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Iron Man Three: On What Was Done
Posted on 05.06.13 by Wolven @ 8:08 am
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Iron Man 3 Robert Downey Jr. Headsup Display

Hey folks. Other than that AWESOME NEIL GAIMAN ANNOUNCEMENT it's been a while. I was still kind of recovering from Fringe, to be honest. Anywhoddle, as you know, Bob, part of my remit here is that I talk about cyborgs, robots, artificial intelligence, time travel, magic, alternate realities, and human augmentation, and all the ways those things show up in popular culture; and so, with that in mind, if you thought I was going to miss out on seeing Iron Man Three as soon as was inhumanly possible, then you didn't read that last clause back there. Yeah, that one.

I've been looking forward to IM3 since it was announced, and since they started talking about what the screenplay was going to be based off of (more on that below)--so when we got to the theater and that theater was mostly empty, I was a little sad. I'd wanted a big crowded experience, and there were literally about twenty people in our showing. But still, I was with friends and I was content to enjoy this highly anticipated film in their company. That, plus the new Thor 2 trailer the manager was gracious enough to splice in for us guaranteed that it was a really fantastic time.

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Sorry, Matt, But When I See The Elysium Poster I Only Think of One Thing...
Posted on 04.17.13 by Widge @ 12:44 pm
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Elysium vs. The Six Million Dollar Man

Surely I can't be the only one who thought of that. Closely followed by "Why does Matt Damon have a digital camera bolted to the back of his head?"

Six Million Dollar Back of Head via Lucky Penny Shop.

 

 

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Rich Hall and the Insidious Cheesecake
Posted on 04.16.13 by Widge @ 11:23 pm
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Rich Hall, the man in black

Rich Hall was, to me anyway, known for Not Necessarily the News. Then he seemingly dropped off the face of the earth. Then a few years back when we started watching British panel shows--boom, there he was again. And he's barely aged. Dude must have a portrait in the attic somewhere. Anyway, the following snippet is from his 2011 BBC Four documentary Continental Drifters, where he discusses road movies as a genre. I don't know that it's available stateside, so...get creative. It's worth watching.

So is this. I think Rich makes his point pretty clear. It comes right after the jump.
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Neil Gaiman's Final Book Signing Circus to Come to Town...
Posted on 04.08.13 by Wolven @ 8:00 am
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Neil Gaiman in doorway

Longtime readers of Need Coffee will know that we are huge fans of The Neil. So when we heard that his US book-signing tour for The Ocean at the End of the Lane was the last one he'd be doing, we were understandably distraught. But we were also determined.

Do you want to know a secret? Back in 2010, we embarked on a plan to get an exclusive interview with Neil Gaiman during his book-signing tour for the release of the 10th Anniversary Edition of American Gods (the miniseries of which is still underway and still teaching us exactly how bated a person's breath can get). This plan was tied to forays and efforts made by individuals and entities and forces and, well… Let me put it this way: Do you remember us posting any big exclusive interview with Neil, back in 2011? No. No you don't. Things didn't work out, as things sometimes don't.

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Cargo: I Think We've Found the People Who Should Have Directed the World War Z Movie
Posted on 04.05.13 by Widge @ 6:39 am
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Cargo

From the Tropfest Australia short film festival, comes one of their finalists: Cargo--directed by Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke and featuring a mostly wordless performance by Andy Rodoreda.

It is, in a word, brilliant. And I have a sneaking suspicion that it, in seven minutes, will both terrify and move you more than the entirety of the upcoming World War Z film will. This is because Ramke & Co. understand that this subgenre is about the people--not the zombies. Especially not the ridiculous CG rubbery kind of zombies. (Sorry, Brad.)

"Cargo" comes after the jump.
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Doctor Who Essentials #2: Patrick Troughton
Posted on 03.11.13 by Rob Levy @ 12:15 pm
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With the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who approaching in November, Need Coffee Dot Com celebrates the legacy of the show by examining all Eleven Doctors. Every Doctor will be profiled (one each month) as part of the series.

At the end of each overview is a recommended list of commercially available DVD titles from that particular Doctor. For the sake of simplicity only complete stories will be considered.

Patrick Troughton as The Doctor with his 500 Year Diary

PATRICK TROUGHTON

Patrick Troughton, the actor who would make a name for himself as the Second Doctor, was born in Middlesex, England on March 25, 1920. Growing up in North London provided the young Troughton the golden opportunity of indulging his passion for drama. In his teens, he attended Mill Hill School, where his interest in theater led to his first starring role in a production of Bees on the Boat Deck in March of 1937.

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Montana Zombie Apocalypse Retracted, Blamed on "Hackers"
Posted on 02.12.13 by Widge @ 12:12 am
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Hannah Montana: Zombie High

The weirdest things pop up when you Google image search for 'Montana' and 'zombie'...

Well, as we often say, if it's undead and bleeds, it leads. So here we go. A station in Montana interrupted their daytime television mayhem to announce that the zombie apocalypse had begun. Obviously, the local and/or federal authorities managed to put a lid on the whole thing because the entire matter has apparently been hushed up. Here's the "retraction" from the TV station.

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Ice Cream For Breakfast - There's Milk In It, So It's A Lot Like Cereal
Posted on 02.02.13 by Widge @ 5:53 am
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High Road Craft Caffeine and Cacao Ice Cream

Well, somebody somewhere has declared the first Saturday in February as Ice Cream For Breakfast Day. And using the Cosby Formula for Breakfast Nutrition, we do see that there's cream (which you can pour on fruit) and milk (which you can drink solo or pour on cereal). And some ice cream even has fruit in it! And hey, some ice cream has bits of stuff in it, like cookies and such...and bits of cake. And really, pancakes are cakes. It's in the name. And muffins are just cupcakes with no icing. And hey, some ice cream even is coffee-based (see pic). So, really, it's part of your balanced breakfast. Enjoy the madness. And especially the sugar.

And to give you some ideas, here's some of my favorite ice cream-related adventures from the archives, for your dancing and dining pleasure:

  • The recent and apparently hard-to-find limited edition Ben & Jerry's Cannoli Ice Cream
  • Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream from Ben & Jerry's
  • Caffeine & Cacao Ice Cream from High Road (pictured)
  • My interview with Chief Keith of High Road
  • The Sam Adams Octoberfest Milkshake Adventure
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    Doctor Who Essentials #1: William Hartnell
    Posted on 01.29.13 by Rob Levy @ 9:00 am
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    With the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who approaching in November, Need Coffee Dot Com celebrates the legacy of the show by examining all Eleven Doctors. Every Doctor will be profiled (one each month) as part of the series.

    At the end of each overview is a recommended list of commercially available DVD titles from that particular Doctor. For the sake of simplicity only complete stories will be considered.

    William Hartnell as The Doctor in the TARDI

    WILLIAM HARTNELL

    When William Hartnell died at the age of 67, he left behind an intriguing legacy. On one hand he was respected family man and a famous character actor who would go on to become a popular culture icon as The First Doctor in Doctor Who. On the other hand, there have been countless stories that the actor was a prickly fellow on and off the set. When filming Hartnell was known as a control freak notorious for clashing with writers, producers and directors. He took his role as The Doctor seriously and set high performance standards for himself and the creative team around him.

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    Fringe: We Were Meant To Build A Better World
    Posted on 01.22.13 by Wolven @ 1:52 pm
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    Fringe Season 1: Main Cast

    I almost titled this piece "Quid Nutriti Me Iam Nunc Destruit Me," but I thought that might be a little heavy-handed, even if it is true. It means "That Which Once Sustained Me Now Destroys Me."

    I can pinpoint the moment I stopped understanding what the Hell Fringe thought it was doing with itself and it started being painful to watch. It was actually two moments. Maybe three. One was when they broke the universes apart and left them separate--for no discernible reason--and another was when they revealed that Peter came back because Love. Not because "Love Motivated A Being Who Is Basically A Time God To Do Something He Absolutely Was Not Supposed To Do." No. Just, because "Love."

    Now, Pretenders, here: I like Love--hell, I Love Love--but in the Fringe Universe, it was previously always about what Love caused humans to do, not just "Love made this happen...somehow." Try to guess which of these I find more interesting. But I've already written about the ways in which these things seemed senseless. Those links all catalogue that. What I want to talk about now is the end of the series--the last chance to get it right.

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