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September 23rd, 2004

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06:09 pm - Thursday night links
Took the day off work to attend a funeral. Saw people I should keep more in touch with. Not much to report other than that, but here are some links I've been holding off on posting:

10 Things You Never Knew About Frogs: Did you know that people used to lick frogs to prevent rheumatism? Neither did I, but here it is -- in print and online. Really interesting stuff if you like lies about frogs. Really a waste of bandwidth if you don't.

The Jam Band is trying to overthrow the government, but Weebl and Bob think they suck and you can't use a hammer to open a can of beans. Or to wash a car.

Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn is being made into a live-action movie by Continent Film, with a projected Summer, 2006 release. This makes me very happy. I'm quite fond of the book, and I was not quite as impressed as some people were with the early-'80s animated film (the soundtrack by America didn't help). Very happy to see that Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury and Christopher Lee will be reprising their roles as the Unicorn/Lady Amalthea, Mommy Fortuna, and King Haggard (respectively). With all the recent well-received fantasy movies, can live-action, book-accurate adaptations of The Black Cauldron and The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath be far behind? The answer is yes, but I'm still keeping my fingers crossed.

The War of the Worlds: Thanks to evil_jim for alerting me to this. Two adaptations of The War of the Worlds are coming out next year. One is a Steven Spielberg/Tom Cruise thriller. The other (linked above) just recently wrapped shooting and should be out around the same time. The Hollywood movie looks like it'll be more of a modernized adaptation, but I'm really looking forward to the more faithful, lower-budget one which is being produced and distributed by the British company Pendragon Pictures. Not sure when it'll get U.S. distribution, but it sounds cool. A lot of people seem worried about the special effects budget, but good CGI is -- contrary to popular belief -- as cheap as you want it to be (Bubba Ho-Tep? The Canal? From Beyond?).

The Last Starfighter comes to Broadway: I'm not kiddin'. The movie that set a precedent for movies made to promote video games that ended up being cancelled after the release of the movie has been made into a musical, and will run in October. This scares me only slightly less than the idea of Silence! (a musical based on The Silence of the Lambs) and only slightly more than Evil Dead: The Musical (and it's sequel, Boomstick!). Why do these ideas scare me? Because I didn't make any of them up.

Incidentally, I also didn't make up Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, but I wish I had because then I could rightly call myself a musical genius. I could also sign my name "Jeff."

Addendum, not like you cared: Thanks to exairian, I'd like to point out that Mia Farrow is playing Molly Grue in The Last Unicorn. Whatever. I still wanna see it.
Current Mood: rushedrushed
Current Music: Kraftwerk -- Computerliebe

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Date:September 23rd, 2004 11:27 pm (UTC)
strange, but the IMDB lists mia farrow as Molly, not the unicorn... but should be interesting. back in the day, i loved that movie, now i find it irritating, mostly because of the music... yup, definately the music...

oh and the hottie from 'bend it like beckham' is playing smedrick... oi.
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Date:September 24th, 2004 04:11 am (UTC)
D'oh! You're right. Mia = Molly. Colin = Dumbass.
Date:September 24th, 2004 12:47 pm (UTC)
eh. no biggie. she was getting way to old to play the lady amalthea anyways....
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Date:September 25th, 2004 07:54 pm (UTC)

War of the Wrlds movie

Rock on! I'm looking forward to seeing a movie adapt of WOTWs. I'm gonna have to dig out my tape of a WPR WOTW broadcast to whet my appetite. Should be a good film concidering Spielberg and Cruise are taking part...
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Date:September 26th, 2004 12:21 am (UTC)

Re: War of the Wrlds movie

The other one sounds more book-accurate, but with Cruise and Spielberg both on board, I think we can expect a good movie whether it's faithful or not. You mentioned the radio broadcast of WoTW... are you familiar with the musical? Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds is this really weird/brilliant concept album from the mid-'70s. Very retro, but very worth your time if you can stand disco. I see that they have samples of all the tracks on Amazon.com.
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