A Handy Disney Fan Recreated Fantasyland in His Basement

Larzland, YouTube
Larzland, YouTube

Disneyland has many loyal fans, but very few of them have built detailed replicas of their favorite theme park at home. Not so for the guy who built out this basement, spotted by io9, to look exactly like Fantasyland, one of the original themed areas in Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom.

The eye-catching basement is the work of a YouTube user who goes by the moniker Larzland. In his video, he narrates a short tour of the space, which is truly the work of a Disney superfan.

The incredibly detailed recreation is modeled after the exteriors of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Village Haus restaurant, Peter Pan’s Flight, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, and Geppetto’s Workshop. The leaded glass, brickwork, woodwork, lighting, and metalwork are all made to look exactly like the real thing.

But the most impressive part of the creation isn’t architectural: This guy has designed not only different lighting settings to reflect the daytime and nighttime look of the park, but he’s also set up recordings that play crowd sounds and cue music that make it feel like a real amusement park. There are limits to the mimicry, though; as lifelike as the architecture is, behind the doors are actual living spaces, not rides.

The basement isn’t the most Disney-fied home we’ve witnessed. That award may go to the Washington family, who turned their entire house into a tribute to Snow White. With this level of detail, though, we wouldn’t be surprised if this guy eventually renovated his entire house to celebrate his Disneyland obsession.

[h/t io9]

Marvel Fan Creates Petition to Bring Back Luke Cage Following Netflix Cancellation

David Lee, Netflix
David Lee, Netflix

Fans are still shocked over Netflix's cancellation of ​Luke Cage​. For many, it's the end to an important series that tackled racial issues and privilege with a predominantly black cast. So Marvel fans are fighting to bring it back.

Luke Hunter took to Change.org and launched a petition for ​Netflix to bring back the two-time People's Choice Award-nominated show.

Luke Cage is the finest Marvel show in existence," the petition plea begins. "It exemplifies heroics, sassy banter, great music, and family fun. The cancellation of this beloved show is utterly flabbergasting. We must fight to save our hero of Harlem as he fights for us. Save Power Man!”

The petition, which started yesterday, already has 2060 signees, with a goal of 2500 signatures.

Luke Cage is one of many Marvel shows that Netflix has axed in recent months. The streaming service ​cancelled Iron Fist just last week.

Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season," Marvel and Netflix announced in a joint statement. "Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series."

Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Disney has no plans to bring back the show on its ​upcoming streaming service, or on any other platform.

Halloween Breaks Franchise Record With $77.5M Opening

Ryan Green, Universal Pictures
Ryan Green, Universal Pictures

Horror fans have waited nearly a decade to see ​Michael Myers return to the big screen, and have finally gotten to see the knife-wielding serial killer return in an exhilarating and frightening new movie.

The nine-year wait for a new Halloween movie was the longest in the series' history, and it did not disappoint—especially when it came to its box office haul. In North America, ​Variety reports that the movie earned $77.5 million over the weekend after launching on nearly 4000 screens. It's the second-highest October debut in history, only behind this year's Venom.

The new film, which is directed by David Gordon Green, obliterated the series' previous record-holder, Rob Zombie's polarizing 2007 remake, which made $26 million in its first weekend.

"I am enormously proud of this film,” producer Jason Blum said in a statement. “Halloween brings the franchise back to life in a fresh, relevant, and fun way that is winning over fans and critics alike.”

Early estimates were targeting a $65 million opening weekend, but it hardly comes as a surprise that fans came out in droves to see the movie. Not only is Halloween a direct sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 classic, which is easily the most acclaimed film in the series' history, but it also saw ​Jamie Lee Curtis reprise her iconic role as Laurie Strode.

Curtis wasn't the only returning player; ​John Carpenter came on board as the executive producer, which marks his first direct involvement in the series since 1981's Halloween 2.

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