by Rebecca Pahle | 11:05 am, February 15th, 2013
Because teenagerdom is a mess, but some people handle it better than others.
by Rebecca Pahle | 11:05 am, February 15th, 2013
by Rebecca Pahle | 2:00 pm, February 6th, 2013
What the new series will be, we know not. But under a contract George R.R. Martin just signed with HBO, he’ll be doing one.READ MORE
by Rebecca Pahle | 11:05 am, January 24th, 2013
Like it or not, a sequel to Blade Runner is in the works. It’s still in the very early stages—to my knowledge all we know about it at this point is that Ridley Scott plans to do it. But the very prospect of a Blade Runner sequel has a lot of people curious, including Crave Online, which during an interview with Sean Young took the opportunity to ask the actress whether her original Blade Runner character Rachael might show up in the sequel.
Her answer?READ MORE
by Susana Polo | 12:55 pm, December 30th, 2012
As a life-long amateur musician who gets snooty when people clap between the movements of a sonata, I’m probably not the best person to be receptive to any kind of electronic introductions to a performance or screening. Usually when we hear about theater owners making concessions to people who leave their phones on, it’s in regards to a movie theater, with all their wooing of the modern audience and needing to wring profit out of every possible moment. But this case is of a repertory theater’s production of Carlo Goldoni‘s 1743 Servant of Two Masters, and while the restrictions placed on these Tweet Seats will probably keep them from annoying other audience members there’s just something about the principle of the thing that makes me hope it never happens at any theater I go to.READ MORE
by Becky Chambers | 10:46 am, November 8th, 2012
Last week, I discussed a GameSpot interview with Halo 4 execs Kiki Wolfkill and Bonnie Ross, in which it was stated that discriminatory behavior in-game — specifically sexism — would result in a lifetime ban. Given Xbox Live’s high profile, the interview had done the rounds at many major tech and gaming sites, and a lively debate ensued. As I mentioned in my original article, there were a lot of questions being asked, primarily regarding whether or not this rule applied to other forms of abuse, and how this new policy would be implemented. On Tuesday, Destructoid reported that they had contacted Microsoft in order to clear things up. The verdict? Xbox Live views all types of harassment as equally reprehensible (hooray!), but they won’t be making any changes to their existing Code of Conduct (hmm).READ MORE
by Jill Pantozzi | 1:16 pm, August 14th, 2012
I still haven’t decided if Warner Bros. new Injustice: Gods Among Us game is something I actually want. On one hand, it’s got DC Comics heroes beating the crap out of each other, which is awesome. On the other hand, it’s got DC Comics heroes beating the crap out of each other, which is not actually awesome. At least Catwoman is completely clothed and fully zipped! That’s gotta count for something, right? Plus, this trailer gave them a chance to use Catwoman’s specialized DC logo. Oh wait, they didn’t.
by Susana Polo | 1:21 pm, May 17th, 2012
Look, at this point I just feel sorry for Elementary. This Youtube preview has been up for about a day and has already garnered a 70% dislike rating, much of it, I suspect, from the weird parts of the BBC Sherlock fandom that have a sort of perceived need to defend… the world? their show? from another show that… almost certainly will have zero effect on it? Well, that said, it could also be from people who feel just on general principles that the show doesn’t measure up to Conan Doyle’s original “vision,” or even those who feel that a female Watson desecrates the characters of both Watson and Holmes, but if the Youtube comments comparing it to the original show and saying that Lucy Liu is a terrible Watson and that they’re just going to make her bang Holmes and then the show will be terrible (as if much of the Sherlock Holmes fandom wasn’t already about imagining a romance between the central characters) are any indication, Elementary‘s biggest problem so far is not that its first sneak peek (a tenuous basis to judge the full worth of a show to begin with) is middling, but that’s it’s being compared to one of the most tightly written shows on television right now.READ MORE
by Susana Polo | 10:23 am, June 6th, 2011
Yes, I will continue to call DC Comic’s September reboot Flashboot until somebody stops me. Confirmed titles in the list of fifty-two continue to roll on in, with covers to match, and, as it turns out, you can lead an artist to draw pants, but you can’t make him not draw blatant, shameless cheesecake. As usual, DC Women Kicking Ass explores the subtle distinction between changing a costume and actually presenting female characters in a respectful way and makes me wish I’d done it first. And if you’re wondering what kind of history Catwoman has to draw on to make a new version of the character, look no further than this, incredibly comprehensive synthesis of a lot of different sources.
I’ll just sit here and think about how I’m way more excited for pretty much every announced title other than the core Batman ones.
by Jamie Frevele | 11:27 am, June 5th, 2011
Now that you’re out of bed, here is the plan for your upcoming nap: Grab your trusty ostrich pillow, stick your face in it, try not to suffocate while catching your afternoon ZZZZs. Designed with the flightless bird in mind, the “Ostrich Pillow” was meant to simulate darkness in accordance with the urban legend that ostriches fall asleep if a paper bag is placed over its head (because they think it’s nighttime, and nighttime = sleepytime). Good idea: blocking out all light so you can take a nap at your desk. Bad idea: there doesn’t seem to be an air hole. While it’s probably a hoot to look like a dead alien sleeping at your desk, it’s less of a hoot to actually die there. Alas, designer Kawamura Ganjavian is still working out the kinks.
by Jamie Frevele | 12:55 pm, April 23rd, 2011
Come this June, comic books will be sold in Barnes & Noble stores, according to Bleeding Cool. Store employees have been told to make room on the magazine shelves for both “mainstream and independent titles.” (But mostly, comics that also happen to have movies coming out this summer.) So, what does this mean for small retailers and the inevitable switch to digital comics?READ MORE