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The CW orders Hunger Games-style pilot, but girlier

The CW has ordered a pilot based on a forthcoming series of YA novels by Kierra Cass. The Selection is a cross between The Hunger Games and Disney Princesses. No, really, it is.

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America Singer is one of 35 girls chosen by lottery to compete for a prize that will lift her out of her less than life and put her in the path of a prince. She’s already in love with her hometown boyfriend, but as she gets to know the prince, she realizes she may not be as into townie boy as she thought. A little Princess Jasmine being rescued from a predetermined life path, a touch of Belle softening to the Beast the longer she lives in the castle, and a dash of Katniss Everdeen running through the forest with her legs on fire, The Selection has something for us all. Read More

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Everything at Downton is Yours

You can own the clothes

If you go for the full Lady Mary, you’re going to look like a freak in the streets and an assassin between the sheets. Or maybe just a freak. Especially if you sport Lady Sophia’s harem pants and coronet (We’re really all for harem pants here at Giraffe et al., but tonight we’re just not buying whatever Lady Sophia is selling.)

But you CAN party like it’s 1909 with a few key pieces added to your wardrobe, says Rachel Elbaum of Today. Lace-up boots with a small heel, a cloche hat, or a buttoned up cropped jacket are all perfectly reasonable clothing pieces that will allow you to live the fashion of Downton Abbey without setting off the crazy alarms. Read More

Wednesday Afternoon Anime

That Was a Joke

Darker Than Black, created, directed, and written by Tensai Okamura and animated by Bones, is set in an alternate Japan that exists on the edge of a no-man’s land called Hell’s Gate. Hell’s Gate appeared about ten years prior to the beginning of the series, and with it’s sudden, mysterious, and chaotic arrival, some humans began displaying special abilities. These superhumans are called called contractors, and they are segmented in society, neither acknowledged by the public nor given full rights as humans. Much of the conflict stems from the efforts of humans to control and even eliminate the contractors.

Marginalized as they are, contractors have to look for alternate ways to make ends meet, and that’s where much of the story happens. Hei, the main character, and most of his cohort work for a variety of shadowy organizations, some legal, some not, doing all sorts of things that are often very much illegal. Hei and his partners are employees of a Chinese crime syndicate, but that doesn’t make anyone around them more noble. It’s hardly surprising that Hei, the conflicted criminal, often seems the best of them all.

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Jumping is my superpower

THE Avatar??

When the Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender ended in 2008, fans began to look forward to the Last Airbender movie. For casting, script, and production reasons, the movie proved a major disappointment, but fans have remained hopeful that the forthcoming followup series, The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra, will revive their beloved show without trampling all over the original they knew so well.

Jump, jump, for my love…

How Come Killin’ Us Didn’t Make Us Dead?

The online Baccano! description, “the exploits of a group of immortal 18th-century alchemists currently living their lives as Prohibition-era gangsters,” didn’t prepare me for the 16 episodes, directed by Takahiro Omori, that I was about to power down. As each episode ended, I felt my hand couldn’t move quickly enough to grab the remote and start the next one. Italian for “ruckus,” Baccano! is an apt title for this series of seemingly unrelated characters thrown together repeatedly with a heavy jazz soundtrack backing it up.
Geronimo…