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Retractable Wolverine Claws

This project started with pieces of metal, but after Colin Furze finished working on them, a set of retractable Wolverine claws ensued. You read that right, Furze built his own version of the famed claws using compressed air from a backpack to 'pop' the 12-inch stainless steel spikes. Not just for show, they're able to slice a melon in half. Continue reading for two videos, including a making of.

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Batman Returns Batmobile

The Tumbler may be one of the most popular vehicles from the Batman series, but Tim Burton's Batmobile from the 1989 film 'Batman Returns' is timeless. This fan-built Batmbile comes equipped with a Jaguar-sourced 3.2L inline-six engine with automatic transmission. Not just for looks, this matte black stunner features LED running lights, front / rearview cameras, flame throwing rear ducts, and even an electric canopy. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Real-Life Ecto 1

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Paul Harborne, from Sedgley, West Midlands, England, bought a rare 1960 Cadillac miller-meteor in 2010 and spent the past 3-years, along with $156,000, transforming it into the iconic Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters. He said: "I do get some weird looks when I'm out and about in it - people look at me like 'what on earth are you doing'. You get all sorts of weird and wonderful comments, it has a good effect on people. Someone even asked us once if we were from the air ambulance service!" Continue reading for a video of it in-action and more information.

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Tom Cruise Airplane

For Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, Tom Cruise didn't rely on CGI for the crazy military transport plane scene. The film crew actually designed a custom rig and mounted it to the side of the Airbus A400m airplane with the camera pointed back at where Cruise would be. Thankfully, everything went off without a hitch, and Tom Cruise was able to finish the film, which is set for release on July 31, 2015. Continue reading for the video.

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Suicide Squad Poster

If you need a devious job completed, send in the super-villains, or in other words, the ruthless, mentally unhinged members of Task Force X known as the "Suicide Squad." Recruited by a government agent with the promise of a clean slate, the crew is expected to succeed in extremely dangerous missions where the odds are never in their favor. This newly released Comic-Con trailer shows off an unlikely group of villains: Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Slipknot (Adam Beach), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and Jay Hernandez (El Diablo). Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an incredibly low Blue Angels fly-by at a beach.

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Jared Leto Joker

San Diego Comic-Con is known for exclusive first looks at movies, and this year's was no exception. Guests at this particular panel were shown a new Suicide Squad trailer and it was the first to show Jared Leto as The Joker. As you can imagine, security is quite tight, but they missed this person with a recording device. The clip has already been pulled off of YouTube, but there's still at least one version floating online. Continue reading to watch before it gets axed as well.

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Back to the Future Then vs Now

Photo credit: Jared Cowan via Acidcow

Back to the Future's Hill Valley town square scenes were shot at Courthouse Square, located in the Universal Studios back lot because, as Bob Gale said: "...because no city is going to let a film crew remodel their town to look like it's in the 1950s." The filmmakers "decided to shoot all the 50s stuff first, and make the town look real beautiful and wonderful. Then we would just totally trash it down and make it all bleak and ugly for the 1980s scenes." The interiors for Doc Brown's house were shot at the Robert R. Blacker House, while exteriors took place at Gamble House. The exterior shots of the Twin Pines Mall, and later the Lone Pine Mall (from 1985) were shot at the Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry, California. The exterior shots and some interior scenes at Hill Valley High School were filmed at Whittier High School in Whittier, California. Continue reading for more then and now shots of famous locations.

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Arnold T-800

Enlisted to produce articulated puppets and prosthetic effects in T2 was Stan Winston's studio, who was also responsible for the metal skeleton effects of the T-800. ILM's Visual Effects Supervisor, Dennis Muren, remarked, "We still have not lost the spirit of amazement when we see ... [the visual effects on the T-1000] coming up." Such was the role and creation of CGI that the visual-effects team was awarded the 1992 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. However, as you can see above, T-800 was purely make-up. On a side note, did you know that for Sarah's nuclear nightmare scene in T2, Robert and Dennis Skotak of 4-Ward Production constructed a cityscape of Los Angeles using large-scale miniature buildings and realistic roads and vehicles? Continue reading for more.

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8-Foot-Tall Lord of the Rings

The Tower of Orthanc was the daunting fortress that became Saruman's powerful base as he ruled over Isengard with an uncompromising iron fist, but now Brenden McMahon, has managed to recreate it with LEGO. Standing a whopping 8-feet-tall, it features nine individual floors, a torture chamber, library and even lights. The tower won "Best Mega Creation Award" at Brickworld Chicago, a popular convention for brick enthusiasts. Continue reading for two videos that show it in detail.

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Batman Twin-Blade Folding Knife

This Batman-inspired Batarang 11.5" twin-blade folding knife isn't just for looks, it's a fully-functional tool, priced at $18.99. In addition to having two extremely sharp blades, each on can be opened independently so the knife can be used as a single-blade knife as well as a dual-blade. For those looking to add even more functionality, strapping a portable flashlight torch onto this would probably be a good idea, and won't break the bank. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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