Friday, October 27, 2006
All the tickets for the star-studded concert at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff sold out within just two hours of going on sale.
The event will feature the BBC National Orchestra of Wales performing selections of Murray Gold's celebrated incidental score, accompanied by a host of stunning visuals from the most recent series of Doctor Who.
The audience can also expect live appearances from some of The Doctor's greatest enemies, including the infamous Daleks and the villainous Cybermen.
David Tennant, who plays the time-travelling Doctor, has confirmed that he will be on hand to take part in a question and answer session alongside Doctor Who writer and Executive Producer, Russell T Davies and Murray Gold.
Ticketless Doctor Who fans need not miss out because the concert will be recorded by BBC Radio Wales, to be aired at a later date.
The creators of "Arrested Development" have a new comedy series in the works.
Mitchell Hurwitz and former "Arrested Development" scribe Richard Day have signed on to develop the U.S. adaptation of the British comedy "The Thick of It."
The BBC4 series centers on a put-upon member of Parliament who is continually harassed by inept bureaucrats working for the prime minister and other politicians and civil servants. Starring Chris Langham and Peter Capaldi, it took the best new comedy trophy at the British Comedy Awards.
A live DVD featuring Elvis Costello and New Orleans legend Allen Touissant will be out Nov. 21. You can pre-order it from Amazon for $13.99.
"Hot As a Pistol, Keen as a Blade" sports nearly two hours of live performances, from "The River in Reverse" tracks like the title song, "Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further" and "Six-Fingered Man" to Costello solo material such as "Monkey to Man," "Tears Before Bedtime," "Watching the Detectives" and "Clubland."
Hey Bubblegumfink: check it out: It's a Rat Fink documentary. It's out Oct. 31 and is available for pre-order now for $14.99 from Amazon. And take a look at the Finkosel!
Jewish Week writes up Cary Friedman's great book "Wisdom from Batcave," reviewed here the other day.
Marvel Icons Series 3
Marvel Legends Masterworks
Thing vs. the Hulk
Galactus vs. Everybody
See a Complete List of Marvel Legends Action Figures.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Sharity: Festus talks!
Fred Hembeck has a great Halloweeny comics cover reproduction.
Nathan Fillion of "Serenity" has a guest spot coming up on "Lost." Spoilers could apply.
Wise to Sawyer's plans to escape, the Others pull him from his cage and bring him to an operating theater. Sawyer awakes and sees a bandage on his chest. Benjamin tells him they've implanted a pacemaker. If Sawyer's pulse races beyond a certain point, his heart will explode. This should put a stop to any fighting with guards and planning to escape. Benjamin says the Others will perform the same operation on Kate if necessary.
Sawyer is returned to his cage and Kate questions why he's given up escaping.
Meanwhile, the Others force Jack to operate on their member Colleen, who was shot by Sun. Working in primitive conditions and doing his best, Jack is unable to save her.
Picket, Colleen's boyfriend (husband?) becomes enraged and vows to get revenge on the passengers. He beats up Sawyer in retribution but stops short of killing him.
In flashback, we see Sawyer in prison. His sentence is cut short when he informs on another prisoner. He also learns he has a baby daugher, but is determined not to become part of her life.
At episode's end, Benjamin takes Sawyer up on a rise to look over the ocean. Sawyer sees that he, Kate and Jack are being kept on a different island from the one their fellow passengers are on. He sees escape would be more difficult than he'd imagined. Benjamin tells Sawyer that the pacemaker operation was a sham to keep him in line. The Others conned the con man--the only way to earn his respect.
Clues, observations, speculation:
* Desmond sees the future again and erects a makeshift lightning rod from a golf club, which keeps Claire and Charlie from getting zapped.
* The Others say Colleen and her crew are back on the "sub." Do they really have a submarine?
* Juliet tells Jack she's a fertility expert. Does this have something to do with the Others and their weirdness with children, i.e. Claire's baby, Walt, the child passengers that were abducted? Speaking of which, where are the kids we saw last season? Are they with Benjamin's group or some other Others?
* In the operating room, Jack spies x-ray images on the wall. They show a tumor on someone's spine. Later he confronts Juliet about this. He's a spinal surgeon, so who did they bring him there to operate on? Is it Benjamin? Is this the "one thing" he asked Jack to do for him (in episode 2 this season) in exchange for freedom?
* Sawyer is seen reading "Of Mice and Men" and later quotes from the book, as does Benjamin.
* Is the Others' island Pala Island? Last season they mentioned the Pala Ferry? Could this refer to the sub? Why can't the crash survivors see this island from where they are?
* Tom, aka "Mr. Friendly," tells Benjamin "Since the sky turned purple 2 days ago, I haven't been able to re-establish the comms." Who are they communicating to? How are they blind? And is this a reference to the whiteout caused by the Hatch implosion?
Complete List of DC Direct Action Figures
Here's a look at action figures available via your local comics shop or via the TIP!-supporting links below:
DC Direct Action Figures
Alex Ross Justice League Action Figures Series 4
Batman Dark Victory
--Robin and Penguin
Crisis on Infinite Earths Series 3
--Weaponer of Qward
DC Direct Reactivated Action Figures
DC 13-inch Figures
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Green Lantern
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Lex Luthor
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Two-Face
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Aquaman
Elseworlds Action Figures Series 2
--Red Son Batman
--Red Son President Superman
--Kingdom Come Jade
--Kingdom Come Spectre and Norman McKay
--Gotham By Gaslight Batman
Infinite Crisis Action Figures Series 1
--Earth Prime Superboy
JSA Action Figures
--Golden Age Atom 2-pack
Hanna Barbera Series 2 Action Figures
--Fred Flintstone and Dino
--Penelope Pitstop and Muttley
--Tom and Jerry
--Flintstones at the Drive-In
Hanna Barbera Series 3 Action Figures
--Fred Flintstone Quittin' Time
--Twinkle Toes Fred Flintstone
--Great Grape Ape
Hasbro Spider-Man Origins Figures
--Set of 8
--Spider-Man Venom costume
--JOHN LENNON 18" Action Figure
Lost series 1 action figures
--Hatch box set
Lost series 2 action figures
--Crash site box set
Marvel Figure Factory Sets
--Black Costume Spider-Man
Marvel Legends Action Figures
Hasbro Marvel Legends Figures Series 1
--Ultimate Iron Man
Hasbro Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 2
--Lord Asgard Thor
--X3 Jean Grey
--First Appearance Storm
Marvel Legends Series 14
--Original Armor Iron Man (variant)
--Baron Zemo (variant)
--Luke Cage: Powerman
--The Falcon (variant)
Marvel Legends Series 15
--Beta Ray Bill
--Thor-Buster Iron Man
--Captain Marvel (variant)
Marvel Legends Masterworks Sets
--Spider-Man Vs. Green Goblin
--Fantastic Four Vs. Mole Man
--Hulk Vs. The Thing
--Galactus Vs. Everybody
Marvel Select Figures
--Cloak and Dagger
Best of Marvel Select Figures
--Dr. Doom with Mask
--Dr. Doom unmasked
Star Wars Transformers
--Millennium Falcon With Han Solo and Chewbacca
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
There's a new Beatles beatlegs podcast up.
"Lost" has, um, lost a fifth of its audience this season.
This probably won't help: "Lost" will go on hiatus following the show's Nov. 8 episode, returning Feb. 7. It's nice to have these rerun-free stretches of episodes, but the show may lose momentum by taking such a long break. A new series, "Day Break," takes the show's time slot during the hiatus.
A live-action series featuring Marvel Comics' Moon Knight is planned.
At Flog: A look at Gene Dietch's overlooked 1950s comic strip Terr'ble Thompson, including MP3s of an old Golden Records adaptation of the strip featuring music by Mitch Miller's Orchestra and a vocal appearance by Art Carney.
Yahoo! has preview scenes from tonight's episode of "Lost."
Click the links to order from CMD Store.
Beta Ray Bill
Moon Knight variant
Thor-Buster Iron Man
Wasp variant A
Wasp variant B
Captain Marvel variant
See a Complete List of Marvel Legends Action Figures
Read ABC teaser copy about tonight's show. Spoilers may apply.
Read about what happened last week, including This is Pop Culture's roundup of clues and observations.
See the Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.
And come back here tomorrow for a roundup of clues and observations from tonight's show.
DC Trade Paperbacks
Marvel Trade Paperbacks
Upcoming Trade Paperbacks - Graphic Novels
Comics shipping Oct. 25, 2006
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Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Fans overwhelmingly responded to NSA help-wanted ads aired in the Washington-Baltimore market during the two shows this fall, the Baltimore Sun reports. NSA Human Resources Director John Taflan told the newspaper in a written statement the ads brought thousands of hits to its Web site.
It's obvious why the NSA targeted viewers of 'CSI,' the CBS franchise about forensic science, but the choice of ABC's 'Lost,' about a disparate group of plane crash survivors marooned on a mysterious island, is not as clear.
Longtime CIA officer Ron Marks told the Sun 'Lost' is a good choice because it reaches an 'audience that's interested in problem-solving and thinking differently.'
Hugo Pratt's acclaimed "Corto Maltese" comics tales will be available to U.S. readers again soon.
Heavy Metal..is releasing the initial volume in the Corto Maltese saga, Ballad of the Salt Sea ($14.95), this December. Heavily influenced by the adventure comic strips of Milton Caniff and the tough guy-with-the heart-of-gold heroes of the American cinema (think Bogart in Casablanca), Hugo Pratt's Corto Maltese graphic novels chronicle the adventures of a laconic sea captain who gets involved in a fascinating series of globe-spanning yarns set in the early twentieth century.
Previous English editions of Pratt's works are selling for big bucks on Amazon and elsewhere, so this is good news to fans.
Late BBC DJ John Peel left his legendary 250,000-record collection to his wife, Sheila.
"I Do" - Jack makes a decision regarding Ben's offer, Kate feels helpless when it looks like an angry Pickett is going to make good on his threat to kill Sawyer, and Locke discovers a hidden message that may guide him through the next steps of his journey to unlocking the secrets of the island, on "Lost," WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
"Lost" stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Mr. Eko, Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond, Emilie de Ravin as Claire, Michael Emerson as Ben, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet, Dominic Monaghan as Charlie and Terry O'Quinn as Locke.
Guest starring are Kiele Sanchez as Nikki, Rodrigo Santoro as Paulo, M.C. Gainey as Mr. Friendly, Tania Raymonde as Alex, Michael Bowen as Pickett, Nathan Fillion as Kevin, Eden-Lee Murray as Suzanne, Mark Stitham as minister and Frederic Lane as the marshal.
"I Do" was written by Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse and directed by Tucker Gates.
See the Best Lost Sites on the Web.
It's easy to write off superhero comics as simple wish fulfillment: They're all about adolescent power fantasies.
After all, who wouldn't want the strength to beat up people you don't like? Or the power to fly? That would be cool.
But do superhero stories offer us anything else? Do they have any deeper value besides fantasy, escapism and nostalgia?
Carey A. Friedman thinks so, and details this belief in "Wisdom from the Batcave."
Friedman is a rabbi and this book is a spiritual self-help work of sorts, but not a cheesy, gimmicky one.
Friedman takes superheroes, especially Batman, quite seriously. He takes a close look at the Batman myth and what it tells us about living a meaningful life.
Batman is the ideal character for such an exercise because, more than any other superhero, he's human. He doesn't have any particular super powers. True, he's super intelligent and very strong. And he has an incredible car. But if we use our imaginations enough, achieving what he's achieved is in some way possible. We can all work toward improving ourselves.
And that goes beyond simply doing lots of pushups. Using Batman as an example, Friedman details the importance of family (Batman's got Robin, Alfred and an assortment of other folks he relies on for support), facing adversity (Batman emerges from the tragedy of his parents' death to do something constructive in the world--fighting crime) and strong principles. And it all comes off a lot less hokey than you might think.
A former chaplain at Duke University, Friedman got the idea of using Batman in this fashion while doing "Spiritual Survival for Law Enforcement" workshops for the FBI. Those sessions drew from philosophy and different religious traditions in order to give law enforcement officers the psychic tools they need to persevere in situations that sometimes feel bleak and hopeless. But while teaching the class and thinking about his own reservoirs of strenght and inspiration, Friedman kept coming back to Batman.
No doubt many of us other grown-ups owe more than we might think to the characters who inspired as us children. In a way, that made us who we are. Or who we'd like to be. And maybe that's why many of us still have an emotional attachment--one that goes beyond mere nostaligia--to these characters today.
Published by Compass Books, "Wisdom from the Batcave" is available in bookstores or via www.batwisdom.com
The Harry Smith Project: The Anthology Of American Folk Music Revisited by Various Artists
Fuzzy Warbles Collector's Box Set by Andy Partridge
Voices on the Air: the Peel Sessions by Siouxsie & the Banshees
Collectors' King Crimson, Vol. 1 by King Crimson
Complete Peel Sessions by Pulp
1964 Orchestra Recordings by Carmen McRae
Imaginary Kingdom by Tim Finn
Message in a Box by Police
Soul Jazz Records Presents Dynamite Dancehall by Various Artists
In Five Easy Pieces by Scott Walker
Master (1961-1984) by Marvin Gaye
The eight-disk box includes full episodes: Sketches, musical performances and all. To give you an idea of what all is featured, here's a listing of all the first season's lead and musical guests:
1. George Carlin/Janis Ian & Billy Preston
2. Paul Simon/Art Garfunkel, Randy Newman, Phoebe Snow (featuring a Simon and Garfunkel reunion on "Scarborough Fair")
3. Rob Reiner/John Belushi as Joe Cocker
4. Candace Bergen/Esther Phillips
5. Robert Klein/ABBA, Loudon Wainwright III
6. Lily Tomlin/Howard Shore and His All Nurse Band
7. Richard Pryor/Gil-Scott Heron, Thalamus Rasulala
8. Candice Bergen/The Stylistics, Martha Reeves
9. Elliott Gould/Anne Murray
10. Buck Henry/Bill Withers, Toni Basil
11. Peter Cook, Dudley Moore/Neil Sedaka
12. Dick Cavett/Jimmy Cliff
13. Peter Boyle/Al Jarreau, The Shapiro Sisters
14. Desi Arnaz/Desi Arnaz, Jr.
15. Jill Clayburgh/Leon Redbone
16. Anthony Perkins/Betty Carter
17. Ron Nessen/Toni Basil, Patti Smith
18. Raquel Welch/Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian
19. Madeline Kahn/Carly Simon
20. Dyan Cannon/Leon and Mary Russell
21. Buck Henry/Gordon Lightfoot
22. Elliott Gould/Leon Redbone, Harlan Collins & Joyce Everson
23. Louise Lasser/Preservation Hall Jazz Band
24. Kris Kristofferson/Rita Coolidge
Other guests during the first season include Andy Kaufman and Jim Henson's Muppets on several episodes along with Albert Brooks, Al Franken and Billy Crystal.
The set is due out Dec. 5. It's available for pre-order now for $48.99 from Amazon.
This one-disk collection is due out Dec. 5 and is available for pre-order for $10.99 now from Amazon.
Commissioned by the military during World War II, this collection of propaganda cartoons has not been seen in over fifty years. Created by the famed animators at Warner Bros. from 1943-1946 and voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc, this DVD presents all twenty-eight Private Snafu cartoons ever released:
Coming! SNAFU! by Chuck Jones, released June 1943
Gripes by Friz Freleng, July 1943
Spies by Chuck Jones, August 1943
The Goldbrick by Frank Tashlin, September 1943
The Infantry Blues by Chuck Jones, September 1943
Fighting Tools by Bob Clampett, October 1943
The Home Front by Frank Tashin, November 1943
Rumors by Friz Freleng, December 1943
Boo by Traps by Bob Clampett, January 1944
SNAFUperman by Friz Freleng, March 1944
SNAFU vs Malaria Mike by Chuck Jones, March 1944
A Lecture on Camouflage by Chuck Jones, April 1944
Gas by Chuck Jones, May 1944
Going Home by Chuck Jones, May 1944
The Chow Hand by Frank Tashlin, June 1944
Censored by Frank Tashlin, July 1944
Payday by Friz Freleng, September 1944
Target SNAFU by Friz Freleng, October 1944
A Few Quick Facts: Inflation by Osmond Evans, November 1945
Three Brothers by Friz Freleng, December 1944
In the Aleutions by Chuck Jones, February 1945
A Few Quick Facts: Fear by Zach Schwartz, April 1945
It's Murder She Says... by Chuck Jones, May 1945
Hot Spot by Friz Freleng, July 1945
Operation SNAFU by Friz Freleng, July 1945
No Buddy Atoll by Chuck Jones, October 1945
Private SNAFU Presents Seaman TARFU by George Gordon, January 1946
It's available for pre-order now for $41.99 from Amazon.
Charlie Chan at the Opera, 1936
While ostensibly on vacation with his wife and twelve children, famed detective Charlie Chan visits a circus at just the right time to become involved in the murder of one of the circus owners. Chan is prevailed upon to travel with the circus in hopes of discovering the killer before he, she - or it - strikes again.
Charlie Chan at the Olympics, 1936
Regarded by many as the best of the Charlie Chan series. The opera star Gravelle suffers amnesia. He is a recent escapee from an insane asylum, accused of murdering fellow performers (his wife and her lover). Included in the movie is the opera "Carnival", composed for the picture by Oscar Levant.
Charlie Chan at the Race Track, 1936
While steaming from Honolulu to Los Angeles the owner of a prize racehorse headed for the Santa Anita Handicap is killed, apparently kicked to death by his stallion. Not so, deduces Charlie. Leter he exposes efforts to fix a race at the famous track.
Charlie Chan at the Circus, 1937
Spies have an invention which will allow its posessor to remote-control flying aircraft. The U.S. Navy, the Berlin police, and No. 1 son Lee Chan (a member of the U.S. Swim Team at the Berlin Olympics) help Charlie capture the spies.
The release date is Jan. 16.
Extras on the set include:
* Deleted scenes
* Audio Commentary available on nine episodes, with In Vision commentary available on five episodes - featuring cast and crew including David Tennant and Billie Piper
* 13 Doctor Who Confidential Episodes (edited versions)
* David's Video Diaries
* Billie's Video Diary
* Children in Need special
* Audio description and subtitles available on each episode
The set also includes all 13 episodes from the season:
1. The Christmas Invasion
2. New Earth
3. Tooth And Claw
4. School Reunion
5. The Girl In The Fireplace
6. Rise Of The Cybermen
7. Age of Steel
8. The Idiot's Lantern
9. The Impossible Planet
10. The Satan Pit
11. Love & Monsters
12. Fear Her
13. Army Of Ghosts
See the Best Doctor Who Sites on the Web
Monday, October 23, 2006
...the notebook, which contains lyrics to several unpublished Williams songs and has a value as high as $250,000.
Mike Sterling provides some comic book investment advice.
Fans of the Doors will wanna check out NPR's Fresh Air for interviews with drummer John Densmore, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and Elektra Records head Jac Holzman.
Happy first blogging anniversary to On My Mind.
Via PCL LinkDump an extensive UK Nancy Sinatra fan club site.
Sharity: Forrest J. Ackerman and Frank Coe Music For Robots
Yahoo! has a sneak peek at tonight's ep of "Heroes."
Monty Python's Terry Jones is recovering from cancer surgery.
Ms Shields said: "Terry's doctors are very cheered with an early diagnosis of possible colon cancer for which he has now had routine surgery in a London private hospital."
E.C. Segar's Complete Popeye Vol. 1: I Yam What I Yam
Most folks are familiar with Popeye through a variety of incarnations that have ensconced the character in the public consciousness for almost 80 years—the animated Popeye cartoons, the feature film Popeye, etc.—but far fewer have been exposed to the original brilliance of Popeye's creator, E.C. Segar. Now, comic strip fans can experience Segar's original comic strips through this new six-volume series.
In 1929, Segar took his eccentric Thimble Theatre comic strip (which began in 1919) and introduced Popeye, transforming the strip almost overnight into one of the most popular works of art in American history. Segar's entire cast of characters, such as Olive Oyl, Wimpy, Eugene the Jeep, the Sea Hag, and Alice the Goon became a part of American culture. This outwardly farcical gaggle of vaudevillian-esque antiheroes, bumbling about on picaresque chases was one of the most sophisticated—and hilarious—comic strips in history.
Fantagraphics' Popeye will collect the complete run of Segar's Thimble Theatre comic strip (dailies and color Sundays) featuring Popeye, re-establishing Segar as one of the first rank of cartoonists who have elevated the comic strip to art. He was the most popular cartoonist of his day, his sense of humor coming straight out of Mark Twain, who also balanced exaggerated tall tales and a perfect ear for everyday speech with dark themes that undercut his laugh-out-loud stories.
In this first volume, covering 1928-1930, Popeye's initial courtship of Olive Oyl takes center stage while Olive's brother Castor Oyl discovers the mysterious Whiffle Hen. Also, the entire cast meets the Sea Hag for the first time in their pursuit of the "Mystery House" (Popeye's first extended daily narrative), and Castor Oyl attempts to turn Popeye into a boxing champion in a series of hilarious Sunday strips.
These strips are masterpieces of comic invention. Popeye's omnipotence pre-figures the rise of superheroes in the 1930s and 1940s, though Popeye is a much more sympathetic character, and his very name announces his vibrant personality. He's a scoundrel with a heart of gold, and a tongue of silver: "My sweet patootie loves me because I yama high-voltage poppa, and she is my hotsy-totsy momma!" His mangled English pulsated with the vital spirit of immigrant America, its rhythm poetic in its own vulgar way: 'I yam what I yam and tha's all I yam.'"
Segar blended complex narrative, slapstick traditions, brilliant characterization, and an inimitable cartooning style to create the most exciting and profound humor of its era, rivaling even the great film comics of his era, such as Charlie Chaplin and the Marx Brothers.
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special edition and standard versions of the album now on Amazon.
Produced by George and Giles Martin, the album is the soundtrack to the Cirque de Soleil show of the same name, now running in Las Vegas.
The father-and-son production son created the score using both released and unreleased studio recordings of the Fabs and mashed them up--putting vocals tracks on top of the backing track of other tunes, etc.
The special edition includes the standard CD plus a DVD audio disk with the music in both stereo and 5.1 sound.
Here's the track list:
2. Get Back
3. Glass Onion
4. Eleanor Rigby/Julia (Transition)
5. I Am The Walrus
6. I Want To Hold Your Hand
7. Drive My Car/The Word/What You're Doing
8. Gnik Nus
9. Something/Blue Jay Way (Transition)
10. Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!/I Want You (She's So Heavy)/Helter Skelter
13. Strawberry Fields Forever
14. Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows
15. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
16. Octopus's Garden
17. Lady Madonna
18. Here Comes The Sun/The Inner Light (Transition)
19. Come Together/Dear Prudence/Cry Baby Cry (Transition)
21. Back In The U.S.S.R.
22. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
23. A Day In The Life
24. Hey Jude
25. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
26. All You Need Is Love
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