BY Hanna Lustig
on Oct 20, 2015
I grew up watching Star Wars over my brother’s shoulder, always interested but never quite the diehard fan. When Star Wars: The Force Awakens rolls into theaters December 18, though, I plan to make a point of showing up to see the highly anticipated reboot. In fact, the advance ticket sales for The Force Awakens crashed Fandango, so I’m definitely not alone there. Read More
BY kaya payseno
on Sep 28, 2015
They say that behind every great man is a great woman, but we chose to shoot at a different angle and put the ladies in focus for a change. So here’s a short list of women whose work was overshadowed by the fame of their partners and the media’s preference to celebrate men-- casting woman as a muse and supporter. These women worked hard to build careers and do meaningful things with their lives but have either been forgotten or had their roles marginalized and minimized (to the point of inaccuracy).
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BY Emily Robinson
on Jun 10, 2014
Are you still secretly five years old? Do you enjoy buying a cool toy every once in awhile? Are you frustrated at the lack of equal gendered-representation in the pink vs. blue toy world? If so, meet Dr. Ellen Kooijman and the people behind the #WeWantLeia campaign. Thanks to them, we have a few more fun, gender equal toys for kids and kids-at-heart.
Kooijman, a geochemist from Stockholm, has always loved the LEGO brand, but didn’t quite love the lack of stereotype-free female minifigures. Read More
BY Shelby L Thompson
on Mar 07, 2013
In addition to reprising her iconic role, actress Carrie Fisher claims that she may also bring back the infamous buns!
“The bagel buns and the bikini,” Fisher told Palm Beach Illustrated, “because probably [Princess Leia] has sundowners syndrome. At sundown, she thinks that she’s 20-something. And she puts it on and gets institutionalized.”
It seems she is over previous reports that wearing the buns make her feel, “Like an asshole. A complete undignified jerk off.”
We’re all glad to hear it, Carrie. Read More
BY Katrina Pallop
on Jan 28, 2013
There’s been a lot of talk lately about how movies influence our daughters. The ever-heated Disney Princess debate rages on, with solid arguments on both sides, while new additions to the princess cannon like Brave and Tangled are nitpicked, attacked, and defended, depending on the day of the week. But why aren’t we talking about the movies that little boys are watching?
Colin Stokes posits in his TED talk, “How Movies Teach Manhood”, that the films we’re showing our sons may be contributing to a faulty understanding of what it means to be a man. Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Oct 03, 2012
When I chose the awesome-looking craft book Star Wars Origami to review, I squealed like a Jawa on the wrong end of a blaster. I’ve been a Star Wars fan since I was a toddler (thanks, parents!), and although no origami expert, I have fond memories of making dozens of paper cats and frogs as a kid. I figured Chris Alexander's Star Wars Origami would be much the same: follow the instructions carefully, fold the paper, and — ta-da! — you have something amazing.
Unfortunately, I was wrong. Read More
BY Intern Kerishma
on Mar 26, 2012
The Hunger Games hit theaters last Friday with the third most successful opening weekend in North American history. One of the reasons I love the story so much is because of Katniss Everdeen, the strong female protagonist who volunteers to take the place of her sister, represents District 12, and proceeds to kick tons of ass. And in this age of blockbuster hits like Twilight that emphasize little more than the idea that every woman needs a man, an independent lady at the center of the action is always welcome. Read More
The evolution of Comic-Con has seen many changes over the years. While the inclusion of Hollywood creates excitement, on the flip side, the "nerd market" has become so hot, the convention floor is littered with booth-babe Slave Leia's trying to tempt nerds to the dark side. In a crowd of 300,000 I saw only one original Leia (not decked out in a sexy slave outfit) far off in the distance when riding the shuttle back to my hotel. I nearly made the bus driver pull over so I could run out and congratulate her. Read More
BY jodi sh doff
on May 20, 2010
The name Lego came from two Danish words meaning "Play Well". Founded in 1932, who would have imagined the staying power of that first Automatic Building Brick? But these bricks are made for building and that's just what they'll do. Sixty years later, building on its successes, the company lent the Lego name to the first feature length direct-to-discount-video-bin Lego film - The Adventures of Clutch Powers - released this past February. Unless you've got a kid under six, skip it.
On the other hand, Lego Art abounds as does Lego Cinema. YouTube lists 107,000 Lego videos. Read More