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Roger Avary goes to Jail – Silent Hill 2 may be on hold

Posted by LiveFor on October 1, 2009

77450636PS177_Premiere_Of_PA recently-announced sequel to Silent Hill might be on hold. The LA Times is reporting that Silent Hill 2 screenwriter Roger Avary has been sentenced to a year in jail, stemming from a drunk-driving accident that took the life of a passenger.

The co-writer of hits such as “Pulp Fiction” and “Beowulf” pleaded guilty in August to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and other charges stemming from the Jan. 13, 2008, crash.

Avary, 44, was at the wheel of a Mercedes sedan that was traveling at more than 100 mph when it crashed into a telephone pole, according to investigators.

Passenger Andreas Zini, 34, was killed, and Avary’s wife, Gretchen, was ejected from the vehicle and suffered serious injuries. Zini and his wife, both of Italy, were visiting the Avarys on their honeymoon, authorities said.

It isn’t quite clear yet how Avary’s sentencing will affect Silent Hill 2, which was announced two weeks ago. However, when originally announced, it was said that production on the film was set to start as early as next year.

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Neil Gaiman’s library

Posted by LiveFor on September 4, 2009

booksHow cool is this. I so want a library like this. If any one is willing to donate a big house to the Live for Films cause that includes a library like this I will be more than happy to accept it.

If Mr Gaiman happens to be reading this I would be more than happy to pop round for a cup of tea while interviewing you in the library.

The good people over at Shelfari had this to say and lots more photos.

Gaiman first gained wide acclaim with his complex and literate 75-issue comic series The Sandman, and has since broadened his scope to write award-winning and bestselling novels (American Gods, Anansi Boys), screenplays (“Beowulf”) and yes, he still continues to write comics. His books Stardust and Coraline were both adapted for the screen and his most recent novel The Graveyard Book was awarded the Newbury Medal and, just last month, a Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Naturally we’d assumed that someone whose work is filled with references ranging from literary to mythological would have a fairly extensive library but even so, we were a bit unprepared for the scope of what he sent us. In the basement of his house of secrets we find a room that’s wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling with books (along with a scattering of awards, gargoyles and felines).

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The Goon – Eric Powell talks about why it had to be animated

Posted by LiveFor on April 10, 2009

“I always felt that the material would work better animated, just because of the bizarre nature of the characters and the atmosphere of the stories,” Powell told MTV News. “But American audiences don’t always embrace animation when it’s not a bunch of cute animals singing and dancing — so I was a little hesitant about it.”

“I thought maybe we should pursue a live action film,” continued Powell. “But then I saw the work of ‘Blur’ and spoke with [producer David] Fincher and learned about the way they want to do it the way they want to treat it, and I was sold.”

Still, when you look at the overall numbers for top-grossing comic book adaptations, see 2007’s “TMNT” standing as the top dog among CGI films, and note that its $54.1M just barely cracked the Top 50 superhero flicks, it’s hard to justify animation. Heck, all you’d have to do for “The Goon” is put Mickey Rourke back in his Marv makeup from “Sin City,” add some depression-era clothes and — voila — you’ve got your Goon.

However, Powell believes that moviegoers are ready for a film like this for a few reasons.

“I have the feeling the Adult Swim crowd is there, and that wasn’t there before,” said Powell. “And films like ‘Beowulf’ have come out that aren’t family-style animated films. I think the doors are opening. American audiences are starting to embrace different types of material animated.”

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