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15 Of The Most Confusing Films Ever Made

These 15 films are all varying degrees of head-scratchers. Some you can pick apart with a bit of work, some you are deliberately impossible to understand. The post 15 Of The Most Confusing Films Ever Made appeared first on popcrunch.com. Most films are pretty linear and easy to follow in their storytelling. Others are muddled, but make sense when you think about them — like Memento. But some, some are designed to bewilder, obfuscate, and confuse. These 15 films are all varying degrees of head-scratchers. Some you can pick apart with a bit of work, some you are deliberately impossible to understand, but all are worth the effort of the attempt. Oh yeah, spoilers. 1Primer Shot for a mere $7,000, Primer is about time travel. Sort of. It’s more about the breakdown between two people, but an incredibly confusing causally linked time travel mechanism underpins it. If someone tells you they understood it on their first viewing, they’re a filthy liar. Written by a mathematician/engineer, none of the jargon or lingo is cut, making it as factually accurate as one could imagine a time travel story to be. The plot loops in on itself in recursive and terrifying ways. Trying to follow it? Good luck. Yes, it really is that batshit confusing, but watching it over and over to pick it apart is surprisingly fun. Unlike some of the other films on this list which are confusing just to be confusing, Primer actually makes complete sense, if you’re willing to put enough time and effort into it to understand what’s going on. 2Synecdoche, New York Again we see a Charlie Kaufman flick. The guy really does excel at the mindfuck. This time starring the superb Philip Seymour Hoffman as a play director crippled by neuroses who receives an immense grant, and sets up a massive play in a warehouse where each actor acts out a private and banal life, mimicking the outside. Slowly the play begins to mirror the outside world more and more, as he is afflicted by a mysterious illness, to the point where he hires actors to portray people outside, including himself. The film twists in on itself constantly, with the impossibly large warehouse eventually housing a full replica of New York City, including its own impossibly large warehouse, and so on. Sharply dividing to critics, some hailed it as the best film of the decade, others as unintelligible gibberish. Thematically dense but incredible, if you can follow it, you’ll be justly rewarded. 3Eraserhead I know, we’ve already seen Lynch on this list, but could I really ignore the famously off-the-wall Eraserhead? It’s completely and utterly indescribable. There’s a guy, his wife, a horribly deformed baby which may or may not be human, explosions, machinery, oozing wounds and liquids, eraser shavings, and more craziness than I can even understand. It was Lynch’s first feature film and is 89 minutes of pure snake-fucking crazy. Highly influential, but still utterly unintelligible, there’s really nothing you can do but try and ride it out, or devote a lifelong academic career to trying to decipher it. 4Donnie Darko Donnie Darko is much, much deeper than I originally gave it credit for. I first went in with my brain turned off, expecting something “quirky”, but not actually deep. What I got was only the tip of the story, and it turns out there are volumes more information that you need to really appreciate what was going on — mostly given via the notoriously twisted and labyrinthine website. 5Holy Mountain Chilean filmmaker/artist Alejandro Jodorowsky is either the closest thing we have to a mad prophet, or utterly insane, and I can’t decide which. Anything he makes is so densely packed with symbolism and metaphor that it will break your brain trying to understand what everything means — and it all means something. Steeped in tarot, mysticism, Christian magic, alchemy, and everything else weird and wonderful, his work is transcendental, if you can follow it. He’s more or less given up on film these days, instead focusing on comics where he isn’t limited by things like the laws of physics or budgets. Unfortunately, his later work has become almost a self-cliché, invariably hitting the same points over and over. Here’s something interesting, grab anything he’s done in the last 25 years, and tick off which of the following are in it: incest, violence and mutilation between family members, castration of a son by a father, a horrible disfiguring wound caused by a parent figure, obese and corrupt priests, back-stabbing royalty. Yeah, all of his stuff hits these points, regardless if it’s fantasy, historical, or sci-fi. 6Mulholland Drive Pretty much any film by David Lynch belongs on this list but lets bundle most of them up in with Mulholland Drive, which is possibly his most acclaimed work. Let’s face it, barring maybe Elephant Man and Dune, Lynch’s work is uniquely surrealist, and hard to follow regardless of how well you understand his corpus of productions. Lynch has specifically avoided offering explanations of the goings-on in Mulholland Drive, instead intentionally wanting viewers and critics to create their own opinions. Non-linear, bewildering, and inter-cut with seemingly unrelated chunks, it’s hard to follow even at the best of times, yet remains a powerful and influential film. 7Jacob’s Ladder Military experiments, death, drugs, and psychic powers. Jacob’s Ladder is an utterly horrifying trip into the mind of a broken individual trying to escape the legacy of the horrors of Vietnam. I won’t ruin the ending — which could be viewed either as a cop-out or else the only logical end of the story — but it’s a kick in the gut, that’s for sure. Increasingly horrific hallucinations plague Jacob as he learns more about just what happened when he was wounded during the war, and how it’s linked to everything that’s happened since then. Uniquely terrifying and difficult to pick apart, the ending kind of does away with any real need to explain what’s going on. 8Naked Lunch Cronenberg directing a book by Burroughs. You know there’s going to be nothing but batshit crazy here. Only really tangentially related to the book, Peter Weller’s laconic take on the insanity and surreality that surrounds him rapidly becomes an anchoring point for the viewer. Talking insects, hallucinogens, murder, sentient typewriters, psychic communications, bodysuits, and all other manners of weirdness pervade it, and it’s certainly not for the squeamish or easily bewildered. Unlike many of the other stories on this list, Naked Lunch isn’t capable of being picked apart, instead, it’s intentionally obtuse and inscrutable. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. 92001: A Space Odyssey 2001 is pretty damned hard to follow, mostly due to the bookends of the film, with the prehistoric opening and incredibly trippy closing, which serve to bewilder many viewers. The bit in the middles is just fine, though. Kubrick was famously exacting in what he required from his films, and the slow pacing is entirely intentional, and so too is the requirement that you as a watcher actually have to think and interpret what is happening, and not have it handed to you on a platter. The transformation into the Star-Child — and proceeding bad trip through space — is definitely obtuse and was designed to be open to interpretation. My personal view is that when Bowman activates the monolith, he’s whisked to an alien zoo for observation before they ascend him into a new form. But hey, that’s just me. 10Akira Without having read the immense manga or hitting Wikipedia, understanding Akira on the first viewing is extremely tricky. The amount of information presented to the viewer is minimal, and the whole “wait, what happened to Akira? Where did he go? And the blue kids? There’s another universe?” thing is pretty damn hard to get your head around, especially when most of the movie only explains these things tangentially, and you’re more concerned about Tetsuo’s crazy ass powers. Repeated watching and further research really do clarify what the hell is going on because otherwise you’re left bewildered. 11Adaptation Adaptation is utterly confusing, and unlike other films that blur the lines between reality and fantasy within the world of the movie, it takes on the borders between film and real-life — as in our real life. Adaptation is an adaptation of a novel called The Orchid Thief, which has no plot to speak of. So the movie is about the movie’s writer struggling to adapt the book and make a screenplay, which ends up being about him struggling to write a screenplay about the Orchid Thief. It consciously slips between Kaufman’s attempts to write a script true to a book that can’t be adapted, while shamelessly throwing in Hollywood-esque features like explosions, car chases, and love stories. Yeah, it’s bewildering, and just how true any of it is entirely up for debate. It’s still a great film, though. 12Solaris Partly due to being in Russian and partly due to its legendary slow pacing, Solaris (the 1972 version) is notoriously hard to follow. Often called the Russian 2001, Solaris takes place on a space station where the researchers are starting to hallucinate and go insane. The hallucinations cause plenty of questioning about the nature of their reality, which when combined with a psychologist main character and the question of how to approach a truly, truly alien lifeform has lead to many scratching their heads. The final open end to the film leaves just as many questions raised as it answers. It’s still a damn good movie if you can handle the glacial pace, but don’t expect any easy answers. 13eXistenZ Cronenberg excels at making you question what is real and what is not, and eXistenZ asks that about video games and reality, as the story blurs the boundary between at least three or four levels of the interaction of both. With the advent of a total immersion video game, eXistenZ is all about asking how much is free will, how much is scripted, and how much is even real. As multiple levels of games and reality begin to emerge, the final scene eventually feels like the whole movie has been sorted out — until the very last line. 14Pi Darren Aaranofsky’s first major flick was Pi, and this twisted black and white look at obsession and paranoia was enough to get him into the big leagues. It’s a combination of Aaranofsky’s trademark incredibly quick cuts, the dense subject matter, and an unreliable narrator that causes Pi to be tricky to follow, as Max Cohen struggles to understand the universal patterns that occur through nature as a way of understanding and predicting the stock market. As he uncovers more and more of a number that may be at the root of things or may be the unknown name of God, his sanity begins to erode, and his headaches increase, his final inevitable decline is as horrific as it is a relief — both for the viewer and the character. 15Vanilla Sky While personally I didn’t find this American remake of the Spanish psycho-thriller that bewildering, there were plenty who did, to the point where it was voted the most confusing film ever by a DVD rental company. The fact of the matter is that much of the perceived twistedness and confusion from the plot is all resolved by the classic cop out “it was all a dream.” While perhaps not as utterly blatant as that, but the entire film takes place in the lucid dream of a man in cryogenic suspensions whose subconscious has started to assert itself. That explains the constantly switching nature of reality and the weirdness that surrounds him. There, easy. The post 15 Of The Most Confusing Films Ever Made appeared first on popcrunch.com......»»

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14 Worst Celebrity Plastic Surgeries

In the last several decades, cosmetic surgery has become more acceptable and more accessible. No longer is it a procedure reserved only for wealthy old women, and most celebrities are guilty of having at least one or two procedures. The goal for most is to make oneself look younger. But every once in a while […] The post 14 Worst Celebrity Plastic Surgeries appeared first on popcrunch.com. In the last several decades, cosmetic surgery has become more acceptable and more accessible. No longer is it a procedure reserved only for wealthy old women, and most celebrities are guilty of having at least one or two procedures. The goal for most is to make oneself look younger. But every once in a while the individual can go overboard, have a botched surgery, or develop an addiction to plastic surgery procedures. Below is a list of the fourteen worst examples of celebrity plastic surgeries. Nadya Sulemon “Octomom” Overnight celebrity is something reserved for truly “Great” Americans. In addition to having fourteen children, and selling her birth video for street cred, Sulemon had procedures in order to look more like Angelina Jolie. The surgery was performed shortly before becoming artificially inseminated – a sort of pre-pregnancy procedure, if you will. Can’t you just picture her singing,  “…Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted-one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip?” Michael Jackson The self-proclaimed “King of Pop” gave up his title in favor of becoming the new, “King of Plastipop.” Michael made a public appearance in London to announce to his fans that “THIS IS IT!” We could only have hoped that he meant plastic surgery. RIP Michael. Joan Rivers Supposedly Joan Rivers was a comedienne. You know, a woman that makes jokes. Unfortunately, the only way Ms. Rivers made America laugh was by continuing to inject Botox and filler into every part of her face. Rumor has it, just before an Oscar Red Carpet Show, Joan went into for her weekly injections. As she walked out of the surgeon’s office she tripped and fell, and as her head hit the ground her entire face popped like a zit. Fortunately, surgeons were able to put her back together again in under an hour. RIP Joan. Sophia Loren Sophia Loren was not only the most beautiful woman of her generation but one of the most beautiful of all time.  It is understood that she would do anything to keep her beauty as she aged; unfortunately, she went to the same plastic surgeon that works on the Crypt Keeper. I wonder if the same puppeteers help her walk and talk too? Kenny Rogers What posses a man as cool as “The Gambler” to do something like this to his face? Maybe he lost a bet with the devil…makes sense, right? Couldn’t he have just shaved his head per Larry Bird? Poor guy, he was doomed to permanently wear that Asian smirk on his face for the rest of his mortal days. RIP Kenny. Lisa Rinna I wonder what Lisa’s surgeon thought of her when she came to him with a pair of Halloween wax lips, and said, “I want this on my face…NOW!” Either way, you can tell how proud she is of her lips as they keep getting bigger and bigger. Linda Evans Who asks their plastic surgeon, “I want to look like a cross between Murphy Brown and Martha Stewart.” Linda Evans does, that’s who. Nikki Cox Has Nikki Cox been hanging out with or dating Chris Brown? If that is not a fat lip from an abusive relationship, then I don’t know what is. In any case, we all know Nikki Cox is at that age with plastic surgery where many of her peers start heading toward the bug zapper like curious moths. Turn Away Nikki…TURN AWAY! Cher Cher has been perfecting the art of facial (de)constructive surgery since her nose job in the late 60’s. This equates to nearly 40 years of rearranging her face to look acceptable. So our hat goes off to her because of her dedication. But, she still looks bad. Donatella Versace Donatella’s late brother Gianni Versace played a horrible joke on her by directing her to Italy’s top transsexual plastic surgeon. Like a good little sister, she followed his advice and came out looking like… how she looks now. Janice Dickenson Janice Dickenson is widely considered the world’s first supermodel.  While ruling the fashion world in the late 70’s and early 80’s, she fell head over heals in love with Steven Tyler. He ended up breaking her heart and this is how she decided to get back at him:  to spend the next twenty years and countless millions of dollars getting cosmetic procedures in order to look just like him. Fergie Does anyone remember when Fergie was in the 90’s girl group Wild Orchid? Didn’t think so. So for all you aspiring female pop singers out there – if you want to make it big, do not rule out the option of getting plastic surgery to make you look like a man. This has worked for Fergie. Carrot Top During the height of his career, Carrot Top was considered the most popular comedian among the American college-age demographic. This was shortly before he started using steroids, and began getting plastic surgery aimed at making him resemble a frightened woman. The eyeliner is just an extra bonus. Jocelyn Wildenstein In the late 1970s, the young socialite Wildenstein found her husband in bed with another woman. Instead of divorcing her extremely wealthy husband, and taking half of his fortune, she decided to try and transform herself into the woman who she thought her husband would love for her aesthetic qualities. Unfortunately for herself – and for her husband, and cameras –  she ended up looking like a bloated corpse. The post 14 Worst Celebrity Plastic Surgeries appeared first on popcrunch.com......»»

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15 Greatest Proponents of Marijuana Legalization

Some celebrities are more forthcoming with their love of weed than others but you might be surprised at a few that fight for the national legalization. The post 15 Greatest Proponents of Marijuana Legalization appeared first on popcrunch.com. Marijuana is called many names, across different cultures, largely due to the fact that it’s been around for over five thousand years. An estimated 162 million people in the world use cannabis every year, so it shouldn’t be surprising that so many big names touch the green stuff too. Some celebrities are more forthcoming with their love of weed than others — ahem, Willie Nelson — but you might be surprised at a few that fight for the national legalization. Here are 15 of the greatest proponents of national marijuana legalization. Bill Maher Social critic, comedian and television host Bill Maher gets passionate about what he supports. Along with gay marriage and PETA, he supports the legalization of marijuana quite publicly — although that’s just his style. He’s even on the advisory board for NORML, and on the 2009 debut of his HBO show Real Time he proposed just how to solve the economic crisis: by legalizing marijuana.  Adam Carolla Radio shock jock and television personality Adam Carolla is not a pot smoker anymore, so he says, but that doesn’t stop him from supporting the cause — he’s even joined the MPP’s advisory board. He’s said that pot will eventually win the fight: “It has to… We don’t have a bigger fish to fry than pot? It’s going to happen. It’s just going to happen. It will come to pass,” stated Carolla. A lot of progress has been made, but many states are slow to change laws, and marijuana is still prohibited under federal law. Peter Coyote Peter Coyote, an American Renaissance man, has dabbled in acting, directing, and authoring books as well as screenplays. Born to a Jewish family, he has since converted to Zen Buddhism — so it’s understandable that he has a wide cultural experience and mindset. He supports marijuana and believes that “jailing people for the mild alteration of their consciousness will appear to future generations as cruel and draconian as the tortures of the Inquisition appear to us today. May the reputations of today’s jailers suffer the same fate as Torquemada’s reputation today.” Strong words. Jack Black Funny man Jack Black has entertained us with the likes of both film and music. In a recent interview, he spoke of his own drug use — trying acid and cocaine as early as the ninth grade. When it comes to pot — he still smokes — but it’s now “an occasional celebratory jay… not a wake-and-bake scenario anymore at all.” Either way, he smokes it, supports it, and is on the MPP advisory board. Jack Nicholson Actor, film director, and producer Jack Nicholson is so good at what he does, that he’s been nominated for 12 Academy Awards, and he’s even won two of them. He’s a big voice in Hollywood, so when he says something — people listen. “My point of view, while extremely cogent, is unpopular… That the repressive nature of the legalities vis-a-vis drugs are destroying the legal system and corrupting the police system.” Cogent may be an understatement, the man can speak, but what the movement lacks in numbers, guys like Nicholson make up for in words. Jennifer Aniston While some may be surprised at the fact that American sweetheart and actress Jennifer Aniston smokes bud, she’s admitted her love for it on several occasions. While she was with actor Brad Pitt, they apparently smoked all the time. Now she will “Enjoy it once in a while — There is nothing wrong with that.” She’s been caught by the paparazzi before, smoking in private — we’re sure she’d enjoy complete legalization. Jesse Ventura Retired professional wrestler turned tv show host Jesse Ventura has dabbled in so many different things in his years, no wonder he looks like a wreck now. He’s known to express his support for national medical marijuana but is even more adamant about his support for the complete legalization of the drug. His mother lived through Prohibition, so he took some pointers from her and believes that:  “The war on drugs is a failure for the same reasons Prohibition was a failure… Just imagine if we could find some way for addicts to get their drugs cheaply, safely, and legally. The bottom would drop out of the illegal drug market. We’d see a huge drop in organized and violent crime.” Johnny Depp Award-winning actor Johnny Depp has quite an interesting take on drugs, especially marijuana. He was known to take quite a few drugs in his day — so he speaks from experience. In fact, he’s stated that he wants his kids to get drugs from him if they’re going to try them, instead of some other dealer. He’s been criticized for the statements, but he holds strong and maintains his support for complete legalization. Joycelyn Elders, M.D. Dr. Joycelyn Elders, 15th Surgeon General of the United States, went on to become a professor of pediatrics after she was fired by former President Clinton for her radical views. And by “radical” views, we mean the support of condom distribution in schools, abortion rights and suggesting the legalization of drugs to reduce the crime rate. She was on the advisory board for the MPP and supports them “because it is a professional organization attempting to change our destructive marijuana laws.”  Kirsten Dunst Actress Kirsten Dunst, who gained international fame with her role in Spiderman as Mary Jane Watson, is known for her views on weed. Not only does she like the drug, but she believes that “America’s view on weed is ridiculous” and that it would make the world “a better place” should weed be legalized everywhere.  Michael Bloomberg Michael Bloomberg, current Mayor of New York City, has smoked weed before — and “enjoyed it.” Back in April 2002 he was featured in an ad that some campaigners had started circulating in protest to Bloomberg arresting pot-smokers. He wasn’t thrilled that they were using his name and words, but it still stands that he’s fond of the drug. We think he’s in denial for political reasons. Morgan Freeman Another award-winning actor in support of national legalization, Morgan Freeman still smokes to this day at the ripe age of 83. In an interview with the UK newspaper The Guardian, the legendary actor told reporters he had given up his use of hard drugs, but that he would never quit his relationship with Mary Jane. In fact, he referred to marijuana as “God’s own weed.”  Richard Branson Sir Richard Branson, British industrialist and chairman of Virgin Group, has a net worth of over 2.5 Billion dollars to go with his douchey attitude — but in all fairness, he’s a good douche. He’s one of the world’s richest people, but he spends his money in aggressive, forward-thinking ways. Just look at Virgin Galactic. Staying true to his out-of-the-box thinking, Branson supports the national legalization of marijuana — and said he would even sell it in Virgin stores if it were openly available. Stephen King Stephen King, writer of contemporary horror and suspense, is all for legalization. Instead of avoiding the topic, as many celebrities and politicians do, he embraces it. He thinks that “marijuana should not only be legal [but that] it should be a cottage industry. It would be wonderful for the state of Maine. There’s some pretty good homegrown dope.” If weed were legalized, he also believes that it would be even better, due to the use of commercial fertilizers and greenhouses. Brad Pitt Brad Pitt, actor and film producer, calls himself an artist when it comes to rolling a joint. Apparently he stopped smoking because it turns him “into a doughnut,” but he’s been known to publicly support marijuana — he smoked on several movie sets, including Ocean’s Twelve and Thelma and Louise. He sees the importance of pot legalization on the same level as legalized gay marriage. The post 15 Greatest Proponents of Marijuana Legalization appeared first on popcrunch.com......»»

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10 Most Insane Moments from Japanese TV

Japanese TV: think people hurting themselves in weird and unusual ways, games in which the only prizes are naked chicks, and panties. Lots of them. The post 10 Most Insane Moments from Japanese TV appeared first on popcrunch.com. Japanese TV: think people hurting themselves in weird and unusual ways, games in which the only prizes are naked chicks, and panties. Lots of them. Absurdly obsessive amounts of them. We’ve compiled a list of some of the weirdest moments from Japanese TV — although to be honest, there’s plenty that was too fruity for us to show. Says it all about what they like to watch, really. Anyway, check it out. 1Sniper Prank They say Japanese prank shows are the best in the world. Well, yes. If your idea of “best” means the pranks they play are so disturbingly realistic, their victims have to spend several years in institutions recovering. The look of sheer horror on this guy’s face as his buddies are brutally gunned down is not a pleasant sight — and what’s worse is watching his reaction. Like most of us, he doesn’t try to play the hero, or even tend to his wounded pals, but drags himself into the corner of the room, wetting himself, and thinking only of saving his own skin. This truly is closer to cruelty than entertainment. 2Peepshow This basically just leaves us speechless. The mysterious thought that lies behind putting a man on a giant bungee and getting him to run towards a woman behind a screen and throw balls to knock it down… well, it’s just bizarre. And yes, that’s right, she is in only her underwear. Predictably. 3Unraveling Dress This is definitely an idea we should think about exporting from Japan. A load of men wearing nappies (ok, we don’t need that part) bust their guts turning a giant wheel that gradually, tantalizingly unravels the threads of girls’ clothes, leaving them standing in — you guessed it — their underwear! Just check out the anguished looks of genuine concern from the dudes watching when they fear the guys on the wheel will run out of steam before they get to see the final girl’s hooters. As her naked nipples are slowly uncovered men collapse and are thrown off the wheel in agony, but they gallantly keep going (as any true gentleman would in the situation), using the famous industrious Japanese work-ethic to repeatedly jump back on for one final, kamikaze push. And boy, are they rewarded. 4Boob Ringing You might want to make sure nobody is looking over your shoulder when you watch this show — it basically boils down to a few hyper Japanese guys running around fondling the boobs of mannequins placed in a variety of suggestive poses. Totally inexplicable, but somehow endlessly fascinating. 5Bikini Balance Beam We’re willing to bet the guys that dreamed up this one had consumed a fair bit of sake. It’s so cliche it’s actually brilliant. Get loads of hot chicks, whack them in bikinis, and make them fight (or in their case, feebly grapple) to stay on a beam. Simple but effective, this is classic lad’s entertainment at its most meaningless. The winner even gets to pull the string on a confetti loaded exploding ball. Genius. 6Naked Body Surfing Wait. We’ve just had a killer idea. Take one aging, slightly balding, bespectacled Japanese man. Grease him up and get him to run full pelt (which is pathetically slow in his case) towards a line of horizontal bikini-clad babes, before diving on them and seeing how far he can slide across their firm, naked flesh. Who the hell went through that thought process and came to the conclusion it was a great idea for TV — more importantly, how didn’t the guy get wood? 7Transsexual MRI Scan This seems to have absolutely no point whatsoever. A bunch of men, dressed as nurses (why we ask?), undergo MRI scans. But there’s an oh-so-hilarious catch — as they slide into the chamber they are met, face-to-face by — another face. The result? After this side-splittingly unfunny experience, many of these dudes seem genuinely psychologically traumatized. 8Dizzy Bowling A Japanese girl, dressed in maid’s costume, dizzies herself by spinning around on a baseball bat — giving the obligatory glimpse of panties, naturally — before making a pathetic attempt to send a bowling ball down the lane and collapsing to the floor. And it gets weirder: from nowhere an utterly random and insane bunny girl fantasy suddenly appears. Are these people on crack or something? 9Insect Freak Show Possibly one of the weirdest things we’ve seen all year. Apparently this girl has the ability to make insects perform circus tricks, using… her finger. We’re not sure whether to be amazed or repulsed, or whether we simply don’t care. Knowing the Japanese, what is amazing is that he doesn’t use his powers to magic a pair of panties onto those flies. 10Pantyhose Tug of War We all know the Japanese are utterly enthralled by anything and everything to do with girls’ underwear. They also love taking simple, innocent enough games and whacking in a pair of panties or a nipple just to spice things up. Unfortunately, the rest of the world just thinks they’re a bit weird. Check out these two meatheads, whose idea of fun is placing pantyhose over their heads and competing in a tug of war. We struggle to understand exactly what the winner hopes to gain. 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16 Unique and Impressive On-Screen Transformations

Many movies require actors and actresses to wear costumes or to apply basic makeup to take on a specific role. Some directors may even require actors and actresses to change their hair color or lose weight. Few movies, however, require its stars to undergo massive transformations for their roles-a select few of which are unique […] The post 16 Unique and Impressive On-Screen Transformations appeared first on popcrunch.com. Many movies require actors and actresses to wear costumes or to apply basic makeup to take on a specific role. Some directors may even require actors and actresses to change their hair color or lose weight. Few movies, however, require its stars to undergo massive transformations for their roles-a select few of which are unique to the point that they create a memorable experience in and of themselves. From prosthetic body parts to changing one’s race, gender, or species, these are the most unique transformations that actors have undergone for their on-screen performances. Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button In the film adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s famous children’s book, Pitt plays a character that ages backward. He went several transformations for this film, and it is not until the end do female moviegoers get to see the Brad Pitt they are used to. Certainly different than Pitt’s role in Fight Club. Heath Ledger – Batman: The Dark Knight Heralded as Ledger’s career defining performance, his portrayal of The Joker was quite different than that of his precursor, Jack Nicholson. A nice touch was the subtler green hair, an overall more disturbed and disheveled appearance, and the “Chelsea Grin” facial scars. His portrayal of The Joker could easily be regarded as the only character in this franchise capable of giving children nightmares. Charlize Theron – Monster Theron takes a break from being unbelievably hot by gaining weight, aging 25 years, and not wearing makeup. And the denouement of her portrayal of a lesbian prostitute-turned-serial killer character is the bad fitting jeans that moms used to wear in the early 1990s. Definitely a change of pace for Theron, and a look that we hope to not see her embrace again in the coming years, or ever. Emma Thompson – Nanny McPhee In this film, Thompson plays a haggard, wart-covered, and uni-browed nanny whose unflattering characteristics vanish upon the children entrusted to her care learning to mind her. She is almost unrecognizable until then end of the movie, which makes you go…”Oh yeah…it’s Emma Thompson.” Mike Myers – The Cat in the Hat For The Cat in The Hat, Myers had the distinction of playing Dr. Seuss’ most famous character, and donned a full cat suit and whiskers in order to complete the transformation. For this film, makeup guru Rick Baker was enlisted, who also did the makeup and special effects consulting on Hellboy and Norbit, among others. Jim Carrey – The Grinch Who Stole Christmas After filming The Mask, Carrey swore off future films involving intense makeup but claims he was unable to pass on this role. Reportedly, the makeup and costume donned by Carrey for this film took between 3-8 hours to complete. This unique transformation seems as if it could not have been executed successfully, had it been anyone but Carrey. Rebecca Romijn– X Men Romijn’s makeup in X Men, was the culmination of the work of four make-up artists, a hundred small silicon prosthetics, lots of body paint, and nine hours of application per use. The end result is completely worth it. According to Romijn, for X Men 2, the application time was shortened to six hours, which helped her from becoming an evil bitch woman. Gwenyth Paltrow – Shallow Hal Gwenyth Paltrow plays the love interest of Hal (Jack Black) in this 2001 comedy about a shallow man who eventually falls in love with a very fat (but inwardly beautiful woman), because he is hypnotized into believing she is outwardly beautiful. The application of her bodysuit and accompanying make-up took four hours each time. The upside of seeing Paltrow wearing a fat suit in this film is also getting to see her real body in a thong. Ron Pearlman – Hell Boy Ron Pearlman is well known for having donned makeup and prosthetics for roles (Beauty and the Beast), but most impressive was what he became for the filming for the Hellboy Franchise. Most of his red bodysuit was made of red latex, and the costume itself took 4 hours per application. The upside for Pearlman was that in this role, he got to be the baddest of all badasses. Eddie Murphy – Norbit For Norbit, Murphy enlisted the work of Rick Baker – with whom he worked on The Nutty Professor and Coming to America – to help create a multitude of other characters, all played by Murphy. Probably the most outrageous of these, was “Rasputia Latimore”, an outrageously sex-crazed and obese woman, who becomes the overbearing wife of the film’s eponymous star. The bodysuit donned by Murphy for this role was definitely a masterpiece in and of itself. Tom Cruise – Tropic Thunder Tom Cruise’s cameo performance in Tropic Thunder surprised most moviegoers, and arguably stole the show with his depiction of a greedy and ruthless Hollywood producer. For this role, Cruise’s diet-coke addicted “Les Grossman” donned a fat suit, bald wig, chest hair mat, and prosthetic hands, among others. It is widely speculated that the inspiration for this character was the human penis (a dick). Which makes a lot of sense if you were to think about it. Robin Williams – Mrs. Doubtfire Robin Williams’ portrayal as Mrs. Doubtfire in this 1993 comedy was so believable, that it made most people wonder if dressing in drag was his regular routine. Interestingly, the prosthetic mask used in the film (which famously goes flying into the street), was actually a prop; Williams’ real facial makeup was a composite of eight separate pieces and a whole lot of blush. John Travolta – Hairspray In Hairspray, Travolta gives a surprisingly convincing performance as “Edna”, a character he envisioned to be Sophia Loren…if she were to gain 200 lbs. This role required Travolta to undergo five hours of extensive makeup and prosthetics to complete his transformation. He even wore high heels in a number of scenes, which begs us to wonder how he was able to do so as effortlessly as he did. Experience? Eric Stoltz – Mask Based on a true story, Eric Stoltz plays a character whose mother is played by Cher, so naturally a serious physical disfigurement is to be expected. However, in this film, he portrays more specifically a child suffering from craniodiaphyseal dysplasia. The massive prosthetic cranium earned Michael Westmore & Zoltan Elek an Academy Award for Best Makeup in 1985. Selma Blair – A Dirty Shame The normally small-chested Blair portrays a stripper named “Ursula Udders” in this 2004 offbeat film. The prosthetic breasts used in the film required four hours of make-up. For the nude scene, her ‘nude’ version of the prosthetic breasts cost $5,000 and the studio’s lighting was so bright that the film only had several hours to film before the lights started to crack them. It was essentially a one-time use set, that was discarded shortly after. John Matuszak – The Goonies The one-time professional football player Matuszak famously transformed into everyone’s favorite childhood freak, Lotney “Sloth” Fratelli, in Spielberg’s 1986 The Goonies. The application of his make up – which was quite groundbreaking at the time – took a total of five hours per application. Well worth it. Baby Ruth! The post 16 Unique and Impressive On-Screen Transformations appeared first on popcrunch.com......»»

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15 of the Most Bizarre Celebrity Murder Attempts

Celebrity stalking is particularly strange because the perpetrators are fixated on a person they’ve never met, and often become convinced that the star communicates with them. The post 15 of the Most Bizarre Celebrity Murder Attempts appeared first on popcrunch.com. The word ’stalker’ is very loosely used in the world today. Usually, it involves something mild like checking up on an ex or crush’s activities using the Internet — Facebook stalking. Rarely do we see cases in which a person takes a considerable chunk of their time and dedicate it toward forcing themselves into another person’s life. This kind of serious stalking can be scary, life-threatening, and is typically indicative of a serious mental illness that has spiraled out of control and manifested itself as a relentless obsession with another person. Celebrity stalking is particularly strange because the perpetrators are fixated on a person they’ve never met, and often become convinced that the star communicates with them using secret messages on their television or radio performances. Many of these stalkers are violent and have the same goal: taking a person’s life. There can be a few reasons for this; some want to become ‘united’ with the famous person in a demented way. Others wish to make sure they are the most important person in that celebrity’s life. Most bizarrely, many murderous stalkers are hell-bent on a crazed delusion such as hatred for a person they believe is cooperating with the devil, or using mind powers to force them into committing evil deeds. Here are 15 of the nuttiest celebrity murder attempts by lunatic stalkers. Bjork Bjork had an incredibly frightening stalker who kept a video diary of his descent into lunacy. In his homemade chronicles, Ricardo Lopez goes from a slightly overweight obsessive fan to a murderous fat guy with red lightning bolts painted all over his scary bald head. “I want to be the most important person who change [sic] her life more than anyone else,” he says in a raspy voice, “Her angel of death.” After almost a year’s worth of videos, the crazed man eventually shot himself in the mouth with a gun, on camera, while sitting in front of a handwritten cardboard sign that said “the best of me.” But not before sending Bjork a package with a self-made bomb booby-trapped inside of a large book with the center cut out. “What are my last words?” He asks himself in front of the camera, “Fuck the world, and fuck Bjork and her n—– loving self.” Lopez listens to one of the singer’s albums as he sits naked on a chair and says, “This is the last song” before taking his final breaths in the extremely NSFW video. Although his package was set to spray acid in her face upon opening, the video was found before the package ever got to its final destination and authorities saved the pop princess from mutilation — and possibly death. John Lennon John Lennon, the former Beatles member, has the most notorious stalker story in all of pop music history. A man named Mark David Chapman was a former armed guard who made multiple plans to commit suicide over the course of his lifetime. After a failed suicide attempt by carbon monoxide asphyxiation in his garage, Chapman eventually became employed as a counselor at the mental health facility that he had been committed to. A few years later, Chapman began hearing voices and developing obsessions for things like The Catcher in the Rye and John Lennon. He even signed some of his letters as “The Catcher in the Rye.” In 1980, Chapman traveled from Hawaii to New York with plans to murder John Lennon. Instead, he returned to his home and wife in Hawaii and told his wife about the plans, which he had apparently ’snapped out of.’ This was clearly untrue, as Chapman again visited New York — and this time, he had a loaded gun. Chapman waited for Lennon outside of his apartment building on the morning of December 8th, 1980, with a copy of Catcher in the Rye in which he had written “This is my statement. –Holden Caulfield.” Chapman waited all day, even having friendly interactions with both the housekeeper and Lennon himself. Around 11 PM, Lennon returned with wife Yoko Ono from a recording session and casually approached the entrance to their building. Chapman fired five shots at the couple, four of which hit Lennon. He died almost instantly. Chapman, however, stood around reading his book until the police took him without a fight. He remains in prison today. 50 Cent A drug kingpin from Jamaica, Queens, plotted to kill multi-platinum rapper 50 Cent after hearing the artist’s songs detailing some of his very illegal drug exploits. Kenneth ‘Supreme’ McGriff found 50 Cent’s songs to be a little too revealing for his criminal tastes and apparently began conspiring to have the rapper murdered. It’s only natural that anyone with a multi-million dollar drug scandal under their belt would feel overexposed after having a detailed history of their gang publicly broadcast on radios and mp3 players all over the world. Although Curtis Jackson, the artist’s real name, was shot nine times in 2000, he refused to cooperate with police or assist in their investigation of the incident. Police believe the shooting to be related to Jackson’s problems with McGriff, whose drug dealing history is detailed in a song called Ghetto Koran — something which earned Jackson a ban from most US rap studios. There is speculation that the murder of DJ Jam Master Jay was due to his defiance of the blacklist and choice to continue working with 50 Cent, but the case has never been solved. Tila Tequila Surprisingly, someone actually became obsessed with the trashy little midget hooker known as Tila Tequila. Not surprisingly, they hated her guts so much so that they began making death threats which would eventually progress into a break-in at her home. The lunatic burgled Tequila’s home in 2009, smashing windows and locking the star’s dog in the trunk of her car in a bizarre move. Erin Andrews ESPN Reporter Erin Andrews has been the victim of numerous stalkers, one or more of which have threatened to take her life. The Dancing With The Stars competitor is widely known on sports blogs and websites, regarded as a super-sexy sports interviewer. On some sites, her actions are harshly scrutinized in strange and creepy detail. Some websites even review the manner in which she interviews players, from her ’suggestive’ physical touches to her ’skimpy’ outfits. In 2008, Andrews was stalked by a man who followed her for weeks, eventually recording nude videos of the gorgeous reporter with his cell phone while spying through a peephole into her hotel room. He uploaded the videos to the Internet and was later sentenced to 30 months in prison — a verdict Andrews was angered by, saying it wasn’t nearly long enough. More recently, Andrews received threatening emails from a crazed fan claiming someone “should shoot her in the face” and that once he took action, “no one would see him coming.” But Andrews didn’t let this crazy obsession stop her from appearing on Dancing with the Stars. Mick Jagger Rock star Mick Jagger was almost murdered after the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang decided to put a hit on his life following a 1969 concert in which they served as his security. Everything was running smoothly until the volatile gang turned on an 18-year-old boy, kicking and stabbing him to death. Appalled, Jagger stated that he would never again work with the Hell’s Angels and had hired them to prevent, not promote, violence in the first place. The gang was not surprisingly very offended by the star’s disdain and decided that Jagger must die. A group of the Hell’s Angels took a boat out in an attempt to storm Jagger from his backyard or garden, and murder him without having to go through all of his pesky security guards first. Unfortunately, the Angels were the ones stormed when heavy rain and unpredictable waves threw them all from the vessel. Although everyone survived, the chip against Mick Jagger sunk with the ship, and no further attempts on his life were made. Madonna A homeless man repeatedly sent letters and notes to pop icon Madonna’s home in 1995. In his letters, he professed his love for Madonna and ask that she marry him. She didn’t reply — and presumably not because he had no permanent address. Crazed and insistent on finding the sexy vocalist, Robert Dewey Hoskins scaled the wall around her mansion but was stopped by a bodyguard. Hoskins stated that he would either marry Madonna or “slash her throat from ear to ear.” Needless to say, his second attempt at breaking in was met with gunfire. Shot and wounded, Hoskins was then sentenced to ten years in prison. Jodie Foster A mentally ill John Hinckley Jr. became obsessed with movie star Jodie Foster after watching Taxi driver, a 1976 crime drama in which Foster plays an underage prostitute trapped in a world of drugs and violence. In the film, she’s rescued by a vigilante just as violent as her abusive pimp. Hinckley admired the film, decided that Foster was his one true love, and began following her around. He went so far as to enroll in Yale, the college Foster was attending at the time, so he could watch her every move and slip hundreds of poems and love letters under her door. His advances went unnoticed, so Hinckley knew he had to do something drastic to get Foster’s attention. He thought the ultimate way of “impressing” his unrequited love was to loosely imitate a scene from Taxi Driver by shooting at an important political figure — the president. The certified nutjob’s last love letter stated he would soon murder then-president Ronald Reagan, which is exactly what he attempted to do. Six gunshots later, Reagan was wounded but still alive and Hinckley was on his way to the mental institution. Barack Obama A 19-year-old white supremacist from Tennessee planned to go on a racist killing spree with an accomplice in 2008, acknowledging that his rampage would lead up to the murder of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. Paul Schlesselman plotted to slaughter dozens of African Americans before reaching current president Obama. Schlesselman chose numbers relevant to the white supremacist cult, 88 and 14, to use as guidelines for his murders. 74 African Americans were to be murdered plain old murder style, and the remaining 14 of 88 were set to be beheaded. However, the two stooges were apprehended after dumbly scrawling racial slurs and swastikas on the side of Schesselman’s vehicle in chalk — like two silly children. Schlesselman was sentenced to ten years in prison. Shawn Johnson Shawn Johnson, an Olympic gold medal winner and celebrity from reality television program Dancing With the Stars, was also the subject of a violent stalker’s misguided ‘admiration’. The 17-year-old Johnson was saved from 34-year-old Robert O’Ryan after he tried to jump over a security fence at the show’s studios. He was stopped and searched, which is when police found a loaded gun, rolls of duct tape, and numerous love letters to Johnson inside O’Ryan’s vehicle. O’Ryan told police he had moved all of his belongings from Florida to California in order to be with Johnson — a statement that helped Johnson obtain a restraining order against the creepy older man. Ryan Seacrest Ryan Seacrest’s murderous stalker was particularly scary because of his military background. 25-year-old Chidi Uzomah Jr. was a member of the US Special Forces, a division of military for elite, highly trained soldiers. In 2009, Uzomah was arrested for attacking one of Seacrest’s bodyguards. He was soon after found wandering the halls of the E! offices in search of Seacrest. Upon being apprehended, a knife was found on his person. Uzomah faced four years in prison for stalking and breaching the conditions of his restraining order and pleaded not guilty. Hilary Duff An 18-year-old man named Maksim Myaskovskiy moved from his hometown in Russia to the United States for one purpose — to stalk his ‘true’ love, Hilary Duff. The Russian immigrant moved in with a member of the paparazzi while pursuing the pop princess, divulging to his roommate some violent and disturbing plans. Myaskovskiy threatened to harm himself, Duff, and then-boyfriend Joel Madden to get her attention. His plan didn’t work, and he was arrested on charges of stalking and making violent threats after a private investigator was told directly by the Russian immigrant of his plans to murder Duff at a weekend event in 2006. Myakovskiy had talked about purchasing firearms to force his way in between the famous couple and claimed that Madden was ‘the enemy’ and standing in the way of a romance he knew was meant to be. His paparazzo roommate tried to warn police of his friend’s violent psychosis, but his intentions were apparently warped when his messages were first ignored and later viewed as being in cahoots with the stalker himself. Michael Jackson Michael Jackson had a stalker in the early ’90s who was obsessed with an eclectic number of ideas. A man named Paul Jones, falsely claiming to be the son of mob boss John Gotti sent hundreds of threatening letters to the king of pop in an attempt to — well, we’re not exactly sure what he was attempting to do. Some letters demand money from Jackson, while others profess love. The stalker threatened to commit mass murders at his concerts if Jackson refused to comply. Others say that if he is was arrested or stopped by authorities, he was “gonna attempt to kill President George Bush.” Finally, the crazed fan threatened the life of Jackson himself. None of his plans came to fruition. This weirdo wasn’t Jackson’s only stalker. An aging tranny named ‘Melanie’ was accused of harassing Jackson with numerous letters and telephone calls, while another woman named Helen Harris-Scott was brought to court on stalking charges as well. Scott claimed that Jackson was guilty of sending her ‘put-downs’ and insults degrading her and calling her ‘not good enough’ for his love. Dr. Drew A deranged Charles Pearson was arrested on felony charges of stalking in early 2010 after sending television psychiatrist Dr. Drew menacing emails. One of Pearson’s messages threatened to murder the doctor’s children and force his wife to consume them. He was also convinced that the television personality had placed a tracking device hidden inside the man’s genitals, a strange and disgusting delusion. Dr. Drew handled all of this surprisingly well, and offered only the statement that he wants the violent stranger to “get the treatment he clearly needs.” Pearson was held on a whopping $150,000 bail. Jewel Apparently, God wants Jewel dead. A Wisconsin man named Michael Lawrance Kozelka trespassed on the enormous ranch Jewel shared with her husband on two separate occasions in 2009. The first time, Kozelka was asked to leave and warned that he would be arrested if found on the property again. He paid no mind to this request — after all, he was on a “mission from God” which is what he told police after he returned the very next day and was promptly arrested. He was found with a dog and a pocket knife the second time, but “did not seem angry” or resist arrest. The post 15 of the Most Bizarre Celebrity Murder Attempts appeared first on popcrunch.com......»»

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The 25 Greatest Game Shows Of All Time

TV game shows have entertained viewers for years with everything from trivia questions to reality competitions – read on for our picks of the 25 greatest game shows of all time. The post The 25 Greatest Game Shows Of All Time appeared first on popcrunch.com. TV game shows have entertained viewers for years with everything from trivia questions to reality competitions – read on for our picks of the 25 greatest game shows of all time. When you’re done, check out our list of the 25 Worst Game Shows of All Time. 25. Love Connection Hosts: Chuck Woolery (1983-1995), Pat Bullard (1998-1999)Years on TV: 1983-1995; 1998-1999 Super-suave Chuck Woolery hosted Love Connection, a different take on The Dating Game, where contestants would select their match from three potential dates. The audience voted on which date they thought was the perfect match and the contestant would reveal his/her choice. Chuck’s interview of the couple’s date provided some of the best moments – especially when the dates were a total disaster. 24. Name That Tune Hosts: Red Benson, Bill Cullen, George DeWitt, Richard Hayes, Dennis James, Tom Kennedy, Jim LangeYears on TV: 1953 -1959; 1974-1981; 1984-1985 Name That Tune is the predecessor of shows like “Don’t Forget the Lyrics,” and yeah, looking back it is heavy on the cheese. But who didn’t love the courage of those contestants who could “name that tune in two notes” – for reals? 23. Double Dare Hosts: Marc Summers, Bruce (pre-Caitlyn) Jenner, Jason HarrisYears on TV: 1986-1993 Nickelodeon Kids’ channel featured plenty of slime and other messiness with the kids’ game show Double Dare. Hosted by super cheeseball Marc Summers (he of the Cosby sweaters), kids were put through their paces with trivia questions and physical challenges. Each show ended with a sloppy obstacle course. 22. Press Your Luck Host: Peter TomarkenYears on TV: 1983-1986 Any game show where eager contestants shout out “Big bucks! No whammies!” has to make the list, despite the dorky animated “Whammy” character that took away contestants’ cash and prizes. Check out this video of some whammy highlights: 21. Queen for a Day Host: Jack BaileyYears on TV: 1947–1964; 1969–1970 An oldie for sure, but in its day, Queen for a Day allowed women to escape their everyday drudgery and become royalty (if only for a day) when the audience voted the biggest sob story with the applause meter. We’d love to see this one make a comeback – but spa vacations would have to replace a new washer and dryer, for sure. 20. The Mole (1st two seasons) Host: Anderson CooperYears on TV: 2001 – 2004; 2008 The Mole had a great thing going during its first two seasons on the air with host Anderson Cooper. Then he went and got all schmancy CNN newsman and The Mole took a dive into celebrity territory. The Mole made a revival in 2008, but it couldn’t hold a candle to those first two seasons. 19. Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? Host: Jeff FoxworthyYears on TV: 2007 – 2011 Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader is genius, right? The show challenged contestants to show their smarts with elementary school questions… only it’s not so easy to recall fifth-grade history when you’re all grown up. Hosted by the most famous redneck of all, Jeff Foxworthy made the losing contestants fess up “I am not smarter than a 5th grader.” Oh, the misery. 18. Cash Cab Host: Ben Bailey (US)Years on TV: 2005 – present Who needs an elaborate and/or cheesy game show set when the whole thing can take place in a pimped out taxi cab? Hosted by comedian Ben Bailey, this game show on wheels is a clever diversion from your typical trivia show – and makes you wish the cash cab would pull up the next time you hail a taxi. 17. The Dating Game Hosts: Jim Lange (1965-1980), Elaine Joyce (1986-1988), Jeff McGregor (1988-1989), Brad Sherwood (1996-1997), Chuck Woolery (1997-2000)Years on TV: 1965-1980; 1986-1989, 1996-2000 The Dating Game is the original matchmaking game show (Take that, The Bachelor!), starting in 1965 and running through 1980 with host Jim Lange, who introduced the show’s signature ending of blowing a kiss to the viewers. The Dating Game saw a variety of hosts through the years but ended with the big cheese of game show hosts himself, Chuck Woolery. 16. Remote Control Host: Ken OberYears on TV: 1987 – 1990 This MTV game show classic combined pop culture with quirky host Ken Ober, a unique format and a set that was supposed to be Ken’s mom’s basement. Losing contestants were sucked off the set in their leather recliners and don’t forget the final challenge – naming music videos from clips played on a pile of TVs. 15. Pyramid Hosts: Dick Clark (1973-1988), Bill Cullen (1974-1979), John Davidson (1991-1992), Donny Osmond(2002-2004)Years on TV: 1973-1988; 1991-1992; 2002-2004 Whether it was $10,000 or $100,000, the set for Pyramid was a killer – those monitors for the clues and of course, the ultimate final pyramid challenge with the fenced-in “winner’s circle” and the cubes that revealed each correct answer in the pyramid. Classic Pyramid! 14. Win Ben Stein’s Money Host: Ben SteinYears on TV: 1997 – 2003 Who would’ve thought that lawyer and presidential speechwriter Ben Stein would be a worthy host and competitor on a Comedy Central game show? The host became a contestant during the second segment and the final challenge pitted the winning contestant against Ben Stein himself! And don’t forget sidekick Jimmy Kimmel for the fun factor during the first three years. 13. The Newlywed Game Hosts: Bob Eubanks (1966-2000), Jim Lange (1984), Paul Rodriguez (1988-1989), Gary Kroeger (1996-1997)Years on TV: 1966-2000 The Newlywed Game delivered some of the best TV game show memories in the history of the genre. Originally hosted by Bob Eubanks, The Newlywed Game introduced audiences to “whoopee” as viewers learned about newly married couples’ sex lives in a test to see how well each knew the other. 12. Family Feud Hosts: Richard Dawson (1976–1985; 1994–1995), Ray Combs (1988–1994), Louie Anderson (1999–2002), Richard Karn (2002–2006), John O’Hurley (2006–2010, daytime), Al Roker (Summer 2008, Celebrity Family Feud), Steve Harvey (2010-present)Years on TV: 1976 -1995; 1999-present While Family Feud really hit its stride in the 70s and early 80s with host Richard Dawson (although he was totally creepy kissing all the ladies), it saw mini-revivals along the way with hosts like Ray Combs, Louie Anderson, Richard Karn, and John O’Hurley. Steve Harvey breathed new life into the show in 2010. Survey says! Family Feud is a winner. 11. Let’s Make a Deal Hosts: Monty Hall (1963-1977; 1980-1981; 1984-1986; 1990-1991), Bob Hilton (1990), Billy Bush (2003)Years on TV: 1963-1977; 1980-1981; 1984-1986; 1990-1991; 2003 If you had to name one of the zaniest game shows, Let’s Make a Deal would definitely fit the bill. Part of the fun was host Monty Hall’s selection of contestants from an audience of people in crazy costumes trying to stand out in the crowd. Once the dealing began, contestants could choose from behind door or curtain number one, two or three – with either legit prizes or total crap. 10. Password Host: Allen Ludden, Tom Kennedy (Password Plus), Bert Convy (Super Password), Regis Philbin (Million Dollar Password)Years on TV: 1961-1967; 1971-1975 (Password Plus 1979); (Super Password 1984-1989); (Million Dollar Password) You had to love the hushed announcer revealing the secret password: “The password is…” Password offered up plenty of great celebrity appearances (C’mon! Betty White rules Password!) and a variety of dimwitted clues and answers. Here’s a great Super Password clip featuring major screw-ups by Patty Duke, Rip Taylor, and host Bert Convy. 9. Hollywood Squares Hosts: Peter Marshall (1966-1981), Jon Bauman (1983-1984), John Davidson (1986-1989), Tom Bergeron (1998-2004)Years on TV: 1966-1981; 1983-1984; 1986-2004 Circle gets the square! It’s tic-tac-toe, celebrity style – what’s not to love? The scripted comedy on Hollywood Squares was delivered better by some than others (Hello? Paul Lynde in the center square?!) and featured regulars like Florence Henderson, Sandy Duncan, George Gobel and Joan Rivers. A 1998 revival put Whoopi Goldberg in the center square for four seasons. 8. Deal or No Deal Host: Howie MandelYears on TV: 2005 – 2010 and 2018-present Deal or No Deal put Howie Mandel back on the map – that alone has gotta be worthy of landing on our list of the 25 greatest game shows. Add Mandel’s dramatic pauses, calls from the banker, and crazed contestants playing a game of chance for $1 million, and… well, we just dare you to look away. (Bonus points for sexy girls with briefcases. One of the originals went on to marry Prince Harry.) 7. Wheel of Fortune Host: Chuck Woolery (1975- 1983), Pat Sajak, (1983-present)Years on TV: 1975 – present It’s not the longest-running syndicated game show for nothing…Wheel of Fortune has only slightly evolved over the years though, updating the puzzle board with touch technology (hey, you don’t want Vanna White hurting herself by turning those letters!) and giving the wheel a new look over time. Question is, how much longer can Vanna do this before she’s rolling a walker in front of the puzzle board? 6. Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Hosts: Regis Philbin (1999-2002), Meredith Vieira (2002–2013), Cedric the Entertainer (2013-2014), Terry Crews (2014-2015), Chris Harrison (2015-2019)Years on TV: 1999 – 2019 Who Wants to be a Millionaire revolutionized the way game shows looked and paved the way for a sexier crop of new shows. Many copycats have employed dramatic lights and music, but few new game shows can compete with the popularity of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Final answer. 5. Match Game Hosts: Gene Rayburn (1962–1969, 1973-1982, 1983-1984), Ross Shafer (1990–1991), Michael Burger (1998–2000)Years on TV: 1962-1969; 1973-1984; 1990-1991; 1998-2000 Who didn’t love those fill in the blank questions about Dumb Dora – and the saucy answers the panel offered up? While the celebrity panelists changed over the years, there was no denying the funny that regulars Brett Somers and Charles Nelson Reilly brought to the group. 4. Survivor Host: Jeff ProbstYears on TV: 2000 – present While host Jeff Probst, the challenges and Tribal Council have worn thin over the years, you can’t beat the dynamics of folks trying to outwit, outplay and outlast their competition. You can’t deny the Survivor juggernaut. Just try. We dare you. 3. The Amazing Race Host: Phil KeoghanYears on TV: 2001-present The Amazing Race took the reality competition game show concept and turned it on its ear – sending teams around the world in a variety of challenges. Sometimes the biggest challenge is the travel logistics, while other times language barriers and driving a stick shift (duh!) slow down the teams. Factor in top-notch host Phil Keoghan and you’ve got reality game show gold. 2. Jeopardy! Hosts: Art Fleming (1964-1975, 1978-1979), Alex Trebek (1984–present)Years on TV: 1964-1975; 1978-present Let’s all hum the Final Jeopardy! thinking song, shall we? The ultimate quiz game show – but with a twist – provide your answers in the form of a question. While Art Fleming was the original Jeopardy! host, it’s really Alex Trebek who people identify with the show. Oh, Alex Trebek, how we love your smugness! 1. The Price is Right Hosts: Bull Cullen (1956-1965), Bob Barker (1972-2007), Drew Carey (2007-present)Years on TV: 1956-1965; 1972-present Come on down!! Host Bob Barker made The Price is Right a game show institution and Drew Carey is doing a noble job of carrying the torch. The contestant frenzy, combined with a variety of games (Plinko, anyone?) and the beautiful Price is Right models made the show a hit for the 35 years Barker hosted. 35 more with Drew Carey? We hope so. The post The 25 Greatest Game Shows Of All Time appeared first on popcrunch.com......»»

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The 25 Worst Game Shows of All Time

We’re following up on our list of the 25 Greatest Game Shows of All Time with our picks for the 25 Worst Game Shows. While many of these may have a special place in our hearts, make no mistake – they were pretty bad. And the rest… well, they just suck. 25. Classic Concentration Host: […] The post The 25 Worst Game Shows of All Time appeared first on popcrunch.com. We’re following up on our list of the 25 Greatest Game Shows of All Time with our picks for the 25 Worst Game Shows. While many of these may have a special place in our hearts, make no mistake – they were pretty bad. And the rest… well, they just suck. 25. Classic Concentration Host: Alex TrebekYears on TV: 1987 – 1991 It’s the classic children’s matching game – but game show style! While Concentration began on TV in 1958, it’s the cheesier follow-up, Classic Concentration, hosted by Alex Trebek, which makes our list. Contestants had to uncover matching prizes beneath numbered pieces. As they found matching pairs, a rebus picture puzzle underneath was slowly uncovered. There was something classy about that staircase of prize cars though, huh? 24. Card Sharks Hosts: Jim Perry, Bob Eubanks, Bill Rafferty, Pat BullardYears on TV: 1978 – 2002 We know what you’re thinking – Card Sharks is a classic. Well, yes. But it’s also pretty lame, however fondly you may remember those giant sized cards and contestants screaming “higher!” or “lower!” or “freeze!” The beautiful card dealers featured throughout the series’ run didn’t improve the concept any, but made the rather drab set a little more interesting to look at. 23. The Weakest Link Host: Anne RobinsonYears on TV: 2001 – 2002 The Weakest Link was a quiz show like no other, with sour-faced host Anne Robinson at the ready to throw insults, diminish the dummies and call out “You are the weakest link… good-bye!” The novelty of a curmudgeonly host wore thin quite quickly with American audiences, and The Weakest Link only lasted one season. We like our game show hosts perky! 22. 1 vs. 100 Host: Bob SagetYears on TV: 2006 – 2008 Host Bob Saget facilitated this show of one contestant versus 100 of “the mob.” Anyone else find it odd that they named the 100 collectively as “the mob?” At any rate, this show looked to see if 1 person could take on 100 and stand the victor by game’s end – or at least go home with some winnings if they couldn’t beat the entire 100. Special guest mob members (c’mon, Barry Williams?) couldn’t revive this game show that was all flashy lights and not much more. 21. Legends of the Hidden Temple Host: Kirk FoggYears on TV: 1993 – 1995 Before you start sending the hate mail for our inclusion of Legends of the Hidden Temple on the worst game shows list, hear us out. Legends of the Hidden Temple was no doubt pretty cool when you watched it as a kid – but if you check it out now, it’s pretty lame. Host Kirk Fogg was super dorky – especially when he swung in on a vine, complete with microphone holster on his belt. And don’t even get us started on giant talking head Olmec or the fact that most of the kids sucked at the Temple Run. Watch out for the Temple Guards! 20. Sale of the Century Host: Jack Kelly; Joe Garagiola; Jim PerryYears on TV: 1969 – 1973; 1983 – 1989 This little quizzy show added an element of shopping, as contestants were offered discount deals via “Instant Bargains” throughout the course of the show. Plus they could haggle with the host to make the deal even sweeter. Big winners could return the next day and have the chance to win a big-ticket item, like a car. Totally boring… but oh, but that loveable cheeseball host Jim Perry. 19. Distraction (comedy central) Host: Jimmy CarrYears on TV: 2005 – 2006 Distraction kept contestants on their toes by offering up plenty of well… distractions while they attempted answering trivia questions. Finding out who could withstand the most clothespins on their face during game play grew old pretty fast. This one proves yet again that people are willing to do just about anything to win money. 18. The Singing Bee Host: Joey FatoneYears on TV: 2007 Like an updated Name That Tune, only karaoke style. Host Joey Fatone didn’t bring much to the table for Singing Bee and the lame backup singers, cheesy band and house dancers “The Honeybees” only muddied the waters of an already weak concept. Totally lame. 17. Shop ‘til You Drop Hosts: Pat Finn, JD RobertoYears on TV: 1991 – 2005 Step inside the fake mall set on Shop ‘til You Drop! This game show, whose bonus round involved a shopping spree of running an existing prize to a storefront in exchange for a (hopefully) higher ticket item, sent contestants racing against the clock like idiots. Later years of the game show replaced the mall for a set that resembled a warehouse store (a la Costco) – ah, how we missed Von Schiffendecker’s Furniture mall storefront. 16. Supermarket Sweep Host: David RuprechtYears on TV: 1990 – 1995 (Lifetime); 2000 – 2003 (PAX) From dorky host David Ruprecht to even dorkier matching sweatshirts with peeking polo shirt collars, Supermarket Sweep is a definite guilty pleasure that we’ve spent countless hours wasting our time watching. That’s not to say we don’t have a warm place in our hearts for that mad dash “Big Sweep” around the store as contestants scoop turkeys and diapers (and various other big-ticket items) into their carts to rack up the dollars on their cash registers. 15. Win, Lose or Draw Hosts: Bert Convy (1987 – 1989), Robb Weller (1989), Vicki Lawrence (NBC)Years on TV: 1987 – 1990 Wow, celebrities playing Pictionary in what looked like one of their living rooms? C’mon, who didn’t want to see how well Burt Reynolds could draw the clues? (Hint: not us.) And the constant burbling of teams shouting “It’s a cat, it’s a dog, it’s a fish, it’s a…” caused many a viewer to glaze over rather than share in the excitement of Win, Lose or Draw. 14. Dog Eat Dog Host: Brooke BurnsYears on TV: 2002 – 2003 Host Brooke Burns challenged contestants to outpace their competitors in a variety of truly stupid physical challenges, which were never nearly as cool as the stunts on Fear Factor. The contestants voted a person to complete the challenge – if they failed, they were sent to the “dog pound.” If they succeeded, they chose someone to go to the pound. This continued until there was one “Top Dog” facing off against the “Dog Pound.” All in all, this show stunk like a steaming pile of dog shit. 13. Identity Host: Penn JilletteYears on TV: 2006 – 2007 Identity, hosted by Penn Jillette, was a game based on stereotypes, basically. Contestants had to match each of 12 strangers to their identities, including hobbies and occupations, among other attributes. In many cases there was some misdirection, such as a preschool teacher or a missionary dressed in a bikini, to throw off the contestant. Even some famous strangers were featured on the show, like Eve Plumb, who played Jan on The Brady Bunch and Olympian Bruce (pre-Caitlyn) Jenner. You can guess it fizzled pretty fast. 12. Rock & Roll Jeopardy! Host: Jeff ProbstYears on TV: 1998 – 2001 Jeopardy is a part of game show history. Rock & Roll Jeopardy? Not so much. Hosted by Jeff Probst of Survivor, not even those sweet little dimples could bail him out of VH1’s attempt at musical trivia with the Jeopardy name. The format from original Jeopardy! was hardly updated for this rock and roll spin-off and viewers lost interest. 11. Amnesia Host: Dennis MillerYears on TV: 2008 How good is your memory about things in your own life? Amnesia awarded money for knowing things that should be too easy – like the name of a certain road in your neighborhood or picking mom’s pie from a lineup of pies. We’re just wondering how far Dennis Miller has fallen to have to host this dreck? Helps pay the bills, right? 10. Scrabble Host: Chuck WooleryYears on TV: 1984 – 1993 What’s more boring than playing the Scrabble board game? Watching it played on TV, with host Chuck Woolery presiding over the crossword puzzle thrillfest. We give out extra lame points for the letter tiles that each contestant chose and pushed into a slot in front of them. The sound effects as each tile found its way onto the Scrabble board (or didn’t – oops, watch out for that “stopper!”) just added to the cheese factor. 9. My Dad is Better Than Your Dad Host: Dan CorteseYears on TV: 2008 We can only guess that Mark Burnett ran out of good ideas when he came up with My Dad is Better than Your Dad, a game show based on childhood bragging. Teams of kid and dad battled for the title of best dad with challenges of speed, strength, smarts, and bravery. Because, you know, swinging your kid on a harness to throw a ball at a huge Velcro target really proves your worth as a parent. No wonder it was canceled after just one season. 8. Set For Life Host: Jimmy KimmelYear on TV: 2007 Even host Jimmy Kimmel never looked like he was sold on this game show, where contestants would search for the magical white lightsticks that would move them up the ladder and give them money for life. Watch out for the dreaded red lights that put an end to all your hopes and dreams. Uh-oh! You can tell Kimmel was just collecting a paycheck with this one. 7. Hole in the Wall Hosts: Brooke Burns, Mark ThompsonYears on TV: 2008 – 2009 It was a huge success in Japan, but not so much in the U.S. Hole in the Wall’s genius concept put competing teams through various cut-out shapes on a moving wall by contorting their bodies to fit the shape. This hit Japanese game show did not translate to U.S. audiences. The idea was a little light on substance if you ask us, but we’re guessing plenty of people who saw the YouTube videos tuned in. 6. Bowling for Dollars Hosts: Varied by locationYears on TV: 1970s – 1980s This 1970s staple was seen on a more local level among game shows, appearing on TV in markets like Cincinnati, Buffalo, Detroit, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, among other places. Its concept was as ingenious as the name – contestants would put their bowling skills to the test and earn money and prizes for their efforts. When flashier game shows began to fill up the airwaves, Bowling for Dollars all but vanished, except for a 2008 revival in Buffalo. 5. Temptation Host: Rossi MorrealeYears on TV: 2007 Billed as “The New Sale of the Century,” the most hilarious thing about Temptation was the old school theme song – you’d think you were watching a 70s game show with that little ditty, but nope – you’re in the 2000s of cheesy game show excitement! There’s nothing worse than a show that has a crap budget. And there was no way of hiding it with the shitty prizes that were featured on Temptation. 4. The Moment of Truth Host: Mark WalbergYears on TV: 2008 – 2009 How low will people sink for a shot at prize money? On The Moment of Truth, contestants were subjected to a lie detector test prior to their appearance, running through a variety of questions about their personal lives. Once on-air, the participants were asked a variety of the initial questions and – dramatic pauses, lights, and music in place – are put to the truth test. Are they telling the truth? And will their admissions break up friendships, families, and relationships? 3. The Chair Host: John McEnroeYears on TV: 2002 The Chair, hosted by John McEnroe, looked to see how well people could keep their cool under pressure, by putting contestants in uncomfortable situations while monitoring their heart rate. If they were able to keep their heart rate below a certain level, they would progress to another level of earnings. Could they keep their cool when faced with a “heartstopper” like being face-to-face with an alligator? In the end, nobody cared and the show was canned. 2. Yahtzee Host: Peter MarshallYears on TV: 1988 Truly? A game show based on the dice shaking game? Yeah, it happened. And it was pure crap. There’s no way to sugar coat this boring dice game and come out with anything better than mediocre. Even the “dice girl” featured on each episode didn’t help. 1. Hurl! Hosts: Tom Crehan and Dale Roy RobinsonYear on TV: 2008 This game show goes beyond the gross factor as contestants not only had to eat all matter of disgusting food, but they were then subjected to vomit-inducing challenges in an effort to see who would toss their cookies first (clam chowder followed by a Tilt-a-Whirl?!). Those with an iron constitution walked away with prize money – and likely, a tummy ache. The post The 25 Worst Game Shows of All Time appeared first on popcrunch.com......»»

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20 Worst Action Film Stars of All Time

There are actors that pursue roles in action films that typically started out in comedy, athletes trying to break into movies, and of course, the B movie guys. The post 20 Worst Action Film Stars of All Time appeared first on popcrunch.com. At any given time, there are about 8-10 sure-thing, bankable action stars in Hollywood. These are actors that directors and producers can cast into any role, and they are guaranteed a varied level of success – even if the film ends up being bad. Then, there are the other actors that pursue roles in action films; they are actors that typically started out in comedy, athletes trying to break into movies, and of course, the B movie guys. The worst, we believe, are listed below. They are the worst twenty action film stars of all time. Jay Leno- Collision Course After 17 years of hosting The Tonight Show, Jay Leno became a household name. But before he took over duties from Johnny Carson, he was just another actor/comedian. And in 1989 he stared in the action flop Collision Course. The movie was pitched in the same vein as Beverly Hills Cop, but unlike Murphy, Leno was not as funny on the silver screen as he was off. And thankfully he has since stayed off. Worst One-liner: “I’m gonna bust your ass!” Brigette Neilson – Red Sonja During the Reagan Era, Hollywood seemed to jones for big budget action flicks. The studios didn’t spare any expense when they green lit Red Sonya. Back in the day Brigette Neilson was kick ass hot, but never kick ass. She played a better uptight Russian wife, than she did a kick ass medieval mistress. Worst One-liner: “No man may have me unless he’s beaten me in a fair fight.” Bruce Li – Everything He Ever Did There was an obvious void in Hollywood when Bruce Lee died. To fill that void, certain studio executives decided to release Karate movies with action star Bruce Li. To say the least, the Brucesplotation didn’t last, and Li went back to his first dream, being a P.E. teacher. Worst One-liner: “WAAAAAAAAA!” Halle Berry – Catwoman Halle Berry is hot, and Halle Berry is even a decent actress. But what Halle Berry is not is an action star. She has an affinity for playing comic characters, or sunbathing topless (Swordfish); Berry is best suited for roles where she is not wearing a fitted leather costume with strategically placed tears in it. Worst One-liner: “White Russian, no ice, no vodka… hold the Kahlua.” Steve Austin – What Was The Movie Called Again? For some reason, big white guys on steroids think they can perfect their acting skills in the WWE. Steve Austin is no exception. Worst One-liner: “Sounds like you’ve had a hard life…good thing it’s over!” Corey Haim – Prayer For The Rollerboys By 1991, Corey Haim was on the decline, and rollerblades were on their way to mainstream success. And for some reason,  a team of producers got together and thought Haim would be a good fit for the rollerblade-apocalypse movie known as Prayer for the Rollerboys. Haim starred as a kid who helps a gang of  ‘bladers save the world. This film simply should not have been created – ever. Worst One-liner: “Speedbagger… Don’t hate me.” Dolph Lundgren- Universal Soldier Franchise Everyone knows that Rocky IV was awesome, and to this day I still think of Dolph Lundgren as a Soviet boxer. But, unfortunately for everyone, this guy continued to put out Universal Solider movies. There were 6 Universal Soldier movies from 1992 to 2012, and if you have seen one, you have seen them all – quite possibly the worst action film franchise of all time. Worst One-liner: “Dying is easy, rock n roll is hard.” George Clooney- Batman & Robin There’s no doubt that George Clooney is a wildly successful actor-producer, but nothing can redeem his performance in Batman & Robin. Some blame Joel Schumaker, others blame the synthetic rubber suit, I just blame the casting director. Clooney is just too pretty to act in a rubber suit. It just wasn’t believable, and frankly, the only good thing to come from this movie was the Smashing Pumpkins opener and closer on the soundtrack. Worst One-liner: “This is why Superman works alone.” John Cena- The Marine What do you get when you put a rapping wrestler in a big-budget action film? Alabama box office gold! Alabama and Tennessee are about the only place this movie did well. Furthermore, I understand it’s important to blow crap up in movies, but when there are more explosions than lines, you can tell the director is trying to hide the fact that his star can’t act. Worst One-liner: “You married a marine, Kate.” Shaq – Steel Shaq can dunk a basketball, Shaq can block a shot, and Shaq can even get a master’s degree, (University of Phoenix) but one thing’s for sure– Shaq can’t act! When Shaq broke onto the NBA scene, Hollywood came knocking on his giant door. Hoping to match his success on the court with box office bucks, Shaq starred in a string of terrible kid-friendly action flicks. When people see his place in the Basketball Hall of Fame one day, hopefully, they’ll be able to forget his terrible excuse for an acting career. Worst One-liner: “Man, Metal, STEEL!” Martin Lawrence – Bad Boys I & II Martin Lawrence was awesome on TV and as a comic. But being entirely honest, we’d rather see him act in drag than in action movies. Will Smith truly carried Bad Boys I & II, as Martin Lawrence was more like an annoying backseat driver than a believable cop. Worst One-liner: “Damn, it’s the niggras!” Brendan Fraser – Tarzan To be honest, playing a thawed-out cave man showed the extent of Fraser’s acting talent. Since Encino Man, however, he hasn’t made much progress in the talent department. That’s not to say his movies aren’t entertaining, because they are. But the fact remains, CGI effects can never replace someone’s ability to act or lack thereof. Or their hair. Worst One-liner: “Gazangas!” Nicholas Cage – The Rock You got to admit, Nicholas Cage carries himself pretty well for a man wearing hair plugs. But just because he carries himself well doesn’t mean he can perform in action films. Enjoying the fruits of nepotism since his start in the early 1980s, Cage (Coppola) peaked early with his performance as a drunk in Leaving Las Vegas. It wasn’t until Cage was cast in The Rock with Sean Connery that he began this action hero bit. Since then it seems Cage has released at least one crappy action film per year. Nicholas Cage should have stuck to the roles that allowed him to display his true talent as the town drunk that he actually is. Worst One-liner: “I love pressure. I eat it for breakfast.” Hulk Hogan – Suburban Commando, and Everything Else Anyone remember wrestling buddies? Those things were awesome, and if we’re honest, wrestling buddies have about as much acting talent as Hulk Hogan. Given, his target audience was pre-pubescent kids, his acting skills were about as convincing as Uncle Jesse playing an E.R. doctor. Although Hulk Hogan remains one of the most famous and highest grossing wrestlers of all time, his lack of talent for acting remains hideously obvious. Worst One-liner: “I WON’T be around when this check clears!” Gary Sinise – Imposter No offense against Gary Sinise, but he’s a better Lt. Dan than he is a leading man. In 2001, Sinise was cast as the lead in a sci-fi action thriller, Imposter. You can tell the studio that made this mistake didn’t have high hopes for it since they released it in mid-January 2002. The only thing that could have made this movie better (worse?) is if Val Kilmer was cast as the lead. Worst One-liner: “Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” Steven Segal- Everything He’s Ever Done (A lot) When I think of Steven Segal the first thing that pops into my head is the random boob shots that always appear in all of his movies. Anyway, this guy is known more for his quick fighting hands than he is for his acting range. Despite the fact that he is elderly, he is continuing to keep the B-rated, low-budget, action genre alive. Worst One-liner: [after crushing some guys skull] “Take some aspirin for that headache!” John Stamos – Born To Ride There’s a reason Uncle Jessie has been a TV star his entire career, three words, Born to Ride. The plot for the movie is: the Army decides to modernize its horse driven cavalry to motorcycles, and apparently this pisses off Stamos’ character. That’s about it. To emphasize Stamos’ character’s distain, the movies tag line reads, “He was born to break the rules.” Worst One-liner: “Not the hair, C’mon.” Triple H – Blade: Trinity The first two Blade movies were pretty good, and through these films, Wesley Snipes proved he could play a badass vampire slayer. Then Blade: Trinity came out and Triple H from the WWE played a vampire vigilante in pursuit of Blade. Not even the awesomeness of Snipes could redeem H’s performance in this piece of douchebag snuff. Needless to say, this was Triple H’s one and only stab at the big screen, and boy did he suck… sorry, cheap laugh! Worst One-liner: “Hey, dick-face. You seen my dog?” Jennifer Garner- Elektra Now I understand there are plenty of Alias fans out there that love Jenifer Garner, but did you see the fifth season? And did you see the movies in which she played Elektra? She may be the ultimate kick ass fan boy fantasy, but that in no means qualifies her to be an action star. And to make matters worse she married and started a family with one of the biggest douches in Hollywood, Ben Affleck. Worst One-liner: “Don’t worry. Death’s not that bad.” Vanilla Ice – Cool As Ice I am convinced no one in the history of super celebrity rose or fell as fast as Vanilla Ice. People couldn’t get enough of this guy, and then all of a sudden they hated his guts. I kind of feel sorry for the bastard. Truth is though, this guy can’t act or rhyme worth crap, and once his sexy hot whiteness appeal wore off, the public was done. Seems that his terrible motorcycle action movie Cool As Ice, was what kick-started his decline, and for good reason. I believe this movie was only out in theaters for a weekend, and it tanked. Worst One-liners: “Yeah, whackhead tried to play baseball with my homeboy’s bike!” “Drop that zero and get with the hero!” “I’m gonna go across the street and, uh, schling a schlong.” “Looky, looky in Kat’s black booky.” “You’re not wasting my time, I’m just cooling.” The post 20 Worst Action Film Stars of All Time appeared first on popcrunch.com......»»

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50 Organizations That Make The Biggest Positive Influence in Black Achievement

There are many organizations that work to make big positive influences in black achievement. The post 50 Organizations That Make The Biggest Positive Influence in Black Achievement appeared first on popcrunch.com. The death of a Black man named George Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020, was a catalyst for protests and riots around the world. The Black Lives Matter organization that was founded in 2013 took the forefront during these events, advocating for non-violent protests and civil disobedience geared against police brutality and all forms of racially motivated violence. While many people are familiar with Black Lives Matter and its importance in the movement towards equality, justice, and opportunity for all people, there are also many other organizations that work to make big positive influences in black achievement. With the donations they receive, these organizations fight racial injustice, educate, empower, encourage unity, and provide mentorship in black communities. The criteria used for inclusion in this list included historical ratings of the charity, the organization’s financial score, and its accountability and transparency rating using the most recent data available. Using this methodology, we present to you 50 organizations that make the biggest positive influence in black achievement in the U.S. today. Information is key so that when you choose to donate, you give wisely and to the organizations that make the biggest impact on black lives. A donation to any of these organizations or funds is a step in the right direction towards racial justice and equality and a step away from America’s shameful racist practices of the past and present. Racial Justice Black Lives Matter Black Lives Matter is the organization for Black freedom, liberation and justice that most people are familiar with or have become familiar with in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The organization was founded in 2013 after George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin’s killer, was acquitted of murder in the case. Black Lives Matter has become the face of the global movement to eliminate white supremacy by fighting against acts of violence, oppression and discrimination that Black people regularly face in our society. Donate to Black Lives Matter. Anti Racism Fund The United States has a long history of systemic racism that recent events have spotlighted. Black people have been grossly mistreated, marginalized, and murdered simply because of ignorant hatred for the color of their skin. The Anti Racism Fund was formed to provide funding to organizations that fight to eliminate racial injustice in our society. Donate to Anti Racism Fund. Color of Change Color of Change is an organization working to end unfair practices that hold Black people back from success, happiness, and true freedom. The organization helps people respond to injustices they witness. Color of Change has 1.7 million members who push decision makers in business and government to create a less hostile world for Black people and all people. Donate to Color of Change. Advancement Project The Advancement Project has national programs that develop innovative strategies to tackle racial inequity. Using a combination of law, policy, communications and technology, the organization creates workable solutions and achieves systemic changes on issues of equality in democracy, voting rights and proper justice. Donate to Advancement Project. Community Justice Action Fund The Community Justice Action Fund is dedicated to building power for and with Black communities to end gun violence. The organization strives to change the conversation on gun violence prevention with those most affected leading the way. Donate to Community Justice Action Fund. History and Culture African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund is a history preservation campaign working to restore important parts of American history. Many locations in the United States where significant parts of African American history occurred have gone unrecognized for their importance in American history. This fund was created to protect and restore these places and tell their stories. Donate to the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation furthers the work of choreographer and dancer Alvin Ailey. Its mission is to establish an extended cultural community with training, community programs, and dance performances. The community unites people of all ethnicities by using the humanity and beauty of the African American culture and others to bring people of all races, ages and backgrounds together. Donate to The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation. The National Civil Rights Museum The National Civil Rights Museum is located in Memphis, Tennessee at the Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. The museum provides an education about the American civil rights movement and food for thought about today’s civil and human rights struggles around the world. Donate to the National Civil Rights Museum. Facing History and Ourselves Facing History and Ourselves is an organization that helps communities and classrooms around the world learn about the past in order to make better choices today. The organization uses history as a tool to challenge students and teachers to take a stand against hate and bigotry in all forms. Donate to Facing History and Ourselves. Black Table Arts Black Table Arts is an organization for Black artists with a mission to build community power, educate communities, and create spaces for leadership to thrive. Donate to Black Table Arts. Boom Concepts Boom Concepts is a creative community hub in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for black artists and creative entrepreneurs. The community is dedicated to representing marginalized voices. Boom Concepts hosts monthly art exhibitions, film screenings, community meetings, live music, dance parties, and fundraisers. Donate to Boom Concepts. 1HOOD 1HOOD is a collective of socially aware activists and artists. The group uses art to raise awareness. Its mission is to build liberated communities through art, social justice, and education. Donate to 1HOOD. Health and Disability National Health Law Program The National Health Law Program is an organization of attorneys dedicated to advancing health rights and access to quality health care for underserved and low-income individuals. One important goal of this organization is to eliminate racial healthcare inequities. Donate to the National Health Law Program. Sister Song Sister Song is an organization on a mission to achieve reproductive justice for indigenous women and women of color. The organization serves to strengthen the voices of those women whose human rights have been oppressed. Donate to Sister Song. The National Black Disability Coalition (NBDC) The National Black Disability Coalition (NBDC) was founded in 1990 and is an organization for all disabled Black people. NBDC works to improve community leadership, civil rights, entrepreneurship, family inclusion, education, and service delivery systems, and provides information to Black disabled people and their families. Donate to the The National Black Disability Coalition (NBDC). GirlTrek GirlTrek is bringing one million black women to walk in their neighborhoods for health and healing. The movement challenges black women across the United States to change their lives and communities through walking. Donate to GirlTrek. Autistic People of Color Fund The Autistic People of Color Fund provides direct support and mutual aid for autistic people of color. The fund was created in June 2018 and has since given more than $30,000 to individual people of color who have autism. Donate to the Autistic People of Color Fund. BET + United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund The BET + United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund was established in partnership with the United Way to provide support and relief to African Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Donors may choose what city their donation benefits or have their donation go to cities where the need is the greatest. Donate to the BET + United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund. Civil Rights and Policy Reform American Civil Liberties Union Foundation The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation provides legal representation in legal cases involving constitutional rights and civil liberties. The foundation also educates the public about civil liberties and individual rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Donate to the ACLU. Center for Constitutional Rights The Center for Constitutional Rights was founded in 1966 by lawyers dedicated to helping the civil rights movement in the South. The CCR headquarters is located in New York City and works to advance and protect constitutional rights. The organization is proactive and uses the law creatively to enact social change and empower poor communities. Donate to The Center of Constitutional Rights. Equal Justice Initiative The Equal Justice Initiative was founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson to challenge racial and economic injustice. The initiative is dedicated to protecting the basic human rights of the most vulnerable people in America. EJI provides legal representation for people who have been wrongfully convicted, received unfair sentences, or have been abused in jail or prison. The initiative also challenges the death penalty and other forms of excessive punishment and provides assistance to those who are released from prison in order to help them successfully re-enter society. Donate to the Equal Justice Initiative. Campaign Zero Campaign Zero is dedicated to ending police violence in America. The organization works to analyze police practices, identify effective solutions to end police violence, and push legislation to end police violence across the country. Campaign Zero also provides technical assistance to organizers who lead police accountability campaigns. Donate to Campaign Zero. Communities United for Police Reform Communities United for Police Reform is a campaign in New York to end the discriminatory policing practices of NYPD. The movement is led by community members, lawyers, activists and researchers from all five boroughs. The partners in this campaign come from all walks of life and are representative of groups who are most often unfairly targeted by the police. Communities United for Police Reform fights for policy reforms that will keep communities safe while making sure the NYPD does its job of protecting and serving all in the community. Donate to Communities United for Police Reform. Communities United Against Police Brutality Communities United Against Police Brutality is an organization based in Twin-Cities that works to deal with incidents of police brutality. The goal of the organization is to create a climate of resistance to police abuse of authority and power and to empower citizens with knowledge and tools to bring an end to police brutality. Donate to Communities United Against Police Brutality. Leadership Conference Education Fund The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition of more than 200 national organizations. Its purpose is to protect and promote the civil and human rights of all people. The goal is a more open and just America. The Education Fund works to mobilize advocates who push for progressive change across the nation. Donate to the Leadership Conference Education Fund. Southern Poverty Law Center The Southern Poverty Law Center is known for its legal victories against white supremacists and for tracking hate groups. The organization has worked since it was founded in 1971 to fight all forms of discrimination and to protect the constitutional rights of the most vulnerable members of society. In 1991 the organization established an educational program to combat the causes of hate to help K-12 classroom teachers foster respect and understanding. Donate to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Legal Rights Center The Legal Rights Center is a community-driven nonprofit law firm in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The firm specializes in restorative justice practices and youth advocacy. It provides legal representation at no cost to low-income people and people of color. The Legal Rights Center prioritizes providing legal services to juveniles. Donate to The Legal Rights Center. Texas Civil Rights Project The Texas Civil Rights Project is one of the most influential civil rights organizations in Texas. The organization uses legal advocacy to defend voting rights, reform criminal justice systems and fights institutional discrimination. Donate to the Texas Civil Rights Project. Education Harlem Academy The Harlem Academy in New York City is an independent school with merit-based admission that educates grades 1-8. The Academy ensures economic diversity and meets all demonstrated need for tuition support. The school prepares children for lifelong learning and promotes thoughtful citizenship. Donate to Harlem Academy. Page Education Foundation The Page Education Foundation is a non-profit with the mission to create heroes through education and service. Recipients of scholarships from the organization provide mentorship services for children in kindergarten through the eighth grade. Donate to the Page Education Foundation. Rainier Scholars Rainier Scholars provides scholarships to students belonging to groups that are most underrepresented on college campuses including African Americans, Hispanic Latinos, Native Americans and first generation Asian Americans. Over 80 percent of Rainier Scholars qualify as low income and 85 percent will be the first in their family to earn a college degree. Donate to Rainier Scholars. Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Sponsors for Educational Opportunity has a mission to give access to superior educational and career opportunities to young people from underserved and underrepresented communities. Donate to Sponsors for Educational Opportunity. Thurgood Marshall College Fund The Thurgood Marshall College Fund was founded in 1987 to provide scholarships and to advocate for students. The TMCF also works with public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to ensure student success. Donate to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Black Girls Code The Black Girls Code organization aims to increase the number of women of color in STEM fields by empowering and educating African American girls ages 7 to 17 to become leaders and innovators. Donate to Black Girls Code. Integrate NYC Integrate NYC is a youth-led organization that fights for racial equity and integration in New York City’s schools. The organization advocates for transformative policy to end the segregation and inequality present in NYC schools. Donate to Integrate NYC. Youth and Community Development The Brotherhood/Sister Sol The Brotherhood/Sister Sol is an organization in New York with national reach that serves youth in economically poor communities. Bro/Sis organizes and advocates for social change and equality for Black people once and for all. Donate to The Brotherhood/Sister Sol. EmbraceRace EmbraceRace was founded in 2016 with a mission to create a community, gather resources, assist, and provide support for the challenges that race creates for children, families, and communities. The organization publishes original stories and articles and produces webinars featuring expert guests. Donate to EmbraceRace. Assata’s Daughters Assata’s Daughters is a youth organization led by women. The organization is located in Chicago and is rooted in black radical tradition. AD provides black youth in Chicago with political education, mentorship, and leadership development services. Donate to Assata’s Daughters. Pretty Brown Girl Foundation The Pretty Brown Girl Foundation provides self-acceptance and leadership development programs, clubs, and events to combat adverse social issues that affect girls of color. The organization has a mission to instill confidence in girls and young women of color so that they grow up to fulfill their dreams and become capable leaders in their communities. Donate to Pretty Brown Girl. The Conscious Kid The Conscious Kid strives to promote healthy racial identity development in children. The organization supports other organizations, families, and educators who are taking action to stop racism in children. Donate to The Conscious Kid. Know Your Rights Camp Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp is engaging cities across the country in a movement to advance the liberation and well-being of black and brown communities. The camps educate and inspire self-empowerment. Donate to Know Your Rights Camp. Developing Responsible Economically Advanced Model-Citizens (D.R.E.A.M.) D.R.E.A.M. is a nonprofit organization with a commitment to educating and empowering urban kids to make smart financial decisions. By providing financial education the organization is training the next generation of citizens so that they may foster positive change in urban communities. Donate to DREAM. Business and Career SOGAL SOGAL is a female-led platform that is disrupting norms in venture capital and empowering diversity. The mission of the organization is to bridge the funding gap for entrepreneurs. Donate to SOGAL. Black & Brown Founders Black & Brown Founders is an organization that provides help to Black and Latino entrepreneurs with modest resources launch and build tech businesses. Donate to Black & Brown Founders. Minority Corporate Counsel Association The Minority Corporate Counsel Association was founded in 1997 with a mission to advocate for expanded hiring, retention and promotion of minority corporate attorneys and law offices. The association collects and distributes information about diversity in the legal profession. Donate to Minority Corporate Counsel Association. Gyrl Wonder Gyrl Wonder is a professional initiative to empower ambitious young women of color ages 17 -22. The organization provides resources and tools for girls to prepare them to be successful in a competitive workplace environment and reach their professional goals. Donate to Gyrl Wonder. Black Political Organizations Black Voters Matter Black Voters Matter works to increase power in Black communities through effective voting so that communities may choose their own destinies. The organization advocates for policies to expand voter rights and access along with other aspects of racial equity. Donate to Black Voters Matter. The Collective Political Action Committee The Collective Political Action Committee works to build Black political power. The organization educates and equips voters, donors and political candidates with resources such as training programs, technical assistance, fundraising, and advertising. The Collective Political Action Committee looks forward to improving our country by building a new generation of Black civic leaders across the U.S. at all levels. Donate to The Collective Political Action Committee. Woke Vote Woke Vote is working to change the face of politics across the country. The organization is dedicated to increasing voter turnout. 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