John David Washington on ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and What He Learned From Spike Lee

With BlacKkKlansman, visionary filmmaker Spike Lee is telling the in-your-face, fearless story of real-life American hero Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), the first African American detective to service in the Colorado Springs Police Department in the early 1970s. Set on making a name for himself, Stallworth devises a mission to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan, sending his more seasoned colleague (Adam Driver) right into the middle of the investigation, to help take down the extremist hate group as they attempt to go mainstream. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actor John David …

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Wes Anderson’s Next Film Could Be a Post-World War II Musical Set in France, Obviously

Six-time Oscar nominee Wes Anderson has explored some interesting locales and themes in his nine feature films so far. His debut Bottle Rocket was a crime-caper in the Arizona desert, followed by the Houston private school-centered dramedy Rushmore. The Royal Tenenbaums traveled to New York City to put the troublesome title family under the same roof, while The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou traveled to Italy to go underwater. That was the start of Anderson’s cinematic world tour, which also includes India’s The Darjeeling Limited, the fictional Republic of Zubrowka in The Grand Budapest Hotel (…

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College Students Develop A Shoe-Tying Robot

This is a video demonstration of the shoe tying robot developed by University Of California Davis Andrew Choi, Gabriela Gomes, Jacklyn Tran, Stephanie Thai and Joel Humes with a budget of $600 and two electric motors. The result, which ties laces bunny-ear style, is surprisingly impressive. Tying shoes — it’s not an easy task, and can take years for even a human to perfect. You have to make these loops, then cross over one loop with the other and *throwing shoe* GAAAH, why can’t my parents just buy me the Velcro sneakers I asked for?! “The other kids will make fun of you, dear.” They already do, mom, especially when I’ve already shown up for school four times this week only wearing socks. “But it’s only Wednesday.” I forgot my Lunchable on Tuesday and had to go back! Continue reading

Star Wars Fan Awards Pro Tips: Advice for Making Your Best Entry from Matt Martin

It’s safe to say that Matt Martin knows Star Wars. As a member of the Lucasfilm Story Group, he’s contributed to, advised, and guided everything from Star Wars films to animated series to comics. Moreover, as a StarWars.com team and Star Wars social media alum who served as a Star Wars Fan Film Awards judge for years, it’s also safe to say that he really knows fan-made Star Wars content. Continue reading