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Amy Ratcliffe

8bit guardians

The 8-bit treatment works especially well for some films, and it rocks for Guardians of the Galaxy. No, I guess that isn’t terribly surprising. CineFix gave the James Gunn movie a pixelated makeover and the retro look works with all the movie’s retro music. Every scene looks adorable from Peter Quill’s one-sided dance-off with Ronan to dancing baby Groot.

Check out the video after the break.

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David Tennant is narrating a new BBC One series titled Pets – Wild at Heart. The documentary shows the “wild side” of pets and looks at everything from dogs, to hamsters, to talking birds. One preview for the show stars a clever talking budgie named Disco; he knows several choice phrases including “Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?” Also, Disco is a Time Lord. He even notes that his cage is bigger on the inside. I hope the owners taught Disco that line specifically because the Tenth Doctor is narrating the episode.

The show premieres on BBC One on January 21st.

Watch the budgie video and more Tennant-narrated previews of Pets – Wild at Heart after the break (the hamster one is especially amusing)…

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Star Wars wedding picture

When you have a Star Wars-themed wedding, it’s only appropriate to take a photograph that matches the occasion. Carrie and Cory Shields have blown it out of the water. The couple got hitched over two years ago but Cory just posted a picture of the pair from the big day in the iconic Star Wars poster pose on Reddit this week. It racked up page views and spread across the web because well, look at it. They nail the Luke and Leia poses from the poster.

See Also: The classiest Star Wars wedding ever

Carrie told 10 News the wedding featured R2-D2 as the ringbearer, a lightsaber cake cutter, and Star Wars music. It is my goal to get invited to a wedding like that one day.

(via 10 News)

LEGO movie oscar

I woke up yesterday morning to an angry Twitter feed. That’s not anything new, but the subject of their ire was: The Lego Movie wasn’t nominated for an Oscar. “Everything Is Awesome” was nominated for Best Original Song, but the movie didn’t get a nod in the Best Animated Feature Film category. Sadness.

See Also: Check out our complete Lego coverage

But hey, the movie’s director Phil Lord responded perfectly. He tweeted a picture of an Oscar made from LEGO bricks that as far as I can tell was built by Nathan Sawaya with this caption:

“It’s okay. Made my own!”

Best? Best.

See the tweet after the break.

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Some books are so special that you’re willing and happy to buy different editions, and the Harry Potter collection falls into that category. Scholastic andd Bloomsbury are releasing a deluxe hardcover version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on October 6, 2015, and guys, it’s illustrated! The book will feature full color art throughout and illustrated endpapers. Accio, fancy book!

Artist Jim Kay is tackling the illustrations, and four new images were just revealed. We saw Kay’s take on Harry and Hogwarts just over a year ago, and these new pieces feature Hermione, Ron, Draco, and Hagrid. Kay says:

“To be given the opportunity to design the characters, the clothing, the architecture and landscapes to possibly the most expansive fantasy world in children’s literature, well let’s just say I’m extremely excited about it. The story is everything, and so I want to bring what I can to really show the depth of Rowling’s stories, to their best.”

I love what he’s doing so far.

See Ron, Draco, and Hagrid after the break.

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idris elba luther

Need a movie about Edgar Allan Poe fighting a sorcerer and demonic forces? Well, you might be getting three of them. Variety reports that Idris Elba (Luther, Pacific Rim) is developing the book Poe Must Die as a movie trilogy. The 1978 book by Marc Olden takes place in the 1840s. The synopsis from Amazon:

Against a backdrop of New York City in the 1840s, a hellhole of crime and squalor, Edgar Allan Poe plays out a deadly game, fighting not only the demonic forces waged against him, but also his personal demons, the memory of his beloved wife and the alcohol he consumes in order to forget her.

Pierce James Figg, a renowned ex-bare knuckle fighter, has arrived in New York from London carrying with him a letter of introduction from Charles Dickens to Edgar Allan Poe. Figg is pursuing Jonathan the sorcerer and spiritualist. The man who brutally murdered his wife.

Jonathan seeks the Throne of Solomon which will grant him immortality and dominion over Lucifer, Asmodeus and all the demons of the upper air. His search has led him to New York.

Frail, gallant Edgar Allan Poe and the grieving, brilliant boxer unite in a perilous mission to find and destroy Jonathan before he can achieve his goal of controlling Lucifer and thereby change the destiny of the world.

It’s not the kind of story that comes to mind when I think about Poe, but if the material’s handled the right way, movies based on this plot could be entertaining (especially if Elba gives himself an acting role in the film).

(via io9)

pat stew plane

If you’ve spent any amount of time on a plane, you’ve encountered some annoying personalities. Oh, you know what I’m talking about. Expedia recently conducted a poll to ask fliers about the worst of the worst when it comes to airplane passengers, and rather than just read the list, Jimmy Kimmel decided to have a guest act out each type of annoying passenger. Sir Patrick Stewart stepped into the role and becomes all the people you hate on airplanes: the chatty Charlie, the seat kicker, the seat climber, and more.

See Also: More hijinks with Sir Patrick Stewart

Watch the humorous video after the break.

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Superheroes keep rather busy with the day to day schedule of fighting criminals and stopping nefarious plans. It’s probably hard to stay motivated. Artist Adam Thompson reminds us and them of why being a hero is the best path with his “Heroic Words of Wisdom” series. Each poster features the silhouette of a DC Comics superhero and an inspirational quote from him or her.

Thompson explains on Behance:

My work, centered around comic book characters, comes with the challenge of reaching to an audience beyond those who are already fans of those characters. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy very much to see existing fans of these characters who enjoy my work. However, up until this project, I’ve been indulgent of being a fan, and neglectful of the challenge of reaching that larger audience.

Superheroes already have a prominent place in pop culture. Their images can be seen anywhere. As a fan I enjoy seeing the strength of these characters in the spotlight, but because I am looking to reach a new audience, I needed to find a new light. I had to consider that comic books are a series of images accompanied by dialogue, and since it’s the images that are already so prominent, I decided to focus on the dialogue.

These are the kind of motivational posters I’d put on my wall.

Hit the break to see the rest of the posters.

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lego green arrow

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham hit shelves last November, but add on packs are still rolling out. The best one was made available yesterday: Arrow! As in, Arrow from the hit series on The CW. Stephen Amell provides the voice for the hero, and the add-on also features Slade Wilson, Malcolm Merlyn, Black Canary, Roy Harper, and yes, even Felicity Smoak. I’m feeling a sudden need to play LEGO Batman 3.

Watch the trailer after the break.

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I know the word amazing can be overused, but in this case, it applies one hundred percent. Artist Bogi Fabian doesn’t just paint murals, she creates magical worlds. She uses glow-in-the-dark and blacklight paint to create wall art that looks like it’s right out of Avatar. I mean, the best parts about that movie were the glowing forests and backgrounds.

Fabian’s murals represent space, forests, waterfalls, and caverns. In some cases the mural is completely invisible when the lights are on and can only be seen in the dark. Other murals look lovely in regular light but transform into enchanting lairs in the dark. Fabian explains:

I am trying to create dreamful atmospheres, paint walls and floors and manage to enlighten my art with and without a source of energy.

I’m completely blown away.

See more examples of Fabian’s incredible work, including a Tangled homage, after the break.

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