Reading to Prepare for a Movie Role, How Novel!

According to a recent interview Henry Cavill, the actor who will take on the title role in Zach Snyder’s Superman: Man of Steel is doing some background preparation.

As a child he was a fan and read Doomsday: The Death of Superman and Red Son but once he was cast in the upcoming 2013 title role he said “”I read as much as I possibly could”.

I have a soft spot for fans being put into movies and I think that having a good actor who has a true love for the work a film is being based on makes a difference in the performance they are able to give.

For example, I am one of those fans who have always been a bit disappointed with Micheal Gambon’s portrayal of Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films. I felt that he was unable to capture the multi-dimensional, dichotomous nature of the character (which embodies grandfatherly, twinkly eyed mirth AND immense power, strength and badassery).  I am also one of those fans that blames this lack of the true depth of the character on Gambon’s refusal to read any of the books while working on the project.

Does it make a difference if someone is a fan or has studied the basis on which a film is made prior to playing it?  Discuss.



A Harry Potter Nerd’s Dream Vacation

Ever since it’s opening in June of 2010, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida has been on the agenda to visit for most fans of the books and films, however a recent announcement makes it THE place to be.

November 11-13 the theme park will host “A Celebration of the Harry Potter Films”.  The events include Q&A sessions and autograph signings with unnamed “cast members” from the films and admission to a night-time “gala”.  You also get hotel and park admission included in the final price.

As the stars are not named, I’m wondering if you’ll find yourself face to face with David Bradley (Argus Filch) and Julie Christie (Madame Rosmerta) rather than the headliners. Not that it wouldn’t be awesome, just not as awesome as shaking hands with Rupert Grint (Ron) or asking Alan Rickman whether or not J.K. Rowling had told him the truth about Snape from the beginning.

Tickets go on sale July 31st and start at $369 per person.

Wednesday Ebay Round up

And now for another installment of things I would buy if I had money to blow.

Jean Luc Picard Baby Onesie

The title says it all, doesn’t it?  Available for $11 bucks a pop.

Star Wars Comic Books

A lot of 16 books from 1978 – 81 in good/decent shape. My big kid would love them. This would be like buying a couple of days of silence. Available until July 25th at $25 or best offer.

He-Man Wrist Watch

What better to complete my look? Vintage, fully functioning and fully awesome. Bidding starts at $10 and it’s up for 6 days.

TARDIS earrings

For all those formal events. They are currently at .99 cents if anyone would like to get me an early birthday present. Auction ends July 25th.

Babyland Cloth Diapers

Who says starting a diaper stash has to be expensive? This is a lot of seven all-in-one, one-size diapers. For those of you who don’t know the jargon it means they are as easy to put on and take off as a disposable and they will fit your child from 8 to 30 lbs.  They are available at a buy it now price of $22 and up for another 9 days.

Vintage Camera

Channel your inner Colin Creevy with this Argus C3 Rangefinder complete with original flash. Available for the B.I.N. price of $129.  Ends July 30th.


Wednesday Ebay Roundup

Now it’s time for another installment of things I would buy if I had money to burn.

Plush Ludo Toy

A cuddly stuffed version of everyone’s favorite monster from The Labyrinth. There are 4 days left on his auction and he is $159.99 currently.  If I had this I would just walk around making him say, “Smell baaaaaaaaaad” to my kids for days.  They should be thankful we are not rich.

Time Turner

A 14k gold replica of the one Hermione used in The Prisoner of Azkaban.  Available to “Buy Now” for $28.95.  If only it worked.

The USS Enterprise

This model of the Star Trek ship is from 1991 and has lights and sounds.  It’s auction has 6 days left and it’s currently at $34.99. Engage!

Glow-in-the-dark Frankenberry figure

The title says it all. It can be yours for $23.88.

Angry Birds Plush Set

The only thing my kid would like better than playing the Angry Birds video game is playing actual launching birds at piggies, “Especially the one with the mustache.”  This one ends in just 2 days. Bid is currently 99 cents.

Ergo Baby Carrier

Ergo makes one of the most comfortable over-the-shoulder baby holders ever. They are safe for infants to kids up to 40lbs. This one is slightly used but still adorable with embroidered stars. The auction ends in 4 days and the current bid is $24.99. (Which is about $60 cheaper than a new one). Snatch this up, your back will thank you.

What’s Better Than Comic Books or Harry Potter?

How about Harry Potter comics?

Super Artist Lucy Knisley has unveiled The Sumharry. Nine individual poster-style comics that feature scenes from each book (two for the last). They are absolutely amazing and right now Ms. Knisley is offering up these beauties for a limited time to print for FREE.

Get them here.

Hey Losers, He’s Not Here

The LA Times Hero Complex blog published a nice interview with Jason Isaacs, who plays Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies. In the interview, Isaacs makes the argument that Draco Malfoy is the “hero of the whole saga.” While I’ll go along with taking a bit of the sunshine away from Potter, who Snape is pretty much right about (he’s a slacker who gets by on chutzpa, luck, and knowing the right people) and who also has a pretty flat character arc (is Harry really any braver–or different at all–at the end of series than he was at the beginning?), I think it’s clear who the real hero of the saga is. And it ain’t Draco.

Bringing frogs back since 97

Neville begins the series a bumbling idiot and finishes it by decapitating the shit out of a giant snake with the sword of Godric by-god Gryffindor. He’s also the one who stays behind and carries on the fight at Hogwarts while Harry’s out moping across the English countryside whining about how Dumbledore didn’t draw him a road map.

In case you needed another reason to emphasize the Potter books over the movies for your kids, the criminal lack of appreciation for Neville in the movies is a solid one. While I don’t doubt that I’ll enjoy Deathly Hallows II when it debuts next week, I know I’ll walk away with just a slightly bad taste in my mouth if my boy Longbottom doesn’t get his due.