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‘The Simpsons,’ Marvel’s Kevin Feige bid farewell to Letterman

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David Letterman’s farewell last night after 33 years on television was packed with tributes from the likes of Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Peyton Manning and the Foo Fighters. While the Simpsons apparently weren’t able to appear in person on the Late Show — hey, Beavis and Butthead pulled it off in 1996 — they did send along a clip that pokes fun both at Letterman and their own long-running series.

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Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pine assemble for gender-swapped ‘Avengers’

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Much has been written and said about the dearth of female characters in superhero films, but I’m not sure anyone has addressed the issue quite like Agnes, an 18-year-old blogger from Hungary: She created a series of incredible portraits gender-swapping the cinematic Avengers.

For her alternate movie universe, Agnes recasts Captain America as Amber Heard, Iron Man as Kate Beckinsale, Bruce Banner as Mila Kunis, Thor as Jennifer Lawrence, Hawkeye as Shailene Woodley and Loki as Kristen Stewart.

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Is GM’s Camaro Krypton a ‘Batman v Superman’ special edition?

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General Motors has filed two trademark applications that have car-industry websites speculating the company may be rolling out an automotive tie-in to the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

GM Authority was the first to pick up on filings by the Detroit giant for “Krypton” and “Camaro Krypton,” for “motor and land vehicles.” While that blog and others note that krypton is the name of a chemical element, the capitalized version is more widely associated with the home planet of Superman.

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China’s 20-foot Iron Panda puts the Hulkbuster to shame

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Forget the Hulkbuster, forget Iron Legion, forget Iron Man Mark-whatever. Nothing Tony Stark has squirreled away in his arsenal can compare to China’s Iron Panda.

Created by Beijing artist Bi Heng, the statue of a battle suit-wearing giant panda stands some 20 feet tall and 23 feet wide, dwarfing even the Incredible Hulk, who’d probably be too busy smiling at it to care. Showcased last year at a mall in Hong Kong, Iron Panda is now apparently on display in Shenyang, China.

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This R2-D2 VW Bus is perfect for that road trip across Tatooine

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When Instructables user mimaki cg60 sought to transform his family’s Volkswagen Bus, it only took a Star Wars marathon to nudge him in the right direction.

He spent more than 50 hours using CorelDraw and Photoshop to hash out the design, adapting R2-D2’s stubby, cylindrical features for the van’s frame. He then had the images printed on a vinyl wrap; he acknowledges “we lost count” how many hours were spent adhering it to the vehicle.

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You missed it, ‘Dragon Ball’ fans: Saturday was Goku Day!

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While many of us were busy Saturday making last-minute preparations for Mother’s Day, Japan was celebrating Goku Day.

According to Anime News Network, the designation was made by the Japan Anniversary Association at the request of film distributor Teoi, as part of the ongoing 30th-anniversary celebration of Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball. Like the selection of May 4 as Star Wars Day, this date also employs a bit of wordplay: The numbers 5 and 9 are pronounced in Japanese as “go” and “ku.”

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Yes, these cats sleep in a ‘Mario’-inspired Chain Chomp bed

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Fans of Super Mario Bros. 3,  the owners of CatastrophiCreations wanted to come up with a way to incorporate their favorite video game into their apartment, in a practical way. They ended up with a terrific Chain Chomp-inspired cat bed, attached to wooden storage box — although that’s definitely not where they started.

“At first, I really wanted to make a litter box, because in my opinion most litter boxes are very ugly,” one of CatastrophiCreations’ owners explains on BoredPanda. “I liked the thought of people showing off their litter boxes, rather than hiding them in some back room or closet. Once I started on the Chain Chomp, however, I realized it would be a little too small for a litter box. It was the perfect size for a covered bed, though!”

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Baskin Robbins Korea assembles Avengers ice cream cake

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Sure, 33 flavors sounds great, until you realize Baskin Robbins locations in South Korea are serving up Avengers-themed ice cream and — better still — Avengers cake.

According to The Korea Times, the promotional tie-in to Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron has been a boon for the company, with Avengers Ice Cream — in three flavors, with candy representing Iron Man, Hulk and Captain America — resulting in a 40-percent increase in sales over April 2014. (Before you ask, the flavors, which have nothing to do with the characters, are chocolate fudge, chocolate and milk chocolate.)

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With this R2-D2 coffee table pinball machine, the Wookiee never wins

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Never mind the movie posters and original action figures (still in their boxes, naturally!), no Star Wars fan’s home is complete without this incredible R2-D2 coffee table. Did I mention it houses an original 1991 Star Wars pinball game?

Altar Furniture is selling this unique piece, which rolls on wheels and comes equipped with a flashlight, sounds (chirps and whistles), lighting program and miniature slide projector that shows an image of R2-D2 inside the Death Star.

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Disney Cruise Line heads to hyperspace with Millennium Falcon

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Although none of the ships in the Disney Cruise Line is ready to make the Kessel Run, soon young passengers will be able to pretend they’re making the jump to hyperspace.

The Disney Dream will head into dry dock in October and emerge with two new interactive youth areas, one inspired by the interior of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars, and the other based on the popular Disney Infinity video game.

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Pantone goes bananas and introduces new color, Minion Yellow

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The mad scientists at the Pantone Color Institute have introduced their first new color in three years, and it’s downright despicable.

Called Minion Yellow, it’s inspired by the little creators from the 2010 animated film Despicable Me, its sequel and the upcoming spinoff Minions.

“Just as the sun’s rays enliven us, Pantone Minion Yellow is a color that heightens awareness and creates clarity, lighting the way to the intelligence, originality and the resourcefulness of an open mind – this is the color of hope, joy and optimism,” Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s executive director, said in a statement.

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This ‘Star Wars’-themed R2-D2 jet is the droid you’re looking for

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With all eyes on Anaheim, California, on Thursday for the premiere of the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Japan’s All Nippon Airways used Star Wars Celebration to unveil the latest addition to its fleet: an R2-D2-themed Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Part of a five-year agreement with Disney and Lucasfilm, the new livery will debut this fall, although its international routes haven’t been determined. Both the announcement and the website ANA Planet suggest the “ANA Star Wars Project” will extend beyond a single jet’s droid motif, but no details were offered. Perhaps C3-PO and Darth Vader will get their own aircraft as well.

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In a medieval manuscript, Yoda is

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Although Yoda and Obi-Wan were quick to realize in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones that someone had erased a planet from the Jedi Archives, they apparently neglected to notice something was amiss with a 14th-century manuscript.

Right there, in the Smithfield Decretals, is a figure that looks an awful lot like a certain Jedi Grand Master. Somebody took a wrong turn at Dagobah and ended up in southern France.

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Real-life Kamen Rider patrols the streets of Japan

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Japan’s Chiba Prefecture may have its Batpod-cruising Chibatman, but now Fukuoka Prefecture can lay claim to a real-life Kamen Rider.

Although he isn’t a household name in the United States, the motorcycle-riding superhero created by remains wildly popular in Japan, 44 years after his television debut (the latest incarnation of the franchise, Kamen Rider Drive, in which the protagonist travels by car rather than the signature motorcycle, is currently on the air).

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Turkish mayor faces backlash over giant robot ‘monstrosity’

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The mayor of Ankara, Turkey, has a robot problem. A giant robot problem.

Melih Gökçek, who’s been mayor of the country’s capital city since 1994, is facing criticism after unveiling a 20-foot statue of a robot intended to promote a new theme park.

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