Charlie Tahan may only just be 15-years-old. But having worked with stars like Will Smith in I Am Legend and Natalie Portman in The Other Woman, the teen already boasts a very impressive résumé.
Most known as Zac Efron’s little brother in Charlie St. Cloud, Tahan now enters into his first voice role starring in Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie.
Chatting with andPOP, Tahan shared some of his experiences on set and talked more about his character, Victor Frankenstein.
Tim Burton is known to make some dark films. What makes Frankenweenie appealing to everyone?
Yeah, he makes some dark films but there is always more to his movies. Some people might think at first that Frankenweenie would be really dark too because it is sort of has themes about death, and monsters and stuff. But what it is really about… it is mostly a story about a boy and his dog, and how much they love each other. And that is appealing to almost everyone, kids and adults.
Henri the Existential Cat was visited in his dreams this Noel by three distinct cats, who each had a lesson for him much like Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. First comes a young cat whom Henri deems far to simple minded to learn anything from. Next is an outdoor cat who seems to know a lot about the world. Henri learns to appreciate the small things in life such as the fact that he’s alive and he’s not a dog. Finally comes the older cat, who has taught Henri some of the most important lessons throughout the years: ”Never let them [the people] pet you. Never expose your belly. Never sit on a lap voluntarily.”
Still Henri can see in the older cat’s eyes he needs approval from humanoids and becomes even more depressed that this might be his inevitable future.
Henri is now a big star and has one a slew of awards but he’s still not letting the fame get to his head — I mean, he’s always been kind of self-righteous. The new video “The Worst Noel” isn’t very merry but it’s about as cheery as you can expect from the cat.
Watch it here
My childhood self is squealing at this 17-feet-tall pile of leaves. A few guys loaded over 1000 bags of leaves in a rented truck and created the 20,000 pound pile.
Step two: They invited a bunch of friends over to jump into the pile from the top of a two-story home, doing everything from cannonballs to backflips. While it looks like a lot of fun, wet blanket commenter leonL39 makes a good point: “The amount of spiders in that pile…NOPE.”
Watch it here
Halloween can bring out the worst of people sometimes. For example, every Halloween I always think it would be HILARZ and so darn cute to dress up my cat Farley or dog Kokomo in costume. My dog would be some sort of spider with crazy legs and I’d probably make my cat be a dog just to piss him off.
Another dark side is when people try to scare their poor, innocent animals with their Halloween costumes. In this video, a dog named Daisy goes ballistic when her owner reveals his skeleton mask. The poor little girl gets so scared he nearly wants to jump out the window!
Prankster Rocky P and his cameraman James Perez found the perfect way to freak out the students on their college campus. The prankster hid in an alleyway dressed as the Slender Man legend and filmed people’s reactions.
If you don’t know the fake-lore behind Slender Man, it goes like this: In 2009, a contest was launched on Something Awful forums to doctor real photographs so they contained “supernatural” entities. User Victor Surge photoshopped a series of children to show a tall, pale, faceless being with tentacles standing in the background. He described how the children later vanished. Later, a YouTube user named MarbleHornets created “found footage” videos about the Slender Man. The legend just grew bigger from there.
I have to say, out of all the Halloween pranks I’ve seen this year (voodoo prank, Zombie drive-thru) this one would definitely get me the most. There’s nothing scarier than some paranormal entity staring at you from a dark alleyway. Shudder.
This Minnie Mouse chick, would not last long in the real Slender Man world though. While most people ran away scared she went up to him innocently and was all “cool costume, what are you?”
Watch it here:
Here in the office, we got tired of Chris Brown’s shenanigans looong ago. Not only because he’s just a complete dunscap, but because he’s basically trolling the world at this point. After his many questionable decisions — getting a tattoo of a beaten woman on his neck, loving two women at the same time and feuding with his ex, Rihanna — I’m starting to think he’s just doing all this sh*t to get attention.
His latest stunt? This Halloween he dressed up as a member of the Taliban. He posed for a photo with his friends and tweeted: “Ain’t nobody Fucking wit my clique!!!!”, a reference to Kanye West and Jay-Z’s song “Clique.” Yikes! He was dressed up to go to Rihanna’s party in West Hollywood.
What do you think? Does Chris Brown just need to go away?
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I never thought I’d hear Bob Dylan say the words “I’ll pull down your underwear.” I still haven’t, but Jimmy Fallon made that possibility pretty darn close. On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the host goes Halloween style by singing “Trick or treat, Smell My Feet” in the voice of Bob Dylan. The resemblance is scary.
I suggest that Jimmy uses his impersonating gifts to his own advantage by dressing up as Dylan for Halloween next year. He already has a guitar, a harmonica, and the voice. All he needs is a head of fuzzy yet glorious hair.
Watch the impersonation here:
Listen to the real deal:
This is the essence of every childhood Halloween gone wrong. In this video (creepily named “The first victim of the night“), a neighbour drops a giant fake spider on little kids who are trick-or-treating. The “first victim” is an excited little princess who literally sprints to meet her fate. Shrieks ensue.
Maybe it’s just my inner Potter-head emerging, but I think the true star of the video is the kid dressed up as Harry Potter. Not only does she walk up to the spider with a “no f*cks given” attitude, but she mocks the giant toy for several moments. Spoken like a true wizard.
Miley Cyrus dressed up in a skin-tight suit, a blonde wig and some butt padding to channel her inner Minaj-goddess. The star tweeted this photo of her awesome Nicki Minaj Halloween costume — and apparently Nicki is in love. “Oh my god. She is the best Nicki Minaj impersonator I’ve seen in my life,” Nicki said in an interview with USA Today. I’ve seen a few other Minaj impersonators around this Halloween, but Miley’s takes the cake.
She isn’t the only celeb dressing up for Halloween. The stars got into costume to celebrate Halloween this year. Some are colourful, creative, and others are just plain weird.
Here are 5 more awesome costumes worn by celebs:
1. Lucy Hale as a rave unicorn
3. Emma Roberts as her aunt, Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman
1. Mirror mirror…
Sleep tight everyone!
2. Somewhere over the rainbow
Hy Chalme snapped this pretty picture of New York City after the monstrous Hurricane Sandy came through. I wonder if Dorothy approves?
Someone came to work and found that their cubicle had been transformed into the cabin from The Cabin in the Woods. I don’t think I’d be able to last the whole day in that thing.
4. The failed escape
Just look at his face. It says I know I’m in trouble, but please love me anyway. I’m also pretty impressed by the fact that he could write a note. My dogs can’t do that.
If you dress up in some badass costume like a Ghostbuster (other examples include Bernie from Weekend at Bernie’s and Nicolas Cage from Con Air) remember that this doesn’t exempt you from getting arrested like the rest of civilization. So if you’re having a boost of confidence, don’t think it’s no biggie to backflip off that angry looking cop’s car. Because he will call you a smart ass. And then he will arrest you.
Absolutely cheesy? 100 percent. But reverse trick-or-treating is a thoughtful gesture that might cheer up the Halloween GRUMP next door who lurks outside past midnight to smash pumpkins and toilet paper all the spooky decorations you hung in your trees.
Spirited pranksters Banga Kang handed out Halloween candy to tired subway riders, grocery shoppers and random pedestrians. All they had to do was knock their transportable door and talk about their non-existant costumes.
These are the same pranksters who buried the fake treasure at Venice Beach and then dug it up!
Watch it here
Every year, Big Cat Rescue in Tampa FL hosts a Halloween Pumpkin Massacre for the big cats. Lions, leopards, tigers and other animals destroy their annual halloween pumpkin teeth — playing with it and shredding it with their massive teeth.
Each year they fork over 100 pumpkins and gourds and the cats feeling like their “killing” them. The best part about it is the names of the cats match up to their characteristics. Like the adorably cuddly “Purrsonality” and the rather bored “Joseph.”
Watch it here
In honor of Halloween, The Thrash Lab went pumpkin shopping. But instead of carving pumpkins like most normal people they decided to SMASH them like midnight ruffians. The video reveals 10 epic ways to smash a pumpkin, all shot in slow motion over music by David Adametz to make it even more momentous.
Personally I’ve always thought simple kick with a boot is good enough but if you have a light saber, by all means, go with that.
Watch it here
I never thought I would hear about a robbery at a Subway Restaurant, yet alone a robber dressed as a ghost. In Braidwood, Ill., a man dressed as a ghost, demanded a female sandwich artist open the register. Her coworker came to the rescue and threw soup on the poltergeist.
He then left Subway without any cash, only his soup-stained pride.
Maybe next time try dressing up like the Terminator or something a little more intimidating, LOL
Children Scarred for Life
Some children were scarred for life Nottingham after families going to see what they thought was Madagascar 3, but accidentally saw Paranormal Activity 4.
Even I haven’t seen that movie, just so scary. Apparently it opens with a really creepy scene where a ghost flies toward the screen. Needless to say, all the children ran out of the theatre, families in tow.
I can’t stop laughing about this. I am a terrible person LOL.
Moose in headlights?
As if seeing a deer on the road isn’t scary enough, how about a moose. An RCMP officer was in his cruiser in British Columbia, when a moose climbed onto the car.
The moose just picked a fight with the cruiser for no reason. It kicked the bumper, windshield and broke a window.
The officer was fine, the report didn’t say he sh*t his pants, but he probably did. I would’ve.
Drugs are bad mmkay?
If Mr. Mackey from South Park, can’t convince you drugs are bad, this story might. A New Jersey man, high on PCP, decided he would try and steal a car, naked. He failed, and was taken to jail. In jail, he bit off his own finger and swallowed it.
I think that needs to be repeated. In jail, he bit off his own finger and swallowed it.
He must’ve been really hungry. Drugs are bad mmkay?
Real life wanna-be-cannibal
There’s a new case developing in NYC where an officer has been accused of compiling a list of women he wanted to kidnap, cook, and eat.
Did I mention he is an officer? Why would you ever wanna do that? Yet alone, make a list?
Apparently he had a lot of women on the lists, some he even followed at their homes and workplaces.
It’s official, I’m never sleeping again.
Halloween is very difficult time for Henri the Existential Cat, whose naturally gloomy disposition is only highlighted during the season of ghouls and pumpkins. He’s tired of the “nonsense” decorations — fake fruit and homages to dead friends — not to mention such inauthentic costumes.
It is all pointless, he says.
In the past, Henri has talked about world domination and going to the vet. His existential rants make me want to pet his head and go “d’aw,” which would probably all be a terrible pity to someone who has the soul of Albert Camus and the body of Felix the Cat.
Poor little party pooper, he just wants to be taken seriously.
Watch it here
Not so scary decorations
Not all decorations have to be spooky spider webs or hanging skeletons. Spark things up a bit with these colourful (and glittery) pumpkin lights. You can totally hang them around your dorm and watch some horror films with your roommates. [lesliehay]
Epic music videos
Michael Jackson has one of the best Halloween-inspired music videos EVER in “Thriller.” The 13-minute video is full of zombies, werewolves, and a full moon. Need I say more? At least you’ll enjoy some great music and dance moves while watching! Oh and who could forget “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” where they end up at a haunted house after their bus breaks down. Classics. [threatened]
Hitting up the pubs tomorrow night?
Even though the majority of Halloween parties took place this weekend, I’m sure you’ll still want to go out tomorrow night after a long day of school. Just BEWARE if you have any 8 a.m. classes the next morning, you might want to set your alarm! [daay-dreaam]
Mean Girls reference is a must
Once you hit your teen years, there’s a zero percent chance that you want your parents to go Halloween shopping with you. Technically you can throw on a pair of ears (bunny, mouse, cat, devil, etc.), a tight dress and ta-da, you’re now an animal. Best of all, it’s socially acceptable. [whatshouldbetchescallme]
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So, no hard feelings? Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley dressed up as his ex-wife Avril Lavigne while his girlfriend dressed up as Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger. Whibley donned a blond wig with green streaks and a hoodie while his girlfriend Ari Cooper wore a Jack Daniels T-shirt and a blond wig as Kroeger.
While it’s pretty HILARZ the joke it also kind of mean-spirited. Whatever frustrations you have with your ex partner don’t need to be aired out in public or worse, turned into a joke on Halloween. You can’t take things in Celebrityville too seriously, but we can definitively say there were two people who probably didn’t think it was so funny.
Avril’s new fiance ranted against Whibley on Twitter: “Hey Deryck loved the costumes! we were going to dress up as you guys this year but all the parties had celebrity themes haha!” He added: “You owe us a couples bowling grudge match see you when I get back from Russia!” Ouch!!
Other than April Fool’s Day, Halloween is the ideal time for office pranks. While hanging around the Appsro/Hank and Jed office, Nate and Jon decided to play a trick on their “friend” Bryan while he was walking upstairs.
However, if you look closely — very closely — you can tell the whole thing is fake. What tipped me off? The bad acting, obvs. The video was uploaded by jonnyethco, a small animation house.
Pumpktris is a fully playable version of Tetris built into a regular pumpkin. While it looks super cool it might not be the easiest DIY project to test out with the fam. The pumpkin consists of 128 LEDs for the display and the stem serves as a game controller. It was constructed by Nathan Pryor and will probably make your angry cat pumpkin look like a kindergarten project.