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04 July 2019 @ 04:14 pm
And off in the distance you hear fireworks...  
++ After seeing the trailer for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, I am even more excited than I was before. We only had a brief sneak peek last time, but here we get actual footage from the series and I'm incredibly impressed with it. So far from what we see in this trailer, there's a blend of the old school puppetry and use of special effects to enhance the world, and I really like that. And this is only a teaser trailer, which I'm assuming we'll be getting another one between now and before it premieres, but damn. I'm all in. Although I know that Netflix has been very picky about this very thing, I'm just hoping that it'll be released onto DVD/Bluray. Because, what's the point if I can't have the movie and the series together on my DVD shelf? I need a completed collection, dammit.

++ One Day At A Time has been saved by CBS! I was honestly surprised by this news, because based on what was being reported it seemed that Netflix was refusing to budge for anyone to save the show. But it seems like that was only for other streaming services to pick it up, not network television. It's still shitty what Netflix did, and continues to do, with the majority of their programming by cancelling after three seasons (or less) with no warning whatsoever based on a fucked up subscriber algorithm, but I'm happy that at least ODAAT was able to be saved.

++ Very recently, since many videos were popping up in preparation for the release of the Child's Play remake, I went down the rabbit hole of watching Aubrey Plaza videos on YouTube, from compilations to interviews and other segments. I've always loved Aubrey ever since Parks and Rec, but I hadn't watched some of her interviews and things in a while so I just went down that rabbit hole of hunting them down. I love her so much. We kind of share the same sense of humor, and I do like how she's become more comfortable during interviews now, while still maintaining that level of deadpan humor and awkwardness. My favorite recent ones are her episode on Hot Ones and her taking a lie detector test. But really, everything she does is gold. ❤

++ It was announced yesterday that Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel in the upcoming live-action The Little Mermaid, and naturally all the racists have come out of the woodwork being mad about it because this Ariel is going to be black. This happens every single time, it's quite predictable, and just seeing the mental gymnastics they do to defend their racism and ignorance is just wild. It's not really surprising anymore, just disappointing. Either way, while The Little Mermaid is not my favorite Disney movie, and while these live-action remakes are a huge hit-or-miss for me personally, I have no problems about this casting at all.
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Laura: The Defenders: Matt & Jessicaviolateraindrop on July 5th, 2019 09:39 am (UTC)
CBS originally wanted to have the show for its online service and Netflix refused. They found a clever way around it since they apparently don't want it for the main network. I'm guessing they can put it up for streaming after a set period of time.

To be honest I never really cared that much about the classic Disney movies and I've never seen any of the live action remakes. I do think they should add some red to her hair. Zendaya dyed her hair for some of the Spider-Man press tour and looked absolutely stunning. It's the same thing really. MJ should be a white redhead...
Today I saw that the hashtag #notmyAriel trended in Germany which is unusual since English hashtags rarely get this popular. Luckily some of them were making fun of the German detergent brand Ariel since the German name for the mermaid is actually Arielle.
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 5th, 2019 05:19 pm (UTC)
It certainly is a clever loophole they found.

I remember the rumors that Zendaya might've been considered for Ariel, which would've been amazing. But this is the next best decision, I think.

But it's true, every time a POC is cast for a traditionally white role everyone gets up in arms about it. I remember the uproar that happened when ‎Quvenzhané Wallis was to play little orphan Annie in Annie, people were outraged because she wasn't a white red-headed girl. People were apparently pissed when there was a lot of ambiguity surrounding who Zendaya was playing in the new Spider-Man movies, whether she was Mary Jane or not, because she didn't have red hair. It's just so ridiculous, frustrating seeing the racism jump out, but ridiculous all the same.
Laura: Spider-Man: Homecomingviolateraindrop on July 5th, 2019 06:09 pm (UTC)
I also heard that about Zendaya, but people are saying that Halle's voice is the better fit *shrugs*

It was probably good that Marvel never acknowledged that she's MJ before the movie came out and it was treated as a kind of easter egg.
Profiterole: Sense8 - Nomi and Amanita_profiterole_ on July 5th, 2019 12:10 pm (UTC)
I'm glad they went for a diverse cast for The Little Mermaid.
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 5th, 2019 04:56 pm (UTC)
At least with Ariel, idk who else has been cast outside of her and Ursula. I'm just hoping that the rest of the cast will be a nice mix of people. I know some people have valid concerns and criticisms of Disney (as a corporation) not really caring about the diversity, but you have to admit this was a bold move on their part.
♣ κяìssⓐsauя, ì ¢нσσѕє уσu! ♣: +MBLAQ: Joon  ▬▬▬ HEDGEHOGSkrissasaur on July 5th, 2019 03:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, so that's why I saw some dumbass with 10,000 IQ going on and on about melanin and mermaids on twitter the other day.

I am not so sure how I love the idea of Halle Berry as Ariel though.... Something about her face doesn't do it for me. Maybe because while she doesn't look her age, she doesn't look young either? I just looked her up and shes 52 so yea, I am just confused! Nothing against her blackness though, honestly someone who looks like Bianca Lawson (... How is she 40?) would be perfect.
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 5th, 2019 04:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, so that's why I saw some dumbass with 10,000 IQ going on and on about melanin and mermaids on twitter the other day.

The amount of dumb things I've seen -- from how "mermaids don't have melanin from being underwater" to crying out that the original story was written by someone Danish therefore that somehow confirms that she should be white is absolutely ridiculously absurd. Just, people are willing to reach that much to justify their bigotry. SMH.

It's not Halle Berry. It's Halle Bailey, here is a picture of her with the announcement of her casting (should have put this in the post). But it's a common mistake people made, if you're just glancing at the name your mind automatically goes to "Halle Berry". ;) Obviously, Barry isn't the right age for the role, but this girl is.
♣ κяìssⓐsauя, ì ¢нσσѕє уσu! ♣: +MBLAQ: Joon ▬▬▬ HEDGEHOGSkrissasaur on July 5th, 2019 05:23 pm (UTC)
Oh shit! I misread! Yes okay, that woman DOES look like how I would expect Ariel to look! She is super cute!
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 5th, 2019 05:39 pm (UTC)
She's also a fantastic singer, too.
♣ κяìssⓐsauя, ì ¢нσσѕє уσu! ♣: +MBLAQ: Joon ▬▬▬ HEDGEHOGSkrissasaur on July 5th, 2019 05:41 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! I really hope this adaption will be good now! Most of them I have hated. I think I only liked Maleficent actually? But i will look forward to this. In video she is honestly even more perfect.
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 5th, 2019 05:49 pm (UTC)
I'm the same as you, I'm not really fond of most of the live-action remakes. I don't go out of my way to see them, and the ones I have seen I've only ever liked Maleficent and Cinderella. The rest? Feel unnecessary, or were just badly done. I think the only upcoming one I'm curious about is Mulan, but otherwise I'm rather meh about these remakes overall.
stolenglimpsestolenglimpse on July 5th, 2019 06:37 pm (UTC)
Funny enough, I have never watched The Dark Crystal.

My first reaction to the casting for Ariel was "meh, why a black girl?" but that didn't last more than 3 seconds... like, who cares, right?
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 5th, 2019 06:52 pm (UTC)
It's a fantastic movie, which I recommend you watch at some point. If nothing else than to marvel at the amazing puppetry and set designs alone. Jim Henson said it was his best passion projects he ever worked on, and it shows.

My question would be, "why not a black girl?" Because really, it makes no difference to the character. If Brandy can be Cinderella in the very diverse and iconic 1997 version of Rodger and Hammerstein's Cinderella, this should also be accepted as well.
stolenglimpsestolenglimpse on July 5th, 2019 07:58 pm (UTC)
I think my reaction simply goes explained as we're so used to a white redhead but I don't think Arial was ever depicted as white with red hair. I also believe there was a whole thing with Daryl Hannah being blond in Splash and they truly wanted to make a difference between the two. Also, red and green go very well together. In hindsight, I'm okay with an actress of color. i mean, it is about time that we stop white washing all characters.

I mean, I rememvber back when the Harry Potter theater thing came out and Hermione was black. She was never depicted as white. "Brown unruly/curly hair" yes but that's it... basically.

I never saw the Brandy movie. I know Whitney Houston is the fairy godmother in it. That's all.
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 5th, 2019 09:14 pm (UTC)
She was never depicted as white. "Brown unruly/curly hair" yes but that's it... basically.

That's kind of a tricky area. Did JKR describe Hermione as white? Not explicitly, but all book covers worldwide depicted her as white, the movies cast a white actress, all merchandising features her as white, and the character was pretty much a self-insertion of the author herself, who is white. Plus, JKR clearly does describe characters who aren't white (hence the Blaise Zabini backlash when it was described that he was a black boy and suddenly certain areas of the HP fandom went ballistic for a time). I think when this came up re: the play JKR showed her support of the casting by saying that she didn't describe Hermione in detail outside of her bushy hair and bucked teeth, thereby any interpretation is fine. But I do believe that, when JKR wrote the books, she wrote Hermione to be white, which was reflected in everything outside of the play of her being white.

But that's an inherent problem overall, this notion of "white until proven otherwise" mentality many have, from the general public to mainstream media. It's why whitewashing in general needs to stop.

I never saw the Brandy movie. I know Whitney Houston is the fairy godmother in it. That's all.

Oh, it's very good. I also highly recommend watching it. I've seen other versions of Rodgers and Hammersteins Cinderella, and they're all good, but this one was unique because it features a heavily diverse cast. We have a black Cinderella, an Asian prince whose mother is black and father is white. It's amazing.

Edited at 2019-07-05 09:23 pm (UTC)
stolenglimpsestolenglimpse on July 8th, 2019 03:49 pm (UTC)
It's why whitewashing in general needs to stop.

Yes, I agree a billion % with that.

going back to my reaction to the casting for Ariel is, I think, mainly based off the fact I'm so used to Ariel being white and red hair that it didn't seem to fit. Splash had a white and blond woman as the mermaid. The mermaids in PotC were all white, I think, too. but yeah, mainly because Ariel is linked to the white girl with red hair but there,s nothing wrong with a black mermaid. It's a fun and nice change.

A lot of things have to change... like killing all gay characters, too. Or having a token black guy in a show or movie that basically does nothing...
author_by_night: LeslieBen by nuv0le_rapideauthor_by_night on July 5th, 2019 10:57 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad that ODAAT is coming back!

Also, for real, my only issue with the Ariel casting was that I read "Halle Berry" at first and thought wow, that's some epic Dawson Casting. Then I stood corrected.

Edited at 2019-07-05 11:03 pm (UTC)
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 5th, 2019 11:30 pm (UTC)
I was honestly shocked when that was announced! I had thought there was no hope, but apparently it seems like there was at least one saving grace to it through a particular loophole.

And lol, I think many people read it that way.
noybusiness: never seen an elephant flynoybusiness on July 6th, 2019 05:14 pm (UTC)
Very excited for The Dark Crystal! Also, if you weren't already aware, I should mention that the novels lead up to the series' events directly, with some of the same characters.

Oh, for Christ's sake. It's not as if Hans Christian Andersen gave a detailed physical description of the mermaid, or even that there's anything about the Disney adaptation that requires her to be a certain ethnicity.

Edited at 2019-07-06 05:19 pm (UTC)
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 8th, 2019 01:13 am (UTC)
I really need to get to reading more of the books/comics out there, as I've only read the novelization of the movie and The World of the Dark Crystal.

People's overreaction is so ridiculous, and the more I see certain things said the more I want to go, "...are you even hearing yourself right now?" Ugh.
noybusiness: never seen an elephant flynoybusiness on July 8th, 2019 02:50 am (UTC)
The novels that build up to Age of Resistance especially (Shadows, Song, Tides and Flames of the Dark Crystal). The Creation Myths graphic novels are cool, too.

Exactly, do they not hear how they sound or not care?
Avox in Arcadia: David/Syd: magic manperpetual on July 7th, 2019 09:59 pm (UTC)
Wait, have you not seen Legion? The show of pure concentrated essence of Aubrey Plaza's brilliance?
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 8th, 2019 01:08 am (UTC)
Oh, I do watch Legion! She is literally brilliant in that, in fact that was one of the biggest selling points for me to watch the show in the first place. Her as Lenny Busker is like, the best casting choice ever, especially since originally the part was for an older man. Aubrey just dominates any role, and it's amazing. ;)
Avox in Arcadia: April: Janet Snakeholeperpetual on July 9th, 2019 11:24 am (UTC)
Oh okay good. :) It's my new favorite show, and she's not the only reason for that, but Lenny Busker is probably her most immortal role.
orangerfulorangerful on July 8th, 2019 02:59 am (UTC)
Dark Crystal is going to have a panel at Comic Con so I'm expecting some more footage then but of course, the release will be right around the corner! I'm also hoping for a full Witcher trailer to come out of SDCC. The new photos I've seen from filming look really cool.