There are so many Moffat quotes floating around Tumblr that the new parody blog Moffat Says managed to slip in under the radar. Every quote on Moffat Says is utterly fake, but much like with articles from the Onion, a small proportion of readers are quick to fall for the joke and believe the content is true.
Just take a look at these Moffat soundbites. Which are from real publicity interviews, and which are Tumblr satire?
On the casting of Karen Gillen as Amy Pond in Doctor Who:
"I thought, ‘Well, she’s really good. It’s just a shame she’s so wee and dumpy.’ … When she was about to come through to the auditions I nipped out for a minute and I saw Karen walking on the corridor towards me and I realised she was 5’11, slim and gorgeous, and I thought, ‘Oh, oh, that’ll probably work.’”
“The world is vastly counted in favour of men at every level—except if you live in a civilised country and you’re sort of educated and middle-class, because then you’re almost certainly junior in your relationship and in a state of permanent, crippled apology. Your preferences are routinely mocked. There’s a huge, unfortunate lack of respect for anything male.”
On the difficulties of writing female characters:
“There’s this issue you’re not allowed to discuss: that women are needy. Men can go for longer, more happily, without women. That’s the truth. We don’t, as little boys, play at being married—we try to avoid it for as long as possible. Meanwhile women are out there hunting for husbands.”
Actually, that one was a trick question. All four of those are genuine Moffat. The real deal. [READ MORE]
So far, the marketing tie-ins for the Hunger Games franchise have included songs from Arcade Fire, Taylor Swift, and Coldplay, and a whole fashion magazine dedicated to the movie’s opulent costumes. It’s certainly a lot more impressive than your run-of-the-mill viral marketing campaign.
Unfortunately, some of these ploys are starting to seem a lot like a case of life imitating art. And when your source material is a dystopian story about oppression and child murder, that’s probably something you want to avoid.
For example, it already seemed slightly ironic that unpaid teenagers were helping to drive the early social media campaigns, but then came the official product endorsements from weirdly inappropriate corporations like CoverGirl makeup, and… Subway.
The Hunger Games films are filled with beautiful costumes, hair and makeup, with many of the main characters decked out in gorgeous outfits inspired by designers like Alexander McQueen, but all this glamor is purposefully symbolic of a shallow and wasteful society that gives impoverished teenagers a makeover before sending them to their death. For a series that so heavily emphasizes the dangers of consumerism and vanity, it’s pretty ironic to have so many major public endorsement deals in the first place. CoverGirl’s makeup line (which “celebrates” the 12 Districts that work to support the super-rich Capitol) is basically the equivalent of a Star Wars marketing campaign inviting fans to join the Empire as an entry-level Stormtrooper. [READ MORE]
Sometime between the beginning of the Avengers press junket in 2012 and the release of Thor: The Dark World this Fall, someone at Marvel realised that Tom Hiddleston will do seemingly anything in the name of publicizing his movies. This is why we now have not just one, but multipleYouTube clips of him dancing for rooms full of screaming fans. And a TV commercial where he hangs out with elementary school kids while dressed as Loki. Not to mention all the hilariously accurate impressions he can do of his fellow Avengers actors.
In South Korea, he filmed a TV segment that was essentially just him taking the interviewer, a K-Pop star named Tiffany, on a date straight out of a romance movie. Even heterosexual male journalists somehow find themselves being rowed down a river by Tom Hiddleston instead of doing a normal interview, and inevitably succumb to writing about how dreamy he is.
Hiddleston’s career trajectory right now is verging on the surreal. He could have his pick of roles, but his next movie is a straight-to-DVD Disney spinoff cartoon about Tinkerbell. He’s voicing a young Captain Hook. No one’s really sure if this is something he signed up for before he got famous or if he just really wanted to be in a straight-to-DVD Disney movie about Tinkerbell. It could go either way. After all, he’s already appeared on camera with Miss Piggy and the Cookie Monster, and has a cameo in the next Muppets movie. [READ MORE]
Filk, fandom’s own musical genre, has been around for decades. Usually defined as folk music inspired by sci-fi or fantasy fiction, until recently it was the dominant type of music in fan culture.
Then Myspace came along, and with it came Harry and the Potters, and a whole new generation of fandom musicians who could record whole albums on their laptops and form bands with people they’d never met in real life.
However, most of her songs are completely original. Aside from a handful of other Top 40 adaptations (Taylor Swift/Star Trek, anyone?) she’s written three albums of her own fandom-themed music. Two are inspired bySupernatural, and the third is a Hannibal album titled “EAT THE RUDE.” [READ MORE]