Looking for a way to spice up your D&D night? This may be the answer. In 1981, Dragon Magazine (one of two official D&D magazines at the time) released character sheets for Looney Tunes characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Taz. I'm not sure how well they'd fit into a game with modern rules, but I would love to find out if anyone wants to role the dice and show up with this to their next play session! Check out the pictures below and let us know if you'd use any of these guys:
Here’s something weird to wrap up your Sunday evening. In 1981, Dragon magazine published AD&D character stats for Bugs Bunny (15th level illusionist) and other cartoon characters. pic.twitter.com/INMlLDzjxw
Most news about AI and robotics as of late has us increasingly worried we'll one day be victims to an robot uprising, although this recent bit of news has given us hope robots will be cool. A recent study that pitted an A.I. against 58 Dermatologists in spotting Melanoma in skin photos has shown a sizable advantage to an A.I. diagnosis.
That said, Engadget's news report shows the Dermatologists were no slouches, as their 86.6% success rate is still pretty good. Of course, in the case of cancer most people would prefer better results than pretty good, which the A.I. delivered with 95% accuracy. Additionally, the Convolutional Neural Network, as it's called, was more successful in spotting benign tumors which would ultimately keep patients from unnecessary surgery.
Obviously more studies will have to be done before hospitals start using A.I.'s to read tests regarding such a dangerous cancer, but the results so far look promising!
Have you ever wondered what would happen if someone tricked out one of those Power Wheels cars? I have, and now I finally can see what happens without having to do any of the work myself! Granted, these guys changed quite a bit about this vehicle to get it capable of traveling 70 M.P.H., but that's besides the point. The point is, there's a dude drifting and doing donuts in a Power Wheels Barbie car, and that's just something you need to watch right now (via Geekologie):
Lots of people lose limbs in Star Wars. Anakin lost most of his, Darth Maul his lower half, and Luke his hand. There's more minor characters who have lost limbs in Star Wars, but as you'll learn in this video, their loss is symbolically different than the losses of the main characters. Check out the differences below, and what this video theorizes it's all symbolic of below:
There's still six months to go until Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald opens in theaters, but that makes little difference to J.K. Rowling. The author informed fans in a Q&A (via Variety) she's just started work on the third film's screenplay, well ahead of the film's 2020 release date. To be fair, I'm sure she's right on schedule considering revisions she'd have to make as well as allowing for the film's shooting schedule, although I'm sure she'll have this done in plenty of time for the film to release as scheduled.
I guess the only reason this seems weird because we also have writers like George R.R. Martin who likely won't have his next book out in the series before the final season of Game of Thrones! Are you looking forward to Fantastic Beasts 2? I'll admit I loved the Harry Potter films but the first Fantastic Beasts film was a bit of a snooze fest for me. I'm hoping the inclusion of Dumbledore, Hogwarts, and a few other locales will keep me more interested in things this time around.
Also Rowling, if you're reading this right now, it would be great if a bulk of the third film took place at a Quidditch World Cup match. Those events always seemed so over the top in the books and the films did them no justice.
A new trailer is out for Kevin Hart's Night School, and I'm going to preface it with this. This is one of those comedies you already know before you watch the trailer whether or not you're going to enjoy it. This is definitely not a cerebral comedy by any means, but it does have a pretty notable cast worth heading to the theater to go see. Beyond Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish there's Rob Riggle, Keith David, Taran Killam, and a whole lot of other familiar faces you're going to recognize.
The comedy from director Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip) follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam.
Check out the new trailer below, and see the film in theaters September 28th.
Kevin Smith has left Clerks 3 on the back burner for quite a while, and now fans are finally learning why. Smith announced the film wasn't happening for the foreseeable future, but that's mostly because one of the film's four main actors isn't willing to return at the moment (via Slashfilm)
“One of the four main characters did not want to be involved. It quickly spiraled out of control in a big, bad way, and wound up not happening and probably could never happen after the stream of events that hit a wall, and sometimes that’s a wall you can’t get over…So, yeah, sadly, that gets put to the side.”
Smith didn't leave folks in suspense too long about who wasn't willing to return, it's Jeff Anderson. Smith said Anderson's role is particularly important for the script this time around, as the film is to be centered around his character:
“I want it so badly but I can’t do it without him, it was written for him. But the Randal part is the whole movie, like it’s Randal’s flick. So unless he changes his mind — if and when he changes his mind, I doubt that’ll happen — then we can kind of move forward. I could never recast it, he is Randal, Jeff Anderson.”
It's definitely good to see Smith is willing to let the franchise die as opposed to recasting the role of Randal. After all, as much as the world would like to see another Clerks film, I don't think any of us need it so badly it needs to move forward without the original cast, right?
Anthony Hopkins is getting back into Shakespeare as The BBC just released a trailer and full film of the actor portraying King Lear. The tv film, which also includes Emma Thompson, Emily Watson and others is currently available to watch on BBC on-demand services and dropped with surprisingly low fanfare. Check out the trailer below, and give the film a watch if you're interested!
Jeff Goldblum is currently working on his first Jazz album, and we're all in for a big treat. Variety reports Goldblum's album will be released by Decca Records, who first noticed the actor's skills as a pianist during a performance of Gregory Porter on The Graham Norton Show:
No other details regarding Goldblum's upcoming album have been revealed, but I can assure you I will be picking it up! What about you?
Claire Temple's days in the Marvel Netflix Universe may be numbered as Rosario Dawson is openly indicating she's looking to move on from the role sooner than later. Dawson spoke recently about the role at MCM Comic Con London (via The Mary Sue) and left nothing up to interpretation with her response:
“I don’t know if I’ll be back after this, to be honest, but it’s been an amazing few years. I’ve been on a lot of different shows. I mean, I don’t know if maybe they do a third season of Luke Cage potentially, or maybe if they figure out some kind of way for me to be on The Punisher—just so I can feel like I’ve done every show.”
The fact that Temple could potentially appear in The Punisher leads me to believe we're not going to see her character get a send-off in Luke Cage Season 2. That's a shame, because I'd rather see Claire Temple go out in a blaze of glory or on top as opposed to being that one person the team used to all know who just disappears without cause or reason.
Those thinking Dawson has some big role like Ahsoka Tano waiting for her upon her exit need to chill out, as Dawson said her reasons for wanting to leave are more personal than anything. Specifically, Dawson said she has a teenage daughter she'd like to spend more time with and keep tabs on as opposed to being on set 3000 miles away. I can't say that I blame her, that would be rough.
Will you miss Dawson in the Marvel Netflix shows provided this is the beginning of her leaving?