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There’s a Storm Blowin’ Up in This Perfect ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and ‘Wizard of Oz’ Mashup

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I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Falcon. Darren Wallace is an Australian special effects artist who gets his kicks mashing up disparate films into uncanny parody trailers. His latest such clip may be his greatest masterwork yet.

When you think about it, Ultron in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is really just the Tin Man from “Wizard of Oz,” except without a moral compass. He’s a heartless mechanical creation who joins up with other unfortunate downtrodden souls to reach his own end. Okay, so that’s stretching the Tin Man’s motives some, but stick with it for a minute and you’ll enjoy the heck out of Wallace’s “Avengers of Oz: Age of Tin Man” trailer.

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‘Comix’ enters the Oxford English Dictionary

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About 500 new words and phrases entered the Oxford English Dictionary this week, ranging from Blu-ray to shipping to fap (it means exactly what you think).

Among the words now enshrined in “the definitive record of the English language,” which has been settling disputes and igniting new ones for 131 years, is comix.

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A two-ton, 20-foot Gundam docks at Singapore


The decades-old battle Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon continues, at least through this weekend, as the RX-78-2 Gundam and Char’s Zaku face off in Ngee Ann City, Singapore.

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Gundam model kit, Bandai Namco Asia and Takashimaya Department Store have staged “Gundam Docks at Singapore,” a showcase of more than 200 models from the series. However, the centerpiece of the exhibit is undoubtedly the nearly 20-foot replicas of RX-78-2 Gundam and Char’s Zaku displayed in the plaza.

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This custom Batcycle is the coolest thing in the Batcave


Everyone undoubtedly has a favorite Batmobile, whether it’s the one from the 1966 television series, the Tumbler from the Christopher Nolan movies or any of the numerous comic book incarnations (I’m fond of the one created by Frank Quitely for Batman and Robin #1). However, there’s something undeniably special about the Batmobile designed by Anton Furst for Tim Burton’s Batman. It’s probably those glorious wings.

Whatever the case, it continues to inspire more than 25 years later, as we can see with this incredible custom motorcycle trike created by Game Over Cycles in Lubaczów, Poland. It even has a seat for Robin.

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Colossal Titan joins in Toyko’s attack on illicit drugs


Standing about 200 feet tall, the Colossal Titan of Attack on Titan is best known for destroying enormous walls and, well, scaring the life out of people because he’s a gigantic, flesh-eating skinless monster. But the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has found a way to put those traits to good use.

For the moment, at least, the Colossal Titan isn’t waging a war against humanity, but rather against drugs.

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To unleash this BMW’s inner Hulk, just add water

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You may not like Bruce Banner when he’s angry, but you’ll undoubtedly love this BMW X6 when it gets wet.

It’s the work of German graffiti artist Rene Turrek, who used a blue paint that becomes transparent when exposed to hot water, revealing the (very angry) Incredible Hulk beneath. Think of it as a life-size Hot Wheels Color Shifter.

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The ‘Bromley Batman’ would prefer you call him ‘The Shadow’

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The Shadow, by Alex Ross

If we’ve learned anything from comic books and their adaptations, it’s that superheroes seldom choose their own aliases. More often than not, they’re dreaming up by enterprising reporters or gruff, cigar-chomping editors. Such is the case with South London’s new masked crimefighter, dubbed the “Bromley Batman” last week by a local newspaper.

It’s “God awful,” he told the Evening Standard, which gave him the name in the first place. Conceding he’d never thought about adopting an alias, he said, “As a young boy I always enjoyed The Shadow, so if any name then that one kind of makes some sense.”

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South London gets the hero it needs: the ‘Bromley Batman’

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South London has its own masked vigilante, dubbed by local media as the “Bromley Batman.”

The Evening Standard reports the suburban Dark Knight, clad in “combat trousers and a muscle top,” made his presence known late Monday in Bromley, where he rescued a city worker from an apparent gang of knife-wielding “foul-mouthed thugs” who demanded his phone and wallet.

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Ride into the ’90s sunset on this orange Spawn-themed Harley


Maybe that replica Tumbler from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films is a little out of your price range, or you’re simply not into Geo Tracker convertibles made to look like the classic ’60s Batmobile. Maybe you’re more a ’90s motorcycle person, one one excitedly stood in line to purchase the sweet first issue of Spawn. If so, boy, do we have some great news for you.

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This Geo Tracker Batmobile is perfect for a vigilante on a budget


If that $1 million replica of the Dark Knight’s Tumbler is a little outside of your price range, we’ve found a Batmobile that may work within your budget. It just requires a bit of imagination and a lot of bravado.

Jalopnik spotlights a Craigslist entry for a 1991 Geo Tracker convertible that, for reasons not entirely clear, was transformed into a Batmobile perfect for a crime-fighter not overly concerned with striking fear in the hearts of evil-doers.

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NBA star Carmelo Anthony teams with Nickelodeon for ‘Ninja Turtles’ products


In unexpected merchandising news: NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony has partnered with Nickelodeon to develop a line of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” consumer products. Announced Tuesday at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, Anthony will act as creative director of “Turtles by Melo” and oversee a variety of Turtle-inspired products ranging from video games, publishing, home furnishings, lifestyle items and more.

Scheduled to debut in spring 2016, just ahead of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2,” “Turtles by Melo” is the culmination of a burgeoning relationship between the NBA player and Nickelodeon.

“I am so excited about the opportunity to work with the Nickelodeon team on this new ‘Turtles’ ‎venture,” Anthony said in a press release. “The Turtles were such a huge part of my childhood, so to now be partnering with Nickelodeon on ‘Turtles by Melo’ is honestly something I never could have imagined.”

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Want to own this Batman Tumbler? You need Bruce Wayne’s wallet

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If you’re in the market for a fully functional replica of the Tumbler from Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, we know where you can find one. However, it’ll cost you, a lot. At least it certainly seems like a lot — but then again, I’ve never priced an urban crimefighting machine, so what do I know?

GTR Motors, a luxury-car dealership in Dubai, carries Ferraris, Bentleys, Mercedes, Land Rovers, Lamborghinis … and a two-year-old Tumbler. The vehicle boasts an 8-cylinder 5.7-liter engine and can reportedly reach 62 mph in 6 seconds flat, which, considering how much this monster must weigh, is pretty impressive.

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Japan’s 7-Eleven is selling ‘Attack on Titan’ 3D maneuver gear


If I need a Slurpee, a hot dog or a lottery ticket, my local 7-Eleven has me covered. However, if I require much more than that — say, flying gear for combating flesh-eating giants — I may have to expand my search to Japan.

Rocket News24 reports the convenience-store chain there is accepting preorders for life-size replicas of the 3D maneuver gear from Attack on Titan, used by the characters in the hit manga and anime to fly through the air to battle their enormous foes.

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Chris Evans sings with his brother, Internet explodes from cuteness


If you thought “Captain America” star Chris Evans couldn’t get any more adorable, you’re about to be shown just how wrong you are.

His younger brother Scott Evans, an actor known for his work on “One Life to Live” and for his appearances with Chris on “The Tonight Show” and elsewhere, has posted a video of the two of them singing the James Taylor classic “Fire and Rain.” What’s more, Chris accompanies on piano, smiling sheepishly as each of them messes up.

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Bazooka Joe debuts a new look (don’t worry, he kept the eye patch)


When Bazooka Joe returns to bubble gum packs later this year, he’ll be sporting a new look.

After counting up the more than 100,000 votes from its Bazooka Joe redesign contest, Bazooka Candy Brands has unveiled the winner from among the 100 drawings offered up by the likes of artists Benjamin Balistreri (How to Train Your Dragon), Robert Lilly (Nickelodeon Animation Studios), Ben Reynolds (mobile games for Ghostbusters and Monster Pet Shop) and Victor Instrasomnbat (Clockwork Animation). In the end, Instrasomnbat‘s entry was the “runaway” favorite.

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