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Tue
Apr 15 2014 8:45am

Walter White has been many things. Teacher, husband, father, murderer, and meth cooker. While he won't be adding “Prom date” to that list (though statistically and fictionally-speaking he probably was someone's prom date once), Bryan Cranston recently helped one teen ask his dream girl to prom.

One enterprising teenager found Bryan Cranston at his Broadway play, “All the Way,” and asked the star to record a message to his intended-prom date. Using a quote known from the show, Cranston recited:

“Maddie, if you don't go to the prom with Stefan than maybe your best course of action is to tread lightly...”

The teen let Cranston know, via twitter, that his date had said “yes.”

What celebrity and/or villain do you think would have convinced your prom date to say yes?

Tread lightly gif courtesy of awesomelyluvvie.com

Wed
Mar 12 2014 8:45am

Super TroopersWe've seen many crazy things come out of Florida, whether they're of the criminal variety or otherwise. However, one Florida town will take the crazy-cake with the corruption story coming out of Hampton after a state audit.

The town has long been thought of as a glorified speed-trap, as 12,698 tickets have been issued just between 2011 and 2012, and the town only has a population of 500. These tickets would have garnered hundreds of thousands of dollars, but they money can't be found. City officials say that paper trail has been “lost in the swamp.” Well, if that isn't the Southern version of “my dog ate my homework,” I don't know what is.

According to a CNN article:

Hampton cops were a fixture out on U.S. 301. They sat on lawn chairs, pointing radar guns at unsuspecting motorists. They hid behind recycling bins. As more and more money came in, they idled in slick SUVs, trolled the median strips in riot gear and toted state-of-the-art firepower. Locals gave one the nickname “Rambo” because he slung an AR-15 rifle across his chest.

According to a New York Times article, if the town doesn't come up with a plan to clean up its act in the next month, it'll be absorbed into Bradford County.

So what do you think Florida Man would have to say about his home state?

Tue
Feb 4 2014 9:45am

Super Bowl ads are always known for their over-the-top, near-cinematic quality. However, this year, the ads were taken to new heights—of a supervillain proportion. Whether it was the Jaguar British villains adhave you ever noticed that all great villains are British!—or the glimmers of information we got on the villains for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (with an almost unrecognizable Jamie Foxx as Electro) and Captain America's Winter Soldier.

Did you love these ads? What supervillain were you most excited to see? Do you have an even bigger soft spot for supervillains now? I know I do!

Wed
Nov 6 2013 9:45am

Screengrab of Nikki Reed and Chuckesmee (Summit Entertainment)What could have made Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2 worse for some fans? If they had used an animatronic doll in place of actress MacKenzie Foy for Bella and Edward's child, Renesmee. Producers got the hint it would be bad when some of the cast nicknamed baby Renesmee as “Chuckesmee” after the terrifying Child's Play doll, Chucky.

Producer Wyck Godfrey had this to say to justify the original use of the doll:

“You're trying to create something that's otherworldly with Renesmee in the movie that has to be preternaturally intelligent yet still look like a baby but actually look a little bit more mature than one would be at one-day-old,” Wyck explains. “So we ended up pulling the thing out on the day and shooting it. The second you're holding it up you realize this is never going to work. No fake thing is ever going to do the trick.”

We have a feeling if Bella (played by Kristen Stewart) had actually had to carry around Chuckesmee, she would have gone running for the hills, yelling: “Kill it! Kill it with fire!”

Hat tip to Yahoo! for the original article.

Tue
Oct 15 2013 8:45am

And the eyes have it! At least for this fun Halloween treat. Make your guests' stomachs squirm with this finger food! Hat tip to Party City for creating these lovely favors and giving us many more ideas of how to have a ghoulish Halloween.

Fri
Sep 20 2013 8:45am

Martin Freeman as John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes smile over the scriptThe Season 3 premiere date is still a few months off, slated for a January 2014 airing, but Sherlock fans have something to ogle while they wait with the first official Sherlock Season 3 set photos. The photos don't give much away outside of the fact that our sleuth is indeed alive and John Watson is once again at his side at 221B Baker Street. Click here to view the rest of the revealed set photos.

In addition, we have the first two episode titles to speculate on. The first, obviously, is “The Empty Hearse” which will explain how Sherlock survived his fall, although there are already many theories out there. Like last season the creators, Steven Moffat and Mark Gattis, released three words to sum up the season: Rat, Wedding, Bow. While some bloggers have speculated that “Wedding” refers to the story, “The Noble Bacherlor,” others think it may refer to the Watson's marriage to Mary Morstan. It has also been revealed that the episode two title is “The Sign of Three,” which is similar to the story where we met Morstan in “The Sign of Four.”

Where do you see Season 3 going? What do you think of the new photos? Do you see an HEA for the serial-dater Watson?

Mon
Aug 19 2013 8:45am

In a total misreading of the BBC hit...or not...a South Korean channel, OCN ran trailers for Sherlock, with a little editing.

For those of you who are Sherlock and Watson shippers, you might want to tune into the OCN run of the show because who knows where else the editors will take the plot line—will Moriarty be the interloper that breaks these two apart? Is Mycroft actually an interfering, matchmaking brother? The trailers were shared late last week on Buzzfeed and I absolutley fell in love with it, right along with John and Sherlock! See the above video for two season 1 trailers with some perfect Watlock moments and a reimagining of season 2!

Thu
Apr 25 2013 8:45am

Get ready for the pats on the back, Jason Segel!

Many people have heard the name Jason Segel attached to movies and Television, especially after his original song for The Muppets movie won an Oscar. However, Segel is about to become a triple threat as he turns his skill as a screenwriter to a different sort of writing—children’s books. 

Segel will be writing a series of children's adventure books, published through Random Kids. The series, Nightmares!, will be focus on a group of children trying to save their neighborhood from fear. While Segel has traditionally taken more adult tone in his writing of such movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Five Year Engagement, in recent years he’s started penning more kid-friendly ideas such as The Muppets

Will you try this new middle-grade adventure series or leave it for the kids?

Read more about Jason Segel’s series in the New York Times article.

Sat
Mar 30 2013 1:00pm

In her first turn on television, Thandie Newton joins DirectTV’s first attempt at an original series with Rogue. The show is about an undercover cop and single mother whose pursuit for justice takes a bloody turn as she gets involved with one of the gangsters in her case.

What do you think? Will you tune in or take a pass?

Sun
Mar 24 2013 1:00pm

Do you know this face?The stock image used in the reveal of the new New York State License might seem a little...familiar...to people. We're thinking when New York picked “Brenna Murphy”, they should have done a more thorough background check on her. According to her very own Tumblr (maintained by Jason Feifer), she's held several careers (outside of random stock image lady)—she's been a doctor, a real estate agent, an insurance agent...she models for book covers and she's not too proud to admit to having had some cosmetic surgery! But obviously she can't have licenses in all of these places and careers, looking exactly the same, taking on different identities. We're very suspicious...

Much like the Newspaper Woman featured in several Hollywood props, the New York State License Lady has gained some infamy for how much she gets around. But it got us to wondering, would she make a good match for Florida Man, or is she just another face in the crowd?

Thu
Mar 21 2013 8:45am

When these people welcome you to the neighborhood, there ain’t no songs and green cardigans. Instead there are werewolves, demon possession, and a whole lot more! Netflix has already successfully pursued the original TV series market with its political drama, House of Cards. And it will earn a reputation for original series soon if the pattern continues with Hemlock Grove, which will feature an all-star cast led by horror heavyweight, Eli Roth.

The series is based on the book of the same name by Brian McGreevy and features some familiar names and faces—Famke Janssen of X-Men, Dougray Scott of Mission Impossible III and Ever After, and newcomer Bill Skarsgard, Stellan Skarsgard’s son and Alexander Skarsgard’s little brother.

The show follows Peter, a Gypsy and possible werewolf, and Roman (played by Skarsgard), the heir of a local wealthy family, as they try to solve the murder of a young woman. The town and its citizens seem to be possessed by many personal (and actual) demons. All 13 episodes of Hemlock Grove will be released simultaneously April 19.

Will you tune in to this latest Netflix series? What do you think of the trailer?

Thu
Mar 14 2013 8:45am

I’m a pretty big Harry Potter fan. I grew up reading the books and watching the movies, so when I heard that Emma Watson’s next big role would be a big step away from her image as Harry’s pal Hermione I was both nervous for the change and excited for the transition.

Earlier this week, the first trailer for The Bling Ring was released. One of Emma Watson’s biggest projects since she left her wand behind, the movie is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who broke into various Hollywood stars’ homes, including Orlando Bloom, Paris Hilton, and Lindsay Lohan. It’s directed by Sophia Coppola and is due out on June 14.

What do you think of the trailer? Are you as nervous as I am about this new side of Emma Watson?

Thu
Feb 14 2013 9:45am

There are few bromances that are more epic than the one between Sherlock Holmes and John Watson (or more than just a bromance if you choose to read between the lines that way). When Clare Toohey and I went to the Daintiest Thing Under a Bonnet Sherlockian charity ball in January, we told you we had some pretty sweet Sherlock fan art to give away. Well, what's better than a piece of Sherlockian art for your Sherlock-loving Valentine?

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Thu
Jan 24 2013 9:45am

Maybe we'll let you take Lucifer. No cat was ever hated as much as this one...We all have our causes and our pet peeves (pun intended), but a man has taken it one step further and is campaigning to eradicate cats (also known as predators) from New Zealand.

Gareth Morgan, the champion of every bird, mouse, and other fodder for your feline, has a simple dream, a world without avian-ocide. His platform is based on the fact that cats are natural predators and so are aiding in the decrease of one of New Zealand’s national treasures. No, not Lord of the Rings, but its bird population. He’s not saying put your current cat down (at least that’s not his first piece of advice). He has one simple request—have your pets spayed or neutered. Now, if you ask us, he took a line out of Bob Barker’s playbook, but he’s concerned for the birds of the world.

Gareth couldn’t have found a tougher audience as a survey in 2011 showed that 48 percent of New Zealand residents owned at least one cat. So, will you be signing the survey or will you be guarding your cat against the Gareth Morgans of the world?

Hat tip to the Guardian UK

Sun
Jan 13 2013 6:00pm

A few Victorians, a woman with a riding crop, and the Great Mouse Detective walk into an art gallery...

It is a rare occasion that brings together 75 Sherlock Holmes aficionados, their friends, and significant others in one place, but that’s exactly what happened on January 10 at the Salmagundi Club in Manhattan for the First Daintiest Thing Under a Bonnet Charity Ball. To boot, it was all in the name of a good cause, benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps combat-injured soldiers, their loved ones, and care givers. It was a most appropriate charity considering the Sherlockians’ most treasured Wounded Warrior—Dr. John Watson. 

The event was hosted by the Baker Street Babes, and it had the distinction of being the biggest collection of Babes in one place since the women behind the popular podcast are spread out around the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe (with several here in New York, including our very own Lyndsay Faye).

[Let the deductions (and charitable giving!) begin!]

Thu
Jan 10 2013 5:00pm

Gangster SquadLast night, Crime HQ and some friends from our sister site, Heroes and Heartbreakers got a chance to see Gangster Squad a few days ahead of schedule! Going in, knowing a little about the background after having read the articles that initiated the book and movie, I felt I knew enough to be comfortable with the story without distracting from the supremely talented cast.

With that being said, don't go in thinking this is going to be L.A. Confidential. While the trailers have echoed the tone of that famous gangster flick, the movie itself is different. The movie opens with Sean Penn as the intimidating and dictatorial Mickey Cohen ripping a rival gangster from Chicago apart while he's tied to two cars. Oh yeah, and a few minutes later, a man's hand is severed in an elevator shaft. However, for those who are hoping for the violence to continue, a la other gangster flicks, don't hold your breath. While violence is woven into almost the film's every fiber, it's isn't quite as gory as I expected after those first few scenes (although according to a few movie-goers walking behind me, it was too gory for their tastes). Let's just say, the first few minutes are not indicative of the entire film.

The violence isn't the only thing that keeps this movie at a high pace (though it helps), there's an impeccable cast and a beautiful backdrop of 1940s L.A.

[Spoilers ahead, beware!]

Sat
Dec 1 2012 2:30pm

Deadly Storm: A Graphic Novel by Richard Castle

I'm a huge fan of ABC's Castle. It seems like the perfect storm of a premise for crime writers—a well-known mystery author who works with the NYPD to get inspiration for his novels, and on occasion helps to solve the weekly murder. 

Now, I'm sure you all know the premise of the show, but did you know that there are actual books published for real-life Richard Castle fans that are based on the novels he writes in the show? The Nikki Heat series seems to have done alright for itself as it has more than 1,500 reviews and most of them positive. And we can't forget the predecessor to the Nikki Heat series, Derek Storm. The Storm series was turned into a graphic novel (much like it was on the show). So if you're looking for a gift for someone on your holiday wish list or wanting to add these to your own list, these Castle books might be just the thing!