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Posts Tagged ‘Ken Kesey’

Half Price Books Hosts Tournament of Villains

Inspired by the NCAA basketball tournament, Half Price Books has launched a Tournament of Villains, pitting 64 evil characters against one another to figure out “who’s the baddest one of all.”

The voting period for round one ends today at 2 p.m. CST. These antagonists come from a diverse range of titles; from William Shakespeare‘s Iago (the play Othello) to Ken Kesey‘s Nurse Ratched (the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) to J.K. Rowling‘s Lord Voldemort (the Harry Potter series).

Here’s more from the website: “All epic stories have the same things in common: Confrontation. Tension. Obstacles. A proper antagonist propels the story, raises the stakes, and does everything in his, her or its power to win each battle. We thought we’d give these scoundrels a bonus round, sans any do-gooders to get in their way – a proper second chance to prove once and for all who’s the baddest one of all.”

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Could Jack Black Play Ken Kesey?

180px-KoolAid_1stUSEd_front.jpgIn some of the trippiest adaptation news to surface in years, both Jack Black and Woody Harrelson are on the shortlist to play novelist Ken Kesey in a film version of Tom Wolfe‘s classic examination of hippie culture, “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.”

According to Rolling Stone, the film will be guided by Gus Van Sant, the director of “Milk” and the literary-minded “Finding Forrester.” Van Sant and Kesey were friends in the 1970s, and the author gave the director his blessing.

The article quotes one of Kesey’s close friends, Carolyn Garcia, on Harrelson’s groovy visit to the writer’s compound. Dig it: “They went out into the field and had a pretty good mind meld … I just know he could play the role.”