“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?
“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.
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.
“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.
Even Middle-earth Has Important Public Service Announcements (via Dorkly)
Lord of the Rings fan art plus public service announcements equal hilarity. With posters discussing not putting rings on it, how to properly dispose of rings of power, the dangers of Ent draught and giving Balrogs the right to pass, no warning goes unsaid. Special shout out to the poster dedicated to Gandalf’s fireworks: “Don’t play with fireworks. Because maybe some dickhole wizard made one that literally creates a dangerous fire dragon.” See the remaining PSAs over on Dorkly.
Scientists Create an Invisibility Cloak: Nerds Imagine Best Marauders Cosplay Ever (via The Mary Sue)
While we would love to discuss the scientific and militaristic ramifications of an invisibility cloak, all we can think about is OH MY GOD, ONE THIRD OF THE DEATHLY HALLOWS IS NOW REAL! At least in box form, because it’s more an invisibility box than a cloak. But, it does cloak things in the verb sense of the word so it’s still technically an invisibility cloak. Get it? Get it!?! In scientific terms, it splits light into waves which travel around the cloaked object and blah blah blah blah technology.
Hey everybody, we missed you all during our no-power related Hurricane Sandy outages. Thankfully we were all restored in time to enjoy and watch the election coverage in elation and okay, maybe some fear. Good thing all those worries came to naught! FOUR MORE BEERS! FOUR MORE BEERS!
Help Save the Best Lil’ Childrens/YA Bookstore: Books of Wonder (via Indiegogo)
Our favorite NYC children’s and young adult themed independent bookstore Books of Wonder needs a little community help to revitalize their shop. With amazing author events, old and rare books and signed copies on every shelf, we have spent hours wandering their selections and fighting off the desire to buy all the books. ALL THE BOOKS! A small $10 donation will get you a specialized postcard (our favorite of which was drawn by Gregory Maguire and features a doodle of Elphaba) and all the joy of doing a good deed.
A happy early Halloween everybody! We hope all you fellow east-coasters don’t let Hurricane Sandy ruin your tricks and or treats. Or your All Hallow’s Read plans. But if by chance you do get rained in, we highly recommend curling up with a good scary novel and some candy.
Andy Serkis to Direct Animal Farm and Possibly Play Talking Faux-Russian Pig (via The Mary Sue)
Motion-captor actor and everyone’s favorite tortured Hobbit turned crispy meatsicle Andy Serkis has the directing bug after his work as second-unit director on The Hobbit and has signed on to direct an adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. You know, the one with the talking animals that are an allegory for Soviet Russia? Serkis wants to make things as fresh as possible, with a focus on the more emotional end of the story which is still in the planning phase. Will horses being turned into glue trump allegorical satire.
IT’S NYCC COSPLAY GALLERY TIME! Due to our costume choices, the second part of the gallery is “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “The Legend of Korra” themed and the final section is all about “Supernatural”. You have been pre-warned!
P.S. Not everyone at conventions wearing trench-coats are the 10th Doctor. Some of us are Castiel. Or Colombo. Or once (hypothetically) McGruff the Crime Dog. Take a bite out of crime!