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From the "Misc." files...

* Enrollment for Spring 2012 courses (both for audit and graduate credit) at The Mythgard Institute, including my online seminar on "Taking Harry Seriously: The Artistry and Meaning of the Harry Potter Saga," closes on January 13.

* Speaking of teaching, I've just agreed to offer my online seminar on the dystopian tradition, "The Hunger Games and Worlds Gone Wrong," at Belmont University this summer.

* Thanks to the extended trailer for Sherlock's "The Reichenbach Fall" (see it here), I have Nina Simone's version of "Sinnerman" on continual loop in my head, now with extra Moriarty-esque goodness creepiness.

* From SF Signal: Before the 1977 Rankin And Bass production of The Hobbit, there was this 1966 version by Gene Deitch. Originally planned as a full-length feature film before the Tolkien craze hit, a screenplay was written that took several heretical liberties with the story. Unfortunately the deal fell through with 20th Century Fox. But then, just one month before the rights were set to expire, the property value of Tolkien’s work skyrocketed and Gene put together the version you see here:

Read Gene Deitch's fascinating recollection of the events.

“Dilettantes," Art3mis said. "It’s their own fault for not knowing all the Schoolhouse Rock! lyrics by heart.”
― Ernest Cline, Ready Player One


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Jan. 14th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
That would've been something to see/hear, wouldn't it? Though "interesting" and "excellent" aren't exactly the same thing... I read somewhere once (I wish I could remember where) that they were interested in Patrick McGoohan possibly directing/producing the thing, which might've been brilliant, or at least very, very... fascinating.

Michael Jackson wanted to make a musical of Harry Potter, too, but J.K. Rowling said no. Maybe we dodged a bullet there?
Jan. 15th, 2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
Have you seen Magical Mystery Tour? The Beatles had creative control over that and looked what they produced. We dodged a nuclear bomb!
Jan. 18th, 2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
LOL! That puts it in perspective. You're quite right!
Jan. 10th, 2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
Slag the terrible!
Random princess!
T[h]orin isn't a dwarf!

Oh dear.

Edited at 2012-01-10 09:24 pm (UTC)
Jan. 14th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
It had potential for inspiring drinking games, that's for sure. Perhaps the more one drank, the more it made sense?

Random princess is my favorite. ;)
Jan. 11th, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
Why unfortunately? Since you used the term herectical to describe the script, sounds like it was a close one.

And if you haven't seen it, someone has retold Call of Cthulhu as a Dr. Seuss story.

Jan. 14th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
Ah, "unfortunately" and "heretical" were the words of SF Signal, not mine. Sorry for the confusion. I tend to agree with you. (Still, the opportunities for MST3K-ing it would've been almost endless.... Enter Random Princess!)

I love the Seussian Cthulhu! Thanks so much for this link.
Jan. 11th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. I have new respect for Rankin Bass now ;)
Jan. 14th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
LOL! Seriously! Me, too!

Everybody now, on three: "The greatest adventure is what lies ahead..."
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