City Pages Live Tweets Wizard World's Minneapolis Comic Con This Weekend

Categories: Internet, Nerdery
Nick Kozel at last year's Minneapolis Comic Con
This weekend, thousands of folks will be traveling to the Minneapolis Convention Center for three days of celebrity meet-and-greets, killer cosplay, shopping, and more at the Wizard World's second annual Comic Con in Minneapolis. City Pages will be there as well, partaking in the fun. We'll be sharing our thoughts, snapping pics, and attending talks with the crowds.

You can follow what we get up to this weekend at We'll also be favoriting tweets we think are great and posting pics.

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Six Great Films from the World of Independent Animation

Categories: Art, Internet

American animation is dominated by a small clique of powerful production houses: the Disney-Pixar behemoth and plucky little Dreamworks. On the international scene, most of the popular animation not made in the U.S. comes out of Japan, including Studio Ghibli, which releases the films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.

If you want to deviate a bit from the American/Japanese mainstream, you have to do a little digging. But if you do you will be rewarded, as the world of animation is replete with wonderful examples of creative, independent works. Here are six superior independent, animated films from around the world, currently streaming online.

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Penny Dreadful's Season 2 Premiere Is Online

Categories: Internet

Still from last season.
Last season took on vampires, monsters, and demonic possession. This season will most likely be adding evil Egyptian gods to the mix.
Last season, a weird group of people got together to fight vampires in Victorian-era London. Among them was a demon-possessed woman (Eva Green), an American werewolf with a past (Josh Hartnett), and their leader, Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton). There was also Frankenstein and his monster(s), Dorian Gray (in leather pants and '90s straight-iron rocker hair, no less), and a consumptive hooker with a heart of gold (Billie Piper, who kicked it last season, but will be back). The first season was slow moving at times, but the series won over fans with stellar performances, especially from Green and Dalton.

Showtime has released the second season's first episode early. You don't have to have cable to watch, as it's available on YouTube. Yes, the boobs have been blurred out, but the rest of the program is intact. As the ad warns you before the show starts, you need to subscribe to Showtime to see the content completely unedited (or buy it on Amazon... or watch it on DVD... or pirate it online).

Watch the episode after the jump.

See also:
Want to Live in Josh Hartnett's House?

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Twin Cities Hit Show Offers a New Take on Morning Shows

Categories: Internet
L-R: Rusty Gatenby, Chuck Gollop, guest Tim Mahoney, Courtney McClean
What happens when you lock a well-known local media personality, a former cop, and a hippie in a recording studio with no rules or restrictions? That is the question being answered every morning during the Twin Cities Hit Show.

Monday through Friday, former KSTP reporter Rusty Gatenby, policeman-turned-comedian Chuck Gollop, and naughtybilly pioneer Courtney McClean host a live podcast unlike any morning show you'll find on "terrestrial" radio. 

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Five Excellent Movies Featuring Singers-Turned-Actors Streaming Online

Categories: Art, Internet
Some say that every singer wants to be an actor, and every actor wants to be a singer. If the singer in question is rich enough, someone will usually put up the money to indulge them. The results? Generally dismal: Think Paul McCartney's star turn in Give my Regards to Broad Street (1984) or Britney Spears in Crossroads (2002) (or maybe don't). But in a few cases, the ambitious singers-turned-actors actually make movies worth seeing.

Here are five examples of the best films of some notable singers-turned-actors.

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Three tips for internet cat video stardom

Tonight is the night, crazy cat folks. For the third year in a row, the cutest film festival ever created will dig its adorable little claws into the Twin Cities for the Internet Cat Video Festival. 

Taking place back where it started, the Walker Art Center, the Internet Cat Video Festival has become one of the most famous film fests in the country with thousands of people flocking to see the best that the internet has to offer. This year's event will be hosted by Tom Weber, co-host of MPR's The Daily Circuit, and features a special appearance by internet cat video icon Lil Bub. Attendees will also have the chance to vote for their favorite video of the night, which will be awarded the prestigious Golden Kitty Award.

While it's too late to enter your cat into this year's competition, there's about 364 days until next year's festival. To help you get started on your own viral video sensation, we're giving you three can't-lose tips for creating the ultimate cat video. Let the cuteness begin.

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Flaunt your film skills: City Pages seeking freelance videographers

Categories: Internet

Gabriel Garcia Marengo
Do you love telling visual stories? Can't get enough of the happenings around the Twin Cities? Want to show off your inner Cecil B. DeMille?

City Pages is expanding our crew of freelance videographers, and we'd love for you to join the team.

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21 best ridiculous Minnesota memes

Categories: Internet
Memes serve as shorthand on the internet. They can be used to convey frustration, joy, sarcasm, and even inside jokes. Some poke fun at hipsters or nerds, while others get political. There are even some that speak to the Minnesota experience, inciting camaraderie over the weather, riffing on the stadium, and taking jabs at our place in pop-culture.

We've compiled some of our favorite Minnesota-flavored memes, featuring Grumpy Cat at the State Fair, lots of snow-themed shenanigans, a few hipsters, and, yes, Prince. Which one is your favorite?  

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You could be the Walker's new "Internet Cat Video Festival Coordinator"

Categories: Cats, Internet
10,000 people crammed into the Walker's backyard for the first #catvidfest.
Do you watch online cat videos all day? Do you want to get paid for it?

The Walker Art Center is hiring an "Internet Cat Video Festival Coordinator," or in other words, the internet's collective dream job.

See Also:
- Internet Cat Video Festival 2013: A recap
- Cover: Internet Cat Video Film Festival purrs into Minnesota

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Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian on how artists can capitalize on the internet

Categories: Art, Internet
Photo by Mark Vancleave
Alexis Ohanian, who co-founded Reddit when he was just out of college, is stopping by the Walker Art Center this Thursday to talk about new opportunities for artists in the internet age. Conde Nast Publications acquired Reddit in 2006, and the site currently is independently run. Ohanian, who has been a vocal defender of net neutrality, published a book last fall, Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made Not Managed, exploring his own story and stressing the importance of keeping the internet free.

Before his visit, we chatted with Ohanian on how artists can get paid through the new technologies that the internet offers.

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