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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President Obama’s First 100 Days in Photos

Check out the behind-the-scenes official “Obama 100 days” photo set from White House photographer Pete Souza.

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The Pizza Box Of The Future Has Arrived

This eco-friendly pizza box converts into plates and a handy box for leftovers.

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It’s 31 Cent Scoop Night At Baskin Robbins

It’s 31 cent Scoop Night tonight at Baskin-Robbins. The proceeds help honor America’s firefighters with a $100,000 donation to the National Volunteer Fire Council National Junior Firefighter Program.

Participating stores will reduce prices of small ice cream scoops to 31 cents from 5pm to 10pm.

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Food Inc. Trailer

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that’s been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Food, Inc. reveals surprising — and often shocking truths — about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.  The film is due in theaters on June 12th.

 

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World’s Smallest

See the world’s smallest computer, grand piano, key and more HERE.

 

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button DVD

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a 1922 short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film was directed by David Fincher starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton.

Fitzgerald’s short story first appeared in the May 27, 1922 edition of Collier’s Weekly. Later that year it was included in his book of short stories, “Tales of the Jazz Age.”

The protagonist “Benjamin Button” is born as a feeble old man and ages in reverse until he becomes a baby at the end of his life and finally ceases to exist. Fitzgerald noted that “This story was inspired by a remark of Mark Twain’s to the effect that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end.” Button is from a well-to-do family in Baltimore, Maryland. He is able to live a relatively normal middle portion of his life when his biological and chronological ages are not too drastically far apart, but he has more problems at either end. The story is in part comic and part melancholy. 

The double disc DVD is due in stores on May 5th and features the following extras:

  • Interviews with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett
  • Audio commentary featuring Academy Award-nominated director David Fincher
  • Never-before-seen footage revealing the innovative techniques behind the Academy Award–winning visual effects and makeup
  • Step-by-step examination of the motion-capture process aging Brad Pitt
  • In-depth exploration of David Fincher’s creative process on the set
  • Interview with acclaimed composer Alexandre Desplat about the score
  • Featurettes on the film’s storyboards, costumes, and Academy Award–winning art direction
  • Stills galleries, including costume design and candid behind-the-scenes production photos
  • Optional French- and Spanish-dubbed soundtracks
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, and optional French and Spanish subtitles
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Kent Jones

If you liked the films Forrest Gump and Big Fish, then you will enjoy this unusual award winning movie.

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Wall Street 2

Michael Douglas and Oliver Stone are going to show us the money again with a sequel to their 1987 hit “Wall Street.”

Douglas is reprising his role as Gordon Gekko and Stone is on board again to direct the sequel, which for now has the working title “Wall Street 2,” said 20th Century Fox spokesman Gregg Brilliant.

Brilliant said the project is timely and relevant given the state of the world.

“We need to keep the story line under wraps, but it’s literally ripped from today’s headlines,” Brilliant said. “It’s going to be very big and very cool.”

With the economy and financial markets in a tailspin, it will be different times for Douglas’ Gekko. In the original film, corporate raider Gekko was a symbol of Wall Street greed and corruption during the boom era of the 1980s.

Gekko has endured because audiences give him the “same kind of respect we’ve got for the great white shark,” Douglas said in an interview Friday with Associated Press Television News for his upcoming life-achievement award from the American Film Institute.

“He’s a villain. Gordon Gekko is a great, old-fashioned villain,” Douglas said. “And, interestingly enough, if you look at most actors’ careers, their biggest achievement, not necessarily success, but (achievement), is playing a bad guy.”

Academy Awards voters agreed. Douglas earned the best-actor Oscar for Gekko.

The sequel is scheduled to start shooting this summer. Edward Pressman, who produced “Wall Street,” also is back for the sequel, while Allan Loeb (“21″) wrote the screenplay.

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New George Harrison Collection To Be Released in June

On June 16th, a new collection of some of George Harrison’s most loved songs will be released. “Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison” will include music from throughout the former Beatles’ solo career, including “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)”, “My Sweet Lord”, “Isn’t It A Pity”, and “Got My Mind Set On You.”

In additionally Beatles’ tracks written by Harrison, recorded live at this 1971 Concert for Bangladesh, will also appear on the album. Those tracks include “Something”, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, and “Here Comes the Sun”.

The album’s complete tracklisting has not yet been announced in full.

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Won’t You Please Find A Home For Mr. T?

On May 1st The Hollywood Wax Museum is holding a one-of-a-kind auction where they will offer more than 200 wax figures, props and original costumes. They range from life-size versions of The Fonz and the Three Stooges to an original Freddy Krueger outfit. Check out the catalog and bid on a life size Hollywood star replica from your favorite movie or television program.

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Catalog description: Mr. T as Sgt. Bosco “B.A.” Baracus from The A-Team. (NBC-TV, 1983-1987) This figure was designed by Logan Fleming at the time of Mr. T’s popular role as vigilante Vietnam vet “B.A. Baracus”. It is constructed of cast fiberglass body measuring 6 ft. 1 in. tall with a wax head painted in oil. He is striking a grumpy “Bad Attitude” pose and sports his characteristic Mohawk. $2,000 – $3,000

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American Idol Judges May Jump Ship

Fox television this week faced an uncomfortable future when the two biggest stars on its No. 1-rated show “American Idol” openly discussed leaving, which experts said could send viewership plummeting in future seasons.

Paula Abdul, whose often quirky behavior has been a hot topic for years, told ABC News program “Nightline” that her contract ends after this season. And acid-tongued Simon Cowell, whom critics call the show’s real star, gave several interviews in which he contemplated an exit when his deal ends next year. Read more HERE.

 

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GE’s Breakthrough Can Put 100 DVDs On a Disc

General Electric says it has achieved a breakthrough in digital storage technology that will allow standard-size discs to hold the equivalent of 100 DVDs.  Imagine 6 complete seasons of LOST on a single DVD.  Read more HERE.

 

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Apple iPhone May Be Available On Verizon Next Year

Verizon executives have been in “high-level” discussions with Apple managers about the possible development of an iPhone for the network, reports USA Today. If materialized, the device, which would be put on the market next year, would mark the first time an iPhone was available on a CDMA wireless network, ( AT&T’s is on GSM). AT&T has exclusive U.S. distribution rights to the iPhone into 2010, though Verizon’s co-owner, Vodaphone, already sells the iPhone in Europe.

 

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What Makes You Happy?

A short film about what makes people happy. Shot & Cut by Jon Rawlinson. Produced by Jeremy Aiken and Jon Rawlinson.

 

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Follow THE FIRE WIRE On Twitter Now!

You can now follow THE FIRE WIRE on Twitter.  Click HERE to add me!

 

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