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  • CBC Montreal reports on the "Ice shove" that featured every winter in the port of Montréal in the 19th century.

  • This opinion piece in the Montreal Gazette remembers the expropriations which fatally undermined the substantially African-Canadian neighbourhood of Little Burgundy.

  • CityLab notes the controversy, aggravated by municipal politics, of the Royalmount megamall, in the Montréal enclave of the Town of Mount Royal.

  • A Québec Solidaire MNA's criticism of Chinese investors in real estate has been criticized by Chinese-Canadians in Montréal as racist. CTV News reports.

  • La Presse notes that suburbanization proceeds in Montréal, as migration from the island of Montréal to off-island suburbs grows.

  • The glorious Insectarium of Montréal will be closed for two years, for a makeover. CBC reports.

  • Le Devoir considers the future of the Buckminister Fuller Biosphère on ile Sainte-Hélène, caught between falling funding and the lack of a clear mission for this structure.

GIANT PINK - Mirror Mirror MV Teaser

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source: SMTOWN

and some people (no one here) were worried SME becoming majority shareholders of Mystic would dilute their faves image.
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[TOMORROW x TOGETHER ‘The Dream Chapter: STAR’ Album Pre-order Notice]

Pre-order Period
Tuesday February 19th, 2019 (KST) ~ Sunday March 3rd, 2019 (KST)


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- There will be only one version of 'The Dream Chapter: STAR’ album.
- Photobook: 148 X 185 X 7 (mm) / 80 page / 1 CD
- Photocard Version A: 1 Random out of 5 versions + Photocard paper frame.
- Photocard Version B: 1 Random out of 5 versions + Keychain ring.
- Transparent group photo card.
- 2 versions of sticker pack
- 1 poster (for initials) / 600 X 300 (mm)

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2/22/2019 Nimitz Way

Feb. 22nd, 2019 01:57 pm
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I decided to walk out Nimitz Way today (I had not done so since early December, wtf?) on the grounds that it's less populated on a Friday than on a weekend, and it wasn't bad, especially early. I started just before 7 am and returned to the car at 11:30, going only as far as the second cattle gate, about two and a half miles out. It was cold, for here I mean, and I was happy to have two hand warmers. I usually make do with one, moving it from hand to hand, but warm hands help a lot when I'm cold all over, and I didn't warm up very much until I was almost back.

Just about the first thing out of the car I heard singing purple finches, so I guess Spring is here. I heard them all along Nimitz Way til the Park boundary. Surprise of the morning was a red-breasted sapsucker calling at just about one quarter mile. That's usually a birdy area but I'd never had sapsucker. Otherwise it was the usual winter birds and nothing interesting on any of the seasonal ponds. Have a list anyway: )

On return, about half a mile out, I was struck by how loud the frogs were down below the trail, where I believe there is a seasonal marsh. I can't see it well from above but sometimes I've heard red-winged blackbirds calling from there. I took a bit of video, so you can look at green hillside while you listen to the frogs.
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Posted by Ray Flook

Looks like Ruby Rose‘s Kate Kane will be facing an adversary the likes of which we usually don’t see outside of fairy tales and Disney movies: the “wicked step-mother.” But when the CW‘s Batwoman pilot premieres, Gotham’s protector will do just that: Elizabeth Anweis (9-1-1) has been cast opposite Rose in the network’s groundbreaking drama pilot from Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros Television. Written by Caroline Dries and directed by Marcos Siega, Batwoman marks the first gay lead character of a live-action superhero series.

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Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman (Rose), an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.

Anweis’ (Twin Peaks: The Return. NCIS: Los Angeles) Catherine Hamilton-Kane is Kate Kane’s (Rose) step-mother, a woman who made her fortune as a savvy, bullheaded defense contractor – and all those billions position her as one of Gotham’s most powerful residents. For Catherine, it’s a matter of the bottom line: Batwoman is bad for business.

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Joining Anweis and Rose on the CW’s Batwoman are previously announced cast members Dougray Scott as Kate’s father Jacob Kane, as well as Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson, Nicole Kang, and Rachel Skarsten.

Dries, Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns, and David Nutter will executive produce. Nutter was also set to direct as well but was recently replaced by Siega, who will also executive produce. The project is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Deadline Hollywood

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Posted by Rich Johnston

Welcome to Thank FOC It’s Friday, a weekly mailing list, similar to The Daily LITG, but every Friday and planned to coincide and cover the demands of Final Order Cut Off. The date when retailers have a last chance to amend their advance orders for comic books without penalty.

A last chance for publishers to promote books while orders can still be added and a time for credits to be amended, new covers to be revealed and a final push given. This is an attempt to sift through them all and find the most relevant items.

You can sign up here or with the form at the bottom.

Now, many retailers will know all this, but some things may slip through even the most diligent retailer’s attention. And if nothing else, it may be useful to try for a one-stop shop that may start some thoughts, even if it doesn’t finish them.

Comic book retailers are currently attending ComicsPRO in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here are a few snippets that have been leaking out.

  1. Some were snowed out…
  2. Boom begins a Retailer Revolution with Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora‘s Once And Future
  3. Bob Wayne‘s call for tolerance, inclusion and diversity
  4. Dan DiDio on DC Cutting Back
  5. Marvel end Deadpool, announce Black Cat, collect Spider-Noir and bring back Spider-Ham
  6. Swag from ComicsPRO
  7. Comic stores getting a Mister Miracle hardcover

In other news, Marvel is extending FOC on War Of The Realms #1,  Kevin Eastman is launching Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls, Dave Sim has a Cerebus Woman, Terry Moore crossing over all his comics with Five Years, George Takei‘s graphic novel will be out for SDCC – and another chance to get one over on Amazon if you have lots of Battle Angel Alita in stock, and a comic store closes in Australia and in Texas but one is opening in Lincolnshire.

Oh and Buffy #3 has outsold Buffy #2 at Boom… A lot more to come…

Here’s what’s FOC’ing happening this weekend:

  • Invisible Kingdom #1 by G Willow Wilson and Christian Ward gets a launch from Dark Horse Comics’ Berger Books. Ten copies order gets this fully returnable.
  • Batman #67. More Knightmares. This time with Lee Weeks.
  • Justice League #19 and #20 switches covers around
  • Black Badge #8 now includes an all-new, open-to-order, virgin art FOC cover by Tonci Zonjic (above)
  • B Dave Walters and Tess Fowler launch a new Dungeons & Dragons series, A Darkened Wish.
  • A relaunch and a return for Lazarus Risen #1 from Greg Rucka and Michael Lark.
  • Amy Dragon has her first solo adventure in Savage Dragon #243
  • It’s FOC for Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day titles, Avengers and Spider-Man
  • DIE #1 gets a fourth printing
  • Marvel has their cat variants by Nao Fuji. I know.
  • Launch of their game tie-in Spider-Man: City At War #1 and Spider-Man: Life Story #1.
  • Firefly: Bad Company #1 by Josh Lee Gordon and Francesco Mortarino is Boom Guarnteed for registered retailers.
  • Aftershock is launching Dark Red #1 by Tim Seeley and C1rin Howell
  • Valiant is launching The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada
  • Zenescope launched Gretel #1.

All FOC’ing weekend long. What’s on your FOC?

Sign up below and we’ll see what Thank FOC It’s Friday brings next week…

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Posted by Mary Anne Butler

As we said earlier today, Marvel Studios press junkets are always a gift of information. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, but always informative anytime Kevin Feige is around. He’s sort of a master with answering questions without giving anything away when it comes to the MCU, and we’re thankful for it.

The topic this time round just happens to be that persistent rumor that the upcoming Black Widow solo film starring Scarlett Johansson will carry an R rating. All things considered, the rating didn’t seem THAT far-fetched, but, Feige debunked it.

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While speaking with ComicBook.com during this week’s Captain Marvel junket, Kevin Feige responded to the question about Black Widow‘s R-raiting being non-factual with a very comital:

“Yes. Correct. It never was going to be. Somebody writes, ‘I hear it’s R-rated!’ And then everybody writes it up.”

We feel called out!

No but really, this is why we so often brand those types of stories as RUMOR, and/or make sure you, our readers, understand when something has yet-to-be-confirmed.

As far as the Black Widow film, last we heard there was a new writer brought on to polish up the existing script.

And, as far as filming goes- Production Weekly reported that the possibly-working-titled “Blue Bayou” film is set to gear up in June in the UK, with principal photography set to wrap in September.

We’ll of course let you know what else we hear about the project.

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Posted by Madeline Ricchiuto

This month is a pretty bad one for game developer layoffs. Activision Blizzard announced nearly 800 job cuts earlier this month and ArenaNet just announced layoffs of their own yesterday. Now, EA has begun a massive round of layoffs in its Melbourne studio FireMonkeys.

From Kotaku:

The studio was also developing Real Racing 4, although it’s understood that the project was officially cancelled earlier this week. Following that decision, executives from EA have flown in from overseas to affect wholesale changes across the studio. Those decisions included the cancellation of Real Racing 4 and a reorganisation of staff across the titles currently under their management, which includes The Sims Mobile.

Developers were notified of the layoffs earlier this week. Those impacted were told via individual meetings, while employees that remained were informed via a group meeting, Kotaku Australia understands.

One employee, who spoke under anonymity, said the current atmosphere is so grim that remaining staff are operating under the assumption the whole studio will eventually be shut down. “No idea how certain tasks will be done at all if I look at who got let go,” they said.

Unofficial figures on the size of the Australian games industry placed the number of staffers at Firemonkeys at close to 200. A statement this morning from Game Workers Unite Australia originally estimated that 80 to 100 staffers were impacted, but that has since been amended to “some 40 to 50 people”.

FireMonkeys was created in 2012 after EA merged dev studios IronMonkey and FireMint. It is one of the largest game dev studios in Australia. The studio was focused exclusively on mobile development and was responsible for titles like Real Racing 3The Sims: Freeplay, and Need for Speed: No Limits.

The reason for the layoffs appears to be based around EA’s new live service model.

A representative for the game publisher told Kotaku:

The FireMonkeys studio is working on some of our most popular mobile games. We recently made a decision to shift teams to focus more on our live services, and have entered into a consultation period that may impact some roles in the studio. We’re working to match skills with opportunities as we go through this period, identifying other opportunities at EA, and providing as much help to our employees as we possibly can.

Unfortunately, the 2019 Game Dev Job listing google doc only includes contact information for two other studios in Australia: TBA Studio and League of Geeks.

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Chocolate Box

Feb. 23rd, 2019 11:33 am
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I had a fabulous Chocolate Box! I received three gifts, all great:

I don’t seem to have written much about them on here, but Antonia Forest’s Marlows series (10 books about the same family, published over 34 years but covering a little over two years in book time, with each book roughly contemporary with its publication date) are hugely important to me as a reader and as a person; they are stunningly well-written, brilliant on character and, unfortunately, difficult and expensive to find. I re-read them frequently and always find something worthwhile (I’m reading Lucy Mangan’s memoir Bookworm at the moment, and it’s great to see her similar enthusiasm).

The fic I got is totally in keeping with canon, a post-series talk between Nicola (mostly the series protagonist, although she’s largely absent in The Thuggery Affair) and her adored older brother Giles, who is now fallen from grace. It’s great on character and on casting a new light back at events of the series, and at showing that Nicola is growing up, and the balance between her and Giles is starting to tip. Also, bonus naval details.

Suffer a Sea-Change (1910 words) by AJHall
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Marlows - Antonia Forest
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Nicola Marlow, Giles Marlow, Miranda West, Ginty Marlow
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, The Royal Navy
Summary:

"That long line of naval officers, all with their happy ships..."

The name "Marlow" has been a powerful talisman in the Royal Navy for generations. What would it take for that name to change from a blessing to a curse?

On the eve of Nicola Marlow's departure for Britannia Royal Naval College, she and her brother Giles talk.


I nominated a few original prompts and got two amazing stories:

the battle is coming, I’ve been waiting so long is a great piece of hidden identities and arranged marriages, with a fantastic title, and some lovely world-building details.

the battle is coming, i've been waiting so long (1110 words) by sorori
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Queen Who Fought in the War/Princess of Enemy Country She's Marrying to Seal the Peace Treaty
Additional Tags: Storyteller narrator, Final Battle, Fights, Weddings, War, Battle, Identity Reveal
Summary:

“Where is your general?” Shikang asked, panting. “He is a coward if he does not come out to fight me.”


“Here,” came the answering shout, and she was far from a coward.


and Blades has a would-be fighter and an older world-weary mentor, both female and both tropes I am very fond of, as well as lots of extremely tasty-sounding baking, which, ditto. Very nice.

Blades (1215 words) by kalirush
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Older Woman from Proud Alien Warrior Culture & Half-Human Teenage Girl Who Wants To Learn To Fight
Additional Tags: Baking, a lot of butter
Summary:

Ulli goes looking for a mentor: the legendary Aellaria Sunkiller.


I’m still working through the archive, but there’s a lot of great fiction and art there, and I hope to come back with some more recs.

For my own assignment I matched with [personal profile] thisbluespirit on Sid Halley and his father-in-law Charles Roland from Dick Francis, which I’d seen in the tagset and been very much taken with. I re-read Odds Against and Whip Hand for inspiration (I have these in a double edition that inexplicably published them in the wrong order, so the first time I read them I was quite confused) and read Come to Grief for the first time and thought it was fantastic. However, all the ideas I was getting were a) novel-length and b) required quite a bit of horse-research. So I went back to [personal profile] thisbluespirit’s prompts, and saw that she’d also nominated Sapphire and Steel, a canon I love dearly but have never written for, and found this important footnote - “I never not want random fantastical stuff in my mundane canons and having sensible people deal with the ridiculous in whatever way works for them.” So I had my concept. I rewatched some Sapphire and Steel and thought about time, and places and objects, and ended up with ships and bells.

I had my usual problems getting the start right - I had quite a bit of Sid riding in (and losing) a race based on the Carlisle Bell, the oldest British horse race (tweaked to make it jump rather than flat), and then a few chunks of Charles unconscious in hospital while Sid went back to Aynsford and encountered strange individuals, and then the deadline loomed over me like an iceberg and I finally found my way in. Many, many thanks to my betas, especially [personal profile] sovay who had less than 24 hours to look at it.

Stalk On (6074 words) by Cyphomandra
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sid Halley - Dick Francis, FRANCIS Dick - Works, Sapphire and Steel
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sid Halley & Charles Roland | Charles Rowland, Sapphire/Silver/Steel (S&S), Sapphire & Silver & Steel (S&S)
Characters: Sid Halley, Charles Roland | Charles Rowland (Dick Francis), Sapphire (S&S), Silver (S&S), Steel (S&S)
Additional Tags: Crossover, Case Fic, Timeline Shenanigans, The Royal Navy
Summary:



Far up in the stretches of night; night splits and the dawn breaks loose;
I, through the terrible novelty of light, stalk on, stalk on;
Those great sea-horses bare their teeth and laugh at the dawn.


W.B. Yeats, High Talk

Sid spends another pleasant evening at Aynsford.

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Posted by Jonathan Carey

There's a catch: You have to be willing to restore the futuristic structure.

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In the newly designated Indiana Dunes National Park, the steel circular framework of a building covered in housewrap is sure to catch your eye. Known as the House of Tomorrow, this structure was once an iconic attempt at futuristic architecture, during a period when hope for a better tomorrow was all most Americans had. However, these days it’s just another dilapidated building. But not for long, if the nonprofit Indiana Landmarks has its way. The organization is offering a 50-year sublease to a skilled restorer who can bring the house back to life.

Designed by the architect George Fred Keck, the building was first displayed at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1933-1934, also known as the Century of Progress Exposition. The house itself was complete with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and finished with amenities that were very technologically advanced for the time, including an iceless refrigerator, central air conditioning, the first General Electric dishwasher, a push-button garage door, and an airplane hangar. It was truly a modern marvel and, as noted in Chicago Magazine, a precursor to more famous glass houses by Philip Johnson and Mies van der Rohe.

After being viewed by nearly 39 million people in Chicago, the House of Tomorrow, along with several other futuristic dwellings from the fair, was shipped across Lake Michigan and stored along the Indiana sand dunes by Robert Bartlett, a Chicago developer who hoped to turn the homes into a trendy vacation spot. But it didn’t happen.

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There the buildings sat, fading from memory until 2000, when Indiana Landmarks began leasing them from the National Park Service, which acquired what was then Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore during the 1960s and 1970s. In turn, the nonprofit was able to sublease the homes to tenants willing to restore them to their original states. Now they are looking for someone to do the same with the House of Tomorrow.

Rebuilding a house that was once the poster child for innovation won’t be easy or cheap. Indiana Landmarks estimates the project will cost somewhere between $2.5 and $3 million to complete. For the 50-year sublease, the organization is searching for someone who has done this type of extensive restoration work in the past and has a strong desire to restore history. “It’s not just the matter of money,” says Todd Zeiger, director of Indiana Landmarks’s northern regional office. “It’s really somebody that has a passion for historical preservation and wants to have a very unique opportunity to restore a house that’s really a one-off.”

Whoever wins the sublease must commit to the home remaining a single-family dwelling, cannot sublease it, and must open the home to tours once a year, but Zeiger says that the new tenants can add their own stylings to fit their preferences. Indiana Landmarks is hoping restoration can begin as early as September.

All the other houses left at dunes—the Florida Tropical House, the Cypress Log Cabin, the Armco-Ferro House, and the Wieboldt-Rostone House—have been returned to their former glory. All that remains is the House of Tomorrow and someone willing to take on the challenge.

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 As temperatures warm, plants respond.  But wildflowers are leafing out only one week earlier, while trees are leafing out two weeks earlier.  That means less light for the spring ephemerals.
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Posted by Leigh Kade

Brand new units are coming to CMON’s Song of Ice and Fire table-top miniatures game, providing plenty of options to flesh out existing armies from Westeros.

Credit:// CMON

First up is the second set of Stark Heroes, adding the fearsome swordsman Syrio Farel, Aria Stark, perpetual arrow magnet Rickon Stark and his Shaggydog, and the Reed kids, Jojen and Meera. This set of all-plastic, pre-assembled miniatures is set for release in the first quarter of 2019.

Credit:// CMON

House Stark players will also be able to reinforce their battle lines with these mounted Tully Cavaliers, which do not have a release date yet. But they’ll make a great counter to Lannister Knights for sure!

Credit:// CMON

More jerkface Lions are on the way, with another box of heroes to fill out Lannister ranks. Included in this box are all seven King’s Guard, and punk-faced weasel licker Joffrey Baretheon.

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The Poor Fellows box will also see release at some point in 2019, and have a game mechanic that has them increase in numbers as the battle rages on!

Credit:// CMON

The Brothers in Black finally get their own Heroes box, with several new unit command options. The Night’s Watch Heroes Box will be released in the second quarter of 2019.

Credit:// CMON

Night’s Watch Conscripts will hit tables in the first quarter of 2019, with lower-cost options for commanders looking to defend the Wall.

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The Free Folk will also see their first box of heroes in the second quarter of 2019, and if the box art is to be believed, we’ll see Ygritte and Rattleshirt on tables soon!

Credit:// CMON

Free Folk players will get more troop choices in the first quarter of 2019 with Cave Dweller Savages, which look like some rough-and-tumble boys looking for a stabbing party. We wonder if the Cave Dwellers are rank and file troops, or if Song of Ice and Fire is getting its first skirmish troops? We’ll know soon enough!

CMON’s Song of Ice and Fire is a strategic table top miniature game based off of the books of the same name from George R.R. Martin, which also inspired a little program on HBO. You can find the game just about anywhere that sells table-top games.

Now, bring on the Martells and Dothraki, CMON!

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Posted by Tiffany Tchobanian

I have to hand this one to my fellow “Masketeer” and fellow Bleeding Cool “regulator” [Ed. Note: I added that] Leigh Kade: he nailed these guesses from the start! Well done, Sir! I was on the fence about which “boy bander” hid under the Rabbit’s mischievous guise and had no clue about Lion’s identity until my partner pointed her not-so-hidden-talent out. FOX‘s The Masked Singer fills a TV void we didn’t know we had. Although nearing the end is bittersweet, I’m dying to discover Monster’s identity.

Let’s review!

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Peacock

THE MASKED SINGER: Peacock in the “Semi Finals: Double Unmasking” episode of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Feb. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX Broadcasting. Cr. Michael Becker / FOX.

Bee

THE MASKED SINGER: Bee in the “Semi Finals: Double Unmasking” episode of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Feb. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX Broadcasting. Cr. Michael Becker / FOX.

Monster

THE MASKED SINGER: Monster in the “Semi Finals: Double Unmasking” episode of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Feb. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX Broadcasting. Cr. Michael Becker / FOX.

Rabbit

THE MASKED SINGER: Rabbit in the “Semi Finals: Double Unmasking” episode of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Feb. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX Broadcasting. Cr. Michael Becker / FOX.

Lion

THE MASKED SINGER: Lion in the “Semi Finals: Double Unmasking” episode of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Feb. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX Broadcasting. Cr. Michael Becker / FOX.

The Reveals

Exit Interviews

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Willis reflected on her decision to join the show:

“I just thought it was a crazy idea. I definitely had to think about it, because I had to think about, ‘Is this right for me? Are they going to be able to do it? Obviously, the show worked [in Korea], but how is it going to work over here?’ But at the end of the day, I just thought it was a fun opportunity to be able to sing without anyone’s prior judgment.”

She also believes the producers will get more secretive in Season 2:

“Everyone has been guessing so correctly! I feel like maybe for next season they’re going to have to tone down the clues because people got everyone so fast.”

Fatone also feels like Season 1 viewers had it easy with obvious clues, telling People Magazine:

“With the producers and with Fox, they really wanted to make it some of it a little bit hard, some of it easy. But when they came out of the gates with clues for me: “synchronized” and “my boys,” I’m like, “ahhh! It’s so easy!” If you were born or around sometime in the ’90s, you would know at least some sort of boy bandish thing and then go from there.”

He was even worried when the judges guessed his identity, but then he realized the nature of the show:

“…the whole idea of the show has nothing to do with who you are, and even if it is you, they’re going to keep guessing. As long as they enjoy your performance, that’s how you get saved.”

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THE MASKED SINGER: L-R: Lion and host Nick Cannon in the “Semi Finals: Double Unmasking” episode of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Feb. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX Broadcasting. Cr. Michael Becker / FOX.

Which leads me to the man of the hour. Leigh, you called these two from the start!

Leigh: In my mind, my wife is super impressed with me right now. In reality, having Joey Fatone pegged from that very first performance isn’t the pinnacle of mental gymnastics that I keep making it out to be!

Tiffany: I feel bad for underestimating Joey Fatone’s voice this whole time! I knew the Rabbit fit his sense of humor, I just didn’t realize he was such a strong singer when he was part of NSYNC. I loved his “My Girl” performance dedicated to the female contestants – too cute!

Leigh: He’s such a great sport! I’m really happy that the only Boy Band guy I know was actually the contestant. I’m really in trouble for next year, though…

Tiffany: The judges were clueless about Lion. You had Rumer Willis pegged from the start! I never even considered her as a possibility. Once you mentioned her, I was sold. You have very impressive skills of deduction. What does your gut say about Monster after his latest performance and clues? I’m still stumped.

Leigh: Rumer was just detective work, and I knew she was from Idaho from my halcyon days of writing trivia questions for a radio station. Monster, on the other hand, is proving to be very elusive! You mentioned Wayne Brady last week, and I’ve been caught up on that ever since. I really want it to be Brady! Whoever Monster is, he’s very talented, and I guess we’ll know soon!

Tiffany: The show is trying really hard to throw us off with Bee and Peacock. Even Keenan Thomson recognized Gladys Knight’s voice. I wish Peacock was Neil Patrick Harris, but I think he’s got better things to do. Donny Osmond’s strutting his stuff under that glittery mask. Right???

Leigh: He had a song in the late ‘80s called “Soldier of Love”, and I think that was his last charted hit. One of his hints in the clue package was not “letting my soldiers of affection down”. There were also a couple of moments where I could hear his voice very clearly- if it’s not Osmond, I’ll be very surprised.

Tiffany: Do you think the right contestants made it to the final?

Leigh: If Bee is Gladys Knight (come on, Bee is Gladys Knight), then she needs to be in the finale. Monster has a great voice, and Peacock has been a crowd favorite since the very first episode. This is going to be a really entertaining finale, and I can’t wait to see Bee win the whole thing.

I loved Keenan Thompson when he was asked about Bee: “Oh, that’s Gladys Knight”. If The Masked Singer gets more people listening to her music, the whole thing was worth doing. She’s a living legend and deserves to be heard!

Tiffany: Willis delivered her weakest performance. Fatone did well, but Monster has so much heart. I’m dying to see who he is!

Catch The Masked Singer finale Wednesday, February 27 at 9 p.m. EST on FOX.

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Looking for Recs!

Feb. 22nd, 2019 04:08 pm
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Hi F-list!

As some of you already know, I have to go for pretty major surgery in a couple of weeks which will keep me grounded for at least two more weeks after that. No exercise except walking once I feel up to it, and I'll probably be cooped up in my apartment a lot. (Good news is I got my biopsy results this morning and they are normal). Which means I will need to find ways to keep myself occupied. Writing would work of course and I will actually have time for it, but I may not be feeling up to it. We'll see.

Sooo, I would love to get recs from people!

Fics: I would love recs for long plotty fics in any of my go-to fandoms. I've downloaded a bunch of things already but looking to have as much reading material as possible. Tropes I love: road trips, chosen/found families, angst with a happy - or at least happy-ish - ending, women being awesome, casefic, character studies, well-done canon divergence (especially if it fixes bad series endings). Go-to fandoms right now are Killing Eve, Star Trek (TOS, TNG), Hey Arnold!, Forever Knight, other stuff listed in my interests, but I read across a variety of TV, movie, and book fandoms, so I'm really open to revisiting a known fandom I haven't thought about in a while too.

TV/Movies: I work long hours a lot of the time so there are a lot of new series I haven't seen yet. I'm all caught up on Season 1 of Killing Eve and can't wait for Season 2 to start in April. I've watched the first episode of Russian Doll, which I really liked, and I'm saving the rest of the episodes to binge-watch while I'm stuck in for the first few days. That's about it for current stuff I've seen, so any suggestions for Netflix series, etc. would be great.

Thank you!

More eye surgery prep

Feb. 22nd, 2019 04:50 pm
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I have just had (and I hope resolved) an unfortunately exciting batch of phone calls. I was discussing the plans for the eye surgery, and specifically for practicing with the drops, in email with [personal profile] rysmiel. That led me to check my instructions, and discover I am supposed to be taking _three_ kinds of eye drop with me on Wednesday. Of which I have two. After multiple conversations with Dr Lazzara's office and the pharmacy, he is going to leave some free samples at the front desk of the Arlington office for me to pick up on Monday.

This is all left over from discovering that this prescription isn't covered by my insurance, and the pharmacy confusing me about whether I needed a discount card from the drug manufacturer. When I mentioned that they were going to be sending me a discount card the clerk said that the copay on the ones they were giving me was "reasonable" (by American standards), which led to me paying for two kinds of eye drops, putting them in the cabinet, and not thinking about it, until @rysmiel asked. The *pre*-surgical instructions are to use one kind four times a day, and the other once a day; the paperwork I hadn't looked at recently tells me to bring all three with me, after instructions including that I should wash my hair the night before and that I can have a light meal the morning of the surgery.

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