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* A lot of Avengers: Age of Ultron stuff in advance of Comic-Con, including some plotty details, several photos, and more about Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and the Vision. Plus, Scarlett Johansson talks about Black Widow, and how they are hiding her baby bump on screen.

* Kevin Feige also addressed the Edgar Wright/Ant-Man thing. I will say, I think he is sincere that it wasn't "the big evil studio" being "too scared at the outside-the-box creative vision." I imagine that any limiting of Wright's ~vision was simply that Wright wanted to do something that didn't fit with the direction of the larger MCU.

* Marvel Comics also had a big news week (including the female Thor announcement), but The Colbert Report's introduction of Sam Wilson as the new Captain America is especially worth watching.

* Here's a teaser for Homeland season 4. Also, the show's executive producers are delusional: "I'm biased, but I don't know how you can look at the last six or seven episodes we did last season and not say Homeland is one of the best shows on television." O RLY?

* Julie Plec talks about what to expect in season 6 of The Vampire Diaries.

* Great piece on the "weird beauty" of Snowpiercer. Spoilery, but also contains this truth: "It turns moviegoers into proselytizers: Once you’ve seen it, you can’t shut the fuck up." LOL yep. Except you can't really talk about it without spoiling it, so you're basically like, "FUCK. JUST GO SEE IT OKAY."

* I did not even realize a thing called American Ninja Warrior existed, but Kacy Catanzaro is a motherfucking badass, yo.
next_to_normal: Aaron Tveit in Graceland (Mike Warren)
I swear to God, with all the advances we have made in medicine and science and technology, how is it possible that they cannot create a colonoscopy prep solution that does not TASTE LIKE ASS?

Yep, had my colonoscopy yesterday. (Result: I still have Crohn's disease.) Today my abdomen feels sore like I did sit-ups or something, which I don't think is normal. The doctor did say that one section was so narrowed due to inflammation that he couldn't even get past it because he didn't want to rip up my intestinal wall with the scope. AWESOME.

It's weird, though, because it's not the usual sharp pain or cramps from the Crohn's, it legit feels like a muscle type ache, which... I don't generally think of a colonoscopy as an ab workout. But maybe? I didn't get that from the last two colonoscopies, even the one that hurt like a bitch while it was happening, and my mother - who is basically a colonoscopy expert after six - says she's never heard of that.

Also, it's hazy, but I'm pretty sure that when I woke up afterward, I asked the nurse for more anesthesia. \o/ MOAR DRUGS PLZ. I CAN HAZ NAPTIEM?

Anyway, linkspam:

* Here's the teaser for season 4 of Homeland. I admit, I am curious how/to what extent the show will reinvent itself post-Brody, and whether they'll take the opportunity to fix the things that have been... less than good in the last couple seasons. I doubt it, but I'm curious.

* Doctor Who also now has a full trailer featuring Peter Capaldi.

* Update on one of Aaron Tveit's movie projects - he is playing a character named "Johnny Manicotti." Bless.

* First Community, now Enlisted might be coming back, too? Don't toy with me, Yahoo.

* Zachary Levi talks about this year's Nerd HQ at Comic-Con.

* I don't understand why anyone would want Karen Gillan to not be Scottish.

* Don't expect the Emmy category shenanigans to change any time soon.

* Christopher Walken will be playing Captain Hook in NBC's live broadcast of Peter Pan. Alas, Kristen Bell will not be playing Peter.
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* We now have more details about Better Call Saul, which will begin "before Saul was even Saul." Here's the full TCA press tour live-blog of the Better Call Saul panel.

* Emmy Award nominees were announced yesterday. They are ridiculous, as usual. Also, why the nomination process is so screwy.

* RDJ announced the impending arrival of a baby girl Downey in classic RDJ style.

* Here's a long interview with James Gunn about Guardians of the Galaxy.

* Orphan Black has been renewed for a third season.

* Here's the first trailer for Gone Girl. And here is the second.

* Aaron Tveit talks about Graceland and wears ridiculous sweaters, and answers some hilarious fan questions on the Broadway.com show. And because I will take any excuse to link this again, here's his amazing Taylor Swift cover from 54 Below.

* Apparently How I Met Your Dad is getting retooled for the 2015-16 TV season, because the universe hates us.

* There's another Mockingjay teaser clip. I have to say, I love the meta things they can do with viral marketing in this series.
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Seriously. If you haven't yet, go see Snowpiercer, and then come back and talk to me! (Or wait 4 more days until it's out on VOD because fucking Harvey Weinstein clearly wants this to fail at the box office, but on the other hand, yay for wider access soon?)

I saw it yesterday and cannot stop thinking about it. I had a... rather complicated reaction, lol, in that it's a emotional gut punch of the sort that I kind of never want to experience again, and yet as soon as it was over, I immediately wanted to watch it again. Then again, I don't think it's possible NOT to have a complicated reaction to this movie?

Cut for gifspam, not spoilers )

Linkspam

Jul. 2nd, 2014 09:59 pm
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* There will be a fourth season of Sherlock... a year and a half from now.

* Better Call Saul will have a "flexible" timeline, meaning it could take place before, during, and/or after the events of Breaking Bad. Presumably so they can bring back favorite BB characters as guest stars if the show can't pull its own weight.

* Community is, against all the odds, getting a sixth season, as Yahoo gets into the original programming business. Undoubtedly, the movie will follow.

* Samira Wiley talks about Poussey in season 2 of Orange is the New Black.

* The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby looks really cool. I an intrigued by the "same movie from two different perspectives" idea.

* If you really can't wait for August, you can get a preview of Guardians of the Galaxy at IMAX theaters this week.

* I am kind of surprised that Marvel would let something this big slip this early, but if these Age of Ultron spoilers are true, it is a big hint about the future of the Hulk in Phase 3.

* Clark Gregg talks about season 2 of Agents of SHIELD.

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Since summer is (relatively) lacking on the new TV front (although not as much of a barren wasteland as it used to be - currently, I'm watching 24, The Fosters, Graceland, and Undateable, and looking forward to a number of shows premiering soon), it's a good time to catch up on things I've missed or been meaning to watch.

I finally came back to Weeds, which I abandoned some time ago after season 3, which ends by pretty thoroughly blowing up the show's premise, and the general opinion seemed to be that what it became after that was never as good. I'm now into early season 5, and while the show is rather far from its "suburban mom pot dealer" origins, I wouldn't say it's necessarily worse? Granted, I love the addition of Demian Bichir, and that makes up for a lot, lol. 

I also got around to starting Sleepy Hollow, which seems to be beloved for being unapologetically ridiculous crack. Which... it definitely is. As far as I can tell, the show seems to have come from putting Supernatural and National Treasure in a blender, then making it about 25% nuttier. I'm five episodes in, and although the rapport between Ichabod and Abbie is as delightful as promised, Nicole Beharie is flawless, and I enjoy Crane's "what fresh hell is this?" reactions to modern life, I find myself struggling to care about, y'know, the plot? Not only the overarching mythology, but even the Case of the Week stuff doesn't really hold my interest. Does that matter? Will it get better? If not, is it worth watching anyway?

I've only watched one episode of Fargo, and I can't decide if I want to watch more. Everyone who watches it seems to love it... but then again, everyone who watches it also seems to have loved the movie, which I am pretty meh on, so maybe I should take that as an indication that it's just Not For Me. Advice?
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* Natasha Lyonne will be guest-starring on the upcoming season of Girls.

* Doesn't look good for #sixseasonsandamovie - Hulu is not bringing Community back.

* I knew about half of these "27 facts about the West Wing you probably didn't know."

* Go see Snowpiercer! Do it! (And if you're in the DC area, go see it with me! Seriously.)

* Mark Ruffalo talks about playing the Hulk.

* An interview with Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta about The Leftovers, which I am super excited about, based on early reviews.

* Laura Prepon will be in every episode of Orange is the New Black next season. In case you were worried.

* These Hunger Games posters are creepy and cool, as is President Snow addressing Panem in this clip.

* Kristen Bell is having another baby.

* Not surprisingly, Stephen Sondheim backtracked like crazy on his Into the Woods comments. I remain skeptical. ("Coincidentally" he watched the rough cut immediately after making those remarks? Coincidentally? Really?)

* The Orphan Black creators talk about the season finale and how they did that awesome clone dance party scene.

* Doctor Who returns August 23 with Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor.
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* Yeah, Gus from The Fault in Our Stars really IS the guy version of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

* Orange is the New Black parody with kittens. No, really.

* The premiere of Better Call Saul has been pushed back to 2015, but it's been renewed for a second season in the meantime. Hey, AMC? I think you're doing that backwards.

* The Game of Thrones creators talk about the season 4 finale, as well as hints of what's to come in season 5.

* Stephen Sondheim revealed that the Into the Woods movie will have significant plot changes due to Disney-ification, which pretty much completely misses the point of the musical in the first place. (My new favorite description of this show is now "a dark, disturbing musical, where cherished heroes of classic fairy tales are systematically murdered.") I gotta go with my mom's reaction: "Ewwww. Well, we can still go see it to mock it."

* The one bright spot here is that all the Into the Woods talk this week pointed me toward a fascinating article from when the show first opened on Broadway in 1987.

* Mark Ruffalo was asked about a Hulk movie again - they're still "considering it," shocker - but the trailer for his new movie also looks pretty good.

* Oooh, I hope that All the Way, the Broadway play starring Bryan Cranston as LBJ, gets made into a movie with Bryan Cranston. Also, can't wait for his memoir.

* The newest Guardians of the Galaxy trailer actually gives us some sense of the plot of this thing, but it also makes the movie seem a lot more serious.

* The creator of Enlisted still has hope the show will continue on another network/platform. I would love to see it, but I'm not optimistic.

* I had not previously heard of Netflix's new series, Grace and Frankie, but now Martin Sheen will be starring in it, along with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

* I kind of think the delay of the 5th Bourne movie is just because Jeremy Renner is juggling about twelve movie franchises, but there are rumors that Matt Damon is coming back.

* Robert Downey Jr.'s movie The Judge now has a trailer.

* Spoilery tidbits about Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and Star Wars Episode VII. Plus, some footage of Age of Ultron filming in Norwich.

* Here's a list of Snowpiercer screenings. "Arlington, VA - Shirlington 7" Yesssssssssssss.

Linkspam

Jun. 17th, 2014 10:03 pm
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* Lots of news and photos leaking from the Age of Ultron set. They were filming in Norwich, where RDJ was adorable with children (as usual).

* Frank Grillo talked a little about Captain America 3 in this interview about something else. Meanwhile, Daredevil has added Vincent D'Onofrio.

* On the DC front, Aquaman will now be making an appearance in Batman vs. Superman.

* Malia Obama is working as a production assistant on a TV show.

* A mostly non-spoilery interview with the Game of Thrones showrunners. Also, here's why the book thing that didn't happen in the season finale didn't happen. (I was already spoiled for it. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, don't worry about it.)

* Ugh, I wish I could have gone to Idina Menzel's solo concert last night. It sounds like it was so much fun.

* I suppose I will need to find a new TV boyfriend: Zachary Levi got married to Missy Peregrym this weekend, whom he's apparently been stealth-dating.

* Interesting casting news for Orange is the New Black season 3.

* A nice look back at Friday Night Lights in honor of Father's Day.

* I hope Chris Evans' movie A Many Splintered Thing gets released eventually. The photos look really intriguing.

* The Orphan Black creators talk about the newest clone to show up, which.... honestly, felt rather half-assed to me. I've come to expect better from this show.

* Andrew Rannells will be taking over when Neil Patrick Harris leaves Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway.

* Tom Hiddleston has been cast as Hank Williams in a new biopic.

* The creator of True Detective says he only wants to do three seasons of the show.

TV meme

Jun. 11th, 2014 09:49 pm
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Snagged from [personal profile] frayadjacent.

Pick a show and I'll tell you...

- The first character I fell in love with:
- The character who is my ‘baby’:
- The character who I do not understand:
- The character that I think the show ruined:
- The most attractive male and female character:
- The character death that was the worst for me:
- The character that is the most like me:
- The character I think the writer(s) love:
- The character that I just want to be happy:
- My four favorite characters, past or present:
- My four least favorite characters, past or present:

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In which I solicit technology advice before purchasing something. \o/

I am fed up with my laptop. It's becoming more and more of a pain. The battery (the second one, btw) gave up the ghost a while back, so it needs to be plugged in all the time, defeating the primary purpose of a laptop. Now it seems to overheat at the slightest provocation, and crashed about 10 times while trying to stream Orange is the New Black this weekend (I only made it through 6 eps, so nobody spoil me!). Also, the letters have worn off some of the keys, so it's a good thing I learned touch-typing in school.

The question this time is... do I want another laptop, or do I want a tablet? I figure that another laptop is probably best suited for my needs, but my mother keeps suggesting why not a netbook or a tablet instead (not that she would know, having never used either on a regular basis). So, you know, something to consider.

Reasons I do not need a tablet:
  1. I already have a Kindle Fire, though I only really use it for reading books, because I don't want to pay for 3G on the Kindle, so I am reliant on wireless hotspots for internet access.
  2. Now that I also have a 4G smartphone, that generally takes care of all my internet-on-the-go needs, so a tablet would seem to be redundant.
  3. Obviously, because of power cord issues, my laptop has been rather stationary of late, but even before that, I rarely used it outside of the house. Even when I travel with it, I rarely use it outside of my hotel room. So it's not like I need something especially light to carry everywhere.
  4. Currently, I use my laptop primarily for web browsing, email, streaming video, icon-making, and hard drive storage, because I have not yet migrated to the cloud. If I did want something more portable, I technically could do all of that, except the storage and icon-making, on the Kindle.
  5. However, I have no idea how well I would be able to make icons on a tablet. I'd definitely need some kind of wireless mouse and/or keyboard, because I imagine doing graphics with just a touchscreen would be a pain in the ass.

Reasons I kind of want a tablet:
  1. The Kindle Fire was supposed to be a compromise - without the full capabilities of a tablet, but a lot cheaper - so it has the reflective touch screen like a tablet. But it turns out the only thing I use it for is reading, and that's like the one thing the screen is NOT good for. I kind of wish I had just gotten a tablet + a Kindle Paperwhite (optimal for reading) rather than the Fire. (Then again, I already have the Fire, so I'm not sure how this ended up in the "pro-tablet" section, since it involves me buying two new things I don't need to replace the one I don't really use.)
  2. To be fair, though, I would probably use a tablet more than I currently use the Kindle, especially if it is meant to replace my laptop.
  3. I am apparently getting a laptop through work, because I travel a fair amount now. Obviously, I am limited in how much personal stuff I can do on the work computer, so it can't be my only computer, but work laptop + personal tablet might be better than having two laptops.

I also briefly considered the idea of getting a desktop, since they're cheaper and you get more processing power than a laptop, but I don't really have any place to put a desktop in my apartment. (I typically use my laptop at the kitchen table or sitting on the sofa, neither of which is a particularly good permanent home for a computer.)

So... laptop. Maybe. Probably.

Either way, I also need to investigate cloud storage options for things like my iTunes collection and all the icons I've made. I have a tendency to keep a shit-ton of unnecessary stuff on my laptop, which is probably one of the reasons why it runs slow. I couldn't keep all of that on a tablet, which would force me to do something about it, but there's no reason I can't do that now with the laptop, except that I'm lazy and fear new things.

Thoughts? Advice? How do you manage your technological devices and digital... stuff?
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...while I am binge-watching Orange is the New Black.

* Here's an interview with the OITNB creator, cast, and Piper Kerman. Also, key differences between the show and Kerman's real-life experience.

* Howard Stark will apparently be part of the Agent Carter TV series, though it's unclear in what capacity. (Also, I don't see why the AV Club is making a big deal about Dominic Cooper and John Slattery both playing the role. They look reasonably similar, given that they're playing the character 30 years apart.)

* The Doctor Strange movie has a director, as does Ant-Man (again) finally.

* Clark Gregg talks about his movie Trust Me and Agents of SHIELD.

* The Fantastic Four reboot has been downgraded from "gritty" to "not as goofy as the original."

* Of course Mad Men would have the best "For Your Consideration" ads.

* Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie have been cast in the new Star Wars film. Lupita also has another new project in the works. Glad to see she's getting good post-Oscar roles. I was worried for a bit there.

* Kind of an odd pairing, but here's an interview with Emmy Rossum and Tatiana Maslany. I don't know why they would tease us with the existence of a "Someone To Watch Over Me" duet and then not provide video of it, but whatever.

* Video from a panel discussion with the cast and crew of The Americans.

* Apparently, people mock the Tony Awards because "the contenders are unknown to the public and that theater-going is an elitist, esoteric habit." LOL I feel like this would be more believable in a year when the nominees didn't include such unknowns as Woody Allen, Bryan Cranston, and Neil Patrick Harris, in shows no one's heard of, like Les Miserables, Aladdin, or Shakespeare. But whatever, the point is, people should appreciate the Tonys and the theater, which is good.

* ABC Family is developing a musical comedy TV series. Because that has worked out so well in the past.

* I had never heard of Outliving Emily until Jeremy Jordan was cast, but it sounds like an intriguing premise, and the cast is pretty great.

* Robert Downey Jr. is producing a new series about recovering addicts in a rehab facility for Showtime.

* This baby goat was cracking me up all day in work yesterday.

* I never saw Avatar, so I don't really care about the sequels, but James Cameron's explanation of writing three movies simultaneously is very interesting, and perhaps something more franchises should attempt.

* I hope you are watching the last four episodes of Enlisted, airing this month.
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* Hulu may be picking up Community for that hashtag-foretold sixth season (and a movie?). DON'T TOY WITH MY EMOTIONS, HULU.

* Sounds like Mindy Kaling gave an awesome commencement speech at Harvard.

* In Marvel news: Unlike most of its predecessors, the CA: TWS bonus features won't include a Marvel one-shot. Meanwhile, Charlie Cox has been cast as Daredevil for the new Netflix series. Also, I may be an enormous nerd, but this Marvel exhibit in New York sounds really cool.

* Here's another interview with Sutton Foster about Violet and her return to TV.

* Aww, I feel bad for Damon Lindelof and all the Lost hate he gets. I'm looking forward to his new show.

* I am rather intrigued by the idea of Gillian Flynn adapting Hamlet as a novel.

* An interview with the creators of the new comedy Undateable, which I saw the first two episodes of this week and laughed quite a bit.

* I haven't had a chance to see The Normal Heart yet, but here is a moving account of a viewing party.

* An interview with Laverne Cox, who is on the cover of TIME. Also, an account from an OITNB writer on realizing she is gay.

* Amy Poehler wrote a book!

* Matthew Weiner talks about the Mad Men mid-season finale, and Robert Morse talks about his big dance number. Plus, some speculation on how next year's final half-season might wrap up the show.

* Bryan Fuller on the Hannibal season 2 bloodbath finale.

* I haven't seen X-Men: Days of Future Past, but apparently the ending needs explaining, so here you go. Also, is this a sign that post-credits scenes have fallen far since Nick Fury's first epic appearance and should be abandoned?

* Emily Blunt talks about the Into the Woods movie.

* I CANNOT WAIT for Snowpiercer to finally come out in the US. Jeremy Renner's new movie, Kill the Messenger, looks pretty good, too, as does the trailer for This is Where I Leave You, starring Tina Fey and Jason Bateman.
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So, the Friday before Memorial Day weekend was obviously Marvel's "take out the trash day." I already mentioned that Edgar Wright was leaving Ant-Man (here are the gory details), but soon after, it was announced that Drew Goddard was stepping down as showrunner of Netflix's Daredevil series, to be replaced by fellow Whedonverse alum Steven S. DeKnight.

(Goddard is writing and directing the Amazing Spider-Man spin-off film, The Sinister Six, so he's still in the Marvel family, albeit one of the unruly cousins.)

This has, naturally, sparked concern about whether the era of good Marvel movies is over. Which...on the one hand, I never cared about Ant-Man to begin with. The guy's superpower is an ability to shrink to the size of an insect. (And people think Hawkeye is lame. Good grief.) They have a good cast assembled, but I'd be seeing the movie 90% for the MCU continuity and about 10% because I was actually interested in the story. (Which, for the record, is about where I started out with Agents of SHIELD.) So I'm not too pressed about whether Ant-Man succeeds or fails on its own. If it's a bad movie, it's easy enough to ignore.

But if this is indeed the way Marvel is going to run from here on out, if this is coming from Disney execs who don't have the love for the comics that Kevin Feige has (and if Feige is indeed going to be replaced after Age of Ultron), that would be a shame, because it feels like Marvel is really hitting its stride right now. Okay, Thor 2 was a hot mess - and some are taking that as the first sign of bad things to come, because Marvel took control away from director Alan Taylor - but IM3 and Winter Soldier took some much-needed departures from the established "superhero movie" formula, and Guardians of the Galaxy looks like a lot of cracky fun. If they just kept making movies like that, I'd be a happy camper.

My vain, desperate hope was that Marvel would be the ones to finally recognize that "superhero movie" or "comic book movie" does not automatically need to equal "action movie." Captain America seemed to be leading them toward incorporating other genres (the first one was basically a WWII period film, the second borrowed heavily from the '70s political thriller). Now I want the Steve/Sam roadtrip-bros movie, the Natasha/Pepper/Maria Hill buddy cop team-up, the Hawkeye screwball comedy (featuring Kate Bishop, obvs), the Peter Quill/Darcy Lewis rom-com... You get the idea. The last thing we need is for Marvel to go back to formulaic, safe action films.
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GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH



I think we all need this right now:



WAIT EVEN THE KITTEN IS A CANNIBAL OMG. THIS REALLY IS THE DARKEST TIMELINE.

Links:

* Christian Borle is the latest actor to be announced as a guest star on Masters of Sex.

* The final episodes of Enlisted will air on Sundays in June.

* Gillian Jacobs will be making an appearance on Girls.

* Post-mortems with the creators of The Americans following Wednesday night's season finale.

* Julie Plec talks about The Vampire Diaries' season finale.

* The Man of Steel sequel finally got a full title - and prompted a great number of legal jokes.

* If you can't wait for Avengers: Age of Ultron, here are some spoilery tidbits to tide you over.

* Also, it appears the Guardians of the Galaxy set visit articles have been unembargoed.

* This is an excellent breakdown of what Agents of SHIELD got right and wrong - especially the way the show was hamstrung by premiering in the fall and then basically marking time until Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out. All they really needed was a six-episode intro arc to establish the characters, the status quo, and get the team working well together, and then blow things up with CA:TWS.

* Edgar Wright is no longer directing Ant-Man.

* Neil Patrick Harris is writing an autobiography... as a Choose Your Own Adventure book, of course.

* Another Jennifer Lawrence article, in which Josh Hutcherson helps cure her hiccups. (He seems oddly practiced at it, lol.)

* The AV Club picks out 10 episodes that demonstrate how The West Wing pwned network drama conventions. Agree? Disagree? Prefer [personal profile] pocochina's must-watch list?
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GEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUGGGGGHHHHHHHHH.

Why yes, I DID just watch Hannibal, how did you know?

* So Agents of SHIELD aired its season finale this week, and it... actually turned into a good show? I think this is a fair assessment of what it did really well, and areas that still need improvement. Also, here are a couple post-mortems with Jed and Maurissa, and executive producers Jeph Loeb and Jeff Bell.

* Hayley Atwell talks about coming back to Marvel for Agent Carter.

* It's actually kind of handy that Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are both in Godzilla, because it means they can spend their entire press tour talking about Avengers: Age of Ultron, lol.

* Meanwhile, Bryan Cranston proves he is a master of the "Godzilla roar."

* I don't know anyone who would object to a Good Wife spinoff featuring Elsbeth Tascioni.

* Here's a preview of the second season of Masters of Sex.

* A long but fascinating interview with Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner.

* CBS did NOT pick up How I Met Your Dad. I'm FREEEEEEE!!!!!

* Neil Patrick Harris was offered David Letterman's Late Show gig, but he passed. (Probably a good move for him.)

* Viggo Mortensen throws some shade at Peter Jackson's love of special effects.
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Which everyone is doing:

Everyone should post their ten most CRUCIAL CRUCIAL CRUCIAL-ASS movies, like the movies that explain everything about yourselves in your current incarnations (not necessarily your ten favorite movies but the ten movies that you, as a person existing currently, feel would help people get to know you) (they can change later on obviously).

Vaguely in the order I saw them:

1. Into the Woods - Okay, technically this is a taping of a live musical, but I watched it like a movie so it counts. And has had by far the greatest influence on me, of any single work I've encountered in my entire life, so.
2. The Last Unicorn
3. The Princess Bride
4. Jurassic Park
5. Little Women
6. The American President
7. Love Actually
8. Saved!
9. The Avengers
10. Veronica Mars

Linkspam

May. 13th, 2014 11:02 pm
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* Jennifer Lawrence gives another typically Jennifer Lawrency interview.

* i had thought Michelle Forbes would make an excellent President Coin (a role which went to Julianne Moore), but at least she'll be in Mockingjay.

* The Tony nominees for Best Actress in a Musical sat down for a chat. (For the record, I think Idina Menzel would make an amazing Witch in Into the Woods.)

* Another interview with Sutton Foster about Violet. I realize probably no one else cares about this show, but it is so different and she is SO GOOD in it, I will keep linking, lol.

* In addition to a live Peter Pan musical, NBC will also at some point attempt The Music Man.

* Galavant, ABC's new "comedy musical fairytale" looks delightfully cracktastic.

* People knowing who Megan Hilty is continues to be the best thing that came out of Smash.

* LOL someone cut together the identical scenes from the Broadchurch trailer and its American remake, Gracepoint. Seriously, why even bother? And I don't know if it's because he's saying basically the exact same lines in a different accent, but David Tennant's American accent is SO OFF-PUTTING. Meanwhile, it's been announced that he's returning to Broadchurch for season 2, along with Olivia Colman and Arthur Darvill.

* Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen talk about Avengers: Age of Ultron.

* I don't actually read a lot of Brian Michael Bendis (though "The Confession" is far and away the best writing of the Civil War comics and I do have Alias sitting on a shelf waiting to be read), but this interview kinda makes me like him.

* Here's the first image of Ben Affleck as Batman.

* Season 2 hasn't even premiered yet, but Orange is the New Black already has a season 3.

* I haven't read the books, so tell me, do you agree that Game of Thrones is doing a better job of telling the story? Just from what I've heard, it doesn't surprise me to hear that the series is benefiting from the show's paring down and refocusing of the narrative.

* Sarah Baker talks about her role in last night's pretty incredible episode of Louie.

* An oral history of The West Wing OMG. (Also, Joshua Malina is the greatest troll of all time.)
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OMG I just want to sleep for like 36 hours straight. I'm sure I missed about a million things (including [personal profile] mcmegan's birthday, which... happy belated one!), so YOU can leave ME links for a change. Go nuts in the comments.

Today, though, brought a lot of TV renewal and cancellation announcements on all the major networks. Here is the full list, but the one likely to cause the most despair and outrage is easily Community, which fell one season short of its #sixseasonsandamovie dream. Though - as I discussed in the last post - I wouldn't be at all surprised if Amazon or Hulu stepped in, thinking the buzz and critical acclaim the show brings are more valuable than the ratings. Also dearly departed: Enlisted and Suburgatory.

On the plus side, Hannibal was renewed for a third season! Agent Carter will officially be joining Agents of SHIELD on the schedule next year. And Larry Wilmore will be taking over Stephen Colbert's post-Daily Show time slot with The Minority Report.

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Ugh, work has been insanely busy, and will continue to be so next week. BUT THEN IT'S OVER AND I CAN SLEEP. Sorry if I missed anything important. Just one... more... week...

Links:

* This AV Club article about TV cancellations becoming a thing of the past is interesting, particularly given the common assumption that shows get axed a lot quicker now than they did in the days of, say, Buffy or Seinfeld, which were given ~time to develop into the great shows they'd become. But the article also neglects the primary driver of shows like Community or Parks & Recreation getting five or six seasons, despite low ratings - namely, with the exception of CBS, EVERYTHING is getting terrible ratings compared to the days when there were only three or four networks competing against one another. Now they're competing with AMC and FX, with HBO and Showtime, with Netflix and Amazon, all of whom have popularized "prestige" shows, where it's more important for a show to be good than for it to get good ratings.

The standard for renewal is lower because it has to be, or networks would be forced to cancel everything. Maybe there's a long-term gain from picking up binge-watching viewers, but in the current environment, low-rated shows that get critical acclaim give networks an excuse to keep renewing them. At least those shows are generating buzz, whereas low-rated crap gets you nothing.

* Speaking of low-rated critical darlings, Bryan Fuller talks about last night's Hannibal and the creator of Enlisted talks about the show's chances for renewal after being yanked from the schedule.

* Parks and Rec creator Mike Schur talks about how the season finale was inspired by BSG ("Next season, four of them are Cylons.").

* We all know Tatiana Maslany is amazing, but her clone stand-in is the second hardest-working actress on TV. Plus, an interview with the show's creators.

* Sarah Silverman will guest star on the next season of Masters of Sex.

* John Oliver talks about his new HBO series. If you don't have HBO, you can watch the first episode on YouTube. It's worth it for his coverage of the Indian election alone.

* J. August Richards is talking about Agents of SHIELD again. And again some more.

* The Justice League movie is a thing that is happening.

* Things Emma Stone and I have in common: we both know all the words to Blues Traveler's "Hook."

* Q&A with the always witty Laura Benanti.

* Fox is jumping into the "live musical broadcast" game with... Grease.

* Here's an oral history of Mean Girls.

* The cast of Star Wars: Episode VII has been announced.

* Learn from Seth Meyers' mistake: Don't ever let Amy Poehler get hold of your credit card.

* A 12-year-old Laura Ingalls threatened to kill someone with a knife and it was cut out of the book? Why do you hate us, Rose Wilder Lane?

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