Stuff Bulletin: New Lord of the Jungle in the Works

Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan

  • Wanted to make sure you were aware: Amazon’s Deal of the Day is the Blu-Ray boxed set of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy Extended Editions. Regular price is listed as $119.98–today only it’s 64% off and going for $43.49. Savings of over $75. Not bad for a fifteen disc hi-def set. Snag it here.
  • New Tarzan is coming from Warner Brothers with Alexander Skarsgard at the lead of the pack to play the jungle lord and David Yates, who directed more Harry Potter films than anybody else, is on board to helm. The story involves him being sent to the Congo by Queen Victoria for a mission, accompanied by an ex-mercenary–who might be played by Samuel L. Jackson. I’m sort of amazed that in the wake of John Carter that another Edgar Rice Burroughs film is even happening. Source: Variety.
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    Stuff: Questlove is Grounded and I Don’t Feel So Good Myself

    Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow - Avengers poster

    Each week we try to bring you a catch-up post on the latest in pop culture news. Because reading a whole bunch of individual posts just takes too much bloody time. And we want you to have a life. So enjoy.

    Speaking of having a life: it’s Black Friday. And if you’re going to snag some Black Friday deals (or anything at all, really) from Amazon, please do it through us. You can even use this link. When you do, we get kickbacks and those help to keep Need Coffee alive. Many thanks, amigos.

  • Marvel has released a series of Avengers teaser posters. That’s a snippet there with Scarlett as Black Widow. For the whole lot, featuring all the major characters, check out this link.
  • Arrested Development lives. It’s coming back in early 2013 thanks to Netflix. No idea where a rumored feature film is at this point. Dear Netflix: keep some money handy for when AMC gets stupid and decides Walking Dead is too expensive. Just a tip. Source: Variety.
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    The Week in Stuff: August 17, 2010 – Shakespeare, Brian Wilson & Friends*

    (*–Would be the highest rated variety show in history.)

    There are a lot of things out there you can buy. We try to give you the information you need to make an educated purchasing decision. Because we have no lives. If you find the info here to be of use, do us a favor and purchase stuff from Amazon through us. Especially if you were going to buy the stuff anyway. That gives us kickbacks, which help pay for things. Like the server. And coffee. And therapy. Thanks.

    William Shakespeare's Hamlet Blu-ray Cover Art
    One Tree Hill Season 7 DVD Cover Art
    Tytania Collection 1 Blu-ray Cover Art

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    Pirate Radio (2009) – Movie Review

    Pirate Radio movie poster

    Written & Directed by: Richard Curtis
    Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Sturridge, Rhys Ifans, Chris O’Dowd, Nick Frost, Katherine Parkinson, Jack Davenport

    My Advice: Matinee.

    It’s 1966. And apparently you can’t get rock on British radio. Well, not the normal radio stations. While the government has an apparent stranglehold on the “legit” airwaves, there’s at least one station that’s decided to take to the open seas. Radio Rock, headed up by Quentin (Nighy), sits off UK’s shores on a large boat and broadcasts. They not only have an array of colorful and personable DJs, but they even imported one, The Count (Hoffman), from America. Trouble is, everybody seems to enjoy Radio Rock except for certain members of the government: Minister Dormandy (Branagh), for example, and his assistant Twatt (Davenport). They plan to shut down offshore radio by hook or by crook or both, if necessary.

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    Valkyrie (2008) – Movie Review

    Valkyrie movie poster

    Written by: Nathan Alexander & Christopher McQuarrie
    Directed by: Bryan Singer
    Starring: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Kenneth Branagh, Terence Stamp

    My Advice: Matinee.

    It’s 1943 and let’s just say that not everybody in Germany is 100% behind the Fuhrer (a respectable David Bamber who is not as convincing as Bruno Ganz–but really, who would be?). In fact, there are those who are planning behind closed doors to take out Hitler and try to wake Germany up from its nightmare. One of them is Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Cruise), who has been trying to find a general who will get involved with this treason. After being wounded in Africa (this is sort of already covered in the trailer), he finds himself back in Berlin and in the sights of a movement aligned with his own idea: that Hitler has to be stopped for the sake of Germany.

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    Stuff You Need to Know, Wednesday, October 15, 2008

    Kenneth Branagh
  • Okay, this is interesting: and it’s theatre, but keep reading even if it’s not your bag. Hamlet in the West End stars Jude Law. Michael Grandage (Frost/Nixon) is now directing it because a guy by the name of Kenneth Branagh has exited the production because he’s going to be doing that Thor thing. If you can catch the upcoming season at Donmar Warehouse, Jebus, it sounds awesome: Branagh is there doing Ivanov, Derek Jacobi is going to be in Twelfth Night, and Judi Dench in Madame de Sade. Nice. Source: Variety.

    Actually, looking at that pic of him, he wouldn’t make a bad Loki either, would he?

  • The Happytime Murders is what happens when puppets go noir. No, seriously. It’s a spec script that the Henson Company has picked up and will produce under their Henson Alternative banner, which is to them what Touchstone is (well, was) to Disney. (At least they didn’t call it HENSON EXTREME.) It’s what happens when there’s a world in which puppets and humans live side by side. However, in this world the puppet cast of a children’s TV show starts to get bumped off one by one and it’s up to a disgraced alcoholic puppet detective to find out what’s really going on. So…erm…it’s a fucked up cross between Greg the Bunny and Watchmen? Brian Henson is to helm it. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
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    Stuff You Need to Know, Monday, September 29, 2008

    Thor by Walt Simonson

    Pop culture news in little espresso shot-sized chunks. Because you have better things to do with your time than read 500 word posts on each of these.

  • Congratulations, Marvel. You have managed to get my attention by getting Kenneth Branagh in talks to helm Thor, which is slated to hit cinemas in 2010. Trouble is the script is by Mark Protosevich, who is infamous in my mind for having written I Am Legend…for Schwarzenegger. Yes, it was terrible. Donald Blake will be the version of Thor in the film. Now bring in Walt Simonson to do design work and you’ll have me actually looking forward to this. Source: Variety.
  • The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, those mad geniuses who do Lovecraft better than anyone, have The Shadow Out of Time coming out from their Dark Adventure Radio Theatre on October 1st. You can get it on MP3 or CD, and the CD has bonus bits. They also announced The Shadow Over Innsmouth. Find their goodness here. Found via SFFAudio.
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