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My Superheroes Panel: Reliving the Glory

I ran a panel about superheroes at the Tribeca Film Festival yesterday. On hand were: Zak Penn, screenwriter of the latter two X-Men movies, plus the upcoming Incredible Hulk; Andrew Cooke, who directed a documentary about comics pioneer Will Eisner; Joe Quesada, editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics; and Thomas Haden Church, who is famous, …

Superheroes 2007: The Paneling

Next week I’m running a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival. The topic — I’m told, I didn’t write it — is as follows:

Here I come to save the… oh, just forget it. For a genre of entertainment originally devised with children in mind, superhero movies have found real success among bigger babies—adults, to be specific. We unleash

The Potter Ultimatum

Just a note to point Potteristas to a very useful post at the Leaky Cauldron summarizing some of the speculation (500+ posts as of this morning) going on over there about the Deathly Hallows covers.

Much chatter about the so-called “love room” at the Ministry of Magic, which I basically have only the dimmest memory of what that is. I …

Hugo Nominees Announced

I’ll paste in the Novels and the Short Stories below, since those are the categories that usually get the most interest:

Michael F. Flynn, Eifelheim (Tor)
Naomi Novik, His Majesty’s Dragon (Del Rey; also, Voyager, 1/06, as Temeraire)
Charles Stross, Glasshouse (Ace)
Vernor Vinge, Rainbows End (Tor)
Peter Watts, Blindsight …

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Cover Art!

I won’t insult you by compressing it down to the width of this column: click here for the full experience.

From the press release:

“The front cover of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows features a dramatic sky of oranges and golds. It depicts 17-year-old Harry with arm outstretched, reaching upward. The structures around Harry

The Year of Nerd Cinema?

Earlier this year I was lamenting the pathetic state of nerd movies in 2006, and wondering why we weren’t getting more of a bounce out of the runaway box office successes of LOTR, Spider-Man, the Matrix, etc., in terms of studios greenlighting geek flix. Now I’m thinking maybe we’re seeing that bounce. This morning we have:


This Weekend in Geek Cinema

A regular roundup of geek-flick openings, judged irresponsibly by their trailers alone:

The Last Mimzy: Little kids find toys from the future that grant them wondrous powers. Said toys have a secret agenda of wonderment and wondrosity. Watching the trailer (linked above), you can see the totally awesome horror flick this might have …

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