Spurious Awards Of The Week

An R2-D2 beanie, tons and tons of robots, what you need to tighten up Doctor Who, randy rabbits and loads more spurious guff…

EXQUISITE TIME WASTER OF THE WEEK

Can you find WALL-E among all these other famous robots? Click on the image for a larger version. This masterpiece was created by Richard Sargent and if you go to his site , there’s a compo to see who can name the most robots. (Actually, we found WALL-E within seconds, but just trying to work out who all the other robots are is more fun.)

That’s one brave fawn there, sneaking into a meeting of True Blood werewolves. We assume it was a bet…

Yeah, it’s an obvious gag, but Warehouse 13 does it with such panache!

BIZARRE BUNNY SADOMASOCHISM OF THE WEEK

The artefact on Warehouse 13 this week was apparently Beatrix Potter’s tea set, though this rabbit porn looked like it should have been bagged and tagged too. This sort of thing is usually restricted to HBO…

QUEASIEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK

Evil guy on Torchwood uses pen to draw blood… arf, arf!

MAP OF THE WEEK

It’s the Indiana Jones Chronicles in map form. This huge 24” x 36” map – officially authorised by Lucasfilm – has been created by fan and illustrator Matt Busch illustrating the locations of all Indy’s archaeological discoveries, not just from the films, but the novels, comic books, Young Indy TV show and videogames as well. Busch is selling the limited-edition poster on his web site , and all the proceeds from the sale of this print go to American Disabled Veterans.

The latest in the How It Should Have Ended series turns its sights on the Harry Potter saga. Gotta admit, it’s a little overlong (and seriously, couldn’t they have got a better voice for Snape? Our office cleaning woman sounds more like Snape than that!) but the last couple of minutes are a blast.

DULLEST ORIGIN STORY OF THE WEEK

Ever wondered how Marty McFly and Doc Brown – a seemingly mismatched pair – got to be best buddies? Nah, not us either. Though if we were forced to come up with an explanation, we’d probably come up with something a little more exciting than the official version, as revealed by Back To The Future scriptwriter Bob Gale on mental_floss : “Okay, from the horse’s mouth (yes, I’m the horse – er, co-writer, co-creator): we never explained it in the movie. But the history of the characters that Bob Zemeckis and I created is this... For years, Marty was told that Doc Brown was dangerous, a crackpot, a lunatic. So, being a red-blooded American teenage boy, age 13 or 14, he decided to find out just why this guy was so dangerous. Marty snuck into Doc’s lab, and was fascinated by all the cool stuff that was there. When Doc found him there, he was delighted to find that Marty thought he was cool and accepted him for what he was. Both of them were the black sheep in their respective environments. Doc gave Marty a part-time job to help with experiments, tend to the lab, tend to the dog, etc. And that's the origin of their relationship.” So now you know. Do you feel enriched?

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ALTERNATIVE ENDING OF THE WEEK

FASHION TIPS OF THE WEEK
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ROGUES' GALLERY OF THE WEEK

As much as we love Warner Bros’ various animated Batman series, we reckon this guy’s work would make an awesome animated Bat-movie. He’s called Mike Henry and you can check out more of his work here .

GAME OF THRONES REIMAGINING OF THE WEEK

And while we’re on the subject of cartoon spin-offs, anyone fancy this version of George RR Martin’s epic fantasy? They were created “for fun, between job” (sic) by THEMICO. If you can’t recognise any of them there’s a key here , and THEMICO has even more characters on his Facebook page .

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POSTER OF THE WEEK

Fantastic poster designed by Alex Pardee for a triple-bill screening of Sean Of The Dead , Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim Vs The World at the Midnight For Maniacs event in San Francisco on August 26. You probably won’t be able to get there, but you can enjoy the poster. Anyone want to Photoshop in an Ant-Man when that film finally gets made?

THE PORTAL AWARD OF THE WEEK

Well, we may as well have a weekly Portal award, because the damned game is becoming an even more reliable source of Spurious potential than Warehouse 13 . This week, Portal balloon art courtesy of EpicPonyz.com .

CAREER U-TURN OF THE WEEK

On his website , director James Gunn claims to be trying to make amends for past evils, but we reckon he’s just trying to pass somebody else’s work off as his own: “Okay, I know many of you thought I “sold out” by doing not one, but two, Scooby-Doo movies. And I’ve spent a lot of time since then trying to regain your trust by focusing on the most balls-out productions I could, like Super , Slither and PG Porn . That said, there’s a new Maserati I have my eye on, so when Warner Brothers asked me if I would take on the next instalment of Scooby-Doo … I mean, really, what could I say? Yes, I’m afraid I’m going to lose all the fans I’ve gained from my more edgy, indie work, so I’m trying my best to take the series in an entirely new, unexpected direction that both you, my hardcore fans, and my five-year-old nephew will love. Here’s the trailer – enjoy!”

TOILET ACCESSORY OF THE WEEK

There’s a “rest room” phenomenon that may have passed you by. It certainly has the Spurious committee (or maybe it’s just an American phenomenon?). But it is unarguably, gloriously spurious so we can’t ignore it. Apparently urinal flies are all the rage. They started off as stickers that could be stuck inside a public urinal to give blokes something to aim at. Then yet another company created the Thermal Urinal Fly which was a urinal cake with a picture of a fly on it that vanished the more it got peed on. The next logical step? The Thermal Urinal Brundlefly of course, which changes from Jeff Goldblum to Brundlefly to more it gets peed on. Sadly, it’s not yet commercially available, just in the imagination of Trevor Elliot .