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Fun stuff takes a break from the news, movie reviews, and recommendations to show you something worthwhile from around the web. What you find might be movie related, it might not be, but whatever explore in the Fun Stuff section is sure to be entertaining, educational, or just plain silly. Check in often!

WARCRAFT bloopers and gag reel gets motion capture silly with yucks in Azeroth


Clancy Brown’s gyrating chuckle is the highlight of the Warcraft gag reel

It’s always fun to see behind the scenes through movie bloopers. The gag reel for Warcraft just popped up online, and it’s worth a watch for the cast chuckles and Clancy Brown silliness. I could listen to Clancy Brown talking nonsense as an orc for an hour and never get tired of him having a good time. Other than Brown’s moments, the bloopers highlight a handful of crack ups from most of the cast as well as some motion capture-inspired ridiculousness. There’s fun to be had by all whether you loved or hated the movie.

So, if you want to see Ruth Negga try to land a full-tongue macking on Dominic Cooper, Ben Foster cracking up in full makeup, or Clancy Brown gyrating on a motion capture set, give the blooper reel for Warcraft a watch after the jump.

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Warped Tour 2016 proves the punk music festival still has fans both young and old

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Vans Warped Tour 2016 Salt Lake City wrap-up review

I’ll be the first to admit, as a ’90s pop-punk/alternative music fan who grew up with Warped Tour being on par with Burning Man as a yearly celebration of rebellion and expression, I was a little skeptical going into 2016’s festival after not attending in a few years. The last time I checked out Warped Tour, the only band I knew on the lineup was The Ataris, and I remember walking around somewhat overwhelmed by the tween punk crowd let loose. Call me a little cynical, but I was expecting a lot of the same this year, and I felt like maybe it was me who was getting “too old” for the whole scene. It was a strange feeling.

Fortunately, the appeal of some returning past-headliners who helped bring Warped Tour to life back in the day had me excited, and I was looking forward to seeing bands like Sum 41, Yellowcard, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Atreyu, New Found Glory, and a few others. Open to wandering around and seeing what “the kids” were listening to these days as well, I went into Vans Warped Tour 2016 more optimistic about the festival than I have been in a while. Turns out, the scene is still strong and the fans just as rabid. Check out a few photos and read more about my experience at Warped Tour after the jump.

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(Album Review) BLINK 182’s new album CALIFORNIA is no return to glory

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Review of Blink 182’s new album California

Remember that new album from Blink 182 that was hinted at earlier this summer? Well, California, the new 16-track album from Blink 182, dropped on July 1st, and it’s unfortunately far from revolutionary. The new lineup, which sees Tom Delonge replaced by Alakaline Trio’s Matt Skiba on lead guitar – Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker on bass and drums still – is really missing that almost-grating high pitch that Tom brought to the trio. What was hoped to be a return to their pop-punk pedestal is instead a rehash of teenage rowdiness, aging angst and nostalgia, and an I’m-too-old-for-this-shit over-polished repetition. There are a few bright spots that’ll stick their catchy choruses to you, but for the most part California is borderline forgettable. As a long-time Blink 182 fan, I wanted more from this album.

Read more about why I wasn’t won over by Blink 182’s new album California after the jump.

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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES short from INVADER ZIM creator Jhonen Vasquez

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Vasquez and the Workaholics boys team up for TMNT Comic-Con cartoon

While the big studios were busy premiering some highly anticipated movie trailers, Nickelodeon may have dropped the coolest thing at San Diego Comic-Con, depending on your taste. Jhonen Vasquez (creator of Invader Zim) and the boys from Workaholics came together for a cartoon short film featuring everyone’s favorite heroes in a half shell, and the short is pretty great! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the animation style of Invader Zim and voiced by the Workaholics guys? Yeah, you read that right. Let’s hope this short film isn’t just a one-off, and that Vasquez has made peace with Nickelodeon and the pairing will continue to make great art together.

Watch the Jhonen Vasquez-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles short “Don vs. Raph” after the jump.

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FROZEN claymation blood test scene parodies John Carpenter’s movie The Thing

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Frozen meets The Thing in this bloody claymation parody

I knew this claymation parody of Disney’s Frozen crossed with John Carpenter’s movie The Thing looked familiar. I was in the process of getting everything ready for this post when I thought, “Hey, that older Pingu/The Thing crossover would be a great add-on” only to discover that claymation artist Lee Hardcastle was responsible for both (and a whole lot more). Hardcastle seems to enjoy taking cute and innocent things and tearing them apart in glorious claymation fashion, so if you don’t want to taint your Frozen memories maybe turn away.

If the idea of a Frozen/The Thing crossover as well as a few more claymation The Thing parodies sounds right up your alley, check out the videos after the jump.

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