Backyard-Hero Interview: Dodgeball Queen Mandy Gabriel

When it comes to sports, we prefer to play hard and keep things a little more interesting. That’s why we’ve joined mike’s hard lemonade® to put athletes of all stripes on the pedestals they deserve. Our Backyard Hero video interview series introduces some of the most dedicated players of the endless variety of games out there, in honor of the mike’s® HARD SPORTS video contest — which offers a chance to win personal glory and up to $10,000, among other prizes. Our second interview features dodgeball queen Mandy Gabriel, who tells us what it means to take a hit — and shares her thoughts on the game’s less-than-serious portrayal in popular culture. … Read More

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Backyard-Hero Interview: Broomball Champ Christopher Diercksen

When it comes to sports, we prefer to play hard and keep things a little more interesting. That’s why we’ve joined mike’s hard lemonade® to put athletes of all stripes on the pedestals they deserve. Our Backyard Hero video interview series introduces some of the most dedicated players of the endless variety of games out there, in honor of the mike’s® HARD SPORTS video contest — which offers a chance to win personal glory and up to $10,000, among other prizes. Our first interview features broomball champ Christopher Diercksen, who shares his insight on what it takes to make it on the field — and explains what broomball actually is. … Read More

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Watch Amazing Sports Feats and Submit Yours for a Chance at $10K

Summer isn’t showing any signs of cooling down, so we’re left with two options: hide away anywhere we can find good A/C, or get out there and play hard. This year, we’ve been more inspired to go with the latter, thanks to mike’s hard lemonade® and their mike’s® HARD SPORTS competition. To celebrate the backyard heroes and dedicated practitioners of all the games people play — from frisbee golf to badminton to wiffle ball — mike’s is giving away $10,000 to the person with the best video submission displaying their unique skills. There are plenty of other prizes up for grabs too, including sporting gear and a chance to appear in a mike’s hard lemonade® ad.

To give you some of that extra inspiration to upload a video of your own, we scoured the web for some of the most amazing left-of-center sporting feats we could find. Check out the clips after the jump, which include everyone from high-stepping hacky-sack pros to the King of Cornhole. … Read More

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Interactive Interview: CSS on Joan Jett, Drinking, and La Liberación

Since releasing their debut album in 2005, Brazilian dynamos CSS have proven themselves as one of the most entertaining live acts around, combining over-the-top onstage antics with their unique brand of party rock. Writing mostly in English with occasional bursts of Portuguese, the group — also known as Cansei de Ser Sexy — gained international attention with energetic anthems like “Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above” and “Music Is My Hot Hot Sex,” before moving into looser, dancier territory with sophomore album Donkey.

This month, CSS return with their third album, La Liberación, a hook-filled, song-focused collection heralded by a pop gem of a lead single, “Hits Me Like a Rock.” In our latest interactive video interview, frontwoman Lovefoxxx and guitarists Ana Rezende and Carol Parra join us to discuss the new record (which features contributions from Ratatat and Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie), their love of Joan Jett, and why their band is the equivalent of a fantastic meal. … Read More

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Reno 911’s Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon on How to Make It Big

Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon have been known to a lot of people for a lot of things. To some, they’re cherished as members of cult-classic MTV sketch-comedy series The State. To others, they’re the faces behind Deputy Junior and Lt. Dangle from Comedy Central’s reality-cop show spoof Reno 911. What you may not realize is that they’re also extremely successful Hollywood screenwriters, having penned the scripts for commercial hits including Night at the Museum, and Herbie: Fully Loaded. And while they have no illusions about the artistic merit of those films, they also know they’re responsible for over $1 billion in box-office receipts. The two have just released a book, Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!, which details their experiences and serves as a guide to budding mainstream screenwriters. In our latest interactive video interview, they give us a pitch for the worst movie of all time, reveal what Zac Efron is like in real life, and cover Joy Division, a cappella. … Read More

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Experience a Distillation of Life in a Day at a Theater Near You

Last year, director Kevin Macdonald and producer Ridley Scott teamed up for an ambitious, globe-spanning undertaking. They challenged people all over the world to film a video snapshot of their life on a specific day — July 24, 2010 — and submit it via YouTube for potential inclusion in what would become the feature-length Life in a Day. More than 80,000 clips were sent in for the documentary, with 1,125 chosen for inclusion in the final product.

The result is a breathtaking overview of existence on Earth in the 21st century, spanning cultures, countries, and individual outlooks. Following its Sundance premiere this January, the film is going into limited release in theaters starting July 29; but prior to that, it will receive a one-night only premiere in cinemas all over the country this Sunday, July 24. Click through to watch the trailer, learn more about the film, and find where Life in a Day is screening near you. … Read More

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Video: Andrew WK on Blowing Things Up and the Life of the Party

Andrew WK is an undeniably singular artist. Since he first attracted international fame in 2001 with his passionate rock paean “Party Hard,” the Michigan-born, New York-based musician has been preaching the party way of life, while always bedecked in white. With a string of albums behind him (including a full record of J-Pop covers), he now owns his own NYC club (Santos Party House), hosts Cartoon Network’s explosive live-action game show Destroy Build Destroy, and even has a sideline in motivational speaking. Of course, he’s still making music too, with plans for everything from a book to a movie swirling around in his extremely overactive brain. For our latest interactive video interview, we talked to him about blowing things up on TV, responding to Chilly Gonzales’ latest request for a piano duel, and two of our favorite common online friends, Party Cat and Lil’ Andrew WK. … Read More

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Flavorpill's Stomping Grounds Returns with Freelance Whales

In the second installment of our original video series Stomping Grounds, presented by PUMA, we spend a night out with New York’s own musical merrymakers Freelance Whales. Tag along as drummer Jake Hyman and bassist Doris Cellar take us out to one of their favorite nightspots, East Village rock n’ roll hangout the HiFi Bar. While there, they school us in pool, get serious with CSI pinball, and pause just long enough to tell us about how they met and why their early shows weren’t that different from busking in the NYC subways. Click through to watch the video, and tell us who you’d like to spend a night on the town with next! … Read More

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Chilly Gonzales on Orchestral Rap and Dueling John Mayer

Chilly Gonzales has been on an artistic rampage for well over a decade now. The Canadian-born, Paris-based artist once known as Jason Beck has collaborated with Peaches, Feist, and Jamie Lidell; released numerous albums of rap, pop, and instrumental piano music; wrote, starred in, and released his own feature film; and broken the world record for solo piano performance (after playing for over 27 hours straight).

His latest is The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales, an album that blends rap with orchestral music, arranged by his film composer brother, Christophe Beck. We caught up with Chilly at home in Paris for an interactive video interview, in which he reveals his love of Jewish humor, explains the connection between hip-hop and South Park, and challenges John Mayer to a duel. … Read More

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Chiddy Bang on Hip-Hop vs. Indie Rock and Breaking Records

Things have been going well for Chiddy Bang. The Philadelphia hip-hop duo doesn’t even have a proper album yet, but Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege and Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin have already developed a major following thanks to the success of their mixtapes, which build rap hits on indie-rock skeletons, sampling artists including MGMT, Passion Pit, Sufjan Stevens, and Matt & Kim. Their latest mixtape, Peanut Butter and Swelly, just dropped and is available to download for free; to celebrate its release, Chiddy did nothing less than break the world record for freestyling, rapping for over nine hours straight for MTV. As the duo preps for the release of its long-awaited debut album, Breakfast, we caught up with him for the latest in our interactive video series. Click through and control the questions yourself in our exclusive interview. … Read More

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