Before They Were Stars: Roman Reigns in a College Football Video

If you follow World Wrestling Entertainment right now, you’ll know that they’re attempting to push Roman Reigns as their next big superstar. Born Joe Anoa’i, Reigns hails from a famous Samoan-American family which has spawned numerous professional wrestlers and is cousins with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Unfortunately, even though WWE is trying to push him as their next big babyface, the fanbase is currently booing the shit out of him. Anyway, before embarking on a professional wrestling career, Reigns attended Georgia Tech and played for their Yellow Jackets football team. He is featured in this 2006 promotional video for the team and can first be seen at the clip’s 1:16 mark, celebrating a tackle on the field before he is shown weightlifting 500 pounds.

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The Gang’s All Here!

I’m going to be away this weekend, guys, so my posting might get a little spotty. But here’s something awesome to tide you over – the first trailer for season 5 of Game of Thrones! And look! They’ve finally gotten over their tendency of just releasing an animated gif as the first trailer for the new season. This looks pretty fun, but I can’t help but wonder when the show is going to completely jump the shark.

Game of Thrones season 5 starts April 12, 2015.

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Before They Were Stars: 12-Year Old Kanye West Delivers a School Speech

It seems that when footage is uncovered of celebrities when they were kids, they always seem to display a weird charisma that foreshadows their eventual stardom. Such is this case with this home video footage from 1990 of 12-year old Kanye West reciting a poem dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. in front of his school.

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Last Link of the Day: Broccoli Rat

Broccoli: not even good enough for a rat.

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It begins…

It begins.The glut of Super Bowl trailers! I honestly couldn’t care less about the Super Bowl, but I do love how it always brings with it some top-notch movie ads. Here’s a new TV spot for The Avengers! Hard to believe this movie is only about three months away.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out May 1, 2015.

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 198 – The Best J.K. Simmons Performances

jksimmons2J.K. Simmons is one of our favourite character actors working today, and with his Best Supporting Actor nomination at the 2015 Oscars, it’s high time that we discuss his work. On this episode Gill, Robin and TK list their top 3 favourite J.K. Simmons performances, touching upon when they first took note of Simmons and what his chances are of getting an Academy Award. Click here to download the episode!

Shouts From the Back Row’s theme music was composed and performed by Vince Nitro!

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Before They Were Stars: 6-Year Old Laura Dern as an Extra in “White Lightning”

Today marks the final edition of “Before They Were Stars” for this year’s Oscar nominees. Laura Dern has garnered her second career nomination for her role as Reese Witherspoon’s mother in Wild. Since Dern is the daughter of actress Diane Ladd, she spent her childhood making the odd uncredited appearance as  background extra in some of her mother’s movies. Dern’s first appearance in front of a camera was alongside her mother in the 1973 Burt Reynolds action film, White Lightning. You can first see her in the background at the 9:50 mark of this clip as the blonde girl on the tire swing.

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Last Link of the Day: Amazing Card Trick

How’d he do that?!

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True Lebowski

Wait, I haven’t posted this already? Consider that problem remedied. Man, I’m really looking forward to seeing what season 2 of True Detective has in store for us. But it won’t include the Dude, so already this mashup is superior.

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The Reign of Jupiter

You know it’s a good day when there’s a new trailer for Jupiter Ascending! Man, what am I going to do with myself once this movie is released? It’s hard to believe that, after so long, this movie is only a week and a half away. So let’s recap what we know, shall we?

  • 1. Channing Tatum is a kung fu space elf with rocket boots
  • 2. Mila Kunis is the queen of the universe, who has been living in Chicago
  • 3. Sean Bean’s character is named Stinger and has bee DNA
  • 4. Terry Gilliam is in this movie
  • 5. The bad guys include Gundam Wings, gargoyles, big dudes in gimp masks, and Eddie Redmayne

I think we can safely retitle that list to “5 reasons to see Jupiter Ascending,” am I right?

Jupiter Ascending comes out February 6, 2015.

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