“Reading Rainbow” is back! Kind of. Sort of. Not really. To celebrate his super Gatsby themed show, host Stephen Colbert decided to hold a book club (the first rule is you don’t read Fight Club) in which he meant to read The Great Gatsby but then totally didn’t. Colbert invites Carey Mulligan on the show to tell him about the plot, but since she can’t even read and is merely dubbed over by James Franco, LeVar Burton steps in to help with his trusty butterfly in the sky. Head over to the original source to check out all the Gatsby, all the nostalgia, and all the “Star Trek” references.
American Psycho, the book turned movie is now becoming a musical. SAY WHAT!?! At least in theory if the AP musical Kickstarter raises $150,000 to put the play on in London. Featuring music and lyrics by Spring Awakening’s Duncan Sheik and director Rupert Goold who has done too much to mention (including Macbeth and Richard II for BBC). Rewards include a Patrick Bateman business card flash drive loaded with songs from the musical, art prints, amazing t-shirts with fab one-liners like, “that’s a very fine Chardonnay you’re not drinking” and signed/limited edition copies of the novel. Not to mention, amazing 80′s styled tunes. Is donating something you are? Or is it something you do?
Winter Is Already Over, You Know Nothing, Jon Snow: Getting Ready for “Game of Thrones” Battle Lemon Cake Style29 Mar
Last year for the premiere of “Game of Thrones” season two, I embarked on a seemingly never-ending quest to find the best lemon cake recipe inspired by the Song of Ice and Fire series. This resulted in countless trips to the grocery stores to buy lemons and bags of flour, hours of trial and error and a whole lot of oven related burns. Although none that burned like having a pot of molten gold poured on my scale-less skin.
Thankfully, for season three (WHICH COMES OUT ON SUNDAY, OMG IT’S ALMOST HERE!!!) I know exactly which lemon cake to make, so I don’t have to waste my time. Bonus: Ommegang brewery has graciously provided Iron Throne Ale to drink while watching everyone you love die.
In anticipation of the season which will contain a whole lot of weddings and funerals- as in more than any Hugh Grant movie- I decided to share my lemon cake journey in a culinary adventure I like to call: Battle Lemon Cake.
This was originally posted during season two, throughout 2012, over on my personal blog (which gets very little use): Fli Brish. It has been touched up/edited accordingly to reflect all the shenanigans in season two and I have included appropriate yelling because I still have serious Team Lemon Cake feels.
“Sherlock” Confirmed for a Fourth Series Because There Might Be a God After All (via Hypable)
What is this GIF? I can’t even. Even though “Sherlock” series three has only just begun filming, Benedict Cumberbatch himself has confirmed that the show has already been picked up for a fourth series. Which is amazing since Steven Moffat (AKA Satan himself) has already hinted that the third season of the Sherlock Holmes inspired series will leave fans “as frustrated as they ever were.” Thanks a lot Beelzebub. Thanks for not actually killing anyone, we guess.
Gary Busey Explains How Hobbits Are Real and Why They’re Horny. Through Song. (via StarCrush)
For some reason (that reason most likely being brain damage) actor Gary Busey is under the impression that Hobbits are real. So much so that on his YouTube series “The Busey Zone” he shows off his severed Hobbit foot and sings a song about how they’re really horny. Jump to 3:28 for that nonsense. Because in Gary Busey land, “Horny starts with an H. The letter H. Hobbits start with the letter H. Horny Hobbits are thriving in Middle-earth. They don’t know what a reindeer is, but they’re horny like you can’t believe it.” This guy’s brain is like a bag full of cats.
The campaign for Rick Yancey- the author of The Monstrumologist trilogy’s- new series The 5th Wave is well underway. Which is a lot farther along than it was during NYCC when all we knew about it was that it was an alien series with an intriguing if confusing poster. Now we know that it’s about an alien invasion dubbed the Arrival, featuring a main character named Cassie (NICE NAME!) who despite trying to elude the alien scourge and locate her brother has time to maintain her own Tumblr. The first 54 pages of the novel have also been released. We’re already sold.
Neil Gaiman Writes Short Stories Based on Tweets, Asks Internet for Fan Art (via The Mary Sue)
Fantasy author and all around amazingly inventive guy Neil Gaiman partnered with Blackberry to create short stories based around the twelve months of the year and inspired by tweets submitted by his followers to create the collection, A Calendar of Tales. All the short stories are available for your reading pleasure in PDF form HERE. In response to his collection, Gaiman has asked for art and videos inspired by the short stories. Some of which will eventually be featured in a limited edition book. Talk about a collaborative effort.
“Game of Thrones” Season Three Gets a Trailer… Kind Of (via On Wednesdays We Wear Pink)
“Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder.” At least according to the slimy Lord Petyr Baelish who narrates the new “Game of Thrones” trailer. Sadly no new official footage is available from this season three video, just some eery close-ups of the characters faces while Littlefinger creepily discusses the nature of chaos. (Reminder: everyone you see will probably die.) We’ll take it though. It sure beats a trailer of a three-eyed raven flying around a modern city.
Taking The Phrase Dead Sexy to a Whole New Level: Cassie-la Races Through Both Versions Of “Warm Bodies”9 Feb
Summary: R is not your average zombie. He has coherent thoughts, can speak (sort of), is an avid collector of human memorabilia, and most importantly, has the ability to fall in love. Everything in R’s life is altered one day when he rashly decides to bring a human girl back to live in his 747. Her name is Julie, and she and R have the power to change the post-apocalyptic world forever. The weapon they have is [zombie] love.
Warm Bodies is the modern Romeo and Juliet. And I don’t say that because they have a modern romantic love story, or that as a zombie and a human they are star-crossed, I say that because the novel Warm Bodies is literally inspired by Romeo and Juliet. Main character R is obviously Romeo and love interest Julie is his Juliet. R’s hilarious best friend M stands in for Mercutio and Juliet’s friend Nora (with her aspirations to be a nurse) represents Juliet’s nurse, merely called the Nurse. See? I wasn’t just pumping up the love story aspect.
The novel and the film, while telling the same story, are two completely different beasts. The book is barely a young adult novel, despite the filming marketing the story to the Twilight fandom (shakes fist in anger) and is instead a much more in-depth look at a crumbling post-apocalyptic world and how we as a society while alive are still more dead inside than the zombie scourge. This is all viewed through the lens of R and Julie’s love story. The movie explores how technology makes society into zombies in a much more light-hearted way, but still through the romance of R and Julie. To sum it up, the novel is more zom-rom (zombie romance) with touches of humor and the film is more zom-rom-com (zombie romantic comedy) plus Rob Corddry.
Perfume Inspired By (Not Made Of) Dead Writers (via Book Riot)
From the endless materialistic depths of Etsy comes a perfume inspired by dead authors. The perfume can be purchased at SweetTeaApothocary and is described as, “a bookish blend of heliotrope, vetiver, black tea, clove, tobacco musk and vanilla and is supposed to evoke sitting in a library chair paging through yellowed tomes. Book Riot took the idea and ran with it, thinking up what author specific scents would smell like. Thankfully none of them smell like decaying author flesh.