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Things We Saw Today: Margaret Atwood’s Handmaidens Protest Texas’ Reproductive Rights Laws

A group of people dressed up as handmaidens from Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale showed up at the Texas Legislature today to protest the state’s continually restrictive stance on reproductive rights. It’s a chilling reminder of the fact that while the concept for the show might seem neat and entertaining, there are some very stark parallels between our world and that horrifying dystopia.

  • Speaking of dystopias, over on, Erik Davis shares a defense of why The Terminator deserves to stick around. It’s a response to the rumor that the forthcoming newest installment of the franchise was reportedly cancelled.
  • According to ColliderMission: Impossible 6 features a stunt for which Tom Cruise has trained for well over a year. I’m a fan of the Mission: Impossible franchise simply for its showy over-the-top setpieces and stories, so you know I’m interested.

One of the more striking elements of the John Wick movies is the novel way in which they shoot the gunfighting sequences (i.e., you can actually see what’s going on). This parody of John Wick featuring only Nerf guns feels really true-to-form. Those sounds, though! Hilarious. Kudos, Corridor. (via Pajiba)

  • All it took was a variant cover of Gwen Stacy as Deadpool to bring us Gwenpool. So, Marvel seems to be testing the waters a bit again as they’ve put Mary Jane Watson into some other iconic Marvel roles: The Punisher, Iron Fist, and, of course, Deadpool. (via

The less I talk about this La La Land/Nightmare on Elm Street mashup, the better. Just watch it.

What’d you see today, dear pal-o-mine-oh?

(featured image via Hulu)

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