The 11 Coolest Things at the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival in San Francisco

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 6:00 am

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The sixth annual J-POP SUMMIT Festival was held in San Francisco's Japantown over the weekend of July 19-20, 2014. It was fun and exhilarating and loud and crowded (a serious crowd of humanity in the space of a few blocks) and full of unexpected and wonderful things. Here are some of those things - and it's not even all Hatsune Miku, but there's a lot of her, too.

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Kristen Bell as Minimum-Wage Mary Poppins

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm
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I just had occasion to revisit the original on the flight back from England, and this really is pretty spot-on. Although there was no such thing as a minimum wage in the UK well into my lifetime, let alone P.L. Travers'...

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28 Things To Do and See at Comic-Con That Aren't Movie, TV or Comics Panels

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Well, we've spent the past week giving you detailed previews about what to expect from this year's San Diego Comic Con when it comes to films, television, comics, and various exclusives, but now it's time to take a step back and look at everything else this show has to offer...as written by a man who admittedly has never been to any incarnation of Comic Con before.

But now that I've had an insane load of various panels, programs and events dumped into my lap to look at, it actually did get to me thinking that as a first-timer of sorts, what could the behemoth that is SDCC offer that tickles my fancy the most? Where would I go there, assuming I also had infinite money and could be in two places or more at the same time? Well, let's take a look and find out, and maybe highlight some places all of you had best check out as well...

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Weird Al and Celebrity Friends Spoof "Happy," Get "Tacky"

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Somehow, Weird Al Yankovic made a complete parody of Pharrell 's Oscar-nominated-yet-doomed-against-Frozen hit song "Happy" without either involving the Despicable Me Minions or Pharrell's giant Sgt. Slaughter hat. Still, he has a few minions of his own, from Jack Black to Aisha Tyler (thankfully, while Chris Hardwick produced the video he is not one of the many cameos on camera).

And I admit it - I've done some of the things mentioned in the song. How many are you guilty of?

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An Acoustic Indie Rock Song Made Entirely From Heathers Dialogue

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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It's been 25 years, and Winona really doesn't seem to have aged much. But the dialogue is eternal, and here's a song made up of just lines from the movie that proves it.

So bust out your mineral water bottles and enjoy this totally very tune...

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: New Kittens, Beer Cupcakes and Kissing Cartoons

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Luke's mother-in-law is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.

Happy after-the-4th of July for those of you who celebrate this holiday. This week has been hot and humid in the desert; temps have been reaching 110 degrees during the day and into the 80s at night. We have also been having afternoon thunderstorms and flash floods. Oh, such fun. Just love the monsoon season, but we do need the rain. LYT and Julia came for a visit after their trip to England, where they had way to much fun at Warner Bros studio and the Harry Potter exhibit and also seeing Thomas the Tank Engine park. At my house we celebrated LYT's birthday early and I made the traditional lasagna dinner.

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See Batman Scream-Sing a Dethklok Tune in This Fan-Animated Music Video

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 11:30 am

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The Metalocalypse band's "Face Fisted" works surprisingly well for the Dark Knight, seen here sleeping with multiple women, beating perps to death with his buttocks, and obscenely insulting every other hero who crosses his path. All in an unholy death-rasp that would make Christian Bale say, "Man, watch that sore throat, bro!" Assuming he says stuff like "bro." As he's English, that may not be the case.

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Happy 4th of July! Here's the Best Fan-Made "Team America" Video Ever

Friday, July 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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Some day, when we finally elect President Camacho, this will be our national anthem.

In the meantime, bust out some beers and rock out. Happy Independence Day to all you folks, from this guy who was born here, moved away, then finally came back 25 years ago and has never regretted it.

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OK Go Wins the Internet Again With Illusion-Filled, Single-Take Video

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 2:35 pm

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That whole treadmill thing was cool, but this video for "The Writing's on the Wall" is way better.

If you've ever laughed at the way a master magician fooled your eye with an illusion, this is going to make you happier than The Lego Movie on Blu-ray today. It took 50 takes to get it right, as it's all - amazingly - one continuous shot.

Helps that the song's not bad either.

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Weird Al Yankovic Is Isaac Newton

Monday, June 16, 2014 at 1:50 pm

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It's pretty easy to burn out on the "Famous Rap Battles of History" videos, but every once in a while they do something special, like getting Key and Peele to do Gandhi vs. MLK.

So, yeah...not only is Weird Al playing Isaac Newton in a battle against Bill Nye (along with a special cameo at the end), but he completely avoids the obvious apple jokes. White and Nerdy just hit a whole new level...and if you ain't down with that, I got TWO WORDS for ya.


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