Why yes, that is Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma gown in the window of Bloomingdale’s. Star Wars has taken ahold of me and may never give me back.
News of the San Bernardino shootings hit me like a ton of a bricks, and it pains me that we’re here again. Or, rather, that my country is always here, with more mass shootings this year than there have been calendar days, with two occurring on Wednesday. This has to change. This has to change.
- Americans: here is how you can contact your government representatives to agitate for gun control.
- Here are the hard facts about how guns are rarely used in self-defense to get you through any upcoming holiday dinners with anti-gun control relatives.
- We cannot let this spark a wave of Islamophobia in the United States (or elsewhere). That’s exactly what extremists want.
- And Rebecca Traister asks, “Why do we humanize white guys who kill people?”
Stores are running out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise featuring Rey, the film’s female protagonist—which is hilarious, considering that Disney has been leaving her out of action figure sets. The market has spoken!
Did you know that a disco remix of the Star Wars theme charted in the late seventies? WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE (that time being back then).
On the one hand, it’s really great that J.J. Abrams is actively trying to make Star Wars: The Force Awakens a film that welcomes viewers of all genders and ages. On the other hand, lady types of all ages have loved Star Wars since 1977 without much in the way of active encouragement, so it feels a little patronizing that we need permission now.
Here’s Gwendoline Christie in a gown with her (armored) face all over it, posing with a blaster, and talking about how Captain Phasma is such a great female character because the design forces you to only consider her actions and words. Mrs. Captain Phasma mugs, here I come.
Amanda Hess at Slate looks at porn actor James Deen’s fanbase and how its work ended up being ascribed to him at the expense of the fans—at least, not until several women came forward about Deen raping them and his fans dropped him like a hot potato.
Everybody wants to be Han Solo in the upcoming young Han Solo film—to the tune of about 2,500 actors. Of the names floated, only Rami Malek interests me, although I think his charisma is a little too pointed and clever to be sentimental ol’ Han. Of course, the only young actor who combines all the key traits—grumpy on the outside, gooey on the inside, able to murder in cold blood—nowadays is Jennifer Lawrence, and I don’t think she’s gonna get cast.
Stephany Folsom will be writing Thor: Ragnarok. Yay! I also totally forgot that Taika Waititi is directing that, which means I am going to love it.
Batman V. Superman: Grimdark Grimdark Grimdark looks so, so bad, but, uh, here’s our first look at Jeremy Irons as Alfred and Jesse Eisenberg as every jerk you went to college with.
DJ Earworm’s annual mash ‘em up United States of Pop has dropped for 2015, and it is, as always, a treat. I love these mashups.
Trying to get rid of some old comics? You can sell them or donate them, and now you can donate them to soldiers overseas!
The Danish Girl has been released. Here’s Carol Grant on why it’s both awful and harmful, and here’s Rani Baker on how it has more to do with a specific subgenre of erotica than actual trans experience.
Malinda Lo has a new book coming out—a YA mystery called A Line in the Dark. And yes, she has confirmed that there will be lesbians.
To promote Omaze’s latest fundraising campaign, Mark Hamill took to Hollywood Boulevard in a Stormtrooper outfit to spread the word. The results were adorable.