So everyone's seen the trailer for the newest entry into the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens by now, and either cried their eyes out, shook uncontrollably, got chills, or curled up in a ball as if they were being attacked by a wild rancor.
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Not even Matthew McConaughey was immune.
Most of those that experienced the aforementioned effects were Generation Xers anxious to return to their childhoods which were apparently 'so great' that they felt the need to complain about them in Grunge music for 10 years.
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Everything sucks!
Anyway, based on the YouTube view stats for trailers one & two, most people have viewed both trailers multiple amounts of times (me included), and based on internet trends, it seems like with the limited amount of info presented, everyone has started to concoct a theory about what chapter VII is going to give us.

I'll give a kind curtsy to J.J. Abrams & Company for their ability to keep a lot of the details about this film hidden. J.J. Abrams knows as well as anyone, that speculating about what's going to happen in a Star Wars movie is half the fun of its fandom. That speculation seemed to hit a fever pitch a couple weeks ago when the second trailer hit, and started spawning theories around questions like these: Who's behind the Vader-type mask? Where's C-3P0? Why is that stormtrooper is always out of breath? And my personal favorite: How has Chewbacca avoided any grey hairs? 
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Chewie... we're at the drug store. Get your hair dye and let's go.
But with all the theories flying both good and bad, I noticed that there weren't that many about the young Skywalker-looking girl, named Rey. She's the one being played by newcomer, Daisy Ridley.
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I wish I knew how to use the Force.
Now, this could be due to the fact that everyone has just assumed that she is the daughter of Leia and Han, but it seems that in everyone's euphoria, they forgot to do simple math. Could a girl that's only looks to be about 17-years old really be the daughter of a now elderly Leia and Han? Granddaughter maybe, but even that's a stretch.

So sit back as I present to you a wild Phoebe theory that I've cooked up about this girl named Rey from the two existing TFA trailers (with the backup support of some hard cold official Star Wars canon facts).  Fair warning, everyone, this theory has all my friends thinking I've gone nuts from too many trailer viewings. [I'm only up to about 67 viewings... and counting]
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Before I get to my theory, let's start out with what we know about the Star Wars movies, shall we? Well, for one, we know that the Star Wars saga is about the Skywalkers, period.  So, could this new trilogy not feature a new generation of Skywalker(s)? I guess, but it'd be breaking away from a huge story element, and geeks around the world would probably be in a bigger uproar than they were about Jared Leto's Joker. To have this new set of movies not be about a new generation of Skywalker(s) would be like the producers of Doctor Who making the Doctor's new persona a robot, just because they felt like it.

If you'll concede to me the fact that the Star Wars Saga is about the Skywalkers, then maybe you'll agree with me when I take things a step further, and say that the Star Wars saga at it's core, is really about Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. So now when I ask, could they make a new trilogy without Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader involved somehow? You may be forced to say, "Well, I guess, no."
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This sand sure is interesting.
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It's all about ME!
This line of thinking was what I used to form my theory about this mysterious Rey girl, and my theory is this:
What if, the new trilogy is about a set of twins cloned from the DNA of Anakin Skywalker and this Rey girl is one of them?
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Dun, dun, dun...
Search your feelings fans, you know it to be... maybe true?

If you buy in to my theory, then all the clues are in the trailer, although it could just be conformational bias. Either way, let's break down select parts of the most recent trailer, and maybe I'll convince you to turn you to my dark side.  

Clue #1: This girl is apparently a scavenger on a desert planet. Sound familiar? This was the starting point for both Anakin and Luke. Also, it seems like she's quite good at driving fast machinery also a Skywalker trait.
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I want off this desert planet!
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Join the club, sister.
Clue #2: The lightsaber being handed to what many suspect is Leia due to the voiceover. Many fans were excited to see the weapon they remember being lost in ESB, but seem to have forgotten that it's not actually Luke's lightsaber, it's Anakin's. I blame this massive oversight by Starwoids on what I call 'Prequel Amnesia.' Could it be possible that in a round about way, the lightsaber is going back to its original owner?
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Hand and batteries not included.
Clue #3: Darth Vader's burned helmet on a platform. It seems someone went to a lot of trouble to obtain such a relic. For what purpose? Cloning. Could it be that a cult of Vader recovered such an artifact to recreate the most midichlorian rich being ever in the universe?
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Did the Emperor only make one helmet? That thing must have stunk.
Clue #4: Luke's voiceover. I think everything is intentional when it comes to film, and the strange duplicate echo seems to imply some kind of copying (or cloning if you will.) You also have to consider the subtext of what he says, "My father has is it, my sister has it, I have it... and you have that power too." Hmmm... Now if she were in fact a clone of Luke's father, how would she fit into the family tree? Niece? Mom? Grandma? Cousin? It seems like Luke just disregarded titles, and just went with, you.
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Bad robot?
Clue #5: The girl herself. Anyone else get the feeling she looked like someone we've seen before? I think J.J. Abrams & Company went to a lot of trouble to find someone that had a 'look' before a name for a very specific reason.
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Hmm....
Now let me reach into some deep Star Wars lore and present further evidence for my theory using Star Wars facts.

Fact #1: George Lucas originally planned for Luke Skywalker to be a girl in the first Star Wars. If this girl were an Anakin clone of sorts, he'd be getting his wish in a round about kind of way as this series would feature a strong female Skywalker lead.
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Lady Luke Skywalker concept art.
Fact #2: Like it or not, clones are a part of the Star Wars saga and have been since they were first mentioned by Princess Leia in "A New Hope." Now, if suddenly in the world of Game of Thrones, a King Joffery clone appeared, many fans of GOT would scoff at it as ridiculous and unbelievable, but in the world of Star Wars, clones are pretty commonplace, so to me, an Anakin clone isn't out of the question. After all, Boba Fett is a clone, no?
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Maybe I should clone myself, just in case. Nah, I'll do it after my wedding.
Fact #3: George Lucas has always stated that the Star Wars movies are like poetry and that they sort of 'rhyme.' So taking that into account, I think it's within reason to think that this new trilogy will also feature twins or siblings one good, one bad thus the ever-present balance of the force theme that runs though all the films.  So far, we have similar Skywalker themes with this Rey character.
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Hopefully Episodes VII -IX features less sibling kissing.
In closing, I really think that with this new trilogy, Disney is really going to unite fans of the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy. So don't expect any of the new films to completely ignore Episodes I-III. As much as you may hate them, believe it of not, there are a lot of people under 35 that like the prequels (Jar Jar included), as they grew up with them, as well. Star Wars belongs to new fans just as much as it does to the old ones and with a clone angle, I think it's their best way to unite the trilogies.

I have more theories and speculations, but I'll stop here for now. I think in all the excitement that surrounded the newest trailer, people missed a lot, and if J.J. Abrams' Lost taught us anything, it's that the man sure loves his clues.

What do you think? Am I on to something or have I gone completely insane? 
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He's canon, folks. Deal with it.
 
 
Seeing as everything within the Marvel Universe is now being made into either a blockbuster film or popular TV show, it was only a matter of time until the blind lawyer by day, vigilante by night, got another chance at a live action adaptation. Back in 2003, Daredevil had been brought to the big screen with Ben Affleck [Batman] playing the title role, and well, not many people were impressed. Me especially.
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Nope, still not impressed.
The film struggled with what many superhero movies did with at the time, a lack of balance. You see, in the early '00s, the superheroes from comics were still seen as being over-the-top in many respects. So the natural inclination for many movie adaptations was to either mirror that sense of ridiculousness, or try to re-imagine the hero as dark, gritty and complex. When the Daredevil film was released, it was strange, as it blended together a rather dark tone and downright laughable action. This combo left many in the audience scratching their collective heads because they didn't know if they should just be entertained by it or to take it seriously.

Unfortunately, not too long after Daredevil made its debut, filmmakers finally started to realize how to make these movies work by treating superheroes like real people who happened to have extraordinary abilities and live in extraordinary worlds. Suddenly, superheroes were relatable because they had personalities and flaws that both helped and hindered their desire to save the world. Daredevil, you sacrificed yourself for a greater good.
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What a concept!
Thankfully, the guardian devil of Hell's Kitchen wasn't forgotten by Marvel Studios and he now has a TV series produced by online outlet Netflix. When the series was released earlier this month, I immediately put it at the top of my queue and started watching them as fast as I could. Unfortunately, due to a mountain of homework, and mandatory overtime at work, my binging didn't reach 100 percent. But fear not TRUE BELIEVERS! I can assure you that I have finished  enough episodes to give you all a pretty good idea of what to expect. [Sidenote: becasue I haven't finished the series your guaranteed a spoiler free review!]
The first thing I have to say is that this show looks great. It's look is very different from what you'd see in other Marvel shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D or Agent Carter. It's tone is more more reminiscent of crime dramas or TV thrillers but knows how to keep pace with the action it constantly provides. This approach might be thanks to a pair of the staff writers (also married) that spent three years as writers on Law & Order: SVU. Also, the fight scenes are amazing for a small screen format. One fight scenes at the end of episode two, is done with what I'm pretty sure was one take and lasted about 3 to 5 minutes. Fake fight aficionados will find great enjoyment in the type of care and forethought taken with each fight or action scene in every single episode.

In addition to what I appreciated about the series is that the audience doesn't get a big explanation as to what Murdock's abilities actually are. We know that he became blind as a kid by being exposed to chemicals in the first few seconds of the pilot, and then, over the course of the series, we gradually get to see the extent of his abilities as he uses them in great reveals both big and small. I always enjoy when a characters origin story isn't laid out for us it always seems like cheating. In this series the audience gets to know Murdock as a character first which makes watching his journey more rewarding as a viewer. And thank God, Daredevil doesn't feature a cheesy monologue given at the beginning of each episode or a phrase always said about justice whenever the hero defeats a bad guy.
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Cough, cough...
My only complaint so far is that the show hasn't quite found its footing as to what it wants to be. It's not really a superhero show, or a crime drama, or thriller for that manner. If the idea is for it to just be its own 'thing' then by all means I hope they attain whatever that 'thing' is, but right now it gives me the impression as a viewer that the show is a bit lost. Sure they are intent on taking you somewhere, and you're excited to get there, but you don't really trust their sense of direction.

Once again, I haven't finished the season yet, so more than likely it will just get better and my complaint will mean nothing. If it doesn't, the show has at least earned enough respect for me to come back for more in a season two [which was just given the green light yesterday].  Plus, a rocky season one just may be a trait of Marvel's TV division. After all, season two of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been much better than its freshman season.  

All in all, Daredevil is worth checking out. Whether you want to get into the next big superhero show, be compelled by a new crime drama with a twist, or just want to see Daredevil in a more flattering light than he's been in the past. You should totally check out this new season as soon as possible.

Oh! One more important thing I forgot to mention.
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HOLY CRAP!!! FOGGY NELSON IS FULTON REED FROM THE MIGHTY DUCKS!!!!!11!!!!!
What are your thoughts on Daredevil? Share them below.
 
 
These days, there's a lot of TV series to stay up-to-date on. Sometimes it can seem like a part-time job. Other times, there are droughts. This seems to be due to the fact that many series are moving toward a shorter episode run. As much as you are all enjoying "Game of Thrones" season 5 right now, in 9-weeks you'll again be waiting for winter to come.

So for the times you find yourself scrolling though the Netflix selections, I am starting a new feature called "The TV Vault." In these write ups, I'll present to you a series that is now over that you may have missed when it was on. The series could be American or from across the pond.
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In this first write up, I'd like to present the beloved UK show, The IT Crowd. This show is about a lovable group of losers: Moss, Roy, and Jen, as they provide IT support to a large general 'company.' In their off time, they try to find companionship and friendship with little success. To fit this show into a nutshell, it's about people desperately looking for acceptance from the societies Joe Cool's but always coming to the conclusion that maybe they're the ones that need to accept who they really are.  Being an outsider myself, I immediately found an affinity for each of the characters in a different way.

The show is also a laugh riot. It does borrow many beats from the 90s show Seinfeld, but it's full of sharply written banter and hilarious geek culture references. It's writing also executes it's humor in a more intelligent way then it's watered down and made for the masses American counterpart, "The Big Bang Theory."

The IT Crowd is the perfect show to pick you up and make you laugh on a rainy day. With only a scant six thirty-minute episodes per season, you can giggle your way into a sunny day.  Below are the quick details for the show.

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The IT Crowd cast of characters.
Title: The IT Crowd
Genre: Sitcom
Premise: This series tracks the trials and tribulations of the misfit IT support staff of Reynholm Industries.
Original Run: 2006-2010; 2013
Seasons/Series: 4
Episodes: 24 + 1 Special
Why You Should Watch It: If you're a geek or nerd, you'll definitely catch all the references. If you're not, you may relate to the characters if you've ever been considered an outcast or a social pariah.
Best episode: "Jen the Fredo"
Best character: Maurice Moss a.k.a. Nine 
Best Season/Series: 3
Pop culture affect: Many catch phrases have been spawned from this series but none more popular that Roy's standard IT phone support advice "Have you tried turning it off and back on again." If you're a techy, you know this phrase well when your friends call you to help them troubleshoot their problems. 

Where to watch: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and YouTube

If you check out the show, let me know how you liked it. If you're already a fan, tell me your favorite bits in the comments below.
 
 
Last week's April Fool's "prank" by my co-worker, Ivan got me pretty fired up. So much so that my boss, Edward, sent me home early that day (with pay) to cool off.  Sometimes, Ivan is just the worst.

I'm learning how to channel my feelings into my creative endeavors, so as soon as I got home, I began thinking about the worst sidekicks in the history of fandom for this week's blog post. I found it fitting because let's face it, when it comes to working at Next Page Comics, I'm pretty much Xena and Ivan is Gabrielle. Actually, that's unfair to Gabrielle, Ivan is like a rock that Xena laces up her boots on. Alright, let's dive in. 

10) George 'Mac' McHale from: Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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There are probably a few characters far more useless or annoying from the Indiana Jones universe that could go here, but few mention 'Mac,' probably because they want to forget that the movie he's in ever happened. You'd think that Indy running around with his son and former lover Marian, would be enough sidekicks to satisfy the audience, but apparently we absolutely had to have Mac thrown into the mix, even after he straight up betrays Indy in the beginning of the film. Afterwards, he acts as if nothing happened between the two of them, and continues to be a completely unhelpful liar. His character is about as baffling as The Crystal Skull movie itself.


9) Ruby Rhod from: The Fifth Element

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Chris Tucker is a genius. Why? Because he managed to somehow take every pop star and celebrity from past, present, and quite possibly the future (paging, Nicki Minja) and compress them together to make the terrible masterpiece that is Ruby Rhod. He's full of himself, doesn't know how to fire a gun, and literally screams like a girl. A lot. He's farther down on the list because after re-watching the film I can't help but be impressed by the performance of such a magnificently annoying character. It's beautiful, really.

8) Magikarp from: Pokemon

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Victreebell may affectionately munch on James's head whenever it's released and Psyduck may sit around with a derpy face whenever Misty wants him to fight, but they have nothing on the uselessness that is Magikarp. Not only does it not have any attacks, but it can barely swim! It's a fish Pokemon! How can it not be a strong swimmer?!?! It evolves into the far more useful and frightening Gyarados but the wait for that to happen is barely worth it.


7) Snarf from: Thundercats

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Where to begin? Snarf is fat, and lazy, lending very little to the rest of the Thundercats except by being pessimistic, and afraid of everything. And let's not forget his voice, good Lord. Whomever voiced that thing needs to win an award for creating the most ball grating sound in all of cartoon history! By the way, his name is apparently Osbert. That's like if you all knew my name was Phoebe but insisted on calling me 'Human' and my catch phrase was 'Human! Human!' Even in the world of 80s cartoons that makes no sense. 


6) Flounder from: The Little Mermaid

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I don't like The Little Mermaid. There. I said it. I could talk about how much of a brat Ariel is, but that has nothing to do with sidekicks. Disney usually has an animal sidekick to appeal to younger audiences with a cute factor or for comic relief. Flounder isn't particularly cute OR funny and brings literally nothing to the story except to listen to Ariels' whining with rapt attention and comfort her when she doesn't get her way.


5)  Rob Schneider (or Fergee) from: Judge Dredd

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Judge Dredd is by no means a masterpiece of filmmaking. Some may find it to be a guilty pleasure but no one can be of sound mind and say that it is a good film. So it's quite remarkable that a simple side character manages to be the absolute worst part of it. Fergee has zero bearing on the plot and his attempt at comic relief is about as funny as a kick in the nuts. It actually made me mad when they decided to show us that he was okay at the end of the film. Dammit, movie! Why must you squash what little hope I had left?!

4) Slippy Toad from: The Starfox Games

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Yes, having a mechanic and inventor is an essential part in any game where you fly around in spaceships, but how hard is it to become an even halfway decent pilot? Seriously. He always manages to get cornered by the enemy and needs to be saved time and time again. Then he has to call for help in what has to be the one of the most annoying voices of video game history. Many kids, no matter how gentle or kindhearted, secretly wanted to let Slippy die at enemy hands. This one included.

3) Yorda from: Ico

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Escort missions in video games are not fun. I'd even hazard a guess and say that no gamer in history has come across one and thought “Oh Good! I've been waiting for this!” If you're lucky, the person you're escorting can help you in some way by fighting with you, healing you, or being sensible enough to hide away, but that only happens once in a blue moon. Now imagine your entire game as essentially being one big escort mission. That's Ico. You literally spend the game leading a mute and defenseless woman BY THE HAND across puzzles and obstacles where she lends absolutely no help whatsoever. Yorda may as well be a sack of flour that Ico has to carry around.


2) Jar Jar Binks from: The Star Wars Trilogy

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Do I even have to explain this? You know the drill here. He's annoying, offensive, not funny, loud, obnoxious, and did I mention he's responsible for Emperor Palpatine gaining control of the galaxy? When you're a sidekick and you do the exact opposite of what a sidekick is supposed to do, you're the epitome of useless!


1) Wilson from: Castaway

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He's a ball. A ball with a face. Don't you start telling me that he helped Tom Hanks keep his sanity on that island! No one who argues with a volleyball is sane! Wilson was clearly only a way for the audience to know what Tom Hanks was thinking so we wouldn't have 45 minutes of silence. Plus, he can't even hold on to a raft. Useless.


So that about wraps it up. I can honestly say that Ivan encompasses many of the qualities of the sidekicks I've presented. He's lazy, annoying, always needs help, and offensive to pretty much everyone. Stop by sometime to see for yourself.

Who are some of the worst sidekicks in your opinion? Which characters did I forget? Leave a comment below.
 
 

APRIL FOOLS, SUCKERS!

This is Ivan.

I'm Phoebe's co-worker at Next Page Comics. It seems that Phoebe "I know everything about all things fandom" Hilton, lacks a bit of common sense, and didn't realize that she shouldn't have left her laptop open at work during her lunch break.

Because she did, I'm playing a prank on her by taking control of her blog in honor of my favorite holiday, April Fools Day.  Our boss, Edward, made us agree to "no pranks at work," but since this all virtual, it technically isn't a "work prank."

Hahahaha!

I've read her blog from time to time. It's okay. If I did a blog it would be way better than this junk though. Just like if I made a movie, it'd be better than any Tarantino film, and if I did martial arts, I'd be way better than Bruce Lee. Those dudes are lucky I'm committed to my professional gaming career.

Now, let me take on the voice of "Geeky Pheebs" while I present you a list of something stupid.

Ahem.... Yesterday, I was hanging with my 'girls' at our weekly pillow fight and we started taking about puppies. This made me think of my favorite cosplaying dogs. So, here are my top five cosplaying dog pictures.

Back to Ivan. -- I know the crap Phoebe is into, so this list should be easy to compile. She's not into anything cool like WWE Divas or Vampirella. If I were doing a list, I'd be about my top ten babes of all time. Maybe I'll start a blog someday... Now, back to Phoebe.

AHEM! (In her annoying voice.)

5) K-9

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I'm a big Doctor Who nerd, and I often dream about going on adventures with an old British weirdo, that's why I like this dog from a failed Doctor Who spin-off show. If you don't know what Doctor Who is, it's a boring show from the UK that puts most Americans to sleep.

4) Sailor Scouts

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My boring tastes aren't only limited to England. I also like slow and repetitive media from Japan in the form of Sailor Moon. So, I like these dogs dressed as Sailor Moon and her friends. I can't remember the names of the other clones right now, and I'm too lazy to Google.


3) Harry Potter

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What?! You're surprised I have more boring British stuff? You don't know me at all! I'm a huge Potterhead and sometimes fake cast spells when my handsome co-worker Ivan annoys me. Don't tell him I secretly have a huge crush on him.


2) Jack Sparrow

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Yep, I even like my pirates British. So here's Captain Jack dog.  Maybe I should get out more. Ivan interjection -- [Everyone knows that vikings are way cooler than pirates.]

1) Freddy

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I think I'm a horror super fan, but my tastes are way too mainstream. I think "Friday the 13th," "Nightmare on Elm Street," and "Alien" movies are hardcore. I should really take on Ivan's Sweedish horror cinema challenge. So, here's my cuddly number one.


Oh-- She's coming back in...     

IVAN WINS APRIL FOOLS!!!

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Remember!