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Watchmen: The Utlimate Cut DVD

Warner has announced 5-disc DVD ($43.87) and 4-disc Blu-ray ($59.99) releases of Watchmen: The Utlimate Cut for the 3rd November. As well as the “Ultimate Cut” of the film which integrates the animated Tales of The Black Freighter, each release will include 2 all-new audio commentaries with director Zack Snyder and illustrator Dave Gibbons, over 3 hours of special features (“The Phenomenon: The Comic that Changed Comics”, “Real Super Heroes, Real Vigilantes”, “Mechanics: Technologies of a Fantastic World”, “Watchmen: Video Journals”, “My Chemical Romance Desolation Row”, “Under The Hood”, “Story Within A Story: The Books of Watchmen”), a digital copy of the theatrical version, and Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comics.


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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince DVD

Warner Home Video has announced 1-disc DVD, 2-disc DVD, and 3-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo releases of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for the 8th December. Extras on the 2-disc DVD will include featurettes on the cast and crew and the life of author J.K. Rowling, additional scenes, a sneak peek at the Universal Orlando Resort’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, and a digital copy of the film. The Blu-ray release will include all that, along with a Maximum Movie Mode with the stars, director and producers, and BD Live features with Facebook Connect. Also available from the 8th December will be 6-disc DVD ($69.98) and 7-disc Blu-ray ($134.99) releases of the Harry Potter Years 1-6 Giftset which includes all 6 films.


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Starbucks iPhone Apps

Starbucks Coffee Company has released two new applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. MyStarbucks offers users an interactive drink builder, with the ability to share your drink via email or SMS, a store locator, food and coffee menus, and a favorites feature for quick recall of past orders. A separate application, Starbucks Card Mobile, allows users to check their Starbucks Card balance, reload the card, view transactions, and, in 16 select test stores—located in Cupertino, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, and San Jose, CA, and Seattle, WA—users can actually pay with their Starbucks Card using only their iPhone or iPod touch. Both applications are available as free downloads from the App Store.

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MMS Finally Comes to the iPhone

MMS has come to the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS. You’ll need to update your carrier settings by plugging in your iPhone to allow iTunes to see it, then go to “Check for Update.” The install just takes a second and you then need to restart your iPhone. When you do, your Messages app will gain a small camera icon to the left of the input box. Tapping it will bring up a screen allowing you to take a picture or video or to use an existing one from your iPhoto library.


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The Hangover DVD

Warner Home Video has announced 1-disc DVD ($28.98), 2-disc DVD ($34.99), and Blu-ray ($34.87) releases of The Hangover for the 15th December. The 2-disc DVD and Blu-ray releases will include unrated and theatrical editions of the film, a gag reel, more pictures from the missing camera, a host of other features (”Map of Destruction”, “The Madness of Ken Jeong”, “Action Mash-Up”, “Three Best Friends Song”, “The Dan Band!”), and a digital copy of the film.


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iTunes 9.0.1 Now Available

Fire up your Software Updates, the new version of iTunes is here — with bug fixes and tweaks to help those who were suffering from iTunes 9 issues.

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LEGO Motorized Walking AT-AT

The most terrifying war machine in the Empire’s arsenal comes to life with the LEGO Motorized Walking AT-AT ($130). Once this challenging set is built, the AT-AT can lurch across your living room with the same lumbering gait as its movie counterparts. This beast can walk forward and backwards, and even turn its head. The incredibly detailed AT-AT includes four mini figures, which can sit in the opening cockpit, or hang from the grappling line as you recreate heart-pounding battle scenes. (From Playgrounder)

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Stephen King Asks, “What’s Scary” In Upcoming Issues of Fangoria

Stephen King, the world’s best-selling author of horror and dark fantasy, has submitted an exclusive, all-new article for publication in Fangoria magazine. The 7,500-plus-word essay, entitled “What’s Scary,” will be published in two parts, beginning with Fangoria #289, on sale in December, and concluding in Fangoria #290, arriving in January 2010. “I’ve wanted to be a Fango contributor ever since I purchased my first issue,” King says. “For me, this is a nightmare come true.”

“What’s Scary” critiques the last decade of genre cinema, from 1999’s phenomenon The Blair Witch Project to this past summer’s surprise smash District 9. He also chooses his favorite films and touches on the recent flood of horror remakes and zombie flicks, making many surprising and enlightening observations.

“Stephen’s article not only arrives just in time for the holidays, but is also the perfect way for Fangoria to wrap up 2009, the year we celebrated the magazine’s 30th anniversary,” says Fango editor Tony Timpone. “It has always been a dream of mine to have King listed as a contributor on our masthead, and the fact that he has written enough for two issues is just icing on the cake.”

The author promises to answer the following questions in his piece (excerpted from his introduction): “First,” King writes, “why do so many so-called horror movies, even those with big budgets (maybe especially those with big budgets) not work? Second, why do fans of the genre such as myself so often go in with high hopes and come out feeling unsatisfied…and, worse, unscared? Third, and most important, why is it that others—sometimes that most unheralded others, those with teensy budgets and unknown, untried actors—do work, surprising us with terror and amazement?”

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McSweeney’s iPhone Application

Two of my favorite things combined today; McSweeney’s (the literary journal) announced the debut of the Small Chair, a weekly sampler from all branches of the McSweeney’s family created exclusively for the Apple iPhone. One week you might receive a story from the upcoming Quarterly, the next week an interview from the Believer, the next a short film from a future Wholphin.  Occasionally, it might be a song, an art portfolio, who knows. Early contributors will include Spike Jonze, Wells Tower, Chris Ware, and Jonathan Ames. This material will not be available online and is pretty sure to be good stuff.

The app will also deliver the daily humor from our Internet Tendency, specially formatted for the iPhone, along with news, updates, and announcements.

The Small Chair is available for the iPhone and can be downloaded from the App Store for $5.99. This will provide you six months of weekly excitement — a half-year of surprises, all delivered straight to your pocket.

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