23. melbourne, australia.
i blog about comics, art, ridiculous tv shows, body confidence and the terrible lack of puppies in my life. art is usually posted under the tags SOUFEX DRAWS but older stuff and wips are sketches, doodles or by fandom. (:
Iron Man 3 news and rumors:
- Iron Man 3 will be co-produced by Chinese production company DMG Entertainment. Parts of the film will be shot in China in the late summer. (Source: New York Times).
- In light of the partnership with DMG, Disney announced that the film will “add Chinese elements and a Chinese story” in the narrative. (Source: CBS News).
- A casting call, which occurred last Saturday in North Carolina, states the following: “ALL TYPES, ALL AGES & ALL ETHNIC DESCENTS ARE NEEDED. In addition there is a special need for those of Chinese as well as Middle Eastern descents. Production will also be in need of business types with luxury vehicles.” (Source: Marvel Freshman).
- Ben Kingsley remains in final talks to play a major role, assumed to be the film villain. (Source: Slash Film).
MANDARIN ? OR MADRIPOOOOOOR I AM FULL OF CURIOUS tho awks because ben kingsley is gujrati, not chinese BUT YAY FOR INTENDED CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN EXTRAS~~
TRIGGER WARNING: rape and violence against women
Libyan woman is brutally silenced after accusing Gaddafi’s forces of rape, via Guardian:
It was just another breakfast time at Tripoli’s smart Rixos Al Nasr hotel, sleepy foreign journalists helping themselves to cereals, rolls and terrible coffee in the restaurant, looking out over a neat garden unusual in the dour capital city.
But the Groundhog Day conversations – more overnight coalition air strikes against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, rebel advances in the east, how to escape the minders – were suddenly interrupted when a distraught woman burst in to describe how she had been repeatedly raped by government militiamen.
Iman al-Obeidi was quickly manhandled and arrested by security officials – an extraordinary spectacle for the journalists staying in the luxurious hotel-cum-media centre, hemmed in by severe restrictions on their movements and fed barely credible information.
The scene – filmed by several of those present – unfolded when Obeidi entered the Ocaliptus dining room and lifted up her abaya (dress) to show a slash and bruises on her right leg. “Look what Gaddafi’s men have done to me,” she screamed. “Look what they did, they violated my honour.”
Distraught and weeping, she was surrounded by reporters and cameramen. Libyan minders pushed and lashed out at the journalists, one of them drawing a gun, another smashing a CNN camera. Two waitresses grabbed knives and threatened Obeidi, calling her “a traitor to Gaddafi”.
Obeidi said she had been arrested at a checkpoint in the capital because she is from Benghazi, stronghold of the anti-Gaddafi rebellion in the east. “They swore at me and they filmed me. I was alone. There was whisky. I was tied up. They peed on me.” She said she had been raped by 15 men and held for two days.
Obeidi was frogmarched, struggling, into the lobby and driven away, shouting: “They say they are taking me to hospital but they are taking me to jail.” Minders again tried to stop journalists taking pictures. It was impossible to verify her account. Musa Ibrahim, a government spokesman, said he had been told Obeidi, apparently in her 30s, was drunk and suffered from “mental problems”.
oh my god
just….how scary must it be to be a woman in this part of the world
everyone needs to know about this.