George R. R. Martin Says This Is How He Actually Pictures Game of Thrones Locations

Oct 29, 2014 By Abraham 0

The settings in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” are incredible — either beautiful or terrible and always perfect for the story. But George R. R. Martin says they’re not always what he envisioned as he wrote his books. And of other artists’ renderings for other products, he says…

We’ve had a number of different artists draw them on covers and on the fantasy like cards and games, and some of them have been beautiful images but not necessarily accurate to what I described.

So for his new book, an epic history of the fantasy world he created, he worked closely with artists (including Marc SimonettiTed Nasmith, and Philip Straub) to render his locations as accurately to the books and his imagination as possible.

Here are just a few of the George R. R. Martin approved results…

The Iron Throne

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The Story of Moses, the 10 Plagues, and the Exodus finally get the epic movie they deserve

Oct 1, 2014 By Abraham 4

As much disagreement as there is surrounding the Bible, there’s one thing everyone can agree on. The Old Testament has some crazy stories. And now one of the most outlandish sequences of tales, namely Moses’s entire life, is coming to the big screen.

Judging by this trailer, it’s going to be as epic as it should be…

10 huge pop songs rewritten as sonnets. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is actually really moving…

Sep 29, 2014 By Abraham 0

Usually, song lyrics don’t stand alone as poems to be simply read aloud without music, let alone read silently from a page. But what if some of our favorite lyrics (or at least some incredibly famous lyrics) were re-imagined as renaissance-era sonnets?

It sounds silly… It is silly. But the genius behind Pop Sonnets has discovered that ridiculous as the idea is, it’s still pretty awesome.

While some of the results are funny, others actually work surprisingly well…

Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”

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Will Smith, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”

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The hilariously awful first drafts of your favorite movies, shows, and books [17 pics]

Jul 25, 2014 By Joey White 4

Even geniuses start their best works with occasionally lame prose, so almost every great book, movie, or television series you’ve ever enjoyed actually began as embarrassing brainstorms. Thank goodness for rewriting and editors.

But why shouldn’t these first drafts come to light?

Writer and comedian Paul Laudiero was in his last semester at George Mason University, just trying to stay awake through his “British and Irish 18th Century Drama” class, when he got an idea. That afternoon, he wrote his first post for his new site called Sh*t Rough Drafts, imagining what the first version of our most iconic pieces of literature and cinema were like.

A year and a half later, the success of Laudiero’s site led to a book full of his hilarious imagined rough drafts of movies, TV shows, books, and more called Sh*t Rough Drafts: Pop Culture’s Favorite Books, Movies, and TV Shows as They Might Have Been.

We’ve included some of our favorite below. If you like these, be sure to follow him on Tumblr and check out his book for a lot more laughs…

(Some NSFW language)

Spider-Man, directed by Sam Raimi

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Casino Royale, directed by Martin Campbell

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The depressing enterprise of writing a novel is exposed by this hilarious book of Tweets

Jul 20, 2014 By Abraham 0

Thousands of us are or have been aspiring novelists. And for most of us, it never went beyond that. Because, as exciting as being a writer seems like it would be…it turns out you actually have to write.

In a funny expose of how bleak that process is, Corey Arcangel has “written” a book called Working on My Novel.

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Except he didn’t really write anything.

The book is comprised entirely of numerous Tweets that use his titular phrase — Working on my novel.

It is at once hilarious and depressing as we both feel bad for these unlikely authors while at the same time totally seeing ourselves in them…

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