Monday, May 07, 2007

Pop Artifact! Major Matt Mason Week!

Pop Culture Roundup May 7, 2007

ABC has announced its plans from wrapping up "Lost."

The Emmy-winning adventure series will run for 48 more episodes over three seasons. Each season will consist of 16 episodes, which will air uninterrupted.

"Lost" executive producers/showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, who have been vocal about setting up an endgame for the show, have signed on to stay for the remainder of the series' run.


A typical season is 24 episodes, so this news really means ABC has elected to buy only two more seasons. They're just making it look like three.

Originally, five full seasons of the show were planned.

This may not be entirely bad news for viewers, though. Lately, the show has been great. But the first part of this season seemed a bit listless--lots of episode where not much happened. Maybe giving the creators a tight deadline to finish up will help keep the quality on track.

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Dial B for Burbank continues his detailed look at the Shadow art of Jim Steranko. We have our own gallery of Steranko Shadow paperback art here.

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Datajunkie shares a nice batch of painted Gold Key Comics covers from "Lost in Space," "M.A.R.S. Patrol," "Tarzan of the Apes" and more.

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Variety focuses on the 30th anniversary of "Star Wars" with a look at early action figures inspired by the movie.

Vintage DC Comics house ad



More Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix pics











Today's video: "Shazam" live-action opening credits

Sunday, May 06, 2007

The Closer DVDs

The Closer on DVD:

Complete First Season
Complete Second Season

Coach DVDs

Coach on DVD:

Complete First Season
Complete Second Season

Complete List of TV Shows on DVD.

Cagney and Lacey DVDs

Cagney and Lacey on DVD:

Season One

See a Complete List of TV Shows on DVD.

The 4400 DVDs

The 4440 on DVD:

Complete First Season
Complete Second Season
Complete Third Season

What I Like About You DVDs

What I Like About You on DVD:

Complete First Season

Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet DVDs

Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet on DVD:

Best of the Adventeres of Ozzie and Harriet

Melrose Place DVDs

Melrose Place on DVD:

Complete First Season
Complete Second Season

See a Complete List of TV Shows on DVD

Girls Next Door DVDs

Girls Next Door on DVD:

Complete First Season
Complete Second Season

See a Complete List of TV Shows on DVD

Friday, May 04, 2007

Pop Artifact! Spider-Man and Hulk puzzle

Pop Culture Roundup May 4, 2007

Gordon Scott, who played Tarzan in a series of 1950s films, has died.

Scott made 24 movies including "Tarzan and the Lost Safari" (1957), "Tarzan's Fight for Life" (1958), "Tarzan and the Trappers" (1958), "Tarzan's Greatest Adventure" (1959) and "Tarzan the Magnificent" (1960).

The cast in the 1959 movie included Sean Connery and Anthony Quayle.


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Maryland's school teachers are being urged to use comic books to help children learn to read.

'Reading is such an important activity for all children, and using comic book-related lessons offers teachers an important new tool to draw students into the world of words,' said state Superintendent Nancy Grasmick. 'This project enhances other work that goes on in the reading class.'

Comic books and graphic novels should not replace other forms of literature, but they can be an entry point for some reluctant readers, Grasmick said.


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Liv Tyler will play Betty Ross opposite Ed Norton's Bruce Banner in the new "Incredible Hulk" film.

The movie will unfold with Ross estranged from Banner (Norton), but with the pursuit of the Hulk heating up and Banner on the run trying to cure his condition, Ross finds herself swept back into his life.

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Dial B for Burbank begins a series looking at The Shadow art of comics great Jim Steranko. We have our only little gallery of Steranko-illustrated Shadow paperbacks here.

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The BBC is at work on a TV documentary about legendary comics artist (and Spider-Man co-creator) Steve Ditko.

The long list of those interviewed for the documentary include: Jerry Robinson, John Romita, Neil Gaiman, Paul Levitz, Ralph Macchio, Flo Steinberg, Alan Moore, Mark Millar, Stan Lee, Cat Yronwode and others, all filmed in the U.K., New York City and Los Angeles.

Vintage Marvel Comics house ad

Today's video: Final Spider-Man 3 trailer

Saturday is Free Comic Book Day!

Yep, get yerself down to your local comic book shop to celebrate the medium and pick up some free reads (buy something while you're there, too, for crying out loud).

Here's a list of this year's free offerings from various publishers:

Archie Comics Archie Comics Little Archie 2007
Bongo Comics Bongo's Free for All 2007
Dark Horse Comics Umbrella Academy Zero Killer Pantheon City 2007
DC Comics Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century 2007
Dynamite Entertainment The Lone Ranger / New Battlestar Galactica Flip Book 2007
Gemstone Publishing Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse 2007
IDW Transformers the Movie Prequel # 1 2007
Image Comics Astounding Wolf-Man # 1 2007
Marvel Comics Amazing Spider-Man Swing Shift 2007
TOKYOPOP Tokyopop Choose Your Weapon 2007
Antarctic Press Pirates vs. Ninjas # 1 2007
Ape Entertainment Ape Entertainment’s Comic Spectacular 2007
Arcana Studio Arcana Studio Presents 2007
Archie Comics Sonic the Hedgehog 2007
Aspen MLT Worlds of Aspen 2007
Blatant Comics Last Blood # 1 2007
Boom! Studios Hunter’s Moon / Salvador Flip Book 2007
CastleRain Entertainment Jack the Lantern: Ghosts 2007
Comic Genesis Comic Genesis 2007
Comic Shop News, Inc Comic Shop News 2007
DC Comics Justice League of America # 0 2007
Devil’s Due Publishing Family Guy / Hack / Slash Flip Book 2007
Digital Webbing Digital Webbing Jam # 1 2007
Drawn and Quarterly Lynda Barry Sampler 2007
Fantagraphics Books The Unseen Peanuts 2007
First Second Books The Train Was Bang On Time 2007
Heroic Publishing Liberty Comics # 0 2007
Impact Books Impact University Volume 3 2007
Keenspot Entertainment Keenspot Spotlight 2007
Legion of Evil Press Comics Festival 2007
Maerkle Press Love and Capes # 4 2007
Marvel Comics Marvel Adventures Three-In-One 2007
Oni Press Whiteout # 1 2007
Renaissance Press Amelia Rules! Hangin’ Out 2007
Rude Dude Productions Nexus Special 2007
Sky-Dog Press Buzzboy / Royboy Red: The Buzz & The ‘Bot 2007
Too Hip Gotta Go Wahoo Morris # 1 2007
Topshelf Productions Owly & Korgi 2007
TwoMorrow Publishing Comics 101: How to & History Lessons from the Pros 2007
Viper Comics Viper Comics Presents: Josh Howard’s Sasquatch 2007
Virgin Comics Ramayan 3392AD 2007
Wildcard Ink Gumby Special 2007
Wizard Entertainment Wizard’s “How to Draw” Sampler 2007

You can learn more about the even at the official FCBD site. Punch in your zip code to help find a comic shop near you.

TwoMorrows Publishing also is offering some online freebies this weekend only. Go to their site to see PDFs of some of their great publications:

Alter Ego #65
Back Issue #21
Jack Kirby Collector #47
Write Now #14
Draw #12
Rough Stuff #3

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Pop Artifact! Spider-Man activity box

Pop Culture Roundup May 3, 2007

Here's a new costume shot from the new Iron Man film. Looks pretty spiffy.



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Deal alert: Amazon is offering the Elvis Costello Collector's Box Set, featuring all the latest remasterings of Costello's 1977 to 1986 albums plus the new compilation Rock and Roll Music for $128.98 (reg. $167.76).



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Here's an interview tracing the history of those freebie comics at Big Boy restaurants.

In 1956, Timely Comics, the forerunner of Marvel, created a comic for the Big Boy restaurants. It was written by—are you ready for this?—Stan Lee! And it was drawn by Bill Everett, the artist who created The Sub-Mariner in comic’s Golden Age. Lee and Everett were, of course, the team that created Daredevil.

Another notable artist on the book was Dan DeCarlo, who beautifully drew Betty and Veronica [of the Archie comics] for a number of years. Dan’s rendition of Big Boy’s girlfriend, Dolly, looks not unlike a young Betty Cooper!


Additional fact: Lee's Spider-Man co-creator Steve Diko drew an Big Boy issue in 1997.

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Fred Hembeck celebrates his 100th column by chatting with the Hulk.

Vintage Marvel Comics house ad



Lost clues: "The Brig" ep. 19, season 3

Synopsis:

We learn that Locke and the Others have all gone on some sort of camping trip, bringing with them Locke's captive father, Anthony Cooper.

Ben tells Locke that he must kill Cooper in order to divorce himself from the past--to do away with the physically and emotionally crippled man he once was. Cooper is the man who destroyed Locke's life, now it's time to seize it back, Ben says.

The Others seem to view Locke as someone special. He was once paralyzed, but can now walk again. They admire him. But they are disappointed when Locke can't bring himself to do what Ben orders.

Later, though, the Other Richard Alpert talks to Locke. He says Ben wanted Locke to look weak in front of the rest. Ben fears Locke's abilities. Richard then hands Locke a file on one of the other crash survivors, saying this person can do what Locke bring himself to do--kill Cooper.

That person is Sawyer. As suspected for a while now, Cooper the "real Sawyer," the con man who swindled Sawyer's parents, leading Sawyer's dad to kill himself and his wife.

Locke goes back to the beach camp and confronts Sawyer. He says he's taken Ben captive and that he wants Sawyer to kill Ben. Locke also starts revealing some of the things he's learned by reading Sawyer's file. Confused and angry, Sawyer follows Ben to the wreckage of the old slave ship, the Black Rock, where there's a hooded captive in the brig.

Sawyer steps into the brig, believing the captive to be Ben and Locke suddenly shuts the door, locking Sawyer in with the captive.

Sawyer unmasks the prisoner and discovers it's not Ben, but Cooper. Cooper, we learn, was apparently abducted by the Others following a car crash. He thinks he's dead and that he's in hell. That's why he's been confronted by Locke, who he believes died in the plane crash. And, in the course of the discussion, Sawyer discovers who Cooper really is.

Cooper taunts Sawyer, calling him weak. Growing more and more angry, Sawyer loses control and strangles the prisoner. Locke then lets him out and they part ways. Before that, however, Locke tells Sawyer that Juliet is a spy and gives him the cassette recorder Juliet's been using to send messages to Ben.

Back on the beach, Desmond, Charlie, Jin and Hurley are treating the injured parachutist--keeping her presence secret because they don't trust Jack and Juliet. They bring Sayid into their confidence, however, thinking he might be able to get the parachutists satellite phone working again. We learn that the parachutist's name is Naomi and that she's been looking for Desmond on behalf of Penelope Widmore. She says the rest of her team is on a ship near the island.

Kate soon learns about Naomi, too. And, although she's been urged to keep the secret, she immediately tells Jack, in Juliet's presence, what's going on: There's a new person on the island who's trying to rescue them. She has a phone and there's a ship nearby.

Jack and Juliet's response is very odd. Jack is very interested in the satellite phone and and Juliet says about Kate "maybe we should tell her?" but Jack interrupts saying "Not yet."



Clues, observations, speculation:

* What do Jack and Juliet's comments mean? Do they mean that there's no way the phone will work due to the electrogmagnetic disturbance caused by the Hatch explosion? Do they know something about the island's location and realize any rescue attempt is somehow futile? What's the deal?

* Are the Others aware of Penelope's efforts to locate Desmond? What's the Widmore-Dharma connection?

* Rousseau goes to the Black Rock for some dynamite while Locke, Sawyer and Cooper are there. Locke let's her take as much as she wants. What does she plan to do with it? Does she plan to attack the Others, who took her daughter? Why isn't Locke concerned?



* Both Cooper and Naomi again make reference to the plane crash wreckage having been discovered complete with dead passengers. Was this evidence staged by the Others? Or is everyone really dead? And, if they're dead, how can they die even more? Sawyer kills Cooper. Ana Lucia and Libby are killed. So is Mr. Eko. Nikki and Paulo are apparently dead. And there are more. Faked wreckage seems the more likely scenario. But why?

* Is Ben really worried about Locke's potential influence over the Others, or is Richard Alpert just using that scenario to manipulate Locke?

* Do the Others view Locke as some sort of divine figure? Do they think he's "Jacob"?

* Ben stands up from his wheelchair and starts walking with a cane. Is his recovery due to Locke's presence, as he tells Locke?

* Why does Ben bring so much stuff with him when he goes camping? He had bookshelves and an entire office in his tent.

* And what's up with the whole camporee thing anyway? Why have the Others left their village? Do they ever plan to go back?

* What's motivating the Others? Spiritual beliefs? Fear? What's their community all about? It's disturbing and odd seeing the bunch of them, including Cindy the stewardess and the two children from the tail section, all standing in a group wanting to see Locke kill his father. Are newcomers like Cindy brainwashed or indoctrinated in some way? A person from the outside world wouldn't easily fall in line with their worldview. Or was Cindy an Other spy from the get-go?

* Cooper tells Sawyer some of his various aliases: Adam Seward,Anthony Cooper, Ted McLaren, Tom Sawyer, Louis Jackson...

Review roundup: Spider-Man 3

Entertainment Weekly:
...after the danger and majesty and romantic brio of Spider-Man 2, those adrenalized rooftop ballets feel, more than ever, like sequences: hermetic action miracles cooked up in the effects lab, with a story patched around them. Sam Raimi, directing his third Spidey adventure (the script is by Raimi, his brother Ivan, and Alvin Sargent), tosses together the rivalries, criminals, and amorous mishaps like salad, and he contrives a way to make Spider-Man into a figure of ''alienated'' vengeance without ever risking the tiniest sliver of audience market share.

Boston Globe
Describing ‘‘Spider-Man 3’’ as busy is an understatement. It sets out to accomplish a lot, maybe too much: The film lasts well over two hours, and toward the climactic fight sequence fatigue starts to set in.

To their credit, though, Raimi and his big, hard-working crew are determined to dazzle (the budget is rumored to be almost $300 million), even at the risk of bombarding us with pleasure, people, images, action, and real feeling. The movie has the curious effect of leaving you over-fulfilled. When it’s done, any appetite for another event picture, even one half as well made as this, is temporarily curbed.


USA Today
It's an action-packed tale with the emotional heft and humor we've come to expect from the series. The first two-thirds of the film grabs and keeps our attention, moving at just the right pace. But ultimately it's about 15 minutes too long with an overblown climax.

...Director Sam Raimi keeps trying to top what he has created before, but in the final face-off, he seems to trade his agility for spectacular confrontations in favor of a bombastic and exaggerated battle sequence.

Still, that is offset by the rewards of stylish continuity that come from having the same creative team at the helm. Raimi continues to delve deeper into Spidey's psyche. Spider-Man 3 adds new colors to his humanity and heroism. He turns from revenge toward compassion and forgiveness, and there's nothing wrong with that as a subtle message.


(Australia) Courier-Mail
SAM Raimi's third Spider-Man movie for Sony falls somewhere below the entertainment level of the previous Spider-Man adventures.

....Despite several new faces being added to the stock cast headed by Tobey Maguire in the title role and Kirsten Dunst as his girlfriend, Mary Jane, none adds anything particularly special to the comic book hero's latest outing.


Philadelphia Weekly
Bigger, louder and a good deal longer than its delightful predecessors, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 makes just about every wrong move in the sequel playbook, substituting scope and scale for the warmth and wit that made those two previous pictures so memorable. This lumbering third installment finds a trio of villains jockeying for screen time amid several half-developed storylines and a darker, self-serious tone that veers into the overwrought.

Lennon tribute album benefits Darfur relief efforts

The two-CD set Instant Karma is out June 12. It's available for pre-order now for from Amazon. Details:

[The album] boasts a stellar line-up of 23 world-class artists from a variety of genres putting their own unique spin on classic songs from Lennon's solo songbook.

The artists -- who come from the worlds of rock, pop, hip-hop and country -- include longtime activists U2 ("Instant Karma"), Green Day ("Working Class Hero"), R.E.M. ("#9 Dream") and Jackson Browne ("Oh My Love"); female pop powerhouses Christina Aguilera ("Mother"), Avril Lavigne ("Imagine"), and Corinne Bailey Rae ("I'm Losing You"); country stars Big & Rich ("Nobody Told Me"); alternative favorites Snow Patrol ("Isolation"), The Flaming Lips ("(Just Like) Starting Over"), Postal Service ("Grow Old With Me") and Regina Spektor ("Real Love"); best-selling rockers Aerosmith ("Give Peace a Chance"), Lenny Kravitz ("Cold Turkey") and Los Lonely Boys ("Whatever Gets You Thru the Night"); and pensive singer-songwriters Jakob Dylan with Dhani Harrison ("Gimme Some Truth") and Ben Harper ("Beautiful Boy").

The rights to Lennon's songs were generously donated by Yoko Ono, who has donated all music publishing royalties. Amnesty International chose to harness the power of Lennon's music to inspire a new generation of activists to stand up for human rights. Proceeds from CD and digital sales will support Amnesty International and its campaign to focus attention and mobilize activism around the urgent catastrophe in Darfur, and other human rights crises.

"It's wonderful that, through this campaign, music that is so familiar to many people of my era will now be embraced by a whole new generation," Ono says. "John's music set out to inspire change, and in standing up for human rights, we really can make the world a better place."

Today's video: Stan Lee on "To Tell the Truth"

Which one of these guy's is Spider-Man's true co-creator?



New and upcoming action figures May 3, 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

Superman Last Son Action Figures
--Last Son Superman
--Ursa
--Bizarro
--Zod

Shazam Action Figures
--Dr. Sivana
--Captain Marvel Jr.
--Mary Marvel
--Billy Batson and Hoppy
--Captain Marvel

Justice League of America Series 1
Superman
Black Lightning
Black Canary
Vixen
Red Arrow

Superman Vs. Doomsday
Doomsday
Lex Luthor and Robot
Solar Suit Superman
Superman

Batman and Son
Batman
Ninja Man-Bat
Robin and Daimin
The Joker

52 Weeks
Animal Man
Batwoman
Booster Gold
Supernova

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

Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer action figures
Battle Stretch Mr. Fantastic
Fire Blast Human Torch
Raging Thing
Silver Surfer

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

Hasbro Marvel Legends Figures Series 3
--Bucky Barnes
--First appearance Captain America
--Marvel Girl Rachel Grey
--Heroes for Hire Black Knight
--Hydra Soldier
--X-3 Colossus
--Astonishing X-Men Cyclops
--Danger

Hasbro Marvel Legends Icons 12-inch Action Figures
--The Punisher
--Doctor Doom
--The Human Torch
--The Silver Surfer

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, May 02, 2007

Pop Artifact! Spider-Woman sunglasses

Vintage Marvel Comics house ad



Pop Culture Roundup May 2, 2007

Deal alert: From Amazon--buy one TV DVD season set, get a second one free.

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Neato Coolville launches a month-long "Star Wars" retrospective with scans from vintage magazine and articles and other ephemera surrounding the release of that first flick 30 years ago.

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Newsarama has details on Image Comics' reprinting of Jack Kirby's late career series "Silver Star."

Erik Larsen: ...Jack wrote a screenplay years earlier and the Silver Star comic was adapted from that. Silver Star, as well as Captain Victory, were Jack's creator-owned work at Pacific Comics. We'll be publishing Captain Victory later this year. We're treating these projects with reverence they deserve, by painstakingly re-mastering the color in a manner that Jack would be proud of. Overseeing the restoration has been a gas.

You can pre-order the Silver Star hardcover now from Amazon for $26.59 (cover price $34.99)



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Bob Newhart sidekick Tom Poston has passed away.

Poston's run as a comic bumbler began in the mid-1950s with "The Steve Allen Show" after Allen plucked the character actor from the Broadway stage to join an ensemble of eccentrics he would conduct "man in the street" interviews with.

Don Knotts was the shaky Mr. Morrison, Louis Nye was the suave, overconfident Gordon Hathaway and Poston's character was so unnerved by the television cameras that he couldn't remember who he was. He won an Emmy playing "The Man Who Can't Remember His Name."


Lost May 2 preview

See a preview for tonight's episode here. Then come back here tomorrow for a full examination of clues and happenings from the show.

Also see:

The Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.
Lost Season 3 Episode Guide.
Lost: Things we STILL don't know.

DVD: Bewitched Complete Fifth Season

All 30 episodes from Samantha's 1967-68 season will be out on a 4-DVD set July 10.

Details:

The fifth season contains many classic episodes, including Endora (Moorehead) turning Darin (York) into the most self-centered man on earth; Samantha (Montgomery) traveling to 1868 New Orleans; Uncle Arthur (Paul Lynde) bringing Napoleon forward in time; Tabitha (Erin Murphy) turning a schoolmate into a butterfly; Samantha, Uncle Arthur and Serena learning to function as mortals after their powers are taken away by the Witches Council; and Samantha announcing she's going to have another baby. Guest stars include Academy Award® winner Mercedes McCambridge (Best Supporting Actress, All the King's Men, 1950), Fifi D'orsay (They Had to See Paris, Going Hollywood), Vic Tayback (TV's "Alice"), Danny Bonaduce (TV's "The Partridge Family"), and Lloyd Bochner (TV's "Dynasty").

The debut episode of Bewitched originally aired on ABC September 17, 1964, and the series became an instant hit with critics and audiences, ultimately airing 256 episodes over eight seasons. Produced and directed by William Asher (TV's "I Love Lucy," "Gidget"), Bewitched was nominated for 22 Emmy Awards® over the course of its run, winning three.

DVD Special Features Include:
· Digitally Remastered in High Definition Audio and Video
· Full Screen Presentations
· Audio: English, Spanish, Portuguese
· Subtitles: Spanish, Portuguese
· Bonus Previews
· Closed Captioned

Bewitched: The Complete Fifth Season DVD Episodes Include:

Samantha's Wedding Present Cousin Serena Strikes Again – Part 2
Samantha Goes South For a Spell One Touch of Midas
Samantha on the Keyboard Samantha, the Bard
Darrin, Gone & Forgotten Samantha, the Sculptress
It's Nice to Have a Spouse Around the House Mrs. Stephens Where Are You?
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Marriage, Witches Style
Samantha's French Pastry Going Ape
Is It Magic or Imagination? Tabitha's Weekend
Samantha Fights City Hall The Battle of Burning Oak
Samantha Loses Her Voice Samantha's Power Failure
I Don't Want to Be a Toad, I Want to Be a Butterfly Samantha Twitches for UNICEF
Weep No More My Willow Daddy Does His Thing
Instant Courtesy Samantha's Good News
Samantha's Supermaid Samantha's Shopping Spree
Cousin Serena Strikes Again – Part 1 Samantha & Darrin in Mexico

See a Complete List of TV Shows on DVD.

Comics shipping May 2, 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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DVD: Land of the Giants Complete Series

We mentioned this behemoth of a boxed set a few days back. Here's a package pic and more details. You can pre-order it now for $149.99 from Amazon (reg. 199.98)



From the creative mind of science-fiction and television legend Irwin Allen (“Lost In Space,” “Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea") comes one of the most anticipated DVD releases of the year when LAND OF THE GIANTS Complete Series – Limited Edition conquers its way onto a nine-disc set July 24, 2007 from Fox Home Entertainment.

The final piece of the Allen library to be released on DVD, LAND OF THE GIANTS gained a cult following in the late 1960s as it chronicled the adventures of The Spindrift, a commercial spaceship, and its passengers. On a sub-orbital flight from New York to London, the ship crash-lands on a remote planet similar to Earth, where the inhabitants and plant life are twelve times larger than the Spindrift’s passengers.

The heroes on board must do all they can to fight the totalitarian government that rules the planet and ultimately find a way to return home.

Known for its outstanding special effects and overall popularity among Irwin fans, the nine-disc LAND OF THE GIANTS DVD collection features all 51 classic episodes that aired from 1968-1970, the unaired pilot, as well as bonus interviews with stars Gary Conway, Don Marshall, Stefan Arngrim, Don Matheson, Deanna Lund and producer Irwin Allen, a still gallery featuring merchandise from the show, publicity photos, episodic photos, a Deanna Lund gallery and the original parody from MAD Magazine.

The collectible DVD set also includes a full-color booklet with cast interviews and photos, a collectible Spindrift keychain, iron-on crew patch, reproduction of the first comic book, and trading cards. All of this is packaged is a collectible wooden cage themed directly from the show.

DVD Special Features:

The LAND OF THE GIANTS: Complete Series – Limited Edition DVD collection is presented in color full screen format with English and Spanish mono as well as English and Spanish subtitles. The following episodes are specific to each disc:

Disc 1 – Side A
• The Crash
• Ghost Town
• Framed
• Underground

Disc 1 – Side B
• Terror-Go-Round
• The Flight Plan

Disc 2 – Side A
• Manhunt
• The Trap
• The Creed
• Double-Cross

Disc 2 – Side B
• The Weird World
• The Golden Cage

Disc 3 – Side A• The Lost Ones
• Brainwash
• The Bounty Hunter
• On A Clear Night You Can See Earth

Disc 3 – Side B• Deadly Lodestone
• Night of Thrombeldinbar

Disc 4 – Side A
• Seven Little Indians
• Target: Earth
• Genius At Work
• Return of Inidu

Disc 4 – Side B• Rescue
• Sabotage

Disc 5 – Side A
• Shell Game
• The Chase
• The Mechanical Man
• Six Hours To Live

Disc 5 – Side B
• The Inside Rail
• Deadly Pawn

Disc 6 – Side A
• The Unsuspected
• Giants and All That Jazz
• Collector’s Item
• Every Dog Needs A Boy

Disc 6 – Side B• Chamber of Fear
• Comeback

Disc 7 – Side A• The Clones
• A Place Called Earth
• Land of the Lost
• Home Sweet Home

Disc 7 – Side B• One Man O’Reilly
• Nightmare

Disc 8 – Side A• Pay The Piper
• The Secret City of Limbo
• Panic
• The Deadly Dart

Disc 8 – Side B
• Doomsday
• A Small War

Disc 9 – Side A• The Marionettes
• Wild Journey
• Graveyard of Fools
• The Crash (Unaired Pilot)

Disc 9 – Side B
Gary Conway Interviews:

o The Series’ Lasting Effects
o The Influence of Gulliver’s Travels on the Show
o Fight Scene in the Cage
o Humorous Moments
o A Couple Memorable Episodes
o Memories of Irwin
Don Marshall Interviews:
o Acting and the Actors on the Show
o Memories of Kurt Kasznar
o Memories of Cast Members and the Director
o Popularity of the Show in England
o Presentation Reel
o Special Effects Shots (no audio)
Irwin Allen Home Videos (no audio):
o Meeting
o Irwin Directing Actors in Interior Sets
o Irwin Directing Actors in Exterior Sets
o Rope Climbing
o Escape Through The Tunnel
o Glass Prison
o Escape From The Giant Hand
o Irwin Directing Forest Scene

Disc 9 – Side B (cont’d)
Stefan Arngrim Interviews:

o Irwin’s Direction
o Dogs
o The Mechanical Hand
o Directors Harry Harris and Sobey Martin
o The Popularity of the Show
o The Tone of the Show
o The Concept of the Show
o The Second Season
o The Stunts and Effects
o The Ship’s Name
Don Matheson Interviews:
o Preparation for Irwin’s Shows
o What Attracted Him to the Show
o Imagination
o Climbing the Rope
o The Dog
o Saying the Dialogue
Dealla Lund Interviews:
o Her Appreciation of the Show
o Acting on the Show
o How She Got on the Show
o Ballet in a Bird Cage
o Her Friendship with Don Matheson
o The High Cost of the Show
o Where Did the Story Take Place?
Still Galleries:
o Merchandise
o MAD Magazine Parody
o Publicity Photos
o Episodic Photos
o Deanna Lund Gallery

Today's video: The Marvel Superheroes Have Arrived



Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Vintage Marvel Comics house ad



Pop Artifact! Thor tricycle toy



Pop Culture Roundup May 1, 2007

A second DVD set of vintage "Sesame Street" episodes and segments is in the works.

"Yes! Indeed there are plans to release a Sesame Street Old School: Volume 2 some time between August and October of this year."

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"Spider-Man 3" is a "bloated, uneven behemoth," says The Associated Press.

Spidey the Third feels like an even greater letdown following Spidey Part Deux, which was the rare sequel that surpassed the original. "Spider-Man 2" was driven by a strong story and compelling character development, and didn't just feel the need to dazzle us with elaborate effects (though the effects did indeed dazzle).

Here, Raimi overloads us with more -- more villains, more supporting characters and more plot lines -- spread out across more time. People and threats come and go, and the narrative feels scattered
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As if modern attention spans weren't short enough already: Sony is shrinking down episodes of old TV shows like "Starsky and Hutch" and "Charlie's Angels" to 3.5-minute "minisodes" for distribution on the Web.

As Steve Mosko, the president of Sony Television, described it, "So in 'Charlie Angels,' they have a meeting, Charlie's on the intercom telling them what the assignment is, there's a couple of fights, and then a chase, and they catch the bad guy. Then they're back home wrapping it up."

"T.J. Hooker," an especially formulaic cop show from the early 1980s, can be seen in short bursts of action as William Shatner interrogates suspects, fires shots and chases bad guys. "Shatner is just hilarious," Mosko said.

That sums up the main aim of the minisodes. Nobody expects these shows to captivate anyone with their exciting plotlines, writing or ageless acting. "It's really campy and fun," Mosko said.


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Booksteve's joined the Captain Marvel Club. Howdy Steve! Remember: The old stuff sucks!

Lost preview May 16 episode

Highlight hidden text for spoilers:

JACK DEVISES A PLAN TO DO AWAY WITH "THE OTHERS,"
SAYID UNCOVERS A FLAW IN "THE OTHERS'" SYSTEM THAT COULD
LEAD TO RESCUE, AND CHARLIE'S DANGEROUS TASK MAY MAKE
DESMOND'S PREMONITION COME TRUE, ON ABC'S "LOST"

"Greatest Hits" - While Jack devises a plan to do away with "The Others" once and for all, Sayid uncovers a flaw in "The Others'" system that could lead to everyone's rescue. But it requires Charlie to take on a dangerous task that may make Desmond's premonition come true, on "Lost," WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 (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 Tania Raymonde as Alex, Blake Bashoff as Karl, Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert, Mira Furlan as Rousseau, Brian Goodman as Pryce, Marsha Thomason as Naomi, Neil Hopkins as Liam, Joshua Hancock as Roderick, John Henry Canavan as Simon Pace, Jeremy Shada as young Charlie, Zack Shada as young Liam, L. Scott Caldwell as Rose, Sam Anderson as Bernard, Andrea Gabriel as Nadia, Lana Parrilla as Greta and Tracy Middendorf as Bonnie.

"Greatest Hits" was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by Stephen Williams.


See the Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.

DVD cover art: Space Ghost and Dino Boy, Birdman and the Galaxy Trio sets

Here's cover art for these two sets detailed last week.

Click the artwork to pre-order either set from Amazon.





DVD: Flash Gordon out Aug. 7

This Queen-soundtracked 1980 film will be out on DVD Aug. 7.

Dubbed the Flash Gordon Saviour of the Universe Edition (the original film was just "Flash Gordon." Don't know what's up with the British spelling of savior.), the DVD featuring the remastered movie and assorted extras.

Here's the info:

An All-American football player must foil an extraterrestrial plan to dominate the Earth in Flash Gordon: Saviour of the Universe Edition, rocketing into stores August 7, 2007 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Available on DVD for the first time, this rollicking sci-fi classic stars Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Timothy Dalton, and Academy Award® nominees Max von Sydow (Pelle the Conqueror) and Topol (Fiddler on the Roof) in the ultimate otherworldly adventure.

An all-new digitally remastered picture and 5.1 Surround Sound brilliantly enhance the tongue-in-cheek dialogue, outrageous costumes and over the top sets, as well as the now legendary soundtrack by the celebrated rock group Queen.

Directed by Mike Hodges (Croupier, Get Carter) and produced by Dino De Laurentiis (Barbarella, King Kong -1976), Flash Gordon: Saviour of the Universe Edition brings to the screen all the action, romance and fun of the original 1930’s comic strip that inspired it.

The special edition DVD includes exclusive bonus features, packaging art by renowned comic book artist, Alex Ross, and an “alternate” collectible postcard of the packaging art that make it a must-have addition to the collection of any sci-fi fan. The creation of cartoonist Alex Raymond, Flash Gordon is the original epic outer-space fantasy.

BONUS FEATURES
* ALEX ROSS, RENOWNED COMIC ARTIST, ON FLASH GORDON - Alex Ross talks about his favorite movie of all time, Flash Gordon, and about how the film has inspired him in his life and work.
* WRITING A CLASSIC: SCREENWRITER LORENZO SEMPLE, JR. - Screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr. speaks about the deliberately campy script for Flash Gordon.
* FLASH GORDON 1936 SERIAL EPISODE - Chapter One of Planet of Peril.

Check pre-order info from Amazon.



DVD new releases May 1, 2007

Dreamgirls (Two-Disc Showstopper Edition)

Will & Grace: Season Six

Dreamgirls (Widescreen Edition)

Beverly Hills, 90210 - The Second Season

The King of Queens - The Complete Eighth Season
Tyrone Power: The Swashbuckler Box Set (Blood and Sand / Son of Fury / The Black Rose / Prince of Foxes / The Captain from Castile)

The Girls Next Door - Season 2

Michael Palin's Around the World in 80 Days

Melrose Place - The Second Season

The Best of the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

What I Like About You - The Complete First Season

Clint Eastwood Western Icon Collection (High Plains Drifter/Joe Kidd/Two Mules For Sister Sara)

Gene Autry: Singing Hill

More Upcoming DVD releases

CD new releases May 1, 2007

Beyond by Dinosaur Jr.

BBC Sessions 1967-1970 by The Moody Blues

Look Thru the Eyes of Roy Wood & Wizzard by Roy Wood

American Doll Posse by Tori Amos

The Time Has Come by Pentangle

Spider-Man 3: Music from and Inspired By by Original Soundtrack

Rock & Roll Music by Elvis Costello

The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years by Elvis Costello

Imperial Bedroom by Elvis Costello & the Attractions

Punch the Clock by Elvis Costello & the Attractions

King of America by Elvis Costello

Almost Blue by Elvis Costello & the Attractions

Trust by Elvis Costello & the Attractions

This Year's Model by Elvis Costello & the Attractions

Get Happy!! by Elvis Costello & the Attractions

Armed Forces by Elvis Costello & the Attractions

We Three by Roy Haynes With Phineas Newborn and Paul Chambers

Mating Call by Tadd Dameron with John Coltrane

More upcoming CD releases

Today's video: John Romita, Sr., draws Spider-Man

After the hero's co-creator Steve Ditko, Romita, Sr., was the classic Spider-Man artist. Here's part one of him sketching Spidey at a comics convention.



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