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Remember the Wicked Pretty Things debacle? Of course you do. Jessica Verday has now decided what to do with the story she refused to straightwash: "I'm extremely grateful to be able to say that my short story 'Flesh Which Is Not Flesh' (Cameron and Wesley's story) is now available as an eBook on Amazon, and from now through August 31, 50% of the proceeds from this story will go to the Living Beyond Tolerance scholarship. I'm hoping we can meet that $200 goal. Exceed it even. Perhaps $500? $1,000?" She also says that the scholarship is "for someone who is LGBT or an Ally and is doing something to make sure everyone is accepted, not just tolerated."

Meanwhile: linkspam! Also: cupcakes.


Trailers and clips

Watch the First Teaser Clip for Marvel's 'Avengers' Franchise Short Film 'One-Shot.' 

A complete inventory of cliches from the new 'Killer Elite' trailer. You had me at "Clive Owen’s villainous moustache." Maybe.

The new trailer for 'Moneyball' changes the game, for good and bad.

See Anne Hathaway & Jim Sturgess in two exclusive clips from the romantic 'One Day'A mousy Anne Hathaway meets cute, sorta, with a drunken Jim Sturgess in One Day.

'In Time' trailer: Featuring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, and a cast of immortal hotties.

Watch Emile Hirsch fight invisible aliens in the trailer for 'The Darkest Hour.'

TIFF 2011 Preview: First Look Pics, Poster and Teaser Trailer for Post-Apocalyptic Thriller 'The Day,' which "includes the likes of Shawn Ashmore, Ashley Bell, Cory Hardrict, Dominic Monaghan, and Shannyn Sossamon." 

Odd First Trailers for Coppola's 'Twixt' and Solondz's 'Dark Horse.' 

'Toy Masters' Trailer Chronicles the Shakespearean Rise and Fall of He-Man.

Watch: Harrison Ford Literally Rips Papa Smurf in Two Following Box Office Battle.

Matt Damon stands up for teachers, slams reporter, all while bald.

Nosh - 404: Page Not Found, aka “The Best 404 Page Ever.” FOR REALLY REAL.



Images

We Bought a Zoo Images Debut.

New poster for Apollo 18: In spacesuit, no one can hear you scream.

Afternoon caption fun time: Play 'Guess the Cause of Death' with these new Final Destination 5 pics!

First Photo of Rupert Grint in "Comrade."



Superheroes and What-All

Back to the Batwoman vs. DC comics kerfuffle: Womanthology, "an anthology graphic novel created entirely by women for charity [...] to showcase the works of female creators of every age and experience levels." As megalosaurusexplains, "It's raised way over twice it's projected cost to print and it still has 5 days before fundraising is over. It's been a pretty cool blow to the Marvel/DC 'women don't make or read comics/men don't want to read about women unless they're sexy' mindset that some people have."

Laurence Fishburne cast as Perry White in 'Man of Steel'; 'Man Of Steel' Star Henry Cavill: Playing Superman Is 'Not A Joke.' Well, shit, not with Laurence Fishburne around, it's not. Related: Directing Gigs: Zack Snyder to Tackle Afghan War Pic, and Paul Schrader to Helm Shark Hostage Tale 'Bait.'

Warner Bros. President on Green Lantern 2 and The Flash ; Ryan Reynolds: 'Deadpool' Is Still On, Unsure About 'Green Lantern' Sequel.

HEY HEY I'M NOT SURE IF THIS IS CONSIDERED A SPIDER-MAN COMICS SPOILER SO MAYBE YOU SHOULD GO AHEAD AND SKIP ON DOWN TO THE NEXT SECTION JUST LOOK FOR THE BOLD FONT Half-black, half-Hispanic Spider-Man revealed; Fans Cry Foul (and Spew Racism) After Major Spider-Man and Superman Announcements; Donald Glover Gets 'Mucho Credit' For New 'Ultimate Spider-Man.'



Casting

Reese Witherspoon Going For High-Concept Disney Comedy In 'Wish List.' Speaking of Disney...

Director Hired For Disney's Snow White Adaptation, Now Titled 'The Order Of The Seven.' THREE. THREE SNOW WHITE MOVIES. When you add in The Hobbit, how many dwarves is that? Thirty-four? Too many goddamn dwarves, is how many.

Alex Proyas Setting Benjamin Walker To Play Archangel Michael In 'Paradise Lost.'

Bradley Cooper And Robert De Niro Reuniting For David O. Russell.

Ben Foster Joins Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father.

'Captain America' Star And Albert Hughes Driving Towards 'Motor City'? It's "“a revenge film about a small time crook who is framed and sent to jail only to go after those who put him there upon release. It's a pretty standard plot that becomes much more interesting when you learn that the original 2009 version of the script contained only a single line of dialogue."



More

Lionsgate & Universal Republic Team on Hunger Games Music.

Warner Bros' Futuristic Robin Hood Tale Gets Rewrite From Michael Ross; Futuristic Robin Hood Gets A Rewrite, Possibly Meaning The Wachowski Version Is Canceled. At some point, before I die, I want someone to make a Robin Hood movie with Orlando Bloom. I trust science to keep both of us alive until then.

Melisa Wallack Boards Emily the Strange.

Paramount Talking Pet Semetary Remake With Alexandre Aja.

Universal drops new version of Clue, but Hasbro remains determined to make all board games into movies; 3 simple suggestions for the global 'Clue' remake.

"Underworld" Box Set will contain "Animatrix"-style animated short films.

J.J. Abrams wants YOUR ideas for how Lost should have ended. I had this urge to duck and cover my head, for some reason.



Reviews

Those damned dirty apes are really good! Two 8.5/10 reviews for Rise of the Planet of the Apes; @christylemire: You maniacs, you blew it up, etc. My review of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (a few hours earlier: "Writing my Apes review and can't get this out of my head. 'I hate every ape I see from chimpan-A to chimpan-Z ...' "); @Annaleen: "Rise of the Planet of the Apes was like a magnificent work of art mashed up with a B-movie. Delicious"'; @ropeofsilicon: "I didn't enjoy Rise of the Planet of the Apes as much as all these Twitter raves, but I'm happy to see them... I definitely want a sequel." Also: Exclusive: Andy Serkis Incites a Rise of the Planet of the Apes; 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Visual Effects Featurette Reveals WETA's Technical Brilliance; Not surprisingly, PETA really, really loves Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes:

“Apes are the heroes of this film, and humans are the villains,” PETA crowed in a statement, praising a movie where, at long last, the apes kill the humans and take over the world, like out of some beautiful, beautiful dream. You guys in PETA do realize that, in this scenario, these super-intelligent, pissed-off apes would rip your face off, right? Does their moral victory outweigh the reality of your face being eaten? Just putting a hypothetical out there.

@christylemire: "Oy, The Change-Up. And with Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds, there was so much hope"; 'The Change-Up' is Funny, but You'd Hardly Know It from this Red Band Trailer; Ryan Reynolds Says The Change-Up Is No Dumber Than A Movie About Talking Apes.

In @Miranda_July's 'The Future', everything is possible.


I don't really have anything for The Slot, so instead I will show you cupcakes. Mmm, cupcakes.







We dared the 106-degree heat to go out and try this Gigi's Cupcakes place. I am pretty sure we will be going back. Cupcake descriptions are here. We have cut a few in half and tested them, and I can now say that the super-chocolate Midnight Magic is really good. My mother kind of liked the Southern Comfort (read: pecan pie cupcake), but couldn't figure out if the very short icing was going for a "hard" praline kind of texture. I haven't heard how the margarita cupcake went, but I know my sister was looking forward to that one the most. She liked the banana split one, and I forget which other one she tried, except that she nearly passed out in a sugar coma afterwards. I bought a s'mores cupcake all for myself because I knew I would like it, so no one's cut into the one in the box yet. I'll probably leave the others to them, except maybe try the wedding cake, or possibly the champagne out of pure curiosity.

Here's the really tricky thing: the menu is different every day of the week. Which means that we can't try chocolate cream pie or cherry limeade unless we also go tomorrow. And this one, which my soul craves, is only on Mondays and Fridays. *shakes fist at heavens*



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God dammit. Now I want cupcakes.

Seconded. So many interesting things, and then I got to the cupcakes, and everything else was "FAZSHOOMED" out of my brain like in that Eddie Izzard stand-up bit about name-forgetting.

The real question is- how was the red velvet? I judge all cupcake places by their red velvet. It's the only cupcake I will even consider eating at Sprinkles.

THE ONE TRUE CAKE AGAINST WHICH ALL OTHER CAKES SHALL BE JUDGED AND FOUND WANTING

Is there any way to buy "Flesh Which Is Not Flesh" without owning a Kindle or downloading the Kindle program onto my computer, or do I have to suck it up and stop being a Luddite?

That's what I'm wondering too- I have no Kindle, but I must read. :/

I don't even like cupcakes all that much, but the banana split one still looks amazing.

My editor's soul agonizes over "Devil’s food cake with dark chocolate chips filled with marshmallow cream" (how can you fill chocolate chips with marshmallow cream??) but my sweet tooth CRAVES IT.

Editors of the world, unite! :D

I confess, I didn't even read it that closely, or I might have had the same reaction. But, as it is past 2am here, I think I may have succeeded in switching my editor-brain off, for once! ;)

How good would marshmallow-cream-filled chocolate chips BE? ;D OM NOM NOM!

I read that entire cupcake site and now I suspect I am descending into a diabetic coma OF DELICIOUSNESS.

OMG WHY DID WE NOT VISIT WITH CUPCAKES WHEN I WAS VISITING WITH YOU???

Clearly I have to come back. :D

So much good linkspam! I am overwhelmed by it! All I can say is The Avengers shorts look intriguing, and Henry Cavill is hott, and Ryan Reynolds should skip over R.I.P.D. and PLAY DEADPOOL ALREADY.

Also, Matt Damon and that 404 page are AWESOME.

And now, bedtime. :)

I did not know about them then, bb! I'm not sure it was even there six weeks ago! Maybe? I don't know. One of my sister's coworkers told her about it. Clearly this means you have to come back.

Oh man, those cupcakes. In Calgary there's a doughnut place like that, where they change up the menu by day in order to make you their willing servant.

We have a Gigi's in Tuscaloosa. Seriously. You must have the Mellow Cream. Any other cupcake is a lie you are telling to your mouth.

I WANT ONE SO BAD

I IMMEDIATELY SAW IT AND KNEW

it was the one.

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NO CLUE REMAKE WITHOUT MADELINE KAHN.

So, basically, no remake ever.

There were so many jokes in that movie I didn't get when I was 12...

is it bad that the cupcakes that sound the most delicious to me are the "boring" vanilla/buttercream ones (wedding cake and birthday surprise) i guess i am a lame old lady :) though that mellow cream one and the s'mores one both sound good (i like that they TOASTED the marshmallows which a lot of recipes leave out...like whats the point) so i guess i also like chocolate/marshmallows :)

cleo-were you the one who said "living in the south is like walking around in someone's mouth" on the Made of Fail podcast? I just wanted to compliment whoever came up with that because that is the most apt description i have ever heard!

Heh, no--Rinna said that.

OMG! Thank you so much for linking to the awesome cupcakes, otherwise it might have taken me ages to find out that they're opening a store right here in my hometown in September!

You'll have to share how awesome they are, so I know how excited to be. I already hear the Banana Cream Pie one calling my name. It's looks too southern for words!

Cupkate's cupcake truck in the Bay Area has a great S'mores cupcake, which means that I've barely tried any other. That green one is super pretty: Cherry Limeade, I presume?

...am I correct in noting that some of those cupcakes have more icing by volume than cake? Holy cow.

I want one.

You are correct if you are noting that this makes them TEN TIMES MORE AWESOME./also wants one


They cannot remake Clue. Nothing could possibly be more awesome than Tim Curry. It is doomed to failure from the start.

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