Want to instill doubt in someone? “Change minor details in their surroundings.”
Yes, this post is about Sherlock. Specifically, about the reason for all of those pesky set design flaws that grew larger and larger as series 4 progressed.
For example, the skull picture we normally see…
…turns into this.
Or when Ella’s office looked like this…
…but turned into this.
There are hundreds of examples but how about simply one more.
John’s flat looked like this…
…but turned into this.
If you watch Many Happy Returns, which takes place before Series 3, you’ll see John’s front door doesn’t actually exist under the staircase – that was an unnecessary change in Series 4.
So what do all of these changes have to do with making an impression on the audience? Well. Everything.
When you want to get a group of people to doubt their own memory – or to plant new ones – you have to change things about what they already know, but don’t let on that you’ve changed anything.
And who does this for a living?
Derren Brown, the illusionist who had a cameo in The Empty Hearse. He’s also a very good friend of Mark Gatiss’. He has a fascinating video you can watch about this exact techniqueI’m explaining. By changing details visually, one can change how people doubt their own abilities to perceive reality, and also question their own memories.
Do you know all the outrageous things series 4 fed us?
– Mary is just an ordinary housewife with a good heart – John would never save Sherlock from a serial killer – John would beat Sherlock senseless – Sherlock simply needs love from family to complete him – John has a bunch of friends that love to look after his baby – John would blame Sherlock for any harm befalling Mary – John would easily forgive Mary for shooting his best friend in cold blood – Mary knows Sherlock and John better than anyone ever could
These things blatantly contradict everything we’ve ever known about these characters. Still don’t believe Mary is a manipulative psychopath? Go read the HLV script; it just made its rounds on the internet today.
You’ve been wondering why series 4 is so screwed up, narratively and visually? It has a purpose. It is to make the audience doubt – to make the audience doubt their own ability to comprehend reality.
inktober day 25/jaydick week day 2: Deal with the Devil
I love imaging batfam!SPN because you can make a whole new story just by changing which aspect of SPN you want to map to Dick – the angel, the hunter, the one who quit, the oldest son, etc. And if Dick’s not Cas, who pulls Jason out?
There are so many great movies out there, but when I decided to make this list, I knew there was only one more that would fill my number one slot and throughout the process of making the list, that number one pick never changed.
1. American Mary (2012)
Yes, my top choice also features the amazingly talented Katharine Isabelle.
I found this move either at the end of 2015 or just the beginning of 2016, but once I saw it, it bumped right up my list to favorite horror movies ever. Not just underrated, but IN GENERAL.
It stars Katharine Isabelle and is the revenge movie to end all revenge movies. It is wonderfully twisted and fucked up in all the right ways, like every horror movie should be.
Isabelle plays the role of a medical student, who is going through financial problems, but determined to succeed in her chosen profession.
Desperate for money to pay her bills, she decides to seek work as a stripper, but because she is a medical student, she is instead offered $5000 to save a man’s life, after being beaten.
Needing the money, she does so, but is immediately struck with disgust returns home, in complete panic over the ordeal.
She is offered quite a bit more money to perform a surgery, which would involve removing a girl’s nipples and labia, to appear more like a human doll. She offered $10,000 and an extra $2,000 to just show up.
Despite the way she felt at the strip club, she agrees and successfully performs the surgery.
Some time passes and during her residency, she is invited to a party, where she gets drugged and sexually assaulted at by her former teacher.
Unable to cope with the attack, she drops out of medical school and goes back to the strip club, where she pays workers to bring her attacker to her.
She starts working at the strip club and starts working full time as a surgeon for consensual body modification, all while continuing to torture her attacker on the side.
This movie takes a new spin on revenge story and as I have said before in my number two pick, Katharine Isabelle is hypnotic on the screen and when she is acting, your eyes stay on her and only her.
What I have explained is only part of the plot and I will not give the rest away, because the element of surprise needs to be there if you intend to watch this.
It is written and directed by the Soska sisters who had a cameo in the film, shown above.
I have never fallen in love with a horror movie so quickly before and I urge you all to give it a chance, because not a lot of people have heard of this movie and it is such a visual masterpiece.
I will say this though, the climax and ending happens a bit fast and because of that, it does end a little underwhelming, which is a shame, because everything else is just so flawless and absolutely chilling.
I repeat, absolutely chilling.
Watch the trailer and see for yourself. If you are as intrigued as I was, you will find a way to see this movie.
Kevyn Aucoin was one of Hollywood’s top makeup artists, almost a celebrity on his own right (he even did a cameo in “Sex & The City” as himself), who had the power to not only beautify, but also, completely transform people. He died in 2001.
Gwyneth Paltrow as Faye Dunaway, Andie McDowall as Anna May Wong, Isabella Rossellini as Alla Nazimova, Demi Moore as Clara Bow, Winona Ryder as Elizabeth Taylor, Courtney Love as Jean Harlow, Julia Roberts as Julie Christie, Christina Ricci as Edith Piaf and Julianne Moore as Twiggy.
After spending almost all year travelling the world with Ford, Stan is happy to be back in the comfort of his home. Retired and looking forward to a week of blissful domestic relaxation before the twins return to stay for the summer, the last thing he expected to turn up on his doorstep was Rick Sanchez. No seriously, just who is this guy? Can he help Stan remember that large gap in his long-term memories that Ford and the kids couldn’t fill? Does Stan even want to remember?
Co-showrunner Krista Vernoff tells THR that she originally pitched the return of an original series regular for the landmark episode.
When Krista Vernoff returned to Grey’s Anatomy after a six-year absence, she brought the Shonda Rhimes-produced drama’s original spirit and tone with her. In its 14th season, Grey’s Anatomy has managed to not only reinvent itself — which it has done after every major character death or exit (and there are a lot of them) — but, in a way, also remind viewers new and old of what made the ABC medical soap so successful in the first place.
Thursday’s landmark 300th episode — penned by Vernoff, now the co-showrunner — was the perfect example. The hour was a nod to the show’s gone-but-never-forgotten original stars, including Izzie (Katherine Heigl), George (T.R. Knight) and Cristina (Sandra Oh), and saw its central character, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), take home the Harper Avery award — the show’s fictional prize that her late mother Ellis (Kate Burton, who had a cameo) won twice.
To hear Vernoff tell it, she originally wanted to bring back one of the show’s original series regulars — though she remains tight-lipped on just whom — and bring back the feel of the show’s early days and create the feeling that a clip show would produce without actually using clips.
Below, Vernoff talks with The Hollywood Reporter about season 14’s nostalgic feel, her approach to the landmark episode and how next week’s midseason finale will feel like a big event.
Was bringing the sense of nostalgia back to the show always among your priorities when you agreed to return? It feels like there has been at least one callback in every episode, culminating in the 300th’s big dose of nostalgia.
Yes, the 300th episode was designed as nostalgia. But in terms of the other episodes since I’ve been back, it wasn’t a part of my design. It’s simply a part of my experience. I was here for seven seasons then I was gone for six and a half seasons. So my reference points, even though I’ve watched the seasons that aired while I was gone, I didn’t live them. They weren’t in my blood. So when I approach a script and think about the history of the character, the first place I go is to the years that I wrote. That’s the nature of the beast.
What inspired the idea to do this homage to the past? You tweeted about seeing Eryn Rea in Seattle but did it start there? I saw the Heigl lookalike, Eryn Rea, when we were up in Seattle, and she was our stand-in [for Meredith]. Every time I walked past the camera, I gasped because I felt like I had traveled back in time. She looked so much like first-season Izzie to me. We just kept talking about it. And then we were back in the writers’ room talking about what we were going to do for the 300th episode. The inspiration for this episode was not like a lightning bold; it was more like a hail storm. We were talking about: Can we get one of the originals, that’s obviously where you start. Well, no you can’t, you try and you can’t and there are a million reasons why you can’t. So you move on. Then it becomes a conversation of how do we get the feeling of a visit from the originals without a visit from the originals. What I remember is that Jalysa Conway, who is one of our staff writers, said, “What if we did something with the Shondaland rollercoaster?” I said, “What if we had doppelgangers?” Jalysa pitched a roller coaster flying off the tracks and we call it the “Ghost Rider.” We weren’t able to clear “ghost rider” but cleared the Mirage and from that moment forward, it was a bullet. I knew exactly what I was writing and it became really clear when you’ve got three doppelgangers as patients that that’s going to trigger a storm of memories in your series regulars and that that would be a way to pay tribute to all 14 years of the show.
Which originals did you try to get? I am not going to tell you that! (Laughing)
Did you have to pitch Shonda Rhimes on the 300th story? I pitched her a take that included one of the originals and then it became clear we weren’t going to have the originals and I pitched her this and she loved it.
Katherine Heigl has said that she’d like to return to Grey’s. Was that ever considered? I love Katherine Heigl and I loved writing for her in the early years of the show and I can’t comment beyond that.
Were there any conversations about using archival footage? I said to Shonda, we have used a lot of archival footage on the show over the years. There were whole seasons that leaned heavily on archival footage; I remember weeping through episodes that had a lot of flashbacks to Ellis and characters that we loved as I caught up on the show as a fan. One of the things I said to Shonda was that I wanted to find a way with the 300th episode to do a clip show without doing a clip show. I want to see if we can have the same impact of using archival footage without actually using it. She gave me her blessing to do that.
This whole season has felt very nostalgic, obviously reaching a pinnacle with the 300th episode. Has that been intentional or organic? Has the writing process evolved since you’ve returned? The way I came in was I had lunch with Shonda she said she wanted me to come back. When I made the decision to come back, I reached out to all series regulars and had long lunches with each of them. We talked about where they are with their characters and I asked them what stories they wanted to tell. I grew up as an actor; I was trained as an actor and my degree is in acting and I understand that actors are invested in their own characters in a very personal and specific way. At season 14, they have earned a right to be part of that conversation. I binge-watched the 100 or so episodes that I had missed and had lunch with all the series regulars. Then I came into the writers’ room and basically just talked for two days because so many stories had come up in my conversations with the actors. And in my watching of the show, there were so many threads that, as a fan, I wanted to see. I wanted to pay those storylines off and [wondered] why wasn’t that story told and asked why [writers] aborted certain pieces. I asked the returning writers to explain what stories hadn’t been told and why. Then I set out to tell the ones that I was excited to tell and used pieces from my conversations with all the actors and we moved really fast. We had 10 episodes off the board within six weeks. We were very clear in what we were doing. There was never a conversation about nostalgia or the early years. When I say that that’s in my bones, I mean that when I sit down to write or rewrite a script, if I’m referencing a character history, the stuff that often comes up is the stuff that I was writing in the past. That’s why people are seeing this season with a sense of nostalgia for the early years.
What are some of the other story threads from the past that you’re excited to tell? One that’s coming up is Jo’s (Camilla Luddington) domestic violence storyline. That needle had been threaded and it was handed to me on a platter. Ellen talked about how important it was that she has been such a powerful influence on so many young women going into medicine. She was interested in paying off Meredith’s evolution as sort of a medical superhero and that you’ve already seen this year and will continue to see [this season]. Giacomo Gianniotti and I sat down and he said he speaks Italian and he felt like there was a lot that he could bring that hadn’t yet been explored and Italian was one example of it. His character has already popped directly as a result of the things he told me over our lunch. Jessica Capshaw and I talked about [Arizona and Callie’s daughter] Sofia and the fact that just because Arizona isn’t the biological mother doesn’t mean she’s not an equal parent. That’s a storyline we’re playing that’s so important. These actors pitched medical stories and told me about doctors and nurses who approached them and pitched them things. They not only talked about their own characters but they also talked about ideas for the show in the years they’ve been working on it. So many of those are being used that it’s hard to isolate just one.
That must also change the vibe on the show’s set, too. I’m having so much fun and I think it’s not at all just me. There’s been this matriarchy put into place that includes Sarah White, our line producer, and Debbie Allen, our producing director, and me returning, and Ellen is becoming a producer. It’s really a collaborative, joyful experience. I’m so proud of it.
Next week is the midseason finale and this show has featured some doozies in the past. How have those influenced the cyber-attack episode? Exec producer Bill Harper pitched me that episode as midseason finale and my first reaction was, “Don’t we do a giant event of some sort?” And this is a giant event. The consequences are dire. It is an edge-of-your-seat action movie of a Grey’s Anatomy episode
Ghostwatch is the website for the fictional television programme Ghostwatch featured in the episode “Army of Ghosts”. The tie-in website for the programme is presented as if the programme were real and features several sections, including a game, a “Ghost report” and sightings from “viewers”. The front page also tells people that the programme is shown on “BBC One 12pm, 7pm daily. GHOSTWATCH UPDATE - BBC Three 23.15.” A ghost sighting has been filed by the mysterious David Roberts, who wants proof of the ghosts’ existence (and whose name is also attached to a text message within the tie-in game, warning not to trust the ghosts).
The tie-in game contains several references to other episodes in the accompanying text messages, and the instrumental version of “Song for Ten” (as heard in “School Reunion”). The game involves directing the on-screen investigator to various locations and controlling remote cameras to collect data on the “ghosts”. (x)
Well, we know they’re already toying with ‘tie-in websites’ on Sherlock. There’s a lot of opportunity to play with the audience even more.
Seeing as xmas has been filmed no one has managed to spot who is robs cameo if it is Andy/Katie who had filmed coming back or could be long shot robs mum/dad but just using old footage cant wait to see who it is
I don’t think they are done filming Christmas. Tim O’Mara is the director and he was filming with Ryan yesterday so I think they are still filming that episode. But I am excited to see who it will be.
Oh my god! THE FIRST FUCKING VIDEO GAME IM IN AND IM MADE THE VILLAN?! I WASN'T THAT MESSED UP WHEN I BECAME THE RED HOOD.
you kinda were,but, LOOK WHOS TALKING I ONLY HAD A VOICE MAIL CAMEO!
Hey! at least you're in the game! I DON'T EVEN EXSIT BECAUSE MY MOTHER WAS MURDERED IN THE PREVIOUS ONE!
well at least I don't have the emo hair cut any more *searches through his skins* OH LUCKY ME I HAVE THE EMO HAIR CUT ON THIS ONE THEN THE FUCKING RED SUIT OH JOY!
why the fuck do I look like a 25 year old muscular guy with a shaved head?
of course I have to be known as oracle in this series... *switches into deceive mode and looks at her skeleton* lucky me you can even see I have my broken spin!
I'm not that old am I?
I have no comment what so ever... Actually I do... I need that Batsuit.
*everyone who's had a complaint looks at him; all pissed. Jason cocks his gun, Damian pulls out a sword, Kate and Barbara pull out batarangs, Dick gets his escrima sticks out, and Alfred gets out a frying pan.
We’d love that! We have gotten a couple asks every now and then asking if a partner could be playable, but you can probably guess how likely we think that is. But an Assist? That sounds just perfect! We’re big fans of the Paper Mario games here, and the Mario’s partners are some of the most memorable and lovable characters we know. So let’s do a quick (read: not actually that quick) run through of each of Mario’s companions and see how they could potentially fit into Smash!
Let’s start with your first companions in each of the first two Paper Mario games: the scholarly Goombas, Goombario and Goombella!
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the WOY finale a lot, but why weren’t the other villains there? I really thought they were gonna show up and help the rebels out because, dang it, it’s their galaxy too. But we never saw any of them after The Bad Neighbors, except Emperor Awesome who had a cameo in The Sick Day, but he wasn’t there for the finale.
Where did everyone go? Did they really just give up, flee the galaxy, and find new jobs as orbble juice station attendants or something?
Judith Reeves-Stevens is well known for her involvement with the Star Trek franchise. In addition to having written twenty “Star Trek” books with her husband Garfield, including six novels on their own, ten novels with William Shatner, and four non-fiction volumes detailing the production history of the franchise, she acted as an executive story editor and co-producer on the fourth season of Star Trek: Enterprise. She and her husband are among the series writers who had cameos in "These Are the Voyages…”, the final episode of Enterprise. - Memory Alpha