Entertainment – Viral Frequency https://viralfrequency.com Cherry Picking The Web Mon, 02 Apr 2018 20:18:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 https://i0.wp.com/viralfrequency.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/cropped-viral_logo_1.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Entertainment – Viral Frequency https://viralfrequency.com 32 32 104823593 Bones with Bling: The Amazing Skeletons of the Roman Catacombs https://viralfrequency.com/bones-bling-amazing-skeletons-roman-catacombs/ https://viralfrequency.com/bones-bling-amazing-skeletons-roman-catacombs/#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:41:31 +0000 https://viralfrequency.com/?p=6296

Way back towards the end of the Middle Ages, 1578 to be exact, came the fascinating discovery of a network of weaving and winding labyrinthine tombs, lurking deep beneath the street of Rome. These holy tombs were the final resting place to the decayed skeletons of early Christian martyrs – believed not only to be […]

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Way back towards the end of the Middle Ages, 1578 to be exact, came the fascinating discovery of a network of weaving and winding labyrinthine tombs, lurking deep beneath the street of Rome. These holy tombs were the final resting place to the decayed skeletons of early Christian martyrs – believed not only to be martyrs but to be saints as well, on account of their bravery and unyielding support of Christian doctrine.

Many of these skeletons (given the name ‘The Catacomb Saints’ by those who first discovered them) were then distributed across Europe as replacements for the long list of holy relics which had been smashed, stolen or destroyed during the chaos of the Protestant Reformation.

Once delivered, each skeleton was then clothed and adorned into a variety of precious jewels, expensive cloth, crowns, armour and even given wigs. They were put on display inside many different churches as a reminder to all who came to see them, for the riches and wealth that awaited them post death – providing they swore allegiance to the Christian faith.

It sounds like a tale straight from a Dan Brown novel doesn’t it? Yet it’s all factually accurate.

So fascinated by the discovery and indeed the story behind ‘The Catacomb Saints’ art historian (& self-confessed relic hunter) Paul Koudounaris travelled all over Europe trying to find and document the status of each Saint. Amazingly many of the skeletons were yet to be put on display, still stored in containers waiting to be dressed and revealed to the public.

His book ‘Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs‘ looks at the gripping origins and history of ‘The Catacomb Saints’, posing such as questions as who were they? How exactly did they die? Who ordered them to be placed in the catacombs? And why had they laid forgotten in Europe’s religious institutions for so long?

His work serves as a compelling documentation of some of the most elaborate & forgotten relics from a by-gone era.

Below are a few photographs from the stunning book itself, which you can purchase right here

 

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Strangest Stranger Things Mash-Up Ever https://viralfrequency.com/strangest-stranger-things/ https://viralfrequency.com/strangest-stranger-things/#respond Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:31:58 +0000 https://viralfrequency.com/?p=6249

Cousin Larry and Balki are back thanks to Jimmy Kimmel Live. This comedic mashup imagines what it would like if Balki from Perfect Strangers brought home the Demogorgon from Stranger Things. The new season of ‘Stranger Things’ came out, and it’s very popular. It’s a great combination of new and classic. The show is full of references from the […]

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Cousin Larry and Balki are back thanks to Jimmy Kimmel Live. This comedic mashup imagines what it would like if Balki from Perfect Strangers brought home the Demogorgon from Stranger Things.

The new season of ‘Stranger Things’ came out, and it’s very popular. It’s a great combination of new and classic. The show is full of references from the 80s and now Netflix is taking that one step further with a new spin-off series that teams the kids from Hawkins, Indiana with two beloved characters from the past named Larry and Balki. #PerfectStrangerThings

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Trump Names Alex Jones as Sean Spicer Replacement for Press Secretary https://viralfrequency.com/trump-names-alex-jones-sean-spicer-replacement-press-secretary/ https://viralfrequency.com/trump-names-alex-jones-sean-spicer-replacement-press-secretary/#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:19:37 +0000 https://viralfrequency.com/?p=6153

President Donald J. Trump announced yesterday that firebrand conspiracy theorist and radio host, Alex Jones would be taking over from the departing Sean Spicer as White House Press Secretary. Alex took little time before gathering the huddled press corp for his inaugural press conference shortly after the announcement. “The REAL PATRIOTS are taking over from […]

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President Donald J. Trump announced yesterday that firebrand conspiracy theorist and radio host, Alex Jones would be taking over from the departing Sean Spicer as White House Press Secretary.

Alex took little time before gathering the huddled press corp for his inaugural press conference shortly after the announcement.

“The REAL PATRIOTS are taking over from you pack of lying WEASELS!” he bellowed at the now visibly frightened reporters.

“We’re comin’ for ya globalists! 1776 will commence, you wicked, wicked devils!”

Alex seemed to visibly calm after this short tirade before shutting down any questions quickly before holding up a bottle of SUPER MALE VITALITY and telling the assembled corp how the carefully formulated InfoWars concoction can make you in to a virile specimen just like him.

Alex then became spooked by something before tearing his shirt off and rampaging out of the building beating his chest like a rabid gorilla.

 

 

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The Ultimate WWE/WWF Attitude Era Quiz https://viralfrequency.com/ultimate-wwewwf-attitude-era-quiz/ https://viralfrequency.com/ultimate-wwewwf-attitude-era-quiz/#respond Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:36:32 +0000 https://viralfrequency.com/?p=6118

Welcome to our WWE / WWF Attitude Era Quiz. The Attitude Era refers to a loose time-frame around 1996/7 to 2001/2 that saw record high popularity for professional wrestling as the WWF shifted to an edgier, more adult orientated product, leaving the stagnation of the early 90’s behind as it careened in to the boom period […]

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Welcome to our WWE / WWF Attitude Era Quiz. The Attitude Era refers to a loose time-frame around 1996/7 to 2001/2 that saw record high popularity for professional wrestling as the WWF shifted to an edgier, more adult orientated product, leaving the stagnation of the early 90’s behind as it careened in to the boom period that saw professional wrestling tap in to the zeitgeist like it never had before or since. With larger than life characters, wacky and outrageous plots and a willingness to push the envelope as far as possible this truly was the golden age of professional wrestling but how well do you remember it all? Have a go at our quiz and see how well you do.

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First Look at Mass Effect: Andromeda in E3 Trailer https://viralfrequency.com/first-look-at-mass-effect-andromeda-in-e3-trailer/ https://viralfrequency.com/first-look-at-mass-effect-andromeda-in-e3-trailer/#respond Sun, 12 Jun 2016 22:04:04 +0000 https://viralfrequency.com/?p=6028

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (better known as E3) of 2016 is upon us. The biggest video game extravaganza on the planet is here and with it tons of juicy trailers and news on the upcoming games we will all eventually be enjoying. One huge title that has been shrouded in mystery and speculation is Mass […]

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The Electronic Entertainment Expo (better known as E3) of 2016 is upon us. The biggest video game extravaganza on the planet is here and with it tons of juicy trailers and news on the upcoming games we will all eventually be enjoying. One huge title that has been shrouded in mystery and speculation is Mass Effect: Andromeda the next installment in the wildly popular RPG series Mass Effect.

A whole new galaxy awaits for you to explore. Mass Effect: Andromeda pushes the boundaries of known space into the next generation.

Breaking away from Commander Shepard and co to tell an entirely new story this trailer showing off in game footage as well as behind the scenes animation and motion capture work it no doubt looks absolutely stunning. Built on DICE’s Frostbite engine the fidelity and beauty is apparent whilst still keeping that undeniable Mass Effect aesthetic. Slated for an early 2017 release this is one we are super excited to play.

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Ghostbusters: New Trailer, New Title and Plenty of Controversy https://viralfrequency.com/ghostbusters-new-trailer-new-title-and-plenty-of-controversy/ https://viralfrequency.com/ghostbusters-new-trailer-new-title-and-plenty-of-controversy/#respond Wed, 18 May 2016 18:36:05 +0000 https://viralfrequency.com/?p=5877

There has been a ton of controversy over Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters starring the all female cast of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Now with the updated title of Ghostbusters: Answer The Call it’s set for release on July 15th but the backlash isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. “We have a gift […]

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There has been a ton of controversy over Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters starring the all female cast of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Now with the updated title of Ghostbusters: Answer The Call it’s set for release on July 15th but the backlash isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

“We have a gift – we see what no one else is willing to see. We do things others can’t do,” McCarthy says. “If there’s a paranormal problem, we’re the ones to answer the call.”

When the first trailer dropped it was met with what can only be described as a massive backlash online. The trailer itself ended up becoming the most disliked video by ratio in Youtube’s history.

What possible reason could there be for this monumental anger and rejection online?

Ghostbusters is of course a highly beloved franchise and many see this latest film as a poorly made cash in on the name; and the first trailer, at least in my opinion, didn’t give many any reason to feel differently.

There has been a ton of controversy over the reboot/remake of Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters film starring the all female cast of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Now with the updated title of Ghostbusters: Answer The Call it’s set for release on July 15th.

When the first trailer dropped it was met with what can only be described as a massive backlash online. The trailer itself ended up becoming the most disliked video by ratio in Youtube’s history.

What possible reason could there be for this monumental anger and rejection online?

Ghostbusters is of course a highly beloved franchise and many see this latest film as a poorly made cash in on the name; and the first trailer, at least in my opinion, didn’t give many any reason to feel differently.

Then there is the all female cast. In defence of the film director Paul Feig accused those attacking it online of being sexist against the women taking on the lead roles for the film.

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I have no doubt that there certainly are many idiot sexists out there that just hate the idea of the girls taking over for this, no doubt at all. I’ve spent more than 5 minutes on the internet. That said I also believe there are plenty of valid reasons to be unhappy with what we are seeing regardless of wether it’s a female or male lead (which of course should not matter.)

Bad effects and stereotypical and outdated humor that looks phoned in from the start is why I didn’t personally care for the first trailer and whilst I do see some improvements in this new trailer my opinion on this being a trainwreck of epic proportions is not budging for now. That said, final judgement will be kept until the full release is seen.

Whatever the case the controversy is not likely to slow down anytime soon what do you think of the new trailer?

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Prison Break Will Return. New Trailer Just Landed. https://viralfrequency.com/prison-break-will-return-new-trailer-just-landed/ https://viralfrequency.com/prison-break-will-return-new-trailer-just-landed/#respond Tue, 17 May 2016 16:54:10 +0000 https://viralfrequency.com/?p=5845

When Fox announced that fan-favourite Prison Break was returning in 2017 it was met with a decent degree of hype and since then we’ve all been waiting for the trailer to arrive to see our erstwhile heroes return to do some more high quality prison escaping and breaking. With Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Robert Knepper […]

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When Fox announced that fan-favourite Prison Break was returning in 2017 it was met with a decent degree of hype and since then we’ve all been waiting for the trailer to arrive to see our erstwhile heroes return to do some more high quality prison escaping and breaking.

With Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Robert Knepper and Amaury Nolasco all reprising their roles fans of the original run of Prison Break have reason to be excited and the trailer certainly delivers on what looks to be a high-octane and drama fuelled continuation. 

I watched Prison Break on its original 2005-2009 run and was a big fan of the show. That said, by the last season the convoluted way the writers had to keep getting them back in to various prisons so they could satisfy the premise of the shows name had long since tipped over the edge of the ridiculous. Michael has broken out of 3 prisons by my count and looks to be adding a fourth in the new series. This lad breaks out of “prisons” easier than I do out of bed in the morning.

From the trailer we can see that Michael Scofield has somehow managed once more to get himself handily incarcerated and his brother Lincoln Burrows is heading up the rescue attempt to break him out.

It’s stretching the edges of credulity but given how fun the show can be and how great some of the characters are (awesome to see T-Bag making a return) this is one that deserves waving away the convoluted premise and to just enjoy that it’s coming back after 7 long years when it finally lands in 2017. This is one I’ll be definitely checking out.

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New Aerial Shots of Star Wars VIII Set Show Millennium Falcon https://viralfrequency.com/new-aerial-shots-of-star-wars-viii-set-show-millennium-falcon/ https://viralfrequency.com/new-aerial-shots-of-star-wars-viii-set-show-millennium-falcon/#respond Sun, 01 May 2016 20:03:11 +0000 https://viralfrequency.com/?p=5725

In the massive backlots of Pinewood Studios in London recent aerial shots, no doubt taken somewhat sneakily, of the Star Wars VIII sets show the Millennium Falcon in all her spacefaring glory parked up at the steps of what certainly appears to be where Rey landed in her search for Luke Skywalker at the end […]

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In the massive backlots of Pinewood Studios in London recent aerial shots, no doubt taken somewhat sneakily, of the Star Wars VIII sets show the Millennium Falcon in all her spacefaring glory parked up at the steps of what certainly appears to be where Rey landed in her search for Luke Skywalker at the end of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.

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Probably owing to the extreme difficulty of building a 1:1 scale model of the Falcon on Skellig island in Ireland, where the original scenes were filmed, new director to the franchise, taking over from J.J Abrams, Rian Johnson wisely opted to build on the lot instead of doing a location shoot for this particular scene. It’s good to note that there seems to be a real push to keep the sets as physical as possible and not rely on CGI at every opportunity, a criticism (one of many) that was leveled at the much maligned Prequel films.

News is difficult to come by on the super secret production of Episode VIII so fans clamour for everything they can. Recently a few behind the scenes shots from Rian Johnson were released but with production being so secure and secret everyone involved will be hoping to keep the mysteries of the film as close to their chest as they possibly can.

It’s going to be a long wait with Episode VIII being slated for a Christmas 2017 release date but for those who can’t wait that long this Christmas will see the first in an Anthology series of stand alone films set within the Star Wars universe.

Rogue One which will tell the story of the rebels that went after the Death Star plans just before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope should keep our Star Wars cravings from getting too out of control.

Check out the pics from the set below and some of the behind the scenes shots Rian Johnson released:

  

 

 

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Karl Urban Shows Interest in Reprising Dredd Role https://viralfrequency.com/karl-urban-shows-interest-in-reprising-dredd-role/ https://viralfrequency.com/karl-urban-shows-interest-in-reprising-dredd-role/#respond Sun, 01 May 2016 18:21:14 +0000 https://viralfrequency.com/?p=5720

The character of Judge Dredd dates back to 1977 when he first appeared in 2000AD, the famous British weekly science-fiction anthology. Since then the character has spawned a huge cult following and many comic books in his own eponymous series that is still ongoing today. Then in 1995, Sylvester Stallone got a hold of the property […]

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The character of Judge Dredd dates back to 1977 when he first appeared in 2000AD, the famous British weekly science-fiction anthology. Since then the character has spawned a huge cult following and many comic books in his own eponymous series that is still ongoing today.

Then in 1995, Sylvester Stallone got a hold of the property and made the cheeseball adaptation that was pretty much universally panned by critics. Even though I am a big fan of Judge Dredd from the comics and this film did a terrible job portraying the character and world I have a fondness for it in a “so bad it’s good” kind of way.

Who doesn’t like watching Stallone tear through scenery with such abandon?

I AM THE LAW!

But I digress…

The Stallone film put the brakes firmly on any real interest in doing a big blockbuster film until Urban reprised the character in 2012’s “Dredd” directed by Pete Travis came along and blew away expectations with a thrilling and stylized film infusing far more of the comics gritty and disparate dystopian future. The film was far better than it had any right to be but unfortunately flopped, probably in part to a lackluster marketing campaign but probably more because of the stigma still lingering from the Stallone film all those years ago.

 

 

Since its rather disappointing outing at the box office, grossing only $41 million on a $50 million budget it has grown to become a cult favourite and fans are eager to see more of Urban’s excellent portrayal as the tough as nails judge, jury and executioner. Alex Garland the film’s screenwriter put a damper on that idea saying that fans purchasing DVD’s were not going to convince studio executives to greenlight a sequel.

Luckily for the fans though (and me) Karl Urban wants to see more of Dredd as well, confirming –after a fan on twitter posted a fan made poster for a possible Dredd 2– that he would love to reprise the role.

With 200,000+ fans and counting having signed a petition to get Urban back in the helmet after his commitments as Bones in Star Trek are fulfilled it looks like there may be some real hope behind seeing either another film or even more tantalizingly a Netflix, HBO or Amazon Prime series.

The initial film might have been a flop but the buzz is certainly growing and the interest is overwhelmingly positive and in the times we live grassroots support can catch like wildfire online and let’s be honest, a Dredd series would be amazing if it could go in full guns blazing with a decent budget.

Make it happen and let’s get back to Megacity One! I already know what the season 1 cliffhanger scene would be:

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A New Harry Potter Book is Dropping This Summer! https://viralfrequency.com/a-new-harry-potter-book-is-dropping-this-summer/ https://viralfrequency.com/a-new-harry-potter-book-is-dropping-this-summer/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:19:25 +0000 https://viralfrequency.com/?p=5707

We have known that a new Harry Potter story was set to be played out on the stage in London for a while now and while undeniably great news many fans were worried they would never be able to experience this next chapter in the Potterverse for themselves. Well, with the news that the script […]

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We have known that a new Harry Potter story was set to be played out on the stage in London for a while now and while undeniably great news many fans were worried they would never be able to experience this next chapter in the Potterverse for themselves.

Well, with the news that the script has been adapted into the 8th official Harry Potter book those fears have been allayed.

 

 

Here is the official synopsis taken from Pottermore on the story:

“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”

It’s been a staggering nine years since the series wrapped up with The Deathly Hallows and while our Potter fix has been patched up with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them finally coming to the big screen in November, starring Academy Award Winner Eddie Redmayne, news of The Cursed Child being adapted into an official book is making 2016 a year full of magic to look forward to.

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