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Wednesday
May142014

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Big Screen
Comics Alliance reviews the new mutant twinkies inspired by X-Men Days of Future Past. No, really
Self Styled Siren Farran's first novel "The Missing Reel" is coming out this year. If you've ever read her site you know this is a big deal since she's a wonderful writer. She promises lots of film references in this romantic comedy set in the 1980s at a NYC revival house. 
The Dissolve Ridley Scott might direct The Martian starring Matt Damon. Mars movies always flop but Hollywood is eternally optimistic 

Why So Sad, Batman makes the only smart use of the first photo of Ben Affleck as Batman 
Out director Bryan Singer profiled, he declines to comment on the legal battles involving sexual assault claims but there's quite a lot of commenting on perceptions of his sexuality
AV Club Wolverine Remixed. 'Snikt' with a dance beat 
The Film Stage See a short film from Godzilla director Gareth Edwards 
Cinema Blend first look at Tom Hanks in another novel adaptation. This one is A Hologram for the King from Tom Tykwer 
Film School Rejects I was going to do a "posterized" on Godzilla but they beat me to it 

Small Screen
Variety love love love these motion posters for Orange is the New Black
My New Plaid Pants 'tell me how to feel about...' the latest development in the Greta Gerwig sitcom story
Vulture ABC Upfronts. Viola Davis's new show has a pretty awesome teaser but I'm still not happy the movie star thing didn't happen. *sniffle* 
Vulture NBC Upfronts. Nothing looks interesting to me here and Jesus that Katharine Heigl show looks derivative - like someone created it with a computer program that randomly mixed up elements of Homeland and Scandal scripts.
Vulture Fox Upfronts.  I'm sorry but this Gotham show looks so dumb. We just don't need this much Batman in the world. Also: Last Man on Earth. Intriguing ballsy teaser but how do you sustain that?


RIP
Reuters brilliant artist H.R. Giger, who gave us Ripley's acid-blooded enemies in the Aliens franchise, has passed away.
The Guardian tragic news. Documentarian Malik Benjelloul has apparently taken his own life, less than two years after winning an Oscar for Searching For Sugar Man (2012) 

Off Screen
Because sometimes you need to take a breather and read about regular life...
The New Yorker "The Woman Who Coined The Term White Privilege." Fascinating interview.
Outsports comments from Michael Sam's NFL-draft  ESPN kiss attached to photos of NFL players on camera with their lady friends. There have been so many fascinating and funny and ridiculous articles and TV talk meltdowns about this. All from a quick closed-lip kiss with a hug. Haha. Which is so... nothing. Standard business when someone hears great news. It never ceases to amaze me how many people can't see double standards from the fog of their hysteria. It is interesting, though, isn't it that very few people seem upset that it's a bi-racial relationship we're looking at? You'd think while people were trotting out their homophobia they'd toss in a little racism, too. Progress!
Time "30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Horrible"  I know better but I still make some of these mistakes. (sigh)
The New Yorker Lynda Barry, my all time favorite cartoonist, sells all her art in the show "Everything: Part One." 

Whither Cannes Reporting?
As previously noted I've been super ill. There was a moment an hour ago where I felt vaguely human again so tomorrow I will hopefully be back to the mad blogger routine of frequent posting. Until then please enjoy this appropos sand carving on the beach in the south of France...

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I always find it funny how the internet responds to all superhero movies but especially Batman ones. Rabid fan bases can certainly be scary.

May 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFilmdr

Grace Of Monaco is getting trashed...

May 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterUlrich

It is interesting, though, isn't it that very few people seem upset that it's a bi-racial relationship we're looking at? You'd think while people were trotting out their homophobia they'd toss in a little racism, too. Progress!

I had this conversation with my brother. I explained to him it's common in gay relationships to either be interracial or inter-generational in coupling.

May 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

There has been much debate in the black gay blogosphere regarding gay interracial relationships as a matter of representation in mainstream public discourse, the problem being the lack of black-on-black relationships as part of that narrative. It's brought out some insightful points of view.

Unrelated, I have an attitude about Viola Davis's TV show because she belongs in movies, though I can't blame a sister for seizing the opportunity for a major gig. Television (thanks to Shonda Rhimes) and musical theatre seem to be the best media for black women.

May 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

Jada Pinkett-Smith is "Fish" Mooney and Oswald Cobblepot (Penguin) works under her: Expect two "subtle" foreshadowing "jokes" an episode about Oswald Cobblepot "eating fish." Bonus groan points for episodes that use any sort of play on "he eats fish for breakfast."
Poison Ivy's real name is Ivy Pepper: If you can't come up with something better than Pamela Isley (her real name in the Post-Crisis on Infinite Earths comics), which you probably can't because that one is at least halfway subtle, especially for superhero comics, don't bother.
James Gordon being someone who's a 25 or so (played by a 35 year old) "rookie" when Bruce is 13: It might work, but it's slightly weird.

May 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Wow, those NBC shows look awful. And they gave Parks only 13 episodes to wrap up? I'm surprised they don't just bring the Jay Leno Show back.

I'll watch Viola Davis's new show, but as someone who stuck with Grey's Anatomy way too long, I have my reservations about Shonda Rhimes. She devolves into stupid and annoying.

Lee Daniels's show has the potential to be addictive.

May 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

suzanne -- which one is Lee Daniels show?

May 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

@Nathaniel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBzu_jKLJek

May 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

Please, don't read the reviews of Grace of Monaco or you'll never get out of the bed ;)

May 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I'd be more defensive of Gotham dissing, Nathaniel, had the show actually been a faithful adaptation of the great comic book procedural, Gotham Central. This just looks really CW-ish, my apologies to Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue.

May 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

As soon as the new Batsuit picture came out, I tweeted: "Sad Batman is sad. I bet there's already a meme."

So yay for "Why So Sad, Batman." I knew the internet wouldn't let me down.

May 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

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