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Tim Burton Disney

Photo credit: Andrew Tarusov via Bored Panda

Tim Burton, known his dark, gothic and quirky fantasy films such as Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), the animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), would be a perfect fit for any Disney Animation Studio reboots. Andrew Tarusov, an artist originally born in Ribinsk, Russia, and now living in Los Angeles, California, gives us a sneak peak at what some of the classics would look like. "My general occupation after 10 years of studying is art and animation. Being a huge fan of Disney classics, I imagined how our favorite childhood movies could look if they were directed by the great Tim Burton," said Tarusov. Continue reading to see the movie posters.

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Force Awakens VFX

Movies like Star Wars Force Awakens, Jurassic World, Interstellar, and countless others, all rely on VFX to immerse the audience. This interesting behind-the-scenes video shows us what the former looks like in green screen form, as well as post production. One interesting fact you may not have known is that Force Awakens uses more visual effects than Phantom Menace, which used tons of miniatures. Continue reading for three more behind-the-scenes videos.

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Celebrity Face Combined

Photo credit: Geischtermix via My Modern Met

Photoshop guru and artist Gesichtermix specializes in combining the famous Hollywood faces you know, into one that looks oddly familiar, yet entirely different at the same time. First up, we have a mashup of Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson. "The results from these Photoshop fusions are subtle and certain to make you do a double-take. At first glance, it's easy to see the defining features of one person, while later noticing the characteristics of another," said My Modern Met. Continue reading for more.

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Custom DeLoreans

Rich Weissensel, a software engineer from Chicago, Illinois, has always dreamed about going "Back to the Future", and in his spare time, he creates custom DeLoreans. His first creation, a gigantic monster-truck called "D Rex," is based on a 1981 DeLorean's body, but mounted onto the running gear of a 1979 Chevrolet K5 Blazer SUV. It comes equipped with custom wheels and 44-inch tall tires. "Even though the monster truck is a huge project, it actually only took me and my team a month to build it. We married the two vehicles together, DeLorean body and 4x4 chassis, and then we did a few monster-sized upgrades," said Rich. The custom limousine is as long as a school bus, and has six distinctive gullwing doors, using parts from as many as six different damaged cars, all on a custom fabricated, stainless steel stretched frame. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing what happens when an 8-million follower Instagram user posts something on their account.

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Calvin Hobbes Star Wars

Photo credit: Brian Kesinger via Buzzfeed

Marvel Comics artist Brian Kesinger got the idea for a Calvin and Hobbes-themed Force Awakens series when he saw Rey riding her makeshift sled down a sand dune, and the rest was history. "It struck me that she probably did that as a child and that's when the Calvin and Hobbes image flashed in my head. Bill Watterson has been one of my biggest artistic influences so it was a fun opportunity to combine two of my favorite things," said Kesinger. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Force Band BB-8


Sphero's BB-8 app-enabled droid may be cool enough for most, but now there's a new model that lets you control things with hand gestures. Called the "Force Band", this Bluetooth device basically enables you to move the droid around in the same way as the original smartphone app, but without the use of a phone, watch or additional accessories. For those who already own the first version, it's fully compatible with this new accessory, which is set to be released this fall. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a biker who encountered unexpected road debris.

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Camaro SS Bumblebee

Transformers and muscle car fans rejoice! The original 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS featured in Transformers 4: Age of Extinction is being auctioned of by Barrett Jackson later this month. For those who don't remember, the vehicle plays Bumblebee before it's replaced by a futuristic Camaro SS concept. Where has it been since filming? In the garage of none other than director Michael Bay. Notable modifications include: a widebody kit w/flared wheel arches, a large front splitter, larger wheels, matte yellow accents, Transformers badges and a bootlid lip spoiler. Continue reading for the full Bumblebee and Hound vs. Vehicons scene from Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, along with more pictures of the vehicle. Click here to view bonus images of a massive Optimus Prime robot made entirely from scrap metal.

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Ecto-1 Replica

Ghostbusters fanatic Loren Baldwin spent 2.5-years and $20,000 converting a 1959 Miller-Meteor chassis into a replica of the movie's famous Ecto-1 vehicle. To make sure everything was accurate on this 8-foot tall, 4-ton vehicle, he flew down to Los Angeles and spent a full day obtaining measurements from the original film car. Details include a movie accurate 'storage tank' for captured ghosts, 390 cubic inch V8 engine, and even working blue lights. "All the lights and sirens work - I have the same exact siren that appeared in the movie. I have a five panel mirror in the car because there are a lot of blind spots because it is 21ft long. It doesn't go more than 65 miles per hour - it's not very aerodynamic," said Baldwin. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one that shows what happens when you fire a ping pong ball filled with liquid nitrogen.

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Carrie Fisher Return of the Jedi Princess Leia

Photo credit: Bored Panda

Many people have stopped reading magazines and books in favor of their digital versions, but back in 1983, a Rolling Stone magazine issue with Carrie Fisher promoting Star Wars: Return of the Jedi as Slave Leia was a worldwide sensation. According to Marvel comic book artist J. Scott Cambell, there is some bad news: "Disney is already well on it's [sic] way to wiping out the 'slave' outfit from any future products period. You will NOT see and [sic] future merchandising featuring the slave outfit ever again. Trust me. I've heard it from two sources. We can't even draw Leia in a sexy pose at Marvel, let alone in that outfit! We also had a 3-D SL statue killed at a major manufacturer because there will no longer be any SL merchandise." Continue reading for more images. Click here for a few bonus behind-the-scenes Star Wars images.

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Force Awakens Easter Egg

Before Star Wars: The Force Awakens was even released in theaters, fans got a glimpse of the Battle of Jakku in a Battlefront DLC. Electronic Arts said it was "the pivotal moment when the New Republic confronted key Imperial holdouts on a remote desert planet - the battle is said to takes place in the aftermath of the destruction of the second Death Star, as seen in Return of the Jedi." Continue reading for more Easter Eggs if you've already seen the film, or just don't care about spoilers.

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