Shaquille O’Neal

15 Awesome (And Often Bizarre) Pop Culture-Inspired Video Games You Can Play for Free

The last couple of weeks have seen the emergence of a couple of endearingly strange pop culture-based video games — there’s been news of a futuristic RPG involving Kanye West and a strangely depressing game based on Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” of all things. But they’re just the latest in a long line of weird and wonderful games based on pop culture. Ever since the 1980s, game developers have been making deals to cash in on the popularity of celebrities by featuring them in games, some successfully, some less so. We’ve scoured the web for the best (or at least the strangest) of these games, so click through to check them out — most are available to play online, and if not, you can download them for free. … Read More

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The Least Convincing Action Heroes in Movie History

We don’t know about you, but the first time we laid our eyes on Tyler Perry, decked out in his full Madea drag, our first thought was Yeah, ha ha, fine, but why isn’t that guy in a cop movie? Well, at last, our moment has arrived; today, theaters nationwide will welcome Alex Cross, a reboot of the James Patterson adaptations, with Mr. Perry taking over for Morgan Freeman. The idea of that actor match-up is sketchy enough, but with director Rob Cohen (the esteemed filmmaker behind xXx, Stealth, and the original Fast and the Furious) at the helm, Patterson’s brainy sleuth has been reimagined as a shotgun-wielding badass. Well, sorry, but we’re not buying it. Let’s take a closer look at Mr. Perry and a few other folks who we don’t quite buy as action… Read More

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job: 9 Celebs Who Should Stay Out of Movies (And 1 Who Shouldn’t)

I don’t know about you, but I had just managed to line up a babysitter and get a group of my 20 closest friends together to see Freelancers — the long-awaited re-teaming of Righteous Kill stars 50 Cent and Robert DeNiro — and wouldn’t you know it, poof, it’s gone from theaters. But have no fear, dear friends: it arrives on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow, a full week and a half after its theatrical release.

Yes, Fiddy is at it again, and he’s not the only celebrity who insists that his talent in music (or athletics, or comedy, or whatever) means that the natural next stop is movie stardom. Though there are countless examples to the contrary — Madonna, Mariah Carey, Dennis Rodman, Michael Jordan, Vanilla Ice, etc. — they keep trying to cross over, usually without success. After the jump, nine celebs from the world of music, comedy, and sports who have got to give up the movies… and one more who shouldn’t. … Read More

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The Most Gloriously Absurd Lyrics in Hip Hop History

Juggalos rejoice! The new Insane Clown Posse album is finally out this week — it was due earlier this year, but record company wrangling resulted in its release date being pushed until the end of summer. Of course, beyond their selective appeal to Faygo devotees, ICP are largely known to the general public because of the immortal couplets from their 2009 single “Miracles,” which will go down in history as one of the most ridiculous and somehow awesome songs ever made. In celebration of their new record, then, here’s a selection of the most gloriously awesome lyrics that hip hop has given the world. Your suggestions are of course welcome. (And just to pre-empt any of the accusations that have a magical way of appearing in our comments section every time we say anything remotely negative about hip hop: we’ve done this before for ’80s pop songs and we’ll most likely do it for other genres in due course. So there.) … Read More

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Photos of Celebrities in Their Graduation Caps and Gowns

It’s graduation season, folks! Will you be donning a hard-earned tassel? Or cheering from the audience? Or, perhaps, sitting on the Internet, avoiding the notoriously long ceremonies altogether? If that’s the case, we can guarantee you wouldn’t want to skip a graduation if Jay-Z or James Franco were involved (although we’re pretty sure the latter has earned degrees from about 60 percent of all schools at this point, so there’s a good chance he’ll be at your local university’s ceremony). Anyway, after the jump, we’ve gathered 9 fun photos of celebrities in caps and gowns to celebrate the season. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Did you know that Shaquille O’Neal wants to be a film director? According to TMZ, he’s nearly done with his classes at the Filmmaking Conservatory at the New York Film Academy’s branch at Universal Studios Hollywood, and the school reports that he has been “incredibly humble, funny, and likable” as a student.… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1.The Council of Conservative Citizens want you to boycott the new Thor movie because it considers it an “insulting multi-cultural make-over” that a black actor (Idris Elba from The Wire) has been cast as a Norse god. [via Gawker]

2. Last night Shaquille O’Neal filled in as guest conductor of the Boston Pops… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The Austen Fiction Manuscripts Project is scanning Jane Austen’s original scrawled out manuscripts and putting them online for your enjoyment. [via Kottke]
2. Fiona Apple has a new record scheduled to be released in the spring of 2011. Her last LP, Extraordinary Machine, came out in 2005. [via 24 Bit]… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Colum McCann‘s Let the Great World Spin won the fiction prize last night at the 60th annual National Book Awards; T.J. Stiles’ biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt, The First Tycoon, was the nonfiction winner. [via AP]
2. Shaquille O’Neal will curate an art show about scale called Size DOES Matter for New York’s… Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: Links That Made the Rounds in our Office

Today at Flavorpill, this Chinese artist made us think of a certain SNL skit. We were excited to hear that Chairlift will be touring with Phoenix this fall. We hoped that this cartoon was wrong and we’ll never have to see Harry Potter pass a stone. We gawked at some amazing old … Read More

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