stories, some that are still being formed, some that went over the transom in the last century
The "Brit a Day" series
What does a months-long parade of attractive British men have to do with fiction, you might well ask? These gentlemen have inspired some lovely scenes, part of the life I live in my head. Over time, some of these scenes reach out to one another and begin to form a story. For the present, each one of these pictures provides a writing prompt for me, a way to keep me writing with a sense of passion and narrative, even when the stories are not yet fully formed.
Henry Ian Cusick was gorgeous as usual as an unexpectedly sexy Vegas magician on 'CSI' last night. He reminded me of David Tennant in 2011's 'Fright Night.' [Which I've still yet to see as Netflix-for-streaming has never heard of it.]
There is a certain symmetry between these two pieces of fan art--first, Tom Hiddleston sketched as Henry V, and last, an iconic image from 'Pirates of the Caribbean' reimagined in Photoshop [done with King Harry's face, methinks].
I was so excited to begin getting BBC America earlier this year, but one show I have not checked out is Dominic Monaghan's 'Wild Things'. Too many 'ginormous' creepy multi-legged things among the wild things for my liking. Here Dom is at a ginormous 'TV Guide' photo shoot for 'Lost.' I think Emilie perhaps had a bug in her eye.
I tried to watch this horror movie from 1961 tonight called 'Curse of the Werewolf' because Oliver Reed was in it. But his character wasn't even born until almost halfway through. I'll take Oliver Reed in an artsy Ken Russell film [like 'The Devils' with Vanessa Redgrave] over a werewolf movie anytime.
My local PBS aired this episode of 'Shakespeare Uncovered' last night. I gather that he's a bit of a pain sometimes, but Jeremy Irons won himself the spot as today's Brit because I enjoyed the show so much.
This man's eyes are just kinda magical, aren't they? [see above] And I'm revisiting the image below as Tumblr's Monochromanic has enlightened and enhanced it with editing skill and conversion to black-and-white.
The following comment might seem to objectify Benedict Cumberbatch: I'm not sure I like him outside of 'Sherlock.' To tell you the truth, I haven't seen him in anything outside of 'Sherlock.' The Ben-as-Sherlock combination is so perfect, I don't want anything to mess with it. I will definitely see him in the next 'Star Trek' movie, so that may help to break the ice.
I just finished reading "Cop Hater," the opening novel of the 87th Precinct series, Ed McBain's homage to 'Dragnet' that virtually created the police procedural genre. Begun in the 1950's, "Cop Hater" is the first of a whopping 55 books in the series. And McBain was only one of a handful of pen names for the author Evan Hunter, and author so prolific he could apparently dash off a novel if he got caught at a red light.
Tom-Hiddleston-as-Freddie-Page suits McBain's description of lead detective Steve Carella to a T. But "Cop Hater" isn't all sticks and stones and blood-sticky sidewalks--Carella's proposal to his girlfriend is the sweetest I've ever read. I could, of course, hear it in Tom Hiddleston's voice as I read it.
It's a bit gray outside and I could use some warmth. Sweet Thorki family fan art feels like it's in order today. See the text in the art for the Tumblr-name of the contributor and the link to the cool blog that was referenced: Ask the Odd Family from Asgard.
I'm 99.99% certain this photo of Alan Rickman is from a movie he made with Emma Thompson in 1998 called 'Judas Kiss.' In it, he plays a detective from New Orleans [yes, with a southern accent] and Ms. T's character is with the FBI.
In case you've been under a rock and missed it, Tom Hiddleston has been blogging his entire trip to Guinea to see the work that UNICEF, his favorite charity, is doing to increase sanitation, education and children's overall health. In the field diary that he has published online, he has shown himself over and over to be the man of intelligence and compassion that we all gave him credit for being. What a sweetheart. And don't think for a minute that he hasn't raised awareness [and donations] with his words and deeds--I've seen several kids on Tumblr talking about how his inspiration has nudged them into a life of volunteering and service. Let's hope they follow through. Enjoy Tom's UNICEF blog here.