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jaybushman: clubfincher: Creed (2016) | directed by Ryan...

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:24:43 -0800









Creed (2016) | directed by Ryan Coogler 

I don’t care who the Academy gives it to, this is my Best Actor award winner.

I haven’t written about Hashtag Hamlet publicly in a while, mainly because there’s not a lot to write about. Development can be like that – we’re exploring a lot of different potential paths forward, talking with a lot of different potential funders and distributors to find the right partners who will make this happen on the level and scale that we want.

One part of those conversations is always some variation on the question, “if you could get anybody you wanted to play Hamlet, who would it be.”

And my answer is usually Michael B. Jordan. 

Because, I mean, look at this guy. Torn up inside, not knowing what he should do next, but knowing he has to do something.

There’s a famous story about Franco Zeffirelli going to see Lethal Weapon, and when he gets to the scene where Riggs puts the gun in his mouth but can’t pull the trigger, he said to himself, “THAT’S Hamlet.”

I had a similar moment when I saw Fruitvale Station. And I saw it again in Creed, in scenes like above. Michael B. Jordan has an amazing ability to convey active indecision, the physicalize an internal conflict between lashing out at the things in his way no matter the cost and holding himself back because it’s the smarter play even though it means swallowing his pride.

You know, to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or take arms against a sea of troubles. 

Michael B. Jordan is now an A-list movie star, so the odds of him agreeing to do my weird internet show are practically nonexistent. But the larger point is that the requirement to play Hamlet should be the ability to PLAY THE ROLE. Not skin color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or anything else.

And if you think that a woman can’t play Hamlet, then you’ve haven’t seen the LA Women’s Shakespeare Company play Shakespeare the way it was meant to be played.   


The other name I’d usually give when asked if I could get anybody to play Hamlet?

Daniel Kaluuya.



Y’know, when I would say that name in those meetings, the response was usually, “Who?” Not anymore. 

winterbythesea: I was watching Empire Strikes Back and I never noticed this before, but in the scene...

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:38:54 -0800

winterbythesea: I was watching Empire Strikes Back and I never noticed this before, but in the scene where Leia briefs the pilots on Hoth? You can see Han in the background, working on the Falcon Leia begins the briefing and he’s still welding in the background still welding… but the Hobbie asks about two fighters against a star destroyers and Leia turns to talk to him meaning she’s now facing the Falcon and when we cut back to the wider shot… look who suddenly found something better to do, and is in fact not even pretending to work anymore, he’s literally just standing there (it’s almost like he perked up when Hobbie questioned Leia’s plan like he wanted to see how she’d respond to it aka reminder that Leia’s “calm facade concealed an impressive temper” and Han “enjoyed watching it in action” and how the hell did he even notice this with the noise and the sparks from the welder, eh Han? Eh?) anyway as soon as it’s clear that she’s turned away again, it’s back to the welding … at least until the commander guy yells “okay, everybody to your stations!” and Leia turns to go at which point he’s back to just standing there, although this time he remembered to at least pretend to be engrossed in work so basically Han Solo notices when Leia Organa turns towards him halfway across the hangar, stops what he’s doing to watch her give orders when she turns so he can see her, then hurriedly goes back to pretending to work once he realises what he’s doing [...]

The Problem of Reylo: A Meta, by Flourish

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:40:45 -0800

The Problem of Reylo: A Meta, by Flourish:


Looks like I wanna get flambéed so here is a meta I wrote about Rey and Kylo Ren, their problems, and why I am still into them despite my best judgment and all critique

Okay, so I’m not done reading this yet, but I had to stop and reblog just for this crystalline sentence:

When presented with a highly mannered, symbolic canon, the first instinct a fan has is to get into its guts and root around for people.


10,000 points to Slytherin

"So, it doesn’t matter how much we love a thing – if we think what we’re doing is meaningless, if we..."

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:03:08 -0800

“So, it doesn’t matter how much we love a thing – if we think what we’re doing is meaningless, if we think what we’re doing is being taken apart in front of us – we will stop doing it, no matter the money being offered.”


The Keynote | Liza Palmer

Read Liza’s amazing keynote. Then go buy all of her books. 

Frankenstein200 Educational Experience Trailer from L.I.F.E. on...

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:25:30 -0800

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Frankenstein200 Educational Experience Trailer from L.I.F.E. on Vimeo.

New from No Mimes Media, a modern re-imagining of Frankenstein as a “digital narrative paired with hands-on activities happening in January and February at museums and science centers across the United States.” Featuring the wonderful Rose Abdoo (Gypsy from Gilmore Girls!) as Dr. Tori Frankenstein. 

I had a ton of fun working on this one.  

Check out the Frankenstein Laboratory for Innovation and Fantastical Exploration, or L.I.F.E. at

My Hero, Luke Skywalker

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:01:43 -0800

My Hero, Luke Skywalker

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Showrunners: ***** ‘Is Not an Ending’

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 19:55:13 -0800

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Showrunners: ***** ‘Is Not an Ending’:

This article makes a lot of very explicit promises, and I hope for all our sakes that they keep them.

(via The Origins and Formatting of Modern Screenplays on Vimeo)...

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 08:37:41 -0800

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(via The Origins and Formatting of Modern Screenplays on Vimeo)

When you start out writing for the screen, you are required to master the modern screenplay format. But though there’s a ton of conversation about how that should be done, there’s little about why it’s done the way it is, and how it evolved that way. This is a decent high level overview of some of those questions.

A lot of these conventions don’t work when writing for interactive, and it can be an ongoing challenge to create new formats that give you everything you need for that, while also being easily-transformable to traditional screenplay format for the part of the process that needs it.

DS9 Confession

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 21:27:53 -0800

As I make my way though a DS9 rewatch, I am reminded that, ever since it’s original airing, I have had a recurrent 90s earworm stuck in my head. But in the 90s, we didn’t have gifs to express these things. 

Now we do…. 


Wow, you have no idea how much better I feel now.

"Is that it? Are we left with the unanswerable ontological question: “To be, or not to be?” Or, “if..."

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:19:33 -0800

Is that it? Are we left with the unanswerable ontological question: “To be, or not to be?” Or, “if philosophy could find it out,” might there not be another moral to draw from the play? A different line of thought is suggested by the deeply enigmatic speech given to the ever-trusty Horatio just before Hamlet is about to fight with Laertes in a conflict that he intuits will cost him his life.

“We defy augury. There’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, ‘tis not to come. If it be not to come, it will be now. If it be not now, yet it will come. The readiness is all. Since man, of aught he leaves, knows aught, what is’t to leave betimes? Let be.”

Generations of readers have interpreted these lines in relation to a Christian idea of Providence and linked them to Hamlet’s earlier words, “There is a divinity that shapes our ends.” This might be correct, but perhaps these words can withstand another, slightly more skeptical, gloss.

Our thought here is that a possible response to the question, “To be, or not to be?” is “Let be.” But what might that mean? It is the defiance of augury, or omen, that is most interesting in the preceding passage, the refusal of any ability on our part to predict the future, to foresee the course of events. But if that is true, then the second verse might be intended slightly ironically: “What, you mean, there’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow?” The point might be that if there is any providence at work, then we know nothing of it. Such knowledge is the unique attribute of the divinity of whom we mere mortals can know nothing, rough-hew him or her how we will. Knowing nothing, letting be, means for Hamlet that “the readiness is all.”


Let Be: An Answer To Hamlet’s Question - The New York Times


Thoughts on “The Last Jedi,” or Reaching Out With Your Feelings

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:53:56 -0800

Thoughts on “The Last Jedi,” or Reaching Out With Your Feelings:

I had some thoughts about The Last Jedi. About 3000 words worth of thoughts. Spoilers ahead…

lysikan: geekdawson: one of the more valuable things I’ve learned in life as a survivor of a...

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:27:24 -0800



one of the more valuable things I’ve learned in life as a survivor of a mentally unstable parent is that it is likely that no one has thought through it as much as you have. 

no, your friend probably has not noticed they cut you off four times in this conversation. 

no, your brother didn’t realize his music was that loud while you were studying. 

no, your bff or S.O. doesn’t remember that you’re on a tight deadline right now.

no, no one else is paying attention to the four power dynamics at play in your friend group right now.  

a habit of abused kids, especially kids with unstable parents, is the tendency to notice every little detail. We magnify small nuances into major things, largely because small nuances quickly became breaking points for parents. Managing moods, reading the room, perceiving danger in the order of words, the shift of body weight….it’s all a natural outgrowth of trying to manage unstable parents from a young age. 

Here’s the thing: most people don’t do that. I’m not saying everyone else is oblivious, I’m saying the over analysis of minor nuances is a habit of abuse. 

I have a rule: I do not respond to subtext. This includes guilt tripping, silent treatments, passive aggressive behavior, etc. I see it. I notice it. I even sometimes have to analyze it and take a deep breath and CHOOSE not to respond. Because whether it’s really there or just me over-reading things that actually don’t mean anything, the habit of lending credence to the part of me that sees danger in the wrong shift of body weight…that’s toxic for me. And dangerous to my relationships. 

The best thing I ever did for myself and my relationships was insist upon frank communication and a categorical denial of subtext. For some people this is a moral stance. For survivors of mentally unstable parents this is a requirement of recovery. 

If it wasn’t stated outright - it wasn’t said.

“I do not respond to subtext.” — that’s good, I like that


Mon, 27 Nov 2017 23:01:54 -0800

Just finished Black Sails XIII. And I am now fully in on this show (too late, I know, I know.) 

What a well-constructed reveal. And now I know why tumblr loves the show so much :)

Be warned, they may be a rash of Black Sails GIFs retumbled in the near future.

Update: Maybe not with the GIFs as there are many spoilers and i’m still in early S2

Where are your friends tonight? @lcdsoundsystem (at The...

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:41:09 -0800


Where are your friends tonight? @lcdsoundsystem (at The Hollywood Palladium)

"It’s truly an odd experience to look back at Homestar Runner from the lens of today’s..."

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:08:36 -0800

It’s truly an odd experience to look back at Homestar Runner from the lens of today’s app-dominant internet world in which social media is essential to building and retaining an audience. The site is still running on the all but obsolete Flash, a format that went from cutting edge to nostalgic in the site’s ten-year run. (Flash is largely not viewable on most smartphones and tablets, which comprises more than half of people’s digital media time today.) And as the internet operates at an increasingly breakneck speed, it’s hard to imagine that a site that updates only once a week would have the power to hold the fleeting attention spans of modern users. To operate today, the Chapmans would have to add social media platforms to their duties—Twitter accounts for each character, daily Facebook dispatches, Vine memes, etc.

“It would have to be on all that stuff—an amalgamation of Vine and Twitter and Instagram and YouTube. It’d have to live in all those places simultaneously,” says Mike. “You used to be able to come to the Homestar website and spend ten or 15 minutes there if you hadn’t been in a while, but now, I don’t think people would have the attention span to do it. Careers are born and fizzle out in a week on YouTube now.”

- Come On, Fhqwhgads: A Look Back at the Music of Homestar Runner - Noisey

theactualcluegirl: bowtochris: chromalogue: runtime-err0r: itsvondell: you can take one man’s...

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:31:43 -0800






you can take one man’s trash to another man’s treasure but you can’t make it drink

Fun fact: the blending of idioms or cliches is called a malaphor.

My personal favorite is “We’ll burn that bridge when we get to it.”

I’m rather fond of “It’s not rocket surgery” and “not the sharpest egg in the attic,” but my all-time favourite is, “…until the cows freeze over.”

You’ve opened this can of worms, now lie in it,

If wishes were fishes, there’d be plenty more in the sea!

Malaphors ftw!

"Some authors try to recreate Austen’s prose, which usually falls flat if you’re looking for Austen...."

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:48:14 -0800

Some authors try to recreate Austen’s prose, which usually falls flat if you’re looking for Austen. But I don’t think you should look for Austen. The continuations make the case for adaptation and imitation as a different mode of writing,” says Kathleen James-Cavan, an Austen expert based at the University of Saskatchewan.

James-Cavan recently delivered a paper at a Sanditon conference hosted by Cambridge University. Her topic was Welcome to Sanditon – a vlog spin-off of the Emmy-winning web series The Lizzie Bennett Diaries, in which Georgiana Darcy replaces Charlotte and is tasked with beta-testing a new social media app on the residents of Sanditon. Though the vlog lasted just three short months in 2013, it got very meta. “I thought it was rather lovely the way art meets life there. What interested me is the satire of entrepreneurship, in the original and 200 years later,” says James-Cavan. What would Austen herself have made of it? “I think she would have had a hoot and then asked for royalties, rightly so.”


BBC - Culture - The Jane Austen novel you don’t know