Middle X: Kitty Pryde

I don’t really have a backstory in mind for Kitty here, so I’ll leave that as an exercise for the reader…

Enter a world where the X-Men have quietly retired from their years of superheroing. It’s a world where they settled down in the suburbs and lived to ripe old ages.

We look in on them as they hit their 40s. They are, perhaps, soccer moms and dance dads and who knows what else.

Number 4 is… Kitty Pryde. Shadowcat. Sprite. Ex-girlfriend to every X-Man character the current writer felt it convenient for her to date. Also, a hardware hacker, a ninja, pals with a ninja, and an awesome fighter, tactician, and thinker.

middlex_kitty_pryde_web

Middle X: Dazzler

Enter a world where the X-Men have quietly retired from their years of superheroing. It’s a world where they settled down in the suburbs and lived to ripe old ages.

We look in on them as they hit their 40s. They are, perhaps, soccer moms and dance dads and who knows what else.

Number 3 in a series. Here’s…. Dazzler! She’s the kind who drops the kids off at school in the morning and heads straight to the gym. Or yoga class.

Middle X: Dazzler

Middle X: Cecilia Reyes

Enter a world where the X-Men have quietly retired from their years of superheroing. It’s a world where they settled down in the suburbs and lived to ripe old ages.

We look in on them as they hit their 40s. They are, perhaps, soccer moms and dance dads and who knows what else.

Number 2 in a series. Here’s…. Dr. Cecilia Reyes. After a brief and tumultuous turn with the X-Men in the 90s, she retired from the mutant scene and returned to the medical scene. Today, she’s an administrator at a hospital back in her hometown or, er, wherever she came from. It’s a cleaner living.

Middle X: Dr. Cecilia Reyes

Middle X: Psylocke

Enter a world where the X-Men have quietly retired from their years of superheroing. It’s a world where they settled down in the suburbs and lived to ripe old ages.

We look in on them as they hit their 40s. They are, perhaps, soccer moms and dance dads and who knows what else.

Number 1 in a series. Here’s…. Psylocke:

Psylocke in her 40s

Zoolander No. 2

So, I had a little adventure two nights back.

I was in the vicinity of Lincoln Center, NYC and had about three hours to kill. My plan was to walk up a block to where the movie theater was and catch whatever was showing in the time I had available.

But as I started my walk, a bigger spectacle awaited me:

Zoolander 2 premiere on the street
The Zoolander No. 2 premiere was being held at one of the halls at Lincoln Center, which was once the center of Fashion Week, as I understand it. So they set up a runway in the street. Boxed in by glass and filled with a media gauntlet, the stars were showing up, one by one, to make the walk.

(I later learned that earlier they had left the whole thing open to do a fake runway fashion show in character. I missed that.)

I stood amongst the crowd of gawkers across the street, about twenty feet away, watching through the glass as the Hollywood celebs did their thing. First, there was the photographers’ section, then they’d walk across to the dude from Entertainment Tonight, then be passed to at least two other media outlets that I saw conducting interviews. One was recording all their video on their cellphone. Might be an on-line outfit, maybe?

I didn’t recognize half the people, and judging by the conversations I heard around me, a lot of people didn’t know either, but thought they did.

Ben Stiller was obvious, though, and the cries of, "He’s so short!" rang out multiple times.

Ben Stiller being interviewed

SNL made a strong showing, with Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell being present. There might have been more, but I haven’t watched that show in 20 years now…

Will Ferrell being interviewed by Entertainment Tonight’s Smiley Guy:

Will Ferrell being interviewed on Entertainment a Tonight

Fashion icon Anna Wintour was even present. (I didn’t get a picture. She kept moving.)

The loudest cheer went up for, of all people, Jennifer Aniston. Go figure. Look carefully and you might see her face here between all the photographers’ shoulders:

Jennifer Aniston on the purple carpet

(And, yes, traffic was still streaming past us in the two open lanes of traffic.)

I stood around watching this for about a half hour before going to the movie theater a block up to catch a showing of "The Big Short," which is an amazing movie.

Across the hall from where my movie was, there was a theater blocked out for a "private event." A line of people outside the building were waiting to see "Zoolander No. 2". (I saw a sign for that at the door.) I think those two things are related.

What I learned: The iPhone camera is awesome, but trying to take shots from that far away under those circumstances is trying, at best. With a weather threat of snow in the air, I almost brought my real camera with me into the city that night to take pics of the city in the snow. But it didn’t. And I didn’t bring the camera, anyway. If I had, I might have much better pictures to show you today. Maybe. In the interests of travelling light, I had planned to only bring my wide angle lens, not the 85mm that would be helpful in that situation.

But it was an interesting experience, and an unexpected one.

Update: it would seem that Leonard Maltin really really didn’t like the movie, for all the same reasons I had no interest in seeing it in the first place.

Nintendo Bookshelf

My daughter’s bookcase is falling apart. The sides must have widened a little and the bookshelves are now detached and resting on the tallest books below them.

It looks like a level of Donkey Kong to me now.

crooked bookcase

Hurray for Hollywood

Hollywood is an amazing place for creating new ideas. Modern, fresh visions are the bedrock on which the movie and television industry are built.

That being said, are you more looking forward to "MacGyver: The Movie" or "MacGyver: The TV Series"?

Either way, "MacGyver" is a STEM series, so I’m placing my bets on a woman playing the title role in whichever version makes it to an audience. Bonus points she’s not white or Asian.