Stuff: Dear Federal Courts: Please Kick the FCC Again. Love, America.


There's a lot of entertainment news going on. You honestly don't need to know most of it. And the bits you do need to know, you don't need to know them the second they happen. You, after all, have a life. Rather than write up a bunch of individual posts you have to read, here's one post with everything. Enjoy.

  • The Amazon deal of the day is the complete series of The Brady Bunch. While stocks last and today only--it's 55% off. Regularly $129.99 and it's $58.99. Thought you'd like to know. Snag it here.
  • The FCC and federal courts are in a tussle again about whether or not we're all adults and can handle a bit of profanity. The good news is a federal court has overturned the FCC's silly "fleeting profanity" fees. It's simple, folks. If you don't like the language, change the channel. When you had only three channels to choose from, then maybe you had a case for sanitizing everything. But now we have limitless choices. So get the fuck over it already. Read the whole article here.
  • Avatar is being re-released in cinemas August 27th. But don't get excited--the difference this time is eight minutes of extra footage. Seriously, people. You own the DVD and/or Blu-Ray. It's eight minutes. Come on. Source.
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    By |July 13th, 2010|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff: New Actors Playing Peter Parker, Jung and Freud - But Not in the Same Film, Mind You

    Andrew Garfield

    There's a lot of entertainment news going on. You honestly don't need to know most of it. And the bits you do need to know, you don't need to know that instant. Rather than write up a bunch of individual posts you have to read, here's one post with everything. Boom. Done. Enjoy.

  • Amazon's deal of the day is for both seasons of Flight of the Conchords plus a CD for $26.99, which is 55% off the normal price. Today only and while stocks last. So. There you have it. Find that here.
  • When you hear that Cronenberg is directing Viggo Mortensen in a film called A Dangerous Method, you're probably not guessing what comes next: that it's a love triangle featuring Jung and Freud as characters. If you want to see Mortensen and Michael Fassbender as Freud and Jung, check out the pics here. Also in the film are Keira Knightley and Vincent Cassel. It's due out next year.
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    By |July 7th, 2010|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff Bulletin: Sondheim on Sale

    Stephen Sondheim Collection

    Quick headsup because I know we have some theatre lovers among us: the Stephen Sondheim Collection is on sale at Amazon--today only--for 63% off. That's $44.99 instead of the usual $119.99. Who needs this? Well, it has six discs in it: Celebration at Carnegie Hall, Follies in Concert, Into the Woods, Passion, Sunday in the Park With George and Sweeney Todd in Concert.

    Oh yes, certainly, it's missing some things you wish it had. The Todd is the concert with LuPone and Hearn rather than the original recording with Lansbury, but Warner owns those rights. And shows that came later, like the reworking of Company, post-date this collection. But if you own one or two of these discs already and have been interested in the set, you still might want to consider it--because each title in here is at least $22.49 all on their own. So even if you own three of the titles already, you're getting a deal.

    As usual, this is available today only and until they run out of stock. Just thought you'd like to know. If you're interested, you can check out more info and snag yourself a copy here.
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    By |April 14th, 2010|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: Clancy, Conan and Shatner All Return (Not All at Once, Though)

    Tom Clancy: Dead or Alive

  • Tom Clancy is hitting in December with what sounds like "Crisis on Infinite Clancy," at least according to the press release: "For the First Time Ever, Tom Clancy Brings Together 26 Years of Unforgettable Characters, including Jack Ryan, Jack Ryan, Jr., John Clark, Ding Chavez, and Mary Pat Foley, to Jointly Face Their Greatest Challenge Yet--Modern-Day Terrorism." So it's...Rainbow Seven? No, it's Dead or Alive and it hits December 7th of this year. His co-author on the book is Grant Blackwood, despite the seemingly 8 point font for Blackwood's name on the cover. Blackwood has written books based on Clancy's characters.
  • The UK is getting Mountain Dew. Or at least a variant of it. Not sure why they feel the need to change it, but maybe that's due (no pun intended) to the fact it's going to be marketed there as an energy drink. If some enterprising Brit reader would like to send me a sample, I'd be quite grateful. Source.
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    By |April 13th, 2010|Stuff You Need to Know|4 Comments

    Stuff: British Internet Insanity, The Return of Tarzan, & Everybody Loves Russian Raymond

    Returned to Sender

  • 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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    By |April 8th, 2010|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff Bulletin: Them Crooked On Sale Vultures

    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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    By |March 21st, 2010|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff: Viacom and YouTube Deserve Each Other

    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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    By |March 21st, 2010|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff Bulletin: Criterion Massive Going Out of Print Sale

    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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    By |February 2nd, 2010|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff: Just Like a Rock Star, Rockstar Is In Bed With Someone Else Now

    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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  • By |February 1st, 2010|Stuff You Need to Know|6 Comments

    Stuff Bulletin: Dollhouse on Sale

    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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    By |January 16th, 2010|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments