You’ve gotta check out this cool looking Star Trek-Themed cake that features a Phaser, Tricorder, and Communicator. It was created by Margi Chambers of CakeArt for the “Cake: The Final Frontier – A Celebration of 50 Years of Star Trek Collaboration.” Yes, it’s a Star Trek cake event! The creator of the cake breaks it down for us, explaining:
A tricorder was a multifunction hand-held device useful for data sensing, analysis, and recording.
A communicator, or personal receiver, was a hand-held communication device used by many species for person-to-person, person-to-ship, inter-ship communications.
A type-2 phaser is a typical hand-held directed-energy phaser weapon. Kept aboard Starfleet and Federation starships, staircases, space stations, and at planetary facilities.
Featured in Star Trek Enterprise, the Wall Comm was an integral part of shipboard communications.
My items were made using gum paste and fondant. I enjoyed the challenge of making them as close to original specs as possible.
You can check out some more images of the cake below.
I thought the first Surf’s Up movie was great! It was a great story that provided some fun entertainment. The WWE has taken over the Sony Pictures Animation franchise and they’ve produced a sequel called Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania. The film features the voices of WWE superstars John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, Diva Paige, and Mr. McMahon.
I doubt the sequel will be as good as the first film, but I liked the first film so much that I’ve gotta give it a chance! The movie was directed by Henry Yu, who is the protégé of Genndy Tartakovsky. He was a story artist on Sym-Bionic Titan and both of the Hotel Transylvania films.
Cody Maverick, hungry for a new challenge, convinces an infamous big-wave-riding crew known as The Hang 5, to let him join them on their journey to a mysterious surf spot known as The Trenches, where, legend has it, they’ll find the biggest waves in the world. Cody soon discovers that the life he left behind might be more heroic than what any death-defying wave has to offer.
There’s no official release date set, but the movie will be released sometime in early 2017. I also included some promo images below featuring the new characters in the film.
Artist Orlando Arocena has created an awesome set of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story posters that were inspired by the movie poster for Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket. This is the "Born to Rebel" poster set and I freakin' love 'em! These should be official posters for the upcoming movie. They just seem to fit the style, tone, and attitude of the film so well.
If you want to purchase yourself a print, click here. I included the Full Metal Jacket poster below for reference:
There are some actors out there who like to do their own stunts. As you might imagine, sometimes things don’t go as planned and some actors are seriously hurt. ScreenRant has released a video breakdown that lists 10 famous actors who got injured on the set of their movies. Some of those actors include Jackie Chan, Michael J. Fox, Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Sylvester Stallone, Brad Pitt, and more.
On the whole, acting is one of the safest jobs in the world. Actors are well looked after, movie sets are extremely safe places, stunts are generally performed by doubles who are more suited to the job and, in the event of an emergency, there are always medical professionals on hand to step in.That being said, some actors have been injured on the sets of their movies. Whether it's because they're amongst the few who are brave enough to perform their own stunts, or simply because they got into some kind of accident, even the most high-profile and talented of stars have managed to hurt themselves during filming.In this video, we'll run through a list of some great examples. Here are ten famous actors who were seriously injured on the set of their movies.
Well, it looks like I’ve found a new backpack to add to my collection. This is the Boba Fett Mandalorian Armor Backpack. I’ve seen a lot of Boba Fett backpacks over the years, but this is easily the coolest looking one that I’ve ever seen. It’s also one of the most functionally designed. It comes from ThinkGeek, who says:
Bob A. Fett is a hard working young man. Though he isn't the most popular clone at school, he still has a sense of style. Bob likes wearing his armor around. Now, he's not allowed to fly around during school hours, so he uses his pack to carry his stuff. Soda, books, candy - all sorts of things. And now you can too, with the Boba Fett Mandalorian Armor Backpack!
Looking as cool as Boba Fett is just the beginning. The Boba Fett Mandalorian Armor Backpack is loaded with room to store all your Mandalorian loot. A big main compartment, a padded laptop sleeve AND an additional tablet sleeve, leather-look pouches for all your thermal detonators, two side pockets (we like calling them fuel tanks, because we store cans of soda in ours) – it all adds up to one very useful bag. And nobody, but nobody, bothers you when you walk around wearing your Boba Fett Mandalorian Armor Backpack. Trust us.
It’s always fun to learn about actors who were originally eyed for big movie roles but never ended up taking them. During an interview on THR’s Award Chatter podcast, David Schwimmer revealed he was originally offered the role of Agent J in Men in Black, a role that ended up being played by Will Smith.
He was obviously offered the role because of his popularity on the hit sitcom Friends. He ended up turning down the role so that he could star in and direct a TV movie called Since You've Been Gone, which I’ve never heard of. You’d think the actor would have regrets about his choice, but he doesn’t, in regards to taking the opportunity to choose between the two projects he says, "It wasn't even like a choice."
I think he made the right choice because Will Smith was awesome in the role as Agent J and I don’t think Schwimmer would have had the same powerful on screen presence that Smith had. Schwimmer doesn’t have that “wow” factor.
A special effects team from VFXLAB got together to create and build a crazy awesome animatronic shark costume. I'm sure Steven Spielberg would have loved to have something like this while shooting Jaws.
The costume is built around a Seabob, which a person has to operate. We have a video below of the shark costume in action. They tested it in the swimming pool of a local Hilton Doubletree Hotel, which makes the whole thing even more amusing. I can only imagine what the guests at the hotel thought when they saw it in the pool!
VFXLAB testing Seabob powered shark piloted by diver in a local hotel pool while guest were present. Funny they were a little scared even knowing what it was. VFXLAB crew Bob Wasson, Zane Wasson, Gary Wasson and Jim Arbaugh.
As we’ve already learned, Poison Ivy will be going through a very drastic change in Gotham Season 3. An older version of the character is now being played by Maggie Geha. It’s explained that Poison Ivy has a run in with a monster from Indian Hill, and through a series of events she is reborn as a young woman "who’s harnessed the full power of her charms."
In an interview with TV Insider, executive producer John Stephens offered some details on the monster that changes Poison Ivy and makes her fourteen years older. He says:
“One of the creatures that escaped from Indian Hill has the power to age people. Sometimes he uses it to kill people; other times he doesn’t get to complete the process.”
The site also offers us our first look at Geha in the role and she looks great as the character. Gotham is set to return on September 19th.
Artist Andreas Bennwik created this beautiful illustration that is being used as the cover of an issue for ImagineFX. It features a series of classic fantasy films from the '80s including Labyrinth, Willow, The Dark Crystal, The NeverEnding Story, Gremlins, Time Bandits, Legend, and Big Trouble in Little China. I grew up watching all of these movies and I love them all. I’d love to have a print of this poster art because it’s everything I loved about growing up watching movies.