Amy Ratcliffe

Hagrid's Hut

J.K. Rowling has a massive estate in Perthshire, and it has plenty of room for her to install Harry Potter-inspired structures. She submitted plans to the City of Edinburgh two years ago for a playhouse that looks like part of Hogwarts, and her husband has recently filed plans for a cottage that sounds a lot like Hagrid’s. The Daily Record reports the design shows a circular stone building without any glass in the windows and a slate roof. It will be located on the edge of a forest. All of that is similar to Hagrid’s humble abode. I want to go there.

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i've fallen

Watching people fall down without receiving serious injuries is funny stuff. It’s as timeless as fart jokes. It turns out the action is just as amusing when it happens to CGI people. Visual effects artist Dave Fothergill recently tested the crowd dynamics function with Miarmy for Maya, and it shows people running into a rotating object – they all fall and none of them can get up. It’s way funnier than it should be.

Watch the silliness after the break.

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Friendship is magic. Friendship is also very popular apparently.

Variety reports that Hasbro is moving forward with a My Little Pony movie for a 2017 release. The movie will be produced through Allspark Pictures, and Hasbro will finance it in house. They have Joe Ballarini on board as the writer and Meghan McCarthy as co-executive producer. McCarthy works on the current animated show and Equestria Girls.

The news doesn’t state whether the film is based on the Friendship is Magic incarnation of the story, but it’s likely given the success of the animated series.

(via /Film)

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Take a minute to think about all the superhero movies on the horizon. Without looking at a list, I can name about five. However, if you look at the schedule through 2020, there are 29 confirmed superhero movies. Twenty-nine! Friends, we live in a glorious age.

Dylan Todd put together a super infographic for ComicsAlliance to show the release dates in an easy to digest format. Get out your calendar, examine it, and go ahead make plans for the next six years.

Be sure to click the image to enlarge it.

One Ring Pillow

The effects of the One Ring cause owners to take frequent naps. Rbitencourt USA didn’t sew their One Ring pillow in the fires of Mount Doom; they made it in their home from Brazilian wool felt. The fateful text is added with fabric paint and is simply decorative – you won’t draw attention from the Ringwraiths when you lay your head on this comfy version of the One Ring.

Product Page ($59.95 via Neatorama and Make)

lego hobbit

Peter Jackson’s take on The Hobbit is anything but short. He’s extended a single book into three films, and you could probably read the book faster than you could watch the first two movies. The team at Brotherhood Workshop decided to put together their own version of the J.R.R. Tolkien book with LEGO bricks. They cover the entire story in 72 seconds and manage to hit all the important highlights.

If you haven’t read The Hobbit, note that this video contains spoilers.

Watch the much shorter version of The Hobbit after the break.

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Are you doing enough to prepare for the inevitable zombie apocalypse? You can go above and beyond by purchasing and assembling a zombie proof log cabin. Tiger Log Cabins is offering a ZFC-1 (Zombie Fortification Cabin) to all those concerned about the possibility of undead attacks. It comes with a ten year anti-zombie guarantee, reinforced slit windows, walls, and doors, an arsenal storage unit, garden section to make sure you don’t starve, a toilet system, a living room with entertainment, and more. You’ll stay safe from zombies and never be bored; I call that a win.

You can customize the 44′ x 30′ cabin which will run a whopping $112,800 for the base model. Extras include installation, water cannons, flame throwers, riot gear, solar panels and more. If the zombies never show up, at least you have the best possible place to host viewing parties for The Walking Dead.

See more photos of the cabin’s exterior and interior after the break.

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Is this haunted room actually stretching? It is, but the stars of the Haunted Mansion’s stretching portraits have been replaced with characters from Disney’s animated films. Artist Laura Knighton took the morbid illustrations and added her own spin to the theme with Ariel, Jane, Belle (that one’s my favorite), and Tiana. They’re all doomed! I love that she didn’t do a straight up re-creation of the existing portraits.

See the individual pieces after the break.

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QMx got serious about making an insanely detailed and beautiful replica of Serenity, and they’ve delivered with a screen accurate model. We saw the debut of the giant Serenity at San Diego Comic-Con last summer, and now it’s available for pre-order.

They spared no expense in making this limited edition, artisan 1:124 scale model. Their Cinema Arts model shop made the 3D files and 3D printed the replica. It has over 250 parts, 100 LEDs, multiple layers and shades of paint, and more:

Incredible complexity. More than 250 parts — cast and laser cut.
Extra strength. Steel skeletal structure and internal brass structure for main engine rotation.
Interior bling. More than 100 LEDs controlled by a 12-volt system.
Multi-layered colors. A total of 25 different colors of high-quality studio paints.
No decals. All graphics on Serenity are painted on by hand, even Serenity’s logo.
Exquisite details. Miniature bridge with crew members, galley with furniture and cargo bay with cargo.
Movable parts. Manually operable cargo bay door and hinged reactor vent covers.
Wireless remote. Custom electronics created by QMx FX Cinema Arts with a four-channel remote control. Effects include:
Interior lighting for the bridge, galley and cargo bay, and illuminates docked shuttles.
Active formation lights
Rotating gravity rotor lights
Reactor housing illumination with a hard burn and twinkling firefly effect.
Cool display. Serenity’s lighted display base is a box stand with a Translight inset of a nebula. It features a 12-inch steel stand that adjusts at a variety of angles for optimal display.
Pro prop crate. Each Serenity is shipped in custom-cut foam and stored in a hand-built wooden apple crate, just like what the pros use to safeguard their props

The edition is capped at 500 pieces. Honestly, I’ve never seen a replica taken to this level before.

See all the beautiful details in photos after the break.

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What if Disney characters starred in Nintendo games? By the looks of this art from Michael Villamejor, it would be awesome. He mashes up characters from Disney films with ones from Smash Bros., and it results in combinations like Stitch as Pikachu and Robin Hood as Star Fox. I can barely handle the brilliance of these pixels.

See more of the creative and cute series after the break.

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