Saturday, August 23, 2008

THE SINATRA PROJECT – MICHAEL FEINSTEIN!

THE SINATRA PROJECT – MICHAEL FEINSTEIN!

I’M NOT A HUGE MICHAEL FEINSTIEN FAN BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION (HIS VOICE IS TOO CRYSTAL, HIS STYLE TOO BROADWAY FOR MY TASTES), BUT I’VE LISTENED TO A NUMBER OF CUTS OF THIS NEW ALBUM, THE SINATRA PROJECT, AND IT IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING SPECIAL.

All About Jazz has a good piece on the new album:

Four time Grammy nominee, singer/pianist Michael Feinstein is poised to release his 24th album, The Sinatra Project, through Concord records September 2, 2008. The new album is a tribute to “The Chairman of the Board" himself, Frank Sinatra and is Feinstein's first recorded tribute to another performer. With the help of producer-arranger Bill Elliott, Feinstein realized they wanted to record an album of great romantic songs that had been sung by “Ol' Blue Eyes".

“For years I've had the desire to celebrate Sinatra's musical sensibilities, but I have no desire to copy the classic songs that he rendered better than anyone else. I wanted to create an album that would explore his style of singing and his style of music" comments Feinstein.

To that end, the dynamic duo decided to record the album as they would have fifty years ago, in the famous last surviving recording studio from the days of stereo, Capital Studio A in Hollywood.

“We set up the recording sessions the way they were done back in the day, with the entire band in one room, drums next to the trumpets and saxes, using only a handful of microphones to capture the warmth and depth of the music" added Elliott.

TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE CLICK HERE

MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. ON E-BAY!

MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. ON E-BAY!

E-BAY IS CURRENTLY RUNNING AN AUCTION FOR A RARE NBC ADVERTISING PROMO BOOKLET FOR THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. THE BID IS CURRENTLY AT $240.00 - A BIT PRICY, BUT QUITE A RARE ITEM.


ITEM DESCRIPTION:

This is a very unusual find for Man From Uncle collectors. It is the book put out by NBC to garner sponsorship and advertising for the first season of the show.


The book is large 13.5 by 10.5 inches and spiral bound. It is 40 pages. The first and last pages are plastic.



It includes:
Episode promos
A synopsis of the show
Explanation of THRUSH
Short bios and pictures of the show developers, producer and music director
Bios of the main characters
Sales pitch on why the show will succeed
List of top writers and directors
More episode promos
Sponsorship rates

The book is in great condition. Very cool . . . there is not currently anything like it on the online market. NBC probably did not print many of them and most were discarded long ago.

TO VIEW THE AUCTION CLICK HERE

Friday, August 22, 2008

DOG TALES!

DOG TALES!

Okay, dog lovers get equal time today. After putting up today’s version of Cat Tales a friend sent me the link to this story (Thanks, Donna)…

ARGENTINE DOG SAVES ABANDONED BABY


An eight-year-old dog has touched the hearts of Argentines by saving the life of an abandoned baby, placing him safely alongside her own new puppies.

The country's media are calling him "the miracle baby".

He was born prematurely to a 14-year-old girl in a shanty town outside the capital, Buenos Aires.

She is said to have panicked and abandoned the boy in a field, surrounded by wooden boxes and rubbish.

Then along came La China, the dog which somehow picked up the baby and carried him 50m to place him alongside her own puppies.

The dog's owner heard the child crying and found him covered with a rag.


TO READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE CLICK HERE

ANITA O'DAY: THE LIFE OF A JAZZ SINGER!

ANITA O'DAY: THE LIFE OF A JAZZ SINGER!

Wow! How did this film slip past my radar? Anita O’Day is my favorite of the ‘girl singers’ who tore it up with the big bands of the ‘40s and ‘50s. I’m going to have to see this ASAP.

The film's publicity release carries this description:


Before her death in November 2006 at age 86, Anita O'Day, one of jazz's most complex and rhythmic vocalists, smiled on the music world for six decades.

This film portrait captures all the magic that took this sly Chicago native, a white girl who could hold her own against Billie and Ella, from Gene Krupa's bandstand to solo stardom.

Film footage of Anita O'Day's appearance at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, immortalized in the 1960 documentary Jazz on a Summer's Day and excerpted here, may be the defining moment of the post-bebop era.

The LA Times reviewer Sheri Linden had a positive review in today’s Calandar section:

The great Anita O'Day, tough cookie and sublime jazz vocalist, receives a fitting tribute in this exuberant documentary, completed shortly before her death in 2006 at 87. Alive with improvisational energy and rejecting the conventional biographical format, the film pursues ideas and feelings rather than chronology as it scats through an archival wealth of interviews with O'Day and some of her most inspired performances.

Although she never reached the same level of fame as they did, O'Day's talent put her in the echelon of Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. She was the first artist signed to Verve, played the Apollo and got a mention in On the Road.

TO READ THE COMPLETE REVIEW CLICK HERE

FRANK SINATRA DIES HARD, BABY!

FRANK SINATRA DIES HARD, BABY!

Writer friend Lee Goldberg has a nice little blog today about Frank Sinatra’s connection to the film Die Hard.

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

CAT TALES!

CAT TALES!

I’m a sucker for a good cat in jepoardy tale, and cairns.com.au supplies us with a dandy!

Meet Chloe the high-speed car surfing cat.

The two-year-old's morning nap on an ambulance ended in a hair-raising 13km trip from Port Douglas to Oak Beach at 100km/h, with lights flashing and siren blaring all the way.

Chloe's owner and paramedic Myles White got a huge shock when an extremely distressed meow alerted him to a "goggle-eyed" cat sitting on the roof.

"We did the job and we were loading the patient in the back of the ambulance when we heard a cat let out a big meow," he said.

"Someone said there was a cat on the roof and I looked up and was very surprised to see it was my cat, Chloe.

"The road to Oak Beach is quite windy and it was lights and sirens all the way.

"I cannot believe that she managed to stay on and survive.

"When I took her down, she was all fluffed up and her eyes were a bit blown out and she did a big 'Help, get me off' meow."

TO READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE CLICK HERE

THE 39 STEPS!

THE 39 STEPS!

John Buchan’s Richard Hanney stories have always been among my favorites – especially The 39 Steps. Now, the Euro Crime blog reports the BBC is planning a television remake

One of the centrepieces of the BBC's Christmas schedule will be a feature-length adaptation of The Thirty-nine Steps, the spy thriller later turned into a film by Alfred Hitchcock, "reimagined" for the Jason Bourne generation.


The BBC is set to unveil its plans for the new version, which will star Spooks actor Rupert Penry-Jones, today before filming begins in Scotland next month.

An instant hit on its publication in 1915, John Buchan's novel features a restless adventurer, Richard Hannay, who meets a man who claims to be a spy. When he finds the man murdered in his flat, Hannay flees for Scotland, where he becomes entangled in a conspiracy which not only threatens his life but could lead to an invasion of Great Britain.

FOR THE COMPLETE BLOG POST CLICK HERE

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: SHADOW OF A BROKEN MAN – GEORGE CHESBRO!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: SHADOW OF A BROKEN MAN – GEORGE CHESBRO!

George Chesbro is one heck of a writer and it is a huge shame he has dropped off the high profile publishing position he once enjoyed.

His creation of Mongo the Magnificent took the private eye genre into a whole new direction – straddling the traditional mean streets with a dash of the mystic and exotic. While the Mongo books gathered many fans, Chesbro continued to follow his own reality in books such as Bones and Veil as well as the three book paperback original series, Chant (under the pseudonym David Cross). But it was Mongo who truly set Chesbro above the solid, but traditional, private eye novels of the era.

Shadow of a Broken Man (Simon & Shuster 1977) was the first Mongo book published, but the second written. City of Whispering Stone, which was the second book in the series publishing chronology, was actually written first, but could not find a publishing home.

Aside from several published short stories, Shadow of a Broken Man introduced the world to Dr. Robert Frederickson, known to his friends as Mongo, a professor of criminology at a New York City university, a former circus headliner, a black-belt karate adept, and a private detective – who just incidentally happens to be a dwarf.

His investigation into the tangled history of a renowned architect named Rafferty, who supposed died in a bizarre accident, brings him up against Lippitt, a strange victim of Communist torture, whose interest in Rafferty goes deeper than patriotism.

Mongo's tenacity sets in motion an incredible chain of events leading to an explosive and terrifying climax on a New York waterfront, in which a deadly secret is revealed.

The book also introduces readers to Garth, Mongo’s ‘big’ brother – an NYPD detective. As the series progressed, the relationship between Mongo and Garth became one of the impressive trademarks of the series.

First edition copies of Shadow of a Broken man are rare these days, but Chesbro has his own website where copies of all his books can be obtained in trade paperback format.

TO CHECK OUT CHESBRO’S WEBSITE CLICK HERE

I still remember Mongo fondly and am determined now to dig back into my collection and start reading him again from the beginning.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

SEPTEMBER 2008 @ THE JAZZ BAKERY!


SEPTEMBER 2008 @ THE JAZZ BAKERY!

MAKE A RESERVATION ON LINE !


Click the performer's name to order tickets on line, call Brown Paper Tickets at: 800-838-3006 or, as always, the Jazz Bakery Information line: 310 271-9039 - and you can still come down to the JB

Aug 25:
Ray Brinker Band w/ Christian Jacob, Trey Henry and a very special Blond Vocal Guest ! $25
Aug 26: Quartet Equinox flamenco jazz w/ Dirk K flamenco gtr Andy Suzuki sax/flute/bass clarinet David Hughes double bass & Brad Dutz perc/vibes $25
Aug 27: trumpeter Emile Martinez Sextet Jazz Tribute $25
Aug 28: saxophonist Mitch Marcus Quintet $25
Aug 29 & 30: vocalist Tessa Souter w/ Jamie Rosenn gtr Jason Harnell dr Ryan McGillcuddy ba $30
Aug 31: trumpeter Sean Hennessy Jazz Sextet $25
Sep 2: trombonist Isaac Smith Quintet $25
Sep 3 - 6: guitarists Anthony Wilson & Chico Pinheiro Quartet w/ Hamilton Price ba & Edu Ribeiro dr Wed,Thr $25 Fri,Sat $30
Sep 7: Ricky Hopkins Urban Band $25 matinee
Sep 7: Redlands Zanja 8 Youth Jazz Combo $25
Sep 8: vocalist Shaynee Rainbolt sings with Russell Garcia & his Four-Trombone Band $30
Sep 9: The Wee Trio w/ Jared Schonig dr James Westfall vibes Dan Loomis ba $25
Sep 10 - 13: alto saxophonist Greg Osby Quintet w/ Nir Felder gtr Adam Birnbaum pno Joseph Lepore ba Hamir Atwal dr Wed,Thr,Fri $25 Sat $30
Sep 14: guitar/piano Duo Greg Abate & Bill Cunliffe $25 matinee
Sep 14: Ray Charles 90th Birthday ! w/ Lynn Roberts & the Bob Alberti Sextet $30
Sep 15: vocalist Kalil Wilson $25
Sep 16: Taiko Drums ! w/ Hiro Hayashida & Zi-Pang $30
Sep 17 - 20: piano/bass/drums Steve Kuhn, Steve Swallow & Al Foster $30
Sep 21: vocalist Tish Oney & John Chiodini Trio Peggy Lee Tribute w/ Jim Hughart ba Kendall Kay dr Bob Leatherbarrow vibes & Bill Watrous tromb $25 matinee
Sep 21: vocalist Dahni Piro $25
Sep 22: guitarist/vocalist Frank Potenza $25
Sep 23: pianist Yaron Herman w/ Matt Brewer ba & Gerald Cleaver
Sep 24 - 27: Antonio Sanchez & Migration w/ David Sanchez tenor Miguel Zenon alto Scott Colley ba Wed,Thr $25 Fri,Sat $30
Sep 28: Music & Mirth Yarmy's Army plus Sue Raney ! $30 matinee
Sep 28: Judy Wolman's Sing ! Sing ! Sing ! Glory of Gershwin $25
Sep 29: Mike Gurrola ba Austin Peralta pno Kevin Kanner dr & Zane Musa sax $25
Sep 30: vocalist Anne Walsh Brazilian Jazz CD preview $25
Oct 1 - 4: pianist Hiromi's Sonicbloom Wed,Thr,Fri $30 Sat $35
Oct 5: pianist/vocalist Howlett Smith The Carpenter $25 matinee
Oct 5: vocalist Inga Swearingen of Prairie Home Companion $25

BOOK HER, DAN-O!

BOOK HER, DAN-O!

NO CRIME SHALL GO UNPUNISHED!


From The Smoking Gun website:

Wisconsin woman, 20, arrested for two overdue library volumes

AUGUST 21—The next time you forget to return a couple of library books (and ignore those annoying letters about the overdue status of said volumes), think of Heidi Dalibor. The Wisconsin woman, 20, was arrested earlier this month in connection with a pair of books overdue for several months. Dalibor, who made the mistake of ignoring a court citation issued after she failed to respond to letters and phone calls from the Grafton library, was busted August 6 for failing to return copies of Janet Fitch's best-seller "White Oleander" (a 1999 Oprah Book Club selection) and "Angels & Demons," author Dan Brown's precursor to "The Da Vinci Code."


According to a police report, Dalibor was apprehended at her family's home, cuffed and stuffed in a cruiser, and booked for violating the "overdue library materials" ordinance. She also had to pose for the below mug shot at the Grafton Police Department. Dalibor subsequently settled with the library by paying her overdue fines and reimbursing it for the cost of the two novels, which totaled around $180.

Dalibor's mother Patty told TSG that her daughter was "a good kid" who works two jobs. She is also now the owner of the Fitch and Brown books, which Dalibor got to keep as a result of paying off her library levies.

A tip of the fedora to Bill Crider

MARTINI MOVIES!

MARTINI MOVIES!

I’m not exactly getting the connection between the martini lifestyle and the movies chosen by Sony to jump start their Martini Movies brand. However, Sony is claiming their new label Martini Movies will offer “hip and iconic films for the cool film lover.”

From the Sony Press release:

Straight men and con artists, radicals and revolutionaries, flacks and scabs: they’re all here, shooting the breeze, working the room , cursing the past and toasting the future. According to Sony, their selected Martini Movies feature the work of some of the finest actors and directors of the past fifty years and take us from the dawn of Hollywood to 1970’s Las Vegas con-games.

Films for the first slate of releases include
The New Centurions with George C. Scott; The Anderson Tapes starring Sean Connery and directed by Sidney Lumet; The Garment Jungle with Lee J. Cobb; Rita Hayworth-starrer Affair in Trinidad and $ (Dollars) starring Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn. All debuting on DVD (region 1 anyway) for the first time, these films will be released Sept. 23 @ $19.94 each.

Each DVD also will include “Martini Minutes,” which gives instructions on how to hold your liquor, how to pull off a heist and how to play the leading lady or man.

GEMINI DIVISION!

GEMINI DIVISION!

Episodic Web series, or webisodes, are still in their infancy, but their quality and frequency are growing. Webisodes can either be web original programing or supplementary programming to existing network series.

Currently, NBC and the Sci-Fi channel are three webisodes in to a new series, Gemini Division -- an American science fiction series of five-to-seven minute long webisodes created by Electric Farm Entertainment which went into production in March 2008.

Based on an original story by Brent Friedman, Gemini Division is about an NYC detective investigating the murder of her fiance. During the investigation she uncovers a global conspiracy involving the creation of simulated life forms that have assimilated with the unsuspecting public.

An NYPD undercover vice cop, Anna Diaz is used to walking the thin blue line between truth and fiction. One slip, her cover blown, and she could end up dead. That's why she always keeps the world at arm's length. That is, until she meets Nick Korda.

Nick is everything Anna ever wanted. For the first time in her life, she finally feels safe enough to lower her guard, be herself. So safe, in fact, Anna's beginning to wonder if this guy's too good to be true. Especially after he whisks her to Paris for a romantic getaway and pops the question. Though Anna can't deny her feelings for Nick, she also can't ignore those warning signs about his business, his health and his past - causing her to doubt whether or not this man is truly the person he claims to be. But before she can get the answers she needs to commit, Anna witnesses Nick's gruesome murder.

Determined to bring the people responsible to justice, Anna discovers Nick was not the man she thought - in fact, he wasn't a man at all. Nick Korda was a "Simulant" - a bio-engineered life form - connected to a global conspiracy involving covert military operations, bizarre genetic experiments – and a mysterious organization known as GEMINI DIVISION.

The series stars Rosario Dawson, who worked with Electric Farm Entertainment on the Webbie nominated cult internet series Afterworld.

Gemini Division also combines the first true convergence between internet based entertainment and advertisers creating a "launch pad" designed with the dissemination of product information as it's creative process. Acura, Cisco Systems, Intel Corp, and Microsoft Corp. are among the first brands involved with the development of the program.

The show began airing August 18th on NBC and The Sci-Fi Channel as part of their online content.

TO CHECK OUT THE SERIES CLICK HERE

ADAM ADAMANT LIVES!

ADAM ADAMANT LIVES!

Adam Adamant Lives! was a British television series that ran from 1966 to 1967 on the BBC. Proposing that an adventurer from the early 20th century had been revived from hibernation in 1966, the show was a comedy adventure that took a satirical look at life in the 1960s through the eyes of an Edwardian.
The show was designed to challenge The Avengers – it’s on air competition – but suffered from a smaller budget and network infighting.

I’ve known about Adam Adamant for years and have always been intrigued by it, but I've never able to see any of the elusive episodes. Finally, through a contanct on the Yahoo Groups U.N.C.L.E. list, I have a complete set of the surviving episodes on DVD.

If you can appreciate it for the time frame in which it was made, Adam Adamant Lives! is great stuff. Corny and hokey by today’s standards, it doesn’t hold up as well as The Avengers, and it is clear why the latter was more popular. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed this slice of British television history.


Wikipedia has an extensive entry on Adam Adamant Lives!

The main character, Adam Llewellyn De Vere Adamant, was a swashbuckling Edwardian gentleman adventurer, frozen in a block of ice in 1902 by his arch-nemesis "The Face" and revived in 1966. On emerging from a hospital and collapsing on the London streets, Adam was rescued by Georgina Jones. Though in many ways a typical swinging sixties chick, Jones had grown up idolizing Adamant through tales of his turn-of-the-century exploits. Adamant soon became embroiled in the criminal world of the 1960s when Georgina was threatened after becoming witness to a murder. Subsequently, Adam rebuilt his old home on the top of a multi-story car park in central London and purchased a Mini Cooper S. During an adventure in Blackpool he acquired a manservant in the form of former music hall artiste William E. Simms. In terms of fashion, the series captured well the gradual shift in 1966-7 from the "mod" styles of "Swinging London" to the more Bohemian, eventually hippie, styles, that characterized the late sixties.

TO READ THE COMPLETE ENTRY CLICK HERE

ROGUE COP!

ROGUE COP!

Ed Gorman has a nice review of the noir film Rogue Cop posted on his blog.

Rogue Cop is one the best film noirs of the 1950s, standing alongside such classics as The Big Heat (1953) and The Big Combo (1955). The film is dark and the atmosphere tense and gritty. The tone of the movie is set from its opening moments, as the credits are stamped against the backdrop of police activity in the city, sans musical accompaniment. The storyline effectively highlights the standard plot of a flawed “hero” changing sides and going up against a particularly ruthless antagonist – the character motivated less by the need for redemption than revenge. Sadistic villains were almost a staple in noir cinema: from Tommy Udo to Vince Stone to “Mr. Brown”. Until participating in the noirish shootout that ends the film, Raft’s Dan Beaumonte is never explicit in his evil actions; however, the scene in which he dispatches Nancy to his “friends” in punishment for her taunting him is chilling in what it suggests.

Ed goes on to talk about William P. McGivern, who wrote the novel Rogue Cop on which is based, and other similar noir films and books by McGivern.

TO READ THE WHOLE REVIEW CLICK HERE

VERONICA MARS – THE MOVIE!

VERONICA MARS – THE MOVIE!

Word is out that Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas recently met with the show's former star, Kristen Bell, about the possibility of making a film based on the cult series. Thomas has now confirmed he has also had some conversations with former VM exec producer Joel Silver.

Thomas is currently a busy man, with a reworking of his 1998 series Cupid in the works, and he recently wrote/produced the pilot for the upcoming 90210 series and is developing another television series based on a show from New Zealand (Outrageous Fortune).

But Thomas said, "But as soon as I have any free time, that's (VM) my top priority."


This would be way cool. Veronica Mars was one of the best mystery show to hit the airwaves in a longtime and I was sad to see it cancelled.

Thomas has apparently also developed a interesting twist to revamp the show for the big screen -- jumping forward a few years, with Veronic as a fledgling FBI agent.

A tip of the fedora to Crimespree Cinema

BOBBY CALDWELL @ NEWPORT BEACH SUMMER JAZZ SERIES!

BOBBY CALDWELL @ NEWPORT BEACH SUMMER JAZZ SERIES!

Hey! We’re going to be swinging out to catch Bobby Caldwell at the Hyatt Regency this coming Friday as part of their Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Summer Jazz Series. Bobby has been one of our favorite singers for years, but somehow we’ve never been In the right place at the right time to catch him in concert – so, we’re stoked.

There are still a few tickets available, including the pre-concert dinner.

BOBBY CALDWELL
August 22nd
The Hyatt Newporter1107 Jamboree RoadNewport Beach, CA 92660Showtime: 8:00 PM Tickets:
www.jazzconcerts.com

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

IF BARRY BONDS HAD A DOG!

IF BARRY BONDS HAD A DOG!

Canada’s Victoria Times tips us to Wendy the muscle dog, a whippet with a genetic disorder causing ridiculous muscular growth.

While Wendy's condition is sure to have many medical applications to various muscle development disorders, I’m hoping Disney casts her as the bad guy in Air Bud 4.

TO READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE CLICK HERE

ENEMY ACE!

ENEMY ACE!

Bookgasm has a nice review of Enemy Ace, a new reprint from DC:

Continuing with reissuing the more esoteric titles for its super-affordable Showcase line, DC has brought back one of the best war comics that ever graced the page. Enemy Ace follows German flying ace Hans von Hammer — sort of like a comic book version of the Jean Renior film Grand Illusion, since Hammer always follows the rules of fair play.

Starting out as a support story in Our Army At War, the character then became the central piece for Star-Spangled War Stories. There a few recurring enemies for von Hammer to fight — mainly The Hangman, a French pilot who crops up throughout the series — all while he deals with his lot in the war of what his fellow officers call just a killing machine. Hammer befriends a wild wolf of all things, who seems to be the only thing he can relate to, as they’re both lone killers.

TO READ THE COMPLETE REVIEW CLICK HERE

GIRL FIGHT!

GIRL FIGHT!

Tired of WWF and Luca Libre? Then check out this article from National Geographic featuring ‘cholitas luchadoras’ or fighting Bolivian beauties…

In the wrestling rings of Bolivia, skirts fly as cholitas fight back!

Like many of the women of Aymara descent in the audience, Yolanda and Claudina are dressed to the nines in the traditional fashion of the Andean highlands: shiny skirts over layers of petticoats, embroidered shawls pinned with filigreed jewelry, bowler hats. Their costumes glisten in the spotlights while they make a regal progress around the bleachers, greeting their public with the genteel smiles of princesses, twirling and waving gracefully until the music stops. That's the sign for the two women to swing themselves deftly onto the wrestling ring that has been the focus of this afternoon's activity. Swiftly they remove their hats, unpin their shawls, and ... whap, whap, whap! Claudina belts Yolanda one, Yolanda slaps Claudina, Claudina tries to escape, but Yolanda grabs Claudina by her pigtails and spins her around, and WHAM! Claudina whirls through the air, petticoats and braids flying, and lands flat on her back on the mat, gasping like a fish. The audience goes nuts.

TO READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE CLICK HERE

OH, THOSE RING-A-DING-DINGING CANDIDATES!

OH, THOSE RING-A-DING-DINGING CANDIDATES!

BBC NEWS reports Frank Sinatra is the only artist to feature among the top 10 favourite songs of both US presidential candidates.

Democrat Barack Obama included You'd Be So Easy To Love on his list, while John McCain named I've Got You Under My Skin as one of his favorites. The lists were compiled by the US magazine Blender.

Abba are favoured by Republican Mr McCain with Dancing Queen at number one and Take a Chance On Me at number three.

Obama's favourite song, meanwhile, is Fugees' 1996 hit Ready Or Not.

TO READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE CLICK HERE


And a tip of the hat to THE DINO LOUNGE for the link

ERRAND OF ANGELS!

ERRAND OF ANGELS!

This is the latest offering in Mormon cinema. Errand of Angels will be opening in theaters in Utah and Idaho on August 22nd. To find out when Errand of Angels will screen in other parts of the country keep checking the ERRAND OF ANGELS WEBSITE.

In the spirit of hit missionary movies like The Other Side of Heaven and The Best Two Years comes a heartwarming film every family should see!

Set in the scenic mountains of Austria The Errand of Angels is the story of Sister Rachel Taylor (Erin Chambers), an optimistic missionary who learns through her trials that sometimes the greatest change comes from within.

TO WATCH THE TRAILER FOR ERRAND OF ANGELS CLICK HERE

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD!

THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD!

CRITERION are coming out with a restored high-definition digital transfer DVD of Martin Ritt's The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1965).

SYNOPSIS

John Le Carré’s acclaimed bestselling novel, about a Cold War spy on one final, dangerous mission, is every bit as precise and ruthless onscreen in this adaptation directed by Martin Ritt. Richard Burton delivers one of his career-defining performances as Alec Leamas, whose hesitant but deeply felt relationship with a beautiful librarian (Claire Bloom) puts what he hopes will be his last assignment, in East Germany, in jeopardy. An intelligent, hard-edged, and even tragic thriller, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is etched with realism and suffused with genuine political and personal anxiety.

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET FEATURES

- New, restored high-definition digital transfer
- New interviews with author John Le Carré and cinematographer Oswald Morris
- The Secret Center: John Le Carré (2000), a BBC documentary on the author’s extraordinary life and work
- Acting in the ’60s: Richard Burton, a 1967 interview with the BBC’s Kenneth Tynan examining the actor’s performances and accomplishments
- Gallery of set designs
- Theatrical trailer
- PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Michael Sragow and a reprinted interview with Ritt
- More!

Film Info
1965
112 minutes
Black and White
1.85:1
Dolby Digital Mono 1.0
Not Anamorphic
English

ABOUT THE TRANSFER

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Black bars at the top and bottom of the screen are normal for this format. This new high-definition digital transfer was created on a Spirit Datacine from a 35 mm composite fine-grain master positive. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, and scratches were removed using the MTI Digital Restoration System.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JILL ST. JOHN!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JILL ST. JOHN!

AS MY BLOG BUDDY BILL CRIDER SAID -

"NO COMMENT NEEDED!"


BLOOD 'N' THUNDER!

BLOOD 'N' THUNDER!

I’ve finally gotten around to looking at my copy of Blood ‘n’ Thunder #20 (Spring 2008) and can see it’s another outstanding issue.

Kudos to Ed Hulse for continually producing a terrific zine that features thoughtful articles on not only pulps, but old-time radio and movies, or as the banner at the top of the cover says: “Adventure, Mystery, Melodrama.”

For instance, the cover story for the latest issue (No. 20, Spring 2008) looks at the turmoil leading up to Popular Publication’s purchase of Adventure and the efforts of its new editor, Howard Van Lieu Bloomfield, to recapture the glory of the magazine for its 25th anniversary issue.

Also in this issue is one of my favorite reads: a reprint from a vintage Writer’s Digest. This time out it’s tips on writing for the aviation pulps by Arch Whitehouse from 1931.

Another installment of “Cliffhanger Classics” finds Ed Hulse examining the brief careers of Pathe’s last serial team, Hugh Allan and Gladys McConnell, whose starring vehicles included The Tiger’s Shadow (1928) and The Fire Detective (1929). This article is illustrated with rare photos from the late Ms. McConnell’s personal collection.The previous issue of BnT looked at “ashcan” magazines printed for the Spicy line of pulps and celebrated the 75th anniversary of Doc Savage Magazine with an article by Will Murray on Lester Dent’s breakdown in the mid-1930s.

It’s a shame it’s only quarterly, but producing the zine takes quite a lot of effort. And I prefer the quality-to-quantity stance Ed takes with Blood ’n’ Thunder.

Single copies of Blood ‘n’ Thunder #20 are $6.00 plus $1.50 for postage. One-year (four-issue) subscriptions are available for $25. Payments should be made out and mailed to: Ed Hulse, 2467 Route 10 East, Bldg. 15, Apt. 4B, Morris Plains, NJ 07950.

THE LITTLE BOOK OF BOND!

THE LITTLE BOOK OF BOND!

CommanderBond.net reports today on yet another upcoming book literary 007 fans can add to their list.

Scheduled for publication this September in the UK is The Little Book of Bond by Michael Heatley. This 128-page hardback is another edition to the million-selling Little Book series and explores the history of the James Bond film series and examines the actors that have portrayed the famous spy.

The Little Book of Bond will be released in the UK on 22 September, retailing for £6.99. A US release will follow on 1 January 2009. Retail price is $9.99.

The Little Book of Bond is a 128-page hardback book in the million selling Little Book series written by Michael Heatley. This fantasic companion is a perfect entry into the world of the most well known spy in the world. From the early movie release of Dr. No fans of the Bond franchise have been fascinated by Bond’s world of fast cars, fantastic looking girls and unique gadgets.

This superb little Gift book looks at the history of the series and explores the actors who have played him from Sean Connery to David Niven and the more recent incarnations through actors Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.

THE BRIDE, THE GROOM, THE RING, THE TASER!

THE BRIDE, THE GROOM, THE RING, THE TASER!

It was a wedding to remember – the cake, the reception,… and the taser? Yep, here’s a story of how some hard-partying newlyweds get to spend their first night of wedded bliss in the county jail…

"The crowd was trying to hold back the groom from mouthing off more, but finally he broke free, and they had to take him down," Sepic said of police. "He was heading for the officers. . . . Then the bride moved in and tried to interfere."

As the newlyweds struggled on the ground, a police officer used a Taser on Somora, 29, police said. Pastuszwska, 28, was holding her new husband tight, and was shocked as well, Skowron and authorities said.

"Imagine the kids and grandma seeing the bride and groom getting Tasered on the floor."

TO READ ABOUT THE COMPLETE DEBACLE CLICK HERE

Monday, August 18, 2008

BATMAN/SUSPECT?

BATMAN/SUSPECT?

It's times like this that make me question that maybe, just maybe, Golden and Silver-Age Batman might have... just might have ... been a pedophile.

Thanks to our blog buddy at HEMINGWAY'S LOUNGE for giving us the tip we needed to take the Dark Crusader down!

HAVANA NEW YORK RIO @ VIBRATO!


LAURENCE FISHBURNE OFFICIALLY JOINING 'CSI' TEAM!

LAURENCE FISHBURNE OFFICIALLY JOINING 'CSI' TEAM!

After a month of rumor and speculation, Laurence Fishburne has officially signed on to join the cast of CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

While not technically replacing exiting series star and executive producer William Petersen, Fishburne will make his debut on "CSI" in the season's ninth episode, an addition generally tied to Petersen's pending exit.

Fishburne's character is a former pathologist, now lecturing at colleges in criminalistics. As was previously reported, the character is an expert on criminal behavior, driven by the fact that he has several key genetic markers that show he has a tendency toward acts of violence himself.

"CBS asked us, 'Who's at the top of your dream list?' say "CSI" executive producers Carol Mendelsohn and Naren Shankar in a statement. "Without hesitation, we said Laurence Fishburne. He is a powerful and intense actor, with an incredible range. We had the opportunity to see Mr. Fishburne in 'Thurgood' on Broadway a few weeks ago, and it was a truly profound experience. The actor disappeared and Thurgood Marshall was standing there on the stage. Mr. Fishburne is also a talented writer and director. If you distill CSI down to its essence, it's a collaboration--and we are so looking forward to collaborating with Mr. Fishburne. For all of us at CSI, this is truly a dream."

Fishburne was one of several names who popped up in early buzz about Petersen's possible replacements. Other respected actors mentioned at the time included John Malkovich and Kurt Russell.

A Tony winner for August Wilson's "Two Trains Running" and an Oscar nominee for "What's Love Got to Do with It," Fishburne has also won a pair of Emmys as producer on "Miss Evers' Boys" and for guest starring on "Tribeca." For a generation of viewers, though, his most recognizable small screen credit was his turn as Cowboy Curtis on "Pee-wee's Playhouse."

In CBS' statement, Fishburne adds, "I am elated and delighted to be joining the cast of 'CSI.' I look forward to a wonderful collaboration with the creative and talented team of such a successful and distinguished show."

Fishburne's casting will be formally announced in a conference call with reporters on Monday (Aug. 18) morning.

ON BEALE STREET!

ON BEALE STREET!

Here’s a new twist to the Elvis lexicon. Thirty-one years gone and they’re still writing about the King – and they always will.

On Beale Street by Ronald Kidd is a super Y/A (young adult) novel about the birth of rock-and-roll. Like John Sayle’s last film, Honeydripper, On Beale Street is set in a time period when the blues were changing and rock-and-roll was rising – a time in America when more than the music was changing. There is fine writing here – and if you love Elvis, you’ll love this book.

ROCK AND ROLL IS ABOUT TO CHANGE JOHNNY ROSS' LIFE

Living in Memphis in 1954, Johnny's world is completely segregated -- until he starts sneaking out to Beale Street at night. Beale Street, with its music clubs, is on the wrong side of the tracks, but it's the only place Johnny can hear the blues, which is all he cares about. It's also near Sun Records, where Johnny finds himself working for Sam Phillips -- and witnessing history in the making when an up-and-coming musician named Elvis records his first song. Nobody has heard anything like it.

All at once Johnny is pulled into a storm of controversy around this new kind of music, just as racial tensions are reaching a breaking point. What started out as a part-time job and a way to get behind the scenes of a record label is now spinning out of control. As songs like Elvis's start rising up the charts, Johnny sees the power music has to bring people together -- while secrets from the past threaten to tear his black-and-white life apart.

In this searing, cinematic novel, acclaimed writer Ronald Kidd tells a coming-of-age story set against a backdrop of race conflict and the birth of rock and roll.


TO READ THE FIRST CHAPTER CLICK HERE

RADIO INTERVIEW!

RADIO INTERVIEW!

I recently did an interview regarding my writing career with host Dave White for his new radio show DAVE WHITE PRESENTS on KSAV radio located at
www.ksav.org/

Dave sent me a note telling me the show came out great, requiring no editing, so I must not have tripped over my tongue too often.

The show will debut this Tuesday August 19, from 7:30-9PM Pacific time on KSAV radio. To listen, visit
www.ksav.org and follow the instruction on how to listen.

Beginning Wednesday, August 20, the program will be available 24/7 at DAVE'S WEBSITE
by clicking on the "Listen To The Latest" button.

If this goes over well me do another show – as Dave put it in his email: “I was struck by listening to our discussion that an interview about the LAPD and how it has changed from the days of Dragnet and Adam 12 would be interesting.”

If it comes together, I’ll let you know. Meanwhile, check out the current interview tomorrow evening or after Wednesday by CLICKING HERE.

HAPPY (BELATED) BIRTHDAY, EYDIE GORME!

HAPPY (BELATED) BIRTHDAY, EYDIE GORME!

I missed this on Saturday (August 16th), but still wanted to give a tip of the fedora to one of the best female singers to ever take on the great American Songbook.

I’ve been fortunate to see Eydie and her husband, Steve Lawrence, on several occasions – including once during their Diamond Jubilee tour with Sinatra – and they always put on a fantastic show.

TO CHECK OUT THE STEVE AND EYDIE WEBSITE CLICK HERE

KILLERCON 2009 - LAS VEGAS!


KILLERCON 2009 – LAS VEGAS!

The First Annual Las Vegas KillerCon will take place at the Palace Station Hotel/Casinofrom September 17 through September 20, 2009.

KillerCon is a new multi-genre (horror, thriller, and paranormal romance) convention, and is the brainchild of author Wrath James White, who is not only enmeshed in the horror/thriller community as a writer but has extensive experience in coordinating and promoting sporting events and in managing his own businesses.

Wrath is joined by writer Monica J. O’Rourke, who Chaired the 2005 World Horror Convention in New York City, as well as several New York City-based Stoker Awards banquets, and has many years’ marketing experience.Guests of Honor include:

L. A. BANKS

L.A. Banks has penned more than 30 novels and 11 novellas in a wide range of genres and is the recipient of the 2008 Essence Magazine Storyteller of the Year Award. A native of Philadelphia, Banks is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania Wharton undergraduate program, and alumnae of Temple University’s Master of Fine Arts in filmmaking program.

In 2000, Banks won the coveted contract with Paramount/Showtime in collaboration with Simon & Schuster/Pocketbooks to write a book series for the popular cable network television series Soul Food. Banks also penned a four book crime thriller for Kensington/Dafina, beginning with Betrayal of the Trust, under her alternate pseudonym, Leslie Esdaile Banks. From there, Banks transitioned into another hot genre—the world of paranormal fiction, where she is currently penning a 12 book Vampire Huntress Legend series under the pen name, L.A. Banks, for St. Martin’s Press, as well as a hot new werewolf series, Crimson Moon Novels debuting spring 2008.

Currently Banks writes full-time, always working on multiple projects and anthologies simultaneously, and she resides in Philadelphia with her teenage daughter and her black Labrador Retriever.

HEATHER GRAHAM


New York Times and USA Today best selling author Heather Graham’s first book was with Dell, and since then she has written more than one hundred novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult and Christmas family fare.

She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty languages, and to have been honored with awards from Walden Books, B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Coeur, Romantic Times and more. She has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, Mystery Book Club, People and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including Today, Entertainment Tonight and local television.

Recent titles include A Kiss of Darkness, If Looks Could Kill and The Death Dealer. Deadly Night, Deadly Gift, Deadly Harvest and Nightwalker are highly anticipated and will be released in 2008 and 2009. Ms. Graham also writes under the names Shannon Drake and Heather Graham Pozzessere. Her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living.

JOE LANSDALE

Where does Mojo storytelling come from? How does a fella learn to spin over-the-top yarns of any sort: horror, suspense, humor, science fiction, Western, what have you? First you got to see the world, like champion Mojo storyteller Joe R. Lansdale, who has lived everywhere from Gladewater, Texas to Mount Enterprise, Texas to Nacogdoches, Texas!

Lansdale is a student of the martial arts for more than thirty years. With more than twenty books to his credit, Lansdale is the champion Mojo storyteller. He’s been called "an immense talent" by Booklist; "a born storyteller" by Robert Bloch; and The New York Times Book Review declares he has "a folklorist’s eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur’s sense of pace." He’s won umpty-ump awards, including five Bram Stoker horror awards, a British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Horror Critics Award, the "Shot in the Dark" International Crime Writer’s award, the Booklist Editor’s Award, the Critic’s Choice Award, and a New York Times Notable Book award. He’s got the most decorated mantle in all of Nacogdoches!

Lansdale lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, with his wife, Karen, writer and editor.

BRIAN KEENE

Brian Keene is a two-time Bram Stoker Award winning horror author, first in 2001 for his non-fiction work Jobs In Hell and then again in 2003 for his debut novel, the post-apocalyptic zombie tale The Rising. In 2004, he won the Shocker Award for his non-fiction work Sympathy For the Devil. His other novels include Dead Sea, Ghoul, City of the Dead, Terminal, The Conqueror Worms, Fear Of Gravity, and more. Several of his books and stories have been optioned for film, video game and comic book adaptations.

Keene has often been credited (by the New York Times, Fangoria, the History Channel, and others) with ushering in the new era of zombie popularity in pop culture (along with filmmaker Danny Boyle).

In 2008, Marvel Comics announced that Keene would be writing for them. His first project for the company is the four-issue Dead of Night: Devil Slayer.

Keene currently lives in Pennsylvania.

. . . MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

Details and links at the website will be updated frequently. Keep checking back!

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MOUTH FULL OF BULLETS – SUMMER ISSUE!

MOUTH FULL OF BULLETS – SUMMER ISSUE!

The Summer 2008 issue of Mouth Full of Bullets is online now!

There are a number of MFOB regulars in this issue, including John M. Floyd, Jack Hardway, and Stephen D. Rogers.

In addition, there are ten new faces around the place, including Jac Weimer, Teresa Hubley, Helen H. Fanick, Robert Petyo, Christa M. Miller, Sati Benes, DBA Lehane, James R. Tate, C. M. Clifton, and Regina Lawson.

CONTENTS

SHORT STORIES:

*Apples by Jac Weimer

*Beach Bummed by Kim Smith

*Butterfly by Jack Hardway

*Let Them Eat Cake by Teresa Hubley

*Meeting Some Guys by Stephen D. Rogers

*Snowbound by Helen H. Fanick

*Speed Kills by Robert Petyo

*The Promise by Christa M. Miller

FLASH FICTION:

*A Violent Bunch by Sati Benes

*An Act Of God DBA Lehane

*Hit The Hitter by Gary R. Hoffman

*Murder Most Foul by James R. Tate

*Sweetheart by Anita Page

*Unintended Bluff by C. M. Clifton

SERIALS:

*The Bastard Mummy by Frank Zafiro - (Installment ONE of FOUR)

SERIES:

Law and Daughter: A Thief In The Night by John M. Floyd

POETRY:

*A Secret Shame by Regina Lawson

*Comeuppance by Guy Belleranti

*Criminal Obsession by Guy Belleranti

TO CHECK OUT THE WHOLE ISSUE CLICK HERE

FIFTY-TO-ONE!

FIFTY-TO-ONE!

In November, Hard Case Crime will release its 50th title, publisher Charles Ardai’s
FIFTY-TO-ONE. The novel will celebrate the entire Hard Case catalogue via full-color endsheets depicting all 49 covers and retailing for a very reasonable $7.99.

The bigger news, however, is that in December, a deluxe edition will be issued limited to only 50 copies, custom-bound in leather, housed in a handmade traycase and signed by such authors as Stephen King, Lawrence Block, Donald Westlake, Max Allan Collins, John Lange (aka Michael Crichton) and about a dozen others. Unfortunatley the price for this instant collector’s item will be racheted up to $750.00.