“X-Men has always appealed to people who felt like outcasts. But I also understood it had a universal appeal. Even the most popular person, or the best-looking, or the straightest, has times in life where they feel different and like they don’t belong.”—
“Too many young women I think are harder on themselves than circumstances warrant. They are too often selling themselves short. They too often take criticism personally instead of seriously. You should take criticism seriously because you might learn something, but you can’t let it crush you. You have to be resilient enough to keep moving forward, whatever the personal setbacks and even insults that come your way might be. That takes a sense of humor about yourself and others. Believe me, this is hard-won advice I’m putting forth. It’s not like you wake up and understand this. It’s a process.”—
“When Say Anything came along, the reign of John Hughes in making films that spoke to teenagers had ended; he’d moved on to Planes, Trains & Automobiles and She’s Having a Baby, and the next year he’d write the screenplay of Home Alone. Here, the Hughes fantasy that someone unattainable — rich, popular, beautiful, athletic, rebellious — might notice you is replaced with a different ideal: that a very, very good person might fall in love with you.”—'Say Anything' At 25: Nothing Bought, Sold Or Processed : Monkey See : NPR
“When I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, “Wow, next Halloween, I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.” That’s the thing that always gets me. I feel like everybody deserves that. I feel like there should be a Latino superhero. Scarlett does great representation for all the other girls, but there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that.”—Anthony Mackie (via rexilla)
i can’t quite come up with a good vague [redacted] tease for the other thing i’ve been working on this week, but, wow, gay LA is really a very small town. today my wife wound up at the same restaurant as [so-and-so] while i was on the phone with [so-and-so]’s husband.
and then my therapist told me he went to acting school with [so-and-so]’s co-star. (apparently my therapist used to be an actor.) (sometimes LA makes it too easy for other people to think they know why they’re laughing at us.) (it’s almost always really because they’re jealous.)
This weekend my best friend Jamie’s dad died very suddenly. This loss is so enormous for her and her family that I can barely put my mind around it. But I know they have found some comfort in hearing and remembering what an amazing impact Dan had on so many others, too, so before this gets scattered across all kinds of social media, I just want to hold it in one place.
“Nine in ten 18-to-29-year-olds watch online videos, and almost half, 48%, watch online news videos. That is equal to the 49% of 30-to-49-year-olds who watch online news video and outpaces the 27% of 50-to-64-year-olds and 11% of those 65 and older who do the same.”—Online video and news — get the data here. (via pewresearch)
From the sky, in the bright of day, Los Angeles and its surrounding areas sprawl, literally, in every direction, as far as they eye can see. It is overwhelming.
I was full of anxiety about Los Angeles, because you know, it’s Hollywood and beautiful and thin people. How dare I show my face there? But then, at the curb, Los Angeles is a woman I wrap my arms around and lift from the ground and instantly, the anxiety disappears because she is there and I am there and when we are together it is home.
I’m tired of watching middle-aged white men having mid-life crises and cheating on their wives and failing as fathers and committing terrible crimes and trafficking in moral ambiguity or outright immorality/amorality and all the while feeling so very, very, very sorry for themselves or so very, very, very pleased with themselves or a jacked up combination of self-pity and self-aggrandizement. In short, I’m over Critically Acclaimed White Dude Television.
I’m not here to completely tear down the aforementioned series. They’ve heralded in and propelled forward the golden age of television. They’ve revolutionized their own medium. They’re art. I respect these works tremendously and deeply admire the writers, actors, producers, executives and crews that have brought such remarkable stories to the small screen. I completely get what is great about these shows. I’m just over them. Or rather, I’m over the throne the White Dude Sub-Genre sits on in the Royal Court of Serialized Entertainment.