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What if "Exorcist" William Friedkin had followed through on plans to direct a TV movie based on Will Eisner's "The Spirit" back in the 1970s? Booksteve investigates.


DC Comics continues the long tease: Who is the new Batgirl? If it's not Barbara Gordon, I don't care. The comic is out Aug. 19.


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IDW Publishing will collect classic Archie newspaper strips and comic book stories in a new line of hardcovers.

In addition to reprinting original strips by series creator John Goldwater and original artist Bob Montana, IDW will also present Best Of volumes that showcase the work of Archie artists, such as Montana, Dan DeCarlo, and Stan Goldberg. "Archie has had so many talented artists throughout its history, each with their own take on the characters," said Goldstein. "We want to offer fans the best from each of those eras, especially since much of this material has not been in print since its original publication."

"We are thrilled to be partnering with IDW Publishing on these important historical works. IDW is well known for their outstanding work and we look forward to working closely with the team at IDW to create a line that all past, present and future Archie fans will enjoy," commented co-CEO Jon Goldwater.

IDW will also publish special collections of Archie's Madhouse and Archie as Pureheart the Powerful, a comedic super hero series that ran during the 1960's. Award-winning creative director and editor Craig Yoe will oversee many of these special volumes.


Most of Monty Python is reuniting for a musical production of "The Life of Brian."

Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam will appear in the European premiere of Idle's musical Not The Messiah (He's A Very Naughty Boy).

The oratorio, based on the film Life Of Brian, will receive its UK premiere at the Royal Albert Hall on 23 October.


A six-episode documentary, Monty Python: Almost The Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) will air on US TV in October before being released on DVD.

John Cleese and the other surviving members will all feature.

"This is a documentary I always hoped that would be made - something so complete and so faithful to the truth that I don't need to watch it," said Jones.


Yahoo! has posted more than 100 pics from the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."


  1. I wish someone would persuade Idle he has enough money and that he would just STOP. No one more happy than I if he were doing original things, but all he's doing anymore is rehashing old stuff to ever diminishing returns.


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