Monthly Archives: July 2011

Awesome Kid and Awesome Superheroes

When the call comes, one must be ready. A young kid got separated from his father at the San Diego ComicCon in the crowds. He spotted two people dressed as Wonder Woman and the Flash. He knew who the Flash was and so he went to ask them for help, and they got him hooked up with security and they reunited him with his dad. No one seems to know who snapped the picture now all over the Internet, but the Flash’s real first name is apparently Anthony. And he and his pal are superheroes.

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Extremely Enthusiast Videos

Nerd Machine has drafted major stars to make important PSA’s:

Kaley Cuoco helps the costume stumped:

Zachary Levi gives an important reminder when dealing with the living challenged:

And Nathan Fillion confronts an important gaming problem:

And speaking of problems, Harrison Ford, on the Jimmy Kimmel show to promote his film Cowboys & Aliens ran into one from his past:

If you have any association with grad school at all, you’ll find this funny:

And lastly, in their continual quest to top themselves in music videos, band OK Go, to celebrate their new live album 180/365, which itself celebrates their having done 180 concerts in a year, have teamed up with director Trish Sie and dance troupe Pilobolus to essentially do a pretty impressive impression of a kaleidoscope. If you have Google Chrome, you can watch an interactive version and other goodies:

 

 

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Interesting Articles While My House is Being Ripped Apart and the Phone Lines are Being Repaired

1) Some movies have an odd history and mega stars:

http://www.cracked.com/article_19287_10-movies-that-famous-people-dont-want-you-to-see_p2.html

2) Andrew Wheeler deals with a really brain dead essay from Michael Dirda, who is upset that other people like things he doesn’t:

http://antickmusings.blogspot.com/2011/07/of-bestsellers-and-their-lists.html

3) Ursula LeGuin talks about her view of fantasy:

http://blog.bookviewcafe.com/2011/06/29/it-doesn%E2%80%99t-have-to-be-the-way-it-is/

4) Not sure how experimental these books really are, or for that matter view them as that not known, but it’s still an interesting list from Apex Publishing:

http://www.apexbookcompany.com/apex-online/2011/07/issue-26-the-top-10-experimental-genre-books-youve-never-heard-of/

5) Joel Shepherd guest posts on SFSignal with cogent thoughts about women and Hollywood action films:

http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2011/06/guest-post-joel-shepherd-on-the-secret-to-successful-female-action-hero-films/

6) Lastly, Bill Keller of the New York Times has an amusing piece lamenting his staffing difficulties because his writers keep going off to write books:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/17/magazine/bill-keller-wants-to-ban-books.html?_r=3






 

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Gooshy Videos to Celebrate Official Summer

1) First up, the Minnesota Public Radio show Wits had Neil Gaiman on with host John Moe and at one point, Gaiman called up Adam Savage, co-host of the very fun science show Mythbusters, and got Savage to do his dead-on Gollum impersonation:

2) Keenan Cahill is a teenager with Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome who has become a video sensation for the comic way he lip-synchs popular songs. This has led to him doing videos with the actual music stars and others. This one, set to his pal Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night,” is fun because he’s joined by several cast members of the t.v. musical show Glee — Dianna Agron, Harry Shum, Jr., Darren Criss and Jenna Ushkowitz — clearly in a back corridor of an arena where the Glee folk are doing their summer concert tour, and they got terribly silly. My daughter is a firm Darren Criss fan, so I include it — he’s the one in the pink sunglasses:

3) Funny or Die hits it out again with a fake promo for a fake Showtime show, Dark Ages. You have to doubleclick on this one, but it’s worth it just for the “Take Me” shot. Who here wants this to be a real show?

4) And lastly, it’s the Harry Potter time of year as the movies draw to a close, and so here are two Potter comedy videos, both concerned with the school houses of Hogwarts:

Hogwarts: What House Are You?:

And the music video “Wizard Love” by Meekakitty, featuring heyhihello:

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SFF News — 7/6/11

1) Winners of the 2010 British Science Fiction Awards:

  • NOVEL: The Dervish House, Ian McDonald (Gollancz)
  • SHORT FICTION: “The Shipmaker” by Aliette de Bodard (Interzone 231, TTA Press)
  • ARTWORK: The cover of Zoo City, Joey Hi-Fi (Angry Robot)
  • NON FICTION: “Blogging the Hugos: Decline” by Paul Kincaid (Big Other)

2) Winner of the Phillip K. Dick Award:

The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder

3) Summit Entertainment is now the financial backer and planned distributor for the film adaptation of science fiction novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, to be directed by Gavin Hood. Actual production on the project has been repeatedly stalled over the last couple of decades, but is expected currently to start next year.

3) This will definitely not be your father’s Peter Pan. EW has confirmed that Aaron Eckhart has signed on to play Hook in Pan, a modern update of the beloved J.M. Barrie stories about the boy who would not grow up. Eckhart, however, won’t be the bad guy. Instead, he’ll play a former detective who is chasing a notorious and childlike kidnapper — wonder who that would be — and Soul Surfer star AnnaSophia Robb has signed on to play Wendy, the only kid to survive her abduction by the fiend. Sean Bean (HBO’s Game of Thrones) will play Smee, a detective still on the police force and Hook’s one ally. The independent film will begin shooting in Europe this fall, with videogame and feature film visual effects animator Ben Hibon making his feature directing debut.

4) Wonder Woman continues to make people nervous. The controversial David E. Kelley remake t.v. series of the world’s best known female superhero was dropped from the schedule by NBC, which had initially passed on the project and then changed its mind. The excellently cast show – Adrianne Palicki, Elizabeth Hurley, and Cary Elwes – did not apparently have scripts that tested well, and the main buzz about the show was complaints about the debuted new costume. So Wonder Woman goes back in Warner/D.C.’s closet for another few years, one supposes.

5) Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, announced that it will be launching a series of SFF titles for the YA audience, starting in November with the publication of Lightbringer by K.D. McEntire and including Ian McDonald’s Everness: Plansrunner in December and Thief’s Covenant by Ari Marmell in February 2012.

6) Matthew Butler will direct and has co-written a script with Tori Hart for the 18th century zombie comedy, The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet, through their production company, Fizz and Ginger. The film will star Judi Dench, Gillian Anderson, Mark Williams and Ian McKellen, who also starred in Butler’s short film, E’gad Zombies, from which the feature film has been spun off.

7) Winners of the Aurealis Awards:

Kris Hembury Encouragement Award: Jodie Cleghorn

Peter McNamara Convenors’ Award: Helen Merrick

Best Science Fiction Novel: Transformation Space by Marianne de Pierres

Best Science Fiction Short Story: “The Heart of a Mouse” by K.J. Bishop

Best Fantasy Novel: Power and Majesty by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Best Fantasy Short Story: Tie: “The February Dragon” by L.L. Hannett & Angela Slatter and “Yowie” by Thoraiya Dyer

Best Horror Novel: Madigan Mine by Kirstyn McDermott

Best Horror Short Story: “The Fear” by Richard Harland

Best Anthology: Wings of Fire, Edited by Jonathan Starhan and Marianne S. Jablon

Best Collection: The Girl With No Hands by Angela Slatter

Best Illustrated Book/Graphic Novel: Changing Ways: Book 1 by Justin Randall

Best Young Adult Novel: Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey

Best Children’s Fiction, Illustrated: The Boy and the Toy, written by Sonya Hartnett, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo

Best Children’s Fiction, Text: The Keepers by Lian Tanner

8 ) Winners of the 2010 Nebula Awards:

Best Novel: Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Spectra)

Best Novella: “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window” by Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Magazine, Summer 2010)

Best Novelette: “That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made” by Eric James Stone (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, September 2010)

Best Short Story: Tie: “Ponies” by Kij Johnson (Tor.com 1/10) and “How Interesting: A Tiny Man” by Harlan Ellison (Realms of Fantasy 2/10)

Andre Norton Award for YA: I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett (Gollancz; Harper)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: Inception (Christopher Nolan)

Solstice Awards: Alice Sheldon (James Tiptree Jr.) and Michael Whelan

9) Starkid Productions is a young musical comedy stage company based in Chicago that has gone internationally viral by showing their theater productions on YouTube, most particularly the satiric “A Very Potter Musical” and “A Very Potter Sequel” that re-imagine J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. Their latest venture is “Starship,” a science fiction musical with puppets and live actors about an alien bug who longs to be human, created by actor/composer Darren Criss, currently appearing on the t.v. show Glee. Shows have sold out in Chicago, a recorded version of the show has played in movie theaters in select cities such as New York and L.A., and the cast recording of the show is No. 1 on the Billboard cast album chart. StarKid is now in talks with producers to take the musical on tour nationally.

10) Fantasy author Eoin Colfer is ending his bestselling satiric YA series, Artemis Fowl, with the eighth title The Last Guardian, due out from Hyperion Books in 2012. Colfer will also be starting a new series for Hyperion in a two book deal, the W.A.R.P. series. The first book, The Reluctant Assassin, will be published in 2013. It’s about a young fellow who because of his involvement with a murderous illusionist in Victorian London, is sent to the current day by the F.B.I.’s time traveling Witness Anonymous Relocation Program, where he must escape the illusionist chasing him but also keep the illusionist from returning to Victorian times with knowledge of the future.

11) Producer Joe Roths’ upcoming fantasy movie, Snow White and the Huntsman, which re-imagines the classic fairy tale, is not only taking on another Snow White movie that is already in production, but is supposed to be the launching pad for a franchise trilogy. Snow White and the Huntsman stars Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Chris Hemsworth as the hunter mercenary hired to kill her who changes his mind, and Charlize Theron as the wicked queen whose tendency to kill young women leads to a rebellion. The movie is due to launch next summer, but will come out a couple of months after The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, starring Julia Roberts as the queen and Lily Cole as Snow White. That movie is also possibly part of a franchise of redone fairy tales.

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