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Stuff You Need to Know, Friday, October 10, 2008

Crystal Skull Best Buy exclusive

  • The new hip trendy thing these days is to have DVD releases with different exclusive bits depending on which store you buy it from. For the most part, they’re shruggable. But I must admit that the Best Buy offering for Indiana Jones IV is kinda snazzy if you like the film. It is a “Gift Set with replica crystal skull from Sideshow Collectibles and a $25 gift card to” That’s all well and good, but can I drink vodka out of it? You can order your non-snazzy DVD release here or your Blu-Ray-snazzy DVD release here.
  • There’s a big article here about the the Dreamworks/Paramount divorce. Honestly, you don’t need to know much of it. Tintin is the only project that had any activity and is now in danger of not happening, but that’s not news. The news I take away from this–and thus share with you–is the word that these are in the works: first, a Lemony Snicket 2, which stays at Paramount. I know, apparently it made money–who knew? Steven Spielberg is producing a remake of When Worlds Collide, which stays as a co-production between the two companies (i.e. joint visitation rights) like Transformers 2 is. Spielberg is directing Lincoln with Liam Neeson in the lead, this from a screenplay by Tony Kushner (Angels in America). Right now that last bit is supposed to start production in the spring.
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  • The Fame remake is doing lots of casting. You don’t really need to know anything else except that Debbie Allen might be up for a cameo, but not, as the article specifies, playing her original Lydia character. Production starts next month with a release date of September 25, 2009. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
  • Family Guy Sings! will be at Carnegie Hall on November 24 and 25 with the cast giving a live performance of two uncensored episodes from the show, including musical numbers and extra bits. If that’s not enough, they’re going to do it with a forty-piece orchestra. They’re also going to preview some of The Cleveland Show. Man, you remember when that show was funny? Good times, good times. Source: Variety.
  • Halo 3: Recon was revealed by Microsoft at the Tokyo Games Show. It’s coming out fall of next year and features a new protagonist and not the Master Chief. Microsoft is apparently working on other Halo projects, and one that involves Peter Jackson, since the movie that they wanted him to executive produce is now in development hell. This just shows that Jackson sleeps even less than I do. Source: Variety.
  • Friend of Needcoffee and one of the Lords of Venture, Doc Hammer, has a new album out: it’s Never Ever by Weep. You can see the info over at Astrobase Go (full disclosure: and IIIII helped) and hear a sample bit at Quick Stop.
  • Josh Brolin is said to be in negotations to be Jonah Hex. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank) will be scribing and directing. If he takes the role–that’s good casting, folks. Source: Variety.
  • With the Lights Out, the Nirvana boxed set, is on sale on Amazon today only for $26, which is 57% off.
  • This is Spinal Tap hits Blu-Ray on January 20th. You can pre-order your copy here.
  • Mark Burnett, Mr. Reality Television, wants to remake This is Your Life. I was not aware that Regis was going to host a remake back in 2005 but that fell through. If you want to see an example of the show, we posted the Mel Blanc episode here. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
  • USA Network has renewed Burn Notice for a third season, Psych for a fourth season and is in talks about an eighth season of Monk. Source: Variety.
  • As mentioned previously, V is being remade. Scott Peters (co-creator of The 4400) has scribed but this time it’s a series and not a movie and original V-guy Kenneth Johnson isn’t involved. Here’s something interesting/possibly of concern: “The original V served as an allegory for the Holocaust and Nazi Germany. Peters said he won’t duplicate that concept, except that the new V will still focus on what happens when the masses have blind faith in their leaders.” I figure if you’re going to do it anyway, you have to give Michael Ironside a cameo. Or we might light you on fire. I’m just saying. Source: Variety.