Friday, October 02, 2009

Halloween with Hitchcock Month: More paperback covers

Video find: High Numbers (aka The Who) live 1964

Never realized this early footage existed!

Pop links: Philip K. Dick flick! J.J. Abrams' new spy show! Spector freed! K-9 teaser! The Ray!

A film adaptation of Philip K. Dick's "The Adjustment Bureau" will star Matt Damon, Daniel Dae Kim ("Lost") and John Slattery ("Mad Men").

Damon plays a rising congressman who meets a beautiful ballet dancer (Emily Blunt) only to discover that a strange organization is keeping them apart.

Kim plays a mysterious staffer at the Bureau of Adjustments, and Slattery a high-ranking bureau executive. Michael Kelly ("Law Abiding Citizen") has also joined the cast, as Damon's best friend and campaign manager.


A husband-and-wife spy drama created by "Lost" creator J.J. Abrams will air on NBC.

The show, which revolves around two spies working together who also are husband and wife, returns Abrams to the spy arena, which he mined with his ABC series "Alias."

It marks Abrams' first collaboration with NBC where the potential series could join the spy dramedy "Chuck," also from WBTV.


Phil Spector's in the slammer, but his recorded output will soon be released again.

Phil Spector's Philles Records catalog will now be issued by Sony Music Entertainment's Legacy Recordings label, which was home or such artists as Ronettes, the Crystals, Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, and Lenny Bruce.

...Plans for the Legacy/Spector reissue project will include digital and physical (including CDs and vinyl 12" and 7" with replica artwork) release of titles drawn from the original albums and singles (and b-sides) in the Philles catalog. There will be new compilations and facsimile reproductions of original singles and albums are under development under the new agreement.


Here's a new teaser for the Doctor Who "K-9" spin-off series.


See some golden age comics featuring The Ray, with art by Lou Fine, Reed Crandall and Bob Fujitani.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Teaser for Syfy's The Phantom

Fans of the comic strip may want to think twice about clicking the play button:

Hitchcock for Halloween Month: Hitchcock paperback covers

Throughout October, PCS will be showcasing various Hitch-related ephemera, starting off with a few paperback covers of Hitchcock-endorsed horror tales.

Pop links: Green Hornet pics! Beatles cross Abbey Road!

Here's a first look at Seth Rogen as the Green Hornet!


Take a detailed look at the Beatles' Abbey Road photo session.

PBS to air "How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin"

Check for this next month on your local PBS station:

NEW YORK- On November 9th, WNET.ORG will air a special one-hour documentary about The Beatles to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin tells the extraordinary and untold story of how the Beatles punctured the Iron Curtain. In a personal journey through Russia by award-winning director Leslie Woodhead, he tells in first-person accounts the story of a secret revolution which contributed to the fall of communism.

How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin is a production of WNET.ORG - one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers, in association with Blakeway Productions of London.

On August 1962, director Leslie Woodhead made a two-minute film in Liverpool's Cavern Club with a raw and unrecorded group of unknown rockers- the Beatles. Twenty-five years later, while making a series of films in Russia, Woodhead would learn just how powerful Beatlemania was. Even though they were never to play in the Soviet Union, the Beatles' music and their rebellious style had soaked into the lives of a generation of kids.

“I’ve always been fascinated by the story of how the moptops conquered the world,” said filmmaker Leslie Woodhead. “And since I’ve made a series of documentaries in the former Evil Empire over the past 30 years, I have a special taste for this film. “

This film introduces the world to the Russian Beatles generation and hears personal stories about how the Fab Four changed their lives, gave them hope, and helped to undermine the foundations of the Soviet system. The film showcases archival Soviet-era footage, laced with interviews with Soviet Beatles fans that reflect – and reveal – just how they managed to listen to the outlawed music of the Fab Four.

Art Troitsky, Russia’s leading rock music writer and self-proclaimed “radical young man” during the Beatles era, describes just how important the band was, behind the Iron Curtain. “In the big bad West,” he says, “they’ve had whole huge institutions which spent millions of dollars for undermining the Soviet system. And I’m sure that the impact of all those stupid Cold War institutions has been much, much smaller than the impact of the Beatles.”

"How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin" is a one-hour documentary produced, directed and narrated by Leslie Woodhead, an award-winning documentary filmmaker. The program features interviews with Kolya Vasin, a Beatles “super fan” from St. Petersburg who built a “Temple of Peace and Love” to John Lennon; Sergei Ivanov, Russia’s Deputy Premier, who insisted that he learned English from smuggled Beatles records; rock commentator Artemy Troitsky; and numerous Soviet Beatles cover bands, including bandmates Yury Pelyushonok, Yuri Yakovlev and Anatoly Chernuchevich who reunited for this film, writing and performing a new song called “Kruschev Era Rock.”

To coincide with the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, WNET.ORG will premiere the documentary on Monday, November 9th at 10:00 p.m. (EST, check local listings) to be shown nationally throughout the PBS network.

More Beatles stuff at our sister site, Beatles Blog Daily!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pulps: Hollywood Detective covers

Pop links: Wolfgang's offers concert downloads! Live McCartney! Dollhouse teasers! Tennant's last Doctor Who! More!

Popular online concert site Wolfgang's Vault is set to offer legit downloads of thousands of shows.

Beginning November 3, the site will add more than 1,000 titles from 919 artists to the approximately 500 that are currently available for purchase from the site's Concert Vault section, Bill Sagan, CEO and founder of Wolfgang's Vault LLC and its parent company, Norton LLC, told

The additions will include more than 160 Grateful Dead concerts as well as titles from artists such as Santana, Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsies, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Hall & Oates, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jethro Tull, Chicago, Miles Davis, Dolly Parton, Merle Travis and many others.

...The download prices will be $7.98 and $8.98 for MP3s and $11.98 and $12.98 for Flac recordings. Wolfgang's vault will also introduce a $48 annual membership which includes a $50 gift certificate, discounts on recordings and memorabilia and unlimited higher-end 192k streaming.


Good Evening New York City, a 2-CD/1-DVD set featuring music from Paul McCartney's series of concerts inaugurating New York's Citi Field will be released Nov. 17.

A deluxe edition of the set will feature expanded packaging and a bonus DVD featuring Macca's "Late Show with David Letterman" performance atop the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee from last July.


See clips from this week's episode of "Dollhouse."


Actor John Simm, who reprises his role as the Master in this year's "Doctor Who" Christmas special says the episode serves as a great sendoff to the current Doctor, David Tennant.

"To go head-to-head with him was a real honour. It was lovely to be asked. It was a great, great experience. We had such fun doing it. Hopefully it'll come across."


Cartoonist Robert Crumb tells the press about his new adaptation of the Book of Genesis.

The 66-year-old hero of underground comics who wowed the 1960s with "Fritz The Cat" and "Mr Natural", said he took up the challenge 40 years later of creating another white-haired long-bearded figure "to illuminate the text of Genesis by illustrating every single thing that's in there."

"It hasn't been done before I think," he said. "There are hidden stories that are very strong."


One of the world's most extensive collections of Batman memorabilia has gone missing. The Batstuff belonged to Fontainebleau heir Ben Novack Jr., who was found murdered last July.


Citibank customers will get a chance to buy Bob Dylan's upcoming Christmas album early.

"Christmas In The Heart" will be available for Internet download to 13 million customers enrolled in the company's rewards program, during the week before it hits stores on October 13.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

AMC's new Prisoner mini airs in November

AMC has announced its mini-series remake of Patrick McGoohan's "The Prisoner" will air Nov. 15-17.

New comics Sept. 30, 2009: Indy omni! Batman! Kryptonite! Avengers Masterworks! Crumb's Genesis! Mickey returns!

New items of interest this week. Click the links to order discounted products from Amazon.

INDIANA JONES FURTHER ADVENTURES OMNIBUS VOL 2 Another batch of Indy tales originally published by Marvel Comics. These in-color paperback collections are a good read and a great deal. Features scripts by David Michelinie and art by Steve Ditko (!), David Mazzucchelli, Herb Trimpe and Jackson Guice. Including the adaptation of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom."

BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #9 Dig that Sprang-style cover! DC's funnest Batbook teams the Caped Crusader with Catman.

BATMAN THE BLACK GLOVE A trade paperback of Grant Morrison's storyline from BATMAN #667-669 and 672-675. Various artists including J.H. Williams III and Tony Daniels.

SUPERMAN KRYPTONITE The Darwyn Cooke/Tim Sale tale from SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #1-5, collected in trade paperback.


MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #55 I haven't been following this Marvel title for young readers, but I love the Skottie Young covers they've been featuring of late.

MARVEL MASTERWORKS AVENGERS VOL 2 THE AVENGERS #11-20 collected in an affordable, color paperback. Work by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Dick Ayers and other people of genius.

BOOK OF GENESIS ILLUSTRATED BY ROBERT CRUMB I can see what this looks like in my head. I'll need to leaf through the book to see if I'm right.

BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2009 Cartoonists Charles Burns and Jessica Abel edit this year's compendium of mainly art/alternative comics. A good way to sample a bunch of comics you might not otherwise try.

MICKEY MOUSE & FRIENDS #296 Disney comics are back on the stands! This is a English version of a Mickey fantasy series originally published overseas. And the Donald Duck and Friends series debuting next week is in a sci-fi/spy adventure vein. Don't know if these will be to my, or my kids' liking, as much as classic-style comedy comics might be, but they're worth a look. An upcoming revival of the Uncle Scrooge title is more in the Barks/Rosa tradition, it looks like. In any event, it's wonderful to see these characters back on the stands.

Paperback cover parade

Pop links: Billie Piper's new series! Superman/Batman pics!

Former "Doctor Who" star Billie Piper is set to appear in a new BBC drama series.

Piper will play a young wife and mother who has a romance with a Polish neighbour in 1950s Leeds.

Sue Johnston and Alun Armstrong also appear in A Passionate Woman, based on Kay Mellor's successful stage play.

"There was interest in the film rights but I held onto them," Mellor said. "Now, with the BBC and British money, it's the project I want it to be."

The drama starts filming in Leeds this month and will air on BBC One in 2010.


Yahoo! has some pics up from the new straight-to-DVD "Superman/Batman Public Enemies" film.

Monday, September 28, 2009

CD new releases Sept. 29, 2009

New CDs of note this week. Click the links to order discounted titles from Amazon.

Through The Devil Softly by Hope Sandoval

Closer To The Bone (Deluxe Edition) by Kris Kristofferson

Ciao My Shining Star:The Songs of Mark Mulcahy by Thom Yorke

All in One by Bebel Gilberto

The Collection:Bob Dylan (Another Side of Bob Dylan/Bringing It All Back Home/Highway 61 Revisited) by Bob Dylan

Where The Wild Things Are Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Original Songs By Karen O And The Kids by Karen O

The Costello Show: Live at the El Mocambo by Elvis Costello

Magnificent: The Complete Studio Duets by The Supremes and The Four Tops

The Liberty of Norton Folgate by Madness

Whip It! by Various Artists

DVD new releases Sept. 29, 2009

New DVDs of interest this week. Click the links to order discounted titles from Amazon.

Monsters vs. Aliens

The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition)

The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition with Digital Copy and Amazon Exclusive Set of 4 Collectible 8x10 Character Posters)

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Life on Mars: The Complete Series

The Patty Duke Show: Season One

Ultraman: The Complete Series

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: The Complete Series

Disney Animation Collection 7: Mickey's Christmas Carol

Secret Policeman's Ball: The Secret Policeman Rocks!