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Videogame tie-in novels get a bad rap. Sure, they’re often cynical cash-ins that get farted out by games studios periodically to milk cash from innocent, story-hungry gamers, but they aren’t all terrible. In fact, in recent years big names in the Science fiction and fantasy community have come forward, recognising the creative opportunities of playing in other people’s imagined worlds and shedding light on the stories that lurk in the background of their favourite game series. Mass Effect, the sprawling RPG with limitless potential for storytelling, just signed up a new author to pen their latest novel, and they may have just won the jackpot.

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We’ve recently gone over the news of the inevitable delay of George Martin‘s latest installment in the hit grimdark Song Of Ice And Fire series, which vexed the author and legions of nerds alike. Its delay caused considerable controversy (and some conspiratorial whispers) about the possibility of the HBO series veering too far away from the source material, which was made worse by the cryptic and downright grim Season 6 teaser that was recently released. However, the author recently decided to ease his fanbase’s fears by making a pretty bold statement…

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Along with the rise of this Golden Age of TV, is the arrival of the celebrity showrunner. The job of a showrunner is to, as it says, run the show, and it’s been part of TV since TV began, but quick, name the person that ran Gilligan’s Island or Magnum P.I. And now try to name the showrunner for Orange is the New Black or Breaking Bad. Exactly. Well, a new book is attempting to put the rise of the celebrity showrunner cast into context, and break down what it takes to be successful in the business, and as a taste of the new book has been posted on the web in the form of an except that asks a couple of key nerd icons: What does it take to be a good showrunner? (more…)

The Continuing Evolution of ‘Clerks 3’

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Someone get Jeff Anderson to sign a fucking contract before Kevin Smith convinces himself that what the people really want Clerks 3 to be, is a silent movie, like The Artist, but with pantomime dick jokes.

Smith went on What’s Trending? to discuss the future of television and in the middle of the discussion, he was asked about bringing Clerks 3 to the web, something Smith said he had considered in an effort to, essentially, make the project interesting to him.

Smith also talked about a Broadway play (Fun Fact: the word cocksmoker hasn’t been uttered in a Broadway theater since the time I went to see Cats and found out that an understudy was playing Grizabella), but he said that that notion had been abandoned when he found out that doing a limited run on Broadway would be cost ineffective.

A book that won’t be titled, “The Ass to Mouth Diaries”, was also mentioned, with Smith saying he wants such a project to precede the possible third Clerks film and come out on a chapter by chapter basis so that the work can evolve with the assistance of fan feedback.

Why a book? Apparently, Smith would like to go deeper into these character’s lives so he can tell their origin story and seek value in their concentric monotony. Also, money.

I’m just guessing on that last part, but think of how many dependents this man has. Feeding them has to cost money. Not podcasting money. Real money.

Honestly, I like Smith and I love Clerks, but at some point the man is going to have to stop talking and get to work. Also, this is the second straight appearance without his trademark hockey jersey. I am getting concerned.

Here’s the video from What’s Trending?, the chat about Clerks begins at around the 13 minute mark.

Source: Slash Film

Will Rowling Put Quill to Parchment for ‘Doctor Who?’

In case you haven’t heard, 2013 is Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary. A great many gifts will be given to fans for the occasion, I’m sure, but perhaps one the greatest is currently in the works.

The BBC has already announced that it’s developing a book of 11 short stories, one for every Doctor (so far), and they’re giving the keys to the Whoniverse to 11 popular British children’s book writers. Obviously, this proviso raises one interesting possibility: J.K. Rowling, the creator and author of the wizarding series Harry Potter.

According to Hypable, Rowling is at the top of a list of candidates that includes Michelle Paver, Susan Price, Kate Thompson, Anthony Horowitz, Geraldine McCaughrean, Philip Pullman and Alan Garner. Nothing’s been confirmed yet, but securing Rowling would be a pretty big “get,” as they say in the business, and assure that the volume would be an immediate best seller.

The only question is now, which Doctor would Rowling write for? i09 seems to be of the impression that Rowling would be assigned a more modern Doctor like Ten or Eleven in order to capitalize on the merchandising opportunity, but they also digress that given her penchant for big scarves that the Seventh Doctor might a possibility. Of course, I don’t see why she couldn’t help kick-off the collection with a story about the First or Second Doctor, both of whom had very Dumbledore qualities. I guess the possibilities are endless…

Of course, as we said, there’s not confirmation that Rowling is even involved yet.

More news as it develops.

Source: i09

If you were born anytime after 1980, chances are that the last thing you saw everynight before you went to bed was the page of an R.L. Stine book. Stine, the master of horror for kids and pre-teens has been at it for 20 years, churning out over 100 “Goosebumps” books, a TV series, and now Hub TV’s R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.

Last week I had the chance to chat with Mr. Stine, armed with questions crafted by myself and my newfound partner in crime, Anne Sisk, and I got to ask the King of Spookiness what scares him, why we want to be scared, how it is writing children’s books in the internet age, and all about the challenges of writing his adult novel, Red Rain. Here is what Mr. Stine had to say:

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Read About ‘Raiders!’ The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

Way back in 1982, when making your own film was actually something of a difficult proposition, a group of friends decided that they’d make their own version of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation was made by Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala over 7 years, and now author Alan Eisenstock is turning Strompolos and Zala’s journey into a page turner called Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.

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With just over a month to go before the release of The Dark Knight Rises, we’re getting some new compelling details on the main antagonists of the movie: Bane and Catwoman. The recently released Dark Knight Rises: The Secret Files Scrapbook hardcover includes bios for the characters, which offer some spoilery clues to their motivation in the film. Read below, if you dare:

Bane: Little is known about Bane. He was born in prison and trained in the darkest forms of deception by the League of Shadows, but rumor has it he was cast out due to his extreme behavior. Bane is a ferocious hand-to-hand fighter who is willing to do anything in order to take down his opponents. Bane is in peak physical shape, but he must wear a breathing apparatus that feeds him with pain relieving gas due to an old injury. He’s never been photographed without his mask and only a handful of people have seen his face. While his true motives remain a mystery, he appears to be building an army of followers in the dark tunnels underneath Gotham in order to create his own League of Shadows.
Selina Kyle: Selina Kyle is a world-class cat burglar and mistress of disguise. She’s cunning and devious, but has a deep sense of honor. As Catwoman, she targets Gotham’s wealthiest. Her weapons usually include infrared goggles, bladed high-heel boots, and a belt filled with lock picks.

The reference to the League of Shadows in Bane’s profile is interesting. It certainly adds credence to a reprise from Ra’s al Ghul in the film if maybe Bane is out there trying to make his own. Will Ra’s, or maybe daughter Talia, be able to stay away if Bane’s leading his own perverted version of the League? And how does Catwoman’s path cross with Bane? That’s still a question that isn’t answered here.

Damn you Nolan!

The Dark Knight Rises is out in theaters July 20.

Source: Blastr

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The stores have decided that it’s already HalloweenGivingNewYearMastime, which means that it’s time to start thinking about gifts. And a new book of art from Drew Struzan is going straight on my Amazon wishlist.

“The Art of Drew Struzan,” released in September, features art from the man behind posters for some of our most beloved sci-fi and nerd movies — including Star Wars, Back to the Future, The Goonies and Blade Runner.

Io9 recently reviewed the book, giving it a thumbs up and saying it’s chock-full of anecdotes from Struzan’s work with studios and producers, as well as little-seen promotional imagery.

For those keeping score, Struzan has worked on more than just movie posters. He also is noted for his work on covers for Star Wars novels and pop music record albums, as well as (oddly) plates from the Franklin Mint that depict the late Princess Diana of Wales.

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Buy the book: Amazon

News Source: Io9

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Using CliffsNotes is SO 1982; everyone knows that today’s cool kids get their fix of English lit and history by reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Soon, though, you won’t even have to read those — you can just watch the movies. And Abe, especially, will be “epic,” according to the director.

Wait, it will be more than epic. It will be an “epic history lesson.” You know. With vampires. Look what director Timur Blackmambatov told Empire magazine:

It is not a comedy at all – it is a very entertaining, epic history lesson for millions and millions of teenagers.

History lesson. Huh. Ok, then.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter the movie is slated for a 2011 release. The film version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, directed by David O. Russell and starring Natalie Portman, also will be released next year.

Source: Empire magazine, via FilmDrunk

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