Archive for September, 2008

Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

Honestly, the world doesn’t really need any more Neil Gaiman fans. His appearances and readings are always packed and sold out.  His signings go on for hours longer than intended.  To get into one people often camp out all day or overnight.  His blog gets millions of hits and any charity or auction or event that he pimps on it becomes wildly popular and gets tons of donations or sells out or reaches its goal.

So when I tell you all about The Graveyard Book, released today, I mean this for Neil Gaiman fans only.  How can you tell if you’re a Neil Gaiman fan?  Well, if you’ve read and liked some of his more popular works such as the Sandman graphic novels or American Gods.  If you like stories that put a new spin on characters both fictional (Sandman) and non fictional (Will Shakespeare).  In fact, if you like any sort of fantasy stories, science fiction stories, or even just fairy tales.  Come to think of it, if you’re a fan of good, smart, witty writing.  Basically, if you can read you should be a Neil Gaiman fan.

The Graveyard Book is the story of a boy raised in a graveyard by all sorts of ghouls and ghosts.  It’s being marketed towards young adults, but much like his other children’s books, most popularly Coraline, it’s really written for big kids like myself.  His prose is dark, twisted and full of puns and wit that would have gone over my head as a young adult.  But like a Pixar movie, Gaiman’s young adult material is written to be enjoyed by children, yet wholly understood by adults.  He writes for his daughters, but also for himself, the big kid in a man’s body.  I personally can’t wait to get my hands on it.  I’m headed over to the book store right now.  And if you’re able to read this post, then you should be too.

Still weary about whether to give Neil Gaiman’s stuff a try?  Right now you can read one of his earlier novels, Neverwhere, online for free.  Yes, I said free.  Not much of a gamble there.  And if you don’t love him, then good.  Like I said, the last thing we need is more Gaiman fans.  But I have a feeling that those lines aren’t getting any shorter.

Posted on September 30th, 2008 by Jess | Leave a Comment
Filed Under Entertainment

Tonight at 8pm on The CW is an all new episode of “90210”.  I’ve been hearing rumors that tonight’s episode is chock full of goodies and tidbits from the original series.

The CW’s official description of tonight’s episode, subtitled Model Behavior; “Annie attends a fashion show her mom is photographing, where she’s approached by a film producer who offers her and Adrianna an audition. Meanwhile, Naomi tries to reunite her parents; and Kelly is contacted by an old pal who has her second-guessing her relationship with Ryan.”

Could the old pal be Dylan, the father of her son?

Also new tonight:

8PM

  • ABC: Opportunity Knocks (Gameshow)
  • CBS: NCIS (Drama)
  • Fox: House (Drama)
  • NBC: Biggest Losers: Families (Reality)
9PM
  • ABC: Dancing with the Stars (Reality)
  • CBS: The Mentalist (Drama)
  • CW: Privileged (Drama)
  • Fox: Fringe (Drama)
10PM
  • CBS: Without a Trace (Drama)
  • NBC: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Drama)

I picked this book up at a Borders that was going out of business a long time ago on the vague notion that it was being made into a film and haven’t thought about it since. Even in my great stack of books, I seriously considered skipping it, especially since there are three book to film adaptations coming out next weekend and two the following weekend. But I picked it up anyway when I saw the big print that’s used so often in Children’s Lit and figuring I needed a break from some of the heavy stuff I’ve been reading.

I am so glad that I changed my mind about it. The book follows two kids as they start to question their world- an underground city built for a mysterious, but necessary purpose- and if there might be something more out there. It’s a little bit like Brave New World and a little bit like Wall-E, but mostly it’s a really cool and dark concept for a children’s book and I love what I’ve read so far. My only regret in picking this book up is that there are two more in the series that I know I won’t have a chance to read for some time.

Adapting this book into a film will prove to be interesting. While it has great characters and an easy and visual plot, I can’t imagine if it will be marketed as a children’s film or an action film. It should fit nicely into a Spy Kids or Journey to the Center of the Earth kind of audience, but as far as I know it’s being released next weekend (10/10) and I haven’t seen a single poster. I vaguely recall seeing a teaser attached to a summer release, but can’t remember who’s in it or what it really looked like. I’d hate to think that this series will go the way of Lemony Snicket– great source material, great movie, but not enough of an audience to make the rest of the series. Either way, I look forward to seeing this film. With how much I’m loving the book, I can’t imagine that the movie won’t do justice to such an awesome story.

Last week it was announced that Rachel McAdams had joined Guy Ritchie’s upcoming “Sherlock Holmes” adaptation as Irene Adler, a possible love interest for Sherlock Holmes, who is being portrayed by Robert Downey Jr.  Other cast members include Jude Law as Dr. Watson, and Mark Strong as Blackwood. With such a strong cast and plenty of excellent source material, I think this is a perfect follow up to Ritchie’s new crime film, “RockNRolla“, which has been getting a lot of positive buzz and early word of mouth is saying that it is a return to form for the director.

And thanks to google, you can read some of Sherlock Holmes’ earliest short stories online from their original texts. Continue reading to investigate Holmes’ roots.

Read the rest of this entry »

Want a free sample of Pledge Multi Surface Wipes? Just keep reading…

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on September 29th, 2008 by admin | Leave a Comment
Filed Under Free Stuff

While I already watched the season premiere this past weekend, my recommendation for tonight is NBC’s “Chuck”. The show is a fun ride and has one of the best ensemble casts on television (it is also the only cast with Adam Baldwin, just saying). Sadly, I’m afraid that the show is going to get lost in its crowded time slot, facing off against “Monday Night Football”, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”, “Gossip Girl” and CBS’ comedy block of “The Big Bang Theory” and “How I Met your Mother”.  “Monday Night Football” has already put the pressure on “Terminator”, and I’d hate to see the same thing happen to “Chuck”. 

Tonight’s episode of “Chuck” picks up from the end of last season, and answers the question of what will happen to Chuck when the government rebuilds the Intersect and has no more use for him. Will John Casey (Baldwin) be able pull the trigger and kill Chuck? If he does, they will have to change the name of the show… which airs at 8pm on NBC. Check out these promotional cast stills released by NBC:

Marvel Comics ThorSadly, Matthew Vaughn is off another Marvel comics film adaptation (the first of which was “X3”). Variety broke the news last night that Kenneth Branagh (Henry V, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein) is close to a deal with Marvel to direct the comic book Norse God’s first feature film.

Branagh, a director and actor, would be directing from a script by Mark Protosevich, which early reviews have praised as being the best comic book turned film script ever written. In Protosevich’s “Thor”, we follow a “disabled medical student Donald Blake, who has an alter ego as the hammer-wielding Norse god Thor.” Rumor has it that the film would be a fantasy epic, rather than a stright superhero film (like Marvel’s “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk” films this past summer).

While no actor has been attached to portray Thor, there have been rumors for months that Kevin McKidd (Journeyman, Rome) would be picking up the hammer. The film is expected to be released on June 4, 2010, which is a little over a month after “Iron Man 2” is supposed to hit theaters.

Posted on September 29th, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
Filed Under Entertainment
Page 1 of 1312345...10...Last »