Stuff You Need to Know: David Tennant, Ready to Do Battle With the Undead

David Tennant

Pop culture news. There’s a lot of it. So you need it in easily digestible chunks with all the bloat removed. And you don’t need it the instant it becomes known. Or if you do, this post isn’t for you. But for those of you who have lives but still want to be kept up to date and stuff, here you go. You’re welcome. You can subscribe to the Stuff feed solo or get this as a free email newsletter.

  • Well, at least we get two things out of this new Fright Night trailer. One, we get some David Tennant. And we look to him to at least entertain us if the entire movie just goes right to hell. And two, we get a bit of humor–the last trailer was straight up serious, which left me cold. The great thing about the original film was that it was a horror movie with enough comedy in it to keep it from going 100% dark. It was a nice blend. So if they can get some of this dialogue with this cast and an updated version of that feel, we might have a decent movie on our hands.

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:40:15+00:00 June 10th, 2011|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Win Bruno on DVD!

    Bruno DVD cover art

    Bruno is hitting DVD thanks to Universal. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

    As in the hugely popular Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen once again creates improvised pandemonium, this time as an Austrian TV host searching for fame and fortune in America, ensnaring everyone he meets in hilariously unpredictable, unscripted and unsuspecting ways.

    The DVD comes with an hour of deleted scenes, commentary by Cohen and director Larry Charles, and more. And here’s the best part–for you, of course–we have three copies of the DVD to give away. How do you become one of the recipients of a copy? Enter using the form below–and enter once a day, because we encourage such rambunctious behavior–and if we draw your name when the contest ends, you snag it. Good luck!

    By | 2017-09-24T22:57:15+00:00 November 11th, 2009|Contests|1 Comment

    A Study in Holmes

    Sherlock Holmes statue

    So now we have not one but two Sherlock Holmes films coming out, giving added credence to Doc’s excellent research into Sherlock’s Law, that two years must not pass before someone else attempts to make some version of a Sherlock adaptation.

    In addition to the previously announced Guy Ritchie directed version (which will see Jason Statham in some role–we allege) now we’ve got Judd Apatow co-producing a Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) scribed Sherlock comedy with Will Ferrell as Watson. Which is all well and good, but the interesting bit is Sacha Baron Cohen as Holmes. Interesting because Will Ferrell is pretty much Will Ferrell in all of his movies. This is not a slight, as if you watch early Bill Murray, Bill Murray is almost always playing the same Bill Murray character–and it’s funny. But Cohen is like the comedic analog of Gary Oldman (who should really do more comedies IMO)–Cohen can do comedies all day long and really become the role, so you’re not really watching Cohen just like you’re not really watching Oldman. So Cohen becoming Holmes should be fascinating.

    So we decided to take this moment (nay, excuse, let’s be honest) to throw down a bunch of Holmes interps. This is by no means an exhaustive representation of Holmes adaptations, because there’s a pantsload. But this will just give you a quick lunchtime’s worth of overview.

    Here’s what’s supposed to be the first film of Holmes, entitled Sherlock Holmes Baffled, from 1900. And you will be baffled too when you watch this. Because it appears to be the first appearance of The Vanisher, which we had thought was an X-Men villain. You learn something new everyday.

    By | 2017-09-24T23:16:16+00:00 July 2nd, 2008|Stimuli|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know, Tuesday, June 17, 2008

    Contoured Coke bottle

    Because some things you simply need to know. And why should you have no lives and read dozens of websites to know what’s what? We’re taking this one for the team.

  • Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Bruno is scheduled to hit cinemas on May 15th, 2009. I don’t think we need to elaborate further with this crowd.
  • DC fired Chuck Dixon. What’s up with that?
  • Coca-Cola is taking their contoured 20 oz. bottle and blowing it up. And not with Mentos or anything like that. They’re going to take that shape and put it in its 2-liter form, replacing its current boring shape. All the Coke brands will soon follow suit. This pilot of the new bottle shape rolled out to Birmingham, Alabama and Chattanooga, Tennessee yesterday. Found via BevNET.
  • Sam Raimi will direct The Given Day, the as-yet-unpublished novel by Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone. Apparently Martin Scorsese is finishing up on an adaptation of Lehane’s Shutter Island starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The report at Variety mentions that Spider-Man 4 is being scribed by James Vanderbilt, although last I heard there’s some question as to whether or not Raimi will return. If not, solve this equation: Peter Jackson is to Guillermo Del Toro what Sam Raimi is to…whom? Anyway, the book is due out September 23rd. Pre-order it here.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:17:27+00:00 June 17th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|1 Comment

    America’s Favorite Blocky Animals Return in “Madagascar 2”

    Madagascar 2

    The reason there’s a sequel to this film is obvious: a $532 million box office take worldwide. The sequel is called Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, which confirms the demographic they’re shooting for is anyone who thinks having the numeral 2 in the title like that is clever.

    Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer and Andy Richter all return. New to the cast are: Bernie Mac as Ben Stiller’s dad, Mufasa; Sherri Shepherd from The View as Ben Stiller’s mom, Sarabi; Alec Baldwin as Scar, a challenger to Bernic Mac’s throne. Hmm. I might have mixed up the names.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:18:15+00:00 June 4th, 2008|Headsup|0 Comments

    Sweeney Todd (2007) – 27 Second Review

    Sweeney Todd movie poster

    Written by: John Logan, based on the musical by Stephen Sondheim
    Directed by: Tim Burton
    Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Laura Michelle Kelly, Jayne Wisener, Ed Sanders

    Review: Rarely will you ever hear me say that a movie could do with less blood, but the sadism kind of took away from the artistic aspect. Not that sadism isn’t an art form, just not a musical one. Other than that, you get the perfect combination of music, murder, cannibalism, and pedophilia. And you don’t even have to go to the Neverland Ranch (allegedly!) to get it.

    Time: 14 seconds


    By | 2017-09-24T23:22:11+00:00 January 29th, 2008|27 Seconds, Reviews|0 Comments