This fan video created by Vernon Wilmer won an award from Creation Entertainment in 2012, and it’s not difficult to see why. In fact, after discovering this in the office, we’ve been having impromptu dance parties all week. We thought we should share the love, so everyone could have their own office dance parties.
Again with the geek parents! The fabulous Munros didn’t want to settle for a mere Optimus Prime-shaped cake, so they did what any sensible birthday party hosts would do: they created an actual transforming Transformer cake. This is so much better than anything Michael Bay has ever done with the franchise. Check it out in action below!
Gaze into this subterranean library! Artist Susanna Hesselberg contributed a wonderful work of art to Aarhus’ biannual Sculpture by the Sea festival. The piece titled “When My Father Died It Was Like a Whole Library Had Burned Down,” is made up of books with increasingly dark covers (so as a viewer peers down into the hole, the titles slowly disappear into blackness), and references experimental musician and artist Laurie Anderson. We agree with Mental Floss, however, that there’s a heavy Alice in Wonderland feeling as well, which adds a note of whimsy to an otherwise dark piece.
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The latest teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to you via Instagram, which has expanded its photo and video borders to make posts even more cinematic! They’ve certainly achieved that with this awesome (but oh-so-short) spot showing Finn facing off against Kylo Ren. Blue lightsaber versus red… classic.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18.
While most zombies shamble along, they usually come at you fast enough that you can’t waste time rummaging in a duffle bag for exactly the weapon you need. That’s why wise Instructables member seamster has come up with the perfect zombie-fighting weapon: This souped-up Swiss Army knife includes a machete (obviously), plus a hatchet, two types of wrenches, and more! Though it’s unclear how you’re supposed to hold it… (Hat-tip to Neatorama for finding exactly what we need to defend ourselves in the zombie apocalypse.)
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Comic book and sci-fi movie review vlogger Mr. Sunday Movies has reportedly scooped a look at the teams for the next Marvel movie Captain America: Civil War.
Mr. Sunday Movies states that the concept art revealing these teams is akin to a stereo that “fell off the back of the truck,” so take this information with many grains of salt. Still, even if they’re just cut-and-pastes from DeviantArt, it’s still fun to speculate on whether these should be the teams!
Quick, if you look at the house pictured above, can you guess which director’s oeuvre it’s based on? If you guessed Stanley Kubrick, you are correct! Artist Frederico Babina has done a wonderful thing with his Archidirector series: he takes directors and re-imagines their individual styles as houses! This is a unique way to see the essence of an artist. You can check out the whole series here, where he honors Ridley Scott, Jacques Tati, Charlie Chaplin, Tim Burton, and more!
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“Found this fellow wandering around on Sunset,” John Scalzi tweeted yesterday. “Took him in, fed him lunch. It’s good to be giving.” Does this serendipitous meeting have anything to do with Tom Hanks’ summer reading plans?
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Each time we promise our selves that we’re done talking about Mad Max: Fury Road, we find some new twist on the story that makes us love it all over again. Case in point, Kotaku shared this fantastic piece by Japanese artist Takumi that translated Fury Road’s archetypal characters into ancient Egyptian art. It turns out that the legend of the Fury Road (which can be seen in its original form here) would look surprisingly at home on the wall of a pharaoh’s tomb. It also feels strikingly similar to the tale told by The Lost Tribe in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Oh, and as if that wasn’t enough, here’s the inevitable-yet-fun Honest Trailer.
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On The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Melissa McCarthy shared this awesome photo of the female Ghostbusters cast and crew members—from script supervisor to hair to stunts! It’s an inspiring photo for women looking to break into Hollywood.
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The moment that the Imperial Star Destroyer first loomed across the screen in Star Wars: A New Hope was amazing enough—then Empire upped the game by introducing its big mean momma the Super Star Destroyer. But have you ever thought about comparing the size of that ship with something in real life?
Redditor movielover278 created this visual size comparison between a Super Star Destroyer and the island of Manhattan, and… WOW. Do Imperial soldiers need to use space taxis to get around? What’s the trendiest neighborhood on the Super Star Destroyer? Do they also charge tourists $3 for bottled water? WE HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS. (via Laughing Squid)
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At the Special Edition: NYC convention a few months ago, Marvel Comics announced that it would be releasing a series of cosplay variant covers, highlighting the fans who put hard work into their cosplay of Marvel characters. And now you can meet the members of the Cosplay Variant Initiative! Marvel recently released the cosplay variant covers for its October titles, including A-Force, Inhumans, Captain Marvel, Thor, Ms. Marvel, and more!
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Science fiction is about predicting the future, based on hard facts or sheer imagination or, often both. Everyone, from Isaac Asimov to Tyra Banks, has taken stabs at guessing what lays beyond for our generation and for the many (or few) generations after us. In 2012, The Awl compiled an exhaustive list of predictions culled from science fiction novels and stories, starting with the Titanic being resurrected from the ocean floor as described in Arthur C. Clarke’s The Ghost from the Grand Banks.
But it wasn’t until Maria Popova from Brain Pickings tweeted this list a few months ago that Giorgia Lupi, an Italian information designer, was inspired to create an infographic of the data. Lupi’s design gives you an even better sense of the vast future laid out in fiction—with the added optimism that, in the eyes of our writers, the human race at least makes it until the year 802701!
Few things make us want to go back to school, but this teacher’s ingenious Harry Potter-themed classroom is one of them. Redditor 86thdj shared his wife’s handiwork, from the “fireplace” complete with Hogwarts letters to motivational posters for each house, to even a miniature plush Fluffy guarding papers to be shredded! (via Pleated-Jeans)
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We all know that Star Wars has been a hugely influential series. It sparked a new popular appreciation of science fiction, made Harrison Ford the single sexiest human who ever existed or shall exist (this is an Objective Fact; we will hear no back-sass), provided the foundation for George Lucas’ empire, and gave a generation of girls an intelligent, hyper-competent, generally awesome heroine to look up to. Now the good people at the Shutterstock Blog have teamed up with Pop Chart Lab to create an infographic that teases out even more ways that Star Wars has permeated our culture.
With Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye run over, the Internet has a little hole in its heart for how this team envisioned the amazing rapport between Hawkeyes Clint Barton and Kate Bishop. (Not to mention Annie Wu’s art for the Kate-in-L.A. arcs!) So, of course Tumblr user nottonyharrison was filling the perfect space with her fan-made posters of a Netflix Hawkeye² series starring Jeremy Renner and some great fan-casting of Aubrey Plaza. We’re not sure what’s the best part of this poster—Kate looking stylish and badass, Clint flying through the air as usual, or Pizza Dog! This is not nottonyharrison’s first rodeo: Another fan poster she created inspired this opener that might as well be TV canon. Seriously, Marvel Studios and Netflix should take some notes from her. (Hat-tip to The Mary Sue for finding this; check out more fan posters there.)
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Pittsburgh-based graphic artist and designer J.J. Lendl began The X-Files Poster Project as a one-month exercise, but it’s ended up being such a success that he’s decided to keep it going! As you can see in this haunting poster for “One Breath,” Lendl draws on various visual influences to highlight the emotional core of an episode—in this case, Scully’s choice between life and death itself. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite posters, but he also takes suggestions!
From the realm of giants in Jack and the Beanstalk to the airborne habitats proposed by idealistic genius Buckminster Fuller, we’ve long been fascinated by worlds concealed above the clouds, set apart from the happenings on the ground. In discussing worldbuilding in the air, Updraft author Fran Wilde talks about what sky cities can represent: status, culture, control, or escape. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list with some of our favorite cities—from books, movies, and video games—whose structures float in the air or rise high into the atmosphere.
Be sure to share your own favorite weird sky cities in the comments!
If eyes are the windows into the soul, then what about eyelids? Artist Tal Peleg combines eyeshadow and watercolors in crazy-inventive pop culture tributes. As much as we cooed over Baymax cuddling a “hairy baby,” we were especially dazzled by the Little Prince set against the backdrop of space. (via Pleated-Jeans)
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If you think about it, these Weeping Angel string lights from ThinkGeek are rather counterintuitive. Ostensibly, they’re probably intended to be a fun, geeky way to decorate your humble abode. But in reality, anyone who approaches your home receives ample warning that you’ve already fallen prey to the most insidious light sources, and know to turn and walk far away from those twinkling little harbingers of doom. (Hat-tip to The Mary Sue for finding these horrifying decorations.)
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