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Man Sues Texting

Brandon Vezmar, a 37-year-old man from Austin, Texas, expected a normal night at the movies, a screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 to be exact, but what happened when the film started rolling, is an entirely different story. His date, 35-year-old Crystal whome he met on dating app Bumble, started texting someone 15 minutes into the movie. When Vezmar noticed, he politely asked her to stop, or go into the lobby, and she chose the latter, but never came back. She refused to pay the $17.31 price of the ticket when he texted her later, so he took her to court. Continue reading for an interview video, the actual text conversation, and more information.

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Disney Research Projection

Forget makeup, Disney Research uses a projector-based illumination to alter the appearance of human performers in real-time during performances. Using infrared illumination, an optically and computationally aligned high-speed camera detects facial orientation as well as expression, while the estimated expression blend-shapes are mapped onto a lower dimensional space. The facial motion and non-rigid deformation are then estimated, smoothed and predicted through adaptive Kalman filtering. Last, but not least, the desired appearance is generated interpolating pre-computated offset textures according to time, global position, and expression. 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 of the five deadliest volcano eruptions in human history.

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Total Recall Car

Some may be familiar with the reboot, but the original Total Recall film was released in 1990, and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. It tells the story of a construction worker who is having troubling dreams about Mars and a mysterious woman there. It was written by Ronald Shusett, Dan O'Bannon, Jon Povill, and Gary Goldman, and won a Special Achievement Academy Award for its visual effects. The original score composed by Jerry Goldsmith won the BMI Film Music Award. Now, you can get your hands on an actual movie vehicle. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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F250R Megaraptor

Perfect for the next installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, the F250R Megaraptor is designed to go anywhere, and with plenty of power. Based on Ford's heavy-duty F-250 truck, it's powered by a 6.7L turbo diesel engine, boasts a widened track, and an upgraded suspension upgraded for extreme off-road performance. New fiberglass body panels were installed to fit the aluminum rims sourced from military MRAP vehicles, wrapped in 46" Michelin XZL tires. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Little Tykes Mad Max

Photo credit: Bored Panda

California-based director Ian Pfaff wanted to pay tribute to Mad Max: Fury Road, but in a way that his children could also enjoy as well. So, he decided to take a couple Little Tykes Cozy Coupes, and transform them into vehicles that appear to be straight from the film, weapons, rust, apocalyptic paint job, and all. Supplies used include: old computer parts, a decommissioned espresso machine, bike chains, random toys, and plenty of metal scrapyard pieces. That's not all, his wife also created matching outfits for the children to wear. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Poster

Slated for release on December 15th, Star Wars: The Last Jedi feature new cast members Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran in unconfirmed roles. According to director Rian Johnson, the story begins immediately after the last scene of The Force Awakens. He had his story group watch films such as Twelve O'Clock High, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Gunga Din, Three Outlaw Samurai, Sahara, and Letter Never Sent for inspiration while developing ideas. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what happens when you crush a Furby with a hydraulic press.

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EV2 Ripsaw Tank

For those who have seen "The Fate of the Furious" in theaters this week, and wondered if that tank was real, it most certainly is. Created by Howe & Howe Technologies, the EV2 Ripsaw Tank is currently the fastest dual tracked vehicle ever made, and comes equipped with a 600-horsepower diesel engine. The heavy duty treads enable it to tackle just about any terrain, while a stealthy black paint job is perfect for night missions. Step inside, and you'll be greeted with a high-tech interior that looks to be straight from the Batmobile. 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 "The Matrix" would have been like if Will Smith accepted Neo's role.

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Darth Vader Half Costume

Darth Vader was portrayed by bodybuilder David Prowse in the original film trilogy, and by stunt performer Bob Anderson during the character's intense lightsaber fight scenes. George Lucas originally intended for Orson Welles to voice Vader (after dismissing using Prowse's own voice due to his English West Country accent, leading to the rest of the cast nicknaming him "Darth Farmer"). After deciding that Welles's voice would be too recognizable, he cast the lesser-known James Earl Jones instead. The photo above shows David Prowse in half of Darth Vader's costume on the set of The Empire Strikes Back. Continue reading for more rare celebrity photos.

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Gods of Egypt VFX

The "Gods of Egypt" film may not have broken any box office records, with filming took place in Australia under the American studio Summit Entertainment, but it did feature stunning visual effects. For those who haven't seen the movie, it basically portrays a mortal Egyptian hero who partners with the Egyptian god Horus to save the world from Set and rescue his love. The gods in humanoid form are 9 feet (2.7 m) tall and in "battle beast" form are over 12 feet (3.7 m) tall, so you can imagine the digital wizardry that went into the scenes. Continue reading for another video and more before / after pictures.

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Alien Actor

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For most of the film's scenes the Alien was portrayed by Bolaji Badejo. A latex costume was specifically made to fit Badejo's 6-foot-10-inch (208 cm) slender frame, made by taking a full-body plaster cast of him. Badejo attended t'ai chi and mime classes in order to create convincing movements for the Alien. However, in a few scenes, such as when the Alien lowers itself from the ceiling to kill Brett, the creature was portrayed by stuntmen Eddie Powell and Roy Scammell; in that scene a costumed Powell was suspended on wires and then lowered in an unfurling motion. Continue reading to see more actors outside their parts, compiled by Bored Panda. Click here for a few bonus images.

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