The Heat starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock is like Training Day meets The Other Guys meets Starsky and Hutch meets Paul Blart: Mall Cop meets Observe and Report. A movie this funny could have been directed by Judd Apatow, but it was actually Paul Feig. He’s the same guy that directed Bridesmaids and a host of television shows like Mad Men, The Office, 30 Rock, Weeds and Nurse Jackie, just to name a few.
Melissa McCarthy plays Detective Shannon Mullins and Sandra Bullock plays FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn. The unlikely duo teams up to take out a Boston drug king pin named Larkin. The chemistry between McCarthy and Bullock is delightful, in a Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson or Chris Farley, David Spade kind of way. [keep reading]
Shopping for a used car? Here’s a tip: get yourself a set of American wheels and celebrate the 4th of July. More specifically, a used set of American wheels from the model years 2008 through 2012. Used cars from these years have dipped in price and are continuing to drop in price, especially in July and August (proof). That’s why they’re the cars you should be looking for and that’s why they’re the ones we ranked.
It is hard to define how American a car truly is, and the order of any ranking depends on this definition. Is it built in the U.S.? Uses only U.S. made parts? Or perhaps there are other ways to measure the American-ness of a car: the history of a brand, the look of a car, the feeling of the suspension or the roar of a true American V8. [keep reading]
If you typically lump gamers into one large category of dudes with too much time on their hands who like things with lots of buttons you should first watch yourself and second, consider this recent survey. Game publisher RockYou found there are four distinct types of gamers and they like more than lots of buttons to push. There’s the affluent gamer: someone who games hard, spending hours in front of a screen while eating massive amounts of Cheetos. There’s the competitive gamer: someone who spends hours in front of a screen, much like an affluent gamer, but typically games to beat up on their friends and boast about their skillz. It should be noted that the competitive gamer also consumes large amounts of cheesy snack foods – or anything involving cheese for that matter. The third type of gamer is the impassioned supporter of a select few online games that are free to play. Unfortunately, their snacking habits are a bit harder to identify. Lastly, there’s the newbie or n00b who can typically found getting pwned.
Let’s break this down. The affluent gamer, whilst gaming a considerable amount, is career-focused and largely comprised of men. They may or may not drink gamer-fuel in the form of Mountain Dew, coffee or Powerthirst. The competitive gamer are mostly women, believe it or not, so are the n00bs and the passionate supporters. At first this may seem a bit off, but if you take the time to look at Facebook updates of your friends, these stats don’t seem totally wrong. How many dudes do you know who play FarmVille or The Sims? With the information and data supplied from from RockYou, we’ve compiled a list of the best used cars for each gamer type. Make the jump to see the breakdown.
Bob Lutz, legendary gear head and businessman who has worked at BMW, Ford Europe, Chrysler and General Motors tackles the challenges he faced during the decline of General Motors in his book Car Guys vs. Bean Counters. He writes about the disorganized management, layers upon layers of red tape and the embarrassing debacle known as the automotive bailout when General Motors pseudonym became Government Motors.
The book has gotten a bad rap because Lutz blames a large chunk of GM’s downfall on the penny-pinching financial types who were given charge of the automotive design. These folks were focused on cost-cutting, systematizing production and making the most money on each car produced, even if that meant sacrificing quality. As a result, Lutz contends, General Motors was building vehicles notorious for wide body gaps between panels, cheap interiors and being, well, really ugly.