Luke Cage History: From Hero for Hire to Hollywood
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A man in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, was charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon for attempting to rob a convenience store — dressed as Darth Vader.
According to ABC News, Jacob Mercer, age 32, carried a handgun into the Jacksonville Beach convenience store on Sunday evening and demanded money from the cashier. The store clerk refused to give Mercer — again, dressed as Darth Vader — the money, and threw a jar of salad dressing at his helmet. Mercer then ran out of the store, where witnesses saw him take off the helmet and reveal bleeding cuts on his face, before escaping in a car.
Photographer Pawel Kadysz is capturing the everyday life of Darth Vader in pics — that is, if Darth Vader was living a “normal” life.
Takara is offering another dose of die-cast “Star Wars” cars — but this time around, their adorable 3-inch masterpieces are based on designs from “The Force Awakens”.
The fashion world is getting in on the hype surrounding “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, as Bloomingdale’s and 10 major designers have teamed up to reimagine some “Star Wars” characters’ costumes for a charitable initiative called “Force 4 Fashion.”
They may not be real, but they’re definitely out of this world. The masterminds behind Carwow have whipped up a few concepts of “Star Wars”-inspired cars, comparing popular franchise characters to specific makes and models and giving those cars a makeover while they’re at it.
In this imaginary line of cars, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Darth Maul, Jar Jar Binks and Stormtroopers get their own personalized vehicles. From Boba’s Mercedes G-Class to Han Solo’s Millennium Hellcat to Darth Vader’s BMW Z4, each character gets a ride with style.
For a peek at a few more of these awesome automobiles, see below. Check out Fubiz for even more.
“This is just the beginning of what’s to come in 2016,” Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein explained to the Daily Dot. “We already have another ‘Star Wars’ fashion collection in development that is amazing and I really think it’s crazy how far Star Wars fashion has come over the past five years. I mean, we wanted a T-shirt five years ago and now we’re talking to Lucasfilm about full fashion collections. It’s exciting.”
The collection features designs based on characters from across the “Star Wars” universe and includes several dresses and jackets. The designs were inspired by Darth Vader (dress and jacket), BB-8 (jacket), Boba Fett (jacket), R2-D2 (sweater) and Princess Leia (dress), with a “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” tour shirt as well. Hit the jump to check out some photos of the collection.
In that tradition, artist Mike “Nemo” Mendez has taken the instantly recognizable Darth Vader helmet and translated it into a Māori-style Tiki mask, as shown off on his Facebook page. It’s not the first pop culture icon that Mendez has given the Tiki treatment — he’s also constructed a Māori-style Iron Man mask.
An uplifting trailer has debuted for Look to the Sky, the upcoming documentary that showcases the true stories of young people who demonstrated “the spirit of Superman,” whether in life-threatening experiences, overcoming hurdles or helping their communities.
Beyond that, however, it examines the cultural meanings of Superman and his continuing relevance.
The history of live-action adaptations of DC Comics characters goes back nearly as long as the comic books themselves, dating back to the 1943 “Batman” serial, debuting just four years after the Caped Crusader’s first comic book appearance. Of course, now there’s more live-action DC than ever, both on the big screen (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” hits theaters next spring) and on TV (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Gotham” and more on the way).
Thus the inspiration for an artist known by the Reddit username AshsEvilHand, who earlier this week posted an homage to DC Comics’ multiverse-melding “Crisis on Infinite Earths” storyline. Much like how that 1985-1986 miniseries by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez brought together the many Earths of the DC Universe at the time, this image imagines that the decades of DC Comics adaptations, ranging from the George Reeves Superman to the Tim Burton Batman to CBS’ upcoming “Supergirl” could somehow be tied together in the same greater fictional landscape.
Long characterized as a bit of a Boy Scout, Superman saw that reputation tarnished with 2013’s Man of Steel, where his climactic battle with General Zod resulted in a death count estimated in the hundreds of thousands (with nearly a million more injuries). However, amid all of the criticism, fans may have forgotten about all those other big-screen deaths for which the Last Son of Krypton is responsible.
Luckily Mr. Sunday Movies, which last month tallied Batman’s kill count, offers a gentle reminder, starting with 1980’s Superman II, and working its way through the list of how many times he has killed or “allowed someone to die.” The YouTube channel concedes the number is subjective, but it’s certainly worth noting that before 2013, the count stood at “just” eight (including the first time Superman killed Zod).
For a superhero who supposedly doesn’t kill, Batman sure has snuffed out a lot of people on the big screen. Maybe not Superman-versus-Zod-versus-Metropolis numbers, but for a guy with no superpowers, he’s held his own.
Mr. Sunday Movies tallies the Dark Knight’s “kill count” in this new supercut, documenting the many (occasionally gruesome, often fiery) ways he’s dealt out death. That’s not to say some of the villains didn’t deserve what was coming to them, but Batman seems to enjoy his work in some of those scenes.
CoverGirl officially announced their new “Star Wars”-inspired makeup collection, which will be available for a limited time starting on September 4, with an exclusive first look in Allure. According to the announcement, the collection will include “shiny metallic lipsticks and deep, vampy polishes.”
The campaign’s tagline, “Whose Side Are You On?,” splits the selections into both the Light Side and the Dark Side, as per the film’s Jedi mythology. Makeup artist Pat McGrath, who is also the brand’s global creative design director, designed several different looks inspired by the films using the collection, including the models above. Allure unveiled McGrath’s C-3Po (left) and stormtrooper (right) designs, with four more designs scheduled to be revealed later on this month. CoverGirl also teased the additional designs on their Tumblr account.
Check out more photos of the C-3PO and stormtrooper designs below.
Maybe — just maybe — when Howard the Duck made a cameo last year in Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel wasn’t merely dropping an Easter egg to reward longtime fans but instead laying the groundwork for a solo movie. It’s been nearly three decades since his last film; Howard’s rested and ready to go!
Vulture imagines his triumphant return to a starring role in this “remixed” trailer by Louis Plamondon that plunks Howard down squarely in Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Judging from the release date, he’ll have to usurp Avengers: Infinity War — Part 2, but stranger things have happened. OK, no they haven’t.
Marvel Studios had a super-sized budget for its film about a tiny superhero, but Cinefix’s Homemade Movies cut more than a few corners for its low-cost, shot-for-shot remake of the Ant-Man trailer.
The result, which employs lots of cardboard, action figures and construction paper, is actually pretty impressive, with Ant-Man and Yellowjacket costumes that wouldn’t look out of place at a comic convention. (Seriously, Yellowjacket’s helmet is downright cool.) The jury’s still out on the soundtrack, however …
In a promotional tie-in that nobody expected (or likely wanted), the producers of the live-action adaptation of Attack on Titan have partnered with Esthétique TBC for “Attack on Beauty,” a campaign that targets not flesh-eating giants but rather unwanted body hair.
According to Crunchyroll, Women’s body hair TBC, Men’s TBC and female lower region Epiler brands will each have transit and web ads through Sept. 4, all featuring Survey Corps members confronting enormous people in apparent need of a trim. That’s better than the alternative, I suppose …