Monthly Archives: January 2010

Ty Mattson’s LOST Posters

Designer Ty Mattson created 8 different LOST posters when he sat down to design invitations to his season premiere party. Perhaps he will decide to create the set for sale?

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Nintendo Wii Classic Controller Pro

Available in Japan for some time now, the Nintendo Wii Classic Controller Pro ($20; April 2010), a more advanced version of the original Classic Controller, is finally making its way stateside. Available in Wii white or a striking black, the Classic Pro features double trigger buttons on the right and left for more control options, Playstation-style integrated bottom grips, and will also be bundled with the Capcom title Monster Hunter Tri for $60.

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Disney’s The Princess And The Frog On Blu-Ray And DVD March 16, 2010

Tiana, the ninth and newest enchanting addition to the legendary lineage of Disney Princesses, makes her home entertainment debut in a rollicking Big Easy-style fairy tale when The Princess and the Frog arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack ($44.99) and DVD ($29.99) on March 16, 2010 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

A timeless heroine in the tradition of Snow White, Ariel, Jasmine and the rest of the beloved royal sisterhood, Tiana comes to life with classic hand-drawn Disney animation from the revered team of John Musker and Ron Clements (Aladdin, The Little Mermaid) and a jazz-infused musical score from Academy Award winning composer Randy Newman.  A royal procession of exclusive bonus features, including games and specially- created featurettes, take viewers on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the storied French Quarter of New Orleans and into the magic-steeped bayou for hours of can’t-miss family entertainment.

The Princess and the Frog transports audiences to glorious, glamorous New Orleans as Tiana, the first African American Disney princess meets her frog prince and gives him the fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical, magical bayous of Louisiana. The Princess and the Frog’s colorful cast of one-of-a-kind new characters joyfully raises the roof, with voice performances from stars including Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose (Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, 2004,“Caroline, or Change”), Keith David (Crash), Jenifer Lewis (“Strong Medicine”), Jim Cummings (“Mickey Mouse Clubhouse”), Michael- Leon Wooley (Ghost Town), Bruno Campos (“Nip/Tuck”), Peter Bartlett (The Producers), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Jennifer Cody (Broadway’s “Shrek: The Musical”), Oprah Winfrey and John Goodman (Monsters, Inc.).

With extravagant musical numbers, stunningly realized settings and gorgeously rendered costumes, The Princess and the Frog serves up an experience Richard Corliss of Time calls “A start-to-finish delight.”

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First Cars 2 Concept Art, New Toy Story 3 Image

The Walt Disney Company included the following two images in their Annual Report. The first is concept art for Disney Pixar’s Cars 2 featuring Lightning McQueen in Tokyo, Japan with Mount Fuji in the background. The sequel, scheduled to be released on June 24, 2011, was previously described as follows:

All the world’s a racetrack as racing superstar Lightning McQueen zooms back into action, with his best friend Mater in tow, to take on the globe’s fastest and finest in this thrilling high-octane new installment of the “Cars” saga. Mater and McQueen will need their passports as they find themselves in a new world of intrigue, thrills and fast-paced comedic escapades around the globe.

The Annual Report also included this image from Toy Story 3, featuring Jessie, Buzz and Woody.

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First Photo of Hogwart’s Castle at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando

Here is the first official photo of Hogwarts Castle at Universal Orlando’s upcoming Harry Potter-themed attraction, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is set to open in the spring.

Hogwarts will reportedly house the park’s signature ride, Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey.”

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The Summer Infant Slim & Secure Handheld Color Video Monitor

For parents looking for the ultimate stylish color video monitor that allows them to view your baby both day and night, the Summer Infant Slim & Secure handheld color video monitor is the optimum choice.

It’s portable, sleek and stylish design makes parents feel like they are watching their little one on an iPhone. The device provides parents the reassurance they need by allowing them to hear and see baby from up to 350’ away.

The parent unit is small and lightweight with a 2.5 inch color video display with automatic black and white night vision, volume control, brightness control, sound lights, belt clip and built-in flip stand, one touch video on/off, and power saver feature

The unit includes a 10-hour rechargeable battery.

The video and audio quality on the Summer Infant Slim & Secure handheld is exceptional! The product is a breeze to install and simple to operate.  It is extremely convenient and provides tremendous piece of mind which is invaluable.

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Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Will Be Made

Deadline Hollywood Daily’s Nikki Finke is reporting that bidding for the distribution rights to Robert Rodriguez’s next movie, the independently-financed Machete, expanding upon the fake trailer created for Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse experiment, has ended with 20th Century Fox winning out over five other studios for the rights to distribute it.

Danny Trejo returns in the title role, surrounded by a number of big stars including Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez. Robert Rodriguez wrote and produced the movie with financing from Rick Schwartz’s Overnight Productions, and directed it with co-director Ethan Maniquis.

According to the report, the six studios were shown roughly 15 to 30 minutes of footage with the price set at $9 million with a healthy profit sharing from the film’s theatrical and back-end grosses. Those who read ComingSoon.net regularly know that Fox was already working with Rodriguez on relaunching the “Predator” franchise, even calling the upcoming summer release Robert Rodriguez’s Predators. While the Weinstein Company had the first look rights for the movie due to their long involvement with Rodriguez, the Machete deal included a production deal with Rodriguez, so one can probably assume that Fox will be the filmmaking pioneer’s new home.

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CL!CK: A LEGO Short Film

Ever wonder where big ideas come from? If you’re a fan of LEGO bricks, eureka moments, or guys with odd mustaches, you really should see this. Great ideas just CL!CK. Go to http://www.legoclick.com.

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Joe Hill’s Limited Edition of Horns

PS Publishing will be releasing a 500-copy limited edition of Joe Hill’s second novel, Horns – there’ll be 300 slipcased copies signed by Joe, and 200 traycased copies signed by Joe and artist Vinny Chong. The slips will feature a wraparound dust-jacket cover (with the cover art also on the actual boards) plus four interior color plates. The trays will feature a different dust-jacket (though the boards will still have the artwork from the slipcased edition) plus an additional interior piece… which will complement a deleted chapter from the book (note: the deleted chapter will feature only in the traycased edition). The book is currently scheduled for February 2010.

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Listen To She & Him’s New Single “In the Sun”

On March 23rd, Merge will release Volume Two, the second album from She & Him, the indie pop superstar duo of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel. The album will run 13 tracks, and you can listen to one of the 13 HERE: “In the Sun”.

This spring, the duo will hit a few venues in California, New York, and Georgia this March and April, wrapping things up at Coachella. Here are the dates:

03-15 Los Angeles, CA – Largo
03-25 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater
03-27 Savannah, GA – Savannah Music Festival
03-29 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
03-30 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
04-15 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
04-16 Indio, CA – Coachella Festival

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Cover to Stephen King’s American Vampire # 2

American Vampire issue #2 will be available on April 21st, 2010.  The 40 page Stephen King scripted comic’s plot is as follows:

It’s been nearly 20 years since notorious outlaw Skinner Sweet was buried on boot hill. But when a group of grave-robbing collectors of Western memorabilia uncover his final resting place, they find much, much more than they bargained for. And: Pearl Jones was attacked and left for dead by a cabal of powerful Hollywood vampires. Now, a mysterious stranger comes calling and Pearl gets a second chance at life – and at revenge.


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Martin Scorsese Could Direct An Adaptation of Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Martin Scorsese is in talks with GK Films to direct an adaptation of Brian Selznick’s best-selling children’s book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Variety says the project will likely Scorsese’s next.

The novel centers on an orphaned boy who secretly lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station and looks after the clocks. He gets caught up in a mystery adventure when he attempts to repair a mechanical man.

“Hugo Cabret” won the Randolph Caldecott Medal in 2008 for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Chris Wedge (Ice Age) was previously attached to direct the film. John Logan (Scorsese’s The Aviator) wrote the script.

GK Films will independently produce the live-action feature and is in discussions with a number of studios including Sony and Paramount about distributing. Shooting is scheduled to start on June 1st in London.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie Trailer

The film adaptation of the book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid film chronicles the adventures of middle school students Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) and Rowley Jefferson (Robert Capron) over the course of an academic year, as told through Greg’s diary and hand-drawn cartoons. It is due to be released on April 2, 2010.

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New LOST Promo Pics

If the point of LOST’s final season is to confound (as many castmembers have said), then consider the show off to a fabulous start. A batch of new character photos have emerged and while they’re much like the posed shots from season five, I can’t help but think there are some clues to be deciphered from the props scattered about…

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Please Watch And Donate To Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief Tonight

Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief is the star-studded Haiti relief telethon organized by George Clooney that will air tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

It will on all the major networks, MTV, CNN, PBS, Bravo, HBO, G4, Comedy Central, BET, and many other channels. The event also streams live via YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, AOL, MSN, Yahoo, Fancast, MTV.com and CNN.com and more sites. You can watch on your phone with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or Alltel, and Sirius XM is broadcasting it, too.

Scheduled to appear are Brad Pitt, Robert Pattinson, Jon Stewart, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Wyclef Jean, Dave Matthews, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Meryl Streep and more.

Later today you’ll be able to pre-order the album of tonight’s performances on iTunes for $7.99. The Hope For Haiti Now organization is already accepting donations. Please donate what you can.

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The Ultimate Tree House

There’s the tree house your Dad built for you in the backyard, and then there’s the tree house Robert Harvey Oshatz built in the forests of Portland, Oregon. Designed in 1997 and completed in 2004, the Wilkinson Residence is in perfect harmony with its surroundings. Built on a steep sloping lot, the living space resides amongst the forest canopy, making your morning coffee most enjoyable. With more curves than Lombard Street, the Wilkinson Residence is a property you have to see to believe.

A lover of music, the client wanted a house that not only became part of the natural landscape but also addressed the flow of music. This house evades the mechanics of the camera; it is difficult to capture the way the interior space flows seamlessly through to the exterior. One must actually stroll through the house to grasp its complexities and its connection to the exterior. One example is a natural wood ceiling, floating on curved laminated wood beams, passing through a generous glass wall which wraps around the main living room.










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BookBook For The MacBook

BookBook ($79.99) is a one-of-a-kind, hardback leather case designed exclusively for MacBook and MacBook Pro. Available in Classic Black or Vibrant Red, BookBook brings three levels of security to your prized Mac. First, the hardback cover and spine provide solid protection from the rigors of the road. Second, the vintage book design disguises MacBook for superior security. And third, the stylish case protects you from being like everyone else because BookBook is totally original, just like you.

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Fantastic Mr. Fox DVD Due On March 23rd

Fox Home Entertainment has announced DVD ($29.98) and Blu-ray/DVD Combo ($39.99) releases of Fantastic Mr. Fox for the 23rd March. The only extra material on the DVD release will be a From Script to Screen feature, a Still Life (Puppet Animation) feature, and A Beginner’s Guide to Whack-Bat. The Blu-ray/DVD Combo release will include that, along with a 6-part Making Mr. Fox Fantastic documentary (“The Look Of Fantastic Mr. Fox”, “From Script To Screen”, “The Puppet Makers”, “Still Life (Puppet Animation)”, “The Cast”, “Bill And His Badger”), a Fantastic Mr. Fox: The World Of Roald Dahl featurette, and a digital copy.

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Crayola Color Chart 1903-2010

Weather Sealed is featuring a great Crayola Color Chart that shows how the number of colors has been doubling every 28 years from 1903-2010.

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Bourne Trilogy Flips for DVD/Blu-ray Combo Disc

Making an economy-sensitive move, Universal Studios Home Entertainment on Tuesday repackaged the Jason Bourne movie trilogy on a set of have-it-both-ways discs. The so-called “flipper disc” enables spy fans who don’t own a Blu-ray player to watch the films now on standard DVD while archiving the product in a high-def format for future use.

Starring Matt Damon, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum deserve repeat viewings for their collective role in jump-starting the espionage action genre during the ’00s.

Sold individually (suggested retail price $30, $15.50 on Amazon.com), each double-duty package includes the entire movie plus bonus features on both sides of the disc.

Craig Kornblau, president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, said in a statement: “Universal’s flipper discs are the perfect way for consumers to future-proof their collections while still enjoying their favorite movies on their existing DVD players.”

All three Bourne releases come with deleted scenes, commentary and featurettes. The Blu-ray side offers additional extras such as character dossiers, battle-strategy games and interactive applications.

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The White House Launches App for iPhone

The White House has released its new official application for the iPhone and iPod touch. The app offers access to whitehouse.gov’s White House Blog and Briefing Room news areas, including photo and video content, and also offers live video streaming of White House events, including the President’s public events, web chats with Administration officials, key speeches, and press briefings. Notably, the live streaming feature will also allow users to watch next week’s State of the Union address directly on their device. The White House official application for iPhone and iPod touch is available now as a free download from the App Store.

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