There’s a big to do in Austin this weekend and Click’s own Mac is headed there. Those of you headed to SXSW can check out said panel to learn a thing or two, or just heckle Mac. In the meantime, here’s what’s happening this week on the web.
At Click, we never have any problems with productivity during the work day. Of course we spend our days working on movies, TV shows and games. For those of you looking to up your productivity, Lifehack has a list of 20 apps to increase productivity that everyone should have. It’s a well known fact that lots of office procrastination expresses itself in internet searches, it’s part of why we offer Click On This — as a way to decrease the time needed to scour the net.
With that in mind, those looking for a great new limited edition T-shirt, should check out this offering from ShirtWoot.
Another way to increase productivity is to increase the amount of time you can spend working. You could make great strides with this product.
Those of you headed to Austin and looking for the best the city has to offer in terms of cuisine can step away from your computer search engines as MedMen has done the work for you already.
Those in LA this weekend, however, should head to Collector’s Paradise in Winnetka for a night of gambling to celebrate the new release from the talented award winning duo of Janet Lee and Jim McCann. In honor of Oz the Great and Powerful, we’ll leave you with this amazing interview with Mila Kunis.
We’re officially knee deep in 2013. We’ve even stopped writing/typing the twelve and then having to change it! … mostly … While last week saw the noteworthy Oscar nominations, this week on the web saw plenty of news and a bit of cute. We’ll help you wade through it all with this week’s Click On This!
It’s one thing to swede a trailer. It takes a special kid of dedication to recreate an entire film. In the case of this fan-made Toy Story, the results are both impressive and appropriate.
Many of us regularly flock to Buzzfeed for their photo posts, but how do the people taking those photos feel about having their art used for sponsored posts? Poynter takes a stab at answering.
Not one to shy away from shoddy journalism themselves, The Hill Valley Times proves why they’ll never be added to Click’s press list.
It’s been two weeks since our last edition of Click On This! We hope you had a lovely holiday. We know we did! In this week’s post we talk Academy Awards, animation news, and bid a fond farewell to our friends’ somewhat awkward odes to 70s styles.
While the ceremony itself is still a few months off, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the finalists for this year’s Visual Effects Award.
Animation fans got some interesting tidbits from creators about a Roger Rabbit sequel as well as news of a Family Guy movie. Unfortunately both tidbits were of the vague variety and not actual studio announcements. Still it’s exciting none-the-less!
In stranger news, the folks at Imagine Entertainment have announced the board game version of popular romance novel 50 Shades of Grey.
We predict it will be a hit at kids’ parties everywhere!
Exciting casting news for Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film was overshadowed by a bit of an internt controversy surrounding the film’s helmer James Gunn. After the fallout, Gunn issued a very aware, but succinct apology. With so many in Hollywood issuing forced apologies, it’s nice to read one with such sincerity.
In case you missed it, the viral marketing campaign for Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming giant monsters versus giant robots film Pacific Rim kicked off this week with a teaser video and robot blueprints.
Finally, we end Movember and say goodbye to a bunch of moustaches and welcome back the naked upper lips our Facebook feeds are filled with every other month of the year. According to founder Adam Garone, the campaign started like many humanitarian efforts do: as a bar bet. So far the campaign has raised over 126 million dollars for cancer research; no stats are available on how many relationships have been negatively affected by poorly grown homages to Burt Reynolds. For those coping with the loss of their facial hair, we offer this helpful how to video.
That’s all for this week. Enjoy the weekend Clicksters!
It’s the best time of the year! Time for ghouls and ghosts and “sexy” bacon! In the spirit of the season, we asked the Click team to share memories of their first scary movie experience. Some weren’t surprising, but others were, well, somewhat shocking. Read on to find out what you can do to frighten your favorite Clickster and feel free to tell us your favorite in the comments below.
MAC - Poltergeist
First one that scared me was Poltergeist. Primarily because the night I saw it, I was sleeping over at someone else’s house and they actually had a tree branch that scraped against the window.
DINAH- The Dark Crystal
The Dark Crystal scared the bejeezus out of me as a kid. Those skeksis were so evil! And mean! I remember going into it thinking yay! Muppets! And being shocked and horrified by these terrifying creatures. I had nightmares for a week and haven’t watched it since.
EMILY - Poltergeist
(We can’t just put the same trailer up here twice!)
Poltergeist scared the sweet Be-jeezus out of me when I was young; especially the clown scene!
TYLER - Child’s Play
I was definitely afraid of Child’s Play! I remember watching that movie way before I should have (I think I was 6), the benefits of having older siblings. Anyway, I remember my sister and I threw every doll, stuffed animal, or anything we thought could come alive and stab us at night, in the hallway. I couldn’t sleep for weeks!
JONAH - Alien
Alien. I saw it when it was FIRST on cable. I was four. It was terrifying.
HALEY- The Hills Have Eyes
(We imagine she meant the remake, but we like this trailer for the original so much more!)
I don’t recall ever being scared of certain movies as a child – I have a surprisingly high scare level (you had to when you grew up with two older brothers), but anything that was gross was an entirely different matter. Bugs… rotting people… those are not my thing… So on that note, the first movie I was unable to watch in its entirety was The Hills Have Eyes. In truth I tried to watch it on two separate occasions, but gave up both times. Of course…. I was 17 when that came out, so not quite a little kid… but that movie is revolting at any age. I also wasn’t a big fan of the Saw series… even though I own every one.
TOMMY - Gremlins
When I was very young, I started watching a movie with a cute little creature named Gizmo. Little did I know that Gizmo would multiply and his mean brothers would turn into Gremlins. Not sure how my parents let me watch this, but I wish they didn’t. I slept with the lights on (because Gremlins hate light) for years, and every time I walked by a Christmas tree I thought a Gremlin would hop out. The theme song still sends chills down my spine.
JULIE - Labyrinth
Due to having older siblings, I first watched Labyrinth at a very young age. A questionable age, really, considering the nature of some of David Bowie’s costumes. Needless to say, it scared the mother-lovin’ heck outta me! Specifically, I will NEVER forget the first time I saw the scene with the orange guys who remove their heads. I spent many a sleepless night terrified that I might wake up to some furry orange thing trying to take my head. Regardless, my head has remained intact and Labyrinth is now one of my favorite films.
SABRINA - The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
I’m not sure if it’s actually a horror movie (actually Wikipedia classifies it as a British adventure fantasy comedy) but I watched it when I was about 3 years old and there was a scene with a screaming banshee that I couldn’t get past and ran out of the movie. That entire summer all my sister had to say was “The banshee’s coming for you, Sabrina” to have me wailing… Still gives me the creeps actually!
DRE - The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz. The Wicked Witch of the West was so darn hateful! The memorable terrifying scene was when Dorothy was locked in the tower, talking to Auntie Em in the crystal ball. Auntie Em disappeared, and the Witch appeared, and in her mocking witchy voice repeated, “Come back! Come back!” Still sends chills down my spine, and inspired a reoccurring nightmare for me throughout my pre-K years involving my parents taking me to the Wicked Witch’s house for daycare. In the dream, I pretended to sleep for the duration of my stay, lest the Witch find some evil way to torment me!
So there you have it — Witches, Ghosts, Goblins, Monsters, and Cannibals. Have a safe and happy Halloween!
There’s just something wonderful about October. For those Clicksters outside of LA, there’s lovely foliage to admire and a crisp chill in the night air. For EVERYONE there’s Oktoberfest and the greatest holiday of all –sorry Crismakkuh–HALLOWEEN. In this week’s entry of Click on This we get a jumpstart on Halloween, wish our favorite web-slinger a Happy Birthday, and join Troy and Abed for a musing on what exactly “October 19th” means.
My what a big card you have! Peter Parker celebrated his 50th birthday this week by breaking the world record for most signatures on a Greeting Card. Over 2,700 people wished the ole wall-crawler Happy Birthday on the closing day of New York Comic Con this Sunday. Well done Webhead!
Of course we WON’T be wearing a body suit for our 50th.
Obviously there’s no topping the original. But not everyone can afford to head to Munich for 16 days. If you’re wondering wether there’s an Oktoberfest celebration near you that’s worthy of your time, fret not. Here’s a list of the Best American Oktoberfest celebrations.
In our app based society we often see things previously relegated to actual artists boiled down to their essentials and then handed to the rest of us for mass consumption. Photo-manipulation and autotune are now joined by Infogr.am which puts the power of creating Inofgraphics in everyone’s hands. And then our favorite graphic designers wept.
The Click gang got a head start on Halloween this year. We found no clues and solved no cases. But we DID have Scooby Snacks!
That’s Velma, Fred, Daphne, and is that Adam Duritz of Counting Crows?
With all our Halloween prep, we’d almost forgotten that this week Community was set to return. Of course, then it didn’t. We wondered how such a thing could transpire when we were assured that the show was returning on October 19th. Luckily, Troy and Abed are here to help.
Finally we bring you your weekly moment of “Awwwww”. Meet Moses, the orphaned 7 month old Elephant who now sleeps in the same bed as his Foster mom.
Of course this behavior will NOT be as adorable when he’s 7 YEARS old.
Happy Friday, friends! We’ve successfully made it through another workweek, and you know what that means. It’s time for your weekly dose of interweb glory. This week we bow down to the folks at Mondo, join the fight to stop nerd-on-nerd crime, and give you two doses of heart warmth to get your weekend started off right!
Needless to say, it was a big week for Apple as they released iOS6 just a few days before the iPhone 5 became available for purchase. Techcruch discusses the highs and lows of the software upgrade.
Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for! It’s time to send some zen, heart warmth, giggles and glee your way to lead you into your weekend with a smile:
“Stephanie Tanner” had Mr. Bear, “Linus” had his blanket. Be it a plush toy or pillow, if you grew up with a security blanket of your own, you can imagine how devastating it would be if your beloved friend were to go missing. Watch as one boy is reunited with his long lost toy, “Ah-Ah”. It’s okay, we cried too.
Watch out “Babe” and “Wilbur,” this amazing lifesaving pig is giving you a run for your money in the adorable department.
Is summer over yet? As much as we love the summer for movies, the beach, and fun in the sun, we’re ready for the heatwave to end, and for the fall movie season to arrive. Here’s your weekly reminder of things cool, cute, and industry relevant!
Possibly the most exciting intellectual nerd news comes out of TIFF where Lionsgate has agreed to distribute Joss Whedon’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Of course genre nerds get some candy with this news as the film features several nerd icons and performers who regularly show up in the Whedonverse.
Bronies have a reason to rejoice this week, as the recent Friendship is Magic release rocketed (or galloped) to the top of the Amazon charts.
Geoff Boucher of the popular Hero Complex blog for the LA Times, is apparently leaving the Times after he built the Hero Complex into an incredibly recognizable web presence.
Millions of sites that utilized Go Daddy crashed this week. While hacker Anonymous originally took the credit, it seems that it was a server issue.
Genre fans will be excited to note that there’s a new installment of Boondock Saints on the way.
If you’re looking to spice up your raging kegger this fall we found the answer in this curious little keg assistant.
While we normally offer a little cute each week, we fear this week’s offering may almost be too much.
Comics fans were hit with the not-so-shocking news that another major character death will “change the way you view the Marvel Universe!” … or something like that. Wake us when something exciting happens.
If you’re in LA, are you headed to this weekend’s Comikazee Expo? We are.
Finally, the newest trailer for Wreck-it Ralph continues to make us anxious for the film.
Wow, where did the week go? It’s almost as if this week was somehow shorter than last week. I wonder why….
In this week’s edition we offer some serious cute, look forward to the possible primetime return of a certain Amazon, and are bemused by workplace team building.
We Clicksters make it no secret that we love comic books. One of our favorite artists is Amy Mebberson. Amy has illustrated books featuring the Muppets, Strawberry Shortcake, and several Pixar characters. She has also created a wonderful series of comic strips called Pocket Princesses which routinely manages to make the famed Disney Princesses somehow more hilarious and adorable. Of course, sometimes the strip sees other guest stars as is the case in the newest strip.
In other comics related news, this weekend Baltimore will host the appropriately titled Baltimore Comic Con. While nowhere near as large as SDCC, it does boast an impressive list of creators and events.
We enjoyed the badawesome that was the most recent attempt to bring Wonder Woman back to TV in her own series, we are glad to see that the CW now seems poised to give Diana another shot at primetime.
20th Century Fox had already done something extremely unique with the DVD/Blu-ray preorders for Prometheus. Now it seems they’re poised to push the home entertainment envelope even further with HD downloads several weeks ahead of the DVD/Blu-ray release. If other companies copy this model, things will become very interesting for the Home Entertainment marketplace.
We’re excited to see Liam Neeson back for Taken 2 this next month. We also got a kick out of this hilarious mashup trailer.
Finally, if you haven’t check out Google’s doodle today, do yourself a favor and head over now. Have a happy weekend!
It’s Friday again. Time for a new Click on This! In this week’s episode ooh and ahh to a talented pup, laugh with mom bloggers who get a taste of what it’s like to be a Disney voice, and thrill to the newest craze, the Zombie Run.
Last week Click took select Mom Bloggers for a special day at Disney, where they got a first hand look at what it takes to create the memorable voices for animated classics.
Speaking of Disney, if you ever wanted to dress like a Disney character in your daily life, but a bit more subtle, have we got the blog for you!
With all the attention Zombie Walks around the country have been getting, it was only a matter of tie, before the craze had it’s own evolution.
There’s something both adorable and bizarre about a pooch that barks the Game of thrones intro.
Never let it be said that the Click staff isn’t talented. Click’s own Scott Neumyer is profiled on the Muck Rack. And is the new Wired Geek Mom contributor also Click’s Dinah McLean? Watch out interwebs, we’re everywhere!
We’ll leave you with this adorable moment of snuggly Zen. Have a safe and happy Holiday weekend!