Stuff You Need to Know: Vice Squad to Hit HBO

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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    By | 2017-09-24T22:28:32+00:00 January 7th, 2013|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    RIP: Dave Brubeck

    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.


    By | 2017-09-24T22:28:57+00:00 December 6th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: It’s Black Cyber Mondo Yet Somewhat Plaid Monday. Or Something.

    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: 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: 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.


    By | 2017-09-24T22:29:00+00:00 November 26th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff Bulletin: New Lord of the Jungle in the Works

    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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    By | 2017-09-24T22:29:02+00:00 November 15th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: RZA to Direct the Original Khan

    John Wayne as Genghis Khan

    'Who did you say is directing? Whoa.'

    Yes, sorry, we’ve been away…but we’ve been trapped down in this hellhole with rats, a huge hole in the floor and a pendulum. Long story. Anyway, here’s the gist: a lot of sites try to turn a bunch of press releases into blog posts and articles. You wind up reading 500 words to find out some start from The CW is now the tertiary lead in Saw XIV. Not here. We distill all of that stuff into an info smoothie that you can suck down in one sitting and get on with your life. Enjoy.

    (If you do enjoy, stuff that we cite here as up and coming or of interest–if you’re going to buy it from Amazon anyway, if you do it through our links, we get kickbacks. Thanks in advance for your support.)

  • Speaking of which, the Amazon deal of the day is for the Alien Anthology on Blu-Ray for 64% off. That’s just $25 for a sweet, sweet set. Normally it’s $69.99. Only available today and until they run out.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:29:03+00:00 November 14th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: Hey You Get Off of My Cloud Atlas

    The highlights of scads of pop culture news, put through a strainer and placed in a single post to save wear and tear on your mind and productivity. Enjoy.

    Cloud Atlas Concept Art

  • The book is Cloud Atlas and it’s been adapted into a movie, produced by the Wachowskis and directed by Tom Twyker, who brought you Run Lola Run. And it looks like somebody tried to take The Fountain, turn it into an even bigger budgeted TV miniseries, then compress it to three hours of cinema. What. The. Hell. Is this.


  • By | 2017-09-24T22:30:44+00:00 July 26th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: Marvel Cinematic Universe Boxed Set to Come With Light-Up Soul of Marsellus Wallace

    A primer for these posts: they’re to keep you up to date on what’s happening in the world of pop culture. Just the highlights and such, because the market on paraphrasing press releases is more than taken. Enjoy.

    Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One Blu-Ray Limited Edition

  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One boxed set just got a great deal sexier. On September 25th, it’s coming in a briefcase with a replica of the Cosmic Cube that actually glows. I mean…Jesus Christ, people. It also comes with an exclusive bonus disc. You can pre-order it here.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:30:49+00:00 July 14th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    HBO Posts Entire Pilot for ‘The Newsroom’ on YouTube

    Jeff Daniels from The Newsroom

    A short but important update to say Holy. Mother. Of Crap. HBO has posted the Entire Pilot for Aaron Sorkin‘s The Newsroom on YouTube, for free. This is huge!

    Folks, as a devotee, nay Acolyte of The West Wing, it pains me somewhat to say that I just don’t care about The Newsroom, but this? This is the actual HBO Network posting THEIR OWN SHOW on YOUTUBE, for everyone to watch FOR FREE! If you want to know why this is such a huge deal to me, go re-read “How Not To React To The Internet Co-Opting Your TV” and “Caprica: They Just Keep Blowing It Up.”

    Then you’ll see why I file this action by HBO under “Dreams Do Come True.”

    HBO’ve disabled embedding on the episode (obviously), but here’s the Direct Link.

    By | 2017-09-24T22:30:58+00:00 July 1st, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: Tonka Trucks: The Movie. No. Really.

    Judge Dredd 2012


    Some sites want to flood your screen with lame images, re-swizzled press releases and info you simply do not need in your life. We just want to give you one post, bang and you’re done. Short and sweet so you can get on with your lives. Enjoy.

  • In some excellent news, everything I’ve seen thus far on Dredd leads me to believe there is a snowball’s chance that it might not suck. Hollywood Reporter has the poster.
  • Primarily, you 24 fans need to be aware that the Complete Series is Amazon’s deal of the day today. List Price is $349.98. They’re selling it today for 67% off–or a reduction of $234.99 from the list price–which means you get the whole shebang for $114.99. (We tend not to bug you unless something is at least 50% off. So.) Here’s your link. Enjoy.
  • Oh hell yes. As part of Universal’s 100th Anniversary rollout of stuff, September 4th will see Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein hit Blu-Ray. You can pre-order it here. And you should. Because that film is solid gold.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:31:24+00:00 June 12th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: The Trouble With Holy Whatever Batman Jokes is That They Were All Used Up By 1978

    Adam West and bomb from Batman

    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.

  • Trying to get this up as quickly as possibly because I know there are a few Star Trek: Next Generation fans out there. The Blu-Ray Motion Picture Collection is the deal of the day at Amazon. It’s 62% off the list price at present, clocking in at $26.49. That’s today only and while stocks last. Good luck.
  • 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.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:31:28+00:00 June 7th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments