In Mel Brooks‘ Spaceballs, there’s a scene when Lone Star finally comes across Yogurt (the yoda parody played by Brooks himself) and asks him what the power of the universe is. “Merchandising!” Yogurt replies, and proceeds to show him all the toys and apparel that Spaceballs will be able to sell to children after the movie.
It’s a pretty meta-moment in typical Brooks’ style, but one that spoke to me even as a kid. Because obviously, I wanted every crappy piece of plastic that was stamped with the logo of my favorite films, TV shows, and Sega games.
But they weren’t all terrible. Here were some legitimately awesome movie and TV merchandise that I wish my parents’ had bought for me. More
Here’s acclaimed American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis participating in a Q&A for his new Baby-Sitters Club book. At the discussion, which took place last night in Sydney, Mr. Ellis fielded questions on the BSC project, which marks his first attempt at writing young adult fiction. He said, half-joking, “That’s where the money is.” More
…and Mary-Anne had been talking for about 10 minutes before I stopped totally zoning out, just trying to mellow really on the B-side of this new Beach Boy album. There is nothing more depressing than coming home after last bell at StoneyBrook High, trying to get my room in order for the Baby-Sitters’ Club meeting, and then realizing that you really don’t even give a shit anymore. Like, sorry that you have diabetes Stacey, but do we have to spend half the afternoon discussing it? More
It’s been quite a while since we’ve heard from Ann Martin, who wrote the beloved Babysitter’s Club series about an eclectic group of girlfriends from artsy Claudia to bossy Kristy to laid-back Dawn (our fave). They were normal girls, just … More