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This shot-for-shot remake of the Paranormal Activity trailer will give any parent chills.

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Recently-Rescued Dog Saves Owner’s Life After He Collapses From a Stroke

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A phrase that’s frequently thrown around when talking about rescue dogs is, “who rescued who?” Though technically it was the human’s decision to give a dog in need their forever home, dogs have the incredible ability to give back to their humans. You provide the food and shelter, and they’ll happily provide constant companionship and love. Dogs can calm anxiety and help us through challenging times, but sometimes, they rescue their humans in ways we can’t ignore.

Sadie, a 6-year-old German shepherd, was surrendered to a local shelter by her former owner. Middle-aged dogs have a much harder time being adopted than puppies and the trust issues that followed the loss of the only humans she knew and loved made her situation even more challenging.

“She was confused and seemingly lost upon rescue, having suddenly lost the only family that she knew,” the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge said on Facebook. “Sadie is a loyal dog, but nervous and protective with new people, making her a more difficult placement. Just a few months ago, Brian came into Sadie’s life and decided to adopt her. Though her bio noted that she was especially nervous with men, Brian felt a special bond with Sadie, as he valued her intelligence, hesitancy to trust and fierce loyalty once she did form that trust.”

It wasn’t long after Brian took Sadie home that she had the opportunity to prove her fierce loyalty, an opportunity that saved Brian’s life. Just a few months after embarking on a new life together, Sadie realized something was very wrong with her human. Brian collapsed, after experiencing what was later diagnosed as a stroke. Sadie stayed by Brian’s side, keeping him awake by licking his face. According to the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Sadie even pulled Brian over to his cell phone – had Sadie not been there, Brian wouldn’t have been able to call for help.

Thanks to Sadie, Brian got the help he needed in time. While Brian recovers from his stroke, his furry hero is staying with family. The pair FaceTime daily, making sure Sadie knows she hasn’t been abandoned again. Brian may have rescued the middle-aged pup a few months ago at the shelter, but this time, it was Sadie who rescued Brian.

How Playing Video Games Helped Me Through My Fight With Cancer

How Playing Video Games Helped me Through Cancer
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There are just certain things in our lives that can lift up our spirits.  A favorite TV series or a certain kind of food.  It’s different for everyone, but video games are what helped me cope during a rough patch in my life.

Almost eight years ago, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer.  While in the shower, one of my testicles felt like a rock.  It was solid and painful to even graze it on anything.  Putting any kind of pants on would become a chore and unfortunately, you have to wear pants out in public.  After expressing concerns with my doctor, I was booked in for an ultrasound.

Immediately the day after the scan, I got a call from my doctor and she asked me to come in to discuss the results.  She told me to bring my wife and kids as well.  The positive, inviting sound of her voice almost made it seem like we were going to like what she had to say.  She broke the news and my wife and I held back tears.  Our kids didn’t really know what was going on since they were young at the time (one and four).  For me, I thought that was it.  The beginning of the end.  Game over, man.

Ultimately it was decided that surgery would be the best option.  They would remove my right testicle (they make an incision in-between your pelvic area and your stomach) and after that perform some tests to see if the cancer had spread any further.  It is the most common form of cancer in men age 15 to 35 and statistically, 95% of men survive testicular cancer, you just have to catch it early enough.

My wife likes to take only the most flattering photos of me.

The day of the surgery arrived and I was on edge.  I constantly kept making sure with the doctor and nurses that they knew that it was my right testicle they were removing. I had this fear they would accidentally remove the wrong testicle and then they would end up having to remove both.  Even when they were giving me the anesthesia, I made sure with them that it was my right testicle they were removing.  After the surgery, I woke up groggy and disoriented, but not so disoriented that I didn’t immediately check underneath the covers.  They had removed the “right” testicle.  I breathed a sigh of relief and might have laughed because I was still ridiculously high on pain meds.

Once I was back at home, any movement was pretty painful and my mental state wasn’t the greatest.  That’s the thing, the surgery wasn’t the hard part, it’s what comes after.  Growing up, your testicles are a coveted treasure.  I can guarantee you’ve heard “Grow a pair” or “Get some balls”.  It’s rammed into your head that your testicles define who you are as a man (they don’t).  Well, now I was short one.  In desperate need to get away from my current situation, I figured this was as perfect a time as any to chill on the couch and catch up on my backlog of games.  Parental duties had pushed Borderlands 2 to the wayside so I decided to start a new character and immediately, I found myself lost in its wild, hilarious, messed-up world.  That’s one of the great things about video games, they’re able to distract you and help with the healing process.  I’m not quite sure I’d recommend something as intense as Dark Souls, but if that helps you relax, go for it.

I hadn’t played any of the expansions yet for Borderlands 2 and there’s one called ‘Assault on Dragon Keep’.  It involves you traveling through various fantastical areas within a board game called ‘Bunkers and Badasses’.  Much like an actual Dungeons and Dragons game, the world shifts and transforms right in front of your eyes.  It’s really awesome and as with most of Borderlands, it has its fair share of funny moments.  While you’re playing through it though, there are little hints as to why one of Borderland’s most outrageous characters Tiny Tina loves playing ‘Bunkers and Badasses’ so much.  She uses the game to cope with the death of her friend.

It was at that moment I realized I had something in common with the adorable little psychopath and this game spoke volumes to me.  Borderlands 2 allowed me to escape to a world where I got to be a badass Vault Hunter.  Like most video games, it offered a form of escapism that I so desperately needed at that time in my life.  I just wanted to get lost in something and forget about the situation I was in.

Almost eight years later, surgery would end up being all I needed.  I’m still in remission, but I get checked yearly just to be safe.  It honestly took a while before I didn’t feel any different and felt confident again with myself, but video games helped with getting through that whole process.  Things turned out alright in the end for me, but I can’t imagine the stress and fear of the families dealing with a situation like mine that doesn’t go according to plan.  I have friends and family who have dealt with and are currently dealing with cancer in their lives.  You don’t realize how many people it actually affects until you’ve been there yourself.

Video games have the power to take your mind off things, allowing you to heal, and Borderlands 2 holds a special place in my heart for that reason.

Sometimes, just like Tiny Tina, you have to escape the real world for a little while.

Testicular cancer is no joke.  Most young men are reluctant to talk about it or examine themselves because they’re embarrassed, and those with testicular cancer may not discover it until it’s too late.  Don’t let the stigma hold you back from getting checked out.  If you think you might have testicular cancer, here’s how to self-examine yourself.

God of War Fans Want Nick Offerman To Play Kratos in a Live-Action Adaptation

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It looks like we might have a fan favorite candidate for the role of the mighty Kratos, should Sony ever decide to make a live-action God of War.

This whole thing started thanks to a Twitter thread by Neil Gaiman.  He asked everyone to post pictures of themselves as the head of an underground organization without downloading new pics.  Parks and Rec star Nick Offerman posted an image of himself and God of War fans immediately began making comparisons to the 2018 Playstation 4 version of the character.

The resemblance is uncanny with the completely bald head, intimidating stare, and impressive beard.  Fans were quick to bring God of War director Cory Barlog into the mix, begging for Nick to be considered for the live-action role.

There were even those that took it upon themselves to photoshop Nick wearing the classic Kratos war paint.

Personally, I’d love to see Nick play the role of Kratos, but as Ron Swanson.  Ron enjoys wood carving, hunting, being alone, and presents himself with a steely demeanor, much like Kratos.  Oh man, wait a sec.  Does that mean?  No… it couldn’t.  Are Kratos and Ron Swanson one and the same?  Does Ron Swanson battle Greek Gods when he’s not working as the head of the Pawnee Parks and Rec Department?  Does Kratos want all of the bacon and secretly play the saxophone as Duke Silver?

Let the fan theories commence!

Otherwise Clueless Kids Know Exactly Who Chadwick Boseman Is

Kids Know Who Chadwick Is
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In times like these, entertainment can seem pretty meaningless. And awards ceremonies featuring rich and famous people patting each other and themselves on the back are about the last thing we need. But sometimes we’re reminded of the impact that some of those larger-than-life performers have, even during tough times.

Chadwick Boseman was one of those larger-than-life performers, having portrayed a variety of heroes on the big screen, from Jackie Robinson and James Brown, two black titans of 20th-century culture, to King T’Challa of Wakanda, one of the most popular superheroes of the 21st century.

At Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony, Boseman was honored for his final performance, winning Best Actor, Drama for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. His victory resulted in a moving speech from his bereaved wife, during which the hole the gifted actor and beloved man’s loss has left in his friends and family’s life was made abundantly clear.

But before his category aired, we were treated to a segment in which Phillip Lewis, an editor at Huffington Post, quizzed young kids on their knowledge of the Golden Globes, which, we quickly learned as the segment progressed, wasn’t much.

Before the segment ended, however, we learned that while those kids might not know Minari from Mank, they definitely know who Chadwick Boseman is: Black Panther.

The segment made for a fun, touching tribute to a star who left us far too soon but whose legacy will last generations.

Watch it here:

Chadwick Boseman’s Wife Tearfully Accepts His Posthumous Golden Globe Award

Boseman's Wife Accepts Award
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Last night was the Golden Globes. The Globes are the first major awards show of Hollywood’s awards season, which will last longer than usual this year with the Oscars being pushed to April (thanks Covid) and also the least reputable.

Nobody quite knows who makes up the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, other than the fact that they aren’t black and they are corrupt, but the awards ceremony itself is generally regarded as pretty fun because the stars of movies and television mingle, and many drinks are consumed.

Not this year. This year, it was pretty much all Zoom. (Thanks Covid!) Co-hosted by Tina Fey And Amy Poehler from opposite coasts, nominees accepted awards and made speeches via sometimes faulty video feeds. Which made for an awkward broadcast that left little room for fun. There were few spontaneous moments where a couple of presenters – say, Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig – riffed on stage. Instead, it was mostly a bunch of cringe-worthy reaction shots and stilted speeches.

There were a few genuine moments, like when the director of Best Foreign Film winner Minari accepted the award while his daughter hugged him, or when a pre-taped bit featuring clueless children made clear the overwhelming impact of the late Chadwick Boseman. Perhaps the most moving moment of the night was when Boseman won a posthumous award for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

The actor, who died unexpectedly last year after a secret battle with cancer, was not able to accept his award, but his wife was. Through tears, Taylor Simone Ledward did her best to fill-in for her late husband, expressing gratitude for his costars and crew, his family and friends, and the HFPA.

Give it a watch, and have some tissues handy:

Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, & Castlevania Revivals Could Be in the Works

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Konami is well-known for its legacy of great games.  Even going as far back as the NES days with Contra, they’ve given us tons of memorable gaming experiences.  It’s a shame then to say that the relationship with their player base has become a bit rocky over the years.

In 2014, when they canceled the ‘Silent Hills’ project after the terrifying and critically acclaimed P.T. (Playable Teaser and yeah, it was scary good) released on PS4, things started to look grim for the company’s future.  Director Hideo Kojima, who was responsible for P.T. and all the Metal Gear games, would end up having a falling out with Konami after the release of Metal Gear Solid V in 2015.  Kojima would go on to start his own game development company ‘Kojima Productions’ and Konami would announce that they were focusing solely on their pachinko machine business (yay?).  What would happen to all of Konami’s big-name franchises?  Were they even going to be making video games anymore?

Well, if any of these new reports are to be true, we might be able to put a little more faith in Konami and have something to be hyped about.

Recently, a report from VGC claimed that Konami had licensed the Silent Hill IP out to a Japanese studio to work on a new installment in the franchise.  A new Silent Hill game is something that has been rumored to be in the works at Konami for quite some time, but nothing has ever come to fruition.  What adds another layer of mystery to all this as well is Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka claimed that he was working on a second project for Bloober (the team behind Xbox’s ‘The Medium’ horror game), in addition to making music for The Medium.

Bloober Team CEO Piotr Babieno told GamesIndustry.Biz that they’ve “been working for more than a year on another gaming project, another horror IP, and we’re doing this with a very famous gaming publisher.  I can’t tell you who. I can’t tell you what the project is, but I’m pretty sure when people realize we’re working on it, they will be very excited.”

Would this mean we would have two different Silent Hill games currently in development?  One developed by the Japanese studio and one by Bloober?  That remains to be seen.

What the report also mentions is that Konami isn’t just outsourcing for a Silent Hill revival.  According to VGC, Konami now “has plans to work on Castlevania and Metal Gear Solid games via external companies, but any potential releases are still years away.”

This all sounds wonderful, but the only thing that worries me about all these potential revivals is the Metal Gear one.  The series has Kojima’s DNA flowing through its veins, so the idea of another developer picking up where he left off is kind of scary to think about.  Maybe this next one wouldn’t feature 1700 hours of cutscenes?  Hmm, alright, now it’s not starting to sound so bad now that I think about it.

As with any of these rumors though, you just have to take them as they come.  Still, it’s always exciting to speculate, and if these are in the works, fans (myself included) would jump at the opportunity to play new games from any of these franchises.

Wife Shares Video of Her Husband Falling in Love With Another Girl

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Finding your soulmate is something movies use as a plot point far more frequently than it seems to happen in real life. Meeting a person you want to spend your life with doesn’t happen in a split second as your eyes meet across the room – in reality, it takes time and effort to make a relationship grow and intensify. When it happens, it’s nothing short of incredible – which is why the first five seconds of this TikTok had us concerned.

We know what you’re thinking, and yes, we also half-covered our eyes before we realized what this video was actually about. A TikTok user named Emily shared a video that’s nothing like it appears at first glance, and we couldn’t be happier about that.

Emily’s video opens with on-screen text that reads, “watch my soulmate fall in love with another girl.” The first half of the video is filled with clips of Emily and her husband, the pair smiling and laughing and falling deeper in love. Given where we thought this video was going, the videos of the happy couple feel out of place.

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Before long, a new face appears in Emily’s video, and when we realize exactly who this “other girl” is, we let out a sigh of relief. Emily’s husband is in fact in love with another girl, a girl who he would do absolutely anything for – his daughter.

The video continues, and in the same way we watched the love between Emily and her husband grow, we now see the love between her husband and daughter grow. The video spans several years, with the couple’s baby growing from an infant to a young girl, and in every clip of her with her dad, it’s clear there’s no place either of them would rather be.

Emily most definitely got us with some classic misdirection, but all is forgiven by the end of the touching video. With over 250,000 likes, Emily struck a chord by reminding us that love is infinite. There’s no limit to the amount of love we can give, and there aren’t many things in the world quite as pure as the love between a dad and his daughter.

Steve Irwin’s Kids Honor Their Dad on What Would Have Been His 59th Birthday

Irwin Kids Honor Dad on 59th Birthday
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After losing a loved one, certain dates take on a whole new meaning. Days that were filled with celebration in previous years are now filled with memories and reflection, but those important dates will never go unacknowledged. The Irwin family doesn’t pass up an opportunity to celebrate the life of the world-famous Crocodile Hunter, the father, and husband whose legacy lives on through them.

Each year on Steve Irwin’s birthday, his family finds some way to keep his memory alive – this year would have been Irwin’s 59th birthday, and even 15 years after his death, he remains alive and well in the hearts of his children.

Bindi and Robert, Steve Irwin’s kids, each shared touching photos of their dad for his birthday. Robert shared an adorable photo of himself as a young kid, posing for a goofy picture in the arms of his late dad. “Love you, Dad,” the caption reads.

Bindi’s photo features both her dad and grandmother, two people she holds close to her heart. “My dad and grandmother share a birthday,” Bindi wrote on Instagram. “I’m thankful for every moment we got together. Their love will live in my heart forever.

 

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The Irwin family also used Steve’s birthday to make a very special announcement, one that honors the work the late Crocodile Hunter did throughout his life. To celebrate their dad’s legacy, they’re launching a reimagined YouTube channel for the Australia Zoo, their dad’s second home. The channel will feature new content each week from the Irwin family, as well as archived Crocodile Hunter footage.

Even after his death, the path Steve Irwin paved for conservation in Australia is being both preserved and expanded by his wife and kids. The Irwin legacy lives on, and as someone who deeply valued both nature and family, the Crocodile Hunter would have been proud.

Eddie Murphy Says Working With Daughter in ‘Coming 2 America’ Is a ‘Proud Papa Moment’

Eddie Murphy Daughter Legacy
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Eddie Murphy is one of the most legendary comedians to tell jokes into a microphone or on a movie screen. He single-handedly kept SNL in existence during his breakout years, he was a major box office draw and had some of the highest-rated stand-up specials of all time. But if you ask him about his legacy, none of that matters.

Because someone did ask him, The Today Show’s Al Roker, during Murphy’s media tour promoting his “Coming to America” sequel. Murphy said when it comes to legacy, it’s not a film.

“My legacy is not my work. My legacy is my children,” he said. “My legacy are these 10 human beings that I brought into this world.”

One of those human beings, his daughter Bella, even auditioned and scored a role in the movie. And she’s playing a natural role, as Murphy’s on-screen daughter (one of them, at least). And that made filming a whole lot more special for Murphy.

“I can’t even put into words…you know, if you have children, your child could do like a school play, and your heart will burst with pride,” he said. “To look over on the set, seeing her, I had a big giant proud papa moment every day.”

A big part of “Coming to America 2” is Murphy’s role as a dad and his search for his long-lost son in America. But Bella and Murphy as Prince Akeem don’t have to do all the heavy lifting in the star-studded sequel, as the film also features Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, and Shari Headley reprising their roles from the first, and they are joined by Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Wesley Snipes, and Tracy Morgan.

The film hits Amazon Prime on March 5th.