When you think of the 1980s, certain catchphrases come to mind: "Where's the beef?" "I'll be back!" and "Everybody have fun tonight/Everybody Wang Chung tonight." Even if you're too young to get the final reference, you've probably heard it on a host of CBS shows like "Two and a Half Men," "How I Met Your Mother," "The Big Bang Theory," and many more programs and films. Wang Chung, whose most memorable singles include "Dance Hall Days," "To Live and Die … Read more
The dead can't dance. Nerds are right behind them.
There is no knowing why. Yet one man who might finally be able to explain this is Bill Nye the Science Guy.
For he has agreed to be one of the participants in the next series of ABC's "Dancing With The Stars."
As with every aspect of humanity, tech has tried to muscle in on the art of dancing with a professional.
Its success has been limited. … Read more
The international community has been painfully divided over the last couple of weeks.
Some wish to go to war against such behavior. Others take one look and think: "Oh, these things happen."
Of course I'm talking about Miley Cyrus at the VMAs. What did you imagine I'd be talking about? What else is there?
Her various forms of exaggerated self-expression that night have caused missives of outrage and ululations of apocalypse.
For myself, I found it all competent Sunday night entertainment. The crew of the Starship Enterprise, however, aren't so sure.
The battle for the soul of the galaxy has gone to the dogs (and cats). Petco and Lucasfilm teamed up to create an entire collection of "Star Wars" merchandise for pets. Pets won't actually care if they're wearing a Boba Fett hoodie, but their "Star Wars"-fan owners will.
The options range from the subtle (dog collars in earth-tone colors) to the not-so-subtle (doggie Yoda ears). Perhaps you could arrange your very own four-legged Star Wars Celebration at the local dog park.… Read more
One relationship is fractured, another is revisited, and another is publicly unveiled. Audiences can expect that and more on tonight's season finale of TV Land's "The Exes," which premieres Wed., Aug. 28 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Download.com caught up with series regular Wayne Knight (who plays jaded homebody Haskell Lutz), best known for playing manic mail carrier, Newman on "Seinfeld," Det. John Correli in "Basic Instinct," and villainous computer network engineer Dennis Nedry in "Jurassic Park," about "The Exes"' season finale, his favorite apps, … Read more
Drunkenness isn't just for soccer hooligans and certain gamers anymore.
It's also become a key part of producing some of the summer's best comedy, like "Drunk History," which recently graduated from Funny or Die to Comedy Central, or this music video that can be viewed at various stages of drunkenness thanks to lots of beers and thousands of YouTube annotations.
While both are indeed hilarious, after you watch the drunk short film below, I think you'll agree with me that no genre is better suited for inebriated writing and acting than sci-fi.… Read more
Playing 40 hours or Starcraft, the real-time strategy game pitting humans and two alien species against each other, can make people think more flexibly.
So concludes a study this month that compared groups of people who played The Sims, StarCraft with easier conditions, and StarCraft with harder conditions that required players to keep track of a more complicated scenario.
"Real-time strategy gaming selectively promotes cognitive flexibility, particularly under conditions in which players must rapidly switch between contexts while maintaining memory for both contexts," concluded authors Brian D. Glass of the University of London, W. Todd Maddox of the … Read more
John Waite's new live album, "Live All Access," was not a planned release. But after the "Missing You" singer and former Babys and Bad English frontman discovered that he and his band's performances were so enhanced by the addition of new, hard-edge guitar player, Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper, Skid Row, and Slash), he wanted to capture it. Once Waite heard their explosive onstage synergy in the recordings, however, he knew they had to be shared with the world.
In an era of auto-tune and overdubs, "Live All Access" harkens back to a … Read more
Never mind about Baffman, this is the best geek news of the day. The new "Star Wars" movie, Episode VII, will be shot on good old-fashioned film, like the originals -- not the digital cameras used in Episodes I-III.
At an event hosted by the American Society of Cinematographers, cinematographer Dan Mindel, who worked with new "Star Wars" director J.J. Abrams on the recent "Star Trek" flicks, confirmed he'd be shooting on 35mm Kodak film, Boba Fett Fan Club reports. … Read more
Some actors do everything they can to distance themselves from the roles that made them famous in order to avoid typecasting. Peter Mayhew, the actor who portrayed Chewbacca in "Star Wars," has embraced the legend. He attends fan conventions, often wears Chewbacca-themed shirts, and walks with the aid of a lightsaber cane, much to the chagrin of the TSA.
Filmmaker W. Ryan Ziegler has launched a Kickstarter project, "Standing in the Stars," aimed at raising $42,000 to make a documentary on Mayhew, giving fans a rare peek into the life of the man who brought the big furry Wookiee to life.… Read more