Monthly Archives: April 2009

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At first glance, this is a picture of Albert Einstein, but take a few steps back, and the mustachioed genius may look like a classic movie actress.

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First Official Iron Man 2 Photo

USA Today has published this first official photo from Iron Man 2. Director Jon Favreau also talked to the newspaper about the May 7, 2010 release, saying, “How many superheroes are open about their true identities? We wanted to play with that idea. But it obviously has consequences — in his relationships, on the team. There are a lot of areas we can explore.”

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SunChips Plans 100% Compostable Chip Bag

In 2010, SunChips says it will introduce the first fully compostable chip bag, designed to fully decompose in about 14 weeks when placed in a hot, active compost heap – as illustrated in this promo video. Today, SunChips says that 33% of every 10 1/2 oz. size bag is made with renewable, plant-based materials. (Thanks for the tip “Scoop Thompson”)

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Disney Joins Hulu!

Hulu and The Walt Disney Company today announced that Disney, through a subsidiary of ABC Enterprises Inc., has agreed to join NBC Universal, News Corporation and Providence Equity Partners as a joint venture partner and equity owner of Hulu, a leading online aggregator of video content. Upon closing, the agreement will enhance Hulu’s programming line-up through the expanded online distribution of Disney’s most popular current and library primetime series and library feature films. In particular, full-length episodes of hit current and library programs like Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Private Practice, Ugly Betty, Scrubs, Greek, Hope and Faith, Less Than Perfect, Wizards of Waverly Place, Phineas and Ferb, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, General Hospital, The View and The Secret Life of the American Teenager will soon be streamed on Hulu on an ad-supported basis.

Content available to Hulu users will include:

* Full-length episodes of ABC primetime programs like Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, Samantha Who?, Scrubs, Private Practice and popular late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live
* Full-length episodes of hit ABC Family series like The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Greek
* Popular series from ABC Daytime and SOAPnet like General Hospital and The View
* Classic series from ABC’s library like Hope and Faith, Less Than Perfect, Commander in Chief, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Dancing with the Stars
* Select hit programs from Disney Channel like Wizards of Waverly Place and Phineas and Ferb which can be easily accessed from a new DISNEY location in the Channel section of Hulu.com
* Popular library titles from The Walt Disney Studios
* Short-form content including webisodes, sneak peeks and episode recaps from ABC Entertainment, ABC Family and SOAPnet

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Zemeckis Developing Roger Rabbit Sequel?

Talk of a “Roger Rabbit” sequel has been going on since the film originally hit theaters, but now it appears closer than ever. Speaking to MTV News this week, director Robert Zemeckis confirmed that he’s been “buzzing” about bringing his twittery character back to the bigscreen.

“I’ll tell you what is buzzing around in my head now that we have the ability—the digital tools, performance capture—I’m starting to think about ‘Roger Rabbit,'” he told MTV.

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Who Was Voted Off American Idol On 4-29-09?

The top 5 idols were cut down to four tonight. Sadly, Matt Giraud was sent home.  The remaining top four contestants are Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and Allison Iraheta.  

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Theatrical Wolverine Promises Secret Endings

Fans of  Wolverine who watched the online leak of the film won’t miss one thing by skipping the theater — they’ll miss at least two. Director Gavin Hood says the theatrical version of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” due out Friday, features two different “Easter egg” endings. The short bits of footage play after the credits and reveal important information about key characters. Hood says the two endings play on separate prints, so different theaters may show different footage. The full-length work print leaked last month has a different ending than the one recently screened for reporters.

 

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ACE Fogless Shower Mirror

The ACE Fogless Shower Mirror ($24) uses a “water reservoir” to equalize the temperature of the mirror and eliminate fog, draining itself of water afterwards to prevent mildew. The acrylic mirror attaches to the shower wall with strong suction cups, and provides a flexible holder for your razor.

 

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Ricky Gervais’ ‘Flanimals’ Heads To Bigscreen

Universal-based Illumination Entertainment will create a 3-D animated feature based on “Flanimals,” a children’s book series by Ricky Gervais. Gervais will voice the lead character, and the script will be written by Matt Selman (“The Simpsons”). The four-volume series, illustrated by Rob Steen, encompasses a world inhabited by 50 species of creatures so ugly and misshapen they become cute and endearing. Gervais’ character, a pudgy, perspiring purple creature, goes on a mission to change the world. “It will be great to play a short, fat, sweaty loser for a change,” Gervais said. “A real stretch.”

 

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Bill Backs

Most other nations of the world use different colors and sizes of bills in order to distinguish the values of their paper money. By comparison, it can be difficult to tell a $5 from a $50 bill at a passing glance. Granted, the new designs and color shades adopted by the U.S. Treasury have helped a bit in this regard. Still, the notes look quite similar when one examines only certain elements. In this case, Mental Floss has extracted the buildings depicted on the back of five U.S. currency notes; can you identify their values HERE?

 

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