Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Monster Squad TV Show Coming To DVD

TV Shows On DVD is reporting that the 1976 Saturday Morning show Monster Squad is coming to DVD.

The cast included Fred Grandy (Love Boat) as Walt, Henry Polic II as Dracula, Buck Kartalian as Bruce W. Wolf and Michael Lane as Frank N. Stein.

Plot Synopsis: Walt was a college student majoring in criminology. To help pay for college, he took a night job working in a wax museum after hours. While tinkering with his crime computer one night, he managed to bring the wax statues of Dracula, the Wolfman and the Frankenstein monster to life. The monsters used their unique skills to help Walt solve crimes and mysteries.

The show shared many similarities, as well as cast and crew members, with the Batman series of the 1960s.

Notable guests included Alice Ghostley (Bewitched), Billy Curtis, Jonathan Harris (Lost in Space/Space Academy), Marty Allen, Julie Newmar (original Catwoman on Batman), Geoffrey Lewis, Sid Haig (Jason of Star Command), Vito Scotti, and Avery Schreiber.

The 2-disk DVD featuring all 13 episodes will be released on June 23 with a SRP of $29.99.

You can pre-order it from Amazon --

Sunday, March 22, 2009

An Evening With George Takei

CANTON, OH - The Players Guild Theatre will present "An Evening with George Takei" on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 begining at 8:00 p.m. as part of the KIMONO events surrounding the Canton Museum of Art's blockbuster exhibit, "KIMONO as Art, the Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota."

"An Evening with George Takei" will focus on Mr. Takei's experience as one of the most famous Japanese American actors in the world. As a guest speaker, Mr. Takei will take the audience on a journey through his life. Starting with his childhood experience of being placed in a United States internment camp at the outbreak of World War II, Mr. Takei will share his rise to fame through his successful theatre, television and film career.

Best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the Star Trek series, Takei is currently a recurring guest star on NBC's Heroes and he can be seen in the newly released film, The Great Buck Howard starring John Malkovich. Takei's film and movie career includes six Star Trek motion pictures, Disney's Mulan and Mulan II, Trekkies, Return from the River Kwai and many more. Takei earned a Grammy nomination (1987) in the Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Recording category, a star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame, and the Order of the Rising Sun from the Government of Japan.

Tickets for this one-night event are $30.00 and can be purchased at the Players Guild Box Office, or by calling: 330-453-7617, tickets are also available online 24 hours a day; Online Box Office .

This event is being sponsored in part by these generous supporters: Arts In Stark, and the Canton Repository.

The Players Guild Theatre, currently celebrating its 77th season, is a volunteer-based, professionally directed theatre producing staged productions which stimulates, enhances, and uplifts the quality of life for both its audiences and volunteers. The Players Guild Theatre also exists to offer instruction in theatre arts through production experience, classes, workshops, special programming and outreach activities. At The Players Guild Theatre, volunteers work side by side with professionals in order to maintain the highest standards of production, encourage individual creativity, and enhance their understanding and appreciation of live theatre.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Danny Boy Super Mega Post

St. Patrick's Day is almost here. So to celebrate here is a Danny Boy super mega post!

22 versions of the song --

1. The Irish Rovers
2. Rosemary Clooney
3. Deanna Durbin
4. Elvis Presley
5. Mario Lanza
6. Harry Belafonte
7. Johnny Mathis
8. Andy Williams
9. Daniel Rodriguez
10. Johnny Cash
11. Harry Connick, Jr.
12. John McDermott
13. Conway Twitty
14. The Chieftains with Diana Krall
15. Roger Wittaker
16. The Irish Tenors (Anthony Kearns, Finbar Wright, Ronan Tynan)
17. Celtic Woman
18. Judy Garland
19. Frank Parker
20. Slim Whitman
21. The Irish Tenors (John McDermott, Anthony Kearns, Ronan Tynan)
22. Bing Crosby

Click the link below to download --

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Here's the lyrics so that you can sing along --

Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling

From glen to glen, and down the mountain side

The summer's gone, and all the flowers are dying

'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide.

But come ye back when summer's in the meadow

Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow

'Tis I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow

Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so.

And if you come, when all the flowers are dying

And I am dead, as dead I well may be

You'll come and find the place where I am lying

And kneel and say an "Ave" there for me.

And I shall hear, tho' soft you tread above me

And all my dreams will warm and sweeter be

If you'll not fail to tell me that you love me

I'll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.

I'll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.

And here's a great version of the song by the Muppets --

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Jimmy Boyd, RIP

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Jimmy Boyd, the child singer and actor best known for the original rendition of the Christmas novelty hit "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" in 1952, has died. He was 70.

Boyd died of cancer Saturday at a Santa Monica convalescent hospital, longtime friend Eleanor Pillsbury said Tuesday.

"I Saw Mommy" shot to the top of the Billboard charts three weeks after it was released. It sold 2 million records in less than 10 weeks. It has since been interpreted by such artists as the Jackson 5, John Mellencamp and Amy Winehouse.

Boyd, who was 13 when he recorded the song, told Time magazine soon after its release that he was surprised by its success.

"I like it personally," he said, "but I didn't think anyone would buy it."

Boyd was born in McComb, Miss., on Jan. 9, 1939, and grew up on a ranch near Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, where be started playing guitar at age 4. After winning a TV talent contest, Boyd appeared on "The Frank Sinatra Show" and was signed to a recording contract with Columbia.

His first recording success was with a country song, "(The Angels Are Lighting) God's Little Candles." Later hits included "Dennis the Menace," sung with Rosemary Clooney, and several duets with Frankie Laine.

His TV work included appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in the early 1950s and roles in the situation comedies "Bachelor Father" from 1958 to 1961 and "Date with the Angels" in the late-1950s.

In 1960, Boyd married Yvonne Craig, an actress he met while making the Bing Crosby film "High Time" who would go on to play Batgirl in the 1960s TV series "Batman." Their marriage ended after two years.

In his later years, Boyd became an avid sailor and for years lived on the Southern California coast on a sailboat he named Unplugged.

He is survived by a son.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Howard the Duck on DVD

The George Lucas classic Howard the Duck came out on DVD today. How did I not know about this? Despite what reviewers might say, I think this movie was fun.

Click here to download the soundtrack.

You can order the DVD from Amazon --

Sunday, March 01, 2009

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