‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Cast & ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Sequel at San Diego Comic-Con 2014

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Celebrities including Paul Rudd, Corey Stoll, Chris Hemsworth, and more adorned the San Diego Comic-Con this past week, as Marvel fans gathered in the H Hall to catch a glimpse of what’s to come from the comic book colossus.

As 7,000 fans crowded into the ballroom, they had no idea they’d be able to catch a glimpse of the upcoming Marvel films, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” along with getting to talk with a panel that included most of the cast from the new flick.

Fans were most excited to see things like Captain America’s shattered shield, new armor for the Hulk, and even a quick glance of the films villain, Ultron, who will be voiced by James Spader.

via NYDailyNews.com

The Best Cooking Channels on YouTube

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With shows like Hell’s Kitchen and Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown becoming wildly successful cooking has become a bigger at-home hobby than ever before in the United States. With the advent of the internet, virtually anyone can become a decent cook.

A couple days ago the the community of r/cooking on Reddit compiled a list of the best cooking channels on YouTube to help amateurs become Gordon Ramsays themselves! Here are the top choices.

Food Wishes with Chef John

I have been watching Chef John for ages. The first time I ever made homemade pizza I used his California Pizza recipe. The great thing about this channel is Chef John does not show up in the videos and he explains everything in detail but allows viewers to improvise. Here is his popular Buttermilk fried chicken recipe.

Sorted Food

Not my personal favorite when it comes to cooking channels, I hate the “YouTube” banter, but plenty of people really like these brits and their creative recipes. Here is their recipe for Cronuts

Vegan Black Metal Chef

If you are a vegan and into the Norwegian heavy metal this is the channel for you. Honestly, this is more of a novelty cooking account but the recipes are spot on and it’s good for a laugh! Here is his (?) vegan pad thai recipe.

 

The Hotwives of Orlando is Merely OK

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I am a huge fan of the Paul Scheer/Rob Corddry style of parody that risen the past couple of years. Shows like Children’s Hospital, NTSF:SD:SVU, and Burning Love are all exceptional send up of their respective genres. Hulu saw the success of the series and commissioned the original series The Hotwives of Orlando with Paul Scheer serving as producer.

The series was created by the Upright Citizen’s Brigade’s Danielle Schneider who also plays Shauna Maducci the quintessential angry Italian trophy wife. The rest of the cast include Kristin Schaal (Flight of the Concords), Casey Wilson (Happy Endings), Angela Kinsey (The Office), and Tymberlee Hill (Curb Your Enthusiasm) as a bevy of different stereotypes from the Real Housewives franchise the show parodies.

The characters hit all the right notes for parody. The jealous wife, the gold digger, the sassy black woman, the christian, and the alcoholic. But while all the pieces are there a lot of the show falls short of being genuinely laugh-out-loud hilarious.

Perhaps the greatest character on the show is the on-the-nose editing and audio staff who nail the awful Bravo style right on the nose. However, the writing for the show fails to build anything from the characters presented in the show. An ill-advised recurring bit where all the girls freak out when asked to “Calm Down” wears thin within the first episode but is continued and said at least once in every single episode.

I understand that the real women on Real Housewives are very one note but parody can extrapolate on these  caricatures already presented.

Don’t get me wrong, the show isn’t awful, I watched the whole thing in one sitting. There are a couple gems that arise throughout the series that truly had me reeling. Perhaps the best part of the show is the inclusion of revered character actor Stephen Tobolowsky as Tawny St. John’s (Wilson) oblivious and affable older husband, Phil. His denial that Tawny is sleeping with her personal trainer produces multiple belly laughs.

Another great moment comes in episode two during Danielle’s “Pimps and Ho’s” party when the girls get prostitution lessons and have a “whore off”. The episode ends on a slightly disturbing note which is when the show really thrives. Continuing with the disturbing, Kristin Schaal’s as Amanda is incredible as the boozy former child star who becomes the punching bag for her sister Crystal played by Angela Kinsey.

I think the concept for this show was great but they should have stuck to the 12-minute format that has worked so well for Children’s Hospital and Burning Love.

All in all, it’s something good to throw on if you are out of shows to marathon and don’t want to think too much.

Best Reactions of Lebron James’ Homecoming

Even if you’re not an avid NBA fan, you’ve probably heard that Lebron James aka King James aka Bron Bron is making a valiant return to his hometown of Akron, Ohio to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. After taking his talents to South Beach to play for the Miami Heat, Lebron earned himself some championship rings, friendships, and a shit-ton of money. He also earned himself a fair amount of haters who are now all kicking themselves for burning jersey’s and forever ostracizing King James.

The Internet was abuzz late last week with (mostly) celebratory tweets, posts, and comments regarding the “return of the King.” Here are some of our favorite reactions:

 

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Who the Hell is Haywyre?

We’re not entirely sure who Haywyre is but … wow.

What has us so blown away is this remixed version of the classic Michael Jackson cut, Smooth Criminal. Check it out below …

‘Impressive’ doesn’t really cover it, but there you go. As mere bystanders it’s impossible not to note that it takes some serious chops to take on a classic work of pop straight from the MJ catalog — dare we say, for you EDM fans out there, this track might even top the original.

There seems to be a growing opinion out there to label electronic musicians as void of talent — little more than button pressing guys and gals as so wonderfully depicted by that now infamous SNL digital short. Haywyre should easily stop casual detractors of the genre in their tracks.

From the limited amount of info we were able to dig up about Haywyre, the guy hails from both Milwaukee & Minneapolis. That’s about it. A quick scroll through his website will take you to some bad links and we’re not entirely sure how active the artist is. Some of his material is dated back only 3 months ago.

For even more sounds of Haywyre, be sure to scope out his Soundcloud profile. We’ve been bumping his mixed material in the office this morning and we like what we’re hearing — you will too.

Soccer World Cup Beer Glasses

While soccer World Cup fever might be dwindling down here in America, despite the American legend that is Tim Howard, you can still celebrate the season with these amazing beer glasses. That’s right, drink away the memory of those two extra time goals by Belgium while enjoying one of their finest exports, a Belgian beer.

These novelty glasses are modeled after the official World Cup trophy, which just might be as close as Americans get to hoisting the trophy for a long time. But hey, if you’re Belgian, German, French or even a little bit Dutch — you still have potentially plenty of celebrating left in the tank.

On a completely separate note, is it not entirely appropriate for us to declare one calendar day out of the year as ‘National Tim Howard Day’? I mean the guy is just a beast in the box. Crooked Manners was thoroughly impressed with the American squad as a whole this year and can’t wait for the General & friends to take to the pitch in Russia in the next few years.

And thus the long wait begins — but at the very least this trophy can be filled to the brim with delicious beer. Consolation victory.

Patriotic Cocktails for Fourth of July

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Ah, Fourth of July. A day to celebrate our nation’s independence, stuff our faces with delicious BBQ, and rage like it’s no one’s business. The Fourth is always a great time to strap on your bathing suits, hop in a pool, and kick it with your best friends. But why spend this year’s Fourth of July with the same old boring beer you drink year after year? It’s time to spruce up America’s birthday with some patriotic cocktails you and your friends are sure to enjoy.

The Yankee Doodle

This one comes from our friends at RollingOut.com and is super simple to make. All you need is one part UV Blue Raspberry-flavored vodka, one part tonic water, and two parts sour. Put those all together and serve that bad boy over ice and you got yourself one hell of a drink.

The Hawaiian Margarita

If you’re looking for a frozen drink to sip on all day long, you will definitely want to check this out. Using a cup of ice, 1 1/2 ounces of tequila, 1/2 ounce of triple sec, 2 ounces of fresh or frozen strawberries and pineapples and just a splash of sour mix, you can blend this concoction and garnish with a pineapple for the ultimate Hawaiian experience.

Guy Fieri’s Fourth of July Cocktail

This spicy concoction comes straight from Food Network’s Guy Fieri. All you need to do is mix up one ounce of watermelon schnapps with a “big splash” (oh, Guy!) of cranberry juice in a shaker and pour that into an ice-filled glass. Crush up some thinly sliced jalapeno peppers, a slice of lemon and a slice of lime with 1 1/2 ounces of tequila, 1/4 ounce of blue curacao, and 1/2 ounce of simple sugar and put that into the shaker. Strain into the glass and BOOM a red and blue drink to get you and your friends tanked.

Remember, be safe out there. Party responsibly!

What are your favorite cocktails for Fourth of July? Tell us on our Facebook page! 

Summer Movie Guide 2014 Pt. I

With the summer in full effect, Americans across the country will be doing anything it takes to stay cool. One of the most popular ways to prevent heat stroke is, obviously, by stepping into a freezing cold movie theatre and stuffing your face with Dip n Dots and an extra large Coke.

We here at Crooked Manners are very excited for the summer movie selection this year, which includes films like Guardians of the Galaxy, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, and many, many more. Let’s dive into what’s on deck for this year’s summer blockbusters!

The Giver

Based on the Lois Lawry’s 1993 fantasy classic of the same name, The Giver is about the story of a 12-year-old boy living in Utopian society that turns out to be not so great. This child, played by Brenton Thwaites, is chosen to receive the memories of an old man played by Jeff Bridges. From the trailer (if you haven’t read the books) you can tell shit gets all fucked up and Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, and even Taylor Swift show up.

22 Jump Street


Welp, these guys are back. I have to be honest here: I actually really enjoyed the first movie and the trailer for this sequel actually looks pretty decent. This time around, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go to college to do basically the same thing they did in the first movie. They’ll probably end up questioning their friendship/partnership (just like they did in the first movie) and will become more “mature” friends in the end. The official synopsis states, “If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.” I just got a little less excited.

Guardians of the Galaxy

 

The title sounds ridiculous but just watch the trailer. This movie looks pretty bad ass. The story follows Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) on a bounty hunt alongside a talking raccoon (Bradley Cooper…?), a talking tree (Vin Diesel… what?), and a hot alien chick (Zeo Saldana… okay I’m back) that will help put the universe back in order. Or will they?!

Even more movies coming in Part II! Stay tuned! 

The Onion’s ClickHole is the Best Buzzfeed Parody, Ever

If your Facebook has ever been overly saturated with Buzzfeed articles, Clickhole, the new offering from the brilliant minds of the Onion, was specifically designed for you.

Some will undoubtedly argue that Buzzfeed has finally become a parody of itself, a black hole devouring everything in its wake, ClickHole has quickly pushed for top honors. Manufacturing irreverent click bait with a distinct blend of dark humor, the site has quickly aligned itself in direct opposition to the politically correct. You’re clearly doing something right when Facebook fans are writing they no longer like your page in the comments section, daily.

Here are some of our favorite recent headlines,

  • 7 Classic ’90s Toys That Weren’t Fun Anymore After 9/11
  • This Elderly Couple Died Two Days Apart, So Why Aren’t The Police Investigating It?
  • Woman Takes One Pohot of Herself Every Day For A Week
  • Which Lion From ‘The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe’ Are You?
  • It’s Time To Stop Saying ‘Buxom Wench’
  • Stanley Tucci’s Racist Tirade: Our Take If It Ever Happened
  • 16 Incredible GIFs We Would Make If We Knew How

It’s a little unclear whether or not ClickHole will stick around long term or if the Onion is simply taking a piss. For now, enjoy the hole while it’s here.

 

Best of Late Night: June 2014

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Here is Crooked Manner’s list of the best Late Night television (so far) in June 2014.

Jimmy Fallon Asks Parents Harry Potter Trivia

During Jimmy Fallon’s trip to Orlando he sent out one of his writers to quiz parents at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter simple questions that pertain to the series. The results are hilarious.

Jimmy Kimmel: NBA Mean Tweets 2

The NBA finals may have been disappointingly short but Jimmy Kimmel made the most of it by continuing his “Mean Tweets” segment in which celebrities read disparaging remarks about them on-the-air. This time with NBA stars.

Seth Meyers goes on a Long Escalator Ride

John Lutz best known from Tina Fey’s 30 Rock bugs Seth Meyer on an incredibly long escaltor ride. Lutz can also be seen onstage in New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade theater.

Brian Williams Raps Baby Got Back

This is one of my favorite new bits from Jimmy Fallon. Some genius cuts up different clips from his news broadcast to have the NBC news anchor rap to different 90′s hip hop tunes. This week, Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.”