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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 Check out the trailer below, although it may make you notice how dusty it's gotten in front of your screen. Very dusty.

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?

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!

Nov 18 2014 1:00pm

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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.

Nov 17 2014 8:45am

2014’s Anthony, Macavity, and Shamus Awards!

Daniel Stashower with his 2014 Anthony Award for Best Critical/Non-fiction Work for The Hour of Peril

Here are the winners' lists from three of the sets of awards announced at this weekend's Bouchercon!


Anthony Award Winners (voted on by Bouchercon attendees)

  • Best Audiobook: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
  • Best Television Episode Teleplay: “Pilot” for The Blacklist by John Bokenkamp
  • Best Children's or Young Adult Novel: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  • Best Critical or Non-Fiction Work: The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower
  • Best Short Story: “The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository” by John Connolly
  • Best First Novel: Yesterday's Echo by Matt Coyle
  • Best Paperback Original: As She Left It by Catriona McPherson
  • Best Novel: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger


Macavity Award Winners (voted upon by Mystery Readers International)

  • Best Mystery Novel: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
  • Best First Novel: A Killing at Cotton Hill by Terry Shames
  • Best Mystery Short Story: “The Care and Feeding of Houseplants” by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine)
  • Best Non-Fiction: The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower
  • Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award: Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell


Shamus Award Winners (presented by the Private Eye Writers of America)

  • Best P.I. Short Story: “So Long, Chief,” by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane (The Strand Magazine)
  • Best First P.I. Novel: Bear is Broken by Lachlan Smith
  • Best Indie P.I. Novel: Don't Dare a Dame by M. Ruth Myers
  • Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel: Heart of Ice by P.J. Parrish
  • Best Hardcover P.I. Novel: The Good Cop by Brad Parks
  • Lifetime Achievement: Sue Grafton


Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

Nov 11 2014 8:45am

The Malfeasance Occasional: Special $1.99 Discount!

In advance of this week's Bouchercon, if you haven't had a chance to read our very own Travis Richardson's “Incident on the 405”, you can read it in full here! Travis's short story is nominated for both the Macavity and Anthony Awards to be presented at Bouchercon!

To celebrate, we're knocking back the price on The Malfeasance Occasional: Girl Trouble, where Travis's story appears alongside 13 other criminally-themed and exciting shorts.

And stay tuned to Criminal Element this week as we'll be reporting live from Bouchercon and sunny Long Beach, CA!

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Nov 10 2014 8:45am

Coast Guard Responds As Lake Michigan Zombies Surface

Winds above 70 mph ripped through the city [Chicago] on Halloween, causing 21-foot waves in some parts of the lakeshore. The Zombie Containment, a floating haunted house docked outside Navy Pier, was among the casualties of the rough weather...

Via Huffington Post. The weather sunk hundreds of thousands of dollars of props and revenants, which later emerged from the cold deeps of the Great Lake as hazardous debris. From Q13Fox:

After they pulled the zombie onto the boat, the [Coast Guard] crew did what they would normally do in a “man overboard” incident, which includes CPR, but they made light of the situation as the man overboard was in this case just a mannequin."

Nov 7 2014 9:30am

Duper’s Delight: Unrestrained Glee at Getting Away With It

Remember this disturbing grin? Professional liespotter Pamela Meyer calls it “Duper's Delight,” the thrill a liar may not be able to contain at getting away with it. From her TED talk, here's a clip with many more tells for lies, based upon the accumulating science, using examples from crime, but many from politics, too, which is a bit like shooting fish in a barrel. She shows another example of glee at duping—and it's chilling. Meyer estimates we're lied to 10-200 times a day. Watch this and you won't even trust yourself!

Nov 6 2014 8:45am

He’ll Take Care of You... And Maybe Save the World: Big Hero 6 Trailer

In a future not so far away, a “non-threatening, huggable” robot is sent to take care of a teenage boy and his family. Soon, he's one of the few things standing in the way of the world and total destruction from a kabuki-wearing villain. In the latest movie from the masterminds behind Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, and Frozen comes Big Hero 6.

Here's the official description:

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.

While the movie may harken back to the Marvel Comic Book series of the same name (which it is inspired by), the soft shell of Baymax's body is actually inspired by real-life robotics work being done at Carnegie Mellon University. So, with science, comics, adventure, and animation, does this movie make it to your list for this weekend?

Nov 4 2014 1:00pm

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Nov 4 2014 8:45am

The Survival Library: Mankind’s Last Hope?

Disaster stories have long been a staple of popular culture. Whether it be diseases, zombies, or natural disasters, judging by the litmus test that is Hollywood, some serious sh*t is going to go down one day. Will you be prepared? It's one thing to know how to garden, but it's a completely different beast when it comes to infrastructure and power. What has long been considered normal in fact took many many years to perfect.

Luckily, the Survival Library is here to offer you every possible resource you could use, just in case the end of days should occur. Now you have no excuse to not be prepared should zombies attack.

Nov 3 2014 8:30am

Mike Tyson, Super Sleuth

We’re a couple of days late on this, but that doesn’t make it any less “Wha?”.

Adult Swim just launched Mike Tyson Mysteries, a Scooby-Doo-style animated series (if Scooby had a potty mouth) featuring Mike Tyson himself, plus an anthropomorphic pigeon voiced by Norm MacDonald, Mike’s fictional adopted daughter Yung Hee, and the ghost of the 9th Marquess of Queensberry.

In the NSFW, YFIO Episode 1 “The End,” Mike helps a novelist with writer's block:

Cormac McCarthy’s latest novel is unfinished and for some reason he turns to Mike Tyson to help him find the ending. But just as Mike settles in to tackle some of that dense, unflinching McCarthy prose, a Chupacabra attacks! Mike puts down the book and puts up his fists. Buenas noches, Senor Chupacabra.

Talk about a confounding caper! The next episode airs tonight!

Oct 31 2014 8:30am

Pumpkin Facts: Cinderella, Beer, and Ostriches

Be illuminated (and possibly de-wormed and de-freckled) with these odd pumpkin facts! Previously, we've shared incredibly carved squash, discussed the truth and myths behind Halloween candy poisoning scares, but here's some lore and history we didn't know. (If you can't cite the science connecting pumpkins and ostriches, you're in the dark, too.) Via NPR's blog The Salt and Skunkbear:

And if you still crave more Halloween goodies, check here, and very BOO to YOU!

Oct 30 2014 8:15am

Inspirational Halloween Costumes!

If you're like many people and you're scrounging around for a last minute Halloween costume, perhaps take a tip (or 31) from Amanda Chapman. In 2012, Chapman's husband was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and to lift her family's spirits she embarked on a Halloween project. Can you believe there's a woman under that pretty accurate depiction of Rick Grimes?

Check out this look and so many more from Amanda Chapman's website!