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Weta Digital Visual Effects Pioneer Eileen Moran, 60, Dies of Cancer

You may not realize it, but if you’ve watched and enjoyed many of the big-budget sci-fi/fantasy films from the last decade or so—say, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, District 9, or Avatar—you owe a lot to visual effects pioneer Eileen Moran, who passed away last Sunday in Wellington, New Zealand. She was 60.

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Happy First Annual International Day of the Girl, Everybody!

We know that women aren’t exactly treated as equal to men in today’s society. Likewise, there’s another group whose rights we need to fight for: Girls. To that end, today is the first annual International Day of the Girl, where a variety of organizations as well as individuals with an interest in gender equality will make an effort to, according to the U.N., “help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”

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Old School Video Games Brought to Photographic Life by Patrick Runte

Photographer Patrick Runte has put together a radical, mint photo shoot that brings old school ’80s video games to life. Perfect for those of us who have played Pac-Man and secretly (or not-so-secretly) wished we could re-enact it every time we were in a garden maze. More after the jump.

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Watch Frank Welker Imitate Lions Into a Garbage Can For The Lion King [Video]

You know Frank Welker. Or, at least, you know his voice … well, at least you know his characters, because he can do so many things to his voice that he can play so many different characters that have spanned over four decades. From Fred Jones on Scooby-Doo to Nibbler (and Seymour the dog) on Futurama, Welker has provided the voices of so many people and animals that he’s become one of the highest-grossing actors in Hollywood whose face you’ve rarely ever seen. But I’ll bet you had no idea he made the real-sounding lion noises in The Lion King, and you would not be alone. Did you also think they just somehow recorded lions roaring? Well, it was Frank Welker all along. Here is behind-the-scenes footage.

I’m fairly convinced that Frank Welker might be all of the voices.

(via io9)

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The Real Quileute Tribe Featured in Twilight Are Happy to Be in the Spotlight So They Can Dispel the Werewolf Thing

One thing that Twilight did that wasn’t all that bad was put the spotlight on a Native American tribe from the Pacific Northwest, the Quileute tribe. For those of us who are not Twi-hards, that is the tribe from which Jacob (Taylor Lautner) is descended. The shirtless guy who turns into a werewolf. While the Quileute tribe are happy to be in the spotlight, they would like to take this opportunity to provide everyone with some actual facts about their tribe and beliefs in the form of an exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. For starters: they wear shirts. Sorry.

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Real-Life Superhero Phoenix Jones Unmasked, Revealed to Have Gerald’s Haircut from Hey Arnold!

After being arrested for assault earlier this week, the man behind the mask of real-life superhero Phoenix Jones has been revealed. Benjamin Fodor, a 23-year-old man living in Seattle who has a family of his own and moonlights as a man in a rubber suit, fighting crime and protecting the innocent. And he has Gerald’s haircut from Hey Arnold!, which we would never exaggerate about.

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Wow — Facebook Really Is That Annoying! [Video]

Good morning! Care to share some personal information today? With millions of other people? What are you eating? Can you post a picture? Who are you dating right now? How’s that going? Are you in a good mood today? How’s the weather by you?

Real question: How have we not abandoned Facebook in droves?

(The Next Web)

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Fake SNL Products That Were Actually Created

AdFreak reported today that a Mexican brewery has begun manufacturing the “world’s first gay beers,” Purple Hand Beer and Salamandra. Well, I knew this was already factually incorrect. Not the “gay beer” part. The “first gay beer” part. Because everyone knows that the first “gay beer” was Schmitt’s Gay Beer, from the independent brewery of … the Saturday Night Live writers’ room. But gay beer is not the only SNL “product” that became real. Let’s take a look back, shall we?

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