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Hello, peoples of the internet
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I am a little tired right now.

@cleolinda: I did not sleep at all last night. Just lay there hoping Bad Cat was making That Rustling Sound.

@SuperCricket: @cleolinda and that's how Cleolinda found out she had a heffalump infestation.

Speaking of Twitter: please do not contact me there if you currently are or are pretending to be on hard drugs. Thank you.

@NASA_Hubble: Helium walks into a bar. Bartender says "We don't take kindly to Noble Gasses here." Helium doesn't react.

You know, as Mark gets ever further into Harry Potter, I began to wonder why I never did Order of the Phoenix in Fifteen Minutes. What the hell was going on at the time? So I went back and checked some dates.

Goblet of Fire came out in November 2005. I remember this because we had a cold midnight showing (yay scarves!) instead of a hot summer one.

For whatever reason, I didn't get around to doing that one until... April 2007? Damn. I think I was still taking classes through 2006 (I never finished my MFA), and of course spent the first half of 2005 taking classes and writing the Fifteen Minutes book. So I was monumentally exhausted when GOF came out, it looks like, and once I missed it, it was hard to get the momentum back. Eventually I did, but it took a while.

Order of the Phoenix then came out in... 2007. Okay, this is starting to make sense. July 2007, to be precise--which is, as you notice, quite logically after April 2007. I bet I was trying to catch up on GOF so I could then do OOTP when it was fresh. But I let that one slip by, too.

I sat here and thought about it and tried to remember what my deal was, and--this is so, so stupid, and I don't want to discourage anyone from giving their honest opinion, but--a couple of people got upset about a line (of mine, not the movie's) to the effect of (MARK, SERIOUSLY, DON'T READ THIS) Harry saying to Sirius, "Remind me why I'm going to be so upset when you bite it?" As in, HOW DARE I be so--flippant? dismissive? snarky? something--about a beloved fictional character and his impending death. A death they found out about when Order of the Phoenix was published four years before they were sitting there reading the GOF parody and were still grieving. I guess I'd thought the mourning period was over, but there you are. So here I am, a month or two after people getting upset, faced with the movie in which Sirius actually dies, and while I'm not sure what was actually going on in my life at that point, I distinctly remember thinking, "Knowing how ornery people are about this, still, four years later, I really do not want to deal with trying to make this funny right now."

The correct response, of course, would have been <---HATERS TO THE LEFT, but I hadn't finished my degree in bitchcraft at the time, either.

But people asked why I never wrote that one up, and as far as I can remember, that's why: because I have a desperate need to make everyone happy all of the time.

Speaking of which: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Behind the Scenes Photos.

Completely Similar Directors Darren Aronofsky and David Slade Vying for Wolverine 2. ...what? David Slade came out of Eclipse with his cred intact, as far as I'm concerned, so not only could you do worse than class up a big-budget X-Men movie, you could not do worse than the first Wolverine. It's kind of a win-win situation. But... Aronofsky? Really? I mean... that is... what? I know I'm like the only person who liked The Fountain (in which Hugh Jackman was fantastic, by the way. CONNECTIONS), but... what? Am I going to be traumatized by this? Was that Black Swan trailer his Mutant Natalie Portman tryout? I don't even know.  

Related: PREVIEW: Archie's 'Twilight' Parody, Part 2! Sigh.

Better: Jackson Rathbone: New TV gig. 

trailer_spot: Tamara Drewe, 127 Hours, Housemaid, Fair Game, Case 39.

Jeremy Renner in 'Mission: Impossible', Only It Might Not Be Called 'Mission: Impossible.' Well, that seems... pointful.

7th Doctor Possibly Hobbit's Radagast the Brown, Which Means Something if You're a Nerd. That would be most of us here, yes.

John Cusack Playing Poe in 'The Raven.'

First Official 'Arthur' Images. Note: Not related to Arthurian legend in any way. Except, wait, wasn't Helen Mirren in Excalibur? Only tangentially related, then.

Official Site, Clip for Devil. AKA "The Movie Trailer Everyone Laughed at When M. Night Shyamalan's Name Appeared."

Hark, a Vagrant: Nancy Drew comic.

'The Last Exorcism': What Did You Think (of the Ending)? Honestly? Finding out the ending is the first thing that's made me want to see it. Because I have a deep appreciation for the (metaphorically) cracked-out.

Del Toro's 'Mountains of Madness' is Like 'Hellboy' Meets 'The Thing.' 

And finally, in news relating not in the least to movies: They're broadcasting those Russian numbers again. 

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Three words: Banana bread hallelujah! <---made the entire movie worth my time.


The Fountain is one of my all-time favorite movies! Allow me to test out my own HATERS TO THE LEFT.

I just want to second the Fountain love.

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PoA in 15 Minutes was how I discovered you Cleo. And it's thanks to you that I discovered Mark. Full circle?

Oh, gosh, that "Puffins gonna puff" killed me. I LOVE IT.

Also, I have a friend going for her MFA, and she's doing it all online. Maybe that's something you could look into?

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OH. MY. GOD. That icon is fucking awesome. I really want to get two cats (or bunnies), one black & one white so I can name them that. <3 Crowley.

you aren't the only person to like The Fountain. still remains to be one of my favorite tragic romance movies <3 the comic is just as beautiful too. tho agreed, I rarely find another person who liked/understood it. :(

For whatever it's worth, I would still love to see a m15m for OOTP, even this much later. It's timeless!

Was I the only person in the internet HP-o-sphere that didn't actually mind when Sirius bit it? In my entry after OotP, I have: "Well, at least he didn't get run over by a Muggle postal truck like Megan was predicting." and "BELLATRIX LESTRANGE, FUCK YEAH!"

No, I was never much of a Sirius fan.

I just reread OoP and the pain of Sirius's demise is as, uh, painful as ever. Which, for me, is not terribly painful, but for others it might well be.

I'm so excited about McCoy being in Hobbit. SO EXCITED. If nothing else, it should produce some good macros.

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Poor guy. He should try being Alan Smithee for a few years and see if that helps.

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Now that I've been spoiled for The Last Exorcism I'm tempted to see it. Funny how it can sometimes work backwards.

I know, right? People were saying it was silly and disappointing, but it sounds enjoyably batshit to me. Again, maybe that's because I'd be watching it as The Movie That Leads Up to This Ending.

I will confess to being the kind of person who mourns for a fictional character for years and years and years. (Hey, I'm not saying I'm proud of it!) But even so, I can always appreciate a good parody. You gotta keep at least some slight vestige of a sense of humor in the world of fandom, or your sanity is pretty much done for. Haters to the left, indeed.

I like your icon better than the meme!

People like the Sirius Black superfans scare me. Because there are a lot of works of fiction I hold dear to my heart, but I don't go on scary rampages if someone else dislikes them or (gasp) mocks them. I find that shit seriously weird. You didn't even write it! I mean, if you were JK Rowling and spent decades of your life sweating over creating the thing and then had to read nasty comments about it, I could see getting bent out of shape because that is her personal artistic creation.** But what kind of weirdness is going on when a fan, an appreciator, takes it as a personal assault when someone doesn't react to a work of art in what they deem to be the appropriate manner? It's not yours. You didn't make it. You don't own it. You don't control it. You know?

**But even creators shouldn't launch vendettas against critics. Is there anything more squick inducing than an author who calls out a critic online? Ew.

I just still think that was so weird. To basically say, not a quote, "You were not respectful of a fictional character who is no longer with us!" Well, technically he wasn't ever with us, but...