Friday, September 1, 2017

List O' Links for Friday, September 1, 2017


Hello all! I hope you haven't forgotten me. If not, thanks for checking in, even when I'm absent for awhile. I still love this blog and those who read it!

As we say goodbye to the commercial summer season, let us relax with these links!

I love the Cartoon Network series Teen Titans GO!, and I also love the '80s. The two combine perfectly in the characters' love for a real life song, "The Night Begins to Shine." Read how the show made this stock music library track a cult hit!

Comic books based on hit TV series are not uncommon in comics history, but it's not just hit series that have been adapted that way. Here are 13 comic books based on TV series you may not have know existed!

Did you know Mickey Mouse once suffered from extreme depression? Yep, it happened!

With the summer season about to wind down, this may not do you much good now, but next time you go back into the water, here are steps to help you survive a shark attack!

Beloved actor Bruce Campbell has a new book out, and season 3 of Ash vs Evil Dead has wrapped production, but you can also check out a rare homemade horror film of his from way back in 1974 called Curse of the Werewolf thanks to the horror news Web site Bloody Disgusting!

Finally, learn a little more about Labor Day and celebrate the way the holiday's founders intended--by doing nothing!

Have a great Labor Day weekend! Enjoy the fruits of your hard work! I hope you had a great summer! And stay tuned right here, as the blog will be back in business the rest of the year!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Tuesday's Overlooked TV: Nova, "Jaws, The True Story"


This week, Tuesday's Overlooked TV is the documentary film "Jaws: The True Story."

Produced by the BBC, this first aired in the US as an episode of the PBS documentary series Nova on December 4, 1984, but the taping I feature here is from the Australian documentary series The World Around Us. The special is a bit exploitative here and there, and we know much more about sharks today than we did then, but it's still interesting to see a shark documentary created pre-Shark Week.

Enjoy!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hollywood Palace Hosted by Adam West


Hollywood Palace was a lavish variety show that ran Saturday nights on ABC during much of the 1960s. Each week featured a different host with a cavalcade of big name guest stars. This episode is hosted by Adam West, and guest stars Ray Charles, George Carlin, Joey Heatherton, and Roy Rogers & Dale Evans just to name a few. It's a throwback to a form of entertainment you don't see anymore, so it may be an adjustment if you haven't seen this sort of thing before, but it's well worth your time.

And yes, I did say this episode is hosted by Adam West. I am intent on writing a full tribute, but time is a precious commodity, so this will stand as a fine tribute in the interim.

Enjoy!


Friday, May 26, 2017

List O' Links Star Wars 40th Anniversary Edition!


Welcome to Memorial Day Weekend! Enjoy it, use it to kick off your summer celebrations, and remember to keep in your thoughts the fallen men and women who died in wars past and present.

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the release of the first Star Wars film. To celebrate, here is a Star Wars-only edition of List O' Links to peruse while you make the Kessel run in 14 parsecs!

Star Wars.com, the official Star Wars Web site, has an entire hub dedicated to several anniversary-related articles. Check them out!

The gang at the Nerd Lunch podcast did several great episodes regarding the entire Star Wars franchise. Do give them a listen!

If you're not familiar with the conceptual artwork of Ralph McQuarrie, you're in for a treat. His Star Wars work is beautiful and has been collected in book form. Read all about it!

Finally, if you love the music of Star Wars--and surely, you do--but always wanted to hear it played metal-style, look no further! Galactic Empire is a great band that performs all your Star Wars favorites in full headbanging fashion. They're playing my hometown of Philly next weekend. See if they're coming to your town!

Have a great holiday weekend! May the Force be with you!



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Milton Berle Show (1966) Guest Starring Adam West, Van Williams, and Bruce Lee


Legendary comedian Milton Berle is most famous for his program Texaco Star Theater from the 1950s, but he also had a show during the 60s named after himself. In this installment from 1966, Berle plays an actor starring as two difference villains in two different series, Batman and The Green Hornet

The problem is, he's filming both series at the same time, which turns out to be--physically challenging in several ways. Unfortunately, one of the villains he plays is a gross Asian stereotype which plays into the skit. I can only imagine what Bruce Lee thought of this.

Thanks!

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