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Episode 7 of Netflix’ “Away” hit me hard as a career-focused expectant FTM

2020.09.20 07:27 princess_o_darkness Episode 7 of Netflix’ “Away” hit me hard as a career-focused expectant FTM

SPOILER ALERT: just wanted to share that I watched episode 7 of the Netflix series “Away” and it hit me hard in the feels.
In this episode, it flashes back to when the lead character (played by Hilary Swank), a top-level astronaut, finds out that she is pregnant.
I am an older FTM and I’ve worked hard (and non-stop since I was 15) to get where I am now, which is a leader in a very male-dominated field (not quite as cool as an astronaut though!)
While hormones might’ve played a part of this (I’m 33wks today), I found myself crying through many parts of the episode as I felt it captured so much of my own emotions in response to my own pregnancy and the dilemmas it creates.
>!Where she tells her partner (father of the baby when he’s telling her it’ll all be okay): “that’s easy for you to say...men get to have it all!”
And goes on to say “when a man has a family he moves up [in his career], when a woman does it, she moves down”.
And later when she is taking to her fellow astronaut friend who dropped out of the program due to pregnancy, the tension of that scene and her ending with “I don’t know what I want...” hit me hard.
And by the last scene where she steps out of the fighter jet I was properly sobbing.!<
Anybody else see this episode and have similar feelings? Or find other shows / books that address the complexity of (often conflicting) feelings about entering motherhood.
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2020.07.20 14:32 adalby12 Actors Who Were Considered For Oscar Nominated Roles - Would They Still Have Been Nominated/Would They Have Won? Best Actress 2000-2019

A couple of commenters decided I should do all of the categories in the 2000s first, so here is the list of people who were considered for roles that were nominated for the Best Actress award from the 2001 ceremony honouring the films of 2000 to the 2020 ceremony honouring films of 2019. Would any of these performances have been better? Would these actresses still have garnered that Oscar nomination? Could they even have won?
Harriet (2019) - When the project first began development in 2015, it was set to star VIOLA DAVIS in the lead role, but that project never came to fruition, leading to the Cynthia Erivo version that we got
A Star Is Born (2018) - Numerous performers were considered for the role of Ally, including JENNIFER LOPEZ, RIHANNA, SHAKIRA, JANELLE MONAE, KESHA, BEYONCÉ and DEMI LOVATO (bear in mind these are the names that were considered just for the role of Ally which went to Lady Gaga, there were other versions of an A Star Is Born remake in development long before this)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) - JULIANNE MOORE was initially cast as Lee Israel in April 2015, before dropping out that July after creative disputes with Nicole Holofcener, who still intended to direct at that point. Marielle Heller and Melissa McCarthy took over the project in May 2016
Elle (2016) - Paul Verhoeven originally intended the film to be an American production, set in Boston or Chicago, and as such considered many Hollywood actors for the part, including NICOLE KIDMAN, CHARLIZE THERON, JULIANNE MOORE, MARION COTILLARD, DIANE LANE, SHARON STONE and JENNIFER JASON LEIGH, before moving production to France in order to prevent the more controversial material being watered down or removed entirely
Jackie (2016) - Initially the film was to be directed by Darren Aronofsky and star his tgen partner RACHEL WEISZ in the lead role, but the project fell apart once their romantic relationship ended in 2010
Gone Girl (2014) - REESE WITHERSPOON produced the adaptation of the novel with the intention to play Amy as well, but ended up only producing
Gravity (2013) - Multiple actors were prevented from playing the part of Dr Ryan Stone due to scheduling conflicts: ANGELINA JOLIE, NATALIE PORTMAN, MARION COTILLARD and BLAKE LIVELY were all offered the role at one stage or another. Sandra Bullock then won the part over many other actors that were considered, including SCARLETT JOHANSSON and REBECCA HALL
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011) - Many actors were considered for the role of Lisbeth Salander, including EVA GREEN, ANNE HATHAWAY, JENNIFER LAWRENCE, LEA SEYDOUX and ELLEN PAGE, among others
Changeling (2008) - Angelina Jolie won the role of multiple other actors who campaigned for it, including HILARY SWANK and REESE WITHERSPOON
The Devil Wears Prada (2006) - KIM BASINGER was considered for the role of Miranda Priestly
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) - KATE BECKINSALE lobbied hard for the role of Clementine, which ended up going to Kate Winslet
Frida (2002) - Hayden Herrera’s biopic of Frida Kahlo was first optioned in 1988, and over the course of development the lead role attracted interest from MERYL STREEP, JESSICA LANGE and MADONNA
Chicago (2002) - TONI COLETTE was first offered the role of Roxie but turned it down. Many actors were then considered, with Rob Marshall saying he met with “10 or more women” including MARISA TOMEI, CHRISTINA APPLEGATE and MILLA JOVOVICH before casting Renee Zellweger
Moulin Rouge! (2001) - COURTNEY LOVE auditioned for the role of Satine, and even helped clear licensing rights for the use of Smells Like Teen Spirit in the film, but she was still beaten out by Nicole Kidman, as were KATE WINSLET, RENEE ZELLWEGER and CATHERINE ZETA-JONES, among others
Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001) - Many actors were offered and turned down the role of Bridget, including TONI COLLETTE, NICOLE KIDMAN, KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS and EMILY WATSON, with HELENA BONHAM CARTER and TILDA SWINTON also considered for it, among others. RACHEL WEISZ was also mentioned but was considered “too beautiful” for the part (bit of an insult to everyone else who was considered)
Requiem For A Dream (2000) - FAYE DUNAWAY was initially offered the role of Sara, but turned it down
As always, these lists aren’t exhaustive, I only include some of the names in long lists, most of these will have many names attached to them (Gravity and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo have tons), so there will probably be some I missed out
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2020.06.16 15:29 legerreplica HERVE LEGER FORMERLY

Herve Leroux, Creator Of The Herve Leger, Dies At 60
Herve L. Leroux, Who Created The Figure-Hugging Herve Leger “Bandage Dresses” Once Beloved By Celebrities And The Jet Set, And Who Became a Fashion Cautionary Tale After He Lost The Rights To The Name Leger, Died On Wednesday In Paris. He Was 60.
Internationally Known Thanks To The Success Of His First Label, Herve Leger, Mr. Leroux (The Name He Assumed After Losing The Rights To Leger) Helped Create One Of The Defining Styles Of The 1990s In The Form Of The Bandage Dress. It Was Formed From Dozens Of Elasticated Bandage-Style Strips Of Knitted Cloth, Creating a Body-Sculpting, Skintight Silhouette.
At The Peak Of His Popularity, Mr. Leger’s Designs Were Worn By Stars And Celebrities Like Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Victoria Beckham And Melania Trump.
On Her Blog, Ms. Kardashian Wrote Of The Bandage Dress In 2016: “I Would Literally Save Up All My Paychecks And Go And Wait, And Stalk The Girls That Worked At Herve And Just Get All The New Colors.”

Mr. Leroux Was Born Herve Peugnet On May 30, 1957, In Bapaume, In Northern France. He Studied Sculpture And Art History At The Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux-Arts In Paris Before Dropping Out To Become a Hairstylist And Milliner.
In 1981 He Met Karl Lagerfeld, Who Encouraged Him To Pursue Fashion Design. He Changed His Surname For The First Time After Mr. Lagerfeld Advised Him That Peugnet Would Be Too Difficult For Americans, The Target Market, To Pronounce. He Suggested Leger, Liking The Allusion To Lightness, For Which The French Word Is Legerete.
Mr. Leroux, Now Working Under The Name Leger, Worked Alongside Mr. Lagerfeld At Fendi And Later At Chanel And Freelanced At Lanvin And Diane Von Furstenberg Before Introducing His Own Boutique, Herve Leger, In 1984. A Fashion Line With The New Name Soon Followed, And Then Came The Inception Of The Bandage Dress.
“The Story Of The Dress Is a Very Simple One,” Mr. Leroux Said. “Before I Started Making Clothes, I Was a Hairdresser, Then a Hat Maker. One Day In a Factory I Found Some Bands That Were Headed For The Garbage. They Gave Me The Idea Of Taking Those Bands And Putting Them Next To One Another As One Does Making a Hat.”
Coinciding With The Ascendance Of Azzedine Alaïa, The So-Called King Of Cling, Mr. Leroux’s Bandage Dress Received Considerable Acclaim. It Was Designed To Encase a Figure And Enhance It In The Most Flattering Of Ways. While Sales Never Reached Blockbuster Levels, The Dress’s Aesthetic Impact Would Be Seen In The Work Of Rivals On Runways And On The Clothes Racks Of Mass-Market Retailers.
“Mr. Leger Proved Why Paris Is The Center Of Fashion Creativity,” Carrie Donovan Wrote In The New York Times Magazine After a Show In 1991, Using The Surname He Went By At The Time. “His Collection Was Original, Well Thought Out, Knowledgeably Executed And About As Incendiary As Style Can Be These Days.”
His Designs Also Proved Alluring To Investors Keen To Expand The Company Across Product Lines And Geographical Borders. In 1998, Mr. Leroux’s Business Was Acquired By The Los Angeles-Based Group Bcbg Max Azria. It Was The First Time An American Company Had Acquired a French Designer-Couturier.
But He Quickly Fell Out With The New Owners, And In 1999 He Lost Control Of The Leger Name, Which Was Retained By Mr. Azria, Who Called The New Collection “Herve Leger By Max Azria.”
In 2000, Mr. Leger Founded His Own Independently Financed Fashion House, Herve L. Leroux, Adopting a New Surname That Had Again Been Suggested By His Old Friend And Mentor Mr. Lagerfeld.
As Mr. Leroux Recalled In An Interview With Style.Com In 2006, “He Told Me, ‘Call Yourself Leroux Because Your Hair Is Red — Not As Red As It Was, Because You Are Older — But, Anyway, It Works, And Everyone Will Know Who You Are.’”

In The Last Chapter Of His Career, Mr. Leroux’s Clientele Remained Loyal To His Feminine Jersey Dresses And His Chic Approach To Contemporary Cocktail Attire. As Creative Director Of The Paris House Guy Laroche From 2004 To 2006, He Dressed Hilary Swank For The 2005 Academy Awards Ceremony In a Memorable Backless Midnight-Blue Jersey Gown, Which Was Seen By Millions Of Television Viewers When She Strode To The Stage To Accept The Best Actress Award For Her Performance In The Movie “Million Dollar Baby.”
Mr. Leroux Showed a New Collection In 2013 As a Guest On The Paris Couture Calendar After a 12-Year Hiatus From The Catwalk. But He Never Again Achieved The Recognition Or Fame He Found Under His Previous Name, Underscoring The Creative And Commercial Struggles That Can Ensue When a Designer’s Name Is No Longer The Designer’s.
He Is Survived By His Sister, Jocelyne, Who Was a Partner In The Leroux Business.
After The News Of His Death Broke, Many Of Those Who Loved His Designs Shared Tributes On Instagram.
The Entertainer Dita Von Teese Wrote: “We’Ve Lost One Of The Fashion Greats. I Loved Herve For His Wit, His Candor, His Sublime Elegance And Of Course, His Talent, Which Came From Authentic Obsession, With No Care For The Commerciality Of Fashion.”
And Cindy Crawford, Posting a Picture Of Herself Standing Next To Mr. Leroux In One Of His Scarlet Red Creations, Wrote, “Remembering The Man Who Created The Herve Leger Bandage Dress, Which Held You In All The Right Places.”
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2020.01.05 13:19 legerdress HERVE LEGER CREATOR

Herve L. Leroux, Who Created The Figure-Hugging Herve Leger Dresses Once Beloved By Celebrities And The Jet Set, And Who Became a Fashion Cautionary Tale After He Lost The Rights To The Name Leger, Died On Wednesday In Paris. He Was 60.
Internationally Known Thanks To The Success Of His First Label, Herve Leger, Mr. Leroux (The Name He Assumed After Losing The Rights To Leger) Helped Create One Of The Defining Styles Of The 1990s In The Form Of The Bandage Dress. It Was Formed From Dozens Of Elasticated Bandage Dresses Style Strips Of Knitted Cloth, Creating a Body-Sculpting, Skintight Silhouette.

At The Peak Of His Popularity, Mr. Leger’s Designs Were Worn By Stars And Celebrities Like Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Victoria Beckham And Melania Trump.
On Her Blog, Ms. Kardashian Wrote Of The Bandage Dress In 2016: “I Would Literally Save Up All My Paychecks And Go And Wait, And Stalk The Girls That Worked At Herve And Just Get All The New Colors.”
Mr. Leroux Was Born Herve Peugnet On May 30, 1957, In Bapaume, In Northern France. He Studied Sculpture And Art History At The ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux-Arts In Paris Before Dropping Out To Become a Hairstylist And Milliner.
In 1981 He Met Karl Lagerfeld, Who Encouraged Him To Pursue Fashion Design. He Changed His Surname For The First Time After Mr. Lagerfeld Advised Him That Peugnet Would Be Too Difficult For Americans, The Target Market, To Pronounce. He Suggested Leger, Liking The Allusion To Lightness, For Which The French Word Is Legerete.
Mr. Leroux, Now Working Under The Name Leger, Worked Alongside Mr. Lagerfeld At Fendi And Later At Chanel And Freelanced At Lanvin And Diane Von Furstenberg Before Introducing His Own Boutique, Herve Leger, In 1984. A Fashion Line With The New Name Soon Followed, And Then Came The Inception Of The Bandage Dress.
“The Story Of The Dress Is a Very Simple One,” Mr. Leroux Said. “Before I Started Making Clothes, I Was a Hairdresser, Then a Hat Maker. One Day In a Factory I Found Some Bands That Were Headed For The Garbage. They Gave Me The Idea Of Taking Those Bands And Putting Them Next To One Another As One Does Making a Hat.”

Coinciding With The Ascendance Of Azzedine Alaïa, The So-Called King Of Cling, Mr. Leroux’s Bandage Dress Received Considerable Acclaim. It Was Designed To Encase a Figure And Enhance It In The Most Flattering Of Ways. While Sales Never Reached Blockbuster Levels, The Dress’s Aesthetic Impact Would Be Seen In The Work Of Rivals On Runways And On The Clothes Racks Of Mass-Market Retailers.
“Mr. Leger Proved Why Paris Is The Center Of Fashion Creativity,” Carrie Donovan Wrote In The New York Times Magazine After a Show In 1991, Using The Surname He Went By At The Time. “His Collection Was Original, Well Thought Out, Knowledgeably Executed And About As Incendiary As Style Can Be These Days.”
His Designs Also Proved Alluring To Investors Keen To Expand The Company Across Product Lines And Geographical Borders. In 1998, Mr. Leroux’s Business Was Acquired By The Los Angeles-Based Group Bcbg Max Azria. It Was The First Time An American Company Had Acquired a French Designer-Couturier.
But He Quickly Fell Out With The New Owners, And In 1999 He Lost Control Of The Leger Name, Which Was Retained By Mr. Azria, Who Called The New Collection “Herve Leger By Max Azria.”
In 2000, Mr. Leger Founded His Own Independently Financed Fashion House, Herve L. Leroux, Adopting a New Surname That Had Again Been Suggested By His Old Friend And Mentor Mr. Lagerfeld.
As Mr. Leroux Recalled In An Interview With Style.Com In 2006, “He Told Me, ‘Call Yourself Leroux Because Your Hair Is Red — Not As Red As It Was, Because You Are Older — But, Anyway, It Works, And Everyone Will Know Who You Are.’”
In The Last Chapter Of His Career, Mr. Leroux’s Clientele Remained Loyal To His Feminine Jersey Dresses And His Chic Approach To Contemporary Cocktail Attire. As Creative Director Of The Paris House Guy Laroche From 2004 To 2006, He Dressed Hilary Swank For The 2005 Academy Awards Ceremony In a Memorable Backless Midnight-Blue Jersey Gown, Which Was Seen By Millions Of Television Viewers When She Strode To The Stage To Accept The Best Actress Award For Her Performance In The Movie “Million Dollar Baby.”

Mr. Leroux Showed a New Collection In 2013 As a Guest On The Paris Couture Calendar After a 12-Year Hiatus From The Catwalk. But He Never Again Achieved The Recognition Or Fame He Found Under His Previous Name, Underscoring The Creative And Commercial Struggles That Can Ensue When a Designer’s Name Is No Longer The Designer’s.
He Is Survived By His Sister, Jocelyne, Who Was a Partner In The Leroux Business.
After The News Of His Death Broke, Many Of Those Who Loved His Designs Shared Tributes On Instagram.
The Entertainer Dita Von Teese Wrote: “We’Ve Lost One Of The Fashion Greats. I Loved Herve For His Wit, His Candor, His Sublime Elegance And Of Course, His Talent, Which Came From Authentic Obsession, With No Care For The Commerciality Of Fashion.”
And Cindy Crawford, Posting a Picture Of Herself Standing Next To Mr. Leroux In One Of His Scarlet Red Creations, Wrote, “Remembering The Man Who Created The Herve Leger Gown, Which Held You In All The Right Places.”
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2019.07.08 17:22 killa5abi Insomnia (2002)

Screenplay Genre: Crime / Drama / Mystery
Movie Time: 118 minutes
Will Dormer (Al Pacino) and his partner Hap Eckhart (Martin Donovan) are Los Angeles police detectives who travel to a remote town in Alaska to help out on a homicide. It's clear that they were sent there to avoid the heat of an Internal Affairs investigation going on back in Los Angeles. Hap explains to Will that he's going to give IA what they want because he's got a family to think of. (00:13:30)
2. LOCK IN (End of Act One)
The cops set up a trap, but the murderer (Robin Williams as Walter Finch) susses this out and runs away into the dense fog. Will is hot on his trail, catching glimpses here and there. Finally, he sees the outline of a figure and shoots. It's his partner Hap. Will tries to stop the bleeding but Hap dies. When Chief Nyback (Paul Dooley) asks if the murderer who got away shot his partner, Will agrees, lying about it. (00:30:07)
The murderer contacts Will and explains that he saw Will shoot his partner, but he won't say anything if Will helps him pin the rap on someone else. Will agrees. (01:13:03)
4. MAIN CULMINATION (End of Act Two)
A patsy is successfully indicted for the murder. Will and Finch are in the clear. But local detective Ellie Burr (Hilary Swank) finds a 9mm shell casing while she is going over the original crime scene. Burr remembers from an old case study that Will carries that caliber. At the local police watering hole, she asks if anyone carries a 9mm weapon. Will says the case is closed, and Burr doesn't press it. He and Finch really are in the clear now. (01:36:23)
Will can't stand the injustice of it all and so he breaks into Finch's home, presumably to shoot him, but Finch isn't in–the letters he supposedly had at his lake house are though. Will knows Burr is on her way out there to retrieve the letters as evidence against the patsy. Will manages to get to Burr in time, but Finch runs off. Will admits everything when she spells out what she found. Finch begins firing at them and both Finch and Will end up fatally wounded. Burr runs to him and pulls out the 9mm casing. She's going to throw it in the lake to save his reputation, but Will stops her. "Don't lose your way," he says. She watches him die. (01:52:09)
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2019.01.30 15:52 santaschesthairs 2019 is looking to be a really, really exciting year for film. I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of 50+ upcoming original/adapted films that are showing real promise, and 25+ major franchise/sequel films. Includes summaries, links, and details. Enjoy!

TL;DR: this year is insane.

Let me dive right in - hopefully I hit the 300 character minimum.

Original/adapted/stand-alone films:

A horror film from break-out director Ari Aster (Hereditary).
A young couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown and attend its mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly descends into a bizarre and violent competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Directed by Ari Aster. Starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter and William Jackson Harper.

Ad Astra
A sci-fi film with Brad Pitt - I’m itching for a trailer.
Army Corps engineer Roy McBride embarks on a mission across the galaxy to discover the truth about his father, who disappeared in space 20 years ago while searching for signs of alien life.
Directed by James Gray. Starring Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones and Ruth Negga.

Knives Out
Rian Johnson is a touch controversial after The Last Jedi, but he's undeniably very talented. He directed the best Breaking Bad episode after all.
Modern-day murder mystery in the classic Agatha Christie whodunit style.
Directed by Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi, Ozymandias). Starring Daniel Craig, Lakeith Stanfield, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Christopher Plummer, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis and Toni Collette.

The Irishman
A Scorsese film with Netflix that’s gone seriously over-budget, bound to be enjoyable.
A mob hit man recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.
Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci and Ray Romano.

Little Women
A Greta Gertwig film with an outstanding cast. I’m excited. I also have a feeling this will have some play in the 2019 Oscars
Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Directed by Greta Gertwig. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlen, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, James Norton, Louis Garrel and Bob Odenkirk.

Velvet Buzzsaw
You’ve probably already seen the trailer. An art-world horror-satire from Dan Gilroy, on Netflix in Feb.
Big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce. After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.
Directed by Dan Gilroy. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Toni Collette.

Uncut Gems
Adam Sandler taking on a serious role by the directors of Good Time (2017). If it has any of the same intensity or grit as Good Time this could be awesome.
Set in the diamond district of New York City, Howard Ratner, a jewelry store owner and dealer to the rich and famous, must find a way to pay his debts when his merchandise is taken from one of his top sellers and girlfriend.
Directed by the Safdie brothers. Starring Adam Sandler, Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield and The Weeknd.

The Report
This got pretty great reviews at Sundance, I’m excited.
The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate’s sweeping study into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden.
Directed by Scott Z. Burns. Starring Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Morrison.

Ford v. Ferrari
Awesome cast, great story, and directed by the guy behind Logan.
Follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II with the mission of building from scratch an entirely new automobile with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship.
Directed by James Mangold. Starring Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal and Tracy Letts.

Late Night
This got some pretty great reviews at Sundance.
Legendary late-night talk show host’s world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline.
Directed by Nisha Ganatra. Starring Emma Thompson Mindy Kaling.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Holy shit.
A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles.
Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Timothy Olyphant, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Dakota Fanning,James Marsden, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Damon Herriman and Scoot McNairy.
jesus christ i cannot wait

If this is as spoopy as the trailer uh oh.
Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends. But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.
Directed by Jordan Peele. Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker.

The Lighthouse
Next film from the guy behind the VVitch
The story of an aging lighthouse keeper named Old who lives in early 20th-century Maine.
Directed by Robert Eggers. Starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.

High Life
Really good reviews, sci-fi that looks like it could be pretty trippy.
A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation.
Directed by Claire Denis. Starring Robert Pattinson.

A Terrence Mallick movie, so it's going to be divisive, but the plot does have potential.
Told through real wartime letters, this love story finds a couple in conflict with the members of their close-knit town, their church, their government, and even their friends — all of which brings them to a dramatic choice.
Directed by Terrence Mallick. Starring August Deihl and Valerie Pachner.

I know every movie is called a sign of the times, but this one seems particularly geared towards the current politics. Really good Sundance reviews.
A star athlete and top student, Luce’s idealized image is challenged by one of his teachers when his unsettling views on political violence come to light, putting a strain on family bonds while igniting intense debates on race and identity.
Directed by Julius Onah. Starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Octavia Spencer.

The Souvenir
This one just got rave reviews at Sundance.
A quiet film student begins finding her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man.
Directed by Joanna Hogg. Starring Honor Swinton-Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton and Richard Ayoade.

Untitled Noah Baumbach Project
This one is obviously a bit unknown. But the cast looks amazing, and if it turns out as good as The Meyerowitz Stories, I can't wait to watch. Will be a Netflix film.
Directed by Noah Baumbach. Starring Adam Driver, Scarlett Johannsen, Laura Dern and Greta Gertwig.

Honey Boy
Great reviews from Sundance, 100% on RT as of now.
The story of a child star attempting to mend his relationship with his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father over the course of a decade, loosely based on Shia LaBeouf’s life.
Directed by Alma Har’el. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges and yada yada.

Queen & Slim
Very interesting premise, and Daniel Kaluuya.
The film centers on a black man and black woman who go on a first date that goes awry after the two are pulled over by a police officer at a traffic stop. They kill the police officer in self-defense and rather than turn themselves in, they go on the run.
Directed by Melina Matsoukas. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith.

The Farewell
Another film with good reviews out of Sundance.
A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family’s decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.
Directed by Lulu Wang. Starring Awkwafina.

Long Shot
A comedy with a cool cast by Jonathan Levine.
A political journalist tries to hook up with his old babysitter, who now holds an important government position.
Directed by Jonathan Levine. Starring Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron and Alexander Skarsgård.

I was disappointed with Bohemian last year, so I'm reminding myself to be sceptical, but I hope this is excellent. Trailer here.
The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.
Directed by Dexter Fletcher. Starring Taron Egerton (as Elton), Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard.

The Goldfinch
Based on the bestselling book. Director of Brooklyn.
A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a rush of panic, he steals ‘The Goldfinch’, a painting that eventually draws him into a world of crime.
Directed by John Crowley. Cast includes Ansel Elgort, Finn Wolfhard, Aneurin Barnard, Oakes Fegley, Ashleigh Cummings, Willa Fitzgerald and Nicole Kidman.

Big Time Adolescence
It's a little too early to tell from the Sundance reviews, but I really hope this is good. Pete Davidson and the guy who plays Sam in American Vandal star.
A 16 year old virgin with a growth hormone deficiency slowly gets corrupted by his hero, an aimless college dropout.
Directed by Jason Orley. Starring Pete Davidson and Griffin Gluck.

Triple Frontier
The cast for this Netflix action thriller is awesome. If the trailer and director is anything to go by though, this looks really promising.
Struggling to make ends meet, former special ops soldiers reunite for a high-stakes heist: stealing $75 million from a South American drug lord.
Directed by J.C. Chandor (Margin Call). Starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam and Pedro Pascal.

Chaos Walking
I hope this is amazing, but the premise sounds incredibly difficult to pull off. Good cast and director, so fingers crossed. I'm using the book description here.
A dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other's thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.
Directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow). Starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.

The Rosie Project
Few details are out. Ryan Reynolds, based on a good book.
An unlucky-in-love university professor creates an elaborate questionnaire in an effort to find a wife and meets an unconventional woman who doesn’t match any of his “requirements”, but might be the perfect woman for him.
Directed by Ben Taylor. Starring Ryan Reynolds.

The Beach Bum
The trailer looks completely wack. Make sure you watch it:
An irreverent comedy about the misadventures of Moondog, a rebellious stoner and lovable rogue who lives large.
Directed by Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers). Starring Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron and Isla Fisher.

I don't know much about this one, but the director previously made Snowpiercer, Okja and my favourite, Memories of Murder. I'm excited.
All unemployed, Ki-taek’s family takes peculiar interest in the Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an expected incident.
Directed by Bong Joon-Ho. Starring Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Jo Yeo-jeong and Choi Woo-shik.

I Am Mother
This one comes from nowhere. An indie sci-fi with with an interesting plot, and good Sundance reviews.
A teenage girl is raised underground by a robot “Mother”, designed to repopulate the earth following an extinction event. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.0
Directed by Grant Sputore. Starring Hillary Swank , Clara Rugaard-Larsen and Rose Byrne.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
You’ve more than likely heard of this one. Ted Bundy film starring Zac Efron. I’m not sure how excited I am for the film, but Efron’s performance is apparently very good.
A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.
Directed by Joe Berlinger. Starring Lily Collins, Zac Efron and John Malkovich.

The Nightingale
The second film from the director of the Babadook. Really promising (and slightly divisive) reviews out of Sundance. Fun fact: you can kinda measure the divisiveness of a film on RT by comparing the percentage meter with the average rating. If the percentage is high but the average rating is low, it shows that the film is all-round solid and inoffensive. If the percentage rating is lower but the average rating is still high/moderate, it means there’s a large gap between those who loved and didn’t like it. Anyway, back to the Nightingale. I’m excited - doubly so since it’s an Aussie film.
In 1829, Claire, a 21-year-old Irish convict, chases a British soldier through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. She enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.
Directed by Jennifer Kent. Starring Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Damon Herriman and Ewen Leslie.

The Dead Don't Die
Another awesome cast, definitely one to look forward to. The plot summary isn’t out, but it’s a comedy zombie flick.
Directed by Jim Jarmusch. Starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Chloë Sevigny, Austin Butler, Steve Buscemi and Tilda Swinton.

Tilda Swinton seems to be working a lot, woah.
Memoria revolves around a character (portrayed by Tilda Swinton) who suffers from exploding head syndrome, a psychological condition in which a person experiences loud noises when falling asleep or waking up.
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Starring Tilda Swinton and Jeanne Balibar.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette
The trailer for this, particularly the music, wasn’t good. The content of the trailer shows a lot of potential though, and the book is apparently really good. Also: Richard Linklater.
When architect-turned-recluse Bernadette Fox goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica, her 15-year-old daughter Bee goes on a quest with Bernadette’s husband to find her.
Directed by Richard Linklater. Starring Cate Blanchett ,Emma Nelson, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer and Laurence Fishburne.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Tom Hanks seems made for this role. Should be good.
The story of Fred Rogers, the honored host and creator of the popular children’s television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968).
Directed by Marielle Heller. Starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys and Chris Cooper.

High Flying Bird
I’ll make this quick: Excellent reviews so far. Netflix in Feb. Steven Soderbergh. Shot on an iPhone. Moonlight writer.
During an NBA lockout, a sports agent, Dean, presents his rookie client, Erick Scott, with an intriguing and controversial business opportunity.
Directed by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s 11). Starring André Holland Zazie Beetz Jeryl Prescott Kyle MacLachlan Caleb McLaughlin Zachary Quinto.

The Cradle
I don’t know much about this one but the plot intrigues me. For some reason it reminds me of Denis Villeneuve's early film, Incendies (if you haven’t watched yet, make it your next film - it’s incredible.)
A young couple not ready to expect their first baby track down a cradle, only to make a discovery that will change their family forever.
Directed by Hope Dickson Leach. Starring Jack O'Connell and Lily Collins.

The Woman in the Window
A Rear Window-esque movie with a great cast and director. Really hoping this is great, cos I love these kind of plots.
An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors only to witness a disturbing act of violence.
Directed by Joe Wright. Starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore and Wyatt Russell.

Gemini Man
The plot is crazy, but the cast and director can definitely pull it off.
Henry Brogen, an aging assassin tries to get out of the business but finds himself in the ultimate battle: fighting his own clone who is 25 years younger than him and at the peak of his abilities.
Directed by Ang Lee. Starring Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Yet another film with great reviews from Sundance.
Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind.
Directed by Joe Talbot. Starring Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan and Tichina Arnold.

Blinded by the Light
Sundance musta been real great this year, cos once again we have another movie with good reviews out of it. Apparently wholesome and inspiring.
In 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Starring Viveik Kalra, Nell William and Hayley Atwell.

Before You Know It
Good reviews. Sundance. Family comedy.
A long-kept family secret thrusts codependent, thirty-something sisters Rachel and Jackie Gurner into a literal soap opera. A journey that proves that you really can come of age, at any age.
Directed by Hannah Pearl Utt. Starring Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock and Judith Light.

Little Monsters
A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies.
Directed by Abe Forsythe. Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Josh Gad, Alexander England and Nadia Townsend.

Jojo Rabbit
I'll watch anything Taika makes, but this looks insane - one of my most hyped. (I accidentally deleted this from the list while editing!!)
Jojo Rabbit is about a young boy living during World War II. His only escapism is through his imaginary friend, an ethnically inaccurate version of Adolf Hitler, who pushes the young boy’s naive patriotic beliefs. However, this all changes when a young girl challenges those views and causes Jojo to face his own issues.
Directed by Taiki Watiti. Starring Taiki Watiti (as Adolf Hitler), Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson and Alfie Allen.

The Lodge
A spoopy film that was well received at Sundance.
Two siblings spend the night alone with their new stepmother. Stuck in a remote mountain cabin, the trio are terrorised by a supernatural force.
Directed by Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala. Starring Riley Keough, Jaeden Lieberher and Lia McHugh.

World War I film. Plot unknown.
Directed by Sam Mendes. Cinematography by Roger Deakins.

Dragged Across Concrete
Two policemen, one an old-timer, the other his volatile younger partner, find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics becomes the media’s cause du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, these two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their just due, but instead find far more than they wanted awaiting them in the shadows.
Directed by S. Craig Zahler. Starring Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson and Jennifer Carpenter.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things
A Charlie Kaufman film, set for Netflix.
An unexpected detour causes a woman who is trying to figure out how to break up with her boyfriend to rethink her life.
Directed by Charlie Kaufman. Starring Brie Larson and Jesse Plemons.

My thoughts

Feel free to ignore lol
After finally managing to finish this compilation, reading plots and wikis and watching trailers, I cannot believe how many good films there are coming out. This is reminding me of 2017, when I made a similar post - and 2017 was an absolutely amazing year overall, especially in light of the relative disappointment of 2018. There’s just so much promise in every category - horror, thriller, biopics, drama, action, comedy… and if you count zombie films as a genre unto themselves, then yeah, that too.
Of course, I cannot wait for Tarantino’s flick. But after that it’s hard to pick ordered favourites - Knives Out, The Dead Don’t Die, Us, The Report and Luce are films I cannot wait for, but there are so many others I’m pumped for - and I haven’t even gone into the blockbusters.

Speaking of…
For the franchise and sequel films, I haven’t gone to the effort of adding plot and cast details. They’re huge, you’ll hear all about them anyway.

Franchise/Sequel/Remake films

Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Star Wars: Episode IX
Zombieland 2: Double Tap
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Avengers: Endgame
Captain Marvel
Toy Story 4
It: Chapter Two
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
Spider-Man: Far from Home
Lion King
The New Mutants
Alita: Battle Angel
Dark Phoenix
Men in Black International
Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Artemis Fowl
Charlie’s Angels
Kingsman 3
Sonic the Hedgehog
Frozen 2

I’m genuinely delirious. I told myself I would get this post done before I went to sleep and I am now totally exhausted. There were far more movies than I anticipated. This year is ridiculous and it has been mean to me. Of course, if I missed anything let me know and I’ll add it once I’ve woken up!
Oh, and if you want to follow me on Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/xaviertobin/
Hope you enjoy! :)
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2018.04.16 23:54 FinnagainsAwake Prominent Gay Rights Lawyer Sets Self on Fire to Protest Ecological Problems (New York Times) 16 April 2018

A lawyer nationally known for being a champion of gay rights died after setting himself on fire in Prospect Park in Brooklyn early Saturday morning and leaving a note exhorting people to lead less selfish lives as a way to protect the planet, the police said.
The remains of the lawyer, David S. Buckel, 60, were found near Prospect Park West in a field near baseball diamonds and the main loop used by joggers and bikers. Mr. Buckel left a note in a shopping cart not far from his body and also emailed it to several news media outlets, including The New York Times.
Mr. Buckel was the lead attorney in Brandon v. County of Richardson, in which a Nebraska county sheriff was found liable for failing to protect Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was murdered in Falls City, Neb. Hilary Swank won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Mr. Teena in the 1999 movie "Boys Don't Cry."
While serving as marriage project director and senior counsel at Lambda Legal, a national organization that fights for the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, Mr. Buckel was the strategist behind important same-sex marriage cases in New Jersey and Iowa.
Friends said that after he left the organization, Mr. Buckel became involved in environmental causes, which he alluded to in his note as the reason he decided to end his life by self-immolation with fossil fuels.
"Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather," he wrote in the email sent to The Times. "Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result -- my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves."
In his note, which was received by The Times at 5:55 a.m., Mr. Buckel discussed the difficulty of improving the world even for those who make vigorous efforts to do so.
Privilege, he said, was derived from the suffering of others. "Many who drive their own lives to help others often realize that they do not change what causes the need for their help," Mr. Buckel wrote, adding that donating to organizations was not enough. Noting that he was privileged with "good health to the final moment," Mr. Buckel said he wanted his death to lead to increased action. "Honorable purpose in life invites honorable purpose in death," he wrote.
The police said Mr. Buckel was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. in what they said was a suicide.
Susan Sommer, a former attorney for Lambda Legal who is now the general counsel for the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, said Mr. Buckel was "one of the architects of the freedom to marry and marriage equality movement."
"He deserves tremendous thanks for recognizing this was in many ways at the heart of what it meant to be gay for many Americans and making it a priority," she said. "I learned so much from him about the emotional center of what it means for a gay person not to be able to have all the protections for the person they love and that it's worth fighting for."
Lambda Legal credited Mr. Buckel for focusing the organization on the rights of lesbian, gay and transgender youth. One of the cases Mr. Buckel spearheaded, Nabozny v. Podlesny, was the first time a federal court ruled that schools have an obligation to prevent the bullying of gay students, said Camilla Taylor, acting legal director at Lambda Legal.
Mr. Buckel also guided Lambda Legal's national work to allow gay people to marry. In another case he led, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples and their children were harmed because they were excluded from the rights granted via marriage. When Mr. Buckel suggested filing a lawsuit for gay marriage in Iowa in 2005, it was legal only in Massachusetts.
"It was considered a crazy thing to do because of the notion that Iowa would get to marriage equality before places like New York and New Jersey," Ms. Taylor said.
Catherine Varous, a neighbor of Mr. Buckel's, said he was very active in gardening, and together they worked on the Greenest Block in Brooklyn competition.
She said she often saw Mr. Buckel and his partner at the Park Slope Food Co-op and a farmer's market. "He was the quieter of the two," she said, referring to Mr. Buckel. "He was definitely more serious."
Amy Orr, a kindergarten teacher who lives in the neighborhood, was out for her regular weekend jog at about 6:25 a.m. when she saw police officers standing over something that was smoldering. She said she first "thought it was a pile of garbage because of the shopping cart" but then she saw the outline of a human body.
Runners and bicyclists continued to pass. But as more police officers and firefighters gathered, they all looked "dumbfounded," Ms. Orr said. "Nobody could believe it." By 11 a.m., the authorities had removed Mr. Buckel's body, leaving a blackened patch and a circular indentation around which parks officials placed two orange cones. The grim scene stood in stark contrast to the rest of the park, which brimmed with activity. Several youth baseball games continued nearby and participants in PurpleStride, a walk dedicated to ending pancreatic cancer, strode along the bike path with runners and joggers.
The field where Mr. Buckel died would ordinarily be filled with activity, too. Warren Beishir, a graphic designer, said it was used for volleyball, soccer and barbecuing. Mr. Beishir sat across from the field under a tree with his wife, Susan Stawicki, their 2-year-old daughter and their neighbors. They live across from the park and were awakened by sirens and flashing lights. "How do you do that to yourself? It's a terrible way to go, and I don't want to think about it after today," Mr. Beishir said. "I hope they are at peace," Ms. Stawicki said.
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2017.03.28 14:28 xaviertobin This year is shaping up to be a huge one for film. Here's a list of 45+ promising movies to watch out for this year, including basic descriptions, early reviews and trailers. Organised between original and franchise films.

Every year I feel like I miss a heap of movies that I know exist or have been recommended that fly under my radar when they’re in cinemas. This year I starting making a list in Google Keep to keep track of films to watch, and it started getting so big that I figured it’d be worth sharing. There are definitely some really promising sequels and franchise movies coming out this year, but I’ve gone into more detail for the original films given that they don’t tend to have the same marketing presence, and because so many look like they’ll be excellent. Let me know if there’s anything promising that I’ve missed, I’ll come back and keep this last updated so you can refer to it in the future!

First, 28 non-sequel, non-reboot, non-remake films to watch out for (will be updated with 10 more suggestions from the comments):

There’s a huge number of promising original movies here. There’s not a single one here that looks bad on paper (IMO), whether it be because of the director, cast or because of a unique plot.

Battle of the Sexes

A sports drama-comedy starring Emma Stone and Steve Carrell. Directed by the directors of Little Miss Sunshine, written by the writers of Slumdog Millionaire, cinematographer of La La Land and the composer of Moonlight. Plot loosely based on the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

An upcoming historical period drama film starring Mark Rylance as Pope Pius IX, Oscar Isaac and Isaac Eshete. Directed by Steven Spielberg and composed by John Williams.

A Ghost Story

“A ghost (Casey Affleck) silently observes his grieving widow (Rooney Mara) in his beloved home.“ Really solid reviews so far, and a great cast. Definitely one to look forward to.

Baby Driver

“Talented getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After meeting the woman (Lily James) of his dreams, he sees a chance to ditch his shady lifestyle and make a clean break.” A new Edgar Wright original. If that isn't enough to sell you, the movie is so far on 100% with an average rating of 8.5/10 on Rotten Tomatoes. Trailer here.


“A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant and her Hollywood starlet boss.” Directed by Aaron Kratz, extremely positive reviews from critics out of SXSW. Looks like a great mystery-thriller.

Molly’s Game

“The true story of Molly Bloom, a young skier and former Olympic hopeful becomes a successful entrepreneur (and a target of an FBI investigation) when she establishes a high-stakes, international poker game.” Screenplay adapted by Aaron Sorkin and directed by him in his directorial debut. Starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Brian d'Arcy James and Chris O'Dowd. Can’t wait for this one, amazing writer, great cast, and a possibly great director (hopefully a bit of David Fincher has rubbed onto Sorkin).

The Death of Stalin

A political satire chronicling the events that transpired after the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953. Directed and written by the creator of Veep and The Thick of It, Armando Iannucci.


“Follows the true story of the Dunkirk evacuation in WW2.” The next film by Christopher Nolan, starring Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and others. Can’t wait for this one, obviously. Trailer here.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

“After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police.” This one looks great. Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, the creator of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths. This guy doesn’t make movies often, but when he does they don’t disappoint. Trailer here.

The Snowman

“Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman." Directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let The Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and starring Michael Fassbender, this is looking to be a pretty great British crime drama. Based on the novel of the same name.


“Coco follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who sets off a chain of events relating to a century-old mystery, leading to an extraordinary family reunion.” An original Pixar film! I’m keen, especially after Inside Out. Trailer here.


“A bizarre sci-fi comedy starring Anne Hathaway who discovers that she is strangely connected to a monster attacking Seoul, South Korea. When she moves, the monster moves.” Looks bizarre and creative, with positive (but also divisive) reviews. Seems like the kind of movie that could become a quiet cult classic. Trailer here.

Wind River

“An FBI agent teams up with a veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.” Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, the writer of Hell or High Water. Starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner. Really solid reviews so far.

The Disaster Artist

Based on the book of the same name, “The Disaster Artist is a 2017 American biographical comedy film directed, produced by, and starring James Franco. Based on Greg Sestero's non-fiction book of the same name, the film chronicles the making of the 2003 cult film The Room.” Early reviews are fantastic, supposedly Franco’s best work. I’m so excited for this.


"Centers on a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence." Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem and Domnhall Gleeson. What an amazing team, another one I'm very keen for.

The Book of Henry

“When a boy who is being raised by his single mother develops feelings for the girl next door, he plots a murder to protect the girl from the ongoing harm of her father. “ A Colin Treverrow (Jurassic World, Safety not Guaranteed) film starring Naomi Watts, Maddie Ziegler and Jacob Tremblay.

The Big Sick

“The Big Sick is based on the real courtship of Kumail Nanjiani and his now-wife, Emily Gordon. Kumail's traditional Muslim family are unhappy with his relationship with Emily, an American. When Emily is waylaid by a mysterious illness, Kumail must take charge of the crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry“. Written by and starring Kumail Nanjiani. If the extremely positive reviews from SXSW are anything to go by, this is worth a watch.

Free Fire

“Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.” A fun, intense, “bottle-episode” kind of movie starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley and Cillian Murphy. Coming in April, and early reviews are very solid. Unlikely to be a game-changer, but apparently a really enjoyable watch. Trailer here.


“Lucky follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist — played by Harry Dean Stanton — and the quirky characters that inhabit his off-the-map desert town. He finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration.” Directed by John Carroll Lynch and starring Harry Dean Stanton. Another film with great reviews out of SXSW.


“Stringent vegetarian Justine (Garance Marillier) encounters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world during her first week at veterinary school.” A directorial debut from Julia Ducournau, Raw is apparently hard to watch, but also hard to look away from. Trailer here (NSFW).

Small Town Crime

“An alcoholic ex-cop finds the body of a young woman and, through an act of self-redemption, becomes hell-bent on finding the killer.” Directed by Eshom and Ian Nelms, starring John Hawkes and Octavia Spencer. Early reviews and first thoughts are quite promising.


“Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) is a young boy born with a facial deformity who moves into a new school and tries to fit in.“ Directed by Stephen Chbosky (writer and director of Perks of Being a Wallflower), also starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

American Made

“American Made tells the story of Barry Seal (Tom Cruise), a pilot who is recruited by the CIA to help counter the emerging communist threat in Central America. Seal's role in this major CIA covert operation led in turn to his involvement with the Medellin carte”. A biographical drama crime-thriller, directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow).

Personal Shopper

“A young American in Paris works as a personal shopper for a celebrity. She seems to have the ability to communicate with spirits, like her recently deceased twin brother. Soon, she starts to receive ambiguous messages from an unknown source.” Directed by Olivier Assayas and featuring an apparently excellent performance by Kristen Stewart. Good to great reviews so far.

Logan Lucky

“Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina during Memorial Day weekend.” Directed by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s 11, Out of Sight, Contagion), starring Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Adam Driver, Hilary Swank and more. Absolutely stacked cast, and a great director. Can’t wait for this.

The Dark Tower

Based on the book series by Stephen King, I expect the IMDB plot will not do the story justice: “The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, roams an Old West-like landscape where "the world has moved on" in pursuit of the man in black. Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.”. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel and starring Idris Elba, Kathryn Winnick and Matthew McConaughey.

The Circle

“A young tech worker takes a job at a powerful Internet corporation, quickly rises up the company's ranks, and soon finds herself in a perilous situation concerning privacy, surveillance and freedom.” Directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, End of the Tour), and starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. Trailer here.

Get Out

“A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend's mysterious family estate.” This has been out for a while in the US (unfortunately will have to wait til May in Australia!), but I’ve included it just in case. Sitting at 99% on Rotten Tomatoes with only a single rotten review. Apparently excellent.

Additions from comments:

[Wonder Wheel]

"Plot unknown. Described as a period drama set in New York in the 1950s." Written and Directed by Woody Allen, starring Kate Winslet, Juno Temple and Justin Timberlake.


"A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don't apply." Based on the book of the same name.** Directed and adapted by Alex Garland, the writer of Ex Machina. Starring Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac and Jennifer Jason Leigh.**


"A mute bartender goes up against his city's gangsters in an effort to find out what happened to his missing partner." Directed by Duncan Jones, written by Michael Robert Johnson and Duncan Jones. Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Justin Theroux and Sam Rockwell.


I feel like the IMDB description of this gives a bit too much away, so I've found a more generic description: "An upcoming American-French-Spanish romantic thriller film, based on the novel of same name." Directed by Wim Wenders, starring Alicia Vikander, James McAvoy and Charlotte Rampling.


There aren't many plot details for this, but it's been in the making for decades. Apparently the Coen brothers wrote the script in 1986. Directed by George Clooney, starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Josh Brolin and Oscar Isaac. Definitely promising on paper.



[Darkest Hour]

[The Current War]


[The Shape of Water]

[The Beguiled]

[The Killing of a Sacred Deer]

[It Comes at Night]

[Under the Silver Lake]


[Call Me by Your Name]

[You Were Never Really Here]

[Last Flag Flying]


And the sequels, reboots and big franchises:

I’m excited for a ton of these movies (kind of in order actually!). Here’s hoping they all turn out to be as good as I thought Logan was.
All together that comes to 50 movies, about 30 of which I wanna see in cinemas. I'm going to go broke, yay.
Hope you found a few you hadn't heard of and are interested in, and let me know if I've missed anything!
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2017.02.05 02:13 Madcucks G is for Gender Fluidity

    It is accepted science that the Gender Binary is an outdated method of defining persons. Everyone knows some dipshit Audio Engineer that says, “Boys have a penis, girls have a vagina.” These are the people that Genderologists are reaching with their ongoing research. The facts are that the classical idea of gender - Man and Woman - only vary in fluidity by 10%. The four fluids, Masculine, Feminine, Passion, and Apathetic are present in all people, the levels of each are what determine one’s gender. With modern gender science we can see a diverse distribution of gender on a larger scale. Something that looks like Figure 1. Using the graph, and this chapter, you can now plot your own Gender Fluid makeup, to aid in making a Tumblr Bio.
    Masculine Fluid and Feminine Fluid deal with the traits that exemplify the classical ideas of gender. Physical factors include hair growth and loss, height, weight, bone mass, bone structure, and breast size. Psycological traits determined by these fluids are sexual orientation, style of dress, hobbies, interpersonal relationships, likelihood for mental instability, and Gossip Quotient. It is important to remember that while being male is wrong, having a high masculine fluid is not. Many women have high masculine fluid, including Michelle Obama, and her beautiful arms. My Girlfriend Slag Tess has a good amount of masculine fluid, and she is the sexiest, funniest woman I have ever met. Many men have high feminine fluid, I have a decent level of feminine fluid, and I am the manliest man of all time.
    The fluid of gender is so amorphous there are many people that have a high level of fluid you wouldn’t expect. These individuals have a high level of one fluid, that does not define their gender, but does define one aspect of their personality, or body.
    Passion Fluid and Apathetic Fluid deal with the intensity of emotions. High passion subjects showed fixation and higher emotional output than that of high apathetic subjects. This is all emotional ranges not just lust or love. A high passion may lead people into being more hate or rage filled. Donald Trump is nearly 100% Passion Fluid, because he is a being coalesced out of hate, like Armus from Skin of Evil, Why it killed the beautiful Tasha Yar I will never know. A subject with high Apathy has less emotional involvement with others, for instance a Sociopath like my former business partner. These factors balance out and define who you are, more often you will have a little bit of both, as opposed to all of one and none of the other.
    I want to clarify, these Gender Fluids are not semen, or whatever a woman squirts out. Those are sexual fluids, produced during and leading up to intercourse. They are crude and gross and in no way affect the person you are. Gender Fluids are an invisible coating, that flows in between all of the organs, like smoke. This is not some dullard pseudo-magical bullshit chakra crap, this is a quantifiable science that exists. Sure it may not be commonly accepted science and there is not an episode of Nova about it, yet. Mark my words they will all be eating crow; just like that asshole Dean in Ghostbusters, those lady Ghostbusters really showed Chris Hemsworth.
    Graphing your fluids is a fairly simple process, you simply identify your traits in each fluid and determine at what level each one falls. Then you track along the axes to each value and plot the hyperbola on the graph. Now you know your specific gender. I’ve plotted some famous people on one to give you an idea of what a Gender Graph looks like.
Name Masculine Feminine Passion Apathy Gender
Adam Driver 8 66 12 48 Sand
Alex Jones 48 13 76 0 Sonic
Alex Trebek (Mustache) 51 13 22 79 Chilli
Alex Trebek (No Mustache) 44 19 22 79 Beige
Amy Schumer 3 59 36 8 Comedienne
Asterios Kokkinos 0 77 0 46 Cuck
Burt Reynolds 82 0 22 46 Best Page in the Universe
Chuck Norris (Unmeasurable) XX XX XX XX Legendary
Dick Masterson 8 61 3 28 Gossip
Donald Trump 0 0 100 0 Hate
Ella Darling 8 74 98 17 Strong Woman Role Model
Fidel Castro (Dead) 0 0 0 0 None
Hilary Swank 65 14 31 79 Sailor Man
Hillary Clinton 38 27 33 2 Presidential
Jennifer Lawrence 2 99 38 49 America’s Sweetheart
Madcucks 98 47 86 1 Madcucks
Michelle Obama 48 67 54 11 Strong Woman Role Model
Ronda Rousey 66 24 8 78 DragonKin
Sean Audio Engineer (Perfect Specimin) 50 50 50 50 Handsome Perfection
Slag Tess 35 15 20 30 SJW
    In conclusion, understanding Gender Fluidity and Gender Dynamics is an extremely important part of becoming a more socially conscious, like minded, enlightened person. Support your local Genderologists, and think about donating to the Gender Studies department at the closest college to help get more people into Science and Technology. You can be on the forefront of modern sciences like Privlegology, Racistology, and Internet Anthropolgy. We need to pioneer the future. Speaking of the future let us step into the future of this book with the letter H.
    To be inclusive and not make people feel crammed into a narrow-minded approach to being a better person, I am including some other G words that can help shape you:
A note from the writer: Look shitheads, I’m tired of all the e-mails and tweets and what-not telling me all the misspellings in my book. I don’t read my book after I write the words. It makes it a lot easier to disavow. This targeted harassment campaign has really taken its toll on me and I don’t appreciate it.
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2016.08.31 01:48 addtothebeauty The small-breasted admirer had an original article, but skip it if you're 100% over the offensive cliches like he uses.

Once click led to another and I found my way to the thought-dump that initiated this author's larger splash into the scene of small breast appreciation. If you don't even have time for any of this, don't bother. I'll hit the highlights and save you the frustration.
He starts off early revealing what we already knew from his other letters. He doesn't actually like small breasts, he just finds it suits him well enough to ignore a woman's breasts altogether.
But it just seems that whenever I fall head over heels for a woman, one of the many things she happens to possess is a small chest.
Now it’s not that that’s what I notice first, or even what I’m looking for.
^ Gee, lucky us.
Here's what he does want though. It's not much - just be a professional singer with an ass you trained professionally to get. Modest requirements!
Then her voice. As a singer, a melodious voice goes a long way with me.
And if I’m being honest, I’m easily hypnotized by a great ass. Truly, I’m powerless against them.
So the girls around me were all pretty fit—meaning very muscular, with very little body fat. And when you don’t have much fat, well, hey, you tend to have smaller breasts. But when you work out multiple hours a day, you also have one other thing: A great ass. (And usually a pretty nice set of legs, too.)
That's right ladies. All you need to do is workout multiple hours per day. Lol, oh my gosh, the douche is overpowering here.
But even our hero was perplexed for a time about why he cared for the small breasted. It was so hard for him he had to throw out a term that's little better than a slur and remind of us all the men that can't even be bothered.
For a long time, I wasn’t really aware it was the less-endowed women of the world I was falling for. It was only later, usually, that some guy friend of mine observed, “Cute girl. Kinda small-chested though, huh, dude?”
Did you also know that having small breasts gets you all these freebie traits too? Whooo, thank goodness we can really take this to the bank and reveal in our collective sameness - all thanks to small breasts. Wowee.
So the more time I spent with them, the more I loved athletic women. I saw that they were assertive, confident, and took charge. They didn’t wait around for men to open doors for them. They took me on, challenged me, flirted more daringly. Over time I would see that they would also pursue their dreams and aspirations more aggressively. Even better? They tend to be independent and self-reliant enough so that they not only made their own money, but looked to a man as a partner in life’s adventures, not as a white knight to “rescue” them or hold them up in times of crisis. And in even more time, I would discover they tended to be a little more lively in bed. So eventually, I began to associate the types of behavior and attitudes I liked with small-breasted women.
But wait, there might be an exception to the rule! A small breasted woman who isn't a tri-athelete?! Good heavens, how did her stunning personality ever win him over? Oh here's how. It's because her small breasts so handicapped her ability to attract men that she compensated her whole life for them by developing a super stellar personality. WELL THAT EXPLAINS WHY I'M SO GREAT. My tiny fun bags were holding me back socially like two cement anchors around my feet. Like a drowning person struggling for air in the social scene, I figured out how to be witty and charming to compensate. Yaay.
But not all of the small-breasted women I fell for were athletic. So the other thing that occurs to me is that maybe, without a big chest to gain the instant attention of most men, she had to find other ways to get their attention. By being a more interesting conversationalist. Or having a sunnier personality. Or by asking him to dance, rather than waiting to be asked. Or by having a funnier comeback than anyone else at the table. Or by simply radiating a kind of energy that exceeds whatever natural assets you’re born with—the kind that can only come from living a bold and interesting life based on your passions.
^ Screw you by the way.
To be clear, this is not an anti-large-breasted-women stance I have. Lord knows I’ve fallen under their spell, too, at times.
Phew, that's a relief! I was worried what we were going to do with your undiluted attention. Really.
And let’s face it, most large-breasted women will still have plenty of admirers without me to count on.
Thanks really, thanks.
Although I have heard my largely- endowed female friends complain that it’s harder to trust why a man has fallen for them–especially when it’s often not her eyes he’s staring at.
Hey there's the E-word again. Thanks for reminding who has more and who has less.
But I do think small breasted women often have to earn the attention of men more. They’ve gone without the instant adulation that can come with having large boobs. They have to find other ways to draw a man’s interest.
What's that now? You need to drive that home again?
And at times, I’ve run into a sense of entitlement from large-breasted women that I don’t find remotely attractive. Some are clearly so used to unconditional adoration from men that if you fail to fall at her feet and heap compliments in her general direction, then you’re simply not worth her time.
Speaking of what's not worth my time...your blog, dude, Riight?!
So, while the majority of men fawn over the Jessica Simpsons and the Pamela Andersons of the world, gimme a Hilary Swank or an Keira Nightly, please. For me, an A-cup puts you on the A-list, every time.
Truly, it gets funny here how many times he has to backhand us before he fumbles what could have been a compliment. That's a sports reference Marky! You should understand that because all that time around athletic women-blah-blah-blah.
So fear not, ye of little breadth: you have more admirers out here than you know.
Seriously, up yours. Shove it. And could you not be one of them?
If the guy you’re with thinks you need different breasts, maybe you just need a different guy.
Well color me shocked. There was one slim sentence here that had any value.
Who needs enemies with an admirer (which he is not) like this?
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2016.07.28 00:50 iminterestingplease We have a part 4 :)

Left is old reality, right is new.(Or if I don't do that exactly.)
Sorry part 3 looks like shit now.
611.(Music Lyrics change.)"Who will save your soul?"/"Who will save your souls"
612.(Company name change.)Moleskin/Moleskine
613.(Cereal name change.)Honey Comb/Honey Combs/Honeycombs/Honeycomb
614.(Famous Singer name change.)Donna Summers/Donna Summer
615.(Beer name change.)Jack Daniel/Jack Daniels/Jack Daniel's
616.(Company name change.)Michellin/Michelin
617.(Company name change.)Mainstay Furniture/Mainstays Furniture
618.(Fictional Character name change.)Thomas The Engine/Thomas The Tank Engine
619.(Toilet Paper name change.)Charmin'/Charmin
620.(Fictional Character name change.)Goofey/Goofy
621.(Fictional Character name change.)Eyore/Eeyore
622.(Character Role change.)Steve Martin as Prince Valium/Jim J. Bullock as Prince Valium
623.(Movie Title name change.)Monsters Inc./Monsters, Inc.
624.(Song Title name change.)Ghosts Along The Mississippi/A Ghost Along The Mississippi
625.(Shoe Brand name change.)Dr. Martin/Dr. Martens
626.(Song Title name change.)I Wanna Be Like You/I Wan'na Be Like You
627.(Car Logo change.)Toyota Prius now has a blue glow.
Add-On: Helmann's Mayo is also in some memories.
628.(Logo change.)The D and H in Frank's RedHot are now combined together.
629.(Movie Title name change.)Gattica/Gattaca
630.(History change.)Germans have now successfully set off explosives that have damaged Lady Liberty in Jersey City.
631.(History change.)Their are now more boats present in the crossing of Delaware and their is now a woman rowing the boat George Washington was on.
632.(Logo change.) The R is now curved in Froot Loops.
633.(Song Title name change.)Whoop There It Is/Whoomp There It Is
634.(Logo change.)Coach logo now has 2 horses.
Add-On: The Lexus logo now has separations in the oval.
Add-on: The F in the Ford logo is now more narrow and the O is closing up now.
635.(Sign change.)The signs in Queens and Brooklyn that represent avenue are now abbreviated as Av instead of Ave.
636.(History change.)Cern is now the reason WWW is a thing.
Add-On:The numerous color schemes of the KIA logo
637.(Logo change.)Kix cereal is now written in a different font.
638.(Mascot change.)Lucky of Lucky Charms cereal now looks younger and different.
639.(Famous Producer name change.)Seth McFarlane/Seth MacFarlane
640.(History change.)The Hadron Collider was up and running in the 90's even though it's only recently been up and running.
641.(Geography change.) A bridge on Staten Island/No bridge on Staten Island.
642.(Company name change.)John DeeJohn Deere
643.(Movie Quote change.)"E.T. Phone Home."/"E.T. Home Phone."
644.(Famous Artist name change.)Marc Chagal/Marc Chagall
645.(Famous Singer name change.)Ozzy Osborne/Ozzy Osbourne
646.(Pokemon name change.)Onyx/Onix
647.(Pokemon name change.)Ghastly/Gastly
648.(CSGO Game Mechanic change.)Red ContaineTool Shed
649.(Famous Singer name change.)Astrid Gilberto/Astrud Gilberto
650.(Logo change.)Does the Acura logo look different to you?
651.(Condiment name change.)Tobasco/Tabasco
652.(Logo change.)Has the Intel logo changed for you?
653.(Famous Actress name change.)Hillary Swank/Hilary Swank
654.(Famous Wrestler name change.)Curt Henning/Curt Hennig
655.(Spelling change.)Chilli/Chili
656.(Country name change.)Tadjikistan/Tajikistan
657.(Logo change.)Has the Pioneer logo changed to you?
658.(Logo change.)Has the Samsung logo changed for you?
659.(Famous Singer name change.)James Hatfield/James Hetfileld
660.(Music Lyrics change.)"Hi ho silver away!"/"Hi ho silver!"
661.(Music Lyrics change.)"I don't care if I ever get back."/"I don't care if I never get back."
662.(Poem change.)"Step into my parlor."/"Will you walk into my parlor?"
663.(Cleaning Product name change.)Liquid PlumbeLiquid PlummeLiquid Plumr
664.(Fictional Character name change.)Pumba/Pumbaa
665.(Geography change.)Novi Sad is the capital of Serbia./Belgrade is the Capital of Serbia.
666.(T.V Show name change.)McGuyveMcGyveMacGyver(Other spellings?)
Add-On: Did Pepto-Bismol have no L in your reality as well as the new dash I've previously mentioned?
667.(Candy bar name change.)MR. Goodbamr. Goodbar
668.(Candy bar name change.)Milk-Duds/Milk Duds
669.(Can't think of a title for this one.)The gap in the words Milky and Way on the candy is now smaller.
670.(City Sign change.)The white triangle around the word Yield in Yield signs is now smaller than before.(Which if not all signs have changed, it's more common for it to be smaller now.)
671.(New or altered movie characters.)Do you remember the silver robot resembling C-3P0 in the opening scene of Star Wars?
672.(Famous Actor name change.)Daniel Radclif/Daniel Radcliffe(Other spellings?)
673.(Famous Actress name change.)Queen Latifa/Queen Latifah
674.(Famous Actor name change.)Shia LaBoeuf/Shia LaBeouf
675.(Famous Artist name change.)Marcel Bardeau/Marcel Barbeau
676.(World change.)There are images capturing The Milky Way whole now.
Add-On: Are the characters in H.R Pufnstuf new to you?
677.(Logo change.)The thunder is shorter and the A looks wrong in the ACDC logo.(Anything else?)
678.(Logo change.)Does the Led Zeppelin logo look of to you?
679.(Logo change.)Does the T or anything else look off in The Beatles logo?
Add-On: Do the ridges on the cheekbones or the lightning in The Grateful Dead logo look off to you guys?
680.(Logo change.)The letters and the smiley face in the Nirvana logo look different and sloppy now.
681.(Album Cover change.) Bruce Springsteen's Born In The USA now shows a red hat instead of handkerchief.
682.(Album Cover change.)Miles Davis's Sketches Of Spain now shows a bull towards the right.
683.(Album Cover change.)No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom now shows different looking shoes.
684.(Logo change.)The Wu-Tang logo looks warped now.
685.(Album Cover change.)N.W.A's Straight Outta Compton now shows a sixth person.
686.(Store name change.)QuickTrip/QuikTrip
687.(Company name change.)Ready Ice/Reddy Ice
688.(Snack name change.)Funyons/Funyuns
689.(Song Title name change.)California Dreaming/California Dreamin'
690.(Movie Title name change.)Inglorious Bastards/Inglourious Basterds
Add-On: The Coca-Cola dash is farther up on the label instead of in the middle and is more of a dot now.
Add-On:The Yoo-Hoo dash is now more of a dot now instead of a dash.
691.(Logo change.)The U-Haul logo now has the dash going into the H instead of being just a normal dash.
692.(Cereal name change.)Wheatabix/Weetabix
693.(Music Lyrics change.)"Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks."/"Buy me some peanuts and crackerjack."
694.(Theme Song change.)The Full House theme song now has new keyboard sounds, the choir sounds different, and is more of a rip-off now.
695.(Theme Song change.)The Family Matters theme song now has a beat box intro, the horn line is different, the piano is louder than the bass, the piano riffs are new, the ascending harmony in the pre-chorus is new, and the violin line into the chorus is new.
696.(Episode Title name change.)The Brown Noise/World Wide Recorder Concert(South Park.)
697.(New or altered species.)The Fin Whale now exists making the sperm whale no longer the second largest whale.
698.(Logo change.)Does the Shell logo look different to you? Do any of them?
699.(Celebrity deaths that never happened.)Wanda Sykes is alive even though she passed a few years back.
Add-On:The Great Pyramid Of Giza now has 8 sides instead of 4.
700.(Music Video change.)All Star by Smash Mouth now depicts the boy holding the L on his forehead instead of the girl.
45 seconds into the video.
701.(Anatomy change.)The stomach is now in the rib cage.
702.(Spelling change.)Existance/Existence
703.(Spelling change.)Bizzare/Bizarre
704.(Spelling change.)ProffesoProfessor
705.(Spelling change.)Proffesional/Professional
706.(Grammar change.)You can now start a sentence with conjunctions such as, AND and BUT.
707.(Grammar change.)You can now say "James' house" or "James's house" and the second one is now acceptable and that goes for any name.
Add-On: Reece's(Or Reeces.) is in some memories of the how the candy was spelled.
Add-On: Haagen Daz(Haggen Dazs or Haggen Dasz?) as well in some memories.
708.(Painting change.)The Last Supper has changed a lot. The people seem to be arguing, Yeshua looks sad now, he's wearing red and blue, the 4th person from the left is now holding a dagger, the first five on the left are now all looking at Mary, Peter(The fourth from the left.) is now whispering in Mary's ear and touching her dress, James directly next to Yeshua now looks baffled, there's now poultry on the table, what about the ridges on the tablecloth, the cups may have been a different type, one might have been tipped over or tipping over, the colors in the background are darker, Yeshua's hands were in different positions, and the man with the finger pointed straight up looks out of place.
709.(Song Title change.)Old McDonald/Old MacDonald
710.(Spelling change.)Greatful/Grateful
711.(Spelling change.)Commited/Committed
712.(Saying change.)All Of A Sudden/All Of The Sudden(All Of THE Sudden didn't exist before.)
Add-On: Jackie Kennedy is now in possession of a gun and involved in JFK's death.(Also was the car white in your reality?)
About 6 minutes into the video.
713.(Lotion name change.)Electric Shave/Lectric Shave
714.(Spelling change.)Inmature/Immature
715.(Spelling change.)Pizzaria/Pizzeria
716.(Spelling change.)Wierd/Weird
717.(Spelling change.)Hankerchief/Handkerchief
718.(Multiple acceptable spellings.)Pajamas(And Pyjamas?)
719.(Mulitple acceptable spellings.)Grey(What About Gray?)
720.(Multiple acceptable spellings.)Spelled(And Spelt?)
721.(Multiple acceptable spellings.)Judgement(What About Judgment?)
722.(Multiple acceptable spellings.)Offense(And Offence?)
723.(Multiple acceptable spellings.)Defense(What About Defence?)
724.(Multiple acceptable spellings.)Dreamed(Dreamt And Dreampt Possibly as well?)
725.(Multiple acceptable spellings.)Paid(And Payed?)
Add-On: Bannana(And possibly bannanna in certain memories.)as well.
726.(Product Look change.)Coke(As in when Coca-Cola introduced their new formula.)now has a "new" banner on the upper left corner.
727.(Toy name change.)Legos/Lego
728.(Grammar change.)Internet/internet
729.(Spelling change.)E-Mail/Email/e-mail/email(E-mail or e-Mail(Even eMail?)possibly?)
730.(Fictional Character name change.)Dori/Dory
731.(Spelling change.)Recieve/Receive
732.(Spelling change.)Beleive/Believe
733.(Ficitonal Character appearance change.)Snow White's eyes are blue./Snow White's eyes are brown.
734.(Myth.)Napoleon is not short in this reality.
735.(Song Cover that didn't happen.)Smokey Robinson never sang "It ain't over til it's over."
736.(Ice Cream name change.)Fudgesicle/Fudgsicle
737.(Book Quote change.)"I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down."/"I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in."
738.(Famous Pastor name change.)Joyce Meyers/Joyce Meyer
739.(Logo change.)The A in Valero gas stations now looks like an upside down V.
Add-On: The KIA logo now has the an upside down V looking A.
Add-On: The Bernstein Bears is in some memories.(How I missed this one is beyond me.)
740.(Anatomy change.)The human skull now has holes near the jaw.
741.(Anatomy change.)Human eyes now have bone behind them.
742.(Something that no longer exists.)A movie titled "Stranger Things" that was related to the T.V. show.
743.(Celebrity death dates that aren't agreed upon.)The death of Robin Williams being 2014 or 2015.
744.(Singer name change.)Did Questlove all the other stage names such as ?uestlove?
745.(Song released later than remembered.)Happy by Pharrell Williams came out in 2011 or earlier than it's actual release date?
746.(Song released later than remembered.)Thrift Shop by Macklemore came out in 2011 or earlier than it's actual release date?
bvcady: Reddit user who commented on the above link.
747.(Singer name change.)FloRida/Flo Rida
748.(Word that isn't a word.)Amongst isn't recognized as a word in spellcheck.
749.(Word that isn't a word.)Hugger isn't recognized as a word in spellcheck.
750.(Word that isn't a word.)Olds isn't recognized as a word in spellcheck.(As in 12-Year-Olds.)
751.("Misspelled" or "mispronounced" word.)Pronouncing expresso when you mean espresso.
752.("Misspelled" or "mispronounced" word.)Pronouncing supposebly or supposably when you mean supposedly.
753.(Grammar change.)Awhile/A while
754.(Spelling change.)Mispell/Misspell
755.(Diet Food Brand name change.)Simply Organic/Simple Truth Organic.
756.(Diet Food Brand name change.)Cascadian Farms/Cascadian Farm
757.(Celebrity disagreed upon death.)Did Dick Van Dyke pass away a few years back, the 70's, or last year.(Any other add ons to Dick Van Dyke who I mentioned previously I believe.)
758.(Famous Landmark name change.)The Great Pyramid Of Giza/The Pyramid At Giza.(The latter isn't remembered.)
759.(Snack Cheese name change.)Ez Cheese/Easy Cheese
760.(Dessert name change.)Sherbert/Sherbet
761.(Didn't they go out of business?)Didn't Mitsubishi go out of business years back? They're actually still in business.
762.(Didn't they go out of business?)Didn't Southwest Airlines go out of business years back? They're actually still in business.
763.(Spelling change.)Buisness/Business
764.(Logo change.)The logo for Continental Airlines is now going left and right instead of up and down.
765.(Logo change.)Were the arrows on the Subway restaurant sign always there?
766.(Logo change.)Wasn't the Harley Davidson logo reversed before where the word Motorcycles was where Harley Davidson is and Harley Davidson was where Motorcycles is?
767.(Motorcycle name change.)Harley Davidson/Harley-Davidson
768.(Battery name change.)Ever Ready was changed to Eveready by the company for real, but there are some modern images showing Ever Ready.
About 3 minutes and 14 seconds in.
769.(Movie Title name change.)Princess Bride/The Princess Bride
770.(Song Title name change.)A Very Happy Unbirthday To You/A Very Merry Unbirthday To You
771.(Clothing Brand name change.)Addidas/Adidas
772.(Famous Actor name change.)Elijah Woods/Elijah Wood
773.(Logo change.)The McDonald's logo showing the word inside the arch is now going farther to the right.
774.(Conglomerate Company name change.)Dupont/Du Pont
775.(Logo change.)The Subaru logo now has 6 stars instead of 5.
776.(Pokemon name change.)Ratata/Ratatat
777.(Cereal name change.)Coco Pebbles/Cocoa Pebbles
778.(T.V Show name change.)I Am Caitlyn/I am Cait
779.(Celebrity who was live is now dead.)Did Peaches Geldof die in 2014 or was she still alive in your memory?
780.(Animal Appearance change.)Skunks now have a V shape in the white stripe instead of it being solid.
781.(Famous Actor name change.)Sylvester Stalone/Sylvester Stallone
782.(Different celebrity deaths.)Did Charles Schulz die in 2008, 2015, or 2000 like he actually did?
783.(Car logo change.)Didn't the Chevy emblem originally look like this?
784.(Car logo change.)Didn't the Ford emblem originally look like this?
785.(Vegetable name change.)Brussel Sprouts/Brussels Sprouts
786.(Was the celebrity alive or dead?.)Did Kurt Vonnegut pass away in the last year, last few years, 2007 like he actually did or was he still alive in your memory?
787.(Music Lyrics change.)"Uh oh, a river."/"Uh uh, a river."
788.(Song released later than remembered.)Paul McCartney remembers the song Yesterday already existing when it didn't.
789.(Spelling change.)Goverment/Government
790.(Spelling change.)Damnit/Dammit
791.(Spelling change.)Ok/Okay(Ok used to be accepted, now no longer a word, just abbreviated?)
Even the archives say it's an abbreviation.
792.(Famous Sports Star name change.)Dwayne Wade/Dwyane Wade
793.(Celebrity that's now alive.)Did Gladys Knight die a few years ago or still alive?
794.(Celebrity that's now alive.)Did George Wendt die in 2010 or is he still alive?
795.(Celebrity that's now alive.)Did David Suzuki die back in 2008, 2009 or is he still alive?
796.(Celebrity that's now alive.)Did Joanne Woodward die a few years ago or is she still alive?
797.(Toy Company name change.)Mega Blocks/Mega Bloks
798.(Restaurant name change.)The ShowBiz Pizza Company/ShowBiz Pizza Place
799.(Fictional Character appearance change.)Pikachu now no longer has a black section on his tail.
Add-On: There are now smaller pyramids near the greater Egyptian pyramids.
800.(Medicine name change.)NyQuill/NyQuil(Including DayQuil and ZzzQuil.)
Add-On: Do you remember Good Morning Clarice being said instead of Good Evening Clarice?
801.(Fictional Character appearance change.)Popeye now has an anchor tattoo on each arm instead of just one.(If you remember only one, which one was it?)
802.(Logo change.)Bloomingdale's now shows the two O's to be overlapping into each other.
803.(Real Life quote change.)"One small step for mankind, one giant leap for man."/"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."(He apparently said "a" after step, do you remember that or not?)
804.(Fabric Store name change.)JoAnn's/Jo-Ann's/JoAnn/Jo-Ann(Without an apostrophe?)
805.(Furniture Store name change.)Lay-Z-Boy/Lazboy(Other Spellings?)
Add-On: Do you remember Ebay instead of ebay?
Add-On: Do you remember ShowBiz Pizza instead of ShowBiz Pizza Time?(Place?)
Add-On: The liver is even bigger now than it already was.
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2014.11.28 02:35 Astroberto Just recieved an email, it's like conspiracy greatest hits... now with bonus 'coming to a cinema near you' section

So I'm a grad student studying Astrophysics, so occasionally you get some crank emails from random people, but this popped into my inbox earlier and it's the best of the bunch - not sure if this is the best place for this. It's like crackpot greatest hits, 9/11, Manchurian candidates, academic manipulation, Nazis, Hollywood, all sorts. It's looooooong though so Ive put the first 15000 chars here and the whole thing is on pastebin here. Enjoy.
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Sent: 27 November 2014 15:26
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Subject: Fwd: Thank You Oxford University
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From: M.A.I.A.R. [email protected]
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 at 10:42:47 PM
Subject: Thank You Oxford University
To: --------------------
26th November 2014
Dear Oxford University,
Thank you for your warm replies to my letter concerning my Toroidal Economy and Wellsian Dynamics. I have been invited to meet with your Neuroscience Department and to submit further literature to your Economics Department, which I am happy to do. This follow-up letter is to ask your permission to bring Russell Brand and Graham Hancock with me on my visit to Oxford, so they can also share with the Neuroscience Department their own life-changing psychedelic experiences with entheogens.
For your interest, I have attached my recent letter to the actors, agents, managers and producers of the UK and US film industries (who are also receiving these letters to Oxford University) concerning THE FOURTH REICH motion picture that my company is producing. Our film sets my theoretical breakthroughs within their cultural and political context.
Of the 4220 Oxford academics who received my original letter, 95.5% of you chose to remain on the mailing list, which was heartwarming indeed. I am a little miffed with your Physics Department, however, the only department not to reply.
So, for a bit of fun (and to indulge a guilty pleasure) I have added some Additional Notes to my original letter to you (below), which include my rather leonine challenge to your Physics Department, written for the special delight of the international audiences now reading these emails.
Warm regards, M. J. F. Wells [email protected]
Millennial Films: THE FOURTH REICH
FAO – THE CAST: Hilary Swank, Michelle Williams, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Dakota Fanning, Jake Gyllenhaal and Charles Dance.
AND THE ADVISORY BOARD: Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Peter Jackson, James Cameron, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Clint Eastwood (and Robert Lorenz), Kevin Costner, Martin Sheen, Annette Bening and Cate Blanchett.
Dear Actors, Agents, Managers & Producers,
I have attached two letters, one announcing the development of THE FOURTH REICH motion picture – and one to Oxford University, presenting my two breakthroughs in the fields of physics and economics, which amount to a new Copernican Revolution. The magnitude of this moment for humanity can barely be overstated.
I would appreciate it if you could forward these letters on to all the artists you represent and to your colleagues and friends around the world. This is an incredible, awe-inspiring moment for mankind – and I’d love for everyone in our industry to feel involved.
These breakthroughs need as much celebrity awareness and gossip circulating around them as possible, to get this amazing news to every corner of the globe, regardless of whether or not the mainstream media decides to act. Any of your clients are welcome to contact me directly at the details below. In particular, I very much look forward to hearing back from the actors and producers specifically mentioned in these letters. We need each of you.
This is Peace in the Middle East and the end of the Oil Age. This is the most dangerous and exciting milestone atop the high road of freedom since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Disaster and opportunity have never been so finely poised upon the balance of a day, this precious day of ours. It is my solemn and sacred honour to lay this ink to the page.
God bless you.
M. J. F. Wells BA RADA KCL Executive Producer, Millennial Films Founding Director of the M.A.I.A.R. [email protected] www.imdb.me/markwells
Millennial Films is proud to announce that development has commenced on our major motion picture, THE FOURTH REICH, which tells the true stories of five brave Americans who dedicated their lives to speaking truth to power: 9/11 scientist Dr. Judy Wood of Virginia Tech University; Bush Administration government whistleblower Cathy O'Brien and her husband, former CIA agent Mark Phillips, as well as Kennedy-era whistleblower Brice Taylor and the former Head of the Los Angeles FBI, Ted Gunderson.
We are seeking to attach HILARY SWANK (Dr. Judy Wood), MICHELLE WILLIAMS (Cathy O'Brien) and SEAN PENN (Mark Phillips), alongside DAKOTA FANNING (Brice Taylor) and JEFF BRIDGES (Ted Gunderson).
Scientist Dr. Judy Wood recognized immediately on the morning of September 11th 2001 that the three structural collapses that occurred that day, at World Trade Centers One, Two and Seven, defied the ordinary laws of Newtonian physics. It was materially impossible for the 1.5 million tonnes of dense matter within the Twin Towers, steel and reinforced concrete, to mysteriously evaporate into fine particles of dust, leaving only 5% of their mass at Ground Zero, to drift away instead across the Hudson River.
As an astute scientist, Dr. Wood knew that she was looking at a planned and orchestrated destruction of those buildings, but with disintegration characteristics that did not conform to the conventional pattern of an ordinary explosive demolition. Over the following decade, Dr. Wood gathered an enormous body of empirical scientific evidence, published in her phenomenal and peerless book “Where Did The Towers Go?” proving that whatever occurred at Ground Zero that day was a window into highly advanced and secret weapons systems, not yet known to the public.
Against a backdrop of illegal and fabricated wars in the Middle East and the unstoppable rise of the intelligence establishment's Fourth Reich at home in America, contorting a once free nation into a surveillance state, Dr. Judy Wood's tireless dedication to gathering and publishing the scientific facts of 9/11 embodies the quintessential story of these revolutionary times. Throughout our film, as she struggles to legally challenge the allegedly corrupt and white-washed findings of the official 9/11 Commission Report, Dr. Wood's investigation becomes the guiding light of our age: the speaking of truth to power, upon the rock-solid foundation of scientific evidence.
Intercut across time, and dovetailing beautifully with Dr. Wood's journey, is the profound love story of Cathy O'Brien and her husband, former CIA agent Mark Phillips, who both became (with Brice Taylor and Ted Gunderson) two of America's most important and vocal government whistleblowers, revealing the sadistic mind-control technologies and satanic ritualistic abuses used by the intelligence establishment of the United States to create sex slaves and programmable espionage agents.
Cathy O'Brien is today a survivor of the shadow establishment's MK-ULTRA mind control program of sexual abuse and torture of children, and her story reveals the allegedly dark and twisted underbelly of the first Bush Administration. As a government whistleblower, Cathy O'Brien is bound by the Whistleblower Act and she is barred from publicizing her story – so we are going to tell it for her. We have no legal relationship with any of the protagonists of our film. This is an entirely independent project, and deliberately so, for legal reasons.
Cathy O'Brien alleges that she and her young daughter Kelly were both repeatedly raped and tortured by former Vice President Dick Cheney and President George Bush Snr, who both allegedly used cocaine to fuel their acts of rape and paedophillia. Ted Gunderson's complimentary story, unearthing corruption at the highest levels of government, reveals how the Bush Administration was allegedly funding secret operations around the world with drug running (while trumpeting a War on Drugs).
Spanning five decades of US secrets, our film begins in the 1960s, as we follow Brice Taylor's escape from the grip of mind-control and satanic ritual abuse, fleeing her life as a sex slave for the world's most elite and famous celebrities and politicians, allegedly including the Kennedy brothers, Bob Hope and Henry Kissinger. Our film is the true story of a nation, as it emerged from WWII to become, over half a century later: THE FOURTH REICH.
Our film ends with the testimony of presidential candidate Andrew Basiago, who maintains that he was a classmate of Barry Soetoro (now President Barack Obama) in a secret intelligence DARPA program when they were teenagers. His testimony makes clear that the current President is a Manchurian Candidate in the White House who now embodies the shadow establishment's coup over the US political system and mainstream media. The shadow establishment now owns both sides of the House and all the major media outlets; there is no opposition to the continuity of their foreign policy agendas.
Due to the extremely controversial nature of our era-defining film, we do not expect studio backing from within the Unites States. The traditional Hollywood channels may be neither willing nor even capable of making this film, which is why we are approaching each of you individually. The personal and private wealth within Hollywood is more than sufficient to fund a major motion picture of this kind.
Men like Sir Peter Jackson and James Cameron now have the private wealth to bankroll even the most expensive blockbusters. This is our approach to both of them to become Executive Producers on THE FOURTH REICH. For powerful, influential, wealthy and gifted people, the world is always exactly the way it is – by choice. By the end of this email, the decision to change the fundamental political, financial, technological, cultural and spiritual structures of our world will be just a choice away, for each of you.
Our film, THE FOURTH REICH, is envisioned as a four-hour documentary style epic drama (with an intermission), spanning five decades and climaxing in a full-scale re-enactment of the events of September 11th 2001, from every possible scientific angle. Our film has the power to bring a tsunami of change to the political landscape of our planet and lay the founding stone for the redemption and healing now destined for the 21st Century.
Our themes are simple, as direct as the themes of America: the definition of true goodness in contrast to the narcissism of “the great and the good” – and the inevitable triumph of the truth over the lies of truly evil men; men who use the naivety and ignorance of the well-meaning, the patriotic and the brave as political cover for their heinous crimes.
To make sure our film carries as much political weight as possible, I am asking each of the following artists to accept positions on the Executive Advisory Board of Millennial Films for the duration of this project: Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Annette Bening, Cate Blanchett, Kevin Costner, Martin Sheen, Jeff Bridges, Sean Penn, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ian McKellen. We need each of you, to give this film not merely credibility but also the roar of certainty and the grace of sincerity. It is now time to return to 9/11, empowered by the provable scientific facts and inspired by the speakers of truth.
We are now seeking suggestions for screenwriters, for whom substantial source materials can be provided, as well as co-production partners, co-producers and investors; we do not yet have a director attached and we are keen to enter negotiations. My door is open and my personal email address at the M.A.I.A.R. is below.
This email has been sent to hundreds of talent representatives, throughout the US and UK film industries, and I have attached below my recent letter to over 4200 Oxford University academics, outlining the other important aspects of this Millennial Revolution, beyond the arts and movie-making. My letter to Oxford University also includes a full introduction of who I am – and I have added Additional Notes to help clarify for a lay audience my contributions to the fields of physics and economics. Those Additional Notes have been re-submitted to Oxford University today for their further consideration.
In response to my original letter, Oxford have invited me to speak with their Neuroscience Department, concerning entheogens, and to submit further materials to their Economics Department. I hope to take Russell Brand with me to Oxford, so he can describe his own life-changing psychedelic experiences with entheogens. The messianic epiphany, gained via entheogenic journeying into the cosmic spiritual enlightenment of the One Being, our Highest Self, is now expanding out from individual lives to cause an enormous cultural, political, financial and spiritual planetary exorcism.
As our film hits cinemas, I will be campaigning for Robert Redford and Meryl Streep to run for President and Vice President of the United States. My fervent prayer for America is that those two powerfully gifted artists will be given the reigns of political power long enough to rip the demonic lid off the shadow establishment's underground empire of clandestine technology and human genetic experimentation.
The Heavenly Father was very clear with me during a recent visionary experience (facilitated by entheogens) that the number of human lives lost since the end of WWII to genetic experimentations, in the underground bases beneath the United States, is now greater than the Holocaust.
The technology already exists to completely liberate mankind from the satanic depravities of the Oil Age; it's all just buried beneath the United States. The story of our world, which is the story of a maturing species into fully sentient and adult spiritual enlightenment, is the same story told across the entire cosmos: ours is the collective journey into the profound contrition, redemption, salvation and atonement of full self-knowledge.
Warmest regards to you all. I look forward to hearing from each of you.
M. J. F. Wells [email protected]
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2014.03.05 20:47 tabledresser [Table] I'm Lisa Jakub - I grew up working as an actor in movies like Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day. I decided to retire instead of becoming a stereotypical train wreck child actor. I now live in Virginia where I am a writer. AMA!

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What was your reaction the first time you saw Robin in character as Mrs. Doubtfire? Did you ever confuse Chris Colombus with Christopher Colombus? Chris Columbus actually introduced us to "his mother" - we had a whole conversation with her without knowing it was Robin as Mrs. D.
Does Pierce Brosnan smell like beer and sex? I've always assumed he might. I was 14 when I worked with him, so I couldn’t have told you what beer and sex smelled like. So, I guess the answer is - probably.
Does the successful transition from child actor to adult actor for some current actors (Leonardo Di Caprio, Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Neil Patrick Harris, Claire Danes, Joseph Gordon Levitt, etc) lead you to second guess your decision? Nope. I think the transition is totally do-able, if you love it and want to dedicate your life to it. After 18 years, it was just time for something new. And I am so much happier as a writer living in Virginia that I was as an actor in LA.
Hope i'm not too late. So what was it like to work with Robin Williams? Robin was wonderful. I actually got thrown out of high school during the shooting of Doubtfire – my school didn’t want to deal with the extra work of having my “non-traditional” situation. I was very upset about it and he asked me if he could write a letter to my school asking them to support me in trying to get my education while working. The school framed the letter, but didn’t let me back in. But it was very kind of him to try.
Parts of your story (and your attitude) around acting are similar to Mara Wilson, who I know you worked with way back on Mrs Doubtfire. Do the two of you keep in touch much, based on these commonalities? Mara and I recently got back in touch. We were very close during filming, and for a while after (only in part because had a crush on her older brother) but we were both working/traveling a lot and we just drifted apart. But I have always loved her like a little sister and I’m thrilled that we are back in each other’s lives. She’s an awesome woman and a great writer.
You're my childhood celebrity crush, so thanks for that. What's your favorite food? Awww. I'm a pasta girl.
Is there anything you miss about acting? The only thing I miss is having someone who knew how to do my hair and makeup. I'm 35 years old and have no clue about either.
So, I think this is how it works- you get paid a royalty every time Mrs. Doubtfire is on tv? Yeah - fractions of a penny, and the amount decreases over time. I actually wrote about that here, if you are interested. Link to lisajakub.wordpress.com
Well, now I'm an ass. Your blog told me to follow up on your weight and the date of your last period. But I'm all ears. Do tell. 115 2/25.
Did you voluntarily want to act as a child, or did your parents make that decision for you? I always wonder about that when children start acting at such a young age. When I was 4, my parents and I were in a market in Toronto and we were approached by a man who was working on casting a commercial. They asked if I wanted to audition, I thought it sounded fun, so I went. They sent me to an agent and my whole career just sort of snowballed from that.
Did Robin Williams ever comb his arm hair? Nope - he shaved it. Mrs. D would never have hairy arms.
After you retired, did you receive any interesting acting offers that made you question your decision, or did you cut all contacts to Hollywood cold turkey? I pretty much went cold turkey. After I moved to VA, I was temped into doing an audition tape for The Aviator because it was Martin Scorsese - but I realized after that I was just done and needed to cut all ties if I was going to really be retired. I actually wrote about that audition here -- Link to lisajakub.wordpress.com
Do you ever wonder how different your life would be if you didn't retire? Are there any roles that you were tempted to get back in the business to perform? No, it's funny, I've never thought that. I guess I just don't really have that passion for acting. A couple of times I've missed living in LA - but that's only because there is a really good Chinese place there called Chin Chin.
Hi Lisa! I'm a few years older than you and when I saw you in Matinee I immediately developed a teenage crush on you. I'm glad you are doing well with your husband in Virginia. Love the blog, you're a good writer. Did you have much interaction with John Goodman on the set of Matinee? Yeah, John was lovely on Matinee. Good guy. I don't know what would have happened if I stayed. I'm was never into the Hollywood scene, so I would have likely been okay. But it's stressful to feel like you are living a life that isn't authentic to who you are.
Do you ever catch yourself on TV - like whenever Mrs. Doubtfire is on the TV? If so, do you immediately change the channel? Thanks! Yeah, I have caught myself on TV. It's really fucking weird. I change the channel immediately.
Acting and writing are both creative arts. How is the writing subculture very much like or different than the child acting environment? Writing is a very different experience, because it it pretty much is just me at my computer. I like that.
Was there ever an audition you had that you were really upset you didn't get? I was sad that I didn't get the role of Velma in Scooby-Doo. That would have just been cool.
Any good vegan dessert recipes? I'm obsessed with these pan fried honey bananas. You can skip the honey or use another sweetener if you are a vegan that don't eat honey. Link to rachelschultz.com
Hi Lisa, do you have fond memories of San Francisco from your time filing here? Loved SF. We lived at the Saint Francis hotel for months. It was a good gig.
If you didn't act or write, what would you do for a career? I'd be a house flipper. I'm good with a sledgehammer.
You are awesome and beautiful. What is your favorite memory of acting? That’s sweet, thank you. My favorite memory of acting isn’t a specific event, it’s more just the feeling of community that you get on set. The cast and crew really bond. You are working long hours together in sometimes strange locations and people get very close - in various types of ways. It can be a really wonderful, supportive, creative environment.
Matinée was one of my favourite films as a kid, and actually still is now. Any memories or stories from shooting that? Matinee was a great shoot. Joe Dante is a wonderful person and creative genius. But the kissing scene in the bomb shelter was incredibly awkward. I was 13 and it was my first kiss EVER. It’s uncomfortable to have your first kiss be with 60 crew members and your mother watching.
Did you really not watch the Oscars? Would it have been like watching remnants of an old relationship, or is it just completely outside of your sphere of interest now? I didn't watch them. It's not like it's out of bitterness or anything - it just doesn't really have any relevance to my life anymore. Well, okay, maybe they make me feel a little bad about the fact that I only ever wear yoga pants and Chuck Taylors.
Would you ever go back to acting, now that you're past the teenaged drama stage? No, I'm really happy being a writer and being out of that life. It just didn't suit me anymore.
Are you able to enjoy movies and television now as a fan? Or do you look at the medium critically? I don't think I'm more critical now, I can get lost in movies just like everyone else. But bad dialogue does make me cringe...
You may have touched on this before, but did you make any close friends on the audition trail? Any fond memories you like to share about some of your contemporaries that you recall? I'm a fan of your work then and now. Thank you for doing this AMA. I auditioned with Hilary Swank for Boys Don't Cry. She was COMMITTED to that role. She showed up dressed like a boy, walked and talked like a boy. The only thing I had done was put my hair in a ponytail. I walked into that audition and thought - let's get this over with - Hilary is who you want in this role, not me!
I get the sense that being Canadian becomes somewhat of a novelty (with some exceptions) for actors who have long since left. Your story seems a little different though, and you seem more thoughtful. What's your relationship like with Canada, and Toronto, specifically? Even though I don't live there, I will always be Canadian. I feel it's a big part of my identity. I don't get back there as much as I'd like to, but I feel a strong connection to it. If it weren't so damn cold, I'd want to go back. All those years of LA thinned my blood.
Lisa, what can you see from your kitchen window? The Blue Ridge mountains.
Hi, Lisa! I've really enjoyed your blogs, and look forward to your first book. Do you have any plans to begin another book anytime after you get this one published? If so do you have any ideas on the next topic? I'd be very interested in reading a fictional story written by you. Thank you so much! I've got a few ideas for the next book. I'd love to play around with some fiction, maybe do some travel writing, I love telling other people's stories, so maybe more non-fiction...Lots of ideas!
Who are some of your personal favorite writers? J. D. Salinger, John Irving, Barbara Kingsolver, Elizabeth Gilbert...
Top five movies?? Memento, The Philadelphia Story, Amalie, To Kill A Mocking Bird, It Happened One Night. In no particular order.
I love your writing and your face! What do you prefer about writing over acting? Thank you! Writing feels much more creative to me than acting ever did. I’m freer. As an actor, I wore the clothes someone else picked, said the words that someone else wrote and stood where someone told me to. With writing, I get to do it all myself. Plus, as a writer, I get to wear sweatpants a lot.
What was it like being Randy Quaid's daughter in Independence Day? Was he fun on the set. Thank you doing this AMA. Randy is truly a lovely human being. I really enjoyed him. He's just the kind of guy you can hang out and talk with.
Hi, Lisa! I have a two-parter question: if you had a time machine, where/when would you go, and what kind of sandwich would you bring as a snack? Italy. 1950s. Caprese.
What r u favorite novels?or autors? Do u speak french? What do u like to do in ur freetime? Thanks I have a bunch of favorite books, like, Poisonwood Bible, East of Eden, Signature of All Things, 1Q84, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Nine Stories, Don’t let’s go to the dogs tonight...just a few! I used to be fluent in French but it's fading. In my free time I'm pretty much always at the yoga studio!
I hope this isn't a sore subject, but why did you quit acting? Not at all! I was an actor for 18 years and for the most part, I enjoyed it. But at a certain point, I realized it was making me unhappy and giving me panic attacks. I left my job for the same reasons anyone leaves any job. When I made my pro/con list, the cons were too significant to ignore. I was ready to see what else was out there. I wanted to get an education and try to figure out who I was beneath the label of actor.
Last question, I promise! You were an actor from 4 to 22. For the last year you've worked on your book and blog. So what were you doing from 22 until 34? I wandered around crying and feeling lost. No. Actually, I did a bunch of things. I answered phones at a women's shelter, I taught at a literacy center, I worked as a radio DJ...but the big thing was that I got my GED and attended the University of Virginia. I graduated when I was 32.
Love UVA. And Virginia beats the hell out of Los Angeles. Did you major in Creative Writing? Sociology. Wahoowa!
Hey Lisa Jakub! As a huge fan of Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day it's amazing to get this opportunity even though it's 5 am here in Australia so I hope you get to my questions. It's hard to pick a favorite...I was lucky to be able to travel a lot for my work, and I think that is what I am most grateful for. Being able to spend a couple months in Rome or Prague is pretty amazing. Thanks again and I hope you get a nap this afternoon!
What was it like working with the cast and crew on Mrs. Doubtfire? Doubtfire was a wonderful shoot. We were all very close - it felt like a family environment.
I've read that you're writing your first book about growing up in the film industry, How's that going? The book is going well. My literary agent is shopping it around to publishers now. It's a very exciting process.
Thank you again for giving us this opportunity, on behalf of this AMA I'd like to commend you on your talents and wish you luck on your current and future projects. That's so nice of you - thanks for being up so early!!!
Thank you for replying, it made waking up totally worth it :) Oh, I missed one! Nicolas Cage - of course yay.
Hi Lisa! Do you enjoy watching Independence Day or Mrs. Doubtfire on those lazy Sunday afternoons? If so, do you still critique yourself or just enjoy the movie? OH DEAR GOD NO! (So I guess the answer is that I still critique myself.)
I'm a retired musician and it's still a guilty pleasure when I catch one of my songs on the radio (from time to time). You're telling me you don't grin just a little bit when you see yourself on the tele?! C'mon now... be honest!? :-) Nope. I'm Canadian. We tend to be humiliated by everything we've ever done.
Did you experience any sexism while you were auditioning? Not sexism specifically - but I was told several times that I was a good actor but I was just not pretty enough. There can be a pretty narrow definition of what women should be/look like.
What was the most surprising thing about being a dog owner? The things that might seem annoying or gross are not at all because you love them so damn much.
Is there anywhere that you've always wanted to travel to, but haven't yet? I have a long list. I've not been to many places in Asia. I've been to Southern Africa but I'd love to go to Western Africa, too. Pretty much anywhere I haven't seen, I want to.
Was there a particular film role that you didn't take on that you wish you would have now? No. So sorry for the boring answer. But at least it's honest.
Are you single? ;) Married 8 years. But a married lady always likes to get a winky face, so thank you!
Hi, I thought I'd say hello. Im just an interested guy in the uk wondering what its like knowing you were a film star. Are you happier now? I'm much happier. It feels good living a life that is more authentic to what you want to be doing.
What is your funniest fart story? I don't think I actually have one! I'm a vegetarian, I have excellent digestion. Sometimes my dog farts and wakes herself up. Does that count?
Hi, Lisa. How do you prepare yourself mentally when writing your blog, or when working on a book. (You are working on a book, yes?) I have a pretty strict writing schedule from 8:30 - 12 every day. That is really helpful for me. Other than that, I need a big cup of tea and my dog at my feet.
What would you say to actors from different countries who aren't living in the film making area? Would you say that a career as an actor is unstable and extremely hard? There are a lot of difficult things about being an actor. It can also be really fun. It's just all about if the trade-offs are worth it for you. In the end, they were no longer worth it for me.
Are there any restrictions when it comes to your writing? Rather, do you have specific times you have to adhere to or do you have plenty of time to write? If so, is it a self imposed due date? Because I'd love to become a writer some day, but a part me feels like a due date might hinder my writing some. Can that even happen? I find I actually work better when I have some boundaries. I write pretty much every day from 8:30 - 12. I can write later than that if I'm really in a zone or on a deadline. After a while, you start to trust that the words will be there, even if you aren't totally feeling it at the moment.
What makes you happiest? My husband and my dog.
What is your favorite Beethoven symphony? I could google something and sound snotty and fancy - but I think I'll just admit that I don't have one. I can tell you about my favorite Barenaked Ladies song, though.
Do tell! Brian Wilson, with For You coming in a close second.
When you go to the toilet, do you stand up to wipe or stay sat down? This is an AMA right!? Who stands?
Looking back what would you say to a parent of a young child actor? And what would you say to the child as well? I think it's important to remember it's always okay to change your mind.If they love it - great. If the kid decides they want to play piano or soccer instead, they need to know that is a valid choice. Being an actor doesn't need to define anyone - especially a child.
As an introvert, I'd see the hollywood lifestyle (at least in the social sense) perhaps a little euphoric at first, but then quickly exhausting and torturously nerve wracking. Writing is so much more peaceful, self-paced, and somehow less vulnerable. Is this accurate for you at all? Yes, yes, yes and yes.
I always wondered what happened to you. Thought you were pretty good. What parts of the industry made you want to leave? Lack of privacy, too much focus on physical appearance, challenge of maintaining important relationships when you need to leave for a shoot for months at a time... Mostly, I didn’t feel that deep passion for acting that many of my friend’s seemed to feel.
I had the biggest crush on you, when I saw you on Matinee. How was working with John Goodman?? How could you not have a crush on Sandra?? She was kickass. John was lovely.
My grandma was a housekeeper at the St. Francis hotel, and said that she caught you with a pet turtle in the hotel. Did you ever have any other run ins with your turtle and do you still have it? Oh my gosh!! That was Shelly. She traveled with me to several film shoots and was a wonderful companion. Once she got out of her cage on an airplane and wandered down the aisle and freaked everyone out. She was an adventurer. I don't have her any more. She actually ran away - true story. Tell your grandma I said hi and again - I'm sorry.
In your opinion, what is the hardest part of being a writer? How do you enjoy it compared to acting? I think the hardest part of writing is self- discipline. I stick to my writing schedule pretty religiously, so that helps. It's very solitary work, but that suits me quite well. It's pretty great to feel like you have found what you are supposed to be doing with your life.
What was your favorite movie that you acted in? If you could choose any modern movie to be in (either recently in theaters or upcoming), which would it be, and why? That's kinda like picking a favorite child - they all had good things about them and I would feel bad singling out on of them. I kind of wish I was in the documentary Spinning Plates, because watching it made me hungry and I wanted to eat all that lovely food.
How were you treated on set? Were adult actors annoyed by you or was there camaraderie? Mostly, there was a lot of camaraderie. Occasionally, there would be someone who was annoyed by having a kid around, and they made that obvious. But that was the exception.
Allo Lisa. Si tu pouvais voyager dans le temps, dans quel film aurais tu aimé jouer? J'ai bien hâte de pouvoir lire ton livre. Hi Lisa, if you could travel back in time, in what movie you would have love to work in?? Some old black and white movie where I could wear a hat and kiss Cary Grant. Merci pour la question!
Unlimited tacos? or grilled cheeses? Ohh. Tough. I'll have to say tacos because of the guacamole.
Not to sound like an intrusive mother, but babies? Or sticking with pets...? We're sticking with pets!
Why Virginia? I see you in the middle of the Appalachians on top of a mountain in a cabin writing by candle light. andbeingverypretty. Ha! Well, Virginia seemed very far away from LA, and my boyfriend (now husband) liked the business school here.
Do you ever see yourself doing another film? No. I like not having to pluck my eyebrows.
Completely understandable. What type of writing do you do? Film, television, books?? I'm just finishing my book and I write freelance for a few places. You can read more about my writing here - Link to lisajakub.net
Hi Lisa, Thank you so much for doing this AMA. Do you have any stories from the set of Independence Day? ID4 was a really fun shoot - I'd never done anything with big effects like that. I did not hate kissing Andrew Keegan.
How did getting paid for Mrs. Doubtfire work? Did you receive it when you turned 18? Was it crazy when you did? Or did your parents invest it/use it? (sorry if you wrote about this in your blog already, I read a couple posts and didn't seem to find it) It went into a bank account. I bought a house in LA when I was 15, so much of the money went to that. I was never very spendy - I was always worried I'd never work again - so I just kept what was left in savings.
Is your husband jealous or proud to know that his wife kissed Andrew Keegan? I'll have to ask. I would guess neither.
Hope I'm not too late to join in here! Was just in a long meeting. So Lisa, tell us... what is the nerdiest thing you've ever done in your life? (that you're willing to share!) Thx! My entire life is pretty nerdy. I'm in bed with a book almost every night by 9:30. I'll pick a book over pretty much any social engagement.
When is the book coming out? My lit agent and I are going out to publishers now - I'll keep my FB page and blog updated with news about when it'll be available!
Hi Lisa! Would you ever encourage your own children to be child actors? I don't think so. It's a challenging way to grow up. Doing school plays, community theater -- sure. But getting an education is really important.
Do you work out of passion for an organization or because you need money? I'm guessing you get residuals. I'm not set for life, if that's what you are asking. I actually wrote in-depth about that here, if you are interested. Link to lisajakub.wordpress.com
I'm more curious about what drives people to work in their chosen field. Writing is definitely all about the passion. I also volunteer at an animal shelter. So...it's a good thing that I don't have expensive taste.
What made you want to start writing? I don't even remember. I started writing as soon as I could hold a crayon. I just love telling stories and creating a world with words.
What do you like to do to keep from being bored as you write? I've never once been bored while writing. It's a very sacred time for me.
Hi Lisa, I follow your blog and facebook, and I always thought you seemed like a really sweet genuine person. How did you feel about doing the partial nudity in Painted Angels? Thank you so much. How did I feel about the partial nudity? Kind of cold.
Wishing you the best on finishing your first book. How is life after hollywood? Thanks so much. Life after Hollywood is wonderful. :)
What r u favorite animals? Do u have any phobia? I love dogs. My list of phobias are long - stages, hippos, sewer grates, photos of dead bodies in water... I'll leave it at that.
Did you happen to go to Blakelock S.S ?? For a very little while, yes I did!
Got any pics? Link to lisajakub.wordpress.com
Are you still friends with anyone in Hollywood? Except for a few friends, I don’t really keep in touch with many other people from films. It’s kind of like asking if you keep up with your friends from summer camp when you were a kid. You liked them and you were super close for a while, but then everyone goes back to school and you lose touch. Except it was like I had 3 or 4 different summer camps a year. And not much school.
What is Sally Field like in real life? She seems like a very down to earth person. She is entirely wonderful. Just like what you would expect.
Are you married? Yep - 8 years.
People need to find out about George Lucas in love. The filmmakers were all friends of mine, and I'm so glad they asked me to be part of it. It's a great little movie.
Tell us more of this fabulous dog you speak of. She is truly fabulous. We adopted her from the SPCA a few years ago - she is a senior, probably about 7 years old when we got her. She is my muse, my writing partner and my example of how to be a present, loving person.
Googled your pics - you transitioned from cutey to foxey quite nicely. That's very kind!
Thank you for the AMA. I'm always curious what it is like working on a movie with big name actors, especially playing a child or sibling of a famous actor. Obviously, the experience differs from movie to movie, but mostly, each project just another job – regardless of how famous the coworkers are. Bigger budget sets feel a little fancier and have more security - but what matters most is the chemistry between the actors and the filmmakers. That's what makes is a great experience. You can have that - or not - with big or small movies.
Hey Lisa, I'm just wondering if you are ever bothered when someone approaches you and asks for a picture or autograph. I have a feeling it must get annoying at some points. Mostly, people are very nice and it's fine. But I recently got recognized as I was half-naked in a yoga studio change room. So...you know...that's uncomfortable.
I had a gigantic crush on you when Mrs. Doubtfire came out. I don't really have a question. Carry on. That's really sweet!
Don't yet fully understand this site. Lisa, what did you get me into? ;) I have no idea, man.
Hey Lisa..! ur fb updates and tweets about parenting are good...i don't understand y a women so keen about parenting doesn't wanna become a mother..are u afraid of parenting or taking d responsibilities of a mother...? I'm not afraid of responsibility, I have lots of responsibilities in my life - and have since I was four years old. I just think parenting is really important and should only be done by the people who really want to do it.
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2013.01.07 01:23 dwongprapan [TABLED] I am Aimee Mullins. AMA. - Part 2

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Date: 2012-12-02
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Do you find being an amputee has affected your dating life in any way? If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Are you excited for the new Evil Dead movie? Evil Dead, ABSOLUTELY!!!! Sam Raimi is on the writing team for this so I have high hopes. I wold also love to see a remake of April Fools Day...but only if they really nail it.
re: dating life...nope. not since junior high, anyway. i think that was the last time i felt self-conscious in a bad way about it. the minute you sort that out, most everything else sorts itself out too. i've always thought that if you enjoy your own company and you become the kind of person that you would find interesting to talk to, that is the essence of attracting other people to you. Obviously I don't mean cultivating narcissicism, i mean could you go out by yourself to dinner or to see a band and be cool with not needing anyone else to be with you...? If you are cool with that, you have to beat them away with a stick. Maybe it's reverse psychology...people want what is not chasing them.
re: world? I would love to explore Asia more, and also South America. And Africa. And New Zealand. Argh. I've been to many places on 6 continents but there are so many yet to check out. Somebody get me my passport!
[deleted] next frontier? bionics. osseo-implants. neural connections. awesomeness. movies? some of the original Jamie Lee Curtis films like Halloween, Prom Night and The Fog are standards. I'm not even going to go into Last House on the Left etc and Evil Dead and Don't Look Now and Dario Argento's work...all the obvious greats. My cheeseball flicks: I love the Final Destination series, especially FD3. I also have a soft spot for Urban Legend. Guilty pleasure is all that 80s crap from childhood sleepovers, April Fools Day and all those camping or slumberparty ones. I watched one the other night with Jamie Lee and a very young David Copperfield -- Night Train I think? hilarious.
I was raised on the peripherals of the high fashion world, so I knew what you looked like long before I ever knew who you were ( Alexander McQueen was consistently among my top five favourite designers before his death ). to my fourteen year old mind you were absolutely fascinating and so strange ( and before anyone rips into me for saying that, I mean it in the best of ways ). someone's already asked how that came about, and I kinda hope you answer that because I'd like to know as well, but I'm also curious about how you felt working as a model-- the industry can be extremely cruel, and I'm wondering if you were ever subjected to the crueller side of things and if so, how did you deal with it? okay, this is why i love reddit: "I was raised on the peripherals of the high fashion world..." And people just said it was nerdy types that would come talk to me...pish posh. Cruelty is a thread that is woven into the fabric of the modeling world. For most models, they go to extreme lengths to look like "the kind" of girl they think is the "in " type to look like (waif, gamine, glamazon, androgyne...) but the most successful ones are the girls who are jusssst a little bit different -- even a bit "off," somehow, or strange, as you said. Strange is good. But it doesn't feel like that until you really believe it. The trick is to resist making yourself assimilate with everyone else "du jour" and just bring your own special sauce. It's really difficult to trust that you can stand apart and people will like you for it. It is NOT a merit-based business, obviously...but that's why it can also be interesting. To give up a certain amount of control like that, to acknowledge that there are factors completely out of our control that will make people like or not like us...I think it's a tough but useful lesson. You learn to please yourselffirst...and if someone else wants to come to the party, they're then coming for the right reasons.
Most interesting movie/show you've been in? I'd have to say it's the one I'm filming right now with Matthew Barney...the cast is awesome, and we started filming it 5 years ago (!) and it's slated to come out Feb 2014. I'm playing the goddess Isis, and I get to carry a Glock, and handle snakes, and drive around Detroit in a Crown Vic. It's awesome...people automatically start to obey traffic laws just by catching a glance of the car...they think it's an unmarked cop car. sliiiiiiight powertrip.
Have you ever lost a prosthetic leg? Or done something really dumb with one? Well, there was one lost luggage scare that had me freaking out a couple years ago...but no, thankfully I've never lost one. I knew of a rather stately woman in London once who had just picked up a new leg from her prosthetic clinic, had them in the trunk of her car (Jaguar), and had parked the car on the street of London outside a restaurant where she was meeting someone for lunch. Someone stole the car while she was inside, and she was so P'd off about the new leg, she was hoping that they would at least just put it out on the sidewalk when they found it in the trunk...but I don't think she ever got it back. That kind of story gives me nightmares. I've done plenty of dumb things with legs, though. I mostly try and mess with airport security because...why not? i always imagine that they could use some better stories to tell at dinner parties...
Can I ask what your take is on amputee admirers? Also called Devotees. What sort of good or bad experiences have you had with them? When and how did you first discover them? What was your initial reaction? What do you think of the concept now? (That they see you as MORE attractive because there is LESS of you). Love your personaliity and talks about disability perceptions. Do you get a lot of attention from devotees? How does that make you feel? And here we are. The Devotee question. Exhale.
Truth: I don't really know how I feel about them. I guess I first became aware of the fetish in the late 90s, after I had a lot of press attention with being the first person on the Cheetah sprinting legs, etc, and then starting to work as a model. I was on magazine covers, Oprah, etc..in sports mags and fashion mags, science publications and People's 50 most beautiful. It was full-on, and I was trying to control it the best I could, rejecting the onslaught of press requests and trying to cherry pick the outlets that made sense to me. and then you realize that you can't really 'control' anything, and the internet was really starting to explode, so suddenly you find out that a photo of you is on the cover of a german magazine, or profile pieces on you with "interviews" are running in south africa, in publications you never spoke to. It was surreal, both to me and to the people that knew me well, like some of my college roommates, who had a great time making fake "fan mail" from prison inmates and going to elaborate lengths to mail them to me. And actually it was two guys from college -- housemates from my last 2 years of school -- who first found the devotee thing, and they showed me because they didn't know whether to think it was funny/ridiculous or to be frightened for me. People had actually taken photos of me and put my head on the body of another woman...I felt sick.
Then about 5 years ago I did a film called Quid Pro Quo, which turned out very different in the editing room than the story of the original script, but it was basically dealing with Wannabees and Devotees. The fantastic Vera Farmiga was my co-star, and we were both playing characters who used wheelchairs -- albeit in very different circumstances. And I was frank with Vera about my reticence to even take a role in this film, because of my personal experience being a de-facto poster girl for this community. And Vera also has a very personal experience with someone close to her who used leg braces, so she too had a deep need and feeling of responsibility to tackle this subject with as much grace as possible. We started to talk about women who have compulsions to get watermelon-sized breast implants, and how even someone who might have a psychosis driving that action often doesn't see it that way...except in extreme cases, we don't don't regard people who get plastic surgery as "sick." And then I thought about transgenderism, and how much Hilary Swank's portrayal of Brandon Teena did to illuminate people's understanding of the situation where a human being feels trapped inside the wrong gendered body. I haven't ever felt that way, but I'm not judging someone who has. And I wondered if I could use that same perspective on devotees...? Not judge them, but just say that whatever happens between consenting adults in the privacy of their lives is their business...? And I still think about that.
But the reality of my personal situation is that this objectification doesn't make me feel good. And for the record, you may think there's less of me, but I guarantee I've got more legs than you do.
You are awesome! I have always wanted to design prosthetics for athletes and even did some projects in college around designing them. I did a lot of research and was wondering if you run on custom legs or do you use ones made by Ossur or Otto Bock(I think I vaguely remember seeing you on the Ossur website but I am too excited to leave this thread and check)? Also my dream is to work with Hugh Herr and I know you have worked with him in the past... what was that like? And finally, I love fashion as well and your Alexander McQueen legs are beautiful and those glass ones were killer but were they uncomfortable at all? Have you ever designed some of your own legs? Well, even if parts of a leg are off-the-shelf, the way it's aligned to your body, the tensions and stiffness, resistance etc, is all custom fit. A great team of prosthetists can make or break your experience...and I've been so very fortunate to work with some great prosthetists.
I ran on the original "Cheetah" legs which were designed by Flex-Foot, which was then purchased by Ossur. I think the pace of innovation has slowed there so I'm more intrigued with what's happening outside the mainstream, and since you know of Hugh Herr's work, you might know about the BiOMs. I've been trying them out for a while and they're a great addition to the frontier of prosthetics...Hugh has a phenomenal team and he is also a very physical guy, so he's as hard on the tech as I am. That makes for real innovation, because you're not afraid to face where the problems lay.
The wooden McQueen ones and the Matthew Barney "glass" ones (they were really optically clear polyurethane) were both very heavy and so not the kind of thing you want to wear for comfort. But any stiletto-loving girl will tell you that in some instances, it's worth it to suffer for a bit of awesome theater. And the way I felt in those legs managed to offset what I went through physically to make them work as legs. I have designed some of my own legs and have always been very hands-on in the collaborations with other people's designs. I don't like to be in the back seat when we're talking about designing my own body.
What is the scariest thing happening in your life right now? Wondering if turning down all the reality and competition shows I've been offered over the years will pay off. Wondering when I will work with filmmakers and TV screenwriters who have the vision -- and chutzpah -- to see me as an actress who doesn't need to play amputee roles. I have faith...but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't scary to say "no" to many more projects than I feel I can say "yes" to.
In regards to this, how would you feel about a role in a film where your character clearly had prosthetic legs but this wasn't a major facet in the story and the character wasn't written with this in mind? Is that the sort of thing you're talking about? A character where having prosthetics doesn't directly influence the story or themes of the film and it just so happens to be part of the character? this is a good question, thanks for asking it. I've actually discussed this over the past 2 years with 3 writers -- all of them Oscar winners or nominees btw -- because, in the hands of a talented writer, a great character is a great character, and all the physical or emotional attributes are part of and serve the greater good of a compelling story for that character to inhabit. The bi-polar nature of the Carrie Matheson character in HOMELAND isn't driving the storyline, although sometimes it's played a more prominent role in her behavior than at other times in the series...and it makes her character far more fascinating because it's inherently part of her makeup. Sometimes we're more aware of her being bi-polar, and most times we forget about it. Carrie is a great character (especially brought to life in the skillful hands of Claire Danes) mainly because she has great writing. It's not that I would be opposed to playing a complex, layered character who used prosthetic legs, but I really only have ONE shot to do that. You don't get to build a career being "that girl," you know? One of these writers, who is a dear friend to me, said "if you take a role like that, where the reality of your prosthetics is also the reality of the character, it better be your f-ing Miracle Worker part...because you will only get to use that once." And maybe that will change in the future; maybe I'll get to do it more than once. But I don't believe that's the reality of the entertainment business right now. And so far, all the roles that have been offered to me in that amputee vein are not complex characters...they are props. The Landmine Victim, The Accident Victim, etc. They often aren't even given proper names...that's your first big clue. My question is always: do they want a prop or do they want an actress? Which is why I took that role of Raine, a PR exec who used a wheelchair in Quid Pro Quo -- I had no idea what that life was like, and it really was an acting job.
Do you want to know what I am scared of right now? this feels like a "pull my finger" request, but since you asked...
I already took it a step further: What is the scariest thing going on in your life right now? Wow. hang on, man...there is always an upswing if you just keep hanging on. i don't know if this will be of any use to you, but when i am truly in the thick of it...the dark, scary anxiety that comes with facing the unknown, i often quite literally lay awake and count my blessings. i'm not even talking about this is in a spiritual context...just "blessings" as things that are good in my life (friend, love, health, or the lack of certain problems like addictions, etc can be something i count too). if i have more than 2, i'm just going to keep hanging in there...i hope you do too
Hi Aimee, Thanks for taking the time here. Are you working on a new section of the Cremaster with Matthew Barney or has he moved you in to another project? The Cheetah scene at Guggenhiem was my first exposure to you. We're working on a project that is an adaptation of Norman Mailer's Ancient Evenings...and yes, there are reprisals of some of our Cremaster characters. Stay tuned for more info on that next year-- we're doing a live performance of part of it next summer. Cannot WAIT. I loved working on Cremaster, but this is a whole other level of woah.
You're my favourite TED talk. <3
I'm really curious how much of a role money played in your life, is having multiple prosthetics exorbitantly expensive or is it pretty manageable? Sorry if that's rude, just genuinely curious. you phrased what could've been an unpleasantly intrusive question in a way that isn't at all rude, so no need to apologize! it's a good Q. prosthetics -- pretty much any kind -- are expensive, some exorbitantly so. i've had to be rather creative with how i've survived -- and built up a closet of leg options -- since i left home at 17 and have been on my own, financially. please see the dictionary entry i just wrote on that to sanslimites. my fingertips are numb and i've just wiped the foam from the corners of my mouth. i think i just exorcised something.
I'm kind of surprised Reddit didn't jump all over this one. The site kept crashing the whole time I was answering questions! At one point I got a message saying "you broke reddit," with the little Reddit guy having a cast on one leg and using a crutch for the other...and, it could just be me, but it looked like they made him an amputee. ;) Admittedly, I was delirious from so much typing and all this baring my soul stuff...
I'm a big fan of Alexander McQueen and first heard about you when you walked his fall 1998 show. Did McQueen himself approach you and ask to model or how did that come about? What was it like working with him? Would you consider doing it again (obviously not for McQueen but for some other designer)? Thanks for your time :-) He wrote me a letter and mailed me a big package of all his press clippings, asking me to come to London to work with him. He saw me on the cover of a design mag (ID) and read the profile on me and wanted to meet me...and so there I am in London, getting ready to do my first fashion cover shot by Nick Knight (LUCKY LUCKY girl!), and Lee (McQueen)was very shy with me at first -- he asked everyone to leave the hair and makeup room -- and then he unrolled a large blueprint drawing of his idea for hand-carved wooden legs. We had also settled on 2 other ideas to make 3 pairs in total, but we had only 3 months to get them made in time for the September show, not to mention budget constraints. It was one of the best adventures of my life...and we remained friends to the unexpected end. I have walked runways for other designers but nothing really has matched the theater of a McQueen show, particularly my first one for him in 1998. Did you see the show at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC last year? I actually gave a talk with Harold Koda at the Met about my collaboration with McQueen...it's on YouTube I think.
Favorite food/Favorite place? ooh. tough one. right now i have a hankering for anything David Chang makes, especially his Shiitake Steamed Buns. I also love kibbee naye, which I will admit that I make rather well. That fact always gets me raised eyebrows when I'm anywhere in the Middle East -- they're like, "how does this blonde American know how to make raw kibbee?" And I cue my Vincent Price laugh ringtone. fave place? couldn't possibly pick one. the west of Ireland is so special to me, and Scotland (and Scottish people) also brings out my inner Celtic heathen. I love Egypt. I love Maine. I love Sicilia. Italia, ti amo!! I love Paris...and London is a home away from home. and I <3 NYC.
Aimee: if you could add one piece of sci-fy technology to a pair of legs, what would it be? I am so happy to see you here. You are such an impressive human being and I love your approach to life. Your Ted talks were amazing, you are absolutely beautiful, and that confidence makes my head spin. I would love to outfit a pair of my legs with the same attributes as the Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger: firepower, oil slicks, razor blades, speed. Let's incorporate the jetpack too. Clearly, all this tech is to get me into my apartment when i've locked myself out...
I love your opinions on transhumanism. What do you think about human RFID implants? I have one. Can you use it for EZPass?
No but I have previously used it for building access, electronic deadbolts and to lock/secure computers has it ever backfired on you? like have you de-magnetized your credit cards or something like that? Here's an over-under to throw down: do you think the first portrayal of a character in film/TV with an RFID implant will be the protagonist or the villain? Hmmmm.
Would you rather fight 1 horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses? Bringing out the big guns, eh? Well, let all those mini-horses have at it...below the knee I'm carbon fiber, and I can guarantee that my kick will out-do their weenie kicks. But truthfully, I am torn: I have a real desire to jump on the back of that big duck and fly that beast around, go pay a visit to the Mean Girls of my youth and let the duck crap on their lawns. Obviously I overrate my powers of duck hypnosis, but one can dream. And then there's the fact that I really love duck confit....
How important is cosmesis in your prosthetic legs? Would you prefer better function or better performance? What style, cosmetic, or 'bare metal' leg do you prefer to use, or does it depend on what talk you're giving?? What type of leg do you wear most often? i'm tired of having to choose between function and performance. "My tastes are simple, I only want the best!" A Wilde man once said that and it's good advice when trying to inspire leaps of innovation in one's lifetime rather than mere piddles of effort. The kind of leg I prefer to wear depends on what i'm going to be doing that day, and my mood. Most often I wear my carbon fibre legs with the shock absorbers. And yes, I think they're prettttttty.
Powerizer legs, you game? OF COURSE. bring it!
G'day, I gotta say, it took me a moment to realise who you are, but needless to say I have read about you in Wired a couple of times and also checked out a TEDS video in which you were speaking. You are a very inspirational lady, and I wish the best for you in all aspects. Now, to the questions!! 1) I'm an avid horror fan. I love all Zombie films, paranormal films and the jump-scare films. Which are your favorite types of horror film and what are your top 3 movies of all time? 2) As an IT-field worker, what do you think the most important technological development sector requiring the most attention would be? This is purely a question based on your life experience and opinions, so naturally there is no wrong or right answer. 3) When you say random adventure, are you more the type to randomly think of a strange activity to engage in, or more like jump on a plan to a new destination and then check everything out? 4) (This is quite personal, but I have to ask as I am interested) Have you ever had issues dating due to needing prosthetics? Are they due to personal feelings on your behalf, or on reactions from possible partners? 5) How on earth do you pull the confidence to give a speech in front of so many live (and internet) viewers? I work for a medium sized company and have difficulty speaking to a table full of colleagues, it just amazes me how some people can demonstrate such confidence! Thanks for creating an AMA and enjoy the rest of your day! (PS: Is it creepy if I watch Cremaster now that I know it has an extra level of awesome? :P) okay, let me just tackle part of this, if I may: "When you say random adventure, are you more the type to randomly think of a strange activity to engage in, or more like jump on a plan to a new destination and then check everything out?" It's both. I'm currently taking a swordfighting class, which admittedly is sort of a strange activity, but why not learn it? (I have a perverse fantasy of meeting Mandy Patinkin at a party and seeing if he still has his sword skillz.) And I have a real gypsy living inside me that loves to not know where I'm going or what's going to happen. wait, i just described my five-year-plan....
Have you ever visited Australia, and if not, when are you coming? :) Yes! I was just in Melbourne for the LMFF this past March, I think my first L'Oreal commercial is running there now...? I LOVED Melbourne, food and sport and art haven -- and I was in Sydney in 1999 and even had a trek up to Cairns, saw a bit of the Gold Coast. Had a magical beach moment up north of there. I love Australia and have had a ball with every Australian I've ever known. Are you inviting me back?
You likely aren't viewing this anymore, but I've only just seen it and I wanted to say your part in The Cremaster Cycle was fantastic. I've always tried getting more people to watch them but they found my descriptions fairly odd and inaccessible. If you see this, how would you describe The Cremaster Cycle series concisely to persuade people to watch them? the words "concise" and "Cremaster Cycle" cannot be friends. And if you have to persuade someone to experience it, they don't deserve the shock and awe. Let's keep the magic for the curious folks who want to explore something a wee bit different than typical cinema offerings. (not that I don't still love what's being offered at the cinema...i need to go see Skyfall. Again. I am a HUGE Bond fan.)
Are you involved with anything happening today in NYC and International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2012? Do you think these sort of events have an impact, or does it take a more one on one experience, like your TED talks, to get people to think about or ACT to improve disabled lives? No, I didn't attend any events for the UN's IDPD, but yes I do think these dates-on-a-calendar milemarkers can have an impact over time -- even if it is only to raise awareness of the true diversity of this huge 'minority' population across the planet that is blanketed under the term "disabled persons." IMO the real substantive action you mention happens from the kind of visceral change that people experience when it becomes personal to them...whether it's the one on one experience from having a family member or close friend experience life with an atypical body/mind, or you are truly changed by listening to someone online/on TV etc...like a TED talk, or you watch a biopic on Temple Grandin's life and have a different understanding of autism, or you watch "Boys Don't Cry" and it allows you to have a completely human and personal consideration of a transgendered person's possible experience....i think these kinds of interactions that happen in these more intimate settings (transmissions thru the TV to your home would hardly seem intimate but -- go figure) really transform our cultural landscape. Look at what's happened with the gay rights movement in the last 15 years since gay characters have been front and center on mainstream TV shows. It's helped to move the needle of not just awareness but actionable tolerance as well.
I'm so pissed I'm late for this! I've been a fan for a while now, I also ran track (400m, 800m and 200m hurdles) and have a good friend who is an amputee and pro skateboarder (John Comer). Great AMA! I only have one question after so many good ones. Are you single? :) nope. ;)
I just have to say, I googled you, and you're an inspiring person. How tough was it to get into the modeling industry? Do you feel a big pressure to be thin/look a certain way in that industry? Any words of advice for people feeling bad for not "looking" that way? Finally, what's your favourite ice cream? chocolate peanut butter -- but it has to be chocolate ice cream with peanut butter chunks, not the other way around. Haagen Dazs does a pretty decent one.
Would you rather take a shit the size of a pineapple or the texture of a pineapple? I try and outsource as much s**t as possible.
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