Archives for December 2013

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Who Would Win in a Fight: Action Heroes of 1993 or 2013?

Our heroes have changed a lot in the last 20 years. The characters that topped the box office in that great year of 1993 won the day with their strength, cunning and all-around badassery. These were old-school heroes of purpose and honor who didn’t live in a comic-book universe or an alternate dimension. But as much as we romanticize them, are they any match for today’s younger, buffer, CGI-enhanc …

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5 Out-of-the-Box Bachelor Party Ideas

Is there any tradition more tired than the average bachelor party? Strippers, steaks, shots, repeat. Been there, done that (not that it isn’t pleasurable). But in an era when women are rivaling the holy male triad of pre-wedding indulgence with penis cakes and pole-dancing classes, the whole ritual feels so provincial. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a range of alternative bachelor-party id …

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The 7 Coolest Things to do in Houston

Despite its proximity to the gorgeous Gulf Coast, Houston isn’t often thought of as a tourist destination. But see if this Texas-sized helping of sights, sounds, eats, drinks and activities doesn’t make you reconsider its charms. Hey, worked for Dwight Howard!   Art Car Museum: Classic automobiles crash into contemporary art full speed at this whimsical venue. Delightfully nicknamed …

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Champ Speaks! David Koechner Talks Anchorman 2, Deleted Scenes, Church

David Koechner is a bit like the Detroit Pistons’ Vinnie “The Microwave” Johnson in the late ’80s. He shows up and instantly things get more interesting. You’ve seen him in everything from The Office (as the awesomely inappropriate Todd Packer) to Thank You for Smoking (as the awesomely inappropriate firearm lobbyist Bobby Jay Bliss). But his most memorable character is Champ Kind, Anchorman’s cow …

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The Santa Clause: Horror Flick?

Some holiday flicks are really funny. And some are funnier when the trailer is recut as a thriller. How do we know? Because our friends at Crushable have done just that with their Christmas Recut of The Santa Clause. Suddenly, that empty Santa Suit is utterly terrifying. See what we mean in the video below...

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The 10 Coolest Things to do in Miami

Known for its beaches, bikini babes and bars, Miami is culturally diverse, eco-conscious, foodie-friendly and one of the coveted vacation spots in the country. Make the most of a trip there with these insider insights.   Rec Room: Barely one year old, this hip, retro-style lounge pays tribute to NYC celeb hotspot No. 8 with DJs spinning on old-school vinyl, classy cocktails and phot …

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Backstage Pass: Los Globos

Site of the first legal rave in the United States, Los Globos has been a staple of the night club scene in Los Angeles for generations. The father-son team of Steve and Mitch Edelson show us around.

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Movember Gala Parté All-Stars

Movember may be over, but it sure went out with a bang! Here's a roundup of some of the best pics from Movember Gala Partés across the land. Enjoy the pageantry, see more great Movember shots here, and remember: it's never too soon to start thinking about your get-up for next year.   Hendrix gets bonus points for the historically accurate upside-down guitar.   This ex …

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Speakeasy: Key & Peele

Get to know the stars of Comedy Central’s provocative, irreverent hit sketch show as Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele talk with Paul F. Tompkins about how they met, handling controversy and pushing forward in future seasons.

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Backstage Pass: The Belasco Theater

Located in downtown Los Angeles, the Belasco Theater is a world-class multi-purpose event and entertainment complex. After extensive renovation, the venue retains most of its original architecture and design—including dramatic interior detailing—meshed with distinctly modern flair and state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology.

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The 10 Coolest Things to do in LA

Headed to Los Angeles? You can only spend so much time at Disneyland. Straight from the caffeine-addled brain of a seasoned Hollywood resident, here’s a roundup of much better ways to spend your time in the City of Angels. Frolic Room: If you’re in Hollywood, you’d better hit up this legendary dive bar that was once Charles Bukowski’s second home. Named by LA Weekly as the best dive bar in Ho …

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Chopper Talk: Learning to Fly a Helicopter

I kinda wish I had showed more love to my Atari. I grew up in the pinball era, so aside from some sporadic Pac Man and Space Invaders action, that Atari I had as youth played dust collector while I shelled out my hard-earned paper route quarters at the arcade. Plus part of me has always thought video games were more of a substitute for the real thing. Why sit on a couch and pretend when you can be …

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Speakeasy: Aziz Ansari

The Parks and Recreation star talks about his Southern roots, the start of his stand-up career and his newfound passion for cooking at home.

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Vince Gilligan Breaks Big

Made Man’s first 2013 Men of the Moment honoree sits down to discuss his emergence as a writer, working with Bryan Cranston, the journey of Breaking Bad, SpongeBob SquarePants and dealing with success. For more from Gilligan, check out the longer cut of our interview.

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Rob Ford, Madman of the People

Sure, Rob Ford is some freak Canadian thing, but he's also representative of his closeted pipe-sucking brothers to the south.

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The Pessimistic Paraglider: Soaring Over Santa Barbara

"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." - William Arthur Ward Oh wind. You are a fickle mistress indeed. The day I was supposed to go tandem paragliding with Eagle Paragliding in Santa Barbara there was none of it to be had. A dropped feather would have fallen to my feet. Oh well, head on back to the hotel and order room ser …