Things We Saw Today: The New Trailer for Tuca & Bertie Has Landed

The latest trailer for Tuca & Bertie has landed, and honestly we are so ready. Created by Lisa Hanawalt (the artist and production designer behind BoJack Horseman), the animated comedy follows “comedy about the friendship between two 30-year-old bird women who live in the same apartment building: Tuca (Tiffany Haddish), a cocky, care-free toucan and Bertie (Ali Wong), an anxious, daydreaming songbird.”

If the loss of Broad City has you craving a new show centered on female friendship, then Tuca & Bertie seems ready to take on the mantle with its absurdist, trippy comedy that also delves into real-world issues. Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) co-stars as Bertie’s boyfriend Speckle, and the voice cast includes Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Nicole Byer, Tig Notaro, and more.

With the creative team from BoJack Horseman at the helm, and the all-star comedic talents of Haddish and Wong, we can’t wait to dive into the wacky world of Tuca & Bertie.

The series lands on Netflix on May 3rd.

(via AVClub, image: Netflix)

  • Word has it that the racist Song of the South will not be appearing on Disney+, which is honestly a good move for everyone. (via CBR)
  • Alex Kurtzman dishes on the events of Star Trek: Discovery‘s intense season finale. (via io9)
  • Delve into the world of the Continental in John Wick 3. (via /Film)
  • Here’s some good news out of the devastating Notre Dame fire. The cathedral’s 180,000 bees survived the blaze.

  • The Russo brothers are working on a new documentary about beloved Marvel figurehead Stan Lee. (via CBR)
  • A very different Catwoman will be showing up in the Gotham series finale. (via Entertainment Weekly)
  • Check out this interview with Michelle Gomez aka Madam Satan on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. (via Collider)
  • Here’s some solid 420 advice from My Favorite Murder‘s Karen Kilgariff:

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True Detective Pikachu Nails the Tone of the Original HBO Series

A film like Detective Pikachu is built to be parodied. As the first live-action entry into the Pokémon universe, the goofy genre mash-up is ripe for parody. That’s not to say it won’t be a good movie (we’ll know that soon enough). But there’s plenty of humor to mined from the title alone.

Which brings us to True Detective Pikachu, a noir take on Pokémon as filtered through the lens of the first season of HBO’s True Detective. While the show aired its third season earlier this year, none have come close its iconic first season starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. True Detective season one featured a nonlinear, twisty narrative that explored inner darkness, masculinity, and the nature of evil.

True Detective Pikachu does a great job of capturing the drifting hopelessness of the series, with an embittered Pikachu (Tommy Kang) subbing in for McConaughey and Ash Ketchum (Bill Bria) taking on the Harrelson role. As the duo investigate the murders of various Pokémon, they ponder their own morality. “I believe Poke consciousness is a tragic step in our evolution. We are creatures that should not exist,” grumbles Pikachu, as he chain smokes cigarettes.

We see a struggling Ash trying to convince his wife that he chooses her, while flirting with Pokémon strippers (which will haunt my nightmares). We also catch glimpses of Team Rocket members Jesse and James, as well as a wartortle, a vulpix, a venomoth, and a meowth aka “the yellow cat”.

The entire video is a darkly humorous look at a world where Pokémon have substance abuse problems and must contend with their inner demons. The video was made by Sam & Bill Comedy, and directed by Sam Haft. When asked how the project came about, Haft said, “I originally wrote a version of this sketch in a pitch packet for a writing job that my lit agent sent me. I didn’t get the job and then got dropped by my lit agent. So of course, I sprung into action wasting a ton of money making this comedy abomination. Now nobody else has a lit agent. Coincidence? Yes.”

It’s clear that the short creators have deep affection for both Pokémon and True Detective. Enjoy this trippy comedy short, and stick around for the twangy version of the theme song.

(via Birth.Movies.Death, image: Sam & Bill Comedy)

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Mary Sue Meets Mary Jane: Our Top 5 Favorite Marijuana Moments in Pop Culture

ilana smokes up in broad city.

Stoner comedies have long been the domain of men, from Cheech and Chong to Jay and Silent Bob to the myriad Judd Apatow movies. When women do appear in these films, they’re either the disapproving girlfriend or the object of desire. But oh, how times have changed. As recreational marijuana laws sweep the nation, smoking weed is no longer solely the domain of stoner bros. Pop culture is starting to come around to the idea that women toke up as often as men do.

The days of Reefer Madness paranoia are long gone. Most films and television shows will show characters enjoying marijuana with the same casualness and lack of consequences as they enjoy alcohol. Netflix’s Someone Great featured its core cast of women dabbling in vaping and smoking, as have blockbuster female-led films like Girls Trip.

To celebrate 420, we’re counting down our top five favorite female-led marijuana moments in popular culture. So curl up, grab your vape, and smoke ’em if you got ’em!

Abbi and Ilana, Broad City

abbi and ilana light up on broad city.

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No list of female stoners would be complete without the patron saints of marijuana: Abbi and Ilana of Broad City. From the very beginning, weed has played an active role in the duo’s shenanigans, making them the most high profile female stoners on television. It’s impossible to pick just one scene, as weed is practically a member of the supporting cast, but highlights include Ilana convincing Abbi to smuggle weed in her vagina (nature’s pocket) or blending up a “firecracker smoothie” to help Abbi recover from dental surgery. And even though the series ended last month (sob!), Broad City will be a beloved re-watch for smokers everywhere.

Peggy Olson Gets High at the Office, Mad Men

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson wants to smoke weed on Mad Men.

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In season three, episode three of Mad Men, “My Old Kentucky Home”, we find Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) working away her Saturday on a Bacardi campaign. Instead of working, the men procure some marijuana and start smoking in the office. In a classic Peggy moment, she storms into the office and declares “I’m Peggy Olson, and I want to smoke some marijuana”. It’s yet another example of Peggy forcing her way into the boy’s club of Sterling Cooper, and excelling beyond her peers. Peggy finds a newfound confidence in herself and a great campaign idea. Who says Type A’s can’t enjoy a smoke?

Anna Faris, Smiley Face

anna faris goes on a trip in smiley face.

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While women smoking weed has become prevalent on television, there is still a lack of female stoners in cinema. The 2007 Gregg Araki film Smiley Face is the first female-fronted weed movie, starring Anna Faris as Jane, a struggling actress who accidentally eats a plate of her roommate’s weed cupcakes. From there, we follow Faris on a trippy journey through Los Angeles, as she struggles to make her audition and come up with the money to pay back her roommate. Along the way, Jane encounters a variety of crazy characters, steals some original Karl Marx essays, and jump-starts a labor dispute at a sausage factory. Faris has never been better, and the hysterical film is 420 must-watch.

The “Old Fashioned Ladies’ Pot Party”, 9 to 5

dolly parton, lily tomlin, and jane fonda in 9 to 5.

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The 1980 comedy 9 to 5 is a feminist classic that still holds up nearly 40 years later. The film follows Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda as a trio of office workers who find themselves belittled and harassed by their misogynist boss. In an early scene in the film, Tomlin’s son offers her a joint to relax, which leads to a delightful scene where the women get high together. As they smoke, they fantasize about revenge scenarios, which include Parton lassoing their boss and Tomlin imagining herself as a deranged Disney princess. If you enjoy Fonda and Tomlin’s smoke-filled shenanigans on Grace and Frankie, this is where it all started.

Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip

tiffany haddish and jada pinkett-smith in girls trip.

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Girls Trip was not only a smash hit comedy, but it proved to be a star-making vehicle for Tiffany Haddish. Haddish stole every scene as the hard partying Dina, who smuggles weed to New Orleans in her “booty hole”. As female stoners continue to get more screen time, those roles are usually relegated to white women. Girls Trip is refreshing in that it showcases women of color enjoying recreational marijuana without judgement or consequence. More of this, please.

Who are your favorite female stoners in pop culture? Share your picks in the comments!

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Things We Saw Today: How Did This 2012 Tweet Predict Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?

Luke Skywalker that's impossible from Star Wars

File this under truly eerie and totally cool. A Tweet has been unearthed from 2012—sent by a seemingly random user—that broadcast information kept under tight secrecy until last week.

I’ve seen a lot of head-scratching things in my life on the Internet, but this one may take the cake. It all started with a text from a friend who’s a big Star Wars fan:

Text message about Star Wars

Intrigued, I clicked over to the Tweet:

What prompted that “EXPLAIN” is the Tweet’s time stamp of November 21, 2012. Twitter user Gabriel Garcia (@Gabby641) seems to have accurately nailed not only the exact Episode IX title announced only last week at Star Wars Celebration, but also mentions one of the biggest plot reveals from the trailer—that Emperor Palpatine is somehow alive.

Now, it doesn’t seem impossible that someone could independently come up with “The Rise of Skywalker” if they were sitting around thinking about potential new Star Wars episode titles. (Notably, the only “mistake” here is that Garcia predicted the title for episode 7 instead of episode 9; The Force Awakens did not come out until 2015.) But to tweet both The Rise of Skywalker and the Emperor lives?

Was Gabriel Garcia some sort of rogue Lucasfilm insider, who somehow got their hands on the studio’s plans for the trilogy? Was it just a really lucky guess? There are so many variables here. The films’ directors appear to have some degree of control over the direction of the story; would the title and plot of The Rise of Skywalker have been on anyone’s map in 2012? At the time that Garcia Tweeted, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher had not signaled that they would return to any Star Wars property.

Garcia even offers further speculation on how the Emperor survived:

We may never know what happened here: the account has been inactive since 2013, and the rest of their Tweets appear to be irreverent observations on everyday life and news. Perhaps they were only imbued with the spirit of prophecy on that long-ago day. If this is all a coincidence, this person should play the lottery now, because probability has blessed them.

Needless to say, the Tweet’s recent rediscovery and circulation prompted a lot of attention in Star Wars circles, with thousands of likes and retweets. The reactions mirror my own amazed disbelief:

What’s your theory on the far-seeing tweet? Tell us in the comments.

(via Twitter, image: Disney/Lucasfilm)

We also saw some more stories as we went time-traveling:

  • Letitia Wright and Gal Gadot in the upcoming new Poirot big-budget Death on the Nile remake? Mon Dieu! (via Twitter)
  • High schoolers are making videos of themselves getting accepted and rejected from college and uploading said videos to YouTube for consumption. But … why? (via Washington Post)
  • In less dystopian news, some Christian students are rejecting Mike Pence and his hateful brand of Christianity. (via Washington Post)
  • This alone makes me want to subscribe to HBO:

  • Don’t you fret, Monsieur Marius: Our very own Princes Weekes co-wrote this video on Les Miserables with Lindsay Ellis!

We’re counting down to the weekend, Mary Suevians. What did you see?

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The Trump Administration and Their Game of Thrones Counterparts

donald trump and king joffrey from game of thrones

Another day in the cursed Trump administration brings with it another unauthorized use of someone else’s copyright material. Specifically, Trump once again used imagery and fonts from HBO’s smash hit series Game of Thrones, as seen in his tweet below:

HBO has released a statement saying, “Though we can understand the enthusiasm for Game of Thrones now that the final season has arrived, we still prefer our intellectual property not be used for political purposes.”

This is hardly the first time Trump has used the fantasy series to promote his own agenda: He did the same thing with his Iran sanctions tweet “sanctions are coming.” Despite how often he dips into the GOT well, it’s doubtful that Trump has ever even seen the series.

As we did with our Trump administration/Buffy the Vampire Slayer counterparts, this got us thinking about the parallels between Westeros and the White House. Who would the rogues gallery of White House employees be in the world of Game of Thrones?

Donald Trump/King Joffrey

donald trump and king joffrey from game of thrones

This is an easy one: Trump and Joffrey Baratheon share several traits: malignant narcissism, unbridled arrogance, and a sense of entitlement for a position they did nothing to earn. Both also delight in wanton acts of cruelty, whether it’s putting children in cages or beheading their fiancee’s father. These spoiled little princes are bad news for their respective countries, causing stress and dismay across their kingdoms.

Mike Pence/The High Sparrow

mike pence and the high sparrow from game of thrones

(image: Ethan Miller/Getty Images/HBO)

The Vice President and the High Sparrow share more than just white hair. Both are religious zealots who hide behind their holiness while promoting misogynist and anti-LGBTQ policies. Let’s be real: if Mike Pence could parade shamed women nude through the street, he totally would. But not without Mother by his side, of course. Both men would feel right at home in The Handmaid’s Tale, a terrifying prospect for us all.

Ivanka Trump/Cersei Lannister

ivanka trump and cersei lannister in game of thrones.

(image: Alexandra Beier/Getty Images/HBO)

Okay, so this comparison may be a little unfair (to Cersei). After all, the queen of shade deserves better than to be compared to favorite daughter Ivanka Trump. But let’s look at the similarities: Both are blonde princesses from devious wealthy families. Both have serious daddy issues. Both think they are entitled to a seat at the table. Oh, and both of them aren’t very good at their jobs. Look, I love me some Cersei, but she brought the whole High Sparrow mess down on herself. She may be sitting on the Iron Throne, but it took her a lot of mistakes to get there.

John Kelly/Roose Bolton

john kelly and roose bolton from game of thrones.

(image: Drew Angerer/Getty Images/HBO)

The former White House Chief of Staff may have resigned in January, but his brutally cruel policies remain in effect. Like the cold and calculating Roose Bolton, Kelly showed unfailing loyalty to his superiors under the guise of respectability, while enacting their nastiest policies. While Kelly and Roose maintained an unearned sense of honor, the same cannot be said for their bastard sons.

Stephen Miller/Ramsay Bolton

stephen miller and ramsay bolton from game of thrones

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Stephen Miller and Ramsay Bolton are two of the most reviled men in their respective worlds, and with good reason. The alt-right flunkie rose through the ranks to become the architect of Trump’s heinous immigration policy, in addition to becoming the president’s trusted senior adviser. Ramsay Bolton is a murderous psychopath who delights in torture and cruelty. Both men do terrible things in the name of ambition and recognition from cold father figures who will never love them. What a couple of bastards.

Kirstjen Nielsen/Melisandre

Kirstjen Nielsen and Melisandre from game of thrones.

(image: Mark Wilson/Getty Images/HBO)

Again, this feels kind of unfair to Melisandre. After all, she did resurrect Jon Snow. But both Nielsen and the red sorceress suffer from a slavish devotion to the men in their lives, so much so that they are willing to sacrifice innocent children to ensure their success. It’s the worst kind of villainy, done to serve a higher purpose so that they can later claim they were “just following orders.”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders/Septa Unella

Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Septa Unella from game of thrones

(image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/HBO)

Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Septa Unella both love calling folks out and publicly shaming them. Whether they’re insulting members of congress, the press, or standing behind Cersei ringing that shame bell, they’ve made quite a career out of putting people down. And yet when the tables are turned, they immediately play the victim. Both are devout believers in their cause, no matter how toxic. It doesn’t matter if you’re telling the truth, as long as you shout louder than everyone else.

Who do you think should make the list? I tried to find a serviceable Littlefinger, but frankly I don’t think anyone in the Trump administration has the survival instincts or string-pulling ability. As for the White Walkers, those are likely the Trump voters who remain blindly supportive zombies to this terrible man. Or it’s climate change coming to kill us all. Your choice!

Throw your suggestions into the comments!

(image: Drew Angerer/Getty Images/HBO)

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The Avengers Answer Your Burning Questions on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

As the seemingly endless press tour for Avengers: Endgame continues, the team swung by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to answer questions about the upcoming film. In the segment Just One Question: Avengers Endgame Edition, Late Show staffers and folks off the street pose questions to the Avengers.

The questions began fairly normally, with staffers asking your typical questions like “what super power do you wish you had?” and “who is your favorite Avenger?” but quickly escalated to goofier queries. When asked who the team’s greatest enemy was, Chris Evans replied with “chafing. If you’ve ever run through an inter-dimensional portal wearing a skin-tight body suit, you know what I mean.”

Brie Larson is asked about Captain Marvel’s secret weapon for taking down Thanos, and she replies “easy: it’s compassion”, before following up with “no, I’m going to punch him into the sun.” She also reveals that Carol Danvers says she’s allergic to scallops, when in fact she doesn’t like them. Avengers: they’re just like us!

We also see Scarlett Johansson signing the shirts (and faces) of the janitorial staff, as well as another staffer goading Jeremy Renner into shooting an apple off his head with an arrow. It does not go well for said staffer. We also find out fun facts, like Don Cheadle wishing he was Emilio Estevez in The Mighty Ducks and “Ruffalo” is short for “Rufflet Lohansson”.

Oh, and if you’re putting together some furniture, you might want to borrow Thor’s Allen wrench, Flinjor. While the Avengers: Endgamepress tour continues, it’s always fun to see the stars interact and be willing to show off their comedic skills. It seems like everyone is having a good together, and that chemistry reads onscreen, which is part of what makes the ensemble so successful.

There is also a bittersweet quality to this tour, as this is the last time we will see all of these Avengers together. Who knows what the future holds for the MCU, but we’re not likely to see this cast reunite for future movies. A handful sure, but never all the Avengers together at once, like this. Let’s enjoy it while it lasts. One more week, folks!

(via Syfy Wire, image: CBS)

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Real Captain Planet Jason Momoa Shaves Beard for Recycling Awareness

Jason Momoa, Khal Drogo, Aquaman, Mr. Lisa Bonet, and nature lover, has shaved his beard in order to bring attention to the climate, recycling, and general environmentalism. Momoa has been outspoken about these issues on his social media accounts, especially Instagram, and so I’m glad that, as he rides the waves of success from Aquaman, he’s going to keep highlighting these issues.

In the video, as he shaves, Momoa talks about aluminum and how it can be used as an alternative to plastic. 75% of all aluminum is still in circulation, and it’s 100 percent recyclable and it frustrates him to see plastic being used everywhere when it doesn’t have to be.

While people are discussing whether or not Momoa is attractive without a beard (wow, guys, the jawline is right there), if we really want to honor that beard … we need to talk about the environment.

There is a lot of back and forth about the environment and how much, if anything, individual people can do about the problem. If you don’t pay attention to the larger concepts of the Green New Deal, it may sound like it’s asking every person to just cut this out, but the reality is that the reason individuals get called to the charge is because corporations don’t want to take on the responsibility for their global footprint. Anti-littering ads are drummed up by companies in order to deflect from their actions and make the impact on the world our responsibility.

That doesn’t mean you aren’t a jerk for littering, but we’re not the ones creating the billions of products that get wasted. As Momoa brings up, when we get water in airports or other places, we get it plastic bottles. While a lot of us to try to carry our own bottles, how many of us go into places to get an iced coffee, tea, etc. and get it in a plastic cup? Why haven’t companies found alternatives or have incentives to get people to bring their own bottles? If you went into a Starbucks and got 10-15% off an iced drink by bringing your own cup, more people would do that. Would it be so hard to create canned water when we already have canned seltzer water?

That’s what Momoa has done; he’s made canned water from aluminum cans that can be 100% recycled and therefore won’t leave a footprint of destruction on the planet. Because of the world we live in, we need companies to be responsible, and if Momoa is creating a product that’ll help, it’s a step in the right direction. So I hope people listened while looking at his beard go away. We should 100% do our part and try, but we need to push for legislation that will get companies to make green business decisions.

To everyone printing out the Mueller report right now, y’all contributed to this. 400 pages! Use the PDF version. Also, please let Aquaman 2 be about climate change.

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Anthony Rapp Says That He Opened up About Kevin Spacey Because of Lupita Nyong’o’s Story

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Anthony Rapp changed the way many viewed the #MeToo movement, as one of the most vocal and well-known men to speak about his experiences. Rapp went public with allegations of sexual misconduct against Kevin Spacey, stemming from the time when they worked together on Broadway when Rapp was a teenager. In the year and a half since Rapp spoke about his experiences with Spacey as a young actor, other men have come forward to share their own experiences in Hollywood. There have also been additional allegations lodged against Spacey.

It was a chaotic for Rapp, to say the least, when he came forward. House of Cards fans would blame Rapp for Spacey’s exit from the show, focusing their energy on a television program rather than grapple with the kind of man Kevin Spacey turned out to be. The news was picked up and broadcast worldwide. Still, Rapp stood strong and unflinchingly shared his story. An inspiring new revelation is that he got his inspiration to open up from Lupita Nyong’o’s own courageous move.

In a piece written for the New York Times, Lupita Nyong’o shared a story about how Harvey Weinstein had made an advance her. Nyong’o’s clarity and uncompromising language spoke volumes. Her strength and certainty were looked to as proof of the extent of Weinstein’s power and abuse of said power. So much so that her action inspired Rapp to go public about his experience at 14 years-old with a then 26-year-old Spacey.

On Cameron Esposito’s podcast Queery, Rapp spoke about why and how he came forward.

“I was following along with the Harvey Weinstein stories, to some degree, but I wasn’t like diving into them. … And I hadn’t yet really made the connection for myself. … Lupita Nyong’o wrote a first person piece in The New York Times about her experience with Harvey. And as they go, she was pretty fortunate in that she was able to avoid the worst of it, but she wrote so beautifully and eloquently about what experience was like for her. … Coupled with it was the knowledge that that had been going on for decades to so many people, and that I knew for a fact several people in my own circle who had had experiences with Kevin Spacey, that it was like that was when the penny dropped, and I had to do something. It wasn’t about my own experience, it really was not about airing out my own laundry. … I thought that would be the only way that we could stop him.”

When he first started to talk about Spacey, Anthony Rapp talked about what seeing Spacey’s rise felt like.

 “My stomach churns. I still to this day can’t wrap my head around so many aspects of it. It’s just deeply confusing to me.”

Anthony Rapp has a full, flourishing career and life separate from what happened to him. So much so that we, throughout the Broadway community, have long admired Rapp and his talent, and the actor is also part of the main cast on Star Trek: Discovery. He could not be accused of trying to tear down Spacey for any conceivable motive, as those who were fans of House of Cards and supporters of Spacey might try to argue. Rapp was a victim telling his story for the greater good of all of Spacey’s alleged victims.

It took actions like Lupita Nyong’o’s to inspire Rapp, which resulted in an extremely important moment for the #MeToo movement and victims everywhere—and his bravery continues to inspire others in a ripple effect.

(source: IndieWire; image: Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

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All of Us Are Out Here Endlessly Buying New Notebooks

You have six blank notebooks at home

A few days ago, a Tweet went by that made me smile: “I don’t know who needs to hear this, but you already have six blank notebooks at home,” Twitter user @TraceOddity wrote. Actually, that smile was more of a grimace, because six notebooks? Try thirty-six. I am a repository of mostly-unused notebooks. And apparently, I’m far from alone.

The Tweet struck a chord, garnering a staggering 181k “likes,” 41k retweets, and thousands of replies. I think I’m a little surprised by this result because I’m a collector by nature, so I rather thought this bottomless notebook hoarding was just another thing I did.

I know a lot of writers, and writers love a good notebook, but I assumed that they were getting more mileage out of them. Yet as soon as the Tweet was dropped in our Mary Sue chat, every staff member said that they felt called out.

I don’t think there’s any one reason why we’re apparently buying more and more notebooks while we have untouched notebooks languishing at home. I certainly don’t think you have to be a writer or an artist to have this affliction. Anyone bent on tackling any sort of project may understand the temporary hope a fresh notebook offers. As far as indulgences go, it feels manageable, a self-selected present that will surely result in increased productivity.

“This time, I’ll use it, and really do [insert project],” you think to yourself, as though this matte cover with the dinosaurs on it has better energy to receive your input than the one with cats or classical art.

Other considerations abound, and contribute to additional purchases: the size of the book, the cover (hard or soft?), the paper quality, the paper ruling (lined or unlined? College-ruled or wide?), what pens will pair best with it. I can’t go on a trip without the perfect-sized travel notebook for whatever bag I’m taking, can I? How can I attend this press event without a notebook of the right consistency and professional appearance? Oh, you’re offering free branded notebooks at your event? Don’t mind if I take one or three.

I can’t speak for others, but I know I’ve been like this for a long time. When I was 12, a “psychic” at a country fair told me to go home, gather up all of my assorted notebooks, and try to consolidate my ideas. I always thought she was incredibly intuitive, but in retrospect I probably told her that I was a writer and she was aware of this all-too-common condition. It’s only worsened with age and a paycheck. I have actual entire bookshelves full of nothing but mostly unmarked notebooks. For every notebook I’ve filled, its many empty brothers are nearby, crying out for ink. But even with an increased awareness of Notebook-Buying Syndrome, I can’t tell you that I’m liable to stop.

I know that I’ll discover notebooks in far-flung locales I simply must have, because how will I ever encounter them again? I know that I’ll be gifted more notebooks, because what safer bet is there for a writer? And I know I’ll have a project or the desire to be inspired to one, and surely this time—surely—this new notebook will do the trick.

Let’s take a look at a few of the Twitter replies that hit just a bit too close to home.

In which I am further attacked:

Listen, I—

Might you consider this:

How did you get inside my apartment to take a picture?

At least we’re prepared for a dire future:

And of course, the counterargument we can all understand:

Is this you? How many notebooks are you sitting on at currently? I’m afraid to go count. The answer is “a lot.”

(via Twitter, Petty Mayonnaise, image: Tirachard Kumtanom/Pexels )

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Things We Saw Today: The New Dark Phoenix Trailer Looks … Familiar

After being pushed back twice, Dark Phoenix is finally (hopefully) scheduled to hit theaters in June. A new trailer dropped today and for the most part, it’s similar to what we’ve in the other trailers so far. It’s also a pretty by-the-numbers summary of the Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix story you likely already know. On top of that, it’s the kind of trailer that looks to tell you pretty much the whole movie. (It also feels worrisome that we keep getting the same footage over and over. Hopefully, that’s not a sign that there’s only 2 minutes of decent stuff in there.)

The movie looks gorgeous, to be sure, and Sophie Turner looks like she’s really nailing the role. But every new bit of footage we get from the film seems to inch closer and closer to a full retreading of Last Stand ground, and that’s not something anyone has been asking for. Dark Phoenix is clearly the franchise’s attempt to have a second go at getting Jean’s story right, but we can’t know from the trailers if they’ve finally realized the key to telling that story, which is to actually make it about Jean.

Our Princess Weekes nailed it after the first trailer came out when she wrote that the Phoenix Saga “is about Jean. Not about Charles and Magneto playing philosophical chess about women … again. Getting The Dark Phoenix storyline right means focusing on Jean and what she means as a character from the very beginning.”

Do we trust this movie to do that? It’s not super encouraging that they brought back one of the writers from Last Stand (and other films in the franchise) and let him direct the new movie. Pajiba shared this all-too-appropriate take from Alanna Bennett:

I don’t know, y’all. I want this movie to be good. I’m trying to be impressed. I’m just coming up lacking. What do you think about the Dark Phoenix trailer?

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What did you all see out there today?

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