next_to_normal: (Anya popcorn)
I am now finished season 5 and finding that I remember NONE OF THIS.

Read more... )
next_to_normal: Kate Bishop typing on a computer with two fingers (Computer Kate)
So, a couple weeks ago, I had lunch with [personal profile] angearia and [personal profile] gryfndor_godess and they both mentioned that they were watching (or rewatching, in Emmie's case) Gilmore Girls in anticipation of the new "season" (4 90-minute episodes) coming to Netflix in November. And because I absolutely have the free time for a 7-season binge and NOTHING ELSE TO WATCH (/sarcasm), I decided to do my own rewatch. I'm up to season 4, and had some thoughts that essentially are an extension of our lunch conversation but were too long for text messages, so they became a post, lol. 

Read more... )
next_to_normal: (VM exasperated)
1. I have decided to get myself a TV streaming stick, either a Roku or Amazon Fire. I am leaning toward Roku based on internet comparisons, but I do have Amazon Prime and a Kindle Fire, so I'm open to being persuaded in that direction. (Also, I have a suspicion that as soon as I buy a Roku, they will announce that they're coming out with a newer model, whereas Amazon already did.) Anyone have a recommendation or preference? (Obviously the best time to purchase such a thing is AFTER I spent the weekend binge-watching not one, but TWO TV series - Jessica Jones and The Man in the High Castle - on my laptop. Both shows are highly recommended, FYI.)

2. I really want to email this to my mother and be like, "Do you think maybe we could try this for a change?" I might possibly be cranky after a phone call this weekend in which I mentioned having a lot of pain this week, and her response being, 'Well, you have been doing a lot of cooking lately and eating more than usual." Like, SORRY MY BAD for trying to eat relatively balanced meals and maintain a healthy weight. Maybe I should go back to eating nothing but grilled cheese. I get that she just wants to be able to make me better and critiquing everything I ingest is her trying to ~solve my Crohn's but CROHN'S DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY and just once I would like to say, "Hey, I'm in a lot of pain," and hear, "I'm sorry, honey, that sucks," instead of, essentially, "Well, that's what you get for eating FOOD." 

3. Speaking of food, I made butternut squash soup this weekend. I'm not even going to bother linking the recipe because the proportions were way off and I ended up having to add more than twice as much chicken stock as the recipe called for in order to get the right consistency, so I'll be looking for a different recipe the next time I make it. My parents have one, but it makes about eight gallons of soup, so I figured I'd just look for a smaller batch recipe online, but this one was not a winner. Tasted fine, though, once I made it not mashed potatoes-esque. 
next_to_normal: Spike and Dawn looking thoughtful; text: are you pondering what i'm pondering? (Spike/Dawn pondering)
Is anyone else watching The Affair? The plot is... pretty self-explanatory. It's about two people who are married, not to each other, and having an affair. The initial hook was that each episode was divided into two parts, telling the story from each main character's POV, sometimes repeating the same events but with contradictions or inconsistencies that suggested intriguing things about memory and unreliable narrators. Except by the end of the season, the versions were sometimes SO different that you couldn't tell what actually happened, like, from a basic plot perspective, which ended up just being distracting.

So I wasn't even sure I was going to watch season 2, but then I did, and weirdly found myself most concerned with a totally minor thread in which the main character's teenage son is having stomach aches - like, up until this week's episode, it is not even mentioned often enough to be a legitimate subplot, it literally is just a vague thing happening in the background of the story. To the point that I was seriously questioning myself, like, is the show that boring or am I just that obsessed with digestive problems that I will latch onto any character experiencing them, no matter how minor?

AND THEN THE KID GOES TO THE HOSPITAL WITH A PERFORATED BOWEL AND IT TURNS OUT HE HAS CROHN'S DISEASE AND I'M LIKE, "LOL OMG MY INSTINCTS ARE FLAWLESS."

But then that got me thinking that this is probably the first TV character I have ever seen with Crohn's disease, and in general how rarely we see ANY kind of chronic illness on television that isn't cancer. I mean. other than President Bartlet's MS on The West Wing and Michael J. Fox on The Good Wife (and his short-lived sitcom, where his character also had Parkinson's), can you name any? I sincerely doubt this "kid with Crohn's" plotline is going to become a huge part of The Affair - if it comes up again at all, it'll undoubtedly be only in the context of how his parents handle it, since they're the show's main characters.

Maybe that's because living with chronic illness doesn't fit neatly into a plotline. I mean, cancer has a well-defined arc - it's a character-strengthening battle you either win (yay happy ending!) or lose (tragic death). But most chronic illnesses just go on and on and maybe there are ups and downs, but there's no END (granted, some illnesses are irreversibly degenerative, but it's usually a long-term thing that won't kill you nearly quick enough to be dramatically relevant). The best you can hope for is managing your symptoms, and in general you just live with it every day and it sucks and probably is kind of boring and nothing anyone would want to watch for entertainment. 
next_to_normal: (Sarah LOL)
ONE DAY after posting that Sopranos post, I drove home to my parents' house, only to discover that "Tony Soprano's Pizza" is apparently opening up in the space where our old local pizzeria used to be. 
next_to_normal: Tony Stark wearing sunglasses (Tony shades)
Whenever anyone would tell me I should watch The Sopranos, I used to joke, "What do I need to watch it for? I've got my own dysfunctional Italian family." It was the same reason I always gave for never having seen The Godfather or any of the other mafia movies. But, you know, it was always meant to be sarcastic, because I was pretty sure my life actually bore very little resemblance to a TV show or movies about mobsters. I did grow up in New Jersey in an Italian-American family, but although we certainly had a criminal element, as far as I can tell, the crime was anything but organized, lol.

But people keep telling me how good it is, and this summer one of my favorite TV critics was doing a rewatch of the first season, so I said what the hell, I'll give it a shot. (I've only seen the first season so far.)

YOU GUYS IT IS SO EXACTLY MY DYSFUNCTIONAL ITALIAN FAMILY.

Very minor spoilers, mostly just me blathering about my childhood )
next_to_normal: Aaron Tveit in Graceland (Mike Warren)
This season's "big bad," such as it were, is a character named Ari Adamian, heir of an Armenian crime family, played by Rhys Coiro.

He also, I have noticed, bears some resemblance to my gastroenterologist.

At least, a younger version of him. And I have no idea if Coiro's accent is at all accurate, but it is similarly foreign enough, given my zero talent for identifying accents, to remind me of my doctor's accent (he's Hungarian). It's the kind of thing where the accent probably wouldn't ping me at all except he LOOKS like him, too, so. 

So now if you watch Graceland, you too can picture my GI doc as a crime boss. And when they make the movie of this part of my life (working title Vomit: The Neverending Story), I know who will be playing Dr. H.
next_to_normal: (Peggy Olsen)
Hello again. So, I was sick and miserable through most of March - including my birthday :( - and then I started new drugs and now I'm feeling better and also have learned how to give myself injections, which is a thing I have been avoiding for like 5 years, but it turns out it's not that bad. (It probably helped that prior to the first shot, I was so sick I was like, "I will literally stab myself with anything if it will make me feel better.")

I also went to Boston (less snow than I expected!).

A month's worth of links:

* Sutton Foster talks about turning 40 and passing for 26 in her new series, Younger.

* Masters of Sex gets a July premiere date.

* This video is from a few weeks ago, but it's so adorable it deserves to be linked: Robert Downey Jr. gives a 7-year-old an Iron Man bionic arm.

* Homeland is once again changing things up for the next season.

* Here's two parts of an interview with Joss Whedon talking about Avengers: Age of Ultron. Plus, an article on the supertwins, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, and a cute behind-the-scenes featurette.

* With Mad Men ending soon, here's an oral history of the show, an interview with creator Matthew Weiner, Weiner and Kiernan Shipka talking about Sally Draper, an interview with Jon Hamm, and one with John Slattery

* The rumors are true: The X-Files is coming back for a six-episode limited run.

* Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper talk about working together, and Jen mentions that the next X-Men movie will be her last. 

* For those of you who've always thought Arya Stark would make a great companion, you're in luck - Maisie Williams is guest-starring on Doctor Who this year.

* In other fandom crossover casting, Arthur Darvill will be on the Arrow/The Flash spin-off.

* Trevor Noah will be taking over hosting The Daily Show. No idea how he'll be as a host, but his stand-up is hilarious.

* The Americans has been renewed for season 4.

* This is a great piece on Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany, which includes references to "licking the butter" - which seems like it should be a euphemism for something but is not.

* Behind the scenes on Community season 6 on Yahoo.

* A really long, but great read from one of the writers of Lost about the early years of the show.
next_to_normal: (buddy system)
 * A major embargo on Age of Ultron articles has apparently been lifted, so there's a ton of interviews with Joss Whedon, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Joss againJoss and Jeremy together, Evans and Jeremy, and basically the entire cast. And, of course, here's the new trailer.

* The Agent Carter showrunners talked about the season finale. And the Agents of SHIELD team talks about the upcoming half-season.

* I gotta say, I can't blame James Gunn - this awards season definitely felt like it was ragging on superhero movies (and the premise of awards-favorite Birdman didn't help). And, I mean, no one's saying Guardians of the Galaxy deserves to win an Academy Award (even if I liked it about a thousand times more than Birdman), but it seems kiiiiinda disingenuous to be mocking superhero movies when your nominees include Batman, Doctor Strange, the Hulk, the OTHER Hulk, Gwen Stacy, J. Jonah Jameson, and ROCKET FUCKING RACCOON.

* Kyle Chandler talks about Friday Night Lights and his new Netflix series, Bloodline.

* One more interview with Mike Schur about the Parks & Recreation series finale. Plus, an oral history of the show and an interview with Amy Poehler.

* Zachary Quinto is guest-starring on Hannibal, plus we now have a premiere date for season 3.

* The CW is planning an Arrow/The Flash spin-off with kind of an odd (IMO) collection of supporting characters from the two series. Like, I can see why they would want to build a spin-off around each of these characters individually, but I really don't get why they're all in a show together? Maybe it'd make sense if I read the comics.

* There's a trailer for Community season 6, and naturally it is a spoof of the Age of Ultron trailer, lol.
next_to_normal: black kitten on white background; text: stomp. stomp. stomp. (kitty stomp)
I am trying very hard not to be like, "Ugh everything sucks," but... a lot of things suck. I am still sick and everything hurts and I am going a little bit Chris Traeger. Also, my parents had to put Patches to sleep yesterday (cancer, extremely advanced, like diagnosed less than two weeks ago). She was not quite 9, and is the second cat my parents have lost in 2 years, although Lily was already sick when they brought her in, so they only had her a few months. And my aunt's cat ALSO has cancer, so I have a lot of kitty-related sads.

First and last pictures I have of Patches )
 

So I decided that there was no way I'd be able to keep track of a whole month's worth of interesting news, besides which anyone who's interested in it probably would have seen it already somewhere else, and like, you do not need me to link to twelve interviews about The Americans, just go to [community profile] theamericans where they have 10,000 of them.

So this is just the absolute "can't miss" stuff. For some weird, subjective value of "can't miss" because I am super-biased.

* Good lord, it seems ridiculous to link to Super Bowl things almost a month later, but Chris Evans taking a flying leap over Chris Pratt cannot go unacknowledged. My bb also shows up in this video in which everyone takes responsibility for the Patriots' deflated footballs.

* Jon Stewart announced he's leaving The Daily Show.

* Jimmy Fallon organized a Saved By the Bell reunion - in full costume and some outstanding wigs.

* Spider-Man will finally get to join the MCU, thanks to a deal between Sony and Marvel.

* Empire has a whole series of interviews about Avengers: Age of Ultron, including Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and Joss Whedon

* Agents of SHIELD has made Adrianna Palicki a series regular. 'Bout damn time.

* Krysta Rodriguez has breast cancer, and is dealing with it in her usual awesome fashion.

* I don't usually link to John Oliver's Last Week Tonight clips, because otherwise I'd have no room for anything else. Just assume they're all brilliant and hilarious and watch accordingly. But his take on tobacco companies is too amazing not to share.

* Broadway nerds are finally getting their own con!

And a gif, because this snow ninja cat makes me happy:


next_to_normal: Natasha and Clint fighting; text: That awkward moment when master assassins resort to biting and hair-pulling (awkward assassins)
* Alison Brie talks about how supportive Yahoo is of Community.

* Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould talk about Better Call Saul.

* Andy Mientus talks about playing the Pied Piper on The Flash. Also, The Flash and Arrow creator Greg Berlanti talks about LGBT characters and introducing diversity to the world of superheroes.

* Director Thomas Schlamme talks about The Americans, Manhattan, and of course, The West Wing.

* The showrunners of The Americans are also talking about their show. Plus, eight reasons to love The Americans (not that you guys need them because you're all obviously watching, right?) and an interview with Holly Taylor.

* Marvel news: Hayley Atwell talks about Agent Carter. There's some new stuff in the Age of Ultron TV spot. And David Tennant is playing the villain in Netflix's AKA Jessica Jones!

* Apparently the internet is actually in charge of casting things now, because Chris Pratt might be starring in an Indiana Jones remake.

* For further evidence of this theory, I present the all-female cast of Ghostbusters. I am particularly thrilled about Kate McKinnon (on whom I'd have an immense crush, except that her Justin Bieber impression is so spot-on it creeps me out).

* Emma Watson will play Belle in a live-action Beauty and the Beast.

* The Fantastic Four trailer looks... um... generic? If you didn't know this was based on a superhero comic, it kind of just looks like a sci-fi disaster movie? I really feel like the gritty realism is a mistake. I mean, look, I don't love the original movies or anything (other than my bb Chris Evans), and I don't think anyone would mistake them for good movies, but why bother making a Fantastic Four movie if you're not going to embrace the inherent ridiculousness? This should be Fox's Guardians of the Galaxy.
next_to_normal: (Chris Evans tease)
 * TCA live-blogs continue, with The Americans and Louie. Plus, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been picked up for a third season.

* Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens will play Sandy and Rizzo, respectively, in Fox's live production of Grease. Yes, really. 

* Another interview with Michael Schur on the final season of Parks and Recreation.

* Larry Wilmore talks about The Nightly Show, which is taking over The Colbert Report's time slot. 

* Fox is making an American version of Luther, presumably with Idris Elba in the lead role again, but doing an American accent this time, because that is apparently a thing we do now.

* Here's another Hannibal casting announcement, related to the spoiler about who is getting married. Plus, first trailer for season 3!

* OMG there will be a karaoke episode of The Flash. It's not the musical episode we deserve, but at least we may get to hear Grant Gustin sing (I don't have much hope for Jesse L. Martin). Also, there is apparently going to be major time-travel this season.

* It's a superhero Super Bowl, with the Chrises Pratt and Evans making an adorable bet on the game. 

* Interview with Laura Benanti, goddess.

* CBS has found its Supergirl lead

next_to_normal: (punctuation)
* Via [personal profile] umadoshi, some speculation on Black Widow's MCU backstory based on the Age of Ultron trailers. I have to admit, much as I want Natasha's origin story, the mere mention of "how much Joss Whedon looooves his trained-as-a-weapon, mentally-brainwashed ballerinas" makes me go NO NO NO HANDS OFF DON'T TOUCH DO NOT RUIN THIS FOR ME WITH YOUR GROSS FETISHES, JOSS.

* Here's the live-blog of the Agent Carter TCA panel, as well as the Community panel.

* Also a live-blog of the Parks & Recreation panel, and an interview with Michael Schur about Parks & Rec's final season.

* Season 3 of Hannibal won't be on until the summer. It will also involve a time jump long enough for someone to get married, and Richard Armitage has been cast in a key role.

* Zachary Levi will star in the Heroes reboot. Oh, Zac. Why.

* Jennifer Lawrence interviews Eddie Redmayne and it's adorable.

* Bradley Whitford is guest-starring on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Yay!

* The cast of The West Wing reunites for the second annual Big Block of Cheese Day.

* More Twin Peaks cast announcements.

Linkspam

Jan. 12th, 2015 11:05 pm
next_to_normal: Stefan Salvatore leaning against a wall; text: I love pretending I'm not a sociopath (Stefan sociopath)
* Here are live-blogs of the TCA panels for Better Call Saul, Mad Men, Orphan Black, and Vampire Diaries/Originals, plus a write-up of the Arrow/Flash panel. And speaking of the latter few shows, the CW renewed basically everything in its line-up.

* Grant Gustin talks about The Flash and his musical theater background. Plus, here's some Flash casting news and a teaser featuring Andy Mientus!

* Someone is leaving The Vampire Diaries (AGAIN, lol. I don't know why they bother announcing it anymore. They'll just bring 'em back in a season or two).

* Better Call Saul finally got its first extended look with a new trailer.

* The Tom Hiddleston/Hugh Laurie BBC miniseries The Night Manager will be airing on AMC in the US.

* Shameless, which just began its 5th season last night, has already been renewed for a 6th.

* Kyle MacLachlan is officially on board for the Twin Peaks revival.

* Gillian Flynn is hinting at possibly writing a sequel to Gone Girl. I know a lot of people didn't like the ending, but I can't imagine that'll be more satisfying.

* New Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer.

Linkspam

Jan. 9th, 2015 10:07 pm
next_to_normal: (Arya Stark)
* Mark your calendars! Netflix has announced premiere dates for several of its series, including Bloodline (starring Kyle Chandler and Linda Cardellini) and Marvel's Daredevil. Also, Game of Thrones is back April 12. (The Television Critics Association winter press tour is happening now, so expect lots of announcements like this.)

* I only watched one episode of Fargo - I wasn't a fan of the movie, and the series seemed to be cut from the same cloth - but the cast for season 2 (which is a prequel to the first season) looks pretty good, so.... maybe?

* Edward James Olmos is heading to Agents of SHIELD. I really hope he plays a bad guy, because I don't think I'm capable of not hating him after Dexter season 6 (to say nothing of how insufferable Adama became on BSG).

* This is an interesting look at why Agent Carter feels more akin to the Marvel movies than Agents of SHIELD ever did.

* If you're into special effects and how they create that "movie magic," there's a pretty cool behind the scenes featurette that breaks down all the layers of digital effects in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

* Here's a live-blog of the Outlander panel at TCA press tour. Note to self: I need some Outlander icons. Been busy making Arrow/The Flash and some Agent Carter ones, which I'll post soon.
next_to_normal: Peggy Carter in profile, wearing a red hat (Peggy red hat)
Agent Carter premieres tonight (right now, in fact, if you're on the east coast), so there are plenty of articles and interviews about it. Early reviews seem to be largely positive, and I've enjoyed what I've seen so far. Hayley Atwell is outstanding and should be in all the things. If only Agents of SHIELD had been this good right out of the gate...

ETA: Here's the trailer for Ant-Man that aired at the end of the episode. Meh.

I don't have any other links, but rather than hold those until I have enough for a full post, I figured I'd better post them now if I want any semblance of timeliness. So instead I'll fill the post with links to recipes I've tried recently.

My Christmas cookie baking this year wasn't terribly adventurous. I jazzed up a standard chocolate chip cookie with some Reese's chips, but otherwise, my only new recipe was for Pecan, Sea Salt & Caramel-Filled DelightFulls Brownies. I'm a big fan of the salted caramel trend, so this was right up my alley. Two suggestions: first, my mother thought the brownies were a bit dry and recommended her secret ingredient (adding chocolate syrup in the batter) to make them more gooey. And second, I wouldn't bother with sprinkling the DelightFulls on top - they didn't bake into or melt enough and mostly fell off when I cut up the brownies. Just mix 'em all in the batter at once.

On Sunday, I tried a recipe recommended by [personal profile] per_aspera_ad_astra - Slow Cooker Sugar and Roasted Garlic Pot Roast Sandwiches. I am kind of nervous about leaving the crock pot on while I'm not home (Chelsea has zero sense of self-preservation, she will walk across the stove, lick hot pans, and once got too close to a candle and singed her fur, so I would not be surprised if she managed to knock the lid off the crock pot and curl up right in the damn thing). It's a shame because I love the concept of a meal that does all the work itself and you just come home and eat it. And this one was really good! At least I'll have leftovers.

And then tonight I made Risotto with Shrimp and Peas, which I was less impressed with. It wasn't bad, just kind of bland. I probably should have realized this, but if you're not going to add any real spices or flavors to your risotto, you really need better ingredients than boring shrimp and peas. I could see this being improved with scallops and asparagus, maybe, or a bit of white wine in place of some of the broth.

next_to_normal: The Flash/Barry Allen in costume, running (The Flash)
Snagged from [personal profile] ruuger, though it's pretty much making the rounds again.

Read more... )
next_to_normal: (Christmas Chelsea)
Happy New Year, everybody. I have been all preoccupied with family and holiday stuff lately, so other than talking about Into the Woods (PRIORITIES), I have been largely MIA. Hope y'all enjoyed your holidays. Here's lots of stuff that happened, which you probably know about already because some of these links are like two weeks old:

* Here's a behind-the-scenes clip with Hayley Atwell about Agent Carter. And in other Marvel news, Mike Colter was officially announced as Luke Cage.

* On a related note, Alan Sepinwall took a look back at the year in comic book TV, including Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, and The Flash.

* Also, a while back, there were a slew of interviews with Joss Whedon from the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Here's the one I bookmarked.

* A nice profile of Michelle MacLaren, generally awesome TV director now helming Wonder Woman.

* Showrunner John Rogers talks about The Librarians, which I've been enjoying. It's a little bit like Leverage on crack, lol. And here's Christian Kane, also talking about the show.

* There's a creepy teaser for Orphan Black season 3. And a trailer for the final season of Parks and Recreation.

* Another interview with Anna Kendrick about Into the Woods. And speaking of Into the Woods, I have been waiting for this mashup basically since the casting was announced.

* The character of Mason Verger has been recast, as Michael Pitt opted not to return to Hannibal.

* Audra McDonald's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill will be filmed and shown on HBO, in case (like me) you didn't get to see it on Broadway.

* Matthew Rhys (The Americans) interviewed Matthew Goode (The Good Wife), and it was ADORABLE. (via [personal profile] jae)

Also: watch this space for end of 2014 memes, because it's now an annual tradition.

Linkspam

Dec. 14th, 2014 10:23 pm
next_to_normal: (Bossa Nova)
* So, The Newsroom did an episode on college campus rape. That went about as well as you'd expect. So in case you need a reminder of why we put up with him despite his being an enormous douchecanoe, here you go.

* It feels like we're reaching the point where everything - even, apparently, single episodes of television - now get "oral histories." Whole TV series, I can understand. A film, if it's especially interesting, sure. If you can get most of the cast and creative team back together to talk about the experience, it can be like a reunion. But here we have basically four people talking about the BtVS episode "Hush."

* Showrunner John Rogers' post-mortems are back! He used to do them after every Leverage episode, and he's doing it again for The Librarians.

* Jed and Maurissa talk about the Agents of SHIELD midseason finale. Plus, an interview with the show's latest casualty (which I was semi-expecting, but it's still annoying, since there are at least four or five other characters I'd rather they'd killed off instead). Also, Blair Underwood will be appearing as Melinda May's ex when the show returns in the spring.

* Mindy Kaling talks about the midseason finale of The Mindy Project.

* Director Rob Marshall gets defensive about changes to Into the Woods.

* Meanwhile, the folks behind The Last Five Years (seemingly a much more difficult show to adapt) talk about making it work as a film without cutting out songs or characters I'M JUST SAYING. Plus, here's the trailer full of singing.

* Mark Hamill will be guest-starring on The Flash, reprising a role he played in the 1990s series.

* Felicia Day has written a book. Or is writing. It's not quiiiiite done yet, but she's announced it anyway.

* Here's a trailer for the new season of The Americans.

Profile

next_to_normal: (Default)
next_to_normal

March 2017

S M T W T F S
   1234
5678 91011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 

Syndicate

RSS Atom

Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Mar. 26th, 2017 06:52 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios