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House of Leaves Pilot Script Teases New Ways to Warp Storytelling

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Having as high a regard and reverence as the novel, House of Leaves has, it would seem eminent that television would try and swallow it whole, regurgitating some vague semblance of the experience so many of us have, and still are going on.

Mark Z. Danielewski is having none of that.

A short month ago, first in a Facebook discussion group, then to the wider world, Danielewski revealed a pilot script for a recently defunct attempt at bringing House of Leaves to the small streaming screen. Disagreement abound, the project (for now?) has come to a halt, but the germ of the idea has been planted.

Fans and critics alike have been swept up in the unsurprisingly ambitious turn that the pilot script has taken. Much like current “peak” television, Danielewski has crafted a pilot that is beyond description. Distilling the tones contained in which is sure to go down as his Magnum Opus, MZD shows a deft hand at mediums beyond literature ad photography.

For those familiar, MZD has been hard and fast on “if you want to see the movie, read the book.”

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American Gods Premiering April 30th

The televised adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods premieres this Sunday on Starz. The best-selling novel follows the story of Shadow Moon, a former convict that’s fallen into the role of bodyguard to the suspicious, and mysterious Mr. Wednesday.

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The upcoming television series was helmed and adapted by by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Michael Green with Gaiman as an executive producer. The series is definitely one of the years most hyped. Gaiman is bringing his enthusiastic, loyal fanbase to Starz where the show will premiere April 30th.

The first season will only contain 8 episodes, but Gaiman has planed for two more if the show succeeds. The first season will follow the first third of the novel where as the second will follow the Lakeside section of the novel. Which, for those who have read American Gods knows is a very large, eventful piece of the novel.

The first season episode names are as follows:

  1. The Bone Orchard
  2. The Secret of Spoons
  3. Head Full of Snow
  4. Git Gone
  5. Lemon Scented You
  6. A Murder of Gods
  7. A Prayer for Mad Sweeney
  8. Come to Jesus

Stay tuned to Nerd Hall after the premiere for a complete review, and analysis of the first episode.

Going To Hogwarts Costs Nothing At All

by Joey Pedras (@joeypedras)

Ever see one of those charts where they try to determine how much a semester at Hogwarts would cost? Well throw that information all out the window. Recently JK Rowling responded to a tweet asking the question of tuition costs. She said, “There’s no tuition fee! The Ministry of Magic covers the cost of all magical education!”

There you have it. The magical government pays all the costs for their education. So does that make Hogwarts a public school? Are there private wizarding schools? Probably not. The Malfoy’s would most likely have gone there, don’t you think? It’s good to know our beloved witches, and wizards don’t have to grow up with the crippling burden of student loan debt under their brooms.

Nerd Hall Book Look: Are You Zone Ready??

by Anthony Wetmore (@TheMisterPipes, GhostConch)

Are you definitely a man? Are you not achieving everything you think you could be in life? Do things feel empty and without meaning? Then Tim & Eric’s ZONE THEORY: 7 Easy Steps to Achieve a Perfect Life might be the program you need. 

Now available to the public for the very first time, a book of revelations from the world-renowned discomfort comedy duo Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim has come in a great time of need. With Tim and Eric’s ZONE THEORY™ you will be able to find a meaning and function to your weird aimless life. Through a series of simple exercises, guided meditations and helpful charts and graphs, you too can reach Zone Plane 8, ultimate happiness and complete contentment.

Throughout the soon to be sacred and coveted tome, one will find the usual uncomfortable gross-out visual gags, off-putting product placement, strange nonsense language, wordplay, awkward vagrant models, and what would a Tim and Eric project be without heavy-handed strangely homoerotic dad humor, strange invasive technology, all through the prism of a new way of living. If you have any inkling who these beings are, you’ll get exactly what you’ve come to expect from ‘Awesome Show!’,’Tom Goes To the Mayor’ and more recently ‘Bedtime Stories’

Taking on themes they’ve approached endlessly and repackaging it in the book medium with a new twist is something I’m surprised they haven’t done before. The obvious broad and then more subtle jabs at Scientology, faith, and a roundabout self-examination of their own cult-type fan-base all present themselves clearly and beautifully in this full-colored, hardcover roughly 300 page book from Grand Central Publishing.

I am already well on my way in my personal journey to a perfect life (currently riding on Zone Plane 2). I could not recommend this book enough. Do yourself a favor and BUY THIS BOOK. Fan or not, YOU NEED HELP WITH YOUR WORTHLESS LIFE. ZONE THEORY™ is here FOR YOU.

[Photo courtesy of: brooklynvegan.com]

Goosebumps Movie Poster: First Look

by Anthony Wetmore (@TheMisterPipes, GhostConch)

Karru Marri Odonna Loma Molonu Karrano. 

You and I are one now, in anticipation of this movie.

If you’re familiar at all with YA horror fiction, you’re certainly aware of the mammoth series penned by R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine), a legend of the lost legend in his own way. Weaving tales of malevolent dummy bent on human slavery, a strange sticky green goo that you best not eat, the danger of piano lessons and even a haunted mask, Stine has manages to capture the minds of children of all ages. The series and the television series it inspired remain a cherished gem in the truly terrifying to this day. 

Now, a stunning twenty-three years later, Goosebumps is coming to the big screen from director Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Gulliver’s Travels) and they’re bringing all of your favorites for what promises to be a hilariously terrifying ride.

Starring Jack Black (High Fidelity, School of Rock) as the author R.L. Stine amplified as well as Dylan Minnette (Lost, Saving Grace) and Odeya Rush (We Are What We Are, The Odd Life Of Timothy Green) as Zach Cooper and Hannah, the daughter of Stine co-incidentally. Together with R.L., the kids have to find a way to recapture the monsters before it’s too late. Zach accidentally released from Stine’s books, where they’re trapped safely, Thanks Zach! 

Rounding out the cast we have Amy Ryan (The Office, Birdman), Jillian Bell (Workaholics, The Master) and Ryan Lee (Super 8).

The monsters featured are many of the old favorites: The Executioner from A Night In Terror Tower, Slappy (Night of the Living Dummy II), giant praying mantises (A Shocker on Shock St.), and so many others I’d rather not spoil. 

 

Goosebumps haunts theaters October 16, 2015, just in time for the Halloween season, but not soon enough.

Thinking about what this series as meant to me and so many others, I’m happy to see it come around again to entertain and terrify and new generation.

[Poster Image courtesy of: comicbook.com (@ComicBookdotcom)]