After months of binge-watching, decoding clues, and spearheading awards campaigns for Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black fans have finally gotten what they've been waiting for: a look at the upcoming second season. The first full trailer was released on Monday night, and it promises nothing but trouble for the remaining members of the Clone Club. Sarah, who is desperately determined to get her daughter back, has decided to hit the road and go after Rachel herself. Meanwhile, Alison is attempting to piece her life back together, and Cosima's mysterious illness is getting worse. Luckily, Felix (Jordan Gavaris) is still around to provide plenty of advice and comfort, which we're all going to need until Paul (Dylan Bruce) finally decides which side he's on.
But the most interesting thing that the trailer has revealed — yes, more interesting than multiple kidnappings, a second psychopath for the ladies to deal with and the dead clone who appears at the very end — is that the Clone Club appears to be splitting up for the second season. It's a surprising choice for the writers to make, considering how much of the first season was dedicated to Sarah, Alison and Cosima learning to accept and trust one another, and we expected them to take on Rachel together this season. If Rachel's line about Cosima getting worse "until Sarah comes to heal," is any indication, though, it seems as if most of the upcoming episodes will feature the clones on their own, individual journeys.
On one hand, this could be bad news for the three of them, as they have proven themselves to be stronger together than they are apart. Each of them has their own, unique strengths, whether it's Cosima's knowledge of genetics, Alison's ability of plan and manipulate or Sarah's determination to fight her way out of any situation, and together, they were able to discover more about themselves and their origins than one of them would have been able to alone. They also help balance each other out, which is needed whenever Sarah becomes too reckless or Alison freaks out, and so without the other two around to temper their actions, the Clone Club could find themselves in a great deal of danger. Well, more danger than they're already in.
However, Orphan Black has always placed a great deal of emphasis on the fact that even though these three women are clones of each other, they're all individuals — just like Sarah says in the trailer, "There's only one" of her — and because they're all different, they each react to their situation in different ways. Sarah's main priority is finding Kira, and so she charges straight for Rachel, gun at her side, rather than attempt to formulate a plan. She's the wild, reckless one, and she's willing to do anything and everything for her daughter. Alison, meanwhile, attempts to rebuild her family, in order to find a much needed sense of safety and structure. She's also looking out for her kids, but she does so by protecting and hiding them from the whole affair. And since Cosima's main priority this season is her health, she's going to dive back into her work, and attempt to solve the problem from the inside out.
Dividing up the Clone Club allows the show to keep moving the plot forward while at the same time, preserving the idea that they are their own people. If they were to all run head-first at danger or hide in their work or their house, it wouldn't be true to who they are as individual characters, and would instead turn them into one homogenous group. It also means that we might get the chance to learn more about Rachel, since she is, after all, a clone herself, and so she is going to have her own personality traits and behaviors that don't show up in the other girls. The show has always been about these women protecting their individuality and regaining control over their own lives, and so allowing them to divide and (hopefully) conquer keeps the idea of each person and each clone being unique at the forefront.
It also allows the writers to tell more compelling, interesting stories. While some of the first season's strongest scenes involved Sarah, Alison, and Cosima bonding, it was when we got to see them on their own, reacting to the knowledge that they're clones in their own ways, that were the most revealing stories. Having them set out after Rachel together would probably still be entertaining, but it means that the character development that the first season spent so much time building would stall, along with the plot. Splitting them up allows us to see what Sarah is like without Felix by her side for the first time since we've met her. It lets us see how well Alison is able to hold things together without the other two to step in when things go wrong. And it gives us the chance to understand how Cosima's relationship with Delphine affects not only the two of them, but also the impact it has on Rachel's plans. If the Clone Club were to physically stay together, we'd lose all of these extra plots, and the new episodes would suffer as a result. In the end, it's not just the characters who need to spend some time being individuals; the plots do too.
Orphan Black returns for a second season on April 19.
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In the very final moments of its seventh season finale, How I Met Your Mother revealed that Barney Stinson's bride would turn out to be Robin Scherbatsky. And it was the moments immediately thereafter when a tidal wave of skepticism erupted from inside the souls of the viewing public. Critics, message boarders, and my roommate Matt (a longtime fan) all decried the possibility that Barney and Robin could really end up together. And now, just a merer few hours from their turn at the altar, some of us hold fast to that belief. And I think How I Met Your Mother knows that.
This week's hangover-themed episode "Rally" introduces a handful of scenes from the post-series timeline: we see Marshall get regrettably plastered during the last legs of his judgeship race (circa 2020), Lily get remorsefully hammered moments after dropping a teenaged Marvin off at college (circa 2030), and Robin wake up dead-faced in a Buenos Aires apartment building, beside an equally waffled Barney and what turns out to be someone else's baby (circa 2016). That last one seems to insinuate that the couple is still together two years after the wedding in question, as we're meant to believe that they would be. To the skeptic, the immediate sight of Barney and Robin waking up together seems like a buzzkill — "Well, there goes that theory!" — but as How I Met Your Mother has played the misdirection game so, so, so many times before, we're prompted to look at the clues.
One clue, anyway, and not a particularly subtle one: as she rises from her alcohol-induced mini-coma, Robin turns to Barney and asks, "Did last night really happen?" To which he mutters, "I think so." This is played off as a hat tip to the wild evening of hard partying the Stinson-Scherbatsky duo clearly endured... but if we're holding fast to our theory that Barney and Robin do not, in fact, get married at the end of our current Season 9, then we might be inclined to chalk this up to an un expected, perhaps regretted (and probably not unique) post-breakup drunken tryst. Hell, maybe Robin does love Barney, but she is simply chemically designed to spend her life as a lone wolf, having oddball adventures and focusing on her career as a journalist. And maybe Barney, who loves children, is meant to end up with a woman who wants them too (which he might, down the line... hopefully post-2016, if this is an indicator).
Of course, maybe it's actually not a trick, they do get married, the Buenos Aires trip is just some kind of weekend getaway, and our skepticism is all just nonsense. All possible. We just don't believe we can take anything from How I Met Your Mother at face value.
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It's been 65 years, 560 billion bricks, 83 set themes, 90 retail stores, 53 video games, a clothing line, a theme park, and something called BrickCon since the dawn of the LEGO, and only now are we getting our first big screen incarnation of the omnipresent children's toy. And though you'd think among the various extracurricular incarnations of what started out as a simple amendment of the building block that we'd have seen a Lego movie by now, the right Lego movie wouldn't have come along sooner. Spiting expectations, The Lego Movie doesn't shoot for the gimmick. This isn't capitalization on a familiar property for no discernible reason beyond the frugality of name brand entertainment. We're hit with the surprising realization early on in the movie that this is a story about Legos. About the tacit struggle that plagued all young builders — the war between following the instructions and letting your imagination run wild — and just how much value there is in each.
In fact, The Lego Movie steps well beyond the confines of its 32-square-peg green mat to tell a subtextual story about children who play with, and find themselves through, this incredible toy. Centering on the fantastical quest of a plain-faced everyman named Emmet (Chris Pratt, whose Parks and Rec enthusiasm is not bridled by his plastic form) who is whisked out of his cozy lifestyle by prophecies, secret societies, inter-world missions, and nefarious plans to destroy the entire Lego universe, the film hammers in the simple conceit that being yourself is not only okay, but abundantly important. But a profound sensitivity to its message does not mean that The Lego Movie holds back on the fun. On the contrary, this might be the silliest animated movie to hit theaters in ages.
From scene one, The Lego Movie is maniacal in its comic delivery. Sharp gags from writer/director team Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (responsible for the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs films and the 21 Jump Street movie alike) get fair treatment from a capable band of voice actors — Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, and so many others. Liam Neeson as a menacing policeman is the surprise MVP of the bunch, although supporting players Nick Offerman and Charlie Day contribute some memorable laughs. The comedy is fresh, rarely if ever pandering, and in such rapid supply that any failed joke is immediately overshadowed by a real doozy.
In fact, with such clever material at bay, it's the film's insistence on shoving its action sequences to the forefront that have us a bit frustrated. As an adventure movie, and one set in a land where a child's imagination would be the word of god, the inclination is not surprising. But beyond a chuckle or two at the initial gambit, there's not much favor to be found in the movie's long supply of large shoot-'em-ups and grappling scenes.
But soon enough, we get back to the jokes, the message, the characters. Although second banana Wildstyle (Banks, playing a hyper-competent secret agent whose primary goal is to get Emmet to the finish line) is a disappointing turn for what is otherwise an intelligent, progressive movie, the film's heart is where it really wins. The throughline message of channeling the creative machinations that make you you only builds as the film plucks onward, offering surprising turns that help to really strike a chord with any youngster battling a fear of individuality, or any adult who ever has.
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As deeply as Toy Story understands what dolls can do for a lonely young kid, The Lego Movie knows what it means to create whole worlds, the people within them, and the adventures they take. While the movie doesn't discount the merit in learning and deriving inspiration from "the instructions" (oh yes, it's quite indubitably a metaphor), it knows that the far more valuable path comes from our own minds and hearts, and asks viewers young and old to realize that the best things you can give this world come wholly from you.
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Everyone's favorite future monarch, Prince Harry, is set to begin a month-long trek across Antarctica as part of a charity expedition with Walking With the Wounded. Harry will lead of team of veterans who were wounded in combat in a race across the continent in order to raise money and awareness for injured and wounded veterans, as well as to highlight their strength and courage. The group will fly to South Africa on Sunday, and then on to Antarctica two days later, where they will spend some time getting acclimated to the sub-zero temperatures before the race against teams from the United States and the British Commonwealth begins on November 30. They are expected to reach the South Pole around December 16.
We don't want to demean or disparage Harry's charity work, but since everywhere the prince goes, hijinks ensue and trouble follows, we couldn't help but wonder: what else could the prince be getting up to on his journey to the South Pole? We've come up with four possible theories for why Prince Harry is really trekking across Antarctica.
He's trying to take over from Santa Claus.For most of his life, Prince Harry has been followed closely by the press, many of whom have declared that his antics and wild behavior make him an unsuitable future king. Little did they know, however, that the throne Harry has his eye on is not in England... but in the North Pole. After all, the only way for him to become more beloved than he already is would be to become Santa Claus, and spread the joy of presents and candy canes to children every year. Plus, the job won't interfere with his military or party obligations, as it only really requires him to work during the holiday season. So, when Harry arrives at the South Pole, conveniently just before Christmas, he will begin his take down of Father Christmas by opening up his own holiday headquarters and using his title and fame to attract enough attention to cripple Santa's operation. Then, after he buys up the whole enterprise, he will finally be the most popular member of the royal family. Don't feel too bad for old St. Nick, though - Harry knows a couple of ideal vacation spots for him to retire.
He's secretly building an army of Emperor Penguins. There was a time when the British Empire was the most impressive and expansive empire of all, taking up so much of the globe that the sun literally never set on it. If Harry manages to recruit, train and mobilize and army of penguins while trekking across Antarctica, the British Empire could soon return to its former glory. The continent is the ideal place to secretly train an animal army, as it is made up of frozen wasteland with very little surveillance or chance of being recognized. In addition, as a Captain in the UK Army Air Corps and with a team of former military personnel by his side, Harry has the experience and knowledge to turn any penguins he comes across from ordinary birds into a full-blown military operation. The downside is, of course, that they will have a hard time dealing with temperatures above freezing, but we're sure Harry will be able to figure out a way to solve that problem. So, if you see any photos of Harry with a penguin over the course of his expedition, just remember: it's not a photo-op, it's a carefully calculated military maneuver.
He wants to protect the life force of Queen Elizabeth. Queen Elizabeth II just celebrated her sixtieth year on the throne, and at age 87, shows no signs of slowing or stepping down any time soon. While her heath and vigor is likely due to good genes, determination, and an active lifestyle, there are some who say that the secret to her long life is because all of her life power comes from a magic stone buried deep beneath the ice at the South Pole. If anything were to happen to it, then effects would be catastrophic for both the United Kingdom and the Royal Family. There have been whisperings of threats being made on the Queen's life-force stone recently, so they sent Harry on an expedition to the South Pole so that he can find and move the stone to another isolated corner of the globe and protect his grandmother's life. When they heard that Walking With the Wounded was heading to Antarctica this year, they sent Harry, who has long been a patron of the charity, in order to ensure that nobody outside of the family interfered with the mission, and thus greatly reducing the chances that harm would come to the Queen.
He's trying to achieve his life-long goal of playing strip billiards on every continent. If you've picked up a tabloid or read a gossip site at some point in your life, you're probably aware that Prince Harry is something of a party animal. Last summer, photographs of him playing strip billiards in Las Vegas were leaked to the press, causing quite the scandal. However, what the papers failed to realize is that it was all part of the prince's master plan to play the game at least once on every single continent. Antarctica is one of the last ones on his list, and so he's made sure to pack a portable billiards table and all of the cues and balls needed, so that when his team arrives at the South Pole, they can celebrate with a rousing game. Of course, due to the fact that average temperatures there are around -35 degrees, the rules have been amended slightly. Instead of stripping off entirely, the game will continue until the players are clad in only their long johns so that nobody gets frostbite. It may sound ridiculous, of course, but if Harry arrives back in England and seems to be stuck with a persistent chill, well... he probably and a lot of fun catching it.
Miley Cyrus has taken her "Just Being Miley Tour of Antics" abroad this weekend when she appeared at the MTV European Music Awards ceremony, which was held in Amsterdam. While she was accepting an award for her "Wrecking Ball" video, she appeared to pull a joint from her purse and light it up onstage. When MTV re-aired the awards in the U.S., they cut her speech short, which seemed to confirm that Cyrus had indeed smoked pot onstage.
But before we jump to conclusions about Cyrus or judge her latest behavior, we should consider the fact that Cyrus was a tourist in Amsterdam, a place where marijuana is both legal and a significant part of the culture. Perhaps instead of simply trying to shock the world yet again, Cyrus was actually trying to be a respectful visitor and abide by the laws and customs of her host country. After all, Americans abroad don't have the best reputations, so it's possible she was just trying to make a good impression. We've come up with five other possible performances that Cyrus could have staged as part of her goal to be a respectful tourist, based on things that are illegal in the United States, but legal elsewhere in the world.
PolygamyWhile polygamy is illegal in the United States, there are many countries — primarily in the Middle East and Africa — where it is perfectly legal to marry more than one person at a time. If Cyrus were performing in one of those countries, instead of lighting up a joint, she would instead plan a performance of "We Can't Stop" staged as an elaborate wedding officiated by one of her backup dancers. She would then proceed to marry one of her teddy bear mascots, three other backup dancers, and Lil Kim, who would also provide a guest verse for her next single. On the plus side, though, Cyrus could still wear her EMAs outfit for a wild take on wedding white.
GamblingAs detailed in the film Runner Runner, the U.S. has all but outlawed online gambling, leading to a rise in offshore and foreign gambling, meaning that if Cyrus were to perform in a country like Panama, she would have revised her performance to be an elaborate game of poker. As she twerked her way through her hands, Cyrus would gamble off things like the grill she wears in her "We Can't Stop" video or one of her Hannah Montana wigs. However, in order to keep things as edgy as possible, she would treat her performance like a game of strip poker and take off an item of clothing each time she lost a hand.
Dog FightingUnderstandably, if you are caught dog fighting in the United States, you will likely go to jail. However, that's not the case in Pakistan, where dog fighting is legal and popular, meaning that if Cyrus were to perform there, she would feel obligated to pay her respects to her host country and join in. However, Cyrus is a noted animal lover who owns several rescue dogs, and so would choose instead to dress up some of her backup dancers in costumes that resembled cuddly, possibly-high cartoon dogs and have them "fight" onstage until she finally ends the song and a fight with a bout of twerking that brings peace and happiness to all of her dancer mascots.
Dying in ParliamentFor hundreds of years, it was illegal in Great Britain for anyone to die inside the Parliament building. The law was recently repealed by Justice Secretary Jack Straw — a feat which, were she performing in the U.K., Cyrus would celebrate with an elaborate show where her twerking, lack of pants, mature lyrics, and penchant for sticking out her tongue would shock "members of Parliament" into having a "heart attack." Eventually, though, her "bangerz" would resurrect them, and Cyrus would lead all of the revived MPs through some sort of sexy dance routine. Ideally, this would also end with her fist-bumping a Queen Elizabeth look-alike.
Being Released from PrisonIn Canada, upon your release from prison, you are legally required to be provided with a gun filled with bullets and a horse so that you can ride out of town. We're not sure if this law is actually still regularly carried out, but it would be a great way for Cyrus to channel her southern upbringing for a performance up north. The spectacle would begin with Cyrus being released from prison, which, in this case, is a metaphor for her Disney years, complete with long, blonde wig. After pulling off the wig to reveal her shorter 'do, she would twerk away from her past onto a new stage setup, and hop on a mechanical bull in order to "ride forth" into her new, edgy future.
So, before you judge, consider thanking Cyrus instead for simply trying to do her part to improve American relations abroad. And if she's ever looking for new performance ideas, we're always here to help.
Getting a movie based off of your YA novel is pretty darn easy these days. Try getting an entire theme park based on your book series — now that's when you know you've really made it as an author. The Hunger Games might soon join the ranks of Harry Potter as Lionsgate is considering building a Hunger Games theme park... because nothing says fun like a fascist dystopia! So what amazing rides and attractions will dot the landscape of "Hunger Games World"?
The GALExyAn interactive shooting game based on Gale Hawthorne's life. It begins in District 12, hunting deer and other forest animals, and gradually turns into the rebellion/war where you fend off attackers in the Capitol. Whoever wins gets a life-size cardboard cutout of Liam Hemsworth.
The Emotional Roller CoasterBe Katniss in the midst of a love triangle and make wild, whiplash inducing twists and turns as you struggle between Peeta and Gale. Featuring the 300-ft high Hill of Self-Reliance... which you never go over.
Peeta-Perfect CakesIf you don't have the fortitude to experience the Emotional Roller Coaster, why not embrace the sensitive baker in all of us by visiting Peeta-Perfect Cakes. This gentler portion of the park is filled with activities like: cake decorating, arts and crafts, and poem writing. All activities are instructed by a Peeta look-a-like.
Effie's TrinketsA gift shop filled primarily with gaudy jewelry and fashion accessories. You are chosen by a lottery run by the elaborately uniformed cashiers to be able to purchase the items of your choosing, or be vanquished to the dire fate of a postcard and a keychain.
Cinna's Capitol Makeover SpaAdults can take a break from a busy day of children and coasters by relaxing at a luxurious spa modeled after the affluence of the Capitol. Sit back and relax while you’re primped and primed by dozens of men that vaguely resemble Lenny Kravitz.
Did you see Spike Jonze's adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are — a feature length adaptation of a 300-word children's book, wherein pre-teen Max retreats to the fantastical realms of his imagination and rules a kingdom of behemoth monster friends?
Did you see Greta Gerwig's breakout vehicle Frances Ha — a ballad about the destructive tendencies of a 27-year-old Brooklynite who couch surfs, spends money she doesn't have, commits to a career in dance, and can't figure out why things aren't sticking together for her?
Admittedly, both sound kind of... goofy. And that might also be the word that springs to mind when you watch Gerwig jerking sporadically to the reverbs of Arcade Fire's "Afterlife" in the below music video for the song, directed by filmmaker Jonze.
Negative connotations aside, there's a time and a place for goofy. Goofy finds itself fitting snugly in the mind of a dejected young boy who seeks hospice in imaginary creatures when he feels rejected by his mom, sister, and self. Goofy can't help but seep from the pores of a pushing-30 dreamer cemented in her adolescent ideas of possibility and friendship. And goofy is, and very well should be, a sentiment called to mind when a young woman enduring some semblance of romantic heartbreak explodes into choreographed mania through the hallways of her apartment building, the snowy woodlands of a Narnia-like fantasy land, and the stage of an awards show. That's practically the capital of goofy.
So you can shrug off Jonze's Wild Things, Gerwig's Frances Ha, or this new "Afterlife" video from the both of them and artist Arcade Fire for their veneer of goofiness. But you'll be missing something altogether earnest, temperate, and fun in each of these sparkling projects.
Enjoy the video — and never be afraid to go full on goofy. (Okay, I'll stop saying that word now.)
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Rocker Bob Geldof is to make history by becoming the first Irishman to travel into space. The Boomtown Rats frontman will spend $100,000 (£66,600) on a ticket for the inaugural Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) commercial flight next year (14).
He will join other celebrity passengers including Dutch model Doutzen Kroes on flight, which will travel 62 miles (99.7 kilometres) into space from a launch pad on the Caribbean island of Curacao.
Geldof says, "Being the first Irishman in space is not only a fantastic honour but pretty mind-blowing. The first rock astronaut space rat! Elvis may have left the building but Bob Geldof will have left the planet! Wild! Who would have thought it possible in my lifetime."
Geldof, 61, will begin training for the mission in a flight simulator in the Netherlands this weekend (14-15Sep13).
The SXC flight was launched as a rival to Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic project, which has already attracted stars including Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Warning: The following contains spoilers for the movie Riddick.
It says something that one of Hollywood.com's top viewed articles, to this day, is a 2006 post titled "Vin Diesel Slams Gay Rumors." Seven years and an ostensible leap forward in our nation's attitude toward sexual identity and there remain those who are bewildered, outraged, and mortified over the idea of Diesel, the poster boy for all things manly, being gay. We can't blame the actor for this flowing river of backwards thinking, but we can take issue with some of his creative endeavors. Made famous by action-heavy, brutally macho movies like xXx and the Fast and Furious franchise, Diesel seems to have made a habit of aligning himself with the sort of project that glorifies the heteronormative idea of man: someone who fights, frowns, and beds as many nameless women as he can. And although there is nothing impressively progressive about the actor's past choices, their offense might pale in comparison to his latest gig: the new installment of the Richard Riddick trilogy, Riddick. A movie that is so frought with gender-political issues that we're beginning to wonder if the people populating the "Vin Diesel Slams Gay Rumors" comment section actually had a hand in writing the script.
What's curious about Riddick is that it actually approaches the ideas of gender roles and sexual orientation head on. With a lot of time to chat during their motionless stakeout of a wasteland planet in hopes of apprehending the titular criminal, a pair of bounty hunter teams gets into some heated trifles. The head of Team A, Jordi Mollà's Santana, is a sociopathic bandit defined by his plaguing pride issues and a sexual predatory streak, the target of his assaults being the film's sole female character, a strong-willed agent played by Katee Sackhoff (who also, it must be noted, denounces any sexual interest in men at the start of the movie). Santana is obsessed with seizing control from Team B captain Boss Johns (Matt Nable), an intellectual stoic who matches every one of Santana's threats with a passive-aggressive alternative, opting for patience and collection over his opponent's venemous bravado. Fairly quickly, the dynamic between the two men becomes little more than a pissing contest between the contrasting alpha males, each losing battles along the way as the other's methods prove conditionally more effective in the maintenance of his camp.
Early on in the movie, you're inclined to sympathize with Boss Johns, championing his intelligence over the all brawn and balls approach of the deplorable Santana character (who, it's made clear from the start, you're supposed to hate). But while Nable's temperate captain is presented initially as the Spock to Mollà's Kirk, he descends pretty quickly into his own corrupt drive to capture Riddick, the man he believes to be responsible for his son's death. But this particular conflict of allegiance is resolved when another one spawns: by this point in the movie, you're meant to have allied your sympathies with Riddick himself, who might be the closest thing this film has to a Bones, were not for his own predatory inclinations. And that's where the real issues with Riddick's attitudes on gender come in: when the hero becomes just as big a sexual criminal as the villain, but is applauded for it.
We do not struggle with our affection for Riddick in the early chapters of the movie. We catch up with him surviving alone, abandoned on a near-apocalyptic planet. He gets by on his stealth and agility. He longs humbly for his distant homeland of Furya. He befriends a wild dog. The film might as well open on him carrying a baby out of a burning building, draped in a Beatles t-shirt and a red, white, and blue cape. And not only is he heroic, but exacted as a character symbolizing an array of liberal values: He rejects another character's compulsion to pray to God in a time of duress, favoring tactile logic over faith. He swipes spaceship batteries from the bounty hunter crew, leaving his mark with the none-too-subtle graffiti tag "FAIR TRADE." Hell, he conducts an ad-hoc abortion on a pregnant alien reptile. By displaying both these values and those way across the spectrum, brazen machismo, the movie is really setting us up with an all-purpose good guy.
But what's troubling is that this established affection is meant to carry over during Riddick's less favorable antics. Once captured by the troops, Riddick engages in provocative dialogue with Sackhoff's character — who is so unfortunately named Dahl (pronounced "doll") — that is no less repugnant than the sort of vile lines tossed her way via the Santana we are all understood to be the film's biggest douchebag. But when Riddick does it — objectifying her, prompting her for sex, remarking quite shamelessly on her breasts — the audience is asked to cheer. (And actually mine did.) But that's not even the worst part: the impassioned viewer isn't the only one who gets on board with Riddick's behavior. Dahl does too.
By the end of the film, Sackhoff's heroine — the intelligent, dutiful, strong, and proud woman who identifies her sexual orientation fairly bluntly early in the film ("I don't f**k guys" isn't too ambiguous) not only stands alone in sympathizing with the criminal Riddick, but risks her life to save him in the final moments of the planet's decay, succumbing to his previous advances by professing her desire to sleep with him as the two retreat to the safety of the ascending spaceship. And thus, her story is resolved. Boss Johns comes to terms with Riddick's innocence in regard to his son's death (coming to accept that Johns Jr. was a junkie and a criminal). Riddick finally flees the impending Armageddon that has proven his feature-long mortal enemy. And Dahl shirks her avowed disinterest in the male form, submitting to the calls of heteronormativity, and closing her story on a request to sleep with the guy whose only other converastion with her had been comprised of lewd, perverse come-ons.
So how can a movie villify a character like Santana and champion one like Riddick? The difference between the two men is microscopic, but Santana is reviled in-universe as feeble and depraved, whereas Riddick is adored (or at least admired) for his gallant displays of masculinity. Santana comes up short in challenging Johns for top banana status, but Riddick earns celebratory laughs over his casual insistence that Nable's increasingly agitated character "ride b***h" on their shared hover-bike during a quest to retrieve a spaceship battery buried in the wilderness. The only thing that keeps us from feeling about Riddick the way we do about Santana, in fact, is the fact that we're not obligated to. As this film is a Vin Diesel vehicle, and as Diesel is a moreover charismatic actor, we know that we can "get away" with laughing off his oh-so-charming aggressions, his that's-just-Riddick-bein'-Riddick come-ons. We feel as though we're allowed to like him and all his bravado, despite the fact that we know better. Riddick is the "Blurred Lines" of movie characters.
And therein is our problem: Characters and ideas we root for, our value system notwithstanding, just because we don't feel the threat of scorn and judgment present. When we feel safe and comfortable among things we know we should detest it should not be an invitation to get behind them. It should be all the more reason to challenge our own attitudes. Yes, we can clap for Riddick, derive satisfaction in his snappy "flirtations" and hoot and holler when he finally gets (in the most material sense of the word) the girl. It'd be fun, it'd be easy. And there'd be nobody there to wag a finger. But that's the same kind of attitude that allows some folks to rest comfortably among the masses who are disgusted by the idea of an action movie star being gay. If you do see Riddick, don't let it convince you to excuse the criminal behaviors imparted by its title character or the "victorious transformation" of an established lesbian into the hero's heterosexual bounty. Feel what you know you should, take as much issue as your gut tells you to, and embrace that... no matter how many other people are cheering beside you.
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Hermès threw an exclusive party in the Design District in Downtown Miami Friday night. The party, donned "A Man's World," marked the launch of the Miami location's menswear store. Some of the cast members of Bravo's Real Housewives of Miami and other members of Miami's elite were in attendance. It was impossible to get on the list and you understood why once walking through the doors.
The party was at the architecturally impressive Moore Building just down the street from the new Miami Hermès store, and Hermès utilized the building's fascinating structure. Once walking in the front doors, you looked up and models were dangling from the columns of the three-story structure in full Hermès garb. It looked unreal.
The full open bar served high-end specialty cocktails like limoncello and the full buffet at the after-hours event included such delicacies as lobster. But that wasn't even the best part.Mock fitting rooms were set up like a maze, where you walked through seemingly endless mirrors that were in fact open door frames with a mirror at the end. It was dizzying and over the top. Entire rooms were set up with complete Hermès bedding, office accessories, and other of the brand's lush home decor. There was a photobooth with a multitude of actual Hermès clothing, ties, and hats as the costumery. Best photobooth ever! I snapped a pic of some of the Real Housewives of Miami in the booth.
The setup almost had a haunted house feel at times, with one room set up with endless plain black jackets on a super long clothes rack. There was a projection screen where you could snap pics and change the projector to whatever Hermès print of your choosing. That was my personal favorite.
The DJ was playing music and the dance floor was wild late in the night. Who would have thought the Hermès crowd knew how to get down?
Just when you thought the event could not get any cooler, guests were gifted with personalized Hermès scarves with the name of the night's event, "A Man's World," valued at over $400 a pop. All in all, this was one of the best parties I've ever attended.
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