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Renée
12 April 2019 @ 10:25 pm
++ We're getting a sequel to Alicia Vikander's Tomb Raider movie! This is all I wanted after watching it in theaters. I honestly didn't think it would get a sequel because, sadly, these kinds of kickass woman movies don't always get the opportunity to grow into franchises that male-led ones do, especially if it's a video game adaptation (the Resident Evil movies got incredibly lucky for having been released when they did, and that got six movies which were all awesome). So I'm really happy that this is actually happening! Hopefully this will turn into a franchise, at least a three-part one to coincide with the reboot games they're based on.

++ In space news, we finally have the first official image of a supermassive black hole! While the image itself is a bit blurry, this is still pretty damn impressive and awesome since this is the first photographic evidence we have regarding the existence of black holes. The fact that this black hole is 55 million light years away and is pretty much bigger than our solar system is just mesmerizing and absolutely terrifying. And hopefully, there will be developments to help get a higher resolution of this black hole in the near future. Thank you Dr. Katie Bouman and the rest of the scientists of the Event Horizon Telescope project for making the unseeable possible.

++ I'm not going to lie, everything I've been reading about what Disney+ streaming will feature just doesn't interest me in the slightest, particularly the series with MCU characters. I think it's basically my indifference towards the MCU in general, but there's also this bitterness and worry about what will happen to the other Marvel shows outside of the Disney+ streaming that aren't necessarily tied with the MCU. We know what happened with the Netflix Marvel shows because of this whole thing, so I'm incredibly wary about Disney having so much control over these things now, and how much of this control will try to force other Marvel-based shows, not to mention the situation with the 21st Century Fox merger, to conform to their vision of things. idk. I just want more shows like Agents of SHIELD and Jessica Jones and Runaways and Cloak & Dagger, doing their own thing while still tied to the universe somehow without any interference from a big corporation and companies fighting over ownership of properties.

++ Hearing about how the Hellboy reboot isn't doing so well at the box office doesn't come as much of a surprise, though reading the behind-the-scenes tension and controversy is such a trip, even if unfortunate since that doesn't sound like a pleasant work environment at all. Regardless though, this is what happens when studios/the industry decide to screw over Guillermo del Toro in order to make a soulless reboot or sequel without his involvement or creative vision.
 
 
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Current Music: Nina Sublatti - Warrior
 
 
Renée
06 April 2019 @ 02:53 pm
Critical Role is getting an animated series based on their first campaign!

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To give a bit of background on this, on March 4th they officially launched their Kickstarter to help fund what initially was supposed to have been an animated special about the Briarwood arc from the first campaign. The initial goal was for $750,000 which they hoped would reach within weeks time, but instead within hours the fandom ended up exceeding this goal threefold, after almost a day they hit over 3 million. As you'd expect, this kind of broke the cast in the best kind of way, because they didn't think it would've happened this quickly. At this point, Critical Role was already breaking records in Kickstarter history, and being reported on via many different articles and media outlets of this success. Since they had 44 days left in their Kickstarter, they continuously set up particular stretch goals to help make the project even better, and naturally the fanbase exceeded those as well. And just this last Thursday on April 4th, they passed their final stretch goal of 8.8 million that would fund a ten-episode series of The Legend of Vox Machina.

This is a passion project for them, this was something that they dreamed about doing for a while and didn't think it would be possible to go this far, but thanks to the dedication and love from the fandom, it became a reality. Not just an animated special, but an animated series.

As a fan of Critical Role and of this cast, I am so, so proud. Proud for them and proud of the community. This is the kind of good and positive fandom content I like seeing, none of that unnecessary drama that inevitably happens in fandom but when we come together to help with stuff like this. Knowing how expensive animation is and how much hard work it goes to even do a series, this is something that I know will be worthwhile of an investment and that they will do everything in their power to do it right, because it's just as much for them as it is for us. And I'm just so excited for this, for them, for the fans, for this whole project that has continually baffled and surprised everyone. It is successful not because of the money, but because of how beloved these people are for streaming their D&D sessions every week, giving us free content, and how we, the fan community, want to give back to them as much as they've given us over the last several years.

(And the crazy thing? At this time the Kickstarter still has 12 more days left and it has now reached over 9 million. They, of course, mentioned any additional money from here on out will go into production of the animation and anything else to make it a better experience.)

If you aren't familiar with Critical Role, or have been wanting to get into it but were intimidated with how many hours you'd have to watch of their game, would you be interested in watching the animated series once it finally comes out?
 
 
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Renée
03 April 2019 @ 09:04 pm
It turns out that Archive Of Our Own got nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Related Work. This is not a belated April Fools joke, this is the real deal.

Aside from the fun lighthearted jokes fandom has been making about everyone who is a fanfic author there being a Hugo nominee and such and basking in the ridiculous nature of it, this is also quite a big deal because this is a fanfiction website being nominated for such an award. Obviously there's a lot of factors that go into the reasons why AO3 was chosen as a nominee (specifically structurally as a website), but it just goes to show how far we've come in a sense. I mean, correct me if I'm wrong, but previously if a fansite was being nominated for something it usually was just an online award from another website. Plus, fanfiction and fandom in itself has become more recognized in pop culture in recent years, since before it was more underground in the "what happens in fandom stays in fandom" kinda way. While this can still be misunderstood and misused at times by outsiders, it's still pretty damn awesome how far fandom has come, and how fanfiction is becoming more widely accepted.

Also, AO3 is probably one of the best fanfiction archive sites out there, not just in layout structure and usability but also the reason why it was created in the first place. The entire history of its creation is a fascinating one, and one that I was present for during the time it was happening as well. I witnessed firsthand the transition and formation of the site, and it's absolutely amazing how far it has come, not just with this nomination, but overall as a non-profit site continuing to function and improving itself, and being a creative outlet that protects its users. I deeply respect the AO3/OTW team and everyone who has contributed to the site, from the fanwork to the volunteers to those who donate to keep it running. So regardless whether it wins anything, it's still awesome that it was even nominated in the first place since it absolutely deserves the recognition for the incredible hard work people have placed into it. I'd say either way, it's a win for fandom.
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Current Music: Fleurie - Turns You Into Stone
 
 
Renée
01 April 2019 @ 07:10 pm
There is this fandom meme I've seen that I may or may not do in the near future, but there were some questions on there that I felt deserved to be answered separately since they were more generic instead of specific fandom based.

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Current Music: J. Balvin & Willy William - Mi Gente
 
 
Renée
27 March 2019 @ 09:29 pm
Day Fourteen: In your own space, talk about what you think the future holds for fandom. What are your hopes and dreams for fandom? Do you have any predictions about what the next five years holds for fandom? Where do you think fandom will end up congregating?

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Renée
24 March 2019 @ 06:49 pm
We'll show these assholes a divine pairing.Collapse )

The second season premieres on April 4th, and I can already tell it's gonna be quite a ride.
 
 
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Current Music: Becky G ft. Bad Bunny - Mayores
 
 
Renée
10 March 2019 @ 09:37 pm
++ It's been recently revealed that Agents of SHIELD will end after its seventh season. It was a little surprising when I heard that the show had already been renewed for a seventh season when the sixth hasn't even aired yet, but considering how they are contractually bound to coincide with the events of the MCU it makes sense. While the S5 finale served as a good possible series finale, making things come full-circle and feeling overall complete which can be viewed as a nice bookend, I am interested to see how things get wrapped up in these final two seasons. Overall, I think having seven seasons is a good long run for the show, and believe me, the show has gotten better and better with each season so it makes me curious to see what they do next.

++ While I haven't watched, nor do I care, about the DC shows on the CW anymore (or the CW in general), hearing that Arrow will be ending after their eighth season honestly surprised me, because I would've thought the network would just milk the entirety of their DC lineup bone dry.

++ The trailer for Marvel's Cloak and Dagger second season has me absolutely hyped up, like you have no idea. I don't think I've talked about this show yet on my journal, but it was the biggest surprise for me last year. The first season was so good, such top quality in writing and storytelling. I'm really hoping that the second season follows suit.
 
 
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Renée
02 March 2019 @ 09:26 pm
++ Brooklyn Nine-Nine has already been renewed for a seventh season, much to everyone's excitement and relief. NBC has really been treating the show well, better than FOX ever did during its five season run. I'm just really happy that we'll be getting another season of this amazing show. :D

++ Sadly though, it seems that One Day At A Time is in danger of being cancelled by Netflix, unless it starts getting more views. What sucks is that ODAAT has always been on the bubble of cancellation ever since the series first premiered, despite the positive reviews and everyone loving it. I know that Netflix is now becoming like network television in how it does things (i.e. cancelling shows on the a whim just because they can), but it's still astounding to me that this is even a thing. I get that viewership is important, but the way Netflix has been handling things in recent years in terms of how they quantify viewership and public opinion is rather dodgy. Either way, I'm really, really hoping that ODAAT gets renewed for a fourth season.

++ I'm also still waiting for the announcement of Marvel's Runaways being renewed for a third season by Hulu. Based on the things I've seen and read there's been positive vibes for the show getting another season, but nothing has officially been confirmed yet, and many fans, myself included, are sick of waiting around and wondering.
 
 
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Current Music: (G)I-DLE - Senorita
 
 
Renée
28 February 2019 @ 04:24 pm
Day Six: In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts.

I'll be honest, my list has stayed relatively the same as last years.

I feel like a lot of my fannish wishes, as linked above, tend to be more focused and tied to how fandom used to be on LJ, from wide variety of icons to communities and discussions. I'll talk more about this when it comes up later in the challenge, but as a whole my fannish wish is just for the interactive and creativity of fandom to thrive again in a journaling space.
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Renée
25 February 2019 @ 03:49 pm
I watched this a while ago but I never did a proper review for it.

Fear is the relinquishment of logic, the willing relinquishing of reasonable patterns. We yield to it or we fight it, but we cannot meet it halfway.Collapse )

It has recently been announced that the show has been renewed, but will undergo the title The Haunting as it will become an anthology series focusing on different haunted houses and stories. The second season, which will debut in 2020, will be entitled The Haunting of Bly Manor, an adaptation of the psychological gothic horror novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.

I actually think this is a good direction to take, because I didn't want a continuation of Hill House since I felt the story was complete. Sure, some may have wanted answers to the mysteries of the house, but I feel like if you truly needed that a short story could be written (similar to how The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer was for Rose Red). Hill House was perfect the way it was and adding onto it would've been unnecessary, imho. I feel like some of the unanswered questions are there for you to make your own interpretations, which I feel is better. Not everything needs an explanation. Furthermore, the fact that this new deal will continue the theme of focusing on basing stories off of existing gothic horrors makes me super excited. Mike Flanagan did a phenomenal job with Hill House, and I'm eager to see what he'll do next with the future of this series.
 
 
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