Monthly Archives: December 2008

Thank You For Your Support In 2008

To Friends, Family and Readers,

Thank you all for your kind support in 2008.  I truly appreciate you reading my blog and sharing the link with your friends.  My initial goal with The Fire Wire was to have a single online location that I could invite friends and family to that featured articles on things that I was interested in or thought they might find interesting.  It saved me time on sending multiple e-mails.  Fortunately, readership grew and the blog became a little more eclectic.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it!  If you have any suggestions for the upcoming year or just want to say hi, please comment below.

 

I am very excited for 2009 as our first child; a daughter will be born in the Spring.  We cannot wait to welcome our little girl into the world.

 

I wish you and your families a very safe, healthy and Happy New Year. 

 

Warmest Regards,

 

Larry

 

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Shepard Fairey George Orwell Print set

A couple of months ago, Shepard was approached by Penguin Books (UK) to do his take on the cover art for the literary classics, “1984″ and “Animal Farm.”  Being that both books were inspirational and personal favorites of Shepard, this was a no brainer.  For the release, Penguin Books did a promotion selling the books with a cover art print set.  These prints were only available in the UK…Until now!  The print set is available in a very limited quantity.  The set will be released on 12/31 (Tomorrow) between noon and 3pm.  They are offset prints, size A2 (about 17″ x 24″), Edition of 200, signed/numbered. 

The print set will be available for $140 and can be ordered HERE. Good luck, they will go very fast!

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Will There Be A Watchmen Movie?

A Los Angeles judge ruled that 20th Century Fox owns the distribution rights to Watchmen. This could affect Warner Brothers plans to release the film in March if the two companies don’t settle. You can read more HERE.

 

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New Years Television Show Marathons

HERE is a list of television show marathons airing on U.S cable stations on New Year’s Eve: Wednesday, December 31st 2008 and New Year’s Day: January 1st 2009.

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Cover Art To Stephen King Goes To The Movies Limited Edition

Vincent Chong recently completed this cover to the limited edition Stephen King Goes to the Movies.  Vincent is currently working on the fake movie poster illustrations that will accompany each story. The book is expected to ship in February.

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The Buzzwords of 2008

Grant Barrett is a lexicographer specializing in slang and new words. He is a co-host of the public radio program “A Way With Words” and head of the New Words Committee of the American Dialect Society. HERE are some of the words that he tracked this year.

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Porsche Design Aluminum Sled

This was my trustworthy flexible flyer when I was a kid…

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Now, even sleds have been redesigned for the new millennium. Introducing the Porsche Design Aluminum Sled ($425). This simple, gorgeous sled sports an aluminum frame with stainless steel runners, a durable waterproof seat made from black imitation leather and a Porsche logo on top. Horsepower, torque, and 0-60 time unknown.

 

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Land Of The Lost Teaser Poster

Will Ferrell stars as has-been scientist Dr. Rick Marshall, sucked into one and spat back through time. Way back. Now, Marshall has no weapons, few skills and questionable smarts to survive in an alternate universe full of marauding dinosaurs and fantastic creatures from beyond our world—a place of spectacular sights and super-scaled comedy known as the Land of the Lost.

Sucked alongside him for the adventure are crack-smart research assistant Holly (Anna Friel) and a redneck survivalist (Danny McBride) named Will. Chased by T. rex and stalked by painfully slow reptiles known as Sleestaks, Marshall, Will and Holly must rely on their only ally—a primate called Chaka (Jorma Taccone)—to navigate out of the hybrid dimension. Escape from this routine expedition gone awry and they’re heroes. Get stuck, and they’ll be permanent refugees in the Land of the Lost.

Based on the classic television series created by Sid & Marty Krofft, “Land of the Lost” is directed by Brad Silberling and produced by Jimmy Miller and Sid & Marty Krofft. The film is scheduled for release on June 5, 2009.

 

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Locke & Key: Head Games Preview

Click HERE to read a 7 page preview of  Joe Hill’s Locke & Key: Head Games comic due on January 14th.

 

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Fox Developing Female Werewolf Program

Talk about a hairy “Sex and the City.”

The Fox network is developing “Bitches,” a dramedy about a quartet of female friends in New York who are werewolves.

The project, which has received a script plus penalty commitment from the network, hails from feature writer Michael Dougherty and Warner Bros. TV.

TV writing duo Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts have come on board to supervise Dougherty. The two also will serve as executive producers alongside Dougherty if the project, described as a quirky urban fairy tale, goes to series.

“Bitches” continues the werewolf theme from Dougherty’s recent horror flick “Trick ‘r Treat.”

2009 is shaping up to be a big year for werewolves with the release of the Benicio del Toro-starring remake of “The Wolfman” and the “Twilight” sequel “New Moon.” (From The Hollywood Reporter)

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Neil Patrick Harris Would Like To Do A Dr. Horrible Sequel

Neil Patrick Harris told SCI FI Wire that he’s eager to appear in a sequel to Joss Whedon’s hit Web musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and would also jump at the chance to guest on Whedon’s upcoming Fox SF series Dollhouse. “Oh, God, I wish I could say there was going to be a Dr. Horrible sequel, but I know there’s so many people involved in the creation of it that have a lot of other stuff going on right now,” Harris said in an interview at the Video Game Awards last week. “Mainly, Joss [is doing] Dollhouse, and he has another movie, Cabin in the Woods, that he’s doing at the same time. So I don’t know that anything would happen soon. But everyone has been super-enthusiastic about it, and I think that means that hopefully something will come.” Having worked with Whedon on Dr. Horrible–in which Harris played the title character, a wannabe super villain–Harris now finds himself among the actors whom Whedon might cast in other projects. Whedon has previously cast actors from former shows on new ones: Amy Acker and Eliza Dushku of Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer are now on Dollhouse, and Buffy’s Felica Day and Serenity’s Nathan Fillion were Harris’ co-stars in Dr. Horrible. Asked about appearing in Dollhouse, Harris laughed. “Wow! Well, you know, I’m in CBS’ corner right now because of How I Met Your Mother, so I don’t know that I’d be able to, but I think it’s produced by 20th Century Fox, so, you know, they’re sort of cousins,” he said. “That would be fun! All right. I’ll ask Joss! I like being a cousin in the Whedon family, so whatever he wants me to do. Except porn.” No Joss porn? “Well, twice,” Harris said, with tongue in cheek. “It will drop next year. And, you know what I mean by ‘drop.’” Dollhouse debuts on Fox on Feb. 13; Dr. Horrible is now available on DVD. (From SciFi.com)

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The New Rock, Paper, Scissors

You can make your own hand gestures for Monkey-Ninja-Pirate-Robot-Zombie.

 

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High School Musical 3 DVD Due On February 17th

The worldwide blockbuster that thrilled kids of all ages is now the entertainment event of 2009 when Disney’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year -Extended Edition, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on February 17th.  

 

America‘s favorite Wildcats (Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel, and Monique Coleman) are back for their exciting final year at East High.  Director Kenny Ortega pulls out all the stops with incredible new music and exhilarating dance numbers that will blow away devoted franchise fans and newcomers alike. And, now viewers can see the movie like never before, with the all-new 3-disc Deluxe Extended Edition which features the never before seen extended movie on both DVD and Blu-ray disc – in one set! Plus, this Deluxe set also includes DisneyFile digital copy, and exclusive bonus features such as deleted scenes, bloopers and much more.  

 

Amidst a basketball championship, prom and the big spring musical featuring all the Wildcats, Troy and Gabriella vow to make every moment count, as their lifelong college dreams put the future of their relationship in question.  Reprising their roles as fellow Wildcats and devoted friends, from the first two Disney Channel Original Movies, are Olesya Rulin, Chris Warren Jr., Ryne Sanborn, Casey Stroh, Bart Johnson and Alyson Reed.  Plus, meet the new crew of sophomore Wildcats (Matt Prokop, Justin Martin, and Jemma McKenzie-Brown) who get into the act!

 

The 2-disc Extended Edition DVD ($34.99), showcases the extended version of the film, plus:

 

· Cast Goodbyes

· Sing Along Feature

· Bloopers

· Deleted Scenes

· It’s All in the Dress

· Night of Nights

· DisneyFile digital copy of the extended movie

 

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Joe Hill’s ‘Gunpowder’

Joe Hill’s Gunpowder is now shipping from PS Publishing. The slipcased and jacketed versions of the book are sold out, but they’re still taking orders on the hardcover.

Gunpowder is a standalone novella, of what might be a series of connected novellas. The book is an old school science fiction story with spaceships and people on faraway planets.

If you’re in the mood for a preview, the first page of the story is HERE.


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Read Chapter One Of John Grisham’s ‘The Associate’

Read chapter one of John Grisham’s upcoming legal thriller ‘The Associate’ HERE. The book will be available in bookstores on January 27th.

 

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Frank Miller Helming Buck Rogers

Frank Miller and Odd Lot Entertainment, the creator and production company behind upcoming The Spirit are close to teaming again on the classic sci-fi property Buck Rogers, says The Hollywood Reporter. Odd Lot is in negotiations to option the rights to “Rogers” from Nu Image/Millennium, which obtained those rights this year from the Dille Trust. Millennium is expected to get a credit on the movie but won’t be involved in day-to-day production. Miller will write and direct his own big-screen take on the comic serial; while the creator has only begun to sketch ideas, it’s expected to be a darker take, with many of Miller’s signature visual elements and themes, such as corruption and redemption. It’s likely to be a priority project for Miller, though he has been mulling a Sin City sequel. One of the first pop-culture vehicles to tackle the issue of space exploration, the story of Buck Rogers began life as a comic serial in the late 1920′s and early ’30′s and has seen numerous film and television versions over the years.

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Ovation iDea Guitar

Record whenever genius strikes with the Ovation iDea Guitar ($600). This iPod-like acoustic/electric guitar can both record and play MP3s, letting you save your jam sessions or rock along with any song. The iDea’s built in preamp has a pitch-stable speed adjustment allowing you to slow down MP3 tracks for easier learning. On-board USB lets you quickly transfer recordings and songs back and forth.

 

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