According to Variety, Allison Janney ’82 has signed on to star in the Tim Burton-directed adaptation of Ransom Riggs’s ’01 novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Variety states that Janney will be playing a psychologist to Asa Butterfield’s teenage character. Whether or not this psychologist is the titular Miss Peregrine remains to be seen. The rest of the cast is almost as spectacular as Janney, and includes Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Green, and Ella Purnell. The film is set to be released on March 4, 2016. Let’s see if D-Cat sets up a Kenyon premiere a la that last Kenyon-centric film.
Kenyon has a long history of producing great alums, but the College has fallen into a tendency to advertise the living daylights out of a few select ones of their choosing. Famous alumni are an obvious selling point for the school, but with applications this year up something like 64 percent, why overdo it? Here are a few examples of the College feeding the egos of alumni — and not necessarily the student body’s most beloved either (let us praise Allison Janney for a minute):
1. Putting them on giant posters in Peirce – Nothing says “big ego” more than a giant poster. The posters have been validated under the guise of, “the College was just trying to let people know about the event,” but I say that a small poster would have been just as effective — this isn’t Gourdzilla. When we do we cry wolf and admit that bigger is not necessarily better? Continue reading
In case you missed the giant poster in Peirce, you might have no idea who Ransom Riggs is. Well, he’s a man. This man is also a writer and a Kenyon graduate. Student Lectureships has organized an event for Ransom Riggs to read from his new novel, Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Children. There will be an introduction by P.F. Kluge, curmudgeon-in-residence. The reading will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Unlike the John Green event, there are no tickets. But if you are feeling rather corrupt/creative today, you could make your own tickets and start selling them. It’s like the old elevator pass prank.
- What: Ransom Riggs Reading
- Where: Rosse Hall
- When: 7:30 p.m.
Ransom Riggs ’01 will be on campus next Tuesday, April 1st. It seems his presence is already looming larger than Kenyon’s favorite
literary money bags son, John Green.