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Number Twelve Rocks, a classic Sesame Street animation

Number Twelve Rocks is an award-winning stop-motion animation created by filmmaker and Muppet pioneer Jim Henson in October 1970. In it, twelve rocks emerge one-by-one from a massive crowd of rocks, counting their places as they line up. The crowd echoes the numbers and the rocks spell out the number 12 at the very end.

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The piece was inspired in part by the Woodstock Music Festival. It was also one of many films that Henson used that year to hone his craft. From The Red Book, an official site about Henson’s written log:

Heading into the second season of Sesame Street, Jim took advantage of the need for material to enhance his filmmaking skills. He had done a series of live-action number films for the first season (featuring the baker who fell down the stairs), and now he was eager to experiment with various animation techniques. Along with traditional animation, painting under the camera, and simple computer generated animation, Jim made three films using stop motion.

Related watching: Sesame Street’s Mad Painter paints the number 7, The 30 Dots Collection, and Pinball Number 12 (remade).

Bonus tutorial: How to make puppets with Jim Henson (1969).

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Lucasfilm Deletes Fan/Collecting/Podcasting Sites Section From StarWars.com

Lucasfilm has a long, long history of working very closely with their fan community and have for decades. From the Bantha Tracks days through today’s hornets nest of Twitter and other social media, Star Wars fans have always been able to engage with the employees and creatives behind the galaxy we all love. However, because of certain groups of Star Wars fans, we may now lose some of that access.

Lucasfilm has removed the “Fan/Collecting/Podcasting Sites” section from the StarWars.com website. This is where they listed news sites, collecting sites, and podcasts that talked about all things Star Wars. Here is what it used to look like before they removed anything.

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In its place, they have this statement where the sites were previously listed:

Notice: Lucasfilm Ltd. strives to foster an inclusive, diverse and safe environment for our fans and we ask the same of our fan community.

Fan organizations, websites, blogs, clubs, podcasts, social media accounts, etc. are not owned, endorsed, sponsored, controlled, or in any way affiliated with Lucasfilm Ltd. or The Walt Disney Company, and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Lucasfilm Ltd., The Walt Disney Company or any of their affiliates, and no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of any information. Please see terms of use agreements and privacy policies that apply to such third-party services and content. Star Wars logos, trademarks, character names, and all related elements © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or The Walt Disney Company.

It is worth noting that Fan Organizations like the 501st Legion, Rancho Obi-Wan, and others are still listed. This is a very sad development. When they launched the new StarWars.com in 2014, two years after the Disney acquisition, many fan and collecting sites were proud to be listed there as places fans could get news and updates on productions, collectibles, or just talk Star Wars. Many collecting groups were also part of that both in the states and international including the Ohio Star Wars Collecting Club, of which I am a member.

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It doesn’t take someone strong with the force to know figure out why this is happening. Since around the summer before Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit theaters, there has been a ton of toxicity and anger associated with Star Wars as a brand. Certain fan sites and YouTube channels, some of which were previously listed on that page, have turned into very hateful and damaging places to discuss Star Wars. That is to say nothing of how often Lucasfilm employees and people associated with the current films are attacked on social media even leading some to quit the platforms altogether. 

Predictably, this is leading to Lucasfilm closing up ranks a bit. It is sad that it has come to this, and should make Celebration in Chicago in April interesting to say the least. Hopefully, at some point, this can all go away and we can get back to being the great fan community that Star Wars deserves.

 

First reported on by the excellent Yakface, where that screenshot also came from. 

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John Wesley Shipp’s ’90s Flash Joins CW’s Arrowverse ‘Elseworlds’ Crossover

Let’s be clear: up to this point, the CW‘s upcoming “Arrowverse” crossover event Elseworlds had pretty much lived up to its end of the pop culture excitement bargain: Crossover between Green Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl? Check! The integration of Gotham City into the “Arrowverse” in the form of Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane, aka Batwoman? Check! They’re even throwing in Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman for all three episodes – and did we mention that Supes is bringing Elizabeth Tolloch‘s Lois Lane along for the ride?

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Clearly, the network doesn’t want to leave anything to chance with the addition of a surprise hero that got the interwebs trembling with ’90s nostalgia: John Wesley Shipp will also be appearing in the crossover event…as The Flash. No, we’re not talking his Jay Garrick from the current series: this would be Shipp resuming the mantle of Barry Allen – The Flash.

Arrow star Stephen Amell and Arrow/Legends of Tomorrow writer Marc Guggenheim took to Twitter Monday evening to give DCTV fans their first looks at Shipp, who looks like he hasn’t missed a day in the scarlet tracksuit – even if he is standing between Amell’s Oliver Queen in a Flash costume and Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen sporting a bow and arrow?!?!?!

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As to be expected from the teases, it doesn’t look like fans will be getting many answers right now as to the role Shipp’s Flash will play in the Elseworlds crossover. One thing that can be derived from the images posted is that it looks like Shipp’s ’90s The Flash universe is now an official part of the “Arrowverse.”

The highly-anticipated Elseworlds crossover will air over three nights, from December 9 to December 11, with the action kicking of with The Flash on Sunday, December 9 at 8 p.m. ET, continuing through to Arrow on Monday, December 10 at 8 p.m. ET, and landing with Supergirl on Tuesday, December 11 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Players Are Slamming Shadow of the Tomb Raider After Sudden Sale

So apparently, Shadow of the Tomb Raider didn’t do as well as Square Enix may have hoped, as we could tell from a sudden sale of the game. The Steam page for the title has been slammed with hate messages after Square Enix put the game on sale just over a month after it was initially released on September 14th. And not just the regular version, reported all versions of the game were going for up to 34% off. Most of the sales have since been removed, but you can currently still see a 19% cut on the Croft Edition as of the time we’re posting this.

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The outrage, in our opinion, is well justified as the game was originally being sold between $60-120 depending on the version that you purchased, leaving many who pre-ordered the game pissed when they discovered that if they had only waited five weeks, they could have received the same game at a discount. Within a matter of days, Steam users have downgraded Shadow of the Tomb Raider‘s rating down from Positive to Mixed, and slowly heading down toward a negative score on their store. We’re not sure what the lesson here is for Square Enix, but whatever it is, they’re learning it in real-time.

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Be Hypnotized by the First Trailer For February’s The Prodigy

The Prodigy is the latest entry into the creepy kid genre of horror, and it may actually end up being the scariest. The first trailer and poster have been released for the film, with the tagline “There is something wrong with Miles”. After watching the trailer, there sure as hell is. Even if you know what is coming at the end there, it was still freaky. This has a shot to be a really good one when it comes out next year. Check out both the trailer and poster below:

Taylor Schilling stars in The Prodigy as Sarah, a mother whose young son Miles’ disturbing behavior signals that an evil, possibly supernatural force has overtaken him. Fearing for her family’s safety, Sarah must grapple with her maternal instinct to love and protect Miles in favor of investigating what — or who — is causing his dark turn. She is forced to look for answers in the past, taking the audience on a wild ride; one where the line between perception and reality remains blurry.

The Prodigy Poster

Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), Jackson Robert Scott (ItFear the Walking Dead), Peter Mooney (Burden of Truth), Colm Feore (Thor) and Brittany Allen (Jigsaw) star in the Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) directed film.

The Prodigy opens in theaters on February 8th, 2019.

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