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New Plans for an Old Building

January 29, 2015 at 6:23 pm
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We had a great press conference this morning at the old Silva Lanes, to announce plans for the long-shuttered bowling alley that I bought a few months ago.  Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzalez was on hand to help us launch the project, along with an army of artists, dreamers, and organizers from Meow Wolf, who initiated this sweet madness and will be speaheading the redevelopment.

Lots of reporters and photographers turned up, along with a couple of TV crews.  As their reports come in, I will post links here, for those who are interested.


Here's the Santa Fe NEW MEXICAN:

 Marshall Thompson and Constructive Assets will be handling the renovation and repair of the huge structure on Rufina Circle, which was gutted years ago and has sat abandoned and empty for years.  Just fixing the infrastructure will require months of work.  But once the building is safe and habitable, Meow Wolf's army of amazing young artists will be moving in, to create what we think will be a truly incredible and original piece of immersive art, something that will entertain and enlighten adults and kids both: the House of Eternal Return.

It won't be cheap.  To that end, Meow Wolf has started a Kickstarter.  For a first glimpse of their plans, go to:

Needless to say, contributions are welcome, if you would like to be a part of this.

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Congrats, Congrats

January 24, 2015 at 6:22 pm
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Congratulations to GILLIAN FLYNN.  Her story "What Do You Do?" from ROGUES has been nominated for an Edgar Award by the members of the Mystery Writers of America.

It's a terrific story, and Gillian is an amazing writer.  Gardner Dozois and I are very proud to have had the honor of publishing it.

Fingers crossed for Gillian to bring home the head of Edgar Allan Poe when the MWA gives them out at the end of April.

For a full list of this year's Edgar nominees, go to

If you'd like to read "What Do You Do?" — and a lot of other great stories about con men, scalawags, ne'er do wells, cads, scoundrels, and their disreputable brothers and sisters — ROGUES is available from your local bookstore or favorite online bookseller.  And you can snag a signed copy (signed by me, not Gillian, alas) from the Jean Cocteau Cinema at

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Congratulations also to the amazing and talented SOPHIE TURNER, our very own Sansa Stark, who has just landed the plum role of Jean Grey in the next X-MEN movie.

Yes, THAT Jean Grey.  Marvel Girl.  Phoenix.  Dark Phoenix.  One of the most iconic.. and most powerful… characters in the Marvel universe.

I first met Jean Grey in the first issue of the X-MEN, when Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduced them back in the 1960s.  I first met Sophie when when we were shooting the pilot of GAME OF THRONES.  This is a casting made in comic book heaven.  It brings out the old fanboy in me, the kid who used to write letters that began "Dear Stan and Jack."


 Sophie will be terrific.

'Nuff said.

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Telltale Two Trailer

January 22, 2015 at 12:57 pm
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Telltale Games has just released a trailer for the second episode of their GAME OF THRONES videogame.

This one is called "The Lost Lords."  (Hey, good title).


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Evil Little Bill Speaks

January 22, 2015 at 10:47 am
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Bill Belichick had a press conference this morning to discuss the deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game, and the accusations that the Patriots were cheating.

For those who missed it,  the highlights:

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Nipples Are Coming

January 21, 2015 at 1:28 pm
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Let's turn from the latest cheating scandal involving the New England Patriots to a much more pleasant subject: breasts.

It is completely legal and acceptable for men to go shirtless in public throughout the United States.  But in many states and cities, women do not have the same right.  And heaven forfend there should be a "wardrobe malfunction" during the SuperBowl or similar event that exposes the country to a brief split-second glimpse of a female nipple (actually a pastie, but don't confuse us with facts).  GAME OF THRONES is often slammed for showing too many breasts as well.  As are other cable shows.  And of course you can't show them at all on broadcast television.

Only in America.  Why do so many people in this country go mad at the sight of a nipple?

Anyway, this Friday at the Jean Cocteau we are screening FREE THE NIPPLE, the docudrama about the women who led the fight for nipple equality in New York City.

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New Mexico is not New York, of course… but our Cocteau staff will be appropriately clad to honor the fearless women who are the subject of the movie.

And we'll have Nipple-cakes too!

See you at the movies.

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A Tease from IMAX

January 20, 2015 at 7:59 pm
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If you happen to live in or near a town with an IMAX theater, it may be that you'll be one of the lucky ones who will get to see GAME OF THRONES on the big, big, BIG screen on January 29.

HBO will be screening the last two episodes from season 4 — "Watchers on the Walls" and "The Children" — at selected IMAX theatres for one week only.

Here's a taste:

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Alas, the Jean Cocteau does not have an IMAX screen.  There is an IMAX down in Albuquerque, but last I heard, it was not one of the theatres selected for those promotion, so New Mexicans are out of luck.

But not completely — the Jean Cocteau WILL be doing another free GAME OF THRONES marathon this year, screening all of the episodes from season four on our… alas… modest medium-sized screen.  We do hope to have cast and crew joining us via Skype, however.  So watch this space closely for details, and go to the Cocteau web site and sign up for our newsletter.

And all you folks who have an IMAX near at hand, enjoy the spectacle.

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Champs and Cheaters

January 20, 2015 at 12:16 pm
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I meant to post about last Sunday's football games on Monday morning, but I was too (a) busy, and (b) wrung out.

The NFC Championship contest will go down as one of the greatest, and strangest, games in the history of professional football.  It was either one of the greatest comebacks of all time, or one of the most spectacular collapses.  Maybe both.

Now, I am a fan of the Jets and Giants.  I hate and despise the Patriots and Cowboys, and I have a milder antipathy toward the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, and Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Peoples (thank you, TMQ).  Toward the Packers and Seahawks I have no particular feelings.  When they are playing a team I like, I root against them.  When they are playing a team I hate, I root for them.  When they are playing each other… well, I just want a good exciting game.  The NFC Championship wasn't an especially good game — too many turnovers — but they don't get much more exciting.  If I was a real true Seahawks fan, that improbable win might have made my heart explode.  If I was a real true Packer fan, I'd have slit my wrists.  I don't know how you get over that.  There was no way the Packers could lose that game, just no way.  But they managed.  Incredible.  I still hardly believe it.  "This can't be happening," I said several times, as it happened.  What's to say that a thousand sportswriters haven't already said?

Wow.  Just wow.

As for the AFC Championship… what a snoozefest.  I said last week that I didn't think the Colts could offer the Patriots much of a contest.  And they didn't.

But the aftermath is proving much more intriguing than the game itself.  What do you know?  It turns out Evil Little Bill and his Patriots were cheating.  Again.  The New England Deflatriots.

When the news first broke that the Patriots had illegally deflated their footballs, I shrugged it off, like most of the country.  Probably nothing to it, I figured.  They were so much the better team and they crushed the Colts so completely, why would they need to fiddle with the balls?  But with every passing day, this begins to look more serious.  Now the NFL is reporting that 11 of the 12 Patriot balls were under-inflated, so it definitely looks deliberate.  Was Evil Little Bill involved?  Was Tom Brady?  (Brady had to have known.  The Colt defensive back who intercepted a Brady pass knew at once, the moment he caught the ball, and Brady handles the ball on every offensive play).  What will the NFL do?

Much as I like to root against them, I would never deny that the Patriots have been a great team under Kraft and Belichick.  They have one of the greatest QBs in the history of the game, they have one of the greatest defensive coaches of all time, they draft well, they manage free agency and the salary cap well, they win and win and win.  In light of all that, you really have to wonder why they feel the need to cheat.  "Deflategate" marks the second time they have been caught at it, Spygate being the first.  Which has to make one wonder — how many times have they gotten away with stuff without being caught?  Even when the Patriots aren't crossing the lines, they are dancing right along the edge, as with the "substitution trick" they played against the Ravens.    Everyone in the NFL wants to win, sure… but win within the rules, please.  This seeming need to win at all costs, even if it means cheating, seems almost pathological.  And I don't believe for a moment that Evil Little Bill knew nothing.

I hope that the league comes down on New England like a ton of bricks.

And as for the Superbowl….


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Daniel and Ty Make Good

January 17, 2015 at 11:56 pm
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Daniel Abraham.  Ty Franck.  I knew them when.

Looks like GAME OF THRONES and DOCTOR WHO might have some competition for the Short Form Hugo in years to come.

The first trailer for THE EXPANSE is now up on YouTube:

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  You know, I think those lads might amount to something.


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Father of Robots, Dead at 100

January 16, 2015 at 3:45 pm
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There's sadness in Santa Fe, and amongst robots all througout the world.

Robbie the Robot's dad has died, at the age of 100.


VARIETY ran an obit for him… though, unaccountably, they barely mention Robbie in passing, instead headling Mr. Kinoshita's later lesser creation, Robbie's idiotic younger brother, the LOST IN SPACE robot.  (Who was so dumb he never realized he had no name but 'Robot.')

Robots live forever, but all men must die.  Still, Robbie is weeping into his popcorn today.

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The Daleks Are Here

January 16, 2015 at 1:24 pm
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Speaking of Doctor Who…

 (Which we were.  At least in passing, in my last post, and some of the comments on it).

… if you have ever wanted to see the Doctor on the big (well, medium-sized) screen, we're opening a Dr. Who movie at the Cocteau tonight.  Yes, there was a Doctor Who movie.  Two of them, in fact.  I am surprised by how many fans don't seem to know that.

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Peter Cushing plays the Doctor.  The Daleks play the Daleks.

(Maybe some hardcore Who-fan can tell me… when the Doctor's fandom talks about the third Doctor and the seventh Doctor and all that, right up to the present, how come Peter Cushing is never included or given a number.  Doesn't he count?  It almost seems as if his turn as the Doctor has been written out of history.  Was that done with time travel?)

LATER:  Okay, thanks for explaining, guys and gals.  I've got it now.

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