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Jun20

"Finding Dory" smashes box office records

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Disney’s “Finding Dory”, the anticipated sequel to the 2003 animated film “Finding Nemo”, released in theaters across the nation on Friday, June 17th, and has since earned over $9.2 million dollars on its Thursday preview night alone, and $136.2 million over the opening weekend. This accomplishment marks the new movie as the highest debut box office numbers of any animation film in history! Produced hand-in-hand with animation studio Pixar, “Finding Dory”’s gigantic numbers come after Disney’s “Zootopia” film similarly dethroned Frozen for the top opening weekend, earning $75 million on its opening weekend. “Finding Dory” continues the story from “Finding Nemo”, following the adorably goofy fish Dory as she explores the ocean to find her parents and escape a California public aquarium. The film is in theaters now, so make sure to find the time to check out Disney’s newest hit film!

Jun20

Christo's "Floating Piers" opens to public

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After years of planning and preparation, artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s floating bridge art piece has finally been completed and opened to the general public in Italy! The piece, which was one of the couple’s last planned art pieces before Jeanne-Claude’s death in 2009, is titled “Floating Piers”, and contains over 200,000 floating fabric bricks that come together to create a bridge, linking Monte Isola and Sulzano with the island of San Paol on Lake Iseo. The project has been in planning since the 1970s, making this art piece an accomplishment for Christo in memory of his late wife. The exhibit is open and free for all visitors 24/7, barring weather and other restrictions, making this a prime spot for locals and tourists alike to check out this feat in design and art!

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Jun20

Markus Linnenbrick decorates Miami hotel

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Artist Markus Linnenbrick, known for his work with large saturated color strips in architecture and design, has brought his work to Miami, Florida with his massive new installation piece! Painted alongside the upcoming SLS Brickell Hotel, the piece consists of dozens of vertical stripes all across the building’s front. The 40,000 square foot piece was created spontaneously, with each strip finished in one continuous “stroke”, and the strips bleed into each other create a wide array of vibrant tones and visual interest. Check out the video below to see this huge art piece in the making!

Jun17

Sanrio-themed dishes at Los Angeles restaurant

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Sanrio fans in Los Angeles now have a fun restaurant stop to look forward to, as the Plan Check Kitchen and Bar has collaborated with Sanrio in order to bring popular characters Pompompurin and Chococat to their menu! Following their past collaboration with Sanrio’s Gudetama character, the restaurant held a launch party for these delicious new treats on June 10th, and features all their new designs in one large multi-course Sanrio meal. Starting off with a small dish of mac and cheese as an appetizer, the main dish arrives in the form of a Pompompurin-themed hamburger and vanilla cream soda combo, sporting the dog’s adorable visage on both. Once that’s done, dessert is served with the large Chococat cookie and ice cream!

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On top of this wide offering of Sanrio treats, customers who order the meal will receive a complementary hat featuring Pompompurin and Chococat, with a design exclusively available at the Plan Check Kitchen and Bar! The restaurant has even gone so far as to decorate their windows with adorable Sanrio decals to celebrate! The promotion will only be available for one month, and a portion of all proceeds will be donated to L.A. Love & Leashes, a non-profit animal adoption movement. So if you’re in the LA area, make sure to check out these awesome new foodstuffs for a good cause!

Jun17

Disney's first trailer for Moana

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After months of news and teasers, Disney has finally released the first animated trailer for their upcoming film, “Moana”! The film, set in the ancient South Pacific, follows the adventures of sea navigator Moana as she sets sail with the mysterious deity Maui in search of a legendary island. Originally announced in October 2014, details on the movie have been few and far between until now, so fans can finally get excited for Disney’s new CG masterpiece! “Moana” will hit theaters nationwide on November 23, 2016, so make sure to mark your calendar and check it out for yourself!

Jun16

Rolls-Royce looks to the future with the 103EX

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In order to help celebrate BMW’s 100th anniversary, BMW second company Rolls-Royce has rolled out a fresh look at their vision of the future in automation with their new vehicle, dubbed the 103EX. The 103EX is a high-concept futuristic proposal for the company’s future in fully autonomous luxury transportation, taking advantage of the latest in technology and design to bring ease of use and style to users. Using Rolls-Royce’s Eleanor virtual assistant and autonomous driver, the interior of the cabin is steering free, allowing a wide space for drivers to relax on sofa-like seats. The vehicle will be emission-free, running off of an electric powertrain, and using 65 individual pieces of aluminum for wheels, rather than standard rubber tires. While the vehicle is not currently scheduled for retail release, it is a shining concept of the future of automation for Rolls-Royce and cars in general. Check out the videos to see specifics on the 103EX!



Jun16

Pokémon Go phone game coming in July

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After several months of field tests and teasers, the Pokémon Go phone game will finally be released this July! The new game, which is specifically designed for use with iOS and Android products, strives to bring the world of Pokémon to life by letting users go out and catch Pokemon in real life! Using your phone as an AR device, you can go out and find wild Pokémon in the real world, capturing them and training them as your very own. You will also be able to create Pokémon “gyms” by joining a group of other Pokémon Go users and battling your team against theirs. Alongside the July release date, Nintendo has announced that a separate wristband add-on will be available for $35, which will allow Pokémon Go users to catch wild Pokémon without having to use their phones! Nintendo has also said that they are planning more phone-based games in the future, including Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem titles.

Jun16

LEGO goes vintage with Volkswagen Beetle kit

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LEGO is continuing its series of accurate model cards, alongside its recently released kit of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, with the announcement of a new vintage 1960 Volkswagen Beetle set! The set, which will represent the vintage vehicle in a stylish sky blue, is meant to recreate the classic vehicle down to the tiniest detail, and will include opening hood and trunk, removable roof, flip down seats, and a number of accessories for a summer beach party like surfboard, cooler, and drinks. The completed set will measure just under a foot long, and will be made available to purchase starting July 17. Check out the video to see specific details on the set!

Jun16

Nintendo announces Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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At this year’s E3, or Electronic Entertainment Expo for short, Nintendo had a huge focus on its highly anticipated upcoming Zelda title, and it did not disappoint. The game, unveiled to be titled “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”, will be the newest entry into the Legend of Zelda franchise, releasing on the Nintendo WiiU and the mysterious new Nintendo NX. This Zelda title will return the series’ NES-based roots, letting players explore a huge world all on their own, without guidance from the story or the game itself. Players will survive off the land, gathering fruit, food, supplies, and weapons in order to fend for themselves against the dangerous wildlife and giant robots that inhabit the vast open overworld. Nintendo has stressed that the game is very hands-off, allowing players to go wherever they want from the very start of the game. While the game itself won’t release until 2017, Nintendo has provided a very in-depth look into the game’s mechanics, as well as a cool new trailer, seen below. Keep your eyes open for more cool Nintendo news!

Jun09

Animated characters help teach piano

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Researchers at MIT’s Tangible Media Lab have developed an alternative to traditional piano teachers and tutorials with their newly developed interactive musical score, titled “Andante”. This program, which uses a reflective keyboard cover and an automated system for the keys, projects tiny animated characters onto the screen above the keys, who press the keys on the piano as they walk along. These characters are meant to help teach the basics of music composition by walking in certain steps to certain chords and rhythms. By following along and learning the notes through the animated characters’ movements, users are encouraged to test and expand their learning and understanding of music composition, and even add on themselves with a little improvisation! Check out the video below to see Andante in action!

Andante from Tangible Media Group on Vimeo.