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Rachel Lindsay will reportedly be the first-ever black ‘Bachelorette’

  • Rachel Lindsay will be the first black lead of any show in The Bachelor franchise, taking the helm of the next Bachelorette season. 
  • Entertainment Weekly and the Hollywood Reporter are independently reporting the news, but Bachelor blogger Reality Steve reported it first.
  • Lindsay, a lawyer who received current Bachelor Nick Viall’s first impression rose, is in the top six of the ongoing Bachelor season. 
  • She breaks a 33-season-long streak of whiteness among the leads of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Read more (2/13/17 8 PM)
Q&A with Duncan Rouleau

On Sunday, September 25th I was lucky enough to attend London Ontario Comic Con, where the people at Man of Action Entertainment had some tables set up! I asked Duncan Rouleau some questions (raw audio recordings) after he said it was alright to record and share the answers.

I’ve shuffled the order around so similar answers will be together.

The full transcript (minus any filler words) is here. Thanks to my good friend and plant @cloversion for helping me with the transcript!

Both M.Rex and Generator Rex had the theme “How do you raise somebody?” with “What you put in is what you get out” as part of it.

Even though Rex can’t be with his family of origin, he has a new/adopted family at Providence with Six as his dad, Holiday as his mom, and Bobo as his “evil Jiminy Cricket” weird uncle/drinking buddy.

Duncan thinks that they should’ve put LGBT+ themes in the show from the very first season, especially for a character like Rex where a lot of him was about identity. If they ever rebooted it, they’d put more LGBT+ representation in the show. [So…. absolutely implying Rex is LGBT+ right.]

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heavymetalzenmaster  asked:

30 WOUNDS MEME: Skwistok, 16 or 22? (I adore your writing, btw!)

Hello! I really love your art so much, and I’m always so excited whenever I see you in my notifications/feed.

I’m sorry this is so late! I spent too long trying to rework another idea that was not working, because I am stubborn and dumb. So this is…something else. The prompt was, “Show me your scars,” I think? (Gosh it’s been so long I am a ding dong.) I took a little creative liberty with it. It’s also very cheesy; I’m knee-deep in wedding season (I have six this year! I’m just too beloved! It is my cross to bare.) so expect more of this Piping Hot Soft Content.

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY HOTEL INFORMATION

Confirmed as of August 26th, 2015


CAST & CHARACTERS:

  • Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta) as Elizabeth/The Countess; the hemophiliac serial killer, bisexual, wealthy social doyenne who owns the hotel and is heavily involved with art, fashion and people, she has a “nefarious plan” that begins to unfold within the first episode and has romantic relations with Tristan Duffy, Will Drake, Ramona Royale, and has had a relationship with Donovan for the past twenty years, she has been through a lot in the past making her extremely strong, she wears chainmail gloves with razor sharp nails used to slit their victims’ throats, after killing them, her and her ten children drink their blood (Eight Episodes)
  • Matt Bomer as Donovan; a dangerously ill serial killer and “lady’s man” residing in the hotel with a conflicted relationship with his mother, and manager of the hotel, Iris, which places a strain on his relationships with women, putting him in some “complicated circumstances,” he is also involved with in a love triangle with Tristan Duffy and his parter of twenty years, Elizabeth, however, his need for domesticity and his desire to settle down causes Elizabeth to wane over Tristan instead, as she is always looking for excitement, he wears chainmail gloves with razor sharp nails used to slit their victims’ throats to drink their blood
  • Cheyenne Jackson as Will Drake; an incredibly wealthy fashion icon, desperate to reestablish himself after losing his creativity and edge in the subject of fashion, and to inspire creativity, he moves from New York to Los Angeles with his son Lachlan, where he intends on moving the rest of his family as well, some at the hotel find him arrogant for his actions, such as evicting those from the hotel and “moving things around” for his own purposes of creating a fashion empire, but he gets distracted Elizabeth, of whom he starts a relationship with
  • Wes Bentley as John Lowell; an LAPD homicide detective serving on the task-force hunting “The Ten Commandments Killer,” a serial killer who, after murdering his victims, stages/arranges them according to biblical passages, him and his family, including his pediatrician wife Alex Lowell, get “sucked into the the [hotel’s] darkness,” he is a control freak who is struggling with a lot of things, two of them being the loss of one of his sons and the falling apart of his family, he also begins a relationship with Elizabeth
  • Kathy Bates as Iris; the villainous hotel manager who checks people into the hotel, ensures that events run smoothly within the hotel, and tends to the needs of Elizabeth, she is the mother of Donovan, of whom she has a conflicted relationship with, but she still loves the, as she has taken the job at the hotel specifically to check on him while he is ill, which has caused her to be a bit over protective, she has a “budding relationship” with John Lowell and holds a strong and “ancient” grudge against Hypodermic Sally, she does crossword puzzles in her free time
  • Chloë Sevigny as Alex Lowell; the wife of John Lowell who works as a pediatrician outside of the hotel and is treating the ailing son of Madchen Amick’s character, she is struggling to regain footing in the wake of her own son’s death and other events that have shaken her, her family is also falling apart
  • Sarah Paulson as Hypodermic Sally; is  “very sexy,” “the baddest bad girl,” and “an absolute villain,” she is a drug addict who lives at the hotel, she is very selfish and is willing to do what it take, including hurting people, to get what she wants, while staying at the hotel, she becomes romantically involved with John Lowell, and holds “an ancient grudge” against Iris, she will most likely die prior to the conclusion of the season
  • Evan Peters as James March; the “unique” builder of the hotel from the 1930s, the hotel was build to cater to his specific needs, which are typically “dark and evil,” he is a “mysterious absolute villain” who will be “waiting for you” in Room 64
  • Angela Bassett as Ramona Royale; a “very over-the-top, dramatic, fabulous, gorgeous, sexy, strong, powerful actress” who has done for herself as an actress, being able to afford a mansion in Los Angeles, however she is still trying to improve her acting skills in order for her to be taken seriously as an actress, to acquire roles that she hasn’t previously landed, but refuses to “do anything” or belittle herself for said roles, she previously had a “strong, real, lasting” relationship with Elizabeth, and although harboring ill-will towards Donovan, the two team up to take revenge on Elizabeth, she is a frequent visitant of the hotel with hair inspired by Diana Ross
  • Max Greenfield as Gabriel; a “very disturbing” drug addict who “checks into the hotel, but will not be check outing” and has an “unforgettable experience,” he has dyed his hair green and lost at least thirty pounds for the role
  • Finn WIttrock as Tristan Duffy; a hypersexual male model departing from the industry due to his lack of interest for the field, as it does not provide him for his much-wanted “high,” in search of said high, he searches the hotel for drugs, where he meets Elizabeth and she falls in love for his antics, earning himself a spot in a love triangle between himself, Elizabeth, and Donovan, and learns that he finds his best high in the form of hurting people and with Elizabeth
  • Denis O’Hare as Liz Taylor; a cross-dressing Elizabeth Taylor enthusiast, O’Hare repeatedly stated: “She IS Liz Taylor,” she works closely with Iris in the hotel as a bartender and maintenance worker who “cleans up messes,” she falls into the LGBT+ area and has been asking Alaska Thunderfuck questions about being a drag queen, hinting at the possibility of Liz being a transgender women, O’Hare has shaved his head along with other parts of his bodies for this role
  • Emma Roberts; will have “something great” with James March in the concluding episodes of the season
  • Richard T. Jones as Mr. Hahn; an LAPD homicide detective serving on the same task-foce as John Lowell in “The Ten Commandments Killer” investigation (Eight Episodes)
  • Helena Mattsson
  • Lily Rabe as Aileen Wuornos; a famous serial killer residing in the hotel playing a pivotal role in the annual Halloween two-part episode, Aileen Wuornos was a famous serial killer in Florida active between the years 1989-1990, killing seven men in supposed self defense after they bought her services as an escort and attempted to assault her (Two Episodes)
  • Naomi Campbell as Claudia; a fashion editor at Vogue Magazine, who “pays the ultimate price” at the hands of Elizabeth during her stay at the hotel for her critiques on Elizabeth’s fashion, she is also very outlandish and has a false sense of security, believing herself to be invincible
  • Mare Winningham; a laundress at the hotel who works closely with James March
  • Darren Criss as Justin; a hipster from Silver Lake who seeks refuge at the hotel with his “equally hip” girlfriend from pesky trick-or-treaters, but ultimately meets a gruesome end at the hands of Iris after making one too many frustrating room service requests
  • Mädchen Amick; the mother of an ailing son who is being treated by Alex Lowell
  • David Naughton (One Episode)
  • Christine Estabrook as Marcy; a Los Angeles real estate agent who showed Will Drake the hotel and previously sold the Murder House to Vivien and Ben Harmon

POSSIBLE CAST:

  • Jessica Lange; although confirming she will not return as a main character in season five, she expressed in returning in a recurring capacity if offered a desirable character, and later stated she would return if there were seasons succeeding season five
  • Taissa Farmiga; when asked if she will be returning to the franchise, she expressed interest in returning but offered no promises
  • Seth Gillaim; O’Hare teased a “show-crossover”  in an Instagram photo of him and Seth (in reference to Gillaim’s show, Teen Wolf)
  • Connie Britton; explained that she “would love to come back” to the franchise after her show, Nashville, concludes


PLOT & SETTING:

This season is being filmed in a six-story Art Deco hotel set in Los Angeles. The hotel within the season is called The Cortez Hotel and is also set in Los Angeles. Michael Goi confirmed via Twitter that this season takes place in the year that it is being filmed (2015/2016), but there will be flashbacks to other time periods (1930). The events of this season are based off of stories of real-stories of downtown Los Angeles hotels, more specifically, “a surveillance video that went around two years ago that showed a girl getting into an elevator in a hotel that was said to be haunted (Cecil Hotel)…and she was never seen again.” This is referring to the disappearance and death of Elisa Lam. Michael Goi has described this season as being “darker, grimmer, and much more horror centric” than the previous two seasons and will be “even more disturbing than Asylum,” which is widely considered the scariest and most disturbing season of the existing four. Co-creator Brad Falchuk  noted that this season will be “less claustrophobic” and will not trap the audience to one building (the hotel); “the hotel is the center, but [the horror]’s kind of dripping out.” One episode will feature season one’s Murder House. This season will operate under the “Trapped horror trope,” where the characters are unable to run from the horror. Unlike previous seasons, there will be no musical number, limiting Lady Gaga’s role strictly to acting.

  • Ryan Murphy confirmed that Lady Gaga’s opening scene will be a murder scene shared with co-star Matt Bomer
  • At one point, Lady Gaga will be featured in a scene in a long red dress exiting a building in a crowd of nicely-dressed people, possibly a fashion show or art gallery
  • John Lowe and Mr. Hahn are investigating a series of murders that take place in the vicinity of the hotel, these murders are committed by “The Ten Commandments Killer,” who, after killing his victims, stages them in ways biblical scenes
  • There will be a creature lurking in the hotel called “The Addiction Demon,” seen in Teaser #2: Do Not Disturb, he has no eyes or mouth, and wields a “nasty, conical drillbit dildo


SET:

Video of Lady Gaga on Set:

Pictures from the Set:


EPISODES & AIR DATES:

American Horror Story: Hotel will premiere on October 7th, 2015 at 10:00 PM on FX.

  1. Checking In /// October 7th, 2015
  2. Chutes and Ladders /// October 14th 2015
  3. Mommy /// October 21st, 2015
  4. The Devil’s Child: Part I /// October 28th, 2015
  5. The Devil’s Child: Part II /// November 4th, 2015


POSTERS:


TEASERS:

Teaser #1: Front Desk

This teasers symbolizes the chainmail gloves that is used by Elizabeth and Donovan to slit their victims throats. Later they drink their blood with their children.

Teaser #2: Do Not Disturb

This teaser features a character from the season: The Addiction Demon. He is in the same vein as The Rubber Man and Bloody Face. He has no eyes or mouth, and weild a “conical drillbit dildo” as a weapon.

Teaser #3: Beauty Rest

This is possibly Liz Taylor, a cross-dressing Elizabeth Taylor enthusiast.


PHOTOSHOOTS:

Entertainment Weekly Photoshoot of the Cast

Entertainment Weekly Photoshoot of Lady Gaga as “The Countess”,

A letter to the artists of the Olicity fandom

Hey, you probably don’t know me. I don’t write fanfiction, I don’t make gifsets, I don’t write reviews or do re-caps. I barely say some of the things that float in my mind. I just absorb yours. I’m just a reblog in the middle of your amazing posts, but this MTV contest is making me want to get out of my shell and say some words: Thank you!

I created another blog just for the reblogathon so I wouldn’t flood the dash of my few followers, but now I realize that my main blog is still flooded with the MTV post and that is all because of you! Your work is so amazing that I don’t mind rebloging the same post because there is ALWAYS amazing content added to it. I don’t have access to parallels universes and realities or any other stuff like that, but I’m 100% sure that you guys are the reason for us to have reached such amazing numbers on this competition. Your art fuels our desire to express our love to this amazing paring. I don’t feel this kind of love to a show or a ship since I joined the Community Fandom, six seasons (and almost a movie) ago. You guys are amazing and I’m very proud of being part of the Olicity family.

I get so sentimental when I think of Sanford & Son.  I watch this show religiously and I don’t watch much t.v. at all besides a few episodes of this every week.  I put my 10 year old nephew on the show and now he’s a fan.  The other day he asked me “why did they only make six  seasons?”  I told him I didn’t know and often wondered myself.

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Belated Happy New Year everyone!

Been sick in bed for a few days but been sketching an AU about Super Six/Four Seasons/ROTBFTD that me and crimsonfirebolt made up almost a year ago. It’s called Seasons Academy we even made an ask-blog that has been dead for half a year and there’s an unfinished “First Day!” comic.

The reason why we stopped it, is because we’re too busy with college, the other one is that we lost motivation.

But the main idea of the AU is that they’re all in high school with the rest of their friends as classmates. Elsa is the president and Hiccup is the vice president of the Season Council. (Kinda like a student council) They were all given their position by default or by force by Principal Oaken. Basically is about their crazy antics at their school.

Their school symbol is a tree that is divided into the 4 seasons. Also at the back of the pages I listed down some of their (new) headcanons but I need to show it crimsonfirebolt first for approval. =w =

5 REASONS YOU SHOULD WATCH NIKITA:

So last night I finished the final mini-season of Nikita. I hadn’t watched the show since the end of season three, however long ago that was, but I bombed through these last six episodes in a few days and damn they were good. I never seriously watched previous versions of the character (on TV or in movies), aside from catching bits and pieces of the movies on cable over the years, but I would recommend this show to anyone whether they’re a fan of the original/previous versions or not. Sure, it’s not high art, but its fun, and sometimes that’s all you need, right?

In order to share the love, let me lay out my case as for why you need to watch this show:

Maggie Q:

Someone give this woman her own starring role in a major action movie right now. Not only is she convincing in the action scenes, but she nails the drama and pathos, and brings energy to every scene she is in. If there was any fairness in Hollywood (HA!) she would have producers banging down her door. Where do I sign the petition for her headlining a Jessica Drew Spiderwoman movie?

Female Representation:

Although we may have more good female characters on TV than ever before, there is still a lot of work to be done towards better representation in mainstream media. So in that context its refreshing that in such an action-heavy genre show the main character, her partner/sidekick, and one of (arguably the main) antagonist are all women. You heard my spiel on Maggie Q above, Melinda Clarke again makes an amazing villain who is is alternatively moving and downright terrifying, and I can see that you could be skeptical about the girl from How I Met Your Mother playing a dramatically heavy action role but I say Lyndsy Fonseca pulled it off.

And it is not just about the individual characters, but while so many movies and shows cast all female characters as emotional rivals or jealous of one another, this show also goes to great lengths to ensure that the audience knows that the most important relationship in the show is the friendship between Nikita and Alex. As typical in a spy thriller pretty much every relationship involves at least a handful of double crosses but no matter what it is clear that Nikita and Alex really do care for one another, and even when they are enemies it is never in a “catty” way.

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Laurel’s Ascension to Black Canary

WARNING: THIS POST IS ANTI-LAUREL LANCE. It’s in the anti-laurel tag, I haven’t tagged it as Laurel Lance or Black Canary. If anyone reblogs this please don’t put it in the Laurel Lance tag.  If you’re a Laurel fan or you don’t want to read Laurel criticism then don’t read this, I’m not forcing you to.


I’m not the only one who has found Laurel’s “rise” to superhero this season questionable. Fans have argued over all aspects of it: Her characterization, awkward relationship with Team Arrow and questionable motives for fighting.

Ultimately though her journey has one immovable problem. Laurel doesn’t have the necessary training. Mental or physical she makes no sense as a superhero.

Let’s recap. The show roughly progresses in real time, give or take a few weeks. Laurel decided to “become a hero” in 3x03. She already had some vaguely defined self-defence training that failed to stop her getting captured numerous times in Seasons 1 and 2.

She spent seven episodes getting boxing lessons from Ted Grant. That’s a whopping 3, maybe 4 months. In 3x10 Laurel decided that was tot’s ok preparation and squeezed on Sara’s costume sewing on a few hundred buckles as she went.

She carries on blundering around the streets while highly trained war veteran Diggle twiddles his thumbs back in the lair. In 3x14, a few weeks later, Quentin calls her black canary in an argument. For no discernible reason she thinks he’s suggesting superhero names and dubs herself ‘The Black Canary’. I assume she put out ads in the paper or something because suddenly the public is calling her that.  Bam! Laurel the legendary superhero is born. Phew, don’t miss it guys.

11 episodes and approximately 4 months to become a superhero. Wowsers.

And please don’t bleat ‘But Nyssa trained her!’ at me. She trained with Nyssa between 3x17 and 3x21. The show was speeding up the pace by then so that was barely a couple of weeks. Maybe a month.

Let’s be generous and say Laurel spent five months training. Stretch it to six months if it makes you feel better. Go on and head down to the gym guys, by this December you could have a mask too!

Wow.

Right.

I know there’s willing suspension of disbelief and all but….six months? On top of her normal life? Please don’t patronize me.

Honestly the biggest problem with this set-up is that Laurel is a replacement for Sara. Unlike the other origin journeys in the show (Roy, Thea, Ray) who start from a blank slate with few expectations Laurel has to match up to her sisters place. Sara who had 5 years of mental hell to toughen her up, most importantly training with the freaking League of Assassins. Unless Laurel sails away to her own hellish island for five seasons it is impossible for her to match up to that.

Her taking Sara’s place will ALWAYS seem unrealistic and ALWAYS make her second best.

(Side Note: Oh, imagine five seasons without Laurel. Actually. Don’t. It will just make you sad to think about what we can never have.)

If Laurel = Black Canary was the writer’s master plan all along, they shouldn’t have introduced Sara at all knowing it would only make Laurel look worse. But tough like they did. And now they’re stuck trying to make her work as viably trained hero. And tough for us too, because now we’re stuck with a sub-par Black Canary. With her whole six months of training.

Good job writers.

I’ve heard plenty of defences for Laurel and her training, so I’ll whip through the biggest ones:

Thea only had a few months training too! No one’s complaining about her skills:

Thea started training between 2x23 and 3x03. According to the show that’s 6 months training. 6 months of League of Assassins training, where Malcolm dragged her through both physical and mental hell that included stuff like burning yourself repeatedly. Laurel got boxing lessons from a guy who offered to let her take a break if she looked tired. Then with Nyssa who let her stop for milkshakes. Thea completely immersed herself during these months and was physically forbidden from leaving. Laurel popped down to the gym for a few hours after work. (Work as an Assistant District Attorney which has insanely long hours btw).

After Thea returned she also continued to train with Malcolm from 3x03 to 3x13. And even in 3x13 she was defeated by a Chase, a member of the League of Assassins. The same episode Laurel ‘defeated’ her hallucination of Sara and realized she was totally capable of taking her place.

After 3x13 Thea continued training with both Malcolm and Oliver. But Thea still didn’t suit up until 3x21. Why? Because before that she knew she wasn’t ready. Even though she had more experience than Laurel, she wasn’t arrogant enough to rush out onto the street waving a baseball bat until a year of training.

Laurel trained for six months part-time to become the Black Canary. Thea trained for a year – most of the time intensively – before becoming Speedy/Red Arrow.  Do the math.

Roy suited up at the end of Season 2! No one complains that him!

Ok, let’s hash this out again.

Roy has more practical, real-life experience in fighting than Laurel. He grew up fighting on the streets; he was highly skilled in parkour before even meeting Oliver. In his first appearance he was able to defend Thea from armed street thugs and get away with only a flesh wound. So his starting point is one step up from I-Took-Self-Defence-Classes-But-Can’t-Hold-My-Own-Against-One-Guy-Even-When-I’m-Holding-A-Baseball-Bat-Laurel-Lance.  His journey also started way earlier than Laurel’s. He started physically helping people on the streets in 1x23 and continues over the break to 2x02. That’s six or seven months. Like Thea he made the most of the hiatus. He starts training with the Arrow in 2x11 until 2x18. That’s another few months.

And yes he gets the mask in 2x23, but may I remind you fans complained about that being unrealistic too. Laurel is not being picked on. But Roy’s clearly kept training with Oliver throughout the break to 3x01. That’s another six months. By the time he gets his name in 3x06 he’s been preparing for almost 2 years. And he’s still Oliver’s sidekick.

Compared to both Thea and Roy:

Thea and Roy’s journeys are also very different from Laurel’s in that they are implicitly set up as sidekicks. Roy is support and back up for Oliver as Arsenal and Thea fights under Malcolm’s guidance and replaces Roy in Season 4. They operate as the less-skilled members of Team Arrow who are still learning. On the other hand Laurel is set up as an independent hero. No one supports her training; she goes off and gets her own help. Her first masked appearance was her going solo and even afterwards she’s an uneasy ally of Team Arrow not a team player. The Black Canary in the show isn’t presented as a side-kick, but a superhero in her own right. So when Laurel suits up with less time and less training than sidekicks Roy and Thea….WE HAVE A RIGHT TO COMPLAIN.

Also, Thea and Roy are both around 20 during their training, Laurel is 30. There is a difference.

But They Haven’t Made It Easier for Her, She’s Got Beaten Up So Many Times!

Yeah, I’ll give you that. But I hate to break it to you. Beaten up doesn’t equal training. If anything it makes it more unbelievable that she can’t take on one civilian guy with a baseball bat, then 10 episodes later jumps out of windows onto helicopters. Not to mention she can’t take on one common street thug while training with Nyssa, but an episode later fends off members of the League of Assassins. That’s not development. That’s inconsistency.

Just because she’s Suited Up Doesn’t Mean She’s A Superhero, She’s Still Learning:

Ok. Then why did she get her name so fast? As I said above Roy took almost a season and half from deciding to be a hero, to getting his name. Thea took a whole season. Oliver took a five year journey to become ‘The Vigilante’, six years to become ‘The Arrow’ and he still isn’t ‘Green Arrow.’ Laurel took 11 freaking episodes before she swanned around as ‘Black Canary’. Don’t give me that crap.

She Has a History of Self-Defence and has shown off her fighting skills before:

Yeah sure the ‘Laurel has self-defence classes’ line has been thrown around by characters and fans alike. And in Season 1 despite her frequent kidnappings it was believable. They showed her beating up guys in clubs. Had she started her training after Tommy’s death I might have believed she had a good grounding in martial arts. But come Season 2 she disintegrated into a physically unstable drunk, and in Season 3 they set her at an even lower point in physical ability than before. (Again, she couldn’t even take on a random, unarmed guy while she had a baseball bat – really? I’m not a Laurel fan but I could have bought her being able to take on an average person). But Laurel is so inconsistent I have to take her season by season, and in Season 3 she can’t even tell when a gun is loaded. Sorry.

Felicity Beats People Up and she has Zero Training!

Ha. Right. Let’s go through Felicity’s action girl moment since the end of season 2: Stabbed Slade with the mirakuru cure. Disarmed her ex-boyfriend. Bashed a League of Assassins members with a pole. Rescued Oliver in the Atom Suit. 4 moments. Oh yeah, Felicity’s always doing stuff she shouldn’t be able to.

Slade was a planned ploy that took him by surprise because she wasn’t an action girl. Her ex-boyfriend was a computer hacker who was even less physically proficient than she was. The League of Assassins member was taken by surprise, from behind, in the middle of a fight.

The Atom suit wasn’t based on physical ability, but technological. And she helped build that thing remember, she knows it better than anyone apart from Ray! Ray also flew it successfully the first time, it was fighting that he had a problem with. And she didn’t engage in a fight like Ray/Oliver combo did later. She flew in, caught Oliver and flew away. That’s it.

Also guys, Diggle’s been giving Felicity self-defence classes since mid-Season 1. Two and a half seasons of coaching from a war veteran. If she was Laurel she’d be the best boxer in the world by now.

 

It’s a TV Show, It’s not realistic!

If it’s not realistic don’t give every other character more realistic training and development. (Including Laurel’s Canary predecessor and the hero of the story himself). Don’t give us a superhero story grounded in reality (Lazarus pit notwithstanding though that’s been criticized also) and then an unrealistic journey for the Black Canary. It can’t be one rule for everyone else and one for Laurel. Life doesn’t work that way.

Oh wait, if you’re Laurel, it does.

We start shooting in three weeks and we’re building this incredible set which is one of our best sets ever I think which is saying a lot because our production designer Mark Worthington I thought really outdid himself in Freak Show, but we’re building this incredible six-story Art Deco hotel on the Fox lot. Everybody in the show is very excited about this season, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters particularly because in every season thus far they've always been sort of the heroes, the good guy or the good lady so to speak, and this season they’re playing absolute evil villains so they’re very excited about that and I think people will really enjoy it, and the Gaga part is bananas good. I also think that the thing that’s different about the season is that before we've always been very driven by the Jessica Lange character. She was always the lead character. This year, it’s a true ensemble and I think we have more male parts and more male stories. The Wes Bentley part is really big, the Matt Bomer part is really big; Evan Peters and Finn Wittrock are really big. That’s not to say that the women aren't either; I mean Kathy Bates and Gaga and Paulson’s part and Angela Bassett’s part are great. But I guess it’s a different tone this year than we've had.
—  Ryan Murphy on Details about Hotel
AMERICAN HORROR STORY HOTEL: MASTERPOST

CAST & CHARACTERS:

  • Lady Gaga as Elizabeth; a bisexual, wealthy social doyenne consumed with art and fashion and owner of The Cortez Hotel who has a “nefarious plan” that will begin to unfold in the first episode
  • Matt Bomer as Donovan; a villainous denizen of the hotel and lady’s man involved in a love triangle with Elizabeth and Tristan Duffy, with a conflicted relationship with his mom, Iris, of which strains his relationships with women, and is left out in the cold when Elizabeth meets Tristan and becomes enamored with his antics, is desperate to win her back, he has also gotten into some “complicated circumstances”
  • Cheyenne Jackson as Will Drake; an incredibly wealthy fashion icon desperate to reestablish himself in order to move his family from New York to Los Angeles, as he sees a future of fashion there and needs to regain his “edge” and creativity, and to do so, he uses the hotel as his own property to set up his “fashion empire” by moving things around and evicting those in the hotel which angers other character, he will also be romantically linked to Elizabeth
  • Wes Bentley as Detective John Lowell; an LAPD homicide detective serving on the investigative task-force for “grisly murder” in or around the hotel
  • Kathy Bates as Iris; the villainous manager of the hotel with a close relationship with Donovan, John Lowell, and Liz Taylor while holding animosity towards Hypodermic Sally, and is the mother of Donovan, her job is to check people into the hotel, make sure everything is running smoothly within the hotel, takes care of every one of Elizabeth’s needs and does crossword puzzles in her spare time
  • Chloë Sevigny as Alex Lowell; the wife of Detective John Lowell and doctor who is grieving the loss of a family member and is struggling to regain footing in the wake of “other events”
  • Sarah Paulson as Hypodermic Sally; a “very sexy bad girl” and drug addict who lives at the hotel who has a budding relationship with John Lowell and holds “an ancient grudge” against Iris, she will likely die before the conclusion of the season due to her streak of remaining alive in each season
  • Evan Peters as Mr. March; a mysterious “absolute villain” who will reside in Room. 64 of the hotel
  •  Angela Bassett as Ramona Royale; a “very over-the-top, dramatic, fabulous, gorgeous, sexy, strong, powerful” actress and frequent visitant of the hotel with a “strong, real, lasting relationship” with Elizabeth and animosity towards Donovan, when she is not at the hotel, she is attempting to improve herself as an actress to be taken seriously and land her desired roles that she hasn’t gotten previously, but refuses to belittle herself or do “anything” for the part, however she has been successful in the past as she can afford a mansion in LA, she also has “fabulous” hair inspired by Diana Ross
  • Max Greenfield; a “very disturbing” drug addict who “will not be checking out of the hotel,” he dyed his hair green and has lost at least thirty pounds for the role
  • Finn Wittrock as Tristan Duffy; a thrill-seeking male model who begins a relationship with Elizabeth while he seeks out drugs in the hotel, but realizes he finds his “best high” when hurting other people
  • Denis O’Hare as Liz Taylor; an Elizabeth Taylor enthusiast who works as a bartender and maintenance worker who “cleans up messes” and works with Iris, and seems to be convinced that she is Elizabeth Taylor, Liz Taylor also falls into the LGBT+ area and has asked drag queen Alaska Thunderfuck “questions”, he also shaved his head as well as other body parts
  • Emma Roberts; will have “something great” with Mr. March towards the end of the season
  • Richard T. Jones as Detective Hahn; an LAPD detective investigating a homicide at the hotel
  • Helena Mattsson
  • Lily Rabe as Aileen Wuornos; a famous serial killer staying at the hotel
  • Naomi Campbell; a fashion magazine editor who “pays the ultimate price” for her critiques on Elizabeth’s taste
  • Mare Winningham
  • Darren Criss as Justin; a “Silver Lake hipster” who seeks refuge at the hotel from pesky trick-or-treaters, but ultimately meets a gruesome end at the hands of Iris after one too many room service demands
  • Mädchen Amick; the mother of an ailing son being treated by Alex Lowell

POSSIBLE CAST:

  • Jessica Lange; expressed interest in returning in a small capacity if offered
  • Taissa Farmiga; expressed interest in returning but offered “no promises”
  • Seth Gillaim; Denis O’Hare teased a “show-crossover” in an Instagram picture with Seth (in reference to Teen Wolf)
  • Connie Britton; expressed interest in returning in a recurring/guest role due to scheduling with Nashville


PLOT & SETTING:

This season is being filmed in Los Angeles in a six-story Art Deco set. The story is set in the same town as being filmed. Ryan Murphy has confirmed this season will be “darker, grimmer and much more horror-centric” than the previous two seasons. The events of this season are based off of stories from downtown Los Angeles hotels, more specifically, the disappearance of Elisa Lam and “a surveillance video that went around two years ago that showed a girl getting into an elevator in a hotel that was said to be haunted…and she was never seen again.” American Horror Story co-creator Brad Falchuk said this season will be “less claustrophobic” and will not restrict the audience to the main building: “the hotel is the center, but [the horror]’s kind of dripping out”. Murphy confirmed there will be no musical numbers and Gaga’s role is strictly acting. Director/producer Michael Goi confirmed via Twitter that Hotel will take place in 2015-2016. The hotel within the story is The Hotel Cortez.

  • Ryan Murphy confirmed that Lady Gaga’s opening scene will be a “murder scene” shared with co-star Matt Bomer 


EPISODE TITLES & AIR DATES:

  1. Cheking In” /// October 7th, 2015
  2. Chutes and Ladders” /// October 14th, 2015
  3. Mommy” /// October 21st, 2015
  4. The Devil’s Child: Part One” /// October 28th, 2015
  5. The Devils Child: Part Two” /// November 4th, 2015


TEASERS:

Episode Reviews: ‘Preboot’/’Reboot’ (S07E38–39)
  • Airdate: November 19, 2016
  • Story by: Adam Muto, Kent Osborne, Jack Pendarvis
  • Preboot” Storyboarded by: Adam Muto & Aleks Sennwald
  • “Preboot” Directed by: Adam Muto (supervising), Sandra Lee (art)
  • “Reboot” Storyboarded by: Tom Herpich & Steve Wolfhard
  • “Reboot” Directed by: Elizabeth Ito (supervising), Sandra Lee (art)

At the conclusion of season six, I found writing a review for the finale “Hot Diggity Doom”/”The Comet” to be particularly difficult. While I eventually came to appreciate the sort of message that the show was trying to get across with the season six capper, I found the two episodes to be somewhat marred by the show’s poor handling of the grass sword arc, as well as the overarching plot concerning Finn’s father.

While I doubt that the show’s writers and producers were listening as I screamed at the clouds, it does seem that those behind the show realized the issues that somewhat affected the season six finale, and they attempted to learn from their mistakes. As a result, the season seven two-part finale, “Preboot”/”Reboot” succeeds in many of the areas that “Hot Diggity Doom”/”The Comet” didn’t.

Our story begins at Beautopia. Due to the low tides, several new areas of the ruined mall are revealed, and Finn, Jake, and Susan decide to go exploring to look for pre-Mushroom War artifacts. While poking around an old arcade, Jake accidentally causes a giant ship to emerge from the earth. A platform extends from its hatch, and out walks… Tiffany?

Last we saw of Tiffany, he was eaten by a worm queen in the sixth season episode “Dentist.” He apparently survived and was given a robotic arm. He leads Finn, Jake, and Susan into the ship, which is decked out in sleek sci-fi gadgets. Thanks (presumably) to her head-implant (last seen in the sixth season episode “Dark Purple”), Susan is able to access a secret lab that leads directly to the commander of the ship-lab: Dr. Gross.

We later learn that Dr. Gross is a cybernetically enhanced human, who uses her knowledge of science to ‘upgrade’ and ‘enhance’ life. She has a ‘menagerie’ on board the ship that showcases a freakish display of hybrid animals (e.g. a scorpion-chipmunk, a mouse-shark, and, perhaps best of all, a clock-bear “who knows what time it is”). Dr. Gross then takes her guests into an examination room, and gives them lollipops, which are actually laced with some sort of muscle paralyzer. With her guests-cum-victims unable to move, she proceeds to explain how she will forcibly perform surgery on them so as to upgrade them and make them ‘better.’

The moment that the show introduces Dr. Gross, something is off. At first, she attempts to play the part of the eccentric but well meaning scientist, but once the gang steps into her menagerie, it becomes perfectly clear what type of character Dr. Gross is. Whereas many individuals (like Princess Bubblegum) believe you can use knowledge of the natural world to make a better world for people, Dr. Gross believes she can use her knowledge of the natural world to literally make her patients ‘better.’ This is evidenced by the song that she sings to Finn and Jake:

Evolution’s a natural process
But it’s not exactly the fastest
You can reach your potential with just a little help.

Her idea of ‘help,’ however, is to restrain her patients and forcibly ‘upgrade’ them, whether they consent or not. Adventure Time has always held a somewhat pessimistic view of scientism (for instance, Princess Bubblegum’s Nazi-esque experiments are almost always painted in a very negative way), but “Preboot” heavily espouses the romantic idea that nature is better than any form of cold cybernetics (And this theme is carried into “Reboot” where Susan turns into a violent and unfeeling seeker by technology).

Back in the lab, Dr. Gross takes off Susan’s hat and discovers the implant on the side of her head; the doctor recognizes the circuitry, and reacts as if Susan is some sort previous—and potentially dangerous—experiment. At that moment, Susan reveals that she never ate the lollipop and is thus able to move. She grabs Finn and Jake, and the three make a break for it. But when Dr. Gross’s menagerie is activated, however, things are looking bad for our heroes. Luckily, at the last possible second, Tiffany steps in and prevents Dr. Gross from chopping up Finn, Jake, and Susan for use as “spare parts.” Our heroes barely escape in the nick of time, and Dr. Gross’s ship (with Dr. Gross and Tiffany still on board) explodes deep underground. The detonation frees all of Dr. Gross’s various creatures, but unfortunately, a giant electric eel decides to head straight for the Candy Kingdom. Finn, Jake, and Susan give chase.

The eel emerges near the Candy Kingdom, and in the resulting showdown, Susan is zapped. After Finn touches her head-circuit, she seems to ‘reboot,’ temporarily disposes of Jake, and then attempts to seize Finn. Finn and Princess Bubblegum escape to the Candy Kingdom, but Susan gives chase. Thanks to a choice blast from a gumball guardian, Susan absorbs an inordinate amount of energy and swells up to a terrifying size. She manages to grab Finn and take him to the beach (the same beach wherein the Fear Feaster first manifested, in the season one episode “Ocean of Fear”).

Jake eventually tracks the two down, and a huge fight ensues. In the resulting scuffle, Jake is injured by an anchor that Susan pulls out of the ocean, and Finn’s grass sword awakens and attacks Susan, eventually breaking her head-circuit. With Susan defeated, Finn tries to take control of his grass sword, but it detaches from his arm, grabs his Finn sword, and turns into a cocoon that gestates a bizarre grass golem. And with that, the episode ends.

“Reboot” is a very action-heavy episode, and perhaps one of the most action-heavy we have gotten since the Stakes miniseries. In fact, the episode is almost one giant fight scene (albeit, one giant fight scene with a beginning, a middle, and an ending). It’s exciting and engaging. In many ways, it reminds me of the action-heavy “Escape from the Citadel,” another one of Herpich and Wolfhard’s episodes and perhaps one of the best installments the show has ever made. But while that episode ends on a sad note, “Reboot” ends on a very mysterious note. Just who is that grass sword guy, and what was that eldritch-esque creature in the Finn sword?

Ultimately, both “Preboot” and “Reboot” do an excellent job of keeping the audience on the edge of their seats. The answers given are not clear-cut, but there’s just enough provided to make the whole ordeal satisfying. And with the reference to the “Island” and the other humans, the show is setting up for a game-changing eighth season.

And that’s what I like most about these two episodes. They take many disparate plot threads from the last few seasons (e.g. Susan’s implant, Finn’s grass sword, the existence of other humans) and weave them into one cohesive and exciting narrative that builds to a full but enigmatic ending. I’m excited for season eight! “Hot Diggity Doom”/”The Comet” didn’t really provide that same level of excitement, because the two provided a decent but rather limp resolution to several important narrative threads.

“Preboot” and “Reboot” are also enjoyable for another reason: character callbacks. A whole slew of characters make cameos in these two episodes, ranging from the brief (Nurse Poundcake) to the substantial (Tiffany, Susan). Perhaps the most unexpected callback is that of Rattleballs, who emerges from the shadows to save Finn from Susan. Sadly, for poor Rattleballs, Susan breaks him to thousands of pieces, presumably killing him. While many other characters have been brought back from death, I have a feeling that Rattleballs is going to rest in pieces for the rest of the show. ‘Tis a pity, as he was a great character (and voiced by the hilarious Rainn Wilson).

In the end, “Preboot” and “Reboot” have all the ingredients of an excellent episode of Adventure Time: exciting fight sequences, character callbacks, answers, and most importantly, a great cliffhanger that makes me want more

Mushroom War Evidence: The beginning of “Preboot” explicitly features Finn, Jake, and Susan searching for pre-Mushroom War artifacts in an abandoned arcade. In “Reboot,” Susan pulls up a giant anchor, presumably from a shipwreck.

Final Grade:

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL MASTERPOST

Confirmed as of August 22nd, 2015


CAST & CHARACTERS:

  • Lady Gaga as Elizabeth The Countess; a villainous, bisexual, wealthy social doyenne who own The Cortez Hotel and is heavily involved with art, fashion and people who has a nefarious plan that begins to unfold within the first episode, and has romantic relations with Donovan, Tristan Duffy, Will Drake, and Ramona Royale (Eight Episodes)
  • Matt Bomer as Donovan; a villainous “lady’s man” residing in the hotel who is involved in a love triangle with Tristan Duffy and Elizabeth, however his conflicted relationship with his mother, Iris, strains his relationship with women, placing him in “complicated circumstances,” one of them being desperation to remain in Elizabeth’s life after she leaves him for Tristan Duffy
  • Cheyenne Jackson as Will Drake; an incredibly wealthy fashion icon, desperate to reestablish himself in where he believes the fashion industry will move to next, Los Angeles, after he loses his creativity and edge, in order to do this, he stays at the hotel and “moves things around” and “kicks people out of the hotel” to establish his own “fashion empire,” an act that some find arrogant and begin to dislike him, but still manages to start a relationship with Elizabeth
  • Wes Bentley as John Lowell; an LAPD homicide detective serving on the task-force for “grisly murders” that have occurred in the vicinity of the hotel, and although being married to Alex Lowell, he begins a relationship with Elizabeth
  • Kathy Bates as Iris; the villainous hotel manager who manages the check-in desk, makes sure everything runs smoothly within the hotel and tends to the needs of Elizabeth, she is the mother of Donovan, of whom she has a conflicted relationship with, and is heavily involved with John Lowell and works closely with Liz Taylor, she also holds an ancient grudge against Hypodermic Sally and does crossword puzzles in her spare time
  • Chloë Sevigny as Alex Lowell; the wife of John Lowell who works as a doctor treating the ailing son of Madchen Amick’s character, Alex is struggling to regain footing in the wake of her own son’s death, among other events
  • Sarah Paulson as Hypodermic Sally; a “very sexy,” and the “baddest bag girl in town” who is addicted to drugs and lives at the hotel, while staying there, she has a “budding relationship” with John Lowell and holds and “ancient grudge” towards Iris, she will also most likely die prior to the conclusion of the season
  • Evan Peters as Mr. March; a mysterious “absolute villain” who “will be waiting for you in Room 64″ of the hotel
  • Angela Bassett as Ramona Royale; a “very over-the-top, dramatic, fabulous, gorgeous, sexy, strong, powerful” actress and frequent visitant of the hotel with a “strong, real, lasting, relationship,” with Elizabeth and harbors ill-will towards Donovan, her acting career has been successful enough to afford her a mansion, but this doesn’t stop her from trying to improve herself as an actress in order to be taken seriously and acquire roles she hasn’t been offered in the past, but she refuses to resort to belittle herself or “do anything” for the part, her hair is also inspired by Diana Ross
  • Max Greenfield; a “very disturbing” drug addict who will “check into the hotel, but will not be checking out,” he has dyed his hair green and lost at least thirty pounds for the role
  • Finn Wittrock as Tristan Duffy; a villainous male model departing from the industry who is “always looking for his next high,” and to acquire said high, he seeks out drugs in the hotel where he meets Elizabeth, and as she falls in love with his antics, she leaves Donovan, all while he learns that he finds his “best high” in two forms: hurting people and with Elizabeth
  • Denis O’Hare as Liz Taylor; an Elizabeth Taylor enthusiast, who seems to be convinced that they are Elizabeth Taylor, who works closely with Iris in the hotel as a bartender and maintenance worker who “cleans up messes,” Liz also falls into the LGBT+ area and has been asking drag queen Alaska Thunderfuck “career question,” Dennis has shaved his as well as other parts of his body for the role
  • Emma Roberts; will have “something great” with Mr. March in the closing episodes of the season
  • Richard T. Jones as Mr. Hahn; an LAPD homicide detective working on the same task-force with John Lowell: investigating a series of “grisly murders” taking place in the vicinity of the hotel (Eight Episode)
  • Helena Mattsson
  • Lily Rabe as Aileen Wuornos; a serial killer residing in the hotel playing a pivotal role in the Halloween two-parter, Aileen Wuornos was a famous serial killer in Florida active between the years 1989-1990, killing seven men who bough her services as an escort, claiming she killed them in self defense (Two Episodes)
  • Naomi Campbell; a fashion editor/critic and nemesis of Elizabeth, she eventually “pays the ultimate price” for her critiques of Elizabeth’s fashion taste
  • Mare Winningham; a laundress at the hotel who works closely with Mr. March
  • Darren Criss as Justin; a “Silver Lake hipster” who seeks refuge at the hotel with his “equally hip” girlfriend from pesky trick-or-treaters, but ultimately meets a gruesome end at the hands of Iris after they make “one too many” room service requests
  • Mädchen Amick; the mother of an ailing son who is being treated by Alex Lowell

Creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed that characters from previous seasons will check into the hotel, thereby connecting other anthological stories from the series.

Murphy also confirmed that this season would focus more on the men of the season; “This year, it’s a true ensemble and I think we have more male parts and more male stories.” However, he went on to explain this didn’t mean the female won’t play a big part either. 

POSSIBLE CAST:

  • Jessica Lange; although confirming she will not play a main character in Hotel, she confirmed she would return in a recurring capacity if offered a desirable character
  • Taissa Farmiga; when asked if she will be returning to the franchise, she expressed interest in returning, but offered “no promises”
  • Seth Gillaim; Denis O’Hare teased a “Show-crossover” in an Instagram photo of him and Seth (in reference to Gillaim’s show, Teen Wolf)
  • Connie Britton; explained that she “would love to come back” to American Horror Story, with the only thing holding her back being her scheduling for Nashville


PLOT & SETTING: 

This season is being filmed in a six-story Art Deco hotel set in Los Angeles, where the season will take place, in a hotel called The Cortez Hotel. Michael Goi confirmed via Twitter that Hotel will take place in the year it was filmed (2015-2016). The events of the season are based off of stories of real-life hotels in downtown Los Angeles, more specifically, “a surveillance video that went around two years ago that showed a girl getting into an elevator in a hotel that was said to be haunted…and she was never seen again,” referring to the disappearance and death or Elisa Lam. This season has been said to be “darker, grimmer, and much more horror-centric” than previous seasons. Goi has claimed that this season will be “even more disturbing than Asylum,” which is widely considered the scariest season. Co-creator Brad Falchuk noted that this season will be “less claustrophobic” and will not trap the building in the hotel; “the hotel is the center, but [the horror]’s kind of dripping out.” This season will operate in the “Trapped” trope, where the characters encounter horror at every turn. Unlike the previous season, there will be no musical number, limiting Lady Gaga’s role strictly to acting.

  • Ryan Murphy confirmed that Lady Gaga’s opening scene will be a “murder sene” shared with co-star Matt Bomer
  • At one point, Lady Gaga will be featured in a scene in a long red dress exiting a building with a crowd of people.


SET:

Footage from the set:


EPISODES & AIR DATES:

  1. Checking In” /// October 7th, 2015
  2. Chutes and Ladders” /// October 14th, 2015
  3. Mommy” /// October 21st, 2015
  4. The Devil’s Child: Part One” /// October 28th, 2015
  5. The Devil’s Child: Part Two” /// November 4th, 2015

There will be a total of thirteen episodes this season, concluding in January.


POSTERS:


TEASERS:

Teaser #1; Front Desk

Teaser #2; Do Not Disturb

Teaser #3; Beauty Rest

latimes.com
Lea Michele on 'Glee' finale: 'It became so much more than a musical comedy'

The Times: Lea, how does it feel to be ending the run?

Lea Michele: I couldn’t be happier with the work I did on the show. “Glee” was a very specific, unique experience that leaves me feeling like I can achieve anything that comes my way. We did endure a very rigorous schedule for almost seven years. I’m going to look back years from now and be like, “How the hell did I do that?”

The Times: Prior to “Glee,” musical comedy hadn’t worked particularly well in prime time. What was it that fans responded to?

Michele: For me growing up, there weren’t a lot of television shows out there where I could say, “Oh, this person looks like me. Or they have a life sort of like mine.” There was something and someone for everyone on our show. And then obviously music. I was raised with music playing in my house. My mother was always listening to Aretha Franklin, my dad was always listening to Queen and Journey. Having such a huge musical presence was probably what originally brought people to the show. But as it progressed, it became so much more than a musical comedy.

It was really this generation’s game-changer. What it did for kids, opening up dialogues between them and their parents, as well as bringing attention to arts education was so unbelievable for a little one-hour comedy on Fox.

The Times: “Glee” is famous for popularizing show-choir covers of classic pop and rock songs. Are there young fans who still think you guys created those tunes?

Michele: Yeah, that happens. There are a lot of girls who think that “Don’t Rain on My Parade” is my song, and not Barbra Streisand’s. But I’m beyond proud that we were able to bring those classic rock songs and make them fresh and current.

The Times: What were your favorite moments from the past six seasons?

Michele: I will always remember the pilot episode. Singing “Don’t Stop Believing” with the original kids. That will be forever frozen in my mind. Everything from then on was just this whole sort of spinning.

Another big moment was when we filmed our Season 2 finale. We all flew to New York. Just a year prior, working on Broadway, I could walk down the street, do whatever I wanted and no one knew my name. Now I was in Central Park shooting “Glee” and there’s 300 fans surrounding us. That was pretty unbelievable.

White-tailed deer - October Morning, Southern New York

The leaves of blackgum trees, already ablaze in scarlet, attract a fawn, doe and buck. After the green growth of summer fades, northern deer exploit twigs, dried leaves and evergreen needles in fall and winter.  In any season, white-tailed deer spend more time feeding than doing anything else. 

This six-month-old fawn  has already molted its spotted coat.  Female fawns that are well nourished can mate as early as their first autumn, and in later years can produce twins or triplets.  When the eating is good, white-tailed deer numbers can increase rapidly.

When escaping predators, these deer often lift their tails to show the white underside—a sign that says, “Too late—I’m leaving!”  Fawns, being particularly nervous, are frequent tail-flaggers. 

This diorama is located in the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals.

My Thoughts On "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?"

How come Mona always calls/texts ARIA with important information?!?!

Are the writers letting us know Jason specifically or the Dilaurentis’ in general (Charles) have access to large sums of money?

I’m so happy to see Claire. It was weird that we’d met her and then when Sara returned none of her old friends came looking for her.

How come every job Toby has requires him to be out of town? #suspicious

Why do they keep showing texts from Aria…first Hanna, now Spencer. I’ll grasp at straws that point to Aria being A until the very end (and prob after that too if it turns out she’s not somehow involved in all of this).

You may be wondering why Emily wasn’t with the girls waiting to talk to Lesli. That’s bc all 4 of the girls try not to do things together if they possibly can avoid it. #wth

Why would Kenneth leave gorgeous perfect Jason behind if he’s running from Charles like a bat out of hell? Is Jason trying to “trap” Charles and that’s why the wants he cops gone?

I’m sorry but Wallaby Avenue reminded me of 42 Wallaby Way from Finding Nemo and I laughed too hard when I saw the invite. I thought Charles wanted Kenneth alone. Now it’s Jason? Bc A knows all so he must know Kenneth skipped town right? I’m so confused.

I just have 2 words for the Dilaurentis’: security cameras.

Seriously WTF is up with Aria and ALL THESE DAMN DOLLS?!? I need to know NOW!!!

When are we gonna get a Mike and Mona reunion????? That’s the least the summer of non-answers could give us :-(

Emily’s j-e-a-l-o-u-s.

Rosewood PD will NEVER solve any cases. Ever.

Spencer if you’re frustrated that you guys are at the same place you were 2 months ago then imagine how us viewers feel being in the same place we were 6 frickin seasons ago…agh!!!!!

Yea why WOULD the people who paid to shut down Radley give Hanna a scholarship. I’m counting on all you smarties to come up with some amazing answers for that.

Side note: I love Spencer’s braid and hairstyle. Troain’s so gorg.

Correction: Emily’s J-E-A-L-O-U-S.

How the hell does Alison know who Charles is after? I mean he DID torture the girls and then kidnap them. No biggie though, guess it was just a phase and now he just wants to celebrate his birthday privately with just his family.

Given the Lairs complex love/hate relationship with Ali, you’d think Emily would be a little more understanding of the Sara and Claire dynamic.

The red balloon, Hanna wearing a red sweater and her getting that scholarship are all related. Hanna and Charles are connected somehow. I just don’t know how. #thestoryofmyprettylittleliarlife

Did Aria seriously have Mike deliver Mona a laundry basket full of creepy dolls??? There’s totally a hidden camera in one of their eyeballs. This is NOT the reunion I envisioned. But the idea of Mona and Aria being connected in all of this has given me life since Mona called Aria “big A” 368263 seasons ago.

Omg Toby is gonna be following Charles stoned. Geez, Marlene will do anything to keep these people incompetent enough to find us any answers. lol

Is Aria dialing 911 bc she’s scared or bc she’d do anything to interfere w the girls finding out who A is? Almost everything she does can support her being innocent OR guilty. Out out of everyone I think I’d love Aria to have the twin the most. It would explain SO much.

This Ali/Mona car ride is so reminiscent of the Spencer/Mona car ride. But if those two aren’t secretly evil then talk about serious character development.

Honestly, could they make Rosewood PD look anymore incompetent than they have in the past? Why yes, yes they most certainly can. #thatsceneliterallymademegiggle

How wrong is it of me that, even after all this time, I still had a sliver of hope that the hoodie would come off and we’d see a face?????

Ashley has some deep rooted anger against the Dilaurentis family. Could Black Widow have gotten her daughter a scholarship with a side of revenge? Hanna’s dad is so absentee Ashley might as well be a widow.

The foreseeable end of Spoby is being written…

Will the question ever be answered why A capitalizes all their T’s?

This episode didn’t give us any answers (but I don’t think we’re expecting any at this point). Well, why they chose the episode title was answered. Nice play on the word ART. And even that we didn’t get until the A ending. lol

It was still a better episode than last week imo, maybe bc there was a little more action. Thanks for reading!!! Just keep repeating my new mantra anytime this show makes you feel like you’re losing your mind: only 3 more episodes, only 3 more episodes, only 3 more episodes…

Lady Gaga is utterly unrecognizable in brief American Horror Story appearance

Lady Gaga is in season six of American Horror Story — but she didn’t show up in Wednesday night’s premiere. Thankfully, eagle-eyed fans have spotted her in a promo for the next episode. She’s standing behind Kathy Bates in one shot decked out in unrecognizable makeup — just don’t blink.