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Here Come Hap & Leonard

Fresh off last night's terrific COLONY showcase, the Jean Cocteau Cinema is setting up to do it again next Tuesday, when Joe R. Lansdale His Own Self returns to Santa Fe to premiere the pilot episode of his new television series HAP & LEONARD, from Sundance.

Joe is an amazingly prolific author (I hates him, I hates him), turning out wonderful books in a whole range of genres: science fiction, horror, historical, and mystery, just for a start. If you haven't read his stuff, you don't know what you're missing. The Sage of Nachodoches, Texas, he has a unique voice; nothing reads like a Lansdale story.

His Hap & Leonard novels are among my favorites, and it is great to see them coming to the small screen (in your homes) and the big (well, medium sized) one at the JCC. The cast is pretty amazing too: Marc Antony as Hap and Omar as Leonard, how do you beat that? (James Purefoy and Michael K. Williams, for those not up on their HBO series).

Joe will also be signing books, of course. (We have a good selection of autographed Lansdale titles available from the JCC online bookstore right now at http://www.jeancocteaubooks.com/ -- but supplies are limited. But have no fear, we will be getting lots more in by Tuesday for Joe to scrawl in, including a bunch of Hap & Leonard novels).

As with all our TV premieres, admission is FREE. You still might want to call ahead to reserve tickets, though, since this one could easily sell out.

See you at the show!


Feb. 19th, 2016 08:40 pm (UTC)
Wow...very good cast. Christina Hendricks as well! This looks like it could be fun.
Feb. 19th, 2016 10:39 pm (UTC)
Just ordered the book...
and it looks great. Right up my twisted alley. I am in the mid-Atlantic area or I would be there each night.
Feb. 20th, 2016 12:37 am (UTC)
To Kill a Mockingbird
Hey George,

This is a bit off-topic, but have you read To Kill a Mockingbird, and what were your thoughts on it?
Feb. 20th, 2016 01:00 am (UTC)
Re: To Kill a Mockingbird
A long long time ago.

I liked it.

Haven't read the new one.
Feb. 20th, 2016 02:27 am (UTC)
Re: To Kill a Mockingbird
...and now Umberto Eco. Please, Mr. Martin stay in bed tomorrow!
Michael Clay Ficklin
Feb. 20th, 2016 07:33 am (UTC)
Any other shows or movies you're looking forward to in the next few months?
Feb. 20th, 2016 12:55 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the heads up! I'm too far away to get to the Jean Cocteau (damn! damn! damn!), but I will definitely start watching for it on Sundance. If Michael K. Williams is in it, I want to watch it! He's such a phenomenal actor.
Feb. 20th, 2016 03:54 pm (UTC)

Chalky White forevah!!!
kieran sterling
Feb. 20th, 2016 03:59 pm (UTC)
great to see more Lansdale
Hi GRRM, I've liked Lansdale for a while but never read a Hap & Leonard story until Rogues (thanks for that!). Bent Twig was great and afterward I knew I'd have to get the books.

I didn't get the Omar reference, but enjoyed Williams as Chalky White in Boardwalk Empire (also HBO). Purefoy's good too. I'm impressed two successful actors are willing to take a risk on some pretty dark humor (it seems likely somebody will be offended somewhere).

Important question, will the tv series follow the books, be based loosely on them (maybe selections), or will it contain largely new material? Also, will it be as racy as the written material (judging by Bent Twig)?

Feb. 21st, 2016 12:49 am (UTC)
Hap and Leonard
This is really exciting. "Hap and Leonard" is one of my favorites out of the solid haul of excellent series I've picked up from tastes in your anthologies.
Feb. 22nd, 2016 05:15 pm (UTC)
A Tarantino vibe show , interesting . So , is Lansdale as good as Elmore Leonard , Mr.Martin Sir ? About Tarantino , is the JCC a digital cinema or an old school projector cinema? Tarantino is known to prefer the latter, he even said his cinema is dead because most theatres are digital now .
Feb. 22nd, 2016 06:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Tarantino
We have both -- a new digital system, and an old 35mm platter system.

However, very few new movies are released on film any longer, and even when they are, the studios only strike a handful of prints. A small theatre like the JCC has a very hard time getting anything on 35mm. Even with Tarantino's HATEFUL EIGHT, we were forced to show it on digital.
Feb. 22nd, 2016 08:26 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: Tarantino
It's sad you couldn't show The Hateful Eight on 35mm Sir , but it's also cool the JCC has a 35mm , Tarantino should know about this.
Feb. 24th, 2016 04:45 pm (UTC)
Hey George, wish I had seen this sooner, because I would have run this by you. While reading Devil Red last year, I was struck by the thought that somewhere in Westeros, Hap and Leonard existed, somehow beating the odds and fighting the good fight. I became obsessed with the idea and wanted to suggest to you that you encourage Joe to write a fevre dream (cough ahem) of just such a story.

If you and Gardner ever do a collection where other authors play in your WoI&F sandbox, I encourage you to encourage Joe to bring those two hellraisers to the Seven Kingdoms!


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