Mar 21, 2011

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Myth Busted!

The MythBusters test various myths inspired by scenes in several James Bond movies. These are some scenes from James Bond movies, that Myth Busters were tested and found some very intresting answers. Take a look.

Electromagnetic Watch

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Myth statement:  An electromagnet hidden in a wristwatch can deflect bullets. Based on Bond’s wristwatch in Live and Let Die.

Notes : Jamie built an electromagnet that could fit inside a wristwatch and mounted it near a target. They then fired bullets at the target, making sure that the bullets passed close by the electromagnet. However, the wristwatch sized electromagnet was not powerful enough to change the bullet’s trajectory. The MythBusters then upgraded to a larger and more powerful electromagnet, but it still could not deflect the bullet. Finally, the MythBusters resorted to using a series of thirteen super powerful permanent rare-earth magnets, which only deflected the bullet enough to bounce off the magnets before hitting the target. The MythBusters explained that a magnet’s energy decreased “exponentially” the farther away someone is from the magnet (the force actually follows an inverse square law). Plus, in order to be powerful enough to stop a bullet, an electromagnet would need an enormous amount of energy that could not possibly be contained within a wristwatch, which would make most of the magnet scenes in Bond films impossible (with the possible exception of the unzipping scene).

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Propane Tank Peril

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Myth statement: A person can shoot a propane tank with a 9 mm pistol and make it explode. Based on a scene in Casino Royale.

Notes : First, the Build Team decided to test whether it was possible to breach a propane tank with Bond’s 9 mm handgun. They found that 9 mm rounds were not powerful enough to breach the tank, but shotgun shells and 7.62 NATO caliber rifle rounds were more than enough to pierce the tank. They then fired armor piercing rifle rounds at a tank filled with propane, but could not get the tank to explode. Not even tracer rounds were successful. Finally, the Build Team resorted to extreme measures in the form of high explosives and an 7.62mm Dillon Aero M134 minigun firing a mix of tracer and incendiary rounds at the same undisclosed location as “Shooting Fish in a Barrel”. Both high explosives and the M134 were able to cause the propane tank to explode. The Build Team concluded the myth was busted as small arms were unable to explode a propane tank as depicted in Casino Royale, and that Bond would not have been able to get hold of a gattling gun or incendiary rounds.

Myth Busted!

Speed Boat Survival

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Myth statement: A speedboat jumping off a ramp and flying through the air can survive the landing and continue driving. Based on a scene in Live and Let Die.

Notes : he MythBusters obtained a boat which was identical to the model Bond used in the movie. They then converted it so that it could be remote controlled and built a makeshift ramp in Lake Yosemite. They even put a barge with a car under the ramp to simulate the exact scene from the movie. Adam drove the boat at the ramp at a speed of 45 miles per hour (72 km/h), but lost control of the boat at the last second and hit the ramp at an angle. As a result, the boat managed to clear the car, but flipped in the process. However, seeing that there was no visible damage to the boat, the MythBusters decided that the myth was plausible. It was also pointed out that the stunt team in Live and Let Die crashed 17 boats and made about a hundred practice runs just to perfect the jump.

Myth Plausible!

Exploding Pen

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Myth statement: A Ballpoint pen bomb can be used to completely destroy the top of a mannequin. Based on the gadget from GoldenEye.

Notes : Using normal sized pens filled with explosives, the MythBusters demonstrated that a pen bomb could be fatal. However they needed an unrealistically large pen to completely destroy the top half of the foam dummy they used.

Myth Busted!

Killer Hat

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Myth statement: A metal brimmed Bowler hat can be thrown hard enough to knock the head off of a stone statue. Based on a scene in Goldfinger.

Notes : The Build Team made two duplicates of the hat worn by Oddjob, built a hat throwing robot, and acquired a few statues as test targets. The difference between the two hats was that one had a dull steel edge while the other had a sharp steel edge. The bonded marble statue they first tested was decapitated by the robot, but as it was not actually solid stone it was not considered a valid test. They next tested a concrete statue on the premise that it would be a good match for the hardness of natural stone, even though it was weaker than solid marble. It was chipped several times but not badly damaged, meaning that there is no way for a thrown hat to decapitate a solid stone statue. The Build Team did however prove that it was possible to decapitate a plaster statue with a bowler hat, since plaster is significantly more fragile than stone.

Myth Busted!

Jaws of Steel

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Myth statement:  A person can use a set of metal teeth to bite through a cable car’s cable. Based on a scene in Moonraker.

Notes : Adam and Jamie created two versions of the teeth shown in the movies. One was a set of steel teeth set in a normal bone jaw, and the other set was a jaw and teeth made out of hardened steel. However, neither jaw was able to cut through the one inch cable they used with normal human bite strength. Not even 10 tons worth of force was able to force the teeth through the cable, with the hydraulic press applying the pressure actually bending itself out of shape. In order to replicate the results seen in the film, Jamie had to use a hydraulic cutter to sever the cable.

Myth Busted!

Martinis: Shaken vs. Stirred

Though this is not actually a myth, the Build Team decided to test why James Bond prefers his martinis “shaken, not stirred.”

Myth statement:  There is a difference between shaken and stirred martinis.

Notes : On physical inspection, the shaken martini is cloudier because of the ice that was crushed because of the shaking, compared to stirred one, which is clear. But when the ice in the shaken martini melts, it is similar to the stirred martini. In a blind taste test wherein only Tory knew the clear shaken martinis and the stirred ones, Kari, Grant and the expert hired for the myth (Anthony Dias Blue, who previously appeared in “Vodka Myths III”) were able to correctly distinguish the shaken ones. Several explanations on why this is so were also given. (See the article Shaken, not stirred for details.)

Myth Confirmed!

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Mar 10, 2011

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Hollywood Celebrities As Disney Characters

Recently there were published three new portrait of Anna Lebowitz on Walt Disney Animation Studios. Over the past four years, a multitude of stars “tried on” over images of various characters of Disney, thanks to the work of Anne Lebowitz. In this news Hollywood celebrities as Disney characters in the portraits of Anna Lebowitz.

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1. In this picture, which is called “History is as old as the hills” Penelope Cruz and Jeff Bridges playing the role of Belle and transformed the Prince from the movie “Beauty and the Beast. ”

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2. Queen Latifah in the role of Ursula the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid. ”

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3. In this painting, called “You are beautiful, ” Alec Baldwin plays the role of the spirit of the magic mirror, and Olivia Wilde – the Wicked Queen from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. ”

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4. In this photo Bience portrays Alice from “Alice in Wonderland”, and the role of the Mad Hatter and March Hare, respectively, went to Oliver Platt and Latslu Lovett.

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5. Scarlett Johansson has decided to complement the glamorous image of Cinderella’s ball gown and diamond tiara at 62 carats from Harry Winston.

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6. Julianne Moore reincarnated in Ariel from “The Little Mermaid. ” In the foreground we see the Olympic champion swimmer Michael Felsen, who represents the residents of the underwater kingdom.

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7. Rachel Weisz in the image of Snow White.

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8. Super-model Gisele Bundchen in the role of Wendy Darling and the dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov as Peter Pan.

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9. Also, Tina Fey in the role of the fairy Tinker Bell in the picture, which is called “Where you never have to grow up. ”

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10. Jessica Biel in the image of Pocahontas in the painting titled “Dreams are free. ”

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11. David Beckham exchanged the ball on his sword and sat astride a white horse. Now he is – a prince from “Sleeping Beauty”.

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12. Roger Federer as King Arthur.

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13. Jennifer Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony to try on images of Jasmine and Aladdin.

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14. Whoopi Goldberg is shown in the role of Gina from the movie “Aladdin. ” Painting is called “Where you’ll get a new world. ”

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15. Lady Julie Andrews plays the role of the Blue Fairy from “Pinocchio” and Abigail Breslin portrays Fira.

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Mar 8, 2011

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Top 5 Best Poker Movies

The poker movies are famous for its villains, the deadly suspense it offers, the thrill and excitement of gun battles and the sudden twists involved. There are some great poker movies and some of them are worth mentioning. If we watch one of these movies we are likely to get involved in it so much that we forget the world around us. These movies do not focus on poker from the start till the end. All of them have at least one scene in which a poker game is shown and it is done with perfection and clarity of thought.

Rounders, Maverick, The Cincinnati Kid, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Honeymoon in Vegas are five of the poker movies worth mentioning. The game of Texas Holdem poker was introduced for the very first time through the movie Rounders. Matt Damon and Ed Norton were the principle figures in this movie and it featured a great deal about modern poker gaming. There are sections were Matt Damon plays games of marathon poker in order to save the character of Norton. A cameo role is done by Johnny Chan and there are some great dialogues in the movie that are worth memorizing. Maverick is another great movie which depicts a lot of poker gaming in it. The movie does not teach anyone to play poker. There are many scenes in the movie where the poker game is given prime importance. It is a film that offers a lot of fun and entertainment. The main set of the film is featured around old alleys, bars and cow boys. The role of Maverick is played by Mel Gibson in this movie and he is the one who travels around with the real Maverick and James Garner. Jodie foster also plays a major role in the movie and there are many poker game tournaments which are depicted in the movie. There is a scene where they all go to the biggest poker game ever

The Cincinnati Kid is a movie which portrays a kid who takes poker gaming very seriously. Soon his talent gets recognized and he begins to compete for the title of the best poker player. During this he meets with the current best player of the world and there are scenes in the movie which depicts their friendship. Lock, Stock and two smoking barrels are about high stakes involved in poker games. Honeymoon in Vegas involves the theme of cheating in poker games.

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Feb 24, 2011

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10 Awesome Movie Posters

Movie posters have been used to advertise films in Cinema’s all over the world for years, they are designed to be eye catching and intriguing, to tempt you in to see the film.They originally would have been illustrations of the Film or sometimes the characters accompanied by a few words, but have since progressed to photographs of either the setting or the characters from it, with some really catchy slogan.Most modern Movie posters are generated using computer graphics, the same as the big Movies really, they are designed to be eye catching and draw you into the local Cinema.Some Movie posters are even done slightly differently for different Continents, to appeal to different markets, so a lot of research and thought goes into making these posters, trying to attract our attention to the latest release or Movie showing. If they don’t get it right, it could make the difference between a massive Box Office hit or a total flop. A huge amount rides on the success of these posters.The new big thing in the Film or Cinema world is Motion Posters, basically the poster is animated and brings the poster and movie to life..Here are some of our Top 10 Movie Posters.

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This is a character poster of Bumblebee from Transformers, Revenge of the Fallen designed by BLT and Associates for the release of the 2009 Movie. They also did loads of alternative versions for this movie, to appeal to anyone and everyone. BLT are based in Hollywood and specialise in Movie posters, they have been around since the 1990’s and have designed hundreds of really famous Film posters.

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This is the brilliant poster designed by Crew Creative Advertising, of the late, Heath Ledger as the Joker for the Batman film, The Dark Knight. This is just such a stunning shot of Heath as the Joker, just beautifully done…Crew Creative Advertising are a Design Agency based in Los Angeles that specialise in print, online and audio visual, mainly for Entertainment Clientele

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This is the visually stunning poster for the Season of the Witch, starring Nicholas Cage and Ron Pearlman. A very short and catchy slogan combined with awesome graphics and brilliant photography by the designers The Cimarron Group. They design movie posters worldwide and have Agencies in a few countries.

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Clash of the Titans starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes. The movie poster was designed by Art Machine, a Trailer Park Company. They are based in Hollywood and design movie posters and make trailers for the Entertainment Business, they also specialise in TV campaigns and interactive advertising.

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Underworld released in 2003 starring Kate Bekinsale and Michael Sheen.This movie poster was produced by BLT and associates again…This wouldn’t look the same in full colour and I doubt anyone but Kate could pull this off aesthetically, she has an awesome body and poses beautifully for this photo.

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Labyrinth was released in 1986 starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. This movie poster was designed by Artist and Illustrator Steven Corney, who is based in the UK and covers everything art wise from Fine art, Book illustration, Games, Movies, TV and Advertising.

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A documentary, which follows a group of Artists and Designers, who inadvertly affected the Art world. This poster was designed by Keith Scharwath, who is a Designer, Illustrator and specialises in Art Direction.This is a very colourful and striking design and I really like it…

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El Dorado starring John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and James Caan, released in 1966.This poster was illustrated by Michell Hooks, who was a big Illustrator in the 1960’s, i just love this pic…he has really captured John Wayne beautifully, but so simply…

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Attack of the 50ft Woman was realeased in 1958 and the poster was designed by Reynold Brown, a popular Movie Poster Illustrator in the 50’s and 60’s. He did famous Movie posters like Ben Hur and The Creature from the Black Lagoon and many others..

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The Land that Time Forgot was released in 1975 and was illustrated by George Akimoto, who died in may last year. He spent most of his life as an Artist and Illustrator, but also produced a few stunning Movie posters in the 70’s.

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Feb 23, 2011

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Chipmunks and “Star Wars”

The backyard parental home Chris McVeigh frequent guests – wild chipmunks. They are no longer afraid and was happy to accept gifts in the form of nuts. Chris decided to take advantage of such a successful acquaintance and make funny stuff with the chipmunks and figurines from the movie “Star Wars”.

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Feb 21, 2011

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True Posters Advertising The Best Picture Nominees

We all know The Best Picture nominees this year. They surely have badass posters that, however, mislead us since these posters don’t tell us the truth about the movie itself. But let’s imagine what the true posters advertising the Best Picture nominees might be like. The result is after the jump.

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Feb 17, 2011

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Sylvester Stallone Back In Action

Who would have thought that Stallone is 63 years. Nevertheless, he never ceases to amaze us with his excellent physical preparation.Here and now, the shooting of another insurgent with his participation, he runs, jumps, dives and shoots …What can I say, well done! Knows how to keep yourself in shape, even at that age.

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