Saturday, June 14, 2008

DONNA LEON & COMMISSARIO BRUNETTI!

DONNA LEON & COMMISSARIO BRUNETTI!

What a joy it is to discover a new and wonderful author with a large backlist for you to dive into. It doesn’t happen often these days, but every once in a while I still get lucky. Last year it was two fantasy authors, David Gemmell and Tamara Pierce. This year, it is mystery writer Donna Leon and her unique creation Commissario Brunetti of the Venice Police.

In preparation for a return trip to Italy next year, it has been over thirty years since I last set foot there, I have begun my usual routine of reading novels set in an area I plan to visit. Since our first stop will be Venice, I began with a novel by Donna Leon, whose mysteries came highly recommended.


I was not disappointed. Leon’s police detective Commissario Guido Brunetti is a policeman’s policeman – that is he thinks and acts like a real police detective. Many authors think writing a police procedural means copying the television stylings of Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue, Law & Order or any other popular Hollywood creation. This never captures the true way police officers/detectives think – it is all flash, and tough talk, and gritty dirty secrets glossed up with fisticuffs and action. This isn’t real police work, nor does it speak to the humanity and thought process possessed by real life officers/detectives.

In Brunetti, Leon has capture the true heart of a detective, his thinking and concerns, the every day aggravations, and the intense desire to be an advocate for the truth. Read a Leon book for the beauty of her prose, the depiction of Brunetti, and the loving portrait of Venice – the city the Brunetti loves and which speaks to his soul.

STATHAM / MCSHANE - DEATH RACE!



JASON STATHAM AND IAN MCSHANE IN DEATH RACE 2008 (A REMAKE IN NAME ONLY OF THE CUL CLASSIC DEATH RACE 2000)! WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE? THIS AUGUST! BE THERE!

A tip of the fedora to Chris Mills at www.atomicpulp.blogspot.com for digging up this trailer.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

CINEMA RETRO ISSUE 11!

CINEMA RETRO ISSUE 11!

The latest issue of Cinema Retro (#11) is now in the mail to all subscribers. Because it is publish in England, those lucky Brits always get the magazine first, but if you're a subscriber for the current season, it will be in your hot little hands any day.

The consensus is this is the best issue ever with something for everyone with tributes to both Doris Day and Linda Hayden, queen of those naughty teenage schoolgirl movies of 1970s British cinema.

Once again, Cinema Retro thanks all of their subscribers who continue to support the magazine. It’s impossible to check the Cinema Retro site every day without being tempted to get the print edition, but they won't stop trying to get you to unleash those moths from your wallets. Here is a recap of what is in issue #11:

8 PAGE FILM-IN-FOCUS TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL CAINE IN GET CARTER, WITH RARELY SEEN PRODUCTION PHOTOS AND PROVOCATIVE STILLS.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: DIRECTOR JOE DANTE DISCUSSES HIS FAVORITE FILMS

PT. 1 OF OUR TWO-PART SERIES SHOWING EXCITING, NEVER BEFORE ON-LOCATION PHOTOS FROM THE 1969 JAMES BOND FILM ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE TAKEN BY A CREW MEMBER. (
CLICK HERE FOR SNEAK PREVIEW)

SCHOOLGIRL SEX: 15 YEAR OLD LINDA HAYDEN IN THE CONTROVERSIAL, EROTIC CULT FILM BABY LOVE

TRIBUTE TO SCREAM QUEEN BARBARA STEELE

EXTENSIVE LOOK AT GERRY ANDERSON'S UNDERRATED SCI FI FLICK DOPPLEGANGER (AKA JOURNEY TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE SUN)

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. FEATURE FILMS PART THREE ANALYZES ONE SPY TOO MANY

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH DAVID MCCALLUM AND A LOOK AT HIS WAR FILM MOSQUITO SQUADRON

PART 2 OF OUR TRIBUTE TO DORIS DAY

SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT THE PINK PANTHER AND A SHOT IN THE DARK
FORMER UNITED ARTISTS EXECUTIVE MICHAEL SOLOMON (HUSBAND OF LUCIANA PALUZZI) RECALLS THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SETTING UP THE COMPANY'S SOUTH AMERICAN OPERATION IN THE EARLY 1960S

THE QUEEN'S VISITS TO PINEWOOD STUDIOS

KAREN BLACK JOINS CINEMA RETRO AT THE PLAYERS CLUB

RETRO FINDS ORIGINAL PROPS FROM DEADLIER THAN THE MALE STILL ON DISPLAY AT PINEWOOD STUDIOS!

RAYMOND BENSON'S TOP TEN FILMS OF 1970

THE IAN FLEMING EXHIBITION AT LONDON'S IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

WHO REALLY DID PLAY BAMBI IN THE JAMES BOND FLICK DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER?

CELEBRATING THE GLORY DAYS OF BRITISH DOUBLE BILL QUAD MOVIE POSTERS

STATUES OF THE STARS AND WHERE YOU CAN FIND THEM

PLUS THE BEST SOUNDTRACK, DVD AND MOVIE BOOK REVIEWS!

DON'T MISS OUT-
SUBSCRIBE TODAY! (SEE THEIR SUBSCRIPTION SECTION FOR INFORMATION OR CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE THROUGH EBAY)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

OUTTA HERE!

CHICAGO TOWN SWINGING!

HEY, I'M OUTTA SIGHT, OUTTA MIND, AND OUTTA HERE FOR TEN DAYS!


CATCH ALL YOU ALLIGATORS ON THE FLIP-FLOP WHEN I GET BACK --- OWWWWW, GET BACK!

BURN NOTICE NOVELS!

BURN NOTICE NOVELS!

www.doubleosection.com also informs us about the new Burn Notice novels about to hit the shelves. Author, Tod Goldberg is the brother of my good buddy and prolific author Lee Goldberg – who is himself responsible for the popular Diagnosis Murder and Monk novels.

According to an insert in next week's Burn Notice DVD from Fox, the series will follow 24, Alias, and countless other spy series (including classics like The Avengers and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) into the realm of bookstores this summer. The insert describes Tod Goldberg's THE FIX as "the first in a new series of Burn Notice mysteries.

The publisher,
Penguin, provides the following description:

Covert spy Michael Westen has found himself in forced seclusion in Miami—and a little paranoid. Watched by the FBI, cut off from intelligence contacts, and with his assets frozen, Weston is on ice with a warning: stay there or get “disappeared.” Driven to find out who burned him and why, he’s biding his time helping people with nowhere else to turn. People like socialite Cricket O’Connor whose own husband has vanished, along with her fortune...

The paperback is available to pre-order for $6.99 on
Amazon, and due out on August 5.

NEW COMIC BOOK OUT TODAY: NIGHT & FOG #1!

NEW COMIC BOOK OUT TODAY: NIGHT & FOG #1!

Tanner, our blog buddy at
www.doubleosection.com, gives us the following update on his new project under his Mathew Bradford ‘pseudonym.’

Okay, so it's not really a spy comic. But it's a comic I co-wrote (my first), so I'm pretty excited, and I guess I'd be stupid not to use this forum to promote it a little bit! And, of course, I couldn't leave the spying out of it totally, so there is an espionage subplot that crops up in future issues... Mainly, though, it's a horror book. A big, exciting, military vs. monsters in a confined space, got-to-survive-till-dawn kind of thing. While I blog about spies, Hammer movies are another passion of mine, and I got to pay tribute to those with this six-issue series, albeit in a much more contemporary style and context. Basically, we try to put a modern sci-fi spin on a bunch of classic monsters: Dracula, Mr. Hyde, zombies, the Invisible Man. Throughout the series, our creature continually adapts to suit its circumstances, and each iteration owes something to one of those guys. But it all plays out in a sensibility closer to Aliens than The Curse of Frankenstein, if that makes any sense. It's a lot of fun. When I'm not Tanner here or Brisco on various forums, I sometimes go under the alias of Matthew Bradford, and I co-wrote Night & Fog with Alex Leung, while Roberto Castro supplied the awesome art for the first issue.

Published by Studio 407, Night & Fog #1 is available now in comic book stores across the country and at various online outlets as well. You can preview the book (
direct link) on the Studio 407 website, or learn more about it in an interview Alex and I did with Fangoria.

WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN!

WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

WE WANT INFORMATION. INFORMATION. INFORMATION!

WE WANT INFORMATION. INFORMATION. INFORMATION!

The below info is from
www.aintitcool.com

Six Of One, which bills itself as the official appreciation society for
the amazing old British TV series “The Prisoner,” says it has exclusive details on a new AMC/ITV “Prisoner” miniseries:

* Ian McKellen will play chief jailer Number Two;

* Jim Caviezel will play chief inmate Number Six;
* Jon Jones (“Cold Feet”) directs;
* Six episodes will be produced;
* Shooting starts the first week of August;
* It shoots on location in Namibia and South Africa;
* It airs next year.

I confess I’m not too familiar with Six Of One, but there’s an awful lot of specificity there.

Is the casting of big-deal movie star McKellen as Number Two too good to be true? If the shoot starts in less than two months, we’ll likely have some measure of the report’s accuracy sooner rather than later …

Find Six of One’s report
here.

TRANSPORTER 3 TRAILER!

TRANSPORTER 3 TRAILER!

www.allcine.com has a great trailer for the upcoming Transporter 3 – I for one can’t wait. Jason Statham rocks!

Check it out at:
Transporter 3 teaser trailer

A tip of the Fedora to Tanner over at
www.doubleosection.com for pointing the way!

A BRONX TALE!


STEVEN SEGAL -- COCKPUNCHER!

OKAY, SO THIS PIECE OF SARCASM FROM THE ONION IS HIGH ART, BUT IT IS FUNNY!

JULY 4TH @ THE BAMBOO LOUNGE!


Monday, June 9, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LES PAUL!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LES PAUL!

The man who started it all is still struming and picking away at 93 years young!

Les Paul (born Lester William Polsfuss on June 9, 1915) is an American jazz guitarist and inventor. He is a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which made the sound of rock and roll possible.

His many recording innovations include overdubbing, delay effects such as sound on sound and tape delay, phasing effects and multitrack recording.

In 2003, he was named the 46th best guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone, however, many seasoned rock artists feel he should have been rated much higher because of his longevity and guitar achievements and innovations.