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* It appears that jettisoning Brody has not managed to improve Homeland. Well, then. I'm still going to watch the first episode (or I guess the first two, since it's a double-header premiere) to see for myself, but I wouldn't be surprised if this is it for me.

* My bb Aaron Tveit is going to London to star in Assassins.

* Joaquin Phoenix is definitely not playing Doctor Strange. (Ethan Hawke probably isn't, either.)

* Lin-Manuel Miranda is writing and starring in a musical about Alexander Hamilton? LOL that is so random I kinda want to see it.

* Laura Benanti talks about her stint on Nashville, which began in this week's ep.

* Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie are doing a British TV show together.

* The definitive history of The West Wing is fairly epic. I am most fascinated by the maps of the walk-and-talks, in which it becomes clear that these people frequently walked around in circles or took a much longer route than necessary in order to stay moving for the entire scene, lol. (Perhaps, like Sam, they were navigating by the North Star.)

* Is Twin Peaks coming back in some form or is David Lynch just fucking with us?

* Here's the first trailer for Sutton Foster's new series, Younger.

* Anna Gunn talks about Gracepoint. I watched the first ep, and while I love Gunn and many of the performances are great, it's pretty much a shot-for-shot remake of Broadchurch, which I have already seen. At some point, it's supposed to deviate and (possibly) have a different ending, but I think I'll wait until it's all aired and see if people think the deviations are worth watching for.

* Robert and Susan Downey are endlessly adorable and I totally ship them.

* Producer Elwood Reid talks about the season (and possibly series) finale of The Bridge. At times, this was a great show, but it also was just as often not great, and by the end, I found myself watching almost out of obligation more than anything, so I'm not sure I'd be disappointed if it doesn't get a third season.

* John Oliver definitely commits random acts of journalism with Last Week Tonight.

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Because some of these links are already kind of old and I don't want to sit on them until I can make a full post, lol.

* Two characters will be sitting out the next season of Game of Thrones, because they ran out of book.

* Drunk Benedict Cumberbatch is really the only acceptable Benedict Cumberbatch.

* First picture of Allison Williams as Peter Pan.

* Interview with my bb Aaron Tveit.

* Another reason to look forward to Agent Carter: it will be employing Enver Gjokaj.

* Captain Marvel may or may not be making a cameo in Age of Ultron, but the fact that she's expected to be a big part of Phase 3 is a good sign.

* The Russo brothers talk about preparing for Captain America 3. (Also, this is the first I've heard that Jeremy Renner was supposed to be in Winter Soldier. Did I miss when that went around the rumor mill?)

* Promos for The Good Wife, Agents of SHIELD, Downton Abbey, The Librarians, and Homeland. Anything you're excited about?
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* In the great Batman V Superman vs. Captain America showdown of 2016, it looks like DC/Warner Bros. blinked first, as predicted. And then announced nine new release dates for unnamed movies through 2020 unless Marvel decides to claim them.

* Chris Pratt gives a tour of Peter Quill's spaceship, which looks like a pretty cool set. Plus, his TV bosses knew he'd be a star long before he landed Star-Lord.

* Glenn Close talks about her Guardians of the Galaxy appearance. I would kind of love it if she became like an intergalactic Nick Fury for this side of the MCU.

* Vin Diesel talks about the process of recording Groot's voice and getting across what Groot was really trying to say.

* The sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy will change the identity of Peter's father. I know nothing about his father from the comics, so I'm not bothered by this.

* It's not looking good for the female characters of Ant-Man.

* Casting spoiler for next season of Agents of SHIELD.

* I know even less about The Inhumans comics than I knew about Guardians of the Galaxy, but I hope they'll include a few female superheroes in the lineup for the movie Marvel is apparently making.

* James Corden is maybe taking over for Craig Ferguson as host of The Late Late Show.

* Really interesting profile of Weeds and Orange is the New Black creator, Jenji Kohan.

* Some info about the upcoming season of Doctor Who and Peter Capaldi's Doctor.

* First trailer for The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking.

* Veronica Mars goes mind-bendingly meta with its new webseries, Play It Again, Dick.

* Very brief teaser for Better Call Saul tells us what we already know: Saul is a lawyer, and thinks other people should hire him. (Seriously, that could just be a cut line from Breaking Bad, for all the context we're given.)

* Aaron Tveit is single and "looking to find a very nice girl." OUTTA MY WAY BITCHES. (For real, though, you never hear actors admit that. Either they're dating someone or they're "perfectly happy being single" or they just refuse to talk about it. No one's ever like, "Yeah, I'm not in a relationship but I want to be.")
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When the linkspamming gets out of control. Between the TCA press tour and Comic-Con, there's a TON of TV and movie news and related fun stuff coming out.

Under a cut because it's so damn long )
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 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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* Kyle Chandler is the reason we are not getting a Friday Night Lights movie, y'all. Not surprising, as he's said before that he thought the series ending was perfect.

* I'm not sure which part of this is stranger - that they are making a musical out of American Psycho, or that Matt Smith is playing the lead.

* Turns out Showtime wouldn't let the writers kill Dexter. Why am I not surprised?

* First song from Idina Menzel's new musical If/Then!

* Aaron Tveit is adorbs, as usual - and also busy, since he's got two movies coming out soon. That's my boy.

* So this is why Rob Lowe is leaving Parks and Recreation.

* Albuquerque Breaking Bad fans placed an obituary in the local paper for Walter White.

* Still finding the occasional Breaking Bad reaction post - this is a good one on the show's portrayal of "toxic masculinity."

* Here in the DC area, lots of people have been debating lately whether to change the football team's name, and finally someone asked actual Native Americans how they feel about it. It's a really good read, and pretty neatly illustrates the privilege inherent in even having the debate.

I've also been watching more fall premieres on TV. Here's how things shake out.

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So, like, AGES AGO, I used to do a weekly post highlighting a musical I loved or was in or had recently seen... and then I got distracted by other, shinier things and stopped doing them. Which is a shame, because musical theater is my first and truest love. But I've had a very musical week, so I figured I'd bring it back, even if I immediately get distracted again (OMG Iron Man 3 screencaps muuuuuuuuust iconnnnnnnnnn, also I have a half-finished Gone with the Wind meta I should do something with).

If you live in the DC area, you really should check out the Signature Theater in Shirlington, because it is awesome. Seriously, (1) they love Sondheim, (2) my girl Heidi Blickenstaff comes there a bunch, and (3) it is basically in my backyard. I actually just saw Heidi on Friday, since she did a solo concert, which was lovely as ever, and I want to steal her gorgeous voice in an Ursula and Ariel kind of way I MEAN OMG. How does she not have a solo album yet? Say the word, Heidi, and I will Kickstarter the hell out of it.

Earlier this week, I also saw Signature's main show right now, Miss Saigon. cut for blathering that got long and turned into meta )

And finally, my Broadway bb, Aaron Tveit, has released an album! It's a live recording of his 54 Below concert, and if nothing else, it is worth the price of admission to hear his TRULY EPIC cover of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." Teen!girl!Aaron is my new favorite Aaron. "No, like. Like, EVER." Laughed so hard I CRIED. Go buy it.
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* An interview with the incredible Breaking Bad director, Michelle MacLaren, about this week's episode. Plus, eight things you didn't know about the ep.

* Pics of the real-life locations where Breaking Bad was filmed, in case you're in Albuquerque and wanna do your own little set tour.

Arguments for and against the Better Call Saul spinoff. It's going to be an hour-long series, and it's going to be a prequel. Of course, that means they could bring back characters like Gus Fring or Mike Ehrmentraut, which would be pretty awesome.

* Also, Breaking Bad spinoffs you won't see.

* Clearly there are a lot of Breaking Bad fans on Yelp...

* This is timely, since [personal profile] pocochina just finished Lost: creators Lindelof and Cuse talk about the challenges of ending a TV series with Six Feet Under's Alan Ball and (of course) Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan.

* After reports that Laura Prepon wouldn't be a regular on season 2, it looks like she'll only be with us for one episode of Orange is the New Black.

* A complete chart of fall TV premiere dates. Mark your calendars!

* Speaking of, here's an extended promo for season 5 of The Vampire Diaries.

* An Agents of SHIELD featurette, plus an interview with Joss Whedon and a response that critiques the pilot's (unexpectedly timely) treatment of secrecy and government spying. And finally, the rebellion against all those damn periods has begun.

* Joss Whedon on casting James Spader as Ultron.

* Tom Hiddleston talks a lot about Loki and briefly mentions that vampire movie he's in with Tilda Swinton.

* Graceland was renewed for season 2, which means more of my bb, Aaron Tveit!

* Jim Butcher talks about the next installment of the Dresden Files series.

* Neil Patrick Harris is prepping to host the Emmys again.

* LOL best captions on boring photos ever. "Dan Stevens at the Grey Goose vodka party, because he's famous and part of his job is literally to drink free booze while people photograph him." She also has a serious crush on Benedict Cumberbatch.

* ETA: And now that it's over, series creator Matt Nix talks about the series finale of Burn Notice.
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[1-62] Orange is the New Black
[63-82] Graceland
[83-89] Zachary Levi (with Krysta Rodriguez)
[90-95] [community profile] iconthat (Luther, Mad Men, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, True Blood)
[96] Lost
[97-98] The Avengers


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I have been boring and not posting much, but it's summer and therefore not much is on TV and apparently that is all I talk about? *pause for existential crisis*

I've been using this time to whittle down my Netflix queue a little bit, but haven't watched anything really worth mentioning. On TV, I'm still watching my bb Aaron Tveit in Graceland, which is a fun and not terribly thought-provoking show. Oh, and Dexter, but I've only seen one ep, so I can't decide if it's still good or not.

Ooh, I did try cooking some things. Let's see, recipes...

Stir-Fried Rice with Asian Vegetables and Beef - This was good! I don't know why they recommend using frozen rice? I just made regular brown rice.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies - These were meh, but I might possibly have screwed them up, since the recipe called for egg substitute, which I didn't have. So I put in a real egg, but it was more than 2 tbsp. so then I added more flour and oats to counteract it. Oh well.

What is everyone else up to? What should I do to entertain myself? Talk to me!
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[1-3] The Americans
[4-11] Breaking Bad
[12-14] Buffy the Vampire Slayer
[15-17] Friday Night Lights
[18-19] Game of Thrones
[20-50] Graceland
[51] Shameless
[52-56] [community profile] iconthat (Burn Notice, My Mad Fat Diary, Hannibal, Teen Wolf)


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* Robert Redford is confirmed as playing "the head of S.H.I.E.L.D." in Captain America: Winter Soldier.

* Iron Man 3 trailer #9,202, plus a clip of Tony talking to a gaggle of reporters. At some point, I won't even need to see the movie.

* The J. August Richards S.H.I.E.L.D. role I linked to the other day has been confirmed.

* Aaron Tveit's new USA drama, Graceland, has a series premiere date.

* Is Matt Weiner's Mad Men spoiler phobia making unreasonable demands of TV critics? I mostly think he's being silly, since NO ONE watches Mad Men for the ~shocking twists.

* Apply for a job at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce! I apparently would make a good copy writer.

* If you missed the last five minutes of this week's episode of The Americans, FX has apologized for the DVR snafu and made the episode available online. Good thing, because those were a killer five minutes!

* I love oral histories. This one's for Jurassic Park. Also. the scene from the movie that real paleontologists say is unrealistic. It's... not ANY of the ones you'd expect.

* Jason Segel has written a series of YA books. I'm actually kind of curious to read them...
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* Following the success of the movie, Les Miserables is, unsuprisingly, coming back to Broadway. Has anyone seen the "reimagined" show? I am torn - I am kind of curious to see what's been changed, but I also don't want to be disappointed if it's TOO reimagined, lol. Speaking of Broadway, I'm going up to New York next weekend with my mom. We're taking our chances at the TKTS booth, but if anyone has recommendations, I'm open. Right now, I'm leaning toward either The Mystery of Edwin Drood or Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

* My bb Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick in a movie version of The Last Five Years! First of all, I am shocked this is happening, because TLFY is not a very well-known show, so I'm not sure what kind of movie audience they'd get (surely not the blockbuster of Les Miserables) although maybe they're counting on the new off-Broadway production to drum up attention? Second, I am curious how they plan to adapt it, given the structure of the show. But mostly: YAY.

* The Americans has been renewed for a second season already. After only four episodes have aired. That's how good it is, people.

* Nifty Catching Fire posters.

* Men and women apparently tweet differently. Women are more frequent users of "emoticons, ellipses (…), expressive lengthening (nooo waaay), repeated exclamation marks, puzzled punctuation (combinations of ? and !), the abbreviation omg, and transcriptions of backchannels like ah, hmm, ugh, and grr." As a frequent offender in allllllllll of those categories, this piqued my interest. I haven't read through the entire study, but the first thing that pops into my head is whether Twitter-speak might be influenced by the culture of more gendered spaces on the internet (compare the predominately female LJ/DW to the predominately male Reddit). We tend to adopt the speech patterns of our social group, and I know that I at least have been very influenced by my fandom experience. (I NEVER USED TO CAPSLOCK SO MUCH. NOW I HAVE ALL THE FEELINGS.)

And now, top fives:

From [personal profile] ever_neutral:

Top Five Dudes You Would Bang )
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[1-21] The Americans
[22-23] Aaron Tveit
[24-26] Jeremy Jordan
[27-34] [community profile] iconthat challenges (Veronica Mars, Thor, Hawaii Five-0, Supernatural)


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This will probably be of interest to no one but me, but whatever. I'm having fun. Anyway, there's a movie version of my favorite musical ever, Into the Woods, being made, and it's now confirmed that Meryl Streep will play the Witch. Earlier, there was a screenplay reading with lots of big names, some of whom may end up in the movie, but Meryl wasn't involved so obviously none of them are sure things.

Because I am me, I decided to do my own cast, since I know this musical better than anyone else ever, with the possible exception of Stephen Sondheim. (Literally, I cannot remember a time when I had not seen Into the Woods, because I started watching it at such an early age. Which was probably bad parenting on my mother's part, but most of the sex jokes went over my head.) I was going to make a picspam, like my genderswaps, but caps of the original Broadway production are nigh-impossible to find and what's out there is pretty poor quality (granted, the thing was filmed in, like, 1987, so what do you expect?).

To give myself a bit more of a challenge, I made an arbitrary requirement that, for the movie, everyone must have some prior film or television experience, otherwise I could just cast the whole thing with Broadway stars and be done with it. I also tried to inject a little diversity since, much as I love the Broadway cast, that is a very white show. Here we go!

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[1-42] Les Miserables
[43-49] Aaron Tveit
[50-52] Amanda Seyfried
[53] Jeremy Jordan
[54-57] Heidi Blickenstaff & Susan Blackwell
[58] Jeremy Renner
[59] Scarlett Johansson


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Been somewhat out of commission this week. My parents were here this weekend, and if it seems like that's really soon for them to visit after I just spent a whole week there over Christmas, you'd be right. But I had a colonoscopy on Monday, and so they came down so that I'd have someone to drive me home while I was loopy from the anesthesia. (Which I actually got this time. SO MUCH BETTER. Last time they gave me fucking extra strength Tylenol and I was awake the whole time and felt EVERYTHING. WHAT THE FUCK. I think that actually qualifies as cruel and unusual punishment. And the doctor was all, "You can watch on that screen if you want!" Like I'm Katie Couric or something.)

Anyway. Links:

* It's really a shame this post is in all-caps, because it's really a fascinating and insightful take on cinematography and pins down exactly what I disliked about Les Miserables but couldn't quite put into words.

* Speaking of which, there may possible be an extended director's cut version of Les Miserables? GOOD GOD HOW MUCH LONGER COULD THAT MOVIE POSSIBLY BE?

* Aaron Tveit continues to be my favorite, giving pronunciation lessons, talking about Les Miserables and his new show, Graceland, and why he's not on Twitter.

* Sarah Michelle Gellar is trying again with TV, this time on a sitcom. To be fair, I've always thought SMG's comedic talent was vastly underrated. She was great at the comic material on Buffy.

* Downton Abbey and Entourage are pretty much the same show. I can't actually speak to that, having never seen Entourage, but the criticisms of Downton are spot-on. Having just rewatched the first two eps of season 3 while my mom was here, this in particular resonated with me: "Downton Abbey is full of tension heightened by the fact that these people have nothing better to do than sit around and worry about nothing."

* Community could totes possibly get a fifth season. Yeah, I'm not holding my breath on that one.

* Jon Stewart says what we've all been thinking about the gun control debate.

* This oral history of Good Will Hunting made me all nostalgic. Remember when Matt and Ben were nobodies from Boston? LOL Matt: "Ben’s still the youngest writer to ever win an Oscar for screenwriting. I’d be the youngest if it weren’t for Ben. Fucking asshole."

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Um, I feel sort of silly putting a spoiler warning on a 150-year-old novel - and I strongly doubt there are many people going into this movie not knowing the story beforehand - but, you know.

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And it is good. Mostly. Full review forthcoming. For now, links:

* Samantha Barks as Eponine, singing "On My Own."

* Aaron Tveit talks about playing Enjolras, plus a clip of "Red and Black." I am also very excited to hear that he's been filming a TV pilot for USA Network. (I was wondering why he wasn't at the premieres!)

* This AV Club review is actually pretty spot-on, IMO.

In non-Les Miserables news:

* The sire bond plot is one of The Vampire Diaries' best ideas ever? Well, I don't know if I'd go THAT far, but there are some valid points which [personal profile] semele made, like, two weeks ago, but who's counting?

* Dan Stevens talks about a thing that happened on Downton Abbey that I don't know about because I haven't watched the Christmas special yet, but I kinda figured it was happening? Major spoilers, I imagine.

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