one of my favorite candids ever

Fish....or cut bait!

Been an interesting couple of weeks, hasn’t it?   I’ve been around, just a bit too busy to comment with football season right around the corner, I do have a day job after all.  Yet with folks acting the fool all over the place I do think it’s time for another PR lesson.

I don’t know who’s running the PR show at Outlander – I have an idea – but I do know one thing, they’re floundering and it’s not completely their fault.   Mr. Heughan told on himself the other day with his statement in that lovely little interview.

“Say yes to everything.”  

It’s a studio’s and agent’s dream.  It’s PR nightmare, but it can be managed if you’re smart about it…which I’m afraid the Starz PR team is not!  I have a theory about what’s going on with the Starz/Lionsgate/Sam/Cait mess so let me explain.

First off…. let me tell you what I’ve been doing -the Falcon’s first pre-season game is the 10th so I’ve been setting the talking points for all the upcoming interviews.  That’s right, even at a sports level the interviewers are told what they can and cannot talk to the players about.  What does that tell you?   It tells you that if an interviewer asked whether Sam or Cat were together it was because they were told too by Starz PR, pure and simple!   PR sets the narrative, so with that in mind, let’s look at what PR is trying to tell us.

PR wants us to know that Sam and Cait are “obviously” not together and to bring home that point they have Sam and Cait state emphatically in interviews that they aren’t together (pay no attention to their co-stars who have trouble keeping straight faces through all this) and they trot out the blonde in a couple of scenarios so staged her ex-boyfriend found it necessary to throw a little shade.

Now my mind immediately goes to the “why” of them setting this narrative.  Why do they want us to think Sam’s hooked up with a 28-year-old blonde that really does nothing for him but make me roll my eyes at his taste in women?  Could this narrative be simply because Sam’s in love?   Nah, don’t buy that for a second.  Sure, Sam posted a pic on Instagram, but did he tag MM?  Has he ever?  Did he call her by name?  Has he ever, once indicated he has a girlfriend or significant other while avowing he and Cait are just pals?  A Little tip here people, if you’re going to try to sell this gal to me as his amore, for the love of God get some body language tips from somebody!  And don’t use Hargrave, that’s who HiddleSwift used and they were about as believable as a tutu on a crocodile.  Oh, and my favorite part, we had those lovely posed pics but the one candid shot had Sam on one side of the helicopter and her on the other and we’re supposed to believe it was because of weight distribution….um okay.  Add to that mentions that his brother was originally supposed to accompany him on this outing and the fact that Sam and MM are both represented by the same agent doesn’t help sell the “love” to me either.  But seriously they could be dating, who knows…they just don’t sell it too well if they are!

Okay, rant over, back to my theory.    So why the push of this narrative?  Let’s look at what’s going on in Sam’s life now.

The new movie. Let’s not pretend for a second that Sam’s part in this movie isn’t due to the Starz/Lionsgate connection – I’m not that dumb – are you?   And I’m not so dumb that I don’t think Lionsgate doesn’t realize what star potential they have in the boy, but here’s the problem. Outlander, while having a worldwide MASSIVE fan base, has a fan base of women who are mostly over the age of 35. To make Sam the star they want him to be, he’s got to appeal to a younger audience (18-35) as well and with Jamie and Claire aging in the show…it’s a dilemma - at least to the middle-aged male idiots that run things.   They can’t change Outlander and have Jamie run off after some younger woman (and not risk getting tarred and feathered) so they change the personal.  They concentrate on the shallow – his looks and his physique.  They insist that Sam “obviously” couldn’t be with a beautiful, intelligent, successful, woman nearing forty (whether they actually are or not, they can’t even allow the perception).   No way! (It makes me wonder, is that what caused Cait’s attitude - not her ire at fans, but at the underlying reason for having to make the remarks in the first place?)

See, I think it’s a battle of wills between Lionsgate and Starz when it comes to PR, Lionsgate wanting to quash the Sam/Cait rumors so they can push the Sam agenda and try to appeal to the younger crowd.  NOT a good move in my opinion – especially when the movie is just filming – way too early for such a move.  

Starz had it right in the beginning, play off Sam/Caits’ natural chemistry.  Are Jamie and Clair such a timeless tale of romance that even your actors even fell under its power?  The problem now is fans – even though they say they don’t – relate the actors to the roles.  Sam pulling away from Outlander will be emotionally perceived as Jamie pulling away from Claire – and it will hurt them, it already has – why do you think we’re getting all these spoiler pics.  It’s like when you’re fishing, you put bait on your hook and if you don’t get any fish…you keep throwing out more bait.  Right now, Starz is throwing out bait.  The less fish they get…the bigger the bait.  Problem is, they haven’t figured out just what kind of bait they need yet.

Remember last time I told you silence was golden.   Well for actors and shows it’s the kiss of death…if you want Starz - this time Lionsgate as well -to change its bait, stop eating what you don’t like.  You don’t like seeing Sam/MM…please for the love of heaven quit putting those nasty comments on her Instagram, you may think you’re hurting her but all you’re doing is raising her Q-score.  IGNORE her, and if you want to send Sam a message about her, ignore him anytime she posts a picture insinuating she’s with him.  Shower the show with love, go quiet on Sam.   Shower Cait with love, pretend MM doesn’t exist.  And let me be clear when I say ignore, I mean be quiet, don’t say her name, don’t comment on her blog, don ‘t check her twitter or her instagram, behave like you did before we knew who she was!  When the show throws you bait you like, eat it loudly – ignore what you don’t like.  And trust me, all the social media numbers are checked on a daily basis, probably twice a day I would guess, morning and afternoon.     

What would I do, if I had the com so to speak?  (a little Star Trek reference in case you know who gets a hold of this blog). First off, a certain blonde would fade into the wood work.  Sam interacting with younger males in the workout and sports area would go farther in endearing him to younger women than dating a quasi-child.  I’d go with attendance at lots of football games in the company of 20-something males and females and an appearance at the World Series.  A sighting of Cait visiting Sam in Budapest – or wherever else he’s filming the movie…. maybe a picture that may or may not be her. Then . just before the Outlander premiere…. a fan picture, fuzzy but one you can just make out of the two of them in an embrace….NO more comments of their personal lives period and let people think what they will!

….and that’s why they pay me the big bucks.

anonymous asked:

Is there a reason Disney hasn’t decided to remake Treasure Planet and Atlantis? Those two are prime candidates for a remake.

Mod Jen: Not box office successes nor critical successes, I would literally cry my eyes out if they made a Treasure Planet remake but I actually think Atlantis is more likely of the two to happen (though neither is likely). In my personal experience, most people seem to at least be familiar with, if not fond of, Atlantis, whereas I find most people don’t even know what Treasure Planet is. 

Treasure Planet is in my top 3 favorite Disney movies EVER, but even I have to acknowledge that it is nowhere near one of their best films. I love Treasure Planet and Atlantis for having such stand-out themes and environments compared to the rest of the Disney canon, as well as both being a visual treat,  but they both have weaker character development (with the exception of Jim himself, who I think is pretty deeply rounded). 

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Visited the mangroves today and saw a ton of neat things!! One of which was a young dog-faced water snake!! But regrettably, I didn’t manage to get any pictures of her.

This, though–is another member of my all time favorite spider species. A Hyllus diardi male. He’s the first Hyllus male I’ve ever been able to document, and he was a real gentleman about it. I put him right back where he was found after a brief, candid photoshoot :D 
(the females, in my opinion, are much cuter. But this lad was super sweet!)

oh boy, where do i begin

first, let me just say that i don’t always know what i want out of soukoku??? 

Bungou Stray Dogs in general really appeals to both the writer and fangirl in me. soukoku especially!!! how can i explain this—but i was both disappointed and relieved when Dazai just left Chuya like this?

i really appreciate their partnership and rivalry. i love their dynamics and parallels! and as a writer, i see so many interesting possibilities with soukoku! 

but do i want their ship to have canon moments that we can easily interpret as lovey-dovey? in all honestly, i have to fight myself to say this, but no. i want to see more angst, feelings of betrayal and disinterest, more bickering and childish antics, and whatnot. does that mean i don’t want fanservice? hELL NO

The Ship    

objectively speaking, i accept soukoku as a non-canon ship, but i’m still a proud member of soukoku hell *shows you my badge* this isn’t even my main blog anymore—i reblog all my favorite soukoku gems on @cilly-musouka. there’s also some really hot stuff on Vine for soukoku. thank you to all my soukoku dealers, i love you

on that note, their angsty partnership makes their ship so very enjoyable. angsty ships are my favorite kind. 

and while i want fanservice out of this series, i also want Asagiri-san to stay true to their characters. entertaining story elements are hard to come by, and their partnership and rivalry is really something, so i don’t want to forsake it for my fangirl needs. just look at the thrill in Chuya’s eyes when he’s fighting Dazai in the anime opening:


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One of the details about Alejandro is that he is constantly having bad luck with his love life. Every person he ever loved ended up dying. Anyway, since I am not an a-hole that leaves my characters with a broken heart I have decided to make Josh Birk his end game.

Because what says terrible love life than being married to fucking Josh Birk? Or even worse…

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Welcome back to the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight, and a special welcome to the wonderful Jandy Nelson, who took a little break from her book tour to chat with us. We know it’s only been two days since I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN went on sale, but we’re betting many of you have already torn through it (go ahead, try to put it down once you’ve started, we dare you). So whether you haven’t yet started or you’re already done, stick around for a few to get to know the mastermind behind one of the most affecting books you’ll read this year! 

Name: Jandy Nelson

Novel: I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN

Available: September 16, 2014

Who’s your favorite author, living or dead?

Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Virginia Woolf. Tie for first.

What’s your favorite thing about your book?

It’s done finally! And also: Noah’s invisible paintings.

If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose?

Heathcliff, for obvious reasons.

Where do you write?

I work in complete darkness like a lunatic mole so unfortunately I can’t take a picture. It’s a pitch-black room with sound machine blasting and I also wear earplugs. The computer screen provides the only light and it’s like a portal into the story. It’s fantastic!

Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history?

The guy who hid a family of Jews for all of World War II and no one ever knew he did it. He/she is my favorite hero/heroine all across history. The secret unheralded ones who perform heroic acts of charity/bravery/compassion/kindness without acknowledgement.

Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted?

I am SO not a funny tweeter! I’m way too slow for twitter! It’s like being in a room with billions of crazy birds.

What is your favorite season?

I love melting, sweltering heat, but summer in San Francisco, where I’ve lived for 27 years, is pretty much of a tundra experience. I think I’d be a good candidate to live on Venus where I hear the daytime temperature is around 900 degrees.

If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go?

I’m quite happy in my house at the moment! I just painted all my walls the coolest shades of coral. Oh, I know! Changed my mind! I’ll go here:

  

Do you have any writing rituals?

See question #4. And I also abide by John Dufresne’s First Commandment of Writing Fiction, which is: “Sit Your Ass in the Chair. And sit it there daily. Slap on a seatbelt if you must, but sit.” Here’s a photo of my lucky writing chair to prove my devotion to the ritual of sitting the butt down! (Because of its extraordinary luckiness I can never replace it! No matter what.)

 

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

Being on a roll with the writing. But after that great writing day I want to go on a picnic with everyone I love, (both living and dead if possible), where we will all eat crusty bread with this amazing cheese I just discovered called Bonne Bouche and drink Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the sunshine by a river, trees swaying, birds chirping, the whole marvelous shebang.

What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?

I used to live in Paris and I hung out at a bar called Le Mazet. It’s changed now, but then it was the only place in Paris where buskers could exchange the coins they made playing music on the streets into bills—so there were these amazing nights when all these blues/punk/flamenco/rock/folk/classical/gospel/every-kind-on-earth musicians would be there at the same time, all playing together. It was some of the best live music I’ve ever heard, night after night—but there was this one night I remember that just had a sublime, synergistic combination of musicians playing and singing together and I swear the whole place rocketed straight into the stratosphere. That was the one!

What are you currently working on?

My new novel, THE FALL BOYS & DIZZY IN PARADISE, is about two brothers and a sister living in a hot, dusty Northern California vineyard town called Paradise. Their father mysteriously disappeared sixteen years earlier and the story begins when this strange, enigmatic girl shows up and sends all their lives into tumult. Like I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN, it’s a love(s) story (many different kinds of love), but this one has some serious trumpet playing, food making, grape crushing, break ins and outs, dreams shattered and pieced back together, time lost, love lost and found, and a band called Hell Hyena and the Furniture. I’m really excited about it!

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So are we, Jandy! 

Keep up with Jandy on Twitter or by visiting her website!

Add I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN to your ‘to read’ shelf on Goodreads.

Or, even better, go ahead and buy it here!

Yhwach tries to guess which Stern Ritter will betray him


As requested by anon. :)


Of course, since Yhwach can see everything or whatever, he ought to know who will betray him. But let’s say that just to be fair, Yhwach turned off his foreseeing abilities. So since it’s basically a given that at least one of the Stern Ritter will eventually betray him (because who doesn’t like that trope?), who does Yhwach think is the most likely to eventually betray him?


1. Possibility #1: Ishida

“Yes, everybody thinks that Uryu will betray me. But for that very reason, I think this one to be extremely unlikely. Is Tite Kubo so predictable a writer that he would choose as my betrayer the man whose mother I killed? The man whose father is in the world of the living, and hence will be killed in this attack? The man whose friends are all begging him to return to their side? If Ishida Uryu betrayed me, that would be far, far too obvious of an ending. Far more shocking would be if Uryu stayed loyal to me…until the very end.”

Ishida: But if you’re not expecting me to betray you because it’s too obvious….then if I DO betray you, it becomes a surprise, right??

Yhwach: It super doesn’t work that way.


2. Possibility #2: Bazz-B

“I suppose that Bazz -B is currently quite angry with me, given that I left him behind. And tried to suck out his life force. Also, he appears to be quite happily bonding with the shinigami. Plus he appears to be modeled on Grimmjow, and Grimmjow was never one of Aizen’s more loyal followers. For all these reasons and more, one might suspect that Bazz-B intends to betray me and start fighting for the shinigami. But I doubt it. I don’t think the shinigami would have him.”

Bazz-B: Clearly you underestimate my bonding skills!

Liltotto: Hey, Bazz-B, I think the shinigami all took off for the Royal Realm and left you behind.

Bazz-B: DAMMIT


3. Possibility #3: Liltotto

“Like Bazz-B, Liltotto is one of the followers whom I deemed…unnecessary. She seemed bitter about it. She dodged my light and saved Giselle too, indicating that perhaps she knew somehow that it was coming. Or at least, she wasn’t surprised. So perhaps Liltotto will try to betray me. Or perhaps she is too smart for that sort of thing.”

Liltotto: Not to mention I ate most of Squad 11, so I don’t think the shinigami would welcome me with open arms.


4. Possibility #4: Giselle

“I just doubt that Giselle has any concept of loyalty. Except insofar as she expects her zombies to be loyal to her.”

Giselle: What? Sorry, I was thinking about zombies.


5. Possibility #5: Pernida

“People who wear hooded cloaks all the time are highly suspicious. What face is Pernida hiding from the world? Is it the face of a…..betrayer?”

Pernida: Actually I just sunburn really easily.

Komamura: Awwww, I was hoping you’re a puppy!


6. Possibility #6: Askin

“I asked Askin to come with me, even though Askin is not traditionally part of my royal vanguard. That might strike some as suspicious. And why do Bleach villains keep their subordinates close by? Well, traditionally because said subordinate is aiming to murder the villain. Perhaps, like Aizen, I like to keep the people who are planning to murder me close.”

Aizen: First you say you planned everything, and now this?

Aizen: You’re such a copycat.

Askin: Um I think I was supposed to respond….oh, whatever.


7. Possibility #7: Nianzol

“People are called “double-tongued” when they are liars. Nianzol literally has two tongues. That is symbolism if I ever saw it.”

Nianzol: Or I just really love lollipops.


8. Possibility #8: Lille

“Lille has shown no obvious signs of betrayal. He seems to be modeled on Starrk, who was never anything but loyal. Plus he just fired directly at Kurosaki Ichigo. But then, isn’t it always the ones who you suspect the least who betray you in the end?”

Lille: ….no?


9. Possibility #9: Gerard

“He certainly looks like Thor. And Thor is a paragon of goodness. I don’t think Thor would ever try to destroy the world. Perhaps Gerard is secretly Thor. Or perhaps I ran out of likely candidates for betrayal.”

Gerard: Okay but seriously who is Thor and why does he keep ruining my reputation??


10. Possibility #10: Haschwalth

“Ah, Haschwalth. Everybody’s second favorite candidate for betrayal. Sad, really. Simply because you are my second-in-command, and so parallel to Gin. Just because you broke Kurosaki Ichigo’s sword instead of killing him. Just because you don’t appear to be around right now, as if you have snuck off for some nefarious purpose. Just because your hair gleams with goodness and light.”

Haschwalth: Actually I am incredibly loyal.

Yhwach: I know, man. I know.

I am linking this post to Stephen Amell via his twitter. Mr. Amell, if you see this post, I want to thank you for making my entire year. You are a gift. You have no idea how much this meant to me. Thank you.

In August I made a Twitter account to send a single tweet. I sent it to Stephen Amell. I had no expectations of a reply, but he did! I asked if he would sign a picture if I brought it to SLC Comic Con and he said that he would. 

I went to comicon, and I wasn’t sure if he would sign it for free or not. His autograph was marked down as 50 US Dollars. I got in line anyway. There were 2 lines. Ther was an overflow that people waited in before paying, which moved at a regular pace, and there was the line to meet him. I waited in overflow for about half an hour. Then I got up to the stand to pay. I showed them the tweet and asked if I could get my picture signed for free. I was worried about meeting him. They say never meet your heroes. He’s my favorite and if he was a mean person, it would have ruined my day and the show Arrow for me.

The clerk told me to stand behind her while she talked to another guy. That guy went and talked to Stephen’s agent. His agent talked to him, and Stephen said he would sign it for free. He remembered the tweet. I was ecstatic. It gets better.

They expressed me almost to the front of the line, even in front of the VIP Pass holders. I only had to wait for maybe 6 people. His agent saw the picture and busted up laughing. Then it was my turn to get it signed. I kept my cool, but still had the biggest smile ever on my face. Stephen Amell is my favorite actor by far. I go up to him and he says, “You! I remember this tweet!” So he signed the picture for me.

The rule for autographs is no candid photos. Then he says, “Hey, let’s take a selfie together!” He asked for one with me! He was such a sweetheart! This is the best thing to ever happen to me. 

This man is a gift. After our selfie, I say to him, “I am so sorry, you’re my favorite. Can I pretty please have a hug?” He responded, “Of course, Megan.” He remembered my name! I repeat, he gave me a hug! He smells great btw. I had to stand on my tippy toes. He was so nice! I thanked him and went my merry way. After I left, I started crying. I was so happy. I couldn’t believe what had just happened. Best day of my life..

I went to the signing booth with no expectations. I didn’t want to disappoint myself. I had no idea that I would

  • get taken to the front of the line
  • get my picture signed for free
  • get to talk to Stephen Amell
  • get a selfie with him
  • and get a hug

I about ran back to my booth and went up to my friend, Court. (He was selling his artwork) I told him what had happened and I was talking so fast he could barely understand me. I was bouncing up and down, I was so happy.

Later, I had a photo op at 6:00pm. I took my friend, Court, with me. There were hundreds, maybe a thousand people in line. It took about an hour and a half. Stephen said that he would stay until EVERY SINGLE PERSON got their picture with him. Last year something like this happened and they had to refund nearly 300 photo op tickets. He even stayed after to sign the pictures if people wanted to pay for them to be signed. When we were near the front, Stan Lee walked by. Court and I were 4 feet away from Stan Lee!

The pictures went by really fast. They lasted like 5-10 seconds. I understand because there were a ton of people and Stephen Amell, bless his heart, stayed for all of them. He recognized me and said, “Hey you!” When he saw me at the photo op. I got my picture taken professionally. 

My shield was super scratched up from shield fiving the other Captain Americas. The flash hit it perfectly, and my shield looked like new. As you all can see, I kinda grabbed his shirt. I was so excited. 

Court didn’t get his picture taken. He was just there for me. Court shook Stephen’s hand and thanked him because he knew how much this meant to me. I was so happy. My face hurt from smiling ALL DAY. 

I went back to our booth and got a protective sleeve for my picture. Reagan tried to put it in for me and he touched the picture with his fingers. I was overly excited and yelled, “DON’T TOUCH IT WITH YOUR HANDS YOU SWINE! WERE YOU RAISED IN A BARN!?” Don’t judge me. This photo is sacred. I have acrylic nails so I was able to hold it without damaging it at all. When I got home that night around 11:00, I cried some more because I was so happy. 

This was the best day of my entire life.