As it's been said before: droids are slaves. C-3PO is too cheerful about the experience, but R2-D2 isn't. He lets the biological characters know what he thinks about them all the time. They just can't understand him, which is probably a good thing. R2 takes all the risks, does all the work, and gets little of the credit. It's no wonder that he eventually snaps.
It's not surprising that Marvel and DC Comics, the two biggest comic book companies in the world, have characters that are very similar to each other, on purpose or otherwise.
But whoever creates the original character the imitator is based on gets bragging rights because their character came first, even if the imitation ends up outshining the original by a mile.
Darren Rawlings makes their equivalents meet up in his series "Little Friends", and even if you can't decide which character is cooler in each image you'll most certainly agree that Darren's drawings are quite charming!
Katie Freeman knitted this adora-ball BB-8 droid! When word gets around, she’ll have to make more and more of them, or else go through it again to write down the pattern. Everyone is going to want one! -Thanks, Katie!
Those of you who were alive and over 5 in the 1990s will remember how many things were seen as normal then would be considered quite bizarre nowadays, like the group OMC who made the hit song "How Bizarre".
And even if you don't miss OMC there are bound to be plenty of things from the 90s you do miss, like the pleasant sound of a floppy disk whirring in the drive. Computers are too darn quiet nowadays!
We miss the sound of 90s slang, which was a lot like 80s slang only more Valley Girl inspired thanks to movies like Clueless, and the smooth sound of Bob Barker telling someone the rules of the game on The Price Is Right.
Why, here's a contestant now, come on down Aaron Paul!
If you're as nostalgic about the 90s as I am then you should check out these entertaining roundups guaranteed to get you in the mood for some Shark Bites fruit snacks and an Orbitz.
The Marvel movie Deadpool opens February 12. You might not know all that much about the character if you haven’t been reading comics. He’s not exactly a superhero as we understand the term, although he does have powers.
Deadpool's basic character arc revolves around the question of whether he will ultimately become a hero or remain an anti-hero mired in senseless violence. From the beginning, he openly longs for redemption but feels he can't earn it because he's done too many bad things in his life, that he's fated to be a "monster." But the number of bad things Deadpool has done generally pale in comparison to the bad things that have been done to him.
Oh, and apparently he doesn't look all that good under his mask. An article at The Daily Dot explains that and the character’s comic book background, to get us all up to speed for the movie.
Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You" is one of those songs that tends to evoke a romantic or maudlin feeling in the listener, and the song was definitely crafted to evoke all those feels.
But when somebody sings a song their way they should try to bring a whole new feeling to their rendition, like the way Catman Cohen's version of "Fade Into You" makes you feel like you're being serenaded by Cookie Monster.
A wiseacre called hairwizz on the YouTubes edited together this compelling video evidence that Catman Cohen may actually be Cookie Monster disguised as a human. Somebody check his pockets for cookie crumbs!
Mashable remixed the original Star Wars to more resemble a Grindhouse movie. While the effect is jarring, this trailer makes the movie look like pretty much any other science fiction film from the mid-1970s. In fact, it’s not all that different from the original Star Wars trailer.
Like many fans my feelings about Leonardo DiCaprio the actor fluctuate according to his roles, with the intense loves (What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, Wolf Of Wall Street) counterbalanced by deep hates (The Beach, The Man In The Iron Mask).
But no matter how high the highs or how low the lows Leo keeps proving he's just a downright cool human being when he's not on set, generally making the news for good reasons rather than bad.
But let's face it- if it came down to a battle of who's the coolest Pope Francis would win by a mile.
DiCaprio recently met up with His Holiness at the Vatican to discuss climate change, but first Leo tried to prove how cool he is by greeting the Pope in Italian.
Not wanting to knock down the debonnaire movie star, Francis let Leo's rusty Italian language skills slide, and the two kept their coolness emanations to a minimum, so as not to contribute to climate change.
This is excellent! Besides being stylish, kilts are also practical wear as they permit natural ventilation into the, uh, Heart of the TARDIS. And there will be no need to go on a diet. No matter what you weigh, you'll look slimmer in this kilt by Kilt This.
Like any proper utilikilt, it comes with 2 large pockets, 3 additional containers, an apron sporran, and D-rings for your gear, such as screwdrivers--sonic and otherwise.
Many budding artists watched the animated TV show and played with the toys only to have their later artwork inspired by those gnarly shark-human hybrids.
As it turns out a budding actor had his life changed by the Street Sharks too- Vin Diesel, who proudly demonstrated Street Shark toys at Toy Fair in 1994, back before he became Fast, Furious or Chronicled.
This video was filmed four years before Vin appeared in Saving Private Ryan and seven years before The Fast And The Furious, and it made me realize that Vin the nerd is way cooler than Diesel the furious.
When putting together an adventuring party, it's important to include a cleric to heal injuries along the way. A high-level cleric may not offer great combat abilities, but is essential to keeping the party effective on dangerous missions.
Redditor LinkGrajo13's character got hurt and needed a quick healing job. And so:
My friend came into our weekly session with a new cleric. When I asked him to heal me, he handed me this
Where there's commuting and lots of traffic there's road rage, which erupts into violence when drivers who simply can't contain their disdain for the way other people drive get out of the car ready for battle.
Fist fights, yelling and verbal threats are all normal elements of a road rage eruption, but I don't remember the last time I saw a scrapper swinging a big ol' wooden pole around like Casey at the bat. (Video is NSFW)
The Muppet Show played host to many of the greatest entertainers in its day, but one episode has always stood out as just a bit better than the rest- season 5 episode 9, the episode with Blondie's Debbie Harry.
Debbie Harry was so charming and exciting to watch in the episode that even as a kid I remember loving every minute of her interaction with The Muppets.
She sang "Call Me" and "One Way Or Another" with a little help from various Muppets such as Mulch and Robin, and then Debbie Harry did something extraordinary- she sang Rainbow Connection with Kermit! *happy tears*
By now you’ve probably seen The Force Awakens as many times as you planned, otherwise this video contains spoilers. As you can imagine, a lot of work went into the small details of the movie, and many of those details could have easily flown over your head even on your third, fourth, or fifth viewing. Screen Rant clues you in so you can look for them on your next trip to the theater.
While those tiny details are neat to know, they also make you wonder about all those long-time Star Wars nerds who worked on the film. I imagine them placing bets on how long it would take the biggest fans in the audience to spot them and spread the word. Who knows? There may be many more easter eggs no one has noticed even now. -via Tastefully Offensive
An "ashcan copy" is the entertainment industry equivalent of "calling dibs" on a franchise by slapping together a crappy, low budget production simply so they can prove they own the rights.
The practice of creating ashcan copies began in the Golden Age of comics, when publishers would slap together a few copies of a comic in order to retain rights to use characters, titles, etc. by proving they're doing something with it.
This proof of use has become increasingly valuable in Hollywood, where licenses are hoarded by big companies even if they don't actually intend to create a show based on the franchise.
Recently, a low budget TV adaptation of Robert Jordan's fantasy classic The Wheel Of Time aired late at night on FXX, which amounted to half an hour of awfulness hastily created to prove ownership of rights.
It's unclear when the first ashcan copy of a movie or TV show was made, but this practice dates back to at least 1966, when producer Bill Snyder teamed up with animation director Gene Deitch to secure the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit:
The act aired on Chinese national television, where the guy's moves were called out by the announcer just like any normal kung fu competition, which leads me to believe the Slinky may be the next big fad in the world of martial arts.
History books are seen as dry by some, incredibly interesting and exciting by others, but as those history themed TV shows and movies have shown us historical events are often quite interesting when properly presented.
So if you want to learn about 40,000 years of London history quickly and enjoyably you need to check out this awesome stop motion animated short, which looks like it was made out of the very same paper they use to make history books.
A series of posts at Pottermore detailed the identification of four previously-unknown wizarding schools in the Harry Potter universe. JK Rowling introduces us to Ilvermorny, Castelobruxo, Uagadou, and Mahoutokoro. The daily Dot has their descriptions, including the one in the United States.
All we have on the American wizarding school is a name and a general sense of where it’s located. Rowling shot down the idea that it was based in New York and said the name was “immigrant in origin.” Based off the marker, Ilvermorny is based somewhere along the East Coast anywhere from Appalachia to the border between the U.S. and Canada. In addition, “Indigenous magic was important in the founding of the school.”
Rowling has said that Newt Scamander will encounter witches and wizards who attended Ilvermorny, although he won’t visit the school itself during his travels in Fantastic Beasts. But some astute fans posited that Ilvermorny was the name of the American school as early as last August.
The surreal, and often nightmarish, scenes featured in Hieronymus Bosch's paintings, such as The Last Judgment or The Garden Of Earthly Delights, are still seen as some of the most terrifying visions of Hell on Earth ever illustrated.
Bosch's unique take on that demonic look has influenced artists for centuries, but few photographers have ever tackled the difficult task of bringing these characters to life quite like Lori Pond.
Lori lets the Bosch influence shine through in her photos without allowing the literal translations to dull the character's edge, because they're supposed to be mysterious and bizarre beings after all.
But what's truly surprising about Lori's images is the fact that they're only a tad digitally enhanced:
“I hired a prosthetics designer to create the iconic ‘Bosch snout’ and legs and tail in one image, and a propmaster to make the life-size boat in Bosch Redux 4.0. My taxidermy teacher gave me some crows’ feet, and I got my friends not only to model for me, but also to help with the prop building, wardrobe, and makeup that went into every image. Most resulting photographs are made in camera, apart from some exceptions when I didn’t want to string up a woman in a harp or couldn’t find ears or birds bigger than a human.”
Owen James operates Maven Industries, a metal fabrication shop outside of Cardiff, Wales. He mostly produces and restores motorcycles. But sometimes he also gets a bit geeky. He made this steel chimenea that will exterminate the winter heat.
It’s pretty common to watch a movie, see a fictional gadget, and say “I want one of those!” Sadly, coming up with something wonderful in fiction is much easier than making it work in real life. Luckily, we have geniuses working on making those movie inspirations reality. What have you seen in movie that you wish were available in real life? While most of those futuristic gizmos are cool and fun, I think the Medbay would be the most useful.
When I saw Elysium last year, this stood out to me as one of the best, most useful, and most desired technologies in movies. The medbays in Elysium essentially heal anything and everything. The common cold? No need to take any Advil. You’ve got a broken arm? Boom. It’s fixed. A life-threatening disease? Yeah, don’t worry – you’re good. Even if they were only offered up to the incredibly affluent and wealthy, like they were in Elysium, just to have the medbays exist in real life would be an astonishing achievement on all its own.
Prankery can turn a dreary winters day into a hysterical chuckle fest full of sneaky tricks and impish laughter, and although the target of the prank may not appreciate the joke everybody else usually gets a good laugh out of it all.
What makes a weapon "bad" (meaning good) in cinema? Is it destructive power, the skill behind it, or how cool it looks being used? When a weapon is completely made up, it can be all of those things! If you can't decide on a favorite, or remember all the fictional weapons you've seen, check out the list of the ten baddest fictional movie weapons at TVOM, with descriptions and video evidence. There’s even an hour-long video of lightsaber battles included for your enjoyment.
There have been Star Wars fans as long as I've been alive, and yet growing up as part of the nerd tribe means being introduced to all the different kinds of Star Wars fans that exist within this franchise centric fan base.
I've always considered myself to be a bit of a casual fan, I've played all the video games and a few editions of the tabletop roleplaying game but I don't know the name of every alien race or which planet every character calls home.
But according to this comic strip created by Andy Kluthe for Dorkly I'm actually an Original Trilogy Purist with a bit of an Extended Canon-ites streak when we're in the middle of an Edge Of The Empire campaign.
A few days ago, Dogma mentioned that her granddaughter had only seen The Force Awakens and none of the other Star Wars movies. That just seems so cockeyed to us older fans, but it makes perfect sense for someone who is too young to have been around for the prequels, much less the original trilogy. Nevertheless, a real Star Wars fan would’ve felt a disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced, at the very minute this happened. This is the latest from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.
If you found The Force Awakens to be a bit familiar, you’re not the only one. There are a lot of elements that harken back to the original trilogy, and the various character types have many things in common with all adventure movies. Here they are, meeting each other, in this video that may contain spoilers for those who haven’t seen The Force Awakens. If you haven’t seen the original trilogy, this will spoil nothing.