Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: The Trouble With Flirting Whilst Covered in Bees

Eddie Izzard: First Letterman Appearance

Each Monday we like to give you something–whether it’s to excite the brain or numb it…really, it depends on the week. This week we have the American television debut of Eddie Izzard. This is taken from October 1997 while he was performing his show Glorious in NYC, according to the NaughtButEddie channel on YouTube (which rather lives up to its name, I must say). I agree with one of the commenters on the YouTube page…at first, I don’t think the audience knows what to make of him: the same sort of mad energy of a Robin Williams but more focused while at the same time much more surreal. But they eventually warm up and figure out what he’s on about. For the most part.

By | 2017-09-24T22:38:18+00:00 August 22nd, 2011|Mental Sorbet|2 Comments

Top 10 Simians To Keep Tabs On In Case Apes Actually Rise

Ivan Kragoff, Red Courtesy Phone Please

So this weekend we get a prequel/reboot/thing for Planet of the Apes, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. And I’m uncertain how I feel about it, based on the trailers, as we’ve discussed in multiple podcasts by this point. However, it did get me thinking–and you know that’s always a dangerous thing. We have plans in place in case of zombies. We have plans in place in case of Skynet. We even have given some thought to when animals rise up and start kicking some ass. But do we actually have a Rise of the Apes sort of plan? In other words, what if non-human simian creatures got even smarter than they are and decided to whup some ass?

If we’ve learned anything from Batman it’s to know who to keep tabs on. So for your easy planning purposes, we’ve devoted some skull sweat to identifying ten simians that you should definitely keep track of. Because if Apes ever do actually rise, we expect these to throw their lot in with them. Stay vigilant.

By | 2017-09-24T22:38:52+00:00 August 4th, 2011|Stimuli|4 Comments

Stuff: Plush Birds Are Angry; So Probably is Julie Taymor

Jumbo Angry Birds Plush

You know, some people actually have time to watch movie news websites for every scrap of stuff that comes in. They want their news immediately. This feature isn’t for them. It’s for the rest of us, who have lives, and don’t have to know what’s happening on the new live action Peanuts movie right this second. We filter out the nonsense and give you a single post with everything you need to know within. Enjoy.

  • Amazon’s deal of the day is for the Blu-Ray/DVD collector’s set version of The Sound of Music. If you have any interest in the film, I suggest clicking through to check it out, because it comes with a lot of stuff including a music box, scrapbook, soundtrack, souvenir program reproduction and more. You can find it on Amazon here.
  • Angry Birds mania continues…ThinkGeek is now offering Jumbo Angry Birds Plushes. They give this as a reason to build a cushion fort. I’m just wondering who’s bought the film rights. What do you think?
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:43:03+00:00 March 10th, 2011|Stuff You Need to Know|1 Comment

    Win The Riches: Season 2 on DVD!

    The Riches: Season 2 DVD cover art

    So The Riches, may it rest in peace, comes with its second season to DVD. Here’s what Fox has to say for itself:

    Combining richly dark humor with gripping family drama and intricate plot twists, the masterful final season of The Riches stars Emmy Award winner Eddie Izzard (Ocean’s Thirteen, My Super Ex-Girlfriend) and Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting, Grosse Pointe Blank) in her Golden Globe and Emmy nominated role. This new season of The Riches follows Wayne and Dahlia Malloy (Izzard and Driver), lovable gypsies and con-artists who adopt the identity of a very wealthy couple, as they continue to deal with the mishaps and difficulties of convincing their greedy “buffer” neighbors that they are indeed the law abiding citizens of the Doug and Cherien Rich family. Shannon Marie Woodward (The Haunting of Molly Hartley), Noel Fisher (Agent Cody Banks) and Aidan Mitchell (Simple Things) co-star as The Malloy’s three children, whose adjustment from living in an RV to a mansion in American suburbia frequently threatens to reveal the family’s true identity.

    So we’ve got three copies of the set to give away. Want to win one? Easy: enter using the form below. And you can enter once a day–you can enter all our contests once a day. If we draw your name when it’s all over with–you win. Good luck.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:04:38+00:00 March 22nd, 2009|Contests|1 Comment

    Stuff You Need to Know: The Phantom Goes to Coney Island

    Prince: Lotusflower

    Other sites want to make you wade through post after post of pop culture news. Here it’s like a band-aid: rip it off quick, it’ll hurt less.

  • Prince is going to release three new albums this year without using a record label. “A ‘major retailer’ is in talks with the artist to release the music physically, while a new Prince Web site will sell it in digital form.” The titles are MPLSOUND and Lotus Flower, while Elixir will be coming out from Bria Valente, who’s described as his protege. He said of Elixir: “We got sick of waiting for Sade to make a new album.” I have this odd image of Prince in a laboratory growing Bria from some Sade DNA. Or…something. Of the music that’s coming, what I’m looking forward to hearing is the “Crimson and Clover” cover on Flower. That has badass potential. I’m hoping for something along these lines:

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:07:27+00:00 January 4th, 2009|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Eddie Izzard: Stripped – Theatre Review

    Eddie Izzard: Stripped

    National Tour
    Seen in Atlanta, Georgia, June 25, 2008

    Eddie Izzard was in town this week with his latest one-man show and destroyed a packed house of people. It’s obvious Atlanta was happy to see him because the house blew up when he walked out. And he played two dates here and I’m sure the house the previous night was packed as well. He started off by musing on the name of our fair sprawling urban center. Named for the ocean that he had to cross to get here, he said, then wondered why we’re so far away from it if that’s the case. And it continued for close to two hours—if you’ve seen Izzard’s stand-up shows previously on DVD, then you know what it’s like. But I’m glad it didn’t go any longer, because trying to keep up is fairly exhausting.

    The man’s mad. Like Billy Connolly, he, as Jane Wagner might say, has the brain of a hummingbird. They can both wind up anywhere, but Izzard seems to, more often than not, be talking about God and Jesus chatting in Heaven or the diary of one of the giant squid that must have been on Noah’s Ark. You see, Noah had told his wife Margaret to put one in the bathroom downstairs and lash the other one to the roof. Or you could find Moses descending the mountain with rules he had gleaned from squirrels. And then when a question came up about the wives of Henry VIII, Izzard whipped out his phone to look it up on Wikipedia.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:16:42+00:00 June 29th, 2008|Reviews|0 Comments

    Prince Caspian (2008) – 27 Second Review

    Prince Caspian poster

    Written by: Andrew Adamson & Christopher Markus, based on the novel by C.S. Lewis
    Directed by: Andrew Adamson
    Starring: Liam Neeson, Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley, Skander Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Peter Dinklage, Eddie Izzard, Sergio Castellitto

    Review: NINJA FAUNS!!!!!!! VIOLENT MICE!!!!!!!!! FULL! AUTO! CATAPULTS!!!!!

    Ahem. Sorry. There’s a story and stuff too. The four leads have improved, probably due to some much needed acting lessons. I’m sure the flow would be better if some scenes were kept in that we can assume were left out because they connected the plot points too well and took focus away from FULL AUTO CATAPULTS!!!!! Can I have one?

    Time: 22 seconds


    By | 2017-09-24T23:18:25+00:00 May 31st, 2008|27 Seconds|1 Comment

    Win Season One of The Riches

    The Riches: Season 1 DVD cover art

    Needcoffee faves Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver head up The Riches. Well, the family pretending to be the Riches, because they are really the Malloys and head up a family of con artists who just happened to have a run-in with The Riches. Um. Literally. Which turned out to be fatal.

    And now they’re trying to live it up while not being found out or found. This is on the FX Network and has apparently been renewed for a second season, which will arrive if this writer’s strike thing ever clears up.

    But take this opportunity to catch up on the show and win a copy. We’ve got five copies standing by for you to win. Well, win one of them. No sense being greedy bastards. Mostly.


    By | 2008-07-04T23:51:13+00:00 January 22nd, 2008|Contests|1 Comment

    13 Days of Xmas – Day 12: Random Bits From Britain

    Dead Ringers: Doctor Who

    And now, for the penultimate day of 13 Days of Xmas, we throw the post open to great bits from our friends across the pond. We’re waiting for our friends the Brits to stage a Comedy Invasion like they invaded us musically a while back. We could really use it, folks.

    From the Dead Ringers 2005 Xmas special, it’s Doctor Who at Christmas:

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

    By | 2017-09-24T23:23:29+00:00 December 24th, 2007|13 Days of Xmas|0 Comments