Friday, October 16, 2009

Hitchcock for Halloween: 1964 TV interview



Pop links: Pythons reunite! Asterix at 50! Bill Cosby's rap album! So long George Tuska

Surviving members of Monty Python got together yesterday to receive a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award in New York.

The presentation was made at the official 40th anniversary Monty Python reunion event in New York co-hosted by the Independent Film Channel, and followed a screening of a new documentary, "Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut)."

...The five remaining members of Monty Python took questions from the audience at the event and reminisced. [John] Cleese recalled his most embarrassing moment as "when the queen came down to watch and my trousers fell down."


Also, here are the Pythons on "Regis and Kelly":





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The sublime Asterix series celebrates its 50th anniversary this month.

Despite their defiantly French character, the comic book adventures of the first century BC warrior have sold 325 million copies -- 200 million of them abroad -- and been translated into 107 languages and dialects.

The 20-year-old Asterix theme park outside Paris rivals even the same city's Disneyland as a tourist draw and a series of hit movies, including both live action and animated capers, have been worldwide hits.




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Listen, if you dare, to Bill Cosby's "hip hop" album, how streaming on the comedian's official site.

Bill Cosby Presents The Cosnarati: State of Emergency, a Cosby-approved hip-hop record [features] special guests like Alicia Keys, LL Cool J and Eric Clapton.

The comedian says of the songs: "You're not going to curse. You're not going to put women down. You're not going to put the glory of the gun somewhere. And you're not going to put a whole lot of violence up front like that's the thing that will cleanse you and make you feel better."


It's quite awful.

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Veteran Marvel Comics artist George Tuska has passed away at age 93. He was one of the greats.

With a solid, dynamic style, Tuska can truly be said to be one of the architects of the Marvel Universe — integrating influences from his more innovative peers, Tuska’s work boiled down the essence of 60s and 70s superheroes to its purest elements.


Video find: The Kinks sing Waterloo Sunset

One of my favorite songs ever. Did Dave's shades!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Hitchcock for Halloween: movie cameos

Sir Alfred was famous for doing brief cameos in his pics. Here's a compilation:

Video find: The Kinks sing Sunny Afternoon...in the snow!


Pop links: Buy a Don Draper suit! Emitt Rhodes! Python at 40! Sex Pistols sue! Vintage Dalek toys! Dirk Gently TV bound!

Brooks Brothers plans to carry "Mad Men" Don Draper-style suits. Slick.

Brooks Brothers is offering a limited-edition (only 250) "Mad Men Edition" suit, retailing at $998, which is "inspired" by the 1960s-era office duds worn by Draper (Jon Hamm) in the AMC series which is set among '60s-era Madison Avenue ad execs.

The suit is available from Monday, Oct. 19, through the Nov. 8 "Mad Men" season finale.


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"One Man Beatles," a documentary on power pop cult hero Emitt Rhodes is set to debut at the International Rome Film Festival.

Synopsis
A young director crosses the ocean to find Emitt Rhodes, the mysterious forgotten American pop star from the 1960s/70s, once dubbed as the secret alter ego of Paul McCartney. But these theories are refuted by Emitt himself, flushed out and placed in front of a video camera after many years spent holed up in his house full of old guitars and vintage amplifiers. His words reveal a past filled with regrets. His voice and his music proving his pure talent. Cosimo Messeri records his American dream in a dazed and enthusiastic diary, a portrait of unfulfilled ambitions and loneliness that smacks of Chekov.




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Via Mark Evanier: Monty Python members Terry Jones, John Cleese and Terry Gilliam on CNBC, talking about the group's 40th anniversary.



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More Pythons: NPR has a feature on the new documentary about the group.

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The Sex Pistols are suing an ice cream maker over its new advertising campaign.

London-based company Icecreamists' online advertisements feature a picture of the Queen backed by a Union flag, with an ice cream spoon in her mouth and the words "God save the cream" written across her face. Lawyers for the band say the design is too similar to the Sex Pistols' Jamie Reid-designed artwork, which was used on singles including 'God Save The Queen'.

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The Attic of Astounding Artifacts displays vintage Dalek toys.





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The BBC plans an adaptation of Douglas Adams' "Dirk Gently" books.

Literary agent Ed Victor, who represents the author’s estate revealed the news at a Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy celebration in central London.

He said he had seen ‘a great script – not just a good script’ for the planned adaptation, but warned: ‘With the BBC, it can take forever’.

He said the producer attached to the project – thought to be former Cosby Show executive Caryn Mandabach – described the novels as ‘the greatest storytelling opportunity for television since Star Trek’.

New Princess and the Frog pictures

Some images from Disney's upcoming animated film.





Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus movie posters

Two posters for the upcoming Terry Gilliam film, starring the late Heath Ledger.



Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Hitchcock for Halloween: Hitchcock on What's My Line?

Fantastic friends: Jack Kirby and Frank Zappa




I'd seen this photo of these two great American artists before, but never really heard any details about this seemingly odd pairing. Now, courtesy of Royal Flush, Ahmet Zappa talks about his old man's friendship with cartoonist exraordinaire, Jack "King" Kirby.

“I loved Spider-man; it’s the jam,” gushed Ahmet. “My dad loved comics and was the first to advertise rock n’ roll in comics, for We’re Only In It For The Money [in Fantastic Four #72, 1968, Natch!]. My mother made Dweezil and I costumes of Spider-Man and The Mighty Thor.”

...“He told my dad stuff like, ‘Darth Vader was Doctor Doom and the Force is the Source’ and that George Lucas ripped him off. Now this you may not know, and I was only a kid, but I remember learning at the dinner table that my dad was asked to write the music for Star Wars; he turned it down, he said he wasn’t interested. That would’ve been really strange, the lives of us Star Wars fans woulda taken a different turn and that whole score woulda sounded like Tatooine Cantina music.”



Pop links: Godfather star dies; Meskin's Vigilante

Singer/actor Al Martino, famed for uttering the line "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse" in "The Godfather" is dead at age 82.

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Pappy presents a couple of classic Vigilante tales with art by the great Mort Meskin.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sirius XM to launch Monty Python station

This should help make up for their "comedy" station.

The channel will broadcast for ten days starting from this Friday, the day after the Pythons are set to gather at New York’s Ziegfeld Theater to mark their 40th anniversary receive a special award from The British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The channel will feature reminiscences from John Cleese and company, and, of course, sketches and songs.

New comics Oct. 14 complete shipping list

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

Highlights:


BATMAN CHRONICLES VOL 8 Another inexpensive, color Golden Age reprint collection. Features stories from BATMAN #14-15, DETECTIVE COMICS #71-74 and WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #8-9.


UNCLE SCROOGE #384 Another of Boom! Studios new Disney titles and the one I'm most eager to see, as it's supposedly in the Barks/Rosa tradition of humorous adventure tales.


HOW OBELIX FELL INTO MAGIC POTION Not a "real" Asterix book, but one of those text with illustrations numbers done in the series' latter days. Still, if you're a fan...

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Hitchcock for Halloween: Sir Alfred





Pop links: Doctor Who injured! Monster cereal! Paul is live! Wednesday Comics collection news! Dollhouse survives...for now!

New Doctor Who Matt Smith was injured using his sonic screwdriver.

For one scene, the sonic screwdriver is intentionally blown up as the Doctor holds it to an umbrella.

But the explosion caused the umbrella to spark - burning 26-year-old Smith.


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From Cool-Mo-Dee, a timely TV commercial:



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Paul McCartney has announced the track list to his upcoming live CD/DVD set, Good Evening New York City.

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DC Comics plans an oversized, hardcover edition of its recent Wednesday Comics anthology series.

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The CW plans to air at least 13 episodes of Joss Whedon's "The Dollhouse" this season.

Monday, October 12, 2009

CD new releases Oct. 13, 2009: Dylan Christmas! Flaming Lips! Nellie McKay! Sherman Brothers! Brenda Holloway!

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


Christmas In the Heart by Bob Dylan


Embryonic by The Flaming Lips


Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day by Nellie McKay


Sherman Brothers Songbook by VA


The Early Years - Rare Recordings 1962-1963 by Brenda Holloway

DVD new releases Oct. 13, 2009: Land of the Lost! Dylan documentary! Marvel DVD movie pack!

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


Land of the Lost


Land of the Lost: Season 1


Land of the Lost: Season 2


Bob Dylan: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize


Marvel Animation: 6 Film Set

Hitchcock for Halloween: Vertigo movie stills


















Pop links: Os Mutantes live! Sarah Jane Adventures! Pulp art! Batman! Hembeck! More!

Here's a season 3 preview for Doctor Who-spinoff "The Sarah Jane Adventures."



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Golden Age Comic Book Stories shines a spotlight on pulp artist Frank R. Paul.



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Via Booksteve, a great batch of videos of famed comic artists drawing classic superheroes.



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Via Geek Orthodox: The Many Moods of Batman.

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Want to own a "big damn replica" of Firefly's Serenity space ship? It's yours for just under $2,500.



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Check out some groovy new Fred Hembeck 'toons!



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Hear a live show by cult Brazilian psych band, Os Mutantes.