santas on the run

The signs as stop-motion movies

Aries: Coraline

Taurus: Chicken Run

Gemini: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Cancer: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Leo: The Boxtrolls

Virgo: Jason and the Argonauts

Libra: Frankenweenie

Scorpio: ParaNorman

Sagittarius: Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Capricorn: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Aquarius: Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Pisces: Corpse Bride

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Alright, kids.  Settle down, and take your seats.  It’s time for me to explain to some of you why the man above was extremely fucking important not only to the modern zombie film as we know it, but to the entire horror genre.

George A. Romero was born on February 4, 1940.  He passed away today, on July 16, 2017.  This man was truly the godfather of the modern zombie.  In 1968, George Romero and John Russo unleashed upon the world a little film called Night of the Living Dead.  This one film forever changed what a “zombie” meant in terms of horror.  Prior to this, zombies in cinema were relegated to mere background villains, and were more closely associated with their spiritual origins in Haitian Vodou.  They did not consume the brains and flesh of the living.  They did not infect others.  They did not amass into formidable hordes.

Romero imbued the creatures in his film with traits from the “ghoul” of Arabic mythology to form the template for the modern zombie, and invented the Western trope of the collapse of society under the feet of the undead.  Additionally, he was the first director to truly utilize zombies as a parable for the common tensions that separate us in our society.

Night of the Living Dead is also incredibly important to horror due to its casting.  In choosing the talented Duane Jones as the male lead, Romero had done something completely unheard of at that time: He cast a black male hero, and had him taking the lead of the situation over his white counterparts.  Such casting would continue to be a signature of Romero’s zombie films, and would help pave the way for future black actors and actresses to be considered for leading roles.

With Dawn of the Dead (1978), the “zombies in a mall” trope was first created, spurred on by a visit to the Monroeville Mall (at this time, malls were an entirely new concept to the public, so many theatergoers hadn’t even seen one yet), and a passing mention by friend Mark Mason that it would be a great place to survive in if an emergency occurred.  In the process, Romero added to the plot a subtle, underlying jab at American consumerism (pretty impressive, given that he hadn’t even planned a follow-up to Night until contacted about it by Italian horror maestro Dario Argento).  It was with this film that Romero also gave a then-up-and-coming effects artist by the name of Tom Savini the opportunity to not only act, but to serve as a stuntman–both of which he would continue to do throughout his now-legendary, multi-faceted career.

By the way, if you pay close attention to the background during the “pie fight” scene in Dawn, you might catch a glimpse of George running around in a Santa Claus outfit.

While not as revered, Day of the Dead (1985) can take a great deal of credit for creating the concept of the sympathetic zombie that still holds memories of its past.  This notion would be even further explored in Land of the Dead (2005), where the zombies are, in actuality, the true “heroes”–seeking and fighting for a place where they can find peace away from the living.

George would go on to make two more zombie films later in life: Diary of the Dead (2007), and Survival of the Dead (2009), but neither would reach the same level of reverence as his previous efforts.  In addition to his flings with the undead, Romero directed The Crazies (1973) (a very anti-military piece that can be seen as a bridge between Night and Dawn), the powerful and highly-underrated Martin (1978), and the much-applauded horror anthology Creepshow (1982).

He became a zombie boss in a DLC pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops.  He even had a cameo in a zombie-themed episode of Disney’s kid-friendly animated series, Phineas and Ferb.  George A. Romero will always be rightfully remembered as a horror icon that shaped an entire subgenre.  Like the cinematic hordes he helped birth into the modern age of horror, he shall live on long after his passing.

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You have set me free.

Laurent is a prince cursed to be a dragon by his uncle in order to usurp the throne. The curse can only be broken by the kiss of true love. And Damen is the knight that comes along, earns Laurent’s trust, and destroys the cage that Laurent is trapped in, both magically and emotionally.

My Captive Prince Secret Santa gift to Marie-Lou (@agoldenking). Event run by @captiveprince–ss. Hope you like it! :)

HEY GUYS DO WE HAVE A SECRET SANTA FOR @thearcanagame YET??

is this a thing? is someone running one? if there isn’t, would you be interested? there’s so many awesome creators out there in this great fandom and I think the idea of sharing more of that at the holidays would be great??

reblogs appreciated! I don’t think I have many people following me for this game. if someone’s doing this already, please let me know!


EDIT EDIT: ahhh okay there’s already people interested!?! YASS. I’ll let this make the rounds for a few days but stay tuned 👀 no one seems to be running one already, so I’ll get some more info out here soon. Not exactly 100% yet but stay tuned

Things in the original Newsies script that should have made it into the movie:

-Crutchy believing Jack’s made up story that a woman gave birth to a cow

-Crutchy telling David that needing Jack is like needing air to breathe

-The whole backstory where Jack had a younger brother named Michael that escaped the refuge with him, but then fell off the wagon and got crushed underneath the wheels and he wants to go to Santa Fe because that’s where he always promised to take his brother.

-Flashback-nightmares of the above situation

-Jack keeping all his Santa Fe money and a picture of his family in a hidden brick in the wall

-The refuge kids think Jack can fly when he appears to Crutchy at the refuge

-Flashbacks of baby Jack at the refuge

-Jack suggesting to David that they blow something up to spark news, because he knows a guy with dynamite

-Jack blowing Sarah off when he’s waiting on the fire escape, telling her he’s waiting for David

-Jack getting a hole in his pants so Sarah offers to sew them, prompting an embarrassed Jack to take his pants off in front of David and Les and then wrapping up in a blanket.

-Instead of Jack pushing David up against the alleyway in angst after he helps him escape, David helps him sneak into his house and Jack sleeps on the floor with David’s pillow and Jack gazes at him asleep in his bed and thanks him for looking out for him.

-Sarah sings a solo called “What Will Become of the Boy?” as she watches Jack sneak out and run down the street. After Jack rests behind some trash cans he starts singing his Santa Fe reprise for a mash up duet.

-Sarah dressing up like David to go find Jack on the streets and take him home

-Les screaming and punching Jack after he scabs, causing someone to grab him and push him back where he gets knocked bloody and unconscious against a wagon wheel. We get angsty flashbacks of Jack losing his little brother under the wagon wheel and so Jack freaks out and carries Les back to his home where he pretends to be Esther and Mayer’s son and uses his Santa Fe money to pay for a doctor because he knows they can’t afford it.

-Denton unleashing rage on the Delancey Brothers down at the printing press and knocking both of them out in front of David’s dad.

-Jack leaving for Santa Fe on a train and David running along the train telling Jack he wishes he could come with him

-All the newsies lining the sides of the train to send Jack off.

-Jack emerging in the darkness of the train tunnel to run back to the Jacobs.

-DID I MENTION ALL THE JACK BACKSTORY AND SARAH CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT?????????!!!!

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He’s displaying every micro-expression tell in the book. 80% of how we communicate with one another is nonverbal.

Newsies Live Things
  • The collective sigh in the theater when Crutchie says “watch me stand, watch me run” in Santa Fe Prologue, followed by my friend saying “honey…” 
  • The little hitch in breath during Carrying the Banner at “when the bell rings”
  • Les’s dialogue 
  • Ben Fankhauser’s face always 
  • “What, like a strike?”
  • The way they use the projections to show headlines and backdrops 
  • JACK”S DRAWING OF KATHERINE
  • Katherine is Purse Sass ™ 
  • My friend (who knows nothing of Newsies) asking me at intermission if Davey is supposed to be Jewish 
  • The fight choreography during Seize the Day 
  • LES IN A BARREL 
  • Les Jacobs, everybody 
  • Katherine’s tap solos during King of New York
  • Spoons during King of New York 
  • Santa Fe just ripped my heart out okay
  • Letter From the Refuge…Holy Heckers man
  • Pulitzer was very good, like his voice was A++ and he plays a villain well 
  • The Katherine Reveal was amazing and the whole theater’s gasp…Iconic ™ 
  • “poor guy’s HEAD IS SPINNING” 
  • Brooklyn’s Here was amazing, especially how they started it
  • TOMMY BRACCO
  • The ease of dialogue between Katherine and Jeremy before Something to Believe In 
  • Something To Believe In was very good and A+ 
  • Once and For All was perfect in every way and I had chills 
  • When Jack meets Teddy Roosevelt it was just too perfect 
  • Jeremy’s attempt to do the jump-heel-kick thing at bows…you tried, and that is what matters 
  • Andrew Keenan Bolger is adorable as heck
  • The whole thing was amazing

anonymous asked:

Best of Alex's stage antics from the eycte tour in your opinion? My personal favorite is him lying down on the camera track and in a very animated manner pretending like he's going to be hit by a train

by “best” do you mean “worst”?? lol i hate him. jk. well half kidding hahaha i love him and i hate him.

the train crash reenactment was indeed very dramatic hahaha

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i’m personally fond of the very first time he lied down on stage and did bicycle legs, before it was something to be expected at nearly every show lmao

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i also have a personal fondness for the time he did it at lolla since it was right in front of me lol

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and when he performed from the balcony in a bath robe

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the absolute WORST was in dublin when he lied down on his back and then like…scooted/wiggled across the stage??? i was very disappointed last week to find out that video has been deleted and as far as i know there isn’t any other evidence of it happening.

i’ve always thought his singing to the camera at rock en seine was genuinely cute and funny, if that’s considered an antic

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and then there was the stage crawling lmao

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i always laugh when he does this to miles during i want you in tokyo

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OH MY GOD I FORGOT ALEX THE CONTEMPORY DANCER. that one might be my favorite hahaha

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the pillows at le nuits de fourvière

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stupid ass motherfucker lip syncing miles’ part

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OH MY GOD THIS. this was DANGEROUS. ALEX NO

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his kangaroo hopping always makes me laugh

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“she loves me, she loves me not”

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whatever the fuck this is

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there isn’t a video, but this dumbass and his cheeseburgers

[x] i’m excluding the cheeseburger to the groin since that happened to him, it wasn’t intended to be an antic lol

when he does the thing with miles’ mic stand in this video

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“welcome aboard everybody”

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the time he danced like groot

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alex “pay attention to me” turner

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when he stole someone’s sunglasses in santa ana

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and his dolphin dive at coachella

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also when he runs around the stage during les cactus at rock en seine, but i can’t find a gif lol.

i’m excluding any milex antics because this is already long enough, but pretty much everything i didn’t include but would is in this video haha

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Andy @ SDCC by Gage Skidmore