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04 February 2017 @ 07:07 pm
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++ I was absolutely thrilled with the SAG awards turnout, most importantly because of all the amazing speeches that occurred. I especially enjoyed David Harbour who accepted the award for Stranger Things (yay, it finally won an award!) along with the rest of the cast, but his speech went above and beyond and it was precisely what everyone needed towards the end of the award show. And just like with everyone else who also gave such brilliant speeches, from Mahershala Ali's acceptance speech to Julia Louis Dreyus's wonderful heartfelt statement, it was passionate and powerful and a great way to showcase the good use of such a platform to speak out about such important issues that are affecting everybody right now.

++ Richard Armitage has been filming in NYC for Ocean's Eight, and just judging from the filming pics alone I'm pretty curious about what character he'll be playing. Also, him and dogs! ♥

++ Very recently I've gotten into Critical Role, a livestreaming webseries on Geek & Sundry's Twitch channel where a group of voice actors play Dungeons & Dragons. It was purely by accident because I was searching for Ashley Johnson things, and I wound up watching clips and saw gifsets and suddenly I became rather drawn to it. Of course, I haven't watched full episodes yet since each episode is about several hours long, so I mainly only catch up on the highlights or the funniest moments of each episode, and I have to say it's so fascinating and everyone is absolutely hilarious. While I adore Pike (Ashley Johnson's character) and her friendship with Grog, I have become quite fond of the other characters as well. I know that Ashley has been absent for some amount of episodes here and there because she has been filming Blindspot, to which they somehow managed to make references to D&D/Critical Role (and in turn they also make reference to Blindspot whenever they get the chance).
 
 
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Profiterole_profiterole_ on February 5th, 2017 03:30 pm (UTC)
If you're looking for other Critical Role fans, settiai likes it a lot too.
potentiality_26potentiality_26 on February 5th, 2017 06:25 pm (UTC)
I'm really excited for Ocean's Eight!
Renéerogueslayer452 on February 7th, 2017 10:15 am (UTC)
Same here. I'm a fan of the Ocean's trilogy in general, so I'm curious to see how this one does. Considering the fantastic cast line-up, that is definitely a major plus.
night_owl_9: Original - wolfnight_owl_9 on February 5th, 2017 08:02 pm (UTC)
The SAG Awards were fantastic!

I can't wait to see what Ocean's Eight looks like later on in the production process.

I've been meaning to get into Critical Role for a while; I'm a fan of practically all of the voice actors who are in the series :D
dhampyresadhampyresa on February 5th, 2017 08:38 pm (UTC)
I've been meaning to get into Critical Role for a while

+1

I'll get on it as soon as I'm done with my current podcast (Campaign -- Star Wars RPG).
Renéerogueslayer452 on February 8th, 2017 11:41 am (UTC)
It's honestly really great. It's something that you wouldn't think would be entertaining, watching people sit around playing D&D on a livestream, but because these are actors who create entire scenarios and do character voices and just have a genuinely good time with each other hours an episode, you get hooked quickly. It is funny, emotional, and just an all-around good time. :)
we can't give up. that's the deal.: claire // mountainsomgpeyton on February 6th, 2017 03:53 am (UTC)
I've really enjoyed a lot of celebs using their status to talk about the issues that everyone really cares about.

I have a friend that's really into Critical Role and I'm curious about it. He raves about it like crazy!
Renéerogueslayer452 on February 6th, 2017 10:08 pm (UTC)
It's really amazing to see. I was impressed with seeing some actors/celebrities at the Women's March and other protests, and them speaking out so passionately at award shows has been phenomenal. I hope they never stop, and that more come and speak out about these issues (and not for media praise or when it benefits only them, but because it is the right thing to do to stand up and publicly defend human rights).

Critical Role is really great! It's a bunch of actor/voice actors being adorkable while playing D&D. And unlike what you normally see in mainstream media regarding RPG games like D&D, they genuinely are having a blast and love the story and the characters they're playing, get to hang out with each other and just be huge gigantic geeks/nerds about, and while engaged with the story they don't take things that seriously and joke around a lot (like, a lot). This is just something they're passionate about and have played together for years before livestreaming it into a webseries, so you really see the strong friendships they have with each other. It's just great fun all around.

And being someone who has never played D&D before, it makes me rather interested with how they go about playing. They just make it look so fun.
Lauren: Lena Lamonteowyn on February 6th, 2017 10:42 am (UTC)
I'm not sure how I feel about recasting films with female roles, but it is a very, very impressive cast.
Renéerogueslayer452 on February 6th, 2017 09:16 pm (UTC)
They're not really recasting the characters, though. Ocean's Eight is a spin-off where Danny Ocean's estranged sister attempts at a heist of her own. So it's not replacing anyone, it's just another part of that universe.
Lauren: Martha Jeowyn on February 6th, 2017 09:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, okay - that's a different concept, I had that mixed up! Though I would still like completely original films with all these awesome female actors. :p
giallarhorn: Chuck PDgiallarhorn on February 6th, 2017 03:05 pm (UTC)
Stranger Things was a pleasant surprise winner- I wasn't surprised that it got nominated, but I hadn't banked on it actually winning.

it was passionate and powerful and a great way to showcase the good use of such a platform to speak out about such important issues that are affecting everybody right now

Yeah. I get that people are going to say 'oh no, you shouldn't use award speeches as a personal soapbox' but when you're playing a role in a media form that directly ties into the social issues at hand? Kind of seems like an offense to not direct it to the matter at hand.
Renéerogueslayer452 on February 6th, 2017 09:44 pm (UTC)
I'm actually surprised it took this long for it to win something. I mean, it is a genre show so it has a lot of competition, but at the same time considering how praised it has been I half expected it to have been nominated/win awards sooner. I'm happy with this win nonetheless, of course. :)

but when you're playing a role in a media form that directly ties into the social issues at hand? Kind of seems like an offense to not direct it to the matter at hand.

Exactly. One of the things that bothers me is when people complain when actors/celebrities speak out on these particular issues, usually with a, "you're just actors, stop talking politics", as if what is happening in the political world doesn't also affect them, as well. When you have a huge platform such as this it is rather insensitive to not use your voice and speak on such important matters. Also, this isn't something so obscure that it seems out of place to mention in speeches, what is happening now is about human rights and that is definitely something worth mentioning in speeches and on social media and being an activist about.
giallarhorn: Olivia Specs!giallarhorn on February 7th, 2017 03:02 pm (UTC)
Right- I think it's a problem with how we view media in general? If we accept that most media forms exist for reasons other than pure entertainment, and that we're creating material for reasons as to reflect who we are as a society, then the people making them would of course be the first and foremost ones to get up and say something about what's going on.
Driver Picks the Musicbatmarg on February 10th, 2017 05:59 pm (UTC)
I didn't watch the full awards show (I rarely watch the full shows anymore, except waiting on Leo's Oscar), but I did find Harbour's speech online. It was amazing.

Thanks for sharing Armitage & dogs <3
Renéerogueslayer452 on February 10th, 2017 08:58 pm (UTC)
I'm the same way, I hardly ever watch award shows when they're actually happening anymore. If I care that much I'll see the highlights afterwards, but otherwise I tend to just wait until the results of who won online. But when amazing speeches occur such as the ones that have been happening I'll find them and watch them.

You're very welcome. :)
mae ♡mimoiikit143 on February 13th, 2017 03:43 pm (UTC)
A bit late but I absolutely love David Harbour's speech!!!!!! He told it like it is in the tenacity that we all NEEDED. Winona obviously had too much to drink (or take) that night because sis went on a fucking journey lol. The crowd's response was great as well. I am so glad he used his privilege and platform to send a message out there. So glad they won, precious babies. And Mahershala's speech made me cry. It was obvious how much he held back his tears but he drove the point down in the most beautiful way ♥

Any way of having more Richard Armitage in my life is more than welcome, thanks.
Renéerogueslayer452 on February 15th, 2017 10:07 am (UTC)
I loved how unintentionally hilarious Winona's reactions were, and how she has become kind of a meme in that way, lol. But that should no way take away from the importance of David's speech and how powerful it was. We need more actors and celebrities to use their platform in this manner, to take a stand on these matters.

And you're very welcome. ;) I was caught off-guard when I saw those photos of him filming (with dogs!!!!), so I needed to share with everyone else, lol.