He's So Hot Right Now: New York Has a Will Ferrell-Themed Bar

A new Will Ferrell-themed bar would like to extend an invitation to their pants party. Stay Classy New York just soft-opened on the Lower East Side, and, well, this is like a yazz flute solo to our ears.

Owners Zach Neil and Brian Link opened the bar to pay homage to the endless supply of laughs they’ve had thanks to Ferrell’s career full of characters, from SNL classics like the Spartan cheerleader and Roxbury guy Steve Butabi, to his string of comedies including Talladega Nights, Old School, and Step Brothers. But their primary source of inspiration—and the movie that gave the bar its name—was Anchorman.

“That one was sort of like, he’s created something that’s absolutely ridiculous and I love it and I watched it five times a week for three years,” Neil told WPIX.

Their obsession with Ferrell quotables shows on the bar’s signature drink menu: you can order anything from a Smelly Pirate Hooker to a Mugatu Mule to a “We’re Going Streaking!” And, they take suggestions. (We’ll be putting in requests for a syrup-flavored “Smiling’s My Favorite” and a hangover-inducing “More Cowbell!”)

Since the duo seemed to know that there’s no better time to open a character-themed bar than just before Halloween, New Yorkers will have two chances to show off their best Ferrell character costumes. The official launch party for Stay Classy on October 23 is Anchorman-themed, and though the bar will likely be filled with very important people toting around leather-bound books, swilling scotch and spritzing rich mahogany cologne, feel free to bring your friends and dress as the whole lamp-loving, Sex-Panther-smelling Channel 4 crew. (Intrepid anchorladies are highly encouraged to keep those boys in line.)

If Talladega Nights is more your scene, the bar is hosting a similar night on October 30 for Ricky Bobbys, smokin’-hot blonde trophy wives, any twins who want to come as Walker and Texas Ranger, and haughty French racers. Shake and bake!

There’s no word on whether the man of a thousand characters will make an appearance, but considering his history of throwing down with lookalikes, we’ll keep our fingers crossed. There should be plenty of opportunities down the road—the bar hopes to eventually host movie viewing parties.

We're pretty sure this is a decision no one will regret.

[h/t: Gothamist]

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This Crafty Bicycle Can Knit a Scarf in 5 Minutes
George Barratt-Jones, Vimeo
George Barratt-Jones, Vimeo

Knitting can be a time-consuming, meticulous task, but it doesn’t need to be. At least not if you’re George Barratt-Jones. As The Morning News spotted, the Dutch designer recently created a human-powered automated knitting machine that can make a scarf while you wait for your train to arrive.

The Cyclo-Knitter is essentially a bicycle-powered loom. As you pedal a stationary bike, the spinning front wheel powers a knitting machine placed on top of a wooden tower. The freshly knitted fabric descends from the top of the tower as the machine works, lowering your brand-new scarf.

Cyclo Knitter by George Barratt-Jones from George Barratt-Jones on Vimeo.

“Imagine it’s the midst of winter,” Barratt-Jones, who founded an online skill-sharing platform called Kraftz, writes of the product on Imgur. “You are cold and bored waiting for your train at the station. This pedal powered machine gets you warm by moving, you are making something while you wait, and in the end, you are left with a free scarf!”

Seems like a pretty good use of your commute down-time, right?

If you're a fan of more traditional knitting methods, check out these knitting projects that can put your needles to work, no bicycle required.

[h/t The Morning News]

Move Over, MoviePass: AMC Is Launching a $20 Per Month Subscription

Attention serial movie-watchers: There's a new subscription service vying for your attention. Nearly a year after MoviePass brought its fee down to less than $10 a month to see one movie a day, AMC Theatres is rolling out its own monthly plan as an alternative. As Variety reports, you can now see three movies per week at any AMC cinema if you pay $19.95 a month.

The new program, called AMC Stubs A-List, has some clear disadvantages compared to MoviePass. AMC's monthly fee is nearly twice as high and it's good for less than half the amount of movie tickets. And while AMC Stubs A-List only works at AMC locations, MoviePass can be used at pretty much any movie theater that accepts Mastercard.

But once you look at the fine print of both deals, AMC's selling points start to emerge. A subscription through AMC gets you access to films shown in 3D, IMAX, Dolby Cinema, and RealD—none of which are covered by MoviePass. And unlike MoviePass subscribers, people with AMC can watch multiple movies in a single day, watch the same movie more than once, and book tickets in advance online. (That means actually getting to see a big movie on opening weekend before it's been spoiled for you).

There's another reason MoviePass users may have to jump ship: Its critics say its business model is unsustainable. For every movie ticket that's purchased with MoviePass, the company has to pay the full price. That means MoviePass actually loses money as more people sign up.

This has led some people to speculate the service is on its way to collapse, but MoviePass insists it has a strategy to stay afloat. Instead of relying on money from subscriptions, it wants to use the consumer data it has collected from its millions of customers to turn a profit. It's also investing in movies through its MoviePass Ventures arm (the company helped fund the new movie Gotti, which is currently making headlines for its zero percent Rotten Tomatoes rating). But if those plans aren't enough to quiet the hesitations you have about the company, you'll have the chance to make the switch to AMC on June 26.

[h/t Variety]


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