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

    Stuff: Aronofsky Sucks Adamantium From New Wolverine Movie

    Hugh Jackman

    Wolverine 2 to have Ikea as corporate sponsor.

    Sometimes you just need somebody to read all the pop culture news for you and just tell you the important bits, leaving out all the fluff. Well, here you go. Subscribe to the Stuff feed or get this as a free email newsletter. However you want to hit it, just smack it. It’s yours to smack. Enjoy.

  • Suck factor is high! Darren Aronofsky has left The Wolverine. Which is a damn shame, too, because I would have loved to have seen his take on the character and I think he could have finally given a Wolverine-infused movie that is worthy of Hugh Jackman‘s badass portrayal. What’s odd is that his reasoning is incomplete in my opinion: he reportedly left because he didn’t want to be away from his family–shooting in Japan–for a year. But…surely that wasn’t a new bit of news that was happening. Something changed: either the tsunami changed his mind (although Fox could shoot the film elsewhere for Japan–secondarily although, they could, I’m sure, use the infusion of dollars) or something changed on the family side of things. Either way…damn. Source.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:42:48+00:00 March 21st, 2011|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Stuff: Comic-Con Trailers Bring Zombie Goodness

    Ben Cross from Dark Shadows

    Go ahead and give the guy a cameo.

    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.

  • Why have I not seen a trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s latest, Black Swan? Seriously, give it up already.
  • The Boys, the highly violent Garth Ennis book in which superheroes have to be dealt with by an enhanced CIA squad, is going to be helmed by Adam McKay (The Other Guys). Source.
  • Will Eisner’s A Contract With God is going to be made into a feature film with different segments helmed by different folks. Production starts in 2011 and should hit the festival circuit next year as well.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:49:39+00:00 July 24th, 2010|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    The Wrestler (2008) – Movie Review

    The Wrestler

    Written by: Robert D. Siegel
    Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
    Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Todd Barry

    My Advice: Don’t miss it.

    Randy “The Ram” (Rourke) is a wrestler who’s two decades past his glory days. But he’s a wrestler–that’s his love and his life. So he goes where the bouts are and where the signings are, despite his age, his reading glasses and his hearing aid. He also has a job at a grocery store to help make ends meet. He has a daughter (Wood) who he never sees and seeks company with a stripper (Tomei). So is it possible to have more to life? Is it possible to change? Or are we who we are and we have to just learn to live with it?

    The poster might tout this as the resurrection of Rourke, but it’s certainly just his ability to get the attention. Those of us with taste thought he was fantastic as Marv in Sin City and that’s where his comeback began. But whereas in Marv he was the perfect embodiment of a barbarian killing machine and fantastic, Rourke shows that he can do drama like there was no tomorrow. His Randy is the sort of loser that you can’t help but root for, more and more as we see his day to day existence. He’s now the perfect embodiment of everybody: mostly we’re working jobs we hate because we can’t make enough money doing the things we love. We don’t treat our family as well as we’d like. We’re not as good as we should be–and we know this. And the fact that we know it and can’t seem to fix it makes the whole thing somehow worse. That’s Randy the Ram right there.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:06:21+00:00 February 7th, 2009|Reviews|1 Comment