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Professor Mathieu Deflem is a great example of the American dream. He came from overseas to live and be an educator in America. Deflem definitely knows his stuff, as he gets to teach a lot of courses focused on his interests. And like any American, he is passionate about pop culture.
Here we are again, dear readers. Another blog where I truly do not want to get personal, but this article is about more than the namesakes it features. This is about hopefully distinguishing some large arguments in regards to film comparisons by taking a fanatic point of view and applying it with facts as well as reasoning. Looking beyond aesthetics and dissecting the subjects at hand. Basically, in layman’s terms, I really hope after reading this, people stop whining about why “Warm Bodies” is the same thing as “Twilight”.
It has to be one of the most talked about moments via a Syfy show this year. Grant Wilson, the cofounder of TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society), walks away from the wildly popular TV show “Ghost Hunters”. Immediately, the rumor mill started. Was he divorcing? Was he dying? Could he not stand the attention and fans anymore?! Anything people could think of became discussed.
The truth? Grant talks about it directly to the fans and inquiring minds in this mini film, a Fan-Culture.org production featuring lush pieces of live music from CarpetShark, with a no-frills bonus video HERE with full interviews. Transcripts of videos can be made upon request.
There are probably a lot of celebrities and public figures who would not be up for a book signing and discussion following the morning of a family member’s funeral, but Nick Groff of “Ghost Adventures” was not about to let his fans down at a Nashua New Hampshire Barnes and Noble on Saturday, November 17th. Very nice of you to do, Nick! Check out the full video of the event HERE and a video where Nick does some fan shout outs HERE. You can send Nick condolensces on his loss via Twitter HERE, or to just follow him and become a fan, too!
I rarely want to post blogs that come off as a bias point of view on something, but the only way it is appropriate to write this article is as a fan. It seems to have been the best way to get people’s attention on this awesome guy.
Meet Flula (pronounced “Floo-lah” and commonly misspelled by Starbucks baristas, as exampled by his hilarious Twitter photos). His last name is Borg, and much like the Borg race of “Star Trek”, resistance of this German YouTube personality is futile.
I first became a fan of his when an ex of mine showed me his video “Rock Paper Scissors, Your Logik is Not Right”. As you can tell by the title, it’s going to be quite silly, but it’s Flula as a fairly new American citizen trying to break down an American idiom with somewhat broken English. This was it for me. I have gone through nearly all of his YouTube videos in about six months time and I cry with laughter each time I watch them. That relationship ended, but in return I learned about Flula, so the glass is half full “on ziss one”, as Flula would say.
The best part about this DJ, beat-boxer and comedy extraordinaire is his relationship with his fans, or Flans, as he calls them. I was new to his fan community, yet when I posted asking for a radio interview, he was EXTREMELY quick to get back to me. I had a bit of an emergency and was stranded the night of our show, but instead of being mad or blowing me off deciding I was unprofessional for missing it, Flula had emailed making sure I was okay and gladly rescheduled (you can listen to the amazing interview where he chats with me and other “Flans” HERE).
As many of my followers know, I finished my documentary “fanATOMY” and the process of finishing it unfortunately put aspects of my life on hold the last few months, including following Flula’s career. I have however come back with a BOOM. I made a YouTube video, which was a spoof of a marriage proposal by Boogie2988 and a means to promote Flula called “Marry Me, Flula?” Boogie saw the video, shared it, and it has gained nearly four thousand views within a week’s time. Even Flula saw it and responded with a yes (looks like I need to buy another Ring Pop?)
Anyway, I hope you guys check out Flula, who does a live webcam chat every Tuesday, or “Fluesday” night, and that you’ll check out my Thursday, or “Flursday” night, Flula’s funniest moments videos (courtesy of not being able to make “Destination Truth” ones anymore due to copyright issues). Flula is on Twitter HERE, so make with the follow!
She was challenged by an overtly religious upbringing and dropped by two record labels, but this didn’t stop Katy Perry from rising to the top of the charts. With the pop star’s great success also came a gigantic following of fans: her KatyCats.
In her recently released DVD/BluRay “Part of Me” featuring behind the scenes of her 2011 tour, bits of her life and full concert pieces, a major element of the film was not only how her fans react to her and her music, but also how they helped her in her time of need (a gut-wreching moment later in the film turns into the most heart warming).
One fan who can definitely relate to Katy’s music, message and beyond is super fan Jack Moore. Featured in a highly viewed Olly Newport film called “Katy & I”, Jack plasters his walls with Katy’s image and displays his playful British humor. Jack also spoke with me about his fandom on my BlogTalkRadio show HERE and you can see an old panoramic view of his room below. Follow Jack on Twitter and buy a copy of “Part of Me” on iTunes, or in person where you buy your media etceteras today!
I have met him [singer Dwight Yoakum] one time very briefly at a restaurant in Los Angeles and I just did my best, I was introduced to him, and I did my best to keep my cool, and shake his hand, and get out of there. Not reveal that I was an enormous Dwight Yoakum nerd…I was in a diner once wearing a Dwight Yoakum shirt in that he came into, and I felt humiliated and sort of like, crouched down beneath the booth I was in.
-Josh Gates, DT (Destination Truth) Fan Radio, July 9th 2012