Monday, July 24, 2017

In space you can hear the last gasp of dying film franchises

When a movie franchise has no place left to go, producers sometimes decide to set their next installment in space, the final frontier.
That’s how we ended up with the Three Stooges, James Bond, Dracula and Jason Voorhees, among others, in space.
At the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif., earlier this month, Disney announced that it’s working on a new “Cars”/“Planes” animated feature that will take place in space. The still-untitled movie is slated for release in April 2019, the Hollywood Reporter said.
F. Gary Gray, director of “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth installment in the “Fast and Furious” series, has discussed the possibility of the franchise traveling into space in future installments, Screen Rant says.
Producers of the X-Men movie series also have discussed setting a future installment in space, Screen Rant says.
The third film in the “Machete” series of grindhouse action films starring Danny Trejo is called “Machete Kills Again...In Space,” GeekTyrant says.

Related articles:

‘Game of Thrones’ in space, ‘Harry Potter’ in space, other space-set dramas coming (Jan. 21, 2015)

Movies where the setting was changed to ‘in space’ (April 21, 2013)

Photos: Promotional art for “Machete Kills Again … In Space” (top) and for unnamed Disney animated space vehicles movie.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

President Trump magazine covers, six months in

President Donald Trump just passed the six-month mark in office and the news media continue to dog him relentlessly.
Magazine covers have centered not on his policies, but mostly on scandals, such as alleged ties between the Russian government and the Trump family.
What follows is the latest in my series on Trump magazine covers since his election.

Time magazine’s May 22 cover showed Trump walking away from the camera. This photo implied that Trump is leaving and that we’re near the end of his presidency. Wishful thinking?

New York magazine’s June 26-July 9 issue used of photo illustration that depicted Trump as Richard Nixon. It was for a cover story by Frank Rich titled “How a Presidency Ends.”

The June 3 issue of Der Spiegel poked fun of Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate agreement. The cover illustration showed Trump hitting a flaming Earth golf ball with the cover line “You’re fired!”

Mother Jones presented the Russia scandal in sinister tones with its July-August cover illustration. The cover line was “The Russia Connection: Your guide to the scandal that could take down Trump.”

The Week magazine had a more playful cover on the subject for its July 21 issue. It showed Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin sharing a milkshake with two straws like young lovers.

People magazine got in on the action with its July 31 cover titled “Trump Family: Secrets & Lies.”

New Yorker magazine has treated the Trump presidency like a comedy with its May 22, June 19 and July 24 issues.

Of course, everything is a joke to Mad magazine, which featured Trump on the covers of its August and October issues.

Previous articles about Trump magazine covers: 

The best Donald Trump magazine covers of the 2016 election (Oct. 16, 2016)

Media reaction to Trump’s election based on magazine covers (Nov. 20, 2016)

Magazines go over the top with President Trump covers (Feb. 25, 2017)

Trump magazine covers update: Three months on the job (April 22, 2017)

Overseas magazines trash President Trump (May 26, 2017)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Will Rihanna bring change to Saudi Arabia and the Muslim world?

This week a model named Khulood was arrested for wearing a short skirt and crop top in the heritage village of Ushaiger in Saudi Arabia.
She was charged with “disrespecting and violating the teachings of Islam” for her Western feminine apparel. She had posted a video to social media that caused outrage among conservative Muslims in the country.
Women in Saudi Arabia are expected to wear “conservative” loose-fitting cloaks known as abayas, the Daily Mail reported. Most also cover their hair and face with a black veil.
The incident got me thinking about pop singer Rihanna who is dating a Saudi businessman, Hassan Jameel, and is contemplating marriage, if the tabloids are to be believed.
Fashion icon, humanitarian and sexy celebrity Rihanna doesn’t seem like the type who’d put up with Saudi Arabia’s patriarchal, second-class treatment of women.
Rihanna’s image is the antithesis of Islamic beliefs in Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East.
If Rihanna does marry Jameel, I wonder if she’ll effectively live in exile from his home country. After all, her postings on social media alone could get her arrested in Saudi Arabia. But then again, it’s well known that the rich and powerful in Saudi Arabia aren’t subject to the same rules as common folk.
A more interesting possibility is that Rihanna could use her high profile to drive change in the country.
This is all very premature, but it’s still interesting to consider.

Related articles: 

After Saudi skirt woman's brief arrest, many lament double standard (Reuters; July 19, 2017)

Woman who sparked outrage by walking through Saudi village in a T-shirt and short skirt is arrested by police (Daily Mail; July 18, 2017)

Saudi Arabia investigates video of woman in miniskirt (BBC; July 17, 2017)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Actresses who have played Cinderella in movies and TV shows

Continuing my look at pop-culture portrayals of Cinderella, here’s a rundown of actresses who have portrayed the fairytale princess in movies and TV shows throughout the years.
I’ve previously written about actresses who have portrayed Red Riding Hood, Tinker Bell, Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz,” Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” and Alice from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” (See links to those articles below.)

Mary Pickford, “Cinderella” (1914)
Leslie Caron, “The Glass Slipper” (1955)
Julie Andrews, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” (1957)
Lesley Ann Warren, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” (1965)
Belinda Montgomery, “Hey, Cinderella!” (1969)
Gemma Craven, “The Slipper and the Rose” (1976)
Charlayne Woodard, “Cindy” (1978)
Jennifer Beals, “Faerie Tale Theatre: Cinderella” (1985)
Brandy, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” (1997)
Marcella Plunkett, “Cinderella” (2000)
Jessy Schram, “Once Upon a Time” (2011-16)
Anna Kendrick, “Into the Woods” (2014)
Lily James, “Cinderella” (2015)


Actresses who have played Dorothy from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (Jan. 23, 2017)

Actresses who have portrayed Little Red Riding Hood in movies and TV shows (Oct. 26, 2016)

Actresses who have played Alice from ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ (June 1, 2016)

13 actresses who have played Belle in Beauty and the Beast and 1 more who will (Feb. 10, 2016)

Fap if you believe in fairies; Riley Steele latest actress to play Tinker Bell (Oct. 5, 2015)

6 actresses who have played Tinker Bell and 2 more who will (May 24, 2015)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sexy Cinderella artwork

Pop-culture artists like to sexualize public-domain fairytale characters, more specifically “Disney princesses.”
In July 2013, I posted an article about sexy Cinderella artwork. It was popular with Tech-media-tainment readers, so I’ve decided to revisit the topic.
What follows are more sexy depictions of Cinderella by pop-culture artists.

Comic book artist J. Scott Campbell is the godfather of sexy fairytale artwork. Here are two of his depictions of Cinderella.

Artist Elias Chatzoudis also is one of the top fairytale princess artists. I’ve included three of his Cinderella illustrations, including the one at the top of this post.

Digital artist Jeff Chapman has tried his hand at making a sexy Cinderella picture as well.

Alastair “Aly” Fell showed a sensual Cinderella wearing ragged clothing and sporting ash smudges on her face, chest and feet. Fell is a U.K.-based artist known for his fantasy illustrations.

Canadian artist Cris Delara depicted a scantily clad Cinderella giving a bluebird a bath with a bucket of water.

Malaysian artist Zhi Lin created an illustration called “Sexy Cinderella,” showing the fairytale princess in lingerie.

Canadian illustrator Emily Molenda also depicted Cinderella in sexy underwear.

German graphic artist PinkyPills drew Cinderella in the buff except for white evening gloves and glass stripper heels.

Artist Elena Mirulla illustrated a pervy prince putting a glass slipper on busty Cinderella.

Artist Ruth McGleish did a cheeky picture of Cinderella sweeping dirt under a rug.

Artist Tim Shumate made a series of Disney princess tattoos, including one of Cinderella.

Comic artist Amy Mebberson did a funny mashup of Cinderella and “Basic Instinct.”


Sexy Cinderella depictions (July 25, 2013)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

10 interesting virtual halls of fame, 2017 edition

For every physical hall of fame, there are multiple virtual halls of fame, which exist only online, if that.
I’ve written about some unusual ones in previous articles. (See related articles below.) Today I’d like to spotlight a few more.

Barbecue Hall of Fame

Each year the American Royal Association in Kansas City, Mo., inducts new members into the Barbecue Hall of Fame. The ceremony takes place at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue at the Kansas Speedway. Individuals are awarded the honor “for their significant contributions to the barbecue community and demonstration of achievement in barbecue excellence.”
(See Barbecue Hall of Fame website.)

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame

In March, the Department of Arkansas Heritage announced the inaugural class of inductees in the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. The honorees are notable restaurants in the state of Arkansas. (See Arkansas Food Hall of Fame website.)

Meat Industry Hall of Fame

Created in 2008, the Meat Industry Hall of Fame honors the leaders and legends in the business whose skills and dedication shaped the industry into a leading sector of North American food production.
(See Meat Industry Hall of Fame website.)

Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

The U.S. is world-renowned for its entrepreneurial business spirit, and that spirit is fueled in large part by immigrants. The Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame honors those foreign-born business leaders in the U.S. It was created by the Immigrant Learning Center in Malden, Mass.
(See website.)

Irish American Hall of Fame

The Irish American Hall of Fame recognizes the contributions to the U.S. of outstanding Irish Americans. This year’s class of inductees included actors Bill Murray and Martin Sheen.
(See Irish American Hall of Fame website.)

Advertising Hall of Fame

The Advertising Hall of Fame celebrates and honors the people and companies that have made extraordinary contributions to the advertising industry. The award is given by the American Advertising Federation.
(See Advertising Hall of Fame website.)

Texas Film Hall of Fame

Founded in 2001, the Texas Film Hall of Fame honors those who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the Texas film industry. The honor is given by the Austin Film Society.
(See website.)

STAT Baseball Stadium Hall of Fame

Sports Travel and Tours established a program for baseball fans to attend games at all 30 Major League Baseball ballparks on STAT Baseball Road Trips. Those who complete the tour are inducted into the Sports Travel and Tours Baseball Stadium Hall of Fame.
(See website.)

Kiosk Hall of Fame

The Kiosk Industry Association has been selecting industry professionals for its Kiosk Hall of Fame since 2003.
(See website.)

Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame

Cooperstown, N.Y., is best known of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. So it’s ironic that when the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce announced the first inductees into its hall of fame in February, it didn’t include the Baseball Hall of Fame. That museum put Cooperstown on the map for Chrissake. Instead the eight inaugural inductees included Fly Creek Cider Mill, the Otesaga Resort Hotel and the Inn at Cooperstown.
(See article.)

Related articles:

12 unusual virtual halls of fame (Feb. 20, 2016)

10 more unusual virtual halls of fame (Feb. 26, 2016)

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Halls of fame planned for railroads, bass fishing, bobbleheads, skydiving and luge

Even though there are over 370 halls of fame you can visit in North America, plans are underway to add dozens more.
What follows is a list of halls of fame that are in the planning stages, some further along than others.

The National Railroad Hall of Fame hopes to build an attraction in Galesburg, Illinois. (See website and Facebook page.)
Confusing matters, there’s already a National Railroad Museum and Hall of Fame in Hamlet, North Carolina, and a National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame is planning to build an attraction in Cullman, Ala. It has hired Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM) of Las Vegas, Nevada, to construct a 36,000-gallon freshwater aquarium at the site. ATM is the subject of the Animal Planet television show “Tanked.” (See website and Facebook page.)

A group of aviation enthusiasts wants to build an Ohio Aviation Hall of Fame at the base of the proposed Triumph of Flight monument in Dayton, Ohio. It would honor Ohio aviation and space pioneers, such as Dayton airplane inventors Orville and Wilbur Wright, and astronauts John Glenn and Neil Armstrong.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton currently houses the National Aviation Hall of Fame, but Ohio doesn’t have a state-specific museum. (See articles by the Dayton Daily News and US News & World Report.)

The Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame is working to create an attraction using the decommissioned USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier. It would serve as a museum and a memorial. (See website and Facebook page.)

Speaking of Rhode Island, the tiny state also hopes to build a Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame. (See website.)

The New Jersey Hall of Fame has a mobile trailer of exhibits, but is hoping to get a permanent location. The 2017 class of inductees included author Mary Higgins Clark, TV talk show host Kelly Ripa, two-time Olympic gold-medal winning soccer player Carli Lloyd, and rapper Wyclef Jean. (See website.)

Sticking with the state theme, two Western states are hoping to build cowboy halls of fame.
The Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame wants to preserve the state’s rich working cowboy and ranching history with a museum. (See website.)
The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center wants to create “the state’s premier destination attraction that celebrates and passes forward Montana’s unique western culture and heritage.” (See website.)

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has had temporary exhibits but hopes to open permanent location in 2017. (See website and Facebook page.)

The Chicago Culinary Museum & Chefs Hall of Fame also is looking to build an attraction. (See website and Facebook page.)

The International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame has a goal of building a museum that will draw visitors locally and from around the world. The organization is based in Fredericksburg, Virginia. (See website and Facebook page.)

The Ultimate Hall of Fame was established in 2004 to honor the greats in the team sport involving flying discs. The game was originally called ultimate Frisbee, based on the trademarked plastic throwing disc.
“Although the Ultimate Hall of Fame remains a ‘virtual’ hall for the time being, the long-range goal is to establish a permanent site by 2018, the 50th anniversary of the founding of the sport,” USA Ultimate says. “In the meantime, the inductees are currently honored with a plaque at the USA Ultimate headquarters building in Boulder, Colo.” (See website.)

The USA Luge Hall of Fame was announced in December. Organizers hope to find a location in Lake Placid, N.Y., to house the hall of fame. (See article by ESPN.)

Other physical halls of fame in the works for sports include the College Baseball Hall of Fame, USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame Museum, African American Golfers Hall of Fame, Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame, Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, Florida Boxing Hall of Fame, Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Canadian Sailing Hall of Fame.

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