Archive for May, 2010

Del Toro Takes Leave

Monday, May 31, 2010 15:44

Guillermo del Toro told he’s not going to direct the upcoming Hobbit films afterall.

“In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming The Hobbit, I am faced with the hardest decision of my life. After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures,” he said, noting the film still hadn’t been given the green light by MGM, the struggling Hollywood studio.

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Interview with LOTR’s Miles Bellas

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 21:11

Here’s an interview I did with Lord of the Rings Digital Artist Miles Bellas way back in the day. It’s from September of 2002, between the releases of the first two LOTR films. I didn’t include it in my book The Lord of the Films, but I thought I’d include it here.

JW: Thank you for your time, Mr. Bellas. How did you become interested in art and design work?

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Story Telling Innovators

Saturday, May 22, 2010 13:00

Tomorrow the hit TV show Lost comes to an end. I’ve been a fan of the show since the first season for a number of reasons, but perhaps mostly because of the show has broken new ground with it’s format/formula. I love a good story, whether it’s told on TV, in a book, on stage, or on the radio. What really turns me on, though, is when a storyteller finds a new way of telling stories; when someone weaves together a tale in such a way that the audience has never seen anything like it. Here are some examples:

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Troi and Riker

Friday, May 21, 2010 6:47

Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes tie up some loose ends in this interview, which includes clips from the films. They joke around for the first couple minutes before getting (somewhat) serious.

Star Trek Continues to Be Important to Readers

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 16:22

It looks like the public’s appetite for Star Trek books is only getting bigger. Publishers Weekly reports:

Star Trek has some new publishing partners for a number of new Star Trek-themed novels and other works. The franchise, which is owned by CBS Consumer Products, has inked deals with CBS-owned Simon & Schuster and Pocket Books as well as Abrams, and Haynes Publishing. It has already released one title and plans to roll out several more in the next year. The new titles include a YA series of paperbacks focusing on Starfleet Academy and a novel based on the Star Trek Online game that launched earlier this year.

“There are always more stories to be told in the Star Trek saga,” said Liz Kalodner, executive v-p and general manager of CBS Consumer Products. “Books have accompanied the Star Trek series since the very beginning in 1968, and these new Star Trek publishing projects will give fans and newcomers alike a new way to explore and indulge in their favorite universe.”

In March, Pocket released The Needs of Many, based on Star Trek Online, the online role-playing game that launched in February. In September, Abrams will release Star Trek 365, part of the house’s 365 Days series. Also this fall, S&S will publish a YA series, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, in paperback, hardcover, and e-book formats; and Haynes Publishing will release Haynes Enterprise Manual, an illustrated guidebook.

Number One Again

Monday, May 17, 2010 20:15

I don’t know why, but the kindle version of The Lord of the Films has been selling like crazy lately. Here’s a snapshot I just took:

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Harry Potter Discussion

Monday, May 17, 2010 19:39

Denise Roper, author of The Lord of the Hallows, has sent me word of her upcoming appearance in Alabama.

I have to lead two panel discussions at ImagiCon in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday, May 22. The panels are about the Harry Potter books vs. the films. I would like to ask you to please mention this event and direct your followers to visit mine and contribute to the discussion.

You can visit Denise’s blog here. This topic sounds interesting, and as I’ve said before, The Lord of the Hallows is an excellent book. I’ll certainly be posting my own thoughts on her blog soon!

Nimoy Calls it a Career

Sunday, May 16, 2010 19:09

“I’ve been at this for 60 years and I figure that’s long enough. I had decided not to do any more acting or directing several years ago. And I was called back to do the STAR TREK film and was very excited about that. And then J.J. Abrams asked me to do the William Bell character [on FRINGE] and I thought I owed him that. I did this last job as a favor to J.J. Abrams and I think it is a good note to go out on.” – Leonard Nimoy

I certainly think Nimoy (and William Shatner, who is the same age,) deserve to be able to retire and enjoy their remaining years in peace. Of course, speculation has already begun that with Nimoy out, Shatner might be in the next Star Trek film! For the record, Nimoy and Shatner were born four days apart and are both 79 years old.

Here’s the full article.

Star Trek Magazine Dedicated to Films

Saturday, May 15, 2010 6:46

Well, this press release is right up my alley! (It even says “the Enterprise on the big screen” as a certain J.W. might.) The release also goes off on a tangent about Romulans and Klingons, but I think they’re missing several key points which will be covered in my book. Whatever the case, I’m all over this issue.

For Immediate Release


Each of Star Trek’s 11 cinematic odysseys comes under the spotlight this month, as we present a one-stop guide to the voyages of the U.S.S. Enterprise on the big screen, from Admiral Kirk’s encounter with V’Ger over 30 years ago to last year’s blockbuster battle between his alternate self and the time-displaced Romulan Nero. With contemporary reviews, analysis and an illustrated cast list, you’ll soon be able to tell your Khans from your Shinzons.

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Fictional Frontiers Radio Show Transcript

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 18:22

In December of 2009, I was a guest on a Philadelphia radio show (on WNJC-1360 AM) called “Fictional Frontiers,” hosted by Sohaib Awan, film and fiction buff who loves to talk about movies, television, books, comics, and other facets of popular culture. Sohaib’s a big Lord of the Rings fan, so we had a really nice discussion. Here’s a transcript.

Sohaib Awan: And we’re back on Fictional Frontiers with Sohaib. Now I’m sure that most of you have picked up Entertainment Weekly. Not that I say it’s the best film magazine out there, but they did cover their top ten films of the last decade. It was sort of a retrospective look at everything related to the top ten, be it movies, television, music, what have you. They had top ten lists covering everything, and of course nothing else could be at the top of that list, nothing could be there except for The Lord of the Rings by Peter Jackson and his team. And I look at it as one film. I don’t look at it as three parts. And J.W. Braun, who is the author of The Lord of the Films… it’s so ironic. I don’t know if you planned this, J.W, but you know the timing of the release of your book is absolutely spot on. I mean, you have the two Hobbit films soon to be in production, it’s the end of the decade, and I can’t think of a better time to look back at The Lord of the Rings films, my favorite films of all time. Welcome to Fictional Frontiers.

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U.S. Residents Can Now Purchase a signed copy of The Lord of the Films for $5

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