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Based on the photo above, I’m pretty sure you can figure out what word Oxford Dictionary declared as the word of the year. Not even with Miley Cyrus’ infamous MTV VMA performance, could ‘twerk‘ beat ‘selfie‘ for Oxford’s 2013 title.

(n.) a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. – Oxford’s official definition

The word ‘selfie’s’ origin dates back to a 2002 posting to an Australian Web forum, according to Reuters. Oxford’s editors found the use of the word increased by 17,000% since last year.

Do you think Oxford dictionary picked the rightful winner for 2013? If not, what word would define the year for you? Sound off below.

Blockbuster To Close Down Remaining Stores

In: Donovan, Movies, Random Reads

The end of an era is officially over. After declaring bankruptcy a couple years ago and a bit of restructuring, Blockbuster is closing down its last few remaining stores- roughly 300 locations. Their Blockbuster By Mail service will also end in mid-December.

“This is not an easy decision, yet consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment,” said DISH’s president and chief executive officer Joseph P. Clayton in a statement. “Despite our closing of the physical distribution elements of the business, we continue to see value in the Blockbuster brand, and we expect to leverage that brand as we continue to expand our digital offerings.”

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I completely forgot all about Drew Droege’s Chloe Sevigny spoofs. Thankfully, he dusted off that blond wig to give us another video. Welcome back gurl.

Being that it’s Halloween, naturally Chloe shares what she finds truly horrifying. Besides being fearful of fear, other random things that freak her out include Ann Murray, distant pen pals and much more. Find out what they all are in his/her “Horror” clip below.

watch his/her latest video after the jump

Last Minute Halloween Drink Recipes

In: Donovan, Random Reads

If the idea of giving out candy to numerous children or being inundated with firecrackers going off all night makes you want to drink, why not try out one of these tasty concoctions. Our friends over at EFFEN Vodka, Sauza Tequila and Crave Chocolate Liquer whipped up a few deliciously spooky cocktails for this haunting holiday. Check them out below and always remember to drink responsibly.

EFFEN® Pumpkin Patch Fizz

Created by David Nepove – National President, U.S. Bartender’s Guild
Ingredients

  • 2 parts EFFEN® Vodka
  • 1 part Lemon Juice
  • 1 part Cinnamon Syrup
  • 2 parts Club Soda

Method: Add all ingredients, except soda, to a cocktail shaker over ice and shake. Strain and pour into a tall glass with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with orange wheel in the glass.

more recipes after the jump

Just imagine if Tom Hanks had this useful piece of info in Captain Phillips.

Let me just preface this by saying this is legit and not an April Fool’s Day joke several months early. And in Britney’s defense, it’s all types of western music, but her hits, “Baby One More Time” and “Oops! I Did it Again,” seem to be the most effective. Just imagine how much faster Somali pirates would leave if they heard Spears’ actual “live vocals.” I kid ;)

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Looks like Air New Zealand has some competition in the in-flight safety video department. For years the Kiwi company has come up with innovative clips demonstrating the dos and donts of airline travel. With Virgin America’s new safety demo, they’ve certainly raised the bar. It’s practically a Broadway musical number.

Directed by Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2 & 3, G.I. Joe: Retaliation), the visual stars Todrick Hall as one of the flight attendants. The YouTube sensation along with his crew sing and dance their little hearts out in the extremely spacious aisles of the imaginary aircraft. Love me Virgin America but the leg room shown in the clip is false advertising ;)

Watch the flight crew and passengers execute choreography by Jamal Sims and Christopher Scott. You might even spot a SYTYCD alum or two in the mix. If by any chance you want to star in Virgin’s next safety demo, simply upload an Instagram video of yourself with your freshest moves using the #VXsafetydance hashtag. Next time I fly Virgin, I demand the crew bust out the Safety Dance.

watch the video after the jump

Adam Lambert doesn’t make his Glee debut for another week, but he’s already hanging out with one of its stars, Amber Riley aka Mercedes Jones. The 31-year-old singer kicks off Todrick Hall’s latest masterpiece, Spell Block Tango.

The YouTube sensation teamed up with Marlon Wayans’ new company “What The Funny” to produce a viral Halloween video. Not surprisingly, Disney characters are incorporated in the clip. Hall definitely has a hard-on for all things Mickey, doesn’t he? This time he allows a few of Disney’s most infamous villains to tell their side of their respective fairytale while set to the music of Chicago. It’s actually quite funny.

Along with Lambert and Riley, the clip features appearances by Blake McGrath, Pia Toscano, Cassie Scerbo, several hot shirtless models and Todrick himself. Check out Spell Block Tango below.

watch the amazing spoof after the jump

It’s Britney, Witch!!!

In: Donovan, Music, Random Reads

File this under random. Fun, but random nonetheless.

Britney Spears appeared alongside Nick Grimshaw for a Halloween sketch on BBC Radio 1. The “Work Bitch” singer channels her inner Vincent Price and recites the lyrics to Michael Jackson’s classic “Thriller.” She’s definitely not as ghostly and frightening as Price, but it’s nice to see Brit getting into the holiday spirit. Check it out below.

watch the fun clip after the jump

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