Daily Archives: July 16, 2009

Watch J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life, Tonight

Elizabeth Vargas hosts an ABC special, J.K. Rowling: A Year In The Life, which follows the author as she writes the final book in the Harry Potter series. The program airs tonight (Thursday, July 16) at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Watch a preview of the program below.

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Mysterio Infant T-Shirt

mysterioMysterio predicts your child’s future on a cotton t-shirt which is then sealed in a hand-stitched muslin bag. There are 12 possible futures but you won’t know yours until you open it. This is a fun gift for a baby shower.  The shirts are size 0-6 month only and retail for $12.95. You can order the mysterious tees HERE or at a store near you.

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Life on Mars: The Complete Series DVD

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released details for the upcoming release of Life on Mars: The Complete Series ($39.99) on 29th September. This remake, broadcast on ABC, spans seventeen episodes presented in 1.78.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1. Special features include: three featurettes (To Mars and Back, Sunrise to Sunset with Jason O’Mara, and Flashback: Lee Majors Goes to Mars), a bloopers reel and deleted scenes.

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Google Debuts Search With Location for iPhone OS 3.0

Google has announced that iPhone and iPod touch users running iPhone OS 3.0 can now perform local searches via the company’s My Location feature. When users visit google.com from Safari, a link on the page will allow them to turn on My Location, after which searches can be made on a local basis; the Official Google Mobile Blog uses a search for “Jazz clubs” in New York City as an example. Once the feature is turned on, users can update their location via a link on the main google.com home page. It is unclear whether Apple plans to build the feature into future versions of Safari for iPhone, which would allow for location-based searches via the browser’s integrated search area.

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Issue 33 of McSweeney’s Quarterly Will Be A Sunday-Edition Sized Newspaper

McSweeney’s founder Dave Eggers says his quarterly magazine’s Fall issue intends to prove the viability of print by adopting a newspaper format.

His goal is to create a physical object that doesn’t retreat, but instead luxuriates in the beauties of print. Eggers believes that if you use the hell out of the medium, if you give investigative journalism space, if you give photojournalists space, if you give graphic artists and cartoonists space-if you really truly give readers an experience that can’t be duplicated on the web-then they will spend $1 for a copy. And that $1 per copy, plus the revenue from some (but not all that many) ads, will keep the enterprise afloat.

Issue 33 of McSweeney’s Quarterly will be a one-time-only, Sunday-edition sized newspaper-the San Francisco Panorama. It’ll have news (actual news, tied to the day it comes out) and sports and arts coverage, and comics (sixteen pages of glorious, full-color comics, from Chris Ware and Dan Clowes and Art Spiegelman and many others besides) and a magazine and a weekend guide, and will basically be an attempt to demonstrate all the great things print journalism can (still) do, with as much first-rate writing and reportage and design (and posters and games and on-location Antarctic travelogues) as we can get in there. Expect journalism from Andrew Sean Greer, fiction from George Saunders and Roddy Doyle, dispatches from Afghanistan, and much, much more. We’re going to try to sell this thing on the street in San Francisco, but it’ll also go out to our subscribers and be in bookstores all over. The newspaper issue of Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern is due out in September.

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Clever Promotional Zombie T-Shirt

Stop by the Capcom booth at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego and pick up this clever inside-out zombie tee. The shirt promotes the upcoming release of Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles.

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Entertainment Weekly’s Second Annual Comic-Con Preview Issue

 

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Entertainment Weekly’s second annual Comic-Con preview issue will hit newsstands this week. The magazine features Iron Man 2 on the cover, and inside it’s packed with exclusive first looks at highly anticipated TV shows, comic books, and movies.

The first Iron Man blasted Robert Downey Jr. back to stardom, and the superhero franchise is readying to return to the big screen on May 7, 2010. Iron Man will battle new villain Mickey Rourke, size up Scarlett Johansson as The Black Widow (photo below), and, hopefully, prove that the success of the first movie wasn’t a fluke. Downey knows the movie isn’t an underdog this time around. “There are a lot more invisible eyes on us now,” he says.

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