Tuesday, May 26

Lucius Malfoy. We meet at last.

The Golden Globe, BAFTA, International Emmy and Critic's Circle nominated Jason Isaacs began his acting career at Bristol University where he studied Law, but found himself acting, writing and directing most of the time. After graduation, he trained for three years at London's prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama. In 2000, his breakout role as Colonel William Tavington in Roland Emmerich's feature film The Patriot garnered him numerous nominations including one from the British Film Critics' Circle.

Two years later, Isaacs began his role as Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He went on to reprise the role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and again in the last two films Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Parts I and II.

His other film credits include Black Hawk Down, Green Zone, Peter Pan,Friends with Money, The Tuxedo, Sweet November, Windtalkers, End of the Affair, Armageddon, Event HorizonGoodAbduction and Skeletons.

On stage he created the role of Louis in the award-winning Royal National Theatre production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America: Parts 1 and 2 and has performed to packed houses at London's Royal Court, Almeida, King's Head and Trafalgar theatres. In 2007, he starred in a sell-out run of Pinter's The Dumb Waiter with comedian Lee Evans.

Isaacs has won multiple awards and nominations for his television roles including the BAFTA Best Actor nomination for The Curse of Steptoe and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for the BBC's The State Within. The critics raved over his performances in Scars, Lynda LaPlante's Civvies and as Michael Caffee in three seasons of the Peabody Award-winning Brotherhood.He then starred as Jackson Brodie in the BBC's Case Histories, a role that garnered him various other nominations including an International Emmy for Best Leading Actor. Case Histories also won the BAFTA Scotland Award for best drama series. He produced and starred as Detective Michael Britten in NBC's critically acclaimed dual-reality drama Awake. He has also appeared in The West Wing and Entourage.

Jason recently appeared in the feature Sweetwater alongside Ed Harris and January Jones, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. That year, he completed After the Fall executive produced by Terrence Malick and directed by Saar Klein, Field of Lost Shoes directed by Sean McNamara and London Fields directed by Mathew Cullen. He appeared in the NBC miniseries event Rosemary's Baby in April 2014 and was seen alongside Brad Pitt in Fury in October 2014.

Jason is currently filming the action-adventure event series DIG for USA Network from the minds behind Heroes and Homeland, to premiere on March 5, 2015.

Monday, May 25

A River runs through it

I am Dreadfully sorry for my long internet absence, but things have been Frightfully busy lately.

Not least of which is getting ready for Phoenix Comicon 15 this weekend!


This week I intend to feature some of the Comicon guests Momma, Clementine, and I are most excited about.

Clementine is especially excited about meeting Summer Glau, better known as River Tam in Firefly and the feature film, Serenity.

Summer Glau is an American prima ballerina and actress, who is best known for for her iconic characters River Tam in Joss Whedon's TV series Firefly and the feature film, Serenity and Cameron Philips in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Summer got her start in Joss Whedon's much acclaimed TV series Angel playing a cursed Prima Ballerina in the 2002 episode "Waiting in the wings." Contributing to her Sci Fi credit were roles in USA's The 4400 as Tess, a Schizophrenic that can control others with her mind and followed it with a return to the Whedonverse in Dollhouse as Echo's long lost nemesis, Bennet Halverson.

2010 saw Summer fulfilling two lifelong dreams by starring in both a Lifetime movie Deadly Honeymoon, and filming a Western The Legend of Hells Gate: An America Conspiracy. Summer revisited TV screens in 2011 in NBC's highly anticipated The Cape as Orwell, an investigative blogger who teams up with Vince/The Cape in order to fight crime and restore justice. Most recently Summer did an impressive guest appearance on Alphas. And, it has just been announced that she will now be seen in the CBS TV pilot Scent of the Missing as Sedona with Tricia Helfer.

First Kaylee (Jewel Staite) in 2013, then Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) in 2014, and now River!

Clementine is over the moon!

Tuesday, April 21

The Lincoln Special

Martyred president Abraham Lincoln's body lay in state in the East Room of the White House which was open to the public on Tuesday, April 18, 1865. On Wednesday, April 19, a funeral service was held and then the coffin was transported to the Capitol Rotunda, where a ceremonial burial service was held. The body again laid in state on Thursday, April 20 and early on the morning of Friday, April 21 a prayer service was held for the Lincoln cabinet. 

At 7 a.m. on Friday, April 21, 1865, the coffin was taken by honor guard to the funeral car and at 8 a.m. the train departed. At least 10,000 people witnessed the train's departure from Washington.

The funeral train consisted of nine cars, including a baggage and hearse car which contained the coffins of Lincoln and his son, William "Willie" Wallace Lincoln, who had died on Feb. 20, 1862 at the age of 11 of typhoid fever during Lincoln’s second year in office.

Lincoln's eldest son Robert Todd Lincoln rode the train to Baltimore and then returned to the White House to be with his mother and surviving brother, Tad. (Robert took a train to Springfield on May 1, 1865 to attend his father's final funeral.) Mary Todd Lincoln, who was too distraught to make the trip, didn't return to Illinois until May 22, 1865.

The train retraced most of the route president-elect Lincoln had traveled on his way to Washington and his first inauguration in 1861, and millions of Americans viewed the train along the route in the following cities:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Baltimore, Maryland, April 21, 1865
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, April 21, 1865
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 22, 1865
  • New York City, April 24, 1865
  • Albany, New York, April 25, 1865
  • Buffalo, New York, April 27, 1865
  • Cleveland, Ohio, April 28, 1865
  • Columbus, Ohio, April 29, 1865
  • Indianapolis, Indiana, April 30, 1865
  • Michigan City, Indiana, May 1, 1865
  • Chicago, Illinois, May 1, 1865
  • Springfield, Illinois, May 3, 1865

The train passed 444 communities, 180 cities, and seven states. (Lincoln was not viewed in state in New Jersey).

However, assassin John Wilkes Booth was still on the run as of April 21, 1865.

Booth was not the hero he thought he would be. Newspapers called him an "accursed devil," "monster," "madman," and a "wretched fiend." Even in the South, Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston called Booth's act "a disgrace to the age," and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee expressed regret at Lincoln's assassination.

Not all were grief-stricken, however. In New York City, a man was attacked by an enraged crowd when he shouted, "It served Old Abe right!" after hearing the news of Lincoln's death.

(Momma's great-great-grandfather, who had mustered out of the 58th OVI on Jan. 8, 1865, was back in Hocking County, Ohio when he heard of the assassination. When a local man cheered at the news, Momma's great-great-grandfather punched him in the face -- knocking him off the split-rail fence he was sitting upon and breaking his jaw.)

Booth would remain on the run until cornered, shot, and killed in a tobacco barn just south of Port Royal, Caroline County, Virginia on April 26, 1865.

Tuesday, April 14

Now he belongs to the ages

On the night Abraham Lincoln was shot, April 14, 1865, Associated Press correspondent Lawrence Gobright scrambled to report from the White House, the streets of the stricken capital, and even from the blood-stained box at Ford's Theatre, where, in his memoir he reports he was handed the assassin's gun and turned it over to authorities. Here is an edited version of his original AP dispatch:


WASHINGTON, APRIL 14 - President Lincoln and wife visited Ford's Theatre this evening for the purpose of witnessing the performance of 'The (sic) American Cousin.' It was announced in the papers that Gen. Grant would also be present, but that gentleman took the late train of cars for New Jersey.

The theatre was densely crowded, and everybody seemed delighted with the scene before them. During the third act and while there was a temporary pause for one of the actors to enter, a sharp report of a pistol was heard, which merely attracted attention, but suggested nothing serious until a man rushed to the front of the President's box, waving a long dagger in his right hand, exclaiming, 'Sic semper tyrannis,' and immediately leaped from the box, which was in the second tier, to the stage beneath, and ran across to the opposite side, made his escape amid the bewilderment of the audience from the rear of the theatre, and mounted a horse and fled.

The groans of Mrs. Lincoln first disclosed the fact that the President had been shot, when all present rose to their feet rushing towards the stage, many exclaiming, 'Hang him, hang him!' The excitement was of the wildest possible description...

There was a rush towards the President's box, when cries were heard - 'Stand back and give him air!' 'Has anyone stimulants?' On a hasty examination it was found that the President had been shot through the head above and back of the temporal bone, and that some of his brain was oozing out. He was removed to a private house opposite the theatre, and the Surgeon General of the Army and other surgeons were sent for to attend to his condition.

On an examination of the private box, blood was discovered on the back of the cushioned rocking chair on which the President had been sitting; also on the partition and on the floor. A common single-barrelled pocket pistol was found on the carpet.

A military guard was placed in front of the private residence to which the President had been conveyed. An immense crowd was in front of it, all deeply anxious to learn the condition of the President.

It had been previously announced that the wound was mortal, but all hoped otherwise. ...

At midnight the Cabinet, with Messrs. Sumner, Colfax and Farnsworth, Judge Curtis, Governor Oglesby, Gen. Meigs, Col. Hay, and a few personal friends, with Surgeon General Barnes and his immediate assistants, were around his bedside.

The President was in a state of syncope, totally insensible and breathing slowly. The blood oozed from the wound at the back of his head. The surgeons exhausted every effort of medical skill, but all hope was gone.

The parting of his family with the dying President is too sad for description....


Lincoln's death at 7:22 a.m. on April 15, 1865 was reported by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton.

Monday, April 13

Friend or foe

Steampunk Red Riding Hood by Madame Alexander $199.95
Red Riding Hood isn't so little anymore! She makes a whimsical appearance in the 2015 Madame Alexander line as a 16 inch Alex doll with a steampunk twist. She is made of vinyl and fully articulated. A 2015 Madame Alexander doll. Suitable for ages 14 and up.
Momma and I love the wolf's tail!