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7th Voyage of Sinbad

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 The 7th Voyage of Sinbad is a classic adventure movie that is made for lazy Sunday afternoons in front of the boob tube. It stars Kerwyn Mathews as Sinbad, whom we meet on his way back to Baghdad (spelled Bagdad in the movie) with his bride to be. She is the princess Parisa, and she and Sinbad are deeply in love. Their ship has been blown off course, and they are running out of food and water. They find themselves at the island of Colossa.  There they help a magician named Sokurah escape from a pursuing cyclops. Sokurah is in possession of a genie's lamp, which he uses to assist in the escape from the cyclops. The lamp is lost to the monster during the getaway.

The King's Last Meal

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Everyone knows that one of Elvis' favorite snacks was peanut butter and banana sandwiches. His last snack was not quite so quirky, even if not much healthier. The last meal of the King was four scoops of ice cream six Chips Ahoy cookies.

Gaiman's musical fan

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Neil Gaiman once received a tape of songs from a female fan who had mentioned him in the lyrics of one of the tunes.  He thought it was pretty good,  He later heard the songs again, when Tori Amos released them on her album Little Earthquakes.

The January Man

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The January Man came out in 1989, and has a phenomenal cast. Kevin Kline is Nick, the hero of the film, a man whose bravery and intelligence apparently intimidates the men he once worked with on the police force. His brother Frank is the police commissioner and is played by Harvey Keitel. Rod Steiger plays Mayor Flynn, who demands Nick's return to the force after a serial killer murders a friend of his daughter Bernadette, played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Rounding out the cast are Danny Aiello as the police captain who doesn't like Nick but has a grudging respect, Susan Sarandon as Frank's wife Christine who had a romantic past with Nick, and Alan Rickman as Nick's artist neighbor who also happens to be a computer whiz.

James R Kirk

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In the original Star Trek series episode Where No Man Has Gone Before, Kirk fights a  crew member who has developed almost magical powers. The crew member makes a rave appear for Kirk, but he obviously doesn't know his captain that well. The grave stone is inscribed James R Kirk, but as  we find out in later episodes Kirk's middle initial is T for Tiberius.

Buddy Guy's Big Break

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Once while playing a concert in Central Park in 1968, Buddy Guy jumped  off the stage and broke both his ankles.

Bob Dylan's Casting Choice

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Bob Dylan once said if his life was filmed he’d like to be played by Billy Dee Williams or Mickey Rooney. And you thought Cate Blanchett playing him in I'm Not There was odd casting.

Wonder Woman's All Star Solo Cover

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Wonder Woman was often treated poorly by DC, such as when she was made the Secretary of the Justice Society and left behind when they went on missions. However she was the only character to get a solo cover in All Star Comics, in issue #44

Geektoons: Astroboy

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Anime has exploded in popularity in recent years. Once known as Japanimation, this style of animation has some very distinct characteristics that set it apart from cartoons made by the rest of the world. In this geektoons, we are going to talk about the show that originated some of these characteristics. The show is Astro Boy.

The Gray Seal

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Jimmie Dale, aka the Gray Seal, was created by author Frank L. Packard in 1914. This predated comic books, and we were still a couple of decades away from Superman and Batman. However, Jimmie Dale used many elements that would later be used as the building blocks for the comic book superheroes.

The Comedy Of Terrors

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The Comedy of Terrors was made in 1963 and released in 1964, starring some real heavyweights of the horror and thriller genres; Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, and Basil Rathbone. The thing is, it's not a horror movie or a thriller. Just as the title suggest, it is a comedy. Price stars as Waldo Trumbull, a drunk who runs a funeral parlor he inherited from his father-in-law, played by Karloff. Peter Lorre plays his not altogether enthusiastic partner. They run the business by cutting as many corners as possible, like reusing the same coffin over and over. (They dump the body into it's open grave when no one is looking and cart the coffin off to be used for the next customer.)

Sonny and Cher's Last Hurrah

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Sonny and Cher had filed a legal separation a few days before they taped the final episode of their show.  Everyone knew it was the end, and things were a little tense.  Sonny kept goofing off and blowing takes, probably because he didn’t want it to end.  Finally actor Freeman King got frustrated and said “Sonny, how’s your marriage?”  It got deadly quiet on the set until Sonny replied, “Just as good as your acting, Freeman.”  After a beat the set erupted in laughter and then they finished taping the final show.

Sonny and Cher Replaced By Elvis And Nancy

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Sonny and Cher's second movie, Good Times, was such a flop that their next planned movie, Speedway, was given to Elvis Presley and Nancy Sinatra instead

Vampirella's Almost Made Movie

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Vampirella was popular enough at one time that Mattel considered making a Barbie doll version, and production started on a movie. The movie fell through, but photos of actress Barbara Leigh taken for it were used for covers of the comic books.

Miami Vice's Fancy Duds

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Miami Vice  was a new benchmark for style over substance in television drama. Not saying it wasn't fun to watch, but that had more to do with the soundtrack and the way the show looked than the writing. The show runners knew this too. That's why the wardrobe budget for the pilot alone was $70,000.00. That's in 1984 money too.

Zeppelin's fourth

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Led Zeppelin's fourth album technically doesn't have a title, the band wanted the music to stand on it's own. It has been referred to as IV (due to it's being the 4th album obviously) and Zoso (due to the rune Jimmy Page chose to represent him which looks like those letters). The most whimsical title I've seen for it was in the book Rock Revolution published by Creem magazine, who called it @#%&.

Channel 1

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This one won't make much sense to kids born after everyone had cable tv. Once upon a time channel 1 was included in the broadcast range for television, but was very prone to interference. In 1948 it was taken out of the television broadcast range and given over to two way communications services, like taxicab radios.

Sex Pistols Cash In

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As MAD Magazine would say, this comes from the truth in advertising department.  Cashing in on their late popularity,  the Sex Pistols played to more people on the first weekend of their 1996 Filthy Lucre Tour than they did on the entire run of their entire 1978 US tour.

Paid Laugher

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If you are smart enough, you can turn any skill into a career, no matter how silly it may seem. Take Ann Shalla, who would laugh at almost anything, and had a very infectious laugh. Comedians would pay her $100 to sit in the audience when they did talk shows.

ABC's Disneyland In Color

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Walt Disney’s first show in 1954 was Disneyland on ABC.  Television was still in black and white at the time, but Walt insisted the show be filmed in color. This allowed him to recycle some of the material when NBC later launched Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.

Groucho gives softballs

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On his popular quiz show You Bet Your Life, Groucho Marx hated to see people go home empty handed. His solution to this was to ask "Who is buried in Grant's tomb?", so that even losers could go home with $50.

Ace Sneaks Backstage

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As a teenager Ace Frehley would sneak backstage at concerts.  He met John Kay of Steppenwolf Mitch Mitchell of the Experience and Jerry Garcia.

Weird Moments In Comics: World's Finest 35 Daddy Superman

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1948 was during a weird time for comics. Superheroes were not as popular as they had been during the war.  One hero who was still standing strong though was Superman. He had a couple of titles of his own, and shared the pages of World's Finest with Batman and other DC heroes.  I imagine it was hard to come up with so many Superman stories every month.  Maybe that ecplains what happens in World's Finest #35. In Daddy Superman, the two worst parents in the world are headed out on a trip, and plan to leave their twin babies with the mom's sister. They go to the wrong address and end up at the apartment building of Clark Kent. When no one answers the door, they are in such a hurry that they leave the babies in a basket outside the door, I guess hoping that the sister finds them before someone who would sell them into slavery or something. Clark finds the babies and tries to take care of them, but finds that he is out of his depth. He doesn't seem to have all that much

Star Trek A Mirror For Futility

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An audio drama of Star Trek written by Alan Dean Foster and released in 1975.

Katharine Hepburn Quote

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As long as I've been able to have anything I wanted, I've been perfectly satisfied.-Katharine Hepburn