Saturday, August 1, 2009

MAD MEN YOURSELF!

MAD MEN YOURSELF!

THANKS TO THE RAP SHEET FOR PROVIDING THE FOLLOWING INFO:

TO PROMOTE THE THIRD SEASON OF AMC-TV’S
MAD MEN, WHICH BEGINS ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, THE SHOW’S BRILLIANT MINDS HAVE LAUNCHED A WEB SITE THAT LETS YOU BECOME A CHARACTER ON THEIR STYLISH SERIES. MY CREATION IS ABOVE. GIVE IT A TRY YOURSELF – IT’S MOST COOL!

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

(500) DAYS OF SUMMER!

(500) DAYS OF SUMMER!

This little movie took me by surprise. I had no idea what it was about going in, just tagging along with some friends who wanted to see it. I was a little reluctant to like the film to begin with, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character being such a insecure shlub at the beginning of the film, but gradually, the dialogue, the inventive direction, and the growth of the characters drew me in until it had me smiling again and again.

No big belly laughs, just pure pleasure and delight with clever writing, cleaver direction, and assurred performance (from both Gordon-Levitt and the delishious Zooey Daschanel) – right up to the pleasure of the last line of dialogue, which I should have seen coming, but didn’t.

You need to go out of your way to see this one.

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #65!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #65!

Join the BIG W every Friday 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!

PLAYLIST:

• The Donkey Serenade - Perry Como
• Everything Is Coming Up Roses - Ray Ellis
• Fly Me To The Moon - Tom Jones
• Let’s Do It - Johnny Williams
• Can’t Buy Me Love - Ella Fitzgerald
• Spanish Flee - Les & Larry Elgart
• The Gal That Got Away - Frank Sinatra
• My Three Sons - Neal Hefti
• Pagan Love Song - Buddy Cole
• I Wish I Were in Love Again - Mel Tormé
• Horary For Hollywood - Sammy Davis, Jr.
• High Noon - Buddy Morrow
• What I'd Say - Dick Hyman
• James Bond Theme - John Barry
• From Russia With Love - Elliot Fisher
• Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey
• Thunderball - Percy Faith
• 007 Theme - Billy Strange
• Too Marvelous For Words - Rosemary Clooney
• Lonely Road - Bobby Darin
• A String Of Perils - Floyd Cramer
• At Long Last Love - Keely Smith

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

COCKTAIL NATION 85 ~ KOOPER CHATS TO A CHAP!

COCKTAIL NATION 85 ~ KOOPER CHATS TO A CHAP!

Thanks to Tiki Shark, Koop Kooper and the Cocktail Nation keep spinning the latest and greatest classic and neo lounge. Tonight, we'll a look at the world of swank, plus flip through a very cool magazine out of the UK called The Chap, and give out info on how you can be in season four of Mad Men.

Congratulations to Nick Blair of Marylands who picked up the Brad Parker sketches of his Tiki Mugs submitted to Holden of Tiki Farm to make, and to Andy Krainik in Missouri, along with Michele Burns from LA, who picked up the album Destination Moon .

PLAYLIST:

Lucas Vigor ~ Grey Rain
Gerry Mulligan ~ Night Lights
Chet Baker ~ Lets get lost
Tikiyaki Orchesta ~ Tango Tahiti
Frank Sinatra ~ To Love and Be Loved
Herb Alpert ~ Our Day Will Come
The Three Sounds ~ After Hours
Smokin Menehunes ~ Little Hula Heaven
Skip Heller ~ Lonely
Martini Kings ~ Lady Is A Tramp
Peggy Lee ~ Make the Man Love Me
Paul Mauriat ~ Love In Every Room
Sammy Davis Jr. ~ Fly Right
Tiki Joe's Ocean ~ Sacred_Island
Spy Fi ~ Then Play Down

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

CONNELLY ON CASTLE!

CONNELLY ON CASTLE!

According to Michael Connelly’s website, he will be appearing on the second season premiere episode of ABC's "novel" crime drama Castle. The episode is scheduled to air September 21st at 10 PM (ET/PT).

In the series premiere earlier this year, mystery writers James Patterson and Stephen J. Cannell had cameos as Castle's poker playing buddies. Though the episode information for the second season premiere has been posted, there is no mention of what role Michael Connelly might play.

Watch an ABC promo for Castle below:


Friday, July 31, 2009

SEXTON BLAKE!

SEXTON BLAKE!

Coming in September!


Created at the tail end of the Victorian era, Sexton Blake rapidly became one of the most popular fictional characters of the 20th Century. He featured in thousands of adventure stories written by more than two hundred authors and published in countless papers, magazines and comics. He also appeared in stage plays, radio dramas, films and television serials. One of the most written about characters in the English language, he was a household name and a publishing phenomenon.

This book contains the finest stories from this vast output, edited by leading publisher and author George Mann.

Hardcover
900 pages
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
Snowbooks

CULT MAGAZINES; FROM A TO Z!

CULT MAGAZINES; FROM A TO Z!

A Compendium of Culturally Obsessive & Curiously Expressive Publications

Earl Kemp (Editor), Luis Ortiz (Editor)

Exploring the subcultures of mid-20th-century America, this encyclopedia comprehensively documents the huge quantity of cult magazines that thrived beneath the mainstream. Chronicling the period between 1925 and 1990, prior to the rise of the Internet age, the book reveals how thousands of these specialized magazines were produced, gratifying the secret life of every fad, taste, obsession, and hush-hush desire.

Nothing was beyond the scope of the imaginative publishers and eccentric editors, the guide shows, as it goes behind the scenes of titles such as Amazing Stories, Doctor Death, Gee-Whiz, Jaybird, Phantom Detective, and True Thrills. Featuring full-color reproductions of hundreds of distinctive cult cover images, this reference's backgrounds, histories, and essays offer a complete picture of a bygone era.

ORIGINAL HIGH ADVENTURE!

ORIGINAL HIGH ADVENTURE!

IN A RIGHTEOUS CAUSE ~ VOL. 3 of the TALBOT MUNDY LIBRARY

This volume brings together for the first time all of the short stories and rare articles by Talbot Mundy that appeared in the pages of Adventure Magazine during 1913. Presented are the classic "For the Salt Which He Had Eaten," "The Tempering of Harry Blunt," "In a Righteous Cause," and seven other stories and non-fiction pieces. Also included is a new historical introduction by Mundy biographer Peter Berresford Ellis.

THE GOLDEN GOSHAWK ~ H. BEDFORD-JONES!

From Borneo to the Sulu Sea and Oriental ports in between, follow the adventures of Captain Dan Marguard as his sloop, the Gadfly, battles pirates, smugglers, headhunters, witch doctors and the infamous White Wolf of Nipe. Aided by his two Elder Brothers, Ni-Ling Tong and Koh Hum, Marguard operates on both sides of the law through these four dynamite adventures written by H. Bedford-Jones and published originally in Danger Trail and Far East Adventure Stories

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WILLIAM TAPPLY ~ R.I.P.

WILLIAM TAPPLY ~ R.I.P.

FROM THE BOSTON HERALD . . .


New England-based author William G. Tapply, mystery fiction writer and teacher, died Tuesday at his New Hampshire home after a battle with leukemia. He was 69.

He lived with his wife and fellow novelist Vicki Stiefel on their farm in Hancock, N.H.

Mr. Tapply, who wrote more than 45 books and thousands of magazine articles, was also a professor of English at Clark University in Worcester, where he was the writer in residence.

A Lexington native, Mr. Tapply was rememembered yesterday as a calm, loved, insightful man and a born teacher.

“He was wonderfully patient, and gently authoritative,” said his colleague, James Elliott, chairman of the department of English at Clark University. “The students knew he knew what he was doing . . . He lived what he was talking about.”

FOR FULL OBIT CLICK HERE

Thursday, July 30, 2009

ROCKFORD REVIVED!

ROCKFORD REVIVED!

THANKS TO LEE GOLDBERG FOR THIS POST:


Variety reports that HOUSE creator/showrunner David Shore has been tapped by NBC/Universal and Steve Carrell's production company to revive Stephen J. Cannell's THE ROCKFORD FILES. It's no surprise that they approached Shore for the coveted gig...he's a TV A-lister who tried to spin-off a Rockf0rd-esque character from HOUSE last season.

"It's one of the shows that made me want to become a writer," Shore said. "I had no interest in adapting any old stuff, but this was the one exception."

Shore's just starting to think about an approach to bring "The Rockford Files" into the present day, but he intends to stick with the basic foundation of a private eye in L.A. just trying to make a living.

"What makes 'Rockford' timeless is that he's vulnerable, he's flawed. He's used to hustling and getting hustled," Shore said. "Sometimes he's a hero and sometimes he runs away."

The hard part won't be getting the script right...it will be finding this generation's equivalent of James Garner to the play the part. (Is George Clooney still a movie star?)

MATT HELM & SPIELBERG!

MATT HELM & SPIELBERG!

VARIETY REPORTS THIS COOL NEWS/RUMOR . . .

Steven Spielberg is antsy about getting back to work as a director.
He is considering three or four scripts seriously and what is clear is this: The project he chooses could seriously impact the economics of DreamWorks, its new finance partner Reliance and the studio that owns the project.

Paramount finds itself at the center of one such discussion, if the whispers are true and Spielberg has become serious about directing “Matt Helm,” a project that DreamWorks developed for several years before leaving it at Paramount as part of the divorce settlement.

A rewrite delivered last week by Paul Attanasio has Paramount brass feeling the project could launch a new franchise and sources say it has rekindled Spielberg’s interest to go beyond being the picture’s producer alongside Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jerry Weintraub. But the ultimate question of whether Spielberg gets behind the camera goes beyond Paramount’s willingness to step up to his Spielberg-ian deal.

FOR THE FULL STORY CLICK HERE

THE PRISONER ON AUDIO!

THE PRISONER ON AUDIO!

WELL,NOT EXACTLY ‘THE PRISONER,’ BUT BROKENSEA PRODUCTIONS IS PRODUCING NEW AUDIO DRAMAS EPISODES BASED ON THE FAMOUS BRITISH TV SERIES STARRING PATRICK MCGOOHAN.

I'VE LISTENED TO THE FIRST TWO EPISODES AND, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A COUPLE OF TOO TWEE FALSE BRITISH ACCENTS, ENJOYED THEM BOTH.

FROM THE BOKENSEA WEBSITE:

Once upon a time there was a land called The Sixties, where brave men andwomen fought a new kind of campaign, a secret war of deception, diplomacy and sometimes murder. But many learned that in this conflict it was hard to tell who were the real enemy. That they did not even know how many factions were involved in the war.

Then there was The Village. A sinister Shangri-La for people too dangerous to be allowed freedom. A place without names. The heart of an authority that used ruthless mental conditioning and torture to rule with absolute control.
One man was brought to the island who refused to submit. His battle was long and hard, but eventually he escaped and The Village was destroyed.

That’s a version of the story. One for comforting children.

NOW THE STORY CONTINUES . . .

TO DOWNLOAD EPISODES CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ DOUBLE PLAY!

PIZZARELLIS ON KABC RADIO!

PIZZARELLIS ON KABC RADIO!

Tune in TODAY, Thursday, July 30 at 9:05 AM Pacific 12:05 PM Eastern to KABC 790 AM in Los Angeles to hear John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey discuss their new CDs and their current engagement at Catalina Bar & Grill in Los Angeles. KABC 790 AM, is one of the largest news/talk radio stations in Southern California.

Those not on the west coast can listen online at http://www.kabc.com/

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Y/A CORNER ~ THIRTEEN REASONS WHY BY JAY ASHER!

Y/A CORNER ~ THIRTEEN REASONS WHY BY JAY ASHER!

Clay Jensen returns home from school one day to find a mysterious box, with his name on it, lying on the porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker — his classmate — who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape,Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she did what she did — and Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list — and it'll change Clay's life forever.

ICEBOX RADIO ~ SCOOP SISTERS!

ICEBOX RADIO ~ SCOOP SISTERS!

DECODER RING THEATRE TURNED ME ON TO AN EPISODE FROM ICEBOX THEATRE SENDING ME TO
www.iceboxradio.org TO CHECK OUT ICEBOX’S OTHER PODCASTS AND FOUND A LOT TO LIKE – ESPECIALLY, DOME DOG (A SUPERHERO LIKE NO OTHER) AND THE SCOOP SISTERS (AS DESCRIBED BELOW):

It's Here! The premiere of the new mystery series from the Icebox Radio Theater. When a woman loses her job, her marriage, and everything but her daughter and the clothes on her back, there's nothing to do but return home to her hippie mother and her mother’s new newspaper.

THESE ARE CREATIVE AND UNIQUE STORIES, WELL WORTH YOUR DOWNLOADING AND LISTENING TIME.

TO DOWNLOAD THE SCOOP SISTERS CLICK HERE

A TASTE OF HONEY!

A TASTE OF HONEY!

THE RAP SHEET HAS AN EXTENSIVE POST AND AUTHOR INTERVIEW TODAY ON THE RECENTLY RELEASED NON-FICTION HONEY WEST BOOK:

Honey West proved to be unlike most of the other American TV series that debuted in 1965 (I Dream of Jeannie, Lost in Space, F Troop, The Wild Wild West, My Mother the Car, Green Acres, etc.), if only because it was a dramatic series with a female lead (played by Anne Francis) who could handle herself even under the diciest circumstances. And of course, the show had all those marvelous high-tech spying gadgets--exploding gas earrings, microphones secreted in lipstick tubes, and my personal favorite, Honey’s garter-belt gas mask. (James Bond never had one of those, now did he!) Then there was the speedy little Shelby Cobra that Honey drove, and her pet ocelot, Bruce. Those weren’t necessarily components of the 11 novels written by Forrest E. “Skip” Fickling and his wife, Gloria, who’d created Honey West back in the late 1950s. But they helped make the Aaron Spelling-produced TV series hard to forget.

John C. Fredriksen remembers Honey West well. Better than just about anyone else you’re likely to meet in this lifetime. The 56-year-old Rhode Island historian is the author of Honey West, a new non-fiction tribute to that long-gone Friday night program.

FOR THE FULL POST CLICK HERE

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

MOVIES YOU HAVE TO SEE ~ LA FEMME NIKITA!

MOVIES YOU HAVE TO SEE ~ LA FEMME NIKITA!

FRENCH ACTRESS ANNE PARILLAUD IN A PROMO STILL FROM LUC BESSON’S MASTERPIECE LA FEMME NIKITA, 1990.

TALK ABOUT ANNIE GET YOUR GUN!

THE CAT'S MEOW!

PREHISTORIC!

PREHISTORIC!

PER PULP INTERNATIONAL


SCIENTISTS NOW BELIEVE THE FIRST PUSH-UP BRA WAS INVENTED IN 5,000 B.C.

Creationism has made it clear that humans and dinosaurs coexisted. We’ve always concurred with this crackpot theory because we love the idea that the human struggle for survival was really an episode of The Flintstones.


Today, thanks to the above promo shot from When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, we’ve learned that prehistoric times were not only slapstick fun, but sexy too. In fact, these tiny fur bikinis are probably the most Intelligent Designs ever. Now if we could just see Wilma in one our fantasies would be complete.

CHUCK ~ THE MOVIE?

CHUCK ~ THE MOVIE?

I'D GO SEE THIS IN A HEARTBEAT ~ EVEN IF IT IS A PHONY MOVIE POSTER LAUNCH AT COMIC-CON!

RUPERT HOLMES JOINS RAT PACK ROBIN AND THE SEVEN HOODS MUSICAL!

RUPERT HOLMES JOINS RAT PACK ROBIN AND THE SEVEN HOODS MUSICAL!

PER VARIETY:


Rupert Holmes has joined the creative team as book writer of "Robin and the 7 Hoods," a new musical adaptation of Warner Bros' 1964 Rat Pack pic, which is aiming for a West Coast tryout next summer prior to its Broadway bow during the 2010-11 season.


Built around standards by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen, including "My Kind of Town," "Come Fly With Me," "All the Way" and "Ain't That a Kick in the Head," the show revisits the attitudes of the time when the movie was made, when old culture intersected with the swinging new world of the sexual revolution. Casey Nicholaw ("The Drowsy Chaperone") is set to choreograph and direct.

FOR THE FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ DOUBLE PLAY!

Monday, July 27, 2009

HAPPY (BELATED) BIRTHDAY ~ ALEXANDER DUMAS!

HAPPY (BELATED) BIRTHDAY ~ ALEXANDER DUMAS!

I MISSED THIS LAST FRIDAY, BUT DUMAS (BORN IN 1802) AND HIS LOVE OF HISTORY, ADVENTURE, AND SWORDFIGHTS, MAKE HIM ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AUTHORS OF ALL TIME AND ONE OF MY FAVORITES.

SIMON’S CAT ~ T.V. DINNER!

SHIRLEY BASSEY RETURNS TO THE STUDIO!

SHIRLEY BASSEY RETURNS TO THE STUDIO!

With Shirley Bassey returning to the studio last month to record her first new album in nearly a decade, James Bond composer David Arnold, with whom Bassey has teamed up, spoke to Variety about working with the 007 chart-topper.

“Shirley has sung so many different styles,” Arnold, composer of five Bond scores, said. “She is probably best known for the big ballads and the Bond themes, but ‘Big Spender’ and ‘Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss Me’ show her playful and provocative side. [In choosing the songs], I tried to do something which honored all aspects of her character.”
Arnold revealed all but one of the new album’s songs is an original composition, but refused to be drawn on the names of the tracks and the writers behind them.

“[The concept] is to make a serious studio album with a great singer, to explore all facets of her abilities and personality,” Arnold said.
The album will be made up of contemporary songs, recorded, as many contemporary albums are, by laying down the instrumental first and the vocals later.

Variety speculates that the pairing could lead to a fourth James Bond theme for Shirley Bassey, following her classic title tracks from Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever and Moonraker.

72-year-old Bassey recorded the vocals last month at Ireland’s Grouse Lodge. The yet-to-be-named album will be released through Geffen Records later this year.

A TIP OF THE FEDORA TO BLADE’S MARTINI LOUNGE @ COMMANDERBOND.NET

Sunday, July 26, 2009

SIMON'S CAT ~ FLY GUY!

Y/A CORNER ~ THE ENEMY BY CHARLIE HIGSON!

Y/A CORNER~ THE ENEMY BY CHARLIE HIGSON

FOLLOWING UP HIS YOUNG BOND SERIES WITH A Y/A HORROR NOVEL TO BE RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER.

ON HER MAJESTY’S OCCULT SERVICE

ON HER MAJESTY’S OCCULT SERVICE

I tripped across this title in the local library and was intrigued enough to check it out little knowing how much it was going to make my head spin and my brain hurt.

I’m about as far from an IT person as you can get, but this blending of Dilbert, 007, and Lovecraft is outrageously good. If you are into computers, I’m sure this collection of two novels will make a whole lot more sense, but even with my lack of IT background, I still found the whole scene a real trip.

Below are the publisher’s write up for the two novels in the collection:

THE ATROCITY ARCHIVE

In Charles Stross's world of The Atrocity Archive, Alan Turing, the Father of Modern Computer Science, did in fact complete his theorem on Phase Conjugate Grammars for Extra-dimensional Summoning.

Turing's work paved the way for esoteric mathematical computations that, when carried out, had side effects that would leak through some kind of channel underlying the structure of the Cosmos. And out there in the multiverse were listeners — and sometimes these listeners could be coerced into opening gates: Small gates through which minds could be transferred and, occasionally, large gates through which objects could be moved.

In 1945, Nazi Germany's Ahnenerbe-SS, in an attempt to escape the Allied onslaught, performed just such a summoning on the souls of more than ten million. A gate was opened to an alternate universe through which the SS moved men and materiel — to live to fight another day, as it were. But their summoning brought forth more than the SS had bargained for: an Evil, patiently waiting all this time while learning the ways of humans, now poised to lunch on our galaxy, on our very own Earth.

Secret intelligence agencies, esoteric theorems, Lovecraftian horrors, Mid East terrorist connections, a damsel in distress, and a final battle on the surface of a dying planet — in "The Atrocity Archive," Charles Stross has written a high-octane thriller, and readers need to buckle up and hold on with both hands!

THE JENNIFER MORGUE


In 1975, the CIA made an ill-fated attempt to raise a sunken Soviet ballistic missile submarine from the depths of the Pacific Ocean. At least, ill-fated was the information leaked to the press. In reality, the team salvaged a device, codenamed "Gravedust," that permitted communication with the dead — the very long dead.

Enter Ellis Billington, glamorous software billionaire, who has acquired Gravedust by devious means. Billington plans to raise an eldritch horror, codenamed "Jennifer Morgue," from the vasty deeps, and communicate with this dead warrior for the purpose of ruling the world. Worse still, he's prepared occult defenses that can only be penetrated by one agent walking a perilous path.

But James Bond doesn't work for the Laundry. Instead, they send Bob Howard, geekish demonology hacker extraordinaire. Bob must inveigle his way aboard Billington's yacht, figure out what the villain is up to, and stop him. But there's a fly in Bob's ointment by the name of Ramona Random — a lethal but beautiful agent for the Black Chamber, the U.S. counterpart to The Laundry. Billington's yacht is docked in the Caribbean, and Her Majesty's Government is not allowed to operate in this area without an American minder. The Black Chamber has sent Ramona to ride shotgun on Bob, but Ramona has her own agenda that conflicts with her employer's . . .

Bob and Ramona become entangled (literally), and are then captured by Billington and used to further his insidious plot. But let's not forget Bob's significant other, Dr. Dominique "Mo" O'Brien, also an agent of The Laundry, who has been trained especially for this mission. Can these intrepid agents stop Billington from raising the dead horror and thus save the world from total domination? The Jennifer Morgue takes the reader on a wild adventure through the worlds of Lovecraft and Ian Fleming, non-Euclidian mathematics and computer hackerdom — sort of like Austin Powers, only more squamous and rugose — with fast cars and faster women.

CAMARILLO JAZZ FESTIVAL!

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ FOUR PLAY!

Y/A CORNER ~ A GAME FORE LIFE BY I. J. KAHN!

Y/A CORNER ~ A GAME FORE LIFE BY I. J. KAHN!

In A Game Fore Life, new author I. J. Kahn weaves an energetic and poignant tale of a mentor and his ward whose lives collide after a vicious back alley gang attack that leaves one man fighting for his life. Art Doll has a lot to be thankful for. A self-made man, he has led a charmed life until he is savagely attacked as he returns from buying a rare golf putter in downtown Cincinnati.


Left for dead, he is given a second chance; a second chance which will prove life transforming for him and his family. As he recuperates, Art and his wife befriend a trauma nurse, which leads to their interest in her troubled teenage grandson, Eric. In due time and short order, Art introduces Eric to the world of golf and the lessons that this gentleman’s game can instill.

He shows him a future free from the dangers of the harsh, unforgiving inner-city streets, though it is up to Eric to eventually make his final escape.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I. J. Kahn graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in English and literature. He is retired and enjoys volunteering at the local animal shelter, playing golf and traveling. He and his wife have three grown children. He resides in Fairfield, Ohio.