Monthly Archives: January 2010

LOST Season 6 Promo with New Footage

ABC aired this promo for LOST tonight and it shows you quite a bit of new footage! The sixth and final season premieres on Tuesday, February 2nd at 8/7c.

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The Justice Society of America Comes To Life In Smallville’s Absolute Justice Trailer

I have not watched Smallville for a number of years but I will definitely DVR this episode on Friday February 5th!

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Pick Up Your 3D Glasses At Target To Watch The Grammys On Sunday

Michael Jackson’s 3D image will perform his “Earth Song” on CBS’s Grammy Awards show Jan. 31, accompanied by Smokey Robinson, Carrie Underwood, Usher, Jennifer Hudson and Celine Dion.

It has the potential to be “one of our most memorable moments,” perennial Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich said Wednesday, but it isn’t what he, Michael and everyone else had originally planned. After Jackson’s death on June 25, Ehrlich said he approached the Jackson family with a proposal for a tribute built around the 3D film of “Earth Song.” He said the family “was very receptive. . . . They got it right away.”

Regular TV viewers will be able to watch the film “normally,” said Ehrlich, with “only a little softness” on some of the wide shots Viewers can enhance the experience by picking up a pair of 3D glasses, which will be distributed free at Target stores.

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MTV’s Jersey Shore Renewed For A Second Season

MTV announced late Friday that it has ordered a second season of Jersey Shore, its controversial yet wildly successful reality show about a group of youths who rent a beach house. The network ordered 12 more episodes that will begin airing this summer. The plan is to follow season 1’s Pauly D, Mike, Snooki, Jenni, Sammi, Ronnie, and Vinny as they “escape the cold northeast and find themselves in a new destination,” according to a network statement.

“Our audience has fallen in love with Jersey Shore and its amazing cast who have really grown together as a family,” said Tony DiSanto, MTV’s president of programming, in a statement. “That bond gives the show its heart, and we’re thrilled to reunite these friends.”

Shore was the No. 1 original cable series in January among persons 12-34. The Season Finale attracted an impressive 4.8 rating in the key demo — a 30 percent jump over the previous series high. MTV plans to air the complete first season before the Super Bowl kickoff on Feb. 7, beginning at 9 a.m.

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New Alice In Wonderland Images

These new Alice in Wonderland images of the Caterpillar, the March Hare and the Dormouse reveal more details about Tim Burton’s upcoming reboot of Lewis Carroll’s 19th-century tale.

Alice in Wonderland, opening March 5th, features Alan Rickman as the voice of The Caterpillar. (Super Bowl viewers will see even more of Burton’s 3-D animated film when Disney unveils a new Alice teaser spot during the Feb. 6th football broadcast.)


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Sherlock Holmes DVD To Be Released On March 30th

Warner Home Video has announced DVD ($28.98) and Blu-ray/DVD Combo ($35.99) releases of Sherlock Holmes which stars Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law. Each will be available to own from the 30th March. The only extra material on the DVD release will be a Sherlock Holmes: Reinvented featurette. The Blu-ray/DVD Combo will include that, along with a WB Maximum Movie Mode (Director Guy Ritchie Walk On, PIP, Focus Points, Storyboard Comparisons, Still Gallery Timeline), deleted scenes, and a digital copy of the film.

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Jerzify Yourself

Yo, now you can join The Situation and Snooki by Jerzifying Yourself.  This fun webtool allows you to take your existing image and add hair gel, tan, implants, etc.  I give the site 3 fist pumps! Try it out HERE.

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Leaked Green Lantern Concept Art

The main villain in the upcoming  “Green Lantern” film will be Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard), but director Martin Campbell has already revealed that plenty other characters from the origin story will be included.

While we wait to see what Hammond, Green Lantern (Ryan Reynolds) and Sinestro (Mark Strong) will look like, you can now get a sneak peek at some concept art of Kilowog, Tomar-Re and Abin Sur. These are members of the Green Lantern Corps.

Campbell said that the movie will follow the origin story of Green Lantern pretty closely. Sinestro may have a part in the film, but only as a mentor. It might not be until the sequel that we see him go over to the dark side.


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Pick Up This Week’s Entertainment Weekly For A Sneak Peak at LOST’s Final Season

With Lost’s last season premiere just days away (Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 9 p.m. on ABC, to be precise), Entertainment Weekly’s own Jeff “Doc” Jensen met with Lost’s exec producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse — to get some key intel on what fans can expect in the sixth and final season. Given that there are so many lingering questions to be answered in just 16 episodes, Cuse and Lindelof say the plan is to do what they’ve always done: tell their story their way. “We’re writing the show for ourselves,” says Cuse. “It would be a terrible mistake to change the methodology that has sustained the show for this long.” Lindelof refers to Lost’s most despised duo to drive home the point: “Find the person who hates Nikki and Paulo the most, and I guarantee you that Carlton and I are still flagellating ourselves for that idea. The fact that we are 10 times harder on ourselves than anybody else makes us feel like the show is in the right hands.” That said, Lindelof is still feeling butterflies about the impending premiere: “I wish it was already here. The audience may hate it. The audience may not hate it. But at least they will finally see it, and when they do, it will be a relief.”

The duo also offered teasers about Lost’s most pressing questions — Is John Locke really dead? Who are Jacob and the Man in Black? Will Kate choose Jack or Sawyer? — though they’re coy when asked if fans will ever learn what the Island really is. As for Lost’s central hero and resident “fixer,” Jack Shephard, the question of whether he’ll achieve the redemption he so desperately seeks will be a core theme for season six. Explains Cuse, “This notion of predeterminism is something we’re very actively exploring this season. Is redemption possible? Is redemption possible for all of them? Is redemption possible for some of them? What does redemption look like?”

For more on Lost’s final season—including teasers about who survived the bomb, why Richard Alpert doesn’t age, and whether Jin and Sun will reunite—pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands January 29.

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The Art of Vintage Marvel: 100 Collectible Postcards

A tribute to the world of Marvel comics, The Art of Vintage Marvel is a set of 100 collectible comics-inspired postcards ($18.95). The cards depict comic book covers from the 1960s through the 1980s, featuring favorite characters ranging from Spider Man to Captain America. A superhero gift for your favorite comic fan of any age.

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The 35 Most Ridiculous SkyMall Items

HERE are 35 bizarre items that can be purchased for SkyMall, The mile high Sharper Image.

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Marvel’s Heroic Age Begins with Avengers #1 in May 2010

Marvel superheroes are leaving the dark side.

After seven years of grim and grimmer story lines, including a superhero “civil war” that pitted Iron Man against Spider-Man and the death of Captain America, Marvel Comics will usher in a more optimistic “Heroic Age” approach in May.

“Heroes will be heroes again,” says Marvel editor in chief Joe Quesada. “They’ve gone through hell and they’re back to being good guys — a throwback to the early days of the Marvel Universe, with more of a swashbuckling feel.”

The change begins with a relaunch of Avengers #1, which will reunite Iron Man, a reborn Captain America and Thor as comrades rather than foes.

All this would be of interest only to comic fans except it comes just months after Disney purchased Marvel for $4 billion and as Iron Man 2 and other Marvel films are on the way.

It also could mark a major shift in comic book storytelling, which took a turn to grittier stories after the success of DC’s Dark Knight Returns and Marvel’s more adult take on Daredevil the 1980s.

Quesada says that Marvel’s return to “good guys” was in the works for two years, was finalized eight months ago and that the Disney takeover had no role.

“There is no sanitizing of the Marvel books at all,” he says, promising stories will remain “edgy” and contemporary. “Our philosophy here is to just keep telling good stories.”

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Cheeto Conan O’Brien

Using approximately 2,000 Cheetos sorted from over 50 bags, one artist has painstakingly created a portrait of (now ex-) Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien.

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Pick Up A USA Today Tomorrow And Enter Harry Potter’s World On Your Computer

With just a computer, webcam and the newspaper, you can get a three-dimensional sneak peek at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort before its opening in spring 2010.

Start by buying a copy of USA Today on Thursday January 28th . Then put the printed map in that newspaper in front of your webcam and you can take a closer look at the entire area from all sides and angles through augmented-reality technology. Among the highlights:

• Hogwarts castle will appear.

• Hold the map closer to your webcamand explore Hogsmeade village.

• See where the Hogwarts Express has just arrived.

• Blow on your computer’s microphone, and the banners on the map will wave.

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Apple Introduces The iPad

So what is all the hoopla about…Today Apple unveiled the iPad (not a fan of the name at all), a middle product to fit in between the iPhone and their MacBook line.  As expected it’s a sleek and shiny tablet but at the end of the day it appears to be an oversized iPhone that cannot make phone calls or take pictures that includes some additional functionality that you can find on your laptop.

Frankly from a company that constantly wows me, I am a little underwhelmed.  I am still trying to understand the product’s place in my life as I already have an iPhone and a MacBook Pro?  There will eventually be a Kindle reader for my laptop so I am not chomping at the bit for an e-reader and my phone has that functionality today (Admittedly, I have to squint to read it).  I will have to wait until March when I can try it out at the Apple Store first hand and see if I am missing something? Steve Jobs feels otherwise and is quoted as saying, “iPad creates and defines an entirely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”

Here are the specs of the device:

It weighs 1.5 pounds and is only .5 inch thick. It has a 9.7 inch display that can be viewed in either portrait or landscape mode.  Under the fully capacitive multi-touch screen is a 1 GHz Apple A4 custom silicon chip. The iPad comes in 3 flavors 16GB ($499), 32GB ($599), 64GB ($699) that include Wi-Fi 802.11 and Bluetooth 2.1. You can also purchase 3G versions ranging from $629 – $829 but you will need to purchase an additional 3G plan ranging from $14.99 – $29.99. The battery life is reported to be 10 hours with a month of standby power. It will run all of the apps you have come to love on your iPhone.  Yes it does e-mail, e-reading, photos, web surfing, music, games, etc. and you can purchase additional apps for Numbers, Keynote and Pages. Thanks to a new iBook Store, you’ll be able to buy and download books to read, just like you do music and movies on your iPhone.

Apple is also releasing iPad accessories which including a Keyboard Dock and a Portfolio case that can double as a stand.

For the first time in a very long time, I don’t have that “Gotta have it feeling!!!” on this particular product.  I’m still intrigued and want to know more but I’m not captivated to be the first kid on the block for this one.

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How To Get A High Score At Disney’s Toy Story Mania

Toy Story Midway Mania is an immersive theme park attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s California Adventure theme parks.

Inspired by the Disney/Pixar films Toy Story and Toy Story 2, the Florida version opened officially on May 31, 2008 while the California version officially opened on June 17, 2008.

Here are some tips on how to increase your score on this amazing fun interactive game:

Hamm and Eggs: Hit the gophers on the bottom and combine that with the fox on the hen house. Then, hit the two pigs on the fence to reveal a cat and hit that. It could pop up in the middle or close to the barn. The point value for the cat goes to 500,1000,2000,2000,2000. At the end of this game, your ideal score is 51,200.

Balloon Pop: Hit the 500’s at the bottom and the 1000 lamb in the middle of the screen. To make the balloons respawn, hit one of the green or blue 100 point lambs. Now, for the two rainclouds, clear 4 on each side and leave one remaining. Then take a breath, shoot one and QUICKLY pivot to the other. You only have half a second to hit the other one. If successful, 2000 point balloons will rain! An ideal game score is around 60,100. A good score is 72,100.

Army Men plates: Hit the plates all over the screen. Two 2000 point plates will pop up on both sides of the horizon. Aim at the horizon line for one plate, then when you hit it, quickly pivot to the other side. Once this is done, the mountain will descend and 4 2000 point plates will jump up in succession. Sort of like a wave. After this is done, hit all the plates and the plate that the tank throws at you. You should accumulate at least 80,000.

Ring Toss: Crunch time: Before the game starts, start pulling as fast as you can and make sure you aim at the aliens in the rocket. This will require practice. If an alien pops back up from the ship, it’s over. But, if you hit the secret, the rocket will fly up and will reveal a gigantobot. It will pop up with 100,500,1000 and 2000. Try not to shoot inside the 100 point range. While the mouth is closed, hit the bottom targets on your screen. Planets, rockets, jetpacks and the 5000 point alien. Ideal score should be 115,000. A great score would be 130,000. It is possible to hit 144,000.

Bullseye: It is possible to unlock the secret by yourself. I recommend clearing the middle first, then the bottom gopher, then the two buildings, then the barrel, then the remainders. This will require practice also. Your ideal score should be 52,000. A great score would be 60,000+ In the end, your score should be 300,000+ Side Scrolling: Hit the two 500’s, it will reveal a 2000. repeat as you are scrolling across. Mine carts: Hit all the mine carts. Keep the pivot movement slow and fire rapidly. But make sure your gun stays on the same horizontal axis and don’t move it vertically. Then, the huge target will pop up…rapid fire! After all that mania is over, hopefully you hit 500,000.

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Beatles Cupcakes

Fab Four cupcakes, prepared by London’s premiere cupcake company, Crumbs and Doilies. Larry likey…

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Fantastic Four Issue # 26 Reimagined As Donkey Kong

Anthony Vukojevich reimagines Jack Kirby and Sol Brodsky’s classic Fantastic Four #26 cover, Donkey Kong-style.

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New Apples in Stereo Album Due on April 20th, 2010

On April 20th, Elephant 6 psych-pop veterans the Apples in Stereo will return with their seventh studio album. Travellers in Space and Time comes out on Yep Roc/Simian/Elephant 6. The follow-up to 2007′s New Magnetic Wonder will be the first Apples album to feature new drummer John Dufilho, and it also features longtime Elephant 6 collaborators Bill Doss and John Ferguson as full-time keyboardists. The LP features songwriting contributions from all the band’s members.

Tracklist:

01 The Code
02 Dream About the Future
03 Hey Elevator
04 Strange Solar System
05 Dance Floor
06 C.P.U.
07 No One in the World
08 Dignified Dignitary
09 No Vacation
10 Told You Once
11 It’s All Right
12 Next Year at About the Same Time
13 Floating in Space
14 Nobody But You
15 Wings Away
16 Time Pilot

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Avatar Is The Highest Grossing Film Ever

Filmmaker James Cameron has topped himself. The sci-fi blockbuster “Avatar” has passed the global box office gross of “Titanic,” the previous world-wide record holder at $1.843 billion, according to estimates by sources at 20th Century Fox, the studio behind “Avatar.” Both blockbusters were directed by Cameron.

The official numbers were released today.

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New Last Airbender Posters

The Last Airbender, M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming adaptation of the massively popular anime/manga series will be in theaters on July 2, 2010. Today, The Fire Wire reveals a pair of cool new posters to promote the anticipated film.

Each of the new images features one of the film’s main characters — the last of the airbenders, Aang (played by Noah Ringer), and the film’s firebending villain, Prince Zuko (played by “Slumdog Millionaire” actor Dev Patel).

Set in a world full of martial arts and magic, “The Last Airbender” follows the last survivor of a race of nomads who can “bend” air as he sets out to bring peace to warring nations that control the four elements of air, water, earth and fire.


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Twilight Graphic Novel In Stores On March 16th

Yen Press will publish Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 on March 16th, with a first printing of 350,000 copies.  Above is the book’s cover, and below is a peek at one of its panels.

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DC Comics To Offer Brightest Day Promotional Rings in April

DC Comics is making another ring offer. This time, though, the focus is on the publisher’s next big event, Brightest Day.

According to the DC Universe blog, retailers who purchase 10 copies of The Flash #1 may order Flash Promotional Rings. Likewise, those who purchase 10 copies of Green Lantern #53 may order Green Lantern Promotional Rings. Both titles appear in the February Previews catalog and will arrive in stores in April.


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New Video Game Releases Jan. 25th – Jan. 29th

A monumentally huge release week for 2010 arrives with MAG, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Phoenix Wright, and No More Heroes II.

The definite must purchase of the week, however, is Mass Effect 2.  Sci-Fi fans should warp, beam, or make light-speed tracks for the local game store as the sequel to the seminal action/RPG from developer BioWare arrives on shelves.  With a universe that could give Star Wars a run for its money and two supporting novels that don’t feel like bad fan fiction, the Mass Effect storyline unfolds with you in the driver’s seat to deliver an experience that most sci-fi films could only hope to do.  You return as Commander Shepard to find entire human colonies across the star systems are vanishing one by one.  It’s up to you to recruit an elite team of the galaxy’s most dangerous and skilled experts, and lead them on a suicide assault into the most dangerous region of space.  Fans of the first game already know that their saved game files, actions, and choices from the first Mass Effect carry over to influence the way they are perceived in the new game.  BioWare may very well have just set the bar for the rest of the year.

This week’s count: 20 games in all.

Monday (Jan. 25)
“Aha! I Found It!” Hidden Object Game (Wii)
Number Battle (DS)
Legend of Kay (DS)

Tuesday (Jan. 26)
Mass Effect 2 (PC, 360)
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars (Wii)
MAG (PS3)
Blood Bowl (360, PC)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All (Wii)
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle (Wii)
Horrible Histories: Ruthless Romans (PC, DS, Wii)
Fast Food Panic (Wii)
Shadow of Destiny (PSP)
Imagine: Party Planner (DS)

Wednesday (Jan. 27)
Hotel Giant 2 (PC)

Thursday (Jan. 28)
Legend of Vraz (PC)

Friday (Jan. 29)
The Lost Cases of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 2 (PC)
Simplz: Zoo (PC)
Monsteca Corral (Wii)
Mole Control (PC)
Playmobil Knights (DS)

(Written by Nick Creature)

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