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How To Work On Hayao Miyazaki's New Movie

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Hey, did you hear? Hayao Miyazaki has officially come out of retirement to make a new feature film. If you want to work on it, here’s how you can apply!

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Alien's Ripley Is My Favorite Action Hero Ever

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Not heroine. Hero, period. While it’s rad that Ellen Ripley happens to be a woman, that doesn’t at all impact her level of badassery—though it does inform her character in ways that make her much more interesting than virtually any other cinematic hero. She’s complicated, she feels real, and I have total confidence the

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The Internet Is Having a Great Time Trying to Identify Trump’s Mysterious Glowing Orb - Hail Hydra

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Trump’s brief visit to Saudi Arabia this weekend gave us plenty to talk about, from Bannon’s clear discomfort, to a whole lot of hypocrisy over headscarves, to a reminder that no one should ever hand Donald Trump a sword or invite him to dance.

But in keeping with the Trump administration’s tradition of drowning us in a deluge of terrifying and yet still utterly mockable moments, here we also have an image of Trump alongside the Saudi king and Egyptian President, ominously placing their hands on a mysterious glowing orb.

You know, just normal supervillain stuff.

Nothing to worry about.

We said there’s nothing to worry about!

In describing the orb, the New York Times actually felt the need to write out the words, “The globe did not appear to have any magical powers,” but that wasn’t going to stop Twitter from trying to figure out its dark purpose. Fake news!

Even the Church of Satan had to come out and say ‘he’s not with us.’

Even scarier, is Brietbart of all places is hinting that this might look a little too evil, even for them?

As it turns out, the orb was actually a globe. Yup, just three men famous, all famous for human rights violations, standing around a glowing globe. What could possibly seem evil about that?

We may never know what fiery magic was unleashed. Or maybe the real maniacal megalomania was inside them all along.

 

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Why Didn’t We Hear About Sasheer Zamata Leaving SNL?

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You may have heard the news that Vanessa Bayer and Bobby Moynihan have both left Saturday Night Live. This past weekend’s episode, the 42nd season finale, was their last as cast members. If you hadn’t heard that yet, I’m sorry to be the one to break the news.

The episode was an emotional one, with special attention being paid to giving these two a good send-off. Personally, I didn’t think the episode itself was that stellar, but the writers seemed to have a running M.O. of “lovingly humiliate the crap out of Vanessa” all night, and that made my heart swell.

 

Moynihan got one last “Drunk Uncle” appearance during Weekend Update.

But it turns out Sasheer Zamata also saw her last episode Saturday, with considerably less fanfare—without any recognition at all, really. Entertainment Weekly didn’t even have the official confirmation that she’d left until Sunday morning.

Wow. What a fantastic end to a fantastic season, thanks SNL ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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It’s not entirely unusual for some cast members to get less attention than others, especially on a night with multiple departures. Andy Samberg left the same time as Kristen Wiig, and didn’t get the same “on-air party disguised as a sketch” as Vulture called it. And with Moynihan having been on the show for nine years and Bayer seven, maybe Zamata’s relatively brief four-year stint was enough reason to keep her out of the crowded spotlight.

Even if it was a mere issue of seniority, the lack of recognition in Zamata’s departure reflect the issues seen on the show itself. Zamata wasn’t shy about discussing the strange way she entered the show. If you remember, her hiring was the result of the internet banding together to shame SNL for its lack of black woman cast members. Lorne Michaels held a very rushed, very public audition, and Zamata was hired as the show’s first black woman since Maya Rudolph had left in 2007.

At the time, she told Vanity Fair, “It was weird to have a very public audition in that way. No one else gets that. There’s no other kind of mass call for cast members. I was in the press for just auditioning.” Earlier this year, she described the experience with even more candor. Describing how she was gearing up for the show’s usual summer auditions, her plans got interrupted in January when outrage hit the internet. “And then blogs started picking up this trend. When one topic gets trendy, everyone starts picking it up, and we all have this induced fake rage. Everyone’s like, “Oh! Now we’re all mad about this!”

That doesn’t sound like her take on her forced-hand hiring was 100% congenial, does it?

Since then, she’s played numerous real-life public figures, but I can think of exactly one original recurring character she’s done–her vlog sketch character, Janelle. (Feel free to chime in below if I’m forgetting any. I hope I am.)

Given that she’s been required to, and succeeded in, nailing impressions of nearly every black female celebrity out there from Rihanna to Michelle Obama (and don’t forget her spot-on Carmen Sandiego’s The Chief!), it’s hard not to think that she’s spent four years being underused and under-valued. After four seasons, someone with her talent should be leaving with a giant Hollywood stepping stone of a legacy.

Zamata, who also serves as an ACLU Ambassador, described her ideal next job as big-budget superhero-based. “I want to be in a Marvel movie” she told Vulture. “I want to be a superhero. I want to kick ass and be like an action star. I want that Marvel money, I want a Marvel franchise, and I want to work for the next 11 years knowing I got jobs coming up.” We want all of that for her.

As for SNL, who knows what their cast will look like next season. Hopefully not another half-decade relying on Leslie Jones as the sole black woman. Now that Melissa Villasenor has been brought on as the show’s first-ever Latina cast member, maybe they’ll even get brave enough to finally cast their first Asian cast member. I mean, it’s only been 42 years. Some* people might say it’s about time.

(Psst, Lorne, that “someone” is everyone.)

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Zamata is spectacular - here's hoping she goes on to star in a huge Marvel film!
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TNT’s Claws Delivers the Female Anti-Hero We’ve Been Begging For Since Breaking Bad

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There are no meth labs in TNT’s upcoming dark comedy Claws, but the show does have its own sympathetic anti-hero who turns to crime as a result of unfortunate circumstances.  Niecy Nash stars as Desna Simms, a nail salon owner who dreams of a better life for herself and her autistic brother Dean (Harold Perrineau). During this year’s Vulture Festival, she told us the show felt “so different” for her as an actor. “I guess it’s overused when you say it feels ‘fresh,’ but it’s just nothing like it,” she said, explaining how after the pilot “everybody was like what’s going to happen?

When we pointed out that the show is really dedicated to the sisterhood of the women, she agreed, saying, “When women typically are together on television today it’s combative. It’s cat fighting, it’s weave pulling and table tossing, so you get to see women who genuinely love each other and even though I have challenges with Virginia’s character, played by Karrueche [Tran], she ends up being the person I like the least, but I need the most. So she becomes part of our family too. So once you in, you in. You know what I mean? We’re having a good time.”

Written and co-executive produced by Eliot Laurence, produced by Rashida Jones and directed by Nicole Kassell, the show centers on five manicurists whose bond is stronger than the glue they use to bedazzle their clients’ elaborate press-on nails. It’s very much a female-driven story set against the gorgeous backdrop of central Florida and contains robust surprises not intended for younger viewers.

Laurence cited Pedro Almodóvar, Tennessee Williams, and John Waters (he hopes Claws is in the continuum of gay dramatists) as his influences, and it definitely shows in the material. He also revealed that while his writing team is made up of an equal amount of women and men, he created the show “out of trying to entertain myself and [make something] that I would be obsessed to watch and that’s what I did.”

“I know I’m a dude,” he began, “but I just always preferred things about women, female friendship, and female empowerment and I find it more engaging. I feel like we’ve seen so many shows about complicated men like Walter White and Tony Soprano it’s like, I wanted to give women a show where they can be as complicated and not apologize for it.”

True Blood alum Carrie Preston, who plays an unassuming ex-con named Poppy, also spoke about how Claws is filling a strong need for interesting female characters. “Usually on TV you have what I like to call ‘the wife of the weak’ you know, or the ‘quirky best friend’ or something like that. You don’t get to see the women at the center,” she said. Naming shows with flawed leading characters like Breaking Bad or Mad Men, Preston pointed out that “it’s still always a guy at the center” before referencing Orange Is the New Black as another show that, like Claws, “is a woman at the center with her crew around her.”

“I think it’s important, and also fresh and new, that we have diversity on the show that’s not just racial diversity but sizes, shapes, types of women,” Preston added. “There’s just a lot of complicated layered stuff going on in the show. I’m excited about it.” And so are we.

Claws premieres June 11th.

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Mars Defends!

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The Near-Future LEGO Starfighter contest is prompting the creation of some lovely realistic-looking space vehicles. This entry from xiei22 is a cracker — all angled shielding, sharp colour blocking, and nice functional touches. Good photo editing too, depicting the ship in its role as a Martian patrol vehicle.

BLUE Phobos

You can see even more of the model’s fine details in this cool schematic image. It’s worth zooming-in for a closer look, especially of the cockpit interior and those chunky-looking railguns…

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