Roberto Cavalli has gone to Panem’s Capitol, and he’s never coming back. That was what I got from the over the top homage to the 1920s by way of the future, on a set that would have made any pyromaniac happy.
Over the Top doesn’t begin to cover it when you’re in an animal print bodysuit curled up in fur. The only thing missing here is outlandish Effie Trinket style makeup and a wig.
Everything we need to catch up on mad Men before the April 13th season premiere.
First: The Don Draper Edition.
It’s no secret Game of Thrones has a bit of a race problem.
There are multiple place to lay blame. We can start with the source material, which is highly Euro-centric. I’ve read all the books, and let me tell you they are white bred. The major race of “brown people” we interact with, the Dothraki (who aren’t really brown, but are more Eurasian), are your stereotypical horse riding savages who eat raw hearts. I originally read the Crannogmen as being Creole-esque. But the Wiki of Ice and Fire disagrees. This means there are no brown races in Westeros. Dornishmen are “swarthy” and it is suggested they are vaguely Hispanic. But author George RR Martin means the Moorish tinged white people of Spain, not the Incan and Aztec descendants of Mexico and the South American continent. The only actual black people are only found in Essos. They are known as “Summer Islanders” and are described as “wearing feathers.” (We should be grateful they are not given bones to wear in their noses.)
The show only compounds the problem. Benioff and Weiss have tried a bit of racial switching up (but notably only on Essos.) Xaro Xhoan Daxos was cast as the only black person in Qarth, perhaps to help signal his “pulling himself up by his bootstraps” backstory in comparison to the rest of the rich people in Qarth, who are white. Of course, in the books, he is the complete opposite. He is a white man who does everything he can to stay as pale as humanly possible. (He’s also a pedophile, but the producers decided that was a step too far, even for HBO, and dropped that completely.) Then there was that “white savior moment” with Dany last season that was a cringe worthy visual. Our little white princess will be doing more slave freeing this coming season too, so it’s not going to get better. Is it any wonder that the breakdown of the audience is 13.2 percent black, 9.2 percent Hispanic and 76.6 percent white?
I understand HBO wants to quietly find a way to fix this. But is a rap album really going to solve the problem?
Those outside the Doctor Who fan world may not have realised, but unlike other popular science fiction, there is no Lego Doctor Who collectibles. There are *knock off* Lego Doctor Who collectibles (we own several small sets ourselves. But they are not produced by Lego. Instead they are by Character Building, a European company.
That is about to change.
Versace Does Daywear. That should have been the headline for this collection. Donatella decided she didn’t need to do lots of evening gowns. Been There, Done That, as the saying goes. Instead she focused on her own brand of what the Versace girl wears during the day.
Apparently she wears bias cut dresses with aerated seams. Oh, and hardware to accent.
Annie is one of those musicals ever little girl who ever wanted to be on stage knows. “Tomorrow” is that song sung at every little kid musical audition.
The 1982 movie (though starring Albert Finney, Carol Burnett and Tim Curry all in their prime) is supremely dated. The 1930s were practically 100 years ago (well, 80, but still.) Lord knows that though we didn’t have another Great Depression in 2008, we came close. Places like New York City are just as stratified between the haves and have nots as they were back in the 30s. So remaking Annie for a modern audience is a no brainer, right?
It’s time for Idol. Have you voted already? After all, the numbers all stayed the same from last week, so you don’t have to wait and find out what order people are singing in. Are you even waiting or the performances? Remember, you have until 10am PST to vote–why would you vote early? You have so much time to think!
Silly me, the producers don’t want us to think. They want us to vote early and often. Remember, starting this week, the results will be checked during the show. Another year I might have found this weird. But after watching XFactor do an entire season of rankings reveals to drum up interest in their results show, and Idol’s pale imitation, this seems a far better solution.
I’m starting to love the new open ended themes. Some of the song choices are off the wall. That’s another small upgrade that’s making a difference. Ryan promises this will be “an emotional theme” since its about “What Home Means To Them.”
This show is being advertised from two different directions, since it’s appealing to two different audiences.
The first is those who watch SyFy on the regular and are into programs that showcase designer talent–the Face off crowd, as it were. The second are the Muppet freaks who love anything and everything Henson.
Purrbot and Marshmallow are at the dentist’s today, and Troublemaker has burrowed herself away.
SirEats makes do.