Will JLaw get her own Mystique franchise? If ‘X-Men’ creators are smart, they’ll make it happen

April 14

Everyone’s favorite blue heroine who’s not an Avatar, Mystique, may get her own franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence. (Alan Markfield/Twentieth Century Fox)

“Wolverine may have been the catalyst, but we all know when these two get together explosive and strange things start happening.”

— Jess Gilley at technologytell.com reacts to reports that Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique may get her own “X-Men” spinoff. “There’s so much more opportunity if you were to follow her solo,” “X-Men: First Class” writer-producer Simon Kinberg told Entertainment Weekly last week.

 

“Saudis in large numbers are discovering the thrill of a little sidekick-sidekick bunny-hop: the penguin dance – a perky conga-line of bounces and kicks that landed in the kingdom from out of nowhere late last year.”

— Ellen Knickmeyer at blogs.wsj.com points out a new online video craze sweeping “school playgrounds, wedding parties and rug-draped living rooms of Saudi Arabia.” While we take bizarre viral videos for granted, they’re not quite as common under strict religious law and tradition in the Middle East.

 

“Can ‘The Graduate’ please be this season’s ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ in terms of recurring themes/references tossed in to generate fan conspiracy theories?”

— Commenter BambooLounge at vulture.com reacts to Sunday night’s season 7 premiere of “Mad Men.” Viewers caught up with Don Draper disembarking at LAX in a scene reminiscent of 1967’s “The Graduate,” throwing a new bone to everyone trying to figure out the series’ endgame. Slate has a helpful comparison of the two sequences, along with Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown,” which opens with a similar homage.

 

“A word to any Hollywood screenwriters working on a scene where old cops go back to high school disguised as implausibly believable students — put those characters at a mall and real teenagers will know you don’t know what’s cool these days.”

— Mary Beth Quirk at consumerist.com interprets a new study on teenagers’ behaviors. Notable findings include a 30 percent decline in teens’ annual trips to the mall between 2007 and 2014, and for the first time, that youngsters are spending more money on food and events than clothing.

 

“The Orioles debuted the tasty new celebration on opening day with an orange cream pie.”

— Scott Allen at washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog reports on the Orioles’ switch from shaving cream pies to the less eye-burning real deal supplied this season by Dangerously Delicious Pies for their post-game tradition. On Saturday night, Adam Jones, right, pied David Lough, left, after the outfielder singled home Steve Lombardozzi in the bottom of the 12th inning.

 

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