Stuff You Need to Know: Miles to Go Before Morales

Tom Holland

There was once a time when every actor would get a crack at playing Hamlet. And now, it's Peter Parker. (Arguably at one point, it might have been Bruce Wayne...but anyway...) The good news is that Sony and Marvel are starting with a clean slate and giving us an MCU Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland (pictured above). The bad news is that I'm going to miss Andrew Garfield, because I actually enjoyed the hell out of his first film. And at last, we had a Peter Parker who could banter. And the sideways news is that a bunch of people are pissed that we're getting Peter Parker again and not Miles Morales, the second Ultimate Spider-Man. And I get where they're coming from: as the man said, it's deja vu all over again. Plus: people love the shit out of Miles and want to see the character they enjoy brought to the big screen.

So before I begin, let me say: I have no dog in this fight. I haven't liked Earth-616 Peter Parker since Civil War, which ruined him for me. I enjoyed the hell out of the Ultimate Peter Parker, but I left Marvel as a regular reader before Miles arrived. And I'm not necessarily saying I think like any of the points I'm about to make, especially the ones seemingly in defense of the studio(s)--since they're from the studio's perspective. I say this because I don't want you to expend your nerd-rage unnecessarily. Here we go.

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By |June 24th, 2015|Stuff You Need to Know|4 Comments

Remembering Christopher Lee

Remembering Christopher Lee

Sir Christopher Lee, the last man standing of the Grand Horror Pantheon, has died at age 93. And it's sort of hard to put into words what we've lost. Not only was he an incredible actor but Lee had a voice that would chill you. I mean seriously. Go listen to him read stuff on Spotify. His laugh is scarier than even Rox's. And he worked his arse off. IMDB lists him with 281 credits to his name. And yet, he has more recognition from the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards than the Academy. In his honor, here's some of my favorite bits, some of which we've posted before during the Halloween season.

I know that he first got his huge break with Hammer's Curse of Frankenstein, but for me one of his first iconic roles wasn't even really a horror flick. It was Corridors of Blood, where he was supporting Boris Karloff. Karloff plays a doctor trying to come up with a method of painless surgery. Lee plays Resurrection Joe, your one stop shop for experimental corpses. Here's the trailer. Check out Lee. A stove pipe hat adds to his already formidable tallness. He's got that scarred face. And, well, the voice. He just looks like a guy who would club you with your back turned.

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By |June 12th, 2015|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

RIP: Sir Terry Pratchett

Sir Terry Pratchett

Well, we've been dreading has come to pass. Sir Terry Pratchett has made his exit. He did so at home surrounded by family, so we have that to hold onto at least. He had been doing battle with Alzheimer's for quite some time, and drawing much needed attention to the disease through the fact that he was, well, Terry Goddamn Pratchett. His writing lives on. He was 66 years old.

Rox, our chief Pratchettologist, called my attention to the fact that we have three DragonCon panels wherein she and others celebrated his work and life. Below you'll find the 2013 and 2014 Worlds of Terry Pratchett panels. The 2011 edition is here.

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By |March 12th, 2015|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

RIP: Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy smiling

Leonard Nimoy--actor, director, writer, poet, musician, and elder stateman of the sci-fi geek community for his role as Mr. Spock--died yesterday at age 83. Chances are if you read this site, this is not news to you...since social media has been awash with memorials. And rightly so. An irreplaceable loss to culture, pop or otherwise.

Rox pointed out that bits of Leigh's interview with him from DragonCon 2009 has been posted on YouTube. So for a look back at the man in one of his elements, here you go:

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By |February 28th, 2015|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

Bryan Fuller Is Working On Neil Gaiman's American Gods

Bryan Fuller at the Saturn Awards by Nina Prommer / European Pressphoto Agency

In the words of Wednesday, "All is well, and all is well, and all shall be well."

But I don't know, maybe you just didn't hear me when I said that Bryan Fuller is working on the American Gods production team.

The Hollywood Reporter has it that Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, 1313 Mockingbird Lane, Dead Like Me) is working with the network Starz on the adaptation of The Neil's sprawling and lush roadtrip through the American mythscape--the resonant and divisive opus that is American Gods.

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By |July 1st, 2014|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

Sandman's Three Gs: Gaiman, Gordon-Levitt & Goyer

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morpheus from Sandman

So, as Tor.com had it, "Joseph Gordon-Levitt to direct and star in Sandman movie, possibly the first in a multi-film franchise." Granted, JGL clarified later on that he was only on board (for the moment) as a producer. David S. Goyer is, of course, also attached to produce.

As long-time followers of the Sandman film adaptation debacle will recall: this film has been stuck in development hell for over a decade and a half--and thankfully so. The most recently discussed draft had capes and superhero-esque origins and all kinds of foolishness. So thankfully, this iteration looks basically exactly like I said it would need to look, in order to get me interested: it looks like they've erased literally all of the film script work done on it, to this point, and started over from scratch. And I'm okay with that.

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By |December 18th, 2013|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

RIP: Peter O'Toole

Peter OToole

Peter O'Toole died over the weekend, apparently after a long illness. He was 81 years old.

I understand he was in damn near everything--and was working right up to the end, it seems--and I know he's best known for playing the title character in Lawrence of Arabia. But for me, I had the most fun with O'Toole in two roles. One was Alan Swann in My Favorite Year from 1982. It's criminally underviewed but has him playing a hard-drinking swashbuckling actor ("I'm not an actor, I'm a movie star!") trying to be kept under control by Mark Linn-Baker. Think of it as a predecessor to Get Him to the Greek.

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By |December 16th, 2013|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

To Have Or Have Not: Breaking Down the Missing Episodes of Doctor Who

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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By |October 10th, 2013|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

Stuff You Need to Know: Comic-Con Fallout Edition

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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    By |July 22nd, 2013|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

    RIP: James Gandolfini

    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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    By |June 21st, 2013|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments