Fandom takes all life and morphs it to our own purposes. Thanks to [ profile] beer_good_foamy for the pointer to [ profile] china_shop's Making Up is Hard To Do (Fandom/LJ, NC-17). This is hilarious and totally wins at life.
The first part of the SoN remake by a bunch of high schoolers is out on you tube. Totally silly, but fun.

SoN Season 1 recap part 1 - length 7:05 )

There is also a 'The Making of' clip by the girl who directed. It's pretty much what I imagine Ashley would say prior to posting one of her videos on youtube. Funny stuff.

The Making of SoN - 3:50 of randomness )
AfterEllen reports that Logo is going to start airing Curl Girls on June 18th. The show is going to be about six lesbian/bi women who spend their free time surfing, drinking, fighting and hooking up.

What an awesome concept for a reality show! It's like someone at Logo was actually trying to create a show that would make me breakdown and watch a reality show. They succeeded. Can't wait.

Apparently, there was a first Curl Girls in 2005.

As usual, you tube delivered the goods )
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( Jun. 1st, 2007 09:29 pm)
Back when I thought that LJ was the neatest community I knew, I didn't mind the ads. After all why not let Six Apart make money for a service I valued?

Then LJ Abuse totally blew me off when I reported the porn hate post on [ profile] _southofnowhere. I was disappointed, but life went on and we got a supermod for the community.

Thanks to WFI, it's become clear that advertisers are fundamentally a bad thing because Six Apart management is willing to do anything to prevent the possibility of maybe displeasing some of them.

I'm switching to a basic account, this way I won't be contributing to the problem.
Just saw RE: Apocalypse finally. I take back everything I said about video game adaptations. The first movie was mostly blah, but RE: Apocalypse rocked my world.

Jill Valentine is so cool. Definitely liked the gun harness over the little blue top with the short black skirt and high heels. That look totally worked for her.

Milla is so badass, she looks totally credible in the action scenes. So many good ones: when she rides through the church window on her bike, jumping off the exploding police car while chased by nemesis, running vertically down the city hall building, catching her gun before it reaches the ground and shooting down the guards, too many to list them all...She really gets to show off her stuff.

Since this was written by the same guy who did the first movie, I guess it goes to show that the director does make a big difference in how the movie comes out.

They totally set the ending up for a sequel, so now I am really looking forward to RE 3. Milla + Ali Larter + Russell Mulcahy! Can't wait.
Why isn't Emma Thomson in more movies? I recently saw 'Stranger than fiction' on the plane. The premise sounded silly and made me think twice about watching it but it had Emma in it so I gave it a shot. I was reminded all over again of how adorable, smart, funny and fabulous Emma Thomson is.

The best thing about the movie was Karen and Penny. When Queen Latifah showed up as Penny Escher, Emma/Karen's novel finishing consultant (there's a job for an English major !), they worked so well on screen together, I was having fantasies of Penny/Karen slash.
Emma Thomson spends a good share of the movie wandering around in her pajamas, all angsty and overintellectualizing, trying to get over her writers' block while Queen Latifah's all butched up in her pantsuit, strong and no nonsense, yet cuddly - sort of a female version of Teal'c. I was so ready for Penny to carry Karen off and show her what the love of a good woman could do for her.

Maggie Gyllenhaal (sp?) is the cutest thing ever as Will Ferrell's IRS conscientious objector girlfriend.

Pan's Labyrinth: saw this finally, and it was absolutely awesome - dark, fantastical, violent but hopeful - in a way that Hollywood productions just can't do. I need to watch The spirit of the beehive next.

Because I said so: saw about half of this as I was interruped by the plane starting its descent. I'm putting it on the Netflix queue to watch it all with the gf. Total chick flick but it's upbeat and funny. It has Diane Keaton in the overprotective, often annoying but quirky and lovable mom role she does so well. Mandy Moore is all kinds of adorable in this. She surprised me by how good a job she did as the youngest daughter who keeps going out with the wrong men. She manages to date and sleep with two men at the same time without coming off as a player or a slut. The plot is not any big mystery but the eye candy factor is considerable because it also has the Gilmore Girls' mom and Piper Perabo. The movie's all around feel good even if I was surprised at how underused Piper Perabo esp. is.

How could I forget to talk about Dhoom:2? Sure, it's a knock-off of just about every silly action movie from the past 10 years and a few which actually took themselves seriously like MI:2, but it is total hoot. First there's the amazing eye candy - for a refresher check [ profile] trancer21's pic spam.
Seriously, I had no idea. Mr A and Aishwarya Rai are incredible. Plus they sing *and* dance. The action sequences are more DEBS or Charlie's Angels-like than The Matrix, but hey, it's good fun and a minimal load on the brain. Definitely worth adding to the Netflix queue esp. if you haven't seen a Bollywod movie before.
murasaki1200: (gets_it_faster: GRRR)
( Apr. 15th, 2007 03:02 pm)
While we're waiting for Girl Trash to get posted, here's a random parody trailer of a Starsky and Hutch/Kung Fu action movie a bunch of the SON kids and their friends put together. Eileen and Mandy show up in bit parts.

You Tube crack under the cut )

And this was bound to happen at some point. Some SON fans are redoing the show in short form.

South of Nowhere Redux credits under the cut )
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( Apr. 14th, 2007 01:14 pm)
I just read this great post by [ profile] synecdochic about the beta process which strikes me as being useful not just for beta'ing but also for writing.

Jill Wagner in the wardrobe department of Stargate: Atlantis.

From Gateworld

Jill Wagner, perhaps best known for her role as Krista Starr in the short-lived Blade TV series, will step up for a prominent role in the fourth season of Stargate Atlantis, executive producer Joseph Mallozzi recently revealed in a post at his blog.

Wagner will play Larrin, the leader of an unnamed, technologically advanced race who set off from their Wraith-stricken planet in a generational ship. When Larrin and her people capture Colonel John Sheppard, they hope to convince him to use his Ancient gene to aide their cause.

The 28-year-old actress was born in North Carolina, and has also appeared on such series as Monk and Dr. Vegas.

Larrin's race will be introduced in "Travelers," expected to air as the fourth episode of Season Four. They are meant to be a recurring "wild card" for the Atlantis expedition, as their allegiances may swing in many different directions.

"Travelers" goes before cameras soon, and will air this fall on The SCI FI Channel in the U.S. Stick with GateWorld for the latest on this episode and the rest of Season Four!

Joseph Malozzi posted a little more about 'Travelers' on his blog.

Amanda Tapping *and* Jill Wagner on Atlantis! Score! Now I just need to hear that Claudia Black will be making some appearances and all will be right with the world.
I got a chance to watch this on the plane over and loved it. The movie looks beautiful. It's one of these cast of thousands historical productions, that's a feast for the eye, has plenty of dark family drama and even has some kung fu. The action takes place almost entirely in the Forbidden City. There is gold and red everywhere, brocaded tapestries and richly decorated furnishings. The thousand of extras are exquisitely dressed and everything is color coordinated. All the splendor feels a little overwhelming at times, but it's part of the experience.

Here's a spoiler -free version of the delightfully melodramatic plot summary from imdb (courtesy of Sony Pictures):
China, Later Tang Dynasty, 10th Century. On the eve of the Chong Yang (Chrysanthemum) Festival, golden flowers fill the Imperial Palace. The Emperor (Chow Yun Fat) returns unexpectedly with his second son, Prince Jai (Jay Chou). His pretext is to celebrate the holiday with his family, but given the chilled relations between the Emperor and the ailing Empress (Gong Li), this seems disingenuous.
Amid the glamour and grandeur of the festival, ugly secrets are revealed. As the Imperial Family continues its elaborate charade in a palatial setting, thousands of golden armored warriors charge the palace. Against a moonlit night, thousands of chrysanthemum blossoms are trampled as blood spills across the Imperial Palace.

The theatrical trailer:

A shorter, more action oriented trailer:

Think 'Rome' with ninjas, kung fu and haunting drum beat, and you've got 'Curse of the Golden Flower'. The film has all of the splendor of a Cecil B de Mille production, all the devious scheming and political maneuvering of 'Rome', but with more cool kung fu fights. It sounds like kind of a weird mix but kung fu is always a good addition to any plot in my book.
Throughout the movie, every hour is marked by eery chanting of a haiku like verse and the sound of a gong. Men and women all have long, flowing black hair and layers of robes, which increases the sex factor at least tenfold.

Spoilers ahead... )
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( Mar. 31st, 2007 02:16 pm)
I'm not sure how it's even possible that I haven't heard of this 'til today. [ profile] fenris_wolf pointed me to Sanctuary which should be coming our way in May 2007. It's going to be webisodes and sounds very cool with monsters, girls kicking ass (+ guns) and computer generated scenery.

Sounds like the perfect way to get my Amanda Tapping fix without having to actually watch Stargate Atlantis.

Here's the trailer: )

Amanda Tapping being her super cute self in an interview about 'Sanctuary' )
[ profile] fenris_wolf alerted me to this site full of insanely cute pictures (with bonus funny commentary).
Danger: cuteness overload ahead, you've been warned )
Must...resist...the dreaded...cuteness trifecta...
Rules of cuteness? Discuss:
  • Mommy and Baby

  • Paws up

  • Looking helpless

  • Tiny ear or paw action

  • Small ear to head size ratio

  • Human like behavior

  • Cross species bonding

Seriously, the internet is full of wonderful things
murasaki1200: (Paige)
( Mar. 13th, 2007 09:49 pm)
The AfterEllen recap of TLW revealed that Paige actually showed up in 4x10. YouTube delivered the goods and it's both funny and cute.
Not only does Paige show up at Shane's looking absolutely adorable, but there's a hilarious conversation in code about sex while they're having breakfast with Jared.

Jared's brain is clearly crunching on this nonsensical discussion of stories like a Cylon virus working its way through BSG's firewalls. With a little help, he'll have it figured out in no time:
"You see, Jared, sometimes Moms need help with their stories, so they get together with other Moms to exchange stories..."

"That's okay, Mom, I understand. Can you get me the same babysitter as last time? Oh, and good luck with the stories."
Ski week is the best vacation of the year. The mountain is beautiful, the sun is shining, and the alpine village is friendly.

snow village under the cut )

The best part though, is that the only thing we do all day long is just have fun on the slopes. This year has been a little more challenging than usual because I foolishly decided to learn to snowboard instead of skiing as usual. After two and a half day of falling all over the place, I'm black and blue all over and can barely sit.
The only good thing about hanging around the beginner area is that we were surrounded with tiny 4 and 5 years old munchkins zipping around like pros on their skis which I never get tired of watching. So cute!

Taking an afternoon off is not all bad. The 21st century is (very) slowly making a few inroads. They now have an internet cafe where I can catch up with what's happening in the rest of the world with a little bit of mulled wine to help the pain medication along. Life is good.
First off with the useful stuff: I recently started reading The First Five Pages, by Noah Lukeman. He's a literary agent and has seen it all. His book is a good starting point to figuring out how to edit yourself. I've already learned a lot and I'm only on chapter 4 :D.
Chapter 2 for instance, is about overuse of adjectives and adverbs and how to avoid it. Just one of the things I learned by reading [ profile] jengrrrl's stories, but it was good to read up on the mechanics of why it is so.
Chapter 3 is about 'Sound' which is probabaly the single most important determinant of whether or not I'm going to read a story. If I start reading the first bit and it sounds awkward and painful to read, 95% of the time I will skip the rest of the story, unless, and this only happens very rarely, there's something about the writing that grabs me, most often humor -- I love my crack!fic -- or something authentic, an energy that shines through. This makes me curious about how the writer's mind works and I'll give it another go.

Further babbling behind the cut )
This seemed like a fun thing to do, so here goes.

100 words about my default icon )
It's worth getting the magazine just for the cover picture. The tidbits about Loken's upcoming part on The L Word make it sound like we're in for much hotness, and hopefully Angela Robinson will come up with a cool project with Kris in the future. We can only hope.

Full text of the interview below the cut )
I was inspired to watch a few Xena episodes on youtube recently. As campy and silly as Xena was, in the end it turned into a show that was maybe not great, but at least solidly crafted. There were even a couple of episodes which were genius, and in my book, the best in the series.

Favorite Xena episode )