My tour stop today is with the multi-talented Samantha Redstreake Geary. This one is really special! Samantha is very connected with the music industry, and today’s spot features music by composer Steve Jablonsky. (He’s worked on soundtracks for the Transformers movies, The Island, etc.) So please hop over and see what Jablonsky scores match best with Dragon of the Stars!
A to Z Challenge – Cult Classics – H
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Based on the magazine, this movie brought artists together from around the world. Released in 1981 and featuring a great soundtrack, it became the subject of many midnight showings.
One of Peter Jackson’s first efforts, this dark and twisted film is based on a real event. Released in 1994, it was nominated for an Academy Award and marked the debut of actress Kate Winslet.
One of his biggest commercial hits, this 1982 release spawned numerous hits, including There’s Only One Way to Rock.
Science Fiction Books –
Originally a BBC Radio 4 broadcast, it became a series of books, stage shows, television series, computer game, comic books, and a movie.
This dystopian novel won the Governor General’s Award and the very first Arthur C. Clark Award, and has been adapted for film, stage, radio, and opera.
You want to read dynamic poetry? Want to follow one of the most precise and knowledgeable poets on the Internet? Then Hank is your #1 guy!
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Want to expand your knowledge? Want to know details about Britain, art, food, causes, and more? Then this delightful Dame is who you need to visit!
Want a little magic? Want a touch of farm life, pop culture, books, and all with a bit of humor? Then Huntress (a.k.a. author C. D. Coffelt) is your gal!
Dragon of the Stars Term –
Aden’s home world, Hyrath is over eighty percent water, with the bulk of her land mass located near the equator. The oceans are their greatest resource, as the many varieties of kelp provide energy, food, and drugs. Hyrath is governed by a council composed of leaders from each district, and overseen by the Queen. They also possess the strongest fleet in the galaxy.
Dragon of the Stars is out now!
Check out the site What Are the Kargrandes? for clues as to how they tie into the story.
And there is a Scavenger Hunt! An autographed copy of the book, bookmarks and swag, and $20.00 iTunes gift cards to the winner. Just visit the sites below and leave a comment – where do you think Mini-Alex is in the photo? Open until midnight April 11 – winner announced here April 13. Now go!Melissa Maygrove * Eva Solar * Father Dragon Al * Suzanne Furness * Karen Walker * Dianne Salerni * Christine Rains * Nick Wilford * EE Giorgi * Murees Dupe * L Diane Wolfe * Helena * Tyrean Martinson * Robin * Heather Gardner * Jo * Lynda Young * SL Hennessy * Toi Thomas * Lori MacLaughlin * Jess at Author Tracker, * Truedessa, * Annalisa Crawford, * Patricia Lynne, * Lisa at Flash Fiction, * Julie Flanders, * Julie Kemp Pick, * Nicki Elson, * Mark Koopmans, * Sydney Aaliyah!
Time for some movie remakes!
From JoBlo -
Deadline reports that the studio has selected Carl Ellsworth to write a new draft of the GREMLINS reboot which is being produced by Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus.
Due out July 24, 2015 is the remake of Poltergeist, staring Jarred Harris and Sam Rockwell.
And they are also remaking Pete’s Dragon and Ben Hur.
That’s right folks – they have run out of ideas in Hollywood!
Familiar with those H movies? Fan of the Red Rocker? (Or his tequila?) Following those awesome bloggers? Found every Mini-Alex yet? And do you think those movies should be remade…?
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Both Hank and Hilary are wonderful bloggers in their different fields of blogging.
Great H word Alex, Have a nice day.
Loved Hitchhikers Guide, and have all four books in the trilogy. I even loved the television version (which is very rare for my television phobic self.
Remakes are mostly a mistake.
Off to visit featured bloggers.
I'm curious, will the K-day of "A to Z challange" tell us what the Kargrandes are? ;)
Heavenly Creatures was pretty disturbing. The Handmaid's Tale was the second Margaret Atwood book I ever read. And Hilary is a wonderful, verbose, supportive blogger.
Happy H Day, Alex :-)
I don't find any of those re-makes appealing. There are so many books that would make great movies - how about "Running With Scissors"? Or "Middlesex"? Or the Cassa trilogy by that guy...what's his name... ;)
I love Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
I've read both Hitchhiker's Guide and The Handmaid's Tale. One of the details that sticks in my mind from the latter book is how Offred had to use butter to moisturize her hands.
I really enjoy books/movies based on true events!
Elephant, I've seen very few remakes that worked.
Zoltan, I will certainly talk about them!
Annalisa, even more disturbing that it was based on a true story.
Lisa, that would be awesome!
I just heard about Roma Downey & hubby are remaking Ben Hur!!! I hope they don't destroy it. I love the first one with Charlton Heston, a classic.
Wow, Heavy Metal. Haven't thought about that in years! And they're going to remake Gremlins? No. If they really want new ideas for Hollywood, there are a bunch of us overflowing with original ones right here! :)
So good to be back on your blog, Alex. I've been offline and writing the past month-- and have missed all the buzz! All the best with your book, just bought me a copy.
Great names and titles today. I always enjoy visiting Hilary's blog, she's such a nice blogger. I'll have to check out the others as well. :)
Okay, Jablonsky is awesome... Heavy Metal is awesome...it was my first adult cartoon film I think I had seem. The world was a bigger place and I knew I was in the world. The score to HM is great.
So much cool things in today's post, one stop shop for everything. and and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.... yeah!
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Ahhh, yes, good old Hitchhikers Guide. Who can forget that? I'll stop by Hilary's site today and check it out.
I am all over your book choices today. Both classics. Handmaid's Tale still gives me shivers, especially as I feel there is a sect of people trying to make it come true.
I'm so glad to see Hilary featured today! Her blog topics are wonderful.
Do you know I STILL haven't read Hitchhiker's Guide? Must remedy that.
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of the funniest things I've ever read.
I'd consider seeing what they do with Poltergeist - the original terrified me. But I draw the line at Gremlins, just like I did with the Dirty Dancing and Footloose remakes. Ugh.
And I really want to re-read a handful of Atwood's books.
The Handmaid's Tale - now there is a great book. I read that one over and over; the whole concept got to me.
Many years ago, in England, I used to listen to Hitchhiker's. Never saw the movie though.
Hilary is one of my favourites. The first two blogs I go to every day, yours and Hilary's.
I really need to watch more movies. Sammy has created some really great music. Hitchhikers Guide will always be a classic. Hilary and Huntress are some really great bloggers. And Hyrath sounds like an intriguing home.
I've always wanted to read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. :)
A re-make of Poltergeist interests me. But I had nightmares after the first one. EEK.
thank you so much for the shout out. Love finding new friends and seeing who is who on your blogger bulletin board.
(btw. bought Dragon. Reading. Can't talk. Or type. or...well do just about anything right now)
When I was in college, there was a movie theater on campus that showed movies for free (or cheap?) one night a week. Heavy Metal was one of the movies. That was the first (and only) time I saw the movie. The sad part is, we didn't even drink before going. That was definitely a movie you want to see while under the influence in some way!
Cathrina, it is a classic.
Christine - yeah!
Damy, thank you!
Jeremy, I can't turn it off. Just ignore the robot question.
Madeline, I'm not even going to see the Poltergeist remake.
Jo, appreciate that!
Carol, you're welcome. And thank! Glad it has you engrossed.
I didn't know Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was originally a BBC Radio broadcast. The things you learn blogging! I enjoy Hillary's blog. I've learned a lot of things there, too.
Hitchhiker's Guide is hysterical! I've have The Handmaid's Tale on my to read list for ages. It's time to get with it. And Hilary, love visiting her blog. It's like taking mini-vacations in Britain!
You just gotta love Sammy Hagar and Hitchhikers. I actually met Margaret Atwood in college and listened to her speak about writing Handmaid's. It's one of my most enduring memories as a writer. She's was phenomenal.
Hitch-hiker's Guide rocks! Do you have your babblefish and a towel? :)
And the Handmaid's Tale was deeply disturbing, but I'm not sure I liked it.
As for those remakes - not Pete's Dragon! I like the old one - even if the special affects are silly.
BTW - I read Dragon of the Stars last night. I was sucked in by your awesome character development and universe-building and I just kept reading. I'll try to write a more coherent review later today or tomorrow. Great book, Alex! (Awesome plot twist!)
Hyrath sounds fascinating. Would it be fun to go vacationing there with all those oceans? :) ... okay I'll read it asap so I can get my answer lol
Loved Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!
I've never seen Heavenly Creatures - but now I want to!
You couldn't listed more wonderful books than Hitcher's Guide and Handmaid's Tale. Loved them both. I visit Hilary all the time. Her information is priceless.. She's priceless.
I had Standing Hampton and played it loud and often. A true cult classic!
And only a matter of time before Ben Hur was remade. I heard Hollywood was remaking Birdman, Selma, and American Sniper this year.
It's not that they've run out of ideas in Hollywood, it's that they are afraid of new ones and new artists. Stick to the safe remakes. Bleh.
I bought the Hitchhiker's Guide for my son, the big reader, he devoured it. I need to read it next. Also, on my list is the Handmaid's tail.
You sure are working hard this April!!!
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Congrats on your book release! I will feature it as soon as I can with a few of my other fave choices!!! The movie Heavenly Creatures sounds interesting. Never saw it.
I actually didn't see Heavy Metal until a couple of years ago. I bet I would have loved it when I was young, but as an adult it seemed pretty flawed.
I still have yet to watch Heavy Metal.
I really hope Gremlins get into their computers and erase everything to do with remakes.
Is there a letter in which does not exist in your book? I'm impressed! xD
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Anyone who knows me knows that Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy helped shape me when I was growing up. I also love Heavy Metal. Great music, and I find the stories entertaining.
The writing and voice in A Handmaid's Tale is extraordinary. I went to a talk by Margaret Atwood and got a book signed. It was so cool.
Remake Gremlins? Poltergeist? Sacrilege! Will CGIs really make these any better than the original? Whatever. I guess they have run out of ideas, which is a shame. With all the great books out there, you would think they could come up with something.
I just love HGTTG! Teaching the other day one of my students asked me a question - the answer was 42, so instead I said 'it's the answer to ....' and she didn't have a clue what I was talking about! I felt old LOL! x
There are already three versions of Ben-Hur, my favorite being the 1925 version with Ramón Novarro. Why must there suddenly be a fourth? I remember seeing Gremlins at the Cape Cod drive-in with my parents when I was four years old, and can't imagine that one being remade either. Although I might be interested in a remake if they were from the POV of a minor character in one of those films, not the same exact story with different actors and costumes.
Often the movies have so much better CGI that they look prettier but that doesn't mean the remakes are better. Great picks on books for H. Didn't watch either of those movies.
I read the Hitchhiker,s Guide bookd when I was a student. Great books. The answer is 42 >:)
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FUN post today! Steve should swing by after LA coffee time kicks in:) Your storytelling and his music fit perfectly! Wishing you rave reviews & musical Muse!
Re-making Ben Hur? Exodus was badly done. It is sad to think of what Hollywood will do to Ben Hur. Sounds like a fun guest post over at Samantha's!
Love Hilary's blog!
I didn't get around to reading Hitchhiker's Guide till a few years ago. Loved all the books in the series!
I've met one of the real women who was portrayed in Heavenly Creatures. She's a famous writer now, and always attends the conference I go to.
Handmaid's Tale is a pretty disturbing book. :) As for the remakes, Poltergeist could probably benefit from new effects, but with so many writers out there, I wish studios would take more chances on the new.
I always enjoy Hilary's blog site! I had a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy but can't find it now that you've reminded me!
Remaking Ben Hur? Are they crazy? Some things should be left alone. Of course there was a version before the Charlton Heston one so maybe I don't know what I'm talking about.
Jenn, now you know!
Lauren, that's really cool.
Tyrean, wow!! Thank you. That just made my day.
Stephen, they are wasting no time with those remakes.
Charles, that one is due for a remake.
Pat - yes!
Tamara, that's cool. The special effects are still good in those films.
Suzanne, you need to have your class read that book.
Thanks again, Samantha!
Roland, very sad.
JH, that's freaky.
Thanks Alex so much for giving me a shout out ..
.. and thanks to your commenters who've endorsed your shout out for the blog - really appreciate it.
Especially as I usually flounder here in unknown territories of movies, books, bloggers, puzzles et al!!
Remakes seem to be the order of the day at the moment - the Beeb too is doing it .. congratulations on all you're doing this month .. cheers Hilary
Hilary's blog is one of my favorites, and I strongly encourage people to check it out. Once you start following, you'll likely be hooked! Congrats on the release of your book, Alex.
My husband and son read Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy together, it sounded really good!
I'm surprised that I've never heard of any of your "H" bloggers. I thought I was pretty well versed with the Blog-o-Sphere--looks like I have to get around a bit more!!
I enjoy Hilary's blog, her A-Z posts are awesome...and strangely never occurred to me to think of The Handmaid's Tale as Sci-Fi...till now
I think I saw Heavenly Creatures...? And that it was completely underwhelming.
Heavenly Creatures was a very strange movie, I thought at the time but later when I read the true life account of these girls, it wasn't the movie that was strange, they were. So weird that one of them went on to become a very famous author. Yay for Hilary! I love her posts. She should make them into a book.
Alex, you continue to amaze me with your energy.
I always learn something when I visit Hilary.
I love Hilary's blog!
Hubby saw Hagar and said it was one of the best concert's he's attended.
So many awesome new movies, bloggers and Music to catch up with here. I'm keeping up with the A to Z challenge exploring strange new blogs, seeking out new bloggie buddies, boldly going - record scratch.
Great choices for H - Heavenly Creatures sounds exciting.
Never got into Hitchhikers Guide??? You missed out one of my two favourite H's Buddy Holly!!!
I absolutely love Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Such in-depth yet crazy writing. It's been a big influence on some of my writing.
I am so tired of all the movie remakes. STAAAAHP!
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Heavy Metal is my guilty pleasure movie. I even named my D&D character Taarna.
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Hilary! She's one of my regular commentors. Lovely lady. Great to see her mentioned.
Very few movies should be remade. This should only maybe happen when the first movie was crappy but the script or book was good. I'll visit those bloggers. I don't think I've met them.
Keep soaring, Alex.
Great picks on all fronts. Hitchhiker's is such a classic, Hilary is a great friend, and Heavenly Creatures is a great film. Lay off the remakes!
Wow, look at you! You're an author.. wow! I know an author.. this really picked up my day. Love your Post you have here. I would love to read a book of yours are they in Kindle? I really can't afford to buy books, but my kids pitched in for a Kindle for me last Christmas and now I can afford those a lot of them are free too. hehehe But I can only read certain kinds because reading puts me to sleep, but not when they're like about ghosts or Harry Potter stuff or fantasy, mythology that kind of stuff. hehehe I even like a few of Stephen King like The Gunslinger I love all seven books!!! Anyway thank you kind sir for stopping by my blog. I am following you and it's very nice to meet you! :) HUGS
I'm a big fan of Heavy Metal and Hitchhiker's. Love them both!
I knew about the reboot of Poltergeist...but Pete's Dragon and Ben Hur??? NOOOOOOOO!
I can't even imagine a remake of Ben Hur. I'm glad you've chosen to spotlight Hilary! She's such a wonderful person who always goes above and beyond to educate and entertain us. She most certainly is a "delightful Dame!"
You'd think with all the great books there are out there Hollywood would have lots of material to work with for new movies. What do I know though? :)
Wow, you've brought a lot of things to my attention. I'm delighted to say Hilary and I have connected because of A-Z!
Hilary, you are welcome! People really dig your blog.
Karen, I know! The whole thing was odd.
Joy, I may be running on fumes right now.
Rosey, I've seen him and he puts on a great show.
Ray, a bit before my time I'm afraid.
Robyn, and sadly even those remakes tend to suck...
Hey Marie! Thanks for the follow. My books are all available for Kindle.
Jay, I know!!!!!
Currently reading about Hyrath:)
Heavy Metal, wow. I remember having no idea what was going on in that movie. I'm thrilled to see the Handmaid's Tale there, too. One of the best, in my opinion.
I thought "Heavenly Creatures" was a great movie. Love Hitchhikers-too funny. Hollywood has run out of imagination a long time ago. Actually if they would look at some of the old stars, they could make some great films just from their stories
The Handmaid's Tale was one of the most depressing books I've ever read, but it's also become iconic and famous as an allegory for how women might be treated in a fundamentalist society.
Love Steve Jablonsky's music. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – forever!
Hate to think I'm slowing down - I'm getting older, Alex.
Sandra, thank you!
JE, what was going on? Lots of sex.
Birgit, they could!
Dixie, you and me both...
I read The Handmaid's Tale a year or two ago. It was an interesting look at a possible scenario of the future.
Don't know why they'd need to remake any of the films mentioned. Ben Hur with CGI chariot race? Not the same.
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Sometimes a remake of a movie is better than the original, not often, but sometimes. I just hope they don't redo Casablanca. Or 2001. . .
Hilary's blog is one of my faves, as I learn more from her every time I drop by.
Checked out your Kargrandes site. Hmmm is all I can say . . .intriguing bits.
Cheers to Hank and Hilary!! I need to go meet Huntress~ I can't believe they are remaking Ben Hur!
oooh, Poltergeist, too...sounds horrific, hellish, lol-haunting!
Gosh Alex Sir, thanks a lot for the shout-out! To think I could have even missed it too! Got caught with other things. Ella is also so nice about it! Puts a lot on my shoulders to be really deserving! Thanks a million!
Hilary and Hank are both great bloggers. Sammy Hagar I haven't heard that name in a while.
Hank always likes to be #1
Lee, no it's not.
Hank, you are most welcome!
Holy Ghost, yes he does.
Awesome post, Alex!
Hilary is popular today and so sweet!
I don't want them to remake Poltergeist. They're going to ruin it!
Every year I try to remember Towel Day, and every year it seems to pass me by. It's like May 25th, I think...
great bloggers! and I remember Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy :)
I really enjoyed The Handmaid's Tale. So happy to see Hilary on the blogger list. :)
I keep meaning to read the Hitchhiker's Guide. But it's staying on the back burner, I have Dragon Star to read first!
We were newly weds when we saw Heavy Metal and thot we had discovered treasure.
Read both books, enjoyed both altho The Handmaid's Tale was disturbing.
We enjoyed the remake of Hitchhiker's guide with Martin Freeman and a host of actors we know, but can't remember their names.
Good choices for H.
Ooo- bad day for me- the only one on that list I've encountered is Hitchhiker's. Though I've seen the movie version of The Handmaiden's Tale and liked it, if that counts at all.
And ALL those H bloggers are new to me! I've got some wandering to do...
I still think the Hitchhiker's Guide movie is underrated. It always makes me laugh, and has a perfect Ford and Zaphod.
Ugh I never liked sammy Hagar. Gotta stick with the original singers!
Heavy Metal was my naughty VCR rental when I was a young!
Hitchhikers is just awesome.
I read the Handmaid's Tale in high school and it was a real eye opener for me. The movie was a disappointment.
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Have heard so much about the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Must either read the book or watch the movie.
Wondering how did you come up with the name Hyrath?!
Hitchhiker's must be one of those radio/book/TV/movie that kept me as entertained as my towel. Brilliant. And as for your other Hs can't go on enthusing but will say that Heavenly Creatures convinced me that Jackson would handle LOTR brilliantly - Mario Lanza scenes are incredible.
So much news and fun things to peruse here, Alex. The Handmaid's Tale is a wonderful book. And Sammy Hagar reminds me of the Pat Walker here in Northern Colorado who penned a memoir about her experiences at Hagar events in Cabo San Lucas ("Dance of the Electric Hummingbird")
PS: Nice to see you posting more.
I love Hilary's eclectic posts... she is a delightful dame of note!
Hank writes dynamic poetry?? Well then I'll HAVE to check out his blog. I love my poetry!
I'm off to visit Sam's place!
The Handmaid's Tale was chilling and a fabulous read. Have you read her "Oryx and Crake", Alex? She is one of Canada's finest living writers ~ always thought provoking!
Heather, yes they are.
Elizabeth, thank you!
Susan, you discovered something...
Clarebelle, you are not alone.
Roland, I never doubted Jackson.
Ivy, just for this month.
Michelle, you'll dig him!
I figured Hollywood ran out of ideas a long time ago. Saw Heavy Metal on late night basis cable once then saw the full version later. Quite an eyeopener.
I went back and listened to the original radio broascast of the Hitchiker's Guide. It was just as odd as the movie, but I liked it.
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