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hedgehog-goulash7:

Tweeted by Robert Downey Jr. today - it’s a reunion of the Holmes brothers, RDJ and Stephen Fry! 
Mykie and Sherly meet up backstage before their appearance on this week’s The Graham Norton Show in London, 16 October 2014.
OK - SO THEY HAVE TO TALK ABOUT SHERLOCK HOLMES 3, RIGHT??
(Even though Robert will be mostly focused on “The Judge,” and might also address all the recent news lather about Marvel’s Civil War…)
PLEASE TALK ABOUT SHERLOCK HOLMES 3.
(Ah, well, we will know soon enough.  The fandom who waited…and waited…and waited…)

hedgehog-goulash7:

Tweeted by Robert Downey Jr. today - it’s a reunion of the Holmes brothers, RDJ and Stephen Fry! 

Mykie and Sherly meet up backstage before their appearance on this week’s The Graham Norton Show in London, 16 October 2014.

OK - SO THEY HAVE TO TALK ABOUT SHERLOCK HOLMES 3, RIGHT??

(Even though Robert will be mostly focused on “The Judge,” and might also address all the recent news lather about Marvel’s Civil War…)

PLEASE TALK ABOUT SHERLOCK HOLMES 3.

(Ah, well, we will know soon enough.  The fandom who waited…and waited…and waited…)

One day Hugh will find the right material and emerge either as James Bond or something that will make him a world star.

- Stephen Fry’s diary/November 14, 1993 (More Fool Me)

Nobody knows how badly I want Hugh to explode with a long speech on how talented, gorgeous and absolutely smashing Stephen is.

(Source: oscarwetnwilde)

Stephen Fry: More Fool Me

I haven’t digested the book yet, but I already feel the need to share my thoughts. The strongest feeling so far: the book makes me dizzy, not in a good way, but it’s what we, software testers, call “intended behaviour”. It’s intended behaviour of good books: they make you feel like the character (or, in the case of an autobiography, the author) felt.

First of all: I’m rather tolerant about drugs, by which I mean that I don’t have an opinion on legalisation/further criminalisation of heavy drugs (as for stuff like weed, I’m certainly pro, but not for Russia where I live, we need a lot of time and changes so that legalisation and criminalisation stop looking too alike) and honestly don’t understand why a drug addict who robbed an ambulance is worse than an alcoholic who burglarised a shop to get himself a bottle. One’s addiction breaks laws, other’s doesn’t? “Yeah, right. Ha fucking ha.” (c) Alcohol isn’t legal for all, remember, and there were times and places when and where it wasn’t legal at all. That’s on one hand. On the other hand, physical and psychological addictions deforming and mutilating personality scare shit out of me, for many reasons, one of them that nobody really knows how to treat them and they surely require serious treatment. Stephen’s book is not a typical “life story of a coke user”, he clearly states why: there’s an enormous difference between “clean”, expensive drugs and stuff sold in the streets, mixed with god knows what. Like elite and counterfeit vodka. At the same time the book feels so real and so true it sometimes gives you chills.

According to Stephen, he didn’t want to either make fun of the whole thing or sound too dramatic, and I believe he managed to do exactly what he wanted. The tone is light, sometimes hilarious, but there is a constant serious note that sounds loud and clear through Stephen’s trademark humour and masterful self-irony. It goes through every moment related to his drug addiction and is punctuated by short and, to put it mildly, convincing sentences on what a nightmare it actually was. He makes you feel it, he makes you feel what a coke addict turns his life into. Side effects of the drug use are mentioned more than once and, to put it mildly again, they don’t make you wish you could try the “magic” powder.

As the book is dedicated to the time when Stephen’s early career was in full bloom, there’s a lot of name-dropping and, as Stephen prefers to call it, gossip. But there’s a big difference between Fry’s gossip and real gossip: Stephen has never hurt, insulted, outed or put ANYONE in an incomfortable position. Except himself. He can tell a rib-destroyingly funny story about Prince of Wales, and I’m sure that it will only make Prince of Wales cry with laughter - same goes for all those involved in this story. 

Biographies, and especially showbiz biographies, have a vomit-inducing feature: most authors suddenly gain incredible “inner strength” and “bravery of spirit” when they decide to tell “truth” about others. Tears in their eyes and voices, authors tell shameful, insulting and of course unverifiable “truth” about bad habits, breakdowns, adulteries and general embarrassment of their long dead friends who, by obvious reasons, can neither say a word to defend themselves nor punch authors so hard they go search for their teeth across the street. Stephen does these things only about himself, without taking pseudo-heroic stances, and this is especially admirable, going together with his tact about others. This is the case when the book is good enough to reflect not the author, but the reader. Calling Stephen out for “glamourising coke”? Seriously? His efforts to anti glamourise it aren’t enough? I have bad news for you: coke is ALREADY so glamour in your head you probably need a doctor. Screeching that he was “boasting” about taking coke in Buckingham Palace? So much for the difference between boasting and being clearly ashamed - would YOU, after taking coke at the monarch residence, boast about it for the rest of your life? Perhaps YOU would. But this man isn’t you.

During his live events Stephen repeated several times that he knew what he was doing and how many people would throw stones at him. I hope he feels well and hysterical screeching and pseudo-moral seizures don’t get to him, so far he has been holding gracefully despite open nastiness towards him. I’m sure that More Fool Me will have a long lasting and very positive effect on people. Even on those who will need quite a lot of time to come to terms with it.

Oct 3

Pictures from More Fool Me, the new memoir by Stephen.

Whoever sees them can’t understand how can this gorgeous guy be so critical about his appearance. Needless to say that I don’t understand it either.:)

Some of these pics were my wet dreams, as I only had them with watermarks - the one with Hugh and the one where Stephen looks like a mix of Jeeves and a silent film star.

The most gorgeous British Prime Minister is… fictional.:)
And the man who played this PM has just been cast in the new project by Martin Scorsese - “Tomorrow”.:-D
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/news/a598121/stephen-fry-and-joss-stone-for-martin-scorsese-movie.html#~oQBn2fX8dPYMvy

The most gorgeous British Prime Minister is… fictional.:)

And the man who played this PM has just been cast in the new project by Martin Scorsese - “Tomorrow”.:-D

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/news/a598121/stephen-fry-and-joss-stone-for-martin-scorsese-movie.html#~oQBn2fX8dPYMvy

girlonfilms:

This Friday has been announced as #FryDay.
It’s to promote the release of his new memoir, More Fool Me.
The day will also include The comedian/actor answering fan questions in a global Apple iBooks Twitter Q&A which begins at 2pm and is the first of its kind to mark the release of a book in the UK.
To get involved follow @iBooks https://twitter.com/iBooks

girlonfilms:

This Friday has been announced as #FryDay.

It’s to promote the release of his new memoir, More Fool Me.

The day will also include The comedian/actor answering fan questions in a global Apple iBooks Twitter Q&A which begins at 2pm and is the first of its kind to mark the release of a book in the UK.

To get involved follow @iBooks https://twitter.com/iBooks

iloveemmathompson:

Stars of the television comedy series Alfresco posed together in London on 25th April 1983. Ben Elton, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Robbie Coltrane, Emma Thompson and Siobhan Redmond.

The second picture! I have never seen it before. I love how Emma is lying on Stephen. <3

Sep 5

brothers-sisters-comrades:

Stephen Fry: Out There - Episode 1 Gif set

This comes from Episode 1 of Stephen Fry’s BBC documentary Out There. 

"In the first of this two-part series, Stephen Fry reflects back on just how much has changed for gay people during his lifetime. He meets Elton John and David Furnish, the couple who inspired Stephen to be open about his sexuality as well as many others.

This episode, Stephen travels to Uganda, where the government is considering a new law that would make homosexuality a capital crime - putting gay people to death for their sexuality. Stephen meets the men and women targeted by this proposed law and finds out the impact it is already having on their lives.

Stephen also travels to the USA to explore ‘reparative therapy’, which claims to offer a ‘cure’ for being gay. Whilst in the states, he looks at how Hollywood deals with the gay issue by talking to Neil Patrick Harris, an openly gay man who continues to land leading roles.”


Which you can watch here: 

Youtube
Episode 1
Episode 2

I’ve transcribed several interviews from the documentary which can be read here:

  1. Stephen Fry Interviewing Simon Lokodo Uganda’s Minister for “Ethics and Integrity” (from Episode 1)

  2. Stephen Fry Interviewing Brazilian politician Jair Bolsonaro
    (from Episode 2)

  3. Stephen Fry Interviewing Russian Deputy of Saint Petersburg Vitaly Milonov (from Episode 2)

Other Related Gif Sets:
Stephen Fry: Out There - Episode 2 Gif set


I’m hoping this post will raise awareness, please share it and don’t remove the description so that others can find the programme if they wish to watch it.


Follow: (A Humanist Online)

50 For Snow // Kate Bush & Stephen Fry

Happy birthday, Stephen Fry, my beautiful, kind, wise, silly man. Nobody combines so many things that, as we used to think, aren’t meant to be together - magnetic appeal and attraction with lack of self-esteem, wisdom with silliness, talent, success and fame with simplicity, openness and genuine interest in other people.

It’s been 6 years and I love and admire you more and more. Every year, I make you a birthday vid - let it be a bit of Jeeves and Wooster this time.:))))

Smile of the day.

Smile of the day.

Aug 4
gojohnnygogogo:

Still feel quite painful to see this image as it is from the financial times, 18th or 19th Feb. 1995. I do not want to upload the article. (I was the extremely lucky one who saw Cell Mates with these two heroes on stage together as I went on the first day. Truly enjoyed it. Amazing experience)  

Never seen this picture before. A tragic time for Stephen, still a beautiful image. Wish I could see Cell Mates&#8230;

gojohnnygogogo:

Still feel quite painful to see this image as it is from the financial times, 18th or 19th Feb. 1995. I do not want to upload the article. (I was the extremely lucky one who saw Cell Mates with these two heroes on stage together as I went on the first day. Truly enjoyed it. Amazing experience)  

Never seen this picture before. A tragic time for Stephen, still a beautiful image. Wish I could see Cell Mates…

fruityadobo:

Stephen Fry: 

"The Master somehow managed to get himself ‘elected’, one assumes with bribes, to his position many, many years ago. He is the supreme, corrupt power in Lake-town, enforced by a brute squad of thugs and his own private guard. He relies on his slimy assistant Alfrid to spy for him and look after his everyday needs, from feeding him to emptying his chamber pot.

[…] If he had a name it was probably an embarrassing one that he was all too keen to lose when he achieved the title Master. Perhaps it is Parp or Frookweed or something horrible like Hinzyflower Spank. Woe betide anyone who uses it.”

Ann Maskrey (Costume Designer):

"The Master had a few costume changes over the course of the film, each equally hard on the fashion-sensitive eye. […] His clothes had to exude wealth and ugliness, a complete contrast to the humble elegance of the townsfolk.

Emma Harre (Key Stand-by Wardrobe):

"The Master had a magnificent waistcoat made out of antique sari fabric, but there was only the one so it became a very precious object. We called it his Christmas waistcoat and he looked so good in it that it ended up being used a lot, but that meant it also suffered a lot of wear. We were constantly mending it and hoping it would survive the full shoot!

Stephen Fry:

"The Master’s wardrobe is fantastically over the top, but also sadly greased and faded with time. There is a portrait he has in one of his grand chambers that shows the Master as he was in his glory. I think twenty years earlier he was a striking figure of a man. He had brought peace and stability to a town that was always in fear of the Dragon lurking above it. He extorted taxes, ran a private guard to ensure the peace, but at least allowed an element of prosperity in this ‘human’ town, which kept itself clear of Orcs, Elves, Dwarves, and all the other creatures that cause such harm.

Emma Harre:

"[Stephen Fry’s] costumes were amazing, and he was such a funny, lovely man. He had easily a dozen costumes. We put Stephen in a fat suit to add the right volume of bulk in the right places, and to prevent him from overheating under all his layers we gave him a cooling vest."

 

Next pages: Alfrid’s Costume, Braga & The Lake-town Guards’ Costumes

Collective tag link: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Cloaks and Daggers 

1600px versions: Dropbox repository (updated as I post more pages, might take a few days for new pages to show) 

Notes: These photo excerpts are meant to be used by fans as references for the creation of The Hobbit fanwork (cosplay, art, fiction, nonfiction, etc.) Feel free to repost, use, and edit any of these photographs as you wish. Credit back to me is unnecessary. 

If you found these useful, please consider reading through this post by Obscura and making a donation. 

This wonderful book can be purchased at the following links: via RichardArmitageNet Charity Referral with Amazon [US | UK | DE] | via WETA.

A little bit of eyes porn on Monday morning.

A little bit of eyes porn on Monday morning.

(Source: twitter.com)