Wes Anderson's latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is coming to DVD and Blu-Ray on June 17, and a team of die-hard fans decided to celebrate its release with a LEGO model.
LEGO "master model builder" Ryan Ziegelbauer and his team of eight model builders spent 575 hours creating a replica of the hotel constructed exclusively from LEGO bricks. It's a fitting tribute to the beloved director, who's widely recognized for his elaborate sets and attention to detail.
The studio reports that more than 50,000 bricks from six different countries were included in the model, which weighs 150 pounds and is an astonishing seven feet tall. If you're in Los Angeles, you can see the model yourself — it'll be on display at The Grove mall on June 14 and 15.
Not in California? Watch the builders in action, as well as a few clips from the movie, below. --Meghan DeMaria
Southern cooking star Paula Deen once again has "a lot of esplainin' to do." This time, it's for a photo that Deen posted on Twitter and Facebook, in which her son Bobby is wearing brownface.
"Lucyyyyyyy! You got a lot of esplainin' to do! #TransformationTuesday," the now-deleted tweet read. A photo of Deen and her son Bobby dressed up as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo from I Love Lucy was attached below it.
— Eater (@Eater) July 7, 2015
Since Bobby Deen's hands are held right up to his face in the photo, it's glaringly obvious that his skin was intentionally darkened with makeup in order for him to depict the Cuban-American Ricardo. It's unclear why Deen would have decided to resurface the photo, which Yahoo reported is actually from a shoot in 2011.
Deen is no stranger to accusations of racism: She first landed herself in a batch of trouble for racism in 2013, when she admitted to using the "n-word" and said she once thought about hiring "black waiters and waitresses to dress up like 'slaves' for her brother Bubba's wedding," Mic reports. These incidents cost Deen most of her business relationships and her reputation, and yet, two years later, she seems to be right back at it. Becca Stanek
An F-16 military fighter plane collided with a private Cessna C-150 in the skies above Moncks Corner, South Carolina, 11 miles north of Charleston, ABC News reports. One witness described the collision as a "ball of fire in the air" to local station WCBD.
The F-16 was reportedly from Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, and a defense official said that the pilot ejected safely from the plane. There is no word yet on how many others were aboard the private Cessna, nor are there details of casualties. Jeva Lange
— The Post and Courier (@postandcourier) July 7, 2015
South Carolina prosecutors said Tuesday that Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old accused of killing nine people at a historically black church in Charleston last month, has been indicted on 13 charges, including murder, attempted murder, and possessing a weapon during a violent crime.
Charleston County prosecutor Scarlett A. Wilson previously said that she has not decided whether to seek the death penalty against Roof, since she first wanted to discuss that possibility with the victims' families. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), meanwhile, has called for Roof to face the death penalty. Becca Stanek
Here's something you can use that pocket change for: In honor of the International House of Pancakes' 57th anniversary, the breakfast chain will be selling its short stack of three buttermilk pancakes for just 57 cents between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7.
— IHOP (@IHOP) July 7, 2015
IHOP started as a single restaurant in Los Angeles specializing in pancakes from around the world in 1958 and has since expanded to over 1,500 locations in the United States and Canada. In recent years, it got a little bit more international when it opened locations in Dubai and Kuwait. Marshall Bright
Having saved the world countless times, James Bond is setting his sights on a more modest goal: conquering Broadway. Playbill reports that producer Merry Saltzman has acquired the rights to stage James Bond: The Musical. The play is already in development, and producers hope to have it ready for Broadway or Las Vegas by 2017 or 2018.
While the story of James Bond: The Musical will be original — and introduce a brand-new female character for 007 to tangle with — the play will include several existing Bond villains. Here's hoping Jaws finally opens his steel-toothed jaw and reveals the beautiful baritone he's been hiding all along. Scott Meslow
A new campaign by the Russian Interior Ministry seeks to help curb dangerous 'selfie' behavior, the BBC reports. A poster released by the ministry urges Russia's youth to stop trying to impress their friends by snapping selfies near trains, with guns or wild animals, or on electrical pylons, among other potentially dangerous situations.
"Even a million 'likes' on social media are not worth your life and well-being," the "Safe Selfie" motto goes. The campaign is in response to a growing number of selfie-related injuries, including one in May in which a 21-year-old woman survived shooting herself in the head while attempting to take a selfie with a gun. Marshall Bright
Powerball winners of yesteryear, rejoice: The odds were ever in your favor.
Starting October 7, that will no longer be the case for people playing the popular lottery game, thanks to a Monday change by New York's Gaming Commission, The Buffalo News reports.
Powerball players select numbers from two lines of possibilities. Up until now, the first line's field size has been 59 numbers, and the second has been 35 numbers. Officials changed the top field to a larger 69 numbers, and the bottom to a lower 26. So, people will have a better chance of guessing one number in the bottom field correctly, but picking all five correct numbers in the top field will be harder. The net effect, officials say, will be more partial winners — but fewer jackpot payouts. The odds of winning $1 million for correctly guessing the top five numbers and one bottom number will be 1 in 11.7 million, down from 1 in 5.1 million, for example. And the chances of winning a jackpot will fall from 1 in 175,223,510 to 1 in 292,201,338.
On the upside, these changes don't go into effect for another three months, so get thee to a gas station or bodega — and good luck! Sarah Eberspacher