American Ashley Wagner finished fourth in a team ice skating event this weekend and she was not happy about it. A photo of her disgusted reaction as her score was read quickly spread and, because it’s the internet, resulted in a variety of Ashley Wagner-centered memes. Wagner follows fellow American Olympian McKayla Maroney, who also became internet famous for her similarly displeased reaction when she won a silver, not gold, medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Check out some of the memes that have come out of the moment so far: READ FULL STORY
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Sure, her first foray into micro-blogging wasn’t catalyzed by Stephen Colbert. But between her iconic avatar (which should look familiar), her Tumblr-baiting first tweet (which gives a shout-out to Texts from Hillary co-creators Adam Smith and Stacy Lambe), and her certifiably awesome bio (“Wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD…”), Hillary Clinton’s brand-new Twitter account has her husband’s beat. Maybe that wouldn’t be the case if he were still using @PrezBillyJeff as his handle.
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This kitty oughta be in pictures — like, moving ones. And evidently, Hollywood agrees: EW has confirmed that Grumpy Cat, the pouting pet who instantly became a viral sensation after her photo was posted on Reddit last September, is getting her very own feature film. (A moment of silence for all the struggling, human screenwriters who just found out that they can’t compete with a one-year-old bundle of fur.)
The movie will be a “Garfield-like” tale in which Grumpy Cat — known to her friends as Tardar Sauce — has been granted the power of speech. It’ll be produced by Broken Road, the same company currently working to bring a Medieval Times movie to the big screen. “This started off as a picture of a cat, but rare is an image that evokes that much comedy,” one of the producers told Deadline, which initially reported the story. “You read all of the memes and the comments, and one is funnier than the next. We think we can build a big family comedy around this character.”
Ben Huh is the founder of the Cheezburger Network, home to wildly popular Internet meme sites including LOLcats, FAILblog, and I Can Haz Cheezburger. His goal is to make the world happy for five minutes a day. Huh attended South by Southwest Interactive in Austin this week and below shares his takeaways from the annual hotspot with EW:
In just a few years, South by Southwest Interactive has grown from the scrawny, geeky, younger brother of the SXSW festival family to the largest Internet conference on earth — boasting every possible promotional stunt, giveaway, costume, and business model. In my first year of attendance in 2007, the entire conference occurred in the Austin Convention Center. Now, some conference locations require a transfer between multiple methods of transport (say, a pedicab and a shuttle bus).
I don’t have enough fingers to count the number of friends in the tech world who have complained and resolutely sworn they wouldn’t be back, and last year was no exception. Yet here we are. Voices ragged from trying to have a conversation at loud parties, belt lines stretched from too much amazing Texas BBQ, and shoes ruined from waiting in too many queues with the inebriated and uncoordinated.
So why do we keep going back? Simple logic. First, technology that connects people creates more demand for actual face-to-face interaction. Second, Austin in March is warmer and more fun than most other places in March. Third, (most) of what people do at SXSWi still falls under business expense — so at best, it’s free, at worst, it’s tax deductible. When was the last time you turned down a free five-day fete of beer, BBQ, and technology?
Maybe the early adopters will slowly start skipping SXSWi, but the show will go on. So far, it still rocks.
A star is born! It’s not Oscar-winning Descendants screenwriter Jim Rash, but he was the prophet who ushered in the latest (and leggiest) meme of 2012. The Community star was the first to pay homage to fellow nominee Angelina Jolie, who took no small amount of delight in showing off her exposed right gam (thanks to a velvet Atelier Versace gown) at last night’s 84th Annual Academy Awards. Following Rash’s lead, slew of Inter-nutters have joined the chorus of approval and/or mockery for Jolie’s sartorial statement. READ FULL STORY
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