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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A Restaurant Where the Waitresses Are Ninjas

Well, dressed as ninjas. Can you imagine flagging down an actual ninja to bring your your check? Kotaku has more information on the Toyko eatery.

  • Horror flick Oculus has a release date: April 18, 2014. To refresh your memory, this is the one starring Katee Sackhoff and Karen Gillan. We’re pretty excited. (Deadline)
  • An piece in today’s Variety on the absence of female directors during this year’s awards season has a lot of great quotes the difficulty women in Hollywood face at all times of the year. My favorite is this one from critic Manohla Dargis: “The great irony is that women are accused of making romantic comedies, as if it’s a bad thing, but Marc Webb makes a romantic comedy and he gets Spider-Man. Are you kidding me? You cannot win.”

New editions of the Harry Potter will have brand new, full-color illustrations by Jim Kay. Here’s his Hogwarts. It’s on trees! Visit Nerd Approved to see the new Harry.

  • We told you earlier today that NBC is producing more live musicals following the rating success of The Sound of Music. Now Andrew Lloyd Webber is saying Cats and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat are getting (not made-for-TV, unrelated to NBC) movies as well. You get a movie musical! And you get a movie musical! Everybody gets a movie musicalllll! (/Film, The Guardian)
  • Potential good news for fans of the recently cancelled Ripper Street: An Amazon-owned VOD company called LoveFilm is reportedly considering funding a third season, with the plan that episodes would premiere on LoveFilM and air later on the BBC. (Variety)

This paper sculpture was made by Jackie Huang for Gallery Nucleus’ upcoming Lord of the Rings art exhibit, which opens this Saturday. I’m jealous of anyone in the Alhambra, CA area. (Super Punch)

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  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one that thought that’d be a good plot for a cheesey B-action movie.
    “Our protagonist wanted a break from the world of crime-fighting for a nice night at a ninja restaurant. But there’s one problem.
    The staff has been neutralized and replaced by REAL ninjas out to assassinate the president.”
    *Cue fight montage*

  • Anonymous

    There’s also a restauant in Tribeca that features ninjas, unimaginatively named Ninja. I don’t have any firsthand experience with it because it’s always closed for lunch when I’m in the neighborhood.

  • Mike Chen

    The only way I’ll watch one of those musicals is if it stars John Barrowman.

  • Lady Commentariat

    Just so long as the onion ninjas stay away!

  • Lady Commentariat

    Just so long as the onion ninjas stay away!

  • Anonymous

    Is the president also a ninja out to assassinate the president? :O

  • John W

    this isn’t much consolation but Amazing Spider-man was terrible.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    I went to that once but it didn’t live up to the hype. Though it looks really pretty and the food was great.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Sadly, unless they summersulted to the table with my order, I would probably still be dissapointed ^^;

  • Laura Truxillo

    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat? Sheesh, look, just make a Starlight Express movie already.

  • Laura Truxillo

    “Ha! I SAW you approach with the bill! What kind of Ninja are you?!”

  • James Fletcher

    You are not the only one.

  • Anonymous

    God, was anyone asking for a Cats movie? Joseph, maybe, but Cats?

  • ACF

    I support everyone getting a movie musical!