Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Oct 9-15)

Can someone explain to me where all the time is going? I feel like I blinked and another week has passed. Anyway, that’s not what you are here for, you want to see the latest trailers and so you shall.

Movies

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

My poor, poor heart nearly exploded by the end of the trailer. At least we have porgs and these ice fox thingies now?

Justice League

As of right now, my excitement levels for this aren’t very high, but I’ll likely watch it.

The Tribes of Palos Verdes

It looks like a good but sad drama.

Thoroughbreds

Why are all the Anton Yelchin movies coming out now? They’re making me sad.

The New Mutants

You know that I stay away from horror as best as I can, cause I hate it. However, this has to do with mutants and therefore I had to check it out. This just looks too scary for me, though.

Blockers

This just looks so dumb.

Wheelman

What is this? The non musical, less fun version of Baby Driver?

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Documentary of the week

TV Shows

Stranger Things (Season 2)

Cannot wait for this to finally be released.

Castle Rock

I guess it truly is the renaissance of Stephen King adaptations and apparently they also like Bill Skarsgard in them.

Gunpowder

Remember, remember the 5th of November …

She’s Gotta Have It

Pretty sure that will be a mood thing.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Meh, if it lasts longer than a season … maybe?

What are you going to watch? Let’s talk!

Kat’s (Definitely Not Definitive) Rules for Set Life

Life in Vancouver has been bliss. While I used to work in TV and film back home in Austria, set experiences here are a completely different matter. You can get so close to all the action and basically spend an entire day on set if you want to, I would have never expected that. People in Vancouver are so used to their city (and surrounding area) being occupied by film crews, most of them don’t even care to stop anymore unless it’s a scene for “Deadpool” (Seriously, the first question asked on any set is “Is this Deadpool?”). That means sets usually attract real fans or TV enthusiasts instead of random passersby and the crew does their best to accommodate these people while still trying to do their job. I think it’s only fair to not make their life any more difficult in the process, so here are some of my tiny tips and rules while visiting sets. *

*I am Jon Snow-ing this. I know nothing, I just pretend I do, so no guarantee on this working all the time.

RULE 1: Be Quiet

I was so used to just shutting my mouth mid-sentence whenever I heard someone scream “rolling” (pretty much what you’ll hear as soon as the cameras go on), that I didn’t even consider that some people might not know what that means. Technology is amazing these days and the microphones will pick up your voice for sure if you keep talking while they’re filming, even if you stand on the other side of the lot. I get that it’s exciting to be on set and to see your faves in action, you want to share that giddiness with the world, but there is nothing more uncomfortable than a crew member coming over to tell you that you just ruined a shot.

So, you don’t have to be mute the entire time. That would kind of defeat the purpose of the set visit, but just make sure you pay attention to when they are filming and when it would be more appropriate to be quiet.

RULE 2: Don’t Mess Up the Shot

This one goes kind of hand in hand with the previous one. Don’t just be aware of your sound volume, but also keep in mind the position of the camera. Most of the time PAs (Production Assistants, who you will recognise through their bright neon vests and solid attachment to their walkie talkies) will inform you if you are in the way, but you can make their life a lot easier if you just move on your own if you see they are changing the camera angle in your direction.

Also, even if you don’t feel like you are in the shot, move if the crew tells you to. This could have multiple reasons. For one, maybe you are wearing bright colors or fandom clothes and even if those were just in the periphery of the shot, they could be a real distraction. Second, and this isn’t the case very often but does happen from time to time, some actors/actresses prefer if the fans aren’t in their direct eye line while they are filming. As  pretentious as that sounds, imagine being deep into character and there are random people staring at you, sometimes even waving or maybe taking pictures from the other side of the street, it really ruins the mood. Speaking of cameras, this leads me directly to my next point.

RULE 3: Check What You’re Allowed to Photograph/Film

Most times it is perfectly okay to take pictures or film while you are on set, however, there can be certain restrictions to it. It may be due to the production not wanting certain details to leak (if certain characters survive/new costumes/special events or crossovers/etc.) before the release of the show/film or any other reason, but most of the time they prefer it if you don’t take pictures while they are rolling.

But don’t worry, essentially you’ll get plenty of chances to catch your faves during some fun behind the scenes moments and isn’t that better than the actual scene anyway? Now you just have to consider whether you really want to share those pictures on all your social media or not, because … spoilers?

RULE 4: Treat the Crew/Cast with Respect

Sometimes crew members will lie to you simply to get you out of the way. Sometimes actors/actresses had a rough day and don’t have the time to meet you. Don’t hold it against them. These people are only doing their job and believe it isn’t always an easy one. The hours are crazy, the concentration necessary is insane but they never actively try to work against the fans. They know that without them, they wouldn’t be able to work on their shows, but everyone has a bad day every now and then.

In my opinion this should be a no-brainer, but always treat the cast and crew with respect. There have been an increasing amount of incidences where fans were pulling and screaming at actors in an attempt to get a photo with them and it’s quite disturbing to be honest. Just because they lead a very public life, does in NO way whatsoever mean they are public property. I know that these people are a mere minority among the fans, but they are the loudest of them all and they overshadow all the others.

It is true that sometimes you have to be bold and go up to the person to chat with them and take a picture. No one will ever hold that against you and most people are really used to it (just don’t do it while they are eating. Seriously, don’t ever get between people and their food), but in most cases, the actors/actresses came up to the fans when they had the time. It means they don’t feel ambushed and may even be up for a little chat. To me, that’s the best case scenario.

In conclusion, I feel like most of these were pretty obvious ones, but apparently not to all people. Being on set can be exciting, but also super boring. Sometimes you just stand around for hours, not even really seeing what’s going on. It’s up to you to determine whether it’s worth it or not. I hope this post was a little helpful in case you want to try your luck one day. If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments below!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Oct 2-8)

I know it’s been a bit quiet this week, but motivation is a bit low at the moment. It will come back eventually, don’t worry, but for now – here are your trailers!

Movies

Pacific Rim: Uprising

I am going to love this.

Paddington 2

I still haven’t seen the first one and I had friends who ran around in a bear costume to promote the film.

Porto

I saw Yelchin and now I am sad.

Wonder Wheel

I am not sure how Timberlake and Woody Allen fit together …

Where’s the Money?

This looks hilarious.

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

I am not sure what I think about it.

Newness

I am not sure this has a happy ending ….

The Bachelors

This is one of those rainy Sunday afternoon movies.

Crooked House

Interesting cast.

The Babysitter

This looks dumb.

Replicas

Look, I am all for Keanu but this is creepy.

TV Shows

Marvel’s the Runaways

I really didn’t want to like this because I am overwhelmed with Marvel shows (didn’t like Inhumans btw, enjoyed The Gifted), but I really want to watch this.

Future Man

So weird, but I am not against it. It totally reminds me of Armada.

Shadowhunters (Season 3)

This has like zero to do with the books by now.

Beyond (Season 2)

I kind of still haven’t finished the first season.

Are you going to watch any of these? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Sept 25-Oct 1)

I just saw off my cousin to the airport and it’s strange to think that she’s been here for two weeks. It feels like two days max, but what can you do? Time waits for no one. So, as a distraction, here are some more trailers!

Movies

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

I honestly forgot that there was another movie.

The Truth About Lies

Topher from Dollhouse always has my attention.

Crash Pad

I am so going to like this.

Father Figures

Okay, I guess.

Pitch Perfect 3

Is this the final one now?

Annihilation

NEED. TO. SEE. THIS! I mean … from the director of Ex Machina? It’s going to be a ride!!

Gotti

If I am in the right mood, I think I could enjoy this.

Acts of Vengeance

It’s just not my kind of movie

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

This is going to be majorly messed up, just like The Lobster. It’s decidedly too messed up for me. (I know, I have weird boundaries)

Bill Nye: Science Guy

Documentary of the week.

TV Shows

Our Girl (Season 3)

FINALLY

Once Upon a Time (Season 7)

Okay, the sit visits have worn me down. I am super excited by now, just because I need all the explanations.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Season 3)

I can’t believe they are telling me that Jericho Beach is supposed to be Aruba …….. like no.

The Librarians (Season 4)

SO EXCITED!

Arrow (Season 6)

It irks me so much that I never meet anyone on the Arrow sets.

Dynasty 

I am guessing the show gets the Riverdale treatment, where episodes screen live on the CW and then get uploaded on Netflix. Smart.

That’s it for this week! What are you currently watching?

September 2017 Wrap-Up

So … uhm … I haven’t read a single book during this month. I tried, believe me I did, but as of right now, my brain just won’t compute. My attention to focus on a page is virtually non-existent and I’d rather not force myself to read. However, I did get approved for another eARC and my cousin left me a book as well, so I have even MORE reading material with me.

  • Masked by J.D. Wright
    I do read superhero comics, but not really novels. I was just really curious if I would like it in that format.
  • The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
    So, this book isn’t technically mine, but my cousin didn’t want to take it with her and left it with me instead. I guess I will give it back to her when we are both in Vienna (but I might conveniently forget that until next year? Just kidding, Julia!).

Masked (Superheroes UnderCover, #1)   The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

Get re-directed to Goodreads to learn more about the books by clicking on the covers!

I know I keep saying this every single month, but where the heck is the time going? It feels like just yesterday that I arrived in Canada and now I only have one more month in Vancouver. I do not want to leave whatsoever … However, I am kind of looking forward to do another blogger meet up in Toronto in November, shortly before I’ll return back home. It was tons of fun the last time and I just love that I can meet up with some fellow bloggers in real life, because it doesn’t really feel like an option back in Austria.

Since I talk about visiting sets each month, I am doing that again. I’ve watched some stunt scene filming for Deadpool and the Flash. Those are always fascinating to watch, but terrible to take pictures because security is tight. But cars getting flipped, explosions, stuff burning and telephone polls falling down and spewing electric sparks is something you don’t get to see every day (or at least I hope not).
I’ve also been to the set of Arrow and the winner of the month with the most set visits is Once Upon a Time! I am at a point where some of the crew recognises me (Sarah, who is called the Leaf Lady by fans, even gave me a free rubber bracelet!) and the running gag with the other fans is that the cast has to try to get my attention and not the other way around. I don’t mean to ignore them, but sometimes I am not paying attention or I am having fun with my friends and they’ll wave at me or even say something and I won’t notice. It has lead to quite a lot of hilarious/embarrassing moments.

I also got to go to a concert by Andrew Belle and it was so much fun. The location wasn’t that big, so it felt very intimate and exclusive too in a way. Andrew stayed after the concert to talk to everyone and so did his bandmates, who were his opening act. They were super nice to talk to and Andrew signed a bunch of post cards I bought and even took a picture with me. It was a dark club and I looked terrible, but I will still cherish that memory.

I already mentioned my cousin earlier and that’s because she was visiting me here in Vancouver these past two weeks. It was very interesting to have her here, a bit of a worlds-colliding-situation, but I am glad she came and got to see a bit of my life here. Although, I am still a bit bitter that none of the sets we went to while she was here worked out. I wanted to find a fun one and it did not work whatsoever.
Anyway, my favorite part of her visit was probably our little weekend escape to Victoria. We went whale watching and I absolutely adored it (aside from our biologist looking like French YouTuber/comedian Cyprien), it made me want to live on a boat. My phone wasn’t really the best to take pictures of the whales, but it was one  of those experiences where I rather wanted to be in the moment than see it all on a screen.

Lastly, I just want to mention some new shows I absolutely adore! I really didn’t expect to love The Orville or The Good Doctor as much as I do. I am still a bit on the fence about Inhumans and I have yet to watch Star Trek Discovery. I will do a round-up post on all opinions for new shows a little later this season. There’s still so much to come!

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I hope you all had a great month as well! Let’s chat!

Tag: This-Is-My-Truth-Now

You know me, I am ALWAYS behind on tags, but this one came with a condition … so, I had no choice but to go with it! Let me warn you, it’s a super mean one but in a strange way also very fun. Thanks a lot to the Orang-utan Librarian for tagging me – you can check out their post by clicking on their name! We’ve been following each other for a while now and I always love stopping by their blog (also, feeling low-key special that I know their real name – although I will NEVER tell!) Okay, enough chit-chat, let’s dive into it!

RULES

  1. Create your own new post and call it “Tag: This-Is-My-Truth-Now” and be sure to include in your tags the words — without quotes — “ThisIsMyTruthNow Tag”
  2. Include these rules when you copy/paste to your own post.
  3. Be sure to thank the person that tagged you and include their responses at the bottom of your post, so someone can get to know them too. Tell everyone something interesting about the person who tagged you.
  4. Include a link to my original post mentioning this blog so we can see how many people choose to play along. Link to cut/paste is:  ThisIsMyTruthNow
  5. Choose 12 bloggers to tag and include a link to their latest post, so others can check them out and meet new people.
  6. Answer all 12 questions in The Challenge Questions section, but replace the 12th question with your own new one around telling the truth or revealing something interesting about yourself — you can leave the existing if you can’t think of something.
  7. Be sure to copy/paste the “Truth or Dare” section at the end of this post. It’s important to the challenge — so you better carefully read it!
  8. If you’ve haven’t been tagged, but you want to play along, you can totally jump on in and post responses to the tag on your blog.

THE CHALLENGE QUESTIONS:

1. You’re on your way to a birthday dinner that your friends have thrown for you. When you arrive, your favorite author is having dinner by himself or herself and asks you to sit with them, before you even see your friends or they see you. You have two choices: (1) You can sit with the author but can’t tell your friends that you’ve abandoned them for three hours, or (2) Meet your friends and lose the only chance you’ll ever have to talk with the author. Pick one or the other — no exceptions or communication to your friends to tell them about the author — and explain why.

I know this makes me sound like the worst friend, but I would definitely stick with the author. Think about it, it would be my only chance to ever meet them, they would have initiated contact (which, let’s face it, is pretty amazing) and I would like to think that my friends would understand as soon as I got a chance to explain it to them. I feel like it would be a whole different story if I were just meeting up with a single friend, but they aren’t waiting alone … and it’s my birthday, I should have an allowance for maximum selfishness!

Also, I want to see you say “no” to this face!

2. You’ve got an opportunity to spend a few hours alone “in your bedroom” with a character from any book you’ve previously read. The character tells you that (s)he would like to lock the door and spend some alone time with you. What book and character is it, and do you decide to enter the room and lock the door, or tell them you aren’t interested?

Wow, this got naughty real quick! Or my mind just goes there and that means I am the naughty one … ANYWAY! This might be a super random answer but I am going with Nick Sorrentino from the Bitten books. I have zero explanation but that’s who my mind went to first and I would … lock the door?

3. If you could turn any male character from one of your favorite books into a female character (or change a female into a male) in the book or book series, which one and why?

I’ve honestly never wanted to change anyone’s gender while reading … at least not that I could remember. My mind is going completely blank. Sorry for the boring answer.

4. What blogger currently on your follower’s list (meaning they follow you too) do you admire the most and why?

Did I mention how mean this tag is? I just want you to know that I love, admire and appreciate you all. I’ve met so many great people on here and I wouldn’t want to miss anyone from my life. To answer this question though, I would say Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books. She’s one of the sweetest people out there, always has an open ear and is so very engaged on everyone’s blog. I just don’t know how she does it! She has great original content and still checks out what everyone else does. She is simply amazing!

5. If you could change any one decision your favorite book character made, what would it be and why?

This feels like it is bound to lead to spoilers if I say something specific. However, a lot of the time I just wish there was more communication, because so many annoying incidences could have been avoided if people just TALKED with each other.

6. If you could pick 1 character from a book and 1 character from a TV show you watch (that is NOT based on a book) to be in a relationship together, who would you choose, and why?

Okay, maybe random again but I would pair Dorothy from Emerald City with Benvolio from Star-Crossed. In my head that would work really well, because Benvolio is such a faithful and good soul and she needs someone by her side unconditionally … unlike someone else who majorly disappointed/confused me.

7. It’s your last day on Earth. As you are about to cross that final finish line, a mysterious shadow appears, giving you a choice: (1) You can go move forward to whatever comes next for you [based on your own spiritual or religious beliefs], or (2) you can become a character in a book series and exist permanently doing whatever that author chooses to do with you in the book. Which do you choose, and if it’s option 2, reveal the book and author.

I am not a super religious person, but I have the hopes that I would get to be reunited with all the people I love in whatever afterlife provides for us. Turning down that chance to be in a book doesn’t really seem worth it. And I should add that I sometimes feel we are all book characters (or Sims) in some higher developed species book(/game) anyway. At least that’s what life feels like to me at times …

8. If you could steal a pet from someone in any book you’ve read, but had to replace it with a friend’s pet (meaning they wouldn’t ever see their pet again), would you do it? If so, explain the who and why.

I would never rob my friends of their pet!!! I am not that cruel.

9. If you could turn someone from your real life into a character from a book, who from your life, who in the book and why?

The thought process here confuses me a little. Would that mean that I would get rid of that person that I am switching out for the book character? What if I just don’t want to get rid of anyone in my real life?

If I had a nemesis, (which I don’t, because who do you think I am?) I would put them in a terrible dystopian world or something.

10. Post a picture of the cover of a book you read in 2000 and the book you are currently reading now. (Note: if you weren’t alive in 2000, pick the first book you ever read and tell everyone what year it was from).

I don’t understand how you expect me to remember what I read 17 years ago … I was like 7? I am just going to take a wild guess I suppose.

11. Your favorite character (under 18) needs a place to stay for 3 months and asks you if (s)he could stay in your spare room (yes, you have one for the sake of this question). Who is it and what is the reason (s)he needs to stay with you?

AUGUST FLYNN IS WELCOME IN MY HOME ANY DAY OF THE YEAR! I am pretty sure he needs a place to crash because he wants to get away from monsters, dreadful responsibilities and danger in general. My poor baby! He’s going to be showered with hugs and comforting tea.

12. If you could jump in and out of ONE book for the rest of your life but would get stuck in it forever if you changed a major event or revealed your true identity, would you risk it? If so, which book would go into and why? (Note: This is the question each person can change when they tag their own nominees)

So, I made up this question myself, because I was confused about the instructions and the link in the post didn’t work for the 365 challenge. So, this is also the question for my nominees, but they will have to make up a separate one for their tagged people (if I understand the process correctly).

Despite having made up this question, I am too much of a scaredy cat to go through with it. I would alter something and then get stuck … which might not be the worst thing, but all the books that come to mind as contenders require some sort of survival skill that I do not posses. So, I would admire my beloved characters from afar. Also, sometimes it’s just better not to meet your heroes.

I TAG THEE

(I know I only tagged 6 people, but at least I tried?)

Cátia | Cristina | Marie | Melissa | Rami | Savannah

TRUTH OR DARE:

Oh, did I forget to tell you the last part of the ThisIsMyTruthNow tag? If you choose not to accept the tag, you have to follow through on whatever dare the person who tags you chooses — for my nominees, if you choose not to do this tag, your dare is to do book aesthetics for the last 5 books you gave the lowest ratings to. (That’s not too bad, right?)

Kind of relieved to be done with this – now, have fun!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Sept 18-24)

I am spending the weekend away from Vancouver (in Victoria) and I am having a great time. Still, I did not forget the trailers for you all, so I do expect the minimum amount of praise … just kidding! Here’s what I found this week!

Movies

Peter Rabbit

Domhnall would be the only reason I’d watch this …

Tomb Raider

Okay, so, I LOVE Alicia Vikander. But I also love Lara Croft … I had like action figurines as a kid and I basically wanted to be her and … I am not super psyched about this? I just … when I look at her, I don’t think Lara.

Just Getting Started

Morgan Freeman is awesome … but he keeps doing same-ish movies now.

Cook Off!

Interesting format.

November Criminals

I am curious about it, but at the same time something doesn’t feel right.

The Guardian Brothers

I mean … the voice actors are all mostly award winning and amazing people but … I was hoping for at least one Chinese person? Is that really that weird to ask considering the story?

Isle of Dogs

Oh, the weirdness of Anderson movies. I like it.

Murder on the Orient Express

Still surprised how excited I am about this.

The Meyerowitz Story

Meh, I don’t really have any thoughts on this.

The Secret Scripture

This looks intense.

Wonderstruck

Not sure what to think of it.

Revolt

Ugh … always those machines. Technology making life difficult … such a new concept.

All I See Is You

It started and I felt creeped out.

1922

I feel like someone was like “Let’s make ALL the King books into films this year”.

TV Shows

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season 5)

I wasn’t aware how much I had missed this until I heard the theme. NINE NINE!

The Flash (Season 4)

Me watching this is just like “spot the all locations you visited”

The Punisher

This is the reason I binged all superhero shows. I need this soon!

Grey’s Anatomy (Season 14)

Let’s face it. I just can’t believe this is still a thing.

Once Upon a Time (Season 7)

Andrew single-handedly managed to get me excited for this season.

Hope you all had a great week! What are you going to watch?