I really, really hope the news about J.J. Abrams directing the new Star Wars movie is true.
It seems like all the articles out there are citing the same anonymous source with no quotes from him, but I hope. I hope, I hope. He would’ve been my first choice all along, but I just didn’t see it happening because of Star Trek. After Star Trek came out in 2009, I kept saying “Can you imagine how much better the Star Wars prequels could have been if Abrams had been around to direct them?” (Well, CAN YOU?)
Of course, it’s possible that the “source” who called it “a done deal” did so with the intention of initating a media freakout over the news, just so Abrams would feel too inspired/awkward to back out after seeing everyone’s excited reactions…in which case, let the record show that THIS IS YET ANOTHER POST OF EXCITEMENT. INTERNET, HEAR ME.
This is different than what I usually post here, but I was so touched to see this on my Tumblr dashboard that I had to share. Since cats were my first obsession in life, it’s actually kind of fitting for this blog. In all seriousness, though, PLEASE be aware of this danger.
I lost my first cat this way when I was six-years-old. It was about a week after Christmas and cold out. We had just gotten into the car when my mother turned on the engine and heard a thud and immediately started panicking. Our sweet little cat, not yet a year old, died instantly. (We thought she was in the backyard.) But this traumatic event was scarring for us. I remember running inside and punching my bed and then seeing my mom on the porch, sobbing and hugging the mail woman who happened to walk up. As hard as it was for me to lose my first pet after a few months, I can’t even imagine what my mother must have felt then and anytime she recalls that day.
I’m sorry for the sad post, but I felt like this was an important message to spread, especially for anyone who knows there are cats in their neighborhood. My current kitty doesn’t go outside unless she’s on her leash. And I think I’ll go hug her now.
I saw this video described as “simultaneously fascinating and funny,” but had some doubts it would make me laugh. Those doubts were unfounded; this video is hilarious! Incidentally, this is exactly how I react to being paid in cucumbers.
I hope that monkey got an equal share of grapes afterward!
This reminds me of a similar study designed to see if dogs can become jealous of one another. Spoiler alert: Yep. While not quite as hilarious, the article and pictures are worth checking out.
Here’s an extended preview of Cloud Atlas, the upcoming film adaptation from Wachowski Starship and Tom Tykwer.
I am officially excited, if you couldn’t tell by the fact that I’m posting it. I also suck at blogging regularly, but you already knew that, too! Anyway, I’m not quite TGO yet, but I’m on the verge. And I will admit to some jaw-droppage over this video. I should maybe contextualize that statement by explaining that my jaw drops pretty often, like if I taste an exceptionally good sandwich, or I recognize a song on a commercial, or Oscar Pistorius tweets shirtless photos. What I’m saying is that it’s not a rare thing, but it’s also still a meaningful thing. I’m going to shut up and share a cool quote from that video you should be watching instead of reading my crappy post:
"Yesterday, I believed I would never have done what I did today."
(And by that, I mean updating TGO, of course. SIGH.)
With science fiction, there’s a danger in creating a look that seems so foreign it becomes alienating. For ENDER’S GAME, we wanted to make a future that looked both functional and logical. We wanted it to be a future where you can picture yourself in their shoes.
But of course, it is the future. For the uniforms, all synthetic materials were used, meaning no loud silk florals. And for the flash suits… well, we actually had to create them out of thin air.
Christine built the flash suits from virtually non-existent fabrics designed by our incredible production team. The idea was to take cues from “extremesports” to inspire our design, using real world practicality as opposed to the heightened reality of superhero spandex and a cape.
Lana Wachowski officially identified herself as such in this video promoting Cloud Atlas, the new film from the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer (releasing in October).
For almost 10 years, there have been rumors that she was a trans woman in transition, and comparing early photos to later ones certainly favored that rumor. Still, it obviously wasn’t fair to label her as trans unless she officially came out. And here she is, in pink-haired glory.
I am just ridiculously happy for her, and her huge smile in this video is contagious. It is still one of my ultimate nerd dreams to meet the Wachowskis someday. I can’t even imagine the scale of that TGO moment. I was on the verge of a heart attack and could barely form form words or comprehend basic speech when I met Dan Savage (one of my favorite writers/people), so I’m estimating that meeting the creators of my favorite film franchise of all time would require a helmet and an oxygen supply. BUT IT WOULD BE WORTH IT.
And hey, just look at them doing the whole appearing-in-a-video-to-promote-their-film thing! Imagine that! Ahem.
ALSO, CLOUD ATLAS, YOU GUYS. THIS MOVIE SOUNDS FREAKING AMAZING. I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW IT WAS GOING ON BECAUSE I’M THE WORST BLOGGER EVER, BUT NOW I’M SO GLAD IT WORKED OUT.
Via E! Online (Don’t read the comments section. Trigger warning.)
The title of the film is taken from a two-issue arc in which Kitty Pride (who was played by Ellen Page inX-Men: Last Stand) uses her powers to transfer her powers to her past self and help “alter a series of events that lead to a mass mutant round-up and subsequent mass imprisonment.”
Here’s a little wikipedia snippet about the story: “The storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men. She succeeds in her mission and returns to the future, but despite her success, the future timeline still exists as an alternative timeline rather than as the actual future.”
Oh. Okay. Wait. WHAT?
I tried to read that twice and it felt like reading a math problem in college algebra. On the plus side, that’s just the plot of the original comic and not necessarily the screen play. On the down side, I am not usually a fan of alternate-timeline story arcs. With very few exceptions, among them the Star Trek reboot, I tend to feel that they result in messy/confusing storytelling.
So, in case it wasn’t clear, I have mixed feelings about this news. I can’t not be excited about this movie, but an alternate-future plot and the (possible) sudden focus on Kitty Pryde are not exciting me. I never thought I would say this, but at least the movie is still so far away from production. Sigh.
Comic fans are schooling me:
Thank you both so much for these comments! You have restored my faith/excitement in this movie. The fact that both commenters called this an exceptionally good X-Men plot is evidence that the writers still know what they’re doing. I hope the greatness translates well to film. Also, I really appreciate ysalamiri's bitterness. I felt like a real blogger when I read that! I have been very honest about the fact that I know NOTHING about comics, so I genuinely need true fans taking the time to tell me how it is. This is fantastic.
This is the poster for ITEM 47, the one-shot epilogue to The Avengers that will be included on the Blu-Ray in September.
This is obviously exciting, but I’m having trouble taking that tagline* seriously. “A few items?” (Do we need to place them in the bagging area after we scan them?**) I get that they’re referencing the title, but 47 kind of sounds like more than “a few,” anywa— WAIT, OH MY GOD, YOU GUYS WHAT IF THIS IS WHERE WE FIND OUT THAT AGENT COULSON DIDN’T DIE?
Ron Perlman decided to keep things exceptionally awesome by donning his full Hellboy costume to fulfill a Make-A-Wish child’s wish to meet Hellboy. Zachary, pictured, wanted to meet and become Hellboy and he got his wish! Hit that link for more aww-worthy pictures.