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Around the Common Room: September 13, 2012

Excitement for fall and winter movie releases is building, and a lot of this week’s news seems to be movie-based. First, David from The Warden’s Walk is hosting a read-through of The Hobbit, beginning in late September and ending just before the movie comes out. Whether you’re a fan of the book or have never read it, and whether or not you plan to see the movie, this sounds like a great event to check out.

The young Potter actors have made headlines for a lot of reasons, but now Emma Watson’s got a scandalous one through no fault of her own: she’s apparently this year’s most dangerous celebrity to search for online. Cyber criminals use her name to attract potential victims; according to USA Today (link above), searching for her name gives you a one-in-eight chance of landing on a malicious site. It’s a strangely unfitting fate for someone so hardworking and serious as she appears to be. Her new film, Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, releases September 21.

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Haunted Valentines

Looking for that something special to give your undead other this Valentines? Look no further: Abigail Johnson at Tor.com has found 13+1 perfect gifts to scare the screaming heebie jeebies out of your dreaded ones.

Celebrate the holiday in style with a glass of Dracula Pinoit Noir from Vampire Vineyards, the perfect accompaniment to any romantic getaway, even if you never drink–vine.  Or try hard to get Wolfsbane Soap–who knew that werewolves are allergic to shea butter? And if you’re just looking for a simple, heartfelt token, consider the Zombie Heart Pendant [pictured]. Ms. Johnson explains:

Is it a brain? Is it a heart? It’s a little of both!
The toxic zombie heart now in red!

The catch, of course, is this: all these products are priced in US Dollars, so if you’re on another currency there may be some exchange fees. And that’s it. Everything on the list is legitimately for sale. You can buy them if you want to. No gimmicks involved. The Vampire Teddy Bear is a little pricey, though.

So, if Valentine’s Day has been howling at the moon in frustration, howl no longer! Here’s the perfect way to show your undead ones you fear them.

Read and report–see anything you like?

Friday News & Notes

It’s a lazy, overcast, rainy day where I’m at so I thought I’d post some random news stories for your perusal.  Also, just a reminder about The Hogshead Forum.  We’ve currently got around 133 members.  Lots of interesting topics and threads are available, and you are free to start your own if you register.  The forum was created to allow the patrons of the pub to expand on the discussion, so feel free to check it out and join here.

On to various news and articles.  This one’s a bit old but if you haven’t heard by now, George Lucas is planning to re-release all of the Star Wars movies in 3-D starting in 2012 with The Phantom Menace.  Despite the fact that every movie that was not originally made in 3-D & was then converted to 3-D has turned out bad, Lucasfilm assures us that won’t happen with their conversions.  My question is, when will the peoples of the world rise up and say, “STOP IT, George Lucas!!!  Leave the Star Wars franchise alone!!”

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Werewolf and Vampire Tips!

I was browsing a bookstore humor section and came upon some helpful titles you might want to consider:

Are you a new werewolf? Want to easily handle the transition to your new life? You want The Werewolf’s Guide to Life: A Manual for the Newly Bitten by Ritch Duncan and Bob Powers.

Learn about lycanthropy, and werewolf romance, faith, working life, wellness and health. Discover how to find and be part of a werewolf community. Find tips for dealing with wannabes, werewolf hunters, and vampires (that means you, Cullens–Arabella). Embrace your inner werewolf and learn about the Lycanthrope Ascendance movement.

Or perhaps you’d like to snag a vampire. Here’s some help:

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Love Bites

As I was skimming through news sites today, I came across this story.  Apparently, teenagers, enamored of Twilight or other vampire things, have taken to biting each other on the neck and licking and sucking the blood that flows forth.  I know, gross.  But health officials are also concerned because of the many ways blood borne pathogens can be transmitted through such behavior.

Check out the story and let us know what you think.

Stephen King to Help Pen New Vampire Comic

According to this story, Stephen King is going to try his hand at comic books.  He’s contributed five issues to a new comic called American Vampire, which reimagines the vampire in an American setting.  Here’s a brief blurb from the article on what they’re planning to do with the story:

“The series twists the well-trod vampire legend by allowing the creatures to evolve into a distinctly American creature and will follow the adventures of Skinner Sweet, a sociopathic outlaw in the Wild West who becomes the first American vampire. Unlike European vamps, Skinner is powered by the sun and, true to his native environment, has rattlesnake fangs. Each cycle, consisting of five individual comic issues, will take place in a different period of time in American history, tracing Skinner’s descendants, with Skinner himself as a recurring character.”


History of the Vampire

Discovery Channel News had a nice, short commentary from Katherine Ramsland, the author of The Science of Vampires.  It’s only about 2 and a half minutes long.  Lots of still images, some from Nosferatu.  So, if you don’t want to watch the Nosferatu movie, you can at least see how they imagined Count Orlok.  It’s a pretty interesting commentary and speaks to some of what we’ve recently discussed on vampires.  I invite you to check it out and share your thoughts.