we can't giggle, it's a crime scene.

(raise my hands, paint my spirit gold)

A very small man can cast a very large shadow.
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Went to a screening of The Raven tonight--I like Poe, though I'm not a massive fan or anything, and my hopes were not particularly high. But it was a bit better than I'd expected; it's mostly a standard murder mystery, but there's a bit of added fun if you've read his stuff, since the murders are kinda-sorta based on his stories, and of course the 19th-century costumes were all Goth and fabulous. Luke Evans was kinda the best part--I am really starting to love him; he's just adorable and he always totally gives it his all even if the movie's kinda crap (Immortals; Clash of the Titans) and he stands out because he's so darn intense and earnest. He's like a white Chiwetel Ejiofor. Though in this he reminded me strangely of a nonthreatening Michael Shannon. Something about his grim, squinty pensive face. (I mean, I say that with love; God knows I stan for Michael Shannon like nothin' else.) Anyway, Cusack kinds phones it in, imo, but he did have some funny moments, since the script occasionally tried to emulate Poe's gallows-humor style, and in the Q&A after the movie (yes, it continues!), Cusack seemed to be a fan and talked all about why he liked his stuff and how he liked to scare his audience and shit-talk other writers and all that fun stuff. (He ran right out when it was over, though I wouldn't really have gone up to him anyway, but he did come off as nice.) Also, the ending credits were remarkably, if anachronistically, artistic & gorgeous in almost a Dragon Tattoo sort of way. So it's kinda worth seeing.

Game of Thrones 2x03, The Borgias 2x02, Smash 1x11 and Glee 3x16.Collapse )

Got an extension on the bigbang_mixup deadline, yay! I just need a leeeeettle more time to finish & polish & edit and stuff, and this weekend I'm going home for my cousin's bridal shower and won't really have time to work on it. (And then next Saturday, the 28th, is...also spoken for.) I celebrated said extension last night by procrastinating even more and making weird-ass graphics. I gotta self-promote; no sane person will read this monstrosity!

I am never gonna get to see a merman! Ever!
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Well, Impromptu Celebrity Week 2012 capped off with me nearly crashing into Adam Goldberg as I got out of the elevator at work on Thursday--I vaguely knew that we were doing an event for the premiere of "NYC 22," but I didn't know it was that night and I didn't expect to WALK INTO HIM, and I was with my editor and this other girl from my office and when we got outside I was like "I'm sorry, did we just run into the Hebrew Hammer? Was that a thing that happened?" (I should've done my Eddie impression. "Man ALIVE, this thing's fantastic!!") I'll see the pilot/interview at work next week, no doubt, so here's hoping it's good. And then on Friday "Person of Interest" was shooting right by my office, so I went over at lunch and was talking to this funny P.A. I met on Monday and asking if Emerson was there (he wasn't) and quite suddenly found myself receiving a handshake from Caviezel when he came over to greet a bunch of fans (!). It was a very, very weird week. Tom was the highlight, obvs, but the rest was fun too.

Community 3x15, Grey's Anatomy 8x19, The Office 8x20 and Awake 1x07.Collapse )

The Cabin in the Woods and Damsels in Distress.Collapse )

Also, because I am a nerd and had a crazy-awesome old great-uncle who was obsessed with ships (what d'you call someone who loved the sea/ships? Marinophile? Anyway, that's what he was) and told me the Titanic story when I was like seven and got me totally interested because I was a really morbid-ass little kid and today was the 100th anniversary of the sinking, I went down to the South Street Seaport Museum to check out their exhibit; my pics are here @ Tumblr. I also plan to watch that Julian Fellowes miniseries, though I haven't heard great things. :P I gotta watch it anyway. That's what I do. Crossing all of my fingers for some kinda meta "Downton" ref...!

Things are serious. A man in a dress is dead.
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So yeah, I still don't know what yesterday was. O____o I have yet to find any interview with Colin & Ben, nor any pics of Hiddles from last night, so I may have fever-dreamed the entire thing. (Poor boy had to fly off to the L.A. premiere of The Avengers probably, like, the second the play was over. I dunno how these famous dudes do it. That new Loki/Tony spot dfkjfdskfjskjl ASSEMBLE FASTER)

Game of Thrones 2x02, The Borgias 2x01, The Big C 3x01, Smash 1x10 and Glee 3x15. It's baaaaack!Collapse )

Hit 30,000 words today on my bigbang_mixup piece. Soooooo not done. *flops* Oh, and apparently Rami Malek was in a thing and didn't tell me, rudely enough, so brb, downloading "Alcatraz." (Is it any good?)

like when you said you felt so happy you could die
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I mean, normally I have a rule against real-life stalking--like, premieres and sanctioned events are one thing, but if they're just living their regular lives then I try to leave 'em alone. But he VOLUNTEERED this information and that theatre is about 10 blocks from my office. How could I not? I'd feel like a negligent 'Stoner if I didn't at least try. So, long story short, Melissa & I headed over after work and went to Starbucks and lurked vaguely around the theatre, and then Damian Lewis walked by me and I FLIPPED OUT because I've seen him like THREE TIMES and still haven't managed to say anything sdlkfsjfksjfksjkls MAJOR WINTERS THO, and then Karen Gillan and some other "Doctor Who" dude showed up and also Jeremy Irvine and I was like WHAT THE DEVIL IS GOING ON HEEEAH, and then BAM SURPRISE TOM looking fine as hale in a suit and signing a few quick autographs and stuff because he is sweet as sweet can be, so I just darted forward and the conversation was as follows:

Me: Hi! Tom! We just wanted to say hi, and--how are you?
Tom: Hi! I'm good!
Me: I can't wait for The Avengers. I'm doing the marathon!
Tom: [grinning, of course] Oh, you're doing the marathon? [pronounced 'marethin,' thus charming me forever]
Me: Yeah!
Tom: Well, good work!

or something very much like that; I always get flustered and forget the exact dialogue exchanged, but that's close. And then he went into the theatre and we walked off and then Claire Danes walked past us and I was just like REALLY OKAY WHAT EVEN. I have no receipts because I just wanted to say hi and didn't take any pics, but there might be some floating out there. I would not lie about this, anyway. So that is THREE encounters with Master Hiddleston in less than a year of obsession. \m/ That ain't bad. ♥

Oh, and yesterday we stopped by the "Person of Interest" set--once again I missed Emerson, but we watched them filming for a while and then slightly accosted Caviezel afterwards. He is intimidatingly hot in person, ngl. And he really does have the Clint Eastwood voice. That's not an affectation. So it's been a good stalking week (so far). (TV talk tomorrow. LOOOOOOOL GLEE. SO MUCH LOL.)

EDIT: aaaaand my mother met Ben Affleck and Colin Farrell tonight at work in Philly. And showed them my picture. And showed them my texts back and forth with her from earlier today, like when I told her to tell them that I "unabashedly love Daredevil. Un. A. Bash. Ed. Ly" and want to go to Bruges. Also, I'm "Rosebud" in her cell phone. SCREAMINGGGGGGGGGG

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Fun weekend! Friday was my belated karaoke birthday celebration:

Well, you know, they just go together. (Best text exchange of the night: Me: "I am dsrunk kinda." Roomie, in Boston: "Wooooooo! Where?" Me: "In my face.") It started off lame because a whole bunch of people canceled at the last minute and I thought I should forget it, but then a few people turned up and the merriment began. It was at this teeny little place I found on Yelp called Baby Grand, and the bartender was really friendly and they served Pop-Tarts because, as he explained, it's good drunk food and it's really easy to clean up. So I had a pineapple something and a tequila something and then a few lemon drop shots (FAVE) and eventually I got up and did "Something To Talk About" and "Walkin' After Midnight," the latter of which I did at an audition at NYU once and bombed, so this was my much-belated mulligan on that one. And I think they sounded OK! My friends did "Black or White" and "Daydream Believer" and "What Would You Do?" (remember, City High?) and it was all very hilarious, and eventually I realized that this other chick nearby looked a lot like Beth Ditto, but I wasn't sure that it was actually her until she started singing ("Fancy" by Bobbie Gentry; awesome) and then I asked one of her friends (OK, I grabbed one of her gays and slurred "Is she, like, famous?"), and then I introduced myself and she was actually really nice and remembered my name and cheered me on and stuff. And she has the most powerful handshake I have ever felt from any human. Insert lesbian joke of your choice here. And then in the morning I discovered Cadbury Chocolate Creme Eggs (ALSO FAVE) and "Game of Thrones" magnetic bookmarks in my bag, so I have lovely friends. ♥ Oh, and I drunk-tweeted Hiddles, apparently, saying I wished he was there to sing The Cure, but that's...not surprising. Anyway. Fun! I may go back!

Then today I saw 12 Angry Men in NJ today, which was excellent; it's basically just one big dialogue orgy and I LOVE that. If I could write something like that, I'd be set, man. I love writing dialogue! I'm not so good at world-building. Or remembering to explain where characters actually are. But anyway, I played the SVU Program Game to see how many actors I could recognize, as I always do--I couldn't remember anyone's specific episodes, but Twelve was John Bolger, aka Slightly Less Hot Jason Isaacs and The Dad From "The Black Donnellys," and Eleven was Jonathan Hadary, who was in Intolerable Cruelty ("she specificated that she wanted to find a verreh reech hus-band!") and Seven--well, I didn't know him, but he needs to audition for Boardwalk, because he's totally got the swag. Three rushed his lines a bit and Eight didn't put quite the outstanding Fondanian coolness I've come to expect on the line "you don't really mean you'll kill me, do you?", but for the most part it was pretty perf because that play/movie is basically flawfree. Definitely worth the trip to New Brunswick.

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Briefly, because this is way late again: Once Upon a Time 1x18, Smash 1x09, and Community 3x14.Collapse )

GAME OF THROOOOOOONES AND THE BORGIAS AND THE BIG C AND MANY OTHER THINGS and also I've been reading books but this entry's too damn long so I'll talk about those later. Ta.

put a bullet in his fucking head.
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It's my birthdaaaaaaay! Thanks to everyone who sent lovely messages; they made my day. ♥ It's been pretty uneventful so far; I came home to my parents' in Philly and I've just been hanging around, eating cake and watching their cable ["Gilmore Girls" marathon on SoapTV today!]. Though I did get to see my niece a lot, and I got some good loot (slash money), and I'm going out for karaoke next Friday with my friends in NYC, so that will be...uh, interesting. (I'll need at least two drinks before singing anything, but we'll see.) I also treated myself to a ticket to see 12 Angry Men onstage in New Brunswick next Sunday because I ADORE that play/movie, so that'll be good. And I'm taking tomorrow off work because I do what I want, Thor.

Also, didn't see any movies this weekend because I was lounging around in the 'burbs, but I went to the premiere of Wrath of the Titans last Monday with whoamelly_nyc--I was really hoping to see/meet/fangirl Danny Huston (I think I'm gonna watch "Magic City," because I really don't have enough TV shows. I think my dad's gonna watch it too, because apparently he's a JDM fanboy, which delights me to no end. Though he confused him with Goran Visnjic, somehow. I don't...) and/or Toby Kebbell, but the setup was kinda weird and I didn't get to hang around the press tent or whatever. I did briefly glimpse Toby, though, and I was about four feet from Sam Worthington as we left the theatre; he doesn't really do it for me, but he has a nice smile. (Though he's short.) Didn't see Liam Neeson, sadly. We were third row center and it was freakin' IMAX 3D, so I had to keep closing my eyes and was fairly nauseated by the end, but it was actually still fairly entertaining; Toby and Bill Nighy are easily the best parts. And we got free popcorn, so that was nice.

Waaaay behind on TV talk, so I'll just sum up: Smash: "Touch Me" was ridiculously and trashy and kind of embarrassing, so of course I downloaded it, and HOLY SHIT YES DEREK/TOM SCENE. Character development! Inappropriately close glowering!! MOAR PLEASE. Community: Oh my God, Abed is the Howard Roark of pillows, and John Goodman is delightful. Live, Trobed, live!! Supernatural: YES!! IT'S ABOUT TIME! So excite! And LOL @ the drunk boys. "So he let the thing out of the box, and it must've just followed him to...the place with all the thingies!" "Yes...yes! That's smart!" Tee hee. ♥ And SVU: OK I've totally stopped watching this show, but I caught a rerun last night, and Nicole Beharie is on this show now??? QUE??? Well, shit, now I gotta watch again.


Also, important question: I finally have ADWD from the library (!!!), but I haven't started reading it yet because I'm still working on Kavalier & Clay (which I am really starting to like a lot!). Is it worth it to read it during S2, or should I just wait 'til it's over because it'll be confusing to do both at once? I can't decide.

FUBAR! Acronym! Fucked-Up Beyond All Recognition!
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Well, doi, what else was I gonna talk about.Collapse )

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Community 3x12, Supernatural 3x17 and Once Upon a Time 1x17.Collapse )

...and I watched State of Grace last night and that was AWESOME, but this entry's too fuckin' long anyway so I'm going to go eat a cookie. Ta.

that's the least offensive thing I've said in days.
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Interesting week. I actually did things! Monday was the first meeting of my gay book club (BECAUSE I'M A SUPER-COOL PERSON, THAT'S WHY); we discussed The Well of Loneliness and it was pretty fun even though there were only four of us and the place was kind of loud and kind of dark, neither of which are exactly ideal for talking about books. (They played "Straight Up and Down" over the speakers, aka the "Boardwalk Empire" theme, and I perked up like a meerkat. But $20 credit card limit at the bar?! Fuckin' Williamsburg.) I was totally the youngest, as I always am at these things, but I dug it and I'll definitely go back when we pick another book. Tuesday was Free Water Ice Day at Rita's, of course--fun fact; there is exactly one Rita's in all of NYC, on 96th Street, so I schlepped alllll the way up there and then went to read in the park. And then last night I went to see 4:44 Last Day on Earth in Astoria and the director, Abel Ferrara, was there, and WOW, he's mad as a box of frogs. Holy hell. He's just rambly and...very odd. I didn't love the movie; I found it sort of uneven and pretentious, but I liked some elements. I love end-of-the-world movies, for some reason. I thought the sex scene was really gorgeously shot, though the characters' relationship had a weird father-daughter feel to it...and then I realized that the lead actress, who looked about my age (and who was also there), was Ferrara's girlfriend. Um. Well. All righty. The Q&A session was sort of priceless, like when he threw shade at the second Bad Lieutenant movie [seriously, WTF] and said that Chris Walken is "no-maintenance" but likes to have a trailer because "he likes his weed, right?" and revealed that he's planning to make a film about the last day of Pasolini's life. (Some hipster near me actually went "holy shit" out loud when he said that. Lawd.) So, you know. That was fun.

Also, I just finished reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt, and HOLY BALLS ALIVE, I loved it. It was twisty and intense and had one of those unreliable narrators who thinks he's reliable, like Nick Carraway (as opposed to, like, Katniss, who knows she's not giving it to us straight at all) and basically all of the characters are ridiculously morally gray (quite relevant to something I'm writing atm--why can I never love the good guys?) and there were shipping options all over the damn place and I've totally cast it in my head and will probably make a Tumblr graphic. ♥ Fab.

(Oh, and I'm on Goodreads; add me if you want.)

(this is late but I was too busy having a life for once tyvm) Once Upon a Time 1x16, The Walking Dead 2x13 and Smash 1x07.Collapse )

THE HUNGER GAMES TOMORROW! \o/ I'm going at 7:30 tomorrow night; it's way too long for a midnight show (for me), and I gotta save my energy for that Marvel marathon thing. Even my parents are going on Sunday--like, to an actual theatre; they're not buying a shady cam bootleg from that dude in my dad's office. Crazy! And I've also assembled a little gang (fleet? Gaggle? Murder?) of Hiddlestoners to hit The Deep Blue Sea on Sunday; I've already seen it, tbh, and I didn't love it, but I am actually paying to see it again because that is how good of a fangirl I am. Respect, yo.

it's like a...thought...with another thought's hat on.
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f_march_madness: KNOPE 2012! Yay! I knew it! I've only seen bits & pieces of P&R, but I totally picked her in the office pool because I know she's awesome and her fans are amazing. Their campaign was outstanding and hilarious--I'll never get tired of that gif of her high on sugar going "AAHH!" at the window and scaring Ann--but wow, the Mary Crawley/John Watson fight got really, reeeeally gross & ugly. I love them both, but the John anti-stans were just taking it way, way too far and claiming that he was THE OPPRESSION and ranting about how much they hated Martin (I'm not allowed to mention how Santana's written, but we're allowed to bash actors? Okay...) and so on. And I made people mad at me again, somehow, which was a totally new and weird experience. I am so not that person who gets in internet fights. I'm usually just, like, standing on the side by the chip bowl, talking to a few people and minding my own business. I'm not dancing on the bar or throwing drinks on people. (It's a metaphor. Go with it.) However, when I checked the Tumblr tag and saw someone talking shit about me for "policing Santana's sexuality" (lol), I discovered that one of the main people yelling at me for being ~offensive was quite literally a white male neckbeard--but a new brand! Not the "ugh, shut up, feminazis" kind, but the "I'm a better feminist than you" kind! I didn't know that was a thing! It was hilarious. And he was shaming/scolding tons of other people anyway, so it wasn't just me. Fun for the most part, but SMH @ some "fans." It's a game, people. A GAME. (I REALLY hope "Dexter" doesn't suck next season, because I am gonna stan so fucking hard for Deb if she's back next year. And I'll get someone from "Boardwalk" past the second round if it kills me. KIIIIIILLS me.)

Anyway. PaleyFest is over, so we're catching up on the last few panels; I did "Castle" the other day and that was very charming (NATHAN ♥); the episode that airs this Monday has a suspect who is a butler named Carson, and I am taking that as a "Downton" ref and no one can tell me otherwise. I'm doing "The Vampire Diaries" on Monday and I've never seen that before, so I'll finally see what everyone's going on about. I also caught up on an old "Prison Break" panel, and holy shit, you guys, it is hard to jump into that show in the middle of the fourth season. But such are the perils of my job. (Is it me, or is Robert Knepper kinda sexy? Like, really?)

Modern Family 3x18, Community 3x11, The Office 8x19, Grey's Anatomy 8x17, Awake 1x03 and Supernatural 7x16.Collapse )

Speaking of THG, my parents actually read the books around the same time that I did, and hilariously, it turns out that my dad is a Katniss/Gale supporter, as I am, because he thought "Pete" was more needy and thought that "Heaven is always going to trump Hell" (i.e., her good times with Gale should outweigh the terrible times with Peeta) and it's easy to confuse survival with love after you go through a war and all this other stuff that I found quite apt. Although I thought that was the point; her relationship with Peeta wasn't perfect, ideal true love, but they needed each other because, like, no one else could understand. But it was very amusing to have that conversation with him and I explained the idea of "shipping" and I think I've turned another one. My mom watches "Downton" and was texting me about it all through my marathon, so I've finally done something right with these two and turned them into nerds. ♥

(Also, there are ponies outside my apartment rn for some kid's birthday party. We're next to a freeway, and they're just going up and down the sidewalk. And Roomie is in the next room shrieking because he's watching The Others and doesn't know what's coming. This is hilarious.)

I should be out there having adventures with lemurs!
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So, um...this happened. I mean, it's going to happen, and it has already pre-happened.

YEAH. UH. I DON'T EVEN KNOW. Hiddles tweeted about it (HIDDLESTONNNNN! *shakes fist*) and two minutes later I was scrambling for my wallet and writing "Rose personal day" on the calendar at work. This will be the absolute crowning achievement of my nerd-life (so far). I've done a LotR marathon, of course, but that was at home, and that was three movies, not six. Good Lord, what have I done. But HELL YESSSSSSSS, SO EXCITE \m/ \m/ (And to be fair, $40 is a shockingly good deal. All told, considering that half of them flicks are 3D, that oughta be more like $90. DAMN MY LEG MOTHER-INSTILLED INABILITY TO RESIST A GOOD SALE)

...so f_march_madness got a little less fun last night. Stupid tl;dr story of stupidness.Collapse ) Aaaand Santana won anyway. Zounds. But whatever, I still love her. VOTE ABED / LESLIE / HERMIONE / KATNISS / MARY CRAWLEY! (How am I supposed to choose between John and CJ? How?? "SO FAR UP YOUR ASS!")

Once Upon a Time 1x15, The Walking Dead 2x12 and Smash 1x06.Collapse )