November 14th, 2007


"Survivor: Pangaea"

I dreamt last night of a version of Survivor. With dinosaurs.

Yeah, that would change the game. (The players simply accepted the presence of raptors and went on with the game, just hoping not to get eviscerated.)

My slow NaNoWriMo progress included 774 words last night, reaching 6,267 total. I realized something was happening but didn't know why, so I didn't know what to write...then realized that figuring out why that paticular something was happening could be a mystery I could solve later. That got me unblocked!
Whale fluke

The late, great Mike Pearl would smile at this

Your 1996 Theme Song Is: 1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins

Shakedown 1979
Cool kids never have the time
On a live wire right up off the street
You and I should meet

Ah, 1996: interesting year for me. I finally was managing the boyfriend-girlfriend thing; I was wrapping up my senior year of college; I was getting published in Film Score Monthly; I wrote an Honors College thesis tackling psychology, film music and the film The Fisher King; I got to do a phone interview with composer Michael Kamen; and I actually was listening to more music than film music that year, because hanging around my girlfriend Alicia I was near radios more often. So I actually heard this on the radio that year.

The late, great Mike Pearl was one of my best friends, and also the strongest Smashing Pumpkins fan I knew. I think he even got to help out behind-the-scenes at a Smashing Pumpkins concert around that time. I hear the band, I think of him.

Thinking of you, Mike...

Frank Darabont talks The Mist

My issues with Ain't It Cool News aside, the fact that Frank Darabont is comfortable enough with them to give cool interviews is, well, cool.

Here Darabont and special effects guy Greg Nicotero discuss the film adaptation of Stephen King's novella The Mist, shot quickly and cheaply and allowing Darabont a chance to revisit horror for the first time in years. The conversation also goes into his (should be happening) film version of Fahrenheit 451 and -- this would rock my world if done and done well -- a possible adapation of King's Bachman book The Long Walk:
DARABONT: Long Walk, if anything, would probably be even more low budget [than The Mist], because talk about something that would benefit from this sort of documentary approach to things… It would be this weird mixture of Steve King populist story slash, God help me for saying this, art house movie, because it’s such a unique piece and it’s not particularly plot driven at all, but an incredibly compelling character thing. I don’t know that I would have as much to add to that as I have to The Mist, even. That would be a pretty faithful adaptation and I don’t know that it wants to be particularly slick. If you wind up changing things too much and you wind up making it too slick and suddenly it turns into Running Man, which really would have benefited from not going slick…
Note: I skimmed parts of the chat so as not to know too much going in to the film (I've yet to read The Mist, but I own two anthologies where it appeared, so by Gum I'll be able to read it!), and it might give more details about the story than you want to know.

The Later Edit: I meant to add this. Frank Darabont told Sci Fi Wire that he changed The Mist's ending. He also said that when he told Stephen King how the film ended, King replied "If I'd thought of it, I'd have used it in the story."
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