Jeremy Renner Sings About Hawkeye's Lesser-Known Powers, and I'd Buy His Album

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 9:22 am

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While I'm starting to become averse to Jimmy Fallon's desperate pleas for viral video attention via Stupid Celebrity Tricks, Jeremy Renner's actual singing voice makes this one worthwhile. Dude could have been a pop star if he weren't an action hero - and his straight-faced descriptions of his alter-ego's less-heralded abilities hit the spot (though once you see the new movie, you'll realize some are complete violations of canon).

Fight on, Barton.

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50 Songs That Should Be In Rock Band 4 and Guitar Hero Live

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Yes folks, it's time to finally dust off those plastic instruments (or cough up $80, depending on your preferences), because the boys are back in town. With Rock Band 4 having been announced by Harmonix last month (complete with a way to suggest what songs should be in it), and Guitar Hero Live being revealed just last week, the twin juggernauts of rhythm games have finally returned, with RB4 taking a back-to-basics approach (no keyboard anymore, alas) and Guitar Hero once again focusing solely on the guitar and deciding to take on the appearance of an FMV game from 1993.

I kid, but I am pretty excited to experience these games again, and extremely curious as to what songs I get to jam out to this time around, as you can see by the...um, rather large number in the title there (don't expect descriptions here that are too detailed, unsurprisingly). What can I say, I'm a rhythm game fan, a veteran of all the main games in both series, a fairly big music fan (though not as good an expert as Bryce or Luke), a disc jockey from my university days, am kind of obsessive, and so forth. Honestly, I have even more potential tracks to include waiting in the wings, but these are the first ones that sprang to mind for me. Mind you, I tend to lean towards more relatively lesser-known fare ever since Guitar Hero II kind of inspired my tastes (and I hope I don't come off as someone like Jack Black in High Fidelity), but let's see what my dream setlist for either of these games would look like...

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Top-Down Smackdown: Holy Crap, Billy Corgan's Writing for TNA Now

Monday, April 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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Despite all his rage, he will book you a match in a cage. The Smashing Pumpkin-head hasn't stopped his music career, but as of today, he's adding to it, as "Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development" of TNA wrestling, or Impact Wrestling, or whatever the hell it's called now. Seriously, his first move should be to clarify that whole deal.

Corgan has been a wrestling fan all his life, and even booked a local promotion that was most notable for making a wacky furniture ad. He's also not the first musician to book wrestling - Bob Mould was on WCW's creative team for a while. In the interview below, Corgan says all the right things, even as he appears to be straining to convince us and himself that TNA is the major leagues, and that the move to a cable network nobody's ever heard of was a good one.

Still, I am suddenly interested in TNA again. That was the point, right?


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Mortal Kombat Classic Techno Theme Sung A Cappella, Like We All Used to Do (but Better)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 12:30 pm

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I used to imagine some sort of comedy skit where there's a "Name That Tune" type game show, and the person singing the song that has to be guessed just goes "Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo...MORTAL KOMBAT!!!" Obviously the contestant then guesses wrong.

So when the Warp Zone posted this multi-part a cappella rendition of that exact music, it warmed my heart, and made me think I should have gotten off my lazy ass and made that skit when I thought of it. Of course, when I had that idea there was no YouTube and my only camera was VHS, so it would not have been as good.

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David Hasselhoff's Music Video for '80s-Style Nazi Dinosaur Viking Flick Kung Fury Is Amazing

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 2:18 pm

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You remember Kung Fury, right? A tribute to '80s cheese featuring Hitler as "The Kung Fuhrer", Norse gods co-existing with dinosaurs, and robots made out of arcade machines. It was pitched as a 30-minute short on Kickstarter, seeking $100,000, and made over six times that because society actually does have good taste. Or terrible taste. Doesn't matter.

Point is, they got David Haselhoff to make a music video for it, and it both sounds and looks like the greatest '80s relic you somehow dug up on a VHS tape found in the attic. I am now firmly convinced this will be the best movie of the year to feature Thor as a character. Sorry, Joss.

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Stephen Hawking Sings Monty Python (Yes, It's Really Him)

Monday, April 13, 2015 at 10:00 am

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"Singing" is perhaps a loose word, though if James Cagney can say that's what he was doing in Yankee Doodle Dandy, this counts too. The speech box hasn't, as far as I can tell, been auto-tuned - just timed efficiently to the tune of "The Galaxy Song" from The Meaning of Life.

And in less than three minutes, Hawking himself has now given us more entertainment value than anything in that boring-ass movie about his life that won the Oscar. Maybe he should have played himself.

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Die Antwoord Figures Are Coming, and Are Dressed as Furries (of Course)

Monday, April 13, 2015 at 8:00 am

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If you don't know Die Antwoord as the weird-ass, fake street-thug South African performance artist-rappers, then you may know them as the weird-ass, fake street thug South African actors in Chappie. You probably didn't think they'd see toy form in Pikachu and pink bear costumes.

Though if you know them, you'd likely guess that nothing is too out there. 3A Toys, who do the elaborate Titanfall figures, are doing the honors, with more details to come down the line.

I fink they freaky and I like dem a lot.


A Rocky Horror Remake for TV Is One of the Worst Ideas Ever, so It's Happening

Friday, April 10, 2015 at 11:16 am

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You know - for probably the only time in my life, I'm hoping that protests by the religious right against sexually ambiguous content actually work. That's how much I don't want to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show remade for Fox TV.

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10 Revelations From the New He-Man Soundtrack Album's Producers

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Like many who spent time on Eternia in the '80s, what I remember most about the original He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon is its insanely catchy theme song. That deceptively simple title track not only stirred our emotions with its sweeping melody, but managed to repeat the main character's name 10 times in under a minute and a half. No wonder it's so iconic! And yet as memorable as it was, the rest of the show's music has largely been forgotten... until now. Making its long awaited debut, La-La-Land Records presents a deluxe 2-CD set of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe soundtrack, featuring over 90 minutes of previously unreleased music. I talked with John Takis and Neil S. Bulk, the album's Producers, about the series' signature sound and what it took to bring this meticulously restored television score to life.

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"Animals Man," the Superhero Who Was Bitten by Every Radioactive Animal at Once

Monday, April 6, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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It's an obvious joke, but the final punchline is very funny. This video by the Bilderbergers was produced by Lorne Michael's Above Average Productions, and features beastiality jokes courtesy of your subconscious.Yes it does. You know it to be true.

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