Friday, May 18, 2007

Pop Artifact! Batman flicker rings



Pop Culture Roundup May 18, 2007

That "Veronica Mars in the FBI" show? Still could happen.

"Veronica Mars is over, but we're talking about something else. I don't know if it's going to be anything. I'm being honest with you. It could come back in some form, but I don't know what form that would be."

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Speaking of "Veronica," the show's star, Kristen Bell, is set to be the voice over narrator of a new CW show "Gossip Girl."

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The Marvel Universe was created 50 years ago, says Blake Bell.

Best Marvel Comics Sites.

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Samuel L. Jackson may be a villain in the Frank Miller-directed "Spirit" movie.

Jackson would play the Spirit's antagonist, the Octopus. He is a psychotic killer who filets anyone unfortunate enough to see his face. His plan is to wipe out the fictitious Central City before The Spirit can stop him.

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Paul McCartney discusses how Elvis Presley inspired the Beatles to make Sgt. Pepper.

"We had this idea that we'd make a record, and the record itself would go on tour for us," Tittle-tattle quoted him as saying.

"That came from a story we'd heard about Elvis' Cadillac going on tour. We though that was an amazing idea: He doesn't go on tour, he just sends his Cadillac out. Fantastic!" he added.


Best Beatles Sites.
Best Elvis Sites.

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There will be new heroes on "Heroes" next season.

Tim Kring, creator and executive producer of Heroes, told SCI FI Wire that the upcoming season finale will introduce new characters that will become central to the story in the second season.

Best Heroes Sites.

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See a teaser trailer for "Persepolis," the animated film based on Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel.

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Among the extras on the DVD set collecting the 1984's complete "Super Friends: Legendary Super Powers" series is a look at the populer "Super Powers" action figures spawned by the show.

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Via On My Mind: A petition to put the Monkees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Heck yeah, if the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac and, for God's sake, Steely Dan, can be in it the Monkees should've been inducted long ago.

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Three more vintage "Doctor Who" adventures are set for DVD release in the UK this fall (U.S. release to follow, I presume).

First up, on 3 September, is The Time Warrior. Starring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor, the story also marks the first appearances of the Sontarans and the timeless Sarah Jane Smith.

Following that on 23 September is the long-awaited Region 2 release of The Key To Time. The epic Fourth Doctor six-story box set has been available in America for several years, but only now will it come with the full extras it deserves.


And Planet Gallifrey reports the Tom Baker-era adventure "Planet of Evil" is set for release later in the year.

Best Doctor Who Sites.

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Today's video: Jan & Dean perform "Julie"

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Pop Artifact! Aquaman poster

Pop Culture Roundup May 17, 2007

Rock'n'roll pioneer Bo Diddley has suffered a stroke.

Tests showed that the stroke affected the left side of the "Who Do You Love" singer's brain and has impaired his speech and speech recognition, rep Susan Clary said. She had no other information regarding his condition, which is listed as "guarded," or how long his stay in the hospital is likely to be.

The 78-year-old Diddley, who has a history of hypertension and diabetes, was said to be acting disoriented during a concert in Council Bluffs, Iowa, earlier in the day.


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Bat Blog presents image of some cool Batcopter toys.

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"Veronica Mars" is not on the CW's fall schedule.

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Nestor Carbonell, who plays Richard Alpert on "Lost," will appear as Gotham City's mayor in the next Batman film.

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Newsarama excerpts a portion of "Brushstrokes with Greatness," a new book about the great comic book inker Joe Sinnott.

Lost clues: "Greatest Hits" ep. 21, season 3

Synopsis:

Aware of the Others' plan to attack the beach camp, the crash survivors plan a counter-attack: They rig dynamite from the Black Rock ship to their tents, which will explode when the Others arrive.

At the same time, Sayid says he's trying to use Naomi's satellite phone to contact the rest of her crew. However, he can't get a signal.

Juliet reveals the Others' have been jamming all radio signals from the island. They're doing this with a counter signal broadcasted by a Dharma station called the Looking Glass, which is underwater off the coast of the island.

Desmond has a vision of Charlie flipping a switch, which somehow leads to the rescue of the crash survivors. The bad thing is, Desmond also sees Charlie drowning after he flips this switch.

Putting two and two together, Charlie figures he's destined to swim down to the Looking Glass and turn off the jamming signal, even if he dies in the process.

As Sayid, Jin and Bernard (man, haven't seen him in a while) stay behind to set off the explosives trap, Jack leads the other survivors away from the camp to, hopefully, await rescue.

Charlie and Desmond, meanwhile, paddle an outrigger canoe out to the site of the Looking Glass.

Desmond volunteers to go in Charlie's stead and is about to dive out of the canoe when Charlie knocks him unconscious with a paddle. He's determined to sacrifice himself. He dives down and gets inside the station but, it turns out, it's inhabited--two women with guns rush out toward him and he's captured.



Clues, observations, speculation:

* In season 1, Charlie tells Jack he can't swim. But apparently he can.

* Did Juliet know the Looking Glass was occupied when Charlie volunteered to swim down there? If so, she knew he was swimming into a trap. Can we really trust her? Or Jack, for that matter?

* Who are the women in the Looking Glass? Are they Others or remnants of the Dharma Initiative? They're dressed more like Others and it makes sense they would be since it sounded as if it was Ben's idea to run a jamming signal. Dharma folks would likely want the ability to communicate with the outside. Are they trapped down there because Locke blew up the Dharma sub?



* Or could the women be members of Naomi's rescue team?

* Any reason both are women?

* This woman looks like a bit like Cassidy, the mother of Sawyer's baby--the lady he conned.



* If the Others are in control of the Looking Glass, this means they must have staged a separate attack against Dharma to secure control of it, since the gas they released on the island wouldn't have harmed anyone underwater. Or, perhaps, the Looking Glass crew members were on the island at the time of the gas attack and were killed then.



* In the flashback, the woman Charlie saves from mugging is Sayid's girlfriend, Nadia. Is there a deeper story to the mugging--was it a simple purse-snatching or was the man trying to get something important from Nadia? Or was the whole thing set up to test Charlie?



* Will Charlie survive?

* What about Locke? Alive or dead? Will we see him again soon? I'm guessing he'll show up, in some form, right around cliffhanger time in next week's season ender.

* Richard Alpert starts to ask Ben if Locke saw Jacob, but it is cut off by Ben. People in the Others' camp are curious as to what happened to Locke. Will Ben maintain control over them?

* In Charlie's childhood flashback you can hear someone say "Desmond come here..." right before young Charlie jumps into the swimming pool.

* Did Alex kill Ben's bunny? The white rabbit is certainly an Alice in Wonderland, "Through the Looking Glass" reference.



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Today's video: Jan & Dean perform "Sidewalk Surfin'"

New and upcoming action figures May 17, 2007


DC Wonder Woman series 1 action figures, see below

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

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

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

DC 13-inch Figures
Green Lantern
Lex Luthor
Martian Manhunter
Catwoman
Nightwing
Classic Batman
Batgirl gray costume
Batgirl black costume

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

DC Direct Wonder Woman Series 1 Action Figures
--Wonder Woman
--Agent Diana Prince
--Circe
--Donna Troy as Wonder Woman

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

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 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

Marvel Sideshow Toys Figures
--Venom
--Black costume Spider-Man
--Spider-Man
--White Queen
--White Queen Exclusive

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

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

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Pop Artifact! Wonder Woman poster

Pop Culture Roundup May 15, 2007

Hip-O Select/Geffen is reissuing a couple of Love's post Forever Changes LPs June 26.

"The Blue Thumb Recordings"...will include a previously unreleased disc of live recordings taped in England in 1970.

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See NBC's official Web site for it's upcoming "Bionic Woman" series, including a short video preview.

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Here's a Web site promoting the upcoming direct-to-DVD Doctor Strange film from Marvel.

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Despite speculation the series could be retooled for the new season, it looks like it's all over for "Veronica Mars."

The CW has officially greenlit three dramas and two unscripted magazine shows — and it's looking like the sun is going down on "Veronica Mars."
Definitely gone: "All of Us," the Will Smith-produced laffer that ran for three seasons on UPN and CW. Returning shows snagging official pickups: Laffers "Girlfriends" and "The Game," and dramas "Smallville," "Supernatural" and “One Tree Hill." CW picked up "Everybody Hates Chris" for a third season earlier this spring

And while nothing's official, people familiar with the situation said "Mars" was, indeed, canceled.

Lost preview May 16 episode

Click here for a preview synopsis of tonight's episode. Then come back here tomorrow for a full look at clues and observations.

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

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Upcoming pop culture books of interest

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The Rough Guide to Film Noir
From dimly lit streets and glamorous apartments to world-weary detectives and irresistible femmes fatales, The Rough Guide to Film Noir illuminates every corner of cinema’s darkest and most compelling genre. From early masterpieces like Double Indemnity and Kiss Me Deadly through to neo-noir classics such as Chinatown and LA Confidential, this book highlights all the groundbreaking noir movies. There are profiles of legendary performers such as Humphrey Bogart and Barbara Stanwyck, great directors like Fritz Lang plus key cinematographers, composers and designers. Complete with website listings and books for further reading, this Rough Guide takes a fascinating look at the noir movies made in the Classical Hollywood era and beyond.
Paperback: 312 pages


Encyclopedia of Film Noir
When viewers think of film noir, they often picture actors like Humphrey Bogart playing characters like Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon,the film based on the book by Dashiell Hammett. Yet film noir is a genre much richer. The authors first examine the debate surrounding the parameters of the genre and the many different ways it is defined. They discuss the Noir City, its setting and backdrop, and also the cultural (WWII) and institutional (the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, and the Production Code Administration) influences on the subgenres. An analysis of the low budget and series film noirs provides information on those cult classics. With over 200 entries on films, directors, and actors , the Encyclopedia of Film Noir is the most complete resource for film fans, students, and scholars.
Hardcover: 488 pages


Neptune Noir: Unauthorized Investigations into Veronica Mars
Neptune Noir is a collection of essays on the hit drama Veronica Mars, and is not authorized by CW, the creators or producers of Veronica Mars, or any entity associated with the show.

More than just a high school drama, Veronica Mars is a smart and savvy teen detective show that offers complex mysteries and rapier wit, engaging social commentary, and noir sensibilities—with the occasional murder thrown in for good measure. This collection, edited by the creator and executive producer of the show, offers supreme insight into the class struggles and love stories of the series. Essays by top writers intelligently address a multitude of questions, such as Is Veronica a modern-day vigilante? Why is a show that features rape, potential incest, and a teen girl outsmarting local authorities so popular with America’s conservative population? and Why is Veronica and Logan’s relationship the most important story-driving factor in the show?
Paperback: 224 pages


American Science Fiction Television Series of the 1950's
From Booklist: ...describes, in alphabetical order, 20 nationally syndicated series.
...An extensive bibliography of source material follows the A-Z entries. Two indexes conclude the volume, one listing all the episode titles, and a general index principally of names. Writing is clear and competent, if sometimes opinionated.

Paperback: 261 pages

DVD: Film Noir Classic Collection Vol. 4

Out July 31, this set collects 10 grim'n'gritty flicks on five disks. It's available for pre-order now from Amazon.

Here's the lineup:

Act of Violence / Mystery Street
Ex-GIs are on a collision course in a crisp tale directed by Fred Zinnemann (The Day of the Jackal) in Act of Violence. And in Mystery Street, CSI Noir: John Sturges (The Great Escape) helms a procedural whodunit in Boston environs.

Crime Wave / Decoy
A hardboiled cop: Sterling Hayden (The Asphalt Jungle) heads an L.A. manhunt in Crime Wave. A drop-dead dame femme fatale Jean Gille revives her hunk from the dead (!) because he knows where the loot is buried in Decoy.

Illegal / The Big Steal
D.A. Edward G. Robinson turns to defending lowlifes in a snappy remake of The Mouthpiece. On the lam, down Mexico way: Out of the Past's Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer reteam, Don Siegel directs in The Big Steal.

They Live By Night / Side Street
In love... in danger. Thugs force lovebirds Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell to be accomplices in They Live By Night. And in Side Street, the duo returns as struggling Manhattan marrieds who unwittingly get their hands on mob dough.

Where Danger Lives / Tension
A corpse behind. A dead end ahead. Woozy Robert Mitchum and Faith Domergue are on the run in Where Danger Lives. In Tension, genre icon Audrey Totter is bad to the bone. But milquetoast hubby Richard Basehart may be worse!

DVD: The Muppet Show Season 2

Collecting the series' complete second season on four disks, this set is out Aug. 7. It's available for pre-order now from Amazon.

Here's a list of guest celebrities from the shows:

EPISODE 1: Don Knotts
EPISODE 2: Zero Mostel
EPISODE 3: Milton Berle
EPISODE 4: Rich Little
EPISODE 5: Judy Collins
EPISODE 6: Nancy Walker
EPISODE 7: Edgar Bergen
EPISODE 8: Steve Martin
EPISODE 9: Madeline Kahn
EPISODE 10: George Burns
EPISODE 11: Dom DeLuise
EPISODE 12: Bernadette Peters
EPISODE 13: Rudolf Nureyev
EPISODE 14: Elton John
EPISODE 15: Lou Rawls
EPISODE 16: Cleo Laine
EPISODE 17: Julie Andrews
EPISODE 18: Jaye P. Morgan
EPISODE 19: Peter Sellers
EPISODE 20: Petula Clark
EPISODE 21: Bob Hope
EPISODE 22: Teresa Brewer
EPISODE 23: John Cleese
EPISODE 24: Cloris Leachman

Today's video: Dick Dale and the Del-Tones perform "Miserlou"

Comics shipping May 16, 2007

See complete lists:
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Marvel Trade Paperbacks
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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Pop Artifact! Shazam/Captain Marvel poster

Pop Culture Roundup May 15, 2007

Tomorrow's comics today: What's in your shop this Wednesday? Check out the big list.

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Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are teaming to produce-direct three back-to-back Tintin movies using CGI animation.

Jackson's New Zealand-based WETA Digital, the f/x house behind "The Lord of the Rings" franchise, produced a 20-minute test reel bringing to life the characters created by Remi, who wrote under the pen name of Herge.

"Herge's characters have been reborn as living beings, expressing emotion and a soul which goes far beyond anything we've seen to date with computer animated characters," Spielberg said.


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The question nobody's asking about "Lost." Personally, I've been asking it since early in season 1...

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Crocs, maker of those brightly colored rubbery gardening shoes, is joining forces with Marvel Comics to produce shoes featuring Marvel characters.

Ron Snyder, CEO of Crocs, stated: "Marvel has created some of the best known Super Heroes and Super Villains of all time, many of which have been introduced to a younger, broader audience through major motion picture releases. We are committed to capitalizing on the growing popularity of our brands and Marvel's iconic characters through the creation of a line of products that will ring true with comic book enthusiasts and movie buffs alike."

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Sideshow Toys will distribute a range of Spider-Man 3 figures by Britain's Tonner.

Tonner’s ‘Spider-Man 3′ Character Figure series will feature Spider-Man in his costume and his alter ego, Peter Parker, as well as other key characters such as Mary Jane and Gwen Tracy. Sideshow will begin our Tonner distribution with these figures, plus we will be adding their DC and Harry Potter Character Figures to our website soon! These figures stand approximately 17-inches tall with multiple articulated joints for expressive movement and life-like mobility.

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DVD new releases May 15, 2007

Pan's Labyrinth (New Line Platinum Series)

Frasier - The Ninth Season

The Fountain (Widescreen Edition)

The Rockford Files: Season Four

Home Improvement - The Complete Sixth Season

Wings - The Fourth Season

ER - The Complete Seventh Season

Tex Avery's Droopy - The Complete Theatrical Collection

Coach: The Second Season

Tom and Jerry Tales: Volume 2

CD new releases May 15, 2007

Sky Blue Sky by Wilco

Hey Eugene! by Pink Martini

Release the Stars by Rufus Wainwright

The Future Is Unwritten by Joe Strummer

Shrunken Heads by Ian Hunter

Betty Davis by Betty Davis

The Sandinista! Project by Various Artists

Live from Austin Texas by Guided by Voices

A World Bewitched by The Fall

Patchwork/Fancy by Bobbie Gentry

Listen! My Friends by Moby Grape

Live from Austin Texas by Guided by Voices

They Say I'm Different by Betty Davis

The Soft Machine by Soft Machine

Today's video: Duane Eddy performs "40 Miles of Bad Road"

...on an elephant!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Pop Artifact! Legion of Superheroes poster

Pop Culture Roundup May 14, 2007

NBC has announced details on a couple of new genre shows featured in the networks upcoming fall schedule:

"JOURNEYMAN"-- From Emmy Award-winning writer-producer Kevin Falls ("The West Wing") and Emmy Award-winning director-producer Alex Graves ("The West Wing"), "Journeyman" is a romantic mystery-drama about Dan Vasser (Kevin McKidd, "Rome"), a San Francisco newspaper reporter and family man who inexplicably begins to travel through time and change people's lives. Along the way, he also must deal with the difficulties and strife at work and home brought on by his sudden disappearances. However, his freewheeling travels through the decades reunite him with his long-lost fiance Livia (Moon Bloodgood, "Day Break") -- which complicates his present-day life with wife Katie (Gretchen Egolf, "Martial Law") and their son. Reed Diamond ("Homicide: Life on the Street") and Charles Henry Wyson ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") also star. "Journeyman" is a production of 20th Century Fox Television. Falls is executive producer and writer; Graves is executive producer and director of the pilot.

"CHUCK" - From executive producer, Josh Schwartz ("The O.C.") and executive producer-director McG ("Charlie's Angels," "We Are Marshall") comes a one-hour, comedic spy thriller about Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi, "Less Than Perfect") - a computer geek who is catapulted into a new career as the government's most vital secret agent. When Chuck opens an e-mail subliminally encoded with government secrets, he unwittingly downloads an entire server of sensitive data into his brain. Now, the fate of the world lies in the unlikely hands of a guy who works at Buy More. Instead of fighting computer viruses, he must fight assassins and international terrorists. With the government's most precious secrets in Chuck's head, Major John Casey (Adam Baldwin, "My Bodyguard") of the NSA assumes the responsibility of protecting him. His partner is the CIA's top agent (and Chuck's first date in years) Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strzechowski, "Gone"). They'll keep him safe by trading in his pocket protector for a bulletproof vest. Also starring are Joshua Gomez ("Without a Trace") as Chuck's best buddy Morgan and Sarah Lancaster ("What About Brian?") as Chuck's ever-supportive sister Ellie. Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak wrote "Chuck," which is produced by College Hill Pictures and Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television.

"BIONIC WOMAN" - Struggling as a bartender and surrogate mom to her teenage sister, Jaime Sommers (Michelle Ryan, "EastEnders") didn't think life could get much harder. But when a devastating car accident leaves her at death's door, Jaime's only hope for survival is a cutting-edge, top-secret technology that comes at a hefty price. With a whole new existence and a debt to re-pay, Jaime must figure out how to use her extraordinary abilities for good, while weighing the personal sacrifices she will have to make. Ultimately, it's Jaime's journey of self-discovery and inner strength that will help her embrace her new life as the Bionic Woman. Also starring are: Mae Whitman ("State of Grace") as Becca, Jaime's younger sister; Miguel Ferrer ("Crossing Jordan") as Jonas, the man who employs Jaime's boyfriend; Chris Bowers ("Rescue Me) as Will, Jaime's boyfriend, who performs the operation; Will Yun Lee ("Witchblade") as Jae, the specialized operations leader; and Molly Price ("Third Watch"), as Ruth, Jonas' second-in-command. "Bionic Woman" is produced by NBC Universal Television Studio and executive-produced by David Eick ("Battlestar Galactica"), Glen Morgan ("The X-Files"), Michael Dinner ("Kidnapped") -- who also directed the pilot -- and Jason Smilovic ("Lucky Number Slevin"). Laeta Kalogridis ("Birds of Prey") is also an executive producer on the pilot.

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Another addition to NBC's schedule, a "Heroes" spin-off series.

"Heroes: Origins" will air in "Heroes'" Monday night time slot when that smash hit takes a hiatus. The net has ordered six segs of "Origins," which, combined with "Heroes," makes for 30 hours altogether.

"Heroes: Origins" will center on characters not yet seen on the original show. Peacock has also added an interactive element to the show: Viewers will be asked to pick their favorite character from "Origins," who will then join the cast of the full-blown "Heroes" skein the following year.


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Speaking of which, here are details on tonight's episode of "Heroes."

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Dial B for Burbank counts down the top 10 best villains from The Shadow movie serials.

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Check out Toy Collector Magazine, a free PDF periodical that looks like a lot of fun.

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Just a reminder, Neato Coolville's month-long look at the 30th anniversary of "Stars Wars" continues. Recent entries include looks at the first Marvel Comics' adaptations of the film, "Star Wars" soundtrack LPs and more.

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Today's video: Duane Eddy performs "Rebel Rouser"

Sunday, May 13, 2007

DC Direct Reactivated series 3 action figures


REACTIVATED! SERIES 3:
SUPER FRIENDS ACTION FIGURES

Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base.
Advance-solicited; on sale August 29, 2007 • Action Figures • PI
Superman 6.3"
Wonder Woman 6"
The Flash 6.3 "
Batman 6.3 "

DC Direct Justice League of America series 1 action figures


JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA
SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES

Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base.
Advance-solicited; on sale August 8, 2007 • Action Figures • PI
Superman 6.75"
Black Lightning 6.625"
Black Canary 6.5"
Vixen 6.5"
Red Arrow 6.625"

DC Direct Alex Ross Justice action figures box set

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JUSTICE: ACTION FIGURE BOX SET
Features four of the most popular JUSTICE heroes!
Bases included. Includes the 32 page. comic of JUSTICE #1! From the best-selling JUSTICE series with art by Alex Ross! Packaged in a four-color window box.
Advance-solicited; on sale October 31, 2007 • Box Set • PI
--Batman 7.25"
--Superman 7.25"
--Wonder Woman 7"
--Green Lantern 7"

DC Direct Batman and Son action figures

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BATMAN: BATMAN & SON
Designed by Andy Kubert
Based on the best-selling BATMAN series storyline: BATMAN & SON, art by Andy Kubert, written by Grant Morrison.
Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base.
Advance-solicited; on sale October 17, 2007 • Action Figures •PI
--Batman 6.75"
--The Joker 6.75"
--Robin & Damian 2 pack 3.75" h & 4.75"
--Ninja Manbat 6.75"

DC Direct Superman vs. Doomsday action figures

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SUPERMAN vs. DOOMSDAY ACTION FIGURES
These figures are in 4" scale. Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base.
Advance-solicited; on sale October 3, 2007• Action Figures • PI
--Superman 4.5"
--Doomsday5.25"
--Solar Suit Superman 4.5"
--Lex Luthor & Robot 2 pack 4.25" and 4.3"

DC Direct Superman Last Son Action Figures

SUPERMAN: LAST SON ACTION FIGURES
Designed by Adam Kubert
Based on the best-selling ACTION COMICS storyline “Last Son,” with art by Adam Kubert and written by Richard Donner & Geoff Johns!. Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base.
Advance-solicited; on sale November 14, 2007 • Action Figures •PI
Superman 6.75"
Bizarro 7"
Zod 6.75"
Ursa 6.5"

DC Direct Shazam!/Captain Marvel Action Figures

SHAZAM! ACTION FIGURES

Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base.
Advance-solicited; on sale November 28, 2007 • Action Figures •PI

Shazam! 6.75"
Mary 6.5"
Mary (variant) 6.5"
Jr. 6.5"
Dr. Sivana (with Mr. Mind) 6.5"
Billy Batson & Hoppy (2 pack) 6.15" & 6.25"

DC Direct Wonder Woman action figures series 1

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DC Direct Wonder Woman Series 1 Action Figures
--Wonder Woman
--Agent Diana Prince
--Circe
--Donna Troy as Wonder Woman

DC Direct New Frontier Series 2 Action Figures


NEW FRONTIER SERIES 2 ACTION FIGURES
Designed by Darwyn Cooke
Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base.
BATMAN 6.625”
THE FLASH 6.5”
DR. FATE 6.5”
MARTIAN MANHUNTER 6.5”
Advance-solicited; on sale December 12, 2007 • Action Figures• PI