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10 Must-See Movies at This Year’s Tribeca Film Festival

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In the 14 years since it was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff, the Tribeca Film Festival has gone from a neighborhood favorite to one of the East Coast’s most expansive and impressive film festivals. Beginning with April 16′s premiere of the Nas documentary Time is Illmatic, Tribeca will take over several cinemas throughout the city to present an impressive slate of narrative and documentary films (the 2014 slate, culled from over 6,000 submissions, includes 87 features from 32 countries). Your film editor was lucky enough to get an early peek at a handful of this year’s movies, so here are a few that you’ll want to seek out. And if you happen to be an American Express® Card Member, lucky you — individual presale tickets for these films, and the rest of the Tribeca slate, are on sale today exclusively to Card Members! The rest of you cinephiles can score tix starting on Monday, April 14. … Read More

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Fictional Languages You Can Actually Learn Right Now

Language is the fabric of the world. In pop culture, invented languages bring fictional worlds to life, teaching us about their culture. Spoofing the ‘90s language program Muzzy, we spotted a Game of Thrones video parody that teaches children how to speak Dothraki (featured after the break). If you want to take things a step further and actually learn the language, there’s a tutorial for that. We found other language lessons online – all videos teaching fictional dialects inspired by pop culture favorites. Start speaking High Valyrian, Klingon, and more, below. … Read More

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Artists Pay Tribute to the Work of Stephen King in Exhibition ‘King for a Day’

With fifty novels, hundreds of short stories, and dozens of film adaptations to his credit, author Stephen King is a force to be reckoned with. The horror scribe has crafted his own unique universe, where striking characters are confronted with strange and terrible things. Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles is paying tribute to the writer through April 6. The exhibition King for a Day, which we learned about on Laughing Squid, presents work inspired by the author’s books and films. A portion of the proceeds will benefit King’s charity of choice, the Haven Foundation — an organization that provides grants to freelance writers and artists experiencing career-threatening emergencies. Preview the work from King for a Day in our gallery, and visit the Hero Complex website for more information. … Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Characters and Their Muppet Counterparts

Muppets Most Wanted hit theaters over the weekend, taking audiences on a world tour while the Muppets become embroiled in another crazy caper — this time involving a European jewel heist. The dastardly goings-on in the new movie have us jonesing for the backstabbing, betrayal, and bloody battles within the Seven Kingdoms of HBO’s Game of Thrones. With the premiere of Season 4 right around the corner, we couldn’t resist a little comparison between the Muppets family and the houses of… Read More

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Vivian Kubrick’s Photos Captured on the Sets of Stanley Kubrick’s Films

Vivian Kubrick, daughter of legendary director Stanley Kubrick, collaborated with her father on a number of his films. As a teen she directed a documentary for the BBC, The Making of The Shining. She captured footage during the shooting of Full Metal Jacket, intending to create another doc, but wound up scoring the movie instead (under the pseudonym Abigail Mead). She also made appearances in several films, including Barry Lyndon and 2001: A Space Odyssey. It seems clear that father and daughter shared a deep creative bond. Vivian recently took to Twitter to share a wonderful series of photos that she captured while hanging out on the set of her father’s famous films. It’s like seeing Kubrick’s movies with a new pair of eyes. The rare images include Vivian lounging in the Korova Milk Bar from A Clockwork Orange, playing with a baby chimp during the making of 2001, and more. An incredibly touching photo of father and daughter together reveals the special relationship they shared. See more in our gallery. … Read More

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‘True Detective’ Season 2 Pairings Inspired by Pop Culture Detectives

True Detective has only been around for one season, but tonight’s impending finale is already inspiring Breaking Bad-levels of separation anxiety. Fear not, we’re here to support you during these dark times. We’ve recapped the episodes for you, given you a thorough primer for a re-watch, told you about the photos that helped inspire the look of the series, and showed you where to buy some weird True Detective merch. Creator Nic Pizzolatto has hinted that the second season of the show will feature a new cast, and star Matthew McConaughey has confirmed he will not return for another go-round. With that in mind, and the wildly popular #TrueDetectiveSeason2 hashtag, we were inspired to come up with a few picks for the second season team. Since it also happens to be crime novelist Mickey Spillane’s birthday, the author who created iconic private investigator Mike Hammer, we chose our picks from a pool of pop culture detective types. Feel free to cast your votes for the best season two team, below. … Read More

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Clever and Adorable 8-Bit GIFs Depicting Famous Films

Slovakian artist Dusan Cezek has created an adorable and clever series of 8-bit GIFs referencing famous films, which we spotted on Inspiration Grid, that really tugs at the nostalgia strings. Pixelwood animates scenes and characters from cult movies, smartly referencing defining moments — like when Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Quaid reveals himself behind a bizarre “mask” in Total Recall, or the hug between Meat Loaf’s busty Bob and Edward Norton’s narrator in Fight Club. See more quirky GIFs in Cezek’s old-school style in our gallery. … Read More

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15 Ultra Nerdy Lego Tattoos

They’re just tiny, colorful blocks of plastic, but as of this weekend, they’re Hollywood stars. Who knew a movie about Legos would win such rave reviews? “The Lego Movie is a massive collision of subversive humor, hyper-kinetic energy, mind-jangling design, spinning colors and about 15 million Legos, no exaggeration,” said the Los Angeles Times’ Betsy Sharkey in her review. A 12-year-old Lego champion even gave it a thumbs up. The cult of Lego has exploded in recent years, with minifigs and more making their way onto the flesh of the masses. Here are a few of the nerdiest Lego tattoos that are sure to appeal to your inner toy architect. … Read More

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Architectural Diagrams of Famous Film Interiors

Film and architecture journal Interiors diagrams the interiors of popular films, exploring the use of space in cinema. This is usually analyzed in an accompanying essay, but the minimalist blueprints speak for themselves. The journal’s recent diagrams center on the films of David Fincher. “If cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame, David Fincher is an artist who is very much concerned about all four corners of his canvas,” journal editors Mehruss Jon Ahi and Armen Karaoghlanian write. But the duo doesn’t stop at the Fight Club director. The work of Stanley Kubrick, Sofia Coppola, studio Pixar, and more are also examined. Venture into cinematic space in our gallery, and visit the journal’s online store to purchase prints. … Read More

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