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I stumbled upon this video, which features two of my favorite actresses in two of my favorite speculative fiction television series having a conversation about show business and their craft, and thought it was worth sharing with my readers.


Good luck to both of them at the Emmy Awards next month.

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Last month, I posted here about the Teen Choice Awards nominees recognizing speculative fiction in movies and television. The awards were given out Sunday, so it's time to post about the winners. Here are the links to entries about the winners at Crazy Eddie's Motie News and the descriptions I used to promote them.

'Beauty and the Beast' the big winner at the Teen Choice Awards as speculative fiction dominates the movie categories
"Beauty and the Beast" won five awards, Choice Fantasy Film, Choice Fantasy Movie Actress for Emma Watson, Choice Movie Villain for Luke Evans, and Choice Movie Ship and Choice Liplock for Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. Emma Watson also won Choice Drama Movie Actress for her role in the thriller "The Circle."

'Riverdale' leads television shows with seven Teen Choice Awards
"Riverdale" was the most honored show last Sunday, earning seven surfboards: Choice Drama TV Show, Choice Drama TV Actor for Cole Sprouse, Choice Breakout TV Show, Choice Breakout TV Star for Lili Reinhart, Choice TV Ship for Sprouse and Reinhart, Choice Hissy Fit for Madelaine Petsch, and Choice Scene Stealer for Camila Mendes.





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Hugo Awards successfully fighting off Rabid Puppies
Just looking at the nominees, I could tell that the Rabid Puppies had very little effect on the outcome. Both "Ghostbusters" and "Hidden Figures," which feature female casts, are exactly the kind of works the Puppies slates attempted to keep out of the voting in previous years. It turned out they were hardly trying.

'Arrival' and 'The Expanse' win Best Dramatic Presentation at the Hugo Awards
I thought "Arrival" would win Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) in a walk. It did. Eric Heisserer can put the rocket for Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) next to his Saturn Award for Best Film Screenplay and the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation. On the other hand, I didn't make a prediction for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form), but was happy to find out that "The Expanse" won.


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I just finished a series on the speculative fiction and non-fiction nominees at the Television Critics Awards at Crazy Eddie's Motie News. Here are the links and summaries.

'The Handmaid's Tale,' 'Stranger Things,' and 'The Good Place' lead speculative fiction nominees at Television Critics Association Awards
Both "Stranger Things" and "The Handmaid's Tale" are nominated for Program of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Drama, and Outstanding New Program. Elisabeth Moss of "The Handmaid's Tale" is also nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama as was Carrie Coon of "The Leftovers" and "Fargo." "The Good Place" is nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, Outstanding New Program, and Individual Achievement in Comedy for Kristen Bell.

Lots of politics in nonfiction television at the 2017 Television Critics Awards
While I agree that both "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee" and "Last Week Tonight" are excellent sources of information -- in fact, I called "Last Week Tonight" "the best news program on TV today, even if it is considered entertainment" -- both shows are primarly comedy about the news, not the news itself. Still, it says a lot about our times that the comedians do a better job of covering important stories than the actual journalists. Many of today's stories, particularly the political ones, are absurd and deserve nothing better than to be laughed at.

Religion and politics at the 2017 Television Critics Association Awards as 'The Handmaid's Tale' wins two awards
Both "The Handmaid's Tale" and "The Leftovers" are about religion and government's response to it. "The Handmaid's Tale" won two awards, Outstanding Achievement in Drama and Program of the Year. "The Leftovers" shared a win for Carrie Coon's performance in it and "Fargo."
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Bill Nye and Neil DeGrasse Tyson at the Emmy Awards

 

'Wild Yellowstone: The Frozen Frontier' -- last year's Emmy winner for Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Long Form

"The Yellowstone winters are unforgiving and the animals that call the park home have a variety of strategies they employ in order to survive" -- National Geographic Wild on YouTube.

Nature and science at the Primetime Emmy Awards
Three shows nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards examine nature, science, and scientists. "Planet Earth II" and "Genius" each earned ten nominations. "Bill Nye Saves The World" earned two.

Vox on 'Planet Earth II'
In three videos, Vox explains how the BBC makes Planet Earth look like a Hollywood movie, how wildlife films warp time, and how the BBC films the night side of Planet Earth.

More nature and science at the Primetime Emmy Awards
Five more shows about nature, science, and space earned one nomination each at the Primetime Emmy Awards: "Wild New Zealand," "Wild Scotland," and "Year Million" were each nominated for Outstanding Narrator, “StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson” was nominated for Outstanding Informational Series or Special, and “Mission: ISS” was nominated for Outstanding Original Interactive Program, a new category.
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For two days, I've been teasing that I'd post what I was writing about at Crazy Eddie's Motie News instead of World Emoji Day. It was about the Teen Choice Award nominees for Movies and TV.

Here are the links to three posts and the blurbs I used to promote them on social media. )

Voting ends tonight.  Surf here to vote.

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Patrick Stewart as the voice of poop emoji
I wrote yesterday that "I'll be back tomorrow with the entries I actually posted at my main blog." That's not happening today. Maybe tomorrow. Instead, I've found two clips of actors in "The Emoji Movie" promoting the film on late night talk shows. The first is Sir Patrick Stewart's Next Distinguished Role: Poop Emoji on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert when he was ostensibly there to promote "Logan."


The second is Maya Rudolph Struggled Getting into Character as Cartoon Emoji from Late Night with Seth Meyers, which was taped on World Emoji Day. She even mentions that in the video.


As I wrote in the subject line, first-rate voice talent for a second-rate movie. Maybe it will be better than I fear.
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I saved one comment in February, my response to another comment on Perched on the Wheel of Time. If it looks familiar, it's because I used the first two paragraphs in 'The Walking Dead' vs. 'Westworld' at the 2017 Saturn Awards. As for last paragraph I wrote, I did ask at the liberal prepper groups if they participated in the SCA and if the archaic skills they practiced helped with their survivalism. A significant number of them said yes.

Me: @Armata: You were right to point to American popular culture for evidence that people are afraid that progress may be coming to a halt and soon, but the way you used your examples works against you with people who know television. In particular, your statement that "The most popular TV show right now is Game of Thrones, based on George RR Martin’s 'A Song of Fire and Ice' novels" requires closer examination. "Game of Thrones" may be the most award-winning drama on American television today with a record 39 Emmy Awards over its run, but if by "most popular" you meant "most watched," it most assuredly is not. According to Indiewire, it came in 38th among viewers of all ages and sixth among TV watchers aged 18-49 during the 2015-2016 season, the most recent in which the series aired.

The more popular show exemplifying Americans' anxiety about the end of progress is "The Walking Dead," which came in fourth among all viewers and first among those aged 18-49, making it, not "Game of Thrones," the most watched show on cable with nearly twice as many viewers. That's a fast-collapse show, but the series is now in its seventh season and has finally reached the stage where most of the rubble has stopped bouncing, so the conflict driving the drama has become a struggle for power among groups of survivors, including a barbarian warband that ironically (or maybe not) sees itself as the "Saviors of Civilization," instead of a fight for survival against the undead. That written, "Game of Thrones" makes your point that "Winter is coming" and people are aware it may be approaching in the real world as well. It's just not as salient an example as you made it out to be.

On another note, I'm a member of several "liberal prepper" groups on Facebook. I'll ask the members if any of them participate in the SCA and, if so, whether their historical reenacting has given them any survival skills. Coincidentally enough, one of the communities of survivors in "The Walking Dead" grew up around a park where Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century crafts were recreated for visitors. In the series, that was an intentional choice for those survivors, not an accident.

Justin: Pinku-Sensei, agreed about The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. I watched the first episode of the current season of the walking dead, and wow, that was some brutal stuff. If sufficient transcripts survive, no doubt that future historians will study that show. Game of Thrones is interesting too. "Winter is coming" is certainly appropriate. Of course, the whole theme was thought up by GRRM in the 90's - although who knows what GRRM thinks about industrial civilization. He's certainly a smart fellow.
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Yesterday, I wrote "I might post something fannish" today. I am -- the links to and social media summaries of my blog entries at Crazy Eddie's Motie News about the Saturn Awards.  Top posts from June 2017 should return tomorrow.

'Rogue One' and '10 Cloverfield Lane' tie with three 2017 Saturn Awards for film
"Rogue One" won Best Science Fiction Film, Best Direction Film in a Film, and Best Special/Visual Effects. "10 Cloverfield Lane" won Best Thriller Film, Best Actress in a Film for Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Best Supporting Actor in a Film for John Goodman. "Doctor Strange" won Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture and Best Supporting Actress in a Film for Tilda Swinton. Ryan Reynolds won Best Actor in a Film for "Deadpool."

"The Walking Dead" leads 2017 Saturn Awards television winners
"The Walking Dead" won three awards, including Best Horror TV Series. "Westworld," "Stranger Things," "Supergirl," and "Riverdale" each won two awards, including the best shows in each of their genre categories.

"The unstoppable walkers of AMC’s global TV phenomenon “The Walking Dead” proved just as invincible last night, garnering three Saturn Awards for Best Horror TV Series, Best Actor on Television (Andrew Lincoln), and Best Guest Star on Television (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)" -- Critical Blast.

"HBO’s “Westworld” 21st century reboot outdrew the competition for two awards: Best Science Fiction TV Series and Best Supporting Actor on Television (Ed Harris)" -- Critical Blast.

"Stranger Things" earned a tie for Best New Media TV Series with "Marvel's Luke Cage" and Millie Bobbie Brown won Best Younger Actor on Television.

Three superhero shows won four awards. "Supergirl" won Best Superhero Adaptation TV Series and Melissa Benoist won Best Actress on Television, "Marvel's Luke Cage" tied with "Stranger Things" for Best New Media TV Series, and Candace Patton won Best Supporting Actress on Television for her role on "The Flash."

"Outlander" won Best Fantasy TV Series and Producer Toni Graphia was interviewed on the red carpet.

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For tonight's season finale of "The Walking Dead," I present the above macro and the following links about the show and zombies.

Norman Reedus AKA Daryl Dixon of 'The Walking Dead' on the Tonight Show and Late Night
The Archdruid and his readers on zombies
More from the Archdruid and his readers on zombies, part 1
Drink and drive with "The Walking Dead"
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Over at One Piece: Grand Line 3 Point 5, the campaign webcomic about One Piece, there is the most comprehensive page of links to other campaign webcomics I've ever seen.  If any of you are or were tabletop gamers, there is something for almost every taste, from Star Wars to Harry Potter to Pirates of the Caribbean in movies to anime and American Animation.  Go ahead and waste your time, if you dare.
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And now, an entry from Crazy Eddie's Motie News that I can't believe I didn't cross post over to DW and LJ. It's exactly the kind of thing I used to post over here regularly. Seven months later, here it is, Finally, a Ringworld movie!

I've been a huge fan of Larry Niven's Known Space ever since I watched The Slaver Weapon. I thought the Kzinti were really cool and promptly checked out a copy of Ringworld from the library. I read through all the Known Space stories I could lay my hands on during the years since, right up to Ringworld Engineers and The Patchwork Girl. After those books, no new Known Space stories appeared for a decade.

All was not lost, as Chaosium Games, the publishers of Runequest and Call of Cthulhu, purchased the game rights to Ringworld. I convinced Chaosium that I knew enough about Known Space and tabletop role-playing games to let me develop a scenario for an adventure module. I wrote the scenario, playtested it, submitted it, and was about to revise it when Chaosium told me to stop. It wasn't because what I wrote was bad; in fact, it had nothing to do with me. It turns out that Niven had sold the movie rights to Ringworld and the movie company asserted that it now held the game rights, not Chaosium. Chaosium was too small to take on the movie company and its lawyers, so it gave up.

I was pissed. Not only did it stop publication of a game that I really believed in, it meant that all my effort, about $300 worth in 1984 dollars, went right down the drain. I decided to never buy another Niven book new ever again. To add insult to injury, Niven used the game guide as source material for the Man-Kzin Wars series. Worst of all, there never was any movie. All that loss was for nothing.

That may all change, as Entertainment Weekly reports.

Ringworld' miniseries in the works at Syfy -- EXCLUSIVE
Michael Perry (The River, Paranormal Activity 2) is adapting Ringworld as a four-hour miniseries. The story follows a team of explorers that travel to the farthest reaches of space to investigate an alien artifact called Ringworld – an artificial habitat the size of one million Earths. As they crash land on this enormous structure, they discover the remnants of ancient civilizations, technology beyond their wildest dreams, mysteries that shed light on the very origins of man and, most importantly, a possible salvation for a doomed Earth.

For Ringworld fans, this news might cause some deja vu. Syfy previously considered making a Ringworld miniseries under a different production team nine years ago.
I might finally get a movie--30 years later. Maybe I can get some comfort from that.

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In my previous entry, I wrote that I was going to reblog some of my more fannish or personal entries over at Crazy Eddie's Motie News. Here's a fannish portion of an entry that is otherwise not about a fannish topic--Second driving update for December 2013: Other car:
Yes, I bought this car in October 2003. I have a story about that, but I'll save it for the next report, along with why I named my car Yuki. Stay tuned.
I’m going to take a rain check on this promise. These look like the kind of stories I would write to post while I’m traveling, which I might do over the next two weeks.
It's late and I'm tired, so I'm not up to it. Besides, this report is about my wife's car, which I call Ruby (my wife doesn't give her cars names). I gave her that name because of the car's color and because my wife and I are fans of "Once Upon a Time," which had a character named Ruby, who is really Red Riding Hood, for the first two seasons. Here's a picture of her as Red Riding Hood.


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I completely missed reposting any of my posts from Crazy Eddie's Motie News for March on the Nablopomo theme of Whether. Bad dog, no biscuits. I'll get around to organizing and posting linkspams from last month eventually. In the meantime, I'll resume my regular weekly summaries of the Nablopomo posts for April. This month, the theme is poetry. Here's what I wrote on April Fools Day.


From Nablopomo on BlogHer:
So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?
POEM

In honour of National Poetry Month in April, we've made the theme POEM -- which can go in a multitude of directions. First and foremost, you can try your hand at writing some poetry. We'll be presenting a few fixed forms as well as prompts for free forms. Make a personal goal to write a haiku-a-day, write an entire post in rhymed couplets, or argue the merits of Pinterest... in sestina form.

We'll be writing about our reactions to poems -- which poems have come up at important moments in your life? Which poems do you return to again and again? Which poems have changed your mood, given you comfort, or made you want to be a poet yourself?

We'll spend the month looking at reflections of poetry in nature and social situations. And we'll be featuring YOUR poetry weekly. So get your poem on.
When I first read the theme and description, I considered not participating, as I'm not big on poetry. I especially had a hard time squaring the theme with a blog about sustainability, science, and politics, although "poetry in nature" might work. Then I realized that there were some forms of poetry that I liked, limericks and song verses. Most limericks wouldn't be fit for a family blog, but I can always find a good song for my posts. So, I'm participating again this month.
The songs that I've featured so far are:
There will be more next week, as I already have another post up.

Happy reading and happy listening!
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I'll blog about my trip to Oaxaca later. Instead, I'm using the music from the viral video I posted two weeks ago. Yeah, I'm that tired.

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I've been a fan of Keith's since the late 1980s, when he was a sportscaster on KTLA TV 5 in Los Angeles.  The first time I watched him give his smart-aleck summary of the day's sports, he immediately became my favorite local sportscaster.  That the anchor would look at Keith at the end of his segment like Keith had two heads just made me like Keith even more.  I was happy that he left KTLA for KCBS, then KNTX, which was a sign that he was moving up in the world.

When I moved out of L.A., I moved away from Keith.  During my first marriage, I didn't have cable TV in the house, so I didn't get to see Keith's arrival on the national stage. Only after the divorce did I get cable, and was able to see Keith replace Phil Donahue on MSNBC.  Back then, Countdown was just a snarky news show, not the political force that it would become later.  As Keith became more political, I became more of a fan, not less of one.  I had already started drifting to the left after the divorce and the election of George W. Bush, so his views and mine were already in synch.

I was sad to see Keith leave MSNBC, but glad to hear he would be back on Current TV.  My wife is as big a Keith fan as I am, and we switched providers from WOW to Direct TV just so we could watch him again.  His show on Current TV debuts tonight.  My wife has already programmed the DVR, so we can watch it when I get home.  I had hardly wait!

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Mother Nature Network: Alton Brown ends 'Good Eats'
The cooking show host and author announced on Twitter that he's ending the show after 249 episodes.
By Robin Shreeves

According to Serious Eats, Brown made an announcement today on Twitter that "Good Eats has come to its end."

G.E. fans, I've decided to cut the half hour series at 249 eps. There will be 3 new 1 hour eps this year and that's it. But mourn not. New things brew on the horizon..."good" things.
...
"Good Eats" has been part of Food Network's lineup since 1999, and in my opinion it's one of the best shows that has ever run on the network. He explains the science behind what he does in the kitchen in an entertaining and approachable way. When he did a show on chocolate chip cookies, for instance, he didn't simply show viewers how to bake one recipe. He explained how different amounts of sugar in a recipe can create a cake-like cookie, a moist cookie, or a flat, crispy cookie.
Ironically, Alton Brown just won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best TV Food Personality/Host.
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Yahoo! News: German TV news host confuses Star Trek logo for Navy SEAL emblem
by Liz Goodwin

The ins and outs of other cultures can seem fairly mysterious to outsiders, admittedly. But we can't really get over the image of a German TV newscaster solemnly presenting a logo fashioned by Star Trek enthusiasts while explaining the Navy SEALs to his fellow countrymen.The German site Bildblog appears to have been the first to capture the error with this screenshot, at right.

Channel N24's host Mick Locher explained during the segment that the Navy SEAL Six team raided Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan and killed him—as the emblem made by Star Trek fans flashed on the screen behind him.

"And they also have the 'Team Six' that carried out the mission. They don't have the skull in their emblem for nothing," Locher said, according to a translation from the fan site TrekMovie.

Locher's team must have searched for "Navy SEAL Six" on the Internet and stumbled upon the symbol made by a Star Trek fan group called "Maquis Forces International." The Maquis, a rebel group, fought against Cardassia--the bad guys--in Federation colonies in some Star Trek storylines. The skull in the badge represents a Klingon, and it also includes three Klingon bat'leth swords. The group makes lots of imagined Navy SEAL logos for the "24th century," TrekMovie says.

The actual emblem for Navy SEAL Team Six is below. The military has never publicly admitted that the elite group even exists. The portion of the 2,500 Navy SEALs who are chosen to be in the elite force are not allowed to talk about their position, according to the Washington Post.
 

Images of the fake and real SEALS logos at the link.  For once, read the comments. The highest rated ones are actually quite funny.

Also, the icon I'm using has never been more appropriate.


Above crossposted to ontd_political on LJ, where it is awaiting moderation. A shorter version posted to fandom_lounge on JournalFen here.
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Another two for one.

Book recommendation: Stuffed and Starved



Stuffed and Starved
Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World’s Food System

In this book, Raj Patel gives a piercing critique of the way global capitalism shapes what humans grow and eat, exposing many of the flaws in the food system that contribute to collapse and what can be done about it. It's also an entertaining and informative read and Raj Patel is a charming and compelling person who knows his gin.

Food News from La La Land

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From PoliticusUSA:

ABC’s Food Revolution May Have Prompted Change in LA Schools’ Lunches

This season “Food Revolution” is filming in Los Angeles, even though the Los Angeles Unified School District refused Oliver and his show access.
Much more, including a video, at the link.

Time to run. I have an event to go to tonight. Hey, I can't be all doom all the time.

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