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In 2006, when the Asian Development Bank (ADB) decided to launch a multi-million dollar rural water project in eastern and north central regions of Sri Lanka, there was one overriding requirement – women would be placed in key positions.
As a result, experts say, the $263 million program, aimed at providing drinking water to over 900,000 people by 2011, has been a particular success.
In the village of Talpothta, in the rural north-central Polonnaruwa District, the village women’s association is now central to the proper functioning of the new water supply plant provided under the ADB programme. Its members visit the over 200 users, read meters and more importantly advise beneficiaries on water usage when drought sets in.
“We know how much is needed. Women do most of the household work like cooking (and) washing clothes. We ask our members to limit use when we have problems,” said Sheila Herath, an association member.
Kusum Athukorala, one of the country’s leading experts on water management, agrees that women are key to adapting effective measures to deal with water challenges and changing climate patterns.
“Women are the foot soldiers of climate change adaptation,” said Athukorala who heads the Network of Women Water Professionals, Sri Lanka (NetWwater) and the Women for Water Partnership.
NetWwater’s efforts to create awareness among rural women on climate change, adaptation and water management have won support from Brandix, one of the island’s largest garment. That allows Athukorala to now travel the country, educating women on water management.
“One sixth of our water supply is from rural programmes managed by community-based organizations. If we don’t recognize the impact of over half of the population, these programmes will never succeed,” she said.
INDONESIA, CHINA AND FORESTS
In other Asian countries women also are playing crucial roles at the grassroots level in preserving the environment and making sure human-inflicted damage remains controllable. Avi Mahaningtyas, an Indonesian expert on forest management and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) told AlertNet that it was rural women who knew intimately the forest’s value to their lives.
“They know it by heart and by birth,” said Mahaningtyas, who heads the Environmental and Economic Governance Cluster of the Kemitraan-Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia, a national body that works on good governance.
The same sentiment is true in rural China, says Xiaobei Wang, a China gender specialist with Landesa Rural Development Institute, an international organisation that works on poverty and land rights. Wang told AlertNet that as men increasingly migrated to cities looking for jobs, it was women, left behind in the villages, who took care of the land and the forests.
"In China most of men from areas near forests have left as migrant workers, making women the major labour force. About 60 percent of those working in forests and farm land are women. If their rights are not protected and enforced, there will be lots of issues in reducing poverty in forest areas and ensuring the sustainable management of forests,” she said.
Indonesia’s Mahaningtyas said that if a forest is to be preserved, like any other natural resource, it needs to carry a value. “A forest with a value will not easily be cut down. And it is the people who work within it who will know intimately that value.”
However, despite their importance, women are still being largely left out of the decision making, according to a new report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). The report - The Challenges of Securing Women’s Tenure and Leadership for Forest Management: The Asian Experience - found that gender discrimination is still rampant.
Arvind Khare, RRI’s senior director of country and regional programmes, said that women’s roles should not only be recognized but should also be enforced. He took the case of land rights in rural China, where women often find themselves losing land, due to cultural and social norms, despite laws that are gender neutral on paper.
“How can we look at climate adaptation and food security when those who do most of the work at ground level have no say?” he asked.
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By 2050, more than 6 billion humans are expected to live in cities, according to the United Nations. Ports, which constitute more than half the world's largest cities, will face unique challenges as their populations swell.
More than 130 port cities around the world are at increasing risk from severe storm-surge flooding, damage from high storm winds, rising and warming global seas and local land subsidence. Poorly planned development often puts more people in vulnerable areas, too, increasing risk. About $3 trillion of assets are at risk today, a tally on track to reach $35 trillion by 2070, according to an ongoing study by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development.
Here are the 20 port cities most vulnerable to climate extremes, ranked by assets at risk.
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When you think of the trillions wasted on war, it certainly puts the climate crisis into perspective. And some complain about the money necessary to prepare and adapt? Well the price of business as usual will be much higher and not just financially. By these assessments there will be close to a billion people affected directly in these locations alone which does not take into account other effects in other parts of the globe.By 2050, more than 6 billion humans are expected to live in cities, according to the... more
2012 video interview with Tampa Bay Times reporter Craig PIttman, author of The Scent of Scandal, an orchid import mystery, conducted by Mr Media, Bob Andelman. http://www.mrmedia.com/?p=45592012 video interview with Tampa Bay Times reporter Craig PIttman, author of The Scent... more
Eighty per cent of Bangladesh lies on a floodplain less than 5 metres above sea level. As sea levels rise and seasonal storms become more severe, millions of farmers living along the country's southern coast could lose their land and livelihoods, putting the entire country's food security at risk. Fighting against time, six branches of government and international donors work together to help farmers adapt.
http://youtu.be/auFoBr1PaqsEighty per cent of Bangladesh lies on a floodplain less than 5 metres above sea level.... more
A remote Indian village is responding to global warming-induced water shortages by creating large masses of ice, or "artificial glaciers," to get through the dry spring months. (See a map of the region.)
Located on the western edge of the Tibetan plateau, the village of Skara in the Ladakh region of India is not a common tourist destination.
"It's beautiful, but really remote and difficult to get to," said Amy Higgins, a graduate student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies who worked on the artificial glacier project.
"A lot of people, when I met them in Delhi and I said I was going to Ladakh, they looked at me like I was going to the moon,” said Higgins, who is also a National Geographic grantee.
(Related: "Melting Glaciers Mean Double Trouble for Water Supplies")
People in Skara and surrounding villages survive by growing crops such as barley for their own consumption and for sale in neighboring towns. In the past, water for the crops came from meltwater originating in glaciers high in the Himalaya.
But in recent decades, climate change has uncoupled glacial melt cycles in the Tibetan Plateau—which is warming up on average two degrees Celsius faster than the rest of the world—from the traditional agricultural season, causing water shortages in April and May when Ladakhis typically begin sowing seeds for the summer season. If the villagers don't sow during this critical window, there is no crop that year.
One winter in the late 1980s, an engineer from Skara named Chewang Norphel came up with a possible solution to his village's problem while strolling around his backyard.
Norphel noticed that a small stream had frozen solid under the shade of a poplar grove, though it flowed freely elsewhere in his sunny yard. The reason for this, he realized, was that the flowing water was moving too quickly to freeze, while the sluggish trickle of water beneath the grove was not.
Over the next several years, Norphel worked to create an irrigation system that functioned using the same simple natural principle. The result has been Ladakh's artificial glaciers. Ten have been built to date.
To create the glaciers, Norphel and his team of engineers divert water from rivers into neighboring valleys that have been carefully penned in with rocks. This step usually takes place in the winter months of October through December. To slow the water down to a trickle, the diversion canals often take long meandering routes around mountainsides.
Once it arrives in the valley, the water freezes in a shallow layer in small pools. The process is repeated until the stacked layers of ice are several feet thick. If too much water is added too quickly, the result is a slushy pit. "It takes a lot of patience," Higgins said.
The largest artificial glacier created to date occupies an area of more than a square mile. Because the artificial glaciers sit at a much lower altitude than true glaciers, they melt sooner, in time for the villagers' spring planting.
(Related: "Video: Receding Himalaya Glaciers")
"You could do the same thing by building a big water reservoir," Higgins said, "but it would require a lot more materials, and the water would evaporate because there's so much sunshine. You would also have to worry about it getting contaminated."
Peter Gleick is a water expert and president of the Pacific Institute research center in Oakland, California. Gleick, who was not involved in the project, called the artificial glaciers an innovative solution to the region’s increasingly difficult changes in climate.
"I think they're great and likely to play a role, at least in the short term, in helping some of these high-elevation villages deal with the very real and immediate changes to the melting glaciers in the Himalaya," he said.
Gleick worries, however, that in the long run, the gradual disappearance of high-elevation natural glaciers will make it increasingly difficult to create and maintain the artificial glaciers.
"I'm not optimistic that the [artificial glaciers] are going to be sustainable in the long run," he said.
Environmental chemist William Cooper, who also played no role in the project, called the artificial glacier project an “interesting and noble idea.”
“If he is able to actually store that much water as ice and release it later by natural processes, it’s a low-cost alternative to dams," said Cooper, director of the Urban Water Research Center at the University of California, Irvine.
More at the linkA remote Indian village is responding to global warming-induced water shortages by... more
A review of David Fincher's version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig. A film that's been highly discussed in all forms of media ever since it was first confirmed, now find out if it's actually worth checking out. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo hits theaters next Wednesday, December 21st.A review of David Fincher's version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo starring... more
In this extract from his book, To Cook A Continent, Nnimmo Bassey argues that climate negotiations, from Durban in late 2011 onwards, will increasingly confront the issue of climate justice.
The atmosphere is a common space, a global commons. Industrialised nations pumped a disproportionate amount of emissions into the atmosphere and they have cornered a disproportionate amount of global resources, largely by exploiting nations that are on the other side of the coin. Climate impacts are already being felt in a severe way in Africa as well as in other regions of the global South. Centuries of exploitation have weakened the resilience of these regions and in tackling climate change these historical facts must be addressed. One way of addressing this is by the payment of climate debt to make the needed financial and technological resources available to these vulnerable regions.
The Conference of Parties at Copenhagen and the following one at Cancun did not generate outcomes consistent with scientific warnings that the world faces a severe climate crisis. Copenhagen ended with an accord spearheaded by President Barack Obama of the United States with the backing of the BASIC countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) concocted in a 'Green Room' dreamed up by Denmark's conservative ruling party. In that room, Patrick Bond recalled, were 26 countries 'cherry-picked to represent the world. When even that small group deadlocked, allegedly due to Chinese intransigence and the overall weak parameters set by the US, the five leaders (Obama, Lula da Silva, Jacob Zuma, Manmohan Singh, and Wen Jiabao) attempted a face-saving last gasp at planetary hygiene.'12
The demand of climate justice is that those who created the climate problem must be the ones to mitigate it, and in the process must transform their economies and societies.13 There are two ways to go about making this happen. First, rich nations must reduce rapacious consumption patterns and address the climate crisis with real solutions and not ones that have been seen to be false. Second, the rich nations have to support the poor nations who are being forced to adapt to a situation they did not create. One practical way of making that happen is through support for sustainable, green development paths.
Among governments, the Bolivians have made the clearest call for climate justice while India and China have used related arguments to defend their growth paths. At a time when the world has been calling for a curtailment of polluting industrial establishments, China has been building new coal-fired power plants at a prodigious rate.14 It is interesting to note that while China is massively expanding its coal-powered plants, it is also quickly assuming leadership in the utilisation of wind power. The discourse on how much both China and India must do in tackling global warming must not overlook the fact that vast numbers of people in both India and China still require electricity supply and that meeting that gap requires huge financial outlays.
Following the catastrophic outcome of the United Nations climate negotiations held in Copenhagen in December 2009, President Evo Morales of Bolivia announced that the world would meet in Bolivia for a thorough and inclusive discussion on this vital issue.
The summit, held in Cochabamba in April 2010, attracted 35,000 participants from 140 countries. The summit stood in sharp contrast to the Copenhagen event in many ways. First, this was an assembly of governments and peoples. In Copenhagen no effort was spared in keeping civil society out of the conference: the conference was marked by lockouts of civil society, detentions of climate activists and outright brutality towards non-violent protesters on the streets. In Cochabamba the police were offering assistance and were also participants. Whereas Copenhagen showed a disdain for the voices of the people, Cochabamba was about raising the voices of the people. The only similarity between the events is that they were both held in cities whose names start with letter 'C' followed by nine letters.
The key outcome of the Cochabamba conference was the People's Agreement. This agreement demanded that countries cut their emissions by at least 50 per cent at source in the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013–17), without recourse to offsets and other carbon trading schemes. In terms of finance, the People's Agreement demands that developed countries commit 6 per cent of their GDP to finance adaptation and mitigation needs. The financial suggestions of the Copenhagen Accord are a drop in the ocean compared to what is needed to secure vulnerable peoples and nations. The peoples of the world also affirmed that there is a climate debt that must be recognised and paid. The payment is not all about finance but principally about decolonising the atmospheric space and redistributing the meagre space left. Developed countries already occupy 80 per cent of the space.
The climate debt is also about taking actions needed to restore the natural cycles of Mother Earth and one clear way of achieving this will be through the proclamation of a Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth, with clear obligations for humans. Bolivia is in the forefront of promoting the adoption of this declaration at the United Nations. The People's Agreement recognises that the causes of climate change are systemic and that systemic changes are needed to tackle them. On this note, the model of civilisation that is hinged on uncontrolled development can only compound the crisis. The world needs to move towards living well and not continue on the path of domination of others and of conspicuous and wasteful consumption.
An area glossed over in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations is the role of industrial agriculture in climate change. The People's Conference debated this key sector and reached the agreement that the way to a sustainable future is through the enthronement of food sovereignty based on agro-ecological agricultural systems. The issue of access to water being a human right was also affirmed by the people and later on in the year by the United Nations.
In all, the People's Agreement recognises that real strategies to tackle climate change must be based on the principles of equity and justice in dealing with the structural causes. Without climate justice it will also clearly be impossible to achieve the much talked about Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Cochabamba resonated with calls for urgently securing the rights of Mother Earth as a means of reconfiguring our relationship with the earth and with each other – in a way that respects the past, today and the future. All these will be a pipe dream unless peoples' sovereignty is supported, restored or built across the world. Cochabamba was a turning point in the march to transform our world from the path of conflict, competition, exploitation and domination to a path of solidarity and dignity. It held a ray of hope for Africa.
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I posted this excerpt from this article because it hits the nail on the head about the mechanisms involved in the schemes being put forth by industrialized nations, the World Bank and corporations (industrial agriculture especially) looking to use this planetary emergency as a way to profit from it without really doing anything to address it. And that includes our seeds and water. Our voices now can make a dfference and they must be heard.In this extract from his book, To Cook A Continent, Nnimmo Bassey argues that climate... more
From Earth Island Journal and Maureen Mitra. I am heartened and feel affirmed in reading this article posted to Alternet. I have been saying for some time that we have reached the tipping point and we are not prepared. The conversation is out there. How would you deal with the changes where you live? Having an emergency kit handy will no longer cut it. There is some good news regarding this administration. Obama has done alot behind the scenes to promote an environmental stance in departments. It is worth reading.From Earth Island Journal and Maureen Mitra. I am heartened and feel affirmed in... more
It all ends here. A review of the final Harry Potter installment Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.It all ends here. A review of the final Harry Potter installment Harry Potter and the... more
And we have to stop allowing the same people to shut this conversation down. We are no where near prepared for adaptation and what this will bring in the future, nevermind the present. Even if we completely stopped greenhouse gas emissions today, what we have already put up in the atmosphere over the last century would continue to play out. And yet, we continue to spew out 70 million tons of this every day as if it doesn't matter and continue listening to those whose political and economic lives depend on making this a rote issue. Well it isn't rote, and it is now upon us. And this government is doing nothing. And that is simply unacceptable. And that will be a consideration when I vote in any election.
"Joplin, Mo., was prepared. The tornado warning system gave residents 24 minutes’ notice that a twister was bearing down on them. Doctors and nurses at St. John’s Regional Medical Center, who had practiced tornado drills for years, moved fast, getting patients away from windows, closing blinds, and activating emergency generators. And yet more than 130 people died in Joplin, including four people at St. John’s, where the tornado sucked up the roof and left the building in ruins, like much of the shattered city.
Even those who deny the existence of global climate change are having trouble dismissing the evidence of the last year. In the U.S. alone, nearly 1,000 tornadoes have ripped across the heartland, killing more than 500 people and inflicting $9 billion in damage. The Midwest suffered the wettest April in 116 years, forcing the Mississippi to flood thousands of square miles, even as drought-plagued Texas suffered the driest month in a century. Worldwide, the litany of weather’s extremes has reached biblical proportions. The 2010 heat wave in Russia killed an estimated 15,000 people. Floods in Australia and Pakistan killed 2,000 and left large swaths of each country under water. A months-long drought in China has devastated millions of acres of farmland. And the temperature keeps rising: 2010 was the hottest year on earth since weather records began.
From these and other extreme-weather events, one lesson is sinking in with terrifying certainty. The stable climate of the last 12,000 years is gone. Which means you haven’t seen anything yet. And we are not prepared.
Picture California a few decades from now, a place so hot and arid the state’s trademark orange and lemon trees have been replaced with olive trees that can handle the new climate. Alternating floods and droughts have made it impossible for the reservoirs to capture enough drinking water. The picturesque Highway 1, sections of which are already periodically being washed out by storm surges and mudslides, will have to be rerouted inland, possibly through a mountain. These aren’t scenes from another deadly-weather thriller like The Day After Tomorrow. They’re all changes that California officials believe they need to brace for within the next decade or two. And they aren’t alone. Across the U.S., it’s just beginning to dawn on civic leaders that they’ll need to help their communities brave coming dangers brought by climate change, from disappearing islands in Chesapeake Bay to dust bowls in the Plains and horrific hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico. Yet only 14 states are even planning, let alone implementing, climate-change adaptation plans, says Terri Cruce, a climate consultant in California. The other 36 apparently are hoping for a miracle.
The game of catch-up will have to happen quickly because so much time was lost to inaction. “The Bush administration was a disaster, but the Obama administration has accomplished next to nothing either, in part because a significant part of the Democratic Party is inclined to balk on this issue as well,” says economist Jeffrey Sachs, head of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. “We [are] past the tipping point.” The idea of adapting to climate change was once a taboo subject. Scientists and activists feared that focusing on coping would diminish efforts to reduce carbon emissions. On the opposite side of the divide, climate-change deniers argued that since global warming is a “hoax,” there was no need to figure out how to adapt. “Climate-change adaptation was a nonstarter,” says Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center. “If you wanted to talk about that, you would have had to talk about climate change itself, which the Bush administration didn’t want to do.” In fact, President Bush killed what author Mark Hertsgaard in his 2011 book, Hot, calls “a key adaptation tool,” the National Climate Assessment, an analysis of the vulnerabilities in regions of the U.S. and ideas for coping with them. The legacy of that: state efforts are spotty and local action is practically nonexistent. “There are no true adaptation experts in the federal government, let alone states or cities,” says Arroyo. “They’ve just been commandeered from other departments.”
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At this point, we don’t even have to open with a statement like “comic book movies are all the rage these days” because these days, films based on comics are as commonplace as a drama, an action film or a bad romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston that will undoubtedly perform poorly at the box office, leaving executives scratching their heads wondering why America’s Girl Next Door didn’t pull ‘em in this time. But we digress…
Just because we see a lot of funny book films grace the silver screen doesn’t mean they’re all good. Actually, sometimes it seems like the vast majority of them are kind of mediocre with only a mere handful rising up to “awesome” status. For every Dark Knight or Iron Man, there’s an Elektra, Ghost Rider, Fantastic Four, Catwoman or… well, you get the point.
In order to remedy this situation, Mania has compiled a list of simple rules to follow when adapting a comic book property to film. It’s fairly simple and should be common sense. Should be, but quite often isn’t. Since most comic to film adaptations involve superheroes, our list will be a bit skewed toward the metahuman set. But with a little imagination, you should be able to apply these rules to any film adaptation.
Read a Comic Book
Obviously graphic novels and film are two very different mediums and despite what the uninitiated and uninformed might tell you, comic books aren’t “just like storyboards, but with words.” But if you’re going to turn sequential art into live-action, it might help to understand a bit about the medium you’re adapting and why we love it so much. Does that mean we want to see literal, panel-for-panel recreations of a comic book? Well, if it works, sure; but don’t feel like you have to. Does it mean a writer or director has to come equipped with a detailed knowledge of Spider-Man’s continuity before beginning work? Not necessarily, but we won’t argue if you do. Overall, we just want you to have at least a basic knowledge of how and why these characters work and a healthy respect for the source material if you’re going to get paid to make a movie about it.
Get the Tone Right
So you’ve read a few Flash comics and you’ve gotten to know the character, right? You understand what makes him tick, what drives him and why he does what he does, right? So clearly you must understand how incredibly stupid it sounds when you say that you’re drawing inspiration from films like Silence of the Lambs and Se7en when writing the Flash screenplay, right? Right?
Batman is dark and brooding. It makes sense to put him in a dark world full of moral ambiguity where he can fight for justice while brooding in the shadows and acting all spooky-like. Superman is a source of inspiration for us all, a shining pinnacle to which we can all aspire. Having him cry in his beer and use his x-ray vision to spy on his old girlfriend? Well, that’s not really too inspiring, nor does it give us much hope for mankind.
If you wanna make a superhero version of Se7en, adapt something dark and creepy. Maybe Spawn. But if you wanna make a Flash movie, make a Flash movie.
Respect the Characters/Respect the Readers
For years, X-Men fans dreamed of seeing the merry mutants on the big screen. When they finally got their wish, they found that while director Bryan Singer got the overall concept right, he struggled with the details. Rather than getting the conflicted yet brave Scott Summers they’d been reading about for 30+ years, they got a whiny bitch. Remember how we all loved seeing Nightcrawler act as a swashbuckling, Errol Flynn-esque character in the comics? Remember how he was depicted as a morose freak obsessed with religious scarification in the movie?
How many Christians would be thrilled with the concept of Jesus depicted as an unforgiving, gun-toting jerk in a movie adaptation? Okay, maybe a few… okay, maybe a few more than we’re comfortable with. But overall, most folks would be upset if a filmmaker took their Lord and Savior in such an uncharacteristic direction. Hollywood needs to realize that in a sense, comics are our religion and that handling these characters in such an improper way is tantamount to blasphemy. Or to put it in layman’s terms: if you’re gonna do it, do it right. If you don’t know the difference between Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy, maybe you shouldn’t include both of them in a movie.
Don’t Be a Slave to the Page
All that stuff we just said about respecting the source material, treating these characters with love and staying true to the comic books upon which they are based? It’s not worth spit if you aren’t willing to take some chances and put your own spin on things. Remember who’s in charge here.
The danger of having a fanboy in charge of a comic adaptation is the tendency to want to adhere so closely to the source material that it doesn’t properly translate to film. These are two separate mediums we’re talking about here, folks -- some things have to be altered. Not only that, most of these characters have been reimagined many times over the course of their history, so it only makes sense that they’d be reimagined again when making the jump from the printed page to the big screen.
Don’t worry about those folks who will nitpick the details in Iron Man’s armor or complain that Wolverine’s too tall. The key here is to not make unnecessary changes that will only convolute the script or water down the essence of the character, like making the Hulk’s dad the Absorbing Man or putting the Punisher in Florida.
For God’s Sake, Keep the Masks On!
You’re making a superhero movie? Superheroes wear masks. You’re starring in a superhero movie? Well, you’d better get used to wearing a mask. Check your ego at the door and learn that an actor acts. Hell, Hugo Weaving never did take that mask off in V for Vendetta, and we’re pretty sure it didn’t hurt his career. Stallone, on the other hand, still hasn’t gotten the egg off of his face for the whole Judge Dredd thing, and while it was clever when Spider-Man ended the first movie without a mask, but it was a joke by the second one and embarrassing by the third. This might seem like a minor, nitpicky thing but… hey, that’s what we do. And comics (and superheroes) are what we love. It all goes back to that “respecting the characters and the fans” thing we mentioned earlier.
What each and every one of these rules boils down to is toeing a fine line between a filmmaker putting their own mark on a creation and staying true to the spirit of said creation. Richard Donner introduced the idea that Superman’s logo was a family crest -- that’s not the kind of thing we’re going to nitpick over, as it enhances the character and the story. Nipples on a batsuit or the inclusion of Absorbing Dad? Unnecessary and over-the-top. No matter what you do, someone on the internet will bitch about it, but if you treat these characters with the same love and respect that we do (and a bit less of the obsession), then you’ll do just fine.
http://www.mania.com/5-rules-for-adapting-comic-book-to-film_article_127691.htmlAt this point, we don’t even have to open with a statement like “comic... more
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A review of the most recent entry in The Chronicles of Narnia movie franchise, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.A review of the most recent entry in The Chronicles of Narnia movie franchise, The... more
The new trailer for the comedy Gulliver’s Travels film is out. The cast list looks interesting and a modernisation of the classic tale is a difficult area to go. So will this be a comedy family hit? or fail. Could go either way IMO, though night at the museum creators have struck gold before.The new trailer for the comedy Gulliver’s Travels film is out. The cast list... more
After penning the popular Swedish vampire novel Let the Right One In which spawned both a foreign and American adaptation, it looks like another horror novel from author John Ajvide Lindqvist might be heading to the big screen. In the same 24 Frames article talking about Universal’s acquisition of the remake rights for The Troll Hunter and the recent Scandinavian influence on the industry, it’s also revealed that Lindqvist’s novel Handling the Undead will soon be shopped around to U.S. studios to strike a film deal. Though the prospect of another unique story in the zombie category is enticing, Frank Darabont may have already done that.
http://www.moviesreviews2010.com/viewers-soon-handling-the-undead-by-john-ajvide-lindqvist/After penning the popular Swedish vampire novel Let the Right One In which spawned... more
Scarlett Johansson is director Cameron Crowe’s numero uno choice for the female lead of his next movie We Bought A Zoo.
Having bagged Matt Damon as Benjamin Mee, a widowed pa who purchases a run-down English zoo, Crowe is now looking to cast a female lead to play opposite him.
http://www.moviesreviews2010.com/scarlett-johansson-confirms-we-bought-a-zoo/Scarlett Johansson is director Cameron Crowe’s numero uno choice for the female... more
Brett and Ellen review "For Colored Girls," filmmaker Tyler Perry's adaptation of a lauded 1975 play starring Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Thandie Newton and Phylicia Rashad as an interrelated group of women in Harlem. Neither Brett nor Ellen have much love for this high profile project.
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infoMania is a half-hour satirical news show that airs on Current TV. The show puts a comedic spin on the 24-hour chaos and information overload brought about by the constant bombardment of the media. Hosted by Conor Knighton and co-starring Brett Erlich, Erin Gibson, Ben Hoffman, Bryan Safi and Sergio Cilli, the show airs on Thursdays at 11/10c on Current TV.
Go to http://current.com/infomania for more, and make sure to check out our Facebook profile for special features at http://facebook.com/infomania.Brett and Ellen review "For Colored Girls," filmmaker Tyler Perry's... more
A review for the Swedish thriller The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, the third and final film in the Millenium trilogy starring Noomi Rapace.A review for the Swedish thriller The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, the... more
On Monday, October 25th, I traveled downtown to see a screening for the Swedish thriller The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which is the third and final film in the Millenium trilogy.On Monday, October 25th, I traveled downtown to see a screening for the Swedish... more