Speaking of threes, behold the youngest, most genetically-identical members of the Green Lantern Corps! Also known as 8-year old triplets, Rosalind, Anne, and Julia. (At DC Women Kicking Ass)
IEEE has a compilation of 12 NASA missions that didn’t get to happen. Among them: sending Darth Vader into space (no, the real Darth Vader) and an all-woman space mission that was scrapped in 1998:
A combination of astronaut selection, mission training, and flight assignments offered the option to juggle the crew manifest and put seven experienced female astronauts onto an otherwise routine shuttle mission. The selection was meant to demonstrate the level of responsibility women had earned in space, but concerns about exploitation for electoral politicking scuttled the suggestion.
GET READY: Robot Chicken Star Wars: Episode 3 is being released on DVD on July 4. If you missed it on TV, you can now find out if the Emperor eats the cole slaw he gets with his turkey club in this episode. (At Empire Online)
Here is a first look at the Pinocchio puppet that will be used in Guillermo Del Toro‘s upcoming live-action film adaptation. Del Toro is producing along with the Jim Henson Co. and it will be directed by the appropriately-named Grim Grimsley. And it looks horrifying. Seriously, has anyone seen Unico in the Island of Magic? With the evil, awful Lord Kuruku who used to be a puppet? Crazy. (Bleeding Cool via I Heart Chaos)
The LA Times has a somewhat sad, but then uplifting piece about the glass ceiling women have yet to crack in the animation industry, focusing on how Brenda Chapman was suddenly fired as the director of Pixar‘s Brave, which features a female lead character:
“I think it’s a really sad state. We’re in the 21st century and there are so few stories geared towards girls, told from a female point of view,” said Chapman, who spent six years on “Brave” — which was inspired by her relationship with her daughter — before being fired because of what she calls “creative differences.”
But a slight spoiler so you don’t feel depressed before clicking: Apparently, about half of the students in both the undergrad and graduate animation programs at the University of Southern California are women and they are securing good positions upon graduation.
Well, this makes sense: Yoda as Mr. Miyagi. (At Geek Tyrant)