March 03, 2014 | 11:25 a.m.
Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres might have taken down Twitter with the star-studded selfie she snapped during Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast, but earlier in the evening, English actor Benedict Cumberbatch crafted one special impromptu photograph of his own. Cumberbatch has a way of setting Internet hearts aflame even on an average day, but the actor, who had a role in Sunday’s best picture Oscar winner, “12 Years a Slave,” managed yet another “meme-orable” turn on the Academy Awards’ red carpet, leaping into frame as venerable rock band U2 was posing for a group photo. Hands raised, with a silly expression, Cumberbatch might now rank as the most amusing celebrity photobomber of all time. Best picture from the #Oscars? Cumberbatch photobombs U2. More here: http://t.co/JJYce9QqJG (Pic: Reuters/Mike Blake) pic.twitter.com/RwJZYmkguJ — The Telegraph (@Telegraph) March 3, 2014 He did turn up in […]
Dec. 14, 2013 | 10:00 a.m.
The 11th Doctor’s companions try to persuade “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith to stay just a little longer in a new take on Frank Loesser’s classic winter carol, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The “Regeneration Carol” fan video, from comedy and musical troupe Not Literally, features Smith look-alike Matt Elliott as the Time Lord while actresses dressed as Amy Pond, Clara Oswald and River Song serenade him, begging him not to regenerate. “It’s time to run and remember,” croons Clara. “How bittersweet this December,” the Doctor responds. “You’ll be the same Doctor inside,” River reassures him. “Maybe I’ll be ginger this time,” he says, perking up. The real-life Smith is wrapping up his time on the TARDIS, ending his “Doctor Who” tenure with this year’s Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor.” PHOTOS: ‘Doctor Who’ star Matt Smith Scottish actor Peter Capaldi, best […]
Dec. 10, 2013 | 2:25 p.m.
First he was spending time with Loki actor Tom Hiddleston. Now, Cookie Monster’s starring in a new “Sesame Street” “Lord of the Rings” parody that arrives just in time to coincide with the release of filmmaker Peter Jackson’s latest adventure based on the writings of author J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” due in theaters Friday. Jackson’s new fantasy blockbuster centers largely on the middle section of Tolkien’s landmark 1937 children’s novel, but for its latest skit spoofing pop culture, the “Sesame Street” masterminds returned to his previous Tolkien trilogy, the “Lord of the Rings,” for ideas for “Lord of the Crumbs.” Here, Cookie Monster is seeking the long-lost recipe for the “one dessert to rule them all” — chocolate chip cookies, naturally — and with the help of a Galadriel-inspired guide, he attempts to remember how to […]
Aug. 02, 2013 | 2:24 p.m.
PERSPECTIVE As I dragged myself through the Walking Dead Escape — a zombie obstacle course staged during Comic-Con International in San Diego — a line from “Zombieland” played over and over in my mind. “Rule No. 1 for surviving Zombieland? Cardio,” Jesse Eisenberg’s character explains at the beginning of the 2009 comedy. Cardio, indeed, I thought as I jogged up four flights of stairs in Petco Park. As part of a Hero Complex promotion, I had agreed to run the course, based on Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” comic series, which later spawned the hit AMC show. Our marketing department had secured a dozen spots in the zombie run, and 10 of our readers were lucky enough to win entry. Places 11 and 12 were reserved for me and my colleague Patrick Day, who ran with a video camera strapped […]
April 25, 2013 | 2:16 p.m.
Pet-themed YouTube channel the Pet Collective has combined two of the Internet’s greatest distractions — cat videos and “Star Wars” — into a single undertaking. “Paw Warz,” a new weekly video series, promises to explore such burning questions as: Did Haz Alone shoot first? (That’s the cat version of Han Solo, for those not in the know). The Pet Collective also has launched a companion website that seems poised to become the Wookieepedia of “Paw Warz” knowledge, listing information on such ships as “Rex Wing Fighters” and on characters including “3Meow,” “Boop Boop Beep Boop” and “Toada,” the latter of which is a toad who lives on the planet Dogobath. Carrying on with the “Star Wars” puns, the bad guys in the “Paw Warz” universe have fallen to “The Dog Side” led by the evil “Aarf Vader.” Forget the upcoming […]
March 28, 2013 | 6:56 p.m.
Angry cyborgs bent on universal domination, the Daleks first appeared on the “Doctor Who” television series in 1963 and were quickly established as one of the Doctor’s deadliest enemies. For half a century, viewers have watched the Time Lord battle these evil beings whose singular goal is to “Exterminate! Exterminate!” Nobody should want to see the world through a Dalek’s point of view. According to the show’s lore, they have had every emotion removed except hate. But on Thursday the BBC released Doctor Who: Eyestalk, a new app that lets you transform your iPhone, iPad, or iPod into a Dalek’s lens. ‘Doctor Who’ at 50: Meet the 11 faces of the Time Lord Eyestalk is basically a photo-filter app. You take a photo or video and then run it through one of seven filters that correspond to different Daleks that […]
March 05, 2013 | 9:44 a.m.
Meteor Disneyland. That’s just one of the ideas for future incarnations of the spot in southern Russia where a 10,000-ton meteor left its mark on Feb. 15. The meteor blast injured thousands of people, many from shattered glass, and damaged structures and created a big hole in an iced-over lake. Andrei Orlov, mayor of impact site Chebarkul, reportedly wrote on his blog that he’d been told that his little town of 40,000 “really got lucky.” Now, he’s been told, don’t mess it up. On Feb. 21, according to the Moscow Times, the mayor called for a citywide brainstorming session on the best way to get into travel and tour books and also profit from this natural disaster. It’s not the first time since the disaster that locals’ thoughts have turned to rubles. As the Los Angeles Times reported on Feb. […]
March 05, 2013 | 7:40 a.m.
Batman appeared at a police station in England with a criminal suspect in tow, and the world blinked. Batman — otherwise known as Stan Worby, Chinese-takeout delivery man — told a British TV news program that he was “gobsmacked” by the widespread reaction to the Feb. 25 episode. Worby told ITV’s “Daybreak” that it was simply a “practical joke” between himself and the friend he took to the police station. You see, he’d been dressed as Batman for a soccer match at Wembley Stadium. Note: This was not a Christopher Nolan Batman but an Adam West-style Batman (at left, in case you need a refresher). After the match, a friend asked him to accompany him to the police station to turn himself in. Worby told the Daily Telegraph he’d been trying to “knock some sense into” his friend Danny Frayne, […]
March 01, 2013 | 1:50 p.m.
As Congress, the president and the nation grapple with the so-called sequester and the possible harrowing effects of billions of dollars in automatic, across-the-board federal budget cuts, there’s one thing Congress doesn’t have to worry about: President Obama performing a Jedi mind meld. The president has indicated that he cannot go to those lengths. It’s just as well. The ability to connect minds “so closely as to act as a single person” is likely the kind of presidential power that no Founding Father (or Vulcan) would ever allow. The president made the sci-fi reference — a combination of a “Star Wars” term and a “Star Trek” term — on Friday when he spoke to reporters following a failed meeting with top congressional leaders to avoid the sequestration cuts — $85 billion worth — that will likely go into effect at […]
Feb. 28, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
If you thought the Creature from the Black Lagoon was terrifying, check out the new artist renderings of the Helicoprion–a giant shark-like animal that swam the seas roughly 270 million years ago. What sets the Helicoprion apart from any other animal known to swim, walk or fly on Earth, is its terrifying teeth: Fossils show that the Helicoprion had up to 150 thin, sharp, serrated teeth that spiraled around each other. The smallest teeth are in the middle of the spiral, which looks a bit like a buzz saw. For more than a century, Helicoprion fossils have baffled scientists who were unclear where on the animal the crazy tooth spiral belonged. Was it on the tip of its nose? Or part of a sharp dorsal fin? Or did the animal wield it like a weapon on its tail? Paleontologist Leif […]