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These days, being called a geek is not the slur it once was. With the resurgence of retro games consoles, PC gaming, and the appropriation of geek culture by commercialism, ‘Geek’ is now a badge we can wear with honour. But what do you get for the nerd in your life? Here, we have a list of a few awesome and quirky presented xsd for you to give to your favourite dweeb this Christmas. Motherboard Chopping Board The perfect gift for the computer nerd, and the amateur chef in your life! Buy it here: Amazon Ctrl + Alt + Delete Hot And Cold Soup Set Perfect when you want to unwind and end tasks, or log off for a bit. Oh, and eat some soup too. Buy it here: Amazon Gameboy Watch It looks exactly like the original, and the alarm sound is the Super Mario Bros. theme. What more could you want! Buy it here: Amazon Second Breakfast Bowl Ideal for the extra hungry Tolkien fan in your life. Buy it here: Lenny Mud Floating Bluetooth Speaker These are really cool, and they look a bit like R2D2! Double geeky! Buy it here: Amazon Legend Of Zelda, Link’s Shield Backpack If you have to go out, and have a lot of stuff to carry… it’s dangerous to go alone…take this! Buy it here: Merchoid Star Trek Door Bell It makes sci-fi noises when ever anyone crosses the threshold of your room. It has motion sensors, and it lights up! Not getting this for the Trekkie in your life would be highly illogical, Captain. Buy it here: Amazon Stormtrooper Whiskey Decanter For the scruffy looking nerf herder and the booze hound in your life! Drink whiskey from a Stormtrooper’s head! What could be better? Buy it here: Temptation Gifts Magic The Gathering Spellslinger Starter Kit Ideal as a gift to play together, this set has everything you need to start you on your Magic path. Buy it here: Miniature Market Batman Egg Cup And Toast Cutter Serve breakfast with a side of vigilante justice, with this egg cup, and Batman symbol toast cutter. Buy it here: Amazon Floppy Disc Coasters No, kids, those aren’t 3D models of the save icon, those are floppy discs, the 90’s version of cloud storage. Well, those are coasters made to look like floppy discs, but, you get what we’re saying. Buy it here: Amazon Playstation Wallet How adorable! A wallet that is an exact mini replica of the original PlayStation 1 console! Perfect to put in your Link Shield backpack. Buy it here: Pink Cat Shop Star Wars Crochet Create your favourite Star Wars characters out of yarn! Look at these cuties… Just look at them!! Buy it here: The Book Depository Rick And Morty Cluedo Oh jeez, oh man! It’s everyone’s favourite mystery solving game, but with Rick and Morty, set in the multiverse. It even comes with custom sculpted Rick and Morty miniatures to use as game pieces. Wubba-Lubba-Dub-Duuub! Buy it here: Zavvi Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Pendant A miniature replica of the Awesome Mix Vol. 1 cassette tape from Guardians of the Galaxy, as a pendant. It even comes in a cassette tape box. Buy it here: Think Geek     There are just a few ideas to please all your nerdy loved ones this Geek-mas! #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
Are you tired of hearing Jingle Bells on the radio? Do you wish Santa would just stop coming to town? Have you just had enough of decking the halls with boughs of holly? If you answered yes to these questions, you might be suffering from a condition known as: ‘Imsosickofthatsongitus’. If you are unfortunate enough to be stricken with that malady, (and we suspect you are), we have the perfect remedy for you. Here are some alternative Christmas songs for you to put on your Christmas playlist, still full of Christmas cheer, just not the same old cheer we’ve all heard hundreds of times before. The Andrews Sisters – Christmas Island Bing Crosby And Rosemary Clooney – Snow Johnny Mathis – Do You Hear What I Hear Darlene Love – Christmas, (Baby Please Come Home) Destiny’s Child – Carol Of The Bells   Chris De Burgh – A Space Man Came Travelling   Ryan Sheridan – We’re Walking In The Air   Cyndi Lauper – Minnie And Santa T-Rex – Christmas Bop   The Kinks – Father Christmas AC/DC – Mistress For Christmas   The Ramones – Merry Christmas, (I Don’t Wanna Fight Tonight)   Bad Religion – Hark The Herald Angels Sing   Type O Negative – Red Water, (Christmas Mourning)   No Doubt – Oi To The World   Sufjan Jones – Christmas Unicorn   Beck – Little Drum Machine Boy   Run D.M.C – Christmas In Hollis TLC – Sleigh Ride   Snoop Doggy Dogg – Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto   So save these to your Spotify, make a playlist on YouTube, or get them on Google Play, and make your next Christmas party one to really remember, by playing a whole load of Christmas songs that nobody knows! We think there is something that will appeal to everyone on that list, and it makes a fun change from the usual Christmas carols that we hear year after year! #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
Are you feeling emotionally stable? Because you’re about to experience a real breakdown. 2018 is not only yet another year that has seen us lose faith in humanity and getting closer to the end of the world, it’s also the year many great TV shows have had their final season. There might be great new stuff coming up, but can we be sure? The Big Bang Theory (12 seasons) Not all fans of the series have followed during all twelve quite unequally hilarious seasons. Still, just as when Glee got canceled – if you don’t remember that, you are too young to be on the Internet, go to bed – it’s kind of the end of an era. Bye Penny, Sheldon, Howard…See you on Netflix, nerds. New Girl (7 seasons) Who knew that show still existed? Apparently, clumsy Jess and her flatmates were still a thing until their seventh and last season. Zooey, we’ll miss your sparkling eyes, and something about your personality that we cannot really put our fingers on. It’s not humor, though, definitely. Casual (4 seasons) Casual will leave our lives just as it entered it: quietly, peacefully, with a lot of dignity and in general indifference. For those who have missed it, and there must be many among you, don’t hesitate to watch all four seasons on replay. Valerie, you were insane, and it was a pleasure meeting you. Single moms with crazy brothers are not usually that good-looking. House of Cards (6 seasons) Based on an algorithm to create the perfect series – among other things – the star TV show that kept thousands on their toes during its first season was getting old. Without any regrets we’ll say farewell. Use your budget wisely, Netflix. The Americans (six seasons) The concept was great: Cold War, two Soviet KGB officers pretending to be an ordinary American couple, the Jennings. Well, it might not have been necessary to go through six seasons, but let’s give them an A for effort. Adventure Time (10 seasons) What will young stoners – and children – watch now that Adventure Time has come to an end?! Ten seasons of it on replay. Thanks for being so creative for so long, and for inspiring our most embarrassingly epic dreams. Just like your old aunt who smells funny, it’s always good to know they’re somewhere around, and you can catch up if you really want to. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
Ah, fashion, what a fickle mistress she is. While we might think that we are super cool, on trend fashionistas, so too did our bell bottom wearing, platform heel doffing parents. We think, ‘but our fashion is awesome, we will never look back and think we look stupid. Alas, time makes fools of us all, and those 90’s school photos of you wearing trousers with 10 inch wide legs, and a Papa Roach t-shirt would beg to differ. Here we take a look at some of the most cringe-worthy fashion trends of the last few decades, and say a silent prayer that none of them make an ironic, retro reappearance in our high street stores. Patterned Tights These multi-coloured eye-sores were all the rage in the 60’s. Why anyone thought that these would flatter anyone’s shape is entirely beyond us! Futuristic Fashion There was a trend in the 60’s wherein designers envisioned what they thought the future would look like. Thankfully, they were wrong, but ‘Futuristic Fashion’ was a big thing at the time. Now it’s referred to as ‘Retro-Futuristic’, if you can get your head around that conundrum! Jumpsuits For Men Why, in the name of all that is holy, were these ever a thing? They are hideous! Completely unflattering, they make people look like matadors! Go home, 70’s fashion, you’re drunk! Bay City Rollers Fashion The Bay City Rollers were a hugely popular band in the 70’s. Unfortunately, so too were their fashion choices. Super high platforms, multi-coloured knee high socks worn with 3/4 length pants, and lots and lots of plaid. We get it, you’re Scottish, calm down on the tartan! Shell Suits OK, so these were garish, and loud, and gaudy, and kind of awful, but we must confess to having a bit of a soft spot for these. These are actually coming back into fashion at the moment, so we can indulge our secret tacky shame if we really really want to. MC Hammer Pants Yeah, we are not as fond of these pants, though. MC Hammer was a rapper in the early late 80’s and early 90’s. These pants were his trademarks. Very handy if you ever needed a parachute, for your crotch. Super Baggy Jeans Oh the nostalgia is killing us with this one! These were really popular in the 90’s amoungst skaters and Nu-Metal fans. We’re not saying we did have 10 pairs of these and a whole wardrobe full of Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, and Korn t-shirts, but we’re not saying we didn’t either! Bucket Hats These were hats that fishermen originally wore, but they were popularised by Glastonbury goers and Oasis fans. Again, we are not going to say that we didn’t fall victim to this fashion faux pas. Uggs A snow boot that wasn’t waterproof and slid off your feet sideways when you walked in them. Great! Thanks to the likes of Paris Hilton, ultra trendy girls everywhere had a pair of these. Most commonly worn with pale blue skinny jeans, a pink fluffy cardigan and a tiny dog inside a Louis Vuitton handbag . No, just no. We’d like to think that we have come a long way in terms of haute couture and high street trends. Honestly though, ten years from now there will probably be another article, just like this one, featuring something you are wearing at this very minute! So maybe we shouldn’t be too smug about our fashion choices, and just wear whatever we feel most comfortable in.         #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
Retro gaming is big news at the moment. There have been lots of updated versions of old 16 bit consoles revamped for today’s market and pre-loaded with classic games. The Sega Megadrive has it’s own new plug and play version of its classic console, but if you still have your old Megadrive console knocking around, there are plenty of great game cartridges still available online and in certain stores for you to play. But why stick to the old favourites like Sonic, or Golden Axe? Why not look for something a little more unusual? Here, we scope out some of the most bizarre offerings to the Sega Megadrive catalogue, many of which can still be sourced through retro gaming shops and websites like eBay. Zombies Ate My Neighbours Zombies Ate My Neighbours is a thoroughly underrated game. It is a fast paced run and gun game developed by LucasArts. It really should have been more popular than it was, as it is glorious to play. Smooth playability, awesome graphics for its time, 55 levels of zombie killing with a 3D glasses wearing main character, really, what more could you ask for? ToeJam And Earl ToeJam And Earl was super weird. The name is weird, the landscape was weird, the characters looked weird. But it was a fun game to play despite the simplistic graphics. Released in 1991, it follows two alien rappers, ToeJam and Earl, who crash land on Earth, and have to collect bits of their ship in order to make it back to their home planet, Funkotron. Lots of time spent traveling around in-game in elevators, and a landscape that looks nothing at all like earth make for a pretty surreal gaming experience. Shaq Fu So, this is a pretty strange one. In 1994, Shaquille O’Neal, NBA star and one of the most famous players the LA Lakers has ever known, starred in his very own Street Fighter-esque video game. While the release of the game was met with confusion at the time, (why is Shaq in a fighting game and not a basketball game… why??), the graphics were excellent and it was an all round fun game to play. Boogerman, A Pick And Flick Adventure Well, the title says it all, really. This is a video game about snot. Charming! Boogerman is a superhero janitor who works in a lab. He can flick his snot, burp, belch and even fart at his enemies. While the premise is childish to say the least, the graphics are pretty cool and it is pretty amusing to play. Beavis & Butthead So, just in case you don’t already know, Beavis & Butthead was a cartoon show that aired on MTV from 1993 to 2011. It followed the lives of the title characters Beavis and Butthead, two dumb, heavy metal loving, girl chasing high school layabouts. It spawned a movie, lots of different merchandise, and even a video game. The game itself is pretty cool if you’re a fan of the show. The graphics are great and look just like the cartoon, the audio is awesome and the game-play is really engaging. Even if you’re not familiar with the show, this is definitely one to check out. Bubba ‘n’ Stix Who doesn’t like stereotypes in their gaming? Well this game certainly won’t let you down if you do. In Bubba ‘n’ Stix, you play as Bubba, a shirtless redneck in overalls who carries around a sentient stick. He uses this stick to beat up his enemies and to move things around. He wanders around in swamps and always wears a red trucker cap backwards. The visuals are pretty cool in this one and the boss at the end is… well…interesting. The Haunting Starring Polterguy This game is super cool. You play the ghost Polterguy and your mission is to scare the bejesus out of the Sardini family, and terrify them out of their home. For no apparent reason other than you’re a ghost and that’s what you do. You go from room to room and jump into various objects to charge them with a scare. Once a member of the family investigates, you will be met with a spooky animation like, for example, a bathtub filling with blood. This is a really distinctive little game and will provide hours of entertainment. Word of warning though, beware the boss stage at the end, it’s the pits! Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker A tie-in with the music anthology movie of the same name, Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker sees you play the superstar, as he dances his way through various juke-joints and side streets in order to save a groups of kidnapped children. A weird and wonderful mix of 80’s nostalgia, this game is a simplistic one but an entertaining one nonetheless, especially for Jackson fans. The backgrounds and bad guys are a bit lazy, though, with each back drop being a slight variation on the last. The music, as you would expect, is awesome throughout, and the graphics are pretty good considering this is one of Sega’s earlier releases. There are hours and hours of entertainment to be had from dusting off your old consoles, and putting them to good use again. These are just some examples of the lesser known, wackier side of the Megadrive. Most of these titles are still readily available online and will provide you with a much more unique gaming experience than many of the more popular well known titles out there. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
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;}
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;}
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;}
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;}
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;}