Thursday, March 05, 2015

Harve Bennett, R. I. P.

Deadline: Harve Bennett, the producer who helped guide four of Paramount’s Star Trek movies in the 1980s and produced TV series Mod Squad, The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, died Wednesday in Oregon. He was 84 and becomes the latest key figure lost from the seminal Star Trek franchise following Leonard Nimoy’s death February 27.

Who Says TV Is Out of Ideas?

‘Expendables’ Event Series In Works At Fox With Sylvester Stallone Producing

I Want to Believe!

Nasa finds evidence of a vast ancient ocean on Mars

First It was the Thin Mints Melee

Fight over handicap parking spot sends elderly woman to hospital 

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Let Joy Be Unconfined!

SkyMall is Coming Back! 

Song of the Day

Toni Basil - Hey Mickey (One Hit Wonder) - YouTube:

The Book Thieves of London

The Book Thieves of London   

Link via Boing Boing.

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Horace McCoy’s Legacy

Tired of Living, Afraid of Dying: Horace McCoy’s Legacy

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Leo Margulies, editor, The Unexpected, Pyramid, 1962

The Secret History Of Knock-Knock Jokes

The Secret History Of Knock-Knock Jokes

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

Every James Bond Movie, Ranked From Worst to Best

Ron Scheer Interview

STORYTELLER’S 7: RON SCHEER, WRITING THE WEST

Yes. Yes, I Can.

Can You Identify These Books By Their Covers

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Tom Selleck Is Back In New ‘Jesse Stone’ Movie

Tom Selleck Is Back In New ‘Jesse Stone’ Movie On Hallmark 

Get Ready to Set Those DVRs!

With Lake Placid vs. Anaconda, Syfy Combines Two Franchises You Forgot Existed

Nine Amazing Takes On Treehouses

Nine Amazing Takes On Treehouses 

New York Leads the Way

This Public Library Is Inside a Subway Station 

Song of the Day

The Temptations - My Girl - YouTube:

Yet Another List I'm Not On

The 40 smartest people of all time

Annoying slideshow alert.

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Jeff Meyerson saw Portable Ancestors Open for Strawberry Alarm Clock

Archaeologist finds defleshed human bones in ancient religious complex in Bolivia: Archaeologists investigating a religious complex in Bolivia have discovered an ancient mortuary where human body parts were boiled, stripped of their flesh, and cleaned. Experts believe the practice was carried out to enable the remains of the deceased to be easier to transport making them what archeologist Scott C. Smith calls “portable ancestors”. 

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Alan Gregg, The Mystery of Batty Ridge, Pocket Book Jr., 1950

A Few Reflections about Suspense -- Janet Hutchings, Editor, EQMM

A FEW REFLECTIONS ABOUT SUSPENSE | SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN

I Found a Penny Last Week

Cartouche purchased for £12 may be precious seal of Ramesses II | Ancient Origins  

Link via Boing Boing.

New EQMM Podcast

PodOmatic | Best Free Podcasts: The series of Edward D. Hoch radio plays we’ve been running intermittently for several years (produced in the 1970s by Dave Amaral) continues this month with a story that not only features a locked room but an escape artist bound and chained at the center of it. Edward D. Hoch, who died in 2008, was the modern master of the locked-room, and, as is notable in this story, a writer able to recreate convincingly time periods other than our own.

Diagram's oddest book titles of the year 2015

Weird words: Diagram's oddest book titles of the year 2015 – in pictures

First It was the Thin Mints Melee

Machete-Wielding Man Held Mom Hostage Over eBay Purchase

I Want to Believe!

Is the US government actually run by Nazi aliens?

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Woman hits TGI Friday's manager with drinking glass: police  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

The Grapes of Wrath: 10 surprising facts about John Steinbeck's novel

The Grapes of Wrath: 10 surprising facts about John Steinbeck's novel 

I Want to Believe!

The Simpsons 1998 episode predicts Higgs Boson's mass 14 years before CERN

10 Exceptionally Clever Female Con Artists

10 Exceptionally Clever Female Con Artists 

Song of the Day

Linda Ronstadt ~ Poor Poor Pitiful Me - YouTube:

The secret life of a public library security guard

The secret life of a public library security guard

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The Grammar Pedant

 The Guardian: ‘The abuse of language causes needless anger, hurt and offence. It’s a question of good manners. Did you really just say refute?’

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Philip Jose Farmer, Riverworld and Other Stories, Panther, 1981

10 Early Scathing Reviews of Works Now Considered Masterpieces

10 Early Scathing Reviews of Works Now Considered Masterpieces

I Miss the Old Days

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour: In 1967 CBS hired the Smothers Brothers to host a variety show that would attract a young, hip audience. The show did that …but CBS didn’t like it. Here’s a look at the controversy behind The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

Late Victorian Crime Fiction in the Shadows of Sherlock

Book review of Clare Clarke's Late Victorian Crime Fiction in the Shadows of Sherlock

I Want to Believe!

Daily Mail Online: Has the White City of the Monkey God been found after 500 years? Ruins could be legendary lost jungle city where lurid tales say tribe worshipped a giant simian deity and bred chimp-human children  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

The Rev. Malcolm Boyd, R. I. P.

NYTimes.com: The Rev. Malcolm Boyd, an Episcopal priest and author who challenged racism, war and religious complacency in the 1960s and ’70s, and was one of the first prominent clergymen in America to acknowledge his homosexuality publicly, died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 91.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

A Ranking of 1980s Fantasy That Would Please Crom Himself!: Long before Game of Thrones, there was a time in history when HBO stood for “Hey, Beastmaster’s on!” A time when, if you asked for a dragon, you got a puppet instead of CGI. A time when the words “fantasy hero” didn’t call to mind a pensive Viggo Mortenson or a bespectacled Daniel Radcliffe—nay, but a shirtless, bemuscled Arnold Schwarzenegger (or cheaper facsimile) dripping with oil.

Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’

Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’: The Sound of Music premiered to horrific reviews in 1965. Now it’s the most beloved and popular movie musical ever. On its 50th anniversary, how did it climb that mountain?

Overlooked Movies -- White Lightning


Put this up a day early, so I thought I'd move it to today just to be consistent.

A couple of years ago I talked about Gator, a dandy B-movie from the '70s starring Burt Reynolds, who plays a character named Gator McKlusky.  Burt returned for the sequel, White Lightning, also a dandy B-movie.  

Gator's in prison at the film's opening, but ain't nobody goin' to kill his brother and get away with it.  So Gator's going to cooperate with the Feds and get the dirty bastards, including Ned Beatty as the crooked sheriff and R. G. Armstrong as Bear, his enforcer.  That's about it for the plot, but when you have Burt at his charming best and a whole bunch of really great car chases and stunts (the finale is a real treat), you don't need much more.  If you do, though, there's some romance with the alluring Jennifer Billingsley (great line in the trailer) and a great cast that includes Diane Ladd, Bo Hopkins, and John Steadman, among a lot of others.  Don't blink or you might miss the screen debut of Laura Dern.

They really knew how to do this kind of thing back in the '70s, and Reynolds was made for parts like this.  Did I mention that I miss the old days?




White Lightning

White Lightning (1973) - HQ Trailer - YouTube: