Posted by Teresa Jusino

One of the first things that I thought when I saw the first trailer for the upcoming Darren Aronofsky film mother! was that I was already annoyed, because we have yet another film in which Jennifer Lawrence is paired with someone much older (Javier Bardem) and seems to be playing another variation on the tragic, harrowed, too-old-for-her-actual-age character she’s become known for. Then I saw this poster.

If you love film, this might have looked familiar to you, even if you couldn’t put your finger on why. Allow me to help:

Yup, that would be a poster for the 1968 Roman Polanski (ugh) classic, Rosemary’s Baby, another Paramount film about a young blonde being forced to be somewhere she doesn’t want to be and surrounded by a bunch of creepers in black by a much older man…

Hey, wait a minute.

People have been making Rosemary’s Baby comparisons before this, but the above poster seems to hit the nail pretty closely on the head. It wouldn’t surprise me if mother! were a straight-up remake/reboot of Rosemary’s Baby. After all, Javier Bardem’s character in the recent trailer keeps talking about wanting to “bring life into this house.” Perhaps that “life” is the anti-Christ?

Or maybe it’s not quite so dead-on. TMS’ Jessica Lachenal posited in her piece on the trailer that “the idea that Harris’ character thinks this was a bed and breakfast makes me think that he’s actually being straight up with that, and that Lawrence’s character is either a.) an amnesiac or suffers from Alzheimer’s, which would lead her to forget things like this and Bardem is her guardian/caretaker/husband, or b.) she’s actually the “mother” in this case, and Bardem is actually her son, in which case the “a” possibility above could still be true.”

Interesting possibilities, both! Especially the first one about Alzheimer’s. There’s actually a really amazing short film I saw recently called Fragile Storm that deals with Alzheimer’s in a similar way. I don’t get the vibe that Bardem is “actually her son,” though. Especially since the first trailer has them in bed together, and I’d rather not go there with the squick.

Still, good movie marketing is supposed to make someone interested in seeing the movie without giving away too much. Is this poster dead-on in its Rosemary’s Baby comparison? Is it a red herring, and this movie has nothing to do with that film? Either way, I’m intrigued, so it seems this poster has done its job. It’s taken a movie I initially rolled my eyes at, and turned it into something I’m interested in seeing.

If only for the think-piece fodder about female bodily autonomy. Because you know that’s coming, right?

(via Birth.Movies.Death, image: Paramount)

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([personal profile] samuraiter posting in [community profile] femslashex Aug. 22nd, 2017 06:15 pm)
Almost time to ring the gong again! But we're not quite there yet. You've still got about twenty-four hours to sign up for this challenge before sign-ups close at 6 PM EDT (10 PM GMT) tomorrow (Wednesday, August 23). Details for signing up are still located at this post if you have any questions about how anything works for this step in the process.

If you haven't signed up, you've still got time. I'll be back tomorrow to give you all one last reminder before time is well and truly up. Until then, it's not too late!
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Posted by Mary

For our actual wedding anniversary, our 10th, Andrew and I went away by ourselves. V and A stayed with my parents, which worried everyone a lot as A has had such terrible constant separation anxiety, maybe dwarfed only by V at the same age. But we buckled her into my parents car and I gave her a kiss on the cheek to say goodbye while she smiled like an angel.

The following weekend, as we do almost every year for Mothers Day, we went to Clarkes Point Reserve where we were married and Woolwich Pier Hotel where we had our reception. V was especially interested to see where we were married, but once it was photo time things got awkward:


Over it

V was proud to grapple with our big camera to get a photo of the rest of us:

Threesome (by Vincent)

Probably for the last time since I got a mirrorless one later in the month. The youth of today have it so easy…

More photos.

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([personal profile] nilchance Aug. 22nd, 2017 06:03 pm)
Title: keep the faith
Fandom: Undertale
Rating: Gen
Summary: After the machine, Sans is silent for a while.
A/N: From the lest ye be judged series.

keep the faith

Posted by linguisticbiscuit

The blog I wrote while waiting for the train in Hungary on the 9th August… You got it, it will never be posted as it didn’t save. 

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to finish the hike with the girls over three weeks. Blisters were one of the reasons… If you want a picture, all you have to do is ask. As my cousin put it, they are ‘grim!’

Although, I’m gutted I didn’t finish the hike. I had to decide what was best. I got to discover Hungary and Austria; leaving Hungary for the first time and entering Austria for the first time will be something I will never forget as it was all done on foot… Had some great food and wine as well as beautiful memories with great people… 

Once I landed in England, a couple of days later, my family and I headed upto Scotland for a week, which was also very pleasant and spent a couple of days in Leeds. Mum and dad celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary! A little restaurant that was due to be closed on the day of their anniversary, decided to exclusively open for them and set a romantic table just for them, with no elaborate decorations, just a wee tealight. I treated them to the meal as a surprise, which is nowhere near enough to say thank you for all they’ve done for me. However, was great knowing they could enjoy themselves without spending a penny.

Further to this, I have loved just doing very little and have recharged batteries for the next academic year. My MA begins next month and I am reading some good books on life and also on teaching languages. Next week, I’ll also join Slimming World again and go to my gym and pay for a year’s gym membership upfront. Discreetly (she says as she writes on a blog that will be published for anyone to see), I would like to lose some weight and care for my body a bit more. Not sure I’ll be able to quite give up certain treats, but I’ll give it a go. More on my successes at Christmas, before I pile back on what I lose.

So, this blog is a bit of a jumble, but the holidays have been really good, with some exercise, some well-needed emotion and relaxation. Plus the opportunity to see: Hungary, Austria, Germany and Scotland in one holiday was awesome and more than enough. Just what I needed, to see a couple of new places and couple of familiar places. Now, back to relaxing 😉 Goodnight. 

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([personal profile] laridian Aug. 22nd, 2017 04:46 pm)
I have all these extra monitors, maybe I could somehow hook one up to my home computer...


If I took those side shelves off - and they are removable - I could put in maybe a really big monitor instead?

I'd have to *buy* a really big monitor, but... it would be a really big monitor.

Posted by Jessica Lachenal

If you’re going to learn one thing today, you should just go ahead and learn how to sign some dirty words in sign language. Enjoy! (via Boing Boing)

  • Brittany Snow’s account of a blind date is EVERY SINGLE TINDER DATE EVER.
  • GQ recently published a profile of Dylann Roof, the domestic terrorist who murdered members of a prayer group in South Carolina last year. It’s titled, “A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof,” and it is well worth a read.

The folks at Disney made a fun little video that re-tells the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 but through emoji.

  • The Tick is coming to Amazon streaming later this week, and ahead of its release, they unveiled a brand new peek at the show. (via Collider)
  • David Hasselhoff pitched what I thought would have been a really neat look at Knight Rider, which basically can be summed up as Logan meets Knight Rider. Unfortunately, that’s not the direction The Weinstein Company wants to go with, as they announced they’re developing Knight Rider to be a comedy with John Cena and Kevin Hart. Yeah, I know, right? (via /Film)

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([personal profile] the_rck Aug. 22nd, 2017 05:35 pm)
Sunday evening, Scott and I had dinner at Saica with the guy who'll be the captain of our team for the Ingress anomaly. Our team is made up of people who either have issues with moving far/fast or with keeping going for the entire four hour event. Cordelia could have come with us, but she said it would be boring and that we should bring her some sushi. Which we did.

Yesterday, Cordelia and I went downtown around noon and bought sandwiches. We took our time because we didn't need to be at the high school until 2:15. I didn't expect that part to take more than half an hour (and it didn't). I spent some time using up some of my Ingress inventory in hopes of clearing space for the things I'm supposed to have for the anomaly. I'm still short on a number of things, and Scott's behind me in that respect.

For about three hours yesterday, Ingress was giving 2.4 times the normal level of points for everything. After that until almost 4:30 this afternoon, they gave 1.7 times the points. Given that yesterday was the one day I was sure I'd be out of the house for a while and able to do Ingress, I was pleased.

We got to the high school about half an hour early, but they sent us on through. It wasn't actually crowded, and we managed everything pretty quickly. Cordelia now has a student ID and three very, very heavy textbooks (which they did not warn us we would need to take home with us). We got home a bit after 3:00, and I more or less fell over.

This morning, Cordelia and I went out for her annual doctor's appointment. That went well enough, but we found out that the dermatologist Cordelia's been seeing has left the practice, so we'll have to deal with someone else when we need to renew those prescriptions. They've still got two female doctors (and two male), so it won't be hard to get Cordelia in to see a woman as she prefers.
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([personal profile] nanila Aug. 22nd, 2017 10:36 pm)
On the previously mentioned trip to Amsterdam, the bloke and I stayed on a canal barge in the Westerdok.

This was the much bigger cousin of the holiday barges that pootle up and down our Worcestershire canal. The main bulk of the hull served as the home of the bloke who ran the B&B. We were in the wheelhouse, overlooking the canal. The docks seem to serve as pretty much permanent moorings for the barges in this area. Each one had a small garden, and there was even a floating children’s play area.

It was surprisingly quiet given that the location is a mere 15 minute walk from Centraal Station. We could hear a distant roar of traffic, but mostly we heard the hangry cheeping of two adolescent coots and the occasional quack of a duck. We also found a great crested grebe nesting a few boats down. It was definitely brooding, as we never saw the nest unoccupied.

Urban great crested grebe nest
The nest itself was a rather wonderful construction, being a mix of urban rubbish and plant detritus, with a few hollyhocks artfully arranged around the edges. The grebe had two female mallard bodyguards, who immediately came to circle the nest at a careful distance, giving me the side-eye when I hopped down on to the dock from the pavement to take photos.

The barge proprietor tiptoed in every morning to leave us breakfast on the table next to the wheelhouse. It included a bottle of freshly squeezed orange juice, muesli, yoghurt, and hardboiled eggs nested in knitted cosies. Much as I wanted to sleep in, the prospect of getting that into my belly when I heard his footsteps got me out of bed pretty early both mornings. We received so much food at breakfast that we were able to make sandwiches from the bread and cheese to squirrel away for later. We ate these in the Vondelpark on the first day, and for supper on the second after the lunch at Rijks.

Apart from the sheer pleasure of walking around Amsterdam, we also indulged in a trip to a Michelin-starred restaurant for a very belated birthday treat for me. We spent three and a half hours eating lunch at Rijks, which is next to the Rijksmuseum. The bloke had mentioned that it was my birthday when he made the booking. As a result, in addition to our pudding, I got a white chocolate candle with sorbet and a little message inside. We sampled both white and red wines, all by Dutch winemakers “from everywhere in the world” (e.g. New Zealand and South Africa).

Photos from Rijks behind the cut.

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([personal profile] alexseanchai Aug. 22nd, 2017 05:32 pm)
Astronomers Without Borders eclipse glasses donation program

don't throw away your eclipse glasses! mail them to Astronomers Without Borders, or deliver them to the nearest organization (most likely a local school) collecting them for AWB, so that students in South America and Africa can safely watch the next eclipse!
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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Aug. 22nd, 2017 04:20 pm)
Today is mild, sunny, and breezy.  We got some rain last night, so I went out to pull field weeds from alongside the patio and strip garden. 

I've been seeing lots of butterflies today.  There was a monarch around the barrel garden and various small butterflies when I was weeding.

Posted by Beth Elderkin

“This is the tale of the King in the North!” Screen Junkies has released its latest Retro TV theme, turning Game of Thrones into a cheesy early ‘90s drama. That’s not exactly a new idea, as corny Game of Thrones theme songs been done a few times before. But none of those versions had Michael Freakin’ Bolton.


Posted by Cheryl Eddy

Finally—after weeks of surreal teasers and yesterday’s opening-credits reveal, which actually revealed nothing—we have a real trailer for American Horror Story: Cult. Sarah Paulson’s bloodcurdling shriek upon realizing that Donald Trump has been elected president is truly terrifying. And relatable.


Posted by Kimberly Roots

“Do you remember when we used to read normal sentences, but like Sean Bean, like Ned Stark?” Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams asks her bestie/co-star Sophie Turner at the top of this Carpool Karaoke clip. And then things go rapidly, entertainingly downhill. The video above, part of the Carpool episode available on Apple Music tonight, finds the […]
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([personal profile] baranduin Aug. 22nd, 2017 01:54 pm)
Five Things meme swiped from [personal profile] ysilme:

5 things you’ll find in my bag: keys, work badge, wallet, iPad, glucose tablets

5 things you’ll find in my bedroom: kitty treats, glucose tablets on bedside table, zabuton/zafu cushions, stairs to the bed so kitties can jump up more easily (Harry is starting to need that), personal altar

5 things I’ve always wanted to do: go to China(done), go to Russia (nope), see an eclipse (done), do a huge USA and Canada road trip to see fannish friends (not yet!), watch a Lord of the Rings movie (done)

5 things that make me happy: kitties, talking to [personal profile] hanarobi, dancing, the smell of the ocean, meditating

5 things I’m currently into: Bahubali which is leading to other Indian movies and TV shows, going through my house and labeling stuff to start preparing for my move, Project Runway season 16, Indian soundtrack music, capri leggings

5 things on my to-do list: binge watch Game of Thrones for this season (it's getting harder to remain unspoiled lol), get a new Social Security card with my actual name on it rather than my married name from the 1970s, get the car a brake job, take books to the book drop-off location so I can continue culling, trim the shrubbery by the sidewalk or the homeowners association will be vexed with me (I actually like them to be vexed with me on account of they're assholes).
On behalf of the Somerville Local First Board of Directors, I would like to invite members of the public to join us on Tuesday September 12th from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for a candidate meet & greet. This event will be held at Workbar Union (31 Union Square) and light refreshments will be served.

With the Preliminary Elections right around the corner, it is important for us to have an opportunity to talk to those who are vying for leadership positions in our community. Candidates for Mayor, Ward Alderman, Alderman at Large and School Committee have been invited to attend. There will be a short speaking portion beginning at 7:30 p.m. where confirmed candidates will be introduced.

For a complete list of confirmed candidates, please check our Facebook invitation, Follow us on Twitter (@Local1st) or Instagram (@SomervilleLocal1st).

For candidates, this event is not for the faint of heart. Unlike fundraisers, candidates will not be given an opportunity to address the crowd, but rather engage in face to face conversations with attendees throughout the evening. This ain’t your mama’s candidate night ;)

While this event is free to attend, Somerville Local First is asking for a $10 donation to support our work and mission in the City of Somerville. We strive to bring awareness to our locally-owned, independent businesses and artists and encourage everyone to shift their shopping to help sustain our local economy. To ensure space and food, please RSVP by emailing It is my hope that residents take advantage of this opportunity for conversation with candidates because at the end of the day - all politics is local!

Courtney O’Keefe
Executive Director | Somerville Local First
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([personal profile] otw_staff posting in [community profile] otw_news Aug. 22nd, 2017 02:56 pm)
This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom: Orphan Black and its Clone Club, legal issues with celebrity avatars in virtual reality, and more:
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([personal profile] chantefable Aug. 23rd, 2017 12:00 am)
All right, so I realise that Tarkan's Yolla is THE hit of the summer and I've been listening to it a lot, but!

From the start, I kind of thought, 'wow, that sounds like a Bucky Barnes song' and now I saw the full English subtitles/lyrics in the vid on the official netd müzik channel on YouTube, and yeah, YOLLA IS DEFINITELY A BUCKY BARNES SONG. In my mind, I can see how it could be vidded, all fast paced and fight scenes and downtime and, most importantly, Winter Soldier's "I am 100% done, just give me some plums" face.

Check it out! If you haven't heard Yolla yet, it is a seriously awesome pop song with ultra-contemporary lyrics, on point for our times...

Seriously, when he goes:

"Bring it, destiny, bring it, bring me all the pain,
After all, I can bear anything,
Hit me, I don't mind, kick a man when he's down,
After all, I am willing to endure."

OMG major headcanon feels. Does it give you headcanon feels? Maybe for other characters? Just listen, it's worth it.

(On a side note, hot damn, Tarkan. I know he's built his image around his looks as much as his music, so he's careful with his appearance, and there's CGI in music videos and all, but that's a very aesthetically appealing, groomed look he's rocking. If all men at 44 were this agreeable to look at, the world would've been a more beautiful place. Patriarchy and media culture lead to expectations of women trying extra hard, so it's refreshing when a male performer goes with such inviting mannerisms.)

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