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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Movie & TV News The Cult of Leia's Metal Bikini

by Ken Newquist / July 17, 2006

Wired looks at the men (and women) obsessed with Prince Leia's golden bikini from Return of the Jedi. Writer Philip Chien interviews the bikini's designer, Aggie Guerard Rodgers, who offers some advice to women thinking of crafting their own. You can find more fan takes on the famous desert swimwear at the fan site Leia's Metal Bikini.

CNN: Neil Gaiman and Joss Whedon Interview

by Ken Newquist / July 17, 2006

I'm not sure how I missed this the first time around, but CNN has an interview with Neil Gaiman and Joss Whedon that discusses their respective new (at the time) movies MirrorMask and Serenity. They spend considerable time talking about geek culture and its intersections (and occasional absorption by) the mainstream.

Here's an excerpt, where they talk about their fans self-identifying as geeks and nerds:

Neil Gaiman: I think the fan base is literate. You need to be reasonably bright to get the jokes and to really follow what's going on. That, by definition, is going to exclude a lot of people who will then get rather irritated at us for being pretentious and silly and putting in things they didn't quite get. But it's also going to mean that some of the people who do get the stuff will probably be fairly bright.

Books & Culture Corner: Truth, Justice, and…

by Ken Newquist / July 11, 2006

Jeremy Lott writes about conservative reactions to Superman Returns, who are upset that Superman no longer stands for truth, justice and the American Way. Their logic is that since the editor of the Daily Planet replaced "the American Way" with "all that stuff", the movie itself rejects America despite the fact -- as Lott points out -- that Superman's primary task in the movie is to save America.

This film has problems, including the Man of Steel's sudden ability to throw mountains of kryptonite into orbit, but anti-Americanism is not one of them.