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Ivan Brunetti’s Covers For ‘The New Yorker’ Are Diverse And Personal [Art]

Many of the greatest cartoonists and illustrators working in comics today have provided cover art for the <b>The New Yorker</b> over the years, and <b>Ivan</b> …

A Cast of Kings S3E09 - The Rains of Castamere – /Film

Joanna and Dave discuss the ninth episode of season 3 of <i>Game of Thrones</i>, “The Rains of Castamere.” Be sure to read Myles McNutt and Alan Sepinwall’s …

The Ocellated Ice Fish – World’s Only Vertebrate with Transparent Blood

Every animal with bones hemoglobin in its blood, which carries oxygen through its body and gives blood its red color. Every animal except one – the …

Oxygen

Bathing in Pepto-Bismol – Australia’s Pink Lake

Would you believe it if someone told you Pepto Bismal isn’t manufactured from chemicals, but sourced from the water of a natural lake? It isn’t true, …

Eyeball Scraping – The Vanishing Trade Practiced by Sichuan Barbers

Barbers in China’s Sichuan Province have practiced the art of eye-cleaning with a sharp blade for centuries. Like many other ancient traditions, this …

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Kickstarting: Big Philosophical Ideas Reduced To Simple Shapes

Graphic designer Genís Carreras, whose minimalist philosophy posters went viral online in 2011, is back with more “Philographics” and wants you to Kickstart his book.<p>If there’s anything that refuses to be condensed or simplified solely on the basis of mass distribution it’s philosophy. So when …

Page 2: Star Wars, Star Trek, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Aftershock, Jaws, Oblivion, Now You See Me – /Film

Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included <b>46</b> …

First Footage From 'Snowpiercer' Proves That Chris Evans is Handy With an Axe – /Film

<i>The Host</i> and <i>Mother</i> director <b>Bong Joon-ho</b> makes his English-language debut with <b>Snowpiercer</b>, which adapts a French graphic novel about a train that …

Tribeca: Eastwood and Aronofsky Talk First Takes and Failing on Your Own Terms at World Premiere of ‘Eastwood Directs’ (VIDEO)

Tribeca: Eastwood and Aronofsky Talk First Takes and Failing on Your Own Terms at World Premiere of 'Eastwood Directs' (VIDEO)<p>In a scene from 1995’s …

Clint Eastwood

Shigeru Miyamoto Shares Nintendo Secrets

Donkey Kong<p>Miyamoto's first major breakthrough was creating 1981's <i>Donkey Kong</i>, an arcade game where Mario must ascend ladders while dodging barrels …

World's Rarest Birds Photo Competition Garners Breathtaking Images

A unique competition to photograph some of the world's rarest birds has produced incredible pictures.<p>The effort, sponsored by BirdLife International's Preventing Extinctions Program, asked amateur photographers to submit images of some of the most threatened species around the globe, both …

Heartbreaking Zombie Film About a Dad Trying to Save His Baby Girl

Modern Video Games as Classic Little Golden Books

Los Angeles-based illustrator Joey Spiotto (aka “Joebot“) has reimagined three modern video games in the classic style of Little Golden Books. Prints …

Game Of Thrones House Sigils For Popular Websites

This is a series of Game of Thrones house sigils created by illustrator H. Caldwell Tanner featuring famous websites and their imagined mottos. …

Mysterious Tiny Door Discovered in Tree in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park

Back in March a tiny wooden door was discovered at the base of an elm tree in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The door has become a bit of a …

First Bloody Look at THE RAID 2

VOTD: 'Pineapple Express 2' April Fools Day Trailer – /Film

Sorry, fans of the 2008 comedy <b>Pineapple Express</b>. There’s not a sequel in the works. Instead, what you get on this April Fools Day is a parody trailer …

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Film Video Interview: 'This Is The End' Directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg – /Film

<b>Seth Rogen</b> and <b>Evan Goldberg</b> had a very tough task at <b>WonderCon 2013</b>. Their star-studded apocalyptic comedy <b>This Is The End</b> was the anchor on a …

5 Awesome Things We Learned About "Pacific Rim" And Guillermo Del Toro At WonderCon

Including how A GIANT ROBOT used AN OIL TANKER as A BASEBALL BAT.<p>ANAHEIM, California — There are few people who can hold court at a fan convention better than Guillermo Del Toro. The adorably geeky filmmaker unleashed a bunch of new footage from his summer giant-robots-versus-giant-aliens flick</i> …

How Obama Decided God Was OK With Marriage Equality

The last great mystery of Obama’s marriage shift.<p>WASHINGTON — In 2004, Barack Obama cited his Christian faith while explaining his opposition to same-sex marriage. "What I believe, in my faith, is that a man and a woman, when they get married, are performing something before God, and it's not …

Double Fine teases the storybook world of its Kickstarter game 'Broken Age'

When Double Fine — the studio behind the cult hit <i>Psychonauts —</i> went to Kickstarter in February of last year asking for $400,000 to make a point-and-click adventure game, backers responded with overwhelming approval and a total pledge of over $3 million. At the time, the company gave no details on …

Ubisoft Montpellier developers discuss 'Reinventing Rayman'

How do you make a modern Rayman game? Ubisoft developers Anais Dusautois and Christophe Villez answered the question during their lecture today at the Game Developers Conference.<p>First, to explain who Rayman is, the developers introduced a short video from Rayman's creator, Michel Ancel:<p>"The …

Hitman: Absolution AI developed to create story-driven yet spontaneous combat scenarios

Animations for non-player characters in <i>Hitman: Absolution</i> were pre-scripted and story-driven, but still melded with a responsive AI for combat in order to create realistic "breathing" moments, according to members of the development team.<p>Speaking in a panel today at the 2013 Game Developers …

Too many cooks in the kitchen: Video game writers discuss frustrations, techniques and authority

At a roundtable event at GDC 2013, a roomful of video game writers shared the tips and techniques that have helped them navigate some of the more precarious positions in their careers.<p>Richard Dansky, the roundtable's moderator, who writes for the Tom Clancy series at Ubisoft, began the roundtable …

'They don't set the tone': Dragon Age lead writer on the men who don't want women in games

"Confession, my lecture isn't actually about sex," said David Gaider, a senior writer and designer at BioWare EA. The lecture, he revealed, was actually about how BioWare has had to address sexism and sexuality.<p>From there, Gaider's Game Developers Conference lecture, bluntly titled "Sex in Games," …

Far Cry 3 lead writer advocates for Method acting in video games

Jeffrey Yohalem, the lead writer of <i>Far Cry 3</i>, began his panel conventionally enough, making an aspirational call to action. To improve games writing, he said, developers should treat players like Method actors.<p>Video games, Yohalem said, are the latest and most evolved form of performance. As …

Cinematics emotionally connect players to game narratives, says StarCraft 2 writer

Cinematics help pull players into a story, bringing players "down to eye-level" and connecting them to event in the in-game world, according to Brian Kindregan, lead writer on <i>StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm</i> and co-writer for <i>Wings of Liberty</i>.<p>Speaking in a panel at the 2013 Game Developers Conference …

Deliberately diegetic: Dead Space's lead interface designer chronicles the UI's evolution at GDC

With a final pull of the trigger, space engineer Isaac Clarke severs the Necromorph's last limb, and it slumps out of life.<p>Clarke barely survived his latest encounter with a cabal of zombie-like enemies. There's no way to know what's around the next corner, and supplies are scarce. He uses the …

The ABC’s of Film School: 4 Questions to Ask and Why Student Films Often Suck

The ABC's of Film School: 4 Questions to Ask and Why Student Films Often Suck<p><i>Canadian writer/director Charles Wilkinson (“Peace Out,” “The</i> …

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