* Stuff That You Need to Know (that happen to be all movie-related but are too many for a Trifecta).
? This is a semi-viral video for a movie called Frogz Legz, which is about a bunch of French girls who happen to be were-frogs and who kill/eat/something male American douchebags who probably have it coming. While I like the idea of were-frogs — because it’s so goofy — the hackneyed French people/frogs insult and the blatant, hideous use of “z’s” instead of “s’s” in the title will likely keep me from caring about this in the future. But for now, frog-girl. (Via Twitch)
? The new Ghibli movie, From Up on Poppy Hill, is directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son Goro, who did Earthsea, and has nothing fantastical about it. Instead it’s one of those films Ghibli likes to make every so often about Japanese kids in the ’60s when everything was awesome and not terrible like they are nowadays what with the kids and their long hair and Pok?mans and hippity hop music. Anyways, there’s nothing nerdy about it except that it’s from Ghibli, so the trailer is here if you want to see it. (Via /Film)
? Sony is going to make an Alf movie, in which Alf is CG a la the Smurfs, because Sony hates the human race. When asked if he’d want to reprise his role in the movie, Max Wright, who played hapless dad Willie Tanner in the original TV show, said, “I’d rather keep smoking crack and having unprotected sex with homeless men. I have my dignity, you know.” (Via CNN)
? Rather than leave you with the horrifying image of a crack-addled Willie Tanner blowing a hobo underneath a bridge somewhere, here’s the original screen test for the hoverboard scene in Back to the Future 2. (Via Unique Daily)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.