We don’t spend the entire show gabbing about Captain America and friends. There are a quadrillion other podcasts already doing that. Plus, there’s other movie news to attend to. Cue that cynicism I mentioned earlier. It’s been confirmed Alex Kurtzmen and Roberto Orci (the guys behind writing TRANSFORMERS and STAR TREK) will be rebooting Universal’s THE MUMMY and VAN HELSING. The only detail known so far is that Tom Cruise will play Professor Abraham van Helsing. There was talk of Guillermo del Toro directing, but it’s sounding like that’s not gonna happen.
Meanwhile, Hulu is shooting itself in the foot with the announcement that in the coming years, if you want to use the free side of their site, you’ll have to prove you’re a pay TV subscriber by signing in with your account number from said cable company. It’s unclear if this will work with satellite customers too. The change in direction prompted the only non-TV backer to pull out of the partnership. Providence Equity Partners has washed their hands of Hulu, perhaps sensing this could blow up in the streamer’s face? This is all happening for no other reason than greed and old fashioned thinking. The heads at both networks and cable operators still refuse to accept that their business models are out of date and no longer apply. On the other hand, you can buy a Hulu Plus subscription for around $8 and that coupled with a Netflix sub and decent broadband Internet, you’re still coming out cheaper than a mid-range, decent cable package.
In the interest of timing, since we spent so much of it on THE AVENGERS, we forego a story teased at the top of the show about tipping and stick with online streaming movies and such as our theme. A story from TheVerge.com is claiming that a new cell phone-like plan may be in the works from Microsoft that would allow you to buy an Xbox 360 for just $99! There’s just one thing… you gotta commit to a two-year contract at $15 a month for an Xbox Live Gold membership to get the deal. This is an attempt by Microsoft to simply get more Xbox’s in more living rooms. Oh, there’s one other catch too. It’s sounding like it’ll only be available at Microsoft Stores. Microsoft has their own stores?
Maybe I’d have heard of their stores if they offered services like the vendor in our last story. In New York, a woman has been arrested for the second time for offering prostitution services along with her sales of hot dogs. Think of the bottomless puns she has to work with on her marketing! Based out of a camper, where she also performed sex acts in the past, she sold a couple of frankfurters to an undercover cop, then asked if she could fondle his for a mere $50. The mother of four is said, by neighbors, to wonder around in her panties during the summer and to be quote, “disgusting”. The real question here is who the hell buys a hot dog from someone in a camper? We end the show with some good name options for a food truck that might offer this naughty value menu and a few final thoughts on THE AVENGERS.
Lee’s Discount Liquor, Las Vegas
The Avengers Official Website
Alex Kurtzman on IMDb
Roberto Orci on IMDb
Hulu.com – Planning to piss on everyone’s cord-cutting parade.
Microsoft Xbox 360
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Chuck (Season 5)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch [Blu-ray]
The Big C (Season 2)
Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
Guin Saga: Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
Elvira’s Movie Macabre: Wild Women
Bobcat Goldthwait: You Don’t Look The Same Either