12 items from 2013
Beeban Kidron, who has had an eclectic directing career from "To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar," "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," and the Jeanette Winterson adaptation "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit," is back with her new documentary "InRealLife," which will screen as part of the Toronto International Film Festival's Mavericks section. "InRealLife," a reference to the popular phrase, sometimes shortened to "Irl," that signifies offline life, explores the impact of online communication on the world's teenagers, so-called digital natives. According to Tiff, here's the description of the film: After observing the immersive behaviour of her own teenagers, director Beeban Kidron set out to answer the question: What exactly is the internet, and how is it changing us? She talks directly to teens about how technology shapes their expectations of friendship, their cognition, and their sexuality. She interviews experts including Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales, writer Clay »
- Bryce J. Renninger
by Ryan Rigley
"I am vengeance. I am the night. I am... Ben Affleck." That's right, folks. Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder have officially announced who our next Dark Knight will be and it's neither Josh Brolin nor Ryan Gosling. Apparently, Oscar-winning director Ben Affleck has officially signed a multi-film deal with Warner Bros., meaning he'll play the Caped Crusader in the next few Batman films— including Snyder's "Superman vs. Batman" and the highly-anticipated "Justice League."
So far, reactions to Affleck's new role have been pretty mixed with several online petitions being made to recast the Dark Knight. Lest we forget, there have already been a few different interpretations of Batman throughout the years, including Adam West's Batusi-doing do-gooder. Speaking of which, here's a look back on the super campy, yet super awesome "Batman" TV series from the 60's.
Broadcast Date: 1966 - 1968
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Honey Boo Boo hit up a popular gay hamburger joint in Florida this week for her very first drag show … then stuck around for the ballsiest game of Bingo she ever played … and TMZ has the pics. 7-year-old Alana Thompson – along with Mama June and Uncle Poodle – hit up Hamburger Mary’s in Jacksonville on Tuesday for a couple of rounds of Drag Queen bingo … it’s just regular bingo, with a little more duct tape. »
- TMZ Staff
I remember hurrying home weekday afternoons after school to watch the 1960's Batman TV series in syndication. I couldn't get enough of the Dynamic Duo's exciting world of crime fighting and action. As a child, that was the only Batman I knew. I didn't know about the Dark Knight Detective who at the very same time in the late 1970s was busy battling all sorts of supernatural villains in the comic books. All I knew was that the Caped Crusader and his energetic sidekick saved the world from a Rogue's Gallery of witty and colorful super villains.
There were more than a handful of Bat-fanatics very upset when the series was canceled after three seasons. It's obvious the show had a huge following as it's been in syndication and airing somewhere in the world every day for the past 45 years. DC Comics is giving fans of the series something to get excited about. »
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San Diego — The zombies, superheroes, space aliens, pirates and time travelers taking over the streets of downtown San Diego can only mean one thing: Comic-Con is here!
The 44th annual pop-culture extravaganza kicked off Wednesday with preview night, which grants early access to the show floor to attendees with four-day passes.
Lines snaked around both outside and inside the San Diego Convention Center with guests queuing up to collect freebies and have first crack at such limited-edition collectibles as a 2-foot-tall "Transformers" action figure and a Barbie doll depicting Julie Newmar as Catwoman.
"It's totally worth it," said 22-year-old fan James Chen, who sported a pink "Dragon Ball Z" headset that he picked up on the show floor. "I just bought this scouter, and I've had 10 people ask me where I got it. That doesn't happen anywhere else in the world."
Some fans began camping out on the grass near »
Chicago – Legendary is one way to describe C2E2 – the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. Comic book and pop culture fans gathered at McCormick Place in Chicago from April 26-28, 2013, for three days of celebration with their favorite comic, movie, game and television celebrities, and HollywoodChicago.com was there.
One of the highlights of the expo were two stars from the hot HBO epic series, “Game of Thrones,” Natalie Dormer and James Cosmo. Like many of the celebrity participants, they held a forum at which fans asked questions about the current season. AMC’s “The Walking Dead” also was also represented, with Laurie Holden and Chandler Riggs holding court. And there were old favorites like Julie Newmar and Burt Ward of the 1966 classic TV series “Batman,” signing autographs and greeting admirers.
Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com was on hand to capture these Exclusive Photos of the celebrities at C2E »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
"Sock! Pow! Whap!"
For decades, those words were synonymous with comic books in the mainstream media, thanks to the fan-favorite depiction of comic book images in the DC Comics 1960s Batman Classic TV Series. Today, Diamond Select Toys (Dst) is proud to announce it has teamed up with Warner Bros. Consumer Products (Wbcp), on behalf of DC Entertainment, to create high-quality collectibles based on the TV classic, including busts and statues.
"The Batman Classic TV Series was on my TV constantly while growing up," said Chuck Terceira, director of Dst. "Working on these characters is a dream come true. I know there are a large number of fans out there who feel the same way about the show, and we will give them the collectibles they've always dreamed of! »
- Matt MacNabb
Whoopi Goldberg recently made her directorial debut at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. Her groundbreaking documentary, "I Got Somethin' To Tell You," is about the life of African-American and openly lesbian stand-up comic Moms Mabley, born Loretta Mary Aiken.
The North Carolina-born comedian graced stages such as New York City's Apollo Theatre and Carnegie Hall with her quirky acts touching on racism and romance between the 1920s and 1960s. Mabley came out in her late twenties and often made her sexuality a part of her routines.
She appeared in the 1933 film "The Emperor Jones" alongside Paul Robeson, which was inducted into the Library Of Congress' National Film Registry Library in 1999. Her wardrobe in the film was markedly androgynous, an unusual sight on a woman in the 1930s.
- The Huffington Post
All the details via press release below: Spinning off from the popular “The Misadventures of Adam West” & “The Secret Lives of Julie Newmar” comic book series comes the newest in the series of adventures featuring iconic Eartha Kitt. Working with her estate, “Eartha Kitt: Femme Fatale“ which will be out this week. The quarterly series is an all ages adventure featuring the legend. From the same universe as the Adam West, Julie Newmar and Dirk Benedict series, Eartha Kitt is on holiday, searching for the purrfect wave. When suddenly??? Well we won't spoil the surprise. But in the tradition of DC Nation and all good things for »
- Tambay A. Obenson
I couldn't resist an invitation to the Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing (Gleh) Golden Globes viewing party thanks to the presence of its Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Julie Newmar, the Tony-winner and original Catwoman on TV's Batman, and "Black and Gold" dance artist Sam Sparro, who performed at the event's venue, The Jim Henson Theatre in Hollywood. We caught up with a few attendees on the red carpet, including the purrrrrfect Newmar, the stunning Tippi Hedren, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23's out gay star Ray Ford, and Noah's Arc alum and Dtla star Darryl Stephens.
What are you looking forward to this evening?
I'm going to let the show surprise me! Are there any Brits here tonight?
I just watched you as a mystery guest on What's My Line? You were sensational, and you created a funny character voice. »
But an interview with her for Sos by a short(ish), badly dressed, nerdy man with a Ph.D? Well … if my name were Leonard, I would adjust my glasses and stress about our height difference; if Raj, I would become mute; if Howard, I would hit on her at once; and if it were Sheldon, then I might just faint.
However, if, in an alternate universe, I was a freelance journalist interviewing her for, say, a men’s magazine such as Loaded, I would write that
We met when she tapped me on the shoulder at the patio bar of the Chateau Marmont Hotel on Sunset Boulevard.
She is a very leggy and tall – 5ft 11in (1.80m) – lady, who began her acting career in Hollywood in the 1950s, »
- Roger Bourke
Local filmmaker Craig Elrod's feature directorial debut The Man from Orlando premieres locally on Saturday night, and although tickets sold out for the main event, a second screening has been added at 10:30 pm at the Stateside Theatre. This Austin-based comedy features familiar faces including Alan Metoskie, John Merriman, Chris Doubek, Sam Eidson and former Austinite Lee Eddy. Co-writer and lead actor Jason Newman portrays Orlando, a former gangster lifeguard who is stuck in a love triangle. Get your $10 general admission tickets online here before it's too late.
Austin Film Society has quite a bit to offer this week. On Monday night, catch Francine, the "The Narrative Edge: Spotlight on Factory 25" selection screening at the Afs Screening Room. Afs Essential Cinema presents Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale as part of the "Asia: Hot and Cool" series on Tuesday night at Alamo Drafthouse Village. On Wednesday at Alamo Village, »
- Debbie Cerda
12 items from 2013
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