Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Odds and Ends

+ Score one for our boy, Neil Gaiman. His "Graveyard Book" won this year's prestigious Newbery Medal. You can watch him read the book here.

+ Speaking of books, Britian's Guardian newspaper has taken a stab at creating a science fiction literary canon, compiling their list of must-read sci-fi and fantasy novels. If you're headed for a desert island, it's probably a good idea to check this one out before departure.

+ The New York Times had an interesting article on the upcoming Guy Ritchie version of Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as Watson. Really, though, it's just an excuse for me to repost this picture:

+ I'm practically purring at this news -- Daniel Craig will be playing the villain in the new Tintin movie with "Billy Elliot's Jamie Bell as the title character. With Nick Frost and Simon Pegg already on board and a screenplay co-written by "Doctor Who"'s Steven Moffat and "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" co-writer Edgar Wright, well, I pretty much can't wait.

+ Very sad news for avid X-Files fan. Longtime X-Files director Kim Manners passed away Sunday night after a battle with cancer. He directed 54 episodes of The X-Files including the classics "Home," "Humbug," "Leonard Betts" and the underappreciated classic "Monday." He also directed more episodes of the CW series, "Supernatural."


crone51 said...

Neil Gaiman was on NPR today discussing this very fact. He is just so deeply cool. Sad news about Kim Manners!

J. said...

There's no reason to be so sad about Kim Manners. Anyone out there who has ever watched the X-files can tell you that when you are dead... you are not really dead... you always show back up a season or two later... or at the very least in the series finale where your ghost gives Fox Mulder encouraging advice to aid him in his trial and aid the audience in understanding the convoluted mythology. Trust me, Manners will be back when you least expect it. (PS. to all you X-files fans out there... the first two words of that last sentence were a set up for you to follow up with the obvious joke... go ahead... make it... you know that you want to!)