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And here it is: the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 Collection. Well...not really, that's not it...that's just the image that's posted on Amazon for the pre-orders. But it's an Amazon exclusive, so if you want the films Iron Man 3 through Ant-Man plus a "bonus disc and more" now's your chance. Speaking of which, Ant-Man is also available for pre-order. No release date for either one yet.
Why sift through a site where there's a news story for every time any project sneezes? We read it all and we give you a digest version of just the important stuff. You're busy and have a life. Everything else can wait. Enjoy.
First things first...it's Prime Day at Amazon. You have to be a Prime Member, but hey, grab the 30-day trial membership and rock on with your bad self. You can cancel. Although I don't recommend it. I use Prime all the time. And everything you purchase by going through us, we get kickbacks for. Thanks!
Jon Bernthal was spotted on the set of Daredevil as Frank Castle/Punisher. I'll miss Ray Stevenson, but I think it works. Source/Photo via Just Jared.
Bruce Timm announced that next year should see the premiere of Batman: The Killing Joke as a DC animated feature. That's...pretty ballsy. I wonder how faithful to that dark-as-hell book they're going to be? Source.
The big news from yesterday at San Diego was the one-two punch of Kirkman-infused zombie mayhem. We have the Season 6 trailer for Walking Dead, which is A) badass and 2) probably as misleading as the Season 5 trailer was. And I love being misled by trailers, so bring that noise. I'm sure I will have my own theories to air out on Weekend Justice. But it looks like the fit is going to hit the shan, starting October 11th.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.