Saturday, October 4, 2008

APPALOOSA!

APPALOOSA!

Saw and throughly enjoyed this traditions western based on one of Robert Parker’s (creater of Spenser, Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall, etc.) western novels. Clearly a labor of love for writier, director, star Ed Harris.

I don’t always agree with Roger Ebert, but he is still my favorite movie critic. Here’s what he had to say about Appaloosa, which he gave three stars out of four.

Appaloosa started out making me feel the same as I did during the opening chapters of Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove," and its TV miniseries. At its center is a friendship of many years between two men who have seen a lot together and wish they had seen less. This has been called a Buddy Movie. Not at all. A buddy is someone you acquire largely through juxtaposition. A friend is someone you make over the years. Some friends know you better than you know yourself.

That would be true of Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen), who for years has been teamed up with Virgil Cole (Ed Harris). They make a living cleaning bad guys out of Western towns. Virgil wears a sheriff's badge, and Everett is his deputy, but essentially, they're hired killers. They perform this job with understated confidence, hair-trigger instincts, a quick draw and deadeye aim. They're hired by the town of Appaloosa to end a reign of terror under the evil rancher Randall Bragg (Jeremy Irons).

So already you've got an A-list cast. Harris plays a man of few words, many of them pronounced incorrectly, and steel resolve. Mortensen is smarter than his boss, more observant, and knows to tactfully hold his tongue when he sees the sheriff making mistakes, as long as they're not fatal. Irons plays the rancher as one of those narrow-eyed snakes who is bad because, gosh darn it, he's good at it.


TO READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW CLICK HERE

If you like a good western, Appaloosa is well worth your time.

Friday, October 3, 2008

TRAVEL LIKE BOND!

TRAVEL LIKE BOND!

The discount travel site Orbitz has launched a major official "Travel Like Bond" campaign tied in with the release of Quantum Of Solace.

You can't do it better than Bond, but you can certainly travel like him. Sip cocktails in the crystal-blue Caribbean, indulge on the Vegas Strip, relax at a luxury resort, wander through glamorous world capitals -- without worrying about dangerous double agents and sinister characters. You don't have to be a suave international spy to travel like one.

Save 10% on hotel stays with promotion code BOND10 plus up to 40% with special offers in select destinations. Or save $75 off 3+ night vacation packages with BOND75.

TO CHECK OUT THE WHOLE DEAL CLICK HERE

LIVE: NEIL DIAMOND AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL!


LIVE: NEIL DIAMOND AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL!

WE HAD THE GOOD LUCK TO BE IN THE AUDIENCE FOR THIS CONCERT. AT 67 YEARS OLD, DIAMOND ROCKED THE HOUSE – 18,000 STRONG, AND EVERY ONE OF US UP AND DANCING. A GREAT SHOW! TODAY'S LA TIMES RAN THE FOLLOWING REVIEW...

Diamond's classic pop schtick is as sweet as Caroline at his Bowl set.

By Ann Powers
LA Times' Pop Music Critic

NEIL DIAMOND looked about ready to unleash another zinger after the umpteenth rousing chorus of "Sweet Caroline" on Wednesday at the Hollywood Bowl. He arched his iconic black eyebrows and gave a little grin. What would it be, a loving insult thrown at a fan trying to sneak out to use the bathroom, or a lightly wry reminiscence of growing up a Brooklyn boy? But wait -- the crowd was still up and dancing. They knew the drill.

"Well," Diamond purred, uttering the instructions he'd certainly given on many a previous night, "it looks like we're gonna do it one more time!"

On cue, Diamond's well-oiled band resumed the familiar chord progression, Diamond hit the high note on the line, "Good times never seemed so good," and the fans shouted back: "So good, so good, so good!"

Diamond's concert (the first of three area performances, with another at the Bowl on Thursday and one Saturday at Staples Center) took place during the Jewish High Holidays, traditionally a time of reflection, not boogalooing to infectious rhythms. Yet what is more ritualistic than a Neil Diamond show? He's the rocking rabbi of ecumenical pop, spanning the distance between deep thinking and hip shaking with a strum of his guitar.

Diamond's many hits represent the musical smorgasbord that's fed him since his early days as a songwriter-for-hire in New York. In good voice after a recent bout with laryngitis, the 67-year-old delivered his beloved hits in subtly expanded versions that showed their roots.

Latin rhythms surfaced Wednesday in oldies like "Cherry Cherry" and the new "Pretty Amazing Grace." Some ballads, like the eloquently performed "I Am . . . I Said," invoked French chanson; others veered closer to gospel. Interpreted by Diamond's 14-piece band, these familiar songs gently grew, but not in ways too challenging for the devotees joyously clinging to every verse.

A few songs from the Rick Rubin-helmed albums that recently have given Diamond's career a kick were embedded into the set list. He was careful to warn those wanting "Song Sung Blue" (which they didn't get) and "Love on the Rocks" (which they did) that artists will keep growing, even in their golden years. "That was yesterday; this is now," he announced before leaving behind his old stuff for a mini-set from this year's "Home Before Dark."

Diamond can still write a line that sticks in your head, even if it makes you groan at first. One new number was based around the cliched phrase "don't go there," but the music set it in that sweet spot where Elvis meets Dylan and made it work.

Throughout the evening, shtick happened, but so did some top-notch playing. The younger fans dancing alongside Diamond's grandma constituency needed only to catch the percussionist's name to realize that this senior citizen has his own kind of street cred: It was King Errisson, who's played conga on many great albums, including "Apache" by the Incredible Bongo Band, one of the most sampled songs of the hip-hop era.


TO READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW CLICK HERE

STEVE TYRELL!

STEVE TYRELL!

Steve Tyrell Receiving Award as Best Jazz Singer of the Year by LA Jazz Society!!!

Congratulations to Steve Tyrell for being honored this Sunday by the LA Jazz Society as Jazz Singer of the year. Steve will be performing a 15 minute set with the Tom Kubis Big Band, and being presented by Alan Bergman.

Its this Sunday October 5th and tickets are selling out fast.

Click
here to download your ticket form!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: BLAYDE R.I.P. BY JOHN WAINWRIGHT!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: BLAYDE R.I.P. BY JOHN WAINWRIGHT!

John Wainwright was a policeman/detective for twenty years in Britain’s Yorkshire area. Between 1965 (when his first novel Death In A Sleeping City was published) and his death in 1995, he wrote eighty crime novels under his own name and also using the pseudonym Jack Ripley.

He is best known as an exponent of the police procedural (All On A Summer’s Day), but his books embrace a wide variety of plots and subjects, from the psychological thriller (Brainwash), to espionage (The Reluctant Sleeper), to the classic puzzle (Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me). He also published two autobiographies, Tail-End Charlie (about his time as a rear-gunner in the RAF) and Wainwright’s Beat (about his police career).

For his police procedurals, Wainwright created a number of series characters, including Chief Inspector Lennox, Inspector Lyle, Superintendant Ralph Flensing, and Superintendant Robert Blayde.

Blayde R.I.P. is the third book in the Superintendent Robert Blayde series and is an excellent example of the type of hardboiled, gritty, realistic, and character driven, police procedural Wainwright regularly produced. Wainwright's ability to bring complex and varied characters to life is what makes his work sing. Coupled with logical and interesting plots, excellent pacing, well-portrayed Yorkshire life, humor, and wisdom.

In Blayde R.I.P., Chief Superintendent Robert Blayde shows why he is one of the toughest and most remarkable of the police detectives brought to life by Wainwright and who have made their way through his novels.

From his training as a rookie through his lifelong war on crime, Blayde’s tale is the story of an ambitious police detective’s rise to power. Blayde is a loner, a man who hates crooks, not a man to toe the line or conform to the letter of established routines. Strewn with episodes of hard-nosed policing – many of them so violent they would have shattered a lesser man than Blayde – Blayde RIP is a riveting tale about what makes a police detective tick and how far he will go when confronted with his worst nightmare.

Wainwright’s work is somewhat hard to find today. All On A Summer’s Day appears to be his only novel still in print, but many of his titles can be found used and are well worth seeking out.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

LADY LUCK!


JACKIE ROBINSON AND JAZZ!

JACKIE ROBINSON AND JAZZ!

Did you know that there was a connection?
source:
www.AllAboutJazz.com

By Eddie Becton
All About Jazz: Los Angeles

Everyone knows the enduring legacy Jackie Robinson created on the baseball field in 1947, becoming the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. The very act of stepping to the plate on that historic day, April 15th, helped Robinson cement his name in the annals of world history. Recognizing the impact of that occurrence, Robinson went beyond the baseball field to address the pressing need for racial equality and civil rights in America.

What then, does this have to do with jazz? Everything!

In 1963, Jackie and his wife, Rachel, organized a jazz concert in their home, attracting the likes of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, and other jazz luminaries. The proceeds from the concert were used as bail money for imprisoned civil rights activists, most notably that of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jackie passed away in 1972, but his civil rights legacy continued with concert proceeds eventually being donated to the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF), established in 1973 by Rachel.

In honor of Jackies myriad accomplishments on the baseball field and off, the foundation began providing education and leadership training to minority college students with a particular emphasis on scholarships, academic support, career planning, and a stellar mentorship program. To date, over 97% of JRF scholarship recipients have graduated from college, an astounding percentage and over twice the national average for minority students!

In 2006, JRF broadened its musical scope to include a west coast version of these concerts in Los Angeles, aptly called Jazz on the Grass. The most recent concert on September 20th, 2008 marked the third anniversary of Jazz on the Grass, hosted by award-winning television, theater, and motion picture director Oz Scott, husband of acclaimed sculptor Lynne Scott.

Continuing the Robinson's tradition of hosting outstanding musicians, this years concert was no different, featuring a stellar cast, among others, such as Freda Payne, Michael Henderson, Kenny Rankin, Carmen Lundy, Brian Bromberg, Rick Braun, and Paul Jackson, Jr.

One of the highlights of the afternoon was a performance by JRF Scholar Anthony Diamond. Diamond, a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University is an accomplished saxophonist, having shared the stage with the likes of Branford Marsalis and Esperanza Spalding. It is still early, but be sure to mark your calendars when Jazz on the Grass 2009 is confirmed! Not only will you be up close and personal with top-tier jazz artists, but also, more significantly, continuing the rich legacy of Jackie and Rachel Robinson.

Please visit our
website for more information about how you can help this outstanding organization.

Tip of the fedora to Nubian Vixen

BAT PUG!

BAT PUG!

HE PROWLS FIRE HYDRANTS FOR ROGUE RABID POOCHES WREAKING HAVOC ON GOTHAM. A NOCTURAL PUP, PART CRIME FIGHTER, PART VIGILANTE.

A HILARIOUS TIP OF THE FEDORA TO HEMMINGWAY’S LOUNGE

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN TOUCH

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN TOUCH: HOW THE BOND FILMS CONQUERED THE WORLD'

New hardcover book by Sinclair McKay out now

An all-new book examining the phenomenon of the James Bond movies, The Man With The Golden Touch: How The Bond Films Conquered The World by Sinclair McKay, is out now in the UK and can be ordered from
Amazon.co.uk.

When Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman set out to make what they expected to be the first of three or four movies based on the espionage novels of Ian Fleming they can hardly have dreamt that they were founding a business that would still be going strong nearly half a century later. Yet the role of James Bond, which transformed Sean Connery’s career in 1962 when Dr. No came out, still retained its star-making power in 2006 when Daniel Craig made his Bond debut in Casino Royale. This is the story of how, with the odd misstep along the way, the owners of the Bond franchise, Eon Productions, have contrived to keep James Bond abreast of the zeitgeist and at the top of the charts for 45 years, through 21 films featuring six Bonds, three M’s, two Q’s and three Moneypennies. Thanks to the films, Fleming’s original creation has been transformed from a black sheep of the post-war English upper classes into a figure with universal appeal, constantly evolving to keep pace with changing social and political circumstances.

Having interviewed people concerned with all aspects of the films, Sinclair Mckay is ideally placed to describe how the Bond ‘brand’ has been managed over the years as well as to give us the inside stories of the supporting cast of Bond girls, Bond villains, Bond cars and Bond gadgetry.This book covers the 45-year history of the world’s most successful film franchise. It shows how Eon Productions has kept James Bond abreast of the zeitgeist and at the top of the charts through 21 films featuring six Bonds, 3 M’s, 2 Q’s and 3 Moneypennies. It tells the stories behind the ‘Bond’ girls, the ‘Bond’ villains, the ‘Bond’ songs and title sequences, the ‘Bond’ cars and gadgetry.

A six-page preview of the book can be found at
Waterstones.com.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JULIE LONDON!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JULIE LONDON!

Last Friday, September 26th, I missed the birthday of my favorite of the ‘girl singers,’ Julie London. For me Julie London epitomized the term torch singer. I could listen, and sometimes do, to her sultry, smoky-voiced rendition of standards from the cool era of the ‘40s and ‘50s all day. London never had the range of Ella Fitzgerald or Sarah Vaughan, but often used restraint, softness, and subtlety to maximum advantage.

A drop dead georgous actress as well as a singer, London played with heavyweights like Gregory Peck and Rock Hudson in various films. She was married to Jack Webb of Dragnet fame for seven years before marrying songwriter Bobby Troup ("Route 66"), whom she met on the set of the Jack Webb produced television show Emegency (1974 – 1978), on which she played Nurse Dixie McCall.

London performed her biggest hit, "Cry Me a River," in the Jayne Mansfield film The Girl Can't Help It. Despite her sex symbol image – London was known for her sexy LP covers, which make them collector's items – she was surprisingly shy, and left show biz altogether in the late '70s.

In the mid-'90s London suffered a stroke, which led to a half-decade of poor health and ultimately contributed to her death on October 18, 2000. Her voice lives on.

TOTAL FILM – BOND ISSUE!

TOTAL FILM – BOND ISSUE!

The November issue of the British magazineTotal Film will have Daniel Craig as 007 in Quantum of Solace on the cover with appropriate coverage inside.

· Quantum Of Solace
· Scary Movies
· Josh Brolin
· The Coens
· Samuel L Jackson

Click here for full contents!

BABY, IT'S YOU!

BABY, IT’S YOU!

The Coast Playhouse
8325 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA
(323) 650-8507
October 11th – 19th, 2008

The Shirelles may have rocked the charts in 1961, but the real story happened backstage.
Florence Greenberg, suburban NJ housewife, brought the girls into Manhattan…then built a record industry empire. Smashing convention, she introduced the world to the Shirelles, Burt Bacharach and Carole King.


Baby It's You is a new musical that celebrates the amazing yet forgotten story of an American pop heroine - with the phenomenal songs of the Shirelles, Burt Bacharach and more.

About The Coast Playhouse:

Excellent original musicals and new dramas are the specialties at the 99-seat Coast Playhouse.

LOUIS & KEELY: LIVE AT THE SAHARA!

LOUIS & KEELY: LIVE AT THE SAHARA!

MATRIX THEATER

7657 Melrose Ave, L.A.

SEPT 18 - OCT 26, 2008
PREVIEWS - Fri-Sun, SEPT. 12-14
Thurs, Fri & Sat - 8pmSun - 3 & 7pm

Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara is an original musical inspired by the ill-fated love story of two musicians at the height of the Vegas lounge act in the 1950s and '60s. Based on true events, the play begins at the end of Louis’s life. After an unsuccessful brain surgery, this once-dynamic stage personality is left in a conscious coma—and his life’s hopes and regrets inevitably come calling.

The play focuses on Louis’s inner turmoil as he struggles to come to terms with the most difficult decision he ever had to make: choosing music over his only chance at true love. The story jumps back to the day he met Keely, and follows the evolution of the act, the relationship between the partners-turned-lovers, their success and their eventual divorce, as well as the dissolution of what became the most popular act in a Las Vegas casino.

Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara examines the hardship of every artist that sacrifices a normal existence for their life’s passion, but also celebrates the music and the fun that made Louis and Keely a hard act to follow. Popular standards in the show include “That Old Black Magic,” “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “Just a Gigolo.”

Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara has been nominated for four L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards, Los Angeles' highest-profile theater award, in the following categories:

● Lead Actress in a Musical - Vanessa Claire Smith

● Lead Actor in a Musical - Jake Broder

● Direction of a Musical - Jeremy Aldridge

● Franklin R. Levy Award for Musical in an Intimate Theater

JAMES BOND/SONY – MISSION FOR A MILLION!

JAMES BOND/SONY – MISSION FOR A MILLION!

Sony Electronics Kicks-Off ‘Mission for a Million’ James Bond Promotion Tied to Quantum of Solace

Exclusive 007 Products Offered at Sony Style

Sony Electronics today announced a national promotion called “Mission for a Million” developed in support of the upcoming James Bond film Quantum of Solace, which will be released in theaters by MGM Pictures and Columbia Pictures on Nov. 14. The promotion, which brings together Sony’s leadership in high-definition with one of the most recognized movie franchises in history, allows people to compete for a chance to win a $1 million grand prize.

Reinforcing Sony’s “HDNA” — the notion that high-definition is a key part of the company’s DNA — the promotion begins today and runs through Nov. 7. It tasks registered “agents” to use virtual Sony high-definition products to solve missions in search of Sony’s stolen HDNA. Each completed mission gives consumers a chance to win $1 million and a trip to a top secret location. People can enter via a dedicated site at
http://www.sony.com/missionmillion.

“Sony’s reputation for premium technology and great entertainment work well with Bond’s legacy and innovation,” said Stuart Redsun, Sony Electronics’ senior vice president, corporate marketing. “The film’s anticipated arrival is a perfect opportunity to tell Sony’s high-definition story to consumers in an interactive way.”

In addition to the James Bond promotion, Sony will offer limited edition licensed 007 products including a VAIO(R) notebook computer, a Reader Digital Book and Micro Vault(TM) USB storage media which will all be available in U.S. Sony Style retail stores and online at sonystyle.com. An exclusive, limited edition VAIO TT notebook comes emblazoned with a 007 logo on the palm rest and a matching leather protection case. Only 100 units will be available and each unit will bear a serialized number.

The Special Edition Bond bundle for the Reader Digital Book features an embossed cover with a 007 logo and coupon codes for free downloads from the Sony eBook Store of Ian Fleming’s novels Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

An exclusive 007 USB Micro Vault, in 8 or 16GB capacities, comes pre- loaded with the Quantum of Solace movie trailer and bonus contents.

As the contest kicks off, a corresponding advertising campaign featuring a mix of creative images from Quantum of Solace featuring Daniel Craig as James Bond, the Mission for a Million promotion and Sony high-definition products launched this month nationwide. Running through the fall to coincide with the film’s release, the campaign can be seen on various web sites and social networking sites, in print and at retailers, as well as in theaters. For example, web sites like AOL will feature the Mission for a Million execution and a fully interactive application can be found on the social/community site Facebook.

A main attraction at all Sony Style stores across the country and online at sonystyle.com, the campaign will also be extended to Sony retail partners. Stores will be transformed with Bond-themed window displays from October through November. In-store displays will also feature the Sony PLAYSTATION(R)3 title Quantum of Solace, an officially licensed video game from Activision, and the Casino Royale Collector’s Edition DVD and Blu-ray Disc(TM), which features more than seven hours of bonus material not featured in the original theatrical version of the movie.

Daniel Craig reprises his role as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in Quantum of Solace, the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures release of EON Productions’ 22nd adventure in the longest-running film franchise in motion picture history. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are the producers. The film is directed by Marc Forster. The screenplay is by Paul Haggis along with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

THE 50 CRIME WRITERS YOU HAVE TO READ BEFORE YOU DIE!

THE 50 CRIME WRITERS YOU HAVE TO READ BEFORE YOU DIE!

Britain’s Telegraph newpaper follows up it’s list of the 50 Worst Literary Villains with a new list: The 50 Crime Writers You Have To Read Before You Die.

From G K Chesterton to Elmore Leonard, The Daily Telegraph presents a list of of its favourite crime writers of all time.

After a debate that left senior members of the Telegraph's literary staff with pulled hair, black eyes and, in one case, an infected bite, we this week present our list of the 50 great crime writers of all time.

We present them in no particular order, and make no apology for our omissions. But we would like to know what you think. Should Ellery Queen have been two of the names on the list? Hate Highsmith? Log on, or write in, and say so.

We wanted to compile a list of writers we had, jointly and severally, loved. We wanted to include writers like Dash Hammett, who brought something new and exciting to the genre; like Elmore Leonard, who turns an old trick in it with incomparable style; and like Poe, who invented it. We did not, except incidentally, take into account popularity.

Who, we asked ourselves finally, are the crime writers who can actually write? We believe any serious reader will profit from acquaintance with any of the writers on this list.

And, just because we love you, as a bonus 51st entry we interview Robert B Parker - an unrivalled pulp stylist who may be the best crime writer you've never read.


TO READ THE COMPLETE LIST CLICK HERE

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANGIE DICKINSON!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANGIE DICKINSON!

Despite her many movie roles, both campy and dramatic, I will always think of Angie Dickinson as Sgt. Pepper Anderson.

After a string of dubious movies, Dickinson turned a guest shot on Joe Wambaugh’s anthology series Police Story into the weekly televsion show Police Woman. The series became a hit with Dickinson reprising her roles as Sgt. Leann "Pepper" Anderson, an officer of the Los Angeles Police Department's Criminal Conspiracy Unit. The role consolidated Dickinson's star status internationally as Police Woman was shown in more than 70 countries.

The series lasted for four seasons from 1974-78. The impact of Police Woman resulted not only in a rash of sexy-but-strong female-driven series (mostly of a more fanciful nature) like Charlie's Angels, The Bionic Woman and Wonder Woman during the mid-1970s, but Angie Dickinson's show reportedly inspired a spate of applications from women for employment to police departments around the country.

In 1987, the Los Angeles Police Department awarded Dickinson an honorary Doctorate, which led her to quip, “Now you can call me 'Doctor Pepper.”

Monday, September 29, 2008

MARTINI & ICE!

MARTINI & ICE!

FOR THE SUBSCRIBERS TO THIS BLOG WHO WASTE AS MUCH TIME AS I DO DOWNLOADING COOL, BUT ANCIENT CRIME/SPY/DETECTIVE SOUNTRACKS AND LOUNGE CDs, I'VE DISCOVERED ANOTHER GREAT SOURCE OF DOWNLOADS AT MP3 MIX BY JENSENBRAZIL.

TO CHECK IT OUT GET YOUR CDs READY AND CLICK HERE

THE CLASSIC LEADING MAN TEST!

YOUR RESULTS FOR THE CLASSIC LEADING MAN TEST!

CLARK GABLE

You scored 43% Tough, 29% Roguish,
5% Friendly, and 24% Charming!

You're a helluva guy and a bit of an enigma. You're a man's man, tough talking and ready for anything, and you make the ladies swoon with your rakish ways. You're equally admired by both men and women alike, drinking other men under the table all the while charming the socks off half a dozen lovelies. You're a commanding presence, and you know how to get what - and who - you want when you want it. You're drawn to women who, like you, are savvy enough to deal with the world on their own terms. You work well with spitfires. Leading ladies include Joan Crawford, Myrna Loy, and Jean Harlow. No damsels in distress for you.

TO TAKE THE TEST CLICK HERE

A tip of the fedora to CHRIS MILLS

JUSTICE!

JUSTICE!

INDIANAPOLIS - A convicted sex offender died Sunday during a struggle with a father who found the naked man in or near his 17-year-old daughter's bedroom, police said.


Police responding to a call from the city's northwest side about 3:20 a.m. found 64-year-old Robert McNally on the hallway floor with his arm around the neck of 52-year-old David T. Meyers, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police spokesman Sgt. Matthew Mount said Meyers had a heart condition and may have had a heart attack. An autopsy was planned.

Police said Meyers was naked except for a mask and latex gloves and had entered the home through a window near the girl's bedroom with rope, condoms and a knife. He was familiar with the home's layout because it belonged to a relative, police said.

The girl awoke and screamed when she saw the man in her room, police said. The father responded and struggled with the intruder while the girl's mother phoned 911.

Police did not anticipate any charges against McNally.

"If a person breaks into your home, you are justified in using deadly force in defending your family," said Mount. "In this situation, I don't think he was trying to kill him, he was trying to hold him down."

Meyers had served 10 years in prison for criminal confinement and sexual deviate conduct and was wanted in Boone County for failure to register as a sex offender. He was registered as a sex offender in Marion County.
Police said Meyers lived with his mother and had recently lost his job.

The death is under investigation and will be reviewed by a Marion County prosecutor.

"Nobody wins," McNally told The Indianapolis Star. "It's a lose-lose situation for everybody. He has family also."

He said his daughter went to church Sunday after the incident.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MIKE POST!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MIKE POST!

THE RAP SHEET BY WAY OF POE'S DEADLY DAUGHTER'S BLOG REMINDS US TODAY IS SEMINAL TELEVISION THEME COMPOSER MIKE POST'S 64TH BITHDAY.

POST'S BIG BREAK WAS THE THEME TO THE ROCKFORD FILES. ALONG THE WAY POST COMPOSED MURDER ONE, NYPD BLUE, LA LAW, HUNTER, LAW AND ORDER, THE COMMISH, MAGNUM PI, TENSPEED AND BROWN SHOE, CHIPS, HARDCASTLE & MCCORMICK, BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP, RENEGADE, SILK STALKINGS, STINGRAY, AND WISE GUY, BUT FOR ME IT IS HIS THEME TO HILL STREET BLUES THAT GOES ROUND AND ROUND IN MY HEADS LIKE THE IT'S A SMALL WORLD SONG FROM THE DISNEYLAND RIDE.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JERRY LEE LEWIS!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JERRY LEE LEWIS!

73 YEARS OLD AND STILL ROCKING!

A TIP OF THE FEDORA TO BILL CRIDER

ROBERT E. HOWARD – QUOTE OF THE DAY!

ROBERT E. HOWARD – QUOTE OF THE DAY!

From Marchers of Valhalla:

We went to slaughter as to a feast, and as we strode we clashed sword and shield in crude thundering rhythm, and sang the slaying-song of Niord who ate the red smoking heart of Heimdul.

According to the REH fan site Fire and Sword, The Marchers of Valhalla is one of REH’s James Allison stories. Allison is a crippled young man in Texas, caused to remember his past lives by none other than Ishtar, he recounts an epic adventure in Pre-historic Texas filled with barbarian hordes, lost cities, and that magnificent, beautiful, death-loving sense of wonder REH had.

SILVA SCREEN PRESENTS: JAMES BOND - THE GOLD EDITION!

SILVA SCREEN PRESENTS: JAMES BOND - THE GOLD EDITION!

From Dr. No to Casino Ryale, this lavish CD collection features James Bond signature tunes, spanning over 45 years of Bond music.

Featuring classic John Barry themes as well as themes by Monty Norman, Lionel Bart, Paul McCartney, Marvin Hamlisch, Bill Conti, Michel Legrand, Sheryl Crow, Madonna and David Arnold.

Including an EXCLUSIVE 24 page booklet James Bond - A Musical History written by GEOFF LEONARD and PETE WALKER, acclaimed authors of JOHN BARRY - The Man With The Midas Touch, a title to be reissued this autumn.

PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS SILVA SCREEN BOND RELEASES:

“The disc is packed full of favourites…everything’s recorded perfectly” - Total Film

“John Barry’s scores are given a lustrous working over by his main arranger and orchestrator Nic Raine” - CD Choice

To be released on 20th October 2008 in time for the October 31st UK opening of the 22nd James Bond film Quantum Of Solace.

Tracklisting:

Disc One:
1. Dr. No - The James Bond Theme
2. From Russia With Love - From Russia With Love
3. From Russia With Love - 007 Takes The Lektor
4. Goldfinger - Goldfinger
5. Thunderball - Thunderball
6. You Only Live Twice - You Only Live Twice
7. You Only Live Twice - Capsule In Space
8. OHMSS - We Have All The Time In The World
9. OHMSS - Escape From Piz Gloria/The Ski Chase
10. Diamonds Are Forever - Diamonds Are Forever
11. Live And Let Die - Live And Let Die (edit)
12. The Man With The Golden Gun - Slow Boat From China/Nick Nack
13. The Spy Who Loved Me - Nobody Does It Better
14. Moonraker - Moonraker (edit)
15. Moonraker - Arrival At Chateau Drax/Freefall

Disc Two:
1. For Your Eyes Only - For Your Eyes Only
2. Octopussy - All Time High
3. Never Say Never Again - Never Say Never Again
4. A View To A Kill - Wine With Stacey/Fanfare/Snow Job
5. The Living Daylights - The Living Daylights End Title
6. Licence To Kill - Licence To Kill
7. GoldenEye - GoldenEye
8. GoldenEye - Tank Drive Around St. Petersburg
9. Tomorrow Never Dies - Tomorrow Never Dies
10. Tomorrow Never Dies - Surrender
11. The World Is Not Enough - Ice Bandits
12. The World Is Not Enough - The World Is Not Enough
13. Die Another Day - Die Another Day
14. Die Another Day - Going Down Together
15. Casino Royale - You Know My Name

‘James Bond - The Gold Edition’ will be released stateside on 14 October 2008. The UK release will follow on the 20th of the month.

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WHY MY JOB IS WEIRD!

WHY MY JOB IS WEIRD!

BECAUSE, AFTER THIRTY-ONE YEARS ON THE JOB, TWENTY OF THEM SPENT INVESTIGATING SEX CRIMES, STUFF LIKE THIS IS NOT OUT OF THE ORDINARY...

Breaking up is hard to do, and few know this better than a lifelike sex doll owner who Shizuoka police have charged with illegal dumping.

On August 21, the 60-year-old unemployed resident of Izu wrapped his 1.7-meter tall, 50-kilogram silicone girlfriend in a sleeping bag, drove to a remote wooded area, and dumped her. A nice, clean break, he thought.


But nearly two weeks later, on September 1, a couple alerted police after discovering what appeared to be a corpse while walking their dog. The body had been wrapped in a bag and bound around the neck, waist and ankles. A head of black hair protruded from one end of the bag.

Police retrieved the body and immediately launched a criminal investigation. But several hours later, when forensic pathologists began to unwrap the “corpse” to perform the post-mortem, they realized it was actually a state-of-the-art sex doll. Seeing themselves as victims of a malicious prank, the authorities vowed to track down the perpetrator and charge him with interfering with police business.

The incident quickly captured the attention of the national (and
international) press. After seeing the news reports, the culprit realized the trouble he had caused and contacted police on September 6.

According to investigators, the man had lived with the sophisticated doll for several years after his wife passed away, but decided to part with her after making plans to move in with one of his children. “It seems he grew attached to the doll over the years,” said the chief investigator. “He was confused about how to get rid of her. He thought it would be cruel to cut her up into pieces and throw her out with the trash, so he proceeded to dump her illegally.”

The man, who regrets his lifelike doll was mistaken for a corpse, now faces fines for violating Japan’s Waste Management Law.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

NEW ISSUE OF HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVANT!

NEW ISSUE OF HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVANT ONLINE!

Contents include rankings of Bond villains and an article about spy-oriented episodes from The FBI, including one where Russell Johnson (who played the Professor on Gilligan's Island) beat up Harrison Ford.

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GHOST TOWN!

GHOST TOWN!

I was caught off guard by this film, agreeing to see it with friends without being bombarded with any advance reviews. I’m not a fan of The Office or the character Ricky Gervais created for that show, so if anything I was slightly apprehensive about seeing Ghost Town – however, I was pleasingly surprised.

Gervais plays Dr. Bertram Pincus, a misanthropic dentist who, after dying during a colonoscopy for seven minutes, can now see dead people. Fortunately for the film, but not for Gervais, they don’t want him to do a Sixth Sense and solve a murder, but they do want him to take care of a whole laundry list of unfinished tasks so they can get on with their Heavenly journey and get out of town.

Even worse, is Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear), a two-timing rogue of a ghost who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen (Téa Leoni) – an Egyptologist, whose profession plays cleverly into Gervais’ dental expertise. In the middle of this triangle, Gervais finds himself completely out of his closed world curmudgeoness. It’s as if W. C. Fields suddenly found himself in the middle of a Cary Grant and Carole Lombard romantic comedy directed by Woody Allen.

Gervais is lethally funny. His character likes being a dentist because he can shove things into people's mouths when they talk too much: "You're resting your jaw. I'm resting my ears. We're all winners."

Followed by a horde of nagging ghosts, Gervais simultaneously tries to fend them off while trying to carry on conversations with living people who can't hear the dead. The situation has been a comedy staple for decades, but Gervais has both the delivery and the pointed script to deliver major laughs.

Even throwaway, seemingly improvised moments are great, such as when Gervais refuses to answer personal questions asked by a nurse or tells a doorman to stop saying "Bless you" every time he sneezes.

What Ghost Town has on its mind is so immense most dramas never approach it in heft: the yearning to have all of your affairs in order when you die. Although ghost hijinks are a very Hollywood way of dealing with the subject, the twists are executed superbly, right up to a climax that fits the David Mamet definition of what makes for a perfect ending: It is both surprising and inevitable.

OF VAMPIRES AND FAERYS!

OF VAMPIRES AND FAERYS!

I need to start reading two new series like Sisyphus needed two more rocks to push up his mountain. But after tapering off of J.R. Wards Brotherhood of the Dagger vampire novels, I made the mistake of looking to see if there was anything else in the ‘paranormal romance’ genre I’d find of interest.

I’ve been genre busting recently, looking for recommendations for good books no matter what their genre label, and I’ve found a lot to like in areas where I wouldn’t normally stray – paranormal romance being the prefect example.

Having exploded for the past couple of years there is a lot of dreck cluttering up the genre, but there is also a lot of good storytelling. Which brings me to the first books in two new series on which I am now hooked.

The Rest Falls Away is Colleen Gleason’s first title in her The Gardella Vampire Chronicles, which now runs to four books. The only way I can describe this series is Jane Austin having a death defying collision with Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

A promising, enthusiastic beginning to a new paranormal historical series, The Rest Falls Away, follows the adventures of a conflicted young vampire hunter Victoria Gardella in Regency England.

In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy of vampire slaying, and this time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen, on the eve of her debut, to carry the stake. But as she moves between the crush of ballrooms and dangerous, moonlit streets, Victoria's heart is torn between London's most eligible bachelor, the Marquess of Rockley, and her enigmatic ally, Sebastian Vioget. And when she comes face to face with the most powerful vampire in history, Victoria must ultimately make the choice between duty and love.

Victoria’s desire for romance doesn't mesh well with her new training schedule, much less with her moonlight patrol duties. Matters are made more difficult by the arrival of the queen of the vampires, Lilith, who seeks a mystical tome that will put a demonic army at her disposal.

I can’t say Regency romances are my first choice of reading material, but I enjoyed this romp and am looking forward to picking up the next in the series.

While picking up the first in Gleason’s series, I also couldn’t resist being intrigued by the premise of Karen Marie Moning’s Darkfever – the first of three current books in her ‘fever’ series.

Drawing on elements from the paranormal world Moning created in her earlier ‘Highlander’ series, Darkfever takes a dark twist in what is essentially a suspense novel set in modern Ireland, but an Ireland where the Fae creatures of legend are threatening to cross over from their hidden dimension – and they are pissed.

When MacKayla Lane, an ordinary young woman, travels to Ireland to track down her sister's murderer, she is sucked into an extraordinary world filled with ancient secrets, vampires, assorted Fae nasties and other tough-to-kill beings. In the process, Mac learns of her own unusual talents and finds an unlikely mentor in the wealthy and mysterious Jericho Barrons.

There is a lot of set-up in this first series entry, but I enjoyed it and found Moning’s writing smooth, compulsive reading.

So, my to-be-read pile continues to totter as I add more books than I can possibly read – but in my world that is a description of Heaven.