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More Odds, More Ends

Lots of stuff going on that I've been meaning to post about... but there's lots of stuff going on, so I haven't had the time.

Stuff stirring on the comic book front, but I can't talk about that yet. Maybe in a couple months. Maybe sooner. Maybe both.

Cool stuff coming in from Cyanide Studios on the videogame too. Can't share that either. Sorry, sorry.

Melinda and I caught the Swedish film of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO a couple nights ago at the Screen. Highly recommended. I want to talk about this in detail on my website, on my long neglected "What I'm Watching" page, but, alas, I probably won't. Suffice it to say it was a very faithful adaptation of an excellent novel. I consumed all three of the Stieg Larsson novels (the last when I was in Ireland last year to watch the pilot filmed) and found them terrific reads, but they're quite graphic, and I was worried about how they'd translate to film. Very well indeed, as it happens. At least for this version. (I shudder to think what the rumored big budget Hollywood remake will be like. For starts, they will probably move the whole thing from Sweden to California). Lisbeth Salander is a terrific character, and Noomi Rapace does a superb job of portraying her. (Hollywood, I fear, will soften the character and make her more "likeable," which will ruin her utterly). Anyway, see this. And read the Larsson books, if you haven't done so already.

On the "guilty pleasures" front, I have been meaning to confess how much I enjoy DEADLIEST WARRIOR on Spike. All those gel torsos and pig carcasses, what's not to like? The second season just started here. Not as cool as the first so far, but still pretty cool. Given my predilictions, I like the episodes featuring ancient warriors better than the modern ones. And I still say the Knight was robbed. He was the only pre-gunpowder warrior who had to go up against an opponent with firearms. Not fair. And DEADLIEST WARRIOR also confirms a point I have been trying to hammer home for years, in my books and, more recently, in those Suvudu cage matches -- defense rules. Armor kicks ass. Before gunpowder, give me a suit of plate-and-mail, a stout helm, and a whomping big shield, and keep magic out of it, and I'll make mincepie out of unarmored or lightly armored opponents.

Monkey front. Whacking at King Kong, making progress, but not as fast or easy as I like. But Freaky Monkey is finally coming together, and him I should be able to get off my back in the next few weeks.

Yes, casting is on-going for the HBO series, so I've been seeing a lot of tapes. No, I won't say who, but it's been fun. Some actors are household names who would be recognized by any film or television fan, some are veteran character actors, some are brilliant young newcomers. A wealth of choices. There are a lot of fine actors out there. On the other hand, some of these roles are very challenging, to say the least. (No, there are no obscure hints there). Parts are being cast in roughly the order they will appear in the show, so right now we're mostly concerned with filling parts for the pilot reshoots and episode two. Characters like Lord Tywin (who does not appear until my episode, episode eight) and Shae are not going to be cast until much later in the process.

It's not always going to be the most familiar names who get the roles, either. And to all the dreamers and aspiring actors out there, let me say this -- PLEASE stop sending me your photographs and resumes, I am not the way to get a part on the series. You need to go through our casting director, not through me.

What else, what else? More than I can recall. It's late, and bed beckons. Tomorrow I have to whack at King Kong again.



May. 7th, 2010 11:23 am (UTC)
Casting for lord Tywin
I was actually thinking about good castings for a Song of Ice and Fire movie/series before that whole HBO project - and tell me what you think, about J.K Simmons as lord Tywin?
I think he'll be perfect for the job, he has that cool unsmiling authority about him, plus he's already bald, so he wont object to having his head shaved... :P
May. 7th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Casting for lord Tywin
J.J. Jameson!? I don't see it.

J. Jonah Jameson: Come here. Parker, what do you know about Game of Thrones?
Peter Parker: Oh... well, I...
J. Jonah Jameson: Don't answer that. My society bard got hit in the head by a polo ball. You're all I got. Big party tonight for a Westeros hero, my son the Knight of the Kingsguard.
Peter Parker: [serious] Could you pay me in advance?
[Jameson laughs hysterically for a few seconds]
J. Jonah Jameson: You serious? What, pay you for just standing there? Tomorrow night, the Red Keep, 8:00. There's the door.

Tywin is one of those characters that everyone you talk to seems to have a totally different impression.

I picture somebody between Bill Nighy and Brian Cox. Just that calm, imposing guy who walks into a room of colorful character's like the Small Council, and overshadows EVERYONE in the room by just breathing. Scares the bat sh*t out of you.
May. 8th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Casting for lord Tywin
Well i watched the first 5 minutes of the 1st spiderman movie and had enough - never watched it or the sequels ever again, so my view on J.K Simmons remains untainted by flops like his J.J Jameson (which was not entirely his fault - he has to follow a script)

If you want to get a better prespective of what i mean when i say he'll make a good Tywin - you should look for his part as Vernon Schillinger in OZ (another splendid HBO production).


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