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Barbie

Oh Hollywood

Movies Being Made: Disney’s It’s A Small World, Barbie, & Peeps (Yes, The Easter Candy)

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I have to laugh, you see, or I’ll cry.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Tech Support Gandalf, Our New Favorite Meme

“Tech Support Gandalf” sprung from the bowels of Reddit when a pic of a Gandalf-garbed Sir Ian McKellen on his MacBook turned up in r/pics. Neatorama has a blank version. Now go meme this mother up.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A Mighty Shiny Firefly Ring

You buy this ship, treat her proper, she’ll be with you the rest of your life. From Etsy seller Geekonista. (via Fashionably Geek)

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Great Moments in Advertising

Clickbait IRL: Barbie “Unapologetic” on Sports Illustrated Cover

Mattel has decided to rehabilitate Barbie’s falling image in the toy market (a 13% drop this holiday season over last) by changing nothing, and dismissing criticism of Barbie by talking about her as if she were a real person and not an image entirely created and controlled by a massive toy empire. Also by putting her on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue and starting the hashtag #unapologetic.

It’s so cute, watching a more than half-century old media franchise discover the marketing power of intentionally creating internet outrage while trying to make it look like an accident. I recommend ThinkProgress’ take on the whole deal.

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Real Or Not Real?

Man Repaints Catching Fire Katniss Barbie So It Looks Exactly Like Jennifer Lawrence

We posted the spectacular Noel Cruz’s work before. He has a knack for turning what are terribly disappointing depictions of actors’ doll counterparts and creating what could almost be a mirror image. His latest masterpiece? Jennifer Lawerence’s Katniss Everdeen. Check out a few more shots and find out how you can own it after the jump. 

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Things to Do With Your Kids

Mattel Exec Defends Barbie’s Unrealistic Proportions, Says They Don’t Affect Girls’ Body Image

Barbie is many things: An astronaut. A gymnast. A fashionista. A career woman. “Someone with a realistic body shape” is not one of them. It’s something that’s caused a lot of flak to be sent Mattel’s way over the years, as critics (and studies) claim that the doll’s ultra-tiny waist and, er, ample bosoms cause girls to feel greater pressure to be thin.

According to Kim Culmone, Mattel’s Vice President of Design, that’s all hogwash. Promoting a particular body shape isn’t what Barbie’s about, and the fact that she has that body shape has zero harmful effect on the many millions of girls who’ve played with her over the years.

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Our Adorable Past

Your Childhood, But More Badass (And A Little Scary)

French illustrator Sylvain Sarrailh may make you think you’re remembering childhood wrong with his series of “BADASS” character designs. Some may make you laugh, others may make you cry, but part of me is curled up in the corner rocking back and forth saying, “Can’t sleep, clown will eat me.”

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What It Says On the Tin

Mars Explorer Barbie Is Real, NASA is Involved

Has NASA decided to celebrate the anniversary of the Mars Curiosity Rover landing by creating a Mars Explorer Barbie? Indeed, it has, and we’re happy to see another toy promoting women in science. Plus, Barbie probably has a better time balancing in Martian gravity, what with her unusual proportions. This adventuresome Barbie also comes with a little cardboard Curiosity Rover, with touches of pink and purple added to it, but it might be better paired with the Hot Wheels Curiosity Rover. Mars Explorer Barbie is the “Career of the Year” Barbie for 2013, and it’s certainly a plus to see a science oriented Barbie take center stage. The more science related and geeky fields Mattel puts Barbie in, the better, even if it’s a bit troubling that she doesn’t have gloves on her space suit. On the other hand, I think Mattel may be onto something with such a brightly colored rover.

(via i09)

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Elsewhere on the internet

Shavaunna is the Weirdest, Most Delightful Instagram Account You’ve Seen Today

Shavaunna is a disembodied Barbie head with a great hairdo and two hands where her neck should be. She has an Instagram account that chronicles her life of learning to fly, playing piano, and hanging with her friends.

And I kind of love it?

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans Looking Pointy and Dirty, Respectively, in Snowpiercer

“Character passports” for director Bong Joon-ho‘s sci-fi dystopia Snowpiercer have been released, including those for the characters played by Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans. Passports for other characters can be seen at /Film.

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