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Winter-Swinton-Batman-War Is Coming: Five Things You May Not Have Heard About This Week

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | March 24, 2013 | Comments ()


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Stuff of Import.


5. THE SWINTON Turned Herself into an Art Installation.

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I mean really, who else? What other actress would install herself as performance art? "The Maybe," conceived by Swinton, features Tilda sleeping in a glass box, and will appear randomly (day and location within) this year at New York City's Museum of Modern Art. Swinton has previously been previously installed in London and Rome. There is no schedule for her appearances; one must simply chance upon her.

4. Warner Bros. Announced Retro Batman Merchandise and an Upcoming Digital Comic.

Our beloved Batman of yore, Adam West, helped announce a new retro toy and clothing line that "pays homage" to the 1960s television series. The full press release reveals groovy t-shirts available at Junk Food Clothing, questionable Mattel Batman Ken® and Catwoman Barbie® Dolls, costumes, mini-figures, calendars and an upcoming digital series, BATMAN '66.


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3. A New World War Z Trailer Dropped.

I don't know, you guys...I just don't know. I want to be excited, but Pitt's lack of enthusiasm is rubbing off on me. Have a watch and tell me your thoughts. World War Z also stars Mireille Enos, David Morse, Matthew Fox, James Badge Dale and Eric West, and opens in theaters June 21st.

2. "Doctor Who" Released "The Bells of Saint John" Prequel, and Rumors of Matt Smith Leaving Flew.

That's a sweet, if not predictable, little scene of the Doctor and a young girl; still, these melancholy moments really get to me. I'm quite curious as to the mystery of Clara Oswin Oswald dying over and over, and wondering if it's not a lead in, of sorts. The Sun (I know, I know) claims Matt Smith will be leaving at the end of Series 7--might Moffat and Co. be setting up the delightful Miss Oswald as Twelve? It's a strange little feeling in my gut, and I'm going with it. H/T lizzieborden.

1. We Were Treated to the "Game of Thrones: All of Us" Promo and a New Clip of Jaime and Brienne.

As despicable as he has been in the past, I can't help it--Jaime is one of my favorite A Song of Ice and Fire characters, and his adventures with Brienne are both comedic and thrilling. Here's hoping they're a big part of Season 3. "Game of Thrones" returns next weekend (but we won't see this dynamic duo until episode 2).


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  • Jezzer

    I hope no one pecks on the glass and disturbs Swinton into eating her young. :(

  • BWeaves

    a. I knew that little girl was going to be Clara Oswald as soon as she sat down on the swing.

    b. Hasn't the "Die every episode" thing already been done to death with Rory (pun intended)?

  • BlackRabbit

    What is H/T lizzieborden, please? A man asks.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    "Hat Tip" to pajiba member lizzieborden for the info...

  • Strand

    That's exactly the shit that turns off most people from contemporary art.

  • e jerry powell

    You'd think so, but not really...

  • Strand

    It's not particularly original or thought-provoking, it's almost a parody of what normals think abstract art is. It's something I'd expect the Parks and Rec writers to drop as an 'Oren' gag in a future episode.

  • Fredo

    Here's what I still don't get about WWZ: what exactly is Brad Pitt supposed to be doing?

    In the Straczynski script, his character was trying to put together the pieces of how the world went to hell. It kept with the idea of the book while explaining his travels. It also explained why he was acting alone and why so many had no desire to speak. But who in their right mind would send just one man to go find out what the hell is going on and how to fix it? Forget leaving your family behind during the biggest crisis ever. What happens if Brad Pitt fails?

  • F'mal DeHyde

    In the book, he was merely a journalist/biographer that was taking down the stories from people that had been involved during the major conflicts. I don't remember him having a zombie encounter of his own, did he?

    Another bastardization of a really exciting book.

  • "Swinton has previously been previously installed"

    If I am to understand you correctly, these events occurred before now? In the past? Like, the opposite of the future?

    Just so we're straight on that.

  • Fredo

    "An update to your Tilda Swinton is now available for download. A previous version of Tilda Swinton was previously installed in your computer. Installation of this update will remove the previous version.

    Would you like to proceed?"

  • Si.

  • yocean

    I means, from the screen writing perspective, I understand we need an identifiable point of view and I would be Ok if he Brad Pitt's guy goes to everywhere covered in the book and see all that but that's kinda logically impossible so I am left to hate the FUCKING MAGGOT CROWLING RED SHIT GUTS OF THIS MOTHERFUCKING INSULT TO THE BRILLIANT SOUCE BLASPHEMY OF A I-DON'T-EVEN-WANNA-CALL-IT-A-MOVIE-MUCH-LESS-THE-SAME-NAME-AS-AFORE-MENTIONED-BOKK BULLSHIT! Oh, and if the bad ass blind Japanese swordsman won't make in this, as I bet he won't, I am releasing the secret Ninja! (as opposed to actual Japanese ninja) vault of terror upon Hollywood!

  • Seriously, someone admit it: Did someone just write a shitty zombie movie and slap the title of the book on it to get the audience for it? Was that it? That was it, wasn't it?

  • LET US SCREAM LOUDER AT THAT FUCKING MOVIE.

  • Wembley

    'This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Paramount.'
    Seriously?
    Shouldn't they be looking for ANY avenue to build interest/enthusiasm for this?
    They have all that "It's not like the book. Why isn't it like the book?" to overcome.
    Must make sense to someone.

  • There's another copy up now.

  • toblerone

    The Sun (I know, I know) claims Matt Smith will be leaving at the end of Series 7—might Moffat and Co. be setting up the delightful Miss Oswald as Twelve?

    1. F#@$ THAT S%$T! NO. NO. NO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love Matt Smith and if he were to stay the Doctor forever I would be perfectly happy. Also I know everyone loves speculating (IE: Cumberbatch, etc) but most of the names mentioned are just fanboy dreams and would be far too expensive for the BBC (Yes, both Cumberbatch and Freeman are signed on with the BBC for Sherlock 2014). If there is a new Doctor it will probably be another relatively unknown actor or actress.

    2. J.L.C as the new Doctor would be kinda cool and it would be great to have a woman as a Doctor but aren't both Smith and Coleman signed up for Series 8 (which I assume would not be shot / released until late 2013 / earlier in 2014)?

  • e jerry powell

    I'm still rooting for Jennifer Saunders in more than just a one-off special episode.

  • From what I read, Smith's contract is up in November

  • CurlieQt

    I did hear, though (can't remember exactly where) that Matt Smith did re-up for at least part of season 8. Newest rumour is that he might bow out in the Christmas special of season 8. But YMMV.

  • toblerone

    F@$%ING BOO!!! is all I have to say to this! BOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (Thanks Cindy.)

  • John W

    Winter-Swinton-Batman War. Alan Moore's next great crossover comic.

  • kushiro -

    Those are some nice T-shirts (although, $34? No), but make with the DVDs, Warner.

  • googergieger

    See that makes more sense. My Nan was telling me about seeing Conan O'Brien in a box when she went on her trip to New York City. Thought that was some bull shit.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    hahaha!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Ugh. Can I roll my eyes at the Swinton thing? I'm not against performance art - I saw Marina Abramovic's exhibit at MoMA a few years ago, and found parts of it illuminating and parts of it pretentious, but Swinton in a glass box does not feel original at all to me.

    That being said, I'm sure Twitter will be of great help to anyone wishing to actually catch her in the act.

  • e jerry powell

    As far as artistic value, also a bit derivative. Heard of Marina Abramovic? Carrie Bradshaw has.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    well, yes, as indicated by mentioning Marina Abramovic in my post, I've heard of her. I've even *seen* her

  • e jerry powell

    Speaking rhetorically (while half asleep, apparently), but your point is taken; it was the most relevant reference I could think of as a point of approach to performance art that the widest number of people would have. Plus which Baryshnikov was looking good in that SATC story arc.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    loooved Misha in SATC. (hated how they ended with him, dumb, dumb, dumb). But yes, I think Marina Abramovic is pretty much the *only* performance artist out there whose name might be known to the general public. At least, as a snobbish NYCer who only knows her, that's how it seems to me. Artist is Present was 2010, yeah.

  • Kirstini

    Swinton first did this one in 1995, though. It's a retrospective.

  • e jerry powell

    Hmmm. So that would make Abramovic derivative of Swinton...

    TURNABOUT!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    It was derivative in 1995, too.

  • e jerry powell

    True.

    I probably have the dates screwed up, but The House With the Ocean View was 2002 and The Artist is Present was during the 2010 retrospective, right?

    Fortunately, the masochistic pieces were a thing when I was still too young to have much of an appreciation for performance art; I didn't learn about Kipper Kids until "Mondo Beyondo," (thanks again, HBO!) by which time they had basically retired.

  • BendinIntheWind

    I'm not even a huge fan of performance art in general, but I kind of like it. I think the Twitter thing makes it kind of funny, considering that people will be flocking to a museum in droves to watch someone nap.

    If it were anyone else, I'd probably hate it, but Swinton is Teflon.

  • e jerry powell

    No funnier than people lining up to see Julia Roberts in Three Days of Rain at the Jacobs after Patricia Clarkson had done it so much better off-Broadway at MTC.

  • e jerry powell

    If I lie down on top of the box, can I say I was sleeping with Tilda Swinton?

    Because that would be AWESOME. And I'm not kidding.

  • Enrique del Castillo

    Am I the only one worried that we haven't seen Barristan Selmy in any of the GoT trailers? I have seen more of Daario than I needed and none of Barristan and he's the only thing I like about Dany's latter adventures...

    Glad to see that DC finally acknowledges the existence of Batman '66

  • BendinIntheWind

    I have a theory (/hope?) that he's the cloaked figure we catch a glimpse of right at the end of this new trailer. I've been hearing that Strong Belwas won't make it to the show, so I'm hoping Selmy's reveal is extra badass.

    (also, maybe should flag for SPOILERS...?)

  • Koolickle

    Ramsey Bolton is also lacking from the trailers...I have a feeling they are keeping certain characters out of promos purposely since they have some twists in their storylines. Then again, they've taken a lot of liberties with Dany's story so who knows!

  • zyzzyva

    "Winter-Swinton-Batman-War" maybe the best incarnation of Rock-Paper-Scissors ever, if I can just figure out how one would play it...

  • John G.

    Winter beats war (see every European invasion of Russia). Swinton beats Winter (Ice Queen of Narnia). War beats Batman (Seriously? Did you see Dark Knight rises? Only a worthless general would march an army of policemen armed with nothing more than handguns against an enemy armed with tanks) and what beats Swinton? Nothing, because she's fucking amazing.

  • kirbyjay

    Winter freezes Swinton
    Swinton outbats Batman
    Batman's Batman Ray Gun melts Winter
    War is not part of the equation. It is a Winter Swinton Batman "war"

  • zyzzyva

    That just leaves Batman to beat Winter. I suppose only BatNipples would be able to withstand/defeat Mr Freeze.

    And two Swintons? Everyone wins, obviously.

  • chanohack

    Did they even have the handguns?

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