March 9th, 2014

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D&D

I don't often link to other reviews, but this review by valya_dl for the play Of Dice And Men sounds seriously awesome.
Broken down simply, "Of Dice and Men" is about a group of six friends on the edge of dramatic changes in their lives. They are Dungeons & Dragons players, and many of them have been playing together since high school, sharing life's ups and downs while throwing the polyhedral dice. These are not caricatures of gamers/geeks, they are authentic, well-rounded characters, clearly envisioned by a writer who knows and loves that world so well.
It's playing in Chicago through March. Check the links above.

Oh, and there's a movie coming out?
OF DICE AND MEN is a new dramedy feature film by Cavegirl Productions that completed principal photography in September 2013. It is based on the play about tabletop roleplaying gamers written by Cameron McNary. Since its premiere to a packed house of 550 at the PAX Prime gaming convention, the play has played to rave reviews at professional theaters in New York, Berkeley, Atlanta, and several other cities.

McNary, along with award-winning screenwriter Francis Abbey, have transformed the play into a hilarious and poignant “High Fidelity meets Dragonslayer” film script that will appeal to gamers and non-gamers alike.
It's a small movie, don't know when/if it might play anywhere. IMDb says opens 1 March 2014. Another online source says April.

Nothing like getting teased. But the trailer looks cool.

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NOTE: The title Of Dice And Men seems to be popular -- I found at least six usages in thirty seconds of Googling.
cosmos

2100EDT

Do Not Call At 9-10pm Tonight

Cosmos returns to the small-ish screen tonight. The original Cosmos, the personal journey by Carl Sagan was a landmark in popular science literacy television. Sure it suffered with too many lingering looks at Carl's face as he gazed at the wonders of the universe, but even if Carl Sagan could be a smug bastard, he was sincere. Yes, the "billions and billions" jokes almost wrote themselves, and line sketch animation does not "prove" evolution, but still week after week we were enthralled by the near infinite expanse and grandeur of the cosmos.

The new Cosmos is being brought back by one of the few legitimate rock stars of science today, Neil Degrasse Tyson. Oh sure, he's the guy who helped demote Pluto to less-than-planet status, but like the infernal designated hitter rule, I can live with it. The man's a professional astrophysicist and has a good sense of humor about it.

By using the imprimatur of Cosmos, he's not trying to ride on Carl Sagan's coattails, but connect with a good segment of the public. Realize that many parents today were exposed to Cosmos in their youth. Capturing some of that fire might encourage these parents to sit their children down tonight and bask in the badly needed update to Sagan. Because this is 2014 and there's been so much science since then. And so much retreat FROM science.

Given the latter, it is almost impossible that the new Cosmos is happening as a consortium of National Geographic and others... with FOX Television. Indeed, the 13 parts are being simulcasted on quite a number of different channels. Including, according to our paper, FOX Sports 1?

On general principles alone, I might choose to watch Cosmos on NatGeo, except I will be on channel 17.1 FOX, for the simple reason that it's one of the few HD channels we get. (grin)

I do so hope they do a good job. A lot is riding on this.

As Opposed To The Abandonment...

... by NBC of the Paralympics. Essentially no daytime coverage today. Odd smatterings of coverage starting late night where it shows up during the week, and a couple hours on Sunday.

Sad.

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