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Caffeinated Links: Lizzie Bennet Diaries, The Problem with Moffat’s Sherlock, Poverty and Television

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The A.V.  Club on LBD – “Although the basic structure and format of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is what garnered it media attention and critical acclaim, ultimately its stories are what connected with audiences. Without them, this would have just been an experiment.” RT

David R at Unreality wrote a long article encapsulating exactly the problem with Sherlock, Doctor Who, and Moffat’s writing. “More than anything, this season just felt like one long bit of fanservice. I mean that both in the minor sense — like the recurring gags about phrases to put on a t-shirt — as well as in larger story beats. I’ve never seen a moment more desperate to be put on tumblr than that bit in “Sign of Three” when Sherlock, for no reason and completely out of character, decides to prance about in a bearskin hat. That wasn’t Sherlock, it was Doctor Who.” RT

Russell Brand wrote a startingly articulate and powerful article based on his own history of drug abuse for The Guardian a while back. “The mentality and behaviour of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help they have no hope… I look to drugs and booze to fill up a hole in me; unchecked, the call of the wild is too strong” RT

Dustin Rowles writes brilliant pop commentary blended with real life, as usual. “But where Shameless especially gets it right is not in the setting, or even the circumstances, but in the way that bad luck seems to follow you everywhere you go when you’re poor. You’re doubly fucked, not just because you’re without money, but because being poor puts you in circumstances in which it’s almost impossible to succeed. If you finally get a job that pays above minimum wage, for instance, it’s almost guaranteed that your car will break down the next day, and you’ll lose that job because you can’t get there on time. When you’re asked to look presentable for an interview, or a school function, that’s sure to be the day that your sewer line leaks into the water line, and both your bathtub and your shitty washing machine will fill up with sewage. It’s practically inevitable.” RT

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Oswaldz on Tumblr created this gorgeous Doctor/Clara Oswald illustration the other day, with the (accurate!) comment that we really need a running montage with these two set to “London Calling”

Caffeinated Links: A Princess Grifter, Peter Jackson To Direct Doctor Who? and Firefly Follow-Up

serenitycomicbook“The thing I realized with Amy is, she can make any dialogue you write sound unwritten,” Mr. Jonze added. “She just has a way of internalizing it. She’s such a thinker, and you can see her thinking her way through all of that until it’s all coming from within her.” Amy Adams, despite turning in breathtakingly precise performances on a constant basis, flies quietly under the radar of most mainstream media insofar as her personal life, so this relatively rare interview with NYT makes for a good read. RT

The Lululemon founder made a series of sexist comments about the company’s clothing line not being made for all size shapes – and has since resigned in the (well-deserved) firestorm that followed. I understand that Lululemon is a luxury brand – but what it is basically selling with the statement that its clothese only fit certain body types is the idea that, once again, only one specific body type is to be desired by the privileged and the fit. RT

There’s a lot – and I do mean a lot – of delicious speculation and theories floating around about the Doctor Who Christmas episode, mostly based on clues in posters that have been released, so join the cloud of obsessive geekdom and dive in, aye? BBC and Radiotimes

And on that note, what if Peter Jackson directed an episode of Doctor Who? All – ALL that would be remaining after that to clinch the sovereign trinity of sci-fi Awesomedom after Gaiman and Jackson would be Joss Whedon. RT

NPR convincingly pulls apart the criticism of the casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and utterly delights me with the deep nerd-dom knowledge shown – though then I was equally disappointed to see this article was being written by a man

“Diana, on the other hand, is creature of myth and fantasy. Her physical strength is an important aspect of her character, but it is not a function of her lean body mass. Whether or not Gadot will make an interesting, let alone convincing, Wonder Woman has nothing to do with the size of her biceps.

No, Wonder Woman is a presence, a figure of mingled strength and compassion. There’s one and only one thing that Gadot needs to project, the moment she comes on-screen:

“I got this.” RT

And finally,we don’t just get a Veronica Mars movie, y’all – we also get a comic book follow-up to Firefly/Serenity. Age of the geek, baby. Writer Zack Whedon and artist Georges Jeanty have teamed up to create a six-part comics miniseries titled Serenity: Leaves on the Wind. The series picks up nine months post-Serenity with the crew still on the lam, including a very pregnant Zoe. RT

Caffeinated Links: Year in Pictures, Exclusive BTS with Billie Piper and David Tennant, Captain Picard Sings Let It Snow

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Gorgeous, heartrending, snapshots across the world. The Atlantic’s Year in Pictures RT

LA Times’ Hero Complex blog has an exclusive video with Billie Piper and David Tennant reflecting on returning to Doctor Who RT

Dramabeans has released the first of her annual Year in Review posts, which I always look forward to. I watched only Heirs and Master’s Sun this year but it looks like I wasn’t missing much with the rest of 2013 dramas. RT

The trailer for the Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending has come out. High-budget epic sci fi starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. Sign me up. RT

Ian McKellan and Damian Lewis had a tiff and it is hilarious. RT

Captain Picard sings “Let It Snow” in the Christmas video you never knew you wanted.

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Clara Oswin Oswald, being adorbs.
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Caffeinated Links: Spiderman 2 Trailer, Time of the Doctor Stills, Narnia Director

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The fourth Narnia film, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, has picked “Life of Pi” writer David Magee as its screenwriter. Apparently it’s a boyhood favorite of his and…I’m excited. Silver Chair is one of the better Narnia films, but as with all the Narnia books, there’s such a danger of hyperbole, kitsch, or silliness in the interpretation – it takes a deft and delicate hand and a sense of magic to do it well. RT

Time of the Doctor Promo Stills can be found here. Now that Matt Smith is leaving, I’m realizing all over again my love for him.

There are few things I love more than blistering book reviews, and Nic of Eve’s Alexandria hits all my aces with withering historical criticism and snark about the characters and style of Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian, which I tried to read once and gave up on immediately. RT

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Caffeinated Links: Veronica Mars Release Date, Wonder Woman Casting, DW Christmas Trailer

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Veronica Mars release date. MARCH 14th y’all. Mark your calendars for us to see the fruit of our fan labors. Also, a new clip. RT

NPR released their clickable, delicious, addicting list of Great Books of 2013 RT

Gal Gadot is the choice to play Wonder Woman in the Batman vs. Superman film. YES. She was the one I was hoping for – she brought so much screen presence and cool confidence to her role in the Fast and Furious films.  RT

Matt Smith’s final episode, ‘The Time of the Doctor,’ will premiere December 25 at 9/8c on BBC America

BBC Christmas Trailer including Doctor Who!

Caffeinated Links: Andrew Davies and Steven Moffat Shenanigans, Toni Morrison

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Flavorwire on why Toni Morrison is the most important living writer – “A handful of us care enough to groan whenever Jonathan Franzen says something about social media, but when Toni Morrison says something about a president, it’s monumental.” RT

Bong Joon Ho is furious about the Weinstein Company’s cuts to Snowpiercer. Guess which person my sympathies are with – the brilliant and revered foreign director or the grab-all money-grubbing film production company? RT

Joanna Robinson is right as always. This time about Agents of Shield “But the show should not, cannot rest on the shoulders of Skye and Ward. They are two of the blandest leads of all time. They are shiny-haired porridge. Heck, I don’t even mind if Skye’s weekly job is to dress cute and flirt her way through an op. But in order for that kind of premise to be remotely interesting, you need to have charisma. You need to be Sarah Walker or Sydney Bristow. Sydney Bristow she ain’t. And don’t even get me started on that swirling vortex of anti-charisma that is Agent Ward.” RT

Peter Davison, the 5th Doctor Who, says Steven Moffat is coming up with a way to get around the rule that states the Time Lord can only regenerate 12 times. Of course he is. RT

Andrew Davies said that he had meant for Firth to be naked in the hallowed Pride and Prejudice lake scene. “He added he had intended the scene to be one of “social embarrassment”, showing awkwardness between Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

“In fact it seems to have affected women in wife a different way,” he said. “And who am I to complain?” Indeed. RT

Caffeinated Links: Peter Capaldi, Disable Youtube Ads, Mayer

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23 Reasons to Love Peter Capaldi RT Buzzfeed

This took 10 seconds and actually worked. Love. Disable Ads on YouTube With This Simple Command, RT Lifehacker

Mayer’s crime wasn’t prejudice, it was hubris. When he subsequently came down with a throat condition that threatened to rob him of his voice and prematurely end his career, Mayer’s post-interview punishment seemed to take a biblical turn. RT Grantland

“I didn’t do it for awhile because I didn’t think that I could do it. Until Short Term 12, I didn’t find myself all that interesting. I sit with myself all the time, it’s really hard, I think, for any sort of person with an intelligence to look in the mirror and say, yeah, aren’t I great enough to be followed around for twenty days and then make a movie about it? And with a movie that’s in so many ways so subtle and a character that’s so subtle, I think it was hard for me to grasp that that would be worthy of a film, I guess.”  FSR Interviews Brie Larson

Caffeinated Links, Snark Edition

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It must be so HARD to receive a free text message that may help save lives. What’s Up with that Amber Alert

Or maybe your movie was just BAD. The Lone Ranger cast slams critics for having an “agenda” in their reviews 

Or really really good, and killed by self-centered merciless film critics. That must be it. “I was just going through my daily life, doing my job, caring for my loved ones, engaging in what seemed to me a perfectly average, everyday routine. But then I saw this video of Lone Ranger stars Jonny Depp and Armie Hammer and producer Jerry Bruckheimer talking about what I, and people like me, had done to their precious baby.” Confessions of a Serial Movie-Killer

Having a woman as the smartest, bravest person in the universe, being able to fix any problem, save the world with her wits, a magical vehicle, and boundless courage–who wouldn’t want to watch that show?The Depressing, Disappointing Maleness of Doctor Who’s New Time Lord

As David Itzkoff noted in 2006, what’s curious about “Dune” ’s stature is that it has not penetrated popular culture in the way that “The Lord of the Rings” and “Star Wars” have. There are no “Dune” conventions. Catchphrases from the book have not entered the language.  – “Dune” Endures

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