Stuff: Fleeting Expletives = Deck Chairs on the Decency Titanic
By Widge - posted 05.02.09 @ 5:43 am
Many sites want you to spend all day reading their regurgitated press releases. We would never dream of wasting your time like that. But like this--this is fair game.
In a bit of retro madness/genius, Reebok is putting out shoes based on the movie Gremlins, which I'm sad to say, turns 25 this year. Shown is a snippet of the Gremlin shoe. There's also a Mogwai shoe. No idea where you can get a pair for yourself, though. Source.
Ricky Gervais' Flanimals children's books are being made into a 3-D animated feature over at Universal. Gervais is also on board to executive produce and lend his voice to the main character. "The four-volume series, illustrated by Rob Steen, encompasses a world inhabited by 50 species of creatures so ugly and misshapen they become cute and endearing." Source.
The Blu-Ray version of the theatrical cuts of The Lord of the Rings is now available for pre-order. The extended cuts...not yet. And a small uprising of fans in the Amazon reviews shows that they're pissed they can't have both. Well, they can. They just need to wait till probably...let's see, these are coming out later this year. So the Extended will probably be holiday 2010, I'm thinking. And then the megaset will come out with The Hobbit in 2011. Just a guess. So, sure, just wait and you'll get what you want, folks. I'm just saying. But these same people complaining will buy the set anyway and then wonder why the studios keep doing this. Duh.
Well, this is interesting: the Blu-Ray release of Star Trek: The Original Series: Season One (just streeted this week) enables its owners to "access daily reports from FEDCON, Europe's largest Star Trek convention, for direct download from the disc's BD-Live portal. Apart from the additional information and exclusive videos and trailers provided via BD-Live, videos of the highlights at FEDCON will be available for download." Nice. If you don't own yours yet, here's where you can do that thing.
Damn you people in Boston and Kansas City, because when They Might Be Giants comes to your towns, they're going to play the entirety of the Flood album--the first TMBG album I ever owned and still my favorite. Damn. Those busy bastards and not only touring, but working on a new album for adults, a new DVD and CD for kids, and a picture book. For more info on the live shows, check out their site. And it doesn't say specifically there, but the Flood show is May 22nd in Kansas City and June 13th in Boston.
Free stuff from TwoMorrows for Free Comic Book Day? Yes. Get your ass over here and check out the latest issues of their mags in digital form plus some other classic issues. TwoMorrows rocks. Don't miss this if you love comics, because you'll kick yourself.
Widgett Walls is Need Coffee's Chief Cook and Bottle Washer. He is the author of the novel Mystics on the Road to Vanishing Point, and two collections of short stories, Magnificent Desolation and Something Else: The Complete First Season. He is also co-author of the children's book There's a Zombie in My Treehouse! All of those books are available in paperback or for the Kindle from Amazon. He is also the narrator and publisher of the first unabridged recording of Seneca's letters, available here. He is active on both Twitter and Facebook. (If you befriend him on Facebook, do say you came via Need Coffee.) He lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. He hardly ever sleeps.