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Tremble before Tokyo’s new Godzilla statue

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Last week we saw only concept art for the Godzilla statue intended to erupt from the roof of the Toho Cinema in Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward, but today the full-size head of the King of the Monsters was officially revealed in all its glory.

That statue is what will provide the new 30-story Hotel Gracery, which sits atop the theater, with its Godzilla View Rooms (priced at a reasonable $125 a night).

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Take your relationship to next level with ‘Zelda’ chest, ring box

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Hey! Listen! If you have ideas about proposing to taht gamer in your life, you’d probably score serious points by doing it with this Legend of Zelda-inspired treasure chest, complete with Red Rupee engagement-ring box.

Created by IndyFurniture, the handmade 12-inch by 9-inch by 10-inch chest includes interior lights, and makes an “iconic sound” when opened. It costs $200, so you have to make really sure this person is the Link or Zelda for you.

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No-brainer: When zombie apocalypse strikes, head for the hills

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As readers and viewers of The Walking Dead well know, secluded farms, penitentiaries and gated communities will only protect you for so long from the undead hordes shambling across the post-apocalyptic landscape. But short of plunking down $113,000 for a zombie-proof log cabin, what’s a person to do?

According to researchers from Cornell University, you should start packing for the Rockies.

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Here are your favorite NFL players as your favorite superheroes

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For many, stars of professional sports are the closest things to real life superheroes. They’re bigger, stronger, and faster than seems humanly possible. They’re able to perform feats beyond the capabilities of your average individual, jumping and twisting and barreling through opponents.

But just imagine: If the stars of the NFL really were superheroes of comic book lore, who would be whom? The folks at NFL Memes went and matched up the biggest names in football with the biggest characters in comics to answer that question with these incredible mashup renditions. Some are obvious, like Calvin Johnson as Megatron and Cam Newton as Superman, but others are pretty spot on. There’s Odell Beckham Jr. as Spider-Man, Peyton Manning as Iron Man, Rob Gronkowski as Thor, and – perhaps best of all – Andrew Luck as the Beast.

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Makeup artist transforms people into living comic book heroes

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A self-trained makeup artist, Lianne Moseley of Calgary makes her living working with brides and models. However, she recently expanded her repertoire to include transforming people into superheroes who look as if they’ve stepped right off the comic book page.

“When I first did Archer, I posted it on my Facebook page and my friends liked it but I didn’t have a big following but my brother really liked it and he posted it on Reddit,” Moseley, a comics fan herself, tells CTV News. “Just last night Ashton Kutcher shared an article on my work on his Facebook page.”

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For Godzilla fans, this hotel may offer the best view in Tokyo

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Godzilla has long been associated with widespread destruction, but one Tokyo hotel hopes the King of the Monsters will soon become synonymous with comfort.

Kotaku reports that on April 24, the 30-story Hotel Gracery, which sits atop the Toho Cinema in Shinjuku, will open three themed rooms: the succinctly named Godzilla Room, which features a statue and enormous claws that reach over the beds; and two Godzilla View Rooms, which look out over the enormous kaiju head that will erupt from the roof of Toho Cinema below.

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Disney surprises shoppers with heartwarming shadow prank

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No matter how hectic or crappy your day is, the two minutes or so you spend watching this video will make it infinitely better.

As part of its “Show Your Disney Side” promotional campaign, Walt Disney World Resort surprised shoppers at a Long Island, New York, mall with a hidden-camera prank. As the unsuspecting visitors pass by the covered glass of the “Umbra Penumbra Magic Shop,” they’re surprised to see they cast some awfully familiar shadows — Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Buzz Lightyear, Anna and Cinderella, among them (umbra and penumbra are two parts of a shadow).

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Warner Bros. allows CNN reporter into super-secret London warehouse

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Prepare your jealousy: For the first time ever, Warner Bros. Studios allowed a reporter and camera crew inside its super-secret warehouse on the outskirts of London.

CNN’s Max Foster got to explore an archive with more than 10,000 props and 3,000 costumes from the studio’s various franchises and big-budget blockbusters, including Batman, Harry Potter, Gravity and Edge of Tomorrow. After trying on a mech suit from Edge of Tomorrow and sitting in Sandra Bullock’s space shuttle from Gravity, Foster even went inside The Dark Knight Trilogy’s fully functional Tumbler.

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In D.C. snowball fight, Captain America was the winter soldier

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via Reuters

Civil War broke out Tuesday in a snow-covered Washington, D.C., with Captain America at the forefront of fight, not over the Superhero Registration Act but rather about … well, that part’s not exactly clear. However, it involved about 100 people, and lots and lots of snowballs.

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All-Star throwback: Revisiting NBA’s Superman slam dunk rivalry

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Tonight, basketball fans will be looking to New York City, where the NBA is hosting its annual All-Star Weekend. The traditional midpoint of the league’s season, the schedule of events includes everything from celebrity appearances to skills competitions to a “Rookie/Sophomore” game, all leading up to Sunday’s All-Star Game. But even for the most casual of NBA fans, one of the biggest draws of the weekend is the annual slam dunk contest.

While the throwdown sets some of the hottest players against each other in a “flash over fundamentals” battle, we’re doubting this weekend’s contest will push nerd buttons quite the same way the 2008-2009 rivalry run between Dwight Howard and Nate Robinson did, drawing as it did on Superman iconography for one of the most dastardly finishes in dunk history.

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Disney Cruise Line announces ‘Star Wars’ Day at Sea

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You’ll soon be able to enjoy a little time in the sun with Darth Vader and Chewbacca on a Disney cruise ship.

Early next year, Disney Cruise Line will offer a “Star Wars Day at Sea” during eight Western Caribbean voyages of the Disney Fantasy.

Targeting “Younglings, Padawans and Jedi Masters alike,” each of the one-day celebrations will include a deck party, meet-and-greets with characters like Darth Vader, Chewbacca and Boba Fett, a Jedi Training Academy for kids, and screenings of all six Star Wars films and the animated series Star Wars Rebels.

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Superman made his radio debut 75 years ago today

Seventy-five years ago today, radio listeners first heard the immortal words “Up in the sky! Look! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!” And the rest is pop-culture history.

Within months of his debut in Action Comics #1, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuter’s superhero had already made the leap to newspaper comics pages, but the radio offered DC Comics an opportunity to reach an even larger audience.

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This papercraft model of Ghibli Museum is amazing (and pricey)

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Via RocketNews24

Although most of us will likely never visit the Ghibli Museum, dedicated to the animation works of the renowned Studio Ghibli, we can feel like we have. Or a teeny-tiny part of us has, at least … and only the outside. But still

RocketNews24 showcases the spectacular Ghibli Museum “Minituart,” a miniature papercraft model of the museum available at the gift shop (it’ll set you back about $690 for the completed diorama). As you can see from the photos, it’s amazingly detailed, right down to the giant robot on the roof to the Totoro at the ticket counter.

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Chris Pratt & Chris Evans visit Boston charity after Twitterbowl bet [Updated]

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Never let it be said that Star-Lord is slow to make good on a bet.

Just five days after the New England Patriots defeated his beloved Seattle Seahawks, Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt showed up this morning — in costume! — at Christopher’s Haven in Boston, accompanied by Captain America‘s Chris Evans.

“Made good on that #twitterbowl‬ bet!” Pratt wrote his morning on his Facebook page, where he shared photos. “Starlord is proud to be in Boston today at #Christopher’s Haven with Chris Evans and some awesome families.”

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Chris Evans-Chris Pratt Twitterbowl raises $27,000 for charities

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Chris Evans and Chris Pratt at Super Bowl XLIX

The highly publicized — and highly entertaining — Super Bowl bet between Captain America star Chris Evans and Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt resulted in more than $27,000 in donations to their charities.

Seattle Children’s Hospital has raised nearly $15,000 and Christopher’s Haven almost $12,000 since the Twitterbowl challenge launched on Jan. 29, the organizations announced today. The actors tweeted links to the charities’ fundraising pages, throwing open the floodgates.

“We are grateful that real-life superheroes Chris Pratt and Chris Evans are turning their sports rivalry into an opportunity to support kids in their communities,” Lisa Brandenburg, president of Seattle Children’s Hospital, said in a statement. “We are delighted that patients and families at both Seattle Children’s and Christopher’s Haven will benefit from these generous donations.”

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