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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Steven Spielberg

You probably know quite a bout about Steven Spielberg, the director of Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Schindler’s List, and the new movie Abraham Lincoln. But there are still surprising things about him that I never suspected. Sis you know producer Cubby Broccoli rejected Spielberg twice when he tried for a position directing [...]

The Literary Bond vs. the Movie Version

How does the 007 of film stack up against the original Ian Fleming books? Author Allen Bara contrasts the Bond of the novels with the cinematic Bond so many more people are familiar with. The agent that Ian Fleming created was not physically imposing, his tastes in food and drink were almost plebeian, he wasn’t [...]

007 Behind-the-Scenes Facts About Skyfall

Getty Images Skyfall — the 23rd entry in the James Bond franchise and the third to star Daniel Craig — hit U.S. theaters today, and critics are awarding it some of the highest marks in the series’ 50-year history. But Skyfall’s four-year production was nearly as convoluted and intriguing as the film that eventually resulted. Here, [...]

Unlock the 007 in You!

Unsuspecting train passengers in Belgium had 70 seconds to win exclusive tickets to see the new Bond flick, Skyfall. I think it’s pretty great guerrilla marketing, but then again I am a sucker for Daniel Craig and will most definitely be seeing Skyfall. Dude is just cool. -Via Ulamonge

Here’s Your Jetpack

Jetpacks have long been a staple of American futurism: we believe that soon, just down the line a bit, we’ll be able to strap on a jet-powered backpack and fly to work. But, decade after decade, no jetpacks. At least not at my house. The “Where’s My Jetpack?” notion is such [...]

11 TV and Movie Clichés You Never See in Real Life

How many movies or TV shows have you seen where a young sylph in a filmy nightgown runs through a forest in high heels to escape a bad guy? She always trips and falls down. If this makes you groan and mutter “only in the movies…”, then we think you’ll enjoy this scientific-type debunking of [...]

Why Are Dalmatians Linked to Firefighters?

These days any fire stations that actually have dalmatians just keep them around for the sake of appearances, but if you’ve ever wondered why they chose the spotted dogs in the first place, there’s actually a good reason: In the 1800s, fire engines were horse-driven carriages. Unfortunately, horses and much of the other equipment found in [...]

9 Baffling Movie Merchandise Tie-Ins

Every summer, movie season collides with merchandising mania to create a perfect storm of licensed nonsense. We, the human race, have proven to Hollywood time and time again that we will empty our pockets for anything with our favorite movie logo hastily slapped on it. But at least most of that junk allows us to [...]

Bubble Roll Message Maker

Bubble Roll Message Maker - $3.45 Shhh. Come closer. We have a secret to tell you.  You need to check out the Bubble Roll Message Maker from the NeatoShop. This fantastic little confectionery do0-dad allows you to write your own secret message on a bubble gum roll. We are pretty sure Bond didn’t have one of [...]

What You’re Missing at TED2012 Right Now

As you and I sit here like dopes in front of our computers, a swarm of alpha nerds are basking in the Long Beach sun and enjoying TED2012. Only two talks from the show have been released so far, and they have somewhat differing messages: Abundance is Our Future (by Peter Diamandis) and [...]