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#WheresGamora: Fans ask about lack of Gamora in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' merch

Meet the Guardians of the Galaxy: Gamora

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Video of Zoe Saldana as Gamora in "Guardians of the Galaxy."

"Guardians of the Galaxy" stormed multiplexes with its Star Warsian vibe, but if you want to pick up some merch, there's a little less of it if you're a fan of the film's female lead Gamora.

Writer Amy Ratcliffe wrote about the discrepancy earlier this week and encouraged people to tweet about it with the hashtag #WheresGamora. She noted that Gamora didn't have as much solo merchandise, but found it more disturbing that she was left off of items featuring the entire Guardians team.

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She specifically cited a men's T-shirt spotted at Downtown Disney that features five columns with several images in each... but doubling-up on the male characters rather than dropping any Gamora in there. (But wait, how exactly are Groot's tree-people gendered?) That T-shirt also isn't the only one:


Kodak makes a deal with Hollywood studios to keep making motion-picture film

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Motion-picture film.

A deal has been reached to keep the Kodak film company in business through the downturn in the use of film in favor of digital photography, and it's being financed by major Hollywood studios, according to media reports.

"It's a financial commitment, no doubt about it," Weinstein Company co-chairman Bob Weinstein said, according to the Wall Street Journal. "But I don't think we could look some of our filmmakers in the eyes if we didn't do it."

The Hollywood notables who helped push for the continued manufacturing of traditional film include J.J. Abrams, Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino and Judd Apatow, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Abrams is using traditional film to shoot the new Star Wars film, while Nolan just used it on the forthcoming sci-fi film "Interstellar."

"After extensive discussions with filmmakers, leading studios and others who recognize the unique artistic and archival qualities of film, we intend to continue production," company CEO Jeff Clarke said in a statement on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.


The 7 key events from San Diego Comic-Con 2014

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Cosplayers dressed as Captain America and Superman, wielding American flags, pose with other fans at San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

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"The Flash" star Grant Gustin and "Arrow" star Stephen Amell appear at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 in Hall H.

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Cosplayers as Mortal Kombat characters Sub-Zero and Scorpion — if they were mariachis, at San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

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A giant, futuristic-looking Batman watches over the floor at the Funko booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

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Legendary actress Julie Newmar appears at the Batman '66 panel to promote the '60s "Batman" TV show heading to home video for the first time this fall, at San Diego Comic-Con 2014. Newmar played Catwoman on the show.

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The convention floor at San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

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Pizza Hut's promotional tie-in with the new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie: A tank that launches pizza-shaped discs, at San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

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Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada accepts the Inkpot award at San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

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Stephen Amell speaks at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, surrounded by the casts and crews of "Arrow," "The Flash," "Gotham" and "Constantine."

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Cosplayers dressed as AIM scientists pose with a giant M.O.D.O.K. at San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

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A cosplayer dresses as Michael Jackson character Captain EO at San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

Another year of one of the world's biggest pop culture convention, San Diego Comic-Con 2014, is in the books. Here are the key moments — and lack of key moments — that fans are talking about coming out of this year's convention.

Marvel, DC disappoint fans by keeping movie plans under wraps

The fans who made it in for the first Hall H panel Saturday morning were the ones who camped overnight, and while they had the chance to see some first peeks, they were left wanting when it came to announcements about the cinematic futures of the two big comic book companies.

At the Warner Bros. movie panel, director Zack Snyder brought out the cast of the upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," including Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman). The cast proceeded to wave at the fans then immediately leave, without answering any questions from either the moderator or fans, or saying anything at all.


Weird Al parodies the Pixies in #FirstWorldProblems, the 6th of 8 music videos in 8 days

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A screenshot from Weird Al's "First World Problems."

"Weird Al" Yankovic is in the middle of releasing eight videos over the course of eight days from his new album "Mandatory Fun," and the first of two weekend videos brings us "First World Problems."

In the song, he takes the #FirstWorldProblems meme and tackles such deep problems as someone calling him on the phone instead of texting, no breakfast menu since he slept in until 2 and only having non-gluten-free cookies available in the airport lounge.

Feel free to assume to assume Al's character in this video — and his self-described "douchey" blonde wig — are from whatever part of Southern California that you hate the most.

The song is a style parody of the Pixies, including a nod to the band with an opening rift lifted from the pixies' "Debaser." Compare it to the original here:


Batman kisses Spider-Man on pre-Comic-Con magazine cover

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Batman kisses Spider-Man on the cover to the July 2014 issue of Pacific San Diego Magazine.

Free monthly Pacific San Diego Magazine has two big events this coming week: the city's gay pride festival this weekend, and San Diego Comic-Con next week. They took the two and combined them with a riff on the Spider-Man upside-down movie kiss in an unauthorized DC/Marvel crossover on this month's cover.

"As Pride and Comic-Con descend upon San Diego, the time has come to reveal the truth: all heroes are welcome, even when they’re kissing their boyfriends,” Pacific San Diego Magazine editor-in-chief/publisher David Perloff told Fox 5 San Diego.

The cover faced split reaction, with San Diego Pride voicing their support while mother Cindy Montoya told Fox 5 "I don’t want to see it right on the street where my daughter can get it."

Perloff also wrote some flirtatious dialogue for Spidey and Bats' secret identities, including Peter Parker promising to walk in the pride parade with the Hulk in drag as Wonder Woman.