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  • Richard Linklater Plays The Ultimate Long Game With New Film “Boyhood” [Video]

    Filmmaker Richard Linklater has definitely had a varied career. He has directed mainstream hits, such as “Dazed and Confused” and “School of Rock,” while also taking risks with projects like “Waking Life” and “A Scanner Darkly.” His latest movie, “Boyhood,” falls into the latter group. Linklater wanted to make a movie following a boy’s life, which has been done to death, but he wanted to use the same boy throughout the movie. This meant that Linklater and the rest of the crew, featuring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, would film a little bit of the movie each year for 12 years. This was an epic undertaking and we’ll see if it pays off when “Boyhood” is released later this month.

  • POV Videos Of Verruckt, The World’s Tallest Waterslide

    Last fall, we shared photos of the construction of Verruckt, the world’s tallest waterslide at Kansas City’s Schlitterbahn water park. Originally slated to open in May, here we are in July and sadly the slide is still not open to the public. However, the folks at Schlitterbahn have given us hope with these two recent videos. The first is a POV video of a test run with only sand bags in the raft while the second video is a manned test run with waterpark designer Jeff Henry and ride engineer John Schooley in the raft. Now let’s just hope they open it up to the public soon!

  • The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Turns 50

    On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. To think that it has only been 50 years since the practice of segregation has been outlawed is incredible. But what’s truly surprising is how difficult it was for the Civil Rights Act to make its way through the Senate. The “Southern Bloc” of 18 Democrat Senators and one Republican led by Senator Richard Russell of Georgia launched a 57-day filibuster against the bill. Eventually on June 19, the bill passed the Senate with a vote of 73-27 and on July 2, at 6:45 PM, President Johnson addressed the nation with the speech you can watch and read below.

  • Percussive Guitar Cover Of “Wake Me Up” Is Most Impressive [Video]

    By now every single person in the world is familiar with Swedish DJ Avicii thanks to his immense hit “Wake Me Up.” It’s the most played song on Spotify, with over 250 million plays and about 850,000 each day. Although we are all sick of it now, there’s no denying how catchy it was when we first heard it. Now Sam Meador, frontman and keyboardist for black metal band Xanthocroid has breathed new life into the song with this percussive guitar cover. If you like what you hear, be sure to download the track at CDBaby and help Sam raise money to record his solo album.

  • Las Vegas Time-Lapse In 4K Will Blow You Away [Video]

    High-Definition is extremely impressive…if you’re living in the early 2000s. But here in the mid-2010s, 1080p no longer cuts it. The 2160p resolution of 4k ultra high-definition is what we need and we won’t settle for any less. Photo Trekker realizes this and that’s why they made this incredible time-lapse video of Las Vegas that looks more real than looking out the window. It took 5 days of shooting for this 92-second video, using 4 Canon 5D Mark III cameras. There’s two more 4k time-lapse videos on the way from Photo Trekker, and if they’re anything like this, we can’t wait.

  • Sing “O Canada,” Get Beer [Video]

    A while back, Canadian beer giant Molson made the news when they placed fridges full of beer across Europe that could only be opened with a Canadian passport. Now the fridges have found their way back home to the Great White North but those crafty Canadians have still found a way to ensure only fellow Canucks will be able to open them. This time the refrigerators can only be opened by thirsty folks who can sing “O Canada,” a song known only to Canadians and hockey spectators. Wait, will it work for the French version? Won’t someone think of the Quebecois?

  • Man Liquefies And Drinks Complete Wendy’s Combo For Our Entertainment [Video]

    A new channel called Liquid Lunch has sprung up on YouTube wherein an enterprising young fellow with an iron stomach liquefies food and then drinks the concoction. In the premier episode, he takes a Wendy’s combo consisting of a burger, fries, and Dr Pepper and blends it together. The resulting drink is hard for him to ingest, but he eventually gets it all down (a chocolate frosty probably would have been a better beverage choice for the combo). He is asking for suggestions for the next Liquid Lunch in the comments, and with Long John Silvers at the top, this dude probably won’t last long. Enjoy his stupidity while you can!

  • The First 3 Tranformers Movies Sync Up Surprisingly Well [Video]

    Michael Bay’s latest Transformers film opens today and rest assured, plenty of us in our late twenties and early thirties will bemoan over his treatment of something from our childhood we hold so dear while also expressing dread about his upcoming Ninja Turtles flick. We will also still go out and watch it. But it’s safe to say we already know what we’re getting into. Not only were the first 3 movies formulaic, they actually sync up pretty well, too. 3 heroic men from RedLetterMedia bravely watched the previous movies at the same time in an effort to show just how similar they are, and the results are incredible.

  • Game of Thrones…With Pugs [Video]

    Sure, this Game of Thrones video with pugs seems like an adorable idea at first, but what would happen if it followed the same storyline? Would you be willing to watch thousands of pugs slaughtered each season? And everyone says they hate Joffrey, but you’d have to be one sick puppy to hate him in pug form.

  • Visualizing 24 Hours Of International Flights In Under 2 Minutes [Video]

    The UK’s National Air Traffic Services, or NATS, handles 2.2 million flights carrying 220 million passengers in UK airspace each year. NATS services 15 airports in the UK, including Heathrow, the busiest airport in Europe, and also services airports in 30 other countries around the world. This video shows the air traffic they control over a typical 24-hour period in the North Atlantic. Let’s all take a moment to appreciate the hard-working air traffic controllers that deal with this so we can focus on worrying about what movie is shown and if the person sitting next to us is going to be taking off their shoes.

  • Newcastle Imagines A British Controlled USA With “If We Won” [Video]

    Newcastle, whose brilliant online Super Bowl campaign about how good their commercial would have been if they could afford it, is working on what will probably be another great series of ads. “If We Won” imagines a world where Britain won the Revolutionary War with Stephen Merchant, of HBO’s uncomfortably funny (and unfortunately cancelled) “Hello Ladies,” explaining the benefits of being a part of the British Empire. Watch the first video below, then keep up with the series at If We Won.

  • Japan Unveils First Android Newscaster, Rest Of World Is Creeped Out [Video]

    In an effort to remind the world that they are the weirdest nation on Earth, Japanese scientists unveiled the world’s first android newscaster. For now, the android will be working at Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Sciene and Innovation conversing with visitors and gathering information on human/android interactions. Designed by leading robotics professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, the hope is that the android will learn to better communicate with real people so that human will be more open to an ever-increasing android presence. Hopefully it won’t turn out like an anime version of the classic “They took our jobs!” South Park episode.

  • Forget Strangers Kissing. Strangers Slapping Each Other Is Where It’s At [Video]

    Remember that video where strangers me for the first time and kissed? Of course you do, it was everywhere. Then came the millions of parodies. Now filmmaker Max Landis, son of director John Landis, has made a video in a similar vein where friends or acquaintances were randomly paired up and asked to hit each other. His reasoning is something about the antagonistic nature of the camera and the performers banding together blah blah blah whatever. All that really matters is that Haley Joel Osment, onetime child star of films such as “The Sixth Sense,” is one of the people who gets slapped. So watch the video and if you are interested in the story behind the shoot, watch the “making of” below.

  • David Bowie And Mick Jagger Musicless Music Video

    In 1985, David Bowie and Mick Jagger teamed up for a cover of the 1964 Martha and the Vandellas hit, “Dancing in the Street.” It was a terrible version of a great song and the only thing worse was the video—3 minutes of the duo wearing 80s pastels and dancing like a couple of white, middle-age dads. But we all put up with it because the proceeds went to charity. This video, through the removal of the song, has actually improved upon the original. Now we can finally hear all the weird dad noises a 42-year-old Mick Jagger was probably making while attempting to “dance.”

  • Realistic Garfield Is Hilarious And Sort Of Sad [Video]

    The Pete Holmes Show may have been recently cancelled by TBS, but that doesn’t mean Pete Holmes has lost his sense of humor. With sketches consistently funnier than most of his late-night counterparts, it’s a shame the show never really found an audience. But Holmes was a star on the Internet before his TV show and as long as he keeps doing videos like this “Realistic Garfield,” his fame won’t waver. This is how Hollywood should make the next Garfield movie. Just think of all the money they’ll save by not paying Bill Murray, or anyone for that matter, to voice Garfield.

  • New York Then And Now [18 Photos and Video]

    Amateur photographer Cora Drimus traveled to New York City in April and used the photographs of her trip to make this incredible video juxtaposing the new photos with old shots, some dating back to the 19th century, of the same locations. The result is a reminder of just how much New York City and the world as a whole has changed over the course of the last century. The transition from horse and buggies to cars, railroads to highways, and the rise of ever taller skyscrapers are all documented here. Watch the video and check out some of our favorite photos below.

  • Disney Star Wars Musical Parody [Video]

    Now that Disney owns the Star Wars universe and is releasing a new series of movies, will we have to suffer through saccharine songs of unrequited love? Probably not at first, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a “Star Wars Princesses” offshoot is secretly in the works. This video presents all of the original Star Wars movie, Episode IV, as a musical with melodies you’ll recognize from Aladdin, Peter Pan, and other Disney classics. It’s obviously a joke (and a well produced one at that), but it may also serve as a harbinger of the future of the Star Wars universe.

  • The IRS Star Trek Parody Is Even Worse Than You’d Think [Video]

    Last June, the IRS was in hot water with Congress when it was discovered that the agency of nerdy accountants held a $4.1 million conference in 2010 featuring a Star Trek parody that cost $60,000 to produce. Faris Fink, the unfortunately-named IRS commissioner who portrays Spock in the awful video below, was forced to apologize to Congress for making the video. What’s really sad is that the video is aims to show that without tax collectors, anarchy results, but if I had to choose between anarchy or self-indulgent nerds, anarchy wins out every time.

  • Scottish Aladdin Is The Funniest Video you’ll See Today

    Have you ever wondered what Aladdin would be like if Aladdin and Jasmine talked like the cast of Trainspotting? Probably not, but it’s a good thing somebody did! This video shows what the Disney classic would be like if voiced by foul-mouthed Scots. And it’s incredible.

  • Ray & Remora’s Catchy Take On Pavement’s “Gold Soundz” [Video]

    In 1994, Pavement released their second album, “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain,” featuring their biggest hit, “Cut Your Hair.” The second single from the album, “Gold Soundz,” did not perform as well on the charts but was a critical success. In 2010, Pitchfork honored it with the number one slot in their 200 Greatest Songs of the 90s. To celebrate the incredible year in music that was 1994, synthpop duo Ray & Remora have released a 6-song EP titled “1994″ that features covers from that year. Check out their video for “Gold Soundz,” featuring appearances from Sonic youth’s Kim Gordon, actor Jeff Goldblum, and Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus, then watch the original Pavement video below.

  • Incredible Music Video Animated With Embroidery

    Earlier this year, London-based animators Nicos Livesey and Tom Bunker took to Kickstarter to raise money for a unique video idea: an animated music video where each frame was embroidered. They easily surpassed their goal and recently delivered the finished video. With music by Livesey’s band Throne, the video finds the band members traveling to Mars and making the planet hospitable for human life by nuking everything. The plan goes awry, and the band’s ghosts end up haunting the planet. Livesey came up with the idea from the patches of all of his favorite metal bands that he’d purchase growing up. Even if you’re not into the music, there’s no denying that it’s one of the greatest videos ever imagined.

  • How To Communicate In Binary Using Heavy Metal Riffs [Video]

    Looks like our parents were right all along: heavy metal DOES contain secret messages. But the messages are hidden satanic incantations that are only revealed when the record is played backwards like in “The Gate.” Apparently, metalheads have been using alternating open fret and first fret riffs to communicate with each other in binary. This would explain why so many computer nerds seem to listen to metal. Now all you have to do is learn binary and the next time you listen to a metal album, you’ll soon be chanting “I want to kill everyone. Satan is good. Satan is our pal.”

  • How To Make The Best Of Being Stuck In An Airport Overnight [Video]

    Richard Dunn recently found himself stuck in the Las Vegas airport all alone over night. Rather than playing Candy Crush on his phone for hours, he decided to shoot a music video. Luckily, he was smart enough to ask an employee for a roll of luggage tape before they left for the night. He then taped his iPhone to a wheelchair and placed the wheelchair on moving walkways for dolly shots. He also used an escalator for a crane shot. The result is an impressive video, shot by one man, on an iPhone. This proves that you never have an excuse for being bored.

  • Live On Air Videobomb At LA Pride [Video]

    Why do local news producers constantly send reporters out to cover live events where they are surrounded by countless drunks? Because things like this happen, getting tons of publicity, and the producers can just shrug their shoulders and act blameless. Instead of the usual drunken bro shenanigans that these videobombs usually entail, this one is bit different, with a gentleman telling KTLA reporter Christina Pascucci how attractive she is.

  • Unscripted Reactions To Laphroaig Scotch [Video]

    To Scotch drinkers, Laphroaig distillery offers a line of Islay single malts that are some of the tastiest and most complex of whiskys. But, as I’ve found when offering a dram to friends, the strong, smoky flavor is not for everyone. For those who don’t normally drink Scotch, Laphroaig can come off as smelling and tasting like pine tar or an old leather baseball glove. Laphroaig assembled a group of people not familiar with their 10-year single malt and filmed their reactions. Not everyone enjoyed the drink, and Laphroaig is okay with that.

  • Psy And Snoop Team Up For “Hangover” [Video]

    Korean superstar Psy first gained worldwide attention a couple summers ago with his bizarre hit “Gangnam Style.” In less than 2 years, the video has become the most watched on YouTube, with over 2 billion views. Let that sink in for a moment. 2 billion. His latest video, “Hangover,” features the smooth rhymes of Snoop and lots of frenetic editing to ensure a seizure while viewing. Only time will tell if it will be as big a hit as “Gangnam Style,” but with over 6 million views a day after its release, it’s on the right path.

  • Every Showreel Cliche In One Epic Showreel [Video]

    Fed up art director Peter Quinn has created this showreel of every showreel cliche that will make everyone who watches cringe, knowing they are guilty of at least some, if not all, of them. Unfortunately, there are bound to be viewers who will miss the point, and instead find something to include on their next reel. But, srsly, dat sweet cloth tho.

  • Star Wars With Alphabetized Dialogue Is The Craziest Video You’ll See Today

    alphabetized? an be Could do drive every Get hard how How idea if imagine insane. it it long put read something that think this to to together? took video was will with word would you you you That is to say, Could you imagine how hard it would be to read something if every word was alphabetized? Get an idea with this video that will drive you insane. How long do you think it took to put together?

  • Informative Science Video Asks: Are You Alone?

    Thanks to celebrity scientists, such as Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson, who make their fields ever approachable to dummies like us, there has been an increasing demand for knowledge. But sometimes, the information we’re provided is too dry or academic, and it becomes meaningless. Luckily, there are clever designers out there who are able to take boring facts and figures and turn them into fun and educational cartoons that are much easier to digest. This latest video from Kurzgesagt accomplishes just that, but it’s not all they have to offer. Be sure to check out their Tumblr for more videos explaining technology, astronomy, nature and plenty of other science topics.

  • Otters Play Keyboard At National Zoo, #BetterThanSkrillex

    Asian small-clawed otters at Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, DC were provided with a Casio keyboard as part of the #ZooEnrichment program. Some of the otters really got into it, and although no great works were produced by the animals, the music was still better than whatever the kids are listening to these days. Am I right? Rabble, rabble, rabble.

  • Comedian H Jon Benjamin Voices 2001′s HAL Computer. Hilarity Ensues [Video]

    Comedian H Jon Benjamin, best known for voice work as Bob on “Bob’s Burgers” and Sterling Archer on “Archer,” recently stopped by Late Night Basement at Pine Box Rock Shop in Brooklyn where he was asked to lend his voice to HAL, the evil computer in Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Benjamin, who basically only does one voice, transformed HAL from a cold, creepy, emotionless computer to Bob. Or Archer. Or Carl, the convenience store clerk on “Family Guy.” Whichever character you associate with that voice, it’s makes for a very different film.