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at 03:41 on 27-03-2012, valse de la lune
I've been following some of the brouhaha and the whole "well this is pro-feminist okay because it's being read by women and neener neener."

@Ibmiller: Porn with sex would surely simply be... porn?
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at 01:45 on 27-03-2012, Frank
Is 50 Shades a reboot of Story of O, a book I am only vaguely aware of?
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at 23:27 on 26-03-2012, Arthur B
You must now spend eternity walking around shirtless with your mouth open.

Also someone who only very slightly looks like you will play you in the fourth film.
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at 23:14 on 26-03-2012, Wardog
OMG - this is apropos of nothing but I was just playing Skyrim and I appear to have caught vampirism... and this is, in itself, cool but due to my interactions with the Companions, I'm now a VAMPIRE-WEREWOLF.

Like in Underworld!!!
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at 21:54 on 26-03-2012, Ibmiller
Wait, Focus Features is doing it? That's...deeply hilarious. High status adaptation...authorial vision...edgy...I can see the press releases now ;-)
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at 21:52 on 26-03-2012, Ibmiller
Wow...that's worse than I thought.

How are they getting away with movie rights? Also, what kind of rating are they shooting for? I mean, the whole point of Twilight was kinda that it's porn without sex...but what happens if you remove the "out" part? Is that even a film?
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at 21:35 on 26-03-2012, Wardog
Oh God, have you only just heard about Fifty Shades of Embarrassment? I've been reading about with my hands over my eyes - which you'd think would be difficult but I've managed.
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at 21:27 on 26-03-2012, Alasdair Czyrnyj
Wat.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifty_Shades_of_Grey

It used to be Twilight fanfic, and now it's an actual book you can buy in a store.

And it's going to be a movie too. Super.
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at 19:20 on 26-03-2012, Ibmiller
So, when does Hunger Games hit UK cinemas? Or did it already?
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at 15:12 on 24-03-2012, Arthur B
Also, am I the only one who thinks the picture quality in that montage of everybody's eyes starting to glow is really, really bad?

I guess it's because the montage is cobbled together from stock photos from various sources.
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at 15:06 on 24-03-2012, Robinson L
Re: The Host trailer
Arthur: I like how they try to imply that the characters aren't all a big homogeneous lump of Midwest whiteness.

... Which strikes me as a little bizarre. I mean, isn't the standard apologia for Hollywood's horrible white-centrism that movies about people of color won't appeal to mainstream (white) audiences? Also, am I the only one who thinks the picture quality in that montage of everybody's eyes starting to glow is really, really bad?

Dan: I'm kind of down on XKCD these days, but I thought this one was quite funny.

So do I. Ahh, formal logic jokes.
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at 21:41 on 23-03-2012, Ibmiller
Well, as someone who actually quite liked the book The Host, I'm actually quite excited about the film.

Except I wasn't impressed by either Gattaca or Simone, so I think the director will prove something of a liability.

And it's being released in March (what is up with high profile adaptations dropping in March this year and next, anyway?). Which is a sucky month - even if Hunger Games seems to be defying the trend.

Plus, what is up with the casting. I mean, Ronan is quite good, but she seems much more suited to Wanderer's
second body
than Mel's.

Oh, well.
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at 18:15 on 23-03-2012, Dan H
I'm kind of down on XKCD these days, but I thought this one was quite funny.

Although the one before was the usual lolrandom bullshit.
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at 17:31 on 23-03-2012, Andy G
I think there's even an allusion to the famous skull scene here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vifVEg7NepI
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at 17:23 on 23-03-2012, Arthur B
It has Jeremy Irons in it, which instantly makes it more Shakespearean.
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at 17:14 on 23-03-2012, Andy G
Be fair, it's closer to Hamlet than Hercules is to Greek mythology!
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at 17:06 on 23-03-2012, Sister Magpie
So why not animal Hamlet with a happy ending? (Also, there's a suck-up counselor
in both, for another mark in the "squint or miss them" parallels. Though he
doesn't die either in Disney's version.)


I guess I feel like "Prince turns into a frog" is enough to make it the Frog Prince because that's the hook there. (The princess didn't turn into a frog in the original, of course, but it's been done many times since.)

Where as with Hamlet the whole thing is about Hamlet being ordered by the ghost of his father to kill his uncle for usurprising the throne, and him working up to doing it. The Lion King is about a lion who mistakenly feels guilty about his father's death, grows up in the wilderness with a couple of guys and returns to the claim the throne after the evil Uncle's taken over.

It's not just the happy ending, it's that I can barely see anything in common in the two stories, particularly since "exiled prince returns to claim throne from usurper" seems like such a common trop in itself.

I had a cousin who loved Kimba, btw. When that movie came out my aunt was all about how it was Kimba.
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at 13:53 on 23-03-2012, Arthur B
I don't remember that bit. All I remember is cave... and more cave... and more cave...
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at 13:45 on 23-03-2012, Wardog
I can't believe the high drama of the cheetos eating scene didn't make the trailer ... I mean DAMN.
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at 11:06 on 23-03-2012, Arthur B
I like how they try to imply that the characters aren't all a big homogeneous lump of Midwest whiteness.
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at 10:21 on 23-03-2012, Wardog
...Haha! Trailer for The Host. Really it should just consist of somebody sitting in a cave for ages...
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at 07:38 on 23-03-2012, Axiomatic
Watching Sovereign of the Damned, Alasdair?
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at 06:41 on 23-03-2012, Sunnyskywalker
Oh, very interesting about Kimba! I had not heard of that. Just when I think they can't do any more to prove themselves bigger intellectual property bullies, too.

As far as the Hamlet parallels, I think it isn't much looser an adaptation as some of the others, if that's what they really were thinking. Eg, I haven't seen the Princess and the Frog yet, but from what I've heard, it has very little in common with the original tale except the prince-turned-frog part. Not that it could be, the original being so short, but I think "wannabe restaurant owner in New Orleans" is a bit of a stretch from the original "princess with a golden ball," and I don't remember the princess turning into a frog first. (The end of The Frog Prince, Continued, yes, but that also sounds not quite like what Disney did.) So why not animal Hamlet with a happy ending? (Also, there's a suck-up counselor in both, for another mark in the "squint or miss them" parallels. Though he doesn't die either in Disney's version.)
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