Thursday, July 31, 2008

Keepin' the ZONE Clean

My guess is that if it wasn't for talking about "Hellboy" the ZONE would have had a 0% rating on the Cuss-O-Meter. That's right folks, we are family-friendly here at the ZONE! I wouldn't want Verta, Granny or Pa checking in and finding words to upset 'em.


More Terminator Salvation

If you're into the Terminator series and are looking forward Terminator Salvation you'll be happy to know that IDW Publishing has the rights to a four-issue prequel to be written by Dara Naraghi with art by Alan Robinson, as well as a four-issue adaptation of the movie written by Jeff Mariotte with art by Don Figueroa. You can read all about it here.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

More 'Til Death

Here's a follow-up to this morning's post about "30 Days of Night: 30 Days 'til Death." It's an interview with writer/artist David Lapham with more details on what we can expect from his new mini-series.

He's a Horror Show

If you enjoyed 30 Days of Night [the graphic novel and/or the movie], then you might want to keep your eyes open for "30 Days of Night: 30 Days 'til Death" by award-winning writer/artist David [Stray Bullets] Lapham.

Lampham, who will write and draw the mini-series, describes it by saying:

The basic set up is that the elders are getting fed up and organize kill squads to come to America and "thin the heard.” My story focuses on one vamp named Rufus who escapes the kill squad once and decides the only way to survive is to live 'off the radar'... These are not traditional vampires with all the usual vampire rules. They’re just vicious creatures... Rufus is only a hero by way of comparison to what’s going on around him... but make no mistake, he is a vampire. When it comes down to it, he’s a horror show.

If this sounds like something that you'd like, then click here to read the full interview at Newsarama.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Terminator Salvation Poster

Want to see the Terminator Salvation poster? You can, because IMPAwrds.com has it here.

The Ruins Comes Together

The Pitch: I was all set to go with “Hostel” meets “Little Shoppe of Horrors” without the comedy. Then I read Jeremy Butler's pitch [at Chud.com] of “It’s 'Hostel' meets 'Day of the Triffids'” and liked his better.

The Overview:
Two couples of young vacationing Americans meet a stranger who tells them about a little-known Mayan temple. The five of them decide to go out and take a look. Once there, bad things begin to happen. Very bad things.


The Good:
The acting. The cast was made up of relative unkowns so it was possible that any of them could be killed at any point. The screenplay by Scott B. Smith based upon his novel of the same name [and which he changed up for the big screen]. The fact that you believed what was happening. That each of the bad things that happens to the characters basically stems from them trying to do a good thing or at least the right thing. That the movie takes you in one direction and suddenly you’re going in another and it works. You care about the characters.


The Bad:
What happens when you’re trapped on the top of an ancient ruin by unfriendly locals and something much, much worse.


The Ugly:
“He won't last much longer like this. We're gonna have to cut them off.” “Cut what off?” “His legs.”


The Summary:
I love a good scary movie. I’m not much for gore. “The Ruins” is scary and contains gore. Some very gory scenes in fact. I really liked “The Ruins.” A lot. At some point I’ll add it to my movie collection. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes horror movies and doesn’t mind being a bit grossed out.


Monday, July 28, 2008

Baker Shut Out

Quick, name a person famous for doing special effects make-up. I'll bet your answer [if you had one] was Rick Baker. That's because Rick Baker is a genius... a legend.

Look at his list of credits and you can see that Rick Baker is the go-to guy for special effects make-up. He's won 6 Academy Awards for his work in this area. But that's just the tip of the ice berg. Baker has earned so many honors for his work that the list is, as they say, longer than your arm... unless of course you're Lurch and then it's just as long.

So... can you imagine that Rick Baker would be hired on to do the effects for a movie and then not only be shut out of the process, but treated with disrespect? In an interview with Capone at Ain't It Cool News, Baker said, "They would shoot scenes using my work when I wasn't even there... Other times when I was there if I try to look at the monitor, someone would literally stand in my way and block it." Baker also spoke to MTV about his displeasure.

I had high hopes for "The Wolf Man." Perhaps the movie will still be good, but I don't see how I'll be able to watch it without wondering how much better it could have been had they allowed Rick Baker to completely work his magic.

Robert B. Parker's Resolution

The Pitch: Themes from Robert B. Parker’s Spenser written as a western.

The Good: Robert B. Parker‘s
writing. It‘s sparse and conversational, but I really like it. The verbal interplay between Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole. How Hitch becomes the town “protector.” What happens when the person you sided with turns out to be the “bad guy.” Cole‘s reputation as a gunfighter. “Sometimes you got to kill one person early, to save killing four or five later.” When Cato and Rose ride in. Major Lujack and his twenty versus Everett, Virgil, Cato and Rose.


The Bad:
Virgil Cole‘s love for Allie.


The Ugly:
What happens to someone blasted with an eight-gauge shotgun.


The Summary:
Resolution is a direct sequel to Appaloosa. It’s Parker's third western. His first was Gunman’s Rhapsody which took a look at the events involving Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the Clantons and an incident at the OK Corral. You may have heard something of it. At any rate, all three books get my recommendation. [And you really should read Appaloosa before Resolution!]



Sunday, July 27, 2008

Death Race Poster

TrailerAddict.com scored a first look at the new "Death Race Poster." Yawn. I still want to see this movie at some point, but it's looking more and more like a rental.

Isolated Incidents

My buddy, Raf, is constantly busy. If he's not training a group of soldiers martial arts, choreographing knife fights for movies, doing conceptual drawings for films or Broadway, working on comic book pages for publication, then he's probably drawing something for his own entertainment.

Quite often Raf will sketch while listening to music, watching tv or whatever. As the mood strikes him, he will file away a piece and begin working on another -- only to return to the first piece later. Working this way has led to some pieces that are truly amazing in their detail. Just as wonderful are some of Raf's quick sketches -- you can see in just a few lines that everything is there. I've been fortunate over the years to watch Raf creating and the number of drawings that he's completed is astounding.

Thankfully, Raf has decided to start publishing the best of these drawings in "Isolated Incidents: The Art of Rafael Kayanan" books. "Volume I" is available now and you can read more about it here. I ordered mine the day I saw it was available. You should too.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Kingdom Worth a Visit

The Pitch: An American FBI unit is begrudgingly sent to Saudi Arabia with limited time and resources to find out who was behind a devastating bombing attack on American civilians.

The Good:
The opening credits which through voice-over and animated timeline give us a brief, but entertaining history of Saudi Arabia. Peter Berg’s direction. Jason Bateman is surprisingly good -- I didn’t realize he could be a tough guy. The kidnapping / shootout / rescue scenes will keep you on the edge of your seat.


The Bad:
What happens if you’re even suspected of a crime in the Saudi military.


The Ugly:
What eventually happens to most bomb makers.


The Summary: “The Kingdom”
doesn’t, pardon the expression, blast out of the shoot. It takes it’s time to tell the story, but once the kidnapping takes place things really move. I enjoyed it.



Friday, July 25, 2008

Zombie in Your Garden?

DesignToscano.com has some really cool garden sculptures The one pictured above caught my eye. Who wouldn't want a zombie digging out of his garden? The dweller below is also a cool one, but my favorite is probably the classic Bigfoot.

London After Midnight Found?

Harry, over at AICN has posted that a print of "London After Midnight" has been found. Long thought to be a lost film, "London After Midnight" starred Lon Chaney and was directed by Todd "Freaks" Browning.

To horror fans and film buffs finding a copy of this film would be like Indiana Jones finding the Holy Grail. This isn't the first time it's been reported that a copy has been found, but according to Harry's sources, this could be the real deal.

I hope that this pans out and that the film is restored and given a theatrical revival before hitting dvd. You can bet that I'll follow the story and report any news here.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

If You Love Crime Fiction

Darwyn Cooke has just announced that he'll be adapting Richard Stark's "Parker" crime series into graphic novels.

Man-oh-man-oh-man! Talk about great news! How can it get any better than the combination of one of my favorite artists [with a love for the crime genre] adapting one of the most iconic characters in crime fiction?


You can read more about the pairing of Cooke and Parker here and here.

Brubaker's Angel of Death

I'm a fan of Ed Brubaker's crime fiction so I was glad to hear that he has a new live-action crime series called "Angel of Death" set to premiere in 2009.

Zoe Bell
, best known for her work in Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof" will star as an assassin who, a
fter suffering a severe head wound, becomes so haunted by her victims that she decides to go after the crime family that ordered the hits. What makes this weekly series unique is that each episode will be eight to ten minutes in length and air on-line!

You can read the full story here.

By the way, Sean Phillips, who teamed with Brubaker for Sleeper and Criminal did the promo art above.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

American Flagg Returns

Howard Chaykin says he'll believe it when he sees it. The "it" is the release of the first hardcover collection of Chaykin's critically acclaimed "American Flagg" series. Initially announced over four years ago [I was talking it up back in January of '04], the series was delayed in order to make the hardcovers the best that they could possibly be.

If you're a comics fan and you've never read Chaykin's "American Flagg" here's your chance to jump on board. If you're already a fan, then head down to your local comic shop or click here. And if you're still not convinced that "American Flagg" is for you, then check out this interview with Howard Chaykin and see what you think.

You Just Might Get It!

Today we have a short clip that you have to see to believe. It's from an old wrestling match that paired Terry Funk with Cactus Jack aka Mick Foley against some mugs that they'd beaten. Funk and Jack decide that their opponents need a little more hurt and so they ask for some chairs from the crowd. Big Mistake!

You can see that Funk and Foley, er, Cactus Jack are shocked at the number of chairs being hurtled into the ring. They move to opposite corners and begin to yell/signal for fans to stop. At just before the 1:30 mark a chair grazes Funk and he stays in character. Too funny!

Watch it here and remember, be careful what you ask for...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

RIP: Estelle Getty

Estelle Getty, best known as the wise-cracking mother on "The Golden Girls" died today , just two days short of her 85th birthday. Getty's story is an interesting one. She was born in 1923, and wanted to make it as an actress. Getty struggled trying to get roles and working office jobs to make ends meet.

In 1985 she auditioned for the role of Bea Arthur's mother in the just-being-cast tv series "The Golden Girls." Everyone knew that if Estelle got the role, it would sorely test her acting skills since Bea Arthur was actually a year older than her. Estelle was brought back to audtion three different times since the priducers weren't sure that Estelle was convinving enough as an 80 year old. Eventually, she was awarded the role, and the rest is, as they say, history. "The Golden Girls" ran for seven years and Estelle was perfect as the fiesty oldest of the quartet.

Her popularity in "The Golden Girls," led to other roles, most notably as mothers to Sylvester Stallone ["Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!"], Cher ["Mask"] and even Barry Manilow in the tv movie "Copacabana."

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and fans.

Spanish Hellboy II Poster

Want to see the Spanish "Hellboy II" poster? IMPAwards.com has it HERE.

Craig's "Dark Knight" Review

The Pitch: Batman done right.

The Overview: Batman has been fighting crime for a year. He's formed an uneasy alliance with police Lieutenant James Gordon and together they have made the streets of Gotham a bit safer. Harvey Dent, the charismatic and popular district attorney, with the aide of attorney Rachael Dawes [Bruce Wayne's ex] are putting away criminals through the courts. Together the four [Batman, Gordon, Dent and Dawes] have created a one-two punch taking on organized crime in Gotham.

Without warning and with no explanation, a criminal psychopath who calls himself the Joker appears on the scene and begins to terrorize the city. Batman, Gordon and Dent will have to pay a terrible toll if they are to have even a chance at stopping the Joker.


The Good:
  • Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker is amazing from every little tic and nod to the perfect inflection with his dialogue. Ledger understood that the Joker isn't a clown, but instead a psycho with face paint.
  • The screenplay by Jonathon and Christopher Nolan provides great action sequences, spot on characterization and grounds everything in reality.
  • Christopher Nolan's direction.
  • The city of Gotham. This is the first time in any Batman movie that the city seemed real.
  • The dinner scene with Bruce, his date, Rachael and Harvey. Bruce went in not wanting to like Harvey, but comes to realize he is a decent man and leaves respecting him.
  • The use of Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.
  • Every scene with Heath Ledger as the Joker.
  • Bringing back Cillian Murphy for one scene as the Scarecrow.
  • The use of the right actors for small but important roles: Eric Roberts as Salvatore Maroni, William Fichtner as the bank manager, "Tiny" Tim Lester as a convict. Anthony Michael Hall, Jai White and Nestor Carbonell also appear.
  • Gary Oldman is perfect in his role as Gordon.
  • The effects for Harvey Dent as Two-Face. The way the coin toss; Two-Face name, and new look of his outfit is all worked out for the movie.
  • The Joker telling Batman the opposite locations for the rescure of Rachael and Harvey. The Joker's scene with the criminal bosses, the Joker being "questioned" by the Batman, the Joker visiting Harvey in the hospital and then the scene right after when he walks out of the hospital. So much of the movie is just plain good. Oh, and did I mention that Heath Ledger ruled in his role as the Joker?

The Bad: I'm not sure Maggie Gyllenhaal was the best person to play Rachael and I still don't like the look of Batman's cowl, but with so much to like about the movie, let's just move on, ok?

The Ugly: What happens to Harvey Dent.

The Summary: I'm a Batman fan. No prior Batman movie had given me a Batman that totally worked... not even Nolan and Bale's "Batman Begins." "The Dark Knight" works. It works because the movie is grounded and the characters are treated with respect. Excellent choices were made all the way around. Heath Ledger's performance is amazing and gives the movie an additional boost. I look forward to having "The Dark Knight" in my dvd collection.

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Ghost of Gargantua

A trailer for Wild Bill Black's "The Ghost of Gargantua" is now on-line. "Ghost of Gargantua" is the sequel to Bill's ever-popular "The Amazing Colossal Woman." Long-time ZONErs may remember this post where I talked about filming that was going to take place at one of Tim Gordon's Tampa Cons. It did and much of it appears in the trailer below.

Here's some trivia before you watch:

* The screaming crowd scenes were filmed on August 20, 2006 using fans in attendance at Tim Gordon's con.

* At 2:09 in the trailer there is a close-up reaction shot of "The James" Howell. If you look closely at the collar of his shirt, you'll notice its red. The red was from fake blood. Earlier in the day, we had shot a scene of "The James" being attacked by a vampire in a hotel room. That scene will appear in a future Bill Black release.

* You may recognize the four mugs featured in the trailer and pictured below: starting at the top and going clockwise - 1] "The James" Howell - comic book and art collector, writer and director and all around great guy 2] me 3] John "The Master" Higashi - comic art collector, master of sketches, leader of the pack 4] John "Big" Beatty - comic book artist, king of nonsense, and my oldest friend [although not as old as Jim Ivey or Bill Black].

* John Beatty is wearing a patch in the trailer. It's a running gag that his character, "Patch," shows up in several of Bill's movies. This is his second appearance with a third soon to follow!

* John Higashi gets a close-up in the trailer where he yells "Godzilla." It was totally ad-libbed and brought down the house.

So sit down, relax, let your mind take you back to the days of drive-ins, Nightmare Theater and watch the trailer for "The Ghost of Gargantua!"

Sunday, July 20, 2008

UCF Fight Night 14 Results

Let's take a look at the results of last night's fights:

C.B. Dollaway
looked like his was going to have a long night with Jesse Taylor when three-quarters of the way through the first round he pulled off a "Peruvian necktie" forcing Taylor to submit. I busted out laughing while watching C.B. work Taylor into the hold. I'd never seen the move before and didn't realize what was happening. I don't think that Taylor did either. Then when it was announced that Dollaway had one via "Peruvian necktie" I started laughing again -- the hold sounded like something that Gordon Solie would come up with while announcing Professional Wrestling from Florida in the early 70's! Hats off to Dollaway for the win.


Frankie Edgar convincingly defeated Hermes Franca by winning every round. for a unanimous decision. Franca's year off must have really taken its toll. Except for a few brief bursts by Franca, Edgar controlled the entire fight and looked good in winning.

Brandon Vera defeated Reese Andy by unanimous decision in the most boring fight of the night. Andy tried to pressure the much bigger Vera, but was pretty ineffective. Vera was just plain tired, but did enough to win.

Anderson Silva defeated James Irvin by TKO at 1:01 of the first round. Silva landed a strong kick that knocked Irvin to the mat and then followed with several unanswered shots to the head forcing the ref to call it. Silva looked strong and confident while Irvin seemed a bit stiff. Then again, who wouldn't be when facing the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world? Although Silva says that his main priority is defending his middleweight title, I don't think that we've seen the last of Silva at light heavyweight and he may even challenge for the title before to long.

In the strangest decision of the night: Kevin Burns won via TKO at 3:35 of round three over Anthony Johnson. Johnson was well ahead in the fight and Burns needed a knock out to win. Suddenly Burns swung and appeared to connect with Johnson's chin. Johnson spun around and went to the mat. Burns hesitated and then dropped down reigning blows on Johnson until the ref stepped in to call it. Johnson immediately and repeatedly complained he'd been poked in the eye. Replays showed that's exactly what happened. Burns had jabbed with his left and his fingers went into Johnson's eye and Burns' followup right totally missed. Johnson went down because of the pain to his jabbed eye. Add to this the fact that Burns had poked Johnson in the eye earlier in the match and was warned if it happened again he would lose a point or be disqualified and you have the makings of a DQ win for Johnson. Nope. Burns was given the victory. Looks like Burns unintentionally took a cue from either Rick "The Dirtiest Player in the Game" Flair or Curly of the Three Stooges.

If you tuned out after the Silva win, you missed the KO of the Night. Rory Markham was on his way to being knocked out by Brodie Farber. We were still in the first round and the two had been exchanging punches like it was the final seconds of the final round that both needed for a victory. Farber landed a couple of shots that rocked Markham. As Markham back peddled, Farber began stalking him. Suddenly Markham unleashed a head kick that knocked Farber out cold!

Overall a good card that opened up the potential for more great fights.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Wild Bill Checks In

My old buddy [okay, he's not that old], Wild Bill Black dropped in to say that he's going to be a guest at Tim Gordon's August 10th comic show. Tim's shows are always a blast and having Bill there just adds to the fun. Wild Bill says that he'll bring some of his comics and dvds for fans to purchase. Autographs are free. ; )

Bill said that he'll also bring some trailers and film clips for the show's film room. But why wait, you can see the trailer for The Blue Bulleteer Captured by the Cloak by clicking here.

If you're able to make the show, you should. I can gurantee a fun time.


Friday, July 18, 2008

UFC Fight Night 14

Tomorrow night SpikeTV presents UFC Fight Night 14 starting at 9pm EST. There are some interesting match-ups. Let's take a look at four of them.
  • Anderson Silva vs. James Irvin: This is one of the co-main events. Silva who is the UFC middleweight champion [and has totally dominated his division] moves up in weight to meet James Irvin. Silva is considered the best pound-for-pound fighter today. He's 6-0 since entering the UFC and 21-4 over all. Irvin comes in with a 14-4 record [4-3 in the UFC]. Most folks are predicting Silva to dominate Irvin. Truth be told, Irvin probably has just a puncher's chance. I really like both of these fighters and will hate to see either lose. Smart money goes on Silva.

  • Brandon Vera vs. Reese Andy: Vera is coming off a two fight losing streak. Not so impressive for a fighter who claimed he was going to be the first to hold both the heavy and light heavyweight titles at the same time. Andy is making his UFC debut at the age of 35. Vera is coming down in weight so that could effect his performance. This is Andy's first UFC fight so he could be tight under the big lights for the first time. Vera is 8-2 and Andy is 7-1 [and on a 4 fight win streak]. Andy has a strong wrestling background. This is a tough one to call, but I'm leaning toward Vera.

  • Frankie Edgar vs. Hermes Franca: Edgar comes in with an 8-1 record to face Franca at 18-6. Both men lost their last fights by decisions [Edgar to Gray Maynard and Franca to Sean Sherk]. Franca has impressed me in earlier fights so I'm giving him the nod.

  • C.B. Dollaway vs. Jesse Taylor: Both of these guys were on this season's Ultimate Fighter, but Jesse's behavior got him booted. Dollaway went on to lose in the semi-finals and then was brought back and beaten in the finals. The surprising part was that Dollaway was one of the favorites to win the whole thing. Both Dollaway and Taylor have strong college wrestling backgrounds and in fact faced each other twice, with Dollaway winning both times. This is MMA though and things are a bit different. I think that Taylor's strength will be enough to get him the win.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

1st Look: QoS

First Showing.net lives up to their name with a first look at the poster for James Bond's next adventure: "Quantum of Solace."

Watchmen Trailer!

It's not my favorite graphic novel of all time, but after seeing this trailer for Watchmen, I can't wait to see the movie adaptation. Looks like Zack Snyder has pulled a three-peat with his "Dawn of the Dead" remake, "300" and now "Watchmen."

My guess is that a lot of Watchmen fans will be ordering Dave Gibbons' Watching the Watchmen book.
Maybe I'll pull down the graphic novel and give it another read.

Rampage's Troubles Continue?

Yesterday, some of Quentin "Rampage" Jackson's friends contacted the Irvine police. An officer was sent out and according to Lt. Rick Handfield of the Irvine police, Jackson “was exhibiting some unusual behavior... At the conclusion of our contact, we did detain him and take him to be seen by mental health professionals... We left him with the mental health professionals.” You can read the full account HERE.

While many MMA / news sites are saying how bad this is for Rampage, my thought is that it's probably a good thing that he's been taken where he can get some help. My hope is that Dana White and some of his family and friends will be there for him and he will make his way back to where he needs to be.

24 Season 7 Preview

C.T.U. is gone. The nation is under attack. Jack Bauer is on his own... but not until January! Arrgh! Here is a trailer for 24 season 7 to give us a taste. How about you check it out and then I'll give you my thoughts?

Ok. Thanks for swinging back. Yeah, I agree the plot seems right out of the last Die Hard movie. I know, I know, bringing back Tony Almeida from the dead may be pushing it. But, this is 24 and I'm willing to go with it. They've never let me down in the past... well, except for maybe with the cougar trap stuff...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Terminator Salvation Teaser

It's hard to tell from this quick teaser for "Terminator Salvation" just how good it's going to be. I'm a fan of the films [the first two by Cameron and Arnold were classics] and I like Christian Bale so I'll most likely give it a shot. I gotta admit though that when the Terminator theme music kicked in, I would have loved to have seen Arnold.

Get the Digital Plague

The Pitch: “D.O.A” meets Avery Cates with the world in the balance.

The Overview: In Jeff Somers' sequel to The Electric Church, Avery Cates is kidnapped and injected with nanobots that infect and slowly kill anyone near him. First it's his friends who begin to get sick and die. Then people who have come into contact with his friends. Cates must find someone with a cure and then figure out why he was chosen to be the source of the outbreak. If he can do those two things, there's a good chance he can save himself and the world. If he can't, he'll die trying... and either way, he plans to kill a lot of people.

The Good: Jeff Somers' writing. Avery Cates. The opening line: "I was going to have to kill a whole lot of people." The story moves. Happling and Hense. The twists. How zombies are worked into the story and the explanation for them. The reason behind Cates being selected for the source of the plague. Jae Lee is back with a cover illustration.

The Bad: What happens to those infected with the nanobots. What Avery Cates is put through.

The Ugly: What happens to city populations as the plague runs rampant.

The Summary: I predicted that The Electric Church would make my list of Best Books of 2008. I liked the The Digital Plague even better!

I can't wait to see what Jeff Somers has in store for Avery Cates in his next adventure, The Eternal Prison. In the mean time, I have Jeff Somers ' blog to tide me over.

Please Don't Talk About Love

Yesterday, I described Andrea True Connection and her hit, "More, More, More" by saying this is a song that's probably better to listen to without watching the video. Today's selection, "I Love the Nightlife" by Alicia Bridges is another where you'd probably enjoy the video more by closing your eyes. Great song, not so great video.

Another similarity to yesterday's post is that this is another one hit wonder. But again, what a hit it was. "I Love the Nightlife" crossed over the charts [pop, disco, etc.] and both oceans to become a top seller in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Japan. Although it was Alicia Bridges only hit, she remains active in the music business today as a producer and dj.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Rampage Jackson Arrested

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, former UFC light heavyweight champion, was arrested today after leaving the scene of an accident and leading police on a chase. According to reports, Jackson hit two cars and left the scene. A police officer attempted to pull Jackson over, but Jackson fled with the officer in pursuit as Jackson's vehicle weaved "in and out of traffic, including at one point driving on the wrong side of the road and even on a sidewalk, scaring pedestrians" and hitting at least one more vehicle. Click HERE for the full report.

One True Connection

It's a small jump from The Hues Corporation and their hit "Rock the Boat" to Andrea True Connection and her hit, "More, More, More." This is one of those songs where it's probably better to just listen to it. The video starts out okay, but when the full lights come on and we see Andrea with her Farrah Fawcett hair and 70's cliche outfit and set... it almost comes off as a parody. But the song was no joke -- it peaked at #4 in the fall of 1976 [a very good year].

Andrea True was born in Nashville, but moved to New York after graduating high school. She wanted to be an actress, and did land some work as an extra in a couple of mainstream films. At some point she moved into X-Rated films as she continued to seek out mainstream roles. Andrea True ended up in Jamaica where she appeared in some local commercials. One thing led to another and she ended up writing lyrics to a song her music producer friend [Gregg Diamond] had produced. "More, More, More" was born. Once the song caught on, they produced an album. Two more albums followed, but unfortunately, there were to be no more [or should that be "More, More, More"] hits for Andrea True Connection.

Now That's the Spirit?

I'm a Frank Miller fan, but I'm not sure I'm diggin' what he's doing with Will Eisner's The Spirit. I can only imagine what Chris Mills will say when he sees Miller's latest Spirit trailer.


Monday, July 14, 2008

Rock Your Baby to the Boat

From George McCrae's "Rock Your Baby" we move to The Hues Corporation and their hit "Rock the Boat."

The Hues Corporation consisted of St. Clair Lee, Flemming Williams, and Ann Kelley. The trio formed in 1969, but it wasn't until "Rock the Boat" in July of 1974 that they scored their one and only top 100 hit. And what a hit it was -- shooting all the way to #1. Unfortunately, they were never able to repeat their success and the band broke up in 1978.

Here are a few bits of trivia:
  • The Hues Corporation originally wanted to call themselves The Hughes Corporation but their record company nixed the idea feeling that Howard Hughes might take exception to the name. They settled on The Hues Corporation.

  • "Rock the Boat" hit number 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 the week of July 6, 1974. [Yeah. 34 years ago. Yeesh.] Guess what song followed it to take the number one spot? George McRae's "Rock Your Baby." We just can't get away from that song!

Felon Slips In

Sometimes a movie slips in under the radar. Felon, written and directed by Roman Waugh, a stuntman turned writer/director, may be a winner. Check out this trailer and see for yourself.

I didn't even recognize Val Kilmer until I watched it a second time.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

McRae Rocks Your Baby

We've been talking about it for three days, so here is, George McCrae's Rock Your Baby.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

KC Rocks Your Baby

Yesterday our music link covered KC and the Sunshine Band playing a live version of "That's the Way I Like It." The post ended with a bit of trivia: before Harry Casey and Richard Finch created KC and the Sunshine Band they wrote Rock Your Baby for George McCrae and the song went on to be a megahit.

So it would make sense if our next link in our musical chain was George McCrae's classic Rock Your Baby. Instead, I thought it might be fun to go with a rarity: KC and the Sunshine Band, in 1974, giving us their instrumental version of Rock Your Baby.

So that's what I did.


Friday, July 11, 2008

That's the Way

A Taste of Honey's "Boogie Oogie Oogie" leads us right to KC and the Sunshine Band playing a live version of "That's the Way I Like It."

I knew that it wouldn't take long to link to KC and the Sunshine Band. Behind the Bee Gees, they are probably the band most associated with the disco era. KC and the Sunshine Band's songs featured simple, repetitive lyrics paired with music that made you want to move.

The band was formed in 1973 by Harry Wayne Casey [KC] and Richard Finch, but it wasn't until 1975 and their hit "Get Down Tonight" that the band really took off. The album, their second, went triple platinum and the hits just kept on coming. Most people would be surprised to learn that their last #1 hit was the first hit of the 80's ["Please Don't Go"]. The band broke up in 1981. In 1991, KC came out of retirement and reformed the band without Richard Finch. The new band continues to tour with a full schedule.

I was fortunate enough to see KC and the Sunshine Band live a couple of times back in the glory days [1976 and 1977]. They definitely earned their money with the great show that they put on.

One last bit of trivia: Yesterday, Ivan G. Shreve, Jr., commented that he really only liked a few disco songs with "Boogie, Oogie, Oogie" being one and George McCrae's Rock Your Baby being another. Well, did you know that Harry Casey and Richard Finch wrote Rock Your Baby? They did! It went on to become one of the first and biggest hits of the disco era selling 11 million copies.