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Celebs just don't even know what to call their kids anymore.
2014 brought us a plethora of adorable celebrity babies-- with names that gave us pause. Now, to be clear, there is Nothing Wrong with these bundles of joy, we're just saying their famous parents got a little... creative when deciding what to call them.
Oh Boy, the creativity. Let's call out the most weird Af celebrity baby names we saw this year.
News: And Don’t Forget About All the Weird Af Things Your Kids Are Saying Now
This is Not because Wyatt is traditionally a boy’s name (normativity is lame!). Wyatt and Isabelle (or rather, Isabella) are just so trendy right now. The »
Eight years is a long time in the life of a child. While critics are lining up to award Richard Linklater for exploring such an idea, a much larger viewing audience unfamiliar with Boyhood may experience a similar feeling of time passing them by while watching Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Advertising itself as the finale of the soon-to-be billion dollar grossing Night at the Museum trilogy, Secret of the Tomb lays it on thick with pretences of finality and closure. In truth, the film doesn’t bring the journey to a stop, and instead simply hits the blinker on a lucrative franchise vehicle that’s always been operating in cruise control.
Ben Stiller once again straps on nightshift blues and a flashlight as security guard Larry Daley, who spends his evenings corralling the magically sentient exhibits of the Natural History Museum. Over the course of his adventures, »
- Sam Woolf
Each year, the Library of Congress selects 25 films to be named to the National Film Registry, a proclamation of commitment to preserving the chosen pictures for all time. They can be big studio pictures or experimental short films, goofball comedies or poetic meditations on life. The National Film Registery "showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant" and by preserving the films, the Library of Congress hopes to "a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.” This year’s selections span the period 1913 to 2004 and include a number of films you’re familiar with. Unless you’ve never heard of "Saving Private Ryan," "The Big Lebowski," “Rosemary’s Baby” or "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Highlights from the list include the aforementioned film, Arthur Penn’s Western "Little Big Man," John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, “Luxo Jr.," 1953’s “House of Wax, »
- Matt Patches
Spanning the years 1913-2004, the 25 films to be added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for 2014 include Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, Arthur Penn’s Little Big Man, John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski. The annual selection helps to ensure that the movies will be preserved for all time. This year’s list brings the number of films in the registry to 650.
Also on the list are John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, Luxo Jr; the original Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder; and Howard Hawks’ classic 1959 Western Rio Bravo. Documentaries and silent films also make up part of the selection which represents titles that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant; they must also each be at least 10 years old. Check out the rundown of all 25 movies below:
2014 National Film Registry »
- Nancy Tartaglione
There have been far better years for family entertainment, and for animated films, than 2014. Whilst there have been highlights - Paddington, The Wind Rises, How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Boxtrolls - the mix of material on offer hasn't particularly sparkled.
A quick glance at the 2015 release schedule suggests, to a degree, the same, with some notably absentees from the year's releases. And yet as we dug deeper for our traditional look ahead at the year's animated films, there might just be some real treats here. Starting with this one...
Rydstrom, a hugely acclaimed sound designer, »
We’ve now seen a brief clip which expands on how Santa will be helping out the Doctor in the episode. It has, we’re pleased to report, a bit of a Toy Story vibe. Here’s the clip…
Elsewhere, Steven Moffat has been discussing series 9. In particular, he’s been chatting about the companion dynamic:
“We took the Doctor/companion relationship to a place that’s just more real in [Season 8], much more damaging and with more consequences. And whoever the companion is [in Season 9], you want to continue that idea.”
Elaborating a bit, Mr Moffat added that “what we did this year felt like what it would be like if a young girl »
Now that we’re officially two weeks away from Christmas, there’s not much time left to get your holiday shopping done. Hopefully, today’s Gift Guide from Daily Dead will help you with your list, as we’ve got a ton of great ideas from Boom Studios, Synapse Films, Think Geek and more.
Also, be sure to check out today’s Holiday Horrors trivia question below for your shot at winning some awesome merchandise from our fine sponsors at HorrorDecor.net, Scream Factory and Anchor Bay Entertainment.
Vendor Spotlight: Boom Studios
Boom! Studios was founded in June of 2005 by Ross Richie and Andrew Cosby. They were named “Best New Publisher of the Year” by Wizard Magazine just four months after their début. The company initially specialized in horror and sci-fi genres and have since branched out to include superhero comics such as Mark Waid’s Irredeemable and the upcoming Soldier Zero, »
- Heather Wixson
After a couple of half-baked sequels, the creative juices seem to be flowing again at the Disney-owned animation studio, with an intriguing tale featuring human emotions as characters
Whether you suspect the golden age of Pixar has passed, or remain convinced the Disney-owned production company is still light years ahead of the competition, it’s hard to dispute that the studio has delivered ever more conceptually sophisticated material over its two-decade run.
The synopsis for Toy Story, which transformed the animation zeitgeist in 1995, can be summed up as “anthropomorphic toys have an adventure”, while 2003’s Finding Nemo can be pithily rendered as “talking fish searches the oceans for his missing son”. But try explaining the essential premise of 2006’s Up or 2008’s Wall-e to the uninitiated in just a few words. “Old man goes on an adventure in a flying house” doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of »
- Ben Child
‘Tis the season for lists: Two days after Facebook and Google unit YouTube released their 2014 Top 10s, the Google Play online store has come out with its best-selling movies, TV shows, books, apps, music and more. And what’s at the top: AMC’s ratings monster The Walking Dead, Disney’s animated blockbuster Frozen and … the soundtrack for Frozen.
In fact, the store’s biggest music trend this year was movie soundtracks, and not just for Frozen, whose soundtrack perched at the top of everyone’s sales charts for more than three months. The soundtracks for Guardians of the Galaxy, Despicable Me 2, The Lego Movie and even 2013’s The Great Gatsby also were big sellers on Google Play.
- David Bloom
Disney sent us several new posters and an iTunes trailer for their new Disney-Pixar film Inside Out.
The film is set to release June 19, 2015.
From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney-Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy »
- email@example.com (Mike Petty)
Update 12/10/14: And here's the first full trailer, which shows how all the internalized emotions of the movie (and its main characters) are going to work together: Previously: Pixar’s next movie, Inside Out (directed by Up’s Pete Docter), is all about emotions. Literally. Its main characters are the emotions Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) that live inside a young girl’s brain. Naturally Pixar’s first teaser trailer for Inside Out starts off with a look back at all of the emotional journeys the studio has given movie lovers since 1995’s Toy Story. It’s like a brief but lovely greatest-hits clip show, and it all leads into our introduction to the five...
- Peter Hall
Disney/Pixar has released a new trailer for the upcoming Inside Out.
From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie Inside Out, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all – inside the mind.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life.
As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, »
- Michelle McCue
Over the years, Disney and Pixar have served up some truly memorable gems with the likes of Up, Finding Nemo, and the indelible Toy Story series, motion pictures that evoked all sorts of emotions from us as we laughed and cried our way through the their celebrated line-up. But for the pair’s next outing, Pixar is poised to play with these feelings in a literal sense with Inside Out, an all-new animation that imagines a world where humans are governed to brilliant effect by their emotions.
From Joy to Fear, Disgust to Sadness, there are an array of sensations that will play a part in the studio’s flick, which will orbit around Riley, an 11-year old girl whose growing pains are exacerbated when her father forces their family to move out to San Francisco to pursue a new job. It’s a typical story that looks to have »
- Michael Briers
Director/Writer: Steve Purcell
Running Time: 22 Minutes
When Toy Story 3 concluded the trilogy, and let’s not even mention the emotional impact, I don’t think any of us anticipated the return of those hugely loved characters but they turned up Toy Story Of Terror during Halloween of last year. Sure, there’s also been some Toy Story Toons but until Toy Story 4 was officially announced, these short animations never logically held any precursor to other feature-length possibilities.
Written and directed by Brave’s scribe Steve Purcell, it’s easy for me to say that Toy Story That Time Forgot is easily one of my favourites of the Toy Story short folk tales, as it’s got everything that makes the first three unique and inventive. Maybe it’s just me, »
- Dan Bullock
“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… a tell-all Rolling Stone cover story! And when I got over the shock and told her I still loved her, she basically told me to stuff it. Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la!”
While Deacon doesn’t exactly sing that little mash-up in this week’s holiday-tinged Nashville, he probably should, because it’s an accurate representation of what happens. But before you start crooning “Blue Christmas” for all of the Music City folk, take heart in the fact that Juliette and Avery cannot deny the fact that they go together like egg »
Oh, we ain't letting go of this one just yet... While rumors swirl that Disney is already hard at work on a full-length sequel to last year's megahit Frozen, fans of Anna, Elsa, Olaf and their friends (oh, we know there's a lot of you out there) will get a chance to reunite with the characters on the big screen when Disney unveils the short film Frozen Fever in front of Cinderella on March 13, 2015. Though it's only a short -- much like Pixar's Toy Story and Cars shorts -- what's great about it is that everyone from the original is returning, including the directors and songwriters, who've added a brand-new song to the mix. Here's some more info for ya straight from Disney, which also released this title treatment for the...
- Erik Davis
Oh, we ain't letting go of this one just yet... While rumors swirl that Disney is hard at work on a full-length sequel to last year's megahit Frozen, fans of Anna, Elsa, Olaf and their friends (we know there's a lot of you out there) will get a chance to reunite with the characters on the big screen when Disney unveils the short film Frozen Fever in front of Cinderella on March 13, 2015. Though it's only a short -- much like Pixar's Toy Story and Cars shorts --...
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TV ratings for Tuesday, December 2nd are in. Here’s a brief rundown: On The CW, a much-touted crossover between its two superhero shows provided a rather negligible boost to The Flash (read Dave’s recap here), as the episode was up just a tenth to a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 4.22 million viewers. These CW superhero series are masters of consistency. Supernatural, meanwhile, matched last week’s 0.9 rating and scored 2.36 million viewers. ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (read Evan Valentine’s recap here) rose two tenths to a 1.8 rating and scored 5.3 million viewers, while the excellent holiday special Toy Story That Time Forgot earned a 1.9 rating and garnered 6.79 million viewers. Forever was up two tenths to a 1.2 rating and scored 5.2 million viewers. A very funny installment of Fox’s New Girl ticked up a tenth to a 1.4 rating and scored 3.01 million viewers, and The Mindy Project »
- Adam Chitwood
The Voice was again improved from last week's lows, seeing its Tuesday episode rise three-tenths of a point to a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49. Entering the home stretch of its fall cycle, it secured another nightly victory for NBC. Marry Me (1.4 adults) was similarly improved, though About a Boy (1.1 adults) held steady. Chicago Fire (1.6) adults was also even. Disney's latest TV foray for Toy Story, Toy Story That Time Forgot, didn't duplicate last year's ratings highs for the Halloween special. The holiday outing averaged a 1.9 rating among adults
- Michael O'Connell
Tuesday was a good night for superhero-themed shows, as holiday specials helped provide a boost for ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of Shield” while the start of a crossover storyline with “Arrow” helped CW’s “The Flash” pick up some speed.
NBC’s “The Voice” remained the night’s top series in young adults, teaming with “Chicago Fire” to put the net on top overall. CBS aired repeats of its crime dramas and easily won in total viewers.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ABC’s premiere of the special “Toy Story That Time Forget” averaged a 1.9 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 6.8 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour — falling well shy of the 2013 Halloween-themed “Toy Story” special (3.1 in 18-49) but good enough for a second-place demo finish in its timeslot. It was followed by the special “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall), which »
- Rick Kissell
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