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Carpet Art is Now a Thing and It’s Pretty Awesome

Have you ever noticed that your carpet will change shades as you vacuum it? I have and it’s fascinated me. Seeing if I can create patterns while cleaning helped pass the time. I never imagined anything like this though. Japanese artist @agito0219 decided she could use her carpet as a canvas for her drawing. These look freaking incredible. Godzilla, Gundam, Evangelion, and even Spider-Man make an appearance in her artwork. The cool thing about this medium is that once you have your photo, it’s really easy to erase it and get to work on your next masterpiece. Which picture is your favorite? What should she draw next?

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Sean Bean’s Cult Series THE FRANKENSTEIN CHRONICLES Lands at Netflix

Sean Bean's cult hit series The Frankenstein Chronicles is coming to the U.S. thanks to Netflix, who just picked up the distribution rights! According to Variety, the streaming service has picked up the two six-episode seasons that exist and will run them as a Netflix Original in the U.S.

I've heard some great things about this show, so I'm excited that I'll be able to check it out on Netflix in the near future!

The Frankenstein Chronicles is a re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s classic novel. Set in 1830s London, Bean (“Game of Thrones”) plays John Marlott, a war veteran and river policeman. Season 1 of the serialized show sees him investigating the case of a corpse made up of body parts from different children, and finding the matter involves senior establishment figures and demonic forces.

The series, which is produced in the UK by Frank Doelger (Game of Thrones)  premiered in 2015 and has been playing on ITV’s Encore channel in the U.K. but the British broadcaster is closing the linear service down.

Here's a trailer for the series that will give you an idea of what's in store in case you're not familiar with it. If you are from the U.K. and you have seen the show, what are your thoughts on it!?

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Do The Big Risks Taken By STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Help Or Hurt? – One Minute Movie Review

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Rian Johnson's follow-up to 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of, if not the most, anticipated movie to arrive in theaters this year, but does Star Wars: The Last Jedi live up to all the hype? 

Episode VIII definitely takes more risks than episode VII did, but with every risk comes the chance that fans will either love what they're seeing or hate it. So was the force strong with this one?

The Last Jedi arrives in theater on December 14.

Watch the 60-second review from One Minute Critic:

You can check out more 1-minute reviews on One Minute Critic's Instagram or Youtube page.

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SHE-RA is Making an Animated Comeback on Netflix!

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Netflix and Dreamworks Animation have announced that they have a new slate of animated series projects in development that are set to launch next year. One of the most exciting projects that came with the announcement includes a revival of the classic 80s series She-Ra: Princess of Power

I hope that the series turns out to be good. I think it's something that my girls are going to love. I'm sure most of you are familiar with She-Ra, but if not, she is also known as Princess Adora and is the twin sister of Prince Adam a.k.a. He-Man. She was kidnapped as a baby by the Horde's leader Hordak. She is eventually given the Sword of Protection, which parallels He-Man's Sword of Power, gaining the power to transform into She-Ra.

The series is being developed by showrunner Noelle Stevenson, who is the Eisner-winning co-creator of Lumberjanes. Here’s the full description that was released by Netflix and Dreamworks:

The trailblazing girl power icon originally debuted in 1985 to satisfy overwhelming demand for a female lead fantasy series. With Stevenson’s unique voice at the helm, fans are in store for an epic and timely tale that celebrates female friendship and empowerment, lead by a warrior princess tailor-made for today.

He-Man and The Masters of the Universe was one of my favorite cartoons when I was a kid, and it's cool to see She-Ra getting a animated revival series. I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out!

As for the other shows that will be released, here's the list that was released:

The Boss Baby: Back in Business (Premiere date TBA 2018)

Boss Baby, with the help of his big brother and partner-in-crime Tim, continues to navigate the cutthroat corporate jungle gym of Baby Corp, while angling to achieve the near-impossible: the work-life balance of a modern career baby. From Emmy-winning executive producer Brandon Sawyer (Penguins of Madagascar).

Harvey Street Kids (Premiere date TBA 2018)

From its never-ending games of kickball to the infinite flavors of its ice cream truck to the greatest climbing tree in the universe, every day on Harvey Street feels like a Saturday. And that’s largely thanks to the Harvey Girls – Audrey, Lotta, and Dot – the block’s self-appointed guardians and the world’s bestest BFFs. They will do whatever it takes to keep Harvey Street the best block to never grow up on and transform every afternoon into a wild adventure. The series comes from executive producer Brendan Hay (Dawn of the Croods, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and Emmy-winning Aliki Theofilopoulos (Phineas & Ferb, Descendants: Wicked World).

The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants (Premiere date TBA 2018)

Based on the epic books by Dav Pilkey, DreamWorks The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants follows the adventures of George Beard and Harold Hutchins, two best friends who’ve bonded through their love of pranking, comic books and being the thorns in Principal Krupp’s side. Their fun gets them mixed up in adventures crazier than their outrageous comic books, which is when they call on their greatest creation: Captain Underpants! The series comes from Peabody Award and Emmy-winning executive producer Peter Hastings (Animaniacs, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness).

Trollhunters (Part 3) and 3 Below (Second installment of Tales of Arcadia Trilogy)

DreamWorks Trollhunters Part 2, from Guillermo del Toro, premieres on Netflix, on Friday, Dec. 15, with a third and final chapter of the Emmy-winning series set to debut in 2018. 3 Below, the second series in the previously announced Tales of Arcadia trilogy, will premiere in late 2018 and feature two royal teenage aliens and their bodyguard who flee a surprise takeover of their home planet by an evil dictator and crash land in Arcadia. Now on the run from intergalactic bounty hunters, they struggle to blend in and adapt to the bizarre world of high school all the while attempting to repair their ship so they can return and defend their home planet. A final chapter, Wizards, is set to debut in 2019.
DreamWorks Trollhunters is created and executive produced by del Toro with Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow), Rodrigo Blaas (Alma) and Chad Hammes (Dragons: Race to the Edge) and Christina Steinberg (Rise of the Guardians) serving as executive producers.  Dan Hageman (The Lego Movie, Ninjago) and Kevin Hageman (The Lego Movie, Ninjago) serve as co-executive producers.

Via: Deadline

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Relive The Toy Commercials Of Christmas Past With These 80s And 90s Nintendo Ads

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If you're looking to resurrect some old memories of Nintendo Christmas presents, you've come to the right place! Even if you never owned a Nintendo growing up, these holiday commercials from the 80s and 90s will give you a feeling of nostalgia like none other. Check out the commercials below, and remember how weird advertising was in the 90s in the comments below:

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ENDLESS SUMMER Filmmaker Bruce Brown Passes Away at 80

For those of you not familiar with documentary filmmaker Bruce Brown, he is the man who brought us the legendary surfing film The Endless Summer (1966) and it's sequel The Endless Summer 2 (1994). He made a few other documentaries as well, like On Any Sunday (1971), which was nominated for an Oscar. I loved those movies and I'm sad to report that Bruce Brown passed away this past Sunday. He was 80-years-old. These are his best known films and just a small part of the legacy that he left behind. According to his official website he died of natural causes. 

Prior to 1964, the media saw surfers as rebellious thugs, and Hollywood made them out to be a bunch of idiots. Filmmaker Bruce Brown single- handedly changed that with The Endless Summer. It portrayed the wave as a kind of Holy Grail and surfers as knights on a quest. In one stroke, he replaced Hollywood’s buffoonery with the popular mythology that endures today. 
The Endless Summer was Brown’s sixth surfing film in a career that started almost accidentally and proceeded according to the guerrilla template of the times — shoot all winter, edit in the spring, run your ass off all summer showing the damn thing (including doing your own live narration) in school auditoriums and small halls, then pack up for another winter on the road and do it all over again. With The Endless Summer, Brown broke that mold.

Having grown up in Southern California, I grew up at the beach. To this day when I find the time I head over to the beach to catch some waves and do a little surfing. I even have a big poster for The Endless Summer hanging up in my home signed by the artist. That's how much these films mean to me. 

Brown was inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame in 2009 and was awarded the first Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. In 2015, the Smithsonian Institute held an exhibit called “Wave of Innovation: Surfing and the Endless Summer.” Barry Haun, creative director for the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center, told the Los Angeles Daily News:

“I think he helped shape our culture. He gave us all that idealized lifestyle. It’s always summer. You go, ‘That’s what I want. I want it to always be warm and sunny and fun.’ I think that was the main thing, he made it look really fun.”

You can watch the trailers for Brown's three best known films below. Our thoughts and prayer go out to Brown's family and friends.

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Netflix Renews Marvel’s THE PUNISHER For Season 2!

It's only been less than a month since The Punisher premiered on Netflix and I know that some people are still in the process of getting through the first season, But, I'm excited to report that Netflix has officially renewed Marvel's The Punisher for Season 2! 

The first season seemed to have been met with mixed reviews but I loved it! That was the best live-action adaptation of The Punisher yet and I can't wait to see what's in store for Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) in Season 2! One thing that I know we can expect is seeing him go on another insane killing spree.

The official Twitter account for The Punisher series posted a video with the big announcement. You can watch that below. 

After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.

The series is executive produced by showrunner Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal), Jim Chory (Marvel’s The Defenders) and Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s The Defenders), who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television. I imagine many of the cast members from the first season will return for Season 2.

Did you enjoy the first season of The Punisher and are you looking forward to Season 2? Is there a specific story from the comics that you would like to see told?

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Nintendo Has Sold 10 Million Units Of The Switch, How Did It Succeed?

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As of this month, Nintendo has sold 10 million Switch consoles to players worldwide, the company announced via a tweet. This achievement is of great importance to Nintendo as it is a reflection of the success of the innovative hybrid console. The Switch, which has only been in the market for almost a year now, is already catching up to the sales of Nintendo’s Wii U, which has sold 13.5 million units to date, after being released for five years now. 

So what made the Switch such a success that surprised the gaming community? Well first off, it delivered its promises. Prior to the launch of the Switch, I was a bit skeptical of the hybrid concept. I guess part of my hesitation was my disappointment with Nintendo’s last console the Wii U, that effectively ruined Nintendo’s reputation in terms of innovative hardware during those dark times. When the Switch finally came out last March, I did not pick it up immediately, but when I did last September, I was not disappointed at all. The seamless transformation of the Switch from a handheld device to your standard home console blew everyone’s minds. 

Another thing that contributed to the Switch’s success, and is the most important one in my opinion, is the variety of good first party games, and Nintendo’s commitment to encourage third party developers to make games for the Switch. 2017’s Game Of The Year recipient, The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is definitely responsible for the initial sales of the console. Follow that up with other cool first-party exclusives like Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8, and Splatoon 2 and no wonder why the Switch is doing so well. 

On the flip side, the Switch’s success pulled the focus of many publishers who traditionally prefer other platforms to Nintendo’s console. Currently, the Switch has awesome third party games such as Resident Evil Revelations, Stardew Valley, Doom, and even Skyrim that attracted gamers who loved these games on other platforms, but would want to experience the portability that the Switch is offering. 

In the end, the Switch is still in its early life and has a long way to go. Nintendo’s sales figures is definitely impressive and hopefully, they keep the momentum going for 2018. I wouldn’t worry too much on the console’s future, at least for next year, as there are many announced games such as Bayonetta 2, Mega Man 11, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, to name a few, that are headed for the console in 2018. In case you’re still thinking on whether to pick one up, check out the five best games you can play on the Switch right now. 

Why do you think the Switch is such as success compared to last generation’s Wii U? Tell us in the comments below. 

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New Details Regarding the Relationship of Jean Grey and Cyclops in X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX

The relationship between Jean Grey and Scott Summers a.k.a. Cyclops in the X-Men franchise has always been a big deal. Especially in the comic books. Their relationship has been handled fairly well in the film in the past, but what can we expect to see from them in director Simon Kinberg's X-Men: Dark Pheonix

The two characters will be played by Sophie Turner and Tye Sheridan. They were introduced into the franchise in last X-Men film that was released, X-Men: Apocalypse, but that film barely scratched the surface of these characters.

During a recent report from EW, we have some additional information on Cyclops' role in the story and where he's at in his relationship with Jean. The report says:

"The one mutant who never wavers from Team Jean is Scott (Tye Sheridan), a.k.a. Cyclops."

Simon Kinberg went on to say that keeping their story intact was extremely important to the filmmakers. He also explains that it's the emotional core of the film.

"That relationship, his being willing to kill or die for her, is a huge part of the emotional core of the movie. It also makes Scott start to have to become a leader."

That's good to hear! It seems like, at least, that part of the "Dark Phoenix Saga" story arc might get a faithful depiction. If your familiar with the story, you know that Cyclops has to pretty much fight his way across the galaxy in order to save Jean.

I also like the fact that we finally get to see Cyclops take a leadership position in this movie because that aspect of the character hasn't really been explored in the previous films. All the other X-Men movie seem to revolve more around Wolverine. Now that Wolverine isn't a part of it, this is Cyclops' time to shine. 

X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be released on November 2nd. For more information on the film, click here to get caught up on the latest detsails!

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STRANGER THINGS Gets a Hilarious “Bad Lip Reading” Treatment

It is no secret that I love Stranger Things. I think it is a wonderful show and incredibly well done. I also love the Bad Lip Reading videos. If you haven’t seen any BLR videos they are hilarious. The idea is that they strip the audio from scenes of a movie or TV show (or even political debates) and then put in their own dialogue and music to try to match what the characters look like they’re saying based on their lips. Hilarity ensues and you bust a gut laughing. Well, their team just uploaded a BLR video for the first season of Stranger Things and it is funny. Eleven has a hard time speaking in more than one word (like in the show) but the words that come out of her mouth are great. Barb is a totally different character and it’s fantastic. Also, Mike's mom has an obsession with a tattoo. Check out the video below. What movie or TV show should they do next?

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