5 items from 2013
Shia Labeouf should maybe start going by Lie-a Labeouf. Dude loves plagiarizing more than your little nephew loves the Tickle Me Ferbie he got from Santa. This all started a couple of weeks back when people noticed that the Beef’s debut short film, HowardCantour.com, marked a strong resemblance to Daniel Clowes's comic Justin M. Damiano. Labeouf apologized on Twitter, but then it was revealed his apology was plagiarized from a four-year-old Yahoo Answers comment. Well, he’s back to apologizing for plagiarizing while plagiarizing.Here are the two tweets in question: The first is ripped verbatim from Jade Goody’s apology for being racist on Celebrity Big Brother. The second is word for word (hashtag for hashtag) the same as an apology porn star Mr. Marcus tweeted in 2012 for hiding his syphilis (though Mm's tweet was eventually deleted). As Picasso famously said, “Good artists copy, great artists steal syphilis apologies. »
- Jesse David Fox
Guess what, Disney fans? Frozen is good. And as you may have heard, the soundtrack is even better.
Like the now-classics in Disney’s Renaissance period, Frozen’s array of original tunes feels as fresh and infectious as the Menken-Ashman-Rice songs that defined a generation’s Disney musicals. I caught an early screening of the film last week and was dismayed to find that I’d have to wait an excruciating six days for the album to be released online (I even begged EW’s music staff for an early listen, but no dice).
Now the movie is out (and »
- Marc Snetiker
Written by Ryan K. Lindsay
Illustrated by Daniel Schneider
Colored by Paulina Ganucheau
Lettered by Brandon DeStefano
Designed by Christopher Kosek
Published by Challenger Comics
Fatherhood is the story of a broken family, one little girl and a father who would do pretty much anything to make her happy. Divorced, drowning in debt and alone, the man seeks out a way to reconnect with his daughter. The method he chooses to make that connection is to get her a much coveted doll. When he is unable to procure one for her, he suffers a full on psychosomatic breakdown, complete with costume change and gratuitous violence.
Unlike most comic books, this story is told by a narrator in omniscient third person instead of relying on the use of pure first person dialogue. In fact the vast majority of dialogue that does occur happens after the shift from reality to vigilant toy retriever. »
- Rachel Brandt
Yes, yes, the Brood II cicadas are emerging. They'll be loud, they'll be tasty and they'll be having a buzz-filled mating party for four to six weeks.
But are they going to be prepared for a changed world since their parents were above-ground 17 years ago? The Macarena was hip in 1996. Pokémon was still a thing. Seinfeld was still on.
Brood II, this one's for you. »
- Nick Visser
Los Angeles (AP) — Tamagotchi is re-hatching as an app.
Bandai Co. and Sync Beatz Entertainment are hoping to revive the electronic pet craze of the 1990s with a new mobile app launching Thursday for Android devices. The app duplicates the egg-shaped plastic toy that became a must-own sensation like Beanie Babies, Tickle Me Elmo and Furby after it was first released in 1996 in Japan.
Sync Beatz, which has licensed Tamagotchi from Bandai, is calling the app "Tamagotchi L.i.f.e." — with "L.i.f.e" standing for "love is fun everywhere." Much like the original doodad, the app tasks users with taking care of a virtual pet by pressing buttons that simulate feeding, disciplining and playing with the critter on screen. If a Tamagotchi is neglected, it dies.
"The idea was to base the gameplay on the original Tamagotchi that everyone knows and loves," said Shin Ueno, chief marketing officer at Sync Beatz. »
5 items from 2013
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