Can You Identify These 15 Famous Pop Culture Characters By Their Eyes?

Artist Jason Edmiston is devoting his next showcase entirely to paintings of the eyes of famous fictional characters, some of which are easy to pin down, while others are a little trickier.

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Austin, Texas’ collectible boutique Mondo has made itself the destination for a rarefied kind of geeky art and accessories, like Gremlins-themed knit sweaters and the Cannibal Holocaust soundtrack on vinyl. While Mondo is most famous for the limited edition posters that sell out in seconds after their availability is announced on Twitter, the gallery has since expanded into fine art and has been home to solo showcases from illustrators and designers, as well as themed group shows inspired by Batman and Disney.

But Mondo’s upcoming “Eyes Without A Face” show, featuring the work of artist Jason Edmiston, doesn’t have a theme so much as a set of parameters. It’ll consist of around 150 paintings of distinctive eyes, belonging to famous pop culture figures. “I’d say 75% are movies — that’s the most visually interesting — but I’ve got television, video games, people in the news, cartoons, comic books, and toys,” Edmiston told BuzzFeed News in a phone interview. The paintings all have the same 3:1 aspect ratio — inspired by a glimpse of Edmiston’s own eyes in a rear-view mirror– and they’re also all to scale. “I’ve got tiny characters that are a half-inch wide all the way up to a seven-and-a-half foot wide painting. It’s quite a range,” he said.

“Eyes Without A Face,” which will run at Mondo from Mar. 13 through Apr. 4, was born in part out of Edmiston’s desire to create a show of original artwork that would be more accessible to people who don’t have several thousand dollars to drop on one painting. But he’s also created a test of people’s pop culture knowledge: None of the works in Edmiston’s “portrait experiment” will be identified by the character or by the property they’re from. And while most should be familiar, there are a few that might prove tricky. “I think that’s a big part of the fun of the show,” the artist said.

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Need some help? Here’s the answer key:

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Ridiculous Movie Mistakes That Weren’t Fixed…Did You Notice Them?

If you’re a movie aficionado, you probably thrive on finding mistakes in plots, scenery, and all-around logic. It’s probably the only thing film buffs like more than the movies themselves. The tiny mistakes that go unnoticed to everyone, even the director, until it’s too late are like little golden nuggets when you uncover them.

Check out a few of our favorite film-editing flubs below…did you catch them when you originally watched the movies?

In “Jurassic Park,” when this raptor opens the door, take a close look at its butt. No, not like that, you weirdo. You can see someone place a hand on the tail to make sure the dino doesn’t tip over.

There’s a scene in the background of “Back to the Future Part III” where one of Doc Brown’s kids points to his crotch in a very strange way.

During this fight scene between Harry Potter and Draco, when Draco falls off the table, a camera man can be spotted in the crowd of onlookers.

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This classic Star Wars blooper made it into the movie. Watch the stormtrooper on the right — you’ll see that he hits his head on the door quite obviously.

“Gladiator” is apparently full of mistakes. One example that you can see here when the horse moves his face is a man in jeans trying to get out of the shot before being noticed.

Can’t get enough? Here are 20 movie mistakes that are so rewarding once you spot them.

(via Sploid)

Now that you realize how many mistakes are in movies, you’ll probably keep your eyes peeled for them going forward. It might change how you watch films altogether, but if you catch a mistake, it’s so worth it when it comes to these mega-budget movies.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/movie-mistakes/

These Incredible Celebrity And Character Impressions Are Accurate AND Hilarious

I am horrible at accents and impressions of any kind.

This is why I love actors and actresses. It’s a whole skill set that I just don’t have, and watching people bring my favorite characters to life is one of the most exciting things about watching TV and movies.

Beyond that, though, I’m fascinated by those who can do impressions of those celebrities. It takes a lot of work studying speech patterns and voice tones that are far too subtle for me to pick up on.

Jay and George over at Stuntbear do a particularly amazing job, running through 25 distinct celebrity and character impressions in just two and a half minutes.

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Read More: This Guy’s Incredible Impressions Will Entertain You For Days

I’m gonna have to keep practicing my Walter White, but these guys have got it down. Again! Again!

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The Trouble With Treating Female Characters Like Meat

Liam Neeson’s new crime drama, A Walk Among the Tombstones, turns female characters into gruesome cannon fodder in a way that feels outdated, not retro.

Liam Neeson in A Walk Among the Tombstones. Atsushi Nishijima/Universal Pictures

The new Liam Neeson movie A Walk Among the Tombstones, which opens in theaters nationwide on Sept. 19, spools out its opening credits over a montage of shots of a beautiful woman. They’re all close-ups, and coyly eroticized, providing glimpses of pale skin and blonde hair. It looks like it could be a sex scene, right until the final image of her face, where we see she has tape over her mouth and there’s a tear rolling down her cheek.

It’s a neat encapsulation of what’s to come — women die horribly in order for men to avenge them soulfully in A Walk Among the Tombstones. Not exactly a new pattern in movies or on TV, but there’s something about starkness of that divide in this new film, which is written and directed by Scott Frank (The Lookout), that’s particularly striking. And, frankly, a little gross.

Adapted from the novel of the same name by crime-writing legend Lawrence Block, A Walk Among the Tombstones is a detective story of the old school, one of a series about an alcoholic ex-cop turned unlicensed private investigator named Matthew Scudder. It’s set in a gritty, dark, and resolutely drab 1999 New York, in which characters talk about Y2K and cell phones aren’t in regular use. It’s a world that’s unrepentantly masculine, which is fine, but it also uses women, or rather their deaths, as dramatic fuel, which really isn’t. The film may be a semi-period piece, but in 2014, you should have to choose — either write women as actual characters or leave them out. To use them solely as photogenic dead or soon-to-be dead bodies is to render them less than human.

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Your tipping point on depictions of violence against women may vary. Here’s mine: Women really do get attacked, beaten, mutilated, permanently injured, raped, and killed, and removing representations of those facts from on screen won’t change that. But when your story includes women only so much as their grisly deaths make the men in their lives mad or sad, well, then you’re just turning them into meat — literally, in this case, as Scudder is hired to track down a pair of sadistic killers (David Harbour and Adam David Thompson) who kidnap women, extract ransom money from their loved ones, then leave their victims’ dismembered bodies in plastic-wrapped piles. The men they target are all involved in the higher echelons of the drug trade, including Kenny Kristo (Dan Stevens), the Brooklyn dealer who first requests Scudder’s help to catch the guys who took and murdered his wife.

The women in A Walk Among the Tombstones, as much as they exist, are shown either in angelic remove — a bright remembered smile, a set of portraits on the wall, a particularly disturbing slow-motion walk — or screaming hopelessly for their lives. This is a movie about men, from the shrewd, hard-bitten, but good-hearted Scudder to the distraught Kenny and his addict brother Howie (Eric Nelsen), from the sadistic roomies Ray (Harbour) and Albert (Thompson) to the precocious homeless kid named TJ (Astro) to whom Scudder reluctantly warms.

They may be a rough-and-tumble crowd, but they’re all depicted as fully formed people; even the creepy graveyard worker (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) Scudder runs across during his investigation has a personality, a history, a life that’s transmitted in his few scenes. There’s no requirement that every story have strong female characters, or characters of color, or any other typically underrepresented group, though there’s a pressing need to see more of them on screen. But when your women exist only as emotional leverage for the men, well, you’re making them as disposable as your villains.

Adam David Thompson and David Harbour. Atsushi Nishijima/Universal Pictures

There are things to recommend in A Walk Among the Tombstones. Neeson is enjoyable, as always, in a quieter and more pensive tough-guy mode than the Taken films — his recent, golden run of weathered leading roles continues. It travels to corners of New York that don’t often make it to screen — rooftop pigeon coops and believably crummy Hell’s Kitchen apartments, empty Red Hook streets and Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

But those elements just couldn’t, for me, balance out the lingering unpleasantness of how A Walk Among the Tombstones was telling its story. It’s hollow pulp trying to pass off gloom as thematic weight, a story that creates monsters and takes pleasure in letting them run loose so that it can end on a note bemoaning what a terrible world it is.

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Apparently, ‘The Exorcist’ Doesn’t Even Need Sound In Order To Be Terrifying

Most people who have seen “The Exorcist” agree that it’s one of the scariest movies of all time.

Even for the most jaded horror lovers out there, the film does a great job of leaving you feeling very uncomfortable and afraid. Everything about it is creepy, including the behind-the-scenes footage that didn’t make its way into the final cut.

This compilation of outtakes and superimposition tests on the movie set is silent, but that definitely doesn’t make it any less unsettling to watch.

Right after the three-minute mark is when it gets especially disturbing for me.

Read More: This Disturbing Video Has People Convinced That The Man In It Is A Kidnapper

Somehow, I’m even more unnerved by the fact that Linda Blair actually suffered a back injury as a result of the scene above. Like I said before, this film is just oozing with creepiness.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/behind-the-scenes-exorcist/

The Folklore Behind The Hollywood Horror Movie ‘The Witch’ Is Truly Terrifying

If you’re a fan of genuinely creepy horror films, then you’ve probably heard about the upcoming movie from director Robert Eggers called The Witch.

So far, the reviews for the film have been stellar, and audiences are delighted by the genuinely unnerving horror of The Witch. When the credits roll and the lights go up, most people believe that everything they saw was simply a work of fiction and they have nothing to worry about, right?

Well, not so fast…

This week, Eggers sat down to talk about his new film and exactly how he researched it.

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As it turns out, the film was inspired by history, not fiction.

“In the early modern period, the real world and the fairy tale world — for everyone but the extreme intelligentsia — were the same thing. People really believed that the old lady down the lane that they were calling a ‘witch’ was actually a fairy-tale ogress, capable of doing the most horrible things,” he told the blog io9.

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“It was very easy to dig into that and be obsessed with trying to bring the audience back to the 17th century and show them a Puritan’s nightmare. I wanted to bring them back to the time when a witch was a really powerful thing, and not a cheesy plastic Halloween costume,” said Eggers.

Eggers said he also dug into writings from the time to find dialogue for the movie.

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“As I was reading, I would find sentences and phrases that worked and I would write them down constantly. Then I would organize them into different situations where they might be used,” said Eggers. “Earlier drafts of the script were these monstrous, cannibalized versions of other people’s stuff in a weird collage, which then got shaped into something that was more mine. However, there are some things that are absolutely intact. A lot of the things the children say when they’re possessed are supposedly things that children actually said when they were possessed, and so on.”

Needless to say, all of this meticulous research has paid off in a big way. It’s looking like The Witch might just be the creepiest movie of 2016. Judge for yourself in the trailer below.

(via: Daily Grail)

Personally, I can’t wait to check out this film despite the fact that I know it will scare the living daylights out of me. It’s all part of the job I suppose…

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/folk-tale-witches/

Here Are 21 Things You Totally Missed In Your Favorite Movies.

Watching movies is one of America’s favorite past-times for a reason. Going to the theater and grabbing a bag of popcorn and Junior Mints is like a taking a time machine back to your childhood. You probably have a few favorite movies from over the decades and watched them a bajillion times. But I bet you’ve never caught any of these things. Someone found these 21 weird details you won’t be able to believe you ever missed. (Seriously, we can’t NOT see them now.)

1. 1980’s special effects at the their finest.

2. We know girls hate wearing heels all day but this is ridiculous.

3. How on Earth did this make it into the film?

4. Please tell me someone rescued him.

5. I knew there was a cameo… SOMEWHERE.

6. Can’t believe I didn’t see this before.

7. Umm, oops.

8. [Grin].

9. Because why not?

10. Who needs CGI when you have super young Matt Damon?

11. G-ross.

12. Spot on.

13. Oh J.J. Abrams, were you ALWAYS trying to audition for Star Wars?

14. Cutting edge games in Tron.

15. Lol why?

16. Ya, never saw THAT.

17. Why didn’t they use another take?

18. Mind blown.

19. I mean, I think it’s cool too.

20. E.T. CAME HOME!!!

21. Ouch!

(H/T: eBaum’s World) Don’t let this ruin your childhood or move-going experience. As much as we hate to admit it, Hollywood can sometimes make mistakes. Do you think your friends will recognize some of these slip-ups or hidden easter eggs? Click below to share this with them!

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What This Company Did With Its Employees Is Beyond Awesome. Can I Do This Too?

Nexen is a Canadian energy company based in Calgary. If that sounds to you like the most boring place in the entire world to work, you’d be wrong. How is that possible?

Well, would a boring company have the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Batman? I didn’t think so. Not only did the Nexen company break one of the coolest World Records, they doubled it. With their 542 employees, they made a gathering of 250 people dressed as Batman seem like child’s play. Take a look at this crowning achievement in Canadian energy history!  

A Guinness World Record official tallies the employees.

That’s a lot of people dressed as Batman.

Why so interested in ruining your company’s chances at getting a world record?

Looks like that one Joker was no match for 542 people dressed as Batman.

Congratulations, Nexen!

(via Elite Daily)

Talk about a great day at the office. They may not be the heroes the Guinness Book of World Records deserves, but they’re the ones they needed. Keep on having fun at work, Nexen, and please keep providing the people of Canada with energy.

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