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13 Iconic Characters Reimagined in Different Eras

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Plenty of artists have thought about how their favorite pop culture characters would be like if they lived in drastically different time periods. Here's what a few of them have come up with.

1. Star Wars in Biblical Times

DeviantArt user xearsIII’s "Star Wars in Manuscript" series is impressive because it portrays the characters of Star Wars in Biblical times, as though they were painted during Medieval Times.

2. Masters of the Universe in Medieval Times

When you really want to celebrate Medieval art, though, it’s hard to beat Jason Hernandez’s panel painting depicting the story of He-Man and Battle Cat defeating Skelator. In case you’re wondering what Magister Mundi Sum means, it’s Latin for “I am Master of the Universe.”

3. The Avengers in Feudal Japan

While DeviantArtist genesischant’s take on Loki as a mythological Japanese demon is particularly well-suited to the troublesome character, I’m quite partial to his take on Samurai Iron Man. All in all, the entire group of Feudal Avengers is well thought out and quite clever.

4. Star Wars in Edo Japan

There are actually quite a few artistic takes on Star Wars characters living in the Edo period and it makes sense –George Lucas based the original stories largely on the samurai stories of filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. While there are plenty of takes on Samurai Star Wars characters, artist Steve Bialik’s are particularly fun because they not only imagine the characters in the style of ancient samurai warriors, but because the pieces themselves strongly resemble the artwork of that time period. He’s done at least a dozen of these images, so you really ought to check out his site, but until then, here’s his depiction of Princess Leia and Jabba the Hutt.

5. Wizard of Oz in 16th Century China

Talk about not being in Kansas anymore. Artist Billy Nunez set The Wizard of Oz in China. The Scarecrow is dressed like a rice farmer, the Tin Man looks like a warrior, and the Cowardly Lion is a tiger instead.

6. Star Wars in Victorian England

Vader may be evil, but he’s still a gentleman, which is precisely why he agreed to pose in this fantastic photograph with Boba Fett, Yoda, and Chewbacca. I particularly like that artist Terry Fan determined that Victorian-Era Chewy would wear a monocle.

7. Star Trek in Victorian England

Still can’t get enough scifi from the Victorian period? Then check out Rabittooth’s take on the cast of Star Trek from the time of Jules Verne. When you think about it, it is highly illogical. 

8. Transformers in the Victorian Era

Talk about more than meets the eye (or in this case, the monocle). DeviantArt user BrianKesinger imagined what the Transformers would look like if they were instead Victorian Transmogrifiers, and the result combines steampunk sensibilities with nostalgia for some of the best toys of the '80s.

9. Mario in the Late '70s

Ready to rebel against the tyranny of Bowser? Well, here’s your chance with the Punk Super Mario Bros. game you never knew you wanted. I really wish Butcher Billy’s creation wasn’t just art, but was actually a playable video game.

10. Star Wars in the '80s

DeviantArt user DenisM79 asked himself what would happen if the characters of the Star Wars universe were actually high school kids when the movies were released. The result is a hilarious series featuring Imperial bullies, Yoda the gym teacher, and a Princess Leia who simply refuses to take her headphones off no matter where she goes.

11. Game of Thrones in '80s and '90s

What would the cast from Game of Thrones look like if they were instead transported to the mid-80s or early-90s? Artist Mike Wrobel knows and those who follow the show will probably agree that he has done a fantastic job of taking the characters and transporting them to the times of Back to the Future and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

12. Mad Men in Modern Times

While most of these artworks feature the characters themselves, the designers from Shutter Stock decided to portray only the office objects that the characters of Mad Men use every day and how they would change if the show was set in modern times. The resulting "Mod Men" series shows that you don’t need to show an iconic character to make a powerful piece of art showing a difference in time periods.

13. The Shining in Modern Times

This comic, by Josh Mecouch, might not be as artistic as many of the others on this list, but it does make a good point about just how critical time periods can be to a story. After all, if The Shining took place today, Jack very well may have found a good distraction from his madness and murderous thoughts.

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10 Pieces of Fan Art That Ask “What If Things Ended Differently?”

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Hot Pie From Game of Thrones Opened a Real-Life Bakery in London
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Ben Hawkey is best known for playing Hot Pie, Arya Stark’s Direwolf bread-baking companion on Games of Thrones. The actor recently got the chance to demonstrate his baking skills in the real world with the opening of You Know Nothing John Dough, a pop-up London bakery inspired by the HBO series.

A venture between Hawkey and the UK-based food delivery service Deliveroo, You Know Nothing John Dough launched for Deliveroo members on July 17, to coincide with the series' seventh season premiere. The menu consisted entirely of Direwolf-shaped loaves made with whole wheat cornbread and orange zest. According to Digital Spy, the treats were meant to be eaten warm with soft butter.

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"It's brilliant that we have been able to help Ben realize his dream of opening a real-world bakery, bringing a classic piece of on-screen cuisine to the real world," a spokesperson for Deliveroo told Digital Spy of the culinary collaboration.

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Fans snatched the treats up quickly, which was no surprise considering that they were selling for just £1 (about $1.30) a pop. That’s a bargain compared to some Game of Thrones-themed desserts. While the bakery was meant as a one-time tie-in to the new season premiere, don't be surprised to see it pop up again; you can keep an eye on its Deliveroo page here.

[h/t Digital Spy]

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10 Sweet Facts About Napoleon Dynamite
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ChapStick, llamas, and tater tots are just a few things that appear in Napoleon Dynamite, a cult film shot for a mere $400,000 that went on to gross $44.5 million. In 2002, Brigham Young University film student Jared Hess filmed a black-and-white short, Peluca, with his classmate Jon Heder. The film got accepted into the Slamdance Film Festival, which gave Hess the courage to adapt it into a feature. Hess used his real-life upbringing in Preston, Idaho—he had six brothers and his mom owned llamas—to form the basis of the movie, about a nerdy teenager named Napoleon (Heder) who encourages his friend Pedro (Efren Ramirez) to run for class president.

In 2004, the indie film screened at Sundance, and was quickly purchased by Fox Searchlight and Paramount, then released less than six months later. Today, the film remains so popular that last year Pedro and Napoleon reunited for a cheesy tots Burger King commercial. Here are 10 sweet facts about the ever-quotable comedy.

1. DEB IS BASED ON JERUSHA HESS.

Jared Hess’ wife Jerusha co-wrote the film and based Deb on her own life. “Her mom made her a dress when she was going to a middle school dance and she said, ‘I hadn’t really developed yet, so my mom overcompensated and made some very large, fluffy shoulders,’” Jared told Rolling Stone. “Some guy dancing with her patted the sleeves and actually said, ‘I like your sleeves … they’re real big.’” 

Tina Majorino, who played the fictional Deb, hadn’t done a comedy before, because people thought of her as a dramatic actress. “The fact that Jared would even let me come in and read really appealed to me,” she told Rolling Stone. “Even if I didn’t get the role, I just wanted to see what it was like to audition for a comedy, as I’d never done it before.”

2. NAPOLEON'S FAMOUS DANCE SCENE MANIFESTED FROM THE SHORT FILM.

At the end of shooting Peluca, Hess had a minute of film stock left and knew Heder liked to dance. Heder had on moon boots—something Hess used to wear—so they traveled to the end of a dirt road. They turned on the car radio and Jamiroquai’s “Canned Heat” was playing. “I just told him to start dancing and realized: This is how we’ve got to end the film,” Hess told Rolling Stone. “You don’t anticipate those kinds of things. They’re just part of the creative process.” 

Heder told The Huffington Post he found inspiration in Michael Jackson and dancing in front of a mirror, for the end-of-the-movie skit. But when it came time to film the dance for the feature, Heder felt “pressure” to deliver. “I was like, ‘Oh, crap!’ This isn’t just a silly little scene,” he told PDX Monthly. “This is the moment where everything comes, and he’s making the sacrifice for his friend. That’s the whole theme of the movie. Everything leads up to this. Napoleon’s been this loser. This has to be the moment where he lands a victory.” Instead of hiring a choreographer, the filmmakers told him to “just figure it out.” They filmed the scene three times with three different songs, including Jamiroquai’s “Little L” and “Canned Heat.”

3. FANS STILL FLOCK TO PRESTON, IDAHO TO TOUR THE MOVIE’S LOCATIONS.

In a 2016 interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, The Preston Citizen’s circulation manager, Rhonda Gregerson, said “every summer at least 50 groups of fans walk into the office wanting to know more about the film.” She said people come from all over the world to see Preston High School, Pedro’s house, and other filming locations as a layover before heading to Yellowstone National Park. “If you talk to a lot of people in Preston, you’ll find a lot of people who have become a bit sick of it,” Gregerson said. “I still think it’s great that there’s still so much interest in the town this long after the movie.”

Besides the filming locations, the town used to host a Napoleon Dynamite festival. In 2005, the fest drew about 6000 people and featured a tater tot eating contest, a moon boot dancing contest, boondoggle keychains for sale, and a tetherball tournament. The fest was last held in 2008.

4. IDAHO ADOPTED A RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE FILMMAKERS.

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In 2005, the Idaho legislature wrote a resolution praising Jared and Jerusha Hess and the city of Preston. HCR029 appreciates the use of tater tots for “promoting Idaho’s most famous export.” It extols bicycling and skateboarding to promote “better air quality,” and it says Kip and LaFawnduh’s relationship “is a tribute to e-commerce and Idaho’s technology-driven industry.” The resolution goes on to say those who “vote Nay on this concurrent resolution are Freakin’ Idiots.” Napoleon would be proud.

5. NAPOLEON WAS A DIFFERENT KIND OF NERD. 

Sure, he was awkward, but Napoleon wasn’t as intelligent as other film nerds. “He’s not a genius,” Heder told The Huffington Post. “Maybe he’s getting good grades, but he’s not excelling; he’s just socially awkward. He doesn’t know how much of an outcast he is, and that’s what gives him that confidence. He’s trying to be cool sometimes, but mostly he just goes for it and does it.”

6. THE TITLE SEQUENCE FEATURED SEVERAL DIFFERENT SETS OF HANDS.

Eight months before the theatrical release, Fox Searchlight had Hess film a title sequence that made it clear that the film took place in 2004, not in the ’80s or ’90s. Napoleon’s student ID reveals the events occur during the 2004-2005 school year. Heder’s hands move the objects in and out of the frame, but Fox didn’t like his hangnails. “They flew out a hand model a couple weeks later, who had great hands, but was five or six shades darker than Jon Heder,” Hess told Art of the Title. “If you look, there are like three different dudes’ hands—our producer’s are in there, too.”

7. THE MOVIE MESSED UP NETFLIX’S ALGORITHMS.

Beginning in 2006, Cinematch—Netflix’s recommendation algorithm software—held a contest called The Netflix Prize. Anyone who could make Cinematch’s predictions at least 10 percent more accurate would win $1 million. Computer scientist Len Bertoni had trouble predicting whether people would like Napoleon Dynamite. Bertoni told The New York Times the film is “polarizing,” and the Netflix ratings are either one or five stars. If he could accurately predict whether people liked the movie, Bertoni said, then he’d come much closer to winning the prize. That didn’t happen for him.

The contest finally ended in 2009 when Netflix awarded the grand prize to BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos, who developed a 10.06 percent improvement over Cinematch’s score.

8. NAPOLEON ACCIDENTLY GOT A BAD PERM.

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Heder got his hair permed the night before shooting began—but something went wrong. Heder called Jared and said, “‘Yeah, I got the perm but it’s a little bit different than it was before,’” Hess told Rolling Stone. “He showed up the night before shooting and he looked like Shirley Temple! The curls were huge!” They didn’t have much time to fix the goof, so Hess enlisted Jerusha and her cousin to re-perm it. It worked, but Jon wasn’t allowed to wash his hair for the next three weeks. “So he had this stinky ‘do in the Idaho heat for three weeks,” Jared said. “We were shooting near dairy farms and there were tons of flies; they were all flying in and out of his hair.”

9. LAFAWNDUH’S REAL-LIFE FAMILY STARRED IN THE MOVIE.

Shondrella Avery played LaFawnduh, the African American girlfriend of Kip, Napoleon’s older brother (played by Aaron Ruell). Before filming, Hess phoned Avery and said, “‘You remember that there were no black people in Preston, Idaho, right? Do you think your family might want to be in the movie?’ And that’s how it happened,” Avery told Los Angeles Weekly. Her actual family shows up at the end when LaFawnduh and Kip get married.

10. A SHORT-LIVED ANIMATED SERIES ACTED AS A SEQUEL.

In 2012, Fox aired six episodes of Napoleon Dynamite the animated series before they canceled it. All of the original actors returned to supply voices to their characters. The only difference between the film and the series is Kip is not married. Heder told Rolling Stone the episodes are as close to a sequel as fans will get. “If you sit down and watch those back to back, you’ve got yourself a sequel,” he said. “Because you’ve got all the same characters and all the same actors.”

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