Dolphin

The Internet is like an endless search for buried treasure. You can always find something new and exciting. Case in point, a five year old story that didn’t get a lot of play but is simply awesome. It also has loose ties to movies and Disney, two things we kind of like here.

In the late Nineties, Disney Imagineering helped create an animatronic dolphin that could actually swim and interact underwater. It appeared at Disney properties on only two occasions, just for a few days, before the company decided it was not a practical design for daily theme park use.

The dolphin was designed with the help of a company called Edge Innovations, which made the animatronic animals for films like Deep Blue Sea, Flipper, Anaconda, Free Willy 3, Cast Away, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, as well as the frickin’ sharks with frickin’ laser beams in Austin Powers in Goldmember.

Where is this dolphin now? We don’t really know. But you can read more about his story, and watch a video of this amazing creation, below. Read More »

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Bring Batman To Life With Lego Cuusoo Wayne Manor

Lego Wayne Manor

Lego Cuusoo is a site where fans can create and show off any Lego project they can come up with. If 10,000 people like it a design, Lego will consider making it a reality. The competition is incredibly fierce as only one piece out of many that meet the criteria is picked for every session. To date only four projects have been created, with two more recently selected.

After a project gets 10,000 votes, it’s put into a pool with others and Lego decides which one to make depending on a bunch of factors. For example, Lego must deem the project commercially viable and financially possible. So while a certain project could be popular, it might be impossible for Lego to legally make it. Rights aren’t always available to franchises like Jurassic Park or The Legend of Zelda (though it did work for Back to the Future and there are several Ghostbusters sets now under review).

All that is preamble to explain why we’re highlighting this latest cool Cuusoo. It’s called Assault on Wayne Manor and is basically just a huge working version of Bruce Wayne’s house. Which is incredibly awesome. Plus, Lego has released Batman sets in the past. Read More »

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3D printing could revolutionize the commercial world. Almost anything you can imagine can be reproduced in a 3D printer and Hollywood has begun to notice. For example, on the set of Ender’s Game, many of the film’s props were created in a 3D printer, likely saving money in terms of industrial and labor-intensive individual production.

It’s fitting, then, that Ender’s Game is now the first movie to offer prop replicas created by a 3D printer. (Replicas are usually sold by companies like Sideshow Collectibles and NECA.) The company behind the offering is called Sandboxr. Fans can log onto their website, choose and customize a bunch of different ships from the film, and have them printed for a relatively affordable price.

Below, get all the links and check out an infographic that’ll prepare you for the film, which opens this Friday, November 1. Read More »

Del Toro Bleak House

Skywalker Ranch, the Pixar Campus, Quentin Tarantino’s home theater, Stanley Kubrick’s estate: all places a film fan would kill to visit, but few ever get the chance to see. Another spot undoubtedly on that list is Bleak House. That’s what Guillermo del Toro calls the additional house he bought to devote to his collection of cool stuff, including props, posters, toys, any -and everything you’ve ever wanted to own in the realm of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and movie memorabilia.

Most people never get to see it, but on the Criterion Collection DVD for Cronos, del Toro actually did a guided tour of the space. It’s been online for about a year, but we were just turned onto it. And it’s as awesome as you’d imagine. Read More »

Breaking Bad - Ozymandias

The final season of Breaking Bad has become increasingly painful to watch, in the best way possible, but it seems we’ll have to bear the unbearable a bit longer than expected. Series co-executive producer Peter Gould has announced that the final two episodes of the meth drama will run long, amounting to about 30 additional minutes in total.

That’s a lot of extra time to spend clenching your fists and holding your breath. Fortunately, the Internet has come up with a perfect way to relieve some of that tension. The fan-made Breaking Bad video game allows you to travel back to the relatively lighthearted early days, when Walt was just a sick family man in his tighty-whities. Hit the jump for more on the extra-long episodes and the game.

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Lego Jurassic Park

Purchasing the Back to the Future Delorean Lego earlier this month made me feel 12 years old again. All of a sudden, I want to buy all these Legos. It’s not a good thing. Especially when Lego is more than happy to release an increasing number of awesome sets.

On the official front, the company recently announced that 2014 will bring a special set based on the hit TV show, The Simpsons. On the unofficial front, two very cool projects are up for consideration on Lego Cuusoo: the Hill Valley Courthouse from Back to the Future and the gate to Jurassic Park. See some images below. Read More »

Lego Hobbit

You’ve probably already seen the first trailer for Peter Jackson‘s upcoming film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It came out two months ago which, not coincidentally, is how long the Brotherhood Workshop has been working on a Lego version.

The amount of work that went into this recreation is almost unthinkable. The building, the customization, the stop motion. In fact, the trailer is so good I’m kind of upset we’ll see a live action version of the movie instead of a Lego one. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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Michael McMaster from Bakersfield California decided to try to build a working life-size replica of Pixar’s WALL-E. McMaster belonged to the R2D2 Builders Club and decided to try to test his skills to recreate that other robot voiced by Ben Burtt. Since Star Wars was a live-action film, the R2 builders have a ton of real life prop and blueprint references to work off of. But WALL-E exists only in the computer, so they needed to create a design out of screen-grabs and various pieces of concept art that had been released by Pixar. The resulting remote controlled robot took five years to complete (or, so far — he’s still “working” on improving the robot). Watch a video of WALL-E in action after the jump.

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