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December 10th, 2004
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Nerd Alert!!!! "Earthsea" on SciFi Channel, staring Monday!
And, Tig? It stars somebody from X-Men (X-Men II? Haven't looked him up yet - wasn't he Pyro, the one we all thought was cute, and I thought looked a wee bit like Dom?)... *G*

Here's the blurb from the home page of today's imdb.com (and if you go there, there are lots of hyperlinks):

"Legend of Earthsea" Premieres Monday, December 13 at 9/8C on SCI FI
"Legend of Earthsea", based upon Ursula K. Le Guin's beloved books, arrives as a SCI FI channel original miniseries, beginning tonight at 9/8C. Spanning two nights, "Legend of Earthsea" takes place on a world of islands, where wizards can shape destinies, princesses can be beguiled by evil, and dragons still darken the skies. Shawn Ashmore (X-Men) plays Ged, a young magician-in-training who must discover the extent of his powers even as he falls in love, fights evil men, and, becomes a legend in the mystical world of "Legend of Earthsea". The cast also includes Kristin Kreuk ("Smallville"), Isabella Rossellini, and Danny Glover. We have conjured up the photos, links to the trailers and the official site for "Legend of Earthsea", a SCI FI channel original miniseries, beginning Monday, December 13th, at 9/8C.

ETA: HOT DOMPIC! I do not exaggerate!!!! From Patsie, via beizy: http://www.livejournal.com/users/patsie/158233.html

ETA: Anima Mecanique? I think this Dork Tower was written for you.... *G* - http://www.livejournal.com/users/dorktowerfeed/52298.html

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From:ayrdaomei
Date:December 10th, 2004 01:26 pm (UTC)
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It stars somebody from X-Men (X-Men II?)

Shawn Ashmore? He plays Bobby Drake (Iceman) in the X-films ^_^
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From:rosamundeb
Date:December 10th, 2004 01:59 pm (UTC)
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*smacks forehead* Of course!!!! Still the one I thought looked like Dom, but got the two confused - thanks!
From:ninquelosse
Date:December 10th, 2004 01:46 pm (UTC)

From http://www.ursulakleguin.com/

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11/13/2004

"Miss Le Guin was not involved in the development of the material or the making of the film, but we've been very, very honest to the books," explains director Rob Lieberman. "We've tried to capture all the levels of spiritualism, emotional content and metaphorical messages. Throughout the whole piece, I saw it as having a great duality of spirituality versus paganism and wizardry, male and female duality. The final moments of the film culminate in the union of all that and represent two different belief systems in this world, and that's what Ursula intended to make a statement about. The only thing that saves this Earthsea universe is the union of those two beliefs."

Sci Fi Magazine
December 2004


I've tried very hard to keep from saying anything at all about this production, being well aware that movies must differ in many ways from the books they're based on, and feeling that I really had no business talking about it, since I was not included in planning it and was given no part in discussions or decisions.

That makes it particularly galling of the director to put words in my mouth.

Mr Lieberman has every right to say what his intentions were in making the film he directed, called "Earthsea." He has no right at all to state what I intended in writing the Earthsea books.

Had "Miss Le Guin" been honestly asked to be involved in the planning of the film, she might have discussed with the film-makers what the books are about.

When I tried to suggest the unwisdom of making radical changes to characters, events, and relationships which have been familiar to hundreds of thousands of readers all over the world for over thirty years, I was sent a copy of the script and informed that production was already under way.

So, for the record: there is no statement in the books, nor did I ever intend to make a statement, about "the union of two belief systems." There's nothing at all about the "duality of spirituality and paganism," whatever that means, either.

Earlier in the article, Robert Halmi is quoted as saying that Earthsea "has people who believe and people who do not believe." I can only admire Mr Halmi's imagination, but I wish he'd left mine alone.

In the books, the wizardry of the Archipelago and the ritualism of the Kargs are opposed and united, like the yang and yin. The rejoining of the broken arm-ring is a symbol of the restoration of an unresting, active balance, offering a risky chance of peace.

This has absolutely nothing to do with "people who believe and people who do not believe." That terrible division into Believers and Unbelievers (itself a matter not of reason but of belief) is one which bedevils Christianity and Islam and drives their wars.

But the wizards of Earthsea would look on such wars as madness, and the dragons of Earthsea would laugh at them and fly away...

Toto, something tells me Earthsea isn't Iraq.

I wonder if the people who made the film of The Lord of the Rings had ended it with Frodo putting on the Ring and ruling happily ever after, and then claimed that that was what Tolkien "intended..." would people think they'd been "very, very honest to the books"?

Ursula K. Le Guin
13 November 2004
From:ninquelosse
Date:December 10th, 2004 01:51 pm (UTC)

Re: From http://www.ursulakleguin.com/

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It looks pretty, though.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:December 10th, 2004 02:02 pm (UTC)

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Thank you so much!!!! I'm glad you posted this. I'd been wondering why none of my fellow geeks had said anything about this show, and now I know why...!

And how apropos is it that she ends with the bit about LOTR and Frodo and the Ring? *L*!

*bows to Mis LeGuin*

Now... why on earth didn't they even bother to talk to her? Probably something to do with having to pay her money or something... grrrrr...

*goes off to daydream about the "perfect world" that Frodo builds with the Ring - HA!*
From:ninquelosse
Date:December 10th, 2004 02:36 pm (UTC)

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I love her.

This is another case of "Don't you screw with my childhood, movie director person". PJ & Co. managed to avoid this in the main (coughFaramircough). However, it looks like Halmi & Co. decided not to take advantage of the fact that Ms. Le Guin is still living and able to answer questions and so I don't think I can take their version seriously at all. I may just stick to production photos.

I'm reading Always Coming Home right now (again). I should transcribe the preface and post it (it's only two pages) because it's such an insight into her writer's mind.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:December 10th, 2004 10:16 pm (UTC)

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It's been so long since I read Earthsea, and... what was the other one... The Left Hand of God? Honestly can't remember them anymore. Hopefully I'll re-read some of what she wrote one day!
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From:psyknife
Date:December 10th, 2004 05:36 pm (UTC)
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I saw an ad for that. I started reading those books a while back, but I didn't make it to far. Still interested to see it, though.
And, the guy's name is Sean Ashmore... she played Iceman. Mmmmm...
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