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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The First Picture From the Third Hobbit Movie (Seriously)

Featuring Legolas and Bard. I hope I don’t have to explain which one is which. The side effects of filming things simultaneously, ladies and gentlemen. (Blastr)

Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Charmanders. (Fashionably Geek)

These snitches are cake pops, your argument is invalid. (Neatorama)

Is this our first look at the actual characters of the Ender’s Game movie, instead of just a bunkhead or an empty bedroom? I think so. (Blastr)

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  • Anonymous

    The Hobbit, starring King Joffrey as Legolas.

  • Anonymous

    Oh great, now I can’t unsee it.

  • Anonymous

    If you saw the Daenerys picture, and thought ‘but Charmanders aren’t Dragon-type pokemon’

    Congratulations, you’re a real geek no matter what anyone tells you.

  • Anonymous

    i read that barbie link as “construction site barbie.” like, barbie would work at a construction site and have a hot pink hard hat and hot pink tools in her hot pink toolbox. possibly even some “pink” prints for a building. and i would forgive all that pink, i thought magnanimously, because they are showing little girls that they can have these kinds of jobs, too. then i clicked the link…

    im sad now :-(

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Who’s Bard?

  • Chanel Diaz

    I know. Where’s the Creativity?!

  • Chanel Diaz

    Weird how Anita’s Facebook doesn’t mention this, yet, but tells how, “The TEDx YouTube channel does not moderated comments so do yourself a favor and skip them.”

    I wonder if TEDX Disables Comments instead of Moderating them? Because nothing like Women’s Rights to Leak such Ugly Talk from people.

  • Nelly Dreadful

    *sigh* I really liked Ender’s Game the book, and I’m curious about Ender’s Game the movie, but Orson Scott Card pushed me past the point where I can comfortably separate creator from creation. Knowing that he’s probably going to be donating to more ‘defense of marriage’ causes just makes me really uncomfortable about the idea of buying a ticket and giving him money.

  • Anonymous

    He’s a man of Laketown who does spoilery things. He’s a really important character who’s in the book for about five minutes.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    That screeching noise? That is my buries Sixth Grade Self reacting to that first photo.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Is he the, er, spoilery guy with the bow & arrow? It’s been quite a while since I read the book.

  • Anonymous

    Yay! I win geekness! (also, wouldn’t Dratini have been cuter?) [the answer is yes, because Dratini are always cuter]

  • Anonymous

    sources can neither confirm nor deny if Bard is licensed to carry a bow and arrow, but sources can confirm there are only two specific Laketowners mentioned in the book, and the other doesn’t have a name so much as title

  • Not Prince Charles

    I really want to to just take the picture of Orlando Bloom as Legolas and crop it to where he’s the only one in the picture. I despair of Luke Evans. I don’t like his makeup and facial hair in this image, and I’ve grown to despise him as an actor/person. He’s a man who decided in 2011 that being an out gay actor was damaging to him. He has no pride in himself, and I’ve never found his acting, or delivery of his lines compelling. Watch The Raven…He’s such a yawn in that movie.

    As for Ender’s Game. I think it may be the first film I will protest at movie theaters because of Orson Scott Card’s opinions on gay men and women, and what marriage really is.

  • Anonymous
  • Jerilyn Nighy

    I always thought that Bard was the sole instance when J.R.R was lazy in the naming of a character.

  • Kathryn

    So do what I do – don’t see the movie, and make sure people are aware of OSC’s behaviour. I always get a little sad when The Mary Sue talks about that film because the book has – in some opinions – rather worrying subtext, but also because I don’t think OSC’s views are ever mentioned. Heck, I even went off Amy Reeder (Batwoman artist) because she openly stated she liked OSC – wait, she was (at the time) working on a GLAAD-nominated comic series which was noted for its approach to LGBT themes, including DADT, yet she was openly stating she loved the work of a violently homophobic author? That’s pretty crushing.

    But, for those interested, here we go, two articles about how vile a man OSC is:

    Don’t buy his work, peeps. Don’t support him at all. Your money, when it reaches him, will very likely go towards organisations that seek to… well, I don’t think we need to go into it.

  • Swami Rabbitima

    That’s not Bard, that’s Andrew W.K.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Unless he’s a parallel of the Doctor, I’d have to agree. Like, maybe he’s the Bard all bards draw their titles from? Still, that’s a stretch.

  • Nelly Dreadful

    I’m ALREADY not going to see it, but that doesn’t mean I’m not sad about the decision. This is a movie I would probably enjoy, based on a book I know I -do- enjoy, and I CAN’T enjoy it because I’d be picturing a few cents from every ticket going into the pockets of an evil jerk who supports hateful ‘defense of marriage’ causes and organizations.

    And the fact that I have made this decision is going to mean a series of huge fights with my Science Fiction loving Dad, who loves the Ender series, who introduced me to it and Sci Fi growing up, who is going to be hurt and angry that I won’t want to see this movie with him and is going to accuse me of being too PC.

    I’m already not supporting Card. But I can’t muster any righteous fire this time. It’s too depressing.

  • Anonymous

    “she was (at the time) working on a GLAAD-nominated comic series which was noted for its approach to LGBT themes, including DADT, yet she was openly stating she loved the work of a violently homophobic author? That’s pretty crushing. ”

    Much as I find OSC’s worldview abbhorent, I’d also like to give Reeder the benefit of the doubt in that she can separate an author from his work. People can still like the work of Kipling, London and Conrad without sharing or supporting the author’s beliefs, and the same can be done with Card, just as you can respect the filmmaking techniques and innovations of D.W. Griffith or Leni Reifenstahl without being white supremacist or a Nazi. The fact that Reeder worked on a series that seemed to be antithetical to Card’s views should suggest that she doesn’t subscribe to them.

  • Kathryn

    But you can’t separate the author from his work in this case. They’re intertwined. Some authors are distant from it, OSC is not. Need I bring up the utterly vile Hamlet’s Father, which attempted to link paedophilia with homosexuality? There’s also the naming of the aliens(?) in Ender’s Game (Buggers – it could refer to them being bug-like, or is a play upon the word “buggery”), and I’ve heard from numerous sources that some of his works contain anti-LGBT or homoerotic (ironically) subtexts.

    So yes, I think you can try and give the benefit of the doubt, but publicly expressing that love (when you’re part of a GLAAD-nominated team, if nothing else) seems somewhat… at odds with what’s happened.

    You said Kipling, Conrad (and I’m sure Lovecraft is implied), etc. Fine. But they’re long dead. OSC is still writing. He’s still contributing to these antagonistic groups, he’s still speaking for them, he’s still donating money he’s made from writing *to* these, frankly, anti-social causes. That means your money from purchases, ticket sales, etc. may very well end up going to fund some destructive groups. That is the difference.

  • annlynn

    and Inigo Montoya as Bard

  • Anonymous

    I don’t blame them; it’s a TEDx space, they can do with the comments as they please. Hell yes it would be awesome to have them moderated instead, to know that TEDx has our back, but…I can understand not wanting to deal with it, to just shut it down instead. It does help stop the harassment, but another side effect is that it silences those who can bring progressive talk to the comments.

  • Anonymous

    TED has to be THE coolest thing since sliced white bread. I don’t know if I could love that organization more, unless they had Joss Whedon give a talk!!!11 Also, so cool of Anita Sarkeesian to speak publically about the abuse she receives. Let’s get some sunlight on those “comments”…