We will be meeting another new group of survivors very soon.
If they wish to have any chance of defeating Negan and his saviors, Rick Grimes and his extended family are going to have to extend that family further than ever before. They’re planning on taking the fight directly to Negan, but first they need to put together an army big enough to take down his massive gang. What does this mean for the show? More new characters, of course!
Entertainment Weekly just showed off a brand new image from Episode 10 of the seventh season’s second half, and it shows Rick meeting a brand new group of characters in a brand new location. The character who appears to be the leader has her back to the camera in this shot, shrouding her identity in secret. Could she be the one who was spying on Rick and Aaron?
Showrunner Scott M. Gimple teased:
I’m just going to say that Rick is going to meet this person and/or persons pretty quickly. The answers are just around the heap. I cannot wait for people to meet this character and to see this actor. There is some formidable fun coming up.
“The Walking Dead” returns on February 12th.
In the weeks to come…
The first half of Season 7 saw Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the group broken by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), forced to fall under his will and brutally convinced to live under his rules. The second half of the season will focus on preparing for war and gathering the supplies and numbers to take Negan down once and for all.
Rick’s group will find out yet again that the world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s much bigger than anything they’ve seen so far. While they have a singular purpose – to defeat Negan – it won’t come easy. More importantly, victory will require more than Alexandria. They need the numbers of the Kingdom and the Hilltop, but, similar to how Rick felt, Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and Gregory (Xander Berkeley) do not want bloodshed. To convince them otherwise will take more than speeches. The lengths Rick and the group will have to go to in order to find weapons, food and new fighters is nothing short of remarkable.
We’ll meet new survivors in incredible places. We’ll see Rick and the group tested in ways we’ve never seen before. We’ll see treachery from people we trust. Rick is confident as he will see his group and many others band together with the common goal of taking down Negan. But no amount of planning will prepare the group for all-out war with Negan and his army.
"Making signs?" I asked.
She was also making signs.
Right. I have foamboard, paper, markers, scissors, duct tape, a candle burning, ginger/lavender tea in a Hope Not Hate mug, my fight music playlist playing, and no plan. This should be fun.
As is typically the case when a new actor joins the MCU, there’s been plenty of speculation about who Peter Dinklage might be playing in Avengers: Infinity War. But recent photos of the actor’s new hairdo, of all things, may help narrow those numerous possibilities down to just a couple — unless, of course, Joe and Anthony Russo have come up with something a little less expected.
At some point we’re all going to have to stop asking, “Is this real life?! Is this really happening right now?!” The daily proliferation of surreal news headlines will never feel normal (nor should they), but it’s the frequency our country is operating at now, and it will likely continue at this pitch for the next four years, which officially kicked off today. In the latest episode of The Surreal Life, Donald Trump basically plagiarized Bane, Tom Hardy’s mush-mouthed villain from The Dark Knight Rises, in his inauguration speech.
Gig posters have a long and beautiful history. Moving from simple block lettering in the '50s and psychedelic text in the '60s, modern gig posters are often gorgeous pieces of illustration and places to experiment with the weird and wonderful.
In this gallery, we've pulled together a collection of gig posters by a variety of comic artists, from small indie artists such as Inés Estrada and Maré Odomo to some big names like DeForge and Adrian Tomine. Feast your eyes!
Fandom: Star Trek
Music: Colbie Caillat
Content notes: A few bright flashes
Summary: "Lightning strikes the heart", or, me/Star Trek OTP
Download: here (3:54 minutes, 172MB) | subtitle .srt
Also at: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr
Notes: For More Joy Day. Thank you to cosmic_llin, purplefringe and anoel for betaing!
As I may have mentioned about two or three hundred times already, I REALLY liked Star Trek Beyond, and the subsequent avalanche of feelings precipitated something of a full scale Star Trek feelings renaissance (A++ would recommend). So this is a vid about that, and about all* the things I love and have loved about Star Trek over the last decade or two. ♥
*well. Not all. They wouldn't all fit. Call it a representative sample?
( streaming and lyrics under the cut )
We miss you, Blade. Where the hell have you gone?
With Marvel rebooting all of their iconic characters and bringing them into standalone movies, mashup movies, and television shows, it’s sort of surprising that Blade hasn’t been brought back to life in any capacity. It’s been well over ten years since the third and most recent installment in the film franchise hit theaters, and though Wesley Snipes has been practically begging to reprise the role for many years now, it doesn’t seem like anything is actually in the works. Is it time for a fourth movie? Maybe a reboot? Or how about a Netflix series? Just bring him back, dammit!
But I digress. We’re here to talk about a badass new toy.
The Previews Exclusive Blade POP! vinyl toy, just announced and unveiled by Funko, will be available at your local comic shop soon, and it depicts the human-vampire hybrid in all his ass-kicking glory. Fangs visible and at full attention, Blade is rocking a pair of his signature shades and carrying a big ass sword, so be sure to keep him away from all the vampire toys in your collection. Unless, ya know, you want to let him have a little fun.
Check out Blade’s first ever POP! vinyl toy below.
First off, I encourage participation in the thread on sdwolfpup's journal, asking for "some pure, unadulterated ship squee" (friendship included!). Go forth and comment and squee!
Second off, I'd like to copy movies-michelle's offer to write little comment fics. So:
Give a fandom and a one word prompt, and I will write a little comment fic for you. Suggested fandoms include (in alphabetical order): Almost Human, Master & Commander (movie or books), Ocean's 11, Peacemakers, Person of Interest, Rejseholdet, Sinbad, Star Trek (TOS), The Sting. But if you have some other request, run it by me, you never know. :D
We're taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what's at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation.
Copyright was meant to be an “engine of free expression,” and with the right limits, it can be. But today’s copyright law stifles free speech far too often. Its broad reach, its excessive and unpredictable penalties, and its flawed enforcement mechanisms make tempting tools for anyone seeking to make speech they don’t like disappear from the Internet.
Threats to free speech are on the rise. From potentially ruinous libel suits against bloggers, to the erosion of net neutrality, to intimidation of websites by law enforcement, the promise of the open Internet as a medium where all can speak and be heard is at risk. In this environment, it’s more important than ever that copyright not be twisted into a tool of censorship.
The Tale of the Thin-Skinned President
Imagine, if you can, a thin-skinned person who rises to become President of a nation. Despite his powerful position, this person simply hates being mocked. The President’s opponents create memes and parodies to make fun of him. These memes often include unsympathetic photographs paired with critical text. Could this leader turn to copyright to censor his critics? The answer, alas, is yes.
President Rafael Correa of Ecuador has spent millions of dollars of public funds to censor online criticism. One of his favorite censorship tools is the Digital Millennial Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice, a creation of U.S. law that can be invoked around the world on social networks and other Internet platforms. These notices are often used to attack fair uses such as reporting and criticism. The Ecuadorian government has abused copyright law in attempts to censor news reporting, critical tweets, and documentaries. Indeed, its use of copyright law as a censorship tool is so rampant that it has attracted the attention of Human Rights Watch and was the subject of a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists.
EFF has long argued that, as currently interpreted by the courts, the DMCA provides insufficient protection for free speech. Since copyright law provides the quickest and easiest way to remove unwanted online content, it is a favorite tool of unscrupulous censors. On behalf of our client Stephanie Lenz, we are currently asking the Supreme Court to improve the protections for fair use within the DMCA.
From Copyright to “Terrorist Content” to Political Dissent
Mr. Correa’s misuse of copyright law tools to suppress political speech is just one example of how a system set up to enforce rules about online speech can easily be co-opted, and why it’s dangerous to build such systems in the first place. We’ve written here about the private “voluntary” copyright enforcement systems being built by major entertainment companies along with Internet service providers, payment processors, domain name registries, and others, with the encouragement of the U.S. government. Once built, these systems risk being used for more overt censorship.
The recent agreement by YouTube, Twitter, Microsoft, and Facebook to block ill-defined “terrorist content” based on a shared blacklist mirrors the copyright system set up by the Motion Picture Association of America with the domain name registries Donuts and Radix. Both systems create a quick and easy way to make speech disappear from the Internet based on the determinations of private companies without any clear standards or meaningful recourse. Both were created under pressure from governments, but without any accountability through political and legal processes. And both are subject to abuse. Just as critical commentary can be taken down through false or flimsy accusations of copyright infringement, it’s easy to imagine speech that criticizes a government figure being labeled as “terrorist content,” and blocked.
Carefully balanced and limited, copyright can reward artists and promote creativity. But today’s copyright law, and the mechanisms created to enforce it, enables censorship that harms artists, voices of political dissent, and all who speak against the powerful.
Yes, by the laws of this country Donald Trump is legitimately our president.
By any measure other than the letter of the law, I do not accept him.
He did not receive a majority of the votes, and is not supported by a majority of the American people. He benefited from some unknown quantity of illegal foreign interference. He is supposed to defend the Constitution of the United States; he has shown repeatedly that he has no understanding of that document, much less concern for what it says. He has demonstrated a degree of cronyism and corruption unprecedented in my lifetime, before he even took office. He makes the United States less safe. He represents everything that is worst about this country, from bigotry to crass materialism, and none of what is best.
I do not accept him as my leader in any sense other than that forced upon me by law. And I will work by any legal means available to oppose the damage he is going to inflict on my nation.
T2 Trainspotting (2017)
One of the most daring, impressive and uncomfortable films of the 1950s is Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly’s It’s Always Fair Weather … a musical which isn’t quite a sequel to the same team’s dazzling On the Town but does revisit the earlier hit’s premise of a trio of all-singing, all-dancing service pals a few years later to find that the hijinx have gone stale and that the guy who’s changed and the guy who hasn’t are equally tragic, that middle age, bitterness and disappointment have set in. All in CinemaScope and Technicolor – of course, it was not a hit, but it’s peculiarly memorable and weirdly profound. A few years back, Edgar Wright cited It’s Always Fair Weather as an inspiration for The World’s End – to be fair, he also mentioned The Earth Dies Screaming.
T2, the cheekily-titled follow-up to the 1996 hit Trainspotting – which reunites director Danny Boyle, screenwriter John Hodge, source author Irvine Welsh and most of the original cast (even the one with US TV series commitments – inevitably feels like an It’s Always Fair Weather cover version, though the delayed sequel trend can be dated back at least to Alexander Dumas’s Musketeers revival Twenty Years Later. When it was announced, I half-seriously suggested that a real ‘20 years later’ follow-up to Trainspotting would be a tour of untended graves – and, in the event, one of the lads (Kevin McKidd’s character) is dead of HIV/overdose, though that at least spares him the disappointments his pals have.
T2 picks up from the end of Trainspotting – in which Renton (Ewan McGregor) ripped off the cash from a drug deal made by his friends, stealing from Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) but equally cruelly leaving a large wad of cash for Spud (Ewen Bremner), who whines ‘I’m a junkie, what do you think I did with the money?’ when Renton comes back to Edinburgh after a spell as a family man in Amsterdam. Begbie, of course, has just broken out of prison hospital – though the cops show no interest in finding him, not even visiting the house where he moves in with his tolerant wife and shamefully-bound-for-a-career-in-hotel-m
Like Trainspotting, it doesn’t really have much of a plot – the earlier film was all anecdotes and scrapes and gross-outs, which this goes over again (the scene where Begbie reads Spud’s version of the glass-tossing incident is priceless), but often with a bit more distance. As Renton and Simon rave about 1970s trivia while a John Barry 007 theme plays and captions pop up and fizzle, Veronika just tunes out – in subtitled Bulgarian, she diagnoses that these lifelong friends who hate and betray each other constantly would probably be happiest if she left so they can fuck each other. Some of the self-contained sketches are funny – a Blues Brothers riff as the unlikely lads have to improvise a Battle of the Boyne-themed song (‘there were no more Catholics left’) to entertain a pubload of diehard loyalists whose credit cards they have just stolen en masse because they know most of them will use 1690 as a PIN. Others are deliberately sour – the darkest moment has Renton and Simon shuddering as they go back on smack while Spud shivers in terror in a corner.
Trainspotting was as much an indictment of the lads as a celebration of their free spirits, and this chills the big chill further by giving Spud the unlikely out of literature and letting the psycho Begbie almost accept that he’s outmoded (his determined pursuit of the friend who ripped him off still keeps the action/excitement quotient up, and is perhaps the reason for the Terminator 2 reference) while holding Renton and Sick Boy (aka Mark and Simon) up for scorn. Renton is only occasionally a narrator here and has a vindictive solo speech on the ‘choose life’ theme and is ultimately lost and despicable – the earlier film had him always running centre-screen … here, the camera flees from him as his train-wallpapered room becomes a tunnel while he dances to the old hits. There’s an imbalance, of course, in that this is more interested in boys being dicks than women getting on with life … Kelly MacDonald comes back for a bit as a sensible lawyer, but Nedyalkova’s hooker is the main female viewpoint. The quartet of male stars, not all of whom have had the greatest material in the last twenty years, are indulged and pampered and given great material – but Henderson, one of the best actresses of her generation, is reduced to delivering one line (though it’s a belter).
It’s a pointed, poignant return to a seminal movie – which is a risky gig, as anyone who’s ever tracked down Gregory’s Two Girls or More American Graffiti will attest … and Boyle remains one of the most inventive British filmmakers. Before the screening, Boyle addressed the questions he had been bombarded with about this project, including the obvious ‘will the soundtrack be as great?’ His response ‘how could it be?’ shows a deep understanding of the project of this film, which doesn’t try to be as cutting edge for now as Trainspotting was for then. How could it? Just as The World’s End revisited Shaun of the Dead and opened up the cracks in laddish cameraderie, this points out what should have been obvious all along – that, for all their charm, these guys self-describe as ‘cunts’ for very good reasons. Presumably, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Full Monty, Billy Elliot and Peter’s Friends should get this treatment in the next year or two.
How cool is it that a new Chucky movie is currently being filmed?!
After Curse of Chucky, which completely restored my faith in the franchise, I cannot wait to see what writer/director Don Mancini does with this year’s Cult of Chucky. The seventh installment in the series will feature the returns of Nica Pierce, Tiffany, and even Andy Barclay, and of course, at the center of the whole thing is the most iconic killer doll to ever grace the screen.
Sorry, Annabelle. But you’re just no match for Chucky.
In this latest behind the scenes photo from the Winnipeg, Canada set, shared on Twitter by @fionadourif, we see Don Mancini directing some action, and if you look closely, you’ll also see a headless/handless Chucky doll hanging out on the set. It’s not much, but this is the first we’ve seen of the doll that’ll be featured in Cult of Chucky, so we figured you’d like to see it.
Check out the image below.
Brad Dourif is confirmed to once again provide Chucky’s voice, while his daughter, Fiona, will be reprising her Curse role. Also returning are Summer H. Howell (Curse of Chucky), Jennifer Tilly (who became the popular female doll, Tiffany, in Bride of Chucky before transferred her soul into the body of actress Jennifer Tilly in Seed of Chucky) and Alex Vincent, star of the first two Child’s Play films who returned in a shocking post credits sequence in Curse. The film ended as if Mancini planned to tie the previous three films – Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky and Curse of Chucky – together in this seventh film.
Here’s the official synopsis that came attached with the initial announcement trailer.
“Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) is erroneously convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new therapeutic “tool” to facilitate his patients’ group sessions — an all-too-familiar “Good Guy” doll with an innocently smiling face — a string of grisly deaths begins to plague the asylum, and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all. Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), Chucky’s now-grown-up nemesis from the original Child’s Play, races to Nica’s aid. But to save her he’ll have to get past Tiffany (Oscar-nominee Jennifer Tilly), Chucky’s long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll.”
Cult of Chucky, which takes place in an asylum, will be released in an unrated version on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD this fall, in time for Halloween.
( Love From England )
Roz Kaveney, poet & author & activist, wrote a sequence called The Poet To Her Young Comrades a few years ago. I was rereading them today (here's the original post) and beg her indulgence in reposting this angry one, because I think you might find it helpful too.
( The Poet To Her Young Comrades 3 )
So what I am offering is this: let me know what I can do, within the confines of a comment box, to bring you more joy. This could include flashfic, meta, recs (fics, vids, books, travel...), reminiscences, compliments, witty banter... the sky's the limit. I'll do my best to deliver (or let you know if I can't).
I'll be here all evening watching the Tour Down Under...
( In the mean time I'll share some skating videos that bring me joy )
Any topic is fine, fannish or otherwise. Today, I'm just ( hanging with some bitches on the internet )