Cemetery Dance Announces Owen King’s We’re All In This Together (Revised & Expanded Limited Edition)

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Cemetery Dance just announced Owen King’s We’re All In This Together: The Revised and Expanded Limited Edition.

This special edition hardcover will include a new foreword by Owen King and a bonus story, “The Idiot’s Ghost,” which hasn’t appeared in any other version of the book! Plus a new introduction by John Freeman!

If you haven’t read the works of Owen King yet, you’re in for a treat! The stories in this collection, including the brilliant title novella, carry the weight of real emotion and revelation and showcase the impressive versatility of a rising talent.

This special signed Limited Edition of King’s acclaimed debut includes a new foreword by the author, revised and expanded versions of the stories, and a bonus short story, “The Idiot’s Ghost,” which hasn’t appeared in any other publication of this collection. In addition, there will be a brand new introduction by John Freeman, who was editor of the literary magazine Granta until 2013 and is the former president of the National Book Critics Circle.

The book will be released later this year and published in two states:

Hardcover Limited Edition of 750 signed and hand-numbered copies bound in full-cloth, Smyth sewn, and featuring a full-color signature sheet ($60)

Deluxe Hardcover Lettered Edition of 52 signed and hand-lettered copies bound in leather, Smyth sewn with a satin ribbon page marker, raised hubs on the spine, custom gilded page edges dipped by hand, a full-color signature sheet, and featuring unique full color illustrated endpapers not appearing in any other edition ($200)

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How To Create Your Own Recording Studio

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Many individuals choose to cut down on recording costs by creating their own recording studios. With the right attitude, skills and equipment, individuals can make quality music in a personal studio. There are five simple steps for creating your own recording studio.

Have a Quality Computer

If you do not already have a fast computer you will need to purchase one. Otherwise, you just need to make sure that your computer possesses data at the appropriate processing speeds to handle the program that you will be running while you record.

Choose Your Recording Software

Selecting the right recording software is critical to your sound.  In this case, you get what you pay for. There are lower budget and even free software options available, however they will not create a high quality sound that professional software would. If you are just getting started, free or cheaper software is a good way to get your feet wet and get started, and you can upgrade as you gain more experience.

Install an Audio Interface

The audio interface is essential to the recording process, seeing as it connects the computer to all the recording parts. Depending on whether you use a MAC or a PC, you may need a specific type of interface. You also want to make sure that it has at least two input and two output jacks.

Purchase an Audio Mixer

The audio mixer is the piece of equipment that will manage all of the inputs, allowing you to adjust their outputs as necessary and to record. You will want to make sure that each channel on your audio mixer has adjustments for these essential parts:

– Panning

– Volume

– 3-band equalization

Select Your Microphone, Headphones and Studio Monitors

For each of these pieces there are a number of options available. However, there are a few things to consider that can help in your selection:

– Microphone: dynamic mics are better for recording voices, while condenser mics are better for capturing the sounds of different instruments

– Headphones: some headphones help to cancel out sound but provide less sound quality, while other headphones provide less sound isolation and a better sound quality

– Studio Monitors: monitors are of different quality, but you want to get monitors that provide a flat frequency so that you can hear the music as is, for the best mixing possible

While recording quality music is an intricate process, setting up your personal studio can be quite simple. By following the aforementioned steps you can create your studio and be on your way to composing your next big hit.

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Social Media; Who’s Doing It Wrong?

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest – you could go on and on about all the different upstarts that have come to mainstream prominence over the last decade. Social media has literally changed our lives. The way we communicate, start relationships, advertise and consume media have all been modified thanks to our increasing usage of these mediums.

For all of the upshots social media has brought us, it wouldn’t be much fun if we didn’t get to see the occasional meltdown. Whilst seeing the polished output controlled by a press manager might give us an air of infallibility from those in the limelight, when they’re free to take the reins and run riot by themselves it can often lead to some of the more dramatic moments. Reminding us that they’re human helps their public persona more than personality-less tweet about tour dates, single releases, meet and greets or whatever else these celebrities are plugging.

Many pop stars, actors, politicians, sports stars and brands are impeccable with their output. Others, not so much. Some of the best social media fails can be found here but we have rounded up our favorites of all time.

Everybody Loves Beyoncé

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Even your grandma has been known to shake it along to ‘All the Single Ladies’ from time to time. However, when someone held in such high regard for almost everything feels the need to start photoshopping her Instagram pictures, it leaves mere mortals feeling slightly inadequate. The fans were on to her, too!

Charlie Sheen, In General

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The monumental breakdown of Charlie Sheen was enough in itself. You could write articles for days about that one, and how his “winning” was most definitely not winning. The more PG and easier to swallow fail from Charlie came in a much more innocent way, though, as in the burgeoning days of Twitter he managed to tweet out his phone number and was subjected to a barrage of calls as he was out eating dinner. It appears the tweet was supposed to be in private to Justin Bieber. Whether that is “winning” or not will of course be personal preference.

That Time Mary J. Blige’s Argument Fell At The First Hurdle

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Insulting someone’s intelligence can be quite hurtful. Considering “intelligents” isn’t a thing, can somebody really be hurt by that? Mary has never been a woman subjected to much scrutiny for her wisdom. Her voice and music usually do the talking. But when she took umbrage with somebody not taking her seriously in the intellect stakes her fail couldn’t have been more perfect.

Once It’s Out There, It’s Out There

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Once you’ve posted something on social media, you know there’s no turning back. You might delete it after a second but it can haunt you forever. It’s even worse when something takes hold in a way you didn’t want it to. Big names and brands have fallen foul to this.

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea might have been able to get away with nonsensical freestyles when she was playing to three people in a dive bar, but now everyone is connected and they won’t miss a trick. Not only will they not miss it, but they’ll attach a hashtag that sees it go viral in minutes, with everybody chiming in.

Social media is weird and wonderful and long may it stay that way. We could have added hundreds to this list, but feel free to share your favorite celeb fails with us. We could all do with a few more ways to make Facebook, Twitter and Instagram help us be less productive during our work day!

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Katerina Kamprani, The Best Terrible Designer

For her Uncomfortable Project, Katerina Kamprani redesigned familiar household objects rendered aggravatingly unusable with a few simple adjustments.

Check out her useless take on everyday things such as open-toed rain boots, a pitcher that pours back into itself and a button as thick as thumb.

Kamprani, a designer and architect in Athens, Greece creates the objects with 3D rendering software. Her first stubborn creation was a closet with doors that opened inward.

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Inside the Sideshow Studio: A Modern Renaissance Environment

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Admired by collectors for its meticulous attention to detail, Sideshow Collectibles has rooted itself on a foundation of creativity, close collaboration, and boundary-pushing quality. Through dynamic photography, Inside the Sideshow Studio (Insight Editions / $24.95) takes an in-depth look at an artistic haven expressly devoted to the development of high-end collectible figures, offering a one-of-a-kind examination of the relationship between innovation and spatial design.

The world of Sideshow itself, and the renaissance-like environment it fosters, is the subject of this unique photographic exploration of creativity and the spaces it inhabits. A must-have for fans and creatives, this beautifully illustrated book will not only grant a look at Sideshow that few have ever seen, but also will inspire readers to push the limits of their talent and surround themselves with artistic spaces of their own.

With numerous awards under its belt, Sideshow Collectibles is a globally renowned specialty creator of high-end figures, widely recognized for its high-quality products. As Sideshow does not give public tours of its offices, this book provides the only way for most fans to see the unique environment in which the collectibles they love are created.

The 128 page hardcover book will be released on June 16, 2015.

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Batman Year One Hardcover Book & DVD/Blu-ray Set

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One of the most important and critically acclaimed Batman adventures ever! In addition to telling the entire dramatic story of Batman’s first year fighting crime, this collection includes loads of reproductions of original pencils, script pages, promotional art, unseen Mazzucchelli Batman art and more!

Accompanied with the book is the hit Batman Year One animated movie on Blu-Ray and DVD discs. Read the book, watch the movie!

The set will go on sale September 1, 2015 and retail for $26.99.

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The Rise of MMA & Its Leading Femme Fatale

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The world of mixed martial arts (MMA) has exploded over the last few years and while the majority of highly dextrous fighters remain largely unknown to the general public, there is an increasing number of crossover stars entering the mainstream.

One of the biggest stars over the last two years and a veritable pioneer in the sport is Ronda Rousey. An Olympic level judoka before she entered MMA, Rousey has not only established herself as one of the most dominant fighters in world, but as the poster girl for the sport. Featured in numerous ad campaigns, TV shows and now films, Rousey’s fame has reached levels previously unheard of by an MMA fighter.

A Document of Success

In fact, this level of fame is set to reach more highs in the coming months thanks to the recent release of her new biography: My Fight / Your Fight. Written in conjunction with her sister, Maria Burns Ortiz, a highly regarded sports journalist in her own right, the book details Rousey’s transition from a world-class judo player (following in the footsteps of her mother, Ann-Maria De Mars) into a global star.

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Despite being released in May 2015, the book has already received high praise from both critics and fans which has further cemented Rousey’s reputation as one of the most influential people in MMA. However, were it not for Rousey, would MMA be as prominent a sport as it is today?

For the last 60 years, boxing has been the dominant combat sport in the world. However, in recent years its lack of stars and frustrating politics has left many fans disenchanted with the sport and searching for a new form of entertainment. MMA, more specifically the UFC, has been on hand to fill this void over the last decade with a brand of fighting that’s infinitely more dynamic and, therefore, entertaining.

MMA Beats Boxing

Although high-profile boxing matches such as the recent one bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao can still draw huge crowds at the box office and on the betting floor, there’s now a greater interest in MMA as a sport.

This recent rise to prominence has given MMA stars such as Rousey a chance to court the attention of sponsors and explore opportunities outside of the octagon. Of course, Rousey’s record is another important factor in her crossover appeal. As it stands, Rousey has never lost an MMA fight and holds multiple records in the women’s bantamweight division.

Before her recent fight against Cat Zingano, Rousey was more than a 3/1 favourite with many online bookmakers. Despite Zingano being one of Rousey’s toughest tests to-date, she proved the odds makers at sites such as Betfair right by demolishing her challenger in under 20 seconds.

Reebok Cements UFC’s Appeal

It’s this unparalleled skill, combined with the recent rise of MMA, that’s allowed Rousey to star in TV shows such as Entourage and films such as The Expendables. These acting roles have been complemented by a recent sponsorship deal with Reebok. Owing to the UFC’s growth as the premier MMA organisation, Reebok recently agreed a $70 million apparel deal. As well as giving every fighter a cut of the proceeds, the new deal has given Rousey, along with the likes of Conor McGregor and Paige VanZant, a sponsorship worth $1million+ per year with a respected brand such as Reebok.

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MMA Moves into a New Era

Although there have been complaints from some fighters about the deal, the overall impact of having a brand such as Reebok in the mix is fantastic news for the sport. Although some people still have jaded opinions of MMA, the reality of the situation is that it is a highly entertaining sport with mass market appeal. Through a combination of highly-tuned athletes, fatalistically entertaining fights and breakout stars such as Rousey, MMA is a sport on the rise in all senses.

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As well as more fans tuning in to watch the latest fights, more sports bettors are looking towards MMA markets at the leading online bookmaking sites. With fighters such as Rousey offering fantastic options for any punter, there’s now a lot of value in the MMA betting market and that’s another reason why the sport is one of the best spectacles in the world.

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MMA is a sport on the up, but without stars such as Rousey it may still be struggling to surpass boxing as the world’s leading combat sport. Fortunately, Rousey has hit the headlines in a big way in recent years and that’s propelled the sport into a new, more fruitful, era.

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Cover Reveal For Stephen King’s The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

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A master storyteller at his best—the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories in his upcoming book The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. Several of the stories are brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.

Since his first collection, Nightshift, published thirty-five years ago, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it.

There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. “Afterlife” is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Other stories address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powers—the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in “Obits;” the old judge in “The Dune” who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the sand, the names of people who then died in freak accidents. In “Morality,” King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil’s pact they can win.

Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King’s finest gifts to his constant reader—“I made them especially for you,” says King. “Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”

The 512 page hardcover will be released on November 3, 2015.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut Available On Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD July 14, 2015

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will take you back in time for an all new experience as the X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut hits Blu-ray and DVD July 14, 2015. Fan-favorite mutant Rogue, played by Anna Paquin, finally joins the all-star cast, including Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, as they prepare to battle the Sentinels!

With a never-before-seen, alternate cut of the film—plus nearly 90 minutes of all-new, immersive special features, The X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut takes you deeper into the X-Men universe than ever before. Rogue makes her return as the all-star characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves and unite to battle armies of murderous Sentinel robots who are hunting down mutants and humans alike!

Packed with an all new cut of X-Men: Days of Future Past and nearly 90 minutes of new content, the Rogue Cut is the ultimate fan collectible! Go behind-the-battle for Earth with the definitive documentary “Mutant vs Machine” or look into the future with a sneak peek of the new Fantastic Four film.

X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut Blu-ray Special Features

– Rogue Cut 
– Audio Commentary by Bryan Singer and John Ottman 
– Theatrical Version of the Film 
– Audio Commentary by Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg 
– Mutant vs Machine 
– X-Men: Unguarded 
– Gallery 
– Second Screen App 
– Fantastic Four Sneak Peek

X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut DVD Special Features

– Rogue Cut 
– Audio Commentary by Bryan Singer and John Ottman 
– Theatrical Version of the Film 
– Audio Commentary by Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg 
– Mutant vs Machine 
– X-Men: Unguarded 
– Gallery 
– Fantastic Four Sneak Peek

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Alternative Movie Posters II: More Film Art From The Underground Book By Matthew Chojnacki To Be Released On November 28, 2015

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Matthew Chojnacki’s Alternative Movie Posters II: More Film Art From The Underground, the sequel to his popular 2013 art book Alternative Movie Posters will be released on November 28, 2015.

This second volume of cinematic eye candy further documents the quickly burgeoning underground film poster movement, a group of artists who challenge Hollywood’s marketing machine by bringing clever artwork and design back to movie posters.

Nearly 100 emerging artists, with a dozen returning favorites, present their newly produced images. Cinematic visual masters Jason Edmiston, Gary Pullin, Akiko Stehrenberger, Randy Ortiz, Brandon Schaefer, Gabz, Dave Perillo, Chris Garofalo, Anthony Petrie, Godmachine, Tracie Ching, Clark Orr, Orlando Arocena, Steve Dressler, Paul Shipper, Tom Hodge, Luke Insect, and more additionally provide commentary and behind-the-scenes information.

Movies illustrated include classics like Vertigo, Rosemary’s Baby, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, more recent hits such as Her and Drive, cult favorites Dazed and Confused and Donnie Darko, and childhood staples Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and Labyrinth.

Pre-ordering is now underway and you can follow the project on Facebook and Twitter.

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