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Olden Lore

Olden Lore

Dust to Dust: Blockbuster to Shut Down All Physical Movie Services Next Year

Listen closely children, as I tell you of the days when if you wanted to watch a movie that you did not own, you had to get in a car, move to another location, argue over what movies you wanted to watch for the entire week based on a small physical selection, handle physical media and interact with a stranger, and then move back to your house to watch the movie. And then when you were done, you had take the spool of plastic which contained the visual and audio data for the movie and wind it back to its original position, and then bring it back to where you got it within a time limit, or pay steep fines.

Truly, those days are no more, and Blockbuster must now pass into the East, and fade from this Age of Men.

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Scenes From Zombie Movies And TV Shows As Impressionist Paintings

With his series “Zombiescapes” artist George Pfau takes scenes from zombie movies and TV shows and makes them classy (well, classier) by illustrating them as impressionist paintings. Apart from the inherent coolness of mixing a classical art technique with something so relatively recent as our fascination with the brain-eating undead, the way Pfau’s art takes scenes of gore and death and abstractifies them interesting on a conceptual level. What a pretty field, where things look so nice and peaceful. But you know what’s really happening. Braaaaaains.

(via: io9; see the rest on Pfau’s website)

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Celebrities as Generals Lead a Charge Against Our Hearts

If only I had the Photoshop knowhow to rig up a picture of General Helen Mirren leading a troop of soldiers—Jaimie Alexander would be there, and Ziyi Zhang, and the entire female cast of Game of Thrones—against an army of Steven Moffat clones enemy forces. Alas, I do not. But it looks awesome in my head.

(by Steve Payne, via BuzzFeed; prints available here)

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Watch the Trailer for the New Snow Queen Movie. No, Not Frozen. There’s Another One. [VIDEO]

On the one hand, Snow Queen, by Russian studio Wizart Animation, looks a lot more accurate to the original fairy tale than Disney’s Frozen, which bears only a passing resemblance to the Hans Christian Anderson story on which it is ostensibly based. On the other hand, Snow Queen looks bad. Like, direct-to-DVD bad. You win some, you lose some.

Also: I see you there, lady pirate.

(via: Deadline)

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Illustrator Rachael Wise Takes Fairy Tales To A Dark, Dark Place

I always knew fairy tales are much darker than Disney would have you believe, but man, illustrator Rachael Wise takes it to a new level with her series of F***ed Up Tales. I’ve pulled a few of my favorites to show you, and if you like the shock to your inner child you can see the rest at her Tumblr.

Warning: The last pic features nudity (non-sexualized; it’s just the Little Mermaid without her Disney-created seashell bra) and some gore. Stop at Snow White if you’d rather not see it.

(Thanks, anonymous tipster!)

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Take 13 Minutes to Learn About the Sister Suffragettes of American History [VIDEO]

John Green‘s crash course in women’s suffrage is quite good, and it’s absolutely no fault of his that I was semi-distracted through the entire thing by “Sister Suffragette” from Mary Poppins running through my head. That song is quite the earworm.

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After Years of Development Hell, We Finally Get Our First World of Warcraft Casting Rumors

Deadline has named a whole slew of people whom they say are be up for roles in Duncan JonesWorld of Warcraft adaptation. Colin Farrell. Anton Yelchin. And one actress who’s transcended my not really caring about a World of Warcraft movie and made me sit up and pay attention.

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The History Channel’s Vikings Is Getting a Second Season. If You’re Not Watching, Here’s Why You Should Start.

I don’t know how many of our readers watch the History Channel’s Vikings, an historical drama about… well, about Vikings. Viking political intrigue. Viking raids. A Viking shieldmaiden who’s better than everyone else (not that I’m biased). It’s now five episodes into its first season, and there’s still plenty of time for newbies to catch up before its just-announced second season (Kermit flail!) starts.

If anyone has any “But why doesn’t the History Channel doesn’t do any history shows anymore?!?!?!” comments to make, please get them out of your system now.

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Five-Year-Old Girl Gets Epic Dress-Up Sessions as Her Father Photographs Her Into Classic Paintings

The father in this case is Bill Gekas, an award-winning photographer inspired by the distinctive visual style of the Old Masters of painting, particularly Vermeer and Rembrandt. Combine that with some period-looking clothes and accessories (and potatoes!) and a five-year-old daughter willing to serve as a model and you get this series. It’s about fifty-eight thousand times better than Glamour Shots.

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These Genderswapped Fairy Tales Are Anything But Grimm

Artist Yudi Chen has created this series of genderswapped fairy tale art, and there’s not much I can say about it other than it’s absolutely freaking awesome. Seriously, they’re perfect. Cinderfella! Tarzana! LadyBeast! The Princess rescuing Sleeping Beauty! Rapunzel’s beard!

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