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* Amber Benson plays Fuck Marry Kill with the Buffy characters. I might quibble with one or two, but overall she makes good choices, lol.

* I am not sure how I feel about Syfy's upcoming 12 Monkeys TV series. I am even less sure how I feel about a Little House on the Prairie movie.

* In case there was any doubt about what to get me for Christmas, the official Dancing Baby Groot is coming to a store near you.

* Neil Patrick Harris talks about his Choose Your Own Autobiography book: “I’m not trying to force my life down anyone’s throat. But if you want to read about things being forced down throats, you can go to that page.” Bless.

* Jeremy Renner did a Reddit AMA promoting his film, Kill the Messenger. He laughs a lot.

* Andy Mientus is playing a supervillain on The Flash. Speaking of The Flash, I watched the pilot episode and it was okay? I still haven't had a chance to see Arrow, but I will probably watch more of this.

* Transparent has been renewed for a second season. I spent some of this weekend watching most of the first season, so this makes me very happy.

* Very interesting discussion of how The Mindy Project deals with (or doesn't deal with) race.

* Here's a write-up of the NYCC panel on The Americans. Also from Comic-Con, the teaser trailer for Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney.

* And here's the first trailer for The Librarians, a fantasy series from one of the creators of Leverage (and starring Leverage and Angel alum Christian Kane).
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OMG it's been aaaaaages since I've posted icons.

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[58-66] Avengers: Age of Ultron promo poster
[67-101] Avengers: Age of Ultron cast at SDCC
[102-106] Chris Evans
[107-109] Young Avengers
[110-117] Hawkeye


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One more Comic-Con linkspam. At least there's some other stuff...

* Jon Stewart's directorial debut, Rosewater, now has a release date.

* Laura Benanti will be appearing on Nashville.

* Undateable has been renewed for a second season.

* Photos and the first trailer for Into the Woods. It's... like they don't want you to know it's a musical or something? Weird.

* Girls' Allison Williams will be playing Peter Pan in NBC's live broadcast. You know what? I know a lot of people hate her (mostly because of her character on Girls), but I think she's actually a good choice.

* New Mockingjay trailer! I think this premiered at Comic-Con? There was weirdly little Hunger Games presence this year.

* Interviews with the creative team and the cast of Hannibal. (Spoilers for season 3.)

* Here's an interview with James Gunn and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy. I got to see the movie earlier this week and it is delightful! It is just as off-the-wall kooky as you'd expect from a movie in which 2/5 of the heroes are a talking raccoon and a giant tree person, Chris Pratt is PERFECT (he's like Andy Dwyer crossed with Han Solo), and it feels pretty different from all the prior Marvel movies.

* So, Chris Pratt has been asked a lot about his weight loss (in the link above, he talks about emotional eating and having body image issues), and I'm actually kind of amazed Marvel has let him talk so candidly. I mean, he talked about how they literally sent people to his house to weigh him every week. Granted, I'm sure he's not the only one - and it probably happens to actresses all the time even when they're not playing superheroes - but nobody ever talks about the gross body policing quite that bluntly. It's actually kind of uncomfortable.

And now for your daily dose of adorable idiots...

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* Paul Bettany talks about playing the Vision. I kind of get the sense he misses showing up for 45 minutes and walking away with a bag of cash? lol

* Kevin Feige talks about Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and other Marvel stuff.

* Karen Gillan talks about Guardians of the Galaxy and her new TV series, Selfie.

* Another perspective on the Age of Ultron footage shown at Comic-Con.

* Here is a pretty thorough round-up of video interviews with the cast.

* Here is also the full playlist of Nerd HQ videos. So far, I've only watched the Orphan Black panel (which is even more off the chain than last year's - seriously, pants come off and Zachary Levi curls into the fetal position, possibly in horror at what he hath wrought).

* This post-finale video from the TVD panel is pretty hilarious. Ian: "Nuh-uh. I've been killed off a TV show before and this is not how they do it." Paul: "Does this mean that I get more money?" CANDICE'S SANDWICH. And Nina knocking down walls to expand her dressing room, lmao.

* Completely non-Comic-Con related, Audra McDonald talks about playing Billie Holliday and her previous attempted suicide, which I never knew about before, wow. Like, when I first saw the headline, I thought it meant Billie, because that seemed more likely, but no. Audra, who went on to be a Tony-winning goddess.

I will put the rest of this under a cut, because it has precisely zero newsworthiness, and is entirely the cast of Avengers being ridiculous and adorably goofy together.

I fucking love these dipshits )
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This is like 90% Marvel, so... sorry if you care about anything else, lol. Yesterday was the Marvel Studios panel, so.

* Here's the fully assembled (heh) Avengers: Age of Ultron concept art poster that Marvel had been releasing in pieces.

* Guardians of the Galaxy hasn't even come out yet, but Marvel has already announced that James Gunn will write and direct the sequel.

* Ant-Man roles revealed for Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll. And write-up of the Ant-Man panel.

* Attention comics fans: if you've ever wanted to try out Marvel Unlimited, you can get a month's subscription for only 99 cents if you sign up this week during their Comic-Con promo.

* MTV Video interview with RDJ. And Chris Hemsworth. And Mark Ruffalo. And Paul Rudd.

* Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans are entirely too adorable together. They should be illegal. And another interview with Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and James Spader.

* Multiple write-ups of the Avengers panel - this one kinda gives a summary by actor, this one is more detailed (including description of the footage shown, so beware if you're avoiding spoilers), and this one also includes a bit on Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. And of course, here's the video of the panel.

* There's also video of the Agents of SHIELD panel (live-blog linked on Friday).

Other stuff:

* Live-blog of the Orphan Black panel.

* Video for the Hannibal panel, plus[ profile] cleolinda has a pretty thorough recap of all the season 3 spoilers (mostly new and returning characters) announced this week.

* Vampire Diaries panel live-blog. I'm not sure what's better, Ian Somerhalder revealing that he can write in perfect cursive with his toes, or this: "Paul. We agreed we weren't going to declare our love for each other in public. You idiot." - Ian, of course.

* And finally, if you've never been to Comic-Con and wondered what it's like, here's a diary of a day spent wandering the floor.

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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 )
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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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* Ellen Page came out last week, and you should watch her speech because it's amazing.

* I really liked the Transparent pilot from Amazon, and I hope it gets made into a series. Here's an interview with the creator as well as a conversation with the cast.

* Orange is the New Black has a season 2 premiere date and a teaser.

* I definitely need a big red "Get it the f*** together" button in my life.

* You can watch a new clip of Ben Kingsley's Mandarin short, All Hail the King.

* LOL at the Internet panic over an action figure possibly spoiling Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

* I really hope that Guardians of the Galaxy is as cracktastic as we're all expecting it to be.

* It would be totally unfair if President Obama gets advance episodes of Game of Thrones. (Then again, he's a busy guy. I guess he doesn't have time to read the books?)

* Karen Gillan has landed the lead role in an ABC comedy pilot.

* Shameless - which is having a fantastic season - has been renewed for a fifth.

* Alfonso Cuaron talks about Gravity and his other films.

* Zachary Levi talks about his Comic-Con-adjacent Nerd HQ.

* A Scrubs musical is coming to Broadway, but without any of the Scrubs cast and not based on the Scrubs musical episode.

* Here's a sneak peek at season 2 of The Americans.
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* Interview with Kevin Feige, talking about Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and other Marvel things.

* I already basically recced the entirety of Nerd HQ, but I also want to give a shout out to the Orphan Black panel, which is - while just as hysterically funny as the rest - also chock full of serious talk about acting, deep character analysis, and the philosophical implications of the show's plotlines. And, I mean, Jordan Gavaris sings Taylor Swift while Tatiana Maslany beatboxes. It's not all high-brow shit, lol. Also, an interview with the show's creators on what to expect in season 2.

* Speaking of Nerd HQ, this post about the realities of Comic-Con pretty much convinces me (if I weren't already) that SDCC is totally not worth it at all, and if I were ever to go, I'd just hang out at Nerd HQ the whole time, lol. (It also makes a decent argument for why TV shows and movies show "exclusives" like trailers and clips to the Comic-Con audience that they don't want leaking online. I know a lot of people were pissed off at Moffat for threatening to take his toys and go home if fans posted stuff online - and yeah, not wanting what is essentially promotional video being used to, you know, promote the show seems weirdly backwards, but on the other hand, good lord, those fans who paid thousands of dollars and spent hours or days waiting in line have earned the right to something special that's just for them.)

* One Comic-Con panel I would really have liked to see is the Women Who Kick Ass panel. (Haven't been able to find video, but that link's got a full transcript. If you just want a summary, here's EW's article, and Grantland's summary of the reaction to it.) This is apparently the fourth year it's been held, but there's been a lot of talk about how this year shit got REAL, both in the panelists' discussion of sexism and in the sexist responses to it by the white dudes in the audience.

* Aaron Paul proves once again that he is one of the coolest, most down-to-earth celebrities ever. Also, he talked about interactions with fans during his appearance on Conan: "Sure, I'll call anyone you want a bitch!" Bless.

* LOL the Daily Beast evaluated the singing abilities of the Into the Woods movie cast. At least someone's thinking about it, even if the casting director obviously isn't.
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So, you should go watch all the Nerd HQ videos, because they're funny and Zachary Levi is my TV boyfriend, but if you only watch one, make it the conversation with Tom Hiddleston because WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK LMFAO.

Things that happen during the course of this Q&A:
- Tom quotes Shakespeare (of course).
- Tom speaks French.
- Zac claims he has never felt more uncultured in his entire life.
- Tom does impressions of Chris Evans and Zac.
- Tom reads a text message (in his Zac voice) in which Zac threatened to personally punch him in the dick. "You have been warned."


Other linky things:

* I've seen a lot of interviews from Joss, and everybody talks about Agents of SHIELD as his show, even though poor Jed and Maurissa are the ACTUAL showrunners, so here's an interview with them.

* Jennifer Lawrence proves once again she is just as much of a fangirl as you. WHY SO ADORABLE, JEN?

* Dule Hill in a Broadway musical. WHAT.
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So, this is what happens when I go away for the weekend while Comic-Con is happening? I mean, HEIDI IN NEXT TO NORMAL obviously takes priority, but... yikes.

* Jake Gyllenhaal is no longer playing a Prince in Into the Woods, possibly being replaced by Broadway vet Billy Magnussen. If only Johnny Depp would have a scheduling conflict...

* Ever wonder why all those Hollywood blockbusters seem like the same movie? It's because they are.

* Lots of cool detail work happening in Catching Fire. This just made me SO EXCITED for the movie to come out. I... kind of think it will be better than the first one?

* I have been waiting for someone to put this together since I started watching Game of Thrones, lol.

* Bunheads is officially canceled. :(

* Someone is making 12 Monkeys into a TV series on Syfy. I loved that movie, but... why.

And now Comic-Con:
This got REALLY long )
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Anyone else going? I was planning to go to the con with my RL friend (who's also a Buffy fan), so I just emailed her to see if she was interested in James' private party thinger. If so, we'll probably just do that and not bother with the con. I will, of course, pout that he's not doing a cheaper gig like at most cons, but we were going to pay $120 each for one photo, one auto, and one day admission to the con (not even a Q&A at this con? WTF?), so really, $200 for a Q&A, concert, and chatty time is probably a better deal.
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Himber Entertainment can confirm that James will be appearing at Monster Mania, August 21-23 at Cherry Hill, NJ, subject to work commitments. He will be signing autographs ($40) and posing for photographs ($60) on the Saturday and Sunday only. Sales will be on the day and in cash. He hopes to do a Q&A but the date and time are to be confirmed. More information, as we know it, will be found at

Tickets and further details of the event can be found at
James' attendance at this event is sponsored by J&J Collectibles (

Gah! Cherry Hill? That's less than 15 minutes from where I used to live. Methinks a visit to the parentals might be in order for that weekend.


Feb. 16th, 2009 12:38 pm
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So, I seem to have made it through another JM event without serious mishap (although we were sans [ profile] slaymesoftly). I was pretty much an idiot right off the bat when I left my ticket at home, and had to backtrack 20 minutes to get it, but I still managed to get there in time for dinner with [ profile] seductivembrace (I've never gone 90 before!). It was a lot of fun, and mucho thanks to her for letting me crash in her hotel room.

Concert )


Jan. 12th, 2009 07:14 pm
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I just got the ticket in the mail today, which reminded me that I never mentioned I bought a ticket for JM's concert thingy in February. I was going to go, and then I wasn't because I didn't want to go by myself, but then I checked the ticket website, and it just happened to give me the seat next to [ profile] slaymesoftly, so I figured it was fate. I'm just going to the concert, and not staying overnight or anything, so I'll probably spend more time driving than actually being there, but what the hey.

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Just throwing it out there that I will definitely be going to Fangoria this year. I managed to talk my friends into it - in fact, the two college roommates who got me into Buffy in the first place, one of whom I haven't seen since college, so it'll be kinda like a reunion. We may also be bringing along one or two of Becky's other more recent conversions (Becky is quite the Buffy evangelist). How many people can we cram into one hotel room?? lol

So anyway, assuming I don't get stuck in a traffic jam and miss half the day like last year, maybe I'll see some of you. :)
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