an unexpected cast

anonymous asked:

What's this 17776 thing? I've been off tumblr for a little while, and I'm very confused but curious.

17776 came into spotlight about a week ago when the sports website sbnation published an article called “What Football Will Look Like in the Future,” which upon clicking quickly devolved into a bizarre wall of text reading, “Something is very wrong.”

It turns out that the whole thing was the start of a multimedia storytelling experience by Jon Bois, which is still ongoing now. I would link it for you, but I’m on mobile - it should come up if you search it. (Edit: Here’s the first chapter!)

With minimal spoilers, and in my interpretation, 17776 is an absurdist scifi multimedia story which explores existentialism, the nature of humanity, the meaning of life, the direction of society’s evolution, and the role American football (and sports in general) plays in it, all using hilarious modern internet humor and a charming cast of unexpected characters. There are a great deal of delightful surprises and a number of startling insights.

I highly recommend it!

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Review | Shonda Rhimes plus Shakespeare? It’s a no-brainer.
Shondaland expands to fair Verona with “Still Star-Crossed,” taking place in the wake of Romeo and Juliet’s deaths.
By https://www.facebook.com/bethoniebutler

I have been waiting for this show since the pilot was approved months ago.  “Still Star-Crossed” is what happens in Verona *after* R & J bite the dust.  It’s an AU, and I’m assuming that, like A Knight’s Tale, it is precisely as accurate as is compatible with having fun.   I’ll be checking my “History didn’t WORK like that!” at the door, at least for an episode or two.

From the Washington Post nonspoiler review: 

…a multicultural Verona. Rosaline and her sister are black. Their uncle, Juliet’s father, is white. Prince Escalus (Sterling Sulieman), newly ascended to the throne after the death of his father, is black — his sister, Princess Isabella, is played by Iranian American actress Medalion Rahimi. And those are just a few examples of the show’s perhaps unexpected casting.

more than words
—kaimei, vocaloid
drabble • romance • 276 words

note: office au that doesnt quite take place in an office setting lmao where meiko is the boss and kaito is an employee (and its against company policy to date a fellow colleague) ww

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‘You clean up quite nicely, Kaito,’ Meiko comments, the weight of her glass cool in her palm. ‘How unexpected.’

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Half to Death

Genre: Fluff

Word Count: 1.5k

Summary: Dan swears he can’t be scared so Phil tries to make Halloween as scary as possible, and maybe takes it too far

Excerpt: “Fine! Three days,” Phil’s voice was now wavering, the more he thought about it the more he regretted agreeing to the dare. “Expect the unexpected.”


Dan swears he can’t be scared so Phil tries to make Halloween as scary as possible

“Boo!” Phil popped himself out from behind the kitchen corner, his hands nearly smacking Dan in the nose. Dan’s face stared blankly back at him, lips pressed into a straight line.

“Is that it?” Dan pushed past Phil into the the kitchen, reaching into the cupboard to grab some cereal. “It’s only 9 am, I’m way too tired to deal with all this.”

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One of the more important aspects of Jewish tradition and practice is that time is seen as a spiral.
Not as a circle, spinning endlessly in the same groove and returning always to the same sacred place in the past, as some traditional societies see time.
Not as a straight line, marching always forward to triumph or oblivion, making yesterday outdated and tomorrow crucial, as modernity sees time.
But as a spiral, in which we are always drawing on the past in order to move into the future.
In the world of thought, this spiral approach is encoded into the process and practice of midrash, through which an ancient text is turned in unexpected directions to cast new light upon the present and the future.
—  Arthur Waskow
we live for a little fire,
a little passion, set forth by
the most unexpected sparks.
our marks cast upon the sky,
pillars of smoke trailing
in our wake, as if to somehow
say: “this is me, this is us,
we were here, and here, and here,
and we lived and breathed
and fucked until everything
fell apart.” that is how it goes,
a little fire that grows to
ravage a village, a town, a city.
the country that is your body
and mine. a little fire that swallows
us and refuses to spit us out,
even as it swells. especially then.
we live by this fire. die by this fire.
and eventually, inevitably, we fall
gracelessly, withered, as
somber flecks of ash.
—  Azra Elle Phoenix
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Sentence Meme
  • “All persons convicted of piracy, or adding a person convicted of piracy, or associating with a person convicted of piracy, shall be sentenced to hang by the neck until dead.”
  • “A dangerous song to be singing, for anyone ignorant of its meaning.”
  • “What makes you think I need protecting?”
  • “An unexpected death would cast a slight pall on our meeting.”
  • “He’s much like myself, but absent my merciful nature and sense of fair play.”
  • “You think because she’s a woman we would not suspect her of treachery?”
  • “This is the thief. Is his face familiar to you?”
  • “As one of the nine pirate lords, you must honor the call.”
  • “There’s more to you than meets the eye, isn’t there? And the eye does not go wanting.”
  • “Kill him, he’s not our man.”
  • “There is an evil on these seas that even the most staunch and bloodthirsty pirates have come to fear.”
  • “There must be a good reason for our suffering.”
  • “It signals when a soul comes back to this world from the dead.”
  • “It’s not getting to the land of the dead that’s the problem. It’s getting back.”
  • “We need prisoners to interrogate, which tends to work best when they’re alive.”
  • “How long do we continue not talking?”
  • “For what we want most, there is a cost must be paid at the end.”
  • “Don’t be so unkind! You may not survive to pass this way again and those be the last friendly words you’ll hear.”
  • “Dead men tell no tales.”
  • “It is neither proper nor suitable, or, it is neither acceptable nor adequate. It is in obvious fact an abomination.”
  • “This truly is a Godforsaken place.”
  • “You lend an agreeable sense of the macabre to any delirium.”
  • “Leave you people alone for a minute and look what’s happened, everything’s gone to pot.”
  • “The world needs you back something fierce.”
  • “I just thought with the captain issue being in doubt, I’d throw my name in for consideration.”
  • “The man has become a monster.”
  • “Forever seems to be arriving a mite too soon.”
  • “I prefer rum. Rum’s good.”
  • “Ten years is a long time, but eternity is longer still.”
  • “If we don’t stand together, they’ll hunt us down one by one ‘til there be none left but you.”
  • “The world’s still the same. There’s just less in it.”
  • “You paid me a great insult once.”
  • “I’m not certain I can survive any more visits from old friends.”
  • “Despair leads to betrayal.”
  • “You and I are no strangers to betrayal, are we?”
  • “Close your eyes and pretend it’s all a bad dream. That’s how I get by.”
  • “The goddess herself, bound in human form.”
  • “I’ve had more than enough experiences dealing with pirates!”
  • “You may kill me but you may never insult me.”
  • “Do you think he plants it all out or makes it up as he goes along?”
  • “You should never be anything less than what you are.”
  • “Words whispered through prison bars lose their charm.”
  • “I offer simply my desire.”
  • “You are not my captain.”
  • “If he saves me, he loses you.”
  • “He won’t pick me. I wouldn’t pick me.”
  • “If you choose to lock your heart away, you’ll lose it for certain.”
  • “Death has a curious way of reshuffling one’s priorities.”
  • “You have to ferry souls to the next world.”
  • “Immortal has to count for something, okay?”
  • “It’s too late to earn my forgiveness.”
  • “Our destinies have been entwined, but never joined.”
  • “No one leaves the ship.”
  • “For all that pirates are clever cobs, we are an unimaginative lot when it comes to naming things.”
  • “I don’t reneg on a bargain once struck.”
  • “Do not forget it was by my power you return from the dead, or what it means should you fail me.”
  • “I cannot be summoned like some mongrel pup.”
  • “She pretended to love me! She betrayed me!”
  • “Better were the days when mastery of seas came not from bargains struck with eldritch creatures, but from the sweat of a man’s brow and the strength of his back alone.”
  • “It has been torture, trapped in this single form.”
  • “Would you love me if I was anything but which I am?”
  • “Many things you were, but never cruel.”
  • “You have corrupted your purpose and so yourself…and hid away what should have been mine.”
  • “I will be free and when I am, I will give you my heart and we will be together always.”
  • “My heart will always belong to you.”
  • “Pen ‘em up together and they’ll devour each other without a second though. Human nature, isn’t it?”
  • “Can we in fact pretend that she is anything other than a woman scorned, in which fury hell hath no?”
  • “I have only ever embraced the oldest and noblest of pirate traditions.”
  • “That’s the trick isn’t it? To survive.”
  • “He was merely the tool of your betrayal.”
  • “No course is lost if there is but one fool left to fight for it.”
  • “Too long me fate has not been in me own hands- no longer.”
  • “Dying is a day worth living for.”
  • “Cruel is a matter of perspective.”

 “You and your father cast large shadows,” Frigga tells Thor in a deleted scene from the Dark World. Yet it was the first movie that showed this, repeatedly. Second born son to a king, Loki was born into the position of the spare heir. So easily overlooked and disregarded when you have both a strong king and a powerful heir. I unabashedly love the way the director showed how Loki felt about his place in his family, about how he measured up against his father and older brother.

We start with Thor & Loki as children, on equal footing (visually) as they both gaze up at their father.

Then comes the coronation. Loki is below his father and above his brother. But he is miserable. The camera shoots down at him. Then shows him looking up at his father and down at his brother. Thor is below him only symbolically, for he is about to take the steps up - past Loki - to take the throne, where he will forever be above his younger brother. 

Next is my personal fave, sadly a scene that got chopped up even as it perfectly conveys how Loki sees himself. After Thor’s coronation is disrupted and he and Odin argue in the weapons vault (a scene in which Loki is silent, he has no voice in the exchange between Odin & Thor), Loki finds Thor brooding. They sit side by side until Thor rises to make his case for their going to Jotunheim (”no Thor that’s a terrible idea, don’t do that sit down” - me). Loki remains in place, still and silent, again having no voice as Thor cajoles his friends. Up until this - 

“You’re not going to let my brother and me take all the glory, are you?” 

“What?” 

“But you are coming with me, aren’t you?” 

“Yes, of course. I won’t let my brother march into Jotunheim alone.”

And as Loki jumps to his feet to declare his intention to go with Thor, he stands on a lower step. Below his brother. Staring up adoringly at him.

They go to Jotunheim (didn’t i tell  you to stay home??? you never listen), get dragged home by Odin. Odin & Thor argue again, standing on a platform elevated over Loki. Loki tries to speak up this time only to get roared into silence by his father. The look of shock on his face speaks volumes. From then on, he’s again silent, watching, looking up. Left out.

Thor is banished. Loki confronts Odin in the vault. The truth of his origins come out. This is the crucial scene where Loki’s visual position shifts. He is, as always, looking up at his father.

Then, suddenly, Loki’s above him. Loki’s the one looking down at his father. 

Well shit. This was unexpected. With Thor being cast down to Midgard, and Odin fallen at Loki’s feet, Loki has now been elevated higher than both of them. He receives Gungnir and sits on Asgard’s throne. Everyone is below him. He visits Thor on Midgard and stands above him, looking down at him as he informs Thor of his new standing.

But still Loki’s not happy. He can’t lift Mjolnir (duh, you tried to lift it after you told a shit ton of lies, you dumbass), Thor’s friends won’t obey him, Asgard’s watchman still stands above him, looking down. Loki claws and fights dirty to try to hang on to his elevated position just long enough to prove himself in Odin’s eye. Not to keep his position mind you, he’s only fighting to try to raise himself up a notch, trying to gain enough ground so he’s no long standing below Thor & Odin, silent and watching. This is all he wants. Though how he goes about it leaves something to be desired, but I digress.

Thor returns, Odin awakens and here we get to the most dramatic visual representation of how Loki see his place in the scheme of his family - 

You can’t get any lower than this. Loki’s always looking up, with others looking down. In one moment of sheer despair, he chooses to escape this position by falling down so far that he won’t have to see anyone looking down at him again.

I love watching this movie (and crying bitter tears of feels afterward).

War and Peace and Bare Shoulders

BBC One will be airing their production of War and Peace, because we really needed another one of those, with some rather unexpected casting.  Lily James as Natasha Rostova is hardly surprising, as she’s currently sailing on a cloud of corseted success from Downton Abbey and Cinderella, with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies rolling out next year.  Grantchester’s James Norton twists away from rival blond costume ingenue Holliday Granger (Lucrezia Borgia, Bonnie of Bonnie and Clyde, and Cinderella’s stepsister–not the one played by Daisy by Downton Abbey, the blond one) in Lady Chatterley’s Lover (where he’s the crippled husband, not the hunky gamekeeper, leaving that to Lily James’ Prince Charming from Cinderella, Richard Madden, better known as Robb Stark, but Lily’s getting him back as Romeo to her Juliet for a Branagh play as well, because why the hell not–are you following this?  I haven’t figured out how to make a chart yet) to uniform up as Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (right).  This is honestly the hardest one for me, because James Norton does nothing for me, but I’ve always thought of Prince Andrei as one of the hotties of classical literature.

(Not pictured here:  One of the hotties of classical literature.)

Dweebing his way into this tangled web is Paul Dano as Pierre Bezukhov, who is pretty dweeby, but I still can’t see him as anything but the Nietzsche fanboy brother in Little Miss Sunshine.  Pierre’s always been a lame, boring character, so moving on from him.

Before we get to the costume I really want to bitch about, though, can we have a snicker at Tom Burke (better known as The Musketeers’ Athos), who thought this was a pirate movie?

Arrrrrrr, maties.  How do you say “maties” in Russian?  I have no idea.  Not really known for their piracy, the Russians, although Peter the Great built a fairly badass navy, because Peter the Great.

One more before we get to the main event.

Tuppence Middleton as Pierre’s slutty and manipulative wife, Helene Kuragina, who has strolled in from something set in the early 1930s, when you could still rock a jazzy tiara with a cowlneck slip dress thing.  This is rather a pretty dress, and I suspect Middleton will be able to saunter around in it exactly the way it wishes to be sauntered in.  However, not pictured here:  Napoleonic War fashion.

Okay, here it comes.  

Yes, that is Gillian Anderson.  In either a prom or bridesmaid dress, you pick.  

Which somebody, having heard that Napoleonic War-era fashion was classically influenced and all, threw a chunk of organza around and stuck a cameo on it and called it a day.

Yes, that is a bare shoulder.  In the first picture, you can see how the sleeved side pulls up under the bust, while the sleeveless side sags down, because the prom dress doesn’t fit at all under the bust, and is desperately wriggling around, begging for some support. 

What have we learned here?  We have learned that in an empire waist dress (particularly one cut like this, right under the bust, and going straight to the skirt, with only a seam and no waist embellishment or tape or anything) there is nowhere much to put the rigid structure required to give the girls comfortable baskets, and they get what they can from the dress, because with a ONE-SHOULDERED DRESS you can’t wear a proper set of stays underneath (at this point they still had shoulder straps) to provide historically accurate support.  We have learned that a one-sleeved prom dress does not a War of 1812 costume make.  We have learned that we can’t even rely on the BBC, of all people, to get circa 1812 costumes, of all things, despite the number of Jane Austen productions which must have filled the costume warehouses by now.  We have learned things we definitely did not want to know.

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Big Captain America: Civil War Surprise Teased For Jimmy Kimmel Live
Host Jimmy Kimmel is promoting his special Marvel episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live by promising a big [...]

Host Jimmy Kimmel is promoting his special Marvel episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live by promising a big surprise related to Captain America: Civil War.

Kimmel mentioned the tease on Twitter:

As we speculated earlier, the “surprise” could be sliver of new footage, a new trailer, or an appearance by an unexpected cast member (*cough*Spider-Man*cough*). Fans will just have to wait and see.

“Marvel has been so smart about casting unexpected people for these roles. Look at what Robert Downey brought to Iron Man. A real, dry sense of humor and a complexity to his hero balance … I think that the way these Marvel heroes are written, the female superheroes included, do have complexity and flaws. But I think when they are translated into film, the women can become these ultimate goddesses of perfection and I would love to create a female Marvel character who is just as unexpected and complex as some of the male characters as Iron Man.”

– Olivia Wilde (October 24, 2015).