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First of all, thanks to everyone who took part in my poll about your favorite Arthurian films. As of this posting, the results are as follows:
1st Place - Monty Python and the Holy Grail
2nd Place - Excalibur
3rd Place - The Sword in the Stone
4th Place - Camelot


Second, you may recall that I recently posted a short list of my favorite young adult dystopian novels. One of the series I most strongly recommended was the brilliant Tomorrow Series by John Marsden. Now the first book in that series, Tomorrow, When the War Began, is being turned into a film. I'm always skeptical about movie adaptations of novels, but sometimes I'm happily surprised, so we'll see. If nothing else, I hope it will encourage more people to read the books. Here is the trailer:




Speaking of movies, one of my very favorite classic Western television series, The Big Valley, is being reimagined as a feature film for 2011 release. I've been following the rumors, and I see that the latest casting news puts Jessica Lange (not, as previously suggested, Susan Sarandon) in the lead role of matriarch Victoria Barkley (originally portrayed by Barbara Stanwyck) and Stephen Moyer (not, as previously reported, Ryan Phillippe) as Jarrod Barkley (originally portrayed by Richard Long). Hmmm. I'm still thinking through what these choices mean. I'm not running away screaming, which probably is a good sign - especially since I think the casting for these two characters in particular might make or break the film. Lee Majors, who starred in the original series as Heath, will now appear (presumably in flashbacks) as the deceased father of the Barkley clan, Tom Barkley.


We had no foundations, and we had no secure walls around our lives anymore. We were living in a strange long nightmare, where we had to make our own rules, invent new values, stumble around blindly, hoping we weren't making too many mistakes. We clung to what we knew and what we thought was right, but all the time those things too were being stripped from us. I didn't know if we'd be left with nothing, or if we'd be left with a new set of rules and attitudes and behaviours, so that we wouldn't recognise ourselves anymore. We could end up as new, distorted, deformed creatures, with only a few physical resemblances to the to the people we once were.
- from Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden

Comments

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wellinghall
Jun. 19th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Welcome back! *waves*
eldritchhobbit
Jun. 20th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks! *waves back*
byslantedlight
Jun. 19th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait... You probably won't remember this, but ages ago I was trying to think of YA dystopia novels for you, and I could not for the life of me think of the title of an Australian novel where a group of kids went out camping in the bush for a week, heard vague hints that something odd was going on, and came back to find their world invaded and taken over... And I've just watched the trailer to Tomorrow When the War Began, and I should be all excited cos that's it - except that it isn't! I read the book I'm thinking about long before I left Australia in 1985, years before in fact - so it can't have been John Marsden's 1993+ series (though I'll look it up now *g*). So now I'm just more confused than ever... such a similar theme, and yet I can't for the google of me find mention of this other book...

Also - welcome back! *g*
boojumlol
Jun. 20th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
Could it be an Ivan Southall book, perhaps? I don't remember one matching that plot exactly, but he tended to write about children coping with disasters in Australian country settings.
byslantedlight
Jun. 21st, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
You know, it really sounds like it should be, but I've gone through all his titles and it's not any of them - unless I'm completely confusing plots, but... I don't think so, because to be honest I'd not heard of Tomorrow, When the War Began until EH posted about it... Hmmn! I'll keep on searching... (I did eventually find the book about Adamouse and Evemouse that I remembered reading in Australia as a kid *g*)
(Anonymous)
May. 19th, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
Adamouse and Evemouse
I've been trying to find that out for such a long time! do you know the name?

If so, can you please email it to me at emily_and_po@yahoo.co.uk?

Thank you!
(Anonymous)
Jun. 18th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
Adamouse and Evemouse
I also have been searching forn the story of Adamouse and Evemouse. If anyone has any info on this story it would be appreciated.
THX
byslantedlight
Jun. 18th, 2011 11:13 am (UTC)
Re: Adamouse and Evemouse
It took me ages to track down, but it's Play Little Victims by Kenneth Cook. Like the reviewer in the link I read it when I was in about Year 9 at high school in Australia, and I've never forgotten it - apart from, you know, the title and author... *g* There are copies on amazon.co.uk and .com at the moment, and one in Australia on abebooks...
eldritchhobbit
Jun. 20th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
Augh! I remember that. This gets curiouser and curiouser! ::headdesk::

Oh, and thank you! *g*
gilda_elise
Jun. 19th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
Speaking of movies, one of my very favorite classic Western television series, The Big Valley, is being reimagined as a feature film for 2011 release. I've been following the rumors, and I see that the latest casting news puts Jessica Lange (not, as previously suggested, Susan Sarandon) in the lead role of matriarch Victoria Barkley (originally portrayed by Barbara Stanwyck) and Stephen Moyer (not, as previously reported, Ryan Phillippe) as Jarrod Barkley (originally portrayed by Richard Long). Hmmm. I'm still thinking through what these choices mean. I'm not running away screaming, which probably is a good sign - especially since I think the casting for these two characters in particular might make or break the film. Lee Majors, who starred in the original series as Heath, will now appear (presumably in flashbacks) as the deceased father of the Barkley clan, Tom Barkley.

I like the choice of Jessica Lange as Victoria, but I'm interested in who's going to play Nic. ;-)
eldritchhobbit
Jun. 20th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
I like Lange, too; she can project forcefulness and strength and feistiness, yet still show vulnerability when it's appropriate. I'm heartened by the fact that such a reputable actress is linked with the project.

I don't know much about Jason Alan Smith, who supposedly is going to be Nick. I don't think I've ever seen anything he's done. One thing's for sure: he has some big boots (and black leather gloves) to fill! *g*
ekeppich
Jun. 19th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
I watch that trailer and all I can think of is, "Wolverines!"
eldritchhobbit
Jun. 20th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Seriously! A young Patrick Swayze would fit in well, don't you think? *feels all nostalgic*

peadarog
Jun. 19th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
What, we've been invaded? Protect the whiskey!
eldritchhobbit
Jun. 20th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
LOL! Priorities, priorities.
cookiefleck
Jun. 20th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
I know I used to watch The Big Valley but all I can remember of it (which may not even be accurate) is Barbara Stanwyck in a cowboy hat, very authoritative in her (odd) way. I am surprised you know of that show!

(rant)Does EVERYTHING need to be redone, made into a sequel or reimagined? Actually, come to think of it, "reimagined" is somewhat of an oxymoron.(/rant)
eldritchhobbit
Jun. 20th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes! I'm a Western fan in general (which probably comes from being raised in the West!), but Big Valley definitely is one of my two favorite television Westerns. (The other is The Wild Wild West, which arguably is as much science fiction as Western). I caught the show as a wee lass during syndication, and Big Valley always intrigued me for the characters (it was an impressive turn for the time to have an illegitimate child "blended" into a traditional family, in the face of public scandal), the period (lots of interesting post-Civil War material), and the issues it dealt with (many political and ethical subjects related to Jarrod's law practice). And, as you mention, there's always the unique and interesting Barbara Stanwyck...

I agree wholeheartedly about the "reboots" everywhere. What ever happened to original ideas, for heaven's sake? I'm trying not to panic about this one, because the daughter of the original show's creator is at the helm, and I'm hoping that means she at least respects the original material. (The casting of Lee Majors may be a hint that this is so.) Also, this may provide the added incentive for the powers that be to release the final seasons of the series on DVD (finally!). Still, I'd much rather see original new films than rehashes of old ones - especially when I hold the oldies near and dear to my heart.
cookiefleck
Jun. 20th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
One of the cable TV channels runs older TV westerns a lot... but I don't think I have seen BV there. I DVR'd an Audie Murphy western the other day and a few others of his films... I used to like him a little but it's bewen years so we'll see...

At our upcoming autograph show, they are trying to rope in (hee) TV western actors. Scroll down a little to see the poster.
http://www.hollywoodshow.com/

Re remakes, I read an article in the current Ent Weekly that suggested Jaden Smith for a remake of RUDY. Aggggrrrggggggggh. He is only 11 years old so hopefully anyone who reads that will quickly forget the idea. But it never occurred to me until I read that, that they might remake that film. "the horror, the horror"
eldritchhobbit
Jun. 23rd, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
What a lineup for the autograph show! Robert Fuller and Morgan Woodward are both special coups, I'd think. It looks like Roy Thinnes has been postponed, unfortunately - I'd flip at the chance to see him. :) Still, it promises to be an amazing event - so much history in one place!

Remaking Rudy is just... unthinkable. Ack!
sittingduck1313
Jun. 21st, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
Eh, there are no original ideas and haven't been for some time. A visit to the TV Tropes wiki is proof of that. A book containing the first original ideas is kept in a well-hidden monastery way up in the Himalayas, along with a first edition copy of Al Azif.
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Jun. 20th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
I'm baaack!
Lol! Good.

Imogen Heap -- good music, Dr. Amy! A+ for you.
eldritchhobbit
Jun. 20th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thanks.

And thanks for the A+! I like to think that your excellent taste in music is rubbing off on me. :)
mackiedockie
Jun. 21st, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
The Big Valley? Interesting. Though I confess I was always more of a High Chaparral kind of gal. More horses, better scenery *g*. I did fall for Artemus Gordon at an early age, though. And would that they had crossovers back then with Have Gun, Will Travel...
eldritchhobbit
Jun. 23rd, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
HG was quite awesome, too! And you're right: Paladin was just begging to be crossed over into all sorts of universes, wasn't he? I love Artemus Gordon to this very day. :)
sittingduck1313
Jun. 21st, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
Speaking of Westerns, have you ever been acquainted with The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.?
eldritchhobbit
Jun. 23rd, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes! Bruce Campbell! That's another one of the very steampunkish-SF Westerns. I like that one, too. Good call.
agentxpndble
Jul. 8th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
Holy cow... I am *really* behind on LJ... I missed this and haven't kept up with the BV reports - interesting.
eldritchhobbit
Jul. 8th, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
Interesting indeed! What do you think of the new casting?
agentxpndble
Jul. 8th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
Well, I think they guy playing Nick *looks* totally right but I don't know him as an actor. And I feel about the same about Lange as Surrandon - Please let her be grey and I'm glad she such a high caliber actor but they will have to prove themselves to me. A lot here could depend on the script, direction, and art direction/cinematography. Wild, Wild West was still a win for me because of all that, in spite of the character slaughter.
eldritchhobbit
Jul. 9th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
Well, I think they guy playing Nick *looks* totally right but I don't know him as an actor.

I agree.

Stephen Moyer's pretty high profile for Jarrod; I hope this means he'll have a key role.

I know what you mean about the actors having to prove themselves. I am heartened, though, that I've seen Lange give very wide-ranging performances (both strong and vulnerable) and I've seen her go grey to play a role.

The script will be sooooo important! It's hard to wait!

Edited at 2010-07-09 09:24 pm (UTC)
byslantedlight
Jun. 18th, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
Hey - I've just had notification that someone else asked about Adamouse and Evemouse - I can let them have all the details, but can't reply because the comment is screened (I presume it's non-lj). Or I could let you know, and you could reply?! *g*
eldritchhobbit
Jun. 18th, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, my friend! I've unscreened the comment above, and I'm also happy to pass along the information, if you prefer. Thanks so much for helping! I don't have a clue about this question.
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