Today's Headlines From The News Desk 4-16-15

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New ‘Star Wars’ Trailer

The second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been released. In addition, we got a little tidbit of trivia about the new film. Do you remember the shot on the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens that features a desert environment everyone assumed was Tatooine? According to a report from IGN, director J.J. Abrams confirmed today at Star Wars Celebration that the planet is in fact called Jakku. We’re expecting a healthy amount of news about the upcoming film in the coming days, so stay tuned for more updates.

Color Commissions

ArtCrumbss is offering full color commissions to raise money for graduation and an upcoming senior show. There are only two spots available so act fast!

When Marnie Was There Trailer

We’ve arrived at a bittersweet moment — here is the trailer for the very last Studio Ghibli film ever to be created. Let’s all sigh a collective sigh and watch, shall we? It’s hard to escape feeling a lot of nostalgic and mournful feels while you watch this with the knowledge that you’ll not be seeing any more trailers like this in the nearing future, and the premise of the film also appears to be, as usual, a heartrending and beautifully-animated tale. Grab a box of tissues to dry your eyes and tell us your favorite Studio Ghibli film down in the comments!

The Sad Princeby SebMcKinnon

Support A Deviant

SebMcKinnon is participating in a contest which could help to finance a feature film. Note that if you want to vote, you’ll have to create an account on the site.

See Emma Watson As Belle

This artist posted her vision of what Emma Watson might look like as Belle in the upcoming Beauty and the Beast film. It won’t come out until next year at least, but this seems pretty spot on!

Request A Tutorial

TehAngelsCry specializes in Photoshop, HTML/CSS and writing and is offering up tutorials based on your requests. Check out her journal and let her know what you’re looking for.

Flash Gordon 5

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Matthew Vaughn May Direct Flash Gordon

The director of X-Men First Class, Kick-Ass, and Kingsman: The Secret Service is in talks with Twentieth Century Fox to direct their upcoming Flash Gordon movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. With stellar credentials like the ones Vaughn has, we’ve got our fingers crossed that he gets the project.


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30 Writers

Check out the latest edition of LadyLincoln’s feature ’30 Writers You Should Discover.’

Honey, on Tap

We don’t want to oversell this, but here is the best invention we’ve seen since the internet. Flow Hive is a special kind of bee colony structure that allows beekeepers to harvest honey with a tap, rather than going through the immensely labor-intensive traditional process. We are in awe of this wondrous device.

Fandom Recommendations

VanillaSwimmer is on summer vacation and wants to get into more fandoms. What are your favorites?  Make your suggestions here.

Wireless Charging Furniture

Ikea has released a collection furniture that come with wireless charging capabilities, so that you can keep your devices on by simply setting them on the furniture. The products range in price from $9 to $119, and include pieces like a floor lamp and a night stand.

Forum Feature

Tomokata wants to know what your current book or comic obsession is. Share what you’re reading here.

Batman v Superman Trailer

Here is thirty seconds of footage that Warner Bros. is calling a teaser trailer for Batman v Superman. Excuse us if we sound disappointed; the trailer is essentially just close-up shots of a superman suit, a batman mask, and then two logos sandwiched on top of each other. Pretty compelling stuff. Wake us up when an actual trailer drops.

Birthday Patrol

Birthday PatrolToday is Atlantaya’s birthday! Help make it a special one by saying happy b-day!

Watch The SpaceX Rocket Explode

You know how this is going to turn out the second that you click on the video, but you also can’t help but be disappointed when the Falcon 9 stage on booster falls over and explodes right at the end. It was just so close! We are keeping our fingers crossed for the next run.

Woodworking Showcase

Andorada has put together a fantastic showcase of artists who specialize in woodworking. Check it out here.

Wonder Woman Has A Director

Remember two days ago when we were all, “Wonder Woman doesn’t have a director anymore!” Well, Wonder Woman has a director again, according to a report from Deadline. Patty Jenkins, who wrote and directed a movie about a Daytona Beach prostitute-turned-serial-killer in 2003 called Monster has signed on to the project. Fingers crossed, but we hope this means the film will remain on-schedule for its 2017 release.

Silver Work

Check out these amazing silver pieces by flintlockprivateer — the detailing in his work is astounding.

Star Wars ATAT Walkersby skottieyoung

Who’s In Star Wars?

We now know, or at least we think we know, who’s going to be in the new Star Wars film, as far as characters are concerned. Making Star Wars has released what it touts as a list of every character who filmed a sequence in The Force Awakens during production last summer. The list hasn’t been confirmed by Disney or Lucasfilm, and as Making Star Wars points out, it probably contains a few codenames for major characters. Anyway if you don’t mind the potential spoilers and you want to see the list for yourself, you can see it here.

For Your Viewing Pleasure

This ‘Light Hunters’ feature by VenatoresLucis is quite beautiful.

Get To Know A Forensic Photographer

Check out this mini-documentary about Nick Marsh, a forensic photographer. Though the rise of digital photography means this profession is shrinking, Marsh has a unique skillset and a very interesting way of looking at the world.

Project Educate Calendar

projecteducate has posted an updated schedule. Check out what’s coming up and how you can get involved here.

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Thanks, Japan! But Also: Get It Together, Japan

A pair of students at the Japan School of Wool and Art have created an ultra-realistic cat head mask that is so convincing it looks like it was photoshopped onto the heads of the people wearing it in photos. As of yet you can’t buy the mask, but golly gee, we’d sure like to.

Shark Weekby BenHickling

Forum Feature

How’s your week going so far? Jess77712 wants to know, so whether you’re feeling accomplished, frustrated, or somewhere in between, head over to the forums and share.

Watch This Insane Person Piloting A Wingsuit Through A Target

So this guy flies a wingsuit through this flag target and very nearly meets an untimely end after hitting the aforementioned target face-first and exploding it everywhere. Here are a few questions this video raises, in no particular order: What is the purpose of doing this? How fast is he going? What is that target made of? Did flying through it/exploding it hurt? Where is this guy’s mom? Does she know he’s out there doing this? We’re all for chasing your own rainbows, but we also kinda just want to tell this guy to pump the brakes a bit.

Project Porkchop Artist To Watch

SBraithwaite is a digital artist living in Australia. His artwork often features high fantasy in a dark, somewhat sinister aesthetic. Check out his gallery here, and learn more about Project Porkchop artists here.

Comic Advice

If you’re looking to break into comics but don’t know how to start, you may find this Darwyn Cooke panel from WonderCon helpful.

Birthday Patrol

Today marks Norke’s birthday! Don’t be shy, wish him a happy b-day!

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The all time Star Wars fan in me is very happy! Goosebumps time!