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December 19, 2014
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Tue
Dec 16 2014 1:00pm

Now Win This!: Yule Be Sorry Sweepstakes

The best way to spread holiday fear is screaming loud for all to hear.

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[Getting run over by a reindeer is the least of your problems...]

Fri
Dec 12 2014 3:00pm

MWA Announces 2015 Grand Master, Raven, and Ellery Queen Award Winners!

Mystery Writers of America has just announced its new Grand Masters for 2015, and authors Lois Duncan and James Ellroy will be honored at the Edgar Awards banquet next April 29th.

In addition, Ruth and Jon Jordan from Crimespree Magazine and Kathryn Kennison, the founder of Magna Cum Murder, will be awarded Ravens for outstanding achievements in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing.

And finally, the Ellery Queen Award recipient is Charles Ardai, founder of Hard Case Crime!

It's shaping up to be a great Edgars already! Have you bought your tickets yet?

Fri
Dec 5 2014 8:45am

Newspaper Turns Frown Upside Down, Circulation Plummets

 

Recently, The City Reporter in Russia promised to publish only good news, and circulation dropped by 80%. No one felt compelled to buy tales about happy tots with baskets of friendly kittens or on-time municipal construction by the competent and honorable. Sure, people talk a good game about hating the dour drumbeat of “car crashes and burst water pipes,” but this one-day experiment proved what they really want. We crime fans already knew.... Watch below to see how even the darkest doings can occasionally, unexpectedly tickle.

 

H/t: Fark, Via BBC News

Thu
Dec 4 2014 8:45am

Calling Burt Reynolds Mega Fans!

Sally Field and Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the BanditBy now the news has made the rounds that Burt Reynolds is auctioning off some of his most notable memorabilia—never won that Golden Globe? You can have Burt's! Yes, among several awards—both entertainment and High School football—there's one piece that caught our eye! In Smokey and the Bandit, the car played as much of a part as Sally Field or Reynolds did, and now—for the über-fan—you can have it, too!

Have you put a bid on any of the items? What piece of Burt-bilia do you wish was up for grabs? Are there any other celebrity items you would kill for?

 

Tue
Dec 2 2014 12:00pm

Now Win This!: What is War Good For Sweepstakes

They say all is fair in love and war, but these six books might change your mind about that. Register to enter for a chance to win.

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[Learn where you'll be deployed...]

Tue
Dec 2 2014 8:45am

House of Cards Season 3 Premiere Date Announced

Did you catch the the important message delivered by Frank and Claire Underwood? If not, we have it below. The newest inhabitants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue wanted to let you know they'll be back soon: February 27, 2015. And in typical, glorious Netflix fashion, all of Season Three's 13 episodes will be available to stream from the get-go.

There's been no word on whether there will be a Season 4 yet, but another 13 episodes would give House of Cards a total of 52 episodes...the exact amount of playing cards in a deck. Sometimes things just work out perfectly — just ask Frank Underwood.

Mon
Dec 1 2014 10:45am

In Memoriam: P.D. James

Over what is, in the U.S., a typically festive weekend, we were saddened to learn of the recent death of novelist and reigning “queen of crime” P.D. James. Having published her first novel in her early forties, she went on to write for more than half a century, creating unforgettable characters while examining thorny questions of life and society through the lens of fiction and against the backdrop of murder. This turn of mind came naturally to her. As reported by Marilyn Stasio of the New York Times:

“When I first heard that Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall,” she was fond of saying, “I immediately wondered: Did he fall — or was he pushed?”

Not just crime fans, but general fiction readers enjoyed her writing for its quality, and so—as is often heard from those reluctant to applaud well-written books if they're on the wrong shelves—her work was delared to have “transcended genre.” However, that was never this author's goal.

She told The Paris Review in 1995 that she “thought writing a detective story would be a wonderful apprenticeship for a ‘serious’ novelist, because a detective story is very easy to write badly but difficult to write well.”

The success of the first one persuaded her to stick with the form. “I came to believe,” she said, “that it is perfectly possible to remain within the constraints and conventions of the genre and be a serious writer, saying something true about men and women and their relationships and the society in which they live.”

She would go on to earn the title of Grandmaster from Mystery Writers of America and the Diamond Dagger Award from the U.K.'s Crime Writers Association, also a life membership in the House of Lords as Baroness James of Holland Park, granted for her extensive public service, not her literary fame. Do go read more about her fascinating life and wide-ranging work, and please raise with us a cup of excellent coffee and a chapbook of poetry for the creator of Scotland Yard's Commander Adam Dalgliesh.

Thu
Nov 27 2014 9:45am

Fowl Play: Oregon Rooster Must Find a New Coop

As you take a quick break from over-prepared dinners, pestering family members, and stomach aches, we bring you a story that has it all: love, heartbreak, mistaken identity, and most importantly, roosters.

A judge from Cornelius, OR (a suburb of Portland, with over 12,000 inhabitants) has ordered that a rooster (named Mr. Rooster) belonging to Megan Keller must be relocated due to its constant crowing. Keller acquired Mr. Rooster in 2012 under the assumption that it was a female, though that was quickly proven wrong. It turns out Mr. Rooster is actually a white sultan, and is on The Livestock Conservancy's list of critically endanged species.

There's two ways to look at this. You can be upset for the rooster – sad that he is being upended from his home so close to the holidays. Or you can be thankful that he's not a turkey.

h/t: The Oregonian

Tue
Nov 25 2014 8:45am

Could You Survive in Westeros? Game of Thrones Video Game Will Let You Know

A teaser trailer for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series debuted this week, and it has us all asking the same question: could we not only survive, but also thrive, in Westeros?

Players will control House Forrester, loyal bannermen to the Starks who are caught up in the chaos of the War of the Five Kings and will have their allegiances put to the test. In keeping with the gameplay style from Telltale's The Walking Dead games, every decision you make will effect your story, lending itself to a game personalized to its player.

The series will be released in six parts, with Part One: Iron from Ice debuting soon. This seems like the perfect way to ring in Season 5!

 

Mon
Nov 24 2014 8:45am

Headlining This Year’s Frozen Turkey Drop

Richard Sanders as Newsman Les Nessman in the famous turkey drop episode of WKRP in Cincinnati

It's widely known that newsmen love loathe holidays, and this year, vehicular mayhem set up a Thanksgiving report most foul for one reporter at the L.A. Times:

A big rig packed with 23,000 pounds of frozen turkeys was headed for a Northern California Costco about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday when it overturned on an Interstate 680 exit ramp in San Ramon.

The southbound tractor-trailer rolled over and sent the birds flying, if ever so briefly, before they all crashed and fuel spilled onto the Alcosta Boulevard offramp in San Ramon, east of Oakland.

Oh, for shame, Mr. Joseph Serna. But you're forgiven since you remind us of this, condensed down to the essential thirty seconds of glory from WKRP in Cincinnati.

Fri
Nov 21 2014 9:00am

We Are Batman: Legends of the Knight

Legends of the Knight documentary film poster

This week Batman got a belated 75th anniversary present: the release of Legends of the Knight, a crowdfunded documentary that celebrates not only the crime fighting alter ego of Bruce Wayne, but more importantly the real-world impact that the character has had on readers and fans since his debut in 1939’s Detective Comics #27.

“Batman is a unique blend of so many things,” says director Brett Culp. “He’s powerful, yet human. He’s mysterious, yet relatable. He’s heroic, yet broken. We love his action-packed adventures, but we have become fans because he is one of us.”

This is from Wired's Graeme McMillan, who also writes:

The result is a movie that’s surprisingly uplifting for a documentary about a superhero known for dressing up as a dark avenger of the night and punching bad guys. That heartwarming effect goes beyond merely the movie itself; since Culp finished working on it, it’s been shown in charity screenings across the country, raising money for organizations including Make-A-Wish, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, underscoring the director’s intent that the film follow in Batman’s fictional footsteps to make the world a better place.

The documentary shows the many ways this hero has become intertwined with our culture and the many normal people who've “become Batman” to do extraordinary things. You can now buy the movie or stream it from WEareBATMAN.com. Check out the trailer below, although it may make you notice how dusty it's gotten in front of your screen. Very dusty.

Thu
Nov 20 2014 8:45am

Wicked Good Brew: Jailhouse Brewery

Wintertime fills the shelves and supermarkets with one of our favorite things since the repeal of the Volstead Ace—seasonal beer. Recently in a list of the 8 Breweries in Awesome Weird Places, one brewery in particular caught our attention: a jailhouse! Jailhouse Brewery seems like the perfect place for the next brewery tour any crime fans might want to take, especially with the selection of beers up for offer—Conjugal Visit Red Ale, anyone? Perhaps a Misdemeanor Ale or a Hardtime Barleywine is more your speed.

Have you had a Jailhouse Brew, or been to Jailhouse Brewery?

Wed
Nov 19 2014 7:45pm

Fans Walk Tall: Longmire Rides Again on Netflix!

TAdam Bartley as The Ferg, obviously very happy about the series renewal with Netflixhere were rumors last week that a deal was in the works, and today, it's official! Season 4 of Longmire will air on Netflix in 2015, with production beginning as soon as March. In the three-or-so months since the show's surprise cancellation, fans have been clamoring for the sheriff's return, and it's now clear that ongoing fan enthusiasm played a part in its resurrection. From the Deadline article by Nellie Andreeva:

“When Warner Horizon Television came to us with the idea for a new season of Longmire, we were intrigued because the series is so unique, and consistently great,”  said Cindy Holland, Netflix VP of Original Content. “We are thrilled to help continue Walt Longmire’s story for his large and passionate following.”

Though the series, based upon Craig Johnson's books, was A&E's most-watched show, the older demographic of its viewers devalued it for advertisers on the network, which was shedding its original scripted dramas anyway. However, subscription-based Netflix just wants your eyeballs, any eyeballs—yay! The cast and show execs are signed and sealed—double yay! So what's in store for us viewers?

Season four of Longmire picks up moments after season three’s explosive finale. Walt Longmire (Taylor), having found out who was behind the murder of his wife, succumbs to his darker impulses and takes off in pursuit of the killer with revenge on his mind. Meanwhile, Branch Connally (Bailey Chase), the deputy who Walt fired for erratic, violent behavior, believes he has already figured out who the real culprit is. During his confrontation with this suspected killer, a gun goes off. Fans will find out what happened, and whether Walt can be stopped before he makes a fatal choice.

It's not even New Year's Eve, and 2015's already got something worth celebrating!

Tue
Nov 18 2014 1:00pm

Now Win This!: The Quick Getaway Sweepstakes

You must act quick! Grab only the bare necessities and go! Register to enter for a chance to win these five globetrotting books!

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[See where you're headed...]

Tue
Nov 18 2014 10:00am

Christoph Waltz to Join Cast of Upcoming James Bond Film

Christoph Waltz has confirmed that he will be joining the cast of the upcoming and currently-untitled Bond 24 film. It is still uknown whether the two-time Oscar winner will be playing an ally or villain to Daniel Craig's Bond, but it's a safe bet that Waltz's character will be complex.

Waltz joins a cast including Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, and Rory Kinnear.

Filming will begin early next month.