As part of their new "Hip Pop! Parade" collection, the Japanese Pokémon Center will be selling bags, keychains, and boxers featuring Pokémon butts. No news on if they'll come to the U.S., unfortunately.
Being a horror fan and a feminist are not two things that go together easily. Horror films have a documented history of misogyny, oversexualization, and the exploitation of women. Rarely are they written with a nuanced understanding of the complex nature of gender and sexuality, or even with particularly well-written characters. But every now and then there will be a gem in the horror genre that nails it: the story is compelling, the suspense thrilling, and the female protagonists are awesome.
As many science fiction fans do, I often imagine how well I would fare in the future. These hypotheticals usually focus on post-apocalyptic scenarios in which the common lifestyle is crossbowing aliens and outrunning nuclear explosions. But I’d like to imagine another scenario with you: How would you fare as a pencil-pusher in corporate dystopia?
Being a horror fan and a feminist are not two things that go together easily, but every now and then there will be a gem in the horror genre that nails it: the story is compelling, the suspense thrilling, and the female protagonists are awesome as hell.
Universal Orlando has teamed with writer/director Drew Goddard to create a Halloween Horror experience out of The Cabin in the Woods. I want to go so bad but I'm worried I wouldn't make it back.
The 39th Saturn Awards were yesterday and it appears that Joss Whedon will be keeping his title as sci-fi, fantasy, and horror royalty. Whedon won Best Director for Marvel's The Avengers, beating out Ang Lee, Christopher Nolan, Peter Jackson, William Friedkin, and Rian Johnson. Meanwhile, The Avengers won best science fiction film and Cabin in the Woods won in the best Horror/ Thriller category. The Avengers just kept winning, with actor Clark Gregg winning best supporting actor for his role as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson. The Dark Knight Rises picked up only one win, Best Supporting Actress, for Anne Hathaway's much-loved turn as Catwoman. The odds were also in Jennifer Lawrence's favor, and she won Best Actress for her work in the first installment in The Hunger Games series.
Director Chris Cullari's The Sleepover is the winner of Lionsgate and Vimeo's The Cabin in the Woods spoof horror film competition. It takes a look at all those sleepy suburban communities beset by evil serial killers in horror movies; if you're a fan of horror comedies that lovingly (but scarily) poke fun of the horror genre (so… if you liked The Cabin in the Woods), you'll probably like it. It's good.
But Rebecca, you may be thinking. Not that I'm questioning your frankly unimpeachable taste in short films, but what makes The Sleepover a good fit for The Mary Sue? What does it have for lady geeks in particular?
To which I say: Watch to the end. That is one badass babysitter.
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Frankly, I wouldn't put it past our pal Joss Whedon to premiere his Shakespeare film, Much Ado About Nothing, in his own backyard. We knew it wouldn't come to that of course, but he did film it all at his house while shooting The Avengers, and he's not a stranger to unusual distribution in tough times. Regardless, Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate have bought the North American rights to the film. All is well.
It's been a heck of a spring for Joss Whedon, hasn't it? Besides the overwhelming, record-breaking success of The Avengers, Whedon's previously shelved, then expectation-exceedingCabin In the Woods was also a hit with fans. (He'd still like to let you know that's still in "some theaters," by the way.) But the filmmaker's newfound epic success that has put him in some very high Hollywood ranks would not have been possible if not for all the fans who came out to buy all those tickets, then proceed to rave about what they saw. And now, Joss Whedon is humbly expressing his thanks -- on Whedonesque. Because he is still the same groovy guy.
So, you may have been trying to avoid all the buzz that surrounded The Cabin in the Woods, which, if all you have seen of it is the commercials and online ads, is being marketed as your typical "young people in a creepy cabin in the middle of nowhere surrounded by supernatural evil" kind of movie. However, if you'd been anywhere near the internet before its release on April 13, you would have known that there were tons of people who had seen this movie, either at SXSW or at a more recent screening, and could not talk about it because of the massive secret about the framework of the movie that could not be revealed that there was zero indication of in the ads. A friend told me, between the SXSW premiere and the 13th, that Joss Whedon -- the movie's co-writer and producer -- said if the secret to this movie got out, he would hunt that person down in their own home and kill them, or something to that effect. (Apologies for not finding Joss Whedon saying that exact quote. Not kill, but mock -- the "threat" can be seen here.)
Now that the movie has been out for over a week, some of you have seen it, and some of you are planning on it. And some of you might be wondering, as you hear all the hyperbolic statements about "the spoilers" and "the awesome," what makes this movie so astoundingly great and unique. Don't worry, I'm going to tell you. However, I'm also going to discuss the whole movie, so if you haven't seen it, and you're avoiding spoilers, I strongly urge you to trust me (and everyone else) to see the movie to find out for yourself how great it is. Because after the jump: tons o' spoilers.
And now: Why The Cabin in the Woods is everyone's new favorite horror movie.
Joss Whedon is well known for re-using his favorite actors in multiple projects. We've seen crossover between Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Horrible, Dollhouse, and most recently, The Cabin in the Woods (plus lots more). But what we were really hoping for was one of those oft-used actors to wind up in Marvel's The Avengers. Well, it's happened. We'll narrow it down for you, this particular actor was on Buffy but Whedon has used the person elsewhere, too...
Joss Whedon, in the midst of publicity for both The Cabin in the Woods and The Avengers and everythingelse in between, has said that a planned spinoff of Buffy the Vampire Slayer about Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) is not entirely out of the question. Though there is a chance that it'll be a character played by Head who isn't Giles, and maybe it'll be on the BBC. But Whedon's on it. Trust him.
Not a blockbuster weekend for the box office, but that doesn't mean there isn't something newsworthy to report. The Hunger Games has held on to the number one spot for the fourth week in a row, making it the first movie since Avatar to accomplish such a feat. Let's also not underscore the significance of this movie having a female lead and two "male-centric" competitors in The Three Stooges and The Cabin in the Woods. And while a male audience carried the latter to third place, I can tell you right now that Joss Whedon fans of either gender are flipping out about it. Including two thirds of this blog's writing staff. Seriously, we might need a support group. Or a sit-down conversation. By the way, Battleship opened this weekend. Isn't that crazy?
After much waiting, Joss Whedon's The Cabin in the Woodswill be making its way to theatre's on April 13th. Quite frankly, I'm not a big Joss Whedon fan, nor had I ever heard of this movie prior to watching the above trailer, but I say this without a shred of compensation (hint hint) that it looks pretty great. What starts as a straight-forward slasher movie hook quickly changes into a bizarre barage of Sci-Fi and horror. Speaking optimistically, the movie looks to be a careful post-modern dissection of a slasher flick, complete with unseen powers stage-managing horror movie tropes from behind the scenes. Sort of like that dog from Silent Hill 2. You know the one.