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Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii guys!!!!! I have been in Chicago, so there's LOADS to catch up on. Which means you probably already saw these links two weeks ago when they were new, but in case you haven't, here they are:

Under a cut because it's super-long )
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* Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are reunited as creepy pawn shop owners in this funny Emmy awards promo with Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

* TV renewal announcements: The Strain has been renewed for season 2. I haven't been terribly impressed with the show so far, but I haven't given up yet, either. Finding Carter, which I find endearing in an ABC Family kind of way (seriously, this show belongs in a double-feature with The Fosters on ABC Fam, not MTV), has also been renewed, and Masters of Sex is getting a third season.

* Adrianne Palicki as Mockingbird! YAAAAAAAAASSSSSSS.

* First photo of Paul Rudd in Ant-Man, which added several actors to the cast, including John Slattery, suggesting that the older Howard Stark (as opposed to 1940s!Stark, played by Dominic Cooper) will play a role in flashbacks. Or time travel, who knows.

* Here's a roundup of everything we know about Avengers: Age of Ultron.

* Here's another Homeland season 4 trailer.

* Emma Stone is making her Broadway debut in Cabaret.

* Director Francis Lawrence drops some hints about Mockingjay and splitting the book into two films. 

* Why you should watch You're the Worst. I really did not expect to find this show hilarious, because while I often find terrible people to be interesting to watch, I rarely find them endearing, but I don't know, you guys. Maybe it's that they are terrible in kind of the ways that we all wish we could be terrible but worry about being judged?

* First promo for season 6 of The Vampire Diaries.

* Watch the Parks & Recreation gag reel.

* Enlisted will not be getting a second life from Yahoo. :(
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* I want this baby Groot SO BADLY:

If Marvel doesn't come out with an actual dancing version of this in their merchandise, they clearly don't know their audience.

* Peter Quill's "Awesome Mix Vol. 1" is definitely the best Marvel soundtrack ever. I bought it the day after seeing the movie the first time, and have had "Hooked on a Feeling" stuck in my head ever since.

* Granted, GotG is definitely the funniest Marvel movie we've seen, but I feel like the "grim brooding superhero" trope is far more applicable to recent DC movies than Marvel. (The Avengers may not be as explicitly jokey, but they are snarkmasters, each and every one, and I laugh an awful lot in those films.) At the same time, though, I TOTALLY get the feeling that Chris Pratt is the male version of Jennifer Lawrence.

* Much as I loved GotG, I am bitter about the post-credits scene. I really, really wanted it to be a Captain Marvel teaser (come on, guys, Katee Sackhoff already said she would do it). I swear to God, if we get a cut for post-credits spoiler ) movie before a female superhero standalone, there will be no containing my HULKSMASH. 

* Speaking of which, Kevin Feige really wants to do a female superhero standalone movie, you guys. It's just really hard, see, because there are so many DUDES that need movies first, you know?

* I really want to believe that sexism is a "defunct idea" in the MCU, but at least as far as GotG is concerned, I think "James Gunn just thinks it's funny" is a more likely explanation.

* In case you haven't seen it yet, here is the Phase 1 and 2 retrospective video/extended commercial for the DVD combo package Marvel showed at Comic-Con.

* The cast and creators of Agents of SHIELD talk about season 2, but since they can't actually say anything, they mostly just stand there and get speculated at, lol.

* Captain America: The Winter Soldier gag reel. What doofuses. "(whines) Because I'm in chaaaaaarge."

* COMPLETELY UNRELATED TO MARVEL: Bryan Cranston talks about Walter White and directing Better Call Saul.

* Stephen Colbert gives some really excellent advice to teenage girls (no, that's not sarcasm - he's out of "character").

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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.


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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* 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.
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* The writers of Captain America: The Winter Soldier talk about Cap adjusting to the modern world. Plus, an interview with the Russos.

* The cast of Winter Soldier plays Would You Rather.

* Two thinkpieces on why the best Cap stories happen when America is confused about what it stands for, and how Cap is the most tragic Avenger (which, incidentally, is why I love his story so much).

* I will say that Captain America finally made Agents of SHIELD interesting. So curious how they're going to deal with the movie's developments.

* Jed and Mo attempt to address the show's critics - but I think they're fooling themselves if they think the problem is that audiences are expecting "a Marvel movie each week."

* J. August Richards talks about playing Deathlok, and a certain guest star will be popping up in the season finale.

* In this profile of Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, he drops the info that Marvel has movies planned out to 2028. Good lord.

* Feige also mentioned that Hawkeye and the Hulk will play significant roles in Age of Ultron.

* Here's a trailer for Jon Favreau's film, Chef, which I'm just going to assume is about Happy and Natasha opening a restaurant, while Tony gets a food truck.

* An interview with Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Plus interviews with Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams and Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Arya and Bran Stark), and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), who, by the way, will also be appearing in Mockingjay.

* Josh Radnor talks about the HIMYM finale. This pretty much sums up my feelings on the episode. Apparently, the DVD will include an alternate ending.

* Jordan Gavaris talks about playing Felix on Orphan Black.

* I would so totally read the heck out of a Bryan Cranston memoir about Breaking Bad.

* Here is Jeremy Jordan singing "Let It Go."
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* Gone with the Wind is getting a prequel novel about Mammy (whose real name, it happens, is Ruth). Which reminds me, I never posted my GWTW meta/reaction post that I started writing last summer and never finished. I should maybe get back to that sometime.

* It never occurred to me that Winnie the Pooh needed an origin story film, but apparently he's getting one anyway.

* Coulson's cellist is finally making an appearance, and she looks a lot like Amy Acker.

* Over the last week or so, I've been binge-watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I watched the pilot back when it first premiered and wasn't really feeling it, but after hearing people rave about it for a whole season, I decided to give it another shot and I liked it! So here's an interview with Mike Schur, the co-creator. Plus, what the show can learn from Parks & Recreation.

* Matthew Weiner talks about Mad Men and is actually interesting, even though he still gives nothing away.

* Bryan Cranston talks Breaking Bad and his new role as President Lyndon Johnson on Broadway.

* Here's a recap of the Community panel at PaleyFest.

* Dan Rydell was temporarily resurrected when Josh Charles made an appearance on Keith Olbermann's show.

* Revisiting possibly the greatest thing HIMYM has ever brought us, Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Segel once again sing "The Confrontation" from Les Miserables.

* Here's a sneak peek at Captain America's new uniform, which is changing yet again for Age of Ultron. (Also, am I displaying my obsessive nerdery if I point out that's clearly a stunt double and not Chris Evans, as the article states?)
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* Chris Pratt talks about getting cast in Guardians of the Galaxy. At first I was kind of surprised at how... grown-up he sounds in this interview? And then I realized that I totally think of him as Andy Dwyer in real life, lol.

* Now there's a rumor that Ms. Marvel will be appearing in Age of Ultron, too. (That link also contains the spoiler from the other day, so don't click if you don't want to know. And while we're here, here's some talk about that character's costume.) Interesting that she's called "Ms. Marvel" rather than her more recent title, Captain Marvel, which is possibly a licensing issue, but also causing some speculation that it will actually be the Muslim Ms. Marvel character that just debuted in the comics. I... highly doubt that, but it'd be awesome if it were true.

* Yesssss! The US will be getting the director's cut of Snowpiercer and not some weird, mutilated version. Who knows when, though...

* Jonathan Banks talks about Breaking Bad and his new role on Community.

* In case you ever doubted that television saves lives, here is your proof.

* Matt Damon talked more about that George Clooney prank on Letterman.

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* Jonathan Banks is officially in the Better Call Saul spin-off, which, IMO, makes it 10x better already.

* And here's an interview with Aaron Paul and his young Hellion co-star, who happens to be a Breaking Bad fan.

* Another image of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor.

* Tom Hiddleston jumps rope, does push-ups, and breathes heavily. You're welcome. Also, Tom wearing the Captain America suit in a Thor: The Dark World behind the scenes feature. He even does Chris Evans' VOICE, hilarious.

* The new Maleficent trailer is creepy and awesome as fuck.

* And, since we haven't had a cooking post in a while: Garlic-Lemon Mahi-Mahi. Super simple, probably doesn't really need a recipe, but I made it and it was yummy so I'm gonna brag about it.


Jan. 19th, 2014 07:39 pm
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* NBC's next live musical will be Peter Pan.

* The head of NBC has all but promised us another season of Parks & Recreation.

* I don't think I had mentioned that I caught up on Hannibal this winter, but I did, and now there's a new trailer for season 2. JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL.

* Had they not gone for a 9th season, apparently HIMYM would have ended with Victoria as the Mother. Wow, for once I think they actually made a GOOD decision in casting Cristin Milioti instead. I liked Victoria the first time around, but I'd also probably have strangled someone if it turned out the Mother was the first person Ted dated and we spent all this time just needlessly prolonging the story.

* Kyle Chandler is getting a new series on Netflix.

* The boys of The Vampire Diaries talk about the 100th episode and whether or not they're surprised their characters made it this far, lol.

* Jack Gleeson may play a horrible brat king on Game of Thrones, but in real life, he's actually quite thought-provoking and academic when talking about celebrity culture.

* Aaron Paul talks about his new film (and also Breaking Bad, of course).

* Mark Ruffalo talks about having read the Avengers 2 script. Also, Thomas Kretchmann has been cast as Baron von Strucker.

* God help us all if Johnny Depp ends up joining the Marvel universe.

* Agents of SHIELD is trying again to draw in audiences with a Marvel movie crossover - this time with an appearance by Sif.

* Jason Dohring reminisces about Veronica Mars and talks about the upcoming film.

* Some speculation on how they've changed the ending to Gone Girl for the movie, as well as some concerns about messing with such an intricate plot.

* So, Chris Pine went on Jimmy Kimmel and sang very well, so that's one less thing to worry about re: the Into the Woods movie.

* The French trailer for Only Lovers Left Alive is kinda creepy.

* What city should you actually live in? I got London. Yesssssssssssssss. "Let’s be honest, you probably look pretty good in a Burberry trench coat. You’re the type of person who loves city life, but without all the hype. Your ideal day consists of the Tate Modern, a pleasant evening at a nice restaurant, and a hot cup of tea before bed."


Dec. 3rd, 2013 10:10 pm
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No rambly topic today, just links: 

* More holiday gift guides: for Broadway fans and TV fans.

* A linguistic analysis of the best way to make fun of Benedict Cumberbatch's ridiculous name. Yes, really.

* An appreciation of the use of pop music in The Americans.

* Now they are making a Cats movie. I love cats, and I love musicals, but this is one of my least favorite shows ever, so... yeah.

* They are making another Bourne movie with Jeremy Renner.

* This is the Orange is the New Black Christmas video you never knew you always wanted.

* Tom Hiddleston recites poetry.

* Here's an update on the Better Call Saul spinoff.

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Stuck at work, waiting for it to officially be the long weekend. Lots of Catching Fire links:

* The genderbending of Katniss/Peeta was one of the first things that stood out to me in reading the series, so I'm glad other people are picking up on it.

* How realistic are the economic conditions of Panem?

* Francis Lawrence talks about filming the cliffhanger ending. Also, how they snuck in Johanna's f-bombs, lol.

* Catching Fire review/discussion: "I think Peeta might be Steve Rogers in another life" = OMFG THAT IS SO TRUE. CANNOT UNSEE.  And now I am imagining the Avengers competing in the Hunger Games. Natasha would wipe the floor with everyone.

* Nine ways in which this blog author clearly missed the point of Mockingjay. Yes, Mockingjay is depressing, people die, and horrible things happen to everyone. That is the ENTIRE POINT.

* This Catching Fire discussion actually gets at that first "problem" of Katniss being a passive participant by pointing out that Katniss has never been in control of the action: "Katniss is tough, resourceful, and a survivor, but not really a plotter, and not one who likes to think about the big picture, or what her role in that picture might be. [...] She can be brilliant in the moment, like when she threatens to eat those poison berries, but she’s generally being kicked around by friend and foe alike." She never wanted to be "the girl on fire." She never wanted to be the Mockingjay or the leader of a rebellion. It was a strategy she accepted reluctantly as a means to survive.

Fortunately, the films "do a better job than the books at keeping her from seeming dim or weak as a consequence," so I hope they can manage to portray the nuances of a character with PTSD and her role as a somewhat passive figurehead in Mockingjay without making her less sympathetic. 

* LOL Marvel have finally confirmed that Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen are playing the Maximoffs. EVERYONE ALREADY KNOWS, YOU GUYS.

* More discussion of Marvel and how the Avengers franchise is more like television than movies.

* Yay! I'm glad J. August Richards will be back on Agents of SHIELD. Please make him a regular character.

* Words cannot express how desperately I covet the full series Breaking Bad DVD set. The behind-the-scenes documentary alone sounds worth it.

* Stephen Sondheim wrote a new song for Meryl Streep for Into the Woods. Because only new original songs are eligible for Oscars. *sigh*
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* Anna Gunn is playing the female lead role opposite David Tennant in that American remake of Broadchurch (which, incidentally, is called Gracepoint). It still seems silly to remake the same show over again, but honestly, if someone at Fox watched Broadchurch and was like, "You know what? We should totally remake that, just so Anna Gunn can be in it!" I really can't fault them for their logic.

* James Marsters has written another Spike comic. This interview is confusing, because the interviewer keeps talking about "season 6" when the description of the plot clearly places it after Spike gets his soul. Scott Allie clarifies - it takes place during season 7.

* What to get the Breaking Bad fan in your life for Christmas. And the Marvel fan.

* In related news, there's apparently a Hellmouth in Turkmenistan.

* I am always a sucker for TV credits sequence mashups, but Orphan Black done Parks & Rec style is doubly hilarious because ALL THE ACTORS ARE TATIANA MASLANY.

* Which Doctor Who companion are you? I am Rory Williams. I feel like that's accurate?

* There really are a lot of similarities between Scandal and Game of Thrones in the way men treat women, aren't there?

* IDK guys, the trailer for Muppets Most Wanted doesn't really thrill me. I think it needs musical numbers and Jason Segel.

* How Friends paired up Monica and Chandler.

* I never realized there were so many turtlenecks in Love Actually...

* I don't watch Saturday Night Live regularly, but when I do, Kate McKinnon is always flawless.

* I'm not sure how I feel about Idris Elba playing Luke Cage when he's already playing another role in the Marvel universe. Then again, Chris Evans, but aren't we pretending The Fantastic Four never happened?

* Haha, remember back in, like, early season 3 when Damon/Elena was crowned the 12-year-old idiot ship? (Sigh. Good times.) Well, they've officially been replaced by Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson's ridiculous bromance. Also, Jen continues to be adorably nuts on David Letterman. (Also, girlfriend, you have my sympathies on the GI issues. BEEN THERE. POOPED THAT.)

* Aaron Paul pulls the best pranks ever. I feel like he's told that meteor story before, but the cartoon illustrations really make it.

* Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez are adorable as always answering fan questions. THE INTERSECT IS FOR PORN OMG DYING. Also, you guys, I am going to see First Date at Christmas woooo!

* A cat has been summoned for jury duty in Boston. Your move, Florida.

* Best nutrition facts ever.

* Fun for my linguists: not one but two articles examining the influence of the Internet on the English language. Because reasons.

* The most WTF thing someone did while hooking up. No lie, I laughed outrageously hard at the ninja turtles one.
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* Ahahaha, I'm a fan of The Sound of Music generally, but Linda Holmes makes some excellent (and hilarious) points. For example: "You would start by teaching untrained children to sing in unison. There's nothing wrong with unison. Having them sing in seven-part harmony is overly ambitious and likely to create stress."

* Mostly leaving this here until I get to see Thor: The Dark World, but if you're wondering about the post-credits sequence, here you go.

* ROTFLMFAO at this Chinese theater accidentally using a slashy fanmade poster instead of the official Thor poster. In other not-real promotional material, I give you the trailer for Thor Actually.

* Slumber party with Tom Hiddleston! I... can't even describe this. You just have to watch it. While we're on the subject, here is a collection of Tom being adorable.

* I have really enjoyed the unconventional director choices Marvel has made. I think it adds an interesting dimension to each film and keeps them from seeming bland and generically superhero-y.

* Marvel has spawned a whole new set of TV series, which will be streaming on Netflix. The guys at HitFix discuss further.

* The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special will be aired all around the world simultaneously.

* OMG Love Actually came out 10 years ago? That... makes me feel really old.

* Oooh, this is interesting: what Masters of Sex doesn't address about the real-life Virginia Johnson.

* A Hunger Games theme park? Really? "After the Hunger Games theme park, Lionsgate should consider a Hunger Games reality show, because that also sounds like a great idea that could in no way backfire." Also: Katniss/Gale clip from Catching Fire!

* This article doesn't really tell us anything new about the Saul spin-off, but I am including it because this deserves to be quoted: "For example, Breaking Bad itself was originally going to be the story of a high school chemistry teacher who lives a contented but vaguely unsatisfying life, with every episode was going to consist of Walter White staring off into the middle distance while he gives a lecture about hydrogen bonds.

“But what if he wore a hat?” mused Vince Gilligan, and a hit was born."
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* Zachary Levi talks about Thor: The Dark World and First Date, which I apparently need to get my ass to New York to see before the end of the year.

* And speaking of The Dark World, here's an interview with the director. I get the sense he was not totally pleased with his Marvel experience, lol.

* If this is actually what Ben Kingsley's secret Marvel project was about... meh. I LOVED what they did with the Mandarin in IM3. Fanboys can go fuck themselves.

* I agree with pretty much everything in this Agents of SHIELD critique (including the punctuation). Please get better, Show.

* Hmmm. Not sure how I feel about the Veronica Mars movie promo putting so much emphasis on the Logan/Veronica/Piz love triangle. I mean, Chris Lowell, you're adorbs, but why even is Piz still around?

* Final Catching Fire trailer! OMG I AM EXCITE.

* I swear, someday the internet will run out of Breaking Bad links. But not today. Check out the last two pages of the series finale script. Also, BREAKING BAD ON ICE IS A THING THAT EXISTS.

* This review of the Jonathan Rhys Meyers Dracula series is full of epic snark. A sample: "So Dracula's plan is to introduce a new energy source that will devalue The Order's oil interests and... Oh Dear God. If you're Dracula and you want to get revenge on people, you make yourself an army of vampires and you tear everybody associated with those people into little bits. Your plan is "Murder, pillage, wipe the blood from my mouth" not "Boy I bet it'll make them disappointed if their stock takes a dip." If your plan takes longer than three days, you're not Dracula. You're Emily Thorne."

* Sesame Street did a Homeland parody. OMG. I can't even.

* Tom Hiddleston is not the only one who does impressions. Here are celebrities imitating other celebrities.

* Wow. Woooooow. We never did anything that cool when I was in marching band.

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* CAPTAIN AMERICA TRAILER!!! So excited for this, you do not even know. Chris Evans, you are presh. Marry me.

* LOL the director of Thor: The Dark World is already disowning the post-credits Guardians of the Galaxy teaser.

* Tom Hiddleston is still doing impressions, this time of Muppets. But watch out, Tom, because Alan Rickman is onto you, dude.

* And Ben Kingsley apparently did something mysterious with Marvel. More Mandarin?

* Neil Patrick Harris and family once again win Halloween. Everybody else, just go home.

* Vince Gilligan addresses some Breaking Bad fan theories. Also, I'm losing track, did I post this interview already?

* Homeland and Masters of Sex have both been renewed for another season. While the less said about Homeland the better at this point, I am really enjoying Masters of Sex. Definitely my favorite new series of the season.

Speaking of TV, we might as well check in on the other new series:

I am still watching Mom, Agents of SHIELD, Trophy Wife, The Crazy Ones, and The Michael J. Fox Show. Mom and Trophy Wife have both improved quite a bit, while The Crazy Ones and The Michael J. Fox Show have not. AND YET STILL BETTER THAN HIMYM WTF IS EVEN HAPPENING WITH THAT TRAIN WRECK. Agents of SHIELD is still running mainly on potential, but I'm in that one for the long haul.

Also, I have gotten back into Elementary. If you'll recall, I watched the first episode a while back, but didn't feel compelled to watch more. I'm almost through season 1 now, and it's quite good?
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Sorry I have been terribly neglectful and missing everything. I've been away for a bit, first headed to New Jersey for [personal profile] mcmegan's wedding, then to Orlando for work. Possibly I will discuss those things further in a locked post, but for now, all the links I missed over the last week or so:

* Behind the scenes photos from Breaking Bad. Bryan Cranston with the monocle! Also, an interview with Vince Gilligan on the end of the series and what he's doing next. And a Breaking Bad opera is apparently a thing that is happening.

* This comparison of Agents of SHIELD to early Fringe is actually right on point, IMO. Maybe AoS will get better - Fringe did (before it got way, way worse). Nevertheless, the show is a success (it just received a full season episode order) and Marvel is planning five more TV series set in the same universe. Also, Jeph Loeb and the Fitz/Simmons actors (I would use their names if I thought anyone would know who I was talking about) talked about the show at NY Comic Con.

* Tom Hiddleston has been known to do impressions of his costars, but this is above and beyond: Tom does Owen Wilson playing Loki. No wonder this (male) interviewer is so smitten with him. HE QUOTES SHAKESPEARE AT PASSING DUCKS. NO REALLY. Seriously, Hiddles is the hilarious gift that keeps on giving.

* Really interesting look at the clothes on The Mindy Project and dressing people of all shapes and sizes. (It IS possible!)

* Now that gay marriage is legal in California, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard got married with no fanfare whatsoever.

* Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be hosting the Golden Globes for the next two years, which is a good step in the direction of them hosting everything ever (except the Tonys, which belong to NPH forever).

* Photos from the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode.

* Tatiana Maslany talks about her guest appearance on Parks & Rec.

* Damian Lewis has interviews about Brody and Homeland here and here. (Speaking from personal experience, I think he wildly underestimates nuns in the first interview.)

* New Catching Fire trailer. Looks good, but lol, I didn't even realize Coldplay was still around?
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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.

No spoilers, just long )


Oct. 3rd, 2013 08:52 pm
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* Prompted by the Damon Lindelof article I linked yesterday, this is a look at anger and ugliness in fandom.

* Another intriguing, yet farfetched, theory about the Breaking Bad finale, a less farfetched and more symbolic explanation, and an observation of just how remarkable it is that such a carefully constructed episode could still function as a Rorschach test for its audience in the vein of BSG, Lost, or The Sopranos.

* A hilarious (and yet remarkably accurate) guide to Scandal, which returns tonight.

* Wow, Sleepy Hollow has already gotten a renewal for season 2. I haven't watched it, and didn't really plan to, but then everyone started talking about how completely, unapologetically bananas it is, and I am kind of curious?

* The new 24 mini-season will be set in London. Points for the "Union Jack" pun.

* Uh, so, did Samuel L. Jackson confirm the Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch casting?

* Nathan Fillion will be guest-starring on Community.

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