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Neil Gaiman webchat – your questions answered on Terry Pratchett, Norse gods, and his marriage

The author of Sandman, Coraline and other cult hits joined us to answer your questions, on everything from Donald Trump to American Gods

1.28pm GMT

Thanks to Neil for answering so many of your questions. He’s signing off:

263 Questions, and I managed as many as I could in the time we had, and stole more time from the next thing. They are now about to pry the computer from my fingers and send me back on the road.

Thank you to everyone who asked the questions. They were all so good. Thanks to the Guardian for hosting this.

1.21pm GMT

John O’Donnell asks:

Do you believe that good can triumph over evil? Situation being what it is.

I don't think of good and evil as being distinct free-floating things. I think there are people, doing what people do, sometimes selfishly, sometimes short-sightedly, sometimes even monstrously. (For me, one
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Star Wars fan comedy The Line Kings to shoot this year

A few days ago we brought you word that Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the duo behind the likes of Scary Movie and Meet the Spartans, are developing a Star Wars spoof entitled Star Worlds Episode Xxxive=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue, and now comes word of another Star Wars-themed comedy on the horizon.

Variety is reporting that Tony Dow (Babylon 5, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) is set to direct The Line Kings, which has been written by Billy Riback (Home Improvement, The Suite Life of Zach and Cody) and Steve Rubin (Bleacher Bums, Silent Night).

The film, which is slated to shoot in L.A. in the spring, will follow “a group of rabid Star Wars fans who camp out for four days on Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the iconic Tcl Chinese Theatre after Disney announces that the fans who
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Tony Dow to Direct Comedy About Star Wars Fans ‘The Line Kings’ (Exclusive)

Tony Dow to Direct Comedy About Star Wars Fans ‘The Line Kings’ (Exclusive)
Tony Dow, best known for his role as Wally Cleaver on “Leave It to Beaver,” has come on board “The Line Kings,” a feature comedy celebrating the endless enthusiasm of Star Wars fans.

“The Line Kings” is written and produced by Billy Riback and Steve Rubin. Plans are to shoot in Los Angeles in late spring.

“The Line Kings” will focus on a group of rabid Star Wars fans who camp out for four days on Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the iconic Tcl Chinese Theatre after Disney announces that the fans who are first in line after four days will win walk-on roles in the next film in the series — leading to a battle royale between two fan groups determined to be first.

Dow has directed episodes of “Harry and the Hendersons,” “Swamp Thing,” “Coach,” “Babylon 5” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” Riback worked for five seasons of ABC’s “Home Improvement,
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The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies to Host Classes at Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum

  • DailyDead
Want to experience higher learning in horror? From September to December, Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy Museum will host classes on horror presented by The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. Classes will be instructed by some of the most renowned experts and artists of the genre, including Jack Ketchum (author of the seminal The Girl Next Door), Dennis Paoli (co-screenwriter of 1985's Re-Animator), and longtime horror journalist Michael Gingold.

Press Release: With successful branches in London and Montreal, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies makes its first stateside stop at Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum with a pilot semester of horror film, literature and pop culture classes, running from September through December 2016 and featuring classes by some of the most renowned voices in horror film, fiction and criticism.

Named for the fictional university in H.P. Lovecraft’s literary mythos, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is a community-based organization that offers
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A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Miskatonic: 30 Years of Fear with Re-animator

  • DailyDead
1985. Horror was going through a sea change on the film front, as slashers were shown the door and creature features became the cool kids on campus again. People lined up to see vampires (Fright Night) and werewolves (Silver Bullet) and zombies (Day of the Dead), oh my—but my favorite subgenre, the Mad Scientist, came roaring back to life with director Stuart Gordon’s (From Beyond, Dagon) manic masterpiece debut, Re-Animator.

Released in October, Re-Animator proved once again that when properly executed, horror and humor are delightful bedfellows, co-conspirators with the noblest of intentions: to entertain. Horror, while certainly not easy to do well (scroll through Netflix on any given day), has it made in the shade compared to comedy. Humor is more subjective, and what rubs me as funny may chafe you as stupid or insipid. Most people will agree that The Exorcist is terrifying, but not everyone likes
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Re-Animator: The Musical Returns in Time for Halloween

  • DailyDead
It has just been announced that Re-Animator: The Musical will return for new performances in Hollywood this October with new performers and brand new songs:

““Re-Animator ™ the Musical” tells the story of Herbert West, a brilliant young medical student who has created a glowing green serum that can bring the dead back to life. What should be a medical breakthrough results in hideous monstrosities and ghastly consequences. “I guess he just wasn’t fresh enough,” is West’s constant refrain in his quest for fresh subjects. Graham Skipper, who won a Best New Performer Award at the New York Musical Theater Festival for his crowd-pleasing turn, returns as the demented young genius.

And operatic Jesse Merlin is back as Dr. Carl Hill who loses his head for Meg, the dean’s beautiful daughter, only to actually lose it at the hands of Herbert West. But thanks to the glowing re-agent,
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Re-animator: The Musical Comes To NYC! July 17th-22nd!

For all you New Yorkers that were jealous of us fiends in Los Angeles being treated to several performances of Re-animator: The Musical, the laugh-out-loud stage show directed by Stuart Gordon, who also helmed the original film, brace yourselves! The show comes to New York City for 7 brief performances between July 17th thru July 22nd! Here’s the full press release with details below, right after the trailer for the show!

The 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival, Red Hen Productions, The Schramm Group LLC and Gramily Entertainment present the New York premiere of Re-Animator The Musical starring George Wendt.

A hilarious new musical comedy based on the classic horror film (and featuring a bloody “splash zone” in the first few rows), the show plays at the PTC Performance Space, located at 555 West 42nd Street. Tickets for Re-Animator The Musical are $25, a can be purchased by calling (212) 352-3101 or by visiting www.
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Re-Animator The Musical Heading to NYC!

Finally the East coast is about to get a taste of the murder, mayhem, and majesty that is Re-Animator The Musical! So good to know that the Big Apple is about to get bitten! Grab your tarps and head to the splash zone, kids! There's nothing else like it!

From the Press Release

The 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival, Red Hen Productions, The Schramm Group LLC and Gramily Entertainment present the New York premiere of Re-animator The Musical starring George Wendt (“Cheers”, Broadway’s Elf).

A hilarious new musical comedy based on the classic horror film (and featuring a bloody “splash zone” in the first few rows), Re-animator The Musical plays at the PTC Performance Space, located at 555 West 42nd Street. Tickets for Re-animator The Musical are $25, a can be purchased by calling (212) 352-3101 or by visiting Nymf.org.

In 1985, Stuart Gordon directed his first feature film and created a
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Can John Mayer make it two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200?

  • Hitfix
Can John Mayer make it two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200?
John Mayer’s “Born and Raised” is likely to remain at No. 1 for a second week on the Billboard 200, although it drops significantly in sales. Mayer’s third No. 1 album will fall roughly 150,000 in sales down to between 70,000-75,000 copies, but that’s enough to top Adele’s “21,” which will hold at No. 2 with around 60,000 units. In a week with low tallies, three titles enter the Top 10: Regina Spektor’s “What We Saw From The Cheap Seats” bows at No. 4 with sales of up to 40,000, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros look good to come in...
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Listen to Regina Spektor's New Single "Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)"

Regina Spektor released today a new single from her forthcoming album, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, Consequence of Sound reported. The song—“Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)”, which was written by Belgian songwriter Jacques Brel— was first covered by Spektor on 2002’s Songs. This is Spektor’s second single from Cheap Seats, which is set for a May 29 release. Check out the song and her first single from the album titled “All the Rowboats” below. ...
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Regina Spektor announces two UK live shows in July

Regina Spektor announces two UK live shows in July
Regina Spektor has announced two UK live shows later this year. The 'Samson' singer-songwriter will promote her latest album What We Saw From The Cheap Seats with two gigs in July. She will perform at London's Royal Albert Hall on July 2, followed by Manchester's O2 Apollo on July 4, which are her first UK dates in over a year. Spektor's sixth studio album (more)
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Regina Spektor unveils new single 'All The Rowboats' - listen

Regina Spektor unveils new single 'All The Rowboats' - listen
Regina Spektor has unveiled her new single 'All The Rowboats'. The track features on her upcoming studio album What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, which she recorded last year. The track is available to buy on iTunes now. "Hi everyone!" Spektor said on her official website. "I am very excited to share the song 'All The Rowboats' from my new record with you!" She added: "Thank you all for listening to the music and keeping in touch!!!! (more)
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John Ostrander: Batter Up!

  • Comicmix
It’s spring training for baseball, a time when even Cubs fans can be hopeful despite knowing that, sooner or later, this year’s team will break our hearts as every Cubs team has done for over a century. Truth is, if the Cubs ever won the World Series, their mystique would be gone. Their legend is based on being losers.

As baseball season is upon us, and tonight is the Academy Awards, I want to look back not only at the game but at my favorite baseball movies. For my taste, there is something better about baseball films than there is in films for any other sport. There’s a duality to it; baseball is played by teams but it comes down to individuals – batter versus pitcher.

So here, in no particular order, are my favorite baseball films. I’m not saying they’re the best but they are
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Interviews: Dennis Farina, Gary Cole Perform ‘The Last Rites of Joe May’

  • HollywoodChicago.com
Chicago – Dennis Farina is Chicago. Born and raised in the Windy City, his persona and manner is everything Chicago – bold, classy and the true urban Midwest. His latest film is “The Last Rites of Joe May,” which features another actor who got his start in Chicago theater, Gary Cole.

Last month, at the Chicago International Film Festival, both actors did a press day promoting their gritty Chicago-based film, which was directed by Joe Maggio. “The Last Rites of Joe May” stars Farina in the role of a lifetime, permeating the wintry streets of Chicago as an aging small time hustler that everyone assumes is dead after he comes back from an extended hospital stay. Gary Cole has a small but significant role as Lenny, a neighborhood boss.

HollywoodChicago.com sat down and interviewed the two Chicago acting icons regarding their film and careers.

Dennis Farina, Title Character in “The Last Rites of Joe May
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Interviews: Dennis Farina, Gary Cole Perform ‘The Last Rites of Joe May’

  • HollywoodChicago.com
Chicago – Dennis Farina is Chicago. Born and raised in the Windy City, his persona and manner is everything Chicago is – bold, classy and the true urban Midwest. His latest film is “The Last Rites of Joe May,” which features another actor who got his start in Chicago theater, Gary Cole.

Last month, at the Chicago International Film Festival, both actors did a press day promoting their gritty Chicago-based film, which was directed by Joe Maggio. “The Last Rites of Joe May” stars Farina in the role of a lifetime, permeating the wintry streets of Chicago as an aging small time hustler that everyone leaves for dead after he comes back from an extended hospital stay. Gary Cole has a small but significant role as Lenny, the son of one of Joe’s old contacts.

HollywoodChicago.com sat down and interviewed the two Chicago acting icons regarding their film and careers.
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Regina Spektor completes new album 'What We Saw From The Cheap Seats'

Regina Spektor completes new album 'What We Saw From The Cheap Seats'
Regina Spektor has completed recording on her sixth studio album. The follow-up to 2009's Far has been titled What We Saw From The Cheap Seats and is slated for a spring 2012 release. Spektor wrote on Facebook: "Hi! So! I'm very excited to say that this summer i recorded a new record with Mike Elizondo in La land! "It's been finished for a little while but i had no idea when it would be out in the world until now... We're trying to get everything ready for it to come out in May (but i will share some stuff before then for sure!!!)" Spektor's (more)
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William and Kate take in polo, Hollywood celebs

<div>Prince William played well enough in a charity polo match Saturday to earn public kisses from his wife and then mingled with a dazzling array of Hollywood royalty eager to meet the newlyweds on their visit to Southern California.</div><div></div><div>At the midpoint of their tour, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wowed a crowd at a sun-splashed polo field and then swung to the glamour of a black-tie evening event that drew Nicole Kidman, Tom Hanks, Barbra Streisand, Blake Lively and Jennifer Lopez, among many others.</div><div></div><div>The soiree at the restored 1920s-era Belasco Theatre in downtown Los Angeles was organized by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, of which William is president, to promote up-and-coming British talent in the industry.</div><div></div><div>William's wife, the former Kate Middleton, wore a flowing lilac dress with white waistband by Alexander McQueen. Fans cheered as they strode a red carpet and the couple
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