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++ Jessica Jones's second season premieres on March 8th, 2018! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

++ We have a new Deadpool teaser, or, rather at least another marketing for the sequel since there isn't any new footage. Which considering their genius marketing strategy expect more of these kinds of advertisements for the film to come out between now until the movie premieres. This one is dedicated to the fans in Brazil. Also, I do believe that is Morena Baccarin doing the Portuguese voiceover, since she is Brazilian and speaks it fluently as evident in various interviews. Plus I recognized her voice. Plus it makes sense, she's in the films, so why wouldn't she contribute to the marketing in some form or another.

++ Richard Armitage has been quite busy lately himself, with some exciting upcoming projects. Berlin Station has been renewed for a third season, he is recording the audiobook for The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (which judging by the author's reaction she is quite pleased with him recording for her book), and it's also been announced that he is cast as Wolverine in the new scripted podcast that Marvel is developing. I find this utterly fascinating because I've been hearing people say that Richard and Hugh Jackman kinda look alike, so even though it's only audio this makes me chuckle a bit, but I'm also intrigued and interested with what he'll be doing with the character. Let's not forget that the second season of Castlevania will be out next year, along with him making an appearance in Ocean's Eight. And along with all of this, I'm just very happy for him. He's been doing very well in recent years, not that he wasn't doing well before, but he's been getting a lot of work and being a fan of Richard ever since The Hobbit I'm just very happy and proud that he is continually getting work and doing what he loves and enjoys.

++ Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors is going to be an animated film exploring more of the Marvel characters teaming up with each other, most of them are, indeed, women characters. Chloe Bennet is reprising her role as Daisy Johnson in this, which I think is fantastic. Ming-Na Wen is also cast in this, plus the rest of the cast looks amazing as well.

++ So, I vaguely watched Sabrina the Teenage Witch when it was on during my teen years (though it made enough impression on me that I dressed up as her for Halloween during junior high), but I wasn't aware that her character was part of the Archie Comics. This revelation, of course, was brought on when the news that Netflix has ordered two seasons for adapting their own Sabrina the Teenage Witch series, based off of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics. Originally meant to be adapted for CW as a companion to Riverdale, the move to Netflix is actually much better because this gives more room and freedom to go into darker territory as the comics imply. Now I haven't read the comics, but it has gotten me very curious of what to expect.

++ Apparently FX is going to be adapting Welcome To Night Vale into a television show. I...don't know what to make of this news, to be honest. One of the best parts with the podcast was allowing the audience to use their imaginations, which the creators have reiterated time and again was the major point of not making confirming any kind of physical appearances of characters, especially Cecil, and it's what kept the fandom thriving with the many discussions, fanart, fanfiction, cosplays, etc. I fear that having it become a television show would lose the magic of what the podcast created, not just with such a vast and expansive world but also the diversity of the characters, especially the LGBT aspect which has been an incredibly important part of the podcast. I would only accept this if the creators behind the podcast had complete creative control without any kind of meddling from network executives. Otherwise, my stance remains rather on the fence about this whole thing. It's not that I don't think it's impossible to adapt it on a visual format and I'm not trying to be negative especially if they're willing to experiment and branch out to other mediums, but for something as innovative and unique as WTNV in matters of storytelling, characters and world-building, it has to be done just right without fucking it up. On the other hand, perhaps I'm looking at this at the wrong angle. Perhaps it won't be a direct adaptation but rather just adapting the existence of that world, where Cecil isn't shown but is more of a disembodied voice over the radio and the show will be more about individual citizens living in Night Vale and the regularly bizarre occurrences that happen there. That I can see being more workable. Overall, it's like with the whole Lord of the Rings television series situation, the possibilities are endless but it needs to be the right fit and done by those who understand the source material at its core.

However, I will say this has got me to thinking about how this little podcast that started many years ago, rose in popularity due to it being circulated about on Tumblr, and how it has just expanded beyond anything the audience and the creators could have ever imagined, including doing live shows of the podcast, publishing books, and now a television show in development. WTNV has become quite a cult phenomenon in its own right and, while I still have to catch up on episodes myself, I'm actually pretty proud to have been there since the beginning.
 
 
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Current Music: Skillet - Awake and Alive
 
 
Renée
26 November 2017 @ 06:17 am
As I'm sure most are aware by now that Amazon is going to produce a Lord of the Rings television series with a multi-season order. Christopher Tolkien has also resigned from the Tolkien Estate, which may coincide with this recent news.

There have been a lot of mixed reactions to this, as suspected. Purists are upset about this, some are scratching their heads wondering why this even was considered since nothing will ever top the films, while others are tentatively curious. I, myself, was rather skeptical when this was first announced, although it's been said that this will be a prequel and not a remake of the films, which made me relax a little. In truth I've come to the conclusion that, in the right hands, a television series that explores different areas of Middle-earth that we didn't see in the films would be interesting. I've always believed that television gives more room for exploration and development than films do, and if done right it can give us so much more content taken from that world and universe and expand it further. I do agree that when it comes down the faithful adaptations, Peter Jackson's films are the closest we'll ever get and nothing else will ever compare. But even his films were a mere interpretation of Tolkien's world, which was a risk at the time when he was starting making them. Who is to say that nobody else should take a chance at it as well? True, it could end up being completely disastrous, or it could surprise us and actually end up being really good. This is the gamble with adaptations. At the moment we don't know anything about the series yet since it's still in the early stages and was just announced, but I do have a couple of qualifications of things I want to see happen with this series.

Don't make it grimdark. We don't want or need another Game of Thrones-style show. Lord of the Rings is the antithesis of that series anyway, so there is no need to make it something that it isn't. I know that this series will probably be made to fill in that void once Game of Thrones has ended and no doubt it will be compared to it, but it should not follow in its footsteps. Fantasy, particularly high fantasy, doesn't have to be "dark and gritty" in order for the audience to be engaged.

Have more women be included in the story. One of the things I appreciated was Peter Jackson trying to include women in the films (Arwen having a more included role, the creation of Tauriel and the women of Laketown picking up arms to fight alongside the men in The Hobbit), though I do wish there could have been more inclusion. So having more women characters in various roles is something I want to see in a television series, no doubt about that. Also, I want more women to be involved with the production of the series, this means women writers, directors, and producers.

Actually hire and have significant roles for minorities. Speaking of inclusion, this should be a no-brainer. There needs to be more representation of non-white actors portraying fantasy characters, something that neither film trilogy did which was disappointing.

Film in New Zealand. Or, at least film somewhere that has gorgeous scenery and landscapes.

As a whole, this is going to be interesting to watch unfold. I'm still a tad apprehensive, but at the same time I'm also intrigued on where this could potentially lead if done well.
 
 
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Current Music: Nine Inch Nails - Just Like You Imagined
 
 
Renée
16 November 2017 @ 08:15 pm
++ I was tagged by icecream_junkie over on Tumblr, so I'm answering here:

And I shall meme.Collapse )

++ We have a new Deadpool 2 teaser and it is perfect and glorious in the best way possible Deadpool can be. I'm so glad the marketing for the sequel has remained the same as they did with the first film, with just random wacky meta fun. I can't wait for the movie, tbh.

++ You know, I'm rather confused on why certain shows aren't on DVD yet despite their popularity, or at least having enough seasons to warrant getting them to DVD. Stitchers isn't available to purchase that I've seen despite having three seasons, Sense8 was a success and yet it hasn't been available to buy on DVD/Bluray, though I'm hoping that after the fan campaign which brought it back for a two hour finale movie that Netflix will finally be able to release it to physically buy (because the fans deserve that much, at least). But the biggest confusion to me though is Wynonna Earp. It has been considered a huge hit on Syfy since the show premiered last year, and yet there is no DVD of it anywhere. There is Bluray but it's not available for those in the US, and the only one that you can probably only get is through IndieGogo but people have complained about the quality or not receiving theirs. With all of this, I'm just curious as to why there hasn't been an official release of a DVD/Bluray instead of all of this loophole nonsense. It's just so bizarre to me, and really quite sad because I want to physically own these shows to show my support of them.
 
 
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Current Music: Evanescence - Never Go Back
 
 
Renée
12 November 2017 @ 07:53 am
++ I just started watching The Gifted, and I have to say I'm impressed with the show so far. I'm still making my way through the currently aired episodes and will probably do a proper review of it once the season is over, but the pilot episode really drew me in. I liked the tension, the ensemble cast of characters. There is a lot of potential here for this series and I'm curious to see where it'll go.

++ I'm all caught up with Bull, and I just have to say mild spoilersCollapse )

++ Agents of SHIELD is finally coming back for their fifth season on December 1st. I'm bummed that they pushed the season premiere this far, and I hope it doesn't affect the show because of this setback. Regardless, I can't wait to see my girl Daisy (❤) back on my screen.

++ After seeing it all over my Tumblr dash, I've been slightly curious about Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. It looks spectacularly weird. I did a little research on it and watched a small bit from a random episode and I'm still confused, but intrigued by the concept. But mostly because I'm already rather fond of the character Amanda Brotzman. Amanda and The Rowdy Three are the biggest draws to the show for me at this point, just going by what I've read and briefly seen. I can already tell that if/when I start watching the show their dynamic is going to be my favorite.
 
 
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Current Music: Dua Lipa - Bang Bang
 
 
Renée
08 November 2017 @ 07:05 am
Taken from author_by_night who got it from thefridayfive:

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Current Music: Diemonds - Ain't That Kinda Girl
 
 
 
Renée
02 November 2017 @ 07:21 am
++ I hope everyone had a nice Halloween, if you celebrated. Mine was pretty chill. I dressed up for part of the day, but I just stayed home, watching some scary stuff, and that was basically it. I do wish that one of these days that I'll be able to do something more festive (going to themed parties, haunted houses, and the like), but I'll have to get invited to these things first or plan way ahead for such ventures. But otherwise, October is the month where I basically just watch my collection of horror movies and television shows, walk around and look at all the spooky displays in stores, and just enjoy the overall atmosphere of the holiday, which I'm perfectly fine with.

++ Speaking of which, I've been wanting to make a post about some of my favorite horror movies/shows/other things in media as kind of a recommendation post, but I procrastinated too long and since it's after Halloween it might be too late. Although I will recommend CryptTV, which is a YouTube channel that features short horror films, all of them pretty unique and many that have a twist of some kind. So if you're a fan of horror you'll definitely enjoy the content there.

++ A new trailer for The Last Of Us, Part II was released, and while it doesn't feature Ellie or Joel it does offer us new characters and phenomenal graphics. Also, it has been confirmed that Laura Bailey is part of the game! I'm so thrilled because, thanks to Critical Role, I've become such a huge fan of hers and I'm so curious as to who the character she plays, because while we see the character she plays there are no names attached. It's just speculation until the game arrives, which I'm more than happy to wait for. I'm so excited for this game.
 
 
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Current Music: Celldweller - Cry Little Sister vs. Hello Zepp (Klash-Up)
 
 
Renée
++ A multi-fandom friending meme. Go ye forth and find more fandom friends!

++ The New Mutants is going to be a superhero horror film, which has me intrigued. I like this new direction Marvel has taken with exploring different genres within the superhero universe rather than just repeating the same old summer blockbuster formula. Deadpool and Logan are examples of them going against that grain of trying something new, something different, with superhero stories by presenting them in another way. While we have no way of knowing at the moment how The New Mutants will do as a film, I am still fascinated by the concept of a superhero horror as a subgenre. I know it's probably been done before, but it's so rarely seen, and I hope that this gives the inspiration for more storytelling of this kind. And also because, personally, horror is my favorite genre and I would love to see more superhero movies appropriately placed in that category to give more variety.

++ Along those lines, The Gifted is a show that I will be getting too very soon because I've heard that it's pretty good. I don't know much about it other than Amy Acker is in it, and that Jamie Chung plays Blink. I've been fascinated with the character Blink since Fan Bingbing played her in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which her character was so brief in sadly. So having the character be in a television show makes me hope that there will be further exploration.

++ I've actually been enjoying the Will & Grace revival, which came as a pleasant surprise. Revivals tend to be a huge hit or miss with me, which I've ranted about before, but this one is actually quite decent. They've done a good job with remaining faithful to the original run of the show with the momentum and the jokes, it honestly doesn't feel like it even left the air. I've also noticed that, aside from mending certain things, they're doing things that they probably weren't allowed to do when the show first aired, which is very interesting indeed.
 
 
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Current Music: The Moon and the Nightspirit - Égnyitó
 
 
Renée
21 October 2017 @ 04:11 am
Ever since Fantastic Beasts I have become quite a Colin Farrell fan, to the point of being excited about his upcoming projects. First it was The Beguiled, and now he has two new films that will be released soon.

It is called a Farrellution.Collapse )

And since I will never let it go, someone made a petition a while back to have Colin return for the rest of the Fantastic Beasts film franchise, preferably as the original Percival Graves because there is so much left to explore with his character. While I do prefer the fandom interpretation and headcanons for him more and don't really trust JKR to do him justice in a way that makes sense, it would be wonderful to see him back in the role nonetheless, and play the character proper. Colin's performance was probably the best part of the first film, he was the reason I wanted to watch it in the first place, and is the reason why this resurgence even happened.
 
 
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Current Music: Eivør - Í Tokuni
 
 
Renée
06 October 2017 @ 02:19 pm
++ A brand new trailer for The Carmilla Movie was just released, which actual dialogue and some plotty things, and I'm now more hyped. Give it to me now!

++ I've been delving into Black Butler recently. I became intrigued when I saw, interestingly enough, a beautiful piece of jewelry at a store that was merchandise from the show. Curiosity got the better of me and I researched on what it was, which then I went down the rabbit hole of reading up on the entirety of the series, and, well, here I am today. I've researched both the anime and manga enough to know that this is a series that fits right up my alley, just based on the premise and descriptions of the main characters alone, and the more I read up on it the more fascinated I became. I've only seen clips online, however I do plan on watching the first season in its entirety and see where it goes from there, and possibly get my hands on the manga itself. And yes, I am definitely on the Ciel/Sebastian shipping wagon. As a sidenote to that, I almost saw the voice actors who did the English dubs for Ciel and Sebastian at an anime convention recently, but I unfortunately couldn't make it to their panel in time.

++ In related news regarding anime, I've also been curious about Voltron: Legendary Defender that's been on Netflix. Mostly because of the character of Shiro, because apparently I have a thing for characters with undercuts and white shock hair and who are incredibly honorable and good leaders dealing with PTSD. That's pretty much the reason I want to watch, honestly.

++ Grantchester is another show I've recently discovered. I've seen it around before but it didn't really grab my attention aside from there being a hot priest who apparently helps solve crimes. But there's definitely more to it than just that, obviously. The main character is a vicar who suffers PTSD from WWII, has a complicated relationship with one of his childhood friends who he has feelings for, and is overall a good person who tries his best to help others. I'm making my way through the first season at the moment, and will probably have more to say once I've finished. I know the show currently has three seasons so far, so we'll see how this goes.

++ Fall season has started, and there are many shows that are premiering or returning. Aside from some returning shows (Bull, Legends of Tomorrow, Agents of Shield, Elementary, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Good Place, Berlin Station, Strangers Things, and probably a few others I'm forgetting), I have to say that the fall schedule for new shows has been incredibly underwhelming. Besides The Gifted, not much has captured my interest. And even with my returning shows, those are incredibly few in numbers at the moment. I'm finding that most of my shows now reside during the summer more these days, which isn't necessarily bad. Admittedly, it's kind of a relief knowing that I'll have more time now to finally catch up on the shows that I've fallen behind on.
 
 
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Current Music: Otilia - Bilionera
 
 
Renée
27 September 2017 @ 02:35 am
Namie Amuro announced her retirement from music.

I'm happy for her and of course am fully supportive of her decision, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't deeply saddened by this announcement.

Namie's career has been long and fulfilling, as she first debuted in the early/mid 90s. However, I first discovered her during the early 00s, when I was just starting to get introduced to the whole world of Jpop and other international musical artists. After hearing and watching her music video for "The Speed Star" and her Queen of Hip-Pop album, I instantly fell in love. From her style, her voice, her dancing and the way she presented herself. I have been following her career ever since. Namie is basically my Queen, my Wife, my Bae, I love her so very much. So as a fan of hers for so long this news of her impending retirement has been a little hard to digest. But ultimately, this is her decision and as of this year she has celebrated not just her 40th birthday but also her 25th anniversary since her career debut, if this is what she wants and feels is right for her at this point in her life, then I support her completely. Besides, she's legendary among the Jpop community. She can literally do anything and people would bow down before her, as they should.

Also, she is planning one final album and a tour before all this happens. It's absolutely fitting that her final year be on a high celebratory note, and I plan on making the most of it. I just wish that she would end up touring somewhere in the US, because I would love to see her live in concert.
 
 
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Current Music: Namie Amuro - Baby Don't Cry