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“I see the world in rectangles”: Life as a Lego Master Builder – New Statesman

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

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Will this reality TV show toy win at retail? Toys "R" Us, Mattel are betting on it – NorthJersey.com

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share Artsplash is the first toy created by a reality TV show competition, and Toys “R” Us and Mattel are betting it will be a winner. Wochit Artsplash, the winning toy from the reality show The Toy Box, on display at the Toys “R” Us in Paramus.(Photo: Joan Verdon) Can a reality TV show predict whether or not a new toy will be a best-seller? Mattel,…

How Star Wars lit up Reagan’s cosmic Cold War vision – CNET

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

Enlarge Image President Reagan saw the Strategic Defense Initiative, aka Star Wars, as a way to curb the threat of nuclear war. Bettmann Archive A planet faces devastation from a weapon of unspeakable power. Salvation lies in a bold plan. Someone must step forward. It’s the plot of “Star Wars,” but not the one you’re thinking of. The central figure isn’t Luke Skywalker — it’s Ronald Reagan, president of the…

Cosplay and celebrity sightings from day 3 at Motor City Comic Con – MLive.com

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

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Cher and Celine Dion Reigned Over the Billboard Music Awards – Vanity Fair

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

God bless Cher. Long live Celine Dion. Nominally, Dion is nearly 50 and Cher is just past 70, yet they’re both ageless vampire divas, and they pulled off two of the most memorable performances at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night, even surrounded by the youths who, in theory, should be the ones getting all the attention. Dion sang “My Heart Will Go On” while clips from Titanic played behind…

LEGO Reaches 100 Percent Renewable Energy Milestone Three Years Early | The Weather Channel – The Weather Channel

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

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This is the Massive MINECRAFT LEGO Set We’ve Been Dreaming of – Nerdist

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

If you think about it, LEGO bricks and Minecraft are actually very similar. While Minecraft is the ultimate digital sandbox for building whatever your imagination allows, LEGO serves a similar function in the real, fleshy part of existence. LEGOs are basically Minecraft IRL, and now, the two entities have partnered to bring us just that: A LEGO set based on the creeper-filled world of Minecraft. Take a look at this: This isn’t the first LEGO/Minecraft crossover…

This is the Massive MINECRAFT LEGO Set We’ve Been Dreaming of – Nerdist

Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2017

If you think about it, LEGO bricks and Minecraft are actually very similar. While Minecraft is the ultimate digital sandbox for building whatever your imagination allows, LEGO serves a similar function in the real, fleshy part of existence. LEGOs are basically Minecraft IRL, and now, the two entities have partnered to bring us just that: A LEGO set based on the creeper-filled world of Minecraft. Take a look at this: This isn’t the first LEGO/Minecraft crossover…

These ‘Star Wars’ extras are still making money off their tiny roles – New York Post

Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Two years ago, actor Nick Joseph was signing autographs at a “Star Wars” convention when a fan appeared with a request. “Would you sign something for my mother?” the man asked. Joseph agreed, and the guy reached into a bag and pulled out . . . an urn. Turns out the mother was long dead. “He wanted to put it on his mantelpiece,” Joseph told The Post. “You get some weird people.”…

A ‘Star Wars’ proposal at Motor City Comic Con – Detroit Free Press

Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Doug Thurau, of Hazel Park, left, proposed to girlfriend Mari Kaskorkis, left, of Troy, with the help of the the members of the 501st Legion, a Star Wars cosplay group, during the Motor City Comic Con at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi on Saturday, May 20, 2017.(Photo: John Froelich, Special to the Free Press)

The Power of Digital-Comic Therapy in Schools – The Atlantic

Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Indeed, new comic-generator sites continue to crop up. Last year, a teacher colleague of Alicia Parker introduced her to Storyboard That. Working with nine special-education students at Marlowe Middle School in Illinois, 50 miles north-west of Chicago, the site helped Parker’s mildly autistic students organize their vocabulary and converse with classmates. “It is very effective helping push these talented students back into regular classrooms,” she said. With several different comic…

The ‘Star Wars’ characters you may have never heard of – New York Post

Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Two years ago, actor Nick Joseph was signing autographs at a “Star Wars” convention when a fan appeared with a request. “Would you sign something for my mother?” the man asked. Joseph agreed, and the guy reached into a bag and pulled out . . . an urn. Turns out the mother was long dead. “He wanted to put it on his mantelpiece,” Joseph told The Post. “You get some weird people.”…

The ‘Star Wars’ characters you may have never heard of – New York Post

Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Two years ago, actor Nick Joseph was signing autographs at a “Star Wars” convention when a fan appeared with a request. “Would you sign something for my mother?” the man asked. Joseph agreed, and the guy reached into a bag and pulled out . . . an urn. Turns out the mother was long dead. “He wanted to put it on his mantelpiece,” Joseph told The Post. “You get some weird people.”…

LEGO reaches 100% renewable energy target three years ahead of schedule – The Independent

Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017

The LEGO group now says it is running entirely on renewable energy after reaching its 100 per cent target three years ahead of schedule. The company achieved its ambitious goal due to the completion of a 258 megawatt offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea, building a giant wind turbine made entirely of LEGO to celebrate. “We work to leave a positive impact on the planet and I am truly excited about the inauguration of the…

Sony’s Marvel Universe won’t actually connect to the Marvel Universe – Polygon

Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017

With Tom Hardy set to play the villainous Venom in a stand-alone movie for Sony, the studio has officially launched its own attempt to jump on the success of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Following Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will be released in the coming weeks, Sony has plans to release a spinoff film focusing on one of Spider-Man’s most recognizable villains, Venom. There are also plans for Silver Sable and Black Cat…

‘Star Wars’ archivist mastered the Force and more – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Ask Leland Chee what he wanted to do when he was younger, and he answers so quickly that you have to ask him a couple of more times to repeat himself. “Stwrsxprt.” Sorry? “StrWsexprt.” Sorry? “‘Star Wars’ expert — I wanted to be a ‘Star Wars’ expert when I grew up.” He says this without a smirk. He is not being cute. He is 46 now, and in the early…

My first Star Wars? An ‘Ewoks’ film, and I was hooked anyway – CNET

Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Editors’ note: As the 40th anniversary of Star Wars approaches, we continue our look at the many ways the sci-fi mega-franchise has impacted our lives. I’m 35. So unlike some of my more, ahem, senior colleagues, I didn’t have the pleasure of seeing the original Star Wars trilogy for the first time in the cinema. I saw the first three movies on the big screen when they were re-edited and…

Washington, DC, Job Fair – The New Yorker

Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017

CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY STEPHEN CROWLEY / NYT / REDUX Nearly 2,000 appointed positions in the administration of President Donald Trump remain vacant, leaving many agencies with large staffing gaps waiting to be filled.—CNN Just imagine: a regular paycheck, with no expertise required. Criminal record? No problem. Register now for a cushy government job. Zero embarrassing questions asked. Ride around in a big black Escalade while old enemies pick up the check…

The creators of Star Wars Battlefront II talk about fighting for the Empire in a new video – The Verge

Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sony has released a new video for Star Wars Battlefront II, in which the game’s creators talk about how the story came together, and how it’ll provide new insight into the Star Wars universe. Battlefront II will hit stores later this year, and once it does, players will take the perspective of an elite Imperial unit known as Inferno Squad. In the video, game director Mark Thompson says that Motive…