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Mindy Newell: It’s Personal, Not Business.

Newell Art 130225From Wikipedia: Critics have generally received Ender’s Game well. The novel won the Nebular Award for best novel in 1985, and the Hugo for best novel in 1986, considered the two most prestigious awards in science fiction. Ender’s Game was also nominated for a Locus Award in 1986. In 1999, it placed #59 on the reader’s list of the Modern Library 100 Best Novels. It was also honored with a spot on the American Library Association’s “100 Best Books for Teens.” In 2008, the novel, along with (it’s sequel) Ender’s Shadow won the Margaret A. Edwards Award, which honors an author and specific works by that author for lifetime contribution to young adult literature. Ender’s Game was ranked at #2 in Damien Broderick’s book Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010.

Not too shabby.

The announcement by DC that Orson Scott Card (author of Ender’s Game and its sequel) will be writing a Superman story to be included in an upcoming anthology has burst into a firestorm of controversy on the net and in newspapers such as The Hollywood Reporter (“Ender’s Game’s Orson Scott Card’s Anti-Gay Views Pose Risk for Film,” February 20, 2013), not only because of Mr. Card’s publicly-stated negative opinions on homosexuality and same-sex marriage, but because Mr. Card sits on the Board of Directors for the non-profit National Organization for Marriage (NOM). Established in 2007 to work against the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States, NOM contributed $1.8 million to the passage of “Prop 8” in California, which prohibited same-sex marriage in California. (The amendment was in force until United States District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker overturned it in August 2010, ruling that it violated the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the United States Constitution. His decision has been appealed, and the ruling has been stayed.) NOM also opposes civil union legislation and gay adoption.

Last week Michael Davis’s Brokeback Bastard here on ComicMix asserted not only DC’s right to hire Mr. Card despite the widespread outrage, but Michael’s opinion that efforts to get DC to renege their offer to Mr. Card, i.e., fire the bigot!, will fail, because, DC sees this, a la The Godfather, as “business, not personal.” Why? Because, to quote Michael, “This is a win – win for DC. They get a pretty good writer and massive publicity so why fire the guy? When the book comes out they will get another round of colossal exposure so like I said, why fire the guy?”

He’s right about that. Any publicity, so the pundits say, is good publicity. (I get the sentiment, but it’s not really true. Just ask Elliot Spitzer about his hooker friend, or Paul Ryan about his marathon time.)

This is what I wrote in response to Michael’s column:

Well, I understand the business side of it. Orson Scott Card is a prolific and popular science fiction writer whose Ender’s Game won the Nebula and the Hugo, and whom DC is betting will bring in lots of $$$$$. And I understand the “high moral ground” that Michael and Dan and John (Dan and John are respondents who took issue with Michael’s viewpoint) are arguing above: judge the guy on his writing, not on his personal views. However, Card’s views are not personal in that he is a member of the Marriage Is Only Between A Man And Woman Board, (I was too lazy at the time to look up the name of the organization) or whatever the hell it’s called. He has publicly stated that gay men and women should be ostracized and worse.

Superman is an icon. Superman stands for justice for all. Superman stands for the American dream. Superman stands for the pursuit of happiness. Superman stands for Truth. Card does not stand for justice for all. Card does not stand for the American dream. Card does not stand for the pursuit of happiness. Card does not stand for Truth.

Hatred and bigotry is rampant again in this country. Just look at what’s happening in Congress. The total blockage of Obama’s proposals, the continuation of the birthers and their lies, the about-to-be sequestration of our economy is all about the hatred of our first black President. Operative Word Is Black.
 Hiring Card to write an American icon is disgusting because Card is against everything the American dream stands for. That’s my opinion, plain and simple.

Though, as I said, I understand the business behind DC’s decision, I’m also so fucking tired of the “anything for a buck” crap that’s so damn rampant these days. It’s not just in business. It manifests itself everywhere. For instance:

I worked for many years at my local hospital. Across-the-board layoffs were scheduled. Instead of protesting the lay-offs, my union said that any employee who had lost his or her job could “bump” a junior employee. In other words, take the junior employee’s job and leave him or her out in the cold. I found this despicable. The union’s job, im-not-so-ho, was to protect all employees, not just do a “run-around” to solve the problem.

I could never take another person’s job. “It’s not right,” I said. Most of my co-workers mouthed the words, but when push-came-to-shove, most of those who were on the lay-off list did “bump” the one below them. And what was worse, being a small, community hospital, the “bumpers” knew the “bumpees.”

Et tu, Brutus?

Yeah, I know. “Oh, grow up, Mindy.” “Who are you, Pollyanna?” “People gotta do what they gotta do.”

It really sucks that I-N-T-E-G-R-I-T-Y doesn’t seem to mean anything anymore.

But like I said, I get it.

Leave the gun. Take the cannolis.

Go to the mattresses.

It’s business, not personal.







Torchwood Torched At Fox

Torchwood Torched At Fox

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Fox network has passed on Torchwood after reading Russell T. Davies’ script.

Perhaps that’s when they discovered the lead character, an American who cannot stay dead for very long, is omnisexual… and that’s a critical part of his character.

BBC Worldwide stated “BBC
Worldwide Productions and the Fox Broadcasting Company have mutually
agreed not to progress together with a 13-episode serialized Torchwood
format. We are currently in
discussion with several interested networks.” Former Torchwood and Doctor Who producer and now BBC Worldwide American agent Jane
Tranter said they were still making progress in placing the vaguely more adult Doctor Who spin-off. “It’s
very much ongoing and very much alive,” Tranter said.

We’ll see. What American executives perceive as fit for your eyes differs – greatly – from their British counterparts.

Human Torch Cast As Captain America?

Human Torch Cast As Captain America?

According to the Hollywood

Reporter, Chris Evans has been offered the lead in The First Avenger: Captain America. Evans is perhaps best known in these circles as Johnny Storm, a.k.a. The Human Torch, in the two Fantastic Four movies.

Evans would be signing for what has been reported to be a nine picture deal: at least two sequels and appearance(s) in The Avengers movie(s) as well as in other Marvel superhero films. Nice steady work for an actor who isn’t afraid to get typecast.

The First Avenger is to be directed by Joe “Wolfman” Johnston; Hugo Weaving (Lord of the Rings, V For Vendetta) has been cast as The Red Skull. The movie is presently set for a July 22, 2011 release, with The Avengers following on May 4, 2012.

There’s probably no chance of a cross-over, as Marvel’s doing a complete reboot on The Fantastic Four movie franchise.

Neither Marvel Films nor Evans’ people have confirmed or denied as of yet this weekend.

‘Torchwood’ coming to the US?

‘Torchwood’ coming to the US?

The Hollywood Reporter says that Fox is developing a stateside version of the U.K. hit series Torchwood.

The project is from BBC Worldwide Prods., with original series creator Russell T. Davies writing the script and the original producing team is on board. In addition
to Davies, exec producers include Davies’ producing partner Julie
Gardner (former head of drama at BBC Wales for the show’s first season)
and Jane Tranter (another BBC vet, now exec VP programming and
production at BBC Worldwide Prods. in the U.S.).

Also, some of
the current cast — most likely John Barrowman, who plays the immortal
Captain Jack Harkness — might star if Fox orders Torchwood to pilot.

for the new show’s plot, the U.S. version will contain a global story
line compared to the more localized sensibility of the first two BBC

No word if this ends up being the fourth season of Torchwood that we talked about back during San Diego.

Kristen Bell in muscial version of ‘Heathers’?

Kristen Bell in muscial version of ‘Heathers’?

Kristen Bell may be about to learn how the extreme always seems to make an impression– by possibly starring in the musical adaptation of the darkly beloved 1988 cult classic Heathers, according to Eonline.

Kevin Murphy and Andy Fickman, part of the team behind the stage and teleplay edition of Reefer Madness is manning the film’s under-the-radar transition to the stage, with readings of the material taking place this week. Bell is taking the Winona Ryder-originated role of Veronica in the rehearsals, with her Reefer Madness co-star Christian Campbell playing Christian Slater’s role of J.D., according to the Hollywood Reporter.

While the actors aren’t locks to go with their characters when the show makes its Broadway debut, they are likely candidates to keep their gigs if they’re available.

And just to tie it back yet again to comics, did you know that Daniel Waters, the writer of Heathers, also wrote the screenplay for Batman Returns? Small world.

Human Target TV pilot in the works for Fox

Human Target TV pilot in the works for Fox

Fox is working on a pilot for the Human Target, based on the cult DC Comics character Christopher Chance, created by Len Wein, Carmine Infantino, and ComicMix contributor Dick Giordano. Christopher Chance operates by impersonating his clients in order to eliminate threats to them, making himself the target. The character first appeared in Action Comics #419.

The Human Target has already been turned into a TV series back in 1992, starring Rick Springfield. The new pilot is written by Jericho co-creator Jonathan Steinberg, and comes from Warner Bros. TV, McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision and DC Comics. (Via Hollywood Reporter.)

Snow White Inspires Legal Drama

Snow White Inspires Legal Drama

While this sounds like a hoax, the Hollywood Reporter insists that Fox is serious in adapting the premise of Snow White to a legal drama.  Georgia and the Seven Associates will feature a lawyer exiled from the big firm headed by her mother so she opens up a storefront operation with seven oddball counselors.  The series was created by producers Chris Brancato and Bert Salke (When in Rome), feature writers David Weissman and David Diamond and director Ken Kwapis.

"It is L.A. Law vs. the little engine that could," Brancato told the trade.

THR notes the lawyers will somewhat resemble their inspiration, “For instance, Doc is an ambulance chaser who carries neck braces in his trunk, and Sleepy is a bike messenger who parties at night and naps in the office.”

The producers say they were inspired by seeing the seven dwarves holding up the Disney building across the studio lot.

"We thought while we’re sitting here, we may as well use some of Walt’s creative ideas," Brancato added, confirming Disney is comfortable with the notion.


‘Chase’ Gains Host

‘Chase’ Gains Host

Veteran actor and host Trey Farley (Bend it Like Beckham) will host Sci Fi Chanel’s latest reality show, Chase.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Chase will be an hour-long show following contestants playing laser tag against one another for prizes.  Each week will pit contestants against one another in landmarks around Los Angeles.

The channel has ordered six episodes and the series will debut November 11 in the 10 p.m. slot.

‘Kung Fu Panda’ Sequel Bundled with Original

‘Kung Fu Panda’ Sequel Bundled with Original

Kung Fu Panda was a critical and box office surprise hit when it opened in late June. Now, it is surprising people again as Paramount Home Video has announced that the November 9 DVD release will come bundled with an original tale.  The Sunday release comes two days ahead of the traditional street date for books, CDs and DVDs.

The double pack of Kung Fu Panda and Secrets of the Furious Five will retail for under $25 according to Hollywood Reporter.  The single disc version of the feature film is expected to retail for under $20 in a standard edition.  A Blu-ray version is also anticipated for the same date.

The new story, will explore the established characters’ backgrounds with Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman lending their voices once more as Po and Master Shifu respectively.

The DreamWorks Animation film grossed $213.8 million during the summer, making it a hugely profitable CG-animated hit.

Framelight Productions Forms to Adapt Graphic Novels

Framelight Productions Forms to Adapt Graphic Novels

Framelight Prods. Has opened its doors for business and has promised to take edgy and innovative graphic novels and turn them into exciting feature films for Fanboys of all ages. They also happen to be fairly obscure properties.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the company is fronted by producer Jeffrey Erb and entrepreneur Robert Robinson Jr. They have financing to produce up to eight films over the next five years with budgets ranging from $20 to $80 million.

Their first announced projects include the obscure Dr. Deth with Kip and Muffy which ran in the color incarnation of Marvel’s Bizarre Adventures.  The short series was written by Larry Hama, better known for his work on Bucky O’Hare and G.I. Joe, and artist Bob Camp. The violent series was noteworthy given the innocent appearing artwork akin to Peanuts belying the horrible events being depicted.

They have also optioned Deadworld, originally published by Caliber Press, later Image Comics, and now available through Desperado. Created by Gary Reed, the zombie series was a forerunner for the genre that continues to this day.

Sins of the Fallen and a version of 1001 Arabian Nights were also optioned from Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco’s Zenescope Entertainment. The former posits that the vilest criminals throughout history were fallen angels with an agenda.

"We don’t want to traditionally option a title; we want to partner with the creator on every aspect of the production," Robinson, founder of communications companies Xportical, B2BCast and Supply Marketing, told the trade.

"We weren’t the only producers wanting to make movies based on these creators’ babies, but we were the only ones inviting them in as co-producers," said Erb.

The new studio is constructing offices at Norristown Studios, a 300,000-square-foot studio and soundstage facility being built in Pennsylvania.