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Neil Gaiman Wants You to Watch New ‘Good Omens’ Trailer

Well, this was a pleasant surprise! In a tweet this morning, Neil Gaiman posted a link to the latest trailer for the upcoming adaptation of one of his most famous novels: Good Omens, co-written with the late, great novelist Terry Pratchett. Gaiman took to Twitter to ask fans: ‘So you’ve all seen this now, yes?’

Yes, Neil, yes we have, and we couldn’t be more excited.

 

Michael Sheen and David Tenant star in Amazon Prime's upcoming series Good Omens
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The novel was the result of a creative collaboration between the brilliant Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, a witty adventure that follows the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley as they both attempt to sabotage the coming of the proverbial end times, having grown used to living comfortably in England. A madcap comedy, the book features brilliant satire of common religious fixtures such as the biblical book of Revelationsthe Four Horsepeople of the Apocalypse, Satanic nuns, and the unlikely pairing between the two protagonists. The Amazon Prime series looks to be embracing all this fun.

Starring David Tennant as Crowley and Michael Sheen as Aziraphale, the trailer seems to embrace the full imaginative and satirical bent of the novel. Just some of the things audiences get to see include krakens, aliens, demonic motorbikers, as well as glimpses of Jon Hamm and Nick Offerman. But the pairing of Crowley and Aziraphale looks to be just perfect, with Tennant and Sheen embodying their roles spectacularly. And it’s all set to a soundtrack by Queen for the icing on the cake.

Good Omens will be let loose on Amazon Prime on May 31st. It’s going to be one hell of a ride.

 

 

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Two New Books to Accompany Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’

We already know that Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel Good Omens has been adapted into a show for Amazon Prime, but did you know there are two new books in the works as well?

Neil Gaiman is a literary superstar, writing novels like American Gods and The Ocean at the End of the Lane (both of which I can vouch for—they’re GOOD). If you haven’t read his work, you have to check it out! 

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Gaiman’s fans love him for the colorful, imaginative worlds he creates, an aspect of his writing which adapts exceptionally well to the small screen, as we’ve seen with the likes of American Gods which was adapted into a successful television program on Starz, and Tim Burton’s take on Gaiman’s children’s book Coraline.

While the prospect of a television adaptation of Good Omens is exciting, there is always the concern that some of the magic of Gaiman’s elegant storytelling will be lost in translation. Rest easy, though, because Gaiman himself wrote the show’s programme and will serve as showrunner!

 

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Good Omens will also provide much needed representation in its diverse cast, according to what Gaiman disclosed in an interview:

What’s interesting is that there are almost no physical descriptions of anybody in the book, but Pepper is described as having red hair and a face that was basically one giant freckle, and so people are like ‘oh my god, that has to be white’, and… no she doesn’t.

But perhaps even better than all of this: the show will also be accompanied by two companion books!

The first book, The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book, will include the screenplay as well as a foreword from Gaiman and deleted scenes from the show.

 

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
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The second book, The Nice and Accurate Good Omens TV Companion, will give insight into the production of the show. This companion piece will include photos of the set, cast interviews, costume boards, and more!

Good Omens will arrive on Amazon Prime Video on May 31, 2019, and will later air on BBC.

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Nick Offerman

‘Good Omens’ Adaptation Recruits the Hilarious Nick Offerman

Is it possible that two of our favorite things are coming together to create some serious magic? Yes, yes it is. Good Omens, the upcoming Amazon series adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s novel, is now colliding with Parks and Recreation, sort of.

 

'Good Omens'

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Good Omens, a fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, is finishing filming later this month in South Africa and Nick Offerman (good old Ron Swanson) is the latest actor to join the team. The magical series portrays Offerman’s character as an ambassador whose son Warlock Dowling is mistakenly believed to be the spawn of Satan. Yikes.

 

Obviously we’re all excited, not least Offerman and Gaiman. In a recent Twitter post from Gaiman, we caught a glimpse of the latest cast member hanging out with the English author.

 

 

 
 
 
According to Digital Spy, Offerman spoke of his new role with gratitude, and, of course, a little humor:

 

If you had told me when I first read Good Omens in the early ’90s that I would one day visit South Africa to giggle with Neil Gaiman at laptop-screened footage of Dr Who and David Frost dancing because I was assaying a role in the adaptation of said book, I would likely have offered to purchase some of whatever you must be smoking.
 
Gaiman then went on to describe his natural talent as a “terrific performer.” Although we have to wait until 2019 for Prime Video to launch the adaptation series, we’ve got a feeling this is going to be great.

 

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These 10 Writers Had the Most Intense Facial Hair

If you are a man and you want to be a writer, you have two things you must do: 1. Write a book; and 2. Look more like Ernest Hemingway. That is the curriculum. When aged, experienced folks in the publishing industry ask young writers, “Have you read Hemingway,” they are really asking if you have fully embraced the possibility of facial hair. If you can grow a beard, have you tried growing his beard? If you cannot grow a beard like Hemingway’s, then that’s fine too. Your author photo will just be seriously lacking.

 

If you need inspiration on how to style your facial vegetation, or you want fuel for your imagination of what a beard might look like on your hairless face, then look no further than these literary greats.

 

1. Mark Twain

 

Mark Twain moustache facial hair

I also don’t know how he ate. | Image Via Biography

 

2. Friedrich Nietzche

 

Friedrich Nietzche moustache insane funny

I don’t think this even counts as a face. It’s 90% hair. | Image Via Encyclopedia Britannica

 

3. Michael Chabon

 

Michael Chabon beard

When you want to look like you don’t give a care, but you sneaky give many cares. | Image Via Pioneer Press

 

4. Walt Whitman

 

Walt Whitman

Tolkien’s inspiration for Radagast the Brown. | Image Via Social Justice For All

 

5. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

 

Fyodor Dostoyevsky crazy beard funny

Rocking the neckbeard since 1821. Beat that, reddit. | Image Via The Arc of Grace

 

6. Herman Melville

 

Melville beard square crazy

For those who wish a box hung off their jaw. | Image Via Bio

 

7. William Faulkner

 

William Faulkner cool stylish moustache elegant

What you get when googling “debonair.” | Image Via Bio

 

8. Terry Pratchett

 

Terry Pratchett beard smile

A beard as sharp as his wit. | Image Via Humanists UK

 

9. Patrick Rothfuss

 

Patrick Rothfuss long crazy wild beard

That beard is older than me. | Image Via Wikipedia

 

10. Ernest Hemingway

 

Ernest Hemingway great beard facial hair cool glorious

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Oh, and a bonus one: Young Stephen King

 

Young Stephen King crazy Beard wtf

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10 Terry Pratchett Quotes to Bend Your Brain

Funny writers are weirdly rare. There’s Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, um. J. K. Rowling writes funny things sometimes. Oh, Douglas Adams! Steve Martin wrote a book. Amy Schumer too.

 

As far as recent stuff goes, there may be no funnier writer than Terry Pratchett. His Discworld series is like a beefed up Hitchhiker’s Guide. It features a big turtle floating in space. But what Pratchett is best known for are his witticisms.

 

1. It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life.

 

2. In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.

 

3. Give a man a fire and he’s warm for a day, but set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life.

 

4. Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.

 

5. Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.

 

6. In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.

 

7. If cats looked like frogs we’d realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That’s what people remember.

 

8. It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.

 

9. The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.

 

10. “And what would humans be without love?”

 

RARE, said Death.

 

Terry Pratchett

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