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As if producer Michael Bay’s decision to put creepy looking noses on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wasn’t enough to distort the memories of your childhood heroes, now, the makers of the new TMNT movie have released this travesty of a “theme song.” Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Kill the Noise, and Madsonik are all to thank for “Shell Shocked” and further ruining a once great franchise. Somewhere, Vanilla Ice is very upset ... Discuss

 

When Chris Grava was in college, he did a semester abroad in Cape Town South Africa. His brother Nick went to visit him, but was so moved by the children he met at a foster home for orphans, that he ended up staying, and now helps manage Home of Safety in Khayelitsha. Today, Chris and Nick run a nonprofit that helps local children who suffer from HIV, are orphaned or neglected. During a recent visit, Chris wore a GoPro cam to give friends and supporters back home a glimpse of life at the center, and the resulting video is pretty great. You can learn more about their efforts at Intsikelelo.org ... Discuss

 

The cable network FXX shelled out three quarters of a billion for the rights to The Simpsons last year, and they’ve got some big plans for the iconic series. Earlier this year, the network announced that they would be airing a 12-day marathon featuring all 522 episodes in August, and now, they’ve revealed what the online component will look like. And the “Simpsons World” app and website sounds amazing. According to a press release, in addition to being able to watch every episode on-demand, fans can organize custom playlists, view an “exhaustive episode guide that can be opened up to run parallel to the episode” and, most importantly, find their favorite Simpsons jokes and share them on social media. Simpson World launches in October, and your world will never be the same again ... Discuss

 

Paul Thomas Anderson (one of America's greatest living filmmakers) is directing a film adaptation of a book by Thomas Pynchon (one of America's greatest living writers) starring Joaquin Phoenix (one of America's greatest living actors), so Inherent Vice has some hype behind it. Like all Anderson's work, the big question has always been "what kind of release will it get?" as his slow-moving, frequently baffling films rarely lend themselves to wide studio releases. The answer, it turns out, is the New York Film Festival, where Inherent Vice will debut on October 4.

That's about all we know at this point. The book is a darkly comic crime saga set in 1970s Southern California, and will also star Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Maya Rudolph, Josh Brolin and Owen Wilson. Anderson plays famously loose with his adaptations of books (There Will Be Blood was supposedly inspired by Upton Sinclair's Oil!, not that you'd be able to tell from the movie itself), so it's anyone's guess how close this film will be to the source material. That said, there is not a more consistently compelling filmmaker working in Hollywood today ... Discuss

 

The first rule of business is "will it make money?" and that definitely trumps the first rule of Fight Club, so let's talk about it again. Author Chuck Palahniuk plans to revisit Tyler Durden and the whole gang in an upcoming graphic novel that takes place 10 years after the events of Fight Club, his novel which David Fincher later adapted into the now-classic film. At this point, all Palahniuk will say is that the story picks up with the unnamed narrator's marriage to Marla Singer (played by Helena Bonham Carter in the film) and has a 9-year-old son named Junior. Project Mayhem is still in existence, but has undergone some serious evolutions in the absence of Tyler Durden's leadership. About Tyler, Palahniuk will only say that "Tyler is something that maybe has been around for centuries and is not just this aberration that's popped into his mind," saying that he plans on using the story to explore mid-life crises ...

You're still not really happy but for different reasons. Also the idea that if you suppress that wild, creative part of you — that Tyler part of you—do you lose the best part of you? Sure, your life is more stable and safe, but is it a better life?

The graphic novel will be published in April of next year ... Discuss