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Benedict Cumberbatch to star in Showtime’s ‘Melrose’ miniseries

Benedict Cumberbatch is expanding his literary excursion into television.

The British actor will portray a playboy in Melrose, a limited five-episode Showtime series adapted from the Edward St. Aubyn novels, the pay-cable network announced Tuesday.  No airdate has been set.

That comes after Cumberbatch, who has gained a big TV following playing Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, signed on to play a children’s book writer in the PBS movie, The Child in Time, based on Ian McEwan’s novel.

In Melrose, Cumberbatch will play Patrick Melrose, “an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by a horribly abusive father and the mother who tacitly condoned the behavior,” Showtime says.

Melrose, a series of semi-autobiographical novels, will jump from the south of France in the 1960s to New York in the 1980s to Great Britain in the early 2000s. David Nicholls is adapting the books for TV; Cumberbatch is among the executive producers.

The series, which will devote an hour to each of the five novels, “hilariously skewers the upper class as it tracks the protagonist’s harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse and, ultimately, toward recovery,” Showtime says.

Cumberbatch, who also starred on the big screen in The Imitation Game and 12 Years a Slave, had previously expressed interest in Patrick Melrose, telling participants in a Reddit Q&A that if he could play any literary character, he would choose him.

“We are delighted to be part of this incredible series,” Cumberbatch and fellow executive producer Adam Ackland said in a statement. “We have been huge fans of these books for many years and David Nicholls adaptations are extraordinary.”

anonymous asked:

If Josh were to do any biopic, which person would you want to see him portray?



The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

anonymous asked:

22, 28, 32! <3

22. A movie, if any, you would like to see turned into a musical
Ummm THE PARENT TRAP. Or Dead Poet’s Society.

28. 3 dream roles of yours
If I had the right talent/ethnicity/gender, maybe Campbell in Bring It On, Draco in A Very Potter Musical, Nina in In The Heights and Jared in Dear Evan Hansen

32. A role you’d like to see your favorite actor play
Ben Platt as Mark, Jeremy Jordan as Rodger 

Wait, that's not my name.

Café/Starbucks AU because it’s December and everything is getting Christmassy. And also because Starbucks ads have been popping up at me. Inspiration mentioned at the end.

Summary: Christmas is jolly time, not a time to get accused of harassing employees at Starbucks.
Or according to Nico, ‘I Came Out to Have a Good Time and I’m Honestly Feeling So Attacked Right Now’.

Pairings: Main NicoMaki, side NozoEli.

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What I Call Life (Part 9)

Part Nine of the blangstpromptoftheday mpreg fic.

Parts 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

Played with time a little bit this chapter since Glee’s timeline’s so effed up anyway. It’s probably really confusing and I apologize for that, but I was confused myself when I tried to go back and sort everything out for this flashback portion. If you have any questions about it, message me on here and I’ll try my best to explain. If not, just take it all in stride. That’s what I’m doing lol.

This fic is on FF.net too.

May 2014

“Did you hear? Anderson’s gonna break up with Hummel soon. I guess June Dolloway’s got this huge plan involving him playing straight to get more backers and since he’s engaged to Kurt, it’s like a liability or something.”

“Do you really think he’ll break up with him though? I mean, come on. Hummel’s a catch. He beat Rachel Berry at Midnight Madness!”

“Yeah, but what’s he doing now honestly? Berry’s on Broadway, his fiance’s June Dolloway’s new pet, and he’s singing at a diner while he serves fries! Personally I think if Blaine wants to make it big like the rest of us, he’d ditch that one trick pony and go with June.”

“So you think he’ll do it?”

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Well, I always knew I’d play a jockey some day. Along with “bell hop,” “pizza delivery boy” and “nervous intern” it’s been on my bucket list of dream roles :D
Check out my commercial for Breathe Right Nasal Strips. It’s actually pretty hilarious and topical seeing as California Chrome will be wearing twin strips at the Belmont Stakes this weekend. Also those things really freaking work! Who knew?

Inside Outlander’s Hunt for Claire Fraser
An exclusive adaptation from the book The Making of Outlander: The Series.
By Tara Bennett

In this adaption from The Making of Outlander: The Series, authorTara Bennett goes behind the scenes of the show’s early production, including the long search to find the right actress to play Claire and the major effort required for the show to be filmed in Scotland.


For two decades, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels existed exclusively on the page and in readers’ heads. Fans had free license to imagine their own Claires, Jamies, Murtaghs, et al., mentally casting and re-casting based on Diana’s descriptions, celebrity crushes, or doppelgänger acquaintances until the cows came home. As with any beloved book or series, everyone has their own mental picture of what those characters look like. And suddenly the show’s producers and the series’s casting team had to find real-life actors to be the public, official face of those characters, shouldering a Mount Everest–size burden of fan expectation.

As one of those longtime readers and fans, executive producer Maril Davisfelt the responsibility keenly as they embarked on the casting process with Emmy-winning casting director Suzanne Smith (Band of Brothers). “I love casting, but, normally, when we go into a project I pretty quickly have a prototype in my head of who some of these characters are,” Davis details. “This is the first time I think I have approached a series where I literally had no idea in my head, because Jamie and Claire had been in my head for so long. That was a little daunting when we started the process.”

From her London-based casting office, Smith admits she had not been familiar with the books before she began work on the show, which enabled her to approach the process with a clean mental slate. She was, however, very aware of how invested the fandom was in who these characters were and who should play them. “I know the fans have an idea that it has to be a certain set of eyes,” she says, explaining that fans often focus on the physical descriptions provided in the books. “But it is the acting that comes into it and what each of those actors brings to the table.”

Smith adds that often means that a high-profile actor who might seem like a dream casting might not be right for the role, or available, or even interested in a television series. “Sometimes ‘names’ are mentioned,” she says of early casting talks. “Other times I mention names and then bring them in, or sometimes we get show reels for more-prominent actors. The lovely thing about Starz and Sony was I was given the opportunity to cast unknowns, which is wonderful, because casting is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle. Sometimes names take away from a character.”

As it turns out, primary casting did lean toward unknowns and character actors, in part because Smith made it a priority to bring a sense of authenticity to the casting. “We have utilized a lot of Scottish actors,” she says. “There are some actors who are not Scottish pretending to be Scottish, but a Scottish friend of mine said their accents are great. I have a casting associate who is with a casting director up in Scotland, so we work together in tandem to create everything, and we discuss it with our writer-producers.”

When it came to casting the core three characters—Jamie, Claire, and Black Jack/Frank—Davis and Smith said they were prepared to cast wide nets and potentially commit to a long search. Jamie, in particular, was assumed by all to be the casting unicorn of the bunch. “I said to [show-runner] Ron [Moore] that there’s no way we’re going to find Jamie,” Davis laughs. “We call Jamie ‘the King of Men’ in the writers’ room. So it’s strange that we found him so quickly.”

When they released the casting call for Jamie, a process that Davis explains involves her and the writers collaborating on a character description and sending it out into the world, piles of taped auditions came back from actors around the globe, including from Scottish actor Sam Heughan.

“We saw Sam and we really liked him,” Davis enthuses. The writers discussed his audition, which then prompted Davis and co-executive producer Ira Behrto book a Skype interview with Heughan. “We thought he was really good and we wanted to give him a little feedback about doing a scene. As soon as we got on the Skype call with him and I talked with him, I was like, ‘Oh my God, he is so charming,’” Davis laughs. “Sam is naturally very charming and in some ways has a lot of Jamie there.” Not long after, Heughan earned the title of first actor cast on Outlander.

Next came the alt-Randalls. Smith says she knew British theater and television actor Tobias Menzies very well from previous casting and asked him to audition. “He read a scene for Black Jack and he read a scene for Frank so [producers] could see the two sides to the characters,” Smith details. “The Black Jack scene was quite long, as it was the interrogation scene with Claire. He did it seamlessly.” Menzies was given some notes and a new scene to read for show-runner Ron Moore. “Ron met him, and we did a studio test with just him and some of the scenes. From that, he was chosen. It was very quick. Sometimes it’s like that.”

And, no, the violence and incredible darkness of Black Jack Randall’s character was never a concern for either Smith or Menzies, Smith offers. “Starz asked me to ask Tobias and his agent whether he would be uncomfortable playing a sadist.” She smiles. “He laughed and said, ‘Of course not.’ British actors don’t think of it that way, because they want to be stretched. They know when it comes down to it that it will be handled in the right way.”

With Jamie and Black Jack cast, all that was left of the core three characters was arguably the linchpin of the entire series, Claire Beauchamp Randall, and for some time she was nowhere to be found. “Weirdly, I thought she would be easier to cast, and I was so wrong,” Davis reveals. “There are so few great parts like this for women, but so many amazing female actresses, I just assumed that we would find our person. We saw some amazing people, so that was not even a question, but it just wasn’t Claire. I remember Ron and I were sitting in our office in Scotland and we were literally three weeks away from shooting and we didn’t have Claire yet. We had a couple of female actresses on hold and said, ‘If we don’t get Jamie and Claire right, we might as well not do the series. We will be dead before we start.’”

Producer Toni Graphia had seen pictures and video clips of Irish actressCaitriona Balfe online and, intrigued by her potential, flagged her audition tape for a second look. She was asked to do another self-tape, which Smith says made them decide to bring her in for a chemistry read with Heughan. When they first put the two actors together in a room, it was clear that the show had found its Jamie and Claire. Moore says Balfe was committed to her role from the start. “You could see she was in it,” he says, recalling the first day of filming. “Then in the scenes with Frank, there was a charm and fun to it. Then her running to the woods in the white shift. Then her scene with Jack Randall. With Cait, it was very apparent, very quickly, that this was going to work. She’s it,” he enthuses.

fic // flowers by the sea

rinharuweek // day one

prompt: "firsts"
author: momohtaro
rating: G
warnings: n/a


Rin’s here for the weekend, eagerly steaming under the heat of Tokyo’s ripe summer. He’s exuberant, Haru notes, stirring around his tea out of the restless boredom that comes with wanting to do something but not knowing what to do. They’ve been sitting in his living room for two hours trying to figure out what to do without falling prey to the heat, and the fan is on high, and Haru’s starting to think that he’s finally outgrown his ability to evade heat.

“I’m thirsty,” Rin announces, and gets up to look in the refrigerator before Haru has a chance to do anything about it. He watches as Rin heads into the kitchen, measuring his silhouette to the one he remembers from a few months ago, and thinks that Rin maybe grew a little taller, filled out more in his shoulders.

Rin looks strong from the back, now. This hasn’t always been true: a year ago, even, his shoulders shook when he wasn’t paying attention to them, hunched over like he was trying to trap something into his chest cavity. A year ago, maybe, he looked strong from the front, all impassive face and calm voice, but there had been something restless twisting his spine.

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