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To Have Or Have Not: Breaking Down the Missing Episodes of Doctor Who
Posted on 10.10.13 by Rob Levy @ 12:06 pm
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Patrick Troughton from Doctor Who

For the last few months there have been persistent rumors of a "major" discovery of missing Doctor Who episodes. These rumors went into overdrive over the weekend thanks to articles in The Mirror and The Radio Times claiming that an announcement was imminent.

It appears as though the Beeb wanted to keep this thing under wraps for a while longer, but the cat is out of the bag now and they had to act. Thus we arrive at today, a time when all of the classic Doctor Who fans are waiting like a groom at the altar for a bride they know is probably beautiful...but they'd like to see for themselves.

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Stuff You Need to Know: Comic-Con Fallout Edition
Posted on 07.22.13 by Widge @ 1:13 pm
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Very quickly, because some of us have lives...the high points from this past weekend. The stuff you actually do need to know. More fallout, I'm certain, is coming. Sort of like winter. But the fallout won't take several books. Count on it.

Batman-Superman Movie logo

  • Before you get all excited about World's Finest (or whatever they end up calling it), just remember: we've been here before. And the fact that they're doing this instead of Man of Steel 2 and then leading on into Justice League says to me that they have very little confidence in the road they're on. Also, Christian Bale said he was out--but that might just be him asking for more money. Who knows? Regardless, it is way too early to start lining up for it. Fancy logo or not. Source.
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    RIP: James Gandolfini
    Posted on 06.21.13 by Widge @ 10:21 pm
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    James Gandolfini and ducklings

    James Gandolfini died this week of a heart attack at the way too young age of 51. Thespia found this clip for us, coming up after the jump. You have to love it when a tough guy actor doesn't have a problem subverting his own image.

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    RIP: Ray Harryhausen
    Posted on 05.08.13 by Widge @ 5:14 am
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    Ray Harryhausen and Friend

    Kids, this is a scenario where I'm not going to tell you to ask your parents. I'm just going to flat out tell you myself. There once was a time when you couldn't make any damn thing you wanted show up in a movie using a computer. You used to have to use practical FX...exclusively. And so when you wanted something that shouldn't ordinarily move around on its own--say, a skeleton with a sword or a Gorgon--you would need to take a model of said thing, take a picture, move it, then take another picture and so on with excruciatingly slowness. Eventually, you could piece together all the pictures with their very, very slight changes and play them at speed...and you get the illusion of movement. Stop motion.

    The granddaddy of visual effects and the King of Stop Motion was Ray Harryhausen. From 1949 to 1981, if you dug a genre film that used stop motion...there was a pretty good chance Harryhausen was the man behind it. Exhibit A comes after the jump.

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    RIP: Jonathan Winters
    Posted on 04.14.13 by Widge @ 6:50 am
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    Jonathan Winters as Maude Frickert

    One of the craziest men on the planet has left the planet. Jonathan Winters died of natural causes this past Thursday at age 87.

    He had an amazing, ridiculous run of comedy. And influenced pretty much anyone worth knowing about. I was trying desperately to find my favorite Winters appearance ever: when he showed up with Robin Williams on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson back in 1991. The Carson folks have actually posted the first part of it here. But it was the very end that slayed me. Carson had lost control of the show and was desperately trying to end the show as there was no more time. Robin leans over to Jonathan, who is dressed like a Civil War Union Army general and is now pretending to be the oldest Civil War veteran still alive--and Robin says, "General?" (This is all from my terrible memory, so it's heavily paraphrased.)

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    RIP: Annette Funicello
    Posted on 04.08.13 by Widge @ 4:11 pm
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    Annette Funicello

    Annette Funicello--Mousketeer Prime and notorious beach partier--has died at age 70. According to the Disney mothership, Annette (because if there was ever a lady who it was okay to call by her first name, it was her) "died peacefully from complications due to multiple sclerosis, a disease she battled for over 25 years."

    You can have any tribute you like. But for us, we would like to think that she has simply jamaica ska'd into the sunset to the great Beach Party in the Sky, like in the video after the jump.
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    Stuff You Need to Know: Vice Squad to Hit HBO
    Posted on 01.07.13 by Widge @ 2:12 pm
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    Shane Smith, founder of Vice

    Shane Smith (center), founder of Vice, and friends

  • Looks like Shane Smith and the maniacs at Vice are getting their own news magazine program on HBO. Looks like we may be getting expanded versions of stuff they've done previously, like for their online Vice Guide to Everything and the book/DVD they put out a few years back, The Vice Guide to Travel. That contained bits like the one after the jump, which is why you want to be watching this show when it hits in April. Source.
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    RIP: Dave Brubeck
    Posted on 12.06.12 by Widge @ 11:00 pm
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    Dave Brubeck at piano

    Your friend and mine, Jonathan Maberry, mentioned that it's been a rough week for the good guys. And we have now lost one of the best.

    As I've mentioned elsewhere, my first memory is of music: Bob Dylan's "Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again." The musical artist that I heard next was either Miles Davis or Dave Brubeck. So when he came to my hometown for a concert and I got to meet Dave Brubeck and shake his hand, I was gobsmacked. Apart from my immediate family, Brubeck was one of the people I had known for as long as I could remember. I have never been without a copy of the album Time Out. When one mysteriously dematerializes from my possession, I replace it. It's Just How Things Operate.

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    Stuff You Need to Know: It's Black Cyber Mondo Yet Somewhat Plaid Monday. Or Something.
    Posted on 11.26.12 by Widge @ 4:58 pm
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    Cyber from Marvel Comics

    First up, it's Cyber Monday and the holiday shopping season is upon us. As always, we ask you this year more than ever: do us a huge favor. If you're going to buy stuff from Amazon, then use this link: http://www.needcoffee.com/amazon. It takes you to the Amazon front page and you proceed like nothing is different, except that we get kickbacks. You Across the Pond Types can help out as well: http://www.needcoffee.com/amazonuk. It's an easy, quick way to help support the site for those of you who can't make an ongoing donation. A lot of you use the links, for which we are grateful. But if every constant reader we have visit us went to Amazon via those links...well, I would still have two kidneys. Thanks in advance.

    P.S. Their Cyber Monday Deals Week is underway, with tons of DVDs and Blu-Rays discounted for this week. Check it out here.

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    Stuff Bulletin: New Lord of the Jungle in the Works
    Posted on 11.15.12 by Widge @ 12:37 pm
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    Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan

  • Wanted to make sure you were aware: Amazon's Deal of the Day is the Blu-Ray boxed set of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy Extended Editions. Regular price is listed as $119.98--today only it's 64% off and going for $43.49. Savings of over $75. Not bad for a fifteen disc hi-def set. Snag it here.
  • New Tarzan is coming from Warner Brothers with Alexander Skarsgard at the lead of the pack to play the jungle lord and David Yates, who directed more Harry Potter films than anybody else, is on board to helm. The story involves him being sent to the Congo by Queen Victoria for a mission, accompanied by an ex-mercenary--who might be played by Samuel L. Jackson. I'm sort of amazed that in the wake of John Carter that another Edgar Rice Burroughs film is even happening. Source: Variety.
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