Daily Archives: October 20, 2008

Special Shining Gathering

Celebrate Stanley Kubrick’s and Stephen King’s classic The Shining at Come Play With Us. This special gathering at the Timberline Lodge in Oregon aims to recreate the 1920s era ball from the film at the same lodge featured in the movie. $100/person VIP Packages include a night’s stay at the lodge, dinner, cocktails, a special midnight showing of the film, and more, while a $25 ticket will let you into the dinner and ball, along with round-trip bus service from Portland.


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Samuel L. Jackson Discusses Iron Man 2

News regarding Marvel’s favorite armored hero has been keeping the ‘Net buzzing lately, with everyone weighing in on the highly publicized replacement of Terrence Howard with Don Cheadle in the role of Jim Rhodes for “Iron Man 2.” While there are still questions surrounding exactly what role Rhodes will play in the film (foremost among them, whether he’ll don the “War Machine” armor) there’s at least some certainty that the character will be in the film — but what about Nick Fury?

Last seen in the post-credits clip that had him asking Tony Stark about “The Avenger Initiative,” S.H.I.E.L.D.’s main man remains somewhat of an unknown commodity in the “Iron Man” film franchise at this point, with little news about whether — and if so, to what degree — he’ll be appearing in future films. MTV News spoke with Samuel L. Jackson, the man who not only played Nick Fury in “Iron Man” but also provided the photo-reference for the character in Mark Millar’s re-imagined Avengers series, “The Ultimates.”

“I just want to see what they want to do with him,” Jackson said of his hopes for the Nick Fury’s return in the “Iron Man” sequel. “I’ve read ‘The Ultimates.’ I know what’s going on with him. Hopefully they will make that character as integral a part of it as he is in the comic books.”

Jackson might get his wish, too. In a recent interview with BlackVoices.com, Jackson said he asked “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau about reprising his role during this weekend’s Scream Awards.

“He told me we were [going to see Nick Fury again],” said Jackson. “I was standing next to George Lucas and he said to me, ‘Hey! I hope you are making your deal with them (Paramount)’ and I was like, ‘Really.’”

Jackson also told BlackVoices.com he was excited to be working with his “good friend” Don Cheadle in “Iron Man 2,” adding that it was “kind of amazing how [the switch from Terrence Howard to Don Cheadle] happened.”

And even though he wasn’t sure what level of involvement his character will have in future “Iron Man” installments, Jackson didn’t shy away from offering up some input to MTV regarding the film’s hero, Tony Stark.

“I’m concerned that Tony Stark is not the playboy I want him to be — that he was in the comic book,” Jackson told MTV. “He should have hot babes around him all the time. I don’t want him in love with his secretary!”

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AMC Orders a Third Season of Mad Men

There will be more Mad Men, “The show will remain on AMC. It will come back next season.” According to a network rep. However, the powers that be are still in negotiations with Mad genius Matt Weiner, which means it is hypothetically possible for season three to go forward without him.  I hope not!

The network adds, “Just you wait until you see the final two episodes of season 2. Waterworks.”


40 Of The Most Creative Lamp Designs Ever

We all know that one of the easiest ways you have to light a dark corner in any room or add some atmospheric lighting to your living-room area, is to place your choice of lamp. With numerous designs, shapes, colors, dimensions or lighting abilities, lamps constitute one of the most convenient methods one has to alter the lighting tone of a room. In fact, the lighting selected and used can complete the statement of a house or improve a room’s decoration and give the feeling one is looking for. Click HERE to see 40 of the most creative lamp designs that you can find on the internet today.

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Tissue Thin Buckypaper Is Stronger Than Steel

It’s called “buckypaper” and looks a lot like ordinary carbon paper, but don’t be fooled by the cute name or flimsy appearance. It could revolutionize the way everything from airplanes to TVs are made. Read more HERE.


Jeff Probst Creates New Show For CBS

Survivor’s Jeff Probst has created — and will host — a new reality pilot for CBS, EW.com has learned exclusively. The show, Live Like You’re Dying, will feature a person who has been given a terminal diagnosis with a finite amount of time to live and “take them on the last adventure of their life,” according to Probst. That adventure will include reunions with lost friends or formerly feuding family members, a “legacy moment” that will ensure their name carries on forever, and living out a personal dream. “It could be playing guitar with Eric Clapton or jumping out of a plane into a volcano,” Probst explained to EW.com. “Whatever it is that you’re still desiring to do in your life — we want to make it happen.” (A new subject will be profiled for every episode should the show get picked up and go to series.)

Of course, a program profiling people with terminal diseases runs the risk of being just a tad morbid, but Probst insists the show will be inspirational rather than depressing. “The focus of the show is not death,” says Probst. “The story we’re going tell is about living. This is a show that is intended to inspire everybody to get the most out of their lives every day.”

Joining Probst on the project is his Survivor boss Mark Burnett, who will also be executive producing, and Denise Cramsey of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Trading Spaces, who will act as showrunner. Production on the Live Like You’re Dying pilot will begin in January (after filming has wrapped on season 18 of Survivor), and no air date has been set should the show make it to series. (From Entertainment Weekly)




Rolling Stone Magazine Ends Large Format After 4 Decades

Rolling Stone magazine is shrinking with the times.

After standing out for decades with different formats from other magazines, it will start looking like everyone else starting with the Oct. 30 issue, due out this week.

The adoption of a standard format could boost single-copy sales and reduce production costs for advertising inserts such as scent strips and tear-out postcards. The magazine says any cost savings, though, will be offset by the inclusion of more pages and the shift to thicker, glossier paper.

New size for Rolling Stone magazine


Soft Drink Can Generator

With Soft Drink Can Generator, you can create your own brand of carbonated beverage. Enter some text, choose an emblem, pick your colors and patterns, and click the ‘Go’ button. A soft drink can will be generated.  You can also create your own seal, badge, delivery truck logo and more HERE.


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5 Facts About Snickers

1. Snickers was invented in 1930 and was sold for a nickel.

2. Fun-size Snickers weren’t invented until 1968.

3. The candy bar’s namesake was actually the Mars family’s favorite horse.

4. Snickers was the sponsor of the Howdy Doody Show from 1949-1952.

5. It was originally sold as the Marathon bar in the U.K. and Ireland.


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Director Malcolm Would Like To Direct An Iron Fist And Power Man Movie

Still at the junket for Soul Men during the roundtable questioning, Malcolm Lee mentioned comic book movies. Latino Review asked him what he would be interested in doing when he said Iron Fist and Power Man.

Lee: You got a white karate dude and a big blaxplotation dude. I want it to be an action-comedy.

Any idea on who you’d like to see play the roles?

Lee: I don’t know.

What about Michael Jai White? He’d be good.
He works out at my gym, he’d be a good Cage. [Ya, ya, ya. I think he'd be a good fit.]

Lee: I don’t know. You gotta have somebody’s who’s funny.

I’m gonna tell him you said he wasn’t funny.

Lee: (laughs) I didn’t say he wasn’t funny! I didn’t say that!

I also asked him if it was his intention to make it a comedy movie and he said he wanted it to be in the vein of Bad Boys. Not Bad Boys II, but Bad Boys as far as the comedy dynamic between the two.

I like Malcolm Lee, so hopefully he can get this project off the ground!


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Ray Villafane’s Intricately Carved Pumpkins

From his site:

If you have yet to try and carve a pumpkin in a 3-D manner, you need to. Its fun and everybody enjoys a cool pumpkin. Unfortunately they begin to rot less than a week after carving so be sure to take plenty of pictures. You can experiment with ways of preserving them but I find nothing works better than a nice photo. Some chefs that I have carved for put lemon juice on the faces to help slow down the natural molding process that will occur.

Picking out the right pumpkin is very important. You need a pumpkin with a thick wall. To get this kind you will have to choose one that is very heavy for its size. Also avoid perfectly round pumpkins and opt for ones that have a protruding ridge that sticks out on one side. These shapes make nice faces as you could imagine how difficult it would be to carve a 3-D face onto a shallow flat surface.











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