Film Oddity: Send Your Kids to Hunger Games Camp!; Is this The Sapphires DVD cover racist and sexist?; Movie Fans in Japan Obliterate Royal Baby News on Twitter, Japan Braces for the Curse of Ghibli

Posted: August 7, 2013 in Movies

Send Your Kids to Hunger Games Camp!

Items available for the taking in the Cornucopia at Country Day School’s Hunger Games event in Largo. Taken from the Hunger Games books and movie the Cornucopia is where the tributes launch into the “arena” to gather items that could help the tributes compete in the games. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Tampa Bay Times

Items available for the taking in the Cornucopia at Country Day School’s Hunger Games event in Largo. Taken from the Hunger Games books and movie the Cornucopia is where the tributes launch into the “arena” to gather items that could help the tributes compete in the games. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Tampa Bay Times

For those parents who really want to get rid of their kids for more than a summer, a Largo Florida Country Day School, recently hosted a week long Hunger Games themed summer camp.  Sure the weapons are of the spongy nerf, super soaker, gently soft pliable plastic variety and the killing is done by removing a touch football flag, but that didn’t stop the little ones from talking murder.  “I will probably kill you first,” a  12 year old Julianna  is quoted as saying in a Tampa Bay Times article to her bff Riley.   “I might stab you.”,  obviously thinking about her future options in the cut throat business world.   After a few days the tykes were getting way too eager to off each other, so a rule change was instituted: instead of killing each other they would collect lives represented by multiples flags– the one who collected the most lives would be the winner.   It was intended to be a team building exercise, noted one of the counselors, Lindsey Gillette.  Mass murder was not an effect they were thinking of.    

Is this The Sapphires DVD cover racist and sexist?

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Anchor Bay

Is the cover art for the U.S. version of “The Sapphires” DVD racist?  The Sapphires, an all-Aboriginal Australian girl group that entertained troops in Vietnam in the 1960s,  are the stars of the film, but Chris O’Dowd, who plays their manager is front and center on the DVD cover.  The blue hue  makes the foursome (played by Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, and Miranda Tapsell) look like O’Dowd’s backup singer, and O’Dowd is the only actor billed in the artwork.  The movie documents how the Sapphires frequently encountered racism and sexism on their road to stardom.  Several Australian news agencies are reporting that one of the original singers on whom the movie is based  (and the mother of the movie’s screenwriter) wrote a letter of complaint to the NAACP, while a Change.org petition asking DVD distributor Anchor Bay Entertainment to alter the image has received more than 10,000 signatures.    In a tweet he later deleted, O’Dowd described the image as “ridiculous, it’s misleading, it’s ill-judged, insensitive and everything the film wasn’t.”  In response to the uproar, Anchor Bay issued a statement saying the company “regrets any unintentional upset” the image has caused.   The company added that “new cover art is being considered for future replenishment orders.”

(This is a truncated version of an original article on Moviefone.com posted by Katie Roberts.)

Movie Fans in Japan Obliterate Royal Baby News on Twitter.

Japan Braces for the Curse of Ghibli.

(Photo: Everett/Getty/Twitter)

Japanese television viewers set a world record on Friday when they tweeted 143,199 times in one second (with the hashtag “balus“), more tweets than even the Royal Baby.   Hayao Miyazaki‘s 1986 classic anime adventure Castle in the Sky was being aired and viewers by chanting or tweeting the word “balus” when prompted can help out the characters.  Miyazaki has a huge and dedicated following in Japan and every few weeks when the Nippon Television Network shows one of his films the Nissei and other Japanese financial markets get subjected to what is known as the Curse of Ghibli (named after Miyazaki’s film studio).   The 24 times since 2010 that Nippon has shown a Miyazaki movie on Friday night, on Monday morning the value of the dollar relative to the yen has dropped 75 percent of the time, and there’s a 50/50 chance Japanese stocks take a tumble.  As for why it happens — no one seems to really know.

(Based on an article posted by Mark Deming on Yahoo Movie Talk)

 

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