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Stuff: Sims on Sale, But Don’t Abuse Your God-Like Powers

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Sim-Rox in deep thought about purely innocent things. Honest.

It’s a pop culture jungle out there. Rather than select as your guide a website that doesn’t give a damn about you, take us along. We promise not to walk out of the underbrush wearing your bandoleer, if you know what I’m saying.

  • Amazon‘s deal of the day is obviously in honor of our very own Kim, Minister of Simulated Mayhem: it’s The Sims 3 at 40% off. So if you’d like to make your own creepy simulated Weekend Justice house–you know, please don’t–but I mean, if you do, then the price is $29.98 today only Image from Rox’s site.

    Also, the price on the Xbox 360 has dropped–the Elite 120GB model is now $299.99 and the Pro 60GB model is now $249.99. You can snag one here if it so moves you.

    In other Amazon news, Mac OSX Snow Leopard is now available from Amazon. And if you were going to buy it anyway, if you do it through us–if you buy any of this stuff you were going to buy anyway from us–then we get kickbacks that support the site. So thanks in advance.

  • Pirate Latitudes, Michael Crichton’s final book (which is due out on November 24th), has been picked up by DreamWorks. Spielberg might direct. David Koepp (Stir of Echoes) is scribing. The book is set in 1665 and “revolves around a daring plan to infiltrate Port Royal, Jamaica, one of the world’s richest and most notorious cities, and raid a Spanish galleon filled with treasure.” This will come after Harvey–which the article mentions as being based on the original play and not saying a word about the Jimmy Stewart movie. Weird. The Crichton book, incidentally, can be pre-ordered here.
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  • Frankie Boyle, dark Scottish prince of comedy, is getting his own show on Channel 4. It’s “a 30-minute show mixing sketches and stand-up and will be filmed in front of a live studio audience,” according to Chortle. I can hear Eddie Izzard adding at the end, “…with a lot of complaints.” Don’t know what I mean? Video search his name. Funny. But so, so very wrong.
  • Dream House will star Daniel Craig as a guy who moves his family to a town in New England, then finds out the house they’re living in was once a murder crime scene. Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot) directs. I will give Sheridan a dollar if at one point the back wall is pulled away by a giant hand and Craig yells, “It’s a zoo! We’re in a zoo!” Production starts in January. Source.
  • The Futurama Complete Collection is now available for pre-order from Amazon. The release date is October 13th. No pre-order yet.
  • The latest in-game artist/playable character to hit Guitar Hero 5? Kurt Cobain. The songs are “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Lithium.” The latter is a previously unreleased live recording. You can pre-order Guitar Hero 5 stuff here.
  • Lifetime has been acquired by A&E. I honestly can’t expand on the bit you need to know about beyond that. So there you go. Source.
  • George R. R. Martin reports on the casting of Arya and Sansa Stark in A Song of Ice and Fire. Both are relative unknowns, which is exactly how we would have cast them. So well done.

  • The non-Spinal Tap Spinal Tap, i.e. Unplugged & Unwigged–wherein Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and Michael McKean decided to save the hassle of dressing up and just go on stage as themselves, as we mentioned to you before–has a concert DVD coming out Tuesday. Just found out about it, you can pre-order yours here.
  • Teller, yes of Penn & Teller fame, co-directed a stage production of Macbeth. And happily enough, they’re putting out a DVD of the production. Well, it’s a DVD and paperback, but it looks fairly stacked. Teller mentioned it on his Twitter, but Penn on his Twitter says it will also have commentary. Which makes it even sweeter. Pre-order yours here. It’s out September 8th.
  • Here’s John Lasseter, head burrito of Dixar, to tell you about Toy Story toys. And how they are coming and how they will apparently rock harder than previously. I wish we had more shots of the toys but I’m sure those will come in due time. Packaging does look nice, though.

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