cheapest cialis>It’s not Halloween, but apparently it’s a bit of a week for vampire news anyhow–although the story of Kristen Stewart having cheated on Robert Pattinson is more like sordid vampire gossip, and you’ll also find people around here who will argue that the word vampire doesn’t properly apply. Anyway, less sordidly and perhaps more vampirically, MSNBC has the news that Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been cast as Dracula in an upcoming NBC series. What I find funny, however, is that they claim this:
“In the world of “Twilight” and “True Blood” and all the contemporized stories, we thought we’d go back to the original”
…but then, the plot summary reads like this:
The series, which bypassed the traditional pilot stage, takes place in the 1890s and finds Dracula living a double life in London as an American businessman interested in bringing modern science to Victorian society. His true plan to exact revenge on those who burdened him centuries ago, however, is derailed when he falls in love with a woman who seems to be his reincarnated wife.
I’ve read Dracula, and I don’t remember any of that.
Coming off Halloween and the month of October, I thought I’d post some stories to remind everyone that we are still into Harry Potter around here. 🙂
First up, looks like Stephen Fry got into trouble for tweeting some unauthorized pics of the Deathly Hallows set. Fry was shooting movie scenes at a set next to the Harry Potter sets and took some pics of Hogwarts after the great battle and also of Privet Drive and tweeted them. Later the tweets mysteriously disappeared, and Fry tweeted something about being taken to the “naughty step.” H/T to The Torch Online.
Saw this story over at The Leaky Cauldron today. Eight years ago this month the first Potter movie came out. In the story Chris Columbus, the director of the first two movies, looks back at the casting of the Trio and also how far they’ve come both as actors and as young adults. Two other items of note: One, Columbus is directing the new movie based off of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series; two, in December ultimate DVD editions of the first two Potter movies will be released.
Look over the story and share your thoughts!
I heard it on the wireless today.
I wonder if all the filming has been wrapped for the upcoming movie?
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I’m wondering what the marriage of celebrity culture to great literature is doing to Harry Potter.
The extent to which film has become normative in our culture is profound, especially as it relates to literature. We all used to joke about getting the movie version in order to do book reports in school (much to the chagrin of our teachers), but the Harry Potter phenomenon has produced a situation in which, for most of Harry Potter subculture, the films and the stories are inseparable. Just subscribe to “Harry Potter” news updates through Google or any of the major fansites, and you’ll see what I mean.
So, according to the way the name Harry Potter is used, it’s “Harry Potter News” every time one of the young Potter actors is going to be naked for an upcoming project. So this week’s “Monday Magical Musings” presents the following questions for discussion:
- What effects, positive and/or negative, is the broader Harry Potter subculture having on the overall perception of the series?
- Is it really “Harry Potter” news when Rupert Grint is going to be naked in a non-Potter movie? Is it really “Harry Potter” news if Daniel Radcliffe thinks he might have to get naked for the last Harry Potter movie? Or when Emma Watson goes to a polo match?
- Is the story and the heart of Harry Potter getting lost in the celebrity culture that has been inextricably linked to it?
- How long (or what) will it take for the series to get beyond the commercial hype and become more popular in academia than it is in pop culture?
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