Monday, March 12, 2012

Link roundup

1. Wikipedia's list of the gangs of New York circa the late 1800s. Kate Beaton says:

Check out that Mandelbaum Gang, that . . . looks like it was made up entirely of grandmas.
Also strong is the Yiddish Black Hand, which specialized in horses and seltzer.

2. Has there been a John Carter postmortem that didn't blame Andrew Stanton?:
Vulture has learned that it was in fact John Carter director Andrew Stanton — powerful enough from his Pixar hits that he could demand creative control over trailers — who commandeered the early campaign, overriding the Disney marketing execs who begged him to go in a different direction. “This is one of the worst marketing campaigns in the history of movies,” a former studio marketing chief told Vulture before the film opened. “It’s almost as if they went out of their way to not make us care.”
3. io9 raves about Joss Whedon's The Cabin in the Woods.