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Watch The Matrix Lobby-Fight Scene Re-Enacted With Legos

A Redditor spent at least 160 hours re-creating this scene

Matrix franchise aficionados and Lego geeks can revel in a new YouTube re-enactment of the famous lobby-fight sequence from the original 1999 sci-fi action film. Shot scene-for-scene with Legos plastic toys, Reddit user Snooperking animated every minute detail from Trinity running up walls and Neo cartwheeling while volleys of plastic bullets knock cubic chunks out of the walls.

On Reddit, Snooperking said he toiled for approximately 160 hours to re-enact the iconic scene over three months. “I could only do like up to two hours a day before I got sick of it and had to play Battlefield,” Snooperking said. He selected the complex fight sequence to challenge himself to improve his animation skills, after creating a Star Wars Lego video in 2014.

To get a sense of the sheer patience required to reconstruct the Matrix scene with plastic Legos, Snooperking also offers a behind-the-scene video.

TIME Music

Watch Alyson Stoner’s Killer Dance Tribute to Missy Elliott

She can still work it

You may remember Alyson Stoner as the little girl in the Missy Elliot videos. Well, she has paid homage to the woman who made her famous.

Stoner appeared as a backing dancer in several of Elliott’s videos in the early 2000s, including Work It and Gossip Folks and quickly became known for her attitudinal moves.

Now at age 21, the musician and actress has released a killer Missy Elliott tribute video featuring a mash-up of several of Elliot’s hits.

As Elliott put it: “They grown up!”

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TIME Cricket

Cricketer Phillip Hughes Named as Posthumous 13th Man In Australian Team

Day 1 of the first Test match between Australia and India
DAVE HUNT—EPA Tributes to the late Phillip Hughes are seen outside the Adelaide Oval on day 1 of the first Test match between Australia and India in Adelaide, Australia, 09 December 2014.

Play has ended on day 1 of the first match played by the Australian side since the death of one of its young stars in a freak accident

Cricket teams consist of eleven players plus an extra player in the side called the twelfth man, who serves as a substitute in case someone gets injured.

On Tuesday in Adelaide, however, the Australian side that faced off against India posthumously added a “thirteenth man” — Phillip Hughes.

Hughes, who died on Nov. 27, was symbolically included in an Australian side playing its first match since his untimely death, the BBC reports. Black armbands were worn by the Australian players, who also bore his cap number, 408, on their white jerseys. The spectators were also asked to stand for 63 seconds of applause, symbolizing the 63-run score he had at the moment he was fatally injured.

Hughes died two days after being struck on the neck by a quick-rising ball known in cricket jargon as a “bouncer.” The 25-year-old batsman’s sudden demise shocked and saddened the cricketing world, with 5,000 people descending on his hometown to attend his funeral and tributes pouring in from around the globe.

“It’s going to be an emotional morning,” Australian player Mitchell Johnson said, right before his side went in to bat.

The home side ended Day One of the five-day test match having scored 354 runs for the loss of six wickets. Opening batsman David Warner — one of the first players to rush onto the field to aid Hughes moments after he was struck — scored 145 of those runs, in what is sure to be a meaningful, memorable innings regardless of the result.

TIME Cricket

Australia Bids Farewell to Cricket Star Phillip Hughes in Emotional Funeral

Phillip Hughes Funeral
Cameron Spencer—Getty Images The coffin of Australian cricket star Phillip Hughes is carried by brother Jason Hughes and father Gregory Hughes in Macksville, Australia, on Dec. 3, 2014

About 5,000 people flocked to the town to pay their respects, with the ceremony also broadcast on large screens across Australia

Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes was laid to rest in his hometown of Macksville, New South Wales, on Wednesday in an emotional memorial service that was attended by the entire Australian cricket squad and the visiting Indian team.

Hundreds more gathered at large screens set up in various parts of Australia, with the ceremony broadcast at major cricket stadiums including the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Adelaide Oval, as well as the local school stadium in Macksville, Fox Sports reported.

“Cricket’s heart has been pierced by pain,” said Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland in his address to the gathering. “But it will never stop beating.”

Hughes died in hospital last Thursday after being hit below the left ear by a cricket ball during a domestic match two days earlier. His death renewed safety concerns for batsmen who regularly face cricket balls — which are heavier and harder than baseballs — bowled at a speed that turns them into potentially lethal projectiles.

The passing of the 25-year-old rising star sent waves of shock and sadness across the cricket world, with thousands of tributes pouring in during the days that followed.

Wednesday was no different.

The funeral opened with an acoustic rendition of the Alphaville hit “Forever Young” and concluded with the Elton John ballad “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.” Hughes’ coffin was carried by family, friends and teammates including his father Greg, his brother Jason and Australian captain Michael Clarke.

“Phillip’s spirit, which is now part of our game forever, will act as a custodian of the sport we all love,” said Clarke, choking back tears during an emotional homage to his teammate and friend. “We must cherish it. We must learn from it … and we must play on,” he added. “Rest in peace my little brother, I’ll see you out in the middle.”

Clarke’s eulogy came soon after heartfelt words from Hughes’s close friends and family, all of whom spoke about his zest for life, kindness and compassion.

“Each individual in this room has different memories that involve Phillip. And that’s what we can take from this,” said Hughes’s younger sister Megan. “He had an impact on so many lives and it shows someone that always took care of himself, still had time to worry about others.”

The Australian side will take to the field against India in Adelaide next week, with the memory and legacy of Phillip Hughes still fresh in their minds.

TIME Appreciation

Pizza Place Honors Robin Williams With Awesome Themed Specials

For example: the Pork & Mindy pizza and the Good Will Hotwing

People around the country have been finding all kinds of ways to honor Robin Williams following his shocking death Monday. In Brooklyn, the employees of Vinnie’s Pizzeria created a tribute that was a bit tastier than the rest. They named their specials after some of the actor’s most memorable works and displayed them on a whiteboard next to some lovely illustrations:

Showing our respects in the only way we know how. Rest in Pizza, Robin.

A photo posted by Vinnies Pizzeria (@vinniesbrooklyn) on

Vinnie’s is known for its pop culture-themed specials and corresponding illustrations — seriously, check these out, because they’re really great — but this one definitely stands out as a lovely tribute to a fallen star.

(h/t Grubstreet)

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Fans Are Turning Robin Williams Landmarks into Impromptu Memorials

Makeshift memorials are growing at the bench immortalized in Good Will Hunting, the Mork and Mindy house in Boulder, and more

To pay tribute to a fallen star, fans across the country are turning Robin Williams-related landmarks into makeshift memorials. Here are just some of the memorials springing up across the country to the actor, who died Monday at 63.

Good Will Hunting Bench — Boston, Mass.

Upon hearing of the actor’s apparent suicide, Nicholas Rabchenuk and his girlfriend decided to walk to the Boston Public Garden bench Williams sat on, giving Matt Damon advice, in Good Will Hunting. Saddened to find it empty, Rabchenuk told The Hollywood Reporter that he and his girlfriend went to buy flowers and chalk to write down some of Williams’ immortalized lines.

“I hope it catches on,” Rabchenuk said. Or as Williams said in Good Will Hunting, “Your move chief.”

Mork and Mindy House — Boulder, Colo.

A memorial of flowers and signs reading “U will be missed Mork” is growing in front of the 130-year-old Boulder house featured in the 1970’s sitcom Mork and Mindy. Among those paying tribute was Rep. Jared Polis, who went to the house in his Mork costume to say goodbye. (Pictured).

Mrs. Doubtfire House — San Francisco, Calif.

People knelt on the stairs of the Mrs. Doubtfire house in San Francisco, leaving flowers and notes to the deceased. Dozens of neighbors also gathered at Williams’ nearby home in Tiburon until late Monday night to pay tribute. “I still don’t believe it’s real,” Megan Thorpe, who used to nanny for a neighbor, told SF Gate. “But we’re here. It has to be.”

Hollywood Walk of Fame — Los Angeles, Calif.

Fans in Southern California have also placed flowers, candles, and messages around Robin Williams’ star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

TIME tribute

Homeland Actor James Rebhorn Wrote His Own Obituary

James Rebhorn in 2012 in New York City.
Robin Marchant—Getty Images James Rebhorn in 2012 in New York City.

And it's a tear-jerker

Actor James Rebhorn — who had roles in Homeland, Meet The Parents, My Cousin Vinny and Independence Day – died on Friday at the age of 65, from melanoma. The veteran actor worked in show business for 50 years, with dozens of parts to his name, and he continued to take on roles long after his diagnosis in 1992. Before his death, Rebhorn was able to write his own obituary, a loving ode to his family detailing the adoration he felt for his parents, sister, wife and daughters. The obit, titled “His Life, According to Jim,” was posted by the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jersey City on Monday.

You can read the full, tear-jerking tribute here:

James Robert Rebhorn was born on Sept. 1, 1948, in Philadelphia, PA. His mother, Ardell Frances Rebhorn, nee Hoch, loved him very much and supported all his dreams. She taught him the value of good manners and courtesy, and that hospitality is no small thing. His father, James Harry Rebhorn, was no less devoted to him. From him, Jim learned that there is no excuse for poor craftsmanship. A job well done rarely takes more or less time than a job poorly done. They gave him his faith and wisely encouraged him to stay in touch with God.

He is survived by his sister, Janice Barbara Galbraith, of Myrtle Beach, SC. She was his friend, his confidant, and, more often than either of them would like to admit, his bridge over troubled waters.

He is also survived by his wife, Rebecca Fulton Linn, and his two daughters, Emma Rebecca Rebhorn and Hannah Linn Rebhorn. They anchored his life and gave him the freedom to live it. Without them, always at the center of his being, his life would have been little more than a vapor. Rebecca loved him with all his flaws, and in her the concept of ceaseless love could find no better example.

His children made him immensely proud. Their dedication to improving our species and making the world a better place gave him hope for the future. They deal with grief differently, and they should each manage it as they see fit. He hopes, however, that they will grieve his passing only as long as necessary. They have much good work to do, and they should get busy doing it. Time is flying by. His son-in-law, Ben, also survives him. Jim loved Ben, who was as a son to Jim, especially through these last months.

His aunts Jean, Dorothy and Florence, numerous cousins and their families, and many devoted friends also survive Jim. He loved them all, and he knows they loved him.

Jim received his BA at Wittenberg University and his MFA at Columbia. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Nu Zeta 624, a life-long Lutheran, and a longtime member of both the AMC and ACLU.

Jim was fortunate enough to earn his living doing what he loved. He was a professional actor. His unions were always there for him, and he will remain forever grateful for the benefits he gained as a result of the union struggle. Without his exceptional teachers and the representation of the best agents in the business, he wouldn’t have had much of a career. He was a lucky man in every way.

–Jim Rebhorn, March 2014


TIME tribute

Remembrance: Leonard Knight’s Salvation Mountain

The famed folk artist died on Feb. 12.

Folk artist Leonard Knight, creator of Salvation Mountain, died on Monday afternoon in San Diego. He was 82.

It took Knight about three decades to paint and personalize the famed art installation in the desert of Niland, Calif., near the Salton Sea. Knight used adobe, straw and thousands of gallons of paint to personalize it with religious murals and technicolor Bible verses.

The site, which draws thousands of spectators every year, was Knight’s life project. Volunteers have been working to protect and maintain it since he was placed in a long-term care facility in late 2011.

Seattle-based photographer Aaron Huey met Knight seven years ago and returned to Salvation Mountain several times since then. He remembers the artist:

Leonard’s single mission in life was to spread the message that “God is Love” and though it references the Abrahamic “God,” his mountain truly transcended any individual faiths. He brought countless people together to marvel at both the mountain and his message. Living at the mountain full-time in the back of an old painted firetruck with no belongings beyond his clothes and a few coolers, he could be found surrounded by visitors every day of the week spreading his message of “Universal Love.” Though Leonard shrugged off the title of “artist,” his work—his single masterpiece—will surely be counted among the greatest pieces of folk art ever created.

I met Leonard seven years ago and his impact on my life has been immense. Leonard made me want to throw away all of my things. My computers, my phone, my career, my ego—and to help him build his mountain of mud and paint. Instead, I helped him carry a dozen hay bales up the mountain and promised to come back again. I returned a dozen times over six years to help him build, to photograph his work, and to try to better understand his humble genius. I had never met a man of such singular, unflinching vision and to this day I can say he is one of the most incredible people I have ever met in all the world.

Your message lives on, Leonard. Travel well my friend.

—Aaron Huey

TIME tribute

Happy Birthday, Bombshell: 85 Rare Images of Marilyn Monroe

In honor of the screen siren’s 85th birthday, TIME looks back at the many faces of Marilyn — from barefoot starlet to sexy fashion icon.

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