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New HBO Watchmen Series by LOST Creator Damon Lindelof
 2018-04-30 04:43:45 ET by Jack Anderson

HBO is currently producing a new series based on Watchmen. Watchmen is one of the most critically acclaimed graphical novels of all time, if not the one. Time Magazine even included this graphical novel in their list of 100 best novels of all time.

First published by DC Comics in 1986 and then released as a single volume in 1987, Watchmen is a book by Alan Moore (writer), Dave Gibbons (artist) and John Higgins (colorist). Many knew about Watchmen back in 2009, when Zack Snyder directed the eponym film. Released in the USA on March 6, 2009, the film was not a big success both in terms of box office and reviews (the film is currently having a note of 56 on metascore).

Some hope that the series will be able to take the time and properly tell the story, whereas the film had to tell it in 162 min (standard cut), 186 min (director's cut) or 215 min (ultimate cut), depending on which version you prefer.

Writer Alan Moore has been quite straightforward about adaptations, stating that he would not see Zack Snyder's film and that the story could only be told in a comics format. Therefore, it is not a surprise to learn that Moore is also not keen to see a series adaptation.

But hopes may be toned down already, as Damon Lindelof, most known for co-creating the series LOST, will apparently not strictly follow the original material. He was quoted saying in Bookish with Sonya Walger podcast:
"Do you watch Fargo at all? I wouldn’t call Noah Hawley’s version of Fargo an adaptation, because the movie exists inside of his world, and so everything that happened in the movie Fargo, it does precede the television show Fargo. So they find a bag of money in the first season, and you go, ‘Oh, that came from the movie.’ But it’s also, Noah is pulling from other areas of the Coen brothers’ canon, so it evokes like Lebowski, but it’s also his own thing.”
Lindelof even went so far as to admit that it is not a real adaptation, "I think it’s widely known that Alan Moore does not want Watchmen to be adapted, so I’m playing a bit of a game of semantics here in saying, 'I'm not adapting Watchmen!'"

Stay tuned on for more information about this series.

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HBO Canceled Here and Now from Alan Ball
 2018-04-26 06:53:01 ET by Gruic

Here and Now is a series created by Alan Ball, the talented man behind American Beauty and Six Feet Under. Starring Holly Hunter, the first season premiered on HBO this year and consists of ten episodes.

10 days after the season finale, HBO has canceled the show.

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Is There a Problem With Apu?
 2018-04-16 10:24:25 ET by Jack Anderson

Started in 1989, The Simpsons is one of the longest running shows in America. Currently in its 29th season, The Simpsons has become an iconic fictional family and has become part of the American culture. Everyone knows and love Bart and Homer Simpson. But recently, the show has been drawn into a controversy about one of its second characters, Apu.

For those who do not know about the character or do not remember him in detail, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is an Indian immigrant, owner of the store Kwik-E-Mart in Springfield. Known for his catch phrase "Thank you, come again", he is portrayed by the voice of Hank Azaria - known to all Friends fans by playing David, the scientist character in love with Phoebe Buffay.

The character of Apu is clearly a stereotyped caricature of Indian immigrants. But because of the wild popularity of The Simpsons series, some are arguing that the character is actually having a negative impact on the Indian community.

Last year, stand-up comic actor Hari Kondabolu wrote and starred in a documentary titled The Problem with Apu. Directed by Michael Melamedoff, the film centered around the fact that some Indians find the character of Apu offensive. In an era of social media, the press caught up with the controversy until the show actually had to reply, in some form.
The series actually referred to it in its episode No Good Read Goes Unpunished. Aired on April 8, 2018, the episode includes a scene in which Marge (the mother) and Lisa (the daughter) talk about a book that Marge loved as a child. Marge explains that the book contains material that could be found offensive nowadays. Marge starts to erase parts of the book, but says that she will miss the emotional journey. When Marge asks her daughter what to do, Lisa then replies "It's hard to say. Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?" They then look at a picture of Apu.

After the episode aired, Kondabolu commented and said that he did not appreciate that the show would summarize the controversy by only referring to it as being politically incorrect. While some argues that Apu is an offensive character and should be either edited or replaced, some other argue that The Simpsons series is also showing many other stereotypes, such as the Italian mob boss, as one of its well-known examples.

If you want to make up your own mind, we suggest you to watch The Simpsons, as well as the documentary The Problem with Apu.

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More David Simon Works to Come
 2018-04-14 04:02:24 ET by Gruic

David Simon, the talented writer and game changer, author of The Wire and Treme, is a very busy man.

On one side, Simon is developing a new mini-series called A Dry Run. The drama will focus on the Spanish Civil War as well as the involvement of the United States.

In addition, the writer is working with his collaborator George Pelecanos on the second season of The Deuce. Featuring James Franco, The Deuce tells the story of the porn industry in the 1970s.
The first season of The Deuce received critical acclaims and DVDs and Blu Ray Disks were released in February 2018.

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A New OAV and Project for Violet Evergaden
 2018-04-09 08:12:15 ET by Gruic

Violet Evergarden, the successful anime from Netflix, has not reached the end yet. Many fans were kept waiting for more. It seems that their prayers were answered in not only one but two separated projects.

First the OAV (Original Anime Video) will be released in July 2018. Second, we learned that Kyoto Animation is actually already working on a new Violet Evergarden project.

Let's hope that the cliffhanger of episode 4 will, at last, have some continuation.

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