Matt Smith is Your Singing and Dancing Patrick Bateman (via Kickstarter)
If you missed our previous post about it, the novel about serial-killer/music lover Patrick Bateman, Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho is being turned into a musical in London and the role of Patrick Bateman has been filled by none other than the 11th Doctor himself: Matt Smith. Hey, he does have a lot of free time on his hands now that a new Doctor has been announced to take over where he left off. What better way to fill that hole in his life than as a 80’s yuppies with a penchant for murder?
Laini Taylor is Releasing a Zuzana and Mik-Centric Novella (via Shelf Life)
To hold us over until the release of the final book in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy (the beautifully covered Dreams of Gods & Monsters) Laini Taylor will be releasing a novella entitled Night of Cake & Puppets. Based on the official description, the novella will tell the only hinted at tale of “the magical first date of fan-favorites Zuzana and Mik.” The eBook only story will be released on November 26 and at only $2.99, it’s a steal.
LeakyCon 2014 Announced Its Official Dates and Location (via LeakyNews)
We’ve been waiting six months for more details on LeakyCon 2014 which is happening once again in Orlando, Florida and this week we learned that our favorite Harry Potter convention will be held from July 30 to August 3 at the Orange County Convention Center. That’s right, LeakyCon is so big that hotels can no longer hold it. Registration will open this Saturday, October 19 at 3:00 PM EST and you can expect to find us at LeakyCon once again next year. Huzzah!
Scott Westerfeld Is One Draft Into His Brand New Novel Afterworlds! (via GoodReads)
One of our very favorite authors Scott Westerfeld has finished the first draft of his newest novel Afterworlds, and to say we are beyond excited is an understatement. Scott’s next novel is currently slated for release on October 28, 2014 and is “two novels in one,” one of which is a paranormal romance told in even chapters about a girl who has an affair with the Lord of the Dead and the odd chapters are about the girl who wrote the book within the even numbered chapters and her experiences as a young writer. Can we say amazeballs? Because amazeballs.
“S.H.I.E.L.D.” Gets a Full Season and Marvel Starts Work on Four New Shows (via Hypable)
In Marvel news, the so long to write out “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” got picked up for an entire first season and Marvel responded by working on four more television shows, one of which is probably the rumored Peggy Carter show “Agent Carter.” They are currently balls deep (metaphorically) in three shows and one mini-series on the down low and shopping them around to various networks as well as Amazon and Netflix. Psst, Netflix is a much better choice if you ask us.
Writers Claim Showtime Wouldn’t Let Them Kill Dexter (via IGN)
So, remember that “Dexter” finale you tried your darndest to forget? You know, the one where Dexter becomes a lumberjack? Well now the writers are firing back and claiming that even if they had wanted to kill off Dexter they couldn’t, because Showtime just would not let them. Said Dexter producer John Goldwyn, “When we told [Showtime] the arc for the last season, they just said, ‘Just to be clear, he’s going to live.'” Meaning that in essence a good ending was trumped by the decision to keep Dexter alive in case they ever wanted to bring him back. Way to be Showtime.
Mr. Darcy Was Supposed to Be Naked In that Pride and Prejudice Lake Scene (via Vulture)
According to a certain Pride and Prejudice screenwriter, the famous scene in which Mr. Darcy emerges wet and glorious from the lake at Pemberly was meant to be a full frontal scene. Because they forgot this is the Regency era? Said screenwriter says he’s not sure why it was cut, but that it might have taken too long to have him undress himself on camera or, and this is a direct quote, “it might have been something about Colin’s anxiety about love handles or something.” Wow dude, just wow.
Gandalf’s “You Shall Not Pass” Spell Does Not Work in Real Life (via Geekologie)
Apparently no one takes much stock in Gandalf these days because as an improv troupe proved in Central Park, no one listens to Gandalf when he tells them they shall not pass. And some of them even think he’s Dumbledore. What a travesty. You can check out the hilarious video entitled “Lord of the Rings in Real Life” above and stick around for more film-themed comedy from the group Improv Everywhere.
Ommegang Announces Their Targaryen Themed “Game of Thrones” Beer (via MyDesert)
We already told you about Ommegang’s fall “Game of Thrones” beer Take the Black Stout inspired by the Night’s Watch and at the Great American Beer Festival they announced their spring brew Fire and Blood Ale. The Targaryen themed beer is different in that it will come with three different collectible labels, one for each of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons: Viserion, Rhaegal and Drogon. We know, we know, SHUT UP AND TAKE OUR MONEY!
Here Are 25 Movies That You Didn’t Know Were Based on Books (via BuzzFeed)
Buzzfeed has done it again, this time shocking us with films that were actually inspired by books, most of which we didn’t know existed. And most of which even though we now know exist probably won’t have us running out to purchase the novelization of them. Sorry Father of the Bride the book. You can check out their entire list of 25 famous films based on books HERE, not to be confused with books based on movies which are a different beast entirely.