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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

zombie Beatles; ‘Iron Man 2’ sexist?; good-bye, ‘Heroes’; more: leftover links

Every week my browser gets cluttered up with tabs for stuff that I stumble across and figure I might be able to use as a Question of the Day or a WTF Thought for the Day or grist for some other post. And inevitably, I end the week with most of that material unused. But there’s no reason to let this stuff go to waste: I can still share it with you, for your amusement, and start the new week with a clean slate.

Herewith this week’s leftover links, in no particular order:
Showroulette: Or, How to Make Old TV Shows Fun – and Profitable – on the Web

Movies With Sensory Reduction

Gender 101 From Iron Man 2

Marilyn Manson Paints Lost Fan Art

‘Heroes’ canceled by NBC

PRIMETIME PILOT PANIC: ‘Rockford Files’ Is Now Dead At NBC

Study: Americans Too Lazy to Change Channel or Leave Room When TV Ads Roll (not from the Onion!)

Women film-makers on the warpath over Cannes Film Festival snub

A beginner’s guide to blockbusters

How much did piracy hurt ‘Iron Man 2’ at the boxoffice?

Michael Sheen to star in ‘Hamlet’

Literary Monster Mashups: The Publishing Trend That Won’t Die

Supermodel Tyra Banks to publish her first novel

Julie Andrews fans demand refund after three-song concert at O2 arena

Actors sharpen swords for “Musketeers” 3D film

“Beauty, Elegance, Loveliness”: The Last Ziegfeld Girl Dies

iPad Therefore I Am: Women, Gadgets & Well-Being

Teri Hatcher’s Awesome Site For Awesome Women Who Want To Feel More Awesome

Amanda Peet Is Not Famous Enough to Get Robbed

Couple wed with ‘Shrek’ costumes

Amazon to Drop Free Books from Kindle Bestseller List


Readers Respond to Amazon’s New ‘Bestseller’ Lists

Europe Strives to Catch Up With Digital Hollywood

Amazon Spying On Your Ebook Highlighting

Christiane Amanpour: ‘She Laughed’

Just About Everything That Could Have Gone Wrong For Facebook’s PR Did; But Will It Affect Their User Base?

Oliver Stone: People Are Shelling Out $10,000 A Ticket To See Shia LaBeouf’s Gucci Loafers

Drifting zombiesat could disrupt TV programming

Carol Burnett to Host SNL (PLEASE?)!

Goldman to pen X-Men: First Class

The Beatles Zombie Movie: A Hard Day’s Bite

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  • Amazon is dropping free books from Kindle? Great. It means more people will buy my newly re-issued book instead (shameless plug).

    I’m kinda glad Heroes is finally done. The first season was so good but then they seemingly lost track of the storyline. Too much timey-wimey stuff, poor characters replacing well-liked ones… Seriously though the series suffered when they made Claire and Peter bloodkin (tip to anyone creating a t.v. show: do NOT kill the most popular ‘Ship pairing until Season 3 dammit!).

  • Orangutan

    I don’t think they’re dropping free books entirely, Paul. I think they’re just separating them from the bestseller list. I have the Nook myself, I only skimmed over the Kindle article for my mother’s sake, so I could be wrong.

    There’s a couple points from the Gender 101 article that I want to touch on:

    7. Real men (aka Tony Stark) think the “liberal agenda” is boring.

    Does ANYONE actually think that Tony Stark represents real men in any universe?

    And this:

    2. Black actors are exchangeable. Swap Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2) for Terrence Howard (Iron Man 1). No one will notice.

    Are you kidding me? This was one of the biggest discussed topics about this movie since the casting change was announced!

    As one of the commenters on the article brought up, a lot of the points seemed like reaching for something, anything, to complain about.

  • MaryAnn

    Amazon is NOT dropping free Kindle books. It just won’t call them best “sellers” in the same way that books people actually buy are bestsellers.

  • MaryAnn

    There’s a couple points from the Gender 101 article that I want to touch on:

    The whole article is really stretched to find reasons to be offended, I think but if one is going to call “black actors exchangeable” based on this movie, then we have to call white actors exchangeable too, because the same thing happens all the time, and in only a very few instances is the change actually incorporated into the story. People in the story notice when the Doctor changes how he looks, but no one notices when James Bond does so.

  • I thought the part about “women are forgiving” was amusing. Aside from lots of women in the real world being forgiving of guys like Tony Stark, I remembered my first date with my girlfriend in grad school. I brought her flowers, which made her sneeze. The second date I brought her chocolate, but she had a sugar imbalance that I can’t spell, so gave them to her sister. The third date I just cooked her dinner. I’d been friends with her for a year and didn’t know either of those things about her; we’d seen each other at kung-fu and D&D activities so never got around to talking about things like allergies.

    Maybe Iron Man 2 comes off as sexist because Tony Stark’s world is sexist, and maybe Tony Stark’s world is sexist because so many real people are sexist. I will wait until I see the movie before I decide if the director is sexist or was just ham-handed in his protrayal of sexism or was satirical of sexism or whatever.

  • I thought the part about “women are forgiving” was amusing.

    Some of my female friends have had to forgive a lot from me too but then again one of them once told me that I was the only man she ever trusted so perhaps I wasn’t that bad, after all.

    Besides, it goes both ways. There has been times I’ve forgiven female friends for behavior that I would not be so quick to forgive in a stranger. And not because I wanted something from them.

    Anyway, people tend to be complicated in the real world. If you expect them to conform to any ideology, liberal or otherwise, you’re bound to be disappointed. Then again, they can also surprise you in a good way.

    As for the Ms. magazine article, I once read a similar article on the Net criticizing Firefly for its sexism. And yet at least two of the show’s biggest fans on the Net are both outspoken women. (MaryAnn, of course, is one of them.)

    Heh. Irony.

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