This Animated Force Awakens Poster Is a Trippy Nightmare
Through his laborious breathing, Kylo Ren serves up a latte, injecting the espresso through his … nose? Meanwhile, Finn reacts with alarm as he can’t keep his luminescent pool noodle—er, lightsaber—aloft. Leia can’t control her frenzied cross-eyes, and Rey is definitely possessed. Even poor BB-8 is having a full-scale freakout. Did a stormtrooper’s head just fly off?
No, this isn’t the nightmare of an acid trip—or, actually, we’re not going to rule that out. Lucasfilm has been issuing one helluva promotional campaign in advance of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Dec. 18 release, but the never-ending TV spots and ads have got nothing on French artist Jaja Poupou’s disturbing animation of the movie’s poster. We can only hope that the Star Wars PR team capitalizes on the bizarreness of Jaja—judging from their other videos, which feel kind of like watching Monty Python sketches in French while listening The Dark Side of the Moon, the Force behind this oddity is strong indeed.
For the past few years, a small team of Nintendo fans have been iterating on a mod called Project M, a revamped version of the Wii’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The mod, which was designed to improve Nintendo’s original game with an eye toward tournament play, has shut down, effective immediately.
According to the development team’s website, the six-year project is ending so that they can take their skills and “move on to bigger and better ventures,” presumably work on some sort of original game. Along with closing development, the team has closed out Project M‘s website completely, removing all information and download links, a move that serves as a reminder of the liminal lifespan of even the most beloved fan games.
San Francisco-based mashup creator Jordan Roseman, aka DJ Earworm, has been crafting year-in-summary mashup tracks since at least 2007. Similar to Canadian musician Daniel Kim’s Pop Danthology series, Roseman’s United State of Pop entries combine as many Billboard Hot 100 songs as possible into one track. This year’s version, “50 Shades of Pop,” has everything from Drake’s “Hotline Bling” and Demi Lovato’s “Cool For the Summer” to Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s “Lean On” and Adele’s “Hello.” Since it sticks to what charted in 2015, there are some songs from 2014 albums mixed in—like a whopping four tracks from Taylor Swift’s 1989, more than any other artist. It’s essentially a CliffsNotes version of popular music in 2015, the bare essentials of the year boiled down into one five-minute track–with a frenetic video that cuts around to feature the lead vocal track at any given moment. It’s not quite a heart-racing banger, but anchored chiefly by the bass line for The Weeknd’s “I Can’t Feel My Face,” it’s an addicting track worthy of DJ Earworm’s name.
Writer, actor, and all-around artistic genius Lin-Manual Miranda has been enjoying a blockbuster year. His Founding Fathers-centric historical rap musical Hamilton has been the talk of Broadway since the summer. The original cast recording album of the musical hit the top spot on the Billboard rap albums chart. And Miranda had a barnburner of an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, doing a Wheel of Freestyle rap battle with Black Thought from The Roots.
But last night, television viewers found out that Miranda’s year is about to get even better. J.J. Abrams, in full swing on the promotional tour for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, dropped by to talk with Fallon about the hotly anticipated film. It was expected that he’d connect with Fallon about the legacy of the franchise—but nobody thought they’d hear a story of how Abrams saw Hamilton, met Miranda, and then offered the composer the chance to write some music for his new Star Wars movie. It turns out that John Williams only wanted to do the score and not the diegetic music within the world of The Force Awakens. So Abrams brought in Miranda to co-write the music for what he calls “our version of the Cantina scene.”
Disney is going all-in on new Star Wars material, from spin-off standalone films to every kind of product licensing imaginable. What’s to say that they won’t tap a musical genius like Miranda to try his hand at crafting a stage musical set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away?
Bad dancing. Worse fashion. A stupidly catchy song. Yes, friends, it’s time for a new Psy video. “Daddy,” which the South Korean pop star just dropped, has a pretty simple premise: CL of girl group 2NE1 would like to know “Hey, where’d you get that body from?” The answer is, naturally, “I got it from my daddy.” Commence crazy dance interludes, costume changes, and an insane hyped-up beat. (Skrillex, is that you?) The video may not have the same surprise-hit factor that Psy’s video for “Gangnam Style” had, but it’s just as bonkers, and it’s already gotten nearly 6 million views in less than 24 hours. So now the real question is: Where do you get that viral magic from, Psy?