RIP The Rani: Actress Kate O’Mara died today

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3/30/14 Kate O’Mara died today at age 74. The actress was known and favored by many fandoms for her roles in the TV shows Doctor Who, Dynasty, Howards’ Way, Triangle, Absolutely Fabulous, The Saint, The Champions, The Avengers and Z-Cars. She also had a following for cult-classic B-movies such as The Vampire Lovers (1970, Hammer Films). While such roles made as much use of her busty charms as her prodigious acting talents, O’Mara retained both a sense of humor about it and considerable sex appeal even in her 70s. In an interview last year, she indicated that she would love to return to Doctor Who:

“I have white hair now, but a lot of it, and I’m still very glamorous and so I won’t disappoint, I hope! I’ll still be wearing the tight leather trousers and high-heel boots, regardless of what age! That’s what the fans are expecting, so that’s what you’ve got to give them.”

Sadly that was not to be. A prolific actress of stage and screen, O’Mara will be much missed and will be fondly remembered. She made an indelible mark on the Whovian Universe for her role on Doctor Who as the evil Time Lady, The Rani. Fans and colleagues tweeted their respects, including Colin Baker who played the sixth incarnation of The Doctor.

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Bill Nye injured -but with style

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What marvelous geekery is this? Bill Nye, the science guy, doing Beethoven cosplay on Dancing With The Stars! Love, love, love him in everything he does and this is no exception. Fiercely funny.

While a fan favorite, Nye has scored consistently low with judges. Unfortunately, the “trip” that his professional dance partner, Tyne Stecklein, mentions (and seen here in this video) during their Paso Doble routine on Monday resulted in a serious knee injury. Not only is it likely to take Nye out of the competition, he may require surgery.

Mega Girl on power and problem-solving

Mega Girl confesses to her fallen enemy Cleaver how super heroics and super villainy, rather than being at opposite ends of a spectrum, are separated by inches. And the desire to use brute force to solve problems (even at the cost of millions of lives) is always a temptation.

Read more of this brilliant webcomic Strong Female Protagonist.  Written by Brennan Lee Mulligan and drawn by Molly Ostertag. Selected by MarySue as one of the “40 Webcomics You Need to Read”. I put it in the top ten.

A Beautiful Thing (when boy meets boy)

Queerly Geek and Geekly Queer, Matt Fishel’s brilliant video to the song “When Boy Meets Boy” has something for every geek. Superheros. Comics. Cheesy lines. Even chibis that level up when in love!

“When Boy Meets Boy” is from Matt Fishel’s debut album Not Thinking Straight.

For the Not Thinking Straight artwork, Matt teamed up with San Diego-based comic book illustrator Joe Phillips (creator of Joe Boys Comics and director/animator of the films Stonewall & Riot and The House Of Morecock). The album art includes 18 stunning original illustrations by Joe, each telling a unique story based on the songs’ lyrics. Joe Phillips also created and directed the wonderful animation video for When Boy Meets Boy, the sixth single from Not Thinking Straight. The single was released worldwide on 3rd June 2013 and includes another fantastic reworking of the song by Matt Pop. The accompanying video is a fun, animated tale of ‘boy meets boy’, with a superhero twist!

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“I have a couple of friends who haven’t been able to do what they want artistically because they’re signed to major labels. So, given the choice, I’d rather do it my way,” says British singer-songwriter Matt Fishel.

What is Fishel’s way? After becoming something of an internet sensation, Matt launched his own record label, Young Lust Records. Although based London, he collaborates with artists around the globe. Fishel is repeatedly asked in interviews whether his open sexuality is alienating to straight listeners.

“I’ve always responded to music that’s truthful,” he tells me. “For me I just happen to be gay, out and proud. The songs I write about are all about relationships and experiences that I’ve had. I’ve never been willing to deliberately not write about that or change it to combat what major labels call ‘limiting your mass appeal’.”

“I personally think that attitude is quite patronising to straight people. As a young gay boy I was able to relate to ‘heterosexual songs’ with men singing about women and vice versa. It didn’t stop me liking particular groups or artists.”

Doctor Who loses a million viewers in a week

DOCTOR Who has shed a million viewers in a week — with last Saturday’s show branded the WORST EVER by disappointed fans.

The latest episode, the second in the new BBC series, was watched by 5.7 million people, compared with the 6.7 million who tuned in at Easter.

The drop is significant for the second instalment starring the Time Lord’s new companion Clara Oswald — played by actress Jenna-Louise Coleman, 26.

She replaced Karen Gillan and Beeb chiefs hoped she would help lift ratings.

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Saturday’s episode, The Rings Of Akhaten, was the first written by respected scriptwriter Neil Cross — creator of the awardwinning Luther series.

But despite his pedigree, angry fans took to social networks to complain the show had lost its way.

Helen Paling tweeted: “Just caught up with Doctor Who. Wish I hadn’t. Boring rubbish.” Anna Hough wrote: “Genuinely the worst episode I have ever seen.”

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/4877591/doctor-who-viewing-figures-down.html#ixzz2PrndibF3

Thanks to Don’t Blink (one of the DW fan communities on FB) for bringing this my attention. I didn’t need a million viewers to verify what I already thought. See my comments below. I think that the actress brings a lot of possibility to the role –unfortunately, we the viewers like both of her dead characters (the Victorian nanny/barmaid and Souffle Girl/dalek) much more than we like her. While I support the general polyamorous nature of time travel and its explored though not spoken outright in the show, the loss of the Ponds did not include the loss of River Song. So the introduction of a companion who might want to join him in his *snogging booth*, is hurtful and confusing to viewers. I think it shows a general distrust of the current writers as much as dislike of the new companion. I’m hating Moffat for his general disregard for continuity… ie destroying the weeping angels as a brilliant and believable monster for the shits and giggles of having “baby angels” and the Statue of Liberty creature –which served no function than as a visual gag.

Me to DW producers: “Did you forget everything? Everyone? Did you think we wouldn’t notice? Notice that the Tardis has stopped translating so that we can have comic effects like barking aliens? We notice everything. The missing year. Yep, noticed that.

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Queen of Comicons: Lee Meriwether

If there is a queen of comicons, it should be Lee Meriwether. Famed for trying to seduce Adam West in Batman the Movie with her kittenish (yet evil) charm, and multiplying herself in Star Trek a deadly (yet sexy) threesome while demanding to “touch” the entire away party, Meriwether firmly cemented herself in the iconography of geekdom wet dreams. Lily Munster? Spy? Icing on the Comicon cheesecake.

 

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Sorry, Losira. No Sulu for you.

Okay, so for me the best part of this clip is George Takai running away from the sexy alien girl, screaming “Don’t let her touch me, Captain!”

Touchy Losira, the sad siren

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Need more catwomen?

The Earth-shaking Ms. Eartha Kitt

“The present without a past has nothing to say for itself.” –Eartha Kitt

 

the official site:

http://www.earthakitt.com/

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biographical data: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eartha_Kitt

or the pared down (and perhaps slightly inaccurate) official bio: http://www.earthakitt.com/about.html

or jump to Amazon for any of her biographies: Thursday’s Child (1956), Alone With Me: A New Autobiography (1975), I’m Still Here: Confessions of a Sex Kitten (1991)

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online radio show in which Eartha’s daughter, Kitt Shapiro, remembers Mama: http://wnsr.parsons.edu/2011/11/02/she-danced-to-the-music-she-heard-in-her-headremembering-eartha-kitt-with-daughter-kitt-shapiro/

Check out Ms. Kitt and more of our favorite catwomen here.

 

 

Holy Catsuits, Batman!

The (Super)Power of the Pin-up

Biff! Bam! Pop! Here’s three cheers to the celluloid beauties who still go POW! after all these years. Wong Fu and his lovely band of drag queens may love Julie Newmar but Eartha Kitt will always be THE Catwoman. In addition to having purr-fect voice for the role, the slinky wildcat got her tail caught in the proverbial rocking chair of then First Lady, Ladybird Johnson, by using an official (fan) luncheon as an opportunity to criticize Mrs. Johnson’s husband’s policy on the Vietnam War. Ms. Kitt said:

“You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot… The children of America are not rebelling for no reason. They are not hippies for no reason at all. We don’t have what we have on Sunset Blvd. for no reason. They are rebelling against something. There are so many things burning the people of this country, particularly mothers. They feel they are going to raise sons — and I know what it’s like, and you have children of your own, Mrs. Johnson — we raise children and send them to war.”

As if she wasn’t sexy enough. Good politics make this writer wobbly in the knees. (An underrated superpower). What follows is the article we found at “Lost Pin-ups.” Click for more on Eartha Kitt, Lee Meriwether and other catwomen in art, film and mythology.

http://www.lostpinup.com/2012/07/catwomen-over-the-years.html

Catwomen Over the Years

While they’re not exactly pinups, technically, we’re quite sure the lovely ladies of the Batman franchise have graced the walls of many a gentleman over the last 7 decades. With this weekend’s release of the final installment of the Christopher Nolan film series, “The Dark Knight Rises,” Catwoman is on our minds. Anne Hathaway is the latest to portray the feline fatale Selina Kyle, and rumor has it she does a fantastic job.

We decided to do a little retrospective of the catwomen over time. Who was your favorite?

Julie Newmar – 1960s television show

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Lee Meriwether – 1966 film

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Eartha Kitt – television series’ final season

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Michelle Pfeiffer – 1992 film

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Halle Berry – 2005 film

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Anne Hathaway -2012 film

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Update – as a Lost Pinup reader, Jason, pointed out, Alicia Silverstone also played a sassy femme fatale in the Batman franchise. She was not catwoman, however, but the flightier “Batgirl,” in the 1997 Joel Schumacher film. She’s got a great costume, though, so we’ll throw her in for good measure!

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