All posts by Andrew Herrera-Thomas

How Disneyland’s Stormtroopers treat kids who come dressed as Kylo Ren

Dress Up like Kylo Ren for instant VIP treatment at Disneyland

If you plan on spending a day at Disneyland then I would highly recommend dressing up like Star Wars First Order ruler Kylo Ren.  In the video a pair of First Order stormtrooper’s patrolling the area spot a kid dressed up in a Kylo Ren costume and gave him the ultimate VIP experience.  After moving the crowd they immediately escort him to the new Star Wars Launch Bay exhibit where inside he get’s to meet his favorite character in person, ruler Kylo Ren.  Pretty memorable experience for any kid who is a Star Wars fan .

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A VFX Breakdown of Game of Thrones Season 6

THE VISUAL EFFECTS That you didn’t Even Notice

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Mackevision, a global market leader in CGI just released this video showcasing some of their visual effects work for Game of Thrones Season 6. Turns out the show relies heavily on visual effects but that doesn’t take away from the amazing work that was done.  The CGI is so realistic that most of the work would go unnoticed if it weren’t for the video.  Mackevision is showing us why Germany is becoming a powerhouse in visual effects.

A Split-Screen Tour of Los Angeles, 70 years ago and Today

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The New Yorker takes us on a split-screen tour of the same streets in downtown L.A., from the nineteen-forties and today. A lot has changed in Los Angeles since the 1940’s including more buildings, more traffic, and more smog. The past is what shaped Los Angeles into the vibrant city it is today and surprisingly most streets remain recognizable.  Check out the split screen video here and also check out the original video below.

This is how McDonald’s ads are made

Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions – on a sesame seed bun Never Looked So Delicious.

Ever wonder how McDonald’s makes a Big Mac look so mouth-watering in their advertisements?  It’s a long process that requires a whole team of chefs, photographers, and food stylists dedicated to making the food look as pretty as possible.  Take a look at the GIF below showing how graphic designer Lucas Rosa create’s a McDonalds digital ad step by step.  It’s amazing to see how much editing is involved in creating such a simple advertisement.

Also, check out this video which gives you a behind the scenes look at a McDonald’s photo shoot.

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Gigi Hadid covers Vogue magazine with Olympian Adam Eaton

GIGI HADID IS READY FOR The 2016 Rio Olympics

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Gigi Hadid lands the cover of the August issue of American Vogue along side USA Olympic decathlete Ashton Eaten.  The ensuing spread shot by Mario Testino includes her gracefully hurdling over objects, and sprinting full speed in Rihanna designed Fenti X Puma high heels.

This seems like a very realistic photoshoot, showcasing one of Gigi’s many talents which includes being really hot and hanging out with the Kardashians.

Either way it’s worth checking the whole photoshoot and behind the scenes video below.

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(Photo Credits-Mario Testino, Vogue)

A Preview of Ronnie Fieg’s Nike X Kith Shop

The Nike X Kith SHOP IS really Happening

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Ronnie Fieg announced on twitter yesterday that he has a collaboration with Nike but this time it’s much more then just shoes or apparel. . .its an entire store.  KITH’s 644 Broadway location will be opening an exclusive Nike shop coming this August.

No other additional information is known but expect to hear more soon as the grand opening is only a few weeks away.

Pokemon Go partnership with McDonald’s is happening

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In little over a week, Pokemon Go has already become a cultural phenomenon.  So, it’s no surprise that they plan on partnering up with the biggest fast food chain in the world.  According to Reddit, the McDonald’s partnership was stumbled upon in the game’s programming code.

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McDonald’s will most likely be a “sponsored gym location” where you can battle it out with other users. Do you think this is a good move for McDonald’s? Whether you like it or not, it seems as though the Pokemon Go hype has just begun.

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The Rock is now the highest paid actor in the world

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Forbes has recently named Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson the highest paid actor in the world in 2016.  The former pro wrestler shared on Instagram on Wednesday that he has earned top honors.

The Rock also ranked in at 19th on Forbes’ list of the top 100 highest-paid celebrities raking in a whooping $64.5 million this year.  Since 2001, The Rock has steadily climbed the ranks of Hollywood to become one of the hottest a-list actors in the world.

Nike reveals the redesigned Magista 2

What if your foot evolved specifically for Soccer?

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The beloved football boot gets an update just in time for the Olympic Games. The Nike Magista 2 redesign focuses on the defining areas of the foot that are most sensitive to touch and emphasizes the evolution in traction.

Nike football designer Phil Woodman describes the inspiration behind the Magista 2.

“After reading research around evolution and morphology, I was interested in the hypothesis that pruning hands were an evolutionary development for maintaining grip on wet surfaces and tools. That got me thinking about how the foot might have adapted had its primary purpose been football.”

The all fluorescent color way is expected to launch on July 24th.  Stay tuned for more details.

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New Star Wars Rogue One photos released

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In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly we get a sneak peak at the highly anticipated Rogue One: A Star War’s Story scheduled to release December 16th 2016.  In the photos we see both hero’s and villains such as the new class of stormtrooper.   The photos leave us asking a lot of question’s which could be answered next week with the release of the new extended trailer.  Make sure to check out the entire gallery below.