Edward vs R: Why ‘Warm Bodies’ is not ‘Twlight’. Photo from ScreenCrush.com
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”.
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Tagged "R", "R" the zombie, analeigh tipton, bella swan, bill condon, breaking dawn, eclipse, edward cullen, emma nuttymadam clark, isaac marion, jack morrissey, john malkovich, jonathan levine, julie grigio, kristen stewart, lionsgate, new moon, nicholas hoult, nuttymadam, paranormal, rob corddry, robert pattinson, stephen king, stephenie meyer, summit, taylor lautner, team jack, teresa palmer, twilight, vampires, warm bodies, werewolves, zombies
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.
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Tagged amy bruni, carpetshark, chris caron, chris montecalvo, ghost hunters, grant wilson, providence ri, reanna wilson, syfy, taps, the apartment providence ri
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!
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Tagged aaron goodwin, chasing spirits, ghost adventures, nick groff, paranormal, travel channel, zak bagans
What is best in life? An open mind, a butt-comfy seat and a copy of “Arnold’s Army” by Randy Jennings, a novel about the fan community of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Whether you are a fan of Arnold, a skeptic of the actor due to his controversies, or just into anything fan culture related, there is something for anyone in reading this piece. As much as one would think that this is all about Arnold, it is more so about the cult following from his contributions to pop culture, fitness, philanthropy, and most of his fans would agree in politics. From tattoos to collections to stories of encounters with the iconic actor, this book has it all!
A personal recommendation for highlights in this book lie in Chapters Thirteen and Fourteen - terrific views into Randy’s life, as he gracefully shares some of his encounters with The Oak (or Austrian Oak, which are just some of Arnold’s nicknames). He also shares that his mother visited Arnold’s homeland, giving her vivid written description as a fellow fan on the overseas trip complete with photos. Randy is also encouraging his son to follow in his Arnold admiring footsteps, as seen in the above photo.
The well-deserved spokesperson and head of the Arnold fan community through his terrific and long standing site The Arnold Fans, Randy is open in the book about the fact that his fan community, as well as his idol, are not perfect. Yet through all the adversity, he helps to rally up the troops through many measures such as this video “Forever Arnold” after the Governator’s adultery saga unfolded, including cameos from Danny Devito and other show business staples. He also gives a lot of credit to those in the past and present who help him run TAF, as well as displaying the stories of many fellow “Army” members.
Before received a copy of his book, I spoke with Randy on BlogTalkRadio about being an Arnold fan and about “Arnold’s Army” as well as other projects, which you can listen to HERE. Visit Randy’s namesake website The Arnold Fans HERE, as well as to purchase a copy of his novel HERE. You can also see a video of Arnold at San Diego Comic Con 2012 thanking fans, as well as Randy asking a Q of the actor HERE at the 4 minute mark.
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Tagged Arnold Schwarzenegger, Arnold's Army, California, Danny Devito, Expendables, Expendables 2, I'll be back, Randy Jennings, terminator, The Arnold Fans, The Austrian Oak
YouTubers know this man in different ways. They either know him as patriotic southerner Jessy, the lisping video game/Mountain Dew addict Francis, or if they are true subscribers, they know him as a passionate and open story teller about his struggles with obesity and other subjects. All in all, his name is Boogie2988, and he wants to tell you some stories.
Boogie has a myriad of YouTube videos ranging from hilarious to deadly serious where he speaks a lot about not only his addiction to food, but he also converses a lot about some of his favorite things in the world which have also almost destroyed him. In this video “How MMORPG’s [massive multiplayer online role playing games] Saved My Life”, he says while video games become a dangerous addiction and also pointed out to him a lot of hard truths about himself, they also saved him because they in part taught him how to be social (he also credits table top games such as Magic the Gathering in the second part to this video HERE).
The videos on Boogie’s channel, especially the characters he creates such as this one he is experimenting with, are all testament to how he’s been treated in his life as an overweight gamer. He gladly takes existing stereotypes and creates joy for others, and if you want proof of this, look up his “Francis Rages – Where’s my G*ddamned Mountain Dew?” video, where you will surely cry from laughing.
Bottom line, Boogie puts it best: “If you tell me I have to ‘get a life’ because I’m a gamer … you enjoy your ONE life, buddy. And I’ll enjoy my thousands. How about that? How many lives can you buy for a quarter, [expletive]hole? ‘Cause I can buy AT LEAST three!” I raise a glass of Mountain Dew to you, Boogie!
It’s hard enough when you’re caught in the middle of a scandal in your personal life and having to deal with the inner circle of people you deal with day to day, all the while keeping your chin up. What about when you’re a celebrity under a global microscope of judgmental journalists, hounding paparazzi, catty fans, and an industry obsessed with the idea of unobtainable perfection? Kristen Stewart could tell you about these pressures, but instead at a recent film festival, she simply stated of coming back into the public eye in an Associated Press article, ”Don’t just figuratively put your head down and barrel though it. Be there, appreciate it.”
For those who don’t know, and in the shortest terms possible since this is not a gossip blog, Kristen was involved in a bit of a controversy where in apologetic statements from both parties admitted they had cheated on their significant others with each other. In the public’s eyes, until there is a huge slander or libel suit claiming neither party admitted to this fact, the public believes this has happened and have mostly laid the moral blame on Kristen, despite the man she had her alleged tryst with being a married man with children.
Fans of the Twilight franchise have turned on KStew on the internet and there have even been spoofs about fans reacting to this news on everything from Bruce Willis on The Late Show and Will Ferrell on Conan. What’s curious, however, is what the press picks and chooses to display in regards to the fan’s feelings on Kristen. A few weeks ago, they focused on all the fans who hated her now. The most significant example was when a video from NuttyMadam aka Twilight superfan Emma on YouTube went viral declaring why she couldn’t understand how Kristen could do this. In the video, she overwhelmingly states how everyone should leave alone not only Kristen but her boyfriend (exboyfriend?) Robert Pattinson, who both shot to fame together portraying Twilight characters Edward and Bella. Despite this main message, many articles instead focus on her judgmental statements about Kristen.
Now that Kristen is back in the public eye to promote other projects such as the film On the Road and with Breaking Dawn looming in the distance, the press sways it’s coverage to butter up the celebrity it was only previously demonizing. And of course, focusing on her fans who stick by is their ultimate weapon.
Regardless of how different press sources portray her, or any celebrity caught in a scandal, Kristen is ever grateful for her fans. She has highlighted the significance of her fans in multiple interviews, the best examples with MTV News not only at TIFF this year, but in a 2010 piece where she says she knows what “Krisbians” are (aka female fans who are devoted to Kristen), and calls their support “absolutely, disarmingly amazing.”
Posted in female celebrities, film, inspiration, negative, YouTubers
Tagged breaking dawn, cheating scandal, krisbians, kristen stewart, kstew, nuttymadam, on the road, rob pattinson, robert pattinson, robsten, rupert sanders, snow white and the huntsman, trampire, twilight
Films over the decades have highlighted the horror of humanity, whether they were fictional or autobiographical. Sometimes though, fans can intersect with the avenues of fantasy and tragedy while celebrating the movies that they love.
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Tagged aurora batman shooting, aurora CO shooting, aurora colorado, batman, batman begins, batman fans killed, batman fans shot, batman massacre, breaking dawn, christian bale, christopher nolan, lionsgate, san diego comic con, summit, the dark knight, the dark knight rises, twilight, twilight breaking dawn, twilight fan dies, twilight fan killed, warner brothers
One of the wonderful things about a fandom is that it can be a healthy source of escape from day to day stresses. A place you can go mentally, or even literally if meeting with fan friends or going to events relative to your fandom, to feel connected to a community other than work, school, or friends and family who just may not be into what you are. Unfortunately, what was once merely a hobby can become a deadly crutch.
Video gaming has been popular for decades but the advances of technology have provided positives and extreme negative to this community. Giving gamers the ability to access these fantasy worlds whenever and wherever they want, as well as adding in an interactive element where you can chat with others around the world, can become a melting pot of wonderful fan stories, or a powder keg of destruction. A small window into how this lifestyle can be harmful is in the MTV True Life episode “I’m Addicted to Gaming“ but two ripples in international news concerning gamers will display the two polar extremes of what video games can do to people.
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Tagged diablo 3, Diablo III, gamers, gaming community, halo, mtv, playstation, true life, true life: I'm a gaming addict, video game addiction, video game fans, video games, xbox