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Gone too soon

After The Avengers: Age of Ultron opened — making a bazillion dollars the first weekend — social media exploded with unhappy campers out for director Joss Whedon’s head. He even left Twitter.

I wondered why.

I finally saw the movie today, and I know why I’m annoyed. [SPOILER ALERT]

aaron taylor johnson avengers He killed off Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

I’m not that upset that he killed the Quicksilver character.

I’m not that hardcore.

But once you include Johnson in a movie, and the audience gets used to looking at him and listening to him talk in the beautiful accent he selected for this part, it’s just heartbreaking to have him ripped away so suddenly.

Especially when sequels are pretty much a guarantee in this franchise.

I am not pleased.


I watch a lot of awards shows, and often the celebrities are so jaded, it’s uncomfortable to watch them win. They come across arrogant or bored or even embarrassed to be there.

So it’s fun to watch someone win their first award — after decades in the business — and be joyful and sincere and probably win over an entire new demographic of fans in the process.

Good for you, Craig. I’ve always voted for you.

Let’s go exploring

Can you believe it has been eight years since Bill Watterson stopped drawing Calvin & Hobbes?

The comic strip itself was only published for 10 years — from November 18, 1985, to December 31, 1995 — and yet somehow it feels that it was always in newspapers.

It’s that iconic.

A new documentary is now in theaters and OnDemand that examines the Calvin and Hobbes legacy:

dear mr watterson

Director Joel Allen Schroeder examines the comic strip for the phenomena that it was — artwork that was miles ahead of its neighbors on the page, and story lines that tackled issues like environmentalism, education and philosophy.

To build his case, Schroeder interviews everyone but Watterson — fans, his syndication partners, comic experts, and fellow cartoonists.  It’s very much a love fest, as they all agree on the comic strip and its creator’s instrumental role in cartooning history.

They also discuss Watterson’s controversial decision NOT to merchandise Calvin & Hobbes.

I highly recommend the 89 minute film.  It brings back great memories, gives you access to lots of Calvin & Hobbes comics, and will leave you thinking:

“I need to make a bookstore run!”

Name game

Celebrities must be stopped.

More and more of them seem to think that, just because they can act or sing, they can splash their name on all variety of items and sell them to their legion of fans.

The products don’t have to relate to their talents.  They don’t have to make sense at all, it appears.  They just have to make money.

It’s starting to get a bit ridiculous.

Exhibit A:  Justin Bieber nail polish

Tween girls normally wouldn’t take fashion advice from a boy.  But the ones infected with ‘Bieber fever’ will no doubt rush out and buy these nail lacquers simply because Justin said so.  Baby baby baby ooh.

Exhibit B:  Lenny Kravitz wallpaper

This looks like an album cover, but it’s actually one of Lenny’s wallpaper designs.  Kinda cool.  But I’m pretty sure he gets a lot of help creating them….as in, someone else does.  Seriously…would Lenny Kravitz ever be your first thought in home decor?  And if yes…why?

Exhibit C: Mariah Carey champagne

Mariah has probably drank a lot of champagne over the years. (The “Glitter” movie alone is reason enough.)   And she’s not the first celebrity to attach her name to bubbly, either.  But what does she really know about champagne?  Not much more than I do, I’m guessing…not a whole lot more than any of us.

Exhibit D:  Punky Brewster children’s clothing

Soleil Moon Frye, TV’s “Punky Brewster,” is the star behind this product line.  But at least she is smart enough to know that her childhood celebrity isn’t reason enough to buy it.  She worked with a real designer in its conception and even branded it something other than her own name.

Maybe she wasn’t such a brat after all.