Category: Entertainment


You’re right up in the hustle of work, knocking out hours and taking orders from the man. You are overworked but can’t move from your desk. What you need- is to relax. Plus there’s no harm indulging in a short time-waster before you move on to your next assignment. No, definitely not Facebook. That’s counterproductive, what’s not counterproductive is to Learn Something Everyday– a blog that posts educational and absurd fun-facts through hilarious cartoon sketches.You can impress your friends with by telling them that it takes 595 oranges to charge an iPhone or the glaring piece of  irony that Bill Gates used a Mac to design his house.

Rock stars are twice as likely to die prematurely

The creators simply known as Young from Manchester, England have been posting these fun gems since August 2009 but ended their run with a 2-year anniversary. It’s a shame I just found out about this blog recently and I’ve read up on all the facts available. On the plus side, fans can get new content by purchasing the complete Learn Something Everyday book at Amazon.

At one time Hugo Boss made uniforms for the Nazi's

 

 

 

Xbox Live finally dropped the demo for Driver: San Franciso on Marketplace, so I decided to go for a test drive. In DSF, Detective Tanner returns once again to take down his longtime arch-nemesis Jericho, who has escaped  from a high-security prison. It’s as simple as that but I’m sure there’s a lot more to the story once we get the full game.

More importantly, it’s good to see the franchise make it on the next-gen platform after mediocre releases such as Parallel Lines and Driver 3. At first glance, DSF takes us back  to 70’s car-chase scenes that are full of adrenaline, excitement and carnage. Very much like the acclaimed titles on the original PlayStation.

I’m also really impressed with new additions from Developer Ubisoft such as over 120 fully licensed cars- including the Porsche 911 and Mustang Shelby for DSF. This is simply one of the best features to ever happen to the franchise. Quite frankly, tearing downhill on the streets of a beautifully rendered San Francisco in an Audi Le Mans is just  awesome.

Another cool yet odd feature to Driver is Shift and this where Driver for all its realism in car chases starts to get hairy. During the first mission, Tanner begins to explain to his partner after his near-death experience in a car-crash that he has the ghost-like ability to take control of anybody driving other vehicles. Like Jones, we find this crazy talk just as unfathomable. Suddenly we’re taking a reticule on screen that can hover over all of San Francisco then zoom and shift us into a different car.

Now Shift is a really cool dynamic that adds something fresh such as trying to finish a race in both 1st and 2nd place as you transport hundreds of meters between vehicles. However, I can’t get over the fact that Shift pushes out the all the realism that other original Driver titles once had. Developers trying to explain Tanner’s new-found powers will leave hardcore fans of the series a bit confused. Like why can’t we just jack other vehicles like normal people in GTA instead of becoming a ghost that can control cars?

Other than that, the gameplay is promising with realistic physics and smooth graphics and texture you expect to see on the next-gen platform, but it also has its shortcomings- The demo is riddled with environmental glitches as your car tends to smash through walls and get stuck in buildings. In addition,  the cars are somewhat built like tanks and handle roughly but after a few runs, you get used to the cars and better at driving.  Since this is the demo, we can cut Ubisoft some slack and hope to see a more presentable retail version when DSF hits stores Sept. 6.

Ghana’s most notorious hip-lifers are at it again- M3nsa and Wanlov the Kubolor are the FOKN BOIS  and they are the same geniuses who brought you Broken Language but now the mischievous duo are now taking jabs at our Nigerian and lesser counterparts with this just-for-laughs joint “Thank God We are not a Nigerians.” Oh and if you’ve never heard of Nigeria. They are like the Canada of Africa. Just obscure and whack. I’m joking sha! I love my Nigerian peoples.

Cyrax! Sektor! Totally kicking robot ass!

Hardcore fans  finally got their wish when Director Kevin Tancharoen of web-series Mortal Kombat Legacy revealed a shock ninth episode at Comic-Con 2011. It came as a pleasant surprise as to almost everyone thought season 1 ended with fan favorites Sub-Zero and Scorpion. Still, fans relentlessly hinted at seeing the Lin Kuei Cyborgs in action, but that day never came- until now.

Showcasing Cyrax and Sektor in action has been definitely one of the most entertaining episodes yet. Plus, it’s pretty cool how Cyrax and Sektor are modeled almost exactly like their video game counterparts in Mortal Kombat 9.

Apart from maybe apparently getting a bigger budget. I’ve been impressed with Tancharoen’s work and where he has taken the series so far. Hopefully we get to see more of this kick-ass stuff in season two- if there is a season 2. For now, enjoy the flying sparks and metallic-scrapping blows.

Hollywood may be an entirely different planet where the biggest movies come to life and celebrities live as over-glorified human beings. But Hollywood didn’t come to such a powerful status without having influencing society in America in several ways.

The historical evolution of the biggest film industry in the world is too broad to pinpoint but it probably starts from an era where Hollywood came to explosive prominence and solidified its place as an American landmark of tradition during the 1920-40s. During this time, Hollywood became very good at three things–entertainment, influence and profit.

The main objective and goal of Hollywood has always been to entertain and it has done so for decades. Throughout the course of black-and-white silent films of Charlie Chaplin to the 3D-rage that is bludgeoning theaters, we always gain some memorable experience (either good or bad) from watching production films or cinema blockbusters.  Throughout history, Hollywood has also given birth to some of the biggest entertainment studios such as Warner Bros and Paramount Pictures. Hollywood also brought us talented performers from musical geniuses Frank Sinatra to Oscar award-winning actors such as Gregory Peck and Michael Douglas. As a result, Hollywood consistently churned out many other celebrities who have become household names because they have given great performances that have entertained millions. Celebrities such as George Clooney have also created their own wave of influence and that is another reason why society looks up to Hollywood movie stars as role models, highly respected figures or people with crazy drug addictions. Point is, celebrities become a part of our lives in some way. Oprah anyone?

Apart from serving as a channel of entertainment, the Hollywood industry is one of the most powerful and influential enterprises in the world. Its voice is heard around the globe. From recollection of the Roaring 20’s and the Harlem Renaissance, Hollywood brought about trends that has impacted society heavily. Which other institution promoted smoking cigarettes as cool, attractive and “fashionable” and sent the tobacco industry laughing all the way to bank?

Icons such as Marilyn Monroe have even transcended a whole unique sense of fashion that people have copied for years. Because of Hollywood, there will always be parts of society that want to dress up or look like their favorite idols through make-up and work-out tips. In fact, Hollywood will always be an industry that can promote anything deemed stylish as a result of their influence. But fashion trends are not the only things Hollywood is known for but it has always been an industry that has created its own propaganda and political statements that affects governments, industry and communities.

It’s become a prerequisite for Hollywood to have some sort social responsibility. Labeled mostly as liberal-thinking syndicate, Hollywood has projected political messages of anti-war when George Bush opted to move troops to Iraq in 2003 after 9/11. Celebrities such as Alec Baldwin, Sheryl Crow and Martin Sheen made outspoken anti-war statements such as avoiding threats of nuclear warfare and pleaded with the US government to bring troops back. Such statements were also reiterated by every possible news outlet because of Hollywood’s extensive influence. Secondly, Hollywood can asks society to come to a call of action or engage in social responsibility. One simple example comes from the disaster of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Celebrities and the Red Cross came together in a campaign to help victims of New Orleans and also pleaded with the public to make donations that helped in anyway. In summary, Hollywood marks itself as a great contributor to the American society that always voices its belief in political issues or worldly events.

Finally, despite its role as a leader in trends and a core landmark of influence, the most important thing that has always mattered to Hollywood is making money. Hollywood is objectively a business and a multi-billion dollar industry. The cost that goes into entire production of films is to just generate box office receipts in which you the consumers spend money on tickets that costs more than a Hanes T-shirts these days.

Currently, the American film industry is worth over $754 billion dollars, making Hollywood one of the largest and entertainment media markets to date. Thus its success marks a symbol of great capitalism and a free market which the American society greatly appreciates or can’t do without.

Ultimately, Hollywood’s impact on society is undeniable because of its ability to entertain, influence and continually make profits forever.

 

 

 

NOTE: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Despite all the controversies of Satanism and evil that swarmed a young wizard and his school of magical enchantment at Hogwarts, Harry Potter has remained one of the most beloved franchises for 10 years now.

But aside from the fact Harry Potter has generated a massive following from some of the most dedicated (and rather obsessed) fans, JK Rowling’s work has always taken a classic approach to good vs. evil, which also carries a strong Christian message.

Throughout the course of the series, Rowling’s seven books and feature films have been working toward an epic conclusion that share biblical parallels that range from sacrificial love to resurrection. Sound familiar?

This was apparent to a lot of fans from the beginning but one particular scene in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part 2 has struck viewers worldwide. But for Rowling, that was always the plan as she revealed certain details about her legacy.

“To me [the religious parallels have] always been obvious,” she said. “But I never wanted to talk too openly about it because I thought it might show people who just wanted the story where we were going,” Rowling said at her Open Book Tour last Monday.

In fact, the movie goes as far as quoting phrases from the Bible that give Harry motivation and the heart to fight his long-term nemesis, Valdemort.

I’m not surprised by this for Harry Potter has always had compelling stories of faith and triumph. The earlier controversies that followed the series never held weight and came from mostly paranoid parents who never read the book.

Though kinesis-based spells and Quidditch may not be truly Christian in nature, I can truly appreciate the fact that Rowling was inspired by certain aspects of the Gospel that she chose to share with millions of people.

 

Arsene Wenger has made a sensational swoop to sign Jack Wilshere’s impregnated girlfriend who is set to give birth to a footballing prodigy in 9 months time. The Arsenal coach was reluctant to part with the cash but after witnessing the first kick, Wenger splashed a whopping 200 pounds for the unbirthed star.

“It’s a great bargain, I’ll tell you that. This will save us nine months of counter-balancing our wage structure with unreasonably high-priced contracts with that of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas.” Wenger said

Wenger was full of praise for the child saying that he has so much potential and can not wait to work with the fetus. “I’ve seen the sonogram. He will add a lot of quality to our squad.”

Though he has been criticized heavily by fans for not diving into a voracious transfer market for more experienced and established players, Arsene Wenger assures fans that they are heading in the right direction and that they should have faith. With the departures of Gael Clichy to Manchester City and troubling rumors surrounding Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, Wenger claims this is the best piece of news  for the club.

“Yes, we haven’t achieved much in the past six years but we have always been very close and I understand their frustration. That is why I’m doing whatever it takes to secure Arsenal’s future at hand.”

With the likes of 17-year-old Carl Jenkison, and Ryo Miyaichi, the trio will become a team destined for trophies in 2030.

“It’s not always about signing the most expensive players, but you have look for cheap players nobody has ever heard or seen but also have explosive amounts of talent waiting to be tapped. How do you think I signed players like Hleb? Wilshere? Vermaelen and Koscielny?”

Asked whether he’d be looking to sign more players after rumors of Nasri leaving to Manchester City and Fabregas en route to Barcelona, the team that first rejected him in 2003, he smiled. “We’re fighting very hard to keep both Nasri and Fabregas but if they should leave, we’ll be very active this summer to sign more players of the baby’s quality,”

But not to worry Arsenal fans. Media sources have confirmed Wenger has also lined up a bid to sign Robin Van Persie’s 4-year-old son Shaqueel, who has also been dubbed a future world class striker.

There’s been much anticipation following Beyonce’s latest album, 4 and nobody’s more excited than the energetic pop-star herself. But the unsurprising leak of her entire album before the June 28 release came as a minor disappointment.

“My music was leaked and while this is not how I wanted to present my new songs, I appreciate the positive response from my fans,” according to the superstar.

Still, that didn’t stop critics nationwide from forming their own thoughts about the album 4.

Putting it lightly, the overall census surrounding Beyonce’s latest album is that it feels “different.”

If you were expecting an album full of up-tempo hits like “Single Ladies” or “Crazy in Love,” you wouldn’t find too many of those here. After listening to the whole album, there’s an apparent change of pace from her previous albums. Most of the tracks like “1+1” and “I Miss You” are more of slow burning and low key beats with unusually soft vocals.

Rest assured, Beyonce didn’t leave her eccentric and high-powered style behind. There are still some songs that you can classify as your usual dance hits such as “Countdown” and a buoyant “End of Time while “Party” which has more of a lounge feel to it.

But none of these songs match the energy of Beyonce’s first single “Run the World (Girls).”  It may not live up to her previous smash classics but is a decent radio hit and power-girl anthem. I can even imagine many people posting videos of themselves rocking to it on YouTube.

4 may have received a lot of criticism from deviating from a known formula fans especially are used to but it’s no experiment that went haywire. Beyonce’s studio fourth ensemble is at best an album that went in a fresh direction. It’s definitely not her best work but nothing to be so upset about either. She may completely run the world another day.

 

They say being at the top can get lonely but for Lil Wayne, that is probably a good thing.

The Young Money CEO shared more of that insight in an interview after his crowd-raising performance on MTV’s Unplugged this June.

“People say it’s lonely at the top. It is lonely.  But all I do is dream about all the people at the bottom that ain’t lonely. Thank God, I am alone.”

It’s an intriguing message that ties into his song “Nightmares of the Bottom,” an upcoming single from his highly anticipated new album, Tha Carter IV.

Although MTV is now a fluff station that airs shows about narcissistic partiers from New Jersey and pregnant teenagers, they still go back to their respectable roots of good music with Unplugged- a show that honors some of music’s most greatest and talented artists (excluding Katy Perry) since 1989. There’s nothing like being unplugged. It’s almost like winning an award.

Unplugged lets artists perform live-band versions of their best or new songs before a small audience and it’s a more intimate experience for both the artist and the listener. Only then can you witness Jay-Z rap with unfeigned authority or Alicia Keys sing out her soul while playing the piano. To be unplugged means that you’ve been recognized for your contribution to good music. Now, Lil Wayne has been added to that list.

Before his scheduled performance, the hype was big and the performance even bigger as he performed some of his biggest hits, including a hard-hitting “A Milli” to his 2009 #1 billboard hit “Lollipop.”

Lil Wayne deserves this recognition. He’s the second rapper in a decade to headline the event since Jay-Z. Plus his music is simply dope. He massively appeals to all fans of hardcore rap, r&b, alternative & rock. He’s one of the most unique rappers out there with his signature style of lyrics that are laden with creative puns, double entendres and crazy wordplay like “Sleeping at the top/nightmares of the bottom/everybody wanna be fly ‘til you swat ‘em.”

Which ties back to his song with the repeated message- it’s better to be on top and stay there. Unrivaled.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgrdwuev2b8

 

Here are a few songs that have created a lot of buzz this year. Some are unique, some individual and the rest mainstream hits. Regardless, The Whatever Blog is feeling the real swag behind each track. Especially this one from my friend and new favorite rapper DuJuan Woods with “Toast 2 Life.” It’s an all time favorite and I’m sure you’ll like his hard yet fun style of delivery on the beat. The playlist also features YC’s break-out joint “Racks”, which knocked off Lady Gaga’s “Judas” to third on iTunes and debuted at #1 on Zune Marketplace.

Most notably, TWB couldn’t enough get of YouTube’s “Shawt Bus Shorty” from Be Your Own Boss Entertainment. Even better they came out with a remix of their viral hit. Their spot-on parodies of big rappers are so creative and dope, the lyrics virtually outshine their real-life counterparts.

Finally, some people may be surprised to find Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now” on here but we all know who he has to thank for making this such a hard-hitting joint. Busta Rhymes undoubtedly takes the helm for ripping this song shreds along with Lil Wayne’s signature style and swagger. So what do you think? Is this a solid playlist or can it be better?