Fly on, Superman!

Christopher Reeve, star of the popular Superman films of the late 70’s/early 80’s, as well as numerous other films, died on Sunday from complications of a wound infection.

Following a riding accident in 1995, Reeve became more known for his work in paralysis research founding the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. However, he still won acclaim in the film world for his directing and acting work following the accident.

Fans of Smallville were particularly fond of his recent work with this generation’s superman as the mysterious Dr. Swann.

Durannies Unite!

Time to dye those blonde bangs, ladies. Duran Duran‘s original lineup is back! Their new album Astronaut goes on sale in the US on Tuesday, October 12th.

But please. Try not to scare all the high schoolers who staff the music stores. They’re not used to women in their 30’s and 40’s acting like teenagers.

Star Wars Book Store Run

Alas, no books to offer you this week. But there are a couple of great items in the magazine rack. (Apologies for those who have seen these. My local stores are a bit slow in putting things out.)

Home Theater Magazine – November 2004 – Features not only a review of the Classic Trilogy DVD, but a not-the-usual interview with Mark Hamill.

Sound&Vision Magazine – October 2004 – This one is worth hunting for, folks. Carrie Fisher interviews George Lucas! Now, they’ve given her technical questions to ask that she, of course, makes sound hilarious. Hear about her efforts to make George a pin-up model. Very funny interview in which you get a George who is a little more relaxed. Mostly discussion about home theaters, but interesting, nonetheless.

Robin Hobb’s Latest Fantasy

I’ve been rereading Robin Hobb’s Liveship Trilogy to take the sting of my rereading of the NJO. (Seriously, Mr. Salvatore? Show don’t tell.) and on a lark I checked out her web site for some random info… And she’s posted a tiny bit regarding her next trilogy in the FAQ:

I’m working on a new trilogy, with the very tentative working title of Soldier Son. You may have read that the title was going to be Second Son. Actually, that is the title of an excellent work by Jennifer Fallon. I had just read the first book of it, and given it a recommendation, and the title must have been clinging to the edges of my brain cells when I was asked for the title of MY new trilogy. Very sorry for all the confusion! I’m not saying much more about my new work in progress right now, as it is very easy for me to talk an idea to death and then feel like I’ve taken all the fun out of actually writing it.

Google turned up a bit more, including a summary of sorts. Alas, the series doesn’t seem to take place in the same world as the Farseer and Liveship novels, but I’m not going to whine too much.

If you’re a Hobb fan, you can keep up with the news and speculation at this fan board or Fitz is Stupid, a community on Livejournal.

Goodies for that Star Wars fan

The holiday gift-giving season will be here before you know it. Here are some good gift ideas for that Star Wars fan on your list that will also help some good causes.

The Star Wars Chicks are continuing their good work in the battle against breast cancer by selling pins of their rather adorable logo wearing a pink breast cancer ribbon. All proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Also, the marathon-running stormtrooper will be at it again. This time, he’s running the New York City Marathon in full armour. He is raising funds for the Starbright Children’s Foundation by selling t-shirts. But hurry! He’s on a time deadline.

These would make great gifts and benefit some great causes. Since we’re all going to be useless to the world when Episode 3 comes out, why not make up for it by helping it out, now!