Posted by invizweb on October 14, 2012
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Director: Joe Dante
Starring: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Belinda Balaski and Christopher Stone
Writers: John Sayles and Terence H. Winkless
Producers: Michael Finnell and Jack Conrad
Studio: Avco Embassy Pictures
Run Time: 1 hr 31 min (91 min)
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Posted by invizweb on February 26, 2011
(C) Dwayne McDuffie via Official Website
Dwayne McDuffie, creator of Static (the character, the comic, and the Static Shock animated program) passed away February 21, 2011, due to complications stemming from emergency heart surgery. He was also the creator of Milestone Comics, a label which focused on African American, Latino, and other minority characters, in the 1990s, and the Marvel’s Damage Control, which has a cult following. In addition, he was a staff writer for the animated series Justice League, the producer and story editor of the spin-off Justice League Unlimited, creator/producer and writer for Ben 10: Alien Force, creator/producer of the series’ sequel Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, and the writer for the movies Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and All-Star Superman (which was released a day after his passing).
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Posted by invizweb on December 24, 2008
The Santa Klaus’ most renowned companions are the reindeer who make up his team. This was not always the case as the official animal mascot of the Winter Solstice in most of the Euro-Western world was the Yule Goat. Originally two goat whom were named Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjostr were the mounts of Thunder God, Thor and his hammer Mjonir. It is theorized that these two are the origins of the Yule Goat (note I do not claim Santa is Thor). The function of the goat is to signify the coming feast when a goat (suprise~!) would be sacrificed to diners via roasting. The iconography of the goat lost its prominence since supposedly the tradition of men dressed as a goat for the Yule celebration, knocking on doors to sing carols, spooked small children. Thus the goat is mostly an ornament or a straw effigy to be burned nowadays.
And he whistled, and shouted, and call’d them by name:
“Now! Dasher, now! Dancer, now! Prancer and Vixen,
“On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Dunder and Blixem;
“To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
“Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
excerpt from “A Visit from Santa Klaus (aka, Twas the Night Before Christmas),” Anonymous (1823)
The above poem marked the rise in the reindeer as Santa’s steed of choice in popular culture. As stated yesterday, as there are no reindeer to be found in the North Pole, in Europe, many traditions hold that Santa’s reindeer reside in Lapland, Finland. In Australia, the traditional story is that Santa unreins the reindeer for a team of kangaroo as reindeer would overheat in sub equatorial running.
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Posted by invizweb on December 20, 2008
Star Trek the Next Generation was one of my favorite weekly shows during its final three seasons, and one of my favorite weekday shows when the WB was still the WPIX. One of the premiere charcaters on the show as the mother of Counselor Deanna Troi, Lwaxana. She was played by Majel Barret, who was married to Gene Roddenberry in 1969, but did not have the Roddenberry surname during much of the credits. I would later find out she was also the voice of the all the Enterprise and most of the starships on Stra Trek and its spin-offs. She first started as the Number One officer of Captain Christipher Pike in the pilot episode of the original series. However, as stated above the recurring character of Lwaxana was one of my favorites because she was in stark contarst to my own parents and upbringing. Except for one or two other actresses, I don’t know if the Lwaxana Troi chracter would have been portrayed right by any others.
Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the First Lady of Star Trek, passed away at the age of 76 to Leukmia December 18, 2008. She had finished taping the voice-acting work for the upcoming Star Trek prequel.
Newsarama and the Daily Grail both cover the life and times of Majel Barrett-Roddenberry.
Farewell First Lady Majel. Thank you for the memories.
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