10 Hidden Details in The Force Awakens

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.  

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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

P.S. Here's the story behind the droid R2KT.


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The Hastily Produced History Of The Ashcan Copy

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.

Here it is complete with commercials:

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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:

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Read about The Weird History Of The Ashcan Copy at mental_floss


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Watch This Guy Show Off His Slinky Kung Fu Skills

The Slinky was kind of a dumb toy, unless your house was full of staircases and that's where you liked to hang out all day, but the guy in this video somehow makes the Slinky seem cool.

Of course, give nearly any object to a practitioner of kung fu and they'll make it look like the coolest weapon ever, a fact which surprisingly even applies to a rainbow colored Slinky.

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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.

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Stop Motion Short Summarizes 40,000 Years Of London History In 3 Minutes

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.

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National Geographic's video team drew inspiration for the short from the thousands of historical artifacts discovered below London last year when construction began on the new Crossrail system.

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JK Rowling Announces Four New Wizarding Schools

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.

If you haven’t been keeping up with the Rowling’s continuing adventures at Pottermore, get the condensed version of what we know about the four new schools here.

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Tony The Tiger Versus The Furries

It seems only natural that Furries would find the Frosted Flakes spokescat Tony The Tiger appealing, because he's the epitome of a heroic masculine anthropomorph, and his voice is pretty cool too.

But some Furries (or quite possibly fake Furries trolling) have been taking their love of Tony too far on social media, forcing Tony to bite their mascot-sized heads off and block them on Twitter.

The blocking of all Furries from @realtonytiger really got under their fake fur, so they took to Twitter to complain about the unfairness of it all with the hashtag #tonytigergate.

But it all worked out for both cartoon spokesanimals and Furries alike in the end, because Chester the Cheeto munching Cheetah came out and welcomed all fans, freaky Furries or otherwise.

Oh Chester, you have so much love to give...

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Scary Good Photographic Recreations Of Bosch Paintings

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.”

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Dalek Firepit

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.

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Archer Quotes Work Really Well With James Bond Stills

Sterling Archer can't even dream of being as good as James Bond at the secret agenting game, but that doesn't stop him from trying to channel that 007 vibe every day of his life.

And while Bond has definitely made some bold and memorable statements in his films, Archer has a way with words that tends to make people say "Wow, did he really just say that?".

But pretend like Archer's words are being said by James Bond and you've shaken up those fictional espionage films we all know and love in comedic style.

Basically it turns Bond into a doubly drunk, somehow slightly less lecherous, more conceited and a whole lot more idiotic version of 007...with a butler, and a lemur named Reggie.

See more Archer Quotes On James Bond Pictures here (contains NSFW language)

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10 Technologies in Movies We Wish Were Real

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.

Read about nine other movie technologies we could really use at TVOM.


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Fourteen Prank Pics To Get You In The Mood For Some Trickery

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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.

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However,  it's important to keep your pranking within acceptable boundaries, to avoid causing bodily harm or emotional pain, but that still leaves lots of room to mess with people's minds.

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And if you simply can't find a new way to prank 'em all you can always go with a tried and true standard in the world of pranking- attaching an air horn to a toilet seat.

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Of course, you may want to conceal the air horn a bit better than this person did because you know what they say about paybacks...

See These 14 Pranks Are Pretty Incredible And Should Absolutely Be Copied here


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Ten of the Baddest Fictional Movie Weapons

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.


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The 8 Different Types Of Star Wars Fans

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.

See The 8 Types Of Star Wars Fans here


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His Favorite Star Wars Movie

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.


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6 Star Wars Characters Meet Their New Equivalents

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. 

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Although the “equivalent” characters are superficially similar, they aren’t all that impressed with each other. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Incredibly Detailed Wood Models of Science Fiction Ships

Martin Creaney made his enormous and enormously detailed model of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars out of 3,000 pieces of wood and using more different types of wood than he can now remember. And that's just the beginning of what he can do . . . .

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Lightsaber Violin Cover of Star Wars Music


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Violinst Jeffrey Ding He built 4 lighsabers (Jedi are supposed to build their own, you know), and used them to play the Force theme from Episode IV. It's beautifully sad, majestic, and moving. The violin is a more elegant instrument for a more civilized age and He is its master. I definitely want him playing at my next colonoscopy.

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Quentin Tarantino Confirms His Movies All Exist In The Same Universe

The characters in Quentin Tarantino's movies feel like part of the same universe, and whether the storyline takes place in the past or present certain key elements seem eerily similar in all of his films.

Tarantino also likes to include unifying elements that are obviously meant to be, like the Big Kahuna Burger or having a Vega brother in both Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, all leading to the unified Tarantino universe fan theory.

Quentin finally revealed the fan theory to be true during a recent interview on The Project, confirming that his movies all take place in the same cinematic universe, well, two universes to be precise.

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There's the "realer than real" universe, which is where all the characters live, and then there's the "movie" universe within the "realer" universe that serves as entertainment for the characters.

Which is why Uma Thurman's "realer" character in Pulp Fiction describes the plot to Kill Bill to Vincent Vega when talking about her favorite TV show Fox Force Five...is your brain smoking yet?

-Via Polygon


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The 10 Best Superhero Performances in Movies

Here’s something that fans can argue about for days. Who portrayed Batman the best? I am partial to Michael Keaton, but that may just be an artifact of my age (and the fact that I still haven’t seen The Dark Knight). You may prefer Christian Bale or even Adam West or Val Kilmer. What if none of them made this list of the ten best superhero performances in movies? There are also plenty of actors who’ve played Superman, not to mention the Avengers, X-men, Spider-Man, and so many other superheroes on film. The list isn’t ranked, but if your favorite made it on there at all, you can pat yourself on the back for your good taste.

The picture here? Well, I have taste, too.


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Seven Stories Stephen King Refuses To Publish

Stephen King is the most successful, and one of the most prolific, horror writers of all time, and yet he'll readily admit when something he's written simply shouldn't be put into print.

You can't blame the guy for batting less than a thousand, it's honestly quite remarkable that Stephen King still has so many amazing stories in him considering he wrote his first novel The Aftermath when he was just 16 years old.

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The Aftermath tops the list of stories never to be published because King considers his first novel, which is about an apocalyptic survivor trying to sabotage a military force made up of aliens in disguise, a juvenile attempt at novel writing.

The manuscript rests under lock and key in the Fogler Archive at the University of Maine alongside a short story he helped his son Owen write called I Hate Mondays, which is, strangely enough, not about Garfield the cat:

I Hate Mondays, a short story about two misfits who are kidnapped by a goon named Doctor Mindbender and forced to give up the combination to a safe.

See the 7 Stories Stephen King Refuses To Publish at mental_floss


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What If Hollywood Rebooted NickToons From The 90s?

The 90s are all the rage with the kids these days, which means those NickToons we all loved when we were young(er) will inevitably be rebooted hard by Big Hollywood someday soon.

Directors like Michael Bay, Quentin Tarantino and Judd Apatow are lining up to take a crack at a NickToon reboot, yeah I said Judd Apatow, who else could possibly direct the dark rom-com update of Hey Arnold!?

Illuminating illustrator Mady G. created these guaranteed to be better than the actual reboot movie posters and I have to admit she has sold me on the idea of a gritty CatDog reboot...

See If Hollywood Rebooted Nicktoons here


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A Map Of The Most Popular Fictional Characters From Every State

You probably already know Marty McFly is from Hill Valley, California and Family Guy's Peter Griffin is from Quahog, Rhode Island, but did you know Rambo is from Bowie, Arizona?

Charlie Brown is from Minnesota because that's where creator Charles Schulz is from, and Chilly Willy is from Alaska because of course he is.

But this map created by Playboy showing The Most Popular Fictional Characters From Every State claims Barbie is from New York.

That's presumably because she made her first appearance at the American International Toy Fair in New York, but the official Barbie site lists her hometown as (fictional) Willows, Wisconsin.

Next you'll be telling me Hannah Montana isn't even from Montana...oh wait, it says here she's originally from Tennessee...

See full sized version of map here

-Via DOSE


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The Sailor Scouts Scaled to the Relative Sizes of Their Planets

50 moons could fit inside the Earth and 1,321 Earths could fit inside Jupiter, so Sailor Jupiter is 66,050 times the size of Sailor Moon. This chart by Twitter member Sario572 scales the Sailor Scouts in the anime series Sailor Moon to the relative size of the planets that they represent.

From right to left, they are Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Saturn, Sailor Uranus, Sailor Neptune, Sailor Venus, Sailor Mars, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Moon, and . . . I honesty don't know about the last two.

You can see a much larger version here.

-via Richard Eisenbeis


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Only Six Actors Have Ever Been Nominated Twice For The Same Role

Actors who win an Oscar are either lucky or part of a rigged process, depending on how you view the Academy and the way they've voted in the past, but winning an Oscar more than once sure makes you seem lucky.

And if that's true then actors who are nominated twice for the same role are surely the luckiest of them all.

And while nobody has ever won two Oscars for playing the same character only six actors have ever received more than one Academy Award nomination for playing the same role.

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This year Sylvester Stallone was nominated for playing Rocky Balboa in Creedis, becoming the sixth star to join this super exclusive club that includes Paul Newman, Al Pacino, Peter O'Toole, Bing Crosby and Cate Blanchett.

-Via Smithsonian


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22 Things You See In Nearly Every Roleplaying Game

Most roleplaying games either totally railroad the player, like the Final Fantasy series, or they let the player do what they please in an open world, like the Fallout or Elder Scrolls series.

Though seemingly as different as can be both types of RPGs, and pretty much all video games with roleplaying elements, have some rather comical elements in common.

There's the party member who dies in the storyline despite having been resurrected dozens of times in battle, the armor that turns into a bikini when equipped on a female character, and the sewer full of hidden treasures.

Because every stinky sewer must be full of hidden gems, right?

See 22 Things You See In Pretty Much Every RPG here


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BB-8 Snowdroid

8 inches of snow has fallen on Nashville, Tennessee. So when life hands you snow, make snowmen. Jeremy Skates and his friend made this BB-8 droid from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Hopefully he can roll through snow as easily as he traverses the sand on Jakku.

-via Amanda Brennan


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Harry Potter Dungeons & Dragons Character Sheets

No, Harry, you're not a wizard. Strictly speaking, under Dungeons & Dragons rules, Harry Potter would be classed as a sorcerer with a wild magic specialization. Ailea Merriam-Pigg explains:

Non-dragonborn sorcerers utilize wild magic, which can often leads to strange things happening. Since Harry’s known for accidentally making glass disappear, blowing up his aunt, and, oh, you know, burning someone’s face off with his hands, a wild magic sorcerer is perfect. Harry’s standard for battles is basically holding on until he wins, so his constitution is one of his highest stats.

Merriam-Pigg has composed complete character sheets for Harry, Hermione, Ron, Neville, Draco, and Dumbledore. You can view them all here and, as Merriam-Pigg suggests, play them in your next campaign!

-via Nerd Approved


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Photographs Reveal What Actors See When They're On The Stage

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The stage is set up to give an audience the best possible view of a performance, while likewise affording the actors a view of virtually every face in the audience, which must be overwhelming for some when the spotlights come on.

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But there's something beautiful about that window full of waiting faces that must likewise captivate an actor, because many of the theaters photographed by Klaus Frahm are quite nice to look at whether you're the actor or the audience.

Magravial Opera House, Bayreuth

Klaus Frahm's images take us beyond the fourth wall in a whole new way, showing us what actors see when they walk out on the stage and grace the public with their performance.

See 15 Photos Of What Actors See When They're On Stage here


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The Illegitimacy of Aragorn’s Claim to the Throne

This may or may not be blasphemy to Lord of the Rings enthusiasts, but Austin Gilkeson wrote an opinion piece that declares Aragorn does not have a legitimate right to rule Gondor.  

Aragorn’s claim to Gondor’s throne rests entirely on his being descended — after 3,000 years — from Valandil and Isildur, who were kings of Arnor. The closest real-world parallel to this would be an Italian man claiming descent from Romulus showing up in Ankara and claiming to be King of Turkey, because Romulus was supposedly descended from Prince Aeneas of Troy. Imagine if you found out your ancestor, thirty-seven generations prior, was the brother of an Egyptian pharaoh. Do you know what that would make you, in terms of Egyptian political succession? NOTHING. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

He goes into detail about Aragorn’s ancestors and how they weren’t fit to rule anything. Then again, Aragorn did command the combined army that retook Gondor. During most of our real world history, that was enough to lay claim to rule. Not that successful warlords necessarily made good rulers, but neither does a bloodline. While I won’t argue the point past that, you might want to, along with hundreds of other commenters at The Toast.

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Finish What You Started

“I will finish what you started.” We were all aware of that pledge long before we saw The Force Awakens, because it was a central part of the movie trailer. But we jumped the gun a little in thinking we knew what he meant. This is the latest from Down the Upward Spiral by Corey Giacco.


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