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Mike Mitchell’s Funny, Twee Caricatures of Pop-Culture Icons

Mike Mitchell paints familiar characters as you’ve never seen them before: There’s Homer Simpson blissfully jumping rope, April from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sucking on a Big Gulp, and A.C. Slater from Saved by the Bell sitting backwards, in his usual fashion, on a toilet. Visually, these witty caricatures straddle the line between adorable and creepy; each portrait has the big, watery eyes of a cartoon and the chubby, flushed cheeks of a child. We’ve collected some of our favorite work by Mitchell, who we discovered via The Mary Sue, after the jump. Readers in the Los Angeles area can see these pieces in person through April 28th at Gallery 1988 Melrose, where you can also buy originals and affordable prints. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Kevin Bacon, Chris Colfer, and John C. Reilly have joined a stacked cast that already includes George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, and Martin Sheen in a Rob Reiner-directed performance of Dustin Lance Black’s play 8 on March 3rd in LA. Funds raised by the one-night only show will go to support marriage… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we met the unluckiest person ever. We took a look at presidents and their cars. We watched the highest shallow dive. We saw the world through the eyes of a hula hoop. We learned how scientists reconstruct speech from brain activity. We… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The New Yorker’s Ben Greenman has come up with a list of a day’s worth of facts to get you through Wikipedia’s 24-hour blackout. [via McSweeney’s]

2. In a move that rivals that woman who was upset that Drive wasn’t enough like a Fast and the Furious movie, some cinemagoers in the… Read More

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Well, Here’s Quentin Tarantino’s Trollish “Best of 2011″ List

Quentin Tarantino may be a genius, but the dude’s got weird taste; witness, for example, his video list of the best films of the 1990s, which included the Woody Allen/Jason Biggs movie Anything Else (a flick that even Woody’s fans didn’t like, and we’re a tolerant bunch). And who knows, maybe his oddball sense of what’s good and what’s bad has led to his distinctive voice and style as a filmmaker; soaking up all those bad kung-fu movies and grindhouse epics was, no doubt, part of why he is this director he is. So, y’know, we’ve cut the guy some slack over the years for his weirdo advocacy.

You’ve got to draw a line somewhere, though. And we’re drawing it at his “Best of 2011″ list. … Read More

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Gallery: Movies from an Alternate Universe

Imagine what Drive would have looked like if it had been shot back in the ’50s, with a young James Dean replacing Ryan Gosling. How about a black and white version of The Hangover, recast with members of the Rat Pack? Or Trainspotting as a new wave masterpiece by Jean-Luc Godard? No, we’re not describing the results of a movie geek party game; we’re giving you the gist of an ongoing series by illustrator Peter Stults, which we just spotted over on The Daily What. Some of the resulting posters are more successfully executed than others, but they’re all pretty entertaining. Click through for a slideshow of our favorites from the series. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Remember that really bizarre Steve Jobs action figure? Well, in the wake of “immense pressure” from Apple’s lawyers and the Jobs family, Chinese manufacturers have decided not to sell the lifelike figurine. The company, which had planned to start shipping the dolls in February, has promised to fully refund all pre-orders. [LAT]… Read More

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The Best Book Adaptations of 2011 Ranked from Best to Worst

With David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo hitting theaters today and Spielberg’s Hergé-inspired The Adventures of Tintin arriving at the movies tomorrow, we have book adaptations on the brain. It’s no secret that we’re avid readers here, but we can also appreciate great cinema inspired by books and other printed sources. You’ll often hear people discussing why a page to screen translation doesn’t work. That’s understandable since Hollywood often appears to be out of original ideas, turning to the shelves in order to make a fast buck. When it is successful, however, most lit fiends are thankful for filmmakers that show reverence to the source material, but made smart sacrifices that make sense for a visual narrative. We looked back at several of the year’s book to movie adaptations and ranked them in order from best to worse. Let us know your picks below. … Read More

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Golden Globe Nominations 2011: Who Got Snubbed?

So, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced its 2011 Golden Globe nominees. We’re happy to see The Artist, Midnight in Paris, and even American Horror Story getting the love they deserve. But it isn’t all good news. As usual, many of the categories leave something to be desired. And readers? There is a whole lot of New Girl. Follow along as we grouse over the year’s biggest snubs, and add your own gripes in the comments. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Last night HBO debuted yet another enigmatic teaser trailer for Season 2 of Game of Thrones. Watch the very dramatic, yet totally spoiler-free clip here.

2. The trailer for the third installment of the Men in Black franchise — which features Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones reprising their roles, as well… Read More

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