Monthly Archives: March 2010

Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies: Compendium Monstrum

Is this little black volume Stephen King’s dream journal? This minuscule monster manual looks as though it could have been packed next to Indiana Jones’ whip and pistol.  Did Lara Croft use this helpful handbook on her last tomb raiding expedition?

Possibly…

Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies: Compendium Monstrum is an engrossing fact filled handsome pocket sized reference guide to the fanged, the lupine and the undead.

Within the foil enhanced case bound hardcover are 168 pages that resemble old parchment paper filled with informative morsels about the aforementioned monsters. Use the attached blood red ribbon marker to keep your place when reading about travel within Transylvania, studying spooky notes or viewing mysterious ancient maps.

Collected from the papers of 19th-century monstrologists Herr Doktor Max Sturm and Baron Ludwig Von Drang, this intriguing book is a must have for anyone that loves the strange, the unusual and the macabre.

$9.95 is a mere pittance considering the information contained within could possibly save your life on a walk home alone on a cold and foggy night. (insert creepy menacing laugh here)

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The ZeroChroma Projecto iPhone Case

The ZeroChroma Projecto for iPhone ($34.99) case is the “Swiss Army Knife” of iPhone cases. It provides protection, sound enhancement and hands-free viewing in a sleek and intelligent form factor.

The slim case protects the sides and rear of your iPhone while still allowing access to key buttons. Its “Intelligent Wrap Protection” safeguards your phone from drops and scratches but leaves the front of your device completely accessable. The Projecto was designed with contoured finger dimples that assist in gripping your phone intuitively.

A retractable sound scoop slides out from the bottom of the case to direct sound from the speakers to your ears and your voice to the microphone.

My favorite feature is the 18 angle multi click theater stand which allows you to view media on your iPhone hands-free. This build in kickstand for the phone folds flat into the case when not in use and would be perfect for airplane use or entertaining a child at a restaurant.

Click HERE for more information about this ingenious case. Right now ZeroChroma is offering free shipping and a $10 off coupon (Code: #90999).

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BookArc For The iPad

Redesigned exclusively for iPad, BookArc ($39.99) is a beautiful slice of heavy gauge steel that provides a perfect perch for the latest stroke of genius from Apple. BookArc for iPad uses a soft silicone, reversible insert to hold iPad in four different positions. Four positions that let you use your iPad just the way you want to.

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The 160 Greatest Arnold Schwarzenegger Quotes

This video celebrates the finest actor of our generation with 160 of his greatest movie quotes!

The lines were taken from 25 of Arnold’s best films: Batman & Robin, Collateral Damage, Commando, Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer, End of Days, Eraser, Jingle All the Way, Junior, Kindergarten Cop, Last Action Hero, Predator, Pumping Iron, Raw Deal, Red Heat, Red Sonja, The Running Man, The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Total Recall, True Lies, Twins, The 6th Day and Around the World in 80 Days. (NSFW)

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Evian Wants Us To Know That We’re All Babies Inside

The bottled water company, Evian released their “Live Young” print campaign from BETC Euro RSCG in Paris. The photos were shot by fashion photographer Nathaniel Goldberd and the ads features ‘real people’ rather than models.

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Meet Chatter Telephone and Chunk From Pixar’s Toy Story 3

Ring-ring! The Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone is a classic pull toy that has been inspiring giggles for many generations, while building motor skills and balance. Preschoolers can’t resist the friendly face with eyes that move up and down when they pull the toy along, and the bright colors and pleasing sounds keep them happy and engaged.  Chatter Telephone is ideal for the little hands in your life.

Chunk will rock your world! This gargantuan creature sports protective shoulder spikes, while his ferocious fists are ready to smash whatever enemy gets in his way. Chunk’s oversized limbs are fully posable, making him ready for hours of imaginative fun. As an added bonus, the press of a hidden head spike will spin Chunk’s facial expression from friendly to fierce! No batteries necessary.

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Poster of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow Available For Free At WonderCon

WonderCon has announced that you can pick up a Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow mini-poster for Iron man 2 this weekend in San Francisco at the convention’s Booth #242 (while supplies last).

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Download The First Issue of Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth Comic

The first five issues of Jeff Lemire‘s acclaimed new series Sweet Tooth have been collected in a 128 page graphic novel ($9.99) due on May 12, 2010.  In the compilation we are introduced to Gus, a rare new breed of human/animal hybrid who was raised in isolation following a pandemic that struck a decade earlier. Now, with the death of his father, he’s left to fend for himself . . . until he meets a hulking drifter named Jepperd, who promises to help him. Jepperd and Gus set out on a post-apocalyptic journey into the devastated American landscape to find ‘The Preserve,’ a refuge for hybrids.

Read issue # 1 HERE and pre-order the graphic novel HERE.

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Iron Man 2 Stark Expo Viral Site Launched

Paramount Pictures has launched StarkExpo2010.com, a viral site for Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 2 that includes info about the upcoming Expo in the sequel and even has a promo for the ’74 Expo featuring Howard Stark, played by John Slattery. There’s videos to be watched, photos to be viewed and downloads for the grabs, so check it out HERE.

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Second Teaser Poster For Season Three of HBO’s True Blood

The poster is one piece of a 12-part weekly advertising series to promote the drama — months in advance of the show’s debut. The teaser campaign coincides with HBO re-airing season two of the vampire drama on air.

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Zoltron’s Amazing & Detailed Movie Posters

The Red Vic Movie House on Haight street in San Francisco has been producing limited edition posters to celebrate their 30th year as one of the last great surviving movie houses.

To celebrate this anniversary, two amazing and detailed posters were created by Zoltron. The first image is for Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox and the second is for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Sadly both prints are completely sold out but you should bookmark this site for any future releases from this fantastic artist!

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Apply For Your Dream Job As A Honeymoon Tester

Wanted: Luxury-loving couples available to globetrot for six months and get paid to test out the most romantic wedding and honeymoon destinations around the world.

It’s a hard offer to resist, but what’s being described as “The Ultimate Job” is just the latest in a series of recent dream positions to capture the public’s imagination and serve as a brilliant marketing tool for people and places.

“It’s been sort of crazy,” said Rosemarie Meleady, managing director of RunawayBrideAndGroom.com, describing the response to the new promotion.

The Irish travel agency came up with the idea in part after seeing last year’s blockbuster “Best Job in the World” campaign in Australia.

More than 1,000 couples have already applied for the chance to be sent to resorts in Africa, Europe, Asia and the United States.

The winners will be asked to blog about their experiences a few times a week “when they can get out of the hammock after sipping a glass of champagne,” Meleady said, and write for The Irish Times once a month.

They will also be paid 20,000 euros (about $27,000). Hopefuls have until April 7 to apply for the “horrendous assignment” — as the company teasingly calls it — which starts mid-May. Read more HERE.

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Apple Releases iTunes 9.1 With iPad Support

Apple has released iTunes 9.1, the latest update to its digital media management software. The update brings compatibility with the iPad, as well as the ability to “organize and sync books you’ve downloaded from iBooks on iPad or added to your iTunes library,” and the ability to “rename, rearrange, or remove Genius Mixes.” iTunes 9.1 is available now via Apple’s Software Update utility and as direct download from itunes.com.

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New Video Game Releases: March 28th – April 3, 2010

It’s a very S-L-O-W week on the games front… unless you are into Modern Warfare 2.  The “Stimulus Package” of maps is available for download on Tuesday and will offer countless hours upon hours of opportunity for armchair Rambos to stab each other in the face.

The only other big release is WarioWare D.I.Y. on the Nintendo DS.

Like I said, S-L-O-W.  This week’s count: 10 games.

Today (March 28)
America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking (DS)
Dreamscape (PC)
WarioWare D.I.Y. (DS)

Tuesday (March 30)
Again (DS)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – Stimulus Package (360)
Dance Sensation! (Wii)
Dead or Alive Paradise (PSP)
Mimana Iyar Chronicles (PSP)
Mount & Blade: Warband (PC)
Prison Break: The Conspiracy (PC, PS3, 360)
Sakura Wars: So Long My Love (PS2, Wii)
Samurai Shodown Sen (360)
Sushi Go Round (DS, Wii)
Zeno Clash: Ultimate Edition (360)

Written by Nick Creature


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Twilight Author, Stephenie Meyer To Release ‘Eclipse’ Novella That Fans Can Can Read For Free

Stephenie Meyer will publish The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, a 192-page novella centered on a newborn vampire introduced in the third Twilight novel, Eclipse, in June. The story chronicles the journey of villain Victoria’s newborn vampire army as they prepare to close in on Bella and the Cullens. It will be released at 12:01 a.m. on June 5 in hardcover ($13.99, with $1 from each sale going to the American Red Cross International Response Fund). From June 7 to July 5, fans will be able to read the book for free online at www.breetanner.com, which will also provide a link to the American Red Cross website where they can donate to support relief efforts in Haiti, Chile, and around the globe.

On her official site, Meyer says she never intended to publish Bree Tanner as a stand-alone book. It was just something she’d started working on while she was still editing Eclipse. “I was thinking a lot about the newborns, imagining their side of the story, and one thing led to another.” The novella came in handy during the filming of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (in theaters June 30). Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, director David Slade, and actors Xavier Samuel (Riley), Bryce Dallas Howard (Victoria), and Jodelle Ferland (Bree) all read it before cameras rolled to better understand the characters.

Meyer thought the manuscript might work well as part of The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide, a tome still awaiting a pub date, but at nearly 200 pages, it was something her publisher thought worked better on its own. Meyer liked the idea of publishing it before Eclipse hits theaters, to give fans an introduction to Bree. She also considered the novella a gift to devoted Twilight readers, which is why she asked her publisher to make it available for free online. (From Entertainment Weekly)

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Action Comics #1 Sells For Record $1.5 Million

Barely a month after Action Comics #1 and Detective Comics #27 sold for record prices, the first appearance of Superman has broken another barrier.

The Associated Press reports that a copy of the 1938 comic went for $1.5 million this morning on the auction website ComicConnect, jumping past the $1.075-million record price paid on Feb. 25 for a copy of Detective Comics #27. That issue broke a record $1 million paid just three days earlier for another copy of Action Comics #1.

Before last month, the top price paid for a comic was $317,000 in 2009 for Action Comics #1.

About 100 copies of the issue are believed to exist, and only a handful of those are in good condition. It has a cover price of 10 cents.

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YouTube’s 50 Best Videos

YouTube — breeding ground for the Web’s wackiest and wildest viral videos — turns 5 in 2010. In recognition, TIME takes a look back at the site’s 50 greatest hits HERE.


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Cemetery Dance Publications Announces Blockade Billy by Stephen King, An Original, Never-Before-Published Baseball Novella

Cemetery Dance Publications, the world’s leading independent publisher of collectible horror and suspense books, has just announced Blockade Billy by Stephen King, an original, never-before-published novella that only the King of Horror could have dreamed up.  The Cemetery Dance exclusive hardcover will ship mid-April.

“I love old-school baseball,” Stephen King said, “and I also love the way people who’ve spent a lifetime in the game talk about the game. I tried to combine those things in a story of suspense. People have asked me for years when I was going to write a baseball story. Ask no more; this is it.”

Cemetery Dance and Stephen King kept Blockade Billy under tight wraps so it could be a surprise publication for the beginning of the baseball season.  Even diehard baseball fans don’t know the true story of William Blakely, but in just a few weeks readers will be holding this dark tale in their own two hands.

This novella is not scheduled to be reprinted in King’s new collection due out this fall, and we’re only printing a small number of copies compared to what New York publishers print for a brand new book.

For a very limited time only, Cemetery Dance Publications will include an authentic William “Blockade Billy” Blakely baseball card with every copy of the trade hardcover.

For ordering information, please visit http://www.BlockadeBilly.com or http://www.CemeteryDance.com today as this one will go quickly!

Lonely Road Books, the publisher of Dark Forces: The 25th Anniversary Special Edition edited by Kirby McCauley and Riding the Bullet: The Deluxe Special Edition by Stephen King and Mick Garris, will be publishing a deluxe signed edition of Blockade Billy, but official details won’t be announced until closer to the publication date.

Author: Stephen King
Artist: Glen Orbik (cover) and Alex McVey (interiors)
Pub. Date: April 2010
ISBN: 978-1-58767-228-6

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AMC Greenlights The Walking Dead With Frank Darabont As The Writer & Director

AMC announced today it has greenlit “The Walking Dead” as a six-episode series based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. Kirkman serves as an executive producer on the project and three-time Academy Award-nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) serves as writer, director and executive producer. Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk), chairman of Valhalla Motion Pictures, serves as Executive Producer. David Alpert from Circle of Confusion serves as Executive Producer. Today’s announcement also includes the addition of Charles “Chic” Eglee (“Dexter,” “The Shield,” “Dark Angel”) as Executive Producer, and actor Jon Bernthal (“The Pacific,” The Ghost Writer) who will portray the character Shane.

“The Walking Dead” begins production in June in Atlanta with six, one-hour episodes for season one. The series is set to premiere in October 2010 during AMC’s Fearfest, the network’s annual blockbuster marathon of thriller and horror films. Fearfest (formerly known as MonsterFest) is celebrating its 14th year by airing 14 consecutive days of themed programming with more than 50 films. AMC announced development of “The Walking Dead” in August 2009 and announced the pilot in January of this year.

“AMC strives to make original shows that play like movies and ‘The Walking Dead’ is a perfect complement to the network’s celebrated movie franchise, Fearfest, which has always been an important destination for our audience,” said Charlie Collier, AMC President. “With its depth of story and the remarkable talent attached, ‘The Walking Dead’ gives us an opportunity to raise the bar significantly within this popular genre, and continue our commitment to being the home of premium programming on basic cable.”

“‘The Walking Dead’ is that rare piece of material that plays on many levels,” says Joel Stillerman, Senior Vice President of Programming, Production and Digital Content. “Kirkman’s series brilliantly captures the social commentary and ongoing human drama of the zombie apocalypse; and let’s us kick a little zombie you-know-what from time to time.”

“The Walking Dead” tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The comic goes on to explore the challenges of life in a world overrun by zombies who take a toll on the survivors, and sometimes the interpersonal conflicts present a greater danger to their continuing survival than the zombies that roam the country. Over time, the characters are changed by the constant exposure to death and some grow willing to do anything to survive.

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Barack Obama Looking At Awesome Things

Barack Obama has been known to feign interest in mundane things as seen in the slideshow. Dean Trippe used Photoshop to provide some awesome alternatives.

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition Blu-ray Due On October 5th, 2010

Disney’s most requested film, Beauty and the Beast, arrives for the first time on Blu-ray Hi-Def as the second installment to the company’s new Diamond Collection. The Blu-ray transformation reveals the magic, music and majesty of the film as never before experienced with state-of-the-art picture restoration, pristine 7.1 Digital Surround Sound and hours of additional viewing experiences that include behind the scenes features, deleted scenes, enhanced music tracks, immersive games and more.

The first of only two animated films ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture (the second is 2009’s Up), Beauty and the Beast earned six Academy Award nominations and won two Oscars in 1992 for Best Original Song (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Best Original Score.

Unavailable in any form since 2003, Beauty and the Beast will be released from the Disney vault for a limited time only, arriving on a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack (2 Blu-ray Discs + DVD) October 5th, followed seven weeks later with the release of a 2-Disc standard definition DVD on November 23rd.

The Beauty and the Beast Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack has a U.S. suggested retail price of $39.99 and the 2-Disc DVD set has a U.S. suggested retail price of $29.99.

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Are You Ready For iPad’s Arrival This Saturday?

Apple’s magical new iPad will be available in all 221 US Apple retail stores and most Best Buy stores this Saturday, April 3rd, beginning at 9 a.m. Starting at just $499, iPad lets users browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface. iPad is just 0.5 inches thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds-thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook-and delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.

Apple retail stores will offer a free Personal Setup service to every customer who buys an iPad at the store, helping them customize their new iPad by setting up their email, loading their favorite apps from the App Store, and more. Also beginning Saturday morning, all US Apple retail stores will host special iPad workshops to help customers learn more about this magical new product.

Pricing & Availability

iPad will be available in Wi-Fi models on April 3rd in the US for a suggested retail price of $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB. The Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available in late April for a suggested retail price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB. iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, most Best Buy stores, select Apple Authorized Resellers and campus bookstores. The iBooks app for iPad including Apple’s iBookstore will be available as a free download from the App Store in the US on April 3rd.

Guided Tour

Apple today posted a series of guided tours for the iPad, gearing up for the device’s launch later this week. The 11 guided tours cover basic features such as Safari, Mail, Photos, and iPod that should be familiar in at least basic concept to iPhone and iPod touch users. The iPad’s larger screen, however, has allowed Apple to enhance those applications for a richer user experience. Also included are tours of Videos, YouTube, and iTunes.

As far as offerings unique to the iPad, Apple has also posted guided tours of the iBooks application that will interface with the company’s iBookstore for eBook content and the iWork for iPad suite that will bring Keynote, Pages, and Numbers to the iPad.

The new guided tours section is featured prominently as one of the main tabs in Apple’s iPad section and should offer users a good perspective on what they can expect from Apple’s long-anticipated tablet device even before they get their hands on one.

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Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3 Update Now Available

The 10.6.3 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that

- improve the reliability and compatibility of QuickTime X

- address compatibility issues with OpenGL-based applications

- address an issue that causes background message colors to display incorrectly in Mail

- resolve an issue that prevented files with the # or & characters in their names from opening in Rosetta applications

- resolve an issue that prevented files from copying to Windows file servers

- improve performance of Logic Pro 9 and Main Stage 2 when running in 64-bit mode

- improve sleep and wake reliability when using Bonjour wake on demand

- address a color issue in iMovie with HD content

- improve printing reliability

- resolve issues with recurring events in iCal when connected to an Exchange server

- improve the reliability of 3rd party USB input devices

- fix glowing, stuck, or dark pixels when viewing video from the iMac (Late 2009) built-in iSight camera

Click on software update to download.

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