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- What is the matter with Billy Bush's hair? Subtopic: What is the matter with Billy Bush? Discuss.

- I've decided rather at the last minute to go up to Utah for Sundance this weekend. But really I'm going to hang out with mikijean and tlbelle. There will be knitting, watching of BBC/ITV period dramas, and possibly some actual, you know, going to festival films. Possibly.

- Speaking of period dramas, Persuasion was a bit of a disappointment last night. Not that I didn't love seeing Tony Head. And Larry Nightingale! But the direction was crap (why so much running? why?) and I disliked Sally Hawkins' Anne Elliot even more than Amanda Root's Anne Elliot. Why must everyone play her as such a wet dishrag? She's just not meant to be that much of a drip. At least Rupert Penry-Jones was a Captain Wentworth I could get behind for once. Mmmmmdreamy. Unlike Ciaran "Big Head! Big Head! Big Head!" Hinds. And now mcsister is probably throwing things at me.

- Mr. Sus got us Dance Dance Revolution for the Wii. It's... actually pretty fun, even if I do feel like an idiot playing it. Also, I totally suck.

- I threw my back out again last weekend. Fortunately, after a few days of ice packs and easing back into regular exercise (including some Dance Dance Revolution) it's almost completely better again.

- Unfortunately, last night I stubbed the crap out of my pinky toe on Mr. Sus' medicine ball. And now it's all purple and swollen and I can't wear shoes. No more Dance Dance Revolution for me. /whine

- We are sort of toying with the idea of taking a family trip to London later in the year. It is entirely possible that said trip may be coordinated in such a way as to allow us to catch David Tennant's Hamlet with the RSC. The question is whether to go ahead and make plans for a side trip out to Stratford-upon-Avon, or whether to wait, with the hope that the production will transfer to London, which might be less complicated to plan, but might be harder to acquire tickets to. Does anyone have any wisdom or advice to offer?

- And, last but not least, looky: http://whywewriteseries.wordpress.com/2008/01/12/why-we-write-number-16-reader-submitted-essay/


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Jan. 14th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
It's pretty easy to get to Stratford. We didn't stay there overnight, so I don't know how easy that would be, but as far as getting there, you shouldn't have a problem. Just take the train. You'll be able to walk into town and everything is pretty close together. We walked past the RSC while we were there.
Jan. 15th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
My main worry, I guess, is that the show would run too late to catch a train back and then we'd have to stay overnight. I mean, Hamlet's not exactly brief. But it might be fun to spend a night outside of the city. Is Stratford nice?
Jan. 15th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
I thought Stratford was adorable. They have quite a few inns or B&Bs or whatever they call them, from what I could tell.
Jan. 15th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
We ate here, for example. I'm not sure how pricey the rooms are, but the pub/restaurant was nice.
Jan. 15th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
Thanks! I will make a note of it for future trip planning.
Jan. 14th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
I'm currently throwing around the insanely-jealous-fists-of-fury. It's up to you to determine which bullets they're for.

Hint: Not the thrown-out back, cause I had my own over Christmas, and damn, that hurt.
Jan. 15th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
It's for the purple toe bullet, right? You're insanely jealous of my swollen purple toe.
Jan. 15th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
Totally. I'm nuts for injury and the inability to wear shoes.

I have no more David Tennant icons in the current line-up, but here's my other favorite DT.

Speaking of Mr. Giant-Head Hinds, have you seen the trailer for that movie with him, Frances McDormand, Amy Adams and Lee Pace (with a British accent)? I can't remember the exact name of it, but we saw the preview before Atonement, and it looks hilarious.
Jan. 15th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
I have no more David Tennant icons in the current line-up, but here's my other favorite DT.

Adorable! DT's looking pretty good, too. ;)

Speaking of Mr. Giant-Head Hinds, have you seen the trailer for that movie with him, Frances McDormand, Amy Adams and Lee Pace (with a British accent)?

No! That sounds totally bizarre. Must see it!
Jan. 15th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
Why, thank you. It's my 'I'm so tired I could fall over, but damn it if I'm not standing next to David Thewlis as part of my job' look.

The movie is called Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. I swooned when Lee Pace showed up on screen. Which was very embarrassing as it was one of those little theatres with 30 seats and everyone heard.
Jan. 16th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
Why didn't you just fall over onto David Thewlis? Double plus good.
Jan. 15th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
Hmmm, which icon to use. I think I will go with "Big Head" Hinds just to annoy you. Mwahaha. ;) I didn't like the new Persuasion as much as the old one though I did think the new Wentworth was pretty. Anne looked at the camera too much, and what was up with all the running? I enjoyed it but hope there are better things to come with this Austen season.

Speaking as someone who is already planning a London/Stratford trip this fall, I say go for it! :) Stratford is easy to reach by train, and then you won't have to worry about whether or not the show transfers.

Jan. 15th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
I've seen the new Mansfield Park with Billie Piper and it wasn't bad. Ninety minutes isn't enough time to do the story justice, but the production values are shinier, at least. Still a puzzling amount of running, though. I don't get it, because I can hardly think of a single occasion in which it's necessary for an Austen heroine to run.

I'm most excited about Sense & Sensibility. Though of course Emma Thompson's is perfection, I can't wait to see what Andrew Davies does with it.
Jan. 15th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
At least Rupert Penry-Jones was a Captain Wentworth I could get behind for once. Mmmmmdreamy.

Oh my god, yes. Just...yes. Sigh.

Yay for London! You'll have such an awesome time!
Jan. 15th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
And WOW! You're totally on Why We Write! Yay!
Jan. 15th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Yay for being on WHY WE WRITE! No yay for stubbing your toe.
Jan. 15th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
Dude - we're totally thinking of going to London this fall too, but that's because Kenneth Branagh is going to be doing a stage production too and it's been 10 years (eek!) since I studied there. :)

Jan. 15th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, but is the Branagh the Jude Law-Hamlet? I have to admit that I am deeply, deeply amused at the idea of dueling Hamlets. And, yes, I hear that to the tune of Dueling Banjos every. single. time.
Jan. 15th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
No, Ken's going to be starring in Ivanov, but I've never seen him on stage so I really don't care what he's doing. I could be wrong but isn't he just directing the Jude Law-Hamlet and not actually appearing in it?
Jan. 15th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
so I really don't care what he's doing

Amen. ;) This is totally how I got sucked into a plan to go to London/Stratford. I'll enjoy seeing David Tennant at the RSC, but I was not about to miss out yet again on a chance to see Ken on stage. Even if it is Chekhov. Hee.

(And yes, he's just directing Hamlet later in the season.)
Jan. 16th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
I know - Chekhov. Isn't there anything else he could do? I once made a trip to NYC to see Derek Jacobi perfom and naturally it was Uncle Vanya. I'm just saying . . .

Is the Ken/Chekhov and Tennant/Hamlet playing at the same time? I am so out of the loop on these things perhaps I should just consult the internets. ;)
Jan. 16th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
Seriously. I'm still sad I missed out on Richard III a few years ago... not to mention, you know, Hamlet and such way back when. Even with Chekhov, I will be over the moon though. That's funny that you've been doomed to Chekhov for all the cool people.

I think Tennant's Hamlet overlaps with all but the last couple weeks of Ivanov. We're going the end of October. Whee!
Jan. 16th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
Ah, that makes sense (and--fun!). As far as I know, Mr. Branagh is only directing Hamlet, but I don't see why that should be any impediment to your going to see it. He won't be mad at me if I assume he could play Polonius or Claudius instead of the title role these days, will he? ;)
Jan. 15th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
So how many of us who are in "I was half-planning a trip to London this fall" mode are actually going to, you know, go to London? I'm guessing the odds for me are 10,000-1 against, but it's fun to plan. Also, as Kevin notes, "If someone gives you 10,000-1 on anything, you take it." If I get to London, he's going to be a very rich man.

Hooray that the "Why We Write" piece finally came out! I think that means you get to review "The Sarah Connor Chronicles." :) Go, you!

Edited at 2008-01-15 06:17 pm (UTC)
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