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Robert Downey Jr. to Star in 'The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle'
Universal has landed the rights to the project that Stephen Gaghan wrote and will direct.

Robert Downey Jr. will star in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, based on the character from the 1920’s series of children’s books by Hugh Lofting. Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Gold) will direct the film based on a script he wrote, with an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd.

Doctor Dolittle first hit the bit screen in the 1967 musical Doctor Dolittle, directed by Richard Fleischer. It was written by Leslie Bricusse based on Hugh Lofting’s novels: The Story of Doctor Dolittle, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle and Doctor Dolittle’s Circus. The story follows the eccentric Doctor John Dolittle, a former physician who lives with and treats animals, claiming that he can communicate with them.

The 1967 film, which was a musical, was not well-received at the time, but was nominated for an Oscar for best picture and won for best original song and visual effects. Another Dr. Dolittle film was released in 1998 and starred Eddie Murphy in the titular role. The Fox film was a success and resulted in four sequels, although several went direct-to-video.

In a competitive situation, Universal won the rights to the hot package after it hit the town and garnered multiple bids from studios last week.

Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum will produce for their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films alongside Susan Downey for Team Downey.

Gaghan won an Oscar for writing Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic. He also wrote and directed Syriana, and most recently wrote and director Gold, starring Matthew McConaughey. He repped by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson.

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finally beginning my first d&d campaign!!! here’s basically all the exploration i did for a gnome cleric character named selby.

she’s a chaotic good, sarcastic, haughty sort of gnome, who became a lady of the cloth in order to help and heal, cos that’s just a nice thing to do. though she enjoys assisting people, she never feels beholden to any specific town or cathedral, and instead likes to travel the world in search of new endeavors. the only known being she is 100% devoted to is her patron goddess, desna, who’s sphere is dreams, the stars, and travel. selby loves her goddess so much she fashions capes that look like butterflies, one of desnas icons.

she usually adorns herself with an abundance of accessories and layers of clothing, since her family made a living off of weaving textiles and making jewelry. though her gnome family managed to adapt to the stay-in-one-place lifestyle of other races, selby couldn’t stand being in the same town forever, and instead bid them goodbye in search of excitement.

she generally gets along well with her companions, but will snap back twice as hard if teased or insulted. she has a significant rivalry with a half-orc named volkish( @sandy-oval ’s character). she always travels prepared, and will usually have an overabundance of rations and supplies. her talents are stealth, jewelrymaking, and knowledge of religion and planes of existence.

Once Upon a Time's Gabrielle Anwar talks villainous turn as Lady Tremaine

Once Upon a Time is undergoing a major overhaul heading into season 7, which means new characters, new locales, and even a new curse. To keep track of all the big changes, EW will bring you interviews with the cast — new and old — along with executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis over the next two weeks until the ABC fairy tale drama’s return.

When Once Upon a Time returns for its rebooted seventh season, there’ll be a new villain in town.

With a new iteration of Cinderella (Dania Ramirez) taking center stage comes the introduction of her evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine (Gabrielle Anwar). Driven by a desire for status in both the fairy tale world and in the cursed Seattle-based neighborhood of Hyperion Heights, Lady Tremaine takes the form of a developer trying to push the fairy tale residents out of town in a bid to separate them. It’s the perfect plan for the new curse. But did Lady Tremaine actually cast it? EW turned to Anwar to get the scoop on her new villain.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was your first day like on set? Were you nervous to come on this established show that was going through a reboot?
GABRIELLE ANWAR: I don’t think I was nervous. I was curious for sure. I think it’s always quite awkward when you’re coming into something that’s so well established in any department, but particularly in front of the camera. So I was curious about the dynamics that had already been established and those that were being forged. And so, I’m very happy that we’re now on our seventh episode.

Had you watched the show before you were cast, or did you go back and watch it all since you joined?
Actually, my youngest daughter is in fact the reason why I’m here living in this city up north. She is a huge fan of the show. She actually overheard me having a conversation with my agent and as soon as I said the words “Once Upon a Time,” she started bouncing around and said, “Mommy, you have to do the show. You have to do the show.” So I was kind of emotionally blackmailed into taking the role.

Tell us about Lady Tremaine as a character. What is she driven by?
Lady Tremaine for me, and there have been many incarnations before me, I think she is driven by every passing second on the clock that she is becoming an “older woman.” And I think that is a very brutal rite of passage for most women, particularly those that were the “trophy wife,” which I am building her character on. There’s a tremendous amount of greed and a little bit of pompousness to her, but I think it’s fueled daily, which is a wonderful character trait, because with every passing moment of the day she becomes more and more unbearable because she’s getting older and older, and it’s inevitable.

Let’s talk about the animosity between Lady Tremaine and Cinderella. Where was that born, and what does their relationship look like?
Well, it’s such a quirky and interesting relationship between stepparent and stepchild. Whether it’s in a cartoon or otherwise, as a stepmother myself to a stepson and step-grandson, it’s a complicated relationship, because blood is thicker than anything and when there is no blood, you’re in this very delicate fluidity that is not easy. My husband is a stepfather to my children too, so it’s a very tenuous line that you tread between being involved and having a perspective and an opinion, but not trying to parent, because that is in fact not your role. So, it’s a very complex character and I have to say my relationship with Cinderella is very much a more catastrophic version of what we’re all dealing with as stepparents in the real world.

How does that shine through in Hyperion Heights? How is Victoria different from Lady Tremaine?
I think she’s the same character in a contemporary world. She’s still using the same chronic manipulations and desperately unkind puppeteering of her stepchild in the shape of materialism and physical control of her life and her daughter’s life. It’s just a contemporary version of what she’s doing in fairy tale existence.

We actually don’t technically know if she cast the curse, but how would you say she’s taking advantage of being in Hyperion Heights?
Well, I think she’s trying to eradicate the inhospitable characters that aren’t behooving her journey. She’s doing so with capitalism, essentially. She’s raising the rent, she’s building new buildings that none of these people can afford because they’re regular folks. They’re not coming in with extraordinary amounts of finances in order to be able to supplement such extraordinary realty costs. I mean, it’s a common activity in most of these up-and-coming neighborhoods all over the country, in major cities particularly.

The biggest followers of the show always want to know who’s in charge of the curse. It’s so funny and I find it very amusing. And the truth is, to be perfectly honest, most of the cast doesn’t know, because we truly are kept in the dark. I know that you hear this on every show, and I’ve certainly worked on shows where I didn’t really know where the plot was headed, but I certainly haven’t been so kept in the dark as I am with Disney.

Do you have a theory though on who might have cast the curse?
No, I’m not smart enough. The plot is so complex that I couldn’t possibly figure it out even if I had graduated college. Let’s put it that way.

How does Victoria feel about Henry (Andrew J. West) coming to town and possibly getting close to Jacinda?
Not happy. Victoria is gung-ho to destroy most relationships around her for whatever particular reason she has that morning.

What is the dynamic like between Lady Tremaine and her daughter Drizella (Adelaide Kane)?
Horrific. It’s very interesting to play someone so cool. I have been raising my own children with a philosophy that I learned from an extraordinary pediatrician in Hungary and it’s very much about kindness and respect, and the complete polar opposite of what I’m playing in the show. My youngest daughter is out here with me right now because she’s a refugee from Miami from Irma and she’s just absolutely appalled at how I relate to Drizella in character. And the other day we were driving along and somebody pulled out in front of me at this traffic light and we almost lost our lives. And I burst into Lady Tremaine and my daughter said, “Oh, God, mom. You really can’t bring this character home with you, I won’t survive.” [Laughs]

What do you think Lady Tremaine ultimately wants?
Her youth.

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End of Forever

There was you.
There was me.
And then there was us.

Forever started when I first looked at you.
Forever started when I first heard your voice.
Your big strong hands clasping my fragile ones,
Promising an infinity stretching to beyond.

As I stood in my sturdy legs, you were my shadow.
As I stumbled in the dark, you were my glow.
As I struggled in the blizzard, you were my plow.
You were there, always present, directing me where to go.

Soon I learned to do things on my own,
I forgot, I abandoned, I left the town.
You only smiled, bid goodbye,
Resisting the urge to break and cry.

I got lost in a bigger world, unsure of what to do.
I got drowned in vast oceans, too scared to resurface.
After crossroads and cul-de-sac, now I’m back in my little town,
Carrying a shimmer of hope, a flicker of warmth.

Forever ended when you closed your eyes,
Blind to the world, blind to the sky.
Forever ended when you stopped breathing,
Body freezing, veins not pulsing, heart not beating.

In that cold dark corner on my back I lay,
Tears threatening to betray.
Regret, hatred and loss find me,
Crawling in my heart, in my soul, and in my body.

In your hands I found a square photograph,
Of you, of me, and of my mom.
In your pocket I found a folded envelop,
A letter of goodbye, of love and of hope.

There was you.
There was me.
And then there was nothing left.

—hanzelwrites

The Golden Cage.

Summery: Belle is a severe agoraphobic to the point to when her mother dies after a short stay at the hospital no one knows she exist. Hiding in the attic she sees her house being sold to a man which reminds Belle of a snake. 
Mr. Gold is a man who needs to be in complete control and notices someone else in his house. Managing to corner her, Belle pleads with him to let her stay in the only place she can be safe.
Mr. Gold agrees… if she becomes his pet.

Note: This is going to be a questionable and very strange story. I debated about writing this story, but people seemed to like it. 
Smut will come in the next chapter. 
Also… @poca-staks wanted this as a treat for finishing her super fluffy fic Always there for you. 


Belle was petrified… holding her breath, her entire body trembling as her palm was sweating profusely.

It had been three weeks since her mother died… tears were welling up in her eyes as she was thinking that. Her mother had been her only protection from the terrifying world outside… the only one who has able to keep her safe.

But her dear mother had gotten sick… and then went to the hospital… and she never came back. There had been a call from the hospital a couple of days later… but she had not dared to answer the phone… letting it go to voicemail.

The woman on the other end of the line… it was she who had told her of her mother’s passing. After that there had been a lot of people in her house, Belle having barricaded herself into her attic hideout with some food… having not dared to make a single sound.

She had tried to keep an eye on the figures… praying that they would go away.

But her safe place would never return to as it once was… it was gone forever.

What would happen now?

These thoughts were enough to send her into a constant panic, desperate and not knowing what to do.

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'Once Upon a Time' star Gabrielle Anwar talks villainous turn as Lady Tremaine
Get the scoop on the new antagonist in town

Once Upon a Time is undergoing a major overhaul heading into season 7, which means new characters, new locales, and even a new curse. To keep track of all the big changes, EW will bring you interviews with the cast — new and old — along with executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis over the next two weeks until the ABC fairy tale drama’s return.

When Once Upon a Time returns for its rebooted seventh season, there’ll be a new villain in town.

With a new iteration of Cinderella (Dania Ramirez) taking center stage comes the introduction of her evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine (Gabrielle Anwar). Driven by a desire for status in both the fairy tale world and in the cursed Seattle-based neighborhood of Hyperion Heights, Lady Tremaine takes the form of a developer trying to push the fairy tale residents out of town in a bid to separate them. It’s the perfect plan for the new curse. But did Lady Tremaine actually cast it? EW turned to Anwar to get the scoop on her new villain.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was your first day like on set? Were you nervous to come on this established show that was going through a reboot?
GABRIELLE ANWAR: I don’t think I was nervous. I was curious for sure. I think it’s always quite awkward when you’re coming into something that’s so well established in any department, but particularly in front of the camera. So I was curious about the dynamics that had already been established and those that were being forged. And so, I’m very happy that we’re now on our seventh episode.

Had you watched the show before you were cast, or did you go back and watch it all since you joined?
Actually, my youngest daughter is in fact the reason why I’m here living in this city up north. She is a huge fan of the show. She actually overheard me having a conversation with my agent and as soon as I said the words “Once Upon a Time,” she started bouncing around and said, “Mommy, you have to do the show. You have to do the show.” So I was kind of emotionally blackmailed into taking the role.

Tell us about Lady Tremaine as a character. What is she driven by?
Lady Tremaine for me, and there have been many incarnations before me, I think she is driven by every passing second on the clock that she is becoming an “older woman.” And I think that is a very brutal rite of passage for most women, particularly those that were the “trophy wife,” which I am building her character on. There’s a tremendous amount of greed and a little bit of pompousness to her, but I think it’s fueled daily, which is a wonderful character trait, because with every passing moment of the day she becomes more and more unbearable because she’s getting older and older, and it’s inevitable.

Let’s talk about the animosity between Lady Tremaine and Cinderella. Where was that born, and what does their relationship look like?
Well, it’s such a quirky and interesting relationship between stepparent and stepchild. Whether it’s in a cartoon or otherwise, as a stepmother myself to a stepson and step-grandson, it’s a complicated relationship, because blood is thicker than anything and when there is no blood, you’re in this very delicate fluidity that is not easy. My husband is a stepfather to my children too, so it’s a very tenuous line that you tread between being involved and having a perspective and an opinion, but not trying to parent, because that is in fact not your role. So, it’s a very complex character and I have to say my relationship with Cinderella is very much a more catastrophic version of what we’re all dealing with as stepparents in the real world.

How does that shine through in Hyperion Heights? How is Victoria different from Lady Tremaine?
I think she’s the same character in a contemporary world. She’s still using the same chronic manipulations and desperately unkind puppeteering of her stepchild in the shape of materialism and physical control of her life and her daughter’s life. It’s just a contemporary version of what she’s doing in fairy tale existence.

We actually don’t technically know if she cast the curse, but how would you say she’s taking advantage of being in Hyperion Heights?
Well, I think she’s trying to eradicate the inhospitable characters that aren’t behooving her journey. She’s doing so with capitalism, essentially. She’s raising the rent, she’s building new buildings that none of these people can afford because they’re regular folks. They’re not coming in with extraordinary amounts of finances in order to be able to supplement such extraordinary realty costs. I mean, it’s a common activity in most of these up-and-coming neighborhoods all over the country, in major cities particularly.

The biggest followers of the show always want to know who’s in charge of the curse. It’s so funny and I find it very amusing. And the truth is, to be perfectly honest, most of the cast doesn’t know, because we truly are kept in the dark. I know that you hear this on every show, and I’ve certainly worked on shows where I didn’t really know where the plot was headed, but I certainly haven’t been so kept in the dark as I am with Disney.

Do you have a theory though on who might have cast the curse?
No, I’m not smart enough. The plot is so complex that I couldn’t possibly figure it out even if I had graduated college. Let’s put it that way.

How does Victoria feel about Henry (Andrew J. West) coming to town and possibly getting close to Jacinda?
Not happy. Victoria is gung-ho to destroy most relationships around her for whatever particular reason she has that morning.

What is the dynamic like between Lady Tremaine and her daughter Drizella (Adelaide Kane)?
Horrific. It’s very interesting to play someone so cool. I have been raising my own children with a philosophy that I learned from an extraordinary pediatrician in Hungary and it’s very much about kindness and respect, and the complete polar opposite of what I’m playing in the show. My youngest daughter is out here with me right now because she’s a refugee from Miami from Irma and she’s just absolutely appalled at how I relate to Drizella in character. And the other day we were driving along and somebody pulled out in front of me at this traffic light and we almost lost our lives. And I burst into Lady Tremaine and my daughter said, “Oh, God, mom. You really can’t bring this character home with you, I won’t survive.” [Laughs]

What do you think Lady Tremaine ultimately wants?
Her youth.

Once Upon a Time returns Friday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Read our primer of the new season here, our full Q&A with executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis here, our interview with Lana Parrilla here, our interview with Andrew J. West here, and our interview with Dania Ramirez here. Check back Tuesday for our interview with Adelaide Kane.

Bruja: (spanish) Witch

A chemist from the south east, la bruja uses her knowledge of chemistry to forcibly hook Raiders (among others) on her strangely concocted chems. They are twice as potent, twice as pleasurable, and twice as deadly than regular chems, and if the dose doesn’t kill you, the withdrawal will. In this way, she hypnotizes entire legions of raiders to her bidding, corrupts towns, and wipes out her enemies. She doesnt ever kill herself, not really.

She doesn’t have to.

Skeleton Key

Request by anon: Oneshot where reader has a secret ability to control hell hounds. One day during a hunt reader, Dean and Sam have to deal with hell hounds. Despite Reader’s effort to keep her ability a secret, she has no choice but to use it in order for Dean and Sam not to get hurt. After the hunt the brothers ask her how she has this power and why she’s been keeping it a secret. Reader then explains herself to them. Whatever happens after that is up to you! Ov<

Word Count: 2776

Warnings: Drug addiction, slight depression

Version en Español: Llave Maestra (Skeleton Key)


~TWELVE YEARS AGO~

“You sure you’re good to drive?” Your mother asked. “It’s pretty late.”

You shrugged. “Yeah. I’m good. I’ve got my caffeine. Besides, Grandma’s waiting for us and you and Dad can’t drive.”

“She’s got a point,” your father slurred, stumbling into his wife. “Let’s go change and hit the road.”

Your mother hesitated until you jerked your head toward the house. “Go on. I don’t think you wanna wear that for a five hour car trip at midnight. Get some sweats.”

Reluctantly, your tipsy mother followed her husband into the house to change out of their black tie clothing. You’d been expecting this. After all, your father’s boss wasn’t known for his alcohol-free company parties.

Sure, you’d only had your license for a few months, but you knew the way to Grandma’s house, and your parents could sleep through the music you would blast to stay awake. You needed to be there by the morning. So when your parents came out of the house in their sweats and t-shirts, you were ready.

Three hours passed uneventfully. Only a handful of cars were on the highways and you were jamming to your favorite music. Everything was going smoothly.

Then there were squealing tires, bright headlights, and a sudden blackout.

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Anonymous said:Imagine Klaus taking an interest in your artistic talent.


A/N: Thank you for requesting, lovely. I hope that you enjoy what I’ve come up with.


Not my gif. Gif credit goes to the amazing creators!


Imagine: Klaus taking an interest in your artistic work.


“Well, well, well…” you hear a familiar gruff English accent. You turned around rigidly, startled by the sudden intrusion. “Sorry, love. I was only intrigued at your painting.” Klaus murmured, eyes upon yours before drifting back towards the painting on display. “May I? Or is it intrusive?” he replied whimsically, hand outstretched towards your painting.

“No, go ahead.” you grinned, finally merry that someone was taking some interest within your beautiful artwork.

Klaus allowed a smile to peel across his face, lighting up his orbs whilst he picked up your sketch pad. He studied each painting, each sketch, each piece of artwork that you had and there was something in his usually brooding and dominant demeanor that substantially softened. His orbs flickered up to meet your inquisitive ones before his smile stretched all the more.

“These are beautiful, (Y/N). I cannot see why you aren’t getting any sales.” he breathed, flickered through each page once more. “Tell me something, love. IS your dream to be an artist?”

“Yes, yes of course!” you breathed merrily and whimsically at such an inquiry.

“I thought so…” Klaus grinned, handing you the book back. “So I’ll strike a deal with you, my love.”

“What sort of deal?” your guard rose suddenly.

“Now, now, (Y/N).” he raised his hands in the air. “I know that my reputation has been shamed and damaged by my ruthless outbursts, but let me assure you that I am being nothing more than utterly sincere when I offer you this deal.” there was clear sincerity within his expression, his orbs turning kind.

“Go on.”

“If you can produce some more artwork at a much larger scale than that,” he beckoned down at your sketchpad. “I’ll display them within my own art gallery in town, and every bid, every penny that is spent upon your artwork, I will give to you.”

“What?” astonishment was easily written all over your face. “Why?”

“Because we’re artists, my love; and artists always stick together.” he leaned forward, his hot breath wafting upon your face before he turned around to disappear into the crowd. “Oh and (Y/N)?” he turned.

“Yes, Klaus?” you could hardly contain your happiness.

“Take as long as you need, an artist should never be rushed to get to their perfection.” he grinned before mingling into the crowd and disappearing completely from your eyesight.


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Little one shot fic - I guess this could be called a modern Lieutenant Duckling AU? 

Counting Down (the weeks, the days, the hours)

His dad was drunk again, crawling into the bottom of a bottle of Jack Daniels and setting up fucking camp there.

Killian shrugged on his battered leather jacket and was out the door before his old man could say a word, bent over his glass and a cigarette at the kitchen table, staring at nothing with rheumy eyes.

He knows he’ll come back later to find him slumped over in the chair, passed out cold with a new burn mark scorched into the wood from where the butt would have missed the overflowing ashtray.

Or maybe, he’ll come back to find the whole apartment burned to the ground.

(sometimes…he almost wishes for it.)

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A Green and Yellow Basket

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This is for @katchyalater because she is amazing and I’ve been bothering her with my Gilmore Girls marathoning for literally months.


“Here, look at this,” Raven says as she flips her laptop around. “What do you think?”

Clarke had just sat back down in her chair at the small table in Raven’s kitchen after refilling their snack bowl. They got together every Wednesday night for a “girl’s night” which usually consisted of Raven shit talking about her customers at the garage and Clarke shit talking about her patients at the clinic. Occasionally they’d pop in a movie with some eye candy but that just led to shit talking about sexism in Hollywood. All while eating junk food of course. Girl’s night really was a hump day treat.

Now, Clarke glances at the computer screen and zeros in on the picture of… her? Which looks an awful lot like it’s from the town New Year’s party. “I think that picture is 4 months old,” is her first response before her eyes narrow as she takes in the rest of the page. “Is that a dating profile?”

“It might be,” Raven answers, not even sounding the least bit guilty about it.

Clarke waits a beat, staring at her friend across the table to see if she will elaborate but, as usual, it doesn’t look like she is. “And why do you have a dating profile for me on your computer.”

Raven just rolls her eyes as she turns the computer back around to face her, “Because I set it up, duh.” She finishes off her beer and stands up to get another out of the fridge.

“Raven!” Clarke scrambles for the computer and drags it closer to her.

“Hey,” Raven says as she pops the top off her new bottle, “even your mom thought it was a good idea.”

That makes Clarke pause and tear her eyes away from the screen to stare, wide-eyed, at her friend, “What?”

“Your mom and I were discussing-”

“Ok, for the record it weirds me out that you’re friends with my mom but it weirds me out even more that you guys discuss me and my love life.”

“Or lack thereof,” Raven mumbles into her bottle.

“What was that?” Clarke snapped.

Raven clears her throat and straightens up from her leaning position against the counter, “Like I was saying, your mom and I think it’s been far too long since you’ve been interested in someone let alone out on a date.”

“Completely my business but sure,” Clarke grumbles as she takes a swig of her own beer. She is definitely going to need more alcohol if she’s going to be able to deal with this.

“And we think this would be a good way to meet people,” Raven continues as if Clarke hadn’t interrupted. “Jump into the 21st century of dating.”

“I meet plenty of people.” Clarke has taken to glaring at the computer screen now. The cursor is hovering over the messages link on her profile which, according to the “Joined!” date, looks like it was set up three weeks ago. Her profile has 500 likes and close to 100 messages.

“When? You’re either working, hanging out with me, or hanging out with Bellamy,” Raven counters, raising a perfectly sculpted eyebrow.

“And the opportunity to meet people has presented itself in all of those circumstances,” Clarke shrugs and gets up from the table to go sit in the couch. Ok fine, she’s mildly curious about her matches and staring at the cursor wasn’t helping. But meeting people this way just seems unnatural. Sure it works for some people but it doesn’t feel like something that would work for her. Plus she doesn’t want to give Raven the satisfaction.

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15 Classic 'Gilmore Girls' Episodes

In honor of Gilmore Girls’ 15th Anniversary, here’s a list of 15 of its most iconic episodes.

1. Pilot (Season 1, Episode 1)

This list would not be complete without the episode that started it all - where Lorelai reconnects with her estranged parents, Rory meets Dean, and we meet all of the characters we’d grow to love over the next seven years.

2. Kiss and Tell (Season 1, Episode 7)

Rory has her first kiss, and the whole town’s excited. When Lorelai finds out about it, she does what any mom would do - invites the guy over for junk food and movie night.

3. The Bracebridge Dinner (Season 2, Episode 10)

The Bracebridge group gets snowed in which results in a lavish 19th century feast for the townspeople of Stars Hollow, hosted at the Independence Inn. With a night that includes Jackson ridiculously dressed as the Squire of Bracebridge as well as Jess and Rory discussing snowman snobbery and Bjork, it’s quite an unforgettable gathering.

4. A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Season 2, Episode 13)

It’s the town bid-a-basket festival and nothing seems to be going according to plan. But things have a way of working out, and soon enough Lorelai and Luke are enjoying a begrudgingly nice picnic, Sookie and Jackson are getting engaged (in the most adorable way possible) and Rory and Jess are bonding over their mutual love of literature.

5. There’s the Rub (Season 2, Episode 16)

Emily and Lorelai have a very (un)relaxing weekend away at a spa together and bond over stolen bathrobes. Meanwhile, Rory’s night alone turns into burgers, fries and book debates with Paris and Jess (and a very angry Dean).

6. They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They? (Season 3, Episode 7)

The show’s 50th episode is widely lauded as one of its best. The episode is set during another wacky Stars Hollow tradition - a 24 hour dance marathon - which just goes to show how much can happen in a single day. At the start of the dance Rory was with Dean, and by the end she was with Jess. 

7. A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving (Season 3, Episode 9)

The girls get roped into going to four Thanksgiving dinners. There’s plenty of tofurkey and tension, not to mention a first kiss and a very vicious cat. The night ends with a deep-fried shoe, a hilariously inebriated Sookie and a confrontation between Jess and Dean.

8. Those are Strings, Pinocchio (Season 3, Episode 22)

Rory graduates high school with a speech that makes everyone (including those of us watching at home) blubber. Lorelai and Sookie finally buy their inn, and Luke starts thinking about his relationship with Lorelai before a big cruise with Nicole.

9. The Lorelais’ First Day at Yale (Season 4, Episode 2)

Rory’s off to college, and it’s a day full of ups and downs (and one mattress too many). From meeting the new (and not-so-new) roommates to not quite being ready to say goodbye, this episode resonates with anyone young person who has ever moved away from home.

10. Raincoats and Recipes (Season 4, Episdoe 22)

The Dragonfly Inn holds a test run, and relationships are front and center. Emily and Richard finally admit to their separation, a desperate Jason shows up to try and win Lorelai back, Luke and Lorelai finally kiss and Rory sleeps with a married Dean.

11. Written in the Stars (Season 5, Episode 3)

Lorelai and Luke’s attempts to keep their relationship under wraps from the town fail miserably - and now that it’s out in the open, everybody has an opinion about it. Rory’s at a crossroad of boys - stuck between her ex Dean, her friend Marty and her new acquaintance Logan.

12. You Jump, I Jump, Jack (Season 5, Episode 7)

This is the episode where Rory jumps, both literally and metaphorically. She’s grown out of her sheltered Stars Hollow life and wants to experience more of the world - and Logan is there to show it to her.

13. Wedding Bell Blues (Season 5, Episode 13)

The 100th episode centers around Emily and Richard’s vow renewal. Tensions are high as Christopher shows up, driving a wedge between Lorelai and Luke. Meanwhile, Rory boldly makes a move on Logan, deciding that she’s ready to try a “no strings attached” relationship.

14. Friday Night’s Alright for Fighting (Season 6, Episode 13)

This episode is remembered almost exclusively because of its iconic last scene (seriously, does anyone even know what happens in the rest of the episode?) which rings painfully and hilariously true for anyone who has a rather complex relationship with their family (so basically everyone).

15. Bon Voyage (Season 7, Episode 22)

Despite the last Palladino-less season receiving mostly mixed to negative reviews, the finale episode is still remembered fondly. It may not have been perfect, but we did get to see the town gathered for one last shindig, Rory spreading her journalistic wings and Lorelai (finally) reconciling with Luke.

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THE KILLERS CELEBRATE THEIR ‘TOWN’ WITH ROUSING, INTIMATE SHOW

The place was hot, like rain forest-sticky, the crowd already sweating out the specialty cocktails named after the songs they were about to hear.

They’d been waiting hours for the moment that was about to come, shortly after 9:30 p.m. Friday, when the lights went down and the room lit up.

“I’ve got this energy beneath my feet, like something underground’s gonna come up and carry me,” Killers frontman Brandon Flowers sang as the show got underway. “I got this sentimental heart that beats.”

That heart doubled as a metronome, keeping time, as The Killers dug into the title track of an album named after the place in which they stood.

It’d been three years since the last time the band played the song in question, and they did so to a sea of long-stem white flowers held aloft by various members of the capacity crowd, who had been handed them as they entered the stuffy, airless venue, the room temperature driven upward by the heat pouring off the band and audience alike.

By the time the song neared its end, Flowers’ voice was but one of hundreds singing its closing lines.

“I see London, I see Sam’s Town,” the room bellowed in unison. “Holds my hand and lets my hair down.”

A decade ago this month, The Killers released their second record, “Sam’s Town,” the first album the group recorded in Las Vegas and the reason why a band that normally headlines arenas crammed itself into this small ballroom, Sam’s Town Live, to play for a few hundred fans instead of the thousands it’s accustomed to.

“We’re here to celebrate,” Flowers announced midway through the band’s 20-song, 105-minute set, which centered on performing “Sam’s Town” in its entirety, followed by a pair of encores featuring a career-spanning hit spree as well as seldom-played B-side “Under the Gun.”

The entire Sam’s Town property was given over to The Killers for the weekend: Throughout the casino, the band’s songs played exclusively, while the hotel gift shop was transformed into a Killers pop-up store, complete with potted cactuses and a bighorn sheep, on loan from the Nevada State Museum.

The Killers are a hot item here: Tickets for Saturday’s second sold-out show were reselling online for $600, a steep markup from their $99.50 face value.

Friday’s show underscored why: Yeah, The Killers’ 2004 debut, “Hot Fuss,” may have been the bigger hit, but “Sam’s Town” is the band’s definitive record, an album that mated muscular rock ’n’ roll with the pop savvy that made “Hot Fuss” such a hot seller. “Sam’s Town” was The Killers’ bid at making the great American rock record of their day, with songs that were alternately neon-bright and gritty as desert sand.

It was a transformative album, and they revisited it with relish.

“I wanna breathe that fire again,” Flowers sang during crowd favorite “Read My Mind,” sucking in its flames once again as he led the crowd like a maestro conducting an orchestra, his eyes wide, his smile wider still, and seldom fading.

Prior to the beginning of the song, Flowers thanked “Sam’s Town” co-producer Alan Moulder, who had traveled from his native England to be a part of the weekend. Later on, the band was joined onstage by Louis XIV singer-guitarist Brian Karscig, who contributed vocals to “My List,” which he also did on the original recorded version of the song.

“My List,” a stirring near-ballad where Flowers played whirring synth at the foot of the stage, was one of the evening’s highlights, in no small part because the band seldom plays it any more (the last time it did so was in 2009). Rarer still was a performance of “Why Do I Keep Counting?” an elaborately arranged, Queen-influenced, triple-shot of rock ’n’ roll grandiosity, which the band hadn’t aired in nine years prior to Friday’s show.

“Counting” closed the first half of the show, ushering in a suite of tunes that could serve as the meat of a pretty killer greatest-hits collection (“Human,” “Runaways,” “All These Things I’ve Done,” etc).

The songs rounded out a homecoming from a band that never really left.

“This town was meant for passing through,” Flowers sang on “This River Is Wild,” a song that surged like said river during heavy rains.

But as this night demonstrated, sometimes it’s just nice to stay awhile.

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Jason Bracelin for Las Vegas Review Journal