‘The Far Side’ Is Now Online and New Comics Are on the Way

My dad’s favorite cartoon is The Far Side. For every Christmas since I can remember, my mom got him a new desk calendar for his desk at work, and since he retired, one for his desk at home.

And every Christmas since 1995, I’ve listened to him lament that the calendar wrapped under the tree is no longer The Far Side.

Nothing compares (though Pearls Before Swine is close, he says).

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Now my dad, and others like him, have reason to celebrate – Gary Larson and his cartoons are returning.

In the early fall, a cryptic update appeared on Larson’s website, one that hinted at something new in the works for the fans who had been crying into their lesser comics for over two decades.

Then, the announcement: the irreverent, single-panel cartoons will now be available online for the first time.

And there will be new material! It’s not just gonna be archived strips – Larson plans to revisit his world of anthropomorphic cows and science run amok, at least once in a while.

Part of the reason for Larson’s decision is that he hates seeing scanned, illegal versions of his work on the web, and part is that he feels the resolution on new computer screens won’t leave out any of his intentional nuance.

Though there will be new work on the site, Larson told the New York Times that readers shouldn’t expect any regular postings.

“I’m not ‘back,’ at least in the sense I think you’re asking. Returning to the world of deadlines isn’t exactly on my to-do list.”

All writers have a love/hate relationship with deadlines, so I can surely relate – and hope to one day be in a position to set my own, leisurely schedule as well.

That said, it seems we can expect at least some new artwork to float around in the new year. Until then, enjoy the revolving library of content on the website, like daily posts and themed collections.

Oh, happy day – for my dad, and everyone else in the world who gets a second chance to experience firsthand brilliance.

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How Did Casper Became a Ghost?

We’ve all heard about the story of the friendly ghost who just wants to make friends – and if you’re anywhere close to my age, you have a strangely romantic relationship with Casper, since we all immediately fell in love with Devon Sawa when this happened:

But where did the story come from in the first place? How did Casper die? Why is he a friendly ghost and not a scary one?

There are a lot of questions if you think about it, and if you want answers, we might have a few.

Since his debut in 1945, Casper the Friendly Ghost has appeared in dozens of animated shorts and specials, hundreds of comic books, as well as the feature film referenced above. The affable ghost always searches among the living for friends instead of people to frighten and encounters problems due to his non-corporeal status.

The character was created by writer Seymour Reit and artist Joe Oriolo back in 1940. But before the duo could pen their children’s book based on the concept, the two were drafted, and while they were gone, the animation studio they worked for was sold to Paramount – a sale that included the intellectual property of all employees (what a racket).

They were given $200 for their then-untested character.

In 1945 he appeared in a short called The Friendly Ghost, but the film made no mention of how Casper came to be a spirit in the first place. It did reference siblings who enjoyed scaring people, but no other personal details.

He appeared in another short in 1948, There’s Good Boos To-Night. In that one, he is shown leaning on a tombstone (presumably his own), while his “neighbors” – the ghosts from the nearby headstones – go on their nightly haunts.

Casper began starring in comic books in 1952, and it was due to Harvey Comics that Casper finally got a ghost family: a mom and three uncles, who were later named Fatso, Fusso, and Lazo. Originally, none of the group had backstories, talked about what their lives were like when they were alive, or made reference to a beginning of their relationship to each other.

Basically, it seems that Casper’s early mythology sort of implied that he and the others like him were “born” ghosts and had never been alive at all.

The 1995 feature film, starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, and Devon Sawa, gave Casper a full living backstory. He told Christina Ricci’s character that he had been a boy named Casper McFadden who had died from the flu – perhaps the Spanish flu, based on his dress and the time period – at the age of 12.

In it, we also see Ricci’s mother portrayed as an “angel,” suggesting there’s a more complicated hierarchy and mythology for the dead than the comics had previously envisioned – perhaps something more along the lines of what’s established in It’s a Wonderful Life? But that’s just speculation.

The original creators had to let go of Casper before they could fully flesh out their idea of who he was and how he became a ghost – friendly or otherwise – so perhaps it’s fitting that the truth of his origins seem to be left up to whoever is continuing his story at the moment.

Though, to me, the fact that he seems to get so much comfort from hanging around a particular headstone seems the point to the fact that it is his headstone. That means he was once alive, and he perished before his time.

I know he’s a child’s character, but hey. Life isn’t fair, and sometimes a bittersweet touch is just what a story needs to make it come alive (see: The Fox and the Hound).

Or in this case, dead.

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How Did Casper Became a Ghost?

We’ve all heard about the story of the friendly ghost who just wants to make friends – and if you’re anywhere close to my age, you have a strangely romantic relationship with Casper, since we all immediately fell in love with Devon Sawa when this happened:

But where did the story come from in the first place? How did Casper die? Why is he a friendly ghost and not a scary one?

There are a lot of questions if you think about it, and if you want answers, we might have a few.

Since his debut in 1945, Casper the Friendly Ghost has appeared in dozens of animated shorts and specials, hundreds of comic books, as well as the feature film referenced above. The affable ghost always searches among the living for friends instead of people to frighten and encounters problems due to his non-corporeal status.

The character was created by writer Seymour Reit and artist Joe Oriolo back in 1940. But before the duo could pen their children’s book based on the concept, the two were drafted, and while they were gone, the animation studio they worked for was sold to Paramount – a sale that included the intellectual property of all employees (what a racket).

They were given $200 for their then-untested character.

In 1945 he appeared in a short called The Friendly Ghost, but the film made no mention of how Casper came to be a spirit in the first place. It did reference siblings who enjoyed scaring people, but no other personal details.

He appeared in another short in 1948, There’s Good Boos To-Night. In that one, he is shown leaning on a tombstone (presumably his own), while his “neighbors” – the ghosts from the nearby headstones – go on their nightly haunts.

Casper began starring in comic books in 1952, and it was due to Harvey Comics that Casper finally got a ghost family: a mom and three uncles, who were later named Fatso, Fusso, and Lazo. Originally, none of the group had backstories, talked about what their lives were like when they were alive, or made reference to a beginning of their relationship to each other.

Basically, it seems that Casper’s early mythology sort of implied that he and the others like him were “born” ghosts and had never been alive at all.

The 1995 feature film, starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, and Devon Sawa, gave Casper a full living backstory. He told Christina Ricci’s character that he had been a boy named Casper McFadden who had died from the flu – perhaps the Spanish flu, based on his dress and the time period – at the age of 12.

In it, we also see Ricci’s mother portrayed as an “angel,” suggesting there’s a more complicated hierarchy and mythology for the dead than the comics had previously envisioned – perhaps something more along the lines of what’s established in It’s a Wonderful Life? But that’s just speculation.

The original creators had to let go of Casper before they could fully flesh out their idea of who he was and how he became a ghost – friendly or otherwise – so perhaps it’s fitting that the truth of his origins seem to be left up to whoever is continuing his story at the moment.

Though, to me, the fact that he seems to get so much comfort from hanging around a particular headstone seems the point to the fact that it is his headstone. That means he was once alive, and he perished before his time.

I know he’s a child’s character, but hey. Life isn’t fair, and sometimes a bittersweet touch is just what a story needs to make it come alive (see: The Fox and the Hound).

Or in this case, dead.

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Check out These Funny One-Star Movie Reviews From Amazon

There are a lot of armchair film critics out there, huh?

Especially now that every single person on the planet can review every single thing on the planet whenever they feel like it. But that leaves us with a whole bunch of hilarious one-star movie reviews from very unsatisfied customers.

Here are some reviews that will probably leave you laughing.

1. That’s a good point.

2. Didn’t even watch the whole thing.

3. Not women, but children.

4. Damn liberal propaganda.

5. Neil Armstrong definitely saw aliens, so I don’t why they left them out in the movie.

6. Not a fan of guys in tights.

7. Those poor criminals.

8. The movie came out in 1939.

9. Maybe he was lying?

10. Cold is a way better title.

11. Hahahaha. This is good.

12. I think he rented the wrong movie.

13. Sounds like a loving parent.

14. By the way, it’s not a documentary.

15. And then there’s this classic review.

Those are priceless!

Have you seen any hilarious movie reviews lately? If so, tell us about them in the comments!

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Check out the First Trailer for “A Quiet Place II”

When you’re stalked by creatures that hunt by sound, you’ll do whatever it takes to not make any. That’s the idea behind 2018’s hit film A Quiet Place.

When A Quiet Place opened in theaters, critics and fans alike left already on the lookout for a sequel. I mean, we got a real cliffhanger ending there; what happens with the Abbots and the isolated farm after they survive the blood-thirsty aliens?

Fret no more. A Quiet Place II will be released in March, 2020, and now we have a trailer.

The trailer starts with a flashback to the day the blind, murderous, super-good-at-hearing aliens arrive on Earth. Evelyn, played by Emily Blunt, is driving her car with kids Regan, Marcus and Beau. Captioned as Day 1, it’s a pivotal part of the story that jump-starts the thrilling terror.

Then, we move on to what we assume happened after the first film ended. Evelyn, Regan and Marcus, along with Evelyn’s newborn, are on foot, carrying their belongings on a journey through a desolate landscape…and still staying silent.

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Are there more super-hearing monsters around? Probably.

A new survivor, played by Cillian Murphy, finds them and takes them in, it seems because of the children. He tells her, “The people that are left — they’re not the kind of people worth saving.”

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And John Krasinski is back, buttttt only behind the camera as director. He and Blunt, his wife, are bringing us what looks to be a fun, terrifying conclusion to a story that managed to keep us on the edge of our seats from the beginning.

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The Paul Rudd ‘Hey, Look at Us’ Meme Is a New Favorite and Memers Are Killing It

Paul Rudd is just the best, isn’t he?

And he definitely seems to get better with age. Rudd was recently on the show Hot Ones and from one simple utterance – “Look at us. Hey, look at us.” – a new viral meme was born.

Let’s take a look at some really good examples.

1. Always a good feeling.

2. We made it!

3. New albums = Dropped.

4. That’s a huge accomplishment.

5. That didn’t work out according to plan.

6. Whoopsy daisy.

7. Let’s make it official.

8. Another milestone.

9. That’s a big relief.

10. Hahaha, never gets old.

Look at us!

What’s your favorite “Hey, look at us” meme that’s floating around social media right now?

Let us know in the comments!

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Unscripted Movie Moments That Were so Good, They Left Them In

Let’s explore a little bit of Hollywood lore and learn about some pretty cool instances of when things ended up in movies that were not only not in the script, they weren’t close to part of the plan.

I just love happy accidents, don’t you?!?! Let’s take a look. And if you know of any others, please share them in the comments with us.

These responses are from folks in the Buzzfeed Community.

1. “Give me the keys Rose!” in Get Out.

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“In an interview, Daniel Kaluuya revealed that there was actually a good amount of improvisation in Get Out, especially in the scene with the major plot twist: “I couldn’t do that scene the way it was scripted, really. That was something that we kind of made up. When he was asking Rose to give me the keys, all that stuff was made up in a day. It just felt natural because what was scripted didn’t feel right in the space it was in, and Jordan [Peele] allowed us to do that. He was open enough to see that.”

2. A little tear from The Joker.

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Director Todd Phillips said that he played the film’s score for Joaquin Phoenix because he “wanted the music to affect and infect the set in a way.” During the first take as the score was playing, Philipps revealed that “as Joaquin is struggling with Arthur’s smile, this little tear appears, and we just had the scene and we moved on.”

3. “Oscar shit” in Baby Driver.

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Apparently Edgar Wright doesn’t always allow for too much improvisation in his movies, but this line from Jamie Foxx was too good and too natural to be cut.

4. “Bitch, please in Spider-Man: Far from Home.

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Samuel L. Jackson was specifically asked about this line in an interview, and he couldn’t 100% verify if it was in the script or not, but then Jake Gyllenhaal chimed in and said, “It was improvised. I’m here to attest that was improvised.”

5. Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?

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In Fast & Furious 6, The Rock ad-libbed an insult at one of the characters, making Ludacris literally spit out his drink from laughing too hard.

6. Timothée Chalamet improvised looking directly into the camera’s lens in Call Me By Your Name.

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On the DVD commentary, Chalamet said the glance was his “little homage to Boyhood here at the end, stealing a two-second look into the lens.”

7. Tony Stark’s death scene in Avengers: Endgame.

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Tom Holland revealed in an interview that only a couple people were on set to film Tony Stark’s death scene: Kevin Feige (Marvel’s president), the Russo brothers (the directors), Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., and himself.

The four cast members showed up to set and were given a loose outline of what was going to be shot: “They kind of told us what was going to happen – or what they wanted to happen – and then we just sort of improvised.” Holland said it was a “really, really interesting way to shoot such a pivotal scene in the movie.”

8. DiCaprio’s bloody hand in Django Unchained was because he actually cut himself.

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Leo said that the cast and crew gave him a standing ovation after the scene was finished, and he kept acting in the scene because “it was more interesting to watch Quentin’s and Jamie’s reaction off-camera than to look at my hand.”

9. Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman’s dinner conversation in Logan.

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Patrick Stewart revealed that he and Hugh Jackman improvised an eight-minute scene at the dinner table, per director James Mangold’s request: “When you get to that moment, why don’t you talk about your history a little bit more? Fill it out with something. Whatever feels appropriate to you.”

10. Joshua Gad improvised this line in Frozen.

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According to Gad, “Improv is definitely always part of the journey, and they were amazing collaborators in letting me just come up with something to say, some of which is in there. I remember saying as a joke, ‘I’ve been impaled,’ and I was shocked when I watched the movie and they animated this and kept this in the film.’”

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Enjoy These Cool Facts About Music of All Kinds

I’ve been a music lover since I was pretty young. My brother, who is nine years older than I am, got me into all the good stuff from a very young age: AC/DC, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, etc.

Since then, it’s been a love affair with finding cool, new (and old) music to sink my teeth into, and seeing live bands when I get the chance.

Let’s take a look at 10 really cool music facts to get our day started the right way!

1. Sudden savant syndrome.

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2. I wish there was video of this.

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3. A lot of time wasted.

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4. They were trailblazers in many ways.

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5. The cut up technique.

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6. The Lizard King.

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7. Two musical geniuses.

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8. Helping out the fans.

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9. Don’t change a thing.

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10. A little history lesson.

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Pretty cool facts, huh?

Who are some of your favorite bands and musicians? Share them with us in the comments!

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This Website Warns You About Movies With Sad Dog Plots

This will come in handy for me. My mom doesn’t care if hundreds of men, women, and children get maimed or killed in a movie, but if a dog dies (or even gets lost or inconvenienced for a little while), everyone in the room is going to hear about it.

Let’s just say that watching Old Yeller as a kid wasn’t the most fun thing I’ve ever done in my life.

 

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Do you know people like this? Well, if you do, you should probably let them know about DoesTheDogDie.com. The website is dedicated to “crowdsourced emotional spoilers for movies, tv, books and more.” The site contains “warnings” about more than 4,000 films and over 800 TV series where animals are harmed and killed.

The site also tracks other potentially upsetting categories such as “Drownings,” “Eating Disorders,” and even “There Are Spiders.”

For example, if you search for John Wick on the website, you’d get the straight dope about the dog dying in the film: “Yes, and it’s terrible, BUT John Wick spends the rest of the movie deliberately, gloriously, and violently avenging the dog, so it feels really pro-dog overall.” So you’ll also get some positive reinforcement as well if you need a little encouragement to watch a particular movie.

So next time you’re about to watch a movie with your family or friends, hop on over to DoesTheDogDie.com, type in the movie or movies you’re thinking about watching, and see if any animals are going to bite the dust and potentially ruin your evening.

I’m so thankful for the Internet sometimes.

Sometimes.

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People Share the Old Movies They Think Are Bad, Even Though Critics Call Them Brilliant

Doesn’t it seem like old, classic Hollywood movies get a free pass? Like we’re supposed to just accept their brilliance and not question it on any level.

Well, NO MORE OF THAT…

People on Buzzfeed got pretty fired up about old movies that critics think are incredible and life-changing…but these folks definitely don’t feel that way. At all.

Let’s take a look.

These responses come to us from the Buzzfeed Community.

1. The Graduate (1967)

“It’s just… bad. The story is all over the place, the acting isn’t really all that great, and the ending is just stupid. I watched it once quite a while ago and was unimpressed.”

2. Gone with the Wind (1939)

“Scarlett O’Hara is spoiled, selfish, and self-absorbed, and Rhett Butler is a fuckboy. Yes they’re made for each other, but mainly to keep them from poisoning the general population.”

3. Mary Poppins (1964)

“I’ve never really understood the hype around Mary Poppins.”

4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

“This movie glorifies racist stereotypes, organized crime, child marriage, and utter inauthenticity. I also hate to say this because she was utterly lovely to look at, but Audrey Hepburn’s performance is completely unbelievable. It’s a bad, bad movie.”

5. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

“I don’t know why, but I’ve always found something awful about The Wizard of Oz. I don’t think it’s that great.”

6. Casablanca (1942)

“This movie is SO boring and overrated. I had to watch it for my film history class, and then I found myself rewatching it three separate times because I kept falling asleep!”

7. West Side Story (1961)

“West Side Story doesn’t bring anything interesting to the table. It’s just another Romeo and Juliet movie and I’m frankly sick of movies using that trope.”

8. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

“The acting is terrible in Rebel Without a Cause and James Dean is very overrated.”

9. All About Eve (1950)

“I’ve heard for years this movie is incredible, chilling and thrilling, and then I watched it and found an utterly lifeless, dull movie. Absolutely nothing happened in this movie at all. It was frankly one of the most boring movies I’ve ever seen.”

10. The Seven Year Itch (1955)

“I love Marilyn Monroe, but this movie is just truly awful. It’s incredibly boring and the main character’s paranoia and conversations with himself really ruined the plot for me.”

11. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

“I love old Christmas movies, but I can’t stand It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s a schmaltzy piece of mediocre film that’s somehow managed to get classified as something no one is allowed to criticize. If you want your Jimmy Stewart fix at Christmas time, I recommend watching The Shop Around the Corner instead.”

12. The Birds (1963)

“The Birds is tedious to the point of boredom for most of its runtime. If you take out all the long, dialogue-less scenes of driving, parking, and walking from the freshly parked car to the next shot, this movie would be like 20 minutes long.”

13. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

“A Streetcar named Desire is about an abusive relationship that has been glorified as a passionate romance for decades. Brando’s character is abusive to both his love interest and her sister, and when I first saw it in my twenties, I was stunned that it’s lauded as this great film. No thanks.”

14. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

“Rosemary’s Baby is just hours of lackluster content with no real storyline. I found it very boring and the end was a disaster.”

15. Citizen Kane (1941)

“People say Citizen Kane is the greatest film of all time, but I think it’s incredibly boring. The characters are flat and very detached. It’s just really hard to connect with them.”

What do you think?

Are there any old films that get a ton of praise that you believe are really overrated? Tell us about them in the comments!

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