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Brian Matthew obituary

Radio and TV presenter of a pop music soundtrack for 1960s teens – and chronicler of their memories in Sounds of the Sixties

In 1957, two years into a job as a BBC producer-cum-announcer, Brian Matthew, who has died aged 88, was invited to present the BBC Light Programme’s Saturday Skiffle Club. Skiffle, that shortlived but vital hybrid that incubated British rock’n’roll, duly expired shortly afterwards, and so, in October 1958, the show was relaunched as Saturday Club, with Matthew as presenter.

Its first lineup is the stuff of a lost era: a crooner, Gary Miller; Johnny Duncan, an American expatriate scratching a British living out of the rock boom; a teen idol, Terry Dene, remembered now only for his ephemerality; and an eternal verity, Humphrey Lyttelton. The first record played by Matthew was Lonnie Donegan’s cover of Woody Guthrie’s Grand Coulee Dam. The following year Saturday Club was
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The evolution of the Batman suit on screen from 1943 to 2017

Luke Owen looks back at Batman’s past…

As Saturday was Batman Day [you can read two other op-eds here and here] and following on from my look back at the evolution of Spider-Man and Daredevil‘s costumes (and the Batmobile), I thought it would be fun to look back at all the big screen and (some of ) the small screen versions of everyone’s favourite Dark Knight. Starting from the serials in the 1940s all the way through to Zack Snyder’s Batman who brands people.

But what makes the Bat Suit so iconic? Is it the emblem on his chest? Is it the cowl? Is it the colour scheme? Or is it all of the above. Let’s find out.

1943: Lewis Wilson (Batman)

Wilson starred in the 15-chapter serial Batman against Douglas Croft as Robin, which saw the Dynamic Duo as U.S. secret agents taking down Dr. Dako during World War II. The costume is fairly modest,
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Wamg Looks At Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice And Batman In Popular Culture

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Warner Bros. Pictures’ screen pairing of the world’s most iconic super heroes has at last answered the question “Who Will Win?” by winning over movie audiences and setting box office records around the world this weekend with an estimated worldwide box office total of $424.1 million.

Batman and Superman. Gotham and Metropolis. Lex Luthor, Doomsday and—for the first time ever on the big screen—Wonder Woman. With its stellar lineup of heroes and villains and bigger and better battles with even more at stake than the destruction of the Earth, Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is an epic Super Hero journey like no other.

Pit the two greatest heroes in the world against each other and the unthinkable becomes inevitable in the form of a truly seismic clash: Batman, the underground vigilante, a knight in the darkness,
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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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Batman Facts: 25 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Dark Knight

Happy Batman Day, everyone! Around the world, May 1st may mark a spring holiday, but here, it marks the first appearance of the Dark Knight, in Detective Comics No. 27, in 1939.

For the past 76 years, the Caped Crusader has been fighting Gotham City evildoers in comic books, movies, TV shows, and pretty much anywhere else you can shine a Bat-signal. Throughout the years, Bruce Wayne's alter ego has gone through many incarnations, not just in actors (from Adam West to Michael Keaton to Christian Bale to Ben Affleck, among the many), but also in character, from haunted avenger to squeaky-clean do-gooder to campy clown to kinky prowler to world-weary fighter. He's due for yet another change this week, with the releases of DC's Batman No. 40 -- in which Bruce Wayne and the Joker finally kill each other (or do they?) and a special issue of DC's Divergence, where an undisclosed character
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