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[Random Cool] Real ‘Akira’ Bike, ‘Chopping Mall’s Poster Artist, Norman Bates On Hotel Management, Nicolas Cage’s Agent & ‘Hipster Games’!!

As explained by Kotaku, The Akira bike of your dreams is racing across Japan. This might not be Neo-Tokyo, but that sure looks like Shotaro Kaneda’s bike in cyberpunk anime Akira. Masashi Teshima from Fukuoka, Japan thought he’d like an Akira bike for himself and spent seven years and ¥10 million (US$121,000) to make it. Clicking the links takes you to more imagery and even video footage!

Blog Man is the Warmest Place to Hide conducted an extremely rad interview with Corey Wolfe, the artist behind the incredible poster for the 1986 classic Chopping Mall. Corey was actively involved in creating artwork for movie posters and VHS covers for various film companies during the eighties. He also painted the original (non-photographic) poster for Re-Animator (1985). In the brief interview, Corey talks about how the Chopping Mall poster came about and gives us a rare glimpse into what it was like to be a poster artist at that time! Click the link to enjoy the interview and to see some incredibly rare photos used to create the memorable one-sheet.

The fun continues by reading past the break as you’ll find a trio of pretty amazing videos to brighten your Monday. The first is a trip back to the very first season of “Saturday Night Live” where Psycho star Anthony Perkins appears in a video as Norman Bates mocking motel management. The second is a bit longer, but worth a full viewing. While we love Nicolas Cage, his financial difficulties have forced the actor to take on some truly questionable roles. The College Humor video throws a jab at the star in “Nicolas Cage’s Agent”. Lastly is Christopher Guerrero’s The Hipster Games, “Hipsters from the five districts – Portland, Austin, Brooklyn, Oakland, and Silver Lake – must fight to the death… to save their district.



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