Are you the publisher? Claim or contact us about this channel


Embed this content in your HTML

Search

Report adult content:

click to rate:

Account: (login)

More Channels


Showcase


Channel Catalog


Channel Description:

Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

older | 1 | .... | 258 | 259 | (Page 260) | 261 | 262 | .... | 4154 | newer

    0 0



    Just what we need?

    The HBO documentary “Love, Marilyn” is yet another take on the tragic life of the star who has been assigned more symbolic import than a butterfly, or a dove, or a phoenix, or, well, a star. Since her death a half-century ago, in 1962, Marilyn Monroe has been used to represent everything from the predatory nature of Hollywood and the double-edged sword of open sexuality to the vulnerability of women in power and the lonely spiral of public self-destruction. Andy Warhol, Joyce Carol Oates, Norman Mailer, Gloria Steinem, they’re only a few among the hundreds of artists and thinkers who’ve negotiated the tragedy and mystery of the woman who embodied the overused words “icon,” “bombshell,” and “myth.” In death, Marilyn Monroe has been an all-purpose intellectual curio.

    But yes, more Marilyn is just what we need, when the project is as exquisitely done as “Love, Marilyn.” The new HBO documentary, which premieres Monday at 9 p.m., is an elegant pastiche based on the boxes of Monroe’s own writings that were discovered a few years ago. It’s not a traditional biographical film of the “American Masters” variety, because director Liz Garbus doesn’t attempt to be all-inclusive or to impose chronology onto the material. There are only hints about Monroe’s childhood as foster child Norma Jeane Baker, and no mention of her first husband. Instead, Garbus adeptly patches together fragments of a life narrated, in a way, by Monroe herself. She inventively pieces together an impressionistic, revealing, and ultimately moving version of the story that so many of us know already.


    Garbus has brought together a long list of actresses — including Uma Thurman, Jennifer Ehle, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood — to read pieces from Monroe’s notes and journals. The actresses face the screen and perform Monroe’s words, many of them syntactically twisted, while images float behind them of the actual pages featuring Monroe’s handwriting. The camera seems to sweep toward the actresses, then swerve away, so the film is never in danger of becoming a static line of talking heads. Garbus also features a number of actors performing writings about Monroe by people such as Mailer (Ben Foster), director Elia Kazan (Jeremy Piven), and Truman Capote (Adrien Brody).

    Surrounding all of these little performance gems are countless photos, film clips, and snippets of footage of Monroe at various stages in her life, as well as interviews with her friend Amy Greene. If this description of “Love, Marilyn” makes it sound chaotic or disjointed, by the way, it’s not; all the elements hang together beautifully, cohering naturally into a whole.

    Most of the performers bring life to the written passages with just the right amount of affect. None of them are hammy, unless it’s appropriate — Foster, for instance, who appears to have a good time with Mailer’s strong opinions. Thurman nails some of the grammatically unsound, tense Monroe lines such as, “must must must make more more more effort.” In one compelling passage, Tomei delivers the pain and humor of Monroe contemplating jumping off a bridge, but then not wanting to mar a beautiful bridge, but then realizing, “I’ve never seen an ugly bridge.” In one scene, Lili Taylor reads a recipe that Monroe wrote down, and through Taylor’s interpretation you can see Monroe straining to be the domestic woman her second husband, Joe DiMaggio, wanted her to be.

    But of course, none of the voices of the interpreters can match that of Monroe, whom we hear throughout the movie, in her little-girlish Jackie Kennedy-like tones. And the clips of Monroe are stunning, as always; you feel as though you can see right through her façade, as if she’s transparent like a child. In one press conference after her separation from DiMaggio, she is crying and looks like she’s about to pass out. But even when she’s feeling more together, her famous fragility remains in play on her face. Watch her try to be smooth in public after third husband Arthur Miller announced their engagement to the press before he’d asked her to marry him. She was a bad liar.

    There is some sensationalism here and there, involving Monroe’s contract issues with Fox, her poor treatment by Miller, and her bad behavior on a few movie sets. There is an angry letter from director Billy Wilder — brought to life by Oliver Platt — that he sent to Miller regarding the filming of “Some Like It Hot.” “Had you, dear Arthur, been not her husband but her writer and director and been subjected to all the indignities I was, you’d have thrown her out on her can, thermos bottle and all, to avoid a nervous breakdown. I did the braver thing — I had a nervous breakdown. Respectfully, Billy Wilder.” It’s priceless.

    “Love, Marilyn” doesn’t significantly alter what we already know about Monroe. But it certainly deepens the well, as we listen to Monroe’s scattered, dreamy, and often astute thoughts and follow her private struggle to find and hold onto self-love.


    source

    looking forward to this.


    0 0



    As many of you know, the joyous birth of baby Alice delivered tremendous heartache as well...

    After a long labor and emergency C-section, baby and mom were in trouble. While Alice, struggling to breathe, was rushed to the NICU, Kathryn fought for her life. A uterine hemorrhage necessitated replacing over 2 liters of blood. Intubation was required to restore her own breathing. Kathryn then went into septic shock and complete organ failure: her heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver stopped functioning while clotting threatened her limbs. The odds were stacked heavily against her.

    But while Kathryn remained unconscious, the ICU doctors worked desperately to save her. Why all of this happened remains a mystery. Some factors suspected are a rare blood disease called HUS that can be triggered by pregnancy and surgery. Another possibility: amniotic fluid embolism, which is almost always fatal to the mother. Most doctors go their whole careers without encountering one.

    While there was tremendous fear, there was also incredible strength. Friends and family provided physical, emotional and financial support. The sleepless new dad, Gabriel, ran back and forth between the NICU and ICU, making crucial decisions and providing boundless love.

    Kathryn required emergency dialysis, and teams of specialists consulted and prescribed targeted drugs and other life-saving procedures. 12 tense days later, she stabilized -- her heart and lungs made a comeback and she regained consciousness. The doctors call this a miracle. Without a doubt, it is a testament to Kathryn's strength, spirit and to all of our love and prayers.

    Alice remained in the NICU for ten days and thankfully now she is at home. Kathryn continues to amaze and show improvement across the board. But it will be a long road to recovery -- physical therapy and more dialysis before she can join her husband and precious baby who is happy, healthy and not surprisingly, the most beautiful child ever born. Beyond that, there will be many months of extended medical care and treatment hopefully leading to Kathryn's full recovery.

    Peonies and plush toys would have been appreciated under normal circumstances, but what the family needs now is financial aid from those who are in the position to contribute. We are unsure how much their insurance will cover for care-to-date and the treatment, rehab and surgeries looming ahead. Kathryn will not be able to work for a very long time, and Gabe will be restricted while caring his two best girls. Beyond that, Kathryn will likely need some professional nursing care before she's on her feet (literally) again.

    Please share this link with those whom you think would be empathetic and generous. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

    Source with updates

    Not that new any more, but they are not making that much progress and can certainly do with more promotion. Met Gabe (Andy, one of the YED special children on SPN) a few years ago at a Con and he was so funny and bubbly, sad to think of the worry he has been going through. Hope they can soon concentrate on being a happy, healthy new family.

    0 0
  • 06/18/13--13:38: This Mess.
  • The Voice Judges Finale Performance - With A Little Help From My Friends.





    source

    shakira, why are you team blake?

    0 0



    The dreamlike clip - directed by Parisian video team AB/CD/CD (Lily Allen, Factory Floor) - finds one of two previously unreleased songs from the Give Up Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition transformed into a surreal tale of longing and laundry.

    The Postal Service has also confirmed that it will finally perform on TV for the first time ever Wednesday, June 19, on The Colbert Report. Tune in to Comedy Central tomorrow night at 11:30/10:30c. For more information, visit http://www.colbertnation.com/

    Source

    0 0


    EPIX is bringing you an intimate look at the unique training and audition process for one of the coveted spots on Madonna's award winning tour in MDNA Workshop.

    Watch Madonna: The MDNA Tour Saturday, June 22nd at 8pm ET on EPIX - http://www.epixhd.com/madonna-the-mdna-tour/

    Don't have Epix? No problem, Epix is offering a free 14-day trial no credit card needed, just your email so you can watch the concert live as it airs this Saturday.
    Click here for your free trial.

    src

    0 0

    Power Rangers Super Megaforce 01

    With the Licensing International Expo just about to get under way, Saban Brands have officially unveiled the 2014 Power Rangers series, entitled Power Rangers Super Megaforce, via a press release and an official teaser poster. Power Rangers Super Megaforce will follow on as the second half of Power Rangers Megaforce, with footage adapted from the 35th Super Sentai series Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger.

    The press release is as follows:

    "Saban Brands announced today that it will launch Saban'sPower Rangers Super Megaforce, the newest season of Power Rangers, in 2014 on Nickelodeon. Power Rangers, one of the top rated and longest running boys live-action series in television history, offers SUPER MEGA action, excitement, humor and entertainment, while maintaining core themes of friendship, teamwork, fitness and helping others.


    "As Saban Brands and Power Rangers celebrate the 20thAnniversary of the iconic franchise this year, it is more apparent than ever that the show has a strong connection to fans of all ages and backgrounds," saidElie Dekel, President ofSaban Brands. "We are happy to continue our partnership with Nickelodeon and we look forward to entertaining our fans with more action-packed, SUPER MEGA adventures in 2014 withPower Rangers Super Megaforce."


    The upcoming season ofPower Rangers Super Megaforcefocuses on the Rangers' mission to defeat a massive alien army Armada that was sent to conquer Earth. To face this threat, Gosei, a supernatural guardian who has protected Earth for centuries, gives the Rangers special morphers and keys, which allow them to morph into Super Megaforce Rangers. The Rangers also have an added special ability to morph into any team of Power Rangers from the past. These super-sized adventures can only mean one thing: the all-newPower Rangers Super Megaforcehas arrived!"

    Video of the Super Megaforce Rangers making their first public appearance at Licensing International Expo:



    http://www.tokunation.com/showthread.php?t=52271


    0 0

    AD Cover Picture - Miley Cyrus

    Miley Cyrus is living the high life -- maybe in more ways than one. In a candid new interview with Rolling Stone for the magazine's July 4 issue, the 20-year-old "We Can't Stop" singer hints that all the talk about her stoner reputation could be more than just talk.

    "You can't ask someone that and expect them to say yes," she tells the mag, laughing, when the interviewer asks flat-out if she's a stoner."I did a song with Snoop Dogg called 'Ashtrays and Heartbreaks,' so people can put it together for themselves."

    Cyrus famously denied smoking marijuana after she was videotaped using a bong in late 2010; she claimed at the time that it was salvia, a legal hallucinogen. However, she later joked that she smoked "way too much f--king weed" when her friends gave her a Bob Marley cake for her 19th birthday.

    "I think alcohol is way more dangerous than marijuana -- people can be mad at me for saying that, but I don't care," she tells Rolling Stone. "I've seen a lot of people spiral down with alcohol, but I've never seen that happen with weed."

    "As long as it isn't illegal, there are far more dangerous things," she adds. "And it's legal in the state of California. So I'm happy to live in California, a place where you can be whoever you want to be."

    Cyrus, it seems, would be who she wants to be regardless. She makes no apologies for what she wears, how she acts, or what she believes -- nor does she think she should.

    "I'm too honest. But this is who I am," she tells the mag."I can't sing 'We Can't Stop' and then be some shy, closed-off person. The reason I never really loved acting was because you can't be yourself. I don't want to be an actor -- I want to be an artist."

    To that end, the former Hannah Montana star has given herself and her music an edgy new makeover. "People thought I was gonna be this dumb white girl that was, like twerking around and had no real thoughts," she says. "Since I was 13, I put my work before everything else in my life. Now that I'm 20, I'm putting my life and my career at the same level of importance."

    That life includes an on-again, off-again engagement to Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth. Asked about the current status of their relationship, Cyrus says simply, "I wear a ring every single day. I don't talk about my personal life, so that's enough of an answer."

    source

    From rollingstone.com:

    A few years ago, Miley Cyrus learned firsthand the perils of unguarded moments in the digital age when video surfaced of her using a bong, supposedly to smoke a legal substance called salvia – an incident she later spoofed on Saturday Night Live. While the pop singer doesn't exactly cop to smoking pot in a new interview with Rolling Stone's Rob Tannenbaum, she doesn't deny it, either.

    "I did a song with Snoop Dogg called 'Ashtrays and Heartbreaks,' so people can put it together for themselves," Cyrus says. "I think alcohol is way more dangerous than marijuana – people can be mad at me for saying that, but I don't care. I've seen a lot of people spiral down with alcohol, but I've never seen that happen with weed."

    Marijuana users tend to be more laid-back, Cyrus observes, noting,"As long as it isn't illegal, there are far more dangerous things. And it's legal in the state of California. So I'm happy to live in California, a place where you can be whoever you want to be."

    Pot isn't the only illicit substance Cyrus discusses: there's molly, too. The form of ecstasy has popped up in hip-hop this year, to the chagrin of Rick Ross and the disgust of Kendrick Lamar. The way Cyrus pronounces a word in her new song "We Can't Stop" has prompted speculation that she's singing about molly, though she insists she says "Miley."

    "I have an accent! So when I say 'Miley,' it must sound like 'molly,'" she says. "You're not allowed to say 'molly' on the radio, so it obviously says 'Miley.' I knew people were gonna wonder what I'm saying in that song."

    Not that "Miley" is free of drug connotations, either. "People refer to [cocaine] as 'Miley Cyrus,'" she says, citing Ross' verse on Meek Mills' song "Believe It." "My name is used in hip-hop songs to mean that. So even if I'm saying 'Miley,' people could still find something wrong with it."

    The full Q&A with Cyrus will be available in the July 4th summer double issue of Rolling Stone.

    source

    0 0



    Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello disturbing use and encouragement of the n word and f word has been discovered recently.

    Her old twitter account ratchetandsassy has a disturbing number of tweets either tweeted, favorited, or retweeted, that contain racist/homophobic language.












    The tumblr posts with the n word are very recent.

    She also retweeted and favorited tweets calling Zayn Mexican and using disgusting Mexican stereotypes that are completely untrue.




















    She also retweeted this tweet during 1D's trip to Africa




    Another more recent discovery is her use and encouragement of the f word.
    She favorited the below tweets with homophobic language calling Harry styles a f*g.





















    She also favorited tweets mocking Perrie, especially her relationship with Zayn. Also, I found a holocaust joke favorited and tweets about Louis being gay.
    There are a lot more tweets like this on her old account and I just picked the ones I found to be the worst. Her fans call her the n word regularly (affectionately) and use it generally because of these tweets and she always responds.

    cr: ratchetandsassy + TUMBLR
    I am hoping to shed light onto this, so hopefully she can apologize for this and tell her fans to stop. As a fifth harmony fan, it's uncomfortable how many of her fans act exactly like she did especially with Normani in the group. If she doesn't, then I am afraid I can't support a group with a person like this any longer. Mods, I know a person has been posting her racist tweets in the comments, but I have added a lot more horrible tweets including homophobic language. mod note: this is her confirmed past twitter and confirmed tumblr (the tumblr she still uses as of right now). here's her wikipedia page that has it. also, it's common knowledge in the fandom that these are her accounts. http://fifthharmony.wikia.com/wiki/Camila_Cabello

    0 0

    the-private-life-of-kim-kardashian-_h

    With all the hoopla and listicles outlining the so-called wackiness her baby daddy spouted in his New York Times interview last week, comparatively little has been made of Kim Kardashian’s own public outpouring (and we’re not talking about her birthing fluids – Mazel Tov!).

    A week before Kim gave birth to her and Kanye West’s child – almost a month earlier than scheduled (you’re welcome, gossip rags!) – she tweeted a series of distressing tales of paparazzi subterfuge, claiming when she denied them pictures of her, “they threatened my life & said if I continue to block shots then they will make my world dangerous to live in! How dare they threaten my life & my unborn child! This has gotten way out of control!”

    “For years I've always been so gracious,” she continued, “Let me enjoy this last month of pregnancy please without threats & being scared to leave my home due to what dangerous thing they just threatened to do to me.”

    What is clearly a cry for safety and privacy, though, will surely fall on deaf ears. If the paparazzi were willing to barricade Kim inside her car to get a shot of her at her most embargoed, it’s frightening to wonder what lengths they’ll go to snap a picture of the holy vessel with daughter of Yeezus.

    There is a sense of feigned surprise each time Kim denies the public access to her personal life. She did, after all, make a sex tape, pose for Playboy and broadcast her wedding to millions of strangers. What falls by the wayside during these discussions, though, is the pure and simple fact that she is well within her rights to set boundaries. Expecting Kim to passively and graciously accept every request – or threat – that comes her way because of the ways she’s chosen to present her life to the public in the past is akin to expecting a woman who hires a professional photographer to capture her wedding to be as obliging to a creep taking upskirts of her at the park or on a train. Existing as a woman in public spaces is difficult and dangerous enough for non-celebrities, and the issue of consent is one that permeates tabloid culture.

    I am, admittedly, approaching this subject from an immediately defensive place. I’ve watched all seven season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians – and their myriad spinoffs about “taking” US cities outside of Calabasas – and have actively followed the fairytale story of Kim and Kanye over the last 18 months. But I was also living in New York when Kim wed Kris Humphries and, less than three months later, filed for divorce (never mind the fact that they’ve remained legally wed until earlier this month, when Kris finally settled). I watched as the entire world proceeded to slut-shame a woman who married a man and, upon realizing the marriage was not working – something no viewers of Kourtney and Kim Take New York Season 2 could dispute – call an end to it. What would you expect, they cried, from someone made famous on the back of a sex tape? In a heartbeat, the phrase “72 days” became short-hand for poor decision-making.

    Even the most sex-positive feminists are quick to dismiss Kim for the way in which she rose to public consciousness. It brings to mind the flawed and damaging Tina Fey version of feminism, in which only some women – those who are educated, driven, undamaged, well-spoken and tattoo-less – are deserving of our support. Let your boyfriend film you having sex in your early twenties and have the results distributed against your wishes five years later? Sorry, you don’t fit the requirements to join our club and you’ll soon get what’s coming to you.

    The fact that she posted selfies to Instagram following her demand for respite from paparazzi was all the gossip rags needed to deem her point moot. This situations falls into the larger issue of Kim’s control of her image. Sure, she allows a camera crew to film her life and that of her family; sure, she broadcast her second wedding on TV for millions to see; sure, she is active on social media and takes pictures of herself constantly. But she’s in control of those images. The fact that Kim takes iPhone snaps of herself and appears in photoshoots for brands and magazines does not negate her need for privacy. These acts are not comparable to those committed by paparazzi. She is rarely seen without make-up and opulent outfits on camera, because her image is her livelihood. When that is threatened, she is allowed to be angry.

    “I get I live a public life,” Kim tweeted. “I live my life on a reality show for the world to see. I love my life, but when the cameras stop, that doesn't mean I don't want a break too.”

    And at the end of the day – particularly the day she became a mother – she is entitled to privacy. The breadth and longevity of the Kardashian empire means that it is without comparison and the rules are being written as their fame continues to grow. We deride the cult of reality stars for cashing in on short-lived attention, but seasons of a network-rescuing show and billions of dollars in sponsorship and endorsement are hard to scoff at. The public is still learning what to make of it all.

    Kim’s pregnancy has played out – just like most aspects of her personal life – on the covers of magazines purely for the pleasure we get from seeing the beautiful and successful falter. We want to see them damaged. We hate when people are perfect and we love to kick them when they're down. We derive pleasure when we see the woman with the perfect, unattainable body expanding in front of our eyes like a sexy Augustus Gloop, and we want to sit back and count the days her partner is not by her side, spouting “I told you so”, patting ourselves on the back for knowing the girl with a slew of famous break-ups and make-ups can’t hold down Life's Most Important Thing: A Man.

    Just because Kim is representative of tabloid culture, doesn’t mean that she’s neither responsible for - nor safe from - it.
    source

    0 0



    Serena Williams is letting the press back into her life, big time. If you're unfamiliar, this is the "Serena comes out of her shell" part of the Serena dialectic, which is only a few pungent quotes from a full retreat and the "Why won't Serena let herself be loved?" stage.

    The latest entry is a Rolling Stone profile, which comes on the heels of John Jeremiah Sullivan's Times Magazine cover story last August and a new documentary on Serena's tennis life with her big sis. The RS story is by Stephen Rodrick, author of the new book The Magical Stranger and this great Dennis Rodman profile that you can read at The Stacks. He visited Serena in Florida three months ago, and she gave him, well, a few pungent quotes.

    Here, for instance, is Serena with an unfortunate "she wore the dress" take on Steubenville:

    We watch the news for a while, and the infamous Steubenville rape case flashes on the TV—two high school football players raped a 16-year-old, while other students watched and texted details of the crime. Serena just shakes her head. "Do you think it was fair, what they got? They did something stupid, but I don't know. I'm not blaming the girl, but if you're a 16-year-old and you're drunk like that, your parents should teach you—don't take drinks from other people. She's 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn't remember? It could have been much worse. She's lucky. Obviously I don't know, maybe she wasn't a virgin, but she shouldn't have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that's different."


    While on the phone with Venus, Serena didn't do much to conceal some bad-mouthing of a fellow WTAer:

    "There are people who live, breathe and dress tennis. I mean seriously, give it a rest." Serena exits the car and the conversation moves on to a Top Five player who is now in love. "She begins every interview with 'I'm so happy. I'm so lucky'—it's so boring," says Serena in a loud voice. "She's still not going to be invited to the cool parties. And hey, if she wants to be with the guy with a black heart, go for it."

    Rodrick takes an "educated guess" that it's Maria Sharapova since her boyfriend is Grigor Dimitrov, an ex of Serena's (unless, for some reason, Serena thinks that Redfoo has a black heart, which maybe we can't disagree with).
    And Serena says what we long knew about her relationship with Sloane Stephens, and we hope this puts an end to it all:

    I don't know where all that mentor stuff came from. I am definitely not that girl's mentor.

    We'll let you know when Rolling Stone puts it online. Wimbledon begins next week.

    scr

    0 0

    brann

    It’s one thing to have a passing familiarity with fanfiction — to know a little bit of the vocabulary, or have stumbled across a few fics on Tumblr — and another thing entirely to immerse yourself in it for days. Hours disappear into following one writer’s recommendation or another, or starting a promising piece only to realize that it’s hundreds of thousands of words long and will take more time than you were planning to give.

    On Archive of Our Own (AO3), a massive, fan-created trove of tales, there are nearly 5,000 stories tagged as belonging to A Song of Ice and Fire, and more than 2,600 tagged Game of Thrones. They span alternate universes from modern London to Romanov-era Russia; they envision the story post-”A Dance with Dragons”; they revel in character studies and beloved pairings. (Was Arya/Gendry ever so popular before viewers saw Joe Dempsie’s abs?)

    And, of course, they offer lots of inventive, carefully labeled smut. If you assume that all fanfic is of the Harry-and-Draco-get-it-on-on-the-Quidditch-field sort, you might be surprised (or disappointed). Plenty of “Thrones” fic stays on the straight side, exploring the moment Catelyn and Ned fell in love, or imagining a burgeoning relationship between Myrcella Baratheon and Robb Stark. Still, sometimes Margaery and Sansa make out; sometimes Theon and Robb get really, really close. There’s something for everyone, provided you’re willing to see George R.R. Martin’s characters in ever more compromising positions.

    Not that you have to read the sexy stuff. I searched Tumblr tags, skimmed LiveJournal communities, and searched fanfiction.net and AO3 for fanfic that disproved the common assumptions about it — that it’s bad, or all porn, or a waste of time for everyone involved. Here’s what I found.

    Stumbling into fanfic without a guide will make you feel like a tourist

    Where do you start? Do you read inside your comfort zone, or go exploring? Do you brave the more than 100 fics that pair poor Theon with his tormentor, Ramsay Bolton, or do you look for a happy(ish) ending in the stories that find various Starks rebuilding Winterfell after the war? You can have absolutely anything you imagine (which makes it very difficult to make definitive statements about fanfic as a whole). You just have to figure out what that is.

    AO3 has a pretty fantastic search engine, and will let you pick only long fics, or tame ones, or those about Dany and her Khal. Tags are clickable, so you can easily find all eight of the stories tagged both “A Song of Ice and Fire” and “Women Being Awesome.” But figuring out what you want and how to find it only eases a little bit of the touristy feeling. Fanfic is an immersive, collaborative world, and to be just a reader of it is to miss a lot of what makes it tick: writers taking prompts, writing stories for friends, beta-reading each others’ work, inspiring and being inspired by the stories that might sprawl across fandoms. It’s unexpectedly lonely being just a reader when it’s so clear how much action is going on behind the scenes.

    Subverting the subversive

    Martin’s books are often hailed for subverting genre conventions and reversing fantasy tropes; as Ned Vizzini points out, “The characters who stay alive are the despoiled,” rather than fantasy’s beloved heroes and innocents. So what does fanfic, which thrives on subverting expectations, do with this? It skips over Tyrion and Littlefinger, Varys and Tywin, and goes straight to the young’uns, telling stories about a less war-hardened Robb or having Sansa tame the Hound, à la “Beauty and the Beast.” The tone is flipped: brutality and loss linger around the edges rather than filling the screen. Writers set stories before or after the war, finding ways to explore characters in quieter moments, or strip out the high stakes, imagining Westeros as high school, run by mean girls and jocks.

    A few goofy, clever fics play fast and loose with the settings and characters — like “For Those About to Rock, We Salute You,” in which Robert is the lead singer of Westeros’ most popular band. When he dies, his useless, cocky son steps in. (Extra points for the inclusion of an entertaining press release.) Tired of Theon being miserable? Visit the alternate universe in which he and Robb form a folk group.

    Sansa Stark: The girl with the most lemon cakes

    Sansa dominates in fic. She’s the Queen in the North; she’s married to the Hound; she’s paired up with Jon Snow; she’s befriending a new queen or escaping her captors.

    Why Sansa? Maybe it’s because she’s so caged up that writers want to free her, whether to rule, to explore, or to marry someone of her own choosing. Her story is still one of potential, and fic writers find endless ways to explore that, and to play with the clichés that a younger Sansa took for granted. She’s the closest thing Westeros has to an innocent, so putting her in the foreground is a swift and logical subversion of Martin’s world, where no one could possibly become a ruler without killing at least a few hundred people first.

    It’s also easier to be a fan of Sansa quietly, without having to explain repeatedly that she isn’t just a stupid little girl who betrayed her sister because she wanted to wear pretty dresses and live like one of her beloved stories. There’s no shame in loving feisty, self-sufficient Arya. To identify with Sansa is to admit that you were once young and oblivious, that you don’t disdain traditionally feminine things. To write really good fic in which Sansa grows up, gets smart and beats Westeros’ conniving families at their own game? That’s not just satisfying; it’s potentially downright empowering.

    I just want to be reading “The North Remembers”

    The problem with a lot of the fics I started reading wasn’t that they were bad; it was that they weren’t “The North Remembers.” Written by a woman who goes by the pseudonym Silverblood, “The North Remembers” runs for almost 500,000 words and is virtually guaranteed to appear in any list of fanfiction recommendations.

    The reason for this is simple: It’s good. Silverblood picks up at the end of “A Dance With Dragons,” giving point-of-view chapters to minor characters, acing a creepy scene beyond the Wall, and inventing impossibly convincing plot points. Her versions of the characters sound like themselves, and her story marches so steadily off in all the right directions that you may begin to suspect she knows something the rest of us don’t. It lines up so neatly with Martin’s narrative that it will mess with your head: I’m on chapter eleven of “The North Remembers” and already having to remind myself that these things didn’t “really” happen.

    No results found for “feminist game of thrones fanfiction”

    If someone has written an epic feminist re-envisioning of A Song of Ice and Fire, they haven’t made it easy to find. (I hold out hope.) But while “Game of Thrones” has failed some of the books’ female characters, watering down Cersei and muting Catelyn, fic writers have got their backs. Few fics are explicitly labeled as feminist, but many put queens on the throne, explore minor female characters, or invent moments between two women who’ve rarely or never had a chance to talk. In “The Summer Queen,” honey_wheeler has Queen Sansa choosing an entirely female Queensguard; her point-of-view characters switch between the queen and her soldiers, and the resulting story, a snippet of life after the war, more than passes the Bechdel test even as it’s largely concerned with who Sansa’s king might be. Netgirl_y2k gives Dany’s doomed handmaiden, Doreah, a complicated second life in “They Will Crown You, They Will Take Your Legs,” envisions Cersei as a young mother hoping for the best for her children in “A Lion Among Ladies” — and imagines a still-troubled Westeros in which women inherit in the too-short “Our Marvellous Inheritance,” which hews closely to Martin’s established world even as it turns it entirely on its head.

    Sturgeon’s law still applies

    Ninety percent of everything is crap, and fanfiction is no exception. A lot of tabs get quickly closed, whether for unreadable writing, basic failures of punctuation, aimless plotting, inane characterizations or just sheer boredom. (Or, depending on your predilections, the wrong pairings; I cannot convince myself that Jaime and Brienne are meant to be a couple.) Fanfic is rife with awkward titles taken from song lyrics or quotes; many stories sound the same, relying on a breathless present-tense style. The forced immediacy gives these pieces a dreaminess that’s at odds with Martin’s sturdy storytelling.

    But not everyone wants to feel like they’re in the author’s sandbox. Even the crap serves a purpose, and probably makes somebody somewhere very happy, whether the writer, or the reader who requested a story to scratch a particular narrative itch. The easy thing to forget when reading fanfic is that it isn’t necessarily for you, or for me — us mundanes who don’t create it, and don’t play our own roles in the world that fic creates. Their universe is self-sustaining; we’re just visitors with our own narrative urges. Don’t like what you find? Write your own.

    ohmartha
    src

    0 0



    The former Gossip Girlstar was looking a little worse for the wear last night (June 17) as he was helped out  of Cirque Du Soir Nightclub in London around 4am.












    src


    0 0

    505_orpahn_640

    ETonline was interviewing the Orphan Black creators when this happened:

    ETonline: Tatiana and I joked about this, but if your show keeps growing in popularity and in scope, there's a chance she could be asked to play dozens of clones simultaneously at some point. Do you have an internal ceiling for how many clones can be on the show at a given time?
    Fawcett: There's no definitive answer to how many clones there are [in the writer's room]. I know that no one is willing to commit to anything. I can also say that as a director, trying to stick 30 Tatiana's in one scene is never going to happen ... at least until we hit the feature film version of the show.

    ETonline: Is a movie something you would actually consider making?
    Fawcett: I think Graeme and I could consider a feature film at some point.
    Manson: Sure!

    'Orphan Black' Creators Talk Season Two!
    By Jarett Wieselman

    There's a decent chance you didn't listen when I began shouting "ORPHAN BLACK IS THE BEST SHOW ON TV RIGHT NOW!!!" back in April. But in the two months that followed, as additional episodes reaffirmed my assertion, people were joining The Clone Club in droves and Tweeting about their newfound obsession with BBC America's endlessly inventive genetic mystery series. And while a huge amount of that adoration has been (justly) lavished on star, and Critics Choice Award winner, Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black would be nothing without creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson.

    Inspired by a single idea -- "Wouldn't it be cool if you saw yourself on a train platform and then you killed yourself?" -- Fawcett and Manson embarked on a journey that gave birth to countless clones, 2013's best new series and one of the most unexpectedly topical TV shows in recent memory.

    With season one recently wrapped and the writer's room hard at work on breaking season two, I caught up with the guys to talk about their shining star, the biggest surprise of season one and what fans can expect from season two!

    ETonline: What was the casting process like for you two?
    John Fawcett: We knew we had a show that really hinged on the abilities of our lead actor. She is essentially all the female leads, so we knew how important the casting of that role was -- we'd either knock it out of the park or we'd go down with the ship. So we put a lot of pressure on ourselves in casting and spent an awful lot of time seeing everyone. We saw Tatiana early-ish in the process, but we wanted to make sure we kinda saw everything. There were some very talented women who came in, but inevitably, there was always one thing missing: you wouldn't like her Cosima or you didn't buy her British accent. It was really like casting five roles at the same time. It's been unbelievable to see Tatiana received in the way she has been. She's elevated the show beyond where we thought it would be in season one.
    Graeme Manson: One of the other things about Tatiana's winning of the role was the incredible sense of play she brought and her ability to shift gears between characters. To have her absolutely own that part and the technical aspects of it, she deserves every lick of recognition she’s getting now. It's great for her and it's obviously really great for the show.

    ETonline: Looking back on season one, do you feel like it accomplished everything you set out for it to?
    Fawcett: The thing I like about our partnership is we set the bar really high for ourselves. We want the best for the show, and it's always been us pushing to outdo one another and to outdo one episode with the next episode. We've always put that pressure on ourselves; we're kind of perfectionists. I'm really proud of season one. To some degree, I wasn't thinking about how it would be received, I wasn't thinking about how Tatiana would be received. It was about what makes us super excited and then making that as good as it can possibly be. The response to the show has been very overwhelming.

    ETonline: The show has an incredible social consciousness; tackling everything from women's roles in society to morality in science. Was it important to you guys from the outset that Orphan Black "say something?"
    Manson: It's really important -- our writer's room is where we set the bar high on the storytelling side of things. What turned us on in the beginning was the dramatic richness of nature versus nurture, and the longer you spend picking it apart, the more interesting it gets.

    ETonline: Genetic patenting, a big reveal in your season finale, has been in the news a lot with the Supreme Court ruling that human genes cannot be patented. Talk about good marketing!
    Fawcett: [laughs] Any time there's something in the news that has bearing on the direction of genetic science right now, it's fantastic for our show. We like to stay current too -- I think we use what's possible right now in science as a jumping off point. First and foremost we wanted to make an incredibly engaging mystery thriller, but on top of that, we knew we wanted to take the nature vs nurture concept and create these really interesting characters for Tatiana to play. We want to avoid cliches, and if you saw something coming, we'd go in the other direction. Graeme and I set out to pull the rug out from under people and never let them know where we’re going.

    ETonline: Well you certainly accomplished that in the finale by killing Helena. I didn't see that coming at all. Even though it's unlike a traditional show where the actor stays on even if you kill their character, is it hard to say good-bye to the clones?
    Manson: We don't treat the clones like cannon fodder, so death is a huge deal for us. We will not line them up and knock them down. This is a character drama and we want the audience to invest in them. It's a huge decision either way -- just like it was also a huge decision to have Cosima be sick.
    Fawcett: As far as [killing] Helena, we knew where that storyline was going the entire time. We had made the decision [to kill her] in episode 10 when we started. This was a character we, essentially, set up as a serial killer, so we planned to, about halfway through he season, pull the rug out and start to make her sympathetic.

    ETonline: What was a bigger surprise: the fans love for Helena or their love for Alison?
    Fawcett: [laughs] Hmmmm. You know what, I don't know. Alison was my favorite when we started developing the show. I really was invested in people loving Alison because I thought she was a gas. Helena, for me, turned out to be a bit more of a surprise. I didn't know if that was going to work out. So if I'm talking pure surprise, it’s Helena. Some of the moments with her in episode 9 really surprised me -- they were so much deeper and more emotional than I would have suspected from reading the script.
    Manson: And that's so much thanks to Tatiana -- the things she brought to her little monster were some of the greatest things of the season. She was the one who decided Helena was motivated by love. She was the one who made that decision and when we had that conversation with the writers, it was a moment where we all said, "Oh! That's it!" And we started writing to that.

    ETonline: As her biggest fan, what excites you about where the season finale leaves Alison, John?
    Fawcett: To me, Alison is very much on the verge of a nervous breakdown. She's been drinking and pill popping and still puts on the happy face for everyone ... for the most part. For me, that's a character who will always be fun to play with. She's a paranoid, conspiracy theorist, gun-carrying, pill-popping alcoholic housewife in the suburbs -- you can't tell me that in season two and beyond you won't have a blast with a character like that!

    ETonline: While we've met other clones, Sarah feels like the lead of your show, and protecting Kira has been her singular focus for the duration of season one. What can you say about Kira's abduction looking to season two?
    Manson: Sarah's drive to protect Kira, regardless of her methods, has been the drive of our show since day one and that was the huge cliffhanger for the first season. Obviously Sarah is going to come out of the gate in a big way next season. She's got suspects in her sights, and a big one is Rachel.

    ETonline: How about Mrs. S? That character was a bit of a slow-burn for me, but it's clear she's got a lot of secrets of her own.
    Fawcett: We knew there was more to do with Mrs. S from the beginning, but in developing season one, Mrs. S became even more of a slow burn than we had expected. You can pretty much count on the fact you’ll see more of her in season two and a new side to her as well.

    ETonline: Can you say if season two will pick up where season one left off or if there will be a time jump?
    Fawcett: We gotta hit the ground running. The bottom line is Kira's gone and that means there's a fire under everyone's ass. You won't come back into the season with a one month or six month time jump.

    ETonline: We got hints of Kira's specialness all season long -- she can heal and is the first child of a clone. Will season two be about discovering what she is?
    Manson: Yes. We're very interested in the biology that makes Sarah the one mother among the clones and what that means for her offspring. There's a long mystery to be followed there.


    ETonline: Tatiana and I joked about this, but if your show keeps growing in popularity and in scope, there's a chance she could be asked to play dozens of clones simultaneously at some point. Do you have an internal ceiling for how many clones can be on the show at a given time?
    Fawcett: There's no definitive answer to how many clones there are [in the writer's room]. I know that no one is willing to commit to anything. I can also say that as a director, trying to stick 30 Tatiana's in one scene is never going to happen ... at least until we hit the feature film version of the show.

    ETonline: Is a movie something you would actually consider making?
    Fawcett: I think Graeme and I could consider a feature film at some point.
    Manson: Sure!

    Orphan Black season two premieres in 2014, while the season one DVD is available July 16.

    source

    A movie?!?! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    0 0



    Watermelon in cookie form. The perfect summer food?

    Nabisco hopes Oreo purists and non-fans alike will be taking a bag of the new, limited edition fruit-flavored cookies to their next picnic.

    The Watermelon Oreos, available only at Target (TGT) for $3 a package, feature a bright pink and green creme filling between two vanilla-flavored cookies; the creme bears a strong resemblance to Play-Doh. Two cookies contain 150 calories, 7 grams of fat and 21 grams of carbohydrates.

    Food bloggers had plenty to say about the new summer flavor. JunkFoodGuy wrote that he was expecting an “awful fake watermelon smell to come wafting out” but there was none. “As soon as I bit into one of these Limited Edition Watermelon Golden Oreos, I got an immediate light watermelon taste. I’ll just say it right off the bat…I liked these. A LOT.”
    FoodJunk.com’s conclusion: “The vanilla cookies take up most of the space on the flavor profile pie chart. Seventy-five percent or so. But it’s the subtlety of the cream that makes the cookie work as a whole. Too much watermelon, and the effort would be a mess.”
    "We think that Watermelon is a fun summer creme flavor that goes great with our Golden Oreo cookie," a spokeswoman for Mondelez Global (MDLZ) said in an email. (Mondelez owns Nabisco, which makes Oreos, in addition to other snack foods including Triscuit, Wheat Thins, Chips Ahoy and Ritz. It was formerly Kraft Foods Inc. and is a spinoff of Kraft Food Groups, Inc.)

    Weird, counterintuitive flavors aren’t new; newfangled concoctions are one way snack food makers have to differentiate themselves in a crowded industry. Earlier this year Lay’s (owned by Pepsico Inc.) unveiled Cheesy Garlic Bread potato chip flavor, the winner of its $1 million "Do Us a Flavor" contest. And (in an arguably stomach-turning move) Pringles last year introduced White Chocolate Peppermint and Pumpkin Pie Spice potato chip flavors.
    “These line extensions have been happening for quite some time and will continue to happen. It brings excitement to a category and brings consumers to a particular aisle in the grocery store,” says Erin Lash, a senior equity analyst at Morningstar who covers consumer product companies. Consumers are still keeping a tight grip on their wallets, and have even shown more willingness to trade down to lower-priced offerings, Lash says. So branded companies have to continuously innovate to compel consumers to stay loyal and continue to purchase their items over a cheaper private-label brand.

    Oreo itself has a history of limited-edition cookies, which has included gingerbread, candy corn, dulce de leche, birthday cake, Creamsicle, and Shure, Bert, another recent addition.
    Snack food makers seem to be taking a cue from fast food chains by ramping up their limited time offers as an added inducement to consumers (McDonald’s had Fish McBites during Lent and Einstein Bros. offered St. Patrick’s Day bagels in March).
    Junkfoodguy author Eric Adam Huang says brand name companies such as Frito-Lay, Nabisco and Pepperidge Farm are responding to flavor trends being tested either by smaller companies or competitors. Pringles released limited-time only Frank's Hot Sauce flavored Pringles shortly after Ruffles came out with their Molten Hot Wing flavored potato chips. And when, for example, a small gelato company such as Talenti starts gaining nationwide traction, Haagen-Dazs releases their own complete gelato line, Huang says.
    source

    Cool Mint Oreos or BUST. What's your favorite cookie/cookie recipe, ONTD?

    0 0



    Mr. Smith Josh Duggar goes to Washington.

    Well, at least he will be, now that the 19 Kids and Counting star has accepted a job with the Family Research Council.

    Much to the dismay of GLAAD, though

    After Duggar announced on Monday during an interview on FRC President Tony Perkins' radio show that he would be serving as executive director of FRC Action, an affiliate of the Family Research Council, GLAAD didn't hesitate to make its feelings known.

    "If Josh Duggar wants to make a living dehumanizing and denigrating LGBT people and their families, that's his business, but FRC's lies and stereotypes need to be treated as such," GLAAD spokesperson and actor Wilson Cruz said in a statement posted on GLAAD's blog. "Josh's new boss, Tony Perkins, has actually accused LGBT equality advocates of being pawns of the devil. Fans of his family's reality show ought to know that."

    GLAAD's comments, of course, aren't too suprising seeing how the group was very outspoken when Duggar was merely in talks about possibly joining the FRC back in March.

    "Family Research Council is without a doubt one of our country's most dangerous hate groups, led by the most anti-gay man in America, Tony Perkins," GLAAD president Herndon Graddick told E! News at the time. "Not only has Perkins compared gay people to terrorists, he also supports the ludicrous idea that gay youth should be subjected to harmful therapies that aim to make them straight."

    Duggar will reportedly be moving to Washington, D.C., with his family between now and the end of the month.

    "So grateful for this opportunity to serve!" the eldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar tweeted.

    Duggar and his wife, Anna, welcomed their third child, a son named Marcus, on June 5.

    source

    0 0

    Miley Cyrus is NOT a good role model, according to a new poll.

    CouponCodes4u.com surveyed 2,407 parents from across the country -- all of which had at least one child over the age of 8 -- and discovered that 58 percent admit that they believe celebrities should not be used as examples of positive role models for their children.

    Those same parents then voted on which famous figures were the worst role models -- and here's what they came up with:

    1. Miley Cyrus (68%)


    2. Lindsay Lohan (65%)


    3. Kim Kardashian (63%)


    Also making the list: Amanda Bynes, Farrah Abraham, Rihanna, Ke$ha, Kourtney Kardashian, Heidi Montag and Taylor Momsen.

    When asked why they had chosen the female celebrities in question, the majority of parents cited the celebrity’s inability to make positive life choices, while others said the star had "no actual talent" or felt they were being "oversexualized" in the media.

    For the men:

    1. Chris Brown (71%)


    2. Kanye West (67%)


    3. Justin Bieber (65%)


    Also nabbing a spot on the top 10 list: Lil Wayne, Charlie Sheen, Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods, Mel Gibson, Jay-Z and Bruce Jenner.

    According to those polled, the majority cited the celebrity male's "arrogance" as a deciding factor, while others said their lack of fidelity was a contributing reason, as well as their questionable talent.

    Source

    0 0



    The Wanted singer and the ‘Sports Illustrated’ model have been cast in the Fall 2013 campaign for the brand — and you can get your first look right here!

    Buffalo David Bitton has decided to feature celebrities in a campaign for the very first time — and they selected Max George and Hannah Davis to star in it! TheSports Illustrated model and The Wanted singer look sexy in the Fall 2013 campaign. Do you think they were a good choice?

    Max George Buffalo Campaign:

    The two sexy stars get cozy in some steamy pics for the campaign. Hannah is pictured holding onto Max while they stand against a leather couch in the middle of the forest. The two of them look awesome in the pics and are dressed to the nines in cool jeans. While Hannah is sporting a light green pair, Max is wearing a more classic, faded blue jean. This campaign is the first time the brand has used celebrities to show off the line. Head marketing officer, Dari Marder, stated, “Buffalo has always had beautiful and sexy imagery in its campaigns but we’re turning up the heat this season by adding some star power with Max and Hannah.”

    Aside from Max George being in a well-known international band, The Wanted, you can also catch him and his fellow bandmates in their brand new reality show on E!, The Wanted Life, which airs on Sundays at 10PM.

    Model Hannah Davis was “Rookie of the Year” for Sports Illustrated‘s 2013 swimsuit issue. Hannah has walked many runways and has been featured in top magazines — and we can certainly see why!

    src


    0 0



    Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience.

    For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future.

    Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One.

    You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.

    So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. Here is what that means:

    An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.

    Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.

    In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console -- there will be no regional restrictions.

    These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray.


    We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. While we believe that the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content. We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds.

    Thank you again for your candid feedback. Our team remains committed to listening, taking feedback and delivering a great product for you later this year.

    Source


    0 0

    Novelist Vince Flynn, who was diagnosed with stage three metastatic prostate cancer in 2010, but continued to write his best-selling thrillers, has died at the age of 47.

    vf

    Flynn died Wednesday morning at United Hospital in St. Paul.

    He's best known for his CIA page-turners that starred Mitch Rapp, a counterterrorism operative who made Flynn the darling of conservatives. He wrote 14 USA TODAY best sellers. Three reached No. 2 on the list: Kill Shot and The Last Man (both in 2012) and American Assassin in 2010. His publisher, Atria, says it's not yet known what or how much was completed on Flynn's next novel, The Survivor, originally scheduled to be released in October.

    In a 2012 interview with USA TODAY, Flynn discussed living and working with cancer: "The first 48 hours of my diagnosis were hellish," he said. "Things just seemed to get worse and worse. We (he and his wife) were sneaking around the house, whispering so the kids wouldn't hear us. It was horrible.

    "But, he said then, " I feel great now. ... We have this under control."

    He's survived by his wife, Lysa, and three children (a stepson, 16, and two daughters, 11 and 9).

    His fans included George W. Bush, who called Flynn "a little too accurate" because Flynn's books are often so true to CIA actions around the world. Once, while catching a ride in Bush's limo from Andrews Air Force Base, Flynn was grilled by the then-president on where he gets his information. "I started to stutter," Flynn said.

    His 2004 Memorial Day describes a raid very similar to the one that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. Often his books have been put on security review by the Pentagon before they are released, and they are even used by the Secret Service to identify possible lapses in their security. "It used to astound even me," he said of his "clairvoyance." All he did, he said, was "connect the dots. I just look at what's going on in the world."

    Flynn was working in sales and commercial real estate 20 years ago when he began reading voraciously in an effort to conquer his childhood dyslexia. In the process he fell in love with espionage novels and decided to try writing one himself.

    His first book, Term Limits, was self-published in 1997 after Flynn received 60 rejection letters. After its immediate success, an agent signed him. Flynn said his novels are "entertainment, educational and serve as cautionary tales." Heading the charge is rough-and-tumble CIA agent Rapp, who was introduced in Flynn's second novel, Transfer of Power. Flynn was close friends with radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, whom he called "one of the smartest guys I've ever met." Flynn said not all his fans are conservatives. But if the scales tip toward the right, it probably comes from the pro-military, CIA and law enforcement theme of the books," he said. "And the idea that the United States is not the problem."

    Contributing: Craig Wilson

    via Chris Kuzneski's facebook and USA today.

    0 0
  • 06/19/13--14:25: "Free Birds" Trailer




  • This is the first feature film produced by Reel FX, a studio known for animating the well received CGI Looney Tunes shorts. Free Birds is directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!) and will be released by Relativity Media in the U.S. on November 1st.


    source


    this looks very cute, best wishes to everyone at Reel FX

older | 1 | .... | 258 | 259 | (Page 260) | 261 | 262 | .... | 4154 | newer