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How Lego Designed Its Own Oscar and Stole the Show Michael McNally on the night's hottest souvenir

The best thing about the Oscars ceremony last night might very well have been pop band Tegan and Sara's performance of Everything Is Awesome, the least ironic song ever written,…

February 23, 2015, 4:08 PM EST

A People's History of Transformers Cartoons Everybody from Scatman Crothers to Fred Willard is here

Hasbro has a lot of enduring intellectual property (G.I. Joe, My Little Pony) but nothing holds a candle to its long-running Transformers franchise. Its origins are borderline cynical: After acquiring…

February 23, 2015, 12:00 AM EST

Ad of the Day: Meet the Crazy Cameraman Who Films Every Kill in Call of Duty Randall Higgins is not messing around

One of the great mean-spirited pleasures of multiplayer gaming is knowing that whenever you finally seize the day and blow your enemy to smithereens, he or she has to watch…

January 23, 2015, 2:02 PM EST

Activist Ad Strips Away Redskins' Logo to Show 'It's Still Washington Football' Native American group makes subtle use of real footage

When Washington's Robert Griffin III—RG3, to you—runs a 76-yard touchdown to the roaring applause of adoring fans, does it matter what's printed on his helmet? That's the question posed by a…

January 23, 2015, 1:44 PM EST

As Coke Exits American Idol After 13 Seasons, an Iconic Show's Future Looks Grim Viewership is a fraction of its 2006 prime

If American Idol was in rough shape before (which it was), it's looking at an even bleaker future now that Coca-Cola has publicly said it won't be supporting the reality…

December 16, 2014, 1:02 PM EST

OK Go Guys Ride Tiny Little Honda Unicycles in Their Fantastic New Video Yes, it's a single take

Does OK Go release albums? Like, full-blown records with multiple songs on them? I don't know. I don't care. Their videos are enough for all of us. Japanese creative agency Mori…

October 27, 2014, 3:57 PM EDT

Inside the Massive Campaign Behind Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Kevin Spacey's digitized mug is only part of the package

Disembodied, badly equalized and with no musical cues or ambient sound around it, the nonetheless recognizable voice of Kevin Spacey in sneering antihero mode fuzzes over the computer speakers. "You…

October 27, 2014, 12:02 AM EDT

Here's The Avengers 2 Trailer, Recut as a Super Ominous Ad for Pinocchio There are no strings on meeeeeaaaaRRRGHH

Late at night, when Wes Craven and David Cronenberg sit around trying to scare each other at the Horror Movie Directors' Spooky Mansion of Fear (look it up, it's a…

October 24, 2014, 4:01 PM EDT

Dana White Has Built the UFC Into the Largest Pay-Per-View Event on the Planet 2014 Brand Genius winner for sports

Asked what it’s like to run the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the ruling franchise of the mixed martial arts world, Dana White doesn’t mince words. “This job is insanity,” he says.…

September 29, 2014, 12:04 AM EDT

This Glorious Local Restaurant Ad Will Take Your Mind Off Everything Wrong in the World Troy had us at 'scroomin berts'

Feeling sad? Uninspired? Sick at heart over basically every single thing happening in the world right now? Well then, welcome to the "empire of taste," a place where you will…

August 22, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

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