was an on-screen character while also serving as Executive Vice President, Talent Relations. This means that their performer contracts are publicly accessible for free on the SEC website.

While obviously, »

- David Bixenspan

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8 Wrestling Statistics That Will Blow Your Mind

4 hours ago

WWE.com

Statistics often provide an interesting insight or a different outlook on a particular subject. Stats are frequently used to measure an individual athlete or team’s performance in various sports. However, one area that has seemingly gone untapped in regard to statistics is the world of professional wrestling.

Stats are not usually applied in the sports entertainment universe. Rarely, if ever, is a superstar’s win/loss record discussed, as is the norm for professional sports. Furthermore, the frequency of strikes, moves, holds, and submissions are not kept track of as they would be in boxing or mixed martial arts.

Despite this, it doesn’t mean that there is no statistical data available for professional wrestling. It’s just typically been a bit harder to find the appropriate information. However, thanks to the Internet Wrestling Database, the statistics of sports entertainment are becoming more readily available.

There have »

- Douglas Scarpa

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10 Things You Need To Know About The #GamerGate Scandal

5 hours ago

Capcom

Articles everywhere have sprung up overnight claiming that ‘gamers are dead’, or ‘gamers are killing gamers’. Chances are you’ve seen one of these articles with whatever sensationalist title they’ve used to draw you in, but why are people saying this? What does #GamerGate mean?

Well, to put it simply, the general gaming public are concerned with the quality and integrity of video game journalism. Much evidence has surfaced over the past few weeks that exposes many gaming journalists have personal ties with the people they sponsor and write about. Type in #gamergate on any social media site (Twitter and Tumblr being the most bountiful) to be flourished with a wave of evidence supporting this.

And how have the journalists over at Kotaku and Polygon and the like reacted to this? With interesting and critical analysis of their own practices and methods? No. Fact-checking all the sides of »

- Jordan

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Phones4u TV Campaign Takes You Back to the Future

5 hours ago

When it comes to trading our phones in for a new model, it can be slightly nostalgic; we’ve often had our handset on a 2 year contract and it’s served as the medium of communication for plenty of good and bad news. This is why Phones4U’s Future You campaign strikes a chord.

The advert parodies the famous Back to the Future film, in which a customer is mulling over her next purchase, and the salesman asks her to join him for a trip into the future. This is the cue the iconic Delorean car, and a trip to Hill Valley (the fictional Californian set of Back to the Future) where the client sees herself enjoying the celebrity lifestyle on the red carpet outside ‘Hill Valley Couture’.

Phones4U has often enjoyed a fairly irreverent, casual style in their ad campaigns. The business of network providers, upgrades, 4G »

- WhatCulture

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Spurs Poll: Was This Transfer Window Satisfactory?

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The summer transfer window has now closed and, like every other team in England, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s business for this year is complete.

The club have signed six new players, with left back Ben Davies joining from Swansea City for £10 million, goalkeeper Michel Vorm also joining from Swansea City for £5 million, centre back Eric Dier joining from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £4 million, right back DeAndre Yedlin joining from Seattle Sounders for £2.5 million (albeit rejoining the Mls club on loan until next year), centre back Federico Fazio joining from Sevilla for £8 million and centre midfielder Benjamin Stambouli joining from Montpellier for £4.7 million.

That brings their total spend to £34.2 million, but a mass exodus from the club (29 players have left, including those who have left on loan, as Mauricio Pochettino looks to dramatically trim the squad) has seen nearly £40 million brought in, giving »

- Kev Stewart

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10 Biggest Parts Of The Marvel Movie Formula (That Will Destroy The Series)

5 hours ago

Marvel

After The Dark Knight it initially appeared superheroes had nowhere else to go. Here was the zenith of the genre, expertly bringing the graphic novel source to life in a totally legitimate way that almost, gasp, didn’t feel like a comic book movie. Surely anything that followed would be unable to escape the shadow of Christopher Nolan’s epic.

In the intervening six years we’ve seen comic book movies raise the game to a whole other level. Nothing is yet to hit The Dark Knight levels, but with shared universes now in vogue the genre’s only increased its box office dominance. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, which sneakily kicked off with Iron Man mere months before The Dark Knight, took the essence of what made Nolan’s Batman work, threw in an overarching continuity and more levity, and became one of the biggest franchises of all time. »

- Alex Leadbeater

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20 Greatest Zombie Games Ever

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Capcom

Zombies in video games isn’t just a short-lived fad. In the last half decade or so, the shambling undead have become ridiculously popular with gamers. Every other indie game on Steam Greenlight seems to feature survival in a zombie apocalypse, and even the Aaa studios have been keen to implement some sort of zombie-based game mode in many of their mainstream releases.

It shouldn’t be too big of a surprise that zombies have become such popular video game enemies. It just takes one glance at their key characteristics to see that they’re perfectly suited to the medium. For example, zombies are mindless and stupid. Therefore, dodgy AI in which a member of the undead shuffles repeatedly into a lamp post is more forgivable.

Zombies are also hugely adaptable. They can vary from traditional Romero shufflers to 28 Days Later-esque sprinting screamers. Improving technology has also allowed for »

- Tom Butler

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17 Optical Illusions That Will Melt Your Brain

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A good optical illusion is able to make the mind perceive something totally different from the objective reality. Perfectly straight lines will bend, identical objects will appear distinct and colours will appear where none exist.

There are a large number of optical illusion types that trick the brain in different ways. For example, illusions that fool the mind’s perceptual organisation provide ambiguous information that the brain can interpret in two or more different ways, causing the image to morph depending on which version of the image your mind chooses to see.Other optical illusions can play around with motion and depth perception, using certain visual cues to trick the eye into seeing things that simply aren’t there.

Often, optical illusions are created by scientists interested in the relationship between visual information and what’s really there. The art world has also had a strong interest in optical illusions throughout history, »

- Tom Butler

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11 Things Only Courtney Love Fans Understand

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Despite turning 50 this year, Courtney Love seems to have no plans for slowing down. Alongside tearing up the UK with a series of electrifying gigs earlier in 2014, her first shows this side of the Atlantic in four years, she is also returning to acting; back in July, it was announced that she would be joining the cast of Sons of Anarchy in a recurring role for the show’s final season. In addition, the release of her new single ‘You Know My Name’ earlier this year, alongside performances of new songs on recent tours hint that a new solo album may not be too far off the radar either. Rejoice!

As one of the most outrageous personalities in entertainment, Courtney has achieved iconic status with her onstage theatrics, notorious antics and distinctive musical style. As frontperson of grunge band Hole and as a solo artist, she has experimented with a range of styles, »

- Stephanie Farrell

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10 Greatest Film Characters Who Never Say A Word

5 hours ago

Warner Bros

Harold Pinter once said that there are two types of silence: one where nothing is spoken, and one where a ceaseless torrent of conversation effectively takes meaning away from the words. Under normal circumstances, a huge part of an actor’s performance is dependent on the dialogue they are given. That’s how we determine the type of person that they are, and without those words, actors have to work even harder to develop characterization in a way that the audience can understand. So to play a character who, for one reason or another, does not speak, creates quite a challenge.

When you don’t have the luxury of words, you have to use your face and your body as the only way to communicate with not only the other characters in the film, but with the audience as well. Anyone who has seen particularly dated silent films »

- Audrey Fox

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WWE Invites Michael Sam To Next Week’s Raw

6 hours ago

WWE.com

In an attempt to garner ratings and mainstream media attention, the WWE announced on last night’s edition of Raw that they had officially invited NFL linebacker Michael Sam to next week’s event.

Michael Sam recently made headlines when he became the first openly gay football player to be drafted to an National Football League team. The St. Louis Rams picked up Sam in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft. The pick was a great move for the Rams and the League as a whole, as the acquisition of Michael Sam led to a great deal of mainstream press, as well as support from the Lgbt community.

However, since the NFL Draft, Sam has reportedly struggled. The 6’2”, 260-plus pound athlete formerly played as a defensive end in college, but was moved to an outside linebacker position after joining the Rams. On August 30th, the decision was »

- Douglas Scarpa

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6 Main Card Predictions For Ufc Fight Night: Souza vs. Mousasi

6 hours ago

Ufc

Coming off a card that barely held water prior to the loss of main event fighter and former bantamweight champion Renan Barao, Ufc Fight Night: Souza vs. Mousasi looks infinitely better. This is what a Pay-per-View card needs to look like, with the one missing element being the lack of a title fight. Still, if you asked us to choose between Ufc 177 and Ufc Fight Night 50 (as this is otherwise known as), we’d choose this card 99 times out of 100, and plead insanity in that one lone case.

Just because Dillashaw vs. Soto didn’t totally suck doesn’t mean we’re forgiving the Ufc for their foolishly poor event planning in their last outing, but at least this card looks to deliver.

Will it? Probably. In all honesty, Ufc Fight Night 50 would probably have to actively work to fail, barring injuries. Every single fight on the card is competitive, »

- Jay Anderson

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Another Top Independent Star Signs With WWE

7 hours ago

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla — one of the top independent promotions in the country — held their annual Battle of Los Angeles tournament this past weekend, August 29th through the 31st. The prestigious event saw Ricochet vanquish five other wrestlers to win the tournament. However, it was a speech by frequent Pwg competitor, Willie Mack, which has drawn the attention of the wrestling community.

Reportedly, Mack gave a farewell speech during the third night of the tournament. Milk Chocolate — as he occasionally calls himself — has been competing for Pwg since 2010. He’s also spent time in the Championship Wrestling from Hollywood promotion, as well as a few visits to Mexico.

Mack attended a WWE tryout camp some months ago, alongside Kevin Steen, Roderick Strong, and a handful of other indy standouts. Steen has since been signed by the company, and now Mack has as well. It was reported some months ago that Willie »

- Douglas Scarpa

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