Saturday, November 23, 2013

Pop tweets of the week

Vintage Lee Meriwether pictures

Friday, November 22, 2013

New Doctor Who "Day of the Doctor" teaser: Ding!

Google doodle in UK celebrates Doctor Who!

Very cool.

Pop culture roundup: Comic organizer! Orson Welles! Beatles! Pythons! Batman!

Via Blog into Mystery: Old school tech for keeping track of your comics collection.


Read Orson Welles' FBI file.
In 1945 you can see the hysteria of the Red Scare cranking into gear. Welles’ support of the UN is held against him, and several times it is mentioned as a point of some interest that Welles undertook some travel for, or otherwise was working at the behest of Franklin Roosevelt, who, let’s remember, was the president of the United States at the time. Similarly, wartime activities in support of the USSR—at the time an ally of the United States in the global conflict known as “World War II” against Nazi Germany—that’s also used as evidence that Welles is probably a subversive.

NBC has turned up the audio -- no video -- of the first U.S. TV coverage of the Beatles, dating Nov. 18, 1963, and reported by broadcaster Edwin Newman.

Here's another entertaining early news story about the group.


Monty Python reunites! Most of them, anyway!
In a nod to Graham Chapman, a Python member who died in 1989, a sign over the stage read: “Monty Python Live (mostly). One down, five to go.”


Via the Golden Age: Check out this cool, vintage promo book for the 1940s Batman newspaper strip.

Fab Friday: Vintage Beatles pics

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

See the companion mini-film to "Gravity"

This worth a look.

Some background:
The idea for Aningaaq, which follows an Inuit fisherman stationed on a remote fjord in Greenland, occurred to the Cuarons as they were working out the beats for the Gravity screenplay. "It's this moment where the audience and the character get this hope that Ryan is finally going to be OK," Jonas, 31, tells THR. "Then you realize that everything gets lost in translation." Both Cuarons spent time in the glacial region (Alfonso once toyed with setting a movie there) and fell in love with the barren vastness of its frozen wilderness. During one of those visits, Alfonso met a drunken native who would become the basis for the title character, played by Greenland's Orto Ignatiussen. But it wasn't until Jonas, on a two-week trek gathering elements for his film, was inspired by the local inhabitants' profound attachment to their sled dogs that he decided to incorporate that element into the plot.

Hear Monty Python on the BBC's Desert Island Disks

In celebration of the recent news that members of Monty Python are reuniting for a stage show, the BBC has posted the Pythons' appearances on its classic "Desert Island Discs" program, in which guests talk about their favorite music, literature and more.

Listen here:

John Cleese

Eric Idle

Terry Gilliam

Michael Palin

Terry Jones

Monday, November 18, 2013

Pics: Doctor Who "An Adventure in Space and Time"

New images from the BBC's upcoming docu-drama "Doctor Who: A Journey Through Space and Time," which looks at the behind-the-scenes story of bringing Doctor Who to television back in 1963.

The film is set to air Nov. 21 in Britain and Nov. 22 in the United States.

See the trailer for Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises"!

More Doctor Who "Day of the Doctor" pics!

Some more images from Doctor Who's 50th anniversary adventure.