The amazing documentary about SADISTIK, entitled THE DIABOLIKAL SUPER-KRIMINAL, will have its first American screening at THE NATIONAL: BIG APPLE COMIC BOOK, ART, TOY & SCI-FI EXPO this Sunday, November 16 at 7 PM in New York City.
The film is the 100% TRUE STORY about the KING OF CRIME, star of photo comics and Turkish action film star, his origins and interviews with filmmakers and actors and actresses who appeared in his adventures.
The film has played to critical and fan acclaim throughout Europe at film festivals and comic conventions, but this marks its FIRST public screening in the United States!
The Big Apple Comic Book Art, Toy & Sci-Fi Expo is at the Penn Plaza Pavilion, 401 Seventh Avenue at 33rd St. (across the Street From Madison Square Garden and Penn Station) in New York City. The screening is on Sunday, November 16 at 7 PM. Don't miss this historic event! FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONVENTION CLICK HERE
You'll be sure to make a splash of a dinner party when guests sit down on one of Amy Lau's limited edition Dexter dining room chairs. Inspired by the Showtime serial killer show, the chairs are made from white lacquered wood and upholstered in white ultraleather (i.e. vinyl). But what makes these chairs truly unusual are the hand-embroidered blood designs by Leah Picker, splashed front and back on each chair.
Amy created an entire macabre dining room for the recent Met Home Showtime House event, which transformed a Gramercy Park townhouse into six Showtime shows, through the innovation of modern designers. But now the Dexter chairs, as well as bloody dinner plates and dismembered flatware from the collection, are available to the public. While television-inspired design is a new one for us to ponder, it's one set that is guaranteed to lead to some interesting mealtime conversation.
Chairs range from $2500 for a side chair to $5000 for an arm chair (signed by the killer actor Michael C. Hall himself).
Thanks to the cad.net Koop Kooper with the very best of lounge with updates on the growing lounge scene that you are a part of just by listening to this show.Kooper has a wonderful doco about Bossa Nova to tell you about plus an interview with Sergio Mendes …..look at Neil Young's electric Lincoln ........the goings on at the Tiki bar and Lounge in Melbourne…..join him up in the penthouse for a swank evening!
Oh and by the way, if you are in Sydney November 26 swing by for some cool lounge at the Burdekin Hotel Wednesday Novmber 26 (see attached flyer)
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BRUCE GROSSMAN OVER AT BOOKGASM HAS A GOOD REVIEW OF THIS GREAT GRAPHIC SPY SERIES:
Without a doubt, the best spy series out today is a comic book. In my days of comic shopping, there was one title that brightened up my day when it made its appearance in my weekly pulls: Greg Rucka’s QUEEN & COUNTRY. Oni Press has done a fantastic job reissuing the series in omnibus collections with covers by Tim Sale.
For those unfamiliar with the series, as Rucka stated in the letters column in the first issue, it’s a total reworking of the old British TV show THE SANDBAGGERS. Sadly, that piece is not included in QUEEN & COUNTRY: DEFINITIVE EDITION — VOLUME 1, but that’s a minor misstep in an otherwise fantastic presentation. The series follows a spy — or minder — named Tara Chace, who, when we first meet her, is on an assassination assignment that will play havoc with her life.
Included in this volume are the series’ first three story arcs. First up is “Operation: Broken Ground,” which deals with the aftermath of one of Tara’s missions. Second is “Operation: Morningstar,” where we see Tara deal with the aftereffects of the first storyline, while other minders in her group are sent off to retrieve a very valuable list is in Afghanistan. The third, “Operation: Crystal Ball,” follows our group of minders as they try to discover a terrorist plot set to disrupt a large gathering of some importance.
BARRETTA! J. KNIGSTON PIERCE HAS POSTED A GREAT ARTICLE OVER AT THE RAP SHEET ON THE '70s COP DRAMA BARRETTA:
One of the most interesting things about the 1970s cop drama Baretta is how it made it on the air in the first place. We have a combination of an actor’s reticence, a writer’s innovation, and James Garner’s willingness to return to television to thank for it.
TV historian and radio host Ed Robertson provides the twisted background details in the opening chapter of his book Thirty Years of The Rockford Files: An Inside Look at America’s Greatest Detective Series. As he explains it, in 1972 writer-producer Roy Huggins -- already the brains behind such hits as Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, and The Fugitive -- came up with the idea for a series about a private investigator who took on only “closed cases.” However, he had to set that aside, because he was already involved with another project. It was a police drama based loosely on the real-life career of Newark, New Jersey, cop David Toma, who was known for butting heads with his superiors, using disguises to bring down malefactors, and showing compassion for some of the criminals he sought. With the backing of Universal Television, Huggins put together a pilot for Toma, starring Tony Musante, Simon Oakland, and Susan Strasberg; it sold to ABC-TV. Toma debuted in the fall of 1973, with TV Guide describing its protagonist as “a maverick who prefers to work alone, enjoys taking big risks, and doesn’t like to use his gun.”
In 2009, the U.S. Postal Service wil commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, one of America’s most extraordinary poets and fiction writers. For more than a century and a half, Poe and his works have been praised by admirers around the world, including English poet laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson, who dubbed Poe “the literary glory of America.” British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle called him “the supreme original short story writer of all time.”
The stamp portrait of Edgar Allan Poe is by award-winning artist Michael J. Deas, whose research over the years has made him well acquainted with Poe’s appearance. In 1989, Deas published The Portraits and Daguerreotypes of Edgar Allan Poe, a comprehensive collection of images featuring authentic likenesses as well as derivative portraits.
Sometimes it seems nary a day goes by without exciting spy news from Network! Hot on the heels of their Saint DVD announcement comes news of a second volume of music from the classic McGoohan spy series Danger Man--known here in the U.S. as Secret Agent. Following their collection of themes from the initial series of half-hour episodes comes this volume of never-before-released music from the hour-long series. Nearly 400 minutes of original score material by Edwin Astley are contained on five discs. As with other Network soundtrack releases, this Danger Man set includes the same exhaustive, unmissable liner notes by the tireless Andrew Pixley.
SLASHDOT.COM REPORTS:Monty Python's 'Dead Parrot sketch' — which featured John Cleese — is some 1,600 years old. A classic scholar has proved the point, by unearthing a Greek version of the world-famous piece. A comedy duo called Hierocles and Philagrius told the original version, only rather than a parrot they used a slave. It concerns a man who complains to his friend that he was sold a slave who dies in his service. His companion replies: 'When he was with me, he never did any such thing!' The joke was discovered in a collection of 265 jokes called Philogelos: The Laugh Addict, which dates from the fourth century AD. Hierocles had gone to meet his maker, and Philagrius had certainly ceased to be, long before John Cleese and Michael Palin reinvented the yarn in 1969.
FORGOTTEN BOOKS: HANG DEAD HAWAIIAN STYLE BY PATRICK MORGAN!
A FREE-FORM SECRET AGENT DOES HIS OWN THING – AND THE SPY GAME MAKES A WHOLE NEW SCENE.
BACKGROUND: Four paternity suits. Three breaches of promise suits. No convictions so far, but give him time.
GEAR: One blood-red surfboard. A hot Dodge Hemi lurking in a yellow Woody pulling a matching trailer equipped with a computer smarter, maybe, than the whole Hawaiian police force combined.
HOBBIES: Surfing, women, and, whenever possible, poking a crooked finger in the eyeball of the Establishment.
VOCATION: Secret agent for the United States Government’s Operation Hang Ten.
Coming out of the late ‘60s, Hang Dead Hawaiian Style is the first of the Operation Hang Ten novels featuring Bill Cartwright – a too cool for his own good, surfing, secret agent, and master of the whole misogynist, no woman can resist me, school of smooth.
Supposedly freelancing for the CIA (which means he should be operating internationally), Cartwright’s first case has him tracking down a busload of hippies selling drugs to school kids. Okay, so not much of this makes any sense, but it simply gives a framework for Cartwright to spout the anti-establishment rants that supposedly make him cool. He hates working for ‘the man,’ but, hey, it’s a living.
As awful as this all is, I’ve still have the complete series on my bookshelves because, while the execution leaves a lot to be desired, the concept and the covers ARE cool.
Part of the problem is Patrick Morgan (real name? pseudonym?) is clearly out of his element – an establishment hack writer trying his hardest to appear cool and sounding as silly as a white guy in an afro looks. The books are over written, but somehow I can’t bring myself to get rid of them – as I have done with so many other series I’ve culled from my shelves. I reall want to like these books, and if I don’t read them, I do.
CARTWRIGHT TELLS IT LIKE IT IS:
SURFING: My board, my trailer, my Woody, my style -- they’re all part of the same bag. It’s my extended middle finger to the Establishment. LOVING: I’m a lusty, primitive type. I saw you, I wanted you, I’m going to have you . . .
SPYING: I’m going to blow my cool over this. I want to find somebody that killed her and feel his bones crunch under my hands . . .
A VERY DIFFERENT BREED OF SECRET AGENT HAS ARRIVED.
FIVE THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT JAMES BOND (MAYBE)!
Think you know a lot about James Bond? Well, AskMen dug up some pretty esoteric fun facts about everybody’s favorite spy. Here’s the 5 Things You Didn’t Know About James Bond (or at least a couple of things because I knew most of these) -- for example:
1. James Bond was inspired by an American zoologist
To come up with his Bond character, Fleming pooled traits from several people he knew and had read about. In naming his soon-to-be famous spy, Fleming picked James Bond after the famed bird expert with the same name. Bond wrote the acclaimed Birds of the West Indies, considered by many experts to be the definitive book on Caribbean birds. To come up with Bond’s cool demeanor, Fleming took attributes from real-life spies Sidney Reilly and Sir William Stephenson, as well as popular jazz composer Hoagy Carmichael. In fact, Fleming, who worked in British naval intelligence, also channeled his former peers in the creation of his iconic character.
4. There are only seven 00s
You’re forgiven if you were under the impression that Bond’s MI6 organization was fully stocked with agents. Throughout the movies, we learn that Bond is one of just seven 00 agents spying for the British, but he has the best knack for staying alive. In different movies, we’ve see the deaths of 002, 003, 004, and 009. Agent 006, believed killed, returns as the villain in GoldenEye before he’s disposed of. Besides Bond, only the unnamed 008 proves to be a skilled agent. He’s mentioned several times as Bond’s replacement should he die or be pulled off a mission for insubordination. It’s unclear why no 001 or 005 have ever been mentioned.
THIS LOOOOOOONG DELAYED SECOND CD FROM THE AMAZING RENEE OLSTEAD FINALLY HAS A 'FIRM' RELEASE DATE OF JANUARY 13, 2009. IT HAS BEEN A LONG WAIT, BUT I'VE HEARD THE CUTS AND IT'S GOING TO BE AS AMAZING AS HER DEBUT RELEASE . . .
IAN FLEMING'S JAMES BOND NOVELS AVAILABLE AS DATEMAN MINIATURES!
COMMANDER BOND. NET fills us in on fourteen handmade miniatures containing the first chapter of each book.
Has 2008’s plethora of literary James Bond releases left you with only a sliver of spare shelf space? Well, now’s your chance to fill it!
Dateman Books, in partnership with Ian Fleming Publications, have released Ian Fleming’s 14 James Bond novels as Dateman Miniatures.
These miniatures contain the first chapter of each book and measure just 2.9 cm in height. Each book is 100 percent handmade, bound in black linen and finished with dustjackets featuring the stunning Michael Gillette artwork that adorned the 2008 centenary edition hardback reprints.
The miniatures are available to order online at the Dateman Books website. Each miniature sells for £7.00. The complete set of 14 books can be purchased at the discount price of £90.00.
EXCLUSIVE, FREE DIGITAL COMIC: ENDER’S GAME: BATTLE SCHOOL #1!
In celebration of the upcoming release of Ender in Exile, our friends at Marvel Comics have hooked us up with a link for you to view the digital edition of their new comic, Ender’s Game: Battle School #1, for free (as in beer—it’s via their online browser-based viewer).
A direct adaptation of the seminal novel
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game: Battle School is written and adapted by Christopher Yost and illustrated by Pasqual Ferry.
Card is so pleased with this take on his novel that he’s
Robert Parker's character, Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone, returns in February 2009 to confront a town’s darkest secrets.
Things are getting strange in Paradise, Massachusetts. Police Chief Jesse Stone is called to the junior high school when reports of lewd conduct by the school’s principal, Betsy Ingersoll, filter into the station.
Ingersoll claims she was protecting the propriety of her students when she inspected each girl’s undergarments in the locker room. Jesse would like nothing more than to see Ingersoll punished, but her high-powered attorney husband stands in the way.
At the same time, the women of Paradise are faced with a threat to their sense of security with the emergence of a tormented voyeur, dubbed The Night Hawk. Initially, he’s content to peer through windows, but as times goes on, he becomes more reckless, forcing his victims to strip at gunpoint, then photographing them at their most vulnerable. And according to the notes he’s sending to Jesse, he’s not satisfied to stop there. It’s up to Jesse to catch the Night Hawk, before it’s too late.
ALSO, COMING UP IN JUNE 2009, BRIMSTONE, PARKER'S NEW HITCH AND COLE (OR IS IT COLE AND HITCH?) WESTERN.
Writer Mike Feeney of Boston.com takes a look back at The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and celebrates the coolest spy show of the 1960s- as well as provides some top-secret facts.
Before there was Han, there was Napoleon - Napoleon Solo, that is.
For slightly more than three years, from September 1964 to January 1968, "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." had one of the giddier rides in prime-time history. It went from near cancellation to cultural phenomenon (and a brief spot at No. 1 in the Nielsen ratings). In the process it created a spy mania on network television. So great was the show's popularity it even inspired a short-lived companion series, "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E."
Soon enough came self-parody and eventual cancellation. In its third season, "U.N.C.L.E." didn't just jump the shark. It pole vaulted it. Even so, for those of a certain age, the names Napoleon and Ilya (as in Kuryakin, Solo's sidekick) aren't much behind John, Paul, George, and Ringo in summoning up the onset of the '60s.
Last month Warner Home Video released "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series." It comprises all 105 episodes, on 41 DVDs, with an additional 10 hours of bonus features. Completists will mourn the absence of the 1983 TV movie, "The Return of the Man From U.N.C.L.E." Well, let them mourn. In the meantime, there is much explaining to do for the uninitiated.
In the hierarchy of '60s spy TV, "U.N.C.L.E" stood alone. "Mission: Impossible" was too gimmicky, "I Spy" too jokey, "The Wild, Wild West" too anachronistic. Among "U.N.C.L.E." scriptwriters were Robert Towne and sci-fi master Harlan Ellison. Richard Donner directed four episodes in 1964 (making Solo and Kuryakin the lethal weapons of their day). It's no wonder Quentin Tarantino long spoke of making a movie version.
CINEMA RETRO REPORTS The British-based James Bond magazine MI6 Declassified reveals that a key sequence intended for Quantum Of Solace was cut at the last minute.
"Director Marc Forster recently revealed that he cut the final scene from the new James Bond film "Quantum of Solace".
MI6 Declassified magazine has exclusive detail on what was left on the cutting room floor. In the latest issue, the magazine reveals Mr White's ultimate fate and the identity of his superior. Mentioned in the film as one of the Prime Minister's closest advisors, Guy Haines is also a senior member of the shadowy oganisation 'Quantum'. 007 discovers his presence during the Tosca opera scene where Dominic Greene holds a meeting of Quantum members.
The movie was originally intended to end with a one-minute sequence where 007 introduces himself to Mr Haines at his estate, setting up the next movie. The gun-barrel sequence, uniquely positioned at the end of "Quantum of Solace", would have appeared after Bond dispatches Mr White for good.
Shot over one day on location in London on April 14th 2008, MI6 Declassified scored a still from the cut scene. It can be found on page 6 of issue #4 - now available to order from www.mi6magazine.com"
Hollywood! Vegas! Fresno! Who Could Forget the Incredible Miss Peggy Judy?
Who is Peggy Judy? She’s the glistening blonde 60’s starlet who parlayed a dead-end career in Elvis movies into a knockout Vegas success story, quaffed martinis with the ratpack and roared through Hollywood in a Leopard-lined limousine, only to find herself crashing and burning in the Glamour-girl fastlane.
But wait—that wasn’t the end of the indomitable Miss Peggy. Peggy Judy is a wannabe superstar whose indomitable spirit drove her to make a comeback that audiences would never forget. And since starring in her own sizzling cabaret act, the silver-throated siren has wowed audiences up and down the west coast with her accomplished vocals and rapier wit. With a repetoire of jazz classics and hits from the 60’s and 70’s, including Route ’66, Diamonds Are Forever, My Funny Valentine and Solitary Man, Peggy is a singer’s singer and a comedy hit that cannot be denied.
The original creation of writer/singer/actress Molly Brandenburg, Peggy Judy first appeared as a monologue in a late night Hollywood comedy hit called Midnite Madness. The character later reappeared in an acclaimed stage musical, The Peggy Judy Comeback Tour, co-created with screenwriter (Liar, Liar) Steve Mazur, which was followed by The Peggy Judy Christmas Special, and The Peggy Judy Summer Replacement Show.
From there, Peggy evolved into a solo performance piece--one woman and a piano--with Peggy’s sly wit and powerful vocals bringing her bookings at top Los Angeles venues, including The Comedy Store, the Improv, The Cinegrill, Café Largo, The Gardenia, Masquer's Cabaret, The Hudson Backstage and more.
Peggy’s shows at Heaven nightclub in Palm Springs have been sellouts, and Peggy became a San Francisco favorite with her knockout performances at the Plush Room, and then Steve Murray’s Viva Variety fundraising spectaculars.
Peggy Judy is the original creation of comedy writer/singer Molly Brandenburg. Peggy Judy's acclaimed nightclub shows have wowed audiences and critics up and down the westcoast. She has delivered knockout performances in topflight venues from San Francisco's Plush Room and Viva Variety shows, to LA's Comedy Store, Cinegrill and The Improvisation.
Check out Peggy's fabulous live cd, recorded live at LA's M Bar comedy cabaret!