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Sue Storm goes steampunk

Now this is fun: a steampunk Sue Storm action figure, in full Victorian garb, obviously not formed of unstable molecules.

Somebody had fun making this, and that somebody is named Sillof.

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More romance, more often

If you had told me this time last year that there would be two romance novels with invisible heroines crossing my path in the next twelve months, I’d have laughed at you — and then started hanging around the bookstore.

The second one (this was the first) is Elizabeth Boyle’s Tempted by the Night, a disarmingly clever, and startlingly sexy, Regency tale of a woman who has no idea that the ring she wears will grant her a wish, especially not this wish:

“I wish . . .” Hermione said aloud, as if testing the words. “I wish I were a phantom from sunset to sunrise just like Lady Zoe so I could discover all of Lord Rockhurst’s secrets.”

Then she finished her wish with three silent words.

And he, mine.

As the sun recedes, the lady vanishes, and sets out on what she thinks is a fairly modest — in terms of scope, anyway — quest.

(Reviews and an excerpt here.)

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Nevidimka

Which is more or less “Invisible” in Russian. This 2008 tune by Gorod 312 is almost sinfully catchy, and there’s bonus Vanishing Band Members content besides.

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Recognition after the fact

William Schoell’s Great Old Movies blog reviews 1940’s The Invisible Woman, awarding three stars “if you’re in a silly mood on a rainy Sunday.” More impressive: he manages to do a decent summation of all the plots and subplots and whatnot in a single paragraph. And let’s not forget the “Terrific ending!” Nice to know this trifle of a film (which, of course, provided the very name for this site) is still being watched, nearly seventy years after its release.

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The return of Scarlet O’Neil

Before there was Wonder Woman, before there was Supergirl, there was Scarlet O’Neil, who first appeared in a comic strip by Russell Stamm in 1940 — and then promptly disappeared, a distinct advantage for a young lady fighting crime, though inasmuch as she appeared in outline while invisible, she didn’t save Stamm any significant amount of ink. The strip ran for fifteen years.

And now, she’s appeared again, under the aegis of Russell Stamm, Jr., with a new graphic novel coming out this year. (She’s even got a MySpace page.) Having had the privilege of overbidding for Scarlet’s book-length adventures on eBay over the years, I’m delighted to be able to pick up on a new adventure at real-world prices.

(Thanks to Paul Cwick.)

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The Abrams effect

From Ain’t It Cool News regarding Wolf Man:

Second contender is Matt Reeves, director of CLOVERFIELD, but my source doesn’t know if Reeves will be free because he’s supposedly working on not only CLOVERFIELD 2, but is working on INVISIBLE WOMAN with JJ Abrams again producing. That was news to me, but it’s what I hear.

Of course, we told you that almost six months ago. Then again, it might not be such a big deal after all, if you take this description from Cinematical seriously:

Reeves has also signed to direct The Invisible Woman, “a Hitchcock-style thriller” he wrote that “probes the mind of a former beauty queen who turns to a life of crime to protect her family.”

Assuming, of course, this isn’t just more of Abrams’ world-class misdirection.

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You may already have seen “I See You”

Besides here, I mean. The Bollywood feature has found its way to amazon.com, where its first reviewer made note of its marked similarity to the 2005 US film Just Like Heaven, which is based on Marc Levy’s novel If Only It Were True, a copy of which is on my bookshelf.

The second reviewer was Marc Levy himself, who was not pleased:

Vivek Agrawal has completely stole the story from [my book]. It’s really amazing that not only he stole the story, dialogues of the book (even the name of the dog in the movie is the same than in the book) and still put his name in the credit as a writer!

A check of the Internet Movie Database suggests that this isn’t the first time Levy’s been ripped off by Bollywood, either: Fazil’s Vismayathumbathu (2004) seems to be basically the same story. (Interestingly, the IMDb picks up on the connection to Levy’s novel with Vismayathumbathu, but not with I See You.)

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A lot not to see

This video at YouTube is a nice compilation of “clips of invisible and ghostly women,” set to GrooveLily’s song “Phantom Lover.” (I tried embedding it over here, but it killed the template.)

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A crook to watch out for

Fox TV is looking toward a possible series about a career criminal with the power of invisibility: they’ve given a script commitment, working title Invisible (how unusual!), with McG (Supernatural) to produce. The script is by Ari Eisner, last seen on The Tick and several spoof trailers.

This could be interesting, if only because the focus will almost inevitably be on the bad guy.

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Is this a blockbuster in the making?

Once in a while I toss up search queries by the dozen and see where they land. Most of the time, nothing special. This time: a J. J. Abrams project called The Invisible Woman, written and directed by Matt Reeves.

This is the same twosome who is bringing us a scarefest which may or may not be titled Cloverfield, due out in mid-January. I’m just cynical enough to think that the Invisible Woman stuff is a red herring, designed to keep your attention away from Cloverfield; still, if you really wanted a film about an invisible woman, these are the guys you’d hire, right?

We shall see.

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Mr Growley

We note with sorrow the passing of actor Charles Lane, the last surviving cast member of Universal’s 1940 The Invisible Woman. Lane was 102 and not ill: he just closed his eyes and departed.

You can see Lane as Mr Growley being tormented by Virginia Bruce as Kitty Carroll (yes!) on this very page.

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You can hear her, anyway

Tall Tales Audio is releasing a new audiobook (on CD) by Ilona Bray called Nikki the Invisible Girl, about a gawky 11-year-old who really wants to disappear, and gets to.

Nikki’s initial excitement at disappearing into thin air — with its attendant abilities to spy on the cutest boy in class and get even with the mean kids — turns to an understanding that life’s sticky situations can be hard to get out of, whether you’re invisible or not!

This set of three stories is aimed at 4- to 8-year-olds, and it’s due out the end of this week. MP3 downloads are hinted at.

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A descendant of Jack Griffin

Variety reports on the next Invisible Man project, and it’s something you have (or haven’t) seen before:

Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have set David Goyer to write and direct “The Invisible Man,” a new take on the H.G. Wells classic. Brian Grazer will produce.

Conceived as a sequel to Wells’ original tale, the story centers on a British nephew of the original Invisible Man. Once he discovers his uncle’s formula for achieving invisibility, he is recruited by British intelligence agency MI5 during WWII.

“I’ve always been a fan of the original H.G. Wells book as well as the Universal film and felt the property was ripe for reimagining,” Goyer said.

I doubt that James Whale’s 1933 classic is at all threatened, but I’m happy to see that someone’s doing something with the concept.

(Via Defamer.)

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Another invisible kid

This one, though, might be having some fun:

Maya (Kavya Madhavan) is an investigative journalist working for New India television. She is also a social crusader and a runs an orphanage for destitute children at her home. Her boss Radha Ramanan (Mukesh) has an eye on her, but she is fiercely independent. Her neighbour is a renowned international scientist Sekharan (Jackie Shroff). One of the mischievous boys in her orphanage Devan (Master Devan) drinks a green potion made by Sekharan, and he becomes invisible!

Athisayan is just out in India, and unfortunately I don’t speak a word of Malayalam, but I suspect this is enough of a kidflick for me to be able to follow it just from the visuals; hey, it almost works for Bollywood musicals.

(Via varnachitram.)

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Drama in the shadows

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t by Hungarian director Attila Szász is a 30-minute short with a full measure of terror, at least judging by the trailer. From the official synopsis:

But this day is different. This day Dad brings something home from the lab. And the next morning … Alex becomes invisible. Is it possible that a father makes his own son disappear? Or is there any other explanation? An unthinkable one… An unbearable one…

Szász’ visuals are stunning, and the score is equally compelling. Now You See Me has made the festival circuit a couple of times since its 2005 release; I’m hoping for a chance to see it myself.

(Seen at DirectorsNotes.com.)

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Group dynamics

It’s been many years since the fabled Levi’s “invisible couple”, and let’s face it, invisible people aren’t shown (sorry) very much in music videos. (The definitive example, I’m inclined to think, was in “Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go)” from beautifulgarbage, in which the entire band is green-screened out.)

But inevitably someone would take another shot at it, and this time it’s the French sort-of-electro band Neimo, who have rendered a hot-and-bothered couple in blank space in the video for their song “Hot Girl”. (Windows Media 10 or QuickTime 7 apparently required.) The motion on this is kinda jerky in spots, but this, I think, is appropriate, given the jaggedness of the song.

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