January 10th, 2013 by Stooge · 7 Comments
Not a whole lot of love for genre pictures at the Oscars this year. The Avengers got just one nomination, for Visual Effects, where it was joined by online punching-bag Prometheus. Both of them will probably lose to Life of Pi.
The good news is that some fan-favorite actors scored big. Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for Best Actress — not for The Hunger Games, but rather for her work in Silver Linings Playbook. She plays a woman suffering from a variety of mental illnesses so who knows, maybe she’ll even win. And though The Dark Knight Rises was shut out, Anne Hathaway got a Supporting Actress nod for playing Fantine in Les Misérables, and she’s pretty much a lock. Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman, was also nominated for Les Misérables, but let’s face it, he has no chance.
The Hobbit got three nominations, for Visual Effects, Makeup, and Production Design. Not bad until you remember that the last Middle-earth epic nabbed eleven nominations, and won all of ‘em.
Plus we have to mention: John Williams picked up his 48th nomination for Lincoln. Pretty sure that’s a record. And weirdly enough, the Simpsons are now Oscar nominees. Something called Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare” is up for Best Animated Short.
At least we can always look forward to making fun of the fashions. This year the Academy Awards air on February 24th.
Edit: Thanks to Pablo for pointing out that new Lucasfilm head honcho Kathleen Kennedy (along with Steven Spielberg) was nominated for producing Lincoln! It’s the front-runner for Best Picture, too.
Tagged: batman · hunger games · john williams · oscars · the hobbit
October 23rd, 2012 by Dunc · 1 Comment
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October 21st, 2012 by Dunc · No Comments
The Hollywood Reporter’s lengthy cover story delves into dwarf hair, hobbit feet and, most of all, the massive studio issues that led to The Hobbit.
Tagged: lord of the rings · peter jackson · the hobbit
September 19th, 2012 by Dunc · 5 Comments
The first full trailer for the first of Peter Jackson’s three Hobbit movies. Plot! Bilbo! Galadriel! Trolls! No singing!
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September 5th, 2012 by Dunc · 4 Comments
Awards. The Hugo Award winners were announced at Worldcon this past weekend. Taking Best Novel was Jo Walton’s Among Others, beating out George R. R. Martin’s A Dance With Dragons and works by China Miéville, James S. A. Corey and Mira Grant. (Walton also won the Nebula for the book.) Other writing prizes went to Kij Johnson, Charlie Jane Anders, Ken Liu and more.
The dramatic presentation awards went to Game of Thrones S1 and Neil Gaiman for his Doctor Who episode ‘The Doctor’s Wife.’ (Gaiman took the opportunity to announce he’s writing another episode for the show.) Also noteworthy to us, SF Signal winning for Best Fanzine!
Tolkien. With Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit adaption now being three films, the second has been retitled The Desolation of Smaug, with There and Back Again now being the third installment. I fully expect it to contain at least an hour of various slow-motion endings. But seriously, it looks like there was a lot of hints dropped at DragonCon.
A Song of Ice And Fire. A hilarious Storm of Swords ‘It Gets Better’ PSA. Yes, of course there are spoilers. Or, you can read what GRRM has revealed of the Targaryen conquest of Westeros from the upcoming The World of Ice and Fire.
Lists. io9 picks fall’s must-read SF/F books and explores the mermaid trend in YA.
Records. The Hunger Games series has outsold Harry Potter – at least on Amazon.
Also: Ray Bradbury’s FBI file / Lev Grossman interviews Terry Brooks / Ursula Le Guin’s Noble Prize odds / Dark Tower adaption not so dead after all?
Tagged: a song of ice and fire · awards · doctor who · game of thrones (tv) · hunger games · neil gaiman · other worlds · the hobbit
December 20th, 2011 by Dunc · 5 Comments
…That’s a lot of dwarves.
In related news, this tweet wins the night:
Tagged: lord of the rings · peter jackson · the hobbit · trailers · video
November 4th, 2011 by Dunc · 2 Comments
Dwarves! Hobbits! Peter Jackson! Martin Freeman! Ian McKellen! Elijah Wood! 3-D! A hell of a lot about shooting in 3-D, actually. (Mirkwood: Ye olde Pandora?)
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April 14th, 2011 by Dunc · 7 Comments
Peter Jackson takes us behind-the-scenes as the long-awaited adaption gets rolling.
Filed: fiction · film
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January 9th, 2011 by Dunc · No Comments
From shelves to HBO. Game of Thrones has a premiere date: April 17th. If you’re a big A Song of Ice and Fire fan than Winter is Coming’s summary of the show’s 15-minute press peek is worth a read. (GRRM was also on hand to talk about the series.) And last of all, new set photos!
In other adaptation news… There’s an interview with Hunger Games director Gary Ross in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly that’s definitely worth a read if you’re a fan of the books. Meanwhile, Elijah Wood has signed on for The Hobbit. Frodo doesn’t appear in the book, but EW speculates that Jackson may use the character in a narrative framing device.
Anticipated books of 2011. I linked Erika’s yesterday, but also taking a look forward are Blastr’s Paul Di Filippo, Suvudu’s Shawn Speakman and Fantasy Book Critic’s Liviu Suciu.
Bookstores. Things aren’t looking too good for the Borders, while rival Barnes & Noble is reporting record holiday sales. Now I generally prefer B&N, but hope Borders is able to pull through; The loss of such a large chain could have disastrous effects.
Relevant media. Locus, the leading magazine of the genre, is now offering a digital subscription option.
People. Author Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Coraline) and musician Amanda Palmer (The Dresden Dolls) tied the knot last week. Naturally, they both blogged about it. Congrats!
Craft time. Paul Atreides riding a sandworm. In crochet.
Tagged: a song of ice and fire · dune · game of thrones (tv) · grrm · hunger games · neil gaiman · other worlds · the hobbit
December 2nd, 2009 by Dunc · No Comments
Baby, why you gotta be so sparkly? There’s actual, serious talk about splitting the fourth Twilight book into two movies. After all, Harry Potter is doing it, and just think of all that squeeful allowance cash beckoning. At this rate, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part I: The Pillowing will be out next Christmas. All signs point to beige, and a possible endorsement deal with the old-timey Gap.
On a more positive Twilight note (Not so! I lie!) there’s Cleolinda’s New Moon in Fifteen Minutes. And for proof that Bella Swan follows a well-worn path, five terrible male role models in guy-centric blockbusters. You’ll never guess who takes the first spot. (Okay, you totally will.) Though alas, Edward is still rather creepy, what with fufilling all those signs of an abusive relationship… By any chance does Breaking Dawn end with him getting pan-fried in lava? That I’d watch.
Moving on… First images from Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Oh baby. (Please don’t suck, movie.)
It is RDJ, after all. The first official poster for Iron Man 2 has arrived, and it looks kind of familiar…. Oh my god. Entertainment Weekly has kindly provided a primer on War Machine for the soon-to-be eager slash fangirls.
Speaking of… A (rather boring) first look at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Naturally. Harlan Ellison wants in on Abrams’ Star Trek sequel; The Hobbit script is still a work in progress.
Tagged: deathly hallows · harry potter · movies in 15 minutes · narnia · star trek · superheroes · the hobbit · twilight