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Ellen crashes Twitter thanks to a gaggle of friends and some crafty product placement

The Star Wars Trilogy was playing last night on Spike TV, but apparently some awards ceremony called the Oscars was also playing at the same time. And as host of the Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres naturally commingled with the audience that was full of Oscar hopefuls.
Early in the show, Ellen took the opportunity to whip out a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone to take a selfie with a virtual Who’s Who in Hollywood including Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, and Kevin Spacey.

But, that’s no big deal, right? Celebrities pat themselves on the back all the time. However, once Ellen posted the image to Twitter to share with her nearly 27 million followers, the “selfie” took on a life of its own. The photo seen around the world was enough to crash Twitter for roughly 20 minutes (to which Twitter apologized).

As of this hour, the photo has been retweeted 2.5 million times, setting a new record. The previous record hold was a photo of Michelle and Barack Obama after the President won reelection in 2012. That photo garnered only 781,000 retweets.

Sources: Twitter, NPR

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RE: One of the best moment
By Reclaimer77 on 3/3/2014 12:25:08 PM , Rating: 2
Agree. Action for the sake of action rules the day.

Some of my favorite movies are action fests, but they were self aware. Or were "camp" if you prefer. But today EVERY movie tries to be The Dark Knight. Super serious action, guys!! We're too cynical to have fun!

Frankly I enjoyed "All is Lost" more than Gravity. Because you can identify with the protagonist and Robert Redford is obviously light years ahead of Bolluck in conveying genuine emotion to the viewer. And he didn't need to flap his pie hole the entire movie to do it. Survival>talking.

The Hunger Games sequel.. ugh. I love paying money for a movie with no story or ending.

RE: One of the best moment
By MrBlastman on 3/3/2014 2:44:48 PM , Rating: 2
Thankfully I didn't pay for Hunger Games. It was on Netflix. My Brother and I both nearly vomited a couple of minutes in and I asked him, "Hey, ever seen Battle Royale? It is way better."

He thanked me afterwards.

Lately it seems I can go months or years before I see something I consider a masterpiece. Thankfully Tarrantino churns one out every few. His dialogue is always incredible. I normally only see his films once so I don't spoil the original experience but about a week ago I caught part of Basterds on television again (which I rarely watch) and it reminded me how superior his writing is to practically anyone else.

R.I.P. Kubrick and all the other greats. With Bradbury and Hitchcock gone, as well as Clarke, we desperately need someone to fill their void.

RE: One of the best moment
By JediJeb on 3/3/2014 3:40:05 PM , Rating: 2
The state of science fiction movies truly is in decline lately. Even the SyFy channel has turned into the Zombie, Werewolf, Vampire channel lately along with a smattering of Mega Shark vs Giga Piranha movies. What happened to science fiction that it no longer talks about space? Scifi and Horror are two different genres to me.

RE: One of the best moment
By MrBlastman on 3/3/2014 3:51:22 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps when I get published it will help change that? Who knows. :) I humbly submit that it'll take a lot of big changes in the science fiction genre to set it back on course--more than a single author can do alone.

RE: One of the best moment
By Reclaimer77 on 3/3/2014 5:07:54 PM , Rating: 2
Sad that the last good Sci-Fi movie that, you know, took place in actual SPACE was Serenity.

God...has it been that long??

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