Friday, March 16, 2012

Clip from upcoming Ultimate Spider-Man animated series

Here's a look at Spidey's new animated series, set to debut April 1 on Disney XD.

BBC Radio this week

Click the links to stream the following programs:

Dudley Moore's World of Jazz
Guy Barker explores the talents of Dudley Moore, who released over a dozen jazz albums.

Jack London - The Call of the Wild Available on BBC iPlayer
A pet dog becomes the exceptional leader of a pack of wolves in the Yukon

James Hilton - Lost Horizon Available on BBC iPlayer
After a plane crash, Hugh Conway claims to have stumbled upon the utopian Shangri-La

James Follett - The Destruction Factor Available on BBC iPlayer
Sci-fi adventure drama

Dark Shadows movie trailer

Here's an early look at Johnny Depp,  Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter and others in director Tim Burton's adaptation of the vampire-themed 1960s TV series. Looks like they're playing it mostly for laughs.

Monday, March 12, 2012

DC Comics June 2012 solicitations

 Items of note from DC Comics' June 2012 offerings.

BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN #1
Written by Darwyn Cooke and Len Wein, art by Darwyn Cooke and John Higgins, cover by Darwyn Cooke, variant covers by Michael Golden and Jim Lee.
"Little did we know that poor boy would lead to the end of us all." Plus: A Crimson Corsair backup story.
32 pages, $3.99 (combo pack, $4.99), in stores on June 6.

BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE #1
Written by Darwyn Cooke, Amanda Conner and Len Wein, art by Amanda Conner and John Higgins, cover by Amanda Conner, variant covers by Dave Johnson and Jim Lee.
"Oh sweetie, you're too young to hate. Wait until you're older and the world gives you a good reason. Trust me, it won't let you down." Plus: A Crimson Corsair backup story.
32 pages, $3.99 (Combo pack $4.99), in stores on June 13.

BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN #1
Written by Brian Azzarello and Len Wein, art by J.G. Jones and John Higgins, cover by J.G. Jones, variant covers by Eduardo Risso and Jim Lee.
"I'm a funny guy..." Plus: A Crimson Corsair backup story.
32 pages, $3.99 (Combo pack, $4.99), in stores on June 20.

BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL #1
Written by J. Michael Straczynski and Len Wein, art by Andy Kubert, Joe Kubert and John Higgins, cover by Andy Kubert and Joe Kubert, variant covers by Kevin Nowlan and Jim Lee.
"The hero known to the public only as Nite Owl announced his retirement today." Plus: A Crimson Corsair backup story.
32 pages, $3.99 (Combo pack, $4.99), in stores on June 27.

DC NATION #1
Written by various, art by various, montage cover.
The official magazine of Cartoon Network's DC Nation. Featuring three awesome comics stories! Plus: Behind the scenes sneak-peeks at your favorite DC Nation cartoons!
64 pages, $4.99, in stores on June 27.


WONDER WOMAN: THE TWELVE LABORS TP
Written by LEN WEIN, CARY BATES, ELIOT S. MAGGIN and MARTIN PASKO Art by CURT SWAN, IRV NOVICK, DICK DILLIN, KURT SCHAFFENBERGER and others Cover by BOB OKSNER
Collects WONDER WOMAN #212-222. In these 1970s tales, Diana Prince is back as Wonder Woman -- but she must prove her worthiness by undertaking twelve tasks -- each monitored by one of her former Justice League teammates!
232 pages, $14.99, in stores on July 4.


SHOWCASE PRESENTS: RIP HUNTER, TIME MASTER VOL. 1 TP
Written by JACK MILLER Art by ALEX TOTH, BILL ELY, JOE KUBERT, ROSS ANDRU, NICK CARDY and others Cover by NICK CARDY
Collects SHOWCASE #20, 21, 25 and 26 and RIP HUNTER: TIME MASTER #1-15. Rip Hunter and his band of time-traveling adventurers travel to the distant past and future to face strange creatures!
512 pages, black and white, $19.99, in stores on July 18.

DC COMICS PRESENTS: SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #1
Written by MARK MILLAR Art by ALUIR AMANCIO and TERRY AUSTIN Cover by RICK BURCHETT and TERRY AUSTIN
All-ages tales from SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #16, 19, 22 and 23. The Man of Steel faces Mr. Mxyzptlk, Brainiac and Livewire, and plays bodyguard to the president of the United States.
96 pages, $7.99.


MAD ARCHIVES VOL. 4 HC
Written and illustrated by The Usual Gang of Idiots
Collects MAD #19-24! Hoo hah! Includes "Mickey Rodent," "Sounds Effects," and a tribute to Will Elder, because why not? Written by Harvey Kurtzman, with spectacular art by Wally Wood, Jack Davis, Will Elder and others.
248 pages, $59.99, in stores on Nov. 8.

Tarzan 1966 live-action series with Ron Ely out soon from Warner Archives

Warner Archives has announced two "made to order" DVDs sets collecting the 1960S "Tarzan" TV series starring Ron Ely. They are available from Amazon by clicking the links below.

Tarzan: Season One Part One:
Premiering on NBC in 1966, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ immortal creation, Tarzan, took to the nation’s TV screens for the first time. Still in the capable hands of producer Sy Weintraub, the TV Tarzan (Ron Ely) continued the more recent (and more authentic) interpretation of Lord Greystoke as a sophisticated, articulate jungle adventurer as seen in the Tarzan films of Gordon Scott, Jock Mahoney and Mike Henry. Also carried over from the big screen was young actor Manuel Padilla (Tarzan and the Valley of Gold, Tarzan and the Great River), now playing the jungle lord’s kid sidekick alongside Cheetah, the simian one. The first half of his inaugural season finds Tarzan rescuing seeing-eye lions, endangered leopards, and pampered princes while battling man-eaters, despots and deadly arachnids in this 4-Disc, 15-Episode collection. Guest stars include former Tarzan Jock Mahoney, Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols, Woody Strode, and Russ Tamblyn. 

Tarzan: Season One Part Two:
 Ron Ely continues his memorable run as Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan in the second half of his first season. This 16-Episode, 4-Disc collection sees the Lord of the Jungle and his stalwart second bananas, Jai the jungle boy (Manuel Padilla) and Cheetah the chimp, facing off against some of their most formidable challenges alongside a bevy of powerhouse performer guest stars. Stage and screen legend Julie Harris makes her first appearance as the imperiled, imperious missionary Charity Jones and Maurice Evans makes his memorable debut as Sir Basil Bertram. And the action continues to heat up with volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, phantom dinosaurs and more fantastic jungle menaces. Adding their talents to the drama and the dangers are Susan Oliver, Chips Rafferty, Gia Scala, Sally Kellerman and Jack Elam.

Teaser for Ridley Scott's Alien prequel Prometheus

Here's a peak at "Prometheus" starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron. The "Alien" prequel will be out in June.

Beatles session drummer Andy White profiled

Here's a nice feature story about Andy White, who drummed on two early Beatles recordings back in 1962 and who now lived in the U.S., in New Jersey:
That’s White you hear on the Beatles’ "P.S. I Love You," with Ringo Starr playing maracas. And on most versions of "Love Me Do," White is keeping the beat while Ringo taps tambourine. White also recorded a version of "Please Please Me."
The three hours of labor earned him a little more than £5, or 5 pounds — not bad for 1962, "though it’d been nice to have royalties," he jokes.

Music new releases March 13, 2012: Decemberists, Earl Van Dyke, Humble Pie, Cliff Edwards, more

Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.


We All Raise Our Voices to the Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11) by the Decemberists


Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima / Popcorn by Krzysztof Penderecki and Jonny Greenwood


Live at Carnegie Hall by Caetano Veloso and David Byrne

 
Motown Sound: The Complete Albums Singles & More by Earl Van Dyke


On to Victory/Go for The Throat (Deluxe Edition) by Humble Pie


Memphis Boys - The Story Of American Studios


Fascinating Rhythm 1922-35 by Cliff Edwards