This is not actually happening.
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) April 14, 2014
Via @AoSHQ Headlines.
PS: I regret nothing.
There’ll be no living with it now.
The criticism got to Lucas. He found it difficult to be creative when people were calling him a jerk. “It was fine before the Internet,” he says. “But now with the Internet, it’s gotten very vicious and very personal. You just say, ‘Why do I need to do this?’ ”
Well, the most obvious answer there is: you don’t. Instead, you sell your intellectual property to Disney, which has this weird idea that you’ll sell more product if you produce product that people want to buy.
The rumor is that they’re tapping the Guy Who Wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and the Guy Who Wrote Sherlock Holmes and X-Men: First Class to do the scripts for the upcoming Star Wars movies. Apparently The Mouse likes to makes a metric [expletive deleted]-ton of money off of geeks: who knew?
Thanks, guys. Mind you, we still need to reform that absurdly punitive copyright scheme that the Mouse has inflicted on the country.
If Lawrence Kasdan is writing the new Star Wars …. let’s just stop right there, in that moment of hope. bit.ly/QamjAn
— Joshua Treviño (@jstrevino) November 21, 2012
This news is undoubtedly going to have people screaming “DO NOT WANT” for some time, but let me really piddle in your corn flakes: you know all those Star Wars parodies? All those great ones? You know how they’re all over the place, largely because George Lucas has the laudable quality of being generally tolerant of people playing in his sandbox?
You notice how that doesn’t happen so much with Disney products?
Yeah. There’s a reason for that.
PS: Also: hey, how long can Disney keep its intellectual property out of the public domain? That’s right, kids: forever! Or they’ll die trying. Amazing what you can accomplish when you have the resources to buy a couple of Senators and a bunch of Congressmen…
…on DVD: but now I will not. Because while I don’t watch Fox News (or any other cable station), and while I don’t care whether Eric Jacobson likes Fox News or not, I am offended that Eric Jacobson presumed to express his opinions using the character and voice of Miss Piggy. Note that I am assuming that this was ad-libbed; if it wasn’t, then it means that the one I should be offended by would be… the Walt Disney Company.
Put another way: does this represent the official opinion of the Mouse, or was it just an unfortunate incident coming from a rogue puppeteer?
Plumcake of Manolo for the Big Girl – which is a fun read, by the way – has a post up on Disney Villainesses; it features Ursula of The Little Mermaid (which is my favorite Disney film) and Yzma of The Emperor’s New Groove (which is apparently everybody’s second favorite Disney film). Plumcake, alas, had to give Yzma an honorable mention on account that she wasn’t really scary; which is true, but irrelevant.
Third favorite? Mulan, probably: I like heroines with good tactical sense.
It is a measure of the deep, deep respect that I have for a certain corporation’s legal department that I am refraining from reproducing the image associated with this article:
The x-rated advertisement, for Jamieson’s Raspberry Ale, depicts the fairytale heroine blowing smoke rings while lying in bed with seven semi-clad dwarves.
In this Disney dystopia, Snow White has been renamed “Ho White”, while the loveable dwarves Sleepy, Happy and Doc are rebranded Filthy, Smarmy and Randy – supposedly to represent different types of drinkers.
I recognize that it takes a certain amount of suicidal bravery to live in Australia – the native fauna Just Doesn’t Like the rest of the global ecosphere – but this is impressive, even for them.
Via Drudge – and he didn’t put up the image, either.