DragonCon 2011: The Light Fantastic: The Worlds of Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett

We delve once more into the archives of DragonCon 2011 and bring you something from the British Media track. It’s a panel devoted to Sir Terry Pratchett and features our own Rox of Spazhouse, Caro (our own Bob the Zombie), Angela (the one with the confession to make), Lars Pearson and a young man whose name I couldn’t catch. If that’s you, show yourself!

Anyway, much of how people came to Pratchett, how the Venn diagrams for Neil Fans and Terry Fans play out, and fun with characters and dialogue.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:35:20+00:00 November 16th, 2011|Podcasts, Stimuli|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #124: Podcast Entropy!

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that’s careening towards the heat death of the podcastverse. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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Sniper Jesus

Agenda:

  • Rox and Scott agree! To the shelters!
  • Captain America
  • Inevitable Sky Captain rant!
  • Kinderhostel!
  • Game board movies
  • Tim Burton‘s Sorry!
  • Jon’s joke insertion
  • Munchkin joke
  • Star Wars, Evel Knievel and copyright
  • Widge, frustrated gamer
  • Virgin olive oil vs. experienced
  • Scott’s school update
  • Rox’s lack of vision
  • Licking and dust bunnies
  • David Lynch, You Know For Kids
  • The Magic Treehouse of Pron
  • WTF dickbats?
  • Alcohol report
  • Fictional places to live
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:38:59+00:00 July 29th, 2011|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|3 Comments

    American Gods: The Motion Picture

    American Gods

    You know I was just talking the other day about the fact that Neil Gaiman has always said that he would only ever make an American Gods film if it was perfect. Well, according to the folks over at Paste Magazine, “perfect” has just gotten a little bit more attainable:

    Many details are still unknown, but Gaiman says, “There is one cinematographer and director on board who has many, many Oscars and is, I think, a genius…I love the fact that he fell in love with this about six or seven years ago and has not given up and just kept coming back and coming back.”

    Now, we’ve talked a great deal about how wonderful we think American Gods is and why we think that, and all of that still stands. But what’s best about this news is that it’s coming to light just a two and a half months before the release of the 10th Anniversary Edition, an edition which will have a new introduction, the Author’s Preferred Text (previously only available in the lushly bound and printed edition from the sadly now-defunct Hill House Publishers), and a “bonus scene.” In other words, a must-have, for any Gaiman fan. In even more other words, Perfect Timing.

    Hopefully we’ll get more news, soon, in regards to who this epic Director is (I have my speculations), and hopefully some notes about casting. We’ll keep you updated as the information rolls in.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:42:21+00:00 April 4th, 2011|Headsup|2 Comments

    Stuff: Stephen King’s Musical (No, Not Carrie, Don’t Worry) and More…

    Kris Kristofferson

    Kris Kristofferson is such a badass that Randall Flagg wouldn't think to mess with him.

    Movie news sites give you a lot of information. But it is a lot of information. Don’t you just wish you could find out what you actually need to know and leave the rest alone? Never fear, we are here. Well, I mean, it’s us…so fear a little. Anyway, subscribe to the Stuff feed or get this as a free email newsletter. Anyway you want it, that’s the way you need it.

  • It’s official. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is back on the schedule at the Alliance here in Atlanta. Why should you care? It’s a musical with a score by John Mellencamp and book by Stephen King. T-Bone Burnett is musical director. Apparently a three-CD version of the musical has already been recorded with a full cast, which included Kris Kristofferson, Elvis Costello, Roseanne Cash, Mellencamp, King, Sheryl Crow, Neko Case and Joe Frazier (yes, the boxer). I want this album five minutes ago. Show dates? April 4-May 13, 2012. No, you can’t stay on my couch. Source.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:42:23+00:00 April 2nd, 2011|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

    Stuff: New Daredevil, Old Zemeckis & Zombie Pets

    Ben Affleck as Daredevil

    Why didn't I just let Nic Cage have the role? Damn.

    There are pop culture websites out there that want to stretch every little snippet of news into its own post. They’re squeezing blood from each metaphorical turnip they get hold of. Not us–we figure you don’t have time for that. So we squeeze the blood out for you and give it to you with a little umbrella in it.

    That metaphor didn’t quite work out. Oh well. Enjoy.

  • Amazon‘s deal of the day is The Little Rascals: The Complete Collection for 68% off its usual price of $89.95. It’s $28.49 as I type this and will be that way for today or until they run out. It’s eight discs containing 80 original theatrically released shorts. Thought you might like to know. You can snag it here–but move if you’re gonna.
  • Yup, another Daredevil movie. Being handled still at Fox, who Variety confirms they need to keep this project in some form or fashion lest the rights revert. David Slade (30 Days of Night) has been tapped to helm–he’s also on board the previously mentioned Last Voyage of the Demeter. No scribe on board yet, but according to Hollywood Reporter they’re going for the Frank Miller/David Mazzucchelli “Born Again” storyline. Okay, that could be interesting.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:42:55+00:00 March 16th, 2011|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #64: Funk Hamlet

    And we’re back. Please note: this podcast, if you haven’t figured it out, is profane and not safe for consumption by children or animals. Or sentient creatures of any sort. Or even cardboard boxes. Nothing. Nobody. Got it?

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    Olivier Hamlet

    Agenda:

    • Eastwick vs. The Sound Board
    • The Mirror Universe Rob
    • Rob’s doctor
    • Rob’s wife vs. Julian Casablancas
    • Din vs. NASA engineers
    • Rob vs. his neighbors
    • Rob’s neighbors vs. Olivia Newton-John
    • Rob vs. Tuffley’s fan
    • Widge vs. Rob’s rambling
    • Inexplicable hockeycast!
    • Latin, the undead language
    • ScottC, lost
    • Leigh vs. Jamaica
    • Leigh vs. reggae
    • Odd segue into Torchwood from Jamaica. Go figure.
    • Widge vs. Doctor Who…again
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:52:25+00:00 April 30th, 2010|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #62: One Taste Is All It Takes

    And we’re back. Please note: this podcast, if you haven’t figured it out, is profane and not safe for consumption by children or animals. Or sentient creatures of any sort. Or even cardboard boxes. Nothing. Nobody. Got it?

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    Athena Barbie

    Agenda:

    By | 2017-09-24T22:52:55+00:00 April 16th, 2010|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|2 Comments

    Neil Gaiman: Using Dreams to Crack Your Head Open

    Neil Gaiman

    The next stop on the survey of my Not-A-Top-5 for Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Novelists That Use Dreams to Crack Your Head Open In All the Right Ways…

    Previous stops include the works of Caitlin R. Kiernan and Mark Z. Danielewski.

    Despite all evidence to the contrary, Neil Gaiman is Not, in fact, the King of Dreams, the Prince of Stories, His Honour, Morpheus, Lord Dream of the Endless. Neil just Works for him. Now, don’t get me wrong, he does a Fantastic job of it, and even managed to get people to read Real and True Factual History by dressing it up as a so-called “Comic Book.” This is no mean feat. And sure, the job has its perks–like being able to tell stories that are true, but which never actually “happened” per se; or writing down such fantastical tales that happen every day but which people hardly ever believe. Or (of course) telling Dreams. And I don’t just mean dreams like you’re naked in class and it’s the day of the big test, or you’re locked in a submarine with the Queen of All Rock-Topia. I mean Your dreams, Our dreams, dreams that matter, Stories that teach us things. You know…Dreams.

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:56:32+00:00 December 8th, 2009|Stimuli|2 Comments

    The Graveyard Book Dessert Challenge – Winners!

    Graveyard Book

    Okay, so as you may know, we took it upon ourselves to host a Graveyard Book Dessert Challenge. You can read about the whole spiel here, but the gist is that The Neil‘s book, The Graveyard Book, spent an entire year on the New York Times children’s bestseller list. And as a result of the book doing so well, a lot of dessert was being thrown around. Far be it from us to steer clear of dessert, so we challenged you, our readers, to come up with desserts based on The Graveyard Book. Our friends at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab sent over an entire array of their Graveyard Book-themed scents for the grand prize winner–and we said we would pony up a CBLDF membership for the winner as well.

    There is trouble that comes from having these challenges–there must be winners and–let’s not say losers, let’s say people who just win slightly less than others. And in reality, nobody lost, because everybody was provided an excuse to make a dessert and then, of course, eat said dessert. So you’re all winners not just in our book, but in the sense that we’re all getting larger together.

    However, we promised winners. And we got it down to three finalists, and then we decided that we had to give the three finalists something, so we ponied up more. Why? Because we love you all. And we are now very hungry. Let’s start with the second runner-up:
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:57:38+00:00 November 6th, 2009|Contests|4 Comments