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Stuff You Need to Know: Angels, Demons, Canadians & Damages

Moby Dick by Ray Bradbury

Because some things you simply need to know. But it’s silly to make you read a whole post about each one. The only thing sillier is us writing an entire post about each one. Enjoy.

  • Amazon has a DVD sale that looks a lot like the old DVD sale, but they do have a bunch of stuff for 50% off if you didn’t take advantage last time. Maybe they’re trying to make up for all the God! Damn! Down! Time! Found via Dealhack.
  • The Animated Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie, which we’ve mentioned before, has Fox on board. 13 episodes are ordered for 2009 by Global Television. In addition to Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis reprising their roles, at least vocally, also in the cast are Dave Coulier (yes, from Full House), Colin Mochrie (Whose Line All-Star), Pat McKenna, Derek McGrath, Ron Pardo, Jayne Eastwood and Ho Chow.
  • Angels & Demons, the follow-up to The DaVinci Code, can’t film in any of Rome’s churches, according to Hollywood Reporter: “Traditionally, we read the script, but in this case that was not necessary,” said Fr. Marco Fibbi, spokesman for the Diocese of Rome. “The name Dan Brown was enough.” Funny, that’s how we feel about his stuff, too. This, of course, the latest in a conspiracy whereby whenever Dan Brown is out of the news for six weeks or more, Rome does something to remind us he exists.
  • There’s a Beowulf musical. Of course we’re serious.
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  • Attention, New Yorkers. Free standup in Comedy Central Park on Friday, June 20th at 8PM. Stephen Lynch and Mike Birbiglia will be at Central Park’s SummerStage.
  • D.B. Sweeney has joined everyone’s favorite loon, Dennis Hopper, in the Crash series. This could arguably be the biggest movie-to-TV-series adaptation since My Big Fat Greek Life. (The folks at Starz are going to be pissed that we even mentioned the two series in the same news item.)
  • William Hurt is on board for Season 2 of Damages with Glenn Close, hitting in 2009. I’ve already done the mistaking-something-for-something-else joke later in this post, so I will refrain from saying that this is the Aliens-esque sequel to Damage. Because that would be improper.
  • Firefox 3 will magically appear tomorrow. They are expecting six gajillion people to download it. That is a real number.
  • Who are the Hackerteen Team? It sounds like Kevin Mitnick writing Captain Planet, doesn’t it?
  • Heroes fans. Season 2 is hitting DVD and Blu-Ray on August 26th, according to Universal. It comes with an alternate ending and a sneak peek at Season 3. Not available on Amazon yet, we’ll let you know when you can pre-order it and Blu-Ray Season 1.
  • The cast of the L.A. Confidential pilot

  • L.A. Confidential is getting a two-disc special edition on regular DVD and hitting Blu-Ray as a single disc on September 23rd. Not available for pre-order yet. It’s going to come with the pilot for the television show, which never made it to series. Please don’t tell the Crash people that. They’re already mad at me.
  • The screenplay Ray Bradbury wrote for Moby Dick is going to be released on June 30th by Subterranean Press. Pre-order yours here.
  • Volume 3, 1941-1943 of Popeye the Sailor and Volume 2 of Popeye and Friends (the later Hanna-Barbera series) are hitting from Warner Brothers on September 30th. You can pre-order Popeye the Sailor here and Popeye and Friends here.
  • Lawrence Kasdan is scribing Robotech at Warner Brothers. This is good news. But because every cloud has a lining of boiling sewage, Akiva Goldsman is one of the producers. So now I cry. As does the baby Jesus.
  • Kevin Spacey will play the lead in Shrink (as reported in Variety), which is not a dramatic remake of Honey I Shrunk The Kids directed by Sam Mendes as was previously thought (by me, thirty seconds ago). Instead, it’s a film where a bunch of people get on Spacey’s couch and tell him about their problems. Robin Williams will, for example, want to know why he has to star in RV to have a hit movie. Also in the cast are Saffron Burrows, Robert Loggia and Gore Vidal (presumably not for Thunderbird).
  • Traitor movie poster

  • The American Top Gear is happening, as we warned you. The hosts have been selected: “Television and radio comedian Adam Carolla, champion rally and drift racer Tanner Foust, and TV construction guru Eric Stromer… The production will begin later this week.” NBC executives were seen saying, “Take the internationally acclaimed car porn show from Britain and make an American version without falling flat on our faces? How hard can it be?”
  • The poster for Traitor is now online. Click the thumbthingy to embiggen. What you need to know: Guy Pearce with guns. Don Cheadle with guns and explosives. It’s already got a big flashing “Worth Renting” sign, doesn’t it? Oh well, if you want more stuff, here’s the trailer:

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

  • Oh, hell yes: Wallace and Gromit are back. io9’s got concept art and synopsis and such. Click through for justice.

    • Agh, too much! You have to space these kind of things out, because reading all this at once can’t be healthy. Hey, wait, why are we only getting this Bradbury goodness now! (I demand the whale be a martian.)

    • Ah yes. I forgot Ray was still alive. I’m going to go now, and find a way to kill myself in a way that will save the most face.

    • Adam Carolla? Jesus! How freaking awful. Did anyone see his home improvement show?

      I guess not. Let me tell you it was god awful.

      Adam will be refused entrance into heaven because of the memo from God to St. Peter not to let him in because his shows are terrible and God can’t stand Adam’s voice.