Or "Whoniversary"? Whatever your terminology, ten years ago today the episode "Rose" aired on the BBC, ushering in a new era of aliens, companions, TARDISes, Daleks, fezzes, and a lot of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff. One decade and five doctors later, Doctor Who is still going strong. Here are 17 things you might not have known about the 21st-century incarnation of the geeky classic.
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I was going to celebrate the March 15th birthday of everyone's favorite romance cover model Fabio with a post of facts, but then I found out that he released an album in 1994 that is basically him soliloquizing about romance, Fabio-style, in between other people's songs, and I knew what I had to do.
*Worst means "worst-reviewed as per the aggregate approval rating of critics as listed on Rotten Tomatoes," not "actually, objectively worst," because there's no way of objectively determining the relative quality of movies. And a great big PPPHHHHBBBBTTTT to awards season.
No excuses, 50 Shades!
Ahhhh, two of my favorite things!
The lack of an Oscar nomination for Roger Ebert doc Life Itself has been something of a head-scratcher, but I've figured out the reasoning behind it: How could the Academy possibly honor a man who only gave Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie ("about as close as you can get to absolute nothing and still have a product to project on the screen.") one star? It's shameful. Here are thirteen other beloved (beloved by some, at least) films that the late critic gave two thumbs way, way down.
Just because you've been nominated for an Oscar or 19 doesn't mean you should get cocky. I'm looking at you, Streep! To help bring people down a peg, Phactual presents the worst-rated movies (as per the percentage of critics who positively reviewed the film, via Rotten Tomatoes) the 2015 Oscar nominees have been in.
Pregnancy and syphilis: Two of mankind's mortal enemies. For millennia, we've been looking for methods to turn them away at the door. Think protected sex is anywhere close to a new thing? Think again.
All these movies have more Oscar nominations than Reservoir Dogs, The Big Lebowski, The Shining, and The Searchers. Some of them even have wins. And yet somehow The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure walked away with nothing. What a travesty.
We live in a strange world, where The Golden Compass isn't the giant failure everyone thinks it is and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (you know, the one with the mermaids) is the 12th highest-grossing movie of all time.
If you're already sick of the Christmas standards being piped through the speaker systems of every single store you walk into this time of year, I recommend cleansing your palate with these weirder holiday options. Featuring Wookiees, sexual innuendo, hippopotamuses, and a foul-mouthed Joe Pesci. Not all in the same song, thank God. Actually, that would be pretty cool. Someone should do that. In case the sexual innuendo and Joe Pesci didn't tip you off--some of these songs are NSFW. Exercise caution.
Are you hyperventilating about the new Star Wars trailer yet? If not, go and watch it again (or three, four, five more times)--I'll wait. When you're done, check out some of the actors you may have completely forgotten were in some incarnation of the Galaxy Far Far Away, either because their role was just that small, they weren't really famous at the time they did it, or because you've blanked the prequels from your memory.
Ten days and counting until that most gluttonous of holidays: Thanksgiving. I can feel the food coma lurking around corners, behind furniture, following me everywhere I go. It will catch me. It'll catch you, too. Here are 17 things you might not have known about traditional Thanksgiving foodstuffs, with a slight bias toward turkey (because duh) and potatoes, because holy moly, the history of the potato is actually really, really interesting.
14 Things You Need to Know About the Greatest Christmas Movie Ever Made: ‘Santa Claus Conquers the Martians’
I get why people like A Christmas Story so much--it's a classic for a reason--but for Chrissakes, there's not a single alien in that movie. So how good can it really be? Enter Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, which has multiple aliens. If you somehow have not seen this cinematic masterpiece (I'd call it the greatest movie of all time, but Mortal Kombat exists), here's a primer for you.
From Afrikaans to Welsh, here are the longest words in 13 different languages from around the world. Fair warning: some of them are supercalifragilisticexpialidiculous.
Hey, famous actors need something to do with their time other than diving into swimming pools full of gold, Scrooge McDuck style. Some of them have turned to producing, ranging from "I am actually going to work on getting this film made" to "I am going to pay for it and get an executive producer credit" to "I am going to slap my name on this thing so it and/or I look good" to "my production company did this one, but I wasn't really involved on a personal level." The world of Hollywood is a strange and wonderful place. Whichever type of producer we're talking, here are 15 movies that have a name you might not have expected in their credits.
With the recently announced Toy Story 4 coming along in 2017 to (potentially) put a ding in the series' flawless record (Pixar, don't you dare!), nostalgia for the OG Pixar movie and its pair of sequels is high. So let's jump in the toy box and take a look at some things you might not know about the Toy Story trilogy. To infinity... and beyond!