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29 June 2014 @ 07:11 am
Via solarmovie.tl, I've been watching episodes of the Showtime series Penny Dreadful. It's a wonderful representation of dark Victoriana. There is something evil and sinister at every turn, and I love it.

Woven amidst the storyline are Professor Murray, in search of his missing daughter Mina. Hence there is an abundance of references to the undead and everliving. Dr. Victor Frankenstein in all his angst and madness, births not one but two creatures here. His less than ethical medical practices are sought out by the professor, to help decypher the mystery that surrounds his daughter. Dorian Gray puts in an appearance, and wouldn't you know it, the local theatre is rehearsing a production of Sweeny Todd!

In addition, Vanessa Ives, Ethan Chandler and Brona Croft are central to the plot in their own nefarious ways.

I find myself happily drawn to the use of the Victorian's obsession with the occult as a major plot device. It's something I've always been fascinated by, and just today I am having to make the difficult choice of either binge watching more episodes or sleeping. For the moment sleep wins, because I have to work tonight. Besides, the show is best enjoyed in the evening, and in darkness. Much more atmospheric that way.

More about the cast with photos (possibility) at a later date.

Where: home
Feeling: exhaustedexhausted
Noise: pigeons in flight on and off my a/c unit outside
This drawing simply blows me away. If I could use it as a header I would. I absolutely love it. Thank you Bing for making my day again.

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Isn't it pretty?
Feeling: hungry, sleepy
Noise: birds chirping
18 May 2014 @ 10:14 am
I was going to start typing, but then Basil came for a cuddle. He takes priority. I had him shaved last weekend and he's been like a new man. Ever so affectionate, giving lots of kisses and cuddling close to me when we sleep. I waited for his spring cut because its been so blasted cold. Most mornings when we go for our walk, he has to wear his jacket.

Speaking of the weather, whoa climate change or what? I can't remember a spring this cold in Iowa. Am I seriously going to have to bundle up on Memorial Day? I've only worn sandals once this season. The rest of the time I'm in socks and shoes. And I'm wearing 'winter' pajamas. No sign of the time when I'll put the comforter away until fall. I may have it on the bed all year long at this rate.

I decided to end my hiatus - well because I felt like it. Not that I have anything earth shattering to share. I thought I'd just start posting thoughts and pics again. And as you can see, I've used my OTP once again (what is this the 100th Ten and Rose theme?) again for my layout. Believe me, I tried different things, but nothing beats David and Billie. I love their photos. And I cheated with the header; it's premade found on Tumblr.

Well, I'm starving and a salad sounds really good, so I'm off to raid the fridge.

Where: home
Feeling: hungryhungry
Noise: Basil getting a drink
18 May 2014 @ 09:34 am

Of such things a thousand fanfics are born.
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Feeling: hungryhungry
Noise: birdies chirping

Doctor Who: Why is David Tennant still the nation’s (the world's) favourite Doctor?
Monday 19 Aug 2013 10:02 am


Since Peter Capaldi was revealed two Sundays ago as the actor cast to succeed Matt Smith as Doctor Twelve, eBay has reported a surge in sales for Doctor Who memorabilia. But surprisingly, one man comes out on top: David Tennant. He is the best selling Doctor on eBay. Why is he still so popular?
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Thanks for indulging me. ♥♥
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Feeling: awakeawake
Noise: pigeons making a racket on the roof
10 August 2013 @ 05:27 am

I wouldn't kick him out of bed, that's for sure. Ah yes, a Rupert Penry-Jones screencap from his latest series "Silk". He plays Clive Reader, a 38 year old barrister who's just bought a motorcycle (he insists he isn't having a mid life crisis). One of the best bits from the first episode of season 2, is when he trips over his tongue while asking a female solicitor out for a drink: "Do you want a quick fuck or a drink?" To his embarrassment/dismay/relief, she says no to the first, yes to the second. He's gorgeous and he knows it, but he's brilliant in the court room and is appreciated by his Q.C. because of it.

I really like the show. It takes the usual courtroom drama and spins it around on its head a little, and witty things come out. Much of the dialog is snappy and the pace is pretty quick.

I definitely recommend it. And I hope there will be more shirtless Roo in further episodes.
Where: home
Feeling: sleepysleepy
Noise: Basil snoring

Vote in the Anglo Fan Favorites Tournament, Men of 2013: Round 2
By staff | Posted on August 2nd, 2013
David Tennant vs. Daniel Craig


Tennant took out Jim Sturgess in Round 1, while Daniel Craig outlasted Tom Hardy to make his first Round 2 appearance.
The Tenth Doctor or 007?

Thank you for voting!
David Tennant 81.65%

Daniel Craig 18.35%

Who knew that the Tenth Doctor would cause 007 to be badly in need of another Vodka martini?
I have to admit I'm amazed myself, but also hugely happy!
29 July 2013 @ 02:21 am

'The Knick' Brings Clive Owen To Cinemax
Posted: 07/25/2013 5:39 pm EDT


Steven Soderbergh is bringing Clive Owen to TV with "The Knick."

The 10-episode Cinemax series begins production in New York in September. “We are thrilled that Steven and Clive have chosen to bring this unique and exciting series to Cinemax," Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming, said in a statement.

"The Knick" is set at Knickerbocker Hospital in downtown New York in 1900 and follows the surgeons, nurses and staff who "push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics."

Jack Amiel and Michael Begler wrote the pilot and will serve as executive producers alongside Owen, Soderbergh, Michael Sugar, and Gregory Jacobs.

Owen's TV credits include "Hemingway & Gellhorn," for which he was nominated for an Emmy, "Extras" and 1990s shows "Chancer " and "Sharman." Soderbergh's TV credits include "K Street" and "Unscripted."

No premiere date has been set.

Sounds interesting. It's been years since Clive made a film set in that time period. I still need to watch "Hemingway & Gellhorn"...
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Feeling: sleepysleepy
Noise: Lauren Alaina - Like My Mother Does
... Well here come the fall pilots.


TV Pilots 2013: The Complete Guide to What Lives, Dies and Still Has a Pulse

* Indicates series regular roles completed.
Compiled by Lesley.Goldberg@thr.com

Click on the link for the entire article. I'm going to spotlight the ones I find interesting, even if they didn't make it onto the schedule.


Big Thunder*
Logline: When a brilliant, late-19th-century New York doctor and his family are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relocate to a frontier mining town run by a powerful, but mysterious tycoon, they quickly realize that not everything in Big Thunder is as it seems. Based on the Disney attraction.
Cast: Ana De La Reguera, Zahn McClarnon, Alex Hassell, Pierce Gagnon (Looper), Ed MacLiam, Alex Meraz, Ruth Bradley, Spencer Locke
Team: Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift); EP Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious); D Rob Bowman; S Melissa Rosenberg
Studio: ABC Studios
Location: Vancouver
(It's a period drama, what more can I say?)

The Resurrection* (previously The Returned) -- ORDERED TO SERIES
Logline: What happens when the people you have mourned and buried suddenly appear on your doorstep as if not a day's gone by? The lives of the people of Aurora Arcadia are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return. Based on a novel by Jason Mott.
Cast: Omar Epps (House), Devin Kelley (Covert Affairs), Matt Craven, Frances Fisher, Samaire Armstrong, Sam Hazeldine, Nicholas Gonzalez, Mark Hildreth, Kurtwood Smith, Landon Gimenez
Team: W/EP Aaron Zelman (Criminal Minds); EP JoAnn Alfano, Jon Liebman, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner; D Charles McDougall
Studio: ABC Studios, Brillstein Entertainment, Plan B
Location: Atlanta
(Poor Atlanta, the city just can't seem to catch a break as far as zombies are concerned.)

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.* (previously S.H.I.E.L.D.) -- ORDERED TO SERIES
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Logline: Based on Marvel Comics' secret intelligence organization that has appeared in countless titles including Iron Man, Captain America and The Ultimates since being introduced in the 1960s. The military law-enforcement agency's moniker stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate, which also has evolved over time in the comics.
Cast: Ming-Na, Clark Gregg, Brett Dalton, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ian De Caestecker, Chloe Bennet
Team: W/EP/D Joss Whedon; W/EP Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, EP Jeffrey Bell, Jeph Loeb,
Studio: ABC Studios, Marvel TV
Location: Los Angeles
(Can't pass up another superhero series, especially with Joss Whedon at the helm.)

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Where: home
Feeling: starving & sleepy
Noise: oscillating fan
14 July 2013 @ 01:41 am

Spooks star Richard Armitage to play Ross Poldark in BBC remake?

A television heart-throb has been chosen to play the lead in the remake of the legendary 70s drama, Poldark.
The Poldark Appreciation Society has voted for Spooks star Richard Armitage to take the role of brooding hero Ross Poldark.

Armitage was the clear winner to take up the role first made famous by Robin Ellis in the dramatization of a series of novels set in Cornwall by Winston Graham.
Val Adams from the Poldark Appreciation Society told the Daily Mirror: “I knew Winston Graham for more than 20 years and I am convinced he would approve of Richard wholeheartedly.”

The society would also like to see Bill Bailey as Jud Paynter, Pam Ferris as Prudie, Ciaran Hinds as Warleggan and EastEnders actress Jo Joyner as Poldark’s true love Elizabeth.
They were unable to decide who should land the role of Poldark’s wife Demelza, played in the original by the late Angharad Rees.
BBC bosses could be approaching the casting of the new series with some trepidation. When ITV cast John Bowe as the smouldering hero fans protested and over 50 members of the Poldark Appreciation Society marched through Bristol wearing 18th century costumes.
The Winston Graham and Poldark Literary Society also has a fondness for Richard Armitage but would be open to other possibilities.
A spokesman said: “Many of us would love to see Richard Armitage play Ross, but maybe an unknown actor would be able to bring a freshness to the role, making it his own, without any pre-conceived ideas of characters he has already portrayed.”
The 29-episode 70s series was one of the most successful ever British television adaptations and was sold to more than 40 countries around the world.

I watched every episode of the original series and read all the books. I've also watched the film starring Ioan Griffiths, which was made many years after the original series.

Ross Poldark returns home to Cornwall after fighting for many years in the American Revolutionary War. He finds his lady love Elizabeth engaged to George Warleggen, his arch rival. Whilst trying to win back Elizabeth's love, he finds companionship in the most unlikely person - kitchenmaid Demelza. Intrigued by her spirit, lust for life and beautiful red gold hair, he takes her under his wing and (Henry Higgin's would be proud) transforms her from barefoot lass to cultured lady, as well as the object of his affections.

I would like to see the end project. Since Demelza has yet to be cast, I have an idea or two of whom I'd like to see in the role, how about you?

Fun fact: Robin Ellis also stars in the Masterpiece Theater production from the 70's of Wilkie Collin's mystery "The Moonstone".
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Feeling: awakeawake
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