So this is really fucking awkward.
In a month when high profile black actors and actresses rightly boycott the Oscars in protest over Hollywood’s lack of diversity, a white European actor has now been cast to play the role of one of the most famous Black American singers in history.
Apparently Joseph Fiennes has been cast as Michael Jackson in a British film about an alleged road trip he took with Marlon Brando, and Elizabeth Taylor directly after 9/11. The story goes the trio wanted to get out of New York so they hired a car and drove to Ohio.
Really? What’s next? Stephen Fry cast as Little Richard? Hugh Laurie to play Nat King Cole? The only way this production can redeem itself in the diversity stakes will be if Caitlyn Jenner plays Elizabeth Taylor and Morgan Freeman is cast as Brando.
Pretty much anyone and everyone has a tipple on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the dawning of another calender year and the prospects it may hold.
Of course not everyone restricts their celebrations to just one drink, in fact many binge and guzzle their way through the evening until they become annoying, loud-mouthed and threatening meat bags of absolute no use to anyone.
The above footage, taken by nightclub bouncer Peter Williams from London, Ontario, demonstrates exactly how annoying drunk people can be.
The patience of a saint.
Here’s some incredilble footage of a firework display from the unique angle of a drone.
The guy who took this footage was running the risk of having his drone rig destroyed by getting right into the middle of the fireworks display, but thankfully the risk paid off.
WARNING: NSFW footage.
Gump Studios have produced a seamless mash-up short featuring James Stewart, from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Rear Window, as a paranoid man surrounded by characters from Stanley Kubrick’s most famous films.
The Red Drum Getaway is a surreal vision of what happens when distinct cinematic universes collide.
The Simpsons has been on air now for 25 years and to celebrate such an achievement for an animated show one artist has created his very own version of the iconic opening credits.
Yoann Hervo has put together what can only be described as a subversive nightmare by transforming the usual light and breezy intro to The Simpsons and turning it into an 80s, VHS themed apocalypse, which fits perfectly for this time of year.
Meet Isao Machii, he’s a master swordsman and can do just about anything with a blade.
To demonstrate just how proficient he is with a sword he decided to slice a baseball in half as it travelled through the air at 100mph.
And he did just that.
If you suffer from a fear of heights then it’s probably best you don’t watch the video above as Canadian daredevil Spencer Seabrooke walks over a 210ft gap, at a height of almost 1,000ft on a slackline.
Spencer was successful in breaking the world record but nearly fell a couple of times at the beginning of his attempt. The entire spectacle was caught on camera by Zac Moxley and his amazing drone camera work. Speaking about filming the event Zac said:
This had to have been one of the most gut wrenching things I’ve experienced in my whole life, between operating the drone and watching him walk 290 meters above the earth’s floor, it was definitely something I have never experienced.
Although the pictures and details of this story are fascinating the fact that this majestic fish is no longer swimming in the ocean is tragic.
Apparently this magnificent beast was caught three weeks ago off Nine Mile Beach in Byron Bay, in the northernmost corner of New South Wales. After two pictures appeared on Facebook appearing to detail the sheer size of the shark, various conservation groups tried to get to the bottom of the story.
This is where things get a little murky, the man who originally posted the images to his social media account claims that the shark was hunted and killed intentionally, following a local attack. Shortly after that claim local newspaper Northern Star published an interview with a fisherman known only as Matthew who stated he was the man who landed the shark, and that he was in the process of catching a Hammerhead when this colossal beast rose up and ate his catch in front of him. Matthew stated:
“I was fighting the hammerhead and he came up and swallowed it. You can’t turn around and go no, don’t touch, to something like that…I’ve dived with sharks bigger than that, it’s only a little one. I’ve seen tiger sharks 24-feet-long (7 metres) off Tweed.”
It’s not illegal to catch a Tiger shark this size so an investigation into the landing of this beast will not be carried out, but conservation groups are concerned that without proper regulations in place to safeguard the future of some species of shark in the New South Wales area, some of them could be fished out of existence.
Now and again someone pops up on the old information superhighway who sends millions of users into a frothing mess. Veronika Black is one such person, a woman who claims to be Angelina-Jolie’s real-life doppelganger. Thanks to her much touted likeness Veronika has garnered 650,000 followers on Instagram and been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines.
Facially she does resemble the Hollywood movie star Jolie, but thanks to two breast augmentations that’s pretty much where the similarities end. And what future lies ahead for a person who is largely known for resembling another person? Well umpteen photo-shoots are in the pipeline for Veronika along with appearances in music videos, but as long as she continues to post on Instagram she will always be ‘Internet famous.’
The video below captures the moment Cara Liu from KTVU news, in San Francisco, was robbed at gunpoint by a gang wearing ski masks as she attempted to report live from Pier 14.
Liu was there to cover a previous story which involved an unprovoked shooting at the Pier when she along with the rest her crew were mugged by an armed gang, who stole their camera equipment and pistol whipped the camera operator.
Apparently this is the latest in a line of attacks on news crews in the San Francisco area, whose stations have been forced to employ former cops and security guards to ensure the safety on the streets.