Hypable’s 6 most ridiculous headlines of 2012

1:30 pm EDT, December 31, 2012

Shakira and a sea lion. Kanye and Theraflu. A goat named Voldemort. What do these things have in common? They’re all headlines that appeared in 2012, much to the enjoyment and bewilderment of fans around the world.

2012 proved to be a spectacular year in the entertainment industry. It was filled with highs and lows, famous births and deaths, new shows coming in and old shows going out. Let’s not forget that we saw the debut of some magnificent movies, some catchy songs, and some addicting video games. Not to mention all the broken records.

But amongst these shining headlines, there’s always going to be some rather questionable stories. 2012 was no stranger to these weird, awkward, and downright bizarre articles. Check out our six favorite headlines, and let us know which ones you enjoyed most by voting in the poll and hitting up the comments section below!
 

“Shakira attacked by sea lion, smartphone mistaken for a fish

While on vacation, Shakira decided to get a closer look at some sea lions that were resting on the beach. She was taking pictures with her smart phone when one jumped out of the water, roared, and tried to bite her. Luckily for the singer, her brother came to her rescue, and they escaped with minor injuries caused by the beach’s sharp rocks.

Shakira believes the sea lion mistook her shiny phone as a fish, which is why it leapt at her and tried to attack. Let this be a lesson to all: make sure your phone or camera doesn’t look like food if you’re going to take pictures of wild animals.

Or, better yet, be smart enough to not get too close to wild animals in the first place.

Kanye West angers PETA, Theraflu with new song

If we had to pick three random words to put into a single headline in an attempt to create the most ridiculous title imaginable, we’re not sure even we would’ve been able to come up with something like ‘Kanye,’ ‘PETA,’ and ‘Theraflu.’ Not that we’re surprised. The name Kanye West has been synonymous with controversy for years. With lyrics like, “Tell PETA my mink is dragging on the floor” and “Way too cold, I promise you’ll need some Theraflu,” it’s no wonder the animal rights organization and the cold medicine company got up in arms.

Being associated with Kanye usually has its consequences. The lyrics were never changed for the song (not that we actually expected they would be), but the title was switched from “Theraflu” to “Cold.” We’d say this was probably a lose-lose for both parties.

“Tupac hologram might go on tour, has a Twitter

The levels of bizarre in this story are outstanding and multi-layered. Let’s start off with the most obvious, which was that – yes – that was a Tupac hologram that rapped onstage this past April at Coachella. Though we can’t say that it wasn’t cool to see Tupac on stage again, we will also state right here, right now that we feel like we’re in a sci-fi movie. Other entertainers will be next – there’s already been talk of Elvis being resurrected – and then what? We’re sure it won’t end there. But beyond this entertaining yet slightly disturbing technology, there was also talk Tupac might end up going on tour, according to Dr. Dre himself.

There’s been no official follow-up story since, and even though it spawned a parody Twitter, it’s been as silent as the grave for a while now. (Sorry.) Even with the company behind the hologram going bankrupt, we still think there’s a market for this business.

“Hotel replaces the Bible with Fifty Shades of Grey'”

Even though we pretty much consider every headline that includes Fifty Shades worthy of ridiculousness to the highest degree, this one has to take the cake. A hotel owner decided to take out all the Bibles from the bed-side drawers and replace them with Fifty Shades of Grey.

He figured in a world that was becoming more secular, it was pointless to keep the Bible in the room. Why not pick something that people would actually read? While we can’t say that his logic doesn’t have its merit, our first choice wouldn’t have been an erotica novel.

Harry Potter, on the other hand, is another story.

But then again, maybe we’re biased.

“Wild goat named Voldemort chases after boy, runs him up a tree

Let it be known to any future pet owners that naming your animal after the Dark Lord could have dire consequences. This particular story couldn’t have been more perfect if it had been planned out from the get-go.

A goat named Voldemort got loose early in the morning and began wandering through the main streets of its hometown. It came face to face with a young boy, who it promptly chased up the tree.

The Boy Who Lived is fine, and Voldemort has been returned to his home. The only thing that could have made this story truly spectacular would’ve been if his owner was named Aberforth.

Oh, well.

‘Jurassic Park’ in real life? Australian billionaire rumored to be cloning personal dinosaur

This one has got to win the award for being the most head-turning story of the year. And, okay, maybe there’s no real merit to the story to begin with, but just the fact that it WAS a story made it worthy of our list.

Clive Palmer is the guy rumored to be looking to spend his money on a project like this. He’s denied the claims, but who knows? With technological advances outstripping our wildest dreams left and right nowadays, we suppose anything is possible.

Not that it SHOULD be done, mind you. Pro tip, Palmer: Watch the movie. There will be fatalities.
 
 

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The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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While it’s nice to finally see a glimpse of a couple of the characters, a big question remains unanswered: How will these objects look once they have faces on them? (Cogsworth’s face might be hinted at in the center of the clock.)

Also on the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition is a shot from the the “Gaston” musical number. From left to right we see Alexis Loizon as Stanley, Josh Gad as LeFou (just over Gaston’s shoulder), and Luke Evans (with his back to the camera) as Gaston.

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Update: And here’s another look at the movie, courtesy of this person on Twitter — this time we get to see Dan Stevens as human Beast!

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We’ll be curious to get our hands on the anniversary edition in September, because we expect we’ll see more from the new movie than the two stills above.

Disney released the first trailer for the live-action Beauty and the Beast in May. It was very much a teaser trailer, as it didn’t provide any looks at the characters — except Belle (Emma Watson), appearing through the glass casing protecting the film’s iconic rose.

In fact, the trailer’s first looks at the various settings (Namely the Beast’s castle) fell in line with the visual style we see in the above concept art.

Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens hit theaters March 17, 2017.

Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

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Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

That changes next month, when Apple is expected to announce that the iPhone 7 will be lacking a headphone jack. Instead, users will be listening to music via the Lightning port (which you currently use to charge and sync your iPhone).

And for 2017, Apple will reportedly go one step further by removing the Home button.

Ah, the Home button. It’s always been there for us — it’s our captain for navigating the iPhone. We use it to switch between apps, we use it to get to our Home screen, we use it to summon Siri, and we use it to read our finger print. Back in the “old days,” we used it to force quit apps when they froze on us.

In a new report, Bloomberg says Apple is planning to remove the Home button for the 2017 iPhone, which will presumably be called iPhone 7s. It’s billed as a “major redesign of the iPhone for 2017 that focuses more heavily on the display.”

Previous rumor mill reports have suggested that Apple will ditch the Home button in order to decrease the size of the top top and bottom bezels, thereby making the phone not as tall, or using the freed up space to add more screen.

Here’s a mock up of what that could look like, via TapSmart:

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What remains unclear is how users will be able to unlock and navigate their iPhone without the Home button. Reports have suggested that the whole screen will serve as a TouchID surface and a Home button (using the 3D Touch feature Apple launched last year).

Interestingly, next month’s release of iOS 10 will introduce a new way to unlock your iPhone: You’ll have to press down on the Home button to activate an unlocking. Previously, all you had to do was rest your finger on the Home button while your lock screen was awake.

Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

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Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

Now, according to Deadline, Disney is developing an all-live-action remake of the film. Nick Hornby will write the script, while Joe Roth is in negotiations to sign on as a producer.

If Mendes’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he directed the last two James Bond features, both Skyfall and Spectre, as well as 1999’s American Beauty.

You can check out the trailer for the horrifying original film below:

As of late, Disney has been announcing live-action versions of its properties left and right, including The Nutcracker (which has a huge cast of well-known actors), The Little Mermaid (with Lin-Manuel Miranda attached to help write the music), Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson), and Cruella (starring Emma Stone), among others.

With the amount of remakes — especially in the live-action department — it’s no wonder James and the giant Peach is the latest to be announced.

Do you want to see a live-action ‘James and the Giant Peach’ movie?