My friend the were-hamster points out that there is a new (not yet legal in the US) form of ecological burial called "promation", which involves freezing the body in liquid nitrogen, shattering it, freeze drying the fragments, and separating out the metals. This results in about 30% of the original body weight in high grade fertilizer. Again, kind of cool.
The king's sons in "Stardust" all wear clothing decorated with Roman numerals to reflect their names, a detail I missed the first time through.
There is a King Arthur film cycle waiting to be made that will eclipse "Excalibur" the way Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" has eclipsed Ralph Bakshi's version. Which is not to say "Excalibur" (the current best of the VERY diverse breed) is bad, just that there is something SO MUCH BETTER still waiting to be made.
Cate Blanchett played Elizabeth I nine years ago in "Elizabeth"; this fall, she will return to the role in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age." I saw a trailer yesterday, and it looks GOOD.
And speaking of the Good Queen Bess... I have heard the following line several times over the years: "I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart of a king." What I did not know is that the line is from a speech delivered while inspecting troops on the banks of the Thames on July 29, 1588, while the Spanish Armada was in the English Channel waiting for a favorable wind. Full text and details here: http://www.thelizlibrary.org/collections/library/library001.html Just... Damn.