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About Calibandar

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    Out here in Minnie's Haberdashery
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    Interests range from Fantasy & SF books to quality films of most genres. Big fan of cars & football ( soccer), Tennis. Love to go to the cinema and take long walks with my dog. Also interested in history & nature ( watching the great BBC documentaries, as well as experiencing it firsthand) & science shows and books.

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    The Last Airbender: Live Action on Netflix!

    Personally I don't see that correlation that Wert sees between things being done for money or for being a creative project that you nurtured yourself, at least not as heavily. Original projects can sometimes be fantastic and be extyra great because they're new, but at the same time many of them flop as well because it's not such a great story or setting. Hence why you see so many remakes or stories in an already established setting. And stuff made because it looks like there can be a lot of money made can also still be excellent if done by the right people. I have no preference except a judgement of the end product. And for the ones we are discussing, Watchmen is set in a different time period, LoTR series is going to be set before the Lord of the Rings proper, so in both cases we are not seeing the same old story re-told; it's still a new tale for tv. And in the case of Avatar, as good as it was, it was a cartoon, seeing something like this in live action is not only a great idea, it's also going to look so totally different that it will be worth it just for that. And I'm happy for them to stay to the same general storylines as the cartoon. The change to live action makes this a very different proposition. That said, I love even more Fantasy and SF projects to be made, but I daren't even complain as we are already seeing an unexpected glut of them. I'd love if we could get some information on how some of them are doing, especially the various Amazon adaptations like Culture, Conan, WoT and some others they had lined up. One I'm really interested is which is now greenlit is Foundation, hope that comes out next year. All of these are adaptations of famous and succesful books though, not original stories invented by the writers a la Avatar The Last Airbender.
  2. Yeah, this is really sour for the T-Wolves above all else. Some good youngsters gone for someone who's been complaining about the team all season long and now even wants out.
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    The Last Airbender: Live Action on Netflix!

    Frankly unnecessary Game of Thrones LoL, could be another excellent show in a world we love, let's say in advance that it's not really necessary like you said about the upcoming HBO Watchmen show. Come on man, give things a chance. Both of these are among my most anticipated shows. Avatar has definitely joined those ranks now, this could be thoroughly excellent. I have hope that the LoTR show comes out in 2020 by the way, not sure if that is realistic.
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    MMA & Boxing 20: D.C. Stands For "Double Champ"

    Let's be honest though, Cormier vs Jones III is what we want and need to see here, so for my part I have no objections.
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    The Last Airbender: Live Action on Netflix!

    Fantastic news. Really liked the original cartoon and enjoyed the Shyamalan film a great deal as well.
  6. Yup. New listing up on Amazon. It could be that they settled on a date and it's April. https://www.amazon.com/dp/031618716X/?coliid=I25YQWK1IEAVT1&colid=1OLSJR8OXYM1W&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/joe-abercrombie/new-joe-abercrombie-novel-1/9780316187169/ That said, he did say very recently it would be September.
  7. Did we take note yet of the fact that book 1, (A Little Hatred ?) is coming out in April? Orbit says it's 640 pages even, that is massive.
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    Did anyone watch the first season and was it any good? I was interested in it before it came out and then heard it was the usual Scifi channel dreck. What I like about it from photos is that it has Brianiac and Ser Barristan player an older character from what I assume is the Superman family. However, the main character ( bland looking) is someone called Seg-El, so not sure what it has to do with Kal-El and his father.
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    The Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb

    The whole of Fool's Fate is just a fantastic book to me. Loved the stuff on Aslevjal as well, really stood out as a setting. Probably because she manages to do such a good job of drawning you into the story with her characters, you're involved more in the specific setting as well. I was interested to see if there was any news at all on if she has a new book up her sleeve. After some digging I did find this, from a recent blog post: But then this interview from even later , it says: https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2018/07/robin-hobb-changing-cultures-writing-about-violence-and-anonymity-living-farm
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    Cycling 2018 - the vuelta, last chance saloon.

    Seeing Enric Mas emerge this Vuelta has been a pleasure. He is being hailed ( including by the Contador himself) as the new Contador, and he may well be. Very good performance also from Yates. Lopez, decent good effort but I thought he'd be a bit better. Pinot, woefully inconsistent but on his day a tremendous climber. Quintana the major disappointment of this Vuelta, not even podium for Movistar. Fabio Aru looks in all sorts of trouble career wise.
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    Upcoming TV Series of 2018 - Your most anticipated shows

    I'd like an update on that long awaited Watership Down adaptation. Netflix site still says "2018".
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    Star Wars Novels/Graphical Novels 2

    The Qui Gonn/Obi Wan book that is coming out next year looks pretty interesting. I rarely read SW novels but might check that one out.
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    Upcoming TV Series of 2018 - Your most anticipated shows

    Ballad of Buster Scruggs looks really short though, just over 2 hours as a movie on IMDB. I thought it would be more than that, more like 6 individual episodes of some length. Romanoffs, it doesn't looks near as interesting as Mad Men did when I first saw that but it's still created by Weiner and thus intriguing, and I've always been somewhat interested in Romanoff family/descendants ( apparently more people are).
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    American Gods on Starz

    Sigh...... http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/american-gods-can-t-catch-a-break-as-more-showrunner-issues-come-to-light-269
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    Tennis Volume 7: Roger That!

    I still think you'd be writing Federer off prematurely by stating at this point you don't see him win even one more Slam. It just reminds me of all those other cases I saw here in the last few years. "Oh Nadal is never coming back". "Djokovic is definitely done for now, he does not get back from such an injury" ( this was said as late as early 2018 here). "Federer should have retired in 2015". I say this not to beat myself on the chest but in all those cases I argued that it is way too premature to write these guys off and reality has proven that to be correct. What I would do is look at what these guys have done the last two and three years. Federer was the best player in 2017 and had some phenomenal runs. Up until he lost at Wimbledon this year it seemed he was continuing the 2017 revival, he seems to have issues now but I don't see why that would continue. He's far from done playing, by his own admission, and I think he will continue to challenge for the Slams next year.