16 items from 2015
The world of “Game of Thrones” is a dangerous place. Men and women wake up each morning wondering if today is the day treachery brings them down. It’s a world of battle and blood, muck and grime. Yet for all that, it’s also a bastion of fabulous fashion. Each character has a distinct style, and if that style changes, it’s either a reflection of their changed life circumstances of making a subtle statement to the audience. The men are adorned in crowns and intricately cut-out doublets. The knights wear armor worked over in metallurgy that evokes embroidery. Even the amount of detail that goes into the peasants’ clothing is remarkable. But nothing holds a candle to the works of art created by the costumer designers for the noblewomen. From Cersei and Sansa, to Catelyn and Daenerys, the early seasons were a bloody fight for power punctuated with flits of color and brocade. »
- Donna Dickens
By now it’s pretty clear that “Mad Max: Fury Road” is one of — if not The — most feminist action film of all time. Men and women working together to survive in a harsh post-apocalypse don’t have time to quibble over the reproductive organs of their cohorts. A bastion of social justice conversation, it’s not So of surprise that Tumblr birthed a new blog all about how Max is good feminist ally. By combining the old Ryan Gosling ‘Hey Girl’ macro with “Fury Road” imagery, a new meme is born. The only surprise? How long it took for this to happen. It’s been a Whole Week guys. Get it together. Warning: “Mad Max: Fury Road” spoilers below! http://feministmadmax.tumblr.com/post/119433896237/hey-girl-i-dont-need-to-see-the-pain-and http://feministmadmax.tumblr.com/post/119926563417/hey-girl-heres-an-idea-but-its-up-to-you http://feministmadmax.tumblr.com/post/119592869242/hey-girl-i-drive-or-you-can-drive-thats http://feministmadmax.tumblr.com/post/119266697432/hey-girl-you-can-use-my-shoulder-as-a-rifle Head over to Feminist Mad Max to see the whole set! »
- Donna Dickens
Sterling Cooper has been devoured by McCann, and the chances of the company’s staff holding their own seem increasingly unlikely
Spoiler alert: this blog is published after Mad Men airs on AMC in the Us on Sundays at 10pm Et. Do not read on unless you have watched season seven, episode 11 (which airs in the UK on Sky Atlantic on Thursday 7 May at 10pm)
After Sterling Cooper ceased to exist after being swallowed last week by its parent company, McCann, we’re beginning to see our Mad Men and Women go their separate ways. This really is the end.
If you want us just ask Frank in the studio, he’ll ask Bobby in traffic and he’ll tell Carl the associate creative director.”
Roger: Even if your name’s on the damn door you should know better than to get attached to some walls.
Peggy: Well hopefully I »
- Will Dean
Cobain: Montage of Heck, 2015.
Directed by Brett Morgen.
Upon leaving the screening for Brett Morgen’s latest documentary about legendary Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, it only took a mere few minutes for an incredible feeling of melancholy to wash over myself. I was surprised by my strong reaction to the film, especially since I would describe myself as a very casual listener of the ‘Grunge’ era. (I own two Nirvana albums, ‘Nevermind’ and a ‘Greatest Hits’) It was a few days later when the song ‘Come As You Are’ creeped on to the playlist one evening, I turned very solemn almost immediately. This is the incredible affect that this story still has, twenty-one years later.
‘Montage Of Heck‘ is the name of a »
- Martin Burgoyne
Between this May’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, it seems like Marvel movies are just getting bigger and bigger. It has already been confirmed that Chadwick Boseman’s Wakandan ruler T’Challa (aka the Black Panther) will play a key role in the latter, and now an Atlanta casting notice has revealed that he won’t be the only visiting dignitary.
The superhero threequel, which will be directed by The Winter Soldier helmers Anthony and Joe Russo, is set to kick off filming in Georgia in less than two weeks, which means everyone is scrambling to get extras in place. Now, a new casting notice from Tammy Smith Casting has stated that a production in the state is looking for African men and women between 18 and 75, with a “casual look or Ethnic Wardrobe (is a plus, but not mandatory),” to begin filming scenes this May. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Since the announcement that Black Panther would be joining the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War, it was presumed that we would be taking a trip to Wakanda for his introduction.
Well, a casting call over at Tammy Smith Casting (via Cbm) is calling out for “African Men & Women” between the ages of 18-75 with “casual looks or ethnic wardrobe”. However that last part is a plus, not mandatory.
The casting call is also looking for “Upscale Men and Women”, “Military Men”, “Southeast Asian Men & Women” and “College Students”. Could the last ones be for the introduction of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, who is likely to be a teen in the upcoming movie?
See Also: Synopsis revealed for Captain America: Civil War, »
- Luke Owen
There are lots of comic book writers who know story. Men and women who weave exciting, layered, multi-dimensional tales across various books. However, very, very few of them are currently doing that in another medium. One who does is Robert Kirkman. The writer and creator of The Walking Dead comic is also an executive producer on the super popular […]
The post ‘Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman on Why ‘Batman V Superman’ Is an Uphill Battle appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Amazing Spider-Man #15
Written by Dan Slott
Pencils by Giuseppe Camuncoli
Published by Marvel Comics
Well, it’s finally over. After six months and nearly thirty books, including set-up and tie-in issues, Spider-Verse has finally come to an end. After putting an end to the Inheritor threat, the remaining Spiders get a chance to find their way home and get back to their lives. But before they can do that, there’s a last bit of convoluted exposition to wade through before Peter Parker – and the readers – can move on.
To start, the best part of the comic is the various Spider-People getting a chance to simply talk and interact with each other, something that could have been in the main event, but for whatever reason, was ignored in favor of epic battles and prophecies. Most of the characters banter a little bit before heading home to their own dimensions, which »
- Halden Fraley
Michelle Williams is a work in progress! The actress covers the April issue of Elle UK, where she opens up about balancing motherhood and her career, supporting Kristen Bell's "No Kids Policy" and reveals her love of poetry. While the "Dawson's Creek" alum looks stunning in the cover shot -- rocking newly-dyed platinum tresses and a retro A-line dress -- Williams says most days she's exhausted. "I feel like I’m so good at raising a kid when I’m not working. I don’t forget anything. I’ve got everything covered. It’s a real luxury to have a moment when I’m not scrambling," she tells the mag. "I feel like most of my life, I’m trying to do two things at once, both to the best of my abilities. So that leaves me feeling pretty exhausted. I’m the person who falls asleep all the time, »
- tooFab Staff
Amazing Spider-Man #14
Written by Dan Slott
Pencils by Olivier Coipel and Giuseppe Camuncoli
Colors by Justin Ponsor
Published by Marvel Comics
After being forced to flee from the Inheritors at every turn, the army of Spider-People finally gets a chance to take the fight directly to their pursuers. This is the final battle, the last stand against an unstoppable force. Can the Spiders save themselves before the Inheritors carry out their master plan?
Right out of the gate, it’s obvious that this issue sets out to be one thing: a massive fight scene. Anyone itching for long term ramifications and moral repercussions will have to wait for next issue’s epilogue. Despite the action, however, the book fizzles out when it counts. The Inheritors, lauded as ultra-powerful and unstoppable, are reduced to Saturday morning cartoon villains by the end of the book. The Inheritors, who have shrugged off bullets, »
- Halden Fraley
In most cities there are now gyms positioned within five or ten minutes of each other. The world feels like it’s being over run with low cost gyms that tempt you in to joining just because they’re so cheap; so it doesn’t really matter if you never use your membership, right?
It comes as no surprise that in most gyms, the free wights area is predominately used by men. Whether it looks intimidating or you’re just not sure how to even use the weights correctly and safely, you do find the odd woman in there kicking ass.
And it’s about time. Men and women are equals so why are some women still intimidated to train like a man? If you want to learn how to deadlift and give the guys a run for their money, why shouldn’t you?
Ladies, you have your own minds »
- Sara Weir
Their battle with Morlun and the Inheritors may be over, but the war is just heating up! Stranded on Battleworld a small band of universe-hopping heroes – Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Man: India, Spider-Girl, Spider-uk and Spider-Ham – will find themselves face to face with the horrors of Battleworld. How did they get here? What happened to their homes? What tragedy has befallen this region of Battleworld and how will these Spider-Men and Women deal with it? “The Spider-verse event in Amazing Spider-man brought you the first team of Spider-Men,” says Senior Editor Nick Lowe, “but not the last! Here we build and expand upon the Spider-Verse story in insane new ways!” Amidst the horrors of the Secret Wars, six spider powered heroes stand alone. But here, united as one on the surface of Battleworld, are they here for a new beginning, or a grisly ending? Webs will be slung. Walls shall be crawled. »
Reports have been swirling that Bruce Jenner will publicly announce that he is physically transitioning from male to female, opening up a wave of criticism aimed at the Olympic gold medalist. Piers Morgan, editor-at-large for DailyMail.com, stopped by the Et set to slam Bruce's critics.
"[Bruce] should be allowed to define what he wants to be in his life," Piers told Et. "Shouldn't we all have that right?"
In a blistering article for DailyMail.com first published Monday, Piers chastised Bruce's critics for their cruelty.
"I really don't care what Bruce Jenner does," Bruce wrote in his piece. "Nor do I criticize the media for obsessively chasing the story (DailyMail.com has led the way in reporting it) because he's deliberately made his private life public property for a long time. But I do care about the despicable way Bruce Jenner's being »
Fox’s “Weird Loners” brings together a group of self-proclaimed weirdos — four single thirtysomethings who are unexpectedly thrust into one another’s lives and form an unlikely bond in a Queens, NY, townhouse. Variety has a first look at the new group shot of the cast ahead of the comedy’s March 31 debut.
Becki Newton’s Caryn is a cute, but high-strung dental hygienist whose romantic life, unfortunately, is dictated by the love-crazed, ultra-romantic 13-year-old barricaded inside the control room of her brain. Each time a handsome new man crosses her field of vision, infatuation and extreme over-eagerness take over, and she inevitably winds up back at square one — single and not getting any younger.
Zachary Knighton’s Stosh is handsome, charming and whip-smart. He’s a serial seducer who has never been able to maintain an intimate relationship with a woman for very long — a couple of hours, usually. »
- Variety Staff
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Question: Any info on Castle‘s mid-season two-parter, or any other episodes? —Sandra
Ausiello: So much has already been spilled about the February sweeps event, you instead get this: Matt Mitovich chatted up Stana Katic at HBO’s Golden Globes party, and she teased that Rick and Kate are “going to Mars,” as they (separately?) work a case involving “Mars, spacesuits and space travel.” The episode’s ominous title? “The Wrong Stuff.” #MarsNeedsCaskett
Question: Mom has become one »
In the wake of Wednesday’s terror attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Sean Hannity and a London Imam got into a tense exchange over Sharia Law and freedom of the press.
“You’re saying you do not believe in freedom of speech, you don’t believe in freedom of expression, you believe in Islamic fascism, that people must abide by your laws,” Hannity said to Imam Anjem Choudary.
Choudary responded that sovereignty and supremacy belongs to God, »
- Jordan Chariton
16 items from 2015
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