Stuff You Need to Know: Hey You Get Off of My Cloud Atlas

The highlights of scads of pop culture news, put through a strainer and placed in a single post to save wear and tear on your mind and productivity. Enjoy.

Cloud Atlas Concept Art

  • The book is Cloud Atlas and it’s been adapted into a movie, produced by the Wachowskis and directed by Tom Twyker, who brought you Run Lola Run. And it looks like somebody tried to take The Fountain, turn it into an even bigger budgeted TV miniseries, then compress it to three hours of cinema. What. The. Hell. Is this.


  • By | 2017-09-24T22:30:44+00:00 July 26th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

    I Took The Red Pill: Life Inside the Rabbit Hole

    Reid Gormly

    Reid Gormly. Not a doctor, but he has played one on TV. No, we're serious. He has.

    Everyone, give a warm welcome to Reid Gormly. Reid’s a working actor trying to Make It in Hollywood and I thought that those of us who don’t have that particular madness might be interested in the stories of somebody who has it. So we’ll hopefully get some updates from him as things progress. Let’s all live vicariously through Reid, shall we?

    All right, before we really even begin, rest assured that this blog post has nothing to do with the upcoming release of Tim Burton‘s take on Alice in Wonderland. Don’t get me wrong, I would kill to have been cast as Tweedle Dee or Tweedle Dum (or even better yet, both), but this is a story about the life of a man with a dream to be an Actor. This actor took the proverbial Red Pill that Morpheus so generously offered when it came time to decide what to do after graduating college in ’04. Longing to see just how deep the rabbit hole of lifelong cinematic dreams would go, this actor–me, specifically–landed in Hollywood not knowing a soul, homeless, and broke.

    That was then, and this is now. I recently shot my first co-star spot on the Fox hit drama, House, with the ever-charming Hugh Laurie. Now, if you’ve done the math, my first substantial break came five years into this freefall of excitement. This begs some obvious questions. “Why did it take so long? Why didn’t you give up? Was it worth it? Was it everything you thought it would be?”


    By | 2017-09-24T22:54:21+00:00 February 20th, 2010|Stimuli|1 Comment

    Win Jeeves and Wooster: The Complete Series on DVD!

    Jeeves and Wooster: The Complete Series DVD cover art

    Is it? Yes it is! It’s Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie in the complete Jeeves and Wooster. Eight discs in the slimline cases so it’s all the content of a megaset without the shelf depletion. Your friends at A&E have slapped us with a copy to giveaway to you fine people. Want to win it? Naturally. You enter using the form below and we advise you to enter once a day as well, because each day you can put in one more copy of your name in the prize bowler hat. We draw your name from it–you win. Good luck.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:03:39+00:00 April 30th, 2009|Contests|2 Comments

    Monsters vs. Aliens 3-D (2009) – Movie Review

    Monsters vs. Aliens poster art

    Written by: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Maya Forbes, Rob Letterman & Wallace Wolodarsky, based on a story by Letterman and Conrad Vernon
    Directed by: Rob Letterman & Conrad Vernon
    Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland, Stephen Colbert, Rainn Wilson

    My Advice: Matinee it.

    It’s Susan’s (Witherspoon) wedding day. Everything’s perfect. Mostly. And then out of a clear blue sky, a freak accident (no offense) happens and Susan finds herself suddenly huge. In fact, 50 foot tall? Mmmmmm could be. This, unfortunately, puts her in the jurisdiction of General W.R. Monger (Sutherland), whose mission is to lock all monsters away from the public eye. However, when a bigass robot lands on Earth looking for something and tearing up the landscape, Monger convinces The President (Colbert) that the only hope of stopping the invader is Monger’s group of monsters. In addition to Susan, there’s the amphibian The Missing Link (Arnett), the half-man half-roach all-mad-scientist Dr. Cockroach (Laurie), and B.O.B. (Rogen), a talking blob. Oh, and the even more giant kaiju Insectosaurus.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:04:21+00:00 April 9th, 2009|Movie Reviews|1 Comment

    BK Crown Card: So… Where’s Ours?

    Burger King BK Crown Card

    Apparently there is a BK Crown Card–a very rare card that entitles the cardholder to unlimited free Burger King food. This revealed by Hugh Laurie bringing up the subject–and thus becoming reportedly the twelfth recipient of one. Just for pushing Burger King’s products. Same thing with the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and George Lucas.

    So here’s my question: where’s ours?

    Yes, I know, we committed an affront to God and nature by bringing back the Burger King from whatever pocket hell he had been banished to. Soon after we invoked him at one of our Gonzo Film Fests, he re-appeared to terrorize people in commercials right and left in a new and even more disturbing form. And we are honestly and sincerely sorry about that, we assure you. But since we’re going to hell for it anyway, we might as well get some free burgers out of the deal, right?

    I ran this by Ken, who is equally guilty of this dark deed. He responded, “Death to McDonald’s. Just give us the goddamn card.” So we’re in violent agreement.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:13:04+00:00 September 13th, 2008|Stimuli|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know, Friday, September 12, 2008

    No, dammit, *I* Claudius.  Okay?
  • Ready for another I, Claudius? The rights have been picked up by Relativity Media. Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot) will co-scribe and direct. This of course was adapted twice before; the last time was with Derek Jacobi as Claudius, which is his signature role. Here’s the interesting bit from the article: the rights were bought last year by Scott Rudin, with William Monahan set to scribe (who co-scribed, huh, go figure, Edge of Darkness) and also Leonardo DiCaprio on board. But that fell apart. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
  • Doomsday Protocol is a script by Shane Salerno (Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem) about a group of aliens and humans who come together to save the Earth. The article doesn’t say from what, though. So we’ll assume that it’s another Cher farewell tour. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:13:05+00:00 September 12th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice

    Sloshing through the swamp of pop culture so you don’t have to. We bring you ideas for how to waste your weekend. Tried to get this up yesterday, I know, I said so in the recording, but that’s what I get for thinking.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:28:35+00:00 August 5th, 2007|Podcasts|0 Comments