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ElleryAnne

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  1. ElleryAnne

    In Memoriam: Celebrity Deaths

    Aw, RIP Doris Day. And many thanks for her work in protecting animals, especially for her horse rescue program.
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    From Across The Pond: Royal Weddings and Scandals

    She looks beautiful. Daddy and the baby are looking cute, too.
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    Doctor Who in the Media

    Gee, such persuasive arguments about the merits of the season. As a happily married woman, I guess I simply have to love the past season. Except I don't. Some of the online media articles have perfectly valid complaints, IMO. Most of the complaints that I've seen in the media have been about other aspects of the show - particularly the writing and the "PC" aura many of the episodes have. I don't see the point in dismissing it all as "they just hate a woman Doctor", as if none of the other reasons are valid, simply because one doesn't personally agree with them. YMMV, of course.
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    Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    Two days doing a combination of stuffing envelopes, giving advice on camera angles and choirs, and working in a bookstore for a bit, is pretty relaxing compared to any typical two days for many people. I'm not impressed with Jussie's so-called community service.
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    Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    In the words of the immortal Kent Brockman, "If you see any celebrities, consider them dangerous."
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    Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    I guess it doesn't really matter as far as the criminal aspect goes, but faking a learning disability bugs me more than faking athletic prowess. It's just skeevy. But I'm sure that for all of the kids who dedicate years to developing athletic skills, the ones who faked that are just as bad. Nice one.
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    Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    Loughlin's husband is also named, but William H. Macy isn't charged along with Huffman. Have any of the sources said yet whether he knew anything about it? I haven't found any.
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    Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    I guess what's shocking to some people is that since endowments practically function as legal bribes anyway, why spend the half-million on an illegal bribe? With an endowment you get a classroom or library wing named after you (or maybe just an alcove - I don't know the going rate on these things), and your kid still gets into the school. An illegal bribe to a coach gets the kid into the school, but now you've got to go around pretending that your kid is a rowing phenom or bowling prodigy. Word to that.
  9. ElleryAnne

    In Memoriam: Celebrity Deaths

    Damn. I'm actually crying over this one. I just... no words.
  10. ElleryAnne

    Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    I think I agree with him, if I'm understanding the argument correctly, though I'm not locked in on it. But if what he's saying is that since Netflix is more TV-aimed rather than theatre-aimed it makes sense that Netflix movies would be eligible for Emmys rather than Oscars, then I see a certain logic in that. Of course, Hollywood loves its awards seasons, so eventually they'll probably create a new statue specific to streaming and online media and imbue it with enough prestige to join Emmy and Oscar on the fireplace mantel. Until then, they have to keep reworking rules to accommodate newer media in older structures.
  11. ElleryAnne

    In Memoriam: Celebrity Deaths

    Aw, I remember her from FreakyLinks. RIP.
  12. ElleryAnne

    In Memoriam: Celebrity Deaths

    I didn't really know anything about Clark Gable's grandson. But a day after seeing that post, I still can't stop thinking how heartbreaking it is. No mother should ever have to post those words.
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    Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    I would have been happier if Big Boi donated his halftime fur coat to Adam Levine to cover up with.
  14. ElleryAnne

    The Thirteenth Doctor: Jodie Whittaker

    For me, it's in the fact that Chibnall has all season chosen "safe" villains - by which I mean, his villains are generally types that PC culture is happy to see as villains. White men, rich corporate Trump-types, that sort of thing. There were a couple of episodes that strayed from this, but overall as a season it felt like Chibnall played it safe, even to the point of cowardly, in his storytelling. And if he'd done it well, I wouldn't personally care. But they were also bland and one-dimensional, and that's harder to overlook. It's seemed at times that he was more concerned with having appropriate villains than with having original stories. In the long run I feel like it just ended up being unfortunate for JW, who deserved better stories than she got. And I wonder how much of the feeling about the PC-ness (?) of Thirteen's first season has to do with when folks first discovered Doctor Who. I didn't know the show until its reboot, and Nine and Ten remain my favorite Doctors. During the past several years, I've seen numerous episodes with the earlier Doctors, but I wasn't alive during those years to learn to love them first. And the first four seasons of Nu-Who aren't (IMO) terribly preachy - they're more sci-fi drama/adventure/touch of comedy. Are most of the comments about the past season being more PC coming from people who prefer the RTD and/or Moffett eras, or is it more evenly distributed with those who were fans of the show from its inception in '63?
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    The Thirteenth Doctor: Jodie Whittaker

    I absolutely agree with this. One of my issues with much of the past season has been that there's something almost defeatist about many of the episodes, and the Doctor and companions end up walking away looking tired and worn. But Jodie lights up the screen when they give her a chance to be happy and hopeful. I wish her debut season as Thirteen had happened under a better showrunner.
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