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Posts from June 2014

Man Finds Baby on Highway

Watch this news clip of an ex-con who found a baby on the side of the highway!

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Game of Thrones Theme Song

Remember when all TV shows had a cheesy theme songs that explained the plot of the show? You don't really see those anymore, so Wil Wheaton took it upon himself to make a new theme song for one of the most popular shows out right now, Game of Thrones.

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You & Demi Lovato = Backstage BFF's!!

If you missed my 4:10 announcement on the radio today, here's what The End is hooking you up with for Demi Lovato's show in Reno on July 19th.  We'll be giving away FOUR-PACKS of tickets every hour between Noon and 5pm this Saturday and Sunday.  Then on Monday we'll pick out 1 lucky winner from all of our weekend winners to get to be BACKSTAGE BFF's with Demi!  You and your 3 friends will get upgraded to premium seats, I will personally escort ALL of you backstage to meet Demi, and one of you will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interview her!  You'll get to shoot an Instagram video with her as well, and we'll even throw in an autographed poster.  Wow!!  So make sure you're listening all this weekend, and good luck!  Hope to see you in Reno, and maybe this will be you in the picture this time :)
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22 Jump Street

I'm somebody who suffers from jealousy.  When it comes to celebrities I don't let it eat at me too much since it's such an unobtainable profession.  There is something about directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller though that makes me insanely jealous and it successfully eats at me.  It's not just that they're talented and  really funny, it's that they also have managed to pull off making A-quality raunchy R-rated films and smart children's movies as well.  Besides this and 21 Jump Street, they also blew me away with the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs films and The Lego Movie (which still might be my favorite of 2014).  With jealousy comes satisfaction when someone stumbles so maybe I'm enjoying the misfires of 22 Jump Street more than I should.

When 21 Jump Street came out two years ago I don't think anyone was prepared for how funny it was.  It made me realize two things; one, don't write off a movie because its source material is stupid and two, Channing Tatum is really funny.  By 2012 I had hit bottom with my Jonah Hill addiction.  Like everyone else, I dabbled with him when I was younger, became hooked with  Superbad but was fully ODed by the time Get Him to the Greek came out.  Despite winning me back with performances in great films like Wolf of Wall Street, Moneyball and Django Unchained, I still can't enjoy him like I used to.  Tatum, on the other hand, has taken the opposite course and I'm all aboard the Channing Train.

One quality the original 21 Jump Street film had was its ability to laugh at its own premise and lampoon it.  That shows up here in that it mocks sequels in general and how they're just more of the same but with a bigger budget.  It's a very funny, very effective gag in the first act but 80 minutes later they're still making the same jokes and it's tired and exhausting.  It's also not very original, which isn't a crime, but Muppets Most Wanted just took the same approach and did it better.

There are plenty of stellar comedic moments in 22 Jump Street and most people around me never seemed to grow tired of the film.  I, on the other hand, loved the first half and hated the second.  I can't remember a recent film that burned out so quickly and so hard.  Graduating the premise to college instead of high school is funny at first but then it's filled with every cliche you can imagine and padded with subplots and character relationships that are ridiculous and seem to serve no purpose.

Directors Lord and Miller are two guys, not much older than me, that understand comedy on both an adult and childish level.  In their short but growing resume they have nothing but success.  A spiteful, petty person like me usually loves it when someone that successful fires off a dud.  22 Jump Street isn't a dud by a long shot.  Is it a stumble compared to everything else they've done?  Absolutely.  It's an enjoyable piece of comedy but completely forgettable.  It's not something you'd want to own.  It's not something you'd recommend.  It's not something you look forward to seeing again.  And that is a considered a misfire for these two talented directors.

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Interview: Rob Riggle

Listen to Gavin's interview with 22 Jump Street actor Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street, The Hangover)...
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What Does the Spleen Do?

Here is a weird parody of "The Fox" by Ylvis by Harvard's Medical School called "What Does the Spleen Do?".

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How to Make Iced Tea

Ever wonder how to make iced tea? Even if your answer is no, you have to watch this creepy video of a guy walking his "followers" through the process of how he makes his "magical elixir of dreams!"

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This is not a joke. This product actually exists! Watch the video for Poo-Pourri here:

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Rare Bird Humps Guy's Head

This is a video that is a few years old, but has been making it's way around the internet recently. In the video, you get to see a rare bird hump the head of a photographer, while comedian Stephen Fry watches the whole thing.

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