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Generally speaking, there are two types of lighters. You have pocket lighters, the little brick-shaped things that you flick with your thumb; they’re ideal for lighting incense, candles, or perhaps some substances that are legal in certain jurisdictions and not so legitimate in others. Then there are barbecue lighters, which have the long nozzle and are good for when you need more distance between your hand and the flame, or if you just need a longer reach, such as when lighting a grill.

We’ve already seen a supersized lighter of the first variety, so now we move onto the latter, and it turns out that a giant lighter is basically a re-skinned flamethrower (via LaughingSquid).

YouTube personalities Peter Sripol and Sam Foskuhl made the lighter/blowtorch/lightertorch out of a modified weed torch, an electric ignition, and a blowtorch, as well as custom housing to hold all the components and give the whole build its lighter-esque charm. It turns out their creation is well suited for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to igniting a batch of fireworks and destroying a barbecue grill, as demonstrated in the video. It could also be useful if you need to light a candle across the room but don’t want to get up. At this point, it’s important that I stress that you please don’t actually make a flamethrower lighter yourself and do that, thank you.

What do you think of this giant lighter? What...

A few years ago, Vincross CEO Tianqi Sun encountered a problem: “The original idea of the project came from a dead sunflower. In 2014, I went to see a sunflower exhibition, and found myself focused on a dead sunflower near a ground of blooms. The dead flower sat in a place that was always in a shadow. I had no idea how it ended up there or why it died–whether it was because of the lack of sunshine or water –but it was just there, and it was dead. I thought, if it could move a little bit, take a 30-feet walk out of the shadow to where the other sunflowers were, it would have lived healthily. But it didn’t.”

The project in question is a robot that houses a plant on its head, and makes sure the plant gets all the light it needs to live by walking out of shade and into the glorious, photosynthesis-enabling sunlight (via The Verge).

Plants certainly can’t move on their own (unless you pour some Red Bull on them), but this little guy can help, moving towards the sun when needed and returning to the shade when it gets too hot and has had enough. It can also interact with people, dance when it’s happy, show attitude when it’s thirsty, and otherwise be a little fireball of personality. If you’re somehow having a hard time keeping...

Ten years ago, Christopher Nolan’s second Batman film, The Dark Knight, hit theaters. The blockbuster was a major success, and stands today as one of the best superhero films ever made and a classic in its own right. To celebrate the influential film’s anniversary, select theaters have announced plans to re-release The Dark Knight on IMAX 70mm film for a limited time.

Beyond being a staple of modern pop culture, The Dark Night also occupies a special place in film history: It was the first movie to utilize IMAX 70mm film—fitting, considering its sweeping scale. In the years since, Nolan has become known for his work in the format, specifically on movies like InceptionInterstellar, and Dunkirk. The work he did with The Dark Knight was pioneering, and now you can immerse yourself in Gotham by seeing the film on a giant IMAX screen, just as Christopher Nolan intended.

The following theaters will screen The Dark Night in IMAX 70mm once a day beginning August 24:

AMC Universal Citywalk IMAX, Universal City

AMC Lincoln Square IMAX, New York City

AMC Metreon IMAX, San Francisco

Ontario Place Cinesphere, Toronto

Tickets for opening day go onsale July 20. Individual theaters will release tickets for subsequent dates at a later time.

Images: Warner Brothers

When the first official images from Netflix’s upcoming original series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power were released, the internet exploded—with light and color. Illustrators worldwide were inspired by the new look of the show, which has a new take on the beloved characters from the 1980s television series and toy line.

The Princess of Power has a fresh but familiar look for the animated reboot. Her new costume features a simplified headdress that’s still obviously magical–what else could keep that floating jewel in place?–and the red cape and golden details are all She-Ra. She now sports shorts under her skirt, and her boots lost the heels and gained some oomph.

She-Ra’s origin story itself remains mostly the same, as revealed by Entertainment Weekly in an exclusive story, and she must learn how to embrace her new heroic identity. Fan artists certainly have already! Here is just some of the spectacularly bright and shiny She-Ra fan art now gracing the internet thanks to these talented artists.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is celebrating its tenth anniversary, and to mark the occasion, Her Universe founder and Clone Wars alum Ashley Eckstein (who Clone Wars fans might know better as the voice of Ahsoka Tano) has launched a clothing line featuring both masculine and feminine options inspired by characters from The Clone Wars.

As with other Her Universe clothing lines, there are a few graphic tees available, but the coolest pieces are the ones inspired by specific characters from the show like Anakin Skywalker, Padme Amidala, Captain Rex Moto, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Maul, and Ahsoka Tano. To make things even more special, Eckstein gathered her Clone Wars castmates Dee Bradley Baker (Rex), Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker), Catherine Taber (Padmé Amidala), James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), and Sam Witwer (Darth Maul) to help model the amazing new looks.

It’s so great to see the cast reunited—although we’re having a hard time believing it’s really been an entire decade since Clone Wars debuted. But we’re even more excited to add fun stuff to our wardrobe that will help us embody some of our favorite Star Wars characters.

Eckstein explained to StarWars.com that translating the cartoon character’s looks into an outfit anyone could wear just about anywhere wasn’t too hard for the Her Universe team. They specialize in creative “everyday cosplay” looks, after all, and channeled those skills into creating a Clone...

Given that Lucasfilm lined up Rian Johnson for a brand new Star Wars trilogy before anyone outside of the company saw The Last Jedi, it seems safe to assume that the company didn’t think the film would be controversial among fans. That sequel received a less-than-welcome reception among some viewers, and outright hostility from others. Even The Last Jedi‘s defenders would probably admit there are certain aspects that could have been improved upon. It appears that Marvel and Lucasfilm have kept some of that criticism in mind for the new comic book adaptation of The Last Jedi. Today’s Nerdist News is looking at the comic and examining how the changes affect the narrative of The Last Jedi.

Join host and the last high stakes player on Canto Bight, Jessica Chobot, as she takes us through some of the more intriguing differences between the comic and the film that inspired it. Was Vice-Admiral Holdo being too flippant with Poe during the movie? That’s fixed by Holdo telling Poe that she has plan much earlier. Our old favorite, Admiral Ackbar, even gets to say a few words before his untimely demise.

The comic also gives Leia more context during her “Mary Poppins” moment in space, and drastically shortens the time spent in Canto Bight to just a few pages....

History of Thrones is our series where we examine important historical events and people from the complex and controversial past of Westeros. Now that HBO has announced that their first Game of Thrones spin-off pilot will take place thousands of years prior to GOT itself, during the Age of Heroes, we’re turning our third raven eye to that mythical and mysterious period that began to shape the Seven Kingdoms into what we know it as today, to see what we can learn about the story going forward. However, be warned—if you think legends reveal too much about the truth, you might consider them spoilers.

You can find all other History of Thrones entries here, including the event that started the Age of Heroes, The Pact between the First Men and the Children of the Forest, as well as the war with the army of the dead that ended it, the first Long Night.

LANN THE CLEVER AND HOUSE LANNISTER’S DEVIOUS BEGINNINGS

For thousands of years in Westeros, the seat of power in the westerlands has resided in Casterly Rock, a massive fortress carved from a stone hill along the shores of the Sunset Sea. Protected by water, mountains, and forests, it stands three times higher than the Wall, which is why, despite sitting atop gold mines that have made its inhabitants the wealthiest family in the Seven...

Can you hear that? It’s the sound of Doctor Who fans all over the world revving up their engines for new inside information about the latest iteration of the iconic series. After 10,000 years 54 years, the Doctor has finally regenerated into a woman. Oh sure, underneath the excitement of millions of fans, you can make out the buzzing of a small but obnoxious segment of the fandom that thinks women Time Lords can’t save the world, but forget them. Instead, check out these amazing new images from the BBC ahead of the Doctor Who panel at San Diego Comic-Con!

In the words of Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor: Brilliant.

The BBC has kept a tight lid on where and how the Doctor will be adventuring this season. But we do have a few hints. We know Mandip Gill will play Yasmin while BBC veteran Bradley Walsh will play Graham. Then there’s Tosin Cole as Ryan, but some Star Wars fans may recognize him as Lieutenant Bastian from The Force Awakens. We know from the teaser trailer that perhaps the Doctor is responsible for bringing these companions together. And….that’s about it.

Fortunately for everyone, the Doctor Who panel and all its reveals are tomorrow, July 19. Until then, break out your magnifying glasses and scour these...

Fifteen years ago this week, one of the greatest video games in the galaxy far, far away and the one we’re currently in came out. That game was BioWare’s Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Set 4,000 years before the formation of the Galactic Empire, it was a sprawling RPG full of hard choices, harrowing situations, and memorable characters. So it’s no surprise that fans wanted a sequel. Except the one that they eventually got was very different from another one that almost happened. And another sequel that was straight-up canceled. These aren’t the only Star Wars projects that nearly came to pass either, so on today’s episode of The Dan Cave, we’re taking a look at the many, many Star Wars projects that almost happened… but didn’t.

Knights of the Old Republic 2

Image: Obsidian Entertainment

While we eventually got a sequel to KOTOR from Obsidian Entertainment, BioWare had a concept for a sequel to their critically acclaimed game that sadly never came to pass, and it involved a familiar face: Yoda. Well, not Yoda, but another one of whatever the hell Yoda is. In an interview with Eurogamer, KOTOR lead designer James Ohlen said, “The initial twist in the first two-page concept we had for Knights...

“Appetizing” isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when you watch a zombie movie or TV show, unless you’re the kind of diner who routinely orders intestines and brains. But it turns out that when you see the living dead chowing down on a hapless victims insides, the sound effects guy might just be having fun with his own assortment of edibles.

In this Insider video which we first saw at Geekologie, Foley artist and sound designer Matt Davies demonstrates his literally sloppy technique for getting all those gore noises, and it involves tomatoes and raw chicken.

In some cases, he even lets his dog do some of the hard work, since human teeth aren’t as hardy when scraped against bone. The best effects, though, come from Davies’ own mouth, as he makes monster noises like a kid on a playground, but with a lifetime of practice. He even demonstrates the differences among kinds of zombie voices, from the groaning of the original George Romero dead to the guttural, feral ferocity of The Walking Dead‘s walkers. It’s a distinction you may not have given much thought to, but once he does it, you know exactly what he’s talking about.

We just want to know if he gets to cook the raw veggies after he’s squished and slurped them. We’re assuming the raw meat goes to the dogs. Let...

If there’s anything we’ve learned since the Thor: Ragnarok press tour last year, it’s that Jeff Goldblum is a bright, shining beacon of hope and hilarity in this crazy, mixed-up world of ours. And why not commemorate that, along with the 25th anniversary of the theatrical release of Jurassic Park, with a massive statue depicting Ian Malcolm in his most meme-able pose?

Thanks to NOW TV, that’s what any Londoner or tourist was lucky enough to see today as they strolled along the Thames near the Tower Bridge.

(In this moment, we are all Dr. Alan Grant.)

As soon as passersby took in the sight and shared the poses they struck with 25-foot, 331-pound Jurassic Jeff (that’s the frankly ingenious hashtag attached to the statue), tweets with all the requisite Jurassic Park jokes began flying fast and furiously.

“Method, which is in its very substance ignorance, encloses truth in a vicious circle. We should break such circles not by seeking knowledge but by discovering the cause of our ignorance.”

Join Shannon and Sharon as they discuss obstacles that interrupt Flow and how to discover the cause of our ignorance.

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“A thousand-year army need thousand-year soldiers.”

That ominous warning from a Nazi scientist, along with AC/DC’s “Hells Bells,” sets the tone for the high-octane first trailer for Overlord, the new World War II horror film from executive producer J.J. Abrams. And while it might not be the next Cloverfield sequel like we speculated, it is still full of terrifying monsters. Only instead of being beastly invaders from another planet, America’s bravest will need to save the world from a growing squad of undead zombie super soldiers.

Based on this first trailer, the film will combine a traditional war movie with a zombie flick. That mixture of two popular genres makes paves the way for homages to other films; while the World War II elements recall movies like Saving Private Ryan and the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers, the horror elements evoke Frankenstein and Re-Animator. Plus, the claustrophobic aspect of being trapped in a bunker full of nightmarish creatures also feels like an homage to Night of the Living Dead or 28 Days Later. If you’re going to mix together a bunch of films, those are some pretty good ones to call upon.

It’s hard not to see this trailer without thinking of Call of Duty: Zombies, but this also reminds us of maybe the most famous big screen depiction of terrifying mutant Nazi soldiers.

This might not...

Before Twilight, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, and even Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the most popular bloodsuckers around were found in the pages of author Anne Rice’s epic series of novels collectively known as The Vampire Chronicles. Focusing on the vampire called Lestat, an aristocratic Frenchman from the 18th century, as well as several other ancient vamps, the books have sold over 100 million copies since the first novel in the series, Interview with the Vampire, was published over 40 years ago. Now, these beloved vampires are coming to TV in a new series that will soon be streaming via Hulu. Although the series is still in the earliest stages, here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming historical fantasy drama.

How Did Lestat Go from Movies to TV?

The journey from book to films to television for Anne Rice’s legendary series of novels has been a long and winding one. Interview with the Vampire was originally published in 1976, and almost immediately the movies rights were sold. However, the property changed hands many times, going from studio to studio. The transgressive novel, which had pansexual erotic overtones, proved to be too controversial for the studios of the time.

Despite the fact that Hollywood seemed too scared to make this movie accurately, many attempts were made and several different scripts were written. After Rice wrote the first sequel book, The Vampire Lestat, and its follow-up 

Greetings, comic fans! It’s Wednesday, also known as “The Best Day of the Week,” because it’s new comic book day. There’s a ton of stuff out this week, but don’t worry—we have a few recommendations to help you sort through the chaos. And for you big spenders out there, we also have a complete list of this week’s releases.

There are some light spoilers ahead, so proceed with caution. You’ve been warned.

LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 The Life of Captain Marvel #1 from Marvel Comics

Written By: Margaret Stohl
Art By: Carlos Pacheco with Rafael Fonteriz and Marguerite Sauvage
Colors By: Marcio Menyz and Marguerite Sauvage
Letters By: VC’s Clayton Cowles

The reinvention of Carol Danvers did the impossible: it stuck. In comic books, characters are often transformed—given new costumes, new names, new mantles—but they always return to some version of their original form. But Carol Danvers is different. Her popularity hit the stratosphere and her new look has already become iconic. It makes sense then, given the character’s high profile, to revisit and retool her backstory. That’s the premise of The Life of Captain Marvel, which takes a deep dive into what drives Carol and how she became who she is today.

Margaret Stohl has been writing Captain Marvel for a while now and she definitely has the character’s voice dialed in; she delivers a pretty great Tony Stark in this issue, as well....

Anybody who has ever seen the James Bond movie Goldfinger has wished for a car with all those trimmings: wheel scythes, ejector seat, guns, car phone…okay, so maybe the car phone wasn’t going to age well forever. But while you can’t own a car like that for real–and even if you could, it would probably be illegal to actually activate all those bonus features–you can own a pretty good replica, which you’ll build yourself, as LEGO has just announced a deal with both the James Bond and Aston Martin brands to offer his most classic spymobile.

This is part of the LEGO creator line, so it’s not minifig-scaled (those could potentially come later, if all parties to the licensing agreement stay happy), but the increased size allows it to be rigged with signature gadgets. A working ejection seat, rotating license plates, rear-window bullet shield, front-wing machine guns, and wheel mounted tire slashers are among the features, as well as a concealable computer and door phone.

The car will run you around $149.99 and be available starting August 1st.

 

It’d be great...

Browse any summery Instagram hashtag long enough and you’ll surely come across hundreds of photos of the scantily clad hanging out in novelty pool floats, ones shaped like rubber ducks, ice cream cones, or anything else you can visually represent in inflatable object form. Now, for those of you who want to enjoy a day in the sun without forgetting about your own mortality, there’s a new option: The inflatable pink coffin pool float (via Geekologie).

Canadian designer Andrew Greenbaum says he and fellow designer Ian Felton came up with the idea a few years ago, and recently had the opportunity to have a sample made. Photos of the float started to take off online, and now they want to make their wild idea more widely available. Greenbaum wrote in an Instagram post:

“Had the idea to start this project almost three years ago, with my guy [Felton]. I found someone who could make me a sample recently and pulled the trigger. Super hilarious project. Truth be told [though, we’re] about $15,000 short from being able to sell this to [y’all]. Let us know if you think a Kickstarter would be a cool idea or if you have a rich daddy who wanna invest.”

The people have apparently spoken, as Greenbaum wrote in

One of Comic-Con‘s indisputable niches at this point is toys based on directors: Funko has Taika Waititi and James Wan, and this year NECA is giving us Guillermo Del Toro and Shane Black. But while Funko tends to use a uniform house style across its brands, each of NECA’s dual genre director figures has a unique approach, look, and size.

General audiences may not remember, but Black has dabbled in acting before, most notably as Hawkins in the original Predator, where he’s best known for telling a dirty joke to Billy (Sonny Landham) that makes him laugh, which the Predator hears. NECA secured his likeness rights while working on the toys for The Predator, the latest film that Black is now the director on.

Del Toro, on the other hand, has a deal with the company for the “Guillermo Del Toro Signature Collection,” a line that will encompass characters from all his independent films like Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone.  While Black’s “Hawkins” action figure is scaled to Predator figures and re-uses some military body parts, Del Toro has the “retro-action” body based on 1970s Mego toys, which allows for more obscure licenses by saving costs on a more generic inner physique...

Every comic book fan wishes they could their favorite hero’s gadgets. Spider-Man fans want nothing more than to shoot webbing and swing from buildings. Green Lantern fans want a ring that lets them fly around the spaceways. Daredevil fans want to do…whatever it is his billy club does, since it always seems to change. Laughing Squid reported that someone has cracked the code on one of the superhero world’s most well-known gadgets, the batarang.

After realizing they were unable to draw a picture of Batman, YouTuber The Q was inspired to create their own batarang from scratch. After drawing the pattern–freehand, mind you–they took an 8mm piece of plywood and got to work, creating a functional boomerang inspired by the Dark Knight.

Honestly, the finished prop looks like a really big sugar cookie, but it flies just like a Batarang. It’s cool to see what an actual batarang in flight looks like (which you can see in the video). We don’t have the luxury of DC Universe physics, but this still looks rad. You just have to be careful of not getting stabbed by a pointy edge during the batarang’s return flight. Look, being a superhero comes with hazards.

You can check out more DIY videos from The Q on their...

Comic-Con is only a few days away, and it looks like this year’s convention is going full Aquaman! Director James Wan is expected to drop the first trailer for Jason Momoa‘s first solo outing as the king of the seven seas. This will be the only DC Extended Universe film of 2018, so a lot of hopes are riding on Aquaman. Now, Warner Bros. has finally released the first story details about Aquaman, and today’s Nerdist News is breaking them all down.

Join host and part-time mermaid, Jessica Chobot, as she dives into the description that sounds a lot like every other hero’s journey we’ve ever seen. You know the drill: it will be “the journey of his lifetime,” as Aquaman takes up a quest that will take him around the world as he experiences moments of self-discovery and proves that he’s worthy to be the king of Atlantis.

What’s so special about that? It’s going to be about the execution. Wan has stated that he’s going for a Raiders of the Lost Ark and Romancing the Stone vibe, which suggests that Amber Heard’s Mera will be more of a partner to Aquaman instead of simply his love interest. The newly released pics also show off some new looks at Black Manta and Ocean Master...