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The Original 'Batgirl' Yvonne Craig Dies Aged 78


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Yvonne Craig, the actress who portrayed Batgirl opposite Adam West in the 1960s TV series 'Batman', has died aged 78, her family has confirmed. Craig was best known for her role as Barbara Gordon’s alter-ego which she played in ‘Batman’s’ final season, but she also made appearances in classic 60's shows such as ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’ and ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’

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A statement on Craig’s official website says that the actress passed away at her home in Pacific Palisades, surrounded by her immediate family on August 17th. Ms Craig is survived by her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, her sister Meridel Carson and nephews Christopher and Todd Carson.

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2014 FanExpo Canada

Burt Ward and Adam West - 2014 FanExpo at Toronto Metro Convention Centre. - Toronto, Canada - Sunday 31st August 2014

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At Least Adam West Thinks Ben Affleck Will Be A Good Batman


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Adam West, the actor who played Batman in the 1966 hit TV series, says he's looking forward to seeing Ben Affleck in the iconic role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and feels he will succeed in the episode.

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"My feeling is that Ben Affleck will be really good simply because he's a great talent, and I'd be very interested in seeing him in the role," he said at a Comic-Con panel.

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2014 Comic-Con International: San Diego

Adam West - 2014 Comic-Con International: San Diego - Celebrity Sightings - San Diego, California, United States - Friday 25th July 2014

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Adam West Approves of Ben Affleck as Batman


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There are still two years to go before we see Ben Affleck take on the mantel of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but the argument about the Oscar winner's suitability for the role rages on. Today one very worthy commentator gave his thoughts on the subject- Adam West, who played Batman from 1966 to 1968 in a staggering 120 episodes of the eponymous television series as well as the 1966 film.   

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Affleck has the Adam West stamp of approval

Speaking at San Diego Comic Con, West had only compliments for his successor. "My feeling is that Ben Affleck will be really good simply because he's a great talent, and I'd be very interested in seeing him in the role." 

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Comic-Con International: San Diego 2014

Adam West - Comic-Con International: San Diego 2014 - Celebrity Sightings - San Diego, California, United States - Wednesday 23rd July 2014

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The Batman Product Line Launch

Adam West and Antonio Sabato Jr - The Batman Product Line Launch at the Meltdown Comics on March 21, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 21st March 2013

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Katherine Webb and Adam West
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Batman Classic TV Series Product Line launch

Katherine Webb and Adam West - Warner Bros. Consumer Products And Junk Food Clothing Launch 1960'S Batman Classic TV Series Product Line - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 21st March 2013

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Batman and Katherine Webb
Batman and Katherine Webb
Batman and Katherine Webb
Batman and Katherine Webb

George W. Bush's Truck Sells For A Whopping $300,000


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George W. Bush's truck - a 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch SuperCrew - has sold for $300,000 at auction, to raise money for a house charity that benefits U.S. military families. The white pickup truck was sold as part of the Barrett-Jackson auction house's sale of collectible cars in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The former President and his wife Laura Bush used the pickup at their ranch in Crawford, Texas, where they would frequently entertain guests, family and visiting dignitaries. "I haven't driven on a street in many, many years, but I have been able to drive this truck on my ranch," Bush said in a statement. To add value to the auction, President Bush signed the right airbag panel of the vehicle and the anonymous buyer also received a video of Bush driving the truck around his ranch, situated about 120 miles from his Dallas home. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Fisher House Foundation, a charity that provides free houses for families of military service members who are receiving medical treatment, according to MSN.com.

The question is, which vehicle would you rather own - George Bush's pickup truck, or the BATMOBILE? The latter - driven by Adam West in the original Batman TV series - was sold at the same auction for $4.6 million!  It ties the record for the highest selling movie of TV car at auction, with Sean Connery's famous Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger going for the same amount in 2010.

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A Real Champagne Moment: Adam West's Batmobile Auctions At $4.6 Million


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Even Bruce Wayne would’ve had a battle getting his hands on this at auction; the original Batmobile, produced for the 1960’s ABC Batman TV Series starring Adam West, has gone at auction for an eye-popping $4.6 million.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that the crowd in at the Barrett-Jackson home in Scottsdale, Arizona whooped and cheered with excitement as the price went up, whilst the auctioneer hummed the theme tune from the famous series until, eventually, the wonderfully named Rick Champagne made the winning bid on a car originally made for just $15,000 in just 15 days back in 1966. The bid means that the Batmobile ties the record for the highest selling movie or TV car at auction, with Sean Connery’s famous Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger also going for $4.6 million back in 2010. The Batmobile was constructed around a 1955 Ford Futura concept model and contains such handy Batman gadgets as a Batphone and an oil squirter made from lawn sprinklers. The real bonus though is that it's road legal, so Champagne’ll be able to take it for a spin around the block, and maybe fight some crime if he so fancies.

The winner was asked where he was going to store the car, to which he joked "in the living room. I'm going to tear down a wall and put in my living room."

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Batman (1966) Review


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If you're old enough, you remember when Batman first became a cultural phenomenon. No, not when Tim Burton tagged then-comedian Michael Keaton and Oscar-winning warhorse Jack Nicholson to play the Caped Crusader and his joking nemesis, respectively. Forty years ago, every kid in America was glued to their living room TV set, awaiting the moment when the familiar Neal Hefti theme music would announce another amazing adventure with the crime fighter and the boy wonder Robin. So successful was the '60s version that at the height of its popularity it actually aired twice a week. Naturally, ABC wanted to maximize its prime time hit's potential, so in between seasons one and two, a full length motion picture was produced.

The storyline of 1966's Batman offers up the four main villains from the series -- The Joker (Cesar Romero), The Penguin (Burgess Meredith), The Riddler (Frank Gorshin), and Catwoman (Lee Meriwether, subbing for a previously committed Julie Newmar) -- uniting to bring down Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) once and for all. Using a device known as a dehydrator, they kidnap the United World Security Council, determined to use their crime to dismantle the organization and take over the world. With the leaders now turned to dust, our bad-guy-busting duo must save the day, hopefully restoring the assembly before the planet devolves into chaos.

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Chicken Little Review


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Now that Disney finally has gotten rid of that albatross of Pixar, the Mouse can finally get on with making computer animated movies by itself. Gosh!

But seriously, Chicken Little is Disney's first solo stab at a CGI kiddie flick, something that was going to happen sooner or later and which, given Disney's recent track record in animation, has had most moviegoers scared silly. Chicken Little takes an age-old fable and hands the story to director Mark Dindal (who directed the best animated Disney movie in recent memory, the under-seen The Emperor's New Groove). Nice start, but... Chicken Little? "The sky is falling, the sky is falling?" In the original story, Chicken Little gets beaned with an acorn and gathers up all his friends to tell the king that the sky is falling. As they trek to visit the king, they are captured by Foxy Loxy and (depending on how gruesome the interpretation you're reading is) are promptly eaten.

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Chicken Little Review


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Now that Disney finally has gotten rid of that albatross of Pixar, the Mouse can finally get on with making computer animated movies by itself. Gosh!

But seriously, Chicken Little is Disney's first solo stab at a CGI kiddie flick, something that was going to happen sooner or later and which, given Disney's recent track record in animation, has had most moviegoers scared silly. Chicken Little takes an age-old fable and hands the story to director Mark Dindal (who directed the best animated Disney movie in recent memory, the under-seen The Emperor's New Groove). Nice start, but... Chicken Little? "The sky is falling, the sky is falling?" In the original story, Chicken Little gets beaned with an acorn and gathers up all his friends to tell the king that the sky is falling. As they trek to visit the king, they are captured by Foxy Loxy and (depending on how gruesome the interpretation you're reading is) are promptly eaten.

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Baadasssss! Review


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"Baadassss!" is Mario Van Peebles' fond commemoration of his cantankerous father's bull-headed cinematic audacity. An unblinking, if slightly golden-toned, account of the making of Melvin Van Peebles' violent, dark, gritty and groundbreaking "Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song," it's a clear labor of love, and so much the better for it.

"Sweetback" -- a "ghetto Western" about a slick, taciturn pimp who becomes a hunted man for killing a couple thug cops who beat a black militant -- scared the hell out of Hollywood, yet its success ($15 million in limited release in 1971) gave rise to scores of shallower imitators that became the blaxploitation genre of "Coffy" and "Shaft."

Getting the divisive, patently anti-establishment film made was a nightmare of financing and bounced checks ("Baadasssss!" implies that drug money was to be used before Bill Cosby stepped in), of casting (writer-director Melvin played the lead when he couldn't find the right actor), of union problems (the industry guilds were practically all-white at the time -- and expensive), of controversy (an X rating), and of distribution (only two privately-owned theaters would touch it at first).

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