DRad in How To Succeed – Aaaawwwwkkkward

I feel slightly awkward watching Daniel Radcliffe be slightly awkward in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying: His dancing is quite fluid in some places, but wholly awkward and cringe-worthy in others. The singing is impressive, but in a “wow, yeah, I guess Daniel Radcliffe can sing” kind of way, and not in … Continue reading

The Evolving/Devolving Culture of Connection: Social Media & Friendship

Recently, I had lunch with Louis Peitzman, a writer for tv.com. Louis and I met once at a college press junket in 2005: we shared a van together to a screening of Brokeback Mountain. Facebook was still shiny and new back then, and all of the college press members eagerly added each other as Facebook … Continue reading

Get your con on: Infinitus & the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Harry Potter theme park + 2,700 rabid fans + fan convention = EPIC WEEKEND. Yes, this past week I was in Orlando, Florida, attending my fifth Harry Potter convention, and experiencing the brand new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. The con attendance numbers were record breaking, the pool was fantastic, and Hogwarts … Continue reading

Summit Entertainment doesn’t like your t-shirt: Twilight fandom gets sued for copyright infringement

So I’m no fan of Twilight, but an opinion piece in The Washington Post alerted me to something fundamentally foreboding: Summit Entertainment, the film company who has licensed the Twilight series and its merchandising, has sued a Twilight fan magazine, the filmmakers who made a documentary on Forks, WA, and sent cease and desists to … Continue reading

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailer: Meh

The full-length teaser trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows dropped yesterday, and I was severely underwhelmed. Sweeping landscape shots, emo DRad, things explode, Emma Watson’s eyebrows, gratuitous Harry/Ginny kiss (ICK), superfluous declarations like “the movie event of a generation”… MEH. Seriously? Movie event of a generation? Really? WB, I think you are severely … Continue reading

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