Monthly Archives: August 2009

The Men Who Stare at Goats Trailer

Here is your first look at the trailer for director Grant Heslov’s new comedy, The Men Who Stare at Goats, starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges.

Based on true events described in Jon Ronson’s 2004 book of the same title, the November 6 release involves a down-on-his-luck reporter (McGregor) who gets more than he bargains for when he meets a special forces agent (Clooney) who reveals the existence of a secret, psychic military unit whose goal is to use paranormal powers to end war as we know it.

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Facebook 3.0 for iPhone Released

After a couple of weeks of waiting in the iTunes app store approval queue, the 3rd major update of the popular Facebook application has been released. The new version includes some of the most requested features including:

  • Better news feed with direct links to comments
  • Ability to “Like” posts
  • RSVP to events
  • Create/upload photos to albums
  • Write/edit notes
  • Customizable home screen
  • Improved photo viewing with zoom
  • Better notifications

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Entertainment Weekly’s Seinfeld Reunion Cover

Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer together again? Get out! It’s true—and this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly goes on the set with Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Michael Richards, who joined old pal Larry David for the new season of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.  Read more HERE.

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Stephen King’s Under the Dome Book Cover Reveal

The jacket concept for the upcoming Stephen King novel, Under the originated as an ambitious idea from the mind of the author. The artwork is a combination of photographs, illustration, and 3-D rendering. This is a departure from the direction of King’s most recent, illustrated covers.

In order to achieve the arresting image for this jacket, Scribner art director Rex Bonomelli had to seek out artists who could do a convincing job of creating a realistic portrayal of the town of Chester’s Mill, the setting of the novel. Bonomelli found the perfect team of digital artists, based in South America and New York, whose cutting edge work had previously been devoted to advertisement campaigns. This was their first book jacket and an exciting venture for them. “They are used to working with the demands of corporate clients,” says Bonomelli. “We gave them freedom and are thrilled with what they came up with.”

This CGI (computer generated imagery) enhanced image looks more like something made for the big screen than for the page and is sure to make a lasting impact on King fans.
 
The multiple elements of this jacket art lend themselves perfectly to a unique, four-part jacket reveal campaign. The first aspect will be unveiled on September 21, followed by the release of additional images on September 25 and September 28, and culminating with the full reveal on October 5, when the world will see that everything is Under the Dome.

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Sirius XM Introduces The SkyDock for iPhone

Sirius XM Radio has introduced its new XM SkyDock accessory for the iPhone and iPod touch. The XM SkyDock is a combination vehicle mount, charger, and satellite radio receiver, featuring a flexible stalk, a choice of either auxiliary or PowerConnect connections, the latter of which uses the vehicle’s existing wiring to connect to the vehicle’s radio, and a cradle designed to handle any generation of iPod touch or iPhone via specifically-designed spacers. In addition, the SkyDock takes advantage of new hardware control capabilities found in iPhone OS 3.0 to allow users to listen to any of their subscribed XM channels as well as the “Best of Sirius,” including Howard Stern, tag songs they hear for later purchase from the iTunes store, and access game alerts, a sports ticker, artist and song alerts, and a stock ticker. The XM SkyDock will be available this fall and will sell for $120; the XM SkyDock app will launch at the same time.

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Repackaged DVD Release of Six Feet Under: The Complete Series

Warner Home Video has announced a repackaged release of Six Feet Under: The Complete Series which stars Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, and Lauren Ambrose. The 24-disc package will be available to own from the 3rd November, and should retail at around $179.90. Along with all the episodes and hours of rich bonus features from all five seasons, this set also includes an exclusive illustrated booklet with character obituaries and memories from the show’s creators.

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Playgrounder

Playgrounder is a brand new web magazine that helps parents and kids find the very best stuff. Their team digs up the best toys, games, gear, clothes, DVDs and more. New items are posted daily.

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Philips 9-Inch Portable DVD Player with iPod Docking

At last, here’s an easy way to play all those episodes of Sesame Street you downloaded from iTunes, hoping to keep your kids entertained on long car rides. The Philips DCP951/37 9-Inch Portable DVD Player with iPod Docking ($100) plays compatible video from your iPod, SD card, and a variety of DVD formats on the large 9-inch screen.

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Pete’s Dragon DVD

Pete’s Dragon is an uplifting musical adventure about a spunky young orphan that blends live action and stellar old school Disney animation. With his only friend Elliot, a tubby, 12-foot tall dragon who can make himself invisible, Pete (Sean Marshall) takes refuge from his abusive adoptive family in the seaside town of Passamaquoddy, Maine. After Elliot’s invisible antics wreak havoc with the residents and Pete gets the blame, Nora (Helen Reedy) is touched by the youngster’s plight and takes him to live with her and her tippling father Lampie (Mickey Rooney) in the Passamaquoddy Point lighthouse. Lampie’s tipsy tales of the boy and his dragon amuse the disbelieving townsfolk, until the local quack, Dr. Terminus, discovers that Elliot is real and hatches a scheme to capture the dragon. An exciting and inspiring story with unforgettable music, including the Academy Award nominated “Candle on the Water,” “There’s Room for Everyone” and “Brazzle Dazzle Day,” Pete’s Dragon High Flying Edition will be a perennial favorite with children and parents.

I had not thought about this film since I first saw it when I was 12 years old in 1977. Watching it was like meeting an old friend. Though it pales in comparison to Disney’s, “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” it scores points with an entertaining song score (anchored by the Oscar-nominated “Candle on the Water”) and some delightful voice work by Charlie Callas as the voice of Elliott the Dragon. Mickey Rooney, Red Buttons, Jim Dale, Helen Reddy and Shelley Winters make an endearing ensemble. Of course, it is Elliott who is the film’s greatest delight. This new DVD has excellent picture and sound quality. The colors are sharp and grain is minimal (save for the process shots that mix the animated dragon with the live-action scenes), and it’s chock full of great bonus features such as:

• Brazzle Dazzle Effects: Disney’s Movie Magic – An entertaining new look at Disney’s pioneering work in the magical mix of live-action and animation, narrated by
the star of Pete’s Dragon, Sean Marshall.
• Deleted Storyboard Sequence: “Terminus & Hoagy Hunt Elliot” – A rare demo dialog track and storyboard sketches.
• Original Song Concept: “Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You, Too)” – The first demo recording for one of the film’s unforgettable musical sequences with story sketches for an early concept of the song Pete sings to Elliot.
• Original Demo Recordings (Audio Only) – A special audio-only feature that includes early demo versions of “Brazzle Dazzle Day” and “Every Little Piece” before they evolved into the songs heard in the movie. Also includes “The Greatest Star of All,” a song originally intended to be sung by Ferdinand, a character later deleted from the film.
• Promotional Record (Audio Only) – Pop versions of “It’s Not Easy,” “Brazzle Dazzle Day,” “There’s Room For Everyone” and Academy Award nominee for Best Song, “Candle On The Water,” originally released together on a 7” record to promote the film’s music.
• “Where’s Elliot?” – The Disappearing Dragon Game
• Pete’s Dragon Art Galleries
• Publicity
• Trailers
• About Pete’s Dragon
• Disney Family Album
• The Plausible Impossible
• Lighthouse Keeping

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weBite T-shirt

This awesome new shirt from the Chop Shop depicts 34 silhouettes of our favorite Vampires from film and television. You can pre-order now for $20 and get it before Halloween.  Buy this t-shirt for a loved one, they will fang you.

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