Friday, August 10, 2007

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Pop Culture Roundup Aug. 10, 2007

Filming has begun on Doctor Who's fourth season with Catherine Tate boarding the TARDIS as the Doctor's new companion, Donna Noble. More from the BBC:

The start of the new series will see Donna tracking down the Time Lord during an alien emergency in modern-day London.

The couple are destined to experience a series of wonderful adventures throughout the new series including meeting one of Doctor Who's most popular aliens, The Ood, in a brand new episode, Planet Of The Ood.

Donna and The Doctor – David Tennant – will also be travelling through time for an encounter with the legendary murder mystery novelist, Agatha Christie.

Agatha Christie will be played by Jekyll star Fenella Woolgar and The Good Life actress Felicity Kendal will star as Lady Clemency Eddison.

Blackadder and Notting Hill actor Tim McInnerny will also guest star later in the series.

Doctor Who's executive producer and head writer, Russell T Davies comments: "Visiting Agatha Christie has been on my wish-list for ages now and, for the Doctor, it's a real meeting of minds! Viewers can expect many more ambitious storylines and a whole host of guest stars in 2008."

Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie's grandson, comments: "What a brilliant idea that Agatha Christie and Doctor Who should meet! Two characters whose contribution to British entertainment is absolutely unrivalled.

"As far as I know my grandmother, Agatha Christie, never saw Doctor Who, but I am sure she would have been intrigued, excited and above all flattered by all this attention in 2007."

Catherine Tate said: "I am delighted to be returning to Doctor Who. I had a blast last Christmas and look forward to travelling again through time and space with that nice man from Gallifrey."

Freema Agyeman who has played Martha Jones, The Doctor's companion throughout the critically acclaimed third series, will return to the show to join The Doctor and Donna mid-series.




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"Layer Cake" director Matthew Vaughn is set to direct a big screen Thor movie.

Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend) is scripting the tale, which will bring the Norse god to life as he wields his mighty hammer Mjolnir and travels from his mystical home of Asgard to help the humans of Midgard.

The announcement comes just as Paramount releases Matthew's latest project Stardust, an adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel, starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer.

It marks his second effort at a superhero pic. He was apparently attached to direct X-Men 3 before bowing out for personal reasons.


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Marvel Comics plans a direct-to-DVD animated Hulk movie.

"Hulk Smash"...is slated for release in October of 2008.

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

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Pop Culture Roundup Aug. 9, 2007

In a lengthy interview, Joss Whedon talks about Buffy and Marvel Comics, his ill-fated Wonder Woman script and his in-the-works horror flick "Goners."

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The official Doctor Who site presents some cool season 3 concept art by the show's production artists.

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Robyn Hitchcock has a retrospective box set in the works.

I Wanna Go Backwards will include two disks of B-sides, demos and alternate takes along with Hitchcock's 1981 debut, Black Snake Diamond Role, 1984's I Often Dream of Trains and 1990's Eye--all with bonus tracks. It'll be out Oct. 16.

In 2008, a second box, tentatively dubbed Bad Case of History, will sport the three albums Hitchcock recorded with his band the Egyptians plus another odds-and-sods collection, "Dynasty."

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Check out a stunning collection of World War II propaganda posters.

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The Deseret News doesn't like Sci Fi's new "Flash Gordon" series, which premiers Friday night.

The first time I tried to watch the 90-minute pilot of "Flash Gordon" I fell asleep. The second time, it was all I could do to keep my eyes open.

And I like science fiction shows. I was sort of looking forward to this one.


While Inside Bay Area thinks it's worth giving a chance:

Flash Gordon" is a hoot and a half, especially after Friday night's choppy 90-minute pilot. As we all know, pilots are the place where all the ingredients get tossed in the pot and something coherent sort of springs forth.

But after we get through the initial introductions, "Flash Gordon" turns into a tasty little treat. The action takes place on both the planet Mongo and Earth, with people and aliens shifting back and forth between the two. Later episodes will take place on other planets as well.

October 2007 comics solicitations

Along with upcoming items from DC and Marvel Comics, here's some stuff to look out for in your comics shop come October. Click links to pre-order items from Amazon.

COMPLETE PEANUTS 1963-1964 HC
by Charles M. Schulz In this volume of the bestselling Complete Peanuts series, Charles Schulz introduces one (in fact, three) of the quirkiest characters to the Peanuts universe, the numerically-monikered 95472 siblings. They didn't stay around very long but offered some choice bits of satirical nonsense while they did. As it happens, this volume is particularly rich in never-before-reprinted strips: over 150 (more than one fifth of the book!) have never seen the light of day since their original appearance over 40 years ago, so this will be a trove of undiscovered treasures even for avid Peanuts collectors. Introduced by Bill Melendez, animator of all the Peanuts TV specials starting all the way back with A Charlie Brown Christmas!

HANK KETCHAMS COMPLETE DENNIS THE MENACE 1957-1958 HC
by Hank Ketcham No one captured the mischievousness, rambunctiousness, and anarchy of a kid's world better than cartoonist Hank Ketcham with Dennis the Menace. The strip appeals to both parents and children - while parents shake their head ruefully at how accurately Ketcham caught the essence of children's natural zest for mayhem, children identify with Dennis and the chaos that he leaves in his wake. Ketcham's gags are funny, subtle and touching, and executed with a vivacious exquisite line. Ketcham's legendary pen and ink work achieves its full flowering in this volume, as do the various situations and themes that Ketcham would return to again and again. This fourth volume of Hank Ketcham's The Complete Dennis the Menace publishes every single panel strip from 1957 and 1958 in one handsome and thick hardcover volume.

POPEYE VOL 2 WELL BLOW ME DOWN HC
by E.C. Segar This second volume of the acclaimed hit series collecting the entirety of E.C. Segar's original Popeye (a.k.a. Thimble Theatre) comic strips begins with a foreword by Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker, and continues with an introduction by noted film and cartooning critic Donald Phelps. This second volume features work from 1930 to 1932, and most notably includes the debut of Segar's second greatest character: J. Wellington Wimpy, which stands as a one-of-a-kind icon some 70 years after his creation - the most likeable lowdown cad ever to grace the comics page. Popeye Volume 2 includes the stories: "Clint Gore" (continued from the cliffhanger last volume); "A One-Way Bank," in which Popeye opens a bank that allows withdrawals but no deposits; a long war story featuring King Blozo that begins with "The Great Rough-House War"; and "Skullyville," which wraps up the daily strips for this volume.

EC ARCHIVES VAULT OF HORROR VOLUME 1 HC
by Various Legendary publisher Bill Gaines provided the forum and creators like Al Feldstein, Johnny Craig, Wally Wood, Harry Harrison, Jack Kamen, Harvey Kurtzman, Graham Ingels, and Jack Davis provided the mayhem. Six full issues and 24 complete stories are collected in this full-color, deluxe volume. Foreword by perennial N.Y. Times best-selling author R.L. Stine.

UNCLE SCROOGE ADVENTURES LAND PYGMY INDIANS WAR OF WENDIGO TP
by Carl Barks & Don Rosa It's the first in a new series of Gemstone trade paperbacks - pairing Carl Barks' Scrooge classics with Don Rosa's modern-day sequels! This time "Land of the Pygmy Indians" is teamed with its follow-up, "War of the Wendigo!" When Scrooge grows sick of the big city's rumble, his back-to-nature journey takes him to the Peeweegah - Native Americans whose traditions haven't changed in a thousand years, and whom he must defend from modernity's encroaching grasp!

WALT DISNEYS CHRISTMAS PARADE #5
by Barks, Block, Korhonen & Scarpa It's Gemstone's latest 80-page Disney annual! In Carl Barks' "Thrifty Spendthrift," a hypnotized Uncle Scrooge reenacts the "Twelve Days of Christmas" song in real life! Then Pat and Shelly Block plunge Donald into a "Cookery Countdown," and Italian maestro Romano Scarpa brings us Mickey, Goofy and the Ducks in "Memoirs of an Invisible Santa." Finally Scrooge returns to top off the book with Kari Korhonen's "Mr. Clerkly's Christmas!"

BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2007
by Various The latest volume in Houghton-Mifflin's ground-breaking series! Guest editor Christ Ware and series editor Anne Elizabeth Moore have sought out the best stories to create this cutting-edge collection. With contributors such as Lynda Barry, R. Crumb, Gilbert Hernandez, and Art Spiegelman, no reader will want to be without.

COMPLETE DICK TRACY VOL 3 HC
Presenting the third volume of IDW Publishing's deluxe hardcover collection of Chester Gould's timeless comic strip, Dick Tracy. Volume Three once again contains over 500 comic strips from the series' early years, this time covering material that originally ran from January 1935 through June 1936. This special volume features an introduction from Consulting Editor and longtime Tracy writer Max Allan Collins. Each volume features book design from award-winning designer/artist Ashley Wood.

DOCTOR WHO ENCYCLOPEDIA HC
by Gary Russell Covering both Christopher Eccelston and David Tennant's Doctors and packed with never-before-seen photos, concept drawings, and special effects artwork, the Doctor Who Encylopedia is the perfect companion for anyone wishing to know more about the Doctor, the Tardis, his friends and enemies, and the worlds through which he travels.

DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOL 11The pulp era's greatest superman battles evil in two exciting 1936 thrillers by Laurence Donovan and Lester Dent writing as "Kenneth Robeson." First, the Man of Bronze battles Var, a faceless fiend whose sinister pronouncements threaten destruction through the eerie "Cold Death!" Then, Doc Savage becomes embroiled in a desperate race to Antarctica to block "The South Pole Terror!" This collector's item pulp reprint showcases the classic color pulp cover by Walter Baumhofer, original interior illustrations by Paul Orban and historical articles by Will Murray, author of seven Bantam Doc Savage novels.

SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOL 12
The Dark Avenger explores the worlds of magic and mystery in two of Walter Gibson's most intriguing thrillers. The Shadow is buried alive when he battles Hindu thuggees of an ancient cult as he searches for the strange secrets of the "Serpents of Siva." Plus, writer/magician Walter Gibson reveals yogi secrets and the levitation illusion. Then, Lamont Cranston visits a magic convention to investigate "The Magigals Mystery," featuring Walter Gibson's only pulp cameo! This classic pulp collection also features George Rozen's incredible pulp covers, all the original interior art by illustrators Edd Cartier and Paul Orban, and historical articles on Walter Gibson's magical world by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin.

New and upcoming action figures Aug. 9, 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

DC Armory Action Figures
--Aquaman
--Batman
--Flamebird
--Nightwing

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

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

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

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

DC Direct New Frontier Series 2 Action Figures
--Batman
--Dr. Fate
--The Flash
--Martian Manhunter

Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer action figures
Battle Stretch Mr. Fantastic
Fire Blast Human Torch
Raging Thing
Force Field Invisible Woman
Silver Surfer
Lightning Attack Dr. Doom
Blast-off Human Torch
Super Strength Thing

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
--Sawyer
--Jin
--Sun
--Mr. Eko

McFarlane Lost series 3 action figures
--Sayid
--Desmond
--Claire
--Ben/Henry

Marvel Legends Action Figures

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

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

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Pop Culture Roundup Aug. 8, 2007

Back in the 60s, illegal "pirate" radio was the best place to hear the hippest music in the UK. Now, some of the best-known DJs from that time are broadcasing again--legally. According to the BBC:

Johnnie Walker of BBC Radio 2, Emperor Rosko – who is flying over from Los Angeles to take part – Norman St John and John Kerr, both coming over from Australia, are just four of the DJs.

They will be boarding the LV18, a former lightship moored half-a-mile off Harwich, for six days of music and chat, with the emphasis firmly on Sixties music.

Programmes start on Thursday 9 August 2007 and continue 24-hours a day until 3pm on Tuesday 14 August – 40 years to the day and time that nearly all the original pirate stations went off air, scuppered by the Marine Offences Act.

As well as by tuning in to Pirate BBC Essex on 729, 765 and 1530 MW, the shows can also be heard via the website, bbc.co.uk/essex.


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Another attempt is underway to bring Jonny Quest to the big screen.

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Anton Yelchin ("Alpha Dog") is in negotiations to play Chekov in director J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Trek film.

Casting is under way in New York and London for Kirk, Bones, Uhura, Sulu, Scotty, the film's villain and the Federation captain. Abrams is expected to sign bigger-name actors for the latter two parts.

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Carla Gugino is joining the cast of "Watchmen." She'll play the original Silk Spectre, part of the Minutemen, a group of heroes who preceded the Watchmen.

She joins Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Malin Akerman in the Warner Bros. movie, which is set in an alternate America that has passed a law banning costumed crime fighters. When one is murdered, the remaining members set out to solve the mystery.

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Shadows' guitarist Hank Marvin tells how Paul McCartney nearly gave "Here, There and Everywhere" away.

...at least Marvin has finally recorded an instrumental version as McCartney originally envisaged it. It's one of 15 tracks on his new album, Guitar Man - which includes the old Bread classic as the title track, George Harrison's While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Sting's Fields of Gold, James Blunt's You're Beautiful and Summer House, a new song co-written by his son Ben.

Book: The DC Comics Action Figure Archive

Out Dec. 27, this 208-page tome by Scott Beatty traces the history of DC-based action figures with lots of pictures.

The book is listed at $40, but is available for pre-order now from Amazon for $26.40.

For the legions that collect the immensely popular DC Comics action figures, we have good news: the official visual compendium of more than 1,400 characters has finally arrived. The DC Comics Action Figure Archive is the definitive reference for the serious enthusiast. Assembled by lead collector Scott Beatty and the experts at DC Comics, this sturdy hardcover features more than 600 full-color photographs and an easily navigable A-to-Z structure. Here, too, are previously impossible-to-find release dates, variants and "redecoes," as well as detailed information on action figure scales and articulation points. From Ace the Bat-Hound to Zauriel, with lots of Batman and Superman in-between, this collector's must-have guide doesn't miss a beat.

Next batch of Doctor Who books detailed

The BBC provides details on the next batch of Doctor Who novels, all due out early next year. Click the links to pre-order any of the titles from Amazon.


The Pirate Loop
by Simon Guerrier

The Doctor's been everywhere and everywhen in the whole of the universe and seems to know all the answers. But ask him what happened to the Starship Brilliant and he hasn't the first idea. Did it fall into a sun or black hole? Was it shot down in the first moments of the galactic war? And what's this about a secret experimental drive?

The Doctor is skittish. But if Martha is so keen to find out he'll land the TARDIS on the Brilliant, a few days before it vanishes. Then they can see for themselves...

Soon the Doctor learns the awful truth. And Martha learns that you need to be careful what you wish for. She certainly wasn't hoping for mayhem, death, and badger-faced space pirates.


Wishing Well
by Trevor Baxendale

The old village well is just a curiosity - something to attract tourists intrigued by stories of lost treasure, or visitors just making a wish. Unless something alien and terrifying could be lurking inside the well. Something utterly monstrous that causes nothing but death and destruction.

But who knows the real truth about the well? Who wishes to unleash the hideous force it contains? What terrible consequences will follow the search for a legendary treasure hidden at the bottom?

No one wants to believe the Doctor's warnings about the deadly horror lying in wait - but soon they'll wish they had...


Peacemaker
by James Swallow

The peace and quiet of a remote homestead in the 1880s American West is shattered by the arrival of two shadowy outriders searching for 'the healer'. When the farmer refuses to help them, they raze the house to the ground using guns that shoot bolts of energy instead of bullets...

In the town of Redwater, the Doctor and Martha learn of a snake-oil salesman who's patent medicines actually cure his patient. But when the Doctor and Martha investigate they discover the truth is stranger, and far more dangerous.

Caught between the law of the gun and the deadly plans of intergalactic mercenaries, the Doctor and Martha are about to discover just how wild the West can become...

DVD: Looney Tunes: Golden Collection 5

The fifth DVD collection of vintage Warner Bros. cartoons includes 60 remastered, uncut shorts on four DVDs. It's out Oct. 30 and is available for pre-order now from Amazon.

Here's the lineup:

Disc One: Bugs and Daffy

1. 14-Carrot Rabbit
2. Ali Baba Bunny (with Commentary Track by Filmmaker Greg Ford & Music Only Track)
3. Buccaneer Bunny
4. Bugs' Bonnets
5. A Star is Bored
6. A Pest in the House (with Commentary Track by Writer Paul Dini)
7. Transylvania 6-5000 (with Commentary Track by Historian Jerry Beck)
8. Oily Hare
9. Stupor Duck (with Music Only Track)
10. The Stupor Salesman
11. The Abominable Snow Rabbit (with Music and Effects Track)
12. The Super Snooper (with Music and Effects Track)
13. The Upstanding Sitter
14. Hollywood Daffy
15. You Were Never Duckier (with Commentary Track by Director Eric Goldberg)

Special Features Include:
1. Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens, a Life in Animation Part 1 (Estamated time: 45 minutes)
2. Featurettes: The Bugs Bunny Show
a. Bad Time Story Bridging Sequences (Estimated time: 8:26)
b. What's Up Dog? Audio Recording Sessions (Estimated time: 3:00)

Disc Two: Fairy Tales

1. Bewitched Bunny (with Commentary Track by Director Eric Goldberg & Music and Effects Track)
2. Paying the Piper
3. The Bear's Tale
4. Foney Fables
5. Goldimouse and the Three Cats (with Music Only Track)
6. Holiday for Shoestrings (with Commentary Track by Historian Daniel Goldmark)
7. Little Red Rodent Hood
8. Little Red Walking Hood (with Commentary Track by Animator Mark Kausler)
9. Red Riding Hoodwinked (with Commentary Track by Filmmaker Greg Ford & Music Only Track)
10. The Trial of Mr. Wolf
11. The Turn-Table Wolf (with Music and Effects Track)
12. Tom Thumb in Trouble (with Commentary Track by Historian Jerry Beck)
13. Tweety and the Beanstalk (with Music Only Track)
14. A Gander and a Mother Goose
15. Senorella and the Glass Huarache

Special Features Include:
1. Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens, A Life in Animation, Part Two (Estimated Time: 45:00)
2. Behind the Tunes
a. Once Upon a Tune (Estimated Time: 8:27)
b. Drawn to Life: The Art of Robert McKimson (Estimated Time: 15:00)
3. A Chuck Jones Tutorial: Tricks of the Cartoon (Estimated Time: 13:21)
4. Bonus Cartoons
SNAFU
a. Coming!! [1943] (Estimated Time: 3:00)
b. Gripes [1943] (Estimated Time: 3:00)
c. Gas [1944] (Estimated Time: 4:00)
Hook
a. Take Heed Mr. Tojo [1943] (Estimated Time: 3:00)
b. The Good Egg [1945] (Estimated Time: 3:00)
c. The Return of Mr. Hook [1945] (Estimated Time: 2:00)
d. Tokyo Woes [1945] (Estimated Time: 4:00)

Disc Three: The Best of Bob Clampett

1. Bacall to Arms (with Commentary Track by Historian Jerry Beck)
2. Buckaroo Bugs (with Commentary Track by Historian Michael Barrier and Commentary Track by Director John Kricfalusi, Director Eddie Fitzgerald and Cartoonist Kali Fonecchino)
3. Crazy Cruise
4. Farm Frolics (with Commentary Track by Actor Keith Scott)
5. Hare Ribbin'
6. Patient Porky
7. Prehistoric Porky
8. The Bashful Buzzard (with Commentary Track by Writer Paul Dini)
9. The Old Grey Hare (with Commentary Track by Filmmaker Greg Ford)
10. The Wacky Wabbit (with Commentary Track by Director Eric Goldberg)
11. The Wise Quacking Duck
12. Wagon Heels
13. The Daffy Doc (with Commentary Track by Animator Mark Kausler)
14. A Tale of Two Kitties (with Commentary Track by Historian Michael Barrier)
15. Porky's Pooch

Special Features Include:
1. Behind the Tunes
a. Wacky Warner One-Shots (Estimated Time: 8:40)
b. Real American Zero: The Adventures of Private SNAFU (Estimated Time: 8:45)
2. From the Vaults
a. Hare Ribbin' Director's Cut (Estimated Time: 8:00)
b. The Bashful Buzzard Storyboard Reel (with Bashful Buzzard Orignial Opening Music Cue) (Estimated Time: 8:00)
3. Alternate Milt Franklin Opening Themes (with Introduction by Greg Ford)(Estimated Time: 5:00)

Disc Four: "The Early Daze"

1. Alpin Antics
2. Eatin' on the Cuff or the Moth Who Came to Dinner (with Commentary Trac by Historian Jerry Beck)
3. Milk and Money
4. I've Got to Sing a Torch Song
5. Porky at the Crocadero (with Commentary Track by Historian Daniel Goldmark)
6. Polar Pals
7. Scrap Happy Daffy
8. Porky's Double Trouble
9. Golddigers of '49
10. Pilgrim Porky
11. Wise Quacks
12. Porky's Review (with Commentary Track by Fimmaker Greg Ford)
13. Porky's Poppa
14. Wholly Smoke (with Commentary Track by Historian Daniel Goldmark)
15. What Price Porky

Special Features Include:
1. Unsung Maestros: A Directors Tribute (Estimated Time: 15:00)
2. The Looney Tunes Television Specials
a. Bugs and Daff's Carnival of the Animals [1976 TV Special] (Estimated Time: 24:23)
b. Bugs Bunney's Looney Christmas Tales (1979 TV Special] (Estimated Time: 24:13)
c. Bugs Bunny's Bustin' Out All Over [1980 TV Special (Estimated Time: 23:46)

DVD: The Lost World Special Edition

Out Sept. 11, this DVD includes Irwin Allen's 1960 adaptation of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tale along with the 1925 silent movie version. It's available for pre-order now from Amazon.

The 1960 film stars Claude Rains as the scientist who discovers an untouched land of dinosaurs and other assorted beasties. Michael Rennie, Jill St. John, David Hedison, and Fernando Lamas co-star.

DVD: Super Powers Team: Glactic Guardians

Out Oct. 23, this double disk collects the complete run of the final "Super Friends" animated TV series. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.

The 1985-86 show featured then new heroes such as Cyborg and Firestorm joining bigshots like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman to battle the likes of Scarecrow, Darkseid, Lex Luthor and others. Voice actors included Adam West and Casey Kasem returning to do Batman and Robin.

DVD: Best of the Johnny Cash Show

This double disk set, out Sept. 18, collects 64 live music performances from the Man in Black's 1968-71 TV series. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.

Here's the star-studded lineup:

01 Johnny Cash: "Ring of Fire"
02 Bob Dylan: "I Threw It All Away"
03 Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan: "Girl From the North Country"
04 Kris Kristofferson: "Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)"
05 Louis Armstrong and Johnny Cash: "Blue Yodel #9"
06 Stevie Wonder: "Heaven Help Us All"
07 Creedence Clearwater Revival: "Bad Moon Rising"
08 Linda Ronstadt and Johnny Cash: "I Will Never Marry"
09 George Jones and Johnny Cash: "White Lightning"
10 George Jones: "Medley: She Thinks I Still Care / The Love Bug / The Race Is On"
11 Johnny Cash: "Hey Porter"
12 Waylon Jennings: "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line"
13 Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash: "The Singing Star's Queen"
14 Waylon Jennings: "Brown Eyed Handsome Man"
15 Tammy Wynette: "Stand by Your Man"
16 Marty Robbins: "Medley: Big Iron / Running Gun / El Paso"
17 Johnny Cash: "Ride This Train"
18 Johnny Cash: "As Long as the Grass Shall Grow"
19 Johnny Cash: "Man in Black"
20 James Taylor: "Sweet Baby James"
21 Pete Seeger: "Cripple Creek"
22 Pete Seeger and Johnny Cash: "Worried Man Blues"
23 Johnny Cash: "Sunday Morning Coming Down"
24 Johnny Cash: "Old Time Religion"
25 Johnny Cash: "A Wonderful Time Up There"
26 Johnny Cash, the Carter Family, the Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins, and the Tennessee Three: "Daddy Sang Bass"
27 Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters: "Wildwood Flower"
28 Neil Young: "The Needle and the Damage Done"
29 Johnny Cash: "Tennessee Flat Top Box"
30 Joni Mitchell and Johnny Cash: "Long Black Veil"
31 Johnny Cash: "Big River"
32 Johnny Cash: "I Walk the Line"
33 June Carter Cash: "A Good Man"
34 Derek and the Dominoes: "It's Too Late"
35 Derek and the Dominoes With Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins: "Matchbox"
36 Charley Pride: "Able Bodied Man"
37 Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys: "Blue Moon of Kentucky"
38 Loretta Lynn: "I Know How"
39 Jerry Lee Lewis: "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"
40 Johnny Cash: "Ride This Train (America the Beautiful, This Land Is Your Land)"
41 The Everly Brothers With Ike Everly and Johnny Cash: "Silver Haired Daddy of Mine"
42 Ray Charles: "Ring of Fire"
43 Johnny Cash: "A Boy Named Sue"
44 Conway Twitty: "Hello Darlin'"
45 Mother Maybelle Carter: "Black Mountain Rag"
46 Neil Diamond: "Cracklin' Rosie"
47 Ray Price: "For the Good Times"
48 Roy Orbison: "Crying"
49 Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash: "Oh, Pretty Woman"
50 Johnny Cash: "Wanted Man"
51 Chet Atkins: "Medley: Country Gentleman / Mister Sandman / Wildwood Flower / Freight Train"
52 June Carter Cash With Homer and Jethro: "Baby It's Cold Outside"
53 Merle Haggard: "No Hard Time Blues"
54 Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash: "Sing Me Back Home"
55 Carl Perkins: "Blue Suede Shoes"
56 Johnny Cash, the Carter Family and Carl Perkins: "The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago"
57 The Statler Brothers: "Flowers on the Wall"
58 Roy Clark: "Medley: In the Summertime / 12th Street Rag"
59 Johnny Cash: "Working Man Blues"
60 Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash: "Jackson"
61 Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash: "Turn Around"
62 Johnny Cash: "I Love You Because"
63 Hank Williams, Jr.: "Medley: You Win Again / Cold Cold Heart / I Can't Help It If I'm Still in Love With You / Half As Much"
64 Johnny Cash: "Folsom Prison Blues"

New comics Aug. 8, 2007

Click links to order discounted graphic novels from Amazon.

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


Comics shipping Aug. 8, 2007

DARK HORSE COMICS

JUN070015 BPRD KILLING GROUND #1 (OF 5) $2.99
STAR20336 HELLSING VOL 1 TP $13.95
AUG040042 HELLSING VOL 5 TP $13.95
AUG060055 OH MY GODDESS VOL 25 RTL TP $10.95
JUN070054 STAR WARS LEGACY #15 $2.99
JUN070055 STAR WARS REBELLION #9 $2.99

DC COMICS

MAY070211 ALAN MOORE THE COMPLETE WILDCATS TP $29.99
MAY070201 APOTHECARIUS ARGENTUM VOL 2 $9.99
JUN058058 ASTRO CITY CONFESSION TP $19.99
APR070162 BATMAN #667 $2.99
JUN070168 BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #8 $2.99
MAR058151 BATMAN DARK VICTORY TP $19.99
JUN070224 BATMAN STRIKES #36 $2.25
OCT060163 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC $14.99
JUN070156 BLACK ADAM THE DARK AGE #1 (OF 6) $2.99
JUN070157 BLACK ADAM THE DARK AGE VAR ED #1 (OF 6) $2.99
JUN070228 CARTOON NETWORK ACTION PACK #16 $2.25
JUN070142 COUNTDOWN 38 $2.99
MAY070202 DEVIL DOES EXIST VOL 11 $9.99
JUN070246 GEN 13 #11 $2.99
JUN078029 GLOBAL FREQUENCY DETONATION RADIO TP $14.99
JUN070191 GREEN ARROW YEAR ONE #3 (OF 6) $2.99
JUN070195 GREEN LANTERN #22 $2.99
JUN078026 GREEN LANTERN 2ND PTG #21 $2.99
JUN078027 GREEN LANTERN CORPS 2ND PTG #14 $2.99
JUN070204 JLA CLASSIFIED #41 $2.99
MAY070204 MUSASHI #9 VOL 12 $9.99
JUN070160 OUTSIDERS FIVE OF A KIND WEEK 2 KATANA SHAZAM $2.99
MAY070180 SHOWCASE PRESENTS ADAM STRANGE VOL 1 TP $16.99
JUN070245 STORMWATCH PHD #10 $2.99
MAY070150 SUPERMAN CHRONICLES VOL 3 TP $14.99
MAY070207 TENJHO TENGE VOL 15 $9.99

IMAGE COMICS

JUN071949 CONSUMED #2 (OF 4) $2.99
JUN071948 GHOSTING #1 (OF 4) $2.99
JUN071888 GLISTER #1 $5.99
FEB071893 INVINCIBLE VOL 3 ULTIMATE COLL HC $34.99
MAY071909 KISS 4K #3 $2.99
JUN071939 RIPCLAW PILOT SEASON #1 $2.99

MARVEL COMICS

JUN072133 AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL #11 $2.99
JUN072138 ANNIHILATION CONQUEST WRAITH #2 (OF 4) $2.99
JUN072141 AVENGERS CLASSIC #3 $2.99
JUN072152 BLADE #12 $2.99
JUN072121 CIVIL WAR CHRONICLES #2 $4.99
MAY072111 DAREDEVIL #99 $2.99
MAY078224 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BORN 2ND PTG ROMITA JR VAR #3 (OF 7) $3.99
MAY078223 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BORN 3RD PTG LEE VAR #2 (OF 7)(PP #774 $3.99
MAY078222 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BORN 3RD PTG LEE WRAPAROUND VAR #1 (OF $3.99
JUN072236 ESSENTIAL DAZZLER VOL 1 TP $16.99
JUN072194 EXILES #97 $2.99
JUN072147 FANTASTIC FIVE #3 (OF 5) $2.99
JUN072146 GHOST RIDER #14 $2.99
JUN072227 GHOST RIDER VOL 2 LIFE & DEATH OF JOHNNY BLAZE TP $13.99
JUN072204 HEDGE KNIGHT 2 SWORN SWORD #3 (OF 6) $2.99
JUN072158 INCREDIBLE HULK #109 WWH $2.99
JUN072218 MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR VOL 6 DIGEST TP $6.99
JUN072123 MARVEL ILLUSTRATED MAN IN THE IRON MASK #2 (OF 6) $2.99
JUN072174 NEW AVENGERS #33 $2.99
JUN072175 NEW AVENGERS TRANSFORMERS #2 (OF 4) $2.99
JUN072195 NEW EXCALIBUR #22 $2.99
JUN072139 NOVA #5 $2.99
JUN072178 OMEGA FLIGHT #5 (OF 5) CWI $2.99
JUN072180 PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #10 CWI $2.99
MAY078119 SPIDER-MAN FEATURING THE SILVER SURFER MAGAZINE (PP #774) $5.99
JUN072128 ULTIMATE X-MEN #85 $2.99
JUN072238 WOLVERINE ORIGINS #16 MCGUINNESS POSTER $6.99
JUN072232 WOMEN OF MARVEL VOL 2 TP $24.99
JUN072160 WORLD WAR HULK FRONT LINE #3 (OF 6) $2.99
JUN072189 X-FACTOR #22 $2.99
MAY078278 X-MEN BACHALO 2ND PTG BACHALO VAR #200 (PP #774) $3.99

COMICS

DEC042789 AMAZING AGENT LUNA VOL 1 GN $10.99
JUN073573 ARCHAIC #8 (NOTE PRICE) $3.50
JUN073388 ARMY OF DARKNESS FROM ASHES #1 $3.50
JUN073390 ARMY OF DARKNESS FROM ASHES NEGATIVE CVR #1 $3.50
JUN073389 ARMY OF DARKNESS FROM ASHES VIRGIN CVR #1 $3.50
JAN073521 BATTLESTAR GALACTICA VOL 1 PX ED TP $14.99
JAN073520 BATTLESTAR GALACTICA VOL 1 REG ED TP $14.99
FEB073135 BIOWULF PKT MANGA TP $14.95
JUN073952 INDIA AUTHENTIC UMA #4 $2.99
JUN073185 NEON GENESIS EVANGELION ANGELIC DAYS VOL 6 TP $9.99
MAY073626 PHANTOM CVR A #18 $3.50
MAY073627 PHANTOM CVR B #18 $4.50
MAY073166 PIRATES VS NINJAS POCKET MANGA VOL 1 (NOV068439) $14.95
MAY073330 RED SONJA #25 $2.99
MAY073331 RED SONJA ADAMS NEGATIVE CVR #25 $2.99
MAY073332 RED SONJA BLOOD RED PX FOIL CVR #25 PI
MAR073750 STREET FIGHTER ALPHA VOL 2 GN (OF 2) $12.95
MAY073479 UNCLE SCROOGE #368 $7.99
STAR19711 VOGELEIN CLOCKWORK FAERIE TP $12.95
MAY073475 VOGELEIN OLD GHOSTS GN $12.95
MAY073480 WALT DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES #683 $7.99

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JUN074124 A CRUEL WIND A CHRONICLE OF THE DREAD EMPIRE SC $16.95
APR074019 JOHN ROMITA AND ALL THAT JAZZ HC $44.95
MAY063443 KRYPTON COMPANION SC $24.95
JUN074132 MAJESTRUM A TALE OF HENGHIS HAPTHORN $14.95
MAY073146 MANY FACES OF JOHNNY THE HOMICIDAL MANIAC POSTER $7.95
JUL043561 UNSHELVED VOL 1 TP $14.95
MAY078332 UNSHELVED VOL 5 READ RESPONSIBLY TP $17.95

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

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Pop Culture Roundup Aug. 7, 2007

Songwriter Lee Hazelwood, who penned "These Boots are Made for Walking" and recorded a number of duets with Nancy Sinatra, has died.

He is widely cited as a primary inspiration for today's neo-psychedelic and baroque-pop movements. In the late 1990s, he was embraced by such alternative rock figures as Nick Cave and Sonic Youth, whose drummer Steve Shelley reissued some of his albums on CD. A 2002 tribute album, "Total Lee! The Songs of Lee Hazlewood," features such underground artists as Tindersticks, Lambchop, Calexico, Johnny Dowd and Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley.

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Here's a teaser for DC Comics' straight-to-DVD animated adaptation of Darwyn Cooke's "New Frontier" mini-series.



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Booksteve remembers "The Magic Christian" in its book, movie and soundtrack incarnations.

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Hear a preview from Brian Wilson's new song cycle That Lucky Old Sun.

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The Daily Mail interviews Pattie Boyd about her new book, which details her relationships with George Harrison and Eric Clapton.

DVD new releases Aug. 7, 2007

Rome - The Complete Second Season

The Simpsons - The Complete Tenth Season (Collectible Bart Head Pack)

The Muppet Show - Season Two

The Dresden Files - The Complete First Season

The Simpsons - The Complete Tenth Season

Full House - The Complete Seventh Season

Flash Gordon (Saviour Of The Universe Edition) (1980)

Elvis - The Hollywood Collection (Charro / Girl Happy / Kissin' Cousins / Live a Little, Love a Little / Stay Away, Joe / Tickle Me)

Roseanne - Season Eight

This Is Elvis (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Myrna Loy and William Powell Collection (Manhattan Melodrama / Evelyn Prentice / Double Wedding / I Love You Again / Love Crazy)

Daniel Boone: Season 5

The Hills - The Complete Second Season

That Girl: Season Three

Super Friends - The Legendary Super Powers Show - The Complete Series

My Hero - Season Two

Brigitte Bardot Collection (Naughty Girl / Love on a Pillow / The Vixen / Come Dance with Me / Two Weeks in September)

New CD releases Aug. 7, 2007

CD new releases Aug. 7, 2007

Elvis - That's the Way It Is (Two-Disc Special Edition) ~ Elvis Presley

In Concert November 1975 by Richard & Linda Thompson

Individually & Collectively/Living Together, Growing Together by The 5th Dimension

Soul & Inspiration by The 5th Dimension

A Portrait/Love's Lines, Angles and Rhymes by The 5th Dimension

Live! by The 5th Dimension

The Magic Garden/Up, Up and Away by The 5th Dimension

Stoned Soul Picnic/The Age of Aquarius by The 5th Dimension

Gentleman Ruffin by David Ruffin

So Soon We Change by David Ruffin

Frankenstein vs. The Creature from Blood Cove by Original Soundtrack

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