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POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 7:07 AM
Sigourney Weaver. the bad-ass astronaut in the "Alien" movies, was Sylvester Stallone's first choice to star in a female version of "The Expendables," possibly called "The Expenda-Belles." Alas, Weaver has other plans.

The Expendables was one of Hollywood's schockliest experiments: Corral a bunch of seriously aging movie stars and see if audiences will watch them join forces for another shoot-'em-up.

It worked. Sylvester Stallone ran with the project, rewriting the script and installing himself as director and star, and The Expendables grossed more than $274 million worldwide, with $305 million more for the sequel.

The Expendables 3, still in theaters, had a disappointing start a couple of weeks ago, but part of the blame might belong to a pirated version being seen 5 million times before the opening. 

POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 1:25 PM

When The Sopranos cut to black in 2007, it left a lot of viewers wondering what exactly happened to our hero, Tony Soprano. Did he die? Did your cable cut out? Will we see AJ's horrible chinstrap ever again? The debate still rages to this day.

This day, however, may be the last day for that debate thanks to a Vox piece in which creator David Chase flat-out says that Tony didn't die in the Sopranos finale. Don't get your hopes up, though—there's no explanation, only the simple statement that Tony is not dead.

Vox reporter Martha P. Nochimson got the scoop during an interview in, fittingly, a coffee shop:

POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 12:29 PM

Facebook and Twitter don't always add to the public debate about important subjects because users tend to shy away from polarizing issues.

That's the surprising finding of a new Pew Research Center study that's creating a lot of buzz.

"Social Media and the Spiral of Silence" set out to show whether "those who think they hold minority opinions often self-censor, failing to speak out for fear of ostracism or ridicule."

POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 10:29 AM

In the last few weeks, we've seen everyone from billionaires like Bill Gates to the regular joes on your Facebook timeline take the ice bucket challenge, raising upwards of $88.5 million to help fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in the process. Now, though, things have gotten a little more surreal with the addition of—who else?—David Lynch. 

Lynch posted his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video yesterday following nominations from Wild at Heart's Laura Dern and Justin Theroux of Mulholland Drive fame, leading to the two ice bucket dumps to which we're treated here. The difference, however, is that Lynch goes David Lynch and takes the challenge with an iced coffee bucket while playing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on the trumpet.

And then, of course, there's the nomination for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Very few stranger things have happened, but, hey, it could work. After all, this is the guy who brought us the infamous chicken dinner in Eraserhead—if he could make that work, Putin's a snap.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:39 PM
A masked assailant robbed a horse and buggy, like the one pictured above, in East Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, early Monday morning. (Photo via iStock)

The Discovery Channel's Amish Mafia may well have come under fire recently for its negative portrayal of Amish people, which critics call "potentially damaging." But, as we learned today, there is still crime in Amish Country, only it's not the Pennsylvania Dutch—it's us, the English.

East Lampeter Township (about five miles outside Lancaster) can attest to that following the robbery of a horse and buggy early Monday morning. At around 12:40 a.m. on East Eby Road, a masked gunman driving a white minivan forced a group of three Amish travelers off the road, demanding money at gunpoint. He eventually got away, but not before the driver of the buggy sprung into action to protect his travel companions.

As per Lancaster Online: 

POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10:59 AM
A chart describing ingredients of Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte, from Vani Hari's blog, FoodBabe.com.

Starbucks has sold more than 200 million Pumpkin Spice Lattes since 2003, and no doubt hopes to sell many more starting, well, this week.

(Officially, the "hysteria" starts next week but a Tumblr page has an easy riddle ... think initials ... to "unlock" the way to order early: You simply say "First PSL" to a barrista.)

But guess what's NOT in a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 8:31 AM
Undercover Colors, which is working to develop a nail polish that can detect date-rape drugs, was started by four young men who met as students at North Carolina State. They are Ankesh Madan, Stephen Gray, Tasso Von Windheim, and Tyler Confrey-Maloney.

There's a lot of buzz about a handy idea for detecting date-rape drugs: a chemically sensitive nail polish.

The idea is that anyone wearing Undercover Colors, a project of four men who met as North Carolina State undergrads, could simply swirl in finger in a drink, and look for a color change. 

Many media outlets spread the word, with a fair share of stories sporting headlines that suggest the invention is reality or would be "soon."

POSTED: Friday, August 22, 2014, 2:47 PM
Tom Hardy as Bane in 'The Dark Knight Rises.' (Photo via Warner Bros.)

Back in 2011, Christopher Nolan brought the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises to Pittsburgh to film what would end up becoming one of the best-loved superhero movies of all time. What we didn't know until now was that it also resulted in one of the greatest wedding photos of all time, too—and it's all thanks to Tom Hardy.

As it turns out, a couple had their wedding at St. Paul's Cathedral scheduled for the same time period Nolan and company were shooting The Dark Knight Rises, resulting ultimately in a few good shots of Tom Hardy as Bane waving at the bridal party from afar. Gotham's reckoning, this is not.

Despite most of the internet just seeing the photos today, it actually was quite the event for Pittsburgh locals at the time being as the groom was former WPXI sports reporter Rich Walsh. He even gave a radio interview about the Bane incident shortly after it occurred:

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