Thursday, June 07, 2012

Warner Bros. gains licensing rights for 1960s Batman TV shows products

Warner Bros. has secured legal rights to license all sorts of products related to and inspired by the 1960s "Batman" TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward, Variety reports.

What's not mentioned is whether we'll ever see the program on DVD. It's airing now regularly on Me-TV and the Hub on cable, but has yet to appear on disk. The show was originally produced by 20th Century Fox, but the Batman character, and DC Comics, is owned by Warner. Hopefully, this new arrangement will pave the way for eventual DVD release, too.

Here's some info from Variety:

For the first time in 40 years, Warner Bros. Consumer Products will be able to use the likeness of the show's stars, including Adam West, Burt Ward, Cesar Romero and Burgess Meredith, on everything from apparel to toys, home goods, publishing and promotions.
WBCP will introduce the new "Batman" product opportunities to potential partners and retailers at next week's Licensing Expo, running June 12-14 in Las Vegas. First products will launch in the spring.
Retailers had requested a larger merchandise line tied to the show over the years, but studio arm had previously been able to use only the series' logo, POW!-packed animated opening sequence and the Batmobile for product, not the actors, due to rights issues as the series was produced by 20th Century Fox. As a result, studio was limited to a small line of T-shirts and a die-cast Batmobile made by Mattel.

BBC Radio shows this week - click and listen

Click the links to stream the following shows.

Radio Luxembourg 208 - Your Station of the Stars Available on BBC iPlayer
Noel Edmonds tells the story of Luxy, the original pop music station in the UK

Shakespeare's London
Writer Iain Sinclair seeks out echoes of Shakespeare's city in the London of today.

Anarchy in the UK
Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock tells the story of punk rock.

Mark Lamarr tells the story of Manchester's Buzzcocks.

The Jam: Made in Britain
Jonathan Ross tells the story of The Jam with contributions from Paul Weller and others.

Punky Reggae Party
Tom Robinson celebrates the unlikely alliance between punk and reggae.

Doctor Who
Time-travelling adventure series

The Goon Show
Classic material from one of the all-time radio comedy greats

Martin Conisby's Vengeance
The seafaring hero faces pirates and battles afloat. Stars Steven Pacey and Julia Swift.

New music I like: Hot Chip - Night and Day


Monday, June 04, 2012

Howard the Duck on Blu-Ray?

There are worse movies that get more respect, I suppose, but the 1986 adaptation of Marvel Comics' Howard the Duck directed by George Lucas is pretty darned awful.

I remember being both disappointed and embarrassed by the film. Disappointed because the Howard comic book series was fabulous -- a funny, well-illustrated, satirical romp that was one of the best comics of the 70s. Embarrassed because most people, including friends I'd encouraged to see the film, would only know Howard by this terrible big screen representation.

Anyway, as with all things awful, the film has its fans (or should that be "fans"), including, evidently the current head of Marvel, Joe Quesada, who participated in this spoof video urging Lucas to put the film out on Blu-ray.

Hear another tune from the new Beach Boys album

Rolling Stone is streaming "From There to Back Again" off the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson-produced That's Why God Made the Radio LP, which is out tomorrow.

Music new releases June 5, 2012: Beach Boys; Beatles Yellow Submarine Soundtrack; Ziggy Stardust; The Association complete Warner and Valiant singles; Myabirds, more!

Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.

Americana by Neil Young and Crazy Horse

That's Why God Made the Radio by the Beach Boys

Yellow Submarine Songtrack by The Beatles

Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie


Complete Warner Bros. & Valiant Singles Collection by The Association

 Generals by the Mynabirds

 Boys Don't Cry (import) by Rumer

 Make It Your Sound, Make It Your Scene: Vanguard Records & The 1960s Musical Revolution 

Big Sixties Frat Party!!! by Sandy Nelson

 Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead by Vivian Stanshall