Random News – Just for Fun

In case you hadn’t heard….

Supernatural has been renewed for it’s 11th season. ELEVEN. 

Not only is this exciting for me as a fan, but it’s incredible to see a genre show with limited viewership get this far.

I keep hearing ‘that show is still on the air!?!’ followed by gaping jaws of disbelief. It’s been ten years and yes, it’s still on. And the best part? It’s still relevant. The show is about the boys again, and the current story lines are deeply personal and weighty (I was going to include a joke about how you can’t really relate to the Mark of Cain here, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it because it actually is very real and symbolic – someday I’ll write a whole novel about that).

So say what you will, I get that some people are annoyed about it but that’s the way it goes. I for one am ecstatic – deal.

That being said – Jane the Virgin was also renewed which isn’t surprising considering their Golden Globe win. To be fair, I haven’t seen any of the show, so I don’t really have any just reason to be as angry as I am. But it’s aggravating to see other shows with talent get passed up, especially for the CW. Let’s be real, there isn’t much there that is worth awarding (save for a certain show I could mention about a pair of brothers who hunt evil……ok and Whose Line – duh)

Lea Michelle and now Nick Jonas have joined Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens for the coming year. This terrifies me because I cannot stand Lea Michelle (I tried, I watched some of Glee and I tried)  and last I checked Nick couldn’t act for beans. Though I suppose in retrospect – Ryan Murphy is pretty hit and miss to begin with so we’ll see how that goes.

New photos from the set of Sherlock have emerged (I say new but it’s been, like a week). You can view the new and interesting costumes here. There are a slew of reasons why our Sherlock and Watson look like they’ve joined Guy Ritchie’s adventures and none of them make any sort of sense within the logic of the show. I’m doing my very very best to hold out my thoughts till the special airs, but I’m already massively annoyed with Steven Moffat as it is.

ABC just announced they’re ordering a crime-thriller from Shonda Rimes – it looks to be headed by solely females which I find fantastic. It’s also been pointed out that ABC is one of the most diverse networks on television. It’s just a pity that all of the shows are so formulaic and bland.

ALSO – big news of the day! Emma Watson has just been officially announced to play Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast. It’s been a rumor for quite some time now and it’s nice to know it’s official. I should be wary – as we didn’t need a live-action anything. However I adore Emma Watson and Beauty and the Beast will forever be one of my favorite stories. And it’s Disney. I may just weep tears of joy until it’s release.

In case ya’ll are interested in more news like this – follow me on Twitter! I make valid attempts to retweet all the interesting industry news for those who care like I do. I like fun facts and staying in the loop!

Also – Happy Monday everyone – I’m proud of you for making it through the day!

 

 

 

‘It takes a special talent to make your viewers empathize with something they know doesn’t exist.’

I said that to my friend late the other night and she suggested I expound on that here. We were talking specifically about Doctor WhoSherlock, and Supernatural. Though really, this sentiment extends to anything in the genre realm – be it Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy or Agent Carter (Firefly, Star Wars, Fringe, X Files – the list goes on for years).

It really is a gift, to be able to take these characters and universes that are so far removed from our own and make us empathize and care for them as if they were real. And that’s the ultimate draw isn’t it? Sitcoms don’t address humanity in the way that genre television often does. The symbolism that attaches us to certain characters or stories just isn’t there.

Not only do these shows address humanity but they do so in universes that are far more interesting than our own. Doctor Who is set in a reality where aliens successfully take over the government, and where giant Titanic spaceship sails above our skies. The X Files is set in a universe where aliens exist under our very noses. The Originals, Buffy and Supernatural all have monsters living amongst us.

As a viewer we know aliens aren’t sneaking through our sewers, nor (generally speaking) do we believe our neighbor is possessed. But we still completely believe these worlds and buy into them.

I love it! I really love that some genius sits in a coffee-shop or in an office and comes up with these wonderful ideas. I love that someone else takes those ideas and creates set and light designs. I love that actors believe in these stories enough to tell them in complete honesty. I love that there are whole conventions devoted to bringing together people with similar interests, so they can enjoy these stories together.

PSA: Asylums are still creepy

I finally finished American Horror Story: Asylum.

It took me a truly embarrassing amount of time, though this season is far more squeamish than the last. It just wasn’t something that was easy to watch in a pitch black house at 1 am.

My favorite part of this show is the cast – not only their character work but their work together as an ensemble. Zachary Quinto literally made me squirm(he’s terrifying and you can’t convince me otherwise) and Jessica Lange creates a character that is so well-rounded.

The story takes place in an insane asylum(the title didn’t give that away at all) in the early 1960s. Not only does the season explore the obvious terror factor in an asylum(old psychiatric practices are akin to Saw, so it’s the perfect playground for a horror show) but they also address the misogynistic society of the time. Women were degraded and tortured for ‘their own good’. Men, in this case Doctor Arden, the Monsignor and Doctor Threadson, use their ‘psychiatry’ or their ‘sanity’ to silence women who’ve found out the  horrific truth about them.

An interesting theme was the contrast of absolute darkness attracted to absolute purity. Doctor Arden’s Nazi background and complete apathy for humanity countered his obsession/love for the nun Mary Eunice. I also appreciated the culmination of Kit and Sister Jude’s stories.

Truth be told, this season gave me quite a bit of paranoia and anxiety, in the best way possible. Thought provoking, chilling, and terrifying. Absolutely what you want out of horror television.

It’s in the details

One of my favorite past-times is Disneyland.

I go as often as I can, and I take pictures all the time because the detail in every stone continues to astound me.

Here are some that I took when I dragged my brother to the new Frozen Fun event in California Adventure. Say what you will about Frozen, I adored every aspect of this.

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Apparently at night Rapunzel LIGHTS UP – my life is complete

 

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It’s raining, it’s pouring.

I hope everyone had happy and peaceful holiday.

It’s been a whirlwind of a couple of weeks.

I survived (well that depends on your definition of survival I guess) the holiday rushes and mayhem and then went on to buy my first car right before the new year. I also got a new phone, one that actually sends text messages and connects to wifi (amazing right?).

Going into the New Year I’ve already completed some of my resolutions, little things like the car and such. I’m trying not to set anything in stone so that in three months I don’t feel like an even bigger colossal failure.  I am making this blog a priority. It’s something I dearly want to keep up.

I’m also trying to magically teach myself patience and trust overnight.

**NEWSFLASH**

It doesn’t happen overnight.

It’s also incredibly hard work.

But apparently that’s what I’m good at.

So I’ll keep working.