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I discovered yesterday that Sam has been moonlighting as a superhero fighting crime. And that his masked alter ego is... Red Panda.

Meanwhile, Tour of Terror III is about to culminate in the Eclipse premiere in LA on Thursday. The last I heard, the tent city comprises 350 fans (no drugs, alcohol, cooking, or amplified music, plz), and OVER 9000 wristbands have been passed out. (For comparison, 6000 fans showed up for that San Diego Comic-Con panel in 2008.)

@emokidsloveme: Paging @cleolinda RT @ktla: Eclipse Premiere: Fans Form Tent City Outside Nokia Theater http://bit.ly/d1Kk78  

@cleolinda: @emokidsloveme And it's on Thursday. THURSDAY! Two more days of this!

@emokidsloveme: @cleolinda Oh damn, it's Monday. These people are DEDICATED, to... something.

@cleolinda: @emokidsloveme I expect civil unrest by Wednesday evening. Windows smashed, trash cans on fire, sparkle running in the streets.

@rustincolor: @cleolinda http://bit.ly/dprK8e RIGHT OUTSIDE MY WORK! i need to bring my camera tomorrow & take pics. i'm scared to come in thurs.

@rustincolor: @cleolinda the ones camping out aren't here to see the movie. the movie pass was $1000 for the la film fest. they're here for the red carpet

@cleolinda: @rustincolor Yeah, I'm a bit perturbed by the $1000 film festival thing. I'm pretty sure cannibalism will set in by Thursday morning.

And then I felt mischievous and decided to troll Twitter.

@cleolinda: They're still camping out to see a better movie than Phantom Menace. YEAH I SAID IT. #ducks

My favorite part about this (admittedly inflammatory) statement is that it is genuinely hard to argue.

@ant122992: @cleolinda Ohhhh man. That's a low but accurate blow.

@NoelCT: @cleolinda Only sad, sad individuals in Jar Jar Binks underoos will disagree on that PHANTOM MENACE point.

@GeekToMe: @cleolinda Uh....no. #blasphemy #turninyourgeekcard

@GeekToMe: Just revoking geek cards everywhere RT@ant122992: @cleolinda Ohhhh man. That's a low but accurate blow. #buffyhasabettervampire

@geekgirldiva: @cleolinda @GeekToMe Dude, c'mon. What's worse? Jar Jar stepping in poop or Sparklepires? Search your heart, you know it to be true.

@cleolinda: @geekgirldiva All I'm saying is, Eclipse is gonna have to be Plan Sparklepire from Outer Space to be worse than Phantom Menace.

Meanwhile: The Associated Press has asked me to state whether I am Team Edward or Team Jacob. It looks like you will find out on Thursday. I think I did a better job of answering than Emma Roberts did, but I am prepared to stand my ground rather than be run off Livejournal, so.
A little afternoon linkspam:

Watch Seth Rogen in the trailer premiere for 'The Green Hornet.'; First images from The Green Hornet; What Happened To Badass Action Heroes Who Could Actually Win A Fistfight?

First Official Look at the New Conan the Barbarian.

Entertainment Weekly: "The 'Footloose' remake finds its star. (They were not in fact holding out for a hero. Just a newcomer.)"

M. Night Shyamalan casting next project: Can he get his mojo back?

Reese Witherspoon on the set of Water for Elephants. HORSIES! One of the things I really envy actors is that they get to learn to do all kinds of awesome stuff that most of us will never get to do. I would kill to have, say, Orlando Bloom's skill set.


And, finally: The National Pork Board demands that ThinkGeek stop using their slogan to sell unicorn meat. "We'd like to publicly apologize to the NPB for the confusion over unicorn and pork--and for their awkward extended pause on the phone after we had explained our unicorn meat doesn't actually exist." 

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I... don't want to be anywhere near while Emma Roberts is driving. Just saying.

I don't want to be anywhere near when she starts her car in the morning, either.

Honestly, it looked like really funny stage banter that could have even been arranged in advance... until it got all quiet and she went, "Do we have to sit by each other for the next few minutes?" in a completely different tone. It wasn't just "I'm not Team Edward," it was "I don't like him."

I mean, not that it wasn't crappy of the fans to do that anyway.

OH MAN, Red Pandas are my favorite animals ever. I wish my cat looked more like a panda.

The Associated Press has asked me to state whether I am Team Edward or Team Jacob. It looks like you will find out on Thursday.

Oooh. Tell us more?

Speaking of Orlando Bloom, I recently watched a very old BBC murder mystery thing in which he played a thief and male prostitute. He sadly did not get to pull out any Legolas skills, since he was quickly murdered with a pitchfork.

OUCH, poor Orli. :/

I had a mission to watch all the films the LOTR cast was in, sadly, I failed. :/

Did you actually pick a team though? Or is that also part of the suspense?

I did, in fact, answer the question.

Sam is adorable and a superhero, hurray!

The Eclipse premiere is going to be a whole other level of crazy if they are camping out JUST FOR THE RED CARPET. D:

Well, you know, they have a chance to meet the ACTORS. After having not showered* for three days! I am sure the actors will be thrilled!

* C'mon, guys, it's too easy.

I adore Sam's secret identity. Fighting crime with the power of cute!


CARTER BEATS THE DEVIL MOVIE YAY — I just finished reading that book this past weekend! This could be an awesome movie. I can hear the pitch: "The Prestige with a happy ending!" Ooh, and imagine the street team campaign: Carter Is Everywhere posters with She never died scribbled across them.

I was the one who tweeted you about living in downtown LA during the Lakers riots, and dear god I am glad to be out of there this week. My friend is at the apartment now, and I'm getting updates from her as it happens. Plus I'm making her take pictures - it looks so ridiculous.

It's like... I'm surprised that I was surprised at first. These are the people who camped out at malls for the Hot Topic appearances before the first movie came out.

Okay, is it sad that when I read about a Conan reboot I immediately thought that Ronon from Stargate:Atlantis would make a great Conan? Then I click on the link and it's Jason Momoa, but people are saying he's not ripped enough. What?? Dudes, did these guys seriously ever watch SGA?

Well, who could possibly be as ripped as 80s Arnold? Jason Momoa isn't *as* ripped as that... and to my mind, that's a good thing. Arnold's level of ripped freaks me out. Momoa's is "just right", to my mind.

(I remember when I first heard this news having a conversation with someone about differing body standards. I thought that Momoa was a pretty good representation of what a modern ripped guy ought to be... but I don't know, maybe I'm on crack. Arnold certainly looked like he had stepped out of a Vallejo painting, you have to give him that.)

Any thoughts on the fact the Hobbit has no director, you guys?

I'm hearing they might get Neil Blomkamp to do it.

Sam is not a dog. He is a super-adorable plush-based lifeform from Planet Plushutron. ::squees incoherently at the puppeh::

This is more articulate that what I was capable of, although I bet Cleo speaks fluent squee.

As a fan, I will acknowledge that Star Wars et al is, like Twilight et al, entertaining fantasy fluff for teenagers of all ages. And like Twilight, it features some uncomfortable racial stereotyping and some stuff that is really really bad if taken seriously. (The original trilogy even has a contrived love triangle that gets resolved in a convenient if rather improbable manner.)

Unlike Twilight, however, the clumsy and too-stupid-to-live character is not the protagonist.

...was there ever really a love triangle though? Luke was pretty much over Leia by ESB I think.

I'd argue that point that Twilight movies are better than Phantom Menace. ;)

I'd argue that a handheld film of my toenails growing would be better than Phantom Menace.

Interesting. Jason Momoa's mixed heritage apparently adapts to his surroundings. On Atlantis, with the dreads, I would have guessed African American of some sort. In the Conan image, he looks decidedly not that at all, such that I wouldn't have even thought it was the same person.

Whoa, you're right! I think it might be the lack of the Ronon goatee that would have obscured his features a little that makes him look so different. He looks less baby-faced without it. I would have guess African American too, but I guess he's Caucasian/Samoan. Weird.

By 'troll' you mean you're kidding about Twilight being better than Phantom Menace, right?

If you weren't joking, I have to say this: Sure, Jar Jar might have been a terrible character, but you have to admit TPM had a plot outside of two people just looking at each other longingly and then some stupid tracker for like four minutes and it had Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson.

I mostly agree, but to be honest, I don't see the hate for Jar-Jar *ducks*. He was obviously a character meant for the kids in the audience, and the film tried to cater to all audiences. Seriously, is he any worse than, say, Ewoks?

Then, of course TPM has the Pod Race scene, and the best lightsaber fight in either the Prequel Trilogy or the Old Trilogy with the Darth Maul-Obi-Wan-Qui-Gon fight.