John Carpenter’s 1986 kung fu fantasy masterpiece Big Trouble in Little China was a flop when it was first released, but a long life on home video helped foster a retroactive appreciation for star Kurt Russell’s fast-talking Jack Burton and the style with which Carpenter delivers his crazy tale. It is now a bona fide cult classic, and it is getting resurrected in comic book form. READ FULL STORY
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This week’s show aired on Memorial Day. I would be remiss if I didn’t give a special mention to those service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I know this day is about remembrance but I’d also like to salute all those who are currently serving this great nation. I hear from many soldiers who are proud members of Bachelor Nation. I love that this show can entertain and give you even a moment of rest from the great service you provide our country. It’s not nearly enough but, thank you.
Watching Eric’s one-on-one date, I think you can clearly see now why we made the decision to include his moments this season. He made a big impression on Andi the first night, but she also decided to give him the first date, and what a date it was. The date took them from the beaches of Southern California to the snow at Big Bear Mountain. It was a perfect date for an adventurous man like Eric, and he was clearly in his element. It’s fun to see the excitement on Andi’s face and how impressed she is with Eric’s life and spirit. Their conversations were deep and meaningful, yet easy. Eric easily got the first rose on the first one-on-one date and quickly became a front-runner in Andi’s mind and heart.
The good news about the first group date is it was part of Bachelor Gives Back, which raises money for a variety of charities. Now for the bad news: To raise that money I had to endure a bunch of dudes stripping in a room full of very excited women. On a serious note, I want to thank all those that spent their hard-earned money to buy a ticket, and then those that donated at the event with tips or just filling the hat we passed around. There was also a small group of fans that gave extra to our charity event to attend a special reception and meet-and-greet after the show. I really enjoyed meeting and taking pictures with all of you. I love Bachelor Nation but at times like this I especially love how big your heart and soul is. READ FULL STORY
Few sound effects in film are as iconic as Godzilla’s roar. So the task of updating it for Gareth Edwards’ reboot of the monster franchise was nothing short of daunting.
For starters, there were 60 years of history to contend with. “It’s kind of a part of our culture — Godzilla and his roar,” says Erik Aadahl, sound designer on the film, which topped the box office last weekend. “It’s one of those sounds where you can go anywhere in the world and everybody knows what it is. It comes with a lot of responsibility to redesign it. Our starting point really was wanting to embrace the original and pay homage to it.”
So Aadahl and fellow Godzilla sound designer Ethan Van der Ryn went back to the very beginning. As the legend goes, the team designing the original roar for the first Godzilla film in 1954 tried recording animal sounds, but were unhappy with the results. It wasn’t until the film’s composer, Akira Ifukube, suggested using a musical instrument that they reached their eureka moment: They coated a leather glove with pine tar resin (to create friction) and rubbed the glove down the strings of a double bass, resulting in that classic “aaaAAAAaaaa” shriek.
Aadahl and Van der Ryn embarked on a similar process of experimentation. They also tried animal sounds, and even reproduced the glove-on-strings test, “but it still didn’t feel right,” Aadahl admits. The pair spent six months over a three-year period trying to perfect the roar, and finally found a scream worthy of the King of the Monsters with the aid of new technology, including scientific microphones that record above the range of human hearing. READ FULL STORY
Urgent Daily Prophet bulletin: After graduating from Hogwarts, Ron Weasley (err, Rupert Grint, if you care about “accuracy”) apparently attended some sort of magical singing camp. He’s featured on the soundtrack for the British animated film Postman Pat: The Movie, performing a song called “Lightning.”
The best news? Grint sounds pretty great on the catchy, teen-pop-esque track. (In addition to singing, Grint voices the character of Josh, Pat’s rival, in the film, which opens today in the U.K.)
Listen below, and decide if Weasley is your king once again. READ FULL STORY
Let’s take a moment to celebrate Jennifer Lawrence’s actual best friend,
you a woman named Laura Simpson.
Lawrence was on Late Night with Seth Meyers Wednesday, promoting X-Men: Days of Future Past. Of course, Meyers immediately wanted scoop from her most recent Oscars night. Lawrence charmingly obliged, and explained that her BFF Simpson demanded to be her date to the ceremony this time around — and apparently, Simpson is quite the bad influence on the Oscar-winning leading lady.
Lawrence said that Simpson encouraged her to drink — a lot — and yell at an amazing-smelling Brad Pitt. The night culminated with Lawrence vomiting on the steps of a fancy-pants, Madonna-hosted after-party. The kicker? Miley Cyrus saw the scene play out — and told Lawrence to get it together.
Brief moment of humiliation in exchange for a party anecdote she’ll be telling forever? Sounds like a deal: READ FULL STORY
Celebrities have been donning robes and giving commencement speeches for years. But when NPR looked at a bunch of noteworthy past addresses, it spied a pattern: The speakers often mentioned their age, told graduates to follow their hearts, and yelled out “BOOYAKASHA!” Or maybe that was just Ali G. The point is, the news organization found enough footage to compile a mashup guide to giving the ultimate commencement speech.
What would Sue Sylvester say?
In her new book Brunette Ambition, Lea Michele talks growing up, fame, and her difficult past year. But she also shares some Glee gossip that would have been quite the big deal in 2010: According to Michele, she dated co-star Matthew Morrison (who plays Glee Club choir director turned insufferable high school student wannabe Will Schuester) for a hot minute years ago — back when they were both working on Broadway, and the Fox dramedy was but a glimmer in Ryan Murphy’s eye.
“When we shot the pilot, I met Cory Monteith, Kevin McHale, Amber Riley, and Chris Colfer for the first time,” Michele writes in the book, according to Us Weekly. “I had worked on Broadway with Jenna Ushkowitz and Matthew Morrison before. Matt had been a friend of mine for years, and in fact we’d actually dated back in the day for a Broadway beat.” READ FULL STORY
Max and Nev are changing the world, one fake profile at a time. And now their work is more legitimate than ever. Why? Because the Merriam-Webster dictionary says so.
A catfish is no longer just “a type of fish that has a large head and long thin parts that look like a cat’s whiskers around its mouth.” According to Merriam-Webster, there’s another definition for the word, one that “refers to a person who sets up a false social networking profile for deceptive purposes.” READ FULL STORY
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