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So Bad Piggies has been a vacuum of time wasting and a staple to how I spend my time in class.  Between Bad Piggies and stressing to get articles done in time, I think I might enjoy some mindless time wasting via Rovio’s latest mobile app.  Bad Piggies is a spin-off of the Angry Birds franchise that circles around the bad guys of the original game.  This time, they’re in your hands to acquire the thing they desire most: eggs.  On your way to get the eggs, a number of hijinx ensue where you must help the pigs acquire pieces to maps that lead to the eggs.  Unfortunately pieces are in unattainable areas and require you to help the pigs build miraculous contraptions to ge from point A to point B.  The process is fun, challenging, and the time spent:payment ratio far exceeds the $0.99 game for iPhone.

An Appreciated Directional Change by Rovio

After a string of similar spin-offs: Angry Birds: Seasons, Angry Birds: Rio, Angry Birds Space, bringing the franchise in a new direction [and even keeping the old direction with the confirmed Angry Birds: Star Wars], using the Piggies as new protagonists in a completely different setting is really cool to see.  Everyone thought this spin-off would be just another Angry Birds rip-off, but it’s pretty clear that this new game is built from the ground up with similar addictive elements like 3-star grinding and secret hunting.

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Gungnam Style is a pop culture phenomenon.  So combining it with other pop culture phenomenons seems like a good idea.  Take this Empire Strikes Back example.  This is the scene where Lando betrays Han, and betrays he does.  When Han expects a pleasant dinner, he is instead greeted by Psy and the humping-asian-dude-in-a-straw-hat.  Naturally, Han fires first (like a mother f*cking boss), only to have the asian man’s lumps and bumps deflect them.

An unnecessary breakdown of the 30 seconds clip?  Yes.  But I personally had fun writing it.

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From Cracked

Smart actors play the same character in every movie. Arnold Schwarzenegger was savvy enough to find a performance that worked for him early in his career, and stick with it. But more skilled, show-off actors like to pretend to be different people in every single one of their movies. We asked you to show us what it might look like when those actors occasionally forget which person they’re pretending to be.

Actors Who are Very Confused in Which Role They’re Playing

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I’m not much of a late night talk show guy, but out of the trope, I think I like Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien the most.  The latter has a small series that caters to two of our categories here at Banana Scoop: television and video games.  Conan isn’t much of a video game player, but he’ll often take up the sticks and play a game or two.  It’s really funny how he applies his wit to point out basic plot holes in hilarious ways.  You simply have to see it yourself.  I’ve included his ‘review’ on Minecraft and below includes Skyrim and some others.  Both Skyrim and Minecraft are absolutely hilarious, and I hope he does more in the future!

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Now this is a cool video, combine two opposite universes: Game of Thrones and Star Wars.  Combine the sword fights with lightsabers.  Here we have the infamous fight between Jaime Lannister and Ned Stark.  Add the awesome soundtrack from Star Wars and place the lightsaber over the swords and you have a Jedi fight.  It’s a pity they don’t do flips and stuff, but hey that’s no big deal.  Amazing what video production programs can do these days.

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If you find yourself scratching your head as to why a movie is acting a certain way or wondering how a certain plot hole came to exist, then this article on Cracked is the one for you.  For example, in Empire Strikes Back, how did Luke Skywalker jump so high to get out of the Carbonite freezing?  Sure Yoda trained him, but never to jump that high.  This article brings out plot holes like these that are explained in movie scripts that never made it into the movie.  While they’re plot filling and make many beloved movies more sensical, not all of them should’ve been done…You’ll have to read on to find out what I’m talking about…

Crucial Movie Moments that Never Made It Into the Script

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This is a really cool list.  From Cracked, we have this article about several pieces of art [movie, drawing, etc.] that were created by fans that are significantly better than the original.  For example, someone has taken the Star Wars trilogy and and essentially revamped it to match true fan expectations.  They aligned blaster pistols, cauterized proper wounds, removed useless background things added by George Lucas and even seen above, they added a medal for Chewie!!  Check out all the changes and the other 5 interesting entries in the jump below.

Fan Art Better than the Original

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Another one of Cracked.com’s photoplasties.  This one was when they took popular movie scenes and added a couple of feet to the left, right, above, or below.   With very hilarious results too.  We have meta, ironic, satirical, witiful, and very entertaining contributions.  Check it all out via the link below.

Out of Frame Movie References

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The second Star Wars music video of the week.  But instead of unique lyrics to create a parody, we have a mash up of words to the addicting song ‘Call Me Maybe’ from Star Wars Franchise.  For one, it surprisingly works and am shocked that some words actually show up in the trilogy that I never heard on my own.  For two, how in the hell does someone do this?  I can only think of one way that wouldn’t make me pull out my hair.  I would get some voice detecting software like the one they have installed in Suri for iPhone and run it throughout the entire movie, scripting the words digitally.  Then I would make a program to highlight certain words and time stamp for editors to go back to.  In truth, it’s still a hair ripping out process that only a true dedicated fan would do.  Anywho, check out the video above, and if any of you are more educated than I am in knowing how they did this, please feel free to let me know in the comments.

And the bouncing aliens that go with the tune is the icing on the cake.

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This is a really cool parody of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know”.  The lyrics have been tastefully changed to cater to a longtime Star Wars fan who believes George Lucas had sold out and ruined the franchise with the newer movies.  Besides the lyrics, what’s better is that the actual singers seem to actually have decent voice.  And better yet is the close replication of the music video itself, which must’ve had a costly production value.

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Another week on Banana Scoop.  What’ve we got cooked up this week huh?  Anything special?  As you all have heard, we do Maintenance Reports every other week, so since last week was a regular article, there’ll be a report this week telling you all about some new stuff we got coming along.  In addition to that, read on below to see what all the buzz is.

Star Wars Parody Songs

Star Wars will always be a pop culture homing beacon.  You can find anything popular today and I guarantee it’s been Star War-ized for parody in some universe.   Let’s just say we’ve got more than one music video scheduled this week.

A Dance With Dragons Book Review

995 pages, tiny ass text, and practically zero spacing later,  I’ve finally finished Dance with Dragons.  As I finished Dance with Dragons, I joined millions of other avid fans who await, await, await the sixth book.  This week will feature my review on the book [and possibly the Song of Ice and Fire series so far].  Until then, write George R. R. Martin, write!

The Creeper is Simply a Misunderstood Creature

You’re all familiar with my brush with Minecraft.  The game’s signature enemy has something deeper to it.  Maybe it doesn’t like the fact you’ve decided to stroll into his world and dig/cut/mine your way through his home.  Maybe sacrificing himself is the only way to truly get you to leave.  Maybe you’re actually the bad guy in this scenario.  Stay tuned to find out.

Katie Holmes is Still Attractive and Now Single!

So yeah, there’s been a very popular spit up between Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise.  Which mean’s Katie Holmes is back on the market.  She’s always been the most adorable kind of cute and sexy and this week, we just might celebrate that 😉

American TV is the Best

This is just the truth.  We have the best dramas, best networks, and best comedies.  Find out why [in a satirical manner] later this week..

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This is a really cool video of the Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina music being played over the very infamous LMFAO Party Rock Anthem music video.  The super odd part?  It fits extremely well.  I don’t know if they slowed it down or sped it up to match so perfectly, but it’s actually amazing how hilarious this fits in.  I’ve included the original music video below, because despite how often that song was [used to be] played on the radio, the music video is still somewhat fun to watch.

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Another Cracked Photosplasty brings another compilation of awesome images.  This week’s topic: 20 Plot twists no one saw coming.  What this essentially means is that this gallery is a compilation of things that don’t actually happened in movies but would’ve been completely awesome anyways.  Tom Hanks reprises quite the large number of appearances in this list, so enjoy.

20 Plot Twists No One Saw Coming

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Please think of a movie where Samuel L. Jackson is the lead role that’s made millions and millions of dollars…I’m having a difficult time.  Now think of money making franchises that Samuel L. Jackson has had a supporting role in.  Star Wars the prequels.  Jurassic Park.  Kill Bill.  The past 5 or so Marvel movies, and then include the actual Avengers movie.  We’re talking millions here since the 80s and 90s all the way to now.  Entertainment Weekly and I’m entirely sure a large number of other websites have put the numbers together and deemed Mr. Jackson the highest grossing actor.  And rightfully so.  His movies are making so much bank, and he’s not even the lead character.  It has to be something about casting him as a guiding side character that is the key to making a multi-million dollar movie.  Definitely.

The Actor with the Highest Box Office is…Samuel L. Jackson?

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I first saw this on Facebook as an image Star Trek legend George Tekai shared.  The truth and irony rings well in the matter, as here we have a screen shot of Luke Skywalker getting his hands on his first lightsaber.  And seeing as how this magical blade can cut limbs and decapitate metal droids, I’m sure this safety hazard should be one of the first things taught in Jedi training.

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Some actors can only be remembered by one role in their entire careers.  Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker was great, but is there anything else that he has credit to [besides voicing a very memorable Joker in the Arkham games]?  Flavorwire has compiled 8 well known actors and the roles that will follow them for the rest of their [and our] lives.

One Hit Wonder Actors

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Old Rebels

James Hance has a very large collection of art.  He loves combining two different universes.  Here we have an obvious combinations of George Lucas’s Star Wars and Pixar’s Up.  Pixar’s most adorable and heart breaking couple are parallel to the lovable couple of Leia and Solo.  I don’t think Carl is as much of a scoundrel as Han is, but maybe Leia softened him to be like him in their golden years.  James Hance also has some very cool mixes with Han and Chewie with Pooh and Christopher.  Be sure to check out his other art as hit website.

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Pop culture is all around us today.  It entertains us with their creative innovation and gimmicks.  What’s to say that these programs and games don’t exist in movie and tv universes.  The link below will get you to another Cracked photoplasty where they’ve taken famous characters and put them in situations we see daily, whether that be watching American Idol or playing their version of Angry Birds.

21 Pieces of Pop Culture from Fictional Universes

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Oh my goodness, I love it when movies and videogames collide in pop culture.  And Dorkly is usually the best at doing this sort of thing.  What we have here is an interpretation  of famous movie quotes as though they were given in a Mass Effect dialogue option.  Those who know Mass Effect won’t need an explanation, but for the uninitiated but still interested, the Mass Effect dialogue tree is an interactive conversation ploy that directs how you want your person to be played throughout the game.  During points of most conversations, a tree comes up how you want to respond.  You may respond neutrally, or in most cases you have a paragon/renegade option where if you choose the blue path, you’re a nice guy who plays the hero card or if you choose the red option, you’re a liscenesed bad ass.  Now take a look at the Han Solo example above.  In response to Leia saying ‘I love you’, the Mass Effect dialogue tree comes up and you have a series of choices.  Obviously you know the red option is the real dialogue and exemplifies that Han Solo is a badass.  Get it?  Got it?  Good.  Here are 4 more of my favorites below.  Be sure to check out the other 8 at Dorkly here.

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This video circled around a couple of weeks ago, pointing out the absurdity of the lightsaber fight, the one redeeming factor I believed to be in the Phantom Menace.  It almost broke my heart be be this blind sighted when I saw him point out the most obvious flaws in what I thought was an awesome scene.  In this video, the creator decided to point out ways to fight in a lightsaber fight.  He’s obviously sarcastic and his true goal is to point out how fake this fight was choreographed.  Enjoy.  And die a little more inside about thinking about how Star Wars has been ruined.

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