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The famed book that was cancelled during production by OJ Simpson outlining in graphic details how he “would have” killed Nicole and Ronald on that tragic night back in June of 1994, has been leaked.

OJ “Did It” Manuscript Leaked Online – TMZ.com

The book was supposedly in production when it was canceled, 400 copies made it into print, all but one were supposedly destroyed, or so they thought. The controversy is that its so, graphic and realistic, it seems to be as if it’s an admission of guilt by OJ, not the fiction it is alleged to be.

I looked over at Goldman, and I was fuming. I guess he thought I was going to hit him, because he got into his little karate stance. “What the fuck is that?” I said. “You think you can take me with your karate shit?”


Weather or not you believe OJ is innocent or guilty, the book is in extremely poor taste, and I’m amazed it made it as far as 400 copies. My respect drops for those who approved it, and especially for Mr Simpson who conceived and wrote out the book. Even if he did commit the crime, the retelling of it like this, is almost a worse offense.

 Mediam Oj

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Today is Towel Day, its a day where fans of Douglas Adams the brilliant author of the misnamed Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy trilogy, commemorate the passing of such a great mind as Douglas Adams by carrying a towel all day. (a la the main characters of the series.)

Towel Day – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Douglas Adam’s writing’s effected my life in so many ways. He and his characters are part of who I am. There aren’t many writers that can so subtle affect society and people in so many ways.

Towel Day :: A tribute to Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have. Partly it has great practical
value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you – daft as a bush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have “lost”. What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

Hitchhikers Guide Box Art

It’s the cover to the seventh and final Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” coming out July 21. As always, the cover was designed by illustrator Mary GrandPre, U.S. publisher Scholastic, Inc., announced Wednesday.

Cover for final ‘Potter’ revealed – CNN.com
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IGN is busting out a wonderfully cool rumor that JJ Abrams, of “Lost”, “Alias”, and “Mission: Impossible 3” fame has agree to a deal to produce Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series. It is unclear whether this will be a feature film or set of films, a mini-series, or (my personal choice) a TV series. An announcement is expected sometime in the next few days.

The linked story at Ain’t It Cool News can be found by clicking here.

I personally hope for a TV series for a couple of reasons. First off, JJ Abrams knows how to do TV. “Lost” and “Alias” under his watch were among the most riveting television I can remember. Second, King’s material (ESPECIALLY this series) needs to be developed. King is such an effective storyteller and crafter of the language that it can’t be condensed and rushed into a 2 1/2 hour film (or even 3, however if you were going to do a film for each book….maybe). Good, well-done, riveting fantasy sci-fi television can be done well (just check out the new Battlestar Galactica series). In fact, the Sci-Fi Network could be the perfect home for this series.

“The Dark Tower” has a huge following, but a cult following mostly. It’s not well known among main-stream King readers or the public at large. For that reason, I don’t think feature films are the way to go. First off, you’d have to convince movie studios to back a multi-film project for material that not everyone is familiar with and might seem strange at first glance (a fantasy western/sci-fi horror). I mean, this isn’t Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings we’re talking about, franchises with billions of ready-made fans. This is source material you’ll need to cultivate an audience with.

A mini-series is a bad idea too. There’s simply too much story to be condensed into a 10 hour storyline. Besides, the Dark Tower series is about more than just a gunslinger and his friends searching for it. There is a philosophy and metaphoric material. In the books, King weaves the central tale around vignettes from each of the main characters’ pasts while mixing in some truly deep thoughts about existence and our world. In my opinion, 10 hours or so is simply not enough time to devote to that dichotomy. I couldn’t develop a need to care about what happens to them.

The TV series is the way to go, especially if done on a cable network (although Heroes proves good fantasy can be done well) like Sci-Fi. There you can take the time to do it right. Budgets have been increased for these fringe networks. Battlestar Galactica again is a perfect example of the cohesion of good writing, good production, good acting, but especially taking the time to cultivate a good story and an affinity for the characters. Ten years ago, cable networks were where shows went when they couldn’t make it on the big 4 (NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox). With the success of shows like “The Sopranos”, “Six Feet Under”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, and the like. Plus, you know longer have to worry about your show competing in their time slot. TiVos, Video iPods and other recordable media have made that a thing of the past. Also, by putting it on Sci-Fi, you’ve got an instant, built-in audience willing to talk your show up to others non-stop.

JJ, buddy, listen to me on this one…

One of the great fiction series of the 80’s and 90’s, Stephen King’s “Dark Tower”, has just made its debut into the comic book realm with “The Gunslinger”, Part 1 of 7.

The folks at Ain’t It Cool.com have posted their review of the first installment, which you can find here.

Roland Deschain -- The Gunslinger

A fair review. Dark Tower connoisseurs will find this more effective as a companion to the books, but for newcomers this is a great introduction to King’s one of a kind world.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, the seventh and reportedly final installment of JK Rowlings massive blockbuster series is due to be published and released on July 21 of this year.

Harry Potter

This runs contrary to the massive speculation that Rowling would release it on July 7th, or 7-7-07.

In the 6th book, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, Rowling had Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Harry’s school of Hogwarts describe that seven was a very magical and powerful number.

JK Rowling

This led fansites and bloggers around the world to believe that Rowling would use the July 7 date as a massive marketing tool.

Still, I don’t think she’ll have much trouble selling a few copies. I’ve bought the last three the day that were released.