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This blog hit a milestone today!

I feel like I should do something fun to celebrate it. But thank you to those who have been following since day one (man, I can’t believe you’re still here - how have you not tired of me yet?) and a big welcome to you new followers. Stick around for more SDCC shenanigans!

Have you feel the Fifty Shades trailer? It looks really good actually...

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Anonymous

I just watched it actually and I honestly don’t know what to make of it. I keep cringing at Anastasia’s lines and giggling uncontrollably during the “sexy” scenes. If the screenplay is as terrible as the book, this movie is going to suck (and not in the way you’re thinking, although prolly that too). I don’t think anyone was under any illusion that this was going to be the next Secretary or Basic Instinct. I just think the whole story is silly and reeks of a very particular kind of female wish fulfillment that I personally do not find sexy or empowering. I guess different strokes for different folks (pun intended). Jamie Dornan looks damn fine though.

Penny Dreadful SDCC panel

Showtime’s Penny Dreadful made an appearance at this year’s Comic-Con, with Archer and Whose Line Is It Anyway's Aisha Tyler as moderator and creator/writer John Logan, actors Josh Hartnett (Ethan Chandler), Reeve Carney (Dorian Gray), and Harry Treadaway (Dr. Victor Frankenstein) in attendance. Lots of illuminating stuff about the origins of the show, the inspiration behind the characters and how the show was departing from the horror stories they were based on. John Logan said that he intentionally went the route they took with Van Hellsing's character because they wanted to create their own identity unburdened by the legacy of the horror stories. He felt that doing this liberated them to tell more stories with the characters that were unencumbered by the literary canon.
When asked whether the actors who played iconic literary characters Dorian Gray and Dr. Frankenstein did research on their characters prior to playing the role, Carney said he read The Picture of Dorian Gray, but that he wasn’t required to really use this as a source material since his character on Penny Dreadful diverges from the book quite a bit. Treadaway, on the other hand, said he read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, but only up to a point where he could get a sense for his character. He did more research on Victorian medicine mores because he wanted to be precise in hi portrayal. According to John Logan, Treadaway got so precise that the close up shots of Frankenstein’s fingers while performing complicated cuts in surgery were actually Treadaway’s and not someone else’s. Another fun fact: apparently the show had trouble casting Dorian Gray because they weren’t quite sure how he should look, but then Reeve Carney walked in dressed like a rock star (which he really is in real life - Reeve has a band with his brother called Carney and they are good) and got the job on that criteria alone. Logan said the character design then became “Mick Jagger of Victorian London”. What to expect from next season: more back stories from the characters, especially Vanessa and Ethan, along with a new big bad (who made an appearance last season) and a new character who will join the group, someone who has insight into Dracula (Jonathan Harker would be my guess). The characters will be exploring theological ideas and dilemmas next season, too. The relationship between Vanessa and Ethan will also get fleshed out a bit.

Hannibal fans:

A book entitled The Art and Design of Hannibal will be released soon featuring great photography of the show and behind the scenes stuff. They are also releasing four volumes of music from the show, and the season 2 DVD drops in September. Bryan Fuller and company showed the blooper reel from season 2 and it is hilarious. Apparently Mads Mikkelsen is not perfect and has trouble dressing himself! Still adorable though.

I’m at the Behind the Scenes of Science in Science Fiction panel featuring Jane Espenson, Amy Berg, Gale Ann Hurd and Nicole Perlman (all ladies whoooo!)! According to Gale Ann Hurd, director James Cameron came up with The Terminator in a fever dream while he was shooting Piranha 2; he had a dream about the Terminator endoskeleton rising out of the flames.