Fun with Casting: “Akira”
So, Hollywood is remaking Akira! According to the news, “I’m told that for Tetsuo, Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy have been given the new script. For the role of Kaneda, the script has been given to Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix. The two leads are expected to come from that group of actors.” I know we should all be beyond surprise when Hollywod pulls this, but this total-whitewash nonsense is appalling even for Hollywood, if only because one of the most critically-panned and poorly-performing movies of the last few years was the whitewashed “The Last Airbender,” which alienated its core fanbase long before it drove away casual fans by sucking.…
“Mechanique” review at Publisher’s Weekly!
So, Mechanique got a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly! That’s a pretty sweet way to start the week. Second-best part: The review wraps with the very kind, “Fans of grim fantasy will love this menacing and fascinating debut.” Best part: After I sent the link to my mom (neeeerd), she called me and said, “I see your book is grim,” like we were in an episode of Prime Suspect and the forensics had just come in.…
“Mechanique” ARC giveaway results!
That makes it sound so serious, doesn’t it? As if statisticians worked through the night to guarantee accuracy of the tally. (On the other hand, “Results” seems like too momentous a word, but “thingee” wasn’t very helpful either.) I have to say, when I asked for circus stories on my original giveaway post, I didn’t expect some of the responses I got, and really appreciated that people took the time to tell their stories.…
Questionable Taste Theatre: “Jane Eyre”
Reader, I saw it. This was the eighth adaptation of Jane Eyre I’ve seen (not counting the George C. Scott version, which I bailed on like a day player in a skydiving movie). There have been at least twenty adaptations made. There have been abysmal versions and serviceable ones, hysterically off-the-mark ones, ones that are overpraised, and ones that are close to my heart even though they’re deeply flawed and sometimes really terrible (lookin’ at you, Samantha Morton and Ciaran Hinds).…
Sucker Punch: A Very Serious Essay on Feminism
This weekend, acclaimed director Zack Snyder (Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole) will be releasing his latest film, Sucker Punch. While plot details are purposely being kept under wraps, we know it’s about a quintet of institutionalized young women in the 1950s who turn to an imaginary land in order to empower themselves to escape.…
How to Strike Out.
This happened yesterday, and though I usually don’t mention New York street stories (I tend to feel like a satisfactory number of New York stories are covered with some form of popular media already), this really struck me as one of those “If this was fiction, you would say it was over the top” stories.…