Saturday, May 16, 2009

CARDBOARD CAT CHAISE!

CARDBOARD CAT CHAISE!

FROM EVIL MAD SCIENTIST LABORATORIES . . .

Although we don't claim to understand it, a cat that has installed itself in a cardboard box is a happy cat. You can exploit this mysterious fact to make a your own simple corrugated cardboard cat bed like this one, designed as a kitty-sized chaise lounge. Since it's just cardboard, it's also easy to modify this basic design to suit your own (or your cat's) taste.

FOR COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS CLICK HERE

THE INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM!

THE INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM!

Apparently, there's a current survey to determine the best museum in Washington D.C.

The International Spy Museum would be a good place for C.O.B.R.A.S. to register theirsupport. If you haven't been there, vote anyway and then make a point of visiting the wonderful four floors of espionage to see if you were right.

TO VOTE CLICK HERE

TO THE RESCUE ~ THE PHIL NORMAN TENTET @ THE JAZZ BAKERY!

TO THE RESCUE ~ THE PHIL NORMAN TENTET @ THE JAZZ BAKERY!

The Phil Norman Tentet are donating their evening as a fundraiser to assist the Jazz Bzkery in its relocation.

FEATURING:

Ron Stout trumpet
Christian Jacob piano
Larry Koonse guitar
Carl Saunders trumpet
Dave Tull drums
Brad Dutz percussion
Kevin Axt bass
Andy Martin trombone
Roger Neumann baritone sax
Rusty Higgins alto and soprano sax
Phil Norman tenor sax

Plus the following Grammy Award winning and nominated arrangers:

Bob Florence
Med Flory
Kim Richmond
Roger Neumann
Alan Broadbent
Tom Kubis
Scott Whitfield
Bruce Eskovitz
Jackson Stock

Tickets: $30
$15 for students 21 and under

Call for reservations 310-271-9039
Brown Paper Tickets: 800-838-3006
Or go to http:jazzbakery.org

GRAPHIC NOIR: SCALPED, VOL. 4!

GRAPHIC NOIR: SCALPED, VOL. 4!

Ed Brubaker's (Criminal, Incognito) introduction to the fourth collection of Jason Aaron's comic/graphic novel Scalped offers a cool definition of noir ~

Good noir often has amazingly intricate twisty plots, but that's just icing on a dark, dark cake. Noir is about the characters moving through those plots, ricocheting like a banged-up pinball that only bounces

Down

Down

Down

Until — Game over. No match, no free play.

And as you watch them move, you know their final destination, you recognize it ... because it feels inevitable. To me, that's the heart of what noir is, inevitability.


Scalped’s setting on an Indian reservation helps freshen the noir tradition by keeping it surprising and contemporary. Noir is not a style, it's a way of grim life. For another, it's a kind of group noir. Everyone is trapped or doomed, not just some hapless protagonist.

RED PANDA ADVENTURES #48 ~ OPERATION: COLD FEET!

RED PANDA ADVENTURES #48 ~ OPERATION: COLD FEET!

As the big day approaches, strange things are afoot in the city. Our heroes are being sighted in places that their mild-mannered secret identities have no memory of ever being. Old friends and old enemies alike will clash in pursuit of... Operation: Cold Feet!

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE ~ SHOW #57!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE ~ SHOW #57!

Join the BIG W every Sunday evening as he continues to explorer, with drink in hand, the Space-Age Pop Hi-Fi musical sounds of the 1950’s and the 1960’s in LIVING STEREO!

SHOW 57 PLAYLIST:

• I've Got You Under My Skin - Steve Lawrence
• You Came A Long Way From St. Louis – Barney Kessel
• I Love Paris – Frank Sinatra
• Man With The Golden Arm – Richard Maltby
• Baby Bossa Nova – Dick Schory
• Java – Nelson Riddle
• Beautiful Things – Bobby Darin
• Up, Up And Away – Ray Conniff
• Not Enough Indians – Dean Martin
• Fly Me To The Moon - Joe Harnell His Piano And Orchestra
• Let There Be Love - Nat King Cole & George Shearing
• Witchcraft – Sarah Vaughan
• Run For You Life – Al Hirt
• International Detective - Buddy Morrow And His Orchestra
• Japanese Sandman – Warren Kime And His Orchestra
• Jim Dandy – Ann-Margret
• Framer Jones – Mel Henke
• Girl Talk – Jack Jones
• The Varsity Drag - Johnny Williams
• Together Wherever We Go - Tony Randall and Jack Klugman
• The Song Is You - Terry Gibbs And His Big Band

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

BASMBOO LOUNGE ~ JUNE!

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ AND AN INTRUDER!



Friday, May 15, 2009

THE ADVENTURES OF SMOKE WADE VOLUME 1!

THE ADVENTURES OF SMOKE WADE VOLUME 1!

Created by Robert J. Hogan, Smoke Wade is a rough and tumble Arizona cowpoke who never came across a fight or a bet he was afraid to take on. He left the range and became the skipper of the American 66th Pursuit Squadron in WWI France. Flying a Pinto colored Spad he calls Jake, after his favorite Pinto ranch horse, Smoke always has his trusty six-shooter strapped to his leg. He makes frequent use of it during his aerial battles with the Germans, led by their evil ace Baron von Stolz.

When he isn't shooting down German planes, Smoke is getting in trouble with his superiors over his love for placing bets on just about anything that seems like a long-shot. Smoke most always wins these bets, and everyone from generals to mechanics is left owing him money and wondering how they had been snookered.

Author Robert J. Hogan's first job after graduating from St. Lawrence University was riding range for several ranches on the west slope of the Rockies. After that he tried amateur boxing and playing piano for silent movies and hoedown dances. Before he became a writer he also had built houses, manufactured leather goods, designed planes, and taught flying. It is easy to understand why Hogan had such affection for this lanky cowboy ace, Smoke Wade.

All Age of Aces books are $16.99 trade paperbacks and are available from
AMAZON, ADVENTURE HOUSE, and MIKE CHOMKO BOOKS.

AGE OF ACES 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 the Age of Aces website abd look for the Age of Aces Presents link.

New this week:

Blind Aces by Ralph Oppenheim from the May 1931 War Birds featuring The Three Mosquitoes.


Without each other they were helpless, together the Three Mosquitoes were the greatest destructive force in the air. When Kirby is accidentally blinded, Travis and Shorty fly him to meet the man who is the Allies’ greatest enemy—and in whose hands lay not only the fate of the German army, but also of Kirby's eyes.

TO CHECK OUT THE AGE OF ACES WEB SITE CLICK HERE

THE SHADOW VOLUME 30!

THE SHADOW VOLUME 30!

The Sealed Box
Racket Town

The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay. The Shadow knows! When supercrime casts its dark shadow over two troubled towns, the Master Avenger swings into action to root out evil.

First, guised as both Lamont Cranston and Kent Allard, The Shadow seeks to uncover the strange secret of The Sealed Box that makes it more valuable than life itself, in the classic novel that was adapted as the first Shadow comic strip adventure.

Then, the Dark Avenger battles the vile corruption that lurks beneath the surface of the Racket Town.

BONUS: the first Whisperer short story from the back pages of The Shadow Magazine!

This groundbreaking pulp reprint showcases both original color pulp covers by George Rozen and the classic interior illustrations by Edd Cartier, with historical articles by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin.

Softcover $12.95

DOC SAVAGE VOLUME 28!

DOC SAVAGE VOLUME 28!

The Mental Wizard
The Secret of the Su

The pulp era's greatest superhero seeks the lost secrets of Atlantis in two action-packed pulp novels by Lester Dent writing as Kenneth Robeson.

First, deep in the Amazon, Doc Savage is drawn into the weird mystery of "The Mental Wizard" in his quest for a lost kingdom and the incredible creature known only as Z.

Then, plunging into the Everglades the Man of Bronze races against Doctor Light and his Nazi agents in a desperate search for The Secret of the Su.

This instant collector's item leads off with one of Robert G. Harris' greatest cover paintings and also features all the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban and historical commentary by Will Murray, writer of seven Bantam Doc Savage novels.

Softcover $12.95

BURROUGHS BULLETIN #78 - NOW AVAILABLE!

BURROUGHS BULLETIN #78 - NOW AVAILABLE!

The Spring 2009 issue #78 of the THE BURROUGHS BULLETIN is now available.

This issue features articles on "Forgotten Tales of Love and Murder."
It is profusely illustrated in black & white with full color front and back covers.

ARTICLES INCLUDE:

Forgotten Tales Remembered by Patrick H. Adkins and John H. Guidry

The Diverse Art of Danny Frolich by Patrick H. Adkins

PICTURE GALLERY: Kerchak Battles Tarzan by Tom Yeates

Tarzan and the Lost Artist! by Roger Hill

Pondering the Pleasure of the Hunt by Alan Hanson

Three Martian Haiku by Kim L. Neidigh

Bibliographers Corner

Letters to the Editor

Subscriptions are $35 for four quarterly issues and 12 monthly issues of THE GRIDLEY WAVE newsletter.

Send checks or money orders to:
George T. McWhorter
Curator, The Burroughs Memorial Collection
University of Louisville Library
Louisville, KY 40292.

MOONSTONE BOOKS: THE SPIDER #2 - COMING IN SEPTEMBER!

MOONSTONE BOOKS: THE SPIDER #2 - COMING IN SEPTEMBER!

Written by Will Murray
Art by Giovanni P. Timpano
Cover by Gary Carbon.

The Spider: the most violent and ruthless of all crime fighters…A cloaked, fanged, borderline crazy denizen of the dark force-feeding hard justice with a pair of ‘45’s! Join Doc Savage novelist Will Murray as a new reign of terror has begun in Manhattan, something not seen in generations. All over town, people in all walks of life are found murdered—scalped!

“Red Tomahawk.”
Demands that all citizens of Manhattan evacuate the city. It’s being taken back by its original owners—the Mohawks.

Nita is kidnapped. Then what appears to be her blonde scalp arrives at police HQ in a box. But the box contains a clue and so a maddened Spider follows that clue to the real Red Tomahawk, to rescue Nita and end the reign of blood.

32 pages, black and white, $3.25.

PULPDOM #54 ~ NOW AVAILABLE!

PULPDOM #54 ~ NOW AVAILABLE!

CONTENTS INCLUDE:

Editorial: 1905 by Caz

Epic Pulps: THE ALL-STORY 1905-1906 by Caz

Epic Pulps: THE ALL-STORY 1907-1908 by Mike Taylor

Henty and his Books by Al Lybeck

Review: THE DEVIL CHAIR by Victor Rousseau by Mike Taylor

QUEST OF GOLDEN APE by Ivar Jorgenson & Adam Chase: An Overlooked Burroughs Pastiche by Mike Taylor

The Sons of Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1939-1941, 1967

The Man Without a World

The Lightnin Men

Hybrid of Horror

The Bottom of the World

Treasure of the Black Falcon

This issue has a full color front cover and is profusely illustrated with full color and black & white illustrations.

Back issues are available as print on demand: $10 (color) and $6 (black & white) each (postpaid) anywhere in USA.

Five issue subscriptions are $30.

Contact C. E. Cazedessus II
P.O. Box 2340
Pagosa Springs
Colorado 81147
Email: ridgefire@frontier.net

FOR THE SPY WHO HAS EVERYTHING!

FOR THE SPY WHO HAS EVERYTHING!

INTRODUCING THE CELL PHONE GUN . . .

AMUSEMENT INC. vs THE SCARLET ACE!

AMUSEMENT INC. vs THE SCARLET ACE!

Amusement Inc., is a crime fighting vigilante group comprised of ex-Marines and led by Major John Tattersall Lacy and his trusty threesome of Charlie Weaver, Ed Corning, and Pat Harrigan.

Created by Theodore A. Tinsley, the adventures of this group are contained in a series of stories which graced the pages of four different pulp magazines of the 1930's.

The stories in this collection are those which appeared in All Detective Magazine in 1933.

Trade paperback, $12.95

Thursday, May 14, 2009

FORGOTTEN BOOKS UPDATE ~ JOHN WHITLATCH!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS UPDATE ~ JOHN WHITLATCH!

As blog buddy James Reasoner recently said, “You have to love the Internet.” In James’ case, his postings regarding a specific hardboiled author generated unexpected contact from one of the author’s surviving relatives.

In my case, a recent Forgotten Books posting on author John Whitlatch bemoaned the fact that nobody in the mystery field appears to know anything about Whitlatch beyond his novels and their gorgeous, if lurid, covers. Several blog followers also commented on the lack of information regarding Whitlatch.

While my posting on Whitlatch was several months ago, I recently received and email from a friend and former co-worker of Whitlatch’s. He offered to share information about the elusive author, whom he judged as a man who had a good sense of humor who was a down-to-earth nice guy.
A phone call later, I was chatting with Bob Miller. He worked with Whitlatch in the 1960s when they were both claims adjusters for the same insurance company working out of Gower street in Hollywood. Bob remained friends with Whitlatch, and an ardent reader of the author’s work, until Whitlatch died in the late 1970s.

Apparently a force in the insurance business, Whitlatch became the head claims adjuster for All-State Insurance, working out of the company’s headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard in LA. He reportedly had a framed picture of the Chicago All-State building hung on the wall behind his desk. The picture had a hand-drawn arrow pointing to one specific window in the building, which Whitlatch claimed was the office of “the idiot I work for.”

While working as a claims adjuster, Whitlatch also attempted to branch out into private business. For several years, he operated a self-service laundry on Ventura Boulevard – in the San Fernando Valley – with his wife, Geraldine. However, the business was forced into bankruptcy when long-term street repairs closed down easy access to the business.

Crippled with a bad limp, Whitlatch didn’t let his physical infirmities keep him down. Miller remembers Whitlatch’s visits to the ranch where Miller’s father-in-law trained and bred horses. Whitlatch always managed to get around and showed an interest in everything.

During the time of his visits to the stables, Whitlatch began writing spec movie scripts. Miller’s father-in-law had contacts in the movie industry through several of the horse owners for whom he bred and trained. He allowed Whitlatch access to those contacts, and while Whitlatch never sold a script, he did receive encouragement and praise for his writing.

On one stable visit, Whitlatch witnessed Miller’s father-in-law putting Vicks in a mare’s nose, so she would accept a foal that wasn’t hers (the Vicks working to distort the mare’s olfactory senses so she couldn’t tell the foal wasn’t her own). Whitlatch was to later use the scene in one of his novels.

A perfectionist when it came to insurance work, Whitlatch was a taskmaster – never letting correspondence or reports leave the office that weren’t letter perfect. But while he found insurance work financially rewarding, he longed for the day he could quit to write full time.

Miller remembers the day Whitlatch called him full of excitement. He had just sold his first two novels. Pocket Books had given him a contract for two of his completed manuscripts and planned to publish both novels simultaneously – a first for the publishing house.

Whitlatch did eventually leave All-State to write full time and had a handful of other novels published, but there was bad news on the horizon. About two years after Whitlatch left All-State, Miller received a phone call from his friend. Whitlatch told Miller he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and had been given six month to two years to live.

Whitlatch’s final book, Shoot-Out At Dawn, was a non-fiction account of what took place at a remote Southern Arizona cabin in 1918, written with Tom Power, one of the survivors of the event. Whitlatch died shortly after it was published by Phoenix Books in 1981.

From other sources , it appears Whitlatch’s wife died a few years ago. They had no children. Clearly, Whitlatch will remain an enigma, but thanks to Bob Miller, those of us who have admired Whitlatch’s novels have been given a glimpse into his background.

FRANK SINATRA, JR. @ THE BLUE NOTE!

FRANK SINATRA, JR. @ THE BLUE NOTE!

FRANK IS PLAYING THE BLUE NOTE IN NEW YORK CITY FOR THREE NIGHTS COMMENCING FRIDAY, MAY 29 THRU SUNDAY MAY 31ST, PERFORMING TWO SHOWS NIGHTLY.

FRANK WILL BE PERFORMING CLASSICS FROM HIS FATHER'S SONGBOOK.


TO LISTEN TO EXCERPTS CLICK HERE

CLASSIC SINATRA II!

CLASSIC SINATRA II!

CAPITOL/EMI AND FRANK SINATRA ENTERPRISES (FSE) TO RELEASE ‘CLASSIC SINATRA II’

THE LONG-AWAITED FOLLOW-UP TO THE DOUBLE PLATINUM ‘CLASSIC SINATRA’

FEATURES 20 CLASSIC RECORDINGS SPANNING 1954 TO 1961, PLUS A PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED RECORDING

Hollywood, California – April 20, 2009 – Released in 2000, Capitol/EMI’s Classic Sinatra has sold over two million copies in the U.S. alone and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA. To mark this achievement, on June 2, Capitol/EMI, in conjunction with Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE), will release a brand-new companion collection, Classic Sinatra II. Featuring 21 additional signature tracks, including 15 from the legendary concept albums Sinatra recorded for Capitol between 1954 and 1961, various singles, and a previously unreleased recording, Classic Sinatra II will be available on CD, at all major digital service providers, and www.sinatra.com.

Classic Sinatra II showcases a selection of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ most loved recordings from his Capitol concept albums, including “Moonlight In Vermont,” “Pennies From Heaven,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” and “All Of Me.” In addition, the set features four 1950s singles: “Love And Marriage,” “(Love Is) The Tender Trap,” “Learnin’ The Blues,” and “High Hopes.” Plus a 1956 recording of “Memories Of You” and a previously unreleased recording, “This Can’t Be Love.”

During his lifetime, Sinatra won 10 Grammy® Awards. When awarded the Grammy® Legend Award in 1994, he was introduced by U2 singer Bono, who said, "His songs are his home and he lets you in, but you know that to sing like that you've got to have lost a couple of fights. To know tenderness and romance you've got to have had your heart broken."

Sinatra appeared in 58 films and won three Academy Awards®, including an honorary Oscar® for The House I Live In. He performed thousands of tour dates around the world, starred in his own television show and numerous specials, earning Emmys® and a Peabody Award®. Sinatra was saluted by The Kennedy Center Honors (1983) as a cultural icon, and was awarded the Presidential Medal Of Honor (1985) and the Congressional Gold Medal (1995), Congress’ highest civilian award.

Born Francis Albert Sinatra on December 12, 1915, Frank Sinatra was a titan of 20th Century entertainment, with record-breaking successes in both music and film. With a legendary career spanning more than six decades, Sinatra was truly “The Entertainer of the 20th Century.” Also known as “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” “The Chairman of the Board” and “The Voice,” Sinatra has sold more than more than 150 million albums around the world, and racked up 31 gold and nine platinum albums (including three that went multi-platinum), one gold single, and two gold and platinum videos in the United States alone. He is the only artist to chart in Billboard’s Top Ten for seven consecutive decades.

Frank Sinatra: Classic Sinatra II (CD, digital album)
1. Something's Gotta Give
Originally Recorded in 1958
Arranged and Conducted by Billy May
From the Capitol Records album Come Dance With Me! (1959)

2. Too Marvelous For Words
Originally Recorded in 1956
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
From the Capitol Records album Songs For Swingin’ Lovers! (1956)

3. Love And Marriage
Originally Recorded in 1955
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
From the Capitol Records album This Is Sinatra! (1956)

4. From This Moment On
Originally Recorded in 1956
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
From the Capitol Records album A Swingin’ Affair! (1957)

5. (Love Is) The Tender Trap
Originally Recorded in 1955
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
From the Capitol Records album This Is Sinatra! (1956)

6. I Get Along Without You Very Well
Originally Recorded in 1955
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
From the Capitol Records album In The Wee Small Hours (1955)

7. All Of Me
Originally Recorded in 1954
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
From the Capitol Records album Swing Easy! (1954)

8. I Thought About You
Originally Recorded in 1956
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
From the Capitol Records album Songs For Swingin’ Lovers! (1956)

9. Moonlight In Vermont
Originally Recorded in 1957
Arranged and Conducted by Billy May
From the Capitol Records album Come Fly With Me (1958)

10. High Hopes
Originally Recorded in 1959
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
From the Capitol Records album All The Way (1961)

11. Learnin' The Blues
Originally Recorded in 1955
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
From the Capitol Records album This Is Sinatra! (1956)

12. Here's That Rainy Day
Originally Recorded in 1959
Conducted by Gordon Jenkins
From the Capitol Records album No One Cares (1959)

13. Pennies From Heaven
Originally Recorded in 1956
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
From the Capitol Records album Songs For Swingin’ Lovers! (1956)

14. I've Got A Crush On You
Originally Recorded in 1960
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
From the Capitol Records album Nice ‘N’ Easy (1960)

15. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
Originally Recorded in 1958
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
From the Capitol Records album Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely (1958)

16. Memories Of You
Originally Recorded in 1956
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle

17. Love Is Here To Stay
Originally Recorded in 1955
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
From the Capitol Records album Songs For Swingin’ Lovers! (1956)

18. When The World Was Young
Originally Recorded in 1961
Arranged and Conducted by Axel Stordahl
From the Capitol Records album Point Of No Return (1962)

19. Just One Of Those Things
Originally Recorded in 1954
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
From the Capitol Records album Swing Easy! (1954)

20. Angel Eyes
Originally Recorded in 1958
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
From the Capitol Records album Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely (1958)

BONUS TRACK

21. This Can’t Be Love
Previously unreleased recording

CINEMA RETRO ~ ISSUE #14!

CINEMA RETRO ~ ISSUE #14!

PER CINEMA RETRO . . .

THOSE BRITS WHO SUBSCRIBE TO CINEMA RETRO CAN STOP GLOATING OVER ALREADY HAVING THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE MAGAZINE. WE CAN NOW REPORT THAT ISSUE #14 ARRIVED IN THE USA AND WAS SHIPPED IMMEDIATELY TO ALL SUBSCRIBERS IN NORTH AMERICA. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE STILL NOT TAKEN THE PLUNGE AND SUBSCRIBED, TRY RESISTING THIS:

OUR 8 PAGE FILM IN FOCUS: DIRECTOR JACK CARDIFF'S CULT HIT GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE STARRING ALAIN DELON AND MARIANNE FAITHFULL - THE FULL BEHIND-THE-SCENES STORY WITH DOZENS OF RARE, SEXY PHOTOS

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: OSCAR NOMINEE JAMES CAAN RECALLS HIS EARLY DAYS IN THE FILM INDUSTRY AS WELL AS MAKING EL DORADO WITH JOHN WAYNE, ROBERT MITCHUM AND HOWARD HAWKS.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: OSCAR WINNER ERNEST BORGNINE RECALLS MAKING THE WILD BUNCH, WILLARD AND THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: KAREN BLACK ON WORKING WITH ALFRED HITCHCOCK ON FAMILY PLOT

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: SCREENWRITER GERRY WILSON ON THE MAKING OF THE WESTERNS LAWMAN STARRING BURT LANCASTER AND CHATO'S LAND STARRING CHARLES BRONSON

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: CHARACTER ACTOR HARRY NORTHUP REMEMBERS HIS FRIEND STEVE MCQUEEN AND WORKING WITH SCORSESE ON TAXI DRIVER

THE ESPIONAGE FILMS OF ALISTAIR MACLEAN PT 2 COVERS FEAR IS THE KEY, PUPPET ON A CHAIN AND WHEN EIGHT BELLS TOLL.

THE STORY BEHIND DIRECTOR MICHAEL WINNER'S KINKY HORROR FLICK THE SENTINEL

MORE NEVER-BEFORE-PUBLISHED PHOTOS FROM THE JAMES BOND CLASSIC ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE

RAY HARRYHAUSEN INVITES CINEMA RETRO TO VIEW HIS PRIVATE PROP COLLECTION

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MICHAEL CAINE SIGNS ON FOR A NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE ITALIAN JOB

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SINATRA BIOPIC!

SINATRA BIOPIC!

THE HIPDTER BLOG NOTES FROM HEMINGWAY’S LOUNGE TIPS US TO THE FOLLOWING INFO . . .

We just peed ourselves. While Marty has long been rumored to directed a Rat Pack film, the interwebs report that the famed director has signed with Universal Pictures and Mandalay Pictures to direct a biopic based on the life of Frank Sinatra

Scribe Phil Alden Robinson will write the screenplay, titled simply "Sinatra." Although, we're not sure what his source material will be. Robinson is probably best known as the writer/director of Sneakers and Field of Dreams, which he was nominated for an Academy Award.

The music rights have been secured and the Sinatra clan (who can be very guarded about their famous pop) has given its permission. Frank’s youngest daughter Tina Sinatra will be an executive producer. Many won't remember the TV miniseries she produced that was, in my opinion, the BEST representation of Frank onscreen and truth be told, didn't pull punches.

Peter Guber has been trying to get this project into production for years and ity's very possible that Scorsese might actually push to make the film as his next project.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ~ BOBBY DARIN!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOBBY DARIN!

IMMORTAL CROONER BOBBY DARIN, WHO DIED IN 1973 AT AGE 36, WOULD HAVE BEEN 73 YEARS OLD TODAY. I STILL THING KEVIN SPACEY DID A MAGNIFICENT JOB AS DARIN IN HIS BEYOND THE SEA BIOPIC.

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ TRIPLE PLAY!



JASON KING ~ SOUNDTRACK!

JASON KING ~ SOUNDTRACK!

THE DOUBLE O SECTION BLOG HAS THE LOW DOWN ON THIS COOL NEW SOUNDTRACK RELEASE FROM THE CULT ITV SHOW JASON KING . . .

Network has announced the next release in their utterly fantastic line of CD soundtrack collections for classic ITC shows: Jason King! (Past announcements have yielded scores for Danger Man, The Champions, The Prisoner and others.)

FOR THE FULL POST CLICK HERE

STEVE TYRELL ~ TOUR DATES!

CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE ISSUE 30!


CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE ISSUE 30!

Crimespree’s five year anniversary issue, #30, will be dropping in the mail next week. There's lots of
Crimespree goodness packed in this one.

Mark Billingham Interview
Top Ten Research List by Gregg Hurwitz
Fiction: DEAR DIARY by Jack Kilborn
Shooting the Dead by Blake Crouch
A Visit to Bath by Margot Justes
Near Disaster at an Ultra-Marathon Race by Jamie Freveletti
Cover Story JOHN CONNOLLY Interview by Jen JordanAyo Onatade
The Jersey Boys by Jeff Cohen and Chris Grabenstein
Footprints: John Creasey by Ruth Jordan
Jack Kilborn Interview
Justin Shady interview
Getting Above it All by David Morrell
Michael Connelly Interview
Craig’s Joint
Crime and Idiocy presented by Jen Jordan
Dialogue with Declan
Fiction: On The Threshold of Death by Raymond Benson
Power of Fans by Seth Heywood
Reed Farrel Coleman
Spencer-Fleming for Hire
Sunshine and Crime by Michael Lister
Young Adult: Genre Crossing by Amy Alessio
Eye On Hollywood
DVD Reviews
Buzz Bin
Book Reviews
Crimespree on Comics
Jerry Ordway Interview
Cooking with Crimespree With Russell McLean

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

WIFFLE LEVER TO FULL!

WIFFLE LEVER TO FULL!

PER THE UNMUTUAL . . .

Fans of "The Prisoner", and Cult TV and the shows' related conventions, will be pleased to hear that Wiffle Lever to Full was re-released as a glossy mass-market paperback version on April 30th 2009.

Written by Bob Fischer, the book is a tale of his experiences of attending various fan conventions during 2005 and 2006, and the Patrick McGoohan, The Prisoner, Danger Man, and Portmeirion gathering in 2006 is included, along with various "Star Trek", "Doctor Who", and other series' conventions.

The original release was launched at the Patrick McGoohan, The Prisoner, Danger Man, and Portmeirion gathering in 2008 and thereafter followed a collection of terrific reviews from magazines and broadsheet newspapers alike.

FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE

JIVE ACES ~ RECIPE FOR RHYTHM!

JIVE ACES ~ RECIPE FOR RHYTHM!

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE JIVE ACES NEW CD, RECIPE FOR RHYTHM, FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS: CHICK COREA, MARK ISHAM, MR. ACKER BILK, TONI ELIZABETH PRIMA, VIC FLICK, CARMEN GETIT & STEVE LUCKY AND MANY MORE.


The Jive Aces are the UK's top Jive & Swing band. Renowned for their hot, swinging music and high-energy stage show playing songs made famous by such greats as Bobby Darin, Louis Prima and Sammy Davis Jnr as well as featuring a selection of superb originals.


The Jive Aces brought the house down at thousands of festivals, theatres, and dance halls throughout the UK, Europe, the USA and beyond, also making hundreds of TV and radio appearances world-wide.

This in-demand six piece have worked with Van Morrison, John Travolta and Isaac Hayes and many others as well as performing for HRH Prince Philip.

Thier latest album, Recipe for Rhythm, recorded in Hollywood, California, features very special guests Chick Corea, Mr. Acker Bilk, Mark Isham, Vic Flick and Toni Elizabeth Prima (daughter of Louis Prima and Keely Smith).

THE JIVE ACES!

THE JIVE ACES!

ENGLANDS TOP SWING BAND, THE JIVE ACES, WILL BE SPLASHING DOWN IN THE LA/ORANGE COUNTY AREA FOR THREE SHOWS IN JUNE. WE’LL BE THERE WITH FRIENDS AND OUR DANCING SHOES FOR THE JUNE 6TH SHOW IN PASADENA. THESE GUYS SWING HARD, KIDS, SO DON’T MISS OUT!


TUESDAY JUNE 2ND:
Atomic Ballroom
17961 Sky Park Circle
Suite C
Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 250-3332
$15 ($13 for OC Swing Club members)
WWW.ATOMICBALLROOM.COM

WEDNESDAY JUNE 3RD:
Rusty’s Rhythm Club
8025 Manchester Ave
Playa Del Rey, CA, 90293
WWW.RUSTYFRANK.COM

SATURDAY JUNE 6TH:
Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association
First Baptist Church Hall
75 N. Marengo Avenue
Pasadena, CA, 91101
WWW.PASADENABALLROOMDANCE.COM

ANDREW STRONG ~ GREATEST HITS!

ANDREW STRONG ~ GREATEST HITS!

TWO OF MY FAVORITE ROCK-AND-ROLL MOVIES ARE STREETS OF FIRE AND THE COMMITMENTS. I LOVE BOTH OF THE SOUNDTRACK, BUT IT IS THE GRAVEL BLUES VOICE OF ANDREW STRONG THAT RAISES THE LEVEL OF THE COMMITMENTS SOUNTRACK TO ICONIC STATUS.

NOW THIS COLLECTION OF STRONG’S BEST VOCALS HAS BEEN RE-RELEASE AND IS A DEFINITE MUST LISTEN . . .

TRACKS:

1. Do You Know What I Mean
2. This Life
3. Hard to Handle
4. Ain't Nothing You Can Do
5. Life Is a Beautiful Thing
6. Mustang Sally
7. Ain't No Mountain High Enough
8. Bitter Pill
9. In the Midnight Hour
10. I'd Rather Go Blind
11. Same Old Me
12. Try a Little Tenderness
13. You've Been Here Before
14. Show Me
15. Out of Time
16. Girls Ain't Groceries
17. Sending Me Angels
18. 24/7 Lover
19. Dark End of the Street

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ FOUR PLAY!




HARD CASE CRIME NEWSLETTER!

HARD CASE CRIME NEWSLETTER!

Friends,

This September we'll be publishing Russell Atwood's second novel, LOSERS LIVE LONGER. His first, EAST OF A, came out ten years ago and won praise from critics and fellow writers alike -- people like Michael Connelly and Jeffery Deaver and Ann Beattie, and newspapers such as the NEW YORK TIMES, LOS ANGELES TIMES, HOUSTON CHRONICLE and BALTIMORE SUN. Here was an exciting new voice and an exciting new private eye character, Payton Sherwood; everyone was eager to see what they both would do next.

And now, a decade later, we finally will.

If you'd like a shot at getting an early ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of the book, we'll be giving away a dozen to randomly selected people on our mailing list -- just send a message to drawing@hardcasecrime.com and include your name and the address you'd like the book mailed to if you're selected. Only one entry per person please, and please get your e-mail to us before 5PM New York time on May 30. The winners will be chosen and notified the next day. All we ask of the winners is that if you enjoy the book you help us let people know about it by posting a review somewhere online -- a site like Amazon.com or BN.com, your own blog if you have one, a mailing list you participate in if a book like this would be a suitable topic of discussion...anywhere you like, but do post it somewhere. The author will be grateful, and so will I.

Meanwhile...several of you have written to ask why our Web site (www.HardCaseCrime.com) hasn't had a new book added to it for more than a month; the last one we added, THE CORPSE WORE PASTIES, is our December 2009 title, and as time has passed without another appearing on the site, some of you have inquired, "Will there be more Hard Case Crime in 2010?" The answer is yes: There will be more in 2010; there will even be more in December 2009, in fact, since we'll be publishing two books that month...but we'd like to keep our second December title a surprise till we're closer to its publication date, which is why we haven't added it to the Web site yet. It's got a gorgeous Glen Orbik cover and it's a book I think all mystery fans will get a kick out of -- but our lips are sealed till Christmas approaches.

After that two-book month, we'll be taking a break for a few months to give me a chance to catch up on other work (in particular, the first six books of our new "Gabriel Hunt" adventure series: www.HuntForAdventure.com) and to give some companies who owe us money (you know who you are!) a chance to pay off all their accumulated, overdue bills. But once that's behind us, new Hard Case Crime titles will start coming again -- in fact, we're in the process of buying #64 now, and Greg Manchess is already hard at work on the cover.

And of course there are plenty of books you haven't seen yet already in the works: FAKE I.D. by Jason Starr in June; PASSPORT TO PERIL by Robert B. Parker in July; STOP THIS MAN! by Peter Rabe in August; Russell's book, LOSERS LIVE LONGER, in September; Lester Dent's never-before-published HONEY IN HIS MOUTH in October; Max Allan Collins' QUARRY IN THE MIDDLE in November; THE CORPSE WORE PASTIES by Jonny Porkpie in December; and our extra December surprise. No shortage of books to read and enjoy, in other words. And for those of you who haven't already read our first 50+ titles, this will also give you a chance to catch up!

Want to sample a bit of any of our upcoming or already published titles? Just visit us at www.HardCaseCrime.com -- you'll find a chapter from each of them. And if you find yourself hooked and want to find out what happens next, a quick toll-free call to 1-800-481-9191 during normal business hours will put you on the phone with someone who can get you whichever titles you want.

And what could be better than that?

Many thanks again for all your support; it's great to know there are so many of you out there who share our passion for these books...

Best,
Charles Ardai
Editor

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

THE CAT'S MEOW!

TITANIC STEAMS TO THE RESCUE!

TITANIC STEAMS TO THE RESCUE!

LONDON — Titanic stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have pledged to help the last survivor of the sinking of the ocean liner. The stars say they have thrown their support behind a fund that would subsidize Millvina Dean's nursing home fees.

Dean was 2 months old when the Titanic sank beneath the waves on the night of April 14, 1912. She has been living at a nursing home in the English city of Southampton since she broke her hip about three years ago but has struggled to pay the fees.

In October she sold several Titanic mementoes to raise cash.

DiCaprio and Winslet said in a statement that they hoped Dean could rest easier knowing that her future was secure. The Millvina Fund was launched Monday in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

In this Friday, April 17, 1998 file photo, Millvina Dean smiles as she signs a Titanic movie poster at the Titanic Historical Society's convention in Springfield, Mass.

Monday, May 11, 2009

STAR TREK!

AWESOME! JUST BLOODY AWESOME! THE MOST FUN I'VE HAD AT THE MOVIES IN A LONG TIME . . .
BLOG BUDDY CHRIS MILLS SAYS IT BEST IN HIS REVIEW . . .
J.J. Abrams and his collaborators have pulled off something remarkable – make that astounding and perhaps unprecedented – a reboot that not only respects the continuity of the franchise, but still comes up with a way to throw it all out the airlock without actually compromising it.
TO READ HIS FULL REVIEW CLICK HERE

Sunday, May 10, 2009

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY ~ THE CAT'S MEOW STYLE!

PEGGY LEE ~ LIVE IN LONDON 1977!

PEGGY LEE ~ LIVE IN LONDON 1977!

HERE'S A GREAT DOWNLOAD COURTESY OF KELLY'S LOUNGE SOUNDZ FEATURING THE UNIQUE STYLINGS OF PEGGY LEE . . .

PER KELLY'S NOTES ~

Norma Deloris Egstrom From Jamestown North Dakota was Peggy Lee's last album for Capitol released in 1972. She continued to record single Lps for Atlantic, Polydor UK, DRG and A&M before effectively retiring early in the '80s. However she returned in 1988 with two for Music Masters, and her last album, "Moments Like This", was recorded for Chesky in 1992. Her voice was silenced after a stroke in 1998 and she died from a heart attack in her Bel Air home early in 2002.

This album was a single she did for PolydorUK in 1977. Her bright, shiny star was on the wane at this stage of her career, but the Lp is a must for Lee devotees. Her song choice suggests she's singing to the converted. The venue was the Palladium concert hall in London.

PLAYLIST:

01) Love For Sale
02) Everything Must Change
03) You Gotta Know How
04) The Folks Who Live On The Hill
05) I Don't Want To Play In Your Yard
06) Have A Good Time
07) Touch Me In The Morning
08) Make Believe
09) Fever
10) Why Don't You Do Right
11) Is That All There Is
12) Sing A Rainbow
13) Mr Wonderful
14) Mack The Knife
15) Dreams Of Summer
16) Here's To You

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

COCKTAIL NATION #73 ~ KOOP KOOPER DISCOVERS A TIKI OASIS!

COCKTAIL NATION #73 ~ KOOP KOOPER DISCOVERS A TIKI OASIS!

Thanks to Tiki Shark, it's Koop Kooper with the Cocktail Nation and a huge show this week! There's lots of new music to check out, including the latest re-release of Les Baxter's Space Escapade, and the re-release of Chaino. Otto Von Stroheim will swing by to let us know about Tiki Oasis 2009 and some other great gigs to check out, and we'll kick back and dig with the 1962 Kriesler stereo.

PLAYLIST:

Tikiyaki Orchestra~ Exotique
Frank Sinatra ~ That's Life
Otto Von Stroheim interview
Martini Kings ~ Lady Is A Tramp
Astrud Gilberto ~ Goodbye Sadness
Dave Bruebeck ~ Perdido
Chaino ~ Bongos Whistling
Waitiki ~ Voodoo Love
Les Baxter ~ The City
Kava Kon ~ Behind the Sun
Lushy ~ Tiki
Sammy Davis Jr ~ Where or When
Jimmy Vargas ~ Love is a Racket
Julie London ~ Fly Me To The Moon
Atomic Martini's ~ Call Me
John Barry 7 ~ From Russia With Love

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE