This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom, Volume 143

Hello and welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things that are happening! As we start to get into the rhythm of life at home, we’ve managed to pull together a fairly tasty update for you with some highlights from around the web. First up, did you see John Krasinski’s Some Good News this week, and the surprise he organised for 9-year-old Hamilton fan Aubrey? As Krasinski says, ‘If you can’t get to Hamilton, bring Hamilton to you.’ Have you seen any other good celeb home broadcasts this week? Feel free to share them in the comments!

On this week, Ryan Britt talks to Star Trek: Picard showrunner Michael Chabon (warning: the article contains some spoilers) about his decision to make himself approachable to fans, regularly taking questions via Instagram in a move which effectively cuts out the media middleman. As Britt identifies, Chabon isn’t the only creator taking a similar tack: Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, of The Witcher, and Rafe Judkins of the new Wheel of Time TV series also take conspicuous pleasure in engaging directly with the fandoms for their respective shows. ‘I did it to connect to the people who love it. That was the motivation’, Chabon says. We’re definitely always happy to see people make time and space for fans, although we’re not totally sure this is quite the ‘brave new trend’ that Britt suggests. Joss Whedon was notorious for haunting Buffy fan spaces back in the day! Read More

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 135

Hello and welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things that are happening. We have a varied bunch of news items for you this week but first, have you taken a look at the OTW’s International Fanworks Day activities? IFD is coming up on Saturday 15th and we have an #IFDrabble challenge running right now. We’d love for you to get involved!

The big news across the entertainment industry this week was, of course, the Oscars ceremony, held in Los Angeles on February 10. Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite became the first foreign-language film to win the Best Picture award and picked up three other statuettes in the process, giving the director the opportunity to indulge in a little Oscar/Oscar shipping. We love to see it.

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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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