Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Tin Swift, RIP Norah Ephron, and Downton Abbey

 Rest in peace, Nora Ephron, one of my favorite writers. Her work was infused with wit and charm. We shall not see her like on earth again.

Nora Ephron,
essayist, novelist, humorist, journalist, playwright, Oscar-nominated
screenwriter and movie director "in the Dorothy Parker mold (only
smarter and funnier, some said)," died last night, the New York Times
reported. She was 71.

A Facebook post from Alfred A. Knopf/Vintage Books
observed that Ephron "brought an awful lot of people a tremendous amount
of joy. She will be sorely missed." Her books include Heartburn, Crazy
Salad, I Feel Bad About My Neck and I Remember Nothing.

Ephron also wrote and directed You've Got Mail, the 1998 movie that
centered on an online romance between Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) and Kathleen
Kelly (Meg Ryan). Fox worked for his family's Fox Books, a major chain,
and Kelly owned a children's bookstore in New York City that was
suffering because of a new Fox Books that opened around the corner. For
a time, neither knows the true identity of the other online persona.
Much of the movie was filmed on location, including a faux Fox Books
branch in the old Barney's store on Seventh Avenue and 17th Street.

I can hardly wait for season 3 of Downton Abbey on PBS, especially since the delightful Shirley MacLaine will be on the show as Lady G's mother and the girls grandmother. I imagine she will bring all her sass and spice to the scenes with the fabulous Maggie Smith!

Shirley MacLaine was honored by the American Film Institute recently with a
life-achievement award. As Elizabeth McGovern spoke about MacLaine's
upcoming role on Downton Abbey's third season, she shared the first
official look at her on-screen mother
"going head-to-head" with the always delightfully intimidating Maggie
Smith. "Is it 2013 yet?" asked Entertainment Weekly.

I watched the first installment of this movie and didn't find it awful at all, so I am thrilled they are making a sequel...John Gault lives! (I read all of Ayn Rand's books as a teenager, and loved them).

"What happens when your first movie dies at the box office, gets savaged
by critics and makes barely a blip on the cultural radar? If you're
producers John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow, you spend even more money on
the sequel, cross your fingers and hope for the best," Indiewire noted
in featuring a teaser trailer for the second installment of the film
adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged
The movie will be released October 12.

Tin Swift, the sequel to Devon Monks wonderful Steampunk fantasy Dead Iron, was quite a roller-coaster ride through the wild west, with airships powered by steam and 'glim' and unusual weaponry, plus the reappearance of Mr Shunt and his strange undead minions.
Cedar Hunt, his brother the werewolf Wil, Rose, Mae and the crazy Madder brothers set off in search of the infamous "Holder" a weapon that has the power to unmake the world in the wrong hands. They are also bound to head to Kansas to take Mae back to her witches coven so she can be unbound to them and they will stop trying to make her insane every time she uses a spell.
Along the way, Rose gets caught by a bomb set by Mr Shunt, and a piece of the Holder is lodged in her shoulder and promises to kill her, just when she's met the love of her life, Mr Marshall Lee Hink, steamship pilot and 'president's man'. Meanwhile, Cedar and Mae finally express their feelings for one another and the adventurers end up fighting their way out of a mountain fortress. All in all, an exciting, fascinating book that has to be devoured in one sitting. Devon Monk knows how to tell a tale to keep pages turning long into the night. Great stuff. A well deserved A!

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