Saturday, January 24, 2009

@#%$&!

@#%$&!

SOMEHOW MANAGED TO SCREW UP THE ENTIRE BLOG TRYING TO CHANGE THE TEMPLATE. HAVE ONLY MANAGED TO GET IT HALFWAY BACK TO HOW IT WAS ORIGINALLY.

HOPEFULLY, I'LL GET IT BACK TO REGULAR OPERATION IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

BEYOND, DEUX!

BEYOND, DEUX!

One of the most awesome of Canadian Club’s vintage photos from their “Damn Right Your Dad Drank It” campaign — though I'm having a plausibility attack with the January 65 date stamp.

This family was in on the start of the Mediteranean decorating fad — and boy, they were all in. That table! That table lamp! That crazy model ship! The vestiges of their mid-century mod decor were still going strong, too, like the cantlivered hearth, the Eames-ish chair and the pendant light fixture. Simply stunning.

The art director who found or faked this deserves many, many awards. If it were stamped January 67, it would be perfect.

A STYLISH TOAST TO BEYOND, DEUX

PARKER GRAPHIC NOVEL COVER!

PARKER GRAPHIC NOVEL COVER!

CHRIS MILL’S GUNS IN THE GUTTER BLOG TIPS US TO THIS STUNNING COVER FOR THE FIRST IN THE FORTHCOMING SERIES OF GRAPHIC NOVELS BASED ON RICHARD STARK'S PARKER SERIES. I’M A HUGE FAN OF WESTLAKE/STARK’S PARKER NOVELS AND THER ICONIC POSITION IN THE CRIME GENRE, SO I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS GRAPHIC SERIES AS WELL AS THE UPCOMING REPRINTS OF THE ACTUAL NOVELS.

POLICE GET THEIR GOAT!

POLICE GET THEIR GOAT!

AS IF LIFE WASN’T TOUGH ENOUGH FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT . . .

It was a shocking sight yesterday as men of the Kwara State Police Command paraded a goat as an armed robbery suspect.

The goat suspect is being detained over an alleged attempt to snatch a Mazda car. The mysterious goat, according to the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Tunde Mohammed, while briefing bewildered journalists at the Force headquarters, is an armed robber who attempted to snatch the said car, Wednesday night, and later transformed into the goat in a bid to escape arrest.

He explained that men of a vigilance group in Anifowose Ipata/Oloje areas of the state capital had chased two armed robbery suspects who wanted to demobilise the Mazda car with the intention of stealing it, and while one of them escaped, the other was about to be apprehended by the team when he turned his back on the wall and turned to this goat. They quickly grabbed the goat and here it is.’’ Mohammed said.


FOR THE FULL STORY CLICK HERE

EYEBROW DANCE!



EYEBROW DANCE!

THIS MUST HAVE CAUGHT ME IN JUST THE RIGHT MOOD BECAUSE IT IS REALLY SILLY, BUT IT STILL CRACKED ME UP!

A HAPPY GIGGLE TO MISS CELLANIA WHO ALWAYS MAKES MY DAY BRIGHTER.

THE CAT'S MEOW!

Friday, January 23, 2009

JANE MORGAN ~ TIME!

JANE MORGAN ~ TIME!

HERE’S A DOWNLOAD LINK FOR LITTLE REMEMBERED JAZZ SINGER JANE MORGAN WITH HER 1961 ALBUM, JANE MORGAN TIME (COURTESY OF JENSEN BRAZIL)

Track Listings:
01. The Day The Rains Came
02. Love Makes The World Go 'Round
03. Till
04. Romantica
05. Till I Waltz Again With You
06. With Open Arms
07. A Taste Of Honey
08. It's Not For Me To Say
09. Around The World
10. Fly Me To The Moon
11. I Get Ideas (When I Dance With You) (Adios Muchachos)
12. Fascination
13. Moon River
14. Tammy
15. It's All In The Game
16. Love Is A Simple Thing
17. It's Easy To Remember
18. Two Different Worlds
19. Arrivederci, Roma (Goodbye To Rome)
20. My Favorite Things
21. Happy Anniversary
22. Anna
23. C'est Si Bon
24. Temptation

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

NO EXPLAINATION REQUIRED ~ REDNECKS VS. ROBOTS IN CHROME ANGELS!


CHROME ANGELS TRAILER
FROM
LEIGH SCOTT ON VIMEO.

STERANKO ~ GREEN HORNET!

STERANKO ~ GREEN HORNET!

WHILE HOWARD CHAYKIN IS MY FAVORITE COMIC ARTIST, JIM STERANKO RUNS A CLOSE SECOND. ABOVE IS THE PAINTING HE CREATED FOR NOW COMICS FIRST ISSUE OF THEIR VERSION OF THE GREEN HORNET WRITING BY PULP MASTER RON FORTIER!

AMONG MY OTHER FAVORITE STERANKO ART ARE THE ILLUSTRATIONS FOR HIS HARDBOILED DETECTIVE AND HIS SHERLOCK HOLMES WORK.

MY FAVORITE SPY MOVIES!

MY FAVORITE SPY MOVIES!

TANNER OVER AT THE DOUBLE O SECTION BLOG HAS AN EXTENSIVE REVIEW OF CERTAINLY ONE OF MY FAVORITE NON-BOND SPY FILMS, DEADLIER THAN THE MALE ~

Deadlier Than the Male, a Bond-age update of Bulldog Drummond (its title inspired by the Drummond novel The Female of the Species), is my very favorite non-Bond spy movie. (And, as should be evidenced by this blog, I love spy movies!) It’s the best Bond knock-off ever, better than all its Eurospy ilk (enjoyable as they may be), and better even than its more famous Hollywood counterparts like the Flint movies. Of all the imitators 007 spawned in the 1960s, Deadlier Than the Male is the only one that can really go toe-to-toe with Bond.

TO READ THE FULL REVIEW CLICK HERE

NORMAN SAUNDERS BY DAVID SAUNDERS ~ NOW AVAILABLE!

NORMAN SAUNDERS BY DAVID SAUNDERS ~ NOW AVAILABLE!

Mars Attacks!, Wacky Packages, battle cards, monster stickers, men's magazines, paperbacks, pulps, and Pre-Code comics - artist Norman Saunders did it all! His artwork was recognizable, and often imitated, but never duplicated.

Now available, for the first time in history, the definitive book on the art of Norman Saunders. Published by Illustrated Press, Norman Saunders overflows with 368 full-color pages of monsters, mayhem, rockets, robots, Nazis, and naked chicks, all in a sensational budget-priced hardcover is sure to delight every fan of popular culture!

Hardcover, 9x11, 368 pages, Full Color, SRP: $39.95

FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE

THE CHEE-CHALKER!

THE CHEE-CHALKER!

THIS IS THE LATEST L. RON HUBBARD PULP STORY TO BE BOTH REPRINTED AND PRESENTED IN SUDIO FORMAT BY GALAXY PRESS. DESPITE HUBBARDS LATER ACTIVITIES, I’VE ENJOYED THE FIRST FIVE OR SIX OF THESE EARLY STORIES FROM HIS PULP CAREER ON CD AND RECOMMEND THE PERFORMANCES.

IN THIS LATEST TALE:


FBI agent Bill Norton has been sent to Ketchikan, Alaska to track down his former boss, who's vanished while investigating a heroin smuggling ring. Norton instantly suspects the smugglers are operating from inside the local fishing fleet. But six months and a string of declared "accidental" drownings have failed to turn up any clues.

Norton's cold case heats up when the local radio station owner emerges, floating face-down at the docks, and a heart-stopping heiress to the halibut trade makes a maelstrom of trouble. The fact that Norton is well dressed and neatly shaven causes some of the local toughs to mistake the agent for a "chee-chalker"—or newcomer—much to their regret.

Trade paperback - Audio CD – $9.95

THE SHADOW IN REVIEW!

THE SHADOW IN REVIEW!

HERE'S A COOL WEBSITE FOR SHDOW FANS FILLED WITH INFO AND REVIEWS ON THE ORIGINAL SHADOW MAGAZINE ADVENTURES ~

Hidden away in a sanctum in the heart of New York City, a being in black ponders beneath a blue light and chuckles slyly to himself as he peruses reports of his secret agents.

For The Shadow knows!

Before crime's plans have been put into being by some master mind of the underworld, word has come to The Shadow from his agents in far-flung corners of the world - and The Shadow lays plans to thwart the hordes of evil.

Earphones on the wall lead to Burbank, contact man - and through him go the master crime-fighter's instructions to his aids. Orders for Harry Vincent to report on the scene of possible crime, to lay the groundwork for The Shadow's approach; to Hawkeye and Cliff Marsland, in their underworld guise, the paths they are to follow; to Clyde Burke, reporter for the Classic, the necessary information to be gotten only through newspaper channels; to Moe Shrevnitz, taxi driver of first rank, word of transporting the master-fighter to his field of battle; to Rutledge Mann, hiding behind the "front" of an investment broker, the word to be ready with his invaluable aid; to Jericho, giant African, the stand-by message to aid, if necessary, with his terrific strength.

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

THE SECRET 6: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES!

THE SECRET 6: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES!

Coming soon, The Secret 6 By Robert J. Hogan. For the first time under one cover, all four adventures of The Secret 6, from 1934-1935.

Available in soft and hardcover.
From Altus Press
650 pages.

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

THE BLACK SHEEP OF BELOGUE: THE BEST OF O.B. MYERS!

THE BLACK SHEEP OF BELOGUE: THE BEST OF O.B. MYERS!

Before he became a writer for the Pulp magazines, O.B. Myers was a decorated WWI fighter pilot. He is able to bring those experiences to life in his fiction about the air war in Europe.

In this volume Age of Aces introduce you to two of Myers’ best series.

THE BLACK SHEEP OF BELOGUE

After his arrest for striking an inept superior officer, Yank ace Dynamite Pike escapes court martial and hides out at a hidden drome in the forest of Belogue. Along with his trusted mechanic Splicer Teale, he wages a private war against the Germans while also trying to evade capture by the Allies. These outlaw eagles, who call themselves “The Black Sheep of Belogue”, blaze an explosive trail through Europe’s war skies!

THE MONGOL ACE

Crack American pilot Clipper Stark is assigned the terrible task of stopping the seemingly invincible “Mongol Ace”. Janghiz Kaidu, a descendant of Genghis Khan, joins the German army so he can kill more of the hated Russians. Instead he is shipped off to the Western front where he is trained as a pilot. His sadistic nature makes him the Allies’ most feared and despised adversary. Only Clipper Stark can match the Mongol Ace’s ferocious skills. But can even he kill the unkillable?

The book also features two articles about Myers’ wartime exploits by fellow pilot Kenneth Sinclair, whivh originally appeared in Battle Aces in November 1931. The Frederick Blakeslee cover painting depicts the actual dogfight that won O. B. Myers the Distinguished Service Cross.

All Age of Aces books are $16.99 trade paperbacks and are available from Amazon, Adventure House, or Mike Chomko Books.

Check out their web site at
http://ageofaces.home.att.net for information on all their books.

Age of Aces Also Presents - Downloadable PDF Air War pulp stories!

Age of Aces Books is now offering a new feature on their Web site called "Age of Aces Presents". You can now download free PDF versions of some great Air War pulp stories.

Visit them at
http://ageofaces.home.att.net and look for the Age of Aces Presents link.

A GUIDE TO AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH!

A GUIDE TO AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH!

WITH THANKS TO MISS CELLANIA FOR THE LAUGHS

1. The bigger the hat, the smaller the farm.

2. The shorter the nickname, the more they like you.

3. Whether it's the opening of Parliament, or the launch of a new art gallery, there is no Australian event that cannot be improved by a sausage sizzle.

4. If the guy next to you is swearing like a wharfie he's probably a media billionaire. Or on the other hand, he may be a wharfie.

5. There is no food that cannot be improved by the application of tomato sauce.

6. On the beach, all Australians hide their keys and wallets by placing them inside their sandshoes. No thief has ever worked this out.

7. Industrial design knows of no article more useful than the plastic milk crate.

8. All our best heroes are losers.

9. The alpha male in any group is he who takes the barbecue tongs from the hands of the host and blithely begins turning the snags.

10. It's not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to hold.

11. A thong is not a piece of scanty swimwear, as in America, but a fine example of Australian footwear. A group of sheilas wearing black rubber thongs may not be as exciting as you had hoped.

12. It is proper to refer to your best friend as "a total bastard". By contrast, your worst enemy is "a bit of a bastard".

13. Historians believe the widespread use of the word "mate" can be traced to the harsh conditions on the Australian frontier in the 1890s, and the development of a code of mutual aid, or "mateship". Alternatively, Australians may just be really hopeless with names.

14. The wise man will choose a partner who is more attractive than himself.............to mosquitoes.

15. If it can't be fixed with pantyhose and fencing wire, it's not worth fixing.

16. The most popular and widely praised family in any street is the one that has the swimming pool.

17. It's considered better to be down on your luck than up yourself.

18. The phrase "we've got a great lifestyle" means everyone in the family drinks too much.

19. If invited to a party, you should take cheap red wine and then spend all night drinking the host's beer. (Don't worry, he'll have catered for it).

20. If there is any sort of free event or party within a hundred kilometres, you'd be a mug not to go.

21. The phrase "a simple picnic" is not known. You should take everything you own. If you don't need to make three trips back to the car, you're not trying.

22. Unless ethnic or a Pom, you are not permitted to sit down in your front yard, or on your front porch. Pottering about, gardening or leaning on the fence is acceptable. Just don't sit. That's what backyards are for.

23. The tarred road always ends just after the house of the local mayor.

24. On picnics, the Esky is always too small, creating a food versus grog battle that can only ever be resolved by leaving the salad at home.

25. When on a country holiday, the neon sign advertising the motel's pool will always be slightly larger than the pool itself.

26. The men are tough, but the women are tougher.

27. The chief test of manhood is one's ability to install a beach umbrella in high winds.

28. There comes a time in every Australian's life when he/she realises that the Aerogard is worse than the flies.

29. And, finally, don't let the tourist books fool you. NO ONE EVER says "cobber" to anyone ... EVER!

TIME TRAVEL IS POSSIBLE!

TIME TRAVEL IS POSSIBLE!

WHILE I HAVE TO ADMIT THIS SIGHT IS A BIT OF A DOGS DINNER MIX OF RETRO, NOSTALGIA, POP CULTURE, AND TOURIST TRAP, I STILL FOUND SOME FUN THINGS!

IT TAKES A WHILE TO NAVIGATE IT ALL, BUT I RECOMMEND GIVING IT A TRY. THE SITE'S FRED AND BARNEY FLINSTONE'S BUDDY THEME SONG (THEY'LL NEVER SPLIT US APART) IS WORTH A CLICK AT THE VERY LEAST.

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

DECODER RING THEATRE!

DECODER RING THEATRE!

A NEW EPISODE OF BLACK JACK JUSTICE, NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS, IS AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD AT DECODER RING THEATRE . . .

If there's one thing worse than not having one of your best sources at your beck and call, it's never having him again because he went and got dead. With a client yapping at their heels, a word from Mike Rogers, crime reporter for the gazette, could make all the difference. But when the newshound pulls a disappearing act, Jack and Trixie can only hope that it's a case of... No News is Good News!

TO GET THE NEW EPISODE CLICK HERE

WISEGUYS FOR VALENTINES!

BAMBOO LOUNGE!

MAIGRET ~ THE COMIC STRIP!

MAIGRET ~ THE COMIC STRIP

Steve Holland over at british comic and illustration blog Bear Alley wants to know if andy one has any information on the above comic panel. Obviously it's based on Simenon's Maigret series of crime novels, but he needs to know if this was a reprint of the French strip that appeared in 1950-53, drawn by Jacques Blondeau, or is it a completely new, perhaps previously unrecorded adaptation? The advert appeared in the late 1950s.

TO CHECK OUT BEAR ALLEY CLICK HERE

PARIS HILTON DEAD DOG PURSE!

PARIS HILTON DEAD DOG PURSE!

It may be a little mean and silly, but Neatorama thinks this cute little dead dog purse is fantastic. Only problem, it’s $317.


“Based on Paris Hilton’s discarded pet Tinkerbell is an upside down dead Chihuahua. This design capitalizes on the trend of carrying a small dog as a fashion accessory.”

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

A WAG OF THE TAIL TO NEATORAMA

YOUNG SPENSER!

YOUNG SPENSER!

WE'VE HAD YOUNG BOND AROUND FOR QUITE A WHILE NOW GIVING US JAMES BOND'S ADVENTURES AS A TEENAGER AND SHOWING THE ROOTS OF HIS ADULT CHARACTER. IN MAY, ROBERT PARKER WILL BE GIVING HIS ICONIC CHARACTER SPENSER THE SAME TREATMENT IN THE FIRST YOUNG SPENSER NOVEL, CHASING THE BEAR.

Per Amazon:

For almost forty years, Robert B. Parker’s inimitable private investigator Spenser has been solving cases and selling millions of books worldwide. Now, for the first time, see how it all began as the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master sheds light on Spenser’s formative years spent with his father and two uncles out West. This is an event book for every fan of Spenser, and a revelation for teens about to discover an American icon.

FORGOTTEN BOOKS ~ DEAD GAME BY GERALD HAMMOND!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS ~ DEAD GAME BY GERALD HAMMOND!

I’ve been friends with author Gerald Hammond for many years. We’ve exchanged letters and now e-mails for years, shared writing problems, created plots together, and generally enjoyed each others company.

Living in Scotland, where he retired from his profession as an architect to write full time, Gerald has been very prolific since his first novel, Fred In Situ was published in 1965. Since then he has seen 67 novels published with several more on the way (Well And Good is due out in early 2009).

He is best known for his two mystery series characters, gunsmith Keith Calder, and Three Oaks dog kennel owner John Cunningham. Both series allow Gerald to indulge in his passions for guns, dogs, bird hunting, fly fishing, and all things outdoors in the Scottish countryside.

Now in his eighties, and up and down in health, Gerald has mostly left his series work behind him. He has focused instead on stand alone novels, most of which are mysteries, but also others featuring Formula One racing (Fine Tune), gliding (Into The Blue), and other excitements or passions catch his fancy.

In the 23 Keith Calder novels and the 11 Three Oaks novels, Hammond has created enduring characters with strong family ties who have all aged appropriately as the series have continued. Often, Hammond has let one of the secondary characters take center stage if the plot revolves around something specific to their personality or situation.

The Calder series started with Dead Game in 1979:

Keith Calder is an itinerant gunsmith and shooting instructor. He is also a rascal with total disregard for the law, a skilled and dedicated poacher of birds of both feathers.

Calder is the guest at a shoot in the Scottish Borders when one of the syndicate members dies – apparently by accident. However, a bullet is found in his body. Yet only shotguns were carried on the shoot. Was he killed by a sniper or by a stray bullet? Or is there some other explanation?

Calder has a personal and very secret interest in the case, but his involvement deepens when the brother of his current girlfriend, Molly, is arrested and charged with the murder – especially as there is no love lost between the two men.

Molly asks Keith to use his expertise on her brother’s behalf. But in agreeing to make his own inquiries, Calder finds he is trying to save himself, and his activities lead him and Molly into violent personal danger.

Gerald Hammond, with his expert knowledge of guns and his love of the Scottish countryside, has created a marvelous background against which he has set a puzzling, credible, and thoroughly entertaining whodunit.

I have enjoyed each of the books in both series and continue to read and savor each new Hammond novel as it arrives. These aren’t long tedious, padded, thrillers. Instead they are almost of another age, ingenious plots, characters with whom you want to spend time, and a world to which you eagerly anticipate returning.

FOR HAMMOND’S FULL BIBLIOGRAPHY CLICK HERE

REAL DETECTIVE BLOGS!

REAL DETECTIVE BLOGS!

ALISA MILLER AT THE E-JUSTICE BLOG HAS COMPILETED A MIXED LIST OF REAL LIFE DETECTIVE AND POLICE BLOGS ALONG WITH A LISTING OF THE TOP FICTIONAL DETECTIVE BLOGS.

True crime stories have intrigued the masses for as long as crime has been around. Whether people want to understand the psychology behind the crime, are just curious to get the gossip, or, like a puzzle, want to figure out the details to solve the crime, the desire to get the scoop is a strong one. These sites bring the detectives and their work to you through the the writings on their blogs. Whether you want to read about detectives on the police force, private eyes, British detectives, true crime, or even a little bit about fictional detectives, these blogs will provide you with hours of crime and criminals.

On the Force

These blogs are written by members of the police force who can share first-hand experience of crime and investigation.

Cerberus at the gate. Newly retired, this detective shares his life experiences and offers plenty of valuable information to anyone stopping by for a read.

View from the cop. This retired policeman blogs about community watch issues, the criminals, and the police who catch them.

LAPD Blog. While not just focusing on detectives, this blog does read like a script from Law & Order with detailed descriptions of crimes occurring in LA.

Detective Shaved Longcock. Despite the title that sounds more pornographic than law enforcement, this blog features news and funny posts relating to police work.

The Philosophical Cop Police Blog. This police officer has worked on the force for ten years and has experience in many different departments. His blog offers stories, advice, and he also enjoys answering "Ask a Cop" questions.

The Johnny Law Chronicles. This popular and hard-hitting blog brings plenty of information, news, and opinion about being an officer.

FOR THE FULL LIST CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW!

BBC ANNOUNCES SHERLOCK, A NEW CRIME DRAMA!

BBC ANNOUNCES SHERLOCK, A NEW CRIME DRAMA!

BBC has announced Sherlock, a contemporary remake of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (pictured above) as the new Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as his loyal friend, Doctor John Watson. Rupert Graves plays Inspector Lestrade.

The drama is co-created by the amazing partnership of Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Coupling) and Mark Gatiss (The League Of Gentlemen, Doctor Who, Crooked House) and produced by Sue Vertue (Coupling, The Cup).

The 1 x 60-minute episode, written by Moffat, will shoot in January 2009 and will be directed by Coky Giedroyc (Virgin Queen, Blackpool, Oliver Twist).

Sherlock is a thrilling, funny, fast paced take on the crime drama genre set in present day London.

The iconic details from Conan Doyle's original books remain – they live at the same address, have the same names and, somewhere out there in the London of 2009, Moriarty is waiting for them.

TO READ MORE CLICK HERE

Thursday, January 22, 2009

REMEMBERING RUSS FREEMAN!

REMEMBERING RUSS FREEMAN!

THE JAZZ BAKERY
January 26, 2009

BOBBY SHEW - tpt
TYIA WILSON - voc
with LAS VEGAS JAZZ CONNECTION

Though his resume is much longer, Russ is remembered primarily for his work with Chet Baker.

"The Russ Freeman Project was created to insure that Russ' music would not be forgotten. I wanted it to live again in a new way that would attract the younger musicians who did not know of his work. 'Remembering Russ' is the second CD in the Russ Freeman Project. Nathan Tanouye has taken Russ's bebop tunes and arranged them for our big band "Las Vegas Jazz Connection" It was my intent to create new interest in Russ' music. The result is exciting and hopefully as musical as Russ would have wished. Bobby Shew has added his artistry to the project. Tyia Wilson, vocalist, adds her imaginative lyrics and creativity. I could not ask for more."
~ Carolyn Freeman

Russ Freeman and Ruth Price had a long and wonderful history including the recording: Ruth Price with Shelly Manne & His Men at the Manne Hole (re-released as a CD on Fantasy Records).

8 PM & 9:30 PM ~ Tickets: $35
($15 students 21 and under)

ruth@jazzbakery.org • The Jazz Bakery

A PURE DOUBLE CROSS!

A PURE DOUBLE CROSS!

THIS FIRST ENTRY INTO A NEW AMERICAN SPY TRILOGY SOUND QUITE GOOD. IT WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION BY BRUCE GROSSMAN'S POITIVE REVIEW OVER AT BOOKGASM ~

Positioning A PURE DOUBLE CROSS as “book one” of an American spy trilogy is a bold thing to state. The main character better be that engaging to have readers come back. Hal Schroeder is that type of character.

He’s a former OSS agent called upon by the FBI to infiltrate a bank-robbing gang in Cleveland, and the bureau will do whatever it takes to make him look legit, even giving Hal thorough plans for the jobs. All this is meant as proof that Hal is the man this gang — run by a man called The Schooler — needs.

Hal’s real mission is to expose the true leader of the gang: a man referred to as Mr. Big. That’s not one of the most original names, but author John Knoerle has a few aces up his sleeve — namely, that this book is filled with so many crosses and double-crosses, you feel as though it takes place in a seminary.

TO READ THE FULL REVIEW CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW!

BURN NOTICE!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

BACK IN THE VILLAGE

BACK IN THE VILLAGE

American illustrator Clayton McCormack has a cool blog based Prisoner comic ~ THE MORE THINGS CHANGE . . . ~ available on-line. Clayton states, "I am fully committed to working within the world of the television show, avoiding any reimagining or updates, save for a few visual tweaks here and there."

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

CINEMA RETRO NEWSLETTER!

CINEMA RETRO NEWSLETTER!

NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF CINEMA RETRO, THE BEST RETRO FILM/TELEVISION/POP CULTURE MAGAZINE CURRENTLY BEING PUBLISHED.


As the Cinema Retro "empire" continues to expand, readers have requested that we implement a newsletter service. Thus, starting today, we're implementing a new feature for our readers. You can sign up for Cinema Retro's newsletter and receive advance news about forthcoming features and other earth-shaking developments in the Cinema Retro universe.


Because we know you are being inundated with plenty of other E mail, we'll promise to only send out notices once or twice a month - and we'll never share your E mail address with any other company - guaranteed. You'll get advanced notifications of the latest news pertaining to the legendary actors and filmmakers who are constantly contributing to our magazine and you'll be periodically informed of any late-breaking events that would be of interest to classic movie fans, such as film festivals, celebrity appearances, etc. Signing up is easy - just use the box in the right column. We don't collect any personal information other than your name and country of residence, so you don't have to worry about us taking possession of your first born. Thanks for your continued support.

Lee Pfeiffer and Dave Worrall ~ Publishers


TO SIGN UP CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW!

BUCK ROGERS AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW



BUCK ROGERS AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW!

Crazy! Watch this delicious retro-pastiche on both Buck Rogers (how he originally appeared in the early Twentieth Century, down to authentic costume and gun) and Kerry Conran's "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow". The miniature toy robot toy in the end is also very kitch.

TO SEE MORE CLICK HERE

CAROL WELSMAN @ VIBRATO!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

CHERUB / THE HENDERSON BOYS!

CHERUB / THE HENDERSON BOYS!

I’VE ALWAYS ENJOYED ROBERT MUCHAMORE’S TEEN-SPY BOOKS IN HIS CHERUB SERIES. THEY ARE VERY INVENTIVE AND A MORE GROUNDED VERSION OF THE ALEX RIDER SPY NOVELS. IF YOU ARE AN ALEX RIDER FAN, I THINK YOU’LL ENJOY THESE AS WELL. THEY ARE DIFFERENT, BUT AS WELL WRITTEN.

NOW MUCHAMORE IS NOT ONLY CONTINUING HIS CHERUB SERIES, BUT STARTING THE HENDERSON BOYS, A NEW SERIES SET IN THE 1940’S AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE CHERUB ORGANIZATION. THEY PROMISE TO BE GREAT READING!

FIRST UP, THE NEW CHERUB NOVEL ~

BRIGANDS M.C.

Every CHERUB agent comes from somewhere. Dante Scott still has nightmares about the death of his family, brutally killed by a biker gang.

When Dante joins James Adams on a mission to infiltrate the Brigands Motorcycle Club, he’s ready to use everything his learned to get revenge on the people who killed his family.

NEXT UP, THE FIRST THREE BOOKS IN THE NEW HENDERSON BOYS SERIES ~

THE ESCAPE
June 1940

As Hitler’s tanks close in on Paris, millions of refugees head south. Amongst them are three kids and a British spy names Charles Henderson.

The Brisith Secret Service is about to discover kids working undercover will help win the war.

CHERUB’s first adventure is about to begin. Feburary 2009

EAGLE DAY
June – September 1940

As the Battle of Britain rages over Southern Englans, Charles Henderson and four young companions team up to sabotage German invasion plans. They must do everything they can to thwart Hitler’s plans to cross the channel and invade Southern England.

Coming in June 2009

SECRET ARMY
January – February 1941

As 1941 begins, six youngsters are being trained for undercover work at a disused school on the edge of an artillerry firing range.

Charles Henderson is back in Britain, but will the military establishment allow him to enact a plan to train teenage spies?

Coming in 2010

TO VISIT THE HENDERSON BOYS WEBSITE CLICK HERE

TO CHECK OUT MUCHAMORES' CHERUB WEBSITE CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

LOST IN AUSTEN!

LOST IN AUSTEN!

JUST CAUGHT UP WITH THIS BRITISH ITV FOUR PART GENTLE DRAMA ON CABLE’S OVATION CHANNEL. I FOUND IT TO BE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. CLEVER WRITING, GOOD ACTING, AND THE RECREATION OF A WORLD TO FASCINATE ALL JANE AUSTEN FANS ~

Jemima Rooper stars as Amanda Price, the frustrated romantic who discovers a gateway in her flat to her favorite world - the world of Pride and Prejudice. But is the “true” story in danger of being thrown off track by her presence?

A thoroughly modern heroine threatens to ruin one of the world's greatest literary love stories in this ingenious reinvention of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

PER WIKIPEDIA:

Lost in Austen is a four-part 2008 British television series for the ITV network, written by Guy Andrews and loosely based on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Produced by Mammoth Screen, the series was originally scheduled to be broadcast in May 2008, but was pushed back by Peter Fincham to be part of the opening lineup of the Autumn schedule.

The first episode was eventually shown on ITV at 9 pm on 3 September 2008, gaining 4.2 million viewers. The remaining episodes were broadcast on a weekly basis. Lost in Austen was released in the UK on DVD on 28 September 2008. It contains two discs with the four episodes plus a "Making of" documentary.

In December 2008 it was announced that Lost in Austen had sold to over 90 territories worldwide and to a further 14 on DVD and Blu-ray. It is due to premier in America on the Ovation Channel on January 11th 2009.

OVATION DOES A LOT OF RERUNS SO CHECK YOUR CABLE GUIDE OR PICK UP THE DVD AFTER IT U.S. RELEASE APRIL 14, 2009.

CENTENNIAL EDITION ~ TO CATCH A THIEF!

CENTENNIAL EDITION ~ TO CATCH A THIEF!

Paramount Home Entertainment has announced they will be releasing a Centennial edition of Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief on March 24th.

Cary Grant plays John Robie, reformed jewel thief who was once known as "The Cat," in this suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock classic thriller. Robie is suspected of a new rash of gem thefts in the luxury hotels of the French Riviera, and he must set out to clear himself. Meeting pampered heiress Frances (Grace Kelly), he sees a chance to bait the mysterious thief with her mother's (Jessie Royce Landis) fabulous jewels. His plan backfires, however, but France, who believes him guilty, proves her love by helping him escape. In a spine-tingling climax, the real criminal is exposed.

EXTRAS:

Commentary by Dr. Drew Casper, Hitchcock Film Historian
A Night with the Hitchcock's
Unacceptable Under the Code: Film Censorship in America
Behind the Gates: Cary Grant and Grace Kelly
Writing and Casting To Catch a Thief
The Making of To Catch a Thief
Alfred Hitchcock and To Catch a Thief: An Appreciation
Edith Head: The Paramount Years
Theatrical Trailer
Interactive Travelogue
Galleries

No price has been announced as of yet.

LIE TO ME!

LIE TO ME!

I LIKE THE PREMISE OF THIS NEW SHOW FROM FOX STARTING THIS WEDNESDAY. I ALSO LIKE STAR TIM ROTH, SO I'M GOING TO GIVE THIS A TRY. LIKE THE MENTALIST, ANOTHER NEW SHOW THAT IS RIDICULOUS FUN, LIE TO ME MAY TURN OUT TO HAVE NOTHING IN COMMON WITH REALITY, YET STILL BE FUN AND ENTERTAINING.

From writer Samuel Baum (The Evidence) and the executive producers of 24 and Arrested Development comes Lie to Me, a drama series inspired by a real-life specialist who can read clues embedded in the human face, body, and voice to expose the truth in criminal investigations.

When you scratch your chin, wring your hands, wrinkle your nose, or swallow too much, Dr. Cal Lightman knows you're lying. He doesn't just think so, he knows so, because he's taken his exceptional skills of observation to become the foremost deception expert in the country. Being a human lie detector, Cal can uncover the deepest secrets and crack the hardest cases. More accurate than any polygraph test, he knows when those in front of him are being less than forthcoming, be they family, friends, or complete strangers.

Cal heads up a private agency contracted by the FBI, local police, law firms, corporations, and private individuals when they hit roadblocks in their searches for the truth. Joining him are a variety of experts in the field of behavioral evaluation: Dr. Gillian Foster is a gifted psychologist and Cal's professional partner, a woman whose guidance Cal needs, whether he knows it or not; Will Loker is Cal's lead researcher, and he's so aware of the human tendency to lie that he's decided to uncomplicate matters and practice what he terms "radical honesty": he says everything on his mind at all times. Ria Torres, the newest member of the team, arrives at the truth differently by acting more on instinct and using her natural, less-studied ability to read body language and catch certain clues that Cal's other pledges may miss.

SCALPED ~ VOLUME 1 ~ INDIAN COUNTRY!

SCALPED ~ VOLUME 1 ~ INDIAN COUNTRY!

A FRIEND WHO WORKS AT MY LOCAL COMIC STORE GOT ME HOOKED ON THIS SERIES, WHICH CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS NATIVE AMERICAN NOIR. GRITTY AND TWO-FISTED . . .

Fifteen years ago, Dashiell "Dash" Bad Horse ran away from a life of abject poverty and utter hopelessness on the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation in hopes of finding something better. Now he's come back home armed with nothing but a set of nunchucks, a hell-bent-for-leather attitude and one dark secret, to find nothing much has changed on The Rez -- short of a glimmering new casino, and a once-proud people overcome by drugs and organized crime. Is he here to set things right or just get a piece of the action?

Jason Aaron, the up-and-coming writer of the critically acclaimed series THE OTHER SIDE teams with gritty artist R.M. Guéra for an intense crime drama that mixes organized crime with current Native American culture.

Aaron's reservation setting, described by a character in the first chapter as a third world nation in the heart of America, is perfect for a story of crime and family. Dash Bad Horse has come back to the reservation he ran away from at age 13. Now he enforces the law in a land where many have given up hope. Bad Horse is also an undercover FBI agent, put back in his home so federal authorities can take down crime boss and casino owner Lincoln Red Crow.

Aaron masterfully depicts Bad Horse's tortured split psychology. The character is tough as nails and switches quickly between displaying likable and unlikable behavior. The family dynamics, which includes Bad Horse's activist mother and Red Crow's wild daughter, could come off as soap opera, but Aaron knows how to use personal relationships to explain character and setting.

The world of the Prairie Rose Reservation is full of life thanks to the art of Guera, somewhat in the vein of Eduardo Risso's on 100 Bullets. His characters contain a certain amount of grace no matter how ugly the situations get. The second story collected in the book is the flashback-heavy Hoka Hey, which shows that Aaron has a complex history planned for these characters.

MARTINI IN THE MORNING.COM ~ PHOENIX HAS A NEW COOL!

MARTINI IN THE MORNING.COM ~ PHOENIX HAS A NEW COOL!

The Lounge Sound has landed on 1480 KPHX in Phoenix. With any luck, this will be the start of something BIG. In any event, Phoenix has a New Cool now!

Martini In The Morning.com is the first internet radio station that has transitioned to terrestrial (you know, over the air broadcast) radio. And our first over the air broadcast affiliate is
1480 KPHX Phoenix, Arizona.

If you are new to Martini In The Morning, WELCOME. We're glad you're here. For more than two years, MITM.com has earned its spot as one of the top Internet Radio Stations on the planet. We play the Greatest Songs Ever Written. Check us out. You can listen on the radio at 1480 KPHX, or you can stream us live at home, work, anywhere you can access the internet (even your iPhone or Blackberry handheld devices).

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy Martini In The Morning, The Lounge Sound!

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NEW BUDDIES LOUNGE PODCAST #42!

NEW BUDDIES LOUNGE PODCAST #42!

FROM STUDIO 67 IN HOLLYWOOD, ENJOY ANOTHER BRAND NEW HOUR OF HI-FI ATOMIC AGE FUN FROM BUDDIES LOUNGE ~ PRESENTED IN LIVING STEREO!

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DOC SAVAGE / SHADOW COLLECTIBLES!


DOC SAVAGE / SHADOW COLLECTIBLES!

REELART STUDIOS SIGNS LICENSING AGREEMENT WITH CONDÉ NAST PUBLICATIONS FOR DOC SAVAGE AND THE SHADOW COLLECTIBLES

New Port Richey, FL- January 7 2009 - Condé Nast’s classic pulp characters, Doc Savage and The Shadow, are back in a big way! And old time pulp officiandos as well as those new to the thrilling adventurers couldn’t be happier with the news.

ReelArt Studios announced today a long sought licensing agreement with Advance Magazine Publishers Inc.’s Condé Nast Publications division to produce resin and bronze collectible statues and busts based on classic art featuring the characters. The collectibles are slated to be marketed in 2009.

Condé Nast Publications is home to many of the world's celebrated magazines and websites, and is the successor to Street and Smith Publications, the original producer of Doc Savage and The Shadow stories.

“Wow, I’m blown away. I’ve been seeking this license for five years and it has finally come to fruition. I couldn’t be more thrilled,” proclaimed Michael Hudson, president of ReelArt Studios/Sequential Pulp Comics. The resurgence of Doc Savage and The Shadow popularity came about in 2006 through the efforts of Anthony Tollin and Nostalgia Ventures, Inc with their wildly popular series of officially licensed trade paperbacks featuring the characters in reissues of their classic pulp stories. Hudson states, “With all that is going on I just felt the time was ripe to reach old and new fans of the characters.”

The Doc Savage statue, which will be the first release under the license by ReelArt Studios, is based on original art by acclaimed artist Bob Larkin who successfully continued the James Bama “Steve Holland” look of the character on the Bantam reprints. States Hudson, “Although I personally love the Paul Baumhofer covers from the pulps I feel that today’s audience will see Doc more as Bama, Larkin and those who have followed have envisioned him. Since the statue depicts a man larger than life we chose to go with a larger format than we usually do. At 18 3/4 inches from base to the top of Doc’s head we hopefully will have a piece that will take prominence in most settings.” There will be a strictly limited edition run of 1000 units as a pre painted resin and 30 units as a made to order true bronze.


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A MUSCLE FLEX TO THE PULP FACTORY

TEDDY BEAR COAT!

TEDDY BEAR COAT!

I'M NOT SURE WHY, BUT THIS CAUGHT MY FANCY. I DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU WOULD WEAR IT, BUT IT'S STILL COOL . . .

Can’t go anywhere without your cuddly teddy bear? Sebastian Errazuriz made a coat for people who can’t part with their stuffed animal for just one second.

TO SEE MORE CLICK HERE THEN CLICK Limited Edition > Fasion > Coat N2

A TIP OF THE TEDDY TO NEATORAMA

STEVE MCQUEN BIO-PIC!

STEVE MCQUEEN BIO-PIC!

FROM VARIETY:

Producers Michael Cerenzie and Christine Peters are bringing a Steve McQueen biopic to the bigscreen.

The pair have acquired the rights to Marshall Terrill's biography "Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel." Project will likely land at Paramount, where Cerenzie-Peters Prods. has a first-look deal.

Project will primarily chronicle McQueen's Hollywood career, which began in 1956 when the Indiana native got his break in the pic "Somebody Up There Likes Me."

Cerenzie and Peters are producing alongside Brian Oliver and Chuck Rock of Arthaus Prods.

The bio, which was published in paperback in October, also delves into McQueen's offscreen penchant for motorcycles, fast cars and drugs. Project will examine his three marriages, including his stormy relationship with Ali McGraw, as well as his battle against lung cancer.

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