French Illustrator Whose Comics “Inspired” Star Wars Finally Getting the Movie Treatment

Several years ago, we discovered what some had known for decades: That George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy had borrowed, rather liberally and without giving credit, from a French comic series called Valérian and Laureline. Talented illustrator Jean-Claude Mézières and writer Pierre Christin had produced the wildly popular sci-fi comic starting in the 1960s. Here are some of the most egregious examples of shots and concepts that sprang from Mézières’ pen and wound up, uncredited, in George Lucas’ films:

Mézières was reportedly incensed at the time of the original trilogy’s release. (Read the story, and our write-up of him and his excellent work, here.) But now Mézières and Christin, both 78 years old, have had some fantastic news: Valérian has finally been made into a live-action movie directed by fan Luc Besson! (Besson had previously used Mézières concept work for The Fifth Element.)

Here’s the trailer, which looks pretty fantastic:

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will be released this summer.

In other Star Wars “borrowing” news, here’s a side-by-side look at the first movie’s climax and The Dam Busters, a 1955 British movie depicting a real-life World War II mission to destroy a German dam:

Jeez Louise!

CNN uses screenshot from ‘Fallout 4’ to show how Russians hack things

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The thing about computer hacking is that it’s such a general, far-reaching term that it’s almost impossible to explain to someone who isn’t already familiar with it. So, news networks who need b-roll footage to show while they’re talking about hacking usually just show keyboards or random strings of letters and numbers, while the audience stares blindly at the screen, assuming that whatever they’re looking at is somehow related to the topic. Or, if you’re CNN, you steal footage from one of the most popular video games of the year and hope that nobody watching will recognize it. 

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T-Mobile’s Super Mario ad is absolutely amazing

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Carrier adverts have to work hard to make radio waves into a cool and interesting thing you want to buy. We’ve seen every permutation of ad you can think of by this point, so to tease its upcoming announcement, T-Mobile decided to take a little inspiration from Super Mario.

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Your Apple Watch will guilt you into working out in the New Year

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If you strapped on your Apple Watch this morning and immediately got a reminder that you need to hit the gym after your holiday feasting, you weren’t the only one starting off the day feeling guilty. 

Today, Apple sent every Apple Watch owner in the world a push notification announcing the “Ring in the New Year Challenge” — yet another reminder that every January should be spent exercising the last year’s woes (and surplus poundage) away. 

It’s a simple concept: starting Jan. 2, the Challenge begins. From Monday to Sunday each week of the month, Apple Watch users will be encouraged to close all three Activity rings by running, swimming, or doing whatever cross-training activity that strikes their fancy to fill the quota.  Read more…

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