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The Real Life Controversy H.G. Wells’ ‘War of the Worlds’

H. G. Wells died this week in 1946. In honor of his death, we’re taking a look at the fake news broadcast that supposedly panicked many listeners.

 

 

Some people may know that H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds was originally released as a radio broadcast in 1938. Played out by a cast of actors and presented as though it were really taking place, The War of the Worlds broadcast caused mass panic, and many people believed aliens were actually invading New Jersey. Or at least that’s how the story goes.

 

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There’s some evidence of this. According to NPR‘s Radiolab, about one in twelve people were listening in, enough to constitute mass panic, and many ran from their homes to see what was happening. This matter is contested, however.

Slate argues that this one in twelve number is just out of those with their radios on, in addition to the fact that Wells’ masterpiece was competing with a particularly popular variety show. In a ratings survey shortly after it aired, most respondents referred to it as a “radio play”. Certainly not as a news broadcast.

Still, contemporary news papers seized the opportunity to discredit radio as an unreliable source, and claimed that masses of people had taken to the streets in panic. Sort of ironic. At least we got a few movies about all that hype. And we finally got to see Tom Cruise running for once.

 

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I kid. Somebody let that man rest. He must have other skills that are being neglected. At least put him on a motorcycle sometimes. Wait.

So was there an actual scare? Maybe. A little. Certainly it occurred to someone that it could be interpreted as real news. Ultimately, though, people knew what it was, and if they didn’t, they dismissed it as a prank. Still, pop culture myths are pernicious, and it’s interesting to imagine a world in which a broadcast could convince a nation that aliens had invaded.

 

 

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Three Unknown Stanley Kubrick Scripts Have Been Found

Stanley Kubrick is one of the classic filmmakers. His films have stretched into the public imagination, making him a household name like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Quentin Tarantino. His works have all been genre defining, ushering in new film techniques and inspiring dozens of imitators. His films have included A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangeloveand Eyes Wide ShutNow, twenty years after his death, three new screenplays have been found for unused script ideas Kubrick created during his lifetime but never made into films. These scripts were discovered in London and containing intriguing ideas that speak to much of Kubrick’s personal life as well as his imagination.

 

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According to The Dazed,  these scripts were written between 1954 and 1956. During this period, Kubrick was having problems with his then wife, Ruth Sobotka. The screenplays were entitled Married Men, The Perfect Marriage, and Jealously. The first script is the most extensive of the lot, featuring 35 pages of typed script with extra additions of handwritten notes. The second is just seven pages, while the third features a middle ground between the two: 13 pages. These scripts showcase that Kubrick, known for being far more reclusive than most other filmmakers, was working on much unknown work during his period. This is especially important as the 1950s were his least understood part of his career and showcased he was doing much more in private than anyone knew, while also revealing his deeply troubled wedded life.

The scripts enforce this, full of depressing quotes and dark lines about marriage. One quote showcases Kubrick’s attitude at the time quite well. He wrote:

 

“Marriage is like a long meal with dessert served at the beginning. Can you imagine the horrors of living with a woman who fastens herself on you like a rubber suction cup whose entire life revolves around you morning, noon and night?”

 

Yikes. Well that’s certainly a telling quote.

The script’s stories themselves are described as very mediocre and don’t showcase Kubrick’s talent. Kubrick was not a writer but his genius lay in his visual style and approach to filmmaking to make high art out of simple, often trashy, ideas. So, we don’t know what form these films would have taken onscreen. Still, finding these scripts is an incredible discovery for both writing and Kubrick fans, not to mention fans of film in general. Who knows what other projects Kubrick had under his wing that never saw the light of day.

What do you think of this cool discovery? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

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Millie Bobby Brown To Produce ‘Enola Holmes’

Millie Bobby Brown’s success as an actress has boomed since her debut in Stranger Things, but what few realize is this little girl is also calling the shots as a producer.

 

 

 

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An article from Variety confirms that Brown herself will not only be acting as the heroine in Enola Holmes, but she is also producing the film alongside Legendary Entertainment. The film will be based on the Enola Holmes Mysteries book series by Nancy Springer, which follows the younger sister of the iconic Sherlock Holmes.

 

Legendary and Brown have built a strong relationship after the Stranger Things star was tapped to topline Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and the studio was quick to attach her to star in Enola Holmes after she wrapped filming on the MonsterVerse pic.

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Acting alongside Brown will be Henry Cavill (Justice League, Mission: Impossible), Helena Bonham Carter (Sweeney Todd, Harry Potter), Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter, Killing Eve), Adeel Akhtar (The Big Sick, Four Lions), and, most recently, Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games, Snow White and The Huntsman)

 

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Sam Claflin in The Hunger Games

 

 

 

 

 

Working with so many famous actors after creating such a huge name for herself, with the title of “producer” under her belt at only the age of fifteen, it looks as though she has a brilliant career ahead of her.

 

 

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Feminist Dystopia ‘Last Ones Alive’ Is Getting a Film Adaptation!

The film rights to Sarah Davis-Goff’s dystopian novel Last Ones Left Alive have been acquired by Irish production company Treasure Entertainment, which means we’re getting a film adaptation on the way!

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Last Ones Left Alive oscillates between a young Orpen training as a child on her peaceful island-home of Slanbeg and Orpen as an adult traveling towards the mysterious Phoenix City.

Add in a four-legged companion and her wounded, wheelbarrow-bound guardian and you have a harrowing journey made all the more despite, and thus dramatic.

 

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The Times writes that “[Sarah Davis-Goff] sees it as a wasteful dismissal of ‘the experiences, viewpoints and brilliant work of women’. Her enjoyable debut novel suffers from no such deficit,” and that might be the best summation of this novel.

Feminist, kickass, The Guardian noted that the novel “runs compellingly enough to an irresistible internal logic of violence,” with the The Irish Times writing “Davis-Goff blends narrow and wide lens writing to good effect”.

 

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Perhaps it’s shouldn’t be as astonishing for the novel to get a film adaptation, but I can’t help but be blown away considered it was published by Tinder Press just a month ago on March 7, 2019.

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Screen Daily reports that Treasure Entertainment has bought film rights. Producer Rebecca O’Flanagan said in a statement that:

From my first read, I was struck by the visual nature of the book and could immediately see that it was a story that has huge potential to hit international screens with iconic and far-reaching success.

So far it’s not known who will be involved in the project. Davis-Goff is said to be “creatively involved” but will not write the screenplay. That makes sense, considering that Totally Dublin reports that “Davis-Goff has signed a two-book deal with publisher Tinder Press, so horror fans can expect another page-turner in the near-future”.

What are you more excited for: the film adaptation or the sequel novel?

 

 

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Prize-Winning Graphic Novel ‘Sabrina’ Is Coming to the Big Screen

Partnering with New Regency and RT Features, Director Drew Goddard is in the works toward a film adaptation of the graphic novel Sabrina, the first graphic novel ever to win the Booker Prize award.

 

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Not to be confused with The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series, the graphic novel Sabrina is the intimate tale of a missing girl and the impact her loss has on her loved ones.

 

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Conspiracy theories, breakdown, murder: Everything’s gonna be all right―until it isn’t

When Sabrina disappears, an airman in the U.S. Air Force is drawn into a web of suppositions, wild theories, and outright lies. He reports to work every night in a bare, sterile fortress that serves as no protection from a situation that threatens the sanity of Teddy, his childhood friend and the boyfriend of the missing woman. Sabrina’s grieving sister, Sandra, struggles to fill her days as she waits in purgatory. After a videotape surfaces, we see devastation through a cinematic lens, as true tragedy is distorted when fringe thinkers and conspiracy theorists begin to interpret events to fit their own narratives.

 

 

Drew Goddard will be working on the script for the film adaptation. Goddard received an Academy Award nomination for his adapted screenplay for Neil Weir’s The Martian, and one of his past credits includes Marvel’s The Defenders. The man’s mastered the art of the adaptation as both The Martian and The Defenders were both amazing!

 

 

On top of that, New Regency is the production company behind critically acclaimed films such as “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Birdman”, “12 Years a Slave,” and “The Revenant.”

 

 

As a huge fan of graphic novels, it does my heart some good to see a graphic novel given the same attention and care as these fantastic films.

 

 

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