Stuff: Night of the Living Dead. Yes, Again.

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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    Stuff: Googling “Henry Rollins Sucks” Just Got More Interesting

    Henry Rollins in Suck

    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…

    …wait a second, a vampire comedy starring Iggy Pop, Malcolm McDowell and Rollins? Called Suck? Jesus, I wish we had a trailer.

  • By | 2017-09-24T22:56:53+00:00 December 3rd, 2009|Stuff You Need to Know|1 Comment

    Stuff You Need to Know: Meet Murray McKellen, Headmaster

    Sir Ian McKellen

    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.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:57:41+00:00 November 5th, 2009|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff: Sims on Sale, But Don’t Abuse Your God-Like Powers

    Sim Rox

    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 only Image from Rox’s site.

    Also, the price on the Xbox 360 has dropped–the Elite 120GB model is now $299.99 and the Pro 60GB model is now $249.99. You can snag one here if it so moves you.

    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.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:59:53+00:00 August 28th, 2009|Stuff You Need to Know|3 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: Kids in the Hall “Come to Town” in January

    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.
  • So the aforementioned Chris Nolan flick Inception has a teaser trailer. Check it out:

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

    I dunno, it’s got sort of a Matrix meets Dark City-done-correctly vibe to it. I’m game.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:00:15+00:00 August 25th, 2009|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

    Stuff: Eagerly Awaiting “Lawn Darts: The Movie”

    Star Wars: Death Troopers

    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.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:00:24+00:00 August 13th, 2009|Stuff You Need to Know|1 Comment

    Stuff: Peter Berg to Direct “Dune Hard”

    Faith No More clown poster
  • 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.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:00:25+00:00 August 10th, 2009|Stuff You Need to Know|3 Comments

    Stuff: Send Some Birthday Love to Uncle Ray

    Ray Bradbury
  • Uncle Ray Bradbury is celebrating his 89th birthday and there’s apparently a party taking place on August 22nd at Mystery and Imagination in Glendale. Sadly, I won’t be able to make the shindig, but here’s the cool bit: the bookstore will pass any birthday cards off to the man himself. So if you owe him some snippets of imagination that he inspired or if he helped shaped your writing (his Zen in the Art of Writing is an invaluable resource), then shoot him a card, why don’t you? I’m sure you can still find a meatspace mailbox somewhere near where you are. Found via.
  • An Alien prequel? Ugh. I know. It just makes your head hurt. But when you tell me that Ridley Scott is attached to direct? Then I’m just…terribly confused. The way you revitalize the franchise is to go backwards? When all you need to do is make an actual Aliens vs. Predator film based on the comic? But later in the article, it’s referred to as a “reboot.” So are people learning the wrong lesson from the latest Star Trek film? No idea. I just know the script hasn’t been written yet and it’s a long, long road between pre-script and hitting the cinema. And Ridley’s a busy guy, as has been discussed before. So I’ll believe this when it starts shooting.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:00:29+00:00 August 7th, 2009|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

    RIP: John Hughes

    John Hughes

    Well, it’s a dark day for my generation and 80s cinema–the latter certainly shaped the former. And one of the directors who defined movies in the 80s was John Hughes. His filmography has not only the high school love trifecta of Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful (all three of which he scribed–and he directed Candles) but also the high school drama of The Breakfast Club. And there’s also the classic Weird Science, one of my favorite John Candy starring roles in Uncle Buck, and the mayhem of Vacation.

    And of course, the high school character everyone wanted to be…

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

    Sadly, John Hughes died yesterday at age 59 of a heart attack.

    Mr. Hughes: you gave my peers and I a crapload of movies to remember and quote often…and some great memories. Thanks for everything.

    P.S. Make sure you read this blog post about Hughes. It’s amazing. Found via Graham Linehan.

    By | 2017-09-24T23:00:31+00:00 August 7th, 2009|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

    Stuff: Mashup Artists Looking Forward to Warren Ellis/Holy Grail Possibilties

    Josh Brolin as Jonah Hex with Megan Fox

    There’s plenty going on in the world of pop culture. But you have a life–we don’t. That’s why we do this: news in quick digestible chunks so you can be about your business, armed with geek info. You’re welcome.

  • A bunch of posters were rolled out at San Diego, including Jonah Hex (snippet shown), can be found at Yahoo Movies. Some are unimpressive, like, oh, Saw VI. But the Alice in Wonderland posters give a better look at the characters. And such.
  • Castlevania is back on again, with James Wan (Saw) on board to co-scribe and helm. And they’re apparently discarding the previous version of the script and starting over. And what does this mean to the animated version that Uncle Warren scribed? No idea. Although if somebody wanted to send me his script, I wouldn’t be sad. I’m just saying. Source.
  • You L.A. types, be aware that Cirque du Soleil is doing more of their 25th anniversary fun-stuff at the Grove this coming Sunday, August 2nd. All six shows from Vegas will have acts on hand to perform starting at 12:30pm and for free. Nice. “The event will be family friendly, featuring a circus play area set up for kids with face painting, jugglers and other activities. Prize giveaways, specially priced tickets for the shows in Vegas, and a chance to meet Cirque du Soleil castmembers will round out the festivities.” Also nice. Seriously, if you’re out that way, go. It’ll be a hoot. Source.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:00:36+00:00 July 28th, 2009|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments