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'Calvin and Hobbes': The Gritty Movie Version

"Calvin and Hobbes" is a classic comic strip that has inspired generations of fans, many of whom have used the opportunity to search for deeper philosophical and existential allegories between the kid and the cat. The team at YouTube channel Gritty Reboots have created a profoundly dark, contemplative fake trailer for a Calvin and Hobbes flick that brings to mind eerie modern noir like "Donnie Darko" and "Memento."

As the filmmakers describe it, "While growing up, Calvin's imagination always kept him sane. He didn't have many friends, so he created one. As he got older, he tried to leave childish things behind. But his imagination had a different plan." Somewhere, "Calvin and Hobbes" creator Bill Watterson is saying, "These guys get it!"

Next up: Gritty Reboots tackle "Cathy." Okay, not really, but we can dream, can't we?

The 25 Best Movie-Inspired Graffiti Pieces

Some people spend most of their time in front of a computer ... and others go out and do stuff like this.

Behold some of the most elaborate and large-scale movie-themed fan art you'll ever see, most of it created under cover of night with a few spray cans and a seething desire to create ... or at least conjure stunning portraits of Neo, Freddy Krueger, Yoda, the Dude and other pop culture icons that shape our everyday lives. If only all walls were this cool.

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Scary **** That Happens in the 'Burbs: 9 Instances of Suburban Movie Terror

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Did you know that if you live in the suburbs, you're approximately seven times more likely to be menaced by aliens (a la "Dark Skies") or stabbed by a neighbor than you would be if you lived in a major city? It's true! Just ask a Hollywood producer, who, when a writer pitches an idea related to anything creepy, will inevitably counter with, "Yes, and let's make sure we set it in the suburbs! All scary s**t happens in the suburbs!"

It does indeed, oh Hollywood producer person.

Here are nine flicks that slam home that point in all of our faces. Get More »

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9 Movies Re-Imagined as 8-Bit Video Games

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Is there some 8-bit wizard out there who could make our arcade fantasies come true?

Alas, we've got a pocket full of quarters but only a handful of "What If?" game cartridges. We'd love to walk in the pixelated footsteps of Donnie Darko, get stuck in a loop on "Groundhog Day" and rule the blocky beaches of Miami with Tony Montana. And we will. In our 1-octet dreams. Get More »

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All In the Family: 12 On-Screen Relatives Who Actually Look Alike

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Hollywood usually ignores the rules of genetics when it comes to casting family members in movies. Even some of our favorite films of all time, from "The Godfather" to "The Royal Tenenbaums" feature relatives that no combination of chromosomes could have realistically created. But every once in a while, the showbiz powers that be strike casting gold with actors who resemble each other enough to believably share a last name.

Here are 12 pairs of co-stars who you'd swear could be related. Get More »

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The 12 Hottest (Movie) Teachers

Let's face it, most of us have been, as David Lee Roth once so eloquently put it, "Hot For Teacher."  And while we adore the earnest and inspirational wisdom of teachers in movies like "Dead Poets Society," "Stand and Deliver" and "Mr. Holland's Opus," that's not what we're talking about here.

If our favorite educators had looked like these 12 big-screen teachers ranked in the gallery below, we would have been happy flunking year after year just to keep watching them draw on the chalkboard.

Originally published June 20, 2011.

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Before They Were Famous: Seth Rogen in 'Donnie Darko'

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While the series is now universally hailed and nearly everyone involved with it has gone on to showbiz super-stardom, "Freaks and Geeks" was largely ignored during its single 18-episode season on NBC. Even fans of the show would never have guessed which star would become the biggest box office draw eight years later.

That would be 16-year-old Seth Rogen, who played wisecracking freak Ken Miller and saw the least screen time of any regular cast member.

Rogen's first movie appearance didn't really help his cause either. He went from playing a tough, deadpan sidekick burnout to a tough, deadpan sidekick bully in "Donnie Darko." Get More »

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