Some sites want to rephrase every press release they get. And post every photo. As the philosopher once said, "Ain't nobody got time for that." Here's all the pop culture news you actually need in a single post. Enjoy.
Well, they've finally worked out the Batman merchandising. And by that, I mean the 60s television series. And by that I mean that they've been limited as to what they could do with merch since they didn't have a deal in place to use the likenesses of the actors and whatnot. I think I would be happy with an afforable Shakespeare bust, myself. But regardless, you can look for stuff to rollout quickly. Source: Variety.
The second season of Boardwalk Empire is hitting on August 28th. And seriously, if you enjoy the show at all (and I'm amazed if you don't), then you'll want the Blu-Ray if it comes anywhere near the bonus bits that the first season had. Pre-order the DVD or Blu-Ray using the linkage.
Arrow looks decent...until he actually says his name. Then you remember it's on The CW and you lose all hope. But here it is regardless:
Ask yourself this: what is The CW going to do with Deathstroke? Kinda scary. And will the Nilsson archives provide the theme song?
Captain America 2 might have directors: Joe and Anthony Russo, executive producers of Community. They're in "final negotiations." First movie scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely did the writing and the release date is April 4, 2014. Evans and Sam Jackson both return. I would expect a production start announcement once the deal is finalized. Source: Variety.
Probably still smarting from the fact that a comic company is making better movies than their movie company, Warner Brothers and DC Comics have things happening. They're trying Justice League again with Will Beall (Castle) scribing. (Beall is working their Logan's Run and Lethal Weapon remakes.) Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) is attached to scribe Lobo. It'll be a while before anything moves. So no need to panic just yet. Hey, WB, you could always rent the properties to Marvel...just saying. Source: Variety.
The new Tarantino trailer is out--it's Django Unchained. And let's hope it's better than Inglorious Basterds. It does manage to retain the best part of that film: Christoph Waltz.
The 15th Anniversary Blu-Ray of Good Will Hunting hits from Lionsgate on August 21st. New bits appear to be an interview with Matt Damon and a retrospective. You can pre-order it here.
For the three of you that want Masters of the Universe--yes, the live action film--in hi-def, it's coming October 2nd. Pre-order it here.
Spartacus: Vengeance's second season hits DVD and Blu-Ray on September 11th. Bonus features include nine extended episodes plus audio commentaries among other things. You can pre-order it using the links for your media of choice.
Joby Harold, scribe of All You Need is Kill (a title I can never hear spoken inside my head without the horns from the Beatles song barging in after it), is rewriting The Twilight Zone feature film. Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) is directing, which means that scribe Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) who we mentioned before was getting in line to take a whack at it, is done. Sadly, it's still one story rather than an actual anthology film. So feel free to remain in terror. Source: Variety.
If you've been longing to weep a bit more at Up in 3D, well, hang in there. It's hitting in a five-disc combo pack on December 4th. My assumption is that it's the same as before, just with an added 3D BD disc. If that changes I'll let you know. Pre-order is here.
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.