Excuse me? Fox, the killer of Firefly (and so many good series), is now complaining that the fanbase who made it a cult is hassling the same fans because those fans made it possible for them to sell the licensing of a niche object of a dead series… which someone would only think of doing or wanting because the etsy knit artists already did it and thus created a market for it? (No exec would say: you know what we should sell from the sci-fi series? Ugly hats.) That is the most gorram unshiny thing I’ve ever heard. No Browncoat or Etsy artist should comply with this stupid, indefensible (legal or otherwise) nonsense. Fox and their bullies can just go 跟猴子比丟屎 ・ Gun HOE-tze bee DIO-se. See translation here.
Looks like Fox is continuing to stir up trouble among the Browncoats. For years fans have happily donned their knitted tributes to Joss Whedon’s falled series, the Jayne Hat. It’s possibly the most popular piece of convention-goer flair. But it looks like it’s about to get a lot harder to get a homemade Jayne hat, because Fox is attempting to shut down all rogue hat makers.
According to Whedonesque, Fox has been sending out cease-and-desist letters or just outright demanding Etsy ban any non-sanctioned Jayne hats. This is after almost a decade of not giving a crap about any of this.
Recently, Ripple Junction has licensed the fan apparel and obtained the rights to mass-produce the product. And in return, Fox is shutting down all the mom and pop Jayne hat makers. Which is ridiculous because the very point of a Jayne hat is to own a mangled handmade orange monstrosity that warms your noggin, not something churned out on an assembly line. But now that Fox has sold the licence, they now have to shake down Etsy members who are lovingly knitting their Firefly memorabilia.
This doesn’t mean you can’t make your own Jayne top, but you just can’t sell it online. Blastrreached out to both Ripple Junction and Think Geek (where the licensed hats are sold) and both companies denied involvement in the shuttering of homespun Jayne Hats.
Biff! Bam! Pop! Here’s three cheers to the celluloid beauties who still go POW! after all these years. Wong Fu and his lovely band of drag queens may love Julie Newmar but Eartha Kitt will always be THE Catwoman. In addition to having purr-fect voice for the role, the slinky wildcat got her tail caught in the proverbial rocking chair of then First Lady, Ladybird Johnson, by using an official (fan) luncheon as an opportunity to criticize Mrs. Johnson’s husband’s policy on the Vietnam War. Ms. Kitt said:
“You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot… The children of America are not rebelling for no reason. They are not hippies for no reason at all. We don’t have what we have on Sunset Blvd. for no reason. They are rebelling against something. There are so many things burning the people of this country, particularly mothers. They feel they are going to raise sons — and I know what it’s like, and you have children of your own, Mrs. Johnson — we raise children and send them to war.”
As if she wasn’t sexy enough. Good politics make this writer wobbly in the knees. (An underrated superpower). What follows is the article we found at “Lost Pin-ups.” Click for more on Eartha Kitt, Lee Meriwether and other catwomen in art, film and mythology.
While they’re not exactly pinups, technically, we’re quite sure the lovely ladies of the Batman franchise have graced the walls of many a gentleman over the last 7 decades. With this weekend’s release of the final installment of the Christopher Nolan film series, “The Dark Knight Rises,” Catwoman is on our minds. Anne Hathaway is the latest to portray the feline fatale Selina Kyle, and rumor has it she does a fantastic job.
We decided to do a little retrospective of the catwomen over time. Who was your favorite?
Julie Newmar – 1960s television show
Lee Meriwether – 1966 film
Eartha Kitt – television series’ final season
Michelle Pfeiffer – 1992 film
Halle Berry – 2005 film
Anne Hathaway -2012 film
Update – as a Lost Pinup reader, Jason, pointed out, Alicia Silverstone also played a sassy femme fatale in the Batman franchise. She was not catwoman, however, but the flightier “Batgirl,” in the 1997 Joel Schumacher film. She’s got a great costume, though, so we’ll throw her in for good measure!