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Opening Batman: The Complete Series, I said, “This is my childhood in a box.” When the ABC series debuted in January 1966, I was seven, the exact perfect age to be utterly captivated by seeing a comic book faithfully adapted to the small screen. Without fail, I was glued to the television set on Wednesday and Thursday evenings right until the final episode aired in March 1968, leaving indelible images in my mind. These were reinforced just a few years later when local syndicated reruns burned the stories, sounds, and characters deeper into my psyche.
I was too young to understand the context of the show and its impact on popular culture, DC Comics, or the world of licensing. I didn’t get the wry jokes, it’s knowing pop camp approach to storytelling, or how it cleverly worked on multiple levels (a rare occurrence on prime time back then). Instead, »
- Robert Greenberger
So the Northern Lights? Turns out they’re stoked by the happiness of children, creating magic snow that powers Santa and his elves’ toy-making efforts, which of course makes kids happy, creating a giant circle of retail. That, at least, is the reasonably clever but thinly developed conceit behind “Northpole,” a family movie making a pit-stop to kick off Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” before alighting on shelves at Walmart. Sweet and inoffensive, one needn’t be a complete Grinch to wish the festive doings contained a little more spice and less saccharine.
Actually, the best thing about the movie, strictly from an amusement factor, might be cameos by Robert Wagner and Jill St. John as Santa and Mrs. Claus, the former immersed in a flowing white mane and beard that more than anything resembles Charlton Heston’s Moses at the end of “The Ten Commandments.” Only here, it’s, »
- Brian Lowry
Hallmark gifts a glowing star of holiday cheer to movie fans with Northpole, one of the network’s 12 New Movies of Christmas, part of its larger, annual Countdown To Christmas. The film boasts visual effects which are the best Hallmark has ever produced and is cuddle-worthy family viewing. The wondrous village of Northpole, where Santa and his elves live and work, is running low on the holiday cheer that is used to fuel the city and make toys. Santa and Mrs. Claus (played by real-life spouses Richard Wagner and Jill St. John) are understandably concerned; this drop in spirit, represented … Continue reading →
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- Kellie Freeze
Next week, fans can finally revisit the entire original Batman TV series in a new Blu-ray and DVD set from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. To get ready for this upcoming release, a new featurette has been released where series star Adam West reveals which of the 120 episodes is his favorite.
This preview also includes a short scene from the pilot episode that features Batman creating the new "dance craze" that swept the nation, the "Batusi," alongside Jill St. John's Molly. If that wasn't enough, we also have six new photos from this classic series, featuring Batgirl (Yvonne Craig), King Tut (Victor Buono), Louie the Lilac (Milton Berle), Mr. Freeze (George Sanders) and, of course, Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward).
Check out the video and images before picking up Batman: The Original Television Series on Blu-ray and DVD on November 11.
But Strassman, who died Friday at 66, was in showbiz for more than 10 years before she wound up on the sitcom that became a pop culture touchstone, in part because it made a star of John Travolta.
Lithe and raspy-voiced, Strassman began her showbiz career on stage and also tried to become a pop star in the mid-1960s before her thesping work took off. After she got her break on “Kotter,” she became active in the Screen Actors Guild.
Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Strassman’s early career:
She got off to a good start in the pages of Variety. Her first reference came in the Sept. 11, 1963 edition, in an item noting that she would replace Liza Minnelli in Off Broadway’s “Best Foot Forward, »
- Cynthia Littleton
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