Pop Culture Bites

The first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s much-anticipated The Hateful Eight has been unveiled while news comes in from Hollywood about the Harry Potter spin-off and a new Noah’s Ark film. Video game developers are taking on Gaza while satirists take on the hilarious world of performance art.

Meet the world’s first dog performance artist

Marina Abramovic is perhaps the world’s most iconic performance artist, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t above parody. Meet Marina Abramopug, the world’s first dog performance artist. In this spoof of Abramovic’s 2010 performance piece The Artist is Present, people have had the opportunity to sit before Abramopug, who is simply present. Truly life-changing stuff.

Marina Abramovic

Trailer for Tarantino’s upcoming film leaks

Quentin Tarantino has faced a number of disappointing leaks in relation to his upcoming film The Hateful Eight. Earlier this year, the entire script was made available online and Tarantino vowed he would never make the film. Thankfully he changed his mind, and the trailer for the film (which doesn’t even start shooting until next year) has made its way online. We’re not sure how long it will be before the powers that be yank it from YouTube, so check it out now.

Gaza video game outrage

Earlier this month, there was outrage when a mobile phone game called Bomb Gaza, which allowed users to play as Israeli military bombing Gaza, was released on the Google app store. The “objective” of the game was to “drop bombs and avoid killing civilians”. Just days after its release, the game was pulled from the store after a barrage of complaints.

A new Gaza-based game has made its way online, with GAZA based on real tweets from the war zone. It promises to be the tasteful alternative, which says something real about Gaza. Kill Screen Daily reviewed the game and said that it was shallow and fell short.

Harry Potter director returns for spin-off

In the US, Variety has reported that David Yates, who directed the final four Harry Potter films, will return to JK Rowling’s magical world to direct Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is based on Rowling’s own spin-off book and is set for release at the end of 2016.

No modern undies for Downton cast

After the embarrassing incident which is now known as “bottlegate” (notice that decidedly modern water bottle sitting on the mantle in the Downton Abbey promo shot below?) word is that all modern items are now banned from the Downton Abbey set, including modern underwear. The UK Telegraph has the, erm, scoop …


Step aside Russell, Noah will return in animated comedy

Darren Aronofsky’s epic retelling of the biblical story of Noah’s Ark, starring Russell Crowe (pictured above), may have received a mixed reception, but that hasn’t stopped other filmmakers from looking to the tale for inspiration. John Stevenson, who directed Kung Fu Panda, will be directing an animated comedy which follows an Aardvark and several of the animals on board the Ark.


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