Saturday, November 09, 2013

Tennant and Smith unite! Doctor Who "Day of the Doctor" trailer

Pop tweets of the week

Vintage Kim Novak pics

Friday, November 08, 2013

New "Day of the Doctor" Doctor Who teaser

Video: TV spot for Sandman "Overture"

Defenders: Netflix to launch Dardevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage series, mini-series

Marvel heroes are set to come to TV in a big way via Netflix's streaming service. Here's the press release (not sure how Jessica Jones ranks as one of Marvel's "most popular characters):
The Walt Disney Co. and Netflix announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a miniseries programming event. 
Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.
Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking deal is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling.
“This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty,” said Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment. “This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what’s sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure.”
“Marvel’s movies, such as ‘Iron Man’ and Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’, are huge favorites on our service around the world. Like Disney, Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “With ‘House of Cards’ and our other original series, we have pioneered new approaches to storytelling and to global distribution and we’re thrilled to be working with Disney and Marvel to take our brand of television to new levels with a creative project of this magnitude.”
This new original TV deal follows last year’s landmark movie distribution deal through which, beginning with 2016 theatrically released feature films, Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm. Netflix members can currently enjoy a wide range of Disney, ABC TV and Disney Channel films and shows across the 41 countries where Netflix operates.

Pop culture roundup: Master of Light (saber)! Frankenstein! Madness! Yoko! Maurice Sendak!

Some of Thomas Kinkade's tranquil cottage paints have been improved with Star Wars imagery.


Check out Mary Shelley's handwritten manuscript for "Frankenstein."


Madness performs its new single on British TV's "Strictly Come Dancing."


Here's Yoko Ono's new video.


Turns out that Maurice Sendak, author/illustrator of the classic "Where the Wild Things Are" was a big collector of Mickey Mouse memorabilia. Some of his items are up for auction at Hake's.

Fab Friday: Vintage Beatles pics

Thursday, November 07, 2013

New teaser video for "The Science of Doctor Who"

New Doctor Who "Save the Day" promo

New and upcoming pop culture books: Monty Python; Ramona Fradon; Ralph Steadman; Beatles; Hobbit; Doctor Who; Rolling Stones; Jay Ward; Karl Pilkington; Asterix, more!

Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.

Desert Island Discs: Flotsam & Jetsam: Fascinating Facts, Figures and Miscellany from one of BBC Radio 4's Best-loved Programmes

Monty Python: A Chronology, 1969-2012, 2nd Ed.

Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel

Art of Ramona Fradon HC

Ralph Steadman: Proud Too Be Weirrd

The Beatles Are Here!: 50 Years after the Band Arrived in America, Writers, Musicians & Other Fans Remember

How the Beatles Changed the World

The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Visual Companion

The Interpretation of Zines: A Pictorial History of Science Fiction Fanzines

Doctor Who: Essential Guide to 50 Years of Doctor Who

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles: Art & Design

Spectrum 20: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Visual Companion

George Hurrell's Hollywood: Glamour Portraits 1925-1992

Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: Limited Edition

Rolling Stones Gear: All the Stones' Instruments from Stage to Studio

Buck 'Em! The Autobiography of Buck Owens

The Moaning of Life: The Worldly Wisdom of Karl Pilkington

The Art of Jay Ward Productions

Adventures with the Wife in Space: Living with Doctor Who

That Close by Suggs

The Legend of Zelda Box Set: Prima Official Game Guide

Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Children

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Novel

Asterix and the Picts: Album #35

Keep It Simple: The Early Design Years of Apple

The Replacements: Waxed-Up Hair and Painted Shoes: The Photographic History

Extreme Bricks: Spectacular, Record-Breaking, and Astounding LEGO Projects from around the World