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Christine McConnell X Tim Burton

I have loved following Christine McConnell over the last few years and seeing all her creepy awesome cakes and baked goods she’s been making. A really inspiration! Like many others, I have always compared her to Tim Burton (my idol of creativity!) So how amazing is it that 1. She has replicated the house from his latest film.. and 2. That she got to meet him because of it! (I met him in LA and was literally star struck when I shook his hand :O)

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Christine McConnell created a gingerbread house replica of the one in Tim Burton’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”

This gingerbread house is so good, it’s scary.

She baked a 2-foot-tall copy of the gothic mansion featured in Tim Burton’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” which was presented at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere on Thursday.

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“This is my Mona Lisa of baking,” said Christine McConnell, 35, who spent 10 full, 15-hour days making the gingerbread, crafting sugar glass and whipping royal icing for the edible edifice.

She dished to the Daily News that she’s been a huge Burton fan ever since she saw “Edward Scissorhands” as a 7-year-old, and he’s been the inspiration behind her creepy photography and baking projects. McConnell made headlines last year for decorating her parents’ house to look like a monster for Halloween.

“He’s the original creator of this campy creepiness mixed with beauty,” she said. “Everything he makes, I just eat it up.”

So it was dream (or a “Nightmare Before Christmas”) come true when 20th Century Fox asked her to think up some creative confections to promote the director’s latest film.

The haunted house seen in “Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.”

The haunted house seen in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”

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She transformed the haunted house at the center of the story into a mouthwatering masterpiece by studying pictures of the Belgian mansion used for filming. She built a cardboard model first, and used the pieces as stencils for her gingerbread dough.

“I baked somewhere around 12 batches of gingerbread cookies,” she said. “They’re really thin and spicy, and they’re so good that I accidentally ate a few critical pieces while I was putting it together that I had to rebake.”

Piecing the porch together out of spun sugar glass was her greatest challenge, and resulted in a burn down her leg when she splashed herself with the molten sugar mixture. She finished the house off by painting details on the front with homemade icing.

“I’m telling you, he couldn’t have picked a more complicated house,” she said. “I can’t believe it came out so well.”

Christine McConnell created a gingerbread house replica of the one in Tim Burton’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”

She only spent about $150 on ingredients and supplies for the 22-inch gingerbread house, including a wooden board from Home Depot to serve as the base. “That stand is the only thing you can’t eat; everything else is 100% food,” she said. Although McConnell said she “might cry” if anyone actually took a bite of her pièce de résistance.

But the icing on the cake is that she actually got to meet her idol on Thursday. “This is the coolest thing, easily, that has ever happened to me,” she said.

I know that feeling too 😛

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Games Of Thrones & Star Wars Mash up

I discovered Andrew Tran on Bored Panda and couldn’t think of anything better.. a GOT & Star Wars Mash up! Here’s his amazing work!

More info: andrewtranart.com

Jaime Lannister, Sith Slayer

Melisandre, Sith Lord of the Light

Tyrion, the Imp Scoundrel

Jedi Padawan Arya

Daenerys, Queen of Rancors

The Sith Night King

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100-Year-Old Theatre In Buenos Aires Repurposed Into Beautiful Bookstore

15 years ago Buenos Aires along with the whole of Argentina – was going through rough times. Its economy collapsed taking a part of the city’s beauty with it, but one marvel shone through it all. It’s the El Ateneo Grand Splendid – one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world.

This architectural marvel, once called the Grand Splendid Theatre, was designed by architects Peró and Torres Armengol a hundred years ago. In the late twenties, it was turned into a cinema which brought the first sound films to Argentina. Its latest transformation happened in the year 2000 when the whole building was renovated and turned into an enormous bookshop designed by architect Fernando Manzone.

The architect kept the feeling of The Grand Splendid Theatre, leaving the style and artworks as they were and replacing seats with bookshelves. The idea paid off as it has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in Buenos Aires that welcomes over one million visitors every year.

More info: el ateneo grand splendid (h/t: boredpanda/demilked)

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Beauty And The Beast Poster

Take a first look at the poster of Beauty And The Beast. Arriving in UK cinemas Spring 2017 #Beautyandthebeast

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So excited!!! My blog with the Trailer is here..

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GOT News

Source: Distractify

‘Game Of Thrones’ Writers Confirm There’s Only Around 13 Episodes Left

Rumors have been going around for a while now that after the spectacular Game of Thrones finale at the end of season 6, the remaining two seasons would be a lot shorter. Sadly, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss now seem to have all but confirmed that we only have around 13 to 15 episodes remaining.

Benioff told Deadline:

“It’s two more seasons we’re talking about. From pretty close to the beginning, we talked about doing this in 70-75 hours, and that’s what we’ll end up with. Call it 73 for now.”

In good news, I guess that means Gendry will have to finish rowing soon. Benioff made a compelling argument for bringing an end to the show that’s basically a license to print money:

“We’re trying to tell one cohesive story with a beginning, middle and end. As Dan said, we’ve known the end for quite some time and we’re hurtling towards it. Those last images from the show that aired last night showed that. Daenerys is finally coming back to Westeros; Jon Snow is king of the North and Cersei is sitting on the Iron Throne. And we know the Night King is up there, waiting for all of them. The pieces are on the board now. Some of the pieces have been removed from the board and we are heading toward the end game.”

“The thing that has excited us from the beginning, back to the way we pitched it to HBO is, it’s not supposed to be an ongoing show, where every season it’s trying to figure out new story lines. We wanted it to be one giant story, without padding it out to add an extra 10 hours, or because people are still watching it. We wanted to something where, if people watched it end to end, it would make sense as one continuous story. We’re definitely heading into the end game now.”

Hopefully HBO will convince them to stretch out the story a bit or work on some kind of prequel. We all want to see Robert’s Rebellion.

Eeeeep.. I’m too excited but also sad if it is the last one..then what!!!??

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