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Interesting Facts About The Walking Dead

We bring you interesting facts about one of the most popular TV shows nowadays – The Walking Dead, AMC’s zombie show lasting for 7 seasons.

  1. Too violent for HBO?

Originally, the creators of the show first offered their idea to HBO, as they believed it would be the best fit. After all, this is the production house behind Game of Throne and many shocking scenes, including murders, nudity and incest. Yet, they demanded a significant reduction of violence.

Fortunately, AMC accepted The Walking Dead, under other condition- no swearing.

  1. The opening logo is decaying over time

Although opening credits of the show are often fast-forwarded, even a non-regular viewer will notice the change in the main title sequence. The logo has gotten darker, filthier and worn-out since season one.

The logo is show runners idea of depicting deterioration of both zombie corpses and human behavior. The only question remaining- what will be left at the end of the series?

  1. Networks wanted to leave out the zombie

Another production house, NBC wanted to accept the apocalyptic show of people surviving the epidemic of human eating zombies, but under condition- to exclude the zombies.

After this idea fell off, another suggestion was to turn the show into a zombie version of Law& Order or CSI, where would Rick and others solve a “zombie crime” each week in order to understand the human nature better. Frank Darabont, the original show runner – ran away.

  1. The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad might exist in the same universe

Although this is just another speculation, there is a possible connection of AMC’s most famous shows.

First, the car Glenn stole in Season 1, red Dodge Challenger, is the same vehicle Walter White returned to a car store managed by a man called Glenn. Merle Dixon had a stash of drugs with some Blue Sky meth, Walter White’s trademark product. Also, Daryl told to Beth about Merle’s dealer “junky little white guy” often using the word “bitch.” Resembling Jesse Pinkman, perhaps?

  1. Dale wanted to be killed off

Even though this is a show where you can never guess who will be next, even the writers have to improvise sometimes. Jeffrey DeMunn wanted to be killed off, because the actor was unsatisfied with his friend Frank Darabon being fired in Season 2.

So, instead of Hershel being killed by Carl’s pet walker, Dale was killed. Luckily, one old bearded guy easily changed the place of another, especially as the moral center of the group.

  1. Character of Daryl Dixon was created for the show

Interestingly, this character does not exist in the comic books. Yet, he is possibly the most popular survivor of the show.

Actor Norman Reedus originally auditioned for the role of Merle, who also does not exist in comics. Writer Robert Kirkman was so fascinated by Reedus’ performance that he created another character so he could be on the show.

  1. 16mm films are used for series’ shooting

In the age of modern technology, most of the series or movies are shot with digitally, as it is easier, more colorful and cheaper. Yet, zombies look cooler on film.

The show is shot on Kodak’s Super 16mm, since the first day. The show runners insisted that grainy look achieved this way matches perfectly with the show. Also, zombie makeup appears a lot more disgusting this way.

We bring you interesting facts about one of the most popular TV shows nowadays – The Walking Dead, AMC’s zombie show lasting for 7 seasons.

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Exit Is Getting Bigger and Bigger

Exit Festival, this year celebrating 50 years of the formation of the hippie movement and culture with the Summer of Love, might just be the biggest one yet, in quantity and diversity.

The festival that takes place in Novi Sad, Serbia entered its 17th birthday announcing a new festival under its peace and happiness banner in Umag, Croatia and as it stands it has three festivals around the Balkan region under his sponsorship. The already mentioned Sea Star in Croatia, as well as Revolution Festival in Romania and Sea Dance in Montenegro. Sea Star has already attracted many famous foreign acts, such as The Prodigy and Fat Boy Slim, and well-recognized bands from Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia.

The Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, where this award-winning spectacle will take place from 6th to 9th July, will host some of the most wanted artists from past, present and future. Liam Gallagher, a true rockstar and frontman of the former British brit-pop band Oasis, was one of the first acts announced, together with a young indie-folk solo artist Jake Bugg. They will try to light up the Main Stage with their roaring performances and heartfelt lyrics. As for the Dance Arena, one of the unique venues out there in Europe, the crowd will be given the time of their life by some of the best hitmakers in Duke Dumont, Alan Walker and Robin Schulz, who couldn’t perform last year due to his illness. Of course, the old school of electronica and techno wave will have its representatives in Paul Kalkbrenner, Faithless and Solomun.

There were all sorts of rumors going around recently when a surprising information started circulating the social media. Even an event on Facebook was created and a date for a special conference in the capital, Belgrade, where the team behind the festival will announce a huge act describing it as “the most wanted American rock band right now”. There was a huge debate on, because several obscure pieces of the puzzle came out, specifically concerning the band’s demands and those of Exit’s team not coming to a compromise. But the band was so special and important to them that they even put an X on the calendar and adding Day 0 on the 5th of July. The band that will play their gig is The Killers, a group that marked the last decade in rock music industry, spawning hits like Human, Somebody Told Me, Mr. Brightside and so on.

Their announcement got fans on their feet, but it was not alone. Soon The Killers were joined by a British trio Years & Years, as well as one of the best breakthrough artists Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Lost Frequencies, who played a show in Montenegro last year, who will all try to leave their mark and conquer the fortress.

The tickets are available at a very low price, but if you plan on enjoying The Killers, you will have to pay a bit extra. Prepare your backpack, your friends and take a ride to the greatest party of the summer.

Exit Festival, this year celebrating 50 years of the formation of the hippie movement and culture with the Summer of Love, might just be the biggest one yet, in quantity and diversity.
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Moon Hooch – A Band Playing Safety Cones

All of us have had a chance to hear a lot of different music genres and enjoy all kinds of remakes and remixes, blending together various sounds. Browsing the web, you can come across plenty of remixes of classical compositions, hits from you parents’ youth with a modern techno beat, or a punk version of Fergie’s old hit London Bridge. Now, you can think that you have already heard it all, but think again. These artists manage to surprise us even when we think there’s nothing left to discover.

Wandering around through the crowd on the Street Musicians Festival which took place in the fortress of a suburban place in Novi Sad, Serbia, I had trouble finding a stage with a performance that would really catch my attention. But then, I heard a funky dance beat, similar to the music you would usually hear at a party on the beach at a summer night, but there was something different about the sound. I realized that I can’t identify the instruments I hear, so I came closer to the stage in order to see what the music was played on. When I was finally able to see the stage, I couldn’t see the musicians, because all I was able to see from the crowd dancing in front of the stage was a big safety cone, like the ones you would see on the road warning you that there is a hole on the way, or at the construction site.

Since it was moving in the rhythm of the music, I assumed it was used as an instrument, but I still couldn’t figure out exactly what’s going on. Then I realized that there were two guys playing saxophones with big safety cones taped to their instruments, changing the sound that’s coming out of the instrument’s bell. The people in the audience were full of energy, dancing their hearts out like they were on the best party of their lives. The third member of the band was playing drums, making the music sound modern and energetic, but still odd in comparison to what all of us have got used to hearing in the clubs or on the radio. The transitions between the songs and different rhythms were sudden, but completely smooth, leaving the listeners surprised and amazed with this experimental musical expression.

Later I found out that Moon Hooch is a band trio from Brooklyn, New York, and their music is often described as dance-oriented fusion jazz which is highly influenced by electronic music. The members of the band, Wenzl McGowen, Mike Wilbur and James Muschler started playing music in the subway and they claim that paying attention to the things happening around you and people passing by while integrating everything that’s happening around you into your musical expression makes a unique sound full of feeling.

All in all, you can’t even imagine what Moon Hooch’s music sounds like until you hear it. So, you can either try to make music using objects from the construction site or just let the band do it for you and search their music on the Internet – it’s up to you.

All of us have had a chance to hear a lot of different music genres and enjoy all kinds of remakes and remixes, blending together various sounds. Browsing the web, you can come across plenty of remixes of classical compositions, hits from you parents’...

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Vaporwave – the Art of Nostalgic ’90s Kids

All of us have already got used to seeing new things on the Internet every day, from the latest news, to the newest version of those annoying old memes. But, what about music? Do you even stop to listen some of the songs your friends post online, or do you just keep scrolling, and sometimes hit a like button if it happens that you know the song? If you pay attention to what music is posted online lately, you have probably noticed a big burst of the vaporwave music among the young adults, more precisely – the ’90s kids. But, what is vaporwave, and where did it come from?

 

First of all, what does the name vaporwave even mean? It’s an allusion to the word “vaporware“, which is used in the computer industry, referring to a product which has never been released to the public, nor has it been canceled, despite being announced. It is not unusual that the vaporwave community chose a name so closely related to the computer industry, since the kids from the ’90s are overly nostalgic about the sound of dial-up internet, huge monitors, Windows 98 and low-resolution photographs. The music is usually made using audio editing software, digital audio workstations and samplers.

The nostalgia about the ’90s can be noticed in the vaporwave music, through the repetitive beats and simple, but dream-like sounds inspired by the music, the entertainment and advertising program during the ’80s and ’90s, when technology just began to spread around the globe. You could say that vaporwave sounds like a slow-motion nostalgic version of the dance music of the ’90s.

Vaporwave is also considered to be a critique of today’s society and modern music scene, as well as the whole idea of capitalism along with its empty promises to the people, raising awareness about consumerism and brainwashing media. This subgenre is suggesting a different approach to today’s technology, and you may agree that we could use all the amazing things we have plugged in for better purposes than scrolling through our news feed and clicking on pop-up ads, buying things we don’t need just because a few pictures and perhaps a video were enough to convince us that we don’t know how we lived without all those pointless objects so far.

Vaporwave and its idea are not spread just through music. Visual art is also a big part of the whole idea, and you can notice some patterns in the half-sarcastic photographs of vaporwave artists. Pale pink, violet and blue colors in the background, Windows 95 or 98 logos and motives, Japanese symbols and Roman busts and often combined into graphics that make you take a look at today’s technology from a completely different perspective. Since a lot of attention is paid to aesthetics in the vaporwave art, expect to see trippy and dreamlike ambient in music videos with distortion effects resembling the ones you would see when you play an old VHS tape.

Finally, if you searched a bit and liked the sound and the concept of vaporwave, make sure to check out the closely related subgenres, such as synthwave, seapunk, cloud rap, simpsonwave.

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Hip Hop Battles – How Do They Work?

If you have watched Step Up, Stomp the Yard, Streetdance, Honey or any other movie about the hip hop dancers, their work and struggles, you might be a bit confused about what it’s all about.  All of us have heard about hip-hop dance battles, but how do they really work? Who dances and what determines who has won the battle? Can people only dance alone against one person, or is it possible for more people to battle together as a team? And, if America’s Best Dance Crew crossed your mind, you should know that, even though the show is based on a competition between many different hip hop crews, it has nothing to do with battles. The dance crews in that show compete against each other like in every other competition – a lot of them perform, and then the judges decide which were the best ones. Battles work a bit differently, and if you want to find out how – keep reading.

Who battles?

Basically anyone can participate in a hip-hop battle, but, of course, it is expected that the person is a good dancer. If we’re talking about spontaneous battles that happen right in the middle of the street, all you need to do is be in the right place in the right time. But, if the battle is organized ahead, you should probably apply yourself or your crew for the battle just by putting your name on the list, for the purposes of the easier organization. Of course, another way for you to participate in a battle is to get called-out by another dancer or a crew, which usually means the one who called you out is testing your dance skills and think they can beat you. You can battle either alone or with your crew, depending on the type of the battle. The number of people on each side is always determined, because it would be unfair for one person to battle against, for example, three people. When talking about battles, people often mention the number of people battling, so there are battles “1 on 1“, “3 on 3“, “5 on 5“ and so on.

Who dances first?

The order of the dancers quite differs in different battles and depends on the organizers of the battle. Sometimes, if the battle is 1 on 1, the dances will be randomly divided into pairs, and only one person from every pair can win, and therefore proceed to the next round, where they are battling another randomly assigned opponent who got to the next round the same way they did, and so on, depending on the number of dancers battling. In the final battle, there are only two dancers left in the round and whoever wins the round has won the whole battle. The order of dancers is usually determined by spinning the bottle on the floor, between the dancers who are participating in the round. When the bottle stops spinning, the direction where it’s pointed determines which dancer (or a crew) dances first. But, this is not always the rule. Sometimes the order is fixed and randomly assigned while forming pairs of dancers.

Who wins?

Of course, the person (or a crew) with the best dance moves, who managed to demonstrate the music through their movement is supposed to win the round or the battle. Some battles have judges, usually 3 to 5 respected dancers of different styles, who have to give their vote to one of the sides at the end of the round, or they can vote a tie. Since every judge votes for themselves, a dancer who got more votes in the round wins. In a battle with no judges, the audience decides who wins the round by the loudness of their cheering, or sometimes holding up a card of a certain color for each side.

So, now that you’re a bit more familiar with the way things work in the world of hip hop battles, grab some popcorns and start a Step Up marathon. Or maybe organize a battle to show off your moves? It’s up to you.

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Is Ed Sheeran’s New Album a Game-changer?

There was a time when we didn’t know what 2017 could bring to us. Will there be more pop cultural horrors or delights in the New Year? One thing is certain. Ed Sheeran will have a game changer and the news is that he will release some new music.

Sheeran tweeted that the name of his next record will be ÷, and that there will be lyrics like “The club isn’t the best place to find a lover” and “When I was 6 years old I broke my leg.” This tells us that he is not listening much of Usher, but also brings the question: Where does he fit in now?

There was a social media break from Sheeran’s career back in December 2015. The explanation was that he needs a break to travel and regroup a little. But, in the art world, 2015 was 100 years ago. When he decided to step aside for a while, his nice guy love songs had an established niche in the Top 20. In the “Hotline Bling” video, Drake was wearing a sweater, not one of the former One Direction member had branched out on their own and The Weeknd was having his first year as a for-real pop star. Also, there are some game-changing releases like Blondie by Frank Ocean and Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper. They provided a new dimension and depth to the male and young experience.

Throughout the time when Ed was on his break, some of the biggest stars released their personal, earnest work and we had one of the most dramatically shifting years when it comes to pop music. Some of the greatest male stars were busy and we witnessed carefully crafted honesty from them. Zayn went public with his eating and anxiety problems and Justin Bieber opened up about his frustration with the realities of his day to day life. Also, Shawn Mendes explained in his “Treat You Better”, why being passed over sucks.

Long story short, 2016 was the year that young male pop stars used to show a new kind of depth and nuance or just to be explicit as much as they can. And that was possible especially since we have begun to respond to messiness and flaws. We have seen that throughout 2016. Everything around us is bad, and sometimes we feel bad, so it is good to know that stars that we like also feel the same way from time to time.

We hope that Sheeran has evolved as an artist, despite the two lyrics that are not that promising. We all know that his earlier songs were “nice guy” type and maybe he will manage to go beyond that. Taylor Swift and Ed went to the same school and maybe his new album will bring him the same thing the “1989” brought to her. When 2016 got to its end, we all forgot that Taylor sang about short skirts and princesses. Sheeran can become a man who has something smart to say and hi will fit into 2017, just if he could break from the safety net of his guitar and “I love you, please love me back” rhetoric.

There was a time when we didn’t know what 2017 could bring to us. Will there be more pop cultural horrors or delights in the New Year? One thing is certain. Ed Sheeran will have a game changer and the news is that he will release some new music.
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The Creepy and Cute Style of Pastel Goth

In today’s world there are so many different fashion styles that it’s practically impossible to keep up with all of them. All the styles that were around decades ago, while your parents were partying teenagers, now have dozens of their sub-styles which have their own sub-styles, which have their own sub-styles…and so on, you get the the point. With today’s accessibility off mass media, especially the Internet, it’s much easier to come across different fashion styles on social networks, online magazines and even websites with clothing catalogues. Since we already mentioned the generation of your parents, do you remember the fashion of the gothic subculture? Well, today it’s much different from what it used to be back than, and it has so many different variations, from Victorian goth, hippie goth, cyber and tribal goth to the newest goth styles that just recently gained popularity due to the social media (especially Tumblr), such as nu goth and pastel goth. If you use Tumblr, there’s a strong chance you have already had a chance to see what pastel goth fashion looks like on your dashboard. If not, we are here to introduce you to this fashionable combination of creepy and cute.

Hair

Pastel, pastel and more pastel! This style is all about light and dreamlike exotic hair colours, such as baby pink or green, lavender, peach, mint blue ivory, and even grey and white. It is not unusual to mix a few different colours and get a unique sky-like hair. Hair accessories with flowers, spikes, or creepy details such as bows with eyeballs or skeleton hands are a must! And this applies to both guys and girls.

Clothes

Leg garters combined with cute skirts and dresses, usually black or in any pastel colour, leggings with prints of crosses, bats, yin yang symbols, cats or dripping colours are widely used in pastel goth fashion. Of course, you can’t be wrong with ripped black skinny jeans either. Upper parts of clothing are often sweaters or shirts with text written in thick dripping fonts, which are usually sarcastic or offensive statements about you, as the person watching their outfit, or statements about the person wearing the top. Also, it could be just a low-pixel clip art of a cheesebruger. Wearing a shirt with a studded collar under the sweater really emphasises the edginess of these creepy-cute followers.

Other than dripping texts, pastel goths are really into colourful and low-pixel pictures and clip arts of animals, bows, food, cats, symbols, accessories or pretty much anything. The use of customised fonts on pink or backgrounds with nebulas, along with glitter and cartoon characters and rainbow is also quite common.

Shoes

Pastel goths are usually seen in creepers and other shoes with high platforms, but heels with platforms, Dr. Martens and even your old Converse shoes can work! Just make sure to have some pastel or flower detail, and you’re good to go.

Accessories

Studs, bows, flowers, glitter, half-moon symbols, pills, crosses wings and skeletons come in all shapes and sizes in this fun style. Another relevant part of the culture are big toy-like backpacks, often in shapes of bats, cats, already mentioned cheeseburgers or even unicorns. Chokers are long necklaces with simple symbols are a necessity.

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Being a Music Producer

Do you ever wonder how the music is made? What is sound? And how can we transform analog wave to digital form?  This article is for anyone who wants to become a music producer.

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Over the past 20 years, music production has become more accessible. 20 years ago, a music producer needed expensive analog gear (mixing board, analog compressors, analog EQ’s, gate, everything) and in 80’s everything was recorded on tape. Nowadays you don’t need all of that, everything can be made in high quality on your laptop or desktop computer. Now, I’m not saying that it’s going to be exactly the same sound like mixing on analog gear; but big award-winning companies such as Wave Audio are using professional digital audio signal processing technologies and audio effects, used in recording, mixing, mastering, post-production, broadcast, and live sound. They are making something we today know as digital plug-ins. So, the job of a music producer is basically to oversee, manage and guide the process of producing and recording a song. If you are a problem-solving person with many ideas and good ear and music knowledge, you are probably producing quality music from your bedroom, which is a common thing today (I’m not saying you are producing literally from your bedroom, but you don’t have expensive hardware and massive studio). Many great albums are produced in bedroom studios and artists are aiming for that. And this is why:

1) It’s way cheaper than professional recording studios

2) They still have high-quality sound of the song

3) They still have fresh new ideas from you

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And these three things are your arsenal in this business. It’s always good to update your sound by buying new sets of plug-ins or software. If you are new to this, you can start by buying software like Steinberg Cubase, if you are more into alternative music like Rock, Pop, Metal, Punk, etc. and then upgrade to Pro Tools or Logic Pro (if you are using Mac PC’s). Steinberg Cubase is cheaper than Pro Tools, maybe using experience is a bit lower-level, but it cuts it. It’s great if you are a beginner, you get the whole Steinberg pack of Plug-ins and you can find it for free online (but than you may be experiencing some of the software bugs. It’s always better to buy this kind of software). If you are more into electronic music like Drum ‘n Bass, Techno, Liquid, Dubstep, etc. you can start with FL Studio (Fruity Loops Studio) and then upgrade to Ableton Live. FL Studio is more classic, but you get everything you need, and with Ableton Live you get more options and it’s great for live shows. Okay, here are few Plug-ins to get you started in producing alternative music:

1) CLA plug-ins by Waves is legendary Chris Lord-Alge Signature Series of plug-ins. Here you get the whole pack (CLA Bass, CLA Drums, CLA Effects, CLA Guitars, CLA Unplugged and CLA Vocals) for only $129 (it’s on the sale at the moment), regular price is $399. It’s bit expensive, but it’s the first plug-in I would buy.

2) Easy Drummer 2 is basically the easiest beat making drum machine today and you can get it for free. It’s something you need to have.

3) FabFilter Pro is the series of signal processing plug-ins which includes (EQ, Compressor, Multiband Compressor/Expander, De-esser, Limiter and Noise Gate). Very handy, easy to use and you can find it for free.

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Here are some free plug-ins you can add to you arsenal:

https://music.tutsplus.com/articles/over-90-free-vst-effects-plugins–audio-3834

http://bedroomproducersblog.com/free-vst-plugins/

http://www.waves.com/downloads/free

Also, pay attention to speakers you use, a cheap set of speakers are not going to cut it. You’ll need a set of studio monitor speakers and this is the golden rule – if you want a good mix, you will need a good set of speakers.

I hope you’ll find your way in this business of the music production.

Do you ever wonder how the music is made? What is sound? And how can we transform analog wave to digital form?  This article is for anyone who wants to become a music producer.

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Have You Heard of Krumping Yet?

You are either already familiar with krump and have watched at least a few videos of people krumping, or you have never heard of this type of dance and came here to solve the mystery of what it really is. Yes, as already mentioned, it’s a type of dance – street dance, to be more precise. But hold on, before we continue to introducing you to krump, a brief reminder about the elements of hip-hop is surely necessary. Hip hop has 4 main elements – DJing, MCing, b-boying and graffiti. We all know what DJing and graffiti are, so there’s no need to explain those further. You may or may not have heard about the term MCing, but even if you haven’t, you actually do know what it is, only “rapping“ and “rhyming“ are much more popular terms today. When it comes to b-boying, it mainly refers to the type of street dance often called breaking or breakdance, but it can refer to any type of movement and dance which came from the hip-hop culture, including popping, locking, waving, turfing, boogaloo and many others, while among them – krump.

Clowning vs. Krumping

Clowning is, in a way, a forerunner of krump. In the early 1990s, Thomas Johnson, better known as Tommy the Clown used to dance at children’s birthday parties and other entertaining events with his crew. They would paint their faces and dress like clowns since their main role on the events was to entertain the crowd with their dancing. Although it’s the beginning of krumping and very similar to it, clowning includes less aggressive and movements which are not that exaggerated in comparison to krump. Understandably, the competition between the dancers was not that noticeable as it is among the krumpers, since there were not many battles between the dancers, as they were usually working together to amuse others.

It is impossible to talk about krumping without mentioning Tight Eyez (Ceasare Willis) and Big Mijo (Jo’Artis Ratti), who are today considered to be the creators of krump. Both of them developed this style of street dance and brought it such energy, expression, strength and creativity that it still seems impossible to compete with them. If you haven’t heard of them, make sure to watch some of the videos of their sick kill-offs (the term will be explained in the next paragraph). Watching them dance feels like sound has transformed into human body – they are perfectly describing all the sounds present in the music through their movement.

Krump vocabulary

  • Battle – The competition in which two or more dances are freestyling against one another. The winner is chosen by the audience (hypers) or the judges.
  • Biter – A biter is someone who watches other dancers so they could copy their moves.
  • Chypher – A chypher is a non-competitive kind of freestyling. A crew (or crews) usually stands in a circle formation, while one person is dancing in the middle, and others are hyping.
  • Hyping – The hypers are all the present people who surround the one dancing, supporting them, reacting to their movements and, well, literally hyping them to keep coming up with even better moves.
  • Kill-off – In a battle, a dance is killed-off when the other dancer’s moves were so amazing that the hypers got thrilled to the point where they surround the dancer and the battle is over.

If you got interested in krump and want to find out more about its origins, make sure to watch the documentary movie Rize released in 2005 and directed by David LaCapelle, starring Tommy the Clown, Tight Eyez, Lil’ C, Miss Prissy and many other great krumpers. On the beginning of the movie, it’s noted that the footage has not been sped up in any way, which is a good indicator of how fast and energetic krump is. No spoilers, you are going to have to watch the movie!

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Most Interesting Facts About Game of Thrones

A mixture of sex, blood and dragons – Game of Thrones fans will wait until this summer for the return of this unique show. Until then, we present you 20 facts about this real worldwide phenomenon. Valar morghulis.

There is an unaired pilot

Show’s creator David Benioff told to Variety there was a first pilot which was archived and reshot. This version was directed by Tom McCarthy, writer and director of Spotlight, and, according to Benioff “everything was wrong”. He pointed out that the biggest problem was the fact that no one of his and Weiss’ friends realized that Cersei and Jaime were sister and brother- this is an important plot in the story, and this was not even noted!

Other actors played parts of Daenerys Targaryen and Catelyn Stark

In the previously mentioned pilot episode, Tamzin Merchant played Daenerys Targaryen and Jennifer Ehle portrayed Catelyn Stark. These actors were later replaced with Emilia Clarke and Michelle Fairley, respectively. The author of the books on which the show is based, George R.R. Martin had a cameo in the first pilot- a guest at the wedding of Daenerys and Khal Drogo.

Peter Dinklage was fooled that the show had been canceled

Benioff called Peter Dinklage after acceptance of pilot and told him that otherwise. Six hours later, he told him that the pilot was picked up.

Characters which are dead on the show are alive in the books

There are several characters which are dead on the show, but alive in Martin’s books. Let us mention some of them: Mance Rayder, Shireen and Stannis Baratheon, Myrcella Baratheon, Barristan Selmy, Night’s Watchmen Pyp and Grenn…

Game of thrones characters are inspiration for children names

Social Security Administration of the United States told that “Khaleesi” climbed from 1021th most popular baby girl name in 2013 to 755th place in 2014. Tyrion, Sansa, Brienne, Khaleesi, Arya, Bran, Sandor and Theon became more popular in England after the show rise.

Four different characters were portrayed by one actor

Ian Whyte, British actor and stunt performer, had as much as four roles in this series. He played a White Walker in seasons one and two; he was one of three total actors to play the role of Gregor Clegane in season two; in the following season, he was the unnamed giant; and finally, he portrayed Wun Wun, the Wilding giant, in season five.

Four years in a row- this is the most illegally downloaded show

Game of Thrones holds the throne of the most pirated show for 2012-2015. The second most pirated show, The Walking Dead, did not reach the half of the illegal downloads in the year 2015, according to TorrentFreak.

Jon Snow was almost played by Ramsey Snow

The character of Ramsey Snow, sadistic bastard son of Roose Bolton was played by Iwan Rheon. Interestingly, Rheon was the second choice for the part of Jon Snow- eventually, Kit Harington played this role.

You can speak Dothraki

Linguist David J. Peterson worked with HBO creating a Dothraki language for the show. Living Language released a conversational course of Dothraki in 2014, allowing you to speak like Khal Drogo himself.

Sansa’s direwolf was adopted by actress in real life

The Northern Inuit dog named Zunni plays Lady, direwolf of Sansa Stark in the first season of the show. Actress Sophie Turner, playing the role of Sansa, explained to Coventry Telegraph that she always wanted a dog while growing up, although her parents never allowed her pets. She added that she fell in love with Lady, and after the death of the character, Sophie and her mom convinced everyone that they should adopt the dog.

A mixture of sex, blood and dragons – Game of Thrones fans will wait until this summer for the return of this unique show. Until then, we present you 20 facts about this real worldwide phenomenon. Valar morghulis.
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“Public Artist” Peter Ferrari

In the last couple of years, there has been a significant increase in popularity when it comes to urban arts, with the graffiti artists on the top of the list. Graffiti art is mostly related to vandalism, for some, it’s just art, and some people see these individual artists as “visionaries” instead.

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Street art is a temporary or ephemeral form of art, putting emphasis on social activities around the world, politics in general, as well as drawings unrelated to such themes. It has developed the culture of its own and is separated in two different sorts. First are sanctioned professional artists, the ones who create social-challenging drawings for which museums and other forms of patrons are spending money to buy, finance or support these arts and the second are the graffiti artists which drawings are based on viral forms of arts, pointing on urban settings from all around the world, challenging works that deface private and public property, where these artists are judged as burdensome.

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Anyway, inspired by this culture, Peter Ferrari, an artist from Atlanta mentioned that he went through something he called “Banksy phase” (Banksy is anonymous, famous British graffiti artist, known for his subversive street exhibits, from all over the world) when he was 15 years old. He spent his childhood riding BMX through abandoned areas and buildings, where he first observed this type of art when his mom gifted him a set of acrylic paint, canvases and brushes. When I first noticed Peter’s drawings, I saw there a lot of curvy lines, murals looking like trains with a bunch of details. His recent work evolved into more figurative drawings including skulls, hands and even dinosaurs. He draws hands because it’s the way we interact with people, tools, and the world itself. They are usually tied, symbolizing imposed handicaps on us, subconscious. Skulls usually represent former injuries and harm. Even though they might be scary, they are harmless, dead, and not really dangerous.

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This 31-year old hesitated to present self as a graffiti or a street artist, whose murals were found all over Atlanta were commissioned by private companies and individuals as well find himself a public artist. Since he is using the spray paint, people still see him as a street artist, but anyway, where is the difference?

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A few years from now, asked to contribute with his skills and talent to the Living Wall Project, Peter helped in a way of pushing the idea of where and what kind of art can be used. An annual organized event, with a few dozen of artists getting together and collaborating on a one-day project, including observer spectators.
Even so, his career was built more stories than some of his colleagues, directly connected to events and spots like Forward Warrior, ABV Gallery, and more, Ferrari was just at the start of his career, based on visual arts.

In the interview with Common Creative ATL Peter said that he will cooperate with few musicians, for album art, and music videos as well, doing more drawings and developing new styles.

In the last couple of years, there has been a significant increase in popularity when it comes to urban arts, with the graffiti artists on the top of the list. Graffiti art is mostly related to vandalism, for some, it’s just art, and some people see these...

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Mary Tyler Moore’s Life Ended at the Age of 80

Mary Tyler Moore died on January 25th at the age of 80. Her representative Mara Buxbaum confirmed her death after short hospitalization in Connecticut to The Huffington Post. Buxbaum stated that she passed away in company of Dr. S. Robert Levine, her loving husband of over 33 years, and her friends. This TV icon was well known as actress, producer and also representative of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Her rep also added: “Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile”.

Moore was born in 1936, in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Los Angeles. She became internationally famous with 1960s sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” In 1970s, she was a central star of sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”. This show was unique as it was the first show to present Mary Richards, a 30-year-old non-married woman and TV news producer as a central character.

Moore’s character asked equal pay for her and her male co-workers, and also decided to use a pill. Show’s character inspired women to be seen as more that wives and homemakers and was a pioneer in the women’s liberation movement. Oprah Winfrey stated in a recent documentary about the actress that she influenced her career more than other people. Mary Tyler Moore said in 2002 CNN interview that her character was not aggressive, but definitely was a feminist. She also stated that situations were demanding such behavior.

Mary herself was also a fascinating person. Self-titled show was started in 1970 and she and Grant Tinker, her former husband, co-founded MTM Enterprises, a production company. The show will be later pitched to CBS. “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” won 29 Emmy awards during seven seasons, and held this record until 2002, when it was surpassed by show “Frasier”. Alan Rafkin, her friend and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” director stated in his autobiography that Mary was a true businesswoman primarily. He also added that although she was always in charge, people were not obliged to act in her manner; yet, no one ever forgot that she was the boss.

When the show ended, Moore continued to act in movies. Her appearance in 1980’s movie “Ordinary People” as a grieving mother brought her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Mary also appeared in “hot in Cleveland” with her former co-stars from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, actresses Betty White and Valerie Harper.

She was also an animal rights advocate. Moore founded Broadway Barks 15, an annual event in New York for the adoption of cats and dogs and fought for laws forbidding suffering of farm animals. In 1997 interview she stated that she would like to be somebody who made difference in lives of animals.

At the age of 33, actress was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. As a result of her disease, she was near blindness in recent years. She was also Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s international chairman and an advocate for research of the cure for diabetes. In 2009, she published a memoir entitled Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes.

Mary Tyler Moore died on January 25th at the age of 80. Her representative Mara Buxbaum confirmed her death after short hospitalization in Connecticut to The Huffington Post. Buxbaum stated that she passed away in company of Dr. S. Robert Levine, her loving...