British actor Jason Isaacs, perhaps best known in America for playing Draco’s dad in the Harry Potter franchise, has signed on to play Starfleet’s newest captain in CBS All Access’ upcoming Star Trek Discovery.
All we know so far about Isaacs’ character is his name: Captain Lorca. Oh, and we know what his chair will look like.
The cast also includes The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green as Lorca’s second in command and 30 Rock’s Maulik Pancholy as a Starfleet medical officer. Other roles include Terry Serpico (Army Wives) as a high-ranking Starfleet admiral, Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as another captain and Mary Wiseman (Baskets) as a cadet who will be assigned to Lorca’s ship, the USS Discovery, after graduation.
So yesterday was the day that so many of us feverishly anticipated and dreaded :), the actual possibility of meeting Bryan Fuller, Hugh Dancy, Aaron Abrams, Scott Thompson, Demore Barnes and Ellen Muth! I mean. What -are- the chances?
I flew over Friday morning (having dreaded flying in that storm but it did die down that night, fortunately) with Alex and we made our way over to arrive at 10 am, to photos of other Fannibals on Twitter already, though the hotel was still very much empty. Good to take photographs :)
I got upgraded to the next room level (which is why I can now drink coffee while writing this at 5:30 am (thank goodness)). By afternoon the lobby was filling slowly, flowercrowns everywhere. A truly elevating atmosphere, because even though I’m not really a flowers and frilly stuff kind of gal, it just is incredible to watch. Btw the bloody flowercrown @idontfindyouthatinteresting made for me drew many compliments (thank you, again!)
Registration openend a bit early and people went queuing until the main ceremony started. Incredible, there were soooo many people there, so many beautiful cosplays already. @lovecrimecat came by and we distributed the flyers for @radiance-anthology flyers to those standing in line, managed to meet so many of those who signed up (yay), got little gifts in exchange from so many people (and everybody just gave me a second one when I asked so I could give them to Katrina who couldn’t come - so awesome of you guys, thank you again!). I met so many people ‘from’ Twitter and it’ so nice to recognize some from last time, to put name and face to the @s. *hugs at all*
I have a gold ticket this year so I went up front and sat next to SpiceyScorpion, only to realize that -that- was way to much in front for my nerves …. *rolls eyes at self*. I went a few rows back and to the side, which was a good decision for later^^.
“They” came in a few minutes to late, we saw Aaron and Scott do shadow theatre behind the scenes and Sean called them out one after the other.
Demore seemed honestly happy to be there, addressing us with such kind words, upping the applause and calling backstage that that could not possibly be topped*fg*. Aaron came out and asked us to clap for Hugh because he was supposedly afraid he wouldn’t get any ^^^^^, Scott said something along these lines as well, I think. Both very funny. Ellen was there^^ and addressed us with a few kind ords and then Sean announced Bryan next and the room (not in any way quiet before) went -wild-. And Bryan…. Bryan went “crowdsurfing”. Meaning he ran through the aisles and high-fived us. You know that sitting to the side decision? Yeah….
What a moment, there’s lots of pictures in the Tag #HannibalCon, go and look, it was…. incredible. God bless. Anyway Hugh came out last, announced by Sean as one of the best british actors, and boy, that was applause^^. He seemed a bit overwhelmed with the energy there^^ and honestly, I can’t quite remember what he actually said but it was something along the lines that he was looking forward to a wonderful weekend.
They came out together after that and we held up the signs that @the-winnowing-wind distributed - “Fannibals Forever”…. They took videos and photos of us. Bryan posted some of it later. Incredible moment to have been part of. I’m even in Bryans video (yay^^ (and if you know where to look^^)).
The gold ticket holders went across the hall next, to a slightly smaller room with tables set up and we were seated by group/friends. And then we waited, because they got something to eat first…. (darn^^^). Colleen got out some booze and we talked a lot and proverbially bit our nails a lot *g*. When they finally got in they were sent to the various tables for 4-minute-meet-ups. Only the meet-ups didn’t stay at 4 minutes :P.
Demore was first and I was soooooo nervous. (The seat next to me was free btw, and so the -all- ended up sitting right next to me (*still screaming about that*. …. ) I shook my hands in the air in an effort to get rid of some of the energy and he put his hand on my shoulder asking me why I was nervous and I brabbled something unintelligible and shook my head. Very sweet. We talked a bit about his fight scene with Mads and that we would have liked to see more of him^^ and I told him I can’t wait to see him in American Gods and he rubbed my back when he left. *float*
Next was Scott, who brought his pizza and drank some mooneshine with us^^, played Tarot with us and was generally just this very kind and interesting person. I wasn’t -quite- that nervous anymore by then (thanks Demore (and Colleen for the prosecco)), meaning I actually talked a bit, though I can’t quite remember what^^.
Ellen was next and she was also very nice, we talked about the fact that her scenes are imho some of the most scary in Hannibal. She also wore some of the coolest jeans I’d ever seen^^.
Ok. Next? BRYAN. He saw the Will!Faun scarf of @flying-rotten we had put on the table cloth and chuckled that he knew who -we- are waiting for and that he couldn’t blame us^^. He asked us, if push came to shove, if we would prefer Will & Hannibal S4 or SotL. Our table was Hannigram, though there was apparently one that was 'done’ with it…. He told us about it a bit, much the same that Hugh has said before as well, that it would be an inversion of S1 etc. I…. hope that push does not come to shove, because he told us a bit about how much he loves the lyric of Thomas Harris books and I would really love for him to be able to fully lay out his vision. I hope he gets to do this (we have to continue to fight, guys!!!). He also told us, that Thomas Harris apparently writes a new book and he…. poked Martha to get the rights to it already, without quite knowing what it was about yet *g*.
I…. took all my courage then and showed him one of the Radiance-Flyers and explained a bit and we asked if he wanted to do a little something like a foreword for it. And guys - HE DOES! He asked when it would need to be done and I said May 1st and he looked at the flyer and indicated the twitter @ there and asked if he should send it there and I was like (you know this situation, where, once you start, your mouth kind of runs away with you?! At least mine did^^^) “Oh well, yes, or you know you follow me on twitter, you can just send it there if you want” and he looked at me (directly) and said “yes, I know.” Well, RIP me. I answered with a very intelligent “ah” if I recall correctly and ducked my head and then Romina and I emphasized that it would be awesome if he actually wants to do that and finds the time.
He asked us after what drew us to Hannibal, as he got feedback from a lot of the other young women (I thanked him for 'young’, you know, once you’re in it doesn’t matter anyhow *another eye roll at self*) and we said that its not only beauty and connection, but also intelligence. You have to think with Hannibal. He recommended 'Legion’ to us and asked if we’d seen it before and I said that some stuff hasn’t made it across the big pond yet. And then Bryan went and …. not ranted directly…. but expressed his lack of understanding of the fact that things take so long to be legal and why series were not streamed worldwide because people would just go and pirate it anyway -because- it was not available legally. He went and made a (imho) very fitting anology with the conservative stance on abortions in contrast to piracy, meaning just because it’s forbidden it doesn’t stop people from doing so, it just gets unsafer and illegal.
Oh and he took photos of our table and @dr3piecesuit s and another girls tattoo, because he loves them. :) And he told us that he brought something for Hugh to wear for the Cosplay contest. Can’t wait *g*
He was called away then, way past the 4 minutes^^ and …. he is such a precious human being?! Exuding so much warmth and honesty and exuberance. I feel honored that I got to sit there.
A propos honored… Hugh was next and there I was again - nervous. Awesome. *third eyeroll* He complimented Camilles Will!Faun, saying it was very beautiful and then laughing that that was maybe a bit weird^^, and then telling us about all the gifts he gets and that he keeps the little plush Wills, giving them to his son to play with, even the bloody ones….. *fg*.
The girl next to me (@OnTheVerger) talked to him about how much Adam means to her because she has Aspergers and then broke into tears and Hugh comforted and hugged her and it was sooo sweet. We showed him the Radiance flyers as well and he said “blood fueled embraces, indeed” *g*.
Bryan ran by then and left a bitten off Babybel for Hugh. IDK if Hugh bit off that piece or if Bryan did but it was hilarious^^.
Hugh had to leave then and Aaron came to our table last, I told him I backed him and he told us about the film he and Scott are in (Scott came by and set down next to him^^) and we talked about how much we would all want to see more of Hannibal. Oh and Scott said (before) that he was supposed to teach Clarice Starling - how awesome would team Sassy Science be doing that in SotL? Seriously?
Anyway, I remember I touched Aarons shoulder in the spur of the moment talking about -something- but I can’t remember what exactly and the panicking about that. ;))
I went to my room at 1:15am, got into bed by 2am and was wide awake again at 5:15 am.
What. a. rush.
PS: This is no photos because my cameras not that good - check the Hashtag on Twitter, there’s TONS of them ;). Already ;)
Remembering Robert Donat on his birthday (18 March 1905 -9 June 1958). He won the Best Actor Oscar for Goodbye, Mr Chips, 1939. He is seen here in a screencap from The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935)
“His tragedy was that the promise of his early years was never fulfilled and that he was haunted by agonies of doubt and disappointment” - David Shipman
“Long-term memory, okay? When you were three you had this, um, big… juicy fruit… orange, orange car that you sat in and you pushed with your feet. Only, you never did it yourself, ‘cause you always got me to push you everywhere. And Mum used to get upset with you for being lazy, but I could make you go fast, I could give you a nice ride. Thing is, right, now, I know I can’t do anything for you that’s even that simple anymore. And half the time I’m gonna be the boy in the orange car. But… I’m so proud of what you can do now, and what you’ve done. And a couple of months ago I was jealous of your future, ‘cause I haven’t got one to speak of, but my life now is gonna be what happens to you. And you. Before, I thought that I was the main event, and the breadwinner and the go-getter… now I’m just happy watching you. So… good luck, son.”
So proud of my babies ♡ Yesterday we had an awesome press event + an event for Spidey fans with the ehxibhition of the first 30 minutes of the movie ;) We had a blast!
PSA: DO NOT REPOST MY PICTURES
Oh, also, a fan asked Tom about Spideypool and he said “Fuck yeah, but as a friendship, I mean, he’s a kid!” And I was like yaaas! The best part about training young british actors is the fact that they are always so proper and so eloquent!
Also a fair warning: Dear press and fans, please stop asking british actors questions about american politics, including T**mp. Both Laura and Tom were super uncomfortable with the question and didn’t reply at all.
Tom Hiddleston’s Bewildered Middle-aged Fans
British actor Tom Hiddleston.
“I know you!” A bewildered middle-aged Aussie lady was stabbing her finger in in the direction of British actor Tom Hiddleston while doing her best impersonation of a bewildered middle-aged Aussie lady. This was all taking place at Brisbane Airport’s Business Class Lounge in 2016 and the Hollywood star (Thor, Avengers, Kong: Skull Island, etc.) had taken a seat at the table next to me.
“I know you!” she said again, with her stabby finger and a smile that was the opposite of endearing. To his credit, Tom gave what looked like a genuine smile in return. “You’re that actor! What’s your name again?”
He then introduced himself and politely engaged in some chit-chat with a sort-of-a-fan, though really just someone excited to meet a famous person. Well played Tom, well played. But seriously, what would possess someone to think that aggressively pointing their finger at a celebrity and demanding they tell you their name is the way to go?
Then another woman did a similar thing. “I recognise you, but who are you again?” I was starting to feel embarrassed for him, but again, he treated these folks warmly and with a considerable amount of charm. By now the murmurings that a Hollywood star was sitting near the breakfast counter had spread through the lounge.
Then something surprising happened. A genuine fan — a mother with a child maybe about 10 years old — lined up to approach him, clearly nervous. She just wanted to tell him how much she loved his film and TV work and how she hoped he’d enjoyed Australia.
To which Tom invited them to sit down. And because they were so nervous, Tom started asking them questions to make them relax. What a guy! After he left I cemented my own fears that I’d been a slightly dodgy eavesdropper by tweeting what had happened. And for what it’s worth, it’s hands down the most liked and reshared piece of social media I’ve ever been involved in*.
This was in the New Zealand herald. But the link wouldn’t work. Guy does so good stuff.
There are great actors and then there are those actors who stand above all others.
They are the ones who immerse themselves so deeply in a role that you forget you are watching an actor and truly believe that character has been brought to life.
Marlon Brando stands above all others, while the likes of Streep, De Niro and Day-Lewis all offer a towering body of work.
Heath Ledger delivered some astonishing performances in his brief but brilliant career, but it is the recent work of young British actor Eddie Redmayne that has him staking a claim for the best actor of his generation.
While many movie goers’ first introduction to him was as the dashing Marius in Les Miserables, it is his Oscar-winning performance as Stephen Hawking in the Theory of Everything and his work as Lili Erbe in the Danish Girl that have earned him widespread acclaim.
Redmayne’s transformation into the revered English theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking in truly extraordinary. The brilliance of the performance is that as Hawking’s body starts to fail him Redmayne requires greater discipline of his own faculties.
Recreating the poses and expressions of someone who is effectively expressionless requires a deft touch and Redmayne does it with aplomb. So much so that by the film’s climax you actually believe you are watching Stephen Hawking.
In The Danish Girl, Redmayne is again totally immersive in the role of Lili Erbe. Beyond mere impersonation, he digs deep to find the nuances of being a woman and inhabits the character with a grace and elegance deserving of a woman in the 1920s.
He once again disappears within the character to deliver a masterful performance.
These two performances have stamped Redmayne as one of his generation’s finest actors. If he continues to deliver performances such as this he will eventually take his place among the great screen actors of all time.