Around the Common Room: November 9, 2012

The presidential election may be over, but according to io9, there’s one campaign of ultimate importance still around: Brad Bird for dire

ctor of the next Star Wars film. The campaign video is certainly far more enjoyable than campaign videos are wont to be.

In wonky news of the week, archaeologists have been banned from referring to ancient humanoids as hobbits. Also, Superman’s home planet has been “found”–the news story contains astronomy coordinates. Gilderoy Lockhart–or actor Kenneth Branagh, anyway–was just knighted by Queen Elizabeth, Angry Birds and Star Wars have combined for a game reputed to be ‘ridiculously fun’, and Darth Vader has been telling other Disney characters that he is their father. All right, that last one’s a comic, but it’s adorable.

In various news and other literary items:

J.K. Rowling made it into the new edition of Bartlett’s Famous Quotations. Guess which quote was included? There are so many great ones to choose from, although the one that was chosen probably is the most popular.

Ray Bradbury has two new stories coming out, posthumously, this fall.

The newest James Bond film just beat Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I’s first week of earnings in England.

Pages Unbound defends young adult fiction and clears up some of the misconceptions surrounding it.

Barnes & Noble hosted some thoughts from author Terry Brooks on the original publication of The Sword of Shannara, which reaches its 35th anniversary this year.

Open Culture has a sad but interesting piece on Bela Lugosi, famed star of the classic Dracula adaptation.

In numerical lists: Tor has 10 weird things about Edgar Allan Poe, ScienceFiction.com has the 10 scariest sci-fi movies, WhatCulture.com lists 7 things the makers of Star Wars Episode VII should avoid and the 10 greatest movie opening scenes of all time, Flavorwire has 10 great authors we should all stop pigeonholing–including J.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis, and a number of other beloved SFF authors, The Knight Shift lists the top ten greatest fictional statesmen, and SFX has the top ten sci-fi and fantasy sidekicks.

Finally, from Not Always Related: Molly Weasley would never have let one of her kids get away with this.

3 thoughts on “Around the Common Room: November 9, 2012

  1. Thanks for all those great links!
    I can’t believe that in the ’10 greatest movie opening scenes’ Star Wars didn’t even get a guernsey let alone top spot. I can still remember as an 8 year old sitting in the theatre with the Star Destroyer coming over my head from behind. The noise! The lasers! The white and black of the Storm Troopers and Darth Vader! I was blown away.

    Yet No. 1 spot was given to 2001 a space odyssey. That opening sequence was pretentious rubbish. I was in my teens when I saw that so maybe I didn’t get it but I thought Mel Brooks summed it up nicely in History of the World Part 1.

  2. Black Angus, I’m glad it just wasn’t me who found the lack of Star Wars inclusion to be egregious.

    Oh well, at least they included Jaws and A Clockwork Orange.

  3. Going through all the fun links, but I will say that the Star Wars/Angry Birds mashup is way too much fun. I’ve had to set a timer on myself. :)

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