Thanks in small part to Hamilton, Broadway and musical theater are getting more attention on the Internet, through hashtags and memes as their fandoms find one another. (This year marked the first BroadwayCon.) And while we already knew that #Force4Ham was a thing, today’s Star Wars Day celebration has made room for the return of a hilarious hashtag: #broadWAYthe4thBeWithYou. That’s right, people are mashing up Broadway and Star Wars on Twitter, and the results are wonderfully witty.
Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is adapting Kendare Blake’s YA ghost story Anna Dressed in Blood (from Tor Teen) for the big screen, Deadline reports, and the leads have just been announced. Cameron Monaghan (Shameless) will star as Cas Lowood, who is tasked with killing the dead—destroying ghosts that have stayed on for unfinished business, especially of the murderous sort. But when he comes across a deserted Victorian that has claimed the lives of everyone who enters it, he finds that the ghost, known as Anna Dressed in Blood (Maddie Hasson, who stars on Freeform’s Twisted) is less killer than cursed.
OfftrackOutlet has taken on a historic project! They are selecting some of the greatest current movies and transforming them into (watchable!!!) VHS tapes, complete with wonderfully retro VHS box art. In honor of May the 4th, we’re sharing their VHS of The Force Awakens, but you can see more of their collection below!
The theme for this year’s Met Gala—the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute benefit—was “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” which gave fashionable Hollywood types an excuse to get really, really shiny. Some people interpreted the theme differently (or very loosely), but for the most part, it looked less like a regular red carpet and more like a very elaborate audition for a Jupiter Ascending sequel that we would absolutely watch. Claire Danes as a space queen in a light-up dress? Zoe Saldana in the longest space-train? Yes, please.
For the best take on the gala’s silver-dress spectacular, check out Genevieve Valentine’s glorious red-carpet rundown, which will tell you who looked like the patron saint of androids, and who enjoys feeling like a beautiful moon princess. (Besides Stubby, that is.)
Epic Rap Battles of History tend to be hit-or-miss, but their latest falls on the ‘hit’ side of the spectrum. George R.R. Martin takes on J.R.R. Tolkien, and both gentlemen get in some decent jabs, with Martin pointing out that “There’s edgier plots in David the Gnome” and Tolkien countering that “C.S. Lewis and I were just discussing how you and Jon Snow both know nothing.” And yes, Led Zeppelin makes a cameo appearance. Watch below!
I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory. It’s one of Alexander Hamilton’s most stirring lines in Hamilton, but it could just as well apply to the cast of Game of Thrones, plagued as they are by double-crossings and grisly murders. Which is why we were so tickled to find these House sigils for the show’s massive cast. Good timing, too—Hamilton just broke Tony Award records with 16 nominations, with Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical pitting three of the stars against one another. Guess we should prepare for House Washington, House Jefferson, and House Hanover to form some interesting alliances.
Book Riot has done us all a great service by sharing a fantastic list of one hundred science fiction and fantasy novels written by women across nearly every subgenre and category imaginable! YA classics from Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce to Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time are represented, with stops along the way for everything from the swashbuckling Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner, to Mary Doria Russell’s haunting spiritual journey in The Sparrow, to the twisted fairy tale of Helen Oyeyemi’s Mr. Fox, to Cherie Priest’s steampunk extravaganza Boneshaker!
Head over to Book Riot for the full list, and be sure to check out further suggestions in the comments! One word of caution, though: you may feel the need to drop everything and read your way through this entire list.
Tom Hardy posted this shot with the jubilant message: “Found Furiosa negotiating London traffic”, and we have to agree, this London lorry driver is awesomely Furiosa-esque. We wonder who initiated the photo, though? Did the Furiosa doppelgänger glance to the right and say something along the lines of, “Holy crumpets, that’s Tom bleedin’ Hardy!” and then get his attention? Or did Tom Hardy spot her first, mumble a series of incoherent syllables, and then dig through the pile of pit bull puppies we’re assuming surround him at all times to find his phone for the pic? And what could the passengers possibly have been thinking during this exchange?
Click through for another, slightly-more-dangerous-looking shot!
To be honest, we would watch David Tennant and Stephen Colbert reenact any famous comedy moment in pop culture history, but they gave a beloved routine a wonderfully geeky spin on Tennant’s recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. And they even managed to squeeze in two Benedict Cumberbatch references in thirty seconds!
Hulu expands its roster of original drama content with an ambitious (and long overdue) adaptation: A limited television series of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. While there was a 1990 film starring Natasha Richardson and Faye Dunaway, it has mostly faded into the past, with The Atlantic asking in 2015, “Is the book still too radical for film?” More like, it’s the perfect amount of radical for the current television landscape, as a ten-episode drama starring Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss.
Today in inevitable news, Netflix has ordered a spinoff for The Punisher, starring everyone’s favorite brutal vigilante from Daredevil season 2, Frank Castle! Hannibal‘s Steve Lightfoot will serve as executive producer and showrunner of the newest Marvel series, penning the first two episodes of the full first season order. Jon Bernthal will reprise his role of bringing “justice” to Hell’s Kitchen alongside Marvel’s other Netflix series Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Daredevil, and the upcoming ensemble miniseries The Defenders. Whether Frank will join his fellow crimefighters in The Defenders has yet to be confirmed, but now that he has his own series, it seems likely he’ll at least get a cameo.
On the one hand, maybe not, since members of the generation who had nightmares about bloody rabbit-on-rabbit slaughter thanks to the 1978 adaptation of Richard Adams’ novel will know what to expect. On the other hand, the BBC/Netflix collaboration will be animated in CG, which may make for some uncomfortable uncanny valley viewing. At least John Boyega and James McAvoy will be there to help make this remake (hopefully) a little less disturbing!
Skrillysama shared this fabulous picture on imgur! While we admit we have no idea what the context is here, we’re choosing to believe that Spidey and Daredevil ran into each other at a Columbia rager, and chose to celebrate the end of the semester together. We’re also fairly sure that Spidey doesn’t remember much after this picture was taken.
The story is common as they come–the brave knight has to slay the dragon. But artist Sara Goetter had a different idea in this tearjerker of a comic about the Lady Tilda and a dragon she is sent to deal with at the king’s request.
After fleeing his home and the evil twin witches, Kubo teams up with Monkey and Beetle to save his family in this new trailer for LAIKA’s upcoming animated film, Kubo and the Two Strings. Kubo’s magical powers—using music to animate origami—are on full display as the trio battle gods and monsters. Check it out below!
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