One of the unbreakable rules of the universe is that if mainstream culture finds a successful product, Christian culture will find a way to counterprogram it. Less than a week after the Fifty Shades of Gray spewed onto the Internet, warning the people of earth they only had until Valentine's Day 2015 to prepare for its theatrical release, a faith-based film has arisen from to give it some Christian competition. The movie is called Old Fashioned (which might be a little on the nose), it's from the same people who gave us God's Not Dead and it's releasing the same day as Fifty Shades. According to writer/director/lead actor Rik Swartzwelder, Old Fashioned is

A story that, without apology, explores the possibility of a higher standard in relationships; yet, is also fully aware of just how fragile we all are and doesn’t seek to heap guilt upon those of us that have made mistakes.

All we really know is that Swartzwelder will play a "frat boy" and Elizabeth Ann Roberts will play a "free spirited woman." Hijinks presumably ensue. And in case, you're wondering, the movie's tagline is "Chivalry makes a comeback." So, it's a knockdown, drag out, two-movies-enter-one-movie-leaves rumble in the Valentine's Day theatrical jungle ... Discuss


These stories are getting a little too common. Over the weekend, fake news site KCTV7—which posts these types of lies for the sheer joy of watching the world burn—"reported" that Michele Bachmann was advocating putting detained undocumented immigrant children into what she (the site) called "Americanization Facilities" where they would spend "half of their day working, and the other half learning what every child should learn, and that's English."

Of course, the congresswoman had said no such thing, but that didn't stop several sites—among them, Daily Kos and Think Progress—from running the story anyway, since fact checking just takes too much time anymore. It wasn't till Sunday that Raw Story definitively called shenanigans on the story, and the sites sheepishly published their apologies ... Discuss


Mayura Dissanayake is a convenience store clerk in Houston, Texas who seems like a nice, mild-mannered guy. Just don't try to rob his friends. That was the mistake two alleged bandits made when they tried to rob Dissanayake's friend and co-worker as he was returning to the store. Dissanayake saw what they were doing and flew into action. Oh, also, Dissanayake has a decade's worth of experience as a semi-pro mixed martial arts fighter was Sri Lanka's national MMA champion five years in a row. Yes, there's a video. Yes, it's worth a watch ... Discuss


All told, Comic-Con wasn't quite the gangbusters geek out it usually is, since most of the convention's biggest projects (like Batman V Superman: Why Should Marvel Have All the Fun and Star Wars VII: Let's Try This Again) are still in their early stages. But Marvel did bring the thunder with some early footage of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron which we don't have yet, and a poster, which we do. There's a look at all our old Avengers pals, along with new recruits Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), the Vision (Paul Bettany) and about a thousand versions of the robot bad guy: Ultron. Click the image below to see the whole thing ... Discuss


Explosions rocked a major hospital in the Gaza Strip on Monday, killing at least seven children. The Israeli military quickly denied responsibility, instead blaming "Gaza terrorists" for the explosions. The military had spent the night calling and texting residents of three neighborhoods in Gaza, warning them to leave their homes and move to middle of the city. Israel also says that four people have been killed and four more injured by mortar shells that landed in an Israeli community in the Gaza Strip.

Hopes that Hamas and Israel would be able to reach a cease-fire agreement ahead of the three-day holiday crumbled after the two sides were unable to agree on the terms. Reportedly, Hamas won't settle for less than the lifting of the blockade on Gaza, and Israel wants to continue in their efforts to destroy Hamas' tunnels during the truce ... Discuss