In 1978 John Carpenter made a slasher flick that pushed all the usual buttons.
Carpenter's effort founded a franchise, which has duly been expanded and redone for every change in fashion, and expanded into novels, comic books, and lots of other merchandise. In the usual order of things Hollywood, it was thought necessary to remake the film in 2007:
Now you can be made to jump twice in the same evening by the same story.
This is not, technically, as dazzling a film as The Corpse Bride, but it is likely to be a Halloween standard for some time to come. Christmas, too, for some people. Just released on DVD at the end of August.
Canadian publishers adjusted prices after the US dollar reached historic lows against Canada's. That done, the US dollar rebounded, and with the holiday season well on its way, it not clear how Canadian publishers will cope with being at a disadvantage at the busiest time of year.
Amazon reveals a profitable third quarter, reveals some statistics on Kindle's market penetration, and projects a poor fourth quarter. Probably the most interesting bit in the press release is the claim that Kindle pulls ten percent against conventional books in all cases when it is an available alternative. Amazon has been very shy about providing hard figures on Kindle's success. These may not be an exception to that rule of thumb.
Hachette Book Group is creating a new division combining the sci-fi and fantasy line Orbit and graphic novel line Yen Press. HBG CEO David Young says, "The establishment of this new division reflects not only our belief that it makes publishing sense for Orbit and Yen Press to be more closely connected within the company, but also our commitment to the genres in which they publish." Vice president and publisher of the new division Tim Holman says, "Both Orbit and Yen Press are publishing in genres that can no longer be considered marginal. It is almost impossible to imagine popular culture today without them. Our challenge is to embrace this change, to be creative and forward-thinking, and to engage with the new audiences that we know are out there."
Ostensibly about Saul Bass' development of titles for films, it actually chronicles his development from graphic designer to filmmaker, ending with the jazz theme and black cat of Walk on the Wild Side.
Sweeney Todd's dark humor is dependent on a certain distancing from the subject matter, which is a reason the opening titles, which are animated, set the mood for the story to follow. The movie, deprived of the opening chorus telling us to "Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd..." needs a different device to achieve the same end.
Whereas the opening of the last James Bond movie, Casino Royale, contrasts graphic violence with withy graphic design, and so heightens the brutal realism.
IndieBound.org uses Drupal, an open source Web content management system that has enabled the site to create an online community. Moving all 230 BookSense.com stores to Drupal has proved challenging: early testers have been overwhelmed by the number of options. “We’re very enthusiastic about having an open-source Web site,” said Kerry Slattery, general manager of Skylight Books in Los Angeles, “but we can see that there’s a learning curve on this.”
To give booksellers more time to experiment with their own beta sites, ABA cancelled the e-commerce workshops to have taken place at the regional trade shows this fall. “The goal is to have a couple sites up by Thanksgiving,” said project head Vlahos, who would like most sites operating under the old system move to Drupal for next year’s BEA.
All ABA e-commerce stores still operate under the old system. When a store’s Drupal site is completed, it will go offline overnight for the switchover. Vlahos expects to move about a dozen stores to their new sites within the month, with most completed in six to nine months