Friday, October 26, 2007

Pop Artifact! Vintage Halloween card

Pop Culture Roundup Oct. 26, 2007

A 16-CD box set collecting the entire studio works of Pink Floyd is out Dec. 4.

Oh By the Way, due Dec. 4 internationally. For the time being, the limited pressing of 10,000 will only be available as an import in the United States.

The box spans Pink Floyd's 1967 debut, "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn," to its 1994 swan song, "The Division Bell," with a new portrait collage from longtime visual collaborator Storm Thorgerson. Also included is a 20" by 30" poster.

Each album is a reproduction of the original vinyl release, with the "Dark Side of the Moon" cover appearing on CD for the first time since the early 1990s.




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The "Lost" curse strikes again: Daniel Dae Kim, who plays Jin, is the third cast member to be busted for driving under the influence in Hawaii.

In December 2005, the Hawaii Five-O snagged a twofer, busting then Losties Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Watros on separate DUIs on the same highway within 15 minutes of each other. Both pleaded guilty to charges of driving under the influence, with Rodriguez even serving a brief jail stint for the offense. Both actresses met their demise by season's end.

Less than a year later, in September 2006, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was arrested on charges of driving without a license and disobeying an officer.


Best Lost Sites.

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The Milt Caniff estate is selling an exclusive online DVD collecting four episodes of the 1958-59 live-action "Steve Canyon" TV series. Profits from the disk will help fund restoration of the entire series, including all 34 episodes. More info here.

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Manga publisher Tokyopop names its 10 best-selling titles during its first decade of operations.



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The New York Times reviews a new documentary about director David Lynch.

Whether you dig “Lynch,” a feature-length video visit with the director David Lynch, will largely depend on your views of his work and whether you think there’s something instructive and characteristically wonderful and weird about him telling an assistant, “I want a one-legged 16-year-old girl.”



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Dial B for Blog wishes you a Bizarro Halloween.

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Cate Blanchett talks about playing Bob Dylan.

After watching the important Dylan documentaries and studying the press conferences he held during his 1966 tour (the footage supplied by Dylan's manager Jeff Rosen), Blanchett turned the singer into an asexual, creative imp. "He was a creature. You see him jumping around in Don't Look Back [the 1967 documentary] and he's completely androgynous." She was captivated by his defiant, occasionally cruel playfulness, behaving "like a cat with a mouse, with this girl in a French hotel room" and drawing a fake moustache on his own face.



Best Bob Dylan Sites.

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The Museum of Jewish History in Paris is presenting a Superman exhibition.

230 original drawings and printed works by major cartoonists and graphic novelists will be shown. The core of the exhibition will be the artists living and publishing in New York and their influence on European graphic storytelling as far as Jewish Memory is concerned.



Best Superman Sites.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Pop Artifact! Halloween ad

Not sure really what this is for, but I like the graphic.

Pop Culture Roundup Oct. 25, 2007

The London Times interviews Richard Lester, director of the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" and "Help!" The latter is now out as a remastered double DVD.

“If the film holds up,” Lester says of Help!, “it’s probably because silliness doesn’t date.” It was a silliness that, certainly during the filming of Help! in the Bahamas, was assisted by the Beatles’ consumption of vast quantities of the local herb.

“I didn’t demand a standard of professionalism and get stroppy with them,” says Lester. “If they wanted to indulge in certain substances, well, that’s fine.”


Best Beatles Sites.

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Comic book writer/editor Bob Greenburg has details on his upcoming "Essential Batman Encyclopedia."

The book will "...cover the whole history. Excepting comics based on Batman media properties, this should cover Batman's appearances across the DC Universe from 1939 through last month's titles.

I do my best to clearly explain all appearances on the parallel worlds, post-Crisis, post-Infinite Crisis, the new Multiverse, etc. Stuff that seems contradictory (the new Joker origin anyone?) is mentioned but being an encyclopedia, no analysis or judgment is made.


Best Batman Sites.

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Via Journalista!: See rare strips Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson drew in his college days.

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Love and Rockets cartoonist Jaime Hernandez provided this nifty promotional poster for Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour program on XM.



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New and upcoming action figures Oct. 24, 2007


New Teen Titans Action Figures from DC Direct
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

DC Direct New Teen Titans Figures
--Jericho
--Robin
--Deathstroke
--Terra

DC Direct New Gods Figures
--Darkseid
--Lightray
--Mister Miracle
--Orion

DC Direct Matt Wagner Trinity Action Figures
--Superman
--Wonder Woman
--Batman
--Ras Al Ghul

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
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 3 action figures
--Sayid
--Desmond
--Claire
--Ben/Henry

Marvel Legends Action Figures

Hasbro Marvel Legends Fantastic Four Action Figures
--Mr. Fantastic
--Invisible Woman
--The Thing
--Human Torch
--Silver Surfer
--Dr. Doom
--Mole Man
--Sub-Mariner

Hasbro Marvel Legends Spider-Man Action Figures
--Sandman
--Venom
--Spider-Man (black costume)
--New Goblin
--Mary Jane
--Green Goblin
--Dr. Octopus

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 Series 4
--Nova
--Astonishing X-Men Beast
--Black Bolt
--Tigra
--First-appearance Daredevil
--Punisher

Hasbro Marvel Legends Icons 12-inch Action Figures
Series 4
--Cyclops
--Magneto

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

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Pop Artifact! Creepy cat Halloween candy carrier

Pop Culture Roundup Oct. 24, 2007

The Costume Institute of America's (who knew there was such a thing) spring show at New York's Metropolitan of Art will focus on superhero outfits.

'Superheros: Fashion and Fantasy'. The exhibit will include creations from an eclectic mix of designers including Balenciaga, McQueen, Givenchy, Moschino, Gareth Pugh and Nike, to name just a few.

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The first season of the Swamp Thing TV series will be collected in a four-DVD set out Jan. 22 from Shout! Factory. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.

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A few still photos are all that remains from a deleted scene featuring Paul McCartney and British actress Wendy Richards in the Beatles' "Help!"

"I was devastated. But I've met Paul since and it was lovely that he remembered me." Richards went on to star as Miss Brahms in BBC comedy Are You Being Served?

She joined Eastenders in 1985 playing frumpy Pauline Fowler for 22 years.




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Sharity: Hear Christoper Lee read Edgar Allen Poe and "The Exorcist."

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New comics Oct. 24, 2007

See complete lists:
DC Archives
DC Showcase
DC Trade Paperbacks
Marvel Masterworks
Marvel Essentials
Marvel Trade Paperbacks


Click links to order discounted graphic novels from Amazon.

Comics shipping Oct. 24, 2007

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Pop Artifact! "Batman" Halloween mask

Pop Culture Roundup Oct. 23, 2007

Here's a detailed overview of the recent lawsuits filed by family members of Jerry Siegel, co-creator of Superman and Superboy, against Time Warner, owner of DC Comics.

At stake is not just money but, potentially, the very future of the franchise. If the Siegel heirs prevail in winning back their copyrights, the result could be a similar challenge by the heirs of Superman’s co-creator, artist Joe Shuster. And if that challenge were successful, then Time Warner—which is currently developing a follow-up to last year’s film Superman Returns—could eventually find itself out of the Superman business altogether. How big is that business? Only Time Warner knows for sure (and it isn’t saying), but counting the Superman- and Superboy-related movies, TV shows, DVDs, books, comics, and merchandise, the conservative estimate is in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Via Journalista!: See a nice collection of J. Allen St. John illustrations from vintage Tarzan stories.

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London's Sunday Times catches up with former-Kinks frontman Ray Davies, who just released his second solo album.

“I would like to work with him on a creative level again,” Davies says of his brother, who suffered a stroke only months after Davies was shot. “It’s something I really look forward to, as irksome and painful as it can be at times. But it’s the spark that made that unit function in the way it did. I miss that opposition. I’m not saying what I do now is unopposed, or that I don’t do a certain amount of self-criticism, but I do miss that continually having to prove my point.”

DVD new releases Oct. 23, 2007

DVD new releases Oct. 23, 2007

The Sopranos - Season 6, Part 2

The L Word - The Complete Fourth Season

Meet the Robinsons

Veronica Mars - The Complete Third Season

NCIS Naval Criminal Investigative Service - The Fourth Season

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones - Volume One

Hostel - Part II (Unrated Widescreen Edition)

Warner Directors Series - Stanley Kubrick (2001 - A Space Odyssey/ A Clockwork Orange/ The Shining/ Eyes Wide Shut/ Full Metal Jacket/ A Life in Pictures - Documentary)

Route 66 - Season 1, Vol. 1

Breathless - Criterion Collection

2001 - A Space Odyssey (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea - Season 3, Volume 2

A Clockwork Orange (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Tales from the Crypt: The Complete Seventh Season

The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians

The Adventures of Aquaman - The Complete Collection

The Shining (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Eyes Wide Shut (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Fantastic Planet

More upcoming DVDs

CD new releases Oct. 22, 2007

CD new releases Oct. 23, 2007

Raising Sand ~ Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

Electric Jewels by T-Rex

Twin Peaks: All New Season Two Music by Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch

Live At Soundstage by Ringo Starr

Unreleased Works of Startling Genius by Fripp & Eno

Brit Box by Various Artists

More Upcoming CDs

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Pop Artifact! Robin Halloween costume

Pop Culture Roundup Oct. 22, 2007

Deal alert: Amazon is offering 40 percent off the new Bob Dylan documentary/performance film "The Other Side of the Mirror: Live at Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965."

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The fifth Doctor Who, Peter Davison, will meet up with the current incarnation, David Tennant, in a scene from an upcoming BBC "Children in Need" benefit TV special, the BBC reports.

The scene, entitled Time Crash, was written by award winning Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat, and will transmit as part of the Children in Need fundraising evening on Friday 16 November 2007.

"It is an honour for me to be able to make the connection between the Fifth Doctor and the Tenth Doctor," noted Peter Davison. "However, now is not the time for sound-bites. I can feel the hand of history on my shoulder, even if I can't do the buttons up!"




Best Doctor Who Sites.

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The 30-year run of National Lampoon magazine will be released on DVD-Rom Oct. 26. You can order it here.

National Lampoon first published its leading edge humor magazine in April 1970, continuing until 1998. The magazine was known for its skewering and parodies of pop and counter-culture and was read by millions of fans across America. The edgy, irreverent magazine led National Lampoon into all media, with successes in radio, book publishing, live stage, and ultimately feature films. One of the funniest films of all time, “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” was based on a story in the magazine, as was the “National Lampoon’s Vacation” franchise. It was the magazine that started the development of National Lampoon into a household comedy brand.

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Here's a German-language poster for Disney/Pixar's upcoming "Wall.E."



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The reunited (minus the late Viv Stanshall, of course) Bonzo Dog Band has made it's first new album in 35 years, reports Uncut magazine.

Pour L'Amour Des Chiens features 70 minutes worth of new material from Neil Innes and co, 28 tracks - one of which is their own rendition of Kaiser Chiefs' 'I Predict A Riot'.

The album, released on December 10, will also come with a bonus DVD - featuring previously unreleased live performances. Tracks include the classic 'Urban Spaceman' and 'Jollity Farm'.


Along with Innes and other original members Roger Ruskin Spear, Rodney Slater, 'Legs' Larry Smith, Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell, Sam Spoons and Bob Kerr, the album features performances by "new" Bonzos Adrian Edmondson, Phill Jupitus and British actor/writer Stephen Fry.



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