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Posted by Charles Reece, March 30, 2012 04:01pm | Post a Comment
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A portrait of yours truly, courtesy of my pal, David, tattooist extraordinaire at LA's Sunset Strip Tattoo.

In Dixie Land I'll Take My Stand: Hunger Games (2012)

Posted by Charles Reece, March 26, 2012 12:33pm | Post a Comment
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Presidential beards were popular in the 19th century and they become popular again sometime in our dystopian
future. On the left is President Coriolanus Snow of Panem and on the right, President Ulysses S. Grant.

When blond-haired, blue-eyed Jennifer Lawrence was cast last year as the dark-haired, olive-skinned and grey-eyed heroine Katniss for the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy the decision was met with outrage from some bloggers. Perhaps they hadn't considered hair dye or contact lenses, but that doesn't diminish the fact that it's much more rare to see Hollywood go darker than lighter when casting films. One exception was Will Smith in I Am Legend, which suggested cross-racial casting is rooted just as much in the stupidity of star power as it is racism. Lawrence had just been nominated for playing a hillbilly in Winter's Bone, so she was as obvious a choice for the role of the Appalachian Katniss as Peter Dinklage is for any character under 5 feet, or Hayden Panettiere a cheerleader. Having just seen the movie, what's baffling to me is why anyone would find it preferable -- as in less offensive -- to have a black or mixed-race girl in the role given the fantasy world that's been (re-)constructed.

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The Late, Great Jean "Moebius"? Giraud

Posted by Charles Reece, March 11, 2012 09:34am | Post a Comment
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French comics master Jean "Moebius" Giraud is dead. Here's an interview from last April and
a much longer one from a 1987 issue of The Comics Journal. His official site.

The Late, Great Ralph McQuarrie

Posted by Charles Reece, March 6, 2012 08:26am | Post a Comment
ralph mcquarrie darth vader early design
Ralph McQuarrie, the designer of Darth Vader, the light saber, and many other Star Wars entities, has
died.
Here is a bunch of good resolution reproductions of his art for the original trilogy.

Hollywood's Hypocrisy on Piracy Meme

Posted by Charles Reece, March 5, 2012 09:34am | Post a Comment
Hypocrisy in Hollywood


[Thanks to Stephen Parkes for finding this.]
 
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