Ellen Degeneres returns to her standup roots for a guest appearance on the HBO show Game of Thrones. She plays -what else- the court jester. Despite what she tells you, I see hardly any spoilers here. There might be if it made any sense, but we don’t watch standup comedians for their logic. -via Tastefully Offensive
Cult classic sci-fi flick The Fifth Element is beloved by fans for its original sense of humor, vibrant characters, and truly unique twist on the sci-fi genre, but when TFE gets an 8-bit makeover the whole thing becomes even more far out!
Cinefix's conversion of The Fifth Element into a pixel-tastic, video game inspired animated short may not replace the original movie in the hearts of fans, but once again they have done a great job of making me long for an old school style video game that will never come out. *sigh*
Star Wars is one of the most beloved sci-fi franchises of all time, and both the special effects and the movie soundtracks still hold up decades later.
A big part of the original trilogy’s charm is the fun foley sound effects created specifically for the films- they're so iconic you can tell a lightsaber from a blaster rifle from a TIE fighter just by hearing the sound, but what would Star Wars be without those iconic foley sound effects?
YouTube user Hudson Hongo brings us Star Wars: Bad Foley Edition in an effort to prove just how important sound effects are to those wars in the stars.
-Via Gamma Squad
Kids who grew up in the 80s didn’t have Harry Potter in their lives, but frankly they didn’t need the shrimpy spell flinger hanging around when they had Transformers, Dungeons & Dragons and He-Man to keep their imaginations occupied.
However, now that the lil scarhead has made such a big splash in the world of geekdom he’s being integrated into all kinds of silly projects, like this animated short which reimagines Harry Potter as a 1980s Anime series.
Created by Nacho Punch, Harry Potter Cyber Punk Adventure: The 1980's Anime is heavy on the Akira influence and light on the teen angst, and would have looked right at home with the Saturday Morning cartoons lineup.
-Via Laughing Squid
Unless you're a diehard fan of both basketball and Bugs Bunny chances are Space Jam didn’t make its way onto your top ten movie list.
However, those who grew up in the 90s consider this composited animated feature to be a fun bit of nostalgia from their childhood, and the rest of us are left wondering why the heck they made such a ridiculous movie.
It turns out the reason they made Space Jam is so a bunch of hilarious comedians like Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, and Seth Green could resurrect the film’s script nearly twenty years later for a hilarious table read! Now that’s a Space Jam I can get behind!
We have shared many fine examples of cartoon character cosplay over the years, but Ryoko Demon’s portrayal of Captain Amelia from the Disney animated feature Treasure Planet really takes the cake!
Ryoko Demon brings the fearless character to life like never before, with seamless makeup that makes her look like a real purrty alien cat lady and an equally high quality wardrobe just like what the character wore in the animated feature, complete with far out laser rifle.
Treasure Planet didn’t receive the attention or critical acclaim normally associated with Disney movies, but cosplayers like Ryoko Demon may inspire people to look into this underrated Disney flick.
James Haggerty is an artist who works in many different media. Among his more inventive projects are large mosaics of Star Wars characters that use tens of thousands of individual staples.
Isn't that amazing? I've never thought of using staples for art, but I can see how they would work well.
You can see more of his work at Nerd Approved, including an image of C-3PO consisting of 33,580 staples.
It’s safe to say that Spongebob Squarepants is not a scientifically accurate cartoon show, despite the fact that the squirrel wears a diving suit and the squid is a bit of a jerk.
Toon heads don’t tune in to see science, they watch to see zany antics and colorful characters, so making a scientifically accurate version of Spongebob would totally ruin the show.
Well, that’s exactly what the folks from Animation Domination High-Def have done with their short Scientifically Accurate Spongebob Squarepants, and once you watch it you may not be able to watch Spongebob ever again without wondering about the dark truths ADHD has revealed about life in Bikini Bottom.
-Via Gamma Squad
Maleficent is definitely one of the most stylish Disney villains, and Hot Topic is a company that caters to those who choose to live on the fringe of society, people who have a lot in common with cartoon villains.
Now the two dark forces are teaming up to bring Maleficent inspired fashion designs to the teens and tweens of the world, aka villains-in-training.
Hot Topic shoppers are sure to love this decidedly dark clothing line, not to mention the geek creds bestowed upon them by the Maleficent tie-in, and even though the gals who don this wicked wardrobe will appear to have a dark side, their only dark secrets are that they all have a Disney princess dress hanging in their closet!
Star Trek fans who have always wanted to snuggle up in bed with Captain James T. Kirk or that pointy eared stud Spock can now make their nerdy dreams come true…sort of.
These full sized body pillows, featuring sexy silkscreened images of Kirk on one side and Spock on the other, were created by Etsy seller IdentityProductions, makers of fine body pillows featuring all kinds of hunkified characters from Solid Snake to the guys from Teen Wolf.
With these pillows heating up your bedspread you now have an excuse to let loose the geekiest pillow talk ever, and phrases like “you can beam me up Spock!” and “set phasers to meow!” will seem totally appropriate when you’re staring into their silkscreened eyes.
That's basic stargate safety protocol. You stand at least 40 feet away from the event horizon so that the unstable vortex doesn't annihilate you. It does not scale down, so follow the same rule on this miniature stargate made by YouTube user TheEnchantedBeer. S/he is working on this project with a colleague 9400 kilometers away. They hope to transport something between their stargates:
This is an international collaboration of friends located about 9400km apart, so a device for transporting across vast distances seems perfect. Unfortunately, I cannot yet generate wormholes at will, so we will have to settle for transporting information via the internet.
The project consists of a small(19cm diameter), SG-1 variety stargate with dialing computer. It will move and light up just like the version in SG-1. When a proper address is dialed, a connection will be opened up via the internet to a corresponding device or computer. Exactly what will be transmitted has not yet been decided. The hardware/internet interface will be via arduino.
*In reality, 20 feet is fine. But, you know--lawyers. So our rule is 40 feet.
Spider-Man's web swinging exploits are legendary among comic book fans and those introduced to the friendly neighborhood superhero by the new movies, so it’s no wonder people want to be like him. Spidey’s most iconic accessory is his signature web blasters, and many people have tried to make their own web slingers to little or no avail.
Patrick Priebe, who Gizmag describes as a “German laser weapons hobbyist”, created a deadly cool, and very functional pair of Spidey inspired web-shooters, only his creation doesn’t shoot webs- it shoots a laser-guided harpoon.
It’s a very useful device for killing and snaring prey from far away, but won’t help Marvel’s wise cracking webhead bag the bad guys…unless the bag in question is a body bag!
DC Comics unveiled this new Batman short by Darwyn Cooke at Wondercon. It features the voice of Kevin Conroy and plenty of easter eggs.
Like in the series "Batman Beyond," the short takes place in the future, with Bruce Wayne (voiced by Kevin Conroy, who has been portraying Batman for 22 years) semi-retired from being a superhero and his young pal Terry (voiced by Will Friedle, returning to the role for the first time since 2005) taking up the mantle of Batman. As the short begins, Bruce has been attacked by someone looking exactly like his younger self from "Batman: The Animated Series" (1993-95).
Before it’s over, you’ll see many incarnations of Batman as he appeared over his 75-year history. via Gamma Squad
With Google Maps technology, you can now explore the lands of George R.R. Martin’s world from A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones. Check out the map of Westeros and Essos. With a click you can see who owns what lands, or the paths that characters travel. Toggle between “episodes” and “chapters,” depending on whether you’ve read the books or are following the TV show. You can adjust a slide to protect yourself from spoilers, although it may be tempting to peek ahead. There are also plenty of links to more information. A lot of work went into this project! -via The Daily Dot
Is this a mashup we haven’t seen before? I would have never thought of it -combining Disney movie characters with the Marvel super heroes of The Avengers. DeviantART member ThinkingMakesItSo did these, and you can see all eight works in his gallery. You won’t believe what Disney character plays Black Widow! -via a comment at reddit
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Gamers don’t always purchase games based on the look of the cover art, especially if they already know what to expect when they bring the game home, but the crazy cover art on these pirated Playstation 2 games spotted by Imgur user azjabar in an Iraqi market might make someone think twice before buying.
The pirate photoshop (ms paint?) jockeys who created these incredibly bad covers weren’t looking to impress gamers with their glorious graphic design skills, but the fact that they don’t even bother to find out what the games are actually called, and at least attempt to imitate the original cover, makes them look even more bootleg than most bootlegs!
-Via Nerd Approved
In honor of the year-long celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary, Fast Company asked some past and present Batman insiders to share remembrances of the Caped Crusader. They received anecdotes from comic book artists such as Neal Adams, Jim Lee, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Walt Simonson, and movie producer Michael Uslan, who said,
“I fell in love with Batman at eight years old, because he was the only superhero with no superpowers and fought the greatest supervillains in the history of comic books. Batman’s greatest superpower is his humanity. The Batman TV show happened when I was in eighth grade. I waited for months for it to premiere. When it did, I was simultaneously thrilled and horrified. The show was in color, and the animated credits and sets were really cool. But it was too much like a cartoon. The entire world was laughing at Batman. At that point, I made a vow. Somehow, I was going to show the world the real Batman--a creature of night, who stalks criminals from the shadows--and figure out how to erase the words Zap! Pow! and Wham! from the collective consciousness. That path would become my life’s journey and career.”
Uslan went on to serve as executive producer of the movies Batman, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and upcoming Batman vs. Superman. Read the rest of the stories at CoCreate.
The monstrous gangster Spider-Man rules the dark streets of Istanbul. Julia, Captain America's girlfriend, goes to help the police end the web slinger's menace. But when Spider-Man's henchmen capture Julia, it is up to Captain America and Santo, the masked Mexican wrestler, to save her and crush Spider-Man's gang.
You got that? Okay, then you're ready to watch T. Fikret Uçak's 1973 cinematic masterpiece 3 Dev Adam. Read all about it at VA Viper. You can watch a selection embedded below. It includes the unintentionally hilarious use of a guinea pig as a torture device at 2:04.
I'm a bit skeptical that this movie was made with the permission of Marvel Comics.
The senior officers of the Enterprise-D are ready for the annual Easter egg hunt. Everyone looks happy about it, except for Worf. That's because he's afraid that Riker will once again get the most chocolate eggs.
Nitpick: Data should have 2 and a half rank pips, not 3. He was a Lieutenant Commander, not a full Commander.
-via Between the Pages
Francis Schmidt is an art and animation professor at Bergen Community College in New Jersey. He is also a Game of Thrones fan, as is his family. In January, Schmidt posted a picture of his 7-year-old daughter doing a yoga pose while wearing her father’s t-shirt to Google+. The t-shirt had a quote from Game of Thrones printed on it: “I will take what is mine with fire & blood.” The college dean saw the picture and called Schmidt in to speak to college officials, who asked if the photograph “represented a threat against the dean.”
Schmidt said the Human Resources and security officials who interviewed him seemed unfamiliar with the show, so he searched for the quote on Google and came up with 30.8 million hits.
He said the interview, however, led to his suspension without pay and a trip to a psychiatrist before he was cleared to return to campus.
Schmidt said he asked the officials why they thought the slogan was threatening, and one said “when you see the word fire, then someone shows up with an AK-47 here shooting everybody,” he said.
“I had no idea what to say to that. For God’s sake, I’m a middle-aged art professor,” Schmidt said. “I don’t own any firearms.”
For one thing, the shirt is obviously mass-produced. For another thing, there was no mention of the college or the dean in the Google+ post. And the shirt was worn by his child! One explanation is that the college is going through some struggles: the faculty is working without a contract and have cast a no-confidence vote against the school’s president. The labor dispute must have the entire administration on edge -so much that none of them can watch TV or read about pop culture. Schmidt has since been reinstated, and given back pay for missing the first week of the semester. -via Uproxx
There have been all kinds of strange examples of Muppets mashup art making their way onto the interwebs, from the kinda freaky look of Muppet zombies to the extremely terrifying Muppets as real people, but the latest mashup making the rounds is disturbing both visually and mentally- The Muppets as Twin Peaks characters by illustrator Justin DeVine
Miss Piggy is cold, lifeless and wrapped in plastic, Gonzo is doing his weirdo dance in the Red Room, and Kermit Cooper is too hopped up on coffee to find Piggy’s killer, truly the darkest days ever experienced by the puppet troupe.
David Lynch productions are already pretty strange, but think about how strange Twin Peaks would have been if it had starred the Muppets!
James Hance gives us a peek at a painting in progress called "A Princess & A Guy Like Me?" You have to admit, these two seem made for each other, even if they are from two different worlds. You can see the various stages of this painting and others at Hance's Facebook page. -via Geeks Are Sexy
See also: More art by James Hance.
A new hero has emerged on the swag littered floor of fandom conventions, a selfless superstar who brings much needed supplies to cosplayers weary from a day of posing for pictures and pushing through crowds.
He is Captain Patch-It, and his superpower is being prepared for almost any cosplay emergency, armed with everything a cosplayer in peril might need- glue gun, safety pins, thread and needles, all kinds of tape including duct and electrical, scissors, hair pins and a helping hand.
Captain Patch-It made his first appearance at Supanova Melbourne, and he’s hoping to inspire convention goers to form their own chapter of the International Cosplay Corps, so they can help other cosplayers in need at conventions across the globe.
A 4-sided die is a pyramid. A 2-sided die is a coin. What's a 1-sided die? It's a Möbius strip. No matter how you throw it, the die will always land on its only side. Awesome Dice developed it for role-playing games, such as Dungeons & Dragons.
Now to the obvious question: why would you ever need a 1-sided die?
It's a way of resolving conflicts that come up in gaming sessions. Sometimes there are argumentative players who press a game master to randomly roll outcomes rather than verbally lead the players along a storyline. When you have such a player in your group, get out your 1-sided die.
Imagine this all too common scenario faced every day by D&D DMs around the world: your group is in a dungeon crawl. There’s a room with a pie in it, and the pie is guarded by an orc. If the characters open the door, one of these things happen:
1. The orc attacks
That’s it, there’s only the one option. So the characters do indeed open the door and the poor DM consults the chart. Unfortunately the smallest die type he has is a d4, so our DM has no choice but to roll the d4 over and over until he gets a 1 before he knows what the orc is going to do.
This is exactly the situation that 1-sided dice are designed to solve. Now the DM can grab the d1 and quickly roll just one time, see what the orc will do, and get on with the action of the game. In this way 1-sided dice make your game move faster and better.
-via Marcel Ledbetter
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There’s a popular misconception that nerd culture began in the 1970s with the rise of fandom conventions, adult comic book collectors and science fiction productions reaching a broader audience than ever before, but nerd culture as we know it today actually began around the turn of the 20th century.
Cosplayers are all the rage at the moment, but August Olson, the person often considered to be the first cosplayer, dressed up like a comic strip alien called Skygack to attend a masked ball in Monroe, Washington all the way back in 1912, so it appears cosplay is nothing new.
Neither is using pop culture characters for advertising, or media piracy for that matter, as you will find out when you read Cracked’s article about 6 Nerd Culture Stereotypes That Are Way Older Than You Think.
The original design for the alien in the movie Predator was not the look that ended up in the film. It was not amenable to an actor actually walking around it, much less performing martial arts, as Jean-Claude van Damme thought he would. Ultimately, van Damme was replaced by 7’ 2” actor Kevin Peter Hall, not only because of his disgust with the role, but also because he was so much smaller than Arnold Schwarzenegger and Carl Weathers. Let’s get another look at that costume.
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