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Smokestack Lightning: Five Things You May Not Have Heard About This Week

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | September 22, 2013 | Comments ()

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Some of the best Important Stuff you’ll taste this fine Sunday.

5. George R. R. Martin Marked His 65th Year; Random House Celebrated the Author with a Custom Flipboard.

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Hot damn, this is wicked cool. Random House has collaborated with Flipboard to create this digital magazine, The World of Ice and Fire. From the press release:

“The World of Ice and Fire magazine on Flipboard provides a centralized hub that explores all things related to George R.R. Martin. “George R.R. Martin has such a passionate fan base, an official Flipboard magazine is the perfect venue for fans to stay current on news as well as sample excerpts of GRRM’s work that they might not yet be familiar with,” said Scott Shannon, publisher of digital content at Random House. The magazine is curated by, known and respected experts on George R.R. Martin’s works, blessed by the author and Random House. Magazine readers can expect to learn more about the Song of Ice and Fire series, which began with A Game of Thrones, as well as the author’s other projects in fiction, comics, gaming, and collectibles.”

Meanwhile, our favorite procrastinator celebrated his 65th birthday, Friday, September 20th. Come on man; you know winter is coming. Hurry up and finish the thing before senility sets in. Please?

4. And Speaking of Game of Thrones, Neil Marshall Shall Direct the Penultimate Again, as Well as the Troll Hunter Reboot.


Marshall, who directed Season 2’s “Blackwater,” is reportedly in Ireland shooting another “big scale” episode—for Season 4. Let the death-pools begin! Upon his return, Marshall will get to work both writing and directing a remake of the 2010 Norwegian fantasy film, Troll Hunter—about a group of students following a bear hunter who turns out to be hunting something else entirely. Wanna guess?

3. We Got a Peek at the Latest American Horror Story: Coven Trailer and Posters.





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Oh Murphy (and Jessica), we’re already under your spell; and with each new promo, evermore. American Horror Story stars Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson
Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Taissa Farmiga, Angela Bassett, Patti LuPone, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Denis O’Hare, Alexandra Breckenridge, Jamie Brewer, Frances Conroy, Grey Damon, Alexander Dreymon, Christine Ebersole, Danny Huston, Leslie Jordan…and holy shit, did you guys know: Mare Winningham! The witch-ay women (and men) premiere on FX October 9th.

2. Alfonso CuarĂ³n Talked Gravity.

“I like geeks. I just don’t collect dolls—but I like geeks.” The director talks about the film’s genesis, working with his son, getting the technology right (robotics), and the incredibly long process of creating on film what he had in his head. I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to freak right the eff out alongside Sandra B.

Here’s a Chilling New TV Spot and Featurette:

I’ve also been a fan of space all my life. Meet me in the theater, October 4th.

1. Bryan Singer Signed on to Make a Monster Show.


Television’s been doing the vampire thing, the witch and the werewolf thing—guess it’s about time for the mega-monster thing? Singer will develop and produce Creature at Bay for Syfy; the series takes place in a small Northern California coastal town, shortly after a “modern day Kaju monster attack.” After the military has taken down the troublesome creature, the head of an Emergency Management group is sent in to take charge of the clean-up…presumably, nothing goes as planned? Sounds like a job for some of our old island friends: Jack, Sawyer, Hurley, Kate, Sun, Jin…Michael Emerson?

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) eagerly awaits October’s bounty.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • intheyear2000

    I was hooked on season 1 of AHS but had to give up on season 2 because it was just way too disturbing. I couldn't even look at Bloody Face. But I'm SO EXCITED about season 3!

  • Lbeees

    Gravity always makes me think of the fictional film being produced in Thank You For Smoking, which took place in space & starred Sandra Bullock. Aaron Eckheart's character was in charge of selling cigarette product placement in the fictional film. Art

  • Anna von Beav

    I'm sorry, *why* does Troll Hunter need a remake, exactly?

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Angela Bassett looks fantastic!

  • Shazza

    She's playing Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau! I gave up on AHS's second season but Angela will make me watch again!

  • Last time promos for AHS were posted, someone was desperately trying to not think about where the rest of the snake was...guess we know now. Also, when I saw that last promo picture, the first thing that popped into my head was that old Sesame Street song about 'which one of these things just isn't the same?'

  • Ben

    Whoever does the advertising campaign for American horror Story needs to be paid more money. They are always fucking outstanding.

  • foca9

    I recommend the original Troll Hunter! Although most of its cultural references are to Norwegian fairytales and myths, I still think it's pretty good for anyone else. My second favourite Norwegian film after Headhunters. You should know that it is a mockumentary.

    Season 3 of AHS looks so fucking awesome I'll probably finish watching season 2.

  • Why is this post titled Smokestack Lightning? Not that I'm complaining.

  • I would have gone with 'Voodoo Chile' myself.

  • cgthegeek

    Awww why are they remaking Troll Hunter?! It's pretty awesome as it is.

    Gravity still looks boring as hell.

  • emmalita

    I had this very conversation yesterday. Almost word for word.

  • Misomaniac

    Remake of Troll Hunter?

    "Reading is tough!"-- Barbie

  • alwaysanswerb

    Do I trust Ryan Murphy to be as awesome with a lady-filled ensemble cast as Orange is the New Black was? TIME WILL TELL

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Danny Huston! He's so incredibly creepy but still kind of sexy. This is a "normal" photo of him smiling for the camera, imagine how he's going to look for this show. Brrrr

  • Robert

    I'm glad that they finally have Gabby in some of the AHS ads. Good to see she's one of the students at the school. I was hoping for that.

  • Witches and nuns and baby-crazy ghosts? Why doesn't it surprise me that Ryan Murphy finds women most frightening.

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