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Con Envy

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I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of friends who are spending this weekend at various Cons. There’s a writer’s conference in New York, the Harry Potter convention Ascendio in Orlando, and of course San Diego’s Comic Con. It is only day 2 of these various events and I have already had to endure an obnoxious amount of tweets and Facebook posts about all the awesome things these friends have seen and all the fun they are having.

The green eyed monster has reared his ugly head and is now stomping about like petulant toddler. I wanna go too!!

Show of hands, how many of you feel the same way? Yep. That’s what I thought. I see all of your hands waving in the air.

Thankfully there are places where those of us unfortunate to not be there can go to check out the latest happenings when our curiosity overrides our overwhelming jealousy.

A great place to go for Comic Con coverage is Hypable.com. They are even doing live blogs of several of the key events.

For those of you who, like me, are unable to attend Comic Con, which panels would you want to see if you were there? I’d want to see MerlinThe HobbitGame of Thrones, and Glee (to start with ;) ). And if you are one of the people lucky enough to be there, what panels have you seen and which do you hope to see in the upcoming days? Let me know in the comments.

Dreams Really Do Come True

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Hey everyone! I have two fun things to share with you guys. In several blog posts I have hinted at some new writing responsibilities. Well, the time has finally come where I can share what they are.

As you probably know, one of my favorite websites is Hypable.com. Their motto is “by fans, for fans” and that is really accurate. They cover a TON of different fandoms, most of which are ones that I love. Back in September of last year I applied to be a co-host on a Hypable podcast all about one of my favorite TV shows, Glee. When I actually got selected it was an absolute dream come true. I suddenly found myself, however peripherally, involved with the people responsible for TWO of my favorite websites (the creators of Hypable had also run MuggleNet.com, which I visited multiple times a day, every day, for about 7 years).

Fast forward to a little over a month ago. An announcemet was made on the site that they were going to be expanding the site to include “fandom hubs,” which would be hubs for encyclopedic type information on specific fandoms they covered, and they were looking for content writers. I really didn’t have the time, but I didn’t care and applied for it anyway. Two weeks later I got an email that I got the job. They chose me to be one of two content writers for Glee. That’s right, I am now an official member of the very talented writing staff at Hypable.com. Goodness, that still sounds so weird to say.

Late last night Hypable launched their new design, complete with the new fandom hubs. All the content that I spent many, many hours putting together (I did the episode and songs guides for seasons 1, 2, & 3, the information on future seasons, and the cast list)  is now available AND I have a bio on their staff page! Insanity!

Okay, my excited rambling is now finished. :)

The other thing I have to share is my latest vlog. I am joined by my best friend who helps me sing the song ‘For Good’ from the Broadway musical Wicked. I hope you enjoy it.

‘The Hunger Games’ Archery Lesson Part 3

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Here is the last video from the archery series I did on Hypable.com. This video was released last Friday on the same day as The Hunger Games movie opening. Hope you like it! They were a blast to do. And please remember, I am in no way an expert, just a hobbiest having fun. :)

http://www.hypable.com/2012/03/23/video-part-3-of-the-hunger-games-archery-lesson-with-hypables-jessica-oneal/

‘The Hunger Games’ Archery Lesson Part 2

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Join me in Part 2 of the video series I did through Hypable.com looking at archery and how it relates to The Hunger Games. In this video I look more at the recurve bow and the different parts of the arrow.

http://www.hypable.com/2012/03/19/video-part-2-of-the-hunger-games-archery-lesson-with-hypables-jessica-oneal/

“The Hunger Games” Archery Lesson Part 1

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In anticipation of the upcoming The Hunger Games movie I have teamed up with Hypable to release a 3 part video series looking at archery and how it relates to Katniss. In the first part I show you some of the different types of bows there are and the kind that Katniss would be using. Check it out and let me know what you think!

http://www.hypable.com/2012/03/12/video-the-hunger-games-archery-lesson-part-1-with-hypables-jessica-oneal/

 

A New Television Musical Smash

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I would normally be starting a new series this week, but since I didn’t do the post I intended last week, I am pushing everything back a week.

Several months ago when I heard that NBC was getting ready to come out with a musical television show as an answer to Glee I was outraged and swore that I would never watch it. I started to hear bits and pieces of news about this show they were dubbing Smash and, darn it, it sounded interesting. And Debra Messing, whom I love, was going to play a role in it. I stubbornly clung to a bizarre sense of loyalty and told myself that none of that mattered, I was NOT going to watch it. Then I went to see a movie and the little preview thing that plays before the movie starts gave a first look at the show. Crap. It looked amazing. Once again I was going to have to eat my words as I changed my tune.

Once I made the decision that I would not be betraying Glee by watching this show that looked like it was going to be very different anyway, I felt a weight lifted. Suddenly I was beyond excited for the premiere of Smash. So excited in fact, that I, along with two of my pals from Glee Chat, decided to begin a podcast about the show before it had even aired. It has now been on for three weeks (the forth episode airs tonight at 10PM EST) and I am completely hooked.

Smash takes a behind the scenes look at what goes into creating and producing a Broadway musical as songwriting team, Julia (Debra Messing) and Tom, come up with the idea of writing a musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe. From the songwriting and storyboarding trials to the search for funding to casting and directing, we are taken on this journey with all the players involved as they work through these things on top of their own personal lives and situations. The show also stars Katharine McPhee (from American Idol) and Broadway star Megan Hilty as two young actresses, Karen and Ivy, who compete against each other for a chance to finally be a star.

I can not give enough praise to this show. The cast and characters that they play are all incredible. What’s nice is that, even though they all represent a different stereotype (naive smalltown girl, sleazy director, actress willing to do whatever it takes, etc) they are still complex, layered characters who manage to avoid falling into the caricature trap. It is clear that there are many underlying motivations within each person that we are not yet aware of. I can’t wait to see what is revealed about each and every one of them.

It should come as no surprise that I adore Debra Messing’s character, Julia, and the relationship she has with her writing partner Tom, who is very much gay. Their characters are completely different from those of Will & Grace, but I still get a nice feeling of nostalgia every time I see them together. But the character that grabbed the spot of my favorite from her very first scene, much to my surprise, was musical producer, Eileen (played by Anjelica Huston). Compared to the rest of the cast, Eileen does not have as much screen time, but what time she does have is always memorable and exciting. Whether she is tossing a Manhattan in her soon to be ex-husband’s face or simply walking down the street, she has a presence about her that takes over the scene and completely draws you in. I love her. So much.

My favorite part about this show, however, is the music. There are only 3-4 songs each episode and usually one of those is an original song with the rest being covers. What I love about Smash is that, so far at least, the music is integrated into the show in a way that makes sense within the narrative. It’s not like in Glee where someone just randomly breaks into song while walking down a hallway, instead, all of the songs are done in what are real life situations – auditions, demo recordings, karaoke bars, etc. There will still be some fantasy sequences, especially during the original numbers written for the Broadway show, but those sequences are usually to show what the number would actually look like on the stage and just add to the excitement and thrill of the song.

I can’t wait to see where this show goes over the course of the season. I love the characters, I love the stories, I love the music, I love the choreography, I love the sets, I love the costumes…I pretty much love everything. It is so much fun to see the world of Broadway brought to life on my TV screen and I hope that it continues for some time to come.

Have you watched Smash? What do you think of it? What do you like? Not like? Let me know in the comments.

Be sure to check out new episodes every Monday at 10PM EST on NBC and check out the podcast I host, Hypable’s Smash Chat, where we rehash each episode and the latest Smash news.

Sh*t Gleeks Say

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I had planned on writing a completely different post for today, but after being gone all weekend camping (I will share pictures and stories on Wednesday) I don’t really have the time to write up my original idea and do it justice. Soooo, instead I am sharing the newly posted “Sh*t Gleeks Say” Video that I and some of my fellow Glee Chat hosts made. If you are any kind of Glee fan, you have probably said a few of these. And you may or may not get to see some bow action from yours truly. ;)

What do you guys think? Have you or any Gleeks you know been caught saying a few of these things? What is some other sh*t Gleeks say? Let me know in the comments.