Thursday, March 28, 2013

10 Reasons Why We Bow Down to the Hilarious Rebel Wilson


Rebel Wilson is set to host the 2013 MTV Movie Awards on April 14. But before she takes the stage to introduce gold-plated-popcorn-worthy categories, we’ve put together 10 of her most sidesplitting moments that make us Rebel yell.

1. She has an insatiable sweet tooth.

2. She keeps her eyes on the road.

3. She knows a good deal when she sees one.

4. She’s a world-champion pirate dancer.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

‘Oz the Great and Powerful’? More like the dull and dreadful

Twenty minutes into director Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful I started daydreaming about a twister that would lift me out of my $16 seat and whisk me off to someplace over the rainbow – or at least put me out of my misery all together.

That may sound a bit melodramatic, but anyone who has seen this latest offense to L. Frank Baum’s memory likely agrees.

As a fan of all things Yellow Brick Road and Emerald City, I’ve long loved Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s 1939 optical feast The Wizard of Oz, and I can honestly say that I don’t entirely hate Disney’s previous attempt (Disney is behind the current debacle as well) to Return to Oz in 1985. Raimi’s interpretation of the fabled land with which we’ve all grown up, however, was neither Victor Fleming-groundbreaking like the legendary original nor will it ever become a cult classic like the latter Fairuza Bulk vehicle.

For starters, James Franco as the titular Oz (a nickname; his character’s given name is Oscar Diggs) is miscast in his role that was originally intended for Robert Downey Jr., according to reports. One can’t help but wonder what kind of energy Iron Man would have brought to this supposed origin story that reeks of a “Wicked” rip-off. In hindsight, it’s safe to say that even at his worst, RDJ couldn’t have mucked this up anymore than the dude who basically slept his way through hosting the Oscars with Anne Hathaway in 2011. Obviously that performance was not a factor during the screening process.

To be fair, I’m a fan of Franco’s. I don’t think that he’s a half-bad actor – despite what many amateur critics, at least on social media, have said – but, in my mind, he will never be suited to plan the Man Behind the Curtain. He’s James Dean. He’s Harry Osborn. He’s Alien. He filled each of those roles well. But a great wizard he does not make.

If you need another reason why Franco was all kinds of wrong for this role, well, he’s not exactly kid friendly either. Case in point: Interior. Leather. Bar. (look it up) – the very provocative, very NSFW indie film that released less than two months before Oz the Great and Powerful blew into theaters. How he was considered for this iconic character relative to his penchant for risqué career moves is baffling. Although, it is Hollywood we’re talking about here, and I suppose you can do and say whatever the hell you want and then helm a Disney franchise when you’re BFFs with the director.

While Franco was meant to carry the film, his co-stars won't get off the hook that easy; they had an obligation to their roles as well. While I thought Rachel Weisz as the witch Evanora was particularly divine, Michelle Williams as good witch Glinda and Mila Kunis as Theodora were off their games as much as Franco. The film went downhill (and fast) – for me, at least – when the latter of this trio transformed into what I can only assume was intended to be a CGI caricature of the original Wicked Witch of the West. It’s really that bad.

Speaking of CGI, while Oz the Great and Powerful is heavy on kaleidoscopic special effects (some of which are well done), overall they appeared subpar considering how far we’ve come with technology. Four years ago, the heavily CGIed Avatar became a modern moviemaking marvel, so why then does Oz, in this version, look like somebody crop-dusted LSD as far as the eye can see? The effects and set design of the classic 1939 film (built by hand, mind you – does that even happen anymore?) are far superior. I challenge anyone to debate that. Furthermore, more than 70 years have passed between the two films. How is it possible that Sam Raimi’s contemporary vision can’t hold a candle to Fleming’s vintage one? 

Bottom line, as big-budget special effects go, Oz the Great and Powerful is amateur hour.

Epic cinematic failures aside, there were two redeeming parts of the film. China Girl (voiced by the adorable Joey King) and Finley the flying monkey (voiced by Zach Braff) were the only likeable characters in this fantasy farce, providing comic relief and ‘aaaww’ moments when needed. Both of these characters were rendered in CGI, and while I thought Finley could’ve used extra attention, China Girl was flawless. Props to whoever stayed at the studio late every night to ensure that at the very least she was perfect.

The other saving grace of the film is the mini-homages that this version paid to its 1939 predecessor. From Oscar Digg’s black-and-white love interest Annie mentioning that John Gale asked her to marry him (Dorothy’s father, perhaps?) to a few Horses of a Different Color in passing to giving Dorothy’s iconic gingham fabric a shout-out, it was nice to be reminded of what once was – even if it’s a far cry of what currently is.

Alas, while I’m not alone in thinking that Oz the Great and Powerful should take an express bubble back from where it came – many real critics panned it, too – we can definitely expect another trip to the place where troubles melt like lemon drops thanks to the film’s $218 million (and counting) worldwide haul.

Because crappy film or not, there’s no place like home – or the almighty box-office dollar.

Harlem Shake in our costumes!

We had a great time last week preparing some Harlem Shake videos in our warehouse! Chantal McCulligh came by to help us out and we had a blast creating some original and unique Harlem Shake dances. Check them out:

1) Spandex Bodysuits, Chubsuits, and a bunch of random props

2) Willy Wonka and Oompa Loompas

3) Behind the scenes with Chantal McCulligh

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Get Buffed on these 10 Awesome Buffy Facts

False Memories

Who doesn’t love Buffy the Vampire Slayer – this cheesy popcorn 90s blood sucker flick had us all head over heels for Sarah Michelle Gellar’s sweet and loveable, quirky and absentminded, goofy and nerdy, yet vampire-ass-kicker-galore protagonist. The film, of course, was spawned (all puns intended) from the popular WB/UPN TV series that ran a rating gambit from 1997-2003. The major motion picture screenplay was written in 88’, but would not hit the silver screen until 92’. What follows are some interesting factoids that you more than likely never knew about the Buff-master from both the movies and her TV series.

1. Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia) was actually supposed to play Buffy and Sarah Michelle Gellar was supposed to play Cordelia. But Gellar convinced director, Joss Whedon, to allow her to read for the lead, and she read and won.
2. The loveable Gellar has always been loveable. In fact, when she was five-years-old, she got her first taste of the beefiness of fame by starring in a Burger King commercial. No joke … see the original commercial below.

3. Speaking of commercials, Anthony Stewart Head (Giles) was originally in a commercial series for Taster’s Choice before notching a role in this big flick. And by the way, Whedon named that character Giles after his house matron; who knew?

4. Did you know that Nicholas Brendon (Xander) stutters in real life. They somehow worked it all out for filming, though.

5. James Marsters’ (Spike) first big television role before Buffy was as a bellhop in Northern Exposure. He would play a role a season later in that series as a priest.

6. According to the USPS mail service, the zip code of Sunnydale places it approximately in Morgan Hill, California.

7. Sarah Michelle Gellar admittedly is fearful of cemeteries (you don’t say?).

8. Mark Kriski of KTLA in Los Angele played the role of the Sunnydale weatherman.

9. Whedon was obsessed with The Simpons. He’s quoted as stating, “If I could write for any show, it would be The Simpsons and Twin Peaks...As much as you could say that Buffy is a cross between 90210 and The X-Files, you could say it’s a cross between The Simpsons and Twin Peaks.”

10. Esteemed designer, Vera Wang designed both Buffy’s prom dress and Gellar’s real life wedding dress.

Get your Buffy on with our awesome selection of official Buffy The Vampire Slayer Merchandise.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with these 10 Witty Facts You More Than Likely Never Knew

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, 1957

Revered by many of us – who grew up being read his classic and colorful, illustrative tales that generally imbibed an underlying moral to them – and coveted by even the younger generation of children during the present day, Dr. Seuss’ birthday will be celebrated around the world on March 2nd, 2013. His knack for capturing the attention, love and adoration of millions of children and adults worldwide is unrivaled. His unsurpassed ability to tell a story using drawings and short sentences (and make it witty and comedic) is what made these tales so popular. In commemoration of one of the world’s greatest storytellers of all time—this article will deliver 10 relatively unknown facts about the esteemed Dr. Seuss.

10 Witty Facts You More Than Likely Never Knew About Dr. Seuss
  1. Dr. Seuss got into trouble aplenty during his high school tenure. He even got into trouble when he was caught drinking gin with his friends. It was during 1925, when prohibition was still in effect, and it netted him a short probation term.
  2. He was not a real doctor. As a matter of fact, he studied to earn his PhD in English, but never completed the studies. He was awarded numerous honorary degrees during his life, however.
  3. He struggled to get his first book published. His first writing, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” was actually rejected 27 times before it was finally published in 1937.
  4. He titled his first book in honor of his grandparents, who lived on Mulberry Street.
  5. The famous book, “Green Eggs and Ham,” only contains 50 different words. It was the result of a bet he made with a publisher, who bet him that he would not be able to compose a book using 50 of the same words or fewer.
  6. He had a book pulled from the shelves of stores and libraries nationwide because it made references to the Cold War and the nuclear arms race. The book was called: “The Butter Battle Book.”
  7. The Grinch character – one of his most famous – was actually a depiction of himself. In a 1957 interview with Redbook, he said: “I wrote the story about my sour friend, the Grinch, to see if I could rediscover something about Christmas that obviously I’d lost.”
  8. Dr. Seuss was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, contrary to popular belief.
  9. He is credited with publishing the world’s first account of the usage of the word “nerd” in literacy; it was published in: “If I Ran the Zoo.”
  10. Dr. Seuss penned more than 44 different books during his life. Today, there are more than 200 million copies in print, making him one of the most famous and best-selling authors in history. is pleased to ring in Dr. Seuss’ birthday in style on March 2nd. As a premier online retailer of branded merchandise, we invite you to celebrate the doctor’s birthday this year with our merchandise.