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Things We Saw Today: Instance #592 of New Zealand Being Really Into This Hobbit Movie

Apparently New Zealand’s official passport stamps invite travelers to Middle Earth. I cannot even act like I’m surprised. (The Huffington Post)

  • You might have heard about the coat-wearing monkey who was found wandering around a Toronto Ikea parking lot. If you haven’t, head to The Frisky and be prepared to laugh. If you already have, I’d click over and look at the picture again anyway. Treat yourself.
  • New York Times film critic A.O. Scott has proclaimed 2012 the “Year of Heroine Worship” in a thoughtful piece on the abundance of female-starring movies from the last 12 months. New York magazine blog The Cut offers a rebuttal with “Hollywood Having Worst ‘Year of the Woman’ Ever.“ (Thanks, tipster Stephanie!)

Black Milk’s new Star Wars dresses include this Stormtrooper frock. I’d wear it. (Geeks Are Sexy)

Can you forgive M. Night Shyamalan for The Last Airbender for the amount of time it takes to watch the trailer for his new sci-fi flick, After Earth? If not, no big. Can’t I say blame you. (via /Film)

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  • Shoshana B

    Is it bad that I kind of really want to visit New Zealand now to get that stamp in my passport?

  • Grif

    I live in New Zealand and i am sick of all The Hobbit stuff going on here. Theres a current events show after the news and for the last week all the top stories have been about the Hobbit, its ridiculous. It got even worse when they interviewed Tolkien’s great grandson and asked him questions about Tolkien as if they knew each other, then my head exploded when someone called New Zealand “Tolkien’s spiritual home” even though he has never set foot here. Imagine if other countries acted like this every time a movie that was filmed there came out.

  • TKS

    M Night Shyamalan, what are you doing? Why would you put your trademarked twist IN THE TRAILER?

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. It was fun at first, now it’s getting kind of embarrassing. And this coming from someone who’s dressing up as a hobbit to go see it tonight.

  • Lindsey Stock

    I will NEVER forgive Shyamalan for The Last Airbender, even if he one day makes another movie that isn’t awful like nearly everything since Signs has been.

  • KatieB

    I was going to say pretty much the same thing – and I bet most would.

  • standgale

    Not only is the whole Hobbit thing getting a bit embarrassing, but they had the audacity to hold the opening night on my birthday, so some people can’t come to my party. Geez, some people. ;)

    Anyway, our postmarks currently mention middle earth too. I thought there would be some regulation about that, but I guess you can stamp whatever you like on there.

  • Erica Throne

    New Zealand didn’t put this much effort in when Power Rangers was still filmed there.

    I mean, clearly Power Rangers > The Hobbit.

  • Chanel Diaz

    How could FemPop, FEMPop, stop using Feminist (From Reading the Article)? That sounds like giving up on the cause, or FEMINISM. You know, Women’s Rights. Part of Human Rights. Defending our words to be properly used comes hand in hand with our identity.

    Popularity doesn’t mean Quality. I can only imagine the Ignoramuses flocking to her site who won’t “get it” when she points out discrimination and statistics of women, because, maybe, they never… ‘got it in the first place?’

    I don’t know if I could visit that site again if it’s just going to Concede to the patriarchy, eventually, anyway.

    Interestingly, FemPop and the “Female Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Still Encouraged to Use Male Pseudonyms,” have one thing in common. Encouraging ‘desperation’ of women to obtain male viewership. I don’t like the path this ‘desperation’ is taking us because it seems to be implying that women aren’t trying to turn the Boys’ Club and the Girl’s Club into the Boy & Girl’s Club, but just women trying to ‘get into’ the Boys’ Club.

  • Anonymous

    I think a lot of people now equate the word “feminism” with the sort of millitant feminism represented by those Straw Feminists. For the longest time, I believed in women’s rights, but never attached the word “feminist” to myself because I’d been raised to believe that those people were crazy, that they hated all men, that they wanted some sort of matriarchy, that they burned bras, etc. Now I realize that Feminism means what I have beleived all along: women deserve equal rights and representation to men. But the word itself has become stigmatized. People might be more willing to listen if you don’t lable yourself. I’ve found Republicans more willing to listen to me if I claim to be independant, as well, it’s a matter of framing, and I’m ok with it.

  • Anonymous

    Glad that got clarified for me, lol.

  • Chanel Diaz

    Nothing wrong with burning bras, it’s your clothing. But people have been making up excuses and excuses to ignore, while abusing women since sexism started.

    But if YOU want to turn words that’re meant to FOCUS on women, but will keep allowing them to turn into negative-connotations. Well, let’s see where this leads…

    People have an even Longer History of turning Female Words into Bad words like: “You throw/hit like a girl!,” “Don’t be such a sissy!,” “What are you, on your Period?,” “Women,” “Are you PMSing?”

    In Militant and Sports situations, let’s hear it from the smartest representation of male kind to date:

    SpongeBob SquarePants: [to Gary] Looks like training is gonna start early, ladies. I called you a lady to humiliate and demean you. It’s a motivational tool we coaches use.

    [Elsewhere in Bikini Bottom] Sandy Cheeks: Hmm. I don’t know why, but I think I’ll kick SpongeBob’s butt tomorrow.

    I want to kick the butts of those who think they can get away turning female words or female-positive words into BAD WORDS to Shun & Shame people with, especially women.

    Except with Education of what these words mean, because you have to keep in mind people have been ignoring their own Privileges for centuries, so they can be called “good people” while taking away the rights and respect of other human beings.

    The problems aren’t our words, it’s men who aren’t listening just because they don’t want to admit they’re only so high and mighty by beating and raping women in their history and keeping them as Breeders and Objects.

    The solution is you have to keep talking to them with reason while proving femalekind can accomplish anything by becoming independent and create something other than babies. And most importantly, NOT SHUTING UP.

  • Kelly Hutchinson

    Ok I was all embarrassed about this but then my degree came in the mail with a middle earth post mark and I was like a two year old with a new box on Christmas!

    The sleep deprivation from going to the premiere may have helped….

  • KatieB

    Power Rangers is banned in New Zealand – and has been since the first season. It might have been filmed here, but it wasn’t aired.

  • standgale

    Congratulations on your degree, and it IS pretty cool to get such an important document with a middle earth post mark.