Wednesday, September 28, 2016

10 Unseen Images Of The Beatles Filming "A Hard Day's Night"

10 Unseen Images Of The Beatles Filming "A Hard Day's Night"

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'The Italian Job' Reboot in the Works at NBC   

Hat tip to Fred Zackel.

“How Characters I Know Affect What I Write” by (Terrie Farley Moran)

“How Characters I Know Affect What I Write” by (Terrie Farley Moran) | SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN: Terrie Farley Moran began her fiction-writing career with short stories, and her 2015 Agatha-nominated story for EQMM, “A Killing at the Beausoleil” is a prequel to her Read ’Em and Eat novels. The first book in that series, Well Read, Then Dead, won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel in 2014, and it has been followed by two more books, Caught Read-Handed and Read to Death. In this new post she talks about some of the differences between writing short stories and novels.—Janet Hutchings

Song of the Day

The Beat "Rock N Roll Girl" - YouTube:

What Is Shakespeare’s Most Popular Play?

What Is Shakespeare’s Most Popular Play? 

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Once Again Texas Leads the Way

‘Register to vote, get a taco’: Houston taco trucks put voter registration booths ‘on every corner’

Yet People Say Romance Is Dead

Chinese man pledges love with 999 boxes of condoms, bouquet fashioned from G-strings  

Hat tip to Fred Zackel.

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James M. Cain, Jealous Woman, Avon, 1951

The New York Public Library’s “human Google” service

The New York Public Library’s little-known “human Google” service answers any question by phone 

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The 15 Best Worst Episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series

Rich Playboys, Mad Scientists, and Venusian Monsters

Rich Playboys, Mad Scientists, and Venusian Monsters: The Best of Stanley Weinbaum

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Here's How Book Covers Look In The UK Vs. The US

Here's How Book Covers Look In The UK Vs. The US

Song of the Day

Hot Blooded - Foreigner - YouTube:

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The best cereals of all time, ranked

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Maybe You Should Write a Book

The Trap of Solid Gold: Maybe You Should Write a Book

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Philip Benjamin, Quick, Before it Melts, Avon, 1964

24 of the Most Banned Books of All Time

24 of the Most Banned Books of All Time

I Didn't Know #9

12 Things You Might Not Know About T.S. Eliot 

Overlooked Movies: Have a Nice Funeral, My Friend, Sartana Will Pay

This movie goes by several variations on the title above, I think.  It's part of a spaghetti western series about Sartana, another man in black, who's not just a skilled gunman but a con man, a gambler, and a guy who can kill you with a playing card.  He's always after money, it seems, and in the town of Indian Creek he plays a banker and the Chinese owner of a gambling hall against each other as they vie for a property they believe to be valuable.  Lots of people die.

Here's the kind of movie this is.  Three guys are going to kill Sartana as he rides through a canyon.  Instead of shooting him, which would be far too easy, they're going to kill him by letting 15 or 20 logs roll down the side of the canyon and crush him.  Somehow they get these logs to the top of the canyon wall, every one of them perfectly round and of perfectly identical size.  They get them stacked and ready to roll when the ropes holding them are cut.  All this would have taken about a month to accomplish, but they get it done in a few minutes, it seems.  We don't know how they do it.  They just do.  And believe it or not, their cunning plan fails.

Gianni Garko is very good as Sartana, and the soundtrack is excellent.  There are a number of good scenes.  The plot mostly makes sense, with a nice little twist at the end.  The movie probably won't convince you to become a spaghetti western fan, but it's good second-rate fare and fun while it lasts.

Bad Movie Night: ‘Valley of the Dolls’

Bad Movie Night: The Deliciously Campy Showbiz Exposé ‘Valley of the Dolls’

Have a Nice Funeral

HAVE A NICE FUNERAL SARTANA WILL PAY TRAILER - YouTube:

Monday, September 26, 2016

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee. . . .

Quarrel Over Orgy Got All Stabby 

The 2016 British Fantasy Awards Winners

The 2016 British Fantasy Awards Winners

Robert Weinberg, R. I. P.

Robert Weinberg: 1946-2016: Longtime pulp collector and historian Robert Weinberg died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. He had been in poor health for a number of years.  

Hat tip to Howard Peters.

30 words and phrases that will soon disappear from American English

30 words and phrases that will soon disappear from American English   

Hat tip to Deb.

Herschell Gordon Lewis, R. I. P.

Bloody Disgusting!: Lewis is the man responsible for such films as Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs!, A Taste of Blood, The Gruesome Twosome, Scum of the Earth!, and She-Devils on Wheels, which is only a few of the titles he worked on. Lewis took an extended hiatus from directing after 1972’s The Gore Gore Girls only to return for 2002’s Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat, the sequel to the 1963 film that is widely considered to be the first splatter film.

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee. . . .

Man stabbed after cutting DC pizza line

Phillip Thompson -- Outside the Law

Outside the Law is an original novel, not a reprint.  (Brash Books is doing a lot more originals these days.)  It's set in a rural Mississippi county that has more murders per week than Sheriff Dan Rhodes sees in years.  Someone's ripping off meth dealers who work for the Memphis mob and then someone's killing the dealers as an object lesson.  It's a good thing Sheriff Colt Harper is more like Raylan Givens than Dan Rhodes.

Harper is a man with a troubled past and his own moral code, and that means sometimes he doesn't mind doing things that are outside the law, especially when it comes to killers like the man called Hack.  Also pursuing Hack is Molly McDonough, who's gone rogue from her job at the FBI.

There are survivors in the end, but hardly anyone comes out unscathed in this fast-moving story (I read it in two sittings).  Thompson provides lots of gunplay, snappy dialogue, and plenty of intriguing characters.  Good stuff.  Check it out.

The Socialite Spy Who Outsmarted the Nazis

The Daily Beast: Big game hunter, legendary French Riviera partier, and a quintessential WASP—Gertrude Sanford was also a vital U.S. spy who managed to outmaneuver the Nazis after being captured.

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One of the Earliest Science Fiction Books Was Written in the 1600s by a Duchess

Atlas Obscura: No one could get into philosophical argument with Lady Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and walk away unchanged. Born in 1623, Cavendish was an outspoken aristocrat who traveled in circles of scientific thinkers, and broke ground on proto-feminism, natural philosophy (the 17th century term for science), and social politics.

Jean Shepard, R. I. P.

Billboard: Country Music has lost one of its’ colorful characters -- and beloved performers -- with the passing of Grand Ole Opry star Jean Shepard, who passed away Sunday morning (Sept. 25) after an extended illness at the age of 82.

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What does Stephen King think of all those Stephen King movies?

What does Stephen King think of all those Stephen King movies?: From 'Carrie' to 'The Mist,' the author weighs in

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Jack Hanley, Tomcat in Tights, Avon Monthly Novel, 1951

Great books about books

Great books about books

I Miss the Old Days

Witty and macabre Addams Family coloring book from 1965

Michael McDowell’s Blackwater

The Shadow over Innsmouth as a Generational Family Saga in Rural Alabama: Michael McDowell’s Blackwater