Farewell, Uncle Ray

Ray Bradbury Smiling

My uncle just died. And no, I am not a blood relation of Ray Bradbury’s (but think on that for a moment, how indescribably awesome that would be); people who have had a profound effect on me, especially in a literary sense–I consider them my uncles. I’ve never delved into where this notion came from–perhaps because in an indeal world, it’s your uncle who gives you the advice that isn’t necessarily one hundred percent safe. They care about you–but at the end of the day, you’re not their kid. And they can’t have adventures anymore, so why not tell you how to go have some?

That’s an ideal uncle. Which made Uncle Ray even more impressive…because he never stopped adventuring. And while I had always wanted to write, it was the unsafe advice of Uncle Ray that actually got me off my ass–or on my ass, rather–and typing.

Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces together.

Every day since then, I’ve been trying to blow myself up. With mixed results.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:31:29+00:00 June 6th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|1 Comment

Stuff You Need to Know: How Many Times Have I Told You Not to Use My Good Tools to Kill Zombies?

Walking Dead Season 2 Blu-Ray Limited Edition

We’re back after some time away because sometimes everybody needs a little time away. Now, the purpose of these posts is to keep you up to date on what’s happening in the world of pop culture. Just one post, as is warranted, to bring you up to speed. Because you have better things to do than read a bunch of re-printed/paraphrased press releases. Enjoy.

  • Walking Dead Season 2 is hitting home video on August 28th. I could have sworn I mentioned this somewhere, but I must have hallucinated it. It’s available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and the special limited edition Blu-Ray set that has a zombie head for a case. If you turn the screwdriver and the remaining eye lights up–total score.
  • Also in the pre-order department, look for Avengers to have some options for you. There’s a 2-disc DVD and 2-disc Blu-Ray, yes. But also a ten-disc limited edition set with all six movies enclosed. They call it “Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One: Avengers Assembled.” Is Phase Two going to involve the Defenders? Anyway, you have pre-order links there and yes, for the record, there are single-disc versions available but…honestly? Why bother? No definitive release date yet. Also, no 3D home video version announced yet. Interesting.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:31:33+00:00 May 31st, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: Paradise Lost Movie Shelved; Milton Quits CAA

    Satan from Paradise Lost

    Dammit, I wanted that guy from The Hangover to play me!

    Need to stay up to date with pop culture news but don’t want to wade through 57 blog posts a day to do it? No worries. We do it for you: one post with only the most critical items so you can get it out of the way in one sitting. You’re welcome.

  • “Greedily Alex Proyas’ Paradise Lost engorged without restraint,/ And knew not eating death.” That’s right, the film has been killed due to budget issues. According to Variety, the technology to pull it off is still too expensive and the budget couldn’t be brought down to earth enough for Legendary Pictures. So whatever fantasy you had about Bradley Cooper in a satanic red loincloth or something will just have to remain inside your own heads. And really, the only person who needs to touch this project is Peter Greenaway. I’m just saying.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:33:15+00:00 February 9th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|1 Comment

    Stuff You Need to Know: That? That’s the Sound of Princess Lolly Weeping.

    Candy Land

    But surely the film should be called Veggie Land! Think of the children!

    It’s a constant battle trying to keep up with pop culture news. We know. And if you’re trying to maintain the semblance of a life, we can see where that could get complicated. So never fear: we try to compact all the stuff you absolutely need to know into one post that you can read in one sitting–and then get on with your day. You’re welcome.

  • Candy Land the movie. Adam Sandler is at least on board to produce and co-scribe. Let me quote you what Hasbro prexy-CEO Brian Goldner had to say: “The creative talent onboard for this movie is amazing, and we are excited to bring alive the world of Candy Land for kids and families everywhere. Sony/Columbia has been a wonderful creative partner as we develop another of our games, Risk, for the bigscreen. We are looking forward to working with Sony/Columbia and Adam Sandler and his team at Happy Madison Prods. on this film.” That’s right, Brian. Be proud to bring the man behind Jack & Jill behind one of your supposed flagship titles. Source: Variety.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:33:22+00:00 February 1st, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

    Stuff Bulletin: Farscape on Sale; Lucas Says He’s Done; Jones Gets a Park

    Farscape: The Complete Series Blu-Ray

    Pop culture can sometimes wait. However, a really great deal sometimes cannot. Thus, we interrupt this lack of interruption with the following headsup: the Amazon deal of the day is the complete series of Farscape. For today only–or until they run out–the Blu-Ray complete series is $68.99, 65% off the regular list price of $199.95. And the DVD complete series is $44.99, 70% off the regular list price of $149.95. And, of course, if you do take advantage of this using our links, we get kickbacks which helps pay for the site. So thanks for that.

    In other news…

  • George Lucas claims to be retiring in the wake of continued outcry against his tampering with Star Wars and the reaction of studios to his upcoming Red Tails. He says in the article, “I’m saying: ‘Fine. But my movie, with my name on it, that says I did it, needs to be the way I want it.'” Well, yes, George, but that doesn’t mean people have to like it. And–here’s why I think you’re just smarting from Red Tails more than anything else (we’re two days out from it opening and there’s one review on Rotten Tomatoes?)–you’re going to make money no matter what happens. People are going to go see Phantom Menace in 3D and even if they bitch the whole time they’re still giving you money. George, you are bulletproof. You’ll be back in the saddle before you know it. Episode VII. Mark my words. It’s still happening.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:33:36+00:00 January 18th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: “Norman Bates Begins” and More…

    Bates Motel with Bud Cort and Lori Petty

    Pop culture news. There’s a lot of it and before you can say Jack Robinson and wonder who the hell Jack Robinson is…there’s more of it. Here we try to give you a week’s worth of updates in a single post so you can read it all at once and get it out of the way. This week we have a large amount of home video updates…so we’ve given them their own section at the bottom. Enjoy.

  • They’re trying Bates Motel again? Yes, apparently so. I’m referring to the 1987 TV movie which had Bud Cort as the new owner of the Motel…but in this case, we’re talking a TV series prequel to the original film. In this case we’re also talking it showing up on A&E. This is in development, so a pilot hasn’t been greenlighted yet. I have a suspicion it won’t go any further. Pictured there is a bit from a TV Guide issue promoting the TV movie. Yes, that’s Lori Petty. Yes, it also says “Guest Starring Jason Bateman.” Yes. Article source. Image source.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:33:51+00:00 January 14th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: Imagine Captain Kirk Yelling “Cumberbatch”

    Benedict Cumberbatch

    All the pop culture news you really need to know in one post. This section of the site is designed for people who like to batch process things. Enjoy.

  • In excellent news for everyone involved, Benedict “Sherlock” Cumberbatch is the villain in Star Trek 2. The other person they mentioned auditioning for it was Edgar Ramirez. So this is the same role that Abrams wanted Benicio Del Toro for? That was rumored to be Khan…and then it looked like it had been confirmed…and now it looks like it’s a rumor again. So who knows? Either way, this is very pleasing news. Source: Variety.
  • Bag of Bones is scheduled to hit DVD on March 13th. It’s available for pre-order here.
  • Drive is hitting home video on January 31st. A lot of people liked it more than I did–and so be it–but Albert Brooks is a revelation, no matter what. Here are: DVD and Blu-Ray pre-order links.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:33:59+00:00 January 5th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff Bulletin: Start 2012 With The Zone

    Twilight Zone 5-Season Blu-Ray Bundle

    Hope everyone had a safe entry into 2012, sneaking past the bouncer and the security guards without incident. My intention was to just take a breather until the year officially started (i.e., tomorrow, Monday the 2nd) but, as the old saying goes, Idle Hands was a movie with Seth Green and plus: this deal is too good not to warrant a bulletin.

    I’ve talked before about how sweet the DVD boxed set of the complete original Twilight Zone series is. I may have also mentioned my intention to, at some point in the future, upgrade to the Blu-Ray sets since they have managed to up the sweetness factor to an excessive amount with a reportedly even better picture and scads more bonus bits on top of the already present scads the DVDs had.

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:34:03+00:00 January 1st, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: When Harrison Ford Signs Onto Your Film, Okay, It’s Probably Happening

    Enders Game cover

    Trying to get you pop culture news at least once a week, because doing it more often than that would be excessive and time consuming for everyone involved. One post catches you up to speed on the important bits and you can then breeze through the rest of your day enlightened. Huzzah.

  • I’m now willing to admit that Ender’s Game is probably happening. As I may have mentioned before, the last time it was supposed to kick off, it was Haley Joel Osment as Ender. Now the previously might-be Harrison Ford is definitely on board to play Hyram Graff. Hailee Steinfeld is also locked to play Petra while Abigail Breslin is on tap to play Valentine. Source: Variety.
  • The Bugle, the hilarious satirical podcast hosted by John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman that I recently recommended, has gotten evicted by current host The Times Online (I notice the link on their HelloBuglers Twitter page has been redirected to the Times’ front page as well). They report that it will have a new home somewhere in 2012, so that’s good news out of the ashes and madness.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:34:04+00:00 December 29th, 2011|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: Catching Up With Trailers

    Bruce Willis in G.I. Joe: Retaliation

    Okay, there’s lots of things that happen on a pop culture basis. You don’t have time to read a site that wants to pick them apart one by one. So we try to make the process as painless as possible so you can be up to speed. Thus, we will do a drive-by commentary, so to speak. That’s the plan with catching up on trailers–we got a bit behind with the holidays attacking us like they did. So here we go.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:34:05+00:00 December 28th, 2011|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments