Art, Entertainment

Quite a departure from Josh Agle — aka Shag — who has left the 1960s and dropped into the ‘70s for this wonderful Summer of ’76 limited edition print.

Of course, the stars of this particular show are The Ramones and (we are guessing) the CBGB club. Although we’re not sure if there were so many posters on the wall of the club back in 1976! Either way, it’s an iconic band in a cool club setting.

It is a 13-colour hand pulled serigraph print, sized at 32.5 x 17 inches (82.5cm x 43cm) and sold in an edition of 150. Each print is also signed and numbered by Shag and comes with a certificate of authenticity. The initial price is $450 — via Retro To Go

Entertainment

Obituary: Wes Craven

Prolific horror filmmaker Wes Craven, who directed the slasher classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, has died aged 76, his family said in a statement.

Craven, who was also behind the 1990s horror hit Scream, died surrounded by his loved ones at his Los Angeles home after suffering from brain cancer, the statement said.

It is with deep sadness we inform you that Wes Craven passed away, the family said.

Our hearts are broken.

Craven suffered from ailing health over the past three years, but continued to work on projects including several television shows, a graphic novel and a new film, The Girl in the Photographs, which is set to premiere at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival next month.

He was awarded lifetime achievement awards by the New York City Horror Film Festival and the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, according to the Internet Movie Database — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Art, Entertainment

Want some sixties style for your walls? You can’t get more stylish, or better typify the era, than The Avengers. They’re the inspiration for this new pop art print collection by Art & Hue.

The set of twelve prints have been produced in collaboration with StudioCanal — the official copyright holders of the show — and draw on the extensive archive held at Pinewood Studios. The print above, for example, is based on a publicity shot taken on the set of the episode called Never, Never Say Die.

Each print is designed employing half tone printing, and can come in a whole range of different colours. Add to that three different sizes, and the various sets of prints and there are loads of options for John Steed-ing and Emma Peel-ing your walls!

Prices range between £15 and £39 — via Retro To Go

Craft, Entertainment

For my project, I wanted to recreate The Fifth Element stones that were used to kill the evil in the weapon chamber in Egypt. It was evident that the movie versions were made out of polystyrene, but I wanted mine to be a bit more durable and long lasting, and so I ended up manufacturing them out of wood. Also, following my own rules on prop creation, I decided to turn them into functional pillar candle holders that I could use to decorate my dinner table during gatherings, as a conversation piece, or simply as an everyday accent — via Instructables

Craft, Entertainment

How to make authentic horror movie blood / A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss

The sticky blood used in horror films of this period became known as Kensington Gore — a jokey reference to the London street of the same name. While Hammer’s special recipe remains obscure, Mark demonstrates his own favourite method.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Golden Syrup
  • 1 cup of Water
  • 10 teaspoons of Red food colouring
  • A few drops of Blue food colouring
  • A few drops of Yellow food colouring
  • 10 tablespoons of Corn Flour
  • Mint flavouring — to taste

— via Youtube

Craft, Entertainment

I put together a fun tutorial for you: DIY Totoro Plush Tutorial. It’s a little different than the Totoros I made earlier, but still just as cute. The pattern I created is more simple and the materials are cheap and easy to find. The finished plush will be 6.5″ wide and 8″ tall (not including ears or arms). I hope you find this tutorial enjoyable and make a Totoro plush for yourself or as a gift — via cheek and stitch

Entertainment

Obituary: ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper

The former professional wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper, known for wearing a kilt in the ring, has died aged 61.

Piper, born Roderick Toombs in Saskatchewan, Canada, was one of the main stars of the wrestling circuit from the mid-1980s.

During his career, he won more than 30 titles and was inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame in 2005.

His death comes a month after that of Dusty Rhodes, another Hall of Fame member, aged 69.

The cause of Piper’s death was not revealed. He had successfully fought Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2006.

Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, said chairman Vince McMahon — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Craft, Entertainment, Wildlife

What if Lovecraft work in Studio Ghibli? Kutuleras brings you the answer! Here’s this lovely but strange creature — via Etsy

Craft, Entertainment, Wildlife

Early versions of Hobbes were very cartoony, and things like the shape of the nose and the number and placement of stripes were not always consistent. His proportions also appear to have changed slightly over the years. Later versions were crisp, clean and very consistent in the features. I based my Hobbes doll off of pictures that appear in the later strips.

To create the pattern, I broke the doll down into separate basic shapes. After some trial and error, I had a pattern that yielded all the needed body parts that fit together to my liking.

This pattern requires creating and stuffing all of the different body parts separately, hand stitching them all in place, and then hand stitching all of the stripes in place individually.

If that wasn’t completely clear, this project requires a ton of hand stitching. You’ve been warned! — via Instructables

Entertainment

Obituary: Patrick Macnee

Actor Patrick Macnee, star of The Avengers TV series, has died in California at the age of 93.

The Briton, best known for playing John Steed in the 1960s television spy show, died at home with his family at his bedside, his son Rupert said.

Macnee, who served in the Royal Navy during World War Two, also played roles in theatre, appearing on Broadway.

Avengers co-star Dame Diana Rigg paid tribute, saying: Patrick was a very dear man and I owe him a great deal.

A statement on Mcnee’s website read: Wherever he went, he left behind a trove of memories.

He died peacefully at his home in California’s Rancho Mirage on Thursday, Rupert said — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Entertainment

Obituary: Christopher Lee

Sir Christopher Lee, known as the master of horror, has died at the age of 93 after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure.

The veteran actor, immortalised in films from Dracula to The Wicker Man, and via James Bond villainy to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, died at 8.30am on Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.

His wife, the former Danish model Birgit Kroencke, decided to hold back the information for four days until all family members and friends were informed. The couple had been married for more than 50 years and had one daughter, Christina. Christopher Lee: share your tributes Read more

The actor was knighted in 2009 for services to drama and charity, and was awarded the Bafta fellowship in 2011.

News of his death prompted an outpouring of grief from actors, musicians, and even the prime minister; all paid tribute to Lee’s great talent.

If Sir Christopher Lee had just been a movie star, he would still have been an icon. But he had an amazing life even beyond his incredible body of work. Whether you’re still lamenting his passing or unsure why his death is such a loss, here’s 22 reasons why Christopher Lee will always be a legend — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Entertainment, Technology

My playing style really grew from the fact that I couldn’t afford a distortion pedal. I had to try to squeeze those sounds out of my guitar. The first real work I did was in my bedroom. I added pickups, because I didn’t like the sound of the originals. I couldn’t afford a router — I didn’t even know what a router was — so I started hammering away with a screwdriver. That didn’t work at all. Chunks of wood flew off and there was sawdust flying all over the place. But I was on a mission. I knew what I wanted and I just kept at it until I finally got there — via Popular Mechanics

Design, Entertainment

Don’t tell me you don’t remember it. Because it sure as heckfire remembers you. The B and B? From Groundhog Day? Bing. The house that weatherman Phil Connors keeps waking up in without hot water, to his consternation? Bing again. The house is on the market. Yes, you too can sleep in the master suite and set your clock radio to déjà vu for the price of $785,000.

The house, located in the northwest Chicago suburb of Woodstock, is a 540.23m² Victorian with seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Currently, the property is an actual bed and breakfast called the Royal Victorian Manor — via Neatorama

Entertainment, Technology

Touch Pianist is a web toy that let’s you play famous piano pieces on your computer keyboard. No musical skill needed! The notes are there in visual form; all you have to do is hit any keys to make them play. It’s a little like Guitar Hero, except the controls don’t matter, you set the tempo, and you can’t lose. The only skill you need is to keep the tempo going in a way that makes it sound pleasant to you. The default screen is Moonlight Sonata, but you can pull down other choices — via Neatorama