December, 2016 Archive

31 Best Star Wars Tattoos in the Galaxy

Looking for inkspiration? These are the Star Wars tattoos you’re looking for. Nearly 40 years after the first Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, fans have proven Director George Lucas wrong: “I didn’t think the film was going to be a success,” he said at a Tribeca Film Festival panel. Fans of Star Wars show their support in various ways, and some immortalize its iconic characters on their bodies with tattoos. What drives fans to get Star Wars tattoos? To answer that question, I reached out to Lucasfilm-licensed Star Wars tattoo artist Mike Bianco at the Ink-Fusion Tattoo Empire. “Much like myself, most fans have an emotional connection to the films or their themes in one way or another, so getting a tattoo related to Star Wars often keeps them in touch with whatever that connection may be,” he said. When a fan comes to Bianco, sometimes they        …read more

’Tis the Season: Disturbing Christmas Music and Movies That We Enjoy Anyway

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Nothing spreads the holiday spirit like eviscerating Christmas music and movies. Everything pumpkin spice is (thankfully) on its way out in favor of peppermint. And despite some autumn decorations still being up, we’ll soon be overwhelmed by Christmas music and movies. While some of us will be busy arguing whether it’s “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings,” we’ll blissfully ignore the fact that some Christmas pop culture staples are pretty, well, offensive. Here are six examples of popular Christmas music and films we know are problematic but will overlook because it’s the holidays, dammit: 1. A Christmas Story (1983) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTq20prt0K8 This coming-of-age classic gets plenty of play during the holiday season. And though we can empathize with Ralphie’s infatuation with an official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot range model air rifle (or a modern-day Nerf gun), it’s rarely brought up how the movie ends on a sour note. The Parkers patronize        …read more

Hey, Girl. Will ‘La La Land’ Join the Best Musicals in Film History?

La La Land

The optimism and magic of ‘La La Land’ could propel it to a place among the top musical films of all time. La La Land, a sunny romantic musical film starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, is a pastiche of the great Hollywood musicals of yesteryear. La La Land combines modernity with nostalgia that drips from the screen. The film received a fair amount of buzz during the festival circuit. From Venice to Toronto, critics waxed lyrical about director Damien Chazelle’s take on the classic musical film. What’s the appeal of the musical film genre? Dale Robinette/Lions Gate The musical film is, at its core, pure romantic art. It presents the viewer a certain alternate view of how colorful life can — not should — be. The origins of the genre can be traced to the transition from silent film to talkies. The official launch of the genre was Warner        …read more

10 Legendary Sports Curses, Ongoing and Broken

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The world celebrates with the Chicago Cubs, who broke their 108-year team curse. Do you know about all 10 of these curses in sports history? Curses and superstitions are curious parts of sports lore. Some swear by them, while others laugh them off. But if you believe in curses, the longest team curse has been broken, and five million people filled the streets of Chicago to celebrate a new era. It happened. The Chicago Cubs finally broke a string of 108 years of heartbreak by winning the 2016 World Series. The storybook ending featured a three-game winning streak with their season on the line, and an extra-innings game seven that will go down as one of the greatest of all time. The longest title drought in major professional sports is over. The curse has been broken. Let’s take a look at 10 legendary curses in the sports world. Broken Curses The Chicago Cubs Curse broken,        …read more

Artists We Lost in 2016

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This year the news of many celebrity deaths, from Harper Lee to Prince, shook the art world. Here are 34 creatives we’ll miss like crazy. The year 2016 was a lot of things. It was the year we gained and lost friends on Facebook in a heated election season. The year Batman and Superman finally made it to the big screen as a dynamic duo (of sorts). And, sadly, it was the year we lost some of our most influential thinkers, musicians, artists, sports figures, filmmakers, writers and other heroes in our pop cultural pantheon. The world is ultimately emptier without them, but they left us a rich legacy that will fuel the creativity, courage, artistry and innovation of future (and present) generations of imitators and admirers. Carrie Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) Lucasfilm / Sunset Boulevard / Corbis via Getty Images Born to singers/actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie        …read more

Shop Small and Give Back: The Ultimate Gift Guide

Want to shop small and support worthy causes this holiday season? We’ve got 25 gift ideas, and there’s something for everyone on your list! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! If you haven’t locked down your gifts yet, fret not. I’m back with a brand-new list of gifts that give back. For every incredibly cool item on this list, there’s an even more amazing cause that gets support with every purchase. Everyone is covered — from your hard-to-shop-for boyfriend to your stylish, she-has-everything aunt, this list helps you shop small and is full of things you might just want to keep for yourself. For Her 1. Huipil Bucket Bag ($240), Ever Maya. These bags are one of the most coveted shapes for bloggers this year, but the goodness doesn’t stop there. This bag was made by Guatemalan artisans using upcycled traditional fabrics, and a portion of every sale is donated        …read more

Mad Science for Singles: Sherried Pearl Onions Recipe

These sherried pearl onions make a delicious side dish. Welcome back to my lab, where I’ve been working on scrumptious recipes for singles. If you live alone like me, you probably don’t want to do a bunch of mental math every time you open a cookbook that was designed for a group. But you don’t want to microwave frozen dinners or eat out all the time either. So I’ve prepared the Mad Science for Singles series to make our lives easier — not to mention absolutely delicious. This month I’ve got the perfect addition to your holiday meal or a delectable side dish for tonight’s entrée: sherried pearl onions. Onions are not only delectable, especially when you bathe them in sherry and draw out their sweetness over the stovetop. They’re also an excellent source of nutrients, such as biotin, manganese, vitamin B6, copper, vitamin C, dietary fiber, phosphorus, potassium, folate and vitamin B1. These can help lower the risk of        …read more

Exclusive: Director Dito Montiel Opens up about ‘Man Down’ and Shia LaBeouf

Dito Montiel

Dito Montiel shares his personal motivations for directing the dramatic military thriller ‘Man Down’ starring Shia LaBeouf. I caught up with Dito Montiel between advance screenings of his latest movie, Man Down, a dramatic military thriller starring Shia LaBeouf, Gary Oldman, Jai Courtney and Kate Mara. We touched on everything from the December 2 film release to his early artistic career in music, which led him to prose and filmmaking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KWbLummuMI Can we lead with a little about the soul of the movie? Well, I can tell you why I did it. My father had epilepsy when I was growing up, and when he’d have seizures I would put my hand in his mouth thinking that was the right thing to do, so that he didn’t bite his tongue off. I was saying, “It really hurts.” And he let go for a minute so I could get my hand out. That seems        …read more

The Circle Is Complete: How to Draw Darth Vader

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story coming out this month, we at Crixeo thought it might be fun to show you how to draw Darth Vader (who will make an appearance in the film)! When I get to work on one of my fun Star Wars illustrations, I use a sheet of copy paper and a #2 pencil and start sketching. Here’s my process... [smartslider3 slider=8] Step 1: Draw a circle at the top of the page, and add center lines for the middle of the head and for the bottom of the eyes. Step 2: Make the eyes and an upside-down “U” for the nose. Step 3: Draw a triangle for the mouth under the nose and a smaller triangle right under the top one. Then draw some wonky triangles for the cheeks. Step 4: Next draw the helmet by starting at a point in the middle between the eyes        …read more

10 Lost or Little-Known Winter Holiday Traditions

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Have you heard of these 10 forgotten, obscure or strictly regional holiday traditions? Some winter holiday traditions are just everywhere, arriving earlier and earlier each fall. You couldn't forget them if you tried: the filling of stores with decorations, Thanksgiving turkeys, Christmas trees, menorahs or eating way too much food with your family (or chosen family). We don’t ever imagine holidays without these things. But what about those other traditions — the ones that didn’t make it and faded into obscurity? Or the ones that are regional? Or little-known? Here are just a few of those, from around the United States. Ragamuffin Day Photo by William Sumits/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images Giving trick or treat a run for its money, this forgotten New York City–specific holiday tradition took place on Thanksgiving. On Ragamuffin Day, children would dress up in hobo costumes and go door to door asking those who opened if they had        …read more