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The constant presence of smartphones have helped us see the world in a different way. Many of us are guilty of spending too much time with our heads turned downward looking at our phone, but the device can also inspire us. History professor Francois Dourlen uses his iPhone to insert scenes from movies into real life settings; it’s creative and the effect is amusing. Dourlen explains:

Like many people, I always imagine weird things when I walk in the street, when I work or when I’m home. But I never found a good way to tell what goes through my head.

One day, wanting to make a joke with friends, I replaced a statue of Napoleon in Cherbourg with a picture of my little pony in my phone and took a picture. I had so much fun that I put it on facebook, people immediately liked.

He’s made memorable images with scenes from Lord of the Rings, Thor, Edward Scissorhands, and more. They’re all fantastic.

See more of Dourlen’s photos after the break.

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Jason Reitman is staging a one-night-only live-read of The Empire Strikes Back as part of an ongoing monthly series which has included The Princess Bride, Ghostbusters, American Beauty and more.

Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul will be taking on the role of nascent Jedi Luke Skywalker, while (one of my fave actors ever) J.K Simmons (Spider-Man‘s J. Jonah Jameson) will play Darth Vader.

Currently, Reitman also has his cast for Yoda (Kevin Pollak), Lando Calrissian (Dennis Haysbert), and C-3PO (Stephen Merchant). No word yet on casting for Han Solo and Leia.

The show is being held tonight, December 18th, at the Ace Hotel Theater in LA. Tickets, as you might expect, have already sold out.

(via EW)

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The Hobbit was one slim book that’s been stretched way out into three films. Now we’ve got an Honest Trailer for Desolation of Smaug that tells it like it really is, from a vault that looks like it belongs to Scrooge McDuck to a bunch of Dwarves that are captured by everyone and everything.

See the video after the break.

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LEGO Age of Ultron Sets

Toys are giving away all the Avengers: Age of Ultron secrets. Okay, not all of them, but they are giving us sneak peeks. We got a close look at Iron Man’s new armor yesterday thanks to a Hot Toys figure, and today LEGO brings us hints of some action sequences in the Avengers sequel.

MGF Customs posted an image from the latest LEGO catalog on Twitter and it showcases a variety of sets with an army of LEGO minifigs. Comic Book Movie describes the sets (stop reading now if you don’t want to know anything about the film):

Iron Man vs. Ultron (Iron Man MK 43, Ultron Officer, and 2 Ultron Soldier), Duel with Hydra (Hydra Henchman, Hawkeye, Thor), Hulkbuster Rescue Mission (Hulk, Ultron Prime, Scarlet Witch, and Iron Man MK 43), The Avengers Quinjet Chase (Captain America, Vision, Black Widow, Ultimate Ultron, and Iron Man MK 43), Attack on Avengers Tower ( Iron Man MK 43, Thor, 2 Iron Legion Drones, Ultron), and Burglary in the Hydra Fortress (Quicksilver, Hydra Henchman, Baron Von Strucker, Hulk, and Captain America)

Sadly, I don’t have room for any big LEGO sets on my shelves, but I’m going to need to get the Vision, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver minifigs.

Be sure to click the above image to enlarge it and see all the details.

(via CBR)


Yes, this beautiful recreation of a Hobbit hole from Lord of the Rings hides a litter box for a very lucky cat. It was created by the Hollywood prop builders at Super-Fan Builds for a guy who is a huge Tolkien fan. Everything on it is perfectly cat-safe and there’s even an Eye of Sauron scratching post so your cat can scratch his all-seeing eye out and save the day.

Clearly, the Fellowship didn’t consider using giant cats. It would have saved them a lot of trouble.

See the build video after the break.

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There are all kinds of car wraps out there, but this one is easily one of our favorites. It’s a simple black Hyundai Veloster that has been turned into Boba Fett by Rebekah Steig Knuth who came up with the design for her own car. She’s a graphic designer at FastSigns of Appleton and she digitally created the wrap which was then transferred to vinyl. I’m thinking she’s Boba Fett’s number one fan.

See more pictures and a video of the wrap being applied after the break.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron doesn’t hit theaters until May 2015, but Hot Toys is already ahead of the game when it comes to collectibles. They recently posted several photos of their new Age of Ultron Iron Man Mark XLIII figure. It’s sixth scale and movie accurate. As usual, the face sculpt looks so much like Robert Downey, Jr. that it’s almost unbelievable.

This figure is made from diecast metal, and here are some of the sexy details:

The movie-accurate Mark XLIII Collectible Figure is highly detailed and specially crafted based on the image of Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Mark XLIII in Avengers: Age of Ultron, featuring a newly painted Tony Stark helmeted head sculpt, metallic red, gold and silver armor with weathered effects, LED light-up functions, and a specially designed diorama base with a damaged Ultron Mark I. A special edition will be available for selected markets which includes a LED lighted battle damaged helmet as bonus accessory.

No ship date is mentioned, but you can go ahead and add it to your 2015 Christmas wish list.

More photos of the new and improved Iron Man after the break.

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That’s A Huge Titan


The latest poster for the live-action version of Attack on Titan shows that the titans are going to be a lot bigger than their manga versions. The colossal titan in the manga and television anime were roughly 200-feet tall, but this one looks to be even more, well…colossal. The poster was revealed at an Attack on Titan exhibit in Tokyo. Translated by Anime News Network, it reads:

The world is cruel.

Creator Hajime Isayama
x Director Shinji Higuchi
x Special Effects Director Katsuro Onoue

Attack on Summer 2015.

This movie is looking really good. Is it summertime yet?

(Anime News Network via io9)


Many of the sounds from the Star Wars films are as recognizable as the characters, locations, and ships. One of those sounds is the one the Millennium Falcon made when it failed to jump to hyperspace. In this video interview with sound engineer Ben Burtt from way back in 1980, he plays all the disparate sounds that came together to make that one familiar sound effect. The dentist’s office, the bathroom, and a 1928 biplane all combine with five other sounds to get the finished product.

See and hear it all come together in the video after the break.

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The role of Batman will be played by Ben Affleck in the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie. His predecessor, Christian Bale, admitted that he’s a little jealous of Affleck taking over the part.

Naturally, that begs the question—what does Michael Keaton think? He settled it all in an interview with Short List. When they asked if he was jealous of Affleck he answered:

No. Do you know why? Because I’m Batman. I’m very secure in that.

Everyone else, take off your capes and go home. The Batman has spoken.

(via io9)