Oz Reimagined - 'Oz as You've Never Seen it Before'

L. Frank Baum's mystical and magical Land of Oz has been re-envisioned again and again. Before the quintessential 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz, which starred Judy Garland, there were nearly a dozen other movie versions made -- doesn't help the 'remakes suck' argument, does it? There are (at least) a couple more new takes coming, with Sam Raimi's Oz The Great and Powerful, and that terrible looking animated feature Dorothy of Oz, which actually boasts an impressive voice cast. There's also the direct sequel that Drew Barrymore was supposed to direct. And, of course, there's Todd McFarlane's long gestating (in his head at least) take on Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz -- the toys are cool though at least.

While we wait for those movie adaptations to come skipping down the Yellow Brick Road, editors John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen just sold the anthology Oz
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Martin H. Greenberg: 1941-2011

Martin Harry Greenberg, the leading anthologist and packager of short science fiction, fantasy, and superhero prose stories, and senior editor of Tekno Comix, died at his home in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Saturday. He was 70.

Marty’s output was staggering– here’s one partial list of the books that he actually received credit on, and here’s another. Notice how little overlap there is between the two lists, and there are hundreds more where he did back end editorial, production, or most often financial work. Marty’s packaging company, Tekno Books, produced over 2,000 books since its creation, with more than 55 New York Times bestselling authors. His collaborators have included the likes of Tom Clancy, Dean Koontz, Nora Roberts, Deepak Chopra, Robert Silverberg, Jane Yolen, Esther Friesner, Ed Gorman, and the late Isaac Asimov. In the 90s, he lent his corporate name and expertise to Tekno Comix. He packaged the Further
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85 sci-fi and fantasy authors are mad at the BBC – for no reason

On April 16th 2011, science fiction author Stephen Hunt sent out a press release to genre websites, including Fgt, announcing a letter of protest signed by 85 authors of sci-fi and fantasy literature sent to the BBC.

This letter, penned by Hunt, complained that the BBC 2 had not covered science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction sufficiently in their World Book Night programming on March 5th, 2011. The programs that particularly bothered Hunt were called “The Books We Really Read”, an episode of The Culture Show, hosted by comedian Sue Perkins and “New Novelists: 12 of the Best.”

Hunt quoted himself in his press release as outlining his contempt for the BBC shows:


Fantasy author Stephen Hunt, who organised the protest, commented, “The sneering tone that was levelled towards commercial fiction during The Books We Really Read was deeply counterproductive to the night’s aims of actually encouraging people to read novels. The weight
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[DVD Review] Scholastic Storybook Treasures: Adventures At School

Just in time for the little ones to go back to school for another year of reading, writing and ‘ritmatic, comes another valuable DVD collection from those award winning producers of children’s entertainment and education, Scholastic Storybook Treasures. This particular collection, Adventures in School, won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Videos. Scholastic Storybook Treasures adapts beloved children’s books into animated form. They’ve translated the works of Rosemarie Wells and Doreen Cronin, as well as producing cartoon versions of favorite characters like Curious George. Adventures in School gives us 14 stories, spanning from Petunia (1950) to How Do Dinosaurs Go to School (2007). All these stories revolve around school and things young kids might need to know before starting their first, or latest, semester.

Disc One collects some of the popular "Black Lagoon" stories by Mike Thaler, illustrated by Jared Lee. All three stories are about the
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Except the Queen by Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder – review

Originally a short story in the Marvin Kaye edited anthology The Fair Folk, Except the Queen had alwasy been meant to be turned into a longer work. Each author took a sister each to write for (Yolen took Serana; Snyder took Meteora) and then divided the rest of the cast between themselves. And the tone [...]

Related posts:Foiled by Jane Yolen and Mike Cavallaro – review Book Review – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen Book Review – Queen Ferris
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Trailer Park: Pulling John, Yesterday Was A Lie, The Messenger, Giggle Giggle, Quack, Runaway Ralph

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The Messenger - DVD Review

Woody Harrelson is a human litmus test for what the ravages of war can do to an individual.

The Messenger is a movie that defies a conventional critique as the movie unspools in a manner that feels more real than it does made up, more visceral than it does imagined. While Kevin Bacon’s turn in Taking Chance was a heartfelt swan song to one human’s life who died for his country, The Messenger is grittier in its portrayal of a man tasked with delivering the news no family member wants to get about their fallen soldier.

It’s grittier and more immediate thanks to the liberating decisions made by first time director Oren Moverman. The
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We're off to I-Con 28

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We're on the road again this weekend, this time to I-Con 28, which is all over Suffolk Country this weekend (no, it's not at Stony Brook Univeristy this year, major repairs going on, don't ask) and various ComicMix folks will be out in force.

Thrill to the movie previews of 2009 Scribe nominee Bob Greenberger! Swoon at the wit and wisdom of 2009 Scribe nominee Aaron Rosenberg! Gaze at the visage of Chuck Rozakis! Wonder at whatever it is Glenn Hauman does! And many many more friendly folks-- David Mack, Keith DeCandido, Peter David, Larry Hama, Jeness Crawford, Bob Rozakis, Greg Pak, Jane Yolen, Holly Black, the list goes on and on and on.

I-Con is home to one of the wider spectrums of fans, from anime to science and technology, and generally draws about six thousand people a year and is never the same from year to year. So if you've never been there,
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The Crow Returns to the Screen

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The Crow, last seen on screen in 2005, is headed for the remake route. Stephen Norrington (Blade) will revisit James O’Barr’s comic book creation according to Variety.

He has signed with Relativity Media to write and direct a new version of the character. The film rights have been in Ed Pressman’s possession and negotiations continue to transfer them to the new production company.

O’Barr created the comic in 1989 as a means of dealing with his feelings in the wake of his girlfriend’s death at the hands of a drunk driver. He first published the title through Caliber Comics. The series moved to Kitchen Sink Press from 1996-1998 followed by a The Crow/Razor one-shot crossover from London Night Studios. Also in 1998, Random House released The Crow: Shattered Lives and Broken Dreams, a prose anthology edited by Ed Kramer and O’Barr with stories by Henry Rollins,
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