Stuff You Need to Know, Friday, January 16, 2009
We are gathered here because lots of pop culture crap goes on in the world. You don’t have time to keep up with it. Neither do we, but we drew the short straw. So here you go. Served staccato style.
Amazon has a bunch of discounts on bundled DVDs and exclusives. Go to the bottom of this post if you want to see the best deals I found on there. And remember: Valentine’s Day is coming. I’ve done my shopping. I’m just saying.
Cowboy Bebop is hitting the big screen thanks to Fox starring…Keanu Reeves. Surprisingly, I sprung this on Doc earlier and he allowed that Keanu might actually be perfect for the part of Spike. Wild. Source.
Exit the King, the play that’s already got Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon on board, now has Lauren Ambrose and Andrea Martin as well. Now I want to see it even more. Geez.
In a move that makes us all misty-eyed (no, honest), Kevin Martin, current head of the FCC has resigned, rather than get fired by the impending administration change, I’m sure.
Google has signed an amicus brief in support of a case challenging California’s Proposition 8 in that state’s supreme court. Excellent.
Jack Goes Boating will be Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s first time helming, and will star in the film along with Amy Ryan, John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega. Filming starts in New York City on February 9th. I coulda sworn he had directed something before this–I think it’s because he seems to be everywhere and is just ridiculously good as an actor. Source.
Jericho looks like it might be headed for the big screen.
NBC surprises nobody by saying that The Biggest Loser, The Office and 30 Rock are returning and that Heroes is “very secure.” Insecure: Kath & Kim, Knight Rider and Lipstick Jungle. That’s funny: I thought we had already given them up for dead. I don’t mean viewing-wise. The only people I know still watching Knight Rider do so because they have deep self-hatred issues. Source.
So we’ve got a Phantom of the Opera musical sequel coming…and now the musical is headed…um…for the Wii? Well, nothing so specific yet: Webber’s company is in talks to game companies about producing game versions of their shows. So here’s a question: can there be a Rock Band equivalent for musical theatre? What do you think?
Okay, so here’s the Amazon DVD specials I found–and unless it’s a really kicking deal, I’ll try not to waste your time with it. The lowest discount was for the 24 sets–and at 49% I normally wouldn’t include it, but I know we’ve got some fanatics for the show out there…
- First four seasons of The Bob Newhart Show for $59.99, normally $119.92, 50% off
- Boston Legal Season 1-4 for $109.99, normally $229.92, 52% off
- First two seasons of Heroes on DVD for $44.99, normally $99.96, 55% off
- First six seasons of King of the Hill for $116.34, normally $249.88, 53% off
- Mary Tyler Moore Show, season 1-4, for $59.99, normally $119.92, 50% off
- All five seasons of Remington Steele for $79.99, normally $169.92, 53% off
- First six seasons of 24 for $199.99, normally $389.88, 49% off
There’s more sets and bundles on sale…see the full shebang here.