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Stuff: British Internet Insanity, The Return of Tarzan, & Everybody Loves Russian Raymond
Posted on 04.08.10 by Widge @ 11:23 pm
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  • UK readers, it was nice knowing you. Because we sometimes link out to places that have copyrighted material, the government could block Needcoffee from your view--if we're understanding how this new law will work--disclaimer needed because I haven't read the whole thing. Granted, we don't do much of such linking--compared to most of the rest of the net, anyway--but we will link out or embed videos. Generally we include a way for people to buy the thing in question, so I don't lose any sleep over it. But more than anything else, I think the hilarity of watching the courts in the UK try to process the impending avalanche of requests is going to make this go away sooner than later. And the sadness of watching Twitter light up with proxies like was being done recently with...that's right...Iranian protestors. UK: You can't stop the net. Sorry. Nice round-up of links here.

  • Like Japanese entertainment stuff? You're in luck. They have "a cabinet-level office for intellectual property rights strategy" and they want to double their export of fun stuff. We're going to talk below about us exporting television shows internationally...but can we please get a U.S. version of this? Source: Variety, who doesn't want you to read the original article.
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    Stuff Bulletin: Them Crooked On Sale Vultures
    Posted on 03.21.10 by Widge @ 6:49 am
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    Them Crooked Vultures

    Sure enough, shortly after publishing the last bit, I saw the word that Amazon's deal for the day concerns Them Crooked Vultures--my favorite band and favorite album of 2009 and the guys that I positively cannot shut up about. You can attest to this last part if you've been listening to our podcasts, especially The Sound Board.

    Anyway, you can do an MP3 download of the album for $2.99 today only. And worst case scenario, if you don't want to download it (the only justifiable reason for which is that you don't want an album on your MP3 player of choice that you can't stop listening to--like me), you can at least download "Scumbug Blues" for free. Again, today only. Go here and enjoy.
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    Stuff: Viacom and YouTube Deserve Each Other
    Posted on 03.21.10 by Widge @ 4:18 am
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    Spy vs. Spy

    (L to R) Viacom and YouTube

    All the time, there's pop culture stuff going on. You don't need a whole post about each and every little thing that happens, or every time a DVD gets dropped on the street. We're here to filter it for you. Now back with sections, so if you don't give a damn, you can just skip to the parts you want. You're welcome. Read this then go have a life.

  • The lawsuit between Viacom and YouTube just got a lot more hilarious. It was revealed that YouTube knew from the get-go that a lot of their content was pirated but just wanted the traffic. However, it was revealed that Viacom contributed to their own pirated content on the site, including getting other people to upload their stuff to help boost popularity while at the same time bitching about Those Damn Pirates. Is there a way the judge can just say, "You're both idiots, now take your toys and go home?" Anyway, the article lines it up rather well and is recommended reading.
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    Stuff Bulletin: Criterion Massive Going Out of Print Sale
    Posted on 02.02.10 by Widge @ 1:01 pm
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    Grand Illusion DVD

    Okay, a few quick things I wanted to make you aware of so you could get going on them if you choose to.

  • Apparently, The Criterion Collection is losing the license to a crapload of titles. They're putting them on sale, $5 off each one. Below the jump, at the very end of this post, I'll give you a full list with links to the Criterion Collection's store. Snag them while you can. Please note: these aren't Amazon links, as Criterion is currently giving you the better deal, and I'd rather you got the better deal than me get the kickbacks. However, Amazon has a tendency to beat online sales when they become aware of them, so you might comparison shop before you pull the trigger. Last Criterion sale if Criterion had something on sale for, say 20%, Amazon would go 21%. So just FYI.
  • Also, something that is at Amazon is the complete series of Six Feet Under, which is their deal of the day. It's 62% off today and while stocks last, so that brings it down from $179.98 to $67.99. So move on that if you so choose.
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    Stuff: Just Like a Rock Star, Rockstar Is In Bed With Someone Else Now
    Posted on 02.01.10 by Widge @ 5:08 pm
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    A lot of things happen. You don't need to know about them all, and you don't need to know them in detail. Here, in digest form, is the important pop culture stuff so you can do...whatever else it is you do.

  • Amazon's deal for the day is the complete Sopranos on DVD. It's going for $119.99 today only--which is 60% off, it's normally $300--and while stocks last. You can snag it here.

    Also, Lost's final season is already available for pre-order, even though it's not coming out until August. You can snag the DVD here or the Blu-Ray here.

  • The Losers trailer is up. And it looks a bit jokier than I recall the comic being but the idea of Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana and Chris Evans in those roles is encouraging. And they kept in the "Pow" bit. So I'm already there.

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

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    Stuff Bulletin: Dollhouse on Sale
    Posted on 01.16.10 by Widge @ 5:14 pm
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    Dollhouse: Season One DVD cover art
    Dollhouse Season 1 Blu-Ray

    Well, I won't have the next Stuff feature ready in time for anybody to take action on this, so it's a Stuff You Need to Know Newsflash. And I break this out on its own because it seems like there's a lot of our readers who dig on Dollhouse. So this headsup is for you guys. The rest of you, as you were.

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    Stuff: You Live Actioned My Battleship (Yamato)!
    Posted on 01.03.10 by Widge @ 1:11 am
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    There's a lot of stuff happening these days in Popculturitania. Don't worry, here's your quick tour of what's what. One post, and you can move on with your day. And as a reminder, if you want to purchase something we mention in here, doing so through this site gives us kickbacks, which helps pay for coffee. And you know, the server. In that order. Enjoy.

  • The previously mentioned Space Battleship Yamato looks like it might be live-actiontastic. It's out from Toho and going to hit Japan in December. Check this out:

    Direct link for the feedreaders.
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    Stuff Bulletin: Python on (Even Better) Sale
    Posted on 12.29.09 by Widge @ 7:26 pm
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    Monty Python's Flying Circus Megaset

    So last year we advised you that The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus 16-Ton Megaset was on sale for $40. Twice, in fact. It's got the complete series, plus the two-disc set that is available separately as Monty Python Live (reviewed here). It normally goes for $100. And we were excited--as well we should have been--because it was a helluva deal. Especially since we have no idea when a Blu-Ray set will be coming out, much less a remastered DVD set.

    But now it's an even better deal: it's $35. That's 65% off. Today. Only today. So you have a few hours left to go snag it. We highly advise it. You can snag it here. (And if you do through us, we get kickbacks and that helps support the cost of running this madhouse. So thanks.)
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    Stuff: New Export to Nigeria: Sesame Street
    Posted on 12.10.09 by Widge @ 3:21 pm
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    Kami

    Kami

    There's a lot of stuff going on in the world of pop culture. But you just want the gist. We got you covered. Read this and then go have a life or something.

  • Amazon's killer deal of the day is the complete Seinfeld, for 66% off. That's $84.99 today only and while stocks last. Snag it here.
  • Sesame Street Nigeria is the working title for exactly what you think it is. Sesame Workshop is working up seventy-eight half-hour shows, backed by a five-year grant from the U.S. federal government. As you might expect, they're doing what they do best: doing a crapload of studies to figure out how best to get out the show's messages, which will, sadly and by necessity, have a degree of focus on HIV/AIDS. This will feature Kami, the HIV-positive character from the South African version of Sesame, who along with Big Bird was introduced to Nigeria in a project this year. Source.
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    Stuff: Night of the Living Dead. Yes, Again.
    Posted on 12.06.09 by Widge @ 11:42 pm
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    Night of the Living Dead: Origins

    There's lots going on in the world of pop culture. Even on weekends. So while you're getting ready for your work week, fret not about this nonsense. We got it covered.

  • ThinkGeek's tauntaun sleeping bags are back in stock. So if you want to snag one, do that thing.
  • Threadless is having a $9 sale tomorrow only. So take advantage if you didn't before.
  • Night of the Living Dead: Origins is "a 3D CGI re-imagining" of the original film. Which makes it the third remake thus far. Oy. Bill Moseley (Otis from the Rob Zombie films) is voicing Johnnie (the role he had in the 1990 remake, which was directed by Tom Savini). Joe Pilato is on board to voice Harry--and yes, that's the same Pilato who was Capt. Rhodes in Day of the Dead (although the article mentions him being in Dawn--which he was, sure, but mostly in a cut scene if I remember correctly--I've seen all the versions way too many times to remember). The helmer, first-timer Zebediah de Soto, says "It's going to be the first zombie movie played on a epic scale. This is the Empire of the Sun of zombie films." Well, I can say this: at least Zemeckis isn't doing it mo-cap. We can be thankful for that much.

    And you might well ask--wasn't somebody already doing an animated version of the film? Yes, but the filmmaker's blog hasn't had a related update since. So.

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