Dear white people, I’m sorry you’re not what Hamilton is looking for. But if it makes you feel better, you’ll always have Wicked. And Next to Normal. And Phantom. And Jersey Boys. And Gypsy. And Fun Home. And Sweeney Todd. And Spring Awakening. And The Producers. And Spamalot. And Avenue Q. And Fiddler. And Cabaret. And Chicago. And…

Whether Ms. Rowling had described Hermione as white, black, green or none of the above, casting an adaptation of a work is not the same as illustrating it.

An actress creates a character by embodying his or her spirit, not by resembling previous performers. The works of Shakespeare have been cast with any number of ethnicities — including many white actors, historically, as Othello the Moor. That Lin-Manuel Miranda is of Puerto Rican descent does not exactly make his portrayal of a white founding father in “Hamilton” any less powerful or authentic. In fact, the musical’s multiethnic casting metaphorically underscores that America is a nation of immigrants better than any literal likeness could.

Just so, any resistance to Ms. Dumezweni’s casting only proves how appropriate it is. After all, one of the most important aspects of Hermione’s character is that the bigots of her own world consider her impure and illegitimate.

What It’s Really Like to Work in Hollywood*

(*If you’re not a straight white man.)

The statistics are unequivocal: Women and minorities are vastly underrepresented in front of and behind the camera. Here, 27 industry players reveal the stories behind the numbers — their personal experiences of not feeling seen, heard or accepted, and how they pushed forward. In Hollywood, exclusion goes far beyond #OscarsSoWhite. (Interviews have been edited and condensed.) By Melena Ryzik

[image:a headshot of Wendell Pierce next to a quote that reads “A casting head said: “I couldn’t put you in a Shakespeare movie. They didn’t have black people then.” Wendell Pierce“

I came across this article in my Twitter feed this morning, and I highly recommend checking it out. Stories like this are a big part of why I do what I do; for example, linking people to primary documents that demonstrate there was a large Black British population during Shakespeare’s “Then”.

“In the casting of Robert [Downey Jr.], he was definitely what you would call a ‘non-starter’ for them [Marvel].  They said, ‘who’s your first choice? You can have anybody. Marvel movies are sold based on the costumed hero, so we don’t have to pay anybody and the good news for you is you have the freedom to cast whoever you want.’  

I wanted Robert and they went, ‘well that’s a problem.’

I knew in my heart from talking to the guy, I knew what he’s endured in his life, and he was the guy.  And he really, really wanted it, really bad.   I told him – after going round and round and using every trick that I had to get him hired, every piece of political capital that I could trade in and use as leverage – it just was not gonna happen.

I finally called him and said, ‘Robert, I don’t really know you, I just met you once in the office.’  We really connected in that meeting and I was a fan of his work.  I had to call him back a couple of weeks later and said: ‘Look, I really want you for this but it’s just not gonna happen this time around. That’s how it goes.’

Robert said, ‘I understand but with your permission, I’d like to hold out hope.’

And I said, 'Well, alright, I’ll hope as long as you do.’

Finally I saw an opportunity because … Marvel was not meeting that much responsiveness to people wanting to be in the film.  So circumstances conspired and there was an opening, and their clock was ticking down. And I was finally able to get Robert to screen-test.  

I said (to Marvel):  'Let’s just put him on film. The other guys that you’re thinking of, let’s put them on film, and I’ll put Robert on film.’ 

Then it happened.  Robert just blew the doors of the place and no one can argue.”

JON FAVREAU, on the difficulties he encountered with getting Robert Downey Jr. cast as Tony Stark (September 6, 2008).

NEW AND IMPROVED Cosplay supply resource masterlist!

This list has come A LONG WAY since the last one! Here’s the current list.

YOU CAN FIND THE MOST UP-TO-DATE VERSION ON MY FACEBOOK HERE—> https://www.facebook.com/notes/cheebescake-cosplay/new-improved-cosplay-supply-masterlist/1689261574663144

I encourage you to try and check that, since I can’t update the reblogged versions. I’m always adding to this list!

Here we goooo

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Looking for wigs, contacts, thermoplastics, or any other supplies? Maybe some tutorials? Here’s a good place to start!

**** Know a great place to find wigs and supplies that’s not listed here? Let me know! That’s the best way to keep this growing! ****

I hope you’ll find this useful!


WIGS

Arda- http://arda-wigs.com/

Dolluxe- http://www.dolluxe.com/ (also http://www.gothiclolitawigs.com/ )

Tasty Peach Studios- http://tastypeachstudios.com/

Lockshop- http://lockshopwigs.com

Wig is Fashion- http://www.wigisfashion.com/

Epic Cosplay- https://www.epiccosplay.com/

Amphigory- http://www.amphigory.com/

Cosworx - http://shop.cosplay.com/wigs.html

Uniqso- http://www.uniqso.com/wig

AliExpress- http://tinyurl.com/o976yzg

Harajuku in Wonderland- http://harajukuinwonderland.bigcartel.com/category/wigs

The Five Wits- http://www.thefivewitswigs.com/

Match Wigs- http://matchwigs.com/

Purple Plum- http://www.purple-plum.com/

Cosplay Buzz- http://www.cosplaybuzz.com/Bonanza- http://tinyurl.com/ptaagov

Airily- http://airily.jp/ Japanese Cosplay wig site. I hear they’re the softest wigs you’ll ever touch.Classe- http://classewig.com/ Another Japanese wig site


Contacts/ Circle Lenses

Pinky Paradise- http://www.pinkyparadise.com/

Eye Candy- http://www.eyecandys.com/

Honey Color- http://www.honeycolor.com/

FX Eyes- http://www.fxeyes.com

Alice & Rabbit- http://www.aliceandrabbitshop.com/apps/webstore/

Vision Direct- http://www.visiondirect.com/theatricaleffects/qxc10898


Thermoplastics

http://www.cosplaysupplies.com/store.php?s=JK6K

Embellish FX, in Orlando. http://www.embellishfx.com/

This is one of only two places in Florida where you can purchase worbla (which is great if you need it quick!) 2628 Edgewater Drive –  Orlando, FL,  32804; (407) 251-7110


Plastics (NOT thermoplastics), casting, and molding

http://www.dreamtimecreations.com/

Includes fiberglass, casting materials- http://www.firemountaingems.com/

Foams, casting supplies, adhesives- http://www.reynoldsam.com


Fabric (online)

https://www.fabric.com/

http://spandexworld.com/http://www.spandexhouse.com/

http://www.girlcharlee.com/

http://thefabricfairy.com/

http://www.distinctivefabric.com/

http://warehousefabricsinc.com/

http://denverfabrics.com or http://fashionfabricsclub.com

http://hancockfabrics.com/

http://www.moodfabrics.com/

https://www.macculloch-wallis.co.uk/

https://www.minervacrafts.com/ (also carries patterns)

http://www.farmhousefabrics.com/ ***Vintage laces, too!***

http://www.theatrehouse.com/ (also has hat bases!)

http://www.joann.com/fabric/

http://www.mjtrends.com/

http://www.trimfabric.com/

Custom printed fabric: http://www.spoonflower.com/

Specialty fabric dye: http://www.dharmatrading.com/


Leather and leatherworking tools

http://www.tandyleather.com/en/

http://springfieldleather.com

Jewelry Findings, patterns, and notions

Jewelry findings: http://www.sunandmooncraftkits.com/

Boning: http://www.corsetmaking.com/

Sequins: http://www.ccartwright.com/

Vintage sewing patterns: http://www.lanetzliving.net/search

Cultural clothing patterns (all accurate except for the yukata pattern): http://www.folkwear.com/

Gems, studs, spikes, etc: https://allstarco.com/en/

Crystal Rhinestones: http://tinyurl.com/phudfy4   Rhinestones: https://www.rhinestoneshop.com/

Gems, beading: http://www.dreamtimecreations.com/

Gems, beading: http://www.firemountaingems.com/


Gloves, Leggings, Tights

http://www.welovecolors.com/ (They’re based in Miami, so you get them super quick!)


Special FX (besides contacts)

Fangs: http://www.vampfangs.com/

Prosthetics n such: http://www.easleys.com

Silicone: http://www.reynoldsam.com (great for dragon scales, fake blood, etc. Check their application section!)

Ears: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MadhouseFXstudio

Ears, fangs, horns, etc: http://www.aradanicostumes.com


Websites for traditional and (most importantly) accurate kimono + accessories:

http://www.ichiroya.com/ Good quality, shipping, choice, customer service + traditional fabrics

http://www.kimono-asobi.net/ Nice range of modern designs for kimono, obi and accessories

 http://www.kimonoya-japan.net/ Ability to choose by price + SALES

http://www.yamatoku.jp/classic/top.asp Sells in bulk occasionally

http://www.ikuokaya.com/ Sells accurate geisha/maiko kanzashi, uchiwa (summer fans), washi paper namecards, kinchaku (traditional bamboo bags), souvenirs, dance fans, maiko + geisha accessories (though they’re not completely accurate - obidome, obiage, etc), combs for katsura + nihongami and tenugui (dance cloths)

http://www.net-shinei.co.jp/com/  Good  range of accessories + kimono, but the descriptions are lacking at   don’t detail stains or blemishes for kimono, and the shipping can be   stupid ***Special thanks to @spaghetti-machete for  this whole traditional Japanese accessory section!***


Fur

www.Mendels.com

www.fursuitsupplies.com

http://www.nftech.com/products.html (very  expensive fur, but they   will give you free samples to look at. You   also have to call in to ask   for swatches or order)


For animal  blanks & resin blanks (for animal-based cosplays)

https://www.etsy.com/shop/DreamVisionCreations


Hat Bases

http://www.theatrehouse.com/


LED kits, “breadboads”, EL wire, etc:

https://www.adafruit.com/

Props (3D printer required):

https://www.myminifactory.com/


Everything:

https://www.etsy.com/

A lot of people don’t know this, but Etsy actually sells everything else you may need!  Wigs, fabric, jewelry findings, you name it! Check out   their craft  supply section!Ebay and Amazon, of course! Don’t count them out!


Helpful links:

http://blog.thelaundress.com/wordpress/the-laundress-fabric-glossary/ - Fabric type glossary

thistothat.com , for figuring out what type of glues to use.

http://hollitaima.deviantart.com/gallery/52481049/Pattern-Drafts-and-Design-Drafts , character specific pattern design drafts


Tutorial compilations and tips

http://www.cosplaytutorial.com/

http://cosplayblog.mccall.com/

http://fuckyeahcosplayhelp.tumblr.com/

http://cosplay.com/

http://youcancosplay21.tumblr.com/post/124877299350/semi-complete-list-of-tutorials-tricks

https://www.youtube.com/user/evilted40/videos (Evil Ted Smith. Lots of foam and patterning tutorials!)


Incredible cosplayers and prop builders who regularly post tips and how to’s that you should be following:

Kamui Cosplay- https://www.facebook.com/KamuiCos

God Save the Queen Fashions- https://www.facebook.com/gstqfashions (who seriously needs to release a book)

Volpin Props- https://www.facebook.com/VolpinProps

Punished Props- https://www.facebook.com/punishedprops


Special notes:

* While there are places on this list that I  have shopped, I picked up a lot of these from other people. I have NOT  shopped at every one of these.

* I originally made this for a local cosplay group (Treasure Coast Cosplayers: https://www.facebook.com/tccosplayers ), which is why some notes are Florida specific.

* Special tips via @renfamous

Be  careful with some of these places when it comes to online  payments.   Make sure you’re buying from places that use reputable payment  vendors like PayPal or Google wallet, or at the very least don’t enter  your   card number into anything unless the transaction page url starts  with   an https.

Also everyone please please please do not use your debit card for your first ever purchase from some Romanian cosplay shop that opened three weeks ago.   Use your debit card to buy a Visa gift card at a drug store or ask   your  parents if you can use their credit card and give them cash on the   spot.

Credit cards give you many more options if the vendor   doesn’t deliver or ships you some busted ass dead possum wig from   Taipei. Not saying the above listed places are necessarily bad, but   these are still good tips for making safe foreign purchases online.

Special thanks to everyone who helped put this list together!

blog.angryasianman.com
Our first look at Scarlett Johansson in 'Ghost in the Shell'
And now the full whitewash cycle is complete.

So this is really happening, huh? Production has begun on DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures’ live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, based on the classic manga series by Masamune Shirow. And here is your first look at Scarlett Johansson as the character they’re calling “The Major.” I guess they didn’t have the guts to refer to her by the character’s original name: Major Motoko Kusanagi.

I asked Miranda if he would be willing to make any comment regarding the recent casting situations [with universities casting white performers in roles of characters of color] that had come to light. He was familiar with The Mountaintop case, but I had to give him an exceptionally brief précis of what had occurred with Jesus in India. He said he would absolutely speak to the issue, and I had to hold up my hand to briefly pause him as he rushed to start speaking, while I started recording again.

“My answer is: authorial intent wins. Period,” Miranda said. “As a Dramatists Guild Council member, I will tell you this. As an artist and as a human I will tell you this. Authorial intent wins. Katori Hall never intended for a Caucasian Martin Luther King. That’s the end of the discussion. In every case, the intent of the author always wins. If the author has specified the ethnicity of the part, that wins.

“Frankly, this is why it’s so important to me, we’re one of the last entertainment mediums that has that power. You go to Hollywood, you sell a script, they do whatever and your name is still on it. What we protect at the Dramatists Guild is the author’s power over their words and what happens with them. It’s very cut and dry.”

[…]

Anticipating the flood of interest in producing Hamilton once the Broadway production and national tours have run their courses, I asked Miranda whether the acting edition of the script of Hamilton will ultimately be specific about the cast’s diversity, and whether, either at the college level or the professional level, he would foresee a situation where white actors were playing leading roles.

“I don’t have the answer to that. I have to consult with the bookwriter, who is also me,” he responded. “I’m going to know the answer a little better once we set up these tours and once we set up the London run. I think the London cast is also going to look like our cast looks now, it’s going to be as diverse as our cast is now, but there are going to be even more opportunities for southeast Asian and Asian and communities of color within Europe that should be represented on stage in that level of production.

“So I have some time on that language and I will find the right language to make sure that the beautiful thing that people love about our show and allows them identification with the show is preserved when this goes out into the world.”

Authorial intent, y’all. Authorial intent.

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What Does “Hamilton” Tell Us About Race In Casting?, Howard Sherman

the Theatre Communications Group has written an open letter of support for Katori Hall & Lloyd Suh, both of whom have received public backlash for objecting to the casting of white performers in roles of color (including Martin Luther King, Jr) in productions of their plays. you can add your signature of support through this google form.

Tapping the blast furnace #6 at Novolipetsk steel plant. The furnace had been put into operation in 1978. It produces 3.1 million tons of hot iron a year.