Friday, March 02, 2007

Pop Artifact! "Horror of Dracula" movie poster

Vintage DC Comics house ad

Pop Culture Roundup March 2, 2007

Via Bedazzled: The Pretty Things perform on Swedish TV, plus Herb Alpert in Scopitone!

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The White Stripes' next album, Icky Thump, will be out later this year.

Tentative song titles include "I'm Slowly Turning Into You," "Catch Hell Blues," "Little Cream Soda" and "You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do What You're Told)."

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The Kids WB! has a new animated Spider-Man series in the works for 2008. From the press release:

Tentatively titled “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the new series is being produced by Culver Entertainment. Greg Weisman (“Gargoyles”, “The Batman”) is supervising producer, Victor Cook (“Hellboy: Blood and Iron” and “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command”) is producer/supervising director. The series will premiere on Kids’ WB! on The CW, the No.1 rated Saturday morning kids broadcast slate.

Riding the crest of Sony’s anticipated summer blockbuster “Spider-Man 3,” the new animated series picks up the original web-slinger’s mythology at the beginning of his hero’s journey – as a not-so-typical 16-year-old entering his junior year of high school. Having spent the summer engaging common criminals with his new-found powers, Peter Parker must conceal his secret identity while engaging a new level of terror – the multi-leveled pressures of teenage life at home and school while combating bigger, badder super-villains in the real world.

“Our goal is to reinterpret these great characters and concepts for our millennium,” Weisman said. “We’ll have plenty of resonant material for the Spider-Man fan, while engaging the Spider-Man novice with the same thrills we experienced when we were first exposed to the character. Our stories will appeal on multiple levels with plenty of eye-candy, action, humor and colorful characters for the youngest demographic balanced with extensive character development for ‘tweens, teens and adults.”


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Dark Horse Comics has four art books planned for the coming year: "Art of Bone" featuring the work of cartoonist Jeff Smith (June); "Art of Grendel," tracking the 25 years of Matt Wagner's character (August); "Conan: The Phenomenon," including the paperback cover art paintings by Frank Frazetta and other works (September), and "Buffy: Panel to Panel," featuring works from Dark Horse's various "Buffy" series (October).

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Contrary to earlier reports, Galactus apparently is in the second Fantastic Four film, says director Tim Story.

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SciFi Wire has some details about the next season of "Heroes."

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Fantagraphics Books is having a tough time finding a good quality version of a 1965 Peanuts Sunday strip for use in its "Complete Peanuts" books. The original isn't in the Charles Schultz archives. Give 'em a holler if you happened to have clipped a color copy out of your local paper 40-odd years ago.

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Cool images from a 1976 Hasbro Toys catalog.

DVD: Peter Pan (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)

Out March 6. Press release info from Disney:

Peter Pan soars to new heights for the first time ever on 2- disc DVD in an all-new magical Platinum Edition. This classic film has undergone an extensive digital restoration and features a new 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix.

Walt Disney's Peter Pan (Two-Disc Platinum Edition) 2-disc DVD is filled with high-flying bonus features for all ages including "Camp Never Land" - explore the world of Never Land with three all-new multi-level games, a never-before-seen alternate opening beginning in Never Land instead of the Darling's home, Deleted songs, "In Walt's Words" - A new discovery! Walt Disney reveals in his own words "Why I made Peter Pan", "You Can Fly: The Making of Peter Pan" an exciting journey to discover how the film was made, a sneak peek at the all-new Tinker Bell movie, and much more.


BONUS FEATURES
All-New Digital Restoration With Enhanced Picture and Sound
* Camp Never Land Games - Explore Never Land With All-New Multi-Level Games
* Alternate Opening "The Peter Pan That Almost Was" - Experience the story beginning in
Neverland
* Deleted Songs
* In Walt's Words - Why I Made Peter Pan - Details Walt Disney's thoughts and experiences
from the first time he saw Peter Pan and how he instantly connected with this magical story
* Sneak Peek At The Upcoming Tinker Bell Movie
* You Can Fly: The Making of Peter Pan
* Peter's Playful Prank DVD Story Book
* Magical Environment - Take Flight With Peter Pan Above the London Skyline in your own
home
* And Much More

Pre-order now for $17.99 from Amazon.

DVD: The Addams Family: Volume Two

Here's some press release info from MGM:

Finding new life on DVD March 27, 2007 from MGM Home Entertainment, The Addams Family: Volume Two delivers even more irreverently morbid antics from the family that turned the established formula for situational comedy on its ear and became a monster success during its 64-episode run. The Addams Family: Volume Two features even more ghoulish humor from the wickedly funny clan as they attempt to blend in with polite society... despite their own uniquely bizarre roots.

...The Addams Family: Volume Two DVD collection features the next 21 offbeat episodes from the classic series, as well as audio commentaries by Thing, Cousin Itt and "Addams" historian Steven Cox, Tombstone trivia and Guest Star Séances.


Disc 1 - Side A:
* "Thing Is Missing"
o Select scene commentary by Thing and Cousin Itt
* "Crisis In The Addams Family"
* "Lurch And His Harpsichord"
* "Morticia, The Breadwinner"

Disc 1 - Side B:
* "The Addams Family And The Spaceman"
* "My Son, The Chimp"
o Select scene commentary by Thing and Cousin Itt
* "Morticia's Favorite Charity"
* "Progress And The Addams Family"

Disc 2 - Side A:
* "Uncle Fester's Toupee"
* "Cousin Itt And The Vocational Counselor"
o Select scene commentary by Thing and Cousin Itt
* "Lurch, The Teenage Idol"
* "The Winning Of Morticia Addams"

Disc 2 - Side B:
* "My Fair Cousin Itt"
o Select scene commentary by Thing and Cousin Itt
* "Morticia's Romance" (Part I)
o Tombstone Trivia
* "Morticia's Romance" (Part II)
* "Morticia Meets Royalty"
o Commentary by Steven Cox, author of "The Addams Chronicles"

Disc 3 - Side A:
* "Gomez, The People's Choice"
* "Cousin Itt's Problem"
* "Halloween-Addams Style"
* "Morticia, The Writer"

Disc 3 - Side B:
* "Morticia, The Sculptress"

Special Features
* Mad About The Addams featurette

* Guest Star Séance with Parley Baer, Milton Frome, Vito Scotti, Elizabeth Fraser, Richard Deacon, Sig Ruman, Margaret Hamilton, Elvia Allman, Eddie Quillan and Peter Bonerz


Pre-order now for $19.99 from Amazon.

CD: Alfred Hitchcock Music to Get Murdered By

Here's a legit release of a fun novelty the made the sharity round a while back. It's basically a mood music spoof with some dry narration from Hitch. Don't know much about the Circus of Horrors sound track that makes of the twofer.

Out March 13, pre-order for $14.99 from Amazon.

DVD: To Catch a Thief (Special Collector's Edition)

Due out May 8. Details:

Cary Grant is John "the Cat" Robie, a suave ex-burglar whose life of ease along the French Riviera is torn asunder when a new string of robberies are committed with his trademark style. Can Grant prove his innocence, or will beautiful heiress Grace Kelly lure him back into a life of crime, in Alfred Hitchcock's seductively stylish thriller? With John Williams, Brigitte Auber.

Specs:
* 106 min.
* Widescreen
* Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo Surround, Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono
* Subtitles: English
* audio commentary
* featurette
* music video
* theatrical trailers

Pre-order now from Amazon for $11.19.

DVD: Pirates of the Golden Age Movie Collection

Due out May 8. Details:

This quartet of spirited swashbucklers is sure to shiver your timbers.

First, Yvonne De Carlo stars as a popular entertainer who falls in love with a wealthy aristocrat (Philip Friend) who is actually a pirate out for revenge against the sinister shipping magnate who ruined his father, in "Buccaneer's Girl" (1950). With Robert Douglas, Elsa Lanchester.

Wrongly accused of piracy, a hapless shopworker (Donald O'Connor) actually joins a privateer crew and quickly earns a reputation as the most dangerous man on the high seas, in the comedic "Double Crossbones" (1951). Helena Carter co-stars.

Next, the action-packed "Yankee Buccaneer" (1952) finds the crew of a 19th-century U.S. Navy frigate disguising themselves as pirates in an effort to catch some real nautical ne'er-do-wells. Jeff Chandler, Scott Brady star.

And, with rapier in one hand and rope in the other, Errol Flynn swings into action as a British naval officer charged with stopping pirate Anthony Quinn, in "Against All Flags" (1952). Maureen O'Hara also stars.

Specs:
* 5 1/3 hrs. total on two discs.
* Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono
* Subtitles: English (SDH), French
* Theatrical trailers.

Pre-order for $20.19 from Amazon.

DVD: Daniel Boone season 3

No specs on this yet, other than it's out April 24.

According to IMDB, the show's third season aired in 1966-67 and includes 28 episodes. Guest stars include Slim Pickens, Peter Graves, Vic Tayback, Ricardo Montalban and Kurt Russell. There's a nice episode guide here.

Pre-order the set now for $37.49 from Amazon.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Pop Artifact! "Kiss of the Vampire" movie poster

Vintage DC Comics house ad

Pop Culture Roundup March 1, 2007

Comics scribe Arnold Drake, co-creator of the Doom Patrol and others, is ailing.

Arnold Drake is in Cabrini Hospital in New York City with what his
daughter called "a touch of pneumonia." He was found collapsed, but
conscious on the floor of his apartment by a neighbor (thank you, Mr.
Hennessy). He is still in intensive care as of today (February 28).

Arnold has been writing comics since the late '40s. He's written humor and
adventure for all age groups from Batman to Jerry Lewis. He is the creator
of Stanley and His Monster, Deadman, Doom Patrol and Beast Boy. He also
wrote what is probably the first American graphic novel; "It Rhymes with
Lust" was published in 1950 with art by Matt Baker and is due to be
re-released by Dark Horse in a few weeks (March, 2007).

Send cards, letters and art to Arnold Drake, Cabrini Medical Center, 227 E.
19th St., New York, NY 10003.


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Newsarama interviews Gemstone Comics head Russ Cochran about his new line of EC Comics Archives.

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"The Cat in the Hat" is 50 years old. NPR has a story.

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On My Mind reviews the many looks of Supergirl.

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Via PCL LinkDump: The uncensored history of the blues.

Lost Clues: "Tricia Tanaka is Dead" Ep. 10, Season 3

Synopsis:

Hurley discovers a decrepit VW bus used by the Dharma Initiative (complete with dead driver inside) and recruits/demands Jin, Sawyer and Charlie to help him get it running again, insisting that the accomplishment will have postive ramifications for everyone--that doing so will somehow break the bad luck curse that's haunted him ever since he won the lotto back home.

In flashback, we see the young Hurley trying to get an old Camaro running again. His dad promises to help, but abandons the family before doing so. Also in flashback, we see Hurley's Mr. Cluck restaurant get obliterated by a meteor with TV news reporter Tricia Tanaka inside--hence the episode title.

Back in the present, Kate seeks Danielle the Frenchwoman's help in finding the Others' settlement.



Clues, observations, speculation:

* How did Roger the work man, driver of the VW, die?

* A map Sawyer spots shows the Dharmas were planning to build roads. Did they ever do it?



* Mmmm... Dharma Beer.



* The tune playing on young Hurley's stereo and on the VW stereo once it starts running is Three Dog Night's "Shambala."

Wash away my troubles, wash away my pain
With the rain in Shambala
Wash away my sorrow, wash away my shame
With the rain in Shambala

(chorus)
Ah, ooh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Everyone is helpful, everyone is kind
On the road to Shambala
Everyone is lucky, everyone is so kind
On the road to Shambala

(repeat chorus)

How does your light shine, in the halls of Shambala

I can tell my sister by the flowers in her eyes
On the road to Shambala
I can tell my brother by the flowers in his eyes
On the road to Shambala

(repeat chorus)

How does your light shine, in the halls of Shambala


* From Wikipedia: In Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Shambhala (also spelled Shambala or Shamballa) is a mystical kingdom hidden somewhere beyond the snowpeaks of the Himalayas.

...Shambhala (Tib. bde 'byung) is a Sanskrit term meaning "place of peace/tranquility/happiness".

* Charlie is seen wearing a Bob Dylan "Highway 61" T-shirt. Here are the lyrics to Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited."



* Hurley is yet another character with father issues, ala Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Locke, Sun...

* Sawyer stepped on dart. What's all that about? Just an opportunity for Kate and him to make nice, or some deeper meaning?

New and upcoming action figures March 1, 2007

Complete List of Marvel Legends Action Figures
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 JLA series 5 action figures
--Brainiac
--Lex Luthor
--Green Arrow
--Martian Manhunter
--Red Tornado
--Translucent Martian Manhunter

Batman Through the Ages
--Box Set

Batman/Superman Series 4
--Batzarro
--Bizarro
--Superwoman
--Batwoman
--Batman Beyond
--Kryptonite Batman

DC Direct Reactivated Action Figures
--Batman
--Wonder Woman
--Lobo
--Superman

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 Superman
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Shazam
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Flash

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

Elseworlds Action Figures Series 3
--Supergirl
--Batgirl
--Nightstar
--Kingdom Come Aquaman
--Red Son Green Lantern

First Appearance Series 4
--Blue Beetle translucent
--Blue Beetle
--Brave New World Atom
--Warlord
--Brave New World Martian Manhunter
--Brave New World Aquaman

Infinite Crisis Action Figures Series 1
--Powergirl
--Omac
--Mongul
--Earth Prime Superboy
--Alexander Luthor

JSA Action Figures
--Mr. Terrific
--Hawkgirl
--Dr. Midnite
--Hourman
--Golden Age Atom 2-pack

Hanna Barbera Series 2 Action Figures
--Captain Caveman
--Fred Flintstone and Dino
--Johnny Quest
--Magilla Gorilla
--Penelope Pitstop and Muttley
--Tom and Jerry
--Yogi Bear
--Flintstones at the Drive-In

Hanna Barbera Series 3 Action Figures
--Fred Flintstone Quittin' Time
--Twinkle Toes Fred Flintstone
--Great Grape Ape
--Huckleberry Hound
--The Jetsons
--Secret Squirrel
--Snagglepuss

McFarlane Lost series 2 action figures
--Crash site box set
--Sawyer
--Jin
--Sayid
--Desmond
--Sun
--Mr. Eko

Marvel Figure Factory Sets
--Angel
--Beast
--Black Costume Spider-Man
--Deadpool
--Invisible Woman
--Silver Surfer

Marvel Legends Action Figures

Hasbro Marvel Legends Figures Series 1
--Emma Frost
--Ultimate Iron Man
--Movie Beast
--Planet Hulk
--Banshee
--Hercules

Hasbro Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 2
--Wolverine
--She-Hulk
--Yellow Jacket
--Quick Silver
--Lord Asgard Thor
--Magneto Xorn
--X3 Jean Grey
--First Appearance Storm

Marvel Legends Icons 13-inch Action Figures Series 3 Action Figures
--Spider-Man
--Spider-Man Variant
--Beast
--Beast Variant

Hasbro Marvel Legends Icons 13-inch Series 1 Action Figures
--Wolverine
--Thor

Marvel Legends Masterworks Sets
--Spider-Man Vs. Green Goblin
--Fantastic Four Vs. Mole Man
--Hulk Vs. The Thing
--Galactus Vs. Everybody

Marvel Select Figures

Best of Marvel Select Figures
--Grey Hulk
--Thanos
--Ultimate Spider-Man
--Green Goblin
--Mephisto

NECA 7-inch John Lennon action figures
--Color
--Black and white

NECA Grindhouse action figures--Quentin Tarantino as soldier
--Dakota
--Cherry

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Pop Artifact! "Jungle Woman" movie poster

Vintage DC Comics house ad

Pop Culture Roundup Feb. 28, 2007

There's a new Beatles Beatleg podcast up.

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The Sandinista Project features covers of every track from the classic Clash album, Sandinista!, featuring tunes by Jon Langford & Sally Timms (of Mekons fame), Amy Rigby the Coal Porters and others. It's out May 1 (that's May Day, comrade!) and proceeds benefit Joe Strummer's Memorial Forest organization and other charities.

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Via Bedazzled: 1960s TV promos for "The Green Hornet," "Time Tunnel," "Bewitched," the Beatles on "Shindig" and more.

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A new "Star Trek" film directed by "Lost" producer J.J. Abrams is due out Christmas 2008.

Newest installment, a prequel focusing on a young Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, is the first to be slotted for release on the holiday.

Abrams, who has been developing the project, is set to begin lensing in the fall. He is producing with his "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof.


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Alan Arkin will join his "Little Miss Sunshine" co-star Steve Carrell in a big-screen remake of "Get Smart."

Arkin will play the chief of CONTROL, the organization that fights the evil forces of KAOS. Edward Platt played the character in the 1965 TV series on which the movie is based.

Carell is on board as secret agent Maxwell Smart, with Anne Hathaway as Agent 99. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Terence Stamp also have been cast.


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More fun Batman toys from the Bat-Blog: Mego's 1977 Wayne Foundation play set.

Upcoming Marvel Legends action figures

From a press release, here is what's in store for the Marvel Legends line in 2007:

MARVEL LEGENDS ACTION FIGURES
(Approximate Retail Price: $9.99; Ages: 4 & up; Available: Now)
Hasbro’s MARVEL LEGENDS line is for the ultimate MARVEL enthusiast that craves figures from MARVEL’s incredibly rich universe of more than 5,000 characters and fantastic stories. Each 6-inch action figure features amazing detail, premium articulation and includes a special piece that allows you to build an additional, larger-scale figure when you purchase all the figures in a series. The line launched in January with new figures introduced throughout the year. Figures in the first series include: PLANET HULK, BANSHEE, X3 BEAST, HERCULES, EMMA FROST and ULTIMATE IRON MAN, and allows fans to build an ANNIHILUS figure.

MARVEL SUPERHERO SQUAD FIGURES
(Approximate Retail Price: $5.99; Ages: 3 & up; Available: Now)
Super Heroes aren’t just for big kids! Even the youngest fans can collect their favorite characters with the new MARVEL SUPERHERO SQUAD action figures. With a unique style appealing to fans of all ages and a design that works for smaller hands, each exciting pack includes two Super Heroes. Packs in the first assortment include COLOSSUS with ANGEL, WOLVERINE vs. SABERTOOTH, CYCLOPS vs. MAGENTO and CAPTAIN AMERICA with HAWKEYE. Additional characters will be introduced throughout the year.

MARVEL LEGENDS ICONS
(Approximate Retail Price: $19.99; Ages: 5 & up; Available: Now)
MARVEL LEGENDS ICONS bring the MARVEL superheroes to life in a big way. These 12-inch figures feature amazing detail and premium articulation and are a key piece to any MARVEL collection. The line will be available in January, with additional figures introduced throughout the year.

MARVEL LEGENDS HEROSCAPE
(Approximate Retail Price: $29.99; Ages: 8 & up; Available: May 2007)
Hasbro’s popular HEROSCAPE customizable strategy game introduces a new Master Set featuring urban terrain tiles and MARVEL characters. MARVEL LEGENDS HEROSCAPE can be enjoyed as a standalone game or integrated into a gamers existing HEROSCAPE collection.

MARVEL HEROES GUESS WHO
(Approximate Retail Price: $16.99; Ages: 6 & up; Available: Now)
“Does this hero wear a cape?” or “Can this hero fly?” are some of the questions players might be asked in this Marvel-based version of Hasbro’s classic mystery face-guessing game. Fans young and old will enjoy the mental challenge posed by MARVEL HEROES GUESS WHO.

See a complete list of Marvel Legends Action Figures.

Lost Feb. 28 preview

Click here for a slightly spoilerish preview of tonight's episodes. Then come back here tomorrow for an in-depth look at clues and observations from the show.

Also see:
The "Lost" season 3 episode guide.
Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.

Comics shipping Feb. 28, 2007

See complete lists:
DC Archives
DC Showcase
DC Trade Paperbacks
Marvel Masterworks
Marvel Essentials
Marvel Trade Paperbacks
Upcoming Trade Paperbacks - Graphic Novels


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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Pop Artifact! "She" movie poster

Vintage DC Comics house ad

Pop Culture Roundup Feb. 27, 2007

Fans of old-time radio, radio drama and pretty much any of the other pop culture topics that brought you here will want to tune into a podcast of ZBS Media's excellent "Moon Over Morocco," provided free here starting March 1. If you've never experienced any of ZBS' Jack Flanders adventures, you're in for a treat. I'm a longtime fan of these shows, having first heard them 30(!) years ago on my local college station, and I've written about the experience here.

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Booksteve looks at the cartoon work of Batman artist (and Joker creator) Jerry Robinson.

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The second Hulk film is set to begin production soon in Toronto. No news on casting yet.

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World of Kane spotlights eccentric British record producer Joe Meek (creator of "Telstar").

Lost preview March 14 episode

Highlight hidden text for mild spoilers:

"Par Avion" - Claire becomes suspicious of Charlie when he exhibits peculiar behavior after she comes up with an idea that could get everybody rescued. Meanwhile, tensions mount between Sayid and Locke as they continue their trek to rescue Jack, on "Lost," WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

"Lost" stars 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 John Terry as Christian Shephard, M.C. Gainey as Mr. Friendly/Tom, Mira Furlan as Danielle Rousseau, Andrew Divoff as Mikhail, Gabrielle Fitzpatrick as Lindsey, Julian Barnes as Dr. Woodruff, Rhett Biles as Officer Barnes, Danan Pere as ER doctor, Anne Elizabeth Logan as head nurse and John Medlen as man at crash site.

"Par Avion" was written by Christina M. Kim & Jordan Rosenberg and directed by Paul Edwards.

"Lost" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP.

This program carries a TV-14,V parental guideline.

DVD new releases Feb. 27, 2007

The Rockford Files - Season Three

Magnum P. I. - The Complete Sixth Season

Girlfriends - The Complete First Season

Bob Dylan - Don't Look Back (1965 Tour Deluxe Edition)

The Doris Day Show - Season 4

The Return (Widescreen Edition)

Alexander - The Final Cut (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

Captain N The Game Master - The Complete Series

Filmation's Ghostbusters: The Animated Series Vol. 1 (6pc)

Secret Agent (aka Danger Man) - The Complete Collection Megaset 2007



More upcoming DVD releases

CD new releases Feb. 27, 2007

Third (Bonus CD) by Soft Machine

Fourth by Soft Machine

Six by Soft Machine

Seven by Soft Machine

Birthday by Idle Race

Now It's Time by Paula Frazer & Tarnation

Sings for Soulful Lovers/Seven Letters by Ben E. King

Frozen Borderline: 1968 - 1970 by Nico

Gems From the Classic Years (1967-1976) by King Sunny Ade

If You Go Away: the RCA Years 1965 - 1970 by Rod Mckuen

Gene Clark With the Gosdin Brothers by Gene Clark

The Honeydrippers by Robert Plant & The Honeydrippers

Atlas Eclipticalis With Winter Music by John Cage

The Percy Sledge Way/Take Time to Know Her by Percy Sledge

Sings for Soulful Lovers/Seven Letters by Ben E. King

Hey Jude by Wilson Pickett



More Upcoming CDs

Monday, February 26, 2007

Pop Artifact! "Son of Frankenstein" movie poster

Vintage DC Comics house ad

Pop Culture Roundup Feb. 26, 2007

Via Boing Boing: How to crochet a Dalek. Also: Make your own Dharma Initiative snacks.

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Virgin Comics and the Sci Fi Channel are joining forces on a new comics line.

Five new comic book titles will kick off the joint venture, dubbed Sci Fi/Virgin Comics. Details on those titles are forthcoming, but the idea is to create original properties that will be eyed across all media.

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Datajunkie posts another nice batch of Wally Wood art from the Galaxy sci fi mag.

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Papercutz is launching an updated version of EC Comics' Tales from the Crypt anthology title geared toward younger readers.

Papercutz Editor, Jim Salicrup, explained the apparent contradiction of a youth-oriented imprint publishing the very comic book series that Dr. Wertham used as example "A" to blame comics for juvenile delinquency in the 1950s as follows: "Everyone loves scary stories, especially kids, and the Tales From the Crypt style of dark humor with shock endings truly appeals to all ages, not unlike Harry Potter or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Despite the furor over horror comics in the '50s that led to the demise of most of the EC line, people forget that those comics were created for all ages. Ironically, most of the original Crypt comics would be approved by the Comics Code today."

The first issue ships in June.

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The old Warren publishing titles Creepy and Eerie are being revived, too, but in this case as it's TV and/or film properties.

Though both Creepy and Eerie have horror and sci-fi elements, duo will likely develop Creepy as more of a horror project and Eerie as a sci-fi brand, execs said.

While a younger generation may not be aware of the brands or the comic books, Josh Braun said that auds will find much of that they like about contemporary genre films and TV embedded in these earlier properties.


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A new hardcover book series focusing on "Mad's Greatest Artists" is coming soon.

Don Martin will be the subject of the first of the Mad's Greatest Artists releases, a two-volume, 1,200 page slipcased hardcover that will have a retail price of $150.

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Check out a sneak peek at tonight's "Heroes" ep.

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On My Mind presents a comic book cover gallergy from Wonder Woman's "mod" stage.

2007 Oscar winners list

Here are the winners from last night:

Art Direction: ``Pan's Labyrinth''

Sound Editing: ``Letters From Iwo Jima''

Sound Mixing: "Dreamgirls"

Makeup: ``Pan's Labyrinth''

Animated Short Film: ``The Danish Poet''

Live Action Short Film: ``West Bank Story''

Actor in a supporting role: Alan Arkin in "Little Miss Sunshine"

Animated feature film: "Happy Feet"

Adapted Screenplay: "The Departed"

Costume Design: "Marie Antionette"

Cinematography: "Pan's Labyrinth

Visual Effects: "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"

Actress in a supporting role: Jennifer Hudson in "Dreamgirls"

Foreign Language Film: "The Lives of Others"

Documentary Feature: "An Inconventient Truth"

Documentary Short Subject: "The Blood of Yingzhou District"

Original Score: "Babel" Gustavo Santaolalla

Original Screenplay: “Little Miss Sunshine” Written by Michael Arndt

Original Song: "I Need to Wake Up" from "An Inconvenient Truth" Music and Lyric by Melissa Etheridge

Film Editing: "The Departed"

Best Director: Martin Scorsese for "The Departed"

Actress in a leading role: Helen Mirren in “The Queen”

Actor in a leading role: Forest Whitaker in "The Last King of Scotland"

Best Motion Picture: "The Departed"

Honorary Academy Award (Oscar statuette): Ennio Morricone.