While on the red carpet at the Britannia Awards in Los Angeles, California, a dressed-up Siobhan Thompson of the BBC America series “Anglophenia” convinced incoming British celebrities to perform their worst American accents and American celebrities to perform their worst British accents. It’s interesting to note that it appears that the Brits think Americans sound like they’re either from the Deep South, from the San Fernando Valley or just Robert DeNiro wannabes, while Americans seem to think that their British counterparts sound like Eliza Doolittle from Pygmalion.
In the GIF the Halls project, the public is invited to create personalized animated holiday cards which will then be projected on buildings in San Francisco. Anyone can create a card on the GIF the Halls website by choosing one of seven holiday-themed animations and adding their personal message. The animated cards will be projected on buildings in San Francisco between December 20 and 24, 2014–the projections will be recorded, and each card creator will receive an animated GIF of their card’s projection. The animations for the project are by seven digital artists from around the world, including Toyoya Li, chromasy, and Doctor Popular. GIF the Halls was created by WP Engine Labs with technical help from 10up. Digital artists were curated by Gray Area Foundation.
image via GIF the Halls
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“All About Burn Rate” is a musical parody by venture capital firm First Round (previously) featuring many of the companies in their investment portfolio like Upstart, OnDeck, and Hi.Q. The video parodies some of the most popular songs of 2014 including “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, and “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift with lyrics reworked to focus on investment and tech culture.
Another year has passed – it’s time for our holiday tradition
To mashup a startup theme with video memes for our own rendition.
We are all so excited to have this opportunity
To showcase the talents of the First Round Community.
Last year saw unicorns and wrecking balls…
We think it turned out great!
This year we channeled Gurley and Trainor,
Because it’s all about burn rate.
It’s good advice – it can’t hurt to be scrappy,
We hope your holidays are joyful – and your new year is happy!
Minecraft: Story Mode is a narrative-driven video game series by Telltale Games in collaboration with Minecraft developer Mojang. Both Mojang and Telltale have released blog posts about the announcement. Mojang also created an interactive press release called Info Quest II.
Minecraft: Story mode will be a narrative-driven video game created by Telltale Games. It will be about Minecraft. Mojang is collaborating with Telltale and members of the community to make Minecraft: Story Mode as Minecrafty as possible. The first episode will be released some time in 2015, and will be available on Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based devices. Minecraft: Story Mode will be released episodically, just like The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, or the recent Tales from the Borderlands, which is another developer-collaboration series between Telltale Games and Gearbox Software. We’re not intending on creating an “official” story for Steve, or explaining the world of Minecraft in detail. It will be a cool game. The Minecraft 2 thing was a joke. No really. It was a joke.
image via Mojang
The Atlantic senior editor James Hamblin explores ecotherapy and the possible health benefits of going outside in a recent video where he visits San Francisco, the epicenter of the ecotherapy movement. Hamblin meets with two ecotherapists to discuss Nature Deficit Disorder, a hypothesised condition believed to be caused by spending too much time indoors.
On a recent episode of Super-Fan Builds, a series created by Andy Signore for the AWEme Channel, sculptor Tim Baker of Tim Baker Creations grants viewer Dasha Bolotina’s request and creates an amazing Hobbit Hole litter box and an Eye of Sauron scratching post for her Lord of the Rings super-fan boyfriend Misha and his two cats, Frodo and Sam.
Every other week, some of Hollywood’s top prop makers build one-of-a-kind items for super-fans of comic books, video games, movies, and pop culture. In celebration of the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. this week, we’re turning the Hobbit-hole Bag End into a kitty litter box and the Eye of Sauron into a cat scratching post!
“Every time that I go to the tower to turn in a bounty, it’s like walking through a frickin’ rave!”
Game In 60 Seconds is a new animated web series created by the teams at #Mashed and Toonocracy that features “iconic games being explained by internet heroes like Nic Cage… in 60 seconds.” Cage gets heated while reviewing Destiny, the popular online first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie and published by Activision, in a hilarious first episode of the series. Overall, Destiny receives three out of five Ghost Riders and one evil Nic Cage stare.
Nick Cage has got beef with Destiny and its new DLC.
images via #Mashed
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Just opening a box of poop from Cards Against Humanity. These were sold on Black Friday for 6 bucks.
Nothing is funnier to us than the culture jamming that happens on Black Friday – people who run up to a Best Buy moments before it opens to a huge line and u-lock the doors shut, and these pranks are our little contribution.
images via Max Temkin
Jeff 1000 is a new web series by Wired about a 10-foot-tall robot actor who is best friends with actress Summer Glau. Jeff is a former automotive robot from Ohio who moves to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of acting, and the season focuses on his life as a working actor, dog owner, and art enthusiast. The character of Jeff is a practical robot and puppet rig built by Legacy Effects and the Stan Winston School of Character Arts.
The first three-episode season of the show premiered on December 15, 2014 and also included behind-the-scenes videos about the production.
images via Summer Glau