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

    13 Days of Xmas 2011 – Day 4: Holiday Hocus Pocus

    Stephen Fry QI Christmas

    Last year we did some more Brit Christmas TV fun, bringing you the monster-sized Christmas Whose Line Is It Anyway? episode from their second season. And led off from a bit out of the American version. So keeping with that them, we turn again to the best show the BBC thinks Americans aren’t smart enough to watch: QI.

    Yes, it’s true: the BBC iPlayer is due to hit our shores any day now. And when it does, if you are a Anglophile worth a damn, get it. I know it’s iPad-only, but buy it anyway. Seriously. Otherwise, how will we prove to them that we can recognize good television? I mean, they were 100% right about how nobody gets Doctor Who over here…right? Rrright.

    This magic-focused holiday party features Sir Stephen Fry, Alan Davies, Graham Norton, Lee Mack and…I dunno, some kid. I know him from somewhere…
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:34:30+00:00 December 16th, 2011|13 Days of Xmas|1 Comment

    Stuff You Need to Know: Daniel Day-Lewis is Abe, Honestly

    Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln

    The frustrating thing about pop culture websites is they try to slam you with update after update–and most of it you simply don’t need to know. One post a week, catching you up with everything. That’s what we do. Pour some espresso and get your dose.

  • The Lincoln biopic, helmed by Spielberg, is a month into production and Hollywood Reporter had the first glimpse of Daniel Day-Lewis in full makeup as Abe. And damn. That’s pretty awesome. Cosette’s response: “Did he build a log cabin this time?” Yes. And studied his lines off a shovel. Is it just me or does this just make you want to see Day-Lewis fight vampires? Also, note that Variety says Jared Harris (the upcoming Moriarty–who, holy shit, that’s Richard Harris’ son!) will play Ulysses S. Grant and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln.
  • Akira reworked plot points pointed out over at io9. Dindrane and fans of the original are warned to stay away, as you will have a severe allergic reaction. Here’s a taste: “Kaneda (Garret Hedlund) is a bar owner in Neo-Manhattan who is stunned when his brother, Tetsuo, is abducted by government agents led by The Colonel (Ken Watanabe).” And on from there.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:34:43+00:00 December 1st, 2011|Stuff You Need to Know|1 Comment

    Win the Harry Potter Kids Biography on DVD!

    Harry Potter Kids - Biography Channel DVD cover art

    Yes, it’s a biography of the main trio of actors from the Harry Potter series of films: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. And the Biography Channel shot us a copy of the DVD, since we know we have many Potter fiends among us.

    To win, you enter using the form below. And remember, you can enter once a day. If your name gets drawn from the prize cauldron, then you snag it. Good luck!

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:01:59+00:00 June 19th, 2009|Contests|0 Comments

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) – DVD Review

    harry potter chamber of secrets dvd cover

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written by: Steven Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling
    Directed by: Chris Columbus
    Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith

    Features:

    • Year One at Hogwarts intro
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Conversation with author Rowling and scribe Kloves
    • Interview section with snippets from the cast
    • Gallery of production sketches
    • Build a Scene featurette
    • Tours of the sets for Dumbledore’s Office, Diagon Alley, and the Chamber of Secrets
    • The Chamber Challenge game
    • The Forbidden Forest Challenge game
    • Colin’s Darkroom
    • Gilderoy Lockhart’s classroom with reading list, certificates and a Lockhart photo gallery
    • Spellcaster Knowledge Challenge game
    • Additional scenes
    • Game preview of the Chamber game by EA
    • DVD-ROM:
    • Weblinks
    • Voice-activated navigation
    • Game demo
    • Challenge games: Photo Hunt, Sliders, Jigsaw Puzzles, Matching Potions
    • Hogwarts timeline
    • Screensaver
    • Activities: 3-D Great Hall Cutout, Printable Mazes, Folding Posters

    Released by: Warner Brothers
    Region: 1
    Rating: PG
    Anamorphic: Yes

    My Advice: Own it.

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    By | 2009-07-21T05:18:44+00:00 May 2nd, 2003|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) – Widge’s Movie Review

    harry potter chamber of secrets movie poster

    Written by: Steven Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling
    Directed by: Chris Columbus
    Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith

    My Advice: Don’t Miss It

    Welcome to Year Two. Harry (Radcliffe) has been imprisoned yet again at the home of his only living relatives, the Dursleys (whom we don’t see a lot of, but are perfectly horrid–Richard Griffiths, Fiona Shaw, Harry Melling). He’s not allowed to practice magic outside of school (Hogwarts’ rules) and not allowed to do much of anything else either (the Dursleys’ rules). He’s also bummed because he hasn’t heard a peep out of either of his best friends from school, Hermione or Ron (Watson and Grint, respectively). However, when a house elf (voiced by Toby Jones) shows up unexpectedly in his room and warns Harry that he must not, under any circumstances, go back to Hogwarts this year…Harry understands that he’s in for trouble–but he has no idea that size of said trouble.

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    By | 2009-07-22T01:16:38+00:00 February 9th, 2003|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) – Catalyst’s Movie Review

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets movie poster

    Written by: Steven Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling
    Directed by: Chris Columbus
    Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith

    My Advice: Don’t miss it.

    To give a plot summary of this movie is almost pointless–everyone knows what’s going to happen because they’ve read the books. But for that one guy who hasn’t, Harry is back at school for the second year. Now there’s another threat in the works: someone has opened the legendary Chamber of Secrets, and there’s a monster roaming the school petrifying (yes, literally turning them to stone) “mudbloods”, i.e. witches and wizards who don’t come from magic families.

    The good news is that Daniel Radcliffe is still able to channel Harry perfectly, and in fact grows a little with the role–especially since he doesn’t spend half the movie asking expository questions or being lectured at.

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    By | 2009-07-22T02:33:34+00:00 November 17th, 2002|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) – DVD Review

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone DVD cover art

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written by: Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling
    Directed by: Chris Columbus
    Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Richard Harris

    Features:

    • Seven deleted scenes (good luck finding them)
    • Self-guided tour of Hogwarts
    • Production and art gallery
    • Interview featurette with Columbus, Kloves and producer David Heyman
    • Theatrical trailers
    • International clip
    • DVD-ROM features include a trading card game demo and voice recognition

    Released by: Warner Home Video
    Region: 1
    Rating: PG
    Anamorphic: Yes

    My Advice: Rent It.

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    By | 2011-05-27T23:56:59+00:00 May 25th, 2002|Reviews|0 Comments