May the fourth be with you everyone! As all the nerds know, today is Star Wars Day, so I wanted to celebrate with this super-cute-squishy little Wampa plush. I knew right away that I wanted to make a plush when I saw Star Wars day coming around, and while we’ve seen the classic characters in plush form all the time, I thought a stumpy little chibi Wampa with a bloody little arm was too good to pass up! The arm is even detachable for use in your own lightsabre battles. I made him with some long-pile minky that I had lying around that I thought suit him wonderfully; with just a scrap of red flannel and a sew-in snap, he came together perfectly — via Choly Knight
Short film produced by 710 Main Films and Chewing on Plastic Lightbulbs, written by Ben J Tucker of a serial killer who has problems living in an apartment building. Starring Jeff Kolter, Sherman Morrison and Mason Washer — via Vimeo
I never really felt like a rock singer or a rock star. I always felt a little bit out of my element — David Bowie
Interview by Joe Smith — via Youtube
Celebrated satirist and comedian John Clarke has died suddenly, aged 68. Your favourite Clarke and Dawe sketches
Iconic comedy duo John Clarke and Bryan Dawe entertained audiences with their political satire skits for over 25 years. We’ve collated some of their most loved segments and classic exchanges.
Clarke died from natural causes while bushwalking in Victoria over the weekend.
John died doing one of the things he loved the most in the world, taking photos of birds in beautiful bushland with his wife and friends. He is forever in our hearts, his family said in a statement issued by the ABC.
We are aware of what he has meant to so many for so many years, throughout the world but especially in Australia and New Zealand.
We are very grateful for all expressions of sympathy and love which John would have greatly appreciated — via redwolf.newsvine.com
I’m having a bad time…
Written and Directed by Thomas
TomSka Ridgewell — via Youtube
If you’ve ever wondered what the cars of Mad Max: Fury Road would look like all cleaned up, or you want some inspiration for a totally bonkers hot rod creation of your own, check out this photo series by photographer John Platt. Minute details of the vehicles can be seen in shockingly pristine states, as they were just after their creation and prior to the start of filming, giving us a good look at all the custom contraptions welded together into junkyard monsters — via Weburbanist
If I did a story or a musical about Cinderella, they would be waiting for the body to turn up — Alfred Hitchcock in 1957
Interview by Colin Edwards from the Pacifica Radio Archives.
The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, sat down for a short interview on the set of a film tentatively titled, From Amongst The Dead. The film would be released in early 1958 as Vertigo, the classic starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. In this interview, we go inside the mind of a master storyteller with a penchant for fear — via Youtube
Kids try 100 years of cookies with special guest Cookie Monster including mallomars, sugar cookies, nutter butters, macarons, and more — via Youtube
New Order’s Blue Monday was released on 7 March 1983, and its cutting-edge electronic groove changed pop music forever. But what would it have sounded like if it had been made 50 years earlier? In a special film, using only instruments available in the 1930s — from the theremin and musical saw to the harmonium and prepared piano — the mysterious Orkestra Obsolete present this classic track as you’ve never heard it before — via Youtube
Adam Savage visits Weta Workshop to get up close with some of the practical props the effects studio made for the upcoming film Ghost in the Shell. Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor shows Adam the mechanical geisha masks and animatronic puppets his team created, and how Weta Workshop used new fabrication and design technologies to make these props possible — via Youtube
A look at the fundamentals of hybridising animation with live action film — via Youtube
White trash washer band with a classic — via Youtube
On a visit to effects studio Weta Workshop, Adam Savage meets and chats with artists who bring their own obsessions and passion projects to work. Sculptor Johnny Fraser-Allen, who is working on miniatures for Jim Henson’s Labyrinth board game, shares with Adam his own intricate maze miniature, which will end up being the size of an entire room — via Youtube
Up, up and away! Take off to the sky for some aeronautical adventures. Sky B Plane is a bed inspired by Disney movie Planes, in which Leadbottom is a puttering old biplane and a grumbling taskmaster. He has too many crops to spray and not enough hours in the day to spray them. For Leadbottom, it’s work first, then… well, more work.
Bring a little aviation-inspired magic to the little pilot’s bedroom. With a creative and playful design, the Sky B Plane makes the crib-to-bed transition as painless as possible. The decorative suitcases are storage compartments and allow the kid to climb up and down the airplane.
It has secret storage compartments on both sides of the bottom wing and in the staircases. The top wing is a shelf — via Circu Magical Furniture
The Narrow World is the story of a gigantic alien that crashes to Earth and takes up residence in Los Angeles. Contrary to expectations, when the alien is neither hostile towards the tiny humans around it, nor communicative in any way, it falls on the populace to decipher what, exactly, this visitor wants and what it means for them. One man sees more to it- a message, perhaps, that may tell us less about the alien, and more about our deepest inner selves, about the mysteries of the soul — via Vimeo
If you could move through any solid object, what would you do? An office drone (Napoleon Ryan) finds a mysterious piece of paper that allows him to pass through solid objects, so he takes advantage of this new power — via Youtube
This song is a tribute to the glorious creatures of the bird kingdom. Written and Performed by Christiaan Van Vuuren — via Youtube
Riding on the open road with Steppenwolf’s
Born to be Wild playing in your head. How do you make this experience any better? Hint: The legendary Peter Fonda might have an idea. Watch Peter Fonda come back for one more epic ride — this time with The Coen Brothers — via Youtube
It feels good to do another plush again! I liked the look of the Wampa Plush from a while back so much that I thought I would make another with a similar shape — Cthulhu seemed like a nice fit. I just love how I’ve made a big scary elder god into a pudgy little thing. He comes complete with face tentacles and wings on the back as well — via Choly Knight
Veteran actor Sir John Hurt has died aged 77, his agent has said.
The Bafta-winning star, known for his roles in Alien and The Elephant Man, continued working despite being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015.
He recently starred as Father Richard McSorley in Jackie, the biopic of President John F Kennedy’s wife.
US director Mel Brooks described Sir John as
cinematic immortality, as tributes poured in for the star — via redwolf.newsvine.com
Sophie lives alone with her mother on a desolate farm in the middle of nowhere. A place that hides a secret far worse than she could have imagined — via Vimeo
Each member of the squad brings their unique set of skills — via Youtube
Adidas is one of the largest athletic shoe companies in the world, so they have plenty of funding for their advertising campaigns and don’t need to go looking for free submissions from film students.
But Eugen Merher, a 26-year-old student film maker from Germany, decided to submit the ad he’d made for Adidas to their communications department anyway — and found his submission completely ignored.
During the Christmas season, two sisters (Caleigh Le Grand, Jorja Cadence) throw a house party, unaware that a deadly invader will be crashing the proceedings. Written/Directed by Justin McConnell and Serena Whitney — via Youtube
A comedy short film from director Morten Forland celebrating Vikings, LARPing (Live action role playing), and finding the hero within. When Viking role player Vidar is sidelined to “the land of the dead” he seeks help of the god Odin, who agrees to teach Vidar the ways of the Vikings if he takes him to a mystical Runestone. Together they embark on a journey that will test Vidar’s wits, bravery and his ability to go completely berserk — via Youtube
Actress Carrie Fisher, who found enduring fame as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars, has died aged 60, according to a family statement.
Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, released a statement through her spokesman saying Fisher died on Tuesday just before 9.00am (4.00am AEDT on Wednesday).
It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55am this morning, read the statement from publicist Simon Halls.
She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.
Fisher had been hospitalised since Friday when she suffered a medical emergency on board a flight to Los Angeles.
She made her feature film debut opposite Warren Beatty in the 1975 hit Shampoo and also appeared in Austin Powers, The Blues Brothers, Charlie’s Angels, Hannah and Her Sisters, Scream 3 and When Harry Met Sally.
But Fisher is best remembered as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars in 1977 with her now-iconic braided buns, who uttered the immortal phrase,
Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.
Fisher played a part in which she was tough, feisty and powerful, even if at one point she was chained to Jabba the Hutt.
— via Vimeo
An OSCAR qualified
shot-in-one-take slasher film about a teenage girl who lures a masked killer by committing horror movie sins — via Vimeo
A young mortician learns that not even death can stand in the way of true love. A whimsical, gothic bedtime story filled with love, loss, taxidermy, Kung Fu, and biker werewolves — via Vimeo
Sidekick starring Josh Dallas, Emily Bett Rickards, Tom Cavanagh and Christian Michael Cooper. Directed by Jeff Cassidy.
Sidekick is a short film about a struggling father who uses a bedtime story to convey an important life lesson to his son — via Youtube
Andrew Bird: Live From The Great Room presents
Perfect Day (Lou Reed cover), featuring Matt Berninger. Filmed live on 25 August 2016 in Los Angeles, California — via Youtube
Canadian singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen has died aged 82.
The news was announced on his official Facebook page, but no details about the cause of death were given.
It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away, the statement said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led tributes to the singer, who was known for hits including Hallelujah and Dance Me to the End of Love.
It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of the legendary Leonard Cohen, Mr Trudeau said in a statement.
He will be fondly remembered for his gruff vocals, his self-deprecating humour and the haunting lyrics that made his songs the perennial favourite of so many generations — via redwolf.newsvine.com
From American Bandstand. 13 October 1964. Bobby
Boris Pickett — via Youtube
Live at the Lyceum, London 1984 — via Youtube
X performing Your Phone’s Off The Hook on the short lived CBS show No Holds Barred — via Youtube
Paris, 2002 — via Youtube
Moonlight Sonata (3rd Movement) Ludwig van Beethoven, arranged for electric guitar by Dr Viossy, played by Tina S — via Youtube
I’ve painted a response to being a Pop Icon. After thirty years, I’ve become Pop Art, something that people look at, recognize, and remember. I’ve tried to respond with art. I hope you enjoy it. Please subscribe, like, or share. See all the paintings at www.tomwilsonusa.com Thanks. Thanks — via Youtube
Paris, 2002 — via Youtube
Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1961 — via Youtube