Buzz Worthy News: May 17, 2016

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BWN-bee-graphicWelcome to Buzz Worthy News where the stories are awesome. Need your YA industry news? Never fear, Kate Copeseeley is here to give it to you straight.

In this week’s Buzz Worthy News: Tom Hiddleston’s Butt, Chuck Tingle’s Genius, BEA Tweets, and Winds Of Winter Chapter. All this and more!

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Likely Stories Trailer

It seems like Neil Gaiman has a lot of irons in the fire lately. Radio shows, movies, tv series… oh my. Here’s the trailer for one of the TV Series, Likely Stories. This collection is based on a group of short stories written by a variety of authors and will be four episodes long.


Jungle Book Trailer Recreated With The Original Animated Footage

This is a pretty cool trick. Disney took all the clips the trailer and matched them up with clips from the original for this awesome mashup that I think you’ll get a kick out of.


Quidditch Played By Skydivers

The title is pretty self-explanatory.


Michael B. Jordan Cast In Black Panther

Michael_B._Jordan_2011_(cropped)Apparently Michael B. Jordan enjoyed working with Ryan Coogler, because he’s teaming up with him again to work on Marvel Studios Black Panther movie.

This marks the third time that Jordan will work with Coogler, who is both helming the comic book movie and writing the script with Joe Robert Cole. The first time the director and Jordan worked together was for the indie drama Fruitvale Station.

Chadwick Boseman will play Black Panther, with Lupita Nyong’o hopefully playing alongside.

It is unclear whom Jordan would play, but one source told THR that it could be a villain. Marvel had no comment.

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Casting Change in American Gods

440px-Pablo_Schreiber_2011_ShankboneDon’t worry, it’s not Ricky Whittle. That British hottie will continue to grace our screens very soon. 😀 This casting change is because British actor Sean Harris had to pull out of the project for unnamed reasons, after only a week.

Pablo Schreiber (The Brink, Orange Is the New Black) is set for the key role of Mad Sweeney in American Gods, Starz’s upcoming straight-to-series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, which is filming in Toronto. Additionally, the Emmy-nominated actor is set for one of the leads in the indieThumper, executive produced by Cary Fukanaga.

The series chronicles a war that is brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), a conman who in reality is one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.

Mad Sweeney is a down on his luck leprechaun, who is having a hard time understanding how he lost his charm and way. Always up for a good fight, Sweeney is never deprived while in the employment of Mr. Wednesday.

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#BIFMovie Purchased

BeforeIFallLauren Oliver and her fans are over the moon, as her film version of Before I Fall has been purchased by Open Road for US rights.

Open Road committed to a wide release of 2000 screens and won the film, which screened here for U.S. and international buyers. UTA Independent Film Group brokered the sale and Good Universe is selling international here, an effort that should be helped by this deal. The title was a bit under the radar compared to some others, but it is a branded YA novel with a comparable youthful following of Perks of Being a Wallflower and If I Stay. The film stars Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Kian Lawley, Logan Miller, Cynthy Wu, Elena Kampouris, Medalion Rahimi, and Jennifer Beals. The script by Maria Maggenti made the Black List, with revisions by Beyond the Lights’ Gina Prince-Bythewood. Brian Robbins, Matt Kaplan, and Jon Shestack produced it. It is the first wide release picture for Awesomeness Films.

Book Synopsis:

Samantha Kingston is a young woman who has it all: the crush-worthy boyfriend, amazing best friends and drop dead gorgeous looks. February 12 is just another charmed day in Sam’s life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day during one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery surrounding her death—and discovers the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

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Uhhhh… Fixing Dorne Productions

This is Nerddom taken to a whole new level. Look, I understand your frustrations with the HBO version of the show. I know we all imagined that the show would play perfectly into our expectations, but life happens. GRRM failed to deliver the books in time for an efficient production process. And there are other reasons for script deviations, like time and budget. But I don’t think ANYONE thought to themselves, “Wow, this sucks. I think I need to fix whole scenes and storylines and get people to pay me to do it.” Well, at least not until now they didn’t.

Enter Dan Panfilo, Sean Ireland, Vincent Pezzuti, Teela Wyman and Jonathan Ying. This group is gonna remake Dorne. Or something.

This is a Kickstarter for all the fans of Game of Thrones who feel a certain pang of disappointment every time the show returns to its Dornish plotline. Our plan is to create a “patch” for Game of Thrones season five’s Dorne storyline with our own fairly interesting and competently executed alternative plot. Enthusiasts will rejoice to know that these scenes will “plug and play” with the existing episodes, meaning that all they have to do is watch the episodes as usual on HBOGO or blu-ray, pause whenever the show’s “Dorne” comes on, and play the next supplemental scene in its place before skipping to the end.

The costume and set designers for the show did a fantastic job with the Dornish culture, and many of our qualms come from strange writing choices and what seemed like a misallocation of creative resources. While we’ll draw heavily from the books to remake the Sand Snakes, we’ll be sticking to the show for decisions such as having Bronn be a singer and Areo Hotah hail from the Summer Isles.

One episode of Game of Thrones costs approximately six to ten million dollars – sometimes more for large battles or premieres. Given that we do not have access to the refined logistical pipeline or top tier networking resources of HBO, we presume that things will cost even more in order for us to match the show’s production value. While the total running time of our content will be less than two episodes’ worth, we need to ensure that we make up for this immense difference in structural resources. That is why we arrived at a budget of twenty million dollars in order to cover the on-location filming, casting of excellent acting talent, top tier fight choreography, set design, costuming, photography direction, crewing, insurance, environmental CGI, and all the other myriad costs of a world class primetime period drama.

So far the group has raised 24,416 and gotten 78 backers. I wish them the best of luck, because GOOD LORD are they gonna need it to earn $20 million. Yeesh.

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GRRM Gives us a Gift (and it’s not even Christmas!)

George R.R. MartinDespite the fact that the best gift in all the world would be a new freaking FINISHED BOOK, George RR Martin has dropped another teaser chapter from his next book, Winds of Winter, this one featured the previous stories Dorne storyline. It features Arianne Martell wandering around with her cousin Elia Sand (of sand snake fame) until she inadvertently finds a cave that was for the children of the forest.

“Look how the stone’s been shaped,” he said. “Those columns, and the wall there. See them?”

“Faces,” said Arianne. So many sad eyes, staring.

“This place belonged to the children of the forest.”

“A thousand years ago.”

Fans of the HBO show Game of Thrones won’t gather too much new information from the chapter, which focuses on characters the showrunners have omitted — in books, Prince Doran is alive, though he was killed by the Sand Snakes in the show’s sixth season. (Perhaps posting this chapter was meant to quell fans unhappy with HBO’s terrible Dorne decisions?)

But the new writing does make several mentions of Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons.

“Daenerys Targaryen is of our blood as well. Daughter of King Aerys, Rhaegar’s sister. And she has dragons, or so the tales would have us believe.” Fire and blood. “Where is she?”

“Half a world away on Slaver’s Bay,” said Lysono Maar. “As for these purported dragons, I have not seen them. In cyvasse, it is true, the dragon is mightier than the elephant. On the battlefield, give me elephants I can see and touch and send against my foes, not dragons made of words and wishes.”

I would be more excited, but my heart will only be happy when I have that book in my hot little hands!

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Tom Hiddleston’s Missing Buttocks

tomhiddlestonbuttAs you can see from the picture, this story is not for the kiddos. As we reported a while ago, there is a book based spy thriller airing in Britain right now called The Night Manager. It’s all you want from a show, including the adorable Tom Hiddleston. A lot of people have been really excited about this show. Like so many that AMC got the rights to air it here in the US. Everyone was perfectly happy with that arrangement, until Tuesday night, when something went terribly, terribly wrong.

The New York Post reports that when this particular episode of The Night Manager aired in the U.K. on the BBC, it contained a mid-sex-scene shot of Hiddleston’s flexing butt that caused a mild uproar in the U.K. and lots of enthusiastic #Hiddlesbum tweeting. Appointment television!

But when the episode finally arrived on American television, fans were very surprised and deeply disappointed to see that there was nothing to see.

Isn’t AMC the network the one that shows people getting their faces eaten off in such gory detail that you can’t even look at the screen unless you have a stomach of iron? In fact, I’m pretty sure that this show I watched on there, Halt And Catch Fire has a pretty darn detailed sex scene in it’s first season. Although to be fair, I don’t remember if there were buttocks involved. I just don’t get it. It’s not HBO and it’s not like the show is airing during the daytime. What a weird thing to edit.

Here is the unedited scene in all its grownup glory. (send the children from the room!)

 

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Response to BEA’s Venue Change

BeaAs per usual, any change will have its praise and its complaints. Such is the case for Book Expo America this year, as it made the decision to switch to a more midwestern venue and hold its yearly convention in Chicago. It’s the first time in 12 years that it’s done so. But that’s not without drawbacks.

The move to Chicago has meant a smaller show. Reed Exhibitions, which oversees BEA, does not release preliminary attendance numbers, but estimates in the press put the exhibition space on this year’s show floor down nearly 20% from last year’s show at the Javits Center in New York. Certainly the major New York City publishers have a smaller presence at this year’s show, having sent fewer staff members, put on fewer parties, and set up smaller booths.

Nonetheless, as many attendees pointed out, BEA is not only for the major publishers. Reed’s Brien McDonald, who is overseeing this year’s show, said the size of this BEA “isn’t a surprise,” nor is it reason for concern. “We knew that the move would shrink the show floor a bit, but the real value is in the new audience.”

When asked if he was concerned about the fact that the change of venue resulted in fewer high profile authors and celebrities headlining this year’s show—a complaint among some attendees—McDonald said this year is “our most diverse” and reflects “the discovery BookExpo can provide.”

And, speaking to the notion that moving the show to Chicago was bringing in a different crowd, McDonald pointed out that over 1,000 new attendees from the Midwest are attending this year’s BEA, and that the show saw a 10% increase in VIP attendees.

Many booksellers who don’t often make the trip to New York City for BEA came out to Chicago this year, according to American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher, noting that 65% of the ABA members attending this year’s show have not been to BEA in the past two years. Teicher said that the stat “validates the whole idea of moving the show around.”

I think it’s cool. If they ever decide to hold it on the west coast, I might actually attend. 😀

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Chuck Tingle Is A Freaking Genius

I am so highly amused by the fact that the Rabid Puppies decided to be total nasties about the Hugo Awards and nominate Chuck Tingle for an award. Otherwise we would have missed out on possibly the best response to a movement ever given.

Chuck Tingle, not satisfied to sit back and enjoy his nomination, has decided to use his newfound notoriety for good and fight back—in his own weird way—against the likes of Vox Day and the other Rabid puppies. But first, let’s lay a bit of contextual groundwork for those of you who haven’t followed the story in as much detail as some have.

The figurehead of the Rabid Puppies campaign, the more extreme of the two, is one “Vox Day.” Last year, a Gawker blogger (full disclosure: it was me) described him as “a neoreactionary blogger for racist wackadoodle news site WorldNetDaily who, among other things, believes blacks are inferior to whites and marital rape is ‘an oxymoron.'”

In other words, a real nice guy.

So firstly, Chuck Tingle has written a book in response to his nomination called Slammed in the Butt By My Hugo Award Nomination. But this book has a deeper meaning, according to those who have done the research and actually read this sucker cover to cover.

Slammed in the Butt is a twisted, fourth-wall-breaking work of metafiction, explaining the many layers of the erotically-charged “Tingleverse” in which Tingle’s characters live, love, and have sex with airplanes. It’s worth the three bucks, probably. And it shows just how seriously Tingle takes this award nomination.

But his campaign of sarcasm hasn’t ended there.

Secondly, Tingle directly addressed the conservative forces who may now regret nominating him by trolling the shit out of Vox Day on Twitter. Day has been gloating about Tingle’s nomination because it was meant to delegitimize the Hugos in the eyes of outsiders (never mind that Day still desperately wants to win one.) However, Tingle has made it clear—in his own inimitable way—that he doesn’t exactly respect Day.

He’s been referring to Day as “VOXMAN” and his supporters as “devilmen.” It’s weird and wonderful.

And if the story had ended there, Tingle would have been awesome in my eyes, but no, he had to take it one glorious step further. Since Chuck is really an assumed name and he remains carefully anonymous, he can’t show up in person to accept the award. No, he decided to ask Zoe Quinn, hated internet rights activist who has been constantly targeted by all the fiendish and nasty Gamergaters for a long time.

 

Zoe Quinn, game developer and anti-harassment activist, was the original target of Gamergate after an ex-boyfriend revealed alleged details of her sex life online. She’s the boogeyman (boogeywoman?) Gamergate frothingly rose up to “defeat,” their imaginary platonic ideal of a “Social Justice Warrior.”

And she’s also a Tingle fan—a “true buckaroo,” as Tingle says.

Man, I can’t wait to see what happens next!!!

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BEA ENVY POST

For those of you who like me, were stuck at home during the coolest book time of the year(besides the ALA or you know, the other cons), we have what you need to scratch that itch. Enjoy this large posting of what our many book friends have been up to! (and if you want, you can join me in my sobbing corner afterward) (also, these are in no particular order, because I don’t feel like sorting through them)

 

 


Interesting Links:

Behind the Scenes of BEA

Fictional Curse Words For Everyday Use

Harry Potter Themed Wedding: $65,000 Blowout!

The New EL James

24 Things No One Tells You About Book Publishing

Head Teacher Criticizes Fantasy Books

Response to Head Teacher

Book Riot’s Guide To Chuck Tingle

 

Kate Copeseeley

Kate Copeseeley

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4 Responses to “Buzz Worthy News: May 17, 2016”

  1. Carina Olsen
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    Yay for lots of interesting news 😀 Thank you for sharing about all of it Kate. <3 You are awesome. Sobs. BEA. I wish I could have been there 🙁 Hate living in Norway, lol. ONE DAY. One day I shall go. Hopefully 🙂 Anyway. Ahhh. Yeah. I haven't gotten email from you guys in ages. Now tried to add my address again. Was told "The email address has opted out of subscription emails." WTF. I had NOT done this 🙁 Sad face. But now changed it on wordpress, so yay 🙂 Hope I will get your emails now. <3 Hugs. Anyway. Loved reading so much awesome news. <3 Hope you are doing the very best sweetie 🙂
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    • Steph Sinclair
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      Hey Carnia! Sorry about the email confusion! We had to switch back to WordPress emails since the other plugin we were using stopped working. Are you now getting emails? We you able to sign up on the side bar again?

      • Carina Olsen
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        Hi Steph 😀 Aw, I understand 🙂 Sadly, I did not get any emails after I changed this :\ Sigh. But now trying again 🙂 I added my email address, and again it says: “The email address has opted out of subscription emails. You can manage your preferences at subscribe.wordpress.com” Hmph. But when I check on my wordpress, it says I’m following you, and that I’m getting instant emails from you guys. Which is not true. And gah. I’m not sure what the issue it. Sigh. Thankfully, you guys still show up in my Feedly. <3
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