Woooo! The latest “Hunger Games” trailer is out! We’re so close to the release date! Also, are any other fans of the series just not that excited at this point?
When I read the books, I was rapt for the first book, interested for the second, and then I remember feeling, during the third, like Suzanne Collins was writing for an adaptation to screen, with somehow simultaneously dazzling and tedious descriptions of The Capitol’s physical setting, confusing and vague action sequences, and needless worrying over the Gale-Katniss-Peeta love triangle. Mockingjay, the third book in the trilogy,was written and released before Lionsgate picked up the rights to produce The Hunger Games books as films, but the series was so successful by the time she wrote the third book that I’m sure it had to at least be in the back of her mind. The book read like it, anyway — like if it was going to end up on screen anyway, there was room to fudge some of it, because it could be figured out visually later. Keep reading »
Ooooh, there’s going to be a new live-action Archie show called “Riverdale,” written by Archie writer and Archie Comics CCO Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and produced by Berlanti Productions, which is the production house for “Arrow,” “The Flash,” and the upcoming “Supergirl.” It’s going to be a “subversive” look at small-town life, featuring Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Reggie, as well as other well-known Archie characters like Josie and the Pussycats. Can we get Sabrina in there, too, and can we get Melissa Joan Hart to play Hilda or Zelda? Keep reading »
There’s been all sorts of drama surrounding action figures at Toys ‘R’ Us lately: A Florida mom found out that the toy store was carrying “Breaking Bad” action figures and successfully petitioned the company to stop carrying them.
Before you say, “Wait, I could’ve gotten a ‘Breaking Bad’ figurine at Toys ‘R’ Us and no one told me?” — I KNOW. And apparently we aren’t the only people who feel that way, because there’s now a counter-petition to get them restocked, since Toys ‘R’ Us is filling in a market gap for toys for adults where KB, Suncoast, and Tower Records used to reside by carrying the figurines. Keep reading »
Now that Jennifer Lawrence has spoken out about “The Fappening,” the unauthorized released of hacked nude photos of (mostly) female celebrities, some Fappeners on Reddit are sounding self-aware if not exactly apologetic. Here’s what users on r/FappeningDiscussion, one of the few subreddits allowed to exist after the initial hack, are saying:
“I would agree on every point; it was a crime, it was a sexual violation, and it was a disgusting thing to do. You can quibble about the phrase ‘sex crime’ if you want—maybe you think that suggests something more active or physical, like sexual assault—but it does describe a range of crimes, many of which are more ‘passive,’ like sexual harassment and invasion of privacy[…] Note the verbiage: perpetuating, not perpetrating. She’s not equating looking at the pictures to a crime, she’s just saying, correctly, that by viewing, sharing, spreading, and generally reveling in the pictures we are perpetuating the crime. You would have to be profoundly intellectually dishonest to claim that’s not true. I mean, most people on here are literally openly hoping for the leaks to continue and expand in scope and scale. Obviously we’re perpetuating it.”
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YouTuber Todd Kenreck of Invader Boom has begun a documentary series on cosplaying called “Cosplay Boom,” the first episode of which has been released and future episodes of which depend on Kenreck’s fundraising efforts through crowd-funding site Patreon.
The first episode is really, really cool: It’s titled “Origins” and it’s a series of interviews with cosplayers and costumers on the subject of how they got into cosplay. You’d think that the biggest trend in their answers would be “I’m nerdy,” but really it’s more “This is so much fun!” There are people who cosplay because they admire the characters they’re cosplaying, and there are people who just like to dress up in costumes. (The gentleman dressed as Carl Fredericksen from “Up” is 100 percent my favorite.) Keep reading »
“The Daily Show”’s Jessica Williams has figured out how to stop catcallers from harassing you on the street and had a few suggestions for women, including changing our route to work, acting “like a psycho,” and these three rules: “Rule number one: Always wear oversized headphones. Rule number two: Master the fake phone call. Rule number three: Avoid eye contact at all costs.”
I mean, that probably won’t stop the catcallers anyway, but it’s worth a shot. On another note, when is Jessica Williams getting her own show? She’s awesome. [The Daily Show]
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