Rooney Mara

Personifying Emotions and Universalizing Flags: Links You Need to See

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Perhaps it’s best to begin this roundup of cultural tidbits from around the web with the most universal bit of news imaginable: the conceptualization of an “International Flag of Planet Earth.” Such is, perhaps obviously, the idea of a graphic designer (Oskar Pernefeldt) rather than a collective agreement of all Earth’s governments, who’d likely have a harder time falling for this lovely form of idealism than pedestrian readers of the Internet like you or me. According to the project’s website, “The rings are linked to each other, which represents how everything on our planet, directly or indirectly, are linked.” It could, as The Creators Project elaborates, be used when planting a flag on a distant planet, where ideas of nationality are pretty irrelevant, or for issues on our own planet for which nations should be more unitedly active, like global warming. 
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Today in Pugs and Severed Heads: Links You Need To See

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I’ve not read the regional online magazine The Bitter Southerner before, which makes sense considering I’m Californian. But one thing Californians and Southerners have in common is a deep, abiding love of dogs, so of course I clicked through when someone linked to a story about Carolina dogs in the magazine. The long essay by Southern sportswriter Cy Brown describes the author’s discovery that his dog, Penny, is a “Carolina Dog,” a type of primitive breed and the only dog native to North America. If you’re a dog lover, a history aficionado, or a Southerner, you need to read “A Carolina Dog.”
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Rooney Mara’s Casting Isn’t the Only Problem With ‘Peter Pan’s’ Native American Character, Tiger Lily

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There are few characters so beloved by children and Hollywood executives alike as J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. The character, who showed up in many of Barrie’s plays and novels, has been reimagined countless times in other plays, books, and films. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that we’re getting yet another take on Peter Pan, this time with yet another “origin” story, titled Pan. Directed by Joe Wright, the film will star Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard and Garrett Hedlund as Hook, although the titular character has yet to be cast. But the most controversial casting so far has been Rooney Mara as “Indian princess” Tiger Lily, which has caused outrage among critics who have accused the film of “whitewashing” one of the few Native American characters in the literary canon.
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