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January 2, 2018

An illustrator at an ad agency creates a drawing of a woman taking a selfie for a smart phone ad campaign. Then, he comes across a real-life, living version of the exact same woman and image.

In the tradition of "The Twilight Zone", "The Outer Limits", and "Amazing Stories", "The Selfie" is a bold, shocking, romantic, unforgettable short story from the lurid imagination of James J. Caterino, author of  "The Last Neanderthal", "Battle of the Network Superheroes", “The B Girl” and “Caitlin Star: The Trilogy.”

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Published on January 02, 2018 11:20 • 9 views

December 28, 2017

In keeping with a tradition I began in 1985, my top ten films list for 2017, with a special bonus look at my list from 1987 (as written back then).
War for the Planet of the ApesSpielberg (HBO documentary)The Beguiled Blade Runner 2049Molly’s GameThe Shape of WaterKong Skull IslandI, TanyaWonder WomanHappy Death Day

A flashback to my top ten list from thirty years ago, 1987, one of my favorite movie years of all time.
Empire of the SunWall StreetThe Untouchables InnerspaceRobocopNo Way OutSiestaLethal WeaponFatal AttractionHellraiser
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Published on December 28, 2017 21:47 • 2 views

December 24, 2017

Now available in Kindle and on Paperback.

Caitlin Star was once a beaten down but fiery thirteen year-old orphan trained by Gunner Star in the ways of the Bull Mongoni—a mythic species of ancient hominids. Caitlin fought in the Stadium Games and became the leader of a revolution that defeated fascism in the culture civil wars of North America in the days before the apocalypse.

But those days of training, Stadium Games with fights to the death, and revolutions, were a long time ago. Now the Bull Mongoni are not mythic. They are real and living in the Congo rain forest with Caitlin and her human, chimpanzee and gorilla friends. And for the past several years, Caitlin has been less of a warrior and more of a stateswoman as she and her friends have worked hard to build a new world—one of peace where both they and the Earth itself could finally heal from all of the trauma of the past decade.

But across the Atlantic a new evil has been brewing in the tattered remnants of America. An evil that has other plans. An evil being stoked and inspired by an orange-faced ex-TV reality star conman named Mack and his cult leader sidekick Frank Aries, a sadistic religious psychopath who is known as the Hand of God.

“Caitlin Star and the Hand of God” is a smashing, stand-alone sequel to “Caitlin Star: The Trilogy” from neo-pulp master storyteller James J. Caterino.
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Published on December 24, 2017 12:28 • 1 view

December 23, 2017

Supermodel Denise Schaefer.

Based on the 1984 Joe Dante directed classic "Gremlins", one of my favorite Christmas movies.

Concept art for my published screenplay/book, the exciting sexy space opera adventure, "Among the Stars".

Supergirl, Melissa Benoist. 

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Published on December 23, 2017 14:56

December 16, 2017

December 7, 2017

In keeping with my 1987 binge...

Pretty rare and somewhat hard to find novelization of the 1987 film starring John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, and Keven Peter Hall as the big guy underneath Rick Baker's Oscar winning makeup/creature effects.

Although the film was a box office disappointment back in that fabled summer of thirty years ago, the movie, like most Amblin productions from that era, has gone on to acquire a bit of a cult following since. 

Author Joyce Thompson utilizes strong viewpoints in this enjoyable book and really builds upon the characterizations of the movie. She does a nice job capturing the sweetness of the movie and even some of the zany humor. One really nice touch is that she adds a post movie coda for each character, letting us know what they have been up to since the end of the story in the film.

Bottom line: Very enjoyable light read and highly recommended for fans of the movie.

Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of the 1987 Oliver Stone film and of its Oscar winning star Michael Douglas. Oh, and I was in the business for fourteen years. I used to be Bud Fox, sort of. Anyway...

This is another one of those novelizations that I always craved and never even knew existed. And what a treasure it was to find because this a true "novelization", not a retyping of the script in prose form. There is atmosphere, relevant and interesting backstory, and vivid characterizations. These really are the characters from the film, and author Kenneth Lipper fleshes them out in a literary kind of way.

Plus, these book feels authentic and that is because the author is from the business. He knows this world and it shows.

Bottom line: A top notch novelization in every way and a must read for fans of the film.
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Published on December 07, 2017 19:32 • 1 view

December 3, 2017

Sensational supermodel Elizabeth Turner.

Characters from "Caitlin Star and the Hand of God":.

Femme fatale drawing.

More Elizabeth.

Concept art/cover art for "Among the Stars".

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Published on December 03, 2017 17:37 • 1 view

November 29, 2017

If you were fifteen years-old in the fall of 1979 (as I was), then "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" was the greatest television show ever.

Jam-packed with colorful (and often very revealing) costumes, disco-infused sets and music, super cool “Star Wars” style space battles—this sexy prime time space opera featured great villains, two strong leads in Gil Gerard and Erin Gray, enjoyable humor, and a slew of memorable guest stars including Jack Palance, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ann Lockart, Frank Gorshin, and many more. The series also had solid writing thanks to story editors Anne Collins and Alan Brennert.

This exquisitely detailed, beautifully presented behind the scenes book takes the reader right there into the production of the show, beginning with the development of the theatrically released 1979 feature film that was eventually edited into the series pilot episode.

This book by Patrick Jankiewicz (with a forward by Col. Deering herself, Erin Gray) is a fan’s dream come true—an absolute treasure drove of well-organized and insightful behind the scenes information including dozens of modern day interviews with cast members, guest stars, and the crew who made it all happen. Best of all, there is a fully fleshed out, detailed episode guide.

I always wondered what happened to Buck Rogers afte year one. Why, despite being fairly successful in the ratings, the show was completely revamped into an almost unrecognizable form.

After year one, show runner Bruce Lansbury and his talented writers Anne Collins and Alan Brennert left and the network brought in “Gunsmoke” producer John Mantley .

Mantley completely destroyed the Wilma Deering character by changing her from a strong, confident, bad ass leader and making her a meek stewardess (I kid you not). The sexy, witty, exciting show I loved was gone and in season two Buck Rogers became a dour, banal, dull, unimaginative version of “Gunsmoke” in space. This book does a great job of explaining how all of this went down.

Bottom line: One of the best behind the scenes TV “making of” books I have ever read. A must for fans of the show.
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Published on November 29, 2017 11:24

Outstanding classic stylized hard-boiled noir from prolific genre master Max Allan Collins ("The Road to Perdition" and tons of other stuff). 

Quarry is the ultimate two-fisted brooding anti-hero character and Collins gives him a suspenseful, colorful mystery adventure full of femme fatales and shady operators in the tradition of Mickey Spillane, Dashiell Hammett, etc. Collins uses a wonderful, ultra-lean style in this fast-paced crime tale and this book definitely left me hungry to read more Quarry novels.

This novel was first published in 1967 and Hard Case Crimes has done their usual bang-up job in with this beautifully packaged 2016 edition featuring absolutely gorgeous knockout cover art by master illustrator Robert McGinnis.

Thoroughly enjoyable guilty pleasure novelization (based on a screenplay by David Simkins) of the 1987 comedy film that marked the directorial debut of Chris Columbus, the screenwriter of "Gremlins", "The Goonies", and "Young Sherlock Holmes" who would go on to direct many blockbusters including "Home Alone" and the first two "Harry Potter" films.

The movie was a minor sleeper hit and featured a winning performance by Elizabeth Shue. The author Elizabeth Faucher does a good job of capturing the movie's charm and breezy humor and really nails the pop culture vibe and vernacular of the mid/late 1980's. 

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Published on November 29, 2017 11:14

November 24, 2017

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Published on November 24, 2017 19:43 • 1 view

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