Weekend Links: Sew Vintage

This isn’t your great-aunt Mary’s sewing circle: Laura McKellar layers intricate embroidery over the faces in vintage portraits of women and children, creating a mixed-media masquerade.

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Instead of searching Netflix for the perfect Saturday night horror movie, read up on these 7 terrifying historical figures. Between Vlad the Impaler, the real-life inspiration for Dracula, and the Elizabeth Bàthory, the “Blood Countess,” there’s enough here to keep you wide-eyed and awake through Sunday afternoon.

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Diverse racial representations ahoy, all you rabid Downton Abbey fans! The show has issued a casting call for its first black character, Jack, a “very handsome” man who can “sing brilliantly.” 

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Now that the post-Oscars frenzy of second-guessing the Academy’s decisions has mostly died down, we can all calmly enjoy these 19 unseen moments from Sunday’s awards ceremony.

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For a more polished approach to celebrity portraiture, here’s a series of Polaroid mosaics of such A-Listers as George Clooney and Lady Gaga. Photographer Maurizio Galimberti has broken down the famous figures into their component features, ultimately aligning the shots to create a whole bigger than the sum of its parts.

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Even after writing bestselling novels, some authors/professors hang on to their day jobs, and their course syllabi prove they take their academic responsibilities very seriously.

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Let’s not forget about the Razzies, the distinctions awarded every year to the best of Hollywood’s worst.

18 Disney Characters Just Got the LEGO Treatment

LEGO
LEGO

If you’ve ever wondered what one of Disney's princesses might look like standing next to Batman or Harry Potter, now's your chance to find out. LEGO has created minifigures of 18 characters from beloved Disney movies, and they’re a pretty diverse bunch.

There are Disney princesses and heroes, like Jasmine, Elsa, and Hercules. There are offbeat favorites, like Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. A couple villains were thrown into the mix for good measure, and classic characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse are also represented.

It has been a big week for both LEGO and Disney. The toy company announced the impending release of a 751-piece set that recreates the boat from Steamboat Willie, the 1928 short film that launched Mickey to stardom. The timing is also fitting, considering that Mickey recently celebrated his 90th birthday (not too bad for a mouse).

The S.S. Willie set will be available on April 1, but fans will have to wait a little longer for the Disney minifigures. Those will be available on the LEGO Store website and in stores nationwide starting May 1. Each minifigure costs $3.99.

Until then, check out some of the figures below, or browse LEGO’s selection of Disney-themed sets.

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

Disney’s Steamboat Willie Has Been Immortalized in LEGO

LEGO
LEGO

Mickey Mouse recently turned 90 years old, and soon, you’ll be able to celebrate with LEGO. Steamboat Willie, the classic Disney short film that introduced Mickey Mouse to the world in 1928, has now been recreated in a LEGO set that will be released on April 1.

The 751-piece LEGO version of the S.S. Willie features grayscale bricks that recreate the original black-and-white aesthetic of the original film. The 10-inch-long LEGO boat features moving steam pipes and paddle wheels and comes with new Mickey and Minnie minifigures. It’s also equipped with a ship’s wheel, a life buoy, a buildable bell, and a working crane that can lift the vessel’s potato-bin cargo.

LEGO's Steamboat Willie set
LEGO

The Steamboat Willie set was born out of the company’s fan-generated LEGO Ideas initiative several years ago. Creator Máté Szabó submitted the idea to LEGO in June 2016, then LEGO designers John Ho and Crystal Marie Fontan worked to adapt the set for retail sale, creating decorative elements and the new Mickey and Minnie Mouse minifigures.

LEGO's Steamboat Willie set
LEGO

Buy the kit on the LEGO Store website for $90 starting April 1. If you can't wait to get your LEGO fix, check out the company's other Mickey Mouse-themed products here.

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