Johnny Depp

When Hollywood Comes Calling On British Writers

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How dumb of me – there I’ve been keeping mum for months instead of shooting my mouth off like I usually do, carefully avoiding any mention of what occurs in ‘Bryant & May 12: The Burning Man’ and what happens? I forget that the ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) have gone out this week! The cover […]

Why ‘Into The Woods’ Makes A Magnificent Movie

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In the early 1930s, George and Ira Gershwin wrote a pair of political satires, ‘Of Thee I Sing’ and ‘Let ‘Em Eat Cake’, which posited a dark future for American politics. They were musicals, and, like ‘Showboat’ (about another hot-potato subject – miscegenation) were unlikely hits. Wordsmiths love sophisticated musicals, an American art form once […]

Story Doctor: When The Action Goes Too Far

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This is the first in a new occasional series about stories. Today let’s look at so-called ‘jumping the shark’. This is the moment when something happens in a story that’s simply too much for the reader/viewer to swallow, and gets its name from an episode of ‘Happy Days’ in which Fonzie performs said stunt. It’s […]

Seeing Double

Some people have classy namesakes. There’s another Christopher Fowler, author, married to the excellent SF writer Pat Cadigan, whom I’m sometimes sat next to at lunches – he’s a very nice chap. But there’s also one that crops up a lot on Google Alerts. This is his latest escapade. Suspect scares girlfriend, hits a pylon […]