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As if actor Nathan Fillion needed to add something else to his geek resume, the current Castle star admitted on Conan this week that he paints toenails with superhero art.

“My girlfriend was looking at this incredible toenail art online and I said ‘I can do that,’” he explained.

His girlfriend asked him to prove it and the results show he’s actually quite the artiste! Fillion sounded like a nail art expert as he told Conan O’Brien that the small canvas can be a pain to work with but he tried to keep things interesting by going with a superhero design. He made one foot Marvel and the other DC, and the logos are actually very recognizable!

Watch the video after the break.

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Advertisers are always experimenting, and Candy Crush fingernails is definitely a new approach. They’ve worked with tastemaker Harutamu; she gained recognition online by helping create the “hair smiles” trend. That was weird, but her nails go even further into the bizarre.

She’s transformed her fingernails into a vividly colored advertisement for the popular game. The Candy Crush logo is so huge you can probably spot it from several feet away. I have no idea how long Harutamu wore the oversized nail art, but hey, if the money’s good…

Check out another image of the wacky nails after the break.

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If you were obsessed with the original FINAL FANTASY X and X-2, prepare to fall in love all over again. The HD Remaster edition is available right now with vastly improved visuals and additional content that was only seen in versions released in Japan and Europe.

If that wasn’t awesome enough, superfans can get their hands on the Collector’s Edition (Square Enix exclusive) that includes the following:

  • Full-size artbook packaging, featuring 40 pages of imagery from the beautiful world of Spira
  • FINAL FANTASY X HD REMASTER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK DISC MUSIC, imported directly from Japan and valued on the Square Enix store at $59.99. Over 100 tracks and six hours of music set to the game’s most memorable moments. MP3 Download included.
  • Five lithographs of iconic artwork and characters

Speaking of art, we already told you about the FINAL FANTASY Gallery Nucleus exhibit, but now art from the event is up for auction with proceeds going to Typhoon Haiyan relief. The art is one-of-a-kind with signed certificates of authenticity by Yoshinori Kitase—some of which was created by artists that worked on the game.

So, if you’re interested in owning a unique piece of FINAL FANTASY artwork while helping out a worthy cause, head on over to the Gallery Nucleus auction page. Then head on past the break to check out the launch trailer for the FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster.

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Here’s your backward bit of news for the day. When 9-year-old Grayson Bruce told his Mom, Noreen, that he was being bullied for his My Little Pony backpack, she took appropriate action and told the school. The school then took completely inappropriate action and, rather than confronting the bullies, told Grayson that he could no longer bring his backpack to school.

Noreen Bruce understandably took exception to the school’s decision, feeling the show promotes friendship and positive values. They’ve now started a petition and created a facebook page to support Grayson and are using #SupportForGrayson to spread the word about what’s happening at their school. Even conservative radio host Glenn Beck got involved telling Grayson to stick to his guns and not let the kids or the school get him down. So what does the school have to say about the matter?

“An initial step was taken to immediately address a situation that had created a disruption in the classroom. Buncombe County Schools takes bullying very seriously, and we will continue to take steps to resolve this issue.”

Let’s see if they actually do something reasonable, you know, like call out the bullies and let Grayson bring whatever darn backpack he likes to school.

See the Glenn Beck video after the break…

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Her Universe will be presenting the first-ever geek couture fashion show and design competition at San Diego Comic-Con this year, and if you’re an aspiring designer then your fashions could appear in the show. Initially, there will be thirty contestants chosen from the pool of submissions. Anyone can win by entering a design at Her Universe. These have to be clothing designs, not cosplay costumes, and they can come from any fandom, but must be submitted by April 4th.

Thirty winners will be chosen by April 18th and they’ll have their fashions featured at the show. Designers can choose to have a model wear their work or they can choose to strut down the runway in their own design. Those thirty contestants will then be whittled down to two grand prize winners at the show with one being chosen by an expert panel of judges and the other being selected by the audience.

Grand prize winners will each get the chance to co-design a Her Universe fashion collection for Hot Topic along with Ashley Eckstein (who happens to look fantastic in this Darth Vader couture piece).

See more pictures and the video after the break…

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If you’re a serious Final Fantasy fan, odds are you’re counting down the days until the X/X-2 HD Remaster hits store shelves on March 18th. However, if you want all of the extra goodies that come with the Collector’s Edition, now is the time to pre-order because quantities are dwindling. This edition (exclusive to the Square Enix Online Store) includes:

  • Full-size artbook packaging, featuring 40 pages of imagery from the beautiful world of Spira
  • FINAL FANTASY X HD REMASTER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK DISC MUSIC, imported directly from Japan and valued on the Square Enix store at $59.99. Over 100 tracks and six hours of music set to the game’s most memorable moments. MP3 Download included.
  • Five lithographs of iconic artwork and characters

Head on past the break for videos that highlight the differences between the Collector’s Edition and Limited Editions along with an unboxing…

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The Flash full costume

A couple weeks ago, we got our first look at the new costume for The Flash but it was just a taste.

This reveal from Warner Bros. Television gives us a full body look at Grant Gustin as The Flash.

The iconic costume was designed by 3-time Academy Award winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costume for Arrow.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to seeing it in action?

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If you’re a Final Fantasy fan in the L.A. area, or anywhere near the L.A. area, or within flying distance of the L.A. area, you’ll wan’t to attend the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster launch event at Gallery Nucleus on March 15th from 2pm-8pm.

In the first exhibition of its kind, artwork from FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster will be on display at Gallery Nucleus, an intimate setting that takes visitors on a visual journey through the remarkable art of the two games. Proceeds from the sale of the artwork that will be available for purchase at the event will be donated to charity relief efforts to aid the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

But that’s not all. Producer Yoshinori Kitase and Art Director Yusuke Naora will be on site to sign the first 200 copies of FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster purchased. Limited quantities of the game for the PS3 and Vita will be on sale throughout the event, which is your chance to score the game three days before the official launch.

There will also be door prizes for the first 300 attendees, playable versions of the original releases and HD Remasters (after the 16th) and a a Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2-themed photo booth.

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Speaking of prizes, to celebrate the release of the game and the Gallery Nucleus event we are giving away posters and action figures to a whole bunch of lucky readers!

  • (1) Grand Prize: Signed Gallery Nucleus poster / Set of Tidus and Yuna PLAYARTS KAI Figures
  • (9) First Prize: Gallery Nucleus poster / Set of Tidus and Yuna PLAYARTS KAI Figures
  • (16) Runner-Up Prize: Gallery Nucleus poster

Read on past the break for all the details on the prizes and how to enter…

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Little penguins wearing tiny sweaters is enough to warm anyone’s heart just on principle. Look at them for goodness’ sake! Once you find out that it’s not just for looks, you might melt into a puddle. The Penguin Foundation at Phillip Island Nature Parks uses knitted jumpers to help save penguins affected by oil pollution. It only takes a tiny amount of oil to kill a tiny penguin; the oil mats feathers and can lead to death from exposure and starvation. Additionally, penguins can be harmed by preening and ingesting the toxic oil.

That’s where the jumpers come in! When oiled penguins are admitted to the park’s clinic, they get a jumper to keep them warm and to stop them from preening. Some penguins even get superhero versions with capes like you see above (yes, those happen to be stuffed penguins)! If you like to knit, you can download the pattern here and create jumpers to send to the park. If you can’t knit, you can always donate.

See more penguins in jumpers after the break.

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What if toys like Barbie dolls were made using realistic human body proportions? Artist Nickolay Lamm wants to emphasize that average is not only normal, it’s beautiful. To that end he’s created a doll made according to actual human body proportions. She’s called Lammily. She’s fit and strong, has articulated joints, doesn’t wear much makeup, and has a practical wardrobe. I love her and applaud that Lamm is making a change in this arena.

Lamm wants to make these dolls available to everyone so he’s turned to crowdfunding to make the project happen. He has a detailed 3D digital prototype ready and a manufacturer lined up, but he needs funds to cover basic costs such as meeting the manufacturer’s minimum order quantity.

Backers can essentially pre-order a special edition Lammily, get posters, or even get their names on packaging. Go check out Lammily for more information and to support the project.

Watch an interview with Lamm about the project after the break.

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