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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.
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Posted on 12.10.09 by Widge @ 3:21 pm Comments on this: none yet. Add your own.
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.
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.
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There's a lot of stuff going on in the world of pop culture. You don't have time for it all. So we grab all the best bits and give them to you in a single post. Because somebody had to. Enjoy.
Okay, so the story's about Splendid Films, a German distributor. So while Dom might be interested in that, I'm more interested in the array of films that are coming: Conan, directed by Marcus Nispel (who brought you the Texas Chainsaw remake) and due in 2011; Tekken, directed by Dwight Little (who went and did a lot of television after Anacondas) ; and...
Posted on 11.05.09 by Widge @ 3:05 pm Comments on this: none yet. Add your own.
We're back with all the pop culture news you need in bite-sized chunks so you can, you know, get on with having a life or something.
So Ian McKellen, who will soon be gracing the small screen in the remake of The Prisoner, is headed for television again. He is on board a mockumentary series called The Academy. Now here's the bit that shows it's too brilliant and cannot possibly ever hit the airwaves. Or, erm, cablewaves. Whatever the hell they're called these days. The bit: "McKellen would play his fictional brother, Murray McKellen, who heads a run-down drama school, the Clapham Academy of Creative Arts, that is hoping to secure new funding through a docu on the school." See what I mean? It's just too good. Oh, and the other reason it might not happen is that Hobbit starts in March and if they don't shoot it quick, they'll miss Sir Ian's window of opportunity. Oh, and "Murray" is indeed Sir Ian's middle name. Nice. Source.
Uncle Warren's Black Summer has been optioned for a feature film, so the man himself has told us. Should be interesting in that the comic book's plot was about a hero deciding that the President of the United States was a criminal and, because he was created to deal with criminals, um, dealt with the guy. Decisively, shall we say. This is Vigilante Entertainment's first joint and they've brought on Knowing co-scribe Ryne Pearson to adapt it. The collected series is available from Amazon here.
Posted on 08.28.09 by Widge @ 5:59 pm Comments on this: 3 so far. Add your own.
Sim-Rox in deep thought about purely innocent things. Honest.
It's a pop culture jungle out there. Rather than select as your guide a website that doesn't give a damn about you, take us along. We promise not to walk out of the underbrush wearing your bandoleer, if you know what I'm saying.
Amazon's deal of the day is obviously in honor of our very own Kim, Minister of Simulated Mayhem: it's The Sims 3 at 40% off. So if you'd like to make your own creepy simulated Weekend Justice house--you know, please don't--but I mean, if you do, then the price is $29.98 today onlyImage from Rox's site.
In other Amazon news, Mac OSX Snow Leopard is now available from Amazon. And if you were going to buy it anyway, if you do it through us--if you buy any of this stuff you were going to buy anyway from us--then we get kickbacks that support the site. So thanks in advance.
Pirate Latitudes, Michael Crichton's final book (which is due out on November 24th), has been picked up by DreamWorks. Spielberg might direct. David Koepp (Stir of Echoes) is scribing. The book is set in 1665 and "revolves around a daring plan to infiltrate Port Royal, Jamaica, one of the world's richest and most notorious cities, and raid a Spanish galleon filled with treasure." This will come after Harvey--which the article mentions as being based on the original play and not saying a word about the Jimmy Stewart movie. Weird. The Crichton book, incidentally, can be pre-ordered here.
Posted on 08.25.09 by Widge @ 6:42 am Comments on this: 2 so far. Add your own.
Because there's a lot of pop culture stuff going on. We sift out the best bits so you don't have to, saving you time and energy. Somebody has to go have a life, right?
Amazon has fifty albums on sale in MP3 form for $5 each. YMMV for stuff you can find there, but at first glance, the one that sticks out as a must-own above all others is Rodrigo y Gabriela's self-titled one. To hear them playing a track live on David Letterman, go here. See the available albums here.
Posted on 08.13.09 by Widge @ 5:21 am Comments on this: just one. Add your own.
And we're back, trying to keep you as up to date as you need to be on the machinations of the mad gods of pop culture. Enjoy.
Proof that zombies go well with everything, we're finally getting our first Star Wars zombies book: Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber. Would you like to hear the premise? No, you wouldn't. Because Star Wars and zombies together is really all you give a damn about. And rightly so. There were undead Stormtroopers at ComicCon, apparently, in support of the book. Which somehow is less impressive if you consider the prequels to be within continuity and they're just the same cloned guy but undead. But since nobody in their right mind actually accepts the prequels as being in continuity, I think the idea retains some coolness. Source.
David Mamet is scribing, and will co-produce and helm a new version of The Diary of Anne Frank, which has been done a few times before--most recently last year by the BBC, it seems. "The film will be an amalgamation of the famed diary; the stage adaptation by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich; and Mamet's own original take on the material that could reframe the story as a young girl's rite of passage." Interestingly, having written a crapload of plays before, Mamet is directing on Broadway for the first time when his new play, Race, opens in December. Source.
Posted on 08.10.09 by Widge @ 6:19 am Comments on this: 3 so far. Add your own.
Faith No More is rampaging across Europe now. Tuffley sent me this poster for an upcoming date in Greece. Nice, yes? He also is fairly certain we will see some North American dates later on. We sure as hell better.
Dark Crystal 2, which I could have sworn we had mentioned before--but I must have dreamed it during one of my blackouts--is going into pre-production. It has a title, too: The Power of the Dark Crystal. It sounds like they're just getting funding and distribution nailed down. I can't seem to drum up a reaction to this--it just seems too remote, like Tron Legacy before the teaser trailer. After all, the originals for both came out the same year...
The Peter Berg-helmed Dune is not dead--in fact, Berg apparently revealed he wants a more action-oriented take on the film than the original adaptation or the miniseries: "[The book] was much more muscular and adventurous, more violent and possibly even a little bit more fun... There's a more dynamic film to be made." No completed script yet, though per this article, and we are fifteen months later. See why I find it hard to get worked up about films in development? Best to save one's energy.