Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Pop Artifact! Spider-Man Colorforms set



Pop Culture Roundup Nov. 7, 2007

TV Guide sports four "Heroes"-themed covers by different comics artists this week. Here they are:

Jim Lee


Phil Jimenez


Michael Turner


Tim Sale


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Sharity: Old Sherlock Holmes radio shows.

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Variety takes a look at the soundtrack for "I'm Not Here," the odd Bob Dylan bio-pic featuring various different actors and actresses, including Cate Blanchett, playing the Bard.

There's one Dylan outtake on the soundtrack CD, plus covers by various artists, including Sonic Youth, Cat Power, Mason Jennings, Eddie Vedder and Jeff Tweedy.

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Do you look weird? You could be an extra in the new "Star Trek" film!

The invitation to the casting session said: "This is an epic project and we are looking for the most intriguing and interesting faces to integrate in this film."

Some of the facial features the studio is looking for include:

--extremely large heads and foreheads
--wide or close-set eyes
--over or undersized ears and/or nose
--facial deformities
--pronounced cheekbones
--ultra perfect or ultra plain-looking people

"Everyone must be thin, athletic, fit; wardrobe will be form-fitting. All hair lengths on males and females welcome," the casting invitation added.


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Cool Toy Review has the skinny on upcoming Marvel Legends action figures from Hasbro. The lineup includes:

--Adam Warlock
--Silver Savage
--Spiral
--U.S. Agent
--Union Jack
--Black Suit Spider-Man

And, this part hasn't been confirmed, Blastaar build-a-figure.

No pics yet.

New comics Nov. 7, 2007

Comics shipping Nov. 7, 2007

DARK HORSE COMICS

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Pop Artifact! Baby Space Gun



Pop Culture Roundup Nov. 6, 2007

Paul Norris, co-creator of Aquaman, has passed away, reports comics historian/writer Mark Evanier.

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A "lost" Stan Lee/Jack Kirby "Fantastic Four" story appears as an on-disk bonus item in the new "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" DVD. Marvel Comics announced some time ago that a print version of the book was also in the works, but a release date hasn't been announced.

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Here's a pic of Doctor Whos 5 and 10 on the cover of Britain's Radio Times. Actors Peter Davison and David Tennant are starring together in a BBC "Children in Need" TV special.



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Speaking of Doctor Who, some of the Doctor's British comic book adventures from the 1970s and 80s will be seeing print again. Details from publisher IDW:

When Doctor Who's TARDIS lands in U.S. comic book stores in December, the stories will be classic, and the scarf will be color: rescuing a catalogue of beloved tales from the timestream, IDW Publishing will release Doctor Who Classics, printing in all-new color the black-and-white adventures that originally appeared only in Great Britain as part of Doctor Who Magazine in 1979 and 1980.

The stories feature the incarnation of the character very familiar to American audiences, Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor, with new state-of-the-art colors over art by Dave Gibbons, who drew the British magazine's main comic strip for most of the issues, from #1 until #69, before going on to co-create the industry-shaping graphic novel Watchmen.

Writing the stories are celebrated authors Pat Mills, nicknamed "the godfather of British comics," and Scotland-based John Wagner, both of whom are given credit for revitalizing British boys' comics in the 1970s. The new, modern colors will be handled by Charlie Kirchoff, with new covers recreating old scenes provided by Joe Corroney, the fan-favorite artist from IDW's Star Trek books.

"This series is appealing to fans because it's rare for these stories to have been available to readers in the United States," says Chris Ryall, IDW editor-in-chief and publisher. "A lot of people have never seen these comics at all, let alone in the full, vibrant colors that Gibbons' art deserves."

IDW will follow the launch of its classics reprints a month later with all-new monthly adventures of the latest Doctor, the Tenth version of the character portrayed by David Tennant in the BBC revamp of the show that drew raves from British critics and fans when it debuted in 2005.

"We're giving fans the best of the old and the best of the new," says Ryall. "The first series looks back at most popular Doctor of the past, and the upcoming series focuses on the best of the present."

Doctor Who Classics #1 will be released in December.


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Deal alert: Amazon is offering a bunch of TV on DVD season sets for under $25 each, including "Bewitched," "I Dream of Jeannie" and more.

DVD new releases Nov. 6, 2007

DVD new releases Nov. 6, 2007

Ratatouille

Doctor Who - The Complete Third Series

Doctor Who - Time-Flight

Doctor Who - Arc of Infinity

Seinfeld - Season 9

Seinfeld - The Complete Series

Help! (Deluxe Edition)

Pixar Short Films Collection - Volume 1

The Best Of The Colbert Report

Sicko

The Cosby Show - Season 5

The Cosby Show - Season 6

Martin: The Complete Third Season

Sesame Street: Vol. 2 - Old School (1974-1979)

Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who

Heeere's Johnny: The Definitive DVD Collection from The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson

James Bond Ultimate Collector's Set

Munster's Scary Little Christmas

New CD releases Nov. 6, 2007

Memory Almost Full - CD/DVD Deluxe Edition by Paul McCartney

Gram Parsons Archive 1 by Gram Parsons and Flying Burrito Brothers

Music of Star Wars: 30TH Anniversary Collectors Edition by John Williams

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Pop Artifact! Winkin' Eyes

Pop Culture Roundup Nov. 5,2007

Radiohead is issuing a box set that collects their first six albums, along with a USB "stick" containing the same via its Web site. Plans to release the band's newest album, In Rainbows, on CD in the U.S. haven't been announced yet, but it's also available online.

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Take a look at the new look Sontarans, to appear on the fourth season of "Doctor Who."



Details from the BBC:

The Doctor and Martha Jones are to be reunited in an explosive new adventure, which hits our screens next year on BBC One.

Martha comes face to face with Donna Noble for the first time as they unite against the Sontarans, one of The Doctor's oldest enemies.

"I am delighted to be back filming on Doctor Who with David and Catherine," said Freema. "Martha Jones returns in a fantastic storyline and the fans will get to see her in a whole new light!"

The Sontarans first appeared on Doctor Who in 1973 when they met Jon Pertwee's Doctor. Former Young Ones star Christopher Ryan guest stars as the Head of the Sontarans.

Other guest stars in the new series include Felicity Kendal, Sarah Lancashire, Fenella Woolgar, Tim McInnerny, Peter Capaldi, Phil Davis and Tracey Childs.




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Booksteve digs "Girl from U.N.C.L.E." Stefanie Powers.

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Speaking of U.N.C.L.E., Turner Classic Movies is airing eight "Man from U.N.C.L.E" movies tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 6). These are feature-length adventures culled from TV series episodes.

Here's the lineup (all times Eastern):

6:00 AM To Trap a Spy (1964)
Secret agents try to stop the assassination of an African leader touring the U.S. Cast: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Luciana Paluzzi.s Dir: Don Medford.

7:45 AM One Of Our Spies Is Missing (1966)
An enemy agent appeals to an aging British statesman with promises of a youth potion. Cast: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Vera Miles. Dir: E. Darrell Hallenbeck.

9:30 AM One Spy Too Many (1966)
U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin try to keep a madman from conquering the world. Cast: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Rip Torn. Dir: Joseph Sargent.

11:15 AM Spy With My Face, The (1966)
Enemy agents turn one of their own into a dead ringer for Man from U.N.C.L.E. Napoleon Solo. Cast: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Senta Berger. Dir: John Newland.

12:45 PM Karate Killers, The (1967)
The men from U.N.C.L.E. fight off karate-chopping henchmen to track down a secret formula. Cast: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Joan Crawford. Dir: Barry Shear.

2:30 PM Spy in the Green Hat, The (1966)
Secret agents fight to keep a criminal mastermind from altering the course of the Gulf Stream. Cast: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Jack Palance. Dir: Joseph Sargent.

4:15 PM Helicopter Spies, The (1968)
Two government agents try to stop a band of would-be sorcerers from using a deadly weapon. Cast: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Bradford Dillman. Dir: Boris Segal.

6:00 PM How To Steal The World (1968)
Secret agent Napoleon Solo fights to stop a top-secret plot to conquer the world. Cast: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Eleanor Parker. Dir: Sutton Roley.

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"Ever Present Past," Paul McCartney's newest single, is out today in various formats, all including live "B-sides." You can download 'em from iTunes.

'Ever Present Past', the second single lifted from Paul's current album Memory Almost Full is released today. Check out the links and formats below.

CD Single - 1. Ever Present Past 2. Only Mama Knows (Live from Amoeba) 3. Dance Tonight (Live from Amoeba)

7" Vinyl - Side A Ever Present Past / Side B House Of Wax (Live from Amoeba)

Digital Bundle - 1. Ever Present Past 2. Only Mama Knows (Live From Amoeba) 3. That Was Me (Live From Amoeba)


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Deal alert: Amazon is offering big discounts on recent DVDs, including "Borat," 28 Days Later," and more.

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Pop Artifact! The Thing movie poster

Pop Culture Roundup Nov. 2, 2007

A one-off Led Zeppelin reunion concert has been postponed due to guitarist Jimmy Page breaking his finger.

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Here's a set picture from the fourth Indiana Jones film, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull":


From left to right, actor Shia LaBeouf, director Steven Spielberg, and actors Ray Winstone, Karen Allen and Harrison Ford.



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Dial B for Blog explores the Seinfeld/Superman connection.

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Big news: Comic historian Blake Bell's long-awaited book about Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko is set for release next June.

STRANGE & STRANGER: THE WORLD OF STEVE DITKO will tell the narrative of Steve Ditko, the artist, from humble beginnings in Johnstown Pennsylvania; to the dizzying heights of co-creating Spider-Man; to the spectacular Howard Roark-like determination, and tribulations, in bringing his personal and philosophical vision to a recalcitrant audience. There's a fantastic, dramatic storyline running through Ditko's career; the artist having walked away from the Spider-Man franchise (and the billions it was to generate) as it was reaching the height of its popularity. What price did Ditko pay, and what was the impact on his work?"

..."Fans of Ditko, and comic art, will not be able to put the book down," says Bell, "as we explode many of the myths surrounding key moments in Ditko's career, as well as present reams of rare and unpublished Ditko artwork. For the comic art scholar, we also break down the "hows" of Steve Ditko as a great sequential storyteller, dissecting his work in depth for the first time, also with analysis and commentary by some of the most skilled and articulate comic creators of the day."




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Speaking of Diko: It's his 80th birthday today.

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Pop Artifact! Village of the Damned movie poster

Pop Culture Roundup Nov. 1, 2007

Ain't it Cool News says NBC's "Heroes" spin-off "Heroe's: Origins" is a no-go. A potential Hollywood writers' strike is to blame. More here.

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Exciting news for "Buffy" fans: Joss Whedon is producing a new show for Fox starring Eliza Dushku--it won't be about Dushku's "Buffy" character Faith, though.

"Dollhouse," "deals with our darkest impulses and our best ones,” Whedon says. “It deals with all the things I like to deal with—strength, weakness, power and corruption.”

“Dollhouse” stars Dushku as Echo, one of a group of secret agents living in a futuristic dorm. Each has the ability to be imprinted with custom personalities and abilities for special assignments. When they return, their newly acquired memories are wiped. The show follows Echo as she takes on a variety of assignments—some romantic, some adventurous, some uplifting, some illegal—and gains awareness of her role and confinement.


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Harry Potter is gone, but J.K. Rowling can't let go of Hogwarts in her new book, a collection of five wizarding tales entitled "The Tales of Beedle the Bard." However, most of us will likely never read them.

Attentive readers will recognise the title as that of the book given by Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore to Harry's friend and intellectual aide-de-camp, Hermione Granger, in the seventh and final instalment of the boy wizard's adventures, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Its contents provide clues that help Harry and his companions foil the machinations of the evil Lord Voldemort.

...Only seven copies of the book, which Rowling handwrote and personally illustrated, are being printed. Six have been given as gifts to people closely connected with the Harry Potter books over the years of their gestation; the other is being auctioned next month to raise money for Rowling's charity, The Children's Voice, dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable children in eastern Europe. The volume, bound in brown morocco leather and mounted with silver and semiprecious stones, will be auctioned at Sotheby's on December 13 with a starting price of £30,000.


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A Black Canary-ish character will appear on the Superboy-ish show "Smallville."

Like her comic-book counterpart, Smallville’s version is a martial arts expert whose superpower is a “canary cry” — a high-pitched scream that can shatter objects and take down opponents. And, yes, she will sport the fishnet stockings that are a trademark of the character’s costume.

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Deal alert: TwoMorrows Publishing is offering half off back issues of its cool comics-themed publications, such as The Jack Kirby Collector, Alter-Ego and, um, Back Issue! Check 'em out.

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Hear Paul McCartney's performance at the BBC's recent Electric Proms concert.

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Daniel Craig is set to play James Bond for a long time.

Actor Daniel Craig has signed a $60m (€41m) deal to star in the next four 'James Bond' films.



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Here are a couple of new movie posters:

"I'm Not There," featuring an array of stars--male and female--playing Bob Dylan.



And a new one for Disney's upcoming "Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" adaptation.



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Heath Ledger will star in a new fantasy film by Terry Gilliam, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus."

Christopher Plummer, Tom Waits, Lily Cole, Andrew Garfield and Verne Troyer round out the cast.

Pic is a modern-day fantasy adventure that centers on Dr. Parnassus (Plummer), who has the gift of guiding the imaginations of others.


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Via Mark Evanier: A salute to Carl Stalling, composer/arranger of classic Looney Tunes music.

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