James Silvani is an expert at mixing Disney with Star Wars (and did it long before the acquisition). Here's WALL-E and EVE in a familiar scene.
An unsettling quality about bankruptcy auctions is that there's always an underlying crisis of conscience to the whole affair, since your gain came at the financial loss of another. Essentially, you can't walk away, new acquisition in hand, without feeling like the absolute scum of the Earth, but sometimes you just have to buck up and kick those qualms to the curb if you really want that worthwhile item, like, say, an original copy of the Metropolis movie poster. Next week, this poster and eight others will be up for auction, with rabid nerds willing to pay hand over fist for this piece of cinematic history.
Things We Saw Today
Check out Hillary Clinton's sweet cat eye sunglasses she wore while swearing in Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Michael Hammer. (via New York Magazine.)
It's Aliiiiiiiiiiiive!No, we're not talking about Clark Kent's current living space, this is the classic sci-fi film directed by Fritz Lang that influenced just about every major sci-fi film that came after it. A three-sheet movie poster done for the film by art deco artist Heinz Schulz-Neudamm is being offered up for the low, low price of $850,000. Want to see what $850,000 worth of poster looks like?
Fashion for NonhumansThis list of the best non-human females (and their capacity to love) has been quite a tedious task. The term “non-human female” is quite broad, and I bet a lot of you are asking yourself where the female aliens are on this list. Why not call them the best female robots? The answer is not that simple. The Mary Sue staff and myself agreed to establish a rudimentary basis for this list: the non-human females can not have reproductive abilities (so that pretty much cancels out a majority of our favorite martian ladies). Which is to say, these female characters have gender, but no sex. That is, sex as a noun, not a verb. Their gender has been pressed upon them by their creator or the viewer regardless of the fact that they are completely asexual beings and, in fact, don't reproduce (though it hasn't stopped us from giving them genders and love interests). Which allows us to take a very interesting look at what characteristics, over the years, we've felt would identify a robot as female, and what roles we thought those "female" robots were suitable for.
From today until June 13th, Metropolis, Illinois (where else?) will be geeking out over the Man of Steel in their 32nd annual Superman Celebration. Guests include Smallville stars Laura Dianne Vandervoort, a.k.a. Lana Lane, and Sam Witwer, a.k.a. Doomsday, as well as comics writers and artists like Silver Age legend Carmine Infantino, Dave Beatty (Captain Value; Brightest Day), and Josh Elder (Mail Order Ninja, The Batman Strikes). There's even a fan-made film festival! Sounds pretty rad.
More information at the Superman Celebration website.
(h/t Robot 6)
Last night, Fritz Lang's Metropolis played on the Brandenburg Gate to a crowd of over 2,000. The movie has been restored nearly to its original length after eighty-three years.
Though the two and a half hour expressionistic, dystopian film was received poorly by German audiences in 1927, it has since become a classic of German cinema and inspired aspects of geek culture from Blade Runner to the 5th Element, to, yes, Superman.
With the original lost, the most commonly available version of the film was one that was heavily cut by American distributors. An uncut version eluded historians until 2008, when one was found in an Argentinian museum.