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Shang-Chi Casting News! Who’s in Talks?

Reportedly, Ludi Lin is on the shortlist to be cast as Shang-Chi, and Donnie Yen is in talks for an unnamed role in the project.

 

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That Hashtag Show states that Marvel is looking for “a wise, old statesman and one of his deadliest warriors,” and they believe that “the studio is currently targeting an early-November start of production” and is aiming for “the February 12, 2021 date…[which] would coincide with the Chinese/Lunar New Year.”

 

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Obvious the ‘deadliest warrior’ is Shang-Chi, Marvel’s ‘Master of Kung-Fu’. Apparently Ludi Lin, who’s had roles in Power Rangers, DC’s Aquaman, and Black Mirror is on the shortlist.

Thankfully, he was only a supporting character in DC’s Aquaman, playing this dude…

 

Ludi Lin as Murk

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…named ‘Murk,’ which means he’s not associated with DC and can still be at the very least considered. Remember how Zachary Levi portrayed Fandral in Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok before he played Shazam in Shazam.

 

 

If you recall, Ludi Lin told Screen Rant in December while promoting Aquaman that he wanted “to do an Asian-centric superhero. To tell that story.” He elaborated:

I mean ideally, I’d like to design my own superhero, make my own creation. But I think the Marvel world is pretty incredible as well. Especially in honor of Stan Lee, the person who created this entire, I mean like an entire universe. You know what I mean?

Personally, however, I wouldn’t get my hopes up. Remember when Ender’s Game‘s Asa Butterfield was on the shortlist to play Spider-Man? He was in early talks for the role and stayed on the list until it dwindled down to four people. Then he was ‘out’, which left Boardwalk Empire‘s Charlie Plummer, Pixels‘ Matthew Lintz, and The Impossible‘s Tom Holland.

So Ludi Lin is on the list, but he might not stay on it forever.

 

Donnie Yen

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As for the “wise, old statesman”, Donnie Yen’s name is being tossed around. An icon in Hong Kong, Donnie Yen Tze-dan gained international recognition for playing Chirrut Îmwe in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Xiang in xXx: Return of Xander Cage.

 

Kevin Feige

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After confirming that they were planning on doing a Shang-Chi movie at at a press conference for Avengers: Endgame, Marvel was asked if doing a superhero movie with an Asian lead was a risk.

Kevin Fiege, President of Marvel Studios had this to say: “I think every movie that we do is a risk,” he said. “We only want to do movies that people seem to think are risks.”

 

 

 

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3 Great Authors Who Might Not Be Great People

For the record, these are modern authors. So no talking about Lewis Carol and his even-for-the-time creepy relationship with a young girl or H. P. Lovecraft’s outward racism, sexism, homophobia (to name a few) that even racist people called ‘troubling’. These authors are alive and what they wrote was actually good.

Can you separate the art from the these artists?

 

3. Anne Perry

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I’ve wrote about her before in my ‘5 Authors Who Were Also Murderers‘ article, but I’ll pretend who haven’t read and I’ll pretend who aren’t reading this sentence.

Author of the Thomas Pitt detective series and the William Monk detective series (no relation to the strange Monk series staring Tony Shalhoub), Anne Perry is an English author whose been

In a wonderful turn of events, Anne Perry has a movie based on her life! Who can say they have a movie based on their life? Not many people, considering most movies based on people’s lives come out when they’re dead!

The movie is Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures. Released in 1994, the film follows the 1954 Parker-Hulme murder case about two teenage friends, Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, who eventually murdered Parker’s mother.

That took a dark turn, didn’t it?

Parker was sixteen at the time,  Hulme was fifteen, so too young young for the death penalty, the girls each received five years in prison, according to The True Crime Library.

Here’s the thing: At the time of the film’s release it was not known that upon her release from prison, Juliet Hulme had changed her name…

 

PLOT TWIST

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…to Anne Perry!

 

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After the film was release and Perry’s identity discovered, the New Zealand Herald claims that, “…Perry has told the London Times Saturday Magazine that although they were never lesbians the relationship was obsessive”.

Well, that clears up everything! On a serious note, this murderer/author cleared up on her website that, “I began the ‘Monk’ series in order to explore a different , darker character, and to raise questions about responsibility, particularly that of a person for acts he cannot remember. How much of a person’s identity is bound up in memory?”

She also has an interview where she says:

 

 

 

 

2. Frank Miller

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This man has cemented himself as one of the greatest comic book writers…of the 80s and 90s.

He reinvented Batman with Batman: Year One (adapted into Batman Begins) and Dark Knight Returns, reinvented Daredevil (his work on Daredevil was one of the many key inspiration for the Netflix adaptation), 300, and Sin City.

Maybe we should have gotten the hints, given that Alan Moore has said:

I thought the Sin City stuff was unreconstructed misogyny; 300 appeared to be wildly ahistoric, homophobic and just completely misguided. There has been a rather unpleasant sensibility apparent in Frank Miller’s work for quite a long time.

But we liked those comics! Frank Miller was insane, but we liked his insanity. It was…what? Well thought out, I guess.

 

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Come 2001-2002 we got the three issue series Dark Knight Strikes Again. We don’t talk about it.

 

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Then between 2005 and 2008 we got the unfinished ongoing series All Star Batman and Robin. The series, meant to reinterpret how Batman and Robin first met, remains unfinished because, well…

-Batman tells young Dick Grayson, newly orphaned, to eat rats

-when Alfred gives Dick Grayson a burger, Batman punches him

-when Alfred tells Batman he’s not his slave, Batman grumbles away (did he think Alfred was his slave?)

The only good thing about this series is Jim Lee’s art and the fact Batman says:

 

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Come 2011 and everything goes down hill. Holy Terror, a comic about a masked vigilante punching Al-Qaeda terrorists in the face. In July at comic-con he explained:

“I was raised Catholic and I could tell you a lot about the Spanish Inquisition but the mysteries of the Catholic Church elude me. And I could tell you a lot about Al-Qeada, but the mysteries of Islam elude me too.”

Come November, in the wake of Occupy Wall Street, he said that:

“Occupy” is nothing but a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists, an unruly mob, fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid false righteousness. These clowns can do nothing but harm America.

His reputation wasn’t helped by the fact Holy Terror is terrible, Islamophobic, paranoid…

 

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….and just ugly to look at.

 

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Since his Occupy Wall Street comments, Frank Miller has explained, “I wasn’t thinking clearly when I said those things”.

At least he apologized, unlike the next guy….

1. Orson Scott Card

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You knew he’d be on the list. Maybe you hoped that I’d come up with someone you never heard of, but Card is such a garbage person that this list was literally made for him. Not really, of course, I don’t sit around and wallow in my hatred for the Card, but he needed to be on this list and, dangit, he must just be the worst person on this list.

Ender’s Game is a great book. The 1985 winner of the Nebula Award and the 1986 winner of the Hugo Award, the book is about a child who is told to play a game to train him to kill aliens, and he kills them all. Plot twist! He actually killed the aliens, except one. he talks to this alien and…Plot Twist! Turns out the aliens all have one collective mind and assumed humanity were the same. Thus, when they needed a planet to occupy, they did our equivalent of nudging us to the side on the bus. When they realized their mistake, it was too late.

Flash forward and Card is now antithetical to everything that book stands for.

The essence of good military command is to avoid violence. And in fact that’s what Ender did — the least possible violence in order to achieve the necessary end.

Did we read the same book? Well, at least he has some good opinions on other topics such as gay marriage

The dark secret of homosexual society — the one that dares not speak its name — is how many homosexuals first entered into that world through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse, and how many of them yearn to get out of the homosexual community and live normally.

Closing thoughts

Do you agree with this list? If you do, can you separate art from the artist? If you can but you don’t want to give them money, here’s something you can do:

Buy the books second hand. That way you:

  1. Support your local bookstore

  2. Don’t give them any money

 

 

 

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The Ultimate Bookworm Summer Playlist

It has been said that “art begets art.” Never has this been so true than in the case of bands inspired by books!

 

We’ve compiled some of the best examples of musicians who have written songs about their favorite works of fiction. From Taylor Swift to The Velvet Underground to Kate Bush, here is the bookworm’s essential summer playlist, guaranteed to get you in the mood for some sunny summer reading! 

 

1. Love Story by Taylor Swift

 

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One of Taylor Swift’s most catchy hits is inspired by Shakespeare’s timeless ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ The song tracks the lovers from their first meeting ‘We were both young when I first saw you / I close my eyes and the flashback starts / I’m standing there on a balcony in summer air’ to an imagined happier ending for the famously doomed pair ‘I talked to your dad, go pick out a white dress / It’s a love story, baby just say yes”

 

2. White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane

 

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Jefferson Airplane’s most famous song, written by frontwoman Grace Slick, was directly inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The children’s classic was read to her often as a child, and every lyric references it. Slick stated that for her following ‘the white rabbit’ meant following her curiosity, and the song became an anthem for 60s psychedelics.  

 

3. Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush

 

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Written when she was just 18 years old, Bush’s song was inspired by Emily Bronte’s haunting tale of love and obsession. The famous lines ‘Heathcliff, it’s me, it’s Cathy, I’ve come home/ I’m so cold/ Let me in at your window’ references the chilling return of Catherine Earnshaw’s ghost. This year, thousands gathered in locations across the globe, on July 15, to imitate Bush’s iconic dress and dancing in the video. That day became coined as The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever.

 

4. Ender Will Save Us All by Dashboard Confessional

 

Book cover for Ender's Game

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This emo classic references Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi classic Ender’s Game. Though the lyrics are vague, there is much discussion online about how they link up to the text of the novel. This song will be a nostalgia trip hard enough to send anyone who listened to it as a teenager flying right back to their youth and their favorite dystopian world.

 

5.1984 by David Bowie

 

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Bowie’s 1974 track from the album Diamond Dogs was originally written for a staged musical of George Orwell’s 1984 (the musical never came to be). This is not the only song inspired by Orwell’s seminal work; Marilyn Manson, Coldplay, and The Clash are just some of the other artists who have been inspired by it!

 

6. Who Wrote Holden Caulfield by Green Day 

 

J.D Salinger

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Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong was forced to read J.D Salinger’s coming-of-age novel, The Catcher in the Rye, while in school. He was not happy about it. While this book is universally beloved of angsty teens, the fact that he had no choice in reading it enraged Armstrong. Years later, he wrote this song as a tribute to teens feeling apathetic as a result of adult authority. That’s something Holden Caulfield could definitely relate to! 

 

7. I am the Walrus by The Beatles

 

Original illustration of Walrus and Carpenter

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Another Lewis Carroll-inspired hit, this beloved Beatles track references the poem The Walrus and the Carpenter. John Lennon received a letter from a school student saying that his English teacher had been analyzing Beatles lyrics in class. Lennon was so amused by this that he decided to make the lyrics of his next song the most confusing yet. No wonder he turned to Carroll for inspiration! 

 

8. Into the West by Annie Lennox

 

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This dreamy ballad is an ode to J.R.R Tolkien’s epic The Lord of the Rings and was used in the closing credits of the 2003 movie The Return of the King. It’s sung from the point of view of Elvish queen Galadriel and several phrases are taken from the book. 

 

9. Narcissist by The Libertines

 

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Oscar Wilde’s only novel The Picture of Dorian Gray is referenced in this track from the Peter Doherty-fronted indie rock outfit. They use Dorian Gray’s fixation with maintaining his youth at any cost to critique modern day society’s obsession with beauty: ‘all your models in magazines and on the walls/ You wanna be just like them/ Cause they’re so cool/ They’re just narcissists/ Well wouldn’t it be nice to be Dorian Gray?’

 

10. Pet Cemetary by The Ramones

 

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This punk classic is inspired by the Stephen King novel appeared in the 1989 movie adaptation. King is a huge Ramones fan and apparently gave Dee Dee Ramone a copy of Pet Cemetary. Ramone, in turn, used to write the lyrics to this hit! 

 

11. The River by PJ Harvey

 

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This haunting melody is based on Flannery O’Connor’s short story of the same name about a boy who is brought to a river baptism by his babysitter, and, feeling neglected by his parents, agrees to be baptized when told by the preacher that this will make him ‘count.’

 

12. Song For Clay by Bloc Party

 

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The opening track of Bloc Party’s album A Weekend in the City is inspired by Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis. The song pays homage to Easton Ellis’s main character Clay, and many images from the text appear in the lyrics, including the sign “Disappear Here” and the line “people are afraid to merge on the freeways.”

 

13. Venus in Furs by The Velvet Underground

 

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This song, first released in 1967 and sung by frontman Lou Reed, references the two lead characters from Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s novel of the same name from 1870. The song deals with themes of sexuality and dominance, and it is from von Sacher-Masoch’s name that the term “masochoism” derives. “Venus in Furs” is an iconic song of the 60s and 70s as The Velvet Underground were key players in the music and art scene during that time, hanging out with the likes of Nico, Andy Warhol, and Edie Sedgewick. 

 

14. Charlotte Sometimes by The Cure

 

CD of Charlotte Sometimes by The Cure

 

This song is a direct reference to Penelope Farmer’s classic 1969 children’s novel of the same name. The titular character Charlotte, when sent to boarding school, discovers she has traveled 40 years into the past and has taken the place of a girl called Clare. Frontman Robert Smith claimed this novel was the most direct literary influence on the band. 

 

15. Over the Love by Florence and the Machine

 

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Written for Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 adaptation of F. Scott FitzGerald’s beloved novel The Great Gatsby, this song references some of the key images in the text, including Daisy’s yellow dress and the green light of the lighthouse across the bay. Florence Welch frequently talks about the impact that literature has had on her music.  According to her band’s fan club site, she even hosts a monthly book club for fans called “Between Two Books!” 

 

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