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Back in April, we got word that Neil Gaiman's award-winning novel "American Gods" was being developed as an HBO television series by Tom Hanks' production studio Playtone — the same production house that developed "Band of Brothers" for the network.

This week marked the ten-year anniversary of "American Gods" hitting shelves, so when Gaiman dropped by the newsroom to talk about the new, "author's preferred text" edition of the book, we also managed to get in a few questions about the much-anticipated HBO series.

"From my perspective, I'm worrying about it one episode at a time, one season at a time," said Gaiman when asked about a recent report that suggested "American Gods" will be a six-season series, with 10-12 hour-long episodes each season and a $35-40 million budget.


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American GodsThe Home Box Office network has already won our heart and undying love for bringing one of our favorite book series to television, "Game of Thrones," but today news broke that HBO is in early development stages to bring yet another excellent book, Neil Gaiman's "American Gods," to the small screen.

According to Deadline, the project was brought to HBO by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, with renowned cinematographer Robert Richardson attached to co-write the pilot with Gaiman.

We almost feel that there's no further reason to elaborate on why this is awesome news, but just in case, MTV Staff Writer Kara Warner and Movies Blog Editor Josh Wigler are here to school you on why an HBO adaptation of "American Gods" could be a truly divine television experience.


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Amy AdamsIf you're traveling through or near the Bronx Zoo in New York today, keep an eye out for the poisonous Egyptian cobra that has gone missing. News of such a reptilian menace on the loose would send most even-tempered individuals into a frenzy, but not Steve Martin — no, the "Father of the Bride" funny man is ready to make his move if necessary.

"An Egyptian cobra has escaped and is hiding in the Bronx zoo," Martin wrote today on Twitter. "I’m sitting in my King Tut hat by the phone awaiting their call for help."

Martin's willingness to combat poisonous snakes isn't the only interesting thing going on in the Twitter-verse today. After the jump, find out who didn't audition for Lois Lane in "Superman," which movie stars are celebrating birthdays and much more!


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Charlie Sheen is a Vatican warlock assassin with fire-breathing fists and a neverending #winning streak. You know this. But did you know that he cooks, too?

Sheen's days on "Two and a Half Men" are over, but the irrepressible actor has found a new entertainment outlet in the form of a cooking show on Funny or Die. Want to learn how to cook a steak the Charlie Sheen way? Of course you do—but you'll need a serious supply of tiger blood, jaguar tears and assassin ancestry to get the recipe juuust right.

There's more going on in the movie world today, including a potential new Guillermo del Toro project and a serious "James Bond" rumor. Get all the news you could ask for past the jump!


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The FighterYou definitely haven't seen Christian Serratos in the "Twilight" series wearing the kind of makeup she put on for a Black Keys video in her feed this week. She and Danny Masterson both sported some new looks and posted pics.

The big trending topic in international news today, though, was WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange getting granted bail in London, where Michael Moore stepped in and got personally involved. His reaction to the situation and a roundup of Golden Globe nomination chatter have been retweeted for you after the jump.

I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is Twitter-Wood for December 14, 2010. Read More...

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Breaking DawnIf you don't follow comedian Neil Hamburger's (alter ego of Gregg Turkington) Twitter account you've missed a golden month in the age of tweet humor. He's currently coming off a marathon of arbitrarily ripping into Axe body spray for insufficiently observing Tom Bosley's death, and yesterday he and Tim Heidecker launched a nuclear barrage of fake allegations against "Yogi Bear."

In other realms of the Twittersphere, NASA's press conference about a new form of life captured many posters' imaginations, including those of Michael Ian Black and John August, who each reacted to the announcement differently. Find out what they said and who's about to get down to work on "Breaking Dawn."

I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is Twitter-Wood for December 2, 2010. Read More...

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Dead Rising 2The death of Quentin Tarantino's editor Sally Menke sent shockwaves through Twitter-Wood today. Directors, writers and actors alike showed up to share memories on their accounts, including Edgar Wright, Omar Doom and Richard Kelly.

Meanwhile, in Chicago the Bears/Packers game last night resulted in a few exclamation points getting tossed around. John Cusack looked pretty calm in a picture he posted following the Bears' win, though. Check out where you hang out after a game in Chicago when you're John Cusack, as well as what happened to Ice-T's copy of "Dead Rising 2" and which film Ludacris is working on after the jump.

I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is Twitter-Wood for September 28, 2010. Read More...

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Some of the tweets were serious and some were less so today, as Stephen Colbert made headlines testifying before a House subcommittee. Pop singer Eddie Fisher's death also resonated in Twitter-Wood, with his daughter Carrie Fisher commemorating him with a post and Alyssa Milano among those sending condolences.

Last night's new episode of "Community" brought some smiles, though, and actress Yvette Nicole Brown shared a look at Donald Glover's Spider-Man duds from her account. Check out what he looked like down below along with David Hasselhoff's words of sympathy for Lindsay Lohan and a shot of Neil Gaiman on the "Doctor Who" set.

I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is Twitter-Wood for September 24, 2010. Read More...

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Never trust the birds. Alfred Hitchcock knew that. He tried to warn us even. Did we listen? No. They're descended from dinosaurs, people. Dinosaurs! Those beady little eyes, they gleam with a hunger for human flesh.

That's probably why today's Daily TwitPic features Neil Gaimain trying to commune with one. A lorikeet, if his associated tweet is accurate. This is the guy who wrote "The Sandman" and "American Gods," so it's not surprising that he's trying to charm a tropical bird into doing his bidding. Amusingly, Gaiman and Kevin Smith both tweeted the photo, which suggests that Smith was the shooter and they were probably dining together. Does this mean that the "Cop Out" director is in on Gaiman's plan to take over the world with his tropical bird armies? Read More...

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Tila Tequila walked into a flurry of rocks and bottles on-stage at the Insane Clown Posse's Gathering of the Juggalos this year. James Gunn and Horatio Sanz both took notice and offered their thoughts via tweets. "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World," meanwhile, didn't draw nearly as negative a critical reception over the weekend, but its $10.5 million haul at theaters fell short of expectations. Edgar Wright and Mark Webber still appreciated every one of those tickets though.

Below, you'll find their shout-outs, as well as an odd photo exchange between Kevin Smith and Neil Gaiman, Marlon Wayans' stance on WWE and more.

I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is Twitter-Wood for August 16, 2010. Read More...

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