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Popular (I think) online comic website The Oatmeal recently uploaded an entry titled “I tried to watch Game of Thrones and this is what happened,” a riveting tale of online piracy. As this is the Internet, the comic has already been widely disseminated with many individuals championing it as a justification for piracy, while others have rallied against it as a perfect example of why pirates are big fat babies. For one view, you can go to what seems to be the first response from Andy Ihnatko, while Devin Faraci also weighed in at Badass Digest. Both of these gentlemen have mostly targeted the pirates themselves in terms I agree with. Let’s run down that quickly before I move on to something both of them have missed.

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When it was suggested to Detroit mayor David Bing that the city should build a statue of Robocop to show up the statue of Rocky in Philadelphia, he very politely responded on Twitter that the city had no plans to build a statue of Robocop at this time. Forgive me for getting political on a film site, but it’s idiotic leadership like this that is the reason Detroit’s economy is in the shape that it is. A Robocop statue is the sort of basic human right that every citizen of every city in the world should be able to exercise. To deny it to the citizens of the city in which the film was set is unthinkable. Not content to stand for Bing’s tyranny, a guerrilla group of young activists have taken to social media and have begun a movement to fund the statue themselves. Revolutionaries have started a Facebook Group, a website, and are using the fundraising site Kickstarter to get money for the production of the statue. A piece of property in Roosevelt Park facing Michigan Central Station has been promised if enough money is raised. For more information on the project, go to detroitneedsrobocop.com, or to give money to help the cause head over to Kickstarter. In order to get the project off the ground $50,000 must be raised, and so far the total is just under $19,000. We only have until March 26th to make this happen. It’s time to come together people; don’t let the […]

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We receive a lot of strange emails here at Reject HQ. Many of them are independent “filmmakers” sending in their clip reels, trailers and offers of screeners and zj’s (we still don’t know what those are) in exchange for some coverage. We try to tell them that you don’t listen to us, but they still send them anyway. Occasionally we do get something interesting — or in this case, something downright special. Here today in our inbox we found a contest that involves the concepts of “Cash for Gold” and Mr. T. Finally, someone has thought to combine the racket that is saving our economy with the man who brought mohawks and bling to the mainstream. Check out the completely ridiculous details after the jump.

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George Steinbrenner

As much as anyone who is not a Yankees fan strongly disliked the gigantic personality of George Steinbrenner III, I can’t help but feel a twinge of sadness at the news of his death earlier today. Steinbrenner was, for better or worse, an American institution by himself. And certainly a character that flowed throughout the world of pop culture. But he was no more beloved than when he appeared (via the voice acting of Larry David) on Seinfeld. Big Stein (as I like to call him) was always a wonderful bit player in the world of Seinfeld, mostly because he played around (inadvertently) with the insecurities of one George Costanza (Jason Alexander). He was a favorite, and like Seinfeld, he will be missed. For more than just his work in the world of baseball, but for the big personality that, by proxy, gave us so many laughs. Click through the jump to watch some highlights of Larry David’s work as George Steinbrenner on Seinfeld.

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Star Wars: Old Republic

There are two segments of fans that get the cinematic shaft more often than not: Star Wars fans and video game fans. Neither of these two groups have had a good run in the last few decades, between George Lucas’ prequels and Uwe Boll’s reign of terror. So the thought of taking a Star Wars video game and turning it into a CG-animated movie wouldn’t exactly be top of mind for any reasonable fan. Until now.

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Ralph Macchio Pat Morita Karate Kid

You can’t talk about The Karate Kid — new or old — without mentioning Ralph Macchio. Or Pat Morita, for that matter. Without him, there would have been no 80s classic underdog story for Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan to rehash. And all the while, I’m sure many of you have wondered what Macchio has been up to. The folks at Funny or Die have the answer: Ralph is trying to become Hollywood’s next bad boy.

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If you’re reading us, there’s a chance that you are a tech-savvy internet generation user who loves doing things with your toys that other people can’t. Either that, or you’re lost. It leads me to one conclusion: many of you have heard about today’s Apple World Wide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) Keynote speech, in which Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the brand new iPhone 4. As an iPhone user myself, this is exciting. It might be exciting to you. But if you’re sitting there wondering what the big deal is, I’ve got a few answers for you.

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Were you interested in seeing a big screen adaptation of Aquaman someday? Well, now you can’t. Because your favorite aquatic hero is dead thanks to the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast.

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What do you do when you have a major natural disaster? You call in James Cameron. If he can’t fix it, he will remove the problem digitally with groundbreaking special effects.

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Here’s some humorous fan activism for your Sunday afternoon. Activism that fans of both NBC’s Community and the recently released (to DVD) comedy Mystery Team will enjoy. A campaign has begun on Twitter to get Donald Glover cast as the next Spider-Man.

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From where I’m sitting, this internet meme of throwing together the same quote one hundred times in a single clip began with Sawyer (Josh Holloway) from Lost and his catch-phrase, “son of a bitch.” Now it’s branching out into cross-platform, cross-property clip mashing for phrases that permeate entire genres.

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The Big Lebowski: A XXX Parody

Sometimes I wonder if the world of adult entertainment — porn to those of us who use the Google — has gone far enough. Then something almost perfect, such as this Big Lebowski porn parody, comes along.

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Evil Dead in 60 Seconds with Clay

Ah, fans. You always do find the most creative ways to pay homage to your favorite cult classics. And in the case of this little claymation short film from filmmaker Lee Hardcastle, it’s all about the most interesting way to tell one of the great B-level horror stories in one minute flat.

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Over the past few weeks, there has been a flurry of tribute for film critic Roger Ebert, much of which can be linked to a recent piece in Esquire that was very moving. And much has been said about this new voice software that may make him sound once again, like Roger Ebert. It’s a piece of software that we’ll be able to see in action today on Oprah.

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On this day in history, in the year 1904, Theodor Geisel, best known to the world as Dr. Seuss, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. It is hard to know at the time if he knew how he felt about green eggs and ham, but we can safely assume that he wouldn’t have liked them, Sam I am. And to celebrate, here’s a rap video you might enjoy.

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There’s something that I’ve never liked about members of the press corps who ask dumb questions. I can’t put my finger on it at the moment, but I have a feeling that it has something to do with the way it makes most journalists — more specifically, bloggers — look. Oh, I know. It makes us all look like idiots.

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I love movies. I truly do. But for me there’s nothing that can match seeing actors cut loose from the confines of the screen. Film actors can be at the mercy of the greater good. Their performances can be cut to suit a director’s vision, but on stage they are the masters of their own fate. Seeing actors do their thing in real time is an experience everyone should seek out. And right now the production they should run to is “The Pride” at the Lucille Lortel theater in New York City.

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Now if we were to talk about any sports here on FSR, you would think we would be talking about the Winter Olympics right now. Well sometimes we break the mold for a story so powerful, and we have to feature it. However, this is probably not one of them.

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We are not a publication that covers sports. I’m aware. But every once in a while the world of movies intersects with the world of sports, creating an awesome experience for everyone involved. Such is the case with South Korean figure skater Kim Yu-Na, who earlier this evening brought the house down at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver with a short program set to a medley of James Bond theme songs.

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Here is something fun for your Saturday afternoon. What would The Big Lebowski have been like if it were written by William Shakespeare? Here’s your answer.

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