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Our picks from the highest-grossing box office list for July 4 weekend

Bringing in nearly $98 million box office, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released in 2011, was certainly popular. It’s the highest grossing July 4 weekend release, according to boxofficemojo.com. But, is this really the caliber of film we want to enjoy on the nation’s birthday? If so, then enjoy it. For those who seek more from their movie-watching experiences, I have found five Independence Day releases that offer more substance than the usual fare. And no, Independence Day is not one of them.

The whole premise for that Transformers movie is wrong. Courtesy of Earthsky.org

The whole premise for that Transformers movie is wrong.
Courtesy of Earthsky.org

Get ready for the rousing speeches.

Get ready for the rousing speeches.

The movie that sits at 11 on the highest-grossing July 4 weekend releases is Men In Black. Barry Sonnenfeld directed this film following the success of Get Shorty (which isn’t too shabby either). While he might have strayed a bit in his career, Sonnenfeld was one of the best cinematographers in the early ’90s. His skill translated well to directing, especially in his early pictures.

A great example of Sonnenfeld's camera skills.

A great example of Sonnenfeld’s camera skills.

 Men In Black redefined the way we see sci-fi comedies and aliens in general. The camera’s movement in relation to the scenes is a thing of beauty, as it adds its own element of comedy to the production. If nothing else, revisit this for a look at a young Will Smith, fresh off Fresh Prince, arguing with Tommy Lee Jones.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Before we knew Will Smith would be a scientologist with two annoying famous kids.

Before we knew Will Smith would be a scientologist with two annoying famous kids.

Next up, The Perfect Storm, which comes in at 15 on the July 4 list with just over $41 million. This movie is a raw drama with some big-budget special effects. The drama might be a little too raw, but the movie still makes good use of the actors to deliver a visual and tense story. Read the rest

Worst fathers in pop culture

This weekend, Father’s Day reminds us all to appreciate and give back to our fathers. So, to see how awesome your dad really is, let’s look at how bad fathers can be. These guys do a great job of showing us what not to do. Some of them inspire vitriolic comments and some seem nice enough, until you think about it. (And if you’re in need of some warm fuzzies at the end of this post, vote on the best pop culture dads in this week’s Hub poll.)

1. Walter White/Heisenberg: Depending on the moniker, this guy could be evil or very evil. The mild-mannered chemistry genius becomes a gourmet meth cook and pushes through the ranks of the criminal underworld to pay for chemo and somehow bestow the rest to his family after succumbing to cancer. So, if you’re looking to make dad look like a real stand-up guy, hop on Netflix and binge on the delicious evil of Walter White in Breaking Bad. *Spoiler Alert* Here’s a video that shows Walter White’s descent.

Walter White

2. Frank Costanza: Anyone familiar with the name Costanza (Can’tstandya) knows that aside from producing the most annoying people on the planet, the family is second to none in family dysfunction. “The Feats of Strength” during Festivus are enough to make a son cringe. Add in his stopping short and you’d be screaming “serenity now,” if he was your father.

 For general laughs, watch this video. For further proof, start at 9 minutes.

Frank Costanza

3. Don Draper: This emotionally despondent alpha male has little time for his family. He’s an alcoholic, womanizing antihero who is carrying on a cycle of abuse handed down from his father. Don Draper’s parenting style will almost certainly make your father look like Mike Brady. Here’s a famous scene from Mad Men. Read the rest

Happy National Doughnut Day

It’s National Doughnut Day and Sync brings you our favorite doughnut moments from TV.

By Arshia Khan

By Arshia Khan

1. Kramer swears that he saw a famous ballplayer in Dinkie Donuts.

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2. Homer’s donut escapades.

Homer Donut Head

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3. Buster from Arrested Development gets lost during a THC study.

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4. Twin Peaks – special agent Dale Cooper loves doughnuts.

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5. Angelica from Rugrats gets a hold of the doughnuts.

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6. Stephen Colbert weighs in.

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7. Jim Gaffigan’s view of doughnuts.

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The Super Bowl of Super Bowl commercials

Photo cred: creativeguerrillamarketing.com

Photo cred: creativeguerrillamarketing.com

On top of the football, the food and the friends, part of the draw of Super Bowl Sunday is seeing some of the most creative commercials of the year.

Some past favorites include ads by Apple, Pepsi, Budweiser, Snickers and Volkswagen.

What's the best Super Bowl commercial of all time?

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Phil Robertson suspended from Duck Dynasty

Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson from the A&E series Duck Dynasty.

Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson from the A&E series Duck Dynasty.

Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame has been suspended by the show’s network, A&E, after anti-gay comments he made in an interview with GQ. Do you watch the show? Have you read the article?

Do you think A&E is justified in suspending Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson?

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