Friday, July 29, 2011

Yamato nadeshiko – Ideal Womanhood and Manga

Check out this fascinating article By N.K. Jenisin

"One of my favorite manga is a shoujo (girls’) comedy serial called Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge (YNS), sold in the US as The Wallflower. Now, the Japanese title has a more complex meaning than a phrase like “the wallflower” can encompass, in part because it’s referencing a phrase that’s fairly esoteric to Japanese culture — the idea of quintessential Japanese womanhood, or the yamato nadeshiko spirit. But the story itself is fairly simple: four hot guys are offered the chance by an eccentric millionaire to live in a stunning mansion, rent-free — but in exchange, they have to transform her ugly-duckling niece Sunako into a “real lady”."

Architect Barbie Dream House

The AIA received nearly 30 submissions for the AIA Barbie® Dream House™ Design Competition. The AIA and its panel of jurors have selected their finalists, with input from Mattel’s own team of Barbie® experts. Now it’s your turn to help select the winning design. While the submissions/winning design will not be produced by Mattel, it’s still a fun way to play and engage with Barbie® I Can Be™... Architect regardless of your age.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bridesmaids now the #1 R rated female comedy of all time

Universal’s sleeper hit Bridesmaids has become the top R-rated female comedy of all time, surpassing Sex and the City.

Bridesmaids should end Monday -- the July 4th holiday -- with a domestic total of $153.7 million.

Universal touted other milestones, saying Bridesmaids is now the studio’s biggest romantic comedy ever, as well as the seventh best romantic comedy of all time, according to tracking service Cinesys. Bridesmaids isn't a traditional romantic comedy, although the girl gets the boy in the end.

Please can we have fewer shoe jokes now? I will also accept better shoe jokes.