Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Hitchcock for Halloween: Sir Alfred




Pop links: Wolverine 2! Batman sings! Chabon's new book! Toth!

Hugh Jackman drops hints about a Wolverine sequel.


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Following in the grand tradition of "Buffy," "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" plans its own musical episode. Awesome.

The episode, which features Neil Patrick Harris as the villain, will premiere on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, New Line Records will release Batman: The Brave & The Bold: Mayhem of the Music Meister! ­Soundtrack from the Animated Television Show digitally on iTunes and other digital music outlets.






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Michael Chabon, comic book fan and a favorite author of PCS (check out the Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Klay), tells NPR about his new book.

"Manhood For Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son"...is comprised of 39 personal essays, which present Chabon's take on everything from fatherhood to pocketbooks for men — with a rumination on his relationship with his ex-father-in-law thrown in for good measure.



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Check out an awesomely illustrated suspense tale by Alex Toth.

NPR asks who are your favorite singers?

NPR is working on a feature that will profile 50 Great Voices over the next year. To help out, the network is asking folks to submit lists of their favorite vocalists of all time.

I tried to do so, coming up with the following list off the top of my head, in no particular order and, I'm sure, omitting folks I'll later be kicking myself over.

Louis Armstrong
Frank Sinatra
Nat King Cole
Jimmy Rushing
Joe Turner
Elvis Presley
John Lennon
Ella Fitzgerald
Dinah Washington
Billie Holiday
Mildred Bailey
Sarah Vaughn
Harry Nilsson
Brian Wilson
Bjork
Kate Bush
John Lydon/Johnny Rotten
Joe Strummer
Elvis Costello
Robert Wyatt
Robert Plant
Roger Daltrey
Colin Blunstone
Bob Dylan
Pete Seeger
Muddy Waters
Howlin' Wolf
Bessie Smith
Aretha Franklin
Lavern Baker
Carla Thomas
Otis Redding
David Ruffin
Levi Stubbs
Stevie Wonder
Marvin Gaye
Sam Cooke
Al Green

Ok, tell me who I missed...

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

New comics Oct. 7, 2009: Buffy! Batman and Robin! Ghost Rider! Walt Disney's Comics and Stories!

New titles of interest this week:


BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #29 More of season 8. Dig the great Sgt. Fury-homage cover!


BATMAN AND ROBIN #5 Still not terribly impressed by Grant Morrison's scripts on this Dick Grayson-as-Batman title.


ESSENTIAL GHOST RIDER VOL 3 A whole lotta Bronze Age horror heroics.


WALT DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES #699 Boom! Studio's revival of this title--featuring some superhero-themed stories about Donald and the gang. Not my cuppa, though I'm glad to see this kid title back on the stands.

Hitchcock for Halloween: More Rear Window movie stills










Mattel launching Mego-style DC World's Greatest Superheroes Line

Here's a look at four figures features in the first batch of Mattel's new Mego-style World's Greatest Superheroes line of DC action figures. Very cool!



--Superman
--Lex Luthor
--Green Lantern Hal Jordan
--Sinestro

Pop links: Target's classic Marvel tees! New Dr. Who log unveiled! Giant Gigantor statue attacks Japanese park! Preview the new Flaming Lips album!

Big Glee spots a couple of new classic-style Marvel Comics t-shirts now available at yer local Target store.

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The BBC unveils a new "Doctor Who" logo.





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A, er, giant Gigantor is now on display in a Japanese city park.



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NPR is streaming Embryonic, the new Flaming Lips album, in its entirety.

Monday, October 05, 2009

CD new releases Oct. 6, 2009: Rosanne Cash! Vince Guaraldi! Coltrane! Osso and Sufjan Stevens! Ian Hunter! Jimmy Ruffin!

CD new releases of note this week. Click the links to order discounted titles from Amazon:


The List by Rosanne Cash


The Definitive Vince Guaraldi by Vince Guaraldi


Side Steps by John Coltrane


Run Rabbit Run by Osso and Sufjan Stevens


You're Never Alone with A Schizophrenic (30th Anniversary Edition) by Ian Hunter


Ruff'n Ready by Jimmy Ruffin

DVD new releases Oct 6, 2009: Snow White blu-ray! Ken Burns' parks! Mary Tyler Moore season 5! Get Smart season 4! Charlie Brown Chistmas! More!

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


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + BD Live w/ Blu-ray packaging) [Blu-ray]


Ken Burns: National Parks - America's Best Idea


The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Complete Fifth Season


Get Smart: Season 4


Peanuts: I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown


How To Be A Man (Classic Educational Shorts Volume 1) (1949-1970)

Hitchcock for Halloween: Rear Window movie stills










Pop links: Halloween coundowns begin! The comics Wertham didn't want us to see!

It's the time of year when seemingly everyone finds an interesting way to blog their way to Halloween (including PCS!). Cool-Mo-Dee is doing so with a trailer for a different Halloween horror flick each day. Today's entry: "The Bride of Frankenstein"!

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In belated observation of Banned Books Week (last week), here's a selection of 1950s funny books cited for causing juvenile delinquency by the infamous anti-comics crusader Frederic Wertham.

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.


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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.


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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.

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



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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!



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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!