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Is Blood Magic really bad or is it just scary? Despite what some Shem would like me to say, I have never made it a secret that I am a Blood Mage and I make no apologies. I have seen people run from me at the mere idea of the notion but for those that know me I doubt you will find many who consider me scary.
Many say that Blood Magic is unnatural but if it is unnatural than why does it exist? Is it just not another form of Magic? It seems to me that most people feel Blood Magic is bad because it requires blood or rather the force of life within the blood. So therefore it must be bad? These same people who claim its evil due to the use of blood/life do so as they chew down on a big piece or bloody steak. Or in the next breath they justify the spilling of blood in some silly squabble over a piece of land or being slighted at the latest fete in Orlais. Does this not seem strange and unfair to anyone except me?
No, the real reason people are afraid of Blood Magic is the power it gives to the user. Human governments and the Chantry prohibit the use of Blood Magic not because it is inherently evil but because it’s something they cannot control. Like everything the Shems are afraid of it comes back to this issue. Can’t control the Elves, subjugate or kill them. Can’t control Mages, subjugate or kill them. The list goes on.
If the Chantry had spent the last 1000 years studying and perfecting the use of Blood Magic perhaps their epic failure at Kirkwall or the embarrassing bifurcation of the Templars from the Chantry could have been avoided. But no, they decided hide behind the skirts of their priests and demonise anything they couldn’t control and we all see how well that worked out.
Oh what a load of complete bloody shite! Blood magic is just misunderstood? Try telling that to all the dead people in Kirkwall! Try telling that to all the Templars that died in the Tower in Lake Calenhad!
Some emo, spooky, faffy Elf bird comes along and bats her eye lashes around for a few minutes and you all go knackered sideways! Blood magic is evil! Must I remind everyone what happened to spooky girl’s Keeper? Must I remind everyone what her and her mate Anders did to Kirkwall? Demons! Phhhtt… Blood magic kills PEOPLE! Get that yea? It KILLS people!
Look yea, I understand that Mages feel all “oppressed” and all but the truth is most people are already scared to death of them to start off with. Throw the daft Blood Mages into the mix and you will have panic. Magic is scary enough without worrying about it being used to boil our blood. Think about how it looks on our end. The only good Blood Mage is one full or arrows, yea? Get it?
So next time Moody Merrill comes along batting her eye lashes, quit being wankers and just ignore her.
Yes, Todd Haynes Does Know How Much You Love ‘Carol’
The director’s Oscar-nominated film attracted Marvel-style fandom. Now, “Wonderstruck” marks the latest addition to his résumé.
Rest assured, “Carol” disciples: Todd Haynes has heard your exclamations. He knows his small film about a burgeoning romance between two restrained women in 1950s New York attracts the type of fervor more commonly associated with a Marvel leviathan. Haynes’s boyfriend shows him the memes and the Facebook groups and the fan art.
The cultish devotion has ballooned so much since the movie opened two years ago that Here Media, an LGBTQ platform, made an eight-minute comedic short about a support group for “Carol” addicts. File that example under the breezier division of “Carol” mania; the mini-phenomenon assumes all degrees of austerity. Haynes once received a video from a fan who’d compiled earnest testimonials from almost every major country.
“They’re stories of women in China and Korea and all over the world who are like, ‘I’m 65 years old, I’m a lesbian, and I’ve never even had the courage to admit it until I saw ‘Carol,’” Haynes told HuffPost earlier this month. “Just tremendously touching and really powerful stories. [...] I’ve met women on the trains of New York City who have tattoos of lines from the movie on their arms.”
Yet “Carol” isn’t the highest-grossing title of Haynes’s 26-year career. That honor belongs to 2002′s “Far From Heaven,” another painterly drama set in the ’50s. The actresses from both ― Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in “Carol,” Julianne Moore in “Heaven” ― earned Oscar nominations for their performances, confirming that stories about women rediscovering themselves amid domestic sorrow is Haynes’s hallmark. (See also: 1995′s “Safe,” starring Moore as a housewife whose suburban ennui manifests itself as an environmental illness.) Each of his films concerns identity, and how circumstances shape one’s sense of self. Hence why “Carol,” based on a beloved Patricia Highsmith novel, resonated so intensely.
In between “Far From Heaven” and “Carol,” Haynes made “I’m Not There,” a kaleidoscopic, avant-garde Bob Dylan biopic that underscored the director’s obsession with shifting identities. He cast five actors of differing ages, physiques and races to play Dylan, but the highlight was an androgynous spin on the folk rocker, uncannily portrayed by Blanchett, who earned an Oscar nod for that performance, too.
Haynes’s new movie, “Wonderstruck,” opening in limited release on Friday, transposes the same search for meaning onto the two kids at its center: Rose (Millicent Simmonds), a sheltered deaf girl in 1927 who flees New Jersey in search of an admired silent-film star (Moore), and Ben (“Pete’s Dagon” breakout Oakes Fegley)(also the kid who played Samaritan's human agent in Person of Interest; Olive), a lonely outer-space fanatic in 1977 who journeys from small-town Minnesota to find his father. Despite the 50-year gap, Rose’s and Ben’s stories mirror each other in distinctive ways. Both protagonists escape isolation, discovering a cabinet of curiosities in New York City, where a second coming awaits them, even in an evolving world that’s difficult for a child to navigate alone.
“They were kind of queer in their own way, not in a sexual sense, but in a sense of being their own weird, nerdy selves,” Haynes said. “And then circumstances furthered that ― losses of certain abilities, and losses of family members, and so forth. It forced them to take some agency and make a move. They also — and I just thought this was really important — both had creative practices. They both had hobbies and things that they did with their hands that also maybe added to why they were loners. [...] They made things in their bedrooms and they put things up on display, and those practices and the things they did creatively were the things that were going to help them through life and get them them to a place where they could figure out their stories and figure out how to enter the world.”
With all its stylistic gloss, Haynes’s work is sometimes accused of being cold and uninviting. Some who don’t worship “Carol” say as much, partly because the film’s characters don’t express their affection with the head-over-heels giddiness expected from big-screen romance.
“Dominant culture needs emotional translation for certain kinds of stories that aren’t their own, and to feel stroked and emotionally protected and given the right kind of recipe of emotional reactions,” Haynes said. “If it’s not given to them, it’s cult. It’s like, ‘I will feel for these characters if I have a customary, expected reaction, but if I’m not getting it, then it’s a problem with that.’ We all have to feed dominant society to make it feel better.”
Julianne Moore and Oakes Fegley star in “Wonderstruck.”
But no one will indict “Wonderstruck” for that same frosty remove. Based on a young-adult novel by Brian Selznick, who also wrote the book that became Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” the movie is the very definition of sentimentality. It’s far less subversive and far more densely plotted than most of Haynes’s projects, maintaining the beauty of a watercolor composition but exorcising the impressionistic drift that accentuates his oeuvre.
In terms of his cinematic instincts, Haynes sees “Wonderstruck” as a “continuum.” It concludes with a tour of a diorama that links the intergenerational plots, employing a semblance of puppetry that resembles Haynes’s stunning 1988 short “Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story,” which used Barbie dolls to depict the title subject’s rise to fame and battle with anorexia. And, as in most of his films, popular culture’s impact on everyday life floats somewhere between the background and the foreground. “Safe” features Julianne Moore exercising to Madonna; “Velvet Goldmine” salutes the highs and lows of 1970s glam rock; in “Carol,” Rooney Mara plays Billie Holiday on a piano; in “Wonderstruck,” Michelle Williams escapes her doldrums to the sounds of David Bowie. Music and movie theaters are a great uniting force ― something we all desperately need right now, whether or not you deem “Carol” worthy of shrines.
“It feeds desire, and it directs desire, and it leads us forward, as well,” Haynes said of the art that bonds society. “It creates hunger for the world and a curiosity about the world.”
“Wonderstruck” opens in New York and Los Angeles on Oct. 20. It expands nationwide on Nov. 10.
Anna Friel Is Set To Star In The Second Series Of ‘The Girlfriend Experience’
Anna Friel will be the star of The Girlfriend Experience, which tells the tale of a female MP who has an illicit encounter with a call girl.
Based on the Steven Soderbergh feature film of the same name, The Girlfriend Experience explores the relationships of the most exclusive courtesans who provide their clients with far more than just sex.
In show’s second season, Friel will play Erica Myles, who will star in a parallel story to Anna Greenwald, played by Louisa Krause.
The pair are set to embark on a “complicated” sexual relationship as they become embroiled in the 2018 US elections.
Executive producer Soderbergh said:
"Erica and Anna fall into a complicated sexual relationship, marked by an exploration of vulnerability, dominance and submission, which also draws in Erica’s manipulative ex-girlfriend.
The mix of personal instability and career pressure mount and lead Erica down a path, both professionally and personally, that she struggles to control."
Friel said about her character:
"Erica was one of the greatest acting challenges of my life thus far, the speed, the haste, the coldness, yet complexity, and having to make her three dimensional.
And understanding American politics, which are beyond complicated.”
The third main character of the show is Bria Jones, played by Carmen Ejogo.
Grey’s Anatomy Star Sara Ramirez Lands Major Queer Role In Madam Secretary
She'll play Kat Sandoval, a political strategist.
A year and a half after exiting ABC’s Shonda Rhimes-created Grey’s Anatomy, Sara Ramirez has booked her return to television. The actress and activist has joined the cast of CBS’ fourth-year drama Madam Secretary.
Ramirez announced on Twitter that she will be premiering a new character named Kat Sandoval on Madame Secretary this November.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Ramirez’s new character is, “a brilliant political strategist, legendary in D.C. for her talent and for abruptly dropping out of politics until Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni) manages to coax her back into the State Department.”
The role is Ramirez’s first post-Shondaland part and comes after she spent 10 years playing fan-favorite Dr. Callie Torres, who was part of a groundbreaking gay couple.
Ramirez is best known for starring as Dr. Callie Torres on Grey’s Anatomy for more than a decade, exiting in 2016 at the end of season 12 amid contract negotiations for the main cast members.
Hope for the actress to return to the long-running medical drama seemed to diminish after Ramirez called out ABC over an offensive joke about bisexual people during an episode of The Real O’Neals.
In addition to playing a bisexual character on Grey’s, Ramirez also identifies as bisexual.
Streaming network Netflix will cease working with Kevin Spacey on its show House of Cards and is also declining to release a film starring the actor, who has been accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour.
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Thor Ragnarok's Tessa Thompson played Valkyrie as bisexual but the scene showing that she was bisexual was cut, although both her and the film's director fought to keep it in, sadly Marvel wanted it cut for some exposition. It had better be included on the Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD releases.
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Olive: I should finish the Wastes, I love this map and it gives me a lot of good food for the story idea I had after the fan fic contest for next year
Sept 17, 2019 21:29:06 GMT
Olive: i'm fine with eating less meat, but I wouldn't want to be without it completely and at least when we have it t home we only buy local, organic stuff and pay a bit more for it.
Sept 17, 2019 21:25:19 GMT
Autumn Witch: Aye that makes me sick Olive, How sad must their lives be eh?
Sept 17, 2019 21:22:18 GMT
Autumn Witch: I've been vegetarian for about 1/4-1/3 of my life and part of the reason I stop us because its so freaking hard to find places that offer good vegetarian food along side other non-veggie food.
Sept 17, 2019 21:21:50 GMT
Olive: i've also heard about jerks who put some extra of the thing you ask left off on, this is a form of violence imo
Sept 17, 2019 21:21:22 GMT
Autumn Witch: Someone just died in the UK from that exact mistake. No excuse.
Sept 17, 2019 21:17:38 GMT
Wary Falcon: I’m not vegan but I... am not a meat fan and dairy makes me siiiiick. So the difficulty of finding completely vegan things is a RANT I have XD (And fast food places are so busy I get cheese... way too often when I ask it left off stuff that comes with it)
Sept 17, 2019 21:14:01 GMT
Olive: which one, and the Shards are one of my favourit fetching quests ever, so yay
Sept 17, 2019 21:09:18 GMT
Autumn Witch: Oh yes the JoH really do
Sept 17, 2019 21:09:14 GMT
Olive: Thanks, still have to go back to the Forbidden Oasis and open the last door, though, after I finish the Hissing Wastes, then I have everything except for the Main quest
Sept 17, 2019 21:08:12 GMT
Vhenan Sequitur: I actually thought those DLC shards had a more interesting pay off.
Sept 17, 2019 21:07:45 GMT
Autumn Witch: LOL I didn't want to mention that to Olive LOLOLOLOL
Sept 17, 2019 21:07:08 GMT
Autumn Witch: I can get ketchup and mustard tho
Sept 17, 2019 21:06:50 GMT
Vhenan Sequitur: There are more shards in the DLC. *cackles*
Sept 17, 2019 21:06:48 GMT
Autumn Witch: Well my local BK won't give me mayo on it lol
Sept 17, 2019 21:06:32 GMT
Vhenan Sequitur: I see the Impossible Whopper has mayo. I was also looking at international plant based news, so it could be anywhere doing it.
Sept 17, 2019 21:05:17 GMT
Autumn Witch: That's a great one to complete. Congrats Olive
Sept 17, 2019 21:04:28 GMT
Autumn Witch: I had veggie / tofu Pad Thai the other day instead of with prawns that I normally do. Been trying to cut as much meat out as possible
Sept 17, 2019 21:03:49 GMT
Olive: In other news I finally got all the shards, I think
Sept 17, 2019 21:03:22 GMT
Autumn Witch: Hmmm I wonder who is doing that? BK is being pretty strict about it. You cant order online with cheese you have to be there in person to have it added. I really like it tho and wished more places offered it
Sept 17, 2019 21:02:16 GMT