Saturday, January 15, 2011

Andrew Garfield in Spider-Man costume

Here's a shot of Garfield in Spidey suit for the movie franchise reboot.

TV Green Hornet unhappy with movie version

Van Williams is disappointed in Seth Rogen's take on the..., what's Green Hornet's nickname? Green Avenger? Buzzy Batman? Emerald Something or Other?

Anyway:

“I was pretty upset with the way they did it," Williams said. " They took their own license with it, they didn’t follow the character. I was very insistent, when I was offered that role [for the television series] that I was going to follow the characters as they had done it through all the radio shows…I wasn’t going to do camp, like they did in Batman.”

Williams revealed that he hasn't seen the film but seeing the trailer for it was enough to make him turn down an invitation to the premiere. “After all I’d heard, I was not that interested. I’ve got a lot of friends calling me and
saying, ‘they ruined it.’ I haven’t seen it, but after all this bad comment, I’m not sure I want to see it.”

Friday, January 14, 2011

DC to launch sequel to Wednesday Comics

Details are sketchy, but it looks as if DC is doing a follow-up to it's pretty-darned-good tabloid-size Wednesday Comics anthology series. Cartoonist Steve Rude spilled the beans by mentioning he's doing a New Gods feature for the title.

Radio show, book, celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Batman TV show

Interesting, I just received bootleg DVDs of the 1966 "Batman" series yesterday and enjoyed watching the first two-parter last night. I guess I knew, on some level, that this was the program's 45th anniversary -- the same age as me. I just celebrated my own 45th last month...

Anyway, the first episode of "Batman" did indeed air in January 1966, and to celebrate KSAV Internet radio is presenting a special interview program. Guests include Jim Bear, editor of "14 Miles to Gotham City," a new collection of essays about the show, and veteran DC Comics writer Chuck Dixon. The program airs Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 ET/PT.

The show also will be available here as a download starting Jan. 19.

...Now back to those bootlegs: I resisted getting these for many years in hopes that legitimate, remastered DVD sets of the show would eventually come out. But rights to the program are still evidently in legal limbo. If/when the show is officially released on DVD or via a streaming service (since DVDs may not exist by then), I will purchase them. I promise. But I want to enjoy the "Batman" experience with my kids and, admittedly, for myself. I grew up watching repeats of this show. It hooked me on comics and pop culture and, lookee, here we are 45 years later. Dipping back into the series last night was fun and I look forward to watching more soon.

New pop culture books

Art of Jim Starlin
Art of Jim Starlin

Creators Of The Superheroes
Creators Of The Superheroes

The Phantom: The Complete Newspaper Dailies Volume 2: 1937-1939
The Phantom: The Complete Newspaper Dailies Volume 2: 1937-1939

Women of Marvel: Celebrating Seven Decades
Women of Marvel: Celebrating Seven Decades

Bond Girls
Bond Girls

Bond Villains
Bond Villains

The Art of District 9: Weta Workshop
The Art of District 9: Weta Workshop

Hiroshima: The Autobiography of Barefoot Gen (Asia/Pacific/Perspectives: Asian Voices)
Hiroshima: The Autobiography of Barefoot Gen (Asia/Pacific/Perspectives: Asian Voices)

Sucker Punch: The Art of the Movie by Zack Snyder
Sucker Punch: The Art of the Movie by Zack Snyder

Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made
Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made

The True Adventures of the World's Greatest Stuntman: My Life as Indiana Jones, James Bond, Superman and Other Movie Heroes
The True Adventures of the World's Greatest Stuntman: My Life as Indiana Jones, James Bond, Superman and Other Movie Heroes

Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them
Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them

Boris Karloff: More Than a Monster
Boris Karloff: More Than a Monster 

See FOOM magazine, issue 1

Jon takes a look at Marvel's 1970s fan magazine.

Spider-Man musical, you guessed it....

Delayed again (not that I'll likely make it to Broadway to see it anyway, but I find the whole debacle interesting. Like everyone else, I guess.) This time the delay is so cast members can rehearse a new ending. Hopefully nobody will get hurt.

The show had been scheduled to open in February.

Earlier this month it was announced that U2 stars Bono and The Edge, who wrote the score, would return from touring to help fix the show's problems.

Four actors from the production have been injured during previews, while frequent technical glitches and negative early assessments from critics have caused further problems.

In December lead actress Natalie Mendoza announced she was pulling out of the show.

Despite its fraught preview performances, the musical is still selling out the 1,930-seat Foxwoods theatre in Times Square almost every night.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Red Riding Hood movie poster

Disney's Lone Ranger movie logo revealed

From producer Jerry Bruckheimer's official site:

Entertainment Weekly gives Green Hornet a C-

This doesn't bode well.

John Lennon's psychedelic limo on display

A Rolls Royce that Lennon had painted in psychedelic paisley is on display at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, British Columbia.

The museum, which acquired the vehicle as part of its permanent collection in 1987, says it can't keep the car on display all-year round because of crowds and its large size so it is only displayed for a short time each winter.

The Beatles singer purchased what was then a black Rolls Royce in 1965, the same year he received his driving permit. The vehicle was custom-made with a rear seat that converts into a double bed and also has a telephone, portable refrigerator, Sony television and custom sound system.

The car was painted yellow two years later. A Dutch gypsy artist friend of Lennon's used latex house paint to apply the flower-power design, complete with swirling vines and spiral hubcap covers.

New DC Retro Action Figures available

Retro-Action DC Super Heroes Captain Cold Figure
Retro-Action DC Super Heroes Captain Cold Figure

Retro-Action DC Super Heroes Cheetah Figure
Retro-Action DC Super Heroes Cheetah Figure

Retro-Action DC Super Heroes The Flash Figure
Retro-Action DC Super Heroes The Flash Figure

Retro-Action DC Super Heroes Wonder Woman Figure
Retro-Action DC Super Heroes Wonder Woman Figure