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Original “Star Trek” in Cinerama

Star Trek,  the original series, is a favorite of  many of my regular readers.  Click on this link to see the photo above in all of it’s widescreen glory.

So I wonder how many of you have ever seen Star Trek  in Cinerama widescreen like in the photo above?

Admittedly, that’s a trick question since Star Trek  was never filmed in Cinerama.  That photo above sure looks like Cinerama though thanks to the dedicated work of Nick Acosta.  Click over to Nick’s site and see more widescreen Star Trek  photos and learn how he did it.

Well done, Mr. Acosta.  Well, done, sir.

The TV Shows That Premiered 50 Years Ago!

Recently The ’60s at 50 posted the September ’64 Television Debuts.   I was surprised that 50 years had passed but so many of the shows that premiered that season are still not only known, but are being regularly watched on retro channels.

The Shows and my thoughts…

‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea’ – I occasionally watched, but often found the concept cooler than than the execution.
‘Peyton Place’ –  Never watched it.
‘Shindig!’ – Occasionally watched but preferred Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.
‘Bewitched’ – Used to tune in regularly.  
‘Jonny Quest’ - Loved that show.  An all-time favorite cartoon.
‘The Addams Family’ - I watched but not regularly.  I was more a fan of  The Munsters.
’12 O’Clock High” – Never really watched it.
‘Flipper’ – As a kid I was a regular viewer.
 
‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ - I watched as often as I could.
‘The Munsters’ – I was a pretty regular viewer.
‘Daniel Boone’ – One of my favorite shows as a kid!
‘Gomer Pyle – USMC’ – We’d watch regularly.
‘Gilligan’s Island’ - We’d watch weekly.
‘My Living Doll’ - I don’t remember it, but with Julie Newmar co-starring, I’d be interested in giving it a look.
It would be interesting to see how other seasons held up after 50 years.  Nice one, The ’60s at 50.

“The Walking Dead” New Teaser Trailer

Here’s the teaser for the new season of The Walking Dead!

“The Walking Dead”: Hunt or be Hunted

Earlier this week AMC released the teaser poster for season five of The Walking Dead which starts next month.  If you’d like to see a larger version of the poster you can thanks to Coming Soon.

Z-Nation: “This is an Extinction-Scale Event…”

“This is an extinction-scale event.  The president is dead.”

Those are the first two sentences you hear in the trailer to Z Nation  which premieres in September on the SyFy Channel.

While it’s true that I’m skeptical of anything brought to us from the folks behind Sharknado, the trailer does look promising.  Let me warn you before you watch the Z Nation  trailer below, there is typical zombie movie gore.  So give the trailer a view and let me know your thoughts.

“Longmire” Poster, TV Series & Novels

I really like this poster for Longmire created by Thinkinb4Talkin.

Longmire is one of my favorite shows currently running.  I also think it is the most under-rated and the only one to continue to get better and better with each season.  If you have been watching then you know what I mean.  If you somehow missed this gem, then please give it a go.

If you’re interested, here’s a link to the first four Longmire novels by Craig Johnson.  I haven’t read all of them, but the ones I have read are excellent and they are what got me interested in the tv series.

“Vikings” Season Three Trailer!

Vikings, on the History Channel, continues as one of the most under-rated, unknown, good shows producing new episodes.   Season Three doesn’t start until January which gives folks plenty of time to get on board.

In the mean time, here’s a teaser for Season Three.

Batman 60’s TV Series Available for Pre-Order!

It has taken years but the Batman TV series from the 1960’s will finally be available on DVD and Blu-Ray starting November 11, 2014.

The Blu-Ray will be a limited edition with the extras listed below:

    ALL 120 Original Broadcast Episodes Fully Remastered In HD

  • Highly Collectible Premiums

Hot Wheels® Replica Batmobile

The Adam West Scrapbook

44 Vintage Trading Cards

Ultraviolet Digital Copy

32-Page Complete Episode Guide

  • OVER 3 Hours Of ALL NEW Extras:

o   Hanging with Batman – A true slice of life in the words of Adam West

o   Holy Memorabilia Batman! – A journey into the most sought after collectables through the eyes of 3 extraordinary collectors

o   Batmania Born! – Building the World of Batman – Explore the art and design behind the fiction.

o   Bats of the Round Table –  A candid conversation with Adam West and his celebrity friends, chatting all things Bat ’66.

o   Inventing Batman in the words of Adam West (episode 1 &2) –  A rare treat for the fans as Adam discusses his script notes on bringing Batman to life in the first and second episodes

o   Na Na Na Batman! — Hollywood favorites stars and producers recount their favorite Batman memories

“Walking Dead” Season 5 Trailer

Did you dig the Walking Dead  Season 5 Trailer that was shown at Comic Con?

Yeah, me too!

10 Sets of Co-Stars You Didn’t Realize Hated Each Other

It’s not that unusual to learn that co-stars of movies and tv sometimes don’t get along.  It is surprising though when the co-stars seem to like each other and have on-screen chemistry.

TopTenz posted 10 Sets of Co-Stars You Didn’t Realize Hated Each Other.

The list has a few surprises [Richard Dreyfuess & Robert Shaw, Steve McQueen & Yul Brenner] and several that everyone probably knows about [Bea Arthur & Betty White, David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson, Dustin Hoffman & Meryl Streep, William Shatner & George Takei, Bill Murray & Lucy Liu].

I was surprised that Bruce Willis & Cybill Sheppard and Vivian Vance & William Frawley didn’t make the list!

 

R.I.P. – James Garner

James Garner, star of movies and tv, was found dead in his Los Angeles home yesterday.  Mr. Garner was 86.

If you are a child of the 50’s then James Garner is probably best known to you for the role of Brett Maverick [the role that launched him to stardom] in the series Maverick.  Garner played a new kind of hero, one that preferred to use his wits rather than his guns or fists to get him out of trouble.

If you grew up in the 60’s then you probably know James Garner the movie star.  Movies like The Great Escape, The Americanization of Emily, Duel at Diablo, Support Your Local Sheriff, and Marlowe all come to mind.

The 70’s saw a combination of movies and tv.  The early 70’s included the movies Support Your Local Gunfighter, and Skin Game as well as the short-lived tv series Nichols.  Then in 1974, James Garner’s other cornerstone character, Jim Rockford began appearing when the Rockford Files premiered  (which ran until 1980).

James Garner went on to star in many more movies [Victor/Victoria, Murphy's Romance, Space Cowboys,  and The Notebook are just a few], but time and time again he would return to Brett Maverick [tv series and movies] and Jim Rockford [tv movies].

My favorite James Garner roles include the two Support Your Local… movies, Marlowe [Bruce Lee appears and Garner plays Phillip Marlowe!], Nichols [watched and enjoyed the series as a kid and would love to see how it holds up] and of course Jim Rockford.

Many actors are called legendary.  James Garner embodied what it takes to get that designation.  My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans.

Star Trek PSA Against Pollution

Did you ever see the Star Trek  animated public service announcement about pollution?

If not (or if you’d like to see it again), you can thanks to Retroist.

Salem’s Lot: The Ultimate In Terror

When I saw this poster for Salem’s Lot  it brought back a lot of memories.  Released as a 3 hour television mini-series in 1979, Salem’s Lot  was one of the last tv events that you had to be in front of the set when it aired if you wanted to see it.  Remember, this was in the pre-VCR (anyone remember those) days.

I was excited about the mini-series since I’d read and enjoyed Stephen King’s novel Salem’s Lot.  The mini-series was well done and lived up to expectations.  I still can see that kid vampire floating outside a second story window asking to be let in… CREEPY!

Source: Dr. Horror Geek.

 

Which “Walking Dead” Survivor Are You?

The Zombie Apocalypse is coming.

What will it reveal about your true character?  Will you become a leader, a follower, someone who takes advantage of the weak, or a zombie’s lunch?

As the sign says if you take the quiz Which Walking Dead Survivor Are You? there could be spoilers…

For the record… I got Rick.

Source: Buzzfeed.