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How to compete with the original ‘Blade Runner’ score: Pay homage to it

The first trailer for “Blade Runner 2049” was filled with familiar imagery from Ridley Scott’s original 1982 film — giant neon advertisements, a smoggy noirish future . . . Harrison Ford. But it wouldn’t have been nearly as potent a nostalgia injection if it hadn’t been all bathed in the old film’s …

This Fiery Wedding Portrait Was Made with a Single Long Exposure

Austrian photographer Markus Hofstaetter recently captured this fiery wedding portrait, titled “Love on Fire.” It’s a single exposure that can be …

Andy Serkis Reading Donald Trump’s Tweets as Gollum Is Precious

“What’s ‘covfefe,’ precious?”<p>At this point, it’s common knowledge that if anyone in Hollywood wants a motion-capture pro, their go-to actor is <b>Andy Serkis.</b> From the <i>Lord of the Rings</i> franchise to the rebooted world of <i>Planet of the Apes,</i> Serkis has proven himself to be quite the pro. (Although you can …

In 'Meddling Kids,' The Scooby Gang Grows Up — Hard

"Tomorrow, Tim, we'll be in Blyton Hills. You know what that is? You've never been there, but your great-grandfather Sean had. It's the best place in the world. ... Swamps where you can build rafts, and caves to take shelter in when it rains, and old mills and barns where hand-wringing bad guys …

Books

A Ghost Story Is a Haunting Modern Fable

David Lowery’s new film stars Casey Affleck as an old-fashioned ghost who can’t leave his life behind.<p>The unnamed protagonist of <i>A Ghost Story</i> looks like a melancholic cartoon character: a figure in a white sheet that extends past his feet, with two miserable eye-holes in lieu of a face. A …

Stepping inside Jefferson’s perfect house (no, it’s not Monticello)

At Poplar Forest in Bedford County, Va., you can step into the mind of Thomas Jefferson.<p>This was Jefferson’s “other” house, the one that you have to see in person because no photographer has ever captured the power of Jefferson’s Palladian prism to lift the mind above the unpleasant realities of …

God of War: the quest to redeem Kratos

Sony’s Cory Barlog on making a static character grow<p>Do you remember the first time you realized Kratos might just be an asshole?<p>When the original <i>God of War</i> came out for PlayStation 2, I was a 19-year-old freshman in college, and my reaction to meeting protagonist Kratos was one of wide-eyed …

Dead Cells review

<i>Dead Cells</i> is easy to summarize: It's a side-scrolling, Castlevania-style roguelike. But while that pat description may be accurate and frankly pretty enticing on its own, it also belies just how thrilling, addictive and expertly honed this early access game is.<p>This is normally the bit where I'd …

Don’t Ask Kirsten Dunst to Lose Weight for a Movie

The actress had a delightfully candid conversation with longtime collaborator Sofia Coppola about what she would and wouldn’t do for The Beguiled.<p>Though they’ve worked together on several films, there are still plenty of things <b>Kirsten Dunst</b> won’t do for Oscar-winning filmmaker <b>Sofia Coppola</b>. In a …

Why Wonder Woman Might Be Even Bigger than You Thought

The first reviews are in for the upcoming movie—and they’re wonderful.<p>Few films have been built up with the same kind of breathless anticipation and anxiety as <i>Wonder Woman</i>. Ever since the explosion of blockbuster comic-book movies—since before then, even—fans have been waiting for a live-action …

Portraits of the Earth-Moon System

The Earth and its moon almost form a binary planet system. The moon is enormous—relative to the size of its planet—compared with the rest of the solar system. Since the 1960s, spacecraft and astronauts have been able to “step back” far enough to capture combined portraits of the Earth and its moon, …

Myth And History Collide In 'The Erstwhile'

In B. Catling's mind-bending debut novel, <i>The Vorrh</i>, a host of impossible creatures populated a mysterious, fictional forest in the heart of Africa in the years following World War I. There was a cyclops named Ishmael. There were plastic robots called the Kin. There was a bow made from the body of a …

Amazon launches curated anime subscription streaming service

The company is trying to take on Crunchyroll<p>For $5 a month, anime fans can subscribe to Amazon’s new, curated channel, Anime Strike.<p>Anime Strike consists of more than 1,000 anime titles targeted toward adults, and will stream some shows the same day they air in Japan, according to a press release. …

How Heywood Hill, the Most Beloved Bookshop in London, Is Surviving in the Digital Age

In the age of Amazon and Kindle and Fifty Shades of Grey, how has a small bookshop owned by a duke in Mayfair, London, just celebrated 80 years in business? Those devoted to Heywood Hill’s discreet charm reveal the store’s unconventional history and philosophy.<p>In Chapter 2 of John le Carré’s novel</i> …

Books

See Scarlett Johansson in the first Ghost in the Shell trailer

<i>Ghost in the Shell</i>, set to premiere at the end of March, put out its first trailer today, giving fans of the manga and anime their first look at The Major in live action.<p>Scarlett Johansson stars as Maj. Motoko Kusanagi, a casting decision that has raised some eyebrows since it was announced as she …

“Urushi”, the Beautiful and Dangerous Art of Japanese Lacquerware – Japan Info

There are many beautiful and preserved craft techniques in Japan that have withstood the erosion of time and remain precious traditions today. A good …

This Japanese Artist Draws Pokémon As Real Animals

Just when you’re this close to completing your Pokémon collection, something comes up. This time that something is illustrator and character designer …

Detailed Dragonball Fan Art Created by Ah Leung

“Son Goku” (2016) by Ah Leung | all photos courtesy the artistHong Kong-based illustrator Ah Leung has created a fantastic tribute to Dragonball, one …

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A Closer Look at the Japan's Zelda: Art and Artifacts Book - TGS 2016

Japanese Teacher Surprises His Students With His Stunning Chalkboard Art

Remember the Taiwanese teacher who creates stunning educational masterpieces on his chalkboard? Well, looks like we’ve found another teacher with mad …

In 'Miss Hokusai,' The Daughter Of A Master Artist Comes Into Her Own

If <i>Astroboy</i> creator Osamu Tezuka is the father of anime, its great-uncle is Edo-period artist Katsushika Hokusai. He's best known for <i>The Great Wave off Kanagawa</i>, the most-reproduced Japanese artwork ever, but his styles and subjects were impressively diverse. Among his most talented proteges was his …

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Discover if World of Final Fantasy is too painfully adorable next week

Or watch its anime intro right now to find out<p><i>World of Final Fantasy</i> is the latest spinoff in the venerated role-playing series, but depending on where you fall along the spectrum of cuteness, the game could either be a must-buy or a hard pass. Square Enix is giving fans the chance to test the …

PS4 Media Player update adds PlayStation VR support

FLAC support and upscaled music also added in version 2.50<p>The PlayStation 4 Media Player is getting an update this week that adds support for 360-degree equirectangular photos and videos, meaning that PlayStation VR owners will soon be able to immerse themselves in their media, virtual …

Look what Nintendo found 'sleeping' in the back of one of its storage rooms

Sealed Famicom and Famicom Disk System gallery<p>This week, the company went rummaging through an old storage closet and discovered some amazing retro gear: a still sealed Famicom and Famicom Disk System, as spotted by Kotaku.<p>You’ll also find pictures below of the nearly impossible to find Famicom …

Obduction guide

Every world visited, every puzzle solved, every alien math problem explained<p><i>Obduction</i>'s world — or, rather, <i>worlds</i> — can be confusing and more than a little daunting. Getting from the campground at the beginning to the explosive ending involves extensive teleporter travel and interplanetary …

Kubo and the Two Strings review: A different kind of dysfunctional family | Polygon

Everything about the movie is visually stunning<p><i>Kubo and the Two Strings</i> is about sacrifice, the importance of memory and carrying on the legacy of your parents.<p>Kubo and the Two Strings provides a much-needed break from questionable blockbusters

Blockbusters

Patton Oswalt Reveals How He Will Honor His Late Wife

In a Facebook post, the comedian reflects on his late wife’s death—and his mission to finish her work.<p>Patton Oswalt is working on a new project—or finishing one, that is. And in this case, it’s a labor of love. In a Facebook post reflecting on the death of his wife, crime writer Michelle McNamara, …

Barack Obama Wrote a Powerful Essay About Feminism, His Daughters, and Hillary Clinton

In a new essay for Glamour, the president says that he is what a feminist looks like.<p><b>Barack Obama</b> is a feminist. This is something he confirmed in detail at the White House Summit on the United State of Women, in June—but it’s something his daughters, 15-year-old <b>Sasha</b> and 18-year-old <b>Malia,</b> know …