Let’s Play: The Shining is an Atari-style video game by Pippin Barr. Drive up to the Overlook Hotel, take a walk through the maze, bounce things off the wall because you’re bored, deal with writer’s block, ride your Big Wheel down the corridors, and defend yourself against an axe murderer.
We at Neatorama love Disney and have featured a lot of trivia about the Disney parks, but even with all the coverage we've done, I was happily surprised to see that this cool Travel and Leisure article actually had quite a few facts that even I hadn't read about yet.
For example, did you know that the clothing worn by the presidents in the Hall of Presidents not only looks period appropriate, but were even made in a period appropriate manner? Or that the Disneyland Railroad is ran on French fry oil? And as for those pesky wait times:
Cribbing a page from airlines’ standard operating procedure about flight times, posted wait times for rides are intentional lies. According to a Walt Disney World cast member on a seven-hour Backstage Magic tour, management overestimates by five or 10 minutes so that guests are "pushed" at different areas while also coming away from rides with a warm impression of exceeded expectations.
No animated feature ever made can compare to AKIRA in terms of illustrative detail, mature storyline and originality.
Now that might just be my humble opinion, but it’s an opinion shared by many fans of animation (and more specifically anime), and AKIRA has become much more than just a fine example of early anime- it has become the standard by which an animated feature’s style and story are judged.
Katsuhiro Otomo created the AKIRA manga as homage to artist Mitsuteru Yokoyama, but by the time it made it to the big screen it had definitely taken on a life of its own, 160,000 single shots of vibrant, animated life.
The makers of Game Of Thrones have tried to stay as faithful to George R. R. Martin's books as possible, but some changes simply must be made when a book is translated into a visual medium.
Characters are often changed to make them, and their appearance, more visually appealing to viewers, which is why that imp Tyrion Lannister is still a sympathetic character:
“Tyrion’s fingers went to the great gash that ran from above one eye down to his jaw, across what remained of his nose. The proud flesh was still raw and warm to the touch.” —A Storm of Swords
And some characters have their overall look radically altered just so their flamboyant style will flow with the overall color scheme of the show, such as the radical decolorization of Daario Naharis:
“Daario Naharis was flamboyant even for a Tyroshi. His beard was cut into three prongs and dyed blue, the same color as his eyes and the curly hair that fell to his collar. His pointed mustachios were painted gold. His clothes were all shades of yellow; a foam of Myrish lace the color of butter spilled from his collar and cuffs, his doublet was sewn with brass medallions in the shape of dandelions, and ornamental goldwork crawled up his high leather boots to his thighs.” —A Storm of Swords
If you’re a cartoon fan who hasn't watched the newish animated series Gravity Falls it’s probably because you either haven’t heard of it, or you decided to pass because it airs on Disney XD.
Either way, all you toonheads out there owe it to yourselves to check out Gravity Falls, because it’s amazing on so many levels!
If you’re a fan of the show then you know awesome stuff happens in Gravity Falls, like Neil DeGrasse Tyson lending his voice to Waddles The Pig for one very special episode, not to mention Summerween.
But even the most diehard fan can learn plenty of stuff about their favorite cryptozoic conspiracy themed cartoon show in a mental_floss article entitled 14 Fun Facts About Gravity Falls.
Want to discover the origin story of main characters Mabel (based on creator Alex Hirsch’s twin sister) and the grumbly Grunkle Stan (based on Alex’s grandpa Stan)? Don't be afraid to learn the truth, read on and discover what lurks behind the scenes of Gravity Falls!
We love trivia about our favorite books and movies and this great TopTenz article has fun facts about both books and movies. For example, did you know Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) went through chemotherapy to fight breast cancer while she was acting in the two final films? Or that Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double was paralyzed while filming a flying scene?
Director David Ayer just tweeted the first official look at Jared Leto as the Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie adaptation, and the flames of nerd rage have begun to rise.
Here’s the first look photo so you can grin happily or cringe fearfully:
The internet community was quick to react and respond to the image...mostly with hatred and disdain. Some felt seeing The Joker's tattoed punk makeover was sure to make Ben Affleck feel sad:
Others felt it had the potential to become an advertising cash cow for the producers:
And then there's this cheeky suggestion for a totally surreal sequel:
Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Woodstock and the rest of the Peanuts gang might be have some humorous adventures in their ordinary suburban life, but in Westeros, no one is safe from death. Artist Philip Horoton has made a few great cartoons showing what happens when the Peanuts travel to the world of George R.R. Martin.
While Philip has quite a few great comic mashups, these are so far the only two combining Peanuts and Game of Thrones, but I really hope he makes more because these are so promising already.
Via Geek Tyrant
The 2013 Superman movie Man of Steel was in color, alright, but it was muted and dark, trying to emulate the look of The Dark Knight. But what works for Batman doesn’t necessarily work for Superman. VideoLab adjusted the colors to look more like the real world, which makes a real difference, don’t you think? At least its much easier for someone with less-than-optimal eyesight to follow. -via b3ta
Sci fi shows occassionally have levity, but they need to have believable drama or else they don't work. While that makes for great film and television, it doesn't give fans the best insight on how their favorite actors are on set. This awesome collection of sci fi bloopers featured on io9 shows what happens between the successful takes and reminds us that no matter how serious Worf, Scully, Starbuck and Agent Dunham appear on screen, the actors portraying them are still real, silly people.
Hollywood movie magic seems way more magical when you don't know all the behind-the-scenes secrets, but with all the DVD extras and leaked footage floating around that magic is starting to lose its sparkle.
And yet, even with all that access to behind the scenes information, nobody can make movie magic fizzle quite like an extra.
They’re the unknown faces who fill in the scene so the main talent doesn’t get lonely, the aspiring actors and average joes who see all kinds of stuff on film sets we don't get to see on the DVD.
Extras get to see it all without the fame and fortune, so there's nothing stopping them from spilling the beans, but the revelations found in 21 Secrets Film Extras Will Never Tell You aren't scandalous.
In fact, contributor "Emerald Jones" actually makes the whole movie extra gig seem way more mundane than you'd expect, albeit mundane with a side of Johnny Depp.
Jackie Chan is a great kung fu actor who is totally charming, but if you aren't a huge fan (or even if you are), this Top Tenz list might just make you love him even more. Aside from facts about his skills as a stuntman and martial artist, the list gives you a good idea of why Jackie Chan is just a good guy all around. For example, he's setting a great example by not only refusing to eat shark fin soup, but also by making others decide not to as well.
Hyo Taek Kim is an artist and graphic designer who has gained a lot of attention for creating minimal representations of famous movies by displaying their dominant color schemes. Most recently, Kim showed us the colors of Disney animated movies. Now he’s done the same work with the 6 Star Wars movies and the trailer for the upcoming The Force Awakens. You can see them all here.
While an overwhelming number of movies are set in California because it's just easier for Hollywood studios to say they're filming where they're already located, there are still plenty of movies set outside the Golden State. If you've ever wondered what the highest-rated movie set in your state happens to be, you're in luck because this map does an excellent job visualizing this information.
As someone in the state of California, I am happy and a bit surprised to learn that of all the films set here, Pulp Fiction is the highest rated. So how about you guys, are you happy about your state film?
Via Mental Floss
(Image via Tyler Schirado)
Superheroes are a staple source of inspiration for cosplayers, and even those who prefer to cosplay as anime or video game characters usually find a way to include a superhero costume in their collection.
We've all seen the standard costumes, the milestone issue specific costumes, and the generally kinda generic superhero costumes worn at conventions throughout the year, but what about the weird and wonderful costumes?
Well, if wonderfully weird is what you're looking for then go forth, faithful reader, and discover the different side of superhero cosplay!
Superhero cosplay starts at home, when the hero buried deep inside a cosplayer starts to emerge
The need to don superheroic spandex and fight pretend crime becomes too great to ignore
(Image via Cerberust/Colin Geller)
He’s been a major celebrity for 38 years, but Artoo hasn’t lost his common touch. Our favorite droid since 1977 was a guest of honor at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California this past weekend. In between appearances with thousands of adoring fans, R2-D2 took time out of his busy schedule to play with a little boy at the Anaheim Convention Center.
-via Fashionably Geek
Minion lovers everywhere, rejoice! You can now decorate your home in the precise color of your favorite mad-scientist sidekicks. That's right, Pantone has officially released a new color called "Minion Yellow." It's been three years since the company announced a new color, but if you can't say "banana" or "bottom" without a little smile, you'll likely agree that this one was worth the wait.
by Michael Woodring
These may not be the droids you're looking for!
For a Sideshow Collectibles show at the 2015 Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California titled "R2-ME2," artists were given the chance to change the look of a blank R2-D2 1/6 scale figure. Entries included a droid painted to like a robotic Pee-wee Herman (red bowtie and all), Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street ("Scram"), and an adorable likeness of Finn from Adventure Time.
by Erik Scoggan
by Dave Kawano
Check the rest of them out over at Sideshow Collectibles.
If you're a Neatorama reader, then chances are you're a bit of a nerd. And you know what? Whether a freak or a geek, everyone's a little bit weird -and that's a good thing. In fact, in this great Zen Pencils cartoon, artist Gavin Aung Than uses a Robert Fulghum quote to remind us that mutual weirdness is the basis for some of our best relationships.
See the full comic after the jump.
Everyone is quite taken with the new-style droid from the forthcoming film Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. It just looks so cool with its little head balancing atop a rolling ball body! Industrial designer Christian Poulsen saw it as a challenge. After seeing a video of the 3D version on stage at Star Wars Celebration, he decided to make one -in only a day.
How did he get the head to stay on while the body rolled around? Magnets. The secret here is that he started with a Sphero ball, which is a robotic ball controlled by phone apps. The device inside is weighed so that it doesn’t roll with the ball.
Poulsen posted a tutorial on the process, in case you want to make your own. But if you are not so technically-inclined, Sphero is teasing the story that it will make a BB-8 to sell. -via the A.V. Club
The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice teaser trailer was barely out to the public before Bobby Burns began remixing it to feature Christopher Reeve and Adam West in their iconic superhero roles. The audio from the teaser remains the same. This makes it clear that while we can imagine Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill as having nefarious intentions underneath their public personas, it’s hard to look at our old-school heroes that way.
This could have starred George Reeves as Superman, but then you’d get into the color vs. black-and-white mixing problem. And the fact that only us old folks would have appreciated it. -via Time Newsfeed
(Protect the Wall t-shirt on sale at the NeatoShop)
Every few months, I make anime viewing recommmendations and invite Neatorama readers to suggest their own and discuss any anime topics they want. Let's do it again!
The last time that I made anime recommendations, Aldnoah Zero rested at the top of the post. You know what? It does again! It's an extraordinary, soaring drama of love, war, courage, and treachery. Slaine Troyard--the man in the red coat--is the most fascinating character I've encountered in anime. After 24 episodes, the series is now complete and is now easily one of my three favorites.
(Photo: Stephanie Burdo)
This magnificent cosplay by an unknown fan at Star Wars Celebration this past weekend offers the perfect trap. From the bridge of the flagship Home One, the Admiral conducts the attack on the second Death Star. His uniform is now more suited for a hot summer on Endor.
Hopefully he will now be more welcome at Ole Miss.
(Photo: The Community-Pop Culture Group)
Dr. Jackson Crawford of UCLA is a scholar of Scandianvian studies and Old Norse literature. He has faithfully restored the Star Wars saga from its original form before George Lucas set to work on it. Star Wars began not as a movie trilogy, but an Old Norse saga composed a thousand years ago. You can find the entire document here. Skip to chapter 17 to read the beginning of what fans refer to as Episode IV. It includes this introduction of the legendary Viking warriors Han Solo and Chewbacca:
Hani had another great treasure, and that was his ship, which he had gotten when he won a swimming race against Landó Kalrissiansson at Kessel Island. This ship was called the Thousand Year Falcon; it was the fastest of ships.
A Frisian man accompanied Hólmgöngu-Hani; he was named Tsiubakka. He was the hairiest of men and very big, he had blackish-brown hair and was rather chubby-faced and broad across the brows. Tsiubakka did not know how to speak Norse, but he understood what men said, and Hani spoke Frisian.
-via Marginal Revolution
Is there any more appropriate place to wear a Star Trek uniform than in outer space? That couldn’t have been easy, considering the limitations on how many belongings crew members are allowed to bring to the ISS. This is astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, an Italian engineer from the European Space Agency (ESA) aboard the space station. For this picture, though, she is Captain Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager.
She’s pointing to the SpaceX Dragon capsule that was delivering supplies to the ISS Friday, and her text is referring to the coveted espresso machine aboard. They call it the ISSpresso. That is one necessary delivery for an Italian astronaut! -via Uproxx
Kevin Spacey is constantly reinventing himself as an actor, tackling new roles with a zeal that proves he's in it for more than just the money- he has a need to succeed that stems from his dark family history.
According to Spacey's older brother Randall Fowler (who also happens to be a Rod Stewart impersonator) he and Kevin grew up under constant threat of assault from their American Nazi father Thomas Geoffrey Fowler.
Thomas allegedly physically and sexually abused Randall but left Kevin alone, and the emotional damage caused Kevin to cut off all ties with his father and take his mother's maiden name of Spacey.
This story first broke ten years ago, shortly after Randall was interviewed by Sharon Churcher and revealed details of his family's tragic history that were previously thought to be nothing but idle gossip.
I'm not sure why this story is making the rounds again but if you haven't heard Spacey's dark backstory it's news to you!
(Photo: David Ngo)
Bernadette Bentley is an actress and a master of cosplay. Most recently, she attended WonderCon in Anaheim, California. She does a great job of portraying the titular character from Xena: Warrior Princess, in part because she looks a lot like the Lucy Lawless, the actress who played Xena.
The future worlds brought to life by our favorite sci-fi franchises are generally either bright and technologically advanced or dark and apocalyptic, and yet somehow Futurama manages to be both.
There are bright elements, like the overabundance of owls on the streets of New New York, and futuristic elements, like signs written in seemingly alien languages and drunken robots like Bender. The dark and apocalyptic? Poplers, Slurm and sewer mutants, just to name a few.
Simply watching Futurama won't help you discover all the secrets hidden in every episode, you have to do some digging and go behind the scenes of the show to discover all the mysteries hidden in plain sight.
Or you can watch this informative video created by Top10Memes and discover a thing or ten about the fantastic world of Futurama in about eight minutes!