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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Coming down the pike

Here are a few things coming out soon or in the not-too-distant future that I'm pretty excited about. Perhaps you will be, too.

Carte Blanche, the new James Bond novel by Jeffery Deaver, was just released in England and will be available in the United States on Tuesday, June 14. Unlike previous writers who wrote James Bond novels in the wake of creator Ian Fleming's 14 Bond adventures, Deaver isn't writing about the same James Bond who fought Golfinger, SPECTRE, etc., but a totally rebooted Bond who's newly active in our modern era (he gained much of his experience in the current Afghan war, for example). If nothing else, Deaver's take should be interesting to see. Carte Blanche will be available on Kindle for $12.99.

On the movie front, director Tim Burton's Dark Shadows is now in production and has an official release date: May 11, 2012, which is incidentally my birthday. The film stars, among other top-notch talent, Johnny Depp as vampire Barnabas Collins and Helena Bonham Carter as his uneasy ally, Dr. Julia Hoffman. The movie is an update of the classic 1960's gothic soap opera. This should be good spooky fun.

In the wake of his highly successful Lord of the Rings movies, director Peter Jackson will return to the world of Middle Earth with a two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. The first film will be called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and will appear in theaters on December 14, 2012. The story will conclude in The Hobbit: There and Back Again, coming out roughly a year later on December 13, 2013. If you want to acquaint or reacquaint yourself with the original literary source, The Hobbit is currently available on Kindle for $9.99. Pictured is the cover artwork from one of the numerous paperback editions of The Hobbit.

So, any of you folks looking forward to one or more of these upcoming releases like I am?

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