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David Schwimmer to Play Robert Kardashian in New FX Miniseries About O.J. Simpson

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David Schwimmer is the latest addition to the ever-expanding Kardashian clan – or at least he will be on TV.

The actor, 48, will be portraying the late Robert Kardashian on FX’s upcoming miniseries about the O.J. Simpson trial, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, based on Jeffrey Toobin’s best-selling book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.

Schwimmer will star opposite Cuba Gooding Jr., 46, as O.J. Simpson and Sarah Paulson, 40, as Prosecutor Marcia Clark. The series will tell the story of the “trial of the century” from the perspective of the lawyers involved.

The new miniseries will be produced by Glee and American Horror Story’s Ryan Murphy and is set to begin production in L.A. early next year.

"The O.J. case was as tragic as it was fascinating – it seemed like everyone had a stake in the outcome," Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter. "This is an exciting project for me, as I’ve been looking for the right property which could serve as an extension of the American Horror Story brand I love so much."

We wonder what Kim Kardashian thinks of the casting!

(source: People Magazine)

7 Reasons Why You Need to Watch ‘Over the Garden Wall’

Chances are, at some point within the past month or two, you’ve heard of the new miniseries Over the Garden Wall. Created by Patrick McHale, former writer and creative director of the hit series Adventure Time, the animation has gained a notable amount of critical acclaim since its premiere on Cartoon Network last month, and is arguably the best miniseries of the year. Read on for seven reasons why Over the Garden Wall should be on the top of your “to watch” list this holiday season.

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Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1
Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Blair Shedd
Number of Issues: 1 (of 5)
Page Count: 32pp  

Publisher: Titan Comics
Price: $3.99  
Release Date: March 11, 2015  
Diamond Order Code:

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BRAND-NEW 5-PART MINI-SERIES STARRING THE NINTH DOCTOR AS PLAYED BY CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON!

WRITTEN BY THE CO-AUTHOR OF BESTSELLING ‘WHO-OLOGY’, CAVAN SCOTT! 

The Ninth Doctor is BACK with a brand-new miniseries: WEAPONS OF PAST DESTRUCTION!

Leaving World War II behind, The Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack discover that Time Lord technology, lost in the wake of the Time War, is being sold on the intergalactic black market!

Now the threat of a NEW temporal war brews on the horizon. Can the Doctor stop history repeating itself?

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Color me super excited.

A Whitewashed Earthsea: How the Sci Fi Channel wrecked my books

by Ursula K. LeGuin

On Tuesday night, the Sci Fi Channel aired its final installment of Legend of Earthsea, the miniseries based—loosely, as it turns out—on my Earthsea books. The books, A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan, which were published more than 30 years ago, are about two young people finding out what their power, their freedom, and their responsibilities are. I don’t know what the film is about. It’s full of scenes from the story, arranged differently, in an entirely different plot, so that they make no sense. My protagonist is Ged, a boy with red-brown skin. In the film, he’s a petulant white kid. Readers who’ve been wondering why I “let them change the story” may find some answers here.

When I sold the rights to Earthsea a few years ago, my contract gave me the standard status of “consultant”—which means whatever the producers want it to mean, almost always little or nothing. My agency could not improve this clause. But the purchasers talked as though they genuinely meant to respect the books and to ask for my input when planning the film. They said they had already secured Philippa Boyens (who co-wrote the scripts for The Lord of the Rings) as principal script writer. The script was, to me, all-important, so Boyens’ presence was the key factor in my decision to sell this group the option to the film rights.

Months went by. By the time the producers got backing from the Sci Fi Channel for a miniseries—and another producer, Robert Halmi Sr., had come aboard—they had lost Boyens. That was a blow. But I had just seen Halmi’s miniseries DreamKeeper, which had a stunning Native American cast, and I hoped that Halmi might include some of those great actors in Earthsea.

At this point, things began to move very fast. Early on, the filmmakers contacted me in a friendly fashion, and I responded in kind; I asked if they’d like to have a list of name pronunciations; and I said that although I knew that a film must differ greatly from a book, I hoped they were making no unnecessary changes in the plot or to the characters—a dangerous thing to do, since the books have been known to millions of people for decades. They replied that the TV audience is much larger, and entirely different, and would be unlikely to care about changes to the books’ story and characters.

They then sent me several versions of the script—and told me that shooting had already begun. I had been cut out of the process. And just as quickly, race, which had been a crucial element, had been cut out of my stories. In the miniseries, Danny Glover is the only man of color among the main characters (although there are a few others among the spear-carriers). A far cry from the Earthsea I envisioned. When I looked over the script, I realized the producers had no understanding of what the books are about and no interest in finding out. All they intended was to use the name Earthsea, and some of the scenes from the books, in a generic McMagic movie with a meaningless plot based on sex and violence.

Most of the characters in my fantasy and far-future science fiction books are not white. They’re mixed; they’re rainbow. In my first big science fiction novel, The Left Hand of Darkness, the only person from Earth is a black man, and everybody else in the book is Inuit (or Tibetan) brown. In the two fantasy novels the miniseries is “based on,” everybody is brown or copper-red or black, except the Kargish people in the East and their descendants in the Archipelago, who are white, with fair or dark hair. The central character Tenar, a Karg, is a white brunette. Ged, an Archipelagan, is red-brown. His friend, Vetch, is black. In the miniseries, Tenar is played by Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk, the only person in the miniseries who looks at all Asian. Ged and Vetch are white.

My color scheme was conscious and deliberate from the start. I didn’t see why everybody in science fiction had to be a honky named Bob or Joe or Bill. I didn’t see why everybody in heroic fantasy had to be white (and why all the leading women had “violet eyes”). It didn’t even make sense. Whites are a minority on Earth now—why wouldn’t they still be either a minority, or just swallowed up in the larger colored gene pool, in the future?

The fantasy tradition I was writing in came from Northern Europe, which is why it was about white people. I’m white, but not European. My people could be any color I liked, and I like red and brown and black. I was a little wily about my color scheme. I figured some white kids (the books were published for “young adults”) might not identify straight off with a brown kid, so I kind of eased the information about skin color in by degrees—hoping that the reader would get “into Ged’s skin” and only then discover it wasn’t a white one.

I was never questioned about this by any editor. No objection was ever raised. I think this is greatly to the credit of my first editors at Parnassus and Atheneum, who bought the books before they had a reputation to carry them.

But I had endless trouble with cover art. Not on the great cover of the first edition—a strong, red-brown profile of Ged—or with Margaret Chodos Irvine’s four fine paintings on the Atheneum hardcover set, but all too often. The first British Wizard was this pallid, droopy, lily-like guy—I screamed at sight of him…

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4/? Movies I Love That You May Not Have Even Heard Of: ALICE

A century and a half later, a new Alice follows her kidnapped boyfriend through the looking glass and into a changed Wonderland.

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Deadpool’s Fluctuating Fugly Face

You really want to see? Really? FINE! Welcome to the FREAK SHOW, beautiful. Ready to take a good look?

Mostly in order (his guest appearances in other comics I kind of just stuck in wherever), starting from the oldest face printed in the top left corner. Included the (contradictory) flashbacks, Tom Cruise, healed etc faces for kicks. I tried to get a good range of looks he’s had so far so hopefully this helps anyone trying to get a sense of how terrible (and sometimes not too bad) his skin conditions can look like. It can be hard choosing how exactly to draw his fug when there are so many options D: . I’m very into the fanon idea that his skin is a fluctuating mess to explain for the inconsistent way his everything has been drawn (even within the same issue the texture of his face can vary noticeably), plus it’s a really rad idea. My personal favorite way he’s been drawn is in the DP team up with Frankencastle, the gorey open flesh wounds in v4 is an extremely close second/possible tie for first, and my favorite healed Wade is in v3 #58+#59.