xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (headdesk)
2011-03-29 02:30 pm
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I want to watch the newest Jane Eyre movie (starring Mia Wasikowska & Michael Fassbender) so so bad. Why can't I find a theater that shows it?!? *bang head on desk*

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xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (camera ready)
2011-03-13 02:58 pm

First Paley Pic I Saw

Has this been posted yet?

@marisaroffman Jensen Ackles. #supernatural #paleyfest http://twitpic.com/49869g

Also:

@marisaroffman Misha Collins. #supernatural #paleyfest http://twitpic.com/4987bc

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xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (score!)
2011-03-04 09:40 am
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The Other J2...

Looks like James Callis is joining his BFF Jamie Bamber in Ron Moore's "17th Precinct" on NBC (see the blurb here @ [livejournal.com profile] bamber_news).

A lovely BRITMANCE... )

UPDATE: Besides Jamie and James, Tricia Helfer is the third Battlestar Galactica alum joining RDM's latest project! http://www.imdb.com/news/ni8262142/
xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (spn family)
2011-02-25 04:23 pm

Article From The New York Times

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mrsr58 for the heads up, there's a great article (despite some inaccuracies) from The New York Times about "Supernatural". It's titled Heaven, Hell, Brothers and an Impala. Here's an excerpt:
In the absence of “Battlestar Galactica,” which ended its run two years ago, “Supernatural” is easily the most theistic series on television, its worldview rooted in the idea that a war is raging between heaven and hell. During the series’s first three seasons Dean, who speaks as if he were trying for chief-executive authority by forcing his voice down a few octaves, had been an atheist. (Let’s leave aside the fact that there are far easier avenues of employment for nonbelievers than combating Satan.) But saved by a surly angel during a bout of spiritual ugliness in the fourth season, Dean reconsiders his thinking.
xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (score!)
2011-02-15 11:44 am
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I'm so happy this morning I could glow

This calls for fist pumping in the air. Thanks to the ever so awesome [livejournal.com profile] asta77 who broke the news (okay, it was Ausiello, but I would've never known it if it wasn't for asta), Jamie Bamber is set to reunite with Ron Moore on RDM's new pilot "17th Precinct" on NBC! (see Ausiello's report here, and asta's report here and here)

Oh boy, I would have to eat my words that I would not invest in RDM's project again at the conclusion of BSG. But not only is Jamie reteaming with his old boss, so is Michael Rymer set to direct the pilot episode (the prospect of a Bamber-Rymer reunion is making me even more excited over Jamie's reunion with RDM). Also, before Jamie, Stockard Channing is signed on with the project as well!
xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (jensen rocks)
2011-02-14 12:36 am

A Fan Report on Jensen and Jason's Jam Session

After the annoyance I described in the previous post, it's so gratifying to read this lovely report "Jammin’ With Jensen and Jason" @ fangasmthebook. There were many parts in the report that moved me deeply. My favorite in particular is this passage:

The next song was another Ray LaMontagne song, “God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise” – it’s sad, haunting, full of longing, and Jensen’s voice carried all the emotion eloquently. After, he confided that some of the lyrics seemed to perfectly evoke his loneliness sometimes, alone in his trailer in the Vancouver rain, as he sang “the rain’s about to drive us all insane.” One of the things that makes music so moving and so personal is that it does pull for those feelings, whether you’re listening or playing, and the moment of shared vulnerability made the performance quietly powerful.

The complete report can be accessed here. Go read it because it's awesome; it's the next best thing beside seeing the performance live. I can't thank the ladies at fangasmthbook enough for sharing their experience with us so eloquently.

ETA1: Here's another lovely report. Thank you so much [livejournal.com profile] winsangel, you lucky girl!
ETA2: Another heartfelt blog by MediaChick @ indiechicks wordpress blogsite.
xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (spn dean eyes: angry)
2011-02-13 08:42 pm

I'm Beyond Annoyed

Yesterday I defriended a user for the very first time here on LJ. This in and of itself is no big deal, especially considering the user is much happier now that I won't make any more comments at her public entries that may not agree with what she says. I was not being contrary on purpose, and I did not "stalk" her entries just to be mean. I started following her a short while ago because I thought we shared a love for Supernatural and its actors. I did leave many agreeable comments at her journal in the past, but apparently due to her large following (600+ or so she once claimed), she only remembers me when I disagree. I realized my dissenting voice was upsetting her, I didn't want to give her undue distress, so I told her I would remove myself from her journal. Leaving that I did, however it doesn't mean I concede our debate on the "greediness" of one Jensen Ackles in particular, and main Supernatural cast at large.

It all started with my reply to a comment at her entry that implied it was Jensen's fault his concert with Jason Manns were sold at such a high price. Here is what I said:

I think it's misleading to think Jensen Ackles and Jason Manns charged $1500 for their 45 minutes first time ever performance. In my opinion it's perfectly reasonable that the artists involved here want to perform for only a small audience, especially given Jensen is not a professional singer. With only 30 seats available, it's not outrageous the convention organizer auctioned out these tickets. Nobody held fans hands' and made them bid higher and higher. It's a simple matter of "Supply-and-Demand". One can snicker about Jensen and/or Jason's singing ability, however there're just too many people want and willing to pay to see/hear them sing and play guitar on stage together.

This was counter argued that it was indeed Jensen's fault because he should have known how popular he is, and that the small audience was not the problem, they should have just set a low fee for the tickets and draw lottery at the convention to see who gets to attend. To that logic I answered:

No, I think Jensen's opinion on his own popularity is irrelevant here. He has never done a concert before. There is no market pricing for his first ever concert. The auction is not an unfair way to settle who gets to attend the small event. For all I know, Jensen may even doubt anybody would shell out $100 for his singing performance, after all he's not a singer, hasn't released any songs/singles in his name except singing as a backup.

Lottery drawing maybe a way to go (for that matter, why sell the tickets at a cost at all? why not make it for free completely?), however others may feel it's not exactly fair either. Why someone mildly interested in seeing Jensen sing live gets to attend this due to his/her lucky chance while someone else who wants to see it so dearly and willing to pay a hefty amount has to sit out? At least with the auction, the people gets to attend are those who *really* wants to see this, and they have the financial means to do so.

I know I want to see it very badly and I don't have the financial ability to do so. But I don't ever think it's Jensen or Jason's fault. Nor do I think convention organizer is unfair to determine who gets to see this.


For this I got scoffed at that I, like many others, assumed Jensen and Jared lived in a bubble for not knowing how much people are willing to pay to see them. I was also reminded of an ill fated convention was recently canceled because these main actors asked too much in terms of their fees and special treatments. Again, I counter argued:

You misunderstood me. I'm not saying Jensen (or Jared) doesn't know his self worth. I'm saying his knowledge of his popularity is irrelevant in this discussion.

And I stand by my opinion that there is no known market pricing for Jensen's concert. How could it be? He has never done one before.

And speaking of the canceled convention, ... There can be no money made off the fans if the fans are not willing to pay. And I don't think the stars arbitrarily charge an amount for their fee. For all I know their contractual demand is an industry standard for stars of their caliber. If they overestimate their worth, they don't get paid any. Again, fair and square. I don't see a right vs. wrong here.


Meanwhile someone else commented under my thread there that she felt the auction was distasteful because The auction is simply a get-as-much-as-possible greedy money grabbing and blatant showing off Jensen's popularity. I had to make sure I understood what she's saying so I verified:

If I understand you correctly, you are saying auction is evil and distasteful unless it's done for charity then. A position I do not agree, but that's just me.

Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprising) I got the reply that Auction in general isn't. Just talking about this one specifically. (with the emphasize on "this")

Huh?! Did I miss something here? In my opinion, Jensen's talent is a commodity, just as, to a much smaller extent, every single one of ours is too. Don't we get paid everyday for what we can do at our jobs? As a commodity, why is it so awful for Jensen's case specifically? I admit I was curious so I had to ask: And why should this one be singled out from other auctions?

That was the extent of it because at this point I was clearly upsetting the user, she specifically asked me to stop. She and her guest expressed in no uncertain terms that a free concert won't kill Jensen and that (to paraphrase) a 45 minute concert cost less than $1500 won't starve Jensen. Their sentiment was Jensen and Jared pretty much owe fans because without us, they wouldn't even get a season 6 nor a TV Guide cover.

To respect the user since it was her journal I was commenting from, I did stop saying anything additional except announcing I was leaving her place. Even though I didn't argue further, I still strongly disagreed with their position. Sure, there are many things Jensen or Jared could have done that won't kill them per se, but that doesn't necessarily mean they should or obliged to do these things. And as to them owing fans, I was one of those who voted fervently for Supernatural on the TV Guide cover until my fingers were sore. But never did I feel I own the boys because of that. I voted for them because I owe them gratitude for their jobs well done. I consider myself rewarded when the boys publicly thanked fans for our support and Jensen vowed to work even harder. In all this, I feel the actors under no obligation to give fans freebies, and when they do, it's their gift to us. I hate to think that just because they did something nice once, all of a sudden, they are expected to do it every time, and when they don't, they become less of a decent human being in some fans eyes.

When this entry is posted, LA Con has drawn to a conclusion. Jensen Ackles and Jason Manns concert is either in progress or it may have been over as well. Even though I regret I'm not able to see it with my own eyes, I still wish everything went well, and everyone involved, from the performing artists to the attending audience had (or are having) a great time. Also I was looking for information regarding the convention earlier. I was surprised to see the LJ user I'm talking about here had gleefully wrote a report about it at an online news magazine to which she is the editor. This in particular left a bad taste in my mouth. I find it's hypocritical of her to fuel fans desire and fascination at seeing these actors. After all, I believe it was our tremendous eagerness at wanting to get up close and personal with these stars that drove up the cost.
xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (lick screen)
2011-02-01 09:44 pm

Objectify 'em...

I'm still upset at being robbed of the chance to watch an all new Supernatural last Friday. So to make myself feel better, I decided to do something fun. Sometimes last week, my google alert notified me this reader's poll result of the "Hottest Prime time TV Hunks List" (of which Jensen scored 6th place, and Jared is in 8th). Ha! This got me thinking that everyone is doing this type of list one way or another, why don't I put up one of my own? Especially when I hardly agree with those lists anyway. I guess this really counts as a meme because it reflects purely my taste over the decade, not swayed by ratings, box office sales, or other people's opinions. Just so it's clear, these are nothing but my own wacky obsessions. Oh, and it extended to both big and small screens.

Hottest Hunks who rock my boat... )
xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (f*ck off)
2011-01-27 06:52 pm
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Fail Thursday

Dear CW,

You guys are not cool. Really? One day before the scheduled return of Supernatural, and you pull this kind of stunt?

I've watched your network for years now because of Supernatural. I even had to switch satellite provider to find one who can give me a CW station because my local area doesn't have one. Yet you are making me feel you care not at all about fans like me.

I have made plans with my friend weeks in advance to watch the shows this Friday night together. Now guess what? My TV will not be tuned anywhere near the CW station. It's a good time for us to check out other shows that I've been meaning to take a look.

Oh, and I will not be tune in CW tonight anymore either. Nor next Thursday, the week after next, and so on.

I will still come back for Supernatural if you guys don't pull the plug on that. But given how you treated the show and its fans, I have no faith in you anymore.

Sincerely,

A Very Disheartened Fan

ETA: Castiel has a stern message for @CW_network on Twitpic
xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (jensen rocks)
2011-01-24 02:59 pm

Wish I'm Rich...

Creation Entertainment is auctioning off THE FIRST JAM SESSION WITH JENSEN ACKLES & JASON MANNS:

Whenever time allows best friends Jensen and Jason grab their guitars and sing together. Now, for the very first time, they are allowing a select group of audience members to attend an intimate performance that includes original songs and some of their favorite cover tunes. This 45 minute set is sure to create some special memories for those lucky enough to be part of this experience.

"The First Jam Session" will take place Sunday afternoon and will not be in conflict with any other major event. This event will be for a maximum of 50 patrons. 30 seats will be auctioned off here. An additional 15 to 20 tickets will potentially be sold at the convention itself based on the closing price of the auction tickets.


With 30 Tickets available, there're already 45 bids in, current highest bid stands at $250. But, but... There's whole 8 Days and 19 Hours + left before the auction closes! O_O

[UPDATE1: 49 bids in, current highest bid $325, 8 Days and 18 Hours + to go] ::sob::
[UPDATE2: 53 bids in, current highest bid $400, 8 Days and 14 Hours + to go] ::sobs harder::
[UPDATE3: Creation Entertainment says: ABSOLUTELY NO AUDIO OR VISUAL RECORDING OF THE SESSION: BAGS AND PERSONAL ITEMS WILL BE CHECKED, CELL PHONES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INSIDE THE PERFORMANCE AREA!]
[UPDATE4: 61 bids in, current highest bid $500, 7 Days and 20 Hours + to go]
[UPDATE5: 94 bids in, current highest bid $785, 2 Days and  0 Hours + to go]
[UPDATE6: 107 bids in, current highest bid $888.88, less than 22 Hours to go] ~ now that is quite a lucky number for Chinese, especially considering CNY is just around the corner!

Here's Creation Entertainment's response to fan-requests on recording the performance and releasing it on DVD (information courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] mrsr58. Sweetie, I hope you don't mind me reposting this at my journal):

As to taping these things are up to the stars involved and in fact the concert with Jason and Jensen will not allow recording devices. Hopefully they will one day choose to allow this and we'd love to be producing it!

Now excuse me while I look for my own towel to sob into...
xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (j2 stare)
2011-01-22 07:39 am

Sunday J2 Panel, SF Con

Sorry about the delay, got sidetracked yesterday. Anyway, as explained, because of camera mishandling on my part, I didn't capture any good quality pictures. What I have are a few VGA (640 x 480 resolution) snapshots for a quick glance. I also would like to recap what I considered as highlights of the panel here, as well as share several short video clips toward the end.

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xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (recording)
2011-01-19 11:55 pm

Sunday Breakfast, SF Con

I apologize for the delay in putting this up. I'm having some technical difficulties in uploading my stuff. First of, I recorded about 16 minutes of video from the moment the boys walked into the room. Problem is the file is so large that I had to archive them in three separate RAR files in order for me to hang them up on a server.

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xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (j2)
2011-01-18 02:57 pm

San Francisco Con Audio Files

I just got back home last night from attending Creation Con's Salute to Supernatural in San Francisco over the weekend. I had a blast, and am still in the process of uploading various stuff I recorded here and there. Unfortunately I don't have a whole lot. As far as audio files go, I've only gotten around to record the J2 Panel and Richard Speight, Jr's panel on Sunday. I won't bore you with the reason why that is so (I'll do that in a separate con report;) Anyway, here they are -- my first offerings:

Two panel audio clips under the cut... )
xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (vexing)
2011-01-13 11:11 am
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The Dreaded Spam

Guess it's my turn now. As I've seen it happened to some of my flist members, my LJ just got hit by anonymous spammer. Some annoying anon posted a comment on an old entry of mine advertising...get this...furniture?!? Not that I want to get spammed, but couldn't I at least get something interesting? How boring am I? (Don't answer that.) Granted, I was talking about "prettifying" my journal's look & feel in that old entry. So is there some kind of text crawler at work around here sniffing out certain keywords? This is serious. I hope LiveJournal is able to put a stop to this ASAP.

I don't want to disable anonymous commenting because I do have friends visiting my journal who are not on LJ. All I can do at this point is deleting that comment and marking it as spam. I wonder if there's anyway to ban certain IP addresses (I track them in comments) from commenting on my journal. Anyone?
xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (holiday: christmas)
2010-12-24 09:16 pm
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Merry Christmas

Gakked from [livejournal.com profile] gaelicspirit, art by the multitalented [livejournal.com profile] thruterryseyes:

I wish all my flist a happy holiday. No matter where you are, may you and your loved ones enjoy love, joy, and good health! ♥

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xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (wtf?)
2010-12-07 11:47 am
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An Apology...

Ummm, it came to my attention that I may not have been getting any LJ notifications through my email for a little while. I thought people are just busy or possibly ignoring me since I have been really bad at keeping up with LJ. But I just noticed several "new" comments left at my LJ entry that I knew nothing about. This leads me to suspect there might be more such comments out there. So please accept my apology for not responding. It's going to take me awhile to track down the comments I may have missed, and it's very possible I'm not going to be able to catch all of them. So sorry!

P.S. Has anyone else been experiencing similar trouble lately? Does anyone know if the issue lies with LJ or with yahoo mail?

ETA: Mystery solved! Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] layne67 who suggested me to take a look at my Spam folder, I found out the problem was with my yahoo email. At sometime after Thanksgiving, yahoo decided that a good chunk of my emails are "spams" and blocked them from my inbox. LiveJournal is one of the "casualties". To fix the problem, per suggestion from [livejournal.com profile] koredump, I added lj_notification's email address to my contact list. Hopefully, this is the last time I encounter this problem!
xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (Oooo)
2010-12-02 12:20 pm
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This Makes Me Laugh...

But first let me say a sincere THANK YOU to [livejournal.com profile] ala_tariel, [livejournal.com profile] anastdean, [livejournal.com profile] ckll, and [livejournal.com profile] gatorgrrrl. My dearests, your wonderful gifts are much appreciated. ♥

Now, here's what made me "bouncing" in my seat: I just ran into an article @ comicbookmovie where Anne Rice discussed Lestat, Twilight, and Robert Downey, Jr. (among other actors). Here's an excerpt that made me chortle:
[In regard to Stephenie Meyer and Twilight] ...And she did this stroke of genius thing of having these menacing vampires go to high school. [Laughs.] Which, in a way, I thought was incredibly ridiculous. Because what immortal would spend his time going to high school over and over like that? Go to Katmandu or Memphis or Rio De Janiero or Rome! But it was a stroke of genius, because it gave great pleasure to millions of kids. So its’ very interesting. But I think what makes it work is that old tried-and-true woman’s romance formula, which is rooted in psychology.
Later on, Anne Rice also discussed which actors she thinks are good candidates for playing her characters. She named quite a few, and of course, being a faithful fan!girl, only this really caught my attention:
Jamie Bamber, he’s terrific, I was just watching him last night in England’s Law & Order. I’d seen him on Battlestar Galactica, but I’d never seen him unleash that beautiful diction.
While I'm squeeing in delight, I can't help wishing someone would show Ms. Rice some episodes of Supernatural as well! *wistful*
xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (cylon six)
2010-11-11 11:01 am

Oh Man!

I just read the following (excerpt) regarding The CW's November Sweep Highlights. Can't say I'm not green with jealous:

SMALLVILLE – "Patriot" (8:00-9:00 p.m.) DC COMICS CHARACTER AQUAMAN RETURNS WITH HIS WIFE MERA; TOM WELLING DIRECTS AND MICHAL HOGAN ("BATTLESTAR GALACTICA") GUEST STARS AS COL SLADE. – in an effort to protect the rest of the team, Oliver (Justin Hartley) decides to register for the Vigilante Registration Act to see what the government plans to do with the new law. As he suspected, it was a trap to lure superheroes to an undisclosed location where he is confined to a jail and subjected to a battery of brutal tests under the supervision of Col. Slade (guest star Michael Hogan, "Battlestar Galactica").

Seriously, Michael Hogan! Col Tigh! When can Supernatural get him to guest star? Want it so bad I can weep.

(Note: the article linked above contain synopsis of SPN episodes scheduled for November as well)
xwacky: Dean from Supernatural (sleepy head)
2010-11-07 06:23 pm
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SPN Promo Icons...

Here's my dab in the icon making after seeing the latest promotional pictures for Supernatural. I'm very much a novice at this, so criticisms are much appreciated.

Preview:
      

More behind the cut... )