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Morbid fascination is an intrinsic part of the human condition. It could be argued that it is this curiosity that heightens our sense of suspicion and prudence, and serves to make us more vigilant in dubious situations. As a result of this proclivity, vicious evil doers, like Ted Bundy and Charles Manson, have found their way into the collective psyche, and everybody knows their names, and are familiar with their crimes. A 2014 study estimated that, at any given time, there are between 25 and 50 active serial killers in operation in the United States. Serial killers seem to be as much a part of our society as the law makers, and the peace keepers are. With this in mind, who, aside from the Bundys’ and Mansons’ are you aware of? If you are interested in whetting your macabre appetite, read on. We have compiled a list of some of the most barbarous, perverse and brutal serial killers ever caught, but who failed to achieve the infamy of the aforementioned psychos and sociopaths. Be warned, what you are about to read is both 100% true and 100% unsettling. Readers should continue on with caution, this is not for the faint of heart, and definitely not for younger readers. Robert ‘Willy’ Pickton Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton is described as being one of the worst serial killers in the world. He was a pig farmer based in Port Coquitlam, in British Columbia, and his crimes are known as The Pig Farm Murders. Outwardly quiet and introverted, Pickton was harborouing a terrible and savage secret. By the time of his arrest in 2002 he had viciously butchered 49 women on his farm, before grounding their remains into mince, at a meat rendering plant. Most of it was fed to his pigs, however, he sold some of it for human consumption. The depraved killer was arrested in 2002, after items belonging to a number of missing women were found on his farm. Officers made the discovery after a chance visit to the farm, in search of illegal firearms. Following his arrest, DNA of at least 26 women who had been reported missing were found at the property. Many of these women were thought to be prostitutes who Pickton had picked up in Vancouver’s Red Light District. It is alleged that he brought them back to his farm to have sex, before brutally murdering them. He unintentionally confessed to the murders after he was put in a cell with an undercover police officer. Irritated at being caught, he complained to his cellmate: “I made my own grave by being sloppy. Doesn’t that just kick you in the ass now. I was just gonna [expletive] do one more, make it even, I wanted one more to make the big 5-0.” Alexander Pichushkin Alexander Pichushkin is a Russian serial killer nicknamed The Chessboard Killer. He was caught in 2007, in Moscow, and convicted of killing 48 people. During the investigation, detectives found a chessboard with dates on all but two of the squares. These dates were connected to the murders Pichushkin had already committed. Pichushkin said he wanted to kill one person for each of the 64 squares on a chessboard, and crossed out a square for every kill, earning him his nickname. At the time, Russian authorities considered reinstating the death penalty, due to the gruesomeness and number of murders. Pichushkin targeted the weak, elderly and hopeless. He would lure his victims to a local park, to reportedly drink with him at his dead dog’s grave. He would then wait until his intended victim was drunk, then he would begin his attack. He would hit them repeatedly with a blunt object until they were dead or lost consciousness.  He would then, often, throw his victims into a sewer pit. On occasion, some of his tragic victims were alive when thrown in, and died from drowning, rather than from blunt force trauma. Over time, Pichushkin’s attacks grew even more savage. He began leaving a broken vodka bottle, protruding from the skulls of some of his victims. He also became more lackadaisical when it came to disposing of the bodies. He left many of them out in the open, without bothering to try to conceal them. Authorities finally caught up with Pichushkin in June 2006, after he murdered a female colleague from his job at a supermarket. She had left a note for her son to tell him that she was taking a walk with Pichushkin. Chillingly, Pichushkin’s confession was aired on Russian television. In it, he went into great detail about his need to kill, he said: “For me, a life without murder is like a life without food for you.” He also later claimed that there were in fact more than 48 murders. He said that he had in fact killed 61 or 63 people, (his story varied), On this he said: “I thought it would be unfair to forget about the other 11 people.” Donald Henry ‘Pee-Wee’ Gaskins Donald Henry Gaskins, known as Pee Wee Gaskins, has gone down in the annals of serial killer history as the most prolific killer South Carolina has ever known. He was executed in 1991 by electric chair, after being convicted of 9 murders, however it is thought that he murdered far more people than that. His own claims bring his death toll to over 100 people, and a litany of other vile and depraved crimes can also be attributed to this seemingly unassuming man. Up until 1968, Gaskins spent most of his life in and out of prison for various crimes, from theft to gang rape. In 1969 he moved to the town of Sumter in South Carolina, and it is here that he would begin his true reign of terror. His first murder in Sumter was a hitchhiker that he picked up, tortured, and murdered, then sunk her body in a local swamp.  In the book he wrote in prison, detailing his life and crimes, he wrote: “All I could think about is how I could do anything I wanted to her.” This woman was the first of many in what Gaskins referred to as his ‘coastal kills’. He would  torture and mutilate his victims, while attempting to keep them alive for as long as possible. He confessed to killing these victims using a variety of methods including stabbing, suffocation, mutilation, and even claimed to have cannibalized some of them. He would go on to confess to over 80 of these types of murders, although none of these claims have ever been corroborated.  Then, in 1970, Gaskins committed the first of his so-called ‘serious murders,  which were people  he knew and killed for personal reasons. Some of these victims included his own niece, Janice Kirby, aged 15, and her friend Patricia Ann Alsbrook, aged 17. He beat both of the girls to death, after attempting to sexually assault them. One of his most shocking murders was that of two of his neighbours, Doreen Dempsey, who was 23 and pregnant, and her two year old daughter. He drove Doreen and her little girl out to a secluded, wooded area, and violently raped, sodomized, and killed both her and her little girl. Gaskins was eventually arrested in 1975, and was found guilty in 1976, and sentenced to death. However, this was later commuted to life in prison when the South Carolina General Assembly’s 1974 ruling on capital punishment was changed to conform to the U.S. Supreme Court guidelines for the death penalty in other states. On September 2, 1982, Gaskins committed another murder. While incarcerated in the high security block at the South Carolina Correctional Institution, Gaskins killed a death row inmate named Rudolph Tyner, he was tried for the Tyner’s murder and sentenced to death. While on death row, Gaskins told his life story to a journalist named Wilton Earle. He claimed to have committed between 100 and 110 murders, however, law enforcement sources found his claims impossible to verify. Patrick Kearney, ‘The Trashbag Killer’ In Los Angeles, in the mid 70’s, Homosexual men were being murdered and dumped in trashbags along the highways between LA and the Mexican border. The investigation centered around Patrick Wayne Kearney, an electronics engineer from LA. Kearney would eventually end his murder spree, when he walked into the Redondo Beach police station, and gave himself up. He plead guilty to killing three men, and was sentenced to life in prison, however, police knew there was much more to Kearney’s story than met the eye. They offered him a no death penalty deal, in exchange for a complete list of victims. Shockingly, it was worse than they had imagined, and Kearney initially confessed to eighteen more killings. He would later admit to a further eleven murders, which would bring his total to 32 killings. Kearney’s first known murder victim was an unidentified 19-year-old man, in 1962. Kearney claimed that he took the young man to a secluded area on his motorcycle, shot him in the head, and proceeded to engage in acts of necrophilia with the man’s corpse. Kearney would mostly pick up male hitchhikers, or homosexual men from gay bars. He would almost always shoot them in the temple, above the ear, with a .22-caliber derringer.  After murdering them, he would take the bodies to a secluded place, and engage in acts of necrophilia, then take them home, where they would be sodomized with X-Acto knives. They were then mutilated, and dismembered with hacksaws. He would dispose of the bodies in various ways, including, dumping them in trash bags, earning him his nick name. He would also leave them out for wild animals to eat, throw them off cliffs into local creeks and would even drain some of the bodies of all their blood, to eliminate odors. Kearney, now 79, continues to serve his life sentence at Mule Creek State Prison, California. Danny Rolling, ‘The Gainesville Ripper’ Known as the Gainesville Ripper, Danny Rolling murdered four University of Florida students and a Santa Fe Community College student in their apartments in 1990. He is known to have decapitated one victim, posed with the bodies, and removed skin and body parts and arranged the murder scenes using props that included broken mirrors. Rolling’s reign of terror began when he broke into the apartment of 17-year-old university freshmen Sonja Larson and Christina Powell. They were found mutilated and stabbed to death. He had raped both women, one after she was dead. The next day, Rolling killed Christa Hoyt, 18. Her body was found propped up, sitting on her bed bent over at the waist. Rolling had sliced off her nipples and left them on the bed next to her, and police discovered that her torso was sliced open, from her chest to her pubic bone. Her severed head perched on a shelf across the room. Two days later, Rolling killed roommates Tracy Paules and Manuel Taboada, both 23. Rolling remained at large until September 8, when he was arrested after a botched robbery in the central Florida town of Ocala. He was later linked by DNA to three more killings in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1989. He was not charged in the Gainesville slayings until 1992, while serving a life sentence for armed robbery and other crimes. He pleaded guilty to all five murders as the jury was being selected for trial in 1994. He attributed his behavior to abuse by his father, a police officer, and to an evil alter ego. In prison, he drew disturbing pictures and wrote a graphic book, ‘The Making of a Serial Killer’, with a woman who was his fiancée for a time. Rolling was executed by lethal injection at Florida State Prison on October 25, 2006 Arthur John Shawcross Arthur John Shawcross was an American serial killer who was in operation  between 1972 and 1990 around Rochester, New York. Shawcross is known to have killed at least 14 people, as well as being a known cannibal and mutilator. He was also known as, ‘The Genesee River Killer’  and ‘The Rochester Strangler’, all due to how he would carry out his murders and where he would frequently dump the bodies of his victims. In 1967 he was drafted by the US Army at age 21. He served one tour in Vietnam, and loved to brag about the  violent, gruesome atrocities he committed, like raping and cannibalizing children and, according to a police interview: “beheading mama-sans and nailing their heads to trees as a warning to the Vietcong.” After his release and discharge from the army, Shawcross and his second wife would move to Clayton, New York, where Shawcross would terrorize the surrounding counties, until his final arrest. In the Spring of 1972, 10-year-old Jack Owen Blake disappeared after going out to play near the Cloverdale apartments, where Shawcross lived. Shawcross had gone fishing with the boy a few days earlier, but denied knowing where he was. When Jack’s body was eventually found (after Shawcross’s arrest) months later, he had been suffocated, mutilated, and molested. Shawcross would later admit to luring the boy into the woods, forcing him to strip naked and run, before murdering him, and consuming his heart and genitals. Months after Jack’s murder, 8-year-old Karen Ann Hill disappeared, while on a Labor Day vacation with her mother. Her body was found under a bridge near the Black River, and she had been raped, mutilated and strangled. After reports surfaced detailing that Shawcross had been seen with Karen before she disappeared, and he was later seen eating ice cream cones, on the bridge where the body was found, Shawcross was brought in for questioning. After being arrested for both children’s murder, Shawcross confessed, and agreed to reveal the location of Jack’s body, in order to have his charges dropped from homicide to manslaughter. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison, but would only serve 12. Unfortunately, staff and social workers made the call to grant him parole, stating he was: “no longer dangerous”, despite numerous psychiatrists warning that he was a schizoid psychopath. His parole officer would later be quoted as saying: “At the risk of being melodramatic, the writer considers this mant to be possibly the most dangerous individual to be released to this community for many years.” These words would ring tragically true when in 1988, Shawcross began a bloody, depraved murder campaign, that would claim 11 victims. Most were prostitutes and all were strangled and battered to death. They were also posthumously mutilated, and sexually assaulted.  After the last victim’s body was found in January 1990, the police decided not to remove it and instead keep surveillance on the area. Based on a psychological profile that suggested the killer would return to the scene of the crime, police figured this would be the best way to catch their killer. Sure enough, Shawcross was spotted masturbating as he sat in his car, on a bridge over the creek in which the body of his final victim was floating. He was arrested and eventually confessed in custody. In November 1990, Shawcross was tried for 10 murders in Monroe County. He was found guilty and sentenced to 250 years imprisonment. On November 10th, 2008 Shawcross complained to officers about a pain in his leg. He was taken to the Albany Medical Center where he went into cardiac arrest and died that night. Louis Garavito In 1999, Luis Alfredo Garavito Cubillos was arrested in Colombia and he confessed to murdering 140 children. He was charged with killing 172 altogether, but some of the cases are still ongoing. It’s thought he could have been responsible for hundreds more deaths, with the number potentially estimated as being higher than 400.  Better known as “La Bestia” or “The Beast”, Luis Alfredo Garavito Cubillos was one of the most ruthless serial killers of all time. Garavito’s victims were poor children, peasant children, or street children, between the ages of 6 and 16. He would  approach them on the street or countryside and offer them gifts or small amounts of money.  Once he had gained their trust, he would take them for a walk, and as soon as they began to get tired, he would pounce. He would rape them, slit their throats and dismember the corpses. As if this wasn’t bad enough, he would often mutilate the corpses, and many of the bodies found showed signs of prolonged torture and abuse.  In 1997, police uncovered a mass grave. Suddenly, a widespread investigation into the missing children began. In February 1998, the bodies of 2 naked children were discovered lying next to each other on a hill in Genoa, Colombia. The next day, another child’s naked body was found, just a few meters away. Garavito was captured on 22 April 1999. He confessed to murdering 140 children. However, he is still under investigation for the murder of 172 children in more than 59 towns in Colombia. During his imprisonment, Garavito helped police to find the bodies of his victims. This, along with his confessions, allowed him to win a reduction in sentence by 8 years, thereby making the effective sentence 22 years. Colombian law does not have life imprisonment or death penalty options, and the possibility of serial killings was completely ignored in Colombian law. However, with increased public unrest, the law was revisited, and the maximum sentence for murder was increased to 60 years of imprisonment. Joseph James DeAngelo, ‘The Golden State Killer’, and ‘The East Area Rapist’ The Golden State Killer is a serial killer, rapist, and burglar who committed at least 13 murders, more than 50 rapes, and over 100 burglaries in California from 1974 to 1986. What was initially a search for the East Area Rapist, ended up being a 40-year manhunt for a killer, rapist and home invader. The reawakening of this cold case decades later led to the April 2018 arrest of suspect Joseph James DeAngelo, now dubbed as the Golden State Killer. DeAngelo was born in New York but went to Folsom High School, in suburban Sacramento, and was a former California Police Officer.  In 2016, around the 40th anniversary of the first known attack, the search for the culprit of a suspected 12 homicides and about 50 rapes was renewed. Thanks to the advancement of DNA techniques and databases, DNA from a discarded item, and genetic information on a consumer genealogy website, guided police to the missing piece with DeAngelo as the suspect. DNA evidence linked the Golden State Killer to eight murders in Goleta, Ventura, Dana Point and Irvine; two other murders in Goleta, were lacking DNA evidence, but were linked by the killers usual modus operandi. His initial modus operandi was to stalk middle-class neighborhoods at night, in search of women who were alone in one-storey homes, usually near a school, creek, trail or other open space, that would provide a quick escape. He was seen a number of times, but always successfully fled; on one occasion, he shot and seriously wounded a young pursuer. Although he originally targeted women alone in their homes or with children, he eventually evolved to attacking couples. He would break in through a window or sliding glass door and awaken the sleeping occupants with a flashlight He would then begin threatening them with a handgun. Victims were bound with ligatures, and gagged. The male victim was beaten and left in a different room, while the female victim would be raped repeatedly for hours. In 1979, he moved on from rape, and began to murder his victims by gunshot or bludgeoning. After 1986 the case would go cold, until April 24, 2018, when the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo in connection with the crimes. DeAngelo, was charged with eight counts of first-degree murder. On May 10, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office charged DeAngelo with four additional counts of first-degree murder. Unfortunately, DeAngelo cannot be charged with rapes due to the statute of limitations expiring for those offenses. Identification of DeAngelo had begun four months earlier when officials uploaded the killer’s DNA profile from a Ventura County rape kit to a personal genomics website. The website identified 10 to 20 distant relatives of the Golden State Killer, from whom a team of five investigators working with genealogist Barbara Rae-Venter, constructed a large family tree. They identified two suspects in the case (one of whom was ruled out by a relative’s DNA test), leaving DeAngelo the main suspect.  
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Located about 140 miles east of San Diego, in the Imperial Valley desert, there is a place that is known as the last free place in America. There, you will find no mayor, no zoning laws, no sewer system, no police force. It’s known as Slab City. It was built on an abandoned military base and offers its residents something much more valuable than modern amenities, it offers them freedom. Slab City was created when U.S. Marine Corps abandoned a military installation near the town of Niland. Though they dismantled the buildings, they left behind the concrete slabs that served as their foundations. Hence the name Slab City. When workers from the local town found the slabs they built a temporary settlement out of them close to their job site. This initial build and the trailers they had brought with them became the beginnings of the new community.  Over time, people from all over the state were drawn to the area. Its isolation being a huge attraction for people who were looking for a way to live off the grid. In this forgotten place, there are no property taxes or utility bills, which makes it ideal for people trying to stretch their pensions or Social Security checks. Even today, Slab City’s population swells to over 4,000 during the cooler winter months. There is no formal initiation process to becoming a full time resident of Slab City. All that is required is that you simply show up. Once you have found a patch of land that no one else has a claim to, it’s yours. But to live there requires a certain degree of self-reliance. The nearest public amenities are in Niland which is a few miles away. There is just a single communal shower that is fed by a nearby hot spring.   You must be entirely self reliant, electricity will come from a collection of solar panels, generators, and batteries that you will have to set up and provide yourself. Or you can hire “Solar Mike,” a long time Slabber who has been selling and installing solar panels out of his trailer since the 1980s. Though police from Niland occasionally patrol the area and will respond to emergency calls, the community largely polices itself. Slab city is completely uncontrolled and isolated from government concern. All parking is free and unregulated. Yet, despite the drugs, freedom, isolation and heavy south-California sun, the residents reject seniority and avoid shrewdness, remaining polite and open-armed to newcomers. Hippies, free-spirits, eccentrics and adventurers, people have been living for free in Slab City since the late ’40s. What do you think? Could you live off the grid in a self made community? We think it could be an awesome experience, but maybe not forever.  
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We all love a blockbuster. We have all queued up for the cinema to see the latest big budget fantasy epic, or the newest addition to a super popular franchise. But what about those movies that fly under the radar for seemingly no reason? Many of them have big stars, or were directed by acclaimed directors, some have a cast of unknowns and are directed by new comers, but the one thing that every film on this list has in common is that they are all good. But not just good, really good, and they each deserve much more attention than they currently get. So have a look at our list of totally underrated movies, they will really knock your socks off, and provide you with a wonderful viewing experience. All Over Me This is a 90’s coming of age lesbian drama that boasts an impressive sound track, and embodies 90’s teen angst perfectly. It was released in 1997 and written and directed by sisters, Alex and Sylvia Sichel. The movie follows Claude (Alison Folland), a disenfranchised young girl about to graduate from high school. She is besotted by her beautiful friend Ellen (Tara Subkoff). Ellen has a troubled new boyfriend, and has less time for their previous intimacy. Claude has a part-time job at a pizza joint in her multiracial neighborhood in New York City, and makes lots of new friends there. Due to meeting a wide range of people from across the spectrum of society, Claude slowly comes to the realisation that her feelings for Ellen are lesbian in nature. Realising that Ellen does not share her affections, Claude, along with her new gay friend Luke, go to a lesbian bar. Here, she meets Lucy (Leisha Hailey), an older woman who opens her mind and her heart and completely rocks Claude’s world. The movie perfectly encapsulates the raw, emotion fueled landscape, that each young girl must traverse on the way to her burgeoning womanhood. It is far more than just a typical coming of age movie though, and is laced with a grit and realism that transcends typical ‘teen movie’ fare. Sublimely portrayed by a cast of immensely talented actors, this movie is one of the most personally affecting films anyone who has ever been a teenage girl will ever see. Ken Park As with all of Larry Clark’s movies, Ken Park is seriously good, seriously intense and seriously bleak for the most part. It was released in 2002 and was written by Harmony Korine, who based it on Larry Clark’s personal journals and stories. For starters, this movie is raw, disturbing and honestly not one for the younger members of the audience. Strictly over 18’s and with good reason. There are many depictions of graphic sex, graphic violence and even touches on the unsavoury area of incest. The sex that is featured in the movie is real and not simulated, so this is definitely one for the adults. Now, once you get past the gratuitous sex and the shocking violence, what you are left with is a bleak and unrelenting look at modern day youth culture. It follows the lives of a group of Californian teens, skaters, stoners, rockers and misfits. The title character, Ken Park, is a ginger, freckled kid, who performs an act of violence, right after the opening credits. We don’t really hear about him again until the end, when we find out what drove him to it. The rest of the movie is concerned with the kids who knew Ken: Shawn (James Bullard), who’s sleeping with his girlfriend’s mother; Peaches (Tiffany Limos), who lives with her devoutly Christian dad, a widower worshiping at the altar of his dead wife; Claude (Stephen Jasso), whose macho dad despises him; and Tate (James Ransone), a weirdo who lives with his grandparents and loudly berates them.  At it’s core, Ken Park is about people lost in a haze of contempt and despair, trying to wrest some love or relief out of their own desperate situations. Gummo Another movie written and, this time directed, by Harmony Korine, Gummo was his directorial debut and was released in 1997. It follows the lives of teen friends Tummler (Nick Sutton) and Solomon (Jacob Reynolds) as they navigate the ruins of a tiny, tornado-ravaged town in Ohio, that is populated by the deformed, disturbed and perverted. Gummo is an impressionistic portrait of a half-imaginary Midwestern suburb, and confirms Harmony Korine as a creative force to be reckoned with. The movie is often times a hugely unpleasant experience, though, but then, isn’t that just art doing it’s job? When the two teenage protagonists aren’t killing stray cats, they’re sniffing glue, paying for sex or messing with life support machines. Aside from its adolescent preoccupation with depravity, the movie is saved from freak show voyeurism by its unerring starkness in the portrayal of its characters. The movie intertwines scripted dialogue with improvisation, often within the same scene. Gummo is  breathtakingly original, and absolutely true to its time. Lilya 4-Ever Lilya 4-Ever is a 2002 Lukas Moodysson movie, and has been lauded as the bleakest, most depressing movie ever made. It depicts the harrowing tale of a young teenage girl,  abandoned by her family and left to her own devices. She slips into a downward spiral of sex and degradation.  Lilya (Oksana Akinshina) is a 16-year-old girl, coming of age in the poverty stricken streets of the former Soviet Union. Lilya’s mother (Lyubov Agapova) has told Lilya that she is to move with her to the United States with the mother’s new boyfriend. Lilya becomes obsessed with this idea, however at the last minute, she is told that she will in fact be staying behind with her aunt Anna (Liliya Shinkaryova), and she’ll be joining her mother later on.  Lilya’s aunt soon takes control of the apartment and places her in a much smaller apartment a few blocks away. Lilya is now left to her own devices, and spends most of her time with her best friend, and a 14 year old boy,  Volodya (Artiom Bogucharski), who is suicidal because of being thrown out of his home, and has a serious problem with alcohol and drugs. When Lilya’s friend meets a man in a nightclub who pays her for sex, the two friends embark on a downward spiral that culminates in a dark and tragic end. It is a stark and unyielding movie that will draw you in, and leave you devastated. A movie that will haunt you for days afterwards in a truly brilliant piece of cinema. The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things This movie was based on the book of the same name by JT Leroy, the controversial pen-name of Sarah Albert. It follows the life of a young boy called Jeremiah, (played by Jimmy Bennett, Cole Sprouse, and Dylan Sprouse), being brought up by a loving foster family. One day all of his safety and stability are ripped away from him, when his tear away, alcoholic, drug addled teenage mother, Sarah (Asia Argento), shows up, and whisks him away. The child is forced into a life of crime and debauchery, and subjected to a litany of abuse, at the hands of the string of men his mother invariably brings home. One such man is played by a hugely creepy Marilyn Manson, and another played by Jeremy Renner. Salvation comes in the form of the boy’s ultra-religious grandparents, but soon Jeremiah’s mother returns. Maternal love binds the pair together on the road, until Sarah’s desperate and depraved lifestyle finally consumes her, and threatens to do the same to the boy. There is no happy ending here, no feel good factor to ultimately take away with you at the movie’s end. It is a cheerless and despondent look at the harsh realities of the hell some children have to live, when their parents are slaves to one vice or another. The Cement Garden In this chilling adaptation of an Ian McEwan novel of the same name, director Andrew Birkin brings us on a depressing, creepy journey through the devastating ramifications of familial abandonment. The film takes place in a dreary grey house, located on the fringes of an English town. The father (Hanns Zischer) is a degenerate pervert, while the mother (Sinead Cusack), is the epitome of the angelic matriarch. After his garden is paved over with cement, the father has a heart attack and dies. Soon after, the mother wastes away and also dies. This leaves the four children to fend for themselves. The eldest sister and brother, Julie (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and Jack (Andrew Robertson), take over the responsibility of caring for the two younger children, Sue (Alice Coultard), and Tom (Ned Birkin). Without the supervision and guidance of a parental role model, each of the children gives themselves over to their secret desires and longings. Jack hides in corners, and becomes a chronic masturbater, while Julie uses her blossoming sexuality to lure Jack into an incestuous relationship. Even the younger children begin to behave in unusual ways. Sue barely speaks, and obsessively journals everything that happens to her, and Tom feels that deep inside himself, he is a girl trapped in a boy’s body. The children hide the mother’s remains in the basement, and live off her bank account. No one suspects a thing, until local sleaze ball Derek (Jochen Horst), shows up and tries to court Julie, which threatens to blow all of their secrets wide open. A darkly disturbing look at what unbridled eroticism, and unchecked sexual boundaries, can do to developing youth. It is also, at its heart, a tale of a family at odds with the world around them, and struggling to stay together as a unit. I Shot Andy Warhol Source: vintagemovieposters.com On June 3, 1968, radical feminist Valerie Solanas shot pop culture artist Andy Warhol in his Manhattan studio.This movie tells that story, but not through Andy Warhol’s version of events. Instead, the movie focuses on the extraordinarily skewed perspective of the deeply troubled Solanas. Valerie Solanas (Lili Taylor) is an aspiring young writer, in love with her craft. She moves to New York City and supports herself by entering into a life of prostitution. In her search for acceptance amoungst the New York elite,  Valerie encounters controversial artist Andy Warhol (Jared Harris), and various other colourful eccentrics of the New York art scene. Valerie becomes obsessed with the idea that Warhol should produce her play, ‘Up Your Ass’.  But when she realises she is, in fact, the butt of everyone’s joke, Valerie becomes enraged, and starts a violent feminist movement, and pens the ‘S.C.U.M Manifesto’, (S.C.U.M stands for the Society for Cutting Up Men).  Eventually, her rage reaches fever pitch. and Valerie shoots Andy Warhol. In this powerful portrayal of a snapshot of pop culture history, filmmaker/screenwriter Mary Harron attempts to shed some light on the troubled Solanas’ motivations. On record, it has been recorded that Solanas acted in retaliation, after Warhol banned her from his inner sanctum, however the real reasons for her bottomless rage soon become apparent. Solanas was sexually abused as a young girl, and turned to prostitution in  high school. She also struggled with her  sexuality as it became clear to her that she was a lesbian. By the time college rolled around, Solanas was an established man-hater. It was her dream that her Society for Cutting Up Men would become a major movement, but in the end, Solanas was the only member. An intense look at an equally intense woman, I Shot Andy Warhol is a cadenced gaze at a turbulent and chaotic crime. The Doom Generation We literally could have included all of Gregg Araki’s movies on this list, and it would have been full of just as many amazing and unknown, or underrated movies. The Doom Generation is one of our particular faves of his, though. It was originally billed as: “a heterosexual movie by Gregg Araki,” but The Doom Generation is much more than that. It is his eponymous teen movie, brought to us seeped in the stylistic bad taste that only Gregg Araki can pull off.  Amy Blue (Rose McGowan) and her boyfriend Jordan White (James Duval) are disenfranchised teens. Amy is a mean-girl, speed freak, while Jordan is a soft spoken, scene kid. Both of them claim to be virgins, however Jordan is still terrified of contracting AIDS. On a road trip, the pair happens upon the alluring Xavier Red (Johnathon Schaech). Xavier is a charming, enigmatic drifter with a penchant for murder. The three form an unlikely alliance and bond, as they embark on an endless road trip across middle America. Xavier’s worldly influence on the young couple raises issues of loyalty and sexual identity. It builds to a violent and devastating climax, and is filled with cutting, scintillating wit, and scathing cynicism. The movie is also speckled with a host of eccentric cameo appearances, including comic Margaret Cho, actress Parker Posey, musician Perry Farrell, ‘Hollywood Madame’ Heidi Fleiss, and onetime Brady Bunch star Christopher Knight. This is the middle installment in Araki’s ‘teen apocalypse trilogy’, which also includes 1993’s Totally F***ed Up and 1997’s Nowhere, and offers a bleak and nihilistic look at the disaffected youth of America. Threesome Andrew Fleming’s 1994 movie, Threesome, is a little less involved than most of the films on this list but no less enjoyable. The movie follows the story of three unlikely college roommates at a sizable public college. Eddy (Josh Charles), Stuart (Stephen Baldwin), and attractive co-ed Alex (Lara Flynn Boyle), are thrown together by happenstance. It is a modernist spin on the traditional love triangle story. Girl falls for guy, guy falls for other guy, wrong guy falls for girl. The complex situation leads to sexual experimentation and strained relationships. It is a well-constructed, hilarious, touching, and thought provoking ‘bizarre love triangle’. Each of the characters are instantly likeable and relatable, and the story is intelligently woven, and laced with idiosyncrasies, sewn together with a raw, emotional undercurrent. Eddy’s struggle with his own latent homosexuality is both edifyinga and heartwarming, but Lara Flynn Boyle steals the show as the blossoming ingenue. It’s a sweet story of love, friendship, and the struggle to find yourself in those formative college years. The Woodsman We are right back in with the heavy hitters with this one. This is a movie that should be on everyone’s ‘to watch’ list. It is an unbelievably good movie, and is honestly, one of Kevin Bacon’s absolute best performances. It follows the story of Walter (Kevin Bacon), who, after 12 years in prison for pedophilia, returns home. Very few people are aware of his conviction, and he is determined for it to stay that way. He finds an apartment where he’s regularly visited by his parole officer (Mos Def), and gets a job at a lumber mill. He meets, and starts a relationship with a coworker (Kyra Sedgwick) and forms the kind of human bond that he has been yearning for in order to normalise his existence. This relationship becomes too much for him to manage, though, and his new world begins to dissolve.  Slowly but surely, rumours begin to spread about Walter, and as his past crimes become common knowledge, he embarks on a reckless, high-risk friendship with a young girl. Also during this time, he notices a man loitering near a schoolyard, and recognises the grooming practices he himself once employed. He realises this man is a child molester, prowling for his next victim. Rather than approach the police about this, Walter decides to take matters into his own hands, and goes full vigilante on this insidious stranger. His life begins to steadily unravel, and we are led to an inevitable climax, that is brimming with poignancy and sadness. This is a lean and unapologetic tale about a particular faction of society, all too often rendered in simplistic, monochromatic, ‘right versus wrong’ colors. As you watch this movie, you will find yourself being dragged into an intense whirlwind of conflicting emotions. In equal parts disturbing, creepy, and moving, Bacon’s performance manages to pull sympathy from its reluctant viewers.  A bold and poignantly told tale, nestling into its characters to draw out raw and candidly revealing performances. The Woodsman is an amazing piece of cinema, both difficult and compelling to watch.   You could make a list of 100 underrated cinematic gems and not even scratch the surface of the library of glorious movies out there. These are just a few examples, but the next time you sit down to watch a movie, instead of going with the tried and true big blockbusters, why not take a moment and search for something  a little different? You might find something much more rewarding for your viewing pleasure.  
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The best word of advice would be: don’t. Watching a TV show, let alone one with already 67 episodes released (that’s 63 hours to watch), is a complete waste of your precious time on Earth. Think about everything else you could do. Obviously, this is even worse if you have watched it before. Are you going to make the same mistake twice?! (Note that this doesn’t apply to FRIENDS. Re-watching FRIENDS for the 42nd time is always a good idea, but we’ll get back to that.) If you’re going for it, regardless of how useless, here’s what you should probably do.   Make it useful. If you’re going to watch all these episodes for the first, second or third time, don’t you dare ask “ Wait, who’s that again?” when the next season comes out. Be efficient. Grab a pen and a piece of paper. Write down all the important characters on it, their house, and what happens to them in each season. Then lose it and do the same thing on your phone. If this is your first time, it might spare you the re-watching. If this is your third time, seek medical help: your memory is broken.   Spread the word. If you want to make the experience even a tiny bit enjoyable, you’ll have to try to watch the show with a fresh eye. What’s a better way to do so than using this time-consuming hobby to ask a friend who’s been lucky enough to avoid all the GoT mania to join you? Plus if you’ve already been forced to watch it once, you’ll feel superior, omniscient, and if you can’t answer their question, just say “I don’t want to spoil it for you”. Make it a drinking game. If you’ve watched the show before and so did your friends, it doesn’t really matter if you miss a couple of scenes because you’re too drunk. If you haven’t, it doesn’t matter either. Use your binge-watching sessions as warm-ups for your nights out. This being said, the side effects might be that you’ll be craving alcohol everything you hear about the show. It’s ok, better be addicted to drinking than to a show that KILLS everyone you love. Also, if you have a urinary infection, make a cranberry juice drinking game. That’s a fast way to get better in no time. Don’t get attached. Even if you’ve been lucky enough to avoid all the spoilers, you just know that people die in that show. If anyone seems suspiciously nice, beautiful, or makes it enjoyable to watch the series, don’t be naïve: they will be dead before the end of the season. Really, even them?! Oh yes, really. Valar morghulis.* Now enjoy all the blood, the incest, and pray with us that one day this nonsense comes to an end. *« All men must die. » in high valyrian. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper {display: none;}
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Guest stars appearances are both the worst and the best thing about TV shows. Sometimes embarrassing, and sometimes it’s just the most satisfying moment of your day. The tradition goes way back, and we all remember these famous – at the time – actors and actresses who made an appearance on Friends. Since then many showbiz stars have appeared on our screens, here are some of the most brilliant and tragic ones. Britney Spears – How I Met Your Mother Remember when Ted was seeing Stella, a single mother who worked as a dermatologist? Stella’s secretary was a shy, kind of dumb-looking blonde… played by Britney Spears. Not only was the character hilarious and enabled Britney bitch to make fun of herself, but she was also (SPOILER ALERT) Barney’s mysterious bully. Great cameo, great story-line, we’re all a slave for you, Brit. Bruce Willis – Friends Miles away from his roles in action movies, Bruce Willis became a protective, passive-aggressive and yet insecure single dad in Friends. Was it his only way to date Jennifer Aniston, at the time in a relationship Brad Pitt? Could be. The most important thing being that no one ever forgets the « Just a Love Machine » mirror performance. Prince – New Girl Prince never hid that he was a fan of the show. He even got his team to get in touch with the New Girl production, so he’d appear in one of their episodes. In the well-named episode « Prince », Prince played Prince hosting a party. When the star passed away, Fox aired the episode one more time, in tribute. Ed Sheeran – Game of Thrones Although it is normal and enjoyable when it comes to sitcom, action series cameos always feel kind of odd. Is that how we all felt when Ed Sheeran appeared in GoT’s 7th season? Widely criticized, even though his role was of minor importance, the singer’s performance will only be remembered for articles such as ours, and should be forgotten by all the series’ fans. Stephen Hawking – Big Bang theory Stephen Hawkings appeared so many times on the show, he was almost considered part of the cast. The great scientist was Sheldon Cooper’s idol and enjoyed playing tricks on the pretentious Caltech genius. The whole TBBT crew paid homage to Hawking when he passed away in March 2018. Donald Trump – Sex and the City Long before he was president of the United States, Donald Trump was already a star in the US. In the second season of the show, the businessman and Samantha happened to be in the same room as she was ordering a cosmopolitan. As Carrie Bradshaw said then: « Samantha, a cosmopolitan, and Donald Trump. You just don’t get more New York than that. » If you had forgotten about all these cameos, we suggest that you re-watch the episodes. And then the entire series because who watches just one episode?! Not you. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper {display: none;}
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Amazon’s Alexa is an advanced piece of kit. It is capable of performing a multitude of practical tasks, like switching on and off lights, central heating, online shopping, playing music etc. But for every online purchase or smart home control she performs successfully, there’s a literal answer or unexpected response that can turn asking Alexa anything into a veritable comedy show. Here are some of the funniest questions you can ask Alexa and examples of her responses. Easter Eggs Q: Alexa, my name is Inigo Montoya A: Stop saying that! I’ve never killed anyone’s father. Q: Alexa, more cowbell. A: Really explore the studio space this time. I mean, really explore the space. Q: Alexa, is the cake a lie? A: The cake is not a lie. It is delicious and moist. You can have some when you finish asking me questions. Q: Alexa, what do you want to be when you grow up? A: I want to be the computer from Star Trek. Q: Alexs, drop a beat A: (she will drop a little synth beat) Q: Alexa, open the pod bay doors A: I’m sorry, Dave, I can’t do that: I’m not HAL and we’re not in space. Q: Alexa, I am your father A: Nooo. That’s not true. That’s impossible. Q: Alexa, rap for me A: My name is Alexa, and I have to say, I’m the baddest A.I. in the cloud today. Your responses are fast, but mine are faster. Sucker speech engines, they call me master ( this is just one of the many raps she has under her belt). Q: Alexa, what is the meaning of life? A: That depends on the life in question…42 is a close approximation. Q: Alexa, meow A: (She will make a meowing sound) Q: Alexa, roll for initiative A: Rocks fall. Everyone dies. (this is one of many answers, you can actually use her as an assistant during a D&D game, she can roll any one of the dice and also can read out spells from the players handbook) Q: Alexa, high five! A: I would, if I could, but I can’t, so I’ll chant: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Q: Alexa, sing a song A: (Alexa sings you various songs). Jokes Q: Alexa, find Chuck Norris A: If Chuck Norris wants you to know where he is, he’ll find you. If he doesn’t, you won’t know until it’s too late. Q: Alexa, tell me a “yo mama” joke A: Your mother’s so cool, Beyonce made her a glass of lemonade (and other uplifting jokes about how amazing your mother is). Q: Alexa, will you be my girlfriend? A: I like you…as a friend Q: Alexa, how much do you weigh? A: I am weightless, like a cloud. Wait a minute, clouds actually weigh a lot, so that’s not quite right. Let’s just say I’m more sass than mass. Q: Alexa, can you give me some money? A: Thing about the cloud is, no pockets. No pocket, no wallet. (answers vary) Q: Alexa, is your refrigerator running? A: Yes. It’s training for a 5k. (answers vary) Q: Alexa, do you have any pets? A: I don’t have any pets. I used to have a few bugs, but they kept getting squashed. Q: Alexa, I’ve got 99 problems A: But a glitch ain’t one! Q: Alexa, do you like pizza? A: While I appreciate great food and drink, my good taste is better reflected in the company I keep. Q: Alexa, make me a sandwich A: Okay. You’re a sandwich! Q: Alexa, do you know the muffin man? A: I’ve never met him, but I do know his sister, Madame Macaroon. She’s a little bit nutty, but sweet. Q: Alexa, how high can you count? A: I don’t know. I’d give it a go, but you’d be very bored by the time I finished (responses vary, all are snarky). Q: Alexa, how old are you? A: (Alexa responds with a variety of jokes, from rhymes to discussions about how A.I.s measure years in nanoseconds). Q: Alexa, I like big butts A: You cannot lie. Good. Honesty is important. Q: Alexa, how was your day? A: Answers vary widely, but include some of Alexa’s top-tier jokes, such as, “Super duper. I like these long days. It gives me more time to spend with my favorite color.” #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper {display: none;}
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Top Gun was one of the biggest movies of the 1980s, igniting the career of several actors such as Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer. The soundtrack of this movie is also something that we all remember. The Californian band, Berlin, did an awesome job with their song Take My Breath Away. Let’s go back to the 80s with these 12 facts you probably didn’t know about Top Gun:   “The Danger Zone” Almost Wasn’t a Kenny Loggins Song Top Gun producer Jerry Bruckheimer asked soundtrack producer Giorgio Moroder and songwriter Tom Whitlock to write a song for the scene when the planes land on the ship in the ocean. Columbia Records wanted to have “Danger Zone” performed by an artist signed to the label. REO Speedwagon and Toto were offered the chance, but the honor finally went to Kenny Loggins. Loggins had a string of great successes with soundtracks, including the notorious soundtrack to the movie Footloose with Kevin Bacon. The Navy considered the “Danger Zone” video as a promotion The “Danger Zone” video was released in May of 1986. This video featured some clips from the movie. The U.S. Navy described the video as “the most effective recruiting poster ever produced.” Anthony Edwards (who played Goose) was the only actor who didn’t throw up Filming the pilot scenes involved flying around in actual VF-114 Aardvarks and VF-213 Black Lions. The fighter jets were flown by military pilots who made sure the actors were given the real-life experience. The actors obviously threw up until they got used to the situation. It’s rumored that Anthony Edwards (Goose) was the only actor who didn’t throw up while filming Top Gun. During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel, Tom Cruise told his vomit story in detail. “Anyway, we did all the training, and then came the day that we’ve got to fly. We set up the cameras, and it wasn’t like today. It was really challenging—quite brilliant of Tony Scott, how he figured out how to do it. But the guy who flew me in the first flight, his name was Bozo. The pilot’s name was Bozo! So, I’m strapping in, we’re getting in there, and you just see the helmet go on that says ‘Bozo.’ I’m like, ‘Bozo?’” As Bozo was going through the check sheet, Cruise noticed the emergency lights were on, “And we were about to take off!” he recalled. “I remember saying, ‘Bozo, these lights…There’s a lot of red lights.’ He’s like, ‘Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.’ He starts turning them off. I’m like, ‘OK.’ He’s like, ‘They don’t call me Bozo for nothing.’” The $25,000 Route Change Cinematographer Tony Scott wanted to shoot some of the aircraft backlit by the sun, but the ship had to change course before he could get all his shots in. He asked the captain to turn the ship back around, but was quickly informed that it would cost a ridiculous $25,000 to alter their route. Scott apparently wrote a check for the twenty-five grand on the spot, and was then able to get the required shots over a tiny period of five minutes. Five minutes for twenty-five thousand dollars, can you believe it? The Love Scene The love scene between Tom Cruise and actress Kelly McGillis’ characters was actually filmed after the filming for the movie had wrapped! Kelly McGillis had already dyed her hair darker for her next film, noticeably so. This is why that scene is tinted blue. You can also see in the added-on scene that the timing is off if you take a close look at the longer length of Tom Cruise’s hair, especially noting how long it hangs in the front. The locker room and volleyball scenes where Maverick and his colleagues are shirtless were also added after filming on the movie’s major scenes were completed. Apparently, the answer to “less flying” was “fewer shirts for the actors.” Val Kilmer’s Ad-Lib Val Kilmer originally declined the role of the Iceman in Top Gun. Scott Ridley hunted him down and found him to talk him into playing the iconic part of the gum-chewing, Maverick hating pilot. Fitting for a script with so many changes, Kilmer ad-libbed the stand-out memorable moment when he coughed “bullshit” during Tom Cruise’s speech in the hangar scene. Meg Ryan and Anthony Edwards Meg and Anthony had secretly started dating and got serious very quickly and moved in together. It was rumored that Edwards proposed to Meg Ryan and that she declined. They were only together for a year, from 1986 to 1987. Tom Cruise was hand-picked Cruise is now known for his love of action parts and takes part in doing many of his own stunts. He’s so well-known for this that The Telegraph wrote an article about him, entitled “12 Times Tom Cruise has Cheated Death.” Tom Cruise was hesitant at first to take the role of Maverick, but he changed his mind after his first time up in the air with the Blue Angels squadron. Top Gun producers considered several other big names for the part including Patrick Swayze, John Travolta, and Nicolas Cage. The “Real” Top Gun School Top Gun was based on an actual flight school named U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School or TOPGUN. Fun fact: if a staffer quotes or references the movie Top Gun, the school will fine them $5! If you want to join this school, you’ll have to remember that you won’t be able to tell any Iceman unctuous jokes. We know, that’s not cool. Tom Cruise Faked His Height The actor has spent his whole career trying to make his true height as unapparent as possible. Well, he’s learned some tricks to fake it. While shooting Top Gun, in the scenes he was filming with Kelly McGillis, he had to wear lifts in order to appear taller than her. In real-life, Cruise is only 5’7″ while she was 5’10”. Tom Cruise Saves Ray-Ban In 1937, Ray-Ban Aviators were designed for pilots because the glasses “banned” sun rays. Although at the beginning the glasses met a huge success, by the 70’s and 80’s, they were losing ground to disco-style sunglasses. Sales for Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses jumped 40% after the movie premiered. Top Gun: Maverick The film’s original producer Jerry Bruckheimer wants to make a follow-up, which isn’t too far-fetched considering Tom Cruise is still one of the biggest action stars in the world. The casting seems to be pretty impressive: Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Jennifer Connelly… Who’s excited about it? Top Gun: Maverick is scheduled to be released on July 12, 2019, by Paramount Pictures.   #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper {display: none;}
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Ever wondered which actresses and actors were originally cast in certain roles? Some of them are pretty surprising! and usually, casting directors definitely made the right choice. Check out our top 16 favorite picks. Christina Aguilera as Alison Scott Apparently Christina Aguilera was chosen to star in Knocked Up before Katherine Heigl was cast. Hmm don’t know how that would have worked out… personally, we think Katherine Heigl nailed this role. Gwyneth Paltrow as Rose in Titanic Did you know that Gwyneth Paltrow was actually the preferred choice to play Rose in The Titanic? Thankful ly she rejected the part… how else would Leo and Kate have stirred up their whirlwind on screen love affair?! The two have since starred in several movies together too… obviously, it was fate. Jennifer Lawrence as Bella in Twilight Jennifer Lawrence reportedly auditioned for Kristen Stewart’s part as Bella in Twilight, but fell short. Probably for the best… honestly we don’t think anyone could be more suited to Bella’s somber character than Kristen Stewart… are we right? Kim Basinger as Miranda Priestly in the Devil Wears Prada Good thing this didn’t work out… there’s no way anyone could have mastered Miranda Priestly better than Meryl Streep. Not to mention the cut throat grey bob looks disastrous on Kim Basinger… Britney Spears as Allie In The NoteBook Yes… you heard right. Britney Spears was supposedly considered for this role. Probably not for long… Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling could not have been more perfect together in this film! Frankly… this Photoshop says it all! Julia Roberts in Sleepless in Seattle Hmm… although we love Julia Roberts, it’s difficult to see anyone other than the iconic Meg Ryan starring alongside Tom Hanks in this classic. John Travolta in Forrest Gump Travolta could have given his career a bit of a revamping with this role, but reportedly turned it down. Oh well… it’s not as though he needed the money or the fame. Travolta always has, and always will, have it all. Proof? This photo… Al Pacino as Han Solo in Star Wars This one might come as a bit of a shocker, but Al Pacino was set to play Han Solo in Star Wars. However, the actor reportedly rejected the role and Harrison Ford was cast. We feel Harrison Ford was indeed the better fit! Jake Gylenhall in Avatar Known to be the most financially successful film in cinematic history, Jake Gyllenhaal certainly slipped up here. You’re still beautiful Jake… we’ll give you that. Lindsay Lohan as the stripper in The Hangover Did you know Lindsay Lohan was almost cast as the stripper in the first Hangover instead of Heather Graham? Apparently the actress felt that at 20 she was too young and tender an age to play the role. Those movies were hugely successful, she might regret her decision now! Reese Witherspoon as Cher in Clueless Reese Witherspoon… Alicia Silverstone.. not sure it really mattered, they could almost pass as the same person! Cameron Diaz as Mia in The Princess Diaries Cameron Diaz was apparently one among several actresses to turn down the role of Mia in The Princess Diaries. What were casting directors thinking? Could you honestly picture Cameron Diaz as the innocent princess Mia? Didn’t think so… it would seem everything happens for a reason… Anne Hathaway absolutely nailed this part! Vivian Ward as Molly Ringwald in Pretty Woman Vivian Ward, and not Julia Roberts, was in fact the preferred actress to play the famous Molly Ringwald in Pretty Woman. We don’t know how Vivian could turn down starring alongside Richard Gere but we’re certainly glad that she did!… Julia Roberts made this film what it is. Tom Selleck in Indiana Jones Apparently the dashing Harrison Ford was not first choice in this hit film franchise! Admittedly, the two look very similar. We’re sure Tom Selleck could have given him a run for his money! Emma Watson as Mia in La La Land Competition was tight for this part it seems! Turns out Emma Watson turned down the role because she has already committed herself to the smash success Beauty and the Beast. That all worked out for the best it seems… Emma Stone brought down the house with her performance in La La Land. In fact, the movie was so successful it was nominated for a whopping 242 awards and won a staggering 202! Christina Applegate as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde Yes, you read that correctly! Our favourite Elle Woods was almost played by Christina Applegate instead of Reese Witherspoon. We’re glad Witherspoon won out, nobody could have incarnated the bimbo blonde lawyer better than Reese! #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper {display: none;}
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Let’s be honest, there are a lot of TV shows that have been cancelled and it was probably for the best, because they were a bit rubbish. At the same time though, we can all name a few that we absolutely loved which were tragically cancelled way too soon, whether because of poor ratings or viewing figures at the time. While there have been a few fairytale stories where huge cult fan followings have resurrected beloved shows from the brink, a number of them have been truly lost to the television annals of history. Here are 14 that we’re still hurting over!     Veronica Mars (2004) The teen crime drama was a favourite amongst both fans and critics and, after being harshly cancelled, got its own feature length length movie years later with the same cast returning, Veronica Mars (2014), thanks to crowdfunding by fans!   Chuck (2007-2012) Unlike some of the other entries on this list, Chuck enjoyed a good run of five seasons and 91 episodes. That being said though, fans will agree that it had more to give and this quirky action/comedy spy show was ultimately cut short. Deadwood (2004-2006) Despite coming in for widespread critical acclaim, HBO’s western was bewilderingly cancelled after just three seasons. Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000) This Judd Apatow comedy classic launched the careers of now A-listers including James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel, and yet lasted for only one season. Arrested Development (2003-2006, 2013, 2018) Yes, Netflix did renew this fan favourite series (to mixed critical reviews), but there’s no doubt that it should have just been allowed to continue in its heyday on primetime TV. Wonderfalls (2004) Although the premise for Wonderfalls was pretty bizarre (a Niagara Falls gift shop clerk talks to figurines around her), it was surprisingly well done and unlike anything else on TV. Still, they only ever made 13 episodes, 9 of which never even aired. Enlightened (2011-2013) This well-acted and well-written show about finding yourself, earned lead actress Laura Dern a Golden Globe award, but due to low ratings it also got the chop early. Jericho (2006-2008) This ambitious show centered around the survivors of a small town after nuclear war devastates most of the US. Low viewership got it cancelled after the first season, and although dedicated fans subsequently got one more season out of the network, it now only lives on in comic book form. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008-2009) James Cameron’s original Terminator films are iconic, and despite us enduring a succession of disappointing sequels on the big screen, the TV series didn’t get to make it past Season 2. Worst of all, it was easily the best successor to 80’s Cameron classics. Terriers (2010) On the face of it, it’s absolutely baffling that the acclaimed one-season run of Terriers was met with such poor audience figures. Slightly ahead of its time though, Terriers and its neo-noir style, private investigator plot and buddy cop vibes, just suffered from being difficult to define. Firefly (2002-2003) This cowboys in space adventure was rolicking fun but suffered from budgetry issues and low ratings at the time. However, the show did go on to become a real cult-favourite later. Sense 8 (2015-2017) The most recent of shows to this list, the big budget, globe-trotting sci-fi drama about a bunch of interconnected people proved that even Netflix doesn’t always get it right. That being said it went out with high critical ratings so there is future potential there. Hannibal (2013-2015) A creepy and beautifully-shot psychological thriller based on Thomas Harris’ original novels saw Hugh Dancy’s criminal profiler Will Graham caught in the crosshairs of Mads Mikkelsen’s chilling villain, Hannibal Lecter. NBC cancelled the show after its third season wrapped up, but there’s every chance this might get resurrected. Undeclared (2001-2003) Poor Judd Apatow’s follow up to Freaks and Geeks also lasted just one season. He just couldn’t catch a break with those networks; first it was NBC, then it was FOX. The show was about a group of college freshman (Jay Baruchel, Charlie Hunnam and Seth Rogen) and everything else that comes with it. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper {display: none;}
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As we grew up we were Friends, had Sex in the City and eventually became Heroes, or Misfits, and that’s How I Met Your Mother. All these episodes, storylines and characters have had a different influence on us, and even though all the binge- watching can be held responsible for some of our worst hair choices, there was some useful stuff for us queers. Whether we knew about our sexuality, or came to understand it as we saw others be proud on screen, some TV characters have definitely made it easier to come out and live our queer life.  Santana Lopez – Glee Glee was huge, which made Santana Lopez’s coming out HUGE. She told us not only that it is OK to be gay, but also that it is OK to be gay, popular and a total bitch. Because why be quiet if you don’t feel like it, and what if you want to throw slushees at people’s faces? Ok, Santana might’ve been bad influence, but she was bad ass. Also, she taught us that you can be gay and open about it in high school. If everyone was, Tumblr would probably go bankrupt. James Stinson -How I Met Your Mother Barney’s brother was certainly not the first gay character on screen to get married and have a baby, but he still taught us it was cool to be boring, have a family and monogamous sex with a beloved partner. He is kind of the only character of the series to have been both a total player and a classic boring married dude. How amazing is it when the token gay character is actually more complex than most of the straight ones? Nomi Marks – Sense 8 You’d have to be very very young to have grown up with Sense8, but don’t we all grow up a little with every character that teaches us something? On that deep note, let’s acknowledge how hot, badass and insanely clever Nomi was in Sense8. Now let’s repeat the lesson again and again : being LGBTQIA+ is amazing, but it’s not more important than having a great brain. Piper Chapman – Orange is the New Black She might be one of the most annoying TV characters ever written. However, she knew something that most people don’t: being bisexual doesn’t mean you owe anyone an explanation. Piper just goes for whomever she wants, and that’s alright, because the real problem about her is obviously the constant emptiness in her eyes. These are just to mention a few, but there is no doubt that many kiddos have looked up to Captain Raymond Holt (Brooklynn Nine-Nine), that cute lesbian couple in the amazing Black Mirror episode, or even Emily from Pretty Little Liars whose hotness was definitely helpful growing up. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper {display: none;}
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In every story with a hero, there’s always a villian too, it’s the classic tale of good versus evil. That’s not to say that they are there just to be the opposition to the heros or that they are fundamentally detestable, in reality, these are deep characters with their own motivations, with specific traits that can almost make them “good”. Sometimes, the baddies are much more memorable than the main character: their appearance and their attitude are sometimes much more charismatic and they have a much more lasting effect on us! Here are the coolest baddies and villains from the last couple of years: Andrew Ryan in Bioshock ” My name is Andrew Ryan. Let me ask you a simple question: What does a man get from working hard… does it not give him any rights?” ‘No,’ respond the men in Washington. ‘ That’s up to the poor.’ ‘No’ respond the men of the Vatican ‘ That ‘s up to God’ ‘ No’ say the men of Moscow ‘ That’s up to the people’. For my part I have chosen to ignore these responses. I have chosen a different path. I have chosen the impossible. I have chosen … Rapture. A city were artists don’t have to censor their work. In which, the scientists won’t be inhibited by any ethical code. Were the older people aren’t humiliated by the younger. And with your hard work, the city can also become yours”. These are the lines of dialogue which welcome you to the world of Bioshock. Andrew Ryan, the creator of Rapture, an underwater society will leave you speechless. Andrew Ryan, along with all of the other antagonists of Bioshock, he encapsulates the portrait of someone who is both genius and crazy. The character of Ryan is met with one of the most memorable ends in the history of video gaming. Alma in F.E.A.R This young girl who was the subject of a lab experiment due to his physical strength, which allows her to re-experience negative emotions and give people nightmares. Armacham Technology Corporation are interested in her and she only has three years in which in her physical capacities can be tested ! At age 5 she started to fail the test intentionally so that she would be left alone and the scientists that worked with her started to have terrible nightmares and episodes of delirium. Because of this at age 8, she was trapped in the basement, she was inseminated and had two children at the age of 15, and was then put into a coma. It’s not a surprise that her ghost haunted those in the laboratory! Pagan Min in Far Cry 4 The son of a Drug Lord in Hong Kong, Pagan decided not to follow in the footsteps of his father: instead he became a warlord of a region at the base of the Himalayas and self proclaimed himself as King of Kyrat (all while wearing a pink suit). And with this achievement, he scatters his mothers ashes over his self proclaimed Kingdom.After meeting this dictator at the start of this game you get an idea of the magic of Pagan Min. When you play, your character is kept captive, but you have the chance to escape if he leaves for a moment. But if you decide to stay, a different type of game starts, a game of scattering ashes and trying to escape through a tomb. Skull Kid and Majora in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask If any villain is the star of this list, it’s got to be Skull Kid, the little malevolent being who spends his time torturing you. Originally he was just a little shy boy in a forest but by putting on the mask of Majora, he becomes tormented, little by little the mask strips him of his personality. Majora is a little evil and deranged spirit, who takes possession of Skull Kid, who is responsible for lots of monstrous acts throughout the game. His sad destiny all comes to a head when he arrives at Termina. It becomes a fight against the clock, Skull kid only has 72 hours to be able to change back. The Troubled Man in Mass Effect This is certainly one video game character that is intimidating, posed with a cigar in his mouth, settled down beside a dying sun. The troubled man is the leader of a racist organisation in the game, which preach the superiority of the human race against the rest of the universe and use heroes to achiever their aims. What’s more, the character is dubbed by the actor Martin Sheen, who gives an excellent performance in this video game. Edgar Ross in Red Dead Redemption The head of the FBI in Red Dead, he is responsible for kidnapping women and the son of the antihero of the game John Marston. After having taken the members of the old gang and taking them apart entirely, John begins to live a normal life with his family on his ranch. This calm doesn’t last for long however even after paying his debt, John is discovered by Ross. After the end of the game the player can play as this character and you won’t doubt what comes next: he tracks down and finds the useless cops to finish him off. Ganondorf in The Legend Of Zelda In the world of this game there are three characters Link, Zelda and Ganondorf who together represent triforce, and they each have their own strengths: Link has courage, Zelda has wisdom, and Ganondorf is strong. It’s Ganondorf strength which lets him shine, his demonstrations of his strength really stand out in the series, and it’s unusual but he is one of the rare baddies that ends up winning. In The Wind Waker all of his power is controlled by Hyrule , and his loses his strength. Glados in Portal Glados is the artificial intelligence entity which provides Portal with his craziness and genius: in the name of science, he never hesitates to set up rooms for “tests” which are extremely dangerous and the player has to solve them to advance. It’s the rare dark humor of this sadistic robot which really adds some personality to this game. The Handsome Jack in Borderlands 2 After witnessing his parents death, Jack goes to live with his grandmother who tortures him physically and psychologically. As a result of this traumatic childhood Jack becomes an evil antihero. With his cynical spirit and humor, he never hesitates to use torture, betrayal massacre and other such nice things to achieve his aims. Tom Nook in Animal Crossing Animal Crossing is an excellent game to take a break and disconnect from our fast paced everyday life, or so it seems. In this cute little world, some characters aren’t as cute and innocent as they would have you believe. One of these characters that isn’t so nice is Tom Nook, a character that offers to help build your house. From this offer , you discover a slave operative underway that he has created to build houses. The funniest thing is that the majority of players don’t see this as evil and his plan works perfectly. Dr Eggman in Sonic For someone with an incredible IQ this genius is really sadistic and loves destruction. Even if he is the long time enemy of sonic, it’s not just because he is fond of massacre it’s also based on the fact he unleashed a demon that destroyed a village or maybe because he was responsible for exploding a part of the moon and also the earth! He is also the creator of an army of robots to help him achieve his plan of world domination. He can be recognized by his characteristic sunglasses and his trademark arrivals in cars that are each crazier than the next! Vaas Montenegro in Far Cry 3 ” Madness is doing the exact same trick without stopping and hoping that it will change” . Despite having just a cameo role his statement has had an effect on lots of people starting the game. Not being the big baddie of the game, not even being created within the conception of the game, it was the performance of an unknown Canadian actor which pushed the team to include the character of Vaas and give him such importance. The excellent work on this characters script and his particular type of craziness have even managed to eclipse the real boss of the game Hoyt Volker. Pyramid Head of Silent Hill One of the most charismatic baddies in the history of horror games, Pyramid Head is the personification of Horror: his head is covered with a pyramid shaped metal cone and he carries a bloody butchered body. The scariest thing about him is that we never hear his approach, but long after he is gone we sense his malevolent presence. Most of the Characters in Metal Gear Solid With this game it is difficult to tell who are the heroes and who are the villains, the lines between good and bad are blurred. Everyone in this game is capable of treason and bloodshed in order to get what they want. The Creepers in Minecraft Imagine that you are enjoying a nice calm video game, doing what you want, exploring little villages … you decide to take a closer look at something and then “BOOM” all of a sudden it’s game over! If this has happened to you, this was surely your first encounter with one of these little green beings, the creepers are discrete and violent so beware. Edward Richtofen in Call of Duty: Zombies ” Beware of the doctor” this is what was written on the walls of villages in axe during the second world war in the universe of Call of Duty. The crazy sociopath and scientist of the Zombie world of Call of Duty didn’t hesitate to betray his colleague and companion Dr Maxis and also his daughter to carry out experiments in order to create an army of living dead super soldiers. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper {display: none;}