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A linkspam that has been THREE DAYS IN THE MAKING.

@bathbomb: Also, today I did a little sketch of @cleolinda. This is what she looks like in my head.

@cleolinda: @bathbomb Other than the fact that I'm about twice as wide, it's actually pretty good.

@foresthouse: @cleolinda You look like that in my head too. Except there is a Pallas cat grumping over your shoulder.

@cleolinda: @foresthouse Considering that you've seen me in person, the likeness must be impressive.

@foresthouse: @cleolinda Well, okay, actually I confess that in my head you have purple hair, and no amount of seeing you IRL can change that. :P



'In Time' Trailer: Justin Timberlake And Amanda Seyfried Go On The Run.

'Red Tails' trailer: George Lucas' long-promised Tuskegee Airmen film finally takes off.

Fall in love with the sweet first trailer for Sundance prize winner Like Crazy, starring Anton Yelchin & Felicity Jones.

'Arena' trailer: This is the Samuel L. Jackson cheesefest you didn't know you were waiting for; The trailer for Arena (nee Deathgames), starring Kellan Lutz + Sam Jackson, may be the best thing you watch all week; Twi-hards, Vampire Diaries-hards, LOSTies and Sam Jacksonites, your worlds are about to collide in the trailer for ARENA. It's like every time I saw another headline about this, I side-eyed in a different direction. (ETA: It turns out that the second and third headlines are actually for the same article--I checked. So basically, Movieline is trolling my side-eye at this point.)


New Prometheus images provide a terrifying reminder of the original Alien.

TIFF 2011 First Look: 'Coriolanus' Starring and Directed By Ralph Fiennes.

Descriptions on my Tumblr of some pictures and posters from 'Twixt.'

New Pics and Final Poster for 'The Muppets.'

International Poster for The Three Musketeers.


Casting: Kevin Bacon to 'R.I.P.D.', Willem Dafoe Ships to 'Pacific Rim', Robert Patrick Joins the 'Gangster Squad.' Thanks for making that easy!

A Lot of Links About Things Related to Comics, For Some Reason

What really happened at the infamous Dan DiDio/Hire More Women incident; The New 52 and the Batgirl of San Diego; from Diane Duane: The Women at DC Comics kurfuffle: a note from over here.

@StephenWacker: Everyone angry about the "women in comics" debate should go pick up the "Girl Comics" collection from Marvel. Fantastic Anthology.

Also, new today:

@DC_NATION: We hear you. @jimlee00 & Dan DiDio blog how we've heard from fans about more women writers, artists and characters.

'The Dark Knight Rises' Covers Pittsburgh In Snow; New "Spy" Pics and Video from the Set of The Dark Knight Rises Reveal Tom Hardy's 'Bane' Costume and Multiple 'Tumblers'; Spoiler Pics & Videos From The Dark Knight Rises Set; Man Attempts to Steal Undercover Cop Car, Says 'The Dark Knight Rises' Made Him Do It. Also: Tom Hardy compares The Dark Knight Rises to an airport store, because of course. "So, to recap: Being the villain in The Dark Knight Rises is like being the $10 and Under boutique or the Cinnabon at the airport, where everyone would rather shop at the Duty Free store, or working as a barista at Starbucks to keep your punk band afloat. Makes total sense. Let’s start a trend: Name your airport spirit animal-retailer below!" What's the airport equivalent of Claire's Boutique?

BREAKING: Marvel Moving Ahead With DOCTOR STRANGE.

Look, It's Superman's Smallville Home from Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel.'

Hi-Res The Amazing Spider-Man Photos; Marc Webb Further Explains Spidey's Mechnical Webshooters For The Skeptics. I just keep wondering what happens when he goes dry. Meanwhile: Director Marc Webb says the Lizard "literally embodies" themes of the new Spidey movie; The Amazing Spider-Man to be Released in IMAX 3D.

@nprmonkeysee: PBS offers "Spider-Monster: The Musical," which made even very grouchy critics laugh. Grover: "This is only our 17th opening night, sir!"

@HitFixDaniel: The "Sesame Street" parody of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has been online for a while.

Then we actually started looking at a clip from the real show.

@Ceilidhann: The Letterman show audience reactions to the Spider-Man musical number are hilarious. A lot of barely concealed O_O faces.

@Ceilidhann: Seriously, if Turn Off The Dark was this campy all the way through, I’d adore it.

@cleolinda: 2:08 was where I said “What the crap” out loud.

@Ceilidhann: The blow up dinosaur thing from 2:18 looks like Reptar from The Rugrats. $75million well spent!

@cleolinda: It was nice of Grace Jones to show up at 2:50, though.

David E. Kelley's Wonder Woman pilot would have been Hollywood's weirdest take on superheroes yet. "And everybody worries about Wonder Woman's mental state and whether she's lonesome and whether she needs a man, all the time — even when she's facing criminal charges for beating up tons of people without any justification. And she spends rather a lot of time in her "corporate bosslady" identity, with a huge office overlooking a giant hive of worker bees, all of them apparently toiling away to merchandise her image for profit. All of the profits from her crass self-promotion go to help her beat up more people in her spare time, we're told." Also, crying and eating ice cream, I heard. Seriously, Kelley: fuck you.

The new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a magical mystery tour through Alan Moore's head. Way to make it sound terrifying there.

More Stuff

First 'Die Hard 5' Plot Details Emerge: John McClane Goes Global (Updated with Director Shortlist).

'Oz' Starts Filming, 'Great And Powerful' Plot Revealed.

Len Wiseman's 'Total Recall' Ditches Mars But Keeps The Spirit; Don't worry, the new Total Recall will have a three-breasted woman.

"A really fun interview about acting, Felicity, and fake tanning with Scott Speedman."

@ebertchicago: Melville died in 1891. "Pola X" is a strange film of his strangest novel. By far. My review. OH MY GOD! IT'S PIERRE, Y'ALL!

Cartoon Network's new ThunderCats is surprisingly fun for kids and their parents; 'ThunderCats' premiere review: Lion-O and Mumm-Ra were back... but different.

How "My Little Pony" became the progressive poster boy for Fair Use on the web.


@JM_Underwood: Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a fucking triumph. Message ends. #apeswillrise

@JM_Underwood: I genuinely think Andy Serkis might pick up an Oscar nomination for #apeswillrise. Wouldn't that be something? Mesmerising performance.

And now, the resulting review: We were dreading Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Silly us. It's AMAZING.

Meanwhile: Tom Felton Attends Premiere of His New Film, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." I have to admit, I had a hard time not laughing out loud when I finally saw a version of the trailer that included Felton (at the Deathly Hallows midnight showing, no less). I mean, of course Draco Malfoy is the reason humanity gets screwed.

@christylemire: Writing my review of "Bellflower." Trying to find a way to say batshit crazy without actually saying batshit crazy.

@Annaleen: Still think it's an awesome movie. RT @io9: Cowboys & Aliens will show you action like you've never seen it before.

Sony openly warning you to avoid The Smurfs; You can actually watch Neil Patrick Harris' soul being eaten in The Smurfs; 'Smurfs' Poised to Defeat 'Cowboys & Aliens'; Box office report: It's a tie! 'Cowboys & Aliens' and 'The Smurfs' both open to $36.2 mil; Our nation's nightmarish economic stand-off is over: 'Cowboys & Aliens' knocks off 'The Smurfs.'

The Uwe Boll Slot

EXCLUSIVE: Jean-Claude Van Damme Targets 'Assassination Games.' Did we fall into 1996 when I wasn't looking?

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....okay, I take it back. Spider-man The Musical is going to be hilarible.

....."going to be"?!?!

And he used to run out of web-fluid all the time back in the 70s; it was one of the writers' go-to tricks for ratcheting up tension. Eventually he upgraded the shooters to hold more fluid cartridges.

Re: the DC links. "Of course we're hiring the best people! Don't you know that penises carry inherent artistic talent?"

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Funny story. I was in a book store on vacation and ended up buying a fancy version of Pierre.

The Kraken Edition

The Dark Knight Rises is going to be shooting at Heinz Field on Saturday. The article in the newspaper mentioned the Gotham... Raiders, I think?

Wait...there's another Die Hard movie coming out? Why? Just...why? It's not like there aren't enough Die Hard knockoffs in existence.

I work at a med school, and we just had orientation today. One of our new student doctor's last name is Strange, so the progress of the Dr. Strange movie is going to crack my shit up until it comes out.

Awww, can't get much better than that. I can only wish to have an aquaintance with a famous last name.

When you're telling people that you only want to hire the best writers and artists for your comics, you should probably check that you don't have Rob Liefeld on your payroll, you tend to lose credibility.

There is no font large enough for the WORD that this point deserves.

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Especially if Grover actually did fly into my lap

I have mixed feelings about women fighting for the chance to write Matter Eater Lad or whatever stupid DC characters. One of those links named some examples of writers she'd like to see writing DC comics...Phoebe Gloeckner? Marjane Satrapi? Lynda Barry? Really? Brilliant creators all, but they'd laugh themselves silly if someone asked them to write Harley Quinn or whatever the hell. Superhero comics are so juvenile on the face of them that it's like female screenwriters fighting for the chance to write Yogi Bear 2. I know, it's all about choice, but I've been following the comics field long enough to know the Big Two are creatively barren except when they fuck up and actually stay out of the way of a decent creator.

...The thought of Phoebe frickin' Gloeckner, author of the stunning A Child's Life, being reduced to schlepping for DC Comics. Dear bleeding Christ.

Um...no. Superhero comics can be written as juvenile or mature, mind-numbing or thought-provoking, depending on the writer - as, indeed, can memoir comics. Subject matter is not an indicator of quality.

I appreciate that writers like Marjane Satrapi have shown in their writing little interest for dealing with concepts of good and evil and the space between using the particular metaphors of superhero comics, but if one of the ladies you mentioned is in fact a fan and wants to try her hand a writing a story in that universe, it would assuredly NOT be beneath her.

As an educator, I'm also slightly insulted at your use of "juvenile" as an apparent synonym for "worthless," as though there could be no value in art aimed at teens, young adults, or children, simply "Yogi Bear 2."

I appreciate that superhero comics are not for everyone and you may never be a fan, but if you're at all interested in better understanding superhero comics for what they are, may I recommend any of the three volumes of "Batman in Black and White?" There are better superhero graphic novels out there, but these anthologies of widely differing stories are a good showcase of what can be done within the genre.

As always I say "haters to the left" when it comes to Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark ^.^

I have such high hopes that Amazing Spiderman will be like Batman Begins, where I actually believed that a person could go out and become a vigilante superhero. Of course, I have to cut'em some slack on the whole radioactive spider bite cuz, well, they can't ever change that part.

I'm still "meh" on the organic web-shooters for Spidey. I know they're canon, but I thought that was one of Raimi's more sensible tweaks. I remember watching the animated series as a kid and being really confused when it showed him taking them off. So we're to believe this dweeb has spider powers, but the most spider-like trait he could possibly have... is fake. WTF.

Also, Thundercats reboot: watched it for the nostalgia factor and to see how they updated it. It was... done pretty well, actually. I was surprised. Also loved that they got the original Lion-O VA in there, nice passing of the torch.

Exactly! Organic web-shooters just make more sense. Plus, it makes them a unique Spiderman power. If they're mechanical, anyone could steal his diagrams and become a webslinger.

Because of the bizarre logic trains my brain occasionally rides, I cannot hear "Turn Off the Dark" without getting Snuff Out The Light stuck in my head.

Aren't the Turn Off The Dark costumes (iirc) the same lady who did The Lion King? Who went on to do The Little Mermaid which was a costume disaster as well (I have a hate-on for Wheelies) and honestly, Spiderman is only worse.

I just... I don't... I can't even.

From what I saw of The Little Mermaid, I really wish they would have taken off the tails of the mermaids and just let their legs be their tails in a more 'use your imagination' way. Because having both the tails and the green legs was just silly looking. I didn't mind the wheelies so much, but again I think they could have had them walking around and no one would have batted an eye. It's art, it doesn't have to be realistic.


uh, sort of only tangentally related to the women-in-DC-comics stuff that's been going around, (there seems to be some kind of storm of ladies-and-comics stuff latey) there's a women-only comics anthology called Womanthology whose proceeds are going to be going to charity--> http://womanthology.blogspot.com/

I feel obligated to plug it since I'm going to be in it, and it's been pretty amazing seeing it blow up the way it has. it's raised way over twice it's projected cost to print and it still has 5 days before fundraising is over.

It's been a pretty cool blow to the Marvel/DC 'women don't make or read comics/men don't want to read about women unless they're sexy' mindset that some people have.