Anticipation

The Season 3 premieres of two of my favorite shows are almost here: Legion– June 24th on FX and Stranger Things July 4 on Netflix. I am filled to the brim with anticipation!

ignore the fact that this cup is actually empty

In preparation, my husband and I are currently finishing up a rewatch of Legion season 2,  and then my kids and I will start a rewatch of Stranger Things seasons 1-2 next week, while my son and I recover from dental surgery- him for wisdom teeth removal, me for yet another crown.

my subconscious, while waiting in the dental chair

 

We can never know about the days to come
But we think about them anyway

 

Will David Haller’s multiple personalities, as enjoyable as they may be, continue to wreak havoc in his life?

fanvid: David Haller- A God

 

Will Steve Harrington continue to get his ass kicked?

fanvid: Steve Harrington- Hard Times

Stranger Things season 3 promo image

signs point to yes

 

Will David be able to repair the relationships with his friends and girlfriend?

fanvid: David Haller- I Need a Hero

 

Will Steve ever find happiness?

Steve Harrington- No Parents Big House

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Anticipation, anticipation
Is makin’ me late
Is keepin’ me waitin’

P.S.

don’t hurt Steve.

[song lyrics from Anticipation by Carly Simon]
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Legion Season Three Premiere
Los Angeles, California
Dan Stevens

Commercial Success

I find it irksome when a commercial is cut into small parts and played out of context. I’m constantly looking them up on YouTube to find the original versions so that I can try and make sense of them.

often they are like short films, giving much more of an impact when seen in their whole form, instead of random snippets. unless that’s the point? a marketing strategy that makes you so confused you’ll just buy it out of curiosity.

*disclaimer: I will try this at home

the cologne and car commercials that actors do tend to fall into this category. the sponsors are banking on the fact that you’ll subliminally associate the handsome actor with the cologne or car or suit, etc. I won’t say they’re wrong…

Dan Stevens did a series of commercials for Jaguar about being an expat in Brooklyn. in one he gets his beard trimmed, in another he gets his suit tailored, and in a third he eats. my brain wouldn’t normally associate any of those things with a car, but now it does! he’s also been part of an Armani suit campaign, which could have easily doubled as an eyeglasses campaign. missed opportunities.

Robert Pattinson went the cologne route with Dior Homme. in this instance it is just a bunch of different scenes spliced together, not a lot of context to begin with.
the original longer scenes do make more sense though (head canon: the elevator bit was a gift to the ‘Master of the Universe’ fan-fiction fangirls, giving them the original face of the Fifty Shades trilogy. I speak for all of us when I say Thank You.)
bonus: a completely different one.

 

Jamie Dornan was a model before he went into acting, so he’s done a lot of commercial campaigns. his most recent is for Boss. will smelling this fragrance do to me what those glasses did for them? I need more information!
Ansel Elgort is currently the face of Polo Red Rush cologne. because of this I’ve seen him in my clothing store, I’ve seen him in my mailbox, and I hear him(every day) on my IPod. he’s also been a face of Prada.
and then there is Joe Keery. Joe didn’t do a sexy car or cologne commercial but one for pizza instead. it might not have been sexy in the classic sense, but I found the remake of scenes from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off fun and very memorable! those raised eyebrows? love. enough to order Dominoes pizza when that’s not normally the company I buy from? a solid yes.
On a somewhat related note: if you like photo shoots, always be sure to check either YouTube or the website of the magazine article it was originally attached to for behind the scenes footage.  sometimes there will be a short video showing the shoot in action. like this one of Joe Keery eating Poutine and getting mistaken for Ansel Elgort.
or this one of Ansel Elgort falling into a swimming pool.

 

this is a scene of Joe rapping and messing up his lines in a bit part from the television show Empire. not a commercial or photo shoot but something memorable that I like to watch over and over again. sexy is subjective.

the love affair continues

Headcanon (or head canon, head-canon) is a fan’s personal, idiosyncratic interpretation of canon, such as the backstory of a character, or the nature of relationships between characters.

Ansel Elgort posted 17 shirtless selfies on Instagram and no one knows why. speculations consist of:

-a friend snatching his phone and posting his camera roll without his knowledge

-a late night ego explosion

-bringing attention to himself and thus the new trailer for his movie The Goldfinch (which dropped the next day)

-he was bored and thought it would be fun to send the internet into a tailspin.

-my delusional headcanon: he heard about the love affair I have with his house and made sure to include glimpses of it in the background of every shot.

hush, you! this isn’t your post.

The Evidence:

beautiful door

amazing mirror with wrought iron scroll hooks

chandelier

chevron pattern wood floor and fireplace

look how off center he is, it’s so obvious!

crown molding

close up of woodwork (& scroll hook again)

 

Wasn’t that sweet of him to do that for me? He’s the best!

 

You can watch the Goldfinch trailer here, and see all the selfies (while they last) on Ansel’s Instagram.

hmmm, so this is love…

 

let’s talk about Joe Keery

I’m going to be upfront and state that I have not seen Joe act in anything other than Stranger Things and the Ferris Bueller Domino’s pizza commercials. so many celebrity crushes, so little time…

but those were enough to grab my attention and keep him on my radar. though apparently pizza delivery is not one of Joe’s strong suits

When I started browsing through interviews of Joe, my impression was that he just seems real, not a cardboard cut out of a movie star at all. I like for the actors that I admire to be down to earth, the type of people I can easily imagine myself having conversations with, instead of having a fangirl meltdown in front of them and tripping over my tongue as well as my feet if I ever met them. some of them intimidate me more than others but all of them appear to be nice, friendly guys. Joe fits that description well. he seems like someone I might even know, someone who could live down the street and I not even know he was an actor.

The internet has fallen in love with the bromance Joe’s character Steve has formed with the younger Dustin (played by Gaten Matarazzo). it’s like a big brother relationship but one that works both ways, with the younger of the two doing just as much guiding and supporting as the older more experienced one. that seems to bleed into real life as well with the praise that Joe is always quick to give regarding his younger costars, and Gaten in particular. I love the interviews with just the two of them, laughing and having fun together, it’s cute but also very heartwarming. there’s just something about that big brother vibe that melts me.

Something that several of my favorite actors share is that they are musically talented. Joe can be added to that list with confidence. he plays guitar and occasionally sings with the band Post Animals. he’s had to step back from this as of late because of Stranger Things commitments but he has three albums with them under his belt to show for it.

(okay, maybe not so real after all because I don’t know anyone who can sing like that)

I ran across an interview recently conducted by actor and comedian Kevin Pollack. it’s very informal and also very long, neither of which I’m complaining about! Kevin is very interested in origin stories, finding out step by step how someone got into acting and how their big break came about. Joe was so laid back, so honest and open in this interview, the time just flew by for me!

he was also eager for any recollections or advice Kevin offered. I think the best advice though came from Freaks and Geeks alum, Samm Levine, who urged Joe not to be afraid to put his foot down, so to speak, with the wardrobe department.

never ever ever say yes to the wardrobe department about a pair of shoes that are even a little bit uncomfortable

now that’s what I call practical advice!

I liked the character of Steve Harrington instantly, even back in season one when maybe he shouldn’t have been so likable. I knew(hoped) that there was more to him than meets the eye. thankfully I was right. so even though I’ve not viewed much of Joe’s acting yet, I’m going to trust my instincts. Stranger Things returns to Netflix for season three July 4th.

bonus:

2 degrees of Dan Stevens- Joe is dating actress Maika Monroe, who shared the big screen with Dan in The Guest. any connection to Dan is always worth mentioning.