Saturday, August 2, 2008

THE TIES THAT BOND!

THE TIES THAT BOND!

Writer John Latchem of the Agent DVD web site has a very in-depth article about the factors that have kept the James Bond franchise relevant through the years.

"Ian Fleming could scarcely have imagined the longevity and influence of his most famous literary creation, a British superspy named James Bond. Three generations of fans have enjoyed Agent 007’s adventures in books, on the big screen and on home video.

“The action-film genre was reinvented when Dr. No was released in 1962,” says Lee Pfeiffer, author of The Essential Bond and editor in chief of CinemaRetro.com. “But it wasn’t until Goldfinger in 1964 that the Bond movies exploded into a pop culture phenomenon.”

The cinematic exploits of Bond flowed from the fateful partnership between producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman. Their company, Eon Productions, remains the creative force behind the Bond epics to this day, with a 22nd film on the way and no signs of slowing.

“It really shows the ability of the franchise to refresh itself,” Pfeiffer says. “I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that the films are still being made by the same family.”

Saltzman sold his Eon shares to Broccoli in 1975, and when Broccoli died in 1996, the reins of Eon passed to his daughter, Barbara Broccoli, and his stepson, Michael G. Wilson.

“They realize when the series needs to be reinvented,” Pfeiffer says. “Other productions such as ‘Batman’ run the franchise into the ground, and then a new team comes in to start over.”

To read the entire article click here

JULIE NEWMAR - THE PURRFECT CATWOMAN!

JULIE NEWMAR - THE PURRFECT CATWOMAN!

For my money Julie Newmar will forever and always be Catwoman, even if the long legged beauty thinks Angelina Jolie would be purr-fect to take over the Cat role in the Bat franchise.

"Angelina would own the part," the 74-year-old Newmar has declared.

"Catwoman is Batman's one true love," noted Julie who first played the iconic vamp in the 1960s Batman TV show.

"She's tremendously popular with women because she's both a heroine and a villainess."

Julie's industry pals say Angelina's already made inquiries about the role.

"When you look at the staggering box office of this current film, which actress wouldn't want to jump in?"

The 5 foot 11" star said her original costume with its 22 inch waists will be donated to the Smithsonian National Museum for a fall exhibit.

Sadly Newmar suffers from an incurable neuromuscular disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth which is slowly robbing her of her ability to walk.

It came as a shock to Newmar, whose 33 inch long shapely gams were once insured by Lloyds of London.

"I walk - but very s-l-o-w-l-y," she divulged.

Raised as a Christian Scientist, Newmar channels her power of positive thinking to cope with her greatest challenge.

"My advice to people with any disease is to live above it."

Friday, August 1, 2008

MARTINIINTHEMORNING.COM NEWSLETTER!

MARTINIINTHEMORNING.COM NEWSLETTER!

Hey!
Thank you for being part of one of the fastest growing Internet Radio Stations in the world. The growth of
MartiniInTheMorning.com is essential for our survival and for the future of OUR MUSIC. Despite being almost totally abandoned by the radio industry, the audience for OUR MUSIC is growing across the USA and around the world. Frank Sinatra's Nothing But the Best CD released in May, debuted near the top of Billboard Magazine's Album Sales Chart. Steve Tyrell's Back to Bacharach has also acheived fabulous sales success. Michael Buble, Steve, and so many MartiniInTheMorning.com artists are selling out concert venues almost every night. And if you need further proof, the 1964 Oscar Nominated hit Robin and the 7 Hoods, starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.and Bing Crosby will be revived for the stage, opening on Broadway in 2010. Like the original movie version, this adaptation of the great Sammy Cahn/Jimmy Van Heusen musical will feature OUR MUSIC, including: My Kind of Town, Come Fly with Me, Call Me Irresponsible, All The Way, and many more.

So now, we move to a new phase at MartiniInTheMorning.com. YOU are still our market department, and never before has that role been more important. In order to take the next steps to keep MartiniInTheMorning.com and OUR MUSIC on the air for the long haul, we need your help in introducing MartiniInTheMorning.com to new listeners. Click Here to enter our Martini Multiplication Recruitment Incentive Program. Then there's the matter of money. It costs tens of thousands of dollars each month to play The Greatest Songs Ever Written, online around the world and around the clock. So it's time to reach out to business leaders - those of you who are Lounge Lizards in Exile, and those who want to attract business from other Lounge Lizards in Exile. And here's the Martini in the Morning difference: WE STILL DON'T RUN COMMERCIALS.

On average, FM music radio stations in the USA air 13-15 minutes of commercials per hour, leaving room for 10-14 songs per hour. We don't run traditional commercials and as a resuslt play 16-20 songs per hour. Beginning immediately (as soon as you call and place your order), we will air two hourly Sponsor Recognition spots, approximately 10-seconds long. They will encourage our Lounge Lizards in Exile to visit the sponsor's ad on our website.


Who do you know that loves MartiniInTheMorning.com music in their business? And if you own a business, whether your customers are individual consumers or other businesses, you'll reach the best of both by Clicking Here for complete details. It's your chance to support MartiniInTheMorning.com - and build your buisiness at the same time! There are a limited number of thes sponsorships available. Please act today.

TAKE OUR SURVEY, PLEASE!

So how do we convince potential sponsors that advertising with MartiniInTheMorning.com is a great value, producing fabulous results? YOU DO!

For most of my radio career there has been a myth - that the only people who listen to Standards are senior citizens living on a fixed income, or at least older folks who are set in their ways and not open to advertising for new products or services. We are proud to say that some of our listeners are up in years. Earl Allison of Mission Viejo, CA thinks at 90 he's our oldest listener. Mimi Robinson of Plain City, UT thinks at 18 she is our youngest listener. I suspect they're both wrong - and that we have older and younger - and A LOT in between! With such a broad audience, we've spent the last several years trying to "De-bunk" the age bias.

We know that our "Couple Dozen Listeners" (wink wink nudge nudge) are active consumers, with an age range that TOTALLY shoots a hole in the stereotype about the appeal of OUR MUSIC. I will admit that the way this music is often presented on (mostly AM) radio stations (the few that remain) makes you think the personalities are on leave from the nursing home, or afraid to wake the residents. THAT'S NOT US: Neither the presentation of
MartiniInTheMorning.com, nor the people who listen.

So - here's the deal. As Peggy Lee wrote - I Don't Know Enough About You. Please
Click Here to open our first ever MartiniInTheMorning.com survey. You'll notice that nowhere in the survey that will take about 10-15 minutes of your time, do we ask your name. Nor your address. We DO ask your age, household income and a lot of other VERY personal questions. It's the only way for us to put together a statistical picture of the MartiniInTheMorning.com audience and present it to potential advertisers. It will help us attract quality sponsors to help keep MartiniInTheMorning.com and OUR MUSIC on the air.

YOUR LOUNGE ON THE WEB REMODELED!

It was time! In order to better serve our growing community of Lounge Lizards in Exile, your "Lounge on the Web" needed a facelift. And more than that, we were hearing that there were services and features that would make your visits to MartiniInTheMorning.com more fun and more frequent. And in order to make our website an effective advertising vehicle for lifestyle appropriate business, services, events, destinations, etc, it needs to be a place where you could stop by, have fun, find information you need, meet friends, and generally, be able to find your way around.

On that note, click on the the 10 links on the red navigation bar at the top of each page at
MartiniInTheMorning.com. You'll find on most of them a "Drop-Down Menu" that will guide you to various other pages full of information, services, contests and help. Give yourself a tour of our new "Lounge on the Web," and come back often as it grows and expands to better meet the needs of our Lounge Lizards in Exile community.

Today especially, if you're reading this on Friday or over the weekend, click on the "
Shaken, Not Stirred Saturday and Sunday Song of the Day" link for a chance to win a pair of our MartiniInTheMorning.com martini glasses. If you're reading this on Monday, click the Contest link on the navigation bar and check out our Monday Morning Mindbender to win a MartiniInTheMorning.com hat!

WIN MARTINI IN THE MORNING MARTINI GLASSES!

The Shaken, Not Stirred Saturday & Sunday Song of the Day!
This contest will NOT be announced on the air. Click Here to go to the Contest Page on our website. It will tell you the name of the Saturday and Sunday Songs of the Day. Each day's song will be played between 9 am and 4 pm Pacific. Fill out the contest entry form when you hear the song and you could win. It's that simple. Winners will be announced Monday, August 4th between 9 and 10 am Pacific. Good Luck!

LISTEN LIVE MITM SOUNDS BETTER THAN EVER!

For so long, many Lounge Lizards in Exile had to go to iTunes or other sites to find the MartiniInTheMorning stream. Now we cover every kind of computer, (MartiniVision looks and sounds great on a Mac) browser (yes, even Firefox) and application (WiFi Radios, Second Life, iPhones!) all on our Listen Live page. Click on the MartiniVision icon above to go there and Listen Live. And speaking of MartiniVision, if you haven't tuned-in to MartiniVision yet, you're in for a treat. It's about as exciting as watching paint dry, but it is a chance to see what (if anything) is going on in the MartiniInTheMorning.com studios in North Hollywood, CA. Watch Michelle throw things at Brad. Watch Brad scramble to play your request. Watch the accounts ask Brad when more beans will be coming in than going out.

SUSAN G. KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE!

Team Martini is the Public Works Department for the Lounge Lizards in Exile community. Last year, our Orange County Team Martini raised over $11,000. Our goal this year is to exceed the amount of money we raised and have larger team walking under the Team Martini banner. Additionally, we're looking for sponsors to make it possible for YOU to create a Team Martini in your local community. Already, Stacy Broders is organizing a Team Martini for the Des Moines, IA Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure; Angela Bitetto and Gene Robbins will lead Team Martini in the Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL race this Fall; Michelle Lisanti will lead her Team Martini from The Meadowlands in New Jersey, and we need YOU to help us fight breast cancer. 1 in ever 9 women will fight breast cancer in her lifetime.
We're walking for them and invite you to Click Here to make a donation, sponsoring us as we walk, to join our Orange County Team Martini on September 28th or recruit your own team. Our fight isn't over till breast cancer is cured.

OUR MUSIC LIVE!


Michael Feinstein
Celebrates 50 Years of Marilyn and Alan Bergman
Catalina Jazz Club, Hollywood
August 20-24

Steve Tyrell
Anthology
San Diego, CA
August 20-23

Bobby Caldwell
Hyatt Regency
Newport Beach, CA
August 22

John Pizzarelli &
Jessica Molaskey
Catalina Jazz Club Hollywood
August 27-31

Hartford Symphony POPS!
Simply Sinatra
featuring
Steve Lippia
Hartford, CT
November 1

THE LOWDOWN ON DOWNLOADS!

There are going to be times when you want to program your own music. So many of us have begun replacing our old vinyl or even our CDs with downloads. Here at
MartiniInTheMorning.com, when we added our CD quality stream from Jetcast, we realized that some of the music we've been downloading from the "Traditional Sources" are HIGHLY COMPRESSED FILES. While they allow us to store more music, there is a significant reduction in quality. That might not matter with cheap headphones or speakers. But if you're like so many of our MITM listeners and you're plugging your computer or other music player into a nice stereo system at home, in your car or at work, you'll notice occasionally that something doesn't sound quite right. So we've begun rebuilding our 5,000+ song library with the HD music downloads from MusicGiants.com.

Songs downloaded from
MusicGiants.com will take up a little more space on your hard drive, but you will notice a difference in the quality immediately. At MusicGiants.com, you can select your own songs or access the MusicGiants.com concierge for help in putting together a complete playlist suited perfectly to you. Very soon, you'll start noticing a difference in our quality as we begin replacing our "Skinny" compressed downloads with high quality, "Fat" HD downloads from MusicGiants.com. The difference in your home music library will be profound.

You'll be hearing from us from time to time with info on new music releases. Just two recent releases available at
MusicGiants.com, Steve Tryell's Back to Bacharach and Frank Sinatra's Nothing But the Best, both sound best in HD quality from MusicGiants.com.

THANKS FOR LISTENING!

Thanks for taking the time to read up on MartiniInTheMorning.com, and for filling out our survey! Listen for your chance to win cool stuff on MartiniInTheMorning.com, and of course, for the Greatest Songs Ever Written!

Sincerely,

Brad "Martini" Chambers

ALIVE IN NECROPOLIS!

ALIVE IN NECROPOLIS!

This book hs received a lot of advanced praise, which often makes me wary of the hype. However, I loved the premise and had to pick up a copy. Will report back when I finish.

Meanwhile, here's the cover copy:

Colma, California, is the only incorporated city in America where the dead outnumber the living. The longtime cemetery for San Francisco, it is the resting place of the likes of joe DiMaggio, Wyatt Earp, and aviation pioneer Lincoln Beachey. It is also the home of Michael Mercer, a rookie cop trying to go by the book as he struggles to navigate a new realm of grown-up relationships..." But instead of settling comfortably into adult life, Mercer becomes obsessed with the mysterious fate of his predecessor in the police unit, Sergeant featherstone, who seems to have become confused about whether he was policing the living or the dead...

BIZZARO STRIKES AGAIN!


MOTHER GOOSE & GRIMM!


BROSNAN BACK FOR THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR II!

BROSNAN BACK FOR THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR II!

We’ve known for a while that Pierce Brosnan was returning to conduct a spot more upmarket thievery of the extremely cunning kind with a sequel to ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’ and we’ve now heard that proceedings are well off the starting block’s with casting for ‘The Topkapi Affair’ beginning shortly.

The new caper is partly based on 1964's Topkapi. "We are just using a sliver of that," he says, including the same setting, Istanbul. This time, his billionaire thief is after a rare diamond instead of paintings.

"This is a different affair," Brosnan says. That is an understatement, considering that Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven (Starship Troopers, Showgirls) is in charge. "He does sexy well," says theBrosnan, which means, "I will have to go to the gym to get rid of my Mamma Mia! middle."

It’s good news to hear this one’s finally gearing up into action, and we’re sure that many will not be disappointed to see the delectable Renne Russo replaced by the equally curvaceous pouty mouthed multi-national adopter, Angelina Jolie.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

NEW SHIRLEY BASSEY BLOG!

NEW SHIRLEY BASSEY BLOG!

Ed Burrow is delighted to announce Shirley Bassey's new blog - "THE BASSEY BLOG" - was been launched today.

Shirley sends a messag stating she has been so touched by all the lovely messages that have been flooding in and would like to thank everyone for their kindness and support. She is feeling much better and wishes the new blog and its new compilers all the success in the world. She will no doubt be logging on regularly herself to check out all the latest Bassey news!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EDD "KOOKIE" BYRNES!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EDD "KOOKIE" BYRNES!

He's been lending out his comb and hanging out at 77 Sunset Strip for 75 years today!

50 HOTTEST WOMEN SWORD FIGHTERS!

50 HOTTEST WOMEN SWORD FIGHTERS!

THIS WAS WAAAAY TO GOOD TO PASS UP!

Sophie Marceau (above) is one of my favorites. She is best known to American filmgoers for her roles in “The World is Not Enough” and “Braveheart”. They were decent roles, but she didn’t parlay them into a major Hollywood acting career. Instead, she’s been quite successful in French movies, including the 1994 flick “Revenge of the Musketeers”.
It’s not a bad show as far as Musketeer movies go and Sophie does a convincing job as a swashbuckler.

For the other 49 Click here.

A tip of the fedora to Bill Crider.

24 THE MUSICAL!

24 THE MUSICAL!

Okay, this is a little crazy. I'm not a fan of 24, but Tanner over at Double O Section tips us to this little parody gem.

Specifically, it's 24: Season Two: The Musical, with music and lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan.

Tanner says this makes sense, because Season Two lends itself particularly well to song and dance numbers. Tanner says it's pretty clever and I trust his judgement. He recommends the track performed by "Kim Bauer and Cougar."

VERONICA MARS @ THE RAP SHEET!

VERONICA MARS @ THE RAP SHEET!

Veronica Mars was definitely one of the cutest detectives to hit the small screen and she wasn't too bad at following up clues either.

The Rap Sheet has a great rundown on the show posted at:


KEROUAC AND JAZZ!

KEROUAC AND JAZZ!

Here were the children of the American bop night," Jack Kerouac
wrote in his 1957 novel On The Road, which, like many of Kerouac's other writings, celebrated and invoked the music of Charlie Parker, Lester Young, and many other jazz greats. This program explores his relationship with jazz, including recordings he made with saxophonists Al Cohn and Zoot Sims as well as talk-show host and pianist Steve Allen, the bop that the author and his friends drew inspiration from, singer Mark Murphy's Kerouac tributes, and an interview with musicologist-of-hip Phil Ford.

More about Jack and jazz:
In 1959 Kerouac recorded a narration for the 26-minute film Pull My Daisy, scored by jazz musician David Amram, that featured poets Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, and other members of the beat scene.


Jazz writer Larry Kart wrote an illuminating essay years ago on Kerouac's relationship with jazz; recently he posted it
over at Organissimo.

Listen to music historian Sam Charters' talk about Kerouac and Jazz in an
NPR story about the creation of On The Road. Air date: August 2, 2008Original broadcast date: September 1, 2007.

A TIP OF THE FEDORA TO NUBIAN VIXEN!

SATIN DOLLZ @ THE MINT!


HAPPY 70TH BIRTHDAY TO THE BEANO!

HAPPY 70TH BIRTHDAY TO THE BEANO!

Dennis the Menace, the Bash Street Kids and Minnie the Minx are being celebrated as Britain says happy 70th birthday to the Beano.

The Beano is the last surviving traditional British children's comic. I was a Hotspur and Wizard man (boy) myself, but The Beano was always around and provided a number of laughs. I still enjoy the yearly Beano Annual.

The Beano first appeared on 26 July 1938 and was published weekly. During the Second World War, The Beano and The Dandy (another comic from the D.C. Thompson – one of the major comi publishers) were issued on alternating weeks due to paper and ink rationing. D.C. Thomson's other publications also suffered with the Oor Wullie and The Broons annuals falling victim to paper and ink shortages. Paper and ink supplies were fully restored shortly after the end of hostilities and weekly publication of The Beano and The Dandy soon followed.

As of 2007, over 3000 issues of The Beano have been published. The Beano is currently edited by Alan Digby, who replaced Euan Kerr in summer 2006. Euan Kerr now edits the BeanoMAX, a version of the Beano for older people.

Its iconic characters such as Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx, and The Bash Street Kids have become known to generations of British children. Earlier generations will remember other notable characters which have been phased out, such as Lord Snooty and Biffo.


Official Website:
Beanotown

WITCHBLADE ON DVD!

WITCHBLADE ON DVD!

Along with Highlander and Queen of Swords, Witchblade was one of my favorite cheezy cable series – mostly due to the presence of Yancy Butler. This seven-disc collector's set, released July 29th, includes all 23 episodes from seasons 1 and 2, the original made-for-TV movie and never-before-seen bonus features.

Studio description:

In this adaptation of the Top Cow comic book, Witchblade is the story of a New York detective, Sara "Pez" Pezzini, whose search for justice brings her into contact with the Witchblade, an ancient, intelligent, living weapon so powerful it can battle Earth's darkest evil forces. Week in and week out, "Pez" employs her skills as a police detective to fight crime. She finds she must employ the Witchblade to combat a much greater and frighteningly organized conspiracy of evil that threatens the very soul of humanity. As Sara tries to keep the secret of the Witchblade, do her job and have a personal life, she finds that her most formidable adversary may be the Witchblade itself.

Witchblade: The Complete Series stars Yancy Butler (As the World Turns), John Hensley (Nip/Tuck), and David Chokachi (Baywatch) and features guest star Roger Daltrey (The Who).

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

YOU GOTTA GIVE 'EM CREDIT - SOCCER STYLE!

YOU GOTTA GIVE 'EM CREDIT - SOCCER STYLE!

THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO - REDUX!

THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO -- REDUX!

Who are this generation's Michael Douglas and Karl Malden? CBS hopes to find out.According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS is developing a contemporary take on "The Streets of San Francisco."

Sheldon Turner ("The Longest Yard") and Robert Port ("Numb3rs") will script the update. CBS has already secured Simon West ("Con Air") to direct the pilot.

The original "Streets of San Francisco" aired on ABC from 1972-77.

Malden played Lt. Mike Stone, a veteran San Francisco cop paired with fresh-faced partner Steve Keller (Douglas) to investigate crimes through the Homicide Detail of SFPD's Bureau of Inspectors.
For their work on the series, Douglas picked up three Emmy nominations and Malden four. "The Streets of San Francisco" even picked up an outstanding drama series nomination in 1974, losing to "Upstairs, Downstairs.

"The property was resurrected for "Back to the Streets of San Francisco," a telefilm that aired on NBC in 1992.

The HR story says CBS plans to keep the names of the two main characters, as well as the San Francisco backdrop.

BOND THEME -- ALICIA KEYS & JACK WHITE!

BOND THEME -- ALICIA KEYS & JACK WHITE!

Their first choice was Amy Winehouse. But she was too busy doing drugs. Instead, the theme song for the latest James Bond movie Quantum Of Solace will be the first duet in 007 history of 22 films.

Sony/MGM announced today that artists Jack White of the rock band The White Stripes, and Alicia Keys, have recorded "Another Way To Die", the movie's theme song which was written and produced by White (who is also featured as the drummer on this track).
"We are delighted and pleased to have two such exciting artists as Jack and Alicia, who were inspired by our film to join together their extraordinary talents in creating a unique sound for 'Quantum of Solace,'" producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli say in a joint statement.

The soundtrack to Quantum of Solace will be released by J Records on October 28th.
As Tanner over at www.doubleosection.blogspot.com speculates, massive layoffs are expected at all the British tabloids, each of whom seem to have employed entire departments devoted to making up rumors about who would be singing this theme song!

TAKE IT OUTSIDE – THE HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD FISTFIGHTS!

TAKE IT OUTSIDE – THE HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD FISTFIGHTS!

From
www.hollywood-elsewhere.com comes this tip:

Slate's Dennis Lim has put together an
excellent video slide show on the evolution of Hollywood fight scenes. He explores how we got to the current vogue for jumpy, heavily-edited scenes, with stops along the way to look at The Big Country, Raging Bull, Natural Born Killers, The Matrix, The Bourne Ultimatum, etc.

My two favorites among Lim's selections are
the final Jake vs. Sugar Ray fight from Raging Bull, and the Big Country fist fight between Charlton Heston and Gregory Peck.

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GET MADE WITH MTV - BOND GIRL STYLE!

GET MADE WITH MTV - BOND GIRL STYLE!

Turn yourself into a Bond girl and star in MTV's 'Made'

The MTV show ‘Made’ will be putting together a special Bond Girl special in time for the theatrical release of Daniel Craig’s second 007 film, Quantum of Solace.

This is your chance to star in
MTV MADE: Bond Girl Special—and be transformed into a supercool Bond Girl. You don’t have to be a model or an actress—just adventurous, fun-loving and ready for action.

How To Enter
All you have to do is upload a video and complete the online casting form. Show us your Bond girl potential with lightning karate moves, undercover style or counter-espionage techniques. Be careful not to hurt yourself, and we won’t be impressed by violence.
Be yourself and remember, it’s what’s inside that makes you a star.

Training
Your intensive two-week programme will give you all the skills you need to be a 21st century Bond Girl. You’ll get expert stunt and combat training, fitness, agility and confidence coaching, a voice coach and even your own personal hair and make-up artist!
There’s even a chance to meet Olga Kurylenko, the female lead in Bond: Quantum of Solace.

Eligibility & Other Details
The closing date for all applications is 23:59 on 10 August 2008. Casting open to residents of the UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Belgium only.

Applicants must:
· Be aged 18 or over
· Be available to travel to, and attend a casting in, London on or about 16 August 2008
· Be available for filming in their home town commencing on or about 26 August through to on or about 30 August, be able to travel to, and stay in, London commencing on or about 1 September 2008 through to on or about 7 September 2008 and again on or about 29 September (together the “Filming Dates”)
· Make a casting video and complete a registration form and casting questionnaire
· (Full listing available on official website…)

Visit
www.mtvbondgirlspecial.com for full details, including rules and regulations, submission guidelines and other information.

WEREWOLVES ON FILM!

WEREWOLVES ON FILM!

A brief history of the Hairy One brought to you by The Los Angeles Times which pays tribute to the great werewolf movies with a photo slide show that includes Lon Chaney Jr., Oliver Reed, and of course the forthcoming Wolfman remake with Benecio Del Toro.

To view the slideshow click here

Monday, July 28, 2008

TO TRAP A SPY!

TO TRAP A SPY!

A new review of To Trap A Spy has just appeared on the fairly cool spy film blog Permission to Kill. The review is sort of luke warm, but you can check it out and see many of the other retro espionage films reviewed at: http://permissiontokill.blogspot.com/


THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD!

THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD!

Our blog buddy at
http://hemingwayslounge.blogspot.com gives us the heads up on this new, retro-style, Batman animated series for the cocktail set.

The below teaser called "Batman: The Brave and the Bold," comes from the recent ComicCon. Hemingway’s Lounge claimes it looks like in the “new 'toon we're seeing less of a broody and grim Dark Knight that makes way for a more campy Bat in the POW! BAM! BOOM! vein. Looks like tons of fun!”




The series is now set for release in March 2009.

ROBIN AND THE 7 HOODS!

ROBIN AND THE 7 HOODS!

A new musical adaptation of the 1964 Rat Pack film Robin and the 7 Hoods has set its sights on a Broadway debut in Spring 2010. Directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award nominee Casey Nicholaw (Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone and the upcoming To Be or Not to Be), the production will showcase the classic songs from Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen, such as “My Kind of Town,” “Come Fly with Me” and “Call Me Irresponsible.”

Robin and the 7 Hoods will feature a book by Peter Ackerman, author of the off-Broadway comedy Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight. Ackerman was credited with book revisions for the 2006 Broadway revival of The Pajama Game.

A Prohibition-era reimagining of the tale of Robin Hood, Robin and the 7 Hoods starred Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bing Crosby, Peter Falk and Barbara Rush, trading Sherwood Forest for a gangland Chicago riddled with mobsters. When racketeer Robbo (Sinatra) refuses to surrender his territory to a corrupt sheriff and new mob boss (Falk), Chicago's worst go gunning for him. When a surprising rainfall of illicit funds comes his way, Robbo donates the ill-earned money to a local orphanage and quickly becomes the toast of the town. As the mob war simultaneously rages on, Robbo forms an alliance with the orphanage's director (Crosby) and a smooth pool player (Martin) and tries to come out of it all alive.

The film was nominated for a Best Music, Scoring Academy Award (for Nelson Riddle) in 1965, and garnered another Oscar nod for Best Original Song for “My Kind of Town,” sung famously by Sinatra. Robin also nabbed a Grammy nomination for Best Original Score the same year.

In addition to contributing countless songs to the American Songbook, Cahn and Van Heusen won four Academy Awards for their compositions, including “High Hopes” and “All The Way,” both recorded by Sinatra, a frequent collaborator. Their joint and individual work has long been a Broadway staple, featured in shows including Come on Strong, Skyscraper, Walking Happy and Thoroughly Modern Millie.


Robin and the 7 Hoods will feature musical supervision by John McDaniel, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Natasha Katz and hair and wig design by Josh Marquette. The show is being produced by Bruce Charet, Dennis Mastro, Dennis Farina, Billy Campbell and executive producer Barry Brown.

Casting and production dates have not yet been set.

007 DINNER DOUBLE FEATURE!

007 DINNER DOUBLE FEATURE!

Get shaken and stirred with secret agent dinner and showings of Goldfinger and Casino Royale at Caesars Atlantic City August 14

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (July 28, 2008) – Caesars Atlantic City will celebrate legendary secret agent Bond, James Bond, with a 007 Dinner Double Feature on Thursday, August 14, 2008.

The evening’s intriguing events include a 007 Theme Dinner at Phillip’s Seafood in the Pier Shops at Caesars, followed by screenings of James Bond adventure films Goldfinger at 7 p.m. and Casino Royale at 10 p.m. in the Circus Maximus Theater.

007 DINNER AND DOUBLE FEATURE PACKAGE:

Available for just $40 per person, the 007 Theme Dinner includes a James Bond menu and theme martinis at Phillip’s Seafood. Diners can indulge their good taste with a choice of Phillip’s Chopped Salad or King Crab Cake with martini marinated shrimp for starters. Entrée options are Grilled Flat Iron Steak with jumbo crab and vodka-flavored butter or Peppercorn Mahi Mahi pan roasted and served over sautéed spinach and shoe string potatoes. All ends well with a 007 Dessert of sweetened Phyllo pastry with Kahlúa mousse and fresh berries.

Seating is available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and reservations need to be made by calling 609-348-2273.

Admission to both James Bond movies is included in this package.

007 DOUBLE FEATURE:

James Bond fans may also choose to attend just the two film screenings in the Circus Maximus Theater for $5 per person. Movie-goers will enjoy an adventure-filled atmosphere complete with themed martinis at the bar presented by Stoli Elite along with theater staples like popcorn and assorted candy.

In addition, free roulette and blackjack lessons will be offered where you can learn to play like Bond himself.Purchase your 007 Dinner Double Feature or movie-only tickets through Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.


The 007 Dinner Double Feature. From Caesars, With Love.

2006 CASINO ROYALE COLLECTOR’S EDITION!

2006 CASINO ROYALE COLLECTOR’S EDITION!

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced a 3-disc collector's edition of Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig and Eva Green. It will be released October 21st, 2008.

The film will be presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen, along with an English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround track.

Extras will include 2 commentaries, deleted scenes, multiple behind the scenes featurettes, a Chris Cornell Music Video, Bond Girls are Forever (2006), a James Bond: For Real Documentary, a Becoming Bond documentary, filmmaker profiles, Catching a Plane: From Storyboard to Screen, and "e-Movie Cash" to see Quantum of Solace.

The standard dvd edition will be avaible for $29.95. A 2-disc Blu-ray release will also be available for $38.96

FEMME NOIR #2 IN STORES WEDNESDAY!

FEMME NOIR #2 IN STORES WEDNESDAY!

Blog buddy Chris Mills (www.atomic-pulp.blogspot.com) tells us the second issue of Femme Noir: The Dark City Diaries will be in comic book shops this Wednesday, July 30th.

This issue is a complete, stand-alone story called "Dead Man's Hand," pencilled – as usual – by the legendary Joe Staton, and inked by relative newcomer Mark Stegbauer. Veteran colorist Matt Webb provides the hues, while Matt Haley contributes the variant cover.

The "A" Cover is once again provided by the team of Staton and Alfredo Lopez, Jr.

The issue will also be reviewed on this week's Comic Addiction podcast.

If you haven't caught the Femme Noir fever yet reserve your copy immediately! This is great stuff!

AUGUST @ VIBRATO!


AUGUST @ VIBRATO!

Vibrato Grill Jazz is located at:
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 click:

THE DARK KNIGHT!

THE DARK KNIGHT!

The majority of official movie critics appear to be stumbling over each other in an attempt to give the latest Batman outing, The Dark Knight, ever more glowing reviews. And there are a number of things to rave over – starting with the sinister, creepy, and finally frightening performance of the late Heath Ledger as the psychopathic murderer the Joker.

Ledger is amazing – shambling along, twisting his neck, brushing back his stringy hair, and running a demented tongue over his lips before suddenly surging into someone’s face. He is a mass of demented twitches topped by a fright wig of ragged hair, thick, running gobs of white makeup, scarlet lips, and dark-shadowed eyes. He’s a nightmare clown, Alice Cooper after a bad night, and all actor. He’s mesmerizing to watch.

When Ledger wields a knife, he is thoroughly terrifying. You can’t help but watch him, all the while wondering how badly he messed himself up in order to play the role this way. His performance is a heroic, unsettling final act – a stark look into the abyss.

To his credit, Aaron Eckhart doesn’t try to compete with Ledger’s performance, keeping his role as District Attorney Harvey Dent/Two Face in check. Sure he chews the scenery, it’s a showy character, but there is restraint. Despite his disfigurement, Eckhart’s character, unlike The Joker, still remains recognizably human.

Another pleasure is watching the very English Gary Oldman reboot his role as Commissioner Gordon as an ordinary American Joe. His understated performance gives the movie roots and gravitas.

But, now it’s time to take an opinion contrary to the critical raves.

In all the characterization going on, somebody forgot the film was supposed to be about The Dark Knight – Batman.

Batman Begins, director Christopher Nolans’ first Batman outing, was grim and methodical, but the focus was the Batman. In this sequel, the intense Christian Bale is given far little to do, his character reduced to an insecure superhero in a bad Darth Vader costume with the voice to match.

Bale is supposed to have spent months preparing for this role training with masters of the devastating martial art known as the Keysi Fighting Method. However, you’d never know this from watching the film. The fight sequences are right out of the Bourne Identity school of filmmaking where every ruckus is shot in extreme close-up, in darkness, and quick cut so fast the viewer has no idea what just happened. There is no balletic grace of battle here. Instead there is a lot of disjointed flailing around accompanied by loud sound effects and an even louder driving soundtrack – which, thanks to composer Hans Zimmer, is at least appropriate.

Beyond the lack of a heart for Batman, the film degenerates into an over long (by at least 30 minutes) assault on the senses – a kinky mess of brutality and sadism. Everything blows up from cars to jails to hospitals to heads and stomachs. There are crashes and crashes and crashes, and nobody appears to get hurt despite all the collateral damage.

On paper, the morality play presented by storyline is intriguing. But beyond
the line about heroes living long enough to become villains, and the exchanges between the Joker and Batman regarding playing by the rules when your opponent has no rules, everything else is lost in a noisy, jumbled, sadistic morass.

The Dark Knight is constant frenzy. The thunderous violence and the music jack the audience up. The Dark Knight makes a show of being moral, but in reality it embraces and unleashes everything it preaches against in a spectacularly incoherent tulmet.

While The Dark Knight is based on a comic book - or a graphic novel to use a more correct modern term - it's a shame there is little comic about the film, but plenty that is graphic.

WHO CAN SAVE US NOW?

WHO CAN SAVE US NOW?

Rod Lott has a great review of this eclectic short story collection over at
www.bookgasam.com

“While this summer’s superheroes of the silver screen fly, grow giant and shoot lasers, the ones on parade in the anthology WHO CAN SAVE US NOW?: BRAND-NEW SUPERHEROES AND THEIR AMAZING (SHORT) STORIES sport less conventional powers. Like the power to divert televangelism donations to the truly needy. And to always remember a name. Or to never pee or poop.

Eccentricity is the name of the game in this collection, edited by Owen King and John McNally. The 22 tales within aren’t your standard adventures, but more grounded in literary settings and riddled with angst and humor, rather than battles and bravery.”

To read the whole review click:
www.bookgasm.com/reviews/sci-fi/who-can-save-us-now/#more-3509

DATING FOR THE UNDEAD!

DATING FOR THE UNDEAD!

Hey! Zombies need love too! To fill the nitch there is ZombieHarmony! Meet and date your undead soulmate – it’s a match made in Hell!

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Please date responsibly: bring a baseball bat or crowbar.

Remember – “It’s okay to feed!”

To sign up click:
www.zombieharmony.com

Sunday, July 27, 2008

FIRST EVER U.S. SPORTS FILM FESTIVAL!

FIRST EVER U.S. SPORTS FILM FESTIVAL!

Philadelphia, the setting of some great sports flicks, will host the first-ever U.S. Sports Film Festival from Oct. 23 to 26.

The festival had been set up to debut next month in Lake Placid, N.Y., but got rerouted here when the city made a push, says Tom Caraccioli, who's handling its marketing.

Vince Papale, the inspiration for the movie Invincible, has been involved since the beginning, as have Mayor Nutter, Gov. Rendell, and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Caraccioli says. (His own fave sports movie is Rocky.) Organizer Stephan Hartman went to Villanova and Wharton.

"We wanted to create an outlet for this genre of films," Caraccioli says. "There's nothing really like it."

Hollywood producer Mark Ciardi, whose credits include Miracle, Invincible, The Rookie and others, has committed to participating in the Festival. Steve Guttenberg (Diner, Police Academy, Cocoon, Three Men and A Baby), who played Jim Craig in Miracle on Ice, also will participate at this inaugural event. Other planned programming includes a panel discussion on inspirational sports films, featuring Vince Papale, the everyman portrayed by Mark Wahlberg in the Disney hit movie Invincible. Other invited guests Rudy Reuttiger, the real life Rudy character from the film that bears his name, as well as members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team.

A lifetime achievement award will be presented to Bud Greenspan, seven-time Emmy Award winner, and “Official Keeper of the Olympic Flame.” Greenspan has made a career of documenting the stories of Olympic Games and athletes for nearly 40 years. New films and documentaries also will be on display and judged during the three-day festival.

For all the official info go to:

www.lpsportsfilmfest.com


JAZZ -- SUNDAYS ON SUNSET!

TONIGHT @ THE CICADA CLUB!


TONIGHT @ THE CICADA CLUB!

SPECIAL EVENING MAXWELL DEMILLE'S ANNUAL 39TH BIRTHDAY PARTY

Dean Mora's world famous 20-piece dance orchestra will serenade you with big band favorites from the 1930's and 1940's featuring vocalists Kayre Morrison Damon Kirsche with special guests The Sisters of Swing, Eddie Wakes plus a fabulous floor show featuring THE SATIN DOLLZ PINUP DANCERS!

OVIATT PENTHOUSE AFTER PARTY

After the show, travel to the top of the Oviatt Building for an exclusive after party at the Art Deco Oviatt Penthouse. Music on the terrace by the Tip Top Trio plus a torrent of top talent and tunes!



SCRIBE AWARDS!

SCRIBE AWARDS!

Congratulations to my good friend Lee Goldberg for picking up a Scribe award during the recent Comic Con.

The Scribe awards are presented by
International Association of Media Tie-In Writer's as part of their efforts to change and increase the awareness of tie-in writing in the mainstream media.

Below is a list of the winners and their catagories:

BEST GENERAL FICTION ORIGINAL
MR. MONK AND THE TWO ASSISTANTS by Lee Goldberg

BEST GENERAL FICTION ADAPTED
AMERICAN GANGSTER by Max Allan Collins

BEST SPECULATIVE ORIGINAL
STARGATE ATLANTIS: CASUALTIES OF WAR by Elizabeth Christensen

BEST GAME-RELATED ORIGINAL (SPECIAL SCRIBE AWARD)
EBERRON: NIGHT OF THE LONG SHADOWS by Paul Crilley

BEST SPECULATIVE ADAPTED
30 DAYS OF NIGHT by Tim Lebbon

BEST YOUNG ADULT ORIGINAL
NANCY DREW AND THE CLUE CREW #10: TICKET TROUBLE by Stacia Deutsch & Rhody Cohon

BEST YOUNG ADULT ADAPTED
THE 12 DOGS OF CHRISTMAS by Steven Paul Leiva


Lee has a wonderful bloag available at: