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As they were building that library in that school’s gym, they built a rehearsal space for us. It was really an empty room taped out with the same dimensions of the library. And they had the tables all there. And he [John Hughes] had us sitting at the same table. All of us. And I was like, “I don’t want to sit with them.” And he was like, “What do you mean?” And I go, “I do not want to sit with them, you know?” And he goes, “Where do you want to sit?” And I knew from the script that I come in after [Anthony] Michael [Hall], so I go, “Wherever he sits, that’s the seat I want.” And he smiled and he looked at Michael, and he went, “Is that okay with you?” Michael went, “Fine.” And [Hughes] just went, “Okay.” And then Ally [Sheedy] said, “I don’t want to sit with them.” And he went, “Where do you want to sit?” And she goes, “Way in the back.” He says, “Fine.” And Emilio says, “Well, I’ll sit with Molly.” And we were like, “Yeah, of course you will.” And the rehearsal had already begun.”  — Judd Nelson for A.V. Club (2016)

BBC AMERICA’S SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON PANELS SET FOR FANS ON SUNDAY, JULY 23 IN HALL H

Doctor Who’s Final Hall H Panel with Peter Capaldi Ahead of His Final Christmas Special – Moderated by Chris Hardwick

Announced today, BBC AMERICA returns to San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H for the final Doctor Who panel with star Peter Capaldi and the first-ever panel in the famed venue for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency on Sunday, July 23 at 1:00 and 2:00pm.

Six years ago, BBCA’s Doctor Who was part of the first-ever slate of TV shows to gather with fans in Hall H, when San Diego Comic-Con presented a TV line-up in the 6,500 plus seat venue on Sunday, July 24, 2011. Returning to Hall H on Sunday, BBCA’s bringing its most anticipated Doctor Who panel yet with award-winning star Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole),Michelle Gomez (Missy), writer and actor Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and showrunner Steven Moffat (Sherlock).

Moderated by Chris Hardwick, the panel will give fans an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special – the final special starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and written by Emmy®-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. Last week’s season ten finale earned critical acclaim with The A.V. Club calling it “a pitch-perfect finale” and Vulture giving it five out of five stars.

For more information, head on over to bbcamerica.com or click here

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Here’s every time someone on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia says “god dammit.”

If you’ve ever needed a reminder of how brilliant this ensemble is, simply watch this mashup. It’s unreal how many ways you can deliver a single phrase.

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 Titles from Carter Burwell’s score for Carol 

“A great score, I think, it’s impossible to imagine the movie without it, and that score comes back to me all the time. It evokes the entire film every time I hear it […] The Burwell score is this device that constantly returns you to the film, so you’re looking at this moment in the past and you’re always going to recall it with that very hummable theme.” - The A.V. Club

It depends on how they work. With Taylor, we had been kind of circling around, very much aware of each other’s work for a while. We figured out these two days to work together and she came to my studio super excited and said, “I had an idea in the car.” And she sang me the first three or four lines of it and said, “I want to call it ‘Treacherous’ and maybe the chorus can go like this.” And we were writing the song in 10 minutes and she was just so full of excitement.

It’s interesting because I find that she’s very sincere and very what-you-see-is-what-you-get. When you see her on an award show and she wins the award and she looks astonished, that’s how she looks when you’re writing a song and you come up with a good lyric or a good melodic idea. She looks amazed; she’s like, “Whoa!” She’s just like that. She’s also very consistent and a monster songwriter.

—  Dan Wilson on what’s the process when he’s writing with other artists. (A.V. Club Interview, April 2014)
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Uh yes A.V Club, it totally looks like she is pissing fire?

“Besides making us squirm uncomfortably in our seats just looking at it—seriously, Diana, you should probably get that checked out—the poster raises a number of questions. Did a single woman look at this poster before it was released? Did anyone look at the poster, for that matter, or is Zack Snyder just throwing these together on Photoshop in his spare time? Why, oh why, did it have to be orange?”

The fuck is wrong with the media?

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BBC AMERICA’S SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON PANELS SET FOR FANS ON SUNDAY, JULY 23 IN HALL H

Doctor Who’s Final Hall H Panel with Peter Capaldi Ahead of His Final Christmas Special – Moderated by Chris Hardwick

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’s First-Ever Hall H Panel Leading into Season Two – Moderated by Kevin Smith

Announced today, BBC AMERICA returns to San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H for the final Doctor Who panel with star Peter Capaldi and the first-ever panel in the famed venue for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency on Sunday, July 23 at 1:00 and 2:00pm.

Six years ago, BBCA’s Doctor Who was part of the first-ever slate of TV shows to gather with fans in Hall H, when San Diego Comic-Con presented a TV line-up in the 6,500 plus seat venue on Sunday, July 24, 2011. Returning to Hall H on Sunday, BBCA’s bringing its most anticipated Doctor Who panel yet with award-winning star Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), writer and actor Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and showrunnerSteven Moffat (Sherlock).

Moderated by Chris Hardwick, the panel will give fans an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special – the final special starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and written by Emmy®-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. Last week’s season ten finale earned critical acclaim with The A.V. Club calling it “a pitch-perfect finale” and Vulture giving it five out of five stars.

While currently in production on season two of BBCA’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, stars Elijah Wood (Todd Brontzman), Samuel Barnett (Dirk Gently), Hannah Marks (Amanda Brontzman), Jade Eshete (Farah Black), Fiona Dourif (Bart), Mpho Koaho (Ken) and new to the cast, Alan Tudyk (Mr. Priest) and Tyler Labine (Sherlock Hobbs), will descend on Hall H with creator Max Landis (Bright) and showrunner Robert Cooper (Stargate Atlantis).

Moderated by Kevin Smith, the panel will chat with fans about how everything was connected in season one and provide an exclusive sneak peek at season two. Inspired by Douglas Adams’ (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Doctor Who) acclaimed novel and from the studio of The Walking Dead, WIRED says the BBCA series “has all the makings of a new cult favorite” and The Hollywood Reporter says it’s “a fun, absurdist story that will have loads of weird twists and turns.”

For more information and specifics go to bbcamerica.com or click here

Why We Must Remember Brother from another Planet Now More Than Ever

The cult classic Afro-futurism film Brother from another Planet (1984) directed by John Sayles captures the trials and tribulations of a black alien escaping from his home planet to the foreign streets of New York City. During the film, the “Brother” encounters many obstacles which portray his isolation as a literal “alien” proving to be reminiscent of the immigrant experience in America, especially today, amongst Trump’s reign.

The Brother arrives at Ellis Island, which has historically been a gateway for millions of immigrants coming to the “Land of the Free”. Upon arrival, New York seems almost apocalyptic, as the Brother is welcomed by desolation rather than the usual collage of people, immediately capturing the isolation of his status as an “alien”. It is not until he walks the streets of Harlem, where he sees any signs of life, as he is surrounded by similar looking black faces engaging in their everyday lives. However, the Brother has limited contribution to such a scene due to his inability to communicate because of his muteness, which resonates with the ‘voicelessness’ of immigrants in America. But despite this voicelessness, the Brother still remains an active part of his environment as he still manages to navigate through his situations day by day.

Throughout the film, the Brother is being hunted down in what seems to be an intergalactic slave chase, as two white men claiming to be from the government are determined to capture him. I can’t help to be reminded of the government today trying to hunt down immigrants entering the country in hopes for a better life, as perhaps the Brother was seeking too. Therefore, the Brother from another Planet must be remembered for its portrayal of the intertwining of race, class, and immigrant status, all which have remained prevalent in America’s history, even in the year 2017. As the entertainment website The A.V. Club reviewed in 2003, the Brother from another Planet, ”uses [the Brother’s] alien status as a way of asking who deserves to be called an outsider in a country born of outsiders”, an answer which seems all too real for a black man from outer space. 

Question:  How was the experience of working with River as an actor?

Martha:  It really was fantastic. It was good for me as a young actor to be in the company of another young actor who took his job seriously. I enjoyed that. That was rare for me. I knew what it was like to work with adults who took their job seriously, but most of the time if I was working with people my own age, they weren’t particularly interested in authenticity or studying what they were doing. So I think I had a kindred spirit there. And it was really great.

[Martha Plimpton for The A.V. Club (2012) on River]. 

But there’s a hero in “The Man Behind The Shield” who gets very little credit, and now that he’s been replaced by an LMD, it’ll be awhile before he gets due respect. Jeffrey Mace, a man who was literally plucked out of obscurity by accident and made the face of American heroism, stands up for what’s right in a situation where no one would fault him for buckling under the pressure. He hasn’t been trained for this kind of situation—especially not an interrogation-turned-torture—and yet, even with a knife sticking out of him, he refuses to bend. He believes in Phil Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D., and no imposing Russian killer is going to make him say otherwise. Mace proves that he belongs with S.H.I.E.L.D., and earns his place as an agent. It’s too bad no one will know.
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Thank you A.V Club review for giving Mace due credit for him holding out under torture and willing to die for SHIELD.

People keep forgetting that Mace was a fucking JOURNALIST before all this. He was just a normal dude with no training, yet he still held out under torture and beating from actual trained killers. The man deserves more credit than people are giving him.

anonymous asked:

what do you think about this """red sparrow""" movie? seems like a cheap black widow rip-off.... with j-law.... i mean, who asked?

I hadn’t heard a thing about it until I received this ask, so I had to give it a google. It does appear to have a number of similarities, at least if this first trailer is anything to go by. Per The A.V. Club: 

Jennifer Lawrence goes Black Widow in the first Red Sparrow trailer

Marvel is really dragging its feet on giving Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow her own movie, so 20th Century Fox and director Francis Lawrence have decided to just beat Marvel to it with Red Sparrow. This trailer doesn’t offer a ton of information about the film, but what’s here is so reminiscent of Marvel’s super spy that this might as well be a Black Widow movie with the serial numbers filed off. Jennifer Lawrence plays a mysterious assassin who was trained as a ballerina and recruited into a Russian murder school, and eventually she rebels and tries to take back control of her own life. All that’s missing is a cameo from Stan Lee and a post-credits stinger. 

io9 noticed too: 

Red Sparrow Looks Like The Black Widow Movie We’ve Been Waiting For Forever

This is what happens when you take too long. Someone beats you to the punch.

Directed by Francis Lawrence, Red Sparrow has Jennifer Lawrence playing Dominika Egorova, a former ballerina who submits to training in a secret spy program. The film is based on a book by Jason Matthews but, if you know the Black Widow’s comics history, you can’t help but be reminded of the Avengers’ femme fatale while this trailer rolls.

The classical dance background, a hidden intelligence operation that turns young women into killers, and the tense rivalry with American espionage operatives… these are all elements that are part of the Black Widow mythos. They could still show up if/when a Black Widow movie ever happens but now those ingredients will have the whiff of deja vu around them.

The book was released in 2013, so it’s not as if it preceded either the comic book or movie version of Natasha. That said, I’m rooting for this one, although I have to admit it’s largely due to the chance it would give me to neener-neener in Marvel’s general direction, as they appear to have completely given up on even pretending to entertain the idea of a Black Widow film. 

From Autumn To Autumn I Wait

December 1983 — Contemplation

The night is thick with a silence that seems to engulf. The sky, dark, splashed with glowing stars, glistens and winks. As far as the eye can see, there is a thick layer of white packed snow on the ground, which shimmers in the heavy-hung moonlight.

Mike sits alone, resting on a bench. The park is empty, aside from himself. His blue winter coat and hat are hardly enough to do the trick, but they keep him from getting frost bitten. His shoes scuff the white power below, his hands fiddle with a loose string in his pocket. He stares straight ahead, not really thinking. Just breathing little white puffs of air, and watching them drift away into nothing.

Just like her.

He can’t deal with it anymore. At least, not alone. It hurts to be alive. It hurts that no one quite understands. It hurts that everyone just expects him to go back to normal, even though he can’t remember what normal is.

Mike leans his head against the bench, wishing, suddenly and startlingly, that he had a cigarette. It’s an odd thought. One he isn’t quite prepared for. But the deeper, darker voice in the back of his mind knows just why; they’ll kill you slow, but they’ll still kill you, it whispers. Your lungs will rot and your face will sink and you won’t even be able to feel pain anymore.

He shivers. There is something wrong with him, he decides just then. Something wrong and twisted and sick. It’s as though poison ivy has gown along the walls of his heart and mind, sucking away all of the good.

He stares up at the stars, tears freezing to his cheeks, and conjures up the purity of missing her.

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School yourself on the history of horror films with YouTube’s foremost expert.

Horror contains multitudes. In the film world alone, the genre can manifest as psychological, physiological, allegorical, or sometimes just plain gross. Finding a way into its myriad nooks and crannies, however, can be a daunting proposition. Film fans always benefit from cinematic mentors, after all, and Dr. Udru is here for anyone in need of guidance.

Mike’s heart swelled as El’s face lit up at the sight of him.

“Mike! I thought you had an A.V club meeting?”

El stood in the Byers doorway wearing a blue and white polka dotted sundress and white headband in her brown pixie cut hair. The girl looked at him expectantly and Mike snapped out of it.

“Uh Mr. Clarke had an emergency and had to cancel.” Mike fibbed, feeling a little guilty.

El smiled widely and moved out of the doorway to let him in. That’s when she noticed that Mike was holding something behind his back. It was shaped like the first aid kit that sat in the hall bathroom but a lot bigger.

“What’s that?” El asked as Mike made his way in and kicked off his sneakers.

“It’s a surprise.” he said with a smile and El smiled back, her excitement growing. She loved suprises, thinking back to all the times Mike surprised her with books from the library or when will would bring home drawings for her.

The two teens made their way into the living room and sat down on the couch.

“Where’s Joyce?” Mike asked, setting the box down on the coffee table.

“Running errands.” El said a little sharply and Mike laughed, sensing her impatience. “Can I open it?”

Mike’s smile grew and nodded. El reached for the box at the same moment the box shuffled a little. She flew back with a gasp, her hazel eyes wide with fear.

“It’s okay. Go ahead he’s not gonna hurt you.” Mike said reassuringly.

“He?” El asked, hesitantly reaching for the box again. Mike nodded eagerly and El opened the box with a gasp.

Inside a tiny white hamster with gold splotches scurried around curiously.

El was at a loss for words but the smile on her face said it all. Mike smiled widely at the expression on her face.

“Benny?” El asked excitedly.

Every weekend for about two months, El and Mike went on adventures. El loved being outdoors, for obvious reasons, and Mike was more than happy to oblige. No matter where the ended up in Hawkins, they always found themselves at the pet shop on Lavender street. The shop owner, Jimmy, would greet the two teens and watch as they made their way to the same hamster. El would watch the rodent adoringly as Mike watched her. Two hours ago Mike walked into the shop with a wide smile and a well earned $40.

“Mike!” El said, reaching in to scoop up the hamster.

“I talked to Joyce and Hopper a couple of weeks ago and they said yes. I got him a couple of hours ago. Joyce is at the store picking up the necessary stuff.” Mike said, trying to bite back a smile.

Benny scurried from El’s palm and up her arm as El giggled. She looked over at Mike with the widest smile he’d ever seen.

“Friends don’t lie Mike.” El said and they both laughed.

“Do you like it?” Mike asked and El leaned in to press a small kiss to his lips.

“Of course I do, mouthbreather!” El exclaimed before watching the critter. “I love him.”

“I lo- I’m glad.” Mike corrected himself, watching El affectionately.
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Yes this is inspired by Jenna and Julien getting their hamster. My laptop’s getting repair so this is on mobile and sorry if the formats messed up!

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How Game Of Thrones filmed a battle that’s never been done before 

In the newest video from The Nerdwriter, we see how every cinematic battle sequence in history takes from and builds on its predecessors.

Director Matt Shakman was able to create a battle that was not only emotionally gripping but easy for the viewer to follow.

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Endure every “that’s what she said” from The Office in one video.

Thank you, official The Office US YouTube account for distilling so much of your show into one impressive little package. (That’s what she said?)