Are These the Top 5 SNL “Weekend Update” Hosts Ever?

“Weekend Update” is often considered the best part of “Saturday Night Live,” and these comedians are the reason why.

These are 5 of the best . . . but are they THE best?

Colin Jost & Michael Che

While these two weren’t well-received during their first couple of years hosting “Weekend Update,” Colin Jost and Michael Che are starting to find their footing and gain traction. Jost and Che work as foils for each other, as both come from different backgrounds and have different views. Jost is uptight and self-deprecating, while Che is cynical and ready with a playful insult for his partner. They may not always stick the landing with their punchlines, but they have a chemistry that allows them to work off each other.

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler

The first pair of women to anchor “Weekend Update,” Tina Fey and Amy Poehler had a chemistry that was electric. Each week for the show, Tina brought her intelligent wit, and Amy brought the energy. Together, they would take on the issues of the day, which were often related to women. We have seen Tina and Amy costar in movies and co-host the Golden Globes to critical acclaim, but “Weekend Update” was the first place we saw what was possible when you put these two together.

Norm Macdonald

This beloved anchor was known for his low-key personality and dry delivery. His humor tended to go in surprising directions, and it sometimes veered into dark territory. Some of Norm’s favorite targets during his broadcasts included David Hasselhoff, O.J. Simpson, and perhaps most random of all, Sylvester Stallone’s brother Frank Stallone. When NBC executive Don Ohlmeyer was reportedly unhappy with Norm lambasting his close friend O.J. Simpson, Ohlmeyer had Norm fired from “Saturday Night Live,” which was a great loss for both “SNL” and “Weekend Update.”

Who are your favourite “Weekend Update” hosts of all time?

 

Top 3 Things We Love About National Avocado Day

Welcome to WatchMojo dot com and today we’re counting down the Top 3 Things we’re enjoying on #NationalAvocadoDay.

3.  Avocado art. We didn’t realize there could be anything more beautiful than avocado toast. Thanks, Twitter!

2. Punny avocado jokes.

1. Guac is not Extra!

We all know that guac is extra. BUT! in honor ofNational Avocado Day Chipotle is providing FREE guacamole. In order to redeem the deal, customers must purchase a meal online or through the mobile app and use promo code AVOCADO. You may redeem the free guac as an add-on, a side item, or as a regular order of chips and guac. Go now, quickly!

Interview With Dawn M. Bennett

From Superfan to Superstar

Time, dedication and loving your craft to the max. With this creed in mind, Dawn M. Bennett found herself going from a voice-acting enthusiast all the way to starring in hit anime such as Fairy Tail, My Hero Academia and Yuri on Ice, while also getting to go balls to the wall with hilarious titles such as Keijo and Bikini Warriors. Given how she’s arguably a bigger anime fan than most of us, it’s fair to say she’s living the dream. Thankfully, even while she’s snagging roles in summer hits such as Hanebado, she still found time to chat to us about her passion for the medium.

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First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to let us probe your brain!  

Thanks for having me!” 

Before we get into your roles, it’s worth noting that like many of us, you grew up watching classic anime and were inspired by voice actors, many of whom are now your co-workers! In your mind, what was the pivotal moment that made you want to pursue this as a career?

During my first semester at Berklee College of Music in 2011, I joined the Video Game Music Club and participated in a game jam, an event where you team up with other club members to create a game in 24-48 hours. One of the roles we could choose was voiceover, which was something I’d always wanted to try as a kid but never went any further with it. My college roommate and fellow actor Victoria Vitti and I voiced male hillbillies for our assigned game, using nothing but our MacBook’s internal microphone and GarageBand. It was silly and stupid and just a ton of fun.

After that, the VGMC’s president Akash Thakkar encouraged me to keep voice acting based on the praise of the team we worked with. I volunteered for as many engineering students’ projects as I could, sometimes staying at the studio until 2am. I found myself having more and more fun every time I stepped in the booth, to the point where I wanted to focus on voice acting instead of music. I did this throughout college up to graduating in 2014, and was cast in Fairy Tail not long after.”

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Everyone certainly has an idea of what it’s like to work full-time as a voice actor. Can you tell us one thing that’s absolutely true and one that’s a huge misconception about the craft?

The truth is simple: it’s fun! We get to act in situations we wouldn’t normally be able to fulfill onscreen. I’ve gotten to be a French spider, a purple dragon girl, a green kitty who thinks they’re a frog, and even Satan! I can be the villain trying to take over the world and the hero trying to save it. It’s like playing pretend on the playground back in elementary school, only with a much higher production value. I have moments where I just stand back and think, “This is a thing I get to do. I get to work on the kinds of shows I watched as a kid. This is awesome!” It’s such a wonderful feeling.

The biggest misconception is that work will be constant. You audition far more than you book, and the amount of rejection tends to discourage folks in the beginning. It’s even more so if you decide to move to a new area with little to no experience and expect you’ll hit it big instantly – every experienced actor out there highly recommends not doing this. There will be slow seasons and you have to be prepared for it.”

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Since becoming a voice actor, have you had any type of fangirl moment when meeting some of your acting heroes? Have you had the same happen to you?

I’ve had too many fangirl moments to count, but there are two that stand out! The first was when I got to Skype with Ellen McLain, the voice of GLaDOS from the Portal series. She and I had been emailing back and forth about how I was going to sing “Cara Mia Addio” for an end-of-the-year choir concert at Berklee, and she offered to give me a master class for it. Even though a screen separated us, the choir members and I could all feel the presence Ellen had when she directed us. I remember shaking so badly!

The second time was when I met Christopher Sabat at HaberKon in 2013. You know him. Voice of Vegeta. And Piccolo. And Yamcha. And Kuwabara. And Armstrong. The guy who’s voiced almost every anime character of my childhood. THAT guy. I had the biggest smile on my face after hearing him do shout-outs as Vegeta at the convention, and he was so nice to everybody!

For me, I remember meeting a young man at a gaming convention a couple years ago. His name escapes me, but I remember he was shaking with excitement but was too shy to say hello! In that moment, I saw myself. I’ve been scared to approach people I look up to far too often. I’ve been that guy! So I said, “Hey man! Do you do hugs?” And we hugged! I could feel the poor guy shaking. But like I said earlier, I get the shakes too!”

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Despite initial appearances, Yuri on Ice’s Isabella is actually quite the supportive finance, almost to absurd degrees. Was it refreshing to play a character so positively unwavering towards her beloved?

Yes, yes, yes! When I read people’s thoughts on her after her debut episode, so many people were expecting her to be the type to abandon JJ at the drop of a hat. JJ and Isabella are #relationshipgoals for sure. The scene with Isabella cheering JJ on as he’s lamenting his performance in the kiss and cry is definitely one of my favorite moments in the show. Even if they’re a bit arrogant at times, you can’t help but admit they’re a cute and genuine couple.

They’re like the type of couple you see in tabloids. Celebrities with personalities some may not tolerate well. However, because their relationship is solid, it makes Isabella and JJ feel more real and less like the couples you see on reality shows. In anime, one might expect someone like JJ to be comically dumped by Isabella after his loss, but I’m glad the show kept a more realistic approach and gave the characters such great development.”

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While each of your Yandere Simulator characters would make for the ideal romantic interest in any other video game, are you more interested in seeing how they will meet their end at the hands of the somewhat psychotic protagonist?

“Oh yes. Michaela Laws, the voice of Yandere-chan, is a dear friend of mine and I’m extremely interested in learning how she’s going to end me. Er, I mean, how Yandere-chan will end Asu, Hanako, or Muja. Right. That’s what I meant.”

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If you had to choose, which one deserves to be spared Yandere’s wrath?

I love Asu Rito to bits. She’s just an innocent athlete who’s pumped about sports and challenges! Yandere-chan should just befriend her and help her find a different senpai. Then they can work out together and help each other become strong, buff ladies.”

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In many ways, Keijo must be a dream role given the absurdity of the premise. How much pride did you feel playing a character that inspires the next generation of posteriorly prominent professionals?

I felt pride in the scene when my character, Miku Kobayakawa, booty bumped a piece of chalk right at Nozomi’s face, with her eyes closed. I was also proud of the moment Aoba used her “Scanning Hand” to activate the “Gate of Bootylon,” revealing Miku’s own ability, “Boob Dunk.” We’d all been wondering what Miku’s special move was and we finally saw it! I only wish we’d gotten to see Miku use it herself.

Given that Keijo is now a sport in Portugal, I’m hoping someone can reenact Miku’s booty-bumping chalk scene with their eyes closed. That would make my year.”

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What would you say are the qualities you most admire about Ritsuka? Her ability to forgive unconditionally even in the worst circumstances, or have gentlemen such as Rem and Lindo fall for her natural charm? 

“I love that Ritsuka had a backbone instead of being the typical “damsel-in-distress” girl in a reverse harem. Even though all these handsome devils were falling for her, she wasn’t completely blinded by their suavity. She knew how to fight back when it mattered the most. I wouldn’t even say that she forgave unconditionally, at least immediately anyway. When (spoiler!) died, Ritsuka tearfully told Rem that she “hates” him. She didn’t let his handsomeness or charm hide the fact that she lost someone extremely dear to her. I won’t give away the ending, but I really admire the final decision she made because she chose it for herself. She thought for herself, and not whatever was typical of a fairy tale ending.”

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Now we come to everyone favorite cat-frog; Fairy Tail’s Frosch. Aside from just being too adorable for words, what was your fondest memory playing Rogue’s loyal companion?

“My fondest memory was meeting Rogue’s voice actor Garret Storms! We happened to meet each other in between sessions at FUNimation when one of the directors mentioned his name. I perked up immediately and asked, “Excuse me, are you Garret Storms?”

“Yes?” He replied.

“I’m Dawn! I’m the voice of Frosch!”

He lit up and exclaimed, “I found you!” (If you’ve seen episode 202, you’ll know what this references)!

We hugged and took a selfie together. I was so happy to meet him at last!”

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Konohana Kitan’s Satsuki goes beyond your typical foxgirl, especially given her numerous insecurities. Was her character one you could relate to in anyway?

Absolutely. Satsuki has this problem where she constantly compares herself to her sister and forgets she has her own skills and accomplishments. Satsuki’s also sensitive to what people think about her, believing that everyone considers her sister to be better in every way. Even when Satsuki’s naturally gifted at kagura dancing, her harsh self-criticism prevents her from thinking so; rather, she claims her sister being there is the only way she was able to fake her way through the dance. It’s a classic case of Impostor Syndrome.

I can understand Satsuki’s feelings of mediocrity because we can only see our own flaws while everyone else shines. We both work harder to overcome these feelings, but it doesn’t stop the feelings from existing. I was so happy to play a character whose emotional turmoil I identified with.”

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Dawn, thank you so much for your time! If fans want to message you and declare their undying love for Frosch, where can they find you?

DawnMBennett.com
facebook.com/DawnMBennettVA
instagram.com/DawnMBennettVA
twitch.tv/DawnMBennettVA
twitter.com/DawnMBennettVA

And finally, as an honorary member of WatchMojo, if you could choose a subject for a top ten list, what would it be?

“Top Ten Anime Foods! I’m a foodie and would love to check those out!”

Top 5 Brands That Failed

All Rise For The Passing Of Yet Another Brand

Whether you find the imminent demise of this flick-loving company to be tragic or inevitable, it appears that it won’t be long until MoviePass ends up joining these other five defunct companies .

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#5: Circuit City (1949-2009)

Electronics superstores followed their roadmap, but that wasn’t enough to keep Circuit City afloat. Inconvenient locations, bad customer service, and not targeting gamers were just some of their mistakes. However, they were still the number two electronics store in America when they filed for bankruptcy in 2008, then liquidated their assets and closed all stores. RadioShack is a similar company whose stock prices imply is on a similar path.

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#4: Oldsmobile (1897-2004)

Olds was a pioneer in many respects, and one of the oldest auto brands around when General Motors shut it down in 2004. It was the first of many brand deaths at GM: Hummer, Pontiac, and Saturn all met their ends during the Chapter 11 reorganization. Ironically, it was competition from other GM brands that helped lead to the downfall of Oldsmobile.

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#3: Blockbuster (1985-2013)

Failing to adapt to changing trends and new services like Netflix plus escalating internet piracy meant Blockbuster was never far from a death rattle. The signs were all there, 2010 – bankruptcy, 2011 – bought by Dish Network, 2012 – gave up competing with Netflix. We’re honestly surprised that it didn’t go under sooner.

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#2: Woolworths (1879-1997)

The Woolworth brothers and their chain of five-and-dime stores established the sales, merchandising, and customer service standards in practice today. By the company’s hundredth anniversary it was the world’s biggest department store chain. But mounting pressure from competitors like Wal-Mart caused its decline. Woolworth’s was officially declared defunct in 1997, but it still exists today under the name Foot Locker.

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#1: Pan American World Airways (1927-1991)

Taking the top spot on our list is the “World’s Most Experienced Airline.” Innovations, unparalleled luxury, and hot stewardesses made Pan Am an industry leader and a symbol of American pride. However, a deadly terrorist bombing, plus increasing competition and fuel prices after the Gulf War took their toll: The company folded in 1991. Twenty years later, Pan Am inspired a nostalgic TV show, which also failed.

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Be sure to check out the video below to see our picks for the Top 10 Products That Killed Competitors.

Are These the Three WORST Shows of 2018 So Far?

There’s a lot of great TV out there. But there’s a lot of garbage, too.

Let’s look at three of the absolute worst shows to air in the first half of 2018.

“Take Two”

It’s 2018. Did we REALLY need another police procedural? ABC certainly seems to think so, and the results are about as dire as you would expect. “Take Two” comes from married couple Terri Edda Miller and Andrew W. Marlowe, the creator of “Castle.” While that sounds promising, “Take Two” isn’t nearly as good, or even as passably entertaining as its predecessor, despite their readily apparent similarities (or rip-offs). The cliched plot is yet another variation on the police procedural you’ve seen a thousand times, and the juvenile jokes (which you’ve probably heard a thousand times) often miss their broad mark. “Take Two” is nothing but derivative summer network television.

“LA to Vegas”

“LA to Vegas” is a workplace comedy produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, the team behind “Anchorman,” “Step Brothers,” and “Talladega Nights.” It’s certainly a winning combination, but we don’t know if Fox was the right place for it, because it reeks of sitcom clichés. For example, the characters are broad caricatures without a shred of depth or humanity, and the show often resorts to lame jokes about sex and drugs. And speaking of the jokes, they are so ill-timed and predictable that we feel like we’re watching a corporate video given out to comedians on how NOT to tell jokes. It was cancelled after fifteen episodes. It’s not hard to see why.

 

“Living Biblically”

We know there’s still half a year to go, but “Living Biblically” is a true contender for the worst show of 2018. The show follows Chip Curry, a film critic who loses his best friend and decides to start living his life according to the Bible. It’s a decent idea that is entirely wasted on stock sitcom tropes. The characters are thinly-sketched, every stupid joke is capped by canned guffaws, and the show is so afraid to offend anyone that it just becomes annoying. “Living Biblically” avoids its own promise by adhering to the generic setup-predictable punchline formula. Cue the insane, canned laughter.

 

What do you think the lamest TV show of 2018 is so far?

The Best New, and Departing, Shows and Movies on Netflix in August!

Classics, hidden gems and must-watch tv, oh my!

Let’s look at 4 of the best properties that Netflix will sadly be dropping, or happily be adding, come August 2018.

“Sausage Party” (2016)
Leaving: August 23rd, 2018

If you’re a fan of the woefully limited genre of “raunchy R-rated 3D animated comedies”, we’ve got some bad news for you. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s star-studded adult comedy about anthropomorphised food is officially heading to Netflix’s compost bin. The good news is… you’ve got until August 23rd to watch it. So if you want to see food have an orgy, see what sort of damage an angry douche can cause, or feel guilty about eating pretty much any kind of food, you’ve still got time to get your fill of Sausage Party! Just be sure to wait until the kids (or your parents) have gone to bed.

“The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (2005)
Leaving: August 16th, 2018

Considering his filmography, it can be easy to forget that back in 2005 Steve Carell was a relative unknown. The first season of “The Office” had only debuted a few months prior and his film career was limited to supporting roles. And then he came along with this starring role, in a film he co-wrote, no less. Carell is in good company alongside the likes of Seth Rogen (him again!), Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks, but as the titular virgin, Andy Stitzer, Carell steals the show. Unfortunately, you’ve only got until August 16th to re-watch it, which is when it exits Netflix stage left alongside a lesser-known Carell comedy, “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”.

“The Good Place” (2016-), Season 2
Coming: August 28th, 2018

As cord-cutters who prefer to wait for things to land on Netflix can attest, after binging season 1, it’s been a long and rather impatient wait for season 2 to arrive on the streaming service. For newcomers, here’s the summary: newly deceased Eleanor Shellstrop finds herself in “The Good Place”, a heaven-like afterlife. The thing is… she knows that there’s no way she belongs there. With the life she’s led, she’s got “The Bad Place” written all over her. It’s a wildly inventive premise and Kristen Bell absolutely kills it in the lead role. After a cliffhanger twist ending to season 1, we can’t wait to binge season 2!

“Batman Begins” (2005)
Coming: August 1st, 2018

Bat-fans rejoice! Christopher Nolan’s excellent retelling of the Caped Crusader’s origin story and the first chapter in his critically acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy glides into Netflix August 1st. A gritty and grounded take on the iconic superhero that dives deep into his motivations for becoming Batman, as well as the training that went into preparing him for his one man war on crime, Batman Begins is fantastic ride with serious replay value. Christian Bale plays Bruce Wayne and his night-time alter ego, while Michael Caine, Liam Neeson and Cillian Murphy round out the cast in spectacular fashion.

 

What show or movie on Netflix will you most welcome, or mourn the loss of, in August?

Top 5 Mobile Suits We Want To See In The Live-Action Gundam Film

Bring On The Giant Robots

Now that we know the live-action Gundam flick is in the middle of pre-production, fans are already speculating as to which of the iconic Mobile Suits are going to make an appearance. Will it take place during the Universal Century? One of the self-contained series like Iron-Blooded Orphans or Thunderbolt? Perhaps a totally original concept? Either way, we hope these Mobile Suits are heavily featured.

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#5: Gundam Barbatos
“Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans” (2015-17)

One of the modern classics, this relic of the Calamity War trades in all manner of guns and beam sabers for cold hard steel. With massive swords, clubs and spears, Barbatos and its evolved forms have manage to wipe out entire spaceships, Graze units and hulking Mobile Frames with its absolute ferocity. If your aim is to see as much mechanical carnage as possible, then you can’t go wrong with this bad boy.

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#4: Full Armor Gundam
“Mobile Suit Gundam: Thunderbolt” (2015-17)

The battle between this heavily-fortified machine and the Psycho Zaku stands as an example of one of the franchise’s most epic confrontations. With it’s numerous shields and insane amount of firearms, watching this thing tear through Zeon forces would make for a spectacular show. Given Thunderbolt’s reputation for displaying the true horrors of the 100 Year War, the Full Armour would make for the ideal poster boy should the film choose to take a more gritty tone.

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#3: Gundam Exia
“Mobile Suit Gundam 00” (2007-09)

While not exactly the most lighthearted Gundam series out there, 00 is certainly praised for managing to balance epic mecha battles while maintaining a more family-friendly tone. Sure, most of the cast can across as rather uninteresting, but you know what kept fans coming back? The epicness of the Exia. Armed with its close-quarter blades and unique design, it’s the ideal war machine for a member of Celestial Being and more than worthy of being given its own flick.

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#2: Char’s Zaku
“Mobile Suit Gundam” (1979-80)

Almost as iconic as the original Gundam, the crimson-clad Mobile Suit of the Red Comet proved itself to be equal to practically anything the Earth Federation threw out at him. While he’s certainly gone through a few mecha over the years, the most iconic of Char’s units is of course his Zaku, which has managed to put Amuro through a fair amount of pain. Should the original Gundam series end up being adapted, it would be a crime to not include this scarlet killing machine.

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#1: Gundam RX-78
“Mobile Suit Gundam” (1979-80)

The original mecha that all others aspire to, the face of the franchise may not have all the weapons of its successors or even the best looking design, but as we saw from its brief cameo in Ready Player One, the world is more than ready for Amuro and his Gundam to light up the screen. Given its cultural impact, lets hope that the studio manages to not only nail it’s design, but also give it enough time to show off just how devastating it can be in combat.

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Be sure to check out the video below to see our picks for the Top 10 Gundam Mecha!

Top 5 Superheroes You Didn’t Know Were Married

Can You Hear The Wedding Bells?

Everyone deserves a chance at happiness, it’s just a shame that the superhero profession often leads to a high divorce rate. Whether they managed to successfully hold it together or not, these five caped crusaders have all surprisingly still managed to walk down the aisle at one point or another in their lives.

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#5: Batman

The Dark Knight has no shortage of lovers, two of the most infamous being that of Talia Al Ghul and Catwoman. As it happens, those two managed to actually push the Bat towards matrimony, though rather unsurprisingly things didn’t work out for the World’s Greatest Detective in either case. Talia drugged him in order to get a child out of the whole affair and Catwoman straight up left him hanging at the ceremony. Jeez, even the Joker is more committed than the ladies in his life.

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#4: Quicksilver

The X-Men’s resident speedster has been portrayed as both a hero and villain across his time in the comics, as well as having rather indecent feelings towards his sister Wanda. Thankfully they never decided to marry in the Ultimates universe. However, he did end up tying the knot with Crystal of the Inhumans, which was kind of a big deal since she was originally the love of Johnny Storm’s life. Not that it ended up mattering since all manner of affairs and break-ups finished their marriage for good.

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#3: Storm

The goddess of the weather is one of the most valued and respected members of the X-Men. As such, marrying the King of Wakanda sounded like a match made in heaven. That’s right, Storm and Black Panther ended up exchanging vows during the events of Civil War, and as such became a power couple not to be messed with. It’s a shame that this royal union ended up turning rather sour, and as such Wakanda was eventually left without a Queen.

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#2: Hulk

The events of Planet Hulk showed that beneath all the rage and pain, all the Hulk wanted was peace, which he found with the warrior Caiera. While they started off as bitter enemies when he found himself stranded on the gladiatorial planet of Sakaar, the two eventually fell deeply in love and became the new monarchs…at least until a bomb went off and killed Hulk’s new wifey and their unborn child. No wonder he declared war on the Earth afterwards.

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#1: Deadpool

Knowing how cruel fate can be towards the Merc with the Mouth, we shouldn’t be surprised that yet another one of his relationships fell to pieces. What was so shocking about this one however was that for the longest time it looked like he had finally found happiness. Unfortunately the Monster Queen Shiklah grew a disdain for humanity, ended up marrying Dracula instead, and left Wade to pursue her own goals. Not even a healing factor can bring him back from that rejection…

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Be sure to check out the video below to see our picks for the Top 10 Comic Book Romances.

Twisted Pair: Neil Breen’s New Film Looks Insane!

What The Hell Did We Just Watch?

While many consider Tommy Wiseau to be the definitive example when it comes to cult icons, there is another director out there who might just give his wackiness a run for its money. As the creator of such classics as Fateful Findings, literally everything about a Neil Breen film is beyond sub-par. The acting is atrocious, the plot is incoherent and the special effects are bound to make you laugh your backside off.  After so many disastrous cinematic outings, many wannabe filmmakers would have called it quits…but not Neil Breen.

Your Brain Will Attempt to Flee Your Body Watching the Trailer for Neil Breen's <i>Twisted Pair</i>

According to an article on PasteMagazine, the trailer for Breen’s latest venture appears too be both horrendous and hilarious in equal measure.

“Neil Breen is an independent filmmaker who makes some of the most technically awful (but endlessly fascinating) vanity projects that have ever been seen through to completion. Possessing an incredibly unique mix of self-aggrandizing and clueless qualities, he’s not quite like any other figure in the “legendarily bad movies” canon—not even the likes of The Room’s Tommy Wiseau. After all, Tommy really only produced one film of his own. Breen, on the other hand, has rehashed the same themes over and over without seemingly acquiring any filmmaking skills, building a jaw-dropping body of work that now brings us his most ridiculous-looking film yet: Twisted Pair. The upcoming fifth feature from Neil Breen dropped its first trailer today, and suffice to say, it is a doozy.”

As for what Twisted Pair is actually about, who’s to say? Breen appears to be playing his own twin brother this time around, meaning that he can play savior to humanity not once but TWICE within the same film, and wear the world’s most pathetic fake mustache and beard while doing so.”


Does this film have the potential to upstage The Room? Is Neil Breen a misunderstood artist? Could Twisted Pair take the crown for worst film ever made? Check out the trailer below and decide for yourself!

Top 5 Anime We Hope Never Get A Hollywood Adaptation

Stay Away Hollywood

There’s never been a better time to be a fan of Japanese animation, especially with all the incredible new series bursting onto screens this summer. From the continuing adventures of our favourite shounens all the way to fresh comedies that look set to carve themselves in to many top ten lists, the industry appears to show no signs of slowing down. That being said, as the medium inevitably becomes more mainstream, we are starting to see more and more live-action adaptations hit western theatres. The latest of these is of course James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez’s take on Yukito Kishiro’s Battle Angel Alita.

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Maybe it will strike the right chord with fans, or maybe it will end up being a disaster on arrival. Either way, it seems like Hollywood is determined to keep putting it’s spin on anime/manga classics. While some properties, such as the upcoming Gundam film, have the potential to actually work, hopefully they’ll give these five a miss. After all, you can’t improve on perfection.

#5: “Berserk” (1997-98; 2016-17)

Akin to Game of Thrones in terms of dark, unrelenting fantasy, we could maybe settle on this masterpiece perhaps been given a faithful HBO adaptation somewhere down the line. However, there’s every chance a big screen version would miss too many plot points, skip over the excellent character development, and potentially make the character of Guts come across as a caricature instead of a legitimately tortured badass. That cannot be allowed to happen.

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#4: “Your Name” (2016)

The visual spectacle of this film is only matched by its reliance on the multiple faceys of Japanese culture. It is something that can only be appreciated through the anime medium, which makes JJ Abram’s apparent involvement in a western live-action version totally bewildering. By taking away the stunning dichotomy of the Japanese countryside/cityscape along with the mind-blowing animation, all you’re left with is a run of the mill romance that fails to capture the source material on every level.

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#3: “Attack on Titan” (2013; 2017-)

Even when Japan tried to do a live-action version of this highly popular action-epic, it ended failing spectacularly. What chance does Hollywood have? While watching the Survey Corp speed through the air and slice apart giant humanoids does sound like a pretty awesome sight to behold, the likelihood of a film successfully and coherently condense  the first series into a two hour flick is highly unlikely. Not to mention the fact that if the special effects in regards to the Titans and transformations aren’t top tier, then there’s every chance an adaptation of this grim and gory anime would just end up looking silly.

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#2: “Spirited Away” (2001)

It’s considered a classic by both otaku and non-anime fans alike, and while Mizaki would likely never consent to a live-action version of his magnum opus, we all know there’s a chance that at least one studio would try to get away with it. Even with all the money and effects in the world, nothing can top the beauty of the original visuals or its rich interpretation of the after life. It’s practically timeless by this point, so lets just hope that it never gets handed over to someone like Tim Burton.

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#1: “Neon Genesis Evangelion” (1995-96)

Hollywood may have mastered the means to put giant robots on the big screen, but between the Transformers sequels and Pacific Rim: Uprising, it’s clear that from a narrative point of view that the studios are seriously lacking in the creativity department. As such, Evangelion is probably the worst choice for a live-action adaptation, as the EVA battles are almost eclipsed by the religious symbolism, Shinji’s various mental breakdowns as well as the ongoing mystery surrounding Rei and the Angels. Please leave this one be, after all it can barely decide on its own conclusions at the moment!

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