mercoledì 25 novembre 2015

19 Out -Of-This-World "Star Wars" Crafts To Keep Die-Hard Fans Busy

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You don't know true dedication to the cause until you've spent all night building your own miniature replica Death Star.

Han Solo Soap

Han Solo Soap

You'll get him out of there eventually. Learn how to make it here.

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Toilet Tube Characters

Toilet Tube Characters

Stage lightsaber battles in your bathroom. Get the directions here.

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Darth Vader Shoes

Darth Vader Shoes

Take a walk on the dark side. Check them out here.

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Star Wars Planet Mobile

Star Wars Planet Mobile

We won't judge you if you hang this up in your room instead of your kid's. Learn how to make it here.

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2015 Offered Every Reason To Love And Hate Movie Sequels

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From top left: Creed, Jurassic World, Magic Mike XXL, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 made $101 million this past weekend. That's a lot of money — multiple Breaking Bad storage units worth of moola. Those earnings made Mockingjay — Part 2 the fifth-highest opening of the year, but on the colossal scale on which a tentpole franchise like The Hunger Games operates, lumbering through multiplexes nationwide like a hungry giant, it was still a letdown, the lowest debut of the four movies in a series that's been a reliable global success.

Was the drop due to blockbuster fatigue? Was the film too grim, with its imagery of war and civilian slaughter and a little girl sobbing over the corpse of her parent? Are audiences less interested in the big finishes of franchises than their bright beginnings? Is the inclusion of a colon and an em dash too much punctuation for one title to bear? An argument can be made for all these points, but the final Hunger Games movie had a more fundamental problem — it just wasn't a very good sequel.

No one needs to be told that we are deep into an era in which sequels rule. Five of the top ten titles at both last year's and this year's current box office are follow-ups to existing movies, and that's not counting prequels like Minions or Marvel installments like Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man that focus on new characters even as they service a larger arc. Mourning the movie based on an original idea feels at this point passé. Instead, we might as well celebrate that there's an art to how well a film can straddle the line between its existence as a standalone object and how it references some ongoing brand — because, though there's still some cynicism toward the idea of the sequel, there's more potential to it now, too.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2

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If "sequel" used to connote money-grabbing retreads more often than it did something like The Godfather: Part II, these days no one would argue there isn't room for art in it, even if most sequels are still forgettable airplane-movie fodder. But it's an art in which a film should have to serve more than just loyalists, who, as with Mockingjay — Part 2, won't always reliably turn up for even a character as beloved as Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen.

Mockingjay — Part 2 can't be faulted for ambition in terms of scope, but it feels like precisely half a movie, picking up where Part 1 left off, with a brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) having attempted to murder his former love Katniss. From there, it takes off at a gallop toward the Capitol, with its main characters darting through booby-trapped streets and enduring an goddamn terrifying encounter with maggot-white mutts in the sewer tunnels beneath the city. Characters die horribly, and there's little time for the impact to sink in before more running and a surprisingly anticlimactic end, with the love triangle serviced jarringly in the midst of the warfare.

Part 1 got all of the franchise's uneasy commentary on image and propaganda, and Part 2 got all of the action, and neither works particularly well as a standalone movie. Maybe that was the plan — and squeezing four films out of three hit books definitely had financial motivation — but in practice, both installments felt like they were lacking a center: one lead-up with no conclusion; the other, one long, turbulent last act. The second Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire, stood alone — compelling even if you hadn't seen the first film. But the third and fourth don't, dangling dependent on one another for context and meaning in a way that feels generally unmovielike, sandwiching characters in for one more look, including the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in his unsettling final role as Plutarch Heavensbee.

Michael B. Jordan in Creed.

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Mockingjay — Part 2 may not have been a triumphant finale, but it came out the week before the premiere of what may be 2015's platonic sequel ideal. Creed, the seventh film in the four-decade Rocky franchise, is a spin-off that puts Sylvester Stallone in the trainer role alongside newcomer Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), striking a fascinating balance between the familiar and the new. It hits the marks a Rocky movie demands — the museum steps, the theme song, and the run — but it's sparing and precise with its nostalgia.

It's also canny and thoughtful about its main character. Adonis isn't a mini-Rocky — for one thing, he's the son of Rocky's nemesis-turned-pal Apollo Creed — and his story doesn't just recycle his mentor's experiences. Creed engages with the ideas of what Rocky represents: the all-American underdog with something to prove, with a need to affirm his own worth in the ring. And it sometimes jostles gently against them while serving as a sincere homage to the original that updates the story as well as its treatment of race and class.

This year's sequels ran the gamut from Liam Neeson's halfhearted Taken 3 back in January, a film that played like a joke everyone's gotten over, to Furious 7 in April, a movie that steered (sorry) into the death of lead Paul Walker on a break during filming and was even more bombastically sentimental because of it, affirming again that it's a series fond of the individual parts of its family but not dependent on them. The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, would-be heirs to the dystopian Hunger Games throne, did fine while both feeling like they're racing against the waning interest in their lesser franchises. Pitch Perfect 2, while not as good as the first film, was still a major, female-directed hit, and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 was evidence of how hard it can be to make a comedy sequel.

There were the unasked-for sequels that flicked through theaters and vanished from memory (The Transporter Refueled, Hitman: Agent 47) and the ones that seemed to exist to wring money out of a series until no one shows up anymore (Insidious: Chapter 3, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension). There were the intriguing letdowns like Terminator: Genisys and Spectre, which felt like they ran out of space in their own universes (though James Bond is not in danger of going away). There was Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, which was simply very, very entertaining, and Avengers: Age of Ultron, which succeeded, despite its many overstuffed obligations to its shared universe. And there was Jurassic World, a massive hit but a blockbuster curiously shot through self-loathing, with its self-referential themes about jaded audiences always needing a bigger, flashier spectacle, self-aware in the fan service that bogged Mockingjay — Part 2 down.

The year's most interesting sequels have been the ones that, like Creed, push off their predecessors rather than follow too dutifully in their footsteps. Movies like Magic Mike XXL and Mad Max: Fury Road use the movies that came before them as texts to be commented on in addition to being continued. Magic Mike was a story of male strippers living large in the moment in a profession that was an enticing dead end, but Magic Mike XXL turned its attention away from its characters' futures to focus on their services and what they do to make their female customers feel desired and powerful. And Mad Max: Fury Road revitalized a long-dormant series by turning its title character into something like a sidekick in its rescue mission, referencing his past pain but, remarkably, never letting it take precedent over the more immediate trauma and experiences of the women he helps escape.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

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These movies are actually better for being sequels, for having histories that inform what's going on onscreen without being necessary in order to follow it. Creed, Magic Mike XXL, and Mad Max: Fury Road stand perfectly fine on their own, but become richer and deeper with a familiarity of what they're referencing. They're heartening evidence that an age of sequels isn't necessarily one of diminishing returns — which is good, because the biggest sequel of 2015 has yet to arrive. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first installment of a new trilogy, is the film that will ramp up what Wired ominously referred to as "the forever franchise," sequels spiraling infinitely out into an unknown cinematic future.

Yes, the era of sequels is in full swing, but that doesn't have to be a bad thing.

19 Extremely Important Things JK Rowling Taught Us About Harry Potter In 2015

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Who said magic was dead?

The very important reason why the Horcrux inside Harry didn't die when he was bitten by the basilisk.

The very important reason why the Horcrux inside Harry didn't die when he was bitten by the basilisk.

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What ~actually~ happened to Fluffy after he was finished guarding the Philosopher's Stone.

What ~actually~ happened to Fluffy after he was finished guarding the Philosopher's Stone.

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The reason why the pure-blood Black family's home was in the middle of a Muggle housing complex.

The reason why the pure-blood Black family's home was in the middle of a Muggle housing complex.

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The reason why the Resurrection Stone still worked after the Horcrux inside it had been destroyed.

The reason why the Resurrection Stone still worked after the Horcrux inside it had been destroyed.

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The First Trailer For "Captain America: Civil War" Is Finally Here To Destroy You

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"Divided we fall." Someone hold me.

On last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live we were treated to the first trailer of the new Captain America film.

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We open on that post-credits scene from Ant-Man, and oh god the looks Bucky and Cap give each other, it's too much.

We open on that post-credits scene from Ant-Man, and oh god the looks Bucky and Cap give each other, it's too much.

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And yes, Bucky remembers Cap. And it seems he's turned over a new leaf.

SOMEONE SEDATE ME.

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So now Bucky's on the run...

So now Bucky's on the run...

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Only Solve This Crossword If You're Way Too Into Craft Beers

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Oh, and a taste for puns and wordplay couldn't hurt…

Download the .puz here!

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26 Marvel Universe References You May Have Missed In "Jessica Jones"

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AKA Easter eggs.

The series contains multiple references to the battle that took place in New York at the end of the first Avengers movie.

The series contains multiple references to the battle that took place in New York at the end of the first Avengers movie.

Episode 3 "AKA It's Called Whiskey"

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Drop Everything And Google "A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far Far Away"

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~Star Wars Easter egg alert~

Go to Google and type this phrase:

Go to Google and type this phrase:

google.com

Put your headphones on. Press enter.

Put your headphones on. Press enter.

We know it works in Chrome and Safari.

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All we have to say is thanks Google, we love you.

All we have to say is thanks Google, we love you.

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And if you're browser isn't working, or isn't updated, this is what you are missing. I AM SORRY.

And if you're browser isn't working, or isn't updated, this is what you are missing. I AM SORRY.

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Which Character From "Jessica Jones" Are You?

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Marvel's greatest Hero yet.

martedì 24 novembre 2015

Watch The Cast Of "The Force Awakens" Get Crushed By A 7-Year-Old In "Star Wars" Trivia

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The defeat took place on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and J.J. Abrams hosted the battle.

Arden Hayes, a 7-year-old genius went on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night and completely destroyed Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast members John Boyega, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, and Daisy Ridley in a game of Star Wars trivia.

The film's director J.J. Abrams played host and judge.

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Meet Team Star Wars:

Meet Team Star Wars:

From left to right: Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega.

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And meet their very worthy opponent, Arden Hayes:

And meet their very worthy opponent, Arden Hayes:

Now, that's an entrance.

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When Jimmy asked Arden if his opponents should be scared, the kid genius served up some serious trash talk.

When Jimmy asked Arden if his opponents should be scared, the kid genius served up some serious trash talk.

Adorable.

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Daniel Radcliffe And James McAvoy Play "Never Have I Ever"

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You know Daniel Radcliffe as the mega-famous Harry Potter, and James McAvoy as the wise Professor X, but the hilarious duo have now teamed up as scientists in Victor Frankenstein, a new twist on the iconic legendary tale.

The guys stopped by BuzzFeed New York to chat about the upcoming sci-fi flick, and play a hilarious round of Never Have I Ever — in which Daniel reveals a prank he pulled on the Harry Potter set, and James reveals he's had a paranormal experience. Here's what went down.

Have you ever pulled a scary prank on someone?

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Daniel Radcliffe: Uh, yeah. When I was really young, I got some blood capsules that you chew in your mouth — and we had a very elderly makeup and hair person who worked on the first two Harry Potter films — and I thought it would be really funny to just put it in my mouth and then slam my hand down on the metal steps outside the makeup trailer and then throw myself into the trailer and let blood flow out of my mouth. I was like, 11, and I thought it would be really funny and she was terrified; I felt quite bad. And then she squirted me with a water pistol, so she got even.

James McAvoy: Yeah, I'm guilty. I once convinced my sister that I was dead.

DR: THAT'S A LOT WORSE THAN WHAT I DID. How did you do that?

JM: We were playing hide-and-seek and she found me — we were very young at the time, like 29 —

DR: [laughs]

JM: And she screamed, "Got you!" and I said, "No you haven't." And she said, "Yes I have!" and I said, "No, I'm not James, I'm James' ghost. James just died. He ate something that he shouldn't have and poisoned himself — he's dead."

DR: Is this Joy?

JM: Yeah, this was Joy. She was terrified. It took a bit of convincing actually, but I really worked on it. And then she ran downstairs and told my grandparents that I was dead and my gran ran upstairs screaming, "JAMES! JAMES!" When she saw that I pulled a prank, she proceeded to violently punish me. Which is fair enough.

DR: [laughs] You kind of maybe deserved it.

JM: Yeah, I totally did.

Have you ever had a paranormal experience?

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JM: Maybe.

Do you believe in it?

JM: I want to believe. I try to believe. It's hard — I'm a lapsed believer. My granddad took me to the Glasgow City Chambers once — sort of like city hall. I was just standing in these massive, vast halls, and there was these huge portraits of old leaders of our nation — I don't know, probably not that important, but important enough to be in there — and I remember crossing over a roped line. And I touched [a painting] — and I've tried this many times since — and the whole room spun. I was very young, and maybe I had low blood sugar or something, but I touched the painting and it was so canvas-y and textured, it felt like it was a 3D thing. The whole room spun, and I thought the man was holding my hand. But it's never happened to me ever again, but I have tried to make it happen a few times. Like I said though, it was probably low blood sugar. I was a malnourished lad. We survived on sausage and fizzy drinks.

Have you ever been mistaken for a doppelgänger?

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DR: I am almost always — and particularly more since I shaved my head — I am being even more than ever recognized as Elijah Wood. The other day someone leaned round to me at a restaurant and went, "It's not bad being a Green Street Hooligan, now is it?" And I was like, "Uh...I mean, no? I guess not?" And he said, "I liked you in that film." And I said, "I'm sorry man, that wasn't me." And then he still came up to me in the end. I also had someone who is producing a movie with Elijah Wood come up to me and be like, "HEY! Elijah!" And I was like, "Hey man, what are you doing?" And he was like "GUESS WHAT MOVIE I'M WORKING ON!" And I was like, "I don't know." And he says the name of the movie and I'm like, "I don't know what that is." And he's like, "You're Elijah, right?" And I'm like, "NO!" If you're producing a movie he's in, you should know what he looks like! And then I worked on a film recently and three days into production, a woman whom I had been working with for three days, said, "I just saw the trailer for the new movie you're in with Vin Diesel." And I said, "I don't know what that is." And she was like, "The Last Witch Hunter," which is another Elijah Wood movie. So me and Elijah Wood just need to do a film together where we play brothers; it needs to happen at some point. I might try and write to him. [laughs]

Have you ever told someone you cooked dinner but you really ordered takeout?

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DR: I don't think any of my friends — no one would ever believe me if I said I cooked dinner.

JM: I think I did that. I think I invited my wife over for dinner when we were courting, and I got — it wasn't takeout, but it was like a tray of already prepared chicken, like 12 chicken thighs, enough for a family and it was just me and her — and I stuck that in the oven like, "Just something I knocked up." She was very impressed. She does know now that I'm a lying B.

Have you practiced pickup lines in the mirror?

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JM: Only for comic effect, probably not.

DR: Yeah, I don't think so.

JM: If I had said yes, [Dan], you'd probably be like, "I have this great story!"

DR: [laughs] No, not pickup lines — I don't think I would ever practice that. I think I've practiced my lines in a mirror, which is probably something I shouldn't admit to either.

JM: Even when I was young and single, I never really practiced the dark art of pickup lines. But I remember when I was sort of trying to chat up some girl and I was really young and I was like, "How do you do chat-up lines? What do you do? They're rubbish, aren't they? None of them work. What's the best chat-up line you've ever heard?" And she said, "Want to find somewhere to go make out?" and I was like, Whoaaaaaa OK — that would never work for me.

Have you ever embarrassed yourself on set?

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JM: Yeah! That's kind of what we get paid for. I was on a white horse, with purple leather chaps, and a yellow Stetson and a sitar, singing a Hindi ballad to Preeya Kalidas, so yeah, I've embarrassed myself. That was pretty much year one in my career, and it only got worse. So yeah, I've been there, done that.

DR: I'm struggling to think of specific instances, but there's something inherently embarrassing about acting. When you're on set like, crying or something, and you look up and the spots don't give a shit. But yeah, like James said, that's kind of what we get paid for.

Have you ever googled yourself?

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DR: Yes.

JM: Yup. I think most people have these days. I've done it naked though.

[laughter]

JM: I'm only joking!

Have you ever prank-called a co-star?

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JM: Uhhh. Yes. Who did I prank-call? I think guilty, but I can't... I know I've done it and I can't remember why and what the story was, but it was REALLY good. Trust me.

DR: You should've been there.

Have you ever laughed too hard while filming a scene and had to do various retakes?

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DR: Oh yeah.

JM: Tons. Starter for 10 was one of the worst. I did a movie with James Corden and Dominic Cooper as well as various other people involved like Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Rebecca Hall. But me, Dominic, and James had a scene where we were playing air hockey in a local arcade and it was one of the worst instances in my entire career of not being able to keep my shit together to the point where the director was getting really, really angry with us. But that made it worse — it made it harder to keep it together. Also, James is very funny and Dominic is very funny and I laugh easily so it was a heady trio and a bad combination.

DR: The worst one was on the set of the second Potter film and me and Rupert could not keep our shit together and Ken Branagh was actually incredibly unprofessional and unhelpful in terms of egging us on. [laughs] I remember Chris Columbus, who directed the first two films, was a saint and had the patience of a saint with us — that was the only time I think he had to take me and Rupert off set and give us a talking-to. There was also another really bad time where we were doing auditions for the first Potter film, and a kid came in and was auditioning for Malfoy, and he had to say the line, "My name is Malfoy. Draco Malfoy." And he kept saying it with an exact James Bond intonation, and I kept laughing during his scene, his audition. I was like 11, and I turned around to the back of the room and I saw my mum just glaring daggers at me, like, If you laugh during this kid's audition one more time I'm going to personally kill you later.

JM: Did you laugh again?

DR: I did not.

You have to listen to moms.

Have you ever gone without a cell phone for a week?

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DR: I mean, yeah, for the first 14 years of my life.

JM: I feel like I'm one of those people who's part of the last generation that got to be a full-blown adult and not have a mobile phone. It's so weird how different the world was to be an adult without a phone. It's crazy. And to be like, "Hey I'll see you Thursday at half past five at that place," and you would have to turn up. There was never anything of kind of going like, "Hey are you still up for tonight?" or "Yeah, um, this thing came up." You were just there, and if you weren't there, you kind of lost a friend. [laughs] There was no likes or dislikes or unfriending people; you just kind of showed up or called.

Have you ever stalked someone on Instagram and then accidentally double-tapped their picture?

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DR: No, no.

JM: I've never actually been on Instagram.

Really?

JM: I know! We're both pretty —

DR: It's the one thing I do have.

JM: You've got it!

DR: I've got it, but I only have like 13 followers. Me and Erin [Darke] had American and English phones, but you can't send pictures to them, so that's why I got Instagram. And now I've said in interviews that I have very few followers and I'm not getting [a lot of requests], I think people have worked out what I am. And it's very close on Instagram, they set up so saying "no" to somebody is like, a fucking millimeter away from saying "yes" to someone, so you're constantly trying not to invite a load of people into your life.

JM: Excuse me — I keep trying every day!

DR: [laughs] But no, what started happening as well is, like, I got someone request to follow me the other day and it was the name of a producer that I had worked with on the first Harry Potter films. And I just wrote to my dad like, "Can you just email them and check that they're not trying to follow me?" I checked the account and there was no pictures on it, they just picked a name that I would know in the hope that I would say yes.

Have you ever sung karaoke?

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DR: Oh, yeah!

JM: Yeah!

What is your jam?

JM: "Copacabana" by Barry Manilow.

DR: I feel like the world knows my "Real Slim Shady" is something I do at karaoke now.

JM: You do that?

DR: Yeah, I do it and I did it and it was filmed and put on YouTube, so you can watch it now if you'd like. So that and anything completely overambitious like Queen, or stuff that you can't really sing, but just have a go at. Karaoke is about commitment more than anything else.

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JM: You get that thing sometimes at karaoke where like, someone's really good, and it ruins the whole night. You want somebody to get up there and like, sing "Teddy Bears' Picnic" really badly, do you know what I mean?

DR: Yeah, the most amazing woman I ever saw at karaoke was the wife of boom operator on Horns, who came in and sang every single song — she'd do like, "Turn Around Bright Eyes" ["Total Eclipse of the Heart"] — in the style of metal. She transposes every song she sings and it's like the hardest-core, metal screaming, and I was like, "You are an amazing woman!" It's a pretty great way to go.

Have you ever accidentally mistaken another celebrity for someone else?

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JM: Yes.

DR: Yes.

JM: The guy who is the creator — I think he's the creator — of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia... You know that show?

DR: Yeah, I know it.

JM: He's one of the three guys with the sort of long, dark hair. I think he might be the tallest of three gentlemen.

DR: Oh, OK, yeah.

JM: I've only seen the first couple of episodes, but I really like it (great work, guys!). I'm actually filming in Philadelphia at the moment — I'm going to try to get on the show. Can you imagine, "Hey! Hey I'm an actor, I've been in stuff. Want to have me on the show?"

DR: I'm pretty sure that's how Danny DeSito got involved in the second series. I bet he just wrote them as a massive fan.

JM: Yeah?

DR: Yeah!

JM: I wonder if they'd be like, "Hey I've been Professor X and stuff, and Frankenstein." They'd be like, "What? Who?" But anyway, that guy who created [It's Always Sunny], I thought he was a tall, grown-up Haley Joel Osment. He's not.

DR: [laughs] I can see it though, yeah!

JM: 'Cause I'm working with M. Night Shyamalan now — who, of course directed Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense — and I said, "Hey, he's created his own TV show!"

DR: So you still thought — [laughs]

JM: And Night was just like, "No, what? Weird Scottish man saying things."

Have you ever gone skinny-dipping?

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JM: Yep, many a time.

Have you ever dressed up in disguise or undercover, but not necessarily with paparazzi?

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JM: I have. I went to Comic-Con and Nick Hoult and I walked the halls dressed with these sort of postapocalyptic biker masks on. People thought they were really bad costumes because we didn't really do anything down here [neck down], we just had masks on, so people were like, "Psh, you could've tried harder, man." That was pretty cool.

DR: I did Spider-Man, probably the same year.

JM: You were Spider-Man in full suit?

DR: Yeah.

JM: Oh wow!

DR: It was good; it was fun. Halloween is always great 'cause you can just wear weird, random stuff and you don't look weird and random.

JM: When I got my head shaved the first time, for X-Men [Days of Future Past], the directors and producers were like, "Well, we don't want people to know that you shaved your head, so we're thinking of getting you a wig made." And I was like, "For...what?" and they said, "Yeah, so when you go out and about on the streets, you have a wig on —

DR: Oh god.

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Suzanne Collins Wrote A Touching Letter Saying Goodbye To The "Hunger Games" Series

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"Thank you for volunteering for the Games and inhabiting these characters with such texture, color, humor and pain."

The final film in the Hunger Games series is in theaters now, wrapping up the story of Katniss Everdeen and her life in Panem.

The final film in the Hunger Games series is in theaters now, wrapping up the story of Katniss Everdeen and her life in Panem.

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To honor the series' end, author Suzanne Collins wrote a letter to the fans and all who took part in the film.

To honor the series' end, author Suzanne Collins wrote a letter to the fans and all who took part in the film.

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"Having spent the last decade in Panem, it's time to move on to other lands," she wrote on the Scholastic website. "But before I do, I'd like to say a tremendous thank you to everyone associated with the film franchise."

"Having spent the last decade in Panem, it

"I'm thrilled with how this quartet of films, which I find both faithful to the books and innovative in its own right, has been brought to life on the screen. "

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She thanks the directors, screenwriters, and production team, as well as Jennifer Lawrence and the rest of the cast: "There's no Hunger Games without Katniss. I hoped for someone good enough, and I got someone who exceeded all my expectations."

She thanks the directors, screenwriters, and production team, as well as Jennifer Lawrence and the rest of the cast: "There

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17 Things About The Making Of "Robot Chicken" You Probably Didn't Know

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BuzzFeed sat down with the makers of the show to talk about how the stop-motion animation game is changing.

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios in Burbank, California, is the creative team that brings you stop-motion shows like Robot Chicken and SuperMansion.

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios in Burbank, California, is the creative team that brings you stop-motion shows like Robot Chicken and SuperMansion.

BuzzFeed sat down with studio co-founders and Robot Chicken executive producers John "Harv" Harvatine and Eric Towner, along with the show's head writer Tom Root and writer/director Tom Sheppard.

Here's what we learned.

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One of the biggest challenges for the team is just the laws of nature. "Whenever a character is standing up or jumping, you're always rigging up the puppet in mid-air," said Sheppard.

Even when the characters aren't in mid-air, gravity can still be an issue. "There's all sorts of situations where you wrap at the end of the day and then by the next day, the puppets have all sort of collapsed," Root said.

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"We love experimenting and exploring new visuals," Towner said. "There isn't really a house style. Aardman [Animations] has a very Aardman look. Laika [Studios] has a very Laika look. A lot of our stuff looks different, but there's a common sense of humor."


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Here's What "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Would Look Like As A Romantic Comedy

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In which Rey is in a love triangle with Finn and….Han.

You knew this was coming. Anything can be turned into a romantic comedy if placed in the right hands.

You knew this was coming. Anything can be turned into a romantic comedy if placed in the right hands.

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Jimmy Kimmel's hands decided to turn the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens into a romcom for the masses, complete with that classic trailer voiceover.

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It's the story of a young girl looking for love in all the wrong places.

It's the story of a young girl looking for love in all the wrong places.

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And the handsome older gentleman who distracts her...

And the handsome older gentleman who distracts her...

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