Before the Twilight Zone: A Lost Rod Serling Interview

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 22, 2013 in Television

Rod Serling Interview

In this Amazing interview from 1959 Rod Serling talks about his upcoming show “The Twilight Zone”. He also addresses a number of issues that he encountered as a television writer from getting censored when tackling social issues like racism or dealing with sponsors: Read more…

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The Complete Twilight Zone Collection

Posted by Tim Sheehy on May 31, 2012 in Television

The Twilight Zone Box Set

Okay, so maybe there really isn’t any reason you need to own these classic episodes in stunning “high definition” — after all, how high definition could you expect from a series filmed in the early 50s. Still, owning all 153 episodes of the original series in one pristine collection might be worth your time. Set to hit stores on June 5th, The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series Blu-ray box will feature all of those episodes supposedly remastered for high definition. That being the case, I would imagine they some how got hold of the original film reels, but I’ve yet to see just have enhanced the footage might look. The set will retail for $400, but if you preorder through Amazon, you can cut that down to $230 — not bad, right? From what I understand, they’ll also be included the original unedited version of each episode so you can compare and contrast for yourself. Anyone brave enough to pick this set up and give it a try?

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Independence Day? More Like Twilight Zone Marathon Day

Posted by Michael Sacco on Jul 3, 2011 in Television

Twilight Zone

While some may consider the Independence Day to be a day celebrating the birth of the United States of America, we know better. It’s Twilight Zone Day. SyFy has been broadcasting a 24-hour marathon of the Twilight Zone each 4th of July weekend for several years — that is, except for last year, when they inexplicably ran Greatest American Hero all day instead. This year, they’ve realized the error of their ways and are giving us a 24-hour block of the best Twilight Zone episodes known to man. Seriously, it’s a great lineup. And you’ll have time enough at last to watch it after those cookouts are over. Read more…

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Who Needs Kirk? Here’s a Twilight Zone Shatner Action Figure!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jun 20, 2011 in Hobbies and Collections, Television

A Twilight Zone Shatner Action Figure

To me the coolest thing about this William Shatner Twilight Zone action figure is that it was actually approved by William Shatner himself! I still find myself upset that Shat didn’t get any love in the last Star Trek film, so it’s nice to see him getting some attention for his Twilight Zone work — even if its in the small scale form of an 8″ tall action figure. Read more…

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Fictional Ad Agencies: A TV History of Mad Men

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 23, 2010 in Television

Mad Men on AMC

Don Draper from Mad MenThe latest season highly anticipated season of Mad Men is set to open this weekend so we decided to take a look at the time honored tradition working at a fictional ad agency. Once upon a time ad agencies didn’t have much of a place in pop culture but the book that changed all of that was Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy in 1963. The year before Ogilvy got on the cover of Time magazine and as the 60s progressed so did the golden age of advertising agencies. And television shows picked up on this new career path for the smart set: Read more…

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Michael Jackson: The Master of the Music Videos Passes Away

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jun 26, 2009 in Television

Michael Jackson: A record player from the 80s

Above: A vintage Michael Jackson record player from the 80s, photographed by Dan Jones.

With the passing of Michael Jackson everyone is focused on title “the king of pop” but to me his contribution was much more important in another area: The fine art of making music videos. This is important to me as I came of age in the 80s and while my taste in music was more on the new wave side than pop or R&B I was (and still am) bery much a hardcore fan of music videos. Yet even if you weren’t a Michael Jackson fan during that era if you were into music videos you couldn’t avoid his domination of the medium. In fact I think it would be fair to say that Jackson was one of the artists that made a network like MTV possible. Read more…

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This Mystic Seer Predicts a Lack of Royalties for Bill Shatner

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 27, 2009 in Hobbies and Collections, Star Trek, Television

The Twilight Zone Mystic Seer Bobble Head

Poor William Shatner! He creates the character of Captain Kirk and doesn’t even get a damn cameo in the upcoming Star Trek film which will no doubt generate millions of dollars worth of merchandise. But if that isn’t enough now they’re cashing in on his Twilight Zone work as well! Shown above is the Twilight Zone Mystic Seer Bobble Head which is based on the classic 1960 Twilight Zone episode Nick of Time which featured a ‘mystic seer’ fortune-telling device. The episode opens with this stunning narration by Rod Serling: Read more…

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Forbidden Planet Flying Saucer for Sale!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 11, 2008 in Cinema, Hobbies and Collections

Forbidden Planet Flying Saucer

It looks like today some lucky fanboy collector will be walking away with the model of the flying saucer from the 1956 classic science fiction film Forbidden Planet. The model was later used on several episodes of the Twilight Zone TV series as well:

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