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Universal Pictures Imagines What Jaws 19 Would Look Like

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Given the number of horror film franchises that have spawned double-digit numbers of sequels (see: Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, or Friday the 13th), a 19th installment of Jaws is hardly an impossibility. But with only four films in the shark-infested lineup so far, that Jaws 19 would be ready for an October 26 release date—as Back to the Future Part II promised us it would be, in Holomax and directed by Max Spielberg—doesn’t seem likely. But that hasn’t stopped the marketing team at Universal Pictures (the studio behind both the Jaws and Back to the Future film series) from imagining what that movie might look like.

With the date of Marty McFly’s arrival in 2015 on the horizon, the studio has released a very real trailer for the very fake Jaws 19, which pokes fun at the sequel/prequel/remake/reboot trend and the clichéd tropes that drive so many of these franchise films’ storylines.

Among the various incarnations of Jaws that you have missed are Cyber Jaws, Robo Jaws, Jaws in Outer Space, Jaws Takes a Bite Out of the Big Apple, and 50 Shades of Jaws. There was also a prequel, then a sequel to the prequel. In the eco-minded 19th entry, “The oceans are disappearing, and to save their home the sharks must attack.”

Whereas the (real) fourth installment declared that “This Time It’s Personal,” in Jaws 19 “It’s Really, Really Personal.”

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Watch a Chain of Dominos Climb a Flight of Stairs
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Dominos are made to fall down—it's what they do. But in the hands of 19-year-old professional domino artist Lily Hevesh, known as Hevesh5 on YouTube, the tiny plastic tiles can be arranged to fall up a flight of stairs in spectacular fashion.

The video spotted by Thrillist shows the chain reaction being set off at the top a staircase. The momentum travels to the bottom of the stairs and is then carried back up through a Rube Goldberg machine of balls, cups, dominos, and other toys spanning the steps. The contraption leads back up to the platform where it began, only to end with a basketball bouncing down the steps and toppling a wall of dominos below.

The domino art seems to flow effortlessly, but it took more than a few shots to get it right. The footage below shows the 32nd attempt at having all the elements come together in one, unbroken take. (You can catch the blooper at the end of an uncooperative basketball ruining a near-perfect run.)

Hevesh’s domino chains that don't appear to defy gravity are no less impressive. Check out this ambitious rainbow domino spiral that took her 25 hours to construct.

[h/t Thrillist]

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How Are Balloons Chosen for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?
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The balloons for this year's Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade range from the classics like Charlie Brown to more modern characters who have debuted in the past few years, including The Elf On The Shelf. New to the parade this year are Olaf from Disney's Frozen and Chase from Paw Patrol. But how does the retail giant choose which characters will appear in the lineup?

Balloon characters are chosen in different ways. For example, in 2011, Macy’s requested B. Boy after parade organizers saw the Tim Burton retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. (The company had been adding a series of art balloons to the parade lineup since 2005, which it called the Blue Sky Gallery.) When it comes to commercial balloons, though, it appears to be all about the Benjamins.

First-time balloons cost at least $190,000—this covers admission into the parade and the cost of balloon construction. After the initial year, companies can expect to pay Macy’s about $90,000 to get a character into the parade lineup. If you consider that the balloons are out for only an hour or so, that’s about $1500 a minute.

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