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Things We Saw Today: This Star Wars Wedding Cake Is Most Impressive

Each tier of depicts a different scene: The bottom is Luke on Tatooine in a A New Hope (the groom’s been to that filming location), the middle is Leia meeting Wicket in Return of the Jedi (the bride’s been to that filming location), and the top is the wedding of Anakin and Padme in Attack of the Clones (they want to visit that filming location together). Visit That’s Nerdalicious for detail shots.

  • Via The Frisky, meet Banana Joe, the Affenpinscher who won Best in Show at this year’s Westminster Kennel Club dog show. He looks vaguely Ewokian.
  • Syfy is leaving its Sharktopus/Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus/Manquito wheelhouse to make The Man in the High Castle into a four-part miniseries. Written by sci-fi adaptation stalwart Philip K. Dick, the book takes places in an alternate reality where the Axis Powers won World War II.  (Deadline)
  • Actress Eden Sher writes “I’ve Spent 12 Years Surrounded by Hollywood Peen. Where Are the Women Directors?” on Jezebel.

Here’s this year’s official Oscar poster, by Olly Moss. Each Oscar represents the film that won that year. For a higher-res version, click here. (Digital Spy)

  • Author Terry Deary says that libraries have “had their day” and are “no longer relevant.” “People have to make the choice to buy books. People will happily buy a cinema ticket to see Roald Dahl‘s Matilda, and expect to get the book for free. It doesn’t make sense.” Because it’s not like books are difficult to afford for some families, especially those with multiple kids, or anything. And if they can’t afford them, well, too bad for them, right? Every word Deary says in this Guardian article makes me seethe.
  • DC has responded to backlash over their hiring of anti-gay writer Orson Scott Card for the new Superman: “As content creators we steadfastly support freedom of expression, however the personal views of individuals associated with DC Comics are just that — personal views — and not those of the company itself.” For more, visit The Advocate.
  • Amazon has cast the TV versions of Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone in its version of Zombieland. (/Film)

Bruce Willis movies aren’t really our thing at The Mary Sue, but look, it’s a life-size chocolate sculpture of the man. How can I not post a life-sized chocolate statue of anyone? (Badass Digest)

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  • Ryan Colson

    -Didn’t think the Padmanakin wedding place was real since the films are so CGIfull.. ZING!
    -Anti Gay Biggots 1, Anti Anti Gay Biggots 0 on that one!

  • Anonymous

    The argument that it’s libraries that are killing bookstores is insane. He even says it in the article: libraries have existed for 150 years… if they’re killing bookstores now, that’s a really slow-growing problem. You might say it’s not even a problem at all.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    It’s such a random argument! You’re just ticked off that you get less money from a library than from a bookstore, admit it. And then deal with it.

  • Anonymous

    The only reason I started reading some of the Horrible Histories books as a kid was because I borrowed one of them from my local library.

    That means that Terry Deary is quite possibly the wrongest person in the entire world.

  • Pamela

    I wonder if Card were advocating against interracial marriage, would DC hire him and then defend his personal beliefs (and actions, because c’mon).

  • Anonymous

    Here’s The Gutters’s take on the Card issue:

  • Calum Syers

    I must say, even before reading the Jezebel article, I’ve been a fan of Eden Sher for a little while. “The Middle” is generic as sin, and the casting of sitcom-friendly actors as the parents (Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn) keeps the show itself from ever being anything other than middle of the road sitcom fare. But, the performances from the two teens, Sher and Charlie McDermott are really, really good. They really lift the show out of the duldrums of bottom of the barrel. So, I’m glad to hear her speaking up on behalf of more female filmmakers and show runners.

  • Julie Allen

    I love that Deary cites Dahl’s “Matilda” in his argument. The library wasn’t irrelevant to her, certainly; in fact, it because her escape from the horrible home in which she lived. As if I needed even more proof that he has no idea about which he speaks.

  • TKS

    Dang it, Syfy, stop making things that sound great “in theory.” If I had a nickle for every time I was disapointed by a Syfy original, I could fund the SFX of the next “Crocosarus” movie.

  • Anonymous

    If an anti-cupcake bigot smashes my delicious cupcake before I can eat it, and I say hey, go be anti-cupcake at your own table and stop smashing my food, I am not an anti-anti-cupcake bigot.

    Card has the right to his personal beliefs. DC has the right to hire him, though they should know that hiring a content creator known for getting more than a little didactic with his personal beliefs in his work has the potential to alienate their fans. Fans have the right to their feelings about Card and DC hiring him.

  • Anonymous

    That Oscar poster is so awesome, I don’t even care that there are some undeserved movies on it.

  • Anonymous

    Are those action figures on the cakes?

  • Betty Windsor

    Did i just read….scyfy and mini-series!? FINALLY

  • Magic Xylophone

    So, three or four times?

  • Laura Truxillo

    Eh. I work at a library aaaaaannd…

    It’s half-true. Not quite as dire as that, and not for the same reason. But our library is a kinda depressing place to work, because TPTB decided that if people like movies, then by golly, we should have ALL THE MOVIES. Not just Criterion stuff or what-have-you. If it made it to theatres, it makes it to our shelves, usually with about 20-30 copies so no one has to wait “too long” to get their free movies. And they pick up almost as many of obscure-but-crappy things like the Disney knock-offs too.

    One of the first questions we usually hear after signing someone up for a library card is “where’re the movies at?”

    Books still move, sure, but our library decided that adapting with the times means catering to people who want movies, and the older folks who come in wanting romance, gardening, or cookbooks (or racist political books,but the election’s over so not as much).

    DC’s response doesn’t sit right. I understand their trying to be diplomatic, but there’s a big difference between personal views (I know at least a few writers/artists I quite like who I do not share personal or political views with), but personal ACTIONS are something else entirely. Meh, it’s a mess.

  • Laura Truxillo

    To be fair, ours kinda helped kill the local video stores. But there’s a big difference in the mentality that says “I want my ten free movies a week” and the one that says “I need a buncha free books right now.” If they’re reading for pleasure, odds are good they’ll buy books as well (or else why do my housemate and I, both of us library workers, have a house full of books that we OWN), and if they’re doing research, well, that’s part of the whole purpose of a library.

    It’s such a silly argument. If anything, amazon is “killing” bookstores, just as sure as Netflix killed Blockbuster. (I say we helped because hey, you can pay ten bucks a month or you can get movies for free, and most of our patrons don’t use Netflix.)