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Posts by Brooke Jaffe

Today in Awesome

Guillermo Del Toro’s Notebook Is Just As Cool As It Sounds

Guillermo Del Toro has impressed many an audience with his incredible imagination, but seldom can you watch thoughts from a master take form! These scans from Del Toro’s notebook give us a peek into his creative process in building the worlds of Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, and Pacific Rim. We’d like to live inside its pages.

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Hey! Listen!

It’s Dangerous To Go Alone! Take This Zelda Wedding Ring!

Serious Zelda fans can get married in the spirit of their favorite game with these Legend of Zelda wedding rings from Takaya’s Custom Jewelry! Go under the cut for more pictures, alternate wedding bands, and general nerdy jewelry eye candy.

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Faster than a speeding bullet!

All Three DC Nation Wonder Woman Shorts Are Up! [VIDEO]

Wonder Woman saving the day by catching her man-sel in distress and surfing down a gargantuan wave to slap a giant and ride off into the sunset? Yep, that’s the most recent Wonder Woman short by Robert Valley for DC Nation. All three are now up online, so you can watch (and re-watch) an awesome lady taking care of business and look fabulous doing it. Not only is the animation stunning, but Diana has never looked so good. Why can’t we get a Wonder Woman movie like this?

Go under the cut for the other two shorts!

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Essay

Pacific Rim Is Not Your Average Action Juggernaut

The dismal state of this summer’s blockbusters is multidimensional: not only did big-budget films generally perform poorly, but they also were conceptually and emotionally hollow. The Lone Ranger didn’t seem to understand why Johnny Depp in redface could possibly be a bad thing, and the failure of the Smith-Smith-fronted After Earth to draw in crowds boggled the minds of film studios everywhere. When the promising prospect of Elysium turned out to be a moralistic bull in a china shop, the summer sci-fi set seemed doomed.

Is there anything to salvage from this black hole of summer cinema? I think there is: Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, which stands out from the crowd of half-baked action/sci-fi juggernauts for one reason: it knows what it is. It knows that it’s a visually-amazing action flick– but what’s even more interesting is that it knows how to subvert pieces of the genre other films blindly pay homage to. In particular, Pacific Rim has a way of smashing gender-based action movie tropes like they’re Kaiju skulls.

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Officially Official

CIA Finally Admits Area 51 Is Actually A Thing In Declassified Report

Conspiracy theorists everywhere are having a party right now, shouting and throwing their tinfoil hats to the sky in celebration: a recently declassified CIA report acknowledges Area 51 is, in fact, an official thing.

Want to know more about one of the most mysterious locales in the United States? Head under the cut!

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Excelsior!

Nina Edlund’s Adorable Sketchcards of DC Comics Women

Artist Nina Edlund has captured the women of DC comics perfectly in her Cryptozoic sketch card collection — and they look so cute! Here are a few of our picks from her gallery of sketchcards, but she’s drawn even more than just what we have here. Check out her website for the rest of her DC ladies!

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eye candy

Self-Taught Makeup Artist Transforms Herself Into Characters And Celebrities

Emma Pickles isn’t the only makeup artist that’s wowed us with her skill: meet Carly Paige, a Montreal-native with an incredible talent for using makeup to become any number of famous figures in pop culture: everyone from Mystique to Pee-Wee Herman! Though for now she’s working in a Sephora, you can tell it won’t be long before she’s living her dream of doing makeup for movie sets. Don’t believe us? Check out this gallery of her work! It’s guaranteed to impress.

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Almost Totally Excellent

Marvel’s Rogue Was Almost In The Wolverine… Sorta.

Apparently, there was an early version of the script where Rogue makes an appearance in The Wolverine! But wait, doesn’t that movie take place in Japan? How does that work?

Well, dear readers, hit the jump to find out!

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Oh Hollywood

Vampire Academy Might Change Your Mind About The Vampire Genre Craze

You might think that the vampire genre is worn out, and I’d probably agree with you– but if anyone can do something new with it, it would be Mean Girls director Mark Waters and his brother, Heathers writer Daniel Waters. According to Empire, the story of Vampire Academy goes like this…

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Today in Boobs

Cate Blanchett and Julie Delpy To Star/Write Cancer Vixen

Julie Delpy (co-writer/star of Before Midnight) is set to pen a screen adaptation of Marisa Acocella Marchetto‘s graphic novel memoir Cancer Vixen: A True Story, about Marchetto’s experience battling breast cancer as told through her medium of choice: comics.

Head under the cut for more details!

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