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This Week in Fandom, Volume 112

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s round up of things which are happening! Before we get started, did you see that the new His Dark Materials TV show has cast its Will? What do you think of the choice? Are you as excited for the series as we are? Let us know in the comments!


One series that doesn’t seem to be shining lately is the current X-Men movie franchise. The latest and apparently final title in the current run, X Men: Dark Phoenix, took less money on its opening weekend than any of its predecessors; Deadline suggested that the movie is likely to lose over $100m. Reviewers for Variety, Empire, and NBC praised Dark Phoenix for its nuanced relationship dynamics and exploration of female power; but the overall critical reception has been lukewarm, with other commentators labeling Simon Kinberg’s movie ‘forgettable’ and ‘minor-league’. One particularly derisive article on Vulture gets a good deal of (spoilerific!) comic mileage out of one of the film’s key action sequences, which involves a lot of effort on the part of the X-Men to make a very short journey indeed. As most of the reviewers note, Dark Phoenix’s underperformance doesn’t much matter. The whole franchise is likely to be rebooted by Disney as they integrate the X-Men into the wider MCU.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 63

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have you been taking part in the celebrations for the OTW’s 10th anniversary? If not, here are some links for things you may have missed so far: Transcripts for live chats with Lev Grossman, Christina Lauren & Catherine Roach, and Seanan McGuire & Martha Wells, plus a guest post from Henry Jenkins. That’s not all we’ve been up to, though, so go poke around our news posts for more!


There’s been a victory for fair use and parody in the US recently. As The New York Times reports, the Off-Broadway production Who’s Holiday!, was recently ruled as acceptable by a federal judge. The play parodies the cheerful nature of the Dr. Seuss story How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by creating a version where “Cindy Lou Who is all grown up. She is now a hard-drinking, prescription-drug-abusing middle-aged woman who lives in a trailer park and served time in prison for killing her husband, the Grinch.” While Dr. Seuss Enterprises initially issued cease-and-desist letters, the playwright, Matthew Lombardo, fought back in court and ultimately won. Mr. Lombardo now plans to stage the play this November. Read More

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 20

Fans around the world have been celebrating the 2016 Olympic Summer Games, held in Rio, Brazil. The opening ceremonies on August 5th were an epic spectacle that left many people wide-eyed and revved up for some top-tier athletics. Some were also quite impressed by Pita Taufatotua, the flag bearer for the Pacific island nation of Tonga.

Since the opening ceremonies, though, the focus has turned to the sporting events and the athletes’ accomplishments. Medals are being won, records are being set, and a sense of pride is being felt world-wide.

Check out the current medal count on the Games’ official site.

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