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Things We Saw Today: Aladdin‘s Honest Trailer Honors the Genie’s Legacy

Screen Junkies’ skewering of old Disney classics continues with this “Honest Trailer” for Aladdin, featuring a new twist on the Genie’s friendship ditty: “You’re Never Gonna Recast Me.” (via Neatorama)

  • Speaking of unforgettable legacies, Belgian director Chantal Akerman passed away today at age 65. Akerman often made films about women’s inner lives; her latest film, No Home Movie, is currently at the New York Film Festival. (via The New York Times)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer had many serious, grim moments, but it also had a lot of hilarious set-ups and memorable quips. Here’s a run-down of several of the show’s funniest scenes.
  • “I’m not always confident. Just tired. Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it.” That’s Nicki Minaj casting pearls before swine in a New York Times profile, which is worth reading, if you can stand to see a reporter underestimate one of the music industry’s greats. (via Jezebel)

  • Back to Disney for a second. Have you noticed how often their animated villains have queer signifiers built into their designs? The Princess and the Scrivener’s video above describes how that plays out.
  • A Vogue UK restaurant critic tweeted a sexist joke about Spectre star Lea Seydoux. He deleted it, because the internet totally didn’t get that he was making a satirical commentary about the sexism in James Bond films. (We got it, dude. It just wasn’t funny.) (via Mediaite)
  • Have you read the graphic novel The Call Of The Stryx? It’s huge in France — and it’s about to get a live-action adaptation.

What caught your eye on the internet today? Everybody resting up in preparation for New York Comic Con this weekend? (And by “resting up,” I mean, “entering a state of pure adrenaline.”)

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