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Young Ones Is An Ambitiously Artsy Story Of Survival And Desperation

Even if you’ve got apocalypse fatigue, this one is worth your time.

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This Is Why Bill Murray Won’t Do Ghostbusters 3

ghostbusters bill murrayWho’d have thought that removing Dan Aykroyd from the driver’s seat of the Ghostbusters franchise would finally get a follow-up film in motion? Not that he’s completely absent from the process or anything, but Dan Aykroyd’s varyingly loony approaches to Ghostbusters 3 seemed doomed from the get-go, thanks in no small part to Bill Murray vehemently retaining his anti-sequel stance. Now that Paul Feig and co-writer Kate Dippold are moving forward with a completely unattached reboot, Murray has opened up a bit about leaving the franchise behind.

Murray is an actor that doesn’t do parts for money — and it would be ridiculous to think otherwise at this point in his career — so the fact that Ghostbusters 3 would have presumably made him a killing doesn’t really matter. He only wants to make films with stories that reach him, which is the opposite approach of how Sony wants to do things. Here’s how he put it in a recent interview with Variety:

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Want To Be a Superstar? Elon Musk’s Reading List Might Help

ElonMuskFull disclosure: I’m near sycophant status when it comes to Elon Musk. Seriously, the guy’s just amazing, and has done more in his 43-year-long life than entire populations do in theirs. He was an early investor (and, as he’s famously and problematically asserted, a co-founder) of Paypal and Tesla Motor Company, of which he is most definitely CEO. He designed a high-speed rail system called the Hyperloop, which I’m still pulling for, and best of all, he’s CEO of SpaceX, the hottest cargo- and soon people-moving spacecraft company around. How did Musk get to be the rich and famous inventor and tycoon we know today? Well, for one thing, the guy read — a lot.

Musk reportedly had a rough childhood in South Africa — he was runty and too smart for his own good, and kids called him “Muskrat.” So he’d do what a lot of people with rough childhoods (and adulthoods) do — he escaped into fantasy and science fiction. He recently shared his list of the books that most influenced his life.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Concept Art Backs Up Those Earlier Spoilers

We can’t get enough of Star Wars: Episode VII news, and even if we don’t necessarily want it, it keeps coming our way regardless, in the form of leaks and rumors and unconfirmed reports of all varieties. Today, a slew of leaked concept art hit the web, and while we’re not going to touch them with a ten-foot pole (we don’t want to get sued), there is a lot to talk about. If it sounds like we’re going to get into SPOILER territory beyond this point, that’s because we are. You’ve been warned.

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This Jurassic World Poster Looks A Lot Like The Jurassic Park Poster

Director Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World may be months away, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to get stoked about the latest dinosaur adventure from the Jurassic Park franchise. (We’ve also heard that the first trailer could show up with Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, which only sweetens the deal for both films.) And just to make sure we don’t forget about the movie, the first official poster has been released.

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TMNT Concept Art Reveals Designs For Bebop, Rocksteady, And Krang

BebothThis year’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was riding a rocky road from the very start. Even though Michael Bay was only producing, not directing, his mere involvement was enough to convince many fans that it was a shitshow in the making from the start. Then there were the designs for the Turtles themselves, which looked a bit too much like Shrek for anybody’s liking. That being the case, maybe we should be glad that director Jonathan Liebesman’s film steered clear of fan favorites such as Krang, Bebop, and Rocksteady, but now we can at least see what they might eventually look like thanks to concept art by Tsvetomir Georgiev.

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This Tattoo Project Turns Body Art Into Music

music tattooI’ve always considered tattoos to be art, just never multimedia art, until now. Russian artist Dmitry Morozov, also known as ::vtol:: has created a tattoo art project he called “Reading My Body,” a combination of electronic music and robotics, his two favorite things. I like this guy already. He developed a tattoo that, when scanned by a bizarre-looking machine he created, produces music. Don’t expect Tchaikovsky to come from this device—the music it makes is, broadly, electronic. Sometimes it sounds like a theramin, sometimes like an old-school dial-up modem connecting, and often like a mixture of both. Or at least, that’s what Morozov’s own musical barcode tattoo sounds like.

The scanning instrument he slides over the tattoo to produce the sound has two black-line sensors that “read” the image, a motor that keeps the sensor moving across a metal railing, and a Nintendo Wii controller. As the scanner moves across the ink, the length of each bar of the code, which Morozov designed in Photoshop, dictates the duration of each sound. Better yet, if he uses a Wii controller with Open Sound Control, he can distort the sound by moving his arm, which triggers the sound change via the controller’s accelerometer.