The real highlight of the Baltimore Con

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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?

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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

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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….

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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

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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

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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

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

Feliz cumpleaños, Santo

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

Let’s all celebrate Benjamin Linus

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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

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

Two more reasons to see PONYO

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The trailers for WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE and THE FANTASTIC MR FOX.

PONYO at the Box Office

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Continuing coverage of all things Miyazaki at THE BEAT, let’s look at the opening weekend in the United States for PONYO. The picture finished ninth this weekend at the box office, with $3.5 million weekend gross on 927 screens, for a per-screen average of $3,782. It was fourth among new films opening last weekend, finishing […]

NOT SD09: Charles M. Schulz Museum

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(The second part of a series on how not to spend Comic-Con week at Comic-Con) After spending most of the week in San Diego, but only one day at the actual con itself, it was off to the Bay Area for the previously-discussed Miyazaki festivities at Berkeley. But before seeing the director, the previous day […]

Not SD09: Miyazaki at Berkeley

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Posted by Mark Coale During our high-powered breakfast (maybe brunch by the time Ace and FMB got there), The Beat requested that I try and write more for the site. So, here’s the first article about the non-SDCC portion of my travels recently. I had always planned on only doing one day of San Diego, […]

SD09: Panel Prep Gone Wild

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How much work did the Lost brain trust put into their (last?) Comic-Con panel presentation? A lot, according to an article in today’s NYT. “Is it too late for when Carlton and I come out onstage for there to be giant towers of flames?” Mr. Lindelof said (mostly) facetiously. Tip of the hat to Peter […]

One and Done

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Paste Pot Pete by Colleen Coover [Special to The Beat by Mark Coale] As I told a number of people, I stopped coming to SD in 2003 because it had gotten too big. And after one day, I’m glad I’m leaving tomorrow. Exhausted is just the word that came out of most people’s mouths. And […]