Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sorkinisms useful for cli fi writers penning their first clifi novels...

Sorkinisms useful for cli fi writers penning their first clifi novels...

''The difference between being on page one and page zero is the difference between life and death.''

"The difference between being on page two and being on page nothing is the difference between life and death."

"The difference between Page 2 and Page Nothing is the difference between life and death.”

 

"It's the same with how Sorkin describes writing. The difference between page 0 and page 1 is life and death."

10 predictions about the rise of ''Cli-Fi'' in 2015 with tentpole clarity

 

 
1. A major academic journal/newspaper in Washington DC will publish an in-depth over-view of the impact and rise of cli fi and the cli fi genre inside academia in the USA and Europe. Jackson Harrington is working on the story right now, with a PR lobbying tip from this blog set up last summer and his editors greenlit the story.

2. THE NEW YORK TIMES will publish a surprisingly quixotic OPED about the rise of cli fi movies within Hollywood, penned by a Hollywood insider.

3. The UN climate confab in Paris will fail and go down in history as a collosal fail. Business as usual. Building on earlier fails in Copenhagen and Lima, Peru, it's just more business as usual. Sorry, but that's the way it is.

4. Paolo Bacigalupi's novel THE WATER KNIFE about water wars in the near future between two cities in the American southwest, Las Vegas and Phoenix, will be published in MAY and be hailed as a powerful cli fi novel by a book critic for the New York Times, Dwight Garner. The book will be optioned for a movie with a release date set for 2020.

5. Margaret Atwood's MADDADDAM trilogy is set for an HBO showing with Darrern Aronofsky directing, and the movie will find a writer in 2015 to start penning the screenplay, and a projected 2018 release date.

6. The new ''MAD MAX'' movie “Fury Road” will be hailed as an early contender for 2015's Cli-Fi Movie Awards, the Cliffies, see korgw101.blogspot.com

A hat tio to Peter Sinclair at Climate Denial Crock of the Week for the heads up.  
Tom Hardy as an updated Mad Max.
 
7.  The Oscars show on February 22, 2015 will make history for being the first Oscars telecast to mention the cli fi term on stage, when one of the presenters and one of the award recipients gives a shout to the cli fi genre.
 
8. The continuing dialogue between members of the ''sci fi'' community of writers and readers and members of the ''cli fi'' community of writers and readers will result in some surprising new understandings and achievements in communication across genres.
 
9. Reuters News Agency, following the wake of the AP, the New York Times and TIME magazine, will publish an important Reuters wire story about the rise of cli fi movies in Hollywood, reported by Piya Sinha-Roy  in the Thomson-Reuters Los Angeles bureau
 
10. ADD YOUR PREDICTION HERE in comments section below.....

You Just Don't Get It: Why Unchecked and Uncontrolled climate change and AGW Spell Massive Human Die-offs of Billions of People in the Distant Future Worldwide Circa 2500 AD


You Just Don't Get It:

Why Unchecked and Uncontrolled Climate Change and AGW Spell Massive Human Die-offs of Billions of People in the Distant Future Worldwide [Circa 2500 A.D.] and Nothing Can Stop It

You Just Don't Get It:

Why Unchecked and Uncontrolled Climate Change and AGW Spell Massive Human Die-offs of Billions of People in the Distant Future Worldwide [Circa 2500 A.D.]

LOOK, I don't want to spoil your Sunday brunch in Manhattan or London (or wherever you are at this very moment while reading this)....BUT I need to tell you something....I need to say this....without hiding behind false illusions of so-called geo-engineering "fixes" or "we will find a way Pollyanna groups (as well as the "don't worry, we've got it all under control" oil lobby boosters and energy multinationals)...and what I have to say today is this:

You Just Don't Get It:

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LOOK, I don't want to spoil your Sunday brunch in Manhattan or London (or wherever you are at this very moment while reading this)....BUT I need to tell you something....I need to say this....without hiding behind false illusions of so-called geo-engineering "fixes" or "we will find a way Pollyanna groups (as well as the "don't worry, we've got it all under control" oil lobby boosters and energy multinationals)...and what I have to say today is this:


You Just Don't Get It:

Why Unchecked and Uncontrolled Climate Change and AGW Spell Massive Human Die-offs of Billions of People in the Distant Future Worldwide [Circa 2500 A.D.]

LOOK, I don't want to spoil your Sunday brunch in Manhattan or London (or wherever you are at this very moment while reading this)....BUT I need to tell you something....I need to say this....without hiding behind false illusions of so-called geo-engineering "fixes" or "we will find a way Pollyanna groups (as well as the "don't worry, we've got it all under control" oil lobby boosters and energy multinationals)...and what I have to say today is this:


You Just Don't Get It:

Why Unchecked and Uncontrolled Climate Change and AGW Spell Massive Human Die-offs of Billions of People in the Distant Future Worldwide [Circa 2500 A.D.]

LOOK, I don't want to spoil your Sunday brunch in Manhattan or London (or wherever you are at this very moment while reading this)....BUT I need to tell you something....I need to say this....without hiding behind false illusions of so-called geo-engineering "fixes" or "we will find a way Pollyanna groups (as well as the "don't worry, we've got it all under control" oil lobby boosters and energy multinationals)...and what I have to say today is this:


You Just Don't Get It:

Why Unchecked and Uncontrolled Climate Change and AGW Spell Massive Human Die-offs of Billions of People in the Distant Future Worldwide [Circa 2500 A.D.]

LOOK, I don't want to spoil your Sunday brunch in Manhattan or London (or wherever you are at this very moment while reading this)....BUT I need to tell you something....I need to say this....without hiding behind false illusions of so-called geo-engineering "fixes" or "we will find a way Pollyanna groups (as well as the "don't worry, we've got it all under control" oil lobby boosters and energy multinationals)...and what I have to say today is this:


You Just Don't Get It:

Why Unchecked and Uncontrolled Climate Change and AGW Spell Massive Human Die-offs of Billions of People in the Distant Future Worldwide [Circa 2500 A.D.]

LOOK, I don't want to spoil your Sunday brunch in Manhattan or London (or wherever you are at this very moment while reading this)....BUT I need to tell you something....I need to say this....without hiding behind false illusions of so-called geo-engineering "fixes" or "we will find a way Pollyanna groups (as well as the "don't worry, we've got it all under control" oil lobby boosters and energy multinationals)...and what I have to say today is this:

You Just Don't Get It:

Why Unchecked and Uncontrolled Climate Change and AGW Spell Massive Human Die-offs of Billions of People in the Distant Future Worldwide [Circa 2500 A.D.]

LOOK, I don't want to spoil your Sunday brunch in Manhattan or London (or wherever you are at this very moment while reading this)....BUT I need to tell you something....I need to say this....without hiding behind false illusions of so-called geo-engineering "fixes" or "we will find a way Pollyanna groups (as well as the "don't worry, we've got it all under control" oil lobby boosters and energy multinationals)...and what I have to say today is this:

You Just Don't Get It:

Why Unchecked and Uncontrolled Climate Change and AGW Spell Massive Human Die-offs of Billions of People in the Distant Future Worldwide [Circa 2500 A.D.]

LOOK, I don't want to spoil your Sunday brunch in Manhattan or London (or wherever you are at this very moment while reading this)....BUT I need to tell you something....I need to say this....without hiding behind false illusions of so-called geo-engineering "fixes" or "we will find a way Pollyanna groups (as well as the "don't worry, we've got it all under control" oil lobby boosters and energy multinationals)...and what I have to say today is this:

You Just Don't Get It:

Why Unchecked and Uncontrolled Climate Change and AGW Spell Massive Human Die-offs of Billions of People in the Distant Future Worldwide [Circa 2500 A.D.]

LOOK, I don't want to spoil your Sunday brunch in Manhattan or London (or wherever you are at this very moment while reading this)....BUT I need to tell you something....I need to say this....without hiding behind false illusions of so-called geo-engineering "fixes" or "we will find a way Pollyanna groups (as well as the "don't worry, we've got it all under control" oil lobby boosters and energy multinationals)...and what I have to say today is this:

You Just Don't Get It:

Why Unchecked and Uncontrolled Climate Change and AGW Spell Massive Human Die-offs of Billions of People in the Distant Future Worldwide [Circa 2500 A.D.]

LOOK, I don't want to spoil your Sunday brunch in Manhattan or London (or wherever you are at this very moment while reading this)....BUT I need to tell you something....I need to say this....without hiding behind false illusions of so-called geo-engineering "fixes" or "we will find a way Pollyanna groups (as well as the "don't worry, we've got it all under control" oil lobby boosters and energy multinationals)...and what I have to say today is this:

You Just Don't Get It:

Why Unchecked and Uncontrolled Climate Change and AGW Spell Massive Human Die-offs of Billions of People in the Distant Future Worldwide [Circa 2500 A.D.]

LOOK, I don't want to spoil your Sunday brunch in Manhattan or London (or wherever you are at this very moment while reading this)....BUT I need to tell you something....I need to say this....without hiding behind false illusions of so-called geo-engineering "fixes" or "we will find a way Pollyanna groups (as well as the "don't worry, we've got it all under control" oil lobby boosters and energy multinationals)...and what I have to say today is this:

You Just Don't Get It:

Why Unchecked and Uncontrolled Climate Change and AGW Spell Massive Human Die-offs of Billions of People in the Distant Future Worldwide [Circa 2500 A.D.]

LOOK, I don't want to spoil your Sunday brunch in Manhattan or London (or wherever you are at this very moment while reading this)....BUT I need to tell you something....I need to say this....without hiding behind false illusions of so-called geo-engineering "fixes" or "we will find a way Pollyanna groups (as well as the "don't worry, we've got it all under control" oil lobby boosters and energy multinationals)...and what I have to say today is this:

You Just Don't Get It:

Why Unchecked and Uncontrolled Climate Change and AGW Spell Massive Human Die-offs of Billions of People in the Distant Future Worldwide [Circa 2500 A.D.]

LOOK, I don't want to spoil your Sunday brunch in Manhattan or London (or wherever you are at this very moment while reading this)....BUT I need to tell you something....I need to say this....without hiding behind false illusions of so-called geo-engineering "fixes" or "we will find a way Pollyanna groups (as well as the "don't worry, we've got it all under control" oil lobby boosters and energy multinationals)...and what I have to say today is this:

Naomi Klein in WIRED magazine interview dishes her views on the power of ''CLI FI'' movies and novels to raise awareness worldwide



From a book-in-progress, a nonfiction collection of essays titled "CRI DE COEUR" -- re "an impassioned outcry, as of entreaty or protest. [French ''cri de cœur'' : cri, cry + de, of + cœur, heart.] -- an excerpt from the introduction:
We were able to get climate activist and writer Naomi Klein, from Canada, to start using the ''cli-fi'' term in public the other day in an interview published in WIRED magazine. That was nice to see. She knows the term now and uses it when speaking to the media. So all our PR boosterism over the past few years.... 24/7 without let up, not a day off since 2006, online every day since then, weekends too, and not needing a vacation at all because this is our vocation...has paid off in this kind of premium. Naomi Klein!

She knows the term, and its meaning, and she uses it in public in media interviews. She approves of it, she likes it.

QUOTE: “This boom in cli-fi literature is exciting, but I think it can become dangerous if it isn’t seen as a warning, but just seen as inevitable. I think Margaret Atwood—not to be too Canadian about it—but I think Margaret Atwood’s In the Year of the Flood and that whole trilogy, that whole climate trilogy, is an example of the kind of narrative that really does serve as clarion warning, as opposed to just sort of hopeless ‘we’re on this road, we can’t get off.’ And it’s hard to define what makes something more of a warning than just affirming that sense of the inevitable.''

Many other writers, bloggers, reporters, literary critics, social observers, readers and media pundits have taken to using the cli fi term in public, too, especially since the April 2014 cli fi break-out news story on NPR radio by freelance radio reporter Angela Evancie.

Not only does Naomi Klein use the term now in the pubic prints, but also include Andy Revkin, the science reporter and Pace University professor who runs the DOT EARTH blog at the New York Times, Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood in several opeds published in Canada and Britain, and such literary critics and media observers as Rodge Glass, Alison Flood, Pilita Clark in the UK....Danilo Taino and Bruno Abrezza in Italy....Roberta Machado and Luiza Kirn in Brazil.... and bloggers in Norway, Finland, Germany, Taiwan and France. Cli fi has gone global. Of course! It's a global term for a global meme!

Novelists who are aware of the cli fi term now include, Lisa Jensen in Denmark, Hamish MacDonald in Scotland, and David Brin, Kim Stanley Robinson, Tobias Buckell, Jeff Vandermeer, Hugh Howey, Paolo Bacigalupi, Edna Dekroopa, and dozens of others. So do academics and critics such as Gerry Canavan, Andrew Milner and H. Bruce Franklin.

Thanks to many media outlets that did stories about the rise of cli fi ....such as the New York Times ROOM FOR DEBATE oped in the summer of 2014, TIME magazine's May 19 issue and Tamara Lush's AP wire story in November 2014 that was printed in over 1500 newspapers and websites worldwide... the term has reached the general public, too.

Cli fi has arrived.

Cli fi has been PR boosted to the next level.

Cli fi is here.

There is no stopping cli fi now.

But will cli fi save the planet?

Can cli fi save the planet?

We shall see in the coming decades what cli fi can do.

The bets are on.

It's a new playing field now.

Long live the the power of ''cli-fi'' PR boosterism and the tireless work behind the scenes of ''TEAM CLI-FI ''(and you know who you are, dear colleagues and PR mavens in the UK and the USA).




Thursday, December 18, 2014

Upcoming 2015 Oscars telecast likely to be quiet, sombre show -- or will it be vociferous and ranting?

 
The Oscars telecast on February 22 is most likely to be a toned-down event from the usual fare in the wake of the massive international hacking of the Sony Picture Entertainment computer system.

Whereas past Oscars presented millions of TV viewers worldwide with ribald jokes and trendy selfies by the likes of actors and comics like such as Billy Crystal and Ellen DeGeneres, the upcoming Oscars show in Hollywood will not be as extravagant and fun as years gone by.

In the Bloom family home in the 1950s and 1960s, we all gathered in the "den" of our one-story home in western Massachusetts and watched the famous actors and actresses of the day come up to the stage to receive their awards and give their acceptance speeches.

Mom and Dad on the sofa in the back of the den, and my brother and sisters sitting on the floor in front of the TV set, we all watched with not only rapt attention but also rapt anticipation. The stage sets were gorgeous, the songs sung live were wonderful to listen to and the jokes came at us one by one all through the three to four hour show.

For me, the most important part of the Oscars every year, then and now, were the acceptance speeches. If there were 50 acceptance speeches, one or two always stood out where the actor or actress threw away their prepared speech and delivered an impromptu, ad-libbed speech with an emotional heft that went above the third floor balcony of the Hollywood hall where the show was being staged. The speeches, the speeches, that is what I always tuned in for, and still do.

And the jokes. If nothing else, the Oscars telecast is a four hour joke-a-thon that gently sheds light on the culture at large across America. Jewish jokes, Italian jokes, African American jokes, feminist jokes, gay jokes, cross-cultural and international jokes. The show was always one long comedy show, linked by the usual award presentations and speeches.

But this coming Oscars show, the entire telecast will be presented and viewed, sad to say, in the tragic shadows of the massive hack attack on SONY. There won't be as many jokes as in previous years and the presenters will carry grave, serious faces rather than the usual comic turns and pratfalls.
I mean, how does one laugh after one of Hollywood's major studioes was brought to its knees by an illegal hack from the depths of some rogue computer soldiers? 

Sure, Neil Patrick Harris will do his best as host, and the writing team, led by Greg Berlanti as head writer, with
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron producing the entire 240-minute shindig, will do their best to provide some shelter from the storm.

The 87th annual Academy Awards will air live on Sunday, February 22, 2015, on ABC-TV and be seen by millions of movie fans across the world.

But this upcoming show won't be the Oscars we are used to. Instead, in the wake of what happened at SONY at the tail end of 2014, the upcoming telecast will be a somber, quiet affair that does its best to tip-toe around the very sensitive issues that have disrupted the usual Hollywood chatter as never before.

Or will the presenters and the host get right into the fray and speak directly about the hack heard round the world?

The trio of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and and Dan Sterling that created the ill-fated and controversial SONY comedy ‘'The Interview'' will be watching, too. But will any of them be seated in the audience that night? Stay tuned.

''Cli-Fi'', come Hollywood vuole salvare il mondo



Pubblicato da Il futuro è tornato in 18/12/2014

  Tags: Cli-Fi, climate fiction,
ecologia, film, Hollywood



Questo signore dall'aria piacevolmente alternativa si chiama DannyBloom, un attivista sulle tematiche ambientale che si diletta di
recensioni cinematografiche.

Qui lo vedete con una definizione che lo
reso famoso nel circuito, quel "cli-fi" che da il titolo a questo post
e alla riflessione di oggi.

Bloom ha usato questo hashtag e questa
definizione a partire dal 2008 ed è piaciuta al punto da essere
ripresa da più voci, uno di quei casi in cui la rete rilancia una idea
simpatica.

Ma cosa sarebbe questa "cli-fi"?



In poche parole Bloom identifica con questa definizione un sottogenere
nelle produzioni a tema fantascientifico, cli-fi per climate fiction,
ovvero film con temi legati all'ecologia o che hanno come tema forte
riflessioni su disastri ambientali.

A volerla mettere giù un pò più
dura, i film in cui Hollywood vuole ricoprire un ruolo sociale -
martellando in testa agli spettatori che se non si danno una regolata
dovranno affrontare futuri disastrosi.

Non è un fenomeno nuovo, già
negli anni '60 e '70 avevamo avuto a che fare con molti film dove
l'inquinamento o un disastro atomico erano il propulsore dell'intera
narrazione, e questo tema ben si sposava con i timori di un nuovo
conflitto globale.

E' altrettanto vero però che in quel di Tinseltown
serpeggia da tempo una seconda ondata ambientalista (o forse è la
terza, se vogliamo contare il periodo dei documentari prodotti da
grandi nomi degli anni '80 e '90).

Se vogliamo quindi prendere in
considerazione i film di genere usciti sul mercato a partire dal 2008
con questo genere di impostazione è facile vedere come siano piuttosto
rilevanti.

 Proprio nel 2008 escono "City of Ember", il mostro
simil-Godzilla di "Cloverfield", il post apocalittico "Mutant
Chronicles" e il famoso cartoon "WALL-E".


 Il 2009 non è certo da meno. Escono produzioni come "2012", tutto
basato sulla fine del mondo, un gioiello di animazione come "9" (da
recuperare assolutamente), la versione moderna del classico "Astro
Boy" e il film post apocalittico più duro degli ultimi anni - "The
Road".

Non si può dire che non abbiano voluto darci un certo tipo di
messaggio, giusto? L'anno successivo ci porta altri post apocalittici,
tra cui va citata la produzione più di cassetta - "The Book of Eli" -
insieme però a un film fatto con pochi soldi e molte buone idee, quel
"Monsters" che ci ha mostrato il talento di Gareth Edwards (anche
questo da recuperare).Il 2011 non ci ha invece portato titoli di
rilievo per questa tematica (chissà come l'avrà presa il buon Bloom) e
anche il 2012 non è stato proprio esagerato in questa direzione.

Vanno
comunque ricordati il reboot di "Total Recall" (comunque inferiore
all'originale), il ridicolo "Upside Down" (ottimo candidato per il
premio "peggiore dell'anno") e il poco noto "Seeking a Friend for the
End of the World" che avrebbe meritato miglior fortuna.


A risollevarele sorti della cli-fi arriva un'ondata di film nel 2013, tra cuiproduzioni ad altissimo budget come "Oblivion", "After Earth" ed"Elysium", un capolavoro come "Snowpiercer" (qui uscito nel 2014) e
quel fallimento imbarazzante che è stato "The Colony".Arrivando
finalmente a quest'anno, crediamo siano da sottolineare l'ottimo
"Godzilla" (guarda un pò, diretto da Gareth Edwards) e la
super-produzione del 2014 - "Interstellar" dei fratelli Nolan.

Sarcasmo a parte, il messaggio a proposito delle apocalissi possibili
a venire ci è chiaro da un pezzo.

Speriamo almeno che da Hollywood
arrivino migliori trame, magari con qualche base scientifica, tanto
per dare un senso più compiuto al volersi interessare del clima.

korgw101.blogspot.com

Cli-Fi, come Hollywood vuole salvare il mondo

danny bloom cli-fi


Questo signore dall’aria piacevolmente alternativa si chiama Danny Bloom, un attivista sulle tematiche ambientale che si diletta di recensioni cinematografiche. Qui lo vedete con una definizione che lo reso famoso nel circuito, quel “cli-fi” che da il titolo a questo post e alla riflessione di oggi. Bloom ha usato questo hashtag e questa definizione a partire dal 2008 ed è piaciuta al punto da essere ripresa da più voci, uno di quei casi in cui la rete rilancia una idea simpatica.
Ma cosa sarebbe questa “cli-fi”?

In poche parole Bloom identifica con questa definizione un sottogenere nelle produzioni a tema fantascientifico, cli-fi per climate fiction, ovvero film con temi legati all’ecologia o che hanno come tema forte riflessioni su disastri ambientali. A volerla mettere giù un pò più dura, i film in cui Hollywood vuole ricoprire un ruolo sociale – martellando in testa agli spettatori che se non si danno una regolata dovranno affrontare futuri disastrosi. Non è un fenomeno nuovo, già negli anni ’60 e ’70 avevamo avuto a che fare con molti film dove l’inquinamento o un disastro atomico erano il propulsore dell’intera narrazione, e questo tema ben si sposava con i timori di un nuovo conflitto globale.E’ altrettanto vero però che in quel di Tinseltown serpeggia da tempo una seconda ondata ambientalista (o forse è la terza, se vogliamo contare il periodo dei documentari prodotti da grandi nomi degli anni ’80 e ’90). Se vogliamo quindi prendere in considerazione i film di genere usciti sul mercato a partire dal 2008 con questo genere di impostazione è facile vedere come siano piuttosto rilevanti. Proprio nel 2008 escono “City of Ember“, il mostro simil-Godzilla di “Cloverfield”, il post apocalittico “Mutant Chronicles” e il famoso cartoon “WALL-E“.
Wall-EIl 2009 non è certo da meno. Escono produzioni come “2012”, tutto basato sulla fine del mondo, un gioiello di animazione come “9” (da recuperare assolutamente), la versione moderna del classico “Astro Boy” e il film post apocalittico più duro degli ultimi anni – “The Road”. Non si può dire che non abbiano voluto darci un certo tipo di messaggio, giusto? L’anno successivo ci porta altri post apocalittici, tra cui va citata la produzione più di cassetta – “The Book of Eli” – insieme però a un film fatto con pochi soldi e molte buone idee, quel “Monsters” che ci ha mostrato il talento di Gareth Edwards (anche questo da recuperare).Il 2011 non ci ha invece portato titoli di rilievo per questa tematica (chissà come l’avrà presa il buon Bloom) e anche il 2012 non è stato proprio esagerato in questa direzione. Vanno comunque ricordati il reboot di “Total Recall” (comunque inferiore all’originale), il ridicolo “Upside Down” (ottimo candidato per il premio “peggiore dell’anno”) e il poco noto “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” che avrebbe meritato miglior fortuna. A risollevare le sorti della cli-fi arriva un’ondata di film nel 2013, tra cui produzioni ad altissimo budget come “Oblivion”, “After Earth” ed “Elysium”, un capolavoro come “Snowpiercer” (qui uscito nel 2014) e quel fallimento imbarazzante che è stato “The Colony”.SnowpiecrcerArrivando finalmente a quest’anno, crediamo siano da sottolineare l’ottimo “Godzilla” (guarda un pò, diretto da Gareth Edwards) e la super-produzione del 2014 – “Interstellar” dei fratelli Nolan. Sarcasmo a parte, il messaggio a proposito delle apocalissi possibili a venire ci è chiaro da un pezzo. Speriamo almeno che da Hollywood arrivino migliori trame, magari con qualche base scientifica, tanto per dare un senso più compiuto al volersi interessare del clima.