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20 June 2012 @ 11:46 pm
Sticks head above water...  
Pimp: For those of you who were Real LJ Idol contestants in this (current) 8th season, you're eligible to vote in this round. rejeneration, maerhys, locknkey, impoetry, muchtooarrogant, nodressrehersal, karmasoup, if you're around, the voting details are here. I'm madly trying to read through the entries myself, to get my votes in tomorrow.

Father's Day was low-key, but nice. We hoped to go to a movie, but apparently everyone else had the same idea and the theater was out of seats. :( Frozen yogurt instead, and Chinese takeout later for dinner, so it was still good.

Biking: One whole side of my right glove started to separate a few weeks ago, and split last week. I've sewed it, but also ordered two pairs of new Bellwether gloves. I don't understand why it's so hard to find what I need in a glove: padding all down the inside of the thumb, and all across the bottom of the palm. Those are the nerve pressure-points that road-biking handlebars stress. So WHY do so many manufacturers hardly pad, or pad for weightlifting and not cycling, or just pad one of the two necessary places? Only Bellwether consistently has a clue, and I have to special-order them. Hope the pads on these new ones are as thick as they look.

Re: Hugo from a few weeks back, didn't critics pan the visuals on it? I know much of it is dark, but I really like how the steam from trains, or clouds and moon, work in that pallette. And the early silent movie snippets? The schemes in those were outrageously creative. I was somewhat distracted, though, by how much the little boy actor in the movie looks like Maggie Gyllenhaal. As in, practically a mini-Me.

Re: other movies, tsuki_no_bara just linked me to this announcement on Dreamworks to make "The True Meaning Of Smekday". Yayyy! I'd probably like it better if Pixar were making it, but I'll take what I can get. LOVE that book. I do wish they'd cast voice actors for these things, though, and not celebs. These movies are animated. The celebs' faces do not appear. The leading character is an 11-year-old African American girl, so why not use an actual child for the voice lead (there is no shortage of younger African American girls who could do a great job with that). And J Lo? Any person who can do funny voices would be good, there. The Simpsons' stable has plenty of them. Think nasal, slightly robotic, and clueless. That's my mental target for J Lo's voice. :D

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cindy: coming soon - gleetsuki_no_bara on June 21st, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
i've seen exactly half an episode of big bang theory, but jim parsons' voice kind of IS nasal, slightly robotic, and clueless. dreamworks is probably thinking that big names will draw bigger audiences. i read somewhere someone suggesting the girl who played rue in the hunger games as tip, if they did a live action movie. i think it would be better animated, tho. i'd rather see animated boov than cgi boov, you know? still. VERY EXCITING.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on June 22nd, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
dreamworks is probably thinking that big names will draw bigger audiences.

I know that's what they're thinking, but I consider that to be bullshit against actual talent. People either want to see the movie, or they don't, and whether some pop singer (not even an actress) is voicing the role won't really affect that. Tip is an actual role for an actress, even in animation. The girl who played Rue would be one choice (perfect age), or given the girls in "Akeelah And The Bee" and "Pariah", pretty much any talented African-American actress of the right age. But c'mon-- Rihanna? I just can't get over that.

The tendency to cast "Names" instead of "Awesome Voice Actors" has always pissed me off, especially as it's become more prevalent. I can sum up my counter-argument in two words:

Mel Blanc.

In today's world, he'd get random characters here and there, on the sidelines. But he was much more than that. He could carry an entire cartoon, doing all the voices, and expressing each of the characters as individuals. Having him shoved out of the way because Hugh Grant or Russell Crowe or whoever wants $$ for little effort is an abomination to me.

I consider voice-acting to be a separate craft from screen acting. Some people can do both well, but I really think we're short-changing major voice talent by casting "names"-- especially names who are not even actors. /rantypants

i think it would be better animated, tho. i'd rather see animated boov than cgi boov, you know?
Oh, yes. J Lo was so bizarrely adorable, with his swivel-slot garbage can body, his wide, wide mouth, and vaguely elephantine multiple legs. You can't really convey ugly-cute very well except in animation.

Rex has a new book out-- "Cold Cereal." Christopher read it and liked it, I haven't gotten to it yet. I'll let you know. And there's another one coming, with a name that looks promising: FAT VAMPIRE a never coming of age story.

Okay, then. ;)