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* We now have more details about Better Call Saul, which will begin "before Saul was even Saul." Here's the full TCA press tour live-blog of the Better Call Saul panel.

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

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

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

* Orphan Black has been renewed for a third season.

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

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

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

* There's another Mockingjay teaser clip. I have to say, I love the meta things they can do with viral marketing in this series.
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* Natasha Lyonne will be guest-starring on the upcoming season of Girls.

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

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

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

* Mark Ruffalo talks about playing the Hulk.

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

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

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

* Kristen Bell is having another baby.

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

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

* Doctor Who returns August 23 with Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor.

Linkspam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* An oral history of The West Wing OMG. (Also, Joshua Malina is the greatest troll of all time.)
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* Behind the scenes photos from Orange is the New Black season 2.

* George Clooney is pranking Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and has sucked Matt Damon into his schemes. George is the best at pranks.

* This is how they're going to continue Mockingjay without Philip Seymour Hoffman.

* And here is your daily dose of Clark Gregg interviews about Agents of SHIELD. I gotta say, if this show goes down, it's certainly not going to be for lack of an enthusiastic cast tirelessly promoting it.

* Captain America: The Winter Soldier will apparently have a big impact on events in Agents of SHIELD and set up Avengers: Age of Ultron. Which, I mean, we kind of already assumed, given the way Marvel works, but there's an awfully pretty photo of Chris Evans at that link.

* Verrrrrry interesting Age of Ultron casting news. It's not clear whether Marvel is adding a new character (because what this movie really needs is MORE characters, right?) or... repurposing an existing one. (And yes, that is deliberately vague to avoid spoiling.)

* New Hannibal trailer. *screaming*
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* J. August Richards' Agents of SHIELD character is becoming Marvel character Deathlok. And apparently there is reason to hope the show will get better in the back half of the season.

* David O. Russell is creating an "American Downton Abbey"-ish TV series.

* So, last night was The Vampire Diaries' 100th episode, hence all the articles about it. Here, the creators share the most hotly debated decisions in the writers' room. Then Ian and Nina join in to talk about getting cast, the popularity of the show, and the breakneck pacing of the plot. And finally, 7 things that would've drastically changed the series.

* SNL is promoting one of its writers to join Cecily Strong at the Weekend Update desk once Seth Meyers leaves.

* Mockingjay gets its first poster, and it looks an awful lot like the last two movies' posters, lol.

* This is an interesting comparison of fan service on Sherlock and Community, but I think the most important difference is that Community always makes its meta in-jokes lovingly, while Sherlock seemed like it was mocking the fans for, well, being fans.

* Rob Lowe may be leaving Parks & Recreation, but he's not going far - NBC has ordered up the pilot for his new series.

* The staying power of Veronica Mars.

* BIG BLOCK OF CHEESE DAY IS HAPPENING. For real. This is amazing.

* Cookie dough flavored cookies seem rather redundant, doesn't it?

* Are you still using your 1990s AOL screen name? I still use variations on "Eowyn0315," which was my second AOL screen name, created circa 2002.
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* Some asshole interviewer spoiled the 3rd season of Homeland for Jennifer Lawrence on the red carpet. On camera. While meeting Damian Lewis. It's sort of horrible (Lewis even asks her, "Are you crying?") and obviously spoilery, but Jen's reaction is entertaining as always.

* Natalie Dormer is hardcore, yo. She shaved half her head for her role in Mockingjay.

* An interesting take on the escapism of Downton Abbey.

* Chloe Bennet and Elizabeth Henstridge talk about the slew of guest stars coming up on Agents of SHIELD. Clark Gregg talked about them, too.

* The AV Club has an article on why Elementary is better than Sherlock. Oh boy, them's fightin' words! but I actually agree with them.

* 24 has started filming in London.

* Photos of Chris and Ann's goodbye episode of Parks and Recreation.

* Here's a take on Girls I don't think I've seen before - as a sort of modern-day Little Women. I... I kind of see the parallels?
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* Pics from the Doctor Who Christmas special.

* The Veronica Mars movie has a release date - just in time for my birthday!

* They've cast a Wonder Woman for the Man of Steel sequel. BRB googling Gal Gadot.

* Is Jennifer Lawrence Katniss-ing us? I think someone's pretty paranoid...

* On the other hand, here is a list of the many ways Peeta is utterly useless in Catching Fire. HILARIOUS.

* Frankly, I think it would be FUCKING AWESOME if Laura Benanti ran onstage, knocked Carrie Underwood out of the way, and just took over tomorrow night. But apparently that is bitchy of me, lol. (I am okay with that.)

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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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Saw it. Loved it. Was literally shaking leaving the theater. Incoherent vaguely spoilery thoughts under the cut.

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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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* John Oliver is leaving The Daily Show to host a weekly comedy-news-satire show on HBO. Maybe they'll call it The Weekly Show.

* This is the creepiest fucking thing ever. BRB checking my walls for secret passages.

* Doctor Who prequel minisode. I... what? Did they just... do what I think they just did?

* The Catching Fire interview where Woody Harrelson finally figures out that Chris and Liam Hemsworth are brothers. (It starts around 4 minutes in.) "You do have the same last name... I honestly never put that together. (Interviewer: "You know, they kind of look similar?") Now that he mentions it, I totally get it!" Exactly how many drugs do you think he's on?

* Katniss Everdeen kills everything. Spoilers for... a lot of things, I guess, but mostly Game of Thrones.

* The trailer for Maleficent. Thoughts?

* Tom Hiddleston will pretty much do anything you tell him to, won't he? Here he is juggling, drinking beer, and singing karaoke in a car on some German show. There was also the dance-off with Zachary Levi at the Thor 2 premiere (Zac is still my TV boyfriend, but Tom totally won that one), and The Return of Steve on MTV After Hours.

* CBS has already ordered the pilot for How I Met Your Dad, so this is apparently a thing that is happening.

Linkspam

Nov. 12th, 2013 11:20 pm
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* Laura Prepon's role in Orange is the New Black season 2 has been expanded from one episode to four.

* I am not sure how I feel about a Princess Bride musical. I mean, it combines two of my favorite things, but I remain wary.

* I mentioned it in the comments of my last linkspam, but in case you missed it, here is the trailer for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode.

* Elizabeth Olsen talks about Avengers: Age of Ultron.

* Not surprisingly, The Originals was picked up for a full season. I didn't make it more than two episodes, but it doesn't take much to be a hit on the CW.

* Speaking of successful shows I'm not watching, Downton Abbey was renewed for season 5. I'll probably watch season 4 when it airs on PBS out of perverse curiosity. I don't care enough anymore to be bothered with avoiding spoilers, so I kinda already know what happens and I look forward to the inevitable facepalming.

* Dan Stevens will be playing Lancelot in Night at the Museum 3. Bet he's glad he left Downton for that movie career. In other news, they are making a Night at the Museum 3??

* It is Catching Fire time, which means it is time for Jennifer Lawrence Says the Darnedest Things. The crickets OMG dying.

* It is also Tom Hiddleston season. I watched that whole interview, and it was... strange. But his Natalie Portman impression is spot on and deserves to become an internet meme.

* The Dissolve looks at what Marvel's shared universe means for movies, and pretty much nails why I am such a fan of the Marvel movies in general. I tend to prefer TV over movies because of the greater emphasis on character development and opportunity for long-term arcs, but what Marvel is doing is actually a way for the franchise to sort of duplicate that on the big screen in a way that other franchises don't bother to do. By keeping all its movies centered on the characters, by letting them weave in and out of each other's stories and carry arcs through, Marvel has embraced the long-form storytelling of its comic book source material (which is otherwise impossible to do in a two-hour film) and managed to tell stories with the depth and richness that you typically see in TV series.

Weird, then, that Agents of SHIELD is its weakest link, although the last two episodes (including tonight's) have been much improved. These are the kinds of stories the show should've been telling right out of the gate, so we'd care about the characters sooner.

* I made these cookies for a potluck this weekend. Make these cookies. They are delicious and will win you lots of admirers.
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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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* Casting news: Anna Gunn will be appearing on The Mindy Project, and Vince Gilligan will be making his acting debut on Community.

* How I Met Your Mother is doing an entire episode in rhyme. This show, man. You can't make this shit up.

* Harry Hamlin talks about Mad Men.

* A series of videos with director Francis Lawrence talking about Catching Fire.

* Unsurprisingly, there is a rumor of another crossover/tie-in between Agents of SHIELD and a Marvel movie, this time Captain America: Winter Soldier. Is it just me, or is this starting to feel kind of desperate?

* I'm not sure what it says about Tom Hiddleston that I would not be surprised if he did cry on the red carpet? Well, if this is his last Marvel premiere, at least we know he's a shoo-in for the Magic Mike sequel.

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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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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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* ABC is developing a fairy-tale musical comedy TV series, because why the fuck not? lol

* Lin-Manuel Miranda will guest star on How I Met Your Mother. If there isn't a musical number involving NPH, I will be very disappointed.

* Joanna Gleason (aka the original Baker's Wife) says that Emily Blunt will be "brilliant" in Into the Woods. I mean, look, it's not like she's going to be all, "Whaaaat? That's TERRIBLE casting!" And frankly, Emily Blunt is not who I'm most worried about. But this: "All of us are very possessive of that material, but I’ve seen so many productions of it since I was in it, and they’ve all been terrific." NOT TRUE, JO. I have also seen many productions of it, and while some were fantastic (I've even seen a Witch who could give Bernadette Peters a run for her money), at least one of them was eye-sporkingly terrible, so I am not ruling it out.

* New Catching Fire promotional stuff.

* So it turns out that, in the American remake of Broadchurch, the David Tennant role will be played by... David Tennant. But with an American accent, so OBVIOUSLY it'll be way different.

* Okay, sort of a Breaking Bad link: Damon Lindelof uses it as an opportunity to reflect on the Lost finale. (And if this seems self-centered of him, keep in mind that a crazy bunch of people used the Breaking Bad finale as an opportunity to remind Damon Lindelof how much they hate him and the Lost finale.)

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* An interview with Graceland's creator about the season 1 finale and what's coming in season 2.

* The end of Breaking Bad (which I am not sure I will physically survive, someone pls check on me after the series finale, I may die from forgetting to breathe for 60 minutes) has prompted yet another look at the art of ending a TV series.

* Julianne Moore will play President Coin in the two Mockingjay movies, and Patina Miller will be playing the District 8 resistance leader. I approve of these choices.

* Kate Mulgrew talks about playing Red in Orange is the New Black.

* Meanwhile, her OITNB co-star Danielle Brooks will be appearing on Girls. Hey, they've discovered black people come in ladies, too!

* 8-year-old Sophia Grace Brownlee will NOT play Red Riding Hood in the Into the Woods movie. Granted, they've replaced her with a 12-year-old, but it's a definite improvement.

* Mindy Kaling talks about The Mindy Project's season 2 improvements.

* An interview with the writer and director of this week's Breaking Bad in which they discuss, among other things, how it ended up being baby Holly's Emmy submission next year, lol.

* A fun, drinky interview with Jonathan Banks. And Dean Norris talks about that thing that happened.

* George R. R. Martin is a Breaking Bad fan!

* The final season of Mad Men is being split in half, with 7 episodes airing in 2014 and 7 airing in 2015. Even better, they're going to film the whole thing at once, so I can only imagine how holding those last 7 episodes for a YEAR is going to test Matt Weiner's spoilerphobia.

* Well, The Sound of Music just got a lot more appealing. Still not a fan of Carrie Underwood as Maria or True Blood guy as Captain Von Trapp, but Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess is PERFECT casting.

* Allison Janney does an encore performance of "The Jackal." West Wing fans, you know what I'm talking about.

* Marvel is going to give us more of Peggy Carter, along the lines of the Agent Carter one-shot.

* Natalie Portman punched Tom Hiddleston while filming Thor: The Dark World.
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* The cast of Bunheads got together to film a goodbye dance sequence.

* Dammit. I don't really want to watch Showtime's new series, The Affair, but Dominic West and Joshua Jackson might convince me to give it an ep or two.

* Another Mockingjay cast announcement, this time for Annie Cresta.

* Joss Whedon talks about how Marvel's dedication to franchises is thwarting his efforts to kill off Avengers. I... may have read between the lines a bit there.

* Zachary Levi talks about Broadway and stuff. I love the question about creating his own geeky musical, because I really just want to introduce him to Jeff and Hunter and be like, "GO BE BESTIES NOW."

* If you've ever wanted an article that explains exactly what's wrong with Dexter, congratulations: here it is.

* In the best pop culture mash-up of the night, Hank and Marie Schrader react to Miley Cyrus' VMA performance.

SPEAKING OF BREAKING BAD OMG CAN WE TALK ABOUT IT?? The writer of last night's episode, Gennifer Hutchinson, did. But also...

cut for spoilers )
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* "I feel like I should be writing something right now about Ben Affleck" pretty much sums up my lack of feels over the Batman casting.

* New Agents of SHIELD promo!

As a follow-up to the Strong Female Characters article I linked the other day, here's one that draws a connection between SFC trope and the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope.

* I don't watch True Blood, so someone's going to have to tell me whether Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music is a terrible idea or not.

* An interview with Vince Gilligan, plus a NY Times op-ed from Anna Gunn on Skyler hate.

* Also, apparently the Belize Tourism Board is a little concerned about a trip to their country being used as a euphemism for murder, lol.

* We have our first Mockingjay casting announcement, and it involves Natalie Dormer, so I'm happy.

* An interview with Uzo Aduba, who plays "Crazy Eyes"/Suzanne on Orange is the New Black.

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