Hints of Riddick Sequels [I read stuff]

Wherein I read things, laugh [or not], and pass them on to you…

Vin Diesel Provides Updates on RIDDICK Release Date and Sequels: Vin Diesel recently posted some updates on his Facebook page that suggest we might be seeing Riddick as early as January of next year.  Principal photography wrapped recently on Riddick, the third film in a franchise that started with Pitch Black. While Diesel was hoping to see a release in 2012, this comes as a good sign that the studio is happy with what they’re seeing.  That bodes well, not only for Riddick, but for the potential sequels if Riddick proves commercially successful. [collider/Dave Trumbore/01 May 2012]

• Vin Diesel hints at two more sequels to next year’s Riddick

Luke Evans Offered Villain Role in FAST AND THE FURIOUS 6?: After Jason Statham turned down a role in The Fast and the Furious 6, could the opportunity have fallen to fellow Brit, Luke Evans?  Recent reports suggest that Evans, who is currently filming for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies, has been tapped as the villain in the sixth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise.  The role in Justin Lin’s follow up to the wildly successful Fast Five was previously turned down by Statham when he was surprisingly unable to reach a deal with Universal.  It’s also possible that Rihanna is still circling a villainous role in some capacity, though nothing has been clarified on that front.  It has been confirmed, however, that Michelle Rodriguez will be returning for the sixth run. [collider/Dave Trumbore/01 May 2012]

MPAA: Latinos Are America’s Most Dedicated Moviegoers: The MPAA has pulled together some interesting statistics on race and movie attendance that really ought to be getting more attention, especially in the context of Think Like a Man‘s two-weekend long stretch atop the box office. White moviegoers buy more tickets than people of color simply by virtue of there being more white people than people of color. But people of color turn out to be somewhat more dedicated moviegoers than white folks. Latinos make up 25 percent of moviegoers even though they’re only 16 percent of the population. The average Latino moviegoer makes it to 5.3 movies a year, compared to 3.7 movies per year for African Americans and 3.5 movies per year for white moviegoers. [thinkprogress/Alyssa Rosenberg/01 May 2012]

It takes two, baby: Mulder & Scully, The X Files: It was clear from Season 1 – episodes like Ice and Darkness Falls – that there was a charisma about David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson; something about the two of them, investigating the paranormal, just worked. Their relationship (professional mostly, emotional occasionally) made the show more than it could’ve been with any other lead pairing, as Special Agents Doggett & Reyes can tell you. [stuff.co.nz/chris philpott/02 May 2012]

Serenity Free Comic Book Day Preview: Good news, everyone! Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, and one of the comics available for free contains Serenity and Star Wars stories, both written by Zack Whedon. The best part is you can read this preview of the Serenity comic right now. [icanhascheezburger]

Serenity Free Comic Book Day Preview

The wage gap and the problem of “choice” feminism: I’m guessing most of you have seen the video of Alex Castellanos trying to win an argument on “Meet the Press” with Rachel Maddow by all but saying, “It’s so cute when you ladies have opinions like you were people. Now go make me a sandwich.” No, seriously, he said, “I love how passionate you are. I wish you were as right about what you’re saying as you are passionate about it. I really do.” But that hardly captures the “women are so cute when theyr’e mad!” tones he took in a bid to put her in her place before she did that thing she does, that unfortunate thing where she reminds you that you’re entitled to your opinions but not to your facts.
…The problem with presenting “choice” as some abstract concept unmoored to social pressures and therefore as beyond critical analysis as the preference of the color of red over blue is that conservatives are happy to exploit that to continue supporting a system where women are systemically underpaid. As this exchange shows, it gives them cover even to push their favorite argument for continuing inequality, which is that the people who aren’t doing as well simply aren’t as worthy. Rachel calls it the “math is hard” argument, and Castellanos basically says, “Yep, that’s my argument.” To unpack that, what’s going on here is the argument from conservatives is that since women are mentally inferior, work outside the home is just harder for their wee female brains, and so they “choose” supposedly easier work that taxes their tender lady nervous systems less. Because of the “I choose my choice” rhetoric, they can bury this essentialist argument about inferior women in the language of “choice”, and it sounds nearly feminist-ish. Mostly, they want it to be clear there’s nothing to be done about it. They may even pretend to be stating this more in sorrow than joy, but at the end of the day, the strategy is clear: Bandy around the word “choice” to advance the argument that women are the natural inferiors of men, and that’s why they get paid less, something policy cannot address. [pandagon/Amanda Marcotte/01 May 2012]

Lawmaker gets only 1 donation after ‘lesbian’ Girls Scouts remark: An Indiana lawmaker has only received a single donation in the months since he accused the Girl Scouts of becoming a “radicalized organization” that promotes the “homosexual lifestyle.” The latest campaign finance report indicates that Republican state Rep. Bob Morris received only one donation after his February remarks, according to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. The single $5,000 contribution came from the right-leaning Northeast Indiana PAC for Better Government on April 10. In February, Morris had sent a letter to his fellow House Republicans explaining why he wouldn’t sign on to a resolution to honor the Girl Scouts 100th birthday. [RawStory/David Edwards/30 apr 2012]

Planned Parenthood ruling snuffed: Just hours ago we reported that a Texas judge yesterday issued a preliminary injunction preventing cutoff of women’s health funds to Planned Parenthood. But hey, this is Texas we’re talking about. Today another judge, this one an outspoken Barack Obama foe, weighed in. Here’s what happens when a yahoo judge doesn’t even pretend to be nonpartisan: Last month, Republican Fifth Circuit Judge Jerry Smith pitched a tantrum in open court, demanding that the Department of Justice respond to some imprecise political rhetoric by President Obama in an attempt to embarrass the president. Today, the staunch Republican judge raised further doubt about his ability to separate politics from the law by suspending a decision benefiting Planned Parenthood just hours after it was handed down by [Judge Lee Yeakel]… [susiemadrak/01 May 2012]

Florida Lawmakers Claim ‘Stand Your Ground’ Is Pro-Woman, Despite Exemption For Domestic Violence: A father/son duo in the Florida state legislature is working hard to bring gender politics into the debate about Stand Your Ground laws. In a letter to the editor that ran in the News Herald, Sen. Don Gaetz (R-FL) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) argued that calling for the repeal is anti-woman. The letter was also distributed by the National Rifle Association, and specifically by Marion Hammer, former NRA president and current Florida NRA lobbyist, to push back on calls for repeal of Stand Your Ground. The letter’s strange claim is rendered all the more unbelievable because Florida’s Stand Your Ground law actually exempts the overwhelming majority of female victims from its so-called protections — the law does not apply to domestic violence cases. [thinkprogress/Annie-Rose Strasser/01 May 2012]

Minnesota Senator Who Sponsored Vetoed Anti-Abortion Pill Bill Calls Viagra A ‘Drug For Life’: [A] Democratic state senator asked why RU-486 should be regulated instead of erectile dysfunction medication. Sen. Paul Gazelka (R), the bill’s sponsor, said Viagra is a “wonderful drug” that “helps create life.” [thinkprogress/Amanda Peterson Beadle/01 May 2012]

Video: Amendment 1 pastor gives parents ‘special dispensation’ to use violence against LGBT kids!!!: TRANSCRIPT: “So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, “Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do,” you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed.
Can I make it any clearer? Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Ok? You are not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male. And when your daughter starts acting to Butch you reign her in. And you say, “Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl and that means you are going to be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.”
You say, “Can I take charge like that as a parent?”
Yeah, you can. You are authorized. I just gave you a special dispensation this morning to do that.” [goodasyou/Jeremy Hooper/01 May 2012]

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