26 March 2008

Frank Herbert's Dune is being Adapted for Film, Again




Variety announced last week that Peter Berg will direct Paramount's adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune. I hope that third time makes the charm, because the last two tries to bring Dune to the screen fell short of the mark. If Berg follows his predecessors, I don't think he'll be too popular at Dragon Con after the film's release.

The article mentions nothing about anything other than a slap on the back to those who snaked the rights from the Herbert estate. Given how Frank's son Brian has been whoring out the licensing for dime store knockoffs of dad's classic, that couldn't have been too hard. I'm surprised there hasn't been a "How to Cook Sandworms with Muad'Dib" show on Food Network.

There are two other elements of this article that perplex me. The first being that, "The filmmakers consider its theme of finite ecological resources particularly timely." Really... It's too bad the Hollywood Left just got the message about how the Fremen tried to live in harmony with their environment. Yes, that one of Herbert's themes throughout the entire Dune series. Wouldn't it be much more instructive to remind ourselves how the political situation of Dune gives us dire warnings to present day global terrorism and international financial marketing woes? I'm assuming that subtitle distinction was missed on the producer's first read.

Finally the article goes on to say, "Paramount envisions the project as a tentpole film." That makes me wonder who they've got in mind for Jessica and Chani. If we're lucky, Miley Cyrus won't be cast as Alia....

If Berg is planning on deviating from the book's story line; may his film chip and crack in his camera. Long live the fighters!

11 March 2008

William Cullen Bryant and Gertrude Stein Looks alot like Buddha

William Cullen Bryant Statue at the
New York Public Library

Gertrude Stein Looking quite Buddha like
in this statue at Bryant Park


Mobile post sent by BrianKannard using Utterz. Replies. mp3

An Easy Morning In New York

Bryant Park


Mobile post sent by BrianKannard using Utterz. Replies. mp3




10 March 2008

The Algonquin

The Algonquin


Mobile post sent by BrianKannard using Utterz. Replies. mp3

Red Lobster, the Musical!



Mobile post sent by BrianKannard using Utterz. Replies. mp3

Atlas Shrugs and Rockefeller Plaza Symbolism



Mobile post sent by BrianKannard using Utterz. Replies. mp3



A Walk in Central Park with No Dead Bodies



Mobile post sent by BrianKannard using Utterz. Replies. mp3


The Dark Tower Rose and Free Tibet March



Mobile post sent by BrianKannard using Utterz. Replies. mp3




I really have to be one of the world's biggest nerds. I went to the site of the Rose and the Tet Corporation from Stephen King's Dark Tower series while I was I New York. Now there is no empty lot, but the Turtle Bay building has been built and rests of the site of the mystic rose.

After walking around in my fictional nostalgia, I decided to walk down to the UN building. Much to my surprise, I ended up smack in the middle of a Free Tibet and Beijing Olympic protest march.

The Saw Lady


The Picture is a little out of focus, I didn't want to scream to New York... "Look I'm a tourist, fleece me!"


Mobile post sent by BrianKannard using Utterz. Replies. mp3

World Trade Center, Ground Zero

Going to Ground Zero was something that I felt I had to do. I almost didn't because I knew what my reaction was going to be. It was a monumentally emotional event for me, but I'm glad I was able to honor the fallen by going to the site.

Mobile post sent by BrianKannard using Utterz. Replies. mp3

Big Al's Pizza



Mobile post sent by BrianKannard using Utterz. Replies. mp3

Kountry Come to Town



Mobile post sent by BrianKannard using Utterz. Replies. mp3

09 March 2008

Footloose Premires in New York



Mobile post sent by BrianKannard using Utterz. Replies. mp3

Chumley's Gets Smacked by the Hand of Fate



Mobile post sent by BrianKannard using Utterz. Replies. mp3

Greenwich Village Author Bar Quest


White Horse Tavern where legend has it Dylan Thomas took his last drink before going to the great beyond.


Mobile post sent by BrianKannard using Utterz. Replies. mp3


Flying on a Red Cross Evac Plane



Mobile post sent by BrianKannard using Utterz. Replies. mp3

TSA and Social Darwinism



Mobile post sent by BrianKannard using Utterz. Replies. mp3





A Voice on the Lonely Road

Though the magic of the Internet, and little dancing faeries, you can keep up with my travels this week here. There's no telling what adventures I'll get into taking my first bite out of the Big Apple! So stay tuned to this channel for my adventures carrying a mojo hand made out of the ashes of Wilford Brimley mixed with a lock of Doug Henning's hair!

01 March 2008

Latest Iron Man Trailer

This trailer surfaced on this week on My Space for the upcoming Iron Man movie. I always liked the character of Tony Stark as the flawed hero. The real allure of the Tony Stark/Iron Man character is that even a geek can strap on some high tech armor and become a hero.

For those of you not familiar with the comic, think of Stark/Iron Man as a boozing, womanizing, gad-about version of Batman. Strike that, make that Batman with much more destructive toys. Strike that, think the Great Gatsby in exoarmor. If Jon Favreau did his job and stayed as true to the comic as you can in a movie, it will be all that.

Iron Man opens in theaters on 2 May 08. If this doesn't turn into the Punisher or Fantastic Four, it will be so money...

Iron Man Exclusive Trailer

Add to My Profile | More Videos