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Glee vs. Madonna – A Vogue Comparison April 27, 2010

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Did you catch Glee’s Madonna special on television last night?

BWT thought it was AWESOME!

But it’s even more awesome when you consider how much time and effort went into one number in particular – Sue Sylvester’s rendition of ‘Vogue’

Check out the like-for-like video above.  The similarity is very impressive!

Strike a pose.

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Photo of the Day April 26, 2010

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Via here.

The Power of Three April 15, 2010

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Tonight (Thursday) sees the first of three political debates between David Cameron, Gordon Brown and Nick Clegg.

The live debate is to be shown on ITV from 8.30pm.  The BBC One and Sky will host debates on successive Thursdays.

No doubt viewers will be watching the potential PMs’ every move….

I HATE ICELAND! April 15, 2010

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Poor Iceland.  They’ve been hit by earthquakes, volcano eruptions, and evacuations.   River levels are rapidly rising, with risk of flash floods.

Sure, the eruptions have caused chaos with air passengers due to the volcanic ash spreading across the sky.  But it’s not their fault, is it?

Apparently not…

Videogames And Cartoons Used To Shock School Children About Violence April 12, 2010

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18-rated videogame ‘Grand Theft Auto’ and gory cartoon ‘The Itchy And Scratchy Show’ are both being used to demonstrate the difference between real and virtual violence to primary school children in Merseyside.

Children are shown stills of scenes including a gun being fired through a car window and a man brandishing a sword, and then asked to categorise them as ‘good real life’, ‘bad real life’ and ‘not real.’

The idea behind it is to stop children becoming desensitized to violent behavior and teach them about its consequences in real life.

What do you think, BWT readers?  Is this scheme a brilliant idea, or a waste of time and money?

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Brian Blessed The Voice of TomTom? April 1, 2010

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We’re not going to lie, BWT loves Brian Blessed.  He is a god among men.  Did you know his ribcage is apparently twice the size of a normal man’s?  He’s like a bear, only less hairy!  Plus there’s that unmistakable booming voice.

And now that voice is the centre of an online Facebook petition – to turn it into a satnav speaker option.

The social networking group, which has been running for only a few weeks, currently has over 8,000 members.  Richard Gardner, the founder, contacted TomTom about getting Brian on board.  The satnav manufacturer promises that if the group gains 25,000 members in total, they’ll enter into negotiations with the big jolly bearded one.

So what are you waiting for?  GO JOIN!

Gettin’ Jiggy With It March 24, 2010

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When an entire film franchise is spawned from a theme park ride, you’d think the makers of Pirates of the Caribbean wouldn’t be too fussed about authenticity.

Turns out, they are – especially when the authenticity sits above your belly button and underneath your chin.

The New York Post has revealed that all hopeful young actresses wishing to be cast in the fourth Pirates film must have natural breasts.  Not only that, but they’ll have to PROVE it.

“To make sure LA talent scouts don’t get caught in a ‘booby trap,’ potential lassies will have to undergo a Hollywood-style jiggle-your-jugs test and jog for judges. If there’s nothing moving from the waist up, they’re saying, it’s a dead giveaway that you’re not all flesh and bones—and you’re out” reports The New York Post.

Words fail us.

Sci-Fi Social Networking March 18, 2010

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Think of a professional social networking site, such as LinkedIn.  Then add planets.  And spaceships.  And William Shatner.  Mix them altogether, and you have myouterspace.com

Launched by Mr Shatner himself, the site is aimed at creative people with a range of skill sets, who will be able to become ‘citizens’ of one of six ‘Planets’ that matches their talents – including graphic design, writing, acting, music, games development and film and TV production.

From then on, to be honest, it all becomes a bit confusing.

Those who have become citizens of the planets will then be able to take part in projects overseen by a range of ‘virtual production companies’, or as they’re known in MyOuterSpace world, ‘Starships’. Each Starship has a ‘captain’, who will venture around the planets in his starship collecting talent – ‘the Starships will host Crew Members from the various United Planets, each specializing in a different Artistic talent,’ the site explains.

Rrrrrright.  Gotcha.

Ant and Dec: Viewers ‘push the off button’ March 17, 2010

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Have you been watching Ant and Dec’s new gameshow, ‘Push the Button’?

Yeah, us neither.

Turns out we’re not the only ones.  The light entertainment show is said to have lost almost two million viewers in just three weeks since the gameshow made its debut on ITV1.

The program has also taken a beating from the critics.

Of course it’s still early days, but the signs aren’t good.  Better luck next time, lads!

Japan Cracks Down on Child Pornography – One Pixel at a Time March 16, 2010

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The Tokyo Metropolitan government have announced they are proposing to extend the reach of existing child pornography laws to include a ban on provocative “visual depictions” of underage “nonexistent youths” – meaning, comic, videogame and cartoon characters.

The law in question is the Metropolitan Tokyo youth welfare law.  The amendment would mean that a provocative and/or sexual depiction of a character that appears to be eighteen years or younger would be banned.

However, the proposals have met strong opposition from some groups – most notably from manga creators.

Manga is a form of comic, and very popular in Japan.  Unlike the perception of comics in the West, manga covers many genres and appeals to a wide range of audiences, including women, children and the elderly.

Some high profile manga creators have stated that the amended law restricts their artistic freedom.  The proposed legislation can be “freely” interpreted and would affect manga characters “despite no living beings being hurt.”

Either way, the law would only apply in Metropolitan Tokyo, and not elsewhere in Japan.

What do you think, BWT readers?  Does child pornography extend to drawn depictions of virtual characters?  Do you think the proposal – if passed – would be a good thing, or a bad thing?  And how would someone be able to indentify if an image is underage?

BWT will keep you posted on any developments.

More here and here.