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The perpetually in development Guillermo del Toro took a time out from actually post-production on his giant robot versus monsters movie Pacific Rim to talked to The Huffington Post about his unintentional five year break between movies, the challenges of getting all his recent projects of the ground (including Pacific Rim), and what progress (if any) there is on the proposed Justice League Dark project.

Let’s cue the highlights from the interrogation… er, interview. What’s the deal with all that stuff you’ve been attached to the last several years, Guillermo?

Yeah, but it’s funny: a lot of the attachments that are announced are not real. A lot of them are — I’m not denying it. But a lot of them happen — like, I was attached to Dreamworks three years ago and I’ve worked on four movies.

What’s the deal with it being almost five years since you’ve directed a movie?

No. As a director, true. But, I gave two years of those four years to “The Hobbit” and one year to “At the Mountains of Madness.” And I thought, in both cases, that they were going to be the next movie. You don’t control this.

Fair enough, but we never want you to take such a long break again, deal?

I don’t want to ever go another four more years without directing if I can help it. But, it may happen. I like very much taking those movies serially — and putting a year of pre-production and design and put all the love that is needed. And a thing like “Pacific Rim” is a huge design.

But seriously, how did it feel to get out of pre-production mode and finally get back into the director’s chair?

You know, it’s funny. The first two days of shoots, I prepared those two days more than ever except maybe my first movie. Because I wanted to not have any hitch. So, the first two days of shoots, I was half a day ahead of schedule. I was not rusty, you know? At the end of the movie, we were four days under schedule. And we were severely under budget — we were able to allocate that budget into more of the effects. So it was very important for me to have that movie be a fiscal exercise on my craft as much as an artistic endeavor. I wanted to prove to myself that you don’t get rusty — that you can go right back to the bike and ride it.

And now for the big one, anything new you can tell us about JLD?

It is a probability. But, see, the problem is that a lot of people get a hold of things before they are a reality. Like, for a while, people were talking about the “Dr. Strange” movie. I said, “I’m not involved. At all.” And then they were talking about another movie and two or three times I had to say, “I’m not involved.” In this case, I hope it happens.

We hope it happens too. Obviously, we’ll keep you updated about on every little thing about both Pacific Rim and Justice League Dark.

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If you thought Sesame Street was lame for kicking off Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch, and at the same time making Cookie Monster a ‘healthy eater’ then check out this saucy news brought to us by the Huffington Post. With 1,867 signatures and rising, Lair Scott started a petition to urge the makers of Sesame Street to be open-minded and celebrate New York’s legalization of gay marriage by allowing best friends Bert & Ernie to wed on the popular kids show.

The letter to all those interested or curious about the petition cause reads as follows:

“In this horrific age of LGBT kids taking their own lives, they need to know that they ARE BEAUTIFUL and their lives are worth living. Aside from those that are committing suicide, the bullies that facilitate these tragedies need to learn that homophobia is NOT okay. They need to know that acceptance of their fellow human beings would indeed plant a seed of peace that will reverberate throughout the world. We are not asking that Sesame Street do anything crude or disrespectful by allowing Bert & Ernie to marry. It can be done in a tasteful way. Let us teach tolerance of those that are different. Let Sesame Street and PBS Kids be a big part in saving many worthy lives.”

It may sound crazy, but it has long been rumored and implied that these famous puppets are a hidden representation of a gay couple. Of course the reaction to this petition and its message have been mixed. While some people on the internet (Twitter, FB, and etc.) have encouraged the petition by circulating it, some have scoffed at the accusations that Bert & Ernie are gay, and others are just laughing.

Don’t get me wrong, I have always had a slight gay-dar reading from the two puppet roommates, but  like one twitter user stated if Bert & Ernie are married on the grounds that they ‘live’ together than Batman and Robin should be first in line for marriage. ( sorry, Selina Kyle) Plus, as one of my friends stated, if Bert & Ernie are gay wouldn’t that taint a lot of kids childhood fantasies. I’m not on the fence about this issue, but I would like to know if they did get married could Sesame Street lose its conservative family orientated? They made such a big stink about Katy Perry’s dress being too short while doing an innocent rendition of her song “Hot & Cold“, that it seems kind of impossible that these same people  would let  Bert & Ernie being gay and married be filmed and released to their audience.

If you want to support the cause sign the petition, and put your comments and thoughts about whether you think Bert & Ernie should or shouldn’t get married. Would it ruin your childhood or just salvage whatever is left of the popular kid show?

Mixed reviews have been pouring in after Green Lantern’s release this past Friday, but Alan Grayson, former U.S Congressman for Florida’s 8th District, was moved to quote Green Lantern #76. His quote was meant to support his argument on social injustices, so take a look at the complete text from his Huffington Post blog:

I may never have the chance to talk to George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, or any of the other Masters of the Universe who led and misled our country for eight long years. Nor may I ever have the chance to speak to Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, or any of the other savage right-wing loons who want to finish the job that Bush et al. started. But if I could, I might say:

Me: I’ve been readin’ about you . . . How you work for multinational corporations like Big Oil. . . . And how you say you built all those roads and schools and bridges in some country in Asia. And in some other country in the Middle East someplace you got rid of some dictator. Only there’s one country you never bother with — America! I want to know . . . how come?! Answer me that, Mr. Flag-Waiving Patriot!

Them: I . . . can’t . . . .

Well, I can answer that. For a generation now, we have seen the heartless, callous erosion and destruction of all the things that make you a member of the middle class in America:

A job.

A home.

A car.

The chance to see a doctor when you are sick.

A pension or retirement account.

Social Security and Medicare.

And we’ve seen them replaced by endless war, falling home values, no pensions, lower wages, and now what Karl Marx called a “reserve army of the unemployed” — to keep wages down forever.

Even after only two years in office, as one out of 435 in the House, I can point to a lot of things that I did to preserve, protect and expand the middle class in America, and to help those of us who were falling through the cracks.

I look at our so-called leaders on the other side of the aisle, and I see nothing like that. Only a perverse delight in eliminating programs that help my fellow Americans in need. They’ll lead us, all right — they’ll lead us straight to ruin.

The next time you see one of them — at a town hall meeting, in their plush offices, or just on the street — ask them this: “What have you done to help the people? Answer me that!”

If they’re honest, they’ll say what Green Lantern said: “I can’t.”

Courage,
Alan Grayson

In brightest day,
In blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power: Green Lantern’s Light.

I think the guy is just trying to get attention and is riding off of The Green Lantern’s popularity to get his statement heard. I  think that a white guy using a very racial scene sends the wrong message as it is. He can try to spin it on the social justice side, but  he doesn’t say “American” skins he says “Black” skins.  I would see that as  Jordan being a douchey racist who can’t answer a question when it pins him in an awkward position. So, I give this tirade a 1 1/2 tacos just because it was based on an obviously racist scene. Grayson, look at your material before you use it! What do you think of this very passionate speech? Is it short-sided or does it make a good point?