- My concern with the upcoming Dark is Rising adaptation may have begun when I first heard that the director of the film was the same fellow, a Mr. David L. Cunningham, who directed The Path to 9/11. It’s all the more interesting then to read the recent Oz and Ends piece that argues that at the very least it won’t be Cunningham’s presence that will give the film the conservative bent we might have feared. The posting doesn’t alleviate my concerns for the film in its entirety, but it at least puts to rest some falsities that might have been keeping my teeth ah-grinding in the night. Instead, I’ll be griding over the following trailer. From A Chair, A Fireplace, and A Tea Cozy I have seen the following:
I think I’m bleeding internally. I blame it on the music at the beginning. It sounds like a very tasteless joke.
- On a lighter note, check out the fun NPR slideshow on Eric Carle’s art that just went up. That’s good stuff, that is. I’m admittedly not the biggest Carle fan. Not usually. But there was a day in the Central Children’s Room when we had to put up a display pronto and I found myself with a file folder of Eric Carle’s colored paper swatches. Even if his art isn’t your style, it’s hard not to hold his swatches and think something along the lines of the highly verbal, "Wooooah." Thanks to Children’s Illustration for the link.
- Via BookMoot I learned of the new casting decisions in the upcoming City of Ember film. They’ve added in Tim Robbins and Martin Landau to join Bill Murray. A couple thoughts on this. 1) There were three adult males in that book? Really? Guess I have some rereading to do. 2) Martin Landau’s still alive??? You have to understand that my husband’s been watching the old Mission Impossible television show on DVD lately and I will sometime surreptitiously insert myself on the couch whenever I sense that Mr. Landau’s about to flash those baby blues on the screen. I was under the distinct impression that he died after making Ed Wood, though. I guess this is what I get for not watching Entourage.
- GalleyCat reports that Harcourt was just purchased by Houghton Mifflin. Can someone explain this to me a little? They’ve purchased Harcourt Education and Harcourt Trade Divisions, but does that encompass all of Harcourt or just parts of it? So confused.
- Today I am movie news crazy. Now I had the pleasure of seeing the Spiderwick trailer in the theater just the other day when I viewed the newest Harry Potter. I shouldn’t have been surprised. What did surprise me, though, was that instead of showing trailers for The Golden Compass or that monstrosity up above, they showed the new Bourne Ultimatum movie’s preview. Like Harry? You’ll LOVE Jason Bourne. But I’m getting distracted. The news I’ve just discovered is that Seth Rogan of Knocked Up is doing one of the voices for the Spiderwick film. I love me my Seth Rogan, but does anyone else find this a little… uh… incredibly bizarre?
- Finally, there are alternate covers of the upcoming novel The True Meaning of Smekday available for viewing on the Adam Rex blog. I don’t know about you, but I love covers, rejected and otherwise. Good stuff.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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