WordPress changed their format a few weeks ago, and since then I haven’t been able to include video links in my posts. Given that this is a pop culture blog, this is a huge obstacle that I can’t seem to beat so far. I’ll try to look into what I can do about it, as there has to be some fucking way around it, but in the meantime, you won’t be hearing from me. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful holiday season!!
Friends, WordPress seems to have a new format and it won’t let me type after I insert the picture so hopefully I can do this in a way that actually works. (Fuck you too, WordPress.)
So, shocking absolutely no one, Jon Snow survives. How, is TBD (although my vote is with fucking Milisandre, gods dammit). For me the pisser is that HBO had the producers and actors all stating, definitively, and with passion, that he was dead. And in fact, even while he was being stabbed repeatedly I felt the jaded disappointment of knowing that he was going to survive this mutinous murder attempt. I was shocked when people thought that he might actually be (that is, stay) dead.
That being said… admittedly I am looking forward to the role he plays in what comes next. Will Tormund still be his new bestie? Will he be reunited with any of his siblings? Will he and his sister, Princess Leia – er, Queen Daenerys – meet up and ride dragons into Kings Landing and/or the land of the icy undead? So many questions. (Just in case you would like to know where we stand in the waiting game: approximately 22 weeks to go, friends.)
Mashable discusses seven things we learn from this trailer, which features different scenes than the American one:
1. Goldenrod is back, now with 20% less gold
Threepio, everyone’s favorite protocol droid of ambiguous sexuality, is back. We’ve known this for years. Even before the casting announcement, we knew Threepio and Artoo would be in every Star Wars movie by inviolable tradition.
What we didn’t know is where Goldenrod would show up and with whom. He didn’t seem to be with Artoo in the previous trailers, which showed Luke (shrouded under a robe) and Artoo together. Now we see Threepio hanging out with Leia, who also gets her first appearance in a trailer while not sobbing into Han Solo’s chest. (Come to think of it, maybe Threepio is the reason she’s sobbing into Han’s chest.)
Also, as you can see in the GIF above, Threepio has a red arm. We’ve also known this for quite some time; his arm has been red in much of the merchandising and related advertising, most recently in an epic Duracell commercial.
Instead, this part is meant to tout the mystery of how Threepio got that red arm. This will be revealed in a special Star Wars Marvel comic coming in December. (Your puny attempts at marketing are no match for the power of Disney brand synergy.)
Parents who do not like buying comic books for their kids should not look at the screen for this:
2. Chewie wants to hold your hand
“And when I touch you I feel Wookiee inside…”
3. Finn, meet Rey. Rey, Finn.
This one could be a huge deal: Finn and Rey swap names for the first time on what is clearly the Millennium Falcon. We’ve previously seen them hanging out under a shade structure, running around being blown up and shot at by Stormtroopers, TIE fighters and — at another point in the trailer — flame-thrower troopers.
So the fact they swap names for the first time on the Falcon either means they had no time for such social niceties during the attack, or that the attack happens second and Rey the scavenger discovers the Millennium Falcon on a Jakku junkyard much earlier in the film.
4. Quit following me, kid
Doesn’t it seem like BB-8 is bugging Rey, who wants to be a nobody? We know he’s been in Poe Dameron’s X-Wing fighter. Why is he — or, if one rumor is to be believed, she — harassing a random scavenger? Unless she’s not so random …
There’s a clue to why that might be the case in Rey’s dialogue, also revealed for the first time. “I know all about waiting,” she says. “My family …” is almost certainly a family we’ve heard of before.
5. Rey, a captive of Kylo Ren
Now we know that the movie’s three leads encounter Kylo at some point. Poe Dameron is tortured by him; Finn takes up a blue lightsaber against him; and here, in what appears to be the same forest setting, Rey also meets the business end of Kylo’s weapon, Sparky McMedieval Lightsaber. And she can’t move out of its way.
6. J.J. Abrams loves classic movie references
If you didn’t spot the reference, go to the bottom of film appreciation class. Apocalypse Now, of course.
Referencing Apocalypse Now is particularly appropriate given that George Lucas was planning to direct that film — until Francis Ford Coppola made Lucas choose between Apocalypse and Star Wars. So Lucas put his Vietnam message in Star Wars instead, with the Empire intended to represent the U.S. military.
I like how Abrams is continuing the Empire-as-American-Occupation theme by making the Vietnam stuff more explicit pic.twitter.com/UMpXoOS7GG
When you think about how valuable it would have been to include some of these – and how they would have linked storylines or scenes that otherwise seem disjointed or isolated – there’s no argument for cutting them that makes enough sense to justify their exclusion. Oh, and also: more #twincest!
As readers of this site will know, I make no claim to having all (or any) of the knowledge when it comes to comics. So I rely on my friends and the media to inform me about things like this.
Deadpool first appeared in comic books in 1991 and was played by Reynolds in the 2009 movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine. An erratic, disfigured mercenary in a tight red suit, Deadpool is a wise-cracking antihero who often breaks the fourth wall and whose super-ability is an accelerated capacity for healing. The comics show the character propositioning Spider-Man and flirting with both genders; recent trailers and a fireside promotional further suggest the movie will follow suit.
Now that’s all fine and well to say, but if you’re gonna say this, you need to present the evidence that something approaching alternative sexualities are going to be included, and from the trailer, it looks pretty hetero to me.
The occasional flirtation does not represent sexual diversity. Give us a makeout, or a sex scene! Give us something tangible. Otherwise it feels like he’s being promoted as sexually edgy when in fact nothing is being risked.
I didn’t even know this movie was on its way, TBH. And the first one was pretty weak, so I’m not sure how much to hope for with the second installment. However, Sacha Baron Cohen plays the baddie, which is always fun.
Confession: I still haven’t read Philip Pullman’s series, His Dark Materials. This may seem like a huge gap in my YA experience but hey, I’m only now watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer so it’s clear I’m behind the times on occasion. I saw The Golden Compass and didn’t love it, although there were concepts I loved, so chances are I’ll enjoy the books more than I did the film. Luckily, someone else is going to attempt to bring the story to screen – the small screen, that is.
BBC One has commissioned an eight-part series based on the British author’s hit young-adult novel trilogy from U.S.-U.K. production company Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema.
Pullman’s tale – originally recounted in the books Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass – follows the tale of an orphan girl named Lyra who lives in a magical, parallel world where mythical creatures exist alongside humans.
As the story unfolds, she is faced with an epic quest, discovers secrets about her past and becomes caught up in a celestial battle that could change the entire universe.
Evan Peters spoke to Details magazine and shed some light on his character’s role in the next X-Men flick, Apocalypse.
“The story is that my character is searching for his father and wants to find him,” Peters said. “It starts there and then he jumps on the X-Men train and gets sucked up in this whole Apocalypse madness: He tries to stop him from destroying the world.”
To be clear, Quicksilver’s father isn’t some new character. He’s almost certainly Magneto. That’s who he was in the comic books, and an off-hand remark in “Days of Future Past” all but confirmed that he was in the movies as well. This jibes with the official synopsis of “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which says that a powerful, ancient mutant named Apocalypse will recruit Magneto to his side.
In case you need a reminder as to why Quicksilver’s appearance, though brief, in Days of Future Past was the best scene in the whole movie, check out the clip above. I’ve been a fan of Evan Peters ever since watching the original season of American Horror Story, and loved watching him kill it as Quicksilver the first time around. More screen time = better. Plus, Oscar Isaac is playing the villain?? I’m not sure what could make this next X-Men installment better.
It has a Tumblr page so it’s officially official! Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them promo has begun. So far, just the above logo and a pic of Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander have been posted (unless you go to the EW site for 8 more behind-the-scenes photos!), but stay tuned for more in the coming 12 months – its release date is November 18, 2016.
Drugs? Check. Physical and sexual abuse? Check. Misogyny? Check. Who knew that so many superheroes had hidden histories of trauma? (Those of you comic fiends that know all the stories, that’s who. And thanks to the above video, the rest of us do too.)