Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hunger Games - the movie

I just read a preview of Entertainment Weekly's "NEW MOON phenomenon" piece in this week's issue... which, in addition to showing off lovely collectible cover shots of Bella, Edward and Jacob, has dropped a delicious news bomb in my lap -

Pop culture has been bursting with blood-suckers of late and audiences are clearly responding- as evidenced by the success of CW’s Vampire Diaries, HBO’s True Blood and a slew of vampire novels which hit the best-seller lists in the wake of Twilight. But what Hollywood has to figure out now is what to do with this audience next...So what will this fickle, yet incredibly devoted audience turn to next? Disney and producer Godfrey think it might be… fairies.
They’ve scooped up Aprilynne Pike’s best-selling young adult novel Wings. New Regency is banking on a new novel from Ann Brashares (author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) about a college couple who turn out to be soul mates who’ve been loving and losing each other for centuries. And Lionsgate is hoping tweens line up for an adaptation of author Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, about a dystopian world where teenagers fight to the death. “Some will work and some won’t,” Summit’s co-chairman and CEO Rob Friedman says of the girl-driven projects. “There will be a lot of impersonators. But it won’t be the Twilight Saga and it won’t have the fan base. Twilight is unique. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

And now after a bit of searching I find out - Suzanne Collins herself is writing the screenplay. Fantastic. Let's cross our fingers they can turn this amazing book into a great movie.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Taking it to the bridge

Collider got a great in-depth interview with TWILIGHT NEW MOON screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg recently at the NEW MOON press junket. This lady is the bridge between the books and the movies, and she's doing a knockout job.

The entire continuum.

There were a couple of really fun looking trailers in front of NEW MOON this weekend. Interesting to see both these trailers attached to the same film, given how far apart on the film audience continuum they seem to be. Gives you the bigger sense of the audience here, eh.

ME & ORSON WELLES. Directed by Richard Linklater. In limited US theaters November 25.

DAYBREAKERS. Cool cast. Beautiful cinematography. Fun icky premise. Tons of ultraviolence to keep the boys interested. In theaters January 8.

BIG LOVE season 4 tease

If one falls, we all fall. Music by Interpol. New season begins January 10th.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Life Is Change

There are people out there, who buy things.
People like you and me.
And something happened,
something terrible.
And the way that they saw gone.
And nobody understands that. But you do.
And that's very valuable.

"I am not big on giving the audience what they want but I am big on giving Roger and Joan what they want, if they can get close to it." Matthew Weiner

"[Getting rid of Sterling Cooper] was very scary but I knew in my heart it was what I had to do. I have to believe that if Don is as good as he says he is, there’s no way he’s going to go through the ’60s working at a firm like Sterling Cooper. It’s got to be something different… Life is change." Matthew Weiner

Quotes of Matthew Weiner discussing MAD MEN season three from this week's Televisionary interview, as pulled by SlashFilm. Roger/Joan images via Fuck Yeah Red! All the other millions of reviews and interviews and everything you need to try to force your way through the next 8-12 month hiatus are over at Basket of Kisses, per usual. Le Sigh.

The ultimate cougar

Not sure how I missed these great videoblogs from ABC with "the ultimate cougar and incredible scene-stealer" from COUGAR TOWN: Barb.

Hat tip @VDOOZER and EW PopWatch. And while we're at it, here are some more COUGAR TOWN peeps on Twitter: @Busyphilipps25, @CougarTownRoom, and @CougarTownMusic.

Some fierce stuff

Lady Gaga's wicked new video. Matthew Barney, Showgirls, 1990s Madonna, Leigh Bowery in a blender.

2nd trailer for Tom Ford's directorial debut, the feature film A SINGLE MAN. Opens in the USA on December 11 via Weinstein. Can't wait.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Not much longer to wait for more GLEE.

Oh GLEE. You made me love you.

[Hat tip for this preview of the next new ep on November 11 to WWK, they have four other clips over there too!]

Girls + Vampires = Awesome

So now there's to be another attempt at making a girls n' vampires n' other assorted creatures saga - this time a film script adapted from THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS book series. More fuel on the fangbanger fires, baby. Bring it. (Any of you ever read these books?)

A few TGIF-ish giggly fangbanger links for y'all today...

Via HBO, this hilarious TRUE BLOOD "face in a hole" image library. For when the hiatus starts to burn you!

Thanks to the new Harpers Bazaar photo shoot/feature piece on Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, we now have a perfect image of what Vampire Bella could look like (above). The entire photo shoot seems like it could have been shot with the actors in their BREAKING DAWN movie costumes.

And for you Twitter-er-ers...erm... I have a new Twitter List collecting tons of TRUE BLOOD, TWILIGHT / NEW MOON, and VAMPIRE DIARIES tweets together in one place. And here's a bunch of VAMPIRE DIARIES cast/crew Twitter accounts. TGIVF!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict

I randomly picked up this fun twist on the historical romance novel by Laurie Viera Rigler, while waiting for the next books in two other series* I'm reading to become available. It has the words "Jane Austen" in the title. The cover shows a Regency lady holding an iPod. Sounds fun!

And it is a darling book... one that anybody who has seen the British miniseries LOST IN AUSTEN would enjoy immensely, as it turns out to be the polar opposite of that story. In this case we have a young Regency woman who suddenly finds herself inhabiting the body of a young single woman in 2009 Los Angeles. Good clean fun all around.

Since coming late to this party, I just discovered that this is actually a sequel to Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict. Oops! Well, this sort of concept won't really be spoilt by reading it backwards. :-)

*The two other books series I am reading are J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood, a terrific panacea for anyone missing TRUE BLOOD during its long hiatus; and Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, which some eager BATTLESTAR GALACTICA fans urged me to try out (and which turns out also comes highly recommended by Stephanie Meyer). Both book series are immensely entertaining and filled with engaging ideas and variations on familiar themes. BTW: if you are a BSG fan with a jones for some good complex fantasy storytelling, look no further than The Song Of Ice And Fire (which, in case you haven't heard, is hopefully being turned into a smexy HBO show that we can all become obsessed with).

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Cool new CAPRICA ad

With glimpses of James Marsters! And was that BATTLESTAR GALACTICA's Matthew Bennett (cylon Doral) in there too, about one minute in? No footage out yet of the other fun guest stars Scott Porter (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) and Patton Oswalt (UNITED STATES OF TARA).

ETA: there are a ton of new CAPRICA promo ads over at

(Hat tip to Caprica TV and Whedonesque)