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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

Chris Evans and Chris Pratt at Super Bowl XLIX

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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Airbrushed 1978 ‘Star Trek’ van could take you to the final frontier

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BoingBoing has stumbled across a vehicle so stellar you can probably see it from space. And it could be yours for just $9,500.

A Canadian man has (reluctantly) listed his sweet 1978 GMC Star Trek van on sale on Craigslist. The van, which is “NOT a vehicle for the shy,” according to the ad, consists of one, large paint job done by artist G.S. Roy.

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Chris Evans and Chris Pratt settle Super Bowl bet in heroic style

Chris Evans and Chris Pratt at Super Bowl XLIX

Chris Evans and Chris Pratt at Super Bowl XLIX

In the end, everybody won in the Super Bowl rivalry between Captain America star Chris Evans and Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt. Everybody except the Seattle Seahawks, that is.

Following some friendly trash-talking online, Boston native Evans and Seattle resident Pratt settled on a wager: If New England won Super Bowl XLIX, Pratt would wear a Patriots jersey and make an appearance at Christopher’s Haven, a home away from home in Boston for young cancer patients and their families while they undergo treatment at nearby hospitals (it’s a favorite charity of Evans).

However, if the Seahawks won, Evands would dress as Captain America and visit Seattle Children’s Hospital while carrying a 12th Man flag.

Evans and Pratt were in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday to see the Patriots beat the Seahawks 28-24, but the Star-Lord actor was gracious in defeat:

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California campaign for Snoopy license plates reaches final days

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With time running out, the campaign to put Snoopy on a California license plate is still about 2,500 orders short.

Begun in 2010 by the California Associations of Museums, the effort is now down to the wire: Saturday is the deadline for the 7,500 preorders required for the Department of Motor Vehicles to begin production on the plate, which features Snoopy as drawn by creator Charles M. Schulz and the slogan “Museums Are For Everyone.” So far, about 5,000 orders have been placed.

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That NSFW Spider-Man sculpture has a new home

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The sculpture of an overly friendly neighborhood Spider-Man removed last summer from a South Korean shopping center following complaints about his unmistakable spider-boner has found a happy home: on the side of a hospital.

Because, really, where else would you erect a sculpture of an upside-down Peter Parker dangling his amazing friend for the world to see?

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How to work out, the comic book way

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Ever wonder how superheroes stay in shape? And more importantly, ever wonder how you can get into superhero shape? Well, now we have some tips from the fitness enthusiasts of the NR Project.

Headed up by Neila Rey, the NR Project describes itself as an “independent fitness resource” to make fitness accessible and fun. To that end, they’ve created visual workouts themed after 29 superheroes, including Superman, Captain America, Batgirl and The Hulk.

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