this will always be the greatest thing to happen at comic con

So, Prison Break will be back in a matter of hours.

And to a lot of you, that may mean nothing. 

But it means a hell of a lot to me.

Prison Break first aired when I was fourteen. I don’t remember much about the night itself, but what I do remember is kicking up a real fuss when my brothers outvoted me on the choice of programming, the two of them commandeering the TV remote and forcing me to watch the pilot of this new prison show instead of the episode of House that I had apparently very much wanted to watch at the time. After that night, though, House certainly never took precedence in my schedule ever again, because I had fallen hard for Prison Break in a way that I never had with a show before (or since), my soul already eagerly sold to it before the credits were even rolling on the first episode. 

For the next four years of my life, it was my obsession, my joy, my greatest love, the one thing I could talk endlessly about (particularly any part related to MiSa, my OTP of all OTPs), and the mere thought of which would always make me happy. It led me to my first fan forum, to amazing friends (who I am still in touch with to this day), and also brought me into the world of fanfiction, which in itself became (and remains) a hugely important part of my life. 

As it went on, the show not only taught me life lessons like sacrifice and making difficult decisions and taking responsibility for your actions; it also taught me about myself, and what I wanted and valued and believed. And, as with any show that truly pulls you in, the characters were always far more than just actors spouting lines– they were like family to me, and I celebrated and struggled and grieved with them through four incredible and traumatising seasons. I genuinely cried more tears for them and their pain than I ever did over anything else in my own (obviously very fortunate and privileged) life. 

The same year that Prison Break ended, I graduated high school and was accepted into medical school, a career that I had chosen for several very good reasons, not the least of which was because my still-forming teenage self had looked at Dr Sara Tancredi and had seen exactly the kind of woman I wanted to grow up to be. About five years after that, I was freshly graduated as a doctor, and finally got the chance to meet Went, Dom, and Sarah at my first Comic Con, and was able to thank them in person for the beautiful thing that they had helped create, and which– in Sarah’s case in particular, of course– had helped to create me. 

Today, I’m exactly a month shy of my twenty-sixth birthday, and have been a doctor for almost two and a half years, having even worked briefly in the prison system during that time, among many other things. I may not have the posters hanging on my wall anymore, and the cardboard box full of memorabilia and carefully folded cranes might be tucked away in a closet out of sight, but even still, this show has never left me. It’s in the “Be the change you want to see in the world” ring that I’ve worn every day for the last nine years. It’s in the tiny origami flower that has been tattooed on the back of my left ear since I was nineteen. It’s in the crane that was tattooed on my left wrist two years ago in Chicago, with those same old forum friends beside me, all coming together for the first time in our ten-year friendship to visit the city and the prison that had been the setting for the story that had brought us into each other’s lives. But even more than the marks on my skin, its mark is still inside me, a permanent building block in the foundation of who I am. 

In the last eight years, there’s only one thing about this show that I’ve always regretted, one thing that I have literally wished (on shooting stars, four-leaf clovers, birthday cakes, 11:11, dandelions– you name it, I’ve wished on it) that I could change. Of course, I know that happy endings don’t always exist; that reality is hard and cruel and whatever, so supposedly TV should be too. But that never stopped me from wishing that there could have been just one more happy ending out there to give to this story.

Then, about two years ago, something happened. Stars– both astronomical and celebrity– aligned. Whispers like ‘reboot’ and ‘season 5′ floated around, and then suddenly, startlingly, my dream had started looking like a possibility. A possibility that eventually turned into a miraculous definite, the confirmation followed by months of filming and promoting that I promptly did my very best to ignore or hide from, because I was convinced that if I thought about it too much– let myself hope too much– it would somehow all disappear again; would revert to being merely an elaborate fantasy that I’d concocted in my head, a silly fangirl’s headcanon to rectify her OTP’s heartbreak as well as her own.

But tonight, it’s all becoming real. Tonight, for the first time in eight years, I will turn on my TV and see my character-family again; will experience that old feeling afresh. And though there’s certainly always the chance that the new season will somehow be a disappointment, or will only add more pain, it’s a chance I’m so very willing to take.  

A chance that I’m so, so grateful even exists.

So, if you can, tune in tonight (9/8c on Fox). Even if you’ve never watched before, even if you think that frankly I’m probably just overhyping it and it’s actually nowhere near as great as I claim. Do it anyway, and show the network and showrunners that what they have done means something to the viewers out there– to the people like me, who got far more from this show than just a fascinating story, who might have been a very different person today if they’d managed to wrestle the TV remote off of their brothers on that one night a dozen years ago. And who knows; a success for Prison Break now, like with The X-Files and Gilmore Girls before it, could mean reboots– and therefore justice– for even more beloved shows down the line, and even more opportunities for other fans to re-experience the things that helped to shape them into who they are.

And, well, this moment may have been eight long years in the making– but whatever happens, it was worth it.


Fandom: Once Upon A Time (TV Series)
Pairing: Emma Swan/Regina Mills | Evil Queen
Rating: T/PG-13 for mild language, brief drug use
Links: AO3 & FF.Net
Warnings: The briefest of legal drug use, Meta
Summary: Emma is a comic book writer at the San Diego Comic Con, trying to help her youngest fan find his mom.
Notes: I would like to thank my Once RP group for helping me brainstorm. They might be mostly Hookers but I would literally fight anyone that has a negative thing to say about them. Thanks guys. Much love to you. Also, I wrote all of the SQW prompts as potential first chapters. Some of them I’ve very happy with. Others I’m still looking at sideways. Looking at you Day 2 and Day 3. But it’s all good. I may finish these potential multi chapter ficts if people want them. Since they are all romantic is some way, expect a rating change in the near future. 
Disclaimer: I do not own any of these characters, or whatever the hell else. They belong to Disney, ABC etc, etc, I claim no rights to copyrighted material, and this story is purely for entertainment purposes.

Originally posted by you-chang-e-d-m-y-life

“Um… Hi, my name is um… Ashley… and um… my question is for everyone…”

Ashley was young. No older than 16. Her long blonde hair was stuffed under a beanie and she was wearing a t-shirt with read “You Can’t Take the Sky From Me,” under a heavy coat that was a bit much for San Diego in August even in the cool air conditioned Convention Center. Her jeans were full of holes, but they weren’t the fashionable kind. They were the kind that only came from wear and tear.

If she was wearing Chuck Taylors and had weed in one of her many jacket pockets, Emma Swan could swear she was looking a living photo of herself at sixteen.

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Not So Simple (Part Four)

MASTERLIST | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Pairing: Lin-Manuel x Reader

Summary: In which sex leads to feelings and feelings lead to panic. 

Note: I promise that if you don’t already hate me you will by the end of this chapter MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. as  @letsgiggletogether said about my slow fall into writing angst: WELCOME TO HELL

ps only one more part to go so strap in, kids

Word Count: 2,000 (on the dot, do i get a prize?)


The first thing you did was try to convince yourself that you had been wrong. There was no way you actually had feelings for Lin—sure he was your friend and you had the best sex of your life with him but that was it.

The second thing you did was realize that no matter how hard you tried, no matter how much you wished that you could brush this off as not meaning anything, you’d still fall asleep thinking about his dumbass face.

The third thing you did was panic.

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Comic Con pt2: Sebastian Stan imagine

Part 1

Being a little over 8 months pregnant isn’t easy. Especially when your stomach looked like it was about to pop at any moment.

Sebastian, your husband thought you were the cutest pregnant women. Your stomach was large, protruding greatly. Somehow Sebastian always found a way to touch your belly. From his hand grazing over or him giving his child kisses.

The day you told him about the baby was the greatest day for him. 

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Long Rant (SW Prequels)

Look, I know this topic is addressed a lot, and it’s really not vitally important to most people, but it’s a little important to me.

As a kid growing up in the early 21st century, I missed a lot of the awesome stuff that came from the 20th century. So, as I got older, I was able to watch and understand some of the great entertainment things the 20th century had to offer. One example that affected me the greatest was Star Wars. 

When I first heard about Star Wars, I didn’t know much, just the generic stuff everyone knew like iconic character names and famous lines like, “I am your father.”

By the time I finally scooped up an interest in the movies, my family had only owned three out of the six Star Wars movies, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. At the time, I knew nothing of all the love for the original trilogy and the unfortunate hate for the prequel trilogy. 

So, without the original trilogy in my possession and my dying need to find out what all the Star Wars fuss was about, I sat around with my family and watched The Phantom Menace for the very first time. Let me just say…I was in love. 

From the very beginning I was intrigued, despite my limited knowledge on what was actually happening. Of course now that I have progressed a Star Wars fan, I know more than an average fan, my trivia knowledge pretty high. XD

However, as soon as it ended, I knew I was hooked. I just had to watch the second one. And I did. Then came the third, and by that one I was a puddle of tears. Probably one of the most moving and tragic things I have seen in cinema, give or take a few other things of course. 

It was such a beautiful thought out plot-line that obviously had in depth thought put into it. Later, I even watched the behind the scenes of the prequels, entranced in the process and how much effort was put into these three films. 

I became so obsessed with the prequels that I almost forgot that there were three other movies. So, for Valentine’s Day that year, my family bought me the original trilogy I was so anxious to see. I saw it, all three, and I loved them even more. 

Now I’ve delved into more than just the movies; the television shows, the books, everything. It has officially consumed my life. So when I heard a 7th movie was being made, boy was I ecstatic. I had never been so excited for a film in my life. And to know that so many others were excited with me, people of all ages, it made me so happy.

I’ve always thought of Star Wars as this dark tragic tale with space battles, good versus evil, awesome aliens, etc. and I love sharing it with others…until I discovered the hate thrown towards the prequel trilogy. 

Since it was the first trilogy I watched, I did become more emotionally attached to it, despite the superiority of the previous three films. At first, I understood peoples opinions of disliking the movies, you can’t love everything…but then I realized that it stretched further than the fans. 

The official Star Wars people themselves often refuse to mention the prequels, almost forgetting their existence entirely. And not only is that offensive to me and several other prequel fans, but also to the people who worked hard long years to make the movies for us in the first place. When The Phantom Menace first came out, I assume the hype for it was just as much as there was for The Force Awakens. So what’s the difference?

Normally, I wouldn’t be bugged by this, but it has gotten to the point where I own almost nothing Star Wars-related from the prequel trilogy. The closest I can get is action figures from the Clone Wars series and maybe a film poster or two. And, we have to deal with hate from original trilogy ‘purists’ or ‘true fans’ going against what most of us grew up with. 

Many people working for the Star Wars franchise consider the series as a ‘generational thing’ that has spanned almost 40 years now, but how can it be generational if one whole generation is completely skipped over and ignored? Are we not important too? Actors like Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, and Hayden Christensen (just a few to name) are never at any of the conventions, nor are their names mentioned, if rarely. In fact, there are several videos talking about how the prequels could be better, or how they suck, their ‘unrealistic effects’, ‘crappy acting’, and ‘special edition ruining of the originals’. You write one comment in the defense of the films and a spam of hate is thrown your way. In fact, I might get hate for this. And rumors of Hayden Christensen returning for Episode VIII received cheers from myself and others, but hate from the majority? 

I couldn’t help but notice at the 2015 Star Wars Comic Con panel, the not so very subtle hint at ‘practical effects will be used’ said so many times that it gave me a headache. The Force Awakens had plenty of CGI in it, and it was hardly noticeable to most people because that’s what movies do. In the prequels, the technology was a little below dated as it is today, so the CGI was exceptional for that time. You don’t see people criticizing old movies because they aren’t in color, right?

Also, as much as I loved The Force Awakens, it was not original at all. The prequels burst out with this beautiful tragic story of a slave boy who was destined to save them all and simply fell to the dark side in the end, but out of love and a need to protect his wife and children. The tragedy of Darth Vader. And while some may argue that The Phantom Menace wasn’t creative either, there is a difference between parallels and almost plagiarism. The Phantom Menace did not have A New Hope’s exact plot, despite parallels referenced to it like Anakin blowing up the Trade Federation ship and Luke blowing up the Death Star, or a simple boy who grew up on Tatooine to become a hero…but it pretty much stops about there. 

I have written out a full plot analysis between A New Hope and The Force Awakens to see that they are pretty much the exact. same. movie. And that’s why fans loved it so much, because they’ve already seen it before. I have been argued with that they are bringing this back for new generations, yet keeping it nostalgic at the same time, and yes that’s good, but I couldn’t help but sit in the theater and expect everything that was going to happen because I had already scene this movie before. I waited so long for TFA only to watch a remake of ANH. My hopes for Episode VIII are low…so I hope I can be proved wrong. 

Anyways, my point is that the prequel trilogy, despite its hate that I will never understand, needs to be represented more. If anything, at least talk about it once or twice, invite Ewan, Natalie, or Hayden to do something. I think the most representation these movies have gotten are Ewan’s one barely-audible voice-over in TFA. All I’m asking is for this small part of the Star Wars fandom to be recognized and for more notice towards these three movies to be recognized by not just fans, but the workers at the official Star Wars as well. 

Cause just as there was a little girl or boy who looked up to Luke, Han, and Leia and now Rey, Poe, and Finn, there was also a little girl or boy who looked up to Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Padmé…and now that they’re older, they can speak out for themselves to get more of the movies they love. 

I know it’s a lot to ask, and this little thing probably won’t change much on the Star Wars ‘social scale’, but I just want anyone who is a prequel fan, or even a participator in making the prequels possible, to know that I care, and so do many others.

I love Star Wars as a whole, always have. I do not differentiate between the different directors, actors, etc. If it has to do with Star Wars, I’m in. I love the storyline, the tragedy, the action, the romance, the drama, everything…I just hope one day everyone else can too.

Thank you.

pocketfulloftots  asked:

Hey I'm just starting out in the world of animation and I'm trying to find a sense of direction as to where to start! I want to pursue a career in animation and am ready to start wherever I can as a freshman in college. Would you have any helpful tips or advice?

Hey there, it is a pleasure to meet you! I first want to let you know of our Advice Page, where we reblog advice from animators who are in the animation industry, and students who are currently in the animation program learning the medium. This will give you more information in how you can get into the animation game. 

Here are some pointers:

1. Always Draw: No matter if you start animating in 3D, hand drawn, or even cut puppet, strong draftsmanship is essential. There are many difficult and challenging poses (and subjects) to do, and if you can nail it down by drawing first, the other media you would use will follow soon after, It will help your observational skills too if you decide to do acting, so do life drawing (class or off campus). Even if you go to the grocery store, restaurants, coffee shop, always always draw when you can. Be adventurous in your studies, try to draw multiple poses and subject matter if possible. 

2. Learn the 12 Principles of Animation: Knowing the 12 Principles of Animation will help you plus your animation skills and reel - especially when it’s time to show the world what you can do. Getting in there to animate and start is what’s necessary, at the same time, understanding why you choose those decisions can help or break your performance (animation). The best way to get started is to try the Bouncing Ball. Already, you are learning nearly 9 out of the 12 Principles of Animation in that exercise alone! The Principles, and other Principles, will come into your knowledge, to where it becomes second nature. Take a look at the 12 Principles of Animation page we have. :) 

3. Analyze and Study Animation: Take time to find a favorite scene you like, and see how the animators are performing their characters. Learn Staging - while it’s great to animate anything, Staging is essential, it allows us the viewer to know what is taking place, and why focusing the camera shot a certain way for the animation. See where the other 12 Principles show up, and then, see if you can animate like your heros. Best animation to look for the 12 Principles are classic Looney Tunes (like Chuck Jones), anything Walt Disney feature animated films, even anime. And then, look for your favorites to see if they’re using the 12 Principles and other methods for animation. 

4. Understanding First/Software Second: Many animator beginners ask what software do animators use. There is nothing wrong asking that; however, start to ask animators what Principles they had in mind to make the animation the way they intended. The software part will come second, in understanding how to use it - but the knowledge of knowing how to animate is definitely more important. Because with that knowledge, you can use that in any media you desire. 

5. Animate!: Even if you can get a few seconds done a week (like 3-4 seconds), that’s better practice than having done no animation at all. As you animate, have fun and be encouraged that every step forward will have you become better. Don’t be discouraged if things take a little more time to get it right - it’s happened to the greatest of animators. What makes them great is that they stuck with it, it is a very tough medium to master. And when you do animate - SHARE! :D Let the world know what you have done. Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback, it will help you grow faster! Believe me. 

6. On the Sharing Work part: This is crucial. Believe it or not, people get spotted by companies like Disney because they post consistent strong work and the potential for progression. @danaterrace can’t stress it enough to post work online, that is how she got discovered for Gravity Falls. You never know who you might catch someone’s eye after all your hard work, they might want you to be part of their team! So display your work, get stronger, and network. Also, be sure you let others know what is your participation if you worked on a collaboration project - if misunderstanding of your role comes up, or if someone believes you’re showing work that is not yours, that can hurt your opportunities to collaborate more. 

7. Networking: It’s not Who You Know, it’s Who Knows You. If they know your work ethic and your personality, that is a better shot for you to get your foot in the door. It’s just like being invited to someone’s house - no one invites someone they don’t feel would be appropriate. So do your best to be humble, to provide your best attitude forward. Animation is a small community, and if you decide to burn bridges, word grows quick. We love people, especially awesome humble people. Reach out to your heroes, but also to those who are growing in animation as well. You never know who might come back to reach for you as a collaborator. 

Also, go to animation events if you can in your area. Or see if you can plan to attend an annual event out of your local area so you can be more acquainted with other animators and storytellers (like a comic con, or a film festival). 

8. It Takes Time: Sometimes it takes time to get into the animation industry. So please don’t let that discourage you - while you wait for your entry, continue to create and update your portfolio, find side work (even if it’s not art related) so that you can use the time off work to continue growing and networking. It will happen before you know it if you keep working and letting the world know what you can do. 

9. Decide Which Role You Want to Play: Many of us would like to be the creator of the show we see on networks; however, that is not always the case. While that opportunity will come to you by invitation or taking initiative (create your own show on YouTube or other media outlets), decide which role of production you want to do. Then show that in your animation reel. 

There are a lot of roles to fulfill on the production line for animation, not just animators alone. There are writers, storyboardists (in high need for them in the animation industry right now believe it or not), character designers, background designers, art directors, etc. Decide what you would like to do mostly, and show your best work in your demo reel and your portfolio site. And finally… 

10. Stay Healthy: We always hear about the animation side, but you cannot animate or stay in the art game long if you don’t take care of yourself. Eating healthy and exercise will help your body in the long run, so that you don’t run into problems down the road. It’s easy to snack on junk food or have fast food as lunch and dinner…but please, take care of your body - your dreams will shorten if you don’t do this. Have a game plan to find what healthy quick foods you can make so that you stay fueled up and energized. as well as to exercise. You don’t have to be Superman or Wonder Woman, but exercise will get rid of the extra stress and pressure you might be feeling from animating. We want you to succeed, and to continue to for the future. 

I hope this has been helpful to you, and by all means, keep on asking if you have more questions! We look forward to seeing your skills change the animation game, and the world. Blessings!  :) 

P.S. Books like Cartoon Animation by Preston Blair and The Animator’s Survival Kit by Richard Williams are truly helpful in getting started too! :) You’ll learn so much from them alone! 

Today, I have found checking the tags on my tumblr app to be an exercise in frustration. Not only does the app not blacklist, it also pulls up literally everything, and ever since that bloody-knife promo still was released this afternoon, there has been a veritable explosion of ridiculousness.

So here are a few of the things that I am really, really tired of seeing.

Francis-stans are so misogynistic! They probably wouldn’t even care if he hit Mary! They would just blame her!

Yes, because that statement makes so much sense.

I speak to quite a few people who share my affinity for Francis, and I can guarantee you that absolutely none of them–including myself–would ever be indifferent to him hitting her. I don’t understand how this correlation between believing that Mary has made some seriously bad judgment calls recently and a tacit approval of domestic violence evolved in the first place, but sweet cheesus, people, find some better arguments to prop up your distaste for Francis’s character. 

It’s sad that this even needs to be pointed out, and it’s pathetic that people are actually insinuating that liking a character who has never once been abusive is somehow a sign of a willingness to overlook domestic violence. 

Bottom line: Francis has never hit Mary. He’s never going to hit Mary. He’s never shown any inkling of even thinking about hitting Mary, but on the off-chance that the writers do choose to take that route, I hope she promptly castrates him.

Until then, stop making yourselves feel like superior feminists by using hypothetical arguments based on faulty assumptions. 

“If Francis hits Mary–”

Yeah, well, guess what? He hasn’t. That has literally never happened.

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Meet your new Superman! Tyler Hoechlin Talks Taking Flight and Wearing Tights on 'Supergirl'
This fall, Teen Wolf star Tyler Hoechlin heads to The CW’s Supergirl, suiting up in that iconic spandex-and-red-boots combo to take on the role of...

This fall, Teen Wolf star Tyler Hoechlin heads to The CW’s Supergirl, suiting up in that iconic spandex-and-red-boots combo to take on the role of Superman, the cousin of Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist).

The California native, 28, was first introduced to the Man of Steel as a kid watching Dean Cain on Lois & Clark with his family, and he counts Christopher Reeve as his all-time favorite portrayal of the chiseled hero. But Supergirl will be introducing its own version of Superman, with the actor aiming to “honor the tradition of the character, without really emulating” those who came before him. EW caught up with Hoechlin during his early days of suiting up to find out how the actor is making Clark Kent his own:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What can you tell us about your audition process?
TYLER HOECHLIN: Honestly, it was the strangest thing — there wasn’t an audition, which I count my blessings when that happens because that is not always the case. I had a great meeting with [executive producers] Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg [in June]. I had been told that the meeting would have something to do withSupergirl, but nothing really specific. Halfway through, they brought up the idea of introducing Superman to the show and asked if I’d be interested. I said, “Yeah, absolutely. I’m obviously a fan.” We had a great talk just about the character and what we found fascinating about him. I feel like we were on the same page and had similar taste. I believe that was on a Monday. On Friday, we got a call with the offer, so it was very quick. It was very flattering, and I wish every job came about that way. It’s not always so easy.

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A Q&A with Benedict Cumberbatch; (or rather an evening with Jack White/Bill Murray/Alan Ginsberg/Laurence Olivier...and Tigger!).

Actually scrap that description above; Benedict Cumberbatch is who he is. Quite unique and quite extraordinary; an iconoclast, a rationalist, a raconteur, a satirist and both a humanist AND a cynic. (This is a bit of a long report but his Oz Comic Con panel session in Sydney last night was so layered and interesting; I want to get it all out of my head. Please bear with me & read on!).

The poor man; after 2 days of taking 2000 photographs and signing thousands and thousands of autographs came 30mins late to the last panel of his tour and looking pretty exhausted. (He said at last night’s meet & greet that he strained his arm putting his arm around so many fans; and that he had been up since 3am on Sunday morning. He was rubbing his shoulder during the Q&A…). He worked so incredibly hard the entire weekend and he did it with such love & commitment.

Everyone’s already posted brilliantly about his entrance at the Panel on here so I’ll skip the rock star intro. Except to say that that man can dance; he’s got great rhythm and did a dirty urban groove to “Doin’ it right” (Daft Punk) which brought the house immediately down. As always his agenda was strategic; he wanted us to stop using the hacked video of him dancing at that private wedding (the Thriller dance) and use this footage instead. I was surprised that Comic Con didn’t check that with him first before playing it as a warm-up.

From memory these were just a few of his answers to questions from the packed room of 1000 fans…

About Directors: He said that a good director needs to speak three languages; for the crew, for the funders and for the actors. He cited Tomas Alfredson (TTSS) as a great experience, and also working with Danny Boyle whom he described as “an engine of creativity and love” which helped him (Benedict) deal with the exhaustion and injuries throughout Frankenstein. He described Stephen Spielberg as “playful, anecdotal and avuncular” and also lauded Thea Sharrock (After the Dance) and Hattie Dalton (1st-time feature director of Third Star). He praised JJ Feild in particular as a great inspiration and support in the filming of that movie.

He mentioned Martin Tyrrell again as one of his greatest influences (Head of Drama at Harrow) and said “he made me want to keep pleasing him; a sign of a great director”… If that’s not a parable of how a great teacher can define a great person, I don’t know what is.

BC also would like to work with “the Andersons” i.e Wes and Paul Thomas; in regards to the latter spoke so eloquently about the unique West Coast America dystopian landscape that PT Anderson has created (in films like Magnolia and The Master). Also would like to work with Scorsese and Spike Jonz (me “yay!).

He spoke about the British actor Stephen Dillane (95% sure) in both panel sessions as someone he highly regards and with whom he’d like to work (amongst others which he machined-gunned off way too fast for me to remember).

About Fans: he wouldn’t divulge the craziest experiences he has had with fans which was wise. He mentioned the famous cheese question (his favourite variety is Manchega. I think…). He revealed that it was best mates Tom Hiddleston and Patrick Kennedy who sent him the riding crop anonymously in the mail after ASiP as a prank. (Cue laughter around the Clancy Theatre at that point…).

About Sherlock: He described how he has to speed up his mind and train his body before each season of Sherlock. On the day of long scenes and deductions he goes through what sounded like rigorous verbal and mental preparations; which oddly Martin Freeman would often join in on, even if Martin had no lines that day(!). When asked about what he thought the funniest episodes were, he spread the love across all three series with a special mention of TSoT. He did say he thought the motorbike scenes in TEH didn’t come out as spectacularly as he would’ve liked especially as he does ride himself (I agree! I thought they were a bit…tame, in the final cut).

About Geekdom: someone asked a perceptive question about the rise of “geeks and nerds” and the acceptance of them in contemporary culture, and how he might see a correlation between his rise to fame and the rise of the geek as ‘hero’. I get the feeling he’s trying to broaden people’s view of him in solely geeky, genius roles (“I’ve played dumb roles too!”) he did say “that geeks have always secretly ruled the world. The thing is that if you can think intelligently for yourself, then you have a moral responsibility to the world to do some good with it". He did close the answer with the adage “the chic geek is back”. Yes sir, indeed.

About Peter Guillam: in the context of imbuing idiosyncrasies (physical/costume) in a character; he said of his TTSS character that he loved the “1960s James Bond cool” of Guillam and particularly the subterfuge of having Peter dressed so overtly heterosexual to hide his closeted life as a homosexual from his Circus colleagues…

About what Fans should look out for: “Um, well, a lot!” in particular The Imitation Game. He described it as a very very special film (Benedict just exuded care and concern over this project; it just makes me so fucking excited to see it. Everyone who talks about it just seems to be struck so deeply by it..). He spoke again about the significance and tragedy of Alan Turing’s life; preferring to see his death as a tragic suicide and not as a MI6 conspiracy etc. He said he was deeply emotional (my paraphrasing) after filming the last few scenes of TIG and said it was so sad that “Turing couldn’t live with his own way of loving”; and said again that it is Turing who needs to forgive not for us/society to pardon him. (This movie will kill me. If you haven’t seen him in Turing character look at this link: ).

He also said Lost City of Z will HOPEFULLY begin filming in June; the word “hopefully” sent a groan around the room. Please make this happen! After the cancellation of Blood Mountain AND The Flying Horse not getting funding – please! Come on Brad work your magic…

The 1-hour(ish) Q&A felt more like an event; I have never seen so many whip-smart introverts in one room so enthralled and so unabashed in their celebration of someone. It’s kinda awesome; he’s the pied piper of nerds everywhere. But he ended by cajoling us into not allowing us to be defined by a single category or subset. But to be human and embrace our beautiful differences.

And he doesn’t seem to have a single embarrassing song on his iPod even though he was furiously scrolling through it at the end dutifully trying to find one. (although he did hum “puff the magic dragon” while looking). How is that even possible…. It’d take about four seconds on mine : )

‘Once Upon a Time’ Bosses Open Up About Aladdin Story, Jasmine’s “Agenda”

JULY 29, 2016 10:00am PT by Alyse Whitney

“Every time the audience starts to figure out the show, you want to change it,” co-creator Eddy Kitsis tells THR.

When Once Upon a Time goes on a magic carpet ride in season six, it won’t look exactly like the Aladdin that Disney fans know and love.

“[Jasmine] is a strong character with an agenda all her own,” co-showrunner Adam Horowitz tells The Hollywood Reporter, but he notes that how the character will be introduced will be a “surprise.”

Horowitz and fellow co-creator Eddy Kitsis could not say if the show’s newest DIsney characters — Aladdin (Deniz Akdeniz), Jasmine (Karen David) and Jafar (Oded Fehr) — would stick around for the whole season, but they did reveal that they will intertwine into the “Savior mythology.” As seen in the season six Comic-Con footage, Aladdin is also a Savior, which will be explored in “Savior mythology” with Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and company.

Below, Horowitz and Kitsis discuss how a band of new characters from the Land of Untold Stories will be used to help develop the core characters’ storylines, how the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) is the most “formidable” villain yet, and the changes to expect as the show shifts from half-season arcs to one full season featuring Dr. Jekyll (Hank Harris) and Mr. Hyde (Sam Witwer).

Did you have any clearance issues with Disney to get the Aladdin characters?

Kitsis: No, Disney has been really supportive since season one. The greatest thing about Disney has not only been their support but they oftentimes will let us use their characters or talk to the people behind them. We’ve had the Frozen characters, we’ve had Ariel, and we waited until the right moment to do the Aladdin story.

Horowitz: The Disney feature animation side has been really generous with us and they look at the show, I think, the way we present it. We like to call it the Disney cul-de-sac. These characters can come in here, go for a spin, we play with them a little bit, and then we set them back and try not to damage them.

Did you have big plans for Aladdin and company from the beginning of the show or did you imagine something with the Jekyll and Hyde storyline as you were brainstorming the season?

Horowitz: It’s been a long time coming. We talked about using these characters pretty much since the first season, internally. It was always about the right time and when it would fit into the storytelling the way we wanted to. With the Land of Untold Stories and with Jekyll and Hyde I think you’ll see that the Aladdin, Jasmine, Jafar story folds in neatly.

Aladdin had many other beloved characters, including the late Robin Williams’ Genie and Abu. Any plans to bring them in?

Horowitz: There certainly are nods to the film that we all love so much, that we’re peppering in throughout. We’re, right now, focusing on those three.

Kitsis: Obviously, I don’t think we would touch the genie. I would like to see a monkey but I can’t promise anything. I think, whereas some stories, like Frozen, we were very faithful to Frozen, I think you will see Aladdin will have its own Once twist.

Would you say it’s a darker twist than the Aladdin we know? Jafar’s a pretty dark character — he’s one of the most evil villains of the Disney universe.

Horowitz: I think it’s the Once Upon a Time tone, which is to say that dark things happen but it never gets bleak, which is the difference we always draw. Despite how dark and scary things can get, there’s always a hopefulness at the core of the storytelling. I think with the Aladdin story and how it meshes with the Once Upon a Time story, the same will hold true. We’re not going to pull any punches with Jafar in terms of being a really dark and evil character.

Does Aladdin and Jasmine’s love story remain true? Is that part of the arc, or is it more about just putting those characters into Storybrooke?

Kitsis: I would say that it’s a little of everything. I think that their love story is such a central part of their story that we want to honor that. I think that we’re going to open up a new avenue for Aladdin and Jasmine in our little cul-de-sac.

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Creators, fans, and death threats: The Age of Entitlement
A fan at Comic-Con International here had a message for Joss Whedon, creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and director of two “Avengers” movies: We want you back.
By Los Angeles Times

In this hyper-connected, social media-driven age, Whedon has been missing in action since spring 2015. That’s when he pulled the plug on his Twitter account.

In discussing the breakup to a roomful of his most dedicated fans on Friday, Whedon had a nuanced, complicated answer, one that speaks to the changing relationship between those who create and those who consume.

The short version: It’s not me, it’s you.

“It could be something lovely,” he said of interacting with fans via social media. “It could be something funny. It could be ‘Hang yourself, here’s a noose. When can I kill you?’ That’s less fun. That’s less interesting. Eventually, it becomes kind of a white noise. You can’t remember what the dialogue was, so you stop having it.”

Whedon clarified that he didn’t leave Twitter because people were mean to him – although, for the record, people were awfully mean to him.  Rather, he found himself at the forefront of a new era of fan entitlement that for some creators have raised tricky questions of ownership. Just who deserves a say in the development of pop media — those working to dream it up, or those paying to keep a project afloat?

“I would like always to have a dialogue with the audience, but at the same time you can’t create by committee,” Whedon said.

Increasingly, some can’t bear to even listen to the committee.

This month, “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones took her own temporary leave from Twitter, writing that she was in “personal hell” after being hit with a barrage of racist and misogynist remarks from those who were still upset that the film had been rebooted with a female-led cast. “I didn’t do anything to deserve this,” Jones wrote. “It’s just too much. It shouldn’t be like this. So hurt right now.”

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And even when not leveling personal attacks, fans today are more apt to make requests — or demands, depending on your point of view.

Online-driven campaigns have called for changes to the sexuality or race of popular characters. Make Captain America gay, some fans argue. Give Elsa (from Disney’s “Frozen”) a girlfriend, cries another contingent. Of course, it needs to be noted that when companies or artists do push for more inclusivity in genre entertainment, they are met with a deafening level of resentment (see the anger over the female-driven cast of “Ghostbusters”).

Other times, specific plot choices will be targeted, such as Whedon’s decision to stage a romance between two superheroes in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” or the killing of a character on a popular television series. Sometimes, fans will just lash out at an author for not finishing a book (see “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin).  

While some instances are rooted in a genuine and important desire to see more diversity in popular entertainment — a greater representation of LGBT characters or minorities, for instance — they’re still illustrative of the growing desire of fans to have a bigger say in their entertainment choices.

“It’s a thing. It’s not a bad thing. It’s a thing,” said author and screenwriter Neil Gaiman, who was at Comic-Con to promote an upcoming adaption of his novel “American Gods.”

“It’s the thing that kept 'Star Trek’ going. It’s the thing that brought back 'Doctor Who.’ Fans are still creators. Fans demand and make things happen. Mostly, that’s great. But it can tip, and when it tips, it goes into strange places where people feel that by having watched a TV show or bought a book, they feel that you owe them something huge for having done that. Watching the level of crazy that can sometimes happen is hard.”

Gaiman would know. In 2009, he wrote a blog post defending the work ethic of Martin, noting that the “Games of Thrones” writer was not employed by fans. “George R.R. Martin is not working for you,” Gaiman wrote in response to a fan who wondered whether “the audience has too much input when it comes to [scrutinizing] the actions of an artist.”

It’s a topic that’s being grappled with by creators at this year’s Comic-Con, as well as the fans attending the convention.

“It is what it is,” said David Ayer, director of Warner Bros.’ upcoming villains-gone-crazy film “Suicide Squad.” “It’s the Roman arena. It’s thumbs up or thumbs down. The crowd votes. Hopefully, my movie doesn’t get executed in the sawdust there. But that’s why the genre has the connection and the power and the audience that it does – because there’s that ownership and there’s that participation.”

Still, he adds, “my hope is that we can just push the envelope a little bit and challenge people.”

If so, he may want to prepare for a backlash.

Just ask Jennifer Hepler, author of “Women in Game Development: Breaking the Glass Level-Cap.”  The game developer previously worked for Electronic Arts-owned BioWare, where she was a writer on such blockbuster games as “Dragon Age: Inquisition” and “Dragon Age II.”

Her home didn’t always have bulletproof glass windows. That development occurred after she contributed to “Dragon Age II.” As one of its core writers, Hepler was singled out for the inclusion of LGBT-friendly characters in the game. Some very vocal hard-core game fans were not happy.

Hepler was on maternity leave when the harassment started.

“All of a sudden, I started getting strange emails from people offering me support in this difficult time,” she recalled. “I was like, 'What are you talking about?’ Somebody eventually told me that someone had posted something on [the online forum] Reddit that called me 'the cancer that was destroying BioWare.’ When I first heard about it, I tried to laugh it off, but it got crazy very quickly.”

How crazy?

“I was pretty scared,” she said. “There were some pretty awful threats made. There were threats made against my children that were just horrifying.

“I got bulletproof glass in my house. I unlisted my phone number. I quit my Twitter account. I just tried to lay low. I’m lucky that worked. I don’t know if it would work now. The mobs have become more empowered. It’s a frightening situation out there.”

Even a hero of the medium isn’t immune.

Whedon came under attack last year for the romance between Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/Hulk in  “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The two shared an emotional exchange in the film, with both characters lamenting their inability to have children, and Black Widow was viewed by some as wanting a rather trite, domesticated life.

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Whedon reflected on the incident when spotted in the lobby bar of a San Diego hotel. He said the relationship with fans had changed dramatically from when he was working on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in the late ’90s and early ’00s.

“Now that everybody can reach you directly, if you happen to be on social media, there is definitely a sense of not just 'We know better,’ but also 'We should have the right to dictate.’ That’s mean, but I was sent lots and lots of – not death threats – but more just polite inquiries as to why I have not died or killed myself yet, all because of Natasha and Bruce having a romance.”

Whedon said that he was working on something original and that it was “relaxing” to not have to worry about fan opinions. Still, despite the “Ultron” experience, Whedon cautioned against completely tuning out the concerns of the audience.

“You can’t draw a line exactly,” he said. “If we could, we would have. Sometimes,  an advocacy group will say, 'This character has to go through these things, because that’s what we went through.’ Sometimes, that’s stuff you did not know about and that is stuff you need to honor. But sometimes it’s 'Yes, but I am telling a different story.’ Every story is different. Everybody’s version of the same story is different. At some point, it has to come from inside your gut. Your gut is not on social media.”

Now years removed from her online harassment, Hepler is still trying to make sense of it. She notes that players not interested in “Dragon Age II’s” gay romance could easily avoid it.

“There’s a sense of entitlement and ownership that people have of media,” she said. “The thing that exemplifies it to me is this idea of 'You’re ruining my childhood.’ Your childhood is over.

“You can’t retroactively ruin it by going out and making a new piece of media for somebody else’s childhood. That is the battle cry you hear a lot, that somehow by making something new and making something for the next generation is going back and ruining people’s childhood somehow. It’s a huge sense of entitlement. 'This was important to me. How dare you change it?’ ”

In one sense, fan entitlement is nothing new. Famously, Arthur Conan Doyle tried to kill off Sherlock Holmes, revisiting the character only after fans wouldn’t let him quit. But experts say the tone has shifted.

“I don’t think a majority of fans of 'Game of Thrones’ want to kill George R.R. Martin. It’s definitely just a small vocal subset that issue death threats,” said Paul Booth, an associate professor at DePaul University in Chicago who studies fan culture. “But I also find it hard to believe that this sort of mentality happened years ago. I don’t think anyone threatened to kill Conan Doyle if he didn’t bring Sherlock Holmes back.

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“We live in a culture of hyperbole. Everything is the most thing or the greatest thing. Everything is exaggerated. The discourse online has followed that. It’s not 'I like this movie.’ It’s 'This is the greatest thing I have ever seen and anyone who disagrees is wrong.’ It’s a perversion of the fannish protection of an object.”

On the Comic-Con floor, attendees expressed dismay over fan outrage and harassment. But many still want their voices heard.

“I don’t really see any issue with fans asking, 'Hey can we see this?’ or 'Hey, can we change that?’ So long as it’s not changing the core values of what the character believes in,” said Nicole Andelfinger, 27, of Los Angeles. “If a creator decides they want to pursue what the fans are asking, all the more power to them, but we also can’t necessarily ask every creator to see our vision. They have their own vision.”

When to listen, and when to turn off the noise, isn’t a science.

“You do see people trying to sort out what is the difference between the people who say, 'Keep 'Ghostbusters’ male,’ and the people who say, 'Give Elsa a girlfriend,’ ” said Hepler. “I think the difference is the 'or else.’ I think a lot of people would like to see Elsa have a girlfriend or see Captain America have a boyfriend, but that usually isn’t couched in the threatening terms of 'Or else I’ll never see it again and harass everyone who worked on it.’ But it is part of the same sense of ownership over media that people feel.”

Sarah Schechter, an executive producer on the CBS series “Supergirl,” said the solution is more — more diversity, more inclusion and more characters that reflect under-represented groups.

“I’ve had some friends who have been on the receiving end of hate campaigns, and it’s very troubling for them,” she said. “They do genuinely just want to tell stories to entertain people and uplift them.

“I want there to be more female superhero shows, so it isn’t just one representing. I think the more representation there is, the easier it will be for everyone to have different things happen to characters without people being as angry. Some of the fan engagement is really gratifying. That means they care about the characters. That’s ultimately what every writer, actor, producer wants, but of course, it’s upsetting when people get upset. It’s very tricky.”

In the meantime, maybe we can all just talk it out.

“You can express your opinions,” said Chris Hardwick, host of AMC’s “Talking Dead” and architect of the geek lifestyle site Nerdist. “But walking up to someone and telling them rationally why you did or didn’t like something is different than walking up to them and hitting them in the face with a frying pan. Those are two different things.

“We’re culturally addicted to outrage at the moment. We need to be more addicted to conversation.”

Just a Little Captain Swan Meta

First let me say I am not going to do any major speculating on the spoilers for the finale. The set reports and pictures  sound amazing from my perspective, but we really know very little. Everything is so out of context. Things may not be exactly what they seem, they may exactly be, or they may be a little of both. My point is that until the episode airs, we won’t know exactly what is happening and why.

But just on the off chance one thing does happen (a Captain Swan separation) we can consider what that means, the great possibilities it could bring, and why it makes sense from a storytelling perspective. If it does happen, cliffhanger or not, it further solidifies their status as a strong couple for, as many of you have said, all the other couples on the show have endured separations. It’s what the show does, so it should not comes as a surprise. Couples we often parallel with Captain Swan has as well- Han and Leia, Westley and Buttercup, Aragorn and Arwen all endured separations. Would it be nice to see them happy and domestic with nothing to worry about? Sure. But we have seen a lot of sweet, domestic or couplely moments, even amongst danger and threats. They went on their first date when, as Emma pointed out, “Storybrooke was under siege from an evil Snow Queen.” Remember when Snow and David told them Maleficent was resurrected? What were they doing after that? Walking down the street with hearts in their eyes- completely content and in love. We can see how much they mean to each other, most especially with how tightly they cling to each. It is standard romantic TV storytelling that once you see a couple really happy, you do something very dramatic to test them. Not that they haven’t been tested- but this would bring it to a whole other level. And based on all those glorious spoilers pics from Episode 20, Emma and Killian look REALLY, REALLY happy. If following a similar pattern from season 3, in episode 20, everything seemed okay. Zelana was defeated, The Charmings had their baby back. But then in the finale everything changed. It seems as if they will be following the same pattern this season. We shall see if that is accurate.

But when it comes to prospect of a Captain Swan separation, can’t you imagine all the amazing possibilities. Would it not be fantastic to see Emma and Killian fight like Hell to get back to each other. That is what true love couples are made of and would give Jen and Colin some really juicy material to play. I personally love this kind of epic storytelling. And I would imagine he would not be alone in this kind of quest. I could see all of the characters getting involved.

If anyone watched Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, then you know that its story for the most part centered around the separation between Alice and Cyrice and them fighting with everything they had to find their way to back to each other. It was beautiful and fulfilling. Can you imagine something similar for Captain Swan who have been developed even more meticulously for years and have developed a bond we all watch with as much passion as they feel for each other. I cried like a baby for Alice and Cyrice, so I don’t even know how I would handle anything for Captain Swan; I will probably be a sobbing mess in the best way possible because their story is truly beautiful and miraculous and I believe always will be, especially if they are put to such a test of devotion.

I also began thinking of how things could be structured episode wise. Many feel concerned about Emma being separated from everyone else. That doesn’t mean we won’t be able to see her in scenes with them- you can have flashbacks. Thinking about Captain Swan in particular, I again go back to the way Alice and Cyrice’s story was structured in Wonderland. We began in the middle of their story. They were already in love, were separated, and then they had to find their way back to each other. We saw how they fell in love in flashbacks. Although, Captain Swan has seen the most on screen time development, there are still things that have happened for them that were off screen. Some either very sweet little moments, or even big ones. We know the following occurred off screen:

1. The most important one is a doozy and the most relevant; In a very short amount of time, Killian received the message and memory potion, outran the dark curse, traded The Jolly Roger for a magic bean, and then used it to get to Emma in New York. He then searched for goodness knows how long. Did he arrive at her front door or search the city? They brought the Jolly Roger back for a reason. They could have found another way to structure Ursula’s story- but they chose to develop it that way so that Killian could have his ship back. Would it not make sense and be apropos to see the first time he gave it up to find and save Emma, paralleled with him boarding that same ship to do the same, in the name of true love.

2. After her ordeal in the ice cave and Emma’s legs falter, Killian picks her up into his arms. That means he carried her to David’s truck, and possibly even sat beside her the whole way back and helped (maybe carried her) up the stairs to the Charming’s apartment.

3. We didn’t see that much of their first date but we know they shared a meal and that they had such a goodtime that Killian helped Emma forget that “Storybrooke was under siege by an evil Snow Queen.”

4. Emma has countless leather jackets but did not wear one on her date with Killian. At some point after their dinner he gives her his to wear.

5. Before it is restored back into his chest, Killian literally gave his heart to Emma.

6. There’s also the popular headcanon that Killian slept on Emma’s couch in New York and snuck out early in the morning before Henry came back. We do know that they had that long drive back to Storybrooke together.

7. During the 6 week time period before 4B, they had many, many dates.

We could see any of these things, we could see none, though I would bet that at least #1 is a strong possibility. But my point is that there is a way to still get screen time between Emma and frankly any character by flashing back to things we haven’t seen.

I could be way off here with this way of thinking, but I don’t think it is out of the realm of possibilities. Lastly, for those who feel stressed that such a development will make a less than fun hiatus. Let us remember that A&E always like to give us a sense of hope so try not to worry too much. But also remember that unlike the winter hiatus, we get much more press in the summer, most importantly we have the Fairy Tale and Convention (with Jen and Colin both attending), and Comic-Con in July. Though they usually can’t say much I find it hard to believe that we won’t be treated to some amazing stuff, especially considering then way Jen and Colin captain our ship so beautifully. We could get a repeat of SDCC 2014 or even better. Remember these moments :

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This was when Captain Swan were just beginning the real start of the relationship. Now they are together and will quite possibly be facing the greatest challenge that true love couples face- the fight to find their way back together. Who knows what any press could treat us to.
You don’t have to agree with me. If you are still worried or upset, that is fine. You have every right to feel the way you do. But I hope if I could, I may have made you feel a bit better about things.

I will leave you with these final thoughts. Separations mean beautifully epic reunions and remember that true love stories always face challenges. And they always come out stronger in the end. And also remember…


Let’s just sit back and enjoy the journey.