Ian Casselberry is a freelance writer, currently based in Asheville, NC. He is an editor at The Comeback and Awful Announcing

Previously, he has been a contributing writer for Yahoo! Sports' Big League Stew, and SB Nation. In addition, he was a lead baseball writer for Bleacher Report. 

You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook, where he craves your attention.

He still plans to write that novel someday. 

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The week's writes and reads, 04-26-15

Maybe I'll end up posting these regularly on Sunday after all, since I've been doing some work on Saturdays the past couple of weeks. That's really kind of a note to myself, I suppose. 

So we had a busy week at Casselbloggy HQ, but it was a fun one. Always better when there's plenty of stuff going on and these fingers get to typin'. Kevin Causey of Bloguin's The Student Section asked me to participate in two roundtables involving fictional football players and coaches from movies and TV, which was a lot of fun. But I was happy to get some more baseball writing in this week, as that's supposed to be what I do the most. The season has finally begun for me! 

All right, here's how the past week went, writing-wise, with some good reads thrown in. Thanks for checking in!


Second 'Fantastic Four' trailer gets it right this time - The AP Party
Video: Big dinosaurs chomp everything in new 'Jurassic World' trailer - The AP Party
Watch: A cheerier 'Batman v Superman' trailer, starring Christopher Reeve and Adam West - The AP Party

Alex Rodriguez exceeds expectations, eludes karmic justice with early revival - The Outside Corner
Jon Stewart says goodbye to 'The Daily Show' on Aug. 6 - The AP Party
Cooking and eating: Edward Lee's collard greens and kimchi - Casselbloggy

'Daredevil' tears apart superhero tropes, then puts them back together - The AP Party
Watch: Robert Downey Jr. walks out of 'Avengers' promotional interview - The AP Party
Watch: Paul Rudd promises kegger at mom's house if Royals win World Series - The Outside Corner

Mike Redmond, Bryan Price among MLB managers feeling early pressure - The Outside Corner
Which fictional football coach would you choose to lead your football team? - The Student Section (roundtable)

Yordano Ventura, Royals need to simmer down before someone gets hurt - The Outside Corner
Phil Lord, Chris Miller producing animated Spider-Man movie for 2018 - The AP Party
Which fictional football players would you build your team around? - The Student Section (roundtable)
Aziz Ansari is making a new comedy series with Netflix - The AP Party
Steve Carell, Emma Stone cast in Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King movie - Awful Announcing
Angels reportedly trading Josh Hamilton to Angels, best outcome for all involved - The Outside Corner

This is Jared Leto as The Joker, and he looks terrifying - The AP Party
Watch: Johnny Depp becomes gangster Whitey Bulger in 'Black Mass' trailer - The AP Party


-- Directors and writers — and of course, actors — largely get the credit in comedies, but how about the editors that splice all that footage together, making sure the timing is spot-on and cutting to the right look on camera? In the New York Times magazine, Jonah Weiner shines the spotlight on Brett White, who makes filmmakers like Paul Feig, Judd Apatow and Adam McKay look good.

-- What makes Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton impersonation on SNL so good? What sets it apart from those who have imitated Clinton in the past, such as Amy Poehler, Vanessa Bayer and Jan Hooks? Ian Crouch analyzes the darker turn that McKinnon's version of the character takes in The New Yorker.

-- Reds manager Bryan Price went nuts on the media last week, particularly Cincinnati Enquirer beat writer C. Trent Rosecrans, for reporting and giving readers the information they want. Which is actually, you know, his job. Rosecrans gives his side of the story, providing insight into the incident and the job of baseball beat reporter.

-- Tabitha Soren followed the Oakland Athletics' draft class of 2002 (covered in Moneyball, written by her husband, Michael Lewis), chronicling their exploits in a series of photographs. Soren held an exhibit for her photos last week in Los Angeles, and Tyler Bleszinski (founder of Athletics Nation and co-founder of SB Nation/Vox Media) had a chance to interview her

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