Batman fans rejoice! This collection is more than just reviews and stories, it’s memorabilia in its own right. Any fan of the Masked Crusader will thoroughly enjoy this book, with its tales of the creation of Batman, photographs and illustrations of Gotham, and even a style guide on dressing Catwoman. Museum in a book, indeed. The Batman Vault will benefit anyone who enjoyed Dark Knight too, providing the history of both Bruce Wayne and the Batman franchise. Bruce is 70 years old and has plenty of stories to tell.
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Corinne Bailey Rae is set to release her second album on January 26th, a follow up to her Grammy-winning first album. Though the newest release, titled The Sea, isn’t out for another month and a half, the album’s first single, “I’d Do It All Again”, was recently performed on Later…with Jools Holland. Catch the performance below:
In the late ‘60’s the Smothers Brothers were ruffling feathers, raking in huge ratings, and getting canceled in the process. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour: The Best of Season 3, a DVD release that’s as much a history lesson as it is a comedy show. In addition to 11 uncensored episodes (presumably, the full 26-episode season isn’t available due to licensing issues), the set also contains a ‘60s retrospective, interviews, rehearsal footage, the brothers’ post-cancellation press conference, a 2000 Comedy Hour reunion, scans of more than 100 documents relating to the show’s censorship battles, and even a whole disc dedicated to hangdog comedian Pat Paulsen’s presidential runs. And, of course, deleted footage—which, in the case of the Comedy Hour, reaches far beyond your usual cutting room fare. Time and time again, The Smothers Brothers used humor—both light and dark—to reflect the world that existed outside of the studio doors. They ended up getting fired in the midst of their third season, but their show’s short run left an indelible mark on the television landscape. This set will make a John Stewart fan grin and a Rush Limbaugh fan cringe—give wisely.
I am done with Ugly Betty.
It’s been a long time coming, but this week was finally the week I called time on my two-year relationship with this soap opera set in the fashion dynasty of Mode. For a long time, Ugly Betty was the staple of my Friday nights. Yes, it was saccharine and Betty was irritating, but I put up with it anyway. However, halfway through the third season, I decided that enough was more than enough. The pros—the wonderful performance of Michael Urie, the divine comic duo that was Mark and Amanda, Judith Light as matriarch Claire—were vastly outweighed by the cons. At the risk of sounding childish and immature, I do not see how America Ferrera could possibly have won an Emmy. Her performance is mediocre at best (although the one-note and holier-than-thou attitude of her character does not help matters). There are brilliant comic actresses on TV, and Ferrera is just not one of them. The writing has descended further and further into the black hole that is soap opera.
Come on ladies, give in to the pink side. This Gentle Giant, Ltd., scaled replica of Darth Vader’s helmet, made exclusively for the San Diego Comic-Con, shows a lighter side of the Sith lord and is perfect for the ladies who want to serve the Empire without sacrificing style. The helmet was released to raise breast cancer awareness and to show Vader is committed to vanquishing his enemies, 10 percent of every sale will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.