Disney bows down to BRAVE fans

This astute blog post from a media studies professor shares an update on the Princess Merida brouhaha: Disney has pulled the 2D image of the new version of the doll from their website. The Christian Science Monitor weighed in with a piece that went directly to the source, asking a seven year old fan which version she preferred. No surprise, the sexed-up Merida drew forth an unqualified “Yuck!” Read more

BRAVE New World? Sigh. Nope, Same Old Sexist One.

As some of you are already aware, I loved BRAVE. But with every Disney movie eventually comes a line of toys, and there’s already been some controversy with the planned release of a Princess Merida doll that is being referred to as a sexed-up version of the tomboyish character. Read more

Interview with Arana Fireheart, featured on WIFE SWAP

Tonight’s episode of WIFE SWAP features a pagan family living in Salem, Massachusetts. I happen to be acquainted with Arana Fireheart, husband of tonight’s pagan mom Karina Fireheart, and asked if he’d answer a few qustions about what it’s like to “represent” the pagan community on TV. Read more

Pagan Media News, Samhain Edition! (Part Two)

Pagan Media News for the Samhain season: Chris Carter, Gus Van Sant, American Horror Story, Hunger Games, and more. Read more

Pagan Media News, Samhain Edition! (Part One)

There’s plenty of interesting and exciting media news this Samhain season. Perhaps most interesting is that Samhain itself, or Hallowe’en, is not being covered quite so fervishly in the news as it has been in recent years. Why? Are we finally become part of the culture and no longer “special”? Was our brief tournee as media darlings enough to make us boring? Or is there something sinister afoot? Hmmm. But despite that, I have seen a few interesting news stories,… Read more

Pagan Pride Day NYC

Hello readers! I’ve been remiss in posting for a while, owing to starting a new job on top of my already full schedule of teaching and my cottage industries. I hope to be able to post more regularly once my landscaping business goes dormant for the season. It’s great to be busy though! Just wanted to give you a heads up and let you know I will be speaking at Pagan Pride Day in New York City this Saturday September… Read more

Witchy Media Notes (Blue Moon Edition)

As we get ready to leave August and enter September, that “back to school” feeling is of course being enhanced by all of the hype around the coming presidential election, as well as some powerful astrological activity that’s been brewing for weeks. Today is also a Blue Moon, or the second full moon in a calendar month: a fairly rare occurrence and one believed by some to be potent and magical. There are a few developments in media-related news this… Read more

PARANORMAN Review (We Have Met the Bully, and She is Us)

Norman is a lonely small town kid who seems normal in every way, except for the fact that he sees dead people. Oh, wait that was another movie. No, this one is about a kid who is bullied and has no real friends but ends up becoming a hero to his whole town. No, wait, that was that other movie. Anyway, Norman’s mom and dad and snotty teenage sister just roll their eyes when they hear Norman taking to his… Read more

Trailers for Paranorman

I’ve been loving all the trailers for Paranorman. Most of them try to give the classic “go see this quirky coming of age movie that will be great for kids and grown ups alike” kind of vibe. Then there’s this Olympic themed one. I particularly like this one with the mumbling zombie (with subtitles), known simply as “Movie Guy.”   Geez, I really am looking forward to this. Negative premature reviews be damned! I have not read any of them… Read more

New Releases and Premieres: PL3, Kill List and Paranorman

This week sees the release of a number of DVDs that many pagans and pagan-friendly folks will want to have in their collection. Most significant is the release of the Oscar-nominated documentary film Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory. This third film in a trilogy ties up the story of the West Memphis Three, although it did not intend to do so (hence the title. suggesting an unsure outcome). The film’s premiere at the prestigious Toronto film festival was a version that… Read more


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