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Movie Stars From Iconic Scenes Stare Right at You in FX's Intense, Eerie Promos Neat trick by Imaginary Forces

How would you feel if, during high-tension moments in your favorite movies, the cameras cut to slow motion and the lead actors turned to stare right at you?

Now you might find out, thanks to a new campaign by from Fox Entertainment's movie channel, FXM. Production company Imaginary Forces took key frames from films that are slated to air on the network, and then used 3-D animation techniques to manipulate the characters' faces so they'd be looking at the camera.

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January 23, 2015, 9:39 AM EST

Conan Tours Taco Bell HQ, Visits the Test Kitchen and Ends Up Convulsing on the Floor Seeing how the chalupa is made

If you've ever seen late-night mastermind Conan O'Brien venture into the real world and interact with the commoners, you know you're in for a treat whenever it happens.

Turns out the head of Conan's IT department, Chris Hayes, is a Taco Bell superfan, eating it at least three times a week. As Conan is a benevolent boss, he decides to make Hayes' dream come true and take him to Taco Bell headquarters in Irvine, Calif.

We get an interesting glimpse behind the tortilla curtain, where we see how the magic happens. But more important, comedy ensues as Conan and Hayes rollick through the chalupa palace, interacting with food taste testers, trying new creations in the "Innovation Kitchen" as well as inventing new ones like Conan's Irish-inspired concoction, "The O'Taco."

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January 22, 2015, 1:23 PM EST

This Heartbreaking Puppy GIF Is the Perfect Teaser for Budweiser's Super Bowl Ad Brewer aims to get America all weepy again

Budweiser pretty much won the Super Bowl, advertising-wise, with last year's "Puppy Love," a success the brewer hopes to reclaim with this year's sequel.

"Lost Dog" continues the story of last year's Clydesdale-obsessed pup, and Anheuser-Busch today released several images and even a few animated GIFs to tease the game-day ad.

"In the spot, the Budweiser Clydesdales will tell an emotional story and help a puppy who has lost his way learn the true meaning of friendship," Anheuser-Busch says in a statement. 

(We sincerely hope they mean the horses will literally tell the story, with actual neighs and whinnies and flapping horse-lip sounds, but sadly this seems unlikely.)

Our favorite teaser is, of course, the shivering puppy shown above, which perfectly illustrates just how adroitly Budweiser will be playing with America's emotions on Super Bowl Sunday. I mean, just look at him, the poor guy. Golly I hope it ends well for the trembling little scamp.

Here are a few more GIFs and pics from the spot, which is sure to be a fan favorite:

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January 22, 2015, 12:27 PM EST

Audi Jumps in the Deep End With an Epic Tale of Rebellion at a Swimming Pool Brand lessons learned early

This Audi spot from Venables Bell & Partners presents a pint-size rebel with a full tummy who's eager to cannonball into a pool even though a sign clearly says, "Wait one hour to swim after eating."

Will he or won't he? What's your guess, people?

The spot morphs into an engaging slice of excess that delivers on its premise with good-natured absurdity and considerable charm. (Audi is sitting out the Super Bowl this year, for the first time in seven years, but it's not inconceivable that this ad might have been under consideration for Big Game play at some point.)

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January 22, 2015, 12:17 PM EST

'Shit Girls Say' Returns for One More Episode, and It's a Hair Commercial Graydon Sheppard hams it up for Aussie

Those of you who've been pining for another episode of Shit Girls Say are in luck: Graydon Sheppard and Kyle Humphrey's amusing Web series, based on the popular Twitter account, just did a spot for haircare brand Aussie—in the same style as their unbranded videos.

Sheppard directed the ad and is also the star, donning a wig and narrating common hair woes. (We're told mcgarrybowen was the agency.)

"I can't get it wet!" he complains. "This looks stupid." "Does this look dumb?"

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January 22, 2015, 11:35 AM EST

Wonderful Pizza Hut Ad Shows People Being Totally Disgusted by Its New Pizza For these folks, it's an acquired taste

There's a brave niche approach in advertising where you show your audience just how much people despise your product. Laphroaig scotch has been doing this for while, turning its polarizing taste into a selling point. Now, Pizza Hut Australia is doing something similar.

The chain recently introduced a new pizza with Vegemite filling in the crust. Vegemite, of course, is the dark brown, salty yeast extract paste that Australians love and the rest of the world knows about because of a 1980 pop song.

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January 22, 2015, 10:10 AM EST

Terry Crews Screams Again for Old Spice, Particularly When He Sees Mrs. Terry Crews Electric shavers ad is a real nightmare

Ready for more screaming, twitchy muscles, explosions and horrifying hallucinations? Good, because Terry Crews just made another Old Spice commercial.

The ad, by Wieden + Kennedy and directors Fatal Farm, continues the brand's "Get Shaved in the Face" campaign for its electric shavers, which Crews helped to introduce early last year in a murderous spot with Little Terry Crews. This time around, we catch Terry right in the middle of a nightmare—and when he wakes up, it only gets worse.

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January 22, 2015, 8:40 AM EST

Craig Robinson Tries to Crash the Super Bowl Halftime Show in Pepsi's New Online Ads Will the Nasty Delicious line up with Katy Perry?

Katy Perry will be Pepsi's top act for the Super Bowl halftime show. But how much better would it be if Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious were the headliners?

Pepsi might not want you to ponder that specific question. But the soft-drink brand has gotten the former Office star and his real-life band involved in its "Hyped for Halftime" campaign. Robinson, 43, stars in a new three-part online comedy series (the first part, below, was released Wednesday) in which a male friend turns into a fairy godmother and tries to get Craig to Arizona.

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January 21, 2015, 4:23 PM EST

Kickstarter for Exploding Kittens Asked for $10K Over a Month. It Got $2 Million in 24 Hours Mathew Inman's viral card game

In another crazy viral Kickstarter phenomenon, Mathew Inman, creator of the popular webcomic The Oatmeal, fully funded his Kickstarter for a game called Exploding Kittens in just 20 minutes on Tuesday.

In less than an hour, it was 1,000 percent funded. And within just seven hours, it was 10,000 percent funded with over $1 million raised. The Kickstarter is now more than $2 million past its $10,000 goal with 29 days to go. Holy cow. That's even faster than Reading Rainbow reached $1 million.

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January 21, 2015, 3:38 PM EST

Pizza Joint Responds to McDonald's Ad With Great Tribute to Its Own Stupid-Funny Signs Not as inspiring, but they'll make you laugh

When McDonald's debuted its well-intentioned "Signs" ad a few weeks ago, it was met with some praise but mostly mockery and derision.

Joining in the fun is Dallas pizza place Zoli's NY Pizza, which threw together the clever video below, featuring its own unique spin on inspired signs. It posted the parody on Facebook with the jab, "Sorry, McDonald's ... we did signs before signs were cool. Nice try, tho."

A slideshow of snappy signs like "Y U No Eat Gluten" and "Please Just Call it Soccer" is set to the children's choir rendition of Fun's "Carry On," just like the infamous "Signs" ad. 

Zoli's doesn't stop at McDonald's, either. It doesn't hesitate to stick it to other fast-food establishments, like Papa John's with "Much Better Ingredients Much Better Pizza" and Burger King with the throwback Humpty Dance lyric, "Once Got Busy in a Burger King Bathroom."

Your move, Taco Bell.

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January 21, 2015, 2:33 PM EST

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