Entertainment News 4/7

Sorry for the long delay, been pretty busy. Going to go through these as fast as possible

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night is about a PI who investigates crimes among the dead….Zombies, Vampires, and other creatures. Kinda reminds me of Forever Knight. The trailer looks interesting, in a “done in the spirit of Blade” way. You know the old schtick about how the trainer always gets killed halfway though the movie? They get around this by having the sidekick die….and come back to life. Interesting touch.

If you haven’t had enough Shrek-type fairy tales in your life recently, Dreamworks is here to remedy that. Puss n’ Boots is in his own, self-titled movie. I wonder how close, if at all, they will be to the original story, about a cunning cat who amasses fame and notoriety by trickery. My guess is, not very closely.

Kung-Fu Panda 2 will be hitting theaters in 2011. Not much to say about this, except anything with Jack Black in it already has low expectations from me. Sequels, even more so.

Fading of the Cries has Brad Dourif as a demon out to kill a young man and woman. Why? Not sure. I guess that’s just what demons do – kill everything. The trailer seems to have some nice fight sequences in it, which might make it interesting to see.

A full trailer for The Hangover 2 is available. It seems to be a copy of the first one, just set in Thailand. I’m surprised the music isn’t One Night in Bangkok.

Even though this was announced on April 1, I hope it’s not a joke. Channing Tatum is going to be in Pan, a story about the origins of Peter Pan. Hopefully, he will be the title character, and we will get to see him prance around in green tights.

Have you ever heard of the Shakespeare Conspiracy Theory? Basically, it says that all of Shakespeare’s work was actually penned by someone else, and either Shakespeare stole it, or he never existed. That is the premise of Anonymous.

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If it proves something you believe, question it!

Over the weekend, I saw some of my straight friends post a link to an article, which talks about a tweet, about a study which proves that homophobic men are really closeted gay men. Aside from playing 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon, this sounds like something the gay community would love to hear.

Now, there’s just one problem. The truth rarely is intuitive. Science is often nuanced. Simplifying something often makes a fact wrong – especially in psychology. See, psychology is the little brother (or sister) of physics. Physics is the science that every science wants to be when it grows up. Physics is absolute. Physics knows exactly what’s going on, and if you’re off by just a little bit, you’ve been totally discredited. Psychology, however, doesn’t do that. Every time there’s a rule, it’s not a simple A causes B, it’s more of an If A happens, then there’s a certain chance that B will happen. Kinda like a bell curve.

Now that this is out of the way, lets look at the original article. First, it’s from 1996. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, a lot of psychology seems to be culturally relevant. So, as times change, so does the psychology of the people in it. While most of the people from 1996 are still alive, a lot has changed since then. So, before we can do anything, we have to realize that these results don’t necessarily apply to today. We would need to see this experiment redone, with the same , or similar results, to say, with certainty, it still applies.

Now, the researchers in question took heterosexual men and divided them up into 2 general groups, a group which fits the criteria for being homophobic, and a group which does not. Then they showed each group 3 4-minute videos. These videos had sensual contact between 1) a man and a woman, 2) a woman and a woman, and 3) a man and a man. While these guys were watching this, their member was being measured.

There was no significant difference between the two groups after watching the first video. There was no significant difference between the two groups after watching the second video. However, after watching the 3rd video, the homophobic men’s member was much more…attentive…than the other group. Now, a lot of people are saying this proves homophobes are really gay men in denial.

Not Quite

See, in the discussion, follow-up questions are asked to the men in both groups. They had to rate their arousal. After all 3 videos, the responses between the two groups were very similar. So, either the homophobic group of men lied about their arousal, or they didn’t realize what was going on. However, the researchers point out that previous research has shown that negative feelings can generate physiological responses similar to arousal. This means you can happy when watching a horror movie also. If the measure is simply a physical response, you can’t tell the different from arousal from pleasure or arousal from repulsion.

Additionally, there was a second trait studies – aggression. The two groups also had questions to answer about how aggressive they are. There was no statistical difference between the two group. The researchers, in their take-home message, felt that in order to give an accurate label of homophobia, aggression needs to be included, not just how accepting of alternate lifestyles one is.

In short, this paper tried to understand the workings of homophobia better, and just found the waters murkier. It recommends further study to make more reliable scales,  and to determine whether the phobia in homophobia is applicable, if homophobia discriminates based on gender, and whether homophobia is simply a maladjustment.

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This Week in Kittehs – 3/4/11

Someone has Harry Potter on the brain.

Talk to the paw.

If only cars could handle like this.

Priorities

Law of Cuteness #415 – Cuteness will always find a way to take up the least amount of space.

I just had to share this.

Thing 1 and Thing 2

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Entertianment News 3/2/11

The Hangover is getting a sequel. I never watched the first one, so I can’t comment about the quality of it. However, in general, sequels are often lamer than the original, because they try to recapture the magic that made the first one popular. Comedies are notorious for this. So, I don’t know about you, but I’m not expecting too much.

Speaking of things which try to recapture the magic of an original, if you’re not too busy watching Scream 4, then maybe you should spend your time in Detention. It’s the same basic concept, but at least they acknowledge the fact they are a derivative. The trailer specifically points out that this sounds like “that movie scream”. Maybe we will be lucky and get a movie that doesn’t try to hard to take itself seriously.

The Last Voyage of Demeter is a movie in development which focuses on the ship Demeter which, unbeknownst to the crew, is actually transporting Dracula to London. This is the set-up for the story in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Well, at least this vampire probably won’t be sparking.

That’s it. This week was really slow.

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A Quick Review of DOMA

In case you weren’t aware, last week President Obama ordered the Department of Justice to not defend the legal challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) of 1996.

While campaigning, Obama promised a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act. Well, last year, after a failed attempt at adding a DADT repeal to a Defense Department budget as a rider, a repeal was introduced as a stand-alone bill. This passed in December of 2010.

A repeal of DOMA has been less successful.

As of June, 2009, a lawsuit was challenging DOMA in federal court. By this time, language supporting the repeal had disappeared from both Obama’s speeches and the White House website. The Justice Department was actively defending it, which brought scorn from the HRC and PFLAG.

In October, 2009, an ill-fated bill was introduced into the House that would repeal DOMA. Barney Frank, a gay rights proponent, did not support this bill because he felt it was just a bad bill. Obama remained silent on the issue.

In April, 2010, Obama ordered that any hospital receiving Medicare or Medicaid funding must allow same-sex couples visitation rights.

In June, 2010, Obama ordered all executive agencies to extend benefits to same-sex domestic partners of federal employees. This is above and beyond any benefits offered via the Office of Personnel Management and the State Department.

In November, 2010, control of the House of Representatives went back to the Republicans, which took a weak possibility of repealing DOMA and made it even less likely.

Finally, in February, 2011, Obama ordered the Department of Justice to stop defending DOMA. While a court striking the legislation down, and requiring all states to recognize any marriage, same or opposite sex, performed and recognized by any other state, and the federal government recognizing the same, would be nice, I can’t make any predictions. I don’t think striking down DOMA would automatically make the desired outcomes happen, but I can’t say it wouldn’t. (Does that make sense?)

So, in short, only time will tell. Let’s hope for the best.

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Entertainment News 2/23/11

There’s not that much to talk about this week, so here’s a quick run-down.

First, we have a horror movie called Insidious. It’s almost your standard demon-haunted flick, except that instead of the house being haunted, it’s the son. How do I know this? They give it away at the end of the trailer. They could do so much with this premise, but, alas, I fear they won’t, sob. But kudos for the trailer, it seemed to be a bit higher standard than the usual.

Next, we look at Apollo 18. I’m just showing this to be mean. The premise of the film is that Apollo 18, which was cancelled after the return of Apollo 17, along with Apollos 19 and 20, actually did lauch, and went to the moon. However, they were ALL infected by this space-type organism or parasite, which drove them all crazy, and the mission was a resounding failure. The US Government this covered the lauch up, and this is the real reason we never went back. Oh, and to prove it, they have found the lost footage taken by the astronauts, documenting their descent into madness. Yeah, let’s call this “Blair Witch In Space”.

My final offering is Wrecked. A guy wakes up with amnesia to find he’s been in a car crash. This trailer suffers from the “give the twist away in the trailer” plague. See, it turns out he kidnapped and killed a woman. All of his accomplices are dead. I think it would have been better to keep this twist hidden.

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Entertainment News – 2/16/11

Are you ready for a Trailer Park?

First, lets look at the sequel to Hoodwinked, Hoodwinked, too. If you dont’ remember Hoodwinked, it was a musical CGI which was retelling of Red Riding Hood. I really enjoyed Hookwinked, but I’m afraid that Hoodwinked, Too has suffered from Sequelization. That’s when they try to recycle all the jokes, but some of the funny is lost in the progress.

Next, let’s look at X-Men: First Class. This is how Magneto and Prof. X seperated. It’s set during the Cuban Missile Crisis. There’s a shot of the Blackbird, and it looks like an SR-71, but this would create an anachronism. SR-71 was first used in 1964, two years after the 1962 CMC. A friend pointed out that it could be a YF-12, which basically looks like an SR-71, but an acquaintance pointed out that Blackbird has features which are not present in either model, so you can’t really call it either. I know I’m an X-Men movie fan, so I’m going to do my best to go see this.

Now, if you’re in to unadulterated gorefests, maybe you need to see Hobo with a Shotgun. Yes, I know it’s the most original movie title since Snakes on a Plane, but that’s not important right now. I, personally, have no interest in paying money to see this, but it definitely looks like it could be one fast-paced action sequence after another. I’d netflix it.

And, in case you are wondering, the Bruce Willis movie RED, is getting a sequel.

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