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Movie trailers are supposed to get people excited about upcoming releases, although they've also become mini spoiler factories in recent years, revealing too much plot for some people's liking. But what about the trailers that go the other way, actually obscuring the content of the film in question and making audiences anticipate an altogether different experience? Here are five trailers that turn out to be quite misleading if you end up seeing the movie they're promoting. WARNING: HERE BE SPOILERS!!!

Drive (2011)
To be fair to the people charged with putting together the trailer for Drive, the movie doesn't do itself any favours by having such a bluntly descriptive title. And of course if you've actually seen it you'll know that the driving is kept to a minimum, even if the brief stints on the road are special in a low key kind of way. Critics loved it, but Fast & Furious fans went home feeling like they'd been deceived.

In Bruges (2008)
Watch this trailer after you've seen the generally excellent In Bruges and you'll start to question whether it was all that good in the first place. It takes a reserved, slightly depressing movie and presents it as a knock-about gangland caper, cutting together all of the broadest jokes from the film and leaving out the dark, dingy examination of guilt at its core.

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Sure, Pan's Labyrinth has been the blueprint for all of the subsequent gritty live action movies that Disney has churned out in recent years. But the English language trailer for Guillermo del Toro's original picture makes it look like a fantastical tale from the House of Mouse, not the creepy, clever allegory about fascism that it actually is. Also, the trailer doesn't give away the fact that it is a Spanish film with subtitles, which really wound up some people who paid to see it and didn't expect to have to do any reading.

Jarhead (2005)
Jarhead is really a movie about inaction, but by squeezing together all of the most boisterous set pieces, the trailer makes it look like a gung-ho tribute to ass-kicking marines. It's no wonder that those who went in expecting big scale battles and macho camaraderie were disappointed.

Frozen (2013)
Before Frozen had become one of the most financially successful films of all time, we got a first look at the film in the form of the following trailer, which on reflection is technically an animated short not related to the plot in any way. It features a magical snowman and a reindeer dicking about on a frozen lake, and gives the impression that the film might include these two as the main characters, when in fact they're nothing more than sidekicks. Basically, Disney was trying to copy the success of Scrat from Ice Age. And we're actually pretty glad that they didn't give away anything about the film with this clip, because it made the finished article all the more enjoyable.

What's up, internet fans? Here's our weekly selection of the 10 most interesting things we've encountered in our online travels this week. Or in some cases remembered from the past and deemed worthy of a re-share.

1) This gif of someone rocking out during a sweet sax solo

2) Louis C.K. getting to the bottom of the ice fishing story he tells in American Hustle

3) Watch a boy become a man, and then become a boy again, as he lip synchs to Don't Stop Me Now over the course of 3 years. (Although interesting, it's also endearingly rubbish)

4) This cringe-worthy video of Transformers director Michael Bay fluffing his appearance at Samsung's CES 2014 conference. Zoinks!

5) This apt parody of social media nonsense created to promote Muppets Most Wanted. The last quote is particularly excellent.

6) This classic parody ad from YouTube that still has us in stitches after almost five years. (NSFW)

7) This site, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, featuring videos of Jerry Seinfeld interviewing various comedians while driving classic cars and drinking coffee (not simultaneously). The third season of star encounters has just begun.
Comedians in Cars getting Coffee

8) This very drunk, shirtless young man on a bridge. (clearly NSFW)

9) Definitely not the 'best' thing on the internet this week, but certainly the weirdest. BNP leader and bankrupt racist Nick Griffin presents a pseudo-cooking show. Probably don't watch the whole thing, as its over half an hour long, unless you're some sort of masochist.

10) This puppy that is saddened at the thought of Nick Griffin.

1) This beat-boxing 1 year old girl. Timing is everything.

2) This video of New York City in 1990. Almost a quarter of a century ago, time fans.

3) This gif of Pop Tarts being made. Mesmerising and delicious.

4) This montage of the biggest bloopers from BBC News. A surprising amount of crazy camerawork.

5) This compilation of the ultimate fails from throughout 2013. Get past the lame bikini-based opener and it gets much better.

6) This huge Yoshi made out of Lego.

7) This mockumentary about a furious butcher.

8) Have you seen Disney's Frozen? Here's how they made the snow look so realistic.

9) Hey look, Miley Cyrus has a new music video. And it's a little risqué! She rolls about in bed and has a wank in a bath. Looks like the budget was a little smaller than for Wrecking Ball.

10) This mash-up meme gif to remind you that keeping a New Year's resolution related to exercise is no bad thing.

Blurred Lines worst lyrics 2013
2013 has been a decidedly weird year for pop music. Between Miley's twerking and the horrifying crimes of Ian Watkins, shock and awe have never been far away from the headlines. People who are all about the music can take solace in the fact that there have been some exciting and unusual, if not exactly original, hits in the past 12 months. But what about those of us who are more interested in the wordsmithing that goes on over the top of the beat, but is often ignored? We've put together a list of the 5 worst pop song lyrics of 2013. Do you agree?

1) "You wanna hug me/ Hey hey hey/ What rhymes with hug me?/ Hey hey hey" Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines

That's right. In a song full of offensive, degrading, misogynistic lyrics, this is the worst segment. What rhymes with 'hug me', Mr Thicke? Well it's certainly not 'fuck me', as you seem to be implying. If you imagine that he's actually thinking of 'pug me', and that he likes to go into pet shops, say "Pug me!" to the owner, and then leave with a nice little pug, then it's a bit more bearable.

2) "If this is a dream/ Won't open my eyes/ Am I asleep?/ No I'm alive" - Jessie J - Wild

This self-indulgent lyrical fame-wank is infuriating throughout. But worst of all is this snippet from the chorus, which sounds like a first draft, not something that should have made the final cut. Perhaps they thought no one would care. They were wrong.

3) "But everybody's like Crystal, Maybach, diamonds on your time piece/ Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash/ We don't care/ We aren't caught up in your love affair" Lorde - Royals

As aurally delightful as this song is, using the rhetoric and implied values of hip hop to satirise the rhetoric and implied values of hip hop isn't hugely effective when you're simultaneously reinforcing the same brands as those artists you parody. It's also dampened by the fact that the young singer is a self-proclaimed lover of the aristocracy and the monarchy, as evidenced by her name and the rest of the lyrics for her biggest hit so far. Ayesha A. Siddiqi points out that Lorde is one of the growing number of white artists from privileged backgrounds to disparage hip hop culture without really understanding the underlying socioeconomic circumstances which have lead to its worship of wealth. Although perhaps criticising a 16 year old for lacking self-awareness is like criticising a boat for being too buoyant.

4) "Been around the world, don't speak the language/ But your booty don't need explaining" Jason Derulo - Talk Dirty

Wait, so you've been around the world, and you don't speak any of the languages? Or you think there's some global lingua franca to which you, Jason Derulo, are not privy? Also, a "booty explanation" sounds like a euphemism for farting. Confusing, although admittedly hilarious, lyrics. D-.

5) "My hands were made for somewhere else/ Your eyes are doing naughty butterflies" The Vamps - Can We Dance

This entire song is a train wreck. The chorus includes the line "That's all I have to say so baby can we dance?", as well as a kind of 'you don't have to be crazy to work here, but it helps' mention of the protagonist's friends. But what does 'your eyes are doing naughty butterflies' mean? Sounds like she's rolling them pretty hard at your awful conversation, bro.

Gravity review
We've shown you our least favourite movies of the year. But what about the best?

10) Side Effects

This intricate and enjoyably trashy thriller from Steven Soderbergh has a stellar cast and owes quite a bit to some of Hitchcock’s most famous films, which makes it a novelty in 2013 and well worth watching as a result.

9) Rush

Ron Howard’s big, bolshy movie about the dangerous days of Formula 1 managed to make motorsport interesting with its tale of charismatic rivals.

8) Iron Man 3

This is not only the best Iron Man movie, but also the most satisfying stand-alone superhero film for some time. Shane Black’s deft handling of the action helps to keep things on a manageable scale, and the cracking dialogue makes Tony Stark even more loveably erratic.

7)  Only God Forgives

This movie divided audiences, with many maligning its meaninglessness and brutality. But it’s also blessed with formal beauty and a plot which feels Shakespearian.

6) A Hijacking

Forget Captain Phillips. This is the movie about a freight ship hijacked by Somali pirates that you need to see. As tense as it is realistic.

5) The Place Beyond the Pines

A three act examination of paternal ethics and masculinity, all jazzed up with a bit of crime and violence. Intellectually stimulating and viscerally satisfying in equal measure.

4) Stoker

Korean director Park Chan-wook takes his first American film in a dark and disturbing direction, mixing unforgettable imagery with a troubling tale of an affluent family that has to deal with the return of an estranged and deranged uncle. An aesthetic dream.

3) Upstream Color

Shane Carruth’s weird and wonderful sci-fi is enigmatic and often beautiful, and its sparse dialogue encourages the audience to explore its world without the usual narrative hand-holding associated with mainstream movies.

2) Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino returns to form with this wonderful Western. The dialogue is characteristically clever and engaging, but it’s the film’s surprising emotional depth and seminal performances which stand out.

1) Gravity

Gravity is a cinematic event which combines unforgettable visuals with an expertly constructed soundtrack in such a compelling package that it’s enough to make even the most hardened sceptic fall in love with Hollywood again. Even the generic characters and improbable plot aren’t enough to diminish the experience.