UPDATED: Cumberbatch has reached out to The Hollywood Reporter to clarify what he characterizes as a “misquote.”
“I am both bemused and upset at this misquote. I never said that Johnny took the job for the paycheck nor did I ask him not to do it. What I said is I would have preferred not to be in the situation where we will again be compared because we are friends. I know for a fact his motivations were to do with the quality of the script and the challenges of this exceptional role.
“It is baffling because I have only been supportive of an incredibly talented actor who I am proud to call a friend taking a job I know he is going to enjoy immensely and be wonderful in.
“Over 70 actors have played this exceptional character before us. To say that there can be only one Holmes would be ludicrous. We’re both thrilled to get the opportunity to play him in a modern context. The world of Sherlock Holmes and the world that we live in now is big enough to take more than one interpretation. As a genuine Sherlock Holmes fan I am greatly looking forward to his series.”
If small business is indeed the engine that drives job growth in America, then we are certainly trying to do our part. And so as a small business owner committed to job creation, let me just say:
IF I HEAR ONE MORE FREAKING PERSON TELL ME THAT I BUILT MY BUSINESS, I AM GOING TO VOMIT.
You know why there aren’t a lot of small online media companies emerging from Somalia these days? Because they don’t have a freaking government. They don’t have bookstores where I could sell books, or roads I could use to get t-shirts to your house. My businesses—like all American businesses—exist because we live in a successful and stable country, which is only successful and stable because for generations, we’ve paid taxes that have allowed us to build an infrastructure and make investments in innovation that allow for increased economic productivity and efficiency.
The free market has shown again and again: It can’t make such a world without government assistance. (Witness, for instance, how bad the free market is at developing new classes of antibiotics, even though such antibiotics would be very useful at keeping people healthy, which in turn increases our Gross Domestic Product.)
My work—like almost all work these days—depends upon the Internet, which wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for government investment. If I hadn’t received excellent free primary school education, I could never have written books. And if primary education weren’t free and compulsory in the United States, I’d have fewer readers, because fewer people could read.
In his stump speech, Mitt Romney has said, “The other day, you know, I thought about a kid that works hard to get the honor roll. And she works real hard. I know that to get the honor roll she had to go on a school bus to get to school. But when she makes the honor roll, I credit the kid, not the bus driver.”
Well, I credit the bus driver, for providing a safe and comfortable environment for that student. But drivers aren’t just collecting a paycheck: They’re performing a vital service, and one that involves tremendous responsibility. So yes, I credit them.
And I credit the kid’s teacher, who works tirelessly to get the kid excited about learning. I credit the kid’s parents, and I credit her peers. I credit the school’s cafeteria staff, who work to get the kid as nutritious a meal as budget cuts will allow. I credit the school librarian, if the school still has a librarian, who teaches the kid research skills that will serve her well throughout life. I credit the politicians who raise taxes to pay for better schools rather than cowardly arguing that taxes should always be lower, even if they’re already lower than they ever have been. I credit the school board and the people who repave the roads to school to keep them safe.
I credit the kid. But I also credit her community. They recognized the kid (like all kids) was worth investing in. They cared for her. They made it possible for her to succeed.
Over the years, I’ve encountered a few successful people who believe they did it all themselves and achieved success because they are just better than their fellow human beings. Some were bankers; some were writers; some were lawyers. Some male, some female. Some rich, some not. Some were born into privilege, some weren’t. I guess they’re a pretty diverse crowd. They only have one thing in common, really: They’re all assholes.
“England is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn’t make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn’t been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler’s ambitions.” — Mitt Romney
I am… I am so very sorry. Please. I apologize. This is our fault. We elected this clown Governor.
((Stares at above lines of text))
I am so socially awkward, this seems like something I would say. Except I would add something about Hobbits and Dr. Who, oh GOD.
in all my life, I have never encountered such an astounding act of trolling as the time I spent an hour and a half downloading what I thought was a Good Omens fanmix and then discovering that it was a Best of Queen album.
The new Discworld series “The Watch” (AKA CSI:Ankh-Morpork) has been approved by Terry Pratchett and will go into production with BBC Worldwide.
The project to film GOOD OMENS is also going forward. A “mood reel” of images evocative of the story was put together by the production company and was shown as part of the announcement. (This was commonly being referred to at the convention as “the trailer”, though it wasn’t a trailer as such: it is way too early for there to be a trailer in the conventional sense, as no script material has been written, and therefore the’s no way for there to be genuine footage or any information about casting, etc. No release date was specified. The mood reel video said “COMING SOON”, so your guess as to when is as good as anybody’s.)
Meanwhile, let joy be unrestrained!
(PS: Terry is in excellent fettle. Had a long chat with him last night and the Master is still very, very much in the building, in case anyone was wondering.)
Okay it’s like I thought. I had a hard time imagining Diane Duane making this shit up. It’s a teaser trailer basically, just the reminder that it is happening. When I was talking to Abby I was like “It’s probably just a slow artsy pan up over a town or some scenery or something into some clouds and like “Good Omens, Coming Soon”.
Good to be right
BETTER THAT THIS MEANS THE CSI ANKH-MORPORK THING IS REAL REAL REAL
Stories marked with ** are INSANELY GOOD omg. For starkravingdane :)
Choices by Kethrua (**) An AU to the book “Changes,” Harry sells himself to Marcone instead of Mab. They both take a while to adjust to this. (Rated Mature, Dresden/Marcone) And now with an additional side story!
The Spirit and the Letter by lightgetsin Harry and Marcone have a complicated relationship. When Harry finds himself temporarily a girl, that doesn’t change. (Rated Explicit, Dresden/Marcone)
Crosshairs by manic_intent Written for the Dresden Files kink meme, being an AU where Marcone also has magical powers. A murderer is getting rid of the signatories who have come to Chicago to sign Gentleman Johnny Marcone into the Accords. (Rated Mature, Dresden/Marcone)
The Matter of Chicago by LuciaZephyr (**) An AU for the entire series— Marcone manages to get Harry into his employ early on in the series, and that changes everything. (Rated Explicit, eventual Dresden/Marcone)
Wager by neveralarch Harry Dresden’s first semester as an assistant professor of religious studies comes with its own unique challenges. Like dealing with Doctors Marcone and Vargassi of the philosophy department. Academic AU! (Rated Explicit, Dresden/Marcone)
Dresden files Kinkmeme Fills by LuciaZephyr 6 short stories. The one where Harry accidentally becomes a Wyldfae lord; the one where everyone hangs out on IRC and gossips about Harry and trades supernatural tips; the one where Harry loses his voice and copes; the one where Harry cannot lie; the one where Harry is the cattiest secretary ever but cannot be fired; the one with the hot tub sex. (Rating varies from Gen to Explicit, mostly Marcone/Dresden)
Please Hang Up And Try Again by Aja and thehoyden "I’m going to need at least a dozen more roses before the chastity belt comes off." (Rated Explicit, Dresden/Marcone)
Near Miss by binz and shiplizard Three years ago, Tony Vargassi died and left his flourishing criminal empire to his son Marco. Gang violence is rife in the streets, but Harry Dresden’s concluded, reluctantly, that it isn’t his kind of problem. He’s about to find out that the real power behind Chicago’s throne is a lot worse then a spoiled mobster’s son — and maybe more than he can handle. John ‘Johnny’ Marcone is a mechanic with a bad limp and a bad history with Vargassi. He doesn’t want to get back into the business of the Business; he barely escaped with his life before. But in Harry Dresden he sees enough raw power to save the city he loves. Will he risk it all to back his crazy friend against the powers that be? And can Harry and his car survive what Chicago has in store for him, even with a full-time mechanic? (Rated Explicit, Dresden/Marcone)
And basically, everything ever written by lightgetsin, grenegome, and LuciaZephyr. I… have more but these are the ones I go back to re-read. Also, it’s pretty obvious how much I love AUs, lol. Sorry starkravingdane! Anyone want to chime in with their favorite Dresden fics?
Dresden/Marcone? idk OR HEY WE BOTH LIKE THE TENTH KINGDOM? Wolf/Virginia.
Lol, already did a Wolf/Virginia! So Harry Dresden/John Marcone it is :)
who cooks normally?:
Marcone. I mean, Harry’s been a bachelor long enough to know how to handle the basics (especially if it comes out of a box), but John has a talent for it. He also has a thing for taking care people (the ones that are ‘his’ anyway) and this is one of the few ways that he’s allowed to take care of Harry. Home-cooked meals mean a lot more to Harry than he’ll ever let on (though John has the unsettling ability to guess these things). It means home and safety and being cherished, which are things that Harry hasn’t ever had much of. He has a hard time saying no to John after one of these meals; John loves Harry too much to take advantage of this.
how often do they fight?:
Every other day.
what do they do when they’re away from each other?:
Harry’s often working on potions and crafting spells, resolutely not thinking about John because it’s not like his life revolves around the guy, geeze. He also ends up way too often on the streets being shot at and blowing things up. John doesn’t act any differently, except he might check his cellphone for updates more often. And he develops a very, very faint (only Gard and Hendricks notice it) twitch under one eye when the updates indicate yet another property set on fire.
nicknames for each other?:
They’re usually just “Harry” and “John.” But when Harry’s being particularly stubborn or prissy, John’ll pull out the “Mister Dresden,” drawling it out in a really irritating way. Sometimes, instead of being the refined Baron of Chicago that he grew to be, John will play at being the thug hidden in his past and Harry calls him Johnny. Handcuffs may or may not be involved. And Harry’s been known to tell John that he’s his favorite scumbag.
who is more likely to pay for dinner?:
Harry gets really angry when John tries to pay more than half, which is why they eat at home more often than not.
who steals the covers at night?:
It shouldn’t be a problem; John sleeps like the dead and Harry only steals the covers when he has nightmares. But Harry feels really guilty about stealing the blankets and somehow it turns into something that’s a huge deal. So John problem solves and they each have their own blanket.
what would they get each other for gifts?:
Harry hates expensive things that obviously come from the mafia money, but for some reason John doesn’t understand, it’s ok if the money is put into remodeling the house they share or buying furniture. Things that John has been able to buy without triggering a huge fight: a california king bed, a high-pressure massaging shower head, giving one of the guest rooms entirely over to the cat Mister with a multi-level cat tower that takes up an entire wall, a giant custom-built dog house with actual running water for Mouse, and giving over the entire basement floor for Harry and Bob to work their magic. For John, Harry makes a variety of necklaces and bracelets with the strongest protection spells he has. He tries to play it off like it’s not a big deal, but Bob has spilled to John how much time and effort Harry puts into working the metal before even thinking about casting spells.
who kissed who first?:
John kisses Harry first, but he maintains that it doesn’t count because he was extremely high off of a spiked drink and doesn’t actually remember it happening. Harry kisses him a few months later, after a lot of angst and confusion.
who made the first move?:
John’s plan was to indicate his interest to Harry, then step back and wait for the response— he’s guessed enough about Harry’s consent issues to know that Harry has to make the first actual move. The only problem is that Harry’s kind of a moron and completely oblivious, so he had no idea about John’s interest. At least, not until John’s roofied kiss, which was really not how John wanted this to go. He figures Harry’s within rights to refuse any kind of relationship and isn’t surprised when he doesn’t see Harry for a couple months. And then he’s ambushed with hotdogs outside of a courthouse and Harry eats his with a disgusting amount of mustard and there might be a discussion of feelings in a very roundabout way. Orgasms are soon to follow to repair their manliness.
who remembers things?:
John remembers everything. To the point of being a little creepy, which he is aware of and tries not to be obvious about it. Harry kind of likes being to focus of all that attention, though.
who started the relationship?:
John knew they would only work if Harry was able to make the first move.
who cusses more?:
Harry swears a lot, fairly casually and when he’s mad. John only swears when he’s playing the bit of rough “Johnny” or when his baseball team is losing.
what would they do if the other one was hurt?:
when Harry is sick or hurt, John makes his grandmothers chicken soup and homemade bread for Harry. When John gets sick, he and Harry end up cuddling a lot because it’s the only thing that makes him feel better. And Harry always knows when to cuddle somehow, even though John never feels like he can ask for it.