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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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* 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.
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GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH



I think we all need this right now:



WAIT EVEN THE KITTEN IS A CANNIBAL OMG. THIS REALLY IS THE DARKEST TIMELINE.

Links:

* Christian Borle is the latest actor to be announced as a guest star on Masters of Sex.

* The final episodes of Enlisted will air on Sundays in June.

* Gillian Jacobs will be making an appearance on Girls.

* Post-mortems with the creators of The Americans following Wednesday night's season finale.

* Julie Plec talks about The Vampire Diaries' season finale.

* The Man of Steel sequel finally got a full title - and prompted a great number of legal jokes.

* If you can't wait for Avengers: Age of Ultron, here are some spoilery tidbits to tide you over.

* Also, it appears the Guardians of the Galaxy set visit articles have been unembargoed.

* This is an excellent breakdown of what Agents of SHIELD got right and wrong - especially the way the show was hamstrung by premiering in the fall and then basically marking time until Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out. All they really needed was a six-episode intro arc to establish the characters, the status quo, and get the team working well together, and then blow things up with CA:TWS.

* Edgar Wright is no longer directing Ant-Man.

* Neil Patrick Harris is writing an autobiography... as a Choose Your Own Adventure book, of course.

* Another Jennifer Lawrence article, in which Josh Hutcherson helps cure her hiccups. (He seems oddly practiced at it, lol.)

* The AV Club picks out 10 episodes that demonstrate how The West Wing pwned network drama conventions. Agree? Disagree? Prefer [personal profile] pocochina's must-watch list?

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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* 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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* 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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* Parks and Recreation is getting some great guest stars this season, including Breaking Bad's Jonathan Banks and Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany.

* This is really cool: photos from inside the Breaking Bad writers' room, including the in-progress storyboard for season 4.

* Even Carlton Cuse has noticed the many similarities between Lost and Breaking Bad.

* The latest Avengers casting rumor is that Elizabeth Olsen is up for the Scarlet Witch.

* Joss Whedon and Agents of SHIELD made the cover of Entertainment Weekly. ETA: And here's an interview with Jed and Maurissa.

* John Oliver gives his (hilarious) take on reading slash fic about himself and Jon Stewart.

* West Wing cast reunion on Twitter, you guys! I love how everyone is still mean to Josh Malina, lol.

* Mandy Patinkin has some adorable and touching things to say about playing Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride.

* Meanwhile, his co-star Damian Lewis talks about Brody and season 3 of Homeland, which will be "hard-boiled" and "dark" and "unforgiving." That sounds promising, no?

* Apparently the Little House series was a secret libertarian fantasy, and I had no idea. Then again, I didn't realize the Narnia books were about Jesus until, like, college, so...
next_to_normal: (no one I don't hate)
So I saw Much Ado About Nothing yesterday! I liked it. It didn't knock my socks off or revolutionize Shakespeare or anything, but it definitely feels quite a bit like you are watching a home movie from one of Joss' dinner parties where they all got together and acted stuff out, which is weird and fun. Much Ado is one of those Shakespeare plays that somehow managed to escape me, despite having taken an entire course on Shakespeare in college. Which means I'd never actually read it, never seen it performed, nor watched any of the prior movie versions (er, are there any others besides the Branagh one?), so I'm probably the worst person to offer critical analysis beyond "oooh shiny," lol. Does anyone else have ~thoughts? Other than, obviously, that Amy Acker is the best and should always do physical comedy.

I also started watching The Newsroom this weekend. I KNOW. I watched the pilot waaay back when it first aired, but wasn't that impressed and didn't have HBO and couldn't be bothered to watch the rest of it. I love Sports Night and The West Wing, but The Newsroom had a little too much bad!Sorkin and not enough good!Sorkin. And after I tortured myself watching the entire run of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (OMG SO MUCH BAD!SORKIN. THIS IS ACTUALLY THE WORST SORKIN), I figured I was better off just pulling out my TWW DVDs when I needed a fix.

But then all of season 1 was available for free through On Demand this weekend. I've only made it through 5 or 6 episodes, but I'd say it is definitely not as bad as Studio 60? Which is damning with faint praise, I know, lol, but that was kind of what I was expecting, based on everyone's reactions. It helps that I actually agree with a lot of the criticism Sorkin is leveling at the cable news industry and our media consumption. I just frequently find the way he chooses to deliver his message to be obnoxious, and thus far it's 6 to 5 and pick 'em (to borrow one of Sorkin's favorite phrases) whether one of those things will outweigh the other on any given episode. I don't hate it enough to hate-watch it, but I don't love it, either. And those occasional glimpses of good!Sorkin are really tempting.

I will say this, though: GOOD GOD but he is terrible at writing romantic comedy. JUST STOP. PLEASE. I BEG YOU. Seriously, how is this the same guy who wrote The American President? And Jed and Abbey Bartlet? Once again, there's nothing as insufferable as the truly loathsome Danny/Jordan "romance," but I kind of start twitching every time the Don/Maggie/Jim nonsense comes up, or when Mac apologizes for cheating on Will for the billionth time.
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* Nick Offerman on Parks and Rec and the Internet's obsession with Ron Swanson.

* NPH thinks this is it for HIMYM. I don't normally root for a show to be canceled, even if it's one I don't like, but if it means the writers will stop dicking around and actually tell the damn story, all the better.

* Elizabeth Mitchell talks about Revolution. I admit, I am confused as to the extent to which she is actually in this show? I mean... spoiler if you haven't watched the pilot, but we find out, like, fifteen minutes in, so it's not even that much of a spoiler, but... are we only going to see her in flashbacks, or is she somehow not ~really dead? Because it seems like she's supposed to be one of the draws here, and I'll be cranky if that's false advertising.

* Claire Danes talks about playing a bipolar character on Homeland. Damian Lewis also discusses Homeland, but with somewhat less delicacy about the mental illness issue.

* Trailer for The Hobbit and a practically frame-by-frame analysis of same.

* Les Miserables preview thingy, in which they talk about singing live while filming. I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS MOVIE YOU GUYS I CANNOT EVEN.

ETA: WEST WING REUNION CAMPAIGN AD/PSA!!! BEST CAMPAIGN AD EVER. brb moving to Michigan to vote for Mary McCormack's sister.

TV meme

Jun. 2nd, 2012 10:58 am
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Snagged from [profile] maharet83:

Pick 5 TV shows you like before reading the questions.

1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2. The West Wing
3. Veronica Mars
4. Mad Men
5. Parks and Recreation

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Having now watched all 10 episodes of K Street, I have come to several conclusions:

1. I totally get why HBO pulled the plug on this one. While I found it enjoyable, if at times hard to follow, I suspect anyone outside the Beltway would find it completely incomprehensible. It's unrelentingly realistic (sometimes painfully so), but it's also insider baseball taken to the extreme. Seriously, it works better as a How-To guide to lobbying than as entertainment. I'm contemplating recommending it to my grad school professor as something to show in class.

2. It was already one of my favorite shows, but I have so much more admiration for The West Wing now, for managing to make politics compelling and entertaining. Because, frankly, from a storytelling perspective, the legislative process has the shittiest plot structure ever. Victories are few and far between - bills stall in committee for years, or they get derailed by idiotic side issues, or the thing you fought for gets traded away for something unrelated, not to mention that entire years are wasted because anything controversial has zero chance of moving during an election year - and even defeats don't happen all that often (and if they do, you can always try again next year). All of which means that not a single storyline in K Street ever gets resolved. Issues ebb and flow in importance, but nothing's ever finished. Which is extremely realistic (I know people who have been lobbying for the same issue for over a decade without success), but it does not make for good television.

3. Okay, this is what I do for a living. And I'm more aware than anyone that politics and lobbying aren't nearly as glamorous as Hollywood makes them seem. But it never really occurred to me before exactly how boring it is to watch lobbyists do their thing, lol. Basically, we have the same conversations over and over with different people until we can recite the pitch in our sleep. And then we do it all over again. And the conversations are typically so esoteric and "in the weeds" that we don't even understand half of what we're saying, and that is just not the kind of thing normal people want to listen to. Again, props to Aaron Sorkin, who managed to make a discussion of THE U.S. CENSUS, of all things, interesting and funny.
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A linkspam:

1. LOOK AT THIS BRACKET, YOU GUYS! LOOK AT ALL THE LADIES. I am so excited for FMM!

2. The Fresh Prince of Downton Abbey. HEE!

3. West Wing Babies. AKA the story of my life. Yes, I chose my current career because of a TV show. WHAT OF IT?

4. Breaking news: The Hunger Games fandom is kinda racist.

(Which reminds me, I need to start browbeating my friends to go see THG with me...)
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12 Lost Girl
12 The West Wing
14 Miscellaneous (AtS, Doctor Who, Sports Night, The Tudors)

Some of these are reallllly old, like before I actually knew what I was doing, so don't judge, lol.

Preview:



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You guys! Something just occurred to me!

So, we all know Ben Wyatt, aka my future husband/government employee extraordinaire, right? (If not, there is a helpfully labeled icon right there to jog your memory.)

Who else do we know with the last name Wyatt who has a connection to government/politics? Toby Zieger's ex-wife/baby mama, Andrea Wyatt, U.S. Senator from the great state of Maryland!

THERE HAS TO BE A CROSSOVER IN HERE SOMEWHERE. LESLIE MEETS PRESIDENT BARTLET. MAKE IT HAPPEN, PEOPLE.

(Can you imagine the confusion when Leslie and Ben meet Sam? Hee!)
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Recently, [personal profile] lutamira and I got to chatting about Josh/Donna and how I logically should ship them because they are super-dysfunctional, and we all know how I'm a sucker for dysfunctional ships. And yet... I don't. And I think the reason why is that I like my dysfunction in nontraditional gender roles (*ahem* Spuffy), whereas The West Wing is basically reinforcing traditional gender roles by having the dude be an emotionally unavailable jerk who doesn't respect his (female, of course) assistant and takes her for granted.

Thus, gender swap! I'd kind of been mulling this one over for a while now (I have been wanting to do one after seeing all of [livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42's fantabulous picspams), but that was the motivation I needed to actually put the damn thing together.

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next_to_normal: (do not disturb)
It's been a while since we had an Awesome Lady post. Unfortunately, I am ridiculously tired, so I don't have enough brain power to be eloquent.

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next_to_normal: (Bossa Nova)
Haha, this is the point at which I completely gave up on trying to narrow these categories down to just one character, so from here on out, the picspams may get exponentially less dial-up friendly. :)

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Spent the weekend doing fun things with [personal profile] mcmegan, which I will talk about when I get a chance, but for now, here be your Awesome Lady for today.

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