An Impressive Demonstration Of Digital Cosmetics

It used to be really hard to explain to people how visual effects software can reduce the signs of aging on an actor’s face, but nowadays we’re exposed to a lot more behind-the-scenes footage that shows how it’s all done.

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And yet this video by visual effects artist Rousselos Aravantinos is still amazing to watch, even if you’ve seen similar stuff in the bonus features section of a DVD, because the subject seems to lose twenty or more years right before your eyes.

It's called digital cosmetics, and it's the part of post production that keeps stars looking young and vital even when they're well past their prime.

-Via Laughing Squid



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Couples Cosplay With Disturbing Implications

Cosplaying as a couple can be a fun way to experience a fandom convention together, and when your costumes work well together you’re sure to get lots of positive attention from cosplay fans.

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But before you and your significant other decide to cosplay together you should think about what your costumes are saying to those who bear witness to your public displays of affection.

Because when your cosplay as Joel and Ellie from The Last Of Us, a middle aged man and a fourteen-year-old girl, and you start making out people who have played the game are liable to lose their lunch.

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And if you're a giant guy with a little pixie of a girlfriend cosplaying as The Hound and Arya Stark may seem like a great idea, but you're going to look mighty pervy when you lean down to give young Arya a kiss!

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See 9 Couple Cosplays With Disturbing Implications at Dorkly



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Perfectly Edited Video for William Shatner’s “Common People”


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In 2004, William Shatner released his album Has Been. It included a cover of “Common People,” a song by Pulp. YouTube user LordRicco666 created this video for it, using scenes from classic Star Trek. It’s a truly outstanding job, matching Shatner’s words with the events of the scenes. The video perfectly syncs at two moments, 0:26 and 0:41, during which Kirk mouths the same phrases that Shatner performed nearly 40 years later.

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Frodo Has No Idea Where He's Going

Frodo knows many things- how to trim your foot hair so it doesn’t look too feminine, when to throw rotten fruit at an orc and when to walk away, and the prime season to pick pipeweed.

But Frodo’s knowledge of other things is rather limited, and when it comes to finding his way across Middle Earth he’s absolutely hopeless.

This comic masterpiece from UP and OUT by Jeremy Kaye captures the feeling of being Frodo on the freeway flawlessly!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy



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9 Characters That Were Kicked Off Sesame Street

Sesame Street seems like the kind of place where a puppet is free to be a puppet, and the fleece skinned characters that live there seem extremely tolerant of all puppetkind, but some puppets are just no darn good.

They’re the unwanted denizens of Sesame Street, the characters who were removed from the show due to dullness, bad behavior or because their foam forms began to disintegrate after years of use.

But bad puppets aren’t the only ones who have been cut from the cast of Sesame Street, a few human offenders have been fired to hammer home a point about following the rules.

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Here's a classic mental_floss article about 9 Muppets Kicked Off Sesame Street, revealing why so many puppets were getting unemployment checks in the 1970s.



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Could The Walking Dead Have a Happy Ending?

Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead comics and TV show, gave us hints in a podcast that the series might end on a hopeful note. Not that he’s anxious to end it.

Don’t expect that to come anytime soon, although Kirkman doesn’t want the series to run forever. “Let’s all be honest. season 16? I’m not even going to be watching this show. I’ll be on a boat. Oh, [season 17]? I don’t care! I’ve transcended television.”

He also joked that more spin-offs aren’t out of the question. “We’re doing [Fear the Walking Dead], and I’m sure that, if it does well, we’ll do The Walking Dead: China eventually. [And then] The Walking Dead: SVU.”

But everything must end sooner or later, and it’s usually better to end a TV series before it completely runs out of steam. So Kirkman has an ending in mind that will turn the usual zombie stories around and have humanity actually winning. Read some details of this plan at Uproxx. It would certainly be a turnaround for the series so far, which has already given us five seasons of of violence, despair, and death.

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Classic Pinups as Disney Princesses

There are a lot of mashups featuring Disney princesses out there, but if you're a fan of the legendary pinup art of Gil Elvgren as well as Disney's lovely ladies, then you'll love these new mashups by DeviantArtist KittRen.

Her artwork features both new and old princesses and does an excellent job maintaining the style of Elvgren while adding the iconic details of the princesses we know and love. Be sure to visit KittRen's portfolio to see the whole series.

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Modern Comic Book Ads for Twinkies

The Hostess brand of snack cakes includes Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Hos, and an assortment of other sweet confections. In the 1970s, it commissioned comic book stories in DC and Marvel publications promoting its products. In these classic ads, several of which you can view here, Captain America, Batman, and other heroes endorse Hostess cakes and good behavior.

Comic Book Resources has a regular feature called The Line It Is Drawn which challenges comic book artists to make funny images along a central theme. This time, it was modern versions of these classic Hostess ads. You can view them all here. My favorite is the rough Marv from Sin City selling Twinkies, courtesy of artist Nick Perks. It references a miniseries in the Sin City universe called That Yellow Bastard.

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Terrible Tattoos Of Your Favorite Musicians

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Anybody can find a good artist to give them a good tattoo, but it takes a special kind of schlub to get a terrible tattoo and rock it with pride.

Realistic portrait tattoos are the hardest to apply, since the artist has to have some drawing skill as well as skill with the gun, so it makes sense that most of the bad tattoos in the world are portraits of real people.

But the artist who applied this awful tattoo of Iggy Pop to some poor soul had obviously given up on going for realism.

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Portrait tattoos are one thing, but how do you screw up a band logo this badly, especially when the Slayer logo is so simple?

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Tara McGinley of Dangerous Minds has put together a collection of Sh**ty Tattoo Portraits Of Your Favorite Musicians, take a look and feel relieved you're not one of the people pictured...or hang your head in shame if you are! (Contains NSFW subject matter)



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The Ridiculously Bad Early Personas Of Wrestling Superstars

Professional wrestlers are expected to adopt larger-than-life personas so the crowd has someone to get behind, or someone to hate with a passion.

The flamboyant, and often ridiculously garbed, characters they portray are generally nothing like the wrestler’s real life self, and yet these characters are often so iconic they can’t seem to move past them in the eyes of fans.

But there are worse things to be remembered for than portraying a smooth badass known as The Rock, like playing the role of sappy golden boy Rocky Maivia, who wears a feathered costume that looks like it was made by a first grader.

And then there are those poor wrestlers who have to start out by portraying a stereotype, such as Triple H’s original foppish French persona Jean-Paul Levesque.

Boy have those two guys come a long way from those goofy early days!

See 6 Hilariously Stupid Early Personas Of Wrestling Superstars at Cracked (contains NSFW language)



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Something is Wrong with the Computer

A computer geek goes through his entire checklist of things that happen to other people’s computers. He knows it’s something Mom did, so he’s ready to fix it and be a hero to her -again. And then he is hurled into The Twilight Zone. This is the latest comic from Invisible Bread by Justin Boyd. -via Geeks Are Sexy



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Cruel Things We've All Done In Video Games

Now, unless you’re deranged, you know that what you’re doing in a video game isn’t really hurting anybody, or causing any harm, in the real world. But game designers do such a good job with character and story development that you end up feeling a bit bad about what you've done anyway.

I mean, who doesn't feel for the poor folks trying to scrape out a living in Megaton, which you could choose to blow to smithereens for a few hundred caps in Fallout 3?

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Here's a video by Zoomin. TV Games that shows 6 Cruel Things We've All Done In Games, so you don't have to feel like a monster anymore!

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Here's What Marvel Superheroes Think About Wolverine

Wolverine has become a fan favorite thanks to the X-Men cartoons, movies and his solo flicks, but back in the day he was just another hard working mutant trying to keep his skin stuck firmly to his adamantium laced bones.

Wolvie has always had a bad temper and a rage to rival that of The Hulk, but overall he’s not a bad guy, right?

Well, according to this fun exerpt from the 2011 Wolverine series, issue #16, not everyone in the Marvel universe holds Wolverine in high regard, but they're all willing to admit he's a total badass!

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Dating Someone As Nerdy As You- Expectations Versus Reality

Nerd love can be unrequited for quite some time, but eventually (if you look hard enough) there’s a somebody out there for everybody, nerds included.

We search for, and obsess over, the geeky guy or girl of our dreams, and then one day (if we’re lucky) we meet someone who has the same delightfully nerdy tendencies and our hearts join forces.

And then, about a month or two later, you discover that your nerd love isn’t living up to expectations, and that there are certain elements of nerddom that take all the allure out of a romantic relationship.

Dorkly’s JHALL created this very relatable comic strip detailing Expectations Vs. Reality- Dating Someone As Nerdy As You, take a peek and see if you relate to this comic as much as I do!



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A Tumblr Created To Help 50 Cent Recover From Bankruptcy

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It’s hard to imagine 50 Cent being bankrupt, what with all the mansions he lives in, expensive vehicles he drives, and hundred dollar bottles of champagne he has been pouring out for over a decade. Oh, now I see it.

Bankruptcy was clearly in Fiddy's future from the very beginning, but when the big B came crashing down around his head Mr. Cent was shook up, and he didn't know where to turn.

Lucky for him, a few of his loyal fans have created the Tumblr site Make 50 Cent Rich Again, where visitors can click a link and play the track "Piggy Bank" on Spotify, thereby earning 50 a cool $0.0011 per listen.

So far the site has earned Fiddy nearly $14.00, which, if nothing else, is about halfway to a decent dinner!

-Via Hollywoodlife



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Bizarre Video Games That Really Shouldn't Have Been Made

Back in the 80s and 90s a slew of licensed video games were being made by big name studios simply to make a buck, and the apathy towards the franchises on which they were based really showed in the gameplay.

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Those were the days when console games based on TV shows and movies truly unworthy of a game adaptation were being made, and studios were paid to make games about any old thing, even Coca-Cola.

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Thankfully, this practice has stopped for the most part, but lest we forget the folly of making a game based on soda or a Mark Twain novel we must view this clip from Greys Anatomy: The Video Game as a reminder.

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Read 19 Bizarre Video Games That Actually Happened at mental_floss



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10 People With Great Tattoos At the 2015 San Diego Comic Con

In the world of fandom there's no more brightly colored, bolder or more permanent way to show you are forever a fan than getting a tattoo. Your favorite pop culture characters often start out as ink on a page, so it only makes sense to get them immortalized as ink on your body. Tattooing is a creative and personal way to prove your unwavering dedication to your favorite franchise.

Comic Book Tattoos: Level Epic

For many fans the act of getting a tattoo of their favorite characters is the ultimate form of fandom, since it’s a permanent addition to their bodies, but the guy in these pics isn’t an ordinary fan. He has dedicated his entire body to characters from comic books, turning his arms and torso into a shrine for the superheroes he worships.

If anybody argues that he’s not the ultimate Marvelite he need only take off his shirt and stun them into admitting they were wrong with his incredibly cool ink. Let’s start with his left arm, where we see Cyclops, Gambit, Wolverine and Beast of the X-Men battling a Sentinel, with Angel flying in from above to lend a hand. Just to show that he’s a mighty big fan of the Jade Giant he has the Incredible Hulk tattooed on his inner bicep. Once the shirt comes off we find Venom and Carnage fighting it out for the privilege of pectoral placement. And then he turns around and shows you that the mighty Fin Fang Foom has his back!

Finishing our tour off on his right arm we see Spawn squaring off against Malebolgia, and above that there’s a Violator springing into battle.

Disney Delights

Ohana means family, and when you’re the star of a feature released by Disney you’re part of the largest family in animation history. This gal wasn’t content with getting only one or two members of the Disney family tattooed on her body, and this colorful collection of characters shows the diversity of features being put out by Disney these days. We’ve got Tinkerbell from Peter Pan flying overhead, Stitch from Lilo & Stitch smiling his cute little face off, the sweet ragdoll Sally posing and smiling pleasantly, and the Little Mermaid's Ariel spending some time above water with her animated friends.

On an arm far, far away we have another far out member of the Disney family- R2D2 proudly sporting a pair of Mickey Mouse ears. Welcome to the Disney Dark Side R2!

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8 Marvel Movies That Were Never Produced

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Before Marvel started getting it right on the big screen we were subjected to disasters like Daredevil starring Ben Affleck and Elektra starring Jennifer Garner, not to mention what they did to my beloved Howard The Duck back in ’86.

With the way things are going for Marvel nowadays it’s hard to imagine any of their future projects bombing, and it seems like they’ve got more characters than they need for those future projects.

But what about all the proposed projects that never left the drawing board?

mental_floss has put together a dazzling array of information about 8 Marvel Movies That Never Left The Drawing Board, including- a She-Hulk project starring Brigitte Nielsen, Quentin Tarantino's take on Luke Cage, and a far out Silver Surfer flick with a suitably psychedelic score by Paul McCartney.



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14 Great Ways to Add LEGO Style to Your Home

Are you the kind of person who builds a LEGO box to store your loose LEGO bricks in? Do your dreams consist of new ways to construct elaborate creations with your interlocking brick toys? If so, you won't want to miss our newest Homes and Hues article featuring 14 ways you can incorporate LEGO pieces into your home decor.

Some of the pieces use real LEGO blocks, but others only use things that look like LEGO bricks because, after all, a real LEGO pillow might look cool, but it wouldn't exactly be comfortable. 

Perhaps one of the coolest things about this LEGO list though is that so many of them are simple DIYs that a real LEGO-fiend would already have the materials for.

So check out the full list at Homes and Hues: 14 Ways to Decorate Your Home With LEGO Goodness



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27 Of The Most Offensive Band Names Of All Time

Bands can earn their rep by playing really good music, putting on an amazing live performance, or they can scam their way into the spotlight with a gimmick.

Now, that’s not to say that all gimmicky bands are bad, or that all bands with offensive names lack talent, but there's something special about a band that manages to offend and delight at the same time.

Diffuser has put together a list of 27 Of The Most Offensive Band Names Ever, a list that includes great bands like the Butthole Surfers, Dead Kennedys and The Jesus Lizard, and a bunch of bands with extremely NSFW names.

But don't worry- the names are all edited, so your mind can remained unsullied, although the same cannot be said if you decide to listen to any of these bands!



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Jedi With a GoPro

We have little cameras attached to everything: to cars and helmets as a defense, to animals for LOLs, to public places for security, to microscopes and probes for research purposes, and to inanimate objects for all sorts of reasons. What else coul we equip with a GoPro to produce an interesting POV?

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Bill Parker attached a GoPro camera to a Jedi Knight to record his point of view as he goes about his day wielding a light saber, using the Force, fighting Storm Troopers and other Imperial enemies, and restoring justice to the galaxy. You know, normal everyday stuff that the Jedi do. -via Viral Viral Videos



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Jack Nicholson Reacts To The Suicide Squad Trailer

So the new Suicide Squad movie is coming out soon, eh? It looks pretty (insert opinion here), and the internet really seems to care about this movie even if fans of the comic book series don’t.

But there’s good news! Because of the buzz people have started thinking outside the box, and we finally have something related to the movie that's worth watching- Jack Nicholson reacting to the Suicide Squad trailer.

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Is this video by Magnus Rex the dumbest thing ever posted on the internet? (insert comment about Jared Leto as Joker here)

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55 Cool Cosplays From the 2015 San Diego Comic Con

To me, Comic Con is a lot like Christmas. I look forward to it all year round, but then when it arrives, I know I'll end up spending way too much money and running around frantically trying to complete everything I need to do before it's too late. That being said, Zeon and I did find plenty of time to get lots of great pictures of the cosplayers at the convention and here are a few of the best ones we spotted this year.

Lydia may not be happy to see Beetlejuice -especially when she magically appears in her red wedding dress, but I was sure happy to see the two of them.

These two adorable Vault Dwellers were ready to explore the wastes and were even ready to bribe strangers with custom-made Nuka Cola caps.

Comic Con might just be a bit of a wasteland too -I even stumbled upon a Mister Gutsy and a lovely woman in a pre-war dress offering up Sugar Bombs.

Then again, I also ran into Guile handing out American flag temporary tattoos and reminding kids that "winners don't use drugs" -so who knows what era we were in.

I love watching Joker and Harley from afar, but I sure wouldn't want to go to a sock hop with these two -who knows what trouble they'll cause?

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Awesome Mom Gives Dolls Geeky Makovers

Rebecca Millar’s daughter asked for a Black Widow doll. Unfortunately, she couldn’t find one locally and the cost of shipping one to her home in Australia was prohibitively high, so she made one. The doll was a huge hit, so she made more for her kid and others.

Millar has made them for a wide variety of fandoms, including DC, Marvel, and Star Trek. Pictured above are Uhura, Janeway, Dax, and Seven of Nine, all of whom, Millar sees as excellent role models for her daughter. You can see more of her dolls at her Facebook page.

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Let Ladybaby Serenade You With A Song About Japanese Stuff

J-Pop comes in many flavors, from hip hop to dance music to heavy metal, but they all seem to have one thing in common- the themes they choose for their songs are often quite bizarre.

Some choose to sing about cute things dying, or fart exercises, but the totally hip and happenin' group Ladybaby have chosen to sing about pastries? in their latest track “Nippon Manju”.

This colorful "Kawaiicore" group is headed by a cross dressing bearded guy from Australia, who has been described as the “Bizarro Andrew W.K.”

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Keep that kookiness coming Japan!

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Artists Pay Tribute To Satoru Iwata

The world recently lost a video game legend, a man responsible for giving us such beloved franchises as Super Smash Bros. and Kirby, Nintendo’s mythical mastermind Satoru Iwata.

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Satoru helped bring Nintendo back from the brink of destruction with both the Nintendo DS and the Wii console, and his legacy at the gaming company he loved like family will never be forgotten.

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But Satoru’s creations didn’t just make the world a better place for gamers, his works inspired artists of all kinds to follow their hearts and chase their dreams no matter how lofty. Rest in peace, Satoru, and thanks for all the gaming goodness!

See Artists Across The Web Pay Tribute To Satoru Iwata here



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When Art and Geekery Are Combined, We All Win

Who is cooler than Vincent Van Gogh? How about Vincent Han Gogh? Or maybe David Hamilton whois the person that makes artwork that could be created by the greatest artists in a galaxy far, far away.

Not a big Star Wars fan? Well, you have a problem, but Hamilton still has you covered with even more cool geeky art on his website like his cool comic panel series.

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Doctor Who in Dominoes

This domino fall contains more than 34,000 dominoes, but more importantly, it tells us about Doctor Who as it goes! Watch the TARDIS fall apart. See a dalek fall apart. there’s also images of the various characters, but keep your eye out for the Weeping Angel -or don’t, if you value your safety!

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This project is from jojodrummer96. See more of his domino creations at his website. -via Geeks Are Sexy



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All You Need To Know About Ash Vs. Evil Dead

Deadites- prepare to lose your heads, because the grooviest ghoul slayer to ever grace the silver screen is back in a new series on Starz.

Ash Vs. Evil Dead is ready to take over right where Army Of Darkness left off, and since it's on a cable network Sam Raimi can let that fake blood fly!

Collider sat down with Director Sam Raimi and stars Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless for a fun chat about the resurrection of the beloved Evil Dead franchise, and you can see a trailer for the new show below! (Barely NSFW due to language)

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The Cycle Of Video Game Addiction

They say the first step to addiction recovery is to admit that you have a problem, and then you have to put whatever you’re addicted to down.

This solution, as many video game addicts know, is easier said than done, and when your social circle includes people who are just as addicted to gaming as you the chances of making a full recovery are slim to none.

That’s why video game addicts should just learn to embrace their virtual lives, knowing there will always be new worlds to explore, new personas to adopt and new virtual friends to replace those worn out old flesh and blood ones.

Read The Cycle Of Video Game Addiction by Julia Lepetit here



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