- The Mummy 3 is in the works. Looks like Jet Li will be the bad guy and it's being written by Smallville's Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, which is all fine. Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, xXx) is directing and that's okay too. I'm just concerned that Stephen Sommers' producing credit means that we'll still get cheap, video-game-quality special effects for it. But maybe that's Cohen's call and I just don't know enough about how movies are made. Actually, if it is Cohen's decision to make, I'm very happy about that because the effects in his other adventure movies have been pretty darn cool.
- In his review of the new releases of Double Indemnity and the 3-volume Film Noir Classic Collection, Stanley Crouch of The Slate also gives a nice overview of the film noir genre and why it became so popular in the late '40s.
- Sometimes I wish I lived in LA. Then I could go to the Elk's Run release party to celebrate the collected edition of this excellent graphic novel.
- Siskoid's Blog of Geekery should be called Blog of Awesomeness. He's been reviewing every episode of Star Trek, including the cartoon series, and is up into the movies now. I'm hoping he keeps it going through Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and the others. He also sprinkles in plenty of comics posts for variety. This is a blog I'm going to have to go back and read from its beginning.
- Grant Gould's got another Learn to Draw installment on StarWars.com. This one on drawing R2-D2.
- There's a conversation going on right now about the ethics of downloading comics for free. Tom Spurgeon summarizes my feelings on it exactly.
Writing is Hard
- Just discovered a cool site called First Writer with lots of advice and resources for beginning writers. They help find agents, publishers, contests, magazine markets, and lots of other stuff.
Stuff Nobody Cares About But Me
- Men in Trees has been renewed for another season. Yeah, it's a girly show, but it's got great dialogue and interesting characters. I like it as much as I liked the first couple of seasons of Gilmore Girls, and that's a lot. (In that same link, Lost and Grey's Anatomy have also been renewed, but those are news to nobody.)