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Let's listen to songs celebrating the idea huge stars may be cannibals or serial killers

Imagine you're just kind of hanging out, and then you stumble upon Shia Labeouf covered in blood and you have to fight for your life. This is a song about that experience. That's all well and good, but have you ever considered the fact that becoming one of the most famous men in the world may lead someone to do something a little bit crazy to blow off steam? What if the only way Johnny Depp can feel anything is to kill people? Someone wrote a song about this very idea. This is officially my new favorite genre of music. One week until Halloween!
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Harry Potter universe gets a new adventure this Halloween

J.K. Rowling will be releasing a new Harry Potter story on Oct. 31st. The reveal was made today via the Pottermore website, and was the culmination of a series of games and riddles that ran over several days. The 1,700-word piece will relate the backstory of Dolores Umbridge, Mashable reports. The announcement, sent exclusively to Pottermore members, says that Rowling will provide "revealing first-person thoughts and reflections about the character." Madam Undersecretary Professor Dolores Jane Umbridde, a sadist fond of wearing pink, was played by Britsh actor Imelda Staunton in the Harry Potter films. Umbridge is the only other person, aside from Lord Voldemort himself, to physically scar the young wizard. She entered the timeline of the series in Harry Potter and the Order of the...
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Comet stinks of rotten eggs, stale booze and horse manure

How does a comet smell? Absolutely awful, at least according to scientists researching the comet 67P/C-G. The Rosetta space probe is tracking the comet and is scheduled to make a historic landing on its surface next month. One curious finding is that the cosmic body stinks to high heaven. "The perfume of 67P/C-G is quite strong, with the odor of rotten eggs (hydrogen sulphide), horse stable (ammonia), and the pungent, suffocating odor of formaldehyde," said researcher Kathrin Altwegg, who is charge of the Rosetta's instruments. As the 2.5 mile-wide comet nears the sun, chemicals within its rock and ice formation begin to vaporize, creating the nasty whiff.
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Star Wars-themed beer is no match for this fully operational legal team

Lucasfilm is taking a brewpub to court over the name of a beer in order to protect it's line of Star Wars themed wines, reports the Post-Standard. The brewmasters at Empire Brewing Co. in Syracuse, New York conceived of a bock beer, a dark brew commonly served in the fall, that had an "extremely clean and refreshing" hoppy character. They named it Empire Strikes Bock. In the course of their expansion, Empire went to trademark the name. That's when they drew the attention of the all-seeing eye of Lucasfilm's legal team, which filed a notice in opposition to that trademark. It's worth noting that Lucasfilm isn't asking Empire to stop selling the beer, or even to change the name of it. They just don't want them to own a trademark for the name. Lucasfilm, and its parent company Disney,...
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Come read the most expensive comic in history

Action Comics #1 is the most expensive comic book of all time, and Polygon has spoken to someone who paid $3.2 million for a nearly perfect copy. But is the comic itself good? How does the first appearance of Superman stand up to modern eyes? You can head over to CGC Comics right now to read a digital copy of the book, and feel free to zoom in to really take in the art work. Superman seemed to be kind of a jerk, and I have some questions about whether that pardon in the first story is going to stand up to legal scrutiny, but it's worth your time to read about one of the earliest superheroes in the history of comics. The physical artifact of the book is a collector's item, but this is your chance to check out the story itself. Have fun!
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This blown-up Star Wars action figure will make you feel kid-sized

Admiral Ackbar could be headed to a desk near you, thank to toymaker Gentile Giant, which is preparing to release a 12.5-inch "jumbo" figure next year. The 1:6 scale model is inspired by Kenner's original Star Wars action figure, which Gentile Giant digitally scanned to produce the Ackbar's upcoming incarnation. Scheduled for a Q3 2015 release, you can pre-order him for $80. That price will also include a "Return of the Jedi-inspired backer card featuring original photos and artwork" and a resealable plastic clamshell case. The amphibious Mon Calamari rose to fame as a Rebel Alliance leader in the 1983 film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. A younger Captain Ackbar also appeared in the third season of The Clone Wars animated series. You may also recognize him from his...
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Charli XCX crashes high school homecoming with a little help from Just Dance

Sure it's an obvious marketing ploy, but I bet the students at Aspire Pacific Academy in L.A. didn't really mind when they found out that Charli XCX was going to be playing their homecoming dance. The 22-year-old Londoner, perhaps best known for co-writing and featuring on "I Love it" and "Fancy,"  popped up at the high school gym last night to perform those songs and others and then take over the DJ booth. "Homecoming dances and proms are an American thing I've always been very fascinated with because all of my favorite movies end with a prom or something like that," Charli told the AP. "I was really excited because I thought it was going to be like my own 'Jawbreaker' moment." The takeover at the small charter school was sponsored by Ubisoft and Just Dance 2015, which features some...
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'Breaking Bad' toys removed from Toys R Us, moms are the ones who knock

Breaking Bad is one of those shows that moves across pop culture lines, and it's no surprise that action figures based on the show would show up at retailers such as Toys R Us. It's also clear that the toys advertise a show that's not exactly safe for children to watch, and one mother thought it was inappropriate for said toys to be sold at a story with such a large customer base of children. So she started a petition to get the toys yanked from the shelves, and as of this writing the petition has gathered 9,299 signatures. Breaking Bad lead Bryan Cranston himself weighed in on the controversy. "Florida mom petitions against Toys 'R Us over Breaking Bad action figures." I'm so mad, I'm burning my Florida Mom action figure in protest — Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) October 20,...
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Screenwriter's 436-page Super Mario Bros. script 'really sucks'

At age 18, Max Landis — the writer behind film Chronicle and short The Death and Return of Superman — wrote a movie script for a Super Mario World movie. It wasn't very good. Luckily for Mario fans everywhere, Landis released the script in all its 436 pages of glory on his website. The weighty saga includes references to more iconic franchises than you can shake a Nintendo at, such as Metroid, Duck Hunt, Donkey Kong, Banjo-Kazooie and Earthbound, and is packed with action, drama and some surprising gore. The script also includes a brief note from Landis himself, wherein he takes the time to point out a few problems — such as its bad dialogue, tone and pacing, entire sections of songs and the fact that it's based on an existing property, which you can't really sell. But more...
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Here's what it's like to ride a real-life hoverboard

So, it's a year to go, to the day (Oct. 21, 2015), when Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrive in the future in Back to the Future II. The Chicago Cubs are nowhere near World Series contention. How's that hoverboard coming? It's not commercially available, and it can only ride on a specialized copper floor, but The Verge's Josh Lowensohn just rode one. It's called a Hendo, and it's not necessarily like maglev trains, but its "hover engines" do involve electromagnetism. Lowensohn said his Hendo hoverboard was only "a few centimeters" off of the surface, but it was such a frictionless experience that shifting his weight to keep his balance would send him turning and drifting in a different direction. There was a modest half-pipe in the test facility which he declined to try. "Was it fun?...
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University's athletics program for eSports featured on 'Real Sports' tonight

Tonight's episode of HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel will include a segment on Robert Morris University-Illinois and the eSports program in its athletics department, HBO announced recently. Reported by Real Sports correspondent Soledad O'Brien, the piece will focus on the League of Legends team at Robert Morris University-Illinois and the school's partnership with developer Riot Games. Robert Morris University-Illinois began offering athletic scholarships for competitive gamers earlier this year; for more, check out Polygon's report on the university's eSports program. This will be O'Brien's second eSports story for Real Sports. A year ago, she reported on the League of Legends Season 3 World Championship at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and later defended eSports against...
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Comedian Rob Riggle is Frank West in the Dead Rising movie

The Dead Rising movie — which is officially titled Dead Rising: Watchtower — has its Frank West: comedian Rob Riggle, the former Daily Show correspondent who has actually covered wars, you know. Riggle, a retired U.S. Marine and star of 21 Jump Street and Let's Be Cops, will play the weathered photo-journalist with an expertise in zombie outbreaks, Legendary Entertainment revealed in a casting announcement today. Joining Riggle in Dead Rising: Watchtower are Epic Meal Time host Harley Morenstein and Aleks Paunovic, who play members of a biker gang. Keegan Connor Tracy of Once Upon a Time will play Jordan, a "straight-laced journalist." Already announced for the digitally released Dead Rising movie are actors Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Virginia Madsen and Dennis Haysbert. Here's the...
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Half-Life is still amazing, and its best parts are rarely replicated

The first Half-Life title has moved into the realm of the legendary when it comes to video games, and in some ways that sort of canonization has almost diminished how important the game continues to be, and how much we can learn from its design. People seem to think games this good, and arguably this important, just kind of happen; as if game design came from a lightning strike and left just as fast. The video embedded in this post is a great way to break free of that illusion. The reality is that many very smart people decided that Half-Life was going to convey information to the player in some very interesting ways, and allow some interactions and world building that are rare even today. It's shocking how little Half-Life as a series has been exploited; the game hasn't been...
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Watch out for spoilers in this Borderlands visual timeline

Borderlands didn't trot out a reboot or a prequel for its latest edition; Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is something in between, and if you're wondering how that fits into the continuity — and can tolerate a lot of spoilers — here's a visual timeline. I suppose it's not a spoiler that Claptrap "spends most of [Borderlands] standing next to a frickin' bounty board." His brethren also spend much of that time missing some part deep in a cave populated by crabworms and bandits. This timeline also does not discuss the relationship of Lucky Zaford to Scooter's Mama in the original game, either. We weren't as sweet on the latest Borderlands as we were on its, er, younger? sibling Borderlands 2, scoring the Pre-Sequel a 7.0, calling it "a story filling in gaps," but adding that the...
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Research says kids eat less after playing Angry Birds

From Doritos and Mountain Dew to Hot Pockets and "Gamer Grub," the video gaming lifestyle is heavily stereotyped as having a poor diet and eating habits. Well, once again we have the proverbial "new research suggesting" that some games might in fact be good for eating habits. That's the finding of Nick Bellissimo, a professor of nutrition at Ryerson University in Toronto. The study he conducted showed that boys consumed 50 fewer calories at mealtime, following a game of Angry Birds, than they did at a meal that wasn't preceded by gaming. And yes, they were served desirable food — "a pizza lunch," according to the study, and allowed to eat until "comfortably full." The participants moods were also measured before and after the meal. "This finding is the first time anyone has shown...
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PlayStation celebrates women with epic sale of movies and games. Interesting timing, huh?

The game industry is still sorting out its problems with helping women feel in the wake of some terrible harassment, and Sony is helping in at least a tiny way by offering a mammoth "flash" sale of games and movies. You can see the list of content for yourself, and there's some great stuff in there. Everything from Kill Bill to Bayonetta to Beyond Good and Evil to Mirror's Edge ... wait a minute, all of these games and movies star, or have leading roles for, women! It's a pretty great gesture, and it works as a wonderful celebration of the women characters in games and film. What's even better is the fact that Sony isn't doing much to comment on the situation; the company just put this out there trusting its audience would pick up on it. Bravo.
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