Anti-procrastination Tuesday

  • Jul. 25th, 2017 at 7:34 AM
Tuesdays here and it's time to tackle the anti-procrastination part of the week (well, today, tomorrow, whenever suits!) What will it be? What's been plaguing you that you're going to deal with this week? Tell us all about it.

Need a challenge? Here we go, let's head for the kitchen today and think about bite-sizing our way to progress. Set your challenge by taking into account time available and spoons left at the point at which you're going to do this and by assessing your starting point.

Suggestion 1 - pick a work surface and figure out what needs to happen for it to be in 'ideal condition' - clearing and packing away items to leave it empty? Cleaning the surface in some way? Be realistic - if the work surface is huge, don't tackle it all in one go, break it into sections and tackle one. Consider the ways of doing this - most important area first in terms of future use, most visible area, easiest to tackle area to provide the encouragement of progress quickly, worst area first because you've got the time and energy to make a good dent in what needs doing - you know best. Set a timer and go for it, how much can you get done?

Suggestion 2 - Open a cupboard and tackle a shelf - first identify anything that doesn't need to be there (our of date, wrong place, unwanted) and remove those items. Next step is to either move everything in there to wipe down the shelf (if you think this is necessary - this may depend on the contents of the cupboard that you pick) or to go straight to organising the contents in a useful/pleasing/practical fashion. If it's a food cupboard, remove anything that out of date and health harmful but also identify items which need to be used up quickly and bring them to a more prominent position to encourage yourself to use them up.


And with that I shall leave you and head to work for the day - I'll be back this evening to cheer, if anyone else can cheer and encourage please do.

Agent Coco Butter

  • Jul. 24th, 2017 at 10:40 PM

Posted by Tom "The Kittenmaster" Cooper

Please give a huge TDK warm welcome to our latest Star Kit, Agent Coco Butter. He is 4 weeks old from Arlington, Texas.

Agent Coco Butter

We found him in the yard all alone, so we took him in and have been bottle feeding him. He is now 4 weeks old.

Agent Coco Butter

Agent Coco Butter

Posted by Kaila Hale-Stern

How many times will movies with strong female characters and diverse casts need to absolutely destroy on opening weekend before Hollywood gets the message? This should be the norm for filmmaking going forward, not the exception.

The raunchy R-rated comedy Girls Trip, starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, and Queen Latifah, achieved an incredible A+ audience rating score and racked up a jaw-dropping $30.4 million at the box office. THR points out that Girls Trip‘s haul is “the best start for an R-rated comedy in two years and the best showing for any live-action comedy so far this year. The movie achieved those distinctions because it appealed to an array of audiences: African Americans made up 51 percent of ticket buyers, followed by Caucasians at 38 percent.” Hey, did you know that audiences universally appreciate excellent casting and scripts and women being goddamned hilarious? It’s so funny how that works out!

By contrast, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk also had a strong opening with $50.5 million, but that movie had $100 million budget and wall-to-wall ad campaigns, whereas Girls Trip was a steal with a $20 million budget. This is the summer of leading ladies absolutely owning critical praise and mining box office gold. Hollywood, MORE OF THIS. I want to stop writing about successful badass women-at-the-forefront properties having to prove anything to anyone anymore. (via THR)

  • Wait, what?

     And then the plot, it thickens, after the TSA straight-up denies it had any part in the comics travel ban.

  • Swimmer Michael Phelps raced a shark, or something? I was in the woods all weekend. Someone has to parse this one for me. (via Pajiba)
  • All of the other Funkos can go home forever.

  • This is really, really not a good look for Ready Player One author Ernest Cline, a.k.a. “Nerd Porn Auteur.”

  • A better way to act is to be like Circa Survive guitarist Brendan Ekstrom, who stopped his performance mid-song to alert security after catching sight of a woman being sexually harassed in the crowd. (via The Daily Dot)
  • Every time I think I can’t be more excited for Thor: Ragnarok I am actually incorrect in this assumption.

  • The Pokemon Go Fest was an unmitigated disaster where players could not even play Pokemon Go. I imagine it was a little bit like spending the day as a magikarp, basically just helplessly thrashing around in a field.  (via Polygon)

So what’s on your mind today, my little fishies?

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Posted by Jessica Mason

This year at San Diego Comic-Con, among the angsty spider-persons and tortured men of steel, a different kind of hero broke on the scene. He was big, boisterous and very, very blue. We’re talking about The Tick, of course. The cult hero has been around since 1986 when he was created by a young Ben Edlund at the age of 18. Since then, the character has starred in two television series: the popular animated show from the 90s, as well as a short-lived live action version from 2001. Constantly helpful, positive, cheerful, impervious to pain or failure and neigh-invincible, The Tick is a larger than life character in every way and his antics and earnest joy in (trying) to save the day have endeared audiences for years. With a home on Amazon prime’s streaming service, The Tick is set to burst back into action on August 25 in an entirely new way.

Helmed by Edlund—who returns to the character he created over 30 years ago after writing stints on Angel, Supernatural, Firefly and Revolution, to name just a few—The Tick focuses on Arthur Everest (Griffin Newman), a powerless man haunted by his father’s death at the hands of super-villain The Terror (Jackie Earle Haley). As he struggles to understand his father’s death he stumbles on both a deep conspiracy as well as the titular blue superhero, played by Peter Serafinowicz.

Much to his chagrin, Arthur ends up as The Tick’s sidekick and thus their adventures begin. The show is a send up of the superhero genre and with so many heroes already out there, the creators have more than enough material to spoof. Valorie Curry, who portrays Arthur’s sister, Dot, thinks this in the perfect moment for this kind of satire. “This is a wonderful time to have The Tick enter the scene,” Curry said. “The character is someone who’s gonna point out the absurdity of that and laugh at it.” Yara Martinez, who portrays the villainous Miss Lint (so named because her electrical powers tend to malfunction and cover in in lint), also noted that because the Tick isn’t part of or beholden to any greater cannon or cinematic universe that they have much more room to play.

The world of The Tick is much like our own, expect for the fact superheroes have existed for a century or so, none more famous that Superian, an immortal played by Brendan Hines who The Tick reveres as an idol …and who may not know his big blue fanboy exists. But the heart of the story still comes from the human elements, such as the hapless Arthur and Dot. The slightly more grown-up tone of this version allowed for the human characters surrounding The Tick to be much more nuanced and developed. Perhaps the biggest evolution for any character from her previous iterations is Dot Everest.

When Curry first discussed the character with Edlund, they talked about how Dot has always existed as more of a device and the “snarky voice of reason” without much to do but drop dry one-liner. In this iteration however, Dot has evolved as a character with “a huge amount of empathy, a huge amount of compassion,” according to Curry. The fact that female characters can become little more than accessories is something the writers don’t shy away from and try to subvert with Dot. “She’s person that operates from the heart,” Curry said. Dot takes on a role familiar to many women, doing the emotion labor to take care of everyone around her at her own expense, especially her brother. She lost a parent as well and never got to grieve and carries “a lot of anger, resentment and grief. She’s also a person that has always needed to put her needs and her grief and her wounds and her ambitions on the back burner to take care of her brother.” Among the many costumed heroes, Dot is never their damsel or one to be saved and that helps create and emotional core for the show as well as offsetting the humor.

The humor of The Tick doesn’t just come from the silliness of The Tick himself, but from the contrast of his antics to the relative seriousness of the world around him. The show boasts an extensive rogue’s gallery, including Miss Lint and Ramses IV, a ruthless crime boss played by Michael Cerveris. He regards The Tick as first “just a nuisance, then an annoyance and then a big blue obstacle” according to Cerveris. Similarly, the villain Overkill, played by Scott Speiser creates humor simply by existing in the same world as big, boisterous, buffoon like The Tick, while Overkill, as Speiser notes, “doesn’t mind stabbing you in the head if you’re in the way.”

Speiser noted that finding the tone of the show, which is darker than other iterations, was great fun. “The more serious he takes it, the funnier it is,” Speiser added. Jackie Earle Haley felt the same. After playing such iconic dark roles as Rorschach in Watchmen and Freddie Kruger in the latest Nightmare on Elm Street, The Terror was another dark role, even though the show is a comedy. Haley noted: “We felt it was important for certain characters to be grounded” compared to the Tick who is so over-the-top. “We all help earn the ability for The Tick to be funny the whole way through.” Despite the dark elements, Speiser says it’s a family show that kids will love.

Producer David Fury praised Edlund for finding that tone as well as finding the humanity in the cartoonish situation. “[Edlund] recognizes that for The Tick to work in this day and age we need to be invested more emotionally in the characters….they have to be real,” said Fury. Arthur Everest Is dealing with heavy issues including mental health and the death of his parents, which is what “makes The Tick’s presence on the show that much more funny.” Into these mostly normal lives comes this blue hero who never gives up and never stops being a hero. That’s literal as we never see The Tick out of costume. Fury hinted that the mystery of what The Tick himself is will be addressed in the show. Whether he’s in a costume or a robot or something more will be an “ongoing mystery. The Tick is wondering himself, he doesn’t remember,” Fury teased. The freedom of the streaming format has allowed the writer to tell a more serialized and sincere story than other iterations of The Tick. With the first six episodes dropping in August and the second half of the season debuting in early 2018, the audience will get the benefits of binging and the anticipation of a hiatus as well.

Comic-Con audiences got the first taste of the show in a panel attended by the cast as well as “The Tick takeover” installation across from the convention center. Fans were able to watch the premiere episode in the comfort of an exclusive lounge and join The Tick and Arthur on a scavenger hunt to battle the nefarious pyramid gang. The centerpiece of the activation was the animatronic Tick antennae visible from blocks away and which fans could control depending on the mood they chose for The Tick. The installation fit the mood of the Tick, a joyful, helpful force in a messy, grim world both on screen and off.

Jessica Mason is a writer and lawyer living in Portland, Oregon passionate about corgis, fandom, and awesome girls. Follow her on Twitter at @FangirlingJess.

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Posted by Vivian Kane

Note: This article includes major SPOILERS for the movie Split.

Every time I think I’m done caring about M. Night Shyamalan, he drops some gigantic breadcrumb, making sure I’ll follow his career at least a little longer. The latest being that corporeal goddess Sarah Paulson has joined the cast of his upcoming movie, Glass.

I had mixed feelings about Shyamalan’s last movie, Split, which we learned in the last few moments–again, SPOILERS–was a secret Unbreakable sequel all along. It was the closest thing Shyamalan has had to a real return to form in years. James McAvoy’s portrayal of 24 different personalities is incredible. But it’s impossible to overlook the catastrophic clumsiness he displayed in dealing with issues of sexual assault. The sexual and emotional torture of teenage girls felt exploitative and designed to tantalize. When her history of sexual abuse ends up being what saves Anya Taylor-Joy’s Casey, it’s handled so hamfistedly as to read as a “wow, good things can come from rape, too!” morality tale. If you are not excited for a follow-up, no one here will blame you in the slightest.

So why am I? To start, Unbreakable is one of my absolute favorite movies, though much of that may be nostalgia over the role it played in the development of my young self’s film aesthetic. It was the first DVD I ever bought. I’m finding it difficult to let go of that attachment, even though I found the tie-in at the end of Split to be wholly unnecessary.

Also, again, did I mention Sarah Paulson?

I will watch her in anything, and she elevates the quality of anything she’s in.

Next, lacking any details about the new movie (other than that McAvoy and Taylor-Joy are both returning), a look through Shyamalan’s Twitter feed is intriguing. To start:

That’s one hell of an encouraging list of influences.

This tweet also caught my attention:

I don’t want to project too much growth onto a vague tweet, but there are a number of characters from Unbreakable and Split that this could apply to, and if Shyamalan is open to recognizing the ways he should have done better by his (mostly female) characters, I’m interested to see what he does with that.

(H/T Variety, featured image: Shutterstock)

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Posted by Charline Jao

Bob’s Burgers is always a delightful and hilarious watch, but their holiday episodes are definitely something special. Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Halloween, or Christmas, the show mixes the weird, totally-gross, and heart-warming in a way only Bob’s Burgers can to tell a story about the Belcher family and some wild shenanigans.

At the show’s Comic-Con panel, creator Loren Bouchard revealed that this year’s Christmas special will be an hour long, saying, “It should feel almost like a little Christmas movie … It’s kind of epic. It’s got an hourlong feel to it.” Even more exciting? Adam Driver, Kylo Ren of Star Wars, is set to guest star.

While Driver’s voice acting credit mainly include video games and The Simpsons, I’m excited to see him do more voice work. He has a really distinctive voice, and prior roles have shown he can be really hilarious and goofy when using it right. Maybe he’ll even get a chance to sing! Remember his “outer … space!” lines in Inside Llewyn Davis? Or this ridiculous Aladdin sketch on SNL? There’s just something about Driver’s voice that lends itself so well to funny songs. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of role they write for him, in what’s sure to be another hilarious and creative Bob’s Burgers episode.

Other announcements EW shared included an upcoming couch gag for The Simpsons, a “completely fan-drawn episode,” and a guest appearance from Thomas Middleditch as “a kid named Alex who hosts Gene for his first sleepover.”

Can it be December already?

(via Nerdist, image: 20th Television)

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Posted by Jessica Lachenal

The stars of Justice League have apparently been called back for some very extensive reshoots, something to the tune of about four weeks for some of the movie’s biggest roles. According to Variety, this has caused some foul-ups with scheduling, as many of the headlining stars are already hard at work on other films. Henry Cavill, for example, is working on the next Mission: Impossible film, and his character calls for him to have a mustache—a decidedly un-Superman physical attribute, no? (I fully expect someone in the comments to drop hella examples of Supes with a mustache, not a beard, so who knows.)

Anyway, Variety states that the production is going to some seriously strange lengths to cover up the fact that they’re basically reshooting a mustachioed Superman: they’re actually removing the mustache digitally in post-production. Think about how much money is being spent to prevent this …

… when in fact they should just be totally doubling down on a mustache Superman. I mean, come on. Look at him. What kind of magical secrets lie trapped between this push broom and the milky white all-American skin underneath? If hairs could talk, I’m sure this hairy caterpillar of a ‘stache would have so many stories to share of alien worlds and secret hideaways in the Arctic. Why, with this mustache, Superman looks like he’d be right at home serving as a guard at Litchfield Penitentiary.

Do you think that Superman’s the kind of guy who notices the foamy mustache when he drinks hot cocoa on those cold, lonely nights in his frozen base? When he cracks open a cold one with the Justice Pals, do you think they’re the kind of friends (co-workers?) who tell him that he’s got a bit of foam on his mustache, or do they just sit there and giggle about it while Batman, the great detective, looks around very confused as to why everyone’s laughing? Do you think that maybe Superman would grow a mustache after Batman tells him he “looks so young” because he wanted to try a new form of psychological warfare against him as part of his ongoing research on How To Kill Literally Everybody On The Justice League? Do you think Barry Allen and Aquaman maybe have a competition going as to who can secretly steal more of Supes’ mustache hairs without him knowing (with the Flash winning by a clear margin because Aquaman keeps just straight up asking)?

Or do you think Wonder Woman is currently hard at work researching the phenomena of how growing facial hair as “rally beards” and such on sports teams can lead to higher morale and team unity and is thus trying to find out how to get everyone on board with growing a beard?

Like.

Yes. I would watch the everloving shit out of that movie. How much do you think they’d end up spending on mustache wax and little tiny combs?

Clearly Cameron Stewart is going the Lord’s work here, important research into a better, brighter, much more … virile Justice League. And frankly? This is the Justice League I want to see.

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Posted by Dan Van Winkle

You may have heard that Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is also a White House senior adviser because this administration is run like the mafia, is under some scrutiny due to his failure to disclose meetings with Russian officials—including the one he attended with Donald Trump Jr. and then-Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort. He testified to the Senate behind closed doors today and then held a press conference in which he proclaimed his innocence, because why wouldn’t we take him at his word?

I mean, it’s not like the story around what happened between the Trump campaign and Russian officials has rapidly morphed from “there’s nothing there” to “alright, there’s stuff there that we were trying to keep secret, but it’s all OK and above board, we promise.” It’s not like people deeply tied to the financial and real estate industries have ever done anything to hide any shady financial dealings. It’s not like Kushner’s father-in-law, who employs him in the White House, is a well-known huckster who slaps his recognizable name on cheap products to make a buck, had an outright fraudulent “university,” lies way more than any politician, or is only distinguished from your average con man by being born rich enough to convince people he’s actually a successful business man.

It’s nothing like that, so we should just go ahead and believe him, I guess. I mean, he literally said at his press conference, “I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so,” because of course he did. He wasn’t exactly going to come out and confess, so it’s pretty difficult to take him at his word, making the whole exercise effectively useless—except for in providing some excellent meme material. Even if he really did mean what he was saying—and maybe especially—he looked positively furious at his own innocence:

Sincerely, it looks like he spent his ’80s childhood watching all the same movies we did, but he identified with the wrong side every time, and it’s coming back to bite us all:

He also claimed that he took the meeting with Trump Jr., that emails indicated was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” without reading far enough back in that email chain to know that’s what the meeting was about.

Hey, at least his short attention span for reading campaign-related emails could help explain why he’s not aware of anyone who colluded with Russia.

He also mentioned that he’s been completely transparent, and that one we can kind of get behind:

But this defense? Save it. Don Jr.’s a “good buy,” according to Trump, and now this about Kushner. How. Many. Times.

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Posted by Charline Jao

It’s almost August, and while summer is coming to an end we’ll always have Netflix. This month’s additions only have a few Netflix original highlights, but the familiar titles coming are sure to result in lots of movie nights and marathons.

While we’re still bummed about Sense8 leaving, it might be some comfort to see the Wachowski’s Matrix trilogy and Cloud Atlas added to streaming service. Summery selections include Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, and the first season of The Defenders which has been all over our social media the last few months. The controversial Death Note adaptation is also arriving, but I’ll be fast-forwarding straight to autumn with the arrival of The Addams Family and Practical Magic. 

Brace yourselves, some of these losses are going to hurt. We’re losing teen masterpieces and comfort movies, 10 Things I Hate About You and The Lizzie McGuire Movie, so hurry give those a goodbye watch while you still can. Holes and A Cinderella Story might help ease the pain and fill that wholesome teen movie gap in your heart, though! Don’t try to tell me you don’t remember how to hum the Holes theme song that played on Disney channel every hour.

In TV, we’re losing season of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, Hunter X Hunter, and Young Justice. In its place, it might be a good opportunity to see what the fuss about The Good Place is all about or check out the recent Michael Keaton/McDonalds film The Founder!

Here’s your full list of additions and losses:

Available August 1
A Cinderella Story
Bad Santa
Cloud Atlas
Crematorium: Season 1
Everyone’s Hero
Funny Games (US)
Innerspace
Jackie Brown
Lord Of War
Maz Jobrani: Immigrant
Nola Circus
Opening Night
Practical Magic
Sleepy Hollow
Small Soldiers
Surviving Escobar – Alias JJ: Season 1
The Addams Family
The Astronaut’s Wife
The Bomb
The Hollywood Masters: Season 1
The Last Mimzy
The Matrix
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
The Number 23
The Royal House of Windsor: Season 1
The Truth About Alcohol
The Wedding Party
Tie The Knot
Who Gets the Dog?
Wild Wild West

Available August 2
Jab We Met
The Founder

Available August 3
Sing
The Invisible Guardian

Available August 4
Icarus
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 3
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later: Season 1

Available August 5
Holes

Available August 8
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 7 Episodes 1-13

Available August 9
Black Site Delta

Available August 10
Diary of an Exorcist – Zero

Available August 11
Atypical: Season 1
Home: Adventures With Tip & Oh: Season 3
Naked
True And The Rainbow Kingdom: Season 1
White Gold

Available August 13
Arthur And The Invisibles
Hot Property
Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes Of Apollo

Available August 14
The Outcasts
Urban Hymn

Available August 15
Barbeque
Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo
21
A New Economy
All These Sleepless Nights
Donald Cried
Murderous Affair: Season 1
My Ex-Ex
The Sweet Life

Available August 16
Gold

Available August 18
Dinotrux: Season 5
Glitter Force Doki Doki: Season 1
I Am Sam
Marvel’s The Defenders: Season 1
What Happened To Monday

Available August 19
Hide And Seek

Available August 20
Camera Store

Available August 21
AWOL
Bad Rap
Beautiful Creatures
Gomorrah: Season 2
Unacknowledged

Available August 22
Lynne Koplitz: Hormonal Beast
Sadie’s Last Days On Earth

Available August 23
Feel Rich

Available August 25
Disjointed: Part 1
Death Note
DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 5
Once Upon A Time: Season 6

Available August 29
Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack
Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face
The Good Place: Season 1

Available August 31
Be Afraid

Leaving August 1
10 Things I Hate About You
Justice League Unlimited: Season 1
Justice League Unlimited: Season 2
Justice League: Season 1
Justice League: Season 2
Babe
Babe Winkelman’s Outdoor Secrets: 2014: Quarter 4
Babe: Pig in The City
Beneath The Helmet
Black Widow
Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
Electric Slide
Elizabethtown
From The Terrace
From Time To Time
Goodbye World
Horsemen
Hunter X Hunter : Season 1
Hunter X Hunter : Season 2
Hunter X Hunter : Season 3
Hunter X Hunter : Season 4
Hunter X Hunter : Season 5
Josef Fritzl: Story Of A Monster
Malibu’s Most Wanted
Prefontaine
Russell Brand: End the Drugs War
Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery
Teacher’s Pet
The Delivery Man: Season 1
The Diabolical
The Heavy Water War: Season 1
The Hunt: Season 1
The Little Engine That Could
The Lizzie McGuire Movie
The Verdict
Young Justice: Season 1
Young Justice: Season 2
Young@Heart
Zack And Miri Make A Porno

Leaving August 4
Superbad

Leaving August 5
Pelican Dreams
Personal Gold: An Underdog Story

Leaving August 6
Human Capital
The Spoils Of Babylon: Season 1

Leaving August 9
The Five Venoms

Leaving August 10
Dope

Leaving August 11
Four Blood Moons
Jesus People: The Movie
Patch Town
Two Days, One Night

Leaving August 14
Drones
Food Matters

Leaving August 15
American Dad!: Season 1
American Dad!: Season 2
American Dad!: Season 3
American Dad!: Season 4
To Kill a Mockingbird
Changing Seas: Season 3
Changing Seas: Season 4
Changing Seas: Season 5
Changing Seas: Season 6
Close Quarter Battle: Season 1
The New Frontier: Season 1
Top 10 Secrets And Mysteries: Season 1

Leaving August 23
The Summer Of Sangaile

Leaving August 24
Gun Woman

Leaving August 25
October Gale
Paratodos
The Kidnapping Of Michel Houellebecq

Leaving August 28
Revenge: Season 1
Revenge: Season 2
Revenge: Season 3
Revenge: Season 4

Leaving August 30
The League: Season 1
The League: Season 2
The League: Season 3
The League: Season 4
The League: Season 5
The League: Season 6
The League: Season 7

Leaving August 31
Space Warriors

What are you looking forward to watching? What should we see before it’s gone? Let us know in the comments!

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Posted by Vivian Kane

This weekend at Comic-Con, the cast of Supergirl was asked by MTV’s Josh Horowitz to do an improvised musical recap of the show’s second season. At one point, Jeremy Jordan, who plays Winn, sings about how Kara met a “new friend,” Lena Luthor (played by Katie McGrath). He then looks into the camera and yell-sings “They’re only friends! They’re only friends! They’re not gonna get together! They’re only friends.”

As you might have guessed, a lot of fans did not find Jordan’s joke funny.

While Jordan thought he was just making a harmless joke, “debunking” the “Supercorp” relationship, he has a fundamental misunderstanding of why shipping is so important to LGBTQIA fans.

[ETA: For the unfamiliar, “shipping” is when fans imagine a relationship (often times romantic) between characters that may or may not have been overtly intended by their writers or creators.]

LGBTQ+ representation is severely lacking on television, and respectful, fully developed queer relationships even more so. So fans will sometimes root for and support the relationships they want to see onscreen. Just because it isn’t planned by the show’s creators, or official canon, that doesn’t make it less important to fans.

And the very last thing those fans need is to be laughed at by someone on the show.

It’s worth noting that in the full video of the interview, McGrath voices a much more open response to the Supercorp shippers. She says that while she and Melissa Benoist didn’t expect this reaction to their onscreen friendship, she sees it as totally valid. “The great thing about what we do is, like any art, anybody can read into it what they want and take from it, so you can see anything and take from it what you like. And that’s what’s great about this show. There are so many different ways to see everything. And if that’s what you see in it, you know, take it away. It’s art.”

Jordan, though, took to Instagram to address people’s displeasure with his comments. He apologizes, but insists that people are misinterpreting his intentions.

I want you to know how much I love you. Yes, you. Yes, you too. And you. That’s all, kids. ❤️

A post shared by Jeremy Jordan (@jeremymjordan) on

Again, Jordan seems to be misunderstanding what the problem was. His apology still reads as incredibly dismissive of the feelings of fans, ultimately boiling down to “you got it wrong.”

Obviously, he got the message that fans were still upset.

U guys. I love u. I was wrong and I’m sorry. You’re all amazing and valid. ❤️

A post shared by Jeremy Jordan (@jeremymjordan) on

It’s not clear if he actually understands why fans were hurting, and why shipping goes deeper than just fun, silly fantasy. But at least it sounds like he’s open to the idea that just because he doesn’t understand something, that doesn’t mean it’s not important and worthy of his respect.

(image: CW)

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Posted by Jessica Lachenal

Real talk: it makes me kind of sick (in the best way!) to see how much nostalgia they poured into the new trailer for Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie, Nickelodeon’s made-for-TV film that’s supposed to send off football head in (emotional, pining, wistful) style. I mean, look. It’s actually just a big sneak peek at the film, the central conceit of which revolves around Arnold winning a trip to San Lorenzo, where he finds out the truth about what happened to his parents. The trailer itself is a look at the video the neighborhood kids made about Arnold, talking up his incredible character and his really kind nature.

It’s a super, super clever look at some of Arnold’s best moments. Rather than just show them straight up like a “Hey, remember this, fellow kids?” kind of thing, they actually present it as if someone was filming those events from a different angle. The shot from the window of karate-Arnold standing off against those bullies is especially novel, and so is the one with Arnold, Harold, Harold’s kitty, and the cops standing in front of the boarding home where Arnold lives.

All of the moments in the trailer are tied to a specific episode in the show’s history, and they’re very cleverly presented here.

But what got to me the most was the short interview with Pigeon Man, who featured in one of the series’ most touching and poignant episodes. For those unaware: Pigeon Man, much like Stoop Kid, refused to leave his rooftop abode, saying he prefers the company of pigeons over other humans. Arnold convinces him to come see the city, which has changed significantly since his self-exile. While away, some of the school bullies come up to the Pigeon Man’s home and attempt to pull a prank, but accidentally end up ruining everything up there instead. Arnold is left appalled by what happens, and the Pigeon Man just sort of loses much of his faith in humanity. He actually ends up tying himself to a bunch of pigeons, who fly him off into the sunset.

In fact, this ending proved to be a bit of a hotbed for fan theories and rumors, which argue that Pigeon Man actually killed himself (or was supposed to kill himself, until studio execs disagreed), and Arnold kind of revised the memory there because it was so traumatic. Yeah, freakin’ dark, right?

Series creator Craig Bartlett refuted any and all such rumors as they popped up, and he hopes to put them all to a final rest as he pointedly put Pigeon Man in this sneak peek. Here, he’s shown alive and well in front of the Notre-Dame in Paris. “Arnold helped me escape the cage of my old rooftop habitat,” he says. “Now, I’m as free as a bird. Merci, Arnold.” Like. Damn.

Okay, just. We make a lot of jokes about nostalgia and how everything these days is kind of just cashing in on that trend. But I have to say that in a world full of Ready Player Ones and other “Hello, fellow Millennials” franchises, this might actually buck the trend and give an earnest look at a show that certainly made an impact on many lives, both within and without its own universe.

I’ll say this, though: I fully expected Mr. Hyunh to make an appearance in the film. Mr. Hyunh is an immigrant from Vietnam, and in the episode, “Arnold’s Christmas,” Arnold learns that Mr. Hyunh has an estranged daughter. He and Mai, his daughter, were trying to escape from war-torn Vietnam, but the helicopter filled up before they could get there. Mr. Hyunh handed Mai, an infant at the time, over to the U.S. soldier who was watching the door of the helicopter. He told Mr. Hyunh where to find her when he got to America, but Mr. Hyunh couldn’t hear him over the rotors.

Arnold spends nearly the entire episode trying to find her, and ultimately fails as a bureaucratic adoption agency guy staunchly refuses to work on the case for him. Helga actually comes to the rescue (secretly!) and convinces the guy to make the connection. It ends with Mr. Hyunh reuniting with Mai in another one of the series’ most touching scenes.

True, Arnold wasn’t directly responsible for her showing up, and true, it was part of a secret Santa exchange, so he might not have known, but still, I think such a powerful, compelling moment could have certainly found a place in this scene.

But who knows, we’ve still got a whole lot of movie ahead of us, and there’s still a lot to see. I just fully expect the tour will pay some solid nods to some of the show’s more heartfelt moments. And given the look of this trailer, I also think those expectations will be well paid off in the end.

Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie comes to Nickelodeon on November 23rd.

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Posted by Kaila Hale-Stern

Dear Chris Evans’ beard,

It’s so good to see you again, and I’m thrilled to know you’ve found work on Infinity War. Steve Rogers, America’s own clean-cut golden boy, has gone rogue in the upcoming Avengers two-part epic, but it’s clear that you are going to be the breakout star of those films. You’re doing great so far.

Your dark, rugged look is the perfect length to suggest Cap is much too busy to shave but not so far gone he’s become, like, a creepy hermit or a full-on Brooklyn hipster ready to drop his new concept album. No, you provide just enough shaggy growth to show the audience that Steve Rogers isn’t some sort of apple-cheeked yes man any longer, but still has the clearness of mind and hygiene to trim it down once in a while.

The way you represent both a newly matured and world-weary Captain America and a Captain America who looks like he has an opinion on what sort of bourbon you should drink is stunning in its duality. It’s possible that you will win an Oscar. You must win an Oscar.

You pair so well with Cap’s newly furrowed brow and daringly disheveled hair it’s as though you were born to be together on the same face. You say, without words, Steve Rogers will never be a total scoundrel, but he’s been through some shit. He’s considered scoundreldom. You speak volumes about the fact that Steve Rogers is just completely done with Tony Stark’s bullshit and those ass-backwards Sokovia Accords. We know from Spider-Man: Homecoming that some now consider Captain America to be a war criminal, and you manage to embody that really, really well. You exist to flaunt the shackles of authoritarian overreach. Even while Steve Rogers is asleep, you in effect continue to flip off the United Nations.

Your range is spectacular, and I hope you know how proud we all are of you. You’ve clearly come a long way since Civil War first hinted at your arrival, and now that you’re here it’s impossible to remember who we were without you. I can’t wait to see what you do next, even if it’s just trolling Iron Man’s comparatively sad Infinity War excuse for facial hair on Twitter. I’m fine with that. You’ve earned it.

@tonystark What the hell is this?

If Twitter isn’t your thing, Chris Evans’ beard, know that there are whole Tumblr tags and communities dedicated just to you, and a range of fanart and fanfiction where you figure prominently and served as muse. Even prior to your big-screen debut, you are much anticipated and we are ready and waiting to embrace you with open arms. I hope you know that you will never disappoint us, and there isn’t a single thing about you that we would change.

@thanos that’s no beard. that’s no kind of beard.

Thanos doesn’t have a beard, just some weird stripey skin-thing happening, and I’d venture to say that this is a primary source of his anger and destructive tendency in Infinity War. If Thanos’ chin had your luxuriant bloom and devil-may-care confidence, we wouldn’t be in this mess in the first place. Since this appears to be impossible, I thank you in advance, Chris Evans’ beard, for single-handedly saving the universe. Even if you should be made to disappear in Part 2, your heroism and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

If I may be so bold, I think that I love you, Chris Evans’ Captain America beard, and that we could be very happy together. I do not wish to presume, but know that I will wait for you forever.

Your obedient servant,

Kaila

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Posted by Charline Jao

Peter Bratt’s Dolores is preparing for a fall release, and the documentary about the life and work of “iconic labor leader and feminist pioneer Dolores Huerta, who fought for racial and economic justice alongside Caesar Chavez” is hopefully going to get Huerta the full acknowledgement she deserves.

I had the chance to watch Dolores when I was at the Athena Film Festival last year, and it’s an intimate and inspiring look at Huerta, who was also at the event and met with chants of “Sí se puede” afterwards. Bratt’s film looks not only at Huerta’s pioneering work with the United Farm Workers and environmental justice, it also examines her work in women’s rights alongside Gloria Steinem and the sacrifices that Huerta made to truly live a life in service of others. There are few, if any people, who are willing to give even half of what Huerta fearlessly did for human rights in the face of discrimination and violence. This is a chapter of history that most of us aren’t taught, and I highly recommend everyone try to see this film.

The trailer also puts front and center the declaration that Huerta needs to be a name that’s as recognizable and iconic as Caesar Chavez, and the reason many don’t know about her (the film itself includes many embarrassing moments of news outlets disparaging or dismissing her) is due to racism and sexism. Huerta is still active today, engaging with young girls, fighting for Latinas to run for office, and more. After watching this film, you’ll be nothing short of inspired to continue her legacy of service and to make sure everyone know about the contributions of this phenomenal woman.

Dolores will open theatrically at the IFC Center in New York City on September 1.

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Posted by Jessica Lachenal

Last week, the BBC copped some heat over recent revelations that there was a significant gap in wages between their male and female stars. We wrote about it more in-depth over in another post, but suffice it to say that at least two-thirds of the people on BBC’s highest paid stars list are men. Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, doubled down on his promise that they’re dedicated to closing the gap as soon as they can.

Hall wrote, “Work is already well underway across the organization to help achieve this. There will be wider consultation meetings over the next two months so we can accelerate further change in the autumn.” He also echoed comments he made shortly after the highest-paid list came out last week, highlighting the strides the BBC has made with regards to on-screen representation. “When I came back to the BBC, I said that we needed to move from having only 14% of women on local radio breakfast shows to 50%. We achieved that in two years,” he said. “I also said we needed to have a 50-50 split on all presenting and lead roles by 2020. You only have to look at our drama and entertainment programs to see what can be achieved.”

Of course, as you and I and all of us here know, equality means more than just representation—it’s also about making sure those doing the work are paid equally to their male counterparts. Hall acknowledged this, saying, “But we need to do more to close the gender pay gap.  Across the BBC, our provisional figures show that the pay gap is 10% against a national average of over 18%.  I have committed the BBC to closing the gap by 2020 and if we can get there earlier then we will.”

These comments come in response to a signed statement from many of the BBC’s female stars, wherein they voiced their displeasure over the discrimination. They also requested to sit down and meet with Hall, writing, “We would be willing to meet you to discuss ways in which you can correct this disparity so that future generations of women do not face this kind of discrimination.” Hall seemed to duck the request, not really acknowledging it in his response.

It’s one thing to say that you’re dedicated to equality and closing the gender pay gap, and it’s a completely separate issue entirely to actually get up and do something about it. False promises regarding progress abound in the entertainment industry, and it would not be uncommon to see little to no change in this regard. Granted, that’s definitely a bit of a pessimistic or cynical view of things, but as with most things in the entertainment industry, one need only look at its track record to see how deeply ingrained many of these inequalities actually are.

As always, only time will tell whether Hall’s comments will bear any fruit for the women involved.

(via Variety, image: Flickr/Financial Times)

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Posted by Charline Jao

The Riverdale team unveiled their season 2 trailer at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, accompanied by a blooper reel that makes for one hell of a tone shift. Oh, here’s KJ Apa endearingly stumbling and then here’s Pop saying that the Angel of Death is descending onto Riverdale. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the CW series, which somehow manages to balance obscure references, horror themes, teen drama, and comedy all at the same time.

Warning: Spoilers for season 1 of Riverdale ahead

Season 1 saw the resolution of the murder of Jason Blossom, but it seems like the troubles are just beginning for the residents of the secretive maple syrup town. The ending of season 1 was shocking, with Fred Andrews getting shot in Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe as Archie Andrews watches helplessly. It appears much of the season 2 plot will revolve around the motivations of this attack (much like the Blossom murder plot), seemingly coincidental but heavily implied to be targeted.

Picking up right after the incident, Archie brings his dad’s body asking for help. Jughead, our aspiring dramatic writer narrates, “People will look back at this as the exact moment the last bit of Riverdale’s innocence finally died.” Throughout season 1, it seems like the Andrews family was the most honest and earnest of all the families. Jokes about how the plot would linger on Archie’s challenges with his stage fright and his loving parents while his friends dealt with abuse, lies, and homelessness hit on a difficult part of his character—this “all-American boy” is kind of a weak point of the cast with his naiveté, propensity to manipulation, and righteousness.

However, it seems that by wounding one of the most faultless and good parents of Riverdale and hurting the son, that’s about to change. As Archie sits in his bloodied letterman’s jacket or sits silently knocking a baseball bat against the floor, you can’t help but anticipate some kind of dark and terrifying change. Do we like Dark Archie, or do we want our smiling, sweet boy back?

Also, Cheryl assuring her hospitalized mother that things are going to get better? A sure sign that things will not, in fact, be getting better. The trailer focuses mainly of Archie and his father, but we know there’s going to be a lot more going on in season 2. Hiram Lodge will finally make his trip to Riverdale, Jughead is over on the South Side, and much more will happen over a whopping 22 episodes.

Season 2 premieres October 11th at 8/7c on The CW. Are you looking forward to it?

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Posted by Dan Van Winkle

It’s a kind of a double dose of Monday Cute today and let’s be honest: we could all use it.

San Diego Comic Con went down over the weekend, and in addition to giving us—and especially the fans in attendance—some incredible glimpses at what’s to come for our favorite franchises, it gave everyone a fun excuse to throw on some cosplay and maybe meet some of their favorite people. That’s exactly what happened for a young Wonder Woman cosplayer who got to talk to Gal Gadot herself, which clearly meant a lot to her.

In the video above, you can see her tear up while she talks to Gadot, and who comforted her, saying, “There’s no reason to cry, all right. Here we are together.” It’s hard to make out the rest of their conversation, but it’s pretty easy to see what’s going on just by the visual, as Gadot takes the girl’s hands to chat with her.

On Facebook, Christine Keller, the girl’s mother, wrote, “These characters matter and can have a huge influence on young people. What a great role model and genuine, nice person. My daughter will always remember this moment for the rest of her life. Thank you, Gal Gadot!” Not only was Wonder Woman a critical and box office success, but the movie and character mean so much more than that to so many people.

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Posted by Jessica Lachenal

Birds, for all their strange habits and quirks, seem pretty chill. At least I think so. This bird, though? Chill as heck. Like, doesn’t even want to trifle with someone or something that doesn’t want to hang. That’s cool, man.

I mean, look at it. It opens the little box thing and finds a little kitty. The kitty bops the bird on the head, and without a moment’s hesitation, the bird closes the box again, like it’s saying, “Cool, alright, later, furball.” If these two are in some kind of sitcom, I feel the need to know all about it. Like, immediately.

Okay, truth be told, when I first looked at the thumbnail for this video, I thought the box was one of those Ableton controllers that DJs and music producers use to mix music and sounds. From there, I figured this would be a pretty sweet video of a bird mixing some music or something. I was ready to make a “better than the Chainsmokers” joke, too. (I mean, it still technically is, so, there’s that.)

Anyway, now I’ll be thinking about what a collab between the Chainsmokers and this birb would sound like. What would it be called? “The Chainsmokers (feat. Birby) – (Don’t) Box Me Up,” of course.

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Jul. 23rd, 2017

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A fly buzzing somewhere nearby but not somewhere findable is An Abomination Unto Nuggan.

Posted by Marykate Jasper

As part of their San Diego Comic-Con press blitz, Marvel released a gorgeous Thor: Ragnarok poster (also see below), but writer/actor Brian Firenzi found a magical way to improve on it – with more Jeff Goldblum!

  • BILL IS BACK for the Doctor Who Christmas special.

  • Rep. John Lewis, as he has at previous cons, led a civil rights march through San Diego Comic-Con. (via io9)
  • Michelle Pfeiffer, who famously played Catwoman in Batman Returns, has joined the cast of Ant-Man & The Wasp as Janet Van Dyne. Laurence Fishburne has also joined the cast as scientist Bill Foster, who eventually becomes a superhero himself in the comics. Intriguing… (via The Hollywood Reporter)
  • I immediately wanted to make all of these Star Wars: Forces of Destiny “adventure figures”, including Leia, Rey, Sabine, and Jyn Erso, go “pew-pew” and fight each other.
  • The Black Panther footage was apparently amazing – like, standing ovation amazing – and yet Marvel will not release it to us peons on the internet. They’re rude. But you can at least read a full description of the action over at io9!
  • Look! What a gorgeous Black Panther poster!

  • Also look! What a gorgeous Thor: Ragnarok poster!

  • Supernatural fans are going to get their dream lineup for the Wayward Sisters spin-off. Three series’ originals –  Briana Buckmaster, Kathryn Newton and Katherine Ramdeen – have signed on to join Kim Rhodes in the new, women-centered series. Actress Clark Backo has also joined the series’ cast as a new character. (via Deadline)
  • The trailer for the third season of The Expanse has landed. “Season 1 was ‘What are the sides?’,” said executive producer Mark Fergus, “Season 2 was ‘Pick a side, and Season 3 will be ‘war.'” (via Syfy).

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Posted by Marykate Jasper

Florence “Fabulous Flo” Steinberg, a staple of the original Marvel Bullpen, has passed away. “I am grieved to report that ‘Fabulous’ Flo Steinberg passed away this morning,” wrote her longtime friend Larry Hama on his Facebook page, “after complications from a brain aneurism and metastatic lung cancer. She will be interred at the Jewish cemetery in Kerhonkson NY. We are making plans for a memorial in September or October. I will update on this page.”

Steinberg and Stan Lee were the only two full-time employees at Marvel during the Silver Age, and “Fabulous Flo” wrote all the funny replies to fan mail, letters columns, and the “Merry Marvel Marching Society” copy. While Lee is often given credit for his innovative approach to fandom, it was Steinberg’s words that really made the fan club resonate with readers. She also did anything and everything to help get the monthly comics out the door, and this could include anything from proofreading and editing to production and design.

After Steinberg left Marvel, she published the groundbreaking Big Apple Comics, which, as Newsarama aptly summarized, “many consider to be the link between ‘underground’ comics and modern-day ‘alternative comix’.” She later returned to Marvel as a proofreader in the 1990s.

Many comics pros posted about Steinberg’s passing, praising her kindness and impact on the industry.

Marvel have also issued a statement, saying, “We are incredibly saddened to hear of Flo Steinberg’s passing and send our deepest condolences to her friends and family. Flo has always been the heart of Marvel and a legend in her own right. She will be forever missed and always loved by all of us here at Marvel.”

Rest in peace, Flo, and thanks for inspiring so many women in comics.

(Via The Beat and Newsarama; image via Lopaka42 under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

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