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Artist Credit: Hoang Tran

Jaw-Droppingly Intricate Crayola Mini-Sculptures of Pop Culture Characters

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There aren’t that many totally universal experiences, but it seems safe to say that most of us spent a fair amount of our childhood with a crayon in our hands (or, more accurately, in our hands and our mouths. Just me?). Yet after they’re broken or melted (or eaten!), most of us just throw them away — but not Hoang Tran. This multimedia artist ingeniously carves large crayons into icons of popular culture, with carefully applied melted wax from other crayons adding color accents. It sounds far too time-consuming and delicate for an impatient clod like your correspondent, but Tran’s done a ton of these amazing mini-sculptures, so we’ve picked a few of our favorites; check out the full assortment over at his Tumblr.
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Still image from "Singin' in the Rain"

Streaming Cinema Playlist: The Inspirations of Michel Gondry

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Welcome to Flavorwire’s “Streaming Cinema Playlist,” an occasional feature where we offer suggestions for supplementary online viewing to a new film, sometimes with the assistance of the filmmakers themselves. This month, we take a look at several films that inspired the great Michel Gondry — both throughout his career and in the making of his new picture Mood Indigo — and we’ll direct you to where you can watch them right now.
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Stained Glass-Style Posters for Your Favorite ’80s Movies

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Designer Van Orton made these gorgeous, intricate stained-glass posters for iconic ’80s movies, including Back to the Future, The Goonies, and Blade Runner, which we spotted at This Isn’t Happiness. The resulting prints are a clever, colorful ode to a golden age of popcorn flicks that still inspire semi-religious devotion in so many film fans. There are also some black-and-white versions, which could make for a fun (albeit ambitious) paint-by-numbers project. Check out more of Orton’s work on his Facebook page.
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The Most Bizarre Tie-In Merchandise from ’80s Movie Classics

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Your Flavorwire resisted the temptation to wade into the recent controversy over those collectible figures from Quentin Tarantino’s Djanjo Unchained, but we’ll say this much: it’s important to remember that those toys were aimed at adult collectors, while we can recall (or have managed to suppress our memories) of some thoroughly strange movie tie-ins from our youth that were aimed directly at kids. After the jump, stroll back to the ‘80s with us, when any movie was marketable to anyone, no matter how bizarre or inappropriate.
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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Some leaked photos of Joel Kinnaman wearing his RoboCop suit on the set of Jose Padilha’s upcoming remake are drawing criticism from film bloggers due to its derivative, Dark Knight-inspired design. [via Huff Post]

2. Rob Reiner and Jamie Lee Curtis will guest star on the upcoming season of The New Girl… Read More

The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Here’s a clip of Orbital and Stephen Hawking performing at the opening ceremony for the Paralympics, which just kicked off in London. Those Hadron Collider dancers might be our favorite part.

2. A Doctor Horrible sequel within the next year? We don’t know how Joss Whedon is going to find the room… Read More

The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Of course Danny Boyle’s plans for the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony include mosh pits. Also: fake rain thanks to “real clouds that will be hanging over the stadium”; “real grass,” “real soil,” and “real plows”; and exactly nine geese. [via Gawker]

2. Hugh Laurie is currently in negotiations to join Gary Oldman,… Read More

Roberto Salvador’s Incredibly Adorable Screaming Heroes

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Can you imagine if you had to spend your days pretending to be an insipid billionaire playboy when all you really cared about was fighting crime in the streets of Gotham City and avenging your parents’ deaths? What if you were a sarcastic, lone-wolf smuggler who got suckered into helping a group of crazy young rebels fight the Galactic Empire only to end up sealed away in carbonite? How would you react if you discovered that as a baby demon you were summoned to earth from the depths of hell by a group of Nazi occultists?

We think Roberto Salvador’s Screaming Heroes series, spotted over on Design You Trust, about sums things up. As the Brussels-based graphic designer explains it, “They’re fed up of saving the world, they’re angry, they’re screaming their guts out.” Click through to see a selection of his extremely frustrated pop culture heroes.
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