Like any person with a soul that harkens to dragons and hobbits, I’m obsessed with Lord of the Rings. After watching the final Hobbit film, I took a deep dive into production videos and cast interviews. The best of what I found is collected below, and will be periodically updated.
“I have a secret feeling that we’re all Hobbits. Deep down we all want to stay home and feel safe but we all dream about someone knocking on the door and saying ‘come on an adventure and let’s have a fun ride’.” – Richard Armitage
Benedict Cumberbatch gave a rare, and stellar, interview to Vulture
“And so he has vivid memories of watching his life change not just very quickly but literally over the course of Sherlock’s first 88-minute episode in 2010. “I sort of knew I’d be stepping into the limelight, because it’s such an iconic character,” he says. “But none of us had any idea about what kind of success we’d have on our hands, and it shocked all of us. That first night it aired in England, my God! I wasn’t really aware of this internet TV culture, because I hadn’t really dabbled in a series or something with a potential cult following, like a Doctor Who or a Downton Abbey. But when the internet exploded with this live, immediate audience reaction, it was like being in a theater of millions of people.”
Netflix has announced that all nine seasons of Gilmore Girls will debut October 1, and the Internet went crazy. Buzzfeed has the best Twitter reactions.
Time Warner is finally weakening and considering setting HBO and Showtime loose to offer stand-alone service to consumers instead of us having to shell out $$$ for a hundred channels we never watch.
Mindy Kaling posted the best teaser yet for The Mindy Project season 3 – this ably captures the series’ comic vibe, and if you’re not watching TMP yet, is the only one I’ve seen that will likely convince you to try it.
Sherlock released a short blooper reel and it is gold.
A full gag reel for Star Trek Into Darkness popped up, much longer and therefore better.
This almost brought tears to my eyes. Philip Graham at The Millions on reading with his son – “Maybe those days of curling up in bed with a story were long gone, but what if we read the same book together silently, side by side, in the living room? If I bought two copies of a novel, we could take on chapter-length chunks each evening and then discuss what we’d just read. Perhaps in this way I could gently lead my son to an appreciation of the deeper internal landscapes that literature offers…The pace of the plot kept us constantly engaged” RT
You go girl. Finally someone speaks the truth. Fit mom Maria Kang on the firestorm of criticism about her photo – “What I WILL say is this. What you interpret is not MY fault. It’s Yours. The first step in owning your life, your body and your destiny is to OWN the thoughts that come out of your own head. I didn’t create them. You created them. So if you want to continue ‘hating’ this image, get used to hating many other things for the rest of your life. You can either blame, complain or obtain a new level of thought by challenging the negative words that come out of your own brain.” RT
Benedict Cumberbatch, who wins ALL THE THINGS, does an amazing Chewbacca Impression. My favorite, though? Harrison Ford’s face. RT
Illuminating post on the clothes behind the fall’s best comedy. “Mindy’s personal style is a lot more edgy, and Mindy on the show is more of a urban hipster. So there are outfits that Mindy Lahiri wears on the show that Mindy Kaling wouldn’t, but I’ve definitely seen Mindy changing it up — she’ll find out where I bought something and get one for herself and add it to her wardrobe. I think that Mindy’s personal style has grown with access to the clothes she has on the show. Much like Sarah Jessica Parker, she was never the fashion plate before “Sex and the City” that she is now.” RT
According to Lifehacker, standing for 3 hours a day works miracles – the equivalent of running 10 marathons a year RT
The SF Chronicle has created a gorgeous Bay Area Literary Map RT
Austenland is a ridiculous but, surprisingly, highly entertaining little flick. As long as one goes in with the understanding that there will be not a dollop of seriousness in this effort and that it’s straight flimsy from start to finish, it’s a really enjoyable ride.
And on that note, I just realized that JJ Field, who stars in it alongside Keri Russell, is also in a film with Benedict Cumberbatch, called Third Star.
So the film stars these two men –
Need I say more?