Vadering Is Our New Favorite Photo Meme

It’s well established that the Internet is composed of twenty-five percent cat pictures and seventy-four percent pornography, and God help you if you stumble into the middle of that Venn diagram. But the collective hive-mind of the world-wide webs is a strange and surreal place, and its fixations — planking, for instance, or girls taking pictures of themselves while making ugly faces — are frequently random, surreal, or just plain ridiculous. Sometimes, however, somebody still manages to have a Really Good Idea. For instance, taking a picture that makes it appear like you’re choking the crap out of somebody with the Force. Allow us to introduce the meme known as “Vadering.”



Oblivion International Reviews Call It Beautiful But Empty

Jack HarperAlong with Star Trek Into Darkness, Pacific Rim, and After Earth, Oblivion is set to be one of the biggest sci-fi movies of the year. Joseph Kosinski’s follow-up to Tron: Legacy looks like a film full of amazingly vivid visuals and spectacular stunt work, but will the film deliver a compelling and engaging narrative? According to early international reactions to Oblivion, it doesn’t look like it.

While the film doesn’t open in the U.S. until next week, Oblivion opens one week early in international markets like the U.K., Australia, and France. The early reviews are already pouring in from overseas, and it looks like Oblivion has the same problems as Tron: Legacy: it’s all style with very little substance.

THR seemed to like the way the movie started, but as time went on, Oblivion proved it was an empty world. The sci-fi film couldn’t sustain the momentum from its explosive beginnings, and then started to go downhill. From Todd McCarthy’s review:

Oblivion is an absolutely gorgeous film dramatically caught between its aspirations for poetic romanticism and the demands of heavy sci-fi action. After a captivating beginning brimming with mystery and evident ambition, the air gradually seeps out of the balloon that keeps this thinly populated tale aloft, leaving the ultimate impression of a nice try that falls somewhat short of the mark.


This Is The End Spins Off Apocalyptic Video Game Called Hollywood Hellfire

Game OverI’m not much of a gamer. In fact, the last game I seriously played—aside from one specific Ms. Pacman machine at a local quickie mart—was The Legend of Zelda on the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Once controllers had three or more buttons, they exceeded the limits of my hand-eye coordination. Even games that appear tailor made for me hold little interest. That said, I definitely spent multiple hours today playing the video game Hollywood Hellfire, a tie-in for the upcoming apocalyptic horror comedy This Is the End.

The plot of This Is the End centers around a group of celebrities including Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, and more. In the midst of a sweet rager at James Franco’s crib, the world ends, and everything goes pretty much to hell. From the look of the red-band trailer, it could be the Rapture, it could be aliens, it could be both. Whatever the cause, it turns Emma Watson into an axe-wielding looter.

Hollywood Hellfire presents a similar scenario. After choosing whether to play as Rogen — who wrote and directed the film with his frequent partner in crime Evan Goldberg — or Baruchel, you pilot your actor through the chaotic streets of Los Angeles. Fire erupts out of the ground, the earth breaks apart, and the disembodied heads of Danny McBride, Franco, and more spew flames at you as you bounce around, munching on burgers and magic mushrooms.


Star Trek Into Darkness Cinemosaic Poster May Induce Headaches

Apparently Cinemosaic—a contraction of the words “cinema” and “mosaic” (it took me longer than I’m proud to admit to figure that out)—posters are a thing now. And Paramount has delivered a brand spanking new one for Star Trek Into Darkness. Certainly looks like the future to me.

The image takes the newest poster for J.J. Abrams’ sequel to his 2009 franchise reboot, and builds around it. Incorporating various images that have been released, and snippets of footage from different trailers and teasers, the marketing department has created a unique bit of promotion.


Daryl May Finally Find Love In The Walking Dead’s Fourth Season

Walking-Dead-Character-Daryl-Dixon-HD-Wallpaper_Vvallpaper.NetDaryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) is hands down the best character on AMC’s The Walking Dead, despite the fact that he doesn’t appear in the comics that serve as the zombie drama’s source material. In fact, he’s one of the few characters I don’t regularly root for to die, and even inspired the popular “If Daryl Dies, We Riot” meme. Folks love his grizzled-redneck-badass-with-a-heart-of-gold persona. But still, Daryl is one of the few survivors of the undead apocalypse not on the receiving end of some sweet, sweet loving so far. But perhaps that may change moving into season four.

Seriously, everyone but Daryl is hooking up. There’s Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan), and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Ghost Lori (still Sarah Wayne Callies). Even Shane (Jon Bernthal) and The Governor (David Morrissey) get laid left and right, and they’re dicks. Why can’t Daryl find somebody to love?

Before you all start yelling, “But what about Carol (Melissa McBride)?” that bit of weirdness doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. After nothing came of her throwing herself at him early on in season three, and after he saved her life, the two settled back into a more platonic, almost familial relationship. Also, we don’t know how much season four of The Walking Dead will pull from the comics, but if they keep one particular storyline, there could be a love connection between Carol and newcomer Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman).


The CW Cancels Cult, Stunning Exactly No One


When it was announced that Farscape creator Rockne S. O’Bannon was bringing a non-space-y meta-thriller to the CW, it raised a lot of eyebrows, though not necessarily a lot of interested ones. Cult was a thriller-within-a-thriller, telling the story of a journalist whose brother got caught up in the for-real cult following of a CW show called Cult — therein lies the meta — about a cult leader whose following is infiltrated by a cop whose sister he kidnapped. Everything everyone did was drowning in conspiracy, and it seemed like everyone was in on it. It could have been a pretty solid one-off, if nothing else.

So it’s no surprise that the CW has canceled Cult after only seven episodes, at the height of its central mystery! Only that was to be expected, because the ratings weren’t great, especially after it moved to Friday nights just a couple of episodes in. There’s a reason why those ratings were so low: the show seemed to have been written by someone who only found out about things like TV shows and mysteries secondhand, without ever experiencing these things for themselves. The overall approach in everything from the writing to the pacing to Matt Davis’ understated way of overstating everything made for a wacky combination that was 90% fun to watch because of its WTF factor, and 10% to actually see where the mystery was going. O’Bannon tweeted his response, keeping it cool.