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#1401

The third season of OITNB wasn’t great, but I loved S4.

In related news, it’s going to be on actual TV in the UK:

I wonder if it’ll be edited for time/content.


#1402

I’d rather Milch were just put in charge.


#1403

#1404

Nicolas Winding Refn, Ed Brubaker, and Miles Teller are teaming up for an Amazon TV show about samurai assassins in Los Angeles.


#1405

Samurai assassins? Not Ninja assassins?

Intriguing!


#1406

I don’t know. Without Pizzalotto, what’s the point in True Detective?

I think that first season fo Pizzalotto telling his original story and Fukunaga’s direction (not to mention the cast) may have been lightning in a bottle anyway.


#1407

That’s a very cool gig for Bru, and I’m defintely up for anything Refn chooses to do with a TV series, but…

…Miles Teller? As a cop in a samurai noir thingie?

…I would’ve cast differently. There’s against the grain, and there’s… casting Miles Teller in this kind of role. But I do expect him (or the series) to surprise me where that is concerned.


#1408

I’ve only seen him in Fantastic Four, which I only saw the first half of. He was pretty good in that but yeah, the names I’m really excited about are Brubaker and Refn.


#1409

Have you seen Whiplash? He’s so much better in that.


#1410

No, but I should. When it was out it looked like Oscar bait to me so I skipped it, but I’ve heard good things since then. Plus, J.K. Simmons!


#1411

It had a very similar feeling to parts of Birdman and La La Land to me. J.K. Simmons is amazing if you don’t mind hating him.


#1412

He is very good in that, but he played an overly-ambitious-sometimes-cute-sometimes-obnoxious, nerdy kind of guy. I assume that’s what got him the role of Reed because, you know, it fits young Reed pretty well.

I can see him as a young, innocent Rookie being overwhelmed by this underworld of samurai assassins, I guess.


#1413

Buffy re-union photo shoot;


#1414

Ah, Michelle Trachtenberg. Shame her career didn’t continue on its upwards trajectory after Buffy. Mind you, you can say the same about SMG.


#1415

You can say the same about most actors. It’s a tough choice of career, even if you’re good you can slip off the radar.


#1416

The Body is such an effective episode that I was surprised to see Kristine Sutherland in that reunion photo as my mind was convinced she was dead.


#1417

That it’s a shame? Not really a shame. She was a good Buffy, but she wasn’t great in anything else, and by all accounts she could be… difficult to work with.

Heh. I also had to think of The Body immediately when I saw her.

EDIT: Small anecdote: I used to use The Body as an example when teaching an introduction to film analysis until I realised that I was tempting fate by using such a brilliant depiction of a death in the family. It’s pure luck that I didn’t trigger a student’s trauma accidentally.


#1418

I hadn’t heard that. She was alright (on screen, I don’t know about behind the scenes) in Cruel Intentions. And… erm… nope, can’t think of anything else I’ve watched SMG in, really.


#1419

You mean you never saw Scooby-Doo?


#1420

I’d forgotten about that! Which is probably for the best.