Kleefeld's Fanthropology: FanFic–Where's the Brotherly Love?

I'm in the middle of reading "Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet," a collection of essays on (obviously) fan fiction edited by Karen Hellekson and Kristina Busse. The essays range a bit in the specific aspects of fandom writings they cover, from examinations of the authors to the editors (i.e. readers) to the literary techniques that are frequently employed. I don't claim to know everything about fandom, so I'm always looking to learn more and books like these are fantastic.

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- CARRIE'S BACK! Fisher says she will reprise her role in the new "Star Wars"!

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- MASH-UP! "Adventure Time" meets "Star Wars" by Joe Hogan.

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Photo Credit: Francois Duhamel, Skyfall ©2011 Danjaq, LLC, United Artists Corporation, Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved.

This is not a review of ‘Skyfall.’ I want to get that out of the way right up top, in case you think I’m going to say how it might be the best Bond film ever, or how you can now happily skip over ‘Quantum of Solace’ in your mind, as it’s the spiritual sequel, and a grand extension of what started in ‘Casino Royale.’

No, I’m going to talk about the lighting.

There’s a shot right at the start of ‘Skyfall’ – the first one, in fact - that pretty much lays out what Director Sam Mendes and Cinematographer Roger Deakins are going to do with the movie. There’s a long, dark hallway. A man stands in shadow, barely visible, and out of focus. Slowly, he walks down the hallway, until he’s right up against the camera, only his eyes visible, but fully lit. It’s Bond, James Bond, of course, but this shot not only stands as a moment that will define his character throughout the film, it’s a clear shot across the bow at other, bland looking Bond films. Read More...

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- SO THIS IS WHERE THEY DROVE OFF TO! Marvel is bringing together Tony and Bruce for the animated feature, "Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United."

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Sure, you know him as the world's most dashing spy. But did you know James Bond was also the star of a long running comic strip, as well as having an unending series of on-screen adventures? Well, he did, and seven of them will be collected in the upcoming James Bond Omnibus 003 collection from Titan Books.

Here's the official blurb, and scroll below for an exclusive series of pages from the book, which hits stores on March 27th:

The daring James Bond is back in a definitive bumper edition collecting the first period of Jim Lawrence’s celebrated run in comic strip form! Includes seven of Bond’s most thrilling and dangerous missions: The Harpies, River of Death, The Golden Ghost, Fear Face, Double Jeopardy, Starfire and Kingley Amis’ controversial post-Fleming story, Colonel Sun.

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By Kevin Kelly

At CES last week, MGM announced that the entire collection of James Bond films from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace would be made available in a massive Blu-ray set celebrating 50 years of the iconic licensed to kill British agent. We were lucky enough to sit down with Bond directors John Glen, Michael Apted, and Martin Campbell, who have directed eight of those 22 films between them, and talk about Blu-ray and technology, and the effect it has had on the Bond franchise. Read on for the full interview!
What has Blu-ray meant for your careers and the longevity of the movies that you’ve worked on?

John Glen: Well, I’m really retired now, if you ever retire as a film director. I think it’s very nice, very gratifying to see these movies which are, some of them are over 30 years old now, standing up to the latest movies in a lot of ways. And it wouldn’t stand up in cinema perhaps, but certainly Blu-Ray, it’s given them a new lease of life over the last few years. But I’m very pleased about that.

It was surprising how good the clips looked from The Spy Who Loved Me Looked.

JG: We were just saying that, how excellent they look.

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Bond 50 - The Complete Blu-ray Collection

Bond 50 - The Complete Blu-ray Collection

By Kevin Kelly

The massive Panasonic booth at CES played host to three iconic James Bond directors: John Glen, Michael Apted, and Martin Campbell. Between the three of them they have directed eight of the James Bond movies: For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View To A Kill, The Living Daylights, Licence To Kill, GoldenEye, The World Is Not Enough, and Casino Royale. That's an impressive amount of Bond, especially for John Glen who directed the first five on that list.

They were assembled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Bond and to announce the massive Bond 50 Blu-ray set from Fox Home Entertainment that houses the entire range of 22 James Bond films, from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace. Selected scenes were screened from each of their different takes on Bond, and it was very impressive to see how sharp and amazing they all looked, including even John Glen's For Your Eyes Only which is over 30 years old and stood up nicely next to Casino Royale.

While details were scant on what extras will be included, this marks the first time that the entire collection has made it to Blu-ray, and with the 23rd James Bond film Skyfall appearing this year, it's a good time to go Blu with Bond.

BOND 50 showcases fifty years of Bond neatly packaged into one cool, sleek collectable box-set featuring all six iconic James Bond actors. Produced using the highest possible picture quality and audio presentation, the collection includes all 22 James Bond feature films from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace and more than 130 hours of bonus features including some new and exclusive content.

“With all 22 feature films available on Blu-ray in one collection for the first time this is a great way for fans to catch up on 007’s epic journey before Skyfall hits theaters next Fall,” said Michael Brown, Senior Vice President, MGM Home Entertainment. “Now viewers can enjoy the intense action of the innovative franchise in the most immersive home experience possible.”

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