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  • Funny Halloween Movies

    Posted on October 27, 2011 by PopFunk

    For those of us that love being scared to death, the weeks leading to Halloween are the best for watching horror movies that make us jump out of our skin. However, those scaredy-cats that refuse to watch frightening flicks can only look forward to the funny Halloween movies. Of all the funny Halloween movies out there, we are going to focus on one of our favorites- Army of Darkness. Army of Darkness ShirtsArmy of Darkness ShirtsArmy of Darkness Shirts Army of Darkness ShirtsArmy of Darkness ShirtsArmy of Darkness Shirts For those of you who have not seen it, Army of Darkness is the third and final installment in the Evil Dead trilogy by director Sam Raimi. Unlike the other two in the series, The Army of Darkness is all-out comic parody. In the film, a discount store employee named Ash is transported back to a medieval castle plagued by monstrous forces in the year 1300 AD. Our hero, stranded with only his car, shotgun and chainsaw, is soon discovered and imprisoned, mistaken as an enemy from a rival kingdom. After proving his merit however, he decides to help the kingdom retrieve the Necronomicon, a magical book needed to dispel the evil forces as well as return him to his own time. Ash accidentally releases an army of skeletons (the Army of Darkness) in his quest for the book, resulting in a battle. The trilogy was responsible for Bruce Campbell’s status as a cult icon and hero to horror fan masses. With memorable quotes such as “This is my boom stick” and “Well Hello Mr. Fancy Pants”, The Army of Darkness is an underrated classic. The fusion or horror and slapstick make The Army of Darkness a must see when watching funny Halloween movies. Check out this video made by one Army of Darkness fan with the best one-liners from the film, and make sure to watch it this Halloween!

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  • The Truth About Zombies

    Posted on October 20, 2011 by PopFunk

    ZOMBIES: They're one of the most enduring creatures in human folklore, enjoying quite a pop culture resurgence in the last few decades. We know them well from classic horror flicks like Night Of The Living Dead and Dawn Of The Dead, as well as more recent rompers like 28 Days Later and AMC's series The Walking Dead. They're decomposing, hungry for brains, and coming to get you. That much we know. Oh, and they must be killed by a blow to the head... But what is the truth about zombies? Where did their myth originate and why are we so fascinated with them? Zombiism has roots in Haitian Voodoo culture. Voodoo priests called Bokors were believed to have the ability to reanimate dead bodies. This in itself, however, was more like a sleight of hand. Bokors were not able to resurrect the dead. What they were actually doing was placing an individual in a coma-like state using a powdery substance called coup padre. Their vital signs would become undetectable, leading family members to bury their "dead", only to have them exhumed later by the Bokors very much alive. However, the coup padre also left these individuals in a primitive, mindless state, leaving them to do little more than grunt and roam through the village. Haitian myth maintains that these zombies would then remain under the control of the Bokor until they themselves died. In American culture, the concept of the zombiism owes much to the medium of film, becoming a popular cinematic theme following 1932's zombie flick prototype, White Zombie. From there, George A. Romero was largely responsible for laying the groundwork for the zombie culture we know today. His seminal zombie trilogy -- Night Of The Living Dead, Dawn Of The Dead, and Day Of The Dead -- spanned three decades, providing endless inspiration for zombie movies, and the horror genre in general. Today, we tune in to zombies weekly on television. We dress up as them in large zombified assemblies. Sometimes we even encounter them while driving. With Halloween approaching, and no end to the zombie mania in sight, at least now you'll have a little background on zombiism in your brain should you ever need it. Just keep on an eye on that thing. You never know who may try to eat it. Read More

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  • What is Comic Con?

    Posted on October 12, 2011 by PopFunk

    In the last 41 years, San Diego Comic Con International has established itself as the preeminent comic convention in the United States (not to mention fourth largest in the world), boasting over 130,000 attendees in 2010. However, New York Comic Con, SDCC’s East Coast counterpart since 2006, continues to make its bid for biggest US geek gathering with this weekend’s convention. Expecting to eclipse last year’s attendance mark of 96,000 happy comic enthusiasts, the 2011 New York Comic Con will enlist over 700 exhibitors and 400 artists. Among the participating exhibitors staking a claim on the Jacob Javits Center this weekend are Activision, Capcom, Dark Horse, DC, Hasbro, Marvel and Mattel. Notable artists include Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane, Frank Miller and Kevin Smith. Also appearing to throughout the weekend will be Eliza Dushku, Mark Hamil, Rose McGowan, Jason Momoa, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, and the entire cast of Paramount’s upcoming Avengers movie. Organizers have also landed a first time sponsor in Chevrolet, who plan to make its consumer debut of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic at the convention. Ticket packages for NYCC are still available at www.newyorkcomiccon.com. Killer comic t shirts that will make you the envy of every other fanatic at the convention are still available at www.popfunk.com. New York Comic Con Read More

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  • Google Celebrates Jim Henson's 75th Birthday

    Posted on September 28, 2011 by PopFunk

    On September 24, The Jim Henson Company celebrated what would have been the 75th birthday of the famed puppeteer, producer, director and all-around visionary. In a unique collaboration with Google, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop built original digital puppets for the occasion, resulting in a custom Google Doodle – the company’s awesome, often interactive alternative front page logos. Google Doodle for Jim Henson's 75th Birthday. To go along with Doodle, Jim’s son Brian (who now runs the family business) wrote a poignant tribute to his father for the Google Blog.

    “[Jim Henson] loved games—card games, board games, all kinds of games. He was one of those rare parents who was always ready to play again. He loved dogs, particularly goofy ones. And he lived for those moments when everyone laughed so hard they couldn’t talk. I often walked onto the Muppet set to find everyone just laughing hysterically.”

    Thanks for the years of laughter, Jim. Happy 75th from Popfunk! Read More

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  • Eureka Gets Cancelled

    Posted on August 11, 2011 by PopFunk

    This post is brought to you by the Eureka T-Shirt Collection at Popfunk.com and MTV Geek.
    Reversing what it had said just last week, Syfy pulled the plug on Eureka, a playful science-fiction series that the channel has broadcast since 2006. Syfy cancels Eureka Last week, Syfy’s president of programming, Mark Stern, announced that there would be a six episode sixth season to wrap up the show – they’re currently running season 4.5, with season 5 currently in production; then yesterday, without mention of the previous decision, the Network announced the show would be ending with Season 5. Apparently there was a miscommunication. Inside a sprawling company like NBC Universal, which owns Syfy, giving the green light to a new season of a show requires approvals by many layers of bosses, and those approvals apparently had not been given. The whiplash alone shocked fans, not to mention the fact that, well, they kind of forgot to tell the actors. “I almost found out through Twitter.... unfortunately!” said actor Erica Cerra, who plays Jo Lupo on the series, when we contacted her to talk about the cancellation. “However in the nick of time, Bruce Miller, Jaime Paglia and Tod Sharp called and we had a great talk about how sad we are that this had to come to an end… We were not prepared to say goodbye, so soon. Still in a bit of shock.” Naturally, the fans themselves came out and immediately started a petition to keep the show going. One site, called Save Eureka has garnered 788 “Twitition” signatures so far, and we’re sure there are plenty more places to throw your hot dog into the well (that’s the expression, right?). Also, it’s only a matter of time before someone starts mailing SyFy some sort of integral part of the show en masse, like Roswell’s hot sauce. May we suggest Neil Graystons? The actors, on the other hand, seem somewhat resigned to the cancellation, though they won’t go happily into the night. In a pointed statement on his popular blog, Wil Wheaton – who plays Doctor Isaac Parrish on the show – chided the network for not letting the actors know before the press: "At this point, I know as much as you do, because I found out the same way you did,” said Wheaton. “I'm trying really hard not to be upset with the network for issuing a statement to the press before the cast knew, so we wouldn't have to find out the way we did; as you can imagine, it isn't exactly easy.” That all said, there is still a full season and a half of the show to go, including a Christmas Special in December. “Season four and five are some of the BEST work we've done,” said Cerra. “The fans will be thrilled.” And as for those fans, Cerra has a personal message for them: “I can't thank you enough for all your support and well wishes. You are patient fans with eight months between seasons, and still you come back to show us love.” Here’s a statement from Syfy: “After painstaking consideration, we have had to make the difficult business decision to not order a season six of Eureka. But Eureka is not over yet. There is a new holiday episode this December and 12 stellar episodes set to debut next year, marking its fifth season and six memorable years on Syfy. The 2012 episodes are some of the best we’ve seen, and will bring this great series to a satisfying end. We are very grateful to Bruce Miller and Jaime Paglia, their team of incredible writers, and an amazing cast and crew who have consistently delivered a series we continue to be very proud of. We thank the fans for their support of this show and know they will enjoy its final season in 2012." Are you guys disappointed that Eureka has been cancelled?!? Comment below and let us know!

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  • What's Out this Weekend: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    Posted on August 4, 2011 by PopFunk

    This post is brought to you by the Garfield T-Shirt Collection at PopFunk Movies get remade very frequently now a days. As you all probably know, Hollywood is coming out with another remake of the sci-fi pop culture sensation, The Planet of the Apes, and it is set to grace movie screens everywhere this Friday. I know what you're thinking, the original film franchise was so good! How could they even think of making another?!? And I know,they did attempt to make a new one in 2001 starring Mark Wahlberg, and it was good... but no sequel came. Nevertheless they're at it again, and this time it might produce sequels.  I am not saying it will be better than the original (and when I say original I mean dating back to the late 60's early 70's franchise), but it doesn't look half bad. In fact, the movies will be quite different from one another. For example, the monkeys in the 2011 adaptation, do not talk like they do in the original. Also they are not actors, but mere computer enhanced chimps and apes.  Some may look at this as a downfall to the movie. I look at it as a new interesting way to portray the characters in the film. Another huge difference is the plot line. No longer are astronauts hurtling into deep space, only to come crashing back down to earth in a post-apocalyptic era of the future. Now the film takes place on earth in a year very close to our own, where a scientist, (James Franco), is working on a cure for Alzheimer's, which by accident gives Cesar, a lab monkey, enhanced intelligence.   Of the five original movies, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, most resembles the fourth installation, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. In CPA, Cesar is a monkey whose parents were two talking chimps from the future that came back to our time, but were murdered when Americans found out the mother had him. However they hid Cesar at a circus to save his life. Years later, Cesar returns to the city and sees that monkeys are now slaves to the humans and are mistreated. Judging from the preview of the new film, it looks as if the intelligent lab monkey named Cesar breaks free to begin his own revolution. Although the plot lines vary, the movies are similar with regard to the ending. The contrast in the two films could make or break the success of the new adaptation. It could be a major turn off to the die hard fans of this famous pop-culture movie franchise. On the other hand, it could be another summer blockbuster. Check out the trailer for The Rise of the Planet of the Apes. What do you think, sure hit or dud? Comment below and tell us why.

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  • Dark Knight Rises Unveiled

    Posted on July 19, 2011 by PopFunk

    This post is brought to you by the Dark Knight T Shirt Collection at popfunk.com and rollingout.com.
    Christopher Nolan sure knows how to make you wait. We were almost tempted to take out our old Batman figures and create a very conservatively budgeted trailer when a summer storm knocked out our power this week. But we're grateful that we didn't have to do the extra work. Finally for your viewing pleasure: The Dark Knight Rises Official Trailer.
    The Dark Knight Rises HD Trailer
    Do you think this much anticipated film will overthrow Harry Potter's recent Spellbinding success at the Box Office??

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  • Live Long and Prosper Forever on Netflix

    Posted on July 19, 2011 by PopFunk

    This remixed repost is brought to you by the Star Trek T Shirt Collection at popfunk.com and sliceofscifi.com
    Per an agreement with CBS/ Paramount and Netflix, now Trekkies can get their fill of four of the five Star Trek series with a Netflix account.
    Viewers can indulge in their pick of classic Star Trek, Next Generation, Voyager and Enterprise. DS9 will be viewable in October 2011.
    Now that summer has officially commenced, here's a perfect reason to avoid the sun's fiery backlash and create the perfect space to dwell.  Order a pizza and make it a Netflix night.
    Who turned you on to Star Trek? A family member? Friend? Or were you born a trekkie??

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  • Star Trek Inventions We Now Have

    Posted on July 13, 2011 by PopFunk

    This repost is brought to you by the Star Trek T Shirt Collection at popfunk.com and by Craig Baird at roadtickle.com. Star Trek is one of the most famous television shows and media franchises in the world today, and while many love the storylines of the original show, along with its spinoffs and movies, we may not fully realize the impact the show has had on our lives. No, we are not talking about pop culture impacts, but what Star Trek envisioned for technology, which then inspired many scientists to make those visions a reality. In many ways, that little show from the 1960s has essentially invented the future as we know it. So, what are some of the things we have now that Star Trek invented? 1. Personal Computing When Star Trek debuted in 1966, computers were very large, very expensive and very slow compared with what we have today. That didn’t stop Gene Roddenberry from envisioning a future where small computers were in every meeting room and wherever people needed them. The computers in the original series were larger than what we have today, but they were personal computers nonetheless. Roughly five years after Star Trek left the air waves, the Altair 8800 was built by Ed Roberts, who just happened to name the computer after a galaxy mentioned in Star Trek. This build-it-yourself personal computer was pretty basic, but it would inspire two guys named Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to improve upon the model and usher in the age of the personal computer. On that same note, the Tablet PC also appeared in the original Star Trek, with Captain Kirk using a tablet and stylus to sign off on important matters. Everyone who uses an iPad now can thank Star Trek for showing us what a tablet PC could do in the 1960s. Oh, and what was the name of the tablet PC used in Star Trek? The PADD…. 2. Portable Computer Memory From the old floppy disks, to the small hard disks, over to our memory sticks with their huge capacities, all this portable memory could be found in the 1960s, in Star Trek. Star Trek used square disks that were three inches by three inches and only a quarter of an inch thick. To use them, they were inserted in computers where they would display the information contained on them, sound familiar? 3. Wireless Ear Piece Drive down the road in the city and you will probably see quite a few people using Bluetooth headsets to talk to people without having to hold a cell phone to their ear. Well, roughly 30 years before cell phones became mainstream, Star Trek was already using wireless earpieces for communication. That is not too bad considering that Star Trek envisioned wireless earpieces 300 years from now. 4. GPS No, we do not have transporters, although scientists have been able to transport individual light particles for a couple years now, but we do have GPS. Back in Star Trek: The Original Series, the transporter system could lock onto someone and transport them from where they were to some place else. Locators on the communicators were used to find where individuals were in the show, kind of like how we have GPS in our phones now that show where we are. It was only four years after the end of the original Star Trek that the Department of Defense began to develop GPS. By launching satellites they were able to refine the system over time and after 1983 it became available to the public. By 2000, it was possible to find someone within 20 meters of their location. Now with things like OnStar in our cars and GPS in our phones, even emergency personnel can find us without us saying where we are. 5. Tricorders Having something that scans the area around you and tells you information that you need about that area doesn’t quite exist yet, although we are getting pretty close. What we do have is devices like the PDA, the Blackberry and the iPod/iPhone. These wonderful little devices have screens that display to us information we access from the internet, much like a tricorder would in Star Trek. When they needed information, they would call it up on a tricorder and see it on a tiny screen, no different than we do with our handheld devices today. Given how far these devices have come, it should be no surprise that pretty soon they will have sensors. 6. Plasma Screens In the days of the original Star Trek series, televisions had small screens and the quality was not very good. The concept of the Enterprises’ view screen was amazing to many people who wished they could have a television as large as what was on the Enterprise. Before Star Trek, spaceships used windows at the front, but with The Original Series, a video screen became the norm for many science fiction shows and movies. These days, more and more plasma screens are hitting the market and the price is falling. The days of the old tube television are now disappearing as people get their own large view screens in their home. Screens these days hit about 50 inches before they become too pricey but it won’t be long before 100 or 200 inch plasma televisions turn the walls of our homes into view screens. Thanks Star Trek! 7. Cell Phones Probably the most famous invention to come from Star Trek is the cell phone. In the days of Star Trek: The Original Series, Captain Kirk and the gang would use a communicator to speak with each other simply by opening it and hailing someone by saying their name into the communicator. This may have seemed far-fetched considering at the time rotary phones were the most common phones in the world. It was Martin Cooper, an employee of Motorola, who invented the cell phone. When asked what was the inspiration for the cell phone, he is not shy of saying Star Trek’s communicator was what started the gears in his mind moving. Only four years after the cancellation of Star Trek, the first portable cell phone call was made. Just over 20 years after the Original Series debuted, one million cell phones were in use and it just exploded from there. These days there are hundreds of millions of cell phone users across the planet and cell phones are now pushing the old land-line phone into museums. Our cell phones these days are more than what the communicator of Star Trek was considering we can now take photos, access the internet, use GPS and keep track of everything in the PDA functionality of our smart phones.   Soundoff:  What other inventions do you think will be made possible that have debuted in sci-fi films recently?!?

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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Gets a Zombified Facelift

    Posted on July 12, 2011 by PopFunk

    This re-mixed repost is brought to you by the Zombie Walk T Shirt Collection at popfunk.com and Stephanie Lee at ign.com. Call of Duty: Black Ops Annihilation DLC Impressions New multiplayer maps, including a new Zombie map. Oh, and zombie monkeys! -Stephanie Lee A few months ago, we reported that 1 in 8 households own a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops. Can you imagine the staggering number of headshots amassed worldwide? Activision and Treyarch are clearly aware of this astonishing statistic as they continue to ride out the phenomenal success of the title by dropping yet another expansion pack on Xbox Live: Annihilation. As an incentive to pick this up as soon as possible, Activision and Treyarch are even hosting a Double XP weekend for you trigger-happy folks, starting on July 1st. Whether you hate it or love it, Call of Duty: Black Ops is here to stay, especially now with its renewed aggression on the multiplayer front. Similar to the Escalation map pack that was released just this past May, Annihilation offers four new multiplayer maps and a new Zombie map called Shangri-La. Being a huge fan of the undead-slaying survival mode myself, I immediately took to the new Zombie map like white on rice and immersed myself in the remains of a once glorious and hospitable civilization. Shangri-La is a refreshing departure from the dreary, dark environments of the previous Zombie maps. In Shangri-La, I stumbled upon motion-sensitive traps, underground tunnels, a run-down village, and a scenic cove. Shangri-La constantly foils your plans to survive with tar pits that impede your movement, a myriad of traps, and -- let's not forget -- the legion of blood-thirsty undead nipping at your heels. Prepare to see new foes join the fray, with napalm zombies (these zombies are engulfed in flames; you really can't miss them), female zombies, Shriekers, and the best part of all: zombie monkeys! Fans of Zombie mode will no doubt be thrilled to find all of this and all its secrets in Shangri-La. For the Call of Duty acolytes that are keen on popping the heads off of friends and strangers online, I'm happy to report that these new maps are a joy to play in. The maps in the core game were known to be a little unfriendly to snipers, but these new maps allow sharpshooters to ply their trade. There are plenty of wide-open areas and perches for skilled marksmen to draw a bead on unsuspecting players. The first sniping map of note is Hazard, which is a long golf course set in the crumbling remains of a resort. The entire middle part of the map quickly devolves into a no-man's land, because any player wandering into that grassy course gets shot down within moments by hidden assailants. Because of this dynamic, most of the action gets pushed to the sides of the battlefield. On modes like Domination, this map can get especially trying (but exciting) for teams pushing to win. One of my favorite maps, Drive-In, caters to fans of close-quarters combat, showering them with tons of tight spaces to pop out of and nooks and crannies to run through. Inspired by the Nuketown map, Drive-In thrives on action and, in some ways, the element of surprise. Be it an abandoned arcade room or a dilapidated playground, Drive-In is the go-to map for insane Team Deathmatch action. Plus, there's just something awfully poetic about planting some hot lead in someone's skull under a giant projection screen cycling through still pictures. Visually, Hangar 18 feels like it is the most uninspired of the maps, but that's not to say it's a bad map. In fact, in terms of layout and the size there's certainly a lot of fun to be had. The action heats up in the central part of the battlefield, but the astute hunters tend to snake around and pick their firefights on the outskirts. And Hangar 18 is just the right size for running and gunning. Lastly, I wasn't too impressed with Silo, but that doesn't mean it's not without its strengths -- it just didn't jive with me. Set in an underground Russian nuclear silo, Silo provides players with a gigantic playing field outfitted with many flanking routes. Of all the Black Ops DLCs so far, Annihilation boasts some really great maps, not to mention an exhilarating new Zombie mode, that would surely please all types of players. If you thought the last map pack delivered, then Annihilation will simply rock your face off. It does more than add a fresh coat of paint over the fatigued multiplayer. Zombie-slayers will benefit greatly from the refreshing change of pace that Shangri-La delivers. And one thing's for sure: Annihilation certainly recharged my interest in Black Ops multiplayer. Sound Off: On average how many hours do you spend playing Black Ops per week? Will you appreciate the new changes made to the popular game?

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