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Jupiter Ascending, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Fantastic Four Earn Razzie Nominations

One of those things is infinitely superior to the others.

I will defend Jupiter Ascending till my dying breath, but yeah, the rest of the nominees for the 2016 Razzie Awards certainly seem deserving of some razzing.

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The Team Behind Pixels May Have Just Robbed the Internet of Actual Art

Just to make people like Pixels more.

Sorry to leave you on a downer, but it looks like Pixels is responsible for a load of unrelated videos getting taken down from the Interwebs.

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Netflix Struggles to Defend Adam Sandler(‘s Racism) Following Pixels‘ Opening Weekend

Goin' down with the shit. Er, ship.

I'm not surprised that Pixels is trash, but it seems like Netflix execs didn't gamble on Sandler's metaphorical stock tanking so quickly when they signed that four-picture deal with the star back in 2014. (You know, the deal Sandler agreed to "for one reason and one reason only… Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks!")

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Spoiler Alert: Pixels Is TERRIBLE

Just the typical sexist, racist, homophobic Sandler cash grab.

Just to save everyone time, let’s get this out of the way right away: Pixels is one of the worst movies of the year.

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Just Watch the Short Film Pixels Was Based on and You Can Skip the Movie

In case you worried that concept couldn't carry a two-hour movie...

There. Now you don't have to go see Pixels, which you probably weren't going to do anyway—unless you had a major urge to watch a couple hours of mullet!Dinklage, which I would totally understand.

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The First Pixels Trailer is Here, Make of That What You Will

Wreck-It Ralph meets Grown Ups. Yay?

I give it 3 Dinklage mullets out of 5. How are you guys feeling about our first real look at Pixels?

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San Diego Comic-Con 2014: While You Were Sleeping, Part 1

Dany looks different...

What went down on day one of Comic-Con? George RR Martin getting his Daenerys Targaryen on! Benedict Cumberbatch trolling the assembled masses about Doctor Strange! Tatiana Maslany as Shaun (of the Dead)! And mulleted Peter Dinklage welcoming us to the electric dreams factory, suckers.

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Here’s Your First Look at Peter Dinklage’s Sweet Mullet In Pixels

Is... is that a sassy Dinklage mullet?

Entertainment Weekly just released this first look at the upcoming movie Pixels where a team of gamers battle classic video game characters. According to director Christ Columbus, in this shot they're on their way to battle Pac-Man, but more importantly - Look at Dinklage's sassy mullet!

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Here’s What Space Would Be Like If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel Wide

You may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space!

As Douglas Adams once famously noted, space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. Graphic artist Josh Worth didn't think you all were quite getting it, so he decided to shrink the solar system down to "tediously accurate scale" for you.

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Crayon Portraits Make Us See Rods And Cones, Maybe More

American artist Christian Faur makes portraits with crayons, but he doesn't draw with them. Instead, he arranges the crayons upright, giving his portraits a pixel-like effect that is strangely nostalgic, like looking at a really old television. This is the least childish crayon art I've ever seen, and preschoolers must never be allowed near them.

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New Algorithm Impressively Depixelates Pixel Art

In a new research paper, Microsoft's Johannes Kopf and The Hebrew University's Dani Lischinski describe a new algorithmic method for converting pixel art into sweet, smooth vectors. In the examples above, each of the images in the middle show the results of Kopf's and Lischinski's method as compared to the pixel input on the left and the (worse) results of other depixelating algorithms on the right. (It does make the Space Invader look kind of terrifying, though.) As can be seen from the examples, this could potentially be applied to emulating classic video games, among other uses:

There are many avenues for future work. Obviously, it would be nice to optimize the performance of the algorithm so that it can be applied in real-time in an emulator. Some of the ideas presented in this work can potentially benefit general image vectorization techniques. Another interesting direction would be to improve the handling of anti-aliased input images. This might by done by rendering some curves as soft edges rather than sharp contours. A whole new interesting topic would be to look into temporal upsampling of animated pixel art images. If we magnify from a tiny input toHD resolution, locations are quite quantized which might result in “jumpy” animations. Since many modern display devices are operating at a much higher refresh rate than earlier hardware, one could improve the animations by generating intermediate frames.
Full paper here. (Scribd via Reddit | Johannes Kopf's website, Dani Lischinski's website)

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Pixels Pour from Real-Life Pipe

Snapped on Mercer Street in New York. Quite like Kelly Goller's Pixel Pour, though we don't know who the artist is. (Gnom3sayin via Cindy Au)

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