Some interviews with Roger Corman on his birthday. Roger Corman and Vincent Price talk about horror films with Elwy Yost on Saturday Night at the Movies. Corman and William Shatner discuss The Intruder. And Corman discusses film history and filmmaking–with some clips from his films.
At the Sunset Gun, Kim Morgan says good-bye to Davy Jones.
Adrian Tchaikovsky plans to scorch epic fantasy’s rolling hills and verdant forests, joining other restless fantasy writers in a revolt against the eternal Middle England of Middle Earth: “In traditional epic fantasy, nothing ever changes. The only person trying to alter the world is the Dark Lord, and to defeat him is to restore the [...]
Hey Oscar Wilde has a nice gallery of Meghan Murphy’s classic author illustrations, including HP Lovecraft, Mary Shelley and Jules Verne. (Thanks, Humash!)
Novelist Samuel Youd, who wrote as John Christopher, has died. Gutter readers might remember him best for his science fiction series, The Tripods, which was adapted for television by the BBC and Australia’s Seven Networks in the 1980s. The Guardian has an overview of his life and career.
Our good friends at Pornokitsch presented the 2011 Kitsches this weekend, click through for more and congratulations to the winners and to Pornokitsch for an amazing event!
Characters from Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest perform transcripts from The Jersey Shore, showing an amazing continuity in dandyism society life in-fighting and the importance of trivial comedy for serious people from Wilde’s time to today. (Thanks, Mark!)
Our good friends at Pornokitsch have released the shortlist of finalists for the Kitschies’ Red Tentacle award and have an in depth look at one of the Finalists, The Enterprise of Death by Jesse Bullington. “The Red Tentacle is awarded annually to the novel containing speculative or fantastic elements that best fulfills the criteria of [...]
Colin Smith exhaustively examines the best and worst in comics in 2011 including thoughts on comics such as, Thor: Mighty Avenger, Journey Into Mystery, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: 1969, as well as pondering “The Death of Narrative Comics” and the DC reboot. A deeply thoughtful read.
Videogame developer Ross Mills was concerned that a British educational toy store was selling Anakin Skywalker toys figures, given that Anakin had massacred a village of sand people, tried to kill his teacher and slaughtered a school of Jedi younglings. The Early Learning Centre responded with an excellent customer service letter.
The Vault of Horror has a very neat series of articles on the 30th anniversary of An American Werewolf in London, “Three Decades of David.”
BBC 2′s “In Their Own Words: British Novelists,” with J.R.R. Tolkien.
Olympic fencer, sword master, stunt choreographer, performer and actor, Bob Anderson has died. Anderson performed Darth Vader’s lightsaber battles in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Her served as sword master, fight coordinator and stunt performer in films such as 1953′s The Master of Ballantrae featuring a swashbuckling Errol Flynn, The Princess [...]
At TCM’s Movie Morlocks blog, Kimberley Lindbergs interviews Marcus Hearn on Hammer Studio’s enduring legacy. “The best of the films have now been critically rehabilitated, but it’s depressing when they’re overlooked or misrepresented as camp or trashy. So I guess I’m on something of a crusade!”
The always fun and thoughtful website Pornokitsch has recommended 10 books for your e-reader, including, The Cultural Gutter. (Yes, we’re a book, too!)
Playmobil recreation of Joy Division performing “Transmission” on the BBC.
Fast Company interviews animator Cyriak Harris about his process and his surreal animated cat videos (also cow and bear videos): “The process could be described as improvisation on a glacial timescale. For Welcome to Kitty City I started with a simple video clip of a cat but had no idea what to do with it. [...]
Mysterious paper sculptures have been appearing in Edinburgh.
The 2011 Kitschies are accepting submissions for their tentacular awards celebrating books that “best elevate the tone of genre literature.” Read submission criteria, guidelines and check out past winners of the coveted Red, Gold, Black and Inky Tentacle (for cover art) awards here!
Pornokitsch writer (and Kitschies judge) Jared Shurin writes about fairies as fuel and the vast potential of Steampunk as a resource for discussing industrialization.
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