Monday, June 23, 2008

Awesome List: Talking owls, the return of Vin Diesel, why Star Trek sucked, Peter David's Peter Pan, and more

The Monday post date on this one is a lie. I actually started it late last week and didn't wrap it up until Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the extra time I spent on it does not mean a corresponding increase in quality. It just means that I'm getting ready for Chicago and am falling behind.

Guardians of Ga'Hoole

They're making an animated movie from Kathryn Lasky's Guardians of Ga'hoole series of Young Adult books. I haven't read the series, but I'm down with a Watership Down/Secret of Nimh-esque fantasy quest movie about talking owls.

No drunken Tony Stark?

This is pretty old, but just in case you missed it: Jon Favreau on why Iron Man 2 probably won't feature the "Demon in a Bottle" storyline about Tony Stark's struggle with alcoholism. Hint: it's Will Smith's fault.

Babylon A.D.

Welcome back, Vin.

Three Musketeers prequel

A new movie featuring Athos, Aramis, and Porthos? I'm all for one. (Sorry.)

Stan Winston RIP

See how far behind I am? Stan Winston's passing deserves its own post, but by now everyone's already said everything that needs saying about how awesome and influential a designer he was. Robert Hood has my favorite tribute with a huge, excellent gallery of Winston's work. I'm gonna miss him.

Why Star Trek sucked

Ronald D. Moore has done mostly wonderful things with Battlestar Galactica. It's hard to believe he was one of the guys under whose watch the Star Trek franchise started sucking so hard. He explains why in this interview, mainly blaming in on an over-abundance of continuity and in the process predicting why he thinks JJ Abrams' version will rule.

We'll see. Voyager needn't have been continuity-laden, but they chose to go that direction and more or less repeat Next Generation. Yes, continuity was undoubtedly a problem, but it was a problem they seemed to bring on themselves. I'm all for starting over; I'm just skeptical about anyone's being as awesome as this guy.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Construction of the Harry Potter theme park is progressing nicely, including a new, park-exclusive mini-movie written by JK Rowling and starring the film series' cast.

The Saint Paul library rules

Sorry for the regional news, but if you live in the Twin Cities there are a couple of reasons to visit the Saint Paul Public Library this summer. One is their outdoor film festival featuring movies based on books (including comics) and movies about politics. The other is a continuing discussion of graphic novels by Jewish creators.


A friend emailed to tell me about a couple of fantasy books I need to read. I'll tell you about the other one later, but the first one is Tigerheart by Peter David. I like David's comics work pretty well, but I'm not such a huge fan that I pay attention to absolutely everything he does. He's way too prolific for that anyway. But he's got a wicked sense of humor that I enjoy and the thought of him writing a Peter Pan sequel is irresistible. Read more about his take on it in this interview.

Devil May Care not so hot

Speaking of pastiches, Double O Section has the only review of the new Bond book that I need to read. It doesn't make me completely uninterested, but it sure pushes the novel further down my reading list.

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