God Hates Fangs
Okay, because you remember how 50 Shades of Grey was actually based on Twilight erotic fan fiction? So there’s your connection right there. Also, we didn’t want to write two separate posts about these items, because The Observer is not into Vampires anymore. Or werewolves or shape-shifters or witches or any other kind of “come out of the coffin” clumsy supernatural metaphors for disenfranchised minorities.
Yech. Put a stake in that! Also put a stake in all those terrible vampire puns. (God Hates Fangs was clever for the first season, season and a half tops, and having vampires say that anything “sucks” is just lazy writing.)
So here’s the good news: 50 Shades of Grey has finally cast its two leads. No more speculation! Bad news: We have no idea who these people are. But more good news! True Blood is finally drawing to a merciful close in 2014. So there won’t be anymore of this:
Todd A. Kessler was the boy genius of the Sopranos writers’ room. In 1999, he wrote a teleplay, “D-Girl,” about a gangster who writes a screenplay (You Bark, I Bite) that was so good, it changed the rules of dark comedy on television. He was 26. It was the first Sopranos episode he’d done. By 2000, his standing at the show had risen to the point that rumor named him as the successor-in-waiting to David Chase, the Sopranos creator. The two became friends. That summer, when an episode they co-wrote was nominated for an Emmy, Mr. Kessler was elated. Still, he can’t have been much surprised. The episode, “Funhouse,” the last of the second season, is a brilliant piece of writing. The surprise came 10 minutes after the nomination was announced, when Mr. Chase phoned up Mr. Kessler and fired him. He was stunned. “The timing isn’t great,” Mr. Chase admitted during the call. Mr. Kessler wept, and although he obtained a reprieve, it didn’t last.
Had he been fired for being too good? The next act of Mr. Kessler’s career suggested that this possibility hadn’t escaped him. In 2007, he created Damages, an Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning drama about a litigator who brutalizes her protégé. It was “based,” Brett Martin writes in his new book, Difficult Men, “in no small part on [Mr. Kessler’s] experiences working on The Sopranos.” Nor was its creator the only Sopranos alumnus whose later success involved getting even. Mr. Chase had a talent for inflicting the kind of trauma that results in a trip to the podium.
HBO executives announced today that they have purchased the rights to Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 hit book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”
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From The Washington Post‘s review of Ms. Skloot’s non-fiction Read More
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“I sold myself to television and moved out here,” he explained on the phone from California. “I mean—I love L.A., but Read More
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