Here are this year's (thus far) best commercials. I think that the last one got banned…and ones you've watched all of these commercials let’s see if you remember what they are about?
Monday, April 29, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
Here is an up-dated list of vendors that have my book for sale. Several other stores in Sweden also have the book available.
The Science Fiction Book Store
Science Fiction Bokhandeln. (In Swedish)
They have stores in Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö. This company have many different products; books, games movies etc. If you don’t live in Sweden but can’t find what you are looking for in your own region then you should definitely check out the Swedish Science Fiction Store.
Science Fiction Bokhandeln
Västerlånggatan 48, Stockholm
Postadress: Box 2300 103 17 Stockholm
E-mail: email@example.com Tel: 08/21 50 52
Östra larmgatan 16, Göteborg
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 031/13 06 70
Storgatan 41, Malmö
E-mail: email@example.com Tel: 040/23 05 20
Book Store – Ystad (Ystad Bokhandeln)
Book Store – Trelleborg (Trelleborg Bokhandeln)
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/278-2604406-5520013?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=nastragull
Amazon DE: http://www.amazon.de/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/279-7392772-2823656?__mk_de_DE=%C3%85M%C3%85Z%C3%95%C3%91&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=nastragull
Amazon FR: http://www.amazon.fr/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/277-8618728-9906937?__mk_fr_FR=%C3%85M%C3%85Z%C3%95%C3%91&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=nastragull
Amazon ES: http://www.amazon.es/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/278-0421424-9687862?__mk_es_ES=%C3%85M%C3%85Z%C3%95%C3%91&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=nastragull
Amazon IT: http://www.amazon.it/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/279-5216449-1955504?__mk_it_IT=%C3%85M%C3%85Z%C3%95%C3%91&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=nastragull
Amazon JP: http://www.amazon.co.jp/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/378-6238591-4828852?__mk_ja_JP=%83J%83%5E%83J%83i&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=nastragull
Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/179-5278868-5555526?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=nastragull
Amazon BR: http://www.amazon.com.br/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/189-3882082-4001231?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=nastragull
Barnes and Nobel: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nastragull-erik-martin-willen/1114135004
Svensk Bokhandel: http://www.svb.se/bokrecensioner/nastragull-h-ftad-av-erik-martin-willen
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Before the internet era the best resource for science fiction entertainment was more or less through magazines. The best one – in my opinion – was Starlog.
“Starlog has produced books, videos, science fiction conventions, trivia books, and more. It has also had a number of foreign editions, including in Japan, Germany, France, The UK, Brazil, and Australia.”
It was very difficult to find Starlog magazines in Sweden back in the 70’s and 80’s and whenever one did it was like Christmas. The articles about the behind the scene features were always my favourite and some of the ads…to my parents dismay…
“Starlog was a monthly science-fiction film magazine published by Starlog Group Inc. The magazine was created by publishers Kerry O'Quinn and Norman Jacobs. O'Quinn was the magazine's editor while Jacobs ran the business side of things, dealing with typesetters, engravers and printers. They got their start in publishing creating a soap opera magazine. In the mid-1970s, O'Quinn and high school friend David Houston talked about creating a magazine that would cover science fiction films and television programs.
As of December 2008, the official website at Starlog.com had ceased to operate. In March 2009, Starlog became a sister site to Fangoria magazine's official site, with a new url tied to Fangoria. Simultaneously, production was halted on issue #375, May 2009. New content began to appear on the Starlog website on April 7, 2009, after the site returned to its original Starlog.com domain. The folding of the print edition was officially announced on April 8, with the unpublished issue promised in the near future as a web-only publication. However, the website has since shut down.” (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starlog)
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
”Dealmakers Will Target Entertainment Firms As Hunger For Content Grows: Forecast”
“This will be a good year for content creators to put themselves on the block, researchers at PwC project today in a report about likely M&A activity in 2013. Corporate and private equity firms will be looking to bulk up on entertainment, driven in part by tech companies’ need for content that provides “a level of security on prospective cash flows,” the analysis says. Entertainment, media and communications companies “are ahead of the pack in pursuing deals, partnerships and joint ventures to address the accelerated pace of change in consumer behavior,” says PwC U.S. entertainment and media deals partner Bart Spiegel. “Media companies are investing in robust content-management systems and dynamic analytics to not only operate efficiently but also to take advantage of new opportunities.” Some buyers will want entertainment to serve growing overseas markets led by the so-called BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China). PwC’s bullish forecast follows a robust year for dealmakers: There were 40 film/content transactions last year with a collective value of $9B — including Disney’s $4.1B acquisition of Lucasfilm — the report says. That’s up from 2011, when the industry had 39 deals valued at $1.1B. Forecasters also expect to see additional deals in cable (with buyers attracted to systems’ broadband services), broadcasting (another way to secure distribution) and publishing (Time Warner and Tribune are preparing to sell assets).” By DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor | Monday April 22, 2013
The film “Rise of the Apes” from 2011 was never officially declared a remake of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. But it’s very similar. A great film and I hope to see more of them in this “new” saga.
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
Cornelius and Zira's son Caesar leads apes to revolution in this installment of the apes saga. Dogs and cats have been wiped out by a plague and now apes are household pets that are treated like slaves. Caesar has the intelligence to fight this oppression. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068408/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Rise of the Planets of the Apes (2011)
Director: Rupert Wyatt
At the story's heart is Caesar (Andy Serkis), a chimpanzee who gains human-like intelligence and emotions from an experimental drug. Raised like a child by the drug's creator, Will Rodman (James Franco) and a primatologist Caroline Aranha (Freida Pinto), Caesar ultimately finds himself taken from the humans he loves and imprisoned in an ape sanctuary in San Bruno. Seeking justice for his fellow inmates, Caesar gives the fellow apes the same drug that he inherited. He then assembles a simian army and escapes the sanctuary - putting man and ape on a collision course that could change the planet forever. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1318514/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
There are many talented comedians around the world today and the best comedian that sticks out most is definitely Jeff Wayne. Just like Mel Brooks only Jeff Wayne can get away with some of the most outrages jokes. http://www.jeffbigdaddywayne.com/
Monday, April 22, 2013
It was at my first science fiction/book convention in Copenhagen/Denmark back in 79-80 that I saw the Planet of the Apes for the first time. It’s one of the great experiences and memories that have followed me through my life.
Several films and a television show were produced and I don’t recall that any of them were ever aired on television or on the big screen back in the 80’s in Sweden. Needless to say that the entertainment and television wasn’t the best in my country back then…haven’t changed much since…
This film demonstrates how - genius - the production crew produced this film, creatively and especially with the make-up.
Many toys were made back then and new ones can be found today at most science-fiction and toys conventions.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Taylor and two other astronauts come out of deep hibernation to find that their ship has crashed. Escaping with little more than clothes they find that they have landed on a planet where men are pre-lingual and uncivilized while apes have learned speech and technology. Taylor is captured and taken to the city of the apes after damaging his throat so that he is silent and cannot communicate with the apes.
The first remake was released in 2001 and it was an entertaining movie with a lot of good special effects, however, overall it lacked the extra "edge" that the original movie had.
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Director: Tim Burton
It is the year 2029: Astronaut Leo Davidson boards a pod cruiser on a Space Station for a "routine" reconnaissance mission. But an abrupt detour through a space time wormhole lands him on a strange planet where talking apes rule over the human race. With the help of a sympathetic chimpanzee activist named Ari and a small band of human rebels, Leo leads the effort to evade the advancing Gorilla Army led by General Thade and his most trusted warrior Attar. Now the race is on to reach a sacred temple within the planet's Forbidden Zone to discover the shocking secrets of mankind's past - and the key to its future.