32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Day 26: Quality Time With Uncle Ray

Ray Bradbury

For our first entry of Day 26, let’s have some time with your Uncle Ray. Ray Bradbury, of course. The best creative writing teacher I never had.

I realize we’ve posted “The Veldt” previously, but this is from the radio series Bradbury 13, which I recall as being on BBC Radio…but may have wound up (or originated) elsewhere. The reason we’re going back to that story is that it’s narrated by Paul Frees, for crying out loud. You can’t deny Mr. Frees. Then after that, we go to a fantastic tribute to Mr. B from The Neil, “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury.” Enjoy.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:56+00:00 October 25th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #224: Coffee and the Euphemism Motherlode

Dance the Kung Fu

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck, the podcast that dares to completely sully the name of its own damn website. Go figure.

Note: Please excuse random and brief noises. Not sure where they came from. Maybe it’s all in my head.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:59+00:00 October 19th, 2014|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

Bryan Fuller Is Working On Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

Bryan Fuller at the Saturn Awards by Nina Prommer / European Pressphoto Agency

In the words of Wednesday, “All is well, and all is well, and all shall be well.”

But I don’t know, maybe you just didn’t hear me when I said that Bryan Fuller is working on the American Gods production team.

The Hollywood Reporter has it that Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, 1313 Mockingbird Lane, Dead Like Me) is working with the network Starz on the adaptation of The Neil’s sprawling and lush roadtrip through the American mythscape–the resonant and divisive opus that is American Gods.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:26+00:00 July 1st, 2014|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

Sandman’s Three Gs: Gaiman, Gordon-Levitt & Goyer

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morpheus from Sandman

So, as Tor.com had it, “Joseph Gordon-Levitt to direct and star in Sandman movie, possibly the first in a multi-film franchise.” Granted, JGL clarified later on that he was only on board (for the moment) as a producer. David S. Goyer is, of course, also attached to produce.

As long-time followers of the Sandman film adaptation debacle will recall: this film has been stuck in development hell for over a decade and a half–and thankfully so. The most recently discussed draft had capes and superhero-esque origins and all kinds of foolishness. So thankfully, this iteration looks basically exactly like I said it would need to look, in order to get me interested: it looks like they’ve erased literally all of the film script work done on it, to this point, and started over from scratch. And I’m okay with that.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:41+00:00 December 18th, 2013|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

The Coraline Collection From Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

Coraline by Neil Gaiman: The Collection from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

Coraline “Not Caroline” Jones is one of the most dangerous things known to humanity: a smart kid who is bored. Unlike the young lumpenproletariat who merely engages in standard juvenile delinquency, these young masters of disaster make nitroglycerin in the bathtub, or hack into various federal agencies, or perform science experiments on their siblings. But even more than that: Coraline belongs to that elite class where their troublemaking is not restricted to this plane of existence. She travels to a world which is similar to ours but not quite. In this other world, there is her Other Mother and her Other Father–they’re like Coraline’s parents, but with crucial differences. Those being that her Other Parents pay attention to Coraline, cook her non-exotic food, and just basically love her to pieces. Even her neighbors are far more interesting and the whole apartment building seems alive with magic. Of course, everyone having buttons for eyes is a little off-putting. And the Other Mother seems really needy. Especially when she wants Coraline to stay and have buttons installed as well. Coraline is going to have to be very brave and very clever because the Other Mother simply does not take ‘No’ for an answer.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:27:05+00:00 October 16th, 2013|Headsup|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #198: Son, Never Mind Them Brakes

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck–the podcast that’s locked in a basement and singing the same song over and over and over.

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Convoy on 45

Agenda:

  • Beware the centaur poop. Plus, Aaron steals Jon’s material.
  • Jon vs. Gin
  • Rob, calling in from the 12th Dimension
  • Viva Mexico!
  • Who was Mole Man in the hotel room and why?
  • The worth of $300 back in the day
  • DreamCon leads off the podcast. Mostly.
  • Why has Kim’s voice gotten so deep?
  • Living in a post-Sharknado world
  • Pacific Rim
  • Scott uses his mic to freak out Aaron (not a euphemism)
  • Why Kidlet is a lost cause (albeit probably due to malnutrition)
  • Defending Battlefield Earth and other supposedly horrible films
  • Rob’s The Way Way Back review
  • In praise of Sam Rockwell
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:27:34+00:00 July 19th, 2013|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

    Your Weekend Justice #197: The Guy Who Bags Your Groceries is Not a Quest Giver

    It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck–the podcast that wants to send you on a quest… to Dream The Impossible Dream.

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    Toucans

    Agenda:

  • Jon and the Porn Router
  • Every 80s film ever
  • Serv trying to be reassuring about porn (failing)
  • Canada Track
  • Jon and the Alien-Blocking Router
  • The NSA discovers Jon’s Routering
  • Man of Steel
  • Technologically advanced civilizations don’t require screens
  • Laurence Fishburne‘s earring
  • Nerves Like Serv
  • Drink report
  • The Weekend Justice Book Club Review
  • Neil Gaiman and The Ocean at the End of the Lane
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:27:37+00:00 June 29th, 2013|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|2 Comments

    Neil Gaiman’s Final Book Signing Circus to Come to Town…

    Neil Gaiman in doorway

    Longtime readers of Need Coffee will know that we are huge fans of The Neil. So when we heard that his US book-signing tour for The Ocean at the End of the Lane was the last one he’d be doing, we were understandably distraught. But we were also determined.

    Do you want to know a secret? Back in 2010, we embarked on a plan to get an exclusive interview with Neil Gaiman during his book-signing tour for the release of the 10th Anniversary Edition of American Gods (the miniseries of which is still underway and still teaching us exactly how bated a person’s breath can get). This plan was tied to forays and efforts made by individuals and entities and forces and, well… Let me put it this way: Do you remember us posting any big exclusive interview with Neil, back in 2011? No. No you don’t. Things didn’t work out, as things sometimes don’t.

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:28:12+00:00 April 8th, 2013|Stimuli|0 Comments