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Cary Elwes at Planet Comicon 2015Star of The Princess Bride and Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and Saw

First Planet Comicon Appearance! Want to meet Cary Elwes? As you wish!

Watch as the romantic farm boy, Westley comes to his first Planet Comicon experience for a three-day spectacular event that does not involve ROUS (Rodents of unusual size). Cary Elwes is known for much more than his iconic role in The Princess Bride. He has a wide range of characters. He is the voice of The Baron in the classic Studio Ghibli film, The Cats Return and was in the live action adaptation of the Disney hit The Jungle Book as Captain William Boone.

Are you scared of the Sheriff of Nottingham? Do not fear; Cary Elwes starred in Robin Hood: Men in Tights as Robin Hood himself. You may also know him from his much darker role in Saw as he plays Dr. Lawrence Gordon the victim of Jigsaw.

Cary Elwes has also appeared in the TV Series Psych as Pierre Despereaux and the X-Files as the FBI Assistant Director Brad Follmer. Cary Elwes has been myriad of other exciting roles including, the voice of Director and Hamlet in Pinky and the Brain, he voiced Aquaman in the Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, and Paxton Powers in Batman Beyond.

From Cary Elwes official biography

Throughout his career veteran actor Cary Elwes has turned in an array of outstanding, eclectic performances.  He recently appeared in Ivan Reitman’s comedy Friends With Benefits alongside Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher.  He also performed in Steven Spielberg’s TinTin” and starred in Dreamworks’ A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey.

Elwes made his cinematic debut in Marek Kanievska’s film Another Country based on the award winning play, and followed up with a starring role in the highly acclaimed historical drama Lady Jane alongside Helena Bonham Carter.  He then turned in a memorable portrayal as Westley in Rob Reiner’s classic fairytale The Princess Bride which won over audiences around the globe.   Other film credits include the hit psychological thriller Saw; the Academy-Award winning war epic Glory; Bram Stoker’s Dracula directed by Francis Ford Coppola; Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights; Twister; Liar Liar; Kiss the Girls, Shadow of the Vampire, and Garry Marshall’s Georgia Rule with Jane Fonda.

On the small screen, Elwes starred in the pilot Tough Trade written and created by Jenji Kohan and directed by Gavin Hood.  He has appeared on Psych as Pierre Despereaux. He also guest starred in a gripping episode of Law & Order: SVU as a mob lawyer whose family is viciously attacked.  In addition, he portrayed the young Pope in CBS’s telepic Pope John Paul II.  Previous television credits include the Golden Globe Award winning miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, The Riverman, Uprising and a recurring role as FBI Assistant Director Brad Follmer on the final season of The X-Files.

Elwes was born and raised in London before moving to the States in his teens.  He attended college in upstate New York and went on to study at the Actors Studio and the Lee Strasberg Institute.  Ironically, however it was back in his native England where Elwes began his film career.  He later returned to New York before eventually relocating to Los Angeles.

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"@ShaunKing: I’m sharing these horrific cases to press into your mind that a legal & practical precedent is being created for the ease of black death."

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Average Jane on the State of Things

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Since the advent of this blog and social media in general, I have tended to keep my deeper feelings offline. I imagine that my political leanings and sense of social justice can be read between the lines, but I've rarely been overt about them. However...

There is systemic and pervasive inequality and unfairness in this country that has been worsening steadily throughout my lifetime. I need look no further than the state where I grew up to see the fallout from one egregious example playing out right now.

I can tell from reading my Facebook feed that a lot of people, particularly those in a position of relative privilege, are having difficulty grasping what is happening and why. Here's a short interview with Jamilah Lemieux of Ebony Magazine that I think really says a lot.

I'm also observing many people who, willfully or not, can't seem to observe this situation from other perspectives. Chuck Wendig wrote what I feel is a very powerful post about cultivating empathy.

I'm not quite sure of what my role can and should be in trying to address these societal ills, but this article has some very reasonable suggestions. Most of them are just a start, but it's vital to educate yourself, even if only in service to not being part of the problem.

If you're feeling helpless and want to do one simple thing right now? How about a donation to the Ferguson Public Library

I completely understand the impulse to despair at the state of things in our country right now. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't had some serious conversations about moving away and starting over somewhere else. But no. That is not the solution, it's just an avoidance of the hard work it is going to take to find solutions.

These problems we have—and they are numerous and far-reaching—can only be solved by people standing together to make changes happen. That means demanding accountability and true representation from government leaders, rolling up our sleeves and working to give all communities an equal chance to succeed, and resolving not to rest until wrongs are righted.

That is far, far more easily said than done, but it must be done. It must.

Photo source: BZ Tat

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Compassion is painful. That’s how you know it’s working.

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I’m sad about last night for a lot of reasons.  And if you are human, and allow yourself to be so, then you probably are too.  Maybe it’s the verdict that upset you, or the destruction afterwards, or the long and difficult path that has led us here and has shown us we have so much further to go before we get to the place where we want to be…a place where kindness and compassion and vulnerability are the things which can be lauded and seen and encouraged and felt.  Or maybe, like me, you’re upset about all of those things and you feel too defeated to want to care anymore.

But if you’re like me, you can’t switch those emotions off.  It’s so much easier to turn those feelings of vulnerability and hurt into a shield of rage.  Rage feels powerful and strong.  It feels good.  And rage is important.  But not at the cost of compassion.  If, like me, today you woke up weary and wanting to become numb, or turn away, or lash out angrily at everyone involved then I feel you.  But I encourage you to keep compassion at the forefront.  Remember humanity.  Remember that your words and actions make a difference.  Remember that the majority of us are so much better than the worse things we see in the news, and that so many of us are leading a quiet revolution to be kind, and compassionate, and to listen to the hurt, and amplify the things that will make a positive difference in our world.  It’s a quiet revolution that will never be covered on CNN.  It’s a movement of people who redirect anger to kindness.  Who listen even when it’s painful.  Who take the hurt of others on ourselves and feel it so that we can become better people.  Who wade into horrible online threads and inject compassion and reason because we know that it can become contagious if done the right way.  Who hope that reason and empathy will somehow lead to a place which is safer for our children and grandchildren.

Yesterday someone sent me this photo and it’s stayed with me, and it helped.  If you’re like me, maybe it’ll help you too.

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“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant? ~ Henry David Thoreau

I don’t usually write about serious things like this because I think of this blog as a place for us to get away from the crazy bullshit of the world.  A place to laugh and heal and be ridiculous.  But sometimes healing comes in different ways and I need to write this so I can let go of some of this angst and refocus on what positive things I can do next.  Like donating to the Ferguson Library, which has served as a quiet sanctuary for so many children and adults.

Tomorrow we’ll be back to ridiculous cat pictures and possibly a story about an alligator in my toilet.  And tomorrow we’ll still feel compassion for the people who are struggling, and will continue to do our best to enact positive changes in our own ways.

I hope to God both of those things are true.

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Best Apocalypse Ever: Matthew McConaughey Might Be The Stand‘s Randall Flagg - Y'all remember Failure to Launch? Mwahahahahaha.

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And just when the light was winning.

Randall Flagg, aka The Walking Dude, aka The Dark Man, aka The Ageless Stranger, aka literature’s most well-known (and possibly only) evil-sorcerer-cowboy, is one of the most important figures in the semi-extended universe of Stephen King’s novels, appearing in nine different books to date. Flagg is a conniving wizard in King’s fantasy novel The Eyes of the Dragon, a big baddie with a God complex in The Dark Tower Series, and in the post-apocalyptic novel The Stand, he’s an enigmatic drifter who thrives on chaos after humanity is decimated by a plague.

In other words, Randall Flagg is a huge deal to King fans; he’s also enigmatic and so all-encompassingly evil that he has the potential to seem cartoonishly silly in screen adaptations. But we’re finally getting the four-film franchise that might do justice to The Stand and, according to The Guardian, we’re also getting the one name that I think could possibly meet the demands of playing Flagg: Matthew McConaughey. For real.

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Meet your new Man in Black, everyone

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And his Army of Darkness.

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They shall dance on your grave, America.

The Guardian initially announced this morning that the casting was official, but has since changed their statement to say McConaughey has merely been “tipped” to take the role. Still, I’m confident we’ll see him filling Flagg’s boots, if only because director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars, Lisey’s Story) would be a fool to let McConaughey get away. Personally I can’t think of another actor that has the gravitas, sense of humor, and Southern charm necessary to give King’s sorcerer cowboy (think Rust Cohle mixed with Bane, but minus any redeeming backstory) believability.

And hey, if they ever want McConaughey to appear as Flagg in an Eyes of the Dragon movie, at least he’ll be prepared!

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Never forget: McConaughey’s hilariously incongruous IMDB credits. From Surfer, Dude to Randall Flagg. I dig it.

(Via io9)

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Anna Kendrick on Feminist: “You Just Have to Fight Back and Own That Word” - She also brought up Gamergate.

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INTO THE WOODSAnna Kendrick shoots straight on Time Magazine’s worst word poll debacle, Gamergate, and celebrity photo hacking.

The Daily Beast spoke with the star of upcoming films Into the Woods and Pitch Perfect 2 about a lot of great things in a recent interview but clued Kendrick in to the recent controversy over Time including the word “feminist” in their “which word should be banned in 2015” poll:

For real? Ugh. That’s a fucking bummer. It’s hard because words confuse me sometimes. There isn’t a word for a member of an ethnic minority who is pro equal rights for all races, but there is a word for gender equality—and that’s feminism.

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It’s a very female-centric word. I understand that the implication is that “I’m a woman who supports women” and not “I’m a person who supports gender equality.” I feel like the word can be appropriated by the wrong people for that reason and misinterpreted by those people, but you just have to fight back and own that word.

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It’s practically become a curse word. Somebody says, “Oh, you’re being such a feminist,” and you’re supposed to be like, “No I’m not.” Why are we afraid of that word? It exists and we can’t get rid of it, so let’s fight for it and embrace it.

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It’s great when people say great things.

But the awesome didn’t stop there. The interview briefly turned to the recent large-scale celebrity photo hack situation of which Kendrick was unfortunately a victim.

I’m happy that it seems like more people are coming around. Because it happened en masse in that way, it forced people to come around and go, “Everybody does this and victim-blaming is not helping.” Because before that, there was a lot of, “If you didn’t want naked photos of yourself on the Internet, well, you shouldn’t have taken them.”

… So, the one and only good thing that came out of it is that it really shifted the conversation. Friends of mine that had taken the other attitude were like, “People should be able to do whatever they want, and it’s fucked up that that happened to them.” That’s the lone positive that came out of that whole thing.

And when general online misogyny was brought up Kendrick said:

I do get crazy shit. But I look at some of those girls who are involved in Gamergate and I think, “I don’t know how they do it. I don’t know how they handle it.” When I’m feeling bad, I look up some of the girls involved in Gamergate and I think, “You know, I feel very, very lucky and supported.”

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