Michael Sellers’ Presentation at the Edgar Rice Burroughs Centennial Celebration

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We’re busy working on the press kit for John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood and one of the pieces that been created is a transcript of the presentation I made at the Edgar Rice Burroughs Centennial Celebration — Dum Dum 2012 —…

Michael Sellers’ Tribute Video to “An Army Dad on Veterans Day”

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Michael Sellers’ father died in 1972; he made this video in tribute, 40 years later, on Veterans day. The HD video is best viewed by clicking on the full screen icon.

Review: Top Sci Fi Author and Edgar Rice Burroughs scholar Richard Lupoff: “John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood a Must Read!”

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Reprinted from The John Carter Files. One of the early advance readers of John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood has been Richard Lupoff, who has been following the saga of John Carter closely since the beginning.  For those who aren’t familiar —…

What does Theodore Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena” mean when taken in the context of his entire “Citizenship in a Republic” speech from which it is excerpted?

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When I was a senior in High School, I was a football player who was fortunate enough to be considered for scholarships by a handful of colleges, including Brown University in Rhode Island. I liked Brown . . . it was Ivy League…

Pacquiao-Margarito: What We Can Learn From the Empathy, Grace, and Humility of Manny Pacquiao

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Reprinted from MichaelDSellers.com The original post has been viewed by more than 1 million on MichaelDSellers.com and countless more on the more than 50 Philippine publications who reprinted the article. In all, there were more than 400,000 Facebook Shares of the article, which…

Remembering My Songwriting Hero John Stewart on What Would Have Been His 72nd Birthday

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Today is the fourth anniversary of the death of John Stewart, the legendary songwriter who inspired me on more levels that I can begin to explain. He left us in 2008 but he’s not gone: his voice, his spirit and his ideas continue.…

The Balangiga Massacre: a hero tale, a tragedy, and a tantalizing unsolved mystery

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Reposted from MichaelDSellers.com For Americans in 1901, the Balangiga Massacre in the Philippines was the 9/11 attack of its day — a shattering, out-of-the-blue assault (or so it was initially reported) on an unsuspecting U.S. Army unit that was “peacefully occupying” the port town…

A Lifetime Love of Fishing and the Sea

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Reprinted from MichaelDSellers.com The deep and mystical allure of fishing has been with me since I can remember.   I’ve loved the mere presence of the ocean — I could stare at for hours, and be nurtured by it, and calmed by it.…

Remembering my true friend Rufo Balicas

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Reprinted from MichaelDSellers.com One of the great icons of Philippine film-making and a true friend of mine has died. Rufo Balicas is gone. Every time I hear some contrarian talk about how Facebook seems to be a waste of time I find myself…

A warrior-poet who honored his enemy, fallen and forgotten in Mindanao in 1913, remembered a century after his death

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Reprinted from MichaelDSellers.com Those fallen in battle on either side of a conflict always have a story, and most of those stories are quickly lost and soon forgotten.  One story worth remembering of a hero who understood and honored his enemy is that of…

Poet Aydah Al Aarawi Al Jahani’s Extraordinary and Courageous Voice

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Reprinted from MichaelDSellers.com In America we have American Idol — but far more profound is Millions Poet, Abu-Dhabi TV’s equivalent competition in which contestants declaim poetry and vie for a five million draheem prize. This season an extraordinary Saudi poetess, Ayda Al-Jahani, has…

Death of Gentle Slugger Harmon Killebrew Brings a Flood of Memories and a Whiff of Mortality

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Reprinted from MichaelDSellers.com It’s a rainy Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles and I am beset by a mountain of problems, deadlines, tasks unfinished, things to worry about — you name it. But all day, ever since I heard the news that my boyhood…

The Great Muppet Caper on a Slow Saturday Afternoon Reminds Us Just How Funny Those Muppet Movies Were

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It’s probably been at least 20 years since I looked at, or even thought about, the Muppet Movies, and today I stumbled across The Great Muppet Caper on cable and decided to watch for five minutes. I was hooked, laughing more than I…

John Sayles’ Philippine-American War Drama “Amigo” is Finally in US Theaters: Will this finally put the Fil-Am war on the map in the US consciousness?

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Reprinted from MichaelDSellers.com “At the turn of the 19th Century, the United States declared war on Spain. This conflict brought them to another nation, halfway around the world, where they decided to stay. PHILIPPINES 1900″  Thus starts the trailer for John Sayles latest…

Murdoch’s Crouching Tiger Flying Wendy Reminds All of Us With Tiger Wives Why We Are Blessed

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Reprinted from MichaelDSellers.com As I was watching Rupert Murdoch being grilled by British Parliamentarians, I found myself wondering idly who the sternly attractive Asian woman in pink was, sitting right behind him. I hadn’t followed Murdoch’s story well enough to know that she…

Reflections on the Fourth of July

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It’s July 4, 2010, and I’m continuing to reflect on Independence Day and what it actually means beyond hamburgers, hot dogs, and fireworks. Is there truly something to celebrate here, and if so, what is it?

Eleven Years Ago Today I Got One Thing Fantastically Right

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When you live a life that involves striving for achievement, there is a danger that you neglect family and end up being so obsessed with your “quest” that you miss out on what are truly the most important things in life.  I am…

So, at what point, if any, does Stanton’s John Carter become ERB’s John Carter?

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What triggered this question was MCR coming on and saying maybe Taylor Kitsch’s John Carter should win a People’s Choice Award for “Whiniest Super Hero” . . . we’ve all been there, done that, as far as the argument about Andrew Stanton’s flawed…

I Dream of Barsoom — Part 1

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From time to time I pop up here trying to coax comment insights from the denizens of JCF  that address the issue of what made the writing of Edgar Rice Burroughs special and different in comparison to, on the one hand, other pulp…

John Carter: The First Marketing Blunder – The Title

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This is a chapter from John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood. As introduction, I would just mention that one of the themes that the book explores is the role of the “influencer media” — those entertainment sites, and their readers/commenters, who follow…

A Beautiful Scan of Robert Abbett’s "A Princess of Mars" Art

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I’m working on the DVD disk art for the ERB Centennial and I’m looking at an absolutely gorgeous 62MB Tiff scan of Robert Abbett’s cover art for Edgar Rice Burroughs‘  A Princess of Mars. It’s incredible how much better this looks than anything…

Roy Krenkel’s Evocative Edgar Rice Burroughs Covers

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A disciple of J.Allen St. John, Franklin Booth, William Walcot and Norman Lindsay, Roy Krenkel was responsible for vividly evocative cover art for the ACE 1960’s Edgar Rice Burroughs paperbacks. For the gallery below I was able to get clean copies — no…

White Paper: The Case for John Carter Sequels

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The burst of activity at Comic Con by volunteers of the Back to Barsoom John Carter Sequel Facebook Group has attracted a certain amount of attention, but while there seems to a certain “we admire their pluck”,  many observers consider theirs to be a…

The Edgar Rice Burroughs Magic — What was it about his writing that was so special?

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There have been recent comments here on JCF about how the adaptation of John Carter was handled by Andrew Stanton, Michael Chabon, and Mark Andrews and as I was writing some responses I realized that there is a good chapter in John Carter…

Quick Thought: "Thelma and Louise" and "John Carter" have something in common?

John Carter, more than almost any movie that I’ve seen in awhile, grows on you in subsequent viewings as small things that almost invariably strengthen the viewing experience “stick” on subsequent viewings. An example — the relationship progression between John Carter and Dejah…

How the Lone Ranger created problems for John Carter

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In working on John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood , one of the things that was extremely important to pin down was — when and how did the “bloated budget” negative storyline begin, and how did it roll out?   Ironically,  The…