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In this week’s Buzz Worthy News Book to movie trailers are out, The Most Awkward 50 Shades of Grey Interview, MyOzObituary Hashtag and more!
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First Casual Vacancy Trailer
The first of our trailer offerings today is a rather chilling one. JK Rowling’s adult mystery novel adaption is about to be released. (if you’ll recall, BBC and HBO worked on this one together) This is the first trailer, which does a fine job of highlighting the secrets of one small town.
Season Five Game of Thrones Trailer
Oh man oh man oh man. This season is going to be AMAZING (and hopefully less rapey). This reminds me, though, I really need to finish book five.
The Most Awkward Interview EVER
Oh, look, Steph, it’s another Fifty Shades movie reference, brought to you by the cast that had no chemistry and obviously don’t like each other that much. Enjoy!
(Go HERE to read the article that ran with this video for endless amusement)
Romero Adaption On the Way
Perhaps because of the sagging ratings (and ENDLESS plot meanderings) of some of their other shows, and the continuing critical success of The 100 (see that, Meg? Did you see how I did that?) CW has apparently adapt Tales From The Darkside—an anthology of horror stories.
The CW originally envisioned the Tales From the Darkside reboot as a half-hour series for this coming summer. The project, from producers Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci and writer Joe Hill, is now being piloted as an hourlong project for next season.
Hill wrote the adaptation of George A. Romero’s half-hour anthology series. Hill, Kurtzman and Orci executive produce with Heather Kadin, Mitch Galin and Jerry Golod for CBS TV Studios, where Kurtzman and Orci’s K/O Paper Products is based. The project reunites Kurtzman and Orci with Hill, son of horror master Stephen King.
The three previously worked together on Locke & Key, a drama adaptation of Hill’s graphic novel, which went to pilot at Fox. Tales From The Darkside, which is in the vein of other genre anthology series like Amazing Stories, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits and Tales From The Crypt, had a four-year syndicated run and is owned by CBS TV Studios sibling CBS TV Distribution.
I’m definitely interested in this one, but we’ll have to see what they do with it.
Colleen McCullough and the Disgraceful Obituary
I was on the twitter last week and noticed an odd little retweet that made me stand up and take notice:
Ladies, when you die, you will be judged on hotness, thinness, overall lifetime allure to men, and cooking. Any other achievements are a PS.
— Ann Aguirre (@MsAnnAguirre) January 30, 2015
Then I saw another, with the hashtag #myozobituary. And that, was how I first learned that Colleen McCullough had passed away.
What had happened, exactly? Why was my first hint of McCullough’s death a weird hashtag? They say a picture is worth a thousand words:
Yeah, I was as surprised as you are. I mean, they called her a “National Treasure” and then the first thing they did was highlight what she looked like, and how well she attracted men???? (I feel like there aren’t enough question marks in the world to highlight my puzzlement.)
In Friday’s edition of the Australian, the bestselling author of The Thorn Birds –which sold 30m copies worldwide – is remembered as “plain of feature, and certainly overweight, [but] nevertheless a woman of wit and warmth” in the first paragraph.
McCullough wrote 25 novels throughout her career, with her last book Bittersweet published in 2013.
Before becoming a bestselling author, she established the neurophysiology department at the Royal North Shore hospital in Sydney. She also spent a decade as a researcher at Yale medical school in the US.
Certainly ANY of the aforementioned achievements is more worthy of mention in the VERY FIRST PARAGRAPH than what she looked like. ESPECIALLY SINCE THERE WAS A FREAKING PICTURE RIGHT NEXT TO THE STUPID DESCRIPTION. (and it IS stupid. It’s so stupid.)
Thankfully, McCullough has enough supporters to champion her post death dignity that they could fill a whole Twitter feed. Here are a few of the best:
She was too female for a cartoonist. #myozobituary
— Sir Madame Wilcox (@cathywilcox1) January 30, 2015
After her death, her house was ransacked to answer the decades-old question: did she even OWN a hairbrush? Notorious weirdo. #myozobituary
— Sarah Rees Brennan (@sarahreesbrenna) January 31, 2015
"Big fat lady. I mean, like, Orca fat." #myozobituary
— Jenny Trout (@Jenny_Trout) January 30, 2015
Although his beard looked like someone had glued it on & his hair would have been unconvincing as a wig, he married a rockstar #MyOzObituary
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) January 30, 2015
But this one pretty much sums the whole thing up:
Despite being a small-minded, insular twerp, he found employment as a small-minded insular obituary writing twerp #myozobituary
— Ruth Callaghan (@RuthViragoMedia) January 30, 2015
Sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird
When I first heard about a sequel for Harper Lee’s amazing book, I was excited. For about 15 seconds. Then I heard a lot of things that concerned me very much. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
For more than half a century, “To Kill a Mockingbird” has stood apart as a singular American literary masterpiece, a perennial best seller that has provoked countless classroom discussions about racial and social injustice. It brought instant and overwhelming fame to its enigmatic author, Harper Lee, who soon retreated from the spotlight to her native Monroeville, Ala. She never published another book, leaving her millions of fans yearning for more.
Now, at age 88, Ms. Lee has revealed that she wrote another novel after all — a sequel of sorts to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” featuring an aging Atticus Finch and his grown daughter, Scout.
The book’s publisher, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, plans to print two million copies of the new book and release it on July 14. The deal was negotiated by Michael Morrison, president and publisher of HarperCollins U.S. General Books Group and Canada, and Ms. Carter. Harper declined to disclose the financial terms of the deal.
But the tale does not end there. Many have been criticizing why, after all these years, has she NOW decided to release the novel.
Sadly, this news is not without controversy or complications. Harper Lee’s sister Alice Lee, who ferociously protected Harper Lee’s estate (and person) from unwanted outside attention as a lawyer and advocate for decades, passed away late last year, leaving the intensely private author (who herself is reportedly in ill health) vulnerable to people who may not have her best interests at heart.
Tonja Carter, Harper Lee’s attorney since Alice Lee retired at the age of 100, acknowledges that the author—who was left forgetful and nearly blind and deaf after a stroke in 2007—often doesn’t understand the contracts that she signs. “Lee has a history of signing whatever’s put in front of her, apparently sometimes with Carter’s advice,” Gawker’s Michelle Dean reported last July.
So what is the real story? Unfortunately, it’s not easy to tell.
“After much thought and hesitation I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication,” Lee said in a statement of her own. “I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years.”
That might seem like confirmation of Lee’s willing involvement in Go Set a Watchman‘s publication, except for the fact that we know about Lee’s messy relationship with her attorney (who, again, often gets her to sign things that she doesn’t understand) and Lee’s own publicity-shy character.
Let’s hope that Lee is indeed thrilled about the release and won’t get screwed over in this deal.