11 items from 2015
One of the marketing trends today is for consumers to take a brand and make it their own. An example is the phenomenon of customizing phones. I’m sure that just about everyone you know has selected a cellphone case so that their phone has really become their phone. And a few years ago, I had a role in a Kia Soul marketing campaign. The big idea was that you, as a car owner, could customize the Soul in whatever way worked best for you. And there’s more of this brand customization in the future. Centennials, the group that comes after Millennials, are even more passionate about personalizing brands.
Geek Culture’s passionate fans already have their own personalized visions of popular entertainment brands and characters. They are a finicky bunch, especially when it comes to change. Long gone are the days when they blindly accepted reboots or revisions »
- Ed Catto
Written by Carlton Cuse
Directed by Brad Peyton
San Andreas is like an intimate family barbeque that suddenly breaks out the bottle rockets and boom boxes. Director Brad Peyton has a full suite of computer-generated fireworks to light off, but it’s just the same stale show that we get every year. Even the reliably-watchable Dwayne Johnson can’t save a script riddled with missteps and half-starts. Ultimately, San Andreas is less a disaster than a dud.
Long gone are the glory days of disaster films, when star-studded spectaculars made you wonder who would live and who would sink to the bottom of the sea. Now, disaster films are little more than special-effects extravaganzas anchored by one man’s drive for personal redemption. Even worse are the made-for-television monstrosities that are too busy winking at the camera to notice the cheesy action that surrounds them. Theatrical disasters »
- J.R. Kinnard
Long gone are the days when spring finales meant all that lay ahead were dreaded reruns. Now, thanks to shows like Under the Dome, Big Brother and Orange is the New Black, we have plenty of reasons to look forward to the summer. Here's a rundown of the best shows returning in 2015, where some left off, and a few teasers to get you all hot and bothered for all the big premieres. Don't forget to set your DVR! »
Black Widow's got a new 'do! Scarlett Johansson was spotted on set of "Captain America: Civil War" with none other then Captain America himself, Chris Evans, by her side! Although she wasn't dressed in her usual leather jumpsuit, she still flaunted her figure in a tight little black dress. And, keeping with tradition, she got yet another mane makeover! Long gone is the shoulder-length tresses she rocked in "Avengers," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron," as she rocked a long auburn wig for this latest outing while filming in Atlanta, Georgia. "The Avengers" star, who currently sports a bright blonde cropped hair style in real life, still rocks the hell outta this fiery hue. Just last week, more details were released about the highly anticipated "Captain America" flick, including the long list of cast members that are on board for the Marvel movie. Chris and Scarlett »
- tooFab Staff
April O'Neil is back in action ... and she's got a new sidekick. Megan Fox was spotted on the set of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2" in NYC on Monday night, running around the city in a pair of skin-tight skinny jeans, suede booties, white tank top and a tan jacket. She was seen holding onto a silver canister with something glowing inside, most likely the "mutagen" that transformed a few sewer turtles into hulking, pizza-loving ninjas in the first film. Little is known about the plot of the sequel to 2014's successful reboot, but we do know the flick will feature some brand new faces. Stephen Amell is trading his "Arrow" bow for a hockey stick, as he joins the cast as fan favorite Casey Jones. The actor was photographed, stick in hand, on set last night -- giving us our first look at the character's 2015 makeover. Long gone are his signature long locks, »
- tooFab Staff
The WWE’s PG-era has been criticised for many things. The pure in-ring quality of the wrestlers may have increased over time, but wrestling is about so much more than simply what goes on between the ropes. Weak storylines, bland characters, poor booking; areas which were all unquestionable strengths of the company during the 1990s and early 2000s have fallen so far in the past decade or so – and the standard of promos is no exception.
Promos are one of the most important hallmarks of the wrestling world; even non-fans will conjure the image of a larger-than-life musclebound figure screaming “lemme tell ya somethin’!’ into a microphone when asked to describe a cliche of the business. These days, however, the art of a good WWE promo has been diluted by an overreliance upon scriptwriters, part of Vince McMahon’s desire to transform wrestling into an overly sleek, episodic product. »
- Jack G King
With not a week going by without some ancient totem of lad culture being consigned to the scrap heap, a surface-level inspection of the video game world would also suggest that, yes, some dark days are behind it.
Long gone is the age of creepy Japanese molestation games and hacking consoles to see Lara Croft’s pixelalted rump, while Princess Peach has even rescued Mario once or twice herself now. It’s no coincidence either that numbers of female gamers are as high as they’ve ever been at a time when the gaming world finally appears to be treating its heroines with a degree of respect.
But for every strong and empowering female lead in a game, there’s still a number of lazy and two-dimensional portrayals of the fairer sex lurking around somewhere. Be they total fodder in the background, or a garish and offensive portrayal designed »
- Adam Clery
Long gone are the summers filled with reruns of favorite shows. Also, is the notion that summer replacement shows are "not good enough" for the fall. Some of today's most popular shows are those that premiere in the summer.
USA network announced its summer line up during its annual Upfront presentation which includes two new drama series: Mr. Robot and Complications. Mr. Robot, (a terrible name for hopefully a much better series), is described as a techno-thriller starring Christian Slater and Rami Malek. Malek plays a young programmer recruited by Slater to join an underground hacker group. Complications is created by Matt Nix (Burn Notice) and stars Jason O'Mara (Life on Mars) and Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl).
The King of the Seven Seas has a new look -- and we're absolutely loving it. "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" director revealed the first photo of Jason Momoa's Aquaman costume earlier today. Long gone are the orange top, green tights and long blonde locks the character is known for, as the "Game of Thrones" star sports scale-inspired armor, a ton of tattoos and a new trident. The character's signature belt buckle remains intact. The costume was designed by longtime Snyder collaborator Michael Wilkinson, who also designed looks for "Watchmen," "Sucker Punch" and "Man of Steel." "It has been a thrill and an honor to bring this iconic character to life for a modern audience," Wilkinson tells toofab of his Aquaman design. "Zack Snyder has a brilliant vision for making this character powerful and relevant," he continues. "I enjoyed designing a costume that reflects this vision and honors the character's rich legacy. »
- tooFab Staff
Long gone are the days of the classic Hollywood monsters. The most iconic figures in horror, such as Dracula, the Wolfman and Frankenstein's monster, will always be fondly remembered for years to come. In fact in this past year alone we've already seen vampiristic origin story 'Dracula Untold' and the comic-book based action fantasy 'I, Frankenstein' all dealing with these traditional beasts. So there will always be rehashes, re-imaginings and different directions for the classics. But due to the ever-changing climate that we live in it seems that the styles, the demands and of course the monsters themselves have evolved »
When you're committed to someone, like really, seriously, forever and for always 'til-death-do-you-part committed to someone, your relationship is a beautiful thing. It's also a really gross thing, because once couples get to that "in it for the long haul" place, there is basically nothing that's too disgusting or off limits for you two. 1. Passing gas in front of each other Long gone are the days where you use to hold in your farts lest you offend his/her nostrils. Now, you let 'em rip, and often your significant other congratulates you on the sound/smell. 2. Smell each other's laundry to check if it's clean or dirty Hey, if your partner isn't »
11 items from 2015
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