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Emmy Nominations 2014: The Year’s Biggest Snubs and Surprises

This morning, the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award Nominations were announced — and were, naturally, immediately met with frustration from obsessive TV fans. It’s been well established that the Emmys aren’t exactly a cutting-edge awards show that rewards the most deserving shows or actors — they’re mostly more of the same, handing out statue after statue to mediocre juggernauts (yes, we’re looking at you Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory). That said, it’s still fun to gripe about what we think should have happened. Here’s a more in-depth look at this year’s snubs and surprises. … Read More

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10 Charming Fan Letters From Cultural Icons

Last night, as you’re well aware, the fourth season of Game of Thrones came to a close, and everyone went bananas. And perhaps, somewhere, some future literary superstar penned a fan letter to George R.R. Martin, telling him what an inspiration his work is. It’s not too much of a stretch — presumably in preparation for the finale, iO9 dug up that great fan letter that young Master Martin wrote to Marvel’s Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, raving over the greatness of a recent Fantastic Four issue. Such a missive is a blast to read now; it’s also but one example of the fine tradition of superstars who reveal themselves (either before their own fame or after it) to be super-fans. … Read More

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The Best 2014 Emmys For Your Consideration Ads

It’s Emmy season! Or, more specifically, Emmy nomination season. The ballots went out on June 9, and by the 20th, the TV Academy will place their votes for the 2014 Emmys. It’s a tough decision — even tougher than usual this year, with so many fantastic programs to choose from — and networks are pulling out all the stunts when it comes to For Your Consideration advertisements. Here’s are the funniest billboards, the oddest stunts, and the most passive-aggressive mailers. … Read More

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Illustrations of Pop Culture’s Best Buds, From Doc and Marty to Walt and Jesse

The concept of the bromance is a long-standing trend in popular media, even if the term wasn’t really tossed around until the mid-aughts, thanks to Judd Apatow’s sensitive, aged frat-boy oeuvre. Now, illustrator Dave Collinson is celebrating the trend by paying tribute to pop culture’s best buds, from the Blues Brothers to Walt and Jesse. His collection, spotted via Digital Spy, is conspicuously lacking in any female friendships (what, no Thelma and Louise?), which makes it a bit bro-ish, but Collinson is continuously adding to it on his Tumblr, so maybe we’ll see some ladies represented eventually. In the meantime, check out his illustrations after the jump.  … Read More

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Adam Lister’s ’8-Bit Watercolors’ Apply Crude Digitization to Masterful Paintings

The history of painting may seem somewhat cyclical: from the two-dimensional baseness of hieroglyphics to the Renaissance’s perspective-prizing realism to impressionism’s fuck-you to imagistic perfection and back to crudeness with Cubism and Abstract Expressionism’s crusade against form, then back and forth simultaneously with postmodernism’s rehashing of everything, the passing millennia suggest that constant visual evolution spurs a distorted form of death and rebirth. Adam Lister’s 8-Bit Watercolors (spotted via Colossal) include reproductions of iconic paintings and images that deform paintings like Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte and Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring by applying early digital visuals to pre-digital works — layering proverbial lens upon proverbial lens. Appearing at once more modern and more antiquated than their imitated subjects, these Nintendo and Atari-inspired paintings reveal the easy conflation of obsolescence and novelty among decontextualized works, subjecting us to a dizzying form of artistic and technological time travel. … Read More

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