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‘Star Wars’: Why the Han Solo Film Directors Were Fired – Hollywood Reporter

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Creative differences is a term that is often used loosely when a director is fired from a Hollywood movie. But it actually appears to ring true in case of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who have been let go by Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy from directing the ‪Star Wars spinoff that centers on the fan-favorite character Han Solo. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the style and vision of Lord and Miller…

Sony and Marvel’s Spider-Man deal may create one universe, but two worlds – The Verge

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming is due out in theaters on July 7th, kicking off the third solo Spider-Man franchise in 15 years. It’s a huge deal for the Hollywood studio system: Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment share the rights for the wallcrawler, meaning Spidey can appear in major Marvel projects, while Sony develops its own franchise around the character and his supporting cast. But there’s some confusion as to how all…

Barbie, are you ready for man-bun or Dad-bod Ken? – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Last year when El Segundo-based Mattel unveiled a bumper crop of new Barbies, including curvier, taller and more petite versions of its flagship fashion doll, one social media commenter quipped, “But what about #dadbod Ken?” referring to the perfectly chiseled abs and molded plastic hair of Ken Carson, Barbie’s longtime arm candy companion. The other very tiny shoe drops today as Mattel starts selling a cornucopia of new Kens that…

Why Ken’s Got a New Body, Too – TIME

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Last year, Barbie landed on the cover of TIME with the news of her new sizes and shapes. Now her longtime beau Ken is following in her improbably tiny footsteps and getting a new body of his own, as well as skin color and hairstyles. In 2016, Mattel unveiled three new body types — tall, curvy and petite — for its core Barbies line, Fashionistas, exclusively to TIME. On Tuesday,…

Sony and Marvel’s Spider-Man deal may create one universe, but two worlds – The Verge

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming is due out in theaters on July 7th, kicking off the third solo Spider-Man franchise in 15 years. It’s a huge deal for the Hollywood studio system: Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment share the rights for the wallcrawler, meaning Spidey can appear in major Marvel projects, while Sony develops its own franchise around the character and his supporting cast. But there’s some confusion as to how all…

No, Gal Gadot Isn’t Making 46 Times Less Than Henry Cavill – Vanity Fair

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

It was a jaw-dropping stat that swiftly went viral Tuesday morning: Gal Gadot, the magnetic star of the summer hit Wonder Woman, was paid just $300,000 for a movie that had already made $573 million worldwide. Meanwhile, Henry’s Cavill had been paid $14 million—46 times as much!—for his own first outing as Superman in Man of Steel. It would be perfectly indicative of the gender pay gap that lingers in…

Mattel makes over Ken doll line – BBC News

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Image copyright Mattel Toymaker Mattel has launched new versions of Barbie’s “boyfriend” Ken in three body sizes: “slim, broad and original”. The dolls have different skin tones and hairstyles, including a man bun, and corn rows. The move comes after Mattel expanded its Barbie range at the beginning of 2016. Barbie sales slumped 13% in the first quarter, the second consecutive quarter of falling sales for the doll brand. “By…

Mattel Bringing Unique ‘Cars 3′ Die-Cast to Comic-Con (Exclusive) – Hollywood Reporter

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

Mattel is one of the play companies that has a huge presence at July’s San Diego Comic-Con and will offer a grab bag of convention exclusives. One of the company’s offerings is a unique Cars 3 die-cast that shows the different stages of the making of one of Mattel’s signature toys, its miniature cars. Heat Vision has an exclusive look, with the focus on Lightning McQueen. The first car is…

Hasbro launches a subscription service for games – TechCrunch

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

Toy company Hasbro is belatedly entering the subscription service market with today’s launch of Hasbro Gaming Crate – a service that ships a themed box containing three board games to users every three months. The service, which costs $49.99 per crate, offers two options – one designed for adults in search of new party games, and another with games better suited for families. The company had previously announced its intentions…

Mattel Bringing Unique ‘Cars 3′ Die-Cast to Comic-Con (Exclusive) – Hollywood Reporter

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

Mattel is one of the play companies that has a huge presence at July’s San Diego Comic-Con and will offer a grab bag of convention exclusives. One of the company’s offerings is a unique Cars 3 die-cast that shows the different stages of the making of one of Mattel’s signature toys, its miniature cars. Heat Vision has an exclusive look, with the focus on Lightning McQueen. The first car is…

The Truth About the Megyn Kelly-Alex Jones Cage Match – Vanity Fair

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

The much-hyped Megyn Kelly face-off with conspiracist Alex Jones was a bit of an InfoSnooze, if damning and ultimately worthwhile, assuming you DVR’d it and didn’t blow off a Father’s Day dinner. In some ways, the session that prompted much internal “should we or shouldn’t we run it?” debate within NBC News (and among their MSNBC friends) proved “kind of blah,” as put by Julia Keller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former…

Woman flips out after mistaking rattlesnake for dog toy – WGN-TV

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

CALABASAS, Calif. — A Southern California woman was literally rattled when she picked up what she thought was a dog toy. Carla Portocarerro Rosso was on her way inside when she saw what looked like one of her dog’s toy ropes, according to KRON. “I picked it up and it felt squishy, ” Carla said. “That’s when I realized it wasn’t a rope.” Carla was holding a rattlesnake with her…

Sony and Marvel have very different, conflicting ideas as to what is part of the MCU – Polygon

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming represents a new beginning for both Marvel and Sony — but what that means is still unclear. Homecoming, first and foremost, is Spider-Man’s big debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although Spidey technically made his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War last year, Homecoming is all about him being made an official MCU member. That’s partially why Iron Man has such a strong presence, the events of…

Barbie fanatic, 46, spends more than £20000 on plastic surgery to make herself look more like the doll (and she even … – Daily Mail

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

Single mother Rachel Evans, from south east London, is obsessed with Barbie The 46-year-old has spent more than £20,000 trying to look more like the doll She has even had the corners of her mouth turned upwards so she always smiles  She is one of three women appearing on OMG: My Barbie Body on Channel 5 By Stephanie Linning for MailOnline Published: 04:03 EDT, 19 June 2017 | Updated: 06:24…

Spider-Man: Homecoming: Sony contradict Marvel, say Venom will be linked to MCU – The Independent

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

There seems to be some confusion over at Marvel and Sony regarding the upcoming Spider-Man spin-off Venom.  While Marvel CEO Kevin Feige remains adamant Tom Hardy’s villain-led flick will remain unrelated to Spider-Man: Homecoming — the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) instalment — Sony’s Amy Pascal has other ideas.  “They will all take place in the world we’re now creating for Peter Parker,” Pascal told German website Film Starts. “There’ll be…

What Did Luke Skywalker Do After ‘Return Of The Jedi’? ‘Star Wars: Battlefront 2′ Has The Answer – Newsweek

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

When Disney and Lucasfilm announced they would partner up to revitalize the Star Wars franchise one of the first casualties was the bloated canon of books and comics and TV shows and video games. They said that outside of the movies, basically, no other stories would exist in this new Star Wars universe.However, every Star Wars story going forward would be included in the canon, after meeting some rigorous standards…

Star Wars vs. Star Trek settled for all time with dance-off – Polygon – Polygon

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

Star Wars versus Star Trek. We’ve argued this without resolution for 40 years. There have been weak proxy arguments like the Millennium Falcon vs. Enterprise (Enterprise, duh) and Borg Cube vs. Death Star (Death Star, duh) but we’ve never seen the two actually throw down head-to-head, until last night at a baseball game in Fresno. The conceit here is Starfleet shows up to crash the Star Wars party that the…

Twin Peaks: The Hidden Implications of Diane’s Emotional Confrontation – Vanity Fair

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

This post contains frank discussion of Episode 7 of Twin Peaks: The Return that aired Sunday, June 18. If you’re not all caught up, now is the time to leave. This week’s episode of Twin Peaks may have messed with viewers a little (lengthy scene of sweeping in the Bang Bang Bar, anyone?) but it also delivered a long desired meeting between Diane (Laura Dern) and Dale Cooper (Kyle McLachlan)….

Star Wars vs. Star Trek settled for all time with dance-off – Polygon

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017

Star Wars versus Star Trek. We’ve argued this without resolution for 40 years. There have been weak proxy arguments like the Millennium Falcon vs. Enterprise (Enterprise, duh) and Borg Cube vs. Death Star (Death Star, duh) but we’ve never seen the two actually throw down head-to-head, until last night at a baseball game in Fresno. The conceit here is Starfleet shows up to crash the Star Wars party that the…