Link Tank: Josie and the Pussycats Fan Launched Crowdfunding Campaign for Oral History Book

Josie and the Pussycats, the best cities for working from home, a Wizard of Oz remake, and more in today's Link Tank!

Josie and the Pussycats

Entertainment journalist and long-time Josie and the Pussycats fan, Russ Burlingame, is writing an oral history compilation book about the movie—and he could use your support!

Josie and the Pussycats was a box office bomb when it first premiered in 2001. Starring Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid, and Rosario Dawson, the movie was based on characters created by Archie Comics. It went on to become a cult classic despite initial failure, gathering a loyal following that’s still active today.

As Josie and the Pussycats turns 20 years old this April, entertainment journalist and one of the film’s long-time fans, Russ Burlingame, is working on Best Movie Ever: A Totally Jerkin’ Book, an oral history of the film from its conception and initial reception to its decades-old legacy. “Josie is an interesting case, because it took several years to really cement its legacy as an underrated gem,” Burlingame said. “Other movies that have been box office failures and later cult classics, like Kevin Smith’s Mallrats or the first Tremors movie, tended to do so almost instantaneously after the home video release. With Josie, it felt more like there was a story there.”

The project has launched a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo, which offers contributing fans the chance to pre-order ebooks, paperback or hardcover copies, or get their hands on exclusive Josie and the Pussycats props and custom memorabilia.

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Show your support on IndieGoGo.

Actress Lux Pascal, sister to actor Pedro Pascal, came out as a trans woman in Ya magazine.

“Lux Pascal shared with the world today that she is a trans woman in Ya magazine, and I couldn’t be happier for her! The actor revealed in an interview with Revista Ya that she started hormone treatments back in July and is studying acting at Juilliard School in New York City.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

You no longer have to wait for a beta invite to use Starlink. SpaceX has officially opened preorders on a first come, first serve basis.

“Hopeful Starlink users no longer have to wait for a magical beta invite to use the service. SpaceX has officially opened pre-orders to everyone currently in its service area, reports The Verge. For a $99 refundable deposit, eligible users who want to give SpaceX’s satellite internet a shot can reserve their spot in line to get a Starlink kit mailed to them.”

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Read more at Gizmodo.

As more people leave high cost-of-living areas with the rise of telecommuting, take a look at the best work-from-home cities to move to in 2021.

“The COVID-fueled remote work boom is driving many North Americans to find new, more affordable homes. In November, rents for studio apartments in San Francisco plummeted by 35% year over year, according to The Real Deal; rents on high-priced apartments in New York City are also falling, the New York Times reported.”

Read more at PCMag.

After years, a new remake of The Wizard of Oz is finally on the way with director Nicole Kassell at the helm.

“It’s been more than 80 years since the Judy Garland-starring adaptation of The Wizard of Oz first hit theaters in 1939, which means it was really only a matter of time before Hollywood decided to make it again. According to Variety, that’s finally happening.”

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Read more at Mental Floss.

The nominees for the 2021 Critics’ Choice Awards are out, with Mank from David Fincher and Netflix leading the nomination counts.

“Streaming services dominated the nominations for the 26th Critics Choice Awards, with Netflix garnering four best picture nominations, a record-setting number for any studio in the history of the CCA. Da 5 Bloods from Spike Lee, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom from George C. Wolfe, Mank from David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 represented for the platform.”

Read more at Variety.