His Incredible Song Will Give You A New Perspective On This Beloved Classic

While we don’t often sit and think about movie soundtracks until the Grammys and Oscars roll around, film scores are critical pieces of the cinematic puzzle.

Imagine Titanic without the driving force of Celine Dion’s iconic voice. Imagine what all of those Disney movies would be like without the songs that made up the soundtrack of your childhood. Imagine your favorite films in total musical silence.

One of the most beloved songs of all is “Over The Rainbow,” which is forever tied to the story of Dorothy’s trip down the Yellow Brick Road. Because it’s a classic, artists over the years have created their own versions of the time-honored track. Take rising musician Chase Holfelder, for example. By singing the song in a minor key, he turns Dorothy’s world into something that is at once intriguing and unsettling.

It’s pretty amazing how such a simple change forces us to see one of our favorite films in an entirely new light.

To learn more about Chase Holfelder’s music, be sure to check him out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you can’t get enough of his voice, follow him on YouTube!

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This Artist Takes Something We Associate With Grandmothers And Makes It So Cool

When it comes to crafting, the words “cool” and “crochet” typically exist on different planes. While edginess and crochet hooks are mutually exclusive on most accounts, one NYC-based artist who goes by the name of Olek subverts all of those notions and takes crocheting into the realm of high art.

Drawing inspiration from films, music, and city life, she uses her hook to create immense installations that’ll make you wonder why no one thought of this sooner.

By swapping out off-white yarn for strands of the neon variety, Olek takes the art of sculpture into previously uncharted territory.

For Olek, trying to draw lines in the sand between life and art — and trying to say that one imitates the other — is a fruitless endeavor. If you ask her, life and art are completely inseparable, with one running seamlessly into the other.

“I crochet everything that enters my space — text messages, medical reports, found objects,” she writes. She finds the bulk of her inspiration, however, in films.

“The movies I watch while crocheting influence my work, and my work dictates the films I select.” For Olek, the creative process is cyclical.

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“My work changes from place to place,” she writes. “I study the science of culture.”

Her desire to create in the vacuum of her atmosphere inspired the artist to leave Poland and start a new life in New York City, where she finds endless creative stimulation.

And Olek puts a lot of stock in creating art that’s meant to be viewed in public spaces. Through her work, she wants to create public discourse on the “social and economic realities of the community.”

“I’ve always sought to invite color, life, and the element of surprise into living spaces.” By disrupting familiar spaces with a largely unfamiliar approach to art, she does exactly that.

If you live in New York, be sure to keep an eye out for these unique works of public art. If not, head over to her website for more details. She also posts regular updates on Facebook and Instagram.

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Disney Always Makes Kids Smile, But What They Did For Her Is Something Special

When it comes to bringing joy to kids everywhere, Disney reigns supreme.

From the movies to the parks to the incredible cruises, the folks over at Disney know a thing or two about bringing fantasy worlds to life. Millions of people flock to the company’s many attractions each year, and they come back again and again to fill their children’s minds with memories that’ll last a lifetime.

But the Mansfield family was a little bit unsure of how their Disney World experience would be. Because they’re deaf and rely on sign language to communicate, these parents worried that their little ones would miss out on all of that Disney magic, since their oldest daughter also has hearing impairments. Much to their surprise, however, something incredible kept happening as they made their way around the park.

It’s this level of customer care and compassion that has made Disney a global institution. Inclusivity is so important, and more major companies should take that to heart. The smiles on these adorable faces say it all.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/sign-language-disney/

Ready To Give Up On Life? What These Celebs Are Paying $800 For Will Certainly Help

On today’s episode of Everything is Terrible and Money’s the Worst, we present to you yet another celebrity atrocity.

When it comes to melting Amex cards, few do it better than the celebs we all love to resent with every fiber of our being. While we’re over here pinching pennies so that we don’t have to start eating cat food, they’re out living painfully lavish lives just ’cause.

Before we get into the thing that’s going to make you throw any hope you had left to the wind, let’s think for a moment about what someone could buy with, say, $800.

1. A new set of Goodyear tires with money to spare.

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2. About 20 killer pairs of shoes from JustFab.com.

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3. Roughly 645 boxes of dry pasta, because pasta will never leave you.

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4. A 6.5-year subscription to Spotify.

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5. A round-trip ticket from New York City to London.

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6. A 2-year supply of paper towels.

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7. An all-inclusive, 3-night getaway in the Bahamas.

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But celebrities are over here like, “Forget all that. I need drop exorbitant amounts of money on something I could easily grab at Target.” Ladies and gentlemen, meet the infamous $800 sweatshirts by VÊTEMENTS.

Not everything produced by the brand, which is directed by Demna Gvasalia, is a complete and utter waste. In fact, the design house’s offbeat take on high fashion typically yields beautiful results. Even I must admit that this hoodie looked pretty fierce when it hit the runway.

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But fierce enough for me to give up my half of the rent this month? Absolutely not. I think it’s safe to say, however, that these stars don’t see things the way I do. What’s up, Kanye?

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Riri is apparently putting in the work it takes to wrap herself in $800 poly blend.

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And if you ask Selena Gomez, there’s nothing better than turning a trip to the airport into a gross display of wealth!

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Italian style darling Chiara Ferragni spits in the face of accessible fashion, because why relate to the millions of people who follow your blog, anyway?

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Later that day, Kylie Jenner cried golden tears into her $30 açaí bowl on national television, because her struggle is “literally so real.”

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Oh, and guess what. Both of these sweatshirts are completely sold out. Let that sink in.

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Am I bitter? Absolutely! Do I wish that I was in a financial position that made spending $800 on leisure clothes seem like a good idea? Yup. Sadly for me (and basically everyone else), that’s probably not in the cards. If you need me, I’ll be in the throes of an existential crisis or something.

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We All Love These Pixar Films, But Have You Ever Noticed What They’re Hiding?

Say what you want about life imitating art, but you really can’t argue with the fact that art imitates itself every now and again. Just ask the creators over at Pixar. You’ve probably seen most of their movies, but did you know that some of their most popular films pay homage to the greats of cinema past?

Movies like Toy Story, Up, and The Incredibles are filled to the brim with references to some of the most beloved films of all time.

The parallels might not be obvious at first, but looking at the productions with a discerning eye reveals the level of influence that these revered blockbusters have had on Pixar’s greatest hits over the years.

After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

To see more of these parallels in action, check this out:

(via Design Taxi)

Pretty amazing, right? It’s easy to watch Pixar movies with idle, cartoon-loving eyes, but the next time they roll out another classic, be on the lookout for allusions to your favorite cinematic standbys.

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25 Celebrities Who Almost Played Your Favorite Characters

Even though you might not be able to picture a frozen hellscape in which Harry Potter is not played by Daniel Radcliffe, the fact of that matter is that someone else almost did.

In fact, the same is true for plenty of popular movie and TV characters. What would “Pretty Woman” be without Julia Roberts? Who else could even legally play Han Solo other than Harrison Ford? These are the hard-hitting questions, friends, and I’m here to give you some answers.

Here are 25 beloved characters that were almost played by other actors.

1. Britney Spears was considered for the role of Allie Calhoun in “The Notebook.” Rachel McAdams got the gig instead.

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2. Are you cringing at the fact that Gwyneth Paltrow almost played Rose DeWitt Bukater in “Titanic”? Same.

3. In that vein, Macaulay Culkin almost played Jack in “Titanic” instead of Leonardo DiCaprio.

4. Jim Carrey was close to playing Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” because why the hell not?

5. Can you picture Her Royal Majesty Queen of All Things Angelina Jolie as a valley girl? The casting director of “Clueless” entertained the idea.

Something tells me that Mrs. Jolie-Pitt is more than happy to have left Cher Horowitz off her resume.

6. Human-shaped dumpster fire Nicolas Cage almost snagged the role of John Bender in “The Breakfast Club.” Fortunately for all of humankind, he didn’t.

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7. Instead of the late, great Alan Rickman, casting directors for the Harry Potter franchise almost went with Tim Roth (who for all I know could be a great actor but is also not Alan Rickman) to play Severus Snape.

8. Are you sitting down? Good. As it turns out, John Travolta was originally asked to play Forrest Gump over Tom Hanks, who absolutely nailed the performance in every way.

9. Blair Waldorf from “Gossip Girl” was almost played by Ashley Olsen instead of Leighton Meester.

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10. Johnny Depp came close to playing Ferris Bueller, but then, ya know, didn’t.

11. Molly Ringwald is great and all, but Vivian Ward’s character was basically written for Julia Roberts. “Pretty Woman” would be nothing without Julia Roberts. NOTHING, you hear me?

12. Christina Applegate almost won the bend-and-snap-off against Reese Witherspoon to play Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde.”

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13. Gabourey Sidibe’s iconic turn as Precious in the eponymous film almost never came to be, since fellow queen Jennifer Hudson was considered for the role.

14. Jennifer Lawrence almost played a significantly less irritating version of Bella Swan in “Twilight,” but casting directors ultimately decided on Kristen Stewart.

15. Because everything hurts and life is awful, I’m forcing you to come with me and confront the fact that some kid named Liam Aiken almost played Harry Potter. Misery loves company.

16. We all loved watching Maya Rudolph play Lillian in “Bridesmaids,” but I’m sure Mindy Kaling would’ve been just as funny if she’d been given the role after auditioning.

17. Mars was apparently in retrograde when Al Pacino was considered to play Han Solo. Fortunately, Harrison Ford rolled up and was all like, “Nah, man,” probably.

18. If you need me, I’ll be tracking down the person who almost cast Rob Lowe as Dr. McDreamy, otherwise known as Derek Shepherd, otherwise known as a character that should never be played by Rob Lowe under any circumstances, in “Grey’s Anatomy.”

19. Hugh Grant almost played Professor Gilderoy Lockhart in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” but lost out to Kenneth Branagh in the end.

20. An actor by the name of Thomas Jane fought in what I can only imagine was a slime-ball battle in his own mucus with fellow human slug Jon Hamm for the role of Don Draper in “Mad Men.” Ultimately, Hamm won.

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21. In what would’ve been the cutest swap in history, Harry Potter’s gigantic friend Hagrid was almost played the late Robin Williams instead of Robbie Coltrane, who also happens to be awesome.

22. It’s hard to picture Mia Thermopolis without seeing Anne Hathaway’s face, but Cameron Diaz was the one who initially received an offer from those in charge of “The Princess Diaries.”

23. Will Smith turned down the lead role in “The Matrix,” at which point it was offered to Keanu Reeves.

24. Instead of yelling “INDYYYYYYY” at the sight of Harrison Ford, we could’ve been assaulting Tom Selleck’s ears had the scales tipped in his favor for the lead in “Indiana Jones.”

25. Jeremy Irons was close to overtaking Anthony Hopkins to play creep extraordinaire Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs.”

I just can’t live the same life anymore. John Travolta as Forrest Gump? Tim Roth as Severus Snape? Fortunately, all’s well that ends well.

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She Completes Beautiful Landscapes With Something You Use During Dinner Every Night

When it comes to creating incredible works of art, Canadian painter Jacqueline Poirier has a lot on her plate.

After all, Poirier (previously) is the resident artist at The Ritz Carlton in Toronto, and she produces stunning pieces for everyone from hotel patrons to A-list celebrities. She’s been featured in major publications across North America and the U.K., and her most famous collection grows larger by the day. In fact, it’s now over 1,500 plates strong.

Instead of defaulting to the use of canvases, she gives tableware a new lease on life by emblazoning charger plates with hand-painted portraits, cartoons, and everything in between. Poirier’s landscape plates are among her most impressive.

By turning housewares that we use every day into little works of art, she helps foster the most important mealtime activity: good conversation.

To learn more about her work, check out her website. For regular updates and a little food for artistic thought, follow Poirier on Facebook and Instagram!

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This Artist Expertly Mashes Up Celebrity Faces — Can You Guess Who They Are?

Celebrities are talented, celebrities are rich, and more often than not, celebrities are confusingly beautiful. While we’re all fascinated by their skills on the stage and screen, there’s no avoiding the fact that we’re also totally transfixed by their million-dollar faces.

And one Photoshop mastermind who goes by the name of Gesichtermix is no different. This artist’s incredible celebrity face mashups are unreal. We’ve all seen shoddy attempts at the elusive celeb mashup, but these are seriously masterful. Before scrolling to the bottom of each photo, try to guess which two beautiful faces are at play.

Ewan McGregor and Colin Firth

Kevin Spacey and Robert De Niro

Taylor Swift and Emma Stone

Mike Myers and Henry Cavill

Benedict Cumberbatch and Christoph Waltz

Ben Affleck and Daniel Day-Lewis

Jennifer Lawrence and Claire Danes

Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson

John Travolta and Tom Cruise

Rihanna and Katy Perry

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone

Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama

Robert Downey Jr. and Robbie Williams

Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez

And last but certainly not least…

If you only got one of these, it was probably this. Poor Hillary.

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How many did you get? They’re pretty amazing, right? Gesichtermix is the best, so be sure to keep up with these mashups on Instagram and Facebook!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/celeb-mashup/