Friday, October 09, 2009

Hitchcock for Halloween: Paperback cover

Pop links: King Kong! Fifth Hitchhiker book! Twilight Zone comics!

A figurine used in the filming of 1933's "King Kong" is up for auction.

Christie's auction house says the 22-inch (56-centimeter) metal figurine was used to represent King Kong in the climactic scene where the giant ape scales New York's Empire State Building.


Irish author Eoin Colfer has penned a sixth book for the late Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" "trilogy."

"And Another Thing...," published in Britain by Penguin and in the United States by Walt Disney's Hyperion, brings Dent, alien friend Ford Prefect and two-headed Galactic President Zaphod Beeblebrox back from the dead for more madcap adventures in outer space.

Colfer, best known for his "Artemis Fowl" series, said he had major misgivings before agreeing to take up where Adams left off, aware of the risk of a fan backlash and critical drubbing.

"I was aware that there would be definitely some kind of backlash, or even a frontlash before the backlash," Colfer said in an interview in London.


See some Twilight Zone comic book stories with art by Reed Crandall and George Evans.

Batman and OMAC team up on Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Here are pics from the Oct. 16 season 2 opener of "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" on the Cartoon Network, which teams the Caped Crusader with Jack Kirby's OMAC.


Batman: The Brave and The Bold "When OMAC Attacks!"
The all-American fighting machine OMAC is pitted against the equally destructive Shrapnel in a chaotic fight to the finish, but the architect behind the battle is the mysterious, balance-obsessed villain Libra.

Toy Story 3 movie posters

Here are a couple of new posters for the upcoming Toy Story 3.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Hitchcock for Halloween: Alfred Hitchcock game

Pop links: Syfy's Alice! Dr. Who production pics! Sgt. Pepper cover decoded! Upcoming Brian Wilson projects!

Syfy will air an adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland" starting Dec. 6.

Two-parter, which gives the story a modern spin, will air over consecutive nights. Cast includes Kathy Bates, Tim Curry, Colm Meaney, Harry Dean Stanton and Caterina Scorsone as Alice.


Check out a batch of set pictures from the currently filming Doctor Who season 5.


Handy link: A guide to all the folks featured on the cover of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper cover, with Wikipedia links to each.


The estate of George Gershwin has asked Brian Wilson to complete some of the composer's unfinished works. Wilson also plans a cover album of famous Disney tunes.

The Beach Boys mainman will be given full access to the compositions by Gershwin's estate, and will release the music on a forthcoming album of Gershwin covers.

Though the album has no fixed release date, it will come out on Walt Disney imprint Disney Pearl, whom Wilson has recently signed a deal with, reports The Wall Street Journal.

...Wilson's second release for Disney Pearl will be an album of covers from classic Disney productions, which he promises to "Brian-ize".

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Hitchcock for Halloween: Sir Alfred

Pop links: Wolverine 2! Batman sings! Chabon's new book! Toth!

Hugh Jackman drops hints about a Wolverine sequel.

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Following in the grand tradition of "Buffy," "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" plans its own musical episode. Awesome.

The episode, which features Neil Patrick Harris as the villain, will premiere on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, New Line Records will release Batman: The Brave & The Bold: Mayhem of the Music Meister! ­Soundtrack from the Animated Television Show digitally on iTunes and other digital music outlets.


Michael Chabon, comic book fan and a favorite author of PCS (check out the Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Klay), tells NPR about his new book.

"Manhood For Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son" comprised of 39 personal essays, which present Chabon's take on everything from fatherhood to pocketbooks for men — with a rumination on his relationship with his ex-father-in-law thrown in for good measure.


Check out an awesomely illustrated suspense tale by Alex Toth.

NPR asks who are your favorite singers?

NPR is working on a feature that will profile 50 Great Voices over the next year. To help out, the network is asking folks to submit lists of their favorite vocalists of all time.

I tried to do so, coming up with the following list off the top of my head, in no particular order and, I'm sure, omitting folks I'll later be kicking myself over.

Louis Armstrong
Frank Sinatra
Nat King Cole
Jimmy Rushing
Joe Turner
Elvis Presley
John Lennon
Ella Fitzgerald
Dinah Washington
Billie Holiday
Mildred Bailey
Sarah Vaughn
Harry Nilsson
Brian Wilson
Kate Bush
John Lydon/Johnny Rotten
Joe Strummer
Elvis Costello
Robert Wyatt
Robert Plant
Roger Daltrey
Colin Blunstone
Bob Dylan
Pete Seeger
Muddy Waters
Howlin' Wolf
Bessie Smith
Aretha Franklin
Lavern Baker
Carla Thomas
Otis Redding
David Ruffin
Levi Stubbs
Stevie Wonder
Marvin Gaye
Sam Cooke
Al Green

Ok, tell me who I missed...

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

New comics Oct. 7, 2009: Buffy! Batman and Robin! Ghost Rider! Walt Disney's Comics and Stories!

New titles of interest this week:

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #29 More of season 8. Dig the great Sgt. Fury-homage cover!

BATMAN AND ROBIN #5 Still not terribly impressed by Grant Morrison's scripts on this Dick Grayson-as-Batman title.

ESSENTIAL GHOST RIDER VOL 3 A whole lotta Bronze Age horror heroics.

WALT DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES #699 Boom! Studio's revival of this title--featuring some superhero-themed stories about Donald and the gang. Not my cuppa, though I'm glad to see this kid title back on the stands.

Hitchcock for Halloween: More Rear Window movie stills

Mattel launching Mego-style DC World's Greatest Superheroes Line

Here's a look at four figures features in the first batch of Mattel's new Mego-style World's Greatest Superheroes line of DC action figures. Very cool!

--Lex Luthor
--Green Lantern Hal Jordan

Pop links: Target's classic Marvel tees! New Dr. Who log unveiled! Giant Gigantor statue attacks Japanese park! Preview the new Flaming Lips album!

Big Glee spots a couple of new classic-style Marvel Comics t-shirts now available at yer local Target store.


The BBC unveils a new "Doctor Who" logo.


A, er, giant Gigantor is now on display in a Japanese city park.


NPR is streaming Embryonic, the new Flaming Lips album, in its entirety.

Monday, October 05, 2009