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Stuff: Did You Get Your Academy Invite?

Oscar statuettes

Because some things you simply need to know. Here’s the day’s news in a quick digest form. Because you have better ways to spend your time. We don’t.

  • The Academy has given out invites to 105 people so they can help with the popularity contest known as the Oscars. Among those selected: writer Judd Apatow (40-Year-Old Virgin), Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men and, yes, The Goonies), scribe Diablo Cody (Juno), Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat), Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose), Ruby Dee (American Gangster), Allison Janney (The West Wing), Jet Li (Papa John’s Pizza Presents The Mummy 3), director Doug Liman (Jumper), director Kimberly Peirce (Stop-Loss), director Jason Reitman (Juno), director Gore Verbinski (the Pirates trilogy–yes, sadly, even the crap ones), Ray Winstone (Indiana Jones and We’re Glad Ray Got Paid For It)
  • Bollywood coming to save Hollywood? I’m good with that. At least every movie will be guaranteed to have beautiful women, musical numbers and at least one fight.
  • Burn After Reading‘s international teaser trailer is the best of the bunch. Probably because it says so very little regarding what the film is actually about.

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  • Alan Moore is looking forward to being offered a knighthood so he can turn it down. I’m okay with that, but he does know that the knighthood won’t go anywhere near Warner Brothers or Fox, right? Just checking. Found via The Neil.
  • The MPAA wants to be able to get a court ruling that you’re in violation of copyright and ding you for money just because they say so. And because actually having to prove their case is so, so inconvenient. I’d like to take this opportunity to point out that the MPAA and RIAA are Total Bastards. Bastard is a term that is thrown around (normally by staff members here at other staff members) and really has no weight to it. Total Bastards, however, are bastards in the broader, more classical sense and deserve to be destroyed. And usually it takes a corporation to behave up to the level of Total Bastardy. I bet you know a few off the top of your head, don’t you? Found via The Consumerist.

  • I know they keep releasing posters for The Spirit, but none of them really impress me. So you haven’t seen them here. What do you think?
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex? Rob Zombie directs Danny Trejo, who has guns and more guns? And then some more guns? Dare we dream? Found via Defamer.
  • Woot‘s shirt division is having a random shirt sale if you like to shirt dangerously. You pay $6.66 and you get a shirt they find lying around their warehouse. That sounds good in principle, but since I’m allergic to colors I could open the package and have my fingers melt off. So I’ll just stick with paying extra for known black shirts. The rest of you carry on.
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    • Re: The Spirit, I was a huge fan of the Warren Spirit magazine. It enabled me to appreciate Wil Eisners genius and raised my expectations of comics. He always had a great way of presenting the femme fatale. I believe that the equally talented Frank Miller is showing his respects to this. Bottom line- they are obviously using sex to sell this flick, if that’s what it takes to bring the Spirit to the masses, I’ll take it!

    • Agreed…and I think the film might be good, because I enjoyed the hell out of SIN CITY. We just need a killer 300-level trailer now and I’ll feel a lot better.

    • I’m sorry to say I’m not one of the comic generation. There’s too damn many of them. So while I like Frank Miller’s style, (anyone else think Sin City was Dick Tracy for grown-ups? Just me?) I don’t know enough about Spirit to cast judgment. I do know this won’t be a movie to watch with the family, though. How many love interests does one protagonist need?

    • Oh, and Burn After Reading is now my second most anticipated upcoming film. Sorry, Dark Knight wins.

    • Blank Mage- you cannot go wrong with Dark Night or a new Coen Bros movie. If you were to pursue ANYTHING by Spirit creator Will Eisner, you will be pleasantly impressed- I have NO doubt!

    • Wes/Mage: Bringing pop culture nerds together–that’s what Needcoffee’s all about. Well, that and coffee. And, um…and free shit. Well, money too. And you can see why we’re not making any, because I listed that fourth. God help us all.