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There's too much stuff happening today, so let's see if I can hit them all:

1. "May the 4th Be With You"

Unofficially today is "Star Wars Day" so to all the Star Wars fans, happy May 4th. I have seen a lot of Star Wars resurgence on Tumblr and people coming out of the woodwork for Star Wars since the extended trailer hit. I guess 2015 is the year of Star Wars. (Sorry, Avengers/Marvel. But you're also owned by Disney. . . so maybe 2015 is the year of Disney?)

Anyway, Vanity Fair has the Star Wars gang on its cover. There's also a Behind-the-Scenes video that contains minor spoilers; so be on the look out for that, those that want to stay unspoiled. (I'm including myself in that gang. Speculation is fun and okay, but no ACTUAL! REALLY! TRULY! movie spoilers. Thanks.) Anyone else think Daisy Ridley is a dead-ringer for Natalie Portman? If she is not a Skywalker/Solo kid, I will go out and buy a hat and eat it.

ETA: Of course after I post this, the entire article appears online. There's minor spoilers about secondary characters. (I didn't read the article; so there may be spoilers in there, too.) But there are lots and lots of pictures!

2. Happy 86th Birthday, Audrey Hepburn


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I've been on an Old Hollywood/Turner Classics Movie kick as of late, and while I wouldn't consider myself a huge Audrey Hepburn fan, I do love her. Not solely because of her talent and acting career. (Though, if you've never seen Wait Until Dark, you must!) But she was a damn fine, caring and compassionate person. She's proof that beauty not only lies outside, but matters inside, too.

3. 129th Anniversary of The Haymarket Affair

So, I'm not going to lie: The first thing that comes to my mind whenever someone mentions "May 4th" is The Haymarket Affair. It's been on my mind lately--more so than how it relates to The Book--but because of the events in Baltimore right now. I'm not saying both cases are the same (even the strikers of 1886 didn't bother getting the under-served African American community involved). This is where I add another recommendation--Death in the Haymarket by James Green--and tell you that people with power have always, and will continue, to misuse that power until they are called out on it.

I salute all those in Baltimore who are peacefully protesting, who are bringing attention to the injustices in their city and around the entire country. I hope Freddie Gray and his family get the justice they deserved. And I hope the people that matter--the lawmakers, the civil rights protectors, the gatekeepers who can make the changes that are desperately needed--heed the words that the protestors are saying.

4. Nurses's Week

Some of you may know that my mom is a nurse. (She works in Maternity, FTR.) Nurses are severely under-appreciated and over-worked. They are the busy bees that make a hospital run. So, go out and hug and thank a nurse this week.

5. One month until Hannibal premieres

It knows why it's last on my list of things today.

Date: 2015-05-04 05:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhoda-rants.livejournal.com
1) "Unofficially" nothing--it IS Star Wars Day. And I will split that hat with you, if it comes to it. Daisy is totally a Skywalker. (Although her last name might be "Solo" depending on how that shakes out, but yeah--she's a Skywalker for sure.)

2) Audrey Hepburn! Wait Until Dark is amazing. I also watched part of Roman Holiday not that long ago, and that was mighty impressive. She's so funny in that movie! I forget what a sense of humor and timing she has.

3) That's...harrowing, given what's going on in Baltimore. It's a rough time to be in the South right now, actually, because it feels like another country-wide race war is brewing. Even though I'm not somebody who needs to worry about police brutality, it's kind of . . . tense. In some parts of VA, not all, but yeah--it's weird. I'm a little embarrassed by certain members of my family, and I'm not gonna say more than that.

4) Will do! Nurses are awesome. I brought the staff a fruit basket last time my mom was in the hospital. They seemed to really enjoy that. It's easy to forget how much a really small gesture like that can mean.

5) In fact, I'm not sure I know why. I've been so caught up in Star Wars stuff--did something happen recently that I'm not aware of? (That I want to know about?)

Date: 2015-05-04 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xerinmichellex.livejournal.com
1. Noted and I've made the necessary changes. (I'M NOT IN YOUR FANDOM, OKAY? I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON!!!)

After I posted this entry, the article for VF went online and gives some insight into the movie and confirms a couple of the secondary characters. And pictures! Lots and lots of pictures!

2. Roman Holiday is a cute movie. I'm in complete awe that that was Audrey's official movie debut. She's so adorable in that. I also like her in Funny Face, with Fred Astaire. You actually get to hear her real singing voice, unlike in My Fair Lady.

I love Wait Until Dark. Gah! Alan Arkin/Roat is so unnerving in that movie. Heh. I guess Stephen King thought so, too, as he mentions the climax of Wait Until Dark in On Writing. And I love that Arkin says he hated having to frighten Audrey because she was so nice in real life. He's also pretty funny about not getting an Oscar nom for that role, saying, "You don't get one for terrorizing Audrey Hepburn!"

3. I cannot believe how divided our country is becoming. Look, my uncle was a cop for many years. His job was to enforce the law and protect people. But when statistically you have more POC getting arrested, abused, and killed by the police, there's a fucking problem.

I listened to the Baltimore States Attorney's press conference when she announced the charges. Just the sheer detail of Freddie Gray's death and the total lack of humanity that these officers showed towards him blew my mind. I'm going to be so angry if there are no convictions. Just because you wear a badge doesn't mean you get to mistreat people nor should it shield you from the law(s) THAT YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO UPHOLD YOURSELVES. God damn, I'm so angry and frustrated.

And I hear you on bigoted family members. There are a few in my family tree, too. It sucks having to keep your mouth shut when they say ignorant things. But sometimes you just can't argue with stupid.

4. Yes, nurses love that kind of stuff; especially since they do get overlooked a lot. It's the doctors that get most of the credit. After my dad's death, my mom sent a fruit basket to the nurses/staff of the chemo therapy my dad went to because they truly were the ones that looked after my dad and the other patients the most.

5. It's nothing that anyone connected directly to Hannibal has done. Just. . . I've been thinking a lot about the show during the hiatus and realizing how much I disliked S2 and stewing in all the things I hated about the season. I'm also getting sick of the show being heralded as the "Best Show on Television" when it mistreats its female characters, and I don't understand how anyone thinks S2 was better than S1. HOW??? How is that possible??!!

And. . . the fandom. *sigh* I'm sick of hearing about Murder Husbands, and Will needing to forgive Hannibal, and woe, poor Hannibal!

Date: 2015-05-05 02:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhoda-rants.livejournal.com
1) LOL--I'm half-joking about the officially/unofficially thing, but yeah, May 4th is recognized throughout Geekdom is Star Wars Day. No worries. :)

Okay, I might have to see pictures. (DOES MARK HAMILL HAVE A BADASS WIZARD BEARD??? I NEED TO SEE HIM IN A BADASS WIZARD BEARD!!!)

2) I'm in complete awe that that was Audrey's official movie debut.

I know! It's not surprising that she became such a huge star after that. It's rare to find someone that young and inexperienced totally sell it like that, but she did.

3) But when statistically you have more POC getting arrested, abused, and killed by the police, there's a fucking problem. [. . .] It sucks having to keep your mouth shut when they say ignorant things. But sometimes you just can't argue with stupid.

Yep. I have nothing further to add on this, just--yep. It's not even that they're straight-up bigoted or racist, but they just don't get it. I think that's almost harder in some ways.

4) Nurses are awesome. They definitely have a lot more time with the patients and are the ones to stick around and take care of things in the middle of the night, no matter what holiday it is or what the weather's like. That's hard, and it's much appreciated.

5) Awww. Okay--breathe. We haven't hit the new season yet. Hannibal is still my favorite show on right now, but it's got stiff competition too. Every show on every network has stepped up their games, and it's exciting to see what else is out there. Orphan Black is great. Sleepy Hollow is dumb but fun to watch. I've heard good things about Daredevil but I haven't seen it yet. There's so much out there. Although I definitely think it's weird to hear people say Season 2 was better--what's that about?

I can live with the shippers. They're just having fun with it--no big deal. Plus, a new season means more snark and fun stuff from Cleo and the official Tumblr page, and more Aromaleigh colors! I'm optimistic.

Date: 2015-05-05 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xerinmichellex.livejournal.com
1. There are no pics of the original trio (other than Harrison Ford/Han on the cover). The pics are solely with the new additions, and there's a couple behind-the-scene shots.

I'm really surprised we haven't seen anything with Leia, tho. Like, I hope that means she's being a badass and really important to the overall storyline and not just. . . well, we have Rey and that fills our female quota right now!

5. I want to watch Daredevil too! But I don't have Netflix (tho I'm trying to convince my mom to get it since our local video rental place closed up) so I'll have to wait for the DVD's probably. But yes, I've seen people raving about it.

With Orphan Black and Sleepy Hollow, they both have their problems (SH especially last season) but god damn if they aren't more inclusive of the minorities and, OB especially, exploring themes that matter to me as a woman. Yes, Hannibal is gorgeously shot; yes, when it's storytelling is good, it's so good. But. . . it's still a show about two white males that prioritizes them over the POC FBI agent and willingly sidelined and made pawns of all its female characters.

Then, there's my trepidation with the whole Red Dragon storyline. It was funny but when I watched Wait Until Dark, I was like, "this is the kind of Reba I want to see: a blind woman who doesn't want to be treated differently and refuses to be pushed around because of her disability." I'm scared (and pretty much convinced) Reba isn't going to be as badass as I want her to be, given what happened to all the women of Hannibal last season.

S2 topping S1 is a total thing, and I'm gobsmacked over it. S1 was perfect, where everything built on top of each other and it felt like a complete story beginning to end. S2 felt like it was chasing its tail and moved at a glacial pace with Will trying to reel Hannibal in. I think people really liked the finale, and that is why S2 overall is the "better" season. But S1, overall, had a tighter storyline and I actually liked the S1 finale better because I thought it was less predictable.

Date: 2015-05-11 07:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gothrockrulz.livejournal.com
If she is not a Skywalker/Solo kid, I will go out and buy a hat and eat it.

I agree! She puts me in mind of both Portman and Fisher.

As for the spoilery goodness, I mean to take a peek sometime, but I'm saving it for a day when I really need a pick-me-up.

Just the thought of Audrey Hepburn is uplifting. She was and is a gift. :)

All I know about what's going on in Baltimore is snippets of conversations I end up captioning at my job, and even then, it's severely depressing. Just, wow.

Nurses are severely under-appreciated and over-worked. They are the busy bees that make a hospital run. So, go out and hug and thank a nurse this week.

Hmmm, you're giving me an idea to bake a batch of cookies or something. It's scary to hear tell of just how long hospital shifts can be.

Date: 2015-05-13 12:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xerinmichellex.livejournal.com
She puts me in mind of both Portman and Fisher.

RIGHT??!!! If it's at all helpful, JJ Abrams, the director, said that as soon as Daisy Ridley walked into her audition, he said she was "the one" to play this character. Daisy was also asked if she was related to any of the original trio, and she made a pun about being very "solitary" and how that was a clue. !!!

(She better be a Solo/Skywalker kid--so help me!)

Whenever I think of Audrey Hepburn I always get. . . melancholy. Like, she was so beautiful, inside and out, and kind and devoted herself to helping others when she could've stayed in Hollywood. I wish I had an ounce of the kindness she had her entire life. LOL I often think of her as a real life Cinderella (minus the horrible abuse, of course).

It's scary to hear tell of just how long hospital shifts can be.

Being an introvert, I used to get wiped out during an 8-hour shift. My mom regularly does a 12-hour shift, 3 - 4 times a week, and sometimes she even has to sacrifice eating lunch if they're too busy. Damn. I couldn't even imagine doing what she's done for the past 25+ years day in and day out.

Date: 2015-05-13 06:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gothrockrulz.livejournal.com
If it's at all helpful, JJ Abrams, the director, said that as soon as Daisy Ridley walked into her audition, he said she was "the one" to play this character.

That is extremely helpful, indeed.

I wish I had an ounce of the kindness she had her entire life. LOL I often think of her as a real life Cinderella (minus the horrible abuse, of course).

Oh, that is a beautiful mental picture! I wish I could be more genuinely kind as well. I'm nice, but in a cold, distant, need-my-personal-space-way.

My mom regularly does a 12-hour shift, 3 - 4 times a week, and sometimes she even has to sacrifice eating lunch if they're too busy. Damn. I couldn't even imagine doing what she's done for the past 25+ years day in and day out.

Wow, that is a lot of work. Especially if they're busy, and there are uncooperative patients or upset family members to deal with. I can't imagine, I really can't. Your mom and other nurses dealing with that all the time are truly awesome.

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