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Schwarzenegger and Terminator Genisys Generate Laughs for Charity

Arnold Schwarzenegger, star of the upcoming Terminator: Genisys, is pranking for charity, and not only is it a worthy cause, but it’s definitely worth watching.

He took to the streets of Hollywood in full T-800 costume and make-up, challenging Arnold impersonators and getting the jump on people at Madame-Tussauds Wax Museum, all to help raise money for After-School All-Stars.

Check out the video, and watch to the end for a nice little Justin Beiber slam. Come with me if you want to laugh.

Can you smell what the Rock is officiating?

‘The Rock’ Helps Fan Put a Rock on Girl’s Finger

Hollywood marriages are a bit like James Dean–they live fast, die young, and leave a spectacular wreck. Here’s hoping there’s a happier ending when Hollywood just officiates at a wedding.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson got himself ordained specifically so he could officiate at the surprise wedding of his friend, superfan and Screen Junkies correspondent Nick Mundy, and Mundy’s fiancée, Dilara Karabas. And when I say ‘surprise wedding,’ I mean surprise. Check out the video on the Screen Junkies site; it’s pretty funny, and a bit sweet.

While the Rock is definitely a good sport for getting into the whole thing, the real kudos should go to the bride. Since that girl married that guy while he was wearing those pants, and in those circumstances, and (I assume) she okayed the idea, she must be pretty awesome. Congrats and good luck to the happy couple!

What do you think? If you could have any celebrity officiate at your wedding, who would it be, and why? Leave some comments below and let us know!

Ang Lee's Hulk

Hulk Humour: Hulk Laugh!

Maybe it’s just because I’m overtired, but this “honest trailer” for Ang Lee’s Hulk movie totally cracked me up! Thanks to The Space Channel (space.ca) for posting it.

Chuckle with Chucky

Everybody’s favourite serial killing doll, Chucky, has an instantly recognizable laugh, which is fitting since each Child’s Play movie featured an increasingly twisted sense of humour. It seems like the folks at PerezHilton share the same twisted streak, and have let Chucky loose in the real world. Check out their video of people’s reactions to a pretty hilarious prank.

Why Chris Pratt Shouldn’t Play Indiana Jones

Chris Pratt really is an amazing actor with a remarkable range. He’s been a lovable, good-hearted moron on Parks and Rec for seven seasons; a memorable dick in Wanted; a full-on action-comedy hero with heart in Guardians of the Galaxy; a battle-hardened soldier in Zero Dark Thirty; and a ball player in Moneyball. Action, comedy, and straight drama are no problem for this guy. If you need any more proof that his career has skyrocketed over the last few years, the fact that Steven Spielberg is reportedly considering him as the new Indiana Jones should convince you.

I have no doubt he’d be a good Indy, but this is one franchise that really should be LEFT ALONE. The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull proved two things: Harrison Ford can still carry the role (seriously, he had some great sequences, they made good use of his age, and some parts of the film were still solid), and aliens/refrigerators have no place in Indy’s world.

Dude, the debate out there about this Indy thing is intense!

Dude, the debate out there about this Indy thing is intense!

Right now, Pratt has a successful “original” franchise with Guardians (sure, it’s an adaptation of a comic, but it hasn’t been done on screen before, and it wasn’t even a hugely popular comic), and with any luck, Jurassic World will be a successful continuation of that franchise and will keep the door open for more entries. I’m sure he has no shortage of other offers on the table, either.

If he wants to get in on another franchise (can’t blame him for that), I think he’d make a GREAT Nathan Drake in the upcoming Uncharted movie. Much like Indy, Continue reading

The 2015 Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris

2015 Oscars: What was Neil Patrick Harris’s best joke?

Last night’s Oscars had some surprises, most of which involved one-liners from Neil Patrick Harris. I think we can agree that all of them were funnier than his “Oscar predictions” bit that he hyped all night without delivering a worthwhile payoff. But that still leaves a few worthy contenders for best zinger of the night.

With that, I invite you to vote in DVD Commentary’s first ever poll!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Research as a Public Good

This Buffy-centric post by Professor Mark McCutcheon, which I originally found on his blog, Academicalism, is definitely worth a read. It’s a very accessible article that is an enjoyable read, makes some good points about the show, provides a good example of how to break down and analyze a seven-season show, and could be a welcome distraction if you’re trapped in a library prepping for midterms.

Thanks for letting me reblog it, professor! Giles would be proud!

Academicalism

Buffy and her friends spend a lot of time reading. This is uncharacteristic enough for a Hollywood prime-time serial drama (it’s practically un-American). But more specifically, they spend a lot of time doing research: finding the most authoritative sources on a subject, reading up, and discussing what they read. And it’s rare that the research doesn’t pay off, in one way or another; most often, it pays off in critical discoveries and insights, knowledge of the situations, events, and adversaries they face, of the histories that have produced them, and sometimes even of vital knowledge of self. That knowledge reliably then helps Buffy to kick serious demonic ass. Buffy the Vampire Slayer routinely dramatizes research in action as a public good.

Rupert Giles, “watcher” and librarian-turned-entrepreneur

One of the main protagonists, the “watcher” Giles – Buffy’s supervisor and paternal sort of mentor – is a librarian, who runs the…

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