Hey, it’s March already! How the hell did that happen?! Why didn’t anyone wake me up?
Damnit! I mentioned the other day that I had received an advance copy of Best Served Cold, Joe Aberdrombie’s latest. Well, it turns out it wasn’t intended for me after all. Scribbled on one of the inside pages was the message: “Joe, If you could pass this on to Baron Destructo I’d be most grateful.” And it was signed “Joe Abercrombie”. Unfortunately, the Baron is going to have to wait as I’m roughly a hundred pages in and not about to wait until the June-July release date to finish it. Great stuff!
Speaking of our friend Joe, if you’d like to check him and his charming (I think it’s a Swedish) accent out, go here (http://www.joeabercrombie.com/2009/02/see-me-through-your-eye-holes.html) and click on the links to the five quickie video interviews he recently did.
I think I’m going to start getting up a half hour earlier so that I can get into work a little sooner as this week, we finally start shooting on the Stage 4 Destiny set. Excitement abounds! I know that some of the actors have been holding off on visiting the set so that when they first lay eyes on the ship interiors, they’ll be lit and ready to roll. If I’m early enough, I’d love to catch the look on their faces when they first step onto what will be their home away from home for (hopefully) the next 6+ years.
Oh, I know Hell’s Kitchen can be stagey and overproduced, but I’m hooked. I watch the latest season on FOX, a previous season on the Food Network, The F Word, and the Brit version of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. The other day, I was out for dinner and ordered the scallops secretly hoping I would hear someone shout: “They’re fucking raw! Shut it down! Shut it down!”
I was reading an article on the recent knife attack on a tourist in Cairo by some wack job (http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=68&art_id=nw20090228150710250C794618). Perhaps even more shocking than the attack itself was the following excerpt from the Independent Online news story: “MENA reported that the suspect was mentally ill and had been previously detained in 2000 after attacking tourists and policemen. He was later released after doctors decided he had no control over his actions, it said.” Well, on the one hand he is incredibly violent but, on the other hand, he has absolutely no control over his actions. Let’s just let him go to be on the safe side. Seriously. Since when did Egyptians start taking pointers from the North American judicial system?
Hey, finish up The Book of Joby if you haven’t already done so and ready your questions and comments for author/illustrator Mark J. Ferrari. Discussion on the begins tomorrow.
Today’s entry is dedicated to Mackenzie’s Momma. Condolences.
Mirjam writes: “Question: since we’re on uninhabited island topic, which Stargate actor would you prefer to find yourself stranded with? And which character?”
Answer: Do you mean which one would I prefer to have there to chop up and roast just in case I run out of papayas and coconuts, or which one would I prefer to have there to while away the days with? I’m assuming the latter. Stargate character = Samantha Carter because if anyone could figure a way off that island, it would be her. Stargate actor = Richard Dean Anderson because I figure he must’ve picked up a trick or two after 139 episodes of MacGyver.
Dovil writes: “My desert island DVD’s would be on “raft building”, “how to survive on a desert island”, and “playing dvd’s with the use of coconuts and palm fronds”. […] Am a fan of earlier seasons of Family Guy and South Park (if you like them you might like Robot Chicken and Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law), like both versions of The Office, and haven’t seen the rest.”
Answer: Actually, you’ve been gone so long I assumed you had been stranded on a deserted island. Glad to have you back. And, yes, I’m a fan of both versions of The Office but, if forced to choose, would go with the original. Also, yes, enjoy both Robot Chicken and Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law. Add Sealab 2021 to that mix.
Jenazz writes: “On a sort-of-related note: Watchmen! Yea, nay or indifferent?”
Answer: A very cautious Yea! I loved the graphic novel and really hope they do right by the source material – and all indications (based on the teasers and trailers I’ve seen) are that they will. Also, Stargate Art Director Chris Beech worked on the movie and had nothing but nice things to say about Director Zack Snyder and that makes me want to support the movie all the more. All that said, this is one of those very rare instances where I’ll probably wait for the director’s cut to come out on DVD. Does look spectacular.
Ytimyona writes: “We received a visit from a Stargate veteran who will be making a return to the franchise with Stargate Universe’s fourth episode: Fire.
Would this be a *different* veteran than the guest star you chatted with like 3 days ago? Or the same one?”
Answer: This one will be working behind the camera. The other one will appear in front of it.
Eduardo writes: “In the first picture the man who is beside Brad looks a lot like
Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden Leader and Vocals).”
Answer: That’s Director Martin Wood.
TrueCat writes: “You mentioned yesterday that Mr Carlyle will be using a Scottish accent for Rush. As a very long time fan of Robert Carlyle’s this gets two VERY big thumbs up.
But will it be a softened accent for American viewers like Beckett’s in Atlantis or will it be a proper Scottish accent like Mr Carlyle’s own Glaswegian accent he used in his old BBC series Hamish Macbeth?”
Answer: How’s this for amazing? According to Rob Cooper, Robert Carlyle offered up a choice of a good half dozen variations of his Scottish accent, effortlessly flowing in and out of each impeccable delivery. I’m not sure exactly which version they decided on but, having watched the dailies, I would the accent as “definitely Scottish”.
Belouchi writes: “Any revelations regarding the actual size of Destiny, I ask only for purposes of the scope of the setting of the new show?”
Answer: Somewhere between “big” and “freakin’ huge”.
Belouchi also writes: “Might sound silly but since you are such a nice man…. I’ll just go ahead and shoot…. can you dedicated the March 2 Blog entry to me for my 27th birthday.”
Answer: Sure, provided you remind me tomorrow.
RangerOne writes: “With the new series Universe using most of the same producers and writers, why should I think that it will have any better direction and an extensive thoughtout storyline?”
Answer: Given the tone of your comment I’d say you’ve already made up your mind on the subject. Still, I think that any fan of the Stargate franchise tuning in to Universe will be presently surprised by a series that is similar to the previous two series in basic premise and mythology but very different in terms of the storytelling.
Michelle writes: “Any chance Brad would make his script available, with all his directions and notations?”
Answer: I believe a copy of the script will be made available on the Nebula website.