It sucks that Will Smith won’t be in the Independence Day sequel—but wait ‘til you hear the random explanation for his character being gone. Alas, this is standard practice. When stars decide not to come back, movies come up with rationales for writing them out, that go beyond “dog ate my homework.”
Production design is one of the most underrated aspects of filmmaking and fictional consoles and interfaces can have an actual impact on those we’re sitting in front of in the real world.
I am usually a stickler for articulation in action figures — the more the merrier, except in one case: Michael Keaton’s Batman must never turn his head. Thankfully Hot Toy’s latest figure sticks to this rule, by replacing the usual neck articulation with... poseable eyeballs? Man, figures are weird.