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When top cosplayers strut their stuff on stage or the convention floor, all flashing armour and skin tight spandex and story accurate props, they seem like the most confident people in the world. They step into the shoes of their favourite characters and, for a moment, they leave behind the stresses of the real world in favour of the effortless cool of their new identity. The excitement of seeing these characters come to life is only heightened knowing that the person underneath the suit is a fan just like everyone else at the convention. (more…)

One of those hobbies that requires buckets of passion, a flair for creativity and the confidence to show off your work, cosplay can be a daunting thing to get into. It’s the kind of thing you have to be prepared to devote tons of time and likely a fair bit of money to in order to get the most out of it. Once you’ve vaulted those hurdles, many cosplayers will tell you there’s hardly a more fulfilling hobby or more supportive community out there, even if you a little hesitant to jump in at the deep end first time round.

PixelPantz Cosplay is the artist that very nearly wasn’t, if one awesome friend hadn’t been so convincing. We spoke to her about what finally persuaded her to give it a go and the creative adventure she’s been on ever since.

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Every cosplayer, no matter how new or inexperienced, is at their core a creative person. A lot of imagination goes into taking a character off a screen or out of a comic book and recreating it in the real world, particularly if you have the skills to raft it to suit your own physical characteristics. The cosplayers that really stand out, though, are the ones that go above and beyond to make their costumes unique. The ones who mash together hugely different characters and themes to create a bizarrely familiar yet very distinct cosplay. The ones who find the least sexy thing in all of popular culture and find a way to confuse all the boners.

Helena Steele is one such cosplayer, and has been blowing minds with her original twists on awesome characters since she first made the move from modeling to cosplay.  (more…)

Some pretty crazy stuff can – and often does – go down when you’ve been famous since you were a hot young Hollywood teenager and now have more money and freedom and influence than you know what to do with. Unlike most of the global population, you can buy nightclubs just so your band can perform there and, no matter how awful you are, there’s still the chance that Alice Cooper will join you on stage. You can make increasingly cringe-induing movies because you and your best buddy have enough of a reputation that film studios will throw money at you because why not? (more…)

For a movie that is so broadly accessible to viewers of all ages, there is plenty in Guardians of the Galaxy and its recent sequel that appeals to the baser instinct of many hot blooded adults. Front man Chris Pratt went from being the awkward, chubby sidekick that was Andy Dwyer in Parks and Recreation to a smoking hot muscle-bound beast for this role. If he’s too lean for your taste, there’s always the throbbing bulk of Dave Bautista‘s Drax. The pair share the billing with easily one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, Zoe Saldana, who is no less stunning for being painted green from head to toe. (more…)

You can’t look at the news without hearing about hacking. Let’s face it, we live in a digital world and as more and more information is in the cloud, the more it is susceptible to exploitation. Hell, there are those that think the most recent presidential election was hacked, so the idea is totally in the air. As our banks, our Facebook accounts, and everything else is vulnerable to hacking, so is the entertainment industry, and not just celebrities’ nudes. The most recent high-profile hacking done was when Sony was hacked, revealing all sorts of details about the movie studios. It looks like there’s a new hack, and this time, there are demands.

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In addition to being delicious (and equally bad for you – here, eat a weeks worth of sodium intake in one sitting!) Doritos brand chips are also known for their unique, and sometimes weird, marketing gimmicks. Take for example Dorito flavored taco shells at Taco Bell, which are delicious AF. Whereas the bad (the, I’m gonna die before I’m 30 if I eat this kind of bad): Dorito’s Loaded – a fried-cheese-style snack with a nacho cheese interior and a Dorito flavored breading/dusting on the exterior, sold at 711 convenient stores. When they’re not coming up with different ways to kill you with empty calories, they come up with things like the limited-edition Tostitos “Party Bag” equipped with a sensor that can detect alcohol on your breath. It also had an NFC chip that would hail you an Uber when you tapped your phone to it.

Now Dorito’s is doing something that really rocks. Literally. Doritos is teaming up with Marvel Studios to promote Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and fulfilling a need you never knew you wanted. (more…)

There are very few cosplayers who get to cosplay professionally from the moment they find it. Usually, you have to have a pretty big following in some other career – and that career can’t be just anything. It needs to have some kind of relationship to nerd culture so that your fan base will be encouraging and supportive of your cosplay work, rather than just seeing it as a passingly interesting hobby. Tanya Tate not only got a huge chunk of her fan base to celebrate her love of cosplay with her, but was also lucky enough to be able to incorporate it into her day job as an adult film star.

We caught up with Tanya to find out about her extraordinary career – her movies, her reviews, her vinyl toys, her superheroes, and more.

Oh, and her cosplay.

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Star Wars at Disney is pretty cool as is. They have such attractions as an updated Star Tours and The Jedi Training Academy stage show. There is also Star Wars Weekends, where Hollywood Studios is transformed into a Star Wars themed park, almost during these weeks  All of that, however, is nothing compared to what Disney has planned for its all-Star Wars Park expansion. Construction has been underway for under a year and along the way Disney has teased the park with concept art and some official words laying out some of the best key attractions; including a full scale Millennium Falcon, life size ATATs, and cantinas where robots, aliens and rebel scum are abound. Cool, right? Well, according to revealings from Star Wars Celebration, the park is going to be far cooler than anyone could have possibly imagined. How cool? Well it’s not exactly Westworld but it’s pretty darn close. A park where your decisions have consequences! Oh, and Lucasfilm has announced that the Star Wars-themed land coming to Disney parks in California and Florida will officially become part of the canon. (more…)

For generations, Disney‘s theme parks have been making the magic of their movies come alive for children from all over the world. Through rides, parades and interactive adventures, fans of all ages get to live their fairytale dreams. The company will even get involved if you’re truly committed to giving someone special the Disney princess treatment. You get your chance to meet your favourite characters in real life – provided that your character is human and that the theme park has access to an actor who resembles closely enough to get away with playing them on a daily basis. (more…)