Saturday, June 7, 2008

EXTREME TRIAN SURFING!

The Extreme Trainsurfer attaches himself to the ICE train, traveling at speeds exceeding 330 km/h, and surfs as shown in this video.



Except, unlike it says at the end of the video, the train rider did not die later of leukemia, as this other video proves. It also has an interview with Trainrider.

GETTING TO KNOW THE HITLERS!

GETTING TO KNOW THE HITLERS!

This link comes from
www.neatorama.com/ I found the Telegraph.uk article absolutely facinating.

Right up there with “Who did Cain from the Bible marry after Abel died?” (hint: it was one of his sisters), the question of “What happened to Hitler’s descendants (if there are any)?” has dogged historians for decades. No more; a
Telegraph piece delves into the English side of Hitler’s family, revealing details heretofore unknown. What I found most interesting was how the article discusses the troublesome enterprise of living with such an infamous name, and the pact the Hitler brothers made to ensure that the Hitler blood line would die out. But on top of all that is the process by which the author, David Gardner, was able to get all the information:

I was about to ask [William Patrick Hitler's] widow the question she had been dreading for 50 years: “Is your real name Mrs Hitler?”
I knew William Patrick would not be answering the door. I had just been to visit his grave, a 20-minute drive away, at the closest Roman Catholic cemetery, where I was given the name and address of his widow, Phyllis. The music stopped and a tall, elegantly-dressed woman peered from behind the screen and spoke with a distinct German accent. Even from behind the grey mesh I could tell the reason for my visit was already dawning on her. She must have envisaged this very conversation countless times over the years.

“Perhaps we will talk about it when the boys are older,” she said. “We were married a long time and my husband never wanted anyone to know who he was. Now my sons don’t want anything to do with it. It was all too long ago. There has been enough trouble with this name.”
Despite my polite attempts to persuade her to tell me more, she was adamant she did not want to talk about her extraordinary family secret.

It was only when I drove slowly away from the house that I realised the implications of what Phyllis had told me; that the Hitler line did not die out with William Patrick Hitler when he died in 1987, aged 76. It lived on through her sons. From that first, short conversation with William Patrick’s widow through subsequent dealings with her family over a period of three years for my book, The Last of the Hitlers, and a Channel 5 documentary, set to be screened on February 4, I have kept a pledge not to reveal the name adopted by the Hitler family in New York, nor the town where they live.

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THE RANGER'S APPRENTICE!

THE RANGER’S APPRENTICE!

For the past several years, it’s has appeared to me some of the best novel writing / story telling is being done in the Young Adult market. The Ranger’s Apprentice is one of my favorite current series. I’ve just finished Book 3: The Icebound Lands, and can’t wait to dig into Book 4: The Battle For Scandia. The fifth book in the series will be published in America later this year. The series is already up to book eight in Austrailia where the author resides. I enjoy this series so much, I may have to start buying the Austrailian publications through one of Amazon’s foreign subsidaries.

Set in the mythical land of Araluen, the series follows the adventures of Will, a small and lively 15 year old boy living in mediaeval Castle Redmont.

Rejected for training as a warrior-knight, Will is apprenticed instead to the Ranger Corps – a mysterious group who act as the King’s eyes and ears throughout Araluen and beyond its shores.

As an Apprentice Ranger, Will is trained to be an expert archer and knife thrower, as well as learning the skills of silent, unseen movement, tracking and concealment. Gradually, a bond develops between the garrulous, inquisitive Will and his grim-faced mentor, Halt – renowned as one of the greatest of all Rangers.

Based on a collection of short stories originally written to encourage the author’s son to enjoy reading, the series is alive with action – battles, boar hunts, inhuman enemies and loyal friends. It’s exciting and fast moving. Humorous at times, spine chilling at others.



THE AUTHOR: JOHN FLANAGAN

John Flanagan began his working life in advertising before moving to freelance writing and script editing. He has written TV jingles and comedy-drama for television, and is one of Australia's more prolific TV writers.

John wrote the first book in The Ranger's Apprentice series to encourage his twelve-year-old son to enjoy reading. Michael was a small boy, and all his friends were bigger and stronger than he was. John wanted to show him that reading was fun, and heroes weren't necessarily big and muscular. Now in his mid-twenties, Michael is six feet tall, broad-shouldered and powerful - but he still loves The Ranger's Apprentice.

John lives in the beachside Sydney suburb of Manly.



BOOK 1: THE RUINS OF GORLAN

Will is small for his age, but fast and quick-witted. All his life, he has dreamed of becoming a great knight like the father he never knew, so he is devastated when he is rejected by Castle Redmont's Battleschool.

Instead he is apprenticed to Halt, the mysterious Ranger whose uncanny ability to move unseen is thought to be the result of black magic. Reluctantly, Will learns to use a Ranger's secret weapons: a bow and arrow, a mottled cloak and a stubborn little pony.

It may not be the sword and battlehorse he longs for, but when Will and Halt set out on a desperate mission to prevent the assassination of the King, Will finds that a Ranger's weapons are not so useless after all...


BOOK 2: THE BURNING BRIDGE

As the Kingdom of Araluen prepares for war against Morgarath, Will and Horace accompany the Ranger Gilan on a mission to Celtica. But Celtica's villages are silent. Only an exhausted and starving girl called Evanlyn can tell them why: Morgarath has sent his foul creatures to enslave the Celts.

While Gilan rides swiftly back to report this news to the King, Will, Horace and Evanlyn discover the true purpose behind Morgarath's actions. The Kingdom is sure to be defeated in a surprise three-sided attack - unless they can find a way to prevent it.



BOOK 3: THE ICEBOUND LANDS

Will and Evanlyn are bound for Skandia as the captives of the fearsome Skandian wolfship captain, Erak. Halt has sworn to rescue Will, and he will do anything to keep his promise - even defy his King.

Expelled from the Rangers, Halt is joined by Horace as he travels through Gallica towards Skandia. On their way they are constantly challenged by freelance knights - otherwise known as thieving thugs. Horace knows a thing or two about combat, though, and he soon begins to attract the attention of knights and warlords for miles around with his uncanny skill. But will they be in time to rescue Will from a life of slavery?




BOOK 4: THE BATTLE FOR SKANDIA

Will and Evanlynn have been hiding out in the woods after escaping slavery in Skandia. Finally, reaching Skandia themselves, Halt and Horace discover an outpost of Skandians completely destroyed. Realizing that the Temujai army has begun invading Skandia, Halt must join forces with the Skandians in order to fend off the mighty invaders. For, if the Temujai succeed, they would eventually go after Araluen as well.

PATRICK SWAYZE’S NEW TV SERIES WILL PROCEED!

PATRICK SWAYZE’S NEW TV SERIES WILL PROCEED!

Patrick Swayze, who only a few months ago was found to have a life-threatening case of pancreatic cancer, has recovered enough that his planned drama series for the A&E network will go into production this summer, with him in the starring role.

Executives from A&E and Sony Pictures Television, the studio producing the show, said on Friday that based on reports from Mr. Swayze and his doctors, they had made the decision to go forward with the series, “The Beast,” in which Mr. Swayze plays an F.B.I. agent with a checkered past.

In an e-mail message on Friday, Mr. Swayze said, “I can’t wait to get to work on this.”

Mr. Swayze shot the pilot in January, and A&E was only a day away from announcing the decision to go ahead with the series when he called in March to deliver the news that he was gravely ill.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAN MARTIN!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAN MARTIN!

Dino would have turned 91 years old today, if he would not have left us in 1995. His legend will live on forever.

Everybody loves somebody sometime!
THE DAY HE WAS BORN COOLNESS CAME TO EARTH!

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN FRANCHISE!

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN FRANCHISE!

www.forbes.com has an interesting piece on the Bond franchise.

“With the modern Western subconscious increasingly obsessed with youth and escapism, it's no surprise that today's most successful entertainment franchise centers around a pubescent wizard.

But half a century ago, in the midst of the Cold War, the masses craved a hero who was virile yet romantic, spartan yet decadent, principled without being ideological.

That, at least, was the estimation of British spy-cum-journalist Ian Fleming, who would have been 100 on May 28. And if the success of the James Bond franchise is a sufficient gauge, Fleming was right on the Moneypenny.”

DIVERSIFYING YOUR BONDS



BOOKS
One hundred million copies of James Bond books have been sold since Casino Royale in 1953, but the series has steadily lost luster since its Cold War heyday. 2002's The Man With The Red Tattoo (by Raymond Benson) sold only 13,000 hardcovers and 12,000 paperbacks domestically. 1957's From Russia With Love, Ian Fleming's fifth, has been the franchise's perennial best seller.


MOST EXPENSIVE BOOK
Maybe all the 007 book series needs is a little creative marketing. To celebrate the release this spring of Devil May Care (by Sebastian Faulks), publisher Doubleday is offering a limited edition of 100 Bentley-themed copies for $1,500 apiece. They'll come complete with burnt-oak leather and accompanying scale model of the fictional Bentley described by Fleming in Thunderball.



MOVIES
With $11.5 billion in box office returns (inflation-adjusted) over 21 films in 45 years, the Bond franchise's success is unparalleled. Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan have helped mitigate the damage exacted in the 1980s by Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton, but today's 007 flicks aren't quite as successful as Sean Connery's mid-1960s offerings.



VIDEOGAMES
With more than 30 million units sold, the 007 gaming franchise is nothing to sneeze at (the Grand Theft Auto series is at 70 million). Nintendo 64's GoldenEye 007, named after the 1995 film starring Pierce Brosnan, sold 8 million units alone and was one of the most popular first-person shooters of the late 1990s.



ACTION FIGURES
For some fans, devotion means ownership of a miniature plastic replica. Sideshow Collectibles sells various 12-inch figures from the series for $40 and up. Can't live without a 1965 007 set by A.C. Gilbert? The bad news: It goes for $900. The good news: It includes Oddjob throwing his derby.


BOND CAR
Without a doubt, the car most closely linked to the 007 image is the Aston Martin DB5 (silver, of course); the model was produced in the mid-1960s. The one driven by Sean Connery in Thunderball was auctioned for $2.09 million in early 2006 … built-in machine guns included.



WATCH
Until Pierce Brosnan came along, Bond was a Rolex man. But 1995's Goldeneye saw the new 007 opt for the Seamaster model from Swiss luxury watchmaker Omega. The trend has continued; James Bond is listed as an official Omega "ambassador" and pricier versions Seamaster retail for nearly $5,000.



THE VESPER
Actresses Ursula Andress and Eva Green did their best, but neither could pay tribute to Bond femme fatale Vesper Lynd as well as the drink 007 named after her. The Vesper martini--"shaken, not stirred," as everyone knows--is six parts Gordon's Gin, two parts vodka and one part (now discontinued) Kina Lillet. It's quaffed from a champagne goblet garnished with lemon peel. Never bet against Le Chiffre without downing one first.

For more go to:

www.forbes.com/home/2008/05/28/bond-franchise-cinema-oped-cz_ah_0528bond.html

JIM MCKAY, R.I.P.

JIM MCKAY, R.I.P.

Jim McKay, 86, a longtime television sports journalist, has died of natural causes in Maryland, according to a statement from the McKay family.McKay is best known for hosting 'ABC's Wide World of Sports' and 12 Olympic Games.McKay won numerous awards for journalism, including the George Polk Memorial Award and two Emmys -- one for his sports coverage, the other for his news reporting -- for his work at the 1972 Munich Olympics, which were tragically affected by the Black September terrorists' attack on the Israeli athletes in the Olympic Village.

ESPN - Jim McKay, Olympics and ABC announcer, dies at age 86 - ESPN

Thursday, June 5, 2008

WISEGUYS @ QUEEN MARY!

WISEGUYS @ QUEEN MARY!

Don't miss our pals, The Wiseguys, as they perform all three days at the fabulous Ink-n-Iron Festival this weekend in Long Beach at the Queen Mary!!Friday @ 9 pm on the Exhibition Hall StageSaturday @ 6 pm at the Stampede Saloon Sunday @ 1:30 pm on the Sin City StageCheck out the official Ink-n-Iron website for more information:
www. ink-n-iron. com

AND!!!!!!!Come hang out and help cheer on Miss LISA LOVE in The Pin-Up Pageant @ 4PM!!

TOM MALONE @ VIBRATO!

TOM MALONE @ VIBRATO!


Vibrato Grill Jazz
2930 Beverly Glen Circle
Bel Air, CA 90077
Phone: 310.474.9400
Fax: 310.474.9408

For more information (dress code, parking, map, etc.) or to make reservations at Vibrato Grill Jazz go to: www.vibratogrilljazz.com

I SPY RECONSIDERED - ON SLATE!

I SPY RECONSIDERED - ON SLATE!

The online magazine
www.slate.com has an interesting article today entitled, I SPY A PROGRESSIVE RACIAL FANTASY…THE ORIGINAL BLACK-AND-WHITE BUDDY COMEDY, RECONSIDERED. The article ties in with the recent release of I Spy on DVD.

“The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was tenser, and Mission: Impossible more tightly constructed, but I Spy has a claim to being the great American spy show, an ideal integration of cool in the Marshall McLuhan, Arthur Fonzarelli, and Miles Davis senses of the word.”

Check it out at:
www.slate.com/id/2192932/

007 ON THE RADIO!

007 ON THE RADIO!

www.comanderbond.net tips us to how XM Satellite Radio is getting into the Ian Fleming centenary celebrations with the serialisation of two James Bond novels this month.

Sonic Theatre and Blackstone Audio together present the serialisation of Fleming’s Casino Royale and Live and Let Die.

Casino Royale will air from 28 May to 12 June at 1:00am and 9:00am ET. Live and Let Die is scheduled to air from 13 June through 3 July on channel 163.

Both 007 serializations will be narrated by veteran English actor, Simon Vance. So grab a martini and tune into Sonic Theatre for Bond, James Bond.
For further details, visit the
official XM Radio website.

GOT SMART!

GOT SMART!

Obviously released to coincide with the new Get Smart feature film, the complete series (seven episodes) of the 1995 televison revival of Get Smart – which was at best a missfire – is now available. Do not be duped by the cover art, which prominently features Don Adams and Barbara Felton. While Adams and Felton are supporting players in the series, its focus is on comedian Andy Dick playing their son.

This is probably only essential for Smart completists or fans who don’t mind risking the relatively cheap price of
$10.99 on Amazon.

LOCK, STOCK, AND TWO SMOKING CALABASHES!

LOCK, STOCK, AND TWO SMOKING CALABASHES!

www.zap2it.com reports LOCK,STOCK, AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS, and REVOLVER director Guy Ritchie is the latest filmmaker recruited to bring Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes up to speed for the new millennium.

According to the industry trade papers, Warner Bros. is hoping to have Ritchie's take on the classic British sleuth ready for a 2010 release.

Ritchie (SNATCH) is expected to do a rewrite on Tony Peckham's script, which actually uses Lionel Wigram's upcoming comic book as an inspiration, rather than the Doyle texts.

The most recent director attached to the project was DESCENT helmer Neil Marshall, who was also using the Wigram comic for foundation. Wigram's focus is said to be on a more adventurous Holmes, a side taking advantage of the detective's skills boxing and swordfighting. His relationship with sidekick John H. Watson will remain intact.

Doyle introduced the Victorian gumshoe in the story A STUDY IN SCARLET. The author featured the character in four novels and 56 short stories.

Well over a dozen actors who have played the Holmes character on the big and small screen, a group that includes Peter Cushing, Rupert Everett, Ronald Howard, Jeremy Brett, Christopher Lee, Robert Stephens and, perhaps most iconically, Basil Rathbone.

Ritchie's next film project is the upcoming ROCKnROLLA.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

BAMBOO LOUNGE!


DEVIL MAY CARE SMASHING UK SALES FIGURES!

DEVIL MAY CARE SMASHING UK SALES FIGURES!

Devil May Care, the new James Bond novel by Sebastian Faulks, has become Penguin's fastest selling hardback fiction title ever, with 44,093 copies sold in the four days since it hit the shops.

The figures follow a publicity campaign of true Harry Potter proportions, which saw pre-release announcements of Sebastian Faulks's stint as Ian Fleming reaching the news pages of all the major newspapers.

Waterstone's alone sold over 19,000 copies, with the £100 special souvenir edition selling out in one morning. Queues began outside the chain's Piccadilly store from 4.30pm the previous day. A luxury edition, designed by Bentley and costing £750, also sold out its 300-copy print run in under two hours in the UK.

While JK Rowling has regularly exceeded the Devil May Care sales figures - the final book in her Harry Potter series, Deathly Hallows, sold three million copies in its opening weekend - the Rowling is something of an anomaly.

Elsewhere, only Terry Pratchett and Martina Cole, genre writers with an enormous loyal fanbase, come close, regularly shifting 30,000-40, 000 copies in the first week. Among literary authors such as Faulks, such figures are unheard of.

Following in the footsteps of Thomas' Harris's Hannibal, published in 1999 and selling 1.5m copies that year, Penguin's success with their new Bond obviously owes a debt to the new lease of life given the Bond film franchise since 2006's Casino Royale.

"But that doesn't discount from what has been an absolutely brilliant piece of publishing in terms of awareness and agitation", said Joel Rickett of the Bookseller.

"Sebastian Faulks was clearly an inspired choice, as someone possessed of the requisite dryness, humour and narrative drive, but who wouldn't take the task too seriously".

When not writing as Ian Fleming, Sebastian Faulks's most recent novel is Engelby, about a Cambridge student in the 1970s, published last year by Hutchinson. According to Rickett, the early signs are that sales for Engelby have also been boosted considerably.

Penguin, who own the rights to Ian Fleming's Bond catalogue, but not to the author's literary estate, have also had considerable success with newly designed paperback editions of the original Bond novels.
"We are absolutely delighted with the figures so far," said Joanna Prior, Penguin's director of marketing and publicity.

Asked whether Penguin had been in talks with 4th Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins, to capitalise on the success and continue with new Bond/Fleming books, Prior confirmed that there were no plans as yet.
"At present, we're all just concentrating on the current success, and on the plans for publishing the paperback next year.

"Sebastian Faulks made it clear that this would be a one-off project, and our current agreement with 4th Estate was for this project only."

But neither 4th Estate nor Penguin have written off the idea of continuing the series, possibly with different literary authors standing in as Fleming.

After all, you only live twice.

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"I WISH I'D BEEN A BAD GIRL!"

“I WISH I’D BEEN A BAD GIRL!”

Discribing her as a sex kitten with claws, London's Guardian web site has an interview with Nancy Sinatra discussing her father Frank Sinatra, meeting Elvis Presley for the first time, riding motorcycles with veterans in the annual pilgrimage to Washington D.C., her wish that she’d been a bad girl, and (of course) the new CD compilation of her father’s songs.

“She was the gogo-booted sex bomb who lit up a whole era. On the 10th anniversary of her father's death, Nancy Sinatra talks sex, men and marriage.”

To read
click here

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

BRAD PITT TO REMAKE BULLITT!

BRAD PITT TO REMAKE BULLITT!

The guys over at the Kicking Tires blog (
blogs.cars.com) are all riled up by this news, which was actually released a year ago with no further follow up – still it’s the first I’ve heard of it. The Cars.com blog contains the following information.

“Hollywood loves to remake the classics, mainly because there isn’t enough original thinking in that town to produce interesting new movies. OK, maybe we’re just venting because we’ve learned that Brad Pitt will soon reprise Steve McQueen’s legendary role of Lt. Frank Bullitt. The original “Bullitt” movie featured arguably the greatest car chase scene of all time.


Pitt has a thing for remakes, hot off his third appearance in an “Oceans” movie based off a Rat Pack original. The “Bullitt” movie has been in the works since 2003 but is being rushed into production before a possible strike by the Screen Actors Guild.

We’re obviously car and movie buffs here at Cars.com, and we just released our second list of
the top 10 movie cars of all time. While the “Bullitt” Mustang is No. 5 on the list, we’d probably rank that car chase Numero Uno. If you’re as riled by this news as we are, leave a comment.”

SPY QUIZ!

SPY SECRETS!

Encarta has a spy related quiz today . . .

Spies are a mysterious lot. But we've looked into the dossiers of some of the most famous spies in history--both real and fictional--and discovered some of their secrets. See if you know the answers.

Give it your best try at:

www.encarta.msn.com/encnet/departments/education_1/Default.aspx?page=quiz118&Quizid=118

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN!

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN!

Cabrillo Music Theatre
Presents the final production of its 2007-2008 Season!
Singin’ In The Rain

Choreographed by and Starring David Engel
Directed by Larry Raben

What a glorious feeling… I’m happy again!

February 27, 2008…Thousand Oaks, Calif…The 2007-2008 season ends with a “splash” as Cabrillo Music Theatre presents SINGIN’IN THE RAIN. Based on the classic M.G.M. movie, with choreography by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN comes to life on the Kavli Theatre stage. Theatre veteran Larry Raben will direct, and David Engel will choreograph the show, as well as star as “Don Lockwood,” the role made famous by Gene Kelly.


Accomplished actor and Emmy-winning writer Randy Rogel will play the Donald O’Connor role of Cosmo Brown. Lloyd Cooper will serve as Musical Director and Conductor. The show features songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, with screenplay adaptation by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN will open on Friday, July 25, 2008 and run through Sunday, August 3, for Cabrillo Music Theatre in the Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Countrywide Performing Arts Center located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN takes a humorous look at the “birth of the talkies,” when the silent era of motion pictures came to an end, and movies began to talk. And sing. And dance. Woven into the show are some of the most memorable musical moments ever captured on film, and the stage production brings all of them to life: “Good Morning,” “Make ‘Em Laugh,” “You Are My Lucky Star,” “You Were Meant For Me,” and the title tune are just a few of the musical showstoppers. In addition, Cabrillo Music Theatre’s new production will feature the “Broadway Melody Ballet,” the classic dance made famous in the movie by Cyd Charisse and Gene Kelly, but rarely performed onstage!

“SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, our summer sensation, is perfect entertainment for the entire family,” says Carole W. Nussbaum, Cabrillo Music Theatre’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Cabrillo’s production puts on stage everything you love about the movie . . . including the rain!”

David Engel returns to the Kavli stage in the role of “Don Lockwood,” the role he played in Cabrillo Music Theatre’s 1999 production. Since then, David has played the role across the country to great acclaim. In addition, the multiple Ovation-Award winner has established himself as one of Southern California Musical Theatre’s premiere leading men. Randy Rogel, who has played Cosmo Brown in productions across the country, will bring the role to life in the Cabrillo Music Theatre’s production.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is the perfect family show, and is suitable for all audiences.

FOREVER YOURS, WITH REGRET!

FOREVER YOURS, WITH REGRET!

Ever on the cutting edge of all things Bond,
www.commanderbond.net has found its own way to celebrate Ian Fleming’s centenary with a downloadable collection of James Bond short stories, FOREVER YOURS, WITH REGRET . . .

Nine lives of James Bond…

Of all the projects undertaken over the years by the many members of CommanderBond.net in celebrating their enthusiasm for James Bond, it will become clear to anyone reading these nine amazing tales that this one produced a genuine determination to do it right, to do well by Ian Fleming, whose centenary we celebrate this week.

From the minds of nine talented, imaginative, hugely creative writers, something special has come together in celebration of the life of Bond’s creator. In these tales of danger and death, that rich and vivid blend of violence, exotic places, high living, sharp wit and soft skin that indelibly identifies a James Bond story, returns.

From the smart hotels of Geneva, to the ruins of a Chilean city, in the violence of the gun and in the torment of the mind, from old scores to settle to present-day dangers, from hard torture to harder kisses, from a scream to a sigh, everything that is Bond is here, everything that attracted all of us in the first place and the pity is that Ian Fleming could not see it, could not see what he inspired others to achieve. The writers wanted to do it properly, we think they have—and gone beyond—and in gratitude, they are forever his, with regret.

“Now, take diamonds,” Leiter continued. “After World War II, you British staked your claim in the diamond trade by purchasing mines in Sierra Leone. You’re doing pretty well with it too, or so I hear…”

– Excerpt from Mark Cameron’s ‘Quality of the Stone’

CommanderBond.net is proud to present:
Forever Yours, With Regret - a collection of short stories including:

‘Between the Shadow and the Soul’ – Brian A. Dixon
‘Best Traditions’ – Jon Karon
‘All’s Hell That Ends Well’ – Ryan R. Scott
‘The Blunt Instrumental’ – Thomas Clink
‘Eyes Without a Face’ – Steve Coombs
‘Forever Yours, with Regret’ – Matt Kriter
‘The Birth of Evil’ – John Lam
‘Repellant Affair’ – Trident
‘Quality of the Stone’ – Mark Cameron

CHECK IT ALL OUT AT:
www.commanderbond.net/article/5207

JAZZ ON A SUMMER'S DAY!

JAZZ ON A SUMMER'S DAY!

Jazz On A Summer’s Day, a documentary released in 1960, remains an iconic representation of its era. Noted commercial and fashion photographer Bert Stern took a movie camera to the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival and consequently shot some of the 20th century's greatest jazz musicians in their prime.

These inspired musical segments are interspersed with spontaneous scenes of the enthusiastic fifties crowd and the gorgeous Newport venue, including shots of glistening water and sailboats. This special film should be catnip not only for jazz fans, but all music lovers. The jams indeed soar, what with performers like Satchmo and Gerry Mulligan playing their hearts out, and Mahalia Jackson showcasing her powerful pipes. Even the electric Chuck Berry, very much in his prime, gets in on the act.

Director Stern's camera captures the sheer excitement of the event, while evoking the feeling of a more innocent era. It also features scenes of the 1958 America's Cup yacht races. Vivid color and fluid camera movement help achieve this effect. Jazz On A Summer’s Day is a visual and aural stunner, not to be overlooked.


Appearing in this order in the film:

Jimmy Giuffre 3: Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim Hall
Thelonious Monk Trio: Thelonious Monk, Henry Grimes, Roy Haynes
Sonny Stitt and Sal Salvador
Anita O'Day
George Shearing
Dinah Washington
Gerry Mulligan Quartet: Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer
Big Maybelle
Chuck Berry
Chico Hamilton Quintet
Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars: Trummy Young, Danny Barcelona
Armstrong & Jack Teagarden
Mahalia Jackson
Also appearing are Buck Clayton, Jo Jones, Armando Pareza, and Eli's Chosen Six, the Yale College student ensemble that included later-legendary trombonist Roswell Rudd, shown playing Dixieland as they drive around Newport in a convertible jalopy.




Monday, June 2, 2008

TOP 10 REASONS TO RAISE YOUR CHILDREN AS PIRATES!

TOP 10 REASONS TO RAISE YOUR CHILDREN AS PIRATES!

FROM CAP'N BILLY "THE BUTCHER" MACDOUGALL'S GUIDE TO PIRATE PARENTING:
www.pirateparenting.com

(10) Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to be a pirate, and he’ll steal other people’s fish for a lifetime.

(9) Divvying up booty is good quality time with the kids.

(8) When other parents hear you’re raising your children as pirates,
they’ll stop asking you to volunteer at school.

(7) It’s fun to watch the emergency room doctor’s reaction when
you say your son was injured during “a little mishap boarding a merchant vessel that refused to surrender.”

(6) You’ve always preferred the title “Captain” to “Mommy”
or “Daddy.”

(5) You can spend your kids’ college savings on more important
things, like a trip to Las Vegas.

(4) Your children already smell like pirates, so the transition will
be easy.

(3) The family that plunders together, stays together!

(2) Replacing “family movie night” with “family terrorizing the
neighbors with cannons night” is a wonderful change of pace.

(1) Cap’n Billy wants you to do it—and the last person who didn’t do what Cap’n Billy asked was set adrift in a rowboat with only a day’s supply of water.

#20 WITH A BULLET!

#20 WITH A BULLET!

Our good friend Jonny Blu’s CD IN JUST THAT KIND OF A MOOD is going to be released in Poland on June 13th, BUT, we just found out his CD is already making enough pre-orders on the main online retailer in Poland (Merlin.pl) to be No. 20 on their Bestseller List! Right after Rihanna's GOOD GIRL GONE BAD!

Here's the link if you to want to check it out:

www.merlin.pl/browse/bestsellers/announce/4.html

This is a big deal for Jonny. It's a tough business, more than ever right now, so to have this pleasant news is really great!

"GEE, WALLY, AM I REALLY 60?"

"GEE, WALLY, AM I REALLY 60?"

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BEVER (JERRY MATHES)!

DIRTY HARRY ON MOVIEGEEKS.COM!

DIRTY HARRY ON MOVIEGEEKS.COM!

www.cinemaretro.com tips us to an interview at www.moviegeeks.com with New York magazine film critic David Edelstein, who discusses the legend of Dirty Harry. The conversation offers some great memories and insights, though it takes a few minutes of listening before the main topic comes up - so stick with it.

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OUT OF CONTROL!

OUT OF CONTROL!

Due to be released simultaneously with this summer’s GET SMART feature is the direct-to-DVD spinoff, GET SMART'S BRUCE AND LLOYD OUT OF CONTROL, which follows two CONTROL techies with small roles in the theatrical film in events transpiring simultaneously to Maxwell Smart's adventure.

I don’t know if anything like this has been done before, but I think it’s a cool idea. While I love the trailers and the numerous posters for the new GET SMART, I’m dissapointed by the advance buzz on the film – it may be another case of all the laughs being in the trailer and the rest of the film simply filler.

All said, however, I’ll be in line to plunk down my ticket and judge for myself. I loved the original GET SMART and will probably be very forgiving of this new incarnation – it can’t possibly be worse than THE NUDE BOMB.




Click over to Collider to see the trailer for Get Smart’s Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control



BO DIDDLEY, R.I.P.

BO DIDDLEY, R. I. P.

Bo Diddley, a founding father of rock 'n' roll whose distinctive "shave and a haircut, two bits" rhythm and innovative guitar effects inspired legions of other musicians, died Monday after months of ill health. He was 79.

Diddley died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Fla., spokeswoman Susan Clary said. He had suffered a heart attack in August, three months after suffering a stroke while touring in Iowa. Doctors said the stroke affected his ability to speak, and he had returned to Florida to continue rehabilitation.

The legendary singer and performer, known for his homemade square guitar, dark glasses and black hat, was an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, and received a lifetime achievement award in 1999 at the Grammy Awards. In recent years he also played for the elder President Bush and President Clinton.

For a more extensive obit:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP)


AMERICAN FLYERS!

AMERICAN FLYERS!

While channel surfing last night, I got caught up in the last half of American Flyers on ESPN Classics. This has long been my second favorite of Kevin Costner’s sports films, just behind Tin Cup.

There are two cycling films of note, American Flyers and Breaking Free. Fans of cycling appear to be split fifty-fifty when it comes to choosing which film is best. I personally give the edge to American Flyers because so much time is spent with actual racing scenes.

This is one of Costner’s early films and he gives a low key yet riveting performance as the older of two dysfunctional cycle racing brothers. The film, however, belongs to David Marshall Grant playing Costner’s emotionally damaged younger brother. Alexandra Paul, playing one of the two female leads (opposite Rae Dawn Chong) is captured here at the height of her blooming beauty and is more than enough to get any red-blooded male’s pulse racing.

But it’s really the blending of inspiring music from Greg Mathieson and Lee Ritenour, and the filming of the cycle races by director John Badham, that make this film work for me. We all know where most sports films are going (my favorite exception is Million Dollar Baby – a great boxing film while having nothing to do with boxing and everything to do with being human), so let’s get on with it – which American Flyers does.

No matter how many times I’ve seen this film, I still find myself tensing up as the cycling races progress and the effort needed to win this most brutal of sports becomes clear.

If you’re a sports film junkie (like me) and you’ve missed this classic, do yourself a favor and dig out a copy from somewhere and give it a screening – just make sure you’re in good enough physical shape to handle it.

COKE BOTS!

COKE BOTS!

Vending machines are so popular in Japan that they’ve been made into a popular toy, which in turn was the inspiration for these life size
Coke Bots!

SHIRLEY BASSEY OUT OF THE HOSPITAL!

SHIRLEY BASSEY OUT OF THE HOSPITAL!

Great news! I blogged last week about Shirley Bassie (the best of the Bond theme singers and a knockout voice in her own right) being hospitalized. Fortunately, UPI reported Saturday she hs now left the hospital and is recovering well.

“MONACO, May 31 (UPI) -- Shirley Bassey has officially been discharged from a hospital in Monaco, where the Welsh singer underwent surgery, her spokesman says.Bassey's spokesman, Paul Carey, said the 71-year-old had emergency surgery on her stomach after being admitted to a Monaco hospital last week with complaints of abdominal pains, the BBC said Saturday.Carey said everything appeared to go well with the surgery and Bassey is "resting up and on the road to a full recovery."The "Big Spender" singer, who offered her vocal talents to the theme songs for three "James Bond" films, is expected to perform at a June 27 concert in London's Hyde Park.That event will honor the 90th birthday of noted anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela, the BBC said.”