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Ben Affleck Pays Tribute to ‘Batman’ Predecessor Adam West

Ben Affleck Pays Tribute to ‘Batman’ Predecessor Adam West
Adam West had an impressive 62-year-long career before his ultimate death at age 88 on Friday, but he will forever be known as TV’s “Batman.”

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Adam West Remembered on Social Media: ‘You Were My Batman

The actor was the third iteration of live action Batmen back in 1966, and now one of his most famous Caped Crusader successors is speaking out about his passing.

Ben Affleck joined in on the chorus of Hollywood voices remembering West on social media on Saturday. The “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” hero referred to his Bright Knight predecessor as the exemplification of heroism on Twitter.

“Kind, funny, and an all around great guy,” wrote Affleck. “Thank you for showing us all how it’s done.”

Adam West exemplified heroism. Kind, funny and an all around great guy. Thank you for showing us all how it's done. @therealadamwest

Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) June 10, 2017

However,
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George Gaynes, ‘Police Academy’ and ‘Punky Brewster’ Actor, Dies at 98

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George Gaynes, ‘Police Academy’ and ‘Punky Brewster’ Actor, Dies at 98
George Gaynes, the beloved character actor best known for his work in the “Police Academy” films and on “Punky Brewster,” died at his daughter’s home in North Bend, Washington. He was 98. His death Monday was confirmed by his daughter, Iya Gaynes Falcone Brown, according to the New York Times. Gaynes (above middle) starred as Cmdt. Eric Lassard in all seven of the “Police Academy” comedies, opposite Steve Guttenberg and Bubba Smith, as well as in a TV spin-off in 1998. Also Read: Johnny Duncan, 'Batman and Robin' Serial Actor, Dies at 92 He is also well known for his
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Johnny Duncan, ‘Batman and Robin’ Serial Actor, Dies at 92

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Johnny Duncan, ‘Batman and Robin’ Serial Actor, Dies at 92
Johnny Duncan, who starred as Robin in the 1949 serial film “Batman and Robin,” has died. He was 92. According to a statement provided by his family, Duncan passed away at his Florida home on Feb. 8 with relatives by his side. Born on December 7, 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri, he learned to tap dance at an early age and helped provide for his family that way. Then, at the age of 15, he was discovered by a talent scout who sent his whole family to Hollywood. Also Read: Daniel Gerson, 'Big Hero 6' Screenwriter, Dies at 49 At 26, Duncan was...
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‘The Flash’ Boss Talks Iris’ Discovery, Barry’s Unexpected Encounter (Spoilers)

‘The Flash’ Boss Talks Iris’ Discovery, Barry’s Unexpected Encounter (Spoilers)
Spoiler warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “The Flash” episode 204, titled “The Fury of Firestorm.”

While much of this week’s “Flash” focused on the team’s hunt for a new Firestorm, the biggest bombshells of the hour came courtesy of Iris’ (Candice Patton) long-overdue meeting with her mother, Francine (Vanessa Williams), and Barry’s (Grant Gustin) unexpected run-in with DC Comics villain King Shark, closely followed by an even more unexpected encounter with the Earth-2 iteration of Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh).

Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg and star Danielle Panabaker shed some light on the episode’s many revelations and what’s coming up in the impending “Arrow” and “Flash” crossover, which is designed to set up midseason spinoff “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.”

Where’s Wally? Iris’ investigative chops led her to uncover that her mother secretly had another child eight months after Francine left Central
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It’s Vincent Price Week in St. Louis! Here Are His Ten Best Films

Born in St. Louis on May 27, 1911, iconic actor Vincent Price retained a special fondness for his place of origin, and that love was reciprocated with Vincentennial, a celebration of his 100th birthday in his hometown back in May of 2011 (for summary of all the Vincentennial activities go Here). One of the guests of honor at Vincentennial was Vincent Price’s daughter Victoria Price. Because of their close relationship and her access to his unpublished memoirs and letters, Victoria Price was able to provide a remarkably vivid account of her father’s public and private life in her essential book, Vincent Price, a Daughter’s Biography, originally published in 1999. .In 2011, her biography of her father was out of print. but now it’s been re-issued and Victoria will be in St. Louis this weekend (October 9th – 10th) for three special events. In addition to the biography, she will also be signing
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Why 1998 Was the Best Year In Film History

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Why 1998 Was the Best Year In Film History
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Check here for a complete list of our essays. Just one glance at the Oscar nominees for 1998 might make it seem less a questionable choice for “best year in film” — and more an insane one. Instead of a 1974 – The Godfather II, The Conversation, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc – or even a 1994, where Shawshank, Quiz Show, and Pulp Fiction lost to Gump – you choose a year where the Oscars would allow Roberto Benigni to climb atop both the figurative and literal chairs of the Shrine? Fine, step away from the Oscars. Would you still celebrate a year that saw not one, but two movies about asteroids threatening the Earth? A year that saw such scars carved across cinematic history as Patch Adams, My Giant, Stepmom, and Krippendorf’s Tribe? It bears repeating: Krippendorf’S Tribe?
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Super-8 Movie Madness Honors Vincent Price October 7th – Here Are His Ten Best Films

We’ll be celebrating the 5th year anniversary of Super-8 Movie Madness at The Way Out Club in St. Louis on Tuesday October 7th with an encore performance of our most popular show. It’s Super-8 Vincent Price Movie Madness in 3D, the show that we took on the road to promote Vincentennial back in 2011. We’ll be honoring the hometown horror hero by showing condensed (average length: 15 minutes) versions of several of Price’s greatest films on Super-8 sound film projected on a big screen. They are: Master Of The World, War-gods Of The Deep, Pit And The Pendulum, The Raven, Witchfinder General, Tim Burton’s Vincent, Two Vincent Price Trailer Reels, Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein and The Mad Magician in 3D (We’ll have plenty of 3D Glasses for everyone)

The non-Price movies we’re showing October 7th are The Three Stooges in Pardon My Backfire
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The Batman of the 1950s: Censorship and New Dimensions

In 1960 Bill Finger wrote a Batman story involving a South American rebel group releasing a mysterious “Rainbow Creature” composed of red, green, yellow, and blue on an unsuspecting rural village. Each color holds a power, when a power is used the associated color fades to white. Batman and Robin eventually devise a plan to make it use all its powers simultaneously. It works, and the creature fades entirely white. Then, before The Dynamic Duo can strike, it implodes into dust and blows away in the wind. This was Batman #134. And though the issue was released in 1960, it is the pinnacle of the 1950s Batman: bright, whimsical, otherworldly, and downright bizarre. Did this tone stem from post-War censorship and economic realities, or something else?

The eras of The Batman are many. Even now, as I’m writing this or you are reading it somewhere in time, the character is ever
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Lex Luthor: Who played the Superman villain best?

Lex Luthor: Who played the Superman villain best?
Superman's nemesis Lex Luthor has been in the headlines recently after it was revealed that Jesse Eisenberg will be playing him in the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie.

The super-villain first appeared in the DC comic books in 1940 and, although the archenemy of Superman, he has also come into conflict with Batman and other superheroes in the DC Universe.

Originally depicted as a mad scientist who used his intelligence to create futuristic weapons, Lex Luthor evolved into a bald businessman and industrialist whose sky-high intelligence compensated for his lack of superpowers.

With Eisenberg stirring debate as the newest incarnation of the villain, we take a look back at the actors who've taken on Lex Luthor and ask who played him best.

Lyle Talbot (Atom Man vs Superman)

Talbot was not only the first actor to take on Lex Luthor, he was also the first live-action actor to play two
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Wanna Meet Ron Perlman and John Barrowman at Fan Days? Buy Tickets Online Now!

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Coming up in the first weekend of October, the 4th -6th, is the return of Fan Days, presented by Dallas Comic Con! The guest line-up covers the whole gamut of popular sci-fi/fantasy genre, featuring Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman, Torchwood and Arrow’s John Barrowman, Harry Potter’s Tom Felton, Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun, Defiance’s Grant Bowler and Stephanie Leonidas, Star WarsAnthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Tom Kane, Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff and Jamie Bamber, Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito and Charles Baker, Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum, Green ranger Jason David Frank, comic legend Neal Adams, legendary artist Simon Bisley, horror artist icon Bernie Wrightson, 30 Days of Night writer Steve Niles, FaceOff artist Rj Haddy, and so many more!

Make sure you can get in to see your fave stars, artists, and creators and buy your tickets online by Monday, September 30, 2013 to guarantee pre-registration for your admission tickets.
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DC Comics November Solicitations

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Because you demanded it, true beli– no wait, that’s the other guys.

But we’re here with the solicitations for DC Comics for Novemeber, coming soon to a Previews catalog near you. The New 52 keep rolling along, and we have the Sergio Aragones version of Batman immortalized in a statue.

So let’s take a look!

Details? Yes, we have details…

Justice League #5

Written by Geoff Johns

Art and cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams

1:25 Variant cover by Eric Basaldua

1:200 B&W Variant cover by Jim Lee

On sale January 18 • 40 pg, Fc, $3.99 Us • Rated T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 Us

Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.

Now, with the teenaged powerhouse Cyborg at their side, this group of individual heroes must somehow put their differences aside to face the terror of Darkseid!

This issue is also offered
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Vincentennial: Witchfinder General and Champagne For Caesar Tonight

Witchfinder General will play at the Vincentennial Vincent Price Film Festival in a 35mm print at 7:00pm tonight, Thursday, May 26th at Brown Hall on the campus of Washington University. Admission is free.

It’s likely that Vincent Price never delivered a better performance than the one he gave in Witchfinder General (1968), the fact-based story of infamous witchhunter Matthew Hopkins and the barbaric acts he practiced in mid-17th century England. Price completely jettisoned his usual campy theatrics in favor of an appropriately low-key, sinister, and menacing depiction of a purely evil man who hides behind a mask of religious allegiance. Price plays Hopkins as an unmerciful fiend with a genteel manner and an appetite for torture, especially burning. The movie is cruel in its violence but also intelligent and effective and Price is relatively restrained in a complex role as a man who whose mission is to achieve
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Vincentennial: Champagne For Caesar and Baron Of Arizona Tonight

Champagne For Caesar will play at the Vincentennial Vincent Price Film Festival in a 35mm print at 7:00pm tonight, Tuesday, May 24th at Brown Hall on the campus of Washington University followed by The Baron Of Arizona at 9:15. With introductions and a post-film discussion of .Champagne for Caesar. by Washington U. film & media lecturer Hunter Vaughan. Admission is free.

Many works of fiction have been said to be ahead of their time. In the world of motions pictures few are more prophetic than the 1950 comedy classic Champagne For Caesar. By that year, mind you, quiz shows were popular on radio and that young upstart television, but by the end of the decade these programs would inspire a national craze ( and a scandal later depicted in Robert Redford’s film Quiz Show ). Caesar foreshadows all this while showcasing some delightful performances by actors generally not known for big screen comedies.
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Top Ten Tuesday: The Best of Vincent Price

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Born in St. Louis on May 27, 1911, iconic actor Vincent Price retained a special fondness for his place of origin, and that love is now reciprocated with Vincentennial, a celebration of his 100th birthday in his hometown. Price was not only a notable St. Louisan but one of the 20th century.s most remarkable men. To do full justice to the range of his accomplishments, Vincentennial features not only a 10-day film festival but also a pair of exhibits, a stage production, two publications, and illuminating discussions by Price experts and film historians. We decided to do a special edition of Top Ten Tuesday here at We Are Movie Geeks in honor of the many great films that Vincent Price starred in, and after we had assembled the list we realized that all ten of these films will be showing at the
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Interview: The Developers of the Batman: Brave and the Bold Video Game!

The new Batman: Brave and the Bold Video Game is coming out soon, so Legions of Gotham decided to sit down with Adam Tierney and Sean Velasco, the developers of the game, to get the scoop on not only the game itself, but who the heck these guys are and why the fans should stand-up and take notice! Check out the exclusive Q and A below along with exclusive pics from the game itself!

Log: Please tell us a little about yourself and what other projects you've worked on recently Adam Tierney (director of the Wii game): My name is Adam, and I've been directing at WayForward for about five years now. Titles I've worked on here include Sigma Star Saga, The Flash, and Lit. My favorite game is Ico, and that's not likely to change anytime soon.

Sean Velasco (director of the DS game): I’m Sean!
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