In Flanders Field …

Don’t forget to set your DVR this weekend

I’m sure The Beat will have more on this later in the week but don’t forget that the new version of The Prisoner starts on Sunday. And, as a tie-in, the Thomas Disch novel is back in print too.

Happy Birthday, Steve Ditko

Where the Box Office Is

By Mark Coale There was plenty of talk last week about what kind of success WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE would have this weekend at the box office. Well, it caused quite the rumpus, taking in almost $33 million and easily winning the week. From the point-of-view of someone without children who didn’t go through […]

RIP: Captain Lou Albano

Longtime wrestling manager Captain Lou Albano passed away today at the age of 76. In the 1970s, Albano was one of the big three managers in the WWWF, along with the already-deceased Classie Freddie Blassie and The Grand Wizard. In the 1980s, Albano became a crossover celebrity after appearing in Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want […]

The real highlight of the Baltimore Con

By Mark Coale Sure, we published our first issue in [cough] years and it was great to see old friends and discuss not being able to watch either the England or US matches with FMB, but can anything really top finding this book in a 50-cent bin? So great for all the wrong reasons.

First PLANETARY, now this. What’s Next? BIG NUMBERS?

While everyone marveled at PLANETARY 27 finally being published, a much less important book will also debut this week. The often-delayed issue four of ODESSA STEPS MAGAZINE makes its first appearance at the Baltimore Comic Con this weekend (see earlier post for more details). In this issue, you can find such diverse things as an […]

Happy Birthday, Twilight Zone

According to an article in the Sunday New York Times, The Twilight Zone turned 50 years old last Friday. It’s easy to mention “To Serve Man” or “Time Enough at Last” as your favorite episodes, but what are your favorite “hidden gems?” Here are a few of mine: – “Long Live Walter Jameson” – Just […]

To boldly go where no toaster oven has gone before….

It might not be new (since the Star Trek movie reboot has been out for a few months now) but there was no way after seeing these in the grocery store tonight that there was not going to be a post on THE BEAT about them. I mean. Seriously. Star Trek Eggos.

Chimpanzee That, Monkey News

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, while plugging his new movie, THE INVENTION OF LYING, Ricky Gervais showed a drawing of the character designs for his upcoming HBO animated series (based on the podcasts he did with partner Stephen Merchant and bald Manc Karl Pilkington). Ricky looks remarkably like Fred Flintstone. Steve is tall. And […]

RIP: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

The woman that inspired the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” passed away at the age of 46 from Lupus. From the WaPo obit: … Mrs. Vodden’s connection to the Beatles dates to her childhood friendship with schoolmate Julian Lennon, John Lennon’s son. Julian Lennon, then 4 years old, came home from school […]

People just like it better that way

(tip of the hat to the always-right Kurt Busiek who posted this on his Facebook page.)

Feliz cumpleaños, Santo

Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta would have been 92 today. Viva El Santo!

Let’s all celebrate Benjamin Linus

Congratulations to Michael Emerson, for his Emmy win tonight, for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. You can keep your Don Draper. I’ll take Benjamin Linus as the best character currently on series television. How long ’til Lost starts again?

Talk like a Pirate Day

I may have lost the memo, but I believe this is a national holiday on THE BEAT CALENDAR.

Two more reasons to see PONYO