Everybody’s Linking for the Weekend

(With apologies to Loverboy.)

Looks like Paul Giamatti will be starring as Philip K. Dick. This, one of two announced Dick biopics, will also feature a screenplay penned by one of the writers of the film version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

— In other author biopic news, a film version of Poe’s last days is set to debut in England next weekend. Mark Redfield, who wrote, directed, and stars in the feature, promises that The Death of Poe is “based entirely on the known facts surrounding his death.” Even so, it’s a horror film, and will be true to the genre. So, if you’ve ever been looking for a “nightmarish postcard” from the last days of Edgar Allan Poe, then you might want to look into spending some time in Manchester next weekend.

What does J.K. Rowling do with her money? Not spend it, apparently. While I tend to have admiration for anyone who doesn’t live excessively and gives to charity, I have to wonder why it was necessary to praise Rowling at the expense of another rich, famous woman, Victoria Beckham. Honestly, it’s Posh’s money, and if she wants to spend it on impersonators of herself and her husband, then so be it. I’ll spare you the rant, but honestly, that just wasn’t necessary, unless, of course, the Daily Mail is trying to break into the field of conduct literature.

— Looks like everyone’s discovering how to do it online. By “everyone” I mean “newspapers and Harlequin romances”. Of course. And by “doing it” I mean “publishing content”. Obviously. [via Bookninja here and here]

HOT! LIBRARY! SMUT! Perhaps you’ve seen this already in your travels, but it definitely bears mentioning, and probably at least one more look, you perv. (SFW, I promise.)

— There’s no good reason for me to be drawn to this story, but for some reason, I keep not closing it. So, from the Things I Am Inexplicably Fascinated By Files, the Gossip Girl book series is being turned into a pilot for the CW network. Really. I’ve never read any of these books, and I also am not a CW-watcher (except in the case of America’s Next Top Model, which is a guilty pleasure about which I feel very little guilt), but then, there’s really no telling what will fascinate me. So if you’re a fan (or you know one), then hey, good news!

— The Robert Frost museum in Shaftsbury, Vermont is planning to graft new apple trees from some the poet planted 80 years ago. The hope is to recreate the orchard that Frost loved when he lived there. Plans also include grafting an additional 100 trees which will be sold, so if you’ve ever found yourself wishing that you could have a real apple tree that was (kind of) planted by Robert Frost, then you may be in luck.

2 Responses

  1. Poe GardenI’m starting up a
    Poe Garden

    I’m starting up a lie that geneticists are taking DNA samples from Edgar Allan Poe and starting a cottage industry in Richmond, VA. This will help raise money for the Poe museum by having each clone churn out low-priced chapbooks to be sold at Starbucks.

    They thought about doing the same thing with Philip K. Dick but it just seemed too weird.

  2. Giamatti as DickPerhaps I
    Giamatti as Dick

    Perhaps I should have titled this That Dick Giamatti, but that’s not really what I’m saying. I’m saying Giamatti as Dick doesn’t seem to make it. He is not right for the part physically.

    But it’s a movie, a work of fiction inspired by true events, as they say in the movie biz, and a true author who did exist in time and space.

    Now, the tie ins. If they don’t market a line of Raggle Gumm bubble and chewing gum they’ve lost market op big time.

    I’ll bet it will be action packed. Giamatti the Dick will down a pep pill and type at his typewriter all night. Then go to his record clerk job near the campus.

    Can’t wait. And are they going to make it in to a cartoon? Actually I’ve heard they are going to use a new technique where they first draw a cartoon and make the movie completely animated then Dick Giamatti and the other actors act out all the animated moves to be filmed as the actual movie.

    When will Hollywood option the Prepersons?

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