BIT OF A MEH! DAY

It’s been a bit of a meh! day today.

I’m feeling old.
I’m feeling bloated.
I’m feeling as rough as most women once a month.
I just wanted to eat and drink all day…. which I did!!
And I’m fretting about this bloody presentation I have to do tomorrow.

I’ve been working my way through a few bottles of Corona and Bud.
I had home made spaghetti bolognese for lunch and I’ve just polished off a cheese and bacon toastie for tea.
I don’t say this very often but I seriously need some chocolate!!

Not surprising that I still feel bloated!

Anyway, to try and cheer myself up a little, I started watching Girls again, from the beginning.

Yeah yeah. I know Adam is shirtless in both these clips. So sue me!!
I told you I needed cheering up.

I also spent some time Youtubing the events of the San Diego Comic Con this weekend and then I continued my discovery of my new favourite couple.

Tom and Lance!
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Although someone really needs to explain to me how this guy…..

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Is 43 and 20 years older than this guy!!!

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Seriously. 43!!
I’m 47 and feel so old.
Tom I am so jealous. Lance is a hottie!!

I guess you’re as young as you feel and Lance feels a 23 year old on a daily basis!
Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

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Anyway, Tom’s Youtube channel has lots of Tom and Lance vlogs, including their wedding. They are an exceptionally cute couple. Check them out.

Right, enough time to do a little more Youtubing before bed.
I have to be up at the crack of dawn to get to Uni early.
I’m hoping to get a run through done with the rest of the group and as one of them hasn’t turned up to a single read through I’m not holding out much hope that tomorrow will go very well.
If he doesn’t show up early enough, I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep my mouth shut when I see him.

Watch this space.

FAVOURITES THROUGHOUT THE YEARS

It will come as no suprise to many that one of my favourite characters on TV at the moment is ‘Adam Sackler’ from HBO’s Girls and played by Adam Driver.
Not a show to watch if you are easily offended!

Take a look at this little mashup from Youtube.
It shows the evolution of Adam from season 1 through to season 5.
Notice the lovely thick black hair in the last clip. He went from filming this to filming for Star Wars episode VIII so I would say that Kylo still has his glorious locks for ep VIII.

Anyway, seeing this clip got me thinking about favourites old and new which has given me my little project for the day.

I don’t watch as much TV as I used to, I tend to stick to films as there is more of an immediate gratification in the end of a movie.
You know the outcome in around 2 hours without having it dragged out over 13 or 24 weeks with a hiatus in the middle!!!

Except of course for Star Wars that likes to drag a story over a 3 film arc and makes us salivate for the slightest hint of what’s in store for our favourite character….. but I’m not bitter about that one at all!!!!

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………. anyway! Let’s see.
Another show that I have been keeping up with over the last few weeks is ‘Lucifer’
It’s another cop/buddy show with a bit of a twist in that the buddy happens to be the Devil who’s taking a vacation from his usual job, much to the chagrin of God.

The British actor, Tom Ellis, has taken on the role and with his looks, his charm and his verbal diarrhoea, he does a brilliant job!

Joel Kinnaman is another current favourite but he likes to keep us waiting between projects!!
Suicide Squad is his next movie which I’m hoping will do big things for his career.

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He has, however, broken his current drought season with his appearance on Season 4 of House of Cards.

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I’m really looking forward to seeing his character do battle with the Underwoods in Season 5 and August 5th cannot come quick enough for Suicide Squad.

Right, time to get the brain in gear and think of favourite characters of the past.
I was still very young in the 70’s but I remember catching re-runs of Star Trek on BBC2 in the early evenings.
Chips was another favourite from a Saturday afternoon and Starsky and Hutch was one to stay up late for and watch with Mum!
So some of my earliest favourite characters were…. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Poncherello (Eric Estrada) and Hutch (David Soul)

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There are two honorable mentions from the 70’s
After the success of Star Wars at the cinema, two TV shows jumped on the band wagon.
Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

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Starbuck and Apollo made a fantastic team and Captain Buck Rogers was a cutie.
Battlestar Galactica has since had a wonderful re-boot although for some reason, Starbuck wasn’t quite as attractive to me! Apollo on the other hand………

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We are sadly still waiting for someone to re-boot Buck Rogers!!
It’s a shame because it would be fantastic with today’s special effects.

Then along came the 80’s and by now I had my own TV. A little black and white portable 14 inch!
It was easier for me to watch what I wanted as I was not restricted to watching what my parents were watching.

The 80’s were…. not exactly something to be proud of!
The fashion was dubious, the acting was…… dubious….. the special effects were cheap!
All that said, it had some of the most iconic TV shows ever!

The ‘A’ Team, Airwolf, The Fall Guy, ‘V’, Simon and Simon, Miami Vice, Knight Rider, Magnum, Automan, TJ Hooker, Street Hawk and just making it in the tail end of the 80’s was Quantum Leap.

Some of my favourite characters from the 80’s were.
Face – The ‘A’ Team (Dirk Benedict), Stringfellow Hawke – Airwolf (Jan Michael Vincent), AJ Simon – Simon and Simon (Jameson Parker)

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Crockett – Miami Vice (Don Johnson), Automan – Automan (Chuck Wagner), Vince Romano – TJ Hooker (Adrian Zmed)

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Mike Donovan – V (Marc Singer), Thomas Magnum – Magnum (Tom Selleck), Sam Beckett – Quantum Leap (Scott Bakula)

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Then at the tail end of the 80’s something magical happened.
They re-booted Star Trek!!
Star Trek the Next Generation made it to our screens and my early earning days were spent at coventions and collector fairs.

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My first real TV crush/obsession was Commander William Riker (Jonathan Frakes)

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The 90’s were just filled with amazing shows and science fiction/fantasy seemed to be the order of the day. This was music to my ears!!
All the more reason to attend conventions and collector shows!

The first incarnation of The Flash, X-Files, Friends, Xena-Warrior Princess, E.R., Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Stargate SG1, Earth Final Conflict, Babylon 5, Charmed, Farscape, Highlander, Hornblower, J.A.G., The Pretender, Space Above and Beyond.
These are just the ones I can remember right now, I’m sure there were loads more!
All of these shows spawned some little crush or slight obsession.

David Duchovny in the X-Files was just lovely, David Boreanaz as Angel/Angelus in Buffy the Vampire Slayer was simply amazing but Angelus was always more intriguing.

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Robert Leeshock in Earth Final Conflict was attention grabbing (and bottom grabbing, but that’s another story entirely!!), Michael O,Hare in Babylon 5 was a mature lovely and Michael T Weiss as the pretender was just brilliant.

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Highlander spawned not 1, but 2 obsessions. Adrian Paul and Peter Wingfield.
So obsessed was I at the time that I actually ran the UK side of the Peter Wingfield fan club for a while, until work and family became too much, so I had to give it up, but not before I had the chance to interview him for the club magazine and organise a group meeting with him at a convention down in Felixtowe.

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Hornblower, J.A.G. and Space Above and Beyond also have major mentions from this decade. J.A.G ended up running for 10 years after a bit of a rocky start but unfortunately Space: Above and Beyond was a bit ahead of it’s time and got cancelled after it’s first season. Had it come just a few years later, it may have been a different story.

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Now we reach the naughties and TV watching kind of went a little silly.
We still had some cracking shows but I didn’t watch them quite so religiously. There were just too many to keep up with.
I think that around this time they also got a little more sophisticated. Audiences expected more from their viewing.
Heroes, John Doe, CSI, CSI Miami, CSI New York, NCIS, Prison Break, Stargate Atlantis, Smallville, 24, The Killing, Lost, Rome, House, The Tudors, True Blood, Psych, Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, Firefly, Chuck, Jericho.

Heroes was a show that took off like a rocket. It had so much potential but after getting caught in the middle of a writer’s strike, it lost it’s momentum and never really recovered.
John Doe was a fantastic show about a man with no memory of who he is but he has the knowledge of the world stashed in his head. This show ended after just one season and frustratingly ended on a whopping cliff hanger!!! The star of the show went on to star in Prison Break.

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Historical dramas like Rome and The Tudors where a ‘must see’.
The Tudors in particular was memorable because of the casting of Jonathan Rhys Meyers and the future Superman, Henry Cavill.

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Smallville brought us the teenage years of Clark Kent and ran for 10 years and went on to spawn current favourites, Green Arrow and The Flash. Firefly brought us the crew of Serenity. An amazing show that stunned it’s audience after it was cancelled after it’s first season. The troops rallied and although they didn’t get a series continuation, they did get a movie to tie up all the loose ends.

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Speaking of shows kicking fans into a frenzy, Jericho was one such show.
It told the story of a nuclear attack on the US and the survivors and residents of a small town called Jericho.

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When this show got cancelled after it’s first season the fans got organised and started a campaign that eventually lead to a second season to tie up the loose ends.
The campaign was fenomenal!!
As stated in a past blog….

In the finale to the season when asked for the towns surrender Skeet Ulrich simply replies. ‘Nuts!’
So when the show was cancelled some bright spark on the Jericho forum came up with the slogan ‘nuts to CBS’ for cancelling the show.
Outrage on the forum turned into a letter writing campaign that suddenly turned into a bombardment of CBS at their New York and LA offices……but not with letters!
No no no, the fans were a little more creative and started sending peanuts.
They got organized and started pooling their money on a site called http://www.nutsonline.com/jericho
This company started sending truck loads of peanuts to CBS on a daily basis along with letters of support for the show.

We’re not just talking a few bags of fan mail here, we’re talking serious amounts of ‘Nuts to CBS’
To date they have had a grand total of over 20 tons delivered…..yes you did read that right.

20 TONS!!!!!
The one day record stands at 10,000 pounds that hit CBS on the 29th May.
The campaign was swift and decisive and successful.

Click here to read the full article… https://mumofthreedevils.com/2013/06/12/i-remember-that/

This blog is becoming incredibly long and could keep on going but I think it’s time to start wrapping things up.

So, we are now in a world where special effects allow us to do anything and as an audience we have come to expect our special effects to be good but we also expect good story telling.
So occasional romps into fantasy are interspersed with cerebral shows that make you think.
Arrow and Flash as opposed to The Killing and House of Cards.

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There are of course, so many more than have been mentioned here.
I can hear some of you now….”what about Vampire Diaries?, what abour Enterprise?, what about Eureka?”…etc.
I could quite literally keep writing and searching for pictures all night but I think this gives a good idea of the kind of shows I grew up with and the kind of things I like to watch currently!!
It’s a bit eclectic but that’s me and right now anything that takes my mind off of Star Wars is very welcome.
Seriously!! My mind is mush thinking about all the possibilities for the next movie and as you can see from my countdown clock at the top right of this blog, we have a gut wrenching 21 months to go!!

DISH OF THE WEEK #66 ADAM DRIVER

Day 7 of forced rest and relaxation.
What to do? What to do?
All this time on my hands to do what I love the most.
Scour the internet, watch movies and…. oh yes!! all the time I need to obsess.
All this time on my hands has been the perfect oportunity to catch up on all things ‘Adam Driver’.

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Back on December 26th, just 7 days after seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the 1st time, I made Adam Driver my ‘Dish of the Week’ #64.
By the time I wrote that blog I had actually seen the film 3 times.

I can tell you almost to the minute, exactly when I fell in love with Adam Driver.
December 19th, and as the moment happens at about 1 hour and 25 minutes into the film, it would have been about 14:25 in the afternoon. How sad is that.
Here is the infamous scene.

At the time of writing this blog I have seen the film 9 times!
I have also seen more of Adam’s work prior to Star Wars and found out a little more about the man himself.
The more I find out or see, the more I crave to find more.

And there’s the magic word.
Crave = to desire intensely, to long for, to need urgently.

It’s true!! I just can’t get enough of the man.
He makes me smile. I love his acting style.
When I see his work prior to Star Wars, I see that being the Star Wars ‘villain’ is quite a new direction for him. I can’t wait to see how his story plays out across the next two movies.

I don’t think I can justify seeing it again in the cinema but I also don’t think I can wait for the Bluray, which I’m hoping, if rumours are true, will be around April time.

In the meantime HBO’s Girls season five started airing on Sunday so I am going to be drip fed Adam driver playing ‘Adam Sackler’ on a weekly basis for the next 10 – 12 weeks!

Next month sees the cinematic release of ‘Midnight Special’
Adam’s first movie release since Star Wars and it looks good.

He has two other movies in post production, Silence and Paterson.
Both are due at some point this year but as yet, there are no trailers for either which is a little frustrating.

So! I’ll just have to make do with re-running Girls on Prime and my quickly aquired DVD/Bluray collection.
I amazingly managed to pick up 5 of Adam’s back catalogue in HMV in their 5 for £30 deal.
I was a very happy bunny!

I can honestly say that next to Star Wars, This is where I leave You  has to be my favourite Adam movie so far.

This movie is one of those gentle, heart warming and funny movies that you can just keep going back to.
The fact that Adam’s character is charming, childish and adorable just makes it even more special.

Anyway, enough about his acting.
How about a little about the man?

Like I said previously, he’s 32 and 6’2.5″
After 9/11 he enlisted as a Marine.
After serving in Afghanistan for 2 years, he had to be medically discharged after shattering his sternum in a mountain biking accident.

After a year of hard work at the University of Indianapolis, he got accepted into Juilliard.
He started TV work in 2009 and worked consistently with occasional roles on TV shows, shorts and TV movies and also worked on Broadway before landing his role on HBO’s Girls in 2012.
Since then, he has become ‘one to watch’.
‘Hungry Hearts’ is probably the film that has ‘showcased’ his talent the most so far.

He has very unconventional looks.
I have found from my internet searches that he’s a bit like Marmite.
People either love him or hate him!
The people who love him, quite literally worship the ground he walks on.
The people who hate him can be a bit mean.

He’s said it himself…..
“I’m like a sight gag, I have this really big face…I don’t totally get it. I mean, when I read for Girls (2012) I was, like, the script says ‘Handsome Carpenter,’ so someone else is going to get the part. They’ll have someone handsome, not me. I mean, I’m not in any danger of getting leading-man parts.

Well I’m sorry to disappoint you Adam, but you’re wrong.
You’re tall, you’re well built, you have an incredible main of thick black hair, you have a beautiful voice.
OK, you have big ears and a long nose but it all comes together to create an awkward, yet endearing and loveable man who seriously needs to have more confidence in himself.

Adam is married.
In 2013 he married actress and best friend Joanne Tucker.

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They have been together for years and she knew him before his ‘Girls’ fame and together they set up ‘Arts in the Armed Forces’

As their website says….

OUR MISSION

To honor, educate, inspire and entertain all active duty and veteran members of the United States Armed Forces and their families by engaging them in the power and social service of the performing arts.

Take a look at some of the work they do here…..

I think he truly is ‘one to watch’
I will certainly be keeping up with everything he does from now on.
I’m happy to declare Adam Driver as Dish of the Week number 66.
This makes it his second appearance on my Dish list but I’m sure there will be more.
Probably around the releases of the next two Star Wars episodes…… Oh who am I kidding…. probably around the release of all his future films!!!

DISH OF THE WEEK # 64 – ADAM DRIVER

BE WARNED….. there are Star Wars spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the film, turn back now!!

OK, this all started a week ago today!

Exactly one week ago today I went to see the new Star Wars movie for the first time.
I was apprehenshive.
I loved the original 3 movies.
I wasn’t overly inspired by the disappointing prequels and their over inflated egos and CGI.
So I went into this one with trepidation.

I needn’t have worried.
I should have known JJ Abrams would have pulled it off!
He is a master at his job.

Anyway, this is where the niggling started.
Kylo Ren was intriguing.

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Tall and brooding and then…… the mask came off!!

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OK, mmm, not what I was expecting, something a little odd but actually quite attractive.
Beautiful thick black glossy hair…… there’s a reason for that and I’ll mention it later.
Deep voice.
He can sulk and boy does he have a temper!
That temper leads to quite possibly, the funniest moment in the new movie.

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But most of all, this guy can act!! Sorry to Hayden Christensen but Adam could act you off the screen! With or without a mask!
The scene where he confronts Han, and if you’ve seen the film you’ll know the scene I’m talking about, the acting was astounding.
The torment, the agony, it was all in his eyes every step of the way. He sucker punched me totally.
Even after the events of that scene, I couldn’t stop thinking about him.

So naturally I went to see it again.
Wham!

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Yep, here we go again.

Just to make sure, I went to see it for a third time.
There’s just no getting away from it.
The bad boy has weasled his way in and I can’t wait to get a good back story on him.
Why did he turn to the dark side?
Why did he despise Han so much?
Why did he NEVER even mention his mother?
Will there be any saving him and if so, how is he ever going to forgive himself?

We have to wait 2 years for the next installment….. really?
OK I know we’re getting Rogue One next year with Mads Mikkelsen but right now I want Episode VIII

Anyway, back to the reason for this post.
Of course, the natural thing to do when an actor makes an impact is to check out what else he’s done.
Thankfully, when it comes to starring roles, he’s still pretty fresh on the market.
Unlike previous Dishes who have a back catalogue that’s hard to find and some of it in different languages, I came across 3 of Adam’s films quite easily.
Tracks, a supporting role.
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While we’re young, semi starring role.

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This is where I leave you, a starring role

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He’s been in a TV series, Girls, for the last 5 years that I hope to get a look at later today and he has 3 films on the cards for 2016.
Silence, Midnight Special and Paterson.

Star Wars Episode VIII is filming and set for release in 2017.

Anyway, that’s the actor.
Now, about the man.

He’s 32 and 6’2.5″
After 9/11 he enlisted as a Marine.
When you see this next picture, you’ll see the reason for the lovely long hair!

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Oh dear!
Bless him. He must have been about 19 or 20 in this photo.
The marine hair cut doesn’t do him any favours!

Anyway, after serving in Afghanistan for 2 years, he had to be medically discharged after shattering his sternum in a mountain biking accident.

After a year of hard work at the University of Indianapolis, he got accepted into Juilliard.
In 2012, he landed his role in Girls and the rest is history.

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He has been blessed with a nose to match his ears, but somehow, in an awquard kind of way, they work.

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Expect to see Adam crop up a little more on my blog site!!
I’m expecting big things over the next few years.