totoro worm

Now there is a Totoro worm. Maybe you have a dog or a cat named Totoro but did you find and name a species of worm after Hayao Miyazaki’s fan-favorite character? I didn’t think so. Researchers have detailed the discovery and naming of a new species of velvet worm, found in Vietnam. Thanks to some specific physical characteristics, the creature is named after Totoro. Read More »

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max landis super mario script

“This script sucks.” Those three words are emblazoned across a new file screenwriter Max Landis has uploaded to his website. It’s a 436 page script for a movie version of Super Mario World. Yes, the first Super Nintendo entry in the Super Mario Bros. series. Landis uploaded the script as a joke. Just to make sure we’re all in on it, he wrote a few pages of preamble explaining himself.

In those first few pages, Landis explains he wrote the script at 19 and admits “this script sucks” for a ton of reasons. Most scripts equate to a minute per page. Who was going to make a seven hour Super Mario Bros. movie? Not Nintendo. They tried and failed to make a much shorter version in 1993. Landis was 8 at the time so he was very aware of that film.

Still the aspiring screenwriter pressed on and wrote a script where he made cardinal mistakes like describing every beat of every action scene, introducing too many tangential characters and typing out long sections of songs into the screenplay.

Basically, this was an epic time wasting exercise by a talented, possibly crazy, 19-year-old kid figuring out screenwriting. But at least he was writing…and writing…and writing. Below, check out the Max Landis Super Mario script and even see some concept art Landis had drawn for the film. Read More »

Stan Lee Cameo

One of the staples of a Marvel movie is the Stan Lee cameo. He’s been in all the MCU movies to date, all five Spider-Mans, both Fantastic Fours, two X-Mens, Hulk, and Daredevil. But he never shows up as the same character twice… or so we thought.

The Stan Lee theory posits that the Marvel legend has secretly been playing the same character all along –namely Uatu, the Watcher. That, of course, would mean that all the Marvel movies take place in the same universe, even the non-MCU ones. Explore this delightfully bizarre Stan Lee Watcher theory with us after the jump.

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At this point, mocking sexy adult costumes is just as much a Halloween tradition as trick-or-treating or petty vandalism. But even by the usual ridiculous standards, these Frozen-inspired outfits take the cake. See the sexy Frozen costumes — including tarted-up versions of Elsa, Anna, and yes, even Olaf — after the jump.

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Ikran dragon Avatar

We’ve officially reached a new level of geekdom. It used to be, when you were a fan of a movie something, you just saw it a few times in theaters. Then maybe you bought some merchandise. Hung a poster on your wall. Then you started going to conventions. Dressing up. Maybe you took it up a notch with a tattoo or naming your child after a character. That was pretty much as crazy as things could get.

Last week though, Chinese scientists took things to another level. They found fossils to a new dinosaur species and named it after a creature in James Cameron‘s Avatar. Below read more about, and see photos of, the Avatar dinosaur. Read More »

guardians of the galaxy mistake

As Big Two superheroes go, the Guardians of the Galaxy are a pretty obscure bunch. So much so, even the trailers for the movie poke fun at that fact. Still, you’d think they’d be pretty well known now, what with a $100+ million budget and the power of the Marvel Studios marketing machine to back them up.

And yet, that didn’t stop a few cinemas from getting these Guardians mixed up with a different ragtag group of world-saving Guardians. According to reports, some theatergoers bought tickets to Guardians of the Galaxy last night… only to be treated to a screening of Rise of the Guardians instead. Hit the jump to learn how it all went down.

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Ever wondered how one might bottle the sweet scent of a Sharknado? Tara Reid has the answer with her new fragrance, Shark By Tara. Really. Also after the jump:

  • Simon Pegg reveals where and when M:I 5 will shoot
  • Zoe Saldana talks a tiny bit about the Avatar sequels
  • Also, Zoe Saldana hopes Spock and Uhura don’t break up
  • The new Texas Chainsaw will follow Leatherface’s teen years
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  • Lorde will curate the Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack
  • Iggy Azalea will have a cameo in Fast & Furious 7
  • William Shatner might make an appearance in Ted 2

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The phrase “epic fail” may not be as fashionable as it once was, but sometimes it really is the only way to express just how horribly something has gone wrong. Case in point: Can you come up with a better way to describe a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster that combines exploding building imagery and a 9/11 release date? Yeah, didn’t think so.

Gawk at the controversial Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 9/11 poster the jump.

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Rob Jones Grief header

While you might not know the name Rob Jones you know his work. I guarantee it. Jones is a creative director for Mondo, which means he works with each and every artist who releases a poster and helps them achieve the best vision imaginable. While a piece by Tyler Stout or Olly Moss was done by them, Jones helped steer them in a specific direction from a very early stage. You could say every Mondo poster is born of Jones’ DNA.

In addition to that, Jones is quite the accomplished artist himself. He’s done dozens of famous album covers, gig posters, movie posters and in 2011 won an Grammy for designing a box set for The White Stripes. Later this week, he’s presenting an ambitious new solo show called “Grief,” comprised of 100 self portraits offering different takes on Charlie Brown. Yes, from the Peanuts Charlie Brown. It open July 17 at Galerie F in Chicago, Illinois.

Below, we’ve got several exclusive, pop culture inspired pieces from the show including detailed descriptions of the personal interpretations behind each from Jones himself. It’s a funny, but sometimes frightening, window into one of the most influential eyes in pop culture art today. Read More »