Stuff You Need to Know, Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The Nightmare Before Christmas Ultimate Collector’s DVD Set? I’m looking forward to it, not just because you get a bust of Jack Skellington. Not because you can dress him like Santa. But because I’m looking forward to having him wear lots of hats for every holiday. I’ve run out of room on my hat rack. Here’s Jack:
The Nightmare Before Christmas Ultimate Collector’s Set
Jack Skellington Bust Dressed as Santa
The Nightmare Before Christmas Bust
You can order yours by clicking here.
Kristen Bell has joined the cast of Astro Boy and will voice the female lead. Source: Variety.
Cracked’s “5 Most Badass Presidents of All-Time” is comedy gold. Go read it.
Oh, we’re going to hear about this on our Doctor Who panel, if not elsewhere, this weekend–even though this is non-news. Steven Moffat, now driving the series, says, “It would be good to see it in the cinema so long as it is great and fantastic…I’m not against it … so long as it never gets in the way of the TV show. If it got in the way of the show that would be appalling.” Which Hollywood Reporter touted as “‘Doctor Who’ bound for the big screen?” It has been for decades. Maintain perspective, friends.
Fox has announced Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile on Blu-Ray for October 14th. You can pre-order Romancing here and Jewel here.
Nicolas Cage has joined the cast of Kick-Ass, playing an ex-cop whose daughter can do the titular activity. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
Marvel has closed a deal to create anime versions of their characters for Japan. In 2010, four series will start up on Animax, a 24-hour anime network, that Dindrane is weeping because she can’t snag. They won’t just be the characters we know, but with origin stories that “touch on local culture and Japanese history.” So now we get to see another way that Marvel can do their characters–since they can’t do their comics worth a damn. Source: Variety.
This is interesting: Nickelodeon has partnered with CreateSpace–Amazon’s killer POD app–to put stuff out on DVD. POD is not the band, it’s Print On Demand. Which means they won’t have to spend the coin to make the DVD until you order one. Which also means that Nickelodeon isn’t a real DVD publisher since nobody takes POD seriously, right? Right? Whatever, fuck it. Now, the obvious question is: if this is such a great idea, why are they releasing some full seasons and some of those annoying “best of”s? Well, POD isn’t the cheapest option around because you’re not producing in bulk. So it’s a trade-off. So if the Drake & Josh two-season best-ofs are $35.98 SRPs, then you can imagine what the full seasons would cost. If you want to order or pre-order what they’ve got…I’ve got a full list at the bottom of this post.
Stargate: Universe is has been announced by the Sci Fi Channel, this after Stargate: Atlantis got canned this past week, with a two-hour movie instead. Two-hour pilot first part of 2009 and then regular series in the summer. Brad Wright and Robert Cooper, co-creators of the previous two Stargate iterations, are on board. “More space-based action” is what to expect. The show “introduces a team of explorers who find an ancient unmanned ship called the Destiny. Unable to return to Earth, the crew must fend for themselves aboard the ship, which has a preprogramd [sic] mission taking them to the far reaches of the universe.” In other words, it’s Stargate: Voyager. They want a known performer for the lead and new actors for the crew. Some other cast members from the previous two versions might show up. Apparently they are looking at three pilots for other series, including Caprica, the Battlestar prequel. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
Okay…you know we praise TwoMorrows up and down, side to side, all the time. They have launched a completely mental sale: their “Back-to-School Blowout.” $2 magazines and 50% off their books. The list of eligible stuff is too long for me to list here, but if you’ve ever wanted to sample their stuff, now’s your chance. Click here to see what they’ve got offered up.
Zombieland is going to star Woody Harrelson as one of two survivors trying to make it through a zombie infested world. And also, it’s a comedy. This should be interesting. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
Here’s that Nickelodeon list I promised: