Geek Girl: ‘Tron’ Goes Surfing! ‘Game of Thrones’ News!
The ‘American Horror Story’ house is for sale, Battleship movie deets and more
-Lucia Peters and PJ Gach
Movies are coming out! Houses are for sale! Rihanna plays a pessimistic naval officer! We love exclamation points….oh, gotcha! A New York City landmark sculpture’s been turned into a portal for a video game. And of course there’s a robot to help you shop.
Yes, it’s been an interesting week. Read on for our roundup.
The Cold Winds Are Rising in the New Game of Thrones Season 2 Trailer
Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Because I sure am. And this is why any little piece of anything about the second season makes me jump for joy. As any fan of the George R. R. Martin novels knows, there’s loads of exciting things to look forward to in A Clash of Kings, the second book in the series—and guess what? We finally have a proper trailer! Catch it here:
Epic, no? This gives us a taste of the oncoming battle for the Iron Throne of Westeros between no fewer than four would-be kings: Robert Baratheon’s second brother Stannis (Stephen Dillane), his youngest brother Renly (Gethin Anthony), his not-quite son Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), and “the King in the North” Robb Stark (Richard Madden). Trouble brewing? Oh yes. And that’s not to mention everything else that’s going to happen to Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), the Stark family, the Greyjoys, the Lannisters, and everyone in between. Can’t wait! Season 2 is set to air in April of 2012 on HBO.
Oh, and for those of you who were concerned about Arya Stark’s wig—or rather, how bad it looked—at the end of the first season, lay your worries to rest: Actress Maisie Williams actually chopped off her hair to get that “I’m a boy and not at all related to the Starks” look for the second season. As she put it, “Well, people online said I wouldn’t cut my hair, so I decided to cut my hair. F*ck ‘em.” How very Arya of her.
Tron Goes Surfing
For those of you who are freezing and hoping for warmer weather, remember while it’s winter here, it’s summer in the Antipodes!
Taking inspiration from the movie Tron, a few days ago 17 Strongbow Surfers teamed up with surfing film maker Jack McCoy (Endless Summer II) and Bali Strickland and Eugene Tan (Aquabumps) to film the largest glow in the dark surfing attempt on Bondi Beach in Australia. Each surfer wore custom made neon lit wetsuits and boards that glowed like the characters from Tron.
The video is rather awesome.
Own Your Own Haunted House: The American Horror Story House Is for Sale
Have you ever wanted to own a haunted house, but been a little too chicken to actually buckle down and do it? Well, now there’s a solution: Instead of owning an actual haunted house, you can own a house which has played a haunted house. That’s right: The gorgeous, historic brick house used in the FX series American Horror Story is for sale in Los Angeles. The house boasts six bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a wide array of Tiffany windows and light fixtures; furthermore, the home itself covers 10,440 sq. feet, while the lot it sits on measures 30,000 sq. feet. You’ll need to cough up for it if you want it, though: Its asking price is $4.5 million.
It’s sort of interesting that the house is for sale right now, given that the show was renewed for a second season back at the end of October. The house is, after all, the most important character in the entire series; so what’s going to happen now? Are they simply moving to a soundstage or whatever to cut down on production costs? Or will something central to the story change in such a way as to either make the house less important or to remove it entirely? I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see…
A Robot To Help You Shop
Okay, it’s not a real robot. It’s a tote bag with a robot on the front. Still and all, it’s pretty cute and helpful too! This 100 percent cotton tote can take all the stuff you dump in it and keeps on going. Best of all it doesn’t need batteries or has to be plugged in an recharged.
Robot tote bag by Maddesign ($18, etsy.com)
Weighted Companion Cube IRL
I really wish I had an excuse to go to Astor Place this week, because Caltech’s Prank Club has invaded New York and turned a sculpture downtown into a Weighted Companion Cube from the video game Portal.
Awesome? Um, yes.
The cubic sculpture in question is actually Alamo, and it first appeared in 1967 as part of the “Sculpture and the Environment” project organized by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Though it was originally only supposed to stay for six months, local residents petitioned to keep it, and it’s been around ever since. The Caltech pranksters wrapped it up to resemble a giant Weighted Companion Cube, taking care to leave a note about proper cube care along with it. Check out the note here, hand be sure to hang onto your cube as you travel through the Aperture Science test chambers.
“You Sunk My Battleship!”
The kids game that made people go a little ballistic (pardon the pun) has been made into a movie. Directed by Peter Berg (Hancock, Very Bad Things, Friday Night Lights, The Rundown), you know it’s going to be dark and scary. Liam Neeson and Alexander Skarsgard share screen time, Rihanna’s first film role, Peter MacNicol is the Secretary of Defense, Brooklyn Decker’s thrown in there for 17 year old boys, and lots of guys for eye candy. So this could be a good movie, no?
Well in the opening of the trailer you see in gigunda letters, “From Hasbro The Company That Brought You The Transformers,” I don’t know about you, but that kinda makes me want to run away from the theaters.
The special effects, I’m torn between saying they look awesome and they look like I’ve seen them too many times before- think Battle Los Angeles and 2012. the creatures look like Predators in shiny suits. Oh yeah and the music, well the sustained bass notes sound really Battle: Los Angeles and any other movie that feels a long drawn out bass note sounds like impending doom.
But still, Liam Neeson! Alexander Skarsgard! Other hot guys! The movie hits the theaters on May 18, 2012.
Look at the trailer and tell us what you think.
Will this be a runaway hit or a dud that sinks to the bottom of the sea?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.
PJ Gach is Senior Editor: Style + Beauty at BettyConfidential.