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Star Wars Cast 1977


Many have watched Star Wars: A New Hope dozens of times or more, but the colorized image above provides a look at the original cast out of costume during a 1977 photo shoot. Plus, did you know that it was only screened in about 50 theaters when it first opened? In comparson, The Phantom Menace opened in nearly 3,000 in 1999. Or, that before the movie opened, there was a theft issue at the production offices. As the hype built, people were desperate for Star Wars memorabilia and information. Thousands of color transparencies were stolen, and at the time, the going rate for a black-market purchases was $5 each. Continue reading for more incredible colorized historical photos from much simpler times.

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Star Trek Mansion

Designed by architect Randall Stofft, this custom-built mansion that spans 20,000-square-feet, complete with a Star Trek-inspired wing is on the market for a hefty $29.95 million. This nine-bedroom living space is owned by Marc Bell and includes rooms modeled after the popular science fiction TV series, including the bridge from the Starship Enterprise, which doubles as the home theater, and a full-scale Borg model. Other features include: a Call-of-Duty-modeled video game room, retro arcade, 16 bathrooms, a resort-style pool with waterfalls, wine room, gourmet kitchen, and a full basketball court. Continue reading to see more Star Trek creations that actually exist.

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Batman Tumbler Real

Have $705,000, and always wanted a Batman Tumbler used in all three films - Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and the Dark Knight Rises? Then you may have to head to Dubai. This Tumbler is basically a steel box frame that's powered by a Corvette LS1 V8 engine, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The exterior panels are made from carbon fiber, while the entire interior is also made from the lightweight material. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Leatherman Tread Tempo

The Leatherman Tread Tempo combines 30 hard-working tools with a precision Leatherman-designed, Swiss-made timepiece. It effortlessly fuses utility and style for quick fixes at home or across the globe. The Tread Tempo has the following features: 200m water resistance, scratch resistant sapphire crystal, precision Swiss made Ronda 715 movement, adjustable clasp to 1/8" and date/time functions with 3 luminescent hands. 5-year battery. Product page. Continue reading for an unboxing video and more information.

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The Matrix Camera

Just about every science fiction fan has watched The Matrix, but fanatics have probably watched it a doesn't times or more. However, there are some details you might have missed, including this camera in the doorknob. That's right, the director of photography couldn't hide the camera in the doorknob's reflection in this scene, so they put a coat over it and a half tie to match with the one Morpheus was wearing. Continue reading for more movie details that you might've missed.

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Edge Wood Glass Vase

Photo credit: Scott Slagerman

The art of glass blowing and wood carving are nothing new, but when you combine the two, these masterpieces by Scott Slagerman are the result. Each and every one of these stunning glass vases are formed by directly blowing it into a pre-cut shape from a slab of live edge wood. The artist uses various woods, like mesquite and walnut, to give each piece a distinct look. Continue reading for more pictures.

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LEGO Super Star Destroyer

The LEGO Super Star Destroyer is a behometh of a set, coming in at a whopping 3,152-pieces, but what if you decide to crash one into a wall at 67mph? Brothers David and Henrik Windestal, who live outside Toreboda in Sweden, decided to find out. After spending countless hours building the Destroyer, they attached it to a 'rocket sled,' capable of accelerating the craft to 67mph. Henrik is quite excited that the Destroyer explodes into 'a big pile of LEGO pieces everywhere," while David said the outcome was far better than previous projects they worked on together. Continue reading for a speed build video and more information.

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New Harry Potter

Botnik Studios used artificial intelligence to write a brand new Harry Potter chapter, titled "Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash". How? Well, they trained the AI using an algorithmic tool, created by Jamie Brew, a former writer for Clickhole and The Onion, using all seven of the novels. Continue reading to read the three-page chapter.

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Star Wars Concept Art

Without Ralph McQuarrie, there would be no Star Wars because George Lucas himself reached out to the artist to help visualize the planets, vehicles, and characters he only saw in his head. The duo created some amazing artwork that not only helped convince studios to fund Star Wars, but McQuarrie's style crafted the visual design of the entire galaxy to come. The DAVE School in Orlando, Florida created a trailer based on this artwork to shows what such a film would look like. Continue reading for two more videos, artwork and information.

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Tilt-Shift San Francisco

Photo credit: James D. Lee via Peta Pixel

Tilt-shift photography is nothing new, but it's always refreshing to see photographers who use this technique to transform familiar places, like San Francisco, into toy cities. Photographer James D. Lee from Oakland used actual tilt-shift lenses to shoot these incredible photos, rather than rely on post-processing software. "I completed this project while working full-time marketing/photography positions. Using the 'tilt' feature of the TS-E gives the photographer control over the plane of focus angle. An easy way to visualize this can be achieved by holding a piece of paper out in front of you and imagining that it is the angle of the camera's sensor," said Lee. Continue reading for more shots that make the city look like a miniature playground.

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