Monthly Archives: May 2008

Trailer to the Coen Brothers Next Movie, “Burn After Reading”

John Malkovich plays Ozzie Cox, a CIA vet who is fired because he is an alcoholic. He takes his revenge by writing some inflammatory memoirs. Cox’s soon-to-be ex-wife Katie (Tilda Swinton) steals the disc containing his memoirs and accidentally leaves it at the gym where it is found by a trainer, Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt) and the gym’s owner, Linda Litzke (Frances McDormand). They believe they can use the info to blackmail Cox. Harry Pfarrer (George Clooney) is an oversexed, fanatically fit, lactose-intolerant federal marshal who is sleeping with Cox’s wife. He meets Linda via an online dating service and gets entangled in the blackmail scheme, when he stumbles across Chad breaking into his and Katie’s house.

Burn After Reading is due to premiere on August 27. The film is the Coen brothers’ first since the Academy Award-winning No Country For Old Men. Watch the trailer below!

 

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Marvel Comics Announce Stephen King’s “The Stand” Comic Book Series

Acclaimed writer, Stephen King brings yet another blockbuster property to Marvel Comics.

Just as the second mini-series of Stephen King’s Dark Tower franchise is hitting very high atop sales charts, Marvel has announced that King’s massive project The Stand will also make the leap to the comic book industry.Stephen King will have his hand in this adaptation as well. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will be helming the script of the comic books with Mike Perkins handling the art duties. Marvel’s Arune Singh mentioned that The Stand was currently slated to launch alongside another Dark Tower mini-series.  The plan is to release the comic as six five-issue story arcs, or thirty issues in total. The first issue is scheduled for release in September 2008.
Below is the initial art released by Marvel.   The official announcement can be found here.  

 

(From IGN.com)

 

 

 

 

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New Stephen King Book Due in January?

On the Simon & Schuster website, there is a new book by Stephen King entitled “Stephen King Goes to the Movies”. The 400 page paperback is due on January 27, 2009.  I will post more information when it becomes available.

 

 

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McSweeney’s Quarterly # 27 Features A New Stephen King Story

I have mentioned McSweeney’s Quarterly on this blog before.  If you have never read this literary journal before, # 27 is an issue that you really don’t want to miss.

 

It features a cardboard slipcase with a city scene printed on it with die-cut rectangles for windows.  Within the sleeve are three separate books. The first contains a great cover wrap illustration by Scott Teplin with six fiction pieces including the new Stephen King story, “A Very Tight Place”.

 

The other two books are art collections which is rare for McSweeney’s. The book “Lots of Things Like This” was produced to accompany a gallery show at apexart that exhibited drawings and paintings with three criteria:  an image with text and humor.  Included are works from David Shrigley, William Steig, Henry Darger, Raymond Pettibon, Shel Silverstein, musician Leonard Cohen, musician David Berman, Chris Johanson, Maira Kalman and many more artists.

 

The third book is an un-released Art Spiegelman sketchbook titled Auto-phobia which is filled with Spiegelman’s energetic ink drawings.

 

You can order a copy of this beautiful book here .

 

 

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LOST: Reversed Phone Message for Kate

In last night’s LOST finale, Future Kate received a creepy phone call before having a haunting encounter with Claire, who was hovering over toddler Aaron and telling Kate, “Don’t bring him back!” But who was on the phone? The message was reversed and difficult to understand.  Here is the message, played forwards:

 

Message for Kate

 

Who is it? It sounds like Christian Shepherd but some argue that it’s Ben, Locke or even Richard Alpert.

 

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LOST: Was That the Psychic?

On last night’s LOST finale, after Locke left the Orchid and met up with Richard Alpert and the Others, did you happen to notice this guy? He looks a lot like Richard Malkin, the psychic Claire visited in season one — the guy who told her she had to raise Aaron herself and then gave her a ticket for Flight 815.  That would be an interesting, plot twist!

 

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LOST Season 5 Returning in January 2009

After one of the most satisfying seasons, LOST will return in January 2009 and will have 17 episodes.  Unfortunately, we will have to wait 8 months to see what happens next. Season 5 will focus on why the people in the outside world need to get back to the Island.  The show is scheduled to air for 2 more years and end in 2010.

 

 

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Victoria, B.C. Canada

We just got back from an amazing road trip to Victoria, B.C. Canada. Just a drive up north and a 90-minute ferryboat ride and we arrived. This was our first time to Victoria as we had previously only visited Vancouver. There was a lot to see and do. We were able to explore by foot as our hotel was directly across the street from The Empress on the Inner Harbor. We found tons of totem poles outside the Royal BC Museum in Thunderbird Park. We walked up and down Government Street and explored a bunch of interesting shops. We drove to Butchart Gardens to enjoy the scenery there and admire this extremely beautiful place and a must see once in your lifetime. We explored the coast and watched some parasailing with the beautiful backdrop of the US Mainland. We were lucky to see an amazing sunset. Definitely recommended for a bit of Britain close to home as evident by the look and feel, especially the Parliament Building. The drive home was amazing as we were able to drive through Olympic National Park. We both had such a great time!


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