Amy Ratcliffe

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YouTuber Paradise Decay is working on a massive project: he’s making Star Wars: A New Hope in Minecraft. He’s got an hour and ten minutes completed so far, and that gave him more than enough footage to create a trailer. He’s making the fan film for fun and will make it freely available to everyone when the project’s done (hopefully sometime in 2015).

Keep in mind that you’ll need to have the film on hand in order to sync the sound—a decision that was made in order to avoid copyright issues.

He says the project has been three years in the making with some sets taking up to six months to build. He clearly has the patience of a Jedi Master.

Watch a trailer for the blocky version of Episode IV after the break.

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Doctor Who has had many faces and many lives stretching all the way back to 1963. The first episode of the series, “An Unearthly Child,” was shaky, but it opened the door. It seems only fitting for such a historical occurrence to be commemorated in LEGO, and LEGO Ideas user Concore has done just that.

He proposes a set featuring the TARDIS, the junkyard from the episode, and four minifigures: the Doctor, Susan, Ian, and Barbara.

See more images of the sets after the break.

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There’s a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-themed art show happening at Gallery Nucleus through August 3rd. This gem by artist Jeff Victor is on display, and it’s titled “Rebooted.” I knew the latest version of the TMNT group was different but didn’t realize how much has changed until I saw this picture. I don’t blame the original Raphael for being scared.

Of course, this can also be viewed as a commentary on the nature of the reboot in general. Is going “darker” a good thing, or do you miss the more lighthearted depictions of yore?

(Xombie Dirge via io9)


Upcoming television series Gotham is exploring the beginnings of characters such as Commissioner Gordon, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and more. None of the promo images or material have said anything about the Joker, but Bleeding Cool has some information as to why. They state:

…Every episode in the first season will introduce a character that might be a future Joker, each emphasizing aspects of the character’s iconography, a card sharp, a flower seller, a clown, or just a guy with a very big grin.

While that theory hasn’t been officially confirmed, Slashfilm points out showrunner Bruno Heller says something in a featurette for the series that makes the idea likely. Heller states, “You do not want to miss an episode, because you may miss meeting The Joker for the first time.”

I hope it’s true because it’s a clever way to hook in viewers and makes for a fun mystery.

Watch the featurette and the latest trailer for Gotham after the break.

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The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who made a splash last year with “The Day of the Doctor.” The special brought in the War Doctor and put the 11th and 12th Doctors onto the screen to share scenes. It was memorable, and YouTuber bookshelfprodutions captured some of the coolest moments of the show with LEGO. He animated the scenes in stop-motion style.

Watch the short after the break.

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BioShock Infinite is packed with memorable structures and places, but the Bank of the Prophet stands out. LEGO builder Imagine Rigney focused on that location from the game and created a massive and beautiful diorama from LEGO. The finished piece was exhibited at Brickworld, and the mini set from Columbia is drool worthy. It even incorporated a rail system.

Check out some of the details after the break (including a video).

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The idea of watching someone sing in a stairwell may not sound appealing, but it’s surprisingly mesmerizing. YouTuber Quinn Halleck found an empty stairwell and leveraged its acoustics with his voice to create a beautiful rendition of the Halo 3 theme song.

Watch the video after the break and prepare to be impressed…

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Many 7-year-old girls want to be a princess, but Virginia resident Jeremiah Heaton is actually trying to make it happen for his daughter. He claimed 800 square miles in a region in between Egypt and Sudan called Bir Tawil in order to fulfill a promise to his daughter Emily. According to the British Herald Courier:

“Over the winter, Emily and I were playing, and she has a fixation on princesses. She asked me, in all seriousness, if she’d be a real princess someday,” Heaton said. “And I said she would.”

He did the research to see if it was possible and took a 14-hour journey to Bir Tawil (it’s not claimed by either Egypt or Sudan) and planted a Heaton flag. He believes that gives him the right to claim the area as his kingdom so he can name his daughter a princess, but he’s looking to get it recognized officially.

He’s certainly devoted to his daughter, but don’t think of Emily as just another spoiled kid. The little girl says she wants to be a princess to make sure the locals have food.

“That’s definitely a concern in that part of the world,” her dad said. “We discussed what we could do as a nation to help.”

(via Consumerist, photo by Farrukh)

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If you need a business card design that’s sure to be remembered (mostly for poking eyes out), Filter has just the idea for you. They’ve worked with Potato Press to laser cut a card that breaks into three pieces and turns into a bow. You only need to provide a rubberband and a toothpick to make it a full bow and arrow set. The mahoghany longow card appears to be for a photo and video company, and I want to change my name to Katniss so I can have a business card like it.

See more pics of the creative card design after the break.

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Brian Kidd has been known as the Unipiper for almost ten years. He plays bagpipes while riding his unicycle and has dressed like everyone from Darth Vader to Gandalf. In his latest video, he plays the Monty Python and the Holy Grail theme on bagpipes dressed in a costume that fits the music. Yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds. Just another normal day in Portland though.

Watch the performance after the break.

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