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by Oliver Ho

19 May 2010


Best known as “Ginger Grant” from Gilligan’s Island, Tina Louise recorded several swingin’ albums, the most notable of which was 1957’s It’s Time for Tina. The single, “It’s Been a Long Time” is available for listening on the YouTubes (non-embeddable, dammit ... but there’s an excellent album cover). According to Wikipedia, the album featured Coleman Hawkins (!) on tenor sax, and Harkit Records may be re-releasing it. Their site is worth browsing for the album art alone. Also, Louise’s real name was Tatiana Josivovna Chernova Blacker, which is just awesome.

by Alistair Dickinson

19 May 2010


Idris Elba, the man known to most as The Wire’s Stringer Bell, wants to promote a new alter-ego. This time he’s “King Driis”, a multi-accented singer and rapper who has a new song and music video, “Hold On”, to share with the world. The British-born, half-Sierra-Leonean and half-Ghanaian Elba forces us to sit through a barely-decipherable, Mos Def (or a Mos Def look-alike) starring skit before we get to his new tune. It may well be worth it, however, thanks to producer 9th Wonder’s delirious dancehall beat, a laid-back, bouncy number which provides the perfect backdrop for “Driis’s” questionable range of patois.

by Dean Blumberg

19 May 2010


After reading all Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels to date and devouring the first two seasons of HBO’s True Blood, you may be left wondering, “What’s next?” Thankfully IDW Publishing, the comic book publisher specializing in licensed properties like Angel, Transformers, G.I. Joe and The A-Team, is bringing True Blood to the graphic medium in a six issue mini-series starting this summer.

The comic is a new partnership between IDW and HBO and appears to be more reflective of the television series than the novels with character art influenced by the show’s actors. The IDW website hints at a more adult-oriented audience, saying, “The first six-issue True Blood comic series offers the same erotically-charged romance, wry humor and intriguing mystery and suspense the show has become known for.”

The comic has very close ties to the HBO series as the plot was developed by Oscar-winning show creator Alan Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under) and will be written by series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow in conjunction with co-writers David Tischman and Mariah Huehner. David Messina (Angel: The Curse, Star Trek: Countdown) is responsible for art duties and his personal blog, Spider Behind the Mirror, offers fans lots of preview illustrations. Additionally, IDW recently posted a sneak peek of issue #1 on the True Blood Facebook page.

True Blood #1 arrives in July.

by Dean Blumberg

18 May 2010


A cultural phenomenon of the ’00s, Lost is quickly wrapping up. What better way to commemorate the conclusion of one of television’s most-loved series than to own a part of it! A few days ago EW blogger Annie Barrett posted a blurb about nearly 100 items currently previewed for this summer’s Lost auction.

Dharma-brand food stuffs, Charlie’s acoustic guitar, the photo of Desmond and Penny, Jin’s wedding ring, Locke’s wheelchair, Virgin Mary statues (sans heroin!). It’s all here! All of the items are posted on the Profiles in History website which indicates only that Lost: The Auction is happening in Los Angeles this summer.

Even though I will probably never be able to afford the Swan Station Apple-II computer (which would be a great conversation piece for my living room!), it’s fun to scan through the previews and be reminded of the context in which they all appear on the show. Each item is accompanied by a brief entry that indicates which episodes the item appeared in and its relationship to major plot threads and characters.

No word on the exact date of the auction, but Profiles in History allows fans to subscribe to an email list for further updates.

by Jonathan Simrin

18 May 2010


This role for Arnett isn’t too much of a stretch from his days at the Bluth model home. He’s still a wealthy doofus whose comedic skills make up for his lack of morals. Keri Russell also stars as one of Arnett’s ex-girlfriends and devotes her life to more humanitarian efforts. If the trailer is any indication, Running Wilde is taking a decidedly romantic approach (cue The Cure music), but here’s to hoping the cast is up to the task.

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