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Star Wars Episode IX has gone through some director changes, but J.J. Abrams has now been tapped to take over writing and directing duties.  Abrams was at the helm of 2015’s The Force Awakens and is the executive producer of the upcoming The Last Jedi.  The announcement was made on StarWars.com.

The changes have forced Disney to push back the film to December 20, 2019.

#StarWarsIX #JJAbrams

 

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The Short Drop is the first of a series of three novels with protagonist Gibson Vaughan.  It is also the first novel from Matthew Fitzsimmons.  It was published by Thomas & Mercer in 2015.

The plot is this: Gibson Vaughan is a computer programmer, hacker, and a former Marine who is having trouble finding a job after a little legal trouble.  When he’s approached by the head of a security agency to help find the long-lost daughter of the Vice President himself, he’s in no position to turn the offer down.  He’s especially intrigued because the teenager who disappeared was a good friend of his.  Little does he know at the outset that there are some powerful forces inside and outside of the government who are willing to go to great lengths to make sure a secret stays buried.

I’d give the book 4 out of 5 stars.  It was well written (Fitzsimmons is a former English literature teacher) and had enough twists and turns to keep it interesting, even if the ending wasn’t entirely surprising.  I liked it well enough to continue on with the second book in the series, Poisonfeather, which was released in 2016.  The third in the series, Cold Harbor, is due this October.

#TheShortDrop

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I’m a huge fan of Agatha Christie.  Having said that, I’m not really a Hercule Poirot fan, I’m a Miss Marple kind of girl, and I also like her one-offs without either of her more famous detectives.  Her best mystery, in my opinion, is And Then There Were None.  Christie admitted she had no small amount of trouble working out the plot for that one.  If I could only come up with something half that brilliant in execution I’d be happy to only write that one book in my lifetime.

With all the superhero films (of which I’m also a fan), sci-fi franchises (ditto) and action movies (eh, depends…), you would think that it would be tough to get the green light from a studio for a film based on a 1934 mystery that had so many previous adaptations.  But Twentieth Century Fox bit, and with a cast that includes Kenneth Branagh as Poirot, Johnny Depp as Samuel Ratchett, Michelle Pfeiffer as Mrs. Hubbard, Daisy Ridley as Mary Debenham, and Judi Dench as Princess Dragomiroff, it’s bound to be fun.  Branagh also directs.

For those who may not know, the Orient Express was a luxury passenger train service which began in 1883 and had Paris and Constantinople as its end-points.  Only the wealthy could afford it.  In Christie’s book one of the passengers is the imminent detective Hercule Poirot.  When a man is murdered on board the train, Poirot works out who the culprit is when a timely avalanche stops them on the tracks, giving him a finite, if rather large, group of suspects.

Below is a trailer for the film:


#AgathaChristie #MurderOnTheOrientExpress

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Fall is coming, and with it the anticipated premieres of some television shows that will hopefully get us out of the late summer doldrums.  There hasn’t been much going on in the theater.  I did see The Hitman’s Bodyguard, but didn’t end up reviewing it.  (Long story short: if you really need to go to the movies it’s OK, but the scene stealer in that film is Salma Hayek.)

Anyway, below are some series (and mini-series) I’m looking forward to or that I thought you might be.  Hit the Calendar page also for other upcoming dates of interest.  Entertainment Weekly has a comprehensive list here.

Outlander – Starz – Sunday, Sept. 10

Star Trek: Discovery – CBS All Access – Sunday, Sept. 24; Netflix will show the series outside of the U.S. and Canada, including the U.K., the day after it airs here

The Voice – NBC – Monday, Sept. 25/Tuesday, Sept. 26

Lethal Weapon – Fox – Tuesday, Sept. 26

LiarSundance Wednesday, Sept. 27, ITV Monday, Sept. 11

The Blacklist – NBC – Wednesday, Sept. 27

Will & Grace – NBC – Thursday, Sept. 28

Marvel’s Inhumans – ABC – Friday, Sept. 29

Poldark series 3 – PBS Masterpiece – Sunday, Oct. 1

Marvel’s Runaways – Hulu – Tuesday, Nov. 21

#Fall2017TV #LethalWeapon #StarTrekDiscovery

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