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Stuff You Need to Know: Tonka Trucks: The Movie. No. Really.

Judge Dredd 2012

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  • In some excellent news, everything I’ve seen thus far on Dredd leads me to believe there is a snowball’s chance that it might not suck. Hollywood Reporter has the poster.
  • Primarily, you 24 fans need to be aware that the Complete Series is Amazon’s deal of the day today. List Price is $349.98. They’re selling it today for 67% off–or a reduction of $234.99 from the list price–which means you get the whole shebang for $114.99. (We tend not to bug you unless something is at least 50% off. So.) Here’s your link. Enjoy.
  • Oh hell yes. As part of Universal’s 100th Anniversary rollout of stuff, September 4th will see Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein hit Blu-Ray. You can pre-order it here. And you should. Because that film is solid gold.
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  • Frozen is Disney’s take on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. Chris Buck (Tarzan) is set to helm with Kristen Bell as Anna and Idina Menzel as The Snow Queen. (Which is unfortunate, because I’m one of five people on the planet who can’t stand Menzel’s voice.) It will hit cinemas next November. Source.
  • Gilligan’s Island: The Musical? Yes, and of course you’re not surprised. It apparently already did a national tour in 2009. Ah, but here’s the thing: Sherwood Schwartz wrote the book with his son. Music and lyrics provided by Schwartz’s daughter and her husband. So it’s a family affair. Hell, could be fun, who knows? They’re aiming for Broadway around 2013 or 2014. I’ll tell you this: throw in a Harlem Globetrotters cameo and I am so completely there. Source.
  • Glengarry Glen Ross back on Broadway? Maybe soon. And maybe Al Pacino will be in the role that Jack Lemmon played with him on screen. I’d be up for that, certainly. Source.
  • Rox is going to be so happy. A new Collector’s Edition of Halloween III: Season of the Witch hits Blu-Ray on September 18th. Pre-order it here.
  • Willem Dafoe in The Hunter, in which he’s a merc on the hunt for a Tasmanian tiger, hits Blu-Ray and DVD from Magnolia on July 3rd. Ordinarily, you wouldn’t care. But it’s Willem Dafoe. As a mercenary. So. Pre-order links are there on the media type.
  • Marilyn Monroe fans, be aware that they have the Forever Marilyn Blu-Ray collection hitting with seven films from Fox: “The Misfits and Some Like It Hot as well as new-to-Blu-ray titles How to Marry A Millionaire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Seven Year Itch, There’s No Business Like Show Business and River of No Return.” Price point puts them at $10/each and it arrives July 31st. You can pre-order it here.
  • The Mr. Peabody & Sherman animated film has been moved up, so happy is DreamWorks with it, apparently. It’s now hitting November 8, 2013. Ty Burrell (Modern Family) is Mr. Peabody and Max Charles (Amazing Spider-Man) is Sherman. Also in the cast are Stephen Colbert and Stephen Tobolowsky. Well, we can rest assured that a “Quiet, You” pre-show “Turn off your cell phones and don’t be a dick” message is forthcoming. Source.
  • They’ve brought in a new Moby Dick scribe. It’s Aaron Guzikowski, who apparently is trying to bring the budget for the film under control. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is to helm. The original writers, according to Variety, “reimaged [sic] the classic novel by ditching the first-person narration of young seaman Ishmael in order to depict the whale’s decimation of other ships prior to its encounter with Captain Ahab’s vessel. Ahab will also be depicted as more charismatic, rather than just hell-bent on revenge.” Hopefully this new scribe will, you know, take the previous version and, you know, make it more like the fucking novel. Otherwise just make it an Orca prequel and be done with it.
  • ThinkGeek has a “Summer Shirt Blowout” going, buy one, get one at 50% off. There are some exclusions and the deal is limited. But you can find it here. Enjoy.
  • Titanic is hitting both Blu-Ray and 3D Blu-Ray on September 14th. Pre-order links? Click on the type of media you want and they’re yours.
  • Tonka trucks: the movie. No, really. With Adam Sandler producing. I am not kidding. You thought I was kidding about all these toy products having films. You Will Believe. Source: Variety.
  • WarGames, popular 80s world-might-end-but-it’s-okay-Matthew-Broderick-is-fluffy film, hits Blu-Ray on August 21st from MGM. Pre-order link is here.
  • The Wreck-It Ralph trailer is here–and it’s Disney, not Pixar. And it still looks good. It even got a thumbs-up from Doc, who was able to recognize a helluva lot more of the game references in here than I was.
  • The Zappa Family has snagged control of the Frank Zappa catalog. Universal Music has the distribution and they’re going to be releasing a dozen albums a month starting at the end of July. Now, assuming that they have scads of bonus stuff, all well and good…but is anybody going to be able to afford to snag sixty re-releases between now and the end of the year? I mean…I’ll try, sure, but really? No pre-order links yet. Stay tuned. Source: Variety.