T-Pain Without Auto-Tune

In an attempt to draw buzz to his recent endeavors back into the entertainment industry T-Pain has performed on NPR (National Public Radio) with nothing more than a keyboard. It has social media circles chiming in on this display of talent that most fans did not know he had.

For years T-Pain rode the top of the charts with a bevy of singles that featured his voice with nothing but auto-tune tracks. It appeared to be something of a Zap and Roger or Teddy Riley flashback. Everyone embraced his sound heavily, but the sound was eventually over saturated. Jay-Z released “The Death of Auto-tune” and this spun something of a backlash for this altered vocal art form.

On NPR T-Pain sung some of of this most famous songs like “Buy Your A Drank” and “Up Down” – to the amazement of fans – without any production. The performance, which lasted more than 12 minutes highlighted hits and other lesser known new music. I really didn’t think T-Pain had it in him, but after Christian Broda showed me the video, my jaw dropped.

A T-Pain greatest hits album is being released on Tuesday. The stripped down YouTube video of the songs provide the press that T-Pain so desperately needs to rekindle his fan base. His stripped down vocals give him a new spotlight.

Everything You Need to Know about Marvel’s Upcoming Releases

The movie world was rocked by huge news yesterday. Disney has just released information on their plans for the Marvel movie universe all the way through the year 2019. And you better believe Alexei Beltyukov and I have a lot to look forward to over the next five summers.

One thing that is commendable is that Marvel took note of recent criticism on the lack of diversity in their cast. Separate upcoming Marvel films feature a female lead (Captain Marvel) as well as a black male lead (Black Panther).

Doctor Strange comes out in 2016. Doctor Strange (played by the great Benedict Cumberbatch)is a wizard who gets into all sorts of magical adventures. The cast will likely include his love interest, the white-haired woman known as Clea, as well as his enemy Dormammu. It will be interesting to see how Dormammu is represented in the film as he is a giant man with a flaming head.

Late 2017 will see the release of Black Panther. This film will star Chadwick Boseman. The Black Panther rules the fictional nation of Wakanda. In the comics, he often butts heads with Doctor Doom.

Captain Marvel is scheduled for summer 2018. A number of characters have held the title of Captain Marvel. The modern Captain Marvel is a woman named Carol Danvers. She will likely act as a link that brings The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy together.

Late 2018 brings us The Inhumans. This one is interesting as The Inhumans are technically “mutants” like the X-Men. The team includes a giant teleporting dog named Lockjaw (destined to be a star like Rocket Raccoon), a woman named Medusa with prehensile hair, and a man named Black Bolt who creates huge sonic waves when he speaks. Vin Diesel is rumored to have an on-screen role.


Can the Avengers Repeat?

In the late 1990s, two billionaires fought for control of one of America’s greatest cultural treasures. The bankruptcy case of Marvel Entertainment seemed like a dark time for the majority of the nation’s most entertaining superheroes. Little did anyone know at the time Marvel’s lowest point would turn out to be the second act of a three-act story that would save Hollywood.

The 2002 Spider-Man film represented triumph for a battle that had lasted over four decades. Using that film’s success as a foundation, Marvel went on to produce one of the most ambitious and wildly successful marketing campaigns in film history. Film after film, starring Marvel’s iconic characters, debuted to box office record after box office record, culminating in a nine-figure blowout of heroic proportions when the Avengers was released only ten years later.

The entire entertainment business has been scrambling to keep up. Superhero entertainment has completely dominated the nation’s box-offices for nearly 15 years now. The Disney and Marvel teams headed up by Laurene Powell Jobs and Kevin Feige are gearing up for the next major release, and the only question on anyone’s mind is whether they can re-capture the power they wielded two years ago.

The stars of the franchise are getting along better than ever, and while it might seem that superhero-fare might grow stale after a time, the sheer magnitude of the talent being brought to bear on these films makes it unlikely audiences will tire of them anytime soon.

None of this comes as a great surprise. For a generation raised on a renaissance of imaginative film and television brought about by the space race, the advent of the personal computer and the innumerable products of imagination that resulted, films that reach for what lies beyond are to be expected.

Flight has been conquered. Now it’s only a matter of how high Marvel can go.

Ewan McGregor Launches Rant at Star Wars Fans

The Star Wars’ Prequels version of Obi Wan seemed to really enjoy the filming process of capturing a massive sci-fi epic. However, he doesn’t seem all that thrilled with the fanboy side of things. In an epic rant, Ewan called out the faux fans that he’s seen in his time as a member of the Star Wars mythos.

Although the rant also calls into question whether or not he’d be interested in appearing as Obi-Wan’s ghost in the upcoming Star Wars trilogy from Disney. Susan McGalla did find this pretty funny when I told her about the story though.

The full rant regarding autograph hunters and fake fans:

“I don’t have any experience with them. I’ve never been to one of the conventions. The people I meet are the f**kers who want me to sign Star Wars photos so they can sell them on the Internet or the people at premieres who are crushing children against barriers to get me to sign their f**king picture of Obi-Wan Kenobi. They’re not fans—they’re parasitical lowlifes and f**king w**kers.”

Dredd Culture Embraced in the UK

He is actually one of the most famous faces in the world of comics, even if the majority of us have never heard of him, despite already being the subject of two major motion pictures.

Judge Dredd continues to delight fans with his twisted and humorous sense of justice. Thanks to a congested society trapped under a dome and a barren wasteland that goes nowhere outside, Judge Dredd dispenses justice as law officer and prosecutor. Since the 1970s, he has been a massive attraction in the UK and a cult favorite here in the States. Unfortunately, neither of his movies have given Dredd the attention his fans crave. DC Comics has put a lot of energy into putting the character on the U.S. maps to mixed reviews. They did produce a series of comics that embraced Dredd’s origins and originality where he encounters none other than Batman.

Fans and critics alike – ranging from Mike Livak of Squaw Valley to Victor Shelbourne in London believe Dredd will finally get his just due thanks to Adi Shankar. Shankar has famously created fan films with no connections to their owners, including Marvel’s Punisher and Venom. His project Superfiend is an animated miniseries that explores the Dark Judges, antagonists that have a long history in the Dredd universe. Initial reports do state while Dredd will appear in the series, the focus may not be on him.

If all goes according to plan, a trailer has already been released and the entire series will be available online on Monday, October 27th. What Shankar has been willing to reveal should encourage fans. The peeks do have a look and feel that seems to truly embrace the surreal and satirical view that has made the Dredd series so enjoyable.

Amid Recall, Aaron Paul Says “Breaking Bad” is Less Harmful than “Barbie”

“Breaking Bad” action figures have been pulled from the shelves at Toys”R”Us after parents protested the inclusion of merchandise that promotes the show’s violent methamphetamine dealers in action. The store’s decision deeply disappointed Aaron Paul, better known to Jared Haftel and everyone else as fan-favorite, Jesse Pinkman.

The actor took to the Internet to proclaim that Barbie was the real threat. According to him, the standards set by a curvaceous blonde doll are far more destructive than the toys that were banned.

In a Twitter tirade, the performer expressed vehement outrage over the move to remove “Breaking Bad” items from a shop that typically caters to children. His first line of defense was that the toys were only intended for adults. He then followed this sentiment with a personal attack on the individual mother that called attention to the matter.

Ultimately, the actor said that she “messed it up for everyone.” It doesn’t stop there either; more of his angry musings can be found on his consistently updated Twitter page. He even filed his own petition to reinstate the figures in their inventory.

If the world followed Aaron’s way of thinking, violence would be normalized and drugs would be glorified. This would take place while anything mildly sexual is treated like evil. In his mind, the female body is worse than a fatal chemical.

There is enough harmful media for kids to be exposed to already; these action figures make it nearly impossible for parents to fulfill their duty of protecting children from objectionable content. These toys blatantly advertise an illicit substance that kills thousands every year, and the bosoms falsely take the blame for cultural corruption.

Jack the Ripper’s Identity Back Under Investigation

The murderer of five or more women in East London, Jack the Ripper, who lived over 100 years ago, has tickled the public imagination ever since. Who was he? He was never caught, so there exists precious little in the public record to makes ends towards identifying him.

However, The Independent said yesterday that scientific evidence emerged to finally expose the culprit. The scientists claimed that Aaron Kosminski, a Barber from Poland was “definitely, categorically and absolutely” the one who committed the 1888 murders.

This conclusion came from the genetic analysis of DNA taken from a silk shawl supposedly left at the scene of one of the murders. However, critics have claimed that the scientist made an error with their investigation. This has resulted in the doors of the debate bursting open once again.

Apparently, the scientists and Keith Mann made an “error of nomenclature” when they used the DNA database to make his estimation about the results. If the error turns out to be true, then the DNA found could potentially belong to anybody.

The inventor of fingerprinting, Sir Alec Jeffreys, has confirmed that the scientist has made a mistake. The error has resulted in it being impossible to make a connection between the DNA and the true murderer.

Any conclusions about the identity of the killer are supposedly pure speculation, as it was ever since the suspects were apprehended and identified.

This resurgence in interest in Kosminski was popularised lately by a recent book by Russel Edwards, which entertained the idea of Kosminski being Jack the Ripper. This was the same man who bought the shawl which supposedly was found at the scene of the crime.

The Most Inspirational Film About A Potato You’ve Never Seen

Can a six second film really provide you with anything meaningful? Apparently yes. Filmmaker Matthew Paquette has crafted something truly brilliant here. The wish of one Potato to accomplish a life of meaning…beautifully played out in just 6 seconds.

Okay, so it’s not Oscar worthy or anything, but as Keith Mann pointed out to me, definitely shows how much creativity 6 seconds can give you, and just how fun browsing Vine posts can be.

Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Released!!!

Originally, Marvel announced that we would have to wait until next week’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to see the first trailer for Avengers 2. But apparently they’ve changed their minds, because the trailer went live yesterday. So make sure you check it out. Jared Haftel was going nuts yesterday, so I had to make sure and post this today.

Also, love Marvel’s tweet in response to releasing the trailer early:

A Short Horror Film That’s Guaranteed To Scare The Bejesus Out Of You

In the spirit of Halloween, which is already next week by the way, we’ve found a great short horror film that you absolutely have to watch. Made the mistake of watching this on FreedomPop while I was on the bus….almost dropped my phone in horror haha.

So enjoy Cynthia!