My favorite part about this kiss is how intense Dylan/Stiles’ face is. He’s kissing her like she’s his lifeline, the air he breathes. He’s so consumed in this moment, in this kiss, in Lydia. You can feel how much he loves her and how much this moment means to him. This is everything Stiles has spent the past 10 years building up to, and the intensity with which he kisses Lydia is like none I’ve ever seen. Lydia holds onto to Stiles, kissing him back just as forcefully, and we get this incredible moment that seems to stop time. I just can’t get over how much you can tell that this is quite possibly the most important day of Stiles’ life just by the expression he makes when kissing Lydia. It’s gentle and intense and heartbreaking all at the same time. You can feel the gentleness he possesses for Lydia, but it’s also this intense fire that burns hot enough to consume them both. It’s so amazing that these two completely opposite things can exist simultaneously in just one expression. Dylan never ceases to amaze me with how much he understands Stiles as a character and his unconditional love for Lydia.
I heard that Mr. Neill Blomkamp only had you in mind for the role. Did this make it easy for you to play the character or did this put more pressure on you? It was very flattering. I just came on and he was like “I want you to do you, just bring what you want to the role.” I was like “Really?” It was incredible because you’ve got a guy that exactly knows what he wants but he trusts in his actors incredibly. So we’ve got to come on and have a really good time and play, so I didn’t really feel the pressure.
I want to begin this letter by telling you about the magic
of Brett Dier. He took a character – built
from the beginning with secrets and moral lapses – and made him so likable, so
funny, so sincere in all the right ways, that most of our writers’ room became #teammichael
by the end of the first season. And I
honestly don’t think I’ll ever love a moment on our show as much as I loved
Michael’s vows to Jane… Which is to say,
this was a devastating episode for us to write.
It was also a decision made very early on, when I thought
about our story as a whole. And even in
season one, I knew it would be a hard thing to actually do, which is why there
was a line (which many of you noticed) about how Michael would never stop loving
Jane. And the Narrator confirmed, “For
as long as Michael lived, until he drew his very last breath, he never did.” Honestly, I put that line into the script at
the last minute to hold our feet to the fire, to make sure we went through with
it. Because even back then, the writers
could all see the magic of Jane and Michael together. Not to mention Rogelio and Michael!
The other reason I put that line in the script was to
prepare you… a little. If the writers
and actors loved Michael so much, then I knew it would be devastating for the
fans. So then, the only surprise we had
left, was when…
And again – that goes back to the magic of Brett Dier. Originally, I thought Michael would die earlier. But Brett is such an incredible actor – he
gave us such great comedy and drama and first-rate exposition delivery (!),
often all in one scene. And he and Gina…
well, there’s that word again – magic. So, we changed some things in the writers’
room. Jane and Michael got married. They had sex.
They moved into their first home.
And I’m so glad we did that and
I’m so glad all those firsts for Jane were with Michael. But this is a telenovela, as we so frequently
remind you. And we are only at our midpoint.
You’ll recall, back in the pilot, Jane was on a path. Things were mapped out. And then she was accidentally artificially
inseminated and everything changed. Well
now, everything is changing again. How
does our romance-loving hero move on, how does she get back the light and the
Well, it’s certainly not quick. And that’s why we’re now three years later in
our story. We’ll be flashing back to
those three years and filling in gaps, but mining emotions realistically is
something we work hard on and we knew the immediate pain of that loss would
overwhelm our storytelling. After
talking to grief counselors, this felt like the right time to reenter Jane’s
journey. She’ll always feel Michael’s absence
(and trust me, we will too), but it opens up our storytelling in new and
exciting ways, while allowing for the light and bright Jane world that we love
Which brings me to something I feel really badly about.The
timing. I’ve had so many tweets lately about
how Jane is a bright spot these days.
And I know you just watched a gut punch of an episode. So, I just wanted to reassure you that Jane’s
optimism will rise up.
Thank you guys so much for watching the show, for caring so
passionately, and for going on our journey.
And thank you so much to Brett.
For his talent. His passion. His humor on set. Michael will be missed in Jane’s world, just
as Brett is already missed in ours.
can we just take a moment to appreciate how incredible of an actor harry shum jr is. like you didn’t even have to hear him speak or get any verbal confirmation to know he wasn’t magnus. just by taking one look, you could tell it wasn’t him. harry was able to be a completely different character with completely different mannerisms; he didn’t even look like magnus. magnus’s chemistry with alec was turned on its head and the way he holds himself transformed. harry shum jr ladies and gentlemen.
Doctor Who Moves Into the Future with Jodie Whittaker
The BBC announced today that Jodie Whittaker has been cast as the next Doctor, the first woman to ever play the role!
As I write this I’m literally crying and shaking. I’m beyond happy – I’m ecstatic.
This is an exciting and very welcome move by Chris Chibnall and the BBC. Jodie Whittaker is an incredibly talented actor who previously stared in Black Mirror and Broadchurch. I know she’ll bring a new and fresh vision to the role. And it is incredibly encouraging that Chibnall and the BBC took this step to reinvigorate the character and the show. They’ve given us a peek at their new, exciting vision of what Doctor Who can be, and I’m so here for it. Each regeneration has arrived with a celebration of the show’s ability to grow and change. This time, it rings a little more true.
We also cannot overlook what an important moment this is for all the women and young girls who watch and adore Doctor Who. Young girls will finally get to see themselves as the hero of the story, an all too rare moment when most movies and TV shows – especially in science fiction – star men. Even young boys will benefit from being able to look up to a woman as their role model.
I have been hoping and arguing and fighting for this change for years, and I’m just so unbelievably happy that it’s finally happened. I’m so happy that Chibnall and the BBC were willing to take this leap. I’m so happy that I’ll get to see Jodie Whittaker step out of those TARDIS doors. And I’m so happy for all the girls who will get to see her take the TARDIS controls and take us on new and exciting adventures.
So let’s get out there and celebrate. Let’s show the world how thrilled the fandom really is. And let’s get ready to fight the trolls with everything we have to defend Jodie. This is our moment, and we’re going to enjoy it to the fullest!
Stiles, Derek, Ethan, Jackson, Kate, all played by actors who either have incredibly busy schedules (DOB), left the show when they decided they were good and ready (Hoechlin, Carver) or had significant drama surrounding their departure (Haynes), but somehow, TPTB made it work when it came to getting them back for the final season.
Braeden, Kira, Danny, all played by actors who have been vocal about being willing to work around the show’s schedule to do what it takes to be a part of it, were written out as a narrative or executive choice rather than because it was what the actor wanted, and consistently and enthusiastically promoted the show on their own time or even traveled to cons on their own money, but somehow, TPTB just couldn’t find a way to get them back for the final season.
Totally weird that the first group is all white actors and all the actors in the second group are PoC.
Pulling double duty, Waititi plays the 8-foot-tall Kronan warrior made of purple rocks. Korg was originally supposed to have only a few scenes, but Waititi manages to flesh him out (via motion-capture suit) substantially.
“You’ve got to understand that Taika Waititi the actor is an incredible person to work with,” the director explained. “When Taika Waititi the director comes across someone like that, it just seems appropriate to give that actor a bit more time to show what they can do. I did that, and my theory was correct. I was, he was that good. As an actor, I highly valued Taika Waititi the director, who was very generous to me in giving me a few more takes than everyone else, and really let me show what I can do.” –Taika Waititi interviewed by Meredith Woerner for L.A. Times
Hidden Figures Cast wins the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Taraji P. Henson: Talk to me, God. Listen. This film is about unity. We stand here as proud actors thanking every member of this incredible guild for voting for us, for recognizing our hard work. But the shoulders of the women we stand on are three American heroes: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson. Without them, we would not know how to reach the stars. These women did not complain about the problems, their circumstances, you know, the issues. We know what was going on in that era. They didn’t complain. They focused on solutions. Therefore, these brave women helped put men into space. We cannot forget the brave men that also worked with us. God rest his soul in peace, John Glenn. This story is of unity. This story is about what happens when we put our differences aside and we come together as a human race. We win. Love wins every time. Thank you so much for appreciating the work we’ve done. Thank you so much for appreciating these women — they are hidden figures no more. Thank you.
1. He is kind 2. He is selfless 3. He is flawed 4. He is sarcastic 5. He’s seen the worst that the world and humanity can give and became the opposite 6. He loves freely and openly 7. He is passionate 8. He is messy 9. He is genuine 10. “Be kind to yourself so you can be happy enough to be kind to the world” 11. He is bright 12. He is intelligent 13. He is witty 14. He is sharp 15. When he realized how much of an impact he had, he founded a non profit charity that promotes small random acts of kindness and created a scavenger hunt that fosters creativity to raise funds for that charity 16. He is an incredible actor 17. He is the father every child needs 18. He is an attentive husband 19. He is a loving friend 20. “I want to live in a world where the word ‘normal’ is an insult” 21. He is real about life sometimes being complicated and confusing 22. He fights hatred with kindness 23. He is present 24. He doesn’t take himself too seriously 25. He wakes up early to hand out coffee at ComicCon, stays up late to serve dinner, because he gives love in spades 26. He values family 27. He supports everyone at once without ever knowing it 28. He recognizes and owns his mistakes and learns from them 29. He believes that people can grow 30. “Do what you love and the 'good’ will follow” 31. He believes in the power of one person 32. He is proof of that power 33. He helps people living in the dark see the light 34. He allows people to love themselves, quirks and all 35. He understands things on a deeper level than most; he seems to immediately comprehend the meaning behind words and empathize with the experience even if he lacks a personal frame of reference 36. He stands up for those who can’t stand up for themselves 37. He fights on behalf of all 38. He sees beyond himself 39. He is vocal about injustice 40. “I am passionate about tea, running, the idea that we are bound only by the limits of our imaginations, and maple syrup” 41. The way his smile lights up a room 42. The way his laugh is contagious 43. The way he is unapologetically himself and in doing so, helps others do the same
I was already making this for @dauphinedolphin (whom I’ve successfully dragged into podcast hell alongside me) so I figured I would just post it here for anyone else who might be interested!
Note: these are just the podcasts that I’m interested in. Not everyone will enjoy them and there are many many MANY more out there that I haven’t listened to yet that are absolutely amazing. I’ve only been listening to podcasts since about October, so I haven’t listened to many yet. Also I have a significant preference towards audio dramas because I find them easier to focus on.
All these shows can be listened to for free on iTunes.
* = personal fave
The Bridge******** - I literally cannot recommend The Bridge enough. It is INCREDIBLE. They excel at everything from sound editing to incredible writing to incredible voice actors and I just love it. so. fucking. much. It’s so good. And you should go listen to it right now. It’s about the crew of Watchtower 10 out on the Transcontinental Bridge, which spans the length of the Atlantic Ocean. It features spooky stories, eldritch monsters, a possessed doll and my favourite character of all time, so it’s basically the best. I’ll probably be making a separate recommendation post for it soon because there’s too much to say.
Welcome to Night Vale - I know, I know, Night Vale Presents podcasts are on every single list and everyone’s sick of hearing about them, but seriously folks. They’re popular because they’re good. If you haven’t heard of Welcome to Night Vale before, it’s a radio show set in the fictional town of Night Vale where all sorts of weird stuff happens.
The Orbiting Human Circus (Of the Air)* - The only other Night Vale Presents podcast that I’m gonna put on here. It follows Julian, a janitor at the Eiffel Tower who dreams of becoming a famous radio host.
Wolf 359*** - This show. This fucking show. It’s so good y’all. If you like shows that start off kind of funny and not-so-serious before doing a complete 180 and becoming the most HEART-WRENCHING ANGST EVER then you will love it. Also kudos to them for having the best team of antagonists ever. It’s all about Doug Eiffel, the Communications Officer onboard the Hephaestus Station who finds mysterious radio signals out in deep space. But not everything is what it seems, nor is anyone who they seem…
Wooden Overcoats - It’s all about rival funeral home directors on the small British island of Piffling. It has a lot of dark humour so if that’s your jam you should totally check it out.
The Bright Sessions** - This is another show that’s just… so amazing. It’s about this group of humans called atypicals, who are basically superheroes (only they don’t fight crime and they have to hide their abilities from the general public). The show follows a time traveller, an empath, and a mind reader, with more atypicals popping up as the show progresses. It’s another one of those shows that gets darker as it goes, but the plot’s very character driven so you also get a TON of great character development.
EOS 10* - Apparently the best way to describe this is “Scrubs in space”? But yeah, it’s basically a hospital drama set on the space station EOS 10. The main lead’s a recovering addict and that part of his backstory’s never ignored or glossed over, which is amazing. Also it’s my #1 feel good show sooooo….
The Deep Vault* - It’s the end of the world and a group of four people seek asylum in an underground vault created to help humanity survive the apocalypse. But is it really as safe as they thought?
Archive 81 - Made by the same people who did The Deep Vault. Daniel Powell has a new job working as an archivist at Archive 81. The tapes he listens to seem to be telling a story that he’s not sure he wants to hear but knows he has to. Season two’s a little weird but season one really holds up.
The Once and Future Nerd** - Three kids from Pennsylvania end up in a fantasy world and soon get caught up in the conspiracies and dangers that are threatening to pull it apart. This one’s got a lot of really great social commentary, particularly of fantasy tropes.
The Strange Case of Starship Iris* - Violet Liu is the sole survivor of a shuttle explosion, but her ship is going down fast. She’s going to need whatever help she can get to make it out of this alive. Featuring the best alien you will ever meet, government conspiracies, and cases of mistaken identity that might just get you killed.
The Far Meridian - This one’s pretty new but it’s already shaping up to be absolutely amazing. It’s all about a woman named Peri who wakes up to find that her lighthouse has mysteriously moved locations. Peri’s also agoraphobic but it’s never treated like something weird or used as a joke, which is sooo refreshing to hear.
Bonus non-fiction podcasts:
The Podcast History Of Our World - Exactly what it says on the tin. Each episode examines a different part of history, with the end goal of studying every single part of history. Currently somewhere in the Roman Republic.
My Brother, My Brother, And Me - Yeah so I’m slowly being dragged into McElroy brother hell… This is another one that makes basically every single list (or at least one McElroy podcast does) but for good reason. It’s really really good and really really funny. The McElroys run an advice show but their advice is not meant to be taken seriously. In fact, you really shouldn’t take their advice.