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Friday, July 22, 2011

I know a lot of you are excited about the coming Hunger Games movie, so...have you seen the animated movie poster yet?

(You can see the animated poster at Slashfilm.)

This is just the coolest thing EVER, don't you think? I first saw it over at SuperPunch, who mused that someday soon all posters will be animated. As long as they're this amazing, I'm totally ok with that.

John and I both loved this video making the viral rounds today:



25 celebrity impressions in under six minutes. His Morgan Freeman gave me chills. So good!


In honor of San Diego Comic Con this weekend, here's anther viral hit that'll make you smile:



Speaking of which, I'll be spending the weekend living vicariously through everyone at SDCC via Twitter and the rest of the interwebz. I'm both jealous and glad I'm not a sweaty human pancake right now. Heh. (Can't wait 'til Dragon*Con!)


Which leads me to this week's Yahoo exclusive on Victoria Schmidt, geek girl and cosplay enthusiast:

(thanks to Missy & Maria for sharing this on the Epbot FB page!)

Love her SO MUCH.


More upcoming movie greatness: the third Hobbit production video has been released! This one focuses on the 13 Dwarves:



And finally, a bit of random awesomeness: know Penn & Teller? The magicians? I love their performances, and I especially love Teller. Maybe it's a kindred introvert thing. (Penn will often say in interviews that Teller is the real brains behind their illusions, and is the perfectionist of the two, spending hours every night after every performance, practicing new routines.)

Anyway...wanna hear him talk? :D

I found this via BoingBoing:

(skip to about 1:15, and turn your sound way up; it's not a great recording.)

When I met Teller after a performance last year I was so struck by his voice that I think I could have listened to him read the phone book, but this really is a fascinating explanation of the use of diversion and repetition in a magic trick.


Ok, I think I've wasted enough of your Friday night already. Now, go have a great weekend!

Posted by Jen at 6:35 PM Labels: , ,

40 comments:

  1. That last video with Teller was incredibly interesting! Now I want to learn magic!!

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  2. I want to go to Comic-Con! On the other hand, I am very excited for the 2 conventions right here in Chicago.

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  3. ofo;hlfksd;fj dTHEY'RE MAKING A FILM OF THE HUNGER GAMES????

    *swoons*

    Though I'm HIGHLY dubious of Lenny Kravitz as Cinna.

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  4. I's so excited for the Hunger Games movie!!

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  5. First, Teller is a genius! I really enjoyed his talk.
    Second, it is now one of my life's goals to see Christopher Walken perform Shakespeare.
    The highlight of my wild and crazy Friday night was watching Lego Star Wars: Padawana Menace on Cartoon Network. My kids wanted to see it (yeah, that's it, the kids made me)

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  6. Do you know the only thing that makes me sad about the Peter Jackson video blog?
    The fact that he appears to be gaining his weight back.
    I want Peter Jackson to be with us a long long LONG time, and he did so well with his weight loss...
    *sigh*

    Carmiehead, the Un-Stalker

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  7. Have you ever seen Penn & Teller's Magic and Mystery Tour? It's fascinating viewing anyway, but Teller talks on that too-- if I remember correctly, he describes how a traditional Indian street magician is able to "trick" him by purposely appearing to do a trick poorly.

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  8. OMG! Isn't the "Raise Your
    Glass" video the greatest?

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  9. It's so neat watching magicians talk about tricks and magic and distraction and all of it. I love hearing it, but then a part of me feels a little spoiled for the magic of it. That's a bit silly, isn't it?

    Penn & Teller are so cool!

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  10. You made a bad day good. Thank you so much.
    Oh, and the Schwarzenegger impression nearly made me spit my tea on my laptop from laughter.

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  11. I'm really amused at how identical in exhaustion and beards Jackson and Serkis are.

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  12. Fun Friday link: http://www.clockworkcouture.com/

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  13. That Raise Your Glass video almost made me cry. I'm not a cosplayer myself but I have so much admiration for the amount of work that goes into those (and my daughter is still young enough that I get to dress HER up for Cons since I don't have the guts!), and I am SO SO SO glad the internet has made it possible for people to go all out like that and find other people who get it and are right there with them.

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  14. That Shakespeare video is amazing. I posted it to FB with a note for my old Shakespeare prof. Unbelievable.

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  15. 1. Eeee! Hunger Games!

    2. Eeee! Those impressions!

    3. I adore Teller, too. We met him after a performance at Georgia Tech in the early 90's. Love his voice.

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  16. Wheee, these videos are great, thank you! Especially the Cosplay vid. Awesome. Made me want to dress up for the last HP movie today (I just might.) And of course now I´ll be annoyed all day because I can´t remember who these people are even though the costumes are so great... (who is the blond girl at 3:13?)

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  17. I thought the Raise Your Class video was from a US comic-con and was baffled by how similar one of the guys (the one during the "My glass is empty..." part) looked to a guy I met at a UK con...guess it was him if it was London!

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  18. Great shares today! Thanks. I have never been to ComicCon but this year I am really jealous of everyone there for some reason!

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  19. Incredible poster, for a second I think I could actually smell the burning fire!

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  20. Jim Meskimen (the amazing impressionist) was a frequent guest on the British version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (he was amazing on that, too). He's also the son of Marion Ross (Mrs. Cunningham on Happy Days, which may be where he got the Ron Howard impression...

    Cristiane

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  21. I'm so excited that you have been posting on Epbot more often! It makes my day. :)

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  22. Love the link for the Shakespeare with celebrity impressions! If I were in the area, I'd def go to his show.
    As far as her CC costumes go...wow! That looks like so much fun.
    Now to practice making school supplies disappear to impress my little students this year.:-)

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  23. Teller used to be a high school Latin teacher-can you imagine? SWOON!

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  24. The first time I ever heard Teller's voice was when he made a video for Diary of the Dead and it was put in the special features. It was very cool.

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  25. Great video links! Enjoyed them all. Thanks!

    Karla

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  26. A moving movie poster? That's very Harry Potter, don't you think?

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  27. the impressions were fantastic and the cosplay vid was really cool but was victoria wearing a Luke Skywalker shirt (circa Empire Strikes Back)?? yeah, I'm a Luke fan

    -Barbara Anne

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  28. The animated movie poster autoplays... Is there a way you can link to it instead of embedding? It was driving me nuts trying to figure out what was making that noise on my computer.

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  29. The Hungers Games poster made me so happy!!

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  30. for some reason that *raise your glass* video actually made me a little teary- i know- sounds weird.. but it was sorta- aww my people.

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  31. I am always checking Epbot throughout the week just eagerly the next bit of nerdy loveliness... today was awesome!!! Thank you for sharing- you just made my Monday so much more bearable. :-D

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  32. Thirded on welling up a little over the "raise your glass" video - until the end where I fell off my chair with fright :P

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  33. I think Morgan Freeman needs to do Shakespeare. =)

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  34. I can't believe how many people have linked to that cosplay video - it makes a change for London Film and Comic Con to be getting some coverage, even if indirectly!

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  35. A friend of a friend is working on The Hunger Games movie. While my friend was at my house he texted her, "Off to Clinton, NC. AKA: District 13 reaping." I mean REALLY, how exciting is that?! (I think it was Clinton)

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  36. THE HOBBIT!!! SQUEEEEE!!!!! :D

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  37. I met Teller once at a pharmacy big box store. I was debating buying the more expensive "name brand" prenatals or the generics. All of a sudden from behind me a male voice said "Buy the generic. Legally they have to be just as good and you get a lot more for your money" I turned around to find Teller standing there showing me that in his basket were all generics. I thanked him and went and bought my generic prenatals. I still wish to this day I had asked him to sign the bottle!

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  38. Victoria has a public profile on Facebook for her cosplay here:

    http://www.facebook.com/scruffyrebelcosplay

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  39. Richard Armitage aka thorin was in bbc robin hood as guy of gisborn he is an amazing actor!!! also geeky little tid bit on him he was in Captain America as the hydra agent that poisons him self after the profsser dies

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