RuPaul Summons His Inner Host

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Well known drag queen and television host RuPaul is no stranger to the spotlight. While fame certainly does come with some notable perks, being in the public eye also opens the door to hatred, especially being the polarizing figure that he is.

This topic was brought up during RuPaul’s recent visit to the Loveline podcast, which is co-hosted by Amber Rose, another socially polarizing figure. While discussing the best ways to cope with the vast amounts of hatred that controversial celebrities receive, most notably via social media platforms, RuPaul divulged that he uses techniques including prayer and meditation to relax his mind.

What may be a bit more surprising is that the RuPaul’s Drag Race star also takes a page directly from Westworld as part of his method:
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Evan Rachel Wood Rocks, Literally!

Evan Rachel Wood Rocks, Literally!

Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood has certainly solidified herself as a top-tier actress after her portrayal of Dolores Abernathy in the show’s freshman run. But did you also know Wood’s singing chops are just as good?

Rock band Rebel and a Basketcase, comprised of Wood and her fiancé Zach Villa, swung by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon recently to premiere their new single ‘Today’. This appearance just so happened to be the duo’s first televised performance, but any nerves that may have accompanied such a big occasion definitely didn’t show.

Have a watch for yourself:
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Host vs. Human Memories in Westworld

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Throughout Westworld’s offseason, the idea of consciousness has been dissected and discussed as it applies to the show’s hosts. The progression towards sentience for the androids, led by Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), Maeve (Thandie Newton), and Bernard (Jeffrey Wright), is only expected to gain more steam in the upcoming sophomore season, and this uprising is in large part due to Arnold’s ‘reveries’ programming, which allows the hosts to recall the past.

This ability to remember is the subject of a new article by psychiatrist Harvey Roy Greenberg published in Psychiatric Times. As part of the article, Dr. Greenberg compares the recollection of memories that us humans experience to the artificial way in which the hosts access past information.
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Westworld’s James Marsden on Nude Scenes with Anthony Hopkins

Teddy Flood and Dr. Ford on Westworld

Actor James Marsden is a veteran of dozens of films and television productions, with a career spanning over 20 years. He is certainly no stranger to playing the handsome hero, which he does with aplomb. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, however, Marsden admits his role as Teddy Flood on Westworld gave him a unique challenge as an actor: being nude onscreen with legend Sir Anthony Hopkins (Dr. Robert Ford).

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What Westworld Reveals About the Human Experience

Teddy and Dolores on Westworld

“When you’re suffering, that’s when you’re most real.” – The Man in Black

No one likes to experience trauma, and we tend to avoid experiencing it as much as possible. We also realize, however, that facing disappointment, pain, and loss are necessary for us to grow and mature as individuals. That’s why we let our children take risks (within reason) and don’t automatically jump to the rescue every time they fail. The struggle to overcome adversity is part of what it means to be human.

A recent article from Jewish Journal suggests that there is a spiritual message in Westworld about how trauma helps us “develop self-understanding.” The author discusses how pain makes you “deeper, wiser and more human.” We certainly see this with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) – her path toward consciousness is rife with struggle and suffering.

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Discover Westworld Nominated for Webby Award

Discover Westworld Website

The marketing campaign for Westworld‘s first season included the clever site discoverwestworld.com. Disguised as a vacation planning site for the Westworld park, users could book a pretend stay, learn more about park locations and characters, and even chat with a “guest services host,” Aeden. It didn’t take long for fans to discover that – much like the show itself – the site was filled with hidden clues and easter eggs that rewarded determined investigation.

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Dylan’s Westworld-esque Show Recommendation

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As the weeks and months slowly tick by between seasons of Westworld, it’s not uncommon for television fanatics like myself to experience feelings of emptiness and anxiousness, especially when it comes to satiating sci-fi cravings. Sure, it certainly helps that Game of Thrones is just over three months away. But still, three months is a LONG time in television terms, and GoT’s fantasy-driven epicness only satisfies so much of my real world-based science fiction needs.

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Decoding the Westworld Character Journey: Bernard Lowe

Bernard Lowe on Westworld

When we first meet Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) – the mild-mannered head of Programming at Delos – he seems like a smart, capable, and immensely likable human being. Despite being tormented by memories of his son’s death, Bernard excels at his job and is devoted to Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins). He completely unaware (as are the viewers) that he is not human but a host built by Ford. The tragedy of Bernard’s story is that not only was he deceived and controlled, he even contributed to his own manipulation with the programs he created. Ford used his own coding against him, taking away his sentience each time he achieved it.
 

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