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Wes Anderson's New Cafe is Here and It Looks Exactly How You Would Expect

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Whimsical auteur Wes Anderson is known for unique aesthetics—from retro color schemes to obsessive symmetry—so it's no surprise that his new restaurant in Milan is pleasing to the eye (and hopefully to the taste).

Snuggled into the new art complex Fondazione Prada, the restaurant, called Bar Luce, just opened its doors over the weekend. As expected, it's absolutely charming. Meant to mirror a typical Milanese cafe, the restaurant draws inspiration from the 1950s and 1960s. It also purposely bears a strong resemblance to a previous Prada collaboration, the short movie Castello Cavalcanti. Two other movies, Miracolo a Milano and Rocco e i suoi fratelli have also been cited as inspiration. 

Some notable features of the restaurant include pastel furniture, Life Aquatic and Castello Cavalcanti pinball machines, specially printed napkins, and menus that match the tables. There’s even a jukebox packed with Italian tunes (you have to wonder if Randall Poster helped pick some of the songs out). 

While this café looks like one of Anderson’s sets, it's been built for the general public to use. The director explains on the website:

It is for real life, and ought to have numerous good spots for eating, drinking, talking, reading, etc. While I do think it would make a pretty good movie set, I think it would be an even better place to write a movie. I tried to make it a bar I would want to spend my own non-fictional afternoons in.

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Listen to What Darth Vader Sounded Like On the Star Wars Set
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The voice of Darth Vader, provided by James Earl Jones, is one of the most iconic aspects of the original Star Wars movies. But James Earl Jones wasn't the actor wearing that outfit—it was British actor David Prowse, who was cast in part because he was huge (reportedly 6'5" and a former body-building champion).

George Lucas always intended to replace Prowse's voice, but it's still a bit of a shock to hear a muffled British voice coming out of Darth Vader's helmet. Here's video showing what Darth Vader sounded like on the set before James Earl Jones re-recorded the dialogue.

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A New Roller Coaster is Whizzing Through Colorado's Rocky Mountains
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There are plenty of ways to explore the majestic Rocky Mountains, but few offer the adrenaline rush of the Rocky Mountain Coaster, a brand-new roller coaster that sends riders soaring along the range’s natural twists and turns.

As Urban Daddy reports, the Rocky Mountain Coaster recently opened at Copper Mountain, a mountain and ski resort that’s located near the tiny town of Frisco, about 75 miles west of Denver. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the vacation spot is ideal for hikers, skiers, and mountain bikers. Now, visitors looking to enjoy the surrounding scenery without breaking a sweat can cruise for roughly a mile down to the resort’s high alpine Center Village.

The ride’s raised track “runs along the natural curvature of the mountain, with zigs, zags, dips, and 360-degree turns for guaranteed thrills,” according to a press release. Each personal car is equipped with manual hand brakes to control the ride’s pace, but the coaster does feature a 430-foot drop, so be careful with your phones while Instagramming the view.

The Rocky Mountain Coaster is open-year round, though it will initially mostly only be open on weekends. Solo rides cost $25, and a two-ride pass can be purchased for $35. (Resort guests get an exclusive discount.)

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