Nicole Wakelin


Blizzard has been going to great lengths to promote the Warlords of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft. In the US, they had a giant battle axe chop a taxi in half in Times Square while China had some of its McDonald’s briefly themed to WoW. Now, they’re turning to subway stations with this Dark Portal installation in Shanghai.

The portal has a screen on one side and a camera on the other so that if you walk in front of the camera it will display your image on the screen as though you’re on another plane. Every now and then an in-game character pops up as well. This subway station has 18 different exits going to 6 shopping centers, 2 campuses, and a Catholic cathedral so the portal is seeing plenty of traffic.

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The look of the Cybermen continues to evolve, but the writers behind Doctor Who still can’t find a way to make them truly terrifying. This concept art would help—it shows them with a much creepier look that, in some cases, emphasizes their former existence as humans.

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Actor Stephen Amell who stars in the television show Arrow thinks Warner Bros. could have done a better job announcing the upcoming slate of DC movies. He spoke out about his feelings on the matter in an interview on AMC Movie Talk:

“I think someone like Grant Gustin, who has just launched an iconic character like Flash, to record breaking numbers … should have been given a wider berth than two episodes before another actor was announced to play his character,” Amell said. “I thought it was shitty that all of this stuff got announced the morning that the ratings — the spectacular ratings — of the second episode of the Flash came in.”

Amell admits that everyone is judging a very long term plan way before it has been realized and it remains to be seen just how well it will all come together. Still, why DC insists on separating it’s television and film projects like this is open for debate.

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Yes, the picture you’re looking at really is a cardboard version of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars. It was built by Thomas Richner who has made a hobby out of building things from recycled materials. Richner said on imgur:

This was a fantastic experience! I made Millennium Falcons when I was a kid, but its been 30 years since I last made one. After working professionally now as an animation artist for many years (and reaching my mid-life crisis), I thought if I made another one, I’d go all out. So, mission accomplished! Cleaned out most of those boxes in the basement and have a five foot Falcon to show for it! My wife is thrilled! :-)

It’s fantastically detailed right down to retractable landing gear and a swiveling radar dish attached by magnets for easy removal. It took him 140 hours to build and he tried to make it accurate to the one in the first film. However he left some imperfections in order to retain that handmade feel.

Once the project was complete, he took the Falcon and a paper mache R2-D2 that he’d previously made to the Columbus College of Art and Design to do a photo shoot with a green screen. You can check out a gallery of images after the break…

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These fantastic renderings imagine an Adventure Time/”Batman mashup done as 3D figures. Artist Volatile-Vertex came up with the idea to celebrate Batman’s 75th anniversary and Bat-Finn has never looked better. In addition to Finn as Batman, there’s Jake as a gargoyle, Princess Bubblegum as Batgirl, the Ice King as Mr. Freeze, Gunter as the Penguin, King Worm as the Mad Hatter, and BMO as Alfred. Maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll actually make these figures because they’re simply perfect.

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Recent set photos provide evidence that elements of Batman V. Superman are going to look a lot like Frank Miller’s comic The Dark Knight Returns. Minor spoilers ahead.

It all has to do with the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. I know you’re thinking “not again!”, but take a look a the photos. The scene seems to be pulled right out of the comic. You can see the Wayne Family is coming out of a showing of The Mark of Zorro before the murders and, is that Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Thomas Wayne?

Check out the set gallery along with a comparison with The Dark Knight Returns after the break…

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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson recently gave a lecture at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and a little first grader sitting in the audience stole the show. Tyson led her from the audience onto the basketball court where he first commented on her fantastically nerdy shirt.

The shirt had a picture of Einstein riding a bike through the galaxy and the quote, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” And at that moment the whole auditorium fell in love with her.

If that wasn’t enough, she asked him the following question: “How can first graders help the earth?”

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As you surely know, the ESA managed to put the Philae lander on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. But do you know exactly how big the comet is? It’s hard to grasp, but high school physics teacher Christopher Becke has made it easier to understand with a size chart that compares the comet with sci-fi spaceships and even some European cities.

He’s got the Galactica, DS9, Serenity, and even a Borg cube. There’s also the Death Star, which makes the comet look tiny, but that thing was so big it looked like a moon so, whatever. Combine Becke’s chart with this one with nothing but sci-fi ships and you’ll be even more amazed at this achievement.

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This Bluetooth speaker is designed to look just like the Death Star and it even lights up when in use. It measures 6″ tall x 4 1/2″ wide x 4 1/2″ deep and comes with a clear acrylic stand. This is an officially licensed Star Wars product and will wirelessly stream music from up to 30 feet away. Sadly it does not come with a working turbolaser.

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Aw, isn’t he just the cutest thing? This mudcrab plush from The Elder Scrolls Online is perfect for snuggling with while you’re gaming. He measures 6″ tall x 16″ long x 17″ wide and he also comes with bonus DLC that will let you have your very own Mudcrab pet in-game. You can preorder now and have your Mudcrab pet by the end of the year.

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